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Fun Thoughts Video

i think we all need a pep talk

Have you guys seen this Pep Talk from Kid President floating around social media? It’s fantastic. You really need to give it a watch. It’s a perfect jump start on a Monday morning!

On our Sunday night gatherings, we’re doing a whole Pep Talk series based on one liners taken from this video. Subjects like identity, teamwork, unity, doing everything with excellence, dreaming, and laying down your rights are topics we’re focusing on. 
Remember…create something to make the world awesome!
Crafts creativity Video

christmas crafting here and there

I’ve really tried to think ahead before this Christmas season started, so I could enjoy it and not be stressed.  It’s really paid off (I hope my family would say the same.)  From sewing reusable bags throughout the year to researching and planning gift giving further in advance (which included setting aside review products for Christmastime to help with the budget), I went into this week feeling ready to relax and soak in kiddo time since they were out of school.

christmas cookies

We’ve tried to bake lots of cookies together, because I do believe cookies should be readily available this time of year.  Sugar cookies, chocolate chip sea salt cookies, shortbread, snickerdoodles, there’s still some we missed, however.

snowman potato print

potato print bunting

And of course I can’t go a holiday without some kind of craft.  We decided to do some potato prints this year.  A bag of cookies cutters for $1 at Dollar Tree have already proved useful.  We made a potato print banner and the kids made potato print Christmas cards to attach to the bread bags and apple butter for their teachers.

in a bread bag

Yes, it was another year of homemade bread and apple butter to gift to their teachers.  It was such a hit last year that nothing else seemed to be right.  The kids were so excited to hand them out.  I went a little crazy baking 9 loaves of bread without being able to cut into a single one.  That’s a sacrifice I was willing to make. 🙂

the girls with santa

jman with santa

We have never taken the kids for pics with Santa mainly because we just don’t really do Santa, but this year they unintentionally had two photo opps with the bearded man…at a local church kid’s Christmas event and at Sea Life Aquarium where Santa dove into the tank with Rudolph and they made Christmas ornaments.

scuba santa

I feel like this blog has been a busy place lately, so I’m going to leave it loose until the beginning of the year.  I might pop in after the holidays or I might not.  My number one priority is to beat everyone at games play as many games as I can and eat cookies for at least one meal a day.

Hope you have a beautiful Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Savior!  Here’s a little Christmas greeting from Alvin and myself…

*Santa photos were taken by a gal at the church.

Fun Travel Video

hanging in l.a. with the chipmunks

alvin and the chipmunks

While I was in L.A. at the press junket for Alvin And The Chipmunks : Chipwrecked, I was able to “talk” to the chipmunks.  Now I’ll just have you know that this was waaaaaay out of my comfort zone!  Which is why I did it.  I am not an actor at all, so when there’s people filming you and doing sound and directing you AND people waiting behind you for their turn, well, it’s a bit intimidating.  BUT I’m so glad I did it anyway.  I didn’t want to get home and wish I would have done it.  It was worth it for the sheer pleasure of seeing my kids smile and laugh as they watched.  So, if you want to smile and laugh today, watch as I got the inside scoop from the chipmunks since I was first on the island…

I also talked to Alvin exclusively and did my best to sound like a chipmunk.  Much harder than it “sounds.” 🙂

Alvin And The Chipmunks : Chipwrecked comes out TODAY!  You can read my full review at Today’s Mama as well as interviews with director, Mike Mitchell, producers, Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, and actor, Jason Lee, aka Dave Seville.  Did you know it’s the only G rated movie out this holiday season?  I think it’s a winner for both kids and parents!

To celebrate the release of the movie and because I think it’s amazing how well the chipmunks harmonize, I have the movie soundtrack to give away!  It’s a really fun mix of songs.  Shipping is to U.S. addresses only, but feel free to leave a comment no matter where you live.  If you don’t want to enter or you live internationally, please just put that you are not entering in the comments section.  Otherwise I’ll count all entries.  Giveaway will end Monday, December 19th at 9 pm CST when random number generator will choose a winner!  Please make sure I have a way to contact you should you win.

While in L.A. I also attended a screening of We Bought A Zoo.  Read my review on Today’s Mama and enter to win a $25 Fandango gift card!


Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday, because my creativeness went beyond my borders for a day. 🙂  Also, if you were visiting last week and saw my reusable gift wrap post, you might want to go here and enter to win some!  The giveaway ends tonight!

The Alvin And The Chipmunks : Chipwrecked soundtrack giveaway is now closed.  The winner is #12, Jennifer @ StudioJRU!

Africa Video

a paradigm shift on racism

Living in South Africa, I’ve always tried to switch races in my head…to try and catch a glimpse of what life must be like for those of a darker skin.  It’s really hard to do.  I watched this video last week, and it totally helped me to “see” that paradigm shift.