Brave Sophie meets our Big Friendly Giant when he takes her from the orphanage she lives in. At first she wants to escape from him and leave Giant Country. But she soon realizes those other nasty Giants will eat her, because she is a tasty human bean. Sophie’s heart, and ours, breaks for how the mean Giants treat The BFG. She wants him to do something about it, but he is only a runt and what can he do? In the end, with the help of Her Majester the Queen and other nations the big giants are sent away where you and I will never go, and where they will not be able to eat anymore human beans.
For an avid fan of the book, I left the theater thinking wow. Roald Dahl is a very descriptive writer, he brings his world to life using beautiful imagery. Steven Spielberg and Disney worked hard to translate his world onto the big screen and I can tell you they did a wonderful job. The way The BFG moves and melts into his surroundings to his wonderful way of talking, I just loved every minute of this movie.
My favorite part was when Sophia and The BFG were catching dreams. It was stunning visually and really I do not have the words to explain it any farther than that. I felt like I was a kid again, experiencing the wonders of where dreams come from.
“Trying to catch a Phizzwizard”
My son loved when The BFG shared his Frobscottle with the Queen and her attendants. Especially when the bubbles cause a lot of Whizzpoppers!
My daughter has read and loves the book as well. She said the whole movie was so cool. And if she had to pick a favorite that wasn’t already taken by her brother and I it would be when The BFG was mixing the dreams together. I agree, it was a truly magical moment.
Everyone has asked me: Is it scary? If you have read the book you know the Giants have a taste for Human Beans. It describes which Giant prefers which type of Bean. The movie does not go into a lot of detail of which kinds of humans the Giants eat. Leaving it at they only eat humans. Towards the end of the book, we learn how many humans are disappearing and just how these giants guzzle and snatch them. The movie again does not get into all of that in great detail which I think is for the best. Reading it is one thing. Seeing it can be quite another. The Queen has her dream about the Giants and she is reading a newspaper with the headline about missing children. Nothing is missing from the story, don’t worry!
The scariest part for my son was when Sophia first arrives in Giant country determined to escape. The BFG unbeknownst to her, creates a dream that shows her what will happen if she does. She will be swallowed by Bloodbottler. I made sure to lean over and whisper to him this was just a dream. He closed his eyes but relaxed after seeing Mommy knew what she was talking about.
All the little details that make the book so wonderful, were found in The BFG. From the labels on his dream bottles to just making him how I always imagined him to look and sound like. This movie is one for every man, woman, and child that has ever loved and wished they too could know and have an adventure with The Big Friendly Giant.
“The BFG visits Buckingham Palace”
I am right, not left. These free printable activities will make your chidlers very happy!
Giants are here! Chase your dreams with The BFG in theaters now!
Hat Attack Neutral Diamonds-Printed Sarong
This is the perfect beach accessory! I just adore the print, looking forward to wearing this on our upcoming cruise and in the meantime at the pool.
Sisters of Los Angeles Cheers Bottle Opener
I foresee this coming in handy for our girls’ nights!
Wild and Wolf Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I?” Quiz
Team up and see who can guess the most celebrities. This game is small enough to take anywhere and guaranteed to break the ice with even the shy ones in your group.
NCLA Born On The 4th Nail Lacquer
Patriotic and cruelty-free! This polish was developed exclusively with PopSugar. It can be rocked alone or over another polish.
Knock Knock Are You Ready (For Your Close-Up?) Compact
This compact is durable enough to withstand the beach or your kids fighting over it. I’m just happy to finally have a compact for my purse. I know where have I been?!
Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes
These wipes are aluminum free and vegan. With these wipes, you do not have an excuse for stinky pits!
Pressels Sriracha Chips
Thin and crispy, baked pretzel chips. These chips are non-gmo project verified with less fat and sodium than your typical chips. Not to mention, delicious! Throw them in your bag for a beach treat or to share if you’re nice like that.
