ABC Mouse Subscription

As most mom’s know, we are trying to find ways to keep our young ones learning, entertained, and, for just one moment, occupied while we try and do anything around the house! We also want to see our kids using technology in a way that is more than mind numbing television or video games. We want sustenance for their little minds!

Enter ABC Mouse.

I’m sure you’ve seen the ads as much as I have, especially if you’ve even thought the words “homeschool” or “kids at home learning”. HOW DO THEY KNOW?!

I finally caved because I was tired of hearing other apps being used on my five year old daughter’s tablet that were nowhere near educational. The ABC Mouse app at least has a purpose to teach the child something.

Again, I digress.

When I first got the app for my daughter, she’d play for a few minutes then look for her other apps. I’d redirect her and get her back on the learning path, but I think it is beneficial to all considering the app to know there is a motivational aspect to it that I had to explain to my daughter.

To keep the child engaged, ABC Mouse has a built in reward system. For every module they complete, they receive tickets for in app “purchases”. (They cannot buy tickets with real cash. I checked. They gotta do the work!) These “purchases” are for their virtual classroom, in app pets, and avatar clothes and home decorations. Money is a concept my daughter is still learning, so explaining the tickets and what they could be used for helped tremendously to motivate her and do the work!

Her current favorite thing to do is buy stuff for her avatar’s house. She was having fun buying up all the class pets and coloring by numbers, but we’ve moved on to decorating!

Overall, I think my daughter and I are both happy with the app and it’s teaching ability as well as it’s engaging qualities. I would recommend it to Mom’s looking for a way to keep their kids learning. I would just add, be on the lookout for the best discount code. There are a lot of them!

Egg Fast

Yes, you read the headline right. Egg Fast!

Recently, I’ve been really focused on trying to get back to a healthier weight. I am sadly at a heavy weight, and I am trying to find the will I once had to get back in the diet mindset. For me, I know lower calories, lower carbs, and moderate exercise works for me, but with so much Keto diet success, I was curious.

I know Keto works for some. I’ve seen the results in multiple Facebook groups. I tried, and have found many things I love about the diet, but I also learned my body does not respond well to such low carbs. Regardless, a few months ago, I was curious. I started researching, and one of the items I wanted to try was an Egg Fast. Fasting in general is best done when you body is fat adapted, so I tried to have a complete Keto diet, keeping my macros and monitoring my calories. I did this for about a month, and thought I was ready for an egg fast. 

I WAS NOT!

**Disclaimer: an Egg Fast may work for others! Know your body, do your research, and consult your doctor!

I Did a 5 Day Egg Fast on the Keto Diet and This Is What HappenedEat your first egg 30 minutes after you wake up. It was closer to 40 minutes, but did it! Two eggs, two tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper. First meal, done!

Eat (min) 6 to (max) 12 eggs a day for (min) 3 to (max) 5 days. Eat every three-four hours. Add a tablespoon of healthy fat to every egg. Up to three ounces of cheese, all day. Add salt for electrolytes. Drink water! (RESEARCH EGG FAST!)

I thought I was ready, but I so wasn’t!

By my second egg “meal”, I had lost all color and felt ill. My family started to comment on my appearance, and my husband tried to throw crackers at me! I am no quitter, so I decided to finish out the day on the fast. I have never regretted a “diet” so much in my life. I realized right then and there, the Egg Fast was not for me, and slowly brought my body back to normal over two days with healthy shakes, chicken broth, then finally, healthy meals.

I do not recommend this fast, but again, it may work for someone else. Please learn from my lesson, though. Do your research, and know your body. I did not know my body was going to react that horribly to the Egg Fast, but now I understand. I’ll forevermore stay in my low carb lane!

Trolls World Tour – Movie Review

My five year old daughter loves Poppy and Branch! After that first movie came out, it was all she would talk about. She would sing the songs and want to wear “Poppy pink” all the time! The movie was sweet and catchy with the mashups, so not too much heartache to be found after watching it multiple times a week.

When we heard a second movie was coming out, my child was so excited! We made the viewing party into a real experience for her since we weren’t able to see it in theater (due to the thing that must not be named). We baked cookies, made crazy drinks, and ate whatever she wanted for dinner. We laid out our spread and turned the movie on.

We built the moment of watching the movie up so much, this child was bursting the moment the first song began! Every few seconds she would say, “Daddy, did you see that!” Or, “Momma, look!” It was hilariously adorable! Luckily we were at home because this child could hardly contain her excitement.

As the movie played out, she was completely sucked in!

I, on the other hand, missed the first movie.

Don’t get me wrong, the second movie was cute, too, but something about the dialogue didn’t work for me.

In the first rendition, there is a conflict, a mission, a redemption, and a resolution. All of that is present in this sequel as well, but the interactions between the characters just feel short and bland. I know these movies have a lot of music in them, which I thoroughly enjoyed in both films, but there is a lackluster quality to the spoken exchanges between the characters themselves. Anytime they weren’t singing, there wasn’t much value added to inform the audience of what was happening.

