Love, Juliebug: November 2014
I am conflicted. See, I love technology. I do. I love it so much. It's brought us the internet. The portable, huge internet that most of us cannot live without. And that, my friends, is my conflict. I don't want to feel so... chained to technology. I don't think I'm alone in this. Am I? I hate that the first thing I think about in the morning when I wake up is whether I have a comment on that photo. Or, an email. Or, a like. What does that even mean? A like? It's not the internet's issue. It's mine. 

Why do I seek validation through a screen? 

I'll let that just sink in. 

We are walking around like little zombies missing our own lives. Our OWN LIVES people. I speak to myself. My cell phone is always in my pocket when not in my hands. It sits there crying for my attention. Notifications go off. Emails come in. The dang thing rings, occasionally. And texts! Oh, the texts. I've had more text conversations in a few days than real ones in the last month. It makes me shudder to think about. 

Am I saying I'm going to chuck my phone out the window? No! Though honestly I've had the urge to get rid of it. Am I saying that my computer, including this blog, is going away? Not even close. Obviously, this is part of the conflict. I want some of this technology to keep in touch with friends and family. I want to blog. I want to share photos. I want balance. I want to not have it be this tug on my heart. This need for "likes" and love.

Will I look back someday and think of all the texts I missed? No, probably not. These things are temporary. So very temporary. So is life. I don't want to live like this anymore. If I can call it living that is. I don't want to get to the end of my life, whenever God decides that is, and realize I have been missing out. I've been neglecting the people I love for the sake of self-indulgence.

And yes, I've been known to be hard on myself at times. But this is about more than that. Because it's true and it's time to make a change in my behaviors. The other day I was listening to my daughter play in the bathtub with some dolls. I wasn't really paying attention to her words until this...

"Let's ask Daddy. He will say yes. Mommy is on the computer and won't know."

Can I just tell you my heart broke into a million little pieces? I know, it's play.'s so much more than that. I never think I am paying more attention to media than my daughter but clearly I am. And, she is six and is picking up on that. 

It's time to take a hard look at our habits and take charge of them before it's too late. 

This is not a tutorial. I mean, one step can't possibly be considered a tutorial right? It is more of a tip. A tip born from frustration. Have you ever been about to do some baking with brown sugar and you find it all rocky and hard? Yep, me. This is about marshmallows. I found myself needing marshmallows that may have sat in my pantry for a tad too long and turned to little rocks. Yes, I could have gone to the store. I could have. I should have. I didn't. Honestly, the kiddo was not store worthy at the time. She was quite cranky and I foresaw a disaster. So, I need a fix. A quick fix. A simple fix. And, then it came to me...


I use it to soften that rocky old brown sugar. Would it do the same for marshmallows? I didn't know for sure but thought it was worth a try. I popped the marshmallows and a slice of bread into a sandwich baggie then sealed that baby closed. I left it for awhile.

I wish I could tell you the exact time. The truth? I was distracted by said six year old. Such is the life of a mom right? I would venture to guess it was 30-45 minutes. So, did it work?

HECK YEAH it did!

Those marshmallows were squishy and soft again! Like they were brand new. I promptly used them for my candied sweet potatoes...thus saving Thanksgiving! While it's not revolutionary, it was the best thing I've discovered since...well, sliced bread. I was pretty impressed with myself and my hubby was pretty impressed with the sweet potatoes. Win win!

We love Christmas movies in this house. One of my favorites is Jingle All The Way. Well, guess what? It's back! This time we have the ever funny Larry the Cable Guy. It is coming out on Blu-ray & DVD on December 2, 2014 - just in time for the holidays! I received a copy of this movie from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders.

Git-R-Done This Holiday Season as Jingle All The Way 2 Arrives on
Blu-rayCombo, DVD and Digital HD™ December 2

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 30, 2014) Fill your stocking with a new holiday classic that will have the whole family laughing when Jingle All The Way 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD December 2 from WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy superstar Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella bring laughs and holiday spirit to this second installment of the successful film franchise.
Two desperate dads compete in a no-holds-barred battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry the Cable Guy; Cars, Tooth Fairy 2) is having a bear of a time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight-year-old daughter, Noel. The season’s hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel’s new stepfather wants to keep it that way — so he can be the one to make her holiday wish come true. When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he’ll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams…Co-starring WWE Superstar Santino Marella, Jingle All The Way 2 is heartwarming and hilarious fun for the whole family!

