This website is a personal site written and edited by me. This site accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

It seems only fitting to repurpose this post on Super Bowl Sunday! I love looking back through these old photos of my boy. I hope you'll enjoy them, as well. After all, Gus Bradley is no longer the head coach of the Jaguars. This is like real history stuff right here! :)

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that Jonah started playing football at a local park. What began as a way for him to get out and exercise a couple of times a week with friends turned into a passion for him. When he started in the Spring it was a training camp type thing. Once he decided he loved it, we signed him up for the full-fledged game practicing. Jonah eats, breaths and sleeps FOOTBALL!

A while back, I read on Twitter that the Jacksonville Jaguars opened up 13 practices to the public. All I needed to do was go online and sign up for the dates we wanted. We went to two.

A couple of weeks ago Jonah and I went to EverBank Field to experience the Jacksonville Jaguars first Training Camp of the 2014 NFL football season.

Before heading towards the stadium we stopped at WalMart for a football. Jonah was so excited to be able to get autographs from a bunch of the players. And boy, did he get a LOT of autographs!! {as a momma, I was super bummed for him when the ONE player he waited for wouldn't stop to sign a football card because his family was with him. Chad Henne, Jonah was super upset but, he looks forward to getting your autograph really soon!}

On the days that we went to the practices, the temperatures were in the 90's and the heat index was near or over 100 degrees. It was HOT! I have no idea how those football players practice in that heat. It was sure fun to see it all happen, though. Living in Jacksonville, in a city with an NFL football is so cool. Never before were we really football fans. We certainly weren't Jaguars fans. But, now having a football player, our family has a new appreciation for what's right in our backyard. We LOVE our Jaguars!!

{Here's a BUNCH of pictures from the first practice and of Jonah getting autographs. Enjoy!}

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

Friday, February 3, 2017

LOU -- A New Pixar Short

LOU -- read details at jonahbonah.com

This is exciting, friends. I'm a huge fan of Pixar Shorts. You know, the short, animated films, played at the beginning of new Disney/Pixar movies. The most recent favorite of mine is, Lava. Remember, the lonely, singing volcano, who finds true love when the tides change, I think that's how the girl volcano comes about. Either way, super cute! "I lava you." Remember?

Pixar is at it again. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Dave Mullins, writer and director of LOU, at the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. He worked day and night to create ideas that would catch the eye of Pixar. Once the original idea of LOU came to fruition, it was in and out of production. Once finished, he graciously let us have a first look at the Short in full. Dedicated to his dad, you're going to want to see LOU! I'm gonna warn you, it's a bit of a tear jerker. 

Coming soon. Check it out! 

LOU

When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray, “Lou” opens in theaters on June 16, 2017, in front of “Cars 3.”


Friday, January 27, 2017

9 DIY Hearts Crafts for Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day. All things hearts and red and pink and Cupid. Oh, Cupid, that cute little guy!

Each year I have good intentions to decorate my mantel and hang a heart-shaped wreath on the front door. Each year I peruse blogs for fun crafts. And each year I don't decorate my mantel or hang a heart-shaped wreath. Not this year! I vow to make at least one of the following crafts AND hang a wreath!

Below I've gathered nine lovely heart ideas that are perfect for anyone to recreate. Grab a chair, your latte and a notepad and pen to make a list of the supplies you'll need to get started!

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/1/ LOVE Bowl - It has SPARKLES...need I say more?


9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/2/ Heart String Art - This could be a pretty mindless activity. Grab the needed supplies and park yourself in front of the TV. Catch up on The Bachelor. Or Downton Abbey. Whatever drama show is your vice.

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/3/ Heart Pincushion - The sewist in me LOVES this craft. Make one for someone you love who sews!

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/4/ Heart Pom-Pom Wreath - Did you make pom-poms when you were a kid? I did. A million of them! I would wind and wind the yarn around a piece of cardboard, tie it off and then trim the strands until it was a cute little pom. Now you can find a fancy pom-pom maker at the craft store for less than $10. Give this wreath a try today!

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/5/ Red Heart Shaped Ice Cubes - Wouldn't it be fun to surprise the kids on Valentine's Day morning with these ice cubes? And the sprinkles trimmed glass? Be still my heart!

