Movie Reviews: Oz the Great & Powerful


I admit I didn’t see it when it was out in the theaters so I decided to rent it at Redbox. It would have been worth watching when it was just released.

It is much darker than the Wizard of Oz, but I really enjoyed it.

I love watching Rachel Weisz, so this movie was quite a treat. I’ve seen her in The Mummy series, The Constant Gardener, Constantine and the Shape of Things. I love her acting. This was a great role for her.

Mila Kunis was wonderful too.

Is it wrong of me to have liked the wicked witches performances and liked them better than the good witch?  I mean Glinda was nice, but the real awesome effects came from the wicked witches until Oz decided to show himself.

I think I have found the source of my dislike for monkeys.. those flying baboons were pretty creepy.

I hope I’m not the first person to make the comparison of Mila Kunis’ Theodora to a sweet innocent young girl who gets betrayed by a guy who shows interest in her and turns into a man hating woman.. what? That’s what I got from it.. how else do you go from sweet and innocent to green with jealousy and wicked?

There were some minor characters that had some stand out performances… Tony Cox, Zach Braff, Joey King & Bill Cobbs.

I loved the beginning of the movie how it was in black & white and then went to color. Disney did a fantastic job with sticking to the original in this sense. The special effects were used with appropriate and sparingly. I am curious to know how they managed to create a china doll.

This is what a movie should do – hold the audiences attention, captivate them and entertainment them. Make them believe.

Check out other reviews of the movie (caution there may be spoilers!)


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I’m still angry

Today is the 3rd anniversary of my mom’s death.

I am still angry.

I’m angry because I didn’t do enough to be there for her.

I’m angry because the disease that took her – leukemia – has taken more people since.

I’m angry because I can’t forgive myself for all the things I didn’t do when she was alive & well.

I’m angry because… well just because.

I miss her.

I often spend the day reflecting and wondering if she were alive, what would she think of me now?

Would she have approved of the life I’ve led up to this point? Or would she be disappointed and judging?

Most people don’t know I fed her her last meal three years ago, it was hospital food, but I cut up the meat and fed her bite by bite.

How strange a thought/feeling being 27 and feeding your own mother like she was an invalid.. its harsh to say it like that, but she was maybe 140lbs that day, I not only outweighed her by a hundred pounds but I was feeding my mom. I never thought I would have ever seen that day so soon. I figured she would be gray and wrinkled and I would be feeding her in 20-30 years. But she was in a hospital, her mind was sharp she was as normal as she could be, but she was too weak to feed herself. I wanted to cry then, but I swallowed it and fed her. Asking when she was ready for more to drink or another bite.

When I left I told her I would “see her later” thinking she would be released from the hospital, I squooze her hand gently and left. Exhausted as I had witnessed her nearly die the night before, I went to bed.

Getting a call around 1amish with my dad on the phone, he had been there since I left and was asking me to speak to my mom. I told her I loved her. I was beginning to cry it was the moment I had dreaded.

She passed with my dad there a few minutes after 2 in the morning, it was a Sunday.

Her celebration of light ceremony was the next Saturday. One of her best friends from work spoke about her, how she would always get to work early and be cheery and hum to herself. I smiled through tears, realizing I would never hear that again.

I loved her, she was always encouraging me to write, or draw or be artistic in some way.

I just wish she had the chance to see what I’ve been up to these past years. I hope it makes her proud, she knew I had a soft spot for animals even though I only ever had a bird as a teenager, I was fascinated by cats.

She knew about three of my four cats, though she never got to met them, her cancer made her too weak to be around animals.

I think she would have approved of them, especially Boo since he is the cutest and silliest of the bunch.

I have tried to embody the goodness of my mom over the past three years and I hope that she would be proud.. or at least shake her head at me for my silliness.

So today I would ask just one thing of you, my dearest reader.. hug a friend, tell your family you love them and just simply let go of the people/things that have hurt you in the past. Life is too short to hold grudges or not say the important things.

Cheap Craft Ideas

I wish I was better at crafting.. I really do some of the things I’ve seen on the internet are nothing short of amazing.. but my level of crafting is still novice so I wanted to share some of the crafts that aren’t too time consuming, cheap and easy for someone like me to do.

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Wipe-Off Menu Board Tutorial


  • Picture frame with glass front (I love these 12×12 frames I found at Ben Franklin for only $7!)
  • Piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit in your frame (mine’s also 12×12)
  • Optional: Vinyl cut letters for each day of the week (you could always just hand write them)
  • Dry-erase marker

1. Put your patterned paper inside the frame. Replace the back. That’s pretty much it. 🙂

2. If you wanted to stop here, you could hand-write your days of the week on the glass, or use it as a message board / to-do list. I love that these frames can stand or hang on the wall so you can do whatever works best in your space!

