Monday, May 30, 2016

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Official Teaser Trailer #BeOurGuest

Your first look at Disney's live-action re-telling of Beauty of the Beast is here! I enjoyed Disney's live-action Cinderella, that was released in 2015 so much, I'm sure I will love Beauty and the Beast. Not to mention, I LOVE the animated version, too!

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. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. 

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.



Are you excited for this??? I know I am!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Southwest Hummus Black Bean Dip Recipe - Bush's #HummusMadeEasy

This post is a sponsored conversation made possible through The Women Bloggers in association with Kendal King Group and #SoapboxInfluence. All opinions are my own.

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There's something about hummus that sounds expensive. But, it doesn't have to be. Hummus does not have to be a luxury item in your grocery cart. In fact, with Bush's Hummus Made Easy, it can be the most inexpensive item in your cart --  also, the most tasty! With baby carrots, pita chips, or sliced cucumbers, you'll be snacking on hummus every chance you get.

Have I mentioned how easy it is to make this hummus at home?? Grab your food processor, drain and rinse the beans, empty the packet of hummus flavor, and process until smooth. Done. The finished product is two cups of fresh, delicious hummus made easy.

Today, I'm sharing with you a recipe that is a favorite at every party I take it to. There's never even a teaspoons worth of this delicious dip leftover in the dish at the party's end. The original recipe uses refried beans in place of the hummus. But, I tweaked it a little to have Bush's Hummus Made Easy, the Southwest Black Bean flavor, substitute the refried beans and taco seasoning. The end result is, dare I say it, even more tasty than the original recipe!

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Southwest Hummus Black Bean Dip
  • 1 can (16 oz) Bush's black beans
  • 1 pkg Bush's Hummus Made Easy Southwest Black Bean flavor
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium plum tomato
  • 3 green onions with tops
  • 2 tbsp snipped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
  • Additional sour cream and tortilla chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Bush's Hummus Made Easy per package directions. Combine pressed garlic into prepared hummus. Spread hummus over bottom of oven-safe baking dish. Combine cream cheese and sour cream; mix well. Spread cream cheese mixture over hummus. Bake 15–18 minutes or until hot. Remove baking dish from oven to cooling rack; top with cheddar cheese. Return to oven and bake an additional 2–3 minutes or until cheddar cheese is melted.
  2. Meanwhile, slice tomato in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds. Dice tomato and thinly slice onions. Snip cilantro. Sprinkle olives, tomato, onions and cilantro over dip. Garnish with additional sour cream and serve with tortilla chips, if desired.
  3. Watch as your Southwest Hummus Black Bean Dip disappears into your friend's bellies.

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With two other flavor choices in Bush's Hummus Made Easy, the recipe and snacking possibilities are endless. Choose from Classic, Southwest Black Bean, or Roasted Red Pepper. Find it in the "bean" aisle.

How will YOU use Bush's Hummus Made Easy? I'd love to hear which recipe you'd recreate using one of these hummus flavors! Tell me in the comments.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

On Forgiveness

How many times have you been wronged? Your son lied to you. Your best friend went to lunch without you...and with another friend of hers. Your significant other cheated on you. Someone stole something from you. And you're still holding a grudge. You've been holding onto this for months. YEARS. What would it do to you to forgive that person?? What might it do to your heart? Do you think you could??

Watch this video...and then tell me what you're holding onto that you could forgive someone for. I bet you'll find that it's pretty forgivable, after all.



As a LEO [Law Enforcement Officer] wife, I am NOT looking to open a conversation about crooked cops. This post is about forgiveness. Please see it as ONLY that. [Truth be told, there are a LOT of GOOD police officers. Sadly, the media doesn't tell you about them very often.]

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Riceland Foods Rice Rummage Recipe -- the Perfect Summer Dish

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Summer is coming. School will be out soon. Yep, there's less than a month of school left. Consider this a courtesy post, giving you a recipe that you'll be glad you made when the kids come running inside for an afternoon pick-me-up. Riceland Foods Rice Rummage recipe is chock full of fresh veggies, sweet apple, and a twist of sweet vinegar. It's DELICIOUS!

Hop on over to Riceland Foods to see more.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Is Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK Too Scary For Little Ones?

When asked if I'd like to go screen Disney's newest live-action film, The Jungle Book, I jumped at the opportunity. I've loved Disney's The Jungle Book classic [the animated version] for as long as I can remember. There's just something about little Mowgli and his best bear pal, Baloo. The fun loving duo could conquer the jungle...together. With a little wise guidance from Bagheera, that is.

