Thursday, October 19, 2017

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 92

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 92. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Malachi 4:2 

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Six Flags HalloWedding - The Scare-amony

Screenshot of article on ABC News

No one ever accused our family of being normal!  And there was no reason to try to be when Jason and I renewed our vows Saturday.  Not only did I "remarry" the love of my life, I also witnessed my daughter get married to the love of her life.

with our officiant

Me and Jason with the other two couples who share an anniversary with us

Of the 13 couples who renewed their vows, there were two other couples besides me and Jason who were married fifteen years ago on the same stage at the same time.  It was great connecting with them and seeing how their lives have been since they were first married.  

A handful of people commented that they could tell who the renewals and the marriages were.  The people renewing their vows were chillax and loosened up.  The ones getting married were all nervous and serious.

Saying our "I boos" in this frighteningly fun way is a highlight of my life!

Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book - Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Arbordale Publishing.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

Using a wide variety of stunning photographs, author Kevin Kurtz poses thought-provoking questions to help readers determine if things are living or nonliving. For example, if most (but not all) living things can move, can any nonliving things move? As part of the Compare and Contrast series, this is a unique look at determining whether something is living or nonliving.

My Review:

With amazing realistic pictures, this book isn't filled with a lot of words but gets children thinking about how living and non-living things are both alike and different.  For instance, we know that all living things do grow and change.  But the book shows beautiful pictures of nonliving things that grow and change too, like icebergs and clouds.  This compare and contrast book opens up discussions and makes kids think.

The 'For Creative Minds' section in the back of the book encourages further learning with a glossary and a Living or Nonliving Checklist.

Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book is a Fall 2017 release from Arbordale Publishing.

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Cute Bunny Craft with Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue

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As the champion of creativity, Elmer's is dedicated to developing products that make it even easier for moms, teachers and children to create the perfect project.  This year the company launched Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue.

The new glue goes on purple but dries clear, so kids know exactly where they're gluing and when it's dry.  This glue is excellent for little ones who are just learning how to use glue and creating projects with a variety of materials such as foam boards, wood, and felt.

Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue is available at popular retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon.  It retains between $0.99 - $3.99

If you're looking for a fun and easy project, try a hand at the Cute Bunny Craft:

Supplies Needed

1 paper plate
pink and white card stock
googley eyes
2 black pipe cleaners and one pink pipe cleaner
cotton balls
Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue


Cut two large oval ears out of the white cardstock and then two smaller oval ears out of the pink cardstock.  Then cut a small circle out of the pink cardstock for the bunny's nose.

Use the Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School glue to attach all your cotton balls to the paper plate.  Do this until the plate is completely covered.  (Watch how the disappearing purple liquid glue changes from bright purple to clear!)

Glue the pink oval onto the white oval to make the ears and then glue to the ears onto the back of the paper plate.

Criss Cross two black pipe cleaners to make an X and add a bended pink pipe cleaner to the center, and shape it to look like a mouth.  

Attach the googley eyes, pink circle nose and pipe cleaners with the glue.

So cute and so simple!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Have a Happy Halloween with Hopster: One-Week Free Trial

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Get ready for Halloween with a special collection of Hopster’s spooky preschool episodes. In the child-friendly, safe and educational app little monsters will be entertained by a selection of wicked kids shows, music and games that will be guaranteed to get them excited about the big day.

In the special Halloween area little ones can get costume inspirations from Max and Ruby, join Franny and her friends at a costume party in Franny’s Feet and learn how to draw a bat and a witch with Learn to Draw Minis and Louie.

Hop into the app to meet some friendly ghosts and learn a fun trick-or-treating song that you and your kids can sing along to. Then have monstrous fun with Monster Match, a wicked game that helps children recognise and match shapes.

The Hopster app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play and is also available on Roku and Apple TV. After a complimentary one-week trial, the cost of a subscription is $6.99/month. With one subscription, families will get access to 1000s of preschool episodes, songs and educational games on all their devices all year with special themed areas and new content added regularly.  Try Hopster now!

