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13.7.13

G.H. Cretors is More Than Just Popcorn!!!

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We love popcorn here.  I think we all do, actually!  

I know there has been many a nights that popcorn has been requested as a snack and I know that we go through plenty of it when the boys are here...   We normally get the plain kind and a couple years ago, the boys gave us the popcorn tin with flavored popcorn.  I could not remember the last time having popcorn like that... of course we enjoyed it... and that made me reminisce when we were sent a box of goodies from G.H. Cretors. 

I was totally surprised when we opened the box.
Inside the box we were treated to several different flavors:
Cheese, Caramel, Caramel Nut Crunch, Kettle Corn and Chicago Mix.
I made the mistake of opening the Caramel Nut Crunch just to taste...
Yeah, that did NOT work out right...
Next thing you knew... 
Broxton, Marc and I were inhaling it like we were on a food eating contest!
It was DELICIOUS!!!!

I tell you, G.H. Cretors knows what they are doing when it comes to making Popcorn...
The popcorn was huge popped pieces of yummy greatness!
Each piece was flavored just so, there is no worrying about digging through the bag to get the flavored pieces.  It seems as though each piece has been hand coated to ensure satisfaction!!!
Come to find out, in 1885, this whole company was started and it seems like they are building upon their success each year!!!!

I wish I could show you pictures of us eating it... but lets be real.
I was not about to miss my chance of trying this by taking pictures and it was not fair to get Broxton and Marc to just sit there and look at it..

As I said, we started with the Caramel Nut Crunch.
It was so good... that the next day, Marc asked me where I was hiding it, as he wanted more...
I told him we had finished it and he was upset.  He kept talking about how great the flavor was and how it was not hard, but just right in texture.
I told him that we had other flavors, but he seemed to have his heart set on that one...
That was when I told him we had Caramel, so he would just be missing the nuts from the one he already tried.
Of course, that was a good answer, as we inhaled it as well.

Broxton really seemed to love the Cheese one.
I thought he would pick the Kettle Corn as his favorite, ( I thought that would be my favorite too)  but it wasn't.  Honestly, I think once you try the other flavors they offer.... to just settle for Kettle Corn is sort of blah.  So- if you are one that likes plain popcorn, you will totally love it... but those that like to change it up will love the others more!!!



I was able to save the Chicago Mix to be last.
I was IN -LOVE !!!
Wow... I was thinking it would be weird.. Caramel and Cheese Mixed?  Nothing weird there... It was amazing!!!!   I was able to take a quick picture before we ate it all...
I did rotate how I ate it... just cheese, just caramel... then mixed... over and over again... so yummy!

If you are a fan of popcorn, I tell ya now... 
Check out G.H. Cretors!  You can order the sampler pack to see what you like the best!!!!
Make sure you follow them on FACEBOOK too!!!!

Killing Lincoln Available Now

Just sharing.  Was not required to post... Just thought it might be a movie some might be interested in.


KILLING LINCOLN
The Suspenseful Thriller that Will Take You Behind the Bullet that Killed America's Greatest President Debuts on Digital HD May 21 and
Blu-ray and DVD June 11

Narrated by Oscar winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott (Unstoppable, The A-Team) & Ridley Scott (Prometheus, American Gangster), KILLING LINCOLN delivers a thrilling perspective into the criminal mind of John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators. Watch the conspiracy unfold on Digital HD May 21 and Blu-ray and DVD June 11 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment – just in time for Father’s Day!

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, KILLING LINCOLN is the suspenseful, eye-opening account of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. While some aspects of the plot to slay Lincoln and cripple the newly forming union are widely known, much more of the history unfolds in this insightful thriller. As John Wilkes Booth becomes increasingly obsessed with removing Lincoln from office, a secret faction of conspirators forms, and ultimately empowers Booth to carry out an event that will change America forever. Narrated by Oscar® Winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott, this historical masterpiece stars Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing) in a spectacular turn as President Lincoln.

