FAVORITE THINGS + A SUMMER GIVEAWAY

I am SO excited about this giveaway for you! I have teamed up with several wonderful businesses and artists to bring you an assortment of goodies you are going to love this summer!

Before I jump into what is up for grabs in MY giveaway, you must know about the 8 OTHER giveaways that are all happening right now. To see each gift up close, and to enter to win, visit each site to fill out their entry forms.

It’s possible you could win more than ONE!

When you visit each blog take a look around. This is a great list of amazing bloggers and I know you’ll love each one of them. These precious bloggers (who all love Jesus!) are tearing the blog world UP with their commitment to helping women know God more, serve their families well, and be encouraged on the journey. Plus, their giveaways are AMAZING, so make sure you enter to win their giveaways, too!

**Click any AND ALL of these links to enter to win the incredible giveaways going on at each of these fabulous sites!**

1. Happy Home Fairy // 2. Ale & Tere // 3. The Littles and Me // 4. Erika Dawson – Faithful Moms // 5. Filled with the Word // 6. The Olive Tree Blog // 7. The Purposeful Mom // 8. Meaningful Mama // 9. Frugal Coupon Living

Without further ado, here is what is up for grabs in MY giveaway!

These are on my top summer fave list…

Pink grapefruit Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes

These wipes smell incredible and they are a great summer staple when you’re on the go.

The Honest Company hand sanitizer spray Orange with Aloe

I love this brand and this hand sanitizer smells like summer in a tube.  It also has natural ingredients and it’s easy to throw in your purse and go.

Burt’s Bees #bringbackthebees Pink Grapefruit moisturizing lip balm

This lip balm is smooth and has a light grapefruit scent.  I love it.  It smells like a grapefruit drink.

Sally Hansen Insta-dry “Peachy Breeze” and “Clearly Quick” nail color 

Guys I’m wearing this color right now. It’s so fun and perfect for the pool or beach

Maybelline’s “Peach Buff” Matte/Mat lip color

This Maybelline Mat lip color goes on smooth and it’s my #1 shade. You can dress it up or wear it everyday.

Summertime flamingo lunch napkins

Guys… these can make any Instagram picture look festive and like you’re in Tahiti.  Also, I pull them out during family dinner and they make Nebraska’s cool weather feel like Florida!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp 

This parenting book has been a gift from God to my mama heart.  So much wisdom in here! I plan on reading this book (again) this summer and I know it will bless you and your children as much as it has blessed me.

2ECOND LIFE by Chesapeake Bay Candle “Aloe Woods” scent 

This is my post dinner scent. After the house is all picked up and my kiddos are getting ready for bed, I light this candle.  It makes the entire house feel like I’m on an island somewhere and helps me relax at the end of the day.

What do you think?!

Would you like to win all of these amazing prizes?!

FOUR ways to enter:

1. Subscribe to Ale and Tere

see the top right of the site (right under my bio) enter your email and hit subscribe!

You’ll get an email from me, make sure to confirm your email and you are set!

2.Follow @ale_and_tere on Instagram 

3. Follow @aleandtere on Facebook

4. Enter your email address below

 

*The winner will be randomly chosen*

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my sweet international readers!). The giveaway will end at 12:00 am on Monday, May 29 (EST). A winner will be selected shortly after and notified by e-mail. If winner does not respond within 24 hours, a second winner will be chosen. Thank you for being a part of this fun giveaway!

I can’t wait to see who wins! Make sure to HOP to the other blogs and make some new, inspiring friends!

**Click the links below to learn more about these amazing bloggers!**

Julie Brasington is the wife of a South Florida Worship Pastor and mom of 2 boys. She writes at Happy Home Fairy where you can find easy craft ideas, FREE printables, simple recipes, corny jokes, holiday fun, thoughts on raising kids, and encouragement for moms.

Ashley is the wife of her entrepreneur husband, Philip, and mama to two sweet girls. She’s also the arts and crafts lover, blocks builder, everyday celebrator, and mama encourager behind The Littles and Me—where she shares kids activities, simple ideas for family fun and encouragement for mamas. She believes in celebrating everyday moments, the power of play and spreading freshly squeezed joy along the way!

Teresa (Tere) from Ale & Tere is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three beautiful babies. They recently moved their family from sunny South Florida to the suburbs of Nebraska and are documenting their travel experiences, parenting journey, growing faith and pieces of their everyday life. You can find Teresa with a baby on her lap, homeschooling her five year old, chasing after a mischievous pooch and drinking cold coffee (because she never gets to it in time). Teresa’s hope is to encourage other moms to embrace motherhood in all of it’s beautiful and chaotic splendor and to always always always point others to Christ!

Erika Dawson is a writer and speaker who is passionate about God’s Word and prayer. She writes at FaithfulMoms.org sharing Biblical teaching, grace-filled encouragement, and practical tools for moms to connect with God, walk faithfully in their callings, and lead their kids to Jesus. She and her husband live in the Chicagoland area with their four incredible kids.

A wife and mother after God’s heart, FilledWithTheWord tends to the hearts of women of all ages and shines a bright light to the Gospel of Jesus Christ while providing encouragement to all through the sweet promises that God has for His people. Courtney can’t wait to meet you right where you’re at and follow along!

