Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

My in-laws had a friend of theirs carve a good number of pictures on one of their trees.
I couldn't resist snapping a picture of one when we went to visit on Easter Sunday.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday

Just throwing out some random thoughts for a Tidbit Tuesday post.

Well I remember when air was free. ;)
I bought my husband an air compressor for a gift a few years back, because I'm romantic like that... Yesterday I saw my tire was low and instead of coming home to use the air compressor, I stopped at the gas station and paid $1.00. I deserved to have to pay that dollar (for being lazy).  Anyone remember when air was free?

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My son's teacher said they're not teaching cursive in the school system anymore. What?!?  My kids all agreed it's pointless (except the youngest who had no opinion) and my husband did too.  Again, I say, What??!?! I guess I'm the only one in my family who appreciates cursive handwriting. Well, and my mom...she always uses it, so maybe I got it from her.

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Anyone remember utilizing card catalogs to find things, and looking in the back of a book to see who checked it out before you did? I remember it being very cool if you knew someone listed on that card.

Self-Checkout at the Library
No more cards now, but you can check your own books out electronically, if you want to, and my son thinks that's cool.

No clue who this guy is, but he's got a free file share on Wikimedia. Thanks guy. :)
And my last tidbit of the day...the YMCA.  For some reason I haven't utilized the one we have in the next town over.  Alissa from Planet of the Apels sometimes talks about hers, so when our local T-Ball team was filled up (we were on a waiting list forever), I decided to call the Y. Sure enough, they had a team open and we signed up. The coaches are awesome, and the kids are learning a lot.

I was so happy I drove back to town and signed my little one up for swimming lessons (he's way overdue to learn). Big thanks to Alissa for the heads up on the greatness of the 'Y.'

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Surpahs Outlook Precision Digital Bathroom Scale (review)

Disclosure: We received a product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Surpahs makes a digital body scale that comes in an elegant, flat black design, has a nice big LCD reading, and turns on automatically when you step on it.  My favorite thing about it is that it's pretty.  It just looks really nice, far better than the old clunky kind where you had to reset the dial to zero to get an accurate reading. But pretty without function would mean nothing, so I guess my equally favorite thing is that it is sturdy and performs just like you would expect.

I really like this built-in handle.
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The Surpahs Outlook Precision Digital Bathroom Scale also gets big brownie points for having a handle built right in to the design.  That makes it super easy to carry around and/or move as needed.

Four AAA batteries power the scale, and I haven't had it long enough to know if that is a good or not so good thing.  Hubby thinks it's good because they're so easy to find (unlike the button batteries which pose more of a challenge to find for replacement). I'm wondering though how it will hold up in terms of longevity, or how long they will work before we have to put a new set in. I guess time will tell.

We moved the scale to a room with very bright sunlight pouring in,
and you could still read the LED display very easily.

One feature I thought was different than other scales is that the weight flashes for ten seconds and then it's gone.  I suppose that's long enough, but I wish it stayed put a bit longer.

One other thing that is unique is you can see the LED numbers even in the bright sunlight. I know that to be fact because we moved it to the big front room at peak sunlight, and even with the light shining on it you could easily read the weight being registered. That is not always the case with a digital reading, so I appreciated it with this scale.

The Surpahs Outlook Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is nice, and overall we're very happy to have it in our home.

Learn more about Surpah's by visiting their website where in addition to their various types of bathroom scales, they also offer some really sleek looking kitchen scales, and a variety of bamboo products (for the kitchen).

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or G+.

Monday, April 28, 2014

#LegoKidsFest: The 2014 Tour!

Disclosure: Our family received a complimentary visit. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Lightning McQueen
The whole thing was made of Legos. These kinds of things amaze me.
I had such a busy weekend! It was so busy that I am welcoming Monday with open arms as a chance to get back to routine.  We did have some fun though, especially on Sunday when we packed up and headed to Novi, Michigan to see the Lego Kids Fest that was in town.

This was an area blocked off for viewing only.

One of the items inside was from Minecraft, a game my son's school uses for an after school club,
and my son was delighted to see the character.
The event went from 9am - 1:30 pm, and it was awesome. The place was bustling with well-mannered kiddos all having a blast playing with, learning about, and looking at Legos.

Never one to miss a photo opp.

And the apple certainly does not fall far from the tree.
There were photo opps. to be created,

Again, all Legos.  Can you imagine the amount of time it takes to make these kinds of pictures?
creations from Master Builders to be seen (and they had sessions to sit with a master builder too, if you wanted to sign up),


Dad and little man making vehicles to put on the display shelves
little Lego work stations all around the building,

See the huge Lego pile in the background? It was crowded with kiddos, so my son and I sat
on the ground just on the outside of it for quite awhile, and made our creations there.
and a big Lego pile dumped in the middle of the floor for kids to build and roam as they pleased (huge bottles of hand sanitizer were everywhere, and people were encouraged to use them liberally). :)

Sitting in the Duplo pile
There was also a huge Duplo (larger Legos for smaller children) section that my son had earlier dismissed as being for 'babies.'  Towards the end of the afternoon when we happened by again, he decided to give the Duplos a try. There were far less children in that section than in the other, and he had a lot of room to work.

