The Desolation of Smaug

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Released in December 2013, The Desolation of Smaug is the second movie based on The Hobbit. With a more positive review than An Unexpeted Journey, this movie received a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

BULLCRAP

That is the word most used by myself while watching this movie; and it’s what I think of those reviews. This movie was so badly made I had all the trouble in the world finishing it.

First of all, remember last week when I said it was a nice change to be able to see Gandalf’s errand? Well they f-ed it up really badly! For some reason they decided the necromancer would be Sauron. Why in the world would they add Sauron in this story? He was NEVER mentioned in the book! It just doesn’t even make sense! If Sauron had been starting to gather up his Wring Raiths and his goblin/orc army, why did he take 60 fricken years to actually start searching for his ring that he apparently knew had been found?

You know that other side-story they decided to do with the white orc and Thorin? Well it loses all senses in the second movie. Because Sauron needs his army by his side, the white orc sends off another orc and a thousand goblins (or orcs I can never make the difference) to kill Thorin. They chase the dwarves at places goblins aren’t even mentioned in the book. At least in the first movie they were seen when they were mentioned in the book, even if it wasn’t in the same manner. This time they just vomited them everywhere they could and it didn’t make sense at all. Especially when they were walking on the roofs in Lake Town. How did no one hear them walking around and how did no one hear the battle that happened? Oh and how did they even cross the river to get there when the dwarves had to cross by boat?

Next up is Beorn. I was so excited for that part! It’s the most hilarious part of the book and I was certain they wouldn’t leave it out since it’s a big part of the story. They didn’t leave it out, but they didn’t do it right either. In the book, Gandalf instructs the dwarves to come in two at a time and five minutes appart. In between dwarf apparitions, Gandalf tells their tale to Beorn. Once all the dwarves arrived, they sat down for diner and talked some more about their task. The next day, Beorn is nowhere to be seen. They spend another night there and in the morning Beorn tells them he spent the day before going to check if their story was true, and seeing it was true he decided to help them out. Suggesting they go through Mirkwood since it would be faster and safer from goblins, he warns them to stay on the path, or else they would never find it again, and to avoid touching and drinking the water since it’s enchanted. Then he lends them ponies and lets them go on their way.

Mirkwood. Dear Mirkwood. How badly they made that as well. They didn’t even mention the water and they completely changed why they got off the path. It wasn’t because they lost it, it was because they saw some lights in the trees and wanted to see if there was food there since their supplies were almost empty. This is where the movie decided to introduce Legolas and Taurel. Of course they weren’t in the book; and of course they made them the love interest of the movies. It doesn’t make sense that Bilbo and Gloin see Legolas in this story because when they are in Elrond’s council in The Lord of the Rings neither of them seemed to know the other.

Then there’s my dear Filli. Of course they had to make us believe one of them was going to die. Not only just that, but they decided to somehow make a love triangle between him, Legolas and Taurel. Just the fact that because they made Filli dying of poison made three other dwarves stay behind is just so frustrating. It’s just not supposed to happen! They are not supposed to be in Lake Town when the Dragon attacks! They’re supposed to be in the mountain with all the others (I’m going to wait and see what they do in the last movie before tapping into why they’re supposed to all be in the mountain when the dragon attacks Lake Town).

About that dragon. How stupid was that chase they made? He just goes around chasing them inside the mountain determined to kill them, but then suddenly decides to go after Lake Town after being soaked in melted gold. And how in the world did Thorin know everything would still be in place for his strange plan to work? How did he know Smaug hadn’t destroyed everything while gathering the gold, because, you know, dragons always seek more gold. Bilbo was supposed to go in there once, retrieve a cup to show everyone he’d been in the treasure room, then go back to find the Arkenstone. On the second go, Smaug is awake and they start talking; which is where Smaug shows his stomach to Bilbo to prove he has no weak points. Bilbo makes the mistake of insulting Smaug before going back to the dwarves after seeing a way to kill the dragon, and that’s when Smaug decides to go block the secret entrance and attack Lake Town for helping these dwarves.

I am just so disappointed and frustrated by this movie. They decided to make three movies out of one single book and they can’t even be bothered to properly make the parts from the book. The second movie is pretty much all made up. They kept the big lines (Beorn, Mirkwood and Smaug), and invented everything else. They didn’t even take the time to make those big lines like in the book. I can’t believe people are saying this movie is better than the first one. Clearly those reviewers haven’t read the book.

 

What did you guys think of this movie?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Lasagna Rolls

Ingredients:

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  • 8 Lasagna noodles, cooked
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup of Ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg white
  • Pepper
  • 3-4 tomatoes, sliced

Marinara sauce:

  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 28oz of crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

 

Step One

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Preheat your oven to 350º. Whisk the ricotta cheese and egg white together, then mix in about 12oz. of the shredded mozzarella cheesse and put pepper to taste.

