Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Holiday Fun

My kids have been asking for ugly Christmas sweaters for quite awhile. One year, when we were getting together with family for the holidays, everyone wore their ugliest sweater. It was a lot of fun to see all the different sweaters. I knew that this year, whether we do the ugly sweaters or not, I wanted to make sure I got my kids an ugly Christmas sweater each!

*I received the following sweaters for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters for All

The sweaters at the Ugly Christmas sweater site are awesome! I had a really hard time choosing one for my kids. For my son, I opted to get him a Star Wars sweater. Personally, I don’t find the sweater to be very ugly. I kind of like it! However, when he opened it he yelled, “YES! Now I have an ugly Christmas sweater”!

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As you can tell, he is VERY happy to have this sweater. The site suggested to order a size up. Normally I would have ordered him an Adult S. This is an Adult M. It is slightly too big for him, but I think the Adult S would have been too small. So definitely keep that in mind when you are ordering.

My daughter is obsessed with Harry Potter. When I saw a Harry Potter sweater, I knew I had to get it for her! She can’t wait until it is cold enough for her to wear it. She will wear this sweater all the time…I just know it!

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Like the Star Wars ugly Christmas sweater, you will want to order the Harry Potter sweater up one size. Bella is wearing an Adult L. As you can see, it is a little bit big, but one growth spurt and it won’t be big at all!

Definitely check the site out! You can even customize your own sweater! I can see my family coming up with some pretty interesting options for ugly sweaters! If you are wanting an ugly sweater this year, be sure to check the site out soon! You don’t want to run the risk the sweater you like getting sold out!


KT Tape for Total Knee Support

I have been having issues with my knees for YEARS. About 10 years ago, I dislocated my kneecap (read how here…it’s a really funny/embarrassing story). Ever since then, I have had issue after issue with my knee. A month ago, I stepped into the garage and my leg gave out and I literally felt my lower part of my leg go one way and the upper part of my leg go the other way. It was as gross as it sounds. I now needed to figure something out.

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What Have I Done for my Knee So Far?

Last summer I met with my knee doctor and we went over options for my knee. My MRI wasn’t terrible in that I needed surgery immediately, but it wasn’t great either. One part of my issue is that I have a lot of damage to the cartilage. The doctor recommended that I looking into gel injections. Basically, they inject gel in and that acts as the “cartilage”. They typically last 6-8 months before you need to redo the gel injection.

In addition to the gel injections, the doctor also recommended I met with the surgeon to get his take on things. That meeting was really good. My surgeon and I decided that I will exhaust every possibility before resorting to surgery. So I met with a physical therapist to get a program that I can do at home and the gym and I did the gel injections. I religiously did my exercises over the course of the year. Things were going well, until they weren’t. When I started getting a lot of pain again, I made an appointment with the doctor and we set up another round of gel injections. Just after the third injection was when I had the incidence in my garage. Back to the doctor and surgeon I went.

Meeting with the Surgeon

After talking things over with the surgeon and having him evaluate my knee and compare those results with the evaluation from last year, it was apparent that things have gotten a lot worse. He recommended two surgeries. The first surgery, called the MACI Procedure is a scope procedure where he will go in, look around, clean up the backside of my kneecap and take a biopsy of my cartilage. That biopsy will be sent to a lab and more of my cartilage will be grown in that lab so it can be implanted back into my knee.

The second surgery will be where he takes my cartilage and replaces it back in my knee. In addition to that, he will also perform a MPFL reconstruction to reconstruct the ligaments and give me better patellar stability. After reading up on both surgeries, I feel it is a good plan of action. I can’t continue on with the pain and instability. Getting the surgery scheduled will happen this coming Tuesday, as the scheduler is out of town.

Best Way to Stabilize the Knee for Support

So, as you can imagine, I have had my fair share of braces over the years. My favorite brace is the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Support Bracekt tape. If you are looking for good knee support, this is your brace. It’s well worth the money and right now it’s on sale for $40 off!! While I like the support of the knee brace, and have been wearing religiously every day for the last month or more, it’s sometimes hot or it doesn’t fit well under my clothes if I’m wearing long pants. Someone mentioned that I should try KT Tape. I know a lot of people swear by KT Tape, but I was always skeptical. However, after watching a bunch of videos on YouTube,  decided to give the KT Tape a chance.

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Does the KT Tape Offer Support?

