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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Thoughts On: Celebrity Deaths

I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring on this topic because with four down (Ed McMahan, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays) it seems like there might be a plague upon the entertainment world! And apparently bad things come in threes, so should we be expecting two more...?

First point I'd like to make is how unfortunate it is that Michael Jackson died the same day as Farrah Fawcett. Do you remember when Mother Teresa died? No? That's because it was five days after the death of Princess Diana. And her death was much more publicized. Now, I'm not comparing Farrah Fawcett to Mother Teresa... just saying.

How about Groucho Marx? He was a comedy legend, but he passed away a mere 3 days after Elvis Presley. Who do you think got more press? So, it's unfortunate when an iconic figure dies, but is overshadowed by the death of a "more famous" person.

My second point is about the huge difference in how people are talking about Michael Jackson. You go from seeing story after story that detail the legacy of his music, of his fame, of his mega superstardom. Then, you read comments people have posted online about how they don't understand why we would be honoring a pedophile.

Well, I don't know if he was a pedophile or not- no one invited me to that party. Do I think he was troubled? Yes. He didn't have a childhood. He was forced into the spotlight, worked his little feet off and had a jerk of a father. That would leave any adult with issues! So, perhaps since he didn't have a childhood, he was stuck in a little boy phase when he could finally have one as an adult.

I was never a fan of his just because he seemed creepy and his music was a little over the top for me. Sure, I like Billie Jean, Thriller, I mean, I am human. But for the most part, I wasn't a fan. But, I am defending him because he was found innocent and you have to admit the guy was probably messed up in the head. (But I do believe OJ was guilty- so being found innocent isn't always a guarantee you really are innocent!)

Anyway, that's my two cents! Hope it was worth your while!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Jonas Brothers The Concert Experience DVD & Blu-Ray Review

The thing that annoys me about the Jonas Brothers is that I just don't get it. How are they popular? They are not attractive whatsoever and they seem almost as dull as a box of rocks. BUT, what thoroughly enrages me is that some of their songs are actually catchy. I must get a brain cleansing to get them out of my head!

Their first motion picture is Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience. It did not do well in theaters and has been panned by critics, but you have to take it at face value. It's not geared towards anyone except those tween girls who think that the brothers are adorable. And as a mom, I'd rather my teenage daughter (hypothetically since my daughter is 3) crushed on them than someone like Bret Michaels!

In order to make the dvd and blu-ray releases a little more exciting, each has been given additional bonus features. In the DVD, not only do you get an extended movie edition, but you also get a digital copy. The extended movie includes two songs that were not included in the theatrical release.

The awesome part about the blu-ray is that it is 3D! When you buy the blu-ray, you get the extended movie plus the dvd and digital copies. It comes with 4 pairs of 3D glasses. It is definitely worth a watch to see something not only in high definition, but 3D as well- pretty cool!

In terms of what the movie is about, it's pretty much what the title entails. You get to go backstage with the Jonas Brothers to see what it's like when they are at a concert. You also get to see them perform many of their hit songs. They are also joined by guests such as Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.

Family Time Factor: This is something that is grueling for a parent to sit through, so it would make a good gift for that tween girl of yours that loves the Jonas Brothers. (Make sure she watches it in her room.)

MOTR Grade: C-

Jonas Brothers The Concert Experience releases June 30 on DVD & Blu-Ray!!!

Blu-Ray Specs: 1080p High Definition/7.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio/English SDH, French, Spanish

Princess Protection Program DVD Review

Finally, another Disney movie geared for tween girls that doesn't include Hannah Montana or the Cheetah Girls!

Princess Protection Program stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato who are also quite popular right now, but have never paired up before. The premise of this movie is that Carter, a tomboy, must learn how to adapt to being around a true princess. Rosalina is a princess in a war torn country and Carter's dad is the secret agent who has been ordered to protect her. Carter learns how to be more girlie and Rosalina learns how to act more like a normal girl.

For the audience it's geared towards, this movie is cute and fun! There are lessons learned, it's good clean fun and has many aspects that girls of that age can relate to.

Family Time Factor: Not really something for the whole family. Girls 6 to maybe 14 might enjoy it, but not something boys would probably be interested in and maybe best for a gift and not a family movie night.

MOTR Grade: B

Disney's Princess Protection Program is available June 30 on DVD!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Follow Friday: @Jackassletters

I'm sure you've all seen me talk about this guy. And I'm sure you all think I have some girly crush on him cause I talk about him so much- you are wrong, silly monkeys!

I actually started following Chris when I looked on Twitter Grader to see who the top ranked people in Iowa were. He was one of them, so I checked him out as I was intrigued by his name. (He had me at hello, er, his moniker.)

Anyway, turns out that Chris has a HILARIOUS website where he writes letters to random companies, famous people, etc. Then he will post a reply if he receives one. Many of the things he says in the letters are completely off the wall and at times offensive, but it's so much fun! Anytime I need a pick me up, I can go to his site and it gives me a good chuckle.

