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{Product Review} Avodah Coffee Company and a Giveaway

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I was approached a while back via Facebook on the Mama’s Coffee Shop fan page and asked if I would be willing to review a coffee company and their product.

Well…..Yeah!!

Avodah Coffee is a family run business recently acquired by owners Heather and Matt Cook.

The name Avodah comes from a Hebrew word that means work, service or sacrifice. That definition applies perfectly to what Avodah is all about. Avodah Coffee is a family ran business that allows us to work closely together, but also reach out and help impact the world. Consider us great coffee, with a conscious.

I was blessed to receive 4 bags of coffee from Avodah Coffee, they sent me 2 bags of ground coffee and 2 bags of whole bean. For the ground coffees, I received French Vanilla and Morning Brew, and for the whole bean coffee I received Guatemala and the Avodah Blend.

As I opened the box that my coffee arrived in, I was overwhelmed by the incredible smell, I’ve never had such a lovely aroma greet me as I opened a box! My first choice for tasting was the French Vanilla and oh, the smell and taste was heavenly! For me, I had to cut back on the coffee to water ratio, because it was flavored well! So, instead of my normal ratio of 4 scoops of coffee for 8 cups of water, I used 3 scoops per 8 cups – it was wonderful that way for me (and hubby.).

We experimented with the French Vanilla, Avodah Blend, the Guatemala, and the Morning Brew. Our favorites by taste for us were:

  1. French Vanilla
  2. Morning Brew
  3. Avodah Blend
  4. Guatemala

One of the most pleasant aspects of the Avodah Coffee Company is that all of the coffee beans are Certified Fair Trade. That is so wonderful because that means the growers, the farmers, and even the workers are treated fairly in every area of the coffee making process.

Also, the Avodah Coffee Company donates a portion of every single coffee sale to the charitable organization of Samaritans Purse, a worthy cause and a blessing to be connected to.

The company offers numerous ways to enjoy their coffee.

  • You can order either ground coffee or whole beans.
  • They offer shipping within one week of ordering.
  • There are Fundraising Opportunities.
  • Coffee Subscriptions.
  • You can sign up as an affiliate and earn a little money from each purchase.

As you can imagine, this is a coffee business run by coffee lovers! A company that is being run with high standards and excellent product. If you are looking for a company to support that follows along with your morals and beliefs, this is a company that I would recommend that you check out. I thoroughly enjoyed the coffee that was sent to me and I hope you take a moment to visit to learn more.

Here is the current list of coffees that are being offered for sale:

For those of you that want to purchase coffee now, Heather and Matt have graciously given a coupon code for you: freeshipping use this once you have added your coffee to your cart! YEA for Free Shipping!

Now comes the fun part of this review.

Matt and Heather want you to have a chance to try out their delicious coffee. Sooooooo, here is your opportunity to enter for TWO Bags of Fresh Roasted coffees Of Your Choice!

Here’s Hoping you Win – The Giveaway will run from Monday, March 2, 2015 starting at 12:01am and ending Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:59pm (EST).

Best of Luck to You!

In His Grace.

Callie

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{BookLook Blogger Review} Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

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Maggie Hope is a klutz (and I should know, because I am one also!). As a newspaper column writer she isn’t one for T.V. interviews, especially ones that require talking to good looking cowboys.

Tru Monahan is a cowboy that values his private life but is under contract to publicly perform. Meeting for a T.V. interview is all work for him. That is until he sees Maggie Hope.

A quick quip about being a to teach anyone to ride a horse, and be good enough to compete, Tru throws down a bet to Maggie. Not one for showing a weak side, she agrees to the bet, to save face as well as to keep her position as a weekly columnist at the paper.

What begins as a fierce battle of wills, ends up being a story that proves that not all secrets are worthy of keeping. Secrets of the heart require that you become vulnerable as well as being able to trust again.

This story takes place in beautiful Wishing Springs, or rather, God’s County. A stunning place that makes me wish it was real! I fell for the town folks, and felt like they would be lovely folks to get to know better.

This is a story that is about trust, believing in your self, grace, God, and love. Not overtly religious book, mere mentions or praying and going to church sprinkled throughout the story.

I enjoyed the book and the easy flow of the story. The characters were believable, with real life issues, with emotions that touched my heart. Trusting others and being hurt is all a part of life, and this author does a wonderful job of writing these emotions well. The flow of conversation, the true to life word usage, and the antics of the characters drew me into the story.

A fun read for me, one that makes me look forward to the other books in this series that are sure to come.

