Friday, May 22, 2015

Benson The Sea Turtle Is Coming To SEA LIFE Michigan

SEA LIFE Aquarist Team will escort sea turtle on journey to new home in Michigan aquarium on World Turtle Day

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 22, 2015 – SEA LIFE Michigan, the 35,000-square-foot aquarium at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, announced today, on the eve of “World Turtle Day,” that it will be welcoming a new resident to its large ocean tank: Benson the Sea Turtle.
Sea turtles are an endangered species; only 1,000-10,000 of the turtle hatchlings born each year will survive to adulthood according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. They face not only natural threats from predators, but also human-caused threats such as commercial fishing, pollution, beach erosion and illegal hunting.  
Benson the Sea Turtle was stranded in 2014 at Anastasia State Park in St. Johns County, Fla., after being hit by a boat, which caused a caudal carapace fracture and induced a hypothermic reaction called cold-stunning. Benson was rescued and has been recovering at the Georgia Sea Turtle Hospital in Jekyll Island, Ga., and while he is doing well, Benson is non-releasable, which means he will never be able to survive in the wild. While age is difficult to determine, experts estimate Benson is approximately eight years old.
On Saturday, May 23, “World Turtle Day,” Sea Life curators Lucy Handel and Kelli Cadenas will escort Benson to his new home at SEA LIFE Michigan via a Southwest Airlines flight where the turtle will have his own seat. Once Benson arrives at SEA LIFE Michigan, he will receive round-the-clock care and monitoring in a special med pool for at least a week before being released into the 120,000-gallon ocean tank.
“Turtle hospitals take in hundreds of non-releasable Sea Turtles every year. By bringing Benson to SEA LIFE Michigan we are providing one with a safe and happy home with expert care,” said Kelly Cadenas, SEA LIFE Michigan curator. “We hope visiting Benson will enable our visitors to learn more about protection and conservation efforts of endangered animals worldwide and inspire them to take an active role in eliminating the human threats.”
Benson’s food, a diet currently consisting of lettuce, cucumber and peppers, will be donated by Kroger, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers. An announcement will be made when Benson is ready to be released into the 120,000 gallon ocean tank at SEA LIFE Michigan to join his new marine family.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Smart Weigh Digital Kitchen Scale With Platform Review

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I have been wanting a nice scale in my kitchen for a long time. I was tired of counting out my nuts instead of just weighing them. When I had the chance to review the Smart Weigh Digital Kitchen Scale, I couldn't wait to check it out. I figured the scale would make my clean eating a little bit easier. It would be perfect for measuring out meats, nuts, and liquids. Just what I needed.

Feel the innovation in every detail. The Smart Weigh GLS40 Digital Kitchen Scale is designed to please with its sleek construction, smooth touch operation, and convenient removable glass weighing platform. Simply unscrew the glass platform for cleaning, protection, and care. This is a truly powerful product the will satisfy all your kitchen, cooking, food and baking needs. As we enter into a new chapter of scale technology the GLS40 follows suit with an audible confirmation click that allows users to know the option they have chosen and navigate through the scale with clarity and ease. This scale features high precision sensor technology that assures all your weight readings and measurements are right on point and displays them with clarity on a large backlit LCD. Its smooth touch operation utilizes a tempered glass top that is delightful to use and makes exploring the scale fun and exciting. When weighing items or ingredients in the kitchen you can have them displayed in various measurement types including lb:oz, oz, ml and cups. The cutting edge liquid measurement feature can provide accuracy for you when measuring water or milk. The modern and sleek design is portable and compact enough to easily store anywhere, and with its stunning look it is the perfect addition to display in your home and kitchen. With the GLS40 innovation meets design. This scale has a capacity of 11 lb / 5kg and is powered by 4 AAA batteries which are provided. It includes a two-year manufacturer's warranty.

I loved the #smartweigh! I love how it makes my life a little bit easier when it comes to proper measurement and proportions. The really cool part of the Smart Weigh is you can measure liquids. There is a button to subtract the weight of the cup. I thought that was really cool! The design is really sleek and so I don't need to hide it away. It's so cute that I'm leaving it out on my counter.

Would I recommend the Smart Weigh? Yes, when I do reviews I always look for what is wrong with a product to make sure I give a honest review. The only thing that I could find wrong with the #smartweigh is that it shows fingerprints. The solution to that would be a damp wash cloth.

