10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Similar to last week, the next seven days should be pretty laid-back.

So, I’m going to try to break out the juicer at least once, and I’m planning on working hard to actually write three posts this week! I feel like I just need to get into a rhythm with my writing, and then it’ll become a habit.

Or not.

Because I do have five beautiful children that tend to keep life sort of unpredictable. ;)

Anyway, here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Plan a fun Family Day at home — We watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (again! :) ) and ate hobbit/dwarf-themed food.

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 100 minutes on the treadmill

5. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 4x — We ran out of lemons…

6. Read 20 pages of Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum

Home Management Goals:

7. Mop the floors

8. Fill a bag with items to donate

Business Goals:

9. Bring in a piece of furniture from the garage to use for food photography

10. Write 3 blog posts — I wrote two posts.

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Plan a fun Family Day at home

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 90 minutes on the treadmill

5. Juice 1x

6. Finish reading the last few pages of Tasty Food Photography and watch videos from the book

Home Management Goals:

7. Vacuum upstairs

8. Move photos and videos from my computer to an external hard drive

Business Goals:

9. Purchase black foam board or simply something else that I feel I can use as a background for food photography

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

Child Hunger Ends Here: How to Easily Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life

This is a sponsored collaboration with The Motherhood and Child Hunger Ends Here
to bring awareness to child hunger in our country.

Child Hunger Ends Here: How to Easily Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life #ChildHunger

What if…something you did that seemed small could make a big difference in a child’s life?

What if…you could help in the fight against child hunger by simply bringing home items you regularly buy from the grocery store?

What if…feeding your popcorn addiction meant one meal for someone else?

Okay, maybe that last one was only meant for me. ;)

But seriously, it is that simple.

The Child Hunger Ends Here Program

The Child Hunger Ends Here program makes it easy to provide one meal for a child who needs it.

Here’s how:

Simply look for ConAgra products that have the red pushpin pin somewhere on the package (front or back), and then enter the code either on the Child Hunger Ends Here website or in the widget in my blog’s sidebar.

Child Hunger Ends Here: How to Easily Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life #ChildHunger

For every 8-digit code entered now through August 2014, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.

DID YOU KNOW? More than 1 in 5 children in the U.S., including more than 1 in 4 Latino children, may not know where their next meal is coming from. That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds!

Child Hunger Ends Here: How to Easily Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life #ChildHunger

A Quick 1 to 2 Minute Survey

Would you be willing to take a quick 1 to 2 minute survey to help gauge awareness about child hunger? If so, head on over here to share your thoughts.

Child Hunger Ends Here: How to Easily Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life #ChildHunger

And Finally, a Fun Facebook Promotion

Child Hunger Ends Here is giving people an opportunity to ask Hunter Hayes a question — and he may answer it personally!

Just enter a code on the Child Hunger Ends Here website for the chance to “Ask Hunter” a question. Each month through August 2014, Hunter will personally answer one question (using the winner’s name) and post the video on the Child Hunger Ends Here Facebook page.

Ideas for Your Question: In July, be thinking about what you want to hear from Hunter about being a role model. Perhaps you want to know the best thing about being a role model? Or the hardest thing? Or maybe how Hunter hopes to leave a mark on the world?

*You must be 14yrs. or older to take part in the promotion, and there’s one prize/question allowed per person.

Did you know about the Child Hunger Ends Here program?
P.S. Entering codes may be a great way to start a conversation with your older kids and get them engaged and interested in helping fight child hunger!

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I was able to cross almost everything off my list from last week.

In case you ever wonder how I stay mostly on top of my goals after I set them, my not-so-secret tool is Google Calendar. I use it so often and it’s become such a helpful tool that I finally stopped using any sort of tangible planner.

In the past, I couldn’t stay organized without physically writing out and scheduling things in my planner, but now that I use Google Calendar and realize how much better organized it allows me to be, I did away with my planner.

Someday, I may write a post to share why I personally love Google Calendar. ;)

Anyway, here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Plan a fun Family Day at home — Our family days usually happen on Sunday afternoons, and lately, they’ve involved a movie and fun snacks. To be completely honest, we’ve been watching The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films week after week for a while now. We went through all five movies and now we’re checking out the extended versions from the library.

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 95 minutes on the treadmill

5. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x — I only drank this twice.