 

Step Two

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Saute your onions with olive oil for about 3 minutes then add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 25 – 30 minutes (or until you’re done with step three like I did).

 

Step Three

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While your marinara sauce is simmering, align your cooked lasagna noodles on parchment paper placed on a baking sheet. Put some of the mix on the noodles (I actually had to make another batch of the mix because I didn’t have enough) then add the sliced tomatoes.

 

Step Four

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Roll your lasagna noodles then add some marinara sauce on each of them. Make sure to cover the edges of the rolls so they don’t dry up. Then add some mozzarella cheese on top of the rolls. Bake for 30 minutes.

 

Final Product

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Don’t mind the black spot in the corner, it’s just burnt sauce on the parchment paper. There was nothing burnt on the lasagna rolls. They were delicious!

Original recipe: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/10/caprese-lasagna-roll-ups/

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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How Clothes Change the Way You Feel About Your Body

I used to be one of those girls that stayed skinny no matter what they ate or how much they exercised (which was never for me), until I got pregnant. At first I just thought it was normal for me to take a while to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but once it had been at least three months without a single change, I started working out a bit. Then I learned that my linea alba was ripped and I would have to get my abs back to where they were supposed to be before even having the possibility of slowly losing weight. It actually didn’t take too long for my abs to be back in place; about a month or two. The hard part was actually getting motivated to workout. I’ve never had to workout to have the body I wanted. I have to admit it was a new concept for me.

Thing is, after giving birth I hadn’t wanted to buy clothes because I thought I would be quickly back to my pre-pregnancy weight. When reality hit me that I would actually need clothes that fit this body I hated, I dreaded shopping. I went in the boutiques looking for loose shirts that would hide my belly pouch and my love handles. It was way harder to find than I thought. There were so many shirts I would have loved to by myself and be able to wear proudly, but they just hugged my figure to much for my own taste. Every time I shopped for clothes I would come out empty handed and depressed. It just made me hate my body even more, so I ended up just buying a ton of t-shirts online and wearing them with a zip hoodie.

Last week, I saw a shirt that looked good and loose while I was working. I really wanted to try it out on my day off, so I kept looking if it was still there every day and when Sunday came, I went and tried it out. I picked up another shirt I was pretty sure wouldn’t fit me right because it seemed tight, but I liked it and I felt slightly good about my body that day. I tried on the shirt I had been eyeing all week and I felt horrible in it. It was definitely not fitting on me as well as on the mannequin. On me it just made me look way fatter. I hated it. I was ready to just call it quits, not even trying out the second shirt I had picked up, when the sales woman came and made a suggestion.

She asked me what I thought I would wear with the other shirt. I said probably jeans since it’s the only kind of pants I own. She suggested a pair of leggings, but not just any leggings. She suggested a pair of leggings that go almost up to your breasts and that hides your belly pouch and your love handles! I actually used to think those types of clothing were so dumb, but I told her I could always try it out. She warned me it would be hard to put on, but it was normal. So I struggled to put the leggings on then put on the second shirt. I felt so weird having pants come up so high. It was way higher than the elastic of pregnancy jeans. I got out of the cabin and looked at myself in the mirror. I was looking at the old me. Well almost. I was looking at a me that had put on a bit of weight, but didn’t have any love handles and had barely a belly pouch! I almost had tears in my eyes seeing myself like that. It just felt so good to actually love myself in an outfit.

I can honestly say now I understand why people would wear those undergarments that put your figure in check. It’s not necessarily a beauty thing. Sometimes it’s just what it takes to give you back a bit of self-confidence; and that’s what the leggings did to me. I got out of the boutique with a pair of leggings I hadn’t planned on buying, a shirt I never thought I would wear again and a heart full of happiness.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Santa Wine Bottle Decoration

Idea from here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/263812490646735608/

Ingredients:

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  • Wine bottle
  • Big white rhinestones
  • Small/Medium yellow rhinestones
  • Red and black paint
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Thread (I actually ended up using cotton balls because my thread was too thin)

 

Step One

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Paint your bottle in red

 

Step Two

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Paint a black line as thick as you want to make the belt

 

Step Three / Final Product:

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Put your rhinestones and the cotton balls (or the thread if you had larger thread). I’m not quite liking how the cotton balls look on top, but it’ll do for now.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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An Unexpected Journey is the first of three movies based on the 1937 book The Hobbit. Released in December 2012, it received mixed reviews with some 65% here and some 58% there.

The movie starts with Bilbo Baggins writing down his adventure while his nephew Frodo tries to see what he’ writing about. The story begins with Bilbo receiving an odd visit from Gandalf, followed by a crazy evening with 13 dwarves. The next day, Bilbo finds himself enrolled in an adventure he definitely wasn’t looking for.

