Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Happy Hump Day!

One of the best things about the United States is that we are the melting pot of the world. We aren't all the same. We have different nationalities, religions, values, skills, and outlooks. 
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I know that I will never justify my life and my choices to anyone else other than my significant other.

Sometimes we are all guilty of judging others...take time to appreciate people's differences, not just flaws, because the flaws we see in others, might just be a flaw we see within ourselves.

Until next time,

Kara

Monday, April 27, 2015

Homemade Double Chocolate Brownies

I love a good, quick dessert. I am not above used box cake or brownie mixes. However, this recipe is an easy alternative to using a box mix.


These brownies are chewy, soft and yummy!

Homemade Double Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs, room temperature 
1 Hershey bar or your favorite chocolate bar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (350 if you are using a metal pant). Spray your 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper, and spray with non-stick cooking spray again.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together oil, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then beat until well blended. Once your eggs are incorporated, gradually stir in dry ingredients, until completely combined. 

Pour the batter evenly into prepared pan. Chop the chocolate bar into small pieces and sprinkle over the top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!! Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.


I hope you enjoy a batch of brownies!

Until next time,

Kara



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ways to Save Money on Groceries

The Hubby and I have been together 8 years this month. We have been together since we were freshman in college. 

The unique and fun thing about our relationship is that we have kind of grown up as adults together. 



When we were in college we both were living year to year on what we earned from working in the summer months. That means we never could be extravagant with what we purchased for groceries.

We learned pretty early how to budget our money to stretch it as far as we could. 

Now that we both have worked full time for 5 years, times have changed, but I still love to save money. There is no better feeling than getting a great deal!

Here are a few ways to save at the grocery store:
  1. Digital Coupons: These are so easy and help save big. I mainly grocery shop at Kroger. It is super easy to register your Shoppers Card to instantly download digital coupons to it.

    This is what I primarily do to save our family money. I try to combine the digital coupons with Kroger sale items.

     

    Most Friday's Kroger has a "Free Friday Download", you get to download a coupon on Friday to get a free item. It might be a new yogurt, new soda that Mt. Dew introduced, chips, etc. They are awesome. The coupons seem to range in value from $.49-$4.99. It's an amazing way to try something you might not buy ordinarily!

      This was last week's download.

      Wal-Mart is another store where you can get coupons digitally. Just make sure to check it out!
    1. Apps: There are so many apps to help you save money.

       
      Wal-Mart introduced their Savings Catcher, which allows you to upload your receipt and the app checks all local sale ads to insure you get the lowest advertised price on your name brand products.

      Checkout 51 is an app that I have used. Each week it will have a new list of products you can save on. If you buy one of those items you can upload your receipt and you bank the savings. Once you reach "X" amount you can get a gift card sent to you!
    2. Online Websites: There are a lot of people who have dedicated jobs to helping people save money. Kroger Krazy is great resource if you shop at Kroger. She shows you how and when to match up coupons, digital coupons, and other discounts. Coupons.com is another great resource for coupons.
    3. Paper Coupons: Don't forget about just good old fashioned Sunday paper coupons.

      Our Kroger also mails out customized coupons each month for things we frequently purchase. It might be $.50 off toilet paper or a FREE Kroger brand dressing. Either way it is a win-win. I am getting rewarded for being a loyal Kroger shopper and I am getting discounts on stuff I am going to buy anyways!
    4. Not Just Groceries: Don't think you can just save money with coupons on groceries. We love to use coupons in everything! If we go out to eat, do an activity, or even go on vacation.

      If you are going shopping, make sure to check out Retail-Me-Not. They offer a lot of discounts to various stores, whether you are shopping in-store or online.

      Groupon is great for planning activities at home or on vacation. They also offer discounts for purchasing custom made items for your home or gifts. We bought show tickets for The Mentalist in Las Vegas. It was a great way to save about $20 per ticket.
    If you want to make your families money stretch a little further, don't hesitate to work one of these strategies into your life. Digital coupons are the easiest and fastest way to save money. 

