So Billa was home sick, I think with seasonal allergies, and nothing says lovin’ to a seasonal allergy sufferer than some good old local honey. So we dropped the monkey at preschool and headed to the Good Earth Food Co-Op! If you bring your own container you can fill up with local honey for around $4.50+ a pound right now. Oh, so good!
While we were there, they had just pulled raspberry chocolate chip scones from the oven and we just had to share! Oh my, so good!
They also had sample of this:
Now, usually I don’t like the energy drink/meal replacers because they are chalky and they turn my stomach. I have to muscle them down and then I get reminded of them everytime I burp! UGH! Wait! Maybe they are what is making me burp! Double-ugh!
Well, this one was pleasantly different! I tried the Jav’a Latte and Billa had the Cocoa Fudge. We both drank every drop and licked the cup. Now the price is a bit steep for this momma to do for the whole family, but I think if we were on a road trip, I could pair this with some other healthy goodness and we would have a meal if we split them! Plus it is way cheaper than a coffeehouse drink and for healthy, it was pretty tasty!
Anyhow, I did not get paid by GEFC or Kate Farms for this review…I purchased my own honey and scone…I didn’t have to purchase the sample and I asked permission to take the shots. I was just out and about shopping where I like and found this little tidbit and thought some of you might be interested in hearing about it!
Phew! Red tape, necessary evil!
Well, I will keep you posted if I find something new and wonderful!
A friend of mine shared this link with me when she found out about the AMERICAN SNIPER Review and Giveaway. Apparently, a fellow by the name of Allen-Joi Chappell, is planning to ride across our great country (from Camp LeJeune, North Carolina to the end of the Oregon Trail on the West Coast)...sea to shining sea!
Why is he doing this, you may ask? To support wounded veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project...to which I give a huge double thumbs and big toes up to!
The plan is to start the journey on May 23, 2015 and finish by November 2015. Along the way they, "plan to ride with equine programs to raise funds and support the Wounded Warrior Project".
Would you like to be a part of this? To support them, just go to Wounded Warrior Project, and make a donation. They are also looking for equine regulations and farriers/horse vets in the following states: North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. I bet if you know of a local equine program, in those states, working with wounded vets, they would appreciate hearing about it too!
Let me know if you have a pet project that supports the Wounded Warrior Project! I would love to highlight them this week!
Also, don't forget to go to my AMERICAN SNIPER Review and Giveaway post and leave a comment for your chance to win a Bluray/DVD combo (the deadline is 9:00am, May 20th). Plus, if you plan to purchase, Warner Brothers is donating $1 from the sale of each Bluray/DVD combo to the Wounded Warrior Project until December 31, 2015. The combos release on May 19th.
Finally, don't forget that Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day! It is a day to honor those who have lost their lives in military service. Traditionally, flags are flown at half mast and there are usually memorial services offered by groups such as American Legion. While Memorial Day weekend is a great weekend to spend time with family and kick off the summer vacation season, let us remember why we have that Monday off. Many have died for us to have that, and any of the other freedoms we enjoy here in our great nation.
I thought I would try something new…for those of you with extra time on your hands. Ha!
I was inspired by What Normal Looks Like over at Scary Mommy for this particular find! I took a little vow not to be worried about my mess anymore, so this is my therapy towards that goal today!
I thought, let’s have some fun with this whole idea of #embracethemess and get you all in on it! So I did a seek-and-find for you! (It went together way easier and quicker than I thought it would!)
So you have a whole week to find the 10 items on this find and the answers will be posted next friday with…maybe…another seek-and-find to follow.
What do you get for your efforts? Well, I will celebrate with you that you found all ten items! Just leave a comment that you did, but no hints or cheats…K??? Plus you get the added bonus of checking out the killer decorating skills of this mom of 8! Oh, yeah, BHG is just dying to get in on this action!
So fellow Normal moms, dads, kids and everyone in between, have some good clean fun! It’s okay to do that now and then!
I am super excited to share with you about AMERICAN SNIPER from Warner Brothers, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller! When the wonderful folks at Grace Hill Media asked if I would like to do a review of the Blu-ray/DVD combo packs, I was only too happy to accept because I have been wanting to see the movie…
(so yes, I did receive a copy for review, but I totally wanted to see the movie, and I am gonna give you my honest opinion…OK, OK, I actually received three copies! One for me to keep for review, one to give to a veteran of my choosing as a gift, and one for a giveaway to my readers! )
Here is a synopsis from the press release and some pics from the movie:
From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
Check out this clip and then keep reading, the review follows and giveaway information!
REVIEW I loved this movie! Clint Eastwood has a gift for transporting you into the middle of the action and peeling back the veil to allow us to experience the good, the bad and the ugly (I couldn’t help myself!) Bradley Cooper did an excellent job at portraying the strong and steadfast Chris Kyle, and Sienna Miller skillfully showed us the depths of Taya’s love for her family and the strength and sheer grit it takes to be the wife of a Navy SEAL.
As far as what ages this movie is appropriate for, much to their dismay, my early teens will not be watching this…at least not without Mom and Dad present. The main reason being that there is so much happening that is relational and emotional and ethical and I want to be able to offer insight.
AMERICAN SNIPER would actually be a great movie to open dialogue about war and why or why not to fight and what difficult decisions have to be made and how lines get blurred and you have to know what you stand for and what you believe in, in order to make a decision that you can live with.
AMERICAN SNIPER BluRay/DVD releases on May 19, 2015.
Another reason I am excited about this movie being released on BluRay/DVD combo is that…Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through December 31, 2015, void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
(bummer about Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina!)
