Now Playing...March

Is anyone else still high from the hottest fashions and heartfelt speeches from the 86th annual Oscars this past Sunday? One word WOW. 2013 was an historical year in film, and I have a feeling there’s more to come…my eyes are on award season 2015.  Movies are a favorite past time for LMc (my 6’2 future husband…wink wink) and I.  He is a movie fanatic and I have become quite the novice critic.  Believe it or not, we catch a movie or two every weekend.  I am so excited to introduce you to a new series on the blog, called “Now Playing On The  Big Screen”.  Each month I will share my must see movie picks followed by reviews.  Let’s kick this series off with a bang here are my March picks:

300: Rise of an Empire  – March 7, 2014   The follow up to the 2006 blockbuster film 300, the battlefield has moved to the seas of Greece.  General Themistocles is leading the charge to reunite Greece.  It’s been rated 5 stars by Moviefone, that alone has me pumped to see this action packed flick.

The Single Moms Club – March 14, 2014  Tyler Perry has done it again, a real life film thats relatable by many.  The story of five struggling moms who form a sisterly bond, that provides the support and inspiration to overcome life’s obstacles together. Not based on a true story but certainly full of funnies and tiny life lessons.  As a product of a single mom, I can’t wait to see this film.

Rob the Mob – March 21, 2014  Based on a true life story of a Queens New York couple who robbed a series of mafia social clubs and continued to get away with it.  The next job will be a challenge they never encountered, they become targets to the mafia and FBI.  I’ve always loved a good mafia film, the unspoken yet super powerful lifestyle is quiet intriguing.

Noah March 28, 2014  Starring the talented Russell Crowe as Noah, based on the biblical story in the book of Genesis.  This film depicts the the power of the Holy Spirit, before and after the flood that destroyed the world.  Stories in the bible are fascinating to me and to see them played out on the big screen gives me another level of understanding.  I look forward to the work of the visionary director Darren Afronosky.

Join in the fun with me, what movies are you anticipating this month?  I’d love to hear, I am always looking to add more films to my must see list.  After all I need other movie buffs that I can share my favorite scenes and lines with.

Super Bowl Blog post

Super Bowl Sunday was the highlight of the weekend. So much money went into making the game day a huge success.  As a football fan, I watched the game with the fellas all excited, but in reality, I could say that this year’s Super Bowl was pretty lack-luster.  The game turned out to be the “sidekick”, as the commercials were the main attraction!  So, I’ve decided to share my sentiments on some of my favorite Super Bowl XLVIII commercials.  Here’s my top eight picks :

The Coolest

Double up with Ford Fusion Hybrid

Tear Jerkers

Puppy Love from Budweiser

Simply Life from Chevrolet


Strike from Masseratti Ghibli

Most Inspiring

Technology Empowering from Microsoft

U2 Invisible by Bank of America

The Cutest

The Time Machine by Doritos

Gracie our family is Growing by Cheerios

Most Unpredictable

Big Bear from Chobani

Check out the links and let me know if you saw any worthy commercial that didn’t make my list!  I can’t wait to hear from you!


Happy Monday everyone.  Today’s post is from a new member of the VAE team.  Her name is Erynn Edwards, stay tuned to the blog she will be making her formal debut very soon.  I will give you a hint about her, she has a beautiful spirit and its reflected in her post today.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther KingSmile! Today is the national holiday honoring the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The other night, when I was on the phone with my hunny, he told me about one of his coworkers asking him, “Why are we closed on Monday?”.

Listening to this, I realized that many of us forget what today represents or see today only as an “extended weekend”. Between being working women, pleasing our significant other, taking care of our family, and just dealing with life’s drama, we desperately need a vacation!

I admit, I made plans well in advance to attend a midday Detroit Pistons basketball game with my friends.  Not until I began to write this post, did I truly do my own reflecting in honor of MLK Day.  Like the rest of us, I was just happy to switch up my normal routine.

We get so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget to reflect on the impact Dr. King has made on society. I have challenged myself to find my personal beliefs on what signifies the legacy of MLK and share my thoughts with you. I feel this day represents the increase of:







Everyday, I want to work toward improving my approaches to situations through my attitudes and outlook. I am choosing to take this day to perpetuate optimism— as Dr. King has taught us. What will you do today to celebrate the strides of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Image credit:  Martin Luther King, March for Equality, Signing of Civil Rights Act, March to end Jim Crow, 1963 March on Washington

WreathAfter the joy of the holidays are over, there’s something about live evergreens that keep my spirit perky during the dreary winter months.  Yes, all the holiday decor is packed away but I am still holding on to the live door wreath.  Although the smell and color has faded, the fullness hasn’t diminished.  Today’s DIY is a quick and simple way to transform a live evergreen wreath.

step 1 wreath

Step 2 wreath

Step 3 wreath

images by Lotoya


Fruit SmootieFor the new year I’ve made a personal vow to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day.  Beginning my day with a smoothie has helped me honor my commitment. The first time I made a smoothie it was rated NF for nasty fail.  Who knew there was an art to creating smoothie recipes.  Mine always had a thin consistency, and tasted like raw bland vegetables…yes you can imagine YUCK.  Clearly I need to follow a proven recipe.  After months of wasted ingredients, I’ve finally got it.  Today I am sharing with you my favorite morning treat, Dandelion Berry Peach Smoothie recipe.

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit and Vegetable SmootieIngredients

2 cups Dandelion leaves

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup frozen peaches

1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 cup water

1 tsp sunflower oil

Cooks Tools


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  1. Add all of the ingredients in the following order; yogurt, water, peaches, berries, dandelion and oil.

  2. Blend on high, until smoothie consistency, pour into glass and serve.

Yields: 1 serving

Images by Lotoya