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While the 1967, animated film was fun, with all the sing-along music and dancing, the 2016, live-action film is full of ACTION, not a lot of singing. From the moment the movie began, I was on the edge of my seat. Mowgli [played by new actor, Neel Sethi] is a sweet little boy who was, just as the original, raised by a family of wolves. When Shere Kahn visits Peace Rock during the dry season, he tells Akela, the leader wolf and Mowgli's wolf dad, that he wants Mowgli out of the jungle. Akela and Raksha decide now is the time for Mowgli to mosey on down to the man village. And, so begins his journey...

So, you're wondering if you should take your little ones? I took my Jett. He's a brand new 9 year old. There was a little boy behind us that was maybe 4 or 5. I honestly think it depends on your kid. Have you shown him scary-ish movies in the past? Jett LOVES animals and watches animal documentaries that show about the same amount of territorial violence that The Jungle Book shows. Are there a few scenes that have "jump at you" type action? Yes. But, my 9 year old wasn't afraid. And the little boy behind us didn't seem spooked either. I say, use your best judgement on whether or not it's okay to take your young children.

I wouldn't take small children who are easily spooked, or who are afraid of growling animals. There are some pretty intense scenes.

Overall, The Jungle Book is a phenomenally made movie. We loved it!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

My Interview with Author Alli Worthington #BreakingBusy

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I had the opportunity to interview my friend and new author, Alli Worthington, on her new book, Breaking Busy. Here's a small bit of what you can read over at Blissfully Domestic.

What made you want to write Breaking Busy?
I wanted to help other women get off the “hamster wheel” of frazzled living. I lived for too long with the burden of a busy calendar that sucked the life out of me and I hoped to share what I learned with others. 
We all spend so much time consumed with our busy schedules that we live on the edge of burnout. I reached a point in my life that I realized my crazy busy schedule was killing me. I knew I had to start breaking busy before the busy broke me!
Pop over to BlissfullyDomestic.com to read the full interview.

Affiliate link included within this post. What does this mean? When you click through to Amazon and make a purchase, you help support my family. It doesn't cost you any more than the product you are already going to purchase. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shine Bright, Little One [with Gerber Lil' Beanies]

This post is written on behalf Nestle through my association with The Women Bloggers, Kendal King Group and #SoapBoxInfluence. As always, the content created is my own and, as always, all thoughts and opinion about the product are my own too!

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As a mom of five, I'm constantly on the hunt for easy, yet healthy, snacks for my little ones. Sure, it's easy enough to grab a snack size bag of chips or a handful of graham crackers, but I want them to eat a snack that has NUTRITIONAL VALUE, as well as being tasty.

When my kids were little I fed them countless jars of Gerber baby food. So, when I heard of these NEW Gerber Lil' Beanies Baked Snacks Made With Beans I knew I would be a fan. But, it wasn't me that needed to like them, it was them, the kids. And like them, they do!

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Lil' Beanies are available at Walmart [for about $1.86 per canister] in two flavors: White Cheddar & Broccoli and Original (Sea Salt). They are made with navy beans and rice flour, so they pack 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber per serving. With NO GMOs, NO preservatives, and NO artificial colors or flavors, you can rest assured that you're feeding your little one a snack that is HEALTHY for their growing bodies.

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[the canisters are GREAT for building play, once empty. Mabry enjoyed stacking them up, and then knocking them over...time and time again!]

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Gerber Lil' Beanies are the PERFECT snack to munch on while crafting, too. Most toddler snacks on the market are small. These puffy shaped snacks are larger - making them easier for small fingers to grab. Yes, they resemble the cheese puffs we're all used to, but Lil' Beanies are LESS MESSY!! Goodness knows, if you're crafting with a toddler, you don't need a messy snack as a sidekick to a messy craft. One mess is enough!

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[Mabry and I sat down to make Paper Plate Suns. With less mess on her fingers from snacks, it left room for paint mess!]

*To make a paper plate sun, simply paint a white piece of cardstock with different shades of yellow, orange and red. We used acrylic paint, found at Walmart. Let dry. 
*Then, cut triangles from your painted creation. [You should be able to cut enough triangles, to surround your small plate, with one piece of cardstock.] 
*Finally, flip your plate over, so that the top is facing down, and tape your triangles around the edge, as shown. Mabry and I used small, yellow plates, found in Walmart's party supply section. 
*If you'd like, you can add a face to your plate, too!

Have you tried Gerber Lil' Beanies? Tasty, huh? What is your favorite flavor? I'd love to hear which flavor your kids love most. Tell me in the comments below!