Finally I am excited because I get to give one lucky commenter their own copy! Woot! Please leave me a comment below (blog only, not FB) and share the about a soldier or veteran you admire! That is all it takes to enter the giveaway.
I will start…I admire my dad and my uncle who were in the Navy, grandfathers, great uncles and my SIL and niece and so many friends and family members who in so many ways have served our country with honor!
Comments will close at 9am, CST, Wednesday, May 20th. One comment will be randomly selected and winner will be notified via email.
Good luck and a thank you to all those who serve our country! I pray the Lord bless and keep you and those you love safe!
So, my son and I were in deep conversation about butter this snow covered morning on the way to school.
You see, on snow covered streets with a rear wheel drive 12 passenger van, when no one else is around, of course, I like to drift around the curves. I could totally take that curve slow, but I like the feel of the back end (more about those in a minute) of my van drifting and then reigning it back into proper drive position.
It is especially fun to drift in the empty church parking lot. Hopefully no one feels the need to call the police…because, yes, I am crazy, but I am just a common housewife having a moment of “stunt car ninja-ness”.
Anyway, back to butter. I had mentioned that the streets were just like butter, to which he, my son, replied that he likes butter just as much as the next person, but not nearly as much as, “you do, Mom.”
I quickly informed him that something happens to you when you hit the age that your fat starts to make deposits on your butt and tummy. Your body starts to cry out, “Give me butter!” Your tongue, too, joins in the campaign, “Give me butter! Coat me in butter! Sure, it will taste good on that brownie, just like frosting without the sugar, so it’s healthy!”
Anyhow, he laughed at that, but then I thought about where my fat deposits and how the other night when there was a birthday party for a friend at a local bar&grill and they had seating for 25 and I was gonna sit by a friend I don’t usually get to sit by and get to know her better and I looked at the seats that were less than an inch apart (c’mon people, I mean, even skinny mini’s with thigh gaps would have trouble navigating that) and I think to myself that even in my 75 pounds less than 5 years ago body these hips still bear the marks of child bearing and rearing and crafter's spread and I panic and move to the end of the line of tables and the sanctuary of wider spaced seating. (there, that’s the part about rear ends…definitely not as fun as drifting)
Then I told my son that it would be so much easier to quiet my body’s cry for butter if my fat deposited elsewhere on my body, like, I don’t know, say my ankles or my feet and hands. Now THAT might motivate me to quiet those voices. Could you imagine if instead of making elastic waist pants they had to completely rethink shoes and gloves? I mean, think of picking up a pencil and trying to write…oh, wait, I forgot my age for a moment... maybe I should say trying to type on a keyboard if your fingers were the size of bratwursts…or trying to pedal your bike or even drive a car. What an interesting world it would be.
At least then the only big back end I would have to worry about is the one on my truck(van. It’s a van, but I had a suburban once and can’t break the habit of calling it a truck, cuz it is so big and roomy…baby’s got back!”) as I spin donuts in the church parking lot!
Laugh a little today!
PROVERBS 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones!
Did you see what I did there? The wonderful folks at Grace Hill Media sent me a copy of the new veggie tales movie to review and we just can’t get enough of it! It was definitely the favorite for my daughter who was home recovering tonsillectomy last week and this weekend lots of, “Moooooooooom? Where’s the new veggie movie? Can we open the other one?” was going on.
Bob and Larry are at it again with Dreamworks Animation in the new movie “Noah's Ark”! Wayne Brady plays the part of Shem, Noah’s son and puts a whole new spin on the story. The lesson is trusting God and His plan, and in true veggie fashion there are lots of great songs and punny goodness! Wouldn’t you like to get your hands on a copy?
Well, then today is your lucky day…or rather, March 1st could be your lucky day. Remember the extra copy mentioned above? Well, that is for a giveaway!
All you have to do is leave a comment saying what veggie tale movie you would like to see them come out with next! I know I would like to see a veggie tale movie about Ruth, a new, longer one than Duke and the Pie War. I just love the story of Ruth.
Anyhow, leave your comments below and check out the trailer before you head out. Oh, and please, be sure to share with your friends!
So I have been hard at work in the craft room, making flowers and leaves and trying my hand at hand lettering with one of my two copics…
All of the flowers start out as just a plain old white sheet of cardstock, from Sam’s club. I used my cricut to cut the flowers (Walk in My Garden cartridge) and then a stylus and old mouse pad to curl the petals. Before I sculpted them, I did ink them using the same technique I used in my “Inks Pretty Paper” video. Some of the flowers needed a little more cutting than others to get my desired effect, I just used scissors for that. I glued them with hot glue…still learning that tool…hot glue is tricky. I am not sure how I feel about the buttons, but I really like the shreddy look centers.
I don’t know if I can technically call what I did with the copic “hand-lettering”, but it is a brush script kind of idea. I don’t like a lot of muss and fuss when it comes to my lettering, I like the raw look of just getting it out on paper. The above was some practice, so I guess it isn’t too raw, maybe just a little medium rare.
So with all this playing, I decided to put all the pieces together and create a gift for a friend! They have just moved into a new home and I know they have great décor, but this little item measures a little old 8” x 8.5”. It would easily fit into a showbox frame or it could sit on an easel…that part is up to them how they want to display it.
What do you think? Do you think this is a nice gift for new homeowners or friends who have just moved? I sure would like to receive one! Once we get done with the drywall retexture in our entry, I will probably make one up for me.
I think I may open the etsy shop back up and put these in for spring.
Well, it would be lovely to hear from you all! Leave some comment love and be sure to check out the SoSimplyDawn Craft Channel and maybe even subscribe so you can keep up with all the crafty goodness.