Also, he is very engaging on Twitter and fun to talk to. He is very busy bashing social media "experts" and playing with his friend @mindofchester, so if he doesn't instantly reply, don't be put off. He will!

If you're not following @jackassletters, you owe it to yourself and your funny bone to do so!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Pink Panther 2 DVD Review

I LOVE Steve Martin! From his stints on SNL (which I wasn't really alive for, but have seen) to The Jerk (one of my all time faves) he has made me laugh time and time again. Unfortunately, I find myself thinking he is not quite as endearing as Inspector Clouseau. Did I laugh? Sure, I did! Did I fall off my chair laughing hysterically? Not so much.

In The Pink Panther 2, Clouseau is invited to join the Dream Team- a group of amateur investigators who have been assembled to find the thief that has been stealing some major historical artifacts, like the Magna Carta and the Turin. Prior to this, he had been working as a parking officer. After joining the team in Japan, he finds out that the Pink Panther diamond has been stolen and the Dream Team heads off to catch the thief. As expected, many crazy antics ensue throughout the mission which make Clouseau seem like a fool when really, he might actually be a genius.

As I mentioned, this movie does have several laughs here and there, but compared to some of Steve Martin's other work, it did not impress me greatly.

Family Time Factor
: Appropriate for pretty much any age. Can be watched as a family.

MOTR Grade: C+

The Pink Panther 2 is currently available on dvd and blu-ray!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Photobucket Vault 2 Edition

Stress-Free Potty Training Book Review

From authors Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D. comes a new, modern approach to potty training your child!

Having potty trained my daughter when she was 2, I am anxiously awaiting the time when my son (18 months) will be ready for potty training. When it was time to PT my daughter, I did a lot of googling and asked people for advice until I came up with something that would work for me.

But, I hated having to hear the older generation say things like, "oh, my kids were potty trained by 18 months" or "I would never let a child get to the age of 2 and not be potty trained!" It was ridiculous.

That's what I love about this book. It is about finding the right approach for YOUR child. The authors understand that children are all different and that what works for one kid won't always work for the next. Brilliant! Finally people who understand that they don't need to shove something down your throat and say "this is EXACTLY how you do it."

What this book offers is advice and tips on how to tell if your child is even ready to be potty trained, what to do when things aren't working and various approaches to potty training based on your child's temperament.

It is definitely worth the read if you are thinking about or in the process of potty training. It is a good read with great insight that was written by parents. It will also assure you that you are not doing anything wrong.

MOTR Grade: A

Stress-Free Potty Training is currently available in paperback!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Homicide and Heat

I hate heat- HATE IT! It is not unusual to get 100 degree whether where I live during the summer. But what I hate so much about the heat her is the humidity. It's not just hot, it's hot and HUMID! So, just walking out the door feels like you're in a sauna. It's disgusting. The smells of swampiness coming from the mud in my neighbor's yard, the fast growth of mold, everything about this weather makes me cringe and want to hibernate. And of course, living in this old farmhouse, there's no central air. I... crave... central... air...

Yes, when it's cold, it stinks. But when it's cold, you can bundle up. You can put on nice cozy warm fuzzy blankets and be good. But when it's hot... you can't get more than naked! You can be sitting completely naked and STILL sweat! Oy!

It is in that token, that I was thinking the other day that I wondered how many people have murdered someone because they were driven crazy by the heat. Heat makes me angry. I unfortunately have to admit that if I'm hot and can't get away from it, you should probably run from me... and run far. I am NOT a pleasant person to be around. I pity my kids and I try to focus and not be overly irritable, but I'm no saint. I can totally see myself snapping. (Although thankfully we bought yet another window a/c yesterday, so the living room is about 5 degrees cooler.)

But, it made me think about how often I get into a homicidal rage because I'm hot. Do you think anyone has ever successfully used it as a psyche defense in court? I might have to research this one...

Monday, June 22, 2009

A New Day!

I'm so excited about how L is progressing. He's almost 18 months and is clearly phasing from a baby to a toddler. In the last month I can't believe the transitions he has made! He says like over 50 words and repeats many new ones each day. Plus, he is getting that little kid girth where you feel like you're picking up a child and not a baby.

So, two recent happenings have made me even more thrilled about his progress. About two weeks ago he began actually sitting and watching cartoons! He will sit on the little couch and watch cartoons with A or even when A is not around, he will sit there. He will clap when the show says clap, he will repeat when they tell him to repeat a word and it's like he actually comprehends what is going on. Then, it was adorable the other day because he was watching Diego and I looked over and he had went and got A's Diego doll and was holding it- adorable!

Then, the new thing that happened today was even more spectacular! I have always said that I am jealous of those people whose kids will just go to sleep anywhere at the drop of the hat. My kids fight sleep like it's a poltergeist out to get them! They just do not seem willing to go to sleep. I try to explain to them how they should embrace these days of getting good amounts of sleep, but they don't get it.

