Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oh Goddess! And...I Am Raising An Ungratful Brat

So, let me start this post with this...

Last weekend Goddess and I hit the road and had a blast (more on that later). I loved spending time with her and we went wherever the road took us with no destination at all. It was a blast and she loved every moment.

Today I woke up thinking; while the boys watch football, I am taking her out again. There was a movie she wanted to see called Paranorman and has been dying to have her beloved "Doggy" restuffed for over  year so that seemed like the perfect day with one exception. I hate the mall.  The early movies were at the mall as was Build A Bear where I had heard they restuff even if it isn't a Build A Bear but since I am the anti-mall rat, my desire wasn't to go there but since I am a good mom, it seemed like a logical choice for our time away plus she would be so surprised. 

As she was putting on her "dress up" vampire clothes I walked in and said, "don't put that on, get dressed we are going out". She was excited and told me to remember my camera.

Just before I walked out the door, I told her to grab doggy for the ride like last week. We left the house at 10 A.M and she had no idea where we were going. To be totally truthful, neither did I because I was still uncertain that I wanted to go to the mall.

We headed out and sang along to the radio. She loved the weather and we talked about how beautiful the sky looked as we drove along. It looked like it would be another wonderful day but boy was I wrong.  No, not wrong just let down.

So...when we got to the mall, she was confused, we never come here. Like I said, I am the Anti mall rat, the last time we went was probably 2 years ago for a birthday party at Build A Bear for another kid.

OK, let me stop there...before I get judged for giving her too much I want to add, we never do anything as you can probably tell if you read my blog. We have never taken them on a vacation. Money is always tight so day trips are usually out as is eating out, carnivals (they have been two times), theme parks and anything that requires me to pay money. OK....go....

We walked into the movie theater side and I paid for 2 tickets to Paranorman in 3D. We got our glasses and I explained that we had 20 minutes before the movie and had to run up to Build A Bear. Her face lit up as I checked out the map and noticed it was right above us. Perfect! We got on the escalator which she has only used once (two years ago) so she was super excited.

Build A Bear employees met us with a smile and when I asked if they could stuff "doggy" they said with a bigger smile, "sure, we do that all the time." I was so excited, touched my heart and mouthed thank you to the employee who I found out later is Alisha.

We quickly established that we would come back for Doggy (after talking a reluctant Goddess into it) after  I gave them permission to cut doggy . He is a Webkinz Jr animal (no longer available) and very well made. Literally seamless so he would need to be cut and restitched.  When we left the store, she asked, "can we take the elevator?" Sure, we waited 5 minutes for it to go one floor but anything for my baby!

Since we had our movie tickets we headed to the concession stand where we got water, popcorn and M&M Pretzels because she loves them and I offered, anything for my baby.

We watched Paranorman which was great! I love animation and 3D so literally couldn't stop saying "WOW" and "cool", freak that I am. Thankfully there was only 2 other people there (a father and son) so no one complained.

After the movie, we went upstairs to check on Doggy who was waiting in a bag which was filled out nicely BTW.. I peeked in and called over Goddess to check out her newly restored Doggy. Doggy looked awesome but Goddess right away wanted to remove Doggy's pretty new bows in coordinating Doggy fur color. I told her no and that she would be allowed to buy Doggy one outfit. She settled on a Halloween surprise there.

We changed Doggy at one of the changing stations into her brand new witch costume complete with shoes, handband witch hat and pumpkin goody bag and headed out after paying $23.00. I was feeling great about My and Goddess' wonderful day but we still had one more stop. The dreaded grocery store. Dreaded for me not for her. I hate shopping. I really do. It probably has something to do with always having to count pennies but for whatever reason it needs to be done.

We had a fairly small list and got it done quickly. As we were walking to the register she asked for Monster High plates that she had seen, they are disposable, square plates and she really doesn't need them but what a great way to end our day together. We put them in the cart.

She asked for a Halloween magazine and after looking at the price tag I told her that she could choose between the plates or the mag. She choose the plates. Damn it, I would have saved $3.00

When we got home she took her requested for sushi (California Rolls are not Sushi in my eyes but that's what she calls them) to her room to watch a movie as Teach and I put the groceries away. After her movie I told her we had to do spelling homework to which she started playing typical Goddess games. She didn't want to. She didn't have to. She doesn't know how. She has a bellyache. Her ass hurts. Yada! Yada! Ok..that last part isn't something she said but really I am tired of the nonsense when it comes to  homework.

