Friday, December 30, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Help kids get in to the home improvement by letting them build their own Crate Tool Box for FREE at Home Depot on January 7th. They can build it and then paint it! How fun is this! Don'tr be surprised if they want to go shop for some tools to fill it with afterwards.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
My husband and I went to the Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa for 5 days this fall for our anniversary. The tide line is a part of the Kimpton Hotels and restaurants. When we arrived we found out that we were upgraded to a corner balcony overlooking the ocean. It was quite a beautiful view. The resort is right on the ocean. It is a small boutique hotel so don't expect to see a big high-rise. You can see from the picture that it is a smaller Hotel.
It does have a pool and a balcony area over the bar area that is shaded in the pool area. We did spend one afternoon at the pool but the rest of the time we spent laying out on the beach. The first couple days we were there it was a Red Flag Day so we couldn't go into the ocean. But we did get in there the last few days. They do have a prime spot on the beach in Palm Beach. They do have Waiters that come out to the beach and take your drink orders or food orders out there as well which is a nice convenience. The restaurant is nice and we did go there for happy hour one night. And like most Kimptons they do have a complimentary happy hour but we found out on the first night that their happy hour is at 4 p.m. compared to 5 p.m. at every other Kimpton that we had gone to. But because we missed it do to our flight time and drive time to Palm Beach they gave us glasses of wine and when we got to our room we found that there was a bottle of wine waiting for us there too.
The only thing that was kind of weird was that it has a glass shower that looks right in two the room so you need to be very comfortable with the person you are with because they can watch you shower and bathe from the bed.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Creamy Potato Soup
3 C diced yukon gold potatoes (rinsed with peels on)
2 C milk or coconut milk
2 C chicken or vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C yellow onion, diced
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 T cornstarch
2-3 pcs. bacon, crumbled2 T fresh chives, minced
- Saute onion and garlic in oil on the stovetop until onions are translucent
- Place potatoes, milk and broth in a 4 Qt slow cooker
- Stir in onions and garlic
- Add spices (except fresh chives) and stir
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours
- Puree the soup using a hand blender
- Mix cornstarch in cold water with a whisk
- Pour cornstarch mixture in soup and stir.
- Stir in bacon crumbles
- Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes longer as it thickens
- Sprimkle top with fresh chives ans serve.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The kids actually really like that they have a variety of candy and it isn't chocolate all month long. I made this Buy sewing pieces of fleece onto fleece. And stitching Pockets. I wanted to cover up the stitching so I just glued ribbon over the top of the stitching. I glued the red States onto each pocket and use puffy paint to make the numbers. I have a double running through the top which is what keeps it sturdy and straight. I glued thick ribbon to that using hot glue.
We have been using this for at least a half-dozen years if not more and it is holding up just fine. Maybe next Halloween when you don't want your kids to have so much Halloween candy you would like to try this and put aside some for your Advent calendar and a gingerbread house.
Also - my kids have to tell me a different thing every day that they are thankful for in order to receive their daily candy. I like that and it certainly seems to make them have more gratitude.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Last week I met up with a friend at the Mall of America to spend some holiday time together. The mall was beautifully decorated throughout with various assortment of holiday decorations. Throughout Nickelodeon Universe there were large Christmas bulbs in SpongeBob SquarePants characters.
The Rotunda was decorated with two enormous trees and had a stage setup where different school groups would sing or perform band concerts. There were also a couple other areas with large hanging displays of ornaments and snowflakes, two different displays.
The other performance stage area was surrounded by large nutcrackers like the one you see in the picture. There were a lot of people stopping and taking their picture in front of these nutcrackers that were enormous.
And of course, Santa was there. We saw him from the second floor but if you are walking by on the first floor you would not see him because he is guarded by all of the decorated trees.
The decorations were very pretty and help to add to the holiday feel at the mall.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
You could easily make this hat for a bear, a doll or some other stuffed animal. All you need is the small blue Knifty Knitter circle, or whatever color is the smallest knitting circle in your set. It is the size you would make an infant hat with. These make fun little hats that you can give to go with their favorite stuffed toy or doll to dress them up. Or kids can make them by themselves. My daughter made this one for her bear at the cabin.