So, anyway... I had put A down for her nap and was doing a couple things while L watched cartoons. I went to check on A and when I returned, L had fallen asleep on his little couch! I was floored! I didn't have to rock him to get him to take his nap! I laid him on a blanket on the floor and he's been there for about 45 minutes sound asleep.

Is this a new day for me and mine? Are easier days a'comin? If so, I will totally embrace them with open arms! It would be great if by the time grad school starts in the fall, L is oodles easier, because that will just make life easier in general.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Response from Charmin

Cool beans, I received a nice response from Charmin (Proctor & Gamble) in regards to the Dear Charmin blog I posted.

"Thanks for writing Charmin, Cara.

I enjoyed reading your blog with your letter to Charmin. You are definitely a creative, fun writer!

Meanwhile, we realize people have many different preferences, which is why we offer a variety of roll sizes to choose from. Hearing from consumers like yourself also helps us decide what is and isn't working with our products. I'll be sure to share your comments with the rest of the team.

With that being said, we value your loyalty to Charmin! I hope you have a nice weekend.

Charmin Team"

I love it!

Follow Friday: @HawaiianShirts

If you're looking for someone to entertain you, occasionally ridicule you or just let you know when you're being crackerjacks, look no further than @HawaiianShirts.

He's a super busy business man who is publicly obsessed with Hawaiian Shirts and wants the world to know where you can get them! He has never been anything but nice to me, which I don't get a lot of these days.

Plus, I love how he just pops in randomly to make a witty comment on one of the latest rambling tweets.

So, if you're not #followfriday @HawaiianShirts, you're missing out on a super nice guy!

Nobel Son DVD Review

Yet another movie I had initially never heard of that ended up blowing my mind!

Nobel Son is about a PhD candidate whose father, Eli Michaelson is a "genius," a professor and has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Hardly excited about this, Barkley only really knows his dad as being an intolerable jerk who treats his family like they are lowly beings, while he does whatever he wants, such as sleeping with grad students.

Upon winning the prize, Eli is set to head to Sweden with his wife and son, but Barkley fails to show up. It turns out he has been kidnapped and is being held for a two million dollar ransom. Not only is this not cool for Barkley, but he has just spent the evening with City Hall, a girl who he's been drooling after for months. This character is played by Eliza Dushku and I am quite a fan of her!

The great thing about this movie is that nothing is what it seems. You have to pay close attention as there are many twists and turns throughout that will leave your jaw dropped and your head spinning, but in a good way! And I was anxiously awaiting the end to find out what would happen, because in my book, the ending can make or break a movie... and guess what! I was soooooooo NOT disappointed!!!

Family Time Factor: This is more of a date night movie. You could probably watch it with your high school aged children, but is probably inappropriate for anyone younger than that. Plus, it requires good concentration and being able to pay attention.

MOTR Grade: A-

Nobel Son is currently available on DVD!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Burn Notice Season 2 Blu-Ray Review

The concept of Burn Notice is pretty interesting and reminds me a bit of the Bourne series (Matt Damon) which I also enjoyed. Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) is a former covert intelligence op who has been burned. That means that he was stripped of his identity and left for dead by the agency he worked for. We learn in the first season that he has no idea what went wrong and must attempt to form some sort of life with only his intelligence and the help of his ex-girlfriend and good friend.

Season Two starts with Michael trapped in the back of a trailer surrounded by gunshots. His life just gets more and more crazy after that. In order to make ends meet, he works as an unlicensed private investigator type who will do many an unscrupulous act for money. He uses this money to survive and also to help fund his own mission to find out who is responsible for his burn and tracking down answers.

I love the characters in Burn Notice! Other than Michael, there is his "ex" girlfriend (they seem pretty into each other) Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and his good friend Sam (Bruce Campbell). Both are also former operative types from different organizations and are willing to help Michael in his quest. Each character has such a quirky element to them (I adore Bruce Campbell) and their odd relationships provide quite the humorous aspect to the show!

It's worthwhile to own on blu-ray mostly for the action sequences. Fire, explosions, bullets flying... they all just look so much better in high definition!

Family Time Factor: Not something for the toddlers, but I think it is interesting and would probably appeal to ages 10 and over. It's on USA, so it is not crazy inappropriate.

MOTR Grade: B+

Burn Notice Season 2 is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray!!!

Blu-Ray Specs: 5.1 DTS-HD/AVC @17 MBPS/ English SDH/ Widescreen 1.78:1

Special Features include: audio commentaries, deleted scenes, featurette and gag reel.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Kitten and Duck Edition

Vanessa Williams CD Winner

Congratulations to:


She won the new Vanessa Williams: The Real Thing CD!

Thanks to everyone who entered and keep checking back as I try to have at least one giveaway going at all times!

Confessions of a Shopaholic DVD Review

Talk about grinning like an idiot! That is what I found myself doing for a majority of this movie. Can I relate to being a shopaholic? No. Can I relate to living in New York and wanting to work in high fashion? No. But somehow, the main character in this movie had such a relatability factor that I found myself sitting in her shoes and feeling the things that she felt!

