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DaySpring: Rise Up Devotional Kit

by Katie on May 24, 2017

DaySpring has outdone themselves once again with their Rise Up Devotional Kit!  This kit asks us to step out in faith to do what God is calling us to do.

The timing of this kit couldn’t be more appropriate.  In a season of graduations, weddings, and the conclusion of school years around the country, it’s a time when we are all asked to step out and step up….to take on new challenges, new adventures, and new chapters of our lives.

It can be incredibly overwhelming to leave the haven of what feels safe and familiar to step into the unknown.  We have to take a leap of faith to trust in God’s plan, especially when we’re walking into the darkness of uncertainty, and it requires us to put our faith in God and trust that He will fill in the gaps with His unending grace.

In short, we are asked to be courageous, to rise up with the heart of a warrior, and to embrace God’s promises each day as we strive to live the life we are called to lead.

The Rise Up Kit includes:

  • 1 plastic pouch
  • 1 devotional booklet
  • 1 clear stamp collection
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
  • 2 cardstock sticker sheets
  • 3 tip-ins
  • 1 magnet
  • 1 thank you card from Shanna

You can purchase the Rise Up Kit from DaySpring for $29.99.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by DaySpring.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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I’m loving the whimsical nature of this month’s devotional kit from DaySpring.  The Doodles to Live By Kit centers on our stories…the paths we’ve walked, the experiences we’ve lived, and the chapters of our life that we’ve written throughout the passage of time.

I like the connection between the idea of doodling and our daily lives.  Doodles aren’t exactly works of art.  They’re messy, often started unexpectedly, and many times they lack a full sense of completion.  Enter our lives…stage right.  Our lives are messy, many experiences and adventures are started when we least expect them, and sometimes we can’t come full circle on all of our expectations.

But luckily for us, we have a God who loves messy….who takes what we see as incomplete, unfinished, and chaotic and makes it beautiful….who turns our doodles into breathtaking masterpieces.

It never ceases to amaze me that we have a God who allows us to doodle in our life, to try our best and fail, and still gives us the grace we need to close the gap.  How truly blessed we are!

The Doodles to Live By Kit includes:

  • 1 plastic pouch
  • 1 devotional booklet
  • 1 clear stamp collection
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
  • 2 cardstock sticker sheets
  • 3 tip-ins
  • 1 magnet
  • 1 thank you card from Shanna

You can purchase the Doodle to Live By Kit from DaySpring for $29.99.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by DaySpring.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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With spring just beginning to peek around the corner, this month’s devotional kit seems to have a very fitting theme.  The Heart that Receives Kit can eloquently be summed up by a quote from the booklet….“While we do not know what the future holds, we do know who holds the future.”  

Wow!  What a reassuring message that holds so very much truth.  This kit came at such a fitting time for me personally.  This past year has been a year of many transitions with one son in college, one son in high school, and two younger children still at home for school.

It’s been a year of juggling schedules, managing routines, and adjusting to the reality that my little ones are gradually growing into adults with roles and responsibilities of their own.  That’s why my favorite part of this set was the bookmark with a bible verse that hit me at my very core….”You were born for such a time as this.” ~Esther 4:14.

Of course I was….God knew exactly where I would be this year….in the midst of turmoil, uncertainty, and moments of feeling completely overwhelmed.  But God also knew that He would be right beside me….taking every step with me along the way.  Which is why I can embrace the bible verse on the other bookmark in this set….”Be strong and courageous” from Joshua 1:6.

God never promised that it would be easy, but He did promise to walk the past, present, and future with me.  That’s all the encouragement I need to walk through the difficult days, persevere when the going gets tough, and receive the grace that I need for each day.

The Heart That Receives Devotional Kit comes with:

  • 1 plastic pouch
  • 1 devotional booklet
  • 1 clear stamp collection
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 sheet of cut-out paper pieces
  • 2 cardstock sticker sheets
  • 3 tip-ins
  • 1 magnet
  • 1 thank you card from Shanna

You can purchase the Heart That Receives Kit from DaySpring for $29.99.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by DaySpring.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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DaySpring has outdone themselves with their  newest Illustrated Faith devotional kit.  This month’s theme is one I absolutely love…..Free to Flourish.

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This theme speaks volumes to my heart.  On a large scale, of course God calls us to freedom through faith in him.  But what I love most about this devotional kit is the reminder that God calls us to freedom in the minute, small moments of our lives…..all those everyday moments that feel monumental on a day to day basis.

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Freedom from fear…freedom from shame….freedom from insecurity….freedom from comparison….freedom from discontentment.

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But it’s more that just what we’re free from.  This set also focuses on what we’re free to do.  Free to laugh….free to thrive….free to forgive….free to dream.