KILLING LINCOLN recounts one of the most dramatic events in American history and details how one gunshot changed the country forever. The movie premiered on the National Geographic Channel and was seen by 3.4 million people, making it the most-watched broadcast in the network’s history. This epic chronicle is the first in a trilogy of books written by Bill O’Reilly and his researcher and partner Martin Dugard that will be adapted for the screen with National Geographic and Scott Free Productions. The second in the trilogy is “Killing Kennedy,” a riveting chronicle of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The final installment in the trilogy is “Killing Jesus,” which follows the events leading up to the crucifixion.

The KILLING LINCOLN Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with extra features and additional content that takes the viewer deeper into the shocking events surrounding the unthinkable tragedy.

*Actor: 1994, Forrest Gump; 1993, Philadelphia.

KILLING LINCOLN Blu-ray and DVD Special Features
        Commentary featuring Executive Producer and Screenwriter Erik Jendresen
        An Interview with Author Bill O’Reilly
        Uncovering the Truth: The Making of Killing Lincoln
        Lincoln In Virginia 

12.7.13

Philip Kingsley Hair Care

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I have mentioned before how I love hair care... 
Maybe it is because I am a redhead and I just love my hair... 
Maybe because I love when I go to a salon and they wash and style my hair... 
I am not sure, but I do know, if I could afford to go and have my hair done every day, I would be all over it... It is just so relaxing for me!!!

I was recently sent Shampoo and Conditioner from Philip Kingsley.
Let me be honest and say first of all, I have never used Philip Kingsley, that I know of... 
(Meaning, unless it was used at a salon, I have never used it, as I know I have never bought it.) 
Having said that, I went online to see what I could learn.  
Hold up right there...   If you want to learn about your hair and hair care products, their website is full of information!    I particularly liked the HAIR MYTH section...

So- 
UP first we tried the Philip Kingsley Moisture Extreme. 
I have to tell you something here... 
I wanted to use this one, as my hair gets pretty dry at times... It doesn't help that I normally just wash and put it up these days, not much in the styling department... 
But-  I was using this... 
First thing I noticed... I love the smell.  
It leaves my hair feeling nice and clean... It was like a lightweight cleanse and I have used it over and over... and still love it like it was the first time using it!  
Second thing... BIG thing to me... 
The shampoo and conditioner tubes are similar... but, I love that they differentiated on them... 
the word "shampoo" is below the Shampoo type...   and on the conditioner, it is above it and in a bigger font.  That is great for those like me who wear glasses and can not see that well without them.   (I don't know about you, but I don't wear my glasses in the shower, so I needed to have help to see which I was using next!)  It was only after falling in love with this did I realize that it is technically designed for "African Caribbean" hair types.  OOPS!  

We were also sent a couple other of their hair products, but I have yet to use all of them... I did treat my mom and dad to their own shampoo/conditioner when they came to visit recently!  (Normally they get the hotel shampoo/conditioner, but this time they had Philip Kingsley's Pure Silver Line!)  I was going to send it home with them, as I hope to not be grey for some time... and since Marc shaves, he would not be needing it...  Then I read the information on it: 
Formulated specifically for grey, highlighted and bleached blonde hair, Pure Silver shampoo adds shine to dull, discoloured, grey and brassy blondes.
Designed with violet hues and optical brighteners, it reduces the appearance of yellow discolouration and gives the hair a dramatically brighter and glossier appearance. It provides gentle cleansing, balancing the different needs of roots and ends and supplies vital moisture, leaving hair lustrous and manageable.
Contains lavender oil for a calming fragrance. Ideal for brightening ‘highlights’ between colouring.

