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Monday, February 3, 2014

Unstoppable Movie Review & Giveaway!

Welcome back readers!! I have had the chance to review Kirk Cameron's latest documentary titled,"Unstoppable". It was filmed after the sudden death of a family friend left him with a potentially faith crushing question: Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?"

After returning home from a trip with his wife, Kirk is told the news that a family friend (age 15) has died of cancer. Heart broken and shaken Kirk is inspired by the age old questions, "why did God let this happen? Where was He?"  It then follows him as he travels and prepares to attend the funeral. On his journey he begins with.....the beginning.The creation story is beautifully told and illustrated in a way that is out of the ordinary and I was reminded how beautiful and romantic Adam and Eve's world was before sin entered in. And goes on to answer said questions.

This film is very thought provoking and faith assuring. I imagine it would be a great comfort to those who watch it as they are suffering.

This film was also awarded 5 doves from the Dove Foundation for family friendliness. In other words, it's safe to watch with your kiddos. Though I don't think the younger ones would quite understand the concept and some of the imagery may be too harsh for little eyes.

The only part I wasn't crazy about is the music. This film is set to very hard rock music. I don't doubt that the lyrics are more than likely Christian, but you can't understand them due to the volume and intensity of this "music". I'm sure Kirk is trying to appeal to a younger audience by adding this music, but to me it takes away from the message.

UNSTOPPABLE is Kirk's personal and inspiring visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raiser in faith: Why? Kirk goes back to the beginning—literally—as he investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. Reminding us that there is great hope.

Kirk Cameron says about "Unstoppable" : "It's easy to get excited about your faith when things are going well in your life. But when your whole world comes crashing down on you, the questions start: 'Where is God when I need him most? Why do bad things happen to good people?' UNSTOPPABLE is a journey, based on a true story, that has become the most personal and transparent project I have ever made regarding my faith. Together, in hundreds of theaters across America, we will discover with our eyes wide open, that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt."

Unstoppable was available to watch in theatres for one day only -- September 24th. If you missed that then you will be happy to hear (as of January 28th) it is now available for purchase on DVD. Run time is 65 minutes and the suggested retail price is $14.99.
I also happen to have a copy to giveaway!!
To enter this giveaway comment below how you would answer the question: Where is God in the midst of suffering?

Thanks and enjoy the trailer to "Unstoppable"

*Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for this giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that i would mention it on my blog. regardless, i only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"This Is Our Time" DVD Review & Giveaway!

I had the opportunity to review the newly released Christian film by Pure Flix, "This is Our Time". So the hubs and I sat had a date during nap time on Sunday afternoon and watched the DVD.

I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed this movie, though make sure you grab your kleenex as it is a tear-jerker! So what is it about?

Ethan, Luke, AlĂ©, Ryder and Catherine are five friends connected by their strong faith. After graduation, they each set out to make a difference in the world for God. Their ambitions are high, their passions are strong but will they have the courage to fulfill their calling regardless of what comes their way. The sacrifice they are asked to pay may just be too high. Through godly wisdom from an outside source, the group realizes that this is not their time after all, it’s all His!

The best part about this movie is that it received 5 doves from the Dove Foundation, and that is VERY important to me! I love not having to worry about one of the boys walking in on a movie (or sitting down to watch it with us!) and seeing something inappropriate. There was no nudity, sexual content, drug or alcohol references or foul language. A 5 out of 5 in my book!! AND as if that's not enough, remember Catherine (Erin Bethea) from the movie "Fireproof"? Well, if you liked her in that film, you'll love her in this!

If you want to watch this film yourself, you can go to and purchase it....OR you can win one right here!! Fill out the rafflecopter form below and enter for a chance to win this amazing DVD yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cowgirl Dirt Giveaway Winner!!

 Congratulations to Alyssa Walker, your name was chosen as the winner!! Please send me ( your mailing address so I can get your Bodacious Botanical Lip Goss in the mail.