Jingle All The Way 2 is directed by Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, The Tooth Fairy 2) and produced by Michael Luisi (Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Christmas Bounty, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown) and Vicki Sotheran (The Sandlot 2, The Sandlot: Heading Home).

The holiday cheer continues in the Blu-ray Combo and DVD bonus features including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a mock Public Service Announcement from Larry and Santino advising how you can stay safe while shopping this holiday plus a special Harrison the Bear TV commercial and an exclusive interview with the hottest toy of the season.
As always we have one copy to give away to one of you! Check for that below. In the meantime, we have some fun printables to share. Just click on the picture to go to the download page.

And, as promised, here is the giveaway! It will run from today through December 5th, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Open to all in the US and Canada.
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It's almost Thanksgiving so of course Free Birds is on the menu! I received a copy of this from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders and am giving one of YOU a copy too!

It’s Time to Talk Some Turkey As Free Birds Returns on Blu-ray and DVD This Thanksgiving

New DVD Packaging Features An All-New Plush Toy Available Exclusively at Walmart

Free Birds

From the Academy Award®-Winning producer of Shrek* comes a hilarious animated adventure about two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who travel back in time in order to keep their species off the Thanksgiving menu. Featuring an all-star voice cast, including Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler, Free Birds is loaded with laughs and stuffed with fun for the whole family! 

*Aron Warner, Animated Feature Film, 2001.

Special Features

·         Birds Flipping History 
·         Animating Free Birds: The Main Course 
·         Winging It: Animators in Action 
·         Talking Turkey with Composer Dominic Lewis 
·         Shake a Tail Feather" Music Video 
·         Theatrical Trailer

Free Birds Blu-ray

Street Date:                  Available Now
Screen Format:                         Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:                                     English 5.1 DTS HD-MA
Subtitles:                      English / Spanish
Total Run Time:           115 minutes
U.S. Rating:                 PG
Closed Captioned:       Yes

Free Birds DVD

Street Date:                  Available Now
Screen Format:                         Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:                                     English 5.1 DD
Subtitles:                      English / Spanish
Total Run Time:           95 minutes
U.S. Rating:                 PG
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 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.

Enter to win your very own copy by leaving a comment on the post below!
The giveaway will run from 11/26/14 to 12/3/14! Love, Juliebug is not responsible for fulfillment or delivery of said prize. One entry per household.

What You'll Need:

1 bag frozen broccoli florets
1 - 2 cups diced ham (1/2 lb - 1 lb)
1 cup grated Mozzarella
8-10 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp. all-purpose seasoning blend
salt & pepper to taste

What To Do:

Add the broccoli to the bottom of a large glass pan. Add ham. Meanwhile, whisk eggs and seasonings. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Pour mixture over the top. Bake at 375 until set. It varies depending on your oven. Mine took about 40 minutes.

We had a great time recently with our How to Train Your Dragon 2 party! Abby and a few friends got to watch the movie and eat some yummy snacks thanks to Fox Home Entertainment Insiders! 

Aren't these plates, cups, and napkins adorable! The kids loved them.

They loved the snacks even more! Famous Amos cookies, Welch's Fruit Snacks, Goldfish, Minute Maid juice, and Kirkland Microwave popcorn!

I could barely get these kids to sit still ALL night but that's a sign of a fun evening, right?


They had a fun time watching How to Train Your Dragon 2. The above photo is of them being dragons. The loudness was a bit out of control but man did they enjoy themselves!

Aren't these bags cute too? Oh yeah, we are spoiled just a tiny bit, thanks to Fox! :)

Being a stay at home mom isn't easy. Hey, I'm being honest. It is a complete blessing, for sure, but easy? Never. We always dreamed that I'd be able to stay home with our kiddos, assuming we would actually have some. You all know that story right? I'm beyond thankful that we have been able to do so and I know that's not always the case. 

