The Oscars!!!!

This is one of my favorite times of year- and the best part of Awards Season- OSCAR SUNDAY! ¬†Last year I had fun with my Oscar Predictions post, so I thought I would write one up this year as well. ūüôā ¬†My kids, of course, have not seen too many of the nominated films- but they too are still excited to watch the Ceremony with me. ¬†We are going to have tons of food, and beverages, and ballots to fill out… ¬†They have to pick randomly, obviously, but there will be prizes for correct answers and a winner in the end! ¬†I do wish I was at the Oscars, watching it in person. ¬†It’s hard to believe it was only a couple of months ago I stood outside that theater, fantasizing about what it would be like to attend the Academy Awards. But, since that cannot happen, I will be content watching it and celebrating with the loves of my life!

academy_award_trophyThere was far too much upset this year after the nominations were announced. ¬†I don’t understand how people can say there wasn’t enough diversity amongst the nominees- why should people be selected based on race at all? ¬†I thought the Academy was to look at actual performances here??? ¬†Will Smith has been nominated in the past (he was beat out in 2001 by Denzel Washington, and in 2006 by Forest Whitaker)- so how could they claim that he wasn’t nominated this year because the Academy primarily chooses white actors? ¬†I am sure he did an amazing job, he is a very talented actor, but is it possible that others simply did better? ¬†That is all I will say about that…

Along with¬†my commentary below, my predictions will be in italics. ¬†I like to choose two for each category on my personal ballot- who I want to win, and who I think will win, as they aren’t always the same. ¬†There were so many good films this year! ¬†Before the Academy Awards, I try and see most, if not all, of the nominated films and performances.

B E S T  S U P P O R T I N G  A C T O R

christian-bale-300The Awards Ceremony will be starting out with a tough category this year. ¬†Mark Ruffalo is amazing in every role he plays, and Spotlight is no exception. ¬†I always find him very convincing as his characters. ¬†I didn’t see Creed, so it is hard for me to judge Sylvester Stallone, but I can’t help but feel he was possibly nominated just out of respect. ¬†I do believe he will take home the Oscar though, as everyone seems to love his story and how far he has come since his nomination almost 40 years ago. ¬†I felt Mark Rylance was good in Bridge of Spies, and I know that most experts predict a win for him, but his performance just didn’t stand out to me as much as the others. ¬†Tom Hardy¬†was incredible in the Revenant, but I really wish to see Christian Bale take home the statue. ¬†He seems to be able to take on so many different forms, he reminds me of a Chameleon. ¬†In The Big Short, it didn’t feel like I was watching the same guy that played Batman, that’s for sure.

B E S T  S U P P O R T I N G  A C T R E S S 

Alicia2I was watching The Danish Girl when I thought to myself; how could Alicia Vikander not get nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role? ¬†She blew me away! ¬†Of course, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized long after the fact that she actually was given a nomination. ¬†I really want to see her win, and I also believe that she will.¬† ¬†If I were to choose a second favorite, I would have to go with Jennifer Jason Leigh for her role in The Hateful Eight. ¬†That came out of nowhere, and I did not expect to care for her in that movie. ¬†A lot of her scenes and delivered lines caused me to actually say “Holy Crap” out loud in the theater (my apologies to the guy in front of me). ¬†Rooney Mara¬†really did nothing for me in Carol- I didn’t find her part believable at all. ¬†I love Rachel McAdams,¬†and she did great in Spotlight, but the role didn’t feel near as challenging as the roles of her contenders, and a lot of times it felt just a little too scripted. ¬†I am a fan of¬†Kate Winslet’s¬†as well, and part of me thinks she will win The-Hateful-Eight-Jennifer-Jason-Leigh-e1450715231983the award just because of her history with this sort of thing- that being said- I don’t think she should. ¬†There were scenes in Steve Jobs in which she was incredible- and then others not so much. ¬†And I don’t understand why she had a strong accent in one scene, then lost the accent in the next, only to have it again 5 minutes later???