After much patience of telling her that she only had to write the words three times as per her teacher, she started. After the third word of her not even trying to sound it out, I started my talk. You know the one that goes something like this.

"Oh come on...sound it out. You can do it. I will help you, just try. After this (20 minutes since we had started and only 3 words written) she shut her light off with me in the room and ran out. OK, now I was pissed. Are you kidding me? I called her back. She didn't come. I demanded that she come right now or I was done! She didn't. Her father finally yelled and she came in. She refused to look at the words and started whining that she can't do it.   Spelling and reading are very hard for her but when she doesn't even try I get so mad. I told her, "You know what? Nevermind, don't do it. I don't care. It is your homework and you can tell your teacher you didn't want to do it.

She whinned, "no mommy, I want to do it."

I went back in and there was more whining so I turned to her and said.  You know what? I am done. I thought we would spend our Sunday's together doing fun things without the boys rushing us or not wanting to do things and this is how you treat me. You give me no respect. You don't come when I call you. You don't answer me when I call you.You ignore the things I say to you as if I am not there. You think I am taking you to those two other movies you mentioned you wanted to see?  Why? Why do you do this? Look at what we did today! Look how much fun you had. I took you to the movies. I got doggy stuffed. I even bought that dog an outfit when I haven't bought myself anything new in over two years and this is how you treat me?

And...then she says....."I didn't ask for you to take me to the movies and you asked me if I wanted an outfit for Doggy!"

*Insert car breaks and my heart breaking here!*

My mouth opened and I yell, "Are you kidding me!?" Now Teach just hears yelling so he comes in and gives her an ultimatum, "Do your homework in the next 12 minutes or you are going to bed! You have until 5. This is not a joke and you won't be laughing when you find yourself in this room with the blinds down, the TV off and under the covers crying because you messed up."

She does her homework exactly by 5. My work is done. My heart is bruised. My head hurts so I tell her to put her stuff back in her backpack.

An hour later we are in the kitchen and Teach says to her, "did you like the movie?" She says yes. He than says, you guys had a nice mother/daughter day. You got to spend time together. That is nice right honey?  So, there is where I tell him that she told me that she didn't ask for the movies or the outfit for Doggy.

He is pissed. He is shocked. He says, "you said that to your mother? get out of my kitchen and go to your room. I can't believe you said that to her. That is not nice. All of those things cost money and you are rude."

I know she is 7 but really!? I was literally heartbroken by her ungratefulness and disregard for my time, our money, and what I thought was a great day.

Handsome always thanks us. If we give him anything, a trip to McDonalds he runs over to hug us. When he opens his gifts and sees something he really wanted he runs over to hug us. Last week we were early for something so I took them for a slice of pizza each and he said thank you there and when we got home he said after hugging me "thank you so much for taking us to the pizzeria mommy." He gets it!  I do not expect a lot out of my kids or anyone but I do expect respect. Respect costs you nothing and means so much to others. It is how I was raised and how I present myself to others. I want my kids to be respectful all the time. I am not looking for angels but I do want them to respect themselves and others.

How would you handle this??? What should I do to teach her? It is not like they are spoiled she never gets anything. Usually I tell them, "you can add this to your wish list."


Friday, September 28, 2012

Goddess In Purple

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 These are some of my favorite shots of Goddess, OK..they are the ones I chose over the 25 favorite shots of her this week. We had such a good time at the farm and I loved watching her run around in her purple tutu like skirt and brown cowboy boots.

TIME For Kids: That’s Strange but True! Video Review

Time Home Entertainment Inc. and TIME For Kids Present:

That’s Strange but True!