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“Never be so busy as not to think of others.” – Mother Teresa
I strive to make a difference everyday. Sometimes it is just having a smile for someone who looks like they need it, or paying for someone else’s coffee when I get mine. My grandmother is the one who inspired me to do good. To be the change I wish to see in the world. That is why I wanted to share with you about the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet available at Macys.com.
100 Good Deeds is not just a phrase, it is a lifestyle. These bracelets not only inspire simple acts of kindness, but also transforms communities by empowering the vulnerable women around the world who craft the bracelets by hand.
You can find these beautiful bracelets at Macys.com for just $30 each in a variety of colors.
Each bracelet is made of an adjustable nylon braided cord with 100 glass beads. Once you pick your favorite color (or 3!) wrap it around your wrist three times. Each time you do a good deed, move the rubber ring one bead close to the “1GD” button. Not only will you be reminded to do a good deed but just buying the bracelet itself is a good deed. Each bracelet is made by a vulnerable woman in Africa, Haiti, India, Bali, Indonesia, or the United States, many who are HIV+. This project gives the women a way to support their families through their earnings.
Mine was handmade in Uganda by Nabasa Ester. Thank you Nabasa!
I thought a long time about who I would gift with The 100 Good Deed Bracelet. After praying about it, a certain associate at one of our favorite retail stores came to mind. She is always going above and beyond not just for us the regulars, but for anyone that walks through the doors. She wasn’t working the day we dropped off the bracelet, but I left it with a note, signed by the kiddos and myself. I hope that when she saw it, it put a smile on her face like she always puts a smile on ours.
Gifting these beautiful bracelets is kind of addicting. I know I will be picking more up at Macys.com and I hope you will too! In the meantime, look for ways you can do a good deed. Maybe buy someone’s drink, pay a single mom’s rent, or bless a local women’s shelter with some much needed necessities.
One reader will win a 100 Good Deeds Bracelet of their own to keep or to give to the do-gooder in their life!
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“Do good, one deed, one bead, one act of kindness at a time.”
This post is brought to you by Everywhere Agency to talk about Macy’s and The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet, but thoughts and opinions are my own..
Playing in front of Finding Dory is the new animated short Piper. Piper is about an adorable sandpiper chick who is terrified of going onto the beach for his food. His mother encourages him to leave the nest and just try. We get to see what life is like for a young Sandpiper and I really enjoyed having the point of view of the baby. The tide does look terrifying from that angle. But he meets a little hermit crab and gets a new perspective on his world.
Finding Dory is a sequel technically, with a lot of flashbacks as Dory remembers things about her past and family. The movie begins when we meet baby Dory (who is tooooooooo cute) and her parents, Jenny and Charlie. They are playing a game of hide-n-seek. She asks in that truly innocent child way “Will you ever forget me?” *heartstrings pulled* Then she gets lost and we follow along as she tries to find her family. This brief beginning takes us up to the point where she and Marlin bump into each other in Finding Nemo.
One year later. Mr. Ray is taking his class to see the Stingray Migration. The kids ask Dory about her family which sparks a bit of her memory. She knows they are out there somewhere and has to find them. Marlin, being Marlin, wonders why they can’t just enjoy the view instead of crossing an entire ocean again.
The trek across the ocean doesn’t take long thanks to our favorite Dude- Crush. I just love that turtle! They end up at the Marine Life Institute and Dory is positive she will find her family there. Humans see her in the Bay outside the institute and scoop her up to take her inside, leaving Marlin and Nemo wondering how to get her back.
Meanwhile, Dory reunites with an old friend, Destiny the Whale Shark, and new friends Bailey the Beluga Whale, and Hank the cantankerous septopus.
What really stuck out to me was the theme of learning to believe in yourself. Believing in yourself and overcoming whatever obstacle or disability that might stand in your way. Finding Nemo had that same lesson. Despite having a little fin, Nemo could do it. He just needed to believe in himself. Each of the main characters has a disability. Destiny with her eyesight, Bailey with confidence, Hank is missing a tentacle and is afraid, and of course Dory has her memory issue.