Alyssa has 48 hrs to claim her prize before another winner is selected. Thank you to everyone who entered and look forward to more reviews and giveaways in the near future!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Modest Monday and a Birthday!

     This Monday isn't just any Modest Monday, today happens to be a very special hubby's birthday!!!

     We have been busy this weekend visiting out of town family and celebrating the day my love was born. I know that it's his birthday, but I absolutely look forward to this day! I love spending the day making sure he knows how special he is to me and taking time to praise God for creating the perfect mate for me. I can't imagine my life without him!
 **I love you babe, Happy Birthday!!!**

   As I said, this weekend we visited some out of town family (my brother and his wonderful family!) We had a great visit and I always leave wishing we could stay longer. my beautiful and very fashionable niece gave me a bag full of clothes from her closet (can I get a whoop for free clothes?)
      So this week's outfit is what I wore to church on Sunday. And the best part about this outfit is that every bit of it was FREE! Every piece was given to me as a gift or "hand me down". The beautiful maxi dress is from my niece :) Thanks Kasey!

Also, the Cowgirl Dirt Bodacious Botanical Lip gloss Giveaway end tonight at midnight (CST) so don't forget to enter!
 And once again I am linking up at Deborah & Co for Modest Monday!



Monday, March 4, 2013

Modest Monday and Cowgirl Dirt Review and Giveaway!!

I find myself guilty of the ultimate blogger's no-no: I took a hiatus. Why? Because I let my critics get to me. I was verbally attacked on more than one account and my blogger account was hacked and all of my most controversial posts (including drafts) were deleted. So you may see me rewriting new posts on subjects I have already covered.

The purpose of this blog is to encourage other Christian stay at home moms who have higher or different standards for themselves and their families. What I write may not always be popular, but trust me when I say it comes from a place of encouragement, not judgement or criticism.

Now on to the fun stuff....

First, I am starting a new series! Every Monday, I will be linking up with fellow bloggers on what is affectionately called "Modest Mondays". It will feature one or two outfits I have wore during the week that fall into the guidelines we have set for our family of what is modest in dress.

This weeks outfit, I wore to a First Birthday party! Some dear friends of ours were celebrating their daughter's first birthday and we had the honor of attending. This particular day was uncharacteristically chilly. We live in the deep South, and the weather has been VERY unpredictable lately. So when I planned this outfit, I had planned to wear sandals with it, but changed last minute to boots.

You will learn very quickly that most of my wardrobe is thrifted (i.e. goodwill, second hand sites, gifts etc) and that I don't like to spend over $15 on an outfit.

Jacket: secondhand site $5
Shirt: gift $0
Skirt: gift (Originally from Cato's) $0
Boots: secondhand site $10
Makeup: Cowgirl Dirt
And yes to the keen observer, I am sporting a 18 week baby bump! Baby boy #4 is on the way!! Due July 29, 2013
I have also linked-up at Deborah & Co for Modest Monday. So if you need more encouragement click the button below!

I have also had the privilege this week of reviewing products from the makeup company Cowgirl Dirt. According to their website,
"Cowgirl Dirt products are made with the purest organic ingredients. Our collection of mineral-based products not only enhances your natural beauty, but also contains vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants that nourish your skin. You can be confident that you will not only look your best, but feel your best when wearing Cowgirl Dirt!"

The products I tried were:
Mineral Powder Foundation in "Cremello 3"
Concealer in "Light"
The first night I tried the "Deep Sea Masque", and was amazed! It was easy to use and made my skin super soft. It comes in a powder and all you do is wet your hands and face, apply liberally, allow to dry and rinse off. And the best part was the smell! It left a faint smell of peppermint behind, yum!
For the rest of the week I tried the makeup and fell in love!! I was skeptical of the coverage of an organic powder foundation but I was proven wrong. My favorite product is the Silverado Cream Eye Shadow. It goes on silky smooth and doesn't crease!!
I will definitely be placing an order soon!
And this gracious company has allowed me to giveaway a Bodacious Botanical Lip Gloss to one of my readers!!
**You can earn two entries! **
1.All you have to do is leave a comment here saying which product you would like to try.
2. Go like my facebook page Boys & Butterflies, then come back and comment that you did.
Good Luck!!
This giveaway end at midnight CST 3/11/13

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Problem with Modesty....