B E S T  A C T O R

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B E S T  A C T R E S S

I love you¬†Cate Blanchett, I really do, but I simply felt that there was a thing or two lacking in Carol- possibly not in your performance as much as how you were being directed- I don’t know. ¬†But I just can’t offer this win up to you personally. ¬†Charlotte Rampling¬†I cannot 0cf614c1_edit_img_image_88_1416727455_BrieLarson.xxlargejudge, as I did not see 45 years. ¬†Strangely it never came to a theater near me, nor was it released on DVD prior to the Oscars. ¬†So not my fault. ¬†Jennifer Lawrence¬†did outstanding in Joy, and she may be privy to the award simply because she is always a favorite amongst the people that matter. ¬†Saoirse Ronan is young, she will have plenty of time to win this award. ¬†She was great in Brooklyn, no doubt, but I think it will just be too hard to beat out¬†Brie Larson’s¬†performance in The Room! ¬†I felt for her character through the entire story. ¬†She did an amazing job causing my heart to be ripped out from my chest. ¬†Thanks for that. ¬†She deserves the Oscar, and I think she will get it! ¬†(okay she was cute as Amy Schumer’s sister in Trainwreck too- but that’s on a whole different level than this performance.)

C I N E M A T O G R A P H Y 

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My jaw was dropped during 98.2% of The Revenant, purely due to the Cinematography. ¬†It is up against Carol, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max, and Sicario. ¬†Sicario is getting a lot of votes in magazine articles, and Mad Max is definitely a contender as well, but if The Revenant doesn’t win I may slap someone. ¬†I have never seen such beautifully unique filming! ¬†I can’t even put it into words- you must see it to understand. ¬†Plus if he wins, Emmanuel Lubezki will be the first to get a three-peat. ¬†I believe that to be true anyhow- I am too tired and it’s too late for me to fact check that. ¬†But if I remember correctly- he would be the first? ¬†Either way that would be awesome. ¬†He won for Gravity, then the following year (last year) for Birdman. ¬† He takes the art a step further each time, and far beyond what others have done. ¬†And the Award goes to….

B E S T  P I C T U R E

And now the big one. ¬†Personally, the Actor/Actress categories are more exciting to me, but this is the one everyone waits all evening for I suppose. ¬†So many great films this year, and I was lucky enough to have been able to see all of the nominated pictures. ¬†The Martian¬†was cute, and funny, yet emotional at times as well. ¬†Mad Max¬†was exciting, and different, and fun to watch. ¬†I loved how fast paced it was. ¬†Brooklyn¬†was a feel good story, with great acting- and would be a great book to read. ¬†It offered great insight into the¬†life¬†of an Irish Immigrant that I otherwise would not have known the first thing about. ¬†The love story within was very sweet and hard not to fall for. ¬†Bridge of Spies¬†was an interesting subject as well, although it didn’t grab me as the others did, it was still a good History lesson. ¬†The Big Short¬†made me angry and frightened at the same time- I cannot believe how much I learned that I now wish I didn’t understand. ¬†The acting was right on throughout, and there really were a LOT of great performances within. ¬†The script was smooth and quick witted (although not near as good as Steve Jobs-yet no nomination there for Best Picture). ¬†Spotlight¬†shed light on yet another hard to handle subject. ¬†This one hurt in the pit of my stomach, knowing the things that happened and how they were covered up. ¬†Everyone did a great job in this film. ¬†I believe The Big Short will win, with Spotlight being it’s greatest contender. ¬†But what film I would like to win is a different story. ¬†I wish either¬†The Room¬†or The Revenant¬†would win. ¬†The Room was my favorite of all the nominated films, and The Hateful Eight, but again- no nomination there either). ¬†The Room is emotional, and really tears at your heart. ¬†It tells the story of a mom and her son that were held captive, and I love that it focuses so much on how things are seen from the young boy’s eyes- after never having seen the outside world before their escape. ¬†There were scenes in this movie in which I was literally gripping the armrest and saying things out loud, such as “GO! GO!!!” ¬†I became very emotionally involved. ¬†The Revenant was brutal, and heartbreaking. ¬†A lot of dialogue wasn’t even necessary to cause you to become fully invested in the story line. ¬†The battle scenes are like nothing I have ever seen before. ¬†Prepare yourself for violence and gore… ¬† but it was all necessary in this case.

