Winne the Pooh has always held a special place in my life. As a child I had read the books, and my room was decorated with ceramic favorites from the Hundred Acre Woods. My lamp was the tree with Pooh stuck trying to get out of Rabbits home, Tigger and Roo hung near my closet doors, and Eeyore hung on the other wall with hooks for my robe and coat. My daddy and I talked of Pooh and shared our mutual love for honey.
Of course, we had the honey that came in a Pooh like container. Pooh and his friends were my companions, and we shared many adventures. As time does, it marched on and I grew up, but Pooh and the connection to my daddy was never far from my heart. As a young woman I got married, and our first son, Andy was born.
Andy’s life had a rough beginning being born with a rare heart defect and suffering two strokes by the age of seven months. Then I introduced Pooh and friends to him with VHS tapes, a stuffed Pooh Bear, and of course the stories. Andy loved Pooh, and we watched the movies so often I had memorized all the words. When Andy was 4, we took him to Disneyland and he got to “meet” Pooh which brought a huge smile to his face and laughter in his eyes.
Once again Pooh, his friends and their adventures lived on with Andy and my other children. Time continued to move, many years had passed and now I’m a grandma. I was very eager to introduce my granddaughter to Pooh. Finally, we watched Pooh’s Heffalump Movie together, and my granddaughter was hooked. She sang, danced, and has watched the movie over and over. This year we went to Disneyland for her 5th birthday where her little brother and she got to meet Pooh as well.
Winnie the Pooh is timeless and now Disney had brought us a live action movie with Christopher Robin all grown up. When my family saw the first trailers for the movie we knew it was one we had to go see together. This past Sunday my family and I were transported back to the Hundred Acre Woods. While Pooh sang his morning song immediately the audience began humming along.
“When I up, down and touch the ground
It puts me in the mood
Up, down and touch the ground
In the mood (smacks lips) for food
I am stout, round and I have found
Speaking poundage wise
I improve my appetite
When I exercise”
(Up Down and touch the Ground written by Richard and Robert Sherman 1966)
After the movie my husband remarked how he had forgotten how much he knew and loved Winnie the Pooh as a child. He said that the jokes and classic Pooh-isms brought back those wonderful memories. As I hummed along and laughed at Pooh’s clumsy nature my heart warmed with memories of my childhood, my children’s, and now my grandchildren’s.
Christopher Robin is not all smiles and songs. I’m not even sure it would be something young children would be able to stay focused on. Christopher Robin is the tale of the child all grown up and depicts a much too real world where Christopher has forgotten about his beloved Pooh and friends. Christopher Robin is now a father, and not a great one at that.
There are moments in the movie my heart broke, and yes, I cried. But never fear this is a Disney movie after all. With the sudden appearance of his best friend Winne the Pooh, Christopher Robin is reminded of the magic of being a child and having dreams. If you loved Winnie the Pooh as a child, you must see this movie. The nostalgia alone is worth the price of your admission. Take your family and relive the reasons Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga,\ and Roo were cherished friends in your youth. Take the time out of your busy grown up world to see Christopher Robin and take a new adventure with a treasured old friend.
Who doesn't love getting something fun in the mail? How many of us used to go to the mailbox as a child hoping for a letter or a card in the mail? Personally I would watch out my window waiting for the red flag on our mailbox to drop. That surefire sign that the postman had visited my home.
I seldom received mail even on my birthday but that part of me who believed in magic and fairy tales also believed someday I would find a delightful surprise in the mailbox. My favorite time of year for mail was December. I knew once Thanksgiving was over the Christmas cards would start arriving.
I still recall the excitement to see the assorted colors and sizes of the envelopes. Occasionally we would get a fancy envelope that had a foil like lining. Those fancy envelopes were like discovering a buried treasure. Once I took them inside I sometimes was allowed to open them. Each one was like receiving a special present. Some people sent religious cards, some sent cartoon characters, others were landscapes and as I got older many sent family photo cards. It didn't matter to me. I reviewed each card and sat in awe of something so precious being delivered directly to my door.
As I grew up and started receiving mail at my own home I occasionally dreaded the mailbox. There were days when I would avoid it at all costs. It was bound to hold a bill for an untold sum that I had no idea how I would pay it. My rational was if I never saw it , the mail didn't exist.
Obviously that was not the greatest or most mature way to deal with bills. The thing is for a while I lost the magic of what the mailbox could hold. I still was pleasantly surprised when a card or present would arrive but with technology changing I stopped receiving and sending letters. In time the holidays became the only time I enjoyed retrieving my mail.
Now, as I am even older I have begun to recapture the magic of mail. I may not get letters or cards in the mail but I do get monthly presents of a sort. Through box subscriptions everyone can get a box of the perfect items based on your interest.
I think most of us know about Netflix. Originally you would pay a monthly due and put a list of movies you wanted to see on your list and they arrived in your mail. You could keep the movie as long as you wanted then send it back with free shipping to receive the next movie on your list.
Then a few years ago I started a position that required professional dress. After years of wearing scrubs to work I had little to no business clothes. I came across a website where you could rent clothes. Just like Netflix, Gwynnie Bee lets you three items at a time for just $95. You may keep each item a long as you want and then you return it in a pre-paid bad to receive your next item on your list. They often have your first month free. There a many sites where you can rent clothes and/or accessories but Gwynnie Bee was the only one to offer plus size clothes.
I used their services until I was able to build up a wardrobe. Now that I have a closet full of lovely clothes I no longer have a need for the service but while I did use it, each box I received was like unwrapping a present. They have the clothes wrapped in purple tissue paper which adds to the feeling of opening a present.
Next I tried my hand with box subscriptions for my granddaughter. For about twenty dollars a month a box of toys, healthy treat and fun items were sent to her. She began getting very excited to get the box each month. It became a special thing for her. I would have continued with it and added a box for my grandson unfortunately the company shut down.
Then I went on to try Graze. For about $15 a month you receive 8 healthy snacks. I found that the snacks were helpful in keeping to a more Balanced diet. The snacks are portioned to ensure you eat only one portion. I don't know about you but if I had a box of Cheez-its in front of me I would eat the whole box even though I know I shouldn't and I'm not really hungry. Graze puts together healthy snacks that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. I liked that you can go in a put in your preferences as well as your allergies. I only stopped my subscription because I have switched to a paleo diet and they don't offer paleo snacks. If /when they do I would re-subscribe to their service as it was cost effective and a healthy tool to manage my portion control.
Last month I decided since I was going to give this blog my attention and really devote myself to making it a success that I would have to find book subscriptions. When I googled book subscriptions I found a few that looked interesting and were a reasonable price.
My parameters for my search was books and coffee, of course. I came across Blue Spider's Attic.
Blue Spider's Attic advertises "Books & Coffee delivered to your door every month. All of the magic of a used bookstore, delivered"
Each box is supposed to contain "Three secondhand novels, one full-pot sample of delicious coffee (ore several bags of hot tea, depending on preferences), two or more bookish treasures, one of which is handmade"
When you sign up you are asked to choose your favorite genres. They do note that they don't stock romance novels (which are my favorites). The choice was Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery/suspense, Horror/Thriller, I'll read anything or Literary/Mainstream Fiction.
I selected Mystery/Suspense.
Then you are asked to choose coffee, tea or either.
I selected coffee, of course.
After agreeing to their policies and procedures and putting in my credit card info. I paid the $19.99 plus shipping for a total of $26.99 I was signed up to receive my first box. Look for a review of the box under reviews later this week.
Note: I did not receive any compensation from any vendor mentioned in this article. I paid for my subscriptions in full and will write a review of the book subscriptions without any compensation.