Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WW: Quiz Bowl {Linky}

My son Mica has been enjoying Quiz Bowl. It's kind of like Jeopardy, except they don't answer with a question. It's every other Saturday. It lasts from 8:30 to usually 1:30 or 2.

This last weekend it lasted until 4! He was one of the last and many groups that placed. His team didn't win, but 4th place among many other smart kids is really good.

I can't really take pictures, or video. There is no phones during the event. That would disqualify the team. Only practice rounds.

I have to say that I appreciate his social studies teacher so much! She's there every Saturday that this takes place. She also has practice for them once a week. I appreciate her more than other teachers for sure. I think when the holidays roll around I'll get her something. Middle, high and college teachers usually don't get anything.

We usually stay through the first few practice sessions, then leave. Isaak grumps the whole time. I have to remind him that Mica has to sit through all of his basketball games.

Here's Travis and Isaak having their fingers dance to some tunes. Passing time between Quiz Bowl practice rounds.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

6 Easy Science Experiments That Must be Taught to your Kids

How about spending some fun time with your kid in a way that would also ignite their brain? Yes, you can do it with science and with not much difficulty too. Given below are 6 science experiments that are not just easy to perform but also afford a great new way to learn.

1. Invisible Ink

This is a great experiment to make your kids feel like they’re complete masters in writing secret messages.

Stuff You Need:
  • Half a lemon
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • White paper to write on
  • Cotton bud
  • Light bulb or lamp
  • Water

Take a few drops of water in a bowl. Squeeze some juice from the lemon half into this bowl and mix both liquids with a spoon.

Take the cotton bud, dip it into the mixture and use it as a pen to write a secret message on the paper.

Allow some time for the juice message to dry up. This would also make the message completely invisible.

Like magic, reveal the so far invisible message by holding the paper near a light bulb.

2. Making Nitrous Oxide Gas

This is strictly for older children and should be done with adequate precautions and under supervision in a laboratory. Tell them they’re going to make “laughing gas.” This is the same gas that is used for safe sedates via a nitrous oxide mask while having dental procedures.

Stuff You Need:
  • Ammonium nitrate (the higher the purity, the greater the safety)
  • A container for the ammonium nitrate
  • Bunsen burner
  • A pneumatic trough - It is just a tube that extends from the container holding the ammonium nitrate and which would bubble the gases upwards and through the water to finally enter the collection jar. It gets rid of smoke from ammonium nitrate impurities and water from the reaction.

Lightly heat the ammonium nitrate on the bunsen burner, making sure to keep the temperature within 170 and 240 degrees centigrade.

Use your pneumatic trough to cool the hot gases so as to condense the water. Ensure that the rate of gas production is one or two bubbles per second.

The gas in the collection jar is your laughing gas with small quantities of other nitrogen oxides.

Once your container has enough gas, stop the heating and disconnect the tubing. Cover the container with its lid or a flat sheet of glass to make it possible to turn upright.

  1. If using a thermostat controlled burner or another source, refrain from decomposing the final bit of ammonium nitrate as it will most likely overheat.

  2. Overexposure to this otherwise safe lab gas could cause asphyxiation. So better safety masks when performing the experiment.

  3. Heating higher than 240-degree centigrade could cause an explosive and dangerous detonation. So be careful.
3. Make a Sundial

This is another good experiment for older kids. Teach them how to know the time with a little help from the sun!

Stuff You Need:
  • Small rocks
  • Stick
  • Clock or watch
  • Play-Doh (to hold the stick) if you can’t find sand to poke it into

Step outdoors and locate a sunny area.

Push the stick into the ground or into the Play-Doh.

At different hours of the day (as per your family’s convenience), use small rocks to point out the spot where the shadow falls. You may have to do this for a few days to position rocks correctly for all the hours of the day. When you’ve done so, the sundial is ready for use.

To know the time, all it takes is to look for the position of the shadow. As you can see, the time in the above picture is 9.15 a.m. The hours were marked with the rocks in the order 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4. Crystal Snowflake

This makes for an attractive decoration.

Stuff You Need:
  • Pencil
  • String
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Borax
  • Jar
  • Pencil
  • Boiling water
  • Blue food coloring

Cut the pipe cleaners into 5-inch pieces. Twist three of these pieces together to create a snowflake.

To each point, add another pipe cleaner piece measuring 11/2 inch. With the help of a string, tie the flake to a pencil.

