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Monday, March 28, 2016

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Homes with great curb appeal reflect a home that's been well taken care of by its owners. With proper maintenance, stylish features, and a well-maintained landscape, your home will command a higher sales price and take less time to sell in today's competitive housing market. Here are some tips to boost your home's curb appeal and property value.

Give Your House a Clean Face

Before you add a fresh coat of paint or plant beautiful flowers, wash the dust, mildew and general dirt off your home's facade. Washing your home's exterior can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale price. With a tub of soapy water and a large, soft brush, you can remove the dirt from wood, stucco, brick, metal, and vinyl siding. With a power washer, you can clean your driveway, front walkway, porch and patio. It's important to wash your windows and doors, clean your garage door, get rid of cobwebs, and clean out your gutters. With help from a friend, or a professional cleaning crew, you can make your house sparkle in a few weekends.

Add a Fresh, New Coat of Paint

A fresh, new coat of paint will instantly boost your home's curb appeal. It's a quick fix with great benefits. Since painting your home can be an expensive and time-consuming job, you need to plan ahead. Depending you your location and the condition of your home, a 3,000-square-foot home can cost $400 to $800 for paint and $3,000 to $8,000 for professional labor. To save time and money, match the existing paint color that's on the house, so there's less preparation with scraping, sanding and priming. Avoid the urge to choose a bold or bright color. An appraiser will often mark down the value of a house that’s painted a wildly different color from others in the same neighborhood. 

Create an Appealing Landscape 

A well-manicured lawn, neatly pruned shrubs and trees, and fresh mulch will quickly boost the curb appeal of any home. Mow your lawn and green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover any bare spots with new grass seed or sod, and get rid of weeds. Trim overgrown shrubs and trees and use bark chips or straw around the base for a neat, finished appearance. Fill your garden beds with colorful annuals, then add a stylish border edge with stone or brick pavers. For more tips, hire a general contractor now.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Washington State Puyallup SPRING Fair 2016

You know you're excited!  Who wouldn't be??  The Puyallup Fair is KNOWN for it's fun... 

So here's you're SECOND chance to enjoy it! 

THE SPRING FAIR is coming!!!

The Washington State Spring Fair is a great celebration to spring! The four-day event in Puyallup features a family-friendly atmosphere with animals, FFA and 4-H contests, SlamFest Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Show, racing pigs, Garden Show, Auto Alley, KidZone for young guests, vendors, rides, food and loads of memories. The Spring Fair will be held April 14-17, 2016, at the Washington State Fair Events Center. For more info, visit www.thefair.com.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Prayer Points: Praying God's Promise at Your Point of Need

Praying God's Promises
at Your Point of Need

As a new Christian, I often have problems discerning the "holding God accountable" part, as I don't exactly know what I'm holding him accountable to.  I'll be the first to admit I don't know all the scriptures.  I may never.  I also don't know what to refer to when praying for something specific.
So when I had the chance to review this book, I jumped.

First impression:  I love the beautiful look of this book.  While the small book cover is a little awkward, the feel of the covers itself is wonderful.  It's very soft and sleek, and smooth to the touch.

The book allows you to search for any topic you want to pray over, and it will assist you in locating the scripture associated, and how to pray God's Promise over you.
There are great topics you wouldn't ordinarily search out, including the challenge of being a parent, and fear of dying.
Once you've identified your topic, (for this review, I'll use Facing Spiritual Attack.  Something I'm quite familiar with!) you locate it.  For ease of searching, there is an index in the back.  Each topic is grouped together for easy location.  You can search under Physical, Spiritual, Relational etc.
From the book:
Facing Spiritual Attack
Overcoming the enemy's discouragements.
God's enemy, satan, sometimes throws obstacles across our paths to discourage us.  Resist him by stepping into the shelter of God's presence.  Sit with Jesus for these next moments and wait for Him to strengthen you.
It then provides several scriptures that give God's promises in relation to this topic, so that I can identify what God promised me, and how to ask specifically for it.
Finally, you are given a prayer that you can pray, either directly, or in your own words, to help you ask specifically for help with this problem.
This is another great book that I will definitely refer to again and again, until I know how to pray God's Promises without assistance.
This book is perfect for the beginner, who needs some reassurance, and even to a seasoned saint, who just needs some help. 
Here is the book's information:
Think about it . . . you feel more alive, whole, and centered when you’re firmly connected to God and anchored in his Word. You cling to him, give him your best moments, and talk with him nonstop. But then, there are times when you just don’t know how to sincerely express yourself through prayer. You’re at a loss for words, and a sense of helplessness takes hold of your heart.

