Mr. Peabody & Sherman Cooks Up Timeless Fun!

MrPeabodyShermanMr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – the WABAC – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman certainly know a thing or two about history. And they themselves are history. They were originally created in the late 1950s for the Peabody’s Improbable History shorts shown on Rocky & His Friends (later The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show). For decades, the two simply drawn characters have entertained us with their flippant look at history, their winking adult asides and their miserably awesome puns.

Peabody’s Improbable History always had a sly sense of fun, but the show’s landmark creativity has turned a tad more crass here. Thankfully, I’m able to say “a tad” instead of “a lot.” Mr. Peabody & Sherman has positive messages about family and friendship. This new WABAC, as it travels to the past, will still trigger smiles in the future.

Run Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
Content Warning: Rated PG

Here’s some delicious timeless recipes for your family to make this spring into summer!MrPeabodyTimelessRecipes

Stories of My Life: Beginning of Motherhood

This is the first post of my STORIES OF MY LIFE series. It makes sense, too, because if this had never happened to me, then I wouldn’t be who I am today. I hope the stories give you hope, inspire you to do things you wouldn’t do and encourage never give up.StoriesofMyLifeMotherhoodI remember that day vividly. The day that my doctor walked into the exam room and said that I would likely not have babies. I was 20, and I was just diagnosed with endometriosis. My heart sank, and a dream crushed. A few years later when I was seriously dating a man, I was completely transparent. I told him that I loved him, but I was unable to have children. He looked at me, and he said what I needed to hear, “Jennifer, I love you just the way you are.” He would soon become my husband.

Fast forward to the fall of 2003. I was late. What?! In disbelief, I took a test. Positive. I went to the doctor, who confirmed that I was, in fact, pregnant. I was sooo excited that I screamed from the rooftops that we were going to have a baby. Then came New Year’s Eve, we were celebrating at our neighbor’s house when my stomach began cramping. 12 weeks pregnant, and we lost our first child the following day. Our hearts sank, and our dream crushed.

9 months later, we found out that I was pregnant again, but this time was different for us. My husband and I were guarded. We were afraid to even celebrate. Oh, but when we heard the heartbeat…when we saw the hands and the feet, we couldn’t help but to be excited. The pregnancy went so smoothly. After 13 weeks, we told everyone. We felt so blessed to have this baby. We didn’t care if it was a boy or girl, which is why we decided to not find out until the day this baby would arrive. Then, the big day came…we were finally going to meet our child. As my baby came into this world, I anxiously looked at my husband to find out, and he looks at me with tears in his eyes, “Meet Jadyn, your daughter.”

I am so thankful that my husband recorded this special moment above. This video captures the beginning of the “Real Posh Mom.” Well, maybe not sooo posh, but it doesn’t get any more real than birth, right?! 😉 I have to admit that I actually never watched this until YesVideo transferred my MiniDV tape into a DVD. One of the greatest parts was watching this with Jadyn. She could see by my expression how much I love her. Thank you, YesVideo, for helping me share my daughter’s birth story.

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Remember When You Resolved to Get Organized?

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You probably don’t belong on an episode of Hoarders, but there’s a good chance your closet could use a little more organization. With a place for everything and everything in its place, you’ll spend less time looking for things, feel more relaxed and make more time enjoying life. As I mentioned here, YesVideo helps you with “your stories,” a.k.a. your old video tapes, digital camcorder tapes, reels and photos; and, moves you forward to “the Digital age.”

