More About School Vacation Week – Fun with my Family

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Look at that little goofy boy there! My five year old son is the family comedian, always the laughing one in our household. K-man loves to make us laugh with his goofy antics, this is him during the magic carpet rides we gave during school vacation.

Magic Carpet Ride – Indoor fun for all kids and a great workout for parents arms – lay a blanket down on a slippery floor, have children (1-2 depending upon size) sit or lay on blanket and pull it around house. It’s so much fun! Guaranteed some laughs.

School Vacation Week Is Nearing an End

I had a great day one day this past week when I made pasta salad and grilled cheese sandwiches for my three kids plus my daughter’s best friend who had slept over. Many talk about stay at home moms not being as fulfilled as those who work outside of the home but this particular day I noticed something about my feelings, while cooking in the kitchen for the kids;

While cooking away in the kitchen, slaving over the stove & hearing the kids laugh and chat in the living room, I felt a warm feeling in my heart. I felt so completely fulfilled in that moment; that one moment made me realize why it is I work from home, because no job outside of the home could ever give me that heart felt warm feeling I experienced in the kitchen that day.

 School Vacation Week Is Nearing an End

We enjoyed a lot of silly moments this week and I am blessed to have such a close knit relationship with all of my children. I enjoyed our mother/daughter day on Tuesday. My daughter and I spent a full day together without the boys, which was long needed. I shall write about that day later. My youngest loves climbing on me, but he forgets that I am his Mama, not his Daddy, and a bit more fragile. A lot of unplanned fun unfolded this week and for that I am truly thankful to have experienced.

Allowing my kids to be who they are and embracing them as individuals really helps us to enjoy each other on a deeper level. Each of my children are so different than the other but together we are a match meant to be. I am blessed to be able to be their Mama.

School Vacation Week Is Nearing an End

Jenny the Pug had some fun too, she must have been slightly lost because of all this activity during the week. Jenny usually spends her weekdays with me working from my desk while she sleeps but even Jenny enjoyed having the kids home this past week for some family together time.

This week has reminded me that I am meant to be a Mom, it’s the one job in this world I have held since working at age 13 that I feel more fulfilled in that any other job I held in my life. Each day I learn something new about myself, my kids and what being a parent entails. I am truly blessed.

School Vacation Week Is Nearing an End

This week has been my kids school vacation week, starting last Friday with a cancellation of school due to weather, they get a whole 10 days of break from school. Right now my biggest challenge is going to be on Monday, when my seven year old son Aj is returned to school. Aj is convinced this is the break that happens in the Summer before he goes back to school for the next grade. I’m not really sure how to get through to him, as he is certainly not easily convinced of anything he feels otherwise of when he isn’t on medication. I just hope his Dad doesn’t have a hard time come Monday when he returns him to school. Fingers crossed.

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I had a blast making fun breakfast options, such as french toast this vacation. I also made the kids their scrambled eggs, toast with jelly or fried egg sandwiches from day to day. Breakfast is one of those meals that I allow the kids a couple choices. I had such a fun time hanging with my kids, I can’t say that Aj wasn’t a bit of a challenge though. One thing I have noticed with Aj not being on any medication is that I have to keep an eye and ear out for any situations that could play out to a potential meltdown. When I say meltdown, it’s not a normal meltdown that most deal with as a parent and child. Aj’s meltdowns are extreme in nature and he has no reasoning skills nor logic in his thought process when not on medication. You simply have to be proactive and give consequence for actions; the punishment that fits the crime so to speak. I have found this week that if I am proactive and give Aj some “chill out” time before his frustrations escalate we can have a pretty peaceful day, even if still busy with him having to be constantly watched.

February Vacation with my Kids

One day I made a blanket fort which was something to keep the boys busy through out the day. Every once in a while they would go back into the fort to hang out and have fun. I love that the kids all enjoy simple fun like this. Even my daughter who had a sleep over one night, made a blanket fort out of her bunk bed for her girlfriend and her to hang out in. Another fun at-home idea was to use a blanket for magic carpet rides …

February Vacation with my Kids

The boys laughed so hard having magic carpet rides … I loved hearing my Aj giggle just like his brother K-man. It was such a wonderful time that day, full of more laughter than anything else. I also captured a sweet photo of my sons, Aj actually smiling in it ..

February Vacation with my Kids

When asked if I am ready to have my kids back to school? I say yes and no. I am ready because they need the education and break from being stuck at home due to the cold weather but overall this week has kept me emotionally and physically drained in ways that are not normal. You see, normally there is argument after argument, fight after fight with my son Aj but this week really wasn’t that bad so as long as I stayed proactive we had little to no major issues.

