Go Organically Fruit Snacks Gives Back Sweeps {Review+Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received complimentary fruit snacks for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and were not influenced. 

As a mom of a child with food allergies, I’ve become accustomed to reading labels and researching brands prior to purchase. My daughter loves fruit snacks, but we were having a hard time finding an organic brand locally that met her needs. Luckily, Go Organically really shoots for the stars and overachieves!

They use organic fruit juices and purees from  grapes, pears, pineapples, apples, oranges, strawberries, and raspberries. The fruit snacks are also rich in Vitamins A, C, and E.

The snacks are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, GMIs, and trans fats.

Go Organically currently offers fruit snacks in Mixed berry, fruit medley, and tropical flavors. Each one is absolutely packed with flavor, but my daughter’s favorite is the  fruit medley. It is full of delicious flavors like strawberry, apple, orange, peach, and cherry.  She really likes the flavor profiles.

I, on the other hand, really like the mixed berry. It’s full of flavors such as raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry. The 0.8 ounce packages are perfect for lunches and on the go snacks

 

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Hurry on over to the Go Organically website to find a store near you or purchase them online at Amazon or Boxed.

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Sweeps!

Go Organically wants to give back to one of 5 in-need schools across the U.S.

In partnership with First Book, Go Organically is asking consumers to vote for one of these 5 deserving schools for a chance to win additional Book Wishes, an e-reader, beanbag chair and more.  Book Wishes allow 50 other educators across the country to stock up on school supplies, backpacks, and more for their students as we head into the next school year.

Enter for a chance to Win

Go Organically Fruit Snacks has teamed up with First Book to provide one lucky school with Back-to-School kits filled with items they need! Vote for a deserving school—and be entered for a chance to win an e-reader, beanbag chair and more.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must 18+. Ends 11:59 p.m. ET 8/29/18.
For Rules, visit www.goorganicallysnacks.com/GOGivesBack.

 

Giveaway!
1 lucky TCMS reader will win one box of Go Organically Fruit Medley and one box of Go Organically Mixed Berry. Simply comment below and tell me if you participated in the sweeps and/or who in your family will be enjoying the winning prize. Giveaway ends on August 30, 2018.

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from those of others as well as the author/publisher. Some of the links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

Synopsis

She’ll have to draw on all of her resources to crack the case–and guard her heart.

After being dumped by her fiancé, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks–like giving full attention to her job. Attention she’s definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum is in a race against the clock to rescue his kidnapped daughter when Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man. But can she trust him? And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

My Thoughts!

Eason is among my favorite authors. With such a talent for drawing readers in, connecting with readers, and bringing the story to life- it’s no wonder I can’t get enough of her books. Called To Protect did not disappoint! It’s book two in the Blue Justice series, but it stands well on it’s own for those that haven’t read book one yet. I absolutely love Chloe! It was so easy to relate to her and to watch her grow in this book. Blake made it easy to love him as well. Though I didn’t want to cheer for him at first, I quickly found myself in his corner cheering and crossing my fingers on the edge of my seat. The story is well written, offers a steady pace, and is easy to follow. I found myself flipping through the pages with anticipation and can’t wait to see what’s next from Eason. Highly recommended!

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A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from those of others as well as the author/publisher. Some of the links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

Synopsis

Welcome to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England

Tressa Harlowe’s father kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Now Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it.

It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

My Thoughts!

This was my first read by Politano, but I was quite impressed. Even more so once I discovered this is only her 2nd book! She truly has a talent for drawing readers in, developing a story, and making her readers connect to the characters. This book has unexpected twists and turns that will keep readers on their toes. It also switches between first and third person, but does so gracefully. This read was romantic, mysterious, and fun to read. I highly recommend it!

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Once Upon a Farm By Rory Feek {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from those of others as well as the author/publisher. Some of the links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

Synopsis

Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.

When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land . . . and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way.

Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith.

A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way.

As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences.

My Thoughts!

