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If you love your iPhone as much as me, I think you’re going to love this little iPhone info graphic! AND if you are in need of a FUN iPhone case update–check out Tiny Prints!

I loved Monsters Inc–so I am thrilled about the newest entry from Disney Pixar! Finally, a list of the voice talents for the new movie! Enjoy taking a look and imagine all the laughs you and your kids will experience!


Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes and More Join Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in a Remarkable Roster of Monster Voices

 BURBANK, Calif. (April 17, 2013) — Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” welcomes some of Hollywood’s top stars to its roster of voice talent for this summer’s frighteningly funny comedy adventure, opening in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013. Joining Billy Crystal and John Goodman are Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Sweeney, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Beth Behrs and John Ratzenberger. Also revealed this week were the story and screenplay credits. Directed by Dan Scanlon, “Monsters University” features a story and screenplay by Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird (“Monsters, Inc.”) and Scanlon.

 Scanlon says the cast was able to bring the story to life with great ingenuity and enthusiasm. “Working with this group of actors was an extraordinary experience. They each brought a unique level of humor, emotion and creativity to their work that not only complemented their individual performances, but made the overall story come together in a really wonderful way.”


The voice cast includes the following:

  • Billy Crystal (“Parental Guidance,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers”) reprises his role as Mike Wazowski, now a college-age monster who follows his dream of becoming a Scarer at Monsters University.
  • John Goodman (“Argo,” “Flight,” “Trouble With the Curve”) returns as James P. Sullivan (Sulley), an overly confident, young hotshot Scaring student at Monsters University.
  • Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”) rejoins the monster world as Randy Boggs, a Monsters University freshman who is ready to experience all that college has to offer (if only he can curb his habit of disappearing).
  • Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock,” “The Queen”) gives voice to Dean Hardscrabble, legendary Scarer and hard-to-please head of Monsters University’s prestigious School of Scaring.
  • Alfred Molina (TNT’s “Monday Mornings,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Frida”) is the voice of Professor Knight, an esteemed professor in Monsters University’s School of Scaring.
  • Dave Foley (TV’s “NewsRadio,” “The Kids in the Hall”) as Terry Perry, the skeptical half of a bickering two-headed monster and dedicated Oozma Kappa (OK) brother.
  • Sean P. Hayes (“The Three Stooges,” TV’s “Up All Night”) gives voice to Terri Perry, the more sensitive side of a two-headed Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with Scaring aspirations.
  • Joel Murray (TV’s “Mad Men,” “Two and a Half Men”) voices Don Carlton, a “mature” student at Monsters University and a founding member of the Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity.
  • Pixar’s Peter Sohn (“Ratatouille,” “Small Fry”) provides the voice of Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, an undeclared sophomore at Monsters University and Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity member who still lives with his doting mother.
  • Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses,” “Pacific Rim,” TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) provides the voice of the incomparable Art, an Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with a questionable past.
  • Nathan Fillion (“Much Ado About Nothing,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “Castle”) portrays Johnny Worthington, the confident president of Roar Omega Roar (ROR), a Monsters University fraternity that prides itself on its notable Scarers.
  • Bobby Moynihan (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Girls,” DreamWorks Studios’ “Delivery Man”) helps bring to life Chet Alexander, a yes-monster member of the Roar Omega Roar (ROR) fraternity.
  • Julia Sweeney (TV’s “The Goode Family,” “Saturday Night Live”) lends her voice to Ms. Squibbles, indulgent mother to Monsters University sophomore Scott “Squishy” Squibbles.
  • Aubrey Plaza (“To Do List,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) gives voice to Claire Wheeler, the somber president of Monsters University’s Greek Council and emcee for the annual Scare Games.
  • Tyler Labine (“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” “Mad Love”) was tapped to voice Brock Pearson, vice president of the Greek Council and enthusiastic emcee of the Scare Games.
  • John Krasinski (“Promised Land,” TV’s “The Office”) provides the voice of “Frightening” Frank McCay, a Scaring super star at Monsters, Inc.
  • Bonnie Hunt (TV’s “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “Cheaper By the Dozen”) was called on to provide the voice of young Mike Wazowski’s grade school teacher Karen Graves.
  • Beth Behrs (TV’s “2 Broke Girls”) serves as the voice of Carrie Williams, fearless leader of the Python Nu Kappa (PNK) sorority.
  • John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” Disney•Pixar’s feature films) returns to the Pixar recording studio as the voice of a Monsters, Inc. employee.


Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”).

Last spring I posted a How-To for creating a customized iPhone case. I happened to use a very beautiful picture of my great nephew…and the rest is history. I keep getting hits on that page. I keep finding it posted on other’s sites and Pinterest boards.

This week I noticed a site keep sending visitors my way. When I checked it out I found my post in a list of 15 DIY iPhone cases on the Shelterness site. Here’s their link.

So, if you haven’t seen my post or pinned it yet to your Pinterest board–here’s another chance!! Click on photo to go to the instruction page.


And here is a summer picture of Max.

Perfect Vacation Smile!

Perfect Vacation Smile!

How often have you thought, ‘that would be a perfect picture?’ Often times it is a matter of timing. For me it’s about having a camera handy :) Well a few nights ago I caught this shot on my iPhone. Perfect timing. His hair and shirt aren’t even wet yet!

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This morning I ran across a post, The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever.  It showed up in a twitter post from Michael Hyatt. If you love the incredible–you will love these pictures. In their comments it says these were all real pictures-not photoshopped. Let me know which one was your favorite. I liked 9, 26 and 31!

UBP-2013_500pxWelcome to the PARTY!!
 Overwhelmed? You could be….there are only so many blogs and posts you can read in one sitting. But, trust me, you will love meeting new ‘friends’, finding new recipes, reading posts and reviewing pictures. This is my third year participating in the Blog Party and I have loved meeting new people. And I hope you become one of them. Please leave a comment below and let me know if you are a blogger or a reader! I promise to go visit you page, read and comment! I am also offering a gift in the $50-99 group. It is a Velata fondue warmer and 3 packs of chocolate.

Now for a few fun facts about me….which I hope will encourage you to stop back/follow or bookmark my site.

  • I am single and work full-time for a youth ministry—and I love my job!
  • I have 3 great siblings, 2 nieces and 2 nephews and 1 adorable great-nephew.
  • The most important relationship in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • I love trying new products and occasionally host a giveaway on my site.
  • I love coffee, my Keurig and CoffeeMate creamers!
  • During my spare time I read, cook, scrapbook and take photos. I am not really that great at any of those things, but I love having hobbies and really enjoy trying new things. (Favorite DIY post A personalized iPhone case)
  • I am in my second year of selling Scentsy and Velata. Scentsy is a wax based warmer system and I love the quality of our products. Velata is our venture into melted chocolate and cheese. Yummo! Please check out my sites below if you are interested in purchasing. (there is a UBP special going on-email me for details)

Now, for a fun party treat…check out my version of Rainbow Explosion Cookies.

one package of sugar cookie refrigerated dough.
Good quality food coloring (I used McCormack Neon colors, but Wilton colors work also)
Lots of rainbow sprinkles.

1. Divide dough into 5 small balls.
2. Add food coloring to each ball and mix thoroughly.
3. Roll dough into walnut sized balls.
4. Create dough ‘snakes’ out of the balls.
5. Intertwine the 5 snakes and then roll into a pinwheel shape. Flatten a little.
6. Roll edges in sprinkles and bake for 10-12 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Here are my results- I had help from my nephew. Although neither of us are expert bakers, we loved the cookies. You can read the full story with step by step pictures here.

Rainbow Explosion Cookies

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