7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I’ve done over the last seven days.

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1. Enjoyed the season premiere of True Blood.
2. Let my five year old granddaughter do my hair.
3. Finally replaced a knob in my car that has been gone for over two years.
4. Made our final payment on a big medical bill.
5. Enjoyed a family night at the movies. We saw World War Z. (all six of us loved it)
6. Celebrated my dad’s 70th birthday with family and friends.
7. Celebrated our daughter’s 14th birthday with a sleepover. There were seven 14-15 year old girls here. My ears are still ringing.

Motor City Comic Con 2013

A few weeks ago I took my girls (+ one boyfriend) to the 24th Annual Motor City Comic Con. A three day event here in the Detroit area. This year the number of attendees was a record breaking 20,000, due mostly to a one day appearance of Marvel legend Stan Lee, and media guest Norman Reedus, of The Walking Dead, and The Boondock Saints fame.

The massive crowd sure didn’t stop us from having fun. We loved it.

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Bethany with Cas Anvar ( Call of Duty, Halo ).

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Her boyfriend Julian with the green Power Ranger.

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Captain America is my homeboy!

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Allison with her first, and only TV crush, Aaron Ashmore (Smallville, Warehouse 13).

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Comic Con is a great place to express your nerdy love, like ours for Star Wars!

Were the lines crazy long? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes! Will we go again? You can count on it! Only thing we’ll do different next year is attend at least two out of the three days instead of only one. It just wasn’t enough time. My daughter Allison is an artist and huge comic book fan, I know she would have enjoyed a second day to visit more with the artists and talent that were there.

We came, we had fun, thanks for kicking our nerdy butts. See ya next year MCCC!

A Teenager Already!

It just feels like yesterday she was born!

Amazing how fast thirteen wonderful years can go by!

Happy 13th birthday to my daughter, Allison!

Enjoying the Snow

I’ve been down all week with a touch of pneumonia. Still not 100% I may not be able to enjoy the snow, but Allison and Roxy sure are.

Charmed Again & By My Daughter

In the late 90′s I fell in-love with the television series Charmed. Sunday night’s were mine to wallow in all of the silly demon fighting, and drama that The Charmed Ones battled each week. Though I enjoyed every magical moment, it was the bond of sisterhood that really locked me in season after season (1998-2006). Having a sister (also a big fan of the show) that is my best friend, I could really identify with the unconditional love that the Charmed Ones had for one another. It’s an amazing bond that sisters share. Through good times, and bad. Just knowing that if big scary demons were to ever attack, my sister Toni would totally have my back, as I would hers. It’s an incredible gift.

Now years later, and thanks to streaming Netflix on our T.V., I’ve been Charmed all over again, and from the beginning. This time experiencing the series with my almost thirteen year old daughter, who is now just as in-love with The Charmed Ones and all of their silly demon fighting and drama as her mother and Aunt have been. Watching it together in our spare time, often late into Friday and Saturday nights has been so much fun. Talking, laughing, and even crying a little as the stories unfold. Now that we’re about to start the final season, I realize how much I am going to miss this time with my daughter. Time not thinking about work, housework, homework, or chores. Time spent just the two of us. It’s been a fabulous way to bond and get to know a little more about my daughter. Someone I am truly Charmed by.

Milk-Bone® Making Our Donation #CBias #iLoveMyK9

Roxy is in-love with the new Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky . Honestly, what’s not to love? Made with 100% jerky, and no artificial flavors or fillers. They smell and look great!

Bringing home all of Roxy’s favorite treats, like delicious Pup-Peroni is just one way we enjoy showing her how much she’s loved. I like to think she knows how lucky she is to be in her forever home.

Knowing not all dogs are as lucky as Roxy, I recently shopped Walmart to create this fun basket of useful puppy products to donate to our local shelter. Complete with yummy Milk-Bone® Puppy Treats.

We took the time to walk through and visit with the dogs. There are just so many in- need! Below is my daughter having a serious pep-talk with a handsome guy that will hopefully be on his way home soon.

I’d like the thank the awesome workers at The Dearborn Animal Shelter (photoed above) for welcoming our visit and seeing that our donation is put to good use. It’s nice to know that with so many animals in-need there are special people like you to help brighten their day!

You can read part one on my #CBias #iLoveMyK9 shop experience here.

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #iLoveMyK9 All opinions, ideas, and photos are my own.

A Visit With My Nephew & We Bought A Zoo Review

We had the pleasure of having our nephew stay with us over the holiday weekend. The kids (12 & 13) mostly do their own thing when he comes to visit. Yet,certain things are a must: like several trips to the video rental store so the kids can pick out multiple movies and games. There is also a minimum of one pizza night depending on how long he stays. This was a three night stay, so we only ordered in once. We had such a great time together. So much laughing. I can’t think of a better way to bring in the new year.

On Saturday we enjoyed going out for lunch and a movie.

Based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee. The film is directed by Cameron Crowe, and it stars actor Matt Damon as the lead character Benjamin Mee. We Bought a Zoo tells the story of Benjamin Mee, recently widowed and his family who just moved into a dilapidated zoo. They took on the challenge of preparing the zoo for its reopening to the public.

We (the kids and I) really enjoyed this movie. Knowing it’s based on a true story, makes it very endearing in my opinion. Not at all a fast paced movie. For me, this heart touching family story played on the big screen like reading a good book. We Bought a Zoo is entertaining, sweet and a little more emotional than I expected.
Matt Damon does a great job in his father role, to some pretty great up and coming young actors. Yet, it was Thomas Haden Church as the outspoken, free spirited brother that stands out when I speak of this movie. All and all it’s a movie worth seeing and besides a couple of swear words, and sad subject matter, the movie is good for the whole family. Although I wouldn’t advise younger than 10 of worry of bordom. This is not a “little” kids movie by any means.

Wordless Wednesday – Puppy Flashback

Flashing back to when both my puppies were little.

It all goes by so fast.

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Wordless Wednesday #NavyPier

My daughter Allison over looking The Navy Pier in Chicago.

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Craftsman Holiday Blog-bash Chicago

I attended the Craftsman Holiday Blogger Bash while in Chicago last weekend. The Craftsman studio loft was an awesome place for a blogger party!

It was great having the chance to mingle with some old friends and plenty of new. Let's face it, whenever us bloggers get together - it's a good time. The night was full of good conversation, inspiring ideas and a lot of laughs.

While most of us enjoyed elegant and delicious food and wine, some of the bloggers were more hands- on when it came to the tools. Yes, there were power tools being used.

And for the first time in all of my blogging trips, my husband was the big swag and prize winner. Below is my daughter Allison showing off her raffle score.

I’m looking forward to visiting Chicago again in hopes of seeing more of the city. Between the toy fair and blogger bash, it was a pretty quick trip. Thankfully, I have some pretty good friends in the area giving me even more reasons to return.

I’d like to thank Kim of Mom Impact & Kris of LittleTechGirl Media for putting on such a fun party, for the swag bags, and for having us. It was a great time!