St. Vincent movie review

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

I really didn’t know what to expect when watching this movie, but I do have to say that I rather enjoyed it.  It stars Melissa McCarthy as Maggie, a single mother, who moves into a new home within an older Brooklyn neighborhood with her 12-year old son, Oliver. Maggie is forced to work long hours at her new job, therefore she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray).  Vincent’s has a desire for alcohol and gambling.  Your immediate opinion of him, is that he’s a grumpy old man who literally hates children.  However, the more you get to know him as the movie goes on, the more you realize that he really does have a good heart, he’s just been dealt with many of life’s unfortunates.  Oliver and Vincent’s odd friendship soon blossoms and together they tackle Vincent’s daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar.

Yes, this movie is not for children…  In the end, we find out that Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.

This really is a good store that I think is worth seeing at least once.  :)

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How To Keep A Tidy Home When You Have Kids Or Pets

How To Keep A Tidy Home When You Have Kids Or Pets

Keeping a clean and tidy home is at the top of all our lists. But it’s not always so easy. If you have pets, you’ll find hairs, chewed carpet and so much more on a daily basis. If you’ve got kids or look after family members kids, you’ll be battling against toys and sticky everything!

How To Keep A Tidy Home When You Have Kids Or PetsSource

I’ve put together some tips and tricks that should help you to stay on top of your cleaning and keep your home looking on top form. You don’t need to be a professional cleaner to follow any of these tips. Simple is best!

Cleaning Rota

A cleaning rota might sound silly and childish, but it can be useful for staying on top of things. Even if you live by yourself, a little reminder to do a bit of tidying up every now and again can’t hurt.

If you have kids, you can get them involved by putting their names on the rota. You might need to encourage them with a prize for getting their chores done!

I would start by thinking about how much you have on in an average day. No one wants to clean the entire house after a long day at work! I’d try something like this:

  • Monday – Empty the bins
  • Tuesday – Clean the floors
  • Wednesday – Do the laundry
  • Thursday – Clean the surfaces
  • Friday – Do the dusting
  • Saturday – Have a break!
  • Sunday – Do a deeper clean

The above list is changeable to suit your routine. Add or remove tasks where you see fit. What I’m trying to get at is that if you do a little every day, it’s much easier to stay on top of cleaning. If you let it build up throughout the week, you’ll be much more stressed and less likely to want to get anything done.

Avoid Pet Hair

Pet hair get’s around. It can be almost impossible to get rid of all those extra hairs! If you keep on top picking up hair, it’s much easier to deal with the mess. If you have a fluffy cat, you’ll want to visit and look at hairball prevention products.

You could use a lint roller for getting clothes hair free or use damp rubber gloves to pick up hair from furniture. For wooden furniture, a cleaning spray and a cloth should do the trick. If you keep on top of brushing your pet, it can reduce the amount of hair they shed dramatically!

Make Cleaning Supplies

Buying the latest cleaning products can be tempting. They all offer something new, and we all want to reduce the time we spend on cleaning. But, many products come down to the same basic similar ingredients. For general cleaning, making homemade cleaning supplies might be more cost-effective for you.

In a post not long ago, I included some easy recipes for making homemade cleaners. Try them out, they work wonders. Lemon is another excellent natural cleaner. Try using it in the kitchen to disinfect surfaces or to even clean your microwave. It’s even simple to create homemade grout cleaner for your bathroom tiles.

Cleaning The Oven

We all need to eat. Cleaning the oven is the last thing any of us wants to do when your tummy is rumbling. The best way to have a clean and tidy oven is to clean as you go. It’s not always possible and sometimes you’re just in a rush. But, the more you clean regularly, the easier it is to remove tougher grime.

Baking soda and vinegar can make your oven look like it’s brand new. You just need to put some welly into it! If you think you need a deep clean, you might want to invest in an oven cleaner. If it’s particularly bad, you may even wish to hire a professional. Burnt food can be tough to remove.

Cleaning Glass

More of have glass in our homes than ever. It’s not just about windows and mirrors either. Tables, chairs and more look incredibly stylish when they are solid or part glass. As great as it looks, it can be difficult to keep clean. Streaky glass can make a surface seem messier than it is.

