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20.8.11

Mabel's Labels for Back-to-School Readiness

I am a Mabel's Buzzmama and I just wanted to remind you that Mabel's Labels has all your sticky's for back to school.
From Allergy Labels to shoe stickers...
(You know you need both!)

I never really gave it thought before, but yes, when Broxton starts school, he will be all "Mabel labeled" out!
I would hate to lose his jacket or shoes...
Or lunchbox or thermos!
Wow, just so much to keep up with at a young age!!!

So, head on over to Mabel's Labels and order the back to school combo today!


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Robby Wash is just the neatest thing! #giveaway


I think I just might have to back track in this post...
So, please bear with me!

I heard about the Robby Wash and was really a bit curious as to the whole thing.
A ball that you just throw in your wash?
No need for detergent?
None?
Huh?
Does it work?

My mind started racing....
If you are a college kid, you know that your dorm room isn't that big.
(Or, if you have a college kid, ask them... their room isn't big enough for all their stuff AND detergent! There are more important things!)
So, just think...
If this Robby Wash worked, it would be the best thing!
Instead of having an area for your big bottle/box of detergent, you would just need this little area for the ball.
Or, if you live in a small apartment, less room for detergent, more room for other items!
Even better, you have kids and enough to juggle without trying to haul in a huge thing of detergent!
See, I told you...
Mind racing, great concept...

Now, to the question...
Does it work?
With Marc's job, it is hit or miss as to if he comes home in dirt or not.
Sometimes, just a little... Other times none, or completely covered!!!
We gave it a try.
The dirt came out, the clothes smelled clean!
(They even throw in a free stain stick for those tough stains!)
Score!!!

I do wish that the scent was a bit stronger...
Hey, I like my clothes to smell good!
I guess that is why some clothes get the smell good fabric softener and some don't!

Okay, it takes up less space...
It cleans the dirt and odor out of clothes...
Can it get any better?
Well, let me just point out something...
By not having to buy all that detergent, you have now eliminated the empty plastic bottles that then take over the landfills!
Sweet!!!!
You can click here to read more about the Robby Wash.



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#Giveaway : Barkley "secret" Secret Service Dog

While the boys were here, we were sent a cute chapter book, Barkley Secret Service Dog : The Case of the Purple Diamonds, for one of them to read...
He was excited about it, but wanted to read it before bed...
Well, when bedtime came around, his older brothers wanted lights off to watch TV, so his night time reading got pushed further and further behind...
Until, it was time to go and he had never read it.

I wanted to read it, as it looked cute, so I picked it up to check it out...
It is geared for 8-10 year olds, so it was a super quick read...

I thought it was cute!
Barkley is a "secret" Secret Service Dog!
What does that mean?
Well, he is the dog to a Secret Service Agent...
So, he gets to snoop all around the White House!
But, he is also (secretly) an undercover agent!
Ha Ha!!!!
He goes snooping and trying to solve cases, using all his techy gizmo's!
Once it is time to solve the case, he lets his owner know...
The owner solves it and gets the credit!!!

It was such a cute little chapter book.
As all chapter books for that age go, the chapters were short to keep their attention and to give satisfaction once completing it.
Also, the story was cute, with enough excitement for that age!!!
Besides the actual story, it has great illustration to give young readers a break from time to time!
(Or to help them keep others attention, if they are reading to younger siblings!)

If you have a young one interested in chapter books, or you want to try and get your younger ones to love reading, I think that you will be seeing more of Barkley!!!!
The Case of the Purple Diamonds is the first in the Barkley Series!!!!
Stay Tuned, as Invasion of the Ice Age is coming soon!!!!

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Weekend Take Me Back - Snake Whistle

I have been wanting to go and share different thoughts that come to me...
Maybe they will make you laugh, I hope they do...
But, either way, I know I will enjoy writing them!

