Habitica App

When I spotted this Habitica App from my Evernote newsletter a little while back, I just had to try this out! It speaks to my GTD kind of personality. I thought my teenagers might like it enough to use it and maybe remove the need for me to “nag” so much!

I downloaded, installed, and registered with this app on Android earlier today. The app is lovely, easy to use, the tour is cute without babying, and the website interface is spectacular. I can see this being a lot of fun (AND productive) for the teens. If I were more of a gamer personality, I would probably really enjoy this myself!

One caution: I wouldn’t recommend this for younger than teenagers since there are chat rooms (taverns) and the like. Here’s more info on the app from Common Sense Media. I’m curious to see if Bark.us* is able to monitor this platform.

Marvel Movies Chronological Order

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger πŸ‘
  2. Captain Marvel πŸ‘
  3. Iron Man πŸ‘
  4. Iron Man 2 πŸ‘
  5. The Incredible Hulk πŸ‘Ž
  6. Thor πŸ‘
  7. The Avengers πŸ‘
  8. Iron Man 3 πŸ‘
  9. Thor: The Dark World πŸ‘
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier πŸ‘
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy 😐
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 😐the first time and πŸ‘the second
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron πŸ‘
  14. Ant-Man 😐
  15. Captain America: Civil War πŸ‘
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming πŸ‘
  17. Doctor Strange 😁
  18. Black Widow
    not released yet
  19. Black Panther 😁
  20. Thor: Ragnarok πŸ‘Ž
  21. Ant-Man and the Wasp 😐
  22. Avengers: Infinity War πŸ‘
  23. Avengers: Endgame 😁
  24. Spider-Man: Far From Home
    haven’t seen yet

My Ratings

  • 😁 Great
  • πŸ‘ Good
  • 😐Meh
  • πŸ‘Ž Not that great

Be Angry… And Train Your Kids

Be Angry...and Train Your Kids: Directing Your God-Given Energy to Wisely Fuel Godly Parenting StrategiesBe Angry…and Train Your Kids: Directing Your God-Given Energy to Wisely Fuel Godly Parenting Strategies by Peggy Ployhar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The format of the book is easy to read in small chunks, which is good because small chunks of time is all I have! Her honesty in the struggle is encouraging and refreshing on its own, but her Christ-centered instruction and intentional hope-giving tones are what I valued the most. This is an excellent read and a book not going on my shelf, but a book going to another parent in need. I’ll buy it again if I need to.

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Sound Machine Woes

I use the White Noise app on my phone, but it sometimes clashes with my alarm clock app, Timely. Just this morning, my alarm went off for 45 minutes before shutting itself off.

Uhmm… yeeaaahh, it went off silently.

I’ve once pondered getting a sound machine for myself but got a simple alarm clock with charging ports instead. There are no challenge questions to turn off the alarm, but the harsh beeping does do that trick. I’m up. I like that little clock.

For the kids, I purchased 3 of these HoMedics sound machines. They did ok at first, but then started having issues. I reviewed this item on Bed, Bath, & Beyond’s website with 2 stars, not recommended. When it worked, it was great. However, it started having issues after about 6 months of use. Now, I’m going to need 3 more machines! Save your money and get a better sound machine from the start. I don’t know what that machine is, yet.

If only I could convince the kids to switch over the app on their devices! I may try that angle again. Spending $150 or more on sound machines is not my idea of fun.

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Dot Journal

Purple Dot Journal By Artist’s LoftTM – $5 from Michael’s
At this price point, it’s a great deal. I like the size too. My favorite pens are the Pilot G-2 gel inks. They do bleed through the pages ever so slightly. The hardcover is on the softer side of things, it has some give. I love that it has two ribbon bookmarks and that there’s a table of contents style to the first several pages.

*I don’t do affiliate links or for-reward reviews.

I originally was going to review several journals here, but I’m realizing that will take a really long time. I’ve been using this journal for my first bullet journal and I’m enjoying it. I think I’ll get a blue one next time.

Update: I posted my review on Michael’s website.

Imitation Game

I finally got my “round to it” and watched The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch on Netflix. I have to admit that the actor more than the story line is what grabbed me.

The movie was gripping – a very well told story. Turing was so obviously autistic it was painful. The homosexual twist was not exactly shocking, but I was pleased with how it was covered – not lewd/crude, but matter of fact and certainly not central. Although the movie could have ended much earlier than all the homosexual political stuff – however, I do understand why Hollywood included it. I can’t fault them for using their medium for political agendas.

This is definitely an adult movie for many reasons, but mostly because it’s slow and complex. Kids won’t necessarily be able to follow it. I liked it, and would probably watch it again sometime.

Cumberbatch was great in this role. I do like that actor. He’s not overly handsome, but he is a really believable actor. I find that skill level fascinating to watch.

Kindle Fire HD 8 MoKo Cases

To help with our educational goals (and make use of my giant Kindle library), I purchased 3 Kindle Fire HD 8 tablets on Prime day for the children. I also got these MoKo cases. Both products are great!

My Review of the cases on Amazon:

We got three of these cases. The cases are sturdy, fit well, the kids love them, and they’re pretty. Who could ask for anything more?

Incidentally, my giant Kindle library is largely due to a BookBub subscription. That service is brilliant!

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

I took the kids to the $1 movies today. I LOVE that this type of thing is still around! It was either Alvin and the Chipmunks Squeakquel or the Secret Life of Pets. We’ve seen the Pets movie, and I really didn’t like it enough to watch it again. So, Alvin it is!

This movie was cute, slap-sticky, and laugh out loud funny. I was entertained even though it was a little ridiculous. It’s a kids movie! πŸ™‚

My kids enjoyed the movie, laughing and carrying on for a little while afterward. I’m shocked they didn’t go on and on about the fart scene, actually. They loved the helicopter and bad-guy confrontation stuff at the end.

I did roll my eyes a bit at their cheeky handling of bullying and body image issues, but on the whole, it wasn’t totally terrible. There areΒ onlyΒ two things I didn’t like and wish could have been different:

  1. The oversexed up girl chipmunk group. They could have been cuter and less sexy, and it would have still worked well.
  2. The insinuation that you can’t be in sports and music at the same time. This movie was down on sports pretty hard. I was a band geek, and I still didn’t like how horribly the sports team guys were portrayed.

I don’t do stars, tomatoes, thumbs, or anything. I enjoyed the flick, but probably wouldn’t watchΒ it again.

Real Genius

It probably wasn’t a genius on my part to let my young crew watch this movie, but they enjoyed it all the same. It did have quite a few parts that made me cringe and hope they didn’t really pick up on what was going on. I know I didn’t realize all THAT was in this movie when I was their age.

I like the reviews over on Common Sense Media. I probably should have checked there first instead of scrolling Netflix for something that didn’t sound boring.

The kids are 12, 10, and 9. I know. I know. A little young. Common Sense Media suggests 13. They handled it just fine though. The boys loved the explosions, fire, the hole through everything on campus, and, of course, the popcorn.Β  They also loved the potty humor. Of course, they did! All 3 of them did, actually. I’m surrounded by potty humor nearly every day movie or no movie.

As for me, I still really enjoy Real Genius. It cracks me up even more now looking at all that 80’s!