Christina married a music man, who also happened to be her high school sweetheart. Together they have four children and one crazy labrador. She blogs about faith, family, travel, baking, cooking, and everyday life. She blogs at The Olive Tree.

At The Purposeful Mom, Jenn seeks to equip women to be strengthened in their faith, teach their children truth and grace, create a peaceful home (so they can keep the urgent from crowding out the important), and live purposefully without the pressure to be perfect.
Parenting isn’t easy, but it’s so important. Meaningful Mama is a corner of the web that inspires an intentional and creative family life. While keeping it real, Jodi provides practical activities, tips and stories that encourage moms.
Stretching your pennies, while saving your daughters. Frugal Coupon Living is a daily lifestyle blog featuring handpicked deals for fashion, recipes, crafts, coupons and more. Behind the scenes, Ashley Langston is a DC-metro blogger on the hunt for current trends and hot deals. As seen on Dr. Phil and the Rachael Ray Show.
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THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS

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A few Thanksgiving thoughts:

  • We’re just coming out of a 17 day stretch with Alex being gone and the kids and I cranking it out at home. They were tough days. Long days. Some days ended with wine and tears and some with laughter and pillow fights.  I wish I could say it’s over but it’s only a matter of time before he ships off again. Today I’m thanking God for these past 17 days.  We made it.
  • My parents spent a lot of time here with me.  They have always been my constant. It doesn’t matter where we are in life, they always come to the rescue and this time around they didn’t disappoint.  As soon as they heard that Alex was going to be gone for an extended time, they moved right into our third bedroom.  I wonder what life will be like without them near to us.  I’m not looking forward to finding myself in need of them and knowing that for the first time ever, they won’t be there.
  • Emory is not sleeping through the night.  I tried forcing her a couple of nights ago and it ended up with a puke fest that quickly turned into me saying “that’s it, you’re sleeping next to me until you’re 15!”  She’s such a good girl and she’s our last so part of me wants to hold on to the dependency aspect of our relationship a little longer than I did with the older two. I’m pretty sure she’ll be the child who has to sleep train me!
  • Our Nebraska home is almost ready for us.  I can’t believe we’ll get to live in such a beautiful place.  I shared a bedroom with my three brothers until I turned 15.  It’s such a surreal feeling to be able to provide for your kids things that we never had or dreamt of growing up, like their own room!
  •  I’ve been binge watching the hallmark channel (online because we don’t have cable) and my Christmas spirit is bursting within me.  We arrive at NE on the 7th of Dec but our things to get up there until the 15th giving us only 10 days of Christmas.
  • I’m pretty sure I tore some sort of ligament or tendon in my ankle.  I injured it about three months ago and I can’t seem to shake the pain away.  I’ve never feared seeing a Dr. before because I know the diagnosis is going to make me rest and this is not a season for rest. Maybe it’ll be forced rest. Maybe it’s for the best.
  • We’re going to my in laws home for Thanksgiving.  I’m in charge of a dessert and drinks.  I’ll be poaching some pears and making sangria! We requested cuban food for Thanksgiving because we have no idea when we’ll get to have real Cuban food again so we’ll indulge in our ultimate comfort food.
  • Thinking about this verse. Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you… this season we’re in, our health struggles, our parenting, our new Nebraska chapter, these are all things that He willed for us.  These are things that our in our lives for a purpose and we are to give thanks in all of these circumstances. So humbling. Also, so much peace comes from knowing that He is sovereign and has plans to prosper and not harm us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 9:11) I am so thankful for that.  For His will and for His plan.

I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!

 

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Motherhood: Mommy wars and a FREE printable

Motherhood: Mommy wars and a FREE printable

Last week, I met up with a beautiful group of girls for a book study. I jumped in the study a bit late, but we’re going through Mom Enough. The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope by Christina Fox, Gloria Furman, Christine Hoover, Rachel Jankovic, Rachel Pieh Jones, Carolyn McCulley, and Trillia Newbell.  In the book, the authors discuss different motherhood struggles and trials that they have faced and are currently facing.  Last week’s topic was on mommy-wars and the impact judgement (from other moms) has on our everyday life.

We are all judged in one way or another and we are all guilty of judging other moms because they don’t parent the way we do.  The first time I felt the impact of mommy-wars was when Alex and I decided to induce Grace’s labor.  We were are 39 weeks and I had exactly two weeks of spring break to have her and head right back to my second semester of nursing school.  At the time, and given our circumstances, it was the best decision for our family.  Needless to say other moms were not thrilled about the idea and made their points known without regards for our fragile state and our decision.

For me, the mommy-wars continued on when it came down to our decision to formula feed Grace vs. breast feed her.  Although I do believe that under perfect circumstances breastfeeding is the best option, at the time, it was not something we could do.  I was in school all day long and pumping at 6pm while trying to cook dinner and cramming for my next big test left me with no time to spend with my little girl and my hubby.  So, we opted for the next best option and looking back, it was a great decision.

Although I have been on the receiving side of the mommy-wars, I am also guilty of doing the judging.  I know I didn’t believe it either… but it’s true.  I’ve said things like “you let your kid eat those crackers off the floor?” or “You’re still breastfeeding your two year old?” or my favorite “Why isn’t your three year old potty trained?” and I’ve given plenty of judgy side-looks when seeing kids roll around the church floor or worse walking barefoot! eeww…

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