Archives for January 2011

BOBA: Baby On Board Apparel {Review}

“BOBA exists to inspire comfort and functionality to mommies and mommies to be.”

Baby on Board ApparelThe phrase above was the very first thing I noticed when I went to the BOBA website. Comfort is not necessarily a term one associates with pregnancy. But, BOBA wants to change that by giving moms and moms to be comfortable clothes that function well and look fantastic.

Recently, I was sent the Juliet Nursing Top to review. In order to get an honest and accurate review, I was required to wear – and wash – the shirt a minimum of 3 times. It turns out, I love the shirt so much that I wore – and washed – it way more than 3 times. I was a little nervous about the size I had selected, since I went with an XL, and I seem to keep losing weight this pregnancy. However, the shirt fits perfectly, so apparently I’m not losing any weight in my chest or belly. 🙂 It’s long enough that it totally covers the maternity jean stretchy material, which I love.  (One of my biggest pet peeves is when my maternity shirts are too short, and you can see the stretchy waist band or – gasp – my belly hanging out of the bottom of the shirt. This shirt is the perfect length, and that’s one of the reasons why I love it so much! And, yes, I know it’s a nursing top. That’s what I love most about it. Not only does it fit me really well now, but I have a feeling I’ll be wearing it for some time to come after Baby Gage is born. I love an item that goes above and beyond.

BOBA Nursing ShirtThe fabric is so soft and so comfortable. You definitely cannot call it “just” a t-shirt. It’s so much more than that! The ruffles and layers just add so much to it! The shirt is really comfortable, goes with everything, and I love wearing it. I can dress it down by throwing a zip-up hoodie over it, or I can dress it up by putting on a nice black sweater and pretty jewelry.

I’ve washed the shirt dozens of times, and I’ve got to tell you – I am totally impressed. There’s no pilling of the fabric, it hasn’t shrunk or stretched out, and it still looks like it did the first time I pulled it out to wear it. Now, I will tell you that I have not dried it in the dryer. The tag on the shirt recommends not to. (It’s their way of reducing their – and our – carbon footprint.) Just wash it on cold, and hang to dry. It doesn’t take long to dry at all, and it looks great once it is dry.

Because I love the shirt so much, I wanted to check out what else BOBA had to offer. Oh.my.gosh. I think I’m in love! My first stop was their Sale selection. Check out the super-adorable “Ultrasound Shirt” that I found. What a super cute way to announce what you’re having. And it would make such a special keepsake after baby was born, too. You could totally turn it into a pillow or a framed piece of artwork down the road. Plus, at $24, it’s a steal!

After drooling over the ultrasound shirt for quite some time, I headed off to look at their jacket selection. I *love* jackets – hoodies, sweaters, coats, you name it, I’ve got dozens of them. While BOBA only offers 3 different styles, they are 3 of the cutest maternity styles I have ever seen. I love the ruffled pockets and clean lines of the Molly Blazer. The Amelia Coat is beyond gorgeous. Plus, it would look fabulous even after pregnancy. The shirt I received as a review would look simply fabulous with it as well!

Now that I have tried out BOBA maternity clothes for myself, and have taken a look at their website, I’ve got to say that I am definitely impressed. I would highly recommend their entire line of clothes to any mom to be or new mommy. Super cute, stylish, and oh-so-comfortable, they’re sure to please even the pickiest mom.

To learn more about BOBA, connect with them in the following ways:

Disclaimer: I was contacted by BOBA through the Happy & Healthy Moms website review team. I was sent the necessary products to facilitate my honest and thorough review. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this post.

Seven Slings Discount Code

Seven SlingsI’m not sure if you’ve heard of SevenSlings.com or not, but they offer several very cute styles of baby slings. I’ve actually ordered from them before and given their slings as gifts. While I haven’t used their slings myself, (I’m more of a carrier kind of girl), the moms I have given them to have absolutely loved them!

Now, you can try SevenSlings.com for yourself – for FREE! All you have to do is pay shipping and handling. (The total will just be $11.95 – unless you keep the sizing insurance, then it goes up a bit.) For a little more than $10 – $15, you get a super cute, well made sling. You can’t beat that!

All you need to do is go to their website, click on shop now, pick the sling you want in the size you need, and at checkout use the code texas. Your $39 discount will appear instantly.

By the way, you can also use the discount code to pick up one of their gift packs. The gift packs include a sling, matching baby leg warmers, and a matching bracelet. Once the discount is taken, your total will be $5 + shipping. Again, a fabulous score! Oh, and you can use the code more than once, you just have to do it as separate orders. Stock up on baby gifts for the next year! 🙂

I’m not sure how long this discount will last, so I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out! Hurry on over to SevenSlings.com and start shopping right now.

Family Friendly Friday – 1.28.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 1.28.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

Let’s get a head start and share our favorite family Valentines crafts with each other! (Please include supplies needed)

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

This week has been a hectic one for me, maybe it’s the end of January that makes me feel like I need to get everything in before February comes around the corner. Whatever it is I am sure I am not alone in this feeling, because us moms always feel the pressure. We have a great family movie DVD pick this week so lets gather the family and enjoy the wholesome good entertainment.

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share your Valentine’s Day ideas!  As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

The family movie DVD pick for this week is one of adventure and loyalty. The whole family will love this family movie based on the true story about a legendary German Shepard. Enjoy!