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/6/ Heart Shaped Bookmark - SUUUUPEEERRR simple craft for the book lover in your life!

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/7/ Burlap Valentine's Gift Bags - These would make great little bags to give small Valentine's treats to the neighbors, the mailman and your children's teachers. Fill them with candy or hot cocoa mix.

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/8/ Lighted Marquee Heart - The tutorial for this marquee is amazing! Use it to make the pictured heart or a letter. Wouldn't one of these be a great addition to a child's room? I love it!

9 DIY Hearts Crafts @jonahbonah

/9/ Heart Bokeh - As a photographer, I'm always looking for new ideas to take unique pictures. Heart bokeh? Yes, please!

Which of these heart-shaped crafts is calling your name? I'd love to see what you make! Will you share with me? I'm @jonahbonah on Instagram or leave me link to your blog  in the comments.

Wanna see more great crafts with hearts?? Check out this post I wrote on BlissfullyDomestic.com.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast #BeOurGuest

Disclaimer: Affiliate links within this post.

Beauty and the Beast

Here is your first look at the character posters for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, which include: Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanly Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumetter, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. 

Beauty and the Beast main

Beauty and the Beast castle

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. 

Directed by Bill Condon, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life in a stunning, cinematic event. 

This film is going to be breathtaking, friends. Mark your calendars for March 17, 2017. This is a Disney movie you will NOT want to miss!

Tell me, what is your favorite Disney movie, animated or live-action? I have a long list, but the original, animated Beauty and the Beast is certainly among the Top 5. 


Watch the Official Trailer below. 


Like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast

Follow BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beourguest

Follow BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beautyandthebeast/

Visit the official BEAUTY AND THE BEAST website here: http://movies.disney.com/beauty-and-the-beast-2017

All materials are property of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 


As you are awaiting Beauty and the Beast to hit theaters, check out this cute merchandise. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders {a Hillshire Naturals Review}

Hillshire Farms Plated Sandwich 1

Last week was Spring Break for my kids. Admittedly, I'm usually at a loss as to what to feed them for lunch when they are home. Of course, I can think of lots of things to feed them, but feeding them something they won't grumble at is a whole nother story! I love the simplicity of this Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders recipe. I assembled the sandwiches in only a few minutes, baked them for 10 minutes and we devoured them in less than the time it took to make them! My boys were asking for more...but, they were all gone.

Hillshire Farms Main Ingredients

First, gather the ingredients for your sliders. 

You'll need:
1 pkg. Hillshire Farms Naturals Honey Roasted Ham
1 pkg. King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
6 slices of deli Baby Swiss cheese
2 Tbls. of Mayonnaise {not pictured}

Hillshire Farms Ingredients

You'll also need these few ingredients for the topping:
1/2 Tbls. onion powder
1/2 Tbls. poppy seeds
1/4 tsp. worcestershire sauce
3/4 Tbls. dijon mustard
1/4 cup melted butter
Hillshire Farms Cut Bread

To assemble sliders, begin by cutting your rolls in half. You could cut each one individually, or leave them as a loaf, like I did. Then, spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the inside of your bread.

Hillshire Farms Loaded Ham

Next comes a layer of Hillshire Farms Naturals Ham. You can put a single layer or double it up...we like a lot of meat, so we doubled it up!

Hillshire Farms Swiss Cheese

Last step of your slider prep, add a layer of Baby Swiss cheese. I say Baby Swiss because it's less pungent than other Swiss Cheese. You're gonna want the ham to shine through in this little slider! 

Hillshire Farms Top Bread

It's looking good, huh?! You could stop here and just dig in...but, wait! This last step puts these over the top!

Hillshire Farms Finish Sandwich

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While waiting for oven to heat, mix all of the ingredients for the topping and brush or pour over the top of your sliders. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes. After they've sat, put them in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. remove from oven and ENJOY!

Hillishire Farms Sandwich

Now, watch your family devour the ooey-gooey, goodness that is this Hot Ham and Cheese Slider!

Disclosure: I'm required to disclose a relationship between my site and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing me w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. This recipe was adapted from KingsHawaiian.com