10 Fall Shows You Must Watch + New BetchaTV App

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You guys. I have a confession to make. I love TV. Seriously love it. Come night time you can find me typing away on my computer while one of my “stories” plays on the TV. For me the TV is comforting. It’s like visiting a friend and having coffee. It’s like a favorite meal. It’s my veg-out time and not only do I love it but I need it. I’m always so excited when fall comes around. It means that so many of my favorite shows are going to be back and that there are a ton of new shows coming on. I always love to see what’s new. I try not to get too invested though because networks seem to cancel at the drop of a dime now. I’m still not over The Family getting canceled!

Even with new shows I love getting canceled and the annoyance it causes I still can’t help but get a tiny bit invested in the new shows. Here are the shows I’m most excited about this Fall. This list includes mainly new shows but I had to include two of my all-time favorites!

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New This Fall

The Good Place
Premieres on NBC , Monday, Sep. 19 at 10:00 PM

Frequency
Premieres on CW, Wednesday, October 5, 2016

This is Us
Premieres on NBC, Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 10:00 PM

Designated Survivor
Premieres on ABC, Wednesday, Sep. 21 at 10:00 PM

Notorious
Premieres on ABC, Thursday, Sep. 22 at 9:00 PM

Big Brother All Access
Premieres on CBS All Access on Wednesday, September 28th

Big Brother has been on for 18 seasons but I put this in the “new” category because of WHERE it’s airing: CBS All Access aka online only and because they’re switching up the format a little and getting the audience more involved. I’m SO excited.

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American Housewife
Premieres on ABC, Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM

The Great Indoors
Premieres on ABC, Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 PM

Oldies But Goodies

Survivor

Wednesday, Sep 21, at 8:00PM

Grey’s Anatomy

What show are you most excited to see come back this fall? 

As for me? I’m most excited for This is Us and Big Brother: Over the Top. I’m a huge Big Brother fan. I’ve been watching Big Brother since the very first season when I was just a little girl. I used to watch it with my mom and it’s still something that we bond over. Over the years my sisters have also joined in on the Big Brother watching. I’m super excited for the new season because there is going to be more fan engagement which takes me back to the original seasons of Big Brother when the viewers got to choose who was evicted.

One of the reasons I love shows like this is because of the competitions, it’s why I love Survivor too. I love competing so it’s no surprise that I’m also obsessing over the new app BetchaTV.

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BetchaTV allows you to bet on what’s going to happen next during your favorite show. Throughout the show you earn points and bet points while answering questions. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins. They’ve been giving away $5 gift cards to the top 2 winners recently. Get paid to watch my favorite shoes? YES PLEASE. More than that though I love how interactive it is. I got my sister into the app and we have so much fun answering the questions and watching our favorite shows. Big Brother and Bachelor in Paradise were just recently on the app and now it’s all about Survivor and Football season.

Will you be playing with me on BetchaTV? Join my group: GOCF

 

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

For someone who doesn’t like oatmeal I managed to acquire quite a bit. In what seemed like a one month period I won a giveaway, got some on a super sale at my local wholesale grocery store AND my neighbor dropped off a cafeteria size bag. Literally. She works in the school district and when they have food that they’re going to throw away they let the employees take it home. She knew that she wouldn’t be able to use all of it so she dropped it at my house. While I should have refused I couldn’t do that and figured I’d just make a bunch of oatmeal inspired goodies. I used up most of the bag by putting it in my morning smoothies but I still had a lot left over. What was next? Oatmeal chocolate chip bars.

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Friday nights in our household is movie night. The kids look forward to it all week-long and so do I. We get to break the routine of bedtime, pick movies and cuddle. We almost always have a fun snack too which I think is the kid’s favorite part. Usually it’s popcorn that I let the kids put sprinkles on but this time I decided to switch things up. This time I wanted to bake with them. Something I haven’t done in a long time but really wanted to do. The kids were thrilled and totally okay with swapping out popcorn for yummy oatmeal chocolate chip bars.

They take about 10 minutes to prep (especially when you’ve got the kids helping) and about 20-25 minutes in the oven. When you pull them out it’s going to be very tempting to not let them cool and cut into them right then and there. I’m not going to tell you what to do with your life but you should let that temptation take ahold of you and eat one of these bars warm and gooey straight out of the oven. You won’t regret it.

