Monday, August 11, 2014

Can you DIG it?

I attended the Activation/Digger press conference and to celebrate their partner ship I was invited to stay the day at no charge.  All opinions are my own.


This past weekend a special group of ladies and I, along with our families, were lucky enough to be a part of two amazing organizations coming together for the greater good of their communities.
DiggerlandUSA and ActivationReact have officially partnered with one another to help those in their communities, in need, when disaster happens.
Yesterday my family spent the day at DiggerlandUSA and I have to say it certainly was a highlight of the summer for not just my boys, but me too!

As a mom of little boys my life for the past  8 years has revolved all things boy-including tucks, machinery, etc.
Dump trucks, diggers, backhoes, you name it my kids knew the name of the vehicle and what it was used for.
Well at DiggerlandUSA my boys got to live out their childhood dreams by actually driving-yes driving! a few of these amazing construction vehicles, and ride on the others. 
The way their eye's lit up, I know this is a memory they will hold onto for the rest of their lives. 
I even saw some of the dad's who were with their sons having the time of their lives as well!
Construction trucks and dirt....what little boy doesn't love that?!
I was also impressed with the cleanliness of the park, the attentiveness and up beat personalities of the park employees (who all dress like construction workers-its so cute!), and the short lines!
DiggerlandUSA isn't like every other amusement park that lets a crazy number of people in, to the point where the park literally is bursting at the seams and you are waiting 2 hours to get on a ride.
 Rather, they only let a certain number of people into the park, which is great because their is virtually no wait for any of the rides!
This is a HUGE plus in my book!
The day we went was 85 degrees and sunny....I'm talking so sunny there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
But not to worry-DiggerlandUSA has you covered-literally!
At almost every attraction their is a huge beach umbrella by the line, and there are many, many picnic tables spread all throughout the park that also have umbrellas.
So while it was really, really hot they make sure to provide as many places for shade as possible-which was key for my family!
The one and only thing I think DiggerlandUSA could improve upon is their snack stand.
The park opens at 10, but the snack stand doesn't open until 11. 
So if you have thristy/hungry girls and guys (like I did-especially on such a hot day),
there is only one soda machine located in the middle of the park-and it wasn't in service :(
Luckily one of the attentive workers called over a manager who could tell we were desperately in need of some hydration and he was kind enough to pop open the machine and hand us two bottles of water to hold us over until we hit the concession stand!
Honestly, I was really impressed with the way they handled this situation.

The highlight of the trip for my oldest (8) was the ropes course- which happens to be the WORLD'S tallest rope course at
 4 stories tall! 
My middle son (5) enjoyed their craziest ride called the spin dizzy, and my youngest guy (3) loved the toddler play park with all of the crazy slides!  
I left DiggerlandUSA this past weekend with my heart just about exploding!
My kids genuinely enoyed themselves and every attraction at DiggerlandUSA.
DiggerlandUSA allowed my boys to live out their childhood dreams, and in my book that is Priceless!
Regular admission to the park is $34.95 (walk up) and $29.95 (online).
I have a coupon code for $5 off ticket price through 8/31 by using coupon code
DIGREACT5 
















Both DiggerlandUSA and ActivationReact are both very active on social media and can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
 
 Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post but as always, all opinions are my own.


Friday, August 1, 2014

A Different Place

This week our kids attended camp.
This was a first for our family.
I knew our oldest would flourish as large groups of people, less rules than usual, and platforms to express himself are right up his alley.
Our middle son didn't quite have the same experience-which totally suits his persona.
He had a harder time adjusting as we very well expected.
But on the very last day he showed us just what he was capable of!

This post probably isn't going where you think.
Yes my kids loved camp.
Yes they made lots of new friends, learned to play new games, felt self sufficient as they were forced to go out of their comfort zones, but most importantly they renewed and developed their relationship with Jesus.