Finding Rin Tin TinFinding Rin Tin Tin

Directed by: Danny Lerner
Cast: Tyler Jensen, Ben Cross, Ian Porter, Wesley Stiller
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2008

This inspirational film illustrates how the meaning of courage, loyalty and true friendship can bring people together, even enemies.…

Morris: Good family movie.
Hartness: Very interesting film.
Fathel: Good wholesome family movie.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks continuing with our animal theme: First, Flipper, a fun classic movie about the friendship between kids and animals; second, It’s Me or the Dog, a show handling the challenges of what to do when you have a disobedient dog and how to overcome the challenge.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, January 28, 2011
Who’s the Boss?, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel After meeting some of Tony’s married friends, Angela dreams of life with Tony.
Flipper, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC When Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter, he dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that bring uncle and nephew together, and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Good Luck Charlie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Part 1 of 2.  The family takes a wacky ski vacation, where Teddy meets a psychic who tells her she will meet her true love during the trip.  Meanwhile, Amy and Bobby learn they aren’t officially married; PJ visits a mysterious cabin occupied by two pretty girls after snowboarding down the wrong mountain.
It’s Me or the Dog, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Victoria helps a family with a rambunctious pit bull.

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Little House on the Prairie, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A petition demanding property rights for wives sets off a battle of the sexes in Walnut Grove.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A family who lost a teenage daughter in a texting-while-driving accident has a new home built for them.  Justin Bieber, Emma Roberts, and NASCAR’s Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle volunteer.

Monday, January 31, 2011
Unwrapped, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Treats that combine sweet and salty flavors are examined, including Snickers; the Immaculate Baking Co., Snyder’s Pretzels, and Fran’s Chocolates.
Avalon High, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A student believes her new high school is a contemporary Camelot complete with a king and knights of the Round Table.  She tries to prove the legend is alive and stop attacks by a notorious traitor.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Suite Life on Deck, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel The guys visit Carey in Tokyo on the set of a soda commercial.  After Zack damages the set, he is forced to work as a drink taster to pay for the destruction.
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Amid greed, Charles and Edwards pan for gold in South Dakota.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
MonsterQuest, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel Reports of pythons in Florida are examined.
Sky High, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel A geeky teen attending a high school for superheroes finds it hard to live up to the expectations of his legendary parents.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Amish Grace, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) LMN Based on a true story, a school shooting in an Amish community leave five girls dead, and a grieving mother struggling to apply the Amish teachings of forgiveness toward the killer.
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Charles and Mary go to Chicago, he to attend a convention, she to see her fiance.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

I was really hoping to have a fun whole family movie this week but it looks like the pickings are a bit slim in the theater. We have a movie that borders between family and date night, so moms use your best judgment and see the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end. Enjoy!

The Dilemma

Release Date: January 14, 2011
MPAA rating:
PG-13
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder
Running Time: 110 min

Ron Howard teams up with Vince Vaughn for this slapstick comedy that touches on serious real-life issues. The Dilemma takes you on an adventure about a best friend put in a tough situation where he struggles with telling the truth, knowing it will hurt the one person who has always been there for him.

This movie provides an opportunity to discuss what you do when faced with a moral decision and your best friend is on the other end. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James work as a good team to keep you laughing for a majority of the movie.

Due to the language, sexual content and alcohol/drug references, the National Board of Mothers® was not able to give this movie it’s Seal of Approval and only suggests this move for ages 15 and above, moms use your best judgment.

It’s a wrap! Let’s squeeze every last drop out of this month and cherish all that we can as we head into February. If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

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Custom Covered Wipes Case {Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Friday, Feb. 11 at 11:59pm EST.

Custom Travel Wipes CaseI love making things for other people – or for my kids. After I shared this post, I was so blown away by the response – and requests – that I decided it was time to make these items available for sale again.

So, I’ve created this page.  Now, if you want a custom travel wipes case to match your diaper bag, or a bow bouquet to welcome a new baby girl into your life, you can find them both in one place. Right now those are the only two items I have listed, but I will be listing more items in the months to come.

To celebrate the kick-off of these items being available again, I am going to give away a custom covered travel wipes case to one lucky winner. You pick the color scheme or theme, and I’ll make it just for you.

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Catch the NY Jets on Worst Cooks in America this Sunday

I am not much of a football fan, although, even I have to admit, (as a former Chicagoan), that I was quite excited that the Bears made it so far. I would have loved to have seen them gone on to the Super Bowl, but there’s always next year.

And while I’m not much of a football fan, one of my absolute favorite shows is Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America. My husband is fairly certain they created that show just for me, and someday, I’m going to get myself on it. 🙂

This Sunday, you can find New York Jets’ Kris Jenkins, along with Dustin Keller, Jamaal Westerman and Rodrique Wright, duke it out with America’s worst cooks. (Think they’ll do better than they did last week against the Steelers?!)

Worst Cooks in America

Here’s a brief synopsis of the episode:

“Game Day Party”

At midterm time, Chefs Anne and Robert want to see how the recruits perform without supervision. Via video message, the chefs assign their teams a scrambled recipe for the Skill Drill. Each team works together to unscramble the recipe and cook the dish while the chefs secretly watch their attempt on closed circuit TV. For the Main Dish Challenge, the chefs shock their recruits with the news that they must cater an hors d’oeuvre party for NFL star Kris Jenkins, his wife, and 30 of their guests! It’s game time, and the two least successful cooks are cut.

The episode premiers Sunday, January 30th at 9pm ET/PT.

Don’t miss what’s sure to be one exciting episode of Worst Cooks in America.

Disclaimer: This is a complimentary post on behalf of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America. I was not compensated in any way.

32 Week Doctor Visit & a Bonus

Today, I had my 32 week doctor visit with my obgyn. Overall, it went really well. I haven’t gained any weight in the past 2 weeks, but I haven’t lost any either. Doc said that if I’m not going to gain, at least it’s best that I’m not losing either. Blood pressure was good. Baby’s heart rate was good. He didn’t even check to see if I was dilating because I was “so closed” last time that he’s convinced I’m not going to dilate on my own. (Just like I’ve been telling every other doctor for the last several pregnancies!)

