“Take Back Your Life” a 40 day Devotional Journey by Levi Lusko.

04 September, 2020 No comments
“Take Back Your Life” a 40 day Devotional Journey by Levi Lusko.


I’ve been searching for a good devotional for awhile now & after reading a few days of “Take Back Your Life”, I am loving it already!

The devotions are the perfect length & the questions at the end make you reflect and really search yourself.  

To find out more about devotional, or to read a free chapter, click the link https://www.takebackbook.com/


Author Bio:  Levi Lusko is the founder and lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, located in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Utah. He is the bestselling author of Through the Eyes of a Lion, Swipe Right, and I Declare War. Levi also travels the world speaking about Jesus. He and his wife, Jennie, have one son, Lennox, and four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven.



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Harlem Globetrotters “Pushing The Limits” World Tour 2020

20 January, 2020 No comments
*disclaimer* this post is sponsored by US Family guide & the Harlem Globetrotters. I am not paid for this post, but I WILL receive free tickets in exchange for my honest review.




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The Wild Kratts are coming!!!

16 January, 2020 No comments




Event details: Wild Kratts Live! 2.0 is coming to the Abilene Convention Center on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:30pm.

Event description: Help the Kratt brothers save the day with Wild Kratts Live 2.0 - Activate Creature Power!, an ALL NEW theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, zoologists by training and stars of the Emmy-nominated show, engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story.

The brothers keep all ages entertained as they activate fan-favorite Creature Power Suits and go “off to the creature rescue!” With the help of the Wild Kratts team – and audience members – they confront a comic villain and help bring the creatures of the animal world to safety once again.

Experience, live on stage, the infectious excitement and inspiring quests that make Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families.

Our Last Trip To Medieval Times in 2019!

26 December, 2019 No comments
*This post is sponsored by US Family Guide & Medieval Times. I was not paid for this post, but I did receive free tickets to a show in exchange for my honest review. All reviews posted are my own.*

Recently, my family and I had the amazing opportunity to go back to medieval times. It was as awesome to end 2019! 
I was the only one to get the Vegetarian Meal (& water) not because I don’t like chicken...but because the bean stew is just that good! 

The cast and all of the employees are great & help make the experience even better.

We went on a night when “the Queen” we saw in January was there, she alone is what makes the show! 

We were in Section 4 & our knight was the black and white knight. I took so many pictures that it will be nearly impossible to post them all in my review, so I’ll just post my absolute favorites.

Before the show really started, I took that chance to get pictures with all three of my children. 






Once the show started all 6 of us were so entranced by the show. My 10 year old especially loved all of the horses. She knows them by breed any everything! Her favorites there were the Andalusian horses, but you can’t really blame her...they are a gorgeous breed! 





Here are some other photos from during the show as well.







To make the night even better, my older two girls were thrown each a carnations by our knight & the best part (for my 8 yr old), is that she was crowned the “Queen of Love and Beauty” & didn’t want to take her tiara or sash off at bedtime. Lol 







And of course we had to end the night with a group photo of all three girls with the Queen herself!



Out of all of the times we’ve been to the Dallas Castle, this show has by far been the best one...and we can’t wait to go back more in 2020!!!

