Thursday, February 26, 2015

50 Shades of Okay...


I have read the entire 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. Okay, if I am being honest I have read the series twice, but who is really keeping track?

Anyways, when I heard that they were going to make the series into a movie I was skeptical. There is a lot of inner dialogue in the books, so I wasn't sure how or if they would portray that in the movie and how would people understand what was going on?

Last night the Hubby had an away basketball game, so I decided to head to the movies and check it out. Let me just preface this with saying I went to the 6:10 pm showing and the theater consisted of me and two 65+ old couples.... talk about awkward...

I think the movie was okay. It's hard to make a movie like this accurately portray what you imagined while reading it. I feel like the actor choices were okay. I wasn't sure about the main characters, but I do feel like they fit the roles better than I expected. 


I know a lot of people are on opposite sides of the fence about this being a love story and this being an abusive relationship. Since I read the book I can see both perspectives. 

If you hadn't read the book or books, the actions would look just like abuse. I believe the "punishment" part at the end was the last straw because it crossed the line from pleasure to pain just for the sake of it. You will have to read book #2 or see movie #2 to see how the story continues to play out.

Overall, the movie was okay. I will see the following movies, just because I want to see how they play out the books in film, but you won't see me standing in opening weekend lines or being a DVD I buy.

Until next time,

Kara

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sometimes You Just Need a Pick-Me-Up...

Some days are better than others. When things don't go your way, you just have to pick yourself up, learn from that and move on. 

Concentrating on the negative never does anything for you but bring you down. Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up to remind yourself that not everyday will be this way.



The road of life is full of bumps along the way and you just have to learn to shake them off. Life is too short to be focused on the negative, because you just might miss the next wonderful thing to happen in your life.

Until next time,

Kara

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

The Hubby and I don't really exchange gifts on V-day. We usually like to do something together. I think memories last a lot longer than gifts. Who knows what we will do this year, but it doesn't matter as long as we are together!

I can't believe I got so lucky to call this guy My Valentine for life. 


I love this song, it makes me think of my husband every time I hear it.



Here is a Valentine's Day print out. Feel free to print it off for your sweetheart!



Happy Valentine's Day! 

I hope you all enjoy your Valentine's Day weekend with that special someone! 

Until next time,

Kara



Friday, February 13, 2015

It's Friday....Watch a New Movie or TV Show!

It's Friday again! Whew, glad that week is over. I am counting the days until our Spring Break vacation. It can't get here fast enough.

It has been a pretty uneventful week, but that's not a bad thing! We have watched a couple movies and shows over the past couple of weeks. Some were good, some were not so good.

The Hubby wanted to rent Nightcrawler. He said it was one the best movies he has seen in awhile. I didn't really care for it, because I hated the main character. It's hard to enjoy the movie when you can't stand watching the main guy throughout. The story is about a man starting his own news recording company and getting to be the best at it, no matter what it takes.



We have been getting our money's worth from Netflix this month. Besides watching our favorite show, The Office, we have been watching some movies.

The Interview, let's just say it wasn't very good. There were a couple parts we laughed, but mostly it was just dumb.



Chef was another movie on Netflix. I really loved this movie. I thought it was funny and heartwarming. It's a movie about finding out what is really important in life and getting back your passion for the things you love to do.



Magic Beyond Words: the J.K. Rowling Story is a Lifetime movie that was on Netflix. It was pretty good. I initially turned it on thinking it was a documentary and not a movie, but I enjoyed hearing the story of how she came to write one of the all time best children's books, Harry Potter.



We have also found a couple new TV shows that have caught our eye.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 10 is back on! Don't get me wrong this show is completely crazy. No group of friends could be this stupid, but this season has been really funny so far! I'm excited to see what else they have in store.



Better Call Saul on AMC. I didn't realize this had started. I knew that it was in the works, but we missed the premiere episodes. We are going to try to catch up with the first couple of episodes, so we can watch them each week. I can't wait to see this show, we enjoyed Breaking Bad so much and Saul was the Hubby's favorite character.



The Shark Tank has become one of my favorite shows to watch. I like the idea of watching people just like you and me getting an opportunity to go big with a simple idea or invention.  Mark is my favorite shark, he is honest and very intelligent, but doesn't shove that into the people's faces. 



Hopefully this weekend you can enjoy a good movie or show with your sweetheart!

Until next time,

Kara

Monday, February 9, 2015

Living Financially Smart

Many times people think that you have to make a lot of money to have nice things or to accomplish financial goals. That is not true. You have to have a desire to set a goal and have the drive to reach it.

Finances can be tricky. For the longest time the Hubby and I used a strict budget form that we created on the computer. We used an Excel spreadsheet and recorded every penny we spent each day. 

This allowed us to really see where our money was being spent each month. You would be surprised to see what your thought process becomes when you realize you have to write down your purchase. 

For example, I allotted $30 for myself to spend on "Shopping". This meant clothes, crafts, decorations, etc. So it really would make me think, "do I need this?" or "will I want this tomorrow?" If I couldn't answer myself with 100% yes, then it wasn't worth spending the money on, because I knew I would regret my purchase later in the month. 

If money is tight for your family, take a moment to draw up a budget. Even if you just start by writing down your purchases, you will now have an idea of where your extra money is going each day, each week and for the entire month. 

Recording your daily spending habits will also give you the opportunity to see if there is a place that you can cut back on to save money. Many people rent movies from their local store or Redbox. However, if you go to your local library they have new releases you can borrow for free. I love to get on my library's website and place a hold on movies we want to see. Then they just send me a text message when the movies are ready for pick up! 

This is just a simple way to save a couple dollars a month, but $5 a month will be $60 a year. Little things add up, so don't discount yourself by saying, "we are only saving a couple dollars, it's not worth it." 

Choosing to live financially smart is just that, a choice. You have to choose to spend your money wisely. You can't expect to live a $100,000 lifestyle on a $50,000 a year salary. No matter what choices you make, it just won't happen. You just have to choose what is important to you and your family. Budgeting is one step to living a more financially smart life!

Until next time,

Kara

Friday, February 6, 2015

TGIF!

Another week has flown by! I can't believe we are already into February, time is going by so quickly!

The Hubby and I have started bowling again. Our local bowling alley has a deal on Sunday's for $19.95 you get 2 hours on a lane. It's so much fun! 

The Hubby is just so good at it. I really can't compete with his high games. He got a 248 the other day....really?!? You haven't bowled in a year and you come out with a 248? I will say that I got my all time high game of 160 the other day! Whoop, whoop!

I am trying to convince the Hubby to do a Valentine's Day bowling event at our local bowling alley. It's some kind of Scotch Doubles tourney...the only problem is neither of us is very sure what that is or what to do!


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We finished the basketball season this week. Now we just have the banquet and the Hubby will be done with 8th grade basketball. This year has worn me out.

Right now I am looking into starting to make all my own baking mixes and products. I am just as guilty as anyone for walking into the grocery store and buying something because it's convenient. 

However, if I just plan ahead I can make my own convenience food. I am hoping to start it at the end of the month. I am currently trying to cook our way through the pantry to start fresh. I found a great website to get ideas from, it's called Budget101.com

One of my favorite ways to cook is turning on my music and singing away while I cook or bake. Here is one of my new favorite songs! It's Boyce Avenue doing a cover of Journey's "Faithfully".



We were watching The Office again the other night, so I just have to leave you with a Michael Scott quote. I know we all feel like this sometimes! Happy Friday!


Until next time,

Kara