What are some ways you enjoy family time inside of the house without television or video games?

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition – Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy Review Giveaway #LittleMermaid

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Today I am sharing the excitement I had on October 1 when Disney released The Little Mermaid in Diamond Edition with a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack. Many of my friends on Facebook were saying how this is one of their favorite Disney movies, grown adults love The Little Mermaid – it’s not just for children.

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Sing along with the classic songs featured in The Little Mermaid with this limited time release! You will find included a New Music Video, Deleted Character {Harold the Merman} and much more with this new combo pack that is available this Fall 2013.

Disney has also released The Little Mermaid on Blu-ray 3D in a Combo Pack that allows those who have 3D capabilities to enjoy this film in 3D format at home. How fun would that be? I honestly did love this on Blu-ray; fantastic picture quality. Watching Diamond Edition Little Mermaid on Blu-ray was a totally different experience than my prior years of watching this on DVD or even VHS when I was younger.

The biggest reason I am sharing The Little Mermaid and was happy to spread the word about it’s release from the vault is because when I was in chorus back in my elementary years; we sung a lot of the songs from this film. I know each song by heart, the five year old wouldn’t let me sing during film though, apparently that was messing up with his viewing pleasure.

Release Date is October 1, 2013

Packaging Availability –

3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital  Copy + Music Download) = $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada
 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital Copy (Blu-ray + DVD/ Digital Copy) = $44.99 U.S./$47.99 Canada
2-Disc  Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S./$42.99 Canada

Are you Ready to Enter for chance to win Diamond Edition Disney Little Mermaid Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack?

One person from all entries through the Rafflecopter form below will be randomly selected to win one copy of Diamond Edition Disney Little Mermaid Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack (estimated Value $49.99)

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on October 14 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 24 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter. ** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON.

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Teen Beach Movie

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My daughter was so excited to have Disney Teen Beach Movie arrive on our doorstep for review. She has watched this movie a couple of times now and loves that the DVD came with a free Surfboard zipper pull {which she wore on her backpack to school today}. The thing of the matter is, this review was suppose to be shared a while back, but I am delayed due to the fact that this was delivered to the wrong house. Lovely, right? Joys of moving to new house and having house number not seen by the delivery people some times.

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TO get back on topic, Disney Teen Beach Movie is full of singing and dancing, something Ki and I love watching together. The rating is G, which makes it kid friendly for my whole boot of kidlets and it’s a wonderful family night movie for sure.  Go back to the 60′s with fun singing and dancing in this surftastic movie!

As you can see in the clips above and below… you will laugh and you will sing and maybe even dance along. Check out Teen Beach Movie today, you can get it at your local movie store, check it out on Disney Channel (local listings will tell you when it’s going to be shown again on that channel) or purchase over at

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Family Movie Night Approved – Wreck-it Ralph

We all know a person, or maybe we are that person who sometimes feels as if there is more to life than what is in front of them. It’s that moment when you simply feel as if you can accomplish more, be more and do more with your life. Wreck-it Ralph is a non-stop humorous movie with amazing life lessons about friendships, being all you can be and realizing that being yourself is simply the best possible remedy for living a full life.

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Travel along with Ralph as he tries to hop out of his normal game, where he is always the bad guy, to try to find a place he belongs. Ralph longs to be that good guy person that everyone loves, instead of that bad boy in a video game.  A cute friendship is made between Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, a misfit while in a Candy Land type video game. Vanellope was a misfit, someone who really was never met to be more than a glitch in the video game she was part of but as her friendship with Ralph grows and she forces Ralph to see the true value of friendship, she becomes more than just a misfit or a glitch.

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Wreck-it Ralph is available now for your purchasing or renting pleasure, check out the 4-disc 3D combo pack that includes blu-ray, blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital Copy of Wreck-it Ralph all in one. Rest assured your family will love this wonderful film time and time again, my family has already watched it five times on blu-ray and DVD.

Bonus Features on some of the discs include;

  • Paperman Theatrical Short (blu-ray, 3D blu-ray & DVD)
  • Bit by Bit: Creating the Worlds of Wreck-it Ralph (blu-ray & 3D)
  • Disney Intermission: The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-it Ralph (blu-ray & 3D)
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes (blu-ray and 3D)
  • Video Game Commercials (blu-ray and 3D)
  • Movie plays in English, Spanish and French

Wreck-it Ralph is rated PG, so some parental guidance is suggested.

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