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?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

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

I completely missed drinking a single one of my lemon (or lime) water concoctions. And I only wrote one blog post last week, but this week should be different.

Now that the July 4th holiday has passed, and my neighbors are no longer having illegal fireworks competitions in their backyards… My kids should be able to sleep a little better, and I should (hopefully) get back to having more time to myself after they go to bed. :)

Here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family — We tend to go around the table during mealtimes and practice each verse.

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

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

Home Management Goals:

7. Clean bathrooms

8. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

9. Fix recipes on my blog that are no longer working because of a plugin that I had to deactivate

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 — 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

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

Business Goals:

9. Get caught up on emails

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I did pretty well knocking out nearly all of the goals I set for last week.

But after thinking about the area I struggle with most – my business goals – I’m going to make a little change moving forward. I realize that week after week I keep biting off more than I can handle in terms of my business goals, and it’s just not good or helpful.

So, instead, I’m only going to create two business goals per week, and I’m going to add an additional personal goal in order to maintain ten goals per week.

It’s so much easier to work on personal goals around my kids anyway.

Business goals? Those generally have to be saved for after they’re in bed or for when I’m able to get some time alone to work on them.

Anyway, here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family — This has been such a blessing to our family. Even Elisabeth, my 2-year-old daughter, is doing great with her memorization. It helps that we work on the same verse for a few weeks at a time.

2. Enjoy a Family Day outside of the house

Personal Goals:

3. Read 25 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 80 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 25 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom (affiliate link) by Angela Thomas — I finished reading this book and plan on sharing some of what I gleaned in a future post.

Home Management Goals:

6. Clean the microwave — I’m not really looking forward to this. — Thanks to my hubby for getting this done for me. :)

7. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Add a header to my email newsletter

9. Attend a local one day blog conference

10. Write 3 blog posts — I only 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 — We tend to go around the table during mealtimes and practice each verse.

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

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

Home Management Goals:

7. Clean bathrooms

8. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

9. Fix recipes on my blog that are no longer working because of a plugin that I had to deactivate

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I know that it’s almost Thursday.

But that’s okay, because it’s never too late to set goals, right? I may have had this post published earlier, but I was a bit thrown off when I woke up this morning and went to change Elisabeth only to find that there wasn’t a diaper or Pull-Up in sight.

We were all out.

That took our little potty-training adventure down a new path today and meant that I had to spend a lot more time in the bathroom with a little person. Oh, and then there’s the extra laundry that needed attention… ;)

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 Family Day

Personal Goals:

3. Read 25 pages of Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 70 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 25 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom by Angela Thomas

Home Management Goals:

6. Organize the files on my computer

7. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Design a new Facebook cover for my page — I finally got around to this! You can see my new Facebook cover here. :)

9. Set up my blog feed on Mad Mimi — I did this. Then I found out that Mad Mimi’s web forms are not what I expected, and after doing more research, I decided to switch back to my old email service provider. Perhaps Mad Mimi will work out another time, but for now I’m back with Feedblitz.

10. Write 4 blog posts — Once again, I only got around to writing 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 — This has been such a blessing to our family. Even Elisabeth, my 2-year-old daughter, is doing great with her memorization. It helps that we work on the same verse for a few weeks at a time.

2. Enjoy a Family Day outside of the house

Personal Goals:

3. Read 25 pages of Virtual Freedom (affiliate link) by Chris Ducker

4. Walk a total of 80 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 25 pages of 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom (affiliate link) by Angela Thomas

Home Management Goals:

6. Clean the microwave — I’m not really looking forward to this. ;)

7. Unpack one box in the basement

Business Goals:

8. Add a header to my email newsletter

9. Attend a local one day blog conference

10. Write 3 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

JORD Wood Watch Review and Giveaway!

Thanks to JORD for partnering with me on this review and giveaway.

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals!

My husband is a special guy.

He handles so many things for our family — even most of the errands and grocery shopping. So when JORD (pronounced “YORD”) asked if I’d like to review one of their gorgeous wood watches on my blog, I knew I wanted Ruben (my husband) to have it.

Ruben hasn’t owned a watch in a very long time. I believe the last watch he bought for himself was before we were married, and I was probably around 17-years-old.

I’m in my thirties now, so that was ages ago. ;)

Dad fixing a bike for his son

So Many Watches, So Hard to Choose

JORD has so many beautiful watches to choose from for men and women that selecting the right one wasn’t easy. After visiting the JORD website and taking a peek at pictures and even videos online, Ruben decided he preferred the Cherry & Maple Sully Series JORD Watch.

I think he made a great choice.

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals! #giveaway

I know it’s hard to tell from the pictures, but this watch is truly lightweight and not clunky at all. I love the colors and the intricate design, but most of all, I’m happy that Ruben finally has a new watch that he enjoys wearing.

That’s the best part.

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals! #giveaway

And…It’s Giveaway Time!

Now that you know more about JORD wood watches and how delightful they are, let’s talk about this fabulous giveaway! JORD has generously offered to give one of my readers a JORD wood watch of their own! :)

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals!

How to Enter the Giveaway

Simply enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. I’ve included options for extra entries, too!

JORD Wood Watches are gorgeous and great for guys and gals! #giveaway

This giveaway will run from now until July 1st at 12:00am. The giveaway is open to US Residents ONLY, ages 18-years-old and above. The winner will be randomly chosen. I will promptly send the winner an email notifying them that they’ve won, and the winner must respond within 48hrs. of the giveaway’s end, otherwise I will have to draw a new winner.

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Do you wear a watch?