Month: August 2012

Staying On Track Through Organizing

Staying On Track Through Organizing

A Peek into my life! This was from this week 🙂 As a work from home mom staying organized and on track with ALL that I do is quite the feat. I’ve found that I can manage well if I have good structure to our […]

Homemade Granola Recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

Nearly every morning I have yogurt and granola for breakfast. I was just buying it from the store until they had us make these *super* adorable and *super* simple jars of homemade granola at MOPs. It is easy and soooo good! Here is the recipes […]

The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure In Theaters

The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure In Theaters

Last week we got to get in on a special screening of  The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure — be sure to go and read that post and enter to win the $150 Prize Pack!

Here is the preview–it does a great job of really giving you a feel for the movie–so definitely watch it before you go!

As I mentioned in my first post Amber absoutely loved the movie and kept asking when we could buy it. Then the rest of the day she spent dancing around making up songs that about balloons and adventures–you can even hear here in the video below telling me how fun it is 🙂

 So how was the movie in the eyes of the mom? I will be the first to admit that it is very silly, and yes–I’ll say it–corny as well.

But you see–that is really the beauty of this movie. This movie wasn’t designed to have “something for the whole family” in it–it was specifically targeted to 2-7 year olds–and what they find funny I just don’t (or I hope I wouldn’t, haha–though I thought J Edgard’s name as the Vacuum was cute and clever–Hoover, get it??). So by being over the top crazy and goofy it made Amber and Tyler laugh, dance, and giggle–and I enjoyed it simply because they were enjoying it–not because it would be the kind of movie I’d watch alone with Bob. (RatedGGG remember?!)

These days children’s movies act like they have to be some Blockbuster thriller that you’d go on a date, sans kids, to otherwise they’re no good. And while I’m the first one to love and watch movies like that–I really don’t feel like every kids movie can or even should meet that.

So I recommend the The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure as exactly what it is supposed to be–a super silly, funny, goofy 88 minutes that your preschooler will love and that you can all have fun at–not worrying about having to shush or tell anyone to stop wiggling during it.

The Ooglieloves are not out in theater! If you didn’t make it last night it would be great way to celebrate the school season by doing something fun and special with your kiddos.

 Let’s show Hollywood that silly and goofy is ok–and that Moms want more Rated G options!

Smile Brilliant!

Smile Brilliant!

I’ve always *loved* to smile and been one of those happy go lucky, always smiling kinds of people. However I also *love* coffee…..a whole, whole lot. I’m basically one of those people that you really *don’t* want to talk to in the morning until I’m […]

Blogfest and Book Fair Giveaway

Blogfest and Book Fair Giveaway

To honor Melynda Fleury’s close call to losing her eyesight because of diabetes, Wayman Publishing is throwing a Blogfest and Book Fair Giveaway during the week of Labor Day.  Everyone who enters will have unlimited access to download any of Wayman Publishing’s Top 10 Books […]

Easy Daysies Magnetic Schedule

Easy Daysies Magnetic Schedule

Here is a re-post from a few months back–the chart continues to be a big hit at our house–for both Amber to use it and Tyler to try and steal the magnets!

Now that Amber is a “big girl” of four she has more responsibilities and things to do each day. She’s also *very* concerned about what her schedule is going to involve. Before using a chart she would always make me tell her our entire plans for the day–and then re-ask them every 5 minutes! (at least that’s what it felt like, haha) It’s so much nicer to be able to tell her to go check her chart, not to mention the feeling of accomplishment of moving something from the “to do” side to the “done” side.

The Easy Daysies chart is such a cute one! It’s magnetic and so are the tasks, so they can be used over and over and over. I love how bright and cheerful it is. Another great thing is that there are several different packs of “to do” items, so you can personalize it to your child and family. The only things I wish were a little different is that it seems a bit on the small side, it’s hard for me to fit a whole day worth of activities onto it! However I think that it probably works better to break up the day into sections anyways, so have solved this problem with breaking the day into morning, afternoon, and evening “to do” lists. Another thing I’d like to see is the magnetic to all be a little more “heavy duty” The chart has gotten knocked off our fridge a few times, and we had to get rid of some of the to do magnets when Tyler thought it would be fun to throw them away–I tried washing them off so we could salvage them but the sticker on front didn’t hold up to it.

Overall I’m very pleased with the chart and it works great for what it was intended for-I don’t think it was designed to be “Tyler proof” haha!

Mompact is hosting another *great* big bundle giveaway full of fabulous back to school products!

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Over the Edge by Mary Connealy

Over the Edge by Mary Connealy

As much as I try to keep up with all my books occasionally I’ll miss a book in a series–as was the case with The Kincaid Brides. You might remember that I reviewed Out of Control about a year ago. I somehow missed the middle […]

The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure

The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure

Recently I had a conversation with my Mom about kid movies. Now that Amber is old enough to watch “full length features” I’ve been revisiting a bunch of old favorites from my past. Watching them as an adult, however, I’ve come away a little shocked. […]

Fearless by Eric Blehm

Fearless by Eric Blehm

As you know I’m a military spouse of 7 years now. Even having my husband in a safe(r) branch with “easy” deployments has been extremely difficult at times. Because I have had a taste of all of this my heart and my admiration runs deep for the military wives who are married to US Navy Seals. Experiencing what I have–yet compounded several times over–is not a job for the faint of heart.

Fearless is the incredible, true, and deeply moving story of Adam Brown and his family. It’s one of those stories where it must be true because no movie would put someone pushing as hard as Adam did, overcoming what Adam overcame, or having the sad ending that this story has.

It was truly a book that I laughed and cried through. I love Eric’s perspective on the story. Even though it’s a book about an incredible Christian man and his deep devotion and faith nothing is sugar coated or glossed over. There is cussing in the book along with details that many other writers might have been tempted to gloss over in a Christian book. The fact that these things are included and not smoothed out make it have a very authentic and real feel. As a military spouse I’ve been around a whole lot servicemen and know how they act and talk–I can only imagine that as amazing and wonderful Navy Seals are they are not a bunch of sweet, smooth talking guys–and I actually appreciated the truth and rawness this book contained. It feels a bit rough around the edges–just like Adam Young himself was.

Through Fearless you see the God of sinners like David and Paul–a God who can take the biggest of sins and the most broken of lives and turn them around just so His amazing Glory and Power and Triumph might be shown.

An absolutely amazing story of an amazing man and his family-it is definitely a must read!

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Find out more one the Fearless Website and Read Chapter One

Me Time with Julep

Me Time with Julep

Ever since we met oh so many years ago Bob and I have had an on again, off again long distance relationship. A few years back I joked that we’ve been apart as long as much as we’ve been together, even while married. This isn’t […]