Parent CUE App

Friends! I realized I’ve never shared this AMAZING resource with you!

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It’s the Parent CUE App that my company, Orange, created a few years ago.

There is a section for preschoolers and a section for elementary. When you purchase the app, you get access to both sides!!! Awesome right!?!

There is a weekly video Bible lesson and then activities to do with your kids several times during the week that correspond with that lesson. There’s also support resources for parents. The App is designed to supplement churches that use the Orange curriculum, but anyone can use it.

My favorite part is the videos. They are so well made and perfect for when you just need to distract the little people for a minute at the doctor’s office and also for when you want to sit as a family and watch them together. I mean, if they’re going to watch a video while getting a haircut, even better if it’s a Bible story – right? Oh, and the preschool videos…. every few months there is a cute blonde girl named Maggie that shows up.

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She’s my favorite.

If you’ve never looked at the Parent CUE App, you should check it out. It’s a good one.

Disclaimer: I work for Orange, but get no additional benefit from selling the App. I just think it’s great.

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Yummy Taco Cups

My girl loves some yummy taco cups — at least that’s what we call them at the HOH. Do you ever make these for your kids?

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I mean, they’re really easy to make. Like minutes easy to make.

You need:

  • Tostitos Scoops chips
  • Taco meat
  • Shredded cheese (I use the Mexican blend.)

Warm up your taco meat. I’m assuming it is leftover in the fridge like mine always is.
Place a spoonful in each scoop.
Top with shredded cheese.
Serve.

See, amazingly easy. Yummy taco cups for the win!

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My girl usually eats a dinner plate full for a meal OR a smaller plate (like maybe four or five) for a snack.

Oh yes! They are a great snack food too.

What’s a quick meal/snack that you like to make for your kids?

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Awe, She Loves Me

I took Mags outside tonight to do a few quick videos and pictures for work. She was of course beautiful and great on camera.

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Then, I handed her the camera to hold while I picked up our scripts, and she started doing something I didn’t expect. She started taking pictures of me. Like, lots of them.

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She loves the fancy, new camera as much as I do and often grabs it to take nature shots. But, she’s never turned it on me.

Why would she want pictures of me?

And then I thought something that made me pause.

I take pictures of her ALL THE TIME.
Like, multiple times a day usually.
Why?
Because I love her more than words can say.
I love every inch of her… flaws and all.

You know what? She loves me that much.
Flaws and all.
Maybe that’s why she wants to take pictures of me.
So she can see me through that lens.
And focus on just me like I like to focus on just her.

So, I let her take my picture.
Because she loves me.

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We are on #TeamJDC

Remember how I said on my Fall TV plan that we were planning to watch The Voice because we knew someone auditioning? Well, he went last night and was AMAZING!!!

Did you see him? Did you see the judges fighting over him? Did you see how charming he was? Love me some James David Carter!

The HOH is on #TeamJDC !!!!

If you missed his blind audition, take just a minute and watch the fabulousness. Truly. Push play. You won’t be sad you did.

See, I told you!!!

Now is the time I get to brag and say I’ve been listening to this man sing for years. He’s led worship at our area churches and does an awesome job. He’s always been my favorite at various Married People events they’ve done because he of course gets the country songs, and his voice just melts you.

We’ve followed his career for years on Facebook and are just so stinkin’ excited for this amazing opportunity he has. Because, the thing is, not only is James David an incredibly talented guy. He’s also a super sweet, caring, southern boy (as seen in this article) who loves the Braves and the Dawgs.

We wish him the best and will be praying God guides him exactly where he needs to go. Right now, he’s leading the pack. Pretty sure it’s gonna stay that way.

#TeamJDC for the win.

Looks like I’ll be watching my first season of The Voice.

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Fall 2014 TV Schedule : What We’re Watching at the HOH

Fall2014_TVReally, I should have titled this what Kathy’s watching. Because, let’s be real. I’m the TV addict here in the HOH. I actually may have a problem. My DVR almost can’t keep up with me. For other’s who are like me, I thought I’d share what we’re watching at the HOH for Fall 2014.

Oh, and another disclaimer. I TOTALLY added shows to my DVR list after I read Mary’s AMAZINGLY THOROUGH investigation of the Fall 2014 TV Schedule over on Giving Up On Perfect. I encourage you to go check it out.