So, for the next couple weeks (or longer, depending upon how I feel!) I will be doing "Weekend Take Me Back."
I would love it if you would join me in this, it can be anything at all, that was in the past.
Past meaning yesterday or earlier...
Totally up to you!

This is just a way to share more about our personal lives...
If you do decide to "play along" I would love it if you would let me know....

So -
This week.
Mom, this is all for you!

I know when I was younger, we had Showbiz Pizza and Putt-Putt golf.
Many a party was held there!
Remember all the cool arcade prizes you could win?
When I was younger, it was like hitting the lottery!

Think about it, you would end up with all these tickets...
You counted them and then had a hey day on picking out all your "AWESOME" prizes!!!
arcade 3

Do you remember now?
From stickers to playing cards!
Tootsie Rolls to erasers!
(Looking back, why would you just use all your points for a funny shaped eraser?!)


The point of this post is to tell you about my snake whistle!
Please, Please, PLEASE tell me someone (besides my family) remembers these snake whistles!
Photo taken from: Mardi Gras Outlet


Why is this snake whistle so important?
Well, I loved these things and I would get them with my points.

Until- THAT -ONE - Time.
Last time....
(I think)
I had a snake whistle.

I can picture it.
It was our old house.
My mom was in her room putting on "her face" (aka makeup)
She was sitting at her makeup table.
I was sitting behind her on the bed.
I was blowing my snake whistle.
Over and over again.
"Noelle, stop blowing that whistle."
I kept blowing.
"Noelle, stop blowing that whistle."
Over and over, I kept blowing it.
I never said I was a sweet child...
At this point, my mom should have knocked me upside my head.
But, she told me to stop and give it to her.
Nope... Not me, that sweet child... Where was she?
Not in Noelle's house...
That was for sure...
Then...
it happened.

My mom pulled the snake whistle out of my mouth.
At that exact time, I proved I was going to show her!
I would bite that sucker down and keep it in my mouth.
Or so I thought...
Yeah, I bit it...
and mom yanked it..
RIGHT ALONG with my front tooth!

What?!Yep! You read it right!!!
She pulled it AND MY TOOTH out.

I learned at that point that I would NOT be blowing that snake whistle again.

Now, I see them and I am so tempted to buy them...
But I know that Broxton would end up with them and I would turn into my mom...
Payback, I have heard of it and now I know it is headed my way!!!!

So, care to tell me about you?!

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19.8.11

Photo's for Sale - What do you think?

I have finally decided to try and sell some of my photos.
I will post a couple each Friday in hopes that one might grab your attention.
If you like one, please leave a comment with a way to contact you.
Or, feel free to email me :
Jumpin.beans09 at gmail.com


Bourbon:
Break These Chains:
Yellow
Long Way Home
Beaten Path

Prices are as follows:
(Plus shipping)
8x10 = $30
11x14 = $50
16x20 = $75

They can also be printed on canvas, for an additional charge.
Thank you so much for your support!

I am posting them here for now, until I figure out if Etsy is a good way for me to try and get more exposure. I would LOVE for you to share this link with your family and friends!

Have a great weekend!!!!

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Post-It Brand Keeps Popping Up!!!


I remember when I first saw the different colored Post-Its!
I was at my dad's office and I thought it was just the neatest thing!
They were no longer just yellow!

Another time, I noticed that they now came in this little black dispenser.
The paper was accordion type and it was just so neat to see it come out!

The Post-It Brand keeps popping up with new and creative items that make a momma proud!
Long gone are the days of simple yellow sticky sheets...
Now, you can get an assortment of fun colors!
Not only the color has changed, but you can also get the super sticky!
(Have you seen the commercial with the dog hanging from it, trying to get the Post-It down?!)

I was recently sent a box of goodies full of Post-It Products and I was totally FLOORED by all they offer.
I have turned into my mom by needing to have a pad of paper on the fridge.
She uses hers for grocery lists...
but, I use mine for everything...
Note taking, scratch paper for Broxton, grocery lists...
You name it.