Confessions of a Shopaholic is a movie about a girl named Rebecca (Isla Fisher). And Rebecca has a problem. Shopping is her high. She has several maxed out credit cards and closets full of clothes, shoes and accessories that she truly does not need. Yet, she can't avoid a sale or turn down something that shines and sparkles in a store window.

Rebecca wants to get a job at Alette Magazine and is informed that one way to do so is to work her way up by starting in one of the corporations smaller magazines. She manages to snag a job in a finance magazine and has a flare for relating personal finance to the common people who might not have majored in accounting. She becomes known as "The Girl in the Green Scarf" and instantly becomes a sensation. Along her journey to her dream, she falls for her editor, is chased ("stalked") by a debt collector and ultimately realizes that some dreams can change.

I didn't read the book, so I don't know how they compare, but this movie was fantastic! It made me feel good, it made me laugh, it made me smile and I was actually on the verge of tears at one point. And these, my friends, are points that tell me that this was a great movie!

Family Time Factor: The movie is only rated PG and there is no real inappropriate material in it, so it can be watched by anyone. Personally, though, I think this is a terrific break for any woman! Sit back in a comfy chair, grab some snacks and enjoy a guilty pleasure or two!

MOTR Grade: A

Confessions of a Shopaholic will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray June 23rd!!!

Baby on Board DVD Review & Giveaway!!!

Unfamiliar with this movie, after reading the synopsis and seeing that the cast included a bunch of actors I appreciate, I was eagerly anticipating watching this promising romantic comedy.

And boy did it deliver!! It was quirky, zany, so true to the realities of marriage and certain aspects of life that I found myself glued to the chair and laughing constantly.

Jerry O'Connell and Heather Graham star as Curtis and Angela, a couple that still seems like they are in the honeymoon phase of their marriage. Curtis is a successful divorce attorney who is forced to represent scoundrel partners who will lie, cheat and steal from the person that they had promised to love and cherish for eternity. Angela is a rising star in her cosmetics firm and has just created a perfume that she is hoping will get her the spot of vice president. They both are doing well in their jobs and seem to have a great marriage.

On the opposite spectrum, their best friends are in one of those marriages where they have two children and pretty much hate each other. The husband (played awesomely by John Corbett) is a cheating lecher and the wife is a frazzled bundle of nerves. I LOVED John Corbett's character because in Sex and the City he played the epitome of the perfect man. In this movie, he was pretty much the opposite.

Anyway, Angela finds out she's pregnant at around the time she falsely suspects Curtis of cheating. Curtis then falsely suspects Angela of cheating as well and instead of working things out like they rationally should have, they decide to make each other's lives miserable while living under the same roof.

As before mentioned, this movie was very fun! The acting was quirky, they all did a phenomenal job and even the smaller roles were played perfectly.

Family Time Factor: Definitely rated R for a reason! This film is pretty raunchy in parts and I don't recommend it for anyone with delicate sensibilities. It is best for a date night movie while the kiddies are gone or sleeping.

MOTR Grade: A

Baby on Board is currently available for sale on DVD and blu-ray!!!

Check out a trailer for Baby on Board!!!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One of Those Unwritten Rules

You know how sometimes in etiquette there are unwritten rules about things you just shouldn't say or do?

For instance, you should never ask a lady when she'd due unless you know for a fact that she is actually pregnant. Wait for her to mention it or wait until someone else has told you (that is reputable for telling the truth) that the lady is indeed pregnant. Otherwise, you might be placed in the awkward position of finding out that they are not even pregnant or that they have given birth- six months ago!

Well, I have thought of another one that I think is quite important! As a friend, when your good buddy breaks up with their partner, your immediate reaction is often to talk about what a bum said ex was. For example, if my friend Crystal and her husband split, I might think that it would make her feel better if I told her how much better off she was without him or how much of a bum he was. (Whether I felt that way or not.) We do this because we want our friends to realize that life will go on and that they are a good person and can do better.

BUT, I have never done this and would never do this because it is my experience that over half the time, the people end up getting back together! Then, not only does your friend now feel awkward that you dogged on their man like that, but if she tells him what you said, he will always question your sincerity when you are being friendly.

This works on both sides, too, not just if it's a girl or a guy. As a girl, if I were to find out that when my fella and I split, his best friend was instantly trying to find him tail, then we got back together, I would have lost quite a bit of respect for said friend.

I know, I know, the men reading this (if there are any) would say he had every right to do it, but... I'm not going down that road!

So, this is my warning to all of you that don't follow this unwritten rule of etiquette. Give the relationship a little cooling off time before you jump in on the mudslinging bandwagon. Even if your friend is bashing their ex themselves, it is better not to put in your two cents on the ex until it is pretty obvious there is no hope of the relationship surviving.