Overcomer Movie Promotion

21 August, 2019 No comments





SYNOPSIS
Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth ... until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box- office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces ArynWright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?
ABOUT PROVIDENT FILMS
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, a Sony company, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. A pioneer in the genre since 2006, Provident Films’ partnerships include Sherwood Pictures/Kendrick Brothers (WAR ROOM, COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF and FACING THE GIANTS), The Erwin Brothers (WOODLAWN, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT and the $83 million box office surprise, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE), Kirk Cameron (CONNECT) and Graceworks Pictures (INDIVISIBLE released Oct. 26, 2018). For more information, go to www.providentfilms.org.
ABOUT KENDRICK BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS
Kendrick Brothers Productions is the company of brothers Alex, Stephen and Shannon Kendrick that exists to honor God and share the truth and love of Jesus Christ through movies, books, curriculum and speaking. By blending engaging stories with doctrinal integrity, the Kendricks seek to encourage and inspire audiences with resources that positively impact their lives and strengthen their faith, families, and personal relationships.
2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the release of FLYWHEEL, the Kendrick Brothers’ first feature film. Produced with a shockingly modest budget of only $20,000 and intended for Albany, Georgia residents where the brothers served on staff at Sherwood Baptist Church, FLYWHEEL went on to sell over a million copies in DVD format.
“We’re just amazed at what the Lord’s done with it,” says Alex Kendrick.
2018 also marks the production of the Kendricks’ 6th film, OVERCOMER. Between those two milestones, the Kendricks’ first film and the production of their latest film, the Kendrick Brothers’ body of work has been credited with creating a subcategory known as faith-based films.
With more than $150 million in box office receipts across five films plus millions more in DVD and on-demand sales worldwide, the Kendrick Brothers are recognized as leading the genre.
WHY IDENTITY?
“The movie OVERCOMER is about identity, an issue that everyone deals with. Everyone needs to answer the questions: ‘Who is God?’, and ‘Who am I?’, and the Scriptures deal with both of those things. When a person discovers who they are in Christ, it opens up an understanding of how they can live that out in a daily basis in what they do in their relationships with others,” said Stephen Kendrick.
“When we started the process with OVERCOMER, Alex began to unpack this idea of a cross-country runner who’s dealing with the issue of identity, and at the same time, I’d been studying Ephesians 1 and 2. We can see how the Lord was paralleling our paths to specifically make this movie.”
“Cross country is a very difficult sport. From the time you start, you do not stop or pause until you cross the finish line. And in many regards, that’s like our life; that’s our journey of faith,” said Alex Kendrick.
“As people are walking out of the theater, we hope that they begin to ask questions about where their identity is found, because too often we find it in our circumstances, in our titles, in what other people are saying about us, in our jobs, in our positions or awards. Those things can be taken away,” said Stephen Kendrick.
“I hope moviegoers will realize their salvation is about much more than just having a ticket to eternity. They were actually given a brand-new identity. Which means, they have access to spiritual blessings, they have an inheritance, they have all this stuff that’s available to them, this side of eternity. And when you realize that, that means the decisions you make, the relationships you have, the trajectory you choose, the ambitions that you hold, all of that stuff will reflect, and be indicative of your brand-new identity. That changes and transforms the way you live,” said Priscilla Shirer.
WHAT IS AN OVERCOMER?
OVERCOMER in many regards, is a discovery of who we are in Christ, who gets to determine our identity and what we have to overcome to embrace the life God has for us,” said Alex Kendrick.
“Overcoming is about powering through and realizing that on the other side of it you are stronger and more courageous than when you started,” said Shari Rigby.
“Being an overcomer means you keep your head up and you know that you’re going to get through it; you figure out a way to get through it, you keep your faith strong, you get through it, and you just thank God,” said Aryn Wright-Thompson.
“Being an overcomer means there is pain, discomfort, inconvenience, life’s tough, and yet you have joy and peace and all the stuff that you can only have if there is an anchor in your soul,” said Priscilla Shirer.
PDF Parent Guide resource:
https://origin-flash.sonypictures.com/ist/overcomer_videos/Overcomer-Parent-Primer-Identity.pdf






Disclaimer; in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”,  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.






Back-to-School Health Check List for North Texas Parents

02 August, 2019 No comments


August marks back-to-school season, an ideal time for parents in North Texas to help improve their children’s health. Before schedules become packed with classes, homework and extracurricular activities, here’s a back-to-school health checklist to help give children a better chance to succeed inside and outside the classroom:



Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam 
About 80 percent of what children learn is through their eyes. With that in mind, a child’s first comprehensive eye exam should occur before age 1, again at age 3 and before entering school.If no vision issues are detected, school-aged children should have an exam at least once every two years. Also, a school’s vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam, as screenings can miss conditions such as poor eye alignment, focusing issues and farsightedness.

The inability to see clearly can affect a child’s physical, emotional and social development, which in turn can affect academic and athletic performance. Children often don’t complain if their vision isn’t normal, so it’s important to look for possible signs such as squinting while reading or watching television, difficulty hitting or catching a ball, or headaches when watching 3D movies. 

Also, be aware of digital eye strain, which is caused by prolonged use of computers or smartphonesHelp your child practice healthy vision habits by keeping computer screens at least 30 inches from their eyes, resting their eyes every 20 minutes and blinking frequently to avoid dry eyes.  

Get a Dental Cleaning 
Maintaining proper oral health matters more than just keeping a sparkling smile – it’s also important for good overall health. This is especially true for children, as untreated dental problems may diminish attention, decrease self-esteem and limit a child’s ability to learn at school.