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I believe Alejandro G. Inarritu, after winning last year for Best Director (Birdman) will win again this year (The Revenant). ¬†That would be a big deal to take home consecutive Oscars in the Directing category, as¬†no one has done that for over 50 years! ¬†Costume Design either needs to go to The Revenant or The Danish Girl, the latter being my vote. ¬†I hope to see Inside Out win for Animated Feature Film, just because I loved it so much. ¬†Let’s talk about Screenplays! ¬†I feel adamant¬†that The Big Short should win for Best Adapted, and that either Spotlight or Inside Out should win for Best Original. ¬†I cannot believe that Steve Jobs was not nominated for Best Screenplay, with its incredible, witty, fast dialogue. ¬†

No matter who wins in what category… I will be happy as a clam tomorrow. ¬†I love watching the Awards Ceremony! ¬†I love the fashion, the jokes, the excitement, the moments, the speeches, the tears, the emotion…. ¬†Have fun at your Oscar Parties everyone! ¬†Good luck to all of the amazing people nominated!

If you are like a large percentage of Americans, and you do not wish to see all of the Oscar Nominated Films- I still suggest you at least see The Room, The Hateful Eight, and Steve Jobs.  Oh, and The Revenant.  But really, you should probably just see them all.  

Naughty Stampin’ Up! Cards

Do not continue to look at this blog post if you get offended easily… YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Each year I like to make a funny card for my husband for Valentines’ Day. ¬†I figure he likes that more than just some sweet mushy sentimental card. Hehe. ¬†Plus- they are fun to do!

Two years ago I started this “tradition” with this gem:

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Last year, I followed suit with this fun interactive card:  (the photos show the what is displayed as you pull the tag down)

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I love to make my man smile. ¬†LOL. ¬†This year was no exception! ¬†I used the new “Beautiful Ride” stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions mini catalog. ¬†For the inside, I had to try and make the little feet. ¬†It wasn’t easy. ¬†But worth the laugh in the end! ¬†(You may want to open up the pictures to see the detail better)

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I hope all of you had a fun Valentines’ Day too- even if your crafting was more modest-like. ūüôā

Stampin’ Up! Valentines Day Card

This weekend is a fun holiday for giving cards, and here is a simple card I made using products from the Stampin’ Up! mini catalog!

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I also had some fun with this thinlits die from the Party Pop Up set. ¬†I love anything 3 dimensional. ūüôā

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Have a Happy Valentines’ Day!

 

High Five for Friday!

It has been a LONG week, full of working, cleaning, some more working, and then some more cleaning. ¬†Despite that- I have some great things to share with you for this week’s High Five post! ¬†Linking up as usual with this wonderful blogger here!

1. ¬†New Phone Case! ¬†If you are looking for a great phone case, check out the Lifeproof Fre. ¬†They are priced higher than the average case- but they are so worth every penny. ¬†I drop my phone on a daily basis. ¬†I spill on it. ¬†I step on it. ¬†I sit on it. ¬†It’s ridiculous. ¬†Yet it looks and performs like it did the day I bought it. ¬†This case is great! ¬†I also love that it is ACTUALLY waterproof. ¬†(always do a water test on it right when you buy one though- just to make sure it’s all good first…) ¬†I love that I can play at the waterpark with the kids and take photos without worrying, take videos as we go down waterslides, and take great underwater photos as well. ¬†There is a trick to it- as the water pressure can make it hard to use the touchscreen. ¬†All I do is have the phone ready to snap pictures before going under. ¬†So I have no need use the touchscreen once submerged, I just use my side button to actually snap.

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20160211_224409_resized (2)Another great thing about Lifeproof is their warranty. ¬†If anything DOES happen, they replace your case, no questions asked. ¬†I use my headphone jack a lot, so the port got a little loose. ¬†I didn’t want this to take away the assurance that it was waterproof, so I figured I would file a claim. ¬†But I didn’t even have to go through all of that. ¬†They immediately sent me a new case! ¬†I love this company, and will stick with their cases from now on, even over Ballistic or Otterbox. ¬†And the Fre is much more lightweight than the others. ¬†I also love my new library book decal I am using. ūüôā

2.  Shopping!!!!!  I got to spend all day Wednesday with my bff, shopping for outfits for our big weekend we each have planned!  It was great to take a break from working and cleaning and all other responsibilities and have some actual girl time.  Never take that for granted!

