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Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – Twisted Mixtape Returns!

I want to thank Marvel, James Gunn and the powers that be, for reaching deep down inside my soul and reviving my love of the mixtape. I admit it, I was lost, I had replaced my passion with lifeless monotony. I was still in flux when it came to the decision to revive our mixtape […]

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August 11, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Sarah Almond - Because this mix goes to 11, that makes it that more awesome! :-D

August 11, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Dana - I’ve missed you Jen! I’m not linking up but I couldn’t miss your mix tape. It always make me smile. I haven’t seen this movie…come to think of it, I haven’t seen a movie in the theater in almost a year. I need to get out more…

August 12, 2014 - 2:04 am

Janine Huldie - Ok, I smiled whe I got the newsletter tonight and must admit the playlist definitely didn’t disappoint with The Beatles on it and even so many greats, including Thin Lizzy! So good to have you back my friend now :)

August 12, 2014 - 5:51 am

Michelle Liew - Yee haw!! A wonderful mix from Guardians!!will be linking up tomorrow, Jen!

August 12, 2014 - 10:13 am

seablackwithink - welcome back muse! rock it jen:)

August 12, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Kerri - This is quite simply, awesome. I knew EXACTLY in what part of the movie every song would go. Especially cause you know Quill is going to mess up. I hear there is already a sequel planned. I’ll see you at the drive in!

August 12, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Yes, but this one goes to 11.

August 12, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thank you Dana! It’s good to be back! Maybe with the once a month thing, you’ll be able to come back again and play for one of the themes! And GO SEE IT! I don’t get to see movies either, but I just couldn’t miss this one!

August 12, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Michelle! Can’t wait!

August 12, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Didi! Been waiting a while to get back on that horse, Guardians gave me the shove I needed!

August 12, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Oh yes Kerri, we do know these things, don’t we?

August 12, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Louise - So excited you’re coming back and couldn’t miss your “soft launch”. Such a fun first list. It almost makes me want to go see a movie for the first time in, well, a while. Enjoying the Cars at the moment…

Not linking because I haven’t seen the movie – but looking forward to seeing you in the fall :).

August 13, 2014 - 11:14 am

Kir - One of my dream “blogger meet ups” is to just sit with you somewhere (preferably near an ocean, holding cocktails) and have you tell me about music..or just chatting about bands and songs and lyrics with you until you tell me some amazing obscure story about a 70′s band. (Like the other day I heard on the radio about how Pablo Cruise isn’t a person, it’s a band and I was just tickled for the day knowing that. Like knowing the stories behind the people and the music is almost better than the songs.)

Baby, Come Back..sigh
I’m Not In ;)
adding Elvis Costello..sweet
loved every single song.

August 13, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Melissa Stepp - Some solid choices this week Jen! I def thought of you when I saw the film and was very happy to see this post go up! Love these in particular: Boston, The Cars, Player. Really all of them. 11 felt too tight! That’s the problem with an iPod, you don’t have to edit yourself. 1000 song playlist? Sure!

August 13, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe - I thought Shining Star by Earth Wind and Fire would work well for this too! :) But I love this list and I’m now inspired to start on my own!

August 13, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thank you so much for coming by Louise!! I am very excited too, it really took this movie to get me excited to play again. I hope you get to see it. I don’t have a lot of opportunites to go to movies, but I couldn’t miss this one!
Looking forward to seeing you in September!

August 13, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Kir, I would really love it, I would. I remember when I realized that Dawn wasn’t a person in Tony Orlando and Dawn. Cause you know it was like The Captain and Tenille ;-) I will talk music, especially 70′s music 24/7 if you let me….
So happy we’re back together!

August 17, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Eli@coachdaddy - Michael Jordan, bell bottoms, every boxer who ever boxed: Are you listening?

This. THIS is how you make a comeback!

I want this mix for any time I feel the need to kick a little ass.


August 17, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Wow! Now that is a compliment! Thanks so much Eli! I owe you a post, and now that I’m back on the horse… :-)

August 23, 2014 - 12:18 am

Stephen Peña - Would putting “Rocky Raccoon” by The Beatles be a little to obvious? Also, I completely agree with Sam & Dave (maybe Soul Man?), Boston, and Thin Lizzy.

August 28, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Kristi Rieger Campbell - It’s back it’s back it’s back!!! Also, I am ashamed to say I’d totally forgotten about Bang a Gong. Like it was erased from my head. I’m glad it’s back.

August 31, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Stephanie - Oh, I’ve been smiling the whole time reading this post. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m totally digging your music selection (as usual). I must admit – I’m very excited to hear about your coding education, I’ve been looking into it a little bit as I’m trying to figure out “what I want to do when I grow up.” I’ll try to hook up with the mix tape next time, glad you’re back with it!

Mommy Fail Number 235 – Model Car Kit

I only go to Michael’s in an emergency; I can’t be trusted. This time, I put my blinders on to pick out a birthday present for one of Isaiah’s friends. I passed the scrapbook stickers, looked straight ahead as I walked by the colored pencils and didn’t even peak at the already-here-way-to-early Halloween decorations. I was surgical, I […]

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August 4, 2014 - 9:08 am

Jean - -I said, “I thought it would be nice for you two to have something to do together.”-
You’re a ninja.
He did a great job, even considering the Kragle fingers.

