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30.3.15

A Great and Complicated Adventure

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I try to have a wide variety of books available for Broxton to enjoy.  While I might be more focused on one book or another, I don't want him to be limited based upon my likes and dislikes.  While I am more about fiction and "easy reads" these days, I like knowing that Broxton can enjoy it all! 
That was the care with A Great and Complicated Adventure.  I had no idea that this author had other books, I see now that I am just getting familiar with someone that others have know about for some time.
  I had a hard time getting into this book, but I think this is one many will enjoy! 
Bringing back his popular characters—the squirrel, the ant, the elephant, and their friends—Tellegen conjures up a wondrous world where cakes fly, trees can walk, and letters are made of cream, chestnuts, and honey! Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg's delicate illustrations, these charming short stories will captivate readers of all ages.
 

29.3.15

Children Make Terrible Pets - #Scholastic Storybook Treasures

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Scholastic has been a name that I have loved as a child.  Book Fair anyone?  I remember loving those days and now that Broxton is in school, he gets the same enjoyment I did when I was growing up.  One thing that scholastic does that I don't remember in the past is their "Storybook Treasures" where they have the stories narrated.  We have a few of the Read-Along-DVD's and Broxton seems to enjoy them all. 
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Peter Brown's beloved children's book arrives on the small screen as the featured story on the brand-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ DVD, CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS...AND MORE STORIES ABOUT FAMILY.  In the animated tale, Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home.  Her mother, however, has other ideas and cautions her that, "children make terrible pets."  Hilarity ensues as Lucy tries to prove her mother wrong in this modern classic.
 
Other stories on this comedy-filled compilation include All the World (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward), Crow Call  (By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein), and Elizabeti's Doll (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield). 
 
The original stories have won many awards, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Book, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award and the Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature. 
 
FEATURES
  • Read-Along Function
  • Author Interviews with Peter Brown and Lois Lowry and Illustrator Marla Frazee
 

28.3.15

Take a Trip with Aerial America - Southeast Collection #Smithsonian

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I mentioned before how I like to "travel" and visit places by checking them out online... Well, I can now add a new mode of "transportation" to my list.  While watching the Smithsonian Channel of Aerial America (Southeast Collection)  DVD, I was able to visit my home state of Georgia and the surrounding Southern States such as Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.   You don't have to sit and watch the whole DVD at once,  you can click on the menu and pick the state you want to check out when you are ready.  Of course, we went with Georgia first and it was nice to see that they not only mention the coastal area's but also highlight the capital and many places all over the state.  Some we have been to, others are now on our " to visit" list, especially since Broxton stopped playing with his toys to check out the DVD!
I felt that this was not only an educational video telling us of places in the south, but it was entertaining to learn (in a fun way) of the history and surrounding areas! 
I think this would be great not only for a personal collection, but it would be great to have in schools on hand for teachers to use when needed!
 
 
Aerial America: Southeast Collection offers you a first class, window-seat view of the South’s breathtaking landscapes and landmarks while exploring its compelling, complex past. Our journey takes you through North Carolina’s barrier islands and First in Flight history, South Carolina’s elegant charms and extraordinary past, and Georgia’s hot cities and haunted graves. Flights over Mississippi and Alabama reveal where Civil War battles were lost and the Civil Rights Movement was born, while Florida shows off its stunning beaches, lavish lifestyles, and magical world.
 
*** You can purchase this DVD and others like it at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or Best Buy.

Happy Baby, Healthy Home all from @LogicProducts

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Time to get ready for Spring Cleaning, right?  We all know we want to use products that are safe for our loved ones, so why not check out the line from Home Logic? They have a wide variety of cleaning products... From all purpose cleaners to glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergent and even bed bug spray!  
Head over to see what all products they do offer, I am telling you- between the options of cleaners and then giving you a choice between Citrus Grove or Jasmine Mist, they are sure to get your house sparking and smelling great! 
 
We were sent their glass cleaner.  Now, I don't worry when Broxton helps me and cleans the windows for me:  
No more ammonia based glass cleaning for you and your family! Not when you bring our Natural HomeLogic Glass Cleaner into your home.
Just say no to dangerous and toxic fumes from traditional and outdated brand name glass cleaners by using Natural HomeLogic Glass Cleaner instead, and start to wipe away those pesky streaks and splotches safely and naturally. It doesn't matter if it's windows, mirrors, or glass tables because our glass cleaner will bring its' best clean every time and leave behind streak free surfaces that are toxin free. Add a little more sparkle and shine into your home the natural way.
All Natural HomeLogic products are non-toxic, safe, formulated for people with sensitive skin, and  are 100% plant and mineral derived.
 