Here’s what I’ve got set up to record. (Please note that not all of these are starting this week, but this is what the TV Guide website has up as the Fall 2014 TV Schedule.)

Sunday:
Madame Secretary – 8PM – CBS – This one is new. Woman in power in a high drama situation. Thought I’d give it a try.
Once Upon a Time – 8PM – ABC – The entire HOH watches this crazy show. Can you say Disney characters? We caught up from season one during the summer and are anxious for the new season to begin.

Monday: 
The Big Bang Theory – 8PM – CBS – Watch this one with the hubby. We laugh out loud. Literally.
The Voice – 8PM – NBC – We know someone auditioning this year. Honestly, we’ll probably only watch as far as he makes it. So, hopefully all the way!
Castle – 10PM – ABC – I love Richard Castle. Sigh…
NCIS Los Angeles – 1oPM – CBS – I adore a good crime drama, and the the ensemble cast of this show really clicks.
The Blacklist – 10pm – NBC – Hubby and I both like this one. Always leaves you hanging just enough to go “huh?” in a good way.

Please note that Monday at 10PM is over-booked. I can only record two at once. (I know I’m behind the times, but we only have one TV and older model DVR and it’s really all we need.) We have not yet determined which show will be pushed to the bottom of the list and therefore must be watched online. Thankfully, this decision can wait until next week as NCIS:LA is not on this week.

Tuesday:
The Voice – 8PM – NBC – We know someone auditioning this year. Honestly, we’ll probably only watch as far as he makes it. So, hopefully all the way!
NCIS – 8PM – CBS - Gibbs… love him and his team. I’ve watched this show since the beginning. ADORE it!
NCIS New Orleans – 9PM – CBS – Newest of the NCIS franchise. Not sure if I’m going to like this one, but I’m going to try.
Person of Interest – 10PM – CBS – Another one hubby and I really like and have watched from the beginning. If you’re jumping in late on this one, go back to the beginning and catch up. Worth it.

Wednesday:
The Voice Results – 8PM – NBC – We know someone auditioning this year. Honestly, we’ll probably only watch as far as he makes it. So, hopefully all the way!
Criminal Minds – 9PM – CBS – Disturbing yet addicting. This is one I went all the way back to the beginning and caught up. Can’t let it go.

Thursday:
Football – 8PM – CBS – We kinda love football at the HOH. It’s on all fall. And, it’s a family thing.
Gracepoint – 9PM – FOX – David Tennant – That’s all that needs to be said. Truly hoping we like this one. Might let Mags watch depending on the intensity of the show. She is currently in love with Doctor #10.

Friday:
Um, nothing…. catching up on the week.

Saturday:
Football – wherever we can find it.
And, when football’s over, we have to reconfigure our lives.

What shows are set to record on your DVR? Did I miss any good ones?

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Drama Mama Update: Seuss!

If you follow me on social media at all, you know I’m a Drama Mama. Well, I guess if you follow the HOH, you know I’m a Drama Mama.

We’ve started the new competition troupe show. It’s Seussical Jr. I LOVE this show. It’s so fun and fast and full of energy. They had their first rehearsal on the 6th, and I snapped this picture.

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My Mags is the one in the middle looking excited/scared/surprised… awesome. She’s JoJo. You know, the mayor’s “son.” (Yes, if you’re keeping track, she has yet to have a role in competition troupe that was actually designed for a girl.)

These kids are SO TALENTED. They’re going to do a great show. If you’re in North Metro Atlanta you’re going to want to put the last weekend of January/first weekend of February on your calendar as “day to see Seuss.”

Can’t wait to see what the next six months brings!

 

 

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Decorating at the HOH: Picture Wall

Here’s the thing. When it comes to decorating ability, I totally lose my girl card. I mean, I’m not sure I have a full girl card anyway, but when it come to the decorating gene, I totally didn’t get one.

Now, I will say this was HARD early on in our marriage. I THOUGHT I was supposed to be the one who did all those decorating things. You know, curtains and pictures and furniture and knick knacks and whatever else is involved. So, I would try and do them. And, I would fail. Miserably. And, David would do them better. WAY BETTER. And it would make me mad. Why couldn’t I do it? Why couldn’t I see it that way? I was the wife. It was my job.

Finally, I accepted that God did not give me the decorating gene. He gave me David, who has multiple. He gave me my other half. A half that cares about curtains and pictures and furniture and knick knacks. (See, I really didn’t even care.)