3.  New Ink!  Another thing that we did on Wednesday (girl day) was get a tattoo together!

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4. ¬†I Won the Superbowl!!! ¬†Wait, that’s not right. ¬†Okay, I didn’t win the Superbowl… I did however win two raffles during the Superbowl. ¬†This is a big deal because I never win anything! ¬†I bought two raffle tickets, and both were drawn. ¬†I got some fun prizes too. ¬†I will have to share photos of the light once it is hung up in the kid’s room. ¬†They love it. ūüôā

5.  TGIT is Back!!!!  I have missed my Thursday night shows, and this week they are finally back on!  Now I have to stop writing this blog post so that I can go watch them on my DVR.

 

Thanks for stopping by!!!

 

 

 

High Five For Friday!

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Linking up here with this great lady for High Five For Friday!

 

 

Here are five happy things I have to share with you this week:

1. ¬†Margarita Tuesday. ¬†What a great opener! ¬†A local restaurant has 2 for 1 Margaritas occasionally during the week, so some gals and I have been meeting up to enjoy some delicious beverages and great conversation. ¬†It really is nice to have the break from the work week and the stress of life every once in a while! ¬†I love our new tradition. ūüôā

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20160205_210633 (2)2. ¬†Phone Decals. ¬†I have been having so much fun decorating our phones with decals from DecalGirl.com. ¬†I love my Snow White decal, but will be changing it soon to a another fun one. ūüôā ¬†My son also has this blue lightening on his, which even came with a free phone wallpaper so that the entire thing coordinates. ¬†Pretty neato.

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FB_IMG_1451115709234 (2)3. ¬†Coloring! ¬†I love my new coloring book I got for Christmas, and my daughter loves to spend the time coloring together. ūüôā It really is a stress relieving hobby. ¬†I wrote about the idea of adult coloring time long ago in this High Five For Friday post, and then soon after that the trend really kicked off and all my facebook friends were posting about coloring. ¬†I like to think it was because of my blog post that the world became addicted. ¬†LMAO.

 
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4.  SkinnyMint.  Ever seen this ad on Facebook?

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You most likely have at some point. ¬†I read through the comments once and people sure believe anything they read. ¬†Most of the comments are from people upset that they bought the product and didn’t look like the girl in the photo after 28 days. ¬†Well. ¬†DUH!

I did however buy the product for myself, and I will tell you why… ¬†I no way expected to have my dream body in under a month, in fact that wasn’t at all part of my motivation even. ¬†But I did research the ingredients, and decided to give it a try. ¬†Just as the ingredients should have- the tea really gave me a boost in the morning! ¬†I lack energy when I need it most (a.k.a. ALL THE TIME). ¬†And the tea helped me feel some without having to load up on coffee. ¬†In fact I didn’t have a single cup during my 14 days I was on the tea, and it also helped me completely cut pop out of my life- which has been something I have struggled with for years. ¬†The night time tea also helped me feel relaxed, which is a great help for me as well. ¬†Having this energy in the daytime, and a more restful night, made it easier to stick to my workout routine. ¬†Given all of that- I would definitely recommend this product to you, as long as you have reasonable expectations. ¬†As far as the 14 day kit and the 28 day kit- the night time tea has Senna Leaf in it, and I don’t believe you are supposed to ever have that in your system for more than two weeks at a time, or else there are some VERY bad side effects. ¬†So do your research first before making a decision. ¬†Maybe it’s safe if its in small amounts- this I do not know. ¬†But look into it before you decide. ¬†Also – little side note- they advertise in some posts and such that the taste is so good, even people who do not like tea think it’s delicious. ¬†Well. ¬†I am here to tell you- it tastes like tea. ¬†I hate tea. ¬†You have been warned. ¬†But it wasn’t the worst tea I have ever forced myself to drink… especially after adding a little honey.

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5. ¬†My “K” Mug. ¬†Whether it be the tea I was drinking, or my cup of cappuccino I tend to enjoy in the morning, I love using my mug that my daughter got me for Christmas! ¬†It’s the perfect size, and she picked it out special for me. ¬†ūüôā ¬†It’s the little things…

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Missing My Wieners (corrected)

It’s a little frustrating to prepare an entire blog post just to have WordPress have a glitch and post it as blank page. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†I apologize for the blank post that has been on here all day, but here’s a quick version of what I had hoped to post before:

I recently started working. ¬†I am a stay at home Mom still, but we have set some pretty drastic financial goals for ourselves, so I am doing what I can to help by bringing in some extra money. ¬†Luckily, I work while the kids are either in school or at their Dad’s, so I don’t have to miss out on any of my time with them. ¬†But words can’t express how much I miss spending my days with my pups!

