Review: Father of the year? Check out Delivery Man now on Blu-ray and DVD

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If you are looking for a good heart-warming comedy, then you will want to check out Delivery Man. It came out on DVD March 25th and you can pick it up on Amazon for just $22.96 for the Blu-ray.

In this movie, David Wozniak (played by Vince Vaughn) donated to a fertility clinic to make money for a specific goal (which you will find out about later in the movie!) Fast forward twenty years and he finds out that he is father to hundreds kids thanks to this clinic… in fact 500 kids. 142 of these kiddos are suing to learn the identity of the donor.

David is putting off loan sharks and trying to turn this mess around. He works hard to learn more about his “kids” and help them…even if just for a day. As the story unfolds, your heart gets tugged more and more. This movie is great for both men and women. I loved the funny scenes that played up the reality of trying to find balance in parenthood.

Bonus Features include a blooper reel and a deleted scene. We love watching the bloopers! Full of laughs. See a deleted scene above.

I was sent this movie to review, all opinions are my own.

Plan a Trip to Stay and Play at Moody Gardens

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Are you looking for a fun get away this spring? We needed a change in scenery and had heard great things about Moody Gardens…so we booked our Spring Break trip to Galveston and got our play (and relax) on!

Moody Gardens offers FREE parking, but you can Valet if you prefer. When we checked in, which was a super quick and easy process, our kids were given little goody bags with fun promotional items in them. We parked and walked to our room…then wondered around the property a bit. Our room was beautiful. I wanted to live there! So clean and beautifully designed. My kids LOVED the retractable curtains that worked via wall switch.

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We checked out a few shows the first day. First we saw Rio in the 4D theater. My 5 yr old wasn’t sure about the water that shot out of the seats but I loved it. Then we went over to see JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC 3D. It was educational and I loved the 3D effects. We then went back over to the pool area to enjoy some of their FREE Kids activities. The girls got balloon animals, but opted to skip getting their faces painted as we wanted to head over for Smores by the pool. They provided everything we needed…fire included! My kids loved this.

We called it an early night after some indoor swimming so we could be well rested for the next day. We were treated to a turn down service…chocolates included. I didn’t tell my kids it was chocolate… I mean…three kids, two chocolates. I had to keep the peace…I enjoyed every bite!

The next morning, we got ready and off to the Aquarium we went. The girls loved finding and getting the stamps on each of their books through out the aquarium. The only thing we wish we could have seen was jelly fish. They probably had them and we missed them. My girls loved walking until the tunnel that had fish on EVERY side of it. It was really cool.

Off to check out the Real Pirates Exhibition. The line wasn’t super long and I liked that we had an opportunity for a family photo shoot. Once inside the Pirate Exhibit, we watched an educational movie about pirates. Then we were off to look and experience it. My oldest thought it was really neat. She really enjoyed getting to see “real” pirate treasure. I liked that we could take our time and move at our own pace on this one.

Once we left here, we went into the Rain forrest! We got to see all kinds of awesome birds and even got an up close and personal few minutes with a monkey! The kids loved that! It was starting to warm up outside, which means it was starting to warm up inside the pyramid as well. We journeyed outside for some fresh air and walked over to see the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. We missed it by just a few minutes, but it was super windy and my girls wanted to get back inside, so we did.

We found several great spots for photo opts and took some photos then we were off to look for the fun Kids craft that was being offered for the afternoon. The girls got to make personalized bracelets! These crafts were so fun and we never had any problems finding the area that they were in. (It changed daily!)

There were a few areas under renovation and one is a zipline! I am sad that we missed that, and I know it will be a great addition. Overall we loved Moody Gardens. It’s a great, family friendly place to stay and play. You don’t have to leave for anything…everything you need is right there.

For pricing info and to find out more about Moody Gardens, click over to their website here.

*All opinions are my own and are honest. I was given day passes to enjoy all of the attractions and for the purposes of this review.