So, what’s the bonus? I have strep throat! (And so do Jace and Lucy, but I’ll get to that.) I started having horrible ear pain yesterday. By 5pm, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I dropped hubby and the kids off, and Ashley went with my to the emergency room. They got me back right away, and the doc checked my ears. Said they both looked fine. Then, he checked my throat. He said that it appears I’ve had strep for quite awhile, and it’s now working its way up my ear canal. (I didn’t know strep did that, and my throat never hurt!) He did a rapid strep test just to make sure, and it came back positive immediately. He put me on antibiotics as well as a pain medicine for the ear pain. My obgyn looked at my throat today, and he said that they put me on all the right meds, and I should be feeling much better in a couple of days.

Last night around midnight, I heard barking coming from the boys’ room. No, we didn’t get a dog. It was Jace. And it was croup. I hate croup. So, Jace and I spent the next 3 hours using the nebulizer and breathing in the steam from a hot shower before he finally fell back to sleep. He continued to bark all night.

Lucy woke up this morning with absolutely no voice, and tears streaming down her face because her throat hurt. It was heartbreaking.

My first phone call this morning was to the school to call Jace off for the day, and the second was to get Jace and Lucy into the doctor. We finally got in at 3 this afternoon, and guess what? Strep throat for them, too. SIGH. I’m praying that it stays between the 3 of us, but the doc isn’t hopeful. He did say that if any of the other kids start showing any signs of a sore throat, they would just call in an Rx for them as well.

It has been quite the 24 hours around here. I’m hoping we all get over this quickly and that no one else gets it.

Being sick and pregnant is just no fun, but being sick, pregnant, and dealing with 2 sick kids while trying to keep the other 3 kids from getting it is really no fun.

Boba Baby Carrier {Review}

Boba Baby CarrierI love carrying my babies around in a carrier. It truly makes my life so much easier. It frees up my hands and allows me to get things done. Parker spent a lot of time in a really uncomfortable carrier when he was a newborn, simply because that was the only carrier I had available to me. Oh, how I wish I had been introduced to the Boba Carrier a long time ago.
Boba Baby Carrier
Before I get to my review of the Boba Baby Carrier, here are some need to know facts about the company and the carrier:

  • Carriers are made from certified organic cotton.
  • Made in Boulder, Colorado by local mountaineering professionals. (Made in the USA!)
  • Features of the carriers:
    • accommodates children 15-45 lbs
    • one size fits most adults
    • front and back carry
    • Boba Organic collection made with GOTS and OE100 certified 100% organic cotton and organic Texas cotton lining
    • Boba Classic collection made with 100% natural brushed cotton
    • high density waist and shoulder strap foam
    • removable foot straps for extra leg/hip support
    • high back for better overall support
    • removable hood

My Review of the Boba Carrier

At first glance, I thought the carrier would be complicated to put on. After all, I am 8 months pregnant, and don’t handle complexity well at all. I was pleasantly surprised when I took a closer look and discovered that it wasn’t complicated at all. I tried to put the carrier on by myself first, before checking the directions, just to test the complexity. Wouldn’t you know it? After snapping it on, (without Parker in place),  and then checking the directions, I discovered I had put the carrier on properly, and I was ready to pop Parker into it.

Now, I use this carrier every single day. I’ve talked on here about how I have to park my truck at the top of our crazy-long driveway, and walk up and down. If I have someone here to help me with Parker and Lucy, it’s much easier. But, it also doesn’t happen very often. Most days, I have to get Parker and Lucy up and down the driveway alone. I honestly don’t know what I would do without this carrier. It is so nice to strap on the carrier, put Parker into place on my back, and carry him – and all the stuff needed – up and down the driveway. It keeps my hands free to hold Lucy’s hand, (or the groceries, diaper bag, or whatever else I need), and get them up and down without incident. Remember the fall I took a few weeks ago? That was before I started using the Boba Carrier. I’m guessing if I had used it then, I would have had my hands free to hold the flashlight in one hand and Lucy’s hand in the other, and would have been able to see where I was going a whole lot better.

There are several things that I absolutely love about the carrier:

  1. It is extremely comfortable! Even at 8 months pregnant, walking up and down a very steep hill is no problem at all. My back doesn’t hurt a bit, and it feels like it was made just for Parker.
  2. How much Parker loves it. Boba Baby CarrierWe’ll be in the house, and Parker will spot the carrier hanging by the back door. He’ll pull it down, bring it to me, and ask for a “piggy back ride.” I’ve never used a carrier with kids over the age of 2, simply because they’ve always hated being in them. However, Parker loves his Boba Carrier and wants to be in it all the time. (I know he doesn’t look happy in the picture, but that’s because he had just woken up a minute before that picture was taken.)
  3. The material used. Oh my gosh. So soft, and plush. I’ll definitely be using this carrier with Gage as well – if Parker will let me!
  4. The overall design. I love that it has a safety snap at my chest so that I don’t have to worry about Parker falling out. And, it comes with an attached hood. That’s been wonderful to have on chilly morning walks up to the bus stop!
  5. The company behind the product. Just listen to part of their mission statement:

    NAP, Inc.’s mission is to provide comfortable and durable baby carriers to parents throughout the world and give them a helping hand in raising confident, joyful and compassionate children. We hope to enhance the bond between mother and child by enabling both to be close and connected to each other in a practical yet magical sort of way.

At $100 per carrier, the price may seem a little steep. But, I have to tell you that this carrier is absolutely worth every penny. It can be used from 15 – 45 pounds. (Do you know how long my kids take to get to 45 pounds? My 7 year old just barely makes it over that!) It is so well made that it seems as though it will last forever. (Now, I cannot attest that it will indeed last forever, as I have only had mine for a few weeks. What I can tell you is that in my opinion, this baby carrier is very well made, and I will personally use it for my children for as long as I possibly can.)

Overall, I am quite impressed with the Boba Baby Carrier and would recommend it to any mom or mom to be that wants to carry her baby without the back pain. I will continue to use my Boba Carrier with my 2 year old and will also use it with my newborn once he reaches the appropriate weight.

