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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Review and Giveaway

I'm excited to bring this review and giveaway to you today for the newest member of the Dial Boutique Collection Hand Soap line from Dial! Introducing the new Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap!

Dial has done a wonderful job in bringing luxury to my daily hand washing experience with this premium formula that has gentle micro-scrubbers that cleanses deeply while moisturizing and smoothing my hands. It's a deep cleansing hand soap that is safe for my whole family.

Purex Insider Review and Giveaway


Boutique Collection Hand Soap Facts

  • Vibrant scents
  • Refreshing moisture
  • Gentle micro-scrubbers
  • Deep cleansing formula

The deep cleansing formula of the Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub (and all of the hand soaps included in the Boutique Collection) give me clean, healthy hands and skin because of the moisturizing formulas that have skin conditioners which hydrate my skin and visibly improves the dryness of my hands. This winter was rough on my skin, but I have seen a visible improvement during my review of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub. My hands feel smooth and refreshed with every hand wash!

I love the completely new bottle and design of the Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub! It looks so pretty sitting on top of my bathroom sink.

I'm excited to share my love of Dial Hand Soap by hosting a giveaway of a coupon for a FREE bottle of Dial Complete Omega Moisture Foaming Hand Wash. Simply enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below!


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Your Purex Insider, 
Laurie



*Disclosure: The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Silky Smooth Skin with Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash

The new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash is a simple and affordable way to pamper your family's skin daily! As a Purex Insider, I'm excited to share my review of the new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash with you today!

Purex Insider Review


Do you yearn for soft skin?

Is healthy skin for your entire family something you desire from your family body wash?

Infused with Marula Oil, this moisturizing soap is safe for the whole family. Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash will give your entire family soft and healthy skin.

When my package was delivered, my son grabbed the body wash and headed straight to the shower! I told him we would have to share it since we only had this one bottle. (*grin*)

He wanted me to let you know his thoughts: "It is really good and the smell is awesome!"

I couldn't agree with him more! I love the silky smooth feeling of my skin. It really does feel and look healthy. This past winter had left my skin feeling dry, itchy, and flaky. But not anymore thanks to the new Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash! It's nice to have healthy and soft skin again just in time for summer weather.

I'm excited to be able to host a giveaway for one coupon for a FREE bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash! Enter below by using the Rafflecopter widget.


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Your Purex Insider, 
Laurie



*Disclaimer: The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

GPALOVEMATH ~ An Online Math Program

GPALOVEMATH is a completely online math program for homeschoolers with children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade provided by GPA LEARN. Recently I was given the opportunity to review GPALOVEMATH from Great Parents Academy in our homeschool. This is a great online math help that I have enjoyed using with my son in our homeschool. It's like having a math tutor online for my son!


GPA LEARN Review


Setting Up Our GPALOVEMATH Account

I created my account in 4 easy steps. After confirming my account, I set up a user name and password for my son. GPALOVEMATH is completely online and is compatible with  a PC, Mac, iPad and Galaxy Tab on most all browsers.


Information About the Lessons from GPALOVEMATH

Every lesson has 3 sections that includes small bite-size pieces of knowledge and should be completed by your child in one sitting.

Section 1 teaches the child the skills for the lesson.

Section 2 contains practice problems for the child with feedback from the character guide.

Section 3 is the only section scored. The child works independently in this section which is introduced only when your child shows that he/she is ready from their work in Section 2.

If your child is a beginning reader, all problems can be read to them by clicking the words on the screen.

You can see all attempts your child makes on each of their lessons at any time. Viewing missed problems is a great way to detect any learning gaps so that you can review with your child on these lessons.

The Parent LEARN video tutorial is very helpful, quick orientation. Check it out by clicking on the video below.





How We Used GPALOVEMATH

We used GPALOVEMATH in our homeschool to help cement math concepts my son needed more practice with. I loved the way the program is set up so that he couldn't move on to section 3 until he showed that he could do the work in section 2. This aspect of the program assures me that there will not be any gaps in his math learning. This is very important to me since most math concepts build on each other. A firm foundation in every concept is very important in my son's math education.

