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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Now in Theatres Nationwide + a GIVEAWAY!

**“Warner Bros. provided me with a swag pack to facilitate this post. 
The opinions I share are my own.”** As a kid, Nancy Drew was one of my favorite book series.  I'm pretty sure I still have a couple of worn, tattered Nancy Drew books somewhere in the attic.  I would spend hours in my room immersed in my Nancy Drew mysteries and so I am so excited Nancy Drew is back and she's on the big screen. *tossesconfetti*

In this new movie, we find Nancy and her dad making a fresh start in a new city.  After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter 16-year-old daughter Nancy in River Heights. Nancy is asked by Flora to help solve the ghostly activity at her home, the Twin Elms mansion. 

Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding light bulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recru…
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Disney's Aladdin flies into theaters nationwide May 24, 2019! Check out the new #Aladdin poster and trailer

The 2019 Disney slate of movies is a whirlwind of must see movies and I am really excited about the upcoming thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin”.
Remember the animated classic starring Robin Williams as Genie?Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. 


Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” 

The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.

“Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Kevin De La Noy and Marc Platt serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award®-win…

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Happy Peanut Butter Day! Yep, it’s actually a holiday.  I figured we could celebrate by sharing one of my family’s favorite peanut butter cookie recipes.  I guess I could’ve shared my chicken satay recipe but we’ll save that for another day.

It’s a favorite because 1) we ALWAYS have peanut butter in the pantry and 2) the recipe is super easy.

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth, your preference)1 cup sugar1 eggDirections:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 2. Mix peanut butter, sugar and egg until smooth.  3. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto lightly greased OR nonstick baking sheet.  4.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 6 - 8 minutes 5.  Let cool completely.
Oh, if you are allergic to peanut butter you can substitute cashew butter.  
Does your family like peanut butter cookies? Do you have a tried and true favorite recipe using peanut butter?  




Books of Faith to Enjoy During Lenten Season

Lenten Season is upon us and I was asked to share a few new releases just in time for Lenten Season.  Ash Wednesday is THIS week!  Which means Easter will be here soon.

Here are just a few fab reads from the kind folks at FaithWords which will help keep your heart in tune and focused on the Word during Lent.

I remember back in the day where the big discussion this time of year was what we were giving up for Lent.  Oh the struggle.  As kids we would always vow to give up candy or chocolate but that didn't last long.  I confess I've eaten a few candy bars during Lent but I wholeheartedly confessed afterwards.  The guilt... oh the guilt.

As an adult, I took my Lenten practices more seriously.  I would fast and follow the rules as best I could and attend worship services as I longed for a more deeper spiritual connection.  There was something about consciously making a sacrifice to do better, to give up something, to strengthen my faith during this time of the year.

I usually indulge …

25 DIY Lip Scrub Recipes for Kissably Soft Lips

During a recent shopping trip to one of my fave beauty and makeup stores, my friend and I noticed a shelf full of lip scrubs.  We were shocked by the price, especially since I make lip scrubs all the time for a fraction of the cost.
Why lip scrubs you ask?  Lip scrubs are perfect for exfoliating your lips, keeping them moisturize during extreme weather like the 100 degree plus days we've had this Summer and those cold, Winter months which will soon be here.   Lip scrubs gently exfoliate lips and help keep lips kissably soft and lip scrubs are simple to make.  All you really need are 3 ingredients you've probably got in your pantry right now:    1.  Sugar    2.  Carrier oil    3.  Essential oil or extract Most recipes call for a 1/2 cup sugar to 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil ratio with 10-20 drops of essential oil or extract for scent and flavoring and some food coloring for those who want a splash of color.  I usually forego the food coloring as I prefer the natural coloring. Here's a…

5 Tips for Buying Flowers Online

Card  ✔
Now that we've found the perfect Valentine's Day card.  It's time to shop for flowers. 

Flowers make the perfect Valentine's Day gift.  Shop local if you can but if you need to order online don't worry as many online florists partner with local floral shops.  This partnership is great as you can support local florists while taking advantage of the wider selection and discounted pricing of an online florist.  Win-win! 

There are lots of online florists to choose from so as with any other online purchase, BUYER BEWARE.


Here are a few tips to make your online flower shopping a little easier. Buy from a reputable company. Google "Valentine's Day flowers" and a ton of online florists ads immediately pop up all over your screen.  With so many to choose from it may be difficult to separate quality amidst the quantity from the list on your screen.  There are some great companies.  Check out the company  website and Better Business Reviews and online com…

7 Great Books for Kids to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month and what better way time to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite, award winning books for children written by African American writers.

Radiant Child
This book is about the famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Just like Basquiat's art, the book is vibrant and full of colorful illustrations. Radiant Child tells the story of Basquiat as a child who saw art everywhere he looked and not in the traditional sense.  A visually stimulating book and a wonderful introduction to the work of a truly talented artist.



The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first books by kids read by themselves.  My kids participated in the HIPPY program - a homeschool based reading program for 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds and The Snowy Day.  A classic tale of a young boy venturing out during a snowy day with vivid, bold watercolor illustrations sure to capture your child's attention.


Talkin' About Bessie tells the story of fame…