Sunday, August 05, 2018

Dog Days of Summer: Film Preview

Can you believe summer is coming to an end!!?? EEEK!!

I will be the first to admit I do not like it one bit! I homeschooled my oldest for 3 years before sending her to 3rd grade in Public School. I really love having my kids around but they are anxious and ready to start a new school year. My 6yo has decided that he is going to be a "heart doctor" when he has grown up and has been spending a lot of time watching biology and anatomy videos these past few weeks. He is so excited to head back to school and fill his little brain.

You know what is the bright side to having the kids at school though? Is that you get more one-on-one time with your pet! Here is a photo of our sweet puppy we named Hoale. Yep, its a Hawaiian name, of course!

Look how tiny and adorable he is! My husband would be gone a lot for work and this little guy always kept me company. Do you have any pets that you love? Comment below with your favorite pet, past, present, or future and you can win a $50 gift card to Target!

There is a new movie coming out called Dog Days and I know my kids are going to want to see it. We are going to soak up these last few weeks before its back to busses and homework and early bedtimes.

 DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.  When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.  This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion.  DOG DAYS releases in theaters in August 8.

With a cast of great talent on the screen and so many four-legged furry friends, this movie is sure to please and make you wish you could bring your pet along! Check out the trailer below!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day, childhood adventures, and win a trip to the Vatican!

Happy Mothers day to all you Mommas. My kids told me that Mothers Day is like my birthday, they have to be nice all day!

I was thinking about my Mom and my Grandma and all the memories I have of them. I have been working on a family directory and it is quite the undertaking! But one I assigned myself to and one I am getting so excited about. One of the questions I asked everyone to answer was to share a memory from their childhood. Boy oh boy! This brought back SO many memories! 

Growing up in the country with only my sibling to play with is the perfect recipe for many crazy family adventures. Everything from swimming in the canal to chasing pigs to Sunday dinners made up my childhood. We would ride our bikes to the corner store (which is like 2 miles away) and spend our money on candy and soda before making the trek back. If we were lucky, someone driving by would toss us and our bikes into the back of their pick up and drive us home. Growing up in the late 80's and 90's was magical to say the least! 

When times get messy for me, I often think about my childhood and the lessons I learned. You know the saying, "Everything I learned, I learned in Kindergarten". Well, I think it should be "Everything I learned I learned on the farm"! I naturally learned about friendship, faith, love and hard work. There is a movie coming out this week that teaches that as well. You can see the trailer here"

A heartwarming family film is releasing this week.  Distributed by AMBI Distribution, BEYOND THE SUN, is a modern day tale of hope, faith and courage based on stories from the Bible. This delightful family movie chronicles the adventures of four young friends in search of God.

The film features a very rare special appearance by Pope Francis.  In support of the film, AMBI Media Group is holding a special contest where one lucky winner will win an Exclusive Private Tour of the Vatican and Front Row Tickets to an Audience with The Pope For Four! 

For anyone who has ever wanted to visit Italy and The Vatican, this is your chance!  For additional details about the contest and to enter, please go to:

Monday, April 02, 2018

Miracle Season coming to a theater near you

I love this time of year. Springtime in Houston means Bluebonnets and perfect days at the park and picnic dinners. This spring also means the release of a new movie called " THE MIRACLE SEASON " in theaters April 6th.

The story is about tragic loss but also hope. Just like Spring pushes through the dark winter to bring us new life, The Miracle season is about finding the hope and light in the dark times of our life. Take a peek at the trailer and gran your family to see this film: 

I loved this movie for a few reasons, one of which is that it is about my favorite sport or all time; Volleyball! I grew up in a family of athletes. I grew up going to one sporting event to support my sibling to the next. Most of my siblings went on to play sports after high school and it is something that my kids enjoy doing as well. 

Unlike my siblings and extended family, I only played one sport, Volleyball. I really wanted to play in college and even had Olympic dreams. I found a Club team to join (waaaaay back before there were Club teams everywhere) and earned money to pay for it. I would wake up early and run in the rice fields surrounding my home and do drills after practice. I was small and not very strong but I was determined. 

My sophomore year of high school, I was bullied, a lot. This was also waaaaay back before any anti-bullying campaigns. That year, I dreaded going to Volleyball because my bullies were also my teammates. I would get so sick before every practice and I lost my focus. Eventually, I decided to not continue my Junior year and halfway through the season, I quit. I left my passion behind and with it, a part of me also left. I no longer had the fire and drive to do much of anything. 

Luckily, my senior year I was asked to come back and join. We had a new coach who also knew the reasons why I quit and promised me it would be different. And it was. But I had to work so hard to get back to where I was before. It was so hard teaching my body to react a certain way but eventually, I worked it out and was able to go on and play after High School. 

Now that I am a bit older, I still enjoy playing. I credit my drive and ambition to lessons I learned on the court and with my coaches and teammates and family. Now I happily drive my own kids to practice and it makes my momma heart proud to see them excelling as well. They are learning as I did to be focused and dedicated and that takes training and discipline to accomplish. 

What about you? What is something that you had to work really hard at? What did it teach you? 

Sunday, April 01, 2018

You host AirBnB?!

