Monday, March 17, 2014

The Winner Is???

Thank you to everyone that entered our giveaway for Cowgirl Dirt!
I was encouraged too by all the reasons you love Spring! It's not very spring like here to day we go a storm last night that brought us about 7 inches of beautiful snow.
I'm going to enjoy today though with it's beautiful snow, cause tomorrow it's going to be in the 50's again! :)
We'll on to the winner of the give away.
Congrats to Kara Abby!!!!

Have a delightful week, We are busy preparing for my parents to come in for the week and Lanna is excited for Spring Break!
It's wild to me that we only have 8 weeks of Homeschool left. but poor Liam, We have had so many snow days that they have to go late into June this year. So no beach vacation for us this year. :(

Until I'm back again, Serve the Lord with your Life and remember to keep it SLOW Gear!
Blessings,
Carra

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cowgirl Dirt Makeup Review and Giveaway!


  Today I'm reviewing some NATURAL cosmetic items from Cowgirl Dirt. As most of y'all know, I'm a growing supporter of anything natural, homemade or organic. So I was pretty excited to find this company. So many big cosmetics companies today use ingredients which are harmful and even toxic to us so I was super excited to find Cowgirl Dirt!.

Here’s how the gals at Cowgirl Dirt describe their cosmetics:
“Cowgirl Dirt products are made with the purest organic ingredients. Our collection of mineral-based products not only enhances your natural beauty, but also contains vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants that nourish your skin.” 
 
Cowgirl Dirt products are non-allergenic, gluten-free (I love that!), sun resistant, anti-inflammatory and they are all made in Bozeman, Montana (not who-knows-where overseas). .and anything with colors like Buckskin, Rawhide and Roan has got to be worth checking out. Also, I LOVE that they list all the ingredients to every product, so you know what you are putting on your body. This company is true to their word! I love that I can read the labels on many of the products and actually recognize most of the ingredients! Organic oils, organic beeswax, zinc oxide, natural clays, Aloe Vera, are some of the ingredients that I know. Check them out here. .
Some of the products they sell:
Face: Bronzer, Blush, Foundation.. etc
Lips: Lip gloss, lip tint, lip liner.. etc
Eyes: Eyeshadow, Eye Liner, Mascara.. etc
Body: Body Butter, Body Glitter, Body Oil.. etc
Gifts
Brushes
 
The Cowgirl Dirt folks sent me 10 samples to test and review:
  I really enjoyed using each one of them!
Now I’ve been reading a lot lately about people washing their face with oil, and honestly, this makes no sense to me. I don't have oily skin as it is, the thought of purposely putting oil on my face makes me feel like a new breakout is about to appear.
But I tried the
Rawhide Organic Facial Serum anyway.
They say it opens up your pores, removes bad oils, and replenishes good ones.
I gotta tell you, I just felt like I had rubbed olive oil on my face, and I couldn’t really get it off. Not so sure this stuff is for me …
But, I’ll keep going. This may be perfect for those of you with dry skin.
 
 
 
The cream foundation is very easy to apply. I loved that it was creamy and that it felt nice on my face. not that gritty feeling that I have had with other brands. Cowgirl Dirt offers it in multiple shades, to match each person's skin best. I got in it "Warm, 4" and it seems to match my skin well! 
Cowgirl Dirt explains that not only does this concealer hide your blemishes (oh, what a nicer word than zit!), but it also heals and repairs your skin.
 
 
I was really hoping the Finishing Powder would do some great things for my skin tones and smooth everything out. While it went on and felt great, I really couldn’t tell any difference with it on or off. I noticed on their website they suggested putting it under foundation to absorb extra oil. I think I’ll try that next time. I used my own mascara and skipped my normal eye liner since I didn’t get samples of those, but Cowgirl Dirt does offer both products (and I think they are next on my list to order).
 
Overall, it looks like Cowgirl Dirt makes some great, high quality products. And they're made in the USA! Love to support home-country based businesses.
I'm glad to know that when I put on this makeup, it's not full of junk and junk and chemicals.
 
I definitely recommend checking out the shop for yourself. You can get samples of your own for just 99 cents each. I love that! 
 
 
Now on to the Giveaway!!!
Cowgirl Dirt is graciously giving away to one of you a
Bodacious Botanical Lip Gloss!!

So now for the Giveaway!
Just leave me a comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL telling why you love Spring! The Kiddos and I will put all the names in a hat and draw some lucky winner on Saturday and I'll announce the winner on Monday.


Blessings!
Carra

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Beyond Busy!


Good Morning!

It’s been so long a time since I’ve been around!  I’m sad to say that I’ve learned in the months that I have been gone that this is not the season of life for me to be able to blog every day or even a couple times a week. L  I love blogging and keeping up with each of you. But with Family Life, Home Schooling and Ministry, and Baby #5 on the way I just feel like the important things in life are getting left behind. And life is way too short to miss out on the precious lives of our “Lil Treasures.”  I may be back here or there to post a picture, Or just to check in. but until the Lord gives me the ok, I’ll be on standby!
I’ve been promising a Giveaway for months and so I want to do that with you before I go.

