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Ralph Breaks the Internet – And Giveaway

*Ben and I were able to see a preview of this movie for free in exchange for our honest review. As always, the opinions are mine. The giveaway is all mine and not affiliated with any other entity.     Video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game. Their quest takes them to the vast world of the internet, a world Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. I love how Pixar and Disney consistently offer movies that grow with us. Ralph Breaks the Internet is one that we enjoyed for different reasons because Ben and I are at different stages in life, and I can see it being a movie we can continue to enjoy throughout our...
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Memories of My Grandpa

Last Thursday my Grandpa on my Mother’s side passed away. He had been very sick for over a year, had faced many medical issues in the past 10 years, and had a stroke the week before where they were sure he would die. However, he held on until he could talk to all of his kids and then slipped away quietly surrounded by the people he loved. My grandfather was a good man. He served in the Army during World War II, and was honorably discharged. He served a mission for his Church in Texas, and had a Master’s degree and worked to help farmers through the Department of Agriculture. He was a framer himself, and had a huge, beautiful garden that I remember well. He had six kids, a lot of grandkids, and even more great-grandchildren. He was married to my Grandma for 61 years, and they served two...
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Ended: Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

This email contains affiliate links. That means if you make a purchase, I earn a small commission. I’m only an affiliate for companies I trust and/or purchase from myself. While this does not cost you anything, it does garner my heartfelt thanks. By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come. Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase. Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price....
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When Depression Wins – Warning not Light Reading.

I suffer from Chronic Major Depressive Disorder. It isn’t fun, happy or good. Everything I try to blog about is contrary to how I feel and live. It has made me feel like a fake, so I will be blogging about my depression too, because somehow it has to fit in with the happy, fun and good. Somehow, I have to live. Lately I don’t want to. I also struggle with pituitary failure, and Arnold Chiari Syndrome. I have chronic migraines, am allergic to gluten, and struggle with asthma. Because of my pituitary failure I have no immunity, no stress response, and I have to take a LOT of steroids. These have made me gain weight. So basically I am overweight, bedridden, sick all the time, in intolerable pain, and depressed. It isn’t a pretty picture. Last month it got so bad that I wasn’t able to sleep for days...
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My Amazing Author Friend!

My great friend is a real writer. She doesn’t just share her life and thoughts, although that would be fascinating, she writes novels, and stories, and short fiction. She also writes delightful horror. I didn’t know horror could be delightful until I met her. She has a new book coming out. She also has an agent, and a publisher. She will have many books to come, but I am just sharing the cover art for this one, special novella right now. I can’t wait to read it! I hope you look her up. LIKE www.facebook.com/RagnarokPublications for updates and release information on Mercedes’ book! Isn’t the cover intriguing. I can guarantee the book will be even better, and I am lucky to know someone who is so kind and talented!
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New DIrections and Goals

I am officially certified and licensed as a Health Coach. I will be building my website and offerings within the next couple of weeks, and am super excited to enter a new phase of health and wellness. I have a lot of experience with illness, and am determined to shift my focus, and my life to one of wellness. I may never be perfectly healthy, but I can still be well, and I am passionate about helping others. So much of what I learned was how our diet and lifestyle can affect our health, and that making simple changes can save our lives in a very literal sense. I love writing, and I love public speaking. I want to share what I know everywhere. Secondly, I have decided that I need to take my passion for blogging to the next level. I will continue to offer giveaways and fun things...
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Random Thoughts and Confessions

There are many things about me that people seem to miss. Even my husband has a difficult time reading my emotions, or knowing my heart’s desires. I have had trouble in friendships because of this, and there are some things that I really just have no one to tell. So what is a blog for, if not sharing. First, I wanted nothing more in life than to be a wife and mother. My favorite book of all time is Cheaper By the Dozen, and I wanted a dozen kids with the crazy busy and pregnancy filled life that went with it. That didn’t happen. I want to adopt. Finances and health have prevented us from being able to  for the past few years, but it is a dream that I have had since we were first married. There are two little girls that I can see whenever I close my...
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I am Free!