This would also make a great last minute homemade Christmas gift as it should take you less than an hour.
Guess what finally showed up on my doorstep, after telling you about them 7 weeks ago. I was supposed to have received it five or six weeks ago so I could review it and tell you about it so you could order it if you want it for this Christmas but now you just get to read about it and think about it for next year I guess.
The Crabpot Christmas Tree I received has white lights but they also have it in multicolor. The lights come in either regular Christmas lights or LED. This one is a 3 foot tree. It comes folded up in a triangle and you just easily unfold it in a circle and secure it with the green twist ties they have on it. It sets up in a matter of seconds.
The plug on it is very short so you have to have an extension cord to plug it into or some other kind of Christmas lights. It does come with Stakes so you can secure it into the ground if you like but since I receive this so late the ground is frozen and I will not be able to use those this year. I just put it on the porch and plugged it into a set of Christmas lights around the railing.
It looks nice and sets up very easy. I like that it stores flat because it will be easier to pack away when I take everything down in a week.
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Monday, December 19, 2016
My husband came up with this idea. It is super tasty (this is coming from someone who doesn't typically like Whiskey).
Mexican Egg Nog
Large Jigger (1.5 oz) of Rum Chata
1/2 Small Jigger of Fireball
Stir together and serve over ice! Simple, quick and tasty!
If you are looking for some other holiday drinks ideas, check these out:
- Gingerbread Martini
- Jingle Juice Martini
- Christmas in a Rusty Sleigh
- Santa's Helper Hot Cocoa
- Rum Butter Cider
Friday, December 16, 2016
We have made kits other years and I often find that they do not include enough I see or the icing isn't as pliable as it needs to be. And often they show gingerbread houses decorated with more candy than what is provided.
I usually Reserve a good half gallon bag of Halloween candy that is brightly colored so that the kids have more candy options to decorate with and make it more colorful. In the past we have relied on this Halloween candy 2 make it look even somewhat close to what is on the picture of the kit. But this year I bought a kit at Aldi's for about $6 and was surprised that it included plenty of icing to make the house and to frost the yard. It also had a nice platform to build the house on which we did.
We still used some Halloween candy but it actually had all of the candy in the amounts pictured on the box. We just chose to not use as much of that candy and use some of our other stuff, plus they also wanted to eat some of the Gummy Trees.
The icing was pliable enough and dried relatively quickly and held tight so we did not have any collapsing walls or roof on our gingerbread house which made it for a much pleasing experience. I will definitely look at buying this kit again next year.
I have tried making gingerbread our cells but it never seems to back up quite as easily as you get in the kids and that leads to a more frustrating experience. We have also tried using graham crackers to make them but they are not quite as 30 + armoire brittle so kids have been the way to go for us. At least for now.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Our inspiration came from having this exact size piece of blue dyed burlap left over from a different project I did. It seemed to be the right size for a table runner and because it is burlap it wasn't a sewing project at all just cut and decorate.
I have done puffy paint projects with the kids in the past but didn't have a whole lot of the colors we needed left over so I did have to go bye some more coffee paint. It is pretty inexpensive and you can pick it up at Walmart for about a dollar a tube.
The nice thing about using the puffy paint on burlap is that it doesn't soak through like it does on other Fabrics. With a little puffy paint and time we made a fun and easy table runner for about $5 and the kids can look at it and know that they helped create something
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
This year we had a chance to check out the light show put on at the University of Minnesota by the College of Science and Engineering. I had read about it before as something to do for the holidays that was free. It is a 15-minute light show set to music. There was 5 different songs that they programmed the light show too. The video I have included is just of all of the lights on after the show was completed.
