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Just Let Go

January 30, 2016

Just Let Go Movie Review

A few years ago, I was so touched as I watched a Mormon Message about forgiveness.  I was moved to tears as I watched the absolute gut wrenching situation this family was put through.  Then, more tears and I watched as this man, who had so much taken from him, FORGAVE!  Go. Watch.  You’ll understand.  I watch that and I’m left with absolute desire to be better – in any and every way.  

“Just Let Go” is a new movie that has come out that depicts the specific real events of Chris Williams and his family.

Henry Ian Cusick, Emmy Nominee, as Chris Williams in the true story “Just Let Go”. After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to ‘just let go’ and forgive the young man who caused it. 

This movie was put together so beautifully.  It brought tears to my eyes.  It brought so much admiration to my heart as Chris is trying to do what is best for him, and for his boys.  It shows the heartache those boys went through as they lost their mother, and siblings.  It shows the anger that happens.  Healing is hard.  Healing is painful.  Healing is anguish.  Chris looked to his Savior through all of that healing.  He was able to just let go of it all because he was able to give it to his Savior.  

As we begin the New Year, this message of forgiveness is an important reminder, that forgiveness can bring peace to your soul. “It has allowed a terrible tragedy … to be turned into, in many aspects, a tremendous blessing. That has been one of the most fascinating things to experience,” Williams said in a interview with the Deseret News. “To see the lives blessed since the crash, it has been overwhelming how many positive things have come from it.”


This year I hope that we can all take this amazing example of all the lives involved.  It’s HARD to let go of hard things.  We can all Just Let Go of hurtful, and painful things.  The ONLY way to truly do it is to let the Savior work through us.  To live so that His Spirit can be with us, and then let that Spirit lead and guide our lives.  I know that as we do that, our lives will be strengthened.  Our lives will be blessed.  Our burdens will be lighter.  Life will be hard, and trials will still come to us.  However, He will be there by our side to lead and guide.  He always is, and always will be.  He loves us. #justletgo


September 9, 2014

This is a sponsored post by Deseret Book. All opinions are mine.

 Have you noticed that family movies are hard to come by these days?  I feel like even certain cartoons aren’t really appropriate for all my kids to watch.  I was excited to be able to see this movie Believe.  There was no language I had to worry about in this movie, the message was amazing.  There was something for everyone of all ages to learn.

This is a story about a coach who is finally able to find a way to heal from tragity, and how he learns he can inspire others along the way.

This is a story about a boy and his mother who has experienced great loss, and who are able to finally see each other and heal and love each other the way they should.

This is a story about a teacher who is so strictly a teacher – who learns how to soften his heart and truly love his student and finds a way to help him succeed in his dreams.

This is a story about HOW to believe.  “With belief you’ll make a goal in the back of the net … You have to have belief. If you believe you can score with your eyes shut.”  

That line was inspiriting to me.  It’s so applicable to all of us.  We can all close our eyes – and see in our mind what we want so badly, what we dream, and what we already know we can do, but sometimes we are afraid to try.  

These are lessons that I hope my kids are learning.  These are lessons I hope I’m teaching my kids in some way.  We can all do hard things.  We can all put the work in to do it.  We can all Believe.  But will we do it?  Will we teach?  Will we learn?  Will we do hard things?  Will we put in the work?  Will we believe? 

This is getting me excited to share with you soon something that is close to my heart – something I’m learning, trying to teach my children, I’m doing something hard, and working each day to do better.  I’m trying so hard to believe that I can. 

What do you Believe?!?

Drive in Movie Birthday Party Ideas

July 31, 2014

Drive in Movie Party Ideas by Simplistically SassyWe had big plans to do a camping party for my son turning 6.  Then two weeks before his birthday he broke his arm.  He broke it good too, lol.  Since he wasn’t going to be able to run around outside and participate in games that would end up being hard for him, we went with something simple, but still so fun.