Since I have recently gone to getting highlights during the summer, I figure I might need it after all, so I am keeping it here for a bit longer first !!!!
There are a couple more products that I want to tell you about: 
Up first, the baby line: 
Since my sister in law just had a baby, I wanted to share the baby bath time tips that I was sent: 
Babies’ Hair Background
  • Hair follicles begin to develop on an unborn baby at 9 weeks gestation, with scalp hairs appearing at 20 weeks
  • Within the first 4 months of life, the first coat of scalp hair is shed in a wave pattern, and hairs then begin their normal daily growing and falling cycle
How to Shampoo the Hair
  • As children get older and their hair begins to grow, a little shampoo will help to cleanse more effectively - this can be used around 4 weeks
  • A baby’s head is so small that you only need one hand to shampoo with
How Often Should You Wash Babies’ Hair:
  • It is safe to shampoo your baby’s hair every day, provided you are using a mild shampoo, such as PK Baby
Cradle Cap
  • Daily shampooing helps to prevent the occurrence of cradle cap, the infant form of adult scalp condition, pityriasis amiantacea
  • Cradle Cap most commonly occurs in babies up to three months old
Conditioning the Hair
  • It is not really necessary to condition a baby’s hair while it is relatively fine and fluffy, however once the hair starts to grow longer and thicken up, applying a little conditioner will help to keep it in tip top condition


Last thing, I just learned about this and think it is pretty neat...  PK has a product called Swimcap.   We haven't been to the pool much this year, but I see that we will need to get this if we manage to get to the pool soon!  Information on Swimcap: 
Originally developed by Philip Kingsley at the request of the first US Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team, Swimcap’s formula is both a summer saviour and a must-have for swimmers.
Containing UV protection, Swimcap cream protects against the damaging effects of the sun which leads to hair breakage and colour fading, making it a holiday essential for healthy, beautiful hair. It also protects against the drying and damaging effects of both chlorinated and salt water, as well as discoloration from swimming pool water.
Swimcap deeply conditions your hair as you wear it, leaving it in better condition than before. For use on wet hair.


Hope this was great information for you to take care of your hair!!!!

New Games @DaveAndBusters #SummerOfGames

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Now that you know how great the food is at Dave and Busters.. 
Let me tell you about their games...
They used to roll out new games from time to time, like one at a time ... but they have now decided to go a different route.  Now, they will introduce several games at once, twice a year or so.
Just in time for summer, they have introduced new games...
Broxton saw that they had CANDY CRUSH and was so excited...
But, there were like 3 summer camp parties in there, so you can imagine the amount of people...

When you first walk in, you are immediately greeted with the new games.
Up front and center...  I wish there was a way to take pictures of it all, but as I said, there were tons of kids there... and I don't want pictures of MY kid on someones blog without permission, so I am not going to do that to others... 

The NEW GAMES they have recently released: 
Temple Run - New! 
Race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Avoid obstacles, collect coins and and see how far you can run!

Blackout - New! 
Throw the Googabunga at the darkened sun. Cover 100% of the sun's surface and win 500 tickets!

Dizzy Chicken - New! 
Get dizzy with Bay Tek’s Dizzy Chicken! Obnoxiously fun for all ages. Plunge the ball into the spiral of lights to land it on the green target. Finesse is the key!

Milk Jug Toss - New! 
Toss the balls into the milk jug or surrounding holes to win tickets. Shoot for the Super Bonus by getting all the balls in the jug.

Dream Raiders - New! 
A fantastic new two-player deluxe game from Sega. Ride a dragon, pilot a UFO, get on horseback or put on your super suits and head for the skies! 

Harpoon Lagoon - New! 
4 player game for the entire family. Players fire harpoons at the fish swimming by and win tickets. Features a hidden jelly fish bonus! 

Dark Escape 4D - New! 
See and feel the monsters in a new game that’s in a class of its own. Wearing 3D glasses, try to escape from a mad man by shooting your way out.

Cut The Rope - New! 
The popular mobile app now on a high definition 42" touch screen! Solve the puzzles by feeding Om Nom and win big tickets. 

Broxton ran straight to the NASCAR game.  There were kids playing on the other cars, so he "thought" he was playing for this picture...  Hey, he loved it and it gave us a few more minutes to figure out where to go... But I know that we will be going back to this game next time we are there..

Keeping up with the trends, Dave and Busters had an ICE AGE game.    It was where you would bang the acorns to try and crack the ice.   He seemed to enjoy it and won a few tickets... 
They have several fun games for those that want to collect tickets...
but they also have tons of games for those just looking to have a good time.
Now, I am not certain, but I believe I even saw an "air hockey" time game that allowed for four players... As in one player on each side of the square!  How cool is that?!