I look forward to sharing my next book review with you, so come back often to see what the kids and I read next!

In His Grace.

Callie

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{Product Review} In Freedom’s Cause an Adventure by Heirloom Audio Productions

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History has a way of getting mixed up when the stories get passed down through the ages.

I thought I knew all about Sir William Wallace and Robert Bruce, until recently when I reviewed In Freedom’s Cause from Heirloom Audio Productions.

There is always more to a story usually and that is what I found out as we were regaled with the story of Sir William Wallace and Robert Bruce.

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The behind the scenes story is much more in depth than I remember hearing about in my history class. This audio adventure is the base story and then some extra fun thrown in. The day that our CD arrived at our house, the kids and I hustled through dinner so we could begin listening to our newest audio adventure.

We downloaded the Study Guide so that we could use it to follow along with the story. The very first night, we listened to the first half of the 2 CD set. Within days we finished listening as we drove around town running errands.

We loved getting to know the main characters in the tale. My heart teetered on the edge of sadness and happiness through most of the story. The sadness and heartbreak was evident in the beginning of the story and was woven throughout. As the story evolved, there was moments of excitement and happiness, yet the most evident of emotions was the deep love for and trust in God.

Sir William Wallace was a man of great courage and had an incredibly strong trust in God. He relied on God for his personal strength and was known to carry a Psalter (like a book of Psalms or a Bible) around with him, even in battle. He was a huge influence in the life of Ned Forbes, one of the main characters in the story.

Robert Bruce was introduced as a man that was unable to help with the cause of Sir William Wallace because he was under the rule of King Edward. I’m pleased to say that later in the story Bruce proves his merit by joining in the fight for Scotland’s freedom.

With a star studded cast this audio adventure is sure to please!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes I heard throughout the story:

“A goat woo?!”

“The most powerful weapon against our enemies.”

“…over looks death to see Freedom…”

“Love can be dunderheaded.”

This story was also part romance as we watch Ned fall in love with a young woman and they begin their life together. With their union a feud that had carried on for centuries was able to be laid to rest.

As well as the audio CD, we also were able to review the Study Guide that is offered from the company. The Study Guide is broken down into sections that pair well with the story. When you use the study guide, it allows you to stop at certain intervals of the story. We enjoy the study guide because it has these extras:

  • Listening Well – questions that help the kids focus more on the story, which in turn helps develop comprehension skills.
  • Thinking Further – questions that help the dig deeper into the story, which in turn helps develop critical thinking skills.
  • Defining Words – words that (most likely) are new to the children, prompting vocabulary and research as they look up the words and meanings.
  • Notes on the history of Scotland
  • Bible Study – broken down into three parts sections for more of an in-depth look at the story as well as Biblical references to back up the truths being shared.

This was an emotional story. Poignant, touching, exciting, and full of Biblical truths. We give it 5 stars and are already looking for the next audio installment from Heirloom Audio Productions!

Please visit my fellow Review Crew members to hear what they had to say about In Freedom’s Cause.

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Would you like to follow Heirloom Audio Productions, In Freedom’s Cause via social media? Follow the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InFreedomsCause
Twitter: https://twitter.com/InFreedomsCause
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/112701427096792421838/112701427096792421838/posts
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jointhecause

I hope you enjoyed the latest review and we look forward to sharing our next one soon!

In His Grace.

Callie

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Family Christian & DaySpring Specials 2.26.15

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Here are some of my favorite coffee mugs that are for sale over at FamilyChristian.com

 

 

 

 

Mug w/ Coaster - Amazing Woman (14 oz)

 

For I Know the Plans Mug

13 Oz Mug - Flower Jer 29: 11

Check out the other bargains and deals by clicking below:

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Family videos available for the children available now:
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Here are some teen books now available:

 

God's Favor 4 Teen Girls

Teen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Guys for Teen Guys

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Here are some of my favorites from DaySpring.com:
Everything Beautiful - Teacup with Lid

Holley Gerth - Perfectly Loved - Pillar Mug

Crown of Beauty  - Jute Tote Bag

Love - Travel Mug


Greater Joy - Oil Cloth Tote

Myquillyn Smith - The Nesting Place

 

Visit DaySpring.com and check out all of the items on sale and clearance:

 Shop Clearance on Christian Gifts, Art, Cards, Decor, & More from DaySpring

 

 

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{Product Review} IndoctriNation DVD from Great Commission Films

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History wrapped up in a big yellow school bus. I had no idea.

