Wordless Wednesday * A Real Head Job

July 30, 2014 at 5:56 am

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY #3 *** Love, Grampy and Grammy

July 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm

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The Perfect Summer DVD Review

July 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

The Perfect Summer

Too often I find myself thinking, “They don’t make movies the way they used to any more.” Too many big budget blockbusters, epics, spectaculars depend on violence, profanity, and special effects instead of good acting and solid scripting. Viewers need more family films.

Hubby and I both have had complicated summer without much time to relax. Last night we decided we needed time for ourselves so we would indulge ourselves and go to the movies I wanted a musical; he nixed jersey Boys. He wanted a comedy; I opted out citing differences in our sense of humor. Something had to give so an at home feature it would be–a coming of age adventure for him.

I put a pizza in the oven, ferreted out the candy stash from hiding, iced some soda, made a couple of bags of popcorn, and handed him DVD’s for our home theater system. We had all the comforts of home, none of the expenses of the movie theater, AND a pause button.

First show: UP Uplifting Entertainment’s Family Approved original movie The Perfect Summer.

Brief Summary :
The death of Jake’s (Adam Horner) father forces him and his mother Alyssa (Sydney Penny) to uproot themselves from Chicago to North Carolina, and a different way of life. Estranged grandfather and surfing legend Lou (Eric Roberts) mentors him to surf, face his fears and inhibitions, deal with peer issues, and find love, respect, and himself along the way.

My Thoughts:
I enjoy water locations so its sun, waves, beach and sea life hooked me immediately. However, setting the action in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, and Fort Fisher surprised me. I think of surfing mostly for the Pacific, in places like Australia, Hawaii, and California. The Perfect Summer’s soundtrack background featuring America Idol Jason Castro’s Only a Mountain fits The Perfect Summer’s coming of age theme.

Here’s the trailer.

You can learn more about the movie on The Perfect Summer website. You can also find Word Films on Facebook and Twitter.

How do you encourage your child to love themself?

Review Of Vemma NEXT Nutritional Beverage

July 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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Good habits like exercise and a healthy diet begin in the cradle. After that it falls to us as parents to guide our kids toward making wise choices and life-long habits.

In today’s hurry scurry world with families constantly on the move, too many helter skelter grab and go meals are bad choices that just don’t provide recommended MDR’s. Many pediatricians recommend children’s vitamins. Another alternative is nutrient-enhanced supplements.

Vemma NEXT is a liquid with vitamins, anti-oxidants, and 65+ plant-sourced minerals. It includes Vitamins C, D, beta carodine, DHA, quercetin, and phytonutrient extracts of fourteen organic fruits and vegetables. What it doesn’t include is preservatives, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. It is hypoallergenic, gluten-free and non-GMO.

Designed for children ages two through twelve, Vemma NEXT’s green tea additive makes the recommended two ounce supplement easily drinkable. Available in Orange Blast flavor, this supplement tastes mild, smooth, and creamy reminiscent more of sweet, sugary orange drinks than real OJ.

You can learn more information and purchase Vemma NEXT online at the Vemma Store, the SMRP for a one month supply (two 32 ounce bottles) is $43.95 shipped. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

How do you make sure your child gets needed vitamins?

Michael Angelo’s BIG NEWS at Walmart

July 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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OLD NEWS:

This love story begins thirty years ago. I was a 24/7 full time working mom. Who had time to cook for a disabled mother, adult daughter and spouse, three minor sons, a husband and myself? To save time I did everything in bulk and the three nearby club warehouses became my friends.

About then I met Michael Angelo and over time became acquainted with all his products – flatbread, eggpplant, chicken, shrimp, tilapia, meatballs, pasta, manicotti, lasagna, ravioli, calzone, and risotto. Why cook? Why cater? One caveat stipulation though – Strictly taste NOT easy counts here.

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Michael Angelo’s is uncompromisingly authentic Italian from family recipes handed one generation to the next. Cooked from scratch in small batches then frozen, describe Michael Angelo as gourmet. Its naturally vine-ripened tomatoes, imported Italian cheeses, fresh herbs and veggies NOT preservatives, fillers, or chemicals, equal quality convenience home-style.