    I hope you are able to save a couple dollars this week!

    Until next time,

    Kara




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    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Happy Hump Day!

    It's easy when you come home from a long day or week at work when not a thing has gone right to be mad about everything. 

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    It's easy to let stress, people, worry, and bad luck eat away at what usually makes us happy.

    I admit that I am guilty of taking a bad day out on the person who means the most. My husband has been on the other side of my stress. I am thankful that he and I can be there for each other, but it's so easy to let that stress, anger, unease consume us in the moment.

    Try to remember...it's just a bad day!


    It's Wednesday, the work week is half over! I see the light at the end of the work week tunnel.

    Until next time,

    Kara

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Semi-Homemade Donuts

    Every once in awhile you just get an idea in your head to make something... Well donuts just happened to be one of those things for me. Instead of driving to our local bakery shop, I decided to make them at home.



    Not many people have time to do the full from scratch recipes on a whim, so here is a semi-homemade way to make a sweet treat at home!

    Donuts

    Ingredients
    1 can of biscuit dough
    Vegetable oil
    Powdered sugar
    Vanilla
    Granulated Sugar
    Cinnamon

    Directions
    Get out a pan and put a 1/2 inch oil in the bottom and put over medium heat. 

    While your oil is heating, pop open the can of biscuits.




    You could cut each biscuit into fours to do donut holes or punch a hole in the middle to make the traditional style.



    Use one of the little donut holes to test the oil to see if its warm enough. If not, go ahead and make the glaze and cinnamon-sugar mixture.

    I wanted to do half and half for the toppings, so I used about 1/4 cup sugar and a couple dashes of cinnamon. 

    For the glaze I used about 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla and enough water to get the glaze thickness that I wanted.



    Now it's time to fry the dough! They only take a couple minutes on both sides. Just flip when they are golden brown!



    Drain the donuts on a paper towel to get off the excess oil, but don't wait too long to dip them in the appropriate topping.




    These are better eaten right away. They tend to not taste as good the next day.




    These are an easy dessert to make or a quick breakfast for the weekend! You could change up the toppings. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

    Until next time,

    Kara

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Prepping for Jail, Never Looked so Funny!

    While on our recent Las Vegas vacation, the Hubby and I went to watch Get Hard at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. They had a 18 screen theater there above the casino.


    It was so funny. I had saw the preview for this film while at the theater to watch 50 Shades of Grey.... needless to say I was embarrassing myself with how much I was laughing during the trailer!


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    We loved this movie. It was just so funny and Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart were a great comedy duo.


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    A quick synopsis of the movie is millionaire James King (Will Ferrell) is convicted for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he has 30 days and turns to Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prep him to go behind bars. He works to "Get Hard" in order to survive his jail time.


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    I will be buying this when it comes out on DVD! I would recommend this movie to anyone who needs a good laugh.

    Until next time,

    Kara

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Yummy Peanut Butter Cookies

    My favorite go-to cookie is definitely chocolate chip, but every once in awhile I get a craving for something different. 

    This weekend I got a sweet tooth craving and I was out of chocolate chips, so I decided to make peanut butter cookies. Another deciding factor was because my lovely mother has been supplying my sister with random groceries since she came to stay with us, we have 3+ jars of peanut butter. LOVE YOU MOM! 

    These cookies are easy to make and you will get a soft and chewy cookie!



    Peanut Butter Cookies

    Ingredients
    1/2 cup butter, 1 stick softened
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 egg
    3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
    1/2 granulated sugar (to roll cookies in)

    Directions
    In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and peanut butter together together on medium high speed for about 30 seconds. Add in the sugar, light brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat together until combined and scrape down the sides of your bowl. Add in your egg and vanilla extract, once this is combined, add in the flour. If necessary, refrigerate the cookie dough to make it easier to handle.

