Monday, April 02, 2018

Miracle Season coming to a theater near you

I love this time of year. Springtime in Houston means Bluebonnets and perfect days at the park and picnic dinners. This spring also means the release of a new movie called " THE MIRACLE SEASON " in theaters April 6th.

The story is about tragic loss but also hope. Just like Spring pushes through the dark winter to bring us new life, The Miracle season is about finding the hope and light in the dark times of our life. Take a peek at the trailer and gran your family to see this film: 

I loved this movie for a few reasons, one of which is that it is about my favorite sport or all time; Volleyball! I grew up in a family of athletes. I grew up going to one sporting event to support my sibling to the next. Most of my siblings went on to play sports after high school and it is something that my kids enjoy doing as well. 

Unlike my siblings and extended family, I only played one sport, Volleyball. I really wanted to play in college and even had Olympic dreams. I found a Club team to join (waaaaay back before there were Club teams everywhere) and earned money to pay for it. I would wake up early and run in the rice fields surrounding my home and do drills after practice. I was small and not very strong but I was determined. 

My sophomore year of high school, I was bullied, a lot. This was also waaaaay back before any anti-bullying campaigns. That year, I dreaded going to Volleyball because my bullies were also my teammates. I would get so sick before every practice and I lost my focus. Eventually, I decided to not continue my Junior year and halfway through the season, I quit. I left my passion behind and with it, a part of me also left. I no longer had the fire and drive to do much of anything. 

Luckily, my senior year I was asked to come back and join. We had a new coach who also knew the reasons why I quit and promised me it would be different. And it was. But I had to work so hard to get back to where I was before. It was so hard teaching my body to react a certain way but eventually, I worked it out and was able to go on and play after High School. 

Now that I am a bit older, I still enjoy playing. I credit my drive and ambition to lessons I learned on the court and with my coaches and teammates and family. Now I happily drive my own kids to practice and it makes my momma heart proud to see them excelling as well. They are learning as I did to be focused and dedicated and that takes training and discipline to accomplish. 

What about you? What is something that you had to work really hard at? What did it teach you? 

Sunday, April 01, 2018

You host AirBnB?!

A lot of people are surprised and intrigued to find out that we host our home as an AirBnB. I know, it might sound a little strange since we have 4 kids and we are letting strangers in our home. But, we are gone often enough that I thought we might as well make a little moolah when we are away! I am so smart.

Have you stayed at an AirBnB? If not, 2018 is YOUR year to sign up and give it a shot. You can use my link to get $40 off your first stay.

We have used AirBnB for all of our accommodations to places such as:
Philly, USA
Iceland (5 different ones)
Paris (Right across the street from Arc De Triumph)
San Antonio, TX

lava field in Iceland 2017

And we already booked our place for New Zealand. I really love the mix of a comfy-home-meets-hotel. I adore having a local handy to give us tips and tell us more about the history of the area. Sometimes the place we get is a big house with many rooms for rent (like a hotel) and other times it's the entire home.

Leave a comment telling me where you are headed this year. Have you ever stayed at an AirBnB?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A night away

So most of you know that I put a lot of effort into my family. My husband and I work really hard at our jobs, both ones that take place inside and outside of our home. And after a week of being mom and dad to our beautiful tribe and so-and-so to work, we relish in time to ourselves. I even tell our kids that mom and dad need to go kiss and go to dinner and get dressed up. And the cute kiddos love to help us pick just the right shoes and lipstick for the night. Yes, it is as quaint as it seems. 

We have lived in Houston long enough that things are getting boring. Have you tried to go on a date in a boring town? Well, the town isn't boring---but we have eaten in a lot of the restaurants and seen most of the sights. Even then, we still make it a priority to make time for each other. So when husband said he booked a hotel for a night away,  I said yes in .0001 seconds (though I was not expecting much since "we have done everything".

The hotel he booked was really lovely and 20 minutes from our house. We checked in and then headed to Top Golf. I just will eat burgers for every meal so I had to try one there. Let me just say the burger was fine but I was really surprised at how much fun I had just being together and knowing we still had a whole night and day ahead of us!

After establishing that I am terrible at golf but great at eating burgers, we headed to WalMart to buy whatever we wanted. The trick was it had to be stuff we normally don't buy,so,, junk food! wahoo! In a world where non-organic non-free-trade processed food is shunned, I felt vitalized buy buying my favorite treats. We did something similar years ago and it brought back so many memories. 

This was the Friday before Christmas and it was so nice to read a good book and eat myself into a sugar comma with my best friend. It has been such a rotten year last few months for us and the night away was truly inspired. I loved that he knew what I needed even though I was a little grumpy about it. 

In a world that relies so much on media and technology (I mean, you wouldn't even be reading this if not for technology so please know we love Technology), it was a welcome reprieve to turn everything off and just be together like it was when we first were dating. I know, the ancient days of limited cell-phone use and pay-per-text, gasp! 

