This is Where I Leave You hits theaters September 19th, 2014. After watching the trailer I am starting to think my family is more “normal” than I thought! I really was convinced that our drama was so much worse than everyone elses. Guess what? It’s not! Guess what else? Even if it was, it doesn’t change the way I feel about my crazy family! I love them more than anything, the good AND the bad. “This is Where I Leave You” is full of comedy, and drama. With an all-star cast including Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Jason Bateman I’m predicting there will be more laughter than tears!
If I Stay was a gem in the midst of several intense, high-action movies I’ve seen lately. I took my husband and a couple of his female co-workers to the screening and just hoped that I wouldn’t be a blubbering mess the whole time! Luckily, I held it together pretty well. Yes, there were several scenes where I may have leaked a tear (or 10), but with a whole theater full of sniffing, I don’t think anyone noticed! I normally don’t run to the theater to see a movie that I know is sad or a little depressing, but when I saw the trailer for If I Stay I knew I couldn’t pass is up. It was well worth the tears. The acting by 17-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz was phenomenal and the relationship between her and the rest of the cast felt real and genuine. I also thought the director did a fabulous job portraying the fragile space between life and death. Going in, I half expected it to be cheesy or unrealistic, but it was beautiful. Throughout the film I kept thinking how precious our families and loved ones are. You never know how long we have with them which makes every moment that much more important. After wiping my tears, I filled up my popcorn for my kiddos and went home to give them each a huge hug. Family is everything to me and If I Stay reminded me to be thankful for every second I get to spend with them!
Here are 10 fun facts about Chloë Grace Moretz:
1 - While filming one of Chloë’s favorite moments was hanging out on the weekends with the cast. They went to concerts and even went Christmas shopping together.
The Whizpops! latest album, “Sea Blue Sea” was the perfect way to finish out the summer here in Hawaii. My kids are fascinated by all of the different fish and creatures in the ocean. “Sea Blue Sea” taught them even more about these amazing ocean animals in a fun and exciting way! The songs were catchy, educational, and fun for all ages. I love the artwork on the album cover! It was so creative and really captures the upbeat feel of the entire CD. After listening to “Sea Blue Sea,” my kids wanted to hear more from the Whizpops! All of their albums are educational and have great themes like dinosaurs, science, and camping. We love the Whizpops! and can’t wait to hear what they come up with next!
Here are 10 fun facts about the animals featured in “Sea Blue Sea”:
1 – “Coral Reef” – The coral reef in the Central Pacific (near Hawaii) stretches for 1200 miles! The shape of the reef in each area determines how big the waves are.
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy was the perfect way to get in the mood for Halloween, even though it’s still a few months away! I keep seeing costumes and decorations at every store I go to. After watching the newest Scooby movie, my kids were ready to go trick-or-treating! They love Halloween, and this spooky tale. My five-year-old has already watched Frankencreepy 3 times. It’s the only movie he picks out on the rare occasion that I let them watch a movie on school nights! Frankencreepy had everything you expect in a Scooby Doo! movie…mystery, suspense, humor, and of course a twist at the end. My kids loved it! I would recommend this latest title to any Scooby fans! You won’t be disappointed!
Here is a list of 10 characters featured in “Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy”:
1 - Baron Basil
2 - Cuthbert Crawley
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!
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.
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
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.
Here are 10 quotes from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen:
1 – Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous - Albert Einstein
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!
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:
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!
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.