I reviewed the IndoctriNation DVD recently from Great Commission Films and I am so amazed at all of the information that I now know.

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After all of my personal research in regards to homeschool VS public school, I was still in the dark in so many areas.

The DVD that I watched was full of information about how the government has allowed many changes to come about in the premise of growing up the future generations. As a Christian parent, one of the hardest choices I had to make was to whether to send my children to public school or risk everything and homeschool. Well, you know the result of that particular choice, as we are a long time homeschool family.

As I watched Colin Gunn, producer and commentator of the film, board his big yellow school bus, I joined in a ride that I will not soon forget.

The beginning of the film was an account of what types of things that children in public schools are taught, by textbook, by teachers, by fellow students. I have to say, I was a little overwhelmed as some of the statistics were listed as well as the amount of sex, violence, drugs, and just plain indoctrination that is going on in schools. This may be based on public schools, but as a former Christian school graduate, sadly, the same things are there as well.

As a parent, I believe that it is my God given responsibility to train up these children that He saw fit to let me borrow for this short amount of time. Therefore, why in the world would I intentionally hustle my children out the door, 5 days a week, for 7+ hours a day so that someone else could “train” them. This is not something that my husband and I take lightly, and after watching this film, I doubt you will take it lightly either.

I watched as the timeline that Colin was showing me grew longer and longer, how slowly, like a nasty weed, the socialist, marxist, devilish ideas have crept into schools around our great nation. At times I sat with my mouth agape because I couldn’t believe that “that” was never taught to me while I was in school. Yet, at the same time, I completely understand why it was not.

The former teachers that were interviewed showed such a troubling situation for all schools and the government. As a homeschooler, a Christian homeschool, the way that these former teachers of the young people spoke about all of the common core nonsense, the test training, the lack of time allowed for one on one assistance, and the absolute No-No of speaking about God, well, it scared me. If I wasn’t already a homeschool mama, the stories they told, the statistics they shared, would be enough to make me really look into becoming a homeschooler.

IndoctriNation is a film that each parent should have the opportunity to watch. It may not change every parents ideas about public schools, private school, or even homeschool but if they are Christian parents, then well, it just might. God can do the impossible.

I enjoyed how well done this DVD was. It was visually appealing and the tone wasn’t pushy. I enjoyed the basic history that it showed and it is information that would be easily attainable in any library. My children did not watch the film with me, as it had information that I did not see was appropriate for their ears. It would be a great film thought for discussion with older teens, in my opinion.

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You can visit Great Commission Films via these social networking links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndoctriNationMovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/indocmovie
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/indoctrination
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IndoctriNationMovie

I hope you enjoyed the latest review and I hope you visit the vendors website to learn more!

Until next time!

In His Grace.

Callie

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{BookLook Blogger Review} Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

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Are you looking for a short, easy, inspirational, and fun book?

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is So. Much. Fun!

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Chelsea finds herself in a new phase of her life.

Baking and making coffee at her mother’s (previously her grandmother’s) cafe. With a fresh start, she thinks she can make it on her own but she soon finds out that she needs more than just luck. This is a story full of heart, depth, giggles, and spiritual insight.

If you have ever had the thought that you are alone in this big world, than take a moment to pick up this adorably wonderful book!

It was a quick read that left me feeling like I too stepped inside the Higher Grounds Cafe for a excellently poured cappuccino. Frothy, light, and fun! With a story that lined up with modern day conveniences, such as coffee houses and muffins, it had a real-life feel to it. It was easy to put myself in the story and the characters were believable and well written. I enjoyed the flow of conversation and the absolute real conversational language. The adults acted more like adults, even in the speech patterns than I usually find in adult fiction books. I personally, enjoyed that in this book.

Overall, a book that shines a different perspective on how much God is a part of our life, even in ways we never imaged.

In His Grace.

Callie

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Fragrance Friday {Scentsy Pick of the Week} – Autumn Sunset

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For a few years now I have been selling Scentsy smelly stuff and pretty household decorations to those around me. I LOVE the scented wax and all of the pretties that go along with them!

Warmers
Scented Wax
Room Sprays
Scent Paks
Buddies
Laundry Products
Bath Products

Today I am sharing my pick of the week from the current Scentsy catalog, along with the product link on my direct selling site.

- This week I have picked * Autumn Sunset * as my Scentsy Scent of the Week -

I hope you find something you LOVE and please feel free to message me with any questions about the Scentsy products or the company itself, I would be happy to help!