I love how GPALOVEMATH is set up so that small pieces of math concepts are taught at a time. My son can get easily overwhelmed with math if too much to thrown into a lesson at one time. We can take our time with each lesson in Section 1 before moving on to Section 2 and so on. I also love the motivational system that is available for parents to use to encourage their children with the work they complete. Reward ideas are provided or you can come up with your own. I receive an email each time Caleb completes a lesson, and also at the end of the week I receive an email with all of the lessons he completed and the grade he made on them.

Caleb loves his "learning coach", Abacus, who guided him through each lesson. Every grade has a different learning coach. This is a fun part of the GPALOVEMATH!

Math Learning Coaches
GPALOVEMATH Learning Coaches make learning math fun!

If you are looking for an online math program to put some excitement back into your child's math learning experience, then I highly recommend GPALOVEMATH. Your child will truly love learning math again!

You can connect with GPALOVEMATH on the following social media outlets:


Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie
 

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GPA Learn Review


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Monday, March 16, 2015

I've Joined the Grandparents Club!

I am so excited to introduce to you our precious grandson, Elijah McCain Talley! Born on Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. to Jonathan and Sarah Talley. He is perfect!!









I was so blessed to be able to witness my grandson's birth since my daughter and son-in-law wanted me in the birthing room with them - along with Jonathan's mother.

Thanks for all of your prayers for my daughter and Elijah! God answered every prayer that we prayed on their behalf!

They both are doing great! My sweet son-in-law is taking wonderful care of them. I'm getting to help them too by spending some nights with them to assist however they need me which makes this moma and grandma very happy!

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When Words Won't Come

When words won't come...I'm at a loss for words this week. My mind is consumed in prayer for my sweet friend who continues to fight for her life in the hospital. And then, I'm eagerly anticipating the birth of my first grandson (due this Friday!).

Blogging Through the Bible


Anticipating the life of Elijah on the one hand and desperately pleading for death not to take my dear friend, Debbie, on the other hand.

It's an emotional roller coaster.

We are in our second week of Matthew with the Good Morning Girls, and I have to be honest and tell you that all I have done this week, except for Monday, is read our chapters each day (find my SOAK for Monday on Why Worry?). I cannot do any more than that because my mind cannot focus for deep study right now.

Matthew Reading Plan


So I have no words for you this week that tie into what I've learned during my study time because I haven't been able to focus long enough to do any type of study.

Just reading our one chapter a day.

And that's okay. We all go through seasons of life.

This is where I am right now.

Praying for my daughter to have a safe delivery without any complications and for my grandson to be healthy.

Pleading in prayer for Debbie to be healed in Jesus' name and trusting in God as her Great Physician. Praying for her husband and their kids to be comforted with God's peace and presence during this difficult time.

I humbly ask for you to join me in prayer tonight for both of these requests that are heavy on my heart. I thank God for opportunities - both the good and the bad - to trust in Who I know Him to be for these needs. I pray that His name would be glorified in each circumstance that I lift up to Him.

Even if my words won't come, I know that I can speak forth His Word into any situation and it will accomplish more than I ever could.

You see, God is not surprised by anything and He is in control of everything. That's the truth I hold on to and find comfort in tonight. I hope it does the same for you.


Matthew 8


Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



Blogging Through the Bible


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why Worry?


We all are guilty of worrying about things in this life. But, why worry as children of God?


Learning to Trust God

What I've come to learn in my own life is that when I am worrying, I have taken my eyes off of God and the truth of Who I know Him to be.


He is my Provider.

He is my Father in Heaven.

He loves me.

He cares about me.

He has a good plan for me.

He is able.

So instead of worrying about things - let's encourage each other to think about the truths of God concerning us. How about it? Will you join me? What are some truths about God that you stand on during the times when you're tempted to worry?

