A Look at the Movies Coming From Disney in 2015

As if all the possibilities of facing a new year, isn't enough...Take a look at all the great movies Disney is giving us to look forward to in 2015!

So many movies are on their way from Marvel to Monkeys to, of course, Star Wars. What movies are you looking forward to in 2015?

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2014 Was a Year of Firsts. #WordlessWednesday

Hubby and I enjoying cold weather in Colorado

2014 was a year of firsts for me. It was the year that I turned 40, watched a moon rise, and went to Carnegie Hall. This year I went snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park, went salt water fishing, and I got an annual pass to Disney. I took a Yoga class in college, went hiking in South Carolina, and I learned about vegetable breeding on a farm. I also made biscuits which may sound silly to make a big deal of, but I was really nervous to do it, and they came out awesome!

With my Psoriatic Arthritis better managed, I felt healthier than I have in years, and was better able to enjoy life. I was able to live again! 2014 was a great year!

The Final Music Monday of 2014, Let's Be Happy! #MusicMonday

Another Monday is here and it's the last one of the year. Can you believe it? Another year come and gone. Before we move into 2015, let's take a look at some of the music from 2014.

Shazam, (the app for identifying and discovering music,) has released the top most Shazamed songs of the year. I've picked some of my favorites from the list to share for #MusicMonday.

Disney's "Into The Woods", Fairy Tales With a Twist and Great Music

Into the Woods, Disney's movie adaptation of the stage show is in theaters everywhere today. If you like musicals, magic, and fairy tales with a twist, this movie is for you.

Into the Woods brings us the story of the Baker and the Baker's Wife intertwined with the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & the Beanstock, Cinderella, and Rapunzel. They are all tied together by the Witch played by Meryl Streep.

I've never seen the stage production of Into the Woods, so for me these stories were all new. Even though it involves classic fairy tale stories, it is does not give the plain "happily ever after" fairy tale ending that we've all come to know. It puts a great dark twist on things, and gives you a slightly more realistic story, well, except for the magic and singing, of course!

10 Technologies Santa Uses to Deliver Toys on Christmas Eve

In less than a day, Santa will start his mission on Christmas Eve to bring good little children around the world presents and toys. Have you ever thought about the technology he uses to do this?

What about, how much it costs to get it all done?

Sure he has a little magical help, but with the population of children continually growing, he can't just rely on doing things the old way. Santa has to get with the times, and just like the rest of us; that means staying up to date on technology. Afterall, Santa is no dummy! Take a look at some of Santa's cool technology!

Music Monday, The Gift of Music

Happy Music Monday! It's the last Music Monday before Christmas. Wow! Time is running out for finding that perfect gift. Is all your holiday shopping done? Thanks to hubby's insistence, we were all done last weekend. The only thing left to do is some wrapping and holiday baking. To get that done, I'll need some music, so let's push play on this Music Monday thing!

Christmas has me thinking about some of the albums I've received as Christmas gifts over the years. There were some awesome ones, and then some not so awesome. There was the year that I had to have the totally cool Van Halen 1984 album, but what I unwrapped on Christmas morning was the not so cool Van Halen Diver Down. In all honesty, it wasn't a bad album, but it was not 1984! 

Christmas Has Come Early For Me With My New KitchenAid Mixer!

The gifting season is here, and I've already been gifted quite well. It will be really hard for Santa to top this gift, but I certainly hope he tries!
For a few years, now I have been wanting a KitchenAid stand mixer, but I kept putting it off because let's face it, these things are not cheap!

A Canon Camera is a Great Gift from Best Buy #HintingSeason

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Words are great, but there is nothing like a good picture captured at the right moment to capture your best memories. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

So, imagine how much a picture would be worth if taken with the crystal clear Canon EOS Rebel T5i!

Music Monday, The Chipmunks and Eight Crazy Nights

Happy Music Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and a nice start to your week. I've been doing a ton of shopping, but the good news is my holiday shopping is pretty much done. Yay!

