2011 September

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I’m sure everyone wants to see the new movie, Puss’n Boots when it comes out, so what a great time to see

The True Story of Puss’n Boots

with Emmy and Golden Globe winner William Shatner as the voice of Puss. The True Story of Puss ‘n Boots from

Phase 4 Films

, is an animated movie based on the classic children’s story Puss ‘N Boots by Charles Perrault.

The True Story of Puss ‘n Boots is about a young farmer’s son, who inherits a talking cat with magical boots. The magical cat Puss helps the farmer’s son win the heart of the princess while battling her other suitors.

My youngest, Emily, who is 6 watched the movie and liked it. I wouldn’t recommend it for younger children due to the semi rough scenes. When asked, she said she would watch it again and we plan on using it for entertainment when she has some of her friends over on the weekend.

A nice gift for anyone wanting something different for children ages 6-10.

I was given a free copy for review in partnership with Team Mom/Child’s Play PR. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced by others.

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I love it when a family wants me to help them to pick out their colors for their photos. I love simple patterns and I don’t recommend doing the “twinkie” look, meaning everyone dressing alike. Picking one outfit and building around it works.

Take that outfit and work around it. Like this cute outfit for big brother.

And this sweater for big sis.

The colors compliment each other and stay in a “theme” without everyone wearing the exact thing. The look still stays classic without looking dated with the everyone wearing jeans and white shirt-argh!

I recommend staying in darker colors since it brings out most people’s complexion better.

While you are at it, check out their wardrobe collections to mix and match for school as well.

That way, you didn’t just buy an outfit for family photos-you save money in the long run!

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Since I got the studio in June, I’ve been nervous about the parking. It’s located on a busy corner, with a tight turn. I’ve tried to not park on the end, thinking that surely, if any of the cars were going to get hit, that’s where it’s going to be. I made sure that I park up further to avoid this spot at all cost.

Last week, I was meeting a bride to pick up her book and I made sure to park way down from that dangerous spot. In the meantime, another car took up the place between my car and the end spot. I worried that the bride would have to park on the end and sure enough, she parked there when she arrived.

I tried to hurry up our meeting so she could leave and when she got in her car, I started getting everything turned off and ready to lock up for the day. We (Emily and I) were just ready to walk out when we heard a loud crash outside. I thought, oh no, she got hit!

I ran outside to see the damage, only to find her car untouched. I looked towards my car to find a car smashed into the building next door. It had hit and moved the car behind mine and got my right bumper on the way.

Crap. Crap. Crap.

Go figure. Had I parked in the dangerous spot, my car would have been fine.

Turns out, a young girl was learning how to drive and hit the gas instead of the brakes. I was so mad that now I would have to deal with taking the car in, getting a rental, and all the pain in the butt hassles with the insurance company. Then, my husband pointed out to me the fact that had we not had to turn lights off and lock up, we would have been in the path of the car and probably been killed.

First, I thanked him for freaking me out, then I thanked my lucky stars that all that we got was a dented bumper.

I felt sorry for the gal that owned the car behind us.


She got the worse of it.

What about the bride? Well, she was a witness, so she had to stay and talk to the cops. I hope she doesn’t take this as bad luck on her marriage. She already had her ring stolen on her honeymoon.

Hmmm, maybe SHE brought MY bad luck…

Tess /
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Giving Emily’s friend a ride home…

Emily: “Watch out-my mom likes to sing in the car.”

Me: “Hey, you act like that’s a bad thing!”

Emily (ignoring me): “Haley, just put your hands over your ears. That works for me.”

Me: Grrrrr…


When Jordon wants money…

Jo: “Love you, Mom!”

Me: “How much do you need?”

Jo: “Twenty.”

When Jordon DOESN’T need something…

Me: “Love you, Jo.”

Jo: (silence)

Me: “I see how it is….”


Phone rings….

Me: “Hello?”

Jess: “Mom, can I borrow $20?”

Me: “Borrow? Do you mean HAVE $20?”

Jess: “Ok, can I HAVE $20?”

Me: “I guess.”

Jess: “Love ya!”

Me: “Until I run out of money…”


I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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