Out in the theater

Marvel Cinematic Universe, what a franchise!

10 years ago they started with the mega hit Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr (one of my all time favorites).  He was made to play the part of Tony Stark!  In fact so much so that at times, I forget that he is really RDJ and not TS.

This week they came out with Avengers Infinity War.  I plan on seeing it with my son and his girlfriend as soon as she gets here this coming week from California (it is killing me to wait).

I have seen every movie since the first Iron Man in 2008 (many more than once).

I love these movies as do many millions of people.  It’s probably the inner child in all of us that yearns to believe in a hero and maybe, believe that we can be heroes, at least while we are watching the movie.

This week we have been watching Avengers movies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor and others while getting ready for the grand finale, Infinity War!  It’s fun to watch as my nephew puts aside some of his other toys to break out his Marvel toys, as he watches along with the movies.  It’s amazing where these movies can take us and our imagination!

I realize that at some point the characters that I love; Tony, Steve (aka Captain America), Hawkeye, Nat, Hulk, and Thor will have to “die”.  I haven’t accepted this yet.

I also realize that some of the newer Marvel characters; Starlord, Ant Man, Spider Man, Dr Strange, Vision and all of the others that we have come to appreciate and love, will either take the reigns or also be killed off in a dramatic universe saving (or ending) way.

Change is always hard.  Maybe also, it’s the fact that as these characters age and must be replaced, I realize I too have grown 10 years older along with Iron Man.  There is a letting go of our youth in letting go of some of these characters.  That’s hard to swallow.

But we know that all good things always come to an end.  But I’m hoping not yet.  I am hoping that the current characters make it through to the next galaxy ending event to save the day (and the universe), once again!

In the meantime, if you are a Marvel fan like I am, get to the theater, grab a bucket of buttered popcorn and enjoy the latest installment of the Avenger’s saga!




Madi’s Room Makeover-planning stage

It’s time to update Madi’s room!  She’s a mature 12 and trying to decide on a theme is a little overwhelming.  I want something that speaks to her age now and something that will take her though the next handful of years until she leaves for college.  She is at the age where she spends more time in her room and I want her to feel like it’s a safe zone to relax and unwind.

Sound impossible?  Lucky for me it is the trending style today and so finding the inspiration has been easy.  I’ve been pinning some ideas for her room.  Our inspiration rooms are definitely a soft and cozy yet, minimal and clean lined room.

We hope to emulate these rooms and then add our own little stamp of *Madi magic* on it as well!

We are ready to get started with the process but as you know, these things take a little planning and time.  I will be posting the before and after pictures, so check back soon for Madi’s Room Makeover!




My True Life Partner(s)

I think what I find most intriguing about sibling relationships is how many people don’t have them.  To me that idea is foreign because my siblings have just simply always been around.  In fact, I find it always a little surprising when my co-workers comment how my little sister, Ally and I get along so well (yep, we work in the same place).  They find us chatting in a corner, often laughing about something or coming up with a new scheme or story.  You may find this weird (because many people do) but when I see my sister at work I always get a little excited (she works supplemental, so that means, not often-lucky girl!).  See the thing is, I don’t find that weird.

Don’t get me wrong, we can fight, pull hair, scratch and punch as well as the rest of any other dysfunctional siblings out there.  But as much as we could do that to each other, if anyone else tried to hurt one of us, they would face the wrath of the other siblings.

There are 9 of us.  I have 3 sister’s Roxy, Dawn and Ally and 5 brother’s Randy, Lon and Chad.  (Daren and Douglas died when they were 22 and an infant, respectively.)  So we are now a living tribe of 7.  And I love my tribe dearly!  More than love, believe it or not we actually kind of like each other.

An article on the cover of Time magazine caught my eye several years ago, it read “your true life partner”.  I was intrigued and so I picked it up thinking, who IS my true life partner?  Turns out it’s my siblings!  The article made a lot of sense though and as I read through it, I couldn’t help but think about how true it was.

It read something like, “Your siblings are with you throughout your life.  Your parents start with you but then they leave you all too soon.  Your spouse or significant other comes later, they may stay or they may go.  Your children come in the middle.  But your siblings will see you off from the start and they will see you to the end”.

Kind of cool.  Kind of profound.

I’m sad for people that don’t know sibling like and love.  I am happy for those that do!  I can’t imagine my life without this crazy Anderson bunch!

To my tribe, we’ve had some great times, some sad times, some confusing times, some hilarious times and some hard times, each situation bonded us even more.