Our family has really been in a rut the past few months.
Our church home has been in transition for about a year now.
Our young, amazing, fearless, welcoming, Pastor whom we loved, cherished, and who MARRIED us (hello!! that's a big one!) felt the calling to move to another church home in OHIO :(
And while our family was downright devastated by this news we decided we were going to stick it out.
We were going to stand strong, and continue to grow with our already centered church family.
The same church family where 2/3 children were baptised, who came together and got our family through my stroke, and where my husband took communion for the very first time-ever!
But a few weeks after our amazing pastor left....we could feel a piece of our hearts had left too.
It just wasn't the same. The sermons weren't the same, the service wasn't the same, and most of all the connection wasn't the same.
That fire that once was burned inside of me to completey devote our lifes work to our church and His word had gone out.
The passion and empowerment I once felt waking up and getting our family ready, heading out the door, and pulling into that parking lot no longer existed.
Something had changed. Shifted.
For the past couple of months I haven't been able to put my finger on what exactly it is, but there has been a huge void.
A void in my heart, in my head, in our family.
This week all that changed.

Each night that I came home from work and walked in the door I was flooded by overly excited, eager children who couldn't wait to tell me all about their day at camp.
They proudly told me all about their counselors, the games they played, the lessons they learned, and the friends they made.
But mostly what made my momma heart skip a beat happened probably on day #2 of camp.
I could hear them upstairs proudly singing a song at the top of their lungs....together....in unison.
At first I listened very quietly, not wanting them to know I was listening for fear of them stopping :)
This is what I heard:

"Whatever is true, whatever is right,
whatever it pure, whatever is light
lead me in your wayeverlasting
 don't ever stop, don't ever stop"

"I saw the light
I saw the light
No more darkness
No more night"

When I tell you my momma heart was bursting at the seams....boy oh boy was it!!!
It straight up exploded!
My children. Our family. We NEEDED this.
We needed this connection. A refresher of our faith.
To see their little faces light up, hands in the air praising our Lord like that?! OH MY!!
There simply are no words for just how I felt. 
There is only tears.
Big ole hot tears welled up in my momma eyes.
Partly because it has been so long since I have been moved by a church service.
Partly because I finally had that calling, that pulling, that notion saying, "you're right where you are supposed to be"
and partly because it was one of those moments where every part of my heart and soul, all of my momma being, that I spend day in and day out pouring into these little ones of mine, is finally coming to fruition.
Right before my eyes.

I don't want their faith to be fleeting.
I don't want their faith to be this inconsistent-only use it when you need it-thing.
I don't want their faith to be uncomfortable and awkward.

I want them to be completly comfortable in their faith.
I want their faith to be second nature...an extension of who they are.
I want their faith to be the first thing they run to when they have a problem, and the first thing they go to, to give praise and thanks.

I want them to realize that all of our blessings come from above.
They come from Him.
And this week.....I saw that. 





Monday, May 12, 2014

I am a Peacekeeper

I was recently asked to be a part of a group for a new company called I am a Peacekeeper.
You can visit their site here
Peacekeeper Cause-metic is a woman owned cosmetic line.
The company produces lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms and nail polish.
After all is said and done ALL proceeds go to charities that empower women right here in the US and across the world!
How amazing is that?!
Fun cause-metics for us and empowering other women?
Sounds like a great combination to me!
 #kissmom
I received 3 different lip balms, 1 lipgloss, and 1 lipstick.
The lipbalms were all FABULOUS in my opinion....and I am a lipbalm JUNKIE!
They get my stamp of approval-my favorite was the 
"Perfect as is balm"
which smells GREAT and gives your lips a tiny shimmer of pink!
Find it here.
Lets talk about the lip gloss I was given...first off its called Yum-Balm and its pretty amazing!
For me, I am not a fan of gunky, goopy, lip gloss at all and I thought this was a great combination of coverage, and gloss plus it lasted a good while on my lips-even at the office!
Find it here. 











Last I leave you with this tip:
All of the causemetics made by Peacekeeper are certified organic!
The lip balms are 93%organic, and the lip gloss is 95% organic!
It's always nice to know what we are putting in our bodys, and on our skin.
So for me that was a HUGE bonus!
So head over to Peacekeeper and enjoy using coupon code: KISSMOM at checkout for a great discount!
Leave a comment below to be entered to win your very own set of Peacekeeper Lip Balms!
A winner will be chosen at the end of the week via random.org

 




*****Disclaimer: I was compensated with products by the Company to try out various products from their merchandise. All opinions stated in this post as always, are my own.