I am finally released from bed rest and strict limitations on my activity. I can even drive. Today is a glorious day. I saw my doctor on Monday, and am healing slowly but surely. They are still concerned that my wound has not fully closed, and about the possibility of infection, but I am careful, and they will continue to monitor that. However, I have reached the glorious mark of six-weeks, and my doctor officially declared that I can start to resume normal activity and even drive my car as long as I don’t feel impaired. He’s even insisting that I taper off of medications. Hurray! Mostly I am a fan of being able to drive again. Driving is so linked to independence. I couldn’t go to the doctor without a ride, and I couldn’t do a lot of the things I normally do to help my family, like grocery...
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Blog Friendly PR

I started blogging as a way to vent my emotions about a situation I couldn’t control. I was disabled and sick a lot, and had lost most of my friends as the illness lingered and traditional friendships grew harder to keep up. I spent a lot of time in bed and in hospitals, and writing gave me an outlet. I was amazed to find a community of women, some like me, some home with kids, and some who had made blogging into a business. Mostly I was amazed to find a community of friends. I joined groups like Blog Friendly PR to learn more about blogging and engage with other bloggers, and found a passion and an enterprise that I love. Blog Friendly PR’s blogger outreach taught me how to create content that was more user-friendly, and less like a journal. I found ways to offer my readers contests and...
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365 Days of Mickey Sweepstakes by Pixie Vacation

  My family loves Disneyland. We would gladly go to Disney World, and the Disney cruises if we had the funds. When I first got sick, it was imperative to me that I take my son and husband to Disneyland and create great family memories. As my sickness has dragged on that wish to create memories has not waned, but our finances have prevented us from returning as regularly as I would love. We were fortunate to be able to take my son on two fabulous vacations to Disneyland, and we have great pictures, memories and family bonds from those visits. To us it truly is the “Happiest Place on Earth”. I would take my family back every year if I could. One day I may even get to take them over my birthday, which is the day after Christmas. I have always wanted to see Disneyland at Christmastime. Their...
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Parenting Webinar from the InJoy and the Children’s Project

I have recently started a working/collaborative partnership with the group The Children’s Project. They have an awesome book, and their program has built my relationship with my son to a new level. It has also helped me to understand and nurture other relationships. I would highly recommend this webinar, and you can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon. It is an easy read, but packed with great practical advice and examples. I am still working my way through it, as I have to keep stopping to apply the principles and see how they work. So far it has been miraculous. My son has struggled with depression and anxiety, and using the principles taught in the book has really helped him to regain his confidence and happy demeanor. Please feel free to share this information with anyone and everyone. Their goal is to have a million people read the...
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I have been under quarantine. My son caught the flu, then got an upper respiratory infection, and then the stomach flu. Lucky me. Then, because I am special, I caught everything he had. Two emergency room visits, several doctor’s appointments, and one Quick Care visit later, and I think (fingers crossed) that we are finally on the mend. My husband is a teacher, and my son goes to school, so no guarantees. My husband calls the students walking petri dishes, but at least we’ve weathered the last of the stomach bug this time around. When I get sick, I sleep a lot. I am lucky and unlucky in that I lack a gag reflex, so nothing will make me puke, but it means that I feel sick a lot longer than I would if I could just get the bug out of my system. So, I sleep. My son, however,...
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2013 Goals

Rather than overwhelm myself with a years worth of goals, I am going to go month by month, and hold myself accountable via the blog. I divide my goals into categories, and usually like to have a written plan in my planner, and set deadlines, as all the wonderful experts suggest. The good news is that I am very driven and tend to achieve my goals. The bad news is that I often try to do too much. Family – Get  therapy and other interventions in place for Benjamin. Make family time “fun” therapy times. Establish weekly date nights with my husband. Spiritual – Read the Book of Mormon Pray out loud at least once daily. Physical – Exercise daily – I have joined a Dahn yoga studio and need to go everyday. We also have a Disney dance program for the Wii that will be awesome, and I need...
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Struggling to Parent, or Parenting a Struggling Child?

Today I got a phone call that I never expected to receive. The basic suggestion behind the call is maybe our program is not the right fit for your child. He is disruptive, and we don’t know how to handle him. He’s been in this program for years. His behavior has not changed, but perhaps it should have, as he has gotten older. They had other teachers who dealt with his behavior wonderfully and he was thriving. Why is this year so different? What happened? Could it be that I spent most of last year in the hospital with a life threatening and life altering condition? Could it be that he is a scared little boy trying to cope with things that he doesn’t understand? Does my child have ADHD, or even worse, does he have Asperger’s syndrome? Sadly the questions that run through my mind are mostly is this...
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*Ended Win $100 with TV Dinner Event

Have you played the TV Dinner app on your iPad before? So FUN! You get together with other fans, friends or family and chat while watching your favorite TV shows. Like the show So You Think You Can Dance! Anyone else a fan? I love it! Never miss an episode. It’s more fun watching when you can comment on your favorite dances or boo the judges because they didn’t like it but you did. 😉 There’s other shows too besides SYTYCD…lots of fun to be had! Don’t have an iPad? Not a problem! The TV Dinner app is now available ONLINE! Now we can all get together online or on our iPads and chat, comment and cheer while watching our favorite shows. I can’t wait to try this, and add all my other favorite shows. Yet another reason to spend a fun, relaxing night enjoying an hour or so 🙂...
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Challenge: Be Grateful and Kind and Tell me How, Maybe you’ll win a prize:)

