Disney Movies Anywhere

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Do you like Disney movies? Do you like free stuff? You should download Disney Movies Anywhere.  :)

Disney Movies Anywhere is a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch (there’s also a web version) that gives you access to Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies wherever you are. You can connect previously purchased digital copies of movies, and movies can either be streamed or downloaded to your device.

For a limited time, app users who activate and connect their Disney Movies Anywhere account to their iTunes account will receive a free digital copy of Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” Awesome!

I did this yesterday in about five minutes despite the fact that my phone is on its last leg and my wifi was spotty. It’s a free movie, and a great way to keep all of your Disney-related purchases in one place. You can find out more and sign up by clicking the logo above to go to the Disney Movies Anywhere website. Enjoy!

Not funny, Chipotle

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This post is compensated as part of my ongoing collaboration with Illinois Farm Families; as always, all opinions are my own.

I just got done watching the first episode of Chipotle’s new advertising mechanism, a show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous. I guess I should be feeling like eating a delicious burrito on my way to hold a picket sign in front of Monsanto or something, but instead I feel defeated. Sad. And my involvement with agriculture only goes back a few years, so I can’t even imagine what my friends who have been on a farm since birth feel after watching it.

So basically the show is this – a group called the Industrial Food Image Bureau (I.F.I.B. – ha), led by Buck Marshall and his daughter Sophia, is tasked with handling PR for a company called Animoil, which has introduced “PetroPellets” – basically feeding cows pellets made of oil. And oops, the cows explode. Which, of course, someone caught on video, and a young, dashingly attractive advocate named Chip Randolph has posted online for all to see. Sophia attempts to use her feminine charms on Chip to get him to take down the video in the first episode. [Read more...]

Chaos

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Life has been so, so crazy lately. Crazy good (most of it), but it definitely has not left much time to blog. I’m trying to embrace the chaos and spend more time living in the moment right now. I’m not always succeeding…but I’m definitely trying.  :)

Wait and see

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The past month or so has been a whirlwind of Christmas, ringing in the new year, and work, work, work. I read this article, “Juggling Act: Why are women still trying to do it all?” this morning and laughed. Why am I trying to do it all? Because I have bills to pay and mouths to feed. I hate articles that act like everyone has a choice about the matter. But I digress.

At Christmas we welcomed a new family member. Little Oreo came into our lives from a kill facility, so we are happy to have saved her. She was 8 weeks old when she came home to us. Unfortunately yesterday we got some sad news; Oreo tested positive for feline leukemia.

So just as I was starting to feel like I had a handle on the crazy that is going to be my life for the next few months (work is insanely busy, side projects ramping up, some travel planned in there), we get this curveball. When I got the call with the results I flashed back to Kita and ugly cried. I can’t do that again. Not now. Why are we here again? It’s not fair.

Unfortunately right now is all wait and see. She’ll be restested in a few months, since there’s a (very, very slight) possibility the initial test was a false positive – could be antibodies from her mother showing up. There’s also a possibility she’s going to get sick – very sick – at any point over the next month, year, two years – and we’re going to have to make a difficult decision much earlier than we expected when we decided to bring a kitten into the family. There’s also the possibility she will go on to live for years with this not really causing any problems. Wait and see.

I don’t do well with wait and see, but at this point there’s no other option. So for now I feel like I’m sad without reason – we have this awesome little kitty who’s eating well, gaining weight, full of energy, super playful – but we know there’s a good chance she’ll be leaving our lives before she even gets a chance to grow up. Or not. We just have to wait and see.

How are farmers dealing with this weather?

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This post is compensated as part of my  ongoing collaboration with Illinois Farm Families; as always, all opinions are my own.

With a good chunk of the Midwest experiencing a cold snap unlike anything most of us have ever felt in our lifetime, I’m seeing reminders all over the place that in some lines of work, folks don’t get the day off because it’s chilly. Farming is certainly no exception! I chatted with Illinois farmer Holly Spangler yesterday to find out how her family is dealing with the severe weather.

I asked Holly what they did to get ready for the freezing temperatures:

“We were fortunate in that we knew this cold blast was coming, which means we could prepare. For the cows, we can put out large wagons filled with chopped feed (chopped grass, called ryelage) with several days’ worth of feed. We feed them a little more when it’s this cold so they have more energy, plus it minimizes the feeding we have to do on the cold days. That frees us up to deal with other problems, like frozen waterers or sick cows or whatever else may come up.”

Holly went on to tell me about the various tasks they performed to try to avoid potential problems that might occur with the frigid cold. Before the storm hit, her husband John double checked all of their automatic cattle waterers (their farm has five different wells with pumps that supply water), putting in light bulbs to keep them from freezing and checking that the electric heaters in each waterer were operating.

Prior to a big storm like this, the Spanglers try to make sure every animal has some kind of shelter from the cold – whether it’s the barn or a windbreak if the cattle are out on pasture. They also have to prep their equipment. According to Holly, diesel fuel will quickly gel up in freezing temperatures, so they make sure to park the equipment they’ll be needing– including something they can use to move snow out of the way – in their heated shop, or plug the machinery in to keep it warm enough that it will start in the morning. [Read more...]

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