Every year millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only to give up after a few short weeks. You may not be surprised to find out that the most common goal we make is to lose weight or become more healthy. So many factors come into play when we make this resolution in the middle of the winter! Cold weather, clouds, Christmas debt, and post-holiday blues are just a few of the reasons why it’s so easy to give up. In fact, there is an actual formula created by psychologist Cliff Arnall showing how these, and other factors, contribute to the feelings most of us struggle with towards the end of January.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini-Movie, and the Square Shorts is a great mix of all things SpongeBob! It’s crazy to watch the very first episode and then a few shorts that are more recent and laugh just as hard! While many parents have their own opinions about SpongeBob, I think this clever cartoon has definitely withstood the test of time. Somehow SpongeBob is just as loveable today as he was 15 years ago! (I can’t believe it’s been 15 years.) This collections of shorts, a mini-movie, and the very first episode is a must have addition to any SpongeBob collection!
Here is a list of 7 episodes included in the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts DVD:
1 - SpongeBob’s Legendary Dance Party
My girls were so excited to see two of their favorite Dora movies in one gift set! They are obsessed with mermaids and Dora the Explorer so this was the perfect mix. Now that they spend all of their free time at the beach, I think they enjoyed the other ocean themed episodes even more! After watching the 6 episodes included, be sure to check out the music videos! They are super cute and will have your kids singing and dancing along. Even my 9-year-old daughter still loves Dora, Boots, Benny, and the rest of the gang!
Here is a list of 6 episodes included on the Dora The Explorer: Mermaid Adventures Collection DVD set:
1 - Dora Saves The Mermaids
I have so many lists of 10 that have to do with Hawaii in my head. It’s about time I start writing them down! I could probably make three lists with this title, but I’ll start with one. These are all places we’ve been, are kid-approved, and unique to Hawaii! If you’ve already heard or been to most of these places, awesome! I hope you liked them as much as we did. Whether you are here on vacation or live here, please remember to keep the spirit of Aloha alive by being kind, cleaning up after yourself, and respecting the beautiful land of Hawaii!
If you want to find out more about any of the places listed below I would recommend Google! If you have specific questions feel free to email me. I took all the pictures myself on my iPhone
1 – Makapu’u Lighthouse Hike
This is a short, but rewarding hike for the whole family! There is free parking at the bottom and the paved road takes you above the Makapu’u Lighthouse for a spectacular view! The lighthouse itself is off limits but the view from above makes you forget you were even hiking to a lighthouse in the first place! From the top you can see neighboring islands (if it’s clear) and if you go in the winter you might even see whales. Also at the top there are a whole bunch of locks attached to the chain link fence with names etched in. My kids had fun reading the dates and names.
If you are like one of the millions of Americans who wants to start the New Year out by getting in shape or losing a few pounds, the Jabra Pulse Wireless Headphones will get you on your way! These next-generation earbuds not only play music but also monitor your heart rate, give you real-time coaching advice and are wireless! Whether you are an all-star athlete, or just starting out, the Jabra Pulse Headphones may be that extra push you need to help you reach your goals! Use alongside the Jabra Sport Life app to maximize your fitness potential. These amazing headphones can be purchased at Best Buy online or in store.
If I could use one phrase to describe “Into the Woods” I would say it is one-of-a-kind. I have never seen a movie like it, and am guessing I never will. It was dark, funny, intriguing, emotional, and extremely entertaining. I was a little worried about taking my younger kids after listening to the soundtrack for the Broadway play, but when I heard that Stephen Sondheim had cut out some of the more adult-themed scenes, I was thrilled. Our family loves musical theater of all types so “Into the Woods” kept us interested and enamored for the whole 2 hours! I also thought the casting was phenomenal. Meryl Streep couldn’t have been a better choice for the Witch, Anna Kendrick was an endearing Cinderella, and Johnny Depp and his quirky personality made the Wolf both evil and likeable. After a huge round of applause at the end of the movie my kids were begging for me to download the soundtrack! Since I enjoyed it just as much as they did, I was more than happy to oblige! We sang “On the Steps of the Palace” and “Agony” about a thousand times on our 30 minute drive home! And my 10-year-old son may or may not have pretended to rip open his shirt and sing at the top of his lungs like Chris Pine
Some of these facts may give away some plot points so read at your own discretion!