So, let's celebrate with some holiday music!

First up, the classic Christmas Song by Alvin and the Chipmunks. I just bought this album on vinyl! I

Hannukah starts on Tuesday, so a little Adam Sandler seems appropriate.

Have a fabulous week!

Perplexus Warp Review: A Great Gift for Puzzle Solvers.

I've been a big fan of the Perplexus since the original version, so when they offered to send me the newest puzzle ball in the Perplexus family to review, of course, I said "Yes!".

Perplexus has quite a few different versions, but they are all based on the same concept of moving a small silver ball around a 3D maze inside a clear ball. In order to successfully complete the maze, you have to rotate the Perplexus to keep the small ball moving on the track. This is great for hand eye coordination because if you move too fast, or too slow, the ball will fall off the track and you'll have to start over.

Perplexus Warp is the newest version of this great family of puzzle games. It is designed for ages 6 and up. It is a great gift for people that enjoy puzzles and mazes. One of the things I really like is the new shape. The Warp shape is not round, and it's slightly smaller than the other versions so it's easier to hold and won't roll off the table.

Music Monday, If You Wannabe Uptown Funk

We have to have Mondays, so let's celebrate them with some groovin' good tunes! It's Music Monday. The best way to get our energy up is to get up and dance. Let's hear some jams!

First up, Uptown Funk. I'm totally digging this song! It's a great mix of a lot of old tunes put together just right for a perfect new sound. I can't sit still when this is on!

Now, let's go back a ways with some Spice Girls! This one's for my little girls. They are grown up now, but when they were little they couldn't get enough of the Spice Girls; movies, posters, dolls, they had it all.

Hope you have a groovin' good week.
If you start to feeling low, get up and dance!

Enter To Win a Royal Silk Scarf and Find Out How Your Gift Giving Can Give Back

Last year, I was given a Cinnamon box for review and giveaway. After a year of using it, I still love my cinnamon box. Not only is it well crafted, but every time I use it, I'm reminded of the good that World Vision is doing to help feed children all around the world, including right here in America. This year, I was given a handmade silk scarf, and I'm happy to say that you can enter to win one in the form below!

WorldVision.Org has a great way for you to give back. You choose a unique gift for a friend or loved one, and World Vision uses your donation to provide items such as chicken and goats to feed a family, or warm clothing to help keep a child in poverty warm. They also provide education and trades to help communities make a sustainable living.

How Retailers Manipulate Your Senses So You Buy More

This is very interesting. If you're like me and you're trying to be more budget alert this holiday season, you may want to read this. Being aware of how retailers are manipulating your senses to make you buy more, may just help you in your quest for Financial Peace.

Since reading this, I've definitely been more aware when shopping, especially with the music. I've certainly been known to move to the beat, or linger more depending on the music playing. It's fascinating that this is all planned. Nothing in our shopping experience is coincidental. It's all designed to make us spend more. Being aware of these things may really help to save.

Disney Nature's Newest Movie, "Monkey Kingdom" Trailer Now Available

Disney Nature has just released the trailer for their latest film, Monkey Kingdom . I love seeing the Disney Nature movies. They are always so entertaining and eye opening to just how amazing the creatures of our world are. Monkey Kingdom looks like it will be equally awe inspiring. And, look at those cute baby faces! Soooo cute!

Check out the trailer.

Roasted Garlic and Herb Monkey Bread Recipe

This recipe for roasted garlic and herb monkey bread looks amazing! Don't be scared by the metric measurements and weights because there are plenty of charts and even calculators online that will do the conversion for you. It's easy peasy. If you decide to make this, maybe for one of your holiday gatherings, let me know how it goes. I'd love to hear about it!

Never baked bread? Fear not, Helen's Roasted Garlic and Herb Monkey Bread is perfect for beginners and great for keeping little people busy during their summer break! If you've never tried making your own bread then a monkey bread, or a tear and share...