Today I want to talk about something. Something I find really important. It was just recently that I found words for it. It's come up multiple times for me and I thought I should share. We've all been there. We are talking to someone and the conversation turns to work. 

"What do you do?" they ask. "Me? Oh, I'm just a mom." you reply. 

I've said it. I've heard others say it. Heck, it is said enough that it was the focus of one of the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) MomCon classes. If that doesn't say we are all struggling with our value, I don't know what does. And that is the core I think. Our value. You can argue with me but I still say in 99.9% of cases I'm right. 

Do you know what "just a mom" does? Everything. She is a taxi, a cook, a housekeeper, a shopping assistant, a secretary, a therapist, a teacher, a Girl Friday if you will. She is a party planner, a nurse, and a photographer. You know what I think? Out there in the "real world" you could never get paid enough to do what you do. And, speaking of the "real world" much more real can it get as when your child throws up in your hands? Sorry, off topic there for a minute. 

I don't want to hear you (or me) making excuses for your JOB ever again. Don't forget what a blessing you are to your family. Don't forget you are a gift just as much as your kids are a gift to you. What you do matters. As Lisa-Jo Baker said at MomCon "We are mighty because we mother." and it is SO true!

You are not JUST a mom. You are so much more valuable than you realize. 
After the multitude of moving we have done one would assume I've got this down. You know, the packing and unpacking. The "where the heck do I put this crap" moments. And, to think, I actually got rid of a whole bunch of stuff before this move. This is insane. I need a junk ROOM instead of a junk drawer! 

We have been in the house for almost a month now and the office is still not unpacked. We've entered avoidance mode I believe. I had unpacked the DVD's and games while the cups were still in a box somewhere. I think it took five days for the plates to make their home in the cabinets. I know, it's kind of ridiculous when I think about it. I'm really good at distracting myself from it all. Also, Netflix is a HUGE help when it comes to sucking time out of my day. Am I alone here?
This new house is a huge blessing and we are really feeling at home here already. I'll post pictures of some of it soon, I promise!
Today I went to pick Abby up from school and she came out of the classroom with a huge grin. Larger than normal. I couldn't place what was different about her and then I saw it. Another gap in her smile! 

This is tooth number eight if you are keeping track! I cannot believe she has lost so many teeth. She is ONLY six! I teased her that she was going to be toothless if she keeps going at this rate. One this is for certain, she is not like me in the tooth pulling area. I would not, under any circumstance, pull my tooth out. This girl will not leave her tooth alone once it gets a bit wiggly. She pulls, pushes, and twists it until it gives out.

Love this kid and her cute jack o' lantern smile!

You know what is one of my favorite things to do as a Blogger? Do reviews? Well, yes that is one. But, I was thinking more along the lines of this...announcing winners of giveaways! I know how great it feels to win something, after all I am considered quite lucky. And, what do you know - I just had a giveaway end tonight! So, without further ado, here is the winner. 

Sara Haff

If you are Sara you should have an email on it's way to you right this moment. PLEASE reply with your mailing information within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Nobody wants that...well, um, except for everyone else who entered to win! 

Sometimes, you realize you have forgotten to teach certain lessons to your kiddos. Certain important lessons. The other day our household experienced something brand new. Something straight from the big screen. Namely from A Christmas Story. It involves a metal railing and a tongue. Do you have a picture in your head yet? I'll wait.

You all set? Alrighty then. We were getting ready for school last Thursday. We were running slightly late. It was time to bundle up because we have been having an arctic front making the temps SUPER cold. Abby was ready before me so she ventured outside. I was nearly done putting on my hat and gloves. As I watched her slowly go down the front steps while holding onto the railing I had a thought. I remember specifically thinking about A Christmas Story. I can't make this up people. I thought about it and just as quickly thought "Nah, she wouldn't do that." You can't be right all the time but I didn't know that yet.

She kept going down the steps and into our front yard. Meanwhile, I came out of the house and called her over to the car. She came back and I saw it. Blood. Blood on her chin. Where on earth did the blood come from?! I tried not to worry when I said "What happened?" Her response was to stick out her tongue. Her tongue which was bloody and hurt. Ack! "The railing?!" I squeaked out to which she nodded yes. TWICE. She did it two times in a row. I can't even. Ouch. 

