Sunday, June 28, 2015
I've always tried to keep the tone on all my blogs as purely professional which always seemed to me as being so in genuine. In all reality I'm snarky, I'm sarcastic, I have a bit of a warped sense of humor and I'm not always as upbeat as my posts made it seem. In the end between some personal issues I had in my life and this overwhelming feeling of being vanilla I just couldn't continue. In the end I let a bunch of my sponsors down as I promised that I could never find the words for and in the end I spent literally months staring at a blank blog entry with nothing to write. If you write outside your own "voice" there comes a time when you literally feel like you have written the same thing over and over again and it all tends to run together.
I want to start again.. I'm not so sure if it will be with this blog or another one but without question this time it will be fully authentic. The last few years have been joyful watching my boys grow but as well being some of the most trying years of my life. I've lived what feels like an entire lifetime in the last five years. I met one of my biggest life goals by starting my own horse farm. I reconnected with friends who I thought were long gone and lost some friends who turned out to be just in it for whatever they could get. I've learned there are just some things you cannot fix no matter how hard you try. I've gone from being very outgoing to a bit of a recluse. I honestly think this change is for the better.
I still have so much to learn! Writing has always been a way for me to work whats going on in my head and I started this blog purely to reach out to other people who felt the same way. I really want to go back to that and I want all of you to join me. Can we start again?
(The photo included is Connor's "Batman" mask he made out of tinfoil. It seemed appropriate for this post.)
Friday, November 7, 2014
And guess what? I'm now on social media. That's right, I can tweet and hashtag like the best of them (#YOL9 !!). So what are you waiting for, follow me back!
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Labels: pet supplies
Friday, September 9, 2011
Barney Mother Goose Collection is one of my favorite Barney DVD sets of all time. Barney and his friends visit Mother Goose's world and sing and act out so many of the favorite nursery rhymes and songs such as London Bridge, Humpty Dumpty, Hickory Dickory Dock and so many more. I was almost embarrassed to learn that Connor really didn't know any of the songs included so he had a great time watching the show and learning all the nursery rhyme songs! Also included on the dvd is a sing along that features fifteen of the songs included in the dvd and a rhyme a long that includes 17 of the rhymes. Connor almost prefers the sing along to the dvd itself! What we really really love about this set though is the fact that it comes with a music cd that you can take along with you in the car of Barney and his friends singing some of the favorite songs included on the dvd! Also included is an activity book that you can take along with you in the car or just enjoy at home, it's fairly small so you can easily tuck it in your purse or diaper bag for a quick activity on the go!
You can purchase your own copy of Barney Mother Goose Collection on dvd right now on Amazon!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Zippies are some of the coolest ID tags we have ever seen. First of all they are super heavy duty rubbery animal faces which won't fall apart, bend, or break on you in the first use. Most of them are pretty non gender specific and they come in a variety of different animal faces from bunnies to lizards to toads (my personal favorite) so there is bound to be one your child will like. Though all that aside that is not at all what I love about them. What I really love is their genius way that they hook on to your stuff, or should I say the several ways they can hook on to your stuff. The first and most obvious way is they come with a very heavy duty elastic cord and tightener which is great for hooking over the top of water bottles, hooking to backpacks, looping over small stuffed animals, and even attaching to your child's door knob or dresser knob so you can easily find your Zippie on the way to school. The second is a ring that is slightly under the draw string that opens up almost like a little key chain clasp which can be used for a key chain, hooking onto loops, belts, or really anything you can clip something on. The last way is you can actually take the Zippie off the ring itself and hook it onto a necklace, bracelet, or put it on your own ring, loop, or snap. Needless to say how you use your Zippies is totally up to you!
I have a Zippie on each of the boy's backpacks, and I try to remember to put them in my purse to identify our drinks as even though my boys are not reading yet they can still identify their animals to find their own drinks or even toys. You can learn more about Zippies as well as check out all the different designs on the Zippies website.
Now here comes the fun part!
Zippies has offered to give a set of five Zippies to one lucky reader!
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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Episodes included :
- Brain Freeze - Fanboy and Chum Chum discover that their favorite Frosty Freezy Freeze flavor, Berry Pink, is about to be discontinued. Determined to have as much as they can before it’s gone forever, they end up with a massive brain freeze. The next morning, Fanboy and Chum Chum wake up with no memory of what happened and their signature tighty-whiteys are missing. They must retrace their steps to find out how their crazy night unraveled so they can find their precious underwear and restore order.
- Berry Sick - During a summer heat wave, the boys discover the Frosty Freezy Freeze machine is on the fritz. It’s up to Fanboy and Chum Chum to get the Berry the Ice Monster, the machine’s operator, back in good health.
- Refill Madness - Lenny and Boog learn that Fanboy and Chum Chum have a valuable cup that entitles them to endless free refills at the Frosty Mart. The two decide to work together to try to steal the cup.