He was really excited when he saw Frogger.  In this game, you had to jump over and catch bugs... You won points based on what you ate and if you got across or if you fell in the water.  
The highlight of this?
HE HIT THE JACKPOT!!!!
Yes!  He won 1000 tickets!

The great thing about Dave and Busters is that their points are redeemed for great prizes.
Yes, there are kid items... Candy and random knick knacks... but they also have items with the Dave and Busters Logo... and prizes such as blenders and more.
Broxton has decided that he is obsessed with Angry Birds... and he noticed they had Angry Birds Prizes... So, we will be heading back to let him get an Angry Bird Prize.
(We did not get one that day, as the line of all the summer camp kids was crazy and we had somewhere else to be!) 

Bottom Line...
Dave and Busters is a great place to take your kids so that everyone can have a great time...
BUT - It is JUST AS AWESOME if you want to get a babysitter and head out for a date night of your own ... Kid Free!!!!

Pantone Color Cards - @abramsbooks

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When Broxton first started learning his colors, it was so hard for him to understand that you could have more than one "color"  he wanted the basic yellow as yellow.. there was no explaining to him the dark and light yellows...
He finally knows that there are several shades of each color and he is quick to point out "dark green" or "light blue" now...

I just wish we would have had the Pantone Color Cards when he was first learning the colors.  
Pantone Color Cards were very informational.  I just wish I knew more about the names of the colors... and I would love to create a color name!!!
Seriously, the box of flashcards contains 18 cards.
They are thick cardstock, so you will get plenty of use of them...
(They would also be cute to use for some form of decoration or something to a toddlers room.  I just need more creativity to come up with it... that is, if we ever have another baby!)

Anyways - that is enough to get my mom worked up again...
Moving along.  These cards are a bit bigger than a 5x7 photo (I think ) and are double sided...
One side has the solid color and at the bottom there is white with the name of the color in the color.
Are you following me?
Let's explain:   "Teapot Blue"
On one side, you have the upper 3/4th of the card is tea pot blue... with the bottom being white.  It says "tea pot blue" in the same color and then in black (and smaller font) you have the pantone color number.
Wait.. stay with me... The other side has a good amount of teapots of all shades of blue... and you have to pick the tea pot that is the "tea pot blue" color.
So, you are not only learning the color, you are also seeing it mixed with other shades... and then you have to identify the correct color.  
These cards are pretty fun... and it is great to show that although it may be "green" there are tons of green colors!!!

This would be great to give to an artist friend that has a new baby...
Or just to show and teach your little ones!  

About the book

These flash cards are an engaging invitation for children and parents to explore color together in a whole new way. This 18-card set focuses on 2 tones of each of the 9 basic colors. Lollipop Purple, Starfish Orange, and Grasshopper Green are just a few of the dazzling shades in this collection. Each card features a solid color, such as Duckling Yellow (Pantone 1215), on one side. When you flip the card over, additional colors in the same color family (yellow) are introduced in the context of an illustrated pattern, and the child is prompted to pick out Duckling Yellow. These innovative flash cards are both practical and stunning, making them an irresistible addition to any child’s toy box, bookshelf, or wall!

11.7.13

Great Food - Great Date @DaveAndBusters #SummerOfGames

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I used to go out and about often...
Then, I worked a good amount...  met Marc, got married, had Broxton...
and you see where I am at now. 
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE where I am at..
I am just saying I used to party a good amount... 

One place that I would go...  
(I would behave too, as I was normally with my parents and kid brother)
Dave and Busters!!!
Although, I have gone there a few times without them!
Please tell me you have heard of Dave and Busters...  

Well, Marc and I have mentioned needing / wanting to go there.. but we just have not had the time.. 
Until this past week.  I was invited to come grab lunch and check out the new games that have recently been released, so of course, we headed there...    Of course, it has been raining off and on for what seems like forever.. but the day we go, BEAUTIFUL skies... (When we left, the storms came out again!)
When you pull in the parking lot, you see immediately that you are welcome there!  