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Use a tablespoon to form about 1 inch balls. Roll them around in the extra 1/2 cup granulated sugar and place them on an un-greased baking sheet. Use a fork to make the classic criss-cross technique. 

    Bake for 7-9 minutes. The cookie bottoms should be a light golden brown. Allow to set on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely! 

    It's just that easy! Enjoy!

    Until next time,

    Kara



    Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Happy Hump Day!

    I know we have all been here! Sometimes it's hard to not be negative when it seems life won't give you a break....


    Try to always find the positives in the situation. I know that each one of us have something we are struggling with. Sometimes those struggles are known to others, sometimes they are secret struggles. 

    Whatever it is, try to see the light in things!

    Until next time,

    Kara


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    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Monday...Monday...Monday

    Sometimes we all just need a reminder!




    Until next time,

    Kara




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    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    Las Vegas Road Trip 2015

    Wow, we are back in the land of the working people! We had a great vacation... the 28 hour drive actually wasn't that bad. I won't say that we will drive each time, but I would do it again!

    The Hubby decided to journal some of our trip, so he will be my guest blogger for telling you about our latest Vegas vacation!

    After 21 hours of driving yesterday, we are back at it early Saturday morning. Yesterday's 21 hours was definitely an adventure to say the least. We left our house at 9 pm Friday night. We didn't stop driving until 6 pm. We got all the way to Grand Junction, Colorado. 

    Check out the trip state by state!

    Indiana
    I drove during this portion. Not much to talk about. As soon as we passed Terre Haute and entered Illinois, it was the furthest west I'd been in a car in my adult life.

    Illinois
    The excitement and the newness of the trip quickly began to wane as we drove through Illinois. It was dark and windy. After driving about 2.5 hours, I gave up and let Dusty, the night owl, take over. I really struggle sleeping in a car. So much so that I decided to take sleeping pills to help. I laid down in the back seat, waking up 4-5 times over about 4 hours, trying my best to get a decent rest for the marathon ahead of us. A marathon in both the sense of the 28 hour drive staring us in the face and the 6 nights in Vegas that await us.

    Missouri
    Dusty drove about halfway through Missouri while I was sleeping off and on. Kara took over after Dusty. It was still dark at this point. I would guess it was probably 4:30 am. I then took the front seat and Dusty the back. I slept off and on the next 1-2 hours. It was rainy and windy in Missouri.

    Kansas
    Kansas, the butt crack of the Midwest. I can say with a certainty that only comes with driving across the entire state on little sleep, that Kansas is the most boring state in the US. I took over and drove through this state while the sun came up. 




    There is nothing in Kansas. Most of the state is nothing. No buildings, no trees, no civilization. Just open fields on either side. I did see lots of wind farms and lots of cattle grazing the open fields. Adding to the boringness of Kansas, Kara and Dusty were both taking their turns sleeping.

    Colorado
    I expected the landscape to change when we got to Colorado. I was wrong. The beginnings of Colorado didn't look any different from Kansas. Fields on both sides of the interstate as far as you could see with very little traffic. Kara took back over the drivers seat a little into the Colorado drive. We started seeing mountains in the distance about 50 miles from Denver. 




    The mountains in the distance were covered in snow and I started getting excited. This was why I wanted to make this trip in the first place. I wanted to see the country. I wanted to see the landscape change from crops to desert... I just thought that change would happen before the middle of Colorado.  

    Kara drove into Colorado about 12 local time. There was more traffic than you would expect to see during a non rush hour time. Denver wasn't near as big of a city as than I had previously thought. I looked online and learned the population was only 600,000. (We didn't get to see Peyton Manning....boo...)

    About 10 miles outside of Denver we entered the mountains. The beauty of these mountains was an experience I hope I don't forget. Going up and down hills and seeing the snow on the mountains during an 80 degree day was amazing. We stopped to get gas and I again took over the drivers seat. After taking a bathroom break in the ladies room for the second time that day,  I returned to the car to see that Kara had overfilled the gas tank.  Gas everywhere! I guess the gas never clicked off. We smelled gas in the car for at least an hour! 