August 4, 2014 - 9:12 am

Jennifer Kehl - LOL, thanks for getting it Jean! And I think he secretly likes the Kragle fingers ;-)

August 4, 2014 - 11:01 am

Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha - Nailed it!! (both you and Isaiah). I love the Lego movie reference — better to be a master builder than a slave to the rulebook. :)

August 4, 2014 - 11:22 am

Kerri - First, I refuse. I mean REFUSE to enter a Michael’s or an AC Moore store. I make Abby go with her grandmother(s) or aunt(s) with the rule that whatever is purchased is put together by the person who had a brain fart and spent money on it.

But more importantly how freaking awesome is a kid with SPD that managed to glue, paint, get krunchy and more importantly NOT FREAK OUT that he is now resembling a Smurf?

And on top of that he managed not to ignite the house on fire. So I think mommy win all around.

August 4, 2014 - 11:31 am

that cynking feeling - I’m pretty sure the failure would have been valuing order over learning and forcing your vision of what the sheriff’s car should look like over his. Isaiah can now be proud of and play with the toy he made instead of showing off a model perfectly assembled by someone else.
Hurray for messes!

August 4, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Sarah Almond - LOL! Love it! Especially the Kragle reference… ;-) There are no mom failures in life. Period.

August 4, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Jennifer Kehl - I agree Sarah! Lose the instructions!

August 4, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Jennifer Kehl - For real Kerri. It is beyond ridiculous and I always regret it.
And totally about the SPD! It’s amazing how much he’s grown over the last few years. It’s part of why I can’t write about it so much anymore. I know I should keep sharing, but he’s outgrown so many things I NEVER thought he would get over!
And no fires. Basically that’s all that matters ;-)

August 4, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Jennifer Kehl - I completely agree with you Cyn. And I’m learning to say hurray for messes!

August 4, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Oh Sarah…you’re right. But it still feels like it sometimes, doesn’t it? This one really was a win though.

August 6, 2014 - 10:05 am

Kristi Campbell - This post makes me so happy in a billion ways. What an awesome little dude you have! He did excellently and Kraggle fingers are super annoying (I had them this weekend trying to Kraggle a marble game toy together that keeps falling apart). He’s going to rock the white and crunchy look in his bathing suit, because PROUD. So, um, has he asked to blow the car up yet? ;)

August 6, 2014 - 10:09 am

Kristi Campbell - also G+’d and tweeted but forgot to tag you in the tweet!

August 8, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Deb @ Urban Moo Cow - I mean… I can’t believe you even tried it. Beyond my skillz, that’s for sure. You know, it kind of looks like it is covered in icing, which makes me want to eat it, which makes me realize why i’m 20 lbs overweight. ;-) Welcome back, sistah.

Does your sensory kid hate brushing his teeth? How about your typical kid? You can thank me later.

If this is your first time here, let me introduce myself. I may not be a Sensory Processing Disorder expert, but I play one on TV. Actually, scratch that. I am an expert. I know more than every expert, pediatrician, and psychiatrist I’ve seen yet. Why do I know more? Because I won’t take “I […]

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July 10, 2014 - 7:03 am

Kimberly - That is amazing and pretty much the coolest effing thing ever. Look at him! Not the bear.
You’re a good momma and you should be a doctor.
Can you diagnose this wart on my foot?

July 15, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Kim!!! I never thought the kid would go for it! Who knew??
And yes. Get that foot over here ASAP

July 31, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Angel The Alien - I hated brushing my teeth as a kid… I hated the taste of the toothpaste and the feel of the brush in my mouth. Still do… bleh! But that is great that the bear works! What a simple solution most people would never have thought of!

August 1, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Kristi Rieger Campbell - What an awesome awesome idea! Tucker’s never been to the dentist, either. We finally got him to start brushing his teeth, but can’t use toothpaste (I think we’ve tried about 13 different kinds and now i figure at least he’s brushing a little bit). Thanks, Jen! Pinned!

August 4, 2014 - 9:12 am

Jennifer Kehl - Angel, I thought it was a load of huey until I tried it!

I’m not saying YOUR child doesn’t have anxiety. I’m saying just because mine likes to control everything doesn’t mean HE does.

I think I may have over-advocated for my son a few weeks back. You didn’t think there was such a thing did you? It’s kind of like Munchausen by Proxy, only not. I wasn’t making him sick or faking symptoms or anything. No, instead I was willing to accept a list of possible disorders based […]

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June 2, 2014 - 8:50 am

Kerri - YES!!!! He is a Tarantino, a Speilberg, a Lucas…he is going to change the world. Sometimes I worry about the kids that are perfectly “normal” but immature, like my oldest. They live in a fantasy world half the time. Why do anyone of us have to be typical. When did we stop using our imagination and just checking boxes? good for you for understanding your boys genius. And being patient enough to realize that his dynamite today is just practice for his big screen debut

June 2, 2014 - 9:19 am

Jennifer Kehl - Thank you Kerri! It’s such a fine balance to walk. Why does everyone want their children to be “average”? I don’t want that. The shy need to come out of their shell, the excited extroverted kids need to calm down. Eh. Forget it. Our kids should be what who they are, not what “fits”, right?!

