Friday, September 22, 2017

Random Tid Bits

If you've been reading my blog for a long time now you may possibly remember me bitching complaining about my students a few years ago. Last year I had wonderful students, this year I have great students in first year for the most part, but I have the students back that I complained about before. Yep the ones I complained about were in first year when I struggled with them, I don't teach in second year, but I have them back in third year.

  1. Girl that's uber talented hasn't shown up for 3 and 1/2 classes. We're into week 7. That means she's missed 1/2 of my classes. We have class 1 day a week. I can't even find her to talk to her. 

  2. Boy that's uber talented I did talk to. Me, "Where's your work? You did great on your logos, but I haven't seen any of the campaign since week 2." Boy, "I have to admit I've just been slacking. That's all I've got." 

  3. I also talked to the boy that sleeps in lecture, and in lab. Me, "Get up to walk around, exercise before class, eat right, get something to drink, or do whatever you need to do to stay awake." Boy, "Ok." So now he's taken what I've said to the max. He leaves to walk around, and is hardly in lecture. I found out that he closes his Mom's restaurant. That's great, but it's not helping his grades. He has literally fell asleep under his desk, and I could hear him snoring in class. I asked him to leave. 

  4. Mr. Negative boy I haven't talked to. I'm worried I'll push him away, and won't get him back. Students like him I could use advice on. He brings not only himself down, but others as well. He is talented. He misses most mornings, and I see him in the afternoons. I said all chipper like, "Good morning!" to him when he comes in. He complains about other teachers, and probably complains about me when I'm not around. I've also hear him complain about tuition - it's as if he's bitter about it, but let's be honest the school was up front about costs every year he's come in. He got his Associate's Degree, but came back for his Bachelor's Degree. If tuition bothers him so much, why did he come back? More importantly, Why wouldn't he make the most out of his day? I'm a firm believer that if you're going to complain, you need to be making the most out of things before the complaining starts. That would be like me complaining about one of my son's swimming lessons, but only showing up for half of them. Would I be justified in my complaints? I don't think I would be. Maybe I need to talk to him in private, in a black and white way. I just fear that he'll take my conversation wrong, and will be all the more negative. I just can't take the negativity. Our school is small. Negativity feeds negativity. 

  5. Lastly is a student in first year. Oh he's talented. He works S.L.O.W. I talked with him last Friday. He barely looked me in my eyes. Here were my tips:
  • Paint like a 72 dpi image, and build up to a 300 dpi image. Basically paint like crap just blocking the image in, and bring the control back in the end of the piece by painting good. 
  • Look up YouTube videos on graffiti artists. Watch how they start by blocking things out. Then he can work in his own style after he's blocked things out.
  • Stand up to work. Sitting down is way too detailed.
What's random in your week?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Top Ten Tips to Organize a Party

I have to admit I love planning parties.

1. Create a Theme! 

A theme will set the tone for the party. You can start with the invite, and take that theme other places, or decide not to. I usually create themes around what we're into at the moment. If you're having a party, and you don't really have a certain direction go with a seasonal theme, or even go with a certain color. 

A Garden Theme:

An Indianan Jones Theme:

A Captain Underpants Theme:

A Moustache Bash:

If you don't have a computer to make cards, you can buy card that have a theme.

2. Send Out Invitations!

You can send evites, or traditional printed cards. I usually send people in our family an evite. Then I print one to send to my Grandpa that doesn't have a computer. People still like to get things in the mail. Maybe you will choose to go that route.

3. Decide on the Food!

In our family we tell each family what to bring, then we make the rest. Usually our food doesn't go with the theme. Just the desert goes with the invite. At times I'll have something on the table that ties in. I had small flower pots at each spot with each person's napkin, spoon, and fork for the garden birthday. In my opinion the food should be good, but low key. 

4. Find Something Fun for the Kids to Do!

At The Captain Underpants party we provided capes, and white undies to put over their shorts. The kids loved it!

We had a Water Balloon PiƱata set up before.

5. Don't Do a Ton!

The prep work is the biggest work time. Beyond that I try and keep it simple. I don't want to work during the whole party. Kids for the most part find things to do on their own. Adult like time to talk.

6. Relax!

I need to follow my own advice here. I tend to get all stressed out for parties. It's the cleaning part. I hate cleaning! My husband is always saying, "Relax Alissa!" I need to learn to just breathe.

