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A Huge Thanks!!!!

Please excuse me if any of this is a repeat...
When I get to talking, I do sometimes repeat myself...

I know I have mentioned the MOPS group that I am part of...
Well, let me tell you more...

I joined the MOPS group at our church.
I feel as though I have made pretty good friends with the ladies.
We really have a good time when we are together...

Well, this past week, we had our "Spa Day" for all of the ladies.
It started off sort of "iffy" ...
The plan was to have different vendors come and donate their time ...
As well as have a couple raffle prizes to give to the women.
In the start, EVERY VENDOR we reached out to said NO..
But then in the last week, it all fell in place!!

We had 2 different companies there giving massages to the ladies.
Unique Day Spa sent their employees to give massages and they also had employees giving manicures to the ladies as well!
Signature Salon and Spa was also represented with massages being given also.
I was able to get in touch with a friend of mine that works with Mary Kay.
She sent a Mary Kay Sales Director over and we were treated to lots of information! 
We enjoyed facials and even got to learn about Satin Hands! 
(Side note, WONDERFUL... If you have never used Satin Hands... they don't lie in the name, your hands feel wonderful when you are done!)
Once our Mary Kay session was over, I had several people make (good) comments about me looking different, since I am not one to wear makeup, they noticed I had on mascara!!!
I hate that I did not get more pictures, but I was trying to enjoy the "Spa Day" and not worry about taking tons of photos. 
I was very thankful for the Sponsors that were able to donate product for our Raffles, so I wanted to give a special mention to them...

Up first, Bio-Scriptives donated 2 of their Repiderm bottles for 2 lucky ladies.
If you did not read my Repiderm Review, head over and check it out now.  I can not wait to hear what they think about the Repiderm once they use it.  I can tell you, when I use it, the results are faster than other treatments I have tried.  

We also had Chicken Soup for the Soul donate 3 of their current books for the raffle.  I ended up doing it as one prize and I tell you, the winner was pretty excited when she won! 
Finally, the other Sponsor that I worked with for the donation of a raffle prize was ZeroWater.
I absolutely LOVE the water filtration pitcher that I was able to review a while back...
Not only were we pampered and able to enjoy the day...
We also had 2 crafts going on... One was for a cute little "lamp" (I did not do it, as I was enjoying the massage.... )  But they also had where we could make our own sugar scrub!  I loved making that as it was super easy...   A "take home gift" for all the mommies:  a homemade hot/cold pack that one of the moms made!    If I was crafty and could sew, I would have helped... but she made all of them on her own!  I thought that was awesome and we already have used ours!!! 

I would say that the end result for our Spa Day was SUCCESS!
We all had a great time, were able to pampered, relax and have mommy time.
I loved this and am already ready to plan for next year!!!!

***** I was not required to post this, but all of the moms from our Spa Day really enjoyed it and I just wanted to share with you the companies that made it a success.  If you are in the area, check out the vendors! 


A Rootin Tootin Wild West Nickelodeon Favorite Adventure

We have not really watched many Nickelodeon shows, luckily for us, the ones that we do like...
We now own on DVD.
Broxton has really gotten into watching Team Umizoomi and The Bubble Guppies...
I now realized that he also LOVES The Wonder Pets! 

I do not mind him watching the shows, as they are educational, so he is learning too!
We were recently sent the Nickelodeon Favorites: Rootin Tootin Wild West.
I thought that this was a bit different than most of the DVD's that we have.. Why?
Because it has the cartoons that we love, but it also mixed it up with a television show that he had never seen before.  He loved it, as it was full of music and dancing!!!!

If you are looking for a great video (think of Valentines or Birthday ideas!) this would be great to add to your collection.  It is full of excitement and (so far) I have not gotten tired of watching this, as its so upbeat!!!!

Bubble Guppies – “The Cowgirl Parade”

Molly wants to be a cowgirl like Dusty, the riden’-est, ropin’-est cowgirl in the parade! But when Dusty’s calf gets into trouble, Molly has to use everything she’s learned to save the day.

