Cutting Ties

Last week I took a leap.  A BIG leap.  I have been contemplating cutting the ties with my satellite dish for a couple of years and I finally made the decision to do it.  My expenses aren’t going down, they are only increasing, and my income hasn’t increased so something had to go.  The only thing I could live without is that $100+ cable bill.

I called to cancel and was given a date it would be shut off based on my next bill date.  Then it was cut off a full two weeks early.  I was not ready!  I hadn’t cleared my DVR.  I hadn’t put my entire plan into place.  But I would deal.

Honestly, the only cable channels we watch are Disney, Bravo and HGTV.  Most things that Regan watches are on Netflix and Prime.  I can get over HGTV.  The only thing I would miss are my Real Housewives of Whereversville.  Then I discovered something fabulous…

The Bravo app airs their shows LIVE.  All you need is a sign in for your cable provider.  Correction:  All I need is my mom’s sign-in for HER cable provider.  Boom!  Back in business, baby!

So I have cut the cable ties and I still have access to everything I need!  I can watch all my shows either on the network websites, Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Hulu sucks BTW)  I also found a site that lets me view shows past and present, but I am not certain of it’s legality, so I won’t mention it here.

Have any of you cut your cable ties?  Was it easy or hard?  What do you miss the most, if anything?

 

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16 Pieces

Halloween will forever and always be my favorite holiday.  I love the cool weather, fun costumes and copious amounts of candy.  Unfortunately, my complete lack of a social life means I no longer get to enjoy Halloween as I once did.  That’s okay, I can still make sure Regan has fun!

Regan enjoyed two costumes this year.  The first was intended for wearing at school.  I knew she was going to be wearing it all day at school, plus playing outside for the school’s festival (complete with pony rides) so I went with something comfortable and durable.

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A week later was the big night and for this I spent a lot of time deciding.  Yes, I know she should be picking out her own costume, but if she’d had her druthers she’d have been Elsa along with 3,000 other little girls running around atlanta.  We are nothing if not unique, so Elsa just wouldn’t do.  After lots of discussion, I surmised that all she really cared about was the hair.  Every costume I suggested was met with, “what’s her hair look like?

Enter Ariel…

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It was the perfect costume.  Unique because Ariel is so last century.  And satisfied Regan because LONG RED WIG.  She practically jumped out of her skin when I opened the box.  She was thrilled.

Before trick-or-treating we went out for a special dinner.  Ariel simply had to have a little seafood in her belly before all that candy.  Yes, it might seem a little awkward to be dressed as a merman and eating seafood for dinner, but it was Halloween, after all.

For trick-or-treat we headed to a local event facility that had set up their grounds for the kids.  Being her first time, I wanted to make sure we did something fun and appropriate for her age.  We were able to go from room-to-room, and sometimes building-to-building begging for candy.

Okay, so here’s the thing- there were 18 locations on the property.  We obviously only hit up 16 of them.  How do I know this?  Because homegirl only came home with 16 PIECES of candy.  She was so excited when we got home.  “Look at all this candy, momma!”  I had to stifle my laughter.  It was truly the wackest candy bounty I had ever seen, but it was perfect for a 4-year old so I decided not to burst her bubble.

In the end, she really only netted about 10 pieces of candy, because as soon as she wasn’t looking I totally housed her little snickers and butterfingers.  What, isn’t that a parent’s right?

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Warm and Creamy and Perfect for Fall

My favorite soup in the whole wide world is lobster bisque.  Unfortunately, this post is not about my favorite soup in the whole wide world.  This post is about my SECOND favorite soup – Butternut Squash Soup.

I really do love Butternut Squash Soup, henceforth called BSS.  It’s warm, creamy smoothness is the perfect dish for the fall.  I order it just about every time I see it on a menu, so this weekend I finally decided to make it.  There are tons of recipes online, and I went with this recipe.  Oh and I also added one white potato to the recipe because I had seen it on another site and bought the potato by mistake.

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BSS is super easy to make. I think it took maybe an hour to make.  I bought pre-cut squash and shredded carrots, which saved a lot of time.  Even Regan helped make it. She loves using the immersion blender.  Oh yes, the best part is that I got to use my favorite kitchen gadgets like my food processor and my immersion blender.  Of course you don’t need either of those to make BSS, but I love an excuse to use them.

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Regan and I had BSS for lunch yesterday.  And before I put everything away, I packed up lunch for the next two days.  As a matter of fact, it’s lunch time and I’m hungry.  Let me go heat it up right now!

What’s your favorite cold-weather soup?

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Inspired Art with Creative Galaxy

Thank you Amazon Studios for sponsoring this post. Find inspiration for new art projects and fun by checking out the new episodes of Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime!

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Sometime during the summer, Regan became an artist.  Sure she’s always loved to color and draw, but one day I looked at her drawing of me and it actually kind of looked like me.  Okay, not me really, but it looked like a person with a face, and ears and wild hair.  Her drawings started looking like the things she claimed them to be- a tree, a dog, a unicorn.  Once she started school her interest in art got stronger.  Most days when I pick her up she tells me “just one more minute, momma” so she can finish whatever creation she is working on- usually with scissors and patterned tape.

I was thrilled when I heard about the animated series, Creative Galaxy, available to Amazon Prime Members.  I already love being an Amazon Prime member and am constantly trying to get everyone to jump on the bandwagon.  I take full advantage of  free two-day shipping, Instant Videos and the lending library on my kindle. So discovering programming geared towards my daughter only made me love it more.  And it focuses on her newfound love of art?  Score!

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Creative Galaxy is produced by the same people that did Blue’s Clues and Super Why (which we LOVE).  It features Arty, a cute kid who moves through the galaxy solving problems with his sidekick Epiphany.  Regan was hooked from the very first episode.  When Arty asks the kids a question, she answers as if she’s sitting in the same room with him.  When an episode goes off, she immediately asks to watch another.

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I love the names of the planets- Paintoria, Drawopolis,  etc.  In episode 7, Arty teaches the kids that “art helps you celebrate” by making paper mache baskets.  It totally took me back into time when I was a kid.  I remember thinking how cool it was to rip the paper and dip it in the paste to make our crafts.  I hadn’t thought about paper mache since I was a kid, but suddenly I wanted to do it with Regan.

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Regan was also inspired by watching Creative Galaxy.  We were at the store and she asked me to buy her glitter paint, pipe cleaners and pom poms.  I love that she can pass the time by exploring her creativity.  It’s great to watch her use her imagination while I’m making dinner or doing some other chore…or reading a book on my Kindle.

Another great thing about Creative Galaxy is that at the end of each episode we get to see real kids creating the art or craft we just saw Arty do.  So it goes from an animated idea to a real life project.  Regan is just as entranced watching her peers do a craft as she is watching the characters in the show.

Over the weekend, she asked me to cut windows and doors into a box so she could make a house for her doll.  Once I finished “construction” she went to work with the decorating!

She’s really looking forward to more episodes of Creative Galaxy, and I’m looking forward to seeing what her little mind is capable of.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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