Monday, June 15, 2009

MOTR Recipe: Tator Tot Casserole

Okay, okay. I know several of you are freaking out right now that I am writing something as domestic as a recipe! Believe me, I thought long and hard before I did it, lol.

But, I absofrickinlutely LOVE tator tot casserole, and since I made it for lunch today, I just had to share my recipe for it. I had never eaten it until I was around 21 and working at a mental health institution. I didn't even ask how it was made, I just kind of fiddled with it until I was happy with the result. And I know for you fine diners out there, this probably does not sound great, but embrace your white trash self and give it a try!

Must have ingredients:

tator tots
ground beef
cream of mushroom soup

Now, the amount of these would vary with family size. For my family of four which includes two smaller kid portions, I use one pound of beef, 1 can of cream of mushroom and like half a pound of tator tots.

Optional ingredients that I use:

onion (i just use the dried ones in the shaker)
frozen peas
shredded cheddar cheese

With these, I pretty much just add enough that it's noticeable, but not overpowering. The cheese can be as much or as little as you want. I do the frozen peas to trick my family into eating vegetables.

Okay, now comes the variation. If you want the whole thing creamier, you mix the tator tots in at the end. If you want it more dry, you bake a layer of tots on the bottom of a baking dish and then spoon the meat over top, then add another layer of tots and continue baking.

For creamier, I start the tots in the oven while I'm cooking the meat and then add them all together at the end.

To cook meat
: brown your hamburger and while it's cooking, add the dried onions. I also use a bit of seasoning salt on my meat. After you've drained the grease and the meat is brown, add the can of cream of mushroom, frozen peas and cheese and keep your meat on low until the tator tots are ready. Then, just spoon them in and mix it all up. Voila! Done!

You could jazz it up by adding fried onions to the top if you want as well, or even more cheese if you're baking it all.

As I mentioned, if you choose the variation where there's two layers of tots and you bake it, start the tots in the baking dish at the same time as the meat. Cook meat the same, then when it's done, spoon it over the bottom layer of tots. Then add another layer of tots to the top and bake it until the top tots are browned.

Any questions? It's a super easy recipe and is pretty quick and painless, so it can be made by anyone from beginners to Martha Stewart!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dear Charmin

Why hello there, you makers of paper that is much needed, but little discussed!

You are by far the brand that I turn to when looking for the perfect toilet paper. I don't care what the price is, I am going for Charmin. When I'm feeling more frugal than usual, I will go with Charmin Basics, but my favorite is Charmin Ultra Strong. The reason for this is because it makes you feel like you need to use less and therefore lasts longer. And for some reason when my husband blows his nose with toilet paper, it tends to tear, so Ultra Strong insures that he does not get snot everywhere. That and my 3 year old does not feel the need to use the whole roll when she goes potty.

And here's my beef. Is it really necessary to have mega rolls? I mean, I feel as though this could be contributing to society's ever growing laziness. I may be in the minority, but I find it kind of sad when people are so lazy that they can not change the roll of toilet paper when they empty it. I won't name any names, but I visit someone who has a trash can within reach of their toilet. And they store the toilet paper within reach as well. So, when I see that the toilet paper roll is empty, but the trash can AND the new toilet paper are within arms reach of the toilet, a little piece of my soul begins to weep.

So, I understand that you created mega roll in order to save people the effort of changing the roll as often... but... seriously? I think we should not encourage such laziness as the inability to take TEN SECONDS to change a roll of toilet paper.

Much love and thank you so much for caring about our bathroom habits!


Saturday, June 13, 2009

For the Dogs: A Moral Question

Okay, so I find myself in a moral debate with... myself. These neighbors moved in about a year ago a few houses down. (I live out in the country.) When they moved in, they had 3 dogs. The dogs were always running out in the streets, chasing cars, etc. At one point, my dad almost hit one and called me to ask whose dogs they were. I told him and he stopped by to talk to them about it and they didn't care. Surprise of all surprises, two of the dogs have since "disappeared" and one neighbor told me that they knew for sure one was hit by a car.

Our other new neighbors moved in around the same time and got two little dogs. Both were hit by a car and died. So, before getting new dogs, they put up a little fence in their backyard and the dogs don't run loose. Good thinking!

Now back to the first idiots. So, what do they do? They go buy this adorable little cocker spaniel puppy. And since they've had her, she's always out in the road with the original car chaser that's left. And she comes over to my yard on a daily basis. It is so often that I have trained her not to jump on my kids. She hangs out all the time, but she crouches and cowers like she's been hit. I feel bad cause she's a sweet dog and clearly these people should not have dogs.

Add to the fact that they had these two ducks they bought for their pond that now for some reason hang out in my yard too... what am I, the Beastmaster?

So what should I do? I've thought about trying to find someone to take her and have even considered throwing her in my dogs' fence until the people come looking for her. But both those things would be considered stealing. Should I just wait for her to get hit by a car? We live outside the city limits, so there's no one I can call about it cause it's not violating any ordinances.

