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I am probably more excited about this giveaway than any other one I have done!

I have 6 children and we are vigilant about what they watch.  We firmly believe in garbage in = garbage out!

Over the years, we have weeded out our less appropriate movies and we have replaced them with Christian movies.  We can enjoy family time without having to cover our younger children’s eyes or fast forwarding through the inappropriate parts.  We even, for years, invested in “Clearplay.”

Since our budget is tight, one thing we eliminated was our fancy “clearplay” machine (which filtered out all the language, sex and violence).  So now, we are back to no cable and movies that we have watched a lot.  We haven’t bought any new Christian movies because we just haven’t had the time.

Today, I am TICKLED to say that there is a new Netflix in town, only it is the Christian version of Netflix!  It is called gMovies.  It has hundreds of Christian movies to choose from and it can be watched from computers or ipads/tablets!!!!!!!!  How exciting is that!

I have scanned through the movies and we have some favorites. “Finding Normal” with Candace Cameron Bure…we love it!  “What If” with Kevin Sorbo and John Ratzenberger … Love.  “Waterproof” with Burt Reynolds…yet another winner.  You will not be disappointed.

The best part is that EVERY reader gets 2 weeks FREE to see if it works for them.  For one lucky winner, to be drawn on April 2, 2015, will get 6 MONTHS FREE of gMovies!!!!!!  Woot Woot!!!!!!!! *Can you tell I am beyond thrilled?*

Here is the FREE code that all readers can use for 2 weeks!

2. enter code: FREETRIAL53
FYI: The video player on the gMovies website is Adobe Flash Player based. You will just want to ensure that the web browser you are using to access is able to run the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Also, to maintain the highest quality stream, please ensure your internet download speed is at least 3.0 Mbps.
And remember that on April 2, 2015…I will draw a winner for a 6 month FREE subscription!  Just like or comment here, on facebook (my fb tag is to your right, on the screen), pinterest, twitter, google+.  I will randomly draw a lucky winner.
Here is more information!

About gMovies:

Join over 2 million people who are already enjoying gMovies on a monthly basis!

  • Instant access to over 300 hundreds Christian movies and TV shows with new titles added monthly
  • The whole family can enjoy a variety of entertainment including Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Thrillers and more
  • Stream from iPad, Android, or your PC
  • Only $4.99/month (obviously, for YOU it’s FREE)
  • No contract; cancel anytime
  • Powered by UP, American’s favorite TV network for uplifting entertainment

gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

gMovies is operated by UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.


Here are the new winner guidelines we shared with you for use in 2015:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Cauliflower Au Gratin – Low Carb

1 head cauliflower

Onion Powder

Chicken bouillion granules

8 oz. mexican cheese

3/4 c. heavy cream

In large bowl, place cauliflower florets and microwave for 5 minutes.

In a greased baking dish (I used a deep, round dish), place a layer of the steamed cauliflower.  Sprinkle on some onion powder and chicken bouillion granules.  Add cheese.  Repeat, ending with cheese.  Pour heavy cream over it all and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.

Servings:  8

Carbs per serving:  5

Jesus Sees Us Doll and Book

This doll and book combination is geared towards children between the ages of 2 and 6.  I just need to tell you that I do not have a child in that 2-6 range BUT I do have a child who is 8 and from a different country.  He has yet to accept Jesus as his personal Savior because he doesn’t full understand how.

This book is hands on, full of color and life.  It is full of Scripture and life lessons PLUS you have a Jesus doll to hold onto and to see, feel and touch. The doll is very well made and it serves as a visual when I read the book to him on LYING, SHARING, LOVING others.

My son came to America when he was 5, so those formative years were spent a half a world away…in a jungle.  This book and doll set is perfect for him and for me to help him learn.  You can often find Jesus on the table watching everyone while we are doing our schoolwork.  He can sometimes be found setting in the chandelier overlooking our family as we eat.  There are some days that He is on the mantle, peering out over papers.  It is a constant, visual reminder that Jesus is everywhere and that He cares about the big things and the small things of life!

How do you introduce your child to Jesus?
Imagine your children took the same interest and wonder in Jesus and the Christian message as they did in princesses, fairies, and elves… Jesus Sees Us is a packaged Jesus Christ doll that has the same comforting power as a child’s favorite toy or blanket, but is rooted in lessons that last a lifetime. Children respond to the comfort of tangible items when they are young, so why not make that item Jesus and the comfort He gives to ignite their faith? The accompanying book is a tool to assist you in engaging your child and starting the conversation about Jesus’ teachings.

Jesus Sees Us was created by two mothers of preschool-ages children looking for an engaging and relatable way to introduce Jesus and their Faith to their children!
There is NOT a giveaway with this promotion, but we’ll have a special code you can share with readers for $10 off their purchase via AMAZON.
About the doll:
Appropriate for Ages 2-6
By the time a child turns three years old, he or she already has the capability to relate to Jesus. Children can understand that, like them, Jesus was a baby with parents who loved Him. They can understand that Jesus grew up to be a man who loved everyone and taught people to do the same. Children become excited and inquisitive when they can master these facts, ultimately making them more open to deeper conversations and ideas about faith.

The Jesus Sees Us doll is an integral part of fostering your child’s initial introduction to Jesus. Even though we talk to our children about Jesus or take them to Sunday services, they are not always able to understand the importance of the Christian message. Jesus Sees Us is a tool that makes Jesus, His teachings, and the concept of faith both relatable and positive to young children by introducing Him as the loving and forgiving presence in our lives. The doll becomes the tangible connection to the stories and lessons in the book. He is the touchable source of comfort that a child can relate to. The Jesus Sees Us doll has a soft body and a warm, welcoming face. His arms and hands are open, inviting your child to hold him, engage with him, and pray with him. The Jesus Sees Us doll allows your child to “play out” the valuable and timeless lessons of the Bible.

