From our founder.....

Y'all a shift is happening in our little family. We have been slowly making better food choices and products that we buy.

This means consuming a plant-based diet, using natural beauty products, and swapping tons of household goods for less "dirty" items.

The impact has been incredible. I have already seen improvement in my skin & weight since the top of the year. I'm also not wasting cash on low-quality junk food that does nothing to satisfy the girls summer hunger (y'all know kids have a diff stomach in the summertime 😉) We are in this for the long-haul.

I want to know more about eating well and raising the girls in a healthier environment. So I've decided to head down to Atlanta in October for The Shiftcon Conference. Shiftcon was created to give wellness influencers a place to network, share ideas, and learn from experts. I cannot wait to share with you guys all that I learn.

If you're a blogger, and wellness is your jam 🎶, holla at your girl. You should know about Shiftcon and I'd ❤ to share more. Shoot me a DM with questions or to use my code to join us in Atlanta.

From their site:


“ShiftCon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability and platform growth. Shifters are part of an online influencer community that seek healthier and more sustainable lives, promote brands that mirror their values, and help causes that speak to their soul. Our influencers span between newbies, light and deep green. Shift happens. Be part of it.

Click here to join us:


Here's to better health & wellness to you and your families! - Christina

Christina is a wife and mama of three girls. She is the founder of Growing Up Gorgeous Moms and lives in South Jersey. As a business owner, homeschool mom and fire-fighter wife, she loves to share about her day to day life. Follow her on Instagram @lifeofacosta

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South Jersey Vacation Bible Schools - Summer 2019

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Every summer, churches all over New Jersey hold Vacation Bible School (VBS) for local children. VBS is a mini-camp with lots of singing, games, crafts, and a biblical focus. Think Sunday School meets Summer Camp, but for free. 

The event usually lasts for a few days and as a #southjerseymom of three girls, I am grateful for the break! You really can't beat an opportunity for your kids to make new friends and break the cycle of boredom that can come in the summer. Most VBS programs are fun, cheap or free and are staffed by gracious volunteers. You don't need to be a church member to attend, as churches desire to provide this service to the community. 

In addition to other South Jersey events,  I know my girls will have a blast this summer at different VBS in our neighborhood. Do you have VBS at your local church? Below is a list of South Jersey/Philadelphia churches hosting VBS in 2019. Be sure to go to the website for more details. 

Vacation Bible School by Location:

1. Kingsway Church - Cherry Hill, NJ 

KidCon Jr is a 3-night event for our kids going into Kindergarten-3rd grade in the Fall. Kids will connect with each other through games and small groups. They will connect with God through large group worship, memory verses and Bible stories. Invite your friends for our amazing encounters with Jesus IN THE WILD.

July 9 - July 11, 2019 @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

2.Covenant Presbyterian Church- Cherry Hill, NJ 

Join us for Vacation Bible School as we spend the week learning about God’s goodness! Of course, everyone’s favorite VBS stations are back: songs, games, Bible time, Imagination Station, snacks, and more.

Our VBS program is open for all children age 4 through rising sixth grade.* We have morning VBS Monday-Thursday and close with an evening ice cream celebration on Friday evening.

August 5, 2019- August 9, 2019 @9:00am - 12:00pm

3.First United Methodist Church - Collingswood, NJ

Vacation Bible School 2019 takes your children on a wild adventure—with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As they seek out exotic animals, they’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids will go from bewildered to believing as they get In The Wild at this summer’s Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist of Collingswood.

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm

4.Easton Bible Church - Easton, NJ 

Awaiting Encounters with Jesus   John 20:31

July 8, 2019- July 12, 2019 @9:00am - 12:15pm

 5.Haddonfield United Methodist Church - Haddonfield, NJ

Haddonfield UMC is now accepting enrollment for VBS!

 VBS is August 12-16 from 9 AM to 12 PM and is for children 3 years old through 5th grade. Please contact the church office at with questions.

 August 12, 2019 - August 16, 2019 @9:00am - 12:00pm

6.Immanuel Baptist Church - Maple Shade, NJ  


Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth: Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul straight from Paul himself! In an ancient "anything goes" culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God's immeasurable love today! Free program. Ages 4 through 7th grade.

Family Night is Sunday, June 23 - Come with your kids from 5-8:30 and enjoy games, popcorn, hotdogs, and music with your kids.

June 23,2019 - June 27, 2019 @ 6:00pm -8:30pm

7.Sovereign Grace Church - Marlton, NJ 

Sovereign Grace Church is hosting a Summer Blast! Come learn Godly character from the Bible through storytelling, drama, music and games!  Camp is for children ages 5 to 10. 

Camp registration fee: $20.00 for the first child, $15.00 for the second child, $10.00 for the third child with a $45.00 maximum per family. 

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019 @6:30pm-8:45pm

8.Medford United Methodist Church - Medford, NJ 

During the week of VBS, children will become Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God’s power can take them. Interactive Bible lessons, science activities, games, music, and snacks will inspire kids to give glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)

9.Seed of Life Church- Merchantville, NJ

On your mark! Get set! Go! At The Incredible Race, we will explore God’s love for the nations as we travel around the world. We’ll uncover fun clues, attempt fascinating challenges, and discover how the events that happened before, during, and after the tower of Babel have impacted the human race today! Grab your gear and prepare to set off on the race of a lifetime! Join us for a fun, FREE week as we dive into God's Word, enjoy delicious snacks, play exciting games, get messy with crafts, and sing our hearts out in worship. VBS is open for children ages 3-12. Preschoolers must be potty trained.

July 15, 2019 - July 19,2019 @6:00pm-8:30pm

Ages: Preschoolers - 5th Grade

July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019

10.Cornerstone Church - Mount Laurel, NJ 

On your mark! Get set! Go! At The Incredible Race, we will explore God’s love for the nations as we travel around the world. We’ll uncover fun clues, attempt fascinating challenges, and discover how the events that happened before, during, and after the tower of Babel have impacted the human race today! Grab your gear and prepare to set off on the race of a lifetime!

August 5, 2019 - August 9, 2019 @6:00pm - 8:30pm

11,Sicklerville United Methodist Church - Sicklerville, NJ 

July 7, 2019- July 12, 2019

12.Ashland Church - Voorhees, NJ 

 Head to Ashland Church for music, bible lessons, snacks, playtime and FUN! Suggested Donation $20 (for supplies) Open to ages 3.5 to 5th grade.

August 12, 2019 - August 16, 2019 @9:30am - 12pm

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