 
As we all know, although Broxton is 6 years old, he is always going to be my baby!  That being said, I will always baby his skin (as long as he lets me) and try to keep his skin soft and healthy!  We were also sent the 2 in 1 Baby Wash / Shampoo from Tot Logic and it is a winner in our book.  I can put a little on the washcloth and he uses it to not only wash his hair, but also to clean his body!  No need for more bottles than necessary in our already crowded shower!  They have products from shampoo and conditioner to baby balm and bug repellent!  (These are must haves for when the new baby arrives!)  
A Natural Bath Wash For Babies of All Ages.
If there's any product you need from the TotLogic line, this sulfate free TotLogic 2 in 1 Wash & Shampoo is the one that does it all.
Just do a bubbly once-over with this 2 in 1 Baby Wash & Shampoo for clean, huggable and nourished skin and silky smooth hair.  Its naturally derived, gentle, and pure formula makes it suitable and safe for infants, toddlers, kids, and of course adults too!
 
 
All Logic Products are "MADE IN THE USA" so you know that makes us super happy!!! Make sure you head over to their site, they also offer products that are "bark logic" and also "lice logic" so they seem to cover a wide variety of things!  



27.3.15

New Orleans Style Gumbo #FridayFeast

Man, these days need to slow down!  I had no idea it was Friday until not too long ago...
Sorry for posting the FRIDAY FEAST late, but better late than never! 
 Hope you are in the mood to head to New Orleans, as I received this in my email.
This is from Ocean Catering Company.

I have not tried this yet and I will not be trying it until after the baby comes...
Let me know if you make it and what you think about it!  



New Orleans style Gumbo 
  •  Ingredients
  • 1lb. smoked, pulled chicken meat (about 1 fat chicken)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound smoked, Andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Gumbo File
  • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems and leaves, coarsely chopped, plus chopped leaves for garnish
  • 4 cups beef stock (can be made from soup base)
  • 1 (14-ounce can) stewed tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups sliced okra
  • 4 green onions, sliced, white and green part
  • 1lb small shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1/2lb steamed crawfish tails
  • 1/2lb steamed crab meat ( I like to use the “Special” but you can substitute whichever you like)

Directions
  • Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the flour over the oil, add 2 tablespoons of margarine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until brown, about 10 minutes. This is roux.  Let the roux cool.
  • Return the Dutch oven to low heat and melt the remaining 3 tablespoons margarine. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper and celery and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning, Gumbo File, salt and pepper, to taste and a 1/4 bunch parsley. Cook, while stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups beef stock, stirring constantly. Add the chicken and sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. 
  • Add tomatoes and okra. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Just before serving add the green onions, shrimp, crawfish and crab meat. Simmer 10 more minutes and then add chopped parsley.
  • Serve over white rice.

26.3.15

Fun Activities for Night At The Museum #NATM3Insiders

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When Broxton saw the previews for this movie, he knew he wanted to see it. He kept asking about the release date and when it finally arrived in the theaters, we were out of town.  Lucky for all of us,. we were visiting my parents and Broxton was able to talk them into going to see it with him.  The four of us went to see it and left laughing and talking about what a good movie it was. 
The thing is, he wanted to go see it again and again... with movie tickets being around $10 each here, we can't afford to go to the movies repeatedly, so we were excited when it was about to be released on Blu-Ray / DVD. As soon as it arrived, we had a movie night and enjoyed it, all over again!   Then, as soon as daddy had a night available, Broxton was able to talk him into a movie night and again, it was night of the museum!  Now, he has decided that if Ben Stiller can have that much fun as a night watchman, he wants to do that when he gets older!!!  Ha ha ha!!!!!
Now that Night At the Museum is available to watch at home, why not plan for a movie night soon?  To help get you and your family / friends excited about it, I have included a few activities to get things going!   
Fun bookmarks!!! 
I thought this was too cute, make your own museum about you!!!!

Broxton is really into Tic Tac Tow now!!

Night at the Museum - Watch it Now #NATM3Insiders

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings back to life your favorite museum heroes in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB available on Blu-ray™ and DVD March 10. Families around the globe have come out to see the hysterical third and final installment in the franchise which has grossed more than a billion dollars2. Now, parents and kids can not only enjoy the best ‘Night’ ever, but also get their hands on a bonus Digital HD movie: their choice of either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

The Blu-ray™ comes with tons of special features that will have the whole family laughing! You can check out how Stiller got into character for his alter ego Laaa, get a behind the scenes look at The British Museum and learn how the film’s iconic fight scene inside an M.C. Escher painting came to light. Best of all, every Blu-ray™ comes with a bonus Digital HD movie – not only do you get a Digital HD version of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, but you also get a Bonus digital movie – your choice of one of the other movies in the franchise.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB BLU-RAY™ SPECIAL FEATURES
Includes all of the DVD features plus:
Five More Deleted and Extended Scenes
Bonus Digital HD Movie1
The Theory of Relativity
Becoming Laaa
A Day in the Afterlife
The Home of History: Behind the Scenes of The British Museum
Fight at the Museum
Creating Visual Effects
Audio Commentary by Shawn Levy

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Two Deleted and Extended Scenes
Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up - The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Two Galleries
A Digital HD Version of the film, allowing fans to watch on their Big Screen TV, tablet or smart phone anytime, anywhere!
 
 
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