David knows what color our house is. I have no idea. David knows how to arrange the bookshelves. I have no idea. David knows where the curtains were bought. I have… wait, I actually know that one. I think. David has an eye for design. I DO NOT.

But I appreciate it when I see it.

So, when I came home a couple Saturdays ago and saw this…

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I almost cried. It’s beautiful. It’s everything I care about. And, it’s on my wall for me to see every day. I never could have done this. So, God gave me someone who can… and does.

Ya, I got a good one.

What can your spouse do that you can’t and you’re ever so thankful for it?

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I got a new camera!

This summer was pretty exciting at the HOH because I got a new camera. I absolutely LOVE it. Like love, love, love it.

Now, I would not have made such an expensive purchase without it being on sale and having more than one person tell me it was a great deal and totally worth the purchase. So, when Leandrea from CouponsAreGreat.net said there was a quick deal going down over on Amazon I jumped on to check it out. My Facebook friends were quick to tell me that it was totally worth it, and this arrived in the mail several days later.

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Isn’t she beautiful? I thought so. I just checked Amazon and this model is no longer available (probably why it was on sale), but they have the newer model.

People, this camera has CHANGED my life. I’m having so much fun taking pictures and video. I had forgotten what it was like to have a real camera (not that I’d ever had one as nice as this). I was so used to getting by with my phone, that I didn’t know what I was missing. But, just look at the difference in the pictures!

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Same kids. Same day. Same place. Pictures taken minutes apart. One with the camera so I could have a good shot and one with the phone real quick so I could Instagram it.

It’s amazing.

Do you have a “real” camera? What’s your favorite thing about it?

Disclaimer: Nobody asked me to talk about this camera. I just had to share the awesome. Links are affiliate links.
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What We’re Reading at the HOH : Still Missing

I just finished the book Still Missing by Chevy Stevens and just had to share with someone. Since it’s like ten o’clock at night, I’ll share with you, my invisible friends.

Have you read anything by Chevy Stevens? Still Missing is apparently her debut novel, and I was quite impressed with it – impressed enough to open up a blog I haven’t written on in months.

It’s a powerful story. It’s actually a horrible story of things that go so very wrong. That’s what makes it so powerful. It’s disturbing while at the same time enticing. I couldn’t put it down tonight.

Without giving too much away (because it really needs to unfold as the author intended), the story is from a woman’s point of view as she is talking to her shrink. Why is she visiting a shrink? Because she was abducted and held by a very evil man for over a year.

We hear the story as she is able to tell it. And, because it’s from her point of view, there are always details that are just skimming the edges that you want to see, but can’t. She can’t acknowledge them yet, so you don’t get to see them either. The author’s insight into the psyche of a broken woman is powerful and engaging.

Now, I will say there is quite a bit of cussing in this book. But, if you had been through what Annie had been through, I would say curbing your tongue would not be a priority. And, what happens to her is not pleasant, so if you’re sensitive to that, I wouldn’t read it. However, if you watch as much crime drama as I do, then Still Missing is right up your alley.

If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear what you think! I just put her other novels on my library wish list. I can’t wait to get the next one.

There are affiliate links in this post, but nobody asked me to read this book, and all opinions are my own.
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Why did David pack his desk?

My awesome hubby posted this picture today.

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No sooner was it out there than I was getting texts, tweets and actual people popping into my office all with the same question, “Why did David pack his desk?”

It was really kinda funny. The thing is, we pretty much live our lives on social media, and the fact that we hadn’t made a formal announcement was disconcerting to many. So, here’s our announcement.

David packed his desk down in the “valley” and is now on the “hill.” (For those of you that don’t attend our church, the majority of the offices are not in the actual church building. They’re up the hill in an office building.)

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Same church. Same department. Different role.

He’s starting up a new website (that isn’t up yet, but has a Facebook page) that will “take the care and service we give guests in Connections (the North Point resource center) on a Sunday morning and replicate it in an online environment.”

Translation. He’s gonna spend lots of time on the Internets. The new Twitter is @goconnections and he’s already on there a bunch. In fact, he’s helped several people in just the last two days.

We’re super excited here at the HOH to see what God is going to do with this. Pretty sure it’s going to be awesome.

Oh, and just in case you didn’t know, my husband rocks, and I’m super proud of him.

 

 

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