We were already at the campus and had paid to park to see the Cirque Dreams Holidaze show. Otherwise comma it is a short show and not worth paying to park to go see but if you are already going to be on campus the weekend they do the show it is just something else fun for the holidays to do. It was a bit cold while we were watching and the snow was falling which made it feel like a nostalgic Christmas thing to do.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
One of the easiest way to keep costs down is to use things you already own. You would think that would go without saying, but often times people need a reminder to look around and see what they have. This wreath used to have different Barry and ribbons Onnit what they had seen better days. The rest of the reef looks nice still so I removed everything to get down to just a basic green wreath.
From there I decided to check out what kind of Christmas crafting supplies and wrapping supplies and decorations I had leftover from other projects. What I found was some bulbs that I did buy from the Dollar Tree last year. We had used some of the bulbs in the pack to make our own personalized ornaments but did not use them all. The ribbon was left over from Christmas wrapping from years past and worked well to drape it and hot glue it into place. And the boat was one that was left over in a pack of other bows from a different crafting project in years past. So all and all I paid nothing to make this and half a new roof on the porch this season.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
This is our third year going to the Aitkin fish house parade. It is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving. It is a full day of events in the community. We usually kick off our time there by going to visit Santa and Mrs .Claus. Then we head over to the movie theater in town and they have a FREE showings of a kids movie. This year we watched Ice Age Collision Course and we fill up on popcorn and pop that we purchased. Before heading into the movie though we set up our chairs outside so when we come out we are all set and have spots for the parade. We also bring our snow pants and everything inside to the movies with us so the kids can put them on as soon as they are finished watching. Then we get to watch the parade which usually last 30 to 40 minutes and has a variety of interesting floats that many of them are some type of fish house or a trailer that has been decorated with some type of fish house. Ice fishing is a big thing up north in Minnesota in the winter so it is fun to see what people can come up with. They do have competitions to see what float is the best in three different categories. The parade ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus followed by a trailer that shoots colored ping pong balls. Those ping pong balls correspond with different discounts at local businesses so everyone is trying to get as many as they can. We ended up with 1 this year and it didn't save us a whole ton of money but every little bit helps.
Other things going on in town include a reception at the Art Center there and a 5K race and a soup and chili feed at an area restaurant, as well as a talent show in the evening at the high school.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
One Wintery Night by Ruth Bell Graham (1 pt)
A Pioneer Christmas by Barbara Greenwood (1 pt)
The Forgotten Helper: A Christmas Story by Lorrie Moore (1 pt)
Rose's Special Secret by Kay Woodward (1 pt)
Silent Night by Will Moses (.5 pt)
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman (1 pt)
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket (.5 pt)
The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket (.5 pt)
Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson (.5 pt)
The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi (.5 pt)
The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (.5 pt)
Santa Claus by Rod Green (1 pt)
Angelica the Angel Fairy by Dairy Meadows (2 pts)
Merry Fairy Holidays by Pippa Le Quesne (3 pts)
Monday, December 5, 2016
We have made a fun night in our house at least once a month, sometimes more than that and do a Family Movie Night. We don't just hang out and watch a movie, but really get in to it and enjoy a variety of snacks. Typically, we pick out a movie we haven't seen on Netflix or Amazon Prime, so it is typically a relatively inexpensive way to spend time together and everyone seems to enjoy it. Here are some ideas for snacks for a movie night at home.
- Big Pretzels with Cheese (try these Homemade Soft Pretzels)
- Popcorn (Of Course! Or for a different twist try out this Christmas Popcorn or a Clean Eating Peanut Butter Popcorn Ball )
- Pizzas (top your own, take and bake or Homemade Grilled Pizza)
- Pints of Ice Cream (for a homemade version, try some Snow Ice Cream or Easy Low-Carb Ice Cream)
- Giant cookies (try these Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies)
- Homemade Microwave Caramel Corn
- Popsicles (try these Homemade Strawberry Banana Popicles)
- Easy Mexican Brownies (or any kind of brownies)
- Candy (really any kind or movie theater boxes of candy, or make these Homemade Easy Lollipops)
- Nachos with Homemade Baked Corn Chips and Beefy Bean Dip
This 3DLIGHTFX night light is so cool. It is a 3 dimensional light that stick ot from the wall and looks like a real Darth Vader mask. I temporarily hung it so you could see what it looks like hanging on the wall. It lights up glowing red. It does have a switch to be on off or on a timer.
