What do you Think About “Warm Bodies”?

By Kevin Dooley (Flickr)

By Kevin Dooley (Flickr)


There is a movie coming out on the 1st of February called “Warm Bodies”. It is a rom-com with zombies where a human is able to change the zombie so he is more of who he wants to be. Despite all odds, the unlikely couple ends up caring for one another.
But I believe the message is different than just the silly comedy of a human in love with a zombie. There are many parallels to life as we know it.
Take a peek!
Are You A Warm Body?

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New Year…New Ideas!

amelia on a budget
Are you currently trying to find better ways to eat?
Celebrations are no excpetion when you are trying to stay on the Healthy Wagon. Believe me, there are plenty of recipes out there to eat better without sacrificing the fun.
Here is a post I did on respecting healthier ways of eating, if not for yourself, for those you care for on a daily basis.
Making Healthier Choices at your Next Birthday Party

How did Harry Potter Change the Lives of your Children?

boys on the bridge
When I was invited to write reviews for http://www.movieboozer.com, I put a lot of thought into what movie I would write about first. I looked over their list of movies already talked about and Harry Potter came to mind. It was one of the best family evenings we had spent together and I bow to Rowling for her vision, her insight, and her ability to get my sons to read a book! I am thankful for the opportunity to not only share my views, but to relive that night and the time my kids really exercised their imaginations.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Review

How did 2012 Treat you? My Emotional Recount…

me and the boys
This was a tough post to write, it really was. I looked very deep within myself to find the right words. It is my hope that I can show anyone struggling in the dark to be their own beacon of light and really come out of it to live life again…
Cherish the Milestones

The New Year has Begun…

in love
I don’t post that often about my own doings, I generally keep it to what I am working on or my newest post out there in the blogging world.

But this morning, I feel renewed. A sweet sense of starting over with this new year.

My mother took me out to see Les Miserables. Yes, those people were very miserable. haha But they also appreciated what they earned. They were content with the worst conditions because they became complacent.

However, Jean Valjean inspired me. When he tore up his “probation” papers and threw them into the canyon, something hit me really hard. I held the power to be whoever I wanted to be! I could make just a few changes to make my world a better place. I was the captain of my ship and I could steer my life wherever I pleased!

He also touched my heart with his simple phrase, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” Simple and powerful. There are varying degrees of love, I think. But the saying is true. Love can be the purest and most divine action we people can exhibit. So many of us love and get hurt that to love another in the same capacity is quite the hang up. But in the ways of Jean Valjean, one of the best ways to love others is to find love for our enemies. If your heart can reach out to them and forgive them their trespasses, you can love anyone.

In beginning my new life of 2013, I am making a goal to find something in each of my “enemies” to love. Perhaps then, the love I feel for my husband and my children will be all the more deep and treasured. I also vow to take life by the horns and steer it in the direction of my favor. My decisions have placed me where I am and my decisions will carry me forward.

A happy New Year to all of you! Thank you for reading my blog and my posts. 🙂

Feeling Humility

me and the boys

I know I usually post about the work I have been doing for other bloggers, but today I an writing about a really cool experience that I had with my two sons last night.

You see, my husband learned of a child that had been born ten years ago today this past January. It was a shock, but he now lives with us full time, something we really love! He is a great kid, a few rumples in his personality that are hard to learn when he is almost set in his ways. lol

I am not so sure this little boy had really decorated a Christmas tree with his mom before. We really know so little about his past. But, when we got the tree up, he could barely contain his excitement to be able to help.

As with my tradition when I was little, I put up the lights, strung the ribbons and then found all the glass bulbs that would hang from the branches. JBM just felt the smooth glass in his hand a minute before carefully pinching the metal hanger and deciding where the perfect place to put it was. His eyes were big, as most are in the presence of the magic of Christmas and he let the hook grab a branch leaving it suspended in the lights of the tree.

My younges son, all of 13, stepped in to help me string lights, me on one side, him on the other. Even after JBM had gone to bed, DBT helped me finish the tree, the carols blaring from the radio and the two of us dancing and singing along. The Christmas spirit was in my home last night. Even though there will be very few gifts under that tree, it is the time spent together that makes the difference.

I love my kids so much and pray that when they are grown with kids that they remember the times we spent together crafting the perfect tree!

What Does Christmas Really Mean to you?

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and really thought about what Christmas means to me.

It is about family and friends, love and respect, and making memories that are looked back upon fondly, it is about Christ.

However, these modern days have taken a lot of that out of the holiday and replaced it with mandatory working at a job, spending the day driving from house to house to visit about nothing, endless shopping at department stores to buy the best gifts. We decorate our homes to outdo our neighbors and we remove ‘Christ” from Christmas when we spell it xmas. It seems okay, it is the way of the times.

What I want to do this year…only handmade from the heart gifts, sledding down hills with the kids, building a snowman, having a modest dinner made with my hands, and to stay in one place.

There are many great ideas that we can pull from yesteryear and apply them to our modern celebrations. This article I wrote gives some ways to step back in time and appreciate what you have and not what you can buy. Try it! It may surprise you!

http://simplyshawnnjenn.com/2012/12/start-new-christmas-traditions-by-embracing-the-old-ones.html