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Tuesday, February 09, 2016


Yesterday morning was probably the scariest morning that I have ever had in my entire life. The day started out like any other morning. Ignoring my alarm clock and getting up a little bit later, arguing with my son to wake up and get ready for school and getting his lunch ready. I wanted to start getting him to school on time and not when the bell rang and I did that. We got there only a few minutes after the gates had opened so he had some time to play with his friends before beginning his Monday at kindergarten.

We live just about around the corner so I turned onto our street and stayed behind the car in front of me as I slowly made my way to my house listening to some music. Still behind the black car I was probably not even 10 houses away from my own house when I saw this maroon car come speeding and swerving from the direction that we were heading. Everything that followed after I saw that car felt like I was in a movie and not at the good part.

As I was screaming, cussing and just plain asking what the hell is going on I watched as that maroon car came speeding into our side of the street and crash into the black car in front of me so hard that the black bounced into the air and landed in someones driveway. The black car had no chance of avoiding the hit even though they tried.

Dumbstruck I watched all of this unfold as words flowed out of my mouth and then I realized that the maroon car was not stopping. He was coming head on at me and my car. More words came out of my mouth as I stomped on the gas pedal to get my car over to the other side of the street and to not get hit. He barely hit missed hitting my car by maybe a foot or so and stopped another few car lengths behind me.

Close to hyperventilating and shaking so bad I got out of my car to asses everything, in my pajamas still might I add, and saw the debris of the black car everywhere. The black car had a family with maybe a 2 year old little girl inside of it and thank god that none of them were hurt and that they were all able to walk away from that. The driver of the maroon car was found to be under the influence of something and was taken away.

Somebody was watching out for me that morning and had to of helped me get my car away as quickly as I did because being that stunned at seeing what just happened in front of me I am surprised that my reaction time was that fast. It took awhile for my body to calm down and then it dawned on me a few hours later that had that black car not of been in front of me, it would have been my car that would of gotten hit. I have neck and bodily damage from an accident in 2007 that causes issues and pain everyday so who knows how I would have came out of that had I been hit. I am just beyond thankful that no one was injured and that everyone was able to walk away and that my son was not in the car.

It's crazy that you can have bad, depressing and what have you days but when you come close to getting hit head on or in general it makes you extremely happy to be alive. Life is worth living no matter the bad days because they are just a section of a chapter in a book that is your life.
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Monday, February 08, 2016

If you like any of the many Wizard of OZ stories like I do than you just might like today's post. I'm turning the infamous yellow brick road into a nail art design. It's actually pretty easy to do and I wish that I had longer nails because this design would look even better on them.

I only used a handful of products to create this design which makes it even better.

Products I used:
Black & yellow acrylic paint (comes off with water)
Top coat (protects everything from wearing off)
Zoya polish "ZIV"
Color Club polish "Wild Cactus"
A thin fine tipped paint brush (toothpicks work great as well)
And of course a paint palette & a cup of water


I started out by taking the Color Club polish and painting each one of my nails two coats with it. After I let my nails completely dry I then took some yellow paint onto my paint palette and with my fine tipped brush, I painted the tips of my nails. Starting with my pinky I gradually increased the size that I was painting on each nail to resemble the length of the road being a long one to get to the Great and Magical OZ.
Acrylic paint doesn't take very long to dry so I was soon able to start turning the yellow road into a brick one. With the black acrylic, my brush and a toothpick I went along and drew lines here and there making sure that they were off centered from each other. This way they actually look more like a road instead of just black lines.


When I got to my thumb I took the Zoya polish and just painted the word OZ to represent the Emerald city.

I think this design is super fun, easy to do and great because you can switch things up and make it more intricate and if you can paint the Emerald city that would make it even cooler looking.

What is your favorite Wizard of OZ story?

I love Wicked and the book series Dorothy Must Die which is completely different awesome and I love it.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016


Since the day full of hearts, xoxo's and giant plush teddy bears is coming up I thought that I would share this simple Valentine's Day word search that I made. Last year my son really got into doing them which I think is his Nana's influence and at being 6 years old now I think they are a great learning tool for him. 

If you have any little's in your life or a Nana like I do that would enjoy this, be sure to click the link below to print out as many copies as you would like and happy word hunting. 


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Friday, February 05, 2016


How cute is our littler caterpillar dude? I think I shall call him Marvin. Ya know, like Marvin the Martian from The Looney Tunes. Ethan and I had so much fun making him and it was super easy. I can never pass up any bonding time with my little guy especially when it involves arts & crafts.

