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Go See Blast 23 this Weekend! Great Family Movie

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I don’t know about you but pretty much EVERY sports movie based on a true story is a great one. Blast 23 is no exception. It hit theaters yesterday and is a great one for the family! It makes you appreciate what you have in life and show you that despite the difficulties that are handed to you, you can make it through!

Kinda a perfect movie for me right now :) Despite the tears, you get to watch the story of someone making the best of his situation. You see true friendship, support from family, strangers and friends.

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23 Blast is based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman, who was a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky.

Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight.  Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs.

We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

The movie is rated PG-13, so please use discretion if you show it to your children who are under the age of 13.

Enjoy the trailer below!

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Baby Oliver: One Week + 2 Days


Quick update tonight, things have been hectic the last two days, thankfully NOT because of Oliver. I went in for a “quick” incision and blood pressure check yesterday morning, only to find that my blood pressure had gone back up high. They actually wanted to admit me again but I fought tooth and nail and ended up getting blood pressure medication to deal with it. Checked back in today and it was better, so no more admission for me! I will tell you, I am ready to be back to 100%!

Meanwhile Oliver has been doing really well!! He is now 1lb 15oz! I expect to hear that he hits 2 pounds tomorrow with how he has been gaining.

It really is the “little things” when you have a little one in the NICU though, he also had his first poop yesterday, so that was great news too.  He is now up to 5ccs of breastmilk every 3 hours too.

And… the last blood cultures came back NEGATIVE for infection :)

I mentioned earlier that they had to remove the umbilical line, that was found to be the cause of the infection. So removing it and treating with antibiotics was definitely the right thing. Unfortunately we are now working on getting a new central line in and the Drs had trouble getting a picc line in today. Someone who has 25 years of experience with it is going to try tonight, so fingers crossed that works. I feel so bad that he has to be poked and prodded so much though!  Poor little guy had a swollen arm from the attempt earlier today.

Even though he is so little you can really see his attitude and spunk with all this though, if he can’t tolerate something he will fight it. Thankfully he is pretty calm with the ivs, the picc line, not so much. Little flailing arms.  When I talk to him he always tries to turn his head my direction, even when on his belly. The other night, they put the “sunguard” thing on his face to cover his eyes. He used his legs to push up and actually managed to move the mask off his eyes! Such spunk!

His great grandma made a new blanket for his incubator… the Force is definitely with him!

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His eyes have opened up a bit more too. All kinds of progress has been made the last couple days though, they are planning on taking him off the “jet pack” oxygen tomorrow, which means that I will get to hold him probably on Sunday!!! As long as he is doing well with the conventional oxygen. As I am sure you can imagine, I am quite excited to be able to hold him!

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That was him yesterday all bundled up, they have taken that IV out of his head now (thankfully!), I love being able to see his little eyes.

Hope you don’t mind my rambling thoughts, I am just happy that he is doing well, gaining weight and there is NO more infection.

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Vote for the Winner of the Cricut I Made It Contest!

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Vote for your favorite designers in the Cricut®—I Made It! Contest. The first place winner, with the most public votes, will get their own Make It Now™ project line on Cricut Design Space™ and a feature on The Design Network this fall. There will also be prizes for 2nd and 3rd place, so every vote counts! You can vote for as many finalists as you like—limit one vote per finalist per day.

A panel of judges chose finalists based on the following project criteria: creativity, technique, and use of materials. Finalists submitted between 1 and 5 projects to best showcase their talent. Voting has been extended to November 5, 2014.

Vote now and help choose a winner!

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K’NEX 375 Piece Deluxe Building Set just $11!! Reg. $20


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Woot!! This has dropped in price again and this is a GREAT gift idea!! Amazon has the K’NEX 375 Piece Deluxe Building Set for just $11!! Shipping is free with Amazon Prime!

  • Set includes 375 Classic K’NEX pieces: rods, connectors, wheels and more!
  • Includes 30 building ideas
  • Open ended building fun
  • Convenient storage tub
  • Ages 7+

Grab it now on Amazon! As with all Amazon deals, I cannot guarantee how long this price will last!

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Children’s Place: *HOT* 60% off Denim, 50% off Tops + Outerwear!! Plus an additional 20% off + FREE Shipping!!!

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Sweet!!! Hurry over to Childrens Place! They are offering up FREE shipping today, with NO Minimum!! Plus, they have all outerwear at 50% off!! Basic denim at 60% off and tons more!!

Use the promo code 4PB920FAF  for another 20% off too!!

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I just got SIX pairs of jeans (3 each for my older kids) for under $40 shipped!! Just $6.24 each!!!! Head over to Children’s Place NOW!!!

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