Monday, May 31, 2010

Alice in Wonderland - MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

The WINNER IS JEN!! Congrats to her and thanks to everyone who entered!

On June 1st, Disney is releasing the Tim Burton version of the Alice in Wonderland movie on DVD and Blu-ray. They gave me a copy of the movie to review and GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader!

The movie came Friday afternoon and both kids were very excited! We agreed we would make popcorn and make it a special family movie night being that even dad who normally works 3-11 shift was home from work tonight.

One of the first lines of the movie which popped out at me right away was Alice's father who said: "The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible." With an emphasis on achieve and believe. I knew from then it would be a movie to remember.

My daughter decided she was scared within the first half hour - not sure why this was but we lost her shortly after as she fell asleep and she was more excited about it than anyone...maybe another time during the day - it might become her favorite! She is only 5 and loses interest pretty quickly even on not so scarey movies. She did watch it again with her brother the next day and seemed to enjoy it.

My son who's 8 really enjoyed the movie, he asked questions and pointed out details like the horsefly and the dragonfly, was curious the entire time and when I asked him if there was a lesson he told me, "To believe you can do what you didn't think you could do". I thought it quite insightful from him. He said his favorite part was when Alice slayed the Jabberwocky, talked about the Jabberwocky the next day and requested to watch the movie again.

I would recommend this movie for families and children over the age of five as it was more enjoyable and insightful for my eight year old. I think if the movie were not so "dark", it would not have seemed scarey to my daughter. I also think it gave my son something to think about in believing he can do things he didn't think he could.

"Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

—Alice, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Bonus Features:

• Finding Alice – It’s all things Alice. This featurette includes Tim Burton’s vision for the characters, differences from the book and Disney’s version of Alice and how she evolves as both a character and actor as she takes an adventure through Wonderland.
• The Mad Hatter – Audiences are provided with a deeper look into the world of the Mad Hatter. Check out Johnny Depp’s early sketches, make-up, costumes and how they digitally enhanced his eyes.
• Effecting Wonderland – A behind-the-scenes piece on the different technologies used to create some of the most beloved characters in the film – Stayne, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Bandersnatch and the Red Queen.
Everything on the DVD plus:

• The Futterwacken Dance – Futterwhat? Check out the making of the timeless dance called the Futterwacken.
• The Red Queen – The creation of the Red Queen from start to finish, including early Tim Burton sketches showcasing costume designs, make-up and digital effects.
• Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen – A short time-lapse piece showing Helena Bonham Carter as she gets her make-up done. A three-hour process can be watched in just a few short minutes.
• The White Queen – An interview with Anne Hathaway, who plays Wonderland’s good queen, about her character’s journey throughout the process of the film.
• Scoring Wonderland – Composer Danny Elfman and Tim Burton discuss the music for the movie.
• Stunts of Wonderland – A featurette highlighting some of the biggest stunts in the film.
• Making the Proper Size – An inside look at the visual effects process of growing and shrinking Alice. See how filmmakers used different techniques to stay true to the storyline.
• Cakes of Wonderland – Take a trip to “Cake Divas” where the creators of the EAT ME cakes provide viewers with details about how they made the smallest crumb to the largest cake in scale.
• Tea Party Props – Tea cups, saucers, cakes and more. Prop master Doug Harlocker gives an overview of all the props used to bring the famous tea party scene together visually.

"This is my dream,” declares Alice. “I’ll decide where it goes from here. I make the path.” It’s the purest expression of what it means to be a protagonist—in a movie, and in life. “Alice, at last,” says Absalom the caterpillar, as she makes the choice to fight the Jabberwocky.

But isn’t this what life is about? Aren’t we all dreaming six impossible things before breakfast?

· That your child, who is still in bed, will get up in time to catch the carpool to school ten minutes from now.
· That you will finish that project, no matter how many dishes are stacked up in the sink.
· That you will not only survive whatever life tosses at you, you will thrive.
· That women can be the protagonist of their own story.
· That “he” can mean “she.”
· That, as with Alice at the end of the movie, shipping off to some far port to learn the merchant trading business, the end of one adventure means the beginning of another. Hello, Absalom, now transformed into a butterfly. Hello, wisdom. Hello to our children and ourselves.

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The prizing for the giveaway is the Alice In Wonderland Combo Pack, which includes the film on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download. Contest will end on Friday, June 11 at 12:00am CST - A winner will be selected randomly and contacted by e-mail within 12 hours - please make sure I can find this easily. I must have the winner's mailing information on June 11 in order to qualify.
PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday Shorts: STAY TUNED!!

