Using Shoes From Kohl's To Change A Look From Day To Night #Spon


Hi friends, in case you're still landing on this page when you type in the URL instead of being forwarded to, I wanted to make sure you saw this new review link and made note to hop over there and change your bookmarks. :)

In this review, I take one outfit and change the look of it from day to night by using shoes! Come and see. :)

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Sister Act In Detroit - A Glorious, Hilarious Hit!


**Thanks to the PR firm who provided complimentary tickets to view the show in exchange for me sharing this review. The opinions shared are mine and mine alone. Others may disagree.

The National tour of Sister Act, the broadway musical, has stopped here in Detroit for a few nights. I had the pleasure of sitting in the audience for opening night and I left wishing I could see it all over again.

Sister Act is based on the hit movie but the storyline and soundtrack have been freshened up for the stage - a change I enjoyed. It's still the story of Deloris needing a place to hide from her boyfriend and ending up in a convent where she teaches the nuns how to sing. Yes, the nuns learn to sing and then go on to wow their congregation {as well as their audience}.

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This musical is hilarious and heartwarming. There were times when I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe and other times I was smiling as I watched true sisterhood played out before my eyes. The one-liners in this production are SO good and caught me off guard many, many times. Also? Be on the lookout for dance moves that will knock you out of your seat, as the nuns shake their sista' thangs.

From awkward to clumsy, daring to obedient, there's a character in this production for every viewer to relate to. You will love your time taking in all that Sister Act has to offer. And if you're anything like me, you'll be sad to see intermission come so soon and cheer as the 2nd act starts up.

To give you a preview of what's in store, check out this video.

The dates to see Sister Act at the Fisher Theater are April 22nd - May 4th and tickets can be purchased at or as well as at the Fisher Theater Box Office. Take your family, take a friend, just make sure you don't miss this while it's here!

 Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
-         Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
-         Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
-         Sunday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. is a Special Open Captioned performance

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Join Conagra Foods for Child Hunger Ends Here


**Thanks to TheMotherhood for this opportunity. I will be receiving compensation for my involvement in posting on my blog and on social media streams.**

Did you know that almost 16 million children in the U.S. don't know where there next meal is coming from? Imagine how that impacts their life in terms of health and education. Imagine how that impacts their mind.

Now, imagine that there are very simple ways for YOU to make sure meals are provided for these children.

Conagra Foods has joined forces with P&G to provide up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign!! Yes, YOU get to be a part of all this giving.

Just look for the red pushpin on the participating Conagra Foods and P&G products and find the {8 digit} code to enter at starting now and going through August of 2014. Every time you enter a code, the monetary equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America! I know I'm going to be looking out for this on the Crest toothpaste we use and the Orville Redenbacher's popcorn we enjoy for our family movie nights.

What's shopping without a good deal, right? Kroger has the following deals available to help save you money while you feed your family and help give to those who need it most. {Please see the full list of participating items linked above. These deals only reflect a small portion of that list}.

  • Chef Boyardee Can (14.5 oz) or Microwave (7.5 oz): Buy 5, Save $1 from 3/23 to 4/13
  • Snack Pack:                                                                   Buy 3, Save $0.50 from 3/23 to 4/13
  • Hunt’s Tomatoes & Sauce:                                           Buy 5, Save $1 from 3/23 to 4/12
  • Wolf Brand Chili with beans (15 oz):                           Buy 5, Save $1 from 3/23 to 4/12
  • Hunt's Pasta Sauce:                                                      Buy 3, Save $0.50 from 3/23 to 4/12
  • Manwich:                                                                       Buy 3, Save $0.50 from 3/23 to 4/12
  • Van Camp's Baked Beans:                                           Buy 2, Save $0.50 from 3/23 to 4/12
  • Ro*Tel (10 oz):                                                              Buy 5, Save $1 from 3/23 to 4/12
  • Dennison's Chili (15 oz):                                              Buy 3, Save $0.50 from 3/23 to 4/12
  • Rosarita:                                                                         Buy 3, Save $0.50 from 3/23 to 4/12

And if none of those products make it onto your shopping list {or you'd just like to help in another way}, check this out. Child Hunger Ends Here is the presenting sponsor for Hunter Hayes' "We're Not Invisible" Tour. As such, they're donating the monetary equivalent of one meal {up to 1 million meals} to Feeding America for every iTunes download of the single "Invisible" by Hunter Hayes.

