Saturday, January 30, 2016

Movie Night~ Inside Out

Friday night is movie night in our house. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember...To be honest, they've mellowed through the years... I don't spend  nearly as much time planning  corresponding activities or elaborate, movie-theme based room decorations like I have in the past but we still enjoy a finger food buffet (often related to the movie) and a fun snack. We keep it simple!

Last week we watched, "Inside Out."

We started with a finger food buffet with different colored foods and a drink to represent the emotions.

Red- Spicy chicken tenders- We make ours by mixing together melted butter and Frank's hot sauce and then pouring it over oven roasted chicken tenders- toss and enjoy!

Blue- blue tortilla chips

Green- Homemade Guacamole

Yellow- Lemonade- We followed this recipe

Purple- Purple Grapes

Then, for dessert, we made homemade vanilla ice cream and made funny faces in our sundaes.

This was a cute movie that the whole family enjoyed! Have fun!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Book a Week~ Love Does

I read Love Does  by Bob Goff because I had heard about it from a friend of mine. It's not a book that I would typically read but I enjoyed it. Bob Goff describes a way of following Jesus that is fun, creative and authentic. He makes you consider if you are truly living in the moment, trusting God, being a good person and living a full life or if you are simply missing out on things because you are overriding your intuition. It is a fun and easy read with lots of enjoyable short stories.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Book a Week - Everything I Never Told You

I read Everything I Never Told You because my friend, Michelle, recommended it. I've had it on my TBR list for awhile but just decided to read it now...and am I ever glad I did!
It was a wonderful book.
I have to admit, it was tough to read at times and my heart ached...but it was well written, with relatable and believable characters. Some interesting thoughts about family dynamics and the lack of communication in families.
A thought provoking read. I am happy I read it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Book A Week- Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 I am the type of reader who reads non-stop for a month and then doesn't touch a book for the next three because I get too busy and to be perfectly honest,  curling up with a book feels a bit selfish to me. I can always think of a million other things that I should be doing with my time but this year I want to do a better job of self- care and so, one of my goals for 2016 is to read a book a week.

I picked this book because there was lots of positive hype about how funny it was and I was needing a little light humor in my life. For me, this book was ok. It is a light read, written in the format of e-mails, letters, etc. and has a humorous side. Often funny, sometimes sweet. I could vividly picture some of the scenes and chuckle at the sit-com nature of them. The informal style draws the reader deep into the mind of Bernadette, and some serious issues are raised in the story. Issues such as the nature of 'genius'; the importance of social skills; and whether the pressures of life cause all of us to 'disappear' in some sense from who we really are. It felt like the ending was forced and left me feeling- meh. Read it, let me know what you think.