To my Life Partners, here’s to the past and to the future!




What does living a “healthy lifestyle” mean?

With all of the information that is so easily available to us via the internet today, it is easy to get confused about what it means to “live healthy”.  An article from Elite Daily is helping me to learn to prioritize what it means to “live a healthy lifestyle“.

  • Eat mostly unprocessed foods. Your diet should consist of vegetables, fruit, lean meats like chicken and ground turkey, and grains. Avoid processed foods altogether, and you’ll be better off.  Buy organic when possible but obviously, eat as healthy as you can afford!
  • Walk when possible. If it’s within walking distance, walk.  Take the stairs!  Take the dog for a walk.  Walk!
  • Drink less often. As a society we spend way too much on alcohol.  Some will argue it’s benefits and in moderation, a case may be made for consuming alcohol.  But overall, it should be limited, your health and your wallet will thank you!
  • Bring your lunch to work. I never leave for work without my own lunch, it’s my Golden Rule.  I am not tempted that way by unhealthy choices and my pocketbook thanks me!
  • Take vacations or just get away. This is so important!  Go see the ocean or a mountain!  Go to a lake.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just take some time away with family, friends or even just a solo trip but experience the world, even if it’s just outside your back door! Take a mental health day!
  • When possible remove the negativity. You become what is around you.  Get rid of any negativity in your life or at least limit yourself to it.  Stay positive!  Amen!
  • End toxic relationships and friendships. We all know them and have probably experienced them.  If you’re one of them, find a way to change your mindset!  Life is what you make it!  We get one go-round, let’s make it amazing!
  • Take time away from technology. Ah yes, technology.  It is necessary and moves us forward and yet, remember back to when you were a kid?  I know that as children, we were never in the house.  And the most technology we could afford was a TV with Scooby Doo and that got old after a while.  So we found ourselves outside almost all the time.  This is a different time but encourage your kids, and YOU to get off the tech stuff and go outside and really appreciate the beauty and freedom to roam where ever we like in the outdoors!
  • Participate in physical activities. Bike. Walk. Swim. Dance. Ski. Run. Yoga (my new fave exercise).  Whatever sounds good, just DO IT!  MOVE your body!
  • Read more!  It stimulates the brain.  Period.
  • Find a (new) hobby. Having interests outside of family and work will make you feel more fulfilled.  Start a blog 😉  Decorate your den!  Paint a picture.  Knit a sweater.  Find something to keep your mind always moving forward.
  • Please do NOT care about what other people think. You are enough!  Honestly, enough said.

I know, all of that sounds easy right?!  But we know it’s not.  Life just happens and it seems to happen very fast!  And we seem to have NO time for HEALTHY.

  • My favorite quote from the movie The Switch is by Jason Bateman (one of my fave’s ever!): “Look at us, running around. Always rushed, always late. I guess that’s why they call it the human race.” 

After I found this article I started to realize that I wasn’t truly embracing a “healthy lifestyle”.  I was only taking pieces of it (diet, exercise) and trying to make it work a a whole (peaceful mindset, living wholly).  Impossible to do that without embracing the BIG picture!  And so I am trying to live healthy in all aspects of my life.  I am trying to slow down and embrace being healthy.  We are in a new time and we are truly in a revolution, a health revolution.  And with just a little more conscious effort, we will turn the tide to health vs “unhealth”.

Don’t be overwhelmed.

Just do one little thing each day or each week to start living a healthy LIFESTYLE.  It is our time of wellness!



We all KNOW that exercising is GOOD for us but then WHY is it so HARD to do?  The benefits are plenty:

  1. It strengthens the heart
  2. It helps keep arteries and veins clear.
  3. It strengthens the lungs.
  4. It reduces blood sugar levels.
  5. It controls weight.
  6. It strengthens bones.
  7. It helps prevent cancer.
  8. It regulates blood pressure.
  9. It improves energy levels.
  10. It enhances emotional well-being.

But MOSTLY we just FEEL better AFTER we do exercise!

And yet for many of us, we simply do not make a regular habit of exercising!  I am as guilty as the next person, I know I should and yet….I procrastinate almost always.  And yet there are so many ways to exercise that do NOT require going to the gym.  It can be a walk through a meadow or along a beach (if your lucky enough to live by one!).  How about a bike ride through a scenic path or jump in a kayak if you are located near water!  It simply takes opening the door and stepping outside and just enjoying the outdoors as we simply….GET A MOVE ON!

My goal for this year is to do exactly that…..make it a habit to MOVE!