The Maze Runner Trailer + Synopsis

I read The Maze Runner a few years ago and my first thought after I finished was, “They have GOT to make this into a movie!” When I saw that they actually were, I got goosebumps and read up on everything related to it. I cannot wait to see it! The book was soooo good! It was suspenseful, intense, creative, and I couldn’t put it down. I am excited to see if the movie will be what I pictured as I was reading. I am now bribing my kids to read it. If they finish it before the movie comes out, I will take them to see it. I don’t think they will have a problem! Until then, here is the official trailer and synopsis of The Maze Runner!

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10 Quotes From Chicken Soup For The Soul: Alzheimer’s + Giveaway

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias would be a great gift for anyone whose family member or friend has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Not only does this book feature 101 stories to help cope and understand a little better, but it also has information about the Alzheimer’s Association in the back with phone numbers and other information. Throughout the book there are tips, quotes, and inspiring stories. When purchasing this book, 100% of the royalties go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. This book, along with a personalized card, would mean a lot to anyone coming to terms with a diagnosis.

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Here are 10 quotes from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias:

1 - The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

10 Quotes From Chicken Soup For The Soul: Miracles Happen + Giveaway

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen is very similar to one of my favorite Chicken Soup for the Soul books that I loved when I was a kid. I am always fascinated by stories of miracles, angels, and the unexplained and this book has 101 stories featuring all three. One of my favorite stories from this book is “The 115-Pound Miracle.” It’s a story about a 115-pound woman who lifted a car off of her husband, saving his life. Not only was she able to lift the car by herself and move it to the side so he could scoot out, but her husband got away with only a few bruises. Stories like this fill “Miracles Happen” and leave the reader with feelings of hope, awe, and amazement. 

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Here are 10 quotes from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen:

1 – Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous - Albert Einstein

10 Reasons To Buy Your Next Print From Fulcrum Gallery + Giveaway

Every time we move, one of the first things I look forward to doing is hanging up all of my pictures and artwork on the walls. It never really feels like “home” until the walls aren’t bare! When we moved to Hawaii from Arizona, it was quite a change of scenery! I didn’t really feel like my pictures of snow covered mountains and New York City fit in. I wanted something that still matched my “contemporary” style, but with a Hawaiian theme. I found everything I was looking for (and more) on the Fulcrum Gallery site. I expected to narrow down what I was looking for with just a few clicks, but they had such a huge selection, it took me hours to finally pick out the perfect piece of art! I am super picky when its comes to what I hang up in my house. I couldn’t believe how many different prints I found on Fulcrum Gallery that would actually be worthy of my walls! 

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10 Reasons I Am Happy We Moved To Hawaii!

I keep starting different posts about Hawaii and all the drama we went through to get here, but I think they will probably stay in my draft folder and I will just focus on why we moved here! More than a few people thought we were absolutely out of our minds when we decided to move our family of seven across the ocean, but for me it has already been the best idea we’ve ever had. Besides the fact that my mom lives here, there are so many other factors that contributed to our decision. Without further ado, here are…

10 reasons I am happy we moved to Hawaii:

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Thought this log at Castle Beach was a pretty cool place for a picture!

1 – We can play outside in the summer! 

After living in AZ for 11 years, we got used to staying inside for 5 months out of the year. This is the first summer my kids have been able to play outside for the whole summer! Whether it’s at the beach, park, zoo, or just our yard, they have had a blast being able to go outside!

Check Out Best Buy’s August Audio Fest For Great Deals! #AudioFest

Head on down to your local Best Buy store during the month of August to update your audio! They are currently offering fantastic deals on hundreds of speakers, headphones, stereos and more! During the August Audio Fest, they are cramming all of their best offers in to one month.  If you are anything like me, I always make sure I have a way to listen to music for every event/activity etc. Whether it’s beach volleyball, running, biking, cleaning, blogging, or driving, I need to have my tunes! August is the perfect time to take advantage of these amazing offers and update your audio! Not sure what to buy? Drop in any store and try out the products for yourself! The staff can also lead you in the right direction if you still aren’t sure. 