I have a picture of the wall sticker that you can put on but didn't put it up for this picture because I am giving this as a present with a bunch of other Star Wars items to my son. I would say that the mask is about the size of a costume masks so this is not a small item at all.
The sticker has a film on it so right now it has a white look to it but it won't have that when you put it on the wall. The sticker makes it look like he is breaking through the wall head first.
This is cool to the touch so it is perfect for a child's bedroom. It is also battery operated, so no cords are going to get in the way and you can hang it anywhere. You will need to purchase 3 AA to put in the back side of this. It also includes the crack sticker that goes on your wall.
This is one of a large variety of kids licensed characters that are available in this light, as well as in a mini light.
Giving this to my son for Christmas. I took it out to put batteries in (require 3 AA) and see how the light works. It has On/Off/Timer as options. The eyes glow red and only slightly light the room. The crack sticker for the background looks really neat and will hopefully be easy to apply.
Giving this to my son for Christmas. I took it out to put batteries in (require 3 AA) and see how the light works. It has On/Off/Timer as options. The eyes glow red and only slightly light the room. The crack sticker for the background looks really neat and will hopefully be easy to apply.
Hickies shoelaces are no tie elastic shoelaces. I was sent two packages of the shoe laces to review them on this blog. No monetary compensation was received. I received a hot pink pair that I have already put in a pair of my daughter's shoes and a black pair that will go into my son's shoes once we buy a new pair.
The kids think these look really neat compare two laces that crisscross. I did the leasing for these and didn't think they'd take any longer or shorter amount of time then using other shoe laces.
but because these are a plastic elastic type of shoelace they will stretch when you stick your foot inside of it. If it is too tight to stick your foot in at the top you can undo the lace and reattach it around the hard clasp.
They also come with a card that shows you three ways you can lace them. The way I have them placed as for a regular fit but they also give you options to lace them if you want a tight or a loose fit.
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Friday, December 2, 2016
So, it was just in November that I wrote a post that was a long time in the making of 100 Places that Adults Want To Go in the Twin Cities and while it is a great list to find stuff to do at any time of the year it doesn't encapsulate any holiday specific fun, which is what I went in search of for December to plan a get together with a friend.
Sure there are lots of plays and musicals and craft shows to go to on weekends, but finding stuff to do on a week day can be a bit more challenging. The good news is that most of these items are also available on the weekends, as well as during the week day.
I decided since I had spent quite a bit of time looking up items, I might as well share them with my readers and then have them to reference next December when I am planning our get together.
- Bachman's Holiday Idea House
- Holidays at Flyover America
- Holiday Music Festival at the Mall of America
- Songs for the Season Courtroom Concert
- A Christmas Carol (one man show by great-great grandson of Charles Dickens)
- Weekday Matinees of A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie (currently sold out for weekday matinees, they advised calling a week or less before the show to see if anything opened up)
- Nordic Holidays Exhibition at the American Swedish Institute
- Ballet Tuesday "Clara's Dream" Excerpts at Landmark Center
- Holiday Flower Show at Como Park Conservatory
- Wells Fargo Winterskate
- Various Holiday Events at the James J. Hill House
- A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
- Holidays at the Mill Performances at Mill City Museum
- "A Day In the Life of an Elf" at Macy's Santaland
- Holidazzle Village (Th-Sun)
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Who wants to join along and do these two different Instagram Yoga challenges? They started today. I will probably try to find one that starts on the 15th and goes through Christmas or maybe goes to the end of the year as well. I like having to to do at one time.
So I have included my pictures for these first poses which are Lotus pose and head stand. The top yoga challenge seems to have some different and interesting poses I have never done before. I like to do these Yoga challenges because they do give me some experience doing poses I had not tried before. And the second one I think it's just hilarious because it is emojis. I wonder if there is an app out there that I can turn myself into an emoji when I do the pose. Anyone know?
