Do Y’all Do Acrylics? 

Today, I participated in the most Southern of practices – gettin’a full set. For those uninitiated in this ritual, a full set refers the act of having plastic tips put on your fingernails to make them longer, stronger and hold polish for two weeks straight without a single chip.  Acrylic is used to fill in over the natural nail.

As a nailbiter since birth, I absolutely adore getting a fresh set of nails. I’ve tried unsuccessfully ever the years to stop the nonsense I know it is. The only thing that works is having a full overlay of acrylic. It’s my bite blocker.


Every so often, you have to take off the old acrylic and start with a brand-new set. This is what happened today. Fresh nails feel fabulous!

I also need a pedicure since it’s sandal season again. Alas, that will have to wait for another day. So, until my toes get the attention they so desperately need, enjoy one of my favorite web series: Sh%t Southern Women Say, by the ladies at the Southern Women Channel. The first lines of the series are “Hey, y’all. Do y’all do acrylics?” Need I say more?

The Tooth Fairy Visits the Disney Wonder

I have often wondered if the Tooth Fairy lives in Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and her friends. Well, I am still not sure where she calls home, but I do know she makes visits to the Disney Wonder, and I think her name is Celine.

It all happened on our “At Sea” day during our Alaskan voyage on the beautiful Disney Wonder. My middle son lost a molar while eating a late lunch with my husband on Deck 9. So, my husband wrapped the tooth in a napkin, and went to the restroom with my son to help him clean up a bit. It is a messy thing to lose a molar.

When they returned to the table, the ever industrious crew members had already bussed the table clean. Tooth and all! Oh no! But not to worry, we are on the Disney Wonder. Surely the Tooth Fairy stops here too, but with no tooth to place under the pillow, what was a mom to do?

Guest Services to the rescue! I called the Guest Services desk, to explain (not complain, mind you) what had happened. And in full Disney fashion, the Tooth Fairy made a visit to our stateroom that very night.

He got a note, from “Celine-the-Tooth-Fairy”, a button for his lanyard and an arcade card too! Wow – that was Disney magic. In fact, my daughter started wiggling all of her teeth to see if one would come loose, too.

So thank you Tooth Fairy for spreading your magic on the Disney Wonder all the way up in Alaska! I think we will be seeing you soon. My daughter is working on a pretty wiggly tooth now.

If your little one loses a tooth at sea or in one of the Disney Parks, make sure to speak with the cast or crew members to make the experience extra magical.

Waterproof Bible: A Refreshing Review

Hello, you had me at WATERPROOF! Just in time for summer mission and camping trips. Below is a dear friend’s review of the Waterproof Bible! And make sure to check out her blog at RefreshingTalk.com. No NRSV or CEB translations yet, which the Methodist Church seems to favor these days – I like the NRSV, myself – but for traveling, VBS and summer mission trips, NIV or NLT is fine with me. This is a must for anyone in youth or children’s ministry!

Refreshing Review: The Waterproof Bible

Sometimes you just have to enjoy putting a product through its paces. For this review of the Waterproof Bible, we did exactly that…and it was fun! Let me just give you a little background on the product first.

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The Waterproof Bible was created in 2005 to meet the needs of those who love the outdoors life. One of the creators, Bobby, would never take his Bible on outdoor camping trips or excursions as a high-schooler or college student because he didn’t want it to get damaged or destroyed by water, mud, or just the roughness of being handled outside in the elements. He and a friend (later the co-creator of the Waterproof Bible) came up with a solution to the problem by making a Bible that was laminated and folded up like a travel map, and they called it the Outdoor Bible. While that worked well, they found that people were desiring a more traditional-styled Bible to carry with them to retreats and other outdoor events. So with a totally different restyle of their concept, the Waterproof Bible was born.

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The Waterproof Bible is an outdoor Bible and so much more! It is made of durable synthetic pages that are hand bound and then glued with a waterproof glue. The pages are also tear-resistant, and so all of these features come together to form a Bible that is not just perfect for the outdoors, but also suitable for moms who like to read the Word of God in the bathtub, for missionaries, for soldiers in the field…it’s very versatile.

So, I felt as though this Bible would be best tested out by my kids, two of whom jumped at the chance right away (ages 15 and 12). They literally tested the claims of the durability of this Bible in every way they could, and here are their results, in their own words:

15 year-old:

Ran tap water over it….no harm
Left out in the (soaking) rain…no harm
Oil spilled on it…slickness, later rinsed off, no stain
Note: gets a little stiff after drying, but still readable, and the pages still turn

12 year-old:

Power-rinsed it….not damp at all
Juice spilled on it…no stain
Power-soaked it…slight dampness, but other than that, perfect
Toothpaste on it…had to wash it off, but no stain left

My teenager also noted that when this Bible gets wet and you squeeze it, water shoots out the top and bottom…very cool 😉

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Basically, we sought to work this Bible over, and the Waterproof Bible stayed true to its claims. No pages were torn, none of the ink smeared as a result of the exposure to the liquids, and it is as dry and readable as ever. The only thing that gives away the torture we put it through is the slight bleeding of color on the cover.

You might also see in my pictures that the print is very small. That was my only complaint, but then I was in on a conference call with Bobby, and he explained why that is. If they were to make the print bigger, the Bible would itself weigh several
pounds, which would not make it convenient to pack, carry in a backpack, etc. Due to that reason, I don’t consider the small print a real drawback.