You can visit my personal Scentsy site, Mama Loves Smelly Stuff, any time to check out the current specials, place an order, set up a party and so much more!

In His Grace.

Callie

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40 Day Devotional from His Mercy is New

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I love a good devotional, don’t you?

I have recently stumbled upon a wonderful devotional that I want to share with you.

Candace Crabtree over at His Mercy is New has written a beautiful 40 day devotional called Wait Only Upon God: 40 Days of Praying the Scriptures in the Waiting.

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This is not JUST for Lent, it is perfect for anytime of the year. BUT Candace is going to begin going through day by day of this encouraging devotional starting on Lent (February 18, 2015) and she (and I) want to know if you will join in?

You can purchase the ebook by clicking on the image above, or you can get your own paper copy from Amazon by clicking below.

Wait Only Upon the Lord Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to take part of this encouraging devotional on learning to wait on God. I don’t know about you, but this is definitely something I need to dive deep into studying!

Please visit His Mercy is New to see more wonderful products that Candace has available and let me know if you are planning on joining in!

In His Grace.

Callie

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3 Ingredient Homemade Coffee Creamer – The Healthier Alternative to Store Bought Creamer

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If you haven’t noticed a time or two already, I am a fan of Pinterest. I actually am on there just enough to aggravate myself…ya know why? Because I tend to compare myself to all of these other mamas that manage to get stuff done. All the while, I’m sitting in my seat poking around saying things like, “I could do that!” (saving to pin board), “Really?! That is waaay to easy!” (saving to pin board)…..get the picture?!

I save more articles and how to’s like you wouldn’t believe!

Needless to say, on some occasions, I actually DO make it back to Pinterest and take the time to try some of the “things” I saved.

This time, I found my way to this post via Pinterest and I thought, surely it is as easy as it seems.

Guess what?! IT IS!!

On a trip to the grocery store I picked up an adorable purple (BPA free), holds no smell, plastic container, grabbed some whole milk and get to testing.

I have now made this recipe about 10 times and each time it gets better! My husband came home from a trip the other day and as I made his morning coffee he stated, “I sure miss your creamer while I’m gone.” (Seriously, isn’t he the sweetest?!)

Anyway, Really easy and REALLY easy to change also!

3 Ingredients Needed:

  • whole milk (or creamer or half and half/ 2% milk / heavy whipping cream)
  • one can of sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract

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Now, my pretty purple container is 30 ounces so here is how I have broken down the amounts for the ingredients –

Directions:

In a mason or (or your favorite container), add in your 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk, 12oz (a cup and a half) of your milk (or your choice), and 1-1/2 teaspoons (or to taste) of your vanilla extract. Screw the lid on tightly and shake, shake, shake. Shake for a good 3-5 minutes so that all of your ingredients are well mixed.

Store in your fridge and use as you normally would, as much or as little.

The beauty of this homemade coffee creamer is the lack of garbage in the store bought ones. Now, don’t get me wrong, I seriously love some of those, BUT, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you probably shouldn’t be eating (or drinking) it anyway.

I have come up with a few different mixtures so far in my attempt, so here are some alternatives you might like, just follow the amounts listed above.

Almond Coffee Creamer:

  • whole milk
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • almond extract

Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer:

  • whole milk
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup (about 2-3 tablespoons, you need to cut the milk a bit so it all fits)
  • almond extract

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  • whole milk
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • peppermint extract

{Knock OFF GSC} Coconut Coffee Creamer

  • whole milk
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • coconut extract
  • a smidge of vanilla extract
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup

MCS-3Ingredient-CoffeeCreamer-DoneThis will keep for a week in the fridge and the best alternative to a healthier me (and hubby!).

Also, as a mama, this is a much better way to share cambric tea (a teensy bit of coffee and loads of creamer) with my kids. I know that the stuff going in is so much better for their growing bodies.

I will update the list of variable versions as soon as I test out some more, until then, holler if you find an alternate version you like!

In His Grace.

Callie

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Come as You Are by Crowder for Musical Monday

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This is such a wonderful song, one of my new favorites to tell the truth. Each song that I have heard from David Crowder draws me in and I am always blessed.

This song……

It is full of truth and encouragement.

Take a moment and soak in His loving message.

It does not matter – the simple message is this: Come as You Are

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Lyrics for “Come As You Are” by Crowder

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are

Oooooh, the LOVE that radiates from these words are so amazing.

I sure hope you are blessed as you listen.

In His Grace.

Callie

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