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Following the instructions of our tour operators I had taken anti nausea medication the night before and the morning of, but apparently that was not good enough. As soon as we stopped the boat and they started getting everything ready to do kite fishing I started puking. I had only had an orange and coffee so there wasn't too much to come up.
So as you can imagine it wasn't exactly a fun trip for me when I ended up having dry heaving episodes three different times. When the third episode happened the two operators decided it was finally time to go enjoy to do fishing. They had not caught anything yet.
I then sat on a bean bag chair and covered myself with my jacket and a rain jacket so that they could keep fishing and I would hopefully start to feel better on this very expensive fishing trip. After three hours I finally Rose from the bean bag and felt somewhat better but they had not caught anything nor had they really even seen anything at all.
It literally was the last 10 minutes of the trip that my husband happened to spot this fish in the water and pointed it out to one of the fishermen and they got set up with the right bait to catch this tripletail fish.
This was one of just a few fish that are in Shore that are edible. The restaurant in the marina will cook up your fish for you and serve it with a bunch of size for a nominal charge. The fisherman full 8-hour fish and we brought it to the restaurant and they kept it in their cooler for us until we came to eat later on in the evening when I felt better and was no longer soaked to the bone.
The fish tasted very good but I don't think I will be doing any deep sea fishing anytime soon. We had thought about doing some fishing with the kids when we take them on a trip this winter but I think we will do inshore fishing as suggested by the fishermen there.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
This might be a fun gift idea that your child can make or something they put up for a holiday decor. Whatever they use it for they are sure to have fun building this for free at Home Depot.
Monday, November 28, 2016
I am not sure if Aldis will sell these kits again this year but these are holiday Rice Krispie treats that I made with the kids last Christmas season.
The kits came with molds to make the trees and the snowman. So we will be able to make these again this year if we wanted to. It was a fun little project to do with them.
The pictures will help give you an idea of something that you could try to create on your phone even if you don't have the mold. I think these could easily be shaped by hand or with other cookie cutters.
Friday, November 25, 2016
I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving with your family. I know I did. And on this Black Friday I wanted to tell you about two different things.
The first is that today, on Black Friday there is free admission at all of the Minnesota state parks. This picture I actually took when I was on the Sakatah State trail. That trail is free to use any time, but if you wanted to go to the Sakatah state park you could get in free today, or any other MN State Park you wanted to go check out and explore.
The second thing I wanted to tell you about is the app that I used to transform this image into three different looks by using the filters in the Prisma app. It is a free app to download on your phone. It is available for both Android and iPhone. I first learned about this app when I started doing Instagram Yoga challenges and one of the most often used this app to transform their pictures. I think it is pretty fun to use.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
We have been to Doc's Harley-Davidson of Shawano County twice now. It is a nice stop on our way across Wisconsin. It is not your usual Harley-Davidson store. It really is a tourist attraction. The owner has many animals that have been his pets for many years on display there. I have pictured some of them above but there are others that are not pictured. There is also a museum of different vehicles and antiques that is free to walk through as well. They also have a restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor here as well - one of the pictures in the collages of my kids on a pirate ship. It is a large wooden pirate ship that you can explore on your own. Definitely something you don't normally see.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
It's Christmas Time!
Look what Lowe's is offering up on December 3rd for their next Build & Grow!
Kids will have the opportunity to build 2 wooden picture ornaments with an adult. This will fill up fast. I noticed that Lowe's is not holding these Build and Grow events very often anymore. I saw a sign at our closest Lowe's that looks like the next one (after this) won't be until February. So, it looks like they are only doing there every other month now.
