Monday, April 14, 2014

My Goddess Is 9 #happybirthday

I cannot believe it! I really can't! 9! My Goddess is 9 and I am so happy and sad.  I have been trying to post about the kids birthdays for years.

It was only yesterday we were a couple without kids and now here we are 11 years later in the Blink Of An Eye and my BABY is 9.

We celebrated Goddess' birthday "week" long birthday celebration on Friday when we brought in cupcakes for her classmates. Saturday we headed to an over night stay at the Courtyard Marriott in Mount Arlington NJ.  My kids are thrilled just to stay overnight and swim in the pool. They think this is a vacation. When your kids have never been anywhere it is not hard to thrill them.  A big thanks to the Marriott for our comp breakfast. My kids loved watching TV while they ate at their personal TV. BTW we think your beds are the best! Sleeping on our own last night was a big let down after the best sleeps we have had in a long time. We even took a photo of the label that was on the mattress because we were impressed.
Source: Courtyard Marriott
Goddess slept in the chair, Handsome and I shared a bed and Teach took a bed to himself. They were exhausted after playing in the pool for hours.

Last night Goddess opened her gifts after asking her dad how long she would have to wait tomorrow. He would be working on her birthday and since she is off for Spring Break she didn't want to have to wait all day for him to come home. He told her she could open to which she quickly took him up on it.

When we asked her what she wanted she said two words "Monster High". Makes things nice and easy for us too because there is so many cool Monster High items out there.

Being the good girl she is, cards are always first.

I think she likes her Aunt Marta card
Card from Aunt Marta
Card from Mom, Dad & Handsome

Handsome picked this Monster High decorate the disco ball thingy himself. It lights up and is soooo cool. You can check out the High Voltage Tara Toy here.

She didn't even know she wanted this Nerf Rebelle! She is loving it.

The High Voltage String of Lights Kit is awesome. You  can color them with the markers included and hang them wherever.

Picking out a doll is really hard because I love them all. This one had pink snakes coming out of her hair so that made it an easy pick. Her name is Viperine Gorgon besides her she also got Monster High 13 Wishes Frankie Stein - somehow we forgot to take a photo of her.

I think her favorite thing came from Aunt Marta. What girl wouldn't like a make up kit featuring all kinds of beautiful glittery things. Here is a photo of the Just Play Monster High Monsterfy Make Up Case from Amazon.
Source: Amazon

 She had a wonderful time opening her gifts and smiled the whole time while her brother and father ow'd and ahhh'd.  She also got a jewelry making kit, Barbie doll clothes, really colorful socks and a new bathing suit. Unfortunately I have no video which makes me sad. It was the first time I haven't take a video of the kids opening their gifts. They love watching videos of themselves opening their gifts through the years.

Ten Things I Love About You:

I love how sweet you are. Always thinking about others and putting them before yourself. This morning I asked where you wanted to go for your birthday breakfast and you said, Handsome likes McDonalds. We ended up at McDonalds because that is what your brother would have liked. Such a good girl.

We love how artistic you are. Your skills are getting better and better. Here are some photos you did just last week.

You love listening to music. You enjoy singing and know the words to every song on the radio and what you don't know you ask questions about. We look up a lot of songs so you can see the videos and learn the words. Right now you are listening to Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lorde and Paramore

You are so funky and fun. You pick your clothes including shoes and accessories out every single night. Sometimes even the nail polish and lip gloss are coordinated to the outfit. You are very different and unique with a style all your own.

You have an incredible sense of humor. You always get the joke. I totally feel like I can do stand up when you are around.

You are like totally warped and I love it. Your creative artistic side mixes with your bizarre creepy wacky side and sometimes you can totally shock me. Like when you created this guy by stuffing clothes into your clothes and using a ball for a head. "Mommy imagine if the head totally turned around right now! What would you do?"

That you totally change up your room almost every week. From sheets to what toys are on your shelves or rugs on the floor. You love to decorate.

You like helping. You love to cook and want to help clean or do laundry. Who wouldn't love the extra help? I can't wait until I can give you more demanding chores.

You love sitting at the computer and searching out cute animal videos. You think everything is cute. We have watched our fair share of adorable animals and know that one day I will miss this.

You whisper everything to me. If you want someone else to know something, your hot breath on my ear is expected. It could be your grandparents, aunt, or father but I will hear it first.

In a while we will make your birthday cake together but right now you are sitting with your friends from down the street watching a movie and before you know it you will be 10 and I will be crying but until now I will continue to love being with you while I can because you are truly the best part of my day. You make me crazier then any other but without you I would be completely LOST.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday my love!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Brainiacs Enter The NanoBlock Contest And Win A $4,000 Toward A Much Deserved Vacation and More

nanoblock®, the world’s smallest building block system from The Ohio Art Company, makers of the famous Etch A Sketch®, invites nano-enthusiasts of all ages to participate in the first-ever national nanoblock® Award: Build It Your Way Competition. Put your imaginations to the test and build your very own unique creations using only nanoblock® bricks. The winner will be crowned TATSUJIN: Master of nanoblock® along a FREE vacation for a family of four and other amazing prizes!

Tweet: @nanoblockUSA with hashtag #nanoblockBIYW

How the nanoblock® Build It Your Way Competition works:

·          Entry Phase: From February 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014, parents/applicants can upload a photo of their original nanoblock® creation in one of two categories, under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces.  There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant. Submissions are accepted at

·        Judging Phase:  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of a mixture of toy industry opinion leaders and Ohio Art representatives. The top five finalists will be selected and notified on or around September 15, 2014.

