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Start A New Year with #Le-Vel

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This year I am have a goal. To start being healthier. There are so many things to choose from but what are they all about. Well I thought I would tell you some about Thrive with Le-Vel.

Thrive is a natural supplement with vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, anti-oxidants, enzymes , pro-biotics, and amino acids.  They are lifestyle supplements that are specially formulated for Men and Women. They also have a shake that will help with weight management, fitness and lean muscle support.  Throw in their patch that has a time release delivery for mental clarity and appetite control through out the day. So let’s take a look at those- I will look at the for women ones.

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Sleep with #DoTerra & @doTwithTiffany

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A few weeks ago we did a giveaway featuring some DoTerra essential oils from our rep Tiffany. Today I want to get serious and talk about the benefit of the oil, PastTense, that we featured in the giveaway.

First some back ground. Sleep in our house is well- a very rocky thing. My daughter is a night owl, and it takes her forever to unwind. And then she ends up tired and cranky on school mornings because she isn’t getting her sleep. My son is another story. He has some anxiety issues. Nothing major, just if he has to much change at once he goes in anxiety modes and has mood swings and nightmares.

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The Girl from The Train #bookreview #FCBlogger

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When one is sick for a month what does one do? They read! And one of the latest books I read was a really good historical fiction book called The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert.  This book takes you back in time and shows you a different side of things.

About the Author:

Irma Joubert lives and works in South Africa. After teaching for 35 years she decided to pick up writing and writes in her native Afrikaans. Since retiring she has written 8 novels and is often on the best seller list for South Africa and the Netherlands. The Girl from the Train is Irma’s first book to be translated into English.

About the Book:

This book starts out towards the end of World War 2 in Poland. Jakob is a part of the Polish Resistance and is trying to stop the German and Russians and tries to blow up a supply train. The only problem is, a train bound for a concentration camp gets to the bomb first. Leaving a young girl the only survivor. Over the time the two grow close together. But things are changing and they must separate. He sends her to South Africa where her past, including her Jewish roots, must stay hidden.

My thoughts:

This book had me hooked! It focused on the issues over in Europe even after the war and it addressed the adoption of many orphaned children. Through out the book she would give you enough of a line at each chapter to make you want to read on. I could not put this book down and it honestly did not take me long to read. Then again when you are sick you have a lot of time to read! I love historical fiction books and this one was just as good as all the others I have read. You can’t help but to fall in love with the whit that Gretl has, and you can just sense the charm and passion Jakob has running through him. It is so easy to fall into the story as if you are there with them. I must admit the ending was quite the surprise to me so you will have to pick up the book and find out why!

You can find this book online at the Family Christian Store. I highly recommend getting it today! It would make a great gift for a book lover this Christmas!

Announcing the #2015HolidayGiftGuide

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I will be hosting a 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! I am looking for products to feature. Products we are open to featuring:

Gifts for Her: Clothing, jewelry, home decor items

Gifts for Him: Anything guys would like- sporting gear, clothing home decor

Gifts for Girls: I have a 9 year old little girl, so anything girly or horses. I do have a 3 year old niece so I could also feature something for that age as well.

Gifts for Boys: I have a 10 year old boy, sports, outdoors, science things.  I also have a 3 year old nephew and a 6 month old nephew so I can feature that age range as well!

Here is how you can get your company involved:

Sponsored Post: $50, I post a min of 300 words about your company with 2 links of your choice recommending your product for this years holiday shopping

Product Review: Cost of Product sent to me. Product will not be returned. In exchange an honest review will be published featuring 3 links, links to your social media, and original photos of the product.

Product Review & Giveaway: Cost: 1 product sent to me to review (see the description of review above). At the bottom of the review post a giveaway form will be set up to giveaway prize of your choice (gift card to site, or product of your choice to be sent to winner by you). The giveaway will have entries for following social media and browsing your site.

All Posts will be promoted on the Holiday Gift Guide tab, a Holiday Pinterest Board, and other Social Media. All posts will go live between November 15th and December 15th.

To join in on this fill out the form below!

 

 

Am I Worthy?

