Love, Juliebug: March 2015
If you've ever seen any of the Night at the Museum movies, such as Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, you know that there is a cute little monkey who loves adventure. His name is Dexter and he's a bit of a trouble maker at times but, come on, how can you not love this face?


My daughter sure does! So, we decided to take Dexter the monkey on a Wyoming adventure! We took him to a bunch of fun places. He came with a travel journal and even his own passport. 



But first, we couldn't forget to buckle up. Tee hee.


All set! We have lots of cool cowboy boots around town. This is the west after all and we couldn't resist a pic.


Then, it was off to the playground. Cause, I mean, how could we not play? Dexter loves to play around. 



We also had to check out the library because we LOVE to read in this house. 


What a fun adventure with Dexter! We are so glad he was able to join us. We are tired now though. Just look at him! 


Have you seen Dexter and his pals in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb? It's a great family friendly adventure.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is recalling approximately 12,540 packages of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Frozen Spinach, 12 oz.(UPC 77890-32932) due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The product was sold in the frozen food department of the company’s 85 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts between January 27 and March 21, 2015.
You can find more information about the Wegman's Food Markets recall HERE
Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 73,897 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the products identified on Attachment A. This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers that Amy’s may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
You can find more information about the Amy's Kitchen recall and the specific products included HERE.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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My six year old daughter loves crafts. So, I've been browsing Pinterest a lot lately, too much probably, and have seen a number of Easter crafts that I loved. I decided to share them all with you. If you'd like to pin any of them, please do so from the original pages as each one is linked below the photos.

wet chalk + tape = cool Easter Egg Art! So easy & fun for kids to make. A perfect activity to have on hand for Easter


Sweet Easter Bunny craft for kids. Great for counting and fine motor development too!


Top 10 Interesting Easter Crafts for Kids



Pom Pom Easter Egg Painting Craft for Kids


Easter Egg Potato Stamping Craft for Kids #Easter craft for kids | http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/03/easter-egg-potato-stamping-craft-kids.html


Beyond the Bunny- 12 Christ-Centered Easter Tradition Ideas for your Happy Home « Happy Home Fairy


Easy Pom Pom Chicks Craft for kids #Homemade Easter card idea | http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/04/easy-pom-pom-chicks-craft-kids.html


Original Pinner States:  Art for Easter: I LOVE this idea!  As soon as my kids are just a little bit older I am all over this.  What a great reminder of what Easter is truly about!


Easter Crafts for Preschoolers: Top 20 Toddler Easter Crafts


Shaving Cream Painting (Easter Eggs). Instructions & list of materials.




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Being part of the Fox Home Entertainment Insiders is so much fun. We get to see so many terrific family movies and have movie nights. This time was no different. The movie? Penguins of Madagascar. Have you seen it yet? Those penguins are so clever and cute! This movie night was one of my favorites. Here are all most of the wonderful things we received for our Penguins Chill Out Movie Night.


Included are four Penguins ice cream bowls, a Penguins ice cream scoop, an Ice Cream maker, a Penguins ice cube tray, cups, plates, napkins, and cute little Penguins cupcake toppers. Oh, and let's not forget a Target gift card for other movie night goodies! We also got these adorable plushies to warm up with cuddles. 


Recognize these guys? Well, you would if you have seen the movie! They all talk too so my six year old was enthralled. Okay, maybe I was too. ;) I was also pretty excited for this fun ice cream maker. 


Yes, it's a ball. You put all the ingredients in the cylinder then fill the other end with ice and rock salt. I love knowing what is in the ice cream and being able to customize it for our family. The actual ice cream making process is the fun part!



Play time and ice cream making all in one. Although, my little helper did give up in the middle. That was not nearly as much fun but oh well. Haha. I'm a nice momma so I still let her enjoy the fruits of my effort. Our first batch was made with heavy cream, mini chocolate chips, sugar, and mini marshmallows. Mmm.




We thoroughly enjoyed our ice cream while watching Penguins of Madagascar. We just had to be careful not to snort ice cream out of our noses while laughing. Heehee. And, the cuddles...they are real guys.


Check out Penguins of Madagascar if you haven't already and let me know what you think. Have fun with your own family movie nights. Stay cool.


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Penguins of Madagascar is officially on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD as of March 17, 2015. We've been waiting for this day, honestly. As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I have received this movie for my family. I've watched this multiple times with my daughter and each time there is something new to giggle over. I love that the comedy is for both kids and adults. So. to celebrate it's release I have some printables to share with you. They are super adorable! Click on the image below to go to the download page.


After downloading those awesome Penguins of Madagascar Printables, make time to enter to win your very own copy of this great movie! There is only one mandatory entry. The others just give you additional chances to win. It will be live from March 17 - 24, 2015. Good luck!




Disclosure: I have received the movie mentioned in this post but all opinions stated are mine. Love, Juliebug is not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is is no way sponsored, endorsed, affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other Social Media. It is open to US residents only. Void where prohibited.  One entrant per household. You will void all entries if you attempt to enter under multiple emails or IP addresses. 


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BRING HOME THE ALL NEW FLIPPIN’ AWESOME MOVIE WHEN
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD MARCH 17


 Hilarious! A zany blast the entire family will enjoy.
Nothing but non-stop fun and laughter!" – Shawn
Edwards, FOX-TV

Perfect for Easter Gift Baskets, the Blu-ray™ and DVD Come With Two Hopping Penguin Toys Available for a Limited Time


LOS ANGELES, CA – They’re cute...they’re cuddly...they’re back!  From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds!  In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world.  It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love!  Introduce the Penguin family to your family on March 17 when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

And for a limited time, get 2 hopping Penguin toys only with the DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Easter DVD and Blu-ray™ pack on March 17 making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is “a fun, smartly conceived film that will appeal to all movie-goers,” proclaims Bill Bregoli of CBS Radio. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A-” CinemaScore® and certified fresh on RottenTomatoes.com.

Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR features the voice talents of John Malkovich (“Crossbones” Red 2), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover), joining Tom McGrath, Chris Miller and Christopher Knights, who are reprising their roles as the Penguins from the beloved Madagascar franchise.

The Blu-ray™ and DVD feature hours of bonus materials that uncover the covert operations of the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR including several exclusive featurettes, a deleted scene, a music video by Pitbull, a dance tutorial by tWitch, and more.

My family loves this movie. It is super cute and has comedy for both kids and adults. We also have a copy to give away to one lucky reader. Click on the link below to go to the giveaway post!




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I'm writing this post on the eve of my, ahem, thirty-ninth birthday. That was not as painful as I anticipated. Writing my almost age, that is. Normally, the idea of getting older is a bit of a slap in the face. I suppose it has to do mostly with the whole fertility thing and wanting more children. Not so much about the gray sparkling silver hairs that have started becoming noticeable, if only to myself. 

I don't look like this anymore.

Something I never really understood is that you never really feel old. Well, until someone happens to say something that contradicts that like their birth year and you think, my gosh, I was thirteen when he/she was born. Ouch.

I love when people remember my birthday. Who doesn't? However, I must admit something. One of my first birthday moments was about the age of four. I remember sitting around the kitchen table with friends/family (not sure) when my mom brought in a cake singing happy birthday. Yay, right? No. I covered my face or ears with my hands and sank under the table refusing to come out. I guess your personality really stays with you for your whole life. 

Don't mind the "wallpaper" haha.
I've come to realize I need to be thankful for my age. Thankful in general really. Some people don't get to grow older. Some people don't even have the one child they long for. I have been blessed so very much and I would not change a thing about the life God has given me. 

Thirty-nine is just the beginning.
That realization is the best present I could ask for.


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