    What a mistake I made agreeing to drive. We kept getting higher and higher in the mountains as we drove. The snow we saw at the top of the mountains earlier was now right beside the road. What goes up, must come down. I remember a 7 mile stretch where I did not hit the gas once and rode the breaks essentially the entire time. Such a stressful experience not being able to stop or even slow down for that matter. Not long after the 7 mile coast came a different 10 mile coast this time! Once we got down from the mountains I was able to calm down and relax a little after the white knuckle trip down. 

    We drove for another 2 hours THROUGH the mountains. Now instead of going up and down, we went left and right, turning through one beautiful mountain outcrop to another. 

    We got to Grand Junction, Colorado and stopped for the evening, so that we could watch the NCAA basketball games and rest up.



    Utah

    We have another 7 hours and 500 miles today until we arrive at our oasis! That little spot in the desert where anything is possible. 

    We are driving through Utah as I write. It's 6:27 am local time and the sky is just beginning to change from black to dark blue. The outline of the desert mountains is beginning to show itself. I'd never have known the mountains were so close to the road!




    Utah has been the most visually stunning state we've driven through. The views of the mountains and of the open desert are tremendous. Lots of left and right and up and down driving. I'm glad we drove through during the daylight.

    Arizona
    We drove about 30 miles through Arizona. The mountain rock has changed a little. Some of the rock is red and it looks very pretty.

    Nevada
    Talk about the easiest directions for a road trip ever! Get on I-70 until you can't go any further, then take another interstate south until you get there. What a feeling as we rounded a mountain corner and Vegas became visible. The euphoria I felt seeing the city I love after a 28 hour drive is tough to explain. I remember screaming.

    We entered the city on the North side of town. We drove past Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kara thought it was UNLV from a distance, but I knew better. 




    Day 1: In Vegas
    We checked into the Riviera one last time before it's demise. The Riviera is scheduled to close after the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight in early May. 

    Kara and I have a lot of memories at the Riviera, as we have stayed there 4 times together now. The iconic hotel was open for over 60 years and hosted some of the best and most famous entertainers this world has seen in its hay day. 



    On the first night we played at the Westgate, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton and home of the largest sports book in the world. We went to Matt Kazaam's comedy show "40 Is Not The New 20" at the Riviera. The show was funny, although it was written for a slightly older crowd. There were less than 40 people at the show. The decline of the Riviera and it's popularity is sad. We will definitely miss it. It's away from the hustle and bustle of the strip and it just seems much more laid back than other casinos.

    Day 2: In Vegas
    After leaving the Riviera for the last time, we drove to the Rio. We loved the Rio on our last stay. This time we had 5 nights comped, excluding a $28 resort fee. We stayed on the 34th floor of the Masquerade tower. We really like being away from the crowds and the chaos of the mid strip, but we still like to be able to see the beautiful hotels. 




    We went to see The Mentalist again. We loved it last time and Kara found really cheap tickets on Groupon for $13 each. The show had a few new tricks in it but was mostly the same show. The different and most exciting part was that Kara was picked to go on stage and assist with a magic trick. I was so excited for her! She was so nervous! She kept laughing when Gerry was asking her questions. She had to help the magician with a trick involving nail guns.

    Day 3: In Vegas
    The next day at the Rio we decided to relax a little and enjoy a little bit of sun at the pool. The pools at the Rio are top notch!




    We spent a little time at our favorite poker room at the Excalibur. We really like the dealers there. They have been over the top friendly on each of our trips. They keep us coming back! 



    After playing a little at the Excalibur, Dusty and I had a tee time at Bali Hai golf course. Kara had a massage scheduled at the spa at the Excalibur. We went our separate ways to enjoy ourselves. 