If you want to know more about Boba carriers, the best ways to do that are to do the following:

Boba Carriers can be purchased through their website or you can find a Boba Carrier retailer near you (USA, Canada, and International).

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour through Parent Reviewers on behalf of Boba Baby Carriers. I was sent the products necessary to facilitate my honest and candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. All ideas and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

32 Week Belly Picture

32 week belly pic

32 weeks today. Still no bedrest, no complications, no hospital stays. What a blessing that has been! I am feeling great, and hoping the rest of the pregnancy goes just as smoothly.

Won’t be much longer now!

Top Secret Recipe – Homemade Chicken & Dumplings

I am about to share my super top-secret recipe with you. You all know I can’t cook much, but one thing I do know how to make is chicken n’ dumplin’s. Chicken & DumplingsThis is by far my most favorite meal on earth. The only reason I don’t make it more often, (aside from the fact that it just can’t be good for me), is that clean-up is a nightmare. Oh, and it takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to make the chicken because I make so much.

One thing I do differently than most places that serve chicken and dumplings is that I keep them separate. I hate, hate, hate when the chicken is shredded and mixed in with the dumplings. Completely ruins the entire taste of everything. So, by frying up the chicken on the side, I get the best of both worlds. Chicken. And dumplings.

So, are you ready for my super fabulous recipe?

I’m afraid I don’t really have a written recipe for the chicken for you to follow. I once read somewhere that the best chefs don’t need measurements and recipes, they just know what goes into the dish. Now, I’m definitely not a top chef, but that’s kind of how this goes. So, I’ll just tell you what I do, and you can mess with it at your will.

For the Chicken:

I usually use 12 boneless skinless chicken breasts. (But, like I said, I make a TON of chicken every time.) To feed 4 people, you would probably be fine with 4 – 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Trim the fat, and then cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. (Just don’t make them too small, or you’ll be frying chicken all day.) You’ll also need 2 regular sized bowls. Fill one with milk, add in 2 eggs, and salt and pepper. Mix it all together with a fork or wisk until the eggs are beaten. In the second bowl, you’ll need flour, salt, and pepper.

Now, get ready to get messy.

Fried ChickenTake a piece of chicken, drop it in the milk and egg mix, pull it out, roll it in the flour mix. Repeat. (I always do this twice to each piece because it makes the batter thicker.) Set aside. Do this with 10 – 12 pieces of chicken. Then, drop batter-covered chicken, one piece at a time, into a 340* deep fryer. Fry until golden brown (usually 5 – 8 minutes). Remove from fryer, drop into a paper-towel-lined bowl or dish, and salt and pepper to taste. Do this with all of your chicken that you’ve cut up. (Also, be sure to add more milk and flour to your bowls as necessary. And, another tip: I usually coat more chicken while there’s chicken in the fryer. Helps me get done faster.

You can serve the chicken hot or cold. It’s great both ways. I always make enough so that I can have cold fried chicken for breakfast the next morning. Mmmmmm.

Now, for the dumplings. I actually have a recipe for these!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large can chicken broth

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl, and kneed together until a lump of dough is formed. Drop dough onto floured surface and roll out until 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Cut into long strips, then cut into smaller rectangle shapes. (Or, let the kids use cookie cutters. My kids *love* doing that.) Take individual dumplings and flatten, covering with flour to keep them dry.
  • Drop dumplings into boiling chicken broth. They’ll cook fast, usually takes less than 7 minutes. Dumplings will start to float to the top when they’re finished.

Then, scoop out some dumplings (with broth, if desired), add some chicken to the side, and enjoy!

Normally, I double – or even triple the dumpling recipe because we have so many people, and because they reheat well. This meal will usually last us 2 – 3 days, and no one ever complains about eating leftovers.

Have you ever had chicken and dumplings? Gonna give this recipe a try?

Family Friendly Friday – 1.21.11

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 1.21.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question about an American dream and let your voices be heard:

“I have a dream” What great American in history said this? How have you benefited from this dream?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Can you believe there is only one week left in January? Where did this month go? I am still getting adjusted to it being 2011 and already the first month is flying by! From our Moms Speak Out question I am focusing this week on dreaming big. I want my kid to know that the world is her oyster and she has limitless opportunities. Us moms always want what is best for our kids, this week let’s focus on encouraging their dreams!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share your how you have benefited from the dream! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks in continuing the dream big theme: First, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, is a fun family pick teaching about rare foods abroad and encouraging trying new and exotic cuisine; second, The Incredibles, an animated adventure that encourages the superhero in all of us to conquer our fears.

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, January 21, 2011
Lassie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC Determined to start a new life in the country, the Turner Family—Dad, stepmom, little Jennifer, and teenager Matt—leave the city for the country living of Virginia.  The move creates problem, especially for Matt, who feels lost and alone.  Fortunately, the Turners are assisted by a homeless collie who becomes part of their lives.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Alex gets jealous when Jerry starts spending time with Maxine.  Meanwhile, Harper lies to Zeke and tells him that the Russos don’t like him.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Travel Channel The host visits Puerto Rico and tours a unique market in San Juan.  Later he ventures into the rain forest, sampling wild treats on his way.
House Hunters International, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) HGTV A couple desire a historic home in Granada, Nicaragua, with two bedroom and an office.  The pair can’t agree on location however.

Sunday, January 23, 2011
Good Luck Charlie, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A new pint-size neighbor develops a crush on Teddy, so she tries to use the kid to make Spencer jealous.  Meanwhile, Bob performs with PJ’s band, much to PJ’s dismay, when a member gets sick.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC A Georgia family involved in Girl Scouts has a new home built for them.