Team Umizoomi – “Shooting Star!”
Shooting Star is the tiniest horse at the ranch. More than anything he wants to be BIG like the other horses. Team Umizoomi take Shooting Star on a mission to find four magical horseshoes that will make Shooting Star grow.

Dora the Explorer – “Pinto, The Pony Express”
Cowgirl Dora and Cowboy Boots are riding through the Wild West on Pinto the Pony Express.  They have to deliver a special package of cowboy cookies to Benny the Bull.  But they'll have to be on the lookout for Swiper, because that fox sure loves cowboy cookies!

The Fresh Beat Band – “Hip Hop Hoedown”
The Fresh Beats are having a hoedown today! They’re going to play country music and square dance. Twist really wants to play his mix tables, but they don’t fit with the country music style so he has to figure out what to play!

Go, Diego, Go! – “The Great Roadrunner Race”
Diego’s at the Desert visiting his friend Roady Roadrunner, who’s about to compete in The Great Roadrunner Race. But Roady is a little nervous cause he’s never done this before. On their way to the race, Diego helps Roady duck under the giant cactus arms, jump over the tumbleweeds, and shake, shake, shake off all the sand from the sand storm.

The Wonder Pets! – “Save the Pony Express”
The Wonder Pets must help a Young Pony in the Old West make her first delivery as part of the famous Pony Express!

The Wonder Pets! – “Help the Groundhog!”
The Wonder Pets travel to a snowy forest to help a shivering groundhog get warm.

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The Dragons Are Coming - Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus

I am so excited to tell you that Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey are headed back our way...
Last year, I heard of the show that would be headed to Atlanta for 2013...
The Ringmaster is Jonathan Lee Iverson. 
We saw him when he was with another of their shows in 2010.
He was AMAZING.  The excitement that he brings, just adds to the enjoyment of the show!!!
Broxton loved the Torres Family when he saw them before, so this is so exciting to know that they will be back this time around!!!
I am just so excited that they are doing Dragons, as a tribute to The Year of the Dragon...
This is sure to be full of fun!!

Dragons heads to Atlanta for February.
Philips Arena has shows February 13 - 18th... and then the show heads to Duluth for February 21 - March 3rd.
Head on over and purchase tickets now!!!!

Don't forget to stop back over here later in February, as I will be posting my review from the show!!!!
Cross your fingers that I am able to get great pictures!

***** I will be going to see Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey: Dragons when they are in Atlanta. 


Farm Field Trip W/W

Not sure if this will be WORDLESS or WORDFULL...
BUT, I know there are pictures for you!!!!
Okay, let me stop lying...
It is WordFULL - Who am I kidding?!

A couple weeks ago, we went home to see my family... and while there, we drove over to visit dear friend of mine.  She just recently moved into her dream home and I wanted to see it!!!
Broxton loved it, since it was so open and had plenty of outside for playing!!!
But, the highlight for him?

"Field Trip at Mrs. Nikki's!!!"

We went to the farm and he got to feed a Donkey... and a cow that had just had a baby!!!!

Hope you enjoy the pictures!!!!
Climbing the Hay... Feeding Donkeys... 

What have you done lately?
Head over and see what fun we had yesterday with Glow Sticks!!!


Glow Stick Fun

Just trying to change bath time up....
Glow Sticks!!!!!!!


What fun have y'all been up to lately?


Inspirational Teachers In Film - Won't Back Down

To celebrate the release of Won't Back Down, Fox has put together a great post for me to share:
Inspirational Teachers in Film

Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) is one of those teachers who cares and strives to make a difference. Here, we’ll count down the Top 10 influential teachers in film including those in Mr. Holland’s Opus, Stand and Deliver and Music of the Heart.