It's important that we take the time to be intentional about investing in the children who can't provide for themselves. All it takes is a quick minute to enter a code and you'll have taken care of one meal for one child. Let's link arms and be givers!

Keep up with Child Hunger Ends Here on Facebook. Also, follow along on Twitter or Instagram at @ChildHungerEnds and/or follow the hashtag #ChildHunger

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Five Minute Friday ~ Willing


Five Minute Friday

Today, I'm joining with some crazy, brave and inspiring women at the blog of Lisa Jo Baker. Each Friday she gives a prompt and with that prompt, writers write for 5 minutes with no second-guessing. Just writing what comes to them. Then, they share and encourage each other. What a great {and scary} idea. 

I'm joining in and challenging you to do the same! Today's prompt is "willing".

Ready? Go!

I'm a "slow to warm up" kind of person around strangers. I'm a silent introvert. And the pains of wanting to be hidden away as an introvert began to wear on me when I said "yes" as God nudged my heart to sing as part of the worship team at my church.

It hurt, the way people would come up to me out of nowhere and ask me who I was after I had finished singing. It hurt when my leader would tell me of people asking him the same question some Sundays. And I don't know how to explain the hurt except to say, I wished I could be faithful to my "yes" answer and not be seen. 

I thought I had to hide beneath something. I thought if someone gave me a compliment, I must have been standing in their way to having time with God. I kept asking God to make me smaller until my prayer sounded more like "make me invisible".

But here's how he answered me; in a flash, I was part of a big group of women all gearing up for the same thing...except, I had no idea where I would be and what I would be doing while everyone else was excited with the details. I cried. I felt so invisible. And here is where God met me with whispers.

"So now you feel invisible, Amy. Is this what you meant when you prayed that? I didn't call you to be invisible. Humility is one thing but your prayer turned to pride when all you could think about was how uncomfortable you felt. YOU. You sing your praise to me and give me your time and energy to do these things I have asked of you but don't you see? I need YOU. I need you to be OK with being seen or even being known. I need you to be who you are. Be fully you and move fully in my leading ~ whether they see you or not ~ whether they know who you are or not . Will you be mine? Are you willing to let me shine through you and be a living testimony to others? Will you set your heart on me and set your hands to the work I've asked and let the rest of this go?
Daughter, don't be invisible. Be seen wearing my name. Be seen as my bride."

Friend? That changed me. It changed my posture toward other people. It changed the way I worship. It changed me into someone who is WILLING to step out of my comfort zone again and again so I don't miss the opportunities He has for me or a chance to help someone else.

How about you? What is it He's asking you to be willing to do?

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Porgy And Bess Bring Gershwin to Detroit {review}


**Thanks to Broadway in Detroit and its PR firm, who supplied complimentary tickets to facilitate this review. I wasn't compensated in any way. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions. Others may have a different experience or opinion.**

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The other night, I had the great privilege of seeing the musical, Porgy and Bess at Detroit Opera House. As a child, I heard some of the songs from the play because my mom would always sing them. As it turns out, the songs were played in her home while she was growing up too.

Porgy and Bess offers its audience a trip back in time to watch a love story between an unlikely pair play out. I was quickly drawn in to the story line and began to cheer on my favorite characters. I found the people I met in this story to be so relatable while I learned not all of them are trustworthy. Audiences with love the "good guys" and hate the "bad guys".

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Photo: M.J. Lutch

Clara {played by Sumayya Ali} and Jake {played by David Hughey}have perfect chemistry as they share about their life as new parents and Jake's fishing career. These two stood out as a favorite couple to watch during the play, as I'm sure others would agree. I loved laughing and crying with them as a couple.

And there's no way I could leave out Porgy {Nathaniel Stampley}. His is a character that I loved immediately but I grew to love even more when he smiled his big smile and sang "I Got Plenty of Nothing".  He is positively magnetic and will steal your heart.