God desperately wants to hear from you! PrayerPoints lets you take what you’re feeling right now, quickly connect your needs to God’s Word, and then pray through his promises as they relate to your specific need.

Don’t abandon your prayer life because you can’t find the right words to say. Let PrayerPoints guide your thoughts, direct you to the heart of Scripture, and move you to a place of wholehearted, all-out, amazing relationship with God.
I received this book in exchange for an HONEST review from Tyndale House Publishers.  No other compensation was provided.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Devo for the Rest of Us

When I chose this book to review, I really liked that it was aimed towards "the rest of us"  I don't know about you, but I didn't grow up churched.  I didn't know God before accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior.  So when I read some authors books, I have a harder time following, primarily, because they're geared towards people like my husband, people who've been in the church since before birth!


Devo For The Rest of Us aims to allow EVERYONE in.  You're not held back by understanding of the Word, nor spiritual growth, nor how much you read the bible.

This book is clearly written for the everyday man. (or woman!!)  I truly appreciate the comedic style in which it was written. 
The author has done a great job grabbing your attention, and keeping it.
He discusses everything from feeding your child, to the X-men to the Brady Bunch & movies you're sure to have seen.
Each chapter is followed with appropriate scripture & follow up information that allows you to continue to learn.

I am excited to share this book with the saints in my church, and excitedly await their thoughts.
This is surely going on my bookshelf (vs the local Buy Nothing page!) because I will read it again!

From Frank Viola's Blog, Beyond Evangelical
Here is an excerpt of Vince Antonucci's interview:

Explain the title, Devo for the Rest of Us.
Vince Antonucci: There are great devotional books out there. But I’m not sure if there are many devotional books designed for people who don’t typically read devotional books. Or many written that will make you laugh out loud. This is a devotional book for the rest of us – for those who want more of God, deeper spiritual lives, but maybe don’t typically use a devotional. (And who like to laugh.)
Tell us a bit about the experiences that shaped the insights in the book.
Vince Antonucci: I came from a completely unchurched, non-Christian background. In fact, my mother is Jewish and my father a professional poker player gambling addict, so they never took me to church. Then I went on to start two churches, both totally focused on Jesus’ mission of seeking and saving the lost. 70% of the people we’ve reached have been unchurched, non-Christians.
All of this led me to see the critical importance of new Christians understanding and living out the foundations of our faith. What has shocked me is how many long-time Christians don’t understand or live out the foundations of our faith. The topics I cover in Devo For The Rest Of Us are the essentials. Who is God? What does it mean to have your identity in Christ? Why and how do we share our faith? Why is Jesus the only way to Heaven? How does God transform us? How do we live holy lives in a sinful world?

And finally, here is the info from the back of the book, which is ALWAYS helpful when learning if this book is truly what you're looking for!

You are loved by a limitless God! Yet many of us don’t live our everyday lives in that reality. The “rest of us” subconsciously believe half-truths about God and ourselves, sabotaging our lives in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. For the next forty days, spend time every day discovering what life can be like in light of God’s love for you. Explore how God can meet your deepest yearnings, how your life can make a difference, and how important it is to connect with an active community of faith. For the next forty days, discover a God for the rest of us.

I received this book in exchange for an HONEST review through Tyndale House.  There was no agreement for a positive review.  I was not compensated in any other way.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Harlem Globetrotters 2016 90th Anniversary World Tour

When was the last time you went to a basketball game that made you LAUGH.  I mean, a hearty, belly, fall out of your seat laugh?  Yah... me too.

BUT... with the Harlem Globetrotters coming to town, you CAN!  You can enjoy their antics, their comedy and their game now.  They'll be doing their 2016 Tour everywhere!  From Texas, New York, Minnesota and even 7 cities in Washington, they're covering EVERYWHERE!!!

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to an arena near you during their 90th Anniversary World Tour!!!

On the court, their 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes on the planet including Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull BUllard and Cheese Chisholm.  This all-star roster even features some female stars including TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu.  The Globetrotters one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment.

Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizadry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilaious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.  You won't want your family to miss it!