To make it easier for yourself, use a spray based product or add a little vinegar solution to a spray bottle. Don’t soak your windows and clean in even strokes. You can buy tools and clothes designed with glass in mind. Tools like this mean that you don’t have to worry about streaks. You can also wipe a glass surface with a sheet of newspaper afterwards to clear up any streaky patches.

Muddy Feet

Children, pets and even adults all get muddy feet. Especially the children and pets. It’s best to ask people to take their shoes off in your home, this way you can stop the mud in it’s tracks. Have somewhere to keep your shoes to encourage people to take them off. You can even keep slippers around if your floors are cold.

When it comes to pets, you’ll want to clean them before they run through your house. When you know that they’ve been out in the mud, you might want to wipe down their paws and coats.

Before you clean anything muddy, try and remove as much as you can. Mud will only clog up your washing machine or sink. If the mud stain is bad, you might want to leave it overnight. When it comes to carpet, the best thing to do is to leave it to dry. Once the mud is try, it should be fairly easy to sweep it away. Blot the mud stain with a towel to get rid of anything left behind.

As I said, the best way to keep a tidy home is to stay on top of it. I know that’s not a hack or cheat that will do the work for you. But sometimes we’ve got to put in a little elbow grease! Cleaning little and often will help you to get the job done.

It’s Never Too Late: Learn to Ride a Horse this Summer

It’s Never Too Late: Learn to Ride a Horse this Summer

There are lots of things that people learn as children, and once we reach a certain age we think it’s too late. We might always have longed to swim, play an instrument or do ballet, but never got the chance. If you’re well into adulthood and you still have some childhood dreams, or you’ve developed some new ones, there’s no time like the present to achieve them. One of the things that a lot of children and especially little girls want to do is learn to ride a horse. But if you missed your chance as a child, there’s still plenty of time to learn now. Take the reins in your life and start learning to ride while you still can.

Find Somewhere to Learn

The first step to learning to ride a horse is to find somewhere you can take lessons. You might choose to have group lessons with other learners, which is usually cheaper. However, another option is individual sessions. If you decide to have one-on-one lessons, the instructor will be able to devote more of their attention to you. Don’t worry if you’re nervous at first, as everyone needs time to get used to being on a horse. At first, you’ll learn the basics, from how to get on and sit properly to basic directions.

It's Never Too Late: Learn to Ride a Horse this SummerImage by rayand

Practice, Practice, Practice

Once you get started, you’ll probably find you’ve been bitten by the bug. You’ll want to be on a horse as much as possible. It can be difficult to practice as much as you want at first because you’ll need to continue taking lessons. But outside of your lessons you could find more opportunities to ride. For example, you could go on a riding vacation where you travel for a few days. You can also lease a horse from a riding school or equestrian center, so you can practice when you want without having to buy your own.

Learn About Everything

There’s more to riding than just sitting on a horse. You need to learn all about the majestic animal that you’re working with, so you can act as a team. You should try to learn about horses and their anatomy and health. You also need to know all about the different types of riding equipment that you’ll need to use. From bridles to bareback riding pads like the ones you can get from One Stop Equine, there’s a surprising amount to learn about. You should be able to groom your horse too, and learn about their behavior.

Get a Horse?

If you’ve taken to horse riding, the next step might be to buy your own horse. However, keep in mind that this can be expensive. Even if you love horses and long to have one, the cost of their upkeep isn’t feasible for some. You need somewhere for your horse to live and somewhere to ride them, and there’s the cost of food and other necessities. And don’t forget that your horse requires your time too.

It’s never too late to learn to ride horses. If it’s always been a dream of yours, why not take the opportunity to learn this summer?

Cucumber Salad recipe

Cucumber Salad

Mom has been making this Cucumber Salad for as long as I can remember.  It’s so simple, but yet so delicious.  I seriously can eat a ton of it when it’s made.  It’s the perfect salad to make for get-togethers and cookouts!  There really are no amounts to this recipe because you can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like.  ENJOY!

Cucumber Salad


  • cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • sour cream
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Place cucumbers in a bowl mixed with a good amount of salt; then let them sit for a couple of hours so the salt draws out the moister/water from the cucumbers.
  • Rinse the cucumbers off to get the extra salt of of them, then place them in a large bowl with onion and garlic.
  • Add sour cream (enough to coat evenly but no too much because water will still drain from the cucumbers).
  • Mix everything together and server topped with freshly ground pepper.

Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

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Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

Craftsy is offering huge discounts over Memorial Day weekend

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