For one single small book to be separated in three movies, you have to expect some added material. For the most part, I’m quite satisfied with how they did the movie. There are many small details that are different from the book, as always, but in this movie you are introduced to two new side stories. One of which we learn near the end of the book, being Gandalf’s errand that he needed to do.

At a certain point in the middle of the book (not in the first movie) Gandalf leaves the dwarves and Bilbo to take care of some business. When he comes back near the end of the book, he tells them he took care of a necromancer. What they decided to do in the movies for more time is show how Gandalf took care of the necromancer.

The other major side-story added to make the movies last longer is Thorin’s history with the white orc. In the books, they just battle normal goblins and the reason why those goblins were chasing them is because the dwarves killed their king. Not because of some personal revenge of a white orc. I understand why they added that in the movie and for the first movie it blends well with the story.

All the other small details that are different from the book aren’t so bad. It’s just tiny stuff like for example at the beginning Gandalf comes back when the dwarves left Bag End to tell Bilbo he’s going to be late for the meeting they mentioned in a letter they left on the mantle (that Bilbo hadn’t seen before Gandalf showed it to him). It’s not details that affect the story too much so I won’t even try to mention them.

Overall I’m quite pleased with how they did the first part of the book. I like that they decided to show us Gandalf’s errand, although we were used to seeing him disappear and not know what he was up to since he almost never talks about his errands in The Lord of the Rings. It’s a nice change.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Oreo Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes

I found this recipe on this site: http://www.handletheheat.com/video-cookies-cream-cheesecake-cupcakes/  and thought I would share it with you!

Ingredients:

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  • Oreo cookies
  • About 454g of Cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon of fine salt

 

Step One:

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Preheat the oven to 275°F

Put the cream cheese in a large bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth

 

Step Two:

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Add the sugar, beat until combined. Then beat in the vanilla and the eggs. Once they’re combined, beat in the sour cream and salt. (Picture above is once everything is beat in)

 

Step Three:

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Chop 6 Oreo cookies and stir them in

 

Step Four:

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(This recipe is for 15 cupcakes, but I only have one muffin tin so I only made 12)

Put paper liners in the muffin tin and put 1 Oreo cookie in each one.

 

Step Five:

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Add the mix on top of the Oreo cookies and cook for 22 minutes

 

Step Six:

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Once they’re out of the oven, let them cool down to room temperature before putting them in the fridge for about 4 hours. I let them in the fridge overnight.

 

Final Product:

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According to the website, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 1 month. If you put them in the freezer, you have to defrost them overnight before serving. Enjoy!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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NaNoWriMo

I learned about National Novel Writting Month (NaNoWriMo) through Dodger at the beginning of November. NaNoWriMo is a little non-profit organization where they create programs to help people get inspired to write. You can learn more about them here. The concept of NaNoWriMo is to spend September and October planning your novel and write a 50 000 word novel in November. Those that achieve the 50 000 word minimum by November 30th at 11:59pm got access to the winners page. Then there’s the “Now What?” months. During January and February they help you with the revision and publishing stages of creating a novel.

As I said, I learned about this program in the beginning of November. Sadly, I didn’t feel like I could accomplish the 50 000 words. I’ve tried so many times to write novels and always failed, so I thought this time wouldn’t be any different. But Dodger kept posting about it and how she was going to write that day and it made me want to write again. So I signed up on the 17th (completely free, but you can donate). I already had an idea in my head that I’d been pondering since summer, but never found the courage to put it in words. I started writing the prologue. I was amazed at the fact that in only a few minutes I had written 352 words! Not a lot if you think that I still had 49 648 words to go in 13 days, but I was still proud of myself for at least starting.

I told myself I at least wanted to write every day. Even though it was just a couple words, I wanted to at least dedicate some time during my day to write a bit. And I did. I started getting so involved in the story that I had new ideas while in the shower and just couldn’t wait to write them down! On day 23 I had 1 477 words written. Sadly, some stuff happened in my life and I started feeling like crap after that day, which made me feel like a failure. I knew going in this that I would never reach the 50 000 words, but I told myself it could at least motivate me enough to actually finish a novel, even if I don’t finish it by the end of November. But with my super brain deciding to make me feel like crap, it told me that I was a failure for not writing more and so I completely stopped.

I feel really bad with myself because I feel like I gave up so easily. I would’ve loved to at least reach 5 000 by the end of the month! Apparently that wasn’t in the cards for me. But I’m not giving up this time. I feel motivated again to write, and I will write. Even if it takes me a year to finish it, I will finish this novel. I want to be proud of myself again.

 

What’s a project you really want to finish someday?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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