Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Movie Mania

I have 3 VERY different movies/documentaries to talk about today..... I guess I was busy this weekend or make that not very busy at all unless it was in front of a screen!!!!
 For YEARS I have been fascinated with Scientology, I mean.... the who, what and why are so intriguing to me!! SO last year when I heard the book Going Clear was made into a documentary I was thrilled! I couldn't find anywhere that was screening this until thankfully HBO took that leap and I am so glad they did! This aired on Sunday and I was enthralled for all 120 minutes of this documentary. It was creepy, weird and unbelievable but at the same time I believed every minute of it to be true! Check out the trailer here.....


Last year Divergent was literally one of my favorite movies and believe it or not one of Matt's favorites too! To this date it is one of my all time favorite book to movies.... it is just so easy to rematch over and over and over..... well you get the point! Sunday Matt and I went to see Insurgent and we LOVED it! Whether it was based on a book or not this was a great movie and it made me want to run home and pick up book #3 in the series! I just can't say enough how much I loved this movie.... go see it!!!!!!!
Ok, so for the last month all over the internet I have been reading about this Horror movie It Follows and how the reviews are calling it the scariest movie in decades, brilliant, horrifying and these reviews go on and on! So I was intrigued and lucky me it finally got enough buzz to come out to theaters this past weekend so I hit up a matinee on Saturday by myself.
So???????? Ok, the premise is good, the movie is set in the 80s and shot in that creepy old horror movie style which made it feel extra "campy".  Was it the best? Not really. I mean if you take away the excellent creepy music in the movie it wasn't that scary. Overall this is a renter..... so in the coming weeks if you see this OnDemand give it a whirl but don't run to your theater!
Here is the trailer......



Friday, March 27, 2015

Take Your Pick!

Whenever I am in a book rut it is the worst thing ever... it just ruins my "me time" before bed. But I will have to say that lately that hasn't been a problem (Thank God)!! I have 3 books for you that I really loved and you will too!!!

In the rugged Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest—nearly a million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. From deep within this old growth forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she offers no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past.

Having retreated to her western Washington hometown after a scandal left her career in ruins, child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates is determined to free the extraordinary little girl she calls Alice from a prison of unimaginable fear and isolation. To reach her, Julia must discover the truth about Alice’s past—although doing so requires help from Julia’s estranged sister, a local police officer. The shocking facts of Alice’s life test the limits of Julia’s faith and strength, even as she struggles to make a home for Alice—and for herself. In Magic Hour, Kristin Hannah creates one of her most beloved characters, and delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the meaning of home.

A few weeks ago I read and LOVED The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and when I was reading this one I was in constant amazement at her range. Magic Hour is light years away from that one but written just as well. I mean Kristin is such a talented author and I am SO thankful I found her.... you should discover her too. For me this book was a "ripped from the headlines" story that had tabloid intrigue and real heart. This book was surprising for me, so different but I really enjoyed it!
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

To me this book is Red Rising meets Divergent but yet at the same time it really held it's own and had it's own unique story. This was a fun, easy and enjoyable YA read that is killing it on the Book charts right now. I really enjoyed this story and it had a twist that I didn't see coming! And of course... I will be waiting on Book 2 to come out!
New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Traitor’s Wife, with the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.
The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead.

This book is exactly why I LOVE Historical Fiction.... I am not only learning about a time that I didn't know about filled with intriguing people but I am being absolutely entertained! This book is my favorite of the 3 and it fills my mind like a royal movie and it would make a good one! The amazing part is that the bones of this book are all true... the people, time, place and story... the author just filled in what we didn't read about in history books and it is so good! Take some time to pick this book up and Becky's the Book Club will love it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Peru Lion Adoption!

Operation Spirit Of Freedom will bring 33 African Lions to Colorado the first week of April 2015.  This massive airlift will be a record-setting event, and will be one of the most monumental rescues undertaken by any animal welfare organization in the world.
Something BIG and wonderful is happening and I MUST help! 33 Lions Rescued from horrible Circus attractions in Peru are headed to Colorado and the mission is incredible. Watch this short video to learn more.......
Peru Lions Getting Ready To Come To Colorado from Wild Animal Sanctuary on Vimeo.