Monday, January 24, 2011
Little House on the Prairie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Mary has an infection requiring immediate, costly surgery distant hospital.
The Wild Within, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Travel Channel Steven Rinella visits the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i.  While there, he hunts boar, deer, and octopus, all of which will later be prepared for a traditional Hawaiian feast as pa’ina.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
House Hunters International, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) HGTV An Alberta couple look for a vacation home in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for around 150,000 dollars.  They want a second-story condo with two bedrooms that’s close to the beach.
Suite Life on Deck, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Zack, London, and Woody go to a ritzy beach club for senior ditch day, but the bouncer refuses to  let Woody in.  Meanwhile, Cody and Bailey attend class to keep their perfect attendance records intact.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Modern Marvels, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel Examining tuna, from catching the fish to processing it and preparing it in meals, including an outing with fishermen; a trip to the Bumble Bee cannery; and a tour of a fish market in Tokyo.
Shake it Up, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel CeCe plays matchmaker for Deuce, but her plan backfires when he gets back together with his gold-digger girlfriend.  Meanwhile, Flynn helps Henry earn a scout camping badge.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Incredibles, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel A superhero family comes out of retirement to defeat a rogue inventor.
Pioneers of Television, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [Check Local Listings]  A look back at classic TV westerns, including Maverick, Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Big Valley, and Wild, Wild West.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we continue our dream big theme with a date night movie to help encourage us parents to remember that anything is possible. Due to the language, please see our National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end. Enjoy!

The King's SpeechThe Kings Speech

Release Date: December 10, 2010
MPAA rating: R
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Running Time: 118 min

This movie is based on the true story of King George VI and his sheer will and determination to overcome speech challenges. A special bond is created between the King and his self-taught speech therapist in a friendship that was known to have united a nation.

Colin Firth as King George VI takes you on this adventure of conquering ones fears despite overwhelming criticsm. This movie will touch your heart and invigorate you to be less fearful, and more adventureous and to have faith in yourself above all else.

Due to the language, the National Board of Mothers® was not able to give this movie it’s Seal of Approval.

It’s a wrap!

It’s a wrap! Let’s dream big this week moms! I can’t wait to get your feedback about this week’s post, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Mother’s Jewelry – Perfect for Any Mom

It’s no secret that I love jewelry. And when that jewelry has anything to do with my kids, it makes it even more special. I have several pieces of mother’s jewelry that I’ve either received as gifts, had made for a review, or bought for myself, and they are pieces that I wear most frequently. (Plus, since I keep having kids, that means I keep getting new jewelry! It’s a win-win, right?!)

Today I want to share some of my favorite places to buy mother’s jewelry. You may want to leave these recommendations up on your computer so that your significant other accidentally stumbles upon them.

  • Something 2 Brag About – Becci first contacted me about doing a review on a mother’s bracelet for her. It was the first time that a review piece ever made me cry. (You can read the full review here.) Family Birthstone BraceletThe bracelet was so beautiful, and so personal that I couldn’t believe she had taken so much time on something for someone she barely even knew. I still wear the bracelet all the time, and I’ve already been talking to her about creating a new piece after Gage is born. Whenever I need a special mothers gift for someone I know, Becci is my first stop. I’ve had her do a couple of custom orders, and she always blows me away. Her bracelets are absolutely gorgeous, and she takes the time to get the piece exactly right. She’s always my first choice when it comes to mother’s bracelets.
  • Jules Jewelry – I received the Family Birthstone Heart Charm Necklace as a gift from the leaders of my local MOPS group as a Christmas present. Again, another tear fest ensued, because I wasn’t expecting anything at all, much less something so personal and just beautiful. I wear the necklace all the time, and I just love to show it off! After browsing the Jules Jewelry site, I couldn’t get over how many beautiful designs she offers. It’s all so beautiful and so delicate. I just can’t stop adding everything in her shop to my wish list!
  • Kristen’s Custom Creations – A dear friend of mine sent me a hand-stamped necklace from Kristen’s shop right after Parker was born. It has all 5 of the kids names stamped on it and 3 beautiful crystals hanging on it. I wear this necklace a lot, and people are always complimenting me on it. It’s perfect for my dress-down or casual days. (Most days!) And you can bet that I will definitely be asking her if she can create a custom piece after Gage joins our family. And I know it’s not mother’s jewelry, but my favorite piece in her shop right now is the “Capture Life” necklace. I am so asking hubby to get me that for my birthday!

Those are my favorite places to find mother’s jewelry online. Mother’s jewelry is the perfect gift for any new or experienced mom, and something she will absolutely treasure forever.

Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry that someone gave you?

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Super Cheap Recipe That Had Kids Begging For More

As many of you know, I am not a cook. I was raised a “restaurant kid” and can order from any menu like a pro. My mom was never home to cook, and my dad’s cooking skills were limited to hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and condensed soup, so that was all I grew up learning how to make. After Ashley was born and I moved out, slowly I started to learn to make things that were in boxes on the shelves of grocery stores. Ramen noodles, and Hamburger Helper were staples in my house. I will never forget the time I invited hubby (before he was my hubby) and his mom over for dinner. I decided I was going to cook from scratch. I made a whole chicken with potatoes and carrots. The only problem? When you cut into the chicken (after it had cooked for 6 hours), it BLED. I cooked that chicken for a total of 9 hours, and it was still bleeding. We gave up and ordered pizza that night. My husband should have known then what he was getting himself into.

Now that we’ve been married 8 1/2 years, I have gotten a LOT better. I’ve had to, because feeding 7 people food that comes from boxes is expensive. So, while I’m not a super-fabulous cook, and I definitely won’t have my own cooking show on tv anytime soon, I do come up with some recipes now and then that are real winners. Last night’s dinner was the perfect example.

Hubby had to go into work for a few hours yesterday, so I asked him if he could bring something home for dinner. The only problem? We only had $6 in our bank account, and we had to feed 7 people. Not an easy task – especially when you’re not a couponing queen like my friend Heather.