Tooth decay is largely preventable, yet it ranks as the most common chronic disease among children. About 33 percent of young kids (ages 2 to 8) have cavities in their baby teeth, and 20 percent of kids in the same age group have cavities in their adult teeth. With that in mind, parents should schedule regular dental exams every six months, especially at schools thatrequire a back-to-school dental checkup.

For parents with teenagers, it is important to recognize the risks of opioid addiction, especially after wisdom teeth removal. If you or a loved one is prescribed an opioid following a dental or other medical procedure, ask your health care professional if there are alternatives, including over-the-counter pain relievers such as a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen.  

Get Recommended Immunizations 

Many schools in North Texas require that children are properly immunized before they enter the classroom to help to avoid serious diseases and prevent other students from contracting them. Children’s vaccines are 90% to 99% effective and may help protect kids from diseases such as mumps, tetanus and chicken pox. By helping reduce the risk of contracting potentially preventable diseases such as the flu, children may have fewer school absences.

According to Dr. Sarah-Anne H. Schumann, Regional Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of North Texas and Oklahoma, parents should check with their doctor to determine what immunizations are appropriate based on age. Most shots are given by the time children are 2 years old, but some are administered into the teen years. If your child runs a low-grade fever or has swelling in the shot location after the immunization, these minor side effects typically last a couple days. Apply a cool, wet washcloth on the sore area to help ease discomfort, but check with your doctor about the appropriateness of over-the-counter pain medications.

Back-to-school season is an exciting time for many children and their parents. Consider these guidelines to help encourage your child’s health and success throughout the school year.



How to Help Protect Your Eyes and Ears This Summer

22 July, 2019 No comments

How to Help Protect Your Eyes and Ears This Summer

Outdoor concerts and activities are synonymous with summer, offering North Texans an opportunity to enjoy the warmer weatherBut these traditions often have a connection tothe health of your eyes and ears, so it is important to be mindful as we celebrate the summer and all that goes with it.

Here are several summertime settings to take note of to help protect your eyes and ears:


A Day in the Sun

If you’re planning an outing that involves many hours in the sun, it is a good idea to use eye protection in addition to sunscreen. 
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause damage to both your skin and your eyes. UV rays may contribute to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration, which may result in blindness. Intense short-term exposure to UV light may cause “eye sunburn,” apainful condition associated with outdoor recreational activity. Too much long-term exposure may contribute to skin cancer around the eyes and sight-threatening conditions. To help reduce these risks, protect your eyes from the sun by wearingsunglasses that block out 99% or more of UV rays and a wide-brimmed hat.

Keep in mind that it is important for people – especially children – to get outside and take breaks from digital devices. Studies show that natural light can promote healthy vision, especially among children and teens with developing eyes, and that spending time outside may be a protective factor against nearsightedness. Partly due to extended periods of up-close reading and screen time, more than 40% of Americans have nearsightedness (myopia), which is the inability to see far off objects clearly, and the percentage is growing.





Sounds of Summer

Summer is also a popular time for sporting events and music concerts, which can lead to exposure to loud sounds. Crowd noise at some sporting events can exceed 90 decibelsmusic concerts can exceed 115 decibels. Prolonged exposure to sounds above 85 decibels may contribute to gradual hearing loss, so it is a good idea to use ear protection– such as earplugs or earmuffs – when seeing your favorite team or band. This type of protection is especially important for babies and children attending loud events, as young people’s hearing follicles are more easily damaged compared to those of adults.  

Likewise, extended listening to music or digital content through headphones or earbuds may damage hearing over time. To help prevent that, turn the volume on your electronic device to 60 percent or lower and listen for no longer than 60 minutes at a time. When using power tools or a lawn mower, never listen to earbuds.   

Fireworks are another summer tradition, and also a potentially dangerous one for both the ears and eyesThese explosions can exceed 150 decibels, so people should always view fireworks from a significant distanceHospital ERs annually treat nearly 13,000 people for fireworks-related accidents, with eye injuries – such as burns, lacerations, contusions and foreign objects in the eye  in many cases causing permanent damage 

According to Dr. Sarah-Anne H. Schumann, Regional Chief Medical Officer,UnitedHealthcare of North Texas and Oklahomaconsidering these tips may help you focus on fun, friends and family during the summer, while helping maintain your eye and ear health – and as a result contribute to your overall health – now and in the future.