The Waterproof bible comes in 5 translations – ESV, NLT, NIV, KJV, NKJV – and they offer full size Bibles, as well as just NT versions. These are some of the best Bibles ever given to our soldiers all around the globe because they can stand up to all the rigors of a soldier’s daily life out in the elements. It is handy and keeps the Word of God available, for soldiers to moms to people who love the outdoors to kids, and everyone in between. I am so grateful to have been given one, and I look forward to sending the Waterproof Bible business in the future!

Dee

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What is Pentecost Exactly?

Great question. Pentecost is known as the Birthday of the Christian Church. Penta = 5 (think pentagon), and Pentecost is 50 days after Easter Sunday. It is celebrated as the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the Disciples.

But why take my word for it, the team at Busted Halo have given us Pentecost in 2 Minutes. Really, y’all, it explains the phenomenon in 2 minutes!!

Wow, now you know everything there is to know about Pentecost. Well not everything, but enough to know how important the Holy Spirit is to all Christians. Now, I can only speak from the United Methodist tradition, but the video is spot on, even about confirmation.

Receiving the Holy Spirit is a good thing, so have fun! Wear red to church this Sunday! It’s the church’s birthday. Make Pentecost cupcakes (which are any yummy cupcake topped with bright red frosting).

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Thanks again to Busted Halo. The great people there love to share the love of Christ. It is a fantastic resource, even for Methodists. We are all one in Christ Jesus. By the way, over on BustedHalo.com, you will find a Captain America: Civil War review. Another reason I love them. It does have a few spoilers, but if you want to take a read, here you go: Busted Halo CA:CW

Have a blessed Pentecost, y’all.

 

 

Keepin’ It Real Reviews: Orgain Organic

Orgain Organic Protein Powder is a plant-based protein powder, GMO free, soy free, gluten free and vegan. But what I liked most about it is that it has only 5 net grams of carbohydrates per serving.

As someone who is currently watching every carbohydrate I ingest, as well as the source of the carb, I was thrilled to give this protein shake a try. As the directions suggested, I mixed  my shake with sugar-free almond milk. I decided to use my Ninja blender, because it makes a mean smoothie.

The Taste: I give it 3 out of 5. It was good, not great. I could taste that this was a plant-based protein powder, and from time to time I’m fine with that. I actually prefer a vanilla shake to most other flavors, so that was nice.

The Texture: Mixed with almond milk and blended in a Ninja, the texture was spot on. Not too grainy, not too watery. I think I would add crushed ice next time to give it a chill.

Who will love this: Vegans, vegetarians and carb counters.

Who won’t: This product does contain organic stevia as a sweetener. Some folks love it, others don’t.

My final take: I would like this shake from time to time. I’m not sure an entire tub of this is for me. I prefer the milkshake taste of Atkins shakes to the plant based protein shakes. But for folks with milk, soy and gluten allergies, I think this shake is a win!

Connect with Orgain:

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of this product in return for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

 

Spoiler-Free Review of Captain America: Civil War

This is my Spoiler-Free review of Captain America: Civil War as it appears on the DisExplorers blog. This review assumes the reader has watched Captain America: The First Avenger & Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you haven’t seen the first two Cap films, this review will contain spoilers. And, go watch them now. They are seriously good.

Hi, Y’all, I rarely deem any movie, much less a franchise, worthy of going to the theater on Opening Day. But I tell you what, the Captain America franchise has me hooked. We’ve watched Steve Rogers – aka Captain America – as his character has gone from the simple world view he held as a young wannabe solider in World War II era Brooklyn, where all he wanted was to fight for his country, to the place where he is in 2016. Now he faces an internal fight, as his country wants to restrict how he uses the powers they gave him. And not just his powers, but those of all the Avengers, Mutant-like characters and others with super abilities (even if it is just a backpack with wings).

The movie posters and trailers set the scene. Viewers enter the theater already having an idea of which side each Avenger-Mutant-Vigillante will choose, though there were a few surprises, and a few “surprises” we saw coming from a mile away.

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This movie continues the great storytelling of Captain America: Winter Soldier, which more than made up for the forgivably-just-ok storytelling of Captain America: The First Avenger. Steve and Bucky are together again, but the nations of earth won’t let these BFFs have a peaceful reunion. The world demands accountability for the Avengers… much like the Supers in the Incredibles. So, you get the picture. Some Supers, I mean Avengers, agree, others, not-so-much…. Thus the Civil War.

The few spoiler-free criticisms I have include an opening sequence which caused a bit of vertigo, making me very happy I opted to go with the 2-D screening. The locations hopped around the globe so much I felt like I was in the Great Race waiting for the Carmen Sandiego theme song to begin.

The action is awesome, a few of the nitpicking criticisms of previous films, like Cap’s super kicking abilities are made fun of in CA:CW. The entire team behind Cap have the unstoppable combination of a great sense of humor coupled with a great sense of responsibility to the story, its characters and the fans.

My son added this bold statement: “It made a better Avengers 2 than Avengers 2.” Which I wholeheartedly agree with.

If you are on the fence about whether to see Captain America: Civil War in the theaters or wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray, I say run to the theater. Now.

I give this Marvel flick a rating as high as it comes… 5 Infinity Stones! And I didn’t even do that for Avengers 2.

 

Endearance

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Today we celebrate the birth of a new word. Endearance.

n. Endearance [en deer uh ns] The smash up of endear and endurance, especially when the affection builds over a long period of time.

I love when a new word reveals itself in everyday conversation. Endearance was never planned, it just came about after a long athletic season, where the camaraderie between teammates built over the period of the season.

So, in the spirit of the Sherman Brothers,  Disney Legends and songwriters who made up famous words like Supercalifragelisdicexpialidocious and responstible, I offer  EndEARance. And as my family made up the word, we can also provide and alternate definition: a long time love of Disney, and how it grows over the yEARs.