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. 

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!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY [Official Teaser Trailer]

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The brand new teaser trailer for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY debuted on Good Morning America recently! Lucasfilm’s ROGUE ONE, which takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. 

The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest WhitakerROGUE ONE is directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin, and co-produced by John Swartz and Kiri Hart.

Check out the trailer here!!



ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theaters everywhere on December 16, 2016! 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Salad Recipes that are Perfect for Spring

light and healthy spring summer salad recipes

Are you looking for the perfect salad for Springtime? One that's not too heavy, not too filling, but is light, colorful and just right? I just curated a post over at Blissfully Domestic that I think you'll find to be the solution to your Spring salad woes! Click here to check it out!


Monday, March 28, 2016

How To Get a Fish Hook Out of Your Knee [A Mom's Tale]

Warning: GRAPHIC photos to follow.  I mean, they aren't that bad, but...you've been warned.

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For the last few weeks, my boys have taken a liking to going out to their Poppy's house and running to the backyard to fish. He has a man-made pond back there with a bunch of bream [or brim] and a few small mouth bass. 

A few days ago, we made our way over to Poppy's. The boys jumped out of the truck, grabbed their rods and reels, and went to fishing as soon as we pulled into the driveway. I was in the house when Jonah came inside holding his fishing pole in one hand and holding his shorts up with the other hand. He said, "Mom, does Poppy have any numbing medicine?" I kind of rolled my eyes, my boys ask some pretty random questions that seem pretty out of place most times. I, of course, asked why. [Their reasons are sometimes just as great as their questions.] When he responded with, "I got a hook in my knee and I need to pull it out." I didn't know whether to laugh or take him seriously. And then he showed me. He did, indeed, have a fishing hook hanging from his knee. [In case you're wondering, he cast his line and it got caught in a tree. Jonah pulled and pulled until it came flying back at him and got him in the knee.]

My father-in-law gave it all he had to get it out. He tugged and pulled, twisted and pulled some more. All the while, Jonah was in obvious pain. It was time to go the emergency room. 

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We got into our room pretty quickly, but then just waited. And waited. You can't go to the ER, sit for hours, and not play with some of the toys they leave within reach.

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This doctor was phenomenal! He talked Jonah through each step he took to get the hook out. He cleaned it, then Jonah finally got the numbing medicine he was wanting from the beginning. After it was numb, the doc tried to just pull it out, but he couldn't. He had to use a scalpel to cut Jonah's knee open. It wasn't until he had a 1/4 inch slice in his knee that the doctor was able to pull it out. Even after all of that, though, he had to pull HARD! Once out, he sewed one little stitch in Jonah's knee, gave him a prescription for an antibiotic, and asked Jonah if he'll fish again. "yep!"

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The culprit. This little bitty barbed hook is what was so incredibly lodged in Jonah's knee. 

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 This doctor was great! I'll ask for him the next time we go to Wolfson's Children hospital. 

Two days later, Jonah's stitch fell out. No biggie, though, it had already begun to heal nicely. And, hey, worst case scenario, he'll have a cool scar to show to his friends.

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The very next day Jonah and his brother were in the paddle boat...fishing.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR - All NEW Trailer - See it Here FIRST!

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I have one question for you, are you #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan?? When I saw Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 and Ant-Man last year, I became an instant Marvel movie fan! Then, I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron and my heart for Marvel grew exponentially. I have a strong desire to have a Marvel Movie Marathon one day in the near future...especially with this new film coming May 6. Who's with me? You bringin' the popcorn??

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Watch the newest trailer below to see if you're in or out. I'm most definitely IN!! #TeamCap




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Visit the official CAPTAIN AMERICA website here: http://marvel.com/captainamerica

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opens in theatres everywhere on May 6th!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

CALLING ALL GIRLS Ages 15-18! - Captain America: Civil War-Girls Reforming the Future

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If you're between the ages of 15 and 18, and you're a girl, I've got some pretty amazing news for you! Keep reading to learn more!



MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – GIRLS REFORMING THE FUTURE CHALLENGE


Challenging Young Female Avengers to Create Positive World Change through Science and Technology with a Chance to Earn an Internship with
Marvel Studios


BURBANK, Calif. (March 11, 2016) — Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Synchrony Bank, Broadcom MASTERS and Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of National Academy of Sciences are proud to unite to present the nationwide MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – GIRLS REFORMING THE FUTURE CHALLENGE in conjunction with the May 6, 2016 release of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo and Martin Freeman with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. 

In “Captain America: Civil War,” each hero is forced to take a stand and choose a side in their fight to reform the future. Although the team becomes divided, they remain united by the same goals: the commitment to safeguard humanity, protect the earth at all costs and make the world a better place for future generations. Marvel, continuing to build on the success of the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, Guardiansof the Galaxy: Guardians of Good, and Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge, is launching the GIRLS REFORMING THE FUTURE CHALLENGE to engage young women to further the Avengers’ goal of making the world a better place.  

This program, supported by the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of National Academy of Sciences, seeks to inspire young girls to create positive world change for their generation and beyond through science and technology. One exceptional young woman will be selected to receive a one-week internship with Marvel Studios. The challenge invites girls nationwide, ages 15  18, in grades 10 -12, tosubmit innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics)-based projects that have the potential to change the world. Each applicant will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating her project and explaining how her science and technology-based project could make the world a better place. Five finalists will be selected to come to California and present their projects to a panel of experts. One grand prize winner will be selected from the five finalists to receive an internship with Marvel Studios.

Finalists will have the opportunity to inspire other young girls around the world by participating in a LIVE global Broadcom Masters webinar during which the girls will discuss how their STEM skills enabled them to create their projects and become a finalist of the Captain American Civil War: Girls Reforming the Future Challenge.  The Grand Prize Winner will share her MARVEL STUDIOS Internship experience, giving girls everywhere a peak into STEM skills in action outside the lab and the classroom. 

Each finalist will receive: Two round-trip tickets to Southern California for the finalist and her parent or guardian, including scheduled meals, ground transportation to and from organized activities, hotelaccommodations, from April 10 through April 13, 2016; an opportunity to be on the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” at the Dolby Theatre® in Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision™ on April 12, 2016; a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California; and  $500.00, deposited into a High Yield Savings account with Synchrony Bank.

Complete contest information will be available from March 11, 2016 through March 26, 2016.    Entries will be accepted beginning on March11, 2016 through 9:00 PM PT on March26, 2016. For applicationforms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information about MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – GIRLS REFORMING THE FUTURE CHALLENGE, please visithttp://www.captainamericachallenge.com.


About the Contest:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest commences on March 11, 2016 and ends at 9:00PM PT on March 26, 2016. Open only to girls between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 -12, as of March 26, 2016, who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Limit 1 entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on or about April 10, 2016 through April 13, 2016. See Official Rules at http://www.captainamericachallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions, and limitations. Void where prohibited. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Like CAPTAIN AMERICA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaptainAmerica

Follow CAPTAIN AMERICA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaptainAmerica

Follow Marvel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marvel/  

Visit the official CAPTAIN AMERICA website here: http://marvel.com/captainamerica

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opens in theatres everywhere on May 6th!