Get a jar big enough to suspend the snowflake in, in such a manner that the latter doesn’t touch the sides.

Fill the jar with 3 tablespoons borax. Introduce 1 drop blue food coloring for each cup of boiling water you pour inside the jar. Allow the snowflake to hang in the jar overnight and then remove.

5. Elephant Toothpaste

This experiment is so called because the huge stream of foam which comes out resembles toothpaste ideal for an elephant.

Stuff You Need:
  • Plastic soda bottle – 16 ounce and well-cleaned
  • ½ cup hydrogen peroxide liquid (20 volume)
  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Dry yeast
  • Warm water
  • Favorite food coloring
  • Safety goggles
  • Small cup
  • Funnel
  • Tray

First, wear safety goggles.

Pour the hydrogen peroxide carefully into the bottle and then follow it with 8 drops of the food coloring.

Next, put in 1 tablespoon of the dish soap and shake the bottle around to make sure the mixture is mixed.

In the small cup, take one tablespoon of dry yeast and add 3 tablespoons of warm water to it.

Place the bottle on top of a tray to catch the foamy toothpaste. With the help of the funnel, pour the cup mixture into the bottle. Watch as foam starts coming out of the bottle.

6. Blending Water With a Comb

Your kids will love to be able to bend water using just a comb.

Stuff You Need:
  • A regular black comb
  • Running water from a tap

Let water run from the faucet in a thin but steady stream. Comb dry hair several times. Then bring the comb close to the water, holding vertically. You should be able to see the water bending toward the comb.

Chances are, once your kids have done with these experiments, they’ll be asking you for more!

Author Bio:

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Women’s Vintage Style Thick Warm #Socks Review

I love socks! A new pair feels a lot like sleeping in new sheets in a bed.

Macochoi Women’s Vintage Style Wool Cashmere Thick Warm Socks have cool patterns and colors on them!

We have this story called Socks for Christmas that is about a kid that was so poor that he only got things like socks and shoes for Christmas. It’s a beautiful story that makes you appreciate all you have. Ever since I got this book, I get the boys and I a new pair of socks for Christmas.

Five Pairs:

Blues, Pinks, Purples, Browns and Tans are just some of the colors in these socks. They have fun patters, where you can mix match the socks, or wear them as their intended pairs. I'm more a wear them as their intended pairs kind of a person, but know there are people out there that hardly match their socks. What about you: Do you match your socks, or wear mixed matched socks?

Mixed Matched:



Wool and Cashmere 

I know they wash up nice because I have another set that I bought prior to getting these to review. The ones I had already are different colored though.

One things for sure, these socks go with a lot of different things in my closet! 

You can pick them up on Amazon for $11.99 - that's for all 5 pairs! Get them here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0782ZVX8Q

Do you like socks with designs on them, or do you go with plain socks most of the time?

Disclaimer: I got these socks for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. The company did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. Mica's been complaining about his vitamin not going down all the way. It's a typical vitamin size, and he's had vitamins that you swallow for years now. Do you have problems swallowing vitamins?

  2. Instead of drinking water to push the vitamin down, Mica decided it would be a great idea to chew a paper towel to swallow. He came into the living room with his mouth full, was chewing, and talking weird. I said, "What in the heck is in your mouth?" He said, "Oh nothing." I asked him again. Then he told me. I said, "Go spit that out!" 

  3. The other day Travis got a text from Mica saying that his bus took him out to west Omaha instead of home. It was the late bus, and he was the only one on it. Not his typical bus driver. He must of thought Mica was a different kid. When he got here we were both like, "Why didn't you tell him?" He said, "Because we're not supposed to move, while the bus is going." I said, "There had to be stop lights, or a stop sign!" He's like, "I don't know. I just wanted to listen to my music I guess." We were all shaking our heads. At least now I'm laughing about it.

  4. We were supposed to have snow happen yesterday. It didn't really happen. 

  5. Saturday will be super busy around here. Mica has a Quiz Bowl across town. Isaak has 2 basketball games. Then the boys have their Leadership Camp in the evening. What are you doing this weekend?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Start Out the Holidays Right

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Literary Book Gifts Review #holiday #gifts #read #books

There is one child in our house that's always been a reader. Any guesses who that might be? It's Mica! Even when he was itty bitty we would read to him. That's the only time he sat still. Now when books aren't around he'll read junk mail on the table. He reads though his textbooks at school. One teacher thought he didn't like a book he borrowed because he got it back to her in one day. Nope he read it all! He's volunteered at the library for a few years now, and was selected to do Quiz Bowl in school because of his literary knowledge.

