This morning we took our girls to see Disney’s Frozen. I will be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big Disney fan but from the promos it looked very hokey. I think it was Olaf the snowman. Very cute but I just had no idea what the lesson of the movie was going to be.
I found out pretty quickly.
Frozen is the charming tale about two princesses who are sisters, Elsa (Idina Menzel), the eldest child of the King and Queen of Arendelle, has the power to freeze things and Anna (Kristen Bell), the younger sister who admires her big sister.
After a small mishap with her powers, Anna is made to forget about Elsa’s powers and Elsa and Anna are separated as children. Soon after, the Queen and King are in a fatal accident and die. The girls are left with no one but each other and Elsa keeps herself away from her little sister, for fear that she will accidentally injure her again.
Time passes and the girls grow up and apart but at the heart of it all, they are still sisters and their love is a bond that not even time can alter. The day comes for Elsa to be crowned queen and with trepidation she opens the castle gates to the public once again. After years of being separated from one another and their subjects, the two girls are once again face-to-face.
The love is palpable but still, for Anna’s safety, Elsa must distance herself.
An incident occurs and again, Elsa finds herself feeling vulnerable and incapable of controlling her powers around people. She runs off into the frozen abyss and as her emotions run high, her powers freeze Arendelle.
Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey, teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.
On the way, they unexpectedly find love and Anna sacrifices her own safety to break through the icy exterior that surrounds Elsa’s heart. Her act of unconditional love proves once and for all to Elsa that love can conquer all and with your sister to support and love you, there is no obstacle too big and no winter too cold to weather.
I loved this movie so much because it was not about a princess who is saved by a prince charming, but about the love and bond that sisters share. In the end, Elsa’s one true love was her little sister, Anna, because no matter the time that had passed or the incredible circumstances that they had to muddle through, her sister was always there for her.
Anna’s selfless kindness saved Elsa’s life and in turn, showed her that warmth emanated from within and in that moment, Elsa unfroze Arendelle and they all lived happily ever after.
This is one of my new favorite Disney movies, tied for first with The Princess Frog and Brave.
What’s your favorite Disney movie?
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Do you have social anxiety? I think to a degree, we all have a touch of it, some more severe than others. I will be the first to admit that I get a little stressed talking in front of a room full of people, but I have no problem socializing and networking individually with that same group of people.
For me its not about a fear of socializing with people, it is on what scale. I prefer to talk with people not at them. I love to socialize. Some people can give a speech in front of thousands but have the most difficult time talking to one person face to face.
Social anxiety is when you have an irrational anxiety, fear or self-consciousness in every day interactions like going to the store or making small talk with strangers at Target. It can be debilitating. I do not have this but I know several people who do and I think people need to have a better understanding of what it is. It is not something you can just get over.
It is a legitimate psychological diagnosis and manifests in a very real physical way. Imagine the nervous stomach and anxiety you get when you have a big presentation or a first date, amplified to 1000 in a situation that you know is average.
Social anxiety disorder affects your emotions and behavior. It can also cause significant physical symptoms.
Emotional and behavioral social anxiety disorderÂ symptoms can include:
Physical social anxiety disorder symptoms:
The problem is that people who have social anxiety know that their anxiety is disproportionate to the situation and so they begin to avoid any situation that might cause them social anxiety, creating a vicious cycle and further limiting them.
Not everyone has social anxiety; there are levels and degrees of acceptable anxiety but if your anxiety is stopping you from functioning normally or performing everyday tasks, then you may want to see a professional.
Some common, everyday experiences that may be difficult to endure when you have social anxiety disorder include:
These are all things that we all do everyday, but what if entering a room where people are already seated caused you severe anxiety? You would probably never be late to anything and on the off chance that you might be, you might just decide to forget the whole thing and soon you are home bound and prefer it that way.
Some possible causes for social anxiety are inherited traits, brain chemistry, brain structure and negative experiences. Social anxiety can affect anyone and is more common than you might think.
The general course of treatment involves psychological counseling, cognitive therapy and medicine. Living with social anxiety is difficult because the person essentially feels held hostage by their fear of social situations and avoiding social situations is about as easy as avoiding food. It is everywhere.
So next time you see the quiet person in the corner at a party who looks like they might vomit, go say hi. Introduce yourself and help them feel less alone and anxious.
Have you ever experienced social anxiety? What did you do to work through it?
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When I was a small child, about 3 years old, I was gleefully running away from my cousin looking back to be sure he would not catch me. I was only slightly paying attention to anything in the direction I was headed when I ran, face first, into a hot grill.