3. Use a paper towel or cloth to easily erase dry-erase marker off the glass.

4. If you want to get fancy and go a step further, you can add vinyl lettering for the days of the week.

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1. Lay orange crepe paper flat and measure two 10-inch diameter circles for one favor (do your best using the ruler, circle doesn’t have to be perfectly formed).

2. Cut circles and stack one on top of the other, then place goodies in the center.

3. Pull sides of paper up and around the treats.

4. Twist gathered paper together, binding upward to create a stem.

5. Wrap twisted end with floral tape to resemble a stem.

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Snowflake Christmas Tree Ornaments


1. roll out your model magic so it’s about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
2. using your cookie cutter, cut out a snowflake
3. using the straw, poke a hole at the top
4. repeat process for however many you want to make
5. allow to dry for about 24-48 hours, turning over halfway through.
6. hang with a ribbon.

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Salt Dough Ornaments

One of the advent activities we have had was to make salt dough ornaments and this year were the most successful ones yet. This is the recipe I used:
2c plain flour
1/2c salt
1/2 – 3/4 c hot water
basically mix all together to make a dough. This made quite a lot so we just used half. Wrap any that you are not using in cling film to stop it drying out. I picked up some tips this year from reading different blogs but now I can’t remember where I read what, so a general thank you to everyone who has made these ornaments and blogged about it.
This year we tried rolling the dough on grease proof paper, I had to hold it as he rolled because it slipped about otherwise. This meant though that we could roll the dough quite thin. We cut them out and removed the excess from around the shape. We also cut designs into the main shape using my bento cutters.
I then slid the grease proof paper onto a plate and microwaved the shapes, it took about 5 minutes on 600W for about 8 shapes, I did leave one lot in too long and burnt a couple, so keep an eye on them. I also turned them over half way through. As I took the first lot out to cool, Ebi-kun set to work on the second batch.
We coloured them using felt tip pens, which I found worked better than paints, last year some of the ornaments went soggy when we painted them. Then I varnished them all with a clear varnish, we left them to dry over night.

The next day he went to town with the glitter glue and once they were dry we threaded ribbon through and hung them on the tree.

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DIY Glitter Ornaments

All you need:

Glass ornaments (I got these from JoAnn’s)

Glitter of your choice (this was from my local dollar store!)

And Pledge Floor cleaner…yes, floor cleaner. Just trust me, it works.

Add decorations of choice! Bows, scrapbook stickers, paint pen art, etc. Make it your own!

Start out by pouring some Pledge floor cleaner into the ornament and slowly swishing it around so that it touches all inside surfaces of the ornament. Dump out excess fluid when inside is completely coated.
Next, pour the glitter into the ornament and shake around until all surfaces are covered. Pour out excess glitter.

Glass, Paper, Glitter: DIY Ornaments

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We’re putting up our Christmas tree soon, and while there’s no shortage of ornaments waiting to adorn it, I like to make a few new ones every year. Last year, Jenna and I made these clay glitter ornaments, but now that she’s older, we’re trying out something a little more advanced (advanced = messy and breakable).

We started with a box of clear glass ball-shaped ornaments, decorative paper, glue, glitter, tape and a Xyron sticker machine.

Design #1: Paper Lines

I started by cutting decorative paper into large strips (approximately 1″ x 12″) and running them through a Xyron sticker machine to give them an adhesive backing. Next, I cut these into extremely thin strips of paper.
I removed the adhesive backing from the thin strips of paper and wrapped them around the glass balls, letting the paper overlap in places.

I continued to wrap the strips until I ended up with a design that I liked. I used approximately 5 strips per ornament.

Design #2: Polka Dots

I used some of the leftover paper with the adhesive backing to create confetti with a hole punch.

I removed the adhesive backing and placed the dots on the ornament.

Design #3: Glitter

Now here’s the messy part …

I started by placing strips of Martha Stewart masking tape around several ornaments.

I painted a thin layer of glue around the center part of the ornament and then let Jenna go to town with the glitter. I used a shallow pan to catch the excess glitter. Surprisingly, very little glitter ended up on the floor.I threaded yarn through the top of the ornaments and then taped the yarn to the side of a table while the glue dried.Once the glue was dry, I removed the tape. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t press down hard enough on the tape or if we just put too thick a layer of glitter on the ornaments, but the tape did not come off neatly. As a result, our lines are a little “organic.”

Guilty Pleasures part 2

Time for part two of my list of things I love but feel slightly guilty about..

