Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom. The film hits theaters Feb. 17, 2012.
Archives for January 2012
- Creamy Ricotta Florentine – this number one selling item is the only Made with Organic spinach pasta on the market. With 60 percent more filling this creamy blend of cheese and spinach offers a wonderful mouth feel in every bite.
- Artichoke & Colby Jack Cheese Ravioli – artichokes and a creamy blend of cheeses wrapped in unbleached egg dough. A unique flavor combination that pairs well with our Basil Cream Sauce with Artichokes.
- Fire Roasted Mushroom & Four Cheese Ravioli – this delicate blend of Crimini mushrooms and four cheeses goes wonderfully with Hearty Garden Marinara. Made with no preservatives.
- Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Ravioli – organic tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are wrapped in a 100 percent all natural whole wheat dough.
- Butternut Squash Ravioli – rich, creamy flavor of butternut squash blended with parmesan and Ricotta cheeses, then wrapped in delicate egg dough.
- Wildwood Organic Salsa is made with only the freshest, highest quality and 100 percent organic ingredients. This low-calorie, fat free and gluten free product is a great healthy snack option and comes in Mild, Medium and Hot.
So, you’re trying to be ‘green’ and reduce the use of chemicals in your home? BUT, you haven’t found a window cleaner that works well enough for you to give up the blue stuff.
Newspaper requires too much elbow grease, vinegar and water leave streaks, the ‘eco-friendly’ stuff is just too expensive…
You’re in luck. I found Simple Organized Living. A blog written by a super organized (and super fashionable) Andrea.
Andrea likes to make her own cleaning supplies to save money. Thankfully her ‘money saving’ ideas work perfectly as earth saving ideas. Andrea tried a TON on recipes before she came up with the perfect green window & glass cleaner.
There’s more to this recipe than vinegar and it doesn’t require extra elbow grease!
Check out S-O-L for Andrea’s Homemade Window and Glass cleaner.
There’s a Planning and Goals section which allows the writer to place goals for each year and help in the planning of family vacations.
Lets not forget that “bucket list” we all have. Writing it down reminds us of the opportunities we have ahead with just a little planning.
Daily Pages allow us to write a small entry of what happened that day. If you need to go on more for the day or month, you may continue in the Carry Over Pages.
If you have a busy life balancing work, home, children and other dates there’s a section called Keeping Track which allows the person to jot down medical information or automotive upkeep dates.
Another great feature I’ve found is the Special Dates section for birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, etc.
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We are so happy to bring you this guest post by Amy at Missional Mama. We hope you enjoy it and learn as much as we did!
When you live in the United States or virtually any first world county, it is easy to become purely ethnocentric. As parents, we have to be intentional about the opportunities we give our children to see beyond themselves into the bigger picture of the great needs worldwide. The Bible clearly states that we are to go not just where we live or just the next state over, but into the entire world. So, how do we help our kids to have eyes to see beyond what is right before them each day?
1. BOOKS – You can raise awareness just by bringing books into your library and families.
- Prayer guides – Window on the World: Prayer Atlas for All or Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation
- Compilations books – Heaven’s Heroes: Real Life Stories from History’s Greatest Missionaries, Missionary Stories with the Millers (Miller Family (Harvest House)), Ten Boys Who Changed The World (Lightkeepers) and Ten Girls Who Changed The World (Lightkeepers)
- Biographies – And the Word Came with Power, 2006 publication, Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe, and It’s a Jungle Out There!: Book One of the Rani Adventures
- For Moms – The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home & in the World, Global Soccer Mom: Changing the World Is Easier Than You Think, and (if you want to dig a little deeper) Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions (Spire Books)
2. PRAY – We feel so blessed by the families who tell us that their kids remember us nightly in their prayers.
May I suggest:
- Missionary prayer cards and letters. Keep them close to the table so you can pray over needs as a family.
- NavPress has a prayer card, “Prayer for Missionaries and Their Families” that you can order to use as a guide.
- Purchase the prayer guides mentioned above (under books) to pray for county needs in a systematic manner.
3. LISTEN – Have missionaries and nationals from other countries into your home. This teaches your children hospitality and they have an opportunity to interact one on one with individuals. Prepare them before hand by reading a little about the country and have a few questions ready.
4. WRITE – Every missionary I know loves getting mail and with communication the way it is, that does not happen often. Write a snail mail letter, make cards, or begin a pen pal relationship between your child and an MK (missionary kid).
5. SERVE – There are certainly many places you can volunteer your time like:
- Clothing closets or thrift stores that serve missions
- Soup kitchens
- Adoption fundraisers
7. GO – Today, taking a family mission trip is becoming more normal. Your children need to be prepped to serve once they arrive, but I can’t think of a better way to change the heart. I recall visiting Peru when my son was about five and would ask things like, “Why don’t they have a fridge in their home?” and “I’m going to bring all my money and give it to them.” He started to have eyes to see.
As parents with hearts to mold our children into kids who understand the global need for the gospel, it needs to start with us. Ask God for a heart to reach the world. Begin to cultivate that in yourself by picking something from the list above and then get ready to inspire and encourage those God left in your care as only a parent can do.
Amy is the homeschool, blogging Mama at Missional Momma who happens to live in Bolivia. She is the wife of an aviation mechanic, who works on planes that fly where it is hard to get to by road, and the mother of three children. Along with the busy life in missions, Amy enjoys writing, reading, homeschooling, and discipleship of women. She misses Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, magazines in English, and, of course, seeing family and friends on a more regular basis. (Please note that links within this post are Missional Mama affiliate links.) You can follow her on Twitter as @MissionalMama and on her Missional Mama Facebook page.