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The Amazing Spider-Man, See It Before Everyone Else! #SpiderManWMT #CBias

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We have two sons who love super heroes, and cannot wait for The Amazing Spider-Man DVD to come out! When I told them that the wait was almost over, they were so excited! One son ran around the room pretending to fly, and the other pretended to save the world by shooting spider webs. 
Have you wondered about Spider-Man's roots? How did he become the hero we know and love? The Amazing Spider-Man is unlike any of the other Spider-Man movies you have seen before, as it takes you back to Peter Parker's childhood, and explains many of the things we all have wondered about! 
Watch this great trailer from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
We couldn't wait to go to our local Walmart to pre-purchase The Amazing Spider-Man box, which gives us an early digital copy from  Vudu.com on October 30th. Then Walmart will mail us a DVD to our home! (Saving us time, from having to run out to the store when it comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 9th!) 
Open your new pre-purchase box on your Bl…

Family Movie Night - Scared Shrekless With Redbox #CouchCritics #CBias

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We have been a Redbox family for many years. The price and convenience has always been a key to why Redbox has been a key to our weekend entertainment. I love how I can jump on the Redbox website, and reserve our movie prior to heading out the door, it also saves us time so that I know our movie will be available, prior to getting to the location, and finding out that our movie is out of stock. It has been a huge time saver, and has saved us from driving to the next Redbox, looking for our movie. In a matter of seconds I know that I can get on to the Redbox website, reserve and pay for our movie before we ever leave the house. Another get feature from Redbox, is the mobile app that allows you to do all of the great features of the website on your smart phone! (You can find all the great details of my experience in my Google+ album.)
We planned a family night and were so excited to see all of the great new releases such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Vampire Dog, and Scared Shrekless! Th…

{Review} ABCmouse.com - Early Learning Academy

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ABC Mouse offers a full online curriculum for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten in the subjects of reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Children can start anywhere and move through the curriculum at their own pace! ABC Mouse has won numerous awards, including the Parent's Choice, Teacher's Choice, and Mom's Choice GOLD awards! Get your first month FREE!  CLICK HERE


I am so excited to share this great one month FREE trial of ABCMouse.com with my readers! I have a Kindergartner and a Preschooler, who need to learn all about reading, math, music, the world around us, and so much more. The site offers 450 lessons, at six levels in an interactive curriculum for your preschooler or Kindergartner. With 3,000 Individual Learning Activities  your little one with fall in love with learning. My boys love the site, and the tickets and reward system gives them a sense of accomplishment  I love the tracking system, and seeing for myself the many learning activities th…

Five Question Friday - Flying, Names, and Leggings

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Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you want a fun, easy post!

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP! Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

Questions for Friday, September 28th

1. Do you prefer to drive to your vacation spot or fly? 

We are a road trip kind of family! My husband much prefers to travel by car, verse plane travel. If air fare was cheap for all four of us, we would consider flying. In the 15 years we have been together, we have been a plane once and that was before the kids!
2. If you could travel to any where in the world, where would you go and why? 

I have a huge travel list! I can not wait to travel to Europe, and see many of the places I have been in love with since I was a small child. I want to go to…

Vlogging Mommies - Fall Fun

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Happy Thursday, the Vlogging Mommies are talking about Fall Fun and Fall Traditions! Does your family pick apples? Do you have family pictures taken, among the fall leaves? Do you head to the pumpkin patch to select pumpkins? Do you decorate for Autumn, by setting out leaves, Indian corn, hay stalks, or pumpkins? Link up, and join in on the fun!


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Join us next week as we link up again, and vlog with some awesome ladies! Check out my fellow hostesses Hanan of LilacCityMomma, Cassie of CrazyCoolCrafty, and Mindi of SimplyStavish; and join in on the fun by linking up each Thursday!

Next week, we are talking about the a room in your home that needs a make over. Do you wish you could gut the kitchen, and change everything i…

Wordless Wednesday - Halloween Preview

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Guest Post: Back to School Wreath

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Check out CrazyCoolCrafty.com, were I was asked to share a craft tutorial guest post! Thank you Cassie for asking me to guest post, it was a fun family project that I cant wait to share with all of you!

Guest Post: Back to School Wreath
As a family, we made a welcome back to school gift for my son’s Kindergarten teacher. We wanted to find a simple craft project to kick off the school year, and spend some time as a family. Each family member took part in this craft, and I am pleased to report the teacher loved it. (She also asked if I was one of “those,” moms!?!) She must not have been able to contain her excitement, due to being in such close proximity of an awesome crafter and super mom! Back 2 School – Crayon Wreath Craft Supply list:
12″ embroidery hoop
8″ embroidery hoop
3 boxes of 24 count crayons
hot glue gun and 2 or 3 sticks of hot glue pencil
ruler painted wood cutouts (school bus and apples) painted letters sharpie floral wire ribbon
Directions: 1. Have your child sort the crayo…

