Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Movie Review: Springbreakers


My thoughts throughout this entire movie, kept playing like a broken record inside my head...

"What the hell is the point of this movie?!" 

I started watching this movie knowing it wasn't going to be the typical sweet girly movie that these girls usually star in and thinking it was going to be about 4 girls that got in trouble while on spring break... Well I was right but this film definitely went in a direction I wasn't expecting.

All I saw were the writers and directors of Springbreakers trying to turn sweet little girls like Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Vanessa Hudgens into sluts. I understand Disney actors wanting to be treated like adults and wanting to branch out into the huge world of acting but come on... 
You can't go directly from sweet cute roles to filthy mouthed crack whores in that short of time... 

This movie was a huge waste of my time and while I'm sure you've heard it before, I'll say it again... 
DO NOT let your little ones watch this movie. Definitely not appropriate and might forever scar their little minds when it comes to having any of these actresses as role models. 

That being said... If you are a horny guy (or girl) sitting at home bored and smoking weed or some other kind of drug, then by all means you will definitely find enjoyment in this film. 

Review: Coppertone Sunscreen Products


*I received free product to facilitate this review*

Not sure what the weather is like where you live but right now in my little part of Kentucky, Summer is in full swing. Right now I'm sitting on my front porch (in the shade) trying to enjoy the weather. 


As you can see the UV Index is ridiculous today and they've warned that if you're going to be in the sun you must wear protection. Thankfully, Coppertone sent me some samples of their great products so when my son and I decide to ride bikes, or play tag, or of course our all time favorite summer past time swimming, we'll be protected. 


This past Monday, we went to visit my niece and play outside since she had back surgery scheduled the next day and we wanted her to have fun while she could. I used the Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam Sunscreen and instead of having to fight the kids to let me rub them down, they were actually standing in line waiting their turn. 

  

We have a trip planned to go to King's Island Amusement Park and Soak City Water Park on the 21st and I'm definitely packing not only the Kids Wacky Foam for Jordan but also the Oil Free Faces for me and Corey to use and the New Wet'N Clear sunscreen for us all to apply at the water park since it's specifically developed to be applied to wet skin.

You can find coupons 
for these products and more at Coppertone Savings!


Make sure your family is protected this summer.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

DELIVERY MAN coming to theaters November 22

For all of us Vince Vaughn fans...





Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Were you waiting to hear from me?


Okay... So I know that time has been flying by, but I didn't realize it has been almost 5 months since I've written on here!

I have had an ungodly amount of stuff going on, so don't judge me. =)

I'm hoping to get back to posting periodically, not only for my readers (if I still have any left) but for me. I find it's a great way to get things off my chest and a great way to look for new products, which I'm in desperate need of right now with the new baby coming soon.

We moved to a new house last month though and I had to change from DSL internet to Satelite! *Queue the dreadful music* So the majority of my posts will be written during my free hours of midnight to 5 a.m. So if there are words misspelled or downright forgotten, you'll know the reason. =)


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Extreme Poop Pains

I want to apologize to everyone really quick for not posting much lately. I'm in that stage of pregnancy where I feel like CRAP! I don't want to do anything and everything makes me sick. Even looking at my phone (which I was addicted to before) makes me sick... I can't stand to get a call or text from anyone right now but I know in a couple of weeks I'll be missing everyone calling to check up on me.

Not much new has happened since the last time I wrote. A few days ago I did have a pretty severe bout of stomach cramps. I think it had something to do with IBS because the pain from having to go to the bathroom was so intense I literally almost passed out. My eyes starting blacking out, my ears started whooshing and then ringing, I almost threw up, and I started sweating so profusely that it was rolling off of me unto the floor... Not pretty and definitely something I don't want to experience again.

I was worried about it so I called the doc and they made me come in for blood work to get my HCG levels tested. They said my levels were almost 13,000!!! So of course that prompted me to look for what the "normal" range is... which was impossible to find because everybody varies so much. I am a little worried about possibly having twins, but I'm trying to keep from stressing too much because I won't know until I go for my ultrasound Feb. 13th.

I would love to know what everyone else's levels were, if you remember. =)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Already Showing?!?...

