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Disney’s FROZEN Printables

In just a few short weeks Disney’s newest adventure film FROZEN will hit theaters nationwide! I for one am super excited to see another female prominent cast from Disney, especially since the last one that came out (BRAVE) was such a huge success with our entire family. Below I have a few printables that you can print out for your little’s. We’ve got ours printed out and put together to make little books out of them. These are great for keeping little minds busy and entertained.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” is in theaters in 3D on November 27, 2013. For more information, check out Disney.com/Frozen, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyFrozen and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.
 

AND just in case you haven’t seen the official trailer yet (where have you been man!) you can watch it right now. I dare you not to laugh.

Make sure to download full quality images by clicking on the link below the preview, not the actual preview.

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Like FROZEN on Facebook, Follow FROZEN on Twitter,  and the official website here. FROZEN opens in theaters everywhere on November 27th!

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Wordless Wednesday-Large African Wild Dog

I have never seen a Lycaon (African wild dog) until the other week when we went to the Zoo for my daughters field trip and dude let me tell you….they really are quite large, a little intimating yet they have a cute puppy quality that make you say awww. But not cute enough to want to pet cause yeah, they are wild animals and hello, did you see how big it’s paws are? Oh probably not seeing as I cut it off the photo, ugh. I’ll just say they were big. It was the first thing I noticed when we saw this one.

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See, it’s kind of cute isn’t it!

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Not sure, is this a I want to play look or an I want to eat you look?

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See, it’s a playful “little” puppy! 


 

 

 

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Keep your morning routine up with Designer Whey

I received samples of Designer Whey products in order to facilitate this review through the Fit Fluential Ambassadors Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely mine 

Over the last few years I’ve come to realize that while I may be happy with my life in general, there are aspects of it that I would like to change. More specifically, my body or really my body image. I try to live a healthy lifestyle. I am not a fan of junk food. I used to have a major sweet tooth but I’ve thankfully gotten that under control. I love vegetables and eating salads and I’ve started exercising again which is all wonderful BUT there’s that one thing that I’ve always struggled with…..breakfast. It’s never been my thing. Even in high school I avoided eating breakfast at all costs. I don’t like the feeling of starting my day feeling bloated and that’s typically how I feel after eating early in the morning. Unfortunately this one small thing has held me back in my weight loss journey.

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I know you’ve heard of Whey Protein Powders but did you know that they are not just for the hardcore exercise fanatics…but us regular Joe’s starting out in our journey too and they help in weight loss as well? I know seems like that is not possible especially since really all we see in store shelves is body builder images next to any type of protein powder. It’s why I avoided them for so many years but I am so glad I was corrected in my thinking.

Whey is superior to all other forms of protein, boasting the perfect amino acid profile for muscle building, strength, and recovery. Based on its biological value (BV), the measure of a particular protein’s effect on nitrogen balance, as well as its protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS), a measure of how well a particular protein supplies the nine essential amino acids, whey protein scored higher than meat and eggs!

Whey protein also empties from the stomach and is absorbed into the bloodstream faster than other proteins, which results in speedier muscle recovery. As such, it is the preferred choice for post-workout nutrition when the body is in a catabolic state.

– See more at: http://designerwhey.com/about-us/whey-benefits/#sthash.oZvx4wmc.dpuf

One way I have been incorporating Whey into my diet is through smoothies. Who doesn’t love smoothies right! And they seriously couldn’t be any easier to make. My two favorite versions right now….with yogurt and without. You will need four or five ingredients depending on which version you make. Combine all ingredients and blend until you reach the desired consistency.

For the non yogurt version you will need:

Fruit (fresh or frozen)

One whole Banana

Approximately 6-8 ice cubes

One scoop of Luscious Strawberry Protein Powder by Designer Whey

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For the yogurt version you will need:

Fruit (fresh or frozen)

Half a Banana

Approximately 3-5 ice cubes

One 6oz. S’mari Strawberry Yogurt

One scoop of Luscious Strawberry Protein Powder by Designer Whey

Another product I love from Designer Whey is their Protein Bars. With three young kids we tend to be on the go a lot of and there are more days then not that I suddenly realize it’s two o’clock and I haven’t eaten. I’ve been keeping at least one bar in purse for days like these. Not only are they amazingly good…OMG like seriously I enjoy these more then I do a candy bar, but I am not left hungry or wanting more. I am completely satisfied and ready to resume my activities of the day.

