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Friday, December 12, 2014

Comfortable - but not happy. #church #ministry #music #youtube

"God wants to invite us outside our comfort zone, but we’ve decided to stay safe."

I didn't sing for 15 years before I started singing again at First Baptist Church of Whitesburg.

15 years.

I was comfortable - but not happy. I knew what I was called to do and yet I had too much anxiety to do it. It felt so much safer not doing it.

And then God said "Go". And with a gigantic push from my beloved husband, Danny, I did.



Now I sing in front of hundreds and to a radio audience every Sunday. I lead a magnificent choir, who I love dearly and am proud to call my extended family. I sing for weddings and funerals and cherish that I can share those moments with them.

I don't say these things to boast, but to show the grace of God.

Contrary to what many think, it isn't easy for me - sometimes it is next to impossible. But I'm getting there. I trust in Him to deliver me from my fears and I commit my way to Him.

I know that when I am weak, He is strong.

Thank you for believing in and praying for the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg Choir and Music Ministry. Our Cantata is December 13th & 14th at 6 pm, and we would be so honored for you to attend.

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Love, Renee 

My faith is so tiny. #scripture #bible #christian #Jesus #faith




oh, He has been speaking to me about faith.

My faith is so tiny, you know? I think, how can anything good come of this situation? I'm going to fail and everyone will see me do it.

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20 A mustard seed is about 1 cm in diameter. The mustard plant, however, can be 9 feet tall. That's a pretty big thing to come from something so tiny!

And so, I pray.

Father, you are the Almighty God. You, Whose hands stretched out the heavens... Whose eyes have seen the dawn of time.... Whose ears have heard angels' symphonies. You are the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace - You alone are worthy of praise.

I come to You with such little faith, but I know You will honor it. For it is in my weakness that You are made strong. I know that, although it is hard for me to believe that anything good come come of this, you will take that tiny seed of faith and plant it for me. You will make a good and fruitful thing come to pass.

I trust You and believe You for it. I am so grateful for your mercy and compassion. In Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen.




Love, Renee 

Friday, November 21, 2014

VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends™ Review #preschool #christmas #kids #review @vtechtoys @ToysRUs


Recently, VTech sent us some Go! Go! Smart Friends™ Playsets for Review! All opinions are 100% my own


About VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends™:

· Go! Go! Smart Friends™ features adorable, colorful playsets and chunky characters that infuse traditional role-play with modern technology and are packed with personality.



· Each set features MagicPoint™ locations that bring the characters and playsets to life with lights, sounds, music and motion, while delivering manipulative play features and charming details, giving children a comprehensive, multi-faceted play experience.

· Additionally, the Go! Go! Smart Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home™ includes VTech’s innovative, new MagicChat™ feature which allows two figures* to chat and sing songs together.



· Go! Go! Smart Friends™ are available exclusively at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com.

*Playset comes with one figure; additional figures sold separately, MSRP $8.99 each.

Our Review!


Our son is 4 :)

Generally, Zachary will choose his learning apps or a map (he loves geography) over any kind of toy (even Legos) but he absolutely LOVES these playsets! We have had them for 2 months now and he has not lost any interest in them. I appreciate that these playsets have encouraged his social skills and imagination. He loves his "friends" and listening to what the characters say on each of the MagicPoints. I love hearing him giggle and interact with the characters and their environments. He even drew a picture of his "toy friends", at the carnival, today for school (the carnival game is at the right top, with the flag!).




The sets were easily assembled, including the Busy Sounds Discovery Home. I love that the batteries are actually inside the characters, difficult to remove, and that each character has an on/off switch. That being said, we haven't turned them off at all and have not yet had to replace the batteries.



These sets are just so enjoyable! The characters are easily integrated into different sets, saying different phrases depending on the MagicPoint they are on. I thought that ingenious! Their catchy songs are familiar tunes and my son was singing right along with them from the beginning. He loves the vehicles and watching them go when he puts a character into the driver's seat. We are getting him the Smart Wheels Fire Command Rescue Center for Christmas and can't wait to see his excitement!



About the Sets we received for Review!

Go! Go! Smart Friends™ Busy Sounds Discovery Home™:


For added interaction, activate the MagicChat™ feature in the playroom, and hear Miss Norah and other MagicPoint™ characters (sold separately) chat and sing with each other. Miss Nora also responds to other MagicPoint™ locations on Go! Go! Smart Friends™ accessories and playsets (each sold separately).

Simply place Miss Norah on one of the MagicPoint locations to experience her friendly personality, motion, lights and more. Put Miss Norah in the elevator and watch as it magically moves up and down.

Activate the MagicChat feature in the playroom, and hear Miss Norah and other MagicPoint characters (sold separately) chat and sing with each other.

Develop fine motor skills while exploring Miss Norah’s home and playing with the rocking swing, light-up fire place and flushing toilet.

Miss Norah also responds to other MagicPoint locations on Go! Go! Smart Friends accessories and playsets (each sold separately).

