Love, Juliebug: May 2015
My daughter had a blast watching the movie Turbo. There's just something magical about it. So, when she discovered that there was a series called Turbo Fast, featuring her beloved snail, she was thrilled! Now, you can own it on DVD for yourself (or your child I should say). It comes out on DVD on June 2, 2015 but you can win a copy here. More details in a bit.



New to DVD with Over 9 Hours of Fun! 

"Turbo Fast" Season OneStart your engines... and rev up the fun! From DreamWorks Animation, creators of the hit movie Turbo, comes the high-speed animated series that takes comedy, action and excitement to the extreme. Join the world's fastest snail and his Fast Action Stunt Team as they put their elite skills to the test against all- new opponents on and off the track. It's a Turbo-charged collection of heart-racing thrills! 

Here are some fun printables for you. Just click below to be taken to the download page and enjoy!


As you know, I mentioned a giveaway. So, here it is! The giveaway will run 5/29 - 6/5, 2015.


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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Little Tikes

Founded in 1970, Little Tikes has been producing beloved playthings for over 40 years. They
emphasize active play and imagination with a wide range of durable toys. Headquartered in
Ohio, they also maintain several facilities across Asia and Europe to spread the joy of fine toys
around the world.
My girl is a tad too old for Little Tikes now but she used to LOVE their products. I love that they
have huge variety of products for every child.

 
 
Isn't the toy grill adorable?! Ah, I can hardly stand it. lol There are many other fun things 
for your kiddos too. Click HERE to check it out and buy.

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This week zulily has aden + anais! Is anyone as excited as I am? Granted, I don't have a little sweet pea to bundle anymore but I love their products.


aden + anais

The story of aden + anais started with a native Aussie's search for a muslin swaddle used by
mothers everywhere in Australia, but found nowhere in the US. aden + anais has grown into a
brand that crafts an array of versatile baby products from soft, breathable materials designed
with parents in mind.
Just take a look at some of these adorable products.





Cute patterns and wonderful fabrics! Take a look by clicking HERE and get yours before they sell out!

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I'm going to be very honest here, I'm really looking forward to this week's meals. There are many new recipes I've discovered on Pinterest. By the way, Pinterest is a complete time suck and I love it. Don't go on there when you are supposed to be actually getting things done. Those things just won't happen to get done for quite a while. Click on the links which are italicized to get that particular recipe and enjoy!

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Shredded Chicken Tacos with Spanish rice
Wednesday: Lettuce Wrapped Burgers with sweet potato fries
Thursday: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with mashed cauliflower
Friday: Dinner at church 
Sunday: Sweet Crockpot Pulled Pork with roasted brussel sprouts

I'm linking up with OrgJunkie so come on over and join us!

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There was a time not so long ago that me saying the phrase "I'll pray for you" often meant nothing of the sort. It should have been a promise. A powerful statement. But instead I was using it as a term of comfort when I had nothing else to say. Not only was it essentially a lie but I was robbing the person of the prayers they truly needed. Now, I'm not being conceited here and saying that my prayers are magical or special. Not at all. In fact, I'm fairly certain God can do anything without my help. But, the thing is praying isn't a suggestion, it's a command. 


It doesn't say "pray if you want to" or "pray when the time is right" it says "pray continually"and that is something I have been trying to work on. So, I've been making a concerted effort to not overuse the phrase "I'll pray for you" as well. If I say it for everything and then don't pray at all then that is not fair to that person and I feel guilty as well. 


My prayer today: 

God, please help me to truly pray for other people and not use "I'll pray for you" as a flippant phrase. I know you long for me to truly care about others and direct them to you. Thank you for the people in my life. Amen. 

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This weekend I took Abby to the circus for the first time ever. The first time ever? She is six, you say. True but this is the first year that I didn't think she would be afraid of the clowns. She's always been a bit of a fraidy cat over things even Mr. Chuck E. Cheese himself. She did amazingly well and it just goes to show how much she has grown up. *sniff*

I gave her the choice of doing the pony ride or the elephant ride. This big girl picked the elephant ride. My camera didn't do a great job of taking photos of it, sadly. But, here is my try for a good photo.


