Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - A Reason To Wash Your Produce {{Linky}}

I bought some raspberries to make jam the other day, and when I was washing them I found this little guy:

Yes, it is a snail...on the raspberry. No, I'm not adding it to the jam!! :) No extra protein needed!!

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Have a blessed day!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Quest For Zhu -- The New Zhu Zhu Pet Movie!!

We love ZhuZhu pets, seriously there are more squeaky little hamsters with attitude running around my house than there are children! So naturally, when we were given the opportunity to get the movie and have a little premier party, my kids were ecstatic!!
Synopsis of Quest For Zhu:
The heartwarming tale of four lively young teens (who just happen to be hamsters) on a quest to find the Palace of Zhu, where they believe all their dreams will come true. Join the feisty and lovable Pipsqueak as she gets swept away to the other side of the Zhuniverse. On her adventure, she befriends Chunk, Num Nums and Mr. Squiggles, and when they arrive at the Palace of Zhu, they realize it is just the beginning of their remarkable journey. A mean-spirited and controlling reptilian creature, Mezhula, tries to stand in the way of making all of their dreams come true but, by working together, our true Zhu heroes save the day! Pipsqueak realizes she already had everything she ever dreamed of and all she really wants is to find a way back home.

For our party we were sent a copy of the DVD The Quest For Zhu, some limited-edition figurines, posters, twizzlers, and some fun themed recipes and games. We decided that we were going to have "Pipsqueaks Pizza Bar" at our party, and we each got to make our own pizza -- ok, the kids each got to make their own half! It was fun!!
We also made "Quest For Zhu Kettle Corn" and that went over very well, with us all!!! It was a great treat while we were enjoying the movie!

The kids and I had a couple friends over and everyone enjoyed the movie! The kids who were watching the movie ranged in age from about 2 to 6. A couple parts of the movie could be considered "scary" if you have a fairly sensitive child, but overall it was a great family friendly movie. There is a great theme to the movie -- the power is inside of you! Throughout The Quest For Zhu the hampsters, Pipsqueak, Chunk, Num Nums, and Mr. Squiggles learn some valuable lessons while having fun. A couple of times in the movie there are some songs, which my kids are very into! The music videos can be found on the menu at the end of the movie as well.

One of my daughter's favorite things about The Quest For Zhu is the music videos - she likes to dance along with the "hams." I think it's super cute!! Here is Emily's thoughts that she would like to share on The Quest For Zhu:

This movie comes out on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 (tomorrow!!)
I am sure that you will be able to find it at your favorite store, or you can preorder/order it from Amazon now! If you have little kids or any zhu-natics(!) this would definitely be a great movie for you....or a great Christmas gift!

Disclosure: I was sent a movie party pack and received products for free to host this party. All opinions are mine/ours.

Thank you for stopping by, have a blessed day!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday -- DIY Pizza Bar!! {{with Linky!}}

Last night we had a movie premier party for the new Zhu Zhu pet movie The Quest for Zhu! For dinner with the movie we had a DIY pizza bar, it was actually quite fun!!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

This Is What I Want For My Children, What About You?

We need to teach our daughters to distinguish between a man who flatters her and a man who compliments her, a man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her, a man who views her as property and a man who views her properly, a man who lusts after her and a man who loves her, a man who believes he is God's gift to women and a man who remembers that a woman was God's gift to man.

This was one of the many random facebook statuses that get posted, reposted, and posted some more. But it was one that really spoke to me. I want this for my daughters (in 35 years, lol!!)! When it is time for them to start thinking about guys, dating, marriage (wow!) I want them to find someone who treats them properly, loves them, compliments and invests (time, energy, emotions, etc) in them, and who always remembers that they are a blessing from God. I also pray that my daughters are raised to reciprocate all of those things. If I ever had a boy, I would want him to be like the man described above.

Just thought I would share this with all of you... Just in case some day one of my daughters meet your son. LOL, I am kidding! :) 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Easy, Fun Digital Scrapbooking *~*Review and Giveaway!*~*

I love pictures - I love taking them, seeing them, arranging and displaying them. When I was contacted by My Memories to review and host a giveaway of their award winning digital scrapbook software, I was thrilled.
I have always wanted to really get into scrapbooking because I think it is a fun and beautiful way to preserve memories, but have never really gotten into it as much as I would have liked. Digital scrapbooking, I like much better - it seems easier for me.

