Saturday, January 14, 2017

10 Reasons Why Moana Might be the Best Disney "Princess" Movie

  Last week Ace and I had a Mommy Son day and went to see Moana. I honestly didn't know much about her because I had been so busy with moving then the holidays that I never really knew what movies were even coming out. After seeing Moana today I can say she is probably the best Disney princess ever and here's why.
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She's is fearless. I love that the first time Moana is on screen as a toddler she is so enthralled with her grandmother telling the story of Maui stealing Te Fiti's heart. A story the other toddlers begin to fear and cry over. Moana begins to clap and is excited. She later sails the ocean to save her island without a second thought. She doesn't let the unknown scare her and instead takes that challenge head on. 
She is determined and curious. Another thing we see from her as a toddler. After her grandmother is finished with the story Moana runs towards the ocean and sees a conch shell. She goes towards it only for the ocean to part and she continues to walk towards another and another. The ocean then plays a game with her and she is excited over this. As she grows you see her curiousity and determination grow. She wants to explore beyond the reefs, she isn't satisfied just staying put. As the story continues and she meets Maui she pushes herself to return Te Fiti's heart even though Maui tells her it will be hard and dangerous. 
  She has a heart of gold. Something else we see right from the beginning. She helps a little baby turtle make it's way to the ocean so the birds don't eat him. She also loves her family and tribe hard. The whole premise of the movie is her saving her island and the people on it. She takes this on herself despite what might be out there.
  She isn't perfect. This is something that I totally loved about Frozen's Anna. She didn't come off as being or trying to be perfect but clumsy and silly. She was relatable. She aslo wants to help others, save her people, save her land and find out who she really is. I love that her character has so many strong qualities but is also silly and who she is despite how she needs to be to be chief. 
She is strong! Moana is physically and mentally strong. Qualities that not many other princesses have had. I think only Pocahontas and Mulan come close. I think previous princess stories have been so caught up in running from a villain and falling in love that you miss seeing how strong these characters really are. 
There isn't a love story. At this point I am over the love story in Disney princess movies. I like that Moana is younger and her focus is on her family and island. You get to see a lot of situations where she has to do a lot of the work herself and not rely on anyone else. She isn't always running from some crazy villain or falling for a guy. She is learning and growing through the whole movie. And I am totally not knocking princesses that fall in love because I do love a good love story but this was just so much more fun and entertaining without there being a drama love story on the side. 
She has beach hair. Need I say more? This could just be the Florida girl in me but I love beachy hair and hers was gorgeous. I also loved Maui's too, ha! 
 There is a singing crab. This is just something you will have to see to understand but he is fabulous. 
Maui. The Rock is the voice of Maui and he is hilarious. He reminds me a bit of Flynn from Tangled with the sarcasm and humor. He also has this cool fishhook that gives him the ability to change forms. I thought it was cool and then I saw you could buy it so that is a great toy from the movie my son can have since he loved it too. It's sometimes hard to find toys from princess movies little boys like too.
Adults love it too. Some kid movies are just not that great. This one was just so funny and inspiring that I fell completely in love with it. It isn't a movie you will be disappointed in spending money on to see in the theater because you will really love the story and characters.

So tell me, have you seen Moana? Did you love it as much as I did? 

Monday, January 2, 2017

How to Earn Extra Money from your Phone

If you are like me you are always looking for little ways to save money or bring in money to your household. I like to use this extra money on things like Starbucks or a trip to Target. Here are some apps I use on my phone to earn extra cash, gift cards and freebies.

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1. Inbox Dollars. The name says it all. You get paid to read the emails they send you. You can also earn money through videos, surveys, searches and referrals.  Right when you sign up you get $5.00 (make sure you confirm your email address) and you can earn $10.00 very quickly with all the extra tasks they want you to do when you sign up. I earned $20.00 with in a week through their surveys and videos. The videos are actually really entertaining too so they are easy to let play and watch or listen to. 
2. ShopKicks. This app is super easy to use. You basically open it while shopping and you can see what stores earn you "kicks". Kicks are points towards gift cards. You can also scan items, buy items and scan your receipt to earn extra kicks. I have earned the most freebies on this one so far. I use this app to earn free Starbucks gift cards but they have a large variety of rewards. 
3. Ebates. This app and website is great to shop through to earn money. If you shop online you can earn money pretty easily you just have to open up their website and click on the store to shop. You earn a percentage of the amount you spend and it goes right into your Ebates account. They can send you a check or transfer the money to your PayPal account. Very simple and straight forward. If you sign up using my referral link you will get $10 too!
4. Swagbucks. This app and website is very similar to Ebates. I like to check out both sites to see which one has the higher percentage back and use that one to shop. Swagbucks is different though because you can earn Swagbucks through more than just shopping. You can complete tasks, check out websites, watch videos, take surveys, download coupons, etc. There is a ton of ways to earn on this one if you don't want to spend money to make money. Get $3.00 from signing up using my referral link and $2.00 after you spend $25. You can also check out my post on using Swagbucks HERE.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Resolutions!

Can you believe 2016 is almost over? This year truly flew by. I can't believe Ace is halfway through his first year of elementary school and the girls are half way through their first year of preschool. It has been nice seeing them grow and learn so much these past few months. 
With the new year right around the corner I want to make resolutions that matter. Not ones that are the typical lose 10lbs, go to the gym for a week and forget about it after that. 
After my parents passed away 4 years ago I decided I wasn't going to let the little things bother me. I wasn't going to allow minor annoyances get the better of me. I have done pretty well with that. I hate when people complain about things that are truly minor in the grand scheme of things. A car cut you off? Great, move on, you can't change that person but you can change your reaction to it. 
That being said I want to continue to better myself and help my children continue to be positive little people. I was talking to Branden one day about bringing PB&J sandwiches to the homeless. I am not sure where to go exactly but we do see some off the main highway near our new house. It breaks my heart. I know many homeless people are mentally ill or have fallen on hard times and majority of the time it is out of their control. I sometimes give them a dollar if I have one but I want my children to also appreciate their lives and be people who want to help others. I don't want them to just ignore the problems of the world.
I have noticed over the past 2 years how sensitive Ace is to others' feelings. He has a very compassionate heart and I want to make sure I encourage that kindness in him. I also love this about him because it reminds me a lot of my Mom. She felt others pain and hurt so strongly that she always wanted to help others. I have that too and sometimes I think it can be a bit of a blessing and a curse. I want to teach Ace that it is ok to feel for others and empathize with them and help them. I want him to know boundaries with it too. My Mom gave a lot and sometimes I think it was too much for her own good. She wanted to help those who needed to help themselves first.
With all that being said my New Year's Resolution is for myself and children to give back and help. This world seems to be going through a very scary time and I want my children to be the good in it. I don't want them to be jaded by all that bad that is happening. I want them to know that they can make a difference. So here is hoping I can help these precious little people give back to those less fortunate than them. 

What is your New Years Resolution?