Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hoping I Can Walk Again Soon

Well, I am now down to just one more week of waiting to see if I am allowed to try walking again. It has been 47 days since surgery and i am hoping that it has healed enough to start putting weight on it and taking steps. I haven't walked in almost 2 months, so it is going to be an uphill battle to get it back into shape after all that.


Wish me luck!

My Baby Boy is 11

My youngest son turned 11 last week and we celebrated his birthday this weekend. I guess I should have selected a different time because everyone had plans already or had to work. It didn't turn out to be the crowd I planned for, but he still had a great day.


Aiden is a big fan of Minecraft, so he wanted to go with that theme for his party. of course, since it is so new,, I couldn't find anywhere that carried actual Minecraft themed items. I ended up having to order a pinata from an Etsy store. It turned out cute, but didn't hold up to well from the beating and it fell and had to be retied several times.

I managed to get a friend who teaches cake decorating classes to do a cake with the pickaxe on it like he wanted. I thought it was pixelated but I guess I don't know everything because he said it was right. It doesn't matter since he liked it, but it is a good thing I am still confined to the wheelchair or I would have made it wrong. Since walking is out, I ordered this one and that turned out to be the best solution.


Aiden only asked for one main gift, a new XBox so he could play...yep, you guessed it, Minecraft. He wanted the system and the game and he ended up with both and more.


All in all he managed to get 7 games, the system, a few toys, a slip n slide and $50. That was only from us and 2 grandparents, so he still has some people to see. .


It is so crazy to see my youngest son turning 11. My boys are getting old so quickly and my princess is not far behind. :(

                                                          HAPPY BIRTHDAY AIDEN!!!


Friday, April 18, 2014

MILLION DOLLAR ARM - New Clips Now Available!


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Genre:                          Drama
Rating:                          PG
U.S. Release date:        May 16, 2014
Running Time:               TBD

Cast:                            Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin
Director:                       Craig Gillespie
Producers:                    Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Joe Roth
Executive Producers:    Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons, Connor Schell
Written by:                    Tom McCarthy





Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Walt Disney Pictures’ drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be release in the United States on May 16, 2014.





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MILLION DOLLAR ARM opens in theaters everywhere on May 16th! 






Thursday, April 17, 2014

MALEFICENT - "The Legacy" Featurette Now Available!!


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"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. 
   
The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.






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Ultimate Mother's Day Giveaway!

With Mother's Day fast approaching, now is a great time to start looking for the perfect gift. Of course, why buy something when you can win it? Enter our giveaway to see what you can win!

Welcome to The Ultimate Mother's Day Giveaway!



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Mother's Day is a special time to celebrate the important women in our lives. Whether it is your mom, grandma, mother-in-law or a friend, they each hold a special place in our hearts. Life of a Southern Mom and Sweet Southern Lovin have teamed up with an amazing group of sponsors, co-hosts and blogger friends to give one lucky lady a chance to win this fabulous giveaway.


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The Ultimate Mother's Day Prize Package includes:
A Mother's Day Necklace and Pendant. This Mother’s Pendant is one of the most personal Mother’s Day gifts you can give, and it is one of our most popular pieces in the line! The pendant reads: “A mother holds her children’s hands for a while...their hearts forever...” This piece may be personalized with up to three children’s names, or with a mother’s monogram. Valued at $62
Mary Kay's Bella Belara Eau de Parfum and The Rainbow Collection Bow Tie for a boy or The Rainbow Collection Headband for a girl. Valued at $43
Double B Embroidery's Monogrammed Beach Bag. Valued at 30.95
Ergo Chef's 3-pc Duo Tongs in three sizes and colors - 9” comes in black & green, 12” comes in black & green 15” comes in red, Pro Series 8-in-1 Kitchen Shears and a manual FastEdge sharpener. Valued at $164.99
Pictures On Gold Build Your Own Sterling Silver 2-Picture Heart Locket. Valued at $200
Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. These simple, three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to create the appearance of having incredibly thick and long lashes. Valued at $29
It Works! Wraps - Tighten, tone, and firm in as little as 45 minutes!! Valued at $25
$50 FragranceNet.com Gift Certificate sent via email
Keshima Premium Makeup Brush set with Leather Case - comes with the 5 essential makeup brushes; Angled Blush Brush, Eyeliner Brush, Powder brush, Eye shadow Brush, and Blending Brush. * Valued at $89.95
Jennifer at Life of a Southern Mom had the opportunity to review several of these products for herself. Read her reviews below.
Michelle at Sweet Southern Lovin had the opportunity to review Pictures On Gold Build Your Own Sterling Silver Necklace. Head over here to read her review.
**Giveaway Details**
April 17th – May 1st at 11:59PM EST
Open to Continental US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Prize: One lucky reader will win the Ultimate Mother's Day Prize Package valued over $600!
**How to Enter**
Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Good Luck and thanks for entering.

Disclosure: 2 Monsters and A Princess did not receive any compensation for promoting this event. Sponsors are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any other social media platform. If you have any questions or would like to see your product featured on Life of a Southern Mom contact Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail{dot}com.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kids Academy- Montessori: Learn 123 Numbers

Are you familiar with Kids Academy? This creator of educational children's mobile apps offers a variety of fun ways to help your child learn. From basic numbers and letters to math and more, these apps can be extremely beneficial.

