Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fearless! Such a great book and tool for any young girl (or boy) Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson shares her story and struggle with fear and how she overcame that. Such a good read and strong message. 

For a chance to win leave a comment telling me something that you fear. 

(Backup) Bible giveaways.

This Bible is a prayer bible and would be amazing for any aged kiddo! It come with a prayer journal,  Q & A , and many more features. This would an amazing resource for a Sunday School class, homeschooling, a bible study, or just as an everyday bible. 

For a chance to win leave a comment below. 


Book giveaway!

Book giveaway! Are you a fan of the Jesus Calling devotion? You’ll love this Jesus Calling Little Book of Prayers for your little one! It’s a big chunky style book! Perfect for little ones! To enter leave a comment. 

Us residents only. 

Easter book giveaway

Book giveaway time! Who wants to copy of this sweetly illustrated Easter book! This would make the perfect addition to any Easter basket! This is a darling book that shows little ones that God loves them and provides daily blessings! 

Leave a comment to be entered! 

Us residents only. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Copycat hula pie. (🙌)

You guys. This is heavenly. 

I mean not to toot my own horn...but TOOT TOOT! 

My husband grew up spending a lot of time on the island of Maui (lucky, I know.) I’ve had the privilege of going a few times myself. It’s great traveling with those who know their way around...know all the best places to see...and the hot spots to eat. 

Enter Hula pie. 

Hula pie is a must have...many...many...many...times while in paradise. 

I woke up this week to beautiful 70 degree weather in the middle of February...spring fever set in...hard. I was dreaming of warmth...and hula pie. 

A quick google search and trip to the store...and I was set. 

This did NOT disappoint. 

So I’m going to share it with you. 

You’ll need: 

1 package of chocolate cookies...this always makes me laugh because I’m pretty sure we all know “chocolate cookies” means Oreos. 

1/3 stick of melt butter...I think...I’m gonna be honest I did not measure how much butter I used.

1 gallon of vanilla ice cream...I used vanilla bean. 

1 jar of chocolate fudge topping (I used Hersey’s) 

1 package of macadamia nuts...a small package does just fine...be sure to save a few to sprinkle on top of the pie at the end. 

Whipped cream (I though we had some...turns out the kids used it all for hot chocolate...or just ate it straight out of the container...who knows? So, instead of going back to the store...I just did with out...honestly it wasn’t missed) 

On to the recipe! 

Ok. FIRST...you’ll need to make the pie crust. NOW you could purchase a premade one...but I feel like this crust really made the pie...so I wouldn’t recommend that. 

I used two sleeves of Oreos...leaving one sleeve for your snacking pleasure. 

1.) Crush cookies in food processor 

2.) Tell toddler they may NOT have a cookie before lunch.

3.) Add melted butter to crushed cookies...mix a little more.

4.) Give into Toddler’s whining...and hand them a cookie just to make the noise stop.

5.) Toddler is happy...now you can think. 

6.) Think about want a push over you are as a parent...make a mentally note to stand your ground more. 

7.) Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

8.) Press cookie mixture into pie dish.

9.) Sit around and wait for oven to heat up...and ponder about how this probably should have been the first step. 

9.) Bake 20 mins. 

10.) Remove crust  from oven and allow to cool. PLEASE allow this crust to cool all the way...or your ice cream will melt...I know because I got impatient and I just couldn’t wait a few more minutes...and my ice cream was melting as I tried to form the cake. 

Now for the “cake” part...

1.) Set the ice cream out for a bit...15 mins or so??? Let it soften enough to be able to scoope into a large glass bowl. 

2.) Crush the package of macadamia nuts...I suggested enlisting the toddler into this step...they truly fancy destroying things. 

3.) Mix nuts and ice cream together. 

4.) Place back in the freezer until pie crust is cooled. 

5.) Help toddler lick the spoons used to stir the ice cream.

6.) Wonder why the toddler is acting like a savage...oh wait...that’s right...sugar high. 