7. Use Plasticware!

This kind of goes with numbers 5 and 6. There's no need to do a ton of dishes when you are supposed to be having fun. I don't ever dive into plasticware any other time, but with parties.

8. Have Options to Drink!

I'm not a soda lover by any means. I do think for parties one should have something fun, and different to drink.

9. Only Give Favors if They Go With the Theme!

I went from thinking favors were silly, to thinking favors were fun, and now think favors are fun if they go with the theme. I don't think they are a must. You have to decide if you want to give out favors, or not. With the Mustache Bash we all took home a mustache. With the garden theme I gave people seeds in a tiny green house I found in Target's dollar section. My nephew's got to take home their homemade cape for the Captain Underpants party.

10. Thank People!

Thanking people is a trend that's starting to leave. I think it's still important. For kid parties I have names on thank you cards, write in what they gave, and slip it into their favor bag. For family I just simply say, "Thank you!"

What's a tip you would add to this list?

Disclaimer: I worked with Paperless Post to come up with this blog post. Paperless Post will give me points to use in their store. They did not tell me what to write.

TNT Old Time Photo

When Isaak got the magic prize from the Hamners' Unbelievable Magic Show, I decided we would go to TNT Old Time Photo to get a free 8x10. The rest of my family wasn't as excited as I was about getting an old photo taken. They are never excited about photos like I am.

It was one of the best photo places! If you go to any photo place it's best to schedule a time to go in. We called them the night before to get our reservation. The day of I grabbed the ad thinking it was the coupon. When we got there Travis had to back peddle it to our hotel, for our coupon.

I was thinking the people that worked there would get frustrated with us because they had to wait on Travis, which was my fault. They were wonderful!

I let Isaak choose what theme to go with. He said, "How we look now." I said, "No a theme up there." pointing to gangsters, Victorian times, or hillbillies. Thankfully he picked gangsters over hillbillies.

They got us ready. The boys loved that they got to actually hold a gun for a photo.

Travis showed up, and they got him ready in a hurry.

They took many photos that were well done! 

Have you ever went to get photos, and the person having you pick the pictures were pushing for you to get whole package deals? They did bring up package deals, but weren't pushy. I loved that! They showed us our options, but didn't get pushy with those either. 

We paid $5.00 extra to get a slight color added. Isaak got to pick, which photo we ended up with. We were between 2. I could tell he enjoyed the fact that he got to make the decision. 

Have you ever gotten an old time photo of your family?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WW: Hiking in Branson, Missouri {Linky}

We wanted to something out in nature during our trip to Branson. We already spent a lot in Silver Dollar City, and didn't really want to spend a ton of money for another activity.

Hiking it was. Missouri is more hilly than Nebraska. We also saw 2 lizards, those we wouldn't see in Nebraska at all. They were too fast and hidden to get good photos of. It was still neat-o to see lizards!

More than anything I just wanted to get away from the city life for a few hours.

Up in the trees:

My boys hiking away:

They're always waiting on my to take pictures.

I find likens, mushrooms and moss interesting:

It's like natures shelving system! I think my favorite nature photo is the picture to the right under this line of type.

It almost looks like someone took red thread to this tree:

Moss on a dead tree:

I don't think I'd try eating these mushrooms:

Rocks that are different from Nebraska:

Missouri is the cave state. They had a grouping of rocks that was an overhang. Not really a cave, but still cave like.

Nature's stage:

Us! I got more photos, but Mica's into putting a creepy face on just for giggles! 

No creepy faces with either boy here though:

Me, "Smile Mica!"

I've never seen anything like this caterpillar in Nebraska either:

What about you? When you're in a busy tourist type place do you feel the need to get away from it all like I do?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hamners' Unbelievable Magic and Variety Show

In Branson we got tickets to see Hamners' Unbelievable Magic and Variety Show. When we sat down they asked if Isaak would like to come up on stage? When they mentioned that he'd get a prize pack he was all excited. 

Mica was immediately jealous. He said, "I don't ever get picked for anything like this." I said, "Mica Isaak hasn't been picked for anything like this either." He said, "Well he won a book once." I said, "Mica that was like 2 years ago. You've had special things you've done. Let this be Isaak's moment." He said, "The things I've done, I worked for Mom." I said, "Ok, but the fact is, is that he was picked. Let it be." 

We watched the show. The boys seemed like they really enjoyed it! They made birds and money appear out of nowhere. 