My lunch date for the day!!!!

I went with:
Potato Chip Crusted Chicken
Tender chicken breasts in a crushed Lay’s® potato chip crust, fried to a golden brown and served with warm French onion dipping sauce, with a medley of oven-roasted vegetables and new potatoes.

Marc chose:
Bacon-Wrapped Beef Medallions & Grilled Shrimp*
Marinated medallions of Sirloin steak wrapped in bacon, alongside garlic herb shrimp. Char-grilled and served with a medley of oven-roasted vegetables and new potatoes, accompanied with a side of tomato and basil Bruschetta.

Goodness My!!!  I love these two!!!!  Of course, Broxton wanted Chicken Strips.. but when it came, he was too excited and wanted to go play.... Luckily for us, the server (great service by the way!)  told  him that he needed to try and eat, so that he had energy to go play!    
The food was GREAT!!!!  I loved the chicken.  It was just great... and the French Onion dipping sauce was an extra bonus!!!  Marc was going on and on about the vegetables and potatoes... As soon as I took my first bite, I knew what he meant... (This is coming from a man that acts like vegetables are the devil!)  Marc was going on about how great the food was seasoned, the way his food was juicy, cooked just the right way!  I was impressed that he ate the bruschetta, as I thought for sure he would leave that on the plate.  

When you enter, you can go straight to the "Midway" where the games are... or you can be seated in the restaurant area... They also have a great sports bar area and PLENTY of billiards for everyone!!!
We were very impressed with the televisions for the Sports Bar area... (I used to work in a sports bar for 10 years...)   We chose to sit in the restaurant area... It was not quite as loud as the "midway" and we also thought that being away from the distraction might make Broxton eat...  
Not to mention, Marc was on call for work, so he needed to be able to hear his phone...  
It ended up working out great for us... but Broxton was too excited! 

If you want to go grab lunch or dinner... They have a great selection...
(We will head back soon to try their deserts, but lets be honest... We were stuffed after lunch and had NO ROOM left!!!)
If you are one for Happy Hour, the drinks look fantastic!
I don't drink anymore, but that Strawberry Watermelon Summerita looks pretty tasty...
Oh...and are you a fan of Snow Cones?
If so, I bet you will be happy to know that they have ADULT SNOWCONES!
What?!   I know.. Sounds too good to be true!!!!

Make sure you head back tomorrow to hear about the games!  

Have you ever been to a Dave and Busters?

Do You Know A Daredevil?@abramsbooks - Kel Gilligan's #DigIntoReading

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Ha ha ha...

Have you ever read a kids book and find yourself cracking up laughing harder than the kids? 
Well, I think that is the case here... 
I know that this is meant to be a kids book, but let me tell you now...

 I think that this is a book that should be given to all first time parents.  
It is a great laugh... but it would be great because they would already be building up their kids library without thinking about it.  


Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley is awesome. 
I mean, I was cracking up... 
I loved it!  

Kel Gilligan is one CRAZY Daredevil, I tell you now...

You open the book and prepare for it.. Just what is this kid going to do?

I mean, the kid is ready... 
He has his helmet (you know, you have to be safe!)  and he helps kids of all ages face their fear!  
If Kel can do it, can't we all?! 

Okay... so... I will sneak and tell you one daredevil stunt he did... 
HE . TRIED.  NEW.  FOOD!
"He Put His Life At Risk!"  Come on.. that is some kind of danger there buddy... 
Broccoli at that!  
Ha ha ha.  
I love how they build up the excitement... and then you turn to see the awesome feat... 

But the illustrator was doing an awesome job too, as the illustration of his feat is shown as the screen of a camcorder!  What a great concept to showing this in a whole new way!!!
Honestly, as I said... it was such a cute book... 
Eating Broccoli, Going Potty and more... 

All deathly frightening to a little one just growing and learning, but too cute that mom and dad have to document it all!  

