Soccer Goalkeeper Essentials

During my daughters last season of rec soccer, she started volunteering to be the goalie. You know how that goes…the coach says “who wants to be goalie?” and then kids either volunteer and they rotate in and out, or the coach picks someone. Bella made that easy for him and volunteered every time. In the beginning, we joked that she did it because she didn’t want to run. Maybe that was true then, but now, as she goes into her third season as the teams goalkeeper exclusively, we can honestly say that she loves being a goalie. Soccer goalkeeper is definitely in her blood!

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One of the most important things you can get your goalkeeper is a mouth guard. The very first game Bella wore her mouth guard, she got kicked in the face. She now wears it every single time she sets foot on the field in goal. She is partial to the mouth guards with fangs. Her dad and I joked with her that she should run out and growl at people to scare them!

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Over the course of the last few seasons, we’ve had to purchase a few pairs of goalkeeper gloves. We’ve gone to several stores, trying on all the gloves the store has and each time, Bella walks out with a pair of gloves from the same brand. The one thing you want to look for is that the gloves have finger saves in them. Protect those fingers at all costs!

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Some goalkeepers where the opposite jersey from their team. Others pick up a goalie jersey. We always got a goalie jersey with padding in the arms for her. This year we are looking at the Bodyshield Storelli shirts. With all the diving and hitting the ground that a goalkeeper does, this shirt is the perfect protection for their ribs, shoulders, etc. Also, with this Bodyshield Storelli shirt, Bella can wear any shirt over top of it. It’s cooler in the warm months and she can layer a little more during the colder months. Definitely take a look at it. They also offer some other items you may want to check out:

 

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I’m glad that she loves being a goalkeeper so much. I will say, as a goalie mom, it is SOOOOOOO stressful! Every single time the ball is on her end of the field, I have a pit in my stomach and I am a bundle of nerves until that ball is back on the other end! Thankfully, she is cool as a cucumber. It doesn’t matter if they are up by a lot or losing, she gives it her all 100% of the time. That is a trait that she definitely gets from her father! There is no way I could be a goalie and have all that pressure.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about us soccer moms! We need to represent too!


The Shack Movie Review

If you haven’t seen The Shack yet, you need to stop what you are doing and watch it. I’m not even kidding. The book (found here on Amazonthe shack) is one of my favorite books. I literally could not put it down. It was beautifully written and left you really thinking. When I heard the book was being made into a movie, I knew I had to see it.

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About The Shack

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle) & Destin Cretton (The Glass Castle), and directed by Stuart Hazeldine (Exam), The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine
  • “Touched  by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette
  • “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette
  • “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette
  • “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette
  • “Premier Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed the movie. Even though I knew what was going to happen, since I read the book, the movie was beautifully executed and drew me in immediately. I personally believe that Octavia Spencer was the PERFECT person to play Papa.

The Shack is available for purchase right now! So don’t wait, pick up your copy today!

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15 Binge Worthy Netflix Shows

We have a little over 4 weeks left of school. I can hardly believe it. I know I say it every year, but this school year literally flew by. Pretty soon I will have a 5th grader and an 8th grader. Crazy! It’s not just the school year ending, however. This time of year also means the end of my favorite TV shows (like Grey’s Anatomy…really looking forward to the finale tomorrow night). So that means I need to find some Netflix shows to binge watch in the evenings.

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We’ve been loyal Netflix customers ever since they started. Back then we used to get three DVD’s in the mail at a time. I don’t even know if you can still get DVD’s in the mail from them! Now we stream what we are watching through our cable box, the Xbox or a Rokunetflix shows <–that is a really really good price for the Roku 4…you may want to snatch that up before the price goes back up!

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15 Binge Worthy Netflix Shows

  • Orange is the New Black
  • Hart of Dixie
  • Gilmore Girls
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • House of Cards
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Parenthood
  • Making a Murderer
  • Dexter
  • American Crime
  • The West Wing
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Wonder Years

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I’ve seen some of these shows and others have been recommended by many people for me to watch. If you are looking for something very lighthearted, but funny, then you need to check out Hart of Dixie. I absolutely loved that show and was sad when it was over! The same with Santa Clarita Diet. There is really only one gross scene, the rest is pure comedy! I have always been a huge fan of Drew Barrymore and this show makes me love her even more!

