Love, Juliebug: October 2013

It is time to officially kick off Momma Lew's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!  The first Giveaway in this month long series is a Disney Infinity Wii Starter Pack!  


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A special thank you to our Co-Hosts:  It's Peachy KeenBarbara's BeatThe Squishable BabyFun With Four, and The World of Contest Patti
And to all of our participating bloggers!  

Disney Infinity is one of the holiday season's hottest video games!  Disney Infinity figures are compatible with all Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U consoles.  Disney Infinity gives you the complete freedom to create a world straight from your imagination!  To find out more about how Disney Infinity works check out Momma Lew's complete review.  

One lucky reader will win their own Disney Infinity Wii Starter Pack (ARV: $74.99)!  Giveaway is open to US residents, 18+.  Begins November 1st and ends November 15 at 11:59pm EST.  One entry per household.  To enter, follow the steps on the rafflecopter below. 

Thank you for entering & good luck! 

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As Abby gets older I start wondering more and more how other people celebrate Halloween. Or, if they do at all. We do. Some people might not "get" how a Christian celebrates a holiday that to many people celebrates dark things. Here's my take on it, if you're interested.

#1 - Halloween is as dark and scary as you make it. We are not decorating our house in scary ways and we tend to avoid houses that are. We are not celebrating this holiday for the scare factor but rather the fun.

#2 -It does no good to avoid it. Seriously, this may be the only time of year that you see your neighbors face to face. Sad, but true. Use this time to build friendships that last beyond this day.

#3 - It can be a learning tool. It would be nice to live in a bubble and not have to deal with things we don't like. I don't know about you but it sounds ideal. But, that isn't what we are supposed to do. We need to teach our kids what to do and what to believe in the face of this world not hide in a hole.

#4 - Candy is yummy in moderation. Self-explanatory really. Mmm. 

And yes, we practice candy taxing in this house. I mean, we all have to pay taxes - why not teach them young. Haha. Whatever you do this day, have fun! I'm going to leave you with a photo of our ladybug from last year. Cuteness.

MandaLoves Blog

I saw this challenge over at MandaLoves blog and knew I had to give it try. The idea is to take the "secret ingredients" and create a recipe out of your head. Due to having no actual recipe, I have no measurements for you. This month's ingredients were butterscotch, cream cheese, cinnamon, and apples. I was extremely nervous about my dish. I didn't want to ruin my ingredients. I decided to make a sort of pie.

Follow my journey below.

I diced two apples. Normally I would bake with Granny Smith apples but I only had these on hand.

Melted some butter into a saucepan.

Added the apples, cinnamon, and some brown sugar. Let it stew a bit.

Made homemade pie crust possibly for the second time ever.

It turned out alright, thankfully!

Mixed some sour cream and cream cheese together with my spiffy new spatula. Note for next time, let the cream cheese soften more. Lumps aren't pretty.

Added some pumpkin pie spice.

 Put into pie crust and folded edges over.

Baked at 375 for 25 minutes or so.

Added butterscotch syrup over the top.

 Finished product. Tada!

This tastes really good but will never win appearance based contests. Also, the texture was a bit off. Not quite sure how to fix that at this time but I will work on it. Mmm.

1. I recently started playing mostly Air1 and KLove on the car radio. She has picked up on this apparently. One day she started singing "Positive, encouraging - Klove!!" and she hasn't stopped. She sings it everywhere including in the mall.

2. Each day we have to pass two cemetaries. She always wants me to read names from the stones. She talks about how sad the families must be and how she misses Grandpa.

3. She has picked up my habit of changing words to songs to be silly. For the song, "A Bushel and a Peck" she frequently says "a barrel and a sheep" instead of a barrel and a heap, just to be funny.

4. She loves Daddy's made up stories and has started to do the same thing sometimes. I need to record her doing this because it is precious.