So tomorrow come back and check out my Review for
 Cow Girl Dirt, and a fun Giveaway!

Blessings!
Carra

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Joy in Little Things!

I'm striving to find Joy in the little things, in the everyday comings and goings of life of a Pastors Wife and a Mama of 4 beautiful Blessings for the Lord.
But I struggle with the planning and preparing, I want everything to be just perfect! All the decorations and the bling to be just right, the kids to be dressed in their best. and yet what does that do to please the Heavenly Father??
 My heart is drawn to this passage from Isaiah..
"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength." ~ Isaiah 30:15

So my Goal for "2014" is to do just that. to find my quietness in the Lord and in Him find His Sweet JOY!
I'm beginning to love all the works of Anna Voskamp. and I just wanted to share this with you. and it's also a sweet reminder to myself.


Have a Delightful Day!
Carra

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Home Tour "2013"

Good Morning!!!!
With our family and friend's far away at the Christmas season I love to do a little "Home tour" so they can see the fun of our home.
 
Welcome to our porch!
 
 Come on in!

 
 This year we have 3 Big Trees and 3 little, it was so fun to decorate with the kids this year. My Sweet Hubby laughed and said " I went to work with fall d├ęcor up and came home to Christmas!" we love the Christmas season so we decorate just a bit early. like the end of Nov. :)

 
 I just had to add one with this little cutie! :)
 
 
 
 
 I just love my new hutch! it was super fun to decorate!
 
 
 
 
Thank you so much for visiting with me today!
With Christmas just a few days away, we are thankful for the Gift of God's Son Jesus!
and that He came to die on the cross for our sins.
Don't get too caught up in the THINGS of Christmas that you miss out in the joy of celebrating The Christ Child!  
 
 Merry Christmas!
 

 

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reusable Gift Bags!

Hello!

With Christmas just around the corner I was busy wrapping gifts and ran out of wrap! I didn't have many gifts to go and I didn't want to buy more wrap at full price.(  I know I'm cheap!) So what did I do but run to my scrap tub.
I was so excited to experiment with what I had and the outcome was fun, and very much of a money saver. :)

So here is what I started with.

 I doubled the length that needed and put the right sides together and pined it up!
 Just sew across the bottom and up the sides remembering to back stich. :)
 I don't sew as much as I use to, and so I couldn't remember how to do the corners, but it quickly came back to me.


 
 Check to see if it looks ok and then Cut off the extra!




 
  It depends on way you want your top finished. but for this one I just turned it made a little hem.
 .
 
 
   There you have it !!! ( I think the tag took me longer to make then the bag. )
It took all but about 5 min. : ) I was super excited and now if the receiver of the gift wants to reuse it they can . :)
 
 
 
 30 Min. later this is my finished  project!
8 gifts bags that all came from my scrap tub. all I need to add is the jute or a Christmas Ribbon!
 
So even if I was to go buy Gift Bags at the Dollar Store. I still would of spent over $8. but all 8 of these came to about $1 and a little but of time. :)
 
Have a Delightfully Blessed Day !
Christmas Day is just 15 days away. My Kiddos are on the count down, We are having our family Christmas on Saturday and they can't wait. :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Top 5 Christmas Shopping Ideas For Kiddos!!

So with Thanksgiving and Christmas so very close together I've stared my shopping early and thankfully I'm just about done.:)
I wanted to share with you just our Top 5 places we like to shop for our kiddos.
If' you have been with me long you know how much that I love Good Will and Salvation Army ( Sally's as my family calls it!)  so you know that there will be other cool places like that on my list!
So on with my list. :)
  1.  Your Local "Facebook" Garage Sale, Buy Sell Trade Page.
    Just look for it you'll find it. we have 6 for our area!

 I have bought 3 or 4 gifts for the kids this year on there for about 1/4 of the price of the store.   and you know that they don't care if its not brand new. it's already out of the package and ready to play with! :)

    2. Good Will and Sally's .
Again you have gently used clothing and great toys, just double check if your buying games that all the pieces are there!


    3. Garage Sales.

 It's kinda late this year for this one, but I love shopping all summer long for great gifts, and again for about 1/2 to 1/4 of the price of the store for " Like new" things.

   
    4.Christian Book Distributers
I love that I can find great God Centered books and Toys Here as well!

 

    5. Vision Forum
We have bought a few Birthday gifts as well as Christmas gifts here. we love that they have REAL boy toys. like sling shots and play guns. They also have a great staff that was very helpful as well!


Ok I can't just stop with 5. I need to do just one more! :)


   6. Itsy!!!!

 I love, love, love all the cool stuff that you can find on there, I love the kids pages you can go here to see it! But you can also find neat stuff for YOU from the Kiddos ;) .  You can go here to find that too!



So there you have it! and now you know my secrets to where most of our kiddos gifts come from. :)
I may post about Adult gifts this week and the fun of finding a great deal to give as gifts too!

Have a wonderful day !!! I'm off to get life going in our Little home. that includes starting a fire, cause my fingers are about to fall off from being so cold! :)

Blessings,
Carra