It was so exciting and I am sure for all you back to school shopping moms, you would have to grab a couple of these for you.
Or, if you are one to make cute gifts for the teachers, these are wonderful supplies!!!!

I had no clue what all Post-It now makes!
I will say that I think that my dad must have stock in Post-Its as they use tons of their products!
From the Post-It Notes to the Post-It Flags...

For back to school ease:
Post-It makes Labels!
They have Labels that you can label all of your storage containers with.
They also have cute Name Labels, "Hello, My name is Noelle!"
Also, they have labels to help with your notebooks.
We always just wrote on our notebooks in marker...
A couple weeks in, the "labeling" had faded!

For your home office, they now have these Post-It Pockets!
I think these are just about the coolest!
You just peel and post on the wall...
Put your bills/outgoing mail in there!

To help you stay organized, you can also purchase the Post-It Daily planner.
It is a sheet that has a say of the week sectioned off for you to write down what needs to be done.
Post It Style!
Oh, they even have pens with built in flags in them!

Check out all the Post It Products that are now available!
On that note, I am off to go explore and see what all they sent us...
(Broxton loves the see through Back Pack!)

I love post its, as you can tell if you look at my desk!
Post-Its are my lifesaver!
From appointments to blog information...
Oh, have you heard of the people that are now decorating cars with Post-Its?
LoL, a friend of mine posted her car the morning after her friends got her car!
Too funny!!!
See, the options are endless!

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Marley and Me - The Puppy Years Review


I told you that Marley and Me: The Puppy Years was hitting the shelves...
Well, we just watched it and it is adorable!!!

I will say, when it first started, I noticed that the introduction seemed especially long.
Now, if you are a huge dog lover, you will love watching it, as it is pictures of different dogs and the cast members names...
But, if you are trying to watch it with a child, that part eventually gets missed...

I thought that Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson were going to be in it again...
But, in this one...
They are on vacation and have someone else dog sitting...
In Marley and Me: The Puppy Years, Marley is being watched by a teenage boy.
He decides that he wants a puppy and since he is watching Marley (at his grandads for the summer) he asks his mom to let him, if he can show he is responsible and can train Marley.

The movie puts the focus on Marley being trained for a dog event...
There are other cute pups in the movie, so of course Broxton enjoyed watching.

Of course, the grandaddy is a former Marine...
So, military training comes into play!
Gotta love the stealth!

I did like how they had the dog competition and you got to see several different breeds!
And to hear Marley and the other dogs talking to one another?
Just too cute!!!!

We both loved it and I am sure it will be watched more and more...
Even if it is just for me to hear Broxton squeal saying "Marley!" over and over!!!

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18.8.11

LOL- Crazy Things Parents Text - Review

I can remember when texting first started...
I absolutely loved it!
It was easy to text and ask a question.
No need for long conversations when a simple yes or no would work.
Or, if you were running late...
Just send a quick text and keep getting ready.
No need to slow down.

Then, my brother taught my mom how to text.
At first it was just a text here and there...
Now, she thinks she is the text queen!
(Love ya mom!)
My brother at times wonders why he taught her, and then we laugh.

She is the one that will text 7 questions at once.
Never, EVER does she use any of the slang terms / abbreviations.
Although you will occasionally get the "K."
That is the extent.
Truth be told, she probably knew about the website, Crazy Things Parents Text, and she did not want to end up on there...
As if.. Yeah, she was probably right!

I was able to review the Crazy Things Parents Text book and I tell you, I was cracking up the whole time.
Granted, there were some that I can just not even believe would take place between a child and a parent, but then there were others that had me reading them to Marc!!!
I even called my brother to let him know I had a book for him to read!
(No, he isn't a reader, but he does need the "bathroom book" as he finished the last one I gave him! it was about John Daly, if you were wondering.)
So, this book...