What are your binge worth Netflix shows?


Family Fun Night Plans

One of the things I like, more than anything else in this world, is family time. I crave it. Literally. Between having a husband that travels a ton for work and two kids that are both in travel sports, we don’t have a lot of family time. So, as you can imagine, the time we do have together, I want it to be special and fun! As often as we can, we plan a family fun night. The kids love them and so do we!

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Planning a Family Fun Night

To be honest, there are times that we do something really low key like pizza and a movie from the movie rental place…they still exist! The kids enjoy walking up and down the aisles looking for a movie. Zack usually disappears in the video game section, while Bella is trying to find some 80’s or 90’s movie that I used to watch like The Gooniesfamily fun night. I love that she wants to watch all the movies I grew up watching! If you are looking for movies with a faith based background, then check out Pure Flix’s collection of Christian movies.

I will admit, we love video games in our house. Some really fun, family friendly video games that we enjoy are:

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When we are planning a family fun night, at least one of those games (usually Mario Cart) is on the list of things to do. The fun part is how competitive we are with each other. The kids laugh so hard when I tell them they’re going down! If you are a fan of the Lego video games, then you really need to consider the Jurassic World Lego game. It’s my favorite out of ALL the Lego video games!

If we aren’t playing video games, then we love to play board games. One of my FAVORITE things about Christmas is when we are with our entire extended family and we sit around and play board games. It’s so loud, but fun. It’s because of those times, that my kids always want to play a board game on our family fun night. Some board games we like are:

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In my opinion, and if you ask my kids, it is truly essential to plan a family fun night as much as possible. Not only are they fun, but the things your kids will remember when they are older are all the fun times you had together as a family.

What is your favorite family fun night activity?

Unique Gifts for Mom

There really isn’t much I want in life, gift wise. For years, I have been telling my husband that I want a weekend alone in a hotel so I can just veg out, watch TV, eat take-out and live in silence for a couple days. I’m still waiting on that gift, but when I get it, it will be, hands down, the best gift I have ever gotten. Well, maybe a close second to my Kindle…that’s still my favorite gift ever! But in all honesty, I really don’t want much. I enjoy those unique gifts. You know, the quirky gifts like this Caffeine Molecule Necklaceunique gifts I saw on Amazon.

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My husband is really good at giving unique gifts. I collect camels (I know…it’s kinda weird) and he is excellent at finding me the truly unique camels. Usually it’s from an airport gift shop. World Market used to have some really good ones, but I think they went out of business by me. Total bummer. Camels aren’t the only good unique gifts out there. I was searching on Amazon and found some really good ones! Hint…Mr. DGoddess, if you are reading this, pick me up any one of these things and I will be very happy!

Unique Gifts for Mom

Whether you are a mom to be or a brand new mom, any one of these gifts would be perfect! One thing I wish was that when I was pregnant, I wore cutesy shirts like the one below. The Mom Life hat is perfect for those days when you just don’t get a chance to wash your hair (or plain don’t want to…not worries…I won’t judge). The hat says it all!

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If you really want to get mom jewelry, then you have to check out these options. My personal favorite is the anatomical heart necklace. It is truly unique and not at all like any other heart necklace everyone else is wearing!

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Mom may not collect camels like I do, but some like unique coffee mugs with funny sayings on them. I can tell you right now, if I drank coffee, that is what I would want. I would want to make sure every mug I owned had a funny saying or picture on it. A friend of mine loves Disney. So every single one of their mugs is Disney themed. It’s fun!

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Or maybe you just want to pick something totally random for mom! I’m not one to put decals on my car, but the Wife. Mom. Boss. decal is one I would definitely put on my car! If the mom in your life likes bags with funny sayings on them, then this tote is definitely for you.

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