I love life and being busy, but I have a tendency to make mistakes, and sometimes I over book myself, or forget important things. I am human. It seems that the world is a lot harder on people now. We don’t give allowances, screw up at work and you get yelled at instead of corrected and allowed to try again. We are anxious to sue others if they make a mistake, and rarely apologize or take responsibility for our actions as that may appear as weakness or an admittance of liability. I hate this. I long for the polite society in books, where wrongs were forgiven, or dealt with swiftly, and others were quick to apologize and take responsibility. What happened to that world? When did we all become so calloused and self-serving? I work with children and have a son. He is showing signs of thinking he is entitled...
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*Ended Win Free Flowers

I am a girly girl and adore flowers. I usually get more practical gifts, but this week I got roses. I about swooned. 🙂 My husband is practical and frugal and rarely buys me flowers just for fun. I would love these to be delivered to my door weekly! This Giveaway is done by SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways   Item Description Your recipient will celebrate the day when they set their eyes on this divine bouquet.  Roses and carnations along with fuji, alstroemeria and gerbera are presented in a purple passion vase. Same day delivery available. Measures 15″H by 12″L. Includes: • Pink Roses • Orange Daisies • Hot Pink & Light Pink Carnations • Purple Alstroemeria • Purple Passion Vase  I was surprised at 10am with a bouquet of flowers at my door for a review. The bouquet was gorgeous and smelled heavenly. I love bright and funky...
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Memorial Day

We are having a nice quite memorial day. My son and husband went fossil hunting and found some great fossils off the beaten path. We turn them in to the Springs Preservehttp://www.springspreserve.org. They have an amazing nature exchange. My son brings in pine cones, and other natural items. The more he can tell them about the object, or if he writes about it, he gets points. The points can then be traded for other items like special rocks and seashells. It’s an awesome program. He’s been doing since he was two and has a lot of points. We also have an amazing rock and nature collection. I hooked my husband to pinterest. He’s been on it all afternoon. We’re watching movies and pinning away. It is a great way to spend a holiday. Lest my readers think I’m lazy, I also mopped the kitchen, did laundry and dishes, cleaned out...
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I won a Trip!!!

I won a trip to the Palmetto Bay Eco Resort in Roatan Honduras. It is basically and island off the coast of Honduras with white sandy beaches, a butterfly and bird sanctuary, and great snorkeling and diving opportunities. I am so excited. At first I didn’t believe it. I received and e-mail saying: “Good afternoon, and congratulations! You’re the winner of a year of a trip for two to the Palmetto Bay eco-resort in Roatan, Honduras, including airfare, from PureWow, Time Out New York andHealth.com! (As a reminder, you entered here: bit.ly/Jh8ayv) Your prize includes roundtrip airfare for two, a three-night stay at the Palmetto Bay Plantation hotel, massages, and breakfasts. ” I must admit I responded with requested information rather dubiously, but after having corresponded back and forth now I am convinced that I get to take a dream vacation to the Caribbean!! I am super excited. Our 9th honeymoon is coming...
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Team Mommies

Mommies Point of View found at https://www.teammommiespr.com is my new blogging network. I am thrilled to be part of their group, and amazed at their professionalism. Busy Brandi just did an amazing logo, banner and other features for the blog Mommies Point of View. She did a beautiful job and offers inexpensive blog designs for those of us who can’t pay $100’s of dollars.  She also offers premade blog designs that are beautiful and fun. You can find her designs, pricing and giveaways here: http://busybrandi.com Mommies Point of View is a great site for giveaways, product reviews and coupons. There are also blog posts from several different bloggers like myself on various parenting and other topics. I hope to take a large  role  in hosting a parenting question and answer forum, as well as conducting a book club. I would love to see your questions and book suggestions. Blogging is a...
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Mother’s Day

Today was a wonderful day. I got breakfast in bed, mini roses, and chocolate. What’s not to love. My husband dealt with the rowdy 7-year-old, who we forgot to give his ADHD meds to, and I slept a wonderful sleep where I saved the community and a child from the apocolypse. I have been having strange dreams lately. My brother skyped my mom from Australia where he is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is doing well, speaking Mandarin, and otherwise enjoying sharing our faith with others. Coincidental all of my other siblings managed to call in during his call, so we all got to hear his voice and ask him questions. It is the first time we’ve talked to him since January, and the last time we’ll hear from him until Christmas. We have letters and his e-mails, but it was...
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