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Dora and The Lost City of Gold

Dora and The Lost City of Gold brings a beloved childhood favorite to the big screen. But is it worth a visit to the theater? Every parent loves at least one of their children’s cartoon shows more than they would publicly admit. One of those shows for me was Dora the Explorer. I loved the […]

5 Basic Rules of Etiquette My Kids Know (But Many Adults Obviously Don’t)

In a increasingly digital world, do adults still know and practice basic etiquette? Do you?  “Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.” – Author Unknown I give people a lot of grace most of the time. I am willing to overlook flaws and missteps, just […]

The Farewell (2019)

The Farewell is a story about family, tradition, change, and culture. It centers around one family’s decision to keep a family member’s terminal illness secret from her. When a much-loved family matriarch falls ill, her family rushes to China to be with her. She has been given a short time to live, although she does […]

Cash Back from Ibotta on New Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HeadsandTails #2in1Flavor​ #CollectiveBias NEW Sour Patch Kids Heads & Swedish Fish Tails are now available at Walmart! Both of these new candies offer a 2-in-1 flavor collision! Right now you can get $.50 cash back with ibotta when […]

Toy Story 4

I cried at the end of Toy Story 3. I felt the end of Andy’s childhood was the perfect end to the Toy Story series. It spoke to me as a child now grown, but more as a mother of a son. When I heard a new Toy Story movie was on the horizon, I […]

The Best Grilled Cheese Ever

A grilled cheese sandwich is classic comfort food. I’ve seen a lot of so-called adult variations of this cheesy masterpiece, but to me, nothing tops the classic version. I used to make my grilled cheese like most people do: buttered bread with cheese, grilled to perfection in the frying pan. Until the day I saw […]

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix is the newest installment in the X-Men movie franchise and centers on Jean Grey’s growing power and her struggle to control it. If you think this story sounds familiar, you are right. Jean Grey’s struggle to control her power was at the heart of X-Men: The Last Stand. That struggle ended with Wolverine killing […]

Avengers: Endgame | Spoiler-Free Review

Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of nearly two dozen Marvel films and its release has been highly anticipated. The events of Avengers: Infinity War left audiences shocked and wondering exactly how the story would be finished. I have heard many theories about how the tragic events of Infinity War would be resolved in Endgame; every […]

50 Fun and Unique Easter Basket Ideas (That Aren’t Candy)

One of my favorite things to do is to pick out gifts for people. I love trying to figure out what they will like and I love the challenge of locating at least one item that is new to them. We actually don’t do the Easter Bunny story around here since we keep Easter Christ-centered. […]

The Family Hike

Our family is blessed to live near many beautiful hiking trails. We are right next to the Superstition Mountains and within 30 minutes of many other parks, lakes and trails. Hiking is one of our family’s favorite pastimes. Our hikes range from one hour excursions to all-day adventures. Hiking is a wonderful way to get […]

Captain Marvel: Spoiler-Free Review

Captain Marvel is the newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie gives audiences the origin story of Carol Danvers, soon to be known as Captain Marvel. As with most MCU movies, the movie is based on the comic books, but is not an exact retelling of those storylines. We meet Carol Danvers while […]

Smile Brilliant’s cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush (Giveaway)

I recently turned 44 and while I feel great, I certainly notice some physical changes: a little gray around my temples, a few more lines on my face, and a little more groaning in my joints. One part of aging that most people do not give much thought to is their oral health. As I […]