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10 Delicious Dial Body Wash Soap Scents + Giveaway

I can’t think of a better addition to our shower here in Hawaii than Dial’s latest body wash scent, Coconut Water – Refreshing Mango! I have always loved anything having to do with coconut, but living in Hawaii has taken that to a whole new level! Coconut water, coconut milk, and actual coconuts are everywhere! The latest scent, Refreshing Mango, is a great addition to Dial’s body wash collection. You can definitely smell the coconut and the mango scent it subtle. It’s the perfect combination. Not only does is smell delicious, but it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. This nourishing soap is great for the whole family! If you are looking for a refreshing new scent that will leave your bathroom smelling like a tropical island, check out Dial Coconut Water – Refreshing Mango body wash!

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That would be the mango tree in our backyard!

Here are 10 delicious Dial Body Wash scents:

1 – Coconut Water – Refreshing Mango 

2 – Coconut Water – Bamboo Leaf Extract

10 Facts About Marvel’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” + Review

I officially have a new favorite movie for 2014! Guardians of the Galaxy hit a home-run and completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve have thoroughly enjoyed every movie Marvel has released over the past few years, so going to see another one (which I knew very little about beforehand) was super exciting. The characters were all new to me, but I quickly grew to love them just as much as if I had grown up reading the comic books!  Starlord, Rocket, Groot, Drax,  and Gamora mixed beautifully on screen and had great chemistry. (It caught me a little off guard when I started tearing up after a few scenes featuring a talking tree who only says three words!) I think the thing that surprised me the most was how funny Guardians of the Galaxy was. Even in the most serious of situations, they will crack an unexpected joke that totally lightens the mood! If the humor and lovable characters didn’t suck me in immediately, the music definitely did! From the opening scene to the credits I felt like jumping out of my seat and dancing, or at least singing along and tapping my foot. While walking out of the theater all I could think about was when I could see it again! I am still trying to find the time to take my kids because I know they will fall in love with this soon-to-be classic movie as I already have!

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Here are 10 facts about Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”:

1 - During filming Gillan (Nebula) spent about five hours in the makeup chair every day! The blue paint and prosthetics took about 45 minutes to remove. 

6 Episodes In Bubble Guppies: Get Ready For School! DVD + Giveaway

Celebrate the start of school with the latest Bubble Guppies DVD, “Get Ready For School!” Kids of all ages will love all six of these school-themed episodes. When the DVD arrives, my 5-year-old ripped it open, my girls fought over the pencil case and my 10-year-old rolled his eyes. 10 minutes later I found all four of them laying on my bed watching the DVD. I tried to get a picture of my oldest while he was secretly enjoying it, but he caught me and hid under the blanket! My girls love singing along to the catchy theme song…and then they continue singing it long after the show ends. We don’t have cable anymore so my kids love catching up on all of their favorite shows when the DVDs arrive. This Bubble Guppies DVD is a great addition to our Nickelodeon collection!

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Here is a list of 6 episodes included on the Bubble Guppies: Get Ready For School! DVD:

1 – Get Ready for School! - Oona’s worried about her little friend, Avi! It’s his first day of school and he’s nervous. From cubbies to free play, the Guppies show viewers the ropes and teach them about school.

7 Ways To Tackle After School Chaos! #FoodMadeSimple

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The first day of school is right around the corner and with that comes nine month of homework, conflicting schedules, packing lunches, and after-school chaos! I can’t think of a better time to get a plan into place so you are ready to tackle the madness. This year my four youngest kids will all be at the same school with my husband. I am so excited to not juggle four different schools like last year! The school they are attending is about 25 minutes away so by the time they get home, they will be so hungry! I am always looking for the perfect fuel to tide them over until dinner is on the table. Last year they would walk in the door and immediately raid the pantry. By the time I would start preparing dinner, there would be chips, candy, yogurt, and juice boxes everywhere! Then I would ask them to come in and clean up after themselves. This would lead to a massive fight about who got what out, who ate it last, and why they had to clean it up! I am so over the drama! 

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Besides leaving a huge mess to clean up, the other issue was portion size. My kids would grab a huge bag of chips and bring it to the table with them. I finally started giving them baggies, but they would fill it completely full and then argue over whose bag had more. This is where Hot Pockets and Stouffer’s Mac and Cheese come in to save the day! They are just the right size to refuel their little bodies while they are doing homework or studying. It also allows me to take my time making dinner because I know they won’t be complaining about how hungry they are. Our local Walmart, which is the prettiest Walmart I have ever been to, carries both products in the freezer aisle. 

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