Ages 1-5, $44.99

Go! Go! Smart Friends™ Spin-Around Sounds Carnival™:




Explore the Go! Go! Smart Friends Spin-Around Sounds Carnival with Austin. The carnival features five MagicPoint locations and five play pieces that can be used together to encourage creative play.

Simply place Austin on one of the MagicPoint locations to experience his friendly personality, motion, lights, songs and more while developing fine motor skills. Kids can press down on the carousel canopy or place Austin on the carousel horse to make it spin. Turn the airplane ride to make the plane move.

Austin also responds to other MagicPoint locations on Go! Go! Smart Friends accessories and playsets (each sold separately).

Ages 1-5, $29.99

Go! Go! Smart Friends™ Learning Wheels School Bus™:



Put Mr. Gavin in the driver's seat of the Go! Go! Smart Friends Learning Wheels School Bus and watch the toy bus magically light up and move on its own.

The school bus features three MagicPoint locations that encourage imaginative play and emphasize cause and effect relationships, as well as a stop sign that flips open and a door that opens and closes, enhancing role play and helping develop fine motor skills.

Mr. Gavin also responds to other MagicPoint locations on Go! Go! Smart Friends accessories and playsets (each sold separately).

Ages 1-5, $19.99

Go! Go! Smart Friends™ Cruise and Go Convertible™:



Put Jackson in the Go! Go! Smart Friends Cruise and Go Convertible’s MagicPoint location to watch the toy car light up and magically move on its own. Kids will also hear fun phrases, songs and sound effects.

The convertible even comes with a gas pump accessory that can connect to other Go! Go! Smart Friends accessories (each sold separately).

The Cruise and Go Convertible is also available with Kaylee in a pink vehicle.

Ages 1-5, $12.99 each



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Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Saturday, November 01, 2014

How to blur fine lines and under eye circles instantly! #makeup #makeupshopping #motd @LOrealParisUSA



Ladies. If you have fine lines or dryness under your eyes that causes your concealer /foundation to sink in, I've got the cure.

It's called primer - specifically L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur. The company says it is so much more than a primer and calls it a smooth finishing cream that you put on after your moisturizer, but before your foundation. It blurs lines and absolutely leaves a velvet-soft matte finish.



"See Dramatic Results: Instantly erases the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. In 4 weeks, wrinkles, lines and pores appear minimized. Skin texture appears smoother."

I have been using it for almost 2 weeks and can attest that this is TRUE. I use it after my morning skincare routine and after moisturizer, like I would a primer: under my eyes, around and on my nose (to fill in pores that makeup might set into), in an area that might need blemish cover up (to even out the skin texture), and my forehead (for fine lines).

The key is to use a VERY TINY amount (it goes a long way!) and pat it onto these areas. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes, while you fix your hair, and then put on your makeup. I use L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Concealer , which is amazing (you will want a lighter shade than your skin color, to highlight, unlike concealer you use for blemishes). Sometimes I will mix it with a YELLOW e.l.f under-eye concealer, if my dark circles are very bad.



The primer will feel weird at first and almost slippery as your makeup glides on. You're going to think it will be greasy, but I PROMISE it won't be in the end. I recommend letting your concealer sit a minute and then using a silica setting powder under your eyes only (it is white and sparkly and you do not want that all over your face). Do not use silica powder if you are being photographed with flash, as it will turn out white in your pictures. Another highly recommended option is Ben Nye Banana Powder.



My Review (I was NOT sent the product for review, I purchased it myself)

Since I started using L'Oreal's Miracle Blur, I catch myself touching the skin under my eyes. It is so amazingly soft, and honestly feels like velvet! The skin there used to be dry, like fine paper, and I had a hard time using concealer without it creasing by day's end. This combination of products fixed that for me and leave me with "airbrushed quality" skin all day long. Miracle Blur does not break me out, like other primers have in the past, and prepares areas that have blemishes beautifully for makeup. I definitely have a more youthful appearance, which is great for a 40 year old mom!

I also recommend using a Beautyblender to apply liquid makeup beautifully and flawlessly.






Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Illuminator Series #8: He calls You by Name



"To whom will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things. Who brings out their host by number; He calls them by name, by the greatness of His power; not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel; “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God?” Isaiah 40: 25 – 27

photo credit http://www.incourage.me/

Have you ever watched the night sky, just when the stars start to shine? That’s when God says to us, “I bring out their host by number, I call them by name...by the greatness of His power…and not one is missing.”

God tells us that, even with billions of stars, “Not one of them is missing.” “I call them all by name”. He has a name for every single star and sees each one.

Why does He share this with us? Because God wants us to understand that there is no one on this earth that He does not know intimately. There is no one on this earth that He does not see. There is no one on this earth that He has forgotten.

The God of the universe, the Lord of lords, the Everlasting Father - He knows each of us by name. He knows who you are, and what is going on in your life, in the most intricate detail.