About the book
From Michael Buckley, the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, and Dan Santat, author-illustrator of Sidekicks, comes this hilarious picture book starring Kel Gilligan (a.k.a. “The Boy Without Fear”) that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary. Narrated by Kel himself as he attempts his “stunts” with Evel Knievel–like flair, the story unfolds as a performance in which readers themselves become part of the audience, encouraging Kel to get dressed all by himself (without a net!), eat new foods like broccoli (eww!), and take a bath (gasp!). Bold, interactive, and downright silly, this is a book to make kids cheer and attempt some “stunts” of their own.

Food Truck Time!!!! Turbo Taco's @StreetFestATL #ASFF13

Several of my friends LOVE the Food Trucks...
So, I wanted to share this with everyone...

Mark your calendars, because on Saturday, July 13, the second-annual Atlanta Street Food Festival will roll into Piedmont Park from noon to 8 p.m.  Kids 12 and under receive free admission and an individual adult pass is only $10.50. With over 25 food trucks, local merchants and artisans, and live musical entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Purchase your tickets in advance and receive a discounted wristband at the time of your arrival. Your wristband will allow for one dollar off of each menu item over six dollars. In addition, wristbands are good for one free cocktail from Bombay Sapphire, the exclusive spirits sponsor of the Atlanta Street Food Festival.

There will be one very special food truck in attendance: 20th Century Fox will debut Dos Bros, the taco food truck from the new DreamWorks Animation film Turbo. Dos Bros will be slinging tacos for the first 500 fans and posing for photo-ops with visitors throughout the day.

To purchase tickets and to view more information on the Atlanta Street Food Festival, please visit www.atlantastreetfoodfestival.com. You can also stay up to date with the latest information about the Festival on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AtlantaStreetFoodFestival and by following @StreetFestATL and using the hashtag #ASFF13.



Are you a fan of the Food Trucks?!  

10.7.13

Where is Mama - @abramsbooks #digintoreading

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One thing I loved about Broxton's class last year was that his teacher was awesome.  There were several times throughout the year where I would go and read the great books that we had been sent for review.  I really hope that I can do that this year as well...  But if not, I am pretty sure his teacher from last year will not mind me sending books for her to look at with her class... One book that I want her to see is Where Is Mama.  ( I hope I can read it to Broxton's class too, as I loved his face as we read it together at home!)

Where is Mama by Yating Hung is a Pop-Up Story.  
I will be honest and say at first, I was not to thrilled with it.. 
The first couple of pages are a bit confusing to me... 
At first you start and you have to open the page up / down to be a big 4 page spread.  
Then, the next page is opened up from the middle towards the left to be a 3 page spread.  

BUT - from that point on, each page was basically just a pop up... with only one other one being a 3 pager.   I know, it isn't a big deal, but for a little one (or maybe a tired mom) it was just like what way do I open it now?!  
Anyways... Moving along...
 I thought it was so cute.. 

You have these tadpoles that are looking for their mom... (That was my favorite page, when the tadpole  eggs hatched!  That was also when Broxton really started paying attention.)  
Each page after that has them seeing someone they think is there mom, but it isn't ... and the mama creature tells them no, that their mom has certain features..  So, the tadpoles continue on, searching and each other mama they encounter tells them another feature to look for to finding their mom!  
Broxton was laughing, just as I was at seeing him, at each page, as they thought a fish was their mom... and a duck... and more!  
I know all little ones will love the excitement of each page turning, pop out exploration!  


About the book
In this stylish and sturdy pop-up story, five little tadpoles hatch from their eggs, but their mother is nowhere to be found. They set off to find her—but how will they recognize her? What does she look like? By meeting the other animals in the pond—Mama Duck, Mama Fish, Mama Turtle, and Mama Crab—they gather the clues they need, until finally an especially loud “Ribbit, ribbit!” happily reunites the family. Young readers will delight in this charming family story, with its opportunities to identify mama and baby animals and its striking pop-up illustrations.