5. At various points during the day, and for no reason at all, she will come up and give me kisses. She tells me she loves me and that I am the best cook ever. lol

Cant Google Everything

I love music so I thought I would start a weekly feature about it. I'm not limiting myself to one aspect so it will vary from week to week. This week is about my first concert.
Debbie Gibson
If you don't know who this is then we can't be blog friends anymore. I jest. But, 13 year old in me does cry a bit. Seriously, does Electric Youth and Lost in Your Eyes mean nothing anymore?!
Two words. Debbie Gibson. Or rather, Deborah Gibson if you were a hardcore fan like me.
I was 13 when I attended my first concert, Debbie Gibson. I begged my mom to let me go. She finally relented to let me go with my Aunt Alice. We were somewhere up in the stratosphere at Sun Devil Stadium. I don't even think they allow concerts there anymore, just football. I sang and sang like I was on that stage. I'm sure I annoyed the people in front of me or next to me for that matter. But, I didn't care. My love affair with concerts began at that tender age. We also had an issue with punk kids (at a Debbie Gibson concert?!) throwing cotton candy at the back of our heads. Fun stuff. 
I'm sure I acted like a crazed fan. In fact, I know I did. My Aunt probably lost some of her hearing that day in all honesty due to me alone. In closing I leave you with one of my favorite songs by her. You're welcome.

What was YOUR first concert?

no room for worry when I have faith

At the beginning of the month I signed up for a super fun gift swap. I've done these a couple times and loved it so I was excited about this one: The 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Swap! Yes, I love Fall!
I was paired up with Amanda from MandaLoves. I had never been to her blog before but I love it. She is a New England gal and as I was born in New Hampshire I was excited to have that in common. I also love that she describes herself as an amateur chef. Me + Cooking = Happy. 
I loved packing up a box for her and was, of course, very excited to get a box in return! Here is what I got in my Great Pumpkin Swap box!

First off, can I say how much I love that she went Halloween instead of Fall?! I never buy myself Halloween stuff...ever! The spatula and cookie cutters are so adorable, the candy is yummy, socks are comfy cozy, and the jack o' lantern tea light holder is just cute! 

Thank you so much for all the wonderful goodies, Amanda!

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I apologize if you caught me red handed being that mom who couldn't control her child at the mall today. I'll let you in on a secret...come mom ever really has control over their child. Phew. There I got that off my chest. But seriously, today was like a page from "How To Survive Parenting" and I was about to implode. 

It started mostly in Gymboree. I think I'm going to start avoiding that store because really I've never had good moments there. The last bad moment was when she tripped and fell on their concrete floor and loosened her front teeth at the age of three. 

Today I could have smacked the overly helpful saleswoman. Nice as can be, mind you, but she kept pulling beautiful, great priced accessories out that matched the clothes we were trying on Abby. Abby ran up to show Heather and Aunt Laura her shirt when the woman at the counter told her, and I quote "This would go great with your outfit." Now, I don't know what that means to the saleswoman but to a five year old it means "That lady just gave me something to keep! For FREE!"

She ran back to me excited at the prospect of a beautiful, sparkly necklace to take home. So, you can imagine her pain when I told her, in no uncertain terms, we were not buying the trinket. She ran off to the other side of the store, shoe-less mind you, and "hid" in the front display window. Screaming "NOOOO!" every single time I told her to come out and put her shoes on. I had to come inside the window display and drag her out kicking and screaming. Got the shoes on. Bought the clothes. Tried not to shoot dirty looks as the sales clerk tried to up-sell some more. 

We left the store where Abby promptly turned to run to the play area. Absolutely not. It's a matter of principle that a child who threw a hissy fit does not get to play in the mall play area. It's an unwritten rule right? My daughter does not like rules. Well, heck, what child (or adult) does?

She had another melt down. So, we sat on a bench. Or, rather, I sat on a bench and she kept making herself slide off it. It was like her bottom had feet or something. I tried to hold her there until she calmed down. I stood up and held her wrist as we walked. She kept wiggling and trying to get free. Because of this, I had to carry this child - this big five year old girl, through the mall. We stopped at another bench where she promptly ran off to stand by a tree. I took her wrist again and immediately began making my way out of the mall. More crying and twisting away from me so she got one swat on the bottom. We walked out and she got free. I was worried about her running into the parking lot but Aunt Laura got her hand and walked with her, in tears, to the car. 