7.) Vow to limit the sugar intake in your house...after tonight...clearly...this dessert must be eaten...then seriously contemplate a sugar fast. #nevergonnahappen

Once crust is COOLED (remember this step!) add ice cream to dish. 

Then top with chocolate fudge and a handful of remaining macadamia nuts. 

Add whipped cream if you have any.

Freeze for at least 4-5 hours.

Grab a fork take a bite...think about NOT sharing with any of your family members...but then rethink that decision because you can’t wait to hear the affirmation they will give you as they rave about how delightful this pie is! 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Must Sees in Minnesota!








SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE AREA 👆(cliff jumping in the background) 


Minnesota is still one of my top vacations. We took our daughter to Mall of America on her 9th birthday...we loved what little we saw of the state we decided to retreat there the following summer. Last summer in Missouri...is humid...hot...humid...carries temperatures in the upper 90’s...and it’s humid.

Destination northern Minnesota! What is known to the locals as the north shore drive...more specifically. 

First stop Duluth, MN. This city is about 7 hours from home so this was the ideal place to break up the drive and rest for the night.

The first night we stayed at the Radisson. Meh. I will give this hotel the benefit of the doubt...they were under a major renovation...but seriously it looked like someone was murdered in the hallway. The price was right though...what can I say...affordable. If you want to stay near the waterfront it will cost a good $200+ a night. The hotels by the waterfront are dreamy! I would have splurged but we only needed a place to lay our heads...we only needed a place to lay our heads. 

Duluth has a truly need waterfront! 

We rented a family bike. THIS WAS A BLAST! I e never laughed so hard. Maybe we were slap happy after being in the car for 7+ hours...or maybe it was the way our baby REFUSED a helmet...either way...it was money and time well spent. We rented from Wheel Fun Rentals  There is a huge pathed path to hike around the lake, and you can even bike out to the light house. 

The lake front is filled with restaurants and attractions for all ages. I honestly wish we would have had more time to hang out and sightsee more. 

We left Duluth...and headed up north. 

Next stop Lusten, Minnesota. We stayed at the Caribou Highlands...such a lovely place! The price was spot on! I would highly recommend staying here...or any ski resort during the off season! The staff was amazing, the rooms clean and spacious, and the grounds were beautiful from all directions. There was an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tubs, tennis courts, and games all around the campus. 


There is so much fun to be had along the north shore drive. Here is a quick list of must see stops along the way. 

(Hikes, beauty, waterfalls, swimming holes) 

2.) Split Rock Lighthouse State Park : 

(There is cost of addmision to get into the light house during the spring + summer + fall seasons...be sure to check the website and plan accordingly. We opted to not visit the actually lighthouse due to cost and very small children that would most likely cry and complain the whole time. We simply pulled off on the side of the road...swam...jumped off cliffs...and could still see he light house in the distance.) 

3.) Two Harbours : 

Beautiful turn offs, hiking trails, and darling shops. 

3.) Lusten  Mountians : 

4.) Silver Bay

5.) Betty’s Pies (located in Two Harbors)  The lies are amazing and the milkshakes are even better. We ended up getting milkshakes to go and we enjoyed our treats by the water. Be prepared for a wait if you visit this darling restaurant. 

6.) Grand Marais: 

What a darling little town! There is a local pizza shop ( Sven and Ole’s ) I still dream about, Dairy Queen from thec1970’s, shops, festivals, sail boats in the bay daily, a pier to walk, and the friendliest people I’ve ever met. 

7.) Putts N Pets : 

This is a mini golf place my whole family enjoyed! And they have actually real life goats you can feed while playing 18 holes...need I say more? 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Book giveaway!

365 Bible Anwsers for Curious Kids by Kathryn Slattery is the perfect book for those kiddos that ask 100 questions a day! 

There is one question for each day of the year making this a great devotional. The could be read before school? Before dinner? At bedtime? 

For s chance to win a copy from Tommy Nelson leave a comment telling me what curious kiddo you’d give this to?