I'm happy to introduce to you Literary Book Gifts.

They have high quality gifts for book lovers! Mica fits into their target market. I'm sure you have someone that you know that would as well.

All design work is done in house. I have to say that I'm jealous. I'd love to work there!

Each product is printed professionally with care.



Each shirt is $28. Remember they are designed in house. They have about 73 shirts with 14 color options. The sizes run from S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. They are fitting shirts. I find I have to buy up in sizing for women's shirts. They have a chart on their site to help with sizing.

I picked out my top 3 to go over. They all have great typography and illustrations.

The first I picked out is Edgar Allan Poe. I like this one because when we went to Mesa Verde a crow perched up on an ancient window. It sat there just long enough for me to get some great photos.

The second I picked out is The Wizard of Oz. Travis read The Wizard of Oz to the boys, we all enjoy the movie, and a big pop-up book we have.

The third I picked out is Huckleberry Finn. I made Mica read Huckleberry Finn because I find it's a classic - must read. Then at conferences we asked if they have to read any classics, and mentioned this book. His teacher said, "That's a book I had to read when I was in school. Nope the kids don't have to read that." Well Mica has. ;)

Men | Unisex

Each shirt is $28. Remember they are designed in house. They have about 73 shirts with 9 color options. The sizes run from S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL and 5XL.

I picked out my top 3 to go over. They all have great typography and illustrations.

The first I picked out is Walden. Travis visited Walden Pond when he was up in Boston. I'd like to get this shirt for him.

The second I picked out is Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland. I just always liked the story. Alice was quite the day dreamer, and had a crazy imagination. I think many artist types like this adventure.

The third I picked out is Dracula. I like anything spooky, so Dracula fits the ticket.

Tote Bags

I'm a big fan of bags. I use cloth bags all the time.

Small Cost: $24 Size: 13x13
Medium Cost: $28 Size: 17x15
Large Cost: $32 Size: 18x18

I picked out my top 3 to go over. They all have great typography and illustrations.

The first I picked out is Peter Pan. We loved the live show at The Rose Theater. I like the illustration on this so much!

The second I picked out is Huckleberry Finn. I just like that Travis, Mica and I have all read it. The movie industry loves to remake things, why don't they remake Huckleberry Finn? Bring it back!

The third I picked out is Frankenstein. It's just creepy cool. I had both boys be Little Frankie for Halloween when they were itty bitty.

What book would you like to see turned into a shirt or bag? 

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hexed Colorful Knife Set Review

I'm happy to introduce you to Hexed - Colorful Knife Set. 


It shipped fast, and was in 2 boxes to ensure that it got to my in great condition.

Different Knifes:

  1. 8” Chef
  2. 8” Slicing
  3. 8” Bread
  4. 8”Fork
  5. 5” Utility 
  6. 3.5” Paring
Each Knife and Fork Comes With a Cover:

Everything in this set is ultra sharp! The covers help protect. My sons often grab knifes carelessly. I like that these have covers!

Stainless Steel:

They have a coating that helps resist corrosion, and discoloration.


These knifes can be stored in a drawer to prevent clutter space, or on a magnetic mounting display.


I like that I can tell the kids to get me the blue knife. Then they know what I'm talking about. They have an array of colors, which is fun!

Snack Time:

I felt like it cut up the apple for our snack really well!

Where to Get it:

You can get this knife set for $16.89. You can get it on Amazon Prime http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F26CC63.

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discount to assist with this review. All the writing in this review are my own. The company did not tell me what to say. I only review things I think my family can use.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. My 3rd year students have to do a fast, yet effective flyer for a non profit organization. If they weren't on target they got a zero. No worries they have a chance to bump that zero up. I give them feedback, so they don't have to start from scratch. I had a lot of tears, and pissed off students. Many have the ground work to push off to make a better piece. They were just pissed, and couldn't get passed that yesterday.

    There will come a time that they will learn that a boss doesn't always like everything they do. Yesterday was not one of those days. 

  2. I just donated to my nephew Evan's school fundraiser. Can you believe it? The money is going towards his brother/my nephew Emerson. I ordered mixed nuts. Just yesterday I had a student come up wanting me to donate to help with cancer. Then at the grocery store they asked for a donation, for the food pantry.