Without getting too detailed, there is mention that certain events happened before and history was repeating itself. There is even a quick reference to whom the conductor of the first event was, but it’s blown off so quickly, it’s hard to tell if it’s really what they meant or if they were just wondering if that was the case. There are several instances like this where they just casually throw a comment out, but there is no further interaction amongst the characters to progress the thought process.

I know, it’s a kids movie. I didn’t have any overreaching expectations of the movie other than my daughter’s enjoyment, and she definitely enjoyed it!

Queue playing the soundtrack on repeat until we can buy the movie and play it incessantly!

Sonic the Hedgehog – Movie Review

Man, am I glad people complained about the way Sonic looked before they CG’d him. I can’t imagine the movie would have been even half as good had they not taken the time and given Sonic his proper aesthetics. I wonder what Tails would have looked like, too, had they not had fans balk as vehemently as they did about Sonic! Silly!

I’m a 90’s kid, so I grew up with Sega and playing Sonic. When I saw this movie was coming out, I honestly didn’t know what to think. When I saw how they originally designed Sonic, I was out. Nope, not going to watch it. Done! But, after the redesign, I was curious.

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Talk about a well done movie!

The casting we phenomenal! Jim Carey was amazing as Dr. Eggman. He brought humor to an otherwise dastardly villain, and captured the struggle between the two iconic video games characters perfectly. James Marsden was always a great addition to the story as the Doughnut Lord, a great sidekick and earthling to bring Sonic through his journey.

A lot of critics have called the movie a cute, cuddly, clunky CG tirade, but what they are missing is the nostalgia. Any kid who grew up playing Sega knows Sonic. The iconic clinking of the rings. The power up zing as Sonic rolled into a ball. His trademark red and white sneakers. You may only appreciate these well captured aspects if you used to spend your afternoons after school playing the game!

I truly hope there will be a next movie! And I’m being led to believe, there will be! Yes!

Frozen II – Movie Review

Frozen IIIf you’re like me, have a young daughter and are staying inside the house, I’m betting we have watched Frozen II about the same number of times by now. Memorizing the songs was easy; by now, we have moved onto reciting each character’s lines in our best impersonating voice! It’s getting a bite dire in these living rooms.

One thing I do have to say about this sequel that I’m not so sure is receiving the spotlight that it should is the emotionally intelligent writing. I noted several different psychologist and doctors in the credits that I’m sure played a large role in this script! It’s clear the message in this second movie was meant to teach youngsters how to handle and respond to such big emotions the characters were feeling, and I will add that it was very well done!

There are many scenes throughout the movie which attempt to broach the subject of one mental illness or another, but there is one scene in particular that struck all the right chords for me. I have struggled with depression, mainly in my youth, but as I have matured, there is always that tinge that attempts to pop up. I’ve learned how to deal with it and carry on, but there are others in my life that also struggle with a mental illness. I digress.

This scene revolves around Anna, and she begins to sing a song. It’s at a point in the movie where things seem hopeless, and she’s all but crumbling under the weight of it all. This one particular scene speaks directly to grief and depression, and to me.

The song is called “The Next Right Thing,” and as Anna begins to sing, it is clear how she is feeling. She’s lost and scared and just ready to give up. One of the lines of the song is, “Hello, darkness, I’m ready to succumb.”

It’s a punch to the gut! I wanted so badly to pull her up from the floor and help her through the pain as I have known that feeling before, too. But, the song continues, and she coaches herself. She pulls herself up and focuses on one step at a time. Looking too far ahead is too much, more than she can take. Instead, she breaks it down to the next breath, next step, and next choice. She chooses to do the next right thing.

If nothing else, I feel this moment more than any other in most Disney movies, and I am a Disnerd. While I don’t fully understand the need for this movie, other than to cash in on the prize cow (it doesn’t progress their story, in my opinion), I do think it is very well done. While I am not a fan of watching it 10 times day, I do find myself pausing at the Anna scene and agreeing with her song. Sometimes, all we can do in our moments of weakness is focus on the next right thing.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)I LOVE THIS SHOW!

If you know nothing else about me, just know that I love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Amazon Original Series. The writing, the casting and acting, the cinematography; beautiful, perfect, and amazing! The only thing I can complain about is the length of the season! Eight episodes! Eight! It used to be ten; now, it’s eight! Give me back my ten episode long seasons!

Well, the story line left some heartburn this season also. Click MORE if you want to know why.

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Mental Health Care – the stigmatic sector

I can’t tell you how many times I have started this post and then deleted it. My backspace key is wearing out. WordPress is sending me emails like: Try the Publish button, you’ll like it! But, every time I do, I wonder what the feedback will be. I wonder if I’m saying it right, or saying too much. I want to get this right because the stigma already exists around it, and I don’t want to add more negativity to the topic of mental health.

Mental health is at epidemic proportions in this world, and the past few weeks of my family’s experience in this field of care is a true testament to why.

I’ve been on anxiety medication for years,” the medic smiled.

After five days, the patient will be released with two weeks worth of medication, so they can find a psychiatrist who can continue the treatment,” the in-patient nurse informed.