The World's Most Astonishing Facts and Records

New York, NY, September 17, 2012Time Home Entertainment Inc. and the editors of TIME For Kids presents That’s Strange but True!, an offbeat and kid-appealing look at the inner workings and fascinating oddities of our world. The new book (Time Home Entertainment Inc.; $19.95) goes on sale on September 25, 2012 and will be available at and retailers nationwide. 
The 176-page book, packed with more than 150 colorful photos that bring to life the unusual world of the animal kingdom, the human body, science peculiarities and much more, encourages readers to learn more about the subjects presented and to spur kids to find examples of strange-but-true phenomena in their own communities. Written in TIME For Kids' authoritative and clear style, even the strangest entries are carefully explained and will provide readers with vital frames of reference needed to make sense of the new and unusual. The book will be devoured by young readers both at home and at school.
That’s Strange but True! is an entertaining mix of amazing facts and records about the most bizarre things our world has to offer, including:
·        Bathtub races and other strange sports
·        Quests for lost worlds
·        Bionic pets
·        Plants that play dead
·        Upside-down houses
·        Bodacious stunts and body feats
·        Flying cars
·        Cool robots
·        Weird superstitions
·        And even stranger (but true) stuff!

That’s Strange but True! is a natural progression from kid favorites That’s Awesome! and That’s Incredible!” said Bob Der, Editorial Director, TIME For Kids. “The book furthers our goal of enabling kids to understand the very strange world around them and present the information in a way that is fun and educational for the whole family.”

TIME For Kids’ That’s Strange but True! is a must-have book for children ready to be amazed!

That’s Strange but True!
From Time Home Entertainment Inc. and TIME For Kids
Publication date: September 25, 2012
About TIME For Kids         
TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine that motivates kids to read! Issues cover a wide range of real-world, and topics in the news kids want to learn about. A powerful teaching tool, TIME For Kids builds reading and writing skills. 

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October is Right Around The Corner, Get Your Halloween On!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Review & DVD Giveaway


An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is a “true classic that reminds us that it’s never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age.” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).
The 411 by Maria: I was excited to see this movie oddly because I love the title and with all those veteran actors things could be interesting. As a reviewer you just never know what you are going to get. My expectations are never high and I love being pleasantly surprised.  This movie surprised me!

Storyline by Maria We meet all of our players at the beginning and find out why all these people will be heading to India to live out their golden years. Whether it is because they are newly widowed, looking for something new, receiving a hip replacement or a slew of other reasons they all meet at the airport and our story begins..

The hotel isn't quite what they expected and is run by a young entrepreneur named Sonny played by Dev Patel. Sonny has a vision and explains to his mother that he is "outsourcing old age" because "there are many countries where they don't like old people".

My favorite quote from the movie comes from Sonny who is always optimistic; "Everything will always be alright in the end and if it is not alright than trust me, it is not yet the end."  

Actors: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson are wonderful! Judi Dench as Evelyn the widowing who is trying to find herself, gets a job and enjoys the beauty around her. Loved her character. Oh and Maggie Smith as the prejudice Muriel, is one feisty spitfire.

Location: I loved it! From overcrowded buses, rickshaws, mopeds, and colorful clothing and buildings. The landscape is another character adding to the beauty of the movie. See this movie and be surprised!  

For more on this movie see my post here with pictures from the movie basket that came with my movie.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary movie for my opinion. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Get A Head Start On The Cold And Flu Season With Halo - GIVEAWAY

I already had my first cold this month and it about 5 days to feel better. It was pretty awful but the kids never got sick and I want to attribute that to the fact that two days before the onset of my cold I had received Halo Oral Antiseptic Spray.  I started giving the kids the recommend dose the morning I started sneezing, coughing and hacking and even though the slept with me (oh please, I know...don't judge me), they never got so much as a sniffle!

Important information from the kids and my niece who was also here during my sick week and took Halo with the kids: It doesn't taste bad at all. It is better than taking a pill. The taste was pleasant and once you get over the initial shock of the spray at the back of your throat, you know what to expect and get used to it.

Product Information:

While you can’t live your life in a bubble to stay germ free, you can protect yourself and your family from airborne germs with new HaloTM, the first ever patent-pending oral antiseptic spray that is clinically proven to kill airborne germs you breathe in.  Halo is scientifically proven to kill 99.9 percent of infectious germs, including a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses, such as rhinovirus (the virus that causes the common cold), influenza and H1N1. With just three easy sprays into the mouth (it comes in several flavors), Halo will protect you from the Air You Share for up to six hours so you can breathe easy and avoid the worry of those “Halo Moments.”