Again, I will say, I was SUPER skeptical, but I picked up some KT Tape and tried it out all day yesterday. Within minutes of having it on, I was amazed at how stable my knee felt. The true test came when I had to walk down some stairs. I felt just as stable walking down the stairs as I do when I am wearing my brace. As the day went on, I really felt this was a good option for those times that I either couldn’t fit my brace under my clothes (or didn’t want a super bulky look) and when it decides to be triple digits outside! Things were going great until my leg (hours and hours after putting it on…it’s meant to stay on for multiple days) started itching really bad. It became unbearable. I took the tape off and I had a rash where the tape was. Unfortunately, it looks like I am allergic to the adhesive.

While I had a reaction to the adhesive, many people do not and they swear by this product. I will need to do some research to see if there is another product I can use that may use a different adhesive. Hopefully after surgery (whenever that will be) I won’t need a knee brace or the tape! Fingers crossed!


Shopping Made Easy with Stitch Fix

A few years ago, I heard someone talking about Stitch Fix. I will admit, I thought it sounded silly and a totally frivolous thing to spend money on. And then a friend of mine posted pictures of things she got in her Stitch Fix box and I thought, “I want to try this”. It just so happen that if I used her referral link, I would get a $25 credit. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose! Be sure to keep on reading to find out how you can get your very own $25 credit too!

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Fashion and being trendy has never really mattered to me. However, now that I’ve lost close to 90 lbs. and kept it off for well over two years, I’m starting to venture out and try new things. So when I saw I could try Stitch Fix AND get a $25 credit to do so, I had to do it. Believe me, I was super skeptical. I am a person that needs to try EVERYTHING on.

What Did I Think of My Stitch Fix Box?

I knew my box was due to arrive today. Let me tell you. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. When I saw that box on my porch, I immediately grabbed it and ran upstairs to try things on. I was super nervous too. How could I not be? Like I said, I have to try everything on and my clothing size is not consistent from brand to brand. The first thing I pulled out of the box was a black blouse with flowers on it (I think they are dandelions, actually). My initial reaction was, “ugh…I’d never wear this”. Boy was I wrong!

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This shirt is something I would have 100% passed up in a store. It’s not a fabric I would ever pick and the pattern is not something I would gravitate to either. However, I tried it on and instantly felt good in it. I can’t explain it. I just loved it. This definitely went in the buy pile.

What About Everything else?

The other items I got in my box are:

  • Light denim jacket
  • Long black maxi dress
  • White shorts
  • Keds shoes

When I saw shorts in the box, I almost didn’t try them on. I can’t tell you how many pairs of shorts I tried on this year before settling on the few pairs I bought. They were either too short, too tight, or they gapped open in the back and half my butt showed. So, as you can imagine, I didn’t have high hopes for these shorts. But…I kid you not…the darn things FIT! How is that possible? I really have no clue, but they fit like they were made for me. While I know that should mean I should have bought them, they were white and I’m not a fan of white shorts/pants for me.

The maxi dress was so nice! I really liked it and really wanted to buy it, but it was slightly too big on top. I know I could have sent it back for a smaller size, but I don’t know that it would have fit my lower half. The denim jacket as nice also. It’s just not something I see myself wearing. And finally, the Keds shoes. They were cute, but I’m having knee issues, so I need to be picky about what type of shoes I wear.

Why I think My Stitch Fix Was So Successful

I was crazy specific in my profile. So specific, I was afraid I scared off my stylist! Not even joking! However, that’s what you need to do. I told her that I was curvy and have an issue with shorts/pants gapping in the back. When it came to things I liked and didn’t like, I made a list and told her everything. I also made sure to list out the things I do not want. Things like jewelry and accessories. At the moment, I need clothes. Once I build up my wardrobe, then I can add in the accessories!

Want a $25 Credit?

How would you like to a $25 credit to try out Stitch Fix? Simply use my link, sign up, fill out your profile and schedule your first box! Anything you choose to buy, you will be able to take $25 off! What do you have to lose?!?

Marvel Studios’ Avegers: Infinity War

We had to have been the only house on the entire planet that had not seen the Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War movie. My son had been asking to go see it, but with everything we have had going on, it just didn’t work out. When I was asked to review the Blu-ray (available on August 14, 2018), I jumped at the chance! And let me tell you, I have one happy child (and husband, if we’re being honest) because we had one heck of an epic family movie night!