I enjoy watching Supernatural..why? Because I like the conflicts between the angels and God and the Devil. I have always found that fasinating.. just like I love the Devil’s Advocate, Bedazzled, Constantine, The Shining, etc etc..

Cheesy movies on Syfy.. like Sharknado, Super shark, Lake Placid 4

Despite owning the following movies I will still watch them on tv – Shawshank Redemption & Beetlejuice – oh my goodness.. there is so much to read on that website.. I could get lost for days.. which brings me to another guilty pleasure..

Pinterest.. I have lots hours on that app. I start looking for one thing and next thing I know it’s 3 hours later.

Web comics – I swore I would have grown up from comics.. but nope. There is a web variety now..

Cat videos.. oh my goodness.. cats eating their veggies, saying “No no no”, swimming.. there is no shortage of cat videos.

Disco.. yes disco music.. I love it but I know not everyone shares my enthusiasm.. and I don’t listen to it all the time, only on special occasions.


Guilty Pleasures (food)

I knew this would be a long post and split it in two before hand.. the first is one of my favorite subjects.. food.

Cheese – cheese is awesome.. but it’s oh so bad for you.. shepard’s pie isn’t complete without cheese, tacos without cheese is just meat, all the wonderful things that can be covered with cheese…

Fried Rice – I can’t make it as good as the Chinese place down the road from the house.. but I love love love it.. they have sprouts and peas and carrots and fried rice goodness.

Chocolate – york peppermint patties, carmello, cadbury eggs, milkyway eggs, hershey’s cookies & cream

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (Belly flops) – I purchased them after a co-worker had some a while back..oh my goodness.. I have to order more. These are the jelly beans that don’t met the standard for Jelly Belly.

Ginger Ale – I love ginger ale.. most people don’t like it or only have it when on a plane but I am such a fan of it.

Rocky Road Ice cream – I want the kind with the marshmallows in it, none of that marshmallow ribbon stuff.. what the heck? Gimme my marshmallows!


Funfetti Cake or Cupcakes or Cookies.. oh my goodness. it’s a party in a box!

It’s the closest I will ever get to having a tyedye cake or cookies..


Premade Mocha.. preferrably the International Delight kind.. It’s so wrong to buy this I know because it admits I’m lazy but this is perfect for my hour long drives to work and for those looooooong 12 hour days.

Soft Boiled Eggs & Toast..

the other half gets grossed out about this.. but there is nothing so perfect than 3 minute soft boiled eggs some toast and some butter on that toast.. nom nom nom..



boiled peanuts.. oh yeah.. get some papertowels and some water or a beer.. because it’s about to get messy!



Tips & Tricks – Life Hacks

Tricks for Cleaning

Great Ideas for maximizing a small kitchen

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Skittles are evil

I wanted to share my story of survival in hopes that no one else will fall victim to the evilness of the skittles..

Above is what the evidence bag looks like from the crime scene..

Below is the culprit

Here is my story –

It was a long time ago.. when I was young and pretty.. wait.. just young. An innocent working in a call center doing what I did best then, answering calls and giving the best customer service I could while on my desk lay the evil incarnate… a plastic container of mint skittles..

in between calls.. I would sacrifice a few to the greater good .. for my breath of course

when suddenly I beheld the evil skittle.. and not knowing any better proceeded to consume it or tried to when it suddenly and viciously attacked me refusing to go the way of its siblings..

so I try to drink something to wash it down

it laughed evilly at my efforts

I tried to send some of its siblings to convince it to go in peace

it went..

or so I thought

until I got a phone call

and that was when the little skittle decided to mess with me

by jumping down the wrong pipe

and causing me to breathe minty fresh goodness..

but I couldn’t breathe (and breathing is essential)

so I ended up getting a ride in my managers camero (it was red)

and going to the er..

(for being choked by a skittle)

and while I’m inhaling and breathing minty goodness… the doctor comes in.. and i try to explain the evil skittle that tried to choke me..

he turns his head and asks..

what’s a skittle?


I’m not sure what expression was on my face when he said that.. but it had to be priceless as I tried to explain that a skittle was about the size of an M&M but this one had a minty filling..

he cackled evilly and decided to give me a muscle relaxer and send me on my way

and my manager drove me back to work

and I sat back down at my desk

still confused about what happened exactly

looked at the container of half eaten mint skittles

handed them to a co-worker

I swore I heard giggling coming from the container

and eyes dilated and the world very slow and a bit fuzzy I tried to give customer service to the best of my ability

drugged or not..

Let this be a warning to all to take care when eating skittles… there may be a rogue skittle in the pack that wants to kill you.

Don’t let it.. open the bag and tell it who is boss.

Don’t let a candy control your day.