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They’re super chocolatey and really know how to hit the spot. And the kids? They loved them so much they didn’t even ask to have popcorn. Instead they took their oatmeal chocolate bar, devoured it and settled in to watch a movie.

I’m pretty sure this will be our new Friday tradition making something together, enjoying it together and watching a movie on Netflix.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 C coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
1 Tb vanilla
2 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsps cinnamon.
  3. Add 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats to the dry mixture.
  4. Mix in 1 1/2 cups brown sugar.
  5. In a small bowl melt 1 cup coconut oil.
  6. Whisk together the coconut oil, two eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla.
  7. Add the wet mixture to dry mixture. Once everything is combined fold in 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
  8. Butter a 9x11 glass baking pan. Press the oatmeal bar into the pan.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown or until a knife inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  10. Let cool completely before serving to make sure it doesn't break apart.
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5 Ways to Encourage Your New Reader + Mo Willems Giveaway

Growing up I loved to read. I remember devouring book after book. It seemed like there was never enough for me to read. I read a ton throughout elementary school, middle school and high school. In college I started to not read as much, not much for fun anyway. It seemed like by the time I finished reading what was required of me that I didn’t want to read anything above and beyond. Once college was over I became a mom and reading and moming don’t always go hand in hand.

Lately though I’ve been reading more. Not nearly as much as I used to but still MORE. I read bestsellers, parenting books, business books and books to help me grow. One thing I realize when I finally do get a book in my hand is how much I miss making time to read and even more, how much I love it.

I love that reading can take you to a whole new world and all the things that it can teach you. I want my kids to love reading just as much as I do. From when my kids are little we do the normal “get your kids to like reading” things. We own a ton of books for them to choose from. We read to them every day. As my kids get older I’ve realized that I have to do more. I don’t just have to read to them I have to encourage them.

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1. Don’t Force them to Read. I don’t always feel like reading. You may not always feel like reading and kids are the same way. It’s important to listen to their feelings and not force them to read. If you force them to read reading can become a chore for them instead of something that they love to do. Sorta like my experience in college. I already had so much busy reading to do that for fun reading wasn’t a priority anymore.

2. Let them pick their own books. As a mom who loves to read it can be hard to not push certain books onto my kids. I want them to read that brand new book by one of my favorite children’s authors. I want them to love the books I loved growing up. But my favorite author and their favorite author isn’t always the same. The books I loved aren’t always the books they love. Letting them pick their own books helps them to stay interested in the content and more likely to pick up more books in the future.

3. Give them a Variety. Reading doesn’t just come in the form of books. Let them read kid-friendly magazines or play a board game that requires you to read cards. This gets them reading without even realizing it.

4. Make Reading fun. When I was a kid I used to love the Summer Reading Program. It was so fun to read and get prizes. Mason loved the reading program this year and it’s fairly easy to replicate something like that at home. For every 15 minutes of reading they can get a star. 5 stars can lead to something special that *they* love. Maybe a new book or a trip to the bowling alley!

5. Set a Good Example. Monkey see, monkey do isn’t just a saying. It’s real, especially when it comes to children. Encourage your new reader by setting aside time where you read. Let them see you and encourage them to read as well. Tell them what your book is about and ask them what book they’re reading is about. Get to know what they like to read.

Over the last year Mason has became such a strong reader. I’ve had a lot of fun helping him pick out books that he can read to me. Most recently we got to try out Elephant & Piggie Like Reading books, Mo Willems’ new beginning-reader series. The first two books in the series are We Are Growing and The Cookie Fiasco. They both use the classic dialogue-driven format that Mo Willems is famous for.

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Mason, who just entered the first grade had no problems at all reading both of these books and he thought they were hilarious as did Kyla. I actually love them for Kyla too because the pictures are so animated that she “reads” too by looking at the pictures.

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About We Are Growing

Growing up isn’t always the EASIEST.

Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

About The Cookie Fiasco

Four Friends. Three Cookies. One Problem.

Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . And four of them. . . What’s more, they need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!

Both books are currently available for pre-order and will be shipped on their release date, September 20th 2016.



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In the Kitchen

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

For someone who doesn't like oatmeal I managed to acquire quite a bit. In what seemed like a one month period I won a giveaway, got some on a super sale at my local wholesale grocery store AND my neighbor dropped off a cafeteria size bag. Literally. She works in the school district and when they ... read more