The lions will be headed to The Wild Animal Sanctuary here just outside of Denver!!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary now houses 25 lions successfully rescued from Bolivia in 2011. Craig expects the Peruvian and Colombian lions to have similar health issues as the Bolivian ones. "Most sit in a cage for their entire lives. They don’t perform," Craig says. "A lot of them will be beaten up and bruised. One or two are blind. Most of them need to gain a lot of weight and get healthy again." The Sanctuary already sent a dentist to visit the lions to take care of any major dental issues; the caged animals were often jabbed with steel bars that they'd bite and thus break their teeth. 
All of that work comes with a hefty price tag. Craig estimates each lion costs $8,000 annually—or $264,000 total—to care for. (The animals could live for another couple decades.) The Sanctuary is trying to raise $75,000 to finish building the dens and habitat as well as look after the animals' health.
You guys I desperately want to Adopt a Lion from Peru but with the cost being $360 for the year (up front) I cannot do it alone! So I have a WILD idea to adopt a lion with ALL of you!!!!!
I will adopt the lion in my blogs name and will do updates as I receive them and we can do this together!!!
Here is how this will work!!!! I will need at least $260 in donations and I will provide the last $100! But until I know we can do this you won't have to pay! When I have enough commitments from you I will then send out paypal invoices to collect the money!!!! The Lions fly in Soon and need our help! Will you help me? A Donation of anything will work!
Just leave me comment or shoot me an email at nsavage@live.com and let me know your commitment!!!
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Garth

 Last Saturday night Matt and I had a great Date Night to end a really terrible week. A while back Matt got us tickets to see Garth Brooks and I will preface that by saying I am not a huge fan (gasp) but Matt is. We were in a suite with some of Matt's friends and I really had a great time. And let me say.... he puts on a show! I mean he truly commits and I think I enjoyed it so much because I also know what a nice person he seems like.
It was hard for me to get my mind right just days after Granddads funeral and I will admit a few songs got me, but it was nice to get out of the house and do something enjoyable!
 I had quite a few people ask about my shirt which is actually a dress!!! This was a splurge from Anthropologie last month and is sadly no longer available. I added the ankle booties and the turquoise jewelry I got on sale from Charming Charlie's and that was my take on "Cowgirl Chic". And you will be seeing this dress again for sure, I LOVED it!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Family Time.

Last week in Oklahoma the 2 days before the funeral we all wanted to spend some quality family time together....to get our minds onto something fun for a change. Last Tuesday we had a girls day where we took my Oma to lunch, shopping (of course) and then to see Cinderella so she could have a break from making funeral decisions. 
The movie? We all loved it! It was so cute and had the best message.....
  Be Kind and Have Courage!!!
 Here is my Mom, Aunt Heidi and grandma Oma enjoying the recliner seats! A St. Patty's Day well spent!
 Cheese..... We aren't related or anything........

 Then last Wednesday Matt made it to Oklahoma as did my brother and my Dad took the day off!! So we went to this super fun place Hey Day in Moore and had lunch and then bowled a few rounds!
 Here I present you with our best family bowler and the worst.... take your guess as to who is who!!!
 I mean it is rare that we are all off of work and get to spend time together..... we all had the best time!
 Marissa's Birthday is next week and in fact last week her and my Mom were suppose to be on Spring Break in Denver with me until things changed. So I wanted to take a minute out and give her an early Birthday present! And of course she loved the paper! Me too!!
 Here is one of my super handsome cat-siblings "Fuzzy Bear".... I think he looks like Aslan from Narnia!
 And of course my Dog-Sister Betsy Ross who had the week of her life with all of us in town to give her non-stop love! Oh, how I love this little girl! She is a mini Aussie!
Lastly I was so thankful that my 2 girlfriends Becky and Melissa came to the funeral to support me! Thanks girls! Then Becky came back to my Moms with the family to help out..... she is family after all!

You know now I am in this weird place where I need to get back to real life but I can't. I am honestly still in denial, I haven't fully grieved... I know it. I just can't believe it.  Each day is challenge. Thank you to everyone for the prayers and thoughts shot our way!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Family.

I have to say that the positive from last week while being back home in Oklahoma for my Granddad's funeral was getting to spend so much time with family. And not just my everyday family but our extended family that we don't get to see that much. So getting to be with them to share in the love and memories of our beloved granddad made my heart smile a little bit.
We took some family pictures at the family meal before the funeral and I wanted to share them with you.....


 The Bolo tie I am wearing was my Granddad's.... one of his favorites and now it is mine and I will cherish it forever. Truly.
 All the women in my family, I just love this picture so much!
 My Granddad was in the Air Force and had a full military funeral with honors so it was real special that my brother was able to wear his Marine uniform to our our Granddad.
 My parents...........
 The Grandkids........

 My Mom and her cousin Tommy, when I was small I would spend weeks in the Summer with Tommy and his kids.... so great to see you Tommy!
 You would never know they are related would you? Nah! :)


 That stunning woman in red is my Granddad's 104 year old mother Ruby. What a blessing huh?