6. Read 20 pages of Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum

Home Management Goals:

7. Organize Elisabeth’s play area — It’s become overridden with LEGOs.

8. Unpack one box in the basement — I decided to unpack a garbage bag of old swimming/pool stuff that was sitting in the basement instead of one of the boxes.

Business Goals:

9. Get caught up on emails

10. Write 3 blog posts

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Plan a fun Family Day at home

Personal Goals:

3. Read 20 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 100 minutes on the treadmill

5. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 4x

6. Read 20 pages of Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum

Home Management Goals:

7. Mop the floors

8. Fill a bag with items to donate

Business Goals:

9. Bring in a piece of furniture from the garage to use for food photography

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

Remarkable Waterproof Smartphone: The Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. #SprintMom

Remarkable Waterproof Smartphone: The Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE #SprintMom

As a 2014 Sprint Ambassador, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to try out various Sprint devices and services, and then share my experiences with you here on The Sensible Mom.

Today, I’m sharing what I love most about the new Kyocera Hydro Vibe waterproof 4G LTE smartphone.

Without a doubt, my very favorite thing about this phone is that it is waterproof.

A Funny Story

A few years ago, I was driving home from somewhere, and at the time I had a habit of getting into our car and sitting my phone in one of the car’s cup holders. Well, I happened to do that very thing that particular day and much to my surprise, when I looked down at the cup holder after I arrived home, I realized that I had put my phone into a cup holder that was filled with some sort of liquid. It was probably what’s known as “pop” here in Illinois. ;)

Anyway, my phone died, and it never regained consciousness.

That incident would have turned out differently had my phone been a waterproof Kyocera Hydro Vibe, because this phone can handle hanging out in liquid for a while.

Remarkable Waterproof Smartphone: The Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE #SprintMom #MC
The Day I Took a Million Pictures at the Pool

I recently took the Kyocera Hydro Vibe smartphone with me to our local waterpark, and it was fantastic being able to carry it around and snap pictures of my kids without the fear of accidentally dropping it in pool.

Nope. With this phone, I was able to take tons of great quality pictures and videos of my family and even had a little fun dunking it in the water on purpose! :)

The Kyocera Hydro Vibe smartphone has an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and video camera.

Remarkable Waterproof Smartphone: The Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE #SprintMom #MC

I shared this collage in another post but wanted to post it again, so that you can see the truly high-quality pictures you can take with the Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE smartphone.

Remarkable Waterproof Smartphone: The Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE #SprintMom #MC

Besides the fact that it’s waterproof and takes high-quality pictures and videos, I love that this smartphone’s battery lasts all day.

Even after using the phone quite a bit on the day we spent seven hours at the waterpark, it didn’t need to be charged at all while we were there.

Remarkable Waterproof Smartphone: The Kyocera Hydro Vibe 4G LTE #SprintMom #MC

I’m loving this trusty new waterproof smartphone. Bath time, pool time, or backyard water hose, I can be worry-free with the Kyocera Hydro Vibe.

Have you ever thought about choosing a waterproof smartphone? Do you have a funny smartphone water mishap story? :)

Disney PLANES: Printables, Activities, Family Time, and More!

I’m working with Disney to share fun ways families can get excited about the new PLANES Fire & Rescue movie
that will be in theaters starting July 18, 2014. #FireAndRescue

Disney PLANES: Printables, Activities, Family Time, and More!

We love Disney movies.

Who doesn’t?

I know that we’re obviously not alone, because when we placed a library hold on the movie Frozen, (if I remember correctly) there were well over 100 people ahead of us. Crazy.

Ruben had taken four of our kids to see that particularly awesome movie while it was in theaters and which happened to be when David and I couldn’t leave the hospital during his transplant last December.

They liked the movie so much that they wanted us ALL to be able to sit down and watch it together as a family. We finally did and, of course, I loved it.

Disney has Another Movie Coming Out in Theaters 

In the not-too-distant-future, on July 18th, 2014, Disney is releasing yet another film that is sure to delight your kids! The upcoming new movie is PLANES Fire & Rescue, and because of the new release, we decided to get excited about PLANES ahead of time with a Planes-themed family time event that took place right in our living room. :)

To make this time extra-special, I put on my thinking cap, searched Pinterest, and finally settled on these four airplane-themed snacks:

1. “Baggage” filled with freshly popped popcorn
2. Cotton candy “clouds”
3. Classic “airplane” peanuts
4. PLANES fruit snacks – a rare treat for my kids

Disney PLANES: Printables, Activities, Family Time, and More! #PartyIdeas

Let’s just say that the snacks were a big hit. We ate them while we watched the first PLANES movie that’s currently out on DVD.

family-time

Just a side note: My oldest son, who is 14-years-old, wasn’t incredibly excited that we’d be watching a movie he thought was for little kids. However, in the end, he sat through the entire movie and liked it!

