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Jul 11

Million Dollar Arm on Blu-ray 10/7


From the studio that brought you “Miracle” and “Remember the Titans” comes Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” an inspirational baseball story sliding home on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand October 7th! Exciting bonus features include an alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes, “Training Camp,” “Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman,” and more!
Bonus features available on Disney Movies Anywhere include an exclusive never-before-seen deleted scene. 

Stay connected with the latest news and information about Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm”:



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Jul 07

Light n go Bonfire – Product Review

We purchased a new to us pop up camper this past spring, as we have always been campers. But with the income ups and downs of the past few years, our truck and old camper just became more old and troublesome. Then we became tent campers, as with our luck every time we camped it rained and I mean rained for days. I am a tough U.P. girl but I do need to sleep to be pleasant and sleeping on the ground even with an air mattress sucked to be completely honest. No sleep and rain for days at a time equals a very unpleasant Gwen and as true as that saying is, “If Mamma is not happy no one else is either!” So we are all more then delighted with the new camper. While shopping for the camper we each had a few ‘must haves’ for the camper we each wanted. My number one need was, it had to be easy to tow with my car.

The thought process behind being easy to tow with my car is the fact that my darling husband is not always available to go camping with the boys and I. I wanted to get in the car and be able to go. The ease of my boys and I doing something with out DH around is very important in ever aspect of life, and camping involves fires. My DH is a master at building a great fire, but there are times when it takes too much time and effort, time a mom does not have. I love when I find a new product that makes MY life easier. I was offered a chance to review a Light n’ Go Bonfire I jumped at the opportunity. The Light n’ Go Bonfire claims to be able to be lit with ONE match, well I had to put it to the test.











These two photos were literally taken within minutes of each other, I am very happy to say that it did lite with one match and burned for over 2 hours! I am stocking my camper with one of these, each time we go out camping. The ease and portability is just amazing. I am sold!!! There is not mess or stress of carrying wood along, this Light n’ Go Bonfire weights 17 pounds and literally burns for hours. I am thrilled to know there is no chemicals involved, which means you can enjoy roasting hot dog and marshmallows over the Light n’ Go Bonfire and are sold at Home Depot for $10.98 each.

What have you found that makes fun in the sun easier?

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Jul 05

Our Week In Review

We had a very wacky, crazy, expensive past week! We had a water problem for a few weeks running, DH cleaned this and purged that so now we have a very clean active pump. But we still had a huge leak in the main line coming into the house from the well. We had someone come over to dig up the line, but DH wanted to be there while it was done, so he could learn about the water pipes and well. The person with the back hoe was $125 for the first hour and then $50 for every hour he was digging. After a ton of price estimates he was the best priced local guy. Here are a photos of the job getting done.













But like I stated now we have working full force and safe water again. I did learn that I am not a very pleasant person when I need a shower. ;)

On Saturday we headed out camping with the first time in the new camper. It was the first time I ever pulled anything while driving. DH and Noah followed, Joel and I with the dog Penny Loo. Penny has not been in a car very much but she did really great. even though she is about 134 pounds she thinks of herself as a lap dog










Also here is photo of the car and camper as we backed in to the camping site. We camped for four nights and I did plan to do a day by day post but it was out first camping trip in about 3 years and the first with the new camper so it was all a learning experience. We had a very relaxing time

IMG_0481 Here is a photo of DH relaxing in the hammock we bought him for fathers day a bit ago.
I will be posting in the next little while for a mission essential items that we have just discovered!.


What did your week involve?

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Jul 04

Happy Birthday America!!!

I wanted to pop in today and wish all Americans Happy Birthday!

Have a safe, blessed day!

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Jun 22

I just Won a $6 Master Card

236x242xmovie.jpg.pagespeed.ic.0m_MplTVQsFirst Text MOVIE to 78787 and it will send you a text back to enter your birthday and email address to enter the M&M’s Movie Sweepstakes.

You can play this daily!!

If you win you can then enter your unique code at THIS website that you received in the text message.

Then it will again ask your birth date and email to verify.  You can then choose your prize.  To get the FREE $6 Mastercard choose this one:

Y ou can choose the other option ($6 Movies on Demand Credit) to apply the $6 to your cable bill for movies on demand.  Then, click print and instructions on how to use your $6 MasterCard will pop up.

Use your MasterCard to purchase anything!

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Jun 22

Our Week in Review

I am still trying to get into a routine with my posting on my blog. Saturday or Sunday will be a post about our week in review. How did your week go? Our week was very, very busy! I have started two new part time jobs in the last few weeks and usually I have Joel to help to keep an eye on Noah during the times when I am away from home. But Joel was enrolled in a week long camp.


Dh and the kids loaded up the truck with garbage that was laying around the house and yard. They dumped it off at the big dumpsters the community provided for the annual clean up weekend. It is an awesome chance to get rid off junk that has accumulated over the past year. Our truck was loaded up full.

I am not sure if I have mentioned or not that we joined the local sportsman’s club. They had a Lady’s Pistol 101 class, I thought it sounded fun since I had never shot a  pistol before.

IMG_0333The class was very informative and very fun. I was very surprised by the fact that there was a 74 year old female in the class. I  also learned that I am a very good shot, which made it even more fun.

Later in the evening we our dog brought home five baby bunnies, we looked and looked for the mother, but she was not to be found. They were so tiny, we tried feeding them with an eye dropper, it seemed to be going well.

