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Dear Twitter, THIS Revolution Must Be Televised Not Tweeted #OscarsSoWhite

I watch the Oscars, well at least the last 10 minutes or so.  I'm the viewer who tunes in near the end of the show to see who snagged the big prizes.  I miss all the red carpet fashion, the long speeches interrupted by orchestra music and teary-eyed acceptance speeches from actors in movies I've never seen, much less heard of.  Then there's the boycott.  

Although I didn't watch the Oscars, it wasn't in protest.  I didn't watch because Sundays are so busy in the Three Boys and an Old Lady household.  We are prepping for the week ahead.  Catching up on homework.  Finishing up laundry.  You know, all those things you meant to do on Saturday but were too busy enjoying Saturday.  Rather than swoon over dresses we would never wear and listening to snarky conversations about who's wearing who, we would rather relax in an old t-shirt and some worn out jeans while watching a DVD of a movie we've seen at least a dozen times.  Oh, I guess I should mention I haven&…

PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues Coming to DVD March 1

The PAW Patrol pups are geared up and ready to tackle some of their biggest challenges yet in the new DVD release PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues available March 1, 2016. Young adventure seekers won't want to miss a minute as they join their favorite pups for high-stake rescues through dangerous caves, bunny-filled woods, an icy tundra and more adventures. As the number-one preschool series on TV, thisPAW Patrol DVD collection is a must-have for every Nickelodeon collection. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues will be available on DVD March 1, 2016 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

No Grey Areas Book Review

Last year, our local boys' basketball team was stripped of their state championship due to misappropriation of funds and improper actions of coaches and athletic team staff.  It was disheartening to see these kids who had worked so hard all season crying as the championship trophy was removed from the gymnasium.  The adults failed these kids.  The adults in their pursuit of a championship failed these kids.

As I read No Grey Areas, a book about the Arizona State University scandal that rocked the NCAA in 1994, I couldn't help but think about those kids who were bound for greatness 'cept for the greedy adults who changed their paths forever.

"In 1994, Joseph N. Gagliano calmly sat back, put his hands behind his head and smiled as the NCAA clocked ticked down the remaining last seconds of the game. It was the third game in a row Joe had bet on where the point spread had to land on a specific number. With millions at stake, was he nervous? Not at all. As the buzzer sounded…

Checking Out the New VeggieTales Bible NLRV

In the VeggieTales Bible, Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their VeggieTales friends invite children to join them and get to know the Bible. In this full-text New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) Bible, each feature is specially designed to help children understand and love God’s Word.

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THIS Year I'm GOING *fingers crossed* to #BlogHer16

This is the year?

THIS is the year.

This IS the year!!! *pats chest*

This is the year I'm going to BlogHer!  I've been blogging for 8 years now and it's time that I grow up!  That's right!  It's time I invest in making my blog the best it can be.  

4 Tips to Conquer Your Biggest Toy Organization Challenge

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A few days ago I asked my kids the clean their rooms.  Nothing special as this is our typical weekend routine.  The younger ones did a pretty good job but my oldest OMG it looked like the room vomited toys.  It's not his fault really.  I mean he didn't buy the toys and to be quite frank, he's just run out of space.  What's a kid to do?

No worries, this super mom to the rescue with tips to help our kids conquer the clutter.

Tip 1: Sort It

Needing a Fresh Start? Check Out these Inspirational Reads by Joel Osteen

Here we are. Month two of the new year and by now the get up and go fervor you had just last month has got up and left. Before you throw in the towel, remember every single day is an opportunity to begin anew.

Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church of Houston, is a truly inspirational writer who embodies the every day is a opportunity to begin anew mentality.  Osteen pens several books throughout the year and often pairs his books with a journal to help the reader dive deeper into their studies.  His books are easy to read and blunt.  No sugar coating here.  Osteen presents a thought-provoking message in a conversational tone.  He's a preacher but the books aren't "preachy".  

TOGETHERNESS®: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on Blu-ray™ Available February 16, 2016

HBO® Comedy Series from Brothers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass available February 16, 2016 on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD, DVD and Digital Download.



Prolific indie filmmakers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass make their TV debut with the “funny, poignant” (San Francisco Chronicle) HBO comedy series Togetherness. 

GIRLS®: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Coming to Blu-Ray February 16, 2016

Nominated for Two 2015 Emmy® Awards Including Outstanding Supporting Actor for Adam Driver and Outstanding Guest Actress for Gaby Hoffman GIRLS®: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

Available February 16, 2016 on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD and DVD Full Season Available Now on Digital HD 

Blu-ray Set Includes Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Bonus Content, including deleted / extended scenes and gag reels

How to Make Smear-proof, Waterproof Labels for Water Bottles

A few months ago I attended a conference and inside each swag bag was a water bottle labeled with the conference name and dates. Great idea right? WRONG! The label smeared within minutes due to condensation leaving ink all over the inside of my bag practically ruining it. My advice to the conference goody bag peeps is simple, use Avery Easy Align Self-Laminating ID Labels instead of regular mailing labels.



Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! Coming to DVD February 16 and a Giveaway

Blaze, AJ and Zeg race back onto the screen for more dino-mite, S.T.E.M adventures in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! available on DVD February 16, 2016. 