As of right now, on Amazon, the Smart Weigh is $19.99. That is 71% off. I can't guarantee that price, so hurry!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Unoffendable Review and Giveaway

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Are you thin-skinned? If you're anything like me Unoffendable is the book for you. Unoffendable is a book written by Brant Hansen. It takes you out of your current thinking and teaches you how to stress less. I want you to think for a moment. If little things didn't get to you would you be happier? Would you be more mentally stable? Would you be able to focus on more important things in life?

When I first starting reading this, my first thoughts were impossible. But, I guess it's like anything else, with a little practice, anything is possible.

I connected with the author when he said he has Asperger's.  I found out a few years ago that my daughter has a nonverbal learning disorder. After doing research, I found that she ended up with that from me. I have always wondered why I have trouble with things like making eye contact with people. It explained a lot in my life. It also gave me even more compassion for the author and an even greater yearning to become Unoffendable.

How do you become Unoffendable? That's a good question. When you're offended you're focusing on yourself. The world is revolving around you, your thoughts, and needs. If you take the focus off self, you can really work at being thicker skinned. I actually practiced it over the weekend. Every time I felt like I was getting upset by something someone said, I repeated over and over in my head the word Unoffendable. I realized when I did this that some of the things that I was getting upset about were really quite silly.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.

"Refusing to be angry about others' views isn't conflict avoidance or happy-talk. It's the very nature of serving people. I don't pretend the differences aren't there; I just appreciate that God has a different timetable for everyone."

"God wants us to drop our arms. No more defensiveness. No more taking things personally. He'll handle it."

"Shoot, we get offended by the behavior of people we don't even know. We'll go out of our way to do it, consuming news to hear what outrageous thing some celebrity did or said. Our whole culture does this. Taking offense is a national sport.

Would I recommend Unoffendable? If you are easily offended then yes go pick yourself up a copy. I enjoyed learning how to train myself to think differently.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The End Of The School Year Party With H2OGO & Giveaway

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Summer is my favorite season. It's time to get the kids outside and to create memories. This will be the final school year for my two little darlings before we move. So, I have agreed to let them have an end of the school year party with H2OGO! Yeah, you're probably thinking what are you getting yourself into? I know, but with H2OGO! they will be having so much fun they won't have time to drive me nutty!
Did you know that the H2OGO! slide has an amazing Speed Ramp™? I wish that I could slide down it. Designed to get kids off the couch and eliminate the “ouch,” H2OGO! also features a Splash Lagoon beneath the Speed Ramp™ to create a drenching good takeoff and funnel water throughout the entire slide, reducing friction and increasing speed as riders skim their way through a gushing cascade toward the final deluge in the drench pool. This mom will have to miss out because it's only for ages 5-12 and there is a weight limit of 110 pounds. The height limit is 5 feet. So, it's specifically made for the kiddies. Total bummer for me!

H2OGO! is super easy to setup. If I can do it anyone can. The water slide is available in single, double, and triple models. You can either cool off all the neighbor kids or just enjoy watching your kids. The choice is up to you!

So what do you need for a great end of the school year party? It's very simple! Grab some pizza, cool beverages, and H2OGO! You will end up with a party your kids will never forget!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Minted Art Collection Wishlist

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I love decorating. We are in the process of decorating a home that hasn't been updated in a very long time. Part of my decorating always includes wall art that inspires me. I want items on my walls that make me happy and feel at peace. That is how I discovered Minted. Minted is a marketplace of independent artists. Minted has a little bit of everything, from one of a kind masterpieces to graduation invitations. Also, you know you're getting something made from the heart from an independent artist.

For my beach themed bedroom, I added the above picture called "California Coastline", it is by Christian Florin. The cool thing about Minted is you can get exactly the size you need and even pick your frame.