 Is that it looks different for everyone! How each of us live this conviction out, will look different because God created us all to be different. And this has created a problem for me!

**WARNING: I'm about to get really frank and REALLY personal. Some of you may get offended by this...**

You see, I have always dressed how I  wanted to dress without any thought of how it made other see me or how it would affect them. So when I felt the conviction of modesty and did some research (mainly reading other Christian modest blogs), I immediately thought that I had to look like them and do what they did. I mean, after all, they were home school moms too and they all looked  like they had it ALL figured out.
So I threw out all of my pants, high heels, heavy makeup, grew my hair out long donned a denim jumper, refused to watch secular TV or listen to secular music and waited for things to fix themselves.....
But to my surprise, everything got worse! And I had no clue why, I mean I was doing everything right! I looked the part, I was homeschooling, and I was saying "no" to the things I was "supposed" to being saying no to. So why was my whole family miserable? Why was I constantly snapping at and losing my patience with my husband and my children?!
In my own selfish/self righteous world, it was because I was the only one who was being "set apart" from the world and the only one who was "dying to self". If Mr.B wasn't happy, it was because HE was the sinner, not me! And the boys? Well, they just didn't know any better!!
 I would get on my knees and BEG God to change THEM because they "just weren't doing the right things"!
 Things weren't horrible (please don't misunderstand me!) but did I really want to look back on my life and say, "Well things weren't horrible!" NO! I want to look back and say, "Wow! My life was amazing!"
I became so frustrated because I would read the Bible or hear a sermon and feel the conviction to live a life that isn't conformed to this world...I was so confused. If this is how we were supposed to be living, why wasn't it working?!

So I gave up....I bought some new skinny jeans, chopped all my hair off, got out cable hooked back up and tuned in to the local top 40 station on the radio.
But the weight on conviction was heavy in the back of my mind. It was like the elephant in the room that no one else could see. When I would look at myself in the mirror, I would see the old me. The me that didn't know any better. But this time, I did know better.Sure I felt more comfortable living like this...because it was easy.
And yet, I was still miserable. I was still critical of my husband, except instead of being critical of his television choices I would find other things. There was always something that someone else was doing that they weren't doing "right"!
I was being "me" again- the "me" that everyone else likes, but I felt hollow...and guilty.
So I did what I should have done in the first place...I prayed! I begged God to show me what to do! I asked Him, "what was I doing wrong?""Where did I go wrong?""Why weren't we happy?"
I didn't hear a booming voice from Heaven, nor did I hear His still,small voice.
So I got on here Friday night and rambled, and wrote this. Reading it now, I realize I wasn't writing it to you-my readers. I was writing out my prayer- my frustrated, confused prayer. And then I felt it, that peace "that passes all understanding". It was like He was saying, "Becky don't worry, I got this!"

The very next day I came across this blog The Peaceful Wife (if you have the time,please read this testimony. I could have written it myself! The first half anyway!!) I devoured her videos and all of her posts.
And then it hit me-- I am the one who needs to change! I can't control anyone, but myself. I didn't even realize I had the desire to control anyone! But that's what I was doing when I would stand there in my modest attire and criticize my husband!! NOTHING modest about that!

