Tangled Weekend Giveaway

I am very excited to offer a very special giveaway this weekend.

One winner will receive a hand signed Disney Tangled movie poster.

Flynn Ryder himself, Mr. Zachary Levi (aka Chuck), will personally hand sign a Tangled movie poster.

The winner will also receive a bonus surprise of either a Pascal Beanie Baby, T-shirt, or a Paper Lantern.

(one of the listed in addition to the poster)

My girls and I saw this movie at the theater on opening day during Thanksgiving.  I left Tangled with soggy eyes of happiness.  The movie is adventure filled with twists & turns, phenomenal scenery, funny characters, exceptional music and uplifting messages.  Disney always has a way of making me feel like a child again.  Ahhhh…sigh.  I told the girls it was now my favorite Disney movie. {I’m not just saying this because of this giveaway, seriously!  Believe me, I’m jealous of the winner}  This is saying a lot since there are so many Disney movies to love.

This promotion is to celebrate the DVD release of Tangled.  I bought our DVD/Blu-ray combo pack yesterday.  We watched it as a family last night.  I wondered if I would like it as well watching it the second time.  I’m not a big fan of watching movies over & over again.  But I knew instantly after watching it at the theater I wanted to see it again.  In the movie theater we watched it in 3D.  I was extremely pleased with the Blu-ray version.  The cinematography was just as beautiful as in 3D {and without wearing the tight fitting 3D glasses.}

My favorite parts about the movie {without giving too much away, in case you haven’t seen it}:

  1. Rapunzel shows great responsibility by doing chores FIRST every day.
  2. Rapunzel tries many different activities and practices her talents.
  3. Rapunzel has a dream, makes a plan, displays persistence /perseverance  to pursue her dream.
  4. Favorite song: “I See the Light”  Makes me melt. 🙂
  5. The floating lanterns!  Talk about romantic 😉
  6. Rapunzel’s parents never gave up hope.
  7. How many Disney movies portray short, brown haired girls…that’s all I’m going to say. {I love that part!}

The widget included in this post offers:

  • Tangled Talents ~ The Tangled widget will allow children of all ages to discover talents they might not have known they had.  Whether you are an aspiring artist, chef, or just feeling crafty, Rapunzel will lead the way as you find your own hidden abilities.
  • Decorating Tips by Designer Claire Keane ~ Claire Keane, daughter of Tangled director and animator Glen Keane, will share tips on how to decorate your room just like Rapunzel’s, including a time lapse video of Claire painting a mural.


* Tell me who your favorite character is and why.  If you have not seen the movie, watch the preview {watch on widget above} & choose from preview.

Giveaway ends Monday, April 11, 2011 at Midnight Central Standard Time

Winners will be chosen by random.org and announced here on Monday, April 11, 2011

Disclosure: Compensation for this post is not provided for me in any way. The giveaway is for one lucky reader only. This movie review was written by me and are my own opinions.
Good Luck,

Mudroom Artwork

Keeping Calm in my Mudroom

The Keep Calm and Carry on Artwork has become very popular. I used to teach Sunday School at church. {I miss it.}  One Sunday I was highlighting some Hymns that went along with the lesson.  I came across this awesome website and decided to make posters with the name of the Hymns for the lesson.  Afterward, I decided {I liked them so much} I wanted to use them as decor in my home.

Used wall velcro stickers to hang

I needed something in my mudroom

and realized I had the perfect number to fill the space on the wall.

{sorry for glare}

Every day as we come & go from this room we are reminded of these calming Hymns.

Sometimes seeing one automatically makes me begin to sing.

Close up

By the way, I bought the 8 1/2 x 11 frames at the dollar store.

I took my sanding block and sanded the edges a little to give it that rustic look.

Opposite wall with our lockers

I love being able to not spend a lot of money to decorate.

WIN/WIN  Talk about bringing JOY!  😉

Full view

Again, the website is called keepcalm-o-matic

Mudrooms & Laundry Rooms are being featured today at The Mustard Ceiling for Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party.

Disclosure: I was in no way compensated for sharing this information.

{I wish…I have a feeling they might be inundated with visitors real soon 🙂 BTW, if you decide to do a similar post, please give me credit by linking back to my post.  THANK YOU}

Linking Up:

Tip Junkie handmade projectsRoomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party

I’m adding this post to The Inspired Room’s Gallery Wall Party!


Keep Calm and Carry On,

Treasure-Trove Thursday

Me, Sara & her daughter

My treasure today is friends. I have been thinking a lot lately about friendships. A week ago today my closest friend, Sara, {where I live} moved away. {not too far away, about a couple of hours} I have known for several months her moving day would come. I tried not to think about it too much because it would always provoke tears. It still does.

Family is important. However, a life without friends is unbalanced. At least for me, it is. While growing up I recall fond memories spending time with my parents’ friends & their families. My parents taught me the value of friendship. {Thank you Mom & Dad} Thinking back, I believe part of the reason for this was because we didn’t have grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins that lived in our city or close. So it was helpful to have friends for support and fellowship. We would get together to celebrate holidays, go camping together, worshiped together etc.

Unfortunately, our (me & my husband) extended family members (on both sides) don’t live in the same town either.  Therefore, we rely on support from our friends and church congregation/family.  My favorite part of having friends is just spending time and having fun together.  Too much work, not enough play and adult conversation makes for a dull life.

