Adventures in Babysitting on DVD

In the summer, when our schedule is a little lighter, I tend to let the kids watch a little more TV in the evening than I normally do. I love when I can turn on a channel I know has good movies and television shows that I can trust. The Disney Channel is one of those channels. One of the things my daughter gets excited for are the Disney Channel original movies. She sees commercial after commercial and all I hear leading up to the big day is how much she can’t wait to watch the movie! This past Friday, the Disney Channel aired it’s 100th original movie, Adventures in Babysitting and like every movie before it, this movie was a huge success!!

*I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this review. All opinions are mine alone*

About Adventures in Babysitting

If you are as old as I am, you may remember the 1980s movieadventures in babysitting with the same name. This years Adventures in Babysitting was hugely inspired by that 1980s classic and it stars Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) and Sofia Carson (Descendants). In this particular movie, two girls, babysitting two different families, get the adventure of a lifetime when one of the kids sneaks off to the city and they spend all night searching for him.

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Cast

  • Sabrina Carpenter as Jenny Parker
  • Sofia Carson as Lola Perez
  • Nikki Hahn as Emily Cooper
  • Mallory James Mahoney as Katy Cooper
  • Max Gecowets as Trey Anderson
  • Jet Jurgensmeyer as Bobby Anderson
  • Madison Horcher as AJ Anderson
  • Kevin Quin as Zac Chase
  • Gillian Vigman as Helen Anderson
  • Gabrielle Miller as Donna Cooper
  • Michael Northey as Tiny
  • Ken Lawson as Scalper
  • Max Lloyd-Jones as Officer James
  • Kevin O’Grady as Barry Cooper
  • Hugo Ateo as Hal Anderson

Bella absolutely loved this movie! She thought it was funny and very entertaining. It is definitely one that she will want to watch over and over again. Plus, she really loves Sabrina Carpenter (we are huge Girl Meets World fans in this house)!

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If you missed the premier of Adventures in Babysitting last Friday, no worries…you can pick up your copy on DVD on Tuesday, June 28th!! Preorder your copy hereadventures in babysitting!!

About Disney Channel

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 96 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.

Planning Your Dream Vow Renewal

I’ve been married for a little over 14 years and while my wedding was beautiful, it was very traditional. Things like Pinterest and Etsy didn’t exist when I was planning my wedding. I can honestly tell you, if it did exist, I would have had something TOTALLY different! Thankfully I have a daughter and hopefully she lets me go all mom of the bride on her wedding! A few times I’ve thought about how great it would be to have another wedding (to the same man, of course!) and plan it the way I would now. If you were to check out my Pinterest account, you would see my board dedicated to the vow renewal I dream about! Feel free to check it out, repin to your own boards and check out all the great Etsy finds to help personalize your dream wedding or dream vow renewal!

dream vow renewal

First things first…save the dates! I don’t believe we sent those out the first time around. It really wasn’t the thing to do at the time. However, given that we are already married and the whole vow renewal is a little different, I want to make sure that our friends and family save the date!! These magnet save the dates are perfect!!

dream vow renewal

My ideal dream vow renewal would be in a rustic barn with twinkling lights, drinks served in mason jars and everything written on chalk boards. So when I ran across these adorable wedding invitations, I knew they were perfect for the vow renewal! I especially like that you can download the template and print them yourself!! That will definitely save you money!!

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dream vow renewal

The really sad thing about my wedding is the fact that our photographer was horrible. He didn’t take any pictures of my dad and I walking down the aisle together…apparently he didn’t know we wanted that (I have no idea why he thought that). After seeing the proofs, my husband and I broke our contract with him and as a result, we have zero professional wedding photos. That is something that still upsets me to this day. So for our vow renewal, I plan on wearing a white dress again. Maybe not as fancy (or as expensive) as before, but I want it to look like a wedding dress in pictures. This lace wedding dress is perfect…and my daughter saw it and thought it was pretty. Maybe she’ll wear it one day…

dream vow renewal

Over the years, I have seen some really neat guest book ideas. One wedding I went to, they had you stamp a thumbprint on a canvas with a tree painted on it and write your names. It was super neat! This bucket list guest book is unique and definitely something I have never seen before at a wedding!

dream vow renewal

Wedding cake toppers are another way for a bride and groom to show their personality a bit. You can go traditional with the bride and groom figurines on top of the cake or you can do what we did and just add a pretty flower arrangement on top. However, I really like this simple cake topper with our initials and a heart. Made out of wood, it’s simple look fits in with the theme I am going with!

dream vow renewal

At our wedding, we made a mixed CD with our favorite music and that was both the wedding favor and the thing that told people where to sit. I’ve often thought about doing a wedding remix CD. Everyone loved the CD idea and we have people telling us they still listen to the CD! So…for my dream vow renewal, I would probably do another CD as the wedding favor. These custom CD sleeves are perfect!

dream vow renewal

Are you planning a dream wedding or a dream vow renewal? What are some of the things you are doing?


Summer Outdoor Games for the Family

Summer is finally starting in our house! The kids will be out of school this Thursday and one thing I want to do this summer is have a lot more family time! Family time is one of the most important things to me. Both my husband and I love to play games. Before we had kids, we used to have game nights with our friends. It was always a blast. I think it would totally be a fun idea to have BBQ’s with our friends and their kids and play a bunch of summer outdoor games together!