IMG_0358The first rabbit did not make the journey in the dogs mouth to the house. The other four did not make it through the second night. It was a hard lesson for the boys, but we did get to feed then the last few days of their short lives.


Was Father’s day, we got a lot of stuff done around the house and yard.IMG_0346IMG_0356Joel was chopping wood for the fire we were planning later in the day.

DH wanted to go for a hike, so we went to Silver Mountain to explore and conquer it.

2014summertime 030 2014summertime 032Monday Noah and I went to drop Joel off at shooting sports camp. Where he learned to handle weapons of ever type and size safely.

Noah hitched a ride with DH to visit Grandma for the night, Since I had to work all day on Tuesday so grandma babysat.

Tuesday I dropped Joel off at camp, and I had my second day on the job, where I work part-time as a merchandiser in a local store in the greeting card department. The girl that was training me and I went out for a wonderful lunch. I had a turkey club that was to die for.

Then I traveled up to my mother’s house to get Noah, and then to pick up Joel and home for dinner and a movie.

Wednesday and Thursday I worked in the grocery store and we had a pretty laid back days.

Friday We went to a potluck at the sportsman’s club to watch the students in the last shooting  competitionIMG_0409 and collect awards and certificates. We all had a great night but it was a little bit wet and chilly.

When we got home we discovered we have pump issues which is the source of water for the house so we found some one that is going to come in with a back hoe later in the week to find out what is going on.

That is our week, how did your week play out?

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Jun 11

Experience How to Train Your Dragon 2 in IMAX

 Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!


Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

disclosure the information has been provided by IMAX

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Jun 09

Our Week in Review and Menu Monday

I usually post our week in review posts over the weekend after the week had past. I do not like to be to predicable so today I am going to post about our last week and our dinner plans for his week.

Last week was pretty uneventful week: I did work three evenings from 4 until 9:30, I did learn something. I need to plan dinners better for when I work, for the boys and myself. Working in a grocery store can be dangerous and has been for me. I am not allowed to purchase anything for myself while on duty, I am the only cashier there then. Instead, I put my purchase amounts on a tab and pay for it when another cashier is there. I have found it VERY easy to make purchases I would not normally buy, because I am hungry and junk food looks and sounds so good. I also need to remember my refillable water bottle with me everyday.

The weekend we did accomplish a ton of stuff around the yard. DH mowed most of the grass, we have a huge yard. I did the weeding of the garden and planted some strawberry plants. We also went fishing. We had a ton of fun.  I do not like the photo of me and please do not ask what is on my shirt because I have no idea. But here is a photo of my first fish of 2014.

IMG_0324Also here is a photo of David teaching Noah how to put a worm on the hook, which is a very valuable lesson since his mother does not like to touch worms.

IMG_0322Another of someone that has become very shy of his photo being taken lately.

IMG_0323And he will be 15 this next Thursday, which is so amazing to me, seems impossible. But I am so proud of him being such a wonderful young man.

IMG_0326Here is the group of keepers we had. We caught a ton more but they were not big enough to keep. I also did catch a bass, but he was too little to keep. We learned something on this first fishing trip of the summer: bug spray, is something NOT to forget. There are so many mosquitoes out right now it is crazy. Also if you do not like touching fish and worms bring your gloves, thank God my DH manned up and did the worm and the fish thing for me :)

Now time for Menu Monday, this is a busy week! I work tonight and Tuesday so the kids will be eating microwaveable soup. Soup is there meal of choice when I am gone.

Wednesday will be then only decent full family meal of the week, Pork roast, candied carrots, and rice.

Thursday my son turns 15 so dinner out at a place of his choosing.

Friday is always homemade pizza night.

for more yummy meal plans hop over to orgjunkie.com

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Jun 04

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse World

Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and the gang go on a trip of a lifetime in MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE WORLD on DVD May 20th! Explore France, Italy, China and more in one of their greatest global adventures featuring over two hours of song-filled fun. The DVD is value packed with four additional episodes and a FREE passport activity book for any young explorer!  

What is funner then Mickey Mouse and all of his pals!? NOTHING, I am a not a spring chicken anymore but let me tell you that I still LOVE Mickey Mouse and all of the gang! This DVD is so much fun to watch. I promise that you and your kids will love it. I caught myself bepoping along with the music.
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May 20

My Resolution to Get Fit Update AND a Giveaway

I can not believe this year is nearly half over! It was such a long dreadful winter up in Northern Michigan, but spring has sprung. The grass is growing and we bought a camper. I am so excited to spend the entire summer outdoors getting fit. Now for the Getting Fit update, I have been unable to get much exercise but I have been making better choices when it comes to snacking. I used to reach for a candy bar or chips, but now I reach for a Zone Perfect bar.zone perfectThe Zone Perfect bars come in so many yummy flavors, I can always find one that sounds delicious. I also love the fact that I can throw one in my purse to have with my through out the day. It is there waiting to solve my snack cravings.

Also there is a way to save on Zone Perfect bars!

Become A ZonePerfect® VIP & Save up to $10*

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Now for the fun part: The people at Zone Perfect is letting me give one Picking Up the Pennies’ readers a portable charger for your electronic devices.

To Enter You MUST be a follower of Picking Up the Pennies and leave a comment on what you are doing to get fit. Contest closes at 11:34 PM EST on May 30, 2014. US residents only.

Good luck and thank you for reading.

Disclosurer: Disclose that although I  have entered the program and received complimentary product and ZonePerfect promotional items, I am free to comment about ZonePerfect in a positive, neutral or negative fashion. AND I love them :)

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