- The Frosty Bus - Fanboy and Chum Chum are waiting for the Frosty Bus to buy a Frosty Freezy Freeze. Unfortunately, Boog is driving and torments them by always keeping their beverages just out of reach.
- Jingle Fever -When Fanboy and Chum Chum find out they can win a million Frosty Bucks by writing the new Frosty Mart jingle, Lenny does everything in his power to stop them.
- Back from the Future - After Fanboy and Chum Chum show Lenny that Dollar-nator is a time machine, he decides to use him to travel back in time and prevent Fanboy and Chum Chum from ever tasting a Frosty Freezy Freeze. But despite his greatest efforts, the boys somehow always end up discovering Frosty Freezy Freeze.
- Norse-ing Around - Fanboy and Chum Chum discover a frozen Viking in their icebox and decide to help him “achieve glory” so he can get into Valhalla.
Connor especially loves the episode where the Fanboy and Chum Chum get the brain freeze and loose their underwear. He will watch it over and over laughing hysterically each time. At first I really did think the show was a little on the silly side but compared to some of the other kid's programing these days I'd much rather see my kids laugh and enjoy a show verses put something on the tv that has too much violence or adult topics. Fanboy and Chum Chum is purely just good fun.
You can pick up your own copy of Fanboy & Chum Chum Brain Freeze on dvd right now at Amazon!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
How can I not feel incredibly blessed... my boys are my life, my love, and my entire world. I can't resist bragging a little that they are pretty amazing and beautiful to boot.
Labels: daily life
Sunday, May 8, 2011
There are seven episodes included on this dvd :
- The Big Chase
- Bitzer From the Black Lagoon
- Zebra Ducks of the Serengeti
- Bitzer’s Basic Training
- The Magpie
- The Boat
- Hide & Squeak
I've always highly recommended Shaun the Sheep dvds for friends going on long car trips. They are perfect for sticking in the portable dvd player as they are not as distracting as other movies I've found and my kids can't keep their eyes off of them. Even Dylan finds Shaun super funny!
You can pick up your own copy of Shaun The Sheep - The Big Chase right now on dvd at Amazon!
Friday, May 6, 2011
Though Connor loves flip flops, just like his mom, they just do not hold up to all the running and jumping that boy does. So we needed something that would hold up to all that jumping and running and still look great. Umi Shoes has been one of our long term favorites for tennis shoes and dressier shoes and when I saw the Nyoni I knew we had his new sandals for the summer. These sandals are as well built and have the same sort of sole and insoles that you would expect from a tennis shoe. What I really love though is the fact that the straps and heel strap are all padded. We've had some real problems in the past with sandals rubbing holes in Connor's heels and these ones show no sign of that happening and I know his feet will be well supported. They also feature very heavy duty velcro straps which will take the abuse that young children put on velcro shoes.
I especially love the color choices offered this year. We went with the ocean color in the Nyoni which has a green accent that runs all around the shoe. Most of Connor's wardrobe falls within blue and green and they match nicely to just about everything in his wardrobe. Though if I bought a second pair we'd get the chocolate for his dressier outfits. Don't worry girls they come in pink too!
Umi Shoes offers really exceptional shoes that hold up great and look even better! Connor has several pairs that he will be passing down to Dylan and they still look awesome. If your headed over there and are looking for a great looking pair of tennis type shoes I highly recommend you check out the Oleson as well. I've been drooling over them for weeks!
Visit Umi Shoes to see their entire selection!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
With that said the release of some of the most breath taking nature and earth dvds in the last few years have had me in total awe and practically drooling on the cases. Though the IMAX Hubble release hasn't gotten as much press as some of the other dvds that have come out in the past year or two it should not be ignored and images alone makes me really wish I would have caught this one in all of its IMAX glory in the theater.
The documentary follows the 2009 crew that was sent to rescue the Hubble Space Telescope. You follow the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis as they set out to rescue the oldest and very well known telescope. It takes five space walks and a pretty risky maneuver with a mechanical arm to fix the Hubble but the images and video captured during the mission is breathtaking to say the least. I wish they would make more such documentaries as I really think if people payed even a little bit of attention to the space program they would be as fascinated. Maybe a little more recognition and more people would realize just how important our space program and NASA truly is.
I can't say enough great things about IMAX Hubble and regardless if you have kids or you just want to watch something that will take your breath away it's an awesome video and I promise you will want to watch it more than once.
IMAX Hubble is available on dvd and you can pick up your copy at Amazon!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Willy has a favorite stuffed friend or "pet" as Connor likes to call him named Bobo. Bobo is from the very beginning of the book a quite popular plush monkey. Willy wakes up one morning to realize that his beloved Bobo is no where to be found, not even under the bed, and Willy does everything with Bobo!! Well it seems that Earl, Willy's crazy cat, loves Bobo as much as Willy does and he's hiding in the bed with him!