To celebrate this new release, we are revving up with an awesome giveaway!  Keep reading for details.

Just My Thoughts - Where Are Ebby and Makayla

* * * UPDATE * * * Makayla has been found and is safe.  
October 2015, a high school girl went missing.
   I don't know her...        I don't know her family...            Nor do I know anyone who knows her...                  But not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and pray she comes home.

Risen the Movie Coming to a Theater Near You Soon but Risen the Book is in Stores NOW

There are a lot of fabulous movies set to debut in 2016. Risen is one that I am looking forward to seeing. Risen is the story of Clavius, a Roman centurion, who is sent to find the risen Jesus of Nazareth. The movie will be released mid-February and the trailer is AMAZING!

I was already looking forward to the release of this movie and after reading the novel adaptation based on the movie, I am even more excited about the release of the movie.

Apply the Word Study Bible Book Review

The Apply the Word Study Bible brings you to an intimate understanding of the Bible's message, helps you think about it and apply it to your lives. People of all ages and walks of life will enjoy the fresh style of the feature articles, which are directed at helping you approach life with the mind of Christ. You will discover that the Bible is a very practical book, just what is needed to guide you through every day. Featuring the New King James Version, the best translation for Bible study, abundant sidebar articles and vibrant full-color design, the Apply the Word Study Bible is the perfect companion for everyday living.

Features include:
New King James Version, the best translation for studyHundreds of sidebar articles for seeing the relevance of Scripture for everyday livingInsightful introductions to the books of the BibleInformative notes about people and places of Bible timesFull-color page design provides a helpful and interesting visual encounter with ScriptureCharts, table…

Check Out Our Top 5 Road Trip Essentials... and Why the Cell Phone Isn't No. 1

Last night Hubby and I were talking about our annual Spring Break family road trip. Although we haven't quite narrowed down our 2016 Spring Break destination, we realize the importance of planning ahead.

In the past Three Boys and an Old Lady blog has shared tips to help get your vehicle ready for the family road trip and even shared tips on road trips with kids but this time we are sharing our Top 5 Road Trip Essentials.  Road trips have changed so much in the last 5 years.  I remember when my kids were little we would either rent a car or drive our own, nowadays you can rent someone else's car with Turo.  Isn't that a great concept?  
Before you hit the road, check out our list of 5 Road Trip Essentials and see why the cell phone isn't number 1.

THE SECRET OF HUMMINGBIRD CAKE Book Review

Book Description: “Why won’t you just tell me what’s in that cake?” I’d been trying to get Laine’s recipe for years. We all had.

When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.

BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES: REV UP AND ROAR! Coming to @NickelodeonDVD February 16, 2016

Rev up your engines Blaze fans.  Blaze and the Monster Machines are back with another DVD.

Blaze, AJ and Zeg race back onto the screen for more dino-mite, S.T.E.M adventures in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! available on DVD February 16, 2016. Blaze and his pals make their third DVD appearance in this exciting collection of episodes featuring new dinosaur and monster-truck friends and of course plenty of science and math knowledge! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! races onto DVD on February 16, 2016 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Rev Up and Roar! DVD includes:
Zeg and the Egg - Zeg is out smashing things with Blaze and AJ when he finds a tiny dinosaur egg. The three friends must embark on an epic journey across a prehistoric landscape to return the truckodactyl egg to its mother.Dino Dash - Blaze and AJ are playing with their friend Zeg…

ICB, Princess Bible, Hardcover, Purple and an Introduction to the International Children's Bible Translation

Recently, a friend was looking for a Bible for her daughter and I told her about the International Children's Bible (ICB) translation. I wasn't exactly shocked she hadn't heard of the ICB as I often get a side eye whenever I mention a translation other than King James but I was glad she took the time to investigate if this would be an ideal translation for her family.

The ICB translation isn't some watered down version of the Bible.  It is an easy to read biblical translation for youth.  The ICB uses words and phrases to help young people better comprehend the word of God. The Thomas Nelson website states "International Children’s Bible®, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, has been updated and newly typeset in a large readable layout with a 3rd grade reading level, this is the Bible children can read and understand."

ICB, Princess Bible, Hardcover, Purple is a delightful International Children's Bible for your little princess.  …

5 Inexpensive Valentines Day Gift Ideas and a #LoveHallmark Itty Bittys Giveaway

Valentine's Day is just days away.  If you have already ordered the roses and champagne for you and your sweetie or reserved the honeymoon suite for a weekend getaway, save your money we've got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 inexpensive Valentine's Day gifts for your Valentine.

1.  Stay Home.  Avoid the swarm of people who celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking their sweeties out to dinner at the fancy-schmancy restaurant and the hard to find parking, the last minute reservations, the impatient diners and overworked-underpaid staff. Avoid all of this and whip up a special dinner for you and your Valentine and dine at home.



2.  Early Delivery. If you decide to order flowers, have them arrive on February 13 instead of Valentine’s Day. Your valentine will appreciate the extra day of flowers and you will be glad when you hear of everyone else’s Valentine’s Day flower debacles. A few years ago, a friend’s hubby ordered flowers for her and they arrived 3 days later. Of course the company credite…