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This is me. On a good day. I was tired of feeling depressed and if I was a good enough mother and wife. It has been a battle that I have been struggling with for the longest time. Which is why I have not been blogging much. And honestly normally I do not take my picture. I hate the way I look, my weight, my outdated hair. But my husband loves me the way I am. Well one day I thought I would actually do my hair and my make up. A task that took me 2 hours to do because well, as you can see I have a lot of hair. I started doing my make up more and actually trying to look nice even while doing house work. I have been keeping up on the house work and even helping my husband with tasks like cleaning the barn and picking up things covered in spiders (ewwww). But that has not helped my battle with self worth at all.

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#Project52Photos ~Week 21~ Family #KerrieOn

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First- I would like to thank Sarah for featuring my Nature picture from last week! This week is a hard post for me. It is a post of Family. And while I could show you the typical family, my kids, my mom, my dad, my aunts, my uncles, or a family of Lemurs at the zoo. I want to show you a bigger family that I am beyond blessed to be a part of. This honestly is the hardest post I have ever typed up because I am still grieving the loss of that family. The family of blue. I hope that our hosts-  Marvelous MommySarah, and Angie – do not mind me doing this instead of a typical photography post. And to help you understand our Family- I had to share more than one picture and explain a little.

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#Project52Photos Week 18- Sky!

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Yay! I made it through another week! Ok. So that is also mostly excitement for this past weeks weather. STORMS GALORE! And that means a ton of amazing SKY photos. I am pretty sure I annoyed the Popo with how often I was out there just taking pictures. So I really had fun with this theme that our hosts Marvelous MommySarah, and Angie picked for us this week. Now the bigger problem- Which one do I show you guys? So I thought I would do some before and after pictures. We did after all have a week of storms, tornado warnings, and flooding. Hmmmm where was this weather for our water week?

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I love how storm clouds look when they are coming in. Sadly this day they missed us but I didn’t miss the beauty.

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Surviving 3 years of Chaos

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It actually started almost 4 years ago. My husband got word that his dream job is going to happen. That lead to 6 months of a whole different level of chaos in our life. He was away at training to become a State Trooper. He would come home late Friday night, leave again midday Sunday. That would be our routine for 6 months.On this day 3 years ago I wrote a post called “We Made It!” talking about how proud I was of my husband for going through this 6 month period and my thoughts on it all.

Today I want to share that it has been 3 years since he took that final oath to serve, protect, to honor. 3 years of our lives changing forever. Our new chapter and adventure brought us to a new town, a new school for my kids, new job for me, and new friends. We have finally bought a house in our community and are working on fixing it up. My son is now in 3rd grade (he was just in Kindergarten when this all started) and in scouts and baseball. My daughter (who was just a preschooler) is now in 2nd grade, does piano lessons and riding lessons. This job has allowed us to be able to afford these things for our kids. Something we wouldn’t of been able to afford in our past situation. It has been a huge blessing in more ways than one.

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Taste the Good with @tasteguru ~ March Box

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First- My sincere apologies for not telling you about this before now! My life has been full of chaos and sickness. But that is for another post another time. I bring it up because honestly with all the chaos and crazy Taste Guru has become helpful.

I know you are asking how a subscription box can become helpful. Well this just isn’t any subscription box. In case you are just joining in this is a box that brings Gluten Free goodies to your door! For a low monthly fee you can receive full size products from Gluten Free companies. Honestly if it wasn’t for this box I wouldn’t try half the items that we have tried. The March box proved no different! Especially the March box! Unfortunately my kids got a hold of it before I could take a picture. Here is what we found inside:

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Same News- New Us!

 

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Wow! The past few days have been busy! Ok so this past week has been! But one of the things keeping me busy was – rebranding! We have decided since we are growing up in the blog world we needed a name that better fit our family. So I would like to introduce:

Sweet Country Chaos!

The reason I choose that name is because well- our life is busy! Between baseball, scouts, riding lessons, piano lessons, the Popo’s always changing shift. It has been chaos- but a kind of chaos I will gladly take any day. Because that is who we are which is why it is Sweet Chaos. But we live in the country. I have a lot to learn about the country. I lived in a City for 31 years before moving to a small town- then a 2 years there. So yeah, it is at times comical. Like when I called the Sheriff’s department at night because I thought people were trying to spotlight (hunt from their car) into our pasture. Turns out- it was a tractor- a half mile away! Lot’s to learn, and Lot’s to get used to.

We will slowly be switching our social media to reflect the name change. But I promise you, you will still get Gluten Free recipes, product recommendation, crafts, our home improvement stories/updates, my photography and everything else you are used to seeing from us over the past few years!