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My daughter Keira picked "Watercolor Flower", by Lindsay Megahed. She is doing her room in lavender and loved this piece of art. I really like that it can be personalized and comes in different colors.
Finally, my daughter Faith loves horses. I've been looking for the perfect print for her horse stable bedroom. I fell in love with "A Shadow In A Storm", by Leslie Le Coq. I love the tones and the horse that you want to reach out and pet. ~Crystal
Marbled Wake
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Minted has so many new and completely different products. With all the styles of art to choose from, it was hard for me to narrow down my wish list from everything I want. I like the refreshing water print above because I wish I had a view of water like that from my house. 
Tangerine, limited edition print by Alexandra DzhPining for Pineapple limited edition print by Joni Tyrrell, & Indigold limited edition print by Stephanie Ryan
I really like this brightly colored, fruity collection for the kitchen. Currently, my kitchen is so boring. I need an updated look.
Michigan Map Foil-Stamped Wall Art by GeekInk Design, Michigan & Florida Love Location by Heather B 

Next, I checked out the map gifts collection on Minted. Of course, I'm a fan of Michigan maps. I already have one displayed in my living room. I also thought the one of Florida would be perfect for family vacation photos. Go to Minted to check out all the states and even other countries they offer.
I also looked at the Minted save the date cards section. I won't have a use for one until my kids get married years from now, but I picked my favorite just for fun. ~ Stephanie

Find your favorite pieces and make your own wishlist.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stitch Fix #5: My Mother's Day Box

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What gets a husband out of shopping for his wife? Well, that's easy, Stitch Fix! When my husband and kids go shopping for me I always end up returning most of it. My husband has been so stressed out, I suggested a box just for mommy.

What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a personal styling company that sends you 5 pieces of clothing and/or accessories. You simply send back what you don't want and keep what you do. If you keep all 5 pieces you receive a 25% discount. If you keep nothing, you pay a $20 styling fee. The best part is the customer service is amazing. Also, make sure you have a Pinterest board that you create for style so your stylist can learn your likes.

Mother's Day was only a week or two away when I decided to request a box. Let me tell you, this is a hot company and the first box I could get would have been in June. Already knowing that they have great customer service, I dropped Stitch Fix an email stating that it was Mother's Day and I really wanted a box. Customer service made that happen for me. My box would arrive the day before Mother's Day. Since we have a turd mail lady on the weekends, I think she was too lazy to get out of her truck so my box arrived the day after Mother's Day. It was all good. It gave me another day to anticipate it's arrival. On a side note, please feel free to pin anything I got to your very own style board.

Let me begin by saying, it's just easier to take selfies. By the time my husband gets home, I'm in pajamas with my hair in a pony-tail. I'm in my daughter's room because the lighting was better.
Nikky Striped Faux Wrap Jersey Dress
I was really hoping to receive this dress in navy or red, because I received a dress last month in the same exact color. Once I put it on, I loved it. It was very figure flattering and soft. I kept it.
Franky Airy Knit Cardigan
I wasn't sure about this cardigan. It was so light and delicate. I didn't like it combined with anything that Haley sent me. My husband had a fantastic idea. He thought it would be great as a swimsuit cover-up. So, out came my bikini to see how it looked. I loved it. It added a delicate, pretty touch to my beachwear. I kept it!
Montgomery Chevron Cross-Front Top
I'm madly in love with this top. I'm wearing my jeans I received in my fix last month. I plan on wearing this shirt with a black skirt. I think you can dress it up or keep it simple. I really like that it doesn't show too much cleavage, so I can wear it to more conservative events. I kept this one. The only thing I'm slightly worried about is the hem. It keeps showing on it. I'm not sure if it's a defect. I'm not worried since I know Stitch Fix will treat me right.
Brisha Cut Out Knit Top
As soon as my eyes spotted this top, I was in love! I put it on and didn't love it as much, but was still in love. It's a keeper!
Durango Cross Back Blouse
When I saw this shirt I was slightly worried. I don't do well in white. I always end up staining it. My stylist sent this top specifically to go with the jeans in the picture. First of all, I hated that the top was sheer. I have a tank top under it. Second, the back is slit open. Now, this shirt would be totally sexy if it wasn't see-through but seeing a tank hanging out the back is not attractive. It was cheaper to keep this top than to send it back. So, I sold it on a Stitch Fix group for what I paid for it, so it all worked out.

I'm feeling extremely happy with Haley making my clothing decisions. My last two boxes have rocked. Now time to pay some bills and save some money so I can get a box for my favorite holiday, which is The Fourth of July. Sign up for your very own Stitch Fix box!

What is your favorite piece that I received?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Vespiral Paleo Zucchini Noodle Maker Review & Giveaway

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I have been clean eating for about a month now. I'm on a mission to see my abdominal muscles by my 40th birthday. It's going really well, but that will be another post for another day. I was excited to review the #vespiral because this girl loves pasta and can't have it except for her cheat meal once a week. So, I thought it would be a great idea to make zucchini pasta (it didn't happen). Instead, I made sweet potato fries. Yum!