It really is easy to read and I finished it at the gym.
I took it to read while I was on on the treadmill.
Most pages are like simulated snapshots of the phone screen with a conversation on it.
That takes up a whole page.
Or, it will have one or two conversations on a page.
Like I said, easy and quick to read.

I will say, it isn't for everyone, as there are several sexual references, but if you can get past that, you will be laughing like I was!

Bottom line, most people will crack up at it, but not everyone will...
Totally depends on the person.
I know that I laughed... and Marc laughed at the ones I read him.
I believe that my brother will laugh too!
My parents? Maybe, but probably not!

Have a kid in college? Buy it!

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Hallmark get Carded Challenge - #giveaway

If you know me, or have read a few of my past posts...
You will know that my mom initiated the love of snail mail to me.

I remember in college, I would get mail from her at least once a week...
I was so worried that I would be that college kid that never got mail, but my mom made sure that was never the case...

Once I moved and got my own place, she kept up with that as well.
Maybe not once a week, but I did get real mail and not always bills...

I was emailed to see if I wanted to participate in the Hallmark Get Carded Challenge.
Of course, I said yes!
I love mail, so I know others do too!

The Get Carded Challenge is simple.
You mail a different card to a different person for 7 days in a row.
Pretty simple.

Of course, the first person I wanted to send a card to was my friend, Melissa.
I had been meaning to go and buy a card for her, but I admit...
Trying to go and pick the right card gets trying with Broxton...
I like to look at every single card that the store has...
What 2 year old wants to wait around for that?!

So, that being said...
I started my challenge.
My grandmothers also received cards...
I know there were times when I would go to the mailbox and get an unexpected note from them, just wanted to return the feeling!
I also sent them to several friends that I have not spoken to in a bit.
All in all, I like to hope that I put smiles on their faces...

I did hear from Melissa, what a nice surprise to her it was!

With Hallmark, they helped make Marc's deployment a bit easier for me...
I was able to send him tons of cards and not one was duplicated (that I know of!)
Hallmark has always been a name I loved and I hope you love them too!
(The Hallmark commercials always make me cry, just so you know!)
Would one of you like to take the Hallmark Get Carded Challenge?

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The Help - Have you seen it?

A book that I head so many things about has hit film...
THE HELP.

So, I was just curious...
Have you seen the movie?
Read the book?
I want to do both...
and soon!

So, until I see it...
We can watch these clips:


Aibileen:


Hilly:


Minnie:


Skeeter:


I think that I am going to just love Minnie!!!!
So tell me, have you seen it?

17.8.11

Win Win Comes to DVD August 23rd

To prepare for the Release of Win Win on August 23rd, I get the chance to share this cute little "grocery list" with you...
(Part is filled in, others left open for you to fill in yourself!)


There Are No Losers as Two Down and Out Guys Wrestle Their Way to Happiness in WIN WIN Coming to Blu-ray & DVD August 23

Laugh, cry and win when WIN WIN comes to Blu-ray and DVD on August 23, 2011 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. WIN WIN is not just another sports movie; the unconventionally uplifting film combines action on the mat with the hilarious highs and heartbreaking lows of a new kind of family. Indie film writer-director Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) guides a celebrated cast including Academy Award® nominees Paul Giamatti (Sideways, “John Adams”), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and high school wrestling star and newcomer Alex Shaffer in this quirky coming-of-age tale.

Academy Award® Nominee Paul Giamatti* stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life...where you can't lose ’em all. When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike’s luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy’s family affairs come into play. Co-starring Oscar® Nominee Amy Ryan** and directed by Oscar® Nominee Tom McCarthy†, this touching and funny comedy will leave you cheering.

WIN WIN also highlights the critically-acclaimed performances of Bobby Cannavale (Sex and the City, “Third Watch”), Burt Young (Rocky), and Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development,” The Hangover).