See the flying Lego?
There were work sections to teach them to levitate Lego bricks (kidding!).

"Look what I made!"
Guess who ended up loving the Duplo area after all? :)

Taking a snooze in the reading area?  Nah, he just did that to be funny for a photo opp.
It was a lot of fun, even if it was tiring for some one of us. ;)  Hubby was just joking around in the photo, pretending to be asleep, but there was so much to do we really were exhausted (and very happy), by the end of our visit. This little nook for reading Lego books was an awesome idea, and a lot of parents utilized the space to sit down and read to their littles.

Yep, she's made of Legos too. In fact, they had a whole section geared just towards girls.
I thought that was an awesome touch.
After the show we stopped at a restaurant on the way home and went through our pictures. The guys asked me what my favorite Lego display was, and I said Cinderella.  They scoffed at me. Scoffed, I tell you, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

If there is a Lego Kids Fest coming to your area, I encourage you to go see it. It was really a great, fun visit! Get your tickets early though, they do sell out fast.

You can learn more about Lego Kids Fest by visiting their website, and you can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Amusement Park Nostalgia

When the weather gets warm I start thinking about amusement parks, Cedar Point (in Sandusky, Ohio) most especially.  I can't help it, it's just something I associate with warm weather. I guess that stems from growing up in an amusement park town where we literally, as tweens and teens spent the majority of our summers tootling around one.

The rides and roller coasters they have today are much more daring than they were back then, and me and my kids (save the little one who is too short to ride them still) love to ride them.  Hubby will ride some, but not the really big ones, which works out great because he gets quality fun time in playland with the little guy while the rest of us go wait in long lines for our three minute thrill...bottom line: everyone is happy. :)

When I start getting the urge to go to the parks though, I usually browse the Internet to see what's new, what's going on, and so on and so forth. Today instead of doing that, I went to my Cedar Point Pinterest board. That's where nostalgia hit.

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My First Roller Coaster ride was on this one, and it was waaaay back when.
This roller coaster, The Gemini, was my very first one, and I still love to ride it just for that reason.

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To a kid, this slide was huge, and very, very fun.
It's gone now but I still distinctly remember how it felt to go down those hills.
And this ride was the big thrill ride for me, when I was still too small to ride the coasters. I must have been very young because all was well and good toting that burlap bag up the stairs, but once I got up there I was all kinds of worried. Things like, 'What if the bag slips before I get in it?' came to my head. Or worse, "What if I slip off of the bag coming down?!?' would get me going.  But I still climbed the stairs, over and over again to get that big rush (while my mom waited patiently for me at the bottom of the slide).

Those were good times.  So good in fact, that they created a lifelong love of amusement parks for me. And now, I have a question for you: What's one thing that you still love to do as an adult, that you learned to love when you were a child?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jimmy's Green Challenge

Disclosure: I was sent a starter kit to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



Jimmy's Green Challenge is a great new way to help kids get in the know about everyday things they can do to help protect the environment (starting today). It is a kit that comes with an award-winning book, Jimmy's Gone Green, four wristbands, a poster, and  a refrigerator magnet.

I am a firm believer that when you teach the little ones such things are important, they embrace that and will do them all throughout the rest of their lives. Teaching environmental responsibility is huge in my book, and I love that Jimmy's Green Challenge offers ten easy lessons that are both experiential (hands-on) and intellectual (by book).

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Includes Book, (4) Wristbands, Poster & Magnet

In addition to the picture book, which is filled with ten easy-to-follow steps to help children start doing their part now, the starter kit also comes with a cute refrigerator magnet of Jimmy (an easy reminder for the kids because you know they're going in the 'fridge), a poster, and four wristbands.

Little man started T-Ball last week, and you can see his wristband here
(on the right side, woohoo!) when we went to shop for mitts.
The object of the wristbands is simple. When children are doing the right things, like turning off the light when they leave a room or turning off the water while they brush their teeth (and the book tells them how extraordinary it is for them to do such things) they get to keep the wristband on one wrist (we chose the right side).

On the 'oops' side.
A gentle reminder that he left the water running a little bit after he washed his hands.
When they forget to do things like turning off a light, or in my son's case, forgetting to turn the water all the way off after he washed his hands at the store restroom, the wristband goes to the other side (the left wrist in our case) as a gentle reminder. The goal is to go three days without having to remove the wristband from the 'woohoo, I got it!' side.