Joey and Rory’s story is one that will make you cheer, make you laugh, and make you cry all in the same sentence. It’s captivating, moving, and heartwarming. I was captured from page one and couldn’t put this read down. It offered a steady pace and a look into the unexpected, the heartbreak, the grief, and the journey to joy. It’s well written and easy to follow. grab a box of tissues! You’re going to need it!

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Top 5 Homecoming Dress Trends of 2018!


 

I love browsing for Cheap Homecoming Dresses so that I can be prepared with an amazing dress that is trendy, fits beautifully, and inexpensive! After all, nobody wants to spend a fortune and we want to look our absolute best. Luckily, I recently discovered a website that  gives us the best of both worlds!

MillyBridal has so much to offer! Not only do they offer stunning bridal gowns and  bridesmaid dresses, but they also offer all of your evening dress needs. Everything ranging from prom, homecoming, sweet sixteen, military ball, and so much more. I absolutely love that they have a wide variety of dresses available so that they can cater to a variety of your dress needs. I also love how easy it is to shop their site. It’s well organized and you can fully customize your results to make the most of your searches.

Off shoulder dresses are classy and trendy. I love that they show some skin, while not showing too much. The high-low look is also a nice trendy addition to this dress that makes it stand out and also adds a little extra flare. I love the ruffles along the base and the color is absolutely stunning, though it is available in other colors as well. This dress screams confidence and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Tulle has really made an entrance into the dress scene! It’s no longer something that little girls wear!  Take this stunning dress for instance. The scoop neck paired with the lace top, beaded waistline, and the tulle layers on the base make this dress unique. It’s definitely an eye catcher. It combines 3 trends and forms them into a masterpiece. It’s definitely a hot pick this year!

This next style is one of my favorites. It’s a dress right out of my goal book! The pearl beaded top and waist line are absolutely stunning and I love the A line scoop neckline. This dress shows some skin and is a boast of confidence and style. I love the flared bottom  and how the dress flows. The light blue is paired perfectly with the pearl top. This dress will leave you speechless!

Tiered dresses are also a top trend this year. Pair them with lace and you have the perfect match. This dress is stylish, classy, and fun. I love the flow of the dress and that it really stands out. The tiers aren’t overdramatic, but add a nice flare. The lace has great attention to detail. This combo is sure to be a show stopper!

Bold color choices are really popping this year! I’ll be honest, I tend to stay neutral and prefer darker colors. My go to color choices are black dark blue, and turquoise. However, purple, green, grey, red, and yellow have also topped he charts lately.  Pair a bold color choice with any of the above styles and you have a trendy, show stopping dress!

There you have it! These are the top 5 styles for Homecoming Dresses 2018.

Don’t Be A Victim!

Being at the receiving end of any type of attack, abuse or confrontation is not fun. However, there is a big difference between being targeted by an attack – whether it is emotional, legal, or even professional; directly or indirectly – and perceiving yourself as a victim. You’d be surprised to know how quickly people can develop a victim mentality. What is the victim mentality? Put simply it’s when you embrace your weakened position in the conflict and don’t try to defend yourself. Ultimately, you can’t stop someone from attacking you. But you can choose to stop being a victim and return the situation. Women are more often pushed into victim roles. It’s time for it to end. Whether you’re a single woman, a mommy, a wife, a sister, a friend, a professional or a little bit of everything, make it your responsibility to show others how not to be a victim anymore.

Don’t let others break you

 

Don’t let your boss ignore your injury

Work injuries happen more often than you think. In fact, very few companies have introduced adequate health and safety regulations in their environment. From wet slippery floors to lack of lamps in the warehouse, the workplace can be dangerous. If you happen to injure yourself as the result of health and safety negligence from your company, you need to trust the right legal team to fight for a fair settlement. Indeed, an accident in the office can dramatically transform your life. Something as benign as an awkward fall can make it painful to work in a sitting position, which can put your career at risk, for instance.

 

Don’t let your ex keep the kids from you

Going through a divorce can be extremely stressful. Very few couples are able to maintain an open and polite conversation during this period. Consequently, you might find yourself and your partner fighting in anger about everything. It is important to decide about custody at an early point. You might need legal advice to find a compromise with your partner. A judge will also consider the best interests of the child.