My face was turned sideways, so I only burned half of my sweet cherub like face. But I burned it bad. Really.Bad! Like my mom was convinced that I would be deformed bad and she was inconsolable, sobbing uncontrollably.
I donâ€™t remember the pain of my burnt face or feeling scared. I barely remember any of it; mostly what I recall is from the stories my parents have recounted to me. I only know that on that day, my mom was pretty convinced that her baby was going to spend the rest of her life scarred from the fire.
As a mother, I now know how much that hurts a parent. Your immediate reaction is to make sure that your child is physically okay, but then you want to make sure they are mentally okay and a kid who is doomed to a life of looking like a burn victim is surely in for some mental anguish.
At first, she checked to make sure my eyes were okay and then that nothing was permanently damaged. They took me to the emergency room and I was treated, mostly by a salve. It was the 70â€™s, treatment was not what it is today and I understand that I am lucky to not be scarred. I had no complications, there was no infection and there was absolutely no scar.
By all accounts, it was a miracle and as far as my mom is concerned, I am on borrowed time. God must have a plan for me. I hope she is right.
Anyways, my mom likes to remind me of this near miss anytime she feels that I am in danger or that my children are doing anything that could possibly result in a poor outcome. She tells me this story a lot but I never understood it until I had my own children and I know how a motherâ€™s heart hurts for all of her childrenâ€™s ailments, from the tiniest hangnail to the worst burn one could imagine and everything in between.
It just so happens that both of my daughters have both been burned. Itâ€™s a definitely scary situation for the parent and the child. My daughters, both girls at separate times, have burnt their hands on our glass surround propane fireplace. Youâ€™d think theyâ€™d make the surround with something that would not get hot to the touch but they do not.
Both times my girls were burnt, they were under the age of two, enticed by the dancing flames and reached out and touched the glass. Both times they burnt their little chubby hands and both times I ran them to the hospital where they were treated and given Silver Sulfadiazine.
It never gets easier to see your child get burnt. Itâ€™s painful and you inly want to make the pain go away.
So do you know how to treat your child for a burn?
The first thing you should do is run your childâ€™s hand under cold water.
Call 911 if it is a severe burn caused by an open flame or if your child is acting discombobulated or experiencing shortness of breath.
If none of the above apply, call your doctor and ask for advice.
If you cannot speak to your doctor within 30 minutes of the initial burn happening, head to your emergency room
There is a high risk of infection with burns so the quicker you get treatment, the better the outcome.
How do you deal with burns?
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Recently, I was in Chicago for one of the largest womenâ€™s blogging conferences around, BlogHer. Fortunately, I was able to experience Chicago; one of my favorite cities, in many different ways and one of those ways was by meeting with some of the fabulous local brands.
Donâ€™t be jealous, they ship nationwide. There were a lot of fabulous brands that I met but the one that I canâ€™t shake is EverPurse.
Never heard of them? I hadnâ€™t either until the conference. But believe me when I say that every woman, everywhere needs an Everpurse and if you work in social media or any business in which you need constant access to a working cellphone, you need an Everpurse. I love this product so much that I sound like a damn rep and I am not.
Letâ€™s just say the Topaz Croc-pattern leather clutch and I fell in love at first sight. Well, maybe it was a little one-sided but I was smitten.
The purse was stylish, sleek and looked like it was made for a night on the city. Oh, I wanted that purse badly. It was gorgeous and would have completely camouflaged the fact that I am a working nerd by disguising the clutch and myself as cool with city chicness.
But oh no, Everpurse is not just another pretty face, itâ€™s smart and functional, too. Think of it as a pair of Louboutins that fit and feel like sneakers.
You see, the sexy secret about the Everpurse is that it has a special charging pocket into which you place your smartphone. Is your mind blown? Thatâ€™s right, their patent-pending docking system guides your phone smoothly onto a dock connector at the bottom and click you are charging!
It charges the phone twice over. No more endlessly fishing for a cord because nothing is more unsexy than rummaging through your bag, while your phone flat lines. Can you imagine? A purse that charges your phone! I mean is this not the best invention since sliced bread? I am pretty sure that it is. It is for me because carbs are bad, people.
To charge Everpurse itself, you can simply place Everpurse on its charging mat. It uses inductive charging to send energy wirelessly from the mat to the purse, so you never have to plug the purse in, not ever! You can leave a charging mat plugged in wherever it’s convenient for you, at work, at home, wherever, and just drop Everpurse onto the charging mat when it needs charging. If you leave Everpurse on its charging mat overnight, it will have a full charge the next morning. How simple is that?
