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"I Haven't Seen It" Review of Frozen

Yep, it's true.  I am one of the 7 people who hasn't seen Frozen yet.  I mean honestly, if you are parents and families out there, I would imagine you only go to the movies a few times a year?  Well, we are selective about what we choose to see in the theaters and what we wait to watch on DVD.  Part of it is cost, part of it is waiting for something worthwhile to see on the big screen.   This time around, my husband took my kids to see Frozen when it was in the theater.  I stayed home....more

When Is A Swear Word Just A Swear Word?

By Meg HodsonI am a blogger. The power of words holds a special place in my heart and is very important to me. I have always loved to write. You might say I am fanatical about proper grammar and spelling. I get language. I know how to form a proper, complete sentence. I say "please" and "thank you". I don't start conversations with "me" or "and"....more

Oscars 2014 Fashion Recap

The 2014 Oscars are in the record books!  Well, there might be a few parties still going on as this post goes live.  I have to say, it was quite the entertaining show, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres. I mean, how cool was ordering pizza?  And her Oscar Selfie set a Twitter record for the most tweets.  Even though it ran long, having our #OscarHop rolling made it fun and engaging!   But before the show, we began with the Red Carpet....more

Oscar-Worthy Cranberry Brie Bruschetta

Whoa, Mama this recipe turned out amazing!  It's relatively quick yet is an elegant presentation for your Oscar soiree....more

Are Girl Legos Necessary?

Legos have been a regular toy in our house for many years.  One of my daughters favorite toys as a toddler was a huge tub of Lego Duplo blocks that we would build into airplanes, robots, houses, and more.  They came in a variety of colors, nothing predominantly pastel or primary.   I will be honest, the first "advanced"  Legos that entered our home were for my 2nd born, my son.  My daughter would engage in play with him occasionally, but it's not like she asked for her own....more

Confession: I Don't Like Snow Days

I love watching my kids play in the snow.  I am humbled by kids and their sheer enjoyment of frozen ice crystals on the ground. They mold it into snowballs, they run through it, they eat it, they kick it, they dive head first into it, they sled in it, THEY LOVE IT!   It is the simplest, purest form of enjoyment I can think of for kids, especially for those that don't have it often. That is where my family comes into the picture.  We live in a suburban town of Portland, Oregon....more

Batman Is My Boyfriend at 'The Lego Movie'

It's refreshing when a movie both celebrates itself and pokes fun at itself a little, too. This is exactly what the new film, The Lego Movie, does.  My husband and I attended with our three young children on the night of its premiere. ...more

Modern Sloppy Joes

By Meg Hodson I'm right there with ya.  You're a Mom who wants to feed her family healthy, home-cooked meals.  In our increasingly busy lives (both for ourselves and our children), it is sometimes hard to plan a meal.  Well, I am here to share one of my all-time favorite recipes to cook for my family.  It takes minimal time and prep work....more

American Idol: The Trip, The Access...and Ryan Posing!

Disclosure: American Idol Productions treated me to Hollywood Week and covered my travel expenses. As many of you fans know, we are on the cusp of a new season of American Idol.  As a fellow fan, I am excited, too. This post still finds me in the shock and awe of being chosen for an experience I'll never forget....more

Idol, Here I Come!

It all started with a tweet, directly from American Idol.  I'm fairly Twitter-savvy and know (most of the time) if something is suspicious or an account is not verified.  But this was the real deal, AMERICAN IDOL tweeting me, and subsequently following me.  The tweet instructed me to direct message them about an exclusive event in L.A.  Sounded easy enough.  So I did.   Hopes did not rise too high, I was being realistic....more