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The Best Summer Outdoor Games!

Do you remember Yahtzee? I remember playing it all the time as a kid. I also enjoy playing the Yahtzee app while I sit and wait for my son after school! So obviously, I would totally enjoy Yard Yahtzee and I think my kids would too!! The dry erase feature with this set is genius and insures that you can play all summer long and for many summers to come!

summer outdoor games

Another game I used to play all the time, and one my kids really like, as well, is Jenga! Remember that game? How fun would it be to play with a giant Jenga set at your next BBQ? The nice thing about the backyard Jenga game I found is that each and every piece stores inside the crate that you set the game on!

summer outdoor games

I don’t know if it is just a Midwest thing or not, but corn hole is a fun BBQ game! For those of you that do not know what corn hole is, it is a ridiculously fun and competitive (could just be the people I’m with!) bean bag toss game. As the name may suggest, you want to get your bean bag in the hole. You can buy plain boards, but it definitely is more fun to have custom corn hole boards! My favorite are the old school Nintendo controllers!

summer outdoor games

Similar to corn hole, washer toss is another fun game to play with friends. It’s also a lot more challenging, but a lot easier to transport than the corn hole game! Basically…the first person to 21 points wins!

summer outdoor games

Which fun summer outdoor games do you like best? If it’s not listed here, please share with me! We would love to try it out!

Best Fathers Day Gifts – Jord Watches

Gift giving is usually very stressful for me. Not because I don’t want to give someone a gift. It’s quite the opposite. I love giving people gifts, but I want them to be unique gifts, something the person would really like, and I like the gifts to be useful in some way. I find that my most favorite gifts are ones that I can use. With Father’s Day quickly approaching, my kids and I have decided to give their father a wood watch by Jord. If you are not familiar with these truly unique timepieces, then continue reading. They truly are a work of art and they make the best Fathers Day gifts!

*I was provided with the watch pictured below for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Always.

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Unique Watches for Men

My husband is a watch collector. So making the decision to get him a watch for Father’s Day is a relatively easy decision. While he does have quite a few watches in his collection, the Wood Watches by Jord are his most unique watches, by far! The particular watch we picked for him is part of the Delmar series. It is made of dark sandalwood and has a blue carbon face. I went with this particular watch because it is on the larger end and I like big watches on my husband. Not to mention, the dark sandalwood and blue carbon really compliment each other nicely! Here’s how it looks on his wrist:

best fathers day gifts

This is his second Jord watch and we are just as happy with this one as we are with his first one. Every time he wears it, he gets compliments on the unique style and overall look of the watch. You really can’t go wrong with any of the Jord watches. My personal favorite watch on their site right now is from the Dover series…the ebony and copper watch. It is absolutely gorgeous!

If you are looking for that unique Father’s Day gift idea, you really need to check out these wood watches by Jord. Right now, and until supplies last, you can use the code DADgoddessinthehouse25 for $25 off. Enter this code at check-out and remember, they are available only while supplies last so get your order in today!

Wooden Watch Review

What are your ideas for the Best Fathers Day gifts?

Marvel CROSS Pens for Father’s Day

This past weekend, when we weren’t freezing to death at our son’s lacrosse tournament (it’s May…we should NOT have to wear winter coats, boots, hats and gloves), we took some of the kids on our break between games to see the new Captain America: Civil War movie. Everyone, especially the dads and the boys, really liked the movie. To be honest, I’m sure I would have liked it too, but I was more focused on getting and staying warm! With Father’s Day quickly approaching, if you are anything like me, you are starting to think about what to get all the fathers in your life! Honor your real life superhero with one of the Marvel CROSS Pens featuring Captain America, Iron Man or Spider-Man!

I was beyond excited when the fabulous people at CROSS reached out to me to see if I would be interested in presenting their newest collection. I previously worked with CROSS to present their Star Wars line during the holidays. I’m telling you, my Darth Vader pen is STILL one of my favorite pens to write with! While the kids and I have already talked about a couple ideas for their dad for Father’s Day, I thought one of the Marvel CROSS Pens would make a great gift for him to. He is a HUGE Marvel comic fan!

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About Marvel CROSS Pens

CROSS fine writing instruments teamed up with Marvel to launch a series of Super Pens featuring the most prominent icons in the Marvel universe, Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man.

The pens are available in two styles. First the brand’s evolutionary Century II series finished in a high-gloss lacquer and includes a collectible, character-specific romance card (MSRP $150 USD.) And the second is the Tech2 series, which transforms from a ballpoint pen to a stylus in a flash (MSRP $45 USD.) Both styles endow users with the “superpower” of expression via a fine writing instrument.

While the Tech2 series (pictured above) is a great gift for kids to give their superhero dad on Father’s Day, it’s also a great graduation gift idea too! Whomever you choose to gift one of the Marvel CROSS Pens to, it will be the best pen they ever wrote with! While you’re at it, be sure to pre-order your copy of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil Warmarvel CROSS pens from Amazon!!

What are you getting your father for Father’s Day this year?