Manhattan Shorts

97%. Cute film about finding true love via an app.

Crime, the animated series. It’s ok, nice narrative. Like watching a comic strip come to life. Good way to show an interview. Not too impressive 2 stars.

On the Bridge – (based on a true story) – great sound track! Wow I am locked in. This film is awesome!! I love the storyline. 5 stars

Crime the animated series take 2 – Like how it is laid out .. Pretty boring. 1 star

Shift – I like how this shows the idea of shifting through space and time. I love the aspect of the guy using the ability to rob the vault and the failure based on the guard closing the steel door. Fabulous by far. 5 stars

Crime the animated series take 3 – I like the story line. It was the best anime so far.

The Fall – this film is gripping horrible things she thinking about while scaling a cliff and thinking about what she saw on her husbands camera. How she releases the ropes as he scales the side of the cliff. 3 stars. Just an average film. Editing is not so good felt like I was watching a home movie.

On/Off – this was awesome. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t expect the ending. 4 stars!

La Carnada – a little boy is forced to find a job to help pay for his mothers insulin and take care of her. His sister left taking all the money the family had saved. He starts to carry drugs for a dealer. He drank all his water and faints on the desert. Boarder patrol finds him and the drugs he was carrying. He is airlifted to a hospital. (Definition: Bait live bait decoy.) 5 stars.

Men make do. This is cute. I like the new take on animation. 4 stars

The brave the boldest. – this film made me cry. I felt her emotion. If I could rate this over 5 stars I would.. Heck I give it a double 5 star rating.

Rhino Full Throttle – very neat mix real film and 2d animation. Super cute film. Liked this a lot 4 stars.

What has happened to kind caring people??

Monday was not such a good Monday for us…  So disappointed in humanity and how people have raised their children.  My son will be raised to hold doors, help someone when they need it and ALWAYS assist a person who has been injured especially if they have a small child with them.

Sprained my ankle and my knee is all tore up…  I now know how well-behaved my 2 yr old is and how uncaring people in Gloucester, Massachusetts are.  I was at Market Basket Foods and fell on the uneven path to my car.  The path was not flush with the ground it has a dip down like a little gutter.   I had groceries on one arm and toddler holding my other hand.

Initially when I fell my son said “uttohh, mommy ok?”  Then he looked at my “booboo” and burst into tears.  I had no clue what it looked like.  I thought I had skinned my knee a little so I pulled him close and told him “mommy is ok but my booboo hurts a lot and we needed to rest for a minute before mommy can stand up.”

He sat right down with me, still crying “mommy ok??” over and over.  A man, maybe in his mid to late 20’s watched us the entire time.  From when we were walking, as I fell, as my toddler burst into tears when he saw my knee bleeding, and me getting up and hobbling to the car groceries and a toddler following as closely as he could.  I was down for a couple of minutes unable to move my foot and trying to block the pain from my mind so I could muster the will to get up and get us home.

What happened to people helping a mother with a toddler???  I am beginning to see the crappy side of people in the City of Gloucester, MA.

All cleaned up and still oozing blood 7 hours after the fall.

I took this picture this is 7 hours after the first cleaning and it has finally stopped gushing blood.  It is a nice deep skinned knee.  I have never skinned my knee so bad that it was still raw and bleeding 7 hours later.

 

Movie Review Monday – Locke

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥+ (5+/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

This is a good film. Love that it takes place in a car. Set fees are kept low by it being filmed in a car. His decisions are long and you can see his personal turmoil as he makes these decisions. The first reason I thought the decision was is shockingly not the real issue being debated.  In the end it is one thing that makes everything ok…  This movie was amazing that it held my interest throughout the movie since it is just a guy driving in a car while his whole life crumbles around him and he can’t do anything but keep telephone communication open.  There are aspects that make you wonder if he is sick, tired, suicidal or just loosing it.  AMAZINGLY written and preformed.

Any movie that can hold my attention while chasing a toddler and it only has one main scene repeating on what seems like an endless loop behind the actor.

Trailer posted by: Fresh Movie Trailers

Movie Review Monday – Neighbors

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥+ (5+/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

The trailer really doesn’t do this movie justice.  I was laughing from the first scene.  I think as a new first time mom this movie was truly hilarious.  I am not sure people without children will completely grasp the full enjoyment of the parent aspect of the movie.  There are parts that hit home and parts that made me wonder “who does that?”.  Such as, going to a frat party (or any party) next door while your baby is sleeping unattended in the house.  I have a hard time running to the basement to switch out laundry.

Overall, I laughed my butt off from start to finish.  I loved this film.  Seth Rogen seems to play characters that have me in stitches laughing.  Anything that can make me laugh that much gets 5+ ♥’s in my book.

Food Friday – Week 3 Paleo Update & Dehydrated Spinach

The Paleo Diet is still pretty east to stick to.  I weighed myself at the Y and I am down to 201lbs.  This is exciting for me because when I started my weight loss journey I was 221lbs on October 23, 2013.   So, in 7 months I have lost a total of 20lbs.  Most of which has fluctuated over the last few months as I was trying to get into a routine that works for us.  With the slow weight loss that means I have a better chance at keeping the weight off.  The new diet is working well, increasing my energy and I have slept better at night.  Well, on the nights my 2 year old doesn’t wake with bad dreams.

On our menu this week was Dehydrated Spinach.  It is one of the very few solids he would eat.  It doesn’t dehydrate nearly as good as Kale but tastes very yummy.

 

Weepy Wednesday – Allergies and Pollen

Greetings loyal readers, this past week has been full of er and dr visits for my 2 yr old.  We missed our Monday Movie thanks to Pesky Pollen.  It was the Spiderman 2 movie we were looking forward to.  boohoo….