 

Don’t let damaged goods ruin your day

Picture the scene: You’ve ordered a brand new piece of furniture online, but the courier delivered a damaged good. As a customer, you have the right to refuse the delivery or to take the delivery and contact the seller. You need to provide evidence of the issue – photos are generally sufficient. In most cases, you will be asked to send the item back against replacement or pay-back. Sellers are becoming more and more cautious as a result of fraudulent damages. Consequently, you need to document every step of the way to protect your rights.

 

Don’t let anybody discriminate against you

Gender discrimination comes in many forms. 42% of women working the US have faced discrimination on the job because of their gender. From gender pay gaps to unfair treatment, you too might have experienced discrimination. It is a problem you can report to the HR department. Similarly, you can also consult a discrimination solicitor for advice on how to best react and receive compensation. The bottom line is that discrimination only exists because you let it.

 

Nobody was born to be a victim. By choosing to defend yourself, you can also encourage other women to do the same.

 

Through the Autumn Air By Kelly Irvin {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from those of others as well as the author/publisher. Some of the links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

Synopsis

The past filled her mind even as her heart yearned for stories yet to be told . . .

The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?

When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.

As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?

My Thoughts!

This is the third book in the beloved Every Amish Season series by bestselling author, Kelly Irvin. While I hadn’t read the first book, I did read the 2nd. This book stands well on it’s own  and doesn’t leave the reader feeling left out or confused.   It is well written and easy to follow. I truly love how Irvin connects with her readers. The characters are well developed, unique, and easy to connect to. You’ll truly feel for the characters, cry with them, and cheer with them. Irvin has outdone herself with this great read!

 

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Reasons why kids lose baby teeth

Why kids lose baby teeth

Losing of teeth signifies a huge milestone in your youngster’s life. Baby teeth fall out and pave the way for the growing of permanent teeth. This growth is a process that goes on until wisdom teeth, final molars, are in. While some kids get excited to feel a tooth wriggle and maybe get a chance to visit a dentist, others worry the tooth will hurt when it falls out.

At what age do the teeth start to fall?

If you are asking this question, probably you are a first-time mom and haven’t experienced this. Kids more often than not begin losing their primary teeth, baby teeth, when they are between the ages of 6 to 7 years. This is when the jaws have developed to mature size. It is common for many parents to ask dentists or specialists this question, at what age do kids lose teeth? The response to this question varies from one child to another. This is because some kids may start at six and others seven years.

A baby’s 20 teeth usually come in by age three. But it is interesting to know that they also fall out, in the same way, they came in.  This only means, the first teeth to erupt will go first.

Why do kids lose their baby teeth?

If it were for adults, maybe you could be having several answers. But it is not different. Here are some reasons why kids lose their baby teeth:

  • The permanent tooth has fully grown: You child’s tooth will not loosen until the permanent tooth beneath forces it up to replace it. This is only means if you see your child’s tooth lose, just know that the permanent tooth is fully grown. It also indicates that the jaw and its muscles are mature and can support permanent teeth.
  • Dental disease:  Maybe you are asking if kids can lose teeth before permanent one erupt, yes they can. Dental disease is one of the reasons kids lose their baby teeth. Bacteria from gum disease and gingivitis cause the body to wipe out gum tissue and bone around the teeth causing them to hurt and become loose. This can be as a result of kids not brushing teeth or eating sugary products.
  • Accident: Whether you are stay-at-home mom or go to work, you cannot be with your baby all the time. And even if you are, accidents are unavoidable. Kids can get into an accident that may cause them to lose their baby teeth.
  • Tooth grinding: Almost all kids crush their teeth and the damage made may vary from one child to another leading to losing their baby teeth.

Conclusion

Although some children lose their teeth as early as four years, some do so as late as seven or eight years. But it is vital to consult a dentist if your child loses her baby teeth and she is below four years. Also, the younger your child was when the baby teeth erupted, the earlier they will fall out.  While there is nothing wrong with your child losing teeth as late as eight years, it is good to consult a dentist.

