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Enjoy your visit and be sure to leave a comment to let me know you dropped by. I hope you have a blessed Winter season with those near and dear to your heart. Happy New Year 2019!

Sunny Saturday – Fun at the Lake

We had lots of fun enjoying the sunshine at a local park today. We hiked for about 2 hours and 1/2 and really enjoyed just being outside and spending time together! I love nature it’s so much more enjoyable than a lot of other things and it’s free!


I am truly blessed by being able to live so close to many great places to spend time out with my family. I’m so glad to be to partake in beauty God has given us here on earth as well.

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.  ~Martin Luther

Belly 9 – Maternity tank top {review & giveaway}


Belly 9 Maternity T-shirts are fun, hip and flattering with something for every taste. Our Maternity T-shirts are made of soft, form fitted stretchy 100% cotton designed for growing bellies so it is never too early or too late to purchase our tees. We know that with our Belly 9 Maternity T-shirts, you’ll be showing your style for the whole 9 months.

Being pregnant a second time hasn’t been all that fun for me until just recently. I was feeling pretty yucky up to 16 weeks and now I am comfortably in my second trimester at 20 weeks and looking and feeling so much better.  I am now finally braving the outside world again whether it be heading to the park with my toddler, going to the store, or hanging with friends and all the while, I can’t ignore the cry from my middle section that it’s time for some stylish maternity wear.

A friend recently told me about Belly 9  and I’m glad she did!  Belly 9 offers some really cute maternity shirts, tanks and baby tees and hat sets all made in the USA. Shirts  feature fun designs perfect for the mom to be keeping score, for the mom that just had to know,  and more!

I was given the opportunity to review a tank top that reads ” Miracle Grow”. Very suitable as every little baby is such a miracle of life.  I found the Belly 9 tank top  soft, stretchy and very flattering offering full belly coverage with the extra length.  It’s very comfortable and so soft that I’ve found myself wanting to wear it all the time! This tank top I can totally see myself wearing clear until the end of my pregnancy and I can’t say that for a lot of the other maternity shirts that I have had considering my first pregnancy.

You can purchase Belly9 tank tops for $25.00 and with the autumn and winter season around the corner, long-sleeved tees for $36.00! These would make make great gifts for new moms to be  and those expecting!

Win It!

Belly 9 is  generously offering one of my blog readers a “Miracle Grow” maternity tank top!

To Enter: Visit Belly9 and let me know another shirt you like!

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

Giveaway running till 09/18/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. Giveaway is open to USA & Canada Only.

I received this product free of charge for review on my blog. No other compensation was received. The views and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

The Berenstain Bears and A Job Well Done by Jan & Mike Berenstain

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card authors are:

and the book:

The Berenstain Bears and A Job Well Done

Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)

***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Mike is married to Andrea, and they have three children. They live in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks a lot like Bear Country.

Visit the authors’ website.

Product Details:

List Price: $3.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310712548
ISBN-13: 978-0310712541

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

Toile Tales at Etsy {review & giveaway}

I currently don’t really have the time to learn how to knit or crochet all the hats I would love to make for my children because being a full time home maker keeps me on my toes.  That’s why I look to Etsy for adorable knitted hats and other accessories to keep my kids looking their very cutest!

While searching for knitted hats, I came across Toile Tales and fell in love right away! They have a large selection of hats for everyone in the family and you can fully customize each style to your liking for no additional charges…music to my ears!

I was able to review an adorable Crocheted beret brim beanie in ecru in size 2t to 4t for my daughter Melody.  This hat looks fantastic as is but there was also the option to add one of the many beautifully crocheted flowers to accent the hat and I choose to go with one in the color of purple. This hat is multifunctional as it looks great paired with jeans as well as my daughter’s collection of dresses!  We love this hat. It’s made well and my daughter will be able to wear it for quite sometime!

I’m a huge fan and will be making an order in the future once I know the sex of my second child, which will be in about a week! As I mentioned before, there’s something there for everyone in the family!

I really enjoyed getting to know more about the people behind Toile Tales with my Etsy meet and greet questions and hope you do too!

1.Why did you decide to start doing this on Etsy and how long have you been?

We made an etsy store because we were constantly creating. Although we have 8 children combined, you can only make so much for each child. We’ve had an etsy store for about 2 years, however, only in the last 6 months have we put forth time and effort into making our business more successful.

2. What do you enjoy the most when creating your products?

So much of what we do as mothers is overlooked and under appreciated (although the utmost of important jobs). Creating something from nothing …a random thought or idea…gives us the opportunity to fulfill personal aspirations that get lost in the shuffle of motherhood. To have random people stop you and complement your hat/flower is humbling and encouraging.

3. Apart from creating things, what do you do?

{Lori} With 5 children, there is always someone who needs to go somewhere. We have church, gymnastics, soccer, singing lessons, co-op preschool…..that leaves little time for me to do anything else (but crochet will travel). A little nerdy I know, but I love all things Jane Austin. I have read her works several times and get lost in their simplicity of life and integrity. The downside of reading, is that it is sooo hard to crochet at the same time! {Amy} With 3 girls, there is so much going on at the house. We are constantly having spend the nights and play dates. I also sew… clothes, curtains, slip covers… you get the point. We have also been making a family lifestyle change to eat better and exercise. Biking riding and taking family walks have helped us get closer and shape-up. I wish family Wii night counted as exercise because we have a blast!

Other joint passion is photography! We starting taking classes and practicing to revamp our Toile Tales etsy store! If we had a choice of what craft to choose, it would be a close call. Seeing life through the eye of a lens makes you look at things differently. What is seemingly dull and unimportant can come alive for you through your camera. Everywhere we go, there is a constant scanning of the environment for a picture spot. Sometimes you find the most unexpected beauty amongst the weeds.

4. What inspires you?

Honestly, Amy and I find inspiration in each other. Okay, maybe the word is competition…a friendly competition. We are constantly trying to outdo each other for birthdays present creations. So many of our new products have come from just that. The new Toile Tales shelled headbands came from me {Lori} creating something original for Elora’s 8th birthday, whereas, the Aviator hat was something created by Amy for my 6 year old Cadence.

5.In five years you’d like to be…?

In the next five years, our patterns (having our crochet patterns tested as I write) will be the staple of what we sell. We see our photography business expanding in the next few years as well. Hummm, maybe we will even have a place to create outside our perspective craftrooms.

You can follow Toile Tales on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook here.

Win It!

Lori and Amy have generously offered one of my blog readers a $30 gift certificate to their store!

To Enter: Visit Toile Tales and let me know what you love! (Mandatory: Leave the url of the item)

Extra Entries:

1. Visit Toile Tales on Etsy and favorite their shop!

2. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

3. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

4. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

5. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

6. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

Giveaway running till 09/18/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. Giveaway is open to USA & Canada Only.

I received this product free of charge for review on my blog. No other compensation was received. The views and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.