Interesting Facts and Additional HaloTM Oral Antiseptic Product Facts

·        75% of daycares, 33% of medical offices and 67% of airplanes have enough airborne viruses to infect someone in one hour
·        On an average day, you take about 17,280 breaths - this wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t spend 90% of our time indoors (in other words, there are over 17,000 opportunities a day to breathe in other people’s airborne germs)
·         HaloTM Oral Antiseptic Spray is an FDA-monographed oral antiseptic
·        The results from independent scientific studies and clinical trials on Halo’s efficacy have been accepted for presentation at and publication by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), two of the leading medical societies in the United States
·         University Hospitals Case Medical Center Department of Pathology (Cleveland, OH) tested Halo against 11 strains of Whooping Cough (Bordetella pertussis), and Halo completely killed all 11 strains 
·        Halo Oral Antiseptic Spray is portable and perfect for travel (1 fl. oz. size adheres to TSA regulations for carry-on luggage or purse)
·        HaloTM Children’s (for children aged two and up) is available in a great tasting grape flavor
·        Adults have the option of Halo in berry and citrus flavors
·        Halo is alcohol, dye and sugar-free

New Halo Oral Antiseptic Spray is now in the cough and cold aisle at CVS, Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kmart and other mass market and drug stores nationwide.  Suggested retail price is $12.99. For more information and to see how it works, visit

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Relive The Princess Bride




As You Wish… Rob Reiner’s Fan Favorite Fairy Tale Celebrates Silver Anniversary;
the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition Debuts October 2 from
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Fans Will Have A Chance To Vote On The Blu-ray Box Art Beginning June 28

Scale the cliffs of insanity, battle rodents of unusual size, face torture in the pit of despair, and join Princess Buttercup and Westley on their spell-binding journey to find true love when The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray debuts October 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  A classic fairy tale complete with heroes, villains, trickery, mockery and death-defying miracles,  The Princess Bride captured audiences young and old with its brilliant, memorable dialogue, enchanting story line and bewitching characters.  

From celebrated director Rob Reiner (The Bucket List) and Oscar®-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) comes "an enchanting fantasy" (Time) filled with adventure, romance and plenty of "good-hearted fun" (Roger Ebert).  Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Robin Wright (Forrest Gump), Cary Elwes (No Strings Attached), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and Billy Crystal (Tooth Fairy), this wonderful fairy tale about a Princess named Buttercup and her beloved is "a real dream of a movie" (People).

The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray is loaded with special features including the all-new featurette “True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon” which includes brand new interviews with Reiner, Elwes, Wright, Goldman, Christopher Guest (For Your Consideration), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night) and executive producer Norman Lear.  Additionally, fans will have a chance to vote on the Blu-ray artwork on the 25th Anniversary tab of The Princess Bride Facebook page ( beginning June 28.  Voting ends July 11 and the fans choice will be revealed on July 12.   

Blu-Ray Disc Special Features:
·      ALL NEW - TRUE LOVE: THE PRINCESS BRIDE PHENOMENON (Pts. 1 & 2) For 25 years, viewers have watched and loved The Princess Bride. But why does it resonate so strongly for all ages? This two-part featurette offers some answers, along with funny and touching tributes from its cast, director, writer and fans.
o   Part 1: TRUE LOVE: THE PRINCESS BRIDE PHENOMENON - A Conversation with Rob Reiner, Cary Elwes and Robin Wright.  The director and his stars reunite for this lively discussion of the film's 25th anniversary, favorite fan encounters and memories from the set, illustrated by never-before-seen dailies.
o   Part 2: TRUE LOVE: THE PRINCESS BRIDE PHENOMENON - Hear from the film's creators and cast, passionate fans, and see film tributes and parodies, as we explore why the movie became a phenomenon. Interviewees include Rob Reiner, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, writer William Goldman, executive producer Norman Lear, Rob's father Carl Reiner, and more.

  • Audio Commentary by Rob Reiner
  • Audio Commentary by William Goldman
  • As You Wish: The Story of The Princess Bride
  • Cary Elwes Video Diary
  • Miraculous Makeup
  • The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Pirate of the Seven Seas
  • Love is Like a Storybook
  • The Princess Bride The Untold Tales featurette
  • The Art of Fencing featurette
  • Fairytales and Folklore featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Easter Eggs

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, and interactive media.  The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit

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Cowgirls N' Angels On Blu-ray and DVD Oct 2nd At Walmart ONLY!