WIN WIN Blu-ray and DVD Features:

Deleted Scenes

Mike Meets with Mrs. Tedesco

Family and Leo Drive to Courthouse

Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni discuss WIN WIN

David Thompson at Sundance 2011

In Conversation with Tom McCarthy and Paul Giamatti at Sundance 2011

Family

“Think You Can Wait” Music Video by The National

***** I am posting this in preparation for my review on Win Win coming later this week. This is not a paid post. *****

Wordless Wednesday - Apples


This picture makes me laugh every time I look at it...
Can you tell he LOVES apples?!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

16.8.11

Marley and Me - The Puppy Years on DVD 8/16/2011


Marley and Me: The Puppy Years was just released at Wal-Mart today!!!!
I am so excited, as Marc and I (with the boys, Broxton was not even 4 months old) watched the first movie, before he was deployed.
I can remember it like it was yesterday, so I was excited to see what this would bring!

I am heading to watch it now, and you should head on over to Wal-Mart and buy it...

Before you run out the door, I wanted to share with you other memorable dogs in Film:

(Sorry, I could not get the pictures to come up.)

10. Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound features two dogs, Chance, a young and adventure seeking dog, and Shadow, an aging and much wiser dog, who are left behind with the cat Sassy while their family goes on vacation. Unsure why their family has left, the group sets out on a very dangerous quest through America to find their family. Yet after several days they feel their family must be in trouble and make the long journey back home.

9. Marmaduke

Marmaduke hits the big screen as a Great Dane who is voiced over by the great Owen Wilson. Marmaduke is a goofy and trouble seeking Great Dane whose family just moved to a new neighborhood in Orange County, and our furry hero finds that fitting in with his new dog friends, as well a potential romantic interest, isn’t always easy.

8. Air Bud

Air Bud is about Buddy, the amazing golden retriever who has an ability to drop a jump shot like Michael Jordan. The film revolves around a young boy Josh who is rebounding from his father’s accidental death. Josh prefers to play alone on an abandoned court, and it's there that he finds a runaway dog named Buddy. After Josh makes the school basketball team, Buddy becomes the team mascot and halftime act that becomes widely popular.

7. Turner and Hooch

Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to the big city to fight some real crime. However, Amos Reed, a junk yard owner and friend of Turner's, is murdered and the only witness is his trusty dog Hooch whose help Scott enlists to find the murderer behind Reeds death.

6. Scooby Doo

After being on a hiatus, each member of the Scooby Doo and the Mystery INC gang receive separate invitations to spooky island - not knowing the others have also been invited. When they show up at the Island and find each other, they start to notice the guests on the island are acting very strange. Is this island haunted? Only this team of sleuths can find out!

5. My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip is the story about a shy, lonely boy, Willie Morris, growing up in Mississippi in the 1940s. Willie receives Skip, a fox terrier, who changes and enriches his life for the better. Skip becomes loved by not only his owner, the entire community in this tearjerker of a film.

4. Bolt

Bolt, voiced by John Travolta is an American white shepherd who has lived his life as the celebrity that he is while on camera, convincing him that he actually has super powers. One day, Bolt is separated from the studio by accident and has a wild adventure that forces him to come to the realization that he really does not have powers and that the show is not real life.

3. Beethoven

Beethoven perhaps one of the most famous St. Bernard's to hit the big screen! This massive creature is always getting into trouble in the Newton household where he has grown up his whole life, but soon finds himself in serious trouble. Doctor Varnick, the local vet, is running experiments for dogs looks to for his terrible experiments - and Beethoven is on the top of that list. Luckily, his family comes to his rescue in the end.

2. 101 Dalmatians

An instant classic, and arguably one of the best movies made by Walt Disney Studios, 101 Dalmatians is about a litter of Dalmatian puppies that are abducted by the minions of the evil Cruella De Ville. Their parents, Pongo and Perdita, must find them before time runs out and their offspring are used for a cruel fashion statement!