 

Right now you can enter to win FREE Smári Organics Iceland Yogurt! Here’s what you need to do:

1.) Click here to download & print the viking hat! http://bit.ly/VikingSelfie

2.) Take a pic wearing said Viking hat

3.) Post it on their wall & share!

Side note….if the promotion ends prior to you visiting their site you can still get a $1 off coupon AND a Free Iceland Photo EBook by visiting Designer Wheys Facebook page!

 

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Our adoption story with Theta

I have always been an animal lover. I remember growing up and thinking I can’t wait for the day that I get my very own puppy. That day finally came on January 30th of this year. I shared our special day with you all and announced her official welcome into our home. It was the perfect day.

Fast forward to October 1st. A representative from the rescue we were adopting Theta from came to our house to pick her up so she could be brought to an eye specialist. See back in April I noticed that her eyes looked a little….off. Actually you could see directly through her right eye. I brought it up to the vet and he said he couldn’t look at it because he wasn’t sure if the rescue would cover it. I then talked to the receptionist and she said she would talk to the rescue and let us know. Background: In September we noticed that our check for our “donation” had been cashed without word or any adoption paperwork for Theta. We emailed the owner of the rescue and asked what happened, why hadn’t we received the adoption papers and we had concerns about Theta that were never addressed.

When making arrangements for Theta to see the specialist it NEVER occurred to me that they would not bring her home.

She will get her to the vet on the first and then back to you some time after the appointment.  The vet works very odd hours, and schedules time by having you call in at 2pm on the day you are set to visit to get your appointment time.  It’s really kind of weird.

Looking back on it I beat myself up for not taking her myself or going with them or doing something to keep her in our hands not theirs. After they did not bring her home the next day I knew something was not right. I sent numerous emails, texts and even called the owner but most of my attempts went ignored. We would hear from the owner about once a week if we were lucky and as soon as I asked when we could bring Theta back home he would stop all communications. This went on for almost a month. Me begging and pleading trying to get our puppy home and them ignoring me. I can’t tell you how hard it is to feel utterly helpless.

They wanted us to pay for her surgery but based on the agreement they signed since they never forwarded the adoption papers the rescue was responsible for her treatment. The cost quoted to us for the treatment according to the owner was over $2300.

From the reports I know that the doctor found a cataract in here eye.  It is not common for a dog of this age to have these so he believes that it is hereditary.  If it is hereditary, there is always a chance that the other eye will also develop a cataract.  The best way to keep her vision is to do the surgery to fix her eye now while she is still young, and to do it as soon as possible.  The estimated cost of the surgery is over $2300, but they are offering a discount to us as a rescue group.

I explained to them many times over that we are a single income family. We have three children and that was a big chunk of change that we simply could not afford. Twenty-four days later the owner finally agreed to run a fundraiser but he still expected us to pay half. I started a fundraiser but wasn’t able to raise but a very small amount. My husband spoke with a volunteer and in frustration of going in circles with the rescue for nearly a month he said two words that I believe they based their entire decision off of. He referred to Theta as that dog when he said we wouldn’t pay for the surgery. One moment  of weakness and we were judged.

Yesterday morning we my son opened the front door to go to the bus stop he yelled asking why Thetas house was out front. Confused I ran over and sure enough her crate was out front on our door step and a check in the mailbox. There was our answer. Again instead of communicating with us and acting like adults they dropped off some of her stuff an ran. My heart is broken. I don’t know that I have ever cried as much as I have in the last day. I feel silly because so emotionally distraught over this but she was my baby. We got her at eight weeks old and I raised her. I fed her, bathed her, cuddled with her, trained her. She was my baby Theta and I loved her.