Life has a way of making us doubt whether He knows what we are going through. “God, are you really there?” we ask. But Jesus said, “Your Heavenly Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”

Remember His promise, “…those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint”.



Love, Renee 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Illuminator Series #7: In the Eye of the Storm


“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who build his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matt. 7:24-27.

Like many of you, I’ve been through some tough times this last year. I’ve struggled with sadness and grief. I’ve been in the eye of the storm and been shaken to the core.

More than ever I know that God’s Word is constant, sure, and true. My emotions and preferences, on the other hand, change daily.

Let’s develop a deeper, more profound relationship with Christ. There will storms in life. But building our lives on the His Word, we will end up standing on the other side.

Love, Renee 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

TRUE SOL Omega 3 Fish Oil Review #Truesolomega3




Product Description

Choose the Best Quality - True Sol Scientific Research

Research has proven that Omega 3 essential fatty acids are essential for optimal health.

Studies have shown that Omega 3 benefits can include a decease in the following ailments

1. Promotes Heart Health - heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, arrhythmia

2. Increases Brain Function - cognitive decline and dementia, Alzheimer's

3. Helps Inflammation & Joints - stiffness & joint pain from osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, symptoms of asthma & pneumonia

4. Decreases Depression & Mood - reduction in depression scores and daily stresses

5. Promotes Healthy Skin - photo-ageing, esp. elastosis, wrinkle formation and chronological aging, skin disorders like acne and psoriasis

Why True Sol?

1. Our fish oil capsules have enteric coating for optimal absorption & no fishy aftertaste.

2. And we use molecular distillation so you get highest purity.

Why Are Some Omega 3 Supplements Better than Others?

Are you looking for a Pure Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement that has the maximum amount of Essential Fatty Acids? Where all of the Essential Fatty Acids will actually be absorbed by your body and none of it going to waste?

True Sol is the best choice.

My Review

This is a great supplement, useful in clearing up acne among other things. I highly recommend this brand as it has no fishy aftertaste! I have to take 50,000 IUs weekly and so I have been using these tiny little capsules, taking 2 in the morning and 2 at night, to achieve that amount. I feel great!



Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Natures True Medicine - Vitamin D3 Review #naturestruemedicine





Product Description from the Company

Vitamin D3 is a vitamin that is critical to keeping both phosphorus and calcium in balance and being used properly. Dr. Oz suggests that Vitamin D3 is the second most important vitamin you can take. Many people do not get adequate vitamin D3 because they do not spend enough time in the sun. Since this vitamin is so important, you want to look into vitamin D3 supplements to ensure that you are getting enough and getting the right ingredients. It's especially critical that your vitamin d3 does not contain the harmful and very toxic Magnesium Stearate filler.

Anthony Norman, MD, in a recent article in Endocrine Today, stated "it is now widely appreciated by vitamin D scientists that 50% of people in North America and Western Europe are vitamin D insufficient. Given that two-thirds of the people are vitamin D-insufficient or deficient. It is clear that merely eating vitamin D-rich foods is not adequate to solve the problem for most adults."

How Much Vitamin D3 Do You Need?

Adult men and women ages 19 to 69 need to get 600 IUs each day and when 70 and over, you need 800 IUs each day, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. This is only for those with solid levels of this vitamin which a large majority of people do not have.

- Pure, Potent and all Natural Vitamin D3

- No junky fillers, all of the good none of the bad!!

- Independent 3rd party lab tested, MADE IN USA

- 2,000 IU per easy to swallow softgel

- Money Back Guarantee, 100% safe and effective

- Guaranteed GMO and Preservative Free

​ Supplement Facts:

Vitamin D3 as Cholecalciferol

2,000 IU

serving Size: 1 softgel

servings per container: 120

Other ingredients: soybean oil, gelatin, vegetable glycerin, vegetable oil.

shell ingredients: gelatin, vegetable glycerin, purified water total=100mg

My Review

I am deficient in vitamin D, so these capsules are perfect! My Functional Medical Doctor recommended I take 2 in the morning and 2 at night to get my levels back to optimal. These are tiny and easy to swallow! I highly recommend these~


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee 

The Illuminator Series #6: Why Do We Sing in the Choir?



Why do we sing in the Choir?



  • Because we are so grateful for God’s love…His mercy…His sacrifice.


“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him; talk of all His wondrous works. Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” Psalm 105:1-3


  • Singing in the choir allows us to participate in the ministry of leading worship. We are not just there to sing an anthem or two – we are there to worship and to LEAD in worship. It is a great privilege that brings us great joy!


“Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.” Psalm 107:31, 32


  • We share the good news of Jesus Christ!


“O sing unto the Lord a new song; sing unto the Lord all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 96:1-4


  • Singing in the choir allows us to get to know so many wonderful people who have a heart of service and love the Lord. A choir becomes a family who serves together, prays together, and loves each other.




Made by Renee receives products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate links. All opinions expressed are solely from Made by Renee and were not influenced by any form of compensation.
Love, Renee