*I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this post. This post may contain affiliate links*

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About Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A-List Cast

The movie is FILLED with amazing stars. You’ll find…

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
  • Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
  • Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Zoe Saldana as Gamora
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Paul Bettany as Vision
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Anthony Mackie as Same Wilson/Falcon
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Idris Elba as Heimdall
  • Danai Gurira as Okoye
  • Peter Dinklage as Eitri
  • Benedict Wong as Wong
  • Pom Klementieff as Mantis
  • Dave Bautista as Drax
  • Vin Diesel as Groot
  • Bradley Cooper as Rocket
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
  • Benicio Del Toro as The Collector
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos
  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord

As you can see, there is definitely an A-list cast with this movie!

When/Where Can You Purchase?

This box office history making movie shattered all opening records by surpassing the $2 billion mark at the global box office in just 48 days! Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War NEEDS to be part of your movie collection. Pick up your Blu-ray in stores on August 14th. If you can’t wait, then check it out digitally right now!


Are You on Facebook?

If you are on Facebook, find out if you have been spared by Thanos with the super fun, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Custom Facebook AR Mask! Follow these directions to try it out:

  1. Log into your Facebook app with your mobile device.
  2. Click on the following link to take you to the AR effect.
  3. Make sure your camera is set to selfie mode.
  4. Open your mouth and the fade effect will begin.
  5. Hold down the record button to save your video.
  6. Post your video on Facebook and share with the caption: THANOS IS HERE! @Avengers #InfinityWar.

Have fun!!

 

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Family Movie Night with Aliens Ate My Homework

The kids, my daughter especially, really like having family movie nights or family game nights. With our schedule lately, taking the time to have a family movie night has not been in the cards. In fact, I think the last time we had family nights with movies and games was over Christmas vacation! So it’s been awhile and much needed. This past Sunday was our first free Sunday in weeks. After we got all the grocery shopping done for the week, put everything away, and checked over homework, we sat down to watch a movie together. The movie we decided to watch as a family was Aliens Ate My Homework!

*I was provided with the movie below for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

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First and foremost, when I found out that this movie was based on a book series by Bruce Coville, I got really excited. See, I like to read…a lot! So much so, I started my own book blog called A Real Page Turner. Thankfully my kids have my love for reading too. My daughter is excited to check out the books in this series (you can preorder the Aliens Ate My Homework Collectionfamily movie night here). My husband and I were looking forward to hearing William Shatner’s voice. We both like him and his Better Late Than Never television show, so we figured he would be really good in this movie (he was)!

About Aliens Ate My Homework

Aliens Ate My Homework is a suspenseful family comedy which follows the adventures of sixth-grader Rod Allbright (Greig) and the extraterrestrial lawmen known as the Galactic Patrol. When a tiny spaceship flies through the window and lands on his science project, Rod and his cousin Elspeth (McNamara) meet a group of friendly aliens, including Phil, a talking plant (voiced by William Shatner). The earthlings quickly join the aliens’ adventurous mission to help defeat an evil alien criminal. After discovering the evil alien is disguised as a human – someone he knows all too well – Rod and Elspeth race to save the world from total planetary disaster.

Fun Bonus Features on DVD and Digital

I don’t know about your kids, but mine always like checking out the bonus features. on Aliens Ate My Homework, you can find the following bonus features:

  • Not of This World: Creating Alien Life Forms – This is a look at creating some of the film’s Alien characters, showcasing the work of Emmy-winning visual effects maestro, Todd Masters and his creature effects team.
  • Aliens Ate My Homework: From Page to Screen – This gives viewers a look into how a book was turned into a film. You will see features of behind the scene footage plus interviews with the cast, filmmakers, and author.
  • On the Set with Bruce Coville – Get a look at life on the set with Bruce Coville, while providing details on the origins of the Galactic Patrol book series.
  • The Galactic Patrol Wants You! – This gives the viewer a closer look at the members of the Galactic Patrol featuring Grakker, Madame Pong, Rod Allbright, Elspeth, and Phillogenous Esk Piemondum, aka Phil.

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Aliens Ate My Homework was a super cute movie and perfect for family movie night. My daughter (11) and my son (13) enjoyed the movie, as did my husband and I. This movie is available on DVD and digital on March 6, 2018.

What is your favorite thing to watch on a family movie night?