This would make a cute gift for your kids to give someone.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Storm Trooper Cupcakes (aka Angry Melted Snowmen Cupcakes) were the request of my son for his 7th birthday party with his friends. I used Wilton black writing icing to draw faces on marshmallows and made butter cream frosting to top the cupcakes. The red "sticks" are supposed to be light sabers (even though I am fully aware the storm troopers do not use light sabers) and let my son put everything on his cupcakes the way he wanted. This meant you can't see the bottom of the light sabers because he wanted them sticking up, and well it looks like stick arms. LOL! It was his birthday and it made him happy.
Friday, November 18, 2016
This was a fun short challenge. I gave me the opportunity to practice some more difficult poses like a chin stand and a forearm stand that I did in a previous challenge. I was able to see how with some more practice I am getting better at them. The only thing I didn't like about the challenge was that I didn't know what the poses were ahead of time and the host must live in West Coast time zone or possibly even further away like Hawaii or something because they would share the pose in the afternoon and often I am already changed out of my work clothes and wearing clothes for the day.
This one just ended this week and I I'm still doing a different challenge. I have added in another challenge this week as well so that I am back to two challenges at a time.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Be sure to check out my list of Tween Girl Ideas that I posted last week!
FYI - there are NO affiliate links in here and I wasn't asked to put any of these items on here, these truly are all items that my kids want or I want to get for them.
Stocking Stuffers (Under $10)
Geyser Tube with Caps https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002RBEHKY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I2KBUTYVLGVFHN
Bird Call https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002P3850W/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I20FL0QEP7I4R5&psc=1
The Dangerous Book for Boys https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062208977/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=IN2849V4HJJOC
Energy Ball Scientific Fun https://www.amazon.com/Energy-Ball-Scientific-Lights-Sound/dp/B010OEFVP0
Magic Wooden Box https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0096E7M4S/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A7I2GMSDXJA22
$10-25 Price Range
ThinkFun Maker Studio Gears Building Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TLEMN92/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I1NIKAUZBLBBSR
Lulu Jr. Illustory Junior https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TLFTTB6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=IASODVZANTGPX&psc=1
Amazing Toys DIY Solar Powered Scientific Dinosaur https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WL6L8IY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=IYCGEGE3ZO5MY
The Lego Adventure Book Vol. 1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1593274424/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I174GSL6E5U0Q4
Exploding Kittens Card Game https://www.amazon.com/Exploding-Kittens-About-Explosions-Sometimes/dp/B010TQY7A8
Snap Circuits Jr. Electronic Discovery Kit https://www.amazon.com/Snap-Circuits-SC-100-Electronics-Discovery/dp/B00CIXVITO/ref=zg_bs_toys-and-games_19
Star Wars Death Star Planetarium https://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Milton-Science-Death-Planetarium/dp/B00339P9ME/ref=sr_1_5?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1475172381&sr=1-5&keywords=star+wars
$25-$50 Price Range
Jolly Lama! Performing Juggling Sticks https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BJCVPE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=ITGDXV70ZJ7D6
GoSports Slammo Game Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8ANYZU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I3BCWFJ0LGMRZ0
Camouflage Mummy Sleeping Bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008L0YTGC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I1JWN2FMJ1KMNH
Geospace Walkaroo Jr. Stilts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00175XCCU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I3601LJ9R7JMO8
Thames and Kosmos Little Labs Intro to Engineering https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001TG20S4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=22SN3QPF6OLB&coliid=I3MOHFYI1PDW1X
$50+ Price Range
LEGO Star Wars Imperial Assualt Hovertank https://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Imperial-Assault-Hovertank-75152/dp/B01CVGV93C/ref=sr_1_23?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1475172514&sr=1-23&keywords=star+wars+rogue+one
Thames and Kosmos Remote Control Machines https://www.amazon.com/Thames-Kosmos-Remote-Control-Machines/dp/B003KYXAQO/ref=lp_11177497011_1_4?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1475173140&sr=1-4
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The RAD Zoo has been featured on here a few times. It is pretty close to us so we get a family membership and try to get there as often as we can. Even though it is close we don't get often as we would like because the kids are busy but it is nice to go there and because we have been going there since they opened we have gotten to know the owners and they let us know what things are new that we haven't seen so we are sure to see them. The zoo is filled with a large variety of reptiles and amphibians and fish and birds. It is mostly reptiles and amphibians but they do have other animals like birds and fish and sharks in there as well.