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It’s a stunning reminder that the same God who created the heavens and earth, also care about my dreams, my insecurities, my fears, and my everyday, every moment happiness.

But that’s not the only new item from DaySpring this month!  Check out their newest creation….the Illustrated Faith Organization Bag.

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This bag is as stylish as it is functional.  Featuring a bright, eye-catching pattern, the bag has a generous amount of space for Bible journaling tools and supplies and it even includes a Bible verse from Ecclesiastes…”He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

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The bag has side zippers which allows it to open completely flat.

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It also has a variety of storage options, including two removable zipper pouches.

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Since it’s made of matte oilcloth, it’s easy to clean with just a damp cloth.

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And it easily accommodates most journaling Bibles as well as plenty of supplies.

DaySpring has their Illustrated Faith Craving Connections Kit on sale for $29.99 and their Illustrated Faith Organization Bag on sale for $40.  Plus, when you enter the coupon code 25FORYOU, you’ll save 25% off your order, and you’ll even receive free shipping!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by DaySpring.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Super League Gaming Review: Part 2

by Katie on February 23, 2017

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As many of you know, our son attended the Minecraft Super League Gaming event at our local theater last summer and absolutely loved the experience.  So, when we found out that the event was returning to theaters this past fall, we jumped at the chance for him to participate again.

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With this new season of Super League Gaming, he reconnected with friends he had met in the first session, and they worked together to maneuver their way through the many games, mini-games, and creations throughout the course of the event.

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For instance, in build mode, players work together to build on their plot of land.  Imagination and creativity are key here, and the winning team takes home the points.

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In Zombies, teams work against each other to beat the onslaught of zombies that have overtaken the Metropolis.

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In Walls, teams of players spend a limited amount of time collecting resources for their team’s use.  Once the time has elapsed, the walls fall down, and the teams must work to capture the other teams’ polar bears.

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There were even mini games, such as soccer, where players could compete against each other for points.

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At the conclusion of each section of play, a podiums screen was displayed to show the standings of each team that has competed.

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It’s a fun and friendly competition, and it enables kids to work collaboratively on a creative pursuit.  I’m sure the next time Super League Gaming comes back to Cincinnati, our son will be one of the first ones to sign up!

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by US Family Guide.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Denny’s New $4 Value Menu

by Katie on January 26, 2017

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As a mom of 4, I know how challenging it can be to take everyone out to eat while at the same time, staying within a somewhat reasonable budget.  It’s amusing to think back to the days when my husband and I could each order a meal and split the meals between us and our young sons.  Now that we have four children, three of whom are teenage boys, those memories are laughable!

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Apparently, the owners of Denny’s appreciate the difficulty of families going out to eat on a budget as they’ve recently unveiled their new $4 Value Menu.  In addition to All You Can Eat Pancakes for $4, you can pick up a number of other fan favorites for just $4 each:

  • Banana Berry Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes
  • Sticky Bun Pancakes
  • Super Blackberry Pancakes
  • Shareable Turtle Sundae
  • Everyday Value Slam
  • Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast

Denny’s limited-time menu is available through March 20, 2017.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Denny’s.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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DaySpring has unveiled their newest Illustrated Faith Kit….the Craving Connection Devotional Kit.  The Illustrated Faith kits embrace a creative way to combine faith and art with journaling as you walk through your Bible journey.

This Craving Connection kit is a 14-day devotional journal with insights from Craving Connection authors to help you connect with God, friends, and your community more purposefully.

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The set comes complete with a devotional booklet, a clear stamp collection, one roll of washi tape, a sheet of cut-out paper pieces, 2 cardstock sticker sheets, 3 tip-ins, a magnet, and a plastic pouch for easy storage.

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I had the opportunity to try out the latest Illustrated Faith Kit, and I’m completely loving it.  It’s a beautiful mixture of devotional time as well as creative artistry.  Now, truth be told, I’m not much of an artist.  But this kit makes it so easy to illustrate Bible verses and the inspiring thoughts and reflections stemming from them.

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Instead of walking this journaling journey alone, I decided to share the experience with one of my favorite sidekicks….my sweet daughter.  Not only does she love exploring the Bible with me, but she has a natural flair for creativity.

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We’ve been enjoying taking quiet time reading through the Bible verses and reflections, as well as illustrating the verses with the included stickers, cut-outs, and tape.  It’s been such a fun way to connect with some much-needed mother daughter time!

DaySpring has their Illustrated Faith Craving Connections Kit on sale for $29.99.  Plus, when you enter the coupon code 25FORYOU, you’ll save 25% off your order, bringing your total down to just $22.49.  You’ll even receive free shipping!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by DaySpring.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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