Earl S. G. Butler

EARL BUTLER

Obituary
  • "Dear friends, how we love your family! Blessings of peace..."
    - Carolyn Nuthman

Jun. 21, 1930 - Mar. 14, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Earl S.G. Butler, 84, of Oklahoma City, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on March 14, 2015. Earl was born to Ruby Beasley and Francis Earl Butler on June 21, 1930 in Ardmore, OK. Earl served his country faithfully for 26 years in the United States Air Force. Earl Butler was stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany when he met his sweetheart, Hannelore, in 1956. With a hard working spirit, Earl continued to work after his military retirement as a Real Estate Agent for 30 years. He was a passionate patriot and dedicated family man. Earl enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, reading, being outside, and loving on his animals. He was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church. His kind heart and gentle laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Earl was preceded in death by his father, Francis E. Butler and sister, Helen Binderim. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Hannelore Butler; mother, Ruby Beasley of Sulphur; two devoted daughters, Gayle DuBois and husband Jerry of Oklahoma City, Heidi Reed and husband Kenny of Oklahoma City; blessed grandchildren Nicole Savage, Curtis DuBois, Marissa DuBois, and Brittany Reed. He is also survived by two sisters, Frances Powell of Ardmore and Hazel Okkonen of Schofield, WI; and three brothers, Tim, Kenneth, and Stanley Butler of Ardmore. Visitation for Earl will be Wednesday from 8:00-8:00p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Resthaven Chapel in Oklahoma City. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Resthaven Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, www.resthavenokc.com





Sunday, March 15, 2015

GRANDdad

On Saturday March 14 at 3:50 am my Granddad Earl Butler went to heaven. Last week when we knew it was the end and we moved him to hospice I flew home to say my goodbye, and it broke my heart in two. Granddad could barely talk or move but the last words he said to me were "I Love You". And I will cherish that forever.

Our relationship was different.... some families see their grandparents on Holidays and special occasions but not us, my ENTIRE life until I moved out of state I saw my Oma and Granddad at LEAST twice a week. They lived 1 mile from me my whole life and even when I got married we were only 5 minutes away. Granddad always had a key to my place and would just come over anytime to see his "Grand-animals" and it filled both our hearts with joy. I never really thought of him of a grandparents but really just another parent, he was the very first person to hold me in the hospital when I was born and he loved me everyday since. The hole in my heart in unbearable. This weekend I have been making the memorial slideshow and it just about killed me.

I fly home tomorrow for the week, his funeral is this Thursday.... so I will be away from my blog for a bit and with my family. Keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. And you know what..... how lucky am I to have had almost 34 years with my Granddad.... I am so lucky.

Friday, March 13, 2015

#BabyMakingDays The Results

 Thanks to Fertility Planit for sponsoring this post and giving me a Clearblue® Fertility Monitor. While I have received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.
 So todays post marks the end of the Clearblue® #BabyMakingDays campaign and we just got thru the dreaded 2 Week Wait!! And I think this face below sums up my results...

Drumroll Please....

Better Luck Next Month I guess?!
I took a pregnancy test this morning and the results were negative.... but hey, it's ok!! Using the Fertility Monitor this last month did make me feel more confident than other months. It made me feel like I really might see a positive result on the pregnancy test, so seeing the results was a let down but all things happen for a reason, huh?

What’s next for us?


The answer to that is easy, we will try until we get it right.  For us we were disappointed that the result was not positive but we don’t dwell on it.


Now after using the Clearblue® Fertility Monitor this last month will I use it again this month? Absolutely! Using the monitor while trying to conceive made everything easier and more precise for us. In fact I opened my monitor up this morning and scheduled in a new cycle to start again! I enjoyed seeing the Fertility Monitor blink at me as a reminder that I need to test today - it was oddly encouraging. And then in about 5 minutes I was able to have results letting me know if today was a good day to conceive.
Would I recommend this product to my friends?
Of course, if you have been TTC for a few months then I highly recommend you getting this touch screen Fertility Monitor. The Monitor will help with your peace of mind... I promise!

It is a little over $200, which is a little pricey to me, but I do think it is worth it. For some the next step could be fertility drugs or even more invasive steps in the future, so $200 is money well spent to know that you have tried everything before moving on.


You can check out the product to buy on Amazon by clicking HERE! And before you know it this could be at your doorstep and you could be seeing a positive result on your own pregnancy test.

Overall I am so thankful I was part of the #BabyMakingDays campaign. It was a blessing and of course I will continue to keep you all updated on our journey towards becoming parents! Life can easily get in the way of this journey and it has for us of course but I hope that in the coming months I will be updating you with good news!

Sharing all of this on my blog was stepping out of my comfort zone for sure but knowing that several friends of mine were encouraged and/or are getting the Clearblue® Fertility Monitor for themselves has made this all worth while!!

Learn more about my #BabyMakingDays journey by checking in on my blog and learn more about Clearblue’s® Fertility Monitor with Touchscreen by following them on Facebook  Twitter and by visiting the Clearblue® website   


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