I had made chicken tacos the other night and had made enough to have extra shredded chicken that I put in the freezer. And I knew we had a couple of other things on hand, so all hubby needed to buy for my recipe was 2 big bags of egg noodles and sprinkle cheese (Parmesan cheese for spaghetti, etc).  Dinner went over so well that all of my kids asked for 3rds and Parker, (my 2 year old), even had 4ths! It was such a hit that some of my friends on facebook asked me to spill the beans and share the recipe. So, I figured I’d do that for all of you too!

Here’s the easy-peasy recipe:

Super Easy Chicken & Noodles

Ingredients

  • Extra Wide Egg Noodles (I used 2 large bags, but I have a huge family)
  • Chicken Broth (or broth made with Better than Bullion – that’s what I used).
  • Margarine (we use unsalted because I have to keep my blood pressure down; I’m sure salted would taste even better!)
  • Shredded Chicken (I used about 2 cups)
  • Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  • Bring the chicken broth to a boil. (Or if you’re using Better than Bullion, bring the water to a boil, add the Better than Bullion and then let it boil for an additional 2 minutes.) Add the noodles, and boil until tender. in the meantime, warm up shredded chicken – either in the microwave or the skillet. Drain noodles. Mix in butter, shredded chicken, and Parmesan cheese – as much as desired. Put in bowls or on plates, add more Parmesan cheese (if desired), and serve.
  • I’m telling you, this was the easiest recipe in the world, and the kids gobbled it up and begged for more. The best part for me was that hubby made it all, and then did the dishes afterward. I just got to sit there and enjoy – and watch everyone else enjoy it too! I wish I had know it was going to be such a hit, I would have taken a picture to share in this post!

    So, tell me, what super easy recipe have you made that your kids just gobbled up?

    What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

    I’m nearing my due date, and it’s time to start thinking about what I’ll need to pack in my hospital bag this time around. Since I’ve done this a time or two (or 5) before, I’ve quickly learned what I need, and what I don’t need. I figured my experience could help you all out, so that when the big day arrives, you’re ready for anything.

    Hospital BagHere’s my list of must-haves for my hospital bag:

    • Camera &/or Video Camera (And not just because I’m a photographer. You’re going to want to capture every special moment you can, so make sure your battery is fully charged and you have plenty of room on your memory card.)
    • Cell Phone & Charger (I’m notorious for forgetting my charger, so I always make sure to put it on the list!)
    • A List of People to Call (The whole world has probably been asking you for weeks if you’ve had that baby yet, so now’s the time to have your husband call and let them know. I don’t recommend making a long list. Word will spread fast, so just call the people closest to you and share the good news.)
    • Socks (I prefer the fuzzy ones with the rubber grips on the bottom. That way I can walk across the hospital floor and not have to worry about slipping. Bring several pairs the ones you wear during delivery may get pretty yucky.)
    • Underwear (I always pack a bunch, no matter how long I’m planning on staying. Make sure it’s cotton, stretchy, and comfortable. Believe me. A thong is going to be the last thing you want to wear for awhile.)
    • Pads (I hate the ones the hospital provides {think diapers!} so I always bring a pack of my own. Get the long overnights with wings. You’ll probably bleed a lot, so you’ll want lots of protection. And the reason you’ll want lots of underwear.)
    • Nursing Nightgown (or a regular nightgown if you’re not planning on breastfeeding. It will feel nice to get out of the yucky hospital gown and into something a little more pretty. And, you won’t have to worry about your butt showing every time you walk to the bathroom.)
    • Nursing Pads (I highly, highly, highly recommend Lansinoh disposable nursing pads. They’re a bit more pricey, but they offer super fabulous protection.)
    • Nursing Bra (You should actually purchase this during your last month of pregnancy. Just make sure you bring it with you during the hospital!)
    • Glasses, Contact lenses, Eye Care Solution, Glasses Case, Contact Lens Case (If you use any of these things, make sure you bring them so you can actually see what’s going on and give your eyes some relief during the night.)
    • Makeup, Toiletries, Hair Brush, Headbands, Pony Tail Holders, Lotion (You may not even touch the makeup, but I never leave home without some on. Get small travel sized bottles of toiletries, and only bring what you need – deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Skip the blow dryer and just let your hair dry naturally. If you’re worried about frizz, throw it back in a pony tail. Remember, no one will judge you, you just had a baby!)
    • Lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, etc. (Some hospitals won’t let you have anything but ice chips, but bring these just in case. Jolly Ranchers are totally what got me through my first pregnancy, so I’ve snuck them every time since then!)
    • Snacks for your Hubby (Now, some people say to bring change for the vending machine, but what if he leaves, and the baby crowns? Do you really want the hospital to have to search for him? Of course, after 5 deliveries, my husband has learned that if I’m only eating ice chips, he’s not eating anything but ice chips, either. You may be nicer than me, though, and actually let your husband eat in front of you.)
    • An Outfit to Wear Home (for you! You’ll want to wear a pair of comfy maternity pants {not jeans} and either a nursing top or a loose fitting maternity top.)
    • Drivers License, Insurance Card, Hospital Admission Papers, etc. (If you didn’t pre-register with the hospital, you’re going to need all this stuff!)
    • Going Home Outfit for Baby (Self explanatory.)
    • Several Receiving Blankets
    • Several Onesies (This is what I keep baby in during his/her stay.)
    • Baby Socks (at least 2 pairs)
    • Newborn hat (the hospital will provide one, but I always like to have a cute one on hand)
    • Large Blanket, or Car Seat Cover (if it’s cold outside, you’re going to want to make sure you have something to keep baby warm. Don’t try to do a snowsuit – they’re not safe for baby.)
    • Car Seat (Should already be installed in your car!)
    • An Extra Bag (To bring home gifts. If this is your first baby, you may want to bring a big bag.)

    That’s my must-have list. I know, it looks like a lot. And it is. But, it keeps me prepared for anything. Some other things you may want to consider bringing along – your own pillow, books, magazines, a journal, baby book (have them put baby’s foot and/or hand prints directly in the book for you), ipod and headphones, and other gadgets.

