Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Easy Snow Day Activities

So, okay, I've lived in some cold places throughout my years of being both a military kid AND a military spouse.

I've been in Massachusetts, Nebraska, Wyoming, England, Germany, and Oklahoma. These are all places that are used to the chill. Most are prepared for snow.

Then we moved to Texas, and I thought we'd get some tame winters. We did last year and I was all, "Sweet! No more snow and ice!"

Texas was like:






Because guess what? We've already had snow in December. Not a lot, mind you, but enough to make Texas panic.




No one knows how to drive here to begin with. Add snow and ice, and it's chaos on the roads, so San Antonio tends to shut down.

On Tuesday we had an ice storm blow in, and the city did shut down. My son was like, "Please no school, please no school."

And he got his wish! School was canceled. It was our first snow day in Texas. Even when it snowed in December, the kids still had to go, because it had melted by the next day.

When the kids get a snow day, you might not know what to do with them. But I have some easy ideas!






1. Make unicorn hot chocolate. We love it! Click here to find out how to make your own!





2. Start a new show or movie. I started to watch Stranger Things. I always hear how great it is so I thought, okay, I'll start it. My daughter got hooked too. We're still on season one. She's all, "I need to ask my friends if Will comes back okay!"



3. Play in the snow. Well. If your kids are older, you can stay inside in the warmth and let THEM play. My daughter did.





4. Teach your kids songs from your favorite movies. Here's Natalie singing Back To School from Billy Madison. (She also knows the whole shampoo/conditioner scene.)




5. Do nothing. I mean, if you have older kids, you can relax. They're old enough to entertain themselves. If they want to craft, they can get the crap out. If they want to cook, they can get the crap out. It's pretty amazing. I'll be honest: my son stayed in his room most of the day and only emerged to eat. My daughter and I did watch Stranger Things, but then she was busy making videos of her Littlest Pet Shop toys. She went outside and I took some pictures, told her not to get frostbite, and came back inside.



I am not one of those people who enjoys the cold. Some love it and are all about the snow. I am like, "Get back up to the 60s, stat." Good news though! In the next few days, it will be back in the 60s. My daughter says she'll miss the snow. I will not.






Do you like snow?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.





Hey, It's Okay....



....to hope it doesn't freeze here as the weatherman is predicting. I'm in Texas and no one knows how to drive in weather like that.



....to think it's amusing that school was canceled. You see, I lived in Wyoming for 5 years, so this is nothing. But I remind myself that I'm in Texas now, land of bad drivers. Add ice to that, and everyone panics.



....to have not done much for the day off on Monday. Natalie and I went grocery shopping and we brought home McDonalds, which was pretty delicious.



...to have a giveaway for a $50 gift card to Fandango and a sweatshirt from the movie 12 Strong, which you MUST see! You can enter here.



....to love that my daughter danced to Come Alive from The Greatest Showman. She makes up her own moves. And she wanted to buy an outfit so she'd look more like Hugh Jackman's character. We just LOVE this movie.








Sunday, January 14, 2018

Why You MUST See 12 Strong + Giveaway

This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.



I've always been a fan of military movies and shows. They always remind me how proud I am to be part of this community. This military life is the only one I've ever known. I had a military mom:





And I married a military man:





I saw a preview of the movie 12 Strong and knew it would be one I'd want to watch with my husband. We tend to watch the military films together. I usually end up in tears and my husband is stoic and matter-of-fact and is all, "That's war, sweetheart."


Here are details about the film:

“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special
Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is
chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely
dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince
Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them
to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In
addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the
Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the
new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless
enemy that does not take prisoners.



It's directed by Jerry Bruckheimer, who also did Black Hawk Down, one of my husband's favorite movies.

Please note: 12 Strong is rated R for war violence and language.


Here are reason's why you should go see 12 Strong:





1. It promotes teamwork. When you're on a team, you have to work together. If you don't, things fall apart and people get killed. I always love to see a military team band together.





2. It shows the family life of military members. You'll see that it's not always easy being married to a military member. They'll suddenly have to go. And then you worry about them when they do go.




3. There's battles. If you have a husband like mine who will only sit through movies where there's weapons involved, well, this is the movie for them. I tend to cover my eyes at times, only because if I watch people get shot, I'll most likely tear up.



4. Chris Hemsworth is in it. I mean. He's easy on the eyes, let's be honest.





5. It reminds you that we should always support our military men and women, plus their families. They go through a lot. We need to always be there for them and stop taking our freedom for granted.




If you don't believe me, check out the trailer:





Intrigued?

You can purchase tickets to see 12 Strong here. (Or click on the image below.)




PLUS, there's a giveaway! You can win a 12 Strong sweatshirt:




AND a $50 Fandago Gift Card


Giveaway Rules:

--Must live in the US

--Must be 18 or older


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Do you like watching military movies?

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