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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. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7 Easy Tricks To Make Your House Smell Great Instantly


Wondering how to make your home smell good instantly? Here are a few tips and tricks that can make each and every room in your home smell fresh and crisp all day long. Check them out! 

Stove simmers

The natural scent of citrus slices and fine herbs like mint or lavender simmered in water can genuinely make your house smell great in an instant. Simmer water in a small saucepan and add the citrus and mint. The heat will help spread the refreshingly sweet scent throughout your house.

Place scent-filled jars

Fill a mason jar with simmering water and mix in some cinnamon sticks and dried apples to create a pleasant and flavorful holiday-like scent. You can place the jars in each and every room of your house.

Clean and disinfect your garbage disposal
Nothing can make a house stink so severely as unclean garbage disposal. Run some lemon or lime rind through your disposal to flush out the smell. Follow it up by some running water to totally eliminate the odor. For best results, you can pour in a cup of baking soda with warm water into it.

Place scented candles
Place some scented candles strategically in your home. You don’t have to light them up to make it excrete that sweet smelling scent. Place them in an area where the smell can be easily absorbed, like for example in your linen closet.

Fresh indoor plants
Aside from giving a fresh and natural look, indoor plants can also help clean and purify the air inside your home. When the air is clean, pretty sure the smell or scent can be quite indulging.

Make use of your air vents.

A small car deodorizer can help keep your home smelling good. Attach or clip a deodorizer to your vent’s metal slats so the air will blow through, the scent will spread out all throughout your house.

Bake some yummy treats
The aroma of fresh baked goods can genuinely make your home smell good instantly. If you have visitors coming over, bake some delicious cookies minutes before they arrive. Aside from the yummy treats that you can offer, the sweet smelling aroma can also make their visit a lot better.


About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit MichiganHousesOnline.com blog for more information.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Traditions & Picnic Set Giveaway

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Easter is such a beautiful holiday. It reminds us that God gave us his only son to save us from our sins. This lovely gesture brings me tears when I attend the Good Friday service at church.

Easter is also time spent with family. What are some of your families Easter traditions? Make sure you keep reading to find out how you can win a gorgeous picnic set!


Easter Traditions & Picnic Set Giveaway


My family has a few Easter traditions. Every year (up until this year) we did an Easter egg hunt. I'm a little bit of a trickster. When my kids were little, I would find wrappers shoved into the couch. I would save them and make dud eggs. Can you imagine seeing your own trash in an egg? Well, I'm totally not mean mom, so there are also money eggs and candy eggs to be discovered.



When my girls were younger, I would have so much fun allowing them to pick out dresses. Some years they even had matching dresses. This phase did not last long, so I tell everyone I know if your kids let you dress them enjoy it.

Every Easter we eat together with my family. I love the special dinners I share with them. I love the warmth and love I feel when we all are together.

This year will be the first year without the egg hunt or Easter baskets. I have teenagers now. Things are a little different. You wouldn't catch them in a frilly dress, or running for eggs. We will be together with friends and family, and I'm sure there will be lots of laughter and warmth. Things may change, but family remains.

Check out these 6 ways to prep for an epic Easter!!!


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