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Apr
20
2017
Apr 20, 2017

My home is a mess, an absolute mess. There are papers and piles everywhere because well, life is busy. Let’s just leave it all that. You know we’ve all been there at one point or another. Well, I’m currently there right now (who am I kidding, I’ve been here a while).

So, when I had a spare minute to go through some of my piles, guess what I discovered?

India Arie.

Do you know who she is?

If you don’t, you need to watch this video, featuring one of her earlier works, which also happens to be titled “Video”.

This was the first song I ever heard India Arie sing, many moons ago, and listening to it after all these years reminded me of why I adore her so. In this one song, India Arie reminds us to love ourselves as we are and not be confined by materialistic, superficial elements that often get thrown our way.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick sample of the lyrics from her “Video” song:

“I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be
India.Arie
When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s suppose to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see.”

(India Arie, “Video”)

The lyrics are humble, easy, powerful, and so so true. The song may be almost 20 years old but when you’re good, you’re good. Its message: timeless.

As we raise our children in an ever changing society, imagine for one second how different the world would be if we all just loved ourselves as we are, when we can be proud to just be ourselves and in turn, respect others for who they are.

One can only hope.

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Mar
23
2017
Mar 23, 2017

The world puzzles me sometimes. On the one hand, there is so much to be happy about, so much to appreciate, and so much to cherish. On the other hand, there is tragedy and events that make me scratch my head.

Sometimes, I just don’t understand.

Life should be simple, right? At the end of the day, we’re all humans with feelings, lives, memories, thoughts, opinions, emotions, and heartbeats. Sure, there are differences but there are so many more similarities that make those differences irrelevant.

John Lennon may have sung Imagine years ago yet it still holds meaning today. Pentatonix sings Imagine with heart. The visuals are simple but oh so powerful. Just take a look at the group – need I say more?

Watch the video if you haven’t already!

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Nov
28
2016
Nov 28, 2016

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December 25th may be right around the corner but I am having a Pentatonix Christmas right now.

As in, RIGHT NOW and I have no intent of slowing down.

Yes, Pentatonix has been blaring in our home every single day for the past 3 weeks. I’ve been having a jolly good Pentatonix Christmas and I’m ECSTATIC. There’s Christmas music and then there are the sweet harmonies and melodies made by Pentatonix who continue to make acapella magic. If you haven’t picked up your copy of A Pentatonix Christmas, you should. - Continue Reading

Aug
23
2016
Aug 23, 2016

Oh my, where do I begin??

JUST WATCH THIS!

There, that about sums it up.

I absolutely love Pentatonix. Pentatonix released their fourth album back in 2015 and I’ve been listening to it ever since. I bopped to “Na Na Na”, I grooved to “Can’t Sleep Love”, I danced like a maniac to “Sing” while simultaneously belting my heart out. “Water” was one of my favourites. It was ethereal and effervescent. I loved all the tunes, from “Cracked” to “New Year’s Day”. I mean, I could go on forever. I can’t carry a tune for the life of me but I didn’t care. I was having too much fun!

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As time went on however, I craved something new from Pentatonix. I could feel that something new was on its way, I just didn’t know what and then out came this video.

Pentatonix has created yet another masterpiece, this time blending English with Japanese for their “Perfume” medley. Now, I’ll be honest, I had no idea what a “Perfume” medley was so I had to do a little digging and discovered that Perfume is a Japanese group. Sure, the use of Japanese in the song probably gave it away but I truly didn’t know the group existed until Pentatonix did the medley.

Thank you Pentatonix for this Perfume medley and for reminding everyone of how incredibly talented you are. As an accapella group, really, your talents are limitless. The notes, the harmonization, the creativity, and vibrancy you bring to the world of music is inspiring. You’ve tackled songs in French, Korean, and now Japanese too.

I mean, does it get any better than that?

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Aug
6
2016
Aug 6, 2016

finding doryHello there, folks. I know I haven’t posted in a month or two but here I am now – Jenny from ThingsThatWeDo.com. Today I’m doing a post on this good movie called ‘Finding Dory’ about a fish who can’t remember anything.