On this trip the kids got a little more education than we bargained for and saw these two box turtles mating. When I asked one of the owners questions about gestational period and laying eggs they offered to bring out there one-year-old baby turtle that is off exhibit. It was really neat to see that because hit was maybe an inch and a half to 2 inches long and it's a year old. They also brought out a baby alligator that is probably about 1 years old and was maybe 12 inches long. They said they acquired that one because someone had it as a pet and didn't want it anymore and they took it in.
This time the kids had a real treat and had the opportunity to pet the coral cat shark that they have. I am sure my kids have had the opportunity to put a lot more animals there then most people have because of the frequency we have gone and because the owners have gotten to know us. So I don't think normally people would get to pet the shark when they go. They do provide the opportunity when they are doing their shows to pet an alligator, a snake, and or a turtle or tortoise. So if you do go there there is a high likelihood that you will get to pet something and even possibly feed something like the turtles or tortoises.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
This is a super easy craft you can have a child do. You can even use Air Dry Clay and paint clear nail polish on it.
To make this pendant, form your clay in to a ball shape. Then have the child step on it gently until it flattened, but they have not touched the ground. Use a straw to poke a hole at the top and rmove the clay from the hole.
Allow to dry and then either paint or glaze however the clay you are using dictates.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
1 C Old Fashioned Oats
1 3/4 C milk
1/4 C pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp almond (or vanilla) extract
Top as desired: whip cream, pecans, maple syrup
- Bring milk, pumpkin , and all seasoning to a slow boil over medium heat
- Stir in oats
- Cook for about 5 minutes
- Top as desired
Want to know a secret? Santa is bringing my son a bunch of Star Wars items, including one of these 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights. There are even more options than what I have listed below, but that will give you an idea of some of them that are available at Target. They have a big wall light version, plus they also have mini wall light versions which would make a great stocking stuffer. I am torn as to which one he would like best. I am leaning towards Darth Vader or Yoda.....Hmmmmmm.....Dark Side or Light Side? Such a dilemma!
3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man's cave or office! Find all of these amazing products here: http://bit.ly/TargetUSFamily
Chase, Rubble or Skye
Darth Vader - Mask
Dark Vader - Light Saber
Thor - Hammer
Captain America - Sheild
Iron Man - Mask
Iron Man - Hand
My Little Pony:
Minions - Bob, Stuart or Kevin
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This is a rare times when I am reviewing a product that is the second time I have purchased it. This is the Ancord Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We already own this same outdoor speaker, same color even but it does come in a couple other colors. We got this speaker the first time to use outdoors around our camp fire at our cabin. I love the idea that it was portable and durable and waterproof and shockproof and many more features. This speaker in particular has a rechargeable battery with up to a 12 hour battery life which is a lot longer than a lot of the other outdoor portable speakers out there.
My husband told me that he would love to have the exact speaker or something similar to it to use at home when he is working outside. So I started researching different types of speakers but nothing had the combination of everything I wanted like this one does. What I wanted was a waterproof, shock proof, long battery life, and and FM tuner on it as well. And rechargeable battery.
It seems like many other speakers have some of these qualities but not all of them together. When I say shockproof what it means is that it has a rugged case and if you were to drop it from a reasonable distance it is not going to break. We aren't throwing the speaker around but I wanted to not have to worry if it gets knocked off a table outside on to the cement or something else.
The FM tuner is a wonderful feature in case of emergency. When you don't have electricity because the power went out during the storm and you don't want to drain your cell phone battery having a battery operated radio is a good thing to have. And you also don't want to run out of battery while you are waiting out a storm so the longer the battery life the better.
When I had the opportunity to review this product I jumped on it because my husband added it to his Christmas wish list, so hopefully he skims past this post on my social media sites :-)
I did receive this at a deep discount (not free) in order to review it. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own. No monetary compensation was received.