The Vespiral Vegetable Spiralizer is a creative kitchen tool used to produce seamless strands of nutritious packed vegetable noodles from vegetables such as zucchini, carrot, and cucumber.

The product comes with some of the latest technology in its field, including the nano-level engineered Gukyo blade that is aligned in precise geometric angle to provide users with the swiftest slice. To protect users from the blade, Vespiral introduces the advanced Finger Guard technology to provide users with yet another level of protection.

To ensure that users receive only premium quality spiralizer, Vespiral implements some of the world's most rigorous quality checking system which includes the Torsion Evaluation, Stress Point Test, and the VT inspection.

For a limited time, each spiral slicer comes with a Michelin-grade cookbook meticulously crafted by Vespiral's gourmet team. The guide features over 20 lushly illustrated recipe that comes with easy-to-follow instruction that guarantees restaurant quality.
As you can see from my video, I used the Vespiral to make thin sweet potato fries. They were so tasty. I used coconut oil and cinnamon then baked them. Very healthy and tasty.

Would I recommend the Vespiral? Yes. There are two different sizes, so you pick the shape that you would like. One is thinner and one side is thicker. You can use this handy little kitchen friend to make salads, pasta, fries, or anything else that you can dream up. Vespiral is dishwasher safe on the top rack. This is a super important feature for me because I hate hand washing. The only downfall is it gets really tiring on your arms. Well, you might as well work on those muscles while you're preparing your food.

You can pick up your very own Vespiral. Right now, they are only $11.76 on Amazon!

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The D Train Movie Review

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All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless ( James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marden's most intoxicating performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor. This film is rated R.

My son & I went to an early screening of The D Train. I didn't know anything about the movie, but I do like James Marsden, more than I like Jack Black. Well, this movie was not what I expected. It was more of a drama than a comedy. It was crazy, to say the least. Some moments were very adult themed, so it definitely deserves the R rating. I could tell a few of the older viewers in the theater audience thought that too, by their surprised exclamations. I did like how well the actress Kathryn Hahn played the wife. This movie was interesting, but a big departure from most of the actor's regular roles. ~ Stephanie

When I heard that Jack Black was in the movie, I was excited but was not expecting to laugh as much as I did! I think that the name The D Train comes from his character Dan's name and how he, a man that everyone but himself thought was a nobody, was the only reason their high school reunion happened. On his way out to Los Angeles, Dan gave himself a soul patch for his beard, which I thought was a nice touch. I could not stop laughing and was surprised by this movie. I already knew Jack Black from other things. He voiced the character Eddie Riggs in a video game I like called Brutal Legend, a game where heavy metal is king and wars are fought. He also voiced Po in the animated movie Kung Fu Panda. If you are looking for a laugh and you love Jack Black, I suggest The D Train!

The above guest post is by Stephanie's 17-year-old son, Aaron. He loves to read, play video games, and listen to music. He likes Jack Black movies. He hopes to do more reviews.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

5 Ways to #RecycleYourPeriodPad

I don't know anyone that really enjoys that "time" of the month. This Mother's Day make sure to give your mom a special thanks for putting up with you during your grumpy days. I'm sure my mom at times wanted to strangle me and my emotional mood swings. Poise has a new pad that will make those days more enjoyable. You won't feel like you're  wearing a diaper! So, what to do with those unused period pads? I'm going to give you 5 ways to recycle your period pads. It might involve laugher! What's better than a few snorts of giggles?
-One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise.
-Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain are just a few LBL contributors.

Just as no two women are alike, there's no single reason that LBL happens. Some of the most common things that lead to uninvited leaks include:
•Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
•Being overweight
•Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
•Bladder or urinary tract infections
•Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)

Women deserve the best options for managing LBL. Whether you leak a little when you laugh, or sometimes have a sudden urge to go, Poise gives you one less thing to worry about any time of day or night. Our pads and liners are specifically designed for LBL, which makes them an easy choice for the 1 in 3 women with light bladder leaks.

Here are my 5 Ways to #RecycleYourPeriodPad!

1. Wear it on your head to embarrass your kids when you pick them up at school. Yes, it's time to pay them back for all of the times they embarrassed you.

2. A great way to recycle your period pads is to use them as knee pads when you are gardening. That way you are more comfortable and will not get grass stains on you.