Welcome to Week 2 of Matthew with the Good Morning Girls! Here is our reading plan this week:

Matthew Reading Plan

Here is my SOAK for Monday:



Monday, March 9, 2015

Matthew 6

Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Observations:

Do not worry about your life:

a.      Do not worry about what you will eat
b.      Do not worry about what you will drink
c.      Do not worry about what you will wear

All of these are physical concerns/needs. We are not to worry about these things because God knows that we need all of these things and He is our provider for them.

We are to first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness (all spiritual concerns). None of our physical needs will be lacking when we put God as the first priority in our lives.

We are not to worry about tomorrow, but trust that God has already provided for that time as well.

Application: God must come first before anything else in our lives. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything other than stress. For me, I have found that worry in my life reveals a lack of trust in my heart towards God. Realizing that, God has helped me to not be the worrier that I used to be. He’s helped me to trust in Who I know Him to be as my Provider by remembering how He has provided for me and my family in times past.

Kneel: Heavenly Father, thank You for all the ways You have provided for me and my family over the years. Thank You for helping me win the battle against worry by teaching me to remember all the ways that You have provided for me in times past. Help me to always stand on the truth of Who I know You to be – my Provider. You are faithful Father, and I pray that I would always be faithful to seek Your Kingdom and Your Righteousness above all else in this world. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen! 


Can I share some exciting news with you before you go?

My daughter will be delivering her and my son-in-law's baby boy any day now. Her due date is this Friday, so if you come here this week and don't find my Blogging Through the Bible posts - that is why! (*smile*)

This post was actually supposed to go live yesterday (Monday), but it was a crazy busy day around here and right now as I type this post it is 12:07 a.m. Tuesday. (*smile*) Hey, it's real life...LOL!

I would really appreciate your prayers for my daughter and grandson - for a safe delivery for mom and baby, for a healthy baby, and no complications for either of them. Thanks!

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie
 

Good Morning Girls Blogging Through the Bible




Friday, March 6, 2015

Learning to Fight Like Jesus

We are in a spiritual battle, friends. And learning to fight like Jesus is the most important thing we can do to win the battle.

Fighting Spiritual Battles Against Satan


This week in our reading with the Good Morning Girls, we see Jesus being tempted by Satan at one of the most weakest points of His life as a man in Matthew 4:1-11.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
and,
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’
Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Did you notice how Satan attacked Jesus by twisting the word of God?

That's what he's good at...twisting the word of God so that we will sin against God. He did the same thing to Eve in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1).

But this time Satan's plan failed!

Here's why.

Jesus spoke the Word of God right back at Satan with every twisted attempt Satan threw at Him.


Learning to fight light Jesus means we must be armed with the truth of God's Word. It means we must learn to shine the light of the truth of God's Word when faced with the temptations of this life by speaking the Word of God into any temptation that Satan puts in our path. It's the only way we can effectively resist temptations from Satan.

Hiding God's Word in our hearts - memorizing the Scriptures - is a great way to arm yourself with the Word of God! I'm a firm believer in committing Bible verses to heart and then praying the Scriptures I've learned back to God when the need arises.

Here's what that looks like for me in my life:

Three years ago when my son's anxieties surfaced, I memorized 2 Timothy 1:7 so I could pray it over him every night before he went to sleep...

...Out loud so he could hear the truth of God's Word concerning him and win the battle Satan was waging against his peace of mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

So here is a portion of my prayer for Caleb that I pray out loud over him every. single. night.

Heavenly Father, You have not given Caleb a spirit of fear - but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Help him to walk in this truth every day...

Let's win the spiritual battle by learning to fight like Jesus. Let's teach our kids too while we're at it!

We made it through Week 1 of Matthew! It has been a struggle for me this week, friends. There is so much going on in life right now. It's been a very tiring week for me. I ask for your prayers. Let's press on together in the book of Matthew!

Here's our reading plan for next week:

Matthew Reading Plan

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie


I'm linking up with Courtney Joseph over at Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls! Simply click on the image below to read Courtney's Blogging Through the Bible post and others who are BTTB with us!

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