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Photo: M.J. Lutch
Make sure to see this beautiful and breathtaking show while it's in town {March 4th-9th} at Detroit Opera House. Buy your tickets online at Ticketmaster or Broadway in Detroit, in person at the Fisher Theatre box office and at the Detroit Opera House box office. You want to see this play. It is an absolute "do not miss"!

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Your Place At The Roots


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Big conferences gather together groups of "big bloggers" to teach bloggers who wish to be "big" or wish to be known by the "big". I see this thing happen every single time there's a blogging conference {yes, I'm referring to the Christian ones for this post}. Twitter blows up with "OMG" moments and instagram pics and facebook status updates and "wish you were here" quotes and "where's my girls who had to sit this one out?" gatherings. But in the hush that comes after the conference, when the groups of bloggers have gone home and none of the "big bloggers" named you her new BFF, what then?

Let me be real honest with you about something. I used to wish some big name blogger would come along and just love my heart enough to make me relevant. I know...sad stuff, right? Because in the seeking of being relevant, I was missing my chance to be relevant. In looking to {insert big name blogger here} to link arms with me and tag me "in", I was missing my chance to link arms with God's call for me and be all in on the plan He's designed.

This is the chord that was playing in me at the end of last year. I had this uncomfortable, unsteady chord singing in my heart and I couldn't hear it for its music until I allowed myself to lay down with my ear to the ground asking "I'm listening. Play it again?". That one tune from that one chord has broken my heart and has been slowly shaking me awake, from the inside out. Each strum of that one chord breaks away more and more of my own ideal and reveals more and more of the path He chooses.

For me? It starts in the small.

Saying "yes" to lifting my voice in worship looks like being an active part of the worship ministry in my church. Saying "yes" to community looks like stopping to talk to people around me and being bold enough to speak up about the things on my heart for building that community in my church. {It also looks like saying "yes" to being asked to speak at another church to their women's ministry. *gulp*} Saying "yes" to using my past for His glory looks like stepping out in faith in local projects and also in being a positive influence in the lives of young people I see as a result of being a homeschooling mom and active member of my church.

There may not be any spotlights here, y'all. I may not get a phone call from that big blogger asking me to be a part of this or that. Those conferences may never see me fit to be on a panel. I may not get snail mail from friends who are writing books or doing other big things. My life may be just here. It could be that I'm supposed to be faithful here, at the roots of community around me. Wouldn't God want us all to begin just where we are?

Look around you, friend. Where is the place He has you right now?  What is He asking to do right within your own zip code?  Who's are the faces He has placed in your life and are you even paying attention to them? Can you see the place He has you more than the place you wish you were? 

Where I am? Friend, I am ecstatic to be here. I may not gain any benefits or benchmarks from here but I can make.HIM.famous.  My life can be the VIP room, where I can just be with people and invite Christ to be right there in that conversation. My home could be the next "tour stop" where HE comes and just hangs out with my friend and I as we drink coffee & sort out what our everyday lives are meant to be in His kingdom. My Instagram feed could be the place where I point to Him as the one who sets people free as I work to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. This place He's created for me is full of purpose and must not be overlooked or made into a stepping stone to get to the place I think would be better.

If my life is focused on Him and His design, I'm exactly where I should be, come what may...or may not.

Check this out. I Peter 5:4-7 {The Message} says: 
 When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for—
God has had it with the proud,But takes delight in just plain people. 
So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

Today, I challenge you to see the beauty of being plain. Yes, your no makeup face, no mom of the year accolades, everyday, mundane, plain place is something He delights in. HE DELIGHTS "in just plain people".

The place we find ourselves in today - right this second - is totally on purpose and for a purpose even if we're doing nothing at all in comparison to someone who is flown all over the country for her popularity. Embrace it. Love the place you're in and ask God what you can do for Him there. He delights in you and He is careful with you. He knows the big picture and has something unique for you.  Amen?

I'm praying for you as I type these words. I'm praying that a stirring will happen where more and more people begin to embrace where they are and live fully and faithfully there. He can do big things with plain people!!

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