There is a darling, clean movie coming out on January 19 called Forever My Girl. Just watch this right here, a trailer of Forever My Girl:

""FOREVER MY GIRL is about second chances and finding our way back home.  This wonderful film is perfect for all of us who believe in courtship, romance, and love enduring all things.  It also has an amazing music soundtrack that includes hot CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Lauren Alaina, Travis Tritt, and Alex Roe who stars in our film as country star “Liam Page.”"

We all need to take time to focus on things that matter. And when you want something to last, you take it seriously and treat it as such. I take my job as a Stay-at-home-mom and wife seriously. Both "jobs" I made a choice to take, and it is something that really matters. I love how this film shows that there are consequences but there is also room for love and forgiveness. In a marriage that lasts, there has to be plenty of room for both. 

Mark your calendar and get a sitter and head to the movies to see this film on January 19th. It is a new year and that means it is a perfect chance to make changes and start new beginnings. 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Paddington Bear 2

Are you as excited as I am about this? On Friday, Jan 12 grab your family and some marmalade sandwiches and head to the theaters to watch Paddington 2.

As a kid, I loved the stories of Paddington. And now as a mom of 4, both my husband and I love to share our mutual affection for this delightful bear with our children. We love to watch Paddington and this looks like it will not disappoint! Check out the trailer if you want to call my bluff:

 I told you so! I laughed out loud when he said "its just one red sock...".

Here is the storyline

"Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Paddington 2 stars: Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Hugh Grant (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Sally Hawkins (Jayne Eyre), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Julie Walters (Mamma Mia) and Ben Whishaw (The Hollow Crown) as the voice of Paddington."

If you are like me and are looking for things to do with your family that involves not being cold, well, head to your closest theater this weekend! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Year of Family Date Nights!!

That's right folks, all you need to do is click and print and you become the most thoughtful gift giver on the block!

I was recently at a Christmas Work Party and I had so many people ask me about our Family Retreat (see my Intagram account for details: mmjkhansen) and also about how we create so much laughter and fun in our family. I mean, of course, it is not all sunshine and roses. Especially when it is 2am and there are little legos and bare feet and night terrors involved... 

But this prinatble pack from the Dating Divas will help you (or that hard to buy for family on your list),  well on the path to sunshine and roses... lego free nights not guranteed. Just click, download, and print! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's a Wonderful Life and a GIVEAWAY!

Well, we have had Christmas decorations up since Nov 1 at my house. I decided there was no point in putting away Halloween to just move all the boxes and get out Christmas a few weeks later. I am sure I broke some written or unwritten law bout skipping Thanksgiving but frankly, I don't care much. I wanted Christmas cheer so out came the few Christmas decorations I have. 

And I really love it. 

 You know what else I love, traditions! And one tradition we have is Friday Family Movie Night. We all look forward to it each week and with Christmas coming, soon we will be adding on of our Family Favorites "Its a Wonderful Life" to the mix! 

There are just so many parts of the movie we love. I love the part where Donna Reed makes this drawing for James Stewart "George"

Another favorite part is when he comes home after a long day and is surrounded by his family and also by all the things to fix! That is so close to real life in our home! 

And then there is this.....

When McKay and I first started dating, it was Christmastime. And he would quote this to me and I just looked at him so confused! Growing up, I watched "White Christmas" a lot, not "It's a Wonderful Life." So I had no idea what he was talking about! ha! 

There is a NEW movie coming out called "The Man Who Invented Christmas". And it looks amazing! 

Film Synopsis:
The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS releases in theaters on November 22.

Another family tradition we have is to see a movie on Thanksgiving. You can bet we will be seating in the theater watching this one!

Grace Hill Media has been so generous to host a giveaway of three Family Favorite DVD's to one lucky winner!

Sound Of Music
Beauty and the Beast
A Christmas Carol

 Please comment below with a family movie you look forward to watching together this Christmastime. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Now this is one you can take your whole family to. 
And I really really hope you do. 

Here is a summary of the movie:

"GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.  Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War.   But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?"

I am sure many of you have heard about this film. If you haven't though, you can sneak and peek at the trailer. Just for you, my friends!

Doesn't that just make you want to see it? And bring your family too? I was able to screen it actually. I know, it was pretty cool! And it made me cry and laugh and I can't wait to take my family to see it as well. You can check out what Rotten Tomatoes says about the film too. Honestly, in a world where the wholesome and good gets mocked at, this felt like a breath of fresh air. 

One of the things that I was really surprised at was the character development and how many aspects of their lives that I felt that resonated with me. Life is rough! But it also has so much joy and deserves celebrating. I loved how imagination was given freedom and even as I watched the film, I knew I wanted to find that imagination within myself that I am sure I had as a child. 

I'll just finish up with this quote from a part in the movie that stood out to me. 


Miracle Season coming to a theater near you

I love this time of year. Springtime in Houston means Bluebonnets and perfect days at the park and picnic dinners. This spring also means t...