I was honestly surprised she didn't chicken out but she had a blast! She also got her face painted. There were many designs available. They did it all by hand and were quick but good.


Does that look like the face of a happy girl? I think so! There were so many acts from guys riding motorcycles across wires to clowns to tigers doing tricks. Each time I looked over at my daughter she was awestruck. Like this.


I'm so glad we took the time to go this year and that we went with some great friends!



We'll definitely be going next year! 


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This is definitely comfort food week for us. I just kept leaning this way. These are definitely not spring recipes but I never really listened to that sort of thing anyway. And besides, this is Wyoming. We had snow on Mother's Day for crying out loud!

Monday: Crockpot Shredded Pork Tacos
Thursday: Stuffed Peppers
Friday: Celebrate Recovery (eating at church)


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Time for another confession. I think too much. I even think too much about thinking too much. Over analyzing. Judging myself. I am so flipping harsh with my thoughts. If anyone in the world were to say even one of these things to me I would want to slap them but when it's me - I just let it slide. Treat it as fact. But the fact is when it comes to the things that run through my mind I could be considered a Mean Girl. 

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Not only am I my own Mean Girl but I think about situations that haven't occurred yet and probably won't. I attempt to predict the future and how I might react to any situation basically. Do you know how much stress this adds to my day? My thought life could use an overhaul. Are you with me?

So, how do I overhaul my thought life? Here are some ideas. 

Attack it. Question everything you think. Challenge it. It's so easy for me to get caught up in my mind and take everything I think as fact. I need to be active in challenging my own thoughts to see what is real and what is not.

Learn what God says about you. God loves us. He loves us regardless of our shortcomings. As a Christian, I know I am a new creation but that does not necessarily change our thought life. I need to discover by reading the Bible and prayer who I am in Christ.

Stop acting out situations in your brain that haven't happened yet. I struggle with this often. It comes out in a couple different ways. One is based in anxiety, trying to always have the right response to a situation that might happen. The other is more based in negativity by imagining the worst scenario possible happening. It's all about control for me.

Pray and pray again. My day is one big prayer when I'm doing it right. Prayer does not have to be a big prayer at bedtime. That is great but it shouldn't be your whole prayer life. I find the days when my mind consistently turns to God to be the best days I have.

Think on what is true. Easier said than done I realize. I stick to this verse as a sort of mantra. 

 

I hope these ideas help you as they help me. What kind of thoughts fill your mind? Are they thoughts that help or hurt you?

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I'm so mad at myself that I could scream. Why? Well, I'm sitting here with a raging vice grip headache all because I don't listen to myself. I let my taste buds convince my mind that it's okay to have gluten every once in a while. Just eat this bread, this pizza, these cookies - no worries. Clearly it's not. It's not just in my head. 

Why do I discount what I know to be true? Despite knowing that I feel like crap with neck aches and headaches and anxiety - just miserable - when I eat anything with gluten, I just keep doing it. I mean, I will stop eating it and feel better then think, "Ah see, it had nothing to do with that gluten. It was just a headache. I'm sure I don't even have a gluten issue." 

It makes no sense, friends. I can see it clearly when I'm hurting. So, I'm writing it down in case I have the urge to repeat this pattern. This way I'll be able to remember just how I'm feeling right now in the middle of regret and pain.



Gluten is not my friend. Do you hear me Julie? And yes, I'm talking to myself. I'd blame it on the headache but that would be a lie. You know you do it too. Haha. So, is gluten your friend? I promise I won't get jealous if it is. At least, I'll try.

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I've started to do menu plans again. We eat better and I save time & money. Win-win in my book. I attached links where I could but sometimes the meals I pick are too simple to find on Pinterest. 


Sunday: Ground Beef & Cabbage Saute (I add cooked brown rice as well)

Monday: Ah-So sauce boneless pork loin chops, rice, zucchini

Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wednesday: BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes

Thursday: Beef & Sweet Potato Stew

Friday: Celebrate Recovery (eat at church)

Saturday: Leftovers

Do you do menu plans? Consider linking up if you do! Click on the banner above to find the link up.