All we used to make him were:
egg carton (obviously lol)
acrylic paint in color of choice
1 pipe cleaner in coordinating color
Piece of another pipe cleaner for antennae
glue stick
googly eyes
single hole punch
scissors


After Ethan painted all of one side I measured the coordinating color pipe cleaner to see how many egg cups (what are they really called? I have no clue). Found out we only needed all of one side so then I cut it out down the middle and trimmed it up a bit to make it look more rounded  and caterpillar like.


After that I cut all the little cups so they would be separated and individual. This also helped with the next step. Which is to take the single hole punch and punch a hole in the cups where they had been connected because this is where you're going to feed the pipe cleaner through. Once I fed the pipe cleaner through all of them I lightly connected the pipe cleaner to itself so they wouldn't come apart. Be sure to leave some slack in the middle so you can bend the cleaner and the caterpillar doesn't just stick straight and can curve.

Last two steps were easy and quick. Just pop two holes in the top of the front cup for the antenna pipe cleaner and to get it to stay up just wrap it around itself one time. Swipe the gluestick over the egg carton cup to get enough glue on it to hold the googly eyes and then place the eyes on.

Simple, easy and a great way to spend some time with the kiddo.

Have you made anything out of an egg carton before?
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016



A good movie to go check out if you win this giveaway would be Disney's new film "The Finest Hours" which I got to preview and review. If you're interested in it, be sure to check out my review here!

Welcome to the Movie Madness Giveaway Event!



It's time for the Movie Madness Giveaway Event! With so many amazing movies out right now - We couldn't pick a better prize! This giveaway will offer 2 great gift card prizes. 


The Giveaway!
The first winner chosen will receive a $25 AMC gift card. 
The second winner chosen will receive a $15 Fandango gift card. 
Entering to win this giveaway is very easy, with the GiveawayTools form, below:


 


Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Your Strong Tower will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts February 1st, 2016, and will end on February 25th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to US residents only.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

I was provided with 2 free press passes to view this movie for review purposes.
My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Images are provided by the movie company.


When I walked into the theater to watch this movie all I knew about it was that it was set in the 1950's, the two main stars of the film were Chris Pine and Casey Affleck and that most of the films setting was in the water. I was prepared to be bored during the film but once I got past the slow beginning I actually found the film riveting and it had my attention.

Like I mentioned before, I thought the film started out a bit slow. I was wanting to get to all of the action but the beginning started out with the love story between Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger characters. Personally I do not think that the romance in the film was necessary for it to be entertaining and I am not sure if there was a romantic line to the true history that the film is based on. It might have just been added to the story so it wouldn't be strictly an action flick for the enthusiasts but also something for the romantic heart.

The film does go back and forth between the three different story lines of Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger's characters. So you definitely have to pay attention to know what is going on in the movie on both sides. I made the mistake of using the restroom at a point that was apparently intense. Casey Affleck's story line I found to be more riveting and interesting for what was going on in the ship as opposed to the others.

What Chris Pine's character did was no easy feet or a waste of screen time and definitely needed to be told because without him no one would have survived that night. But most of his screen time was spent on the water sailing through the rough seas with three other men on a tiny boat that could only fit a total of twelve people. If those guys never got sick filming those scenes getting drenched all of the time I would be surprised.

Most CGI in movies is very noticeable yet the waves that they sailed through and the scenes with the ship were so realistic looking. There were times when they were going through the waves that it seemed like they were just surfing through them. We watched the film in 3D which made the rain and every water scene come to life that much more. It's definitely a movie worth seeing and enjoying maybe for a date night.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016



Good morning everyone! For those of you that live here in Las Vegas, NV I have something special for you. How would you like to go see a free advance screening of the new Lions Gate Film "The Choice" starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer? If so, then keep on reading and find out how to get your tickets.

The Giveaway:


There are a total of 10 pairs, 20 seats available so grab your girlfriend, mom, sister, significant other or whomever and make a night of it. The screening is going to be at:


LAS VEGAS SCREENING:

AM Town Square
Tuesday, February 2 @ 7 PM



Movie Synopsis:

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life's most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks's beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves:  how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Fresh Face Giveaway
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Thanks you to all of the bloggers promoting this giveaway. All of our giveaways are so much fun when we do it all together.

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