As I sit in my Glee shirt and Sesame Street shorts this lovely Saturday, I want to tell you that if you are not already a fan of my blog, you will want to be, and tell your friends!

I am very excited to tell you that I am preparing to do my very first giveaway which I have scheduled for Monday so stay tuned! It is a great prize if you like movies, that's all I'm saying because I don't want to give away too much.

Just come back on Monday and find out what it's all about, I promise you won't regret it!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Must Be on a Winning Streak!

I can't even believe my luck!

I should go to Vegas!

As I was sitting here getting my post ready for my latest blog award, I got a phone call from the people at the Dove Hair Care 'Glee for All' Sweepstakes that I entered just before the deadline on Friday and GUESS WHAT??


If you have been reading my blog, you know what a fan I am of the show and I am really having trouble containing my excitement. It didn't really sink in until she wanted an address to deliver the tickets - then I started with the "OMG, are you KIDDING?" and shaking.

I don't usually win anything I sign up for, although lately that has changed because I also won a DS video game from my friend Kim's blog - which I earned for having the most comments on her site and I am also receiving FREE Gevalia Coffee in the mail so I think my luck is beginning to change. I know if I believe that it will be so!!

I am still sitting here in shock and had forgotten where I even signed up for the contest. Thank goodness for online history! Thanks SO MUCH Dove Hair Care, I just know I will love the show, no matter where the seats are.

They are delivering the tickets to my work tomorrow and the show is at 7:30!!!

You know I will be blogging about it! I CANNOT WAIT!!!!

I AM BEAUTIFUL - no matter what they say!

I am in disbelief that I have won another award! Cheryl at A Little Bit Quirky has been so kind to give me my second award in as many weeks.

I mentioned Cheryl in my Pay It Forward post a couple of days ago as I really appreciate the thought. Sorry for the delay in passing this one on - this week has been crazy busy with the Glee concert and all..

Now for 10 things and 10 blogs...

Here goes 10 things about me:

1. Green is my favorite color

2. I took piano lessons for 8 years when I was young - thanks mom!

3. I wore a retainer and head gear in middleschool

4. I have never had an anxiety attack

5. I long to go back to Europe

6. I named my cat after Dweezil Zappa

7. I love hot weather - not the humidity

8. I bought some cute summer dresses this week in a size SMALL! I have not fit into a size small since...well really never!! Yay

9. I am a BIGGER GLEEK after seeing their show live! (post on that later)

10. I named my daughter after a Fleetwood Mac Song - Rhiannon, actually a name I picked out in sixth grade as my friend's little sister had that name and I fell in love with it. I used to think they were singing "YEEAAAAHH...NO" instead of the title of the song!
Go ahead, sing it in your head, you will see how I interpreted that. Well maybe it is just me but I remember singing YEEAAAHH...NO with my cousins out the car window on the way to the zoo when we were about 8 so it's at least two of us.

And 10 great blogs that I can totally relate with:
1. In the Military and On the Move - Susan gave me my very first award!
2. A Foodie Fairytale
3. I'm a Lazy Mom
4. Zuzu's Petals
5. These are the Days of Our Lives
6. Lumps on a Blog
7. The Sassy Curmudgeon
8. The Chicken's Consigliere
9. What? Me Worry?
10. Little House on the Quarry

Please check them out, I will link them in later tonight and let everyone know I included them. My daughter would like her lunch now and I told her I was checking a few quick emails...

(I know this date says last Tuesday which was when I started this post, however it didn't go up until Friday and I just linked them this Tuesday - sorry about the delay!)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pay It Forward

I am so excited to feel so much love from other bloggers in such a short amount of time as I have only been blogging a few months and have gotten this and two awards! How exciting is that? Last Thursday, a lovely blogger I have met recently @ Artistically Amy tagged me in her Pay It Forward Post! Amy and I found each other through The Ultimate Blog Party back in April. I became a fan of her awsome photography and in reading, have come to find we share more than just our name in common! Irish, excerise loathing, cherry stem tying, barefoot loving hippies we both are and I love her motto "Peace, Love and Happiness"! Mine would be Peace, Love and Happiness = COFFEE! I invite you to go check her out, if you aren't already a fan, you soon will be!

While, you are checking, please dig on these cool blogs as well:

What's That Smell? - I will mention my friend Kim numerous times, forever - she keyed me in to the whole blogging scene and without her I might not even be here! She has awesome contests and giveaways!