9.7.13

Is It Football Season Yet?? W/W

Football season is a GREAT time in our house... 
I am a Georgia Bulldog... Born and Raised...
Marc is a LSU Tiger...  
Broxton loves both... Ha ha ha.. He can not pick one yet :)

So.  Since we had another "staycation" day, we decided to drive over to Athens, Georgia to let the 12 year old check it out...  If you have never been, UGA is a BEAUTIFUL campus...
But, back to our trip!
We went to the Butts - Mehre Building.
It is like a "Hall of Fame" or "Museum" of all things Georgia.
(It is NEVER too early to start training in the team to love!)  

Herschel Walker display case.  Enough said!!!


Broxton checking out all of the bowl rings and watches.  

This mural was above the doors going somewhere downstairs.  

There was a camp of some sorts going on, so we just casually took a stroll out onto the practice field.  Of course, that meant Broxton had to show that he was going to be a future bulldog!

Broxton and little Marc running in the end zone on the practice field.

If you are a Bulldog, you know the quote...
Finish the Drill!!!!

Herschel Walker's Heisman!

I just love this picture!!!  I wanted it because of the "G" going across all of the steps.. but then I just love that face!!!!  He is such a ham!!!

You know we all love UGA... I am trying to get Marc to love him just as much as we do!!!!

Are you ready for Football Season?
Who is your team?

We Love #captainamerica

Just wanted to tell you...
Captain America - Winter Soldier 
Released April 4, 2014




Always Growing - Now I Am Big - @abramsbooks #digintoreading

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I love reading and exploring with Broxton.  There are so many things that he now wants to do.  I know he is growing up and is showing his independence more and more...but I still love watching "my baby" grow and learn each day!!!
We were sent a book to review and it was fun to read and see just how much he is changing.  


Now I Am Big by Stephen Krensky was just what we needed.  
This is yet again a great board book... Perfect for all of the young kids... Those just starting to read will love seeing the simple words and illustration and will love the accomplishment of finishing it..  All while seeing just how much they have changed.  
(You can even work and add in that you used to read it to them, now they can read it to you!)
In Now I Am Big, you follow a little boy that used to be short (shows him in a stroller) and then now he is tall (and he can pick the fruit off the tree he used to look at from the stroller.)  
I loved the rhyming of each section and how it was a book that shows just how much you do change over time as you learn and explore.  

I think that this would be a great book to share with a kid that is preparing to start to school and may be a bit nervous.  You can show them that they have the whole world ahead and that they will grow in school too!  


About the book
Children and parents alike will delight in this joyous declaration of toddler independence. This book celebrates the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms. Whether it’s being tall enough to reach a high shelf or brave enough to splash in the waves, Krensky and Gillingham address the small victories that come with growing just a little bit older. Energentic text and retro-fresh illustrations celebrate this important developmental stage with charm and relevance.

Note: illustrations are in the style of vintage screen prints, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

8.7.13

Snuggle "Up Close" and Explore - @abramsbooks #digintoreading

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We love reading all different sorts of books.  I really want Broxton to love to read and I try to always have books on hand for us to snuggle up and read.  I admit, there are a few of his "baby books" that he still looks at, but that is so he can "read" to me!  We were sent the book, Up Close and it is a fun one for little ones!!!!
Up Close by Gay Wegerif is more for infants or even for early readers, as the words are simple and there are just a few on each page.  Take for example, the first page : 
"Up Close, I see your green eyes.  You are a.... "
The 2 page spread then includes a solid white page that has 2 green circles (eyes) and an orange semi circle (mouth)  We were able to make all sorts of guesses as to what was going to be on the next page...But you also get to work on your colors and your shapes as well as the reading and creative imagination!
This is a board book and is great and chunky for a little one to hold and look at, yet is also sturdy enough to last for many years as a page turner!!!
If you are a little one, or are looking for a great gift...
Check out Up Close from Abrams Appleseed.
About the book
 
Recognizing and labeling animals has never been so geometrically inspired! Young children will delight in the usual suspects (bunny, pig, frog, chicken, monkey, and lion) depicted in a whole new way. The elements of each zoomed-in face provide only a subtle hint of the animals’ identities, inviting children (and adults!) to stretch the boundaries of what defines an animal image. The simple question-and-answer format provides immediate gratification for even the shortest attention spans.
 
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