And for my readers, here is a $10 off coupon to use via Amazon! Just plug in this code, before checkout JSBlog10
S O C I A L • C O R N E R

Jesus Sees Us Fact Sheet

– Jesus Sees Us was created by two mothers of preschool-ages children

looking for an engaging and relatable way to introduce Jesus and their Faith

to their children

– Includes a soft body Doll with a hard molded head and a hard covered

– Appropriate for children ages 2-6

– The Doll has a warm and loving face and inviting, open arms that mirror the

image of the illustrations in the Lesson Book

– Lesson Book includes illustrated Biblical stories of Jesus with Scripture

reference and correlating lesson on how we can model our behavior like

– A wonderful tool to help your child foster a personal relationship with Jesus at a

very young age that will last a lifetime

Italian Casserole – Low Carb

1 pound ground beef

1 pound italian sausage

1 clove garlic

2 T. minced onion

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms

1 can tomato sauce

1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

10 oz. fresh spinach, chopped

4 oz. mozzarella


Brown beef, onion, garlic, and seasoning until done.  Drain fat.  Add spinach, mushrooms, italian seasoning, mozzarella, and tomato sauce.  Simmer and then put it on a greased 13×9 pan.


1/2 c. sour cream

1/2 c. mayo

1/2 t. garlic powder


1/2 c. parmesan

4 oz. mozzarella

Mix and spread over meat mixture.  I added a bit more parm and mozz. to the top.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Servings:  12

Carbs per serving: 3

Cabbage And Bacon – Low Carb

1 large head cabbage



1 lb. bacon

In greased 13×9 pan, layer chopped cabbage, parmesan, and seasoning.  I did 2 layers of that.  I cut up the, uncooked, bacon, and placed on top.

Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake at 30 minutes.

Servings:  12

Carbs per serving: 5

Weekly Menu

It has been a TOUGH couple of weeks, so this week….I’m back to doing the things that make me happy and keep me sane.  I have maintained my weight, but I haven’t lost any (sigh).

1.  Don’t answer the phone.

2. Don’t look at cell phone.

3.  Drink lots of water (and coke)

4.  Cook

5.  Show grace

6.  Don’t answer the door.

7.  Don’t use large, medium or small appliances (or vacuum cleaners)

8.  Sleep

9.  Pretend you don’t have 4 dogs…they do not bark, eat you out of house and home, fart, vomit, or lick your elbow while you sleep.

10.  Work a puzzle or 7.

Big Daddy is in the kitchen frying up bacon and sausage for his breakfast for the week.  I’ve boiled a dozen eggs.  Oh, and I have gouda (yum) and cheese cubes for me :)

Lunch:  I’m planning on making low carb creamy tomato and spinach soup (for me).  For Big Daddy, I have made a cabbage and bacon casserole, broccoli salad, buffalo chicken salad, and tuna patties.  I think we are set.



Hamburgers and hotdogs (cloud bread, cauli tots, and low carb cheetos)

Italian Casserole and salad

Mushroom Round Steak, Feta Asparagus, Cauli Au Gratin

Italian Pork Roast, Broccoli and cheese casserole, green beans

Beef fajitas, cauli rice

The Goal Was Met

The minimum goal of $3500 was met, last night!

I am SO excited for her and that this project can begin.


You still have time to donate!  There are 5 days left to raise that amount. The second goal is $5000, so it is still lacking $1494.  It can be done!

If you find it in your heart to donate, PLEASE DO!  Let’s get this amount knocked out to get this precious little girl the help that she needs!


You can find our more on Tranverse Myelitis HERE.

There is more information, for this particular fundraiser right here!

Please Consider Helping

This is MacKenzie…about 8 years ago, when I met her and her family.

This is MacKenzie’s mom, Casey.

This sweet girl got sick and has Tranverse Myelitis (pic taken in 2010)

She is paralyzed from the waist down, which has the added benefit of severe scoliosis.

This sweet girl works so hard to keep her muscles and body strong, but it is an uphill battle.

This family has sold everything not nailed down, sacrificed, begged, pleaded, researched, advocated, and prayed for everything that they need to help MacKenzie live as normal a life as a little girl can live.

MacKenzie is beautiful, brilliant, talented, hard headed, emotional, lovely, terrified, bright, scared, little girl.

They need your help!

This is a message from her mom, Casey:

“This has been a rough day. Like rough. I got to thinking about my own world. On April 15th that is the last day Mackenzie walked….and I got to thinking…
5 years x 365 days+ 1825 days. We average 10,000 steps a day. She would have had a total of 18, 250,000 assumed total steps. Ouch. Then I thought about this website thing…finally a prayer coming true….and that we are so far from our goal. What IF? What if we met our small goal? We need 1,300. What if 260 people would donate $5.00 to her. We would have it BEAT!!!! Please? And share….pretty please.”

Can you even imagine…one day your child is fine and the next, she is fighting for her life….her end results is paralysis….Can. You.  Even.  Imagine?

Please go to HELPING MACKENZIE’S WEBSITE and make a donation!  Any amount is fantastic.

You can learn more of their story on youtube at this address: (copy and paste it into your browser).

Be the hands and feet of Jesus for this family.