You Don't Need To Fit in to Stand Out

If you were to ask my daughters to tell me who they think is a hero, I wonder who they would select? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, right? Male and yes, female. heroes can be females too! Females often may not seem noteworthy at first, but for young girls today, it is vitally important for them to see other girls as heroes. Sometimes the people we see as heroic tend to have a couple of things in common! Heroes don't hesitate to act on their core values, and they almost always place others' well-being ahead of their own.

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SING Candied Popcorn Mix

I decided to make a special treat for all of us to eat whilst watching our early SPECIAL EDITION of SING. I made all of us a really sweet and crunchy mix I like to call SING Candied Popcorn or you could call it SING Popcorn Crunch Mix or it could be called SING Popcorn Snack Mix. I really couldn't decide on a name!

SING is the musical comedy event of the year! I'm sure you have seen the trailers for SING?! SING is exactly like the trailers! Various animated animals with human attributes who participate in a singing competition. SING is really about following your dreams. The dreams of disparate animals across the city who are motivated by a cash prize to enter into the singing competition of the year.

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MOANA Family Movie Party and Food Ideas

I had all these amazing ideas for treats, food and fun for a MOANA At-Home Family Movie Party. But first, I want to tell you a bit about Disney's MOANA if you have not yet seen the movie.

This is also something that my own grandmother taught me that I can pass along to my own daughters with the same class and respect that she gave to me. In the Disney movie, MOANA, there is a stingray-like spirit that guides Moana along her journey. Moana's ancestors send her visions that had me wishing I could receive visions of my grandmother in my dreams.

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Easter Dessert Ice Age Great Egg-Scapade Table

I have the most delightful way to celebrate Easter this year. I love all that spring brings. The color, fresh, and new growth and of course, Easter and chocolate! Easter tends to be a wonderful time of year for my family. We celebrate with music, food, baskets, family, church and desserts!

Easter Sunday begins with early morning church services where my daughters play their violins during the sunrise and early morning services. My husband and son complete service at church cooking and serving an Easter breakfast for the parishioners. We come home ad begin our family traditions of Easter basket surprises and a delicious family dinner later in the day. My children and family love the Easter Dessert Table to end a wonderful day celebrating.

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Hmmmm, Everybody Cheats - Right?

I am a chronic insomniac. I literally do not sleep. I try very hard to sleep, but it evades me always. My husband on the other hand falls asleep literally 3.5 seconds after his head hits the pillow. He will even fall asleep and take a nap on the sofa before he goes to bed at night! Drives me bonkers!

So, sometimes, the shows are soooo god, that I simply can not wait and I just will sit up and stream right through ad entire season. Sometimes, We are at the last episode and my husband will be away on business and I simply CAN NOT WAIT. Or, sometimes, I simply just do not want to wait, and cheat. 

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Troll Rainbow Candy Bark

Sing. Dance. Laugh. Repeat! That is the Troll message. And be sure to add some sugar!

My girls and I had a Family Movie Night recently to celebrate the DVD release of the movie TROLLS. Have you see this movie yet? #TOTESADORBS! My girls wanted to make some fun treats to celebrate all things Troll related, so I though to whip up some Troll Rainbow Candy Bark in all the favorite colors of the trolls

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Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats

We recently had a little family movie night party in our home to celebrate the release of the movie Trolls. One of the delicious treats I made for my kiddos (and myself, who am I kidding) was Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats.

Rice Krispie Treats are always an easy treat to make, but believe it or not, putting a bit of color to match any celebration or holiday just makes them all the more tasty and super special. Your children will be requesting these fun treats all the time.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cereal Bread

What does your family normally like to eat for breakfast? If you are anything like mine, we are always running late and I can’t make a hot breakfast for everyone to enjoy sitting down together.  In the mornings during the week, everyone is leaving the house at different times to catch buses, head to work or head to the classroom.

For busy families like mine, Post Cereals makes my mornings easier because they pack their cereals with whole grains, proteins, nutrients and fiber. The best action I can plan for my family this new year is to start our day with spoonfuls of goodness.