June 2, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Sarah - This is so funny, and I admire your coolness. Your son reminds me of my nephew: there is a clear plan in his brain, and he organizes everyone around him in it. I love that. A truly creative, imaginative brain. Good for you for making that judgement call.

June 2, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Deb @ Urban Moo Cow - Loved this jen. Sometimes a spade is just a spade. Or an imaginative little boy. We are so primed for pathology in our society.

June 2, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Sarah Almond - YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

(We creative visionaries, there are so few of us in this world.)

June 2, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Sarah! You gotta love those creative types. Can’t get in front of their vision or they might knock you down!

June 2, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Deb, that means a lot. And you are so right. That is exactly my point. So many parents want a diagnosis where there really isn’t anything but behaviour that diverges from average.

June 2, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Jennifer Kehl - You know it!

June 2, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha - Doesn’t pretty much every human being like to be in control? In fact, isn’t it considered psychologically unhelpful if we feel completely out of control? or that we have no control at all? I love your interpretation of events at the end. What a creative kid!

June 2, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Jennifer Kehl - That’s right Sarah!! Isn’t that what it boils down to? I realized all the sudden that I had been railroaded into thinking it was odd. No way!

June 2, 2014 - 9:15 pm

nothingbythebook - Way to go, Jen. He’s so lucky to have you. And the world is so lucky to have him.

June 2, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thanks Jane!

June 3, 2014 - 8:52 am

emma - I especially love how he recognized that the doctor was really interested in the death and destruction stories. Of course he’s going to pick up on that and elaborate once he sees he’s captured the adult’s interest! I took my son Ky to the Kennedy Krieger institute before he was diagnosed with SPD and he was interviewed by a doctor whose specialty was OCD. She asked Ky if he ever did stuff like “counting the ceiling tiles” and so naturally he looked up at the exam room ceiling tiles (so did I, you kind of had to once it had been mentioned) and she smugly informed us that he had OCD, counting tiles was “classic” OCD behavior, etc etc. Ky’s take away from the appointment was that the doctor was obsessed with ceiling tiles for some reason and though he himself didn’t care about the ceiling, he thought it was cool that her job was to make kids count them for her. Sigh.

June 4, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Janine Huldie - Jen, I smiled reading the end and could totally have told you from all I have read and gotten to know with Isaiah that he is truly gifted, amazing little boy. Seriously, you didn’t need to pay me for 45 minute sessions’ fees to find this out. And honestly, just wish I could reach out and hug Isaiah now more then ever! :)

June 4, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Dana - I think you are one astute mother who knows her child very well. Doctors may be excellent and well meaning, but you know best. Well, probably Isaiah knows best!

June 5, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Katia - Beautiful! I so often see Ben in Isaiah and read this not only as Isaiah’s mom’s friend but also as Ben’s mom and it strikes a double chord with me. Such a beautiful musing about creativity. Wonderful!

June 6, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Emma @ P is for Preschooler - What a great post! It reminded me of a boy I went to school with, who was always writing stories about what would now be considered too “violent”. Fact was, he was just a creative kid with a great imagination. What a lucky boy Isaiah is to have a mom who gets that!

June 6, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Jennifer Hughes - Oh good grief. That guy sounds like perhaps he was looking for something! At night, we’ve been play acting a story about V’s green alien and how he crashes at Six Flags and goes on all of these adventures. And do you think that boy lets me make up some of the story.?Ha! It was MY idea and now he directs it all. He’s got a vision and he’s sticking to it.

June 27, 2014 - 9:14 am

thedoseofreality - Love this…love that you figured out exactly what was making him tick…my little one has an incredible imagination in much the same way.-Ashley

June 27, 2014 - 3:07 pm

celeste - This is FABULOUS. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful creations your little visionary will bring to the world. :)

June 28, 2014 - 3:13 am

Natalie DeYoung Ricci - Love this. Love, love, love.
He sounds the way I was as a kid – full of stories & creative vision. You’re an insightful mama.

July 1, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Jennifer Kehl - I know Emma! I don’t know why Dr’s want to label kids so badly. But I’m glad we both got the real picture!

July 1, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Janine, you’re awesome! Thank you so much for always being so sweet and encouraging.

July 1, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thank you Celeste! There is certainly more to come, and if you want to see what he’s up to his site is

July 1, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Aw shucks Dana, thank you!

July 1, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Jennifer Kehl - I think it is a gift to be able to see inside our children so clearly, Katia. I know you have that too. xo

July 1, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Jennifer Kehl - It’s so true Emma, isn’t it? I am lucky I homeschool I think!

July 1, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Jennifer Kehl - Thank you Ashley! I am glad I figured it out too!

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