The Oogieloves: Roundtable Discussion with the Creator & Camp Oogie

As many of you may have noticed I took a brief hiatus Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. But it was for an exciting reason and one that I can’t wait to share with all of you!


I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with Kenn Viselman (pictures below with me), The Oogieloves creator and marketer behind Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine and Eloise.  During the roundtable discussion the subject of appropriate FAMILY friendly films was addressed and the fact that there is a lack of QUALITY family entertainment.  True, Hollywood has released films that they felt were appropriate for young children but if you really sit back and contemplate those movies most, if not all, were not appropriate. True many were cartoons, but, just because movies are animated doesn’t make them appropriate for young children. Take a moment and think about the movies that have been released for children this summer. Now, if you were to make those animated movies into a movie with live actors would that movie be appropriate for your young child? I know I personally wouldn’t allow my 2-year-old to view those movies. 

As a mother to 3 children ages 2, 5, and 6 years old I want to be able to take all 3 of my children to an APPROPRIATE QUALITY FAMILY film and…..

I do not want to have to leave my older two children in the theater by themselves while I walk around with my 2-year-old because there was a “scary” scene during a film. (True story, this did happen and thankfully my mom was with us to stay with the older two kiddos while I walked the halls of the theater with my 2-year-old while they finished watching the film).

Or, worse, after spending over $40 for my family to enjoy an afternoon at the theater together, having to leave because there are just too many “scary” scenes.  Given our family budget I know I can’t afford to take a gamble like that!

I do not want to have an awkward discussion with my children during or after the film about adult issues. (Up was one such movie that was followed by a slew of questions from our preschooler that I was not prepared to address at such a young age).

The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure has heard us moms loud and clear and is a TRUE G-rated film. In fact this movie is a mommy film going ally.  Not only do us moms not have to worry about scary scenes in the film for our toddler, or awkward discussions with our preschoolers, but we can also eliminate the constant request to…”sit down please”…” be quiet please”….”shhh”….”put your hands down”….”sit on your bottom”….etc.

Asking young children to sit still for over an hour is asking a lot. Also, they are young and inquisitive, they will have questions, and that is good. Now imagine if you could address the questions and actually interact during a film?  Shocker right!?! Once again The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure delivers.

Children are encouraged to get up, out of their seats, and dance! As well as talk and interact with the film while in the theater. There is queuing in the film that indicate when it is time to standup and dance and when it is time to sit back in your seat.  The queuing is easy for a child to comprehend and follow, the butterflies fluttering across the screen indicate it is time to get out of your seat, while the turtles indicate that it is time to slow down and be seated.

At the culmination of the round table discussion I found myself quite eager to attend The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure Premiere the next day.  As I left the roundtable discussion I felt such gratitude because my voice as a mommy had finally been heard! The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure was finally going to provide the quality family entertainment us moms have been longing for.

Speaking of moms, Kenn Viselman’s mom attended the roundtable discussion and I also invited my mom to attend. Here is a picture of Kenn Viselman with his mother, me, and my mom. We give The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure a thumbs up!!

While I was attending the roundtable discussion my children were attending Camp Oogie!  Where they had fun decorating an Oogieloves lunch bag, learned songs from the movie, learned some dances from the film, and had an all-around fabulous time.

As we left The Townsend Hotel on Tuesday we were all elated and in much anticipation for the premiere of The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure the next day.

Here is The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure trailer….

Stop, Drop, and Blog Roll

Okay, so remember like decades ago when moms used to watch Soap Operas when the children would nap?  And then they would get together with other moms and kibitz about the characters, plot, and actors? Well, we moms might have bid adieu to the Soap Opera era but we have happily replaced it and embraced Mom blogs with opened arms. We are welcoming this new era of inspiring, motivating, encouraging, and at times, darn right hilarious mommies. However since we are moms it can be difficult to find the time to search through tons of blogs to find ones that gels or worse, what if there is an amazing blog that you perfectly gel with but you just keep missing it?  The solution…STOP, DROP, and BLOG ROLL. It should be an easy saying to remember, it is the same thing you do if you are on fire, remember, stop, drop, and roll? Now, I trust you not to confuse the two.  Don’t read blogs when you are on fire just roll, roll like mad!! Okay, glad I got that out of the way, I feel more comfortable having clarified.

STOP….I know you are busy but you deserve some “me time” so put the kiddos down for a nap or bed (when it is time of course). STOP what you are doing.

DROP…Like right where you are, or wherever your computer is, drop… or if you prefer a more graceful technique, sit.

BLOG ROLL….This is the fun part, every other week I am going to be discussing a handful of the blogs I follow. I will make certain I keep the synopsis of the post brief because your time is valuable and include a link so you can read more.

Ready, set…STOP, DROP, and BLOG ROLL…

Moms Who Wine….I love this bog because she tells it like it is. I am a fan of honest, genuine, and a bit of humor blogs and this blog delivers!

Who to turn to for Avice

Do you worry that being honest will open you up to judgment from your friends and family?  Who do you trust will give you good advice?


Our Homeschooling Journey… This blog has wonderful activities that engage your children’s intellect and are a whole lot of fun! I am looking forward to making the dominos and playing dominos with my kiddos this fall!

Homemade DIY Tile Dominos


Crud My Kids Say….I love this blog because it always offers a quick pick me up during the day.  And I am sure most moms can relate to the unique things children say and it is true, you just can’t make this stuff up. I have been inspired by this blog to jot down things my own children say, try it, you’ll like it (as Yo Gabba Gabba would say, lol!).