I canâ€™t believe that I just heard about the Everpurse. Itâ€™s crazy. I want one and I need one. Clutches range in price from $189 to $329, which I understand, is fairly pricey for a non-name brand purse but I have two things to respond to that. One, for what it does, I think that $189-$329 is totally worth the price if you can afford it. Two, a little insider information, you may just start seeing Everpurse partner with some of your more exclusive brands; fingers crossed.
But honestly, I am not a label whore and the bags are beautiful and functional. Iâ€™ve paid upwards of $300 for plenty of bags and NONE of them charged my phone, all they did was hold my junk. I feel so jipped now.
Anyways, if you get the chance, I highly recommend you check out the Everpurse because it is awesome.
What do you think of the EverPurse?
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I was raised to clean my plate. My parents were born in the 1940â€™s so their parents had lived through the depression and my parents felt the effects. Forty years after the Great Depression, my parents had me and I felt the ripple effects. But somewhere along the line, I outgrew it.
I stopped believing that I had to clean my plate, or that I had to watch my pennies and turn off all the lights in the house and keep my pantry stocked in case the world lost power and I might starve. I learned to trust the banks with my money and stop hoarding survival gear. The whole country did.
My generation and those after are all too far removed from that time in history to know the feeling of not knowing where your next piece of food or dollar might come from and now, we waste with wild abandonment.
Lately, I have noticed a lot of waste going on in my house. Lots of wasted food and money, and an over abundance of things we donâ€™t need. You think we would have all learned something from this recent recession and I thought I had, but apparently the lesson didnâ€™t stick and that scares me.
I donâ€™t want to raise children who waste food while others are starving or live in excess while others have nothing. I want socially conscious children, who care about more than just themselves and live by ‘the person with the most toys when he dies wins’ because stuff is just stuff. There should be room in this world for all of us to live, eat and be sheltered.
Here are some ways that we can raise our children to be less wasteful by doing these simple things ourselves.
Most households throw away about 12 percent of all the food they bring home and 25% of the vegetables; that averages betweenÂ $1400 to $2300 every year for an average family of four. That could be money spent on so many other things like a family vacation. So why are we throwing that money in the garbage and letting it liquefy in our crispers?
What are your favorite waste not secrets?
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Thanksgiving is coming up fast, so now is the time to start testing out recipes to add to your Thanksgiving dinner menu. This is one of those recipes.
Up until about 2 months ago, I could not and would not eat Brussels sprouts. I had tried them a few times and they are just one of those foods that I could not develop a taste for.Â Then I had them baked and I loved them.Â This recipe is fantastic and will be the perfect compliment to your dinner.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Preheat over to 400 degrees.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
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Vince Vaughn has a new Dreamworks film, Delivery Man, coming out on November 22, 2013. Iâ€™ve seen it and it is amazing.
Before I give you the synopsis, I need to tell you that I think this movie tells a wonderful story of the human situation. Iâ€™ve never seen Vince Vaughn play a more likable or endearing character. The film is funny and heartwarming. This movie is definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
In the film, Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn plays David Wozniak, an affable underachiever with a knack for making bad decisions in his life. He is unreliable to those who depend on him: his father, his friends and his girlfriend. Heâ€™s been stuck in a rut but believes that everyone has a purpose in life; he just hasnâ€™t found his yet – until he gets some surprising news from an attorney, informing him that everything in his life is about to change times 533.
In 1994, David Wozniak anonymously donated to a fertility clinic but to his shock, due to a mix up at the clinic, he has biologically fathered 533 children. Now, he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them are suing to meet their biological father.
He is torn because this is nothing he had ever planned, but could this be a gift? Could this be just what he needs in his life? Could this be his purpose?
David is given an envelope containing the files and information on the 142 adult children who are seeking to know the identity of their biological father. Curiosity gets the better of David and soon, against advice from his friend/attorney, he opens the envelope and begins to secretly insert himself into his childrenâ€™s lives, acting as their â€œguardian angelâ€.
He begins to care for these children he fathered but is torn between doing what he knows is right and upsetting the natural order of his life now and theirs.
Suddenly, the scariest thing to happen to David Wozniak has become, what he believes may very well be, the most beautiful thing to ever happen to him. The children he fathered need someone to look out for them and in the blink of an eye, a selfish, purposeless man, David, has found the greatest purpose of his life, fatherhood. For the first time in his life, he is doing the right thing and life is great.
The movie reminds us, what many parents already know, you are never quite ready for what life delivers, but sometimes the best day of your life is embracing the gifts you are given, no matter how unexpected or unplanned they may have been.
In the end, David Wozniak has everything he never knew that he always wanted: a strange, oversized, amazing family and life. Finally, his life has a greater purpose than himself.
Family comes in all shapes and sizes and even though what we have may not be what we expected our life to look like, it may just be exactly what we needed.
DELIVERY MAN stars Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt and will be in theaters November 22.Â This movie is for adults and not small children. It is rated PG-13.
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Mothering single is hard, probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but I wasnâ€™t alone. I was married. There is something about finding yourself mothering single and knowing that you actually have a husband but he’s not around to help that makes the situation even more painful.
Mothering single is by far the most stressful situation that I’ve ever had the misfortune to experience. More stressful than doing all of the parenting alone was trying to explain to everyone else in the world what exactly sometimes mothering single entails or even is for that matter.
Here is what I define as mothering single.
A woman who does more than 80% of the parenting on her own as there is no father present on a daily basis to assist with parenting duties. She may be married but she is left alone (work widow, military spouse or victim of a commuter marriage) physically and emotionally; all children are dependent solely on her for their care, well being and safety.
Here are a few things that you should NEVER say to a woman who is mothering single.
â–ªÂ Â Mothering single must be really hard. I don’t know how you do it. (I don’t know how I do it either.)
â–ªÂ Â I wish my husband livedÂ in a different state all week long. I’d love to try mothering single. (Would you now?)
â–ªÂ Â I bet you have lots of me time with your husband gone. What do you do with all that free time? (Well, I was going to write a book but that’s hard to do in 15 minutes a day of free time. I opted for taking a shower and brushing my teeth instead).
â–ªÂ Â So how is it being a kept woman? (Kept what? Half sane, completely exhausted and a time bomb of nervous breakdown?)
â–ªÂ Â I know how you feel, my husband was out of town for 3 days last month. I was mothering single, too. It nearly killed me. (That is not the same as your husband living in another state and only coming home 8 days of the entire month, if you are lucky.)
â–ªÂ Â You don’t have to worry about what you look like. (Of course not, because unlike you I live in a world with no mirrors and where all the people are blind. Wait a minute, I gotta go. The villagers with their pitchforks and torches are here again.)
â–ªÂ Â At least your husband has a job. You should be grateful all you have to do is some mothering single! (I am grateful. Grateful that with living in separate states and paying for two residences, sacrificing all of our time together as a family and we still have a really tight budget. That is awesome!)
â–ªÂ Â You look exhausted. You need to get more rest. (Sure, I will put that on the list, right after waxing my mustache and shaving my legs.)
Have you ever found yourself mothering single? How did you deal with it?
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Do you love your iPhone camera but hate that it only has one lighting/flash setting, which just so happens to be bright white? Yep, it leaves your subjects seeing dots and the photos look like everyone you shoot on your camera is suffering from deer in headlights syndrome.
This is not a good look, not even for the most beautiful subjects. I have so many photos of my beautiful daughters with red eyes and albino white skin. Wish you could change that?
You easily can. The Kick is a highly customizable light source that is small enough to fit into your pocket so you can take it just about anywhere. The Kick easily slides right onto the back of your phone and kicks your photography up a notch or twelve. Youâ€™ve never seen iPhone photography like this before.
The Kick has five rows of brilliant LED lights that shine in various hues. You can use the free Kick Light app with the Kick to set the color, shade and intensity. The only limit on the color in your photos is your imagination. How awesome is that? I swear they have an app for everything these days, donâ€™t they?
The Kick can even parrot light patterns from an existing photo or video. Perhaps you want the lighting to match your sister-in-laws bridesmaid dresses in just that perfect shade of plum. No problem, the Kick has you covered.
Maybe you want the kooky photo of you and your girlfriends in the Bahamas to be the same color as the Rose Chandon you were all drinking that night to celebrate your 30th birthday? Easy, peasy.Â Just let the Kick mimic the hue of the Rose Chandon and apply that to all of your smiling faces in the photo.
Talk about champagne wishes and caviar dreams. What a night to remember, like no other.
You can use the Kick to evenly light a portrait, white balance any scene with tinted light or blast bright colored lights to make your pals look like they’re at a club. Or have hours of fun using the built in special effects to make amazing, top-notch Vine videos or Instagram videos that will blow your friends out of the water.
There is nothing quite like lightening flashes, rainbow strobes or flickering firelight to make an otherwise ordinary photo extremely conversational. I mean if Jenny has a lightening bolt coming out of her tush, youâ€™d have to ask what the story was, right? Who could resist?
You can slide the Kick onto your iPhone, hold it off camera in your hand, or mount it on a tripod. Use it with any camera, anytime, anywhere. It is very versatile and simple to use. It even sets up its own wifi connection so that you donâ€™t have to allow your iPhone to work as a remote control.
The Kick even works with your iPod and iPad. Honestly, it works with absolutely any camera you have on hand.
What is your iPhone camera accessory?
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