1. Lassie Come Home

It’s pretty hard to top one of the all time classics, which is why Lassie tops us off at number one. Lassie is about a Collie whose owners, the Carraclough family, are forced to sell their dog to the rich Duke of Rudling. However Lassie is unwilling to leave the young Sam Carraclough by escaping the Duke of Rudling’s home and making the long and dangerous journey to go home. This instant classic stars Elizabeth Taylor.

I will be posting my review on Marley and Me: The Puppy Years soon.
Stay tuned!!!!


*** I was not required to post this, I just wanted to share with you other great dogs in film.***

Bob The Builder : Super Scrambler Review

Can we build it?
Yes WE CAN!!!!

Broxton loves Bob the Builder and I think the show is super cute too!
I love how the machines and Bob and Wendy work to get everything taken care of.
Also, I think they are cute how they are machines, but they are portrayed as children...

We were sent the newest DVD from HIT ENTERTAINMENT.
Bob the Builder: Super Scrambler.
This particular DVD has 4 episodes with those lovable characters on it.

I think that the episode I enjoyed the most was "Scratch and the Dream Home."
This was my favorite because it talked about following the plans.
In this one, Bob is building a "dream home" for scratch.

He has the layout on his computer and tells the others that is how they are going to build it.
Once Scratch hears "dream home," he wants to add a slide to it, to make it his dream home.
Of course, Bob says they can do it!
So, they leave to go get the slide.
While they are gone, the machines and Scratch decide to go ahead and build the house, you know... just wanting to help out.
Scratch keeps adding on to his dream home and they are trying to do it...
Well, lets just say, the dream home turns into a nightmare...
UNTIL they listen to what Bob said...
Follow the plans!
Once they did that, the house turned out perfect and Bob and Wendy were so surprised to come back to having this already completed!

After we watched this, I talked to Broxton about that is why we follow rules and plans...
They are there to help us out.

As always, Broxton was captivated by the show and I loved spending time cuddling and watching it as well!

DVD SYNOPSIS

It’s super-sized fun in four exciting adventures! Scrambler wants to be a Super-Smasher hero while he builds Farmer Pickles’ milk shed. He works alongsidethe whole Can-Do crew to get the job done! Wendy, Travis and Muck show theteam there’s more to strength than lifting heavy blocks and that following instructions is always important. Bob and his crew finish the job with the super power of tools and teamwork!

Episodes:

· “Travis’ New Garage”

· “Scratch and the Dream Home”

· “Super Scrambler”

· “Roley and the Fox”


Available 8/16/2011

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15.8.11

Can you dig it? We can dig it! Handtrux review!

We had planned to go to the beach or something this year...
My aunt has a place and we wanted to go to get away for a few days...
But, it just did not work out for us.

I was excited, as Broxton hasn't seen sand since he was just a baby...
Also, we had a new toy for review and I was ready to play and have a blast with it!
What new toy would make it for a road trip?
Well, the crazy HandTrux!!!!
Have you see this thing?

If you live anywhere that your kid can dig...
Or you go to the beach/mountains...
This is something you have got to add to your wish list!

Basically, you just put your arm in it...
and your hand holds onto this little bar.
You then use it like your hand, but it is also like a backhoe!

Living in an apartment, we had no where to try it out.
So, when we went to visit my parents, we got to use it for a bit...

I pulled it out and let Broxton play in the dirt with it...
Now, my mom was worried we were going to dig the whole back yard up.
(The yard is grass, so it would not have looked great with big holes in it!)
So, we played for a few minutes!

At first, I used it to show Broxton how it would work.
He was playing with his cars and this allowed for a quick road to be made!
Then, he decided that he wanted to give it a try to see what mess he could make:
He enjoyed it, but it would have been so much more fun at the beach or in a sandbox.
Playing with it trying to dig in that hard South Georgia dirt just did not quite cut it!
No worries though, he likes just playing with it in general (It can move cars!), so the added treat of using it in the sand/dirt/snow/mud will be extra special!