A lot of people are surprised and intrigued to find out that we host our home as an AirBnB. I know, it might sound a little strange since we have 4 kids and we are letting strangers in our home. But, we are gone often enough that I thought we might as well make a little moolah when we are away! I am so smart.

Have you stayed at an AirBnB? If not, 2018 is YOUR year to sign up and give it a shot. You can use my link to get $40 off your first stay.

We have used AirBnB for all of our accommodations to places such as:
Philly, USA
Iceland (5 different ones)
Paris (Right across the street from Arc De Triumph)
San Antonio, TX

lava field in Iceland 2017

And we already booked our place for New Zealand. I really love the mix of a comfy-home-meets-hotel. I adore having a local handy to give us tips and tell us more about the history of the area. Sometimes the place we get is a big house with many rooms for rent (like a hotel) and other times it's the entire home.

Leave a comment telling me where you are headed this year. Have you ever stayed at an AirBnB?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A night away

So most of you know that I put a lot of effort into my family. My husband and I work really hard at our jobs, both ones that take place inside and outside of our home. And after a week of being mom and dad to our beautiful tribe and so-and-so to work, we relish in time to ourselves. I even tell our kids that mom and dad need to go kiss and go to dinner and get dressed up. And the cute kiddos love to help us pick just the right shoes and lipstick for the night. Yes, it is as quaint as it seems. 

We have lived in Houston long enough that things are getting boring. Have you tried to go on a date in a boring town? Well, the town isn't boring---but we have eaten in a lot of the restaurants and seen most of the sights. Even then, we still make it a priority to make time for each other. So when husband said he booked a hotel for a night away,  I said yes in .0001 seconds (though I was not expecting much since "we have done everything".

The hotel he booked was really lovely and 20 minutes from our house. We checked in and then headed to Top Golf. I just will eat burgers for every meal so I had to try one there. Let me just say the burger was fine but I was really surprised at how much fun I had just being together and knowing we still had a whole night and day ahead of us!

After establishing that I am terrible at golf but great at eating burgers, we headed to WalMart to buy whatever we wanted. The trick was it had to be stuff we normally don't buy,so,, junk food! wahoo! In a world where non-organic non-free-trade processed food is shunned, I felt vitalized buy buying my favorite treats. We did something similar years ago and it brought back so many memories. 

This was the Friday before Christmas and it was so nice to read a good book and eat myself into a sugar comma with my best friend. It has been such a rotten year last few months for us and the night away was truly inspired. I loved that he knew what I needed even though I was a little grumpy about it. 

In a world that relies so much on media and technology (I mean, you wouldn't even be reading this if not for technology so please know we love Technology), it was a welcome reprieve to turn everything off and just be together like it was when we first were dating. I know, the ancient days of limited cell-phone use and pay-per-text, gasp! 

There is a darling, clean movie coming out on January 19 called Forever My Girl. Just watch this right here, a trailer of Forever My Girl:

""FOREVER MY GIRL is about second chances and finding our way back home.  This wonderful film is perfect for all of us who believe in courtship, romance, and love enduring all things.  It also has an amazing music soundtrack that includes hot CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Lauren Alaina, Travis Tritt, and Alex Roe who stars in our film as country star “Liam Page.”"

We all need to take time to focus on things that matter. And when you want something to last, you take it seriously and treat it as such. I take my job as a Stay-at-home-mom and wife seriously. Both "jobs" I made a choice to take, and it is something that really matters. I love how this film shows that there are consequences but there is also room for love and forgiveness. In a marriage that lasts, there has to be plenty of room for both. 

Mark your calendar and get a sitter and head to the movies to see this film on January 19th. It is a new year and that means it is a perfect chance to make changes and start new beginnings. 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Paddington Bear 2

Are you as excited as I am about this? On Friday, Jan 12 grab your family and some marmalade sandwiches and head to the theaters to watch Paddington 2.

As a kid, I loved the stories of Paddington. And now as a mom of 4, both my husband and I love to share our mutual affection for this delightful bear with our children. We love to watch Paddington and this looks like it will not disappoint! Check out the trailer if you want to call my bluff:

 I told you so! I laughed out loud when he said "its just one red sock...".

Here is the storyline

"Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Paddington 2 stars: Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Hugh Grant (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Sally Hawkins (Jayne Eyre), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Julie Walters (Mamma Mia) and Ben Whishaw (The Hollow Crown) as the voice of Paddington."

If you are like me and are looking for things to do with your family that involves not being cold, well, head to your closest theater this weekend! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Year of Family Date Nights!!

That's right folks, all you need to do is click and print and you become the most thoughtful gift giver on the block!

I was recently at a Christmas Work Party and I had so many people ask me about our Family Retreat (see my Intagram account for details: mmjkhansen) and also about how we create so much laughter and fun in our family. I mean, of course, it is not all sunshine and roses. Especially when it is 2am and there are little legos and bare feet and night terrors involved... 

But this prinatble pack from the Dating Divas will help you (or that hard to buy for family on your list),  well on the path to sunshine and roses... lego free nights not guranteed. Just click, download, and print! 

Dog Days of Summer: Film Preview

Can you believe summer is coming to an end!!?? EEEK!! I will be the first to admit I do not like it one bit! I homeschooled my oldest f...