Thanksgiving Travel Tips

AAA estimates over 40 million people travel 50 or more miles for their turkey. When you think about it that is a lot of people, miles, and turkey. Whenever you hit the road you hope for smooth sailing but sometimes the road is not a great place. You have people that are angry, slow, or just wild. Sometimes it can make even us most peaceful people cuss a little.

So the next time you take your 2016 Jeep Renegade to Grandma’s house remember these tips and you’ll get there safe!

 

Be prepared

Whether you are going down the street or heading out of town, we suggest taking a few minutes to prepare before leaving your home. No matter the distance you are traveling; don’t hit the roads this Thanksgiving without a full tank of gas. Fuel prices can rise during peak travel seasons, so make sure you check local gas prices for the cheapest in your area. While at the gas station take the time to check your fluids too.

In addition, make sure before setting out that you have the directions. A map is handy, but a GPS system can also help identify gas stations and restaurants on your trip. Most systems can assist in identifying alternative routes if you happen to run into traffic congestion. Finally, before hitting the roads, double check the weather; knowing the weather forecast could affect your travel plans. You never know what may happen, so it is better to take a moment and make sure you are prepared.

Traveling with pets.

Be sure to secure your pets, either with harnesses and seat belts or by placing them in a crate. Animals can be a dangerous distraction when driving and physical threat in an accident, should they travel about the cabin or escape onto a busy motorway. Bring water, food, toys, leash, and clean-up supplies—you never know.

Don’t be distracted.

Cell phones and driving don’t mix, so if you need to send a message or make a call, hand your phone to a passenger or pull over. It’s not worth risking your life or others on the road.

Fuel up.

Don’t head out on a long trip without a full tank of gas. In addition to topping off the tank, also check fluids and tire pressures before you leave.

Pack smart

We all want to avoid the “are we there yet?” game at all costs, right? If you are traveling with children, pack plenty of snacks, water, games, and DVDs to help keep them entertained. The same is true if you are traveling with pets. Unfortunately, our pets cannot articulate when they are getting a bit stir crazy. To prevent your pet from stressing, bring water, food, toys, and their leash which will allow you to run out a bit of their energy during your stops along the way. Our pets are an important part of the family. This is why it is important to keep them safe while traveling by securing them with either a harness or within a crate. In addition, this will prevent them from becoming a dangerous distraction while you are driving.

Stay calm

During peak travel times we expect traffic. With a large number of drivers on the roads anything can happen. However, if you stay calm you will be able to handle any situation. Remember keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, this will allow you more time to react should something happen. If you are leaving early or driving late to avoid traffic, remember it is just as important to take your time. Make sure you have plenty of rest, and if you feel sleepy, pull over and switch drivers if possible. Finally, buckle up. Always buckle your seatbelt as well as your children’s seatbelts.

 

 

Disney News Digest- That Should Be A New Category!

Disney News Digest

Can you believe that it is 2016 already? You know when I started my blog my first post was a Disney post for Brave. So it is only fitting that my first post in 2016 be a disney post. Did you notice I was gone? I took almost a whole month off and boy did it feel good. I was able to recharge and think about my blog goals. I even found my old passion for creating. It was a good time off and I am so happy that I got to enjoy my family.

I even got a new look. What do you think? I wanted to go back to simple. Omg, those super heavy themes were stressing me out. So I went back to a simple, light theme. I really like it and I am in love with my new header. My favorite things, food and disney. The pic of me is from my first Disney event! The Muppets red carpet. One of my best memories!

When I started checking emails I found that Disney had released some AMAZING news while I was gone. Including their 2016 Movie release list but I will save that for another post. I have a lot to tell you, so let’s get ready to rock Disney.

Disney News Digest

The Jungle Book

You guys know that I am not one for saying I love something just to say it because I post for a certain company. So, I am going to be honest and say that I really did not like The Jungle Book. It was okay, but not my favorite nor one that I will watch. However, after seeing the trailer for The Jungle Book live action movie I may change my mind. It looks really good and who knows, maybe I will become a Jungle Book fan.

