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Saturday, May 25, 2019

5 Things on Saturday



Happy Saturday! Join me for a cup of coffee and let's chat! My cup is almost empty and needs to be refilled.

1. I've had to do some talking to myself this week. Since I'm not Shipting and walking a zillion miles a week, I've gained some weight. I had to remind myself that I'm lifting weights and feeling healthy. That sometimes you need to stay off the darn scale and just focus on lifting and counting macros. Your mind is everything. Set it straight.

2. My Cricut is my new obsession. I've been learning how to use it and making tee shirts for everyone but myself. Faith and Matt are so easy to design shirts for so I've been having a ton of fun being creative.

3. We've had a terrible few weeks trying to find someone to remodel the home we inherited. Finally, after many calls, the company that I wanted that did my parents garage called me back. I've had three other companies out. We spent many hours talking and planning, and this guy has great ideas and seems to share our style. Later this week we get our proposal. Who knows we might be moving by fall or next spring. I will be glad to be away from my creepy neighbor and have some land. The yard we have now is so small. I do love our house and our other neighbor, sniff.

4. We spent the afternoon in Port Huron yesterday. My oldest is interested in joining the military. We met a few people a while back at a restaurant that worked for the Coast Guard. They invited us out, so we went to visit. The Coast Guard has an excellent academy, but your grades need to be at a 4.0 or higher. So now, she's considering the Navy. It was exciting learning about all of the cool programs through the military.

5. I'm heading off this morning to workout and taking the family to see Aladdin. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I will be spending mine with family and friends.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Oral Heath & Enter To Win Oral B Vitality Electric Toothbrush

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.
Taking care of your oral health is a must in my family. The habit of brushing our teeth started with both my girls the moment their very first tooth arrived. I wanted them to know the importance, and I wanted them to have good oral health.

I've personally been going to the dentist every six months as far back as I can remember. I think I started going when I was in Kindergarten. I had lots of dental work growing up. I had to wear braces for six years and for a time headgear. Definitely not cool. It was worth it in the long run because I have nice teeth. Well, I'm going, to be honest. I didn't wear my retainer, and I do have a gap in my front teeth. I kind of like it though. You better believe my daughter, who already has her braces off, has her retainers in every single night.


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

5 Things on Saturday




Good morning! It's been a while. In fact, the last month of my life has been pure chaos. There have been so many feelings! I've gone through sadness, worry, anxiety, relief, and a return to calm.

1. A few weeks ago, my husband's aunt came home from the hospital to die in her home. My awesome husband moved in to fulfill her wish. She was allowed to go home as long as she had 24-hour care. So, for the final eight days, my husband was there along with some really excellent caregivers we've had. 

I learned so much that week about death. It's odd how we have a vision in our head of what death looks like from the movies, and it's simply not realistic.  If you're not ill from a horrible disease like cancer, death is not a necessarily painful process. When your organs start shutting down, it can be painful. Hospice was amazing and helpful for Matt and the caregivers. 

Before death, a person kind of wakes up and has a surge of energy and sometimes even wants to get out of bed. These are precious moments. She woke up and told my husband she loved him and held his hand. 

2. My oldest daughter got her first job and completed her first semester of homeschool. We loved Classical Conversations, which is a Christian homeschool. The community and watching your child grow was absolutely amazing. I would love for my youngest to join, but I'm leaving that decision up to her since we've had so much change in our lives the last four years.

3. We had to put off our Hawaii trip for four years because my husband's Aunt was in and out of rehab and the hospital. We knew we couldn't get away for two weeks. We were going to go this summer, but I decided it was too soon. I did book the first week of our trip to Maui for next June. I wanted to slow everything down and take my time planning our dream vacation. We will be taking our kids and celebrating our 20th anniversary a little early. I need to start planning Kaui soon. 

4. I stopped working at Shipt a few weeks ago and started working with my husband. I've been working lots of hours going through his Aunt's house. She never got rid of one thing. People go through your things. There is no need to keep every single thing from your life. Donate and purge. It feels good. Your trash may be someone else's treasure.

5. We've been getting a few quotes to remodel the home we inherited. The quotes have been shocking. So, we will be adding a kitchen and great room on and doing the remodel ourselves. We even let the kids design their bathroom. I hate to tell my daughter that she has my taste, so I will keep my mouth shut. LOL.

Life has been a roller coaster for the last few years. With the previous month sending us down a hill and things are finally starting to become calm again. Life moves so quickly and seems to speed up as time goes on. I've learned not to take one moment, one breath, or one chance to show love for granted. Life fades to dust before we know it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Pokemon Detective Pikachu Review

I received free screening for this movie. All opinions are 100% my own.

We go to the movies usually weekly as a family. My husband wanted to see Pokemon Detective Pikachu from the moment he saw the trailer. Me? Not as much. I was content waiting for it to be a rental.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu Review

The world of Pokémon comes to life!
The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time.
Fans everywhere can now experience a Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique traits and personality.
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I was not expecting the colorful animation or to enjoy the acting of Justice Smith who plays Tim.

I know that a ton of younger children will be driving their parents nutty to see this film and it does have a rating of PG-13. So, here are my thoughts. If you have a problem with foul language, maybe you will want to pass if you have a young child. The language is not really bad. You might just catch a few words here or there. I don't remember hearing any F-bombs.

Other than that it's your typical action-packed film. The film held my attention enough that I didn't want to use the restroom.

I found this movie to be a pleasant surprise. It was cute and entertaining. I give it 3.5 stars out of five. I would definitely see this film at the theatre.


The movie opens to the public on May 10th.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May Drowning Prevention Month


This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.
May is drowning prevention month. It's a great time to freshen up on water safety. Even if you're a pro in the water, it's always a good idea to go back to the basics. 

About one in five people who die from drownings are children under the age of 14. That is a staggering statistic. If you have a child under the age of fourteen, please make sure to read these basics.


May Drowning Prevention Month


All parents, guardians, and caregivers if you're not already become CPR certified.
  • Water safety courses do not replace parental supervision.
  • Do not lure your kids around or in the pool with toys.
  • Invest in fencing and pool alarms.
  • Teach children to swim.
  • Put your phone and any other distractions away while your kids are in the pool.
  • Make an emergency plan for your whole entire family. Teach your kids emergency numbers.
  • Lock toilet seats if you have small kids.
  • Never dive or jump into unfamiliar water.
  • It's a good idea to check the water temperature.
  • The toddler years pose the highest risk of accidental drowning.
  • If you have small children remove bird ponds, waterfalls, and fountains
The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that ALL children take swim lessons. Studies show that water survival skills and swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning between the ages of 1 to 4. 

Aqua-Tots Swim School is the perfect place to start your child's swim education. May is drowning prevention month. Make sure to sign up your child today.

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