BIG NEWS:

Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods recently launched five new large sizes meals at Walmart. New 100% natural with no additives or fillers include Meat Lasagna (46 and 80 ounces), Eggplant Parmesan (44 and 80 ounces), and Baked Ziti with Meatballs 44 ounces). The only thing better than their prices is the time I save that myself so I too can enjoy my guests. Now who can resist “my” lasagna?

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You can learn more about Michael Angelo’s at www.michaelangelos.com. If you visit the website today you’ll even find a $1 off coupon! They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

What’s your favorite Michael Angelo’s product? If you haven’t tried them yet, is there one frozen food that you like to keep on hand? 

Discussing Donations

July 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

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I regularly support several nonprofit organizations. Amber gave me permission to share her thoughts on things to consider when making a donation, and a cause that she recently learned about.

Make a Donation and Feel Better About Yourself Today

It only takes a few seconds to make a donation online, but the satisfaction that you feel about that donation can make you feel better for months to come. There are dozens of websites and thousands of charities that need support to succeed. You might watch PBS at home and see the network running fundraising drives that give you a small gift for making a donation, or you might come across a campaign on Kickstarter or a similar site and decide to give a few dollars to a certain product. Making a donation can help both you and the organizers of that fundraising effort.

Can You Write Off Your Donation?

Every American must file taxes every year before the April deadline or request an extension to file later. The IRS will either request that you make a payment on your taxes or send you a check for the amount that you overpaid throughout the year. Certain charitable donations let you write off the amount that you gave to the charity. For example, if you give $100, you can write off that same amount on your taxes. The IRS requires that you receive nothing in exchange for your donation. If the charity gives you something as simple as a tote bag, you cannot write off the donation.

Where Does the Money Go?

Once you make a donation, you have no say in what that charity or organization does with the funds. These organizations must keep a public record of what happens to the money, which you can look up online. Some of the funds go towards paying the salaries of those working for the organization, a portion goes to paying for the supplies needed for that organization to operate and the remaining balance goes into a fund to pay for any other costs it incurs.

Make a Donation Today

If you want to donate money to a good cause today, one charity to consider is Sing for Hope. This charity will keep your payment information secure, and it offers a variety of payment choices. You can make a donation as little as $50 or as much as $1,000, and you can also choose a larger or smaller amount. You also have the option of making a one-time payment or a monthly payment in a domination of your choosing. There are thousands of other charities and organizations online that need help from people just like you.

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship DVD Review

July 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship

  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • ASIN: B00JJOY4FU

I believe in the word NO just as much as I believe in the word YES.  I believe in parental supervision, rules, expectations.  Call me old-fashioned perhaps, but that is the way kids learn.  I tried to teach my children well.  We read together, watched movies together, went on trips together, played together.  I think it was as much fun for me as it was for each of them.There is a difference with appropriate and inappropriate.  That’s why I  chose books and  movies with them; that’s why I supervised computer use and game play.  Funny thing is that  a generation later, I am still doing that. I like my grandchildren to visit.  I even like to babysit them.A few days ago, I received another Shout Factory Kids DVD (see 2/14/2012, 8/5/2012, 12/5/2012, 12/10/2013, 4/22/2014 posts).  I can’t wait to watch My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Keys of Friendship again next visit with Ponyville fan Princess.

Each animated tale shows the importance of friendship as it develops its life lesson.  Don’t think that these simple stories are just for preschoolers and little girls.  Count Bronies (teens and young adults) as big fans.  Who can resist Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack,  and Fluttershy. Their personalities are so like people we know.

Here’s the trailer.

My Little Pony, Friendship Is Magic * Keys of Friendship is available July 29, 2014, online and at retailers nationwide.  Its running time is 110 minutes, and its SMRP is $14.97.  My Little Pony, Friendship Is Magic Keys of Friendship contains five TV-Y Hub episodes:

Rarity Takes Manhattan–It’s Rarity against Suri in fashion show competition.
Pinkie Apple Pie–Real family means Applejack.
It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies–Ponyville excitedly greets tiny breezy ponies.
Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 1 & 2–Princesses Luna, Celestia, and Cadance give their magic to Twilight.  Twilight becomes the Princess of Friendship.

Purchase My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Keys of Friendship on Amazon.

Do you have a favorite My Little Pony?

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