Bridget Jones's Baby is the Sequel You Didn't Know You Were Waiting For!

I didn't know that I even needed another chapter in the Bridget Jones saga, but as I watched the newest edition to the series, Bridget Jones's Baby, I realized that it was exactly what I needed.

Can you believe it's been 15 years since the first Bridget Jones's movie? I had to look it up. I watched the Bridget Jones's Diary recently, and it is still a good fun movie, and aside from some little fashion things, it still holds up, and makes for a great watch when you're having one of those "just let me stay in my jammies and wallow in ice cream" kind of days. Which, coincidentally is just the kind of day Bridget is having at the start of Bridget Jones's Baby.

It's Bridget's birthday, and the only guests at her pity party are some sad music and a pint of ice cream, but this is a much more mature Bridget Jones that has come a long way in the last 15 years, so she won't pity herself for long. In Bridget Jones's Baby, Bridget, (Renee Zellweger,) is now a forty-something London girl, with a successful career, that just wants to have some fun.  She has plenty of fun, until she finds out she's pregnant and isn't sure which guy is the father. That could put a little wrench into anyone's plans!


Songs of Positivity, Because We Need More Peace and Love

Music has always been an incredible force, one that soothes, heals, and uplifts. It is a medium in which many messages have been shared over the years. With all the violence and negativity in the world, we could all use some positivity and one place we can find it is in music. If music isn't your thing find positivity in travel, nature, family...look for it it's there. Sometimes we focus so hard on the negative in our world that we forget it is full of good, and sometimes you have to be the good that the world needs. Look around there is inspiration everywhere.


Here's some of the best songs of positivity that I'm listening to now.

ID Your Pet Day, Keep Your Dogs Safe

We spend a lot of time with our dogs outside in Summer. We do everything from trips to the park to road trips and just hanging by the pool. We know how important it is to keep dogs safe, and cared for in the hot dog days of summer. It is especially important to make sure your dog has a tag with an ID because with all the time spent outdoors in the summer, dogs are more likely to escape. The tag helps to make sure they are returned home. This is why the SPCA has designated July 1st as ID Your Pet Day.
  • A personalized ID tag is the best way to increase the likelihood your pet returning home. Make sure your pet is fitted with a collar and ID tag that includes your name and phone number.
  • Implanted microchips can serve as an important security measure to ensure that a pet is returned home in the case of a lost collar and ID tag.
  • Download the ASPCA Pet Safety App to access personalized instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances: ASPCAapp.org.


If you're traveling with your pet this summer, find dog friendly hotels worldwide.

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Summer Travels: Top 10 Road Trip Songs

When I think of the best road trips I've taken, I realize that they all have the same things in common; conversation, laughter, and fun music. I will never forget the road trip to the mountains when I heard my daughters in the back seat singing along to Faith Hill's This Kiss with their little voices full of heart they belted out "BISCUITS BISCUITS". To this day, when I hear that song I can't help but sing the lyrics wrong and giggle. It was a beautiful vacation and it was made even better with music.


I recently heard of a peer to peer car rental network, Turo.com, that is helping people make money by renting their own vehicles. I think this is a really cool concept and what struck me most is that many of the car owners are making playlists, and leaving CDs for the renters to enjoy music on their road trip. This got me thinking about what songs I would put on my road trip playlist. It took me awhile to narrow it down, because there are so many great songs that I love to listen to when I travel. I think for a road trip the music needs to be a nice balance of energy and mellowness; not too hard and not too soft. If it's too energetic it's hard to sit still, and if it's too mellow you'll just want to pull over and sleep. So, it was a struggle, but here it is: the top 10 road trip songs.


A Weekend Trip to Mall of America

Back in the early 90's, I heard about this mystical mall creature with 4 floors of shopping, an aquarium, and an amusement park all under one roof. An amusement park inside the mall! I knew that someday I had to go there and see it for myself. Last week that someday came. I went to the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

As I walked past the Lego store and in to Nickelodeon Universe, I was instantly transformed into a kid again. This was a teenager's dream, so many stores to shop in, plus movies, rides, games, and oh so much more! Can you imagine growing up with this as your local mall hangout spot? Oh the fun!