Respectful Children

Have you ever been in public and saw a child treating his or her parents – or god forbid, a complete stranger – like he or she simply didn’t see them as anything more than an annoyance? Like they had zero respect for the person in question? Does it make you sick in the stomach and think “oh no, the next generation is doomed”?

Have you ever watched your niece or nephew opening her or his birthday presents and say something like, “oh, this isn’t the toy I asked for”? Did it make you cringe a little and think, “just be grateful”?

Kids will say whatever is on their minds. When they’re younger, it’s kind of cute or even gives you a good chuckle when they say something surprising or with a bit of sass. However, if we don’t watch what we are encouraging or brushing off, it could allow the kids in our lives to turn into, dare I say it, ungrateful, disrespectful brats.

I recently read a great article by Huff Post: The Blog. Are we raising an ungrateful generation?

This article really made me think, and have a bit of fear, for the upcoming generations of this world.

What can we do about it? How can we prevent children from thinking this way?

After reading this article, I hopped on over to Pinterest to see if I could find some simple ways to teach the children in your lives how to respect others and respect what they have.

I found this great post on B-Inspired Mama! Blog that gives 15 tips for teaching kids to respect previous generations.

It’s easier to teach kids when they’re younger how to give respect and how to earn respect from others, so let’s be proactive.



Disney and Pixar Animation Top 10

If you don’t love Disney and Pixar animated films, then you’re in the wrong place. But if you do, then stay right where you are! I had the day off today, and I turned to Netflix for some binge watching of Disney films – What other way is there to use your day off? I watched Pocahontas, Hercules, and Tarzan.

While I was watching these great movies from my childhood, it made me think – what are my favorite Disney and Pixar animated films? Dozens of titles flooded into my head, I love them all; I’m always going to have a soft-spot for animated films (they’re better than most movies). Well, instead of listing every Disney or Pixar film that was ever created, here’s a run down of my top ten. Trust me, this was a tough decision.

10: The Fox and The Hound (1981)

This movie made the list because it’s one of my boyfriend’s favorites, so I have a soft-spot for it. This is a beautiful story of friendship between two unlikely animals. They face some issues along the way, of course – and of course I cried like a baby..but it’s worth watching, hands down. This movie is one of the reasons I have an infatuation with Basset Hounds and those adorable floppy ears of theirs.

9: A Christmas Carol (2009)

I loved this book when I had to read it in school. I loved The Muppets version of it and the 20 other film versions that are floating around out there that I’ve seen around Christmas time every year. When this Disney version came out in 2009, I got to see it in theaters during a private showing, because I knew one of the animators of the film – it was perfect. It’s the perfect amount of spooky and splendid – and it’s a Christmas movie (I loveeee Christmas time), so of course it made the list.

8: Toy Story 2 (1999)

The Toys are back for a mission to save Woody and two new toys that they will soon discover are lifetime friends (Jesse and Bullseye) from a man in a giant chicken suit. Unfortunately, of the three Toy Story movies, this is my least favorite – but seeing as though it still ranks as #8 on my list, it’s obviously still great. Barbie makes her first appearance as part of the Toy Story bunch in this movie – in 1999, of course I was a Barbie fan, which made this movie that much better. Who am I kidding? I’m still a fan of Barbie.

7: Cinderella (1950)

What little girl didn’t want to be a princess when they were little? Cinderella has always been one of my favorite princesses – she’s a classic. She is blonde – I am blonde. She wears a blue dress – blue is my favorite color. Do you see where I’m going with this? I dreamed of a day where mice and birds would make a dress for me from scratch, you know, before I realized that wasn’t a possibility. Cinderella is still popular today.

6: Toy Story 3 (2010)

This movie came out the summer before I left for college and you best believe I bawled my eyes out – the end of a legacy or the start of a new era for the toys? The toys are on yet another adventure – this time, they’re in a daycare with an evil teddy bear. This one ranked higher than Toy Story 2 because I love the sentiment that came with it – Andy going off to college, all the memories he had with the toys, etc. You’ll definitely need a tissue, or two, or a whole box.

5: Toy Story (1995)

This movie outranks the other two Toy Story movies, because this is the story that started it all. The friendly competition of an old toy vs. a new toy, action, adventure, and imagination. I’ve seen this movie at least a dozen times now, and it still hasn’t gotten old. This movie was probably the reason I thought my toys came to life while I was sleeping.

4: Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. And cue the tears. This movie will leave you rooting for the underdog – err underalien. It tugs at your heart strings as you hope for the best for Lilo’s little family. This movie is fun and cute and out of this world (get it?). Not to mention, it has some pretty catchy, island-feeling music that will make you want to hula.

3: Monsters Inc. (2001)

This movie took one of my childhood fears and made it hilarious. I wanted to be Boo, exploring the monster world and causing mayhem. Mike and Sully were a great pair – Sully was big and tall, and Mike was little and funny; it reminded me of my best childhood friend and myself. I still enjoy this movie and my niece, Abby, looks like Boo.

2: Up (2009)

This movie starts out with a beautiful love story, and leaves you sobbing within the first ten minutes. Don’t worry though – there’s brighter horizons ahead. This quirky, little boyscout helps this misunderstood old man fulfill an adventure of a lifetime. Let’s not forget Dug; he is one of the best parts of the movie. Oh! And Kevin (who ends up being a girl), too.

1: Tangled (2010)

The music, the characters, the lanterns. I just loved everything about this movie. Even though it just came out four years ago, I’ve already seen it ten times. I’ve watched it with all of my nieces and nephews at least once – and the other six times were for my own entertainment. It’s witty and cute. Unlike most Disney and Pixar movies, Rapunzel is reunited with both of her parents in the end, which is why I think I love this movie so much.

Now, I’m sure some of you won’t agree with my top ten, which is fine, because I may not agree with it tomorrow. I love all Disney and Pixar movies – and I can’t get enough of them, so I’m glad I have some Disney loving kiddos in my life to give me an excuse to get my Disney and Pixar fill on a regular basis.

Share with me some of your favorites!

It’s Never too Early

I want to apologize for being M.I.A. recently! There’s been a lot going on with us moving – the usual hiccups that come with moving. Now that we are all moved and unpacked, I can settle in and start blogging again.

We got our cable set up, and I was browsing the channels and came across the Hallmark Channel – they were playing Christmas movies; celebrating Christmas in July. Now, I’m a bargain shopper, so as soon as the holidays end, I start slowly collecting up for the next year, because it’s easier on my wallet.

Payless is having a huge clearance sale right now, and I figured I’d stop by – shoes are always a great gift for the kiddos, because they’re practical and they go through shoes like no other. They grow like weeds.

I was pleasantly surprised by the selection and prices of the clearance event – I ended up getting three pairs of shoes for only $23; I can’t even get one pair of shoes for myself for that price.

The Princess ones and the Planes ones light up!

Another great place to find bargains for the little ones in your life is Kohl’s. I’ve praised them time and time again, though. I got matching pajamas for the little ones, and have started gathering up some shirts and onesies for the new baby, as well. I haven’t spent more than $20. If you sign up for coupons through Kohl’s, you’ll get 15%, 20%, or 30% on a monthly basis, and it really helps out.

What are your go-to stores? Please share! I love discovering great bargains.