I had to laugh right there as though Connor's favorite "pet" is not nearly as important to him as Bobo is to Willy he does get rather upset when he can't find Helicopter (his current name though it changes as well... a plush black dog that is shaped really similar to Bobo in this book). He does routinely argue with my chihuahua Melos and the face he gives Melos is very very similar to the look that Willy gives Earl every time he catches him with Bobo. So needless to say Connor really got into the storyline and loves to point out how naughty Earl is just like "his" Melos.
Personally I absolutely love I Must Have Bobo! and it's become one of my favorite quick reads as it's one of those picture books that you can really get into when your reading it out loud. Connor especially loves it when I throw my arms up in the air and I say "I MUST HAVE BOBO!" really loud every time Willy has lost Bobo again!. He also loves to squeal "BAD EARL!!" every time Earl takes off with Bobo when Willy is not watching. It's a fairly fast read with only one real phrase per page but on the nights that I'm especially tired and I want a book that has a big bang without having to spend two hours reading it, Bobo has moved to my top ten list in choices.
The graphics in the book are simplistic on a creamy yellow backdrop. No major elabrate drawings or super bright colors so if your looking for a stunning picture book you may have to look twice at I Must Have Bobo! as though it is rather "simple" I love the fact that it's not busy and it's all very tasteful. It's one of those books that will look as good 20 years from now as it does now. It reminds me a little of the same sort of "look" as Harold and the Purple Crayon from my youth where only the important items in the background other than Harold have any real detail.
I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal is a super fun read for both children and adults and you can pick up your copy on Amazon!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Angelina fans will absolutely love this dvd but really it shines as an introduction to Angelina! Angelina has just moved and has found herself in a new home and a new school. She has to adjust to her new surroundings, something I know about all too well, and a new school, teachers, and friends! I think every little kid, and adult, has some fears of being in a new place and new people. Seeing Angelina adapt and thrive is a great lesson for any child! Plus who can resist a mouse in a tutu?
Included Episodes :
- Angelina's New Home
- Angelina's New Ballet Teacher
- Angelina En Pointe
- Angelina's Ballet School
- Angelina and the New Music Store
- "Create Your Own Dream Routine" Game
Angelina Ballerina : Ballet Dreams is available right now and you can pick up your copy on Amazon!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The other six episodes included are not mystery episodes and really follow no particular theme.. but they all seem to be from season seven so if your waiting on that season seven collection this is a great way to get a few of the episodes now to enjoy.
Included Episodes :
- The Great Patty Caper - It’s part whodunit, part whereisit as SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton take a train to search for the Krabby Patty recipe’s latest hiding place.
- Growth Spout - When Pearl starts growing rapidly, Mr. Krabs’ wallet is in for a fight to survive.
- Stuck in the Wringer - SpongeBob gets himself into quite a situation when he gets stuck in a wringer after his shower.
- Someone’s in the Kitchen with Sandy - In his latest attempt to steal the Krabby Patty formula, Plankton disguises himself as Sandy.
- The Inside Job - In another crazy move for the Krabby Patty formula, Plankton manages to infiltrate SpongeBob’s head.
- Greasy Buffoons - Mr. Krabs and Plankton overindulge everyone and their love of greasy food in an all-out fast food war.
Spongebob The Great Patty Caper is available right now on DVD and you can pick up your copy on Amazon!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Invader Zim was most certainly written more for the main stream and lacks most of the dark aspects of the comic book series but it still includes the quirky humor. How can you NOT like Invader Zim... he's a robot banished to Earth and he decides to discuise himself as a human and go to school so he can learn more about the humans. He isn't very popular but maybe that has a little to do with the fact that all he ever thinks about is how he is going to take over the world. My favorite character is by far Gir though.. possibly he is sort of the opposite to Zim like Squee was to Johnny. Melos (my beloved Chihuahua was almost named Gir but I realized he was a little too smart to be Gir early on). Gir is completely mad, totally messed up, robot companion of Zim's and I have to say he's easily if anything a huge factor in why I was totally obessed with this show when it was on the air. They could have made a Gir show all on its own and I would have ended up sitting there hours on end drooling on the screen. He's cute, completely idiotic, and aboslutely hiallrious.
Now let me squeal with joy when I tell you that though this is not the complete set of episodes made for Invader Zim, Invader Zim : Operation Doom includes 14 episodes of the series which is close enough to the whole series as if I'm not mistaken there are only 20ish episodes of the show total, which still totally depresses me. And though its not as fancy, nor does it include any extras, as perviously released box sets it will also not set you back $50+ like those would. So if your a Invader Zim fan or if you just want to add a little evil robot takes over the world to your dvd colllection I highly.. HIGHLY.. recommend you buy this dvd. I rarely say this, but if I could recommend any Nickelodean release this year this would hands down be the one I'd buy.
Invader Zim : Operation Doom is gloriously available right now on DVD and you can pick up your copy on Amazon!
Now excuse me while I go do a happy dance.