As a parent it hit me that our words have power. Power to give life or to tear down the people in our lives. Marlin must not have learned that the first time around, but I think maybe now it has gotten into his head! On the other side of that, Dory’s parents are always encouraging her and lifting her up. The Just Keep Swimming song is something they made up for her. After she apologizes again for forgetting, they tell her not to be sorry to just keep swimming. They love her unconditionally and they make sure she knows it. Shouldn’t we all aspire to be parents like that?
I want my kids to know that they can do whatever they put their minds to. They can succeed because I have faith and believe in them. Each person or fish, is unique in their own amazing way. It doesn’t matter if someone else doesn’t see it if we just believe in ourselves.
Will I cry? I am a definite Disney crier. This movie made me tear up but not in a sad way in a sweet way.
Is it scary? Remember when Bruce went all Jaws on them in the first one? There is a moment like that with a giant squid. Also, when Dory is trying to navigate some places in the Marine Life Institute you are taken along in a dizzying first person way. Not necessarily scary but might be a bit disorienting.
Will lovers of the original be happy? Yes I think so. The jokes, the love, the heart, and the inspiration that we can do anything we set our minds too are all there. It is the perfect family movie for old fans and new.
End Credit Scene: This might not be a Marvel movie but there is definitely something at the end of the credits. And I think you will love it. Also I would like to see a third film made or maybe just a short about our friends at the end. Hint hint Disney Pixar 😉
Random note: I will never look at the “touch tanks” in aquariums the same way!
Go see Finding Dory in theaters now!
Technically they are MDF- medium density fiberboard doors. These cabinets are on the cheaper side of the kitchen world. Naturally, that is what the builders decided to use in this house. Thanks guys. There was no way I wanted more laminate and forking over the dough required to upgrade the cabinetry was out of the question. I asked my old pal Google if it was possible to paint MDF cabinets. Sure enough it is possible. As long as you are mindful of the fact they are very porous.
This DIY Kitchen Cabinet Remodel is an easy way to spruce up your kitchen. With a little elbow grease, a helpful friend, and husband to help clean, you can save yourself a lot of money. This whole project cost under $100!
- 120 Grit Sandpaper
- 2 Small Roller Handles (if you are doing this solo, just one)
- 4 inch Foam Rollers
- 2 Medium 2 inch Foam Brushes (available on Amazon but I don’t think you need 48)
- Oil Based Primer
- 1 Gallon Satin Paint
- TSP Substitute Cleaner
- Paint Tray
- Painter’s Tape
- Drop cloths or old sheets
- An awesome Husband*
- An equally awesome Friend*
*not available in stores. Sorry!
Step 1: Peel off the laminate.
This wasn’t that difficult since most had dry rotted and began to flake away. The others only required a little pressure on the seams with a flathead screwdriver.
Step 2: Empty out the Cabinets and clean inside them.
Also clean the outside. We used the TSP substitute cleaner to get the grime off.
Note: Do not use this on the pressed cardboard cabinet doors. They are porous.
Step 3: Remove Doors and Doorknobs
Step 4: Tape off the cabinets and sand the surfaces.
Step 5: Prime using an oil based primer.
This dries pretty quickly. We applied 2 coats total.
Step 6: Paint the cabinets with the white satin gloss.
We ended up doing 2 coats. Since paint takes longer to dry than primer, we painted one coat Tuesday and the second coat on Wednesday.
Note: The first coat of paint should be thinly applied. Do not cake it on.
Step 7: Rehang doors, add knobs, and enjoy your beautiful new cabinets!
Next up are those green laminate countertops. I’ve never been a fan of them. I have a feeling I will have to pay someone to do those!
What household project are you tackling this Summer?
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