When we got to Day 3 of not moving the wristband (the goal), we celebrated with ice cream at the park.
Ice cream of course, is optional. ;)
When we got to three days, I took my son to the park for a special treat. Our first outside ice cream of the year!! Not a bad way at all to celebrate my little one going green with Jimmy's Green Challenge.

The pages on the left side of the book offer an age-appropriate way
for children to do their part.

The right side of the book offers a reason why the tip is important,
and is accompanied by a picture.
So between the book with its easy-to-understand lessons, and the reiteration of the hands-on wristband type of learning, it's easy to help children understand the kinds of things they can do to help protect the environment. I love the concept, and I think it is great to do at home, and I think it would be great to do in a classroom setting (extra wristbands are available).

Recommended for ages 6+.

You can learn more about Jimmy's Green Challenge by visiting the website.

You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Somebody's Garage Door

I don't know whose house/garage it is, but my son was
so excited when he saw it that I went back and took a picture. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

@Globies The Harlem Globetrotters #FansRule 2014 Tour

Disclosure: Our family received tickets to this event for no charge in order to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Yesterday was a day of running around all day, trying to find a solution for my husband's car troubles (a problem not covered under the active warranty, of course). $500 later, we have a solution, and we're waiting on the new aluminum (*sigh*) rim to come in to replace the one that somehow got bent on the inside of wheel, causing his tire to also become irreparably flat. I suspect the potholes in town played a role, they're atrocious now that that hard winter has cleared.

It was a busy day, BUT the night ended on a very high note, we took my car ;) to go see The Harlem Globetrotters, woohoo! The 2014 'Fans Rule' tour is going strong, and last night they made a stop in Michigan.

Globie was there, with his cute self.

The show was so good!  Globie was there, the team mascot, and he was fun to watch.  The guy had some good moves too,

Dancing across the Court
as did The Harlem Globetrotters.

See the Globetrotter in the Audience?
There was a lot of audience interaction, and some funny skits. The Slow Motion skit was my favorite, and one of my children roared when a guy got his shirt 'torn off' while he was on the court. The bucket scenes (where they throw buckets full of confetti into the audience) were hilarious because every single time people jumped and ducked like there was water in them. ;)

There were tricks to be seen, & yes the Globetrotters have a lady, and she was awesome!

See the ball behind his back? These guys were spot-on with their tricks.
There were tricks to be displayed,

Taunting the opposing team
Jeering to be done,

Stuck in the basket (the player, not the ball). :)
and a game to be played.  Unless one of the players got stuck in the basket. ;)

It was an entertaining show, full of smiles start to finish, and if they're coming to your town, I hope you'll go and see them.

You can access their 2014 'Fans Rule' Tour information here: Tour Schedule.

You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Sherpani Presta Large Commuter Messenger Bag Giveaway

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It's about to be warm weather here, and in many other places as well, and for us that means school is going to be out, and we may doing some traveling. When we are traveling, one of the things I want to be sure to do is protect my laptop.  Having the right bag to do that is essential, and the sherpani Presta Large Commuter Messenger Bag looks like it would fit the bill just right, don't you think? It's probably a great gift idea for Mother's Day too!

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Growing a Green Planet Giveaway

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It's Spring, and I'm happy to help promote the following fantastic giveaways from M.O.O.N. All are warm-weather related, and all are definitely worth giving a visit. Sneak a peek at all they're offering, and get your entries in for the ones you like. If you're the lucky winner (can't win it, if you're not in it), you'll be oh so glad you did!  :)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

TeenSafe is a Great Resource for iPhone/Android Phones (with $100 Visa GC Giveaway)

If you've got a teen with an iPhone or Android Phone, then TeenSafe has got you covered! Some of you know that my husband and I do not have smart phones.  That is because we're old fogies, and don't think we need one. ;)  The teen and older kids in the family though, do have smart phones (the teen's was a gift, not from us). We recently had an issue in our home that required some backtracking of deleted texts on my teen's phone.  It wasn't anything she'd done wrong, but something that we really did need to ascertain.

If you have TeenSafe you can recover any text instantly, and at home.  In addition to locating texts (including deleted texts), the service also tracks the whereabouts of your teen's phone (great for safety reasons!), monitors call logs (if you feel you need to do that), allows for Facebook and Instagram activity to be seen, and allows you to see browser history all very easily, and all conveniently from one place.  This is a great resource to have for many, many reasons, with the location tracking being my absolute favorite feature!

Check TeenSafe out and see if it's a good fit for you!  Right now they are also offering a free 6-day trial.  AND they're offering a $100 Visa Gift Card to one lucky winner.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Congrats to Marti whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Clawz Shoes giveaway.

Happy Easter to You!


I feel blessed, and I hope you do too.  Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter.