Schools out…Christmas Crafts…OH YEAH BABY!!! Don’t let those littles get bored!!

OK…Ok…ok…I admit it…I put up 6 (s-i-x) Christmas trees…

Am I crazy…maybe…but oh how much fun my grandchildren have watching them no matter what room they are in!!! So maybe not crazy…maybe just spirited…yeah yeah let’s go with that….Christmas Spirited!!

First, the memories tree…

All my kids are grown now but I still decorate the tree with the ornaments we collected over the years whether it be different store bought balls we went together and picked out to all the different crafts they brought home from school, and church class, etc. Its a big mismatched tree of fun and love….and it is…MY FAVORITE!

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The rest…

They range from the Charlie Brown tree…to a white tree to a small living room tree to special tree in our bedroom they get to pile up in our room and watch it glow… 

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to the tallest tree upstairs that is bare….until we all gather for Christmas together and everyone puts ornaments on…together…img_6633

 

This year’s additions…

I have 8 grandchildren of my own AND I teach a preschool class….I LOVE LOVE LOVE ordering crafts from Oriental Trading to do with them all. They come all together ready to lay out and execute! Takes the big prep time out of it! And they are SO easy to do!!!

http://www.orientaltrading.com/holidays/christmas-a1-550904.fltr

We did snow man ornaments and peppermint candy handprints…

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The handprint craft comes in 3 pieces and includes the paint! We just used a sponge brush to paint the little hands and then glued them on! Easy peasy!

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The snowman ornaments were just clear balls I got online sent straight to my door! Took some puff paint in black and orange to do the faces ahead of time. 

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We let the littles stuff the poly fill in to make the snowman white and snap it shut! We added a tiny top hat to ours that I had used on another craft earlier in the year!

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Red string to make it complete!!! Ready for the tree!!

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Stay tuned! We will be doing a picture frame craft this next week I’ll post! 

 

Get on over to Oriental Trading and get busy not bored!!!

 

 

 

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DISNEY’S MOANA REVIEW! MOANA hits theaters Nov 23rd!!

Is November 23rd what you’re waiting for?!!?!?

Disney’s MOANA…perfect for any age!!

7 of mine from the ages of 2 to 29 watched Moana and CANNOT GET ENOUGH! From listening to soundtrack non stop to anticipating going BACK to the theater tomorrow and watching it again! Watch the trailer below and GET READY FOR AWESOMENESS!!!! 

 

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible 

It’s not just a kid’s movie, it’s about real life and following who you are and are meant to be!!

 

 

Take your kids, take your mom, take your aunt and uncle, take the neighbors!!!

 

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SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES TOMORROW, NOV 23rd!! 

 

Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass

 

To see or not to see? SEE!!!!

I loved it! Go see it tonight…or tomorrow…but go see! A wonderful sequel to the original! 

 

The Hatter isn’t well…can Alice save him?

After returning to London Alice finds her Mother and the world she’s been away from very changed. Unable to process these changes right away Alice stumbles upon Absalom who leads her to a room with a looking glass.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

Arriving on the other side of the Looking Glass in Underland, Alice finds the whole crew, minus the Hatter, awaiting her arrival.

They tell of the Hatter, he’s not well. They fear…and hope… the only solution is Alice.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. In the all new adventure Anne Hathaway returns as the White Queen, Matt Lucas is the Tweedles, Stephen Fry is the voice of Chessur, Michael Sheen is the voice of the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall voices Bayard, Paul Whitehouse is the voice of the March Hare and Barbara Windsor is the voice of Dormouse.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. In the all new adventure Anne Hathaway returns as the White Queen, Matt Lucas is the Tweedles, Stephen Fry is the voice of Chessur, Michael Sheen is the voice of the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall voices Bayard, Paul Whitehouse is the voice of the March Hare and Barbara Windsor is the voice of Dormouse.

 

Where is the Hatter?

In his Hatter house of course. Alice finds him and its true, the Hatter isn’t well. Isn’t well at all. But oh, can Alice really help him?

 

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

Where to start?

Alice’s quest begins as impossible, just as most days start for Alice. Can she accomplish the impossible? Can she find the chronosphere? Can she convince Father Time to help her travel back in time? 

Sacha Baron Cohen is Time in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Sacha Baron Cohen is Time in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

Remember you can’t change the past…only learn from it…

Can Alice’s race against time save The Hatter? Be there Friday to find out!

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and encounters Iracebeth, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and encounters Iracebeth, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories.

 

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In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an
all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters
from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical
world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the
spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in
Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters
created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and
Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive
producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast
from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne
Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices
of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are
also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans),
the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar
creature who is part human, part clock. Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska)
has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and
sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a
magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland
and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the
Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The
Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a
quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of
the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes
across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and
embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

LITTLE CHICKIES / LOS POLLITOS by Canticos

Little Chickies is a fun interactive read for our Littles

 

Straight out the little cardboard bookcase you can choose either the English or Spanish side. 

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The pictures and storyline are the same whichever you choose. Little Chickies are born, then want food, then need sleep. They shout “¡pío! ¡pío! ¡pío!” (Cheep cheep cheep). Flaps are lifted on each page to interact and engage them in the story of this tired mother hen feeding, and warming, and cuddling her chickies. 

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I love the book folds out and they can share looking and playing with it!

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The app on my phone provides for long lasting fun as they sing and crack eggs to watch the chickies hatch, make flower boquets, and sing and dance to the pio sounds and songs of the chickies!

 

Its fun, fun , fun as they ask me to read it again! And can we play chicks on the phone!

 

For every Canticos book or app purchased, a portion of the proceeds goes to provide books and apps to children in low-income communities.

 

– Link to website (for book purchase and more info):

http://www.littlepicklepress.com/product/canticos-los-pollitos/

– Links to app in iphone app store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-chickies-los-pollitos/id1090230039?mt=8

– Link to app in android app store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.encantosmedia.lospollitos&hl=en

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A loving story of a mama and her babies is a fun story for my littles!

The Finest Hours

February 1952, Mother Nature vs US Coast Guard

Based on real life events The Finest Hours is one of the most chilling (brrr) and heroic rescues in Coast Guard history. It takes place when 2 oil tankers, The Fort Mercer and The Pendleton, off the coast of Boston, MA are caught in one of the worst sea storms and both break in half. While The Fort Mercer sends a call in for help and the rescue crews focus on getting to them, The Pendleton has no radio and one can only speculate their last known coordinates.

Challenging The Odds

Following orders from his superior, Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana), a clean-cut young Coast Guardsman with 1950’s boyish, shy charm named Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) leads up his team of 4 on a 30 ft boat to face not only a cold, snowy, violent storm. But manning a trip over the sound off the coast of Chatham, MA where wave after wave crashes around a boat revving 90 degree angles to make it over to get into the Atlantic seems to be an impossible mission to survive. But with a hesitant but positive attitude Bernie and crew set out to search for whats left of The Pendleton and the 32 crew members trying to keep it afloat after running it aground to buy some time for the rescuers that may, or may not have been coming for them. 

The Pendleton

Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck), a quiet and shy but confident captain of The Pendleton makes decisions, some that aren’t popular with some of his crew who feel that because he is a single loner that he isn’t making the best decisions to get the rest of them back to their families. He quickly emerges as the leader they need to keep this half ship above the water as they face setback after setback while waiting, and hoping, that someone is looking for them. 

Back On Shore

Back on shore, Miriam (Holliday Grainger), Bernie’s fiancée, who after meeting on a blind date and a few months of dating, boldly asked Bernie to marry her, waits with the men manning the Coast Guard station and the whole community to hear the fate of Bernie and his crew. Emotions run high as the brother and widow of the crew of the ill-fated fishing boat, The Landry, that Bernie tried and failed to reach over the bar in a storm, perished at sea, await as the anniversary approaches on the storm that overtook The Landry. 

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Grab your date and get your tickets!!

I’ll tell you, I’m not a big history movie fan. I have to tell you though, The Finest Hours had me glued to my seat. The boyish Bernie and the love story between he and Miriam made the perfect backdrop for the waves of action that would follow in the finding and rescue attempt for The Pendleton. The regret of not being able to save the men of The Landry, the history of the men of the town and community around the sea and its trades pull you into a time and place of the past with depth and emotion. You are literally living each emotion, each cold wet harsh wave, each sigh, each fear, right up till the credits roll! It’s a fantastic movie! I highly recommend grabbing your date and hurrying on out to watch!

Like THE FINEST HOURS on Facebook:
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THE FINEST HOURS storms into theatres everywhere tomorrow, January 29th!

THE FINEST HOURS (_IN DIGITAL 3D™, REAL D 3D _AND _IMAX® 3D_)

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Genre: Heroic Action-Thriller

Rating: PG-13

U.S. Release date: January 29, 2016

Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John
Ortiz and Eric Bana

Director: Craig Gillespie

Producers: Jim Whitaker, Dorothy Aufiero

Executive Producer: Doug Merrifield

Screenplay by: Scott ilver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

Based upon the book by: Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias

Now It’s Easy To Find The Best Nursing Homes

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22nd Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day 

May 27, 2015 is the 22nd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day! The 2015 Theme is “If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving!” On this day 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. to celebrate. The goal of this day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults.

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“My great Aunt has always been the life of the party. She loves to dance and have a great time. She is always dressed to the nines and is just a firecracker! A few years ago she started having some medical problems and it became more difficult for her to live on her own. The idea of  going to a Nursing Home can be a scary thought. My Aunt wasn’t ready to give up her independence and the things she enjoys. We were so pleased to find out that her living in a Nursing Home didn’t have to mean the end of her being such a vibrant independent woman. She has made close friends, participates in so many fun activities and she even has a gentleman friend in the Nursing Home. She is happy and in a safe place that is equipped to take care of her needs while still allowing her to live her life the way she likes. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!”

Sometimes you need medical care that can’t be taken care of at home or in a hospital. That doesn’t mean that you are ready to give up your life and doing all the things you love to do. Being in a Nursing Home doesn’t mean the end of life as you know it. You can continue to be happy and active while knowing that you are receiving necessary medical care and attention. 

Even though Nursing Homes usually get a bad rap, there are so many amazing ones out there. There are rehab centers that look and feel more like hotels than hospitals and give you more personalized therapy and attention than if you were in a hospital. It’s like a home away from home for many people. Finding a wonderful Nursing Home is possible and so is living a fulfilling live while you’re in one. Like my great Aunt, you can still be the life of the party!

If you are looking into finding the best Nursing Homes, this is where BestNursingHomes.com come in to the picture. This is an online site, provided free to the public by the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers.  BestNursingHomes.com list five-star nursing homes and rehabilitation centers rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This means that right off the bat, you are only seeing the best Nursing Homes with the highest ratings. You get access to the listing with all of the information at your fingertips. It can make a tough decision a little bit easier for yourself and your family. 

What makes BestNursingHomes.com different from other sites?

    1. BestNursingHomes.com lists only the best sites. Anything on the list has been preapproved by Medicare as one of the top in the country.
    2. Nobody is trying to sell you anything. Best Nursing Homes is run by a nonprofit organization whose public mission is to make people aware of the good places to go. It’s a completely free list.
    3. You don’t have to enter any personal information. No one is going to contact you when you search the site. Once again, there is nobody trying to sell you anything, this is all free information for you to browse at your convenience. 
    4. You can contact the nursing homes directly. If you see an option that you like, simply call the facility or send an email using the contact form.
    5. You can see what the center looks like. For the facilities that have chosen upgraded listings, you can take a virtual tour of the building with slideshow photos and videos. 
    6. You can review what others’ experiences were like. Best Nursing Homes gets real, authentic reviews from real residents and family members.

Best Nursing Homes has been made possible by the generous donation of North American Health Care and its CEO, John Sorensen. John has made it his life’s work to serve the elderly population and has sponsored the development of BNH and donated it to the ASNP for use. “We are very grateful for the leadership of John Sorensen in the post-acute care industry,” said Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Association for Skilled Nursing Providers. “John is a leader in his field, a generous philanthropist, and a great example of someone who places serving the patient above anything else. We are proud to be associated with John and North American Health Care and grateful for his support to promote best practices in skilled nursing.”

If you need more info:

For more information about Best Nursing Homes or the Association of Skilled Nursing Providers, please contact Dr. Cook at amyc@bestnursinghomes.com or 949-813-0182.

 

Splash Math App for iPad Review #FreeMathApp #MomBuzz #ad

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My review of the app. My daughter is in 3rd grade & she enjoyed playing number sense & place value. She was engaged in figuring out where the number lies on the number line. Then she was concentrating on place value which involves telling how many tens, hundreds & ones are involved. I can’t wait to see more games.

Splash Math for the preschool set. This has fun graphics and teaches the kids number order. They drag the numbers and drop them where they belong. It would be easy for little fingers to do. I love that this allows the parents to set skills to conquer. We can also track our children’s progress too with weekly reports. That makes Splash Math a great app!

 

 

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Japan week is coming up soon~ #spon

Japan Week NY

Japan Week NY

Takumi Japan celebrates Japan Week.

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Takumi Japan wants to share what is going on during Japan week. Japan week NY is the week of March 6-8, 2014, in New York. During this week it’s the event coordinator’s desire to share the new Japanese businesses that are excelling and expand them to new markets. Here you will see the design and craftsman of Japanese artisans who also share their traditions. You will be able to taste delicious regional Japanese food.  They will share technology exhibits as well as traditional arts and dance to inspire you to more thoroughly. Takumi translates to artisans. Make sure you make a point to head to New York and check out Japanweek.us.

Quality foods, regional artisans and crafts will be present during Japan Week.

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As one who loves to cook I would check out their amazing food looking for things to make for my family. The quality artisans and craftsmen that they showcase would be an amazing site to see. Their computer graphics being shared of the digital archives will be touching to say the least.  To taste the regional Japanese food would be an added bonus. If you are close to New York during the week of March 6-8, 2014 make sure you make it a point to check out what all is going on during Japanweek.jp. You will find it at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, in honor of Tokyo Station’s centennial. You will not be sorry you did.  If you’re looking to support small local artisans and craftsmakers then this is one fantastic way to meet them. Let the craftsmen draw you in with their intricate designs and detail. Enjoy tasting traditional Japanese food and learning about another culture while you are at Japan Week.

Takumi Japan and Japan Week Make it a must see!

Thanks Takumi Japan for sharing this upcoming event with us! 

Hello Fresh Subscription Service Review @hellofresh #ad #hellofreshpics

I was given a one week trial to write this review of Hello Fresh. I was not compensated or asked to write a positive review. 

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Doesn’t that look yummy? I was given a 3 meal plan for 2 people to write this review. I found Hello Fresh easy to work with and easy to order from. Their website is simple to understand and efficient. I ordered my 3 meals for the week and just sat back and waited for them to deliver my food. The food comes individually wrapped and in a cooling type box to keep everything fresh. Here’s a pic of how it’s individually packaged. 

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My job is to put it into the fridge until I am ready to make the meals. Since I can always make and eat beef stew, it was the first meal I made. It was made a bit differently then I normally make it but it was so delicious. I will make it that way again. I normally make it with tomato sauce and this was made with beef broth and it had cilantro in it. Oh my it was good. Then I was able to prepare and eat the chicken and parsnips with carrots and toasted almonds. Very tasty. And last I made the marinated shrimp over rice with arugula salad. I have to admit I’m not a fan of arugula or some of the spices used in these meals but the ingredients themselves were outstanding.

Here’s a pic of all 3 meals that I made. 

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Knowing my family the way I do I should have left those spices out and made it a different way. Regardless the food was tasty and it was fairly simple to make. It did take more steps then I normally make when cooking. But I’m also looking for new ways to make my dinners. We get so tired of the same old same old meals. So, Hello Fresh was a great introduction to new foods and new ways to prepare foods. My family very much enjoyed our experience tasting and making the dinners. Thank you Hello Fresh. 

Make sure you check out their Hello Fresh website and follow them on facebook and twitter.  There food is fresh and nutritious and oh so yummy. You will not be sorry you checked it out. You will be glad that you did! 

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