3. Cut a recycled pad to fit inside a shoe that is making your tootsies sore, or use the pads in a pair of slippers for cushioning.

4. A great way to recycle period pads is to give them to your daughter for a doll bed!

5. Donate the period pads to a local women's shelter or your local church food pantry because they help provide more than food!

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Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads† to help you take care of leaks with confidence.

So head on over to the Poise website where you can request free samples and recycle your period pads!

Grilling With Family & Friends

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Memorial Day is just around the corner. It's a day to remember our veterans. It's also one of my favorite holidays because it usually means opening our pool, relaxing, and gathering with family and friends for a BBQ. Some of the happiest memories I have as a child are getting the family together and my dad grilling up hamburgers. The picture above is a photo of my sister and I before a family BBQ. So, before summer officially begins you should make sure you're prepared to entertain with the new charcoal Char-Broil Kettleman Grill!
More than 65 years ago, Char-Broil brought the first charcoal grill to market. In the years since, the company has introduced a series of innovations that are now standard among modern grills, always striving to make cookouts more enjoyable for the millions of people who barbecue each week. The latest breakthrough is Char-Broil’s new Kettleman 22.5” Charcoal Grill (MSRP $139), an updated and vastly improved kettle-style grill that is more efficient and easier to use. The Kettleman also has a hinged, latching lid that never has to touch the ground during the grilling experience and makes moving the grill a breeze.
While the shape may be familiar, the Char-Broil Kettleman is no ordinary charcoal kettle – it is loaded with features that give backyard enthusiasts better control over every aspect of the cooking process:
  • Temperature Control – With a super sized cool-touch damper on the grill’s lid, heat management is easy. Vents around the body of the kettle allow air to fuel the fire from all sides, providing even heat to the cooking surface.
  • Flare-Up Control – A porcelain coated no-fall-through grate allows charcoal flavor through while keeping flames away from food. Wood chips can be thrown on the grate and small foods like shrimp or asparagus will never fall into the fire.
  • Charcoal Control – Designed to grill twice as many burgers with the same 50 briquettes as the leading kettle.
  • Ash Control – A slide-in, porcelain-coated ashtray is tight against the grill making cleanup and maintenance simpler than ever.
  • Stability Control – Wide stance, heavy-gauge steel legs add stability and easy mobility. A bottom shelf doubles as a holder for the cooking grate or other accessories.

My family had a charcoal grill when I was a child. There is nothing like the taste of a perfectly cooked hamburger from a charcoal grill. The flavor is more smoky and savory when cooked over charcoal.
To get ready for the grilling season go to your local Lowe's or online at to learn more about the Kettleman grill. At only $139 you can't beat this awesome price for all the great features that will make charcoal grilling easier. I'm not handy with a grill, but the Char-Broil Kettleman Grill makes it a breeze to control the temperature, limit flare-ups, and clean up.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Amanda's Birth Story

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It is hard to believe that 5 years ago I was a new mom of two. My daughter was born via an unnecessary cesarean in 2008, and I was a bit oblivious. I was one who didn’t realize that most doctors believed once a cesarean, always a cesarean, so when I went to my postpartum check-up and the OB said, in regard to birth control “well, you can get your tubes tied after baby #2” I was entirely confused. I told her then, “well, I plan to give birth the regular way next time and I’m not sure that I’d want only two.”

Needless to say, I didn’t go back there again and then started my journey in becoming a “birthy” mom.

As a failed induction, my daughter’s birth wasn’t as I had planned. Naively, I thought that as long as I followed the general instructions, brought a birth ball, refused unnecessary things like laying on my back or too much monitoring, I’d give birth. But, I was laughed at when I came in with the birth ball. A nurse actually said, “You don’t think people actually use those, do you?” Needless to say, the slippery slope had begun.

I’d have to say that most people don’t realize, you may pick your doctor, but it is the nurses who really matter. They’re the ones with you, and you can’t really interview the rotating nurses at hospitals! So, do ask around if you choose a hospital birth!

After bantering and guilt trips and learning that the doctor wouldn’t actually come visit me after she started the induction, and instead relied on my chart and phone calls to nurses, I ended up with a cesarean. That when it comes down to it, I didn’t realize I could have “fired” nurses from my room or, in fact, asked for a second opinion on the induction as it was.