Use promo code FAMFUN to save 25% (yes!!  25% off!!) of your tickets

You won't want your family to miss this ONCE IN A LIFETIME chance to see the Harlem Globetrotters on their 90th Anniversary World Tour.
I know my family won't be missing it!!!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

The NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition Book Review

So very recently I have accepted Christ as my personal Savior.  Often I feel like I'm at a slight disadvantage in learning (vs those that have spent their entire lives in church)  simply because my own 10yr old likely knows more than I do at this point.  I attribute it half to mommy-brain and half to my brain no longer being the sponge that children have.

Also, I have always been very logic and science based in my life.  What I believe is because I see, hear or know it.  Allowing faith to take over hasn't been easy, in fact, it's probably been one of the most difficult changes I've ever done, however, I believe God has given me the strength to have the faith, and the faith to have the strength.  In that, I now look for things God has done in my life, vs trying to find ways he hasn't (the old self.)

When I received the opportunity to review The NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, I realized this was a great moment for me to read about something I've been curious about, but trying to simply read about it in the KJV Bible has been difficult.  

So first here's the run-down of what The NKJV Prophecy Study Bible offers:  

The prophecies of the Bible assure us that God will prevail. The NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition has hundreds of pages of special features that offer a broad understanding of prophetic themes, salvation, covenants, and other important doctrines of the Christian faith.  
Features include:
  • Introduction to Bible Prophecy
  • Index to Prophetic Passages
  • Top 20 Questions about Bible Prophecy
  • Diamonds for Daily Living
  • God's Great Promises
  • God's Great Salvation
  • Evidences
  • Spokesmen for God
  • Bible Insights
  • Bible Prophecy Charts
  • Full concordance
  • New King James Version® (NKJV) translation
  • Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
Can you already see why this Bible has been interesting to me!?

The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the cover itself.  It wasn't "busy" and overwhelming to look at. As a matter of fact, it's just that... matter of fact.

There are so many pieces to this book that fully excite me...  First, I should say this is not the 'normal' book review.  I have NOT read 100% of this book.  Why? Because it's the entire bible, PLUS the Prophecy study guide information.  So let's be clear on that, please.  
The first thing I noticed when I started reading through the supplements is that there is a LOT of information.
The front of the book includes the obvious forward and a list of the Old & New Testaments, as well as your usual index.

What you don't expect is what else you find.  There is a full index to ALL of the prophecies in the ENTIRE bible.  These are listed in order of book, based on when they have, or will be fulfilled.

So for example, The first section is Prophecies Fulfilled from the Beginning to the Exile of Judah.
The first one is Gen 2:17 Death to be normal lot of mankind  This was fulfilled in Gen 3:19; 5:5.

It goes on to list ones from the Exile of Judah to the First Coming of Christ, then ones fulfilled AT the First Coming of Christ, then onto ones fulfilled during the church age, then finally after the Rapture of the church,

The sheer information JUST listed in these pages there is awe-inspiring.  It really makes you want to read further, to find out more information on the ones that are still unfulfilled.

What pleases me, is that as a beginner in Christ... one still on milk-toast, this book for me is still quite easy to read and understand.

The most informative piece to this is the Events in the End Times section.
This gives complete information on the Last Days, a full explanation of the Rapture and The Tribulation and what to expect in both, INCLUDING the bible verses that completely explain and tell us to expect these events.

I am so looking forward to using this Bible in my daily study, my furthering of my Biblical education, and continuing to increase my Faith.

I would highly suggest this book to anyone who is looking for in depth information on the Prophecies of the Bible and the End Days.  As a matter of fact, I'll be bringing it to church on Sunday and excitedly showing my Pastor!!

Find this book at BookLook Bloggers HERE!

*This book was received from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my HONEST REVIEW.  No other compensation was provided, and no agreement for a positive review was made.  All my statements are my own, except excerpts or information provided by the book or writer.  These will be easily identified by changes in text, color or size.*

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Days Like These - book review

We've all had days we wanted to quit.  Some,  more than others.   However, reading this book really made me realize that I've got it pretty good.

Yes, I have a special needs child.  Yes,  I have a physically disabled husband.  Yes, I struggle... but things could TOTALLY be worse.

Rachel's amazing ability to stay positive, and Kristan's pure love for his wife is MUCH more than a love story,  and more than a memoir too.

This is easily a book you'd want to read again!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Moving SUCKS

Can I just be honest for a minute?  There is no candy coating,  no cover up... it just sucks.