 

The reason I am sharing our story is to hopefully help someone in their pet adoption journey. Please make sure you do your research on the rescue you are working with. Meet with them in person, don’t allow lack of communication. Get every thing in writing. Read what you sign. Make sure they are truly legitimate and have their information handy. The rescue we went through does not monitor their phones, it’s an answering machine and that’s it, same goes for their email. They have no address listed and they screen their phone calls. I ignored these signs and just took them at face value when I should have paid more attention. I would do anything to get our baby girl back but at this point I am lost and with no way to communicate I don’t know what good it would do.

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Marvel’s THOR: The Dark World

You all know my love for Thor, and my boys have a love for all things LEGO so imagine our excitement when I received a LEGO Thor clip in my email today.

The cuteness…wait cute is probably the wrong word, but I can’t help it, it was cute! I wonder how long it took someone to make this. Love seeing creativity at work like this.

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THOR: The Dark World out in theaters everywhere on November 8, 2013!

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Remember the Classics with #DisneyClassicsBox

This may age me a bit but I remember when I was younger I had my very own record player. It was small and a cream and brown colored plastic record player and it was all mine. And the only two records I used to play were my Disney Collection discs. One was in a white case and the other a blue. I still remember what they look like but the actual names are lost on me. But I remember playing those discs throughout the day. They were the only possessions I had that meant anything to me. I have always loved music and Disney movies so being able to listen to some of my favorite songs any time I wanted as a little girl left an impression on me.

On November 12, 2013 Disney will be releasing their newest Classic Box Set which will not only include recent Disney songs but many classics as well. Here is a brief description:

From The Studio’s earliest days, music has always been an integral part of the Disney creative process. But when ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf’ debuted in 1933, it began a musical legacy that remains unmatched to this day. Disney Classics Box Set is a music collection that represents this legacy.

Timeless Classics
Collected here are some of the most iconic melodies from Disney’s golden era. From ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ to ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ and ‘Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah’ to ‘The Whistle Stop,’ these Timeless Classics are part of a musical heritage inextricably woven into our human culture heirlooms passed down through the generations.

Modern Classics
This compilation begins with 1989’s The Little Mermaid, which not only ignited the renaissance of Disney Animation and storytelling, but a rebirth of Disney Music as well. Favorites from ‘Under the Sea,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘A Whole New World,’ these Modern Classics continue to shape the company’s musical history and heritage.

Television Classics
Spanning from the 1950s to present day, this album represents quite an eclectic compilation of themes. At the very least, it’s an interesting musical graph of changing tastes and social evolution over the last 60+ years. Everything from ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett,’ to ‘Get’cha Head in the Game’ from High School Musical, is represented on this album, but probably the most beloved of these Television Classics however, has to be the ‘Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater.’

Theme Park Classics
Music plays a vital role in the Parks as well; whether it be cleverly establishing an attraction’s story or the sheer brilliance of underscoring the banks and turns of a thrilling roller coaster. Collected here are not only those Theme Park Classics we know and love today, but others we fondly remember from days gone by.

 You can take a sneak peak at some of the music performed by Alex G & Peter Hollens in the video below.

I would love to get this for my daughter since she shares my love for all things Disney and all things musical. It would make a great present for the holidays don’t you think? To pre-order your very own Disney Classics Box set click here!

 

 

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I don’t know what possessed me to bake this weekend but I suddenly got the itch to have oatmeal cookies. As I was raiding the pantry I realized that I do not have any raisins. I had cranberries but I wasn’t sure if the kids would like how tart they are so as I was about to become all sad panda I thought hey what about banana oatmeal cookies? And so banana oatmeal cookies were born.

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies
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Light & fluffy oatmeal cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe bananas smashed
  2. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  7. 3 cups old fashioned oats
  8. 1/2 cup butter
  9. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  10. 1/2 cup sugar
  11. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until creamy
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredient bowl and mix until smooth
  6. Add in half of the oats and the mashed bananas and mix well, then add in the remaining oats
  7. Put rounded teaspoon sized cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.
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 These cookies were delicious, light, fluffy, not too sweet with the perfect touch of banana.