I started by visiting the app store and browsing the available choices to see which we wanted to try first. I selected Learn 123 Numbers because it looked like something my nephew could use. This is a cute and simple way to teach kids to write their numbers correctly, but it doesn't stop there. This math game teaches number identification, reading and associating number symbols and more.



Features-
* Game that make learning numbers a blast!
* Kid-friendly navigation
* Frequent repetition designed to help children learn numbers and their sequence
* Fun surprises and verbal encouragement that keep kids coming back for more
* Curriculum developed and reviewed by preschool education expert
* A rich, exploratory environment filled with surprises
* Audio instructions
* Player profiles that allow more than one child to play and save their progress
* Kid-tested appropriate game

I started by downloading this from the app store. Once the app is activated you can set up user profiles for multiple children and even track your child's progress on the progress chart. The basic tracing game begins by showing a number 1 and telling the child what number it is. It then asks the child to trace the number, which is highlighted and has a dotted line for easy following. Each time they trace a number correctly, they collect fireflies which are added to the collection jar on the side of the screen. If they don't trace it fully, the app tells them to try again until they get it correct.

I thought this was a cute way to teach numbers and allows the user to feel accomplished when they do it correctly. My issue with this was only that several times when the numbers were traced, the game didn't respond to their touch and it had to be done again. I am not sure if this is a glitch in the game or just the settings on my phone. Either way, it doesn't stop the process or alter the play, so it wasn't a huge deal. 

In all this app was enjoyable for very small kids, so I plan to pass this information along to others who have small children and could benefit from this and their other apps. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Hurricane Golf Tours Offer Something for Everyone

With the warm weather upon us, many people are looking for fun things to do outdoors. Golf is a great example, so check out the information below on Hurricane Golf Tours to see when you can join in the fun!


The Hurricane Tour is comprised of four components: the Junior Tour, the Collegiate Tour, the Amateur Tour, and the Tour Shop (online). Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the Hurricane Tour administers over 150 events all across the country. With three different tours, golfers of any age and skill level are provided an opportunity to play the game.

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (#HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour's vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Membership for the HJGT is $89.00 and players receive discounted member pricing at each event. Every Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event is ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard (NJGS) and features a chance for players to earn AJGA stars. The top 3 finishers at each event will earn prizes. For a complete list of Junior Tour tournaments, visit: http://hjgt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/hjgt14/schedule/index.htm.

The Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour (#HCGT) was founded in 2011 and is perfect for college-aged golfers looking to perfect their game this summer in competitive tournaments at great venues. Whether you are a collegiate golfer looking to practice during the off-season, a future college golfer looking to prepare for the upcoming season, or a non-college golfer that wants to compete in first-class events, the HCGT is the tour for you! Membership to the tour is absolutely FREE and provides access to all 28 tournaments this summer in 11 different states. Top 3 finishers at each event will earn prizes. For a complete list of Collegiate Tour tournaments, visit: http://collegiate.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx.

The Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour (#HAGT) was founded in 2014 with the intention of providing golfers of any age and skill level an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment, while raising money to benefit the Hurricane Foundation and other charitable organizations alike. In order to play on the Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour, players must become a member for the low rate of $25. Amateurs (men, women and seniors) will compete in one of 10 flights based on their handicap, gender, and age. Senior Flights are for players that have turned 50 years old by May 17, 2014. Every tournament on the 2014 schedule will have a unique "Major Championship" feel to it. A special feature of the Amateur Tour is the "19th Hole Dinner," where players will have the opportunity to win raffles, giveaways, and silent auctions. The top 3 finishers in every flight will compete for the $2,000 total prize purse regardless of field size at the tournament. The payouts will be in form of gift cards to the Hurricane Tour Shop. For a complete list of Amateur Tour tournaments, visit: http://amateur.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx.

Lastly, the online Hurricane Tour Shop was created in 2013 for the purpose of offering golfers of all ages the newest trends in golf apparel, equipment and accessories at PREFERRED PRICING.

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WEBSITES:
Junior Tour: www.hjgt.org
Collegiate Tour: www.hurricanetour.com
Amateur Tour: www.hurricanetour.com
Tour Shop: www.hurricanetourshop.com

2014 SCHEDULES:
2014 #HJGT Schedule: http://hjgt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/hjgt14/schedule/index.htm
2014 #HCGT Schedule: http://collegiate.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx
2014 #HAGT Schedule: http://amateur.hurricanetour.com/Event/EventList.aspx




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DISNEY’S MILLION DOLLAR ARM PITCHING CONTEST



Contestants Can Test Their Fastball Skills at
Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida or
the Tribeca Family Festival in New York

Nine Finalists Will Advance to the Final Contest Held at
Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” World Premiere in Hollywood, California

Burbank, Calif.  (April 11, 2014) –Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest. The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” an incredible true story about two young men who went from never throwing a baseball to getting a Major League tryout.

Amateur baseball pitchers—male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older—are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest at either Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, Disneyland® Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, California. Official rules are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage athttp://disney.com/PitchingContest.

Presented by SUBWAY® restaurants, the three qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch. All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC Theatres location later that evening.

Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.” The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6.  Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand prize.
The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Subject to Official Rules available at event or athttp://disney.com/PitchingContest.

ABOUT THE MOVIE
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Disney’s drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be release in the United States on May 16, 2014.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Disneynature BEARS - New Clips Now Available!!






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Disneynature’s BEARS opens in theaters everywhere on April 18th!