Spencer LOVES to watch movies or just TV.  So, I figured throwing together some drive in movie birthday party ideas would be a huge hit.  He loved the ideas that we found, and came up with, so we ran with it.  Here are the invitations we handed out.Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy

First things first, we had to collect boxes so each person could have a car.  I was planning on doing apple boxes at first, but the produce section of my grocery store only ever had enough banana boxes.  Banana boxes have wholes in the bottom.  Since I wasn’t using them to pack, I decided they’d actually work PERFECT for cars.  The awesome thing is, banana boxes are slightly bigger, so I think it was great for the six year olds.  So head to your grocery store in the morning or the later evening, and ask the people that are working in the produce section if they have extra boxes.  They’re usually more than happy to hand them out.  🙂Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy

Once you’ve got your boxes, you just glue some paper plates on the sides, and one inside for a steering wheel.  Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy

Next I grabbed a marker, and wrote the kids names on the back of the boxes for the license plates.  It was super easy, but a fun little touch. 

Next we decided to make our TV room into a parking lot.  We measured the boxes to make sure that we’d give enough space on all sides of the “cars” so the kids could have room to get in and out, and around and between as needed.Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy

First thing, when everyone got there, we had crayons out, and the kids got to color their boxes while we waited for all the kids to get there.  Once everyone was there, they still had a bit of time so the later kids could color their boxes.  A couple kids were a bit slower, so we just started the movie and they kept on coloring.  No big deal at all.  It worked out great.

Once everyone was settled we did a little dinner.  We let the kids pick a hotdog or nachos.  I just made a list with two columns.  One side said hot dogs at the top, one side said nachos at the top, and both had everyones names on them.  Then, I just circled their name under their preference.  It worked really easy, and I didn’t have to write their names, it was quick circle so there was less waiting.  They started the movie while we got everything warmed up and ready to eat.Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy

We made a little concessions stand with popcorn, mini candy bars, and other little random candies.  Each of the kids also got a glow necklace. About half way through the movie we paused it and everyone was able to come to the concession stand and pick some treats.  It was great for them to have a little bit of a break I think too.  Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy   

Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy

Once the movie was over the kids went outside and ran around a bit while they ate cupcakes, got some wiggles out while we waited for their parents to come pick them up.  It was a perfect way to end the party.Drive in Movie Party by Simplistically Sassy


Overall it was a huge success and everyone had a great time!  We loved this party!

Saints and Soldiers: The Void

July 30, 2014

I have teamed up with Shadow Mountain for this post to share the great news of this new movie. They provided me with product, but all opinions of these movies are mine.Saints and Soldiers: The void

My husband and I love watching movies together.  It seems like the last year or so it happens less and less, but it’s something we both still really enjoy when we can get the kids down soon enough to have time to watch before the movie ends at midnight, lol.

Several years ago we watched the movie Saints and Soldiers.  Have you seen it?  As an adult I really enjoy watching and learning more about stories that relate to WW II.  I appreciate it so much and all the various experiences people had are so fascinating and inspiring.

Saints and Soldiers is incredible.  It is about a group of American soldiers that fell behind enemy lines and their journey across to the American side.  Even though I’d seen it before, I was still taken so easily into the story (which is based on a true story), and how these men were able to work together in the ways that they did, how they ended up caring for each other in ways that we will never understand, and how they were willing to give their lives for each other, and for our country.  Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed is so great too.  It’s about a group of soldiers and their training for being an paratroopers that is dropped off behind enemy lines and had to fulfill their mission.  It is intense, and fascinating to see how they accomplish all that is put before them.  Both movies make me so excited for the new Saints and Soldiers: The Void that is coming out!

Saints and Soldiers, and Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed are available here if you’re interested in getting those, in preparation for the third movie that will be coming out on August 15th, Saints and Soldiers: The Void.  If you want to find out all the awesome details, you can check it out on IMDB here.

Here is the main plot of Saints and Soldiers: The Void:

Germany, May 1945, the twilight of WWII. On a final mission deep in the Harz mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush allied supply trucks.

Before the war, Sergeant Jesse Owens, was a product of segregation and racial discrimination. Forced by law to ride in the back of the bus and disenfranchised from the political process. As the Germans bear down on the Americans, Owens fights the Axis powers for a freedom he and his fellow African American soldiers have never felt.

With a deadly game of cat and mouse quickly unfolding, Owens and his predominantly white tank crew find themselves out-gunned and out-manned by the German Panzer tanks. Several in Owens’ crew are reluctant to put their faith in a black tank driver despite their dire circumstances. With tension and fear beginning to manifest Owens knows they must put aside their differences to stop the enemy from their deadly plan. Knowing that a victory over the Nazis means a victory for racial justice, Owens and his men find a way to work together to save hundreds of lives in a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.