We learned YES a two year old can have a fever with an allergy attack if it is severe enough.  His poor body was fighting it off like an infection.  Who would have guessed that.  I was giving him Benadryl and that wasn’t helping very much.  His little eyes were so bloodshot it looked as if we were staring into a little imps eyes.

I searched for weather apps that showed pollen counts and came across the Pollen.com app for the iPad (well, it was under iPhone apps).  So far it has been a great tool to use.  It is up to the minute and can extend out 4 days which allows for planning outings.

Pollen, pollen go away
Little Bobby wants to play

Food Friday – Paleo Diet week 2

I have been on the paleo diet for 2 weeks and have so much natural energy it still amazes me.  I feel like dinner planning is so much easier having a basic plan.  It is also easier to keep sweets and bad carbs out of our diet when there are so many delicious substitutes.  Last weekend a group of friends got together and we celebrated our children’s 2nd birthdays with a pot luck picnic.  Quite a few of us are now doing the paleo diet so it was interesting to see the things everyone brought.  My favorite were the mock chocolate chip cookies.  they melted in my mouth having the texture of a soft peanut butter cookie.  DELICIOUS!!  I found a similar recipe to try.

My attempt is well, very good for a first try. I added my own twist to it.  I used the recipe from Fast Paleo as my base.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2 eggs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F).  Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper or aluminum foil.  In a large bowl combine 3  1/4 cups of almond flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda.  In a medium bowl, mix together 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup of honey.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients then add 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.  Spoon them onto the lined pan and put them in the oven.  Bake for about 8-10 minutes (the tops will start to get golden brown). If they go longer than that the bottoms burn because of the sugar in the honey.
Should make between 18-24 cookies depending on size.

Wacky Wednesday Post – The Joys of being a Stay Home Mom

When we decided I would be a stay at home mom (SAHM) little did I know how hard it would be.  Before our son came bursting into our lives I thought Stay at Home Moms had it made.  I thought their day was easy.  No job to have to rush to or bosses to deal with.  No long commute in backed up traffic to deal with.  No office drama.  They got the joy of playing with their child all day, how hard can that be?  Lots of time for “me” time.

OMG  I was so WRONG!!!!  Stay home mom’s have a job that NEVER ends.  Our boss is a tiny creäture who demands 24 hour attention with no breaks.  There are no “15 minute” breaks and no lunch breaks.  Our commute to and from various play dates includes lots of traffic back ups all for the love of our child.  No office drama …  Yea right…  Life with a 2 year old there are moments that are spent walking on eggshells that something could set off a wicked temper, oh the drama and over emotion.  Sure, playing with a child is fun but constant entertaining of a 2 year old is hard work because there are days that nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, is right.  It is hard work having fun and educational things lined up to do with many back up ideas for when the planned ones are discarded.

“But you have nap time, isn’t that enough alone time?” I have heard that a few times and the answer is “NO”.  Let me tell you what a SAHM has to squeeze into that brief nap.  We have to do laundry, dishes, pick up toys, cleaning the house, make meals and I am sure I am missing something.  For working at home stay at home mom’s we have to also use this time to create, develop, blog, network, advertise, make business calls and so much more.  I blog and have worked to build a company all squeezed into nap times.  I do multi-task pretty well now.  I have learned how to watch something entertaining while working.  Occasionally I nap with him but most days it is my brief time I can get things done.  It gets harder and harder the older he gets, the shorter the nap and the time of his nap.  Today he decided he was tired and needed to sleep at 9:30 am…  It will be a long day and hopefully a nice one as we will be out treasure hunting (geocaching).

Today is a day that started whiny and I am so happy to have had the time to blog, create product images and watch him sleep.  The nap this morning was my break from a cranky 2 yr old.

Movie Monday Review – Grand Budapest Hotel

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥ (4/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

Exceptional cast. I love the narration giving the back story in the beginning. Scene sets are simple yet full of interesting characteristics. The dialogue is quirky and fun. I did a lot of “hmm” with a head scratch and oodles of giggles with a few belly laughs. I like a movie that keeps me on my toes psychologically. The prison break out scene was funny and touching. Overall it is a dry humor and it seemed that I was the only one laughing in the theater. It is a slow-moving movie in some parts.

Trailer from FoxSearchlight

Food Friday – Paleo check in week 1 complete

We are officially one week into our Paleo Venture and it has been an exciting week.  Carb cravings weren’t too bad but the sugar cravings were a little more noticeable.  I have cut my caffeine as well.  I learned some interesting things…

I thought with a reduced amount of caffeine  intake I would be tired and sluggish…  NOPE, full of energy. WIN

I didn’t know the difference between grass-fed Angus Beef or grass-fed “regular” Beef.. Main difference to me was Angus ground beef only had 1 Tbsp of fat when I made meatloaf and it didn’t shrink in the pan.  I hate the grease from meat, I never know what to do with it.  The Angus Beef was moist and had a smooth texture.  WIN and WIN

Shopping the first couple times has been a long process because I have to read everything.  I also notice just because a package meat says “organic” doesn’t mean it is grass-fed.  Is there really a difference?  Yes, after only 1 week of meal prep and cooking with grass-fed meats I have noticed they are all less fatty.  The chicken breast was a bit on the dry side but that can be fixed next time by changing the preparation technique.

Over all I am happy to report that I feel better over all and have more energy than I did before the diet adjustments.  My 2 year old will eat all the Kale Chips if I don’t give him his own bowl.  We are off to a good start and it wasn’t that hard to do.