Right now, HandTrux is holding a pretty sweet contest!
Now, until September 30, 2011 if you upload your best sand sculpture photos...
You can enter to win!
I mean, hey...
If you are already having fun at the beach, why not enter your photo to win?

Looking for a great gift for the kids in your life?
Think about Handtrux!!!!
Please follow HandTrux on Facebook and Twitter.

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14.8.11

@DelMonteFresh : Teacher Monday #Giveaway



Do your kids like fruits?
Luckily for us, Broxton will try just about anything...
Now, he might not try it the first time we offer it, but over time, he will at least try it.

Whenever we go to visit my parents, he has to ALWAYS help my dad eat his lunch.
My dad...
Oh my dad...
He is so set in his ways.
Typical lunch:
Couple pieces of lettuce (aka his salad)
A little piece of meat of some sort.
A couple grapes.
A fruit cup and then a Popsicle.

Every time he gets to the fruit cup, Broxton has to grab a spoon to help.
To the point that when we come to visit, my dad normally sends Broxton home with a pack of fruit cups!
(Isn't that just the sweetest?!)

When I checked my email the other day, I was smiling to see an email about Del Monte and their new contest: "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms."

What exactly is this contest?
Well, it is an initiative to get teachers to promote healthy eating and living.
Sixty teachers will win!!!!

So, if you are a teacher...
Or know a teacher...
Hey, if you have a kid in school, tell their teacher!
(We all know teachers aren't paid as much as they deserve, this would be a great help!)
Please click HERE to read about and enter the contest!

Not only do I get to share this contest with you...
I get to offer you a prize as well!!!!

What will you win?

One winner will win:
A Del Monte Back to school back pack with great supplies that includes pencils, erasers and rulers!
Three winners will win:
$25 in Del Monte fresh fruit coupons!

Mandatory Entry:
Let me know if you are a teacher, if you aren't a teacher, tell me a teacher that made a difference in your life.
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Contest will end August 30 at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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The 5th Quarter on DVD August 30th - Review

Have you heard of The 5th Quarter?
I cried.
I have thought and thought and thought of how to come up with a way to describe this movie.

I remember hearing about this movie and saying that I wanted to watch it.
Yes, I knew it was a true story.
I knew it dealt with death, but for some reason, I wanted to watch it really bad.

I was able to watch it this past weekend and I can not stop talking about it...
I sent my mom a text: Have a movie you have to watch! Tear Jerker.
I told one of the leasing agents at our apartment complex...
It comes out August 30th, you have to see it...
I called friends, once this movie is out...
Must watch!

I can not say it was a good movie.
How can I?
Someone lost a brother/a son/a friend.
What I can say is that it moved me...

The 5th Quarter is the true story of how the death of a 15 year old in Powder Springs, Georgia not only affected his family, but also affected so many around him.
Luke Abbate was killed in a car crash at the age of 15, a life taken much too soon that left many to deal with wondering how to even start to deal with such a loss.
Luke was the baby of the family...
His whole family suffered, but this movie puts the focus on Jon, his older brother that played football at Wake Forest.

Jon struggles with this loss, including thinking he could never play football again, but in the end...
He not only plays football, he helps bring his team a victory.
No, not just one game...
but the entire season!

I loved learning that Jon originally wore number 40, in honor of Pat Tillman...
Then, after the passing of his brother, requested to wear number 5.
He dedicated the season to his brothers memory.
The players and fans even started calling the 4th Quarter, the 5th Quarter in his honor!!!

This is a very spiritual movie, with scripture being read at his bedside...
Throughout the entire movie...
I cried.
Cried for their loss, cried for the message being told.
Cried for the fact that they shared their story with us.

If you have movie night in your house...
I highly recommend you making August 30th movie night and planning on getting this.
If you don't have movie night, maybe this movie might make you want to start...
The value of family is something that no one can put a price tag on.
This movie has been updated to a rating of PG.


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