Oh, plus they named her Buttercup. And that's just reprehensible.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Follow Friday: @RealWorldCara

I initially began following @RealWorldCara because I think the name Cara is the best name in the world. So, when I saw her name floating around in my tweet feed, I knew I just had to get to know her. I have since not had as good of luck following other Cara's, but this one was special!

Fresh out of grad school, Cara is super intelligent. She likes math, money and long walks on the beach that end with her stepping in dog poo. Now what is not to like there?

Always good for a laugh or someone to commiserate about the lemons life throws at you, @RealWorldCara is definitely worth following if you're looking for someone who knows how to make good conversation while adding a bit of intelligence into the mix!

Defiance DVD Review

Can I just say how much I don't like Nazis? It seems like lately there have been several WWII movies coming out (Valkyrie, Boy In The Striped Pajamas, etc.) and it just really makes me not like the Nazis even more.

Defiance is a movie about a group of brothers who lead some of their fellow Jews into hiding and keep them hiding out for the duration of WWII so they don't become victims like many of the other Jews did during the holocaust. They are the Bielski brothers. Daniel Craig stars as Tuvia, the oldest of the brothers and the leader of the pack. After their parents are murdered, they hide out in a forest and slowly start collecting more followers. It is a big job protecting so many and there are many tensions within the group. Liev Schreiber plays Zus, Tuvia's brother. He decides he wants to go and fight instead of just hiding out and "waiting to be killed." He joins up with an army of Russians and helps with the battle in that way.

For the most part, this movie was pretty good. I knew nothing about it going in and was pleasantly surprised that it was not bad! It was a little long and extremely sad and depressing (I mean, it's the Holocaust!) but it was actually based on a true story and it is a story that indeed deserved to be told!

Family Time Factor: Aside from the violence, there wasn't really anything inappropriate about this movie. I think it would be okay for any age to watch, but of course young kids would not be interested. I think the historical aspect makes it nice to watch with school age children (maybe 10 and up.)

MOTR Grade: A-

Defiance is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Thoughts On: Jon & Kate Plus 8

Because I know you guys really care about what I think about this topic and because it is mommy related and in pop culture right now, I've decided to throw my hat full of two cents into the ring.

I have mixed feelings about who I blame for the dissolution of this marriage. My first instinct was to blame Kate because from watching clips of her on the couch, she seems like a total B. She's always putting Jon down and belittling him in front of the whole world. And if there's one thing a dude hates, it's being embarrassed.

Then there's the side of me that wants to blame Jon. One, cause he's a guy... and they are usually wrong. But, as my friend Crystal pointed out, you try being a stay at home mom to eight kids and try to be in a good mood all the time. I say amen to that, sister! I didn't think about it that way. For years, Kate was a stay at home mom...to... EIGHT... kids. I only have two and contemplate blowing my brains out every five minutes. And if snapping at people is all I do, then they need to consider themselves lucky!

So, now I'm riding the fence. Do I like Kate? No. I can't like anyone that takes picture of her children's poop. That's right. I attempted to watch ONE episode like the first season and it happened to be when she was potty training the kids and she literally took pictures of their poop. I quickly turned the channel and emptied the contents of my stomach. I'm sorry if you take pictures of your kids' poop cause I probably just totally alienated you, but... it's so wrong it hurts.

And do I like Jon? No. First being that he's kinda ugly. And that bothers me. Second reason being that I don't like guys that cheat. Whether he's cheating or not, I don't know for absolute certain, but running around with another chick when your wife is not there is not okay in my book. That is humiliating to her and so disrespectful.

So my conclusion? Take their 8 kids plus the Octomom's 14 kids and give them to Angelina Jolie. Everyone's a winner!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: View From My Back Porch Edition

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Separation Anxiety

I know that when kids are young, they go through stages of separation anxiety... but is that supposed to happen to the parents too?!

As I've mentioned before (in the random blogs where I actually get into that whole mommy thing) my son is a TOTAL mama's boy! It's insane. Well, they're transitioning him from the infant room to the toddler room at daycare and I hate it. In the infant room, he gets coddled and he adores the woman. It literally took NINE MONTHS for him to not cry when I dropped him off there. He was getting to the point where he was excited to go. Well, he's 17 months old and they move them up anywhere from 16-18 months. In the toddler room, the woman is not very friendly and clearly hates her job. When I take L in the room, he clings to me for dear life and does not want me to leave. If I try to leave he cries hysterically. He even does that cry where he doesn't breathe because he's crying so hard and his face starts turning purple.

What's a mom to do?! My kids only go to daycare two days a week and my daughter LOVES it. But I just feel such horrendous guilt when I have to leave L there. I know he plays and has fun after I leave (he does the same thing when I leave him with my parents) but it's just the thought that he's so upset that I'm going. Plus, today the only other kids in his group were rowdy, obnoxious heathens and this one little girl kept picking her nose and I about threw up!