The psychiatrist has denied you to the practice because you did not complete the program as prescribed,” the intake therapist stated.

Anxiety and depression are two sides of the same coin“, the general practitioner said. “It can be treated in the family practice realm. Come back in a month.”

More than 50% of people who go to the E.R. for heart attack symptoms a

re actually experiencing a panic attack,” the therapist assured.

But, each of those people who end up in the E.R. have different experiences getting help with their condition following the emergency room visit.

The lack of care providers is astounding! And, it only gets worse as you try to get more specific with your search. Does this one take your insurance? Does this one have an office within a two hour travel range? Is this one even accepting new patients, and if they are, do they have any schedule availability within a day or two?

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I couldn’t believe how many care providers (psychiatrists and therapists) I called that had at least a 48 hour call-back time then an even longer wait to actually be seen!

You break a bone; you are seen by a doctor immediately. You have a cold or some other physical ailment; you’re scheduled to be seen within a few days.

Your chest tightens. You have unbearable thoughts. You can’t imagine living any longer. We’ll see you in two weeks!

I am not attempting to downplay the care that should and needs to be provided to those with physical ailments. I am simply asking, why isn’t mental health held to the same caliber? Why aren’t those who have dark thoughts and physical symptoms in reaction to their mental state treated with the same expedience? How can a doctor (who is one of a very few in a certain geographical area and health care sector) deny a patient from care?

The stigma that surrounds mental health isn’t there because it is hard to understand how these patients feel. More people than not these days can relate to the list of mental health disorder symptoms. It’s there because the treatment these patients need isn’t. Imagine a world where a patient visited a doctor once and was cured of anxiety, depression, or any other mental ailment. Would there still be a stigma?

Mental health issues are not the problem. Access to care is.

New Car!

After weeks of dealing with the insurance company, I finally have a new car!

My poor Toyota Corolla was totaled a few weeks ago when a stake truck backed into me. My Corolla was twelve years old and in fair condition, at best, but I was hoping for another five years out of it. I kind of figured it was going to be totaled based on the damage, age of my vehicle, and milage.

Thus, comes in the reason for my new car! A totaled car has led to a totally new car for me!

Enter, a 2019 Toyota RAV4. The new car smells washes warmly over your senses. The sleek exterior reminds you of smooth gun metal. The interior glistens and shines the deepest blacks and grays you have ever seen. There’s more tech in the vehicle than you could have ever imagined for a car that just barely requires a driver!

It’s beautiful!

I feel so high up in my RAV4 compared to my gocart Corolla. I actually feel seen! Like I could win in a collision. Not that I want to test that theory. I feel safe and secure riding around in the insulated vehicle. The sound buffering is amazing!

Overall, I’d say I’m over the moon with my new car! Now I just gotta figure out how to use all the tech!

Car Totaled, Totally New Car

I have had the same vehicle since I turned 17 years old. My first car, a 2005 Toyota Corolla, came into my possession in 2007. It was a new to me car with about 42,000 miles on it. That thing was a tank! It didn’t have much as far as features, even for 2005 standards. It had manual windows and keyed entry, but it was mine, and it could go forever!

Fast forward through high school, college, road trips, marriage, and a baby, and that car was still going strong! Twelve years I ran that car on basic maintenance and fluid changes, all the way up to 160,000 miles, and I would’ve put money on it running for at least another five years. Well, I would have lost it all.

A few weeks ago, a stake body truck decided to back into the front of my geriatric vehicle. The driver was a wonderful person, very apologetic, pulled off to the side of be road and took responsibility for the accident. In the D.C. area, having the person at fault actually stick around and accept fault is huge! Anyway, his huge, landscaper type truck almost cut the front bumper in half, shattered the grille, and crumpled the front half of the hood. Luckily, this was all at a very low speed, so no one was injured, but man, my poor car!

Now, I’m driving a rental, and a salvage yard tow truck took my well driven, beyond paid for car away. They haven’t given the official word yet, but the adjuster is under the impression that it will be totaled. Twelve years of travel, of life in one vehicle, gone. Not to mention not having a car payment. Ugh!

Just waiting on the insurance check, so I can go car shopping, I guess, but my heart just isn’t in it. I don’t even know where to start!

Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Tour

Note: I wrote this review the night I watched the show. Kevin Hart’s accident occured two nights later. I wish him a speedy recovery and that he gets back to doing what he loves soon!


I LOVED THIS SHOW! Kevin Hart is one of the funniest stand-up comedians I have ever watched. He is so animated and tells the best stories about his life. It is easy for me to connect with him and his family life, and feel his pain.

This show was no different! The sketch about his daughter starting her cycle for the first time had me laughing so hard I was crying, wheezing, coughing, and snorting. I don’t think I have ever laughed that hard, let alone at a stand-up show. He said he threw a maxi pad like a grenade at her! I can so imagine my husband doing this to our daughter one day. 😂

If you are looking for a hilarious show, you MUST watch this! Kevin Hart is hilarious in most movies he plays in, but for his creative freedom to run wild in his shows, his stand-up is comedy GOLD! Catch it on Netflix!