Disney PLANES: Printables, Activities, Family Time, and More! #DisneyPlanes #Party

We had a great time together taking in the movie and eating the airplane-themed snacks. I need to remember to plan these little extra-special things more often.

More Ways to Get Excited about the New Movie

Below you can take a peek at the Planes Fire & Rescue Trailer


Thunder – Planes: Fire & Rescue Trailer on Disney Video

And if you visit the Disney Planes website, you’ll find a ton of good stuff there. You can also find printables, games, and crafts on a separate Disney Planes Fire & Rescue website.

The activities on both of the sites mentioned above are totally free to download.

Here’s a peek at what’s there:

Disney PLANES: Printables, Activities, Family Time, and More! #FireAndRescue

Disney PLANES: Printables, Activities, Family Time, and More! #FireAndRescue
Disney PLANES: Printables, Activities, Family Time, and More! #FireAndRescue
If you click on any of the three Planes images above, you’ll be able to download and print those particular activities and coloring pages.

Also, you can stay up-to-date on the Disney Planes movies and more by visiting the Facebook page or by following Disney Pictures on Twitter.

Are you planning on seeing the new Planes movie? What’s your favorite Disney film (or character)?

Entertainment for the Whole Family: Raging Waves Waterpark

My family and I enjoyed an amazing, fun, free Family Day at Raging Waves Waterpark in exchange for sharing this review. #WelcomeToSummer

Entertainment for the Whole Family at Raging Waves Waterpark #Chicago #Staycation

We make a big deal about “Family Days” around our home.

They are must-do.

Can’t miss.

We’ve got to schedule a Family Day and make it happen at least once a week.

And if it looks like we aren’t going to be able to enjoy family time on our regular “Family Day” of the week, Sunday, then we plan ahead and schedule it for a different day. It’s that important.

Plus, we love this time together, because we realize that our days together are precious. And they’re not guaranteed. In fact, that truth became far too real for me this past year, and I guess that’s part of the reason why I strive to make family time a high priority — every single week.

Raging Waves Waterpark

Most of the time, we spend family days at home. But recently, we were able to experience an unforgettable time together at Raging Waves Waterpark, which happens to be located in the Chicagoland city of Yorkville, Illinois.

raging-waves-lunch

Seven Hours Later…We Barely Scratched the Surface

It was our very first time at Raging Waves, and we can see why it’s Illinois’ Largest Waterpark. Raging Waves is enormous, and it has something for everyone!

The Fun at Raging Waves Includes:

  • 17 Waterslides
  • The Lazy River
  • 1 Wave Pool
  • 2 Huge Kiddie Areas
  • Good Food
  • Sandy Beach Areas
  • A Family-Friendly Show
  • So Much More!

We split most of our time between the two kiddie areas and the wave pool. David and Isaac loved the slides in the kiddie area, and everyone had a blast in the wave pool! We hung out at the shallow end of the wave pool. And that turned to be a good idea, because those waves are powerful and have the ability to knock little ones over. ;)

Entertainment for the Whole Family at Raging Waves Waterpark #Chicago #Staycation

When Fire and Water Make Great Entertainment

Besides everything you can do in the water at Raging Waves, there’s also a new show you can sit down and take in with your family. It’s called “Sinbad and the Search for the Golden Pineapple.” And if you wait to see the last show of the day, you can watch one of the performers be lit on fire before jumping into a giant pool of water.

It’s pretty spectacular.
Entertainment for the Whole Family at Raging Waves Waterpark #Chicago #Staycation

Cleanliness, Friendliness, and Safety

While we were at the park, we had the opportunity to learn more about the people who work there and how they go all out and do their best to make sure that Raging Waves is a clean, friendly, and safe place to be.

As a mom (and germaphobe because I have to be), this made me incredibly happy to hear.

Entertainment for the Whole Family at Raging Waves Waterpark #Chicago #Staycation

Our family day at Raging Waves was awesome. I’m thankful for all the memories made and know that my kids will remember all the fun for a long time to come. :)

Have you visited a waterpark this Summer?