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!

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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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The ultimate easter basket

Grace is old enough to understand seasons and look forward to holidays. This makes it very exciting when it comes to getting ready for spring and Easter! This year we are introducing the Easter basket and have been really looking forward to delivering them to friends and family. We have come up with the Ultimate Easter Basket and are so excited about gifting them to our friends!

 Here’s the Ultimate Easter basket in four easy steps. 

The ultimate easter basket


  1. Use a functional basket. When choosing a basket I’d like to look for something that is practical and can be repurposed. I think cubby box for toys, planter box for herbs in the spring. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just practical.
  2. Add something handmade. Grace and I like to add a few personalized hand written notes. For this basket we added a few Bible verses and a fun picture of a butterfly.
  3. Fun candy. You can’t build the ultimate Easter basket without adding candy. We choose Nestlé, because they have the best quality infredients and they’re easy to pick up on pur trip to Walmart. I grew up eating SweeTARTS and they’re still my candy of choice! A pioneer in taste innovation, SweeTARTS delivers the original flavor combination of delightfully sweet and delicately tart in an array of colorful candy creations. For this basked we included their Easter shaped Chicks, Ducks & Bunnies! They’re also great for decorating and filling candy dishes, eggs and for decorating cakes! We are also adding a Scrambled Egg (with Nerds, Laffy Taffy, and Runts), Springtime Fun Dip (I remember eating these as a kid all the time!) Nerds Rope and a few colorful Easter eggs filled with SweeTARTS, Laffy Taffy and Nerds.
  4. Toys. What kid doesn’t love toys? Because it spring and everyone is starting to spend more time outdoors, we added a bubble machine and some sidewalk chalk. Our hope is to encourage play and creativity
  5. Include dinner. This is my secret ingredient to making the ultimate Easter basket because it is a treat for both mom and kids. When we deliver this basket, we will also deliver this Stouffer’s Family Style Macaroni & Cheese! As a mom, I know what a treat it is when I don’t have to think about what I’m serving for dinner.  Bringing over some Mac & Cheese will really give the whole family a chance to play together and enjoy all of the Easter goodies in the basket.  Also, because Stouffer’s Family Style Macaroni & Cheese is made with freshly-made pasta in a 100% real cheddar cheese sauce I feel really good about sharing it with a mom-friend! (I also stock up for myself… because you can’t go wrong with Mac & Cheese!)


The ultimate easter basket

That’s it guys! It’s a super easy and fun way to brighten up someone elses day.

Here’s the good news… you can make your own Ultimate Easter basket too! Follow those five simple steps and use these awesome coupons! It doesn’t get any easier friends!

You can also check out Nestlé Pinterest Page here and get some really cool inspiration at their social hub!

The ultimate easter basket

the ultimate easter basket

the ultimate easter basket

The ultimate easter basketThe ultimate easter basket

 the ultimate easter basket

the ultimate easter basket

 Happy Easter friends!

Can’t believe that this was Easter 2015! Look how little Grace looks!

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solo parenting

Last week Alex left for the Shepherd’s Conference at Grace Community Church.  Attending this conference was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and there was no way he was going to miss it.  Which meant that I would be flying solo with three kids (and a mischievous pooch) in the thick of winter for six long days.  It was rough, and a lot went wrong. However, there are a few things that I learned from that experience, and can say with confidence that I am all the better for it. 

Here is how I got through 6 days of solo-parenting 

I will preface by saying that there are moms who are experts at flying solo because their husbands are in the military or they’re used to a busy schedule.  This is not me.  I am not used to being alone and although I keep our calendars pretty busy, I look forward to the time Alex gets home from work and takes some of the parenting off my shoulders

solo parenting

So, this is how I survived:

  1. Set the expectation-   My typical morning schedule looks like a variation of this routine and I like to get the kids on board with whatever I have planned for myself. Sometimes that meant getting the kids up early, giving them their sippy cups and sending them back up to their room for ten minutes.  Sometimes, it was a morning cartoon while I got myself situated.   Whatever the case, I gave the kids a heads up and set the expectation for what the morning will look like for them.  They were aware of what was coming up next and there was no room for the guessing game.
  2. Phone it in- Friends, I am not good at doing it all, and I am aware of that.  I either cooked, and had a healthy and nutritious meal on the table or cleaned the house and folded laundry. I was not able to do both successfully while tending to three kids. Some nights we ordered pizza and others we hit up the chick-fil-a drive thru! There’s no shame for me in cutting a few corners… especially when I’m flying solo.
  3. Get outside- It was COLD friends but I dressed the kids and whenever the sun graced us, we ran outside. Some days we lasted 5 minutes and others 20.  Heck, I even made it a point to take everyone out to check the mail box!  We needed the fresh air and we needed to be outdoors, even if it was just for a minute.
  4. Get your rest– Forget this staying up mentality.  When those little cuties were down, I passed out too.  I figured if they were going to wake up in the middle of the night (which they did almost every night) I was the only one on call.  I found myself getting up 8x for water, 6x for potty and 5 more times just because they had a bad dream.  There was no tag team…it was all me.  So, I put in some sleep hours as early as I could in anticipation of the mommy midnight calls. 
  5. Swat the jealousy bug fast and often– It was so easy for me to think jealous thoughts about Alex being gone.  I was home alone (in a brand new state) with three kids and no help. There were a few times where I had to step away and ask God to forgive me for being jealous of Alex’s uninterrupted sleep, sun kissed face (did I mention he was in California?), delightful meals, and time of fellowship with kindred hearts.  The jealousy bug creeped in during our phone calls and face time chats.  It got to the point where I had to pray before calling him and pray before taking his call. Guys it was tough… but sanctifying!

    It was a thin line between being happy for him and being jealous of him!

    So I had to swat the bug… as soon as I felt it creeping in, I made it a point to pray and ask for forgiveness and grace in this area. And you know what??? It worked.  It was tough being by myself and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I had some some tough times (like my website being hacked and my dog running away) but it was worth it friends.

So, if you find yourself flying solo, know that I have been there and that you will get through it. Also, God will give you grace and strength for this moment… ask Him for it!

Pray for your hubby while he’s away.  

Yes, he’s probably sleeping better than you are, but He needs YOU! He needs your prayers, your love, your cuddles and he’s probably asking God for grace in different areas. Pray for him! You’ll both be better for it!

If you’re flying solo and need some encouragement or someone to talk to… SHOOT ME AN EMAIL (aleandtere@yahoo.com)!!! Find me on Instagram! I’d love to chat and encourage you any way I can!!

Praying for you,


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