So, after the cesarean and realizing it wasn’t what I wanted, I shopped around when I got pregnant again. I found a VBAC friendly OB, but at around 24 weeks she started with things like “what is your shoe size” to see if I’d have a VBAC. She was short too and had given birth “both ways” so I thought she was a good fit. In the end, I changed again to a hospital midwife group. It wasn’t the best on earth, but I felt supported by the midwives, if not all the nurses, and I did have a VBAC.

It may not be the birth that makes you a mom, but it is the environment that you give birth in that helps you in how you view the emergence of motherhood.

Amanda is a Yooper by birth, and after living in Maryland, Arizona, and India she and her family are now living in SE Michigan. She blogs at and does freelance writing and coaching at

Monday, May 4, 2015

Kindness Safari at The Detroit Zoo & Giveaway

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KIND is partnering with discovery-based online retailer, zulily, to host kindness safaris at 20 zoos across the country to show kids how easy and fun it can be to do kind acts every day – with Detroit Zoological Society being one of them! The event will be on May 16th from 11am to 4pm. The kindness safaris will include a scavenger hunt and some other fun goodies. I’d just like to note that there are limited quantities of these items, so they will be given out on a first come first serve basis!

Also, for Mom Among Chaos readers who would like to learn more about the event and information for discounted tickets, you can visit our partner’s site at:

Who doesn't love the Detroit Zoo and KIND bars? I know I do! I'm so excited to take my girls to this event. I know I will even have my KIND bars packed to keep my energy up.

The wonderful people of KIND are giving away one case of KIND bars to a lucky fan! That is 72 bars! Amazing, and oh so KIND! #kindawesome

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Julep Maven for May

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Let the Journey Begin Book Review & Giveaway

Max Lucado, Family Christian, book review, book, Christian, writer, author
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My life is getting ready to change. A new journey is about to begin for my family. I have been questioning the drastic changes and finally handed it over to God. I thought that Max Lucado's, "Let the Journey Begin" would be the perfect book to give me a boost during this adjustment period.

We are moving 45 minutes away from where we are now. There will be lots of adjustments for my family and I. I'm sure we all will go through a grieving process of leaving our home and our family-friendly neighborhood. You see, we have been here for the last 11 years, and we have all really enjoyed it. Life is not meant to stay is a journey.

"If your God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that he is mighty enough to light your path?"

God has shown us the path we need to take for the past year. It's super clear now, no obstacles are in our way.

My families hearts will break, but God has lit our path. The path that we are destined to follow.

"To do a good thing is a good thing. To do good to be seen is not."

Let The Journey Begin fills us with wisdom, hope, God's love, and grace. It's a little book that you want to keep with you during your personal journey. When you get stuck on your journey or feel like you're losing hope use it as a reference tool to bring you back to center. Refer to the table of contents to guide your specific situation.

Would I recommend Let The Journey Begin? Yes, pick it up and use it as a guide for your life. It's filled with great wisdom! You can purchase Let The Journey Begin: Finding God's Best For Your Life at Family Christian.

What journey or adventure have you been on?

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron. 
On Tuesday I was invited to see an early screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I was happily surprised to see it in IMAX 3D. I had never been to an IMAX showing before so it was really cool and special. I highly recommend seeing it at an IMAX theater or in 3D because you almost feel like you're in the movie's world.
The movie is 141 minutes long and that time seems to go quickly. It starts out with fast-paced action and it keeps going throughout. If you like more fighting than drama then this movie is definitely for you. It's a great movie for comic fans and video game fans. Although my son told me a couple things that are different between the comic books and the movie I think most of the storyline is the same.
I enjoyed all of the funny scenes with Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Plus they aren't bad to look at either. There is quite a bit of competition between the Avengers. But as different as the team members are they prove in the end that they can work together.
The movie is rated PG-13 because there is some swearing and of course violence. One scene that made me a bit emotional was when Iron Man caused a skyscraper building to collapse. All the bystanders that were hurt and stumbling away reminded me of the events of 9/11. Also, toward the ending one of the main characters is killed. I kept expecting him to be revived some how, but it didn't happen.

Don't bother waiting for anything special after the credits. All there is afterward is text that says "The Avengers will return".

Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON hits theaters everywhere today, May 1st!

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Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
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Enjoy these 14 Avengers coloring pages and one maze activity page. Download the files here for full-size pages.
Also don't forget about Free Comic Book Day this Saturday. Get yourself an Avengers comic book for free. Find out more about the event on yesterday's post.