As a YesVideo Storyteller, I am give the opportunity to review its transfer service, which couldn’t have been easier to use.  Personally, I think the hardest part of the process was for me to find all my VHS and miniDV tapes. I have been in a constant state of moving, which means a lot of my “personal yet archaic belongings” are in boxes labeled “Office.” Sorry…I digress. I found them all, and so begins my mystery.  I have NO IDEA what are on these tapes. Ooh, I am getting excited. I logged on to YesVideo and clicked the “Order Now” button.  I chose to ship my items directly to YesVideo, but they also have a service where you can drop items off at retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Costco and many more. A couple days later, UPS dropped off EasyShip Kit with all the packing materials that I needed including the preprinted packing slip. I drop it off at my local UPS store, and that’s all. It was so easy!YesVideo EasyShip KitOne week later, I received an email confirmation that my order had been received. Oh, the excitement is growing and so is my suspense in knowing what was on my tapes. I received another email within a couple week telling me that my order was complete. At that time, I could go online to view the digitized videos! YesVideo also sent an email informing me that my order had shipped.

The mystery is about to be solved! I grabbed a cup of coffee and a cookies, and I logged into my YesVideo account to see what were on the tapes. And, as soon as I began watching, I remembered, Oh, and I teared up with joy at all the sweet memories of life. The videos werre in excellent condition. My daughter heard familiar sounds and joined me as we viewed this personal story of our lives. In the next couple of months, I will share some of these special “stories” with you and why they made us laugh and cry in a series called “Stories of My Life.” I hope you enjoy this personal series and the videos that accompany it. 🙂YesVideoOnlineWhy should old videos should be converted to digital?

  • The footage from videotape no longer breaks down.
  • Videos become easy to watch. DVD menus with chapter pictures mean no more fast-forwarding or rewinding!
  • VCRs and old projectors are no longer needed.
  • Your memories are organized into a neat library of DVDs and digitally on MemorySafe.

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8 EASY Steps to Transfer Home Movies to Your Computer

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Unlike your old vinyl record collection, those VHS tapes you stored away in the back of your closet or in boxes aren’t going to see a comeback in popularity. There are no videophiles celebrating the superior experience and devotion of these analog tapes. No, VHS is a dying commonplace that fully deserves to be put in its grave.

But, don’t just throw away your videotapes or reels yet. Why not modernize those them into digital copy?! Let me introduce you to YesVideo! For 15 years, YesVideo has helped families protect and share generations of memories, and they are now the largest and most trusted home movies transfer service worldwide. My family is preparing for a BIG MOVE soon, and I am preparing by downsizing and decluttering. YesVideo is the perfect service for us, so my family can relive those special moments forever, from here or abroad!

Let’s take a moment to archive any sentimental home movies you still have on tape. Honestly, those really should be the only VHS tapes you’re still holding on to. Whatever horrible ’80s sitcom you taped religiously has since been reissued in crisp digital detail, so don’t waste your time (or possibly break the law) by recording it to your computer.

YesVideo has made the process of transferring those home movies over to your computer  SIMPLE.
1. Order online here.
2. YesVideo will mail you their EasyShip Kit.YesVideo EasyShip Kit 3. Open the EasyShip Kit. Fill out the Customer ID card enclosed in the kit.
4. Include the Customer ID card and videotapes or film reels inside the kit.YesVideo Packed 5. Tape & seal the box on all sides.
6. Drop off at your nearest UPS dropoff location.
7. With 15-day turnaround, watch, share and edit your home movies online with free storage.
8. Choose and edit the scenes you want into your own masterpiece.

The Lord of the Rings Pops With Dallas Summer Musicals

LOTR at DSMTravel to Middle Earth with Frodo and the rest of the fellowship for a LIVE concert on November 8-10, 2013. Join my family, thanks to the Dallas Summer Musicals, as we see the Dallas POPS perform the entire Howard Shore’s score for Lord of the Rings-The Fellowship of the Ring with the full movie projected on a larger than life screen.

My whole family is SOOO excited to experience one of our favorite movies in a completely new way! This one-of-a-kind concert event includes the Dallas POPS, 150 person chorus, full movie and more. The concerts will take place at the Music Hall at Fair Park on November 8-10, 2013. Buy your tickets here.

Run Time: 3 hours 30 minutes (including intermission)
Content Warning: Rated PG-13

The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210

DSM 13/14 Schedule