And yes, I've cried... so far twice. And are the daycare ladies sympathetic? NOOOO. They just keep saying, "he has to get used to the toddler room." I want to face punch them repeatedly. It just breaks my heart and I immediately think, "is what I have to do today THAT important?"

Does anyone else know what this feels like? I'm sure some of you go through this when you don't get to see ME, but I'm talking about parent/child, lol.

Valkyrie DVD Review

As the years go by, I become less and less a fan of Tom Cruise. I hate to say that I am dissuaded by his behavior, but I am. It's off-putting. He did redeem himself a bit, however, by his hilarious part in Tropic Thunder. Therefore, I was a little more willing to give Valkyrie a try. Also, I enjoy movies based on true stories.

In Valkyrie, Tom Cruise plays Colonel Claus Von Stauffenberg. After being almost killed and losing an eye, a hand and some fingers, he realizes that Hitler must be defeated. He uses his rank in the army and his position with fellow comrades to come up with a master plan to take down Hitler, which they have called Valkyrie. Unfortunately, human error and poor timing make for a difficult operation and Stauffenberg finds that taking down someone like this brings evil into every facet of life.

Although the plot was interesting as I had no idea that there were so many Germans against Hitler and that there were plans out there to get him out of power, I found the movie to be boring. I understand they couldn't really jazz it up too much because it would ruin the fact based parts of the movie. So, taking it at face value, it was interesting, although interesting does not always mean entertaining.

Family Time Factor
: Probably high school age and up. The historical value is great for your teens, but much younger than high school and they won't want to sit through it.

MOTR Grade: B-

Valkyrie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Look at Me All Changing!

So lately I've been engulfed and overwhelmed by a great many things. And one of the many things that has shocked me about myself and my new attitude is how much I enjoy my girl friends! I've always been a firm believer that girls are backstabbing b's, but recently have found, that I actually like having them around! Yes, men are from Mars and women are from Venus, so in that line of thinking, why not surround myself with Venusians? Clearly they would know what a girl is going through because hello!- they're girls.

I like to think that I understand a lot and can read people pretty well. I took about a billion psychology classes, so I'd like to think that I've learned something about the human mind. But, when I want sympathy, I go to my girls. When I want advice that I won't listen to... I go to a guy.

Now, I'm not trying to knock on guys. This post was purely to point out that I've decided to admit to yet another thing I was wrong about... girls CAN make good friends!

Care Bears: Tell-Tale Tummies DVD Review

I grew up loving Care Bears, so it excites me when new Care Bear DVDs are released so that my daughter can grow up with them too!

Lionsgate is releasing a brand new dvd entitled "Tell-Tale Tummies" that includes 8 never before seen episodes, which include: The Tell-Tale Tummy, Oopsy, the Hero, Bumbleberry Jammed, Desperately Seeking Mr. Beaks, Kind of the Gobblebugs, Bad News, Tour De Farce and No-Snow Day.

What I love about the new Care Bears is that they teach lessons with each different episode. For instance, they teach about friendship, teamwork, honesty and all the things that I want my daughter to know about. But, as a parent, you realize that just telling your children sometimes isn't as effective as having it played out by their favorite cartoon characters!

I was especially excited about teaching about honesty, because that is currently something we are working on with our 3 year old. She doesn't always want to admit that she did something she shouldn't have. So, I love that that was one of the themes in this DVD!

Family Time Factor: I think this is something kids ten and under could enjoy. If they watch Saturday morning cartoons, they probably won't mind it. And of course, toddlers eat it up! Plus, it's not hard for me to watch with them.

MOTR Grade: A

Care Bears: Tell-Tale Tummies releases on DVD June 9!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season Two DVD Review

When I saw the previews on ABC Family for The Secret Life of the American Teenager, I definitely knew it was something I wanted to try. I am not so old that I don't remember high school, and I was very curious to see what they thought the secret life of teenagers actually was. Of course, I knew it could be too crazy because it IS ABC Family!

So, I gave it a try, and after episode one I was hooked! The show centers around Amy, who has become pregnant by a kid name Ricky after one crazy time at... say it with me... band camp! (I'm pretty glad I never did band in high school.) Anyway, it was a one time thing and Ricky is a player. In season one, the focus was what Amy was going to do with the knowledge she was pregnant. Season two focuses on her decision on what to do with the baby after deciding she will have it. She is overwhelmed by the idea of the mega responsibility involved with raising a baby at fifteen. Amy also continues to be adored and loved by her boyfriend Ben.

My only complaint about this series is that there are too many storylines going on at at time and there are way too many characters. Several of the actors are not that great and their characters are boring, so I find myself wanting to skip their scenes. Also, Amy is a smidge too whiny and I can't relate to her character as well. My two favorite characters on the show are Adrian and Amy's sister Ashley. I also want to point out this fact about the actress that plays Ashley- India Eisley. Her mother is Olivia Hussey, who if you're up on your movie triva, you will remember played Juliet in the famous Franco Zeffirelli adaptation. Cool beans!

