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Special Look at the Music and Magic of Disney's MARY POPPINS RETURNS

In Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, an all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. 
Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

Check out this exclusive look at Mary Poppins Returns

MARY POPPINS RETURNS is directed by Rob Marshall. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. 

Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured …

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Kind

Are you teaching your kid to be kind?When one of my sons was in the 1st grade he had a speech deficit and there was this one kid that teased him.  For whatever reason this little kid had it out for my kid.  Fortunately, things worked out and the two became friends by the end of the school year.  

Here are some proven ways to teach your kids to be kind to others. 1. Lead by example
Practice RAOK in front of your children. Children imitate what they see us do and what better way to teach kindness than to practice kindness.  
2. Donate old toys, books and clothes
Each year we have the kids gather old toys and clothes they've outgrown and they get to choose a local charity and make a donation.  One year we donated their old bikes to a local charity that re-purposes bikes and re-gifts to children during Christmas.  This year the kids are old enough to volunteer to help the charity prep bikes and we are looking forward to helping out.
3. Send thank you notes
Handwritten thank you notes are a g…

The NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word by Jack W. Hayford Review

My husband and I recently started attending the weekly Bible Study at our church.  It's something he's been doing for years but only recently did I decide to join him.  Each week we delve deep into the Word and search the scriptures for understanding.  I have been searching for the perfect study bible, one that's easy to read and full of helpful resources The kind folks at Booklook Bloggers sent me the Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word by Jack W. Hayford. This is a wonderful study Bible. First of all, it's New King James Version (NKJV) which is a little closer to the King James version but the language is more defined.  The NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word is full of handy biblical references too.

Here's a little more about this wonderful Bible:

Book Description
Encounter the power of the word. Walk in the freedom God intends. Experience the Holy Spirit. For the NKJV Spirit-Filled Li…

Searching for Emmett.. The Barn

After visiting the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, the river site just cross the Tallahatchie Bridge and the town where the events of that summer unfolded there was one place left to see. 
I read a story in the Clarion-Ledger saying the barn where Emmett was brutally beaten... that barn... still stands. I needed to see it for myself.
When I asked Mr. Thomas of the E.T.H.I.C. and Mayor of Glendora, Mississippi about the barn he confirmed the barn still stands and gave me directions to it.
From the River to the BarnGlendora to Drew is about a 20-30 minute drive. As my cousin and I drove, I started thinking of the hateful rage Milam and Bryant must have had to have driven so far to commit such a heinous act. 
Drew, Mississippi sounded familiar.  Turns out we had driven past Drew, a small city in Sunflower County, on our way to Glendora. I remember seeing a few markers along the way but didn't pay much attention to them as we were so focused on the drive to Glendora.  
However, on the ret…

Spooky Fun with the October Shop Swago Board!

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shop Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

Click here to get started
Here’s what you need to know to get your 150 SB Bonus(and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern): Go to the Swag page and make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.Be mindful of the …

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I have been compensated in the form of a  Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
New Fall TV shows.  Football season.  World Series.  Holiday binge watching.  This is the time of the year we are glued to the tube. 
There are not enough hours in the day to watch all our favorite programs and that's where the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player comes in.  We can stream all of our fave shows and apps from our phones to the TV. The Chromecast lets us stream photos and our family Christmas playlist and we can use our phones while streaming.  Just plug and play.  Plug your Google Chromecast Streaming Media Playerinto the HDMI post on the TV.  Chromecast easily connects to high-definition televisions.

Chromecast works seamlessly with over 2,000 apps so you can Netflix 'n Chill, YouTube It, watch live TV and stream pics on your TV to share with family and friends.

Cut the cord and save your money.  Chro…

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in October

All throughout October you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before November 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned enough to buy a new coffeepot, a new gas range, lots of school clothes and supplies plus gift cards to all of my favorite stores.



What will you spend your Swagbucks on?

Howl-o-Ween Hop Giveaway

Happy October!  We are just days away from Halloween and to celebrating I am participating in the Howl-o-Ween Hop!  This is the 3rd year I have participated and by far it's one of my favorites.  
This year I am hosting a giveaway of a $10 Walmart eGift card.  Why Walmart? Well, Walmart is my fave place to shop for Halloween candy before AND after Halloween. 
I stock up on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups like there's no tomorrow.  What about you? 


What's your favorite candy? Enter this fab giveaway and be sure to visit the other blogs along the way.  Be sure to come back and enter more easy entry giveaways. Howl-o-Ween Giveaway Hop







October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What Do YOU want ME to Know?

"What do you want me to know?" 
My dear friend, Monica, diagnosed 11 years ago with an estrogen receptor positive tumor, wanted me to know breast cancer can affect women at any age. She has known breast cancer survivors as young as 13 and recently had a friend who was in her early 30s when she passed away from breast cancer.  

Monica is the epitome of hope.  A contagious smile and one of the most faithful persons you'll ever meet.  She is an inspiration.

She and her team participated in many Susan B Komen Races for the Cure over the years.  This year, she is foregoing the race but she has helped raised lots of money and awareness for breast cancer.

Check out some of the fab pics from her annual Pink Passion Tailgate party. 

Monica shared a story of a teenage girl she knew who is a breast cancer survivor and it reminded me of a news story I saw a few years ago of an 11-year old girl deemed the nation's youngest breast cancer survivor.  This child had a mastectomy at the ag…