Can I just tell you...Mommy almost had a nervous breakdown in the mall today?
Funny Encouragement Ecard: Boxed Wine... ...when a bottle is just not big enough.
This. This is how I feel right now. But, the good news (or bad news) is that I am not alone in this. There are a bunch of parents out there and everyone has had a day where they thought..."What am I doing wrong?", "Why is my child crazy?", or even just "Help". We are not alone. Ever. Let's start getting real about our lives and encourage one another along the way. Remember...
As I always say, if you are thinking you are screwing this parenting thing are probably not. Only a good mom would think to question herself. So, there you have it - if I said it, it must be true. Ahem. And, keep in mind that despite any mistakes you actually do make...God has this. Oh, and really, where is my box of wine?
You may think I'm a fool because I choose to focus on the positive and that's okay.
But, I will not apologize for it.

So much of my life I have done the opposite. I have been a cranky, negative, sarcastic person inside while simultaneously trying to please everyone. It's almost impossible not to hate yourself when you are so contradictory. But I digress.

The fact is it takes a lot of thought to stay on the positive side of things. Yes, there are moments when motherhood throws up in my face. Marriage can be a very hard thing at times. And, I want to run away and/or drink a bottle of wine while lounging in the tub. But...those are not the moments I want to remember. They are not the moments that define my life. 

Someday when I am old and grey I will probably lose my memory. Heck, I am losing it a bit already. This blog might be the only source of memories for me. The question is, what do I want to fill it with? What do I want to look back on? I'll tell you one ain't the dog throwing up on my bed at 5 am. In fact, I'd like to forget that now. And, beyond all that, I want to be this person. The person that is a bright spot in some else's day despite the stuff going on in mine.

Love, JulieBug: Be a Bright Spot

I love the Home Alone movies. Granted the first two are my faves but the ones following have been fun, family friendly movies. The newest release looks to be just as entertaining!
In the latest installment of the Home Alone franchise, Finn Baxter and his family move from California to Maine to their new house. Finn is terrified and believes the house is haunted. While he sets up traps to catch the "ghost", his parents get stranded across town and Finn is home alone with his sister. Their house is targeted by 3 thieves.

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist DVD
Street Date: October 29, 2013
Prebook Date: October 2, 2013
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English DD 5.1
French DD 5.1
Subtitles: English/French/Spanish
U.S. Rating: PG
Total Run Time: 90 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programming. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
So, how about a giveaway - would any of you like to win a copy of this fun new movie? Here's your chance!
The giveaway runs today through 11/1/13 at 11:59 pm.

Perfect Gift for the Holidays, the Comedy-Adventure Arrives on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and DVD November 12 with Turbo Pullback Toy Racer

LOS ANGELES, CA Laugh it up with the visually stunning, heartfelt comedy-adventure for fans of all ages this holiday season! “Fresh, fast and funny” (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) and garnering four stars from Shawn Edwards with Fox TV, DreamWorks Animation’s TURBO has been hailed by critics as “pure family fun” (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted “A” CinemaScore.

Directed by David Soren and from the team behind family favorite franchises MADAGASCAR and KUNG FU PANDA, TURBO is “a movie both kids AND adults will adore!” (Deidre Behar, Clevver News) and features laugh-out-loud performances from an incredible voice cast of today’s biggest stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolf, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson.

Experience big dreams and even bigger laughs when TURBO arrives on Digital HD on October 22 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on November 12.  Taking the fun-filled spirited adventure of the film, the Blu-ray and DVD are packaged with a TURBO pullback toy racer, while supplies last, making it a great gift for the holidays!

DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo Blu-ray Deluxe Edition
The TURBO Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes an extra holiday gift, the TURBO pullback racer toy for a limited time while supplies last.