Duracell: #TrustYourPower Within, my interview with Superbowl Champ Derrick Coleman’s Mom

Did you get a chance to see the Duracell Super Bowl commercial starring Derrick Coleman? His story is very touching and he is a very inspiring athlete. Derrick is hearing impaired but it didn’t stop him from working hard and ultimately achieving his dream to plan in the NFL…and win the Superbowl! I had the chance to interview his mom, May, this past week and I think you will like what she had to say!

When you are done…watch the Superbowl Commercial and cast your vote for best Superbowl Commercial by clicking on the tap that pops up on the video!

Addressing the Yoga Craze in the UK: Top Tips for Beginners

With obesity now a major epidemic in both the U.S. and the UK, there is a growing emphasis on developed health and fitness within developing economies. A recent study supported this even further, with the suggestion that women who lift weights and practice yoga exercises regularly have a far lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is often considered to be a stepping stone towards obesity, so it is important that individual citizens adopt a more proactive approach to keeping fit.

A Beginners Guide to Yoga: 3 Important Steps

Yoga is a particularly effective tool in the fight against obesity, as it is low-intensity exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Consider the following steps towards understand yoga and becoming proficient: -

Take the Steps to Understand Yoga and its Purpose

As with any type of exercise, it is crucial that you understand its nature and purpose prior to becoming a practitioner. Yoga is an activity that has its roots in spirituality, and it is often used to created mental harmony in addition to improving flexibility, stamina and muscle strength. Yoga therefore has multiple potential purposes, and it is important to consider these and whether or not they are suitable for you. Having a strong understanding of yoga will also enable you to select a precise exercise regime that meets your physical needs.

Start Slowly and Develop your Fitness Levels

The next step is to start practising yoga, and the individual exercise that it comprises. It may be necessary to tailor your regime over time, however, as your physical needs change and you become a more advanced practitioner. It is therefore sensible to start slowly and manage your expectations, as this will enable you to choose the most suitable exercises and slowly develop your fitness levels over time.

Buy Suitable Clothing and Yoga Attire

There are a number of yoga exercises that have been designed to improve your conditioning and muscle strength, so certain work-outs will push your body to the limit. It is therefore important that you are comfortable while you exercise, and capable of performing a wide range of stretches, lunges and extreme movements. A good starting point is to invest in a range of high quality clothing and yoga attire, which can be sourced easily and affordably from online suppliers such as Yoga Mad.

How to Get Fit on a Budget

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With obesity still a major health concern for developed economies across the globe, it should come as no surprise that there is a major drive to promote health and fitness among citizens. The latest promotion has come from Fitness First, whose owners have invested more than £270 million in a new strategy based on behavioral psychology as a way of forcing gym-goers to remain committed to their goals. The only with this is that a lack of disposable income also prevents fitness enthusiasts from achieving their goals, especially in an unstable or unbalanced economy.

Getting Fit on a Budget: 3 Tips for Cash-strapped Citizens

With this in mind, how can you look to pursue your health and fitness goals for 2014 with minimal disposable income? Consider the following steps: -

1.) Create a Precise and Clearly Defined Exercise Plan: Every single individual needs a unique exercise regime, which is tailored to their physical needs and precise goals. This means that you will only need to undertake specific work-outs or a certain number of exercises, which in turn will have an impact on the type of equipment, clothing and fitness-related accessories that you need to invest. Simply by having a clear idea of your fitness program, you will be able to save significant sums of money.

2.) Make the Most of your Natural Environment: While we are preconditioned to consider the local gym as a central hub of fitness and activity, the truth is that the natural environment is also a source of opportunity for individuals who are looking to get fit. If you have developed a cardiovascular exercise regime with the intention of losing weight, for example, you should look to identify jogging and running routes within the local area. This will enable you to burn calories without having to visit the gym every single day.

3.)  Invest in Reliable and Relevant Home Gym Equipment: In the quest to save money in the long-term, it may occasionally be necessary to invest your hard earned capital. If you are looking to build muscle and have a gym membership that allows you to access free weights and resistance machines, for example, you may be able to save money by purchasing similar equipment for the home. Suppliers such as Fitness Warehouse deliver commercial equipment at affordable prices, which can subsequently be used for as long as you need.

7 Ways to Save Money Moving Cross Country

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(Written By Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com)

When you’re moving cross-country, you will incur some pretty big expenses. But don’t lose hope! You can cut down on these costs by following a few incredibly helpful tips.

1. Do your research on moving companies
Before you decide on the right moving company, make sure you thoroughly research your options. To do this, start online, and look for companies with favorable reviews on websites like Yelp! and the Better Business Bureau. Next, branch out, and see if there’s anyone you know (whose judgment you trust) who has worked with the business, and get his or her take on the experience. Lastly, nothing beats going in and interfacing with employees directly. This is where you need to trust your intuition. If something feels off about the company, pursue why you think that may

2. Make a realistic budget
Your second step needs to be to make a budget that realistically reflects the expenses you’ll incur during the moving process. Knowing beforehand how much your planning to spend while keeping track of all your expenses as they happen will help you to not drop more money than you originally had in mind.

3. Think outside the movers’ box
Don’t automatically assume that you need to buy boxes from the moving company. These can be unnecessarily expensive, especially when there are so many other options from which you can get boxes at no charge! Check your local supermarket, bookstore and even McDonald’s for sturdy boxes that they don’t need.

4. Get creative on packing supplies
Additionally, don’t think that you need to buy packing paper and bubble wrap to successfully pack your breakable items. Instead of these, you can use socks, sweaters and scarves to pack things like wine glasses and pottery. As an added bonus, doing this is a more environmentally friendly way to pack.

5. Move during the off-season
The peak seasons for moving are in the spring and summer, so if you move during the fall or winter, you could possibly get a discount from your moving company. Keep this in mind as a way to save, especially because moving cross-country is already inherently pricey.

6. Know when it’s tax exempt
You may be able to write off some of your moving expenses when you do your taxes for this year. Check the IRS Publication 521 for details on how to save at tax time.

7. Compare prices
Lastly, always comparison-shop as you look for handymen, moving companies or any other services that you may need during the process. Making informed decisions on these elements of your move will save you a lot in the long run.

Alyssa Howard is a writer for Moveboxer.com. Moveboxer makes moving easier. Moveboxer matches people up with reputable movers, provides a utility cancellation tool, helps people
change their address, and connects people with mortgage, storage, boxes, supplies, and car transport.

Baking up a Storm (and Recycling too!) #CartonSmart

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 
If you are like me, then you are baking and cooking so many things…maybe on a daily bases. I love the process of it. I don't love the mess it makes as I go thru so many ingredients and my hubby doesn't love the excess trash it creates.
 
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I try hard to recycle as much a I can, buying products that will take less waste. Infact, you can see from the photos above that you can get several (normally canned) items in cartons. I love these containers. They are so easy to work with and fully recycleable. I don't have to worry about sharp edges, and my kids can help me open and use products packaged like this.
 
 
I make Pumpkin muffins once a week and this week I used the Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree in my muffins! Pacificfoods.com has yummy fresh products. (I've bought their soups many many times! I love that I can use what I need, then put it in the fridge for another use… no need to make more messes with tupperware containers or ziplock bags.
 
Here is the easy recipe for the muffins: 1 Spiced Cake Mix, 1 Egg, and 1 Carton of Pumpkin Puree. Mix well and bake in muffin tins for 18 minutes at 350. So simple!
 
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How can you make the change and be more #cartonSmart? Simple, buy products that are easily recycleable, Check out this infographic:
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Fun with our Elf on the Shelf

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Our elf has been busy having tons of fun! This is what she has done:

  • Day 1: She TP’d the tree
  • Day 2: She brought Crazy Loom and made a bracelet for the girls
  • Day 3: She hung from the fan with the girls underwear
  • Day 4: She brought a cookie mix, and cookie cutter! Was wearing fun Elf sized baking stuff
  • Day 5: She built snowmen out of marshmallows and wore a fun scarf
  • Day 6: She took some sELFies on the iPad

Here are over 100 other ideas of what you can do with your elf on the shelf, and here are more elf on the shelf ideas.

 

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