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God has blessed me. That sentence encompasses so much. Today I'm referring to Mother's Day. I'm so thankful for my mom. She has loved me for my whole life, obviously, and is an extremely strong person. She's been pouring her heart, everything she has, into this motherhood business - single motherhood - for all these years. I complain when I am feeling slightly overwhelmed as a Mom so I can only imagine how hard it must have been at times for her. I'm thankful that I have a Mom that loves me constantly in the best way she can. So many people can't say the same thing. And now, seeing her as Abby's Memere is so precious to me.



Which brings me to what a blessing it is to be a Mom. Not just any Mom either, her Mom. 


This girl is precious to me. She makes me smile and brings a light to our life that for so long I prayed for. I could cry (and often do) as I think about how long I wanted, waited to be a Mommy. And, here she is. Whether or not we ever have another child, she is a gift from God into our lives. I am so thankful for her. The way she laughs, dances around the living room, or sings. The way she speaks encouragement to me. Just who God has made her to be is amazing and I hope she can see that. 

Abby and I are watching the movie Tangled. We are at the lantern scene and Abby just said, "Who is singing? Well, whoever they are, they have a beautiful voice. Like you Momma!"

 Isn't that sweet? She says things like that often. Her sweetness, intelligence, the joy she brings to those around her, and her faith in God - all make me excited to see the kind of woman God is molding her into.

My prayer for today:


Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and to all the Moms out there! You are all blessings and do so much. Even if you aren't told it by anyone else today, you matter and you are loved. And remember, you are never just a mom

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Have you ever just fallen into a funk? I've found myself in that place this last week. No real reason other than just every day life. I suspect that mine is due to stress, hormones, and lack of exercise. Oh yes, a bad combo indeed. 

Just as I was geared up to start back with my exercise routine hormones reared their ugly head. I've been slowly gaining all the weight I lost back due to not being diligent with my workouts or eating for that matter. It's official. I cannot fit into my smaller jeans anymore. I suppose that alone could make me be in a bad mood.

Still I know I am blessed in many ways. Mother's Day is coming up and it was not that long ago that this holiday was a bit of a beast for me to put it mildly. Having the child I prayed so long for changed that. Though I must admit the sting of infertility has never completely left me as I would be thrilled for another child (or two). 

The thing about moodiness or funks, whether they are well deserved or not, is that they affect everything. They also tend to happen when I am not taking care of myself or putting my relationship with God first. It's darn near impossible to be in the right frame of mind all on my own. I have to put some effort and care into my life. And, clearly, right now I'm not. So, here is my prayer for today...



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I don't know about you but Mother's Day has a special place in my heart. And, not just because I am a Mother. No, it's special to me because my Mom is special to me. Recently, I was sent a ten card pack of Mother's Day cards from Hallmark. Have I mentioned my love for all things snail mail? Especially Hallmark. Yes! Just look at these beauties.


 My favorite thing about these cards is that there are so many styles. We ranged from funny to sweet to spunky and cute. I even got a card in Spanish. Thank goodness for the translation on the back. My mind kicked into high gear thinking about who I could send each one to. Here are a few of my faves that I chose to highlight. Okay quite a few of them. I have decision making issues, people!

The top one makes me laugh out loud. It says "Good moms let their kids lick the beaters. Great moms turn the mixer off first. Happy Mother's Day to a great mom." The one below that is a Sarah Jessica Parker card with a beautiful word cut out with pink glitter. On the bottom left is a very sweet card with a lovely wooden necklace attached. The bottom middle is wonder woman, of course, that says "Thanks for always using your powers for good. Happy Mother's Day." and the last is a googly eyed giraffe that says "Do I wish you a Happy Mother's Day? You bet giraffe I do!" Hehe. My kind of humor.

Honestly, I've come to the conclusion that Hallmark has a card for every Mom in your life. Hallmark and I have joined forces to offer you a fun giveaway! Enter below to win your very own 5 card pack of cards! Yay! (So many exclamation marks. My apologies for all the excitement.) The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Mother's Day. Good luck!



Only one entrant per household or IP address. Hallmark is responsible for prize delivery. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond with mailing information or a new winner will be selected. Void where prohibited.


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Enter the word below that matches today's day of the week!

Monday: win
Tuesday: movie
Wednesday: Fox
Thursday: entertaining
Friday: family
Saturday: fave day
Sunday: fun day

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