Feature film in high definition

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:
·         Smoove Move’s Music Maker – Watch action-packed music videos featuring songs from the film 
·         Meet TitoDirector David Soren provides an introduction for a scene that was deleted from the film.
·         The RaceDirector David Soren provides an introduction for a storyboard sequence that eventually made it into the film.  Viewers can even see picture-in-picture comparison to the final cut.
·         Shell Creator - Create your own shell from select-able parts 

Additional Special Features:
·         Champions Corner - Host Paul Page interviews Turbo one-on-one to hear all about his racing techniques and inspirations!
·         Be An Artist!Dave Burgess, Head of Character Animation on the film, shows the audience how to draw: Turbo, Whiplash, Skidmark, Burn, Smooth Move, White Shadow, Chet and Customizable Racers. 
·         Team Turbo:  Tricked OutSee Turbo and all the rest of the snail crew in a break- down of the cool components that make up each of their shells.
·         TURBO F.A.S.T Trailer from TV show – First look at upcoming new TV show this December
·         Holiday Favorites – Sneak Peeks
·         World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films

DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo Blu-ray 3D Deluxe Edition
The Turbo Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes the following:

Feature film in high definition and 3D

All the Blu-ray and DVD content listed above

DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo DVD
The single disc DVD includes an extra holiday gift, the TURBO pullback racer toy for a limited time while supplies last plus the following:

Feature film in standard definition

Special Features: 
·         Champions Corner - Host Paul Page interviews Turbo one-on-one to hear all about his racing techniques and inspirations!
·         Be An Artist!Dave Burgess, Head of Character Animation on the film, shows the audience how to draw: Garden Turbo and Racing Turbo. 
·         Team Turbo:  Tricked OutSee Turbo and all the rest of the snail crew in a break- down of the cool components that make up each of their shells.
·         World of DreamWorks Animation
·         Previews

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.


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Maybe you've noticed a few changes around here? I'm not necessarily talking about my normal posts starting to trickle back. I mean, look around! Isn't it gorgeous around here? I think so. This is now my dream blog. Chevrons. Turquoise. Sigh. I adore it. And, it is thanks to an awesome gal named Jane from Poppiness Designs. Jane has an awesome way of taking things you love and transforming them into a design. She has a love affair with blog design and it shows! If you are in need of a blog makeover, please stop by!

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I say guilty pleasures because revealing these make me feel like a thirteen year old getting caught stuffing her bra. Not that I ever did that. Ahem. Anyway, here are some of my guilty pleasures.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake. Music and movies. He is easy on the eyes, I won't lie but I just love his music and attitude more than anything.

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter cups. Chocolate and peanut butter? Heaven.

You're never too old for a good young adult book (:

YA books. There's so much teen angst and drama without having to relive that painful period in my own life.

The Vampire Diaries Cast
The Vampire Diaries. Ian Somerhalder makes this show in my opinion. I've been hooked on this show for some time now.

harry potter fan - cat
Harry Potter. I want to go to Hogwarts. Sigh. Why do I have to be a grown up and know that it isn't real?


Wine. I tend to like fruity sweet wines the most but I am starting to expand my horizons. Alas, I am still a lightweight.

Xoxo Gossip girl @Jess Pearl Liu Weaver

Gossip Girl. Yes, I know the show is done but it is never over. Not as long as Netflix has ALL six seasons.

I have an obsession with journals and diaries.  I buy them and say I will write in them EVERYDAY!  Honestly, I write in them a few times, then I rip the pages out, tear them to pieces, and throw them away.  I don't know why.  But every notebook you'll find in my house has pages torn out.
Journals. I could collect these like our five year old collects rocks. I need to use them more instead of having a library of empty journals.

handmade cheese and crackers

Cheese and crackers. This is one of my favorite snacks. Right now I am having Merkts Port Wine cheese spread and Breton multi-grain crackers but I love many different combinations.

Watch an 80's movie <3 they don't make them like that anymore... I make all these awesome BC and PIP references and no one gets it... NO ONE GETS IT
80's movies. Considering those were the years of most of my adolescence it would be a shock if I didn't love them. Pretty in Pink, Back to the Future, Can't Buy Me Love. Oh yeah.

So, now that I have revealed myself...what are some of your guilty pleasures?

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