Dixie Stampede

My two children were on Spring Break last week and we took a little road trip out to Branson, Missouri to see the sights.  We had the absolute pleasure of attending Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner extraction.  It was quite an experience, one that will never be forgotten.

Dixie Stampede is an unbelievable dinner show which includes horses, buffalo, dogs, and more.  It is a friendly rivalry between the North and the South with history, trick riding, special effects, and LOTS of fun!  Not to mention the full plate of food that is absolutely mouth watering delicious.

We arrived around 3:30 and picked up our tickets which we had already reserved.  This is a must see attraction that usually sells out, so I would definitely plan ahead and buy your tickets ahead of time.  We were instructed to come back no later than 4:15 for the preshow.  In the meantime we walked around the stables to see more than thirty beautiful horses.

The kids loved reading each horse’s name, their favorite was “Star.”

We entered at 4:15 and stood in line for a few minutes.  A professional photographer took a picture of our family, which was then imposed upon different backdrops and then we were able to purchase them.  The prices were very reasonable and the pictures were beautiful.  We then entered the Carriage Room for the Opening Act.

We could sit either at the main level or go upstairs.  The kids of course wanted to go up.  The bar was open to purchase drinks and snacks including popcorn.  The Opening Act changes, but for us was a trio of brothers who sang amazing Bluegrass music.

They really got the crowd involved and we truly enjoyed the 50 minute show.  The dinner bell then rang and we walked into the next room.

My family was in awe when we entered the 35,000 square foot arena.  There was a real waterfall and pond, as well as seats all around.  I honestly don’t thing there was a bad seat in the house.  We found our assigned seats, which happened to be on the South side and were immediately asked what we would like to drink.

All drinks and food were included in the ticket price.  Children 3 and under were free if they sat on an adult’s lap.  The show began minutes later, and we were absolutely blown away.

Thirty-two horses came galloping out in the arena and were introduced as either being on the North or the South side.  We cheered for the South since that was where our seats were.  The show lasted over an hour.

In the beginning they gave some history about what life was like back then with real covered wagons, buffalo, and “belles of the ball” singing.

The second half of the show was dedicated to competition between the North and the South.  This included trick riding, pig races, dog races, lumberjack competitions, and help from the audience.  The finale was phenomenal.  It was all about being patriotic and the love for our country.  My 3 year old and 7 year old could not keep their eyes off of the show.  For me, it flew by.  It is definitely a must see show.

While the show was going on, you are served a 4-course dinner that does not include any silverware.  It begins with a delicious bowl of soup that you must drink since you have no spoon.  Then you are served a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecued pork loin, corn on the cob, a biscuit, and a potato.

It was so much food I could barely finish half.  They do offer to go containers for anything you do not finish.  Dessert was an apple turnover that was to die for.  The food was absolutely delicious.

I cannot say enough great things about the Dixie Stampede.  Not only was the show jaw-dropping spectacular, but the food was incredible, and the service was great.  Both of my kids have asked every single day if we can go back to the Dixie Stampede, they had so much fun.  We will definitely go back.  It is well worth it!

Branson, MO

 

Abask Dust Buster

I absolutely love the Abask handheld vacuum. VERY easy to assemble, and lasts for over 10 minutes without recharging. It comes with different attachments to get in crevices, go on carpeting, use on tile, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised it came with enough attachments so I could stand and vacuum. Most handheld cordless vacuums do not have this option. I was able to vacuum three tile bathroom floors, my large tile laundry room, and my carpeted steps and it did not even start to slow down. It comes with a bag to hold all of the attachments, which I love, and a hook so I can hang it. It’s easy to clean, easy to use, and best of all it has great suction. I HIGHLY recommend this handheld vacuum. I had a few questions for the company, and they were very quick to respond as well. Great customer service.

https://www.amazon.com/Abask-Household-Ni-CD2200MA-Accessories-Rechargeable/dp/B01N1KJ314/ref=cm_rdp_product

Life After Heaven

This Lenten season has taken on a whole new experience for myself.  I’m really beginning to dive deeper into scripture and my prayer life.  Heaven and the afterlife have always been something that intrigued me.  Life After Heaven by Steven R. Musick really spoke to me.