They had a special guest that was a performer for Cirque Du Soleil. He was a hoop artist. They had singers, a ribbon dancer and more. It was really pretty fun and visually stimulating. 

All the sudden Travis got up with Isaak and said he needed to go to the bathroom. Soon after one of the Hamner's came to get Isaak to go up on stage. 

I didn't know what to do so I said, "He had to go to the bathroom. Take him. I pointed at Mica. Mr. I Don't Get To Do Anything was up on stage in replace of the boy they picked. I was heartbroken for Isaak. I knew he'd get back, and see his brother on stage. I wished during that time I could pause time. 

While Mica was "floating" in air. Isaak got back. Tears flooded his eyes. Travis took him back out to talk. We agreed that Isaak would get the merchandise that they handed off to Mica, since Isaak was the one they chose. 

I did pay $20 for photos of Mica floating in air. It was pretty cool. 

Isaak opted to sleep with Dad that night. After their talk they bonded more. I think Isaak wanted to be anywhere - except next to Mica. I explained to him that I didn't know what to do, they couldn't exactly stop the show. Isaak said, "They should have." There you have it...Isaak wished they could have paused time for him too. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017


There are a few things in my family I have to worry about: High Cholesterol and Alzheimer's Disease. I've had relatives that have had both.

I'm happy to share with you: NutraEdge TRIPLE STRENGTH Fish Oil. 

You can get it here: 

Cost is $18.99 with Prime shipping. there are other buying options. If you get more than one it's cheaper in price for each bottle.

About NutraEdge TRIPLE STRENGTH Fish Oil:

Known to help the heart, brain and joints.

Take 3 soft gels daily. I have to admit I'll probably only have 1 a day. 3 a day seems like a lot to me. If you take 3 a day they will last for 60 days. There are 180 soft gel pills in a bottle.

For ages 18 and over. Women pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their doctor before taking.

Sealed well! It had a plastic coating on the outside of the lid. It had a paper on the top.

This product is made in the USA, it's GMP - Packaged with high standards, FDA approved, Gluten Free, and NON GMO.

It's hard for me to know what works, and what doesn't overall. I have to have faith in what I'm taking. The ingredients matter to me.

Do you take any vitamins daily? Do you think they work?

Disclaimer: I received this set in exchange for writing this review. I was in no way influenced by anyone in regards to this review.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Zevrez Women's Long Sleeve V-Neck Dress

I'm super excited to share with you Zevrez Women's Long Sleeve V-Neck Dress:

I love the V neck, the polyester fabric, the fact that it goes below my knees, and that it can be worn for dress, or casual events.


Small - Shoulder: 14.96″ Sleeve: 24.4″ Bust: 36.6″ Waist: 34.6″ Total Length: 42.5″
Medium - Shoulder: 15.35″ Sleeve: 24.4″ Bust: 38.2″ Waist: 36.2″ Total Length: 42.5″
Large - Shoulder: 15.78″ Sleeve: 24.4″ Bust: 39.8″ Waist: 37.8″ Total Length: 42.7″
XL - Shoulder: 16.14″ Sleeve: 24.4″ Bust: 41.3″ Waist: 39.4″ Total Length: 42.7″
XXL - Shoulder: 16.35″ Sleeve: 24.8″ Bust: 42.9″ Waist: 40.9″ Total Length: 42.9″

I got the large, and it fit great! Sometimes when I get things online, I'm a bit nervous as to how it's going to fit.

There wasn't a whole lot of cleavage that showed, but I was ok with that. In the image online more cleavage shows. I was expecting the boys to see that, and point it out right away. It's good it's sleek, yet not too much.

About the only things that I didn't like were not the dresses fault. My legs are super white because they are covered most of the time. Ha! I do need to loose some weight. That's a thing. I'm glad I can finally be active. For months last school year it was asthma attack after asthma attack. I couldn't even climb stairs without feeling winded that's how bad it was. Then after my nose surgery I was told not to do anything. I couldn't even bend over. It feels good to now go hiking, and be active with my boys. I hope to get into a routine, and that will help the pounds go off.


$13.88 to $18.88. The small is $13.88, and the rest of the sizes are $18.88. Quite a price change. It is on Prime, so there's free shipping. Really $18.88 is a great price for a dress!

Usually I'm more of a skirt person, but I do love this dress. What about you? What do you like to wear to when you dress up?

