I know, it’s almost August and I’m posting Halloween stuff already. But, with the craft stores already putting out their Christmas lines – Hobby Lobby had their Christmas lines out in June – I feel like I’m behind. August = Christmas right? Ha! Not for me. I can’t get too far ahead of myself. If I started thinking about Christmas now when there are so many other holidays plus back to school coming up I think I’d pull my hair out. So, I’ll just stick with Halloween in August.
Okay, so coming back from vacation has definitely hindered my ability to get out and see some new movies. The last movie (and only movie I’ve reviewed so far) was Magic Mike. I’m even two issues behind on my Entertainment Weekly magazines…gasp! I’m never behind on my favorite magazine. Ever.
Would you believe I was offered the chance to get out and see The Amazing Spiderman in 3D tonight and I had to turn it down? That’s just unheard of! Especially since it’s been out for so long and I STILL haven’t seen it. If I wait any longer at this point I’ll be watching it on blu-ray. I also haven’t seen Ted yet. I love Seth McFarlan, so for me to have not seen Ted is also pretty bad. I should be so ashamed!
So, my goal in the next three weeks is to see at least two recently released movies. Which movies they will be I can’t say. It’ll just have to be a surprise.
I had a friend contact me for a custom diaper motorcycle a couple days ago. Her friend really likes cows and was hoping I could do something with that idea. I was actually really surprised at how difficult it was to find any cow themed baby items. You would think that barnyard animals would be popular in the baby world.
With no luck at finding the materials I needed in a cow theme, I did the next best thing. I created my own theme using shades of pink and decorated blankets and bibs with flowers and little bugs. Then, I added an adorable stuffed cow to ride the bike! Even though the cow turned out to be a bit smaller than I would normally like, I still think the whole thing turned out amazing! I love the fact that the cow is small because it reminds almost as if it were Piglet driving the motorcycle. So cute!
I’m so tired of this endless heat! I think it’s been summer here in North Carolina since March. I am definitely ready for some fall weather. Cooler mornings with zero humidity sounds perfect right about now.
I figured why not get into the fall spirit with some fresh Autumn designs. Both sets are done with a burlap texture and warm Autumn colors. Perfect, I think, for decorating scrapbook pages of your kids playing in the leaves. Yeah, I know. Fall is still a couple months off. But one can dream right? What do you think?
I’m very excited to be releasing my fall and Halloween lines over the next few days. Perfect for use in scrapbooks, digital scrapbooks, Halloween party invites, tags, gift wrap…the list goes on! Check it out when you have a chance.
The last few days of our trip to Kauai were busy. We visited the touristy Fern Grotto, ate lunch at a very questionable Hawaiian barbecue, did a little bit of shopping in Koloa, and spent a lot of time on the beach.
One highlight of the trip was a very romantic dinner with the hubby at Keoki’s Paradise in Koloa. Once at the restaurant, my wonderful husband surprised me with a beautiful lei! Something that has become a rare item in Hawaii unless you stay at a resort. I couldn’t help but wonder if all the locals were looking at us funny since I was one of only two people in the entire restaurant wearing one (the other was my brother-in-law’s girlfriend). But, I really didn’t care. After all, it was television that taught me that every traveller to Hawaii receives a lei.
The best part of dinner was a little game that my husband and I like to play. One of our favorite shows on summer television is Master Chef, so naturally we have this idea that we know everything there is to know about food. We enjoyed tasting everything on both of our plates (well, he didn’t exactly try my seared Ahi, but that’s beyond the point) and criticizing it as if we had any idea of what we were talking about. It was perfect!
We spent the next days exploring beach after beach. The best was Gillin Beach (see previous post for picture), the family owned beach. We were lucky to spend two days there with family. It was a place where we could relax more than any other place. And when you’re on vacation with a 3-year-old and a 15-month-old relaxation is hard to find. I even found a chance to lay out in the sun and try and brown this white skin of mine.
Though the last day on the island was rainy, the day wasn’t lost. My hubby, his brother and his brother-in-law all got out into the water to snorkle (I had hoped to go, but totally freaked out at the last minute). Plus, we ate at a fabulous little burrito stand called Red Hot Mammas on the way to Tunnels Beach. I must say, if you are out there try this place. It’s fabulous (and rememeber, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to food…ha ha ha)!
On July 18th, we said good-bye to Kauai to embark on our next adventure. It was a great trip and my family will always remember it…well my husband and I will always remember it. I know we’ll look back at pictures and tell the boys all about their first trip to Kauai when they are older. What a great thing to look forward too! How lucky are we 🙂
Okay, so the last thing I expected to find on Kauai are a bunch of feral chickens! I mean, these things are every where.
The story from my husbands family who resides on the island is that when hurricane Iniki hit Hawaii in 1992, several chicken farms were destroyed. All of the chickens that were released were never caught and they just started to multiply.
I have to admit, the chickens are one of my favorite parts of the island thus far. Well, except for the roosters at 5:30 in the morning.
Well, my shops are closed for two weeks while my family and I head out on some amazing vacations. We are very lucky this year to be travelling all the way to the island of Kauai with my husband’s family and then over to Disneyland with my family. It’s going to be a big trip for my two little ones, but a fabulous one!
Since I have internet and my husband’s work computer, I figured I could at least share some of the incredible landscapes and amazing sites we are seeing on the island.
Today’s big adventure was over to Gillan Beach. Gillan Beach is privately owned by my father-in-law’s extended family. This is a panaramic view from just outside the front porch of the family’s beach house. Breath taking!
I love movies and movies are a form of art. So, I totally plan on using this blog as a review of all the movies that I see.
Tonight’s movie…Magic Mike.
Let’s be honest. My girlfriends and I didn’t go see this particular movie for the storyline or the acting. We went for the, well, we’ll call it “dancing.” And yes, there was a lot of “dancing.”
Was the writing great? No. The storyline lacked originality as I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a similar story about women strippers sometime in the 90s.
Was the acting great? No. Though I will say that Channing Tatum has come a long, long way from his early Step Up days. He really did make me feel connected to his character and when he —SPOILER ALERT — breaks free from the stripper life, I was genuinely proud of him. Alex Pettyfer on the other hand really needed to go. He was annoying and whiny as a down-on-his-luck-twenty-something. Couldn’t Matt Boemer have played the part instead? He was really under utilized with his one line. In fact, a lot of the other guys were under utilitzed.
But that’s the bad. Lets talk about the good. Well, that’s simple…THE MEN. I mean, that’s why we went to see it right? Seriously, every time a stage performance came on the screen, women in the theater were cheering. It was surprising and funny at the same time. Another great part of the movie was the nice reminder that Channing Tatum has got some moves! He is an incredible dancer and was allowed to showcase that talent. And don’t forget about Matthew McConaughey! Not only did he dance —SPOILER ALERT — in what could have been called a thong, though there really wasn’t much thong there, he sang in that deep Texan accent we all love.
So, over all, I’d give Magic Mike a B-. It’s wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either. Definitely a fun movie with the girls!