The book begins by explaining a young man’s childhood and how alone he felt.  He was always put to the side, never the center of attention.  It wasn’t until he joined the Navy, did he finally stand out and feel appreciated.  He was making great strides, and was even asked to try out for the SEALs.  While in training he received a fatal injection for swine flu and ended up dying.  He met Jesus, and loved being in Heaven.  Jesus informed him he was not able to stay yet and went back to Earth.  He then, for many years, battled horrific side effects including trouble breathing.  He ended up going to Church and being healed by Jesus.  The story continues on, but I cannot say enough good things about this book.

It is a page turner.  I read the entire book in two days; I could not put it down.  I love how throughout the book the author provides stories of how Jesus and Heaven are really a part of our every day life.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

doodletopia CARTOONS

Drawing has always been a passion of mine.  I recently came across the book, doodletopia CARTOONS by Christopher Hart.  It is a book on how to draw, design, and color your own super-fun cartoon creations.  I have three kids now and they loooove when I draw them pictures and then let them color them.  This book pretty much gave me an unlimited amount of ideas to draw for them.  They like it so much that I now let them look through it and pick their favorite drawing for me to draw for them.

Also what I loved about this book was the different techniques and tricks that it showed you to improve your drawings.  My drawing actually got better from just playing around with my kids with it.  So if you love to draw or even if your now really a big drawer and just a beginner but have always wanted to get better this book is a great book for everyone.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

 

All is Bright

All is Bright is a devotional journey to color your way to Christmas.  This is by far one of the best interactive books I have received for Christmas.  Each day beginning with December 1, is a short story relating to Jesus.  Each story includes scripture as well as thought provoking questions for reflection.  On the following page is a picture to color that goes along with what was read.  I enjoyed coloring the page as I reflected upon what I just read.  It was a great time to really focus on what was really important at Christmas time.  I highly recommend this book.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids

The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids is a great devotional for parents.  I read it nightly, and it truly relates to my life on a personal level.  I like how it begins with a scripture reading, and then it ties it all together for you at the end.  A quick prayer at the end finishes each page.  It’s a great go to book when you need that extra comfort.  I highly recommend this book for parents of all ages.   Reading this Bible has made me feel as though I’m not alone, and others are going through the same thing or thinking the same things.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

The Night Voyage

Adult coloring books are my new favorite thing to do.  The Night Voyage by Daria Song is a magical adventure and coloring book all in one.  Each page is really a double page of delight.  The pictures to color are very magical and dream like.  When I color it, it brings me back to my childhood as a little girl.  My favorite page is a table full of desserts.  I thoroughly enjoyed this coloring book and would recommend it to any girl, young or old.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Marked in Ink

I have always been intrigued by tattoos.  I think they are neat to look at, but could never imagine myself having one.  Maybe someday, but not anytime soon.  So, the next best thing is a coloring book filled with gorgeous tattoos.

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Marked in Ink is a tattoo coloring book by Megan Massacre.  The drawings are just breathtaking.  From butterflies, to skulls, to fairies, and flowers, this book has a bit of everything for everyone.  I like how each page is blank on the back so I’m able to use markers within the book without worrying if it bleeds through.   The pictures are very detailed, but not too much that I cannot finish a page in a day.  I highly recommend this coloring book to adults of all ages and interests.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

365 Pocket Morning Prayers

Prayer is a very important part of my everyday life.  I would like to get into the routine of setting aside time each morning for prayer.  Right now, my morning time is very rushed so I don’t have too much time to devote to prayer.

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365 Pocket Morning Prayers is perfect for my lifestyle right now.  Each day has a different topic such as confidence, courage, motives, or doubt.  There is a short prayer followed by a short Bible scripture to go along with the theme.  It takes me about two minutes to read, and another minute or so to discern and focus on what God is trying to tell me.  It’s really a great tool that will help me get my mornings off to the right start.  The book is a great size as well, so it’s easy to pack for travel.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Angels

Angels%203D%20for%20LPI am a Catholic and believe 100% in angels.  I have raised my children to know that they each have a guardian angel that watches over them.  So many questions arise when I think of angels or when I speak about them to my children.

 

Angels, by Jack Graham, has been a great resource in helping me understand what role angels play in my own faith.   He provides many examples of how they protect, give strength, and show companionship whenever we are in need.  The book also shares exactly where in scripture angels are referred to and what their roles are.  If you truly want to know about the spiritual side of angels, this is a must read.

Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.