I was FLOORED!! and completely humbled... I cried my eyes out in shame. And then I once again began to beg God for change. But this time, I was begging Him to change me...
In the beginning of this journey to become a Titus 2 woman, it was more about doing/saying the things that I thought I was "supposed" to being saying/doing. But now, I have realized it's about being me...but a better me--a more Christ-like me (isn't that our goal as Christians?). I am still a piece of work, I have not "arrived". I mess up...alot! And I'm sure I will backslide again, but that is what God's  beautiful grace is for!
God doesn't want us all to look like we came from a cookie cutter. That would undermine his beautiful design. He created us all different...on purpose!
So now I am working on me (or should I say, GOD is working on me!). I'm not worried about anyone else ("let go, and let God" right?), their convictions are between them and God. Our relationship with our Savior is a personal one and not for me or anyone else to judge.
And while I don't feel like I have to wear a  denim jumper to be modest, I still feel like skirts are more modest. I want my rear to be out of view, people! LOL
But do I feel like I need to have waist length hair? No, but I probably will grow it out again, for femininity's sake ;) Do I have to wear skirts to the floor? No, but I do love me a maxi! As far as jewelry, I've never been one for a lot of jewelry anyway!
So that's what's going on with me! I'm learning to be comfortable being this "new creation" and learning to let go of the "glory days". God has better plans for me, than I EVER had for myself :) So I know if I work on me, and give him everything and everyone else- He'll take care of it!
I'm in a good place!!

P.S- My blog friend Jacie over at Munah's Cupcake wrote a similar post a few weeks ago. Please go check it out and tell her I sent you! She's a gem!

Oh, and I've linked up for "Modest Monday" with <center><a href="

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blog Makeover!!!!!

Boys & Butterflies will be getting a makeover this week, in appearance AND content!
I started this blog with the intention to encourage other Christian mamas. But it (and I in return)has become something it was never meant to be.
I am confessing that those who called me judgemental were right! And I can prove it:

Yesterday as I was in the Dollar Tree, I saw 3 buzzed head, heavily tattooed guys walking up to people and asking them something. My immediate reaction (almost subconscious!) was, "Are they asking for money?!" So I inched closer and was SHOCKED by what I overheard...they were handing out Bible tracts and asking the recipient if there was anything they could pray for!!

I turned the corner and hung my head in shame...
I am more than embarrassed at my judgmental thoughts and I'm thankful that others couldn't hear them.
It led me to ask myself this question: When did I become like the Pharisees? Looking the part on the outside and saying all the "right" things (and posting them on facebook!) but my inside is as ugly as...sin.

So that's what I did, I confessed it as sin and begged God to forgive me! Now I'm trying to get back a place....even though I'm not sure where or what that is.

All I know is that in trying to live a holy life, I have pushed all of my friends away (and blamed it on "no one wants to hang out with someone who has a bunch of loud kids") and have lost "me".

So I'm doing  A LOT of praying and soul searching and trying to figure out who I am again, and what exactly I AM  supposed to be doing. Because what I have been doing...isn't working!!

So my first step is to make this public apology to those that I have judged harshly. I am truly sorry if I have done anything in a "holier than Thou" attitude or offended you by anything I have put on Facebook or if I have pushed you away. Now is the time that I truly need some friends, and I find myself lacking...

And just in case yesterday's episode wasn't enough of a wake up call, God showed me this in our nightly family Bible Time:
 " God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
     Other people see you from the outside, and sometimes people will judge you by the way you look. But God doesn't care how you look on the outside. Why? Because God is wiser than that; God cares about what you are on the inside-God sees your heart.
     If you're like most people, you'll worry a little bit about the way you look (or maybe you worry a lot about it). But please don't worry too much about your appearance!
     How you look on the outside isn't important...but how you feel on the inside is important. So don't worry about trying to impress other people. Instead of trying to impress other kids, try to impress God by being the best person you can be."

Talk about "divine revelation"!!
God will use whatever He can to get to us, and yesterday he used 3 tattooed guys and my children's devotional....

My second step is to give B&B a makeover, this blog will now be the home of all things thrifty and crafty-anything to save you money! From homemade baby items to couponing to Thrift Store finds, oh and also my side business who shares the same name!

Please give me some feedback on this one! All comments are open :)