    Don’t worry about bringing diapers to the hospital. The hospital will provide some for you, and they’ll even give you lots to take home.

    Did I miss anything? If you have a must-have item for your hospital bag, let me know what it is, and I’ll add it to my list if I agree!

    Winners Announced

    I am so far behind. Between the snow storms, the kids being off of school for 4 weeks now, and everything else, I’m totally behind on everything! I’ve finally sent the kids back to school today, and I can finally catch up on everything. I’ve got a bunch of design orders to take care of, and one of my very top priorities was finally drawing winners for all the giveaways that have ended.

    Good news! I’ve selected the winners, contacted each of them by email, and updated the winners page. You can check that page to see if you’re a winner. If you are, and you don’t see an email from me, send your info to angie {at} blessedbeyondwords.com and I’ll make sure you get your prize!

    Thanks for your patience through all of this! And if you want to see my latest Blogger to WordPress transfer that I’ve completed, head on over to www.one2try.net and let her know what you think!

    So You Know I’m Not Lying…

    Here’s a picture of our driveway:

    Our Dreaded Driveway

    It is really pretty, isn’t it? But all that snow is deceiving. Underneath the snow is a muddy mess, full of holes and uneven ground.

    I took this photo about halfway down our driveway, and the top is the same way. Steep, scary, and just a mess. I’m praying there are no more falls during this pregnancy, because getting back up the driveway is hard to do. 🙂 The snow gives some traction, but now that we’ve finally got temperatures above freezing, it’s all melting and turning to mud.

    I’m busy with a blogger to wordpress transfer for a friend and client today, but I wanted to at least pop in and say hello to my readers. Hopefully you’re staying warm and having a great weekend!

    Popchips – Think Popped {Review & Giveaway}

    This giveaway will end Sunday, Jan. 30 at 11:59pm EST.

    I am a snacker. I love to munch on things. Unfortunately, most of the things I love to munch on aren’t the best options – chips, pretzels and dip, all those bagged and boxed snacks that taste soooo good, but are soooo bad for you.

    popchipsRecently, I was introduced to popchips. If you haven’t heard of popchips, keep reading. And if you’ve had the opportunity to hear about them, but haven’t tried them yet, you keep reading too.

    So, what exactly are popchips?

    Popchips are a deliciously healthy way to snack. Seriously! I was sceptical at first too. After all, if it contains no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors, no cholesterol, no saturated fat, no trans fat, isn’t fried, isn’t baked, is low fat, and only 100 calories per serving, how on earth can it taste good?

    I honestly don’t know how they make it so good, but they sure do. In fact, if I had a trophy for the “best snacks ever,” I’d be handing it over to popchips. They are fabulous.

    Since they’re not fried (which means they’re healthier for you), and they’re not baked (which means they actually taste good), these chips are just a better snack all the way around. I don’t know how they pop these potatoes, but I’m not even going to question it. I’m just going to pop open my bag and enjoy!

    I received a sample box of all the different flavors of popchips available. In the box I received a serving size bag of each of the following flavors:

    • Original Potato
    • Barbeque Potato
    • Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato
    • Salt & Pepper Potato
    • Paremesan Garlic Potato
    • Cheddar Potato
    • Sour Cream & Onion Potato

    The kids favor the Cheddar Potato and the Barbeque Potato. Hubby loved the Salt & Pepper Potato flavor, and I am seriously addicted to the Sea Salt & Vinegar and the Sour Cream & Onion flavor. Mmmmmmmmmm! They are absolutely yummy! Light and airy. And I can’t get over how crunchy they are! These are officially my favorite snacks. I just can’t get enough of them. And, since they’re actually good for me, I don’t have to feel guilty about my snacking habit.

    Want to Try Popchips for Yourself?

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    You Can WIN! I get to give away a Popchips Sample Box (complete with a chip clip) to one lucky reader.

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    Family Friendly Friday – 1.14.11

    Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 1.14.11

    Moms Speak Out

    Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question about New Year resolutions and let your voices be heard:

    “What is your family’s favorite TV show?”

    Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

    Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

    Quiet on the Set

    Well we are now in full swing of January and as us moms know, the schedules start to get hectic right around now. So the goal for this week is to try and make things just a little bit easier on ourselves. We spend so much time worry about all the logistics and details we need to remember that we are doing a great job!

    Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share your family’s favorite TV show! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

    Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

    If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

    This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, It’s Me or the Dog, is a fun family movie showing how pets make such a difference in life and a great Saturday night pick; second, The Wild Within, takes you on an adventure of Lewis and Clark’s travels exploring the great state of Montana.
    Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

    Friday, January 14, 2011
    Who’s the Boss?, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel When Tony’s high-school do-wop group reunites, he recruits Angela as a “Dreamtonette.”
    Suite Life on Deck, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Part 1 of 3.  Bailey returns home to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday, and Cody follows after her in an attempt to win her back.  Meanwhile, Zack and Woody challenge Moseby and his brother to a basketball game, only to learn that his sibling is a pro player.

    Saturday, January 15, 2011
    Accidental Friendship, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A homeless woman finds her fortunes improving after she forms an unlikely friendship with a police officer.
    It’s Me or the Dog, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet Four coddled dogs run rampant in a couple’s home, and Victoria’s help is sought so the couple can regain control and start a family.

    Sunday, January 16, 2011
    Follow the Stars Home, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel A woman is abandoned by her newlywed husband when he learns that their unborn child will be born with genetic abnormalities, but she finds hope and comfort from her mother, a young girl, and her former brother-in-law.
    Matilda, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family Danny DeVito directed and costars in an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantasy about a super-intelligent child whose self-absorbed parents send her to a brutal school, where she uses her brilliance to survive.