I'm officially 5 weeks preggers today!

I never would have guessed that I would be this uncomfortable already... I know it's been 5 years since I was pregnant with Jordan and I've forgotten a lot but I'm already experiencing all kinds of stuff that I didn't think would happen yet.

In addition to the normal-at-this-stage titty tenderness, I've been having symptoms like:
  • General uncomfortableness 
  • Restless nights
  • Heartburn
  • Discharge
Plus I think I'm already starting to show! I'm trying to suck it in and make it look like I'm normal because you're not "supposed" to start showing until at least 3 months... I think the more kids or pregnancies you have had though the sooner you start to show. My aunt is also pregnant right now and she was really showing at just 10 weeks! (She's little though, and I'm already plus sized, so I don't know if the same rules apply.)

When did you start showing with your kids?

Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! in Cincinnati, OH!


Yesterday I got the chance to take my son and nieces to see Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE in Cincinnati, OH at the Aronoff Center of the Arts. I had a feeling that they would love it but just how much they loved I wouldn't know until I saw their faces light up.

I was not disappointed. Yo Gabba Gabba is just about the only show that my son is addicted to that I can actually stand to watch. Their songs are so catchy and I actually use them everyday even when the TV is not on, when I want Jordan to clean or eat or to not be scared of the dark.

We had great seats! (Bring a better camera then I did when you go.)

It's not a surprise that tons of celebrities take their children to this show. It was awesome! Even being 25 years old, I personally loved it! I was just as excited as the children when the confetti popped out all over us.
The only thing that could have made it better was if we could go backstage and meet the characters. (That option is available to purchase, and now that I know how awesome the show is, I will definitely be trying to do that next year.)

Here's some of the bajillion pictures I took at the show.






I posted this video on Facebook and labeled it, The Perfect Video to Describe the Entire 80 Minute Show. I had a lot of people write me and ask prices and locations so here is that information. There are still a lot of shows that are playing across the nation so check here and see if there is one playing near you! You nor your kids will be disappointed in this show.

Some things that should be mentioned:

  • The show is loud so keep that in mind if your child doesn't like loud noises. 
  • There is confetti and bubbles released into the crowd but you won't be dirty when you leave.
  • There is a brief 5 seconds of flashing strobe lights.
  • The kids and parents are encouraged to stand up and dance so if you choose to remain seated, you might not be able to see very good (depending on your seats.)


I can't wait to take Jordan and our new baby again next year! This is definitely becoming a Ballard Family tradition until they outgrow Yo Gabba Gabba. (And then I might just go by myself. LOL)

Have you and your kids attended one of the LIVE shows this year? If so, what was their favorite part?!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Why so much gas!?

I still haven't been to the doctor yet, but my appointment is scheduled for Feb. 13th. I'm a little worried because I'll be around 9 weeks at that time and I lost my last baby at 8 weeks...

I'm trying to think positive though and not stress myself out too much. Although I'm not gonna lie.. Every time I go to the bathroom, I inspect the toilet paper for even the tiniest sight of blood. I know. That's not healthy, but I can't help it.

I had my son almost 5 years ago so while I do remember some things, I'm pretty much like a 1st time Mommy again.

My pregnancy symptoms this week have been a crazy amount of gas that I just can't or no longer feel like holding in, and some major pregnancy brain!

For example: I have been married for 7 years and my husband could count on 2 hands how many times I've actually "popped gas" (what my son calls it) in front of him.
This past Sunday we had a couple of friends over and I actually let it out right in front of them! I would have NEVER done that before. I was embarrassed but they made me feel better because immediately everyone pushed out some of their own gas just so I wouldn't feel bad. =) I've got great friends. Just not a very nice smelling house right now. LOL

Yesterday, I went to the fridge to get a drink and saw a water bottle with the initial C on the lid... I couldn't for the life of me think of who's water bottle that could be... My husband's name is Corey...

It's like my brain cells are traveling down my spine and out my butt right now, but I'm loving every minute of it and my husband just thinks I'm cuter because of it. =)

Right now I'm looking for suggestions on which pregnancy body pillow is the best so please tell me your opinions Mommies! =)

Talk to you soon!