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Some how I managed to have three dozen cookies last a week in a house with five people. How I did this I am still not sure but go me!

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If you were to feel so inclined as to add a dollop of cream cheese frosting on top of these cookies it will taste ahhhhh-mazing. I only had about a tablespoon worth of frosting left from my last baking expirement which was probably a good thing so I didn’t shovel these cookies into my mouth, but I did have nutella which I may have dropped a teensy bit on top of one of these morsels. Oh.my.yum!

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Captain American: The Winter Soldier Official Trailer

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I’m not sure what kills me more, waiting for months on end for the movie to come out or seeing sneak peaks of the movie and trying to piece it together while knowing you don’t have but a tiny part of the puzzle. Yeah I probably put too much thought in to it LOL And really, who am I kidding. If I didn’t have these sneak peaks I’d probably go nuts with the waiting. So lucky for me…and you we get two sneak peaks today. A new poster yay and the official trailer DOUBLE YAY!

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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters worldwide on April 4, 2014

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Wordless Wednesday: Fall Fun

My babies, gosh it makes me tear up when I stop to watch them. It’s only then that I realize they really aren’t babies anymore. They are growing up, way too fast if you ask me. But it’s so amazing to watch them grow, to see their little personalities develop, watch them make friends and interact with each other. I love it all and I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything.

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BlackBerry Q10: My Final Thoughts

 * I am part of the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program. A device was provided to me with three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the device. All thought and opinions expressed therein are my own http://ad-for-verizon.com/ *

Three months ago I received the BlackBerry Q10 and I’ll be honest, I was a little bummed. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Blackberry Z10 so I was leery about using another BlackBerry for three more months. The positive though was that I was already familiar with the ins and outs and how to’s of the phone so I knew what to expect. I wanted to discuss a few things that while my initial reactions to them were negative they have changed and aren’t as bad as they were three months ago. 

First and foremost….size. With all new phones becoming bigger and bigger seeing how compact the Q10 was really surprised me. I figured there was no way this little phone could be powerful or capable of keeping up with my daily life. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The speed of this phone was amazing. With the BlackBerry 10 operating system and a
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU it’s very fast. I tend to run a ton of programs at once so the fact that the phone never once froze up on me speaks volumes. 

Screen: Again this is size related but despite it being what I consider tiny, it still has 720 x 720 resolution, 330ppi, 24-bit color depth and super AMOLED glass screen. Just in case you don’t believe me when I say tiny, the actual dimensions of the screen itself are 3.1″ diagonally. Despite it being small the colors in the display were sharp and nothing was jumbled. The icons were small yet not too small that you couldn’t see them. 

Camera: Always one of my favorite features when trying out a new phone and it’s the feature I use the most. The BlackBerry Q10 has some amazing features such as
8 megapixel auto-focus camera
Back Side Illumination for better low-light performance
5-element F2.2 lens
Dedicated ISP (image signal processor) with 64MB frame buffer
Flash, continuous and touch to focus, image stabilization
Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom (5x)
1080p HD video recording
4 DOF (Degrees of freedom) video stabilization
Hybrid absorptive IR filter
Time Shift mode for pinpointing and adjusting individual elements of your picture
This camera is great. It works beautifully. It’s fast, crisp, clean, vibrant and hands down one of my favorite things about this phone.

Two examples of the camera capabilities. The first photo is an HDR photo and the second is shot in auto mode.

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So what exactly are my final thoughts? I like it. The phone did take me a while to get used to and if you are used to an iPhone or even Android based phone the size alone may throw you for a while but it won’t be something so huge that will make you dislike the phone so much that you won’t want to use it. It has many positives to it that outweigh the negatives and if you are looking for seamless effort in connecting your phone to your computer then BlackBerry is the way to go (unless you have a Mac, I had issues with my Mac but none with our PC). And again, the camera. Did I mention it is awesome!