Featured episodes:

Moshi Monsters

Franny's Feet - Halloween Harvest S03E26

Max and Ruby - Max's Halloween/Ruby's Leaf Collection/The Blue Tarantula

Learn to Draw Minis - Bat

Hilltop Hospital - The Ghost of Hilltop

Louie - Draw me a Ghost

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast - Three little ghosts

Louie - Draw Me a Witch

64 Zoo Lane - The Story of The Monster in the Forest

Super Simple Songs - Halloween

Two Minute Tales - The Nice Old Witch

Monster Match game

The Nightmare Before Christmas Returns to Regal Cinemas Halloween Weekend

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Halloween weekend, Friday, October 27th – Tuesday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie and more as Disney’s beloved classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations nationwide.

Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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My daughter and her now-husband are fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas and dressed up as Jack Skellington and Sally for their themed wedding.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin - Blu-ray Combo Pack Review and Giveaway

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NEW on Blu-ray Combo Pack | Also Available on Digital HD

Everybody’s favorite square pumpkin is now the “Pick of the Patch” this Halloween season. For the first time ever, SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN can be yours to own in High Definition – available in a new Blu-ray Combo pack and on Digital HD from Cinedigm. 

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN, written and created by Joe Troiano, tells the story of a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin patch on Holiday Hill Farm. Although Spookley initially faces ridicule from his fellow patch-mates, he goes on to save the day during a terrible storm. As a result, all the pumpkins in the patch learn that the things that make you different make you special.

The animated television special, based on the bestselling Spookley book series, has been a long time Halloween tradition for families, and will once again be broadcast this October on Disney Junior.

This year, Spookley the Square Pumpkin also returns as the "Official Spokes-Pumpkin" of National Bullying Prevention Month through a partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. PACER, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.  For more information on Spookley’s activities with PACER, visit:


In a world where the only good pumpkins are round pumpkins, Spookley is teased because of his square shape. Shunned by the other pumpkins, Spookley is befriended by Edgar, Allan and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince him that, square or not, he has a right to be the Pick of the Patch. But Big Tom and Little Tom, the pumpkin bullies in the patch, continue to tease and taunt Spookley. Encouraged by kindly Jack Scarecrow and his bat sidekicks, Boris and Bella, Spookley tries his best, but he isn’t sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens Holiday Hill Farm. When the storm blows the round pumpkins across the patch towards the raging river, Spookley realizes it is up to him and his square shape to save the day.


The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
The Legend of Beacon the Bright Little Firefly
The Legend of JellyBean and the Unbreakable Egg
The Legend of Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug
The Legend of Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens

My Review:

If  your child watches Disney Junior, then you might be familiar with Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  I admit that I've heard of Spookley before but had never watched it until receiving the Blu-ray Combo Pack.  I can now see why it's popular.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin has somewhat of a Halloween atmosphere but I think kids would like it any time of year.  This film is about 45 minutes long and will keep children entertained with fantastic animation and musical numbers.  The Transylvania Twist was among one of the favorites, and my nieces were dancing along with it.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin tells of a pumpkin that is square rather than round.  He is made to feel like an outsider because of his difference.  Two pumpkins in particular (one a big oaf and the other a small pumpkin with mighty words) make Spookley feel inadequate.  Jack, the scarecrow, encourages Spookley when feelings and events make the square pumpkin feel sad.  Spookley gets to redeem himself and show that it's okay to be different when he saves the pumpkin patch from a storm.

The story of this film is entertaining and there's even some humor.  Some of the behavior from the bullies isn't very nice but it's not over-the-top and, in the end, it's shown that doing those things is no way to treat someone.  The bottom line it tells is that bullying is not okay, and there's nothing wrong with being different.  We all have our own special talents and abilities.

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