    Bali Hai golf course is located just south of the Mandalay Bay. The Mandalay Bay hotel is a backdrop for much of the shots on the course. The course was in incredible condition. I started the round making a 35 foot putt for birdie! It was 90 degrees during the round! All in all, I enjoyed the round, but 18 holes in the 90 degree heat was a little too much me after a 28 hour drive a few days earlier and 2 nights of not much sleep. I ended up shooting 87.

    Day 4: In Vegas
    On Tuesday, we had 2 show tickets to Zummanity at the New York New York that were free through My Vegas. 




    My Vegas is a Facebook game and cell phone app that let's you play for free, all while earning real comps to Las Vegas. I know it's tough to believe, but through My Vegas, Kara and I were able to score 2 free tickets to Zummanity, 2 free tickets to KA, 2 free breakfast buffets at Circus Circus, and 2 free lunch buffets at Palace Station. All of these comps valued over $500! All for playing a game online that we enjoy! Zummanity was okay. Neither Kara or I was crazy about the show. It was a little too sexual for our tastes.

    Day 5: In Vegas
    On Wednesday, we needed a break from gambling. We drove to the Orleans hotel to go bowling. The Orleans has a 70 lane bowling alley above the casino floor. 




    After bowling, we went to the Orleans movie theater, which has 18 screens, also above the casino floor. We saw "Get Hard." It was hilarious! Our date day was just the break we needed. 

    Afterwards, we went to KA at the MGM. This was my favorite Cirque Du Soleil show seen to date. We've now seen Michael Jackson One, Mystere, Zummanity, and KA. Kara wasn't the biggest fan of KA. This show actually had a story-line I could follow, unlike the other Cirque shows we have seen. 



    After the show, we played a little at the MGM. We found a free bet blackjack table with a $15 minimum bet. Dusty and I decided to try pooling our money at the free bet table. We each put up $60 for a total buy in of $120. I then went on one of the sickest blackjack runs of my life. I turned the $120 into a single chip. A $1000 chip! That run provided some much needed cushion for our gambling budget. When we returned to the Rio, we decided to go graveyard bowling at midnight. We bowled for $1 per game and they also had $1 drinks at The Gold Coast. Needless to say, we had a great time!



    Day 6: Our Last Day in Vegas
    On our last day in Vegas, we slept in a little bit. We went to the Palace Station for our 2 free lunch buffets. The Palace Station is located about a mile from the strip. It was so nice being able to drive in Las Vegas. Kara and I will probably rent a car on our next Vegas trip. Navigating the city isn't all that difficult as long as you stay away from Las Vegas Boulevard. We then went downtown to old Vegas. 


    We always enjoy Freemont Street. It's a much different experience. It's slower paced, old-fashioned gambling fun. The hotels and casinos are much smaller and attract a different type of crowd. We went to 2 casinos we had never been before; El Cortez and The Downtown Grand. 

    We collected $1 chips from those 2 places, along with the Cromwell, South Point, and The Linq. We collect $1 chips from each casino we visit. We now have over 80 chips and counting! The night ended with me making another ridiculous blackjack run. I bought in for $100 and cashed out $935. I should have went up to the room and called it a trip then. We ended up losing back about $300 of that money.

    The Trip Home
    After spending 6 nights in Las Vegas, we were all ready to head home. This part of the trip was more interesting because we went through more cities. However, we were all tired on the way home. We drove through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, and back to Indiana.


    On the way we were able to meet up for breakfast with an old high school friend of mine and Dusty's. Eli drove up and met us just outside of Oklahoma City.



    What a successful trip of driving to Las Vegas! I was able to knock something off my bucket list, relax, and have a ton of fun.  We saw 4 shows, I played golf on the strip, Kara had a spa day, we went bowling, we saw a movie, we gambled like crazy, and ate endless amounts of good food.

    We can't wait until our next vacation! 

    Until next time,

    Kara & Joe

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Happy Hump Day!

    Sometimes we just need to take a step back and re-think our goals and priorities. 

    You don't have to live by anyone else's expectations besides your own.

    Whether that may be attending college, getting married, having children, buying a home or car... 