With the My Memories Suite I was able to start creating amazing pages in minutes. There are so many designs and layouts that you can use or create your own with tons of layouts, pages, designs, embellishments, etc. You can also add to your collection from the My Memories Store - there are many designs that are free and others that are very reasonably priced!
In addition to creating scrapbooks you can also create note cards, calenders, and many other items. It truly is fun and the possibilities are endless. I have included a couple of the first pages that I have created. It was easy to do because there is a help feature that will walk you through how to create exactly what you want.

I am very excited to be able to share this great software with you by offering one lucky follower their very own copy of My Memories Suite!! In order to win this giveaway you must be a public GFC follower of this blog! If you are not a GFC follower, you can become one in the box on the top right side of my page!
To enter to win, please leave a separate comment below for each of the following entries, #1 is required and must be completed before the other entries will count. :)
#1 - Visit My Memories and tell me a design that you like!
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 If you would like to purchase My Memory Suite, you can do so here I have a coupon code for you that will save you $10 off the purchase price and will give you $10 to spend in the My Memories store!! The code is : STMMMS71005 (feel free to copy and paste!!) If you do purchase a copy, you can email me (kat.brandenburg@gmail.com) your confirmation email for 5 extra entries into this giveaway - this would make an A-Maz-Ing Christmas gift!!

Good Luck to everybody. This contest will close at 10 PM PST on September 30, 2011 and a winner will be announced shortly after that! I will use the random integer generator at random.org to select the winner!

Disclosure: I was provided a product free of charge to review. All opinions are mine, you may have different experiences with the same product.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thinking Christmas?! A great gift idea for the toddler in your life!!

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, right?! Ok, well I am not to Christmas yet - all of my kids have birthdays from August through December so I am still more "birthday-minded." I was looking today for something fun for Emily, who will be 5 soon. I came across a great game for the Wii --
Nickelodeon has a Fit game for kids, with characters they know and love. I think this is great, especially during winter months when the kids dont get outside as often to play. There is even a cute little child friendly Wii remote and nunchuck!

Amazon's (HOT!) Deal Of The Day

There are some shows that  I like to watch and some that I like to have the seasons on DVD so I can watch them any time!
Today's Amazon deal of the day is many TV Show Seasons under $12 you can get any (or all) of seasons 1-7 of House for only $9.99 in regular def or $11.99 in HD - these are digital downloads, not DVDs!! There are some other titles as well, you can see them all by clicking the link above!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A look back to #TheDayBabyWasBorn

December 5, 2006 started out like any other day, progressed like any other day, it really was like any other day – until about 8:45 that night, then it all changed. I was two days past my due date and was sure that my baby girl was as stubborn as her mama and was staying right where she was FOREVER… as it turns out, I have never been happier to be wrong!
I was on the phone with my Oma and was telling her good night. I brushed my teeth and was getting ready for bed when my water broke. At first I wasn’t sure what was going on. I always envisioned “water breaking” to be like a giant water balloon popping and a bunch of water and then it’s over – well it didn’t take too long for my husband and I to realize that is not how it happens at all. As soon as we agreed that my water broke, we called labor and delivery at the hospital (like they told us in the classes) and got our bag packed and went to the hospital.
It was right around 10:30 when I was admitted and it took forever for labor to progress – I mean forever! I got an epideral, which is something that I was unsure about until I felt the pain of strong contractions. My husband, mom, mother-in-law, and sister were all waiting for me to finally have the baby, it was comical.
At 12:12 pm on December 6, 2006 my first beautiful, precious baby was born. Emily Felicitas came into this world and seeing her for the first time, holding MY BABY for the first time…there is nothing better in this world!
There are many things I remember about that day. The weather was cold, it was snowing and we could see the snow flakes falling out of our hospital room. I remember the name of the nurse who helped deliver Emily and who, along with Zack, gave her her first bath. I remember the people who came to meet her in the hospital and the flowers that she received both in the hospital and at home. There is so much that I remember about that day. Sitting here thinking of it as I type this brings it all back, I wish I would have kept a pregnancy journal though, it would be fun to give to the girls later!
Tommee Tippee is a leading brand of infant and toddler feeding and other products. They now offer a great digital storybook called “The Day Baby Was Born” it looks like a great resource to track your pregnancy right up until the day your baby is born!
With The Day Baby Was Born, you can capture some or all of the following, depending on how much time you want to spend:
· Facebook Wall comments and well-wishes by friends and family through pregnancy and birth announcements
· Your pregnancy journal from each week of the journey to the birth day
· News, facts and information from the day your baby was born
· Your personal story and letter to baby to preserve forever the feelings from that day
· It’s is a simple way to create a beautiful record of the world at the moment your baby arrived
Start your own storybook today.
I wish this would have been around while I was pregnant!!
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Tommee Tippee blogging contest for a chance to get a gift pack worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”