Oscar® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in this empowering drama inspired by actual events. Hard-working single mom Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) is concerned that John Adams Elementary is letting her daughter down. Teaming with a caring teacher (Davis) who wants the best future for her own son, she sets out to improve attitudes and elevate the school’s academic standards. Despite the odds, with courage, hope and persistence, the women just might prevail in this uplifting film that also stars Rosie Perez and Academy Award® Winner Holly Hunter.
Roberta Guaspari in Music of the Heart

Roberta Guaspari (portrayed by Meryl Streep) is a real violinist and teacher. Music of the Heart tells her story in which she takes on the task of teaching violin to group of students in Harlem. Though initially met by some resistance (from both of the students and their skeptical parents), Roberta is slowly able to make progress with the kids and the program becomes a success. However, 10 years later, the program is canceled due to budget cuts and Roberta loses her job. To fight back and keep music education going, Roberta and a group of supporters put on a concert to benefit the program and successfully reinstitute it.
Ms. Geist in Clueless

Ms. Geist (Twink Caplan) is one of Bronson Alcott High's teaching staff in 1995’s Clueless. Ms. Geist is a bit of a bleeding heart, and she tries desperately to get her stuck-up students to care about the rest of the world outside of Beverly Hills. Ms. Geist helps Cher (Alicia Silverstone) see that she can help others, and she ends up devoting her time to collecting goods for disaster relief.
Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver

Another real life teacher, Jaime Escalante (portrayed by Edward James Olmos) became a math teacher at a disadvantaged school in East Los Angeles. While his peers looked down on the kids at their school, Jaime believed that they could do more than the rudimentary math he had been teaching them, and began to prep his students for calculus. Ultimately, his students took the AP Calculus test and they all passed. However, their scores were called into question and they were accused of cheating. Jaime fought for his students to be able to retake the test to prove that their scores were based on hard work, not cheating. In the end, his students all pass a second time, proving that hard work and determination really does pay off.
Dewey Finn in School of Rock

Though not technically a teacher, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) impacts his students in School of Rock. After posing as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school, Dewey learns that his new pupils are talented musicians and decides to train them to be a rock band for an upcoming competition. He teaches them to love rock, and that there is more to life than school and grades.
Mr. Holland in Mr. Holland’s Opus

Mr. Holland originally becomes a music teacher in order to spend more time with his wife, and to compose a piece of music. However, as he spend more and more time in his school with the faculty and students, he begins to have a respect for teaching and really tries to get the students involved in classic music. He used rock and roll to teach them about classical compositions. After 30 years of service to his students, Mr. Holland and his music program are cut from the school’s budgets. However, his former students ban together to give him a goodbye he’ll never forget: playing his orchestral piece ("Mr. Holland’s Opus").
Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls

Ms. Norbury, played by the hilarious Tina Fey, is the sympathetic math teacher in the 2004 hit Mean Girl. Not only is Ms. Norbury unintentionally hilarious, but she also ushers Cady (Lindsay Lohan) away from the catty Plastics and into the Mathletes, and leads all the female students in a giant confession and apology to one another, and beseeches them to stop the girl on girl hate.

Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker In 1962’s The Miracle Worker, Anne Bancroft plays Anne Sullivan in the true story of Helen Keller. Helen, frustrated by her inability to communicate due to being blind and deaf, was often prone to uncontrollable outbursts that her parents didn’t know how to manage. They called upon the Perkins School for the Blind, who sent Anne to work with Helen at her home. Through persistence and love, Anne is able to break down Helen’s walls and help her communicate.

John Keating in Dead Poets Society

John Keating (Robin Williams) is the radical new English teacher at the uptight Welton Academy Prep School. Through his unorthodox teaching methods, like standing on desks and tearing pages out of books, Keating is able to help his students discover and explore their true passions in life, like writing and acting, instead of succumbing to the lives their parents have prescribed for them.
Clément Mathieu in The Chorus

In The Chorus (or Les Choristes), Clément Mathieu is a new teacher at a school for boys who are ill behaved. The headmaster at the school ruthlessly punishes his pupils, but Mathieu attempts to win his students over with kindness and humor. Mathieu also starts a choir for the boys, which helps improve their behavior and makes the school a happier place to be overall.
Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter Series

Professor Dumbledore (portrayed by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon) is an astounding wizard who basically knows everything about everything. As a mentor to the young hero, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Dumbledore makes him learn many difficult lessons in order to prepare him for the challenges he will face, while still managing to crack a few jokes along the way.

*** I was sent a copy of this movie for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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