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Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ on Netflix

My daughter spied a new Netflix show, A Series of Unfortunate Events, to watch and immediately wanted to watch it and asked her siblings, my son and youngest daughter if they would like to watch as well. My son was doing homework and literally yelled at his sisters that they were not allowed, under any circumstances, to watch A Series of Unfortunate Events, without him. I myself wanted to watch this new Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, as well because I had spent so many hours reading these delightful books to all of my children over the past decade.  The new Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, premiered on Netfllix Jan. 13.

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American Girl's 2017 Girl of the Year Is Gabriela McBride, Dancer and Poet

American Girl is ringing in 2017 with the debut of Gabriela McBride™, the2017 Girl of the Year™! Gabriela is a true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her break down barriers. American Girl’s doll of the year for 2017 is a poet and dancer, who uses two art forms to help overcome her stuttering. This is American Girl's 15th Doll of the Year!!

Gabriela is the newest doll in American Girl’s line of dolls, which depicts girls of diverse backgrounds and interests. Gabriela comes to life for my daughters with a beautiful 18-inch Gabriela™ doll. She has curly dark-brown hair and warm brown eyes, and is wearing an outfit that reflects her creative side.  

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Netflix Offline Streaming — Available Now! Enjoy Your Holiday Travel More

Netflix News: Introducing Downloads

Are you a Netflix member? I have been for years and have told all my family members, who are now avid fans of Netflix. My brother, who lives in the country in a rural are can not even get cable, but after I told him about Netflix, they have been able to enjoy amazing series and films again. We gift my husband's brother's family with Netflix a few years ago and every Christmas they request a renewal gift! My friends and I at work chat about what Netflix series to watch. (hint: The Crown - so good!!)

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Christmas Activity: Gingerbread House

I love to see what ideas my kids come up with from one year to the next. Each year I try to do something a bit different, so we are not always creating the same old gingerbread house. One year we made an entire tiny village of tiny gingerbread houses. The next year we made one bit house with an entire family of gingerbread men. Another year, we created a gingerbread train that was full of tiny presents for my kids.

There is so much creativity that comes out of my children when they have a vision for their gingerbread house and I love that with this one family Christmas activity we are creating happy, lasting memories.

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Stay Fashion-Forward this Winter with Rhea Footware

Holiday outfit missing something? Complete the look with a perfect pair of flats!

Yes, I totally just said flats! Now that the official party season is a underway, this flat-loving girl has decided that she will not be teetering around in high heels during the silly season. I have found the older I get, the less I enjoy walking about in high heels. Although I will wear a pair every now and then just to tower over my son for a bit.

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Medieval Times | The Perfect Winter Celebration

The perfect celebration over the winter holiday break is a trip to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is a full 11th century experience.

SPECIAL WINTER BREAK OFFER: Take advantage of US Family Guide Blogger Fan Discount Medieval Time’s special Winter Break Discount and save using the promo code MT3629 through 2/28/17!  The Winter Break Offer is adults $36.95 and children (12 and under) $29.95 with the code MT3629 through 2/28/17.

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Brentwood Home Sleep Wellness Bundle + Brentwood Home Coupon

Sleeplessness has a long history in my life. I have been a bad sleeper since I was a teenager and it has carried well into my adult life. I never get enough sleep and am always on a quest for more of it. Personally, I think a good night's sleep has everything to do with your pillow! Pillows can totally assist or hinder a good night's sleep.

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I Finally Watched the Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life

After nearly a two decades of having no clue what everyone was talking about, I decided to watch The Gilmore Girls with my daughters. The Gilmore Girls were officially back. I certainly had a lot of catching up to do. So I settled myself in my comfy chair and began the show. I was not prepared for the fast-talking fun with Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore.

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Holiday Bar Cart Ideas & Tips

Everyone knows the most important thing about holiday gatherings are the guests. But the secret to hosting festive holiday gatherings is a well stocked bar! If your home bar is well stocked, your parties will be beautiful and fun. Get ready for the holidays by setting up and stocking your home bar with Drizly.

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Lasagna Anyone?

Fall isn't just the season of holidays. It is the season of gathering together with family and close friends. Fewer and fewer of us have a big family dinner these days. I remember when I was a child growing up in rural Iowa, we visited my grandmother every Sunday after church. My brothers and I rode horses, climbed trees, played in the meadow, scoured the windmill tower and then after we had explored everything, we were called indoors for a delicious dinner. This was my Sunday and I loved every part of that day each week.

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