Disclaimer: I received this set in exchange for writing this review. I was in no way influenced by anyone in regards to this review.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Silver Dollar City

I was not prepared for the cost of Silver Dollar City! Adults: $58.04 and Children 11 and under: $46.21. We should have gone to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City! A 2 day ticket at Worlds of Fun is cheaper than a 1 day ticket at Silver Dollar City. I felt jipped. Especially when they wouldn't take our card that was supposed to save us money for places in Branson.

After spending over $200, I knew I just needed to get over it, and have fun. It's the place Travis had memories going to when he was a kid. I knew the boys would have memories.

Words of Advices:

  • Bring food in a backpack, or cooler lunch bag. Fill a cooler for the car with food. You can leave, and come back into the park with tickets. Cars are parked a ways away, but they do have shuttles that go back and forth. 

  • Bring a fanny pack. I have one, but it was in Omaha, Nebraska - at home. 

Let's Talk Rides:

I'll go on water rides. I really enjoy the raft one because we're all together, can talk, and we don't know who will get wet.

I won't go on roller coasters. The boys went on three different ones.

After a few roller coaster rides the boys wouldn't shut up about me joining them on some. Even Travis joined in with them. I said, "Absolutely not! I went on them as a kid. I didn't like them then. I most certainly won't like them now!" I was starting to get pissed. Here I spent a bunch of money, and now I was being pressured into going on something I didn't want to go on. They begged and pleaded. I stood my ground.

I started talking to a family that was waiting for their family to get done. They understood me. It's sad when complete strangers gets you, but your own family doesn't even try.

One lady said, "The lookout part isn't any better than the coaster!" I could see her point. It was high up, and not sturdy. At least it wasn't jerking you around up and down hills!

A little boy sat there. I said, "Have you gone on this?" He said, "Never again!" He said it was way more than he could handle. He felt sorry for any kid that went on it.

A 18 month old cried every time the roller coaster took off. It was a loud plunging noise, and a fire showed up. I felt for him!

I waited about 4 times for my family. Keep in mind that with roller coasters I feel like the car could roll on off the track. I pictured my family leaving me each and every time they went on. Not so fun!

I didn't think things could get worse, oh but they could. I waited in line for the train ride around the park. I said, "Go on that roller coaster that you missed going on. I'll wait in line."

I texted Travis: Line is moving fast now. I hope you're coming. 

Travis texted back: It was such a fast line. We went again. 

I texted again 5 minutes later: Ok so I'm letting other people go ahead of me in line because you're not here. I don't know how long I can do this!

Finally he got there even 5 more minutes later. I was super annoyed!

When it was time to leave we were in a hurry. We had reservations for a magic show, and still needed to eat dinner. I was thinking, We wouldn't be in a hurry had you come to the train line after one ride on that last roller coaster. 

I said, "Let's take a shuttle." Well none of us paid attention where we parked. We walked up to the park. I was only guessing as to what shuttle took us where we needed to go. It took us closer to the car than if we walked, but farther than where our car actually was.

Travis said, "See if we would have walked..." I said, "We are walking. The shuttle just took us most of the way to our car." I was fuming mad by that time. Of course they were all wondering why I was mad.

What rides do you like to go on? Have you ever have a vacation that is perfect, and no one has fought? 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WW: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

I just reviewed a book for Ripley's Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses!

When I saw that they had a museum in Branson, Missouri we decided to take the boys there. Travis and I went to one in Wisconsin Dells, but the boys had never been to one.

I have to say there museums are so fun, informative, and great for all ages.

Their building is so cool because it's off-kilter. The boys loved the Transformer in front. I just wish I could have captured it without the power lines. Oh well.

Inside they had a lizard hanging from the ceiling:

Art was behind glass. Some of it is really cool. Just as cool, if not better than some art museums.

A sculpture made with beads:

Lots of masks, and they had a display of shrunken heads. There was an i-pad set up to shoot your own head to shrink it.

Do you remember the movie Big with Tom Hanks? Zoltar is the machine that turned him big.

Lauryn Hill made with cassette tapes:

A lion made with rubber tires:

Hulk Smash!

The biggest roll of toilet paper. Don't squeeze the Charmin!

This mask was fun:

They had funny mirrors set up. I think Travis had just as much fun as the boys with this mirror.

The tallest person in history. I thought my Dad was tall. We're all on the same floor that he's on.

Isaak made a new friend!  

Have you been to a Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum?


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