    I write my own story. I am not living anyone else's life besides my own.

    Until next time,

    Kara



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    Monday, April 6, 2015

    BBQ Chicken Pizza

    I can honestly say my favorite food is pizza, I LOVE IT! 

    BBQ Chicken Pizza has become one of my staple recipes to make at home. It is simple yet delicious. The hubby really loves this one!

    You can use a store bought dough if you are short on time, but making homemade pizza dough at home is simple!



    BBQ Chicken Pizza

    2 chicken breasts, chopped 
    1/4-3/4 cup of favorite BBQ sauce (it's your preference to how much sauce you like on your pizza)
    1 small onion, diced
    1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
    1 cup of shredded pizza blend of cheese (it's up to you, make it more cheesy if you want!)
    Pizza dough

    Prep toppings:

    Preheat over to 400 degrees.

    Preheat a non-stick skillet of medium high heat. Add in your chopped chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. Brown chicken on all sides, after you flip the chicken once, add in your diced onion. Cook until chicken is cooked through and onions are softened.

    For a thinner crust use a cookie sheet and for a thicker crust use a pizza pan. Spread the pizza dough out on a greased pan. 

    Now is when you will spread the BBQ sauce on the pizza dough. I like sauce in every bite, but not to be overwhelming, so I will usually use between 1/3 cup-1/2 cup. Make sure to leave a crust edge. 

    Distribute the chicken and onions mixture over the pizza dough. 

    Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese next and then add your pizza blend of cheese. 

    Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven.

    Pizza Dough Recipe

    2 3/4- 3 cups of all purpose flour
    1 package of dry yeast
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1 cup of warm water
    2 tablespoons of oil


    In a large mixing bowl combine 1 ¼ cups of the flour, the yeast and salt; add warm water and oil. 

    Beat with an electric mixer with dough hook attachment on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.


    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). 

    Cover and let rise for 10 minutes.

    This dough is great for cal-zones. This recipe makes enough for two pizzas. This dough freezes great, so if you aren't making two, just pop it in a plastic bag and freeze if for next time! Just put it in the fridge the day before you want to use it.

    I hope you enjoy!

    Until next time,

    Kara

    Friday, April 3, 2015

    Cinderella....a dream is a wish your heart makes....

    As a child I watched Disney's animated Cinderella over and over and over... it was my favorite princess story. I mean I literally would watch it everyday. I actually got it for Christmas this year on DVD!



    When I saw they were making a live-action version of the film, I was skeptical. Many times the remake isn't as good as the original, but I truly did think this movie was magical.

    This film was really well done. The cast, costumes, and animation were all amazing!

    Lily James played an excellent Cinderella. She was a natural beauty and then was transformed into the princess she was meant to be before our eyes. 


    Richard Madden is known for playing a fine prince. I know him from playing Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. He was a great choice for this role!


    I loved the costumes. They were well put together and full of color! I wish I could have wore some of the beautiful ball gowns!



    If you haven't ever watched Cinderella. It's a story of overcoming obstacles that life throws at you. Ella had a beautiful life until tragedy strikes her family. She is left with her stepmother who would rather treat Ella as a servant than a stepdaughter. Ella overcomes hurdles keeping her away from the ball and with a little help from her Fairy Godmother, she is able to get to the ball held at the palace by the Prince.


    Please go watch it! It was such a good story. I think children and adults alike can appreciate the movie.


    Before the movie even started, we got to watch Disney's short film called Frozen Fever. It was super cute! I loved Frozen, so I was looking forward to this short film. It didn't disappoint. It was funny, cute and entertaining all in a few short minutes to celebrate Anna's birthday!


    All our favorite Frozen characters took part....plus a few new friends!


    I can't wait until Frozen 2 comes out in a few years!


    I would definitely recommend seeing Cinderella. I think it follows the animated film closely and it displays a good message to children. 


    Have courage and be kind...

    Until next time,

    Kara





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