 

Destined To Ride Releases on August 14, 2018!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and were not influenced. Links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

This is a family friendly film that will warm your heart and bring the family together. It offers a strong message of rolling with life’s punches and always keeping your head up high while believing in yourself. The cast was amazing. After all, who doesn’t love Joey Lawrence. The movie was easy to follow, fun to watch, and left us thinking afterwards. I recommend this movie as a great family night film.

 

Synopsis:
Lily’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to leave her friends to spend the summer on a remote ranch with her nature-loving aunt. Convinced her social life is over, she is surprised to meet an unlikely group of friends and embarks on an adventure of a lifetime. When her aunt is threatened by unfriendly neighbors, Lily knows it is up to her and Pistachio, the horse she has discovered and developed an unbreakable bond with, to save the ranch and to find her destiny along the way. Starring I Can Only Imagine’s Madeline Carroll, Denise Richards and Joey Lawrence.

 

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Destined to Ride will be available for purchase on Digital & DVD on August 14, 2018. 

The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Braces for Kids

Even if your child seems to have perfectly straight teeth, there are other reasons why an orthodontist—a dentist who focuses on teeth and jaw alignment—might recommend braces for your child. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about braces for kids.

 

  1. A first orthodontic screening is recommended by age 7

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children go to their first orthodontic check-up by age 7. This helps catch any concerns early. Most kids won’t need braces at this age, but a treatment plan for any jaw or bite issues can be developed if necessary.

 

  1. Braces can be affordable and fit a variety of budgets

We do everything possible to make braces for kids teeth affordable for those who need them. We accept Medicaid and other insurance plans, plus offer a number of affordable payment plans for those without insurance.

 

  1. Braces help with jaw and teeth alignment

Even if your child’s teeth seem straight, braces might be recommended to improve your child’s bite. When upper and lower teeth fit together properly, it’s easier to speak, chew and bite.

 

  1. The benefits of straight teeth are more than just aesthetic

A healthy smile builds confidence, but there are other benefits of braces for kids. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, so chances of cavities and gum disease goes down. A proper bite also reduces damage to the teeth caused by grinding and chipping. A bad bite can also contribute to headaches.

 

  1. Two phases of braces are possible

If a child’s baby teeth might cause the permanent teeth to come in with issues or if a bite needs corrected, a first round of braces might be recommended between ages 7-10 when the palate (the roof of the mouth) and jaw bones are more flexible and before permanent teeth come in. Then, a second round of braces for kids could be recommended after age 12 in some cases. This helps straighten permanent teeth.

 

  1. Braces for kids stay on teeth for 9 to 30 months (or longer)

Depending on what needs fixed and how fast your child’s teeth and jaw respond to treatment, braces for kids can stay on teeth for 9 months to several years.

  1. Different types of braces for kids

Metal braces are the most common and cheap braces for kids. Kids can pick from a wide range of colors for their elastic bands and mix and match them each visit. Other types of braces that are less common for kids include ceramic, porcelain, clear and removable liners such as Invisalign®.

 

  1. Brushing and flossing take a bit of extra effort when kids have braces

Be sure to follow the orthodontist’s directions for brushing and flossing. Swish with water before brushing and after eating to loosen food that might be caught in the braces. Kids with braces should floss at least once per day.

 

  1. Continue professional cleanings and exams every six months

When kids have braces on they still need to visit the dentist for cleanings and exams every six months. In some cases, the dentist might want to see your child more frequently in order to keep teeth healthy.

 

  1. Some foods should be avoided when you have braces

If there is damage to braces, it can lengthen the treatment time. When your child has braces they should avoid sticky foods such as taffy, caramel or gum which could damage braces and hard foods such as popcorn kernels, whole apples and corn on the cob. You should limit access to sugary foods and drinks to prevent cavities.

 

Our orthodontic team will help guide you every step of the way regarding the best braces for your child and the best treatment plan. Schedule an orthodontic evaluation to learn more about braces for kids.