Sunday, March 31, 2013

Parental Guidance now on Blu-ray and DVD

Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei prove that laughter is relative in this hilarious comedy that’s fun for the whole family! Old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter’s (Tomei) overprotected kids. But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology. By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games and tough love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible- bring the family closer together!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Stock Your Pantry with Homemade Meals That'll Last a Year


Imagine coming home from a long work day to hungry kids and having a pantry
filled with meals in jars that require just water and limited time. Dinner
has never been so easy.

Introducing "Meals in a Jar," a new cookbook that takes the stress and
guesswork out of cooking.

"Meals in a Jar" is packed with step-by-step instructions for 125 natural
breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts, including Biscuits and Gravy,
Braised Short Ribs, Turkey Pot Pie, Breakfast Burritos, White Chocolate
Cranberry Cookies and much more.

Not only are the recipes in this book perfect for carry-along camping fare,
weeknight dinners, meals for Dad (or your teenager) to prepare, they can
also be lifesavers in times of disasters like fires, blackouts or

Who wouldn't want to save time and money while eating their favorite
flavorful meals?

The 411 by Maria:

I was very excited to read this book. My husband and I often talk about creating a stockpile of meals especially since we spent almost a week without electricity last year with the kids and while we enjoyed and survived it would have been  harder had it been a little while longer. There is only so many meals I can cook on a propane stove.

The book definitely breaks down every step. What I learned was that I would have to purchase a lot of things for me to make this work such as: pressure canners, a food dehydrator and a vacuum sealer to name a few and while that isn't in the cards right now I was indeed interested.

A book shelf full of ready to go canned meals sounds great however this is not for people like me who want to just put a jar together and be ready to go.  There is a lot that goes into canning but I have a few friends I know would absolutely think this book was worth it's weight in gold.

The book did make me think though. I am certainly interested in eventually canning for our future reserves and perhaps making this a community effort with a few families in my town. It could definitely help if some of my friends already have a lot of the equipment. Some of the ingredients like dried eggs I had never heard of but I am sure there is a place nearby that could help me.

If you are looking to live life off the grid, or if you want to make sure you can take care of your family should you need to. This is your book! Now, if only the author would make one for dummies, I would be  on board to get started right this second! 

Enjoy and cherish your loved ones.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest opinion


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Celebrate Easter Sunday with a New Bible Series Music Video "Crave" by for KING & COUNTRY

THE BIBLE is an epic 10-hour television series produced by Roma Downey (Touched By an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The VoiceSurvivorShark TankCelebrity Apprentice), available on Blu-ray, DVD and DHD on April 2nd. Downey plays Mother Mary and Emmy-winner Keith David provides voice-overs throughout. Oscar- and Grammy-award winning composer Hans Zimmer created the musical score to the iconic saga.

For more information on THE BIBLE, check out the Facebook here: and Twitter @bibleseries

Monday, March 25, 2013

Never Too Young To Save

Handsome's stash that he allows us to see. The rest is saved in a special place

My kids love saving their money. They have been getting $1.00 a week from their grandpa since they were born. He sends them a dollar each with my lovingly cut coupons and they love getting them. They take turns opening the envelope knowing that there will be dollars in there with their names on them love, grandpa.  They save their money. I was also a good saver never spending my money gifts from family.  As much as they save, we haven't really gone beyond the few piggy banks they have but I think it is time they learn a better budgeting plan. Hopefully this will help them later in life never be in debt.

If your child doesn’t learn how to manage money in his early years, he may grow up not understanding the value of a buck. This can trigger other financial issues, such as bad credit and overspending. As a mom, you probably budget the family’s finances. Rather than wait until your kids are older, include your kids in the household budget. This helps them develop an appreciation for money at an early age, and teaches them how to budget and save.

Here are five tips to help your kids understand good money management skills:

1. Set clear financial goals. If your child wants a toy or another object, rather than buy the item on a whim, encourage him to save his money and make the purchase himself. Maybe it’s an expensive item that he wants. In this case, you might agree to help with the purchase. Tell your child to save half his money and you’ll pay the other half. This is a good lesson in patience and saving.

2. Learn how to save. Let’s say your older kids want to attend a movie. Show them how to go online and look promo codes to save on their purchase. Coupons and promo codes are also helpful when shopping for other items online.

3. Teach budgeting. If you give allowances every week or every two weeks, show your kid how to stretch his dollar. Rather than spend all his money in one day or one weekend, encourage him to choose his purchases wisely and plan for the future. For example, if he wants to go to the movies tonight and skating in three days. Demonstrate how to budget funds for multiple outings.

4. Be smart with your money. Do you constantly overdraft on your bank account? Do you overspend on your credit card? Maybe you and your spouse fight about money. Your poor money habits can affect your children, and they may follow your example. Learn how to be wise with your money and pass these skills to your offspring.

5. Encourage investing. Open a high-yield savings account for your kid and have him deposit a percentage of his allowance into this account each week, maybe 10% of his allowance. Additionally, have your child save a percentage of money received as gifts. Once your child has enough in savings, consider transferring this money to a money market account or certificate of deposit.

There are many things that you can teach your kids, and if you instill in them good money habits, they’ll avoid financial headaches in their adult years. Children are never too young to begin budgeting and saving.

"Scientist In The House" Sid The Science Kid Plush Giveaway

Sid the Science Kid: The Movie made it's debut on PBS KIDS Monday March 25, with with encore performances on March 29 and March 31. 

My kids and I love Sid the Science Kid and if your kids love him or if your kids haven't ever had a chance to check him out. Visit for Free activity and more like the Craft Stick Catapult, Recycled Robot, Dress Like Sid and Sid the Science Kid: The Movie Coloring Sheet  

Enter to win a Talking Sid The Science Kid hold his microphone plushy. 

This colorful cartoon is perfect for kids age 3-9. We love him, his parents, his baby brother Zeke, his friends and the very child friendly research scientist Dr. Rosalinda Cordova. 

My 7 year old Goddess loves Science and I want to say her love of all things Science stems from watching Sid. Sid likes to figure things out just like she does. He makes learning fun and being smart a good thing not something kids should be embarrassed by. Smarties are the heroes in this show.

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GasLamp Popcorn Is Our Popcorn of Choice!

Gaslamp Popcorn started making kettle corn in the historic Gaslamp district of San Diego in 1998. Over the last decade they have become one of America's old fashioned snacking favorites. Take a pop, and you'll see why.

We spoke about Gaslamp popcorn briefly during one of our movie nights.  The kids and I love popcorn and keep it in the house so we eat less chips. We were sent Kettle Corn and regular popcorn from Gaslamp. 

We especially love that the bags are so big and so full, usually when we open a bag there is a lot of air at the top and they are only about half way filled. These are filled to the top! I sincerely wish I had photos of that but we eat snacks so quick around here.