So we were EXTREMELY unprepared for this move.  We were unaware that we'd have to move until about a month prior,  and because we're subsidized, it takes a MINIMUM of 2-3 months to actually move!
Why?  You ask?
Let me break it down for you.
Let's say you get the notice to move on the 1st. So you first have to put in your request to move.
That takes up to 14 days to process.  Then they set you up with the mandatory orientation and issuance meeting.  That's only done once a week,  but usually takes 3 weeks to get into.
Then you're issued it,  You can move. ...
HOWEVER, because we were moving closer to our church,  We had to port our assistance to another housing authority.  This can take up to SIXTY DAYS.
Once it's ported and you've gone to ANOTHER issuance meeting, you can THEN go look for an apt.  After the application process (assuming you're approved) you then give a packet to the landlord,  who sends it in.  It goes thru a 1-2 week process of determining if the rent is reasonable,  and other stuff,  before they schedule an inspection.  At the inspection,  EVERYTHING is checked.
It can fail if a light switch cover is cracked!  If it passes,  THEN,  AND ONLY  THEN can you sign the lease.

So if  you've followed this,  it's a couple months to actually move.

Now add in the equation having a disabled husband,  a special needs child and not having an aptvto move your stuff to...

We have to be out of our apt on the 31st, however,  we can't get the keys until Sept 10th.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Get Ready For College with CampusBookRentals

There are a couple myths about college textbooks I'd like to clean up.

Myth:  So many people think that textbooks for school are incredibly expensive. 
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Myth: I can't rent my books because if I don't return it in perfect condition, I can't return it at all.
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Many parents of highschool age children, who are putting their child in College Bound would also GREATLY benefit from renting through CampusBookRentals.


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Here's a great story about twins born with a cleft palate...and given beautiful smiles!!

There are so many children born with these FIXABLE deformities...but without the financial means to fix them, they lead more difficult lives than necessary.  Operation Smile changes lives!!

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  All facts...well, are facts!!  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Harlem Globetrotters

We had the awesome chance to see the Harlem Globetrotters live at Seattle's Key Arena this past Sunday.
  While the day started on rocky footing, with my husband falling down the stairs entering the building (note to Key Arena...make it easier for disabled people to enter arena!)  Once we entered, it got better

First, finding our seats was simple. The aisles we're clearly marked and they had people assisting us to find what we were going very quickly.
 At the end of each aisle entrance there's somebody to assist you finding your seats when we explain to them that I was concerned that my husband might fall again she took our tickets to the ticket office and quickly exchanged them for wheelchair seating so that we didn't have to walk down any stairs.
There was a pre-show that showed local talent.  It was very fun to watch but we were excited to see the globetrotters.  The pre-show started with the Globetrotters mascot globie who decided to play musical chairs with some children from the audience at one time I busted out laughing because as usual Globie (mascot) was standing on the last chair so that he wouldn't lose. The little boy wasn't going to stand there and take it,  and he pushed him off the chair that was FUNNY.

The actual show began with the Globetrotters  introducing themselves and all of them standing in the middle performing tricks .
The show itself was quite hilarious.
We indulged in food, although, the prices were nuts.
Four 20oz sodas $16
Bottomless popcorn $6.50 (great, except the 40 people in each line...you'd basically have to get it, and get back in line)
2 Nachos $8
The  generals, the other team, tried to stay serious while one HG actually pulled off a Generals uniform, revealing themselves to be a Globetrotter.

There was a lot to do with the Seahawks, with a lot of crowd interaction.
They even did a football skit, where they brought out Seahawks defensve tackle Jordan Hill.
That was really cool.

  This game was actually the first time in history they said that it went into overtime.  That was cool. We were pretty excited because we learned that the Globetrotters would be signing autographs on court at the end.  Of course, I bought a ball for my son, and the friend he brought with him.  ($50)
At the very moment the game ended, the boys and I went down the stairs because they had cordoned off the area for the autographs.
The first autograph took a while, but I decided to brave the crowds and let them go for another one. I was really surprised at the demeanor of some of the patrons, especially adults.  One woman actually yelled at one of my boys about "cutting" when there was CLEARLY not a line.

We managed to get every autograph in the time allotted, including Jordan Hill.  At one point, my son was actually poking him on the back, trying to get him to turn around.  Hill was VERY nice about it, turned, and signed their balls.

Jordan Hill signing my son's ball.

All in all, it was an amazing experience.