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016. For more information, check out Disney.com/thejunglebook, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyJungleBook, and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejunglebookand Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/disneythejunglebook/.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the highest grossing domestic film of all time!

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Umm, did this really shock anyone? The girls and I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this movie. If you haven’t seen it (how is that possible?) then you better run! You won’t be disappointed!

Zootopia- New Trailer!!

I can’t begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to this movie! I think the concept is awesome and it looks like it is going to be really cute!

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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. For more information, check out the website at http://movies.disney.com/zootopia, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/disneyzootopia, and follow us on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation, and Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyAnimation.

That is all for today! I will be back soon with the Disney 2016 movie slate! I can’t wait to tell you about all the amazing movies coming out and WOW! I have several that are must sees!

Ps. Congrats to Disney’s Inside out for their Golden Globes win!

Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins

It’s Fall Y’all! It is my favorite time of year and I am so excited it is here! Halloween is just a few days away and Apple season is in full bloom. If you are like me you are probably trying to figure out what to do with all those apples! Well, I have you covered! I have two very exciting apple recipes for you!

The first one is Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins! These are made from scratch but don’t let that scare you. It is a super easy recipe and they taste divine! They are best served warm with a little caramel sauce drizzled over the top.

Enjoy!

Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins

Homemade Apple and Caramel Muffins

Homemade Caramel and Apple Muffins
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Fall Harvest
Author: Bobbie
Serves: 14 Muffins
Homemade Apple and Caramel Muffins are made from scratch. But don’t let that scare you! They are super easy to make and taste delicious!!!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter- melted completely
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple ( I used Granny Smith)
  • 12 caramels, chopped
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted completely
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a large bow combine the floud, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples and caramel.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then serve warm.

 

The Best Comedies To Cheer You Up After A Bad Day

The Best Comedies To Cheer You Up After A Bad Day

When you’re having a bad day, the last thing you want to do is watch a depressing drama or a dreary documentary. Everyone knows that the best way to cheer yourself up when you’re feeling glum is to watch a great and funny comedy. If you’re having a bad day, then relax and unwind and rent one of these amazingly funny comedic flicks. Here are some of the best comedies to cheer you up after a bad day.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

The sequel to the first “Paul Blart” movie is even funnier than the first one. Instead of taking place in a shopping mall, it takes place in the exciting and gorgeous Las Vegas. In addition to some hilarious moments, the film is full of awesome cameos. If you’ve ever checked the Steve Wynn IMDb, then you know that the mogul makes a great appearance in this flick.

The Hangover

After you watch “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” you might be in the mood for more comedic flicks that take place in Sin City. “The Hangover” is probably the funniest Las Vegas movie of all time. It tells the story of four friends who go to Vegas for a bachelor party with disastrous, but hilarious, results.

The Big Lebowski

This movie is the very definition of a cult classic. The plot is hard to describe and it’s one of those movies that you have to see to really understand what all of the fuss is about. If you like stories about bumbling every men who find themselves in outrageous situations, this is the perfect movie for you.

Office Space

If work woes are the root of your bad day, then this movie will definitely cheer you up. It follows the pursuits of a group of co-workers who are fed up with their boring and negative workplace and decide to take drastic measures. It’s basically non-stop laughs from start to finish.

Shaun Of The Dead

Zombie films definitely don’t have to be dark or scary. This movie is an excellent parody of the zombie genre and shows us what would happen if the average guy found himself in the middle of an undead apocalypse.

Old School

With a star-powered cast, this movie about grown men who start a fraternity in the middle of a mid-life crisis will definitely have you in stitches. It’s full of celebrity cameos and gross-out humor jokes. It will appeal to both young and old audiences.

Zoolander

This story of a self-involved male model who’s being eclipsed by a newcomer is considered a classic for good reason. It is guaranteed to have you laughing uncontrollably from beginning to end and also features some amazing fashion industry cameos.

There’s nothing worse than having a bad day. However, the best way to forget about your worries and relax is by watching a great and light-hearted comedy. Put on any of these flicks and you are sure to forget your troubles and just have two hours of stress-free, relaxed laughter.