Press Release:
Get ready for an inspiring story of self-discovery and triumph with Cowgirls ‘N Angels on Blu-ray and DVD arriving October 2nd Los Angeles, CA (September 6, 2012) - The rodeo is coming to town as Cowgirls ‘N Angels arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on October 2, 2012. The film stars Young Artist Award winner Bailee
Madison, (Just Go With It) and Oscar nominee James Cromwell (The Artist). In addition to Cromwell, Madison and Jackson Rathbone (Twilight Series), Cowgirls ‘N Angels also stars Alicia Witt, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Frankie Faison, Leslie Ann Huff, Dora Madison Burge and a host of others. The film was directed by Timothy Armstrong from a script by Armstrong and Stephen Blinn.

This is an against-all-odds contemporary classic that will prove you can never underestimate the power of a child’s dream. Cowgirls ‘N Angels tells the tale of Ida (Madison), a rebellious young girl who dreams of finding her father. While searching for her dad, she bonds with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a team of young female trick riders run by former rodeo star Terence Parker (Cromwell).

Recognizing Ida’s drive and determination, Terence sees a lot of himself in Ida and agrees to allow her to become a member of the Sweethearts. Accepted wholeheartedly by her new “family,” Ida finds a new passion and direction. She embarks on an epic adventure full of exhilaration, love and heartache. Although she sets out to find her father, she soon discovers much more than she dreamt possible including a love for horses and a personal responsibility that redefines her life. With several obstacles along the way Cowgirls ‘N Angels ultimately tells a story of true self-reliance and perseverance. The film is clear winner for families and rodeo lovers alike. Cowgirls ‘N Angels will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and It will also be available on the date of release on Video On-Demand carriers including DIRECTV, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable, iTunes,VUDU, Amazon and Xbox. The release will be supported by a comprehensive marketing, media and publicity plan, including select promotional appearances by the SKY HIGH ANGELS, the talented Sport/Trick Rodeo horsewomen featured throughout the film.

DVD Special Feature:
-“Behind the Scenes of Cowgirls ‘N Angels”

Ida, a feisty and rebellious young girl, dreams of one day finding her father, a rodeo rider, whose identity her mom has kept from her. While searching for her dad at a local rodeo, Ida meets the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a team of young female trick riders run by cowboy legend Terence Parker. Terence discovers that Ida is the grand-daughter of a friend who passed away years before, so he decides to help her. Ida joins the Sweethearts and embarks with them on a tour of rodeos throughout the west. Ida hopes to find her father, but she discovers much more, including a love for horses that redefines her life.


The 411 by Maria

I am a huge fan of Bailee Madison.  She just breaks my heart in practically everything I have ever seen her in so I was excited to see this sweet movie about a little girl being raised by a single mother. 

In Cowgirls N' Angel's Bailee plays spirited Ida who longs to find her daddy! She hangs around rodeos on the lookout for him and eventually friends a riding troupe called the Sweethearts of the Rodeo run by Terence Parker played by Oscar Nominee James Cromwell. 

Terence's troupe stars his daughter and a bunch of wayward girls who has has taken under his wing and given a second chance in the game of life. Terence talks Bailee's mom into letting her go with the Sweethearts on the road where she learns a lot about herself and finds herself with a "new" family. 

I personally loved this movie and there are great messages and lessons such as being self reliant and never giving up on your dream. There are as many bad ones also. 

Stealing - Ida steals a horse, keys, etc. 
Breaking In - Ida breaks into the horse farm at night to ride a horse. 
Lying - Ida writes a note of approval from her mom to Mr. Parker to enable her to ride and spend time with him. 

There are certainly more than the ones I have listed and none of these things ever go punished. However, even with all that the movie is a great family friendly movie and like most movies starring Bailee, I did my fair share of crying! 

Available for your and your family at Walmart on October 2nd 

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For the book version of Cowgirls N' Angels on Kindle go here. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary DVD Screener of this movie. No compensation was received.