Family Time Factor: Once again, not something young children would be interested in and perhaps not so relevant with kids around 11 and under. But, considering that it is based around high school age students, I think that it would be appropriate to watch with your teen.

MOTR Grade: A-

The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season Two will be available on DVD June 16!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Follow Friday: @CrazyCatLadie

Today's recommendation for #followfriday is @CrazyCatLadie aka Sarah.

One of my many adoring fans, I believe she started following me because she thought we had a common interest in that we loved cats. Little did she know I only like cats when it involves a chainsaw and buckets full of blood. Er, I mean... I DO love cats! LOL... anywho!

It started with cats and has recently become a full blown omg moment when we realize how much we have in common. My beautiful half nubian princess (jewbian, if you will), Sarah makes me laugh on a regular basis and reminds me when I'm being a complete tard. Plus there's the bonus that she thinks I'm awesome. And since I think I'm awesome, that puts the total at roughly 9,998... minus 9,996 people that think I'm awesome!

Thanks, Sarah, for being the peanut butter to my jelly!

Raising the Bar: Complete First Season DVD Review

Did you wonder what Mark Paul Gosselar has been up to since NYPD Blue. If you're like me, you stay very interested in his career ever since he played Zack on Saved by the Bell! Well, wonder no more!

MPG has been playing a lawyer on the TNT original series Raising the Bar. He plays Jerry Kellerman, an idealistic public defender who actually cares about people and has grand illusions of saving the lowly, the sad, the underrepresented people of the world. Of course, there are obstacles in his path in doing so. For instance, the judge that he must present before is a very hardened and ambitious woman named Trudy Kessler (Jane Kaczmarek) and he is also having a fling with the prosecuting attorney which can occasionally make arguing with her quite difficult.

The characters are quirky, the plots are interesting and the acting is great! The show is even produced by Emmy winning Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, LA Law, NYPD Blue.) My only complaint is that the storylines can get a tad predictable, which leads to a lack of excitement in finishing the show. But, that happens quite often with scripted television!

If you're like me and had previously been unaware of the show, I was researching it and found this interesting: The series debut garnered 7.7 million viewers. It was the biggest audience ever for a new-series launch on basic cable. It beat the record set in 2004 by USA Network's launch of The 4400 which opened with an average of 7.4 million viewers; runner-up was TNT's The Closer, which recorded 7 million viewers when it was unveiled in 2005. Following the premiere, ratings evened out to around 5.5 million viewers per episode. (Source: Wikipedia)

Bonus features include bloopers and deleted scenes plus more!

Sounds like its doing great! The second season premiers on TNT June 8!

Family Time Factor: Not something young children would be interested, but definitely something that it is okay to watch with the rest of the family.

MOTR Grade: B

Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season is now available on DVD!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

So I've Realized...

That I have control issues. Shock of all shockers, I know! But seriously, I get these little clickers that go off in my head that make me realize something or become more self aware. And I definitely have realized that I have some major control issues and I need to figure out how to get past them...

Anyway, just a random thought for the day! Enjoy! lol

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Know My Stuff, Know Me Edition

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vanessa Williams: The Real Thing CD Review & Giveaway!!!

It feels as though it's been awhile since we've seen much of Vanessa Williams in terms of her musical career. Fortunately, she's back! Her latest CD comes out today and features eleven new songs. It was produced by Babyface (which is awesome!)

I've always thought Vanessa Williams had a great voice. This CD highlights that, but is extremely mellow. If you're looking for some relaxing mood music, this is for you. It is one that you can listen to from beginning to end and it just kind of flows.

The track list is:

1) Breathless
2) Hello Like Before
3) Loving You
4) Just Friends
5) The Real Thing
6) Lazy Afternoon
7) Close to You
8) I Fell In
9) October Sky
10) Come On Strong
11) If There Were No Song

Giveaway Details:

Giveaway ends June 17 at noon and is open to US and Canada residents.

To enter:

1) What is your all time favorite song?
2) Post a link to this giveaway somewhere and comment below telling me where. Or digg, tweet, stumble, etc.
3) Become a new follower.
4) Old followers can tell me their favorite giveaway I've done.

Good luck!

Monday, June 1, 2009

You Suck, Paypal!

Okay, so I find Paypal to be very essential.

But right now I want Paypal to get stabbed with a pitchfork, thrown in a hole and set on fire!

I love to sell stuff on ebay. Especially if it's something in my house that is going to be nothing but clutter.

I don't want to make this really long, so I'm not going to get into what I sold and the fact that is 100% worked when I shipped it. Anyway, after the buyer repeatedly sent me rude messages on ebay and I even called them to see what I should do, they told me I should let it be escalated to a claim on paypal because they were so sure I'd win. I didn't. Cause Paypal is retarded. As if I need any more frustrations in my life right now, stupid @Q#$!@%!$#! Paypal decides to go and screw me over.

*deep breaths* Okay, I need to go break something.

Stupid Paypal!!!