Here are 10 fun facts about “Into the Woods”:
1 – Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music for “Into the Woods,” wrote a song specifically for Meryl Streep called “She’ll Be Back” It didn’t end up making it into the final cut, but will be in the video release of the movie.
Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters would make a great gift for any teen on your list! This uplifting book full of ideas for teens of all ages will help them realize they can make a difference! Not only does this book have suggestions for how to get started but it also has several example of teens who have actually gone out and done something with their ideas! Reading their stories is inspiring and makes me want to be a better and more influential person. My 9-year-old daughter is fascinated with this book and full of her own unique ideas. They may not be quite doable at this point but it is definitely a place to start, and I have this book to thank for that. Check out the fabulous reviews this book received on Goodreads!
Hallmark has done it again with their latest set of personalized books. These high-quality, gorgeous books would make any child smile! In the past when I’ve ordered personalized books from other website, the printed names always looked a little off. Like the book was printed and then someone randomly added their name with a stamp. My kids usually didn’t notice, but it drove me crazy! One of the books literally had a white printed sticker with my son’s name on it stuck on each page. I knew Hallmark wouldn’t let me down when I saw their collection of books. I loved being able to choose features like eye color, hair color, and skin color so it looked just like my son! The entire process only took about 10 minutes and was very easy to do.
When the book arrived I was thrilled! I wanted to give it to my son right away, but decided to wait until Christmas. I can’t wait to see his face when he reads his name on the book jacket! I let my other children read the book before I wrapped it and now they are begging for their own. I was surprised that my even my older kids wanted one! If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for any child, the personalized Hallmark books would be the perfect choice.
Here are the 12 different Hallmark Personalized Book choices –
1 -Super Hero Book
For the little superhero in your life, this story is full of crashes, bashes, and nonstop excitement. Your superhero will battle villains, race to the rescue, and laugh in the face of danger as he or she fights for what’s right—and wins.
Every year I struggle to find stocking stuffers for all 7 of us. Finding something inexpensive and unique that everyone will love is quite difficult! This year was a breeze with the help of Peeps and ChapStick! Peeps have so many new and delicious varieties that kids and adults of all ages will love! I am not a huge fan of traditional Peeps, but I love the Candy Cane and Hot Cocoa varieties! ChapStick also has an awesome new product that I LOVE! The ChapStick mixstix “Vanilla Candy Cane Milkshake” is a scrumptious treat for your lips! Any ChapStick or Peeps products would be a great addition to any stocking! You can find both products at retail and drug stores nationwide!
1 – Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men
PEEPS Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men creatively combine our signature PEEPS marshmallow with the great taste of freshly baked gingerbread. Ideal for eating and decorating! Available in 3 and 6 count packages.
My family and I went into Annie cautiously optimistic because it is usually very difficult for a remake to live up to the original, especially a timeless classic like Annie. But what is it that sets every musical apart from just a regular movie? THE MUSIC! The music in Annie was incredible. All five of my kids (and my husband even if he says otherwise) left the theater singing. Our car ride home was filled with us singing the hip-hop version of “It’s a Hard Knock Life” over and over again. My kids have seen the older Annie several times so they knew the songs, and loved the story. I have to say they enjoyed the 2014 version even more. Maybe it was the amazing penthouse apartment with all the gadgets, or maybe the new beat to the songs, but whatever it was, they seemed to relate and understand the new Annie more than the old. This version of Annie still delivers the same message as the original, but this time (with the movie taking place in the present day) appealing to an entirely new, modern day audience. At the end of the day, all anyone could ever want is to feel loved and be able to love in return. This version of Annie left us all in a great mood and with the feeling that even if you have all the riches in the world, happiness comes from spending times with those that you love!
Here are 10 fun facts about Annie:
1 – Check out the cameos during the movie-within-a-movie, MoonQuake! Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Rihanna are the stars of their own sci-fi film.