I completely treasure and cherish every single friend I have made throughout my life.  Some of my most favorite movies and songs are about beautiful connections between friends.  The first couple of movies that come to mind are Beaches and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Awesome Friend Songs:

  • Friends by Elton John
  • Friends by Michael W. Smith
  • I Will Remember You by Amy Grant
  • With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
  • Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode
  • Each Life That Touches Ours For Good – Hymn
  • That’s What Friends Are For by Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder Dionne Warwick with Elton John
  • Hello Again by Neil Diamond

Saturday, I invited a Woman and her 3 girls from Church who recently moved here over to our house.  Her girls and my youngest played while she & I sat and talked.  I look forward to getting to know her better. {Hi, Michele}  Monday, I met another woman at the running track.  She is somewhat new to our community and we hit it off right away.  As a matter of fact, she invited me to her book club for tonight. {Hi, Monica}  But as I write these words a particular Girl Scout song comes to mind.

“Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.”

I know I will see Sara again, this is true.  But it won’t be the same as having her close by.  I remember not long after we met she dropped off a bag with Extra Cheesy Gold Fish and Reese’s Butter Cups for me.  I had mentioned on the phone earlier that I was not having a good day.  Her note said something along the lines of hoping to “brighten my day.”  She most certainly did.  We were such new friends, I think she even asked my husband what my favorite treats were {to know what to buy.}  I remember when she came over to help me pack when we moved {after our house was built.}  She was a wonderful listener {of my rantings and ravings} while we built our home and even helped me glaze my kitchen cabinet doors.  Sara was there to help me with my Son’s birthday party.  I could go on and on, but I won’t.

The other reason this topic has been on my mind is because my oldest daughter has been struggling with a friendship. {Hopefully she won’t kill me when she finds out I wrote about this, please don’t be mad, K}  She has a wonderful best friend.  At the beginning of the school year they befriended a girl who had been ostracized by her former friends for one reason or another.  They became the three musketeers.  {That’s what they called themselves.}  However, just recently, this new friend of theirs was welcomed back into her former friends.  That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, but now she no longer wants to be friends with my daughter and her best friend.  I don’t really understand everything.  All I know is how sad my daughter has been to lose this friend.  It breaks my heart for her.  When I think back to my High School years…when I think about my good friends I had in High School…I wonder what happened to our friendship?  Why didn’t we stay in touch?  All I remember are the good times we had together.  This tells me that for whatever the reason was, if I don’t remember the reason, then it must have not been very important.

I planned on adding a photo montage of friends I have made throughout my life.  I have been extra busy today and haven’t had time to peruse through my photos before going to the book club.  I still plan on doing this though.  I will add the collage as soon as it is done to this post.  So check back later tonight or tomorrow and see if maybe you are in it. 😉

Thank you to all my friends for loving me just the way I am, weaknesses and all.  Your life has touched mine for good and I treasure you.

Friends are Friends Forever,

Family Theme Song

I’m not quite sure how this tradition began, but I am so glad it did.

Whenever someone in our family does something good, something that requires praise, something I want them to do again, we sing part of a song to them.

“You’re simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.”

At first, the kids thought we were a little weird.  It was funny.  However now, the middle child will begin to ‘shout’ along instead of singing.  The oldest rolls her eyes and the youngest will sing along.  It is adorable to hear my youngest {7} sing it.  My children had never heard this Tina Turner {1989} song before.  I think they thought we {my husband & I} made it up for a long time until I played the song for them one day.

Now, if my husband or I begin the song, “You’re simply the best…”   My youngest will chime in singing, “better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I ever met.”  I love it!  I’m pretty sure we haven’t done it in front of anyone else {public}.  It’s a family thing.  However, it has brought joy and unity to our family.

I have discovered how important it is to recognize your children and your husband doing something you have asked them to do or value. Sometimes it’s as simple as seeing them washing the dishes or putting their clean clothes away.  Other times it can be seeing them live a principle we value in our family.  As parents & spouses, if we don’t let them know we appreciate them and are grateful for the good things they do, then how will they know?  Besides, it encourages them to do it again and again.  Isn’t that what our ultimate goal is…for them to repeat the good behavior?

Okay,  I know I don’t own the rights to our family having The Best as our theme song.  I don’t need to give you permission to use it if you would like.

However, I want to challenge you to find

your own family theme song you can use in this way.

I know there are MANY songs that would be appropriate to use.  Maybe there is already one that comes to mind as you read this.

Come back and SHARE your song and experiences with me, please.

I would LOVE to hear how your family reacted to you the first time you did it.

Honestly, the younger the children are, the better the reception.  You don’t have to be a good singer either {my husband will be the first one to tell you he can’t hold a tune, I didn’t marry him for his singing abilities 😉 }.  What your family will remember, years to come, is the consistency of you sharing your praise with them.

If you decide to blog about your experience, please link back to this post.  Thank you 😉

Sing On,

Perfect Example

Before I pack up the Box Tops I have counted over the last week, I wanted to share a video of a family having joy.  This brought tears of pure joy.  It is worth your time to watch, I promise.  I have written about Stephanie Nielson before on Family Brings Joy and also on my other blog Faith Brings Joy.

Yesterday was especially challenging for me.
If I want to put things into perspective,
I visit Stephanie on her blog.
This morning I needed her strength and inspiration.
She & her family gave me more.

You can read my other posts about her  here, here and at her blog here.

Thank you Stephanie,

You have to SEE this

This is the video that was shown at the beginning of the Blissdom Conference (for Bloggers).


It is very enlightening…for me encouraging.


Bloggers Unite,