This post is funny…

I’m Smarter than I Look


Essential Nutrition…. This blog provides an informative and sometimes entertaining reminder that you are what you eat. I also like the food by stars posts…how many stars would your food receive?

Do This Now! Goal Setting

This post discusses goal setting for a healthier lifestyle and with school just around the corner now is a great time to set that goal.


Weighbeyonmotherhood….This is a new blog and one that I am enjoying. Tammy tells it like it is, she is brutally honest about her health issues and struggles as a mom who is overweight. She shares her journey to a healthier lifestyle with her readers.

Here is a great example of a post that is raw, open, and honest, with emotion and her struggles…. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead


Lilly’s Kitchen Lab…This blog is brand-spankin new but I already love it! Lilly offers great recipes and food ideas; I especially like this post …Dating a PB & J addict



Please let me know if this is something you think you would be interested in reading every other week or so.  Also, if you are reading this and you have a blog please post a comment with a link to your blog. I will be sure to check it out and possibly include it in future Stop, Drop, and Blog Rolls.


Tea Time

My mom treated us to tea yesterday at the Stranleigh Manor. The children were so excited. They sat out their clothes the day before. Our little man so desperately wanted to look handsome. He asked me if I could get him the coat and tie that men wear at weddings. He wanted a tuxedo for tea.  He is so sweet; he told me he wanted to be a handsome gentleman so badly.  In fact he asked that I call him Mr. and Sir during tea, lol! Thankfully I was able to convince him that his white button down shirt and tie were dressy enough. And that shorts were a must since the temperature that day was in the 90s.



As we walked to tea it was so much fun to see what all the ladies were wearing, some were even adorned with creative headdresses (hats, headbands, bows, etc).


Once there we received a number and we waited in the front room.


Since they only take reservations for half the seating when we called all reservations were full so we had to take a number and wait. And wait we did. After waiting half an hour the children, my sister, and I walked around the gardens for a little while to kill time.


After two hours our number was finally called. Boy was it worth the wait. There are three rooms designated for tea and since we had a larger party we were fortunate enough to be seated in the same room as the musical entertainment. Which just so happened to include one of the children’s preschool teacher, it was so awesome!

The petite sandwiches and desserts were delicious. They even had PB & J for the tiniest tea goers.


And our daughters got a kick out of the fact that there was one seat free at our table and they designated it for their Brave doll.

We had such a wonderful time and our little gentleman was so endearing. He even offered to eat any food us ladies might be unable to finish.  While my sister and I were served hot tea, my mom iced tea, the children opted for punch and I just couldn’t resist this picture of them sporting their punch mustaches…



The next tea is September 7th and the theme is dress like your favorite I love Lucy episode. For reservations call 419-344-4765

Have you ever had tea with your children? Some of the best tea parties are the impromptu ones, right? With random attendants like Barbie, Big Bird, or whatever stuffed animal your child favors that day…who have you had tea with lately?

Chick-fil-A (Need I say more?)

I toyed with the idea of posting this yesterday, or even at all.  I figured enough has been said, I won’t bother. But then I started reading comments on facebook that called those who purchased Chick-fil-A yesterday haters. That is when I knew I needed to say something.  I am not a hater. I love. I forgive. If I have something you need I am more than happy to share, donate, and give. I believe all people; including Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose. That being stated, they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us. 

Here are some pictures from yesterday…


This is a serious topic and one that is very near and dear to my heart, Marriage.  My grandparents on my father’s side were married for 47 years, my grandparents on my mother’s for 44 years, my own parents have been married for 35 years, my in-laws for 43 year, and my husband and I will celebrate our 10th wedding Anniversary next April.  Those marriages, all combined welcomed over 17 children. The sanctity of Marriage and family is engrained in me and my children. I pray every night that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will experience and know marriage as love between a man and women that gives way to family.

I do not want my grandchildren to think that one-half of humanity, either mothers or fathers, are dispensable.

What is your stance? (Don’t worry, I am not a hater. You can speak/type freely. I am grown-up enough to handle opposing views. I do believe that what you have to say is important so please share. But it would be appreciated if you did it in a cordial manner, thank you)

TP: Not just for your Butt (Put it on your Christmas list)

Think back to Christmas. Remember all that time, money, energy, gas, and more time you spent locating gifts, wrapping gifts, and then carefully placing those said gifts under the tree? Now remember how late you stayed up and how early your rose just to watch your little ones tear open those wrapped gifts? Remember how much time you spent trying to get those darn things out of the packaging? Seriously!?! Why do they make it so difficult to remove toys from the packaging? So after wrestling with the packaging for a half hour you then moved to the next obsticle, batteries. Of course you never have the right batteries on hand, who does? Thus begins the search for other toys and/or remotes with the same size batteries. Then…finally, done!

So your little one plays with the toys for roughly ten minutes and then where does their attention move? That’s right that darn packaging! Whether it is the cardboard box, plastic do-hicks (what are they called?), bubble wrap, etc. No matter how hard Fisher-Price, Mattel, Melissa & Doug, etc. try they can’t trump a child’s imagination. One such example, toilet paper wedding dresses….


The girls wanted to play bride but did not have their dress-ups at Nana’s house thus, toilet paper wedding dresses evolved.

So for Christmas this year I propose the following items be on your child’s Christmas list:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Cardboard box
  • Wrapping paper/tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • What would you add?

Never underestimate the power of a Child’s imagination!

Can you relate to the Christmas morning mayhem? So what type of up-recycling, trash, packaging, etc. do your kiddos enjoy playing with?