{Review} Kidz Bop - Halloween Hits

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KIDZ BOP Halloween Hits! It's the perfect Halloween soundtrack for costume parties, trick-or-treat bags, or just greeting some miniature monsters at your door.
Are you getting ready for Halloween? Are the kids picking out costumes? Do you greet, trick or treaters? Have you sent out Halloween party invitations? This CD is for you and will set the scene for entertaining kids!
When Kidz Bop Halloween Hits, was put into the CD player I told the boys we were going to dance and try on Halloween costumes. What I didn't expect was how the boys would react! My three year old ran and danced like a wild man! When the Kidz Bop kids sang "The Monster Mash," my five year old started pretending he was Frankenstein, and held out his arms in front of him! We listened to the whole CD, and enjoyed all of the Halloween Hits! My boys laughed and danced the whole time. If you are looking for a non-creepy or scary Halloween music CD, then this is what you are seeking as all of the songs are …

{Book Review} Tumford's Rude Noises

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Tumford isn’t really a terrible cat. It’s just, like many children, Tum loves to make loud noises. But today, his parents are not in the mood. They have friends coming over and Tummy isn’t just loud. No, Tumford is rude! This charming tale from the multiple New York Times bestselling author Nancy Tillman is sure to delight readers everywhere, as she once again reaffirms that – no matter how much trouble you may get into – you are loved.
I told the boys it was time for bed, and that we were going to settle down to have story time. The kids and I sat on the couch and opened the book "Tumford's Rude Noises." My youngest son loved the art and beautiful details on every page. As I started reading, my five year old asked, "Mommy, is this book about passing gas?" I smiled and nodded yes, and continued to read all about Tumford the cat! The story explains that rude noises have a place, and not everyone appreciates them. As the Mom of two boys, who are obsessed with body…

{Review} Harry Potter Poster Collection

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I worked in a book store, when the third book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was released! I can remember the line that wrapped around the store, and the hundreds of shoppers that eagerly awaited for the clock to strike midnight. Each of us dressed up as characters from the book, and I dressed as professor Sybill Trelawney! I have been a huge fan since day one and joined the masses at midnight for the final book release! I am proud to say that I stayed up all night, and read Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in six hours. (My husband thought I was nuts, and just didn't understand!) I have seen each of the movies, and attended midnight showings for them as well. Yes, I cried when I watched the final film, and could not believe that an era of Harry Potter films had just come to a close. I have very vivid images that stand out from each film, do you? Are you a super fan? Have you read each of the books? Have you watched each of the movies? Th…

{Giveaway Closed} Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After - 4 Tickets!

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Our winner of the Family 4 Pack is:  Morgan P. 

Do you want to see Disney On Ice presents Rockin' Ever After, in Baltimore, Maryland, at 1st Mariner Arena? I am hosting a giveaway, and you can win a Family 4 Pack of tickets!

Available prize winning shows times are:  ·      Wednesday, October 24th @ 7:30 p.m.  ·       Thursday, October 25th @ 7:30 p.m. ·       Friday, October 26th @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ·       Contest tickets are unavailable for Saturday or Sunday Shows
Entries: Mandatory: Comment below and tell me your favorite Princess or Disney Character. Extra 1: Follow me on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so (please leave your Facebook name if different from the one in the comments) Extra 2: Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment telling me your twitter name. This contest is open for residents of Baltimore and surrounding residents, 18 or older only. You must be able to get to the 1st Mariner Arena Box Office to exchange the passes for tickets. Contest runs from no…

{Review} PackAways Classic Storage Boxes

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PackAways is a brand new Storage Box that ships and stores in the flat position. When needed, simply press on opposing corners and the bottom "Automatically" folds into place and locks. When not in use, simply press on the bottom and the box folds back down flat for easy, out of the way storage. Ideal for homes, apartments or living quarters where use is intermittent and space is tight. Many applications: Moving; Back To School; Organizing The Kids' Rooms; Basement or Garage; Seasonal Items, etc. You can color code your things or have the colors match your decor. Proudly made in the U.S.A. from durable corrugated plastic. Great for harsh storage conditions or long-term storage since moisture and humidity won't effect the integrity of the boxes. Will last hundreds of cycles under normal circumstances. Many, many useful applications. Comes with 2 Wipe Away Panels that allow you to conveniently identify the contents of the box. If you use China Dry Erase Markers, you ca…

Five Question Friday - Fall, Pot Luck Dish, & Grammar

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Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday and LINK UP at Five Crooked Halos! Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!
What is one grammar issue you cannot let go without correcting?  I am the first to admit, I am a horrible speller, and my grammar isn't stellar either! I just ask for your understanding!
What’s your favorite thing about fall? I love Fall, but hate my allergies that come with it! I love the brisk air, pulling out jeans and pants, making chili and corn bread, pumpkins, and the colorful leaves as we drive around town. The best part? Football, as I love MIZZOU college football, tailgating, and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens! There is a passion for Fall sports, and I look forward to it each year!
What’s your favorite dish to take to a potluck?  I love to bake, so I always ask if I can bring a dessert, my favorites include Gooey Butter Cake or …