I saw the movie in the theatre and it was very good. Like I said before, the movie is about a fish who can’t remember anything. One day, while Dory was asleep somehow (I can’t remember) she remembered that she had a family.

Yowza!

From the old Finding Nemo movie, Dory gets Marlin and Nemo to help find her family. On the way, she ends up in the marine life centre because she ends up tangled in plastic garbage. The marine staff think she’s injured so they bring her back to the marine life institute. An octopus named Hank came to see her when she was in her tank and he told her she had a tag on her fin that said she was going to Cleveland. He wanted her tag because he had bad memories of the ocean and wanted to go to Cleveland. So, eventually, she promises that if he helps her find the open ocean exhibit (where she thinks her parents are) she’ll give him the tag.

Eventually, Dory finds her parents near the edge of California. I’ll leave the rest of it for you to figure out.

Mom Question: Did you like the movie?

Jenny’s Answer: Yes.

Q: Why?

A: Because it had a good meaning like fish belong in the water and it’s also about family like you’ll never forget your family no matter where you go even if you’re forgetful like this fish! It’s also important to recycle because you can get fish in hot water!

p.s. Dory suffers from short term memory loss

Q: Funniest part of the movie?

A: There are a lot of funny parts…um…I like Destiny the whale shark and Bailey the beluga whale. They were funny!

Q: Do you think Finding Dory is a good movie for children of all ages?

A: Yes, even adults too! It’s got a good meaning for everyone!

Final Thoughts?

The Finding Dory movie was really good and I hope you watch it. Final words: recycle, be good to your family, and have hope!

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Apr
12
2016
Apr 12, 2016

Wait, I can’t type right now. I’m too busy dancing along to Pentatonix’s latest video ‘No’, a cover of Meghan Trainor’s song.

Okay, I literally had to switch songs just so I could write this post.

I’m not joking.

I absolutely love Pentatonix. I mean I’ve always loved acapella music but Pentatonix brings the vibrance of acapella to a whole new level. Their sheer capacity to create such exhilarating music without any instruments is a feat few can achieve. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when I found out Pentatonix had a new video out.

Now, truth be told, I didn’t even know Meghan Trainor’s song “No” existed until I heard Pentatonix do their version of it (which happens to be absolutely awesome but you knew that already, right?!). Personally, I prefer Pentatonix’s version of the song. I love how beautifully Mitch, Kirstie, and Scott sing independently but also harmonize so well with Avi and Kevin adding all the ‘meat and potatoes’ to the song. There’s a bit more flare, a bit more style, and just well, just better overall really but then again, I could be just a bit biased.

Okay, if you haven’t watched this latest video ‘No’ yet, now’s your chance.

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Mar
22
2016
Mar 22, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - zootopiaWho has time, really? I take a few days off work and I still worry about work and it’s a constant chatter in the back of my mind. I try to switch it off and most days it works but it does get the better of me at times.

Then Zootopia rolls in and my big kid and I can’t wait to see it in the theatre. Even the hubby wants to watch it. So, finally, there we are at the theatre lining up to get our tickets. Only problem is, the tickets for the timeslot we want to watch is

All

Sold

Out.

Talk about disappointment. There we were, in the lineup, trying to decide if we’d stick around for a later show. In the end, we decided to purchase tickets for the later afternoon show and spent a few hours just hanging out together as a family. We talked, we laughed, and we had a lot of fun.

Zootopia was well worth the wait and certainly helped to end the day on a positive note. If you need an easy children’s movie to watch with a lot of wit and action, this just might be the one for you. - Continue Reading

Dec
20
2015
Dec 20, 2015

With Christmas right around the corner life is certainly moving along at full speed! There is still so much to do and I’m a relatively low key person. As you can see I’m incredibly late for today’s post but better late than never. I fell asleep early, completely zonked from a hard week of work, work, and more work paired with far too many batches of holiday cookies (some turned out great, some were okay, and some well, got burnt…). I come back online today and did a little internet digging and realized that Pentatonix has come out with a new video for the holiday season.

How awesome is that?

Take a moment to watch this new Pentatonix video, The First Noel. I’m sure glad I did!

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