    Where do you draw the line with donations? While I want to donate to many things, I can't always do that. Then I feel guilty when someone asks me to donate, and I answer with a "Not today." 

  3. Did you know 1 billion people on this earth are non believers? The Dali Lama talks about it in The Book of Joy. Do you think that non believers bring negativity into the world? I know a lot of atheists, and some are more positive than people that go to church every Sunday. It's just interesting.

  4. I got a message that my Aunt's want to get together less because it's just a lot of work. I'm ok with that. It is a lot of work. It gives us more time to spend with our own families. Travis surprised me by being the one that was upset by it. He never had big family get togethers often when he was growing up. He has to deal with it of course. 

  5. Have you started Christmas shopping? I buy things things throughout the year, so there are things stuff away here and there. 

  6. I got Isaak this keyboard when Toy R Us was closing.

    Then I've gotten things for my nephews. For some reason I'm excited about these Guidecraft blocks filled with beads I found for Emerson. A school store was closing here, so I got them 30% off. Otherwise I would not have gotten them at all.  


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Scratch Off Map Review

The Perfect Gift:

It's that time of year where I'm busy getting holiday gifts.

I got a Scratch Off Map last year for my nephew Evan. This is a different brand, and I think my nephew Elijah will love it.

My nephews travel a lot because of Emerson. They go to a lot of conventions to help with Trisomy 18. They also travel to visit for medical help. Now they can both scratch off places they've been, and will go to.


It comes in a tube. Everything is rolled up. It makes it great to ship, but a little hard to roll out to hang on the wall. Everything was protected with an extra thin paper.

Inside the tube is a map of the USA, another map of surrounding islands, a wrist band, a scratch tool, a cloth for cleaning the scratch tool, and a bag to keep some of those extras.

Scratch Tool:

I have to admit something kind of dumb of me...I thought the scratch tool was a keychain. I guess I thought that because it came with a wrist band as well. When I first posted on social media I said it didn't come with a scratch tool. It has one. :) I changed the social media posts. 

Wrist Band:

It says, "I haven't been everywhere."

Where to Get it:

You can get it here https://www.amazon.com/Pure-Leissure-Map-Travel-USA/dp/B075R96JCT/ref=sr_8_13?qid=1540998597&sr=8-13&ie=UTF8&keywords=us+scratch+off+map for $19.95 on Amazon Prime with an ebook. I have to admit that I don't really pay attention to ebooks like I should.

Do you like maps? I like them artistically. There's an artist I follow that paints them with acrylics. 

Disclaimer: I got this product for free, or a big discount to help with this review. The company did not tell me what to write in the review. I only review things I find my family, friends or readers will find helpful.

Terrarium Humidifier Review

I'm a bit terrarium obsessed. 

Possibly because my sister's name Terra is in terrarium, but more likely because they are so dang cute! I like little mushrooms, flowers, moss and animals.

Ohderii makes a humidifier | terrarium that is adorable!

I like that it had two functions.

Humidifier: The top gets filled up with water and/or essential oils to steam. The container is perfect, for just the right amount of water. I find with most steamers I don't use the full amount of water, and end up having to get rid of it. I don't want to turn on the steam later on, and have mold going up in the air. With this one I don't have to worry about all that.

Having asthma and a nose unlike others it's important I keep moisture in the air.

The steamer also comes with an extra filter.

Terrarium: The bottom is an enchanting scene. It has flowers, plants, moss, a mushroom and a bunny.


You can get the top in pink or blue.

It changes colors. The first time I used it, it changed through seven colors. The second time I used it, it didn't light up. I don't know if it broke, or if I need to press somewhere to get the colors to start lighting up. Regardless it's still wonderful to look at. 

USB Powered:

It has a USB plug. I kind of wish it was powered by a regular cord. I had it plugged into my laptop to run. I got up, not thinking, and it spilled all over. Thankfully not on my laptop. I'm just not used to USB powered things except for devices like phones, computers, kindles, and so on.

Where to Get This:

You can get this at amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0792WDDX5, for $15.28 on Prime.

With your decor do you like modern or cute? I have both. I'm eclectic. 

Disclaimer: I got this product for free, or a big discount to help with this review. The company did not tell me what to write in the review. I only review things I find my family, friends or readers will find helpful.


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