A Little Bit Quirky - who gave me my most recent Beautiful Blogger Award on Saturday!(working on that post tomorrow!)

A Little too Crazy to be Cool - who I found through PINT, like, last week - she has lovely music and drops an occasional *F bomb in the nicest possible way!

Here's to a great week all!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Shorts - You Didn't Think I Forgot..

Busiest Saturday I have had in awhile.
Sorry I am late - better late than never right?
Anyway, I crack up everytime I see this picture and thought I would share.
The Human version of Peter Griffin from Family Guy..agree or disagree?
Man or Woman? My husband is convinced it's a chick...
Have a great Saturday Night!

Friday, May 21, 2010


I drive a blue Ford Freestyle apparently like a lot of others in my little town...

I had a blonde moment coming out of the grocery store this afternoon.

I had the packer guy helping me get the groceries in my car and as I'm trying to open the back hatch wondering why I can't get it open, I try the unlock button on my keys again thinking the battery must have gone dead.

But NO...I am in fact at the wrong car as mine is parked in the next isle!

THERE'S MY FRIDAY FUNNY! Hope you enjoyed my embarassment!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Passing the Milestones

We passed two milestones in the last 24 hours here in po-dunk!

One being the tooth finally came out!

The tooth she was so afraid of,
the tooth that yesterday was literally blowing out when she said her S's and T's,
(I had her doing silly sam had a snake and she sells sea shells and lmbo!)

the tooth that I told her would have to come out before she went to bed so she wouldn't swallow it.

When it blows in the wind like that, it's really ready.

She didn't believe it wouldn't hurt, so scared of the unknown and unable to actually get herself to pull on it to get it out. I gave her until 9pm and told her it would be my turn - I gave her a couple "last chances" to pull it and after holding down her hands from blocking me with her screaming all the way, I popped it out of there real fast. After the initial crying over the minimal bleeding she claimed was a lot - did I mention she is the drama queen? - she was quite proud of herself! The toothfairy came and she was able to buy a Smencil at the school bookstore today. She was feeling so good, she offered to share her money so her brother could get a Smencil too. See - kids CAN be nice to each other..someone write this on the calendar!

Good thing he got a new Smencil to do his homework because his glasses also came in today - another homework helper and our second milestone. He looks so grown-up all in a sudden. I had a tear in my eye at the eyedoctor's office when he first put them on and had a vision of him at about 11 as we were walking back to the car. He walked slowly back to the car saying the ground looked like stairs and his homework did go a little faster. He has made numerous comments about how much better things look.

He is mister serious now.
We will see how long they last!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Changing Health Care Providers

I didn't want to have to do it but I felt all without a doctor...

The story starts back in about 2001 when I found a great young doctor who practiced in the town we lived in that just started his practice and took our HMO insurance. Nicest guy you could have met, very not so pushy with the prescriptions. A total new-school guy who was learning as we were. It seemed a perfect match and perfect timing.

He moved his practice to another town about 10 minutes away when I started having kids, was there to see both of them in the hospital and basically grew up with them. Then after he got married, he and his new wife began a practice together about a half hour away and still we went, we liked the guy, he knew our kids and his wife was also as personable and they really seemed to have things altogether.

When we moved down here to po-dunk, the doctor's office was now an hour away and began to take up a good part of the day just for an appointment. As much as we loved these doctors, I complained everytime we had to go in. It was becoming a hassle that apparently wasn't too much of a hassle because still we did nothing about it.

This past winter, the doctor duo who mind you are younger than me and my husband, (so let's put them early 30's) announce that they are "retiring" their practice and moving out of state.

This made me sad.

I felt like my family and I had a history with this guy, that he knew us and now we have to start again from square one.

This made me angry.

Even though we had intentions of switching to a doctor closer to where we live, it still stung to be rejected by them first. They of course left a "replacement" doctor who will take over their practice but who wants to travel an hour to see some guy I didn't pick, who doesn't know anyone in my family? Not me.

So finally, after 3 months of contemplating over it, my husband and I actually sat down and picked out another family doctor at a clinic closer to our house. Well, nothing is actually close to our house - this would be about a half hour drive instead of an hour.

I still feel a little deflated and rejected but hope that this new doctor is someone I can understand and relate to like the old ones. We got the new insurance cards in the mail today, let's see how long it takes me to get anyone in there. I doubt they require a "meet and greet" with a new doctor and everyone has been healthy for the last year - someone knock on something - so I don't really see the need for it. It is good to know that if we need it, it is there. I felt a little in limbo and without a doctor for a minute there...

Post-It Note Tuesday

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