·        Winner Phase: One grand prize-winner will receive a $4,000 travel voucher.  A first and second prize winner will be selected in each category (under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces).  Two first prize winners will receive an iPod nano and nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Two second prize winners will receive nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Winners will be announced, on or around, September 21, 2014 and featured on The Ohio Art website and the official nanoblock® Facebook and Twitter pages.

I am so sending this to my nephew. This is right up his alley! Good luck everyone.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Musical Lovers Rejoice! 6 Musicals In One Blu-ray Collection #TCFHE @SoundOfMusic @rnh_org



The Rodgers & Hammerstein Legacy Lives on with Exclusive Blu-ray Collection
Featuring The Team’s Six Most Iconic Movie Musicals!

Oklahoma! and The King and I to Celebrate 60th Anniversaries with Stand-Alone Blu-ray Releases

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2014) – Songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II brought melodies and words to life in some of the most iconic movie musicals of the 20th Century, and now Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plans to bring that magic home with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection on May 6. This Amazon-exclusive collection will feature six of the 15-time Academy Award™- winning movie musicals by the Oscar™- Tony™- Pulitzer™- Grammy™- Emmy™-Award-winning team of Rodgers & Hammerstein, including Best Picture winner The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, State Fair and Carousel.

The set features brand new 4K digital restorations of The King and I and Carousel, the only two films made in CinemaScope55, and Oklahoma! meticulously restored in 4K from 8K scans of 65mm Todd-AO film elements in its original road show version at the unusual original frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Bonus materials include a Sing-A-Long version of The King and I for die-hard musical theatre lovers and more than an hour of behind-the-scenes features for Oklahoma!.

Fox will release Oklahoma! and The King and I in stand-alone Blu-ray and DVD combo packs October 7 in commemoration of their 60th anniversaries in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The restored version of Oklahoma! will open the TCM Classic Film Festival at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

After distinguished careers with other collaborators, composer Richard Rodgers (1902 -79) and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) joined forces in 1942 to create the most successful partnership in the American musical theatre. Their output included OKLAHOMA! (Broadway premiere, 1943), CAROUSEL (1945), the movie STATE FAIR (1945; remade 1962; Broadway premiere, 1996), ALLEGRO (1947), SOUTH PACIFIC (1949), THE KING AND I (1951), ME AND JULIET (1953), PIPE DREAM (1955), the TV musical CINDERELLA (1957; remade 1965, 1997; Broadway premiere, 2013); FLOWER DRUM SONG (1958) and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1959). To date, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have received several dozen major awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys. Learn more about Rodgers & Hammerstein at Find Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound Of Music on Facebook, and follow @rnh_org and @SoundOfMusic on Twitter.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

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Walking With Dinosaurs Is A Visual Masterpiece

I know this isn't the first time I have mentioned Walking With Dinosaurs but I am finally getting a chance to write my thoughts on the movie down.

The gigantic voice talents of Justin Long (Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise) and John Leguizamo (Ice Age franchise) take you on a thrilling prehistoric journey the whole family will enjoy! In a time when dinosaurs rule the Earth, the smallest of the pack — a playful Pachyrhinosaurus named Patchi — embarks on the biggest adventure of his life. As he tries to find his place in a spectacular world filled with fun-loving friends and a few dangerous foes, Patchi will discover the courage he needs to become the leader of the herd...and a hero for the ages. 

 The 411 by Maria: 

I was floored with the 3D animation. This is truly cutting edge technology that is worth seeing. 

Patchi is our main character and he received his name because as a tiny little baby just out of his dino egg, a massive prehistoric bird swoops in and tries to take him away from his family. It is survival of the fittest after all and the bird probably has a family to take care and Patchi was going to be food. He is eventually saved from being regurgitated bird food but ends up with a hole in his ear that you can hear the wind whistle through.

Like most animal movies, Patchi and his brother Scowler end up orphans after his father perishes in a fight to the death. Sad yes but thankfully they don't spend anytime showing us what happens to dear old dad.

Eventually the brothers are in a new "family" migrating and learning their place in the herd.

Personally I was more amazed with the graphics then the storyline. It is a masterpiece! The storyline was a little slow for me HOWEVER, my kids and the two boys I babysit for the same age as mine 8 and 10 LOVED it. They want to see it every time they come over and isn't that what really matters in a children's movie?!

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was offered. I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Journaling For Sanity

Over the past three months I have been journaling daily. There are just some things that don't belong on the internet for everyone to see. Journaling is something I have done since I am 9 years old with my first Holly Hobbie Diary, a Christmas gift from a family member.

This Journal isn't very big but since I was busy with life and eventually kids and my blog it houses the years 2002 - now. I find it fascinating to re-read some passages especially since it contains my months of trying to get pregnant with my first born.

Lately each passage has been less happy or hopeful but it is still fascinating to re-read. I see some turmoil, some sadness, some heartbreak, and tear stains but I also see a new dawn emerging and I pray that it only gets better from there.

I am tired of not living life to the fullest due to circumstances beyond my control! I am capable and will survive even this bump in my road. Life is good and I am good!

Do you journal? How often? I would love to know if there is anyone out there who still takes pen to paper and puts all the ugly and darkness on paper for your eyes only.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Lalaloopsy Redo By Goddess

So, do you see the Lalaloopsy Doll called Peanut Big Top?!

Well here is Goddess' version of this doll after a make over.

She loves changing up her dolls these days. It came out of the toy box and now sits on a shelf in her room!

Check out more Ruby Tuesday photos here.

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