Her tongue stopped bleeding after a few minutes. Running slightly late had now turned into really late for school. We hopped in the car. On the way to school she started crying. The pain was kicking in and she kept sobbing "I didn't KNOW! I didn't KNOW!" Poor girl. She calmed down and we hustled into school. I walked her into her classroom and her teacher exclaimed "There's my Abby!" I quietly told her what happened and she chuckled while telling Abby that her sister had done that when they were little. 

Apparently, she was fine enough to eat lunch and I never got a phone call from the school. At the end of the day I picked her up. She looked at me and said "Mommy, I learned a lesson from the railing." "Oh yeah? What?" "Never do that again! Ever!" "Good plan baby."

And, on a side note to all you parents out there, if you live where it gets cold please make sure you remember to talk to your kids about the dangers of sticking your tongue to anything metal when it's cold out. My friend showed her kids what would happen by using a wet paper towel and sticking it to the ice cold metal. I think that's a great idea.

Just don't use your tongue. 

I will be provided a copy of the movie from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders for my review. No other compensation was received.
Did you kiddos love How to Train Your Dragon 2 as much as my daughter does? Good news! It is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow November 11th! In celebration of that event, we have some fun printables for you as well as a giveaway! That's right, you can win your very own copy down below.

“The best animated film of the year…fun for the whole family”
– Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun Times

Catch the all-new animated adventure, DreamWorks DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, exclusively with the Blu-ray™ Combo, DVD Double Pack and Digital HD

LOS ANGELES, CA – Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 11.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award® nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and certified 92% fresh on Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family!

Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Academy Award® nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Neighbors), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).  The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”).

The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois.
DreamWorks Animation How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray™ & Digital HD include:  

Feature film in high definition

Special Features:
·         Fishleg’s Dragon Stats – How much do you know about your favorite dragons? Explore the Dragon 2 Guide and learn more about your favorite fire-breathing friends!
·         Drago’s War Machines – Gobber the Belch narrates this inside look at the fierce creatures and “high-tech” weapons used by Drago to expand his growing dragon army.
·         Berk’s Dragon World – Explore the massive stable created to house the dragons of Berk, along with other changes made on the island to promote harmonious living.
·         Hiccup’s Inventions in Flight – Learn the secrets of how Hiccup and Toothless work together to form the ultimate high-flying team in this fascinating interactive tour.
·         Deleted Scenes -- The awesome adventure continues with telling deleted and extended scenes, including action-packed footage you couldn’t see in theaters!
·         Commentary by Simon Otto, Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois, and Pierre-Olivier Vincent
·         Where No One Goes: The Making of How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Writer-Director Dean DeBlois and his team take you behind the scenes of creating the film’s eye-popping visual effects and epic story
·         Dragon Races – Catch the thrilling aerial action and exciting play-by-play commentary as you cheer on your favorite riders in a spectacular dragon race!
·         Image Gallery
·         Theatrical Trailer
·         World of DreamWorks Animation – Move to the music videos from your favorite  DreamWorks Animation feature films

DreamWorks Animation How To Train Your Dragon 2 DVD includes:

Feature film in standard definition

Special Features:
·         Fishleg’s Dragon Stats – How much do you know about your favorite dragons? Explore the Dragon 2 Guide and learn more about your favorite fire-breathing friends!
·         Image Gallery
·         Theatrical Trailer
·         World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite  DreamWorks Animation feature films

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Dear Boxes, Kindly unpack yourselves. I really dislike having to decide where things will reside in our new home. Dear Facebook, You REALLY need a setting that would allow me to unlike tons of pages at once. I had to switch profiles because I was going insane reading a bunch of stuff I don't care about. Dear kid at my daughter's school, She says you push her down at every recess and only get put on the bench. Stop being a bully. Dear Banjo, You are a cute dog, sometimes. Please stop chewing things and nipping at people. Dear Me, Eating food you should eat makes you feel horrible. Why do you continue to do it? Why?!

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