    Monday, January 17, 2011
    River Monsters: Unhooked, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Animal Planet The Amazon’s piranha is sought.
    The Wild Within, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Travel Channel The host recreates moments from the Lewis and Clark expedition in the badlands of Montana.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    Good Luck Charlie, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Teddy takes Charlie to her English class in an effort to impress her teacher; Amy coaches Gabbe’s basketball team, but her enthusiasm wears down the players.
    Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    The Universe, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) History Channel An exploration of what Earth would be like if the moon was gone.  Included are changes in the oceans and shifting currents; unusual weather patterns; and changes in day and night.
    Chicken Little, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Chicken Little can’t get anyone to believe his warning about an alien invasion in this Disney feature.

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS Experts appraise antiques and collectables from the Miami Beach area, including a rare Qing Dynasty vase and a 1956 Gretsch guitar.
    Promised Land, 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC When Russell Greene loses his job, he decides to go on the road with his family.  So he gathers his wife, Claire, his son, Josh, his daughter, Dinah, his mother, Hattie, and his nephew, Nathaniel and hits the road.  With only an old Suburban, a trailer, and a dream, Russell and his family are now traveling across the country in search of adventure and helping many people along the way.

    To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

    This week we have a comic book classic with a bit of a modern twist. The Green Hornet is a fun option for the movies, but moms use your best judgment when it comes to what age is appropriate and see our National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end. Enjoy!

    The Green HornetThe Green Hornet

    Release Date: January 14, 2011
    MPAA rating: PG-13
    Starring: Seth Rogan, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz
    Running Time: 119 min

    The sudden death of his father places Britt Reid at the helm of a popular newspaper. But fate has other things in mind, when the timing of a bank robbery stops this new publisher from living a normal 9 to 5 job.

    Adventure, romance and action fill this movie with morals that teach there is more to life than living out an inherited fortune. The Green Hornet embarks on making a difference for the greater good, and in turn seeing the difference it makes in his own life.

    Due to the violent action, sexuality, drug content, and language, the National Board of Mothers® was not able to give this movie it’s Seal of Approval and suggests it only for kids over the age of 15.

    It’s a wrap!

    Remember to be a bit easier on yourself this week and I would love to hear your feedback about this week’s post, so please
    email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


    Founder, National Board of Mothers®

    Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

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    Spokeo – No, No, No!

    I’m not sure if you’ve heard about this website or not, but I think it’s horrible. Spokeo gives detailed information about you – credit score, address, house value, age, income level, etc. I did a search for my name, and I ended up finding 2 different addresses – both were previous addresses I’ve lived in. Then, I did a search for my maiden name, and guess what? Yep. It was there too. Most of the information was correct, but MAN. Is it scary.

    Please head over to Spokeo and see if you are listed. To remove a listing, you’ll need the link to your profile. (Simply click on your name in the left column, and copy the link address in your web address bar. You can request to remove a listing here: http://www.spokeo.com/privacy Then, just follow the steps. You’ll need to insert your email address so that you can verify that you want it removed. I just used an old email address that I never check any more so that if they decide to spam me, I won’t get it anyway.

    I also want you to know that they will limit how many listings you can remove per email address AND per day. I’m on there 3 times, and it removed 2 listings under 1 email address, and then it let me remove the third under a separate email address. My husband is on there 4 times, and when I went to remove him, it said “In order to prevent abuse, we must limit the frequency of privacy requests. Please try again tomorrow.” So much for this sentence on their privacy page: “Spokeo cares about data privacy.” Baloney. If you cared about my privacy, Spokeo, you’d ask me before you made it public to the whole world.

    I’m all about staying safe, and I want my readers to be protected as well. I hope your information isn’t on the site, but if it is, I hope my instructions on removing it were easy to follow.

    Stay safe out there!

    30 Week Doctors Visit

    Hard to believe I’m 30 weeks into this pregnancy. Actually, I’m almost 31 weeks along. It seems to be just flying by! Since I’ve never gone past 39 weeks, that means sometime in the next 5 – 8 weeks I’ll have a new baby in the house. Scary how close it’s getting!

    I wasn’t supposed to head back to the doctor until next Tuesday, but I got a phone call 2 days ago asking if I could reschedule my appointment for the next day (yesterday). I said yes, and headed over to the doctor’s office. (Side note: Yesterday was the first day we were actually able to get out of my mother in law’s house. I was happy to get away for bit!)

    I got to the appointment, left my sample, and then stepped on the scale – down another 2 pounds, and it had only been a week since my last appointment. That means that I’m now only 4 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight. Who knew I only had to get pregnant to lose weight? She took my blood pressure, but I was so busy talking to her that I forgot to look and see what it was. I assume it was ok, because no one ever said anything about it.

    I headed back to the room, and only had to wait a few minutes to see the doctor. He wasn’t too happy about the continued weight loss, since at this point, I should be gaining about a pound per week. He asked if everything was ok, and I lost it. I burst into tears, telling him how stressed out I am with everything – hubby’s job, living with my MIL, and about a million other things. He calmly reassured me that everything was going to be ok, and I needed to be careful to take care of myself and my baby. He told me to stock up on milkshakes and ice cream, and just enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy. (Have I mentioned how much I love my doctor? He really is the best.) We talked about some other things, like pre-registering at the hospital, my contractions, etc., and then he checked my cervix. If I was dilating at all, I would need to stay with my MIL so that I could be close to the hospital. If there was no dilating, I could go home. Never have I prayed so hard that there would be NO change in my cervix!

    Praise the Lord and Hallelujah, there was NO CHANGE. 🙂 Still long, thick, and closed. Exactly what I wanted to hear for 30 weeks, and it meant I could go home. Little did I know that more good news would be coming my way regarding hubby’s job. Maybe now this will help calm my stress and I can actually start to gain the weight I need to.

    Have you ever lost weight during your pregnancy because of stress or some other reason? I’d love to hear your experiences and chat sometime.