Charlie misses me the most.  When I get home he runs right up to me ready to cuddle.

There is one benefit the dogs have found to my working outside of the home: ¬†I am behind on¬†laundry- and they LOVE it! ¬†I just started the job, and haven’t adjusted to my new schedule yet, so yeah I am behind.

They have always loved when there was a basket of clothes for them to make a bed of.  Here are some pictures from random times, proving my point:

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Screenshot_2016-02-02-16-14-31_resized (2)Even as I fold the laundry, they love to lay on top of it.  Cute little bastards.

When all the laundry is done and put away, they sometime have to find a random piece of clothing to pull out and make a bed out of. ¬†Poor things. ¬†Although, they do have a nice big comfy dog bed… but that would just be too easy!

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Desperate times call for desperate measures… ¬†and when there is absolutely no clothing in sight, they have to go to extremes and lay on each other for comfort!

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So they are all very happy right now!  Are you ready for this?  I am THIS FAR BEHIND on my laundry right now.  AND THEY LOVE IT!

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I have faith that I will get used to this schedule soon, and will once again be able to keep up with laundry. ¬†But missing my doxies during the day- that I will never get used to. ¬†But this too shall pass… ¬†a momma’s gotta do what she’s gotta do! ¬†ūüė¶

HAPPY WIENER WEDNESDAY!

Vendor Fair projects, and Handmade Christmas Cards!

The Holiday season is officially over. ¬†The good news is that Stampin’ Up! has a new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration promotional catalog full of fun products for Valentine’s Day, Easter, and everything Spring! ¬†I will have some fun projects to share with you using those new products next week, but first I would like to share with you some projects from Christmas time. ūüôā

FB_IMG_1447609715056I was fortunate enough to have a table at one of the best Craft & Vendor fairs in our area in November.  It was very successful, and I had such a great time!

Here are some fun things I made for the fair:

1.  Reindeer Food & Snowman Poop

These always sell out fast at events.  So simple to make too. If you open the photos up, you will be able to read the cute little poems.

2.  Reindeer Noses, Snowman Poop, and Reindeer Poop.

These sets in the bottles were a hit as well. ¬†I don’t have a better photograph to offer you, but here is one taken at the fair.

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3.  Santa Chocolate Bars.  

Decorated Hershey bars went like hot cakes.  These made fun Teacher gifts this year too.

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4.  Snowman Chocolate Nuggets!

Great as stocking stuffers, teacher, or coworker gifts… ¬†these snowmen were very popular, along with the simple Christmas Nugget sets.

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5.  Tic Tac Holders.

Another great stocking stuffer!

6.  Butterfly Chapstick Holders.

The lady that bought most of these said she planned to use them as slumber party gifts for her daughter’s friends. ¬†(I have no idea why wordpress keeps flipping this photo upside down, even after I fix it. ¬†It is what it is…)

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7.  Tic Tac Toe games.

Meant to be stocking stuffers, but most people that purchased these mini sets said they planned to carry them in their purse for their kids to use in restaurants.  Good idea!

8.  Punch Art Treats!

So much fun- my kids loved them too!

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9.  Homemade Bath Salts & Sugar Scrubs.

I love to make my own bath salts and sugar scrubs anyway, so when I scored these jar and carrier sets at our local pumpkin patch I knew I had to make some sets to sell at the fair.  Some of these were made to sell, and some of them were made as gifts for friends. (click on the first photo and you can scroll through them all as a slideshow, that way you can see the cute details and punch art!)

The fair was a blast! ¬†I can’t wait to do the next one in the Spring!
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20151218_225045I also made our Christmas Cards this year by hand. ¬†Thank you Teri for the fun photograph of our family. ¬†Despite a lot of controversy over it, the people that matter, and know our family well, still found it cute and funny. ūüôā
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In closing, I’ll share pictures of the Snowman breakfast I prepared for my kids on Christmas morning. ¬†They loved the glasses the most, which I just decorated¬†with paper- of course.