Monday, February 8, 2016

iPhone iPad Charging Cord Review

One thing I know about devices is that the cord is one of the first things to go out. I've went through a lot of charging cords for my different laptops over time.

I'm just got a iPhone iPad Charging Cord to review. I have car chargers, but not more than one cord, so it's nice to have this!

This cord works for a lot of different things:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5 (different versions)
  • iPad Air
  • Mini
  • iPod

It works for Travis and my phone. YAY! I'm going to keep this one at home, and the original one (since it's shorter in my purse). That way I can use it in the car, or at work. I love the length of the cord because I can plug my phone in and the 10' cord is long enough, so that my can sit a ways away.

This extra long lightning cable is constructed of braided fabric & is guaranteed to be more durable than certified Apple lightning cords. I wish I had a cable like this for my laptop!   

It's 10 foot long and is super long to enable plenty of distance to use your Apple device while it's charging. I can plug it in on the floor, and put my phone up on a shelf to ensure no little humans will step on it. 


$21.95, and on sale for $11.99!

Have you had charger cords go out on you?

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Leader Accessories Complete Skateboard Drop Down Longboard

I got Isaak a new toy. It's made by Leader Accessories. This is a complete skateboard drop down longboard. Isaak has been asking for a skateboard for quite some time.

Longboard Specs:
  • Size: 41 1/4"x9"
  • 8 ply maple laminated deck
  • 7" heavy duty aluminum truck
  • 71x52 mm PU wheels
  • Abec-7 bearings
  • High speed lubricant, so it's ready to roll
Maple Laminated Deck

Heavy Duty Aluminum Truck

PU Wheels

This is perfect because with traditional skateboard you can do tricks and ride on rails. With a longboard you can't do tricks or ride on rails. This mom (me) isn't ready for tricks. A longboard is for riding down hills and on flat ground. We'll start with flat ground. He'll have protection on to.

The only downside is the weight. It's not as light as a traditional skateboard. Caring it here and there might be a pain.


  • $109.99
  • On sale for $59.99


  • Black (what I got)
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Green
Overall I think we'll enjoy this. I think all the boys in our house will give it a whirl. We've played with it inside, but haven't taken it outside due to the snow. We will though. 

Have you ever rode a skateboard?

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Fine Art Oil Colored Pencils Review

I'm so happy to review Fine Art Oil Colored Pencils. I love new art supplies. They make me happy!

This one comes in a box and has a fabric roll to store them in.

Why Oil Colored Pencils? 

There are many different ways to use these. I'll go through some of the ways I plan on using them:
  1. Just like traditional colored pencils. They go on easily. 

  2. Just like traditional colored pencils, but paint on turpentine, or mineral spirits on top. I use Gamsol because it's odorless and allergy safe. That takes your colors and pushes them down into the pores of the paper. You will not see the white of the paper through the colors. 

  3. Paint turpentine, mineral spirits, or Gamsol on top of your paper or illustration board and draw the colored pencil into it. This gives your image more of a painterly look. 

  4. Create oil paint washes, with oil paint + turpentine, mineral spirits, or Gamsol then color with the colored pencils to pick up details. 
They are move versatile than traditional colored pencils.

48 Exclusive Assorted Color:

You can vary the color of the pencil to achieve different effects. The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look, but using gradient color will make a soothing atmosphere of the drawing.

Mica helped me put them in color order: White | Creams | Yellows | Oranges | Reds | Purples | Blues | Browns | Golds | Silvers | Greys | Blacks

Practicability in Use: 

  • Ideal for Secret Garden Adult Coloring Books
  • Artist Sketch Scrapbooking & Sketching 
  • Great pencils to sketch, draw, doodle, write and get creative in a fun and skilled way
  • Wonderful for demos in the classroom
  • Can be used for crafts
  • Can be used in a mixed media fashion
Demo for My Students:

This is a transfer technique. I did this on the computer, printed it on a laser jet printer. I painted turpentine on a paper, and put the image face down on it. It transferred the ink to the paper. I hit up spots with the colored pencils for details.

Ultra Quality:

With stream-lined design of pencil holder and super fine tip ensure smooth and comfortable writing and drawing, which easily put the color on the paper. The strong tip prevents from breaking, ensuring a longer life for your pencil. Perk: They come sharpened. The carry fabric prevents the pencils from banging up against each other, which causes breaking on the insides of the pencils.

Easy and Convenient to Carry-on:

The pencil wrap gives as a present (random color and pattern), which help your color pens are always in organized order, never mess with other stuff in your bag. And each pencil can be stored in its own individual insert. How each pencil is separated is a great thing!

Did you know that if pencils are in a pencil bag, or box they bang up against each other, and can break the lead or color inside?

I found this out when I had a set of colored pencils a long time ago that kept breaking every time I sharpened them. With this fabric roll that won't happen.

Design wise the fabric roll looks cool! It's easy to carry around.

All rolled up and places to go!

The backside of the roll all rolled out.

Security Assurance: 
  • Lead-free 
  • Non-toxic oil colored pencils
  • Made using wood from sustainable forests.
No matter children or adults, both of you could use it safely. It's the perfect gift for painting lovers.

Cost on Amazon:

$39.99 Discounted Price: $26.99

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Random Tid Bits

Every once in awhile I have a crazy student story. This week I had multiple things that were crazy that happened in one day. I'm going to tell you about the one that topped the list.

Me: "Students please go to to get specs for printing your theatrical ticket. You'll have to figure stuff like this out on your own when you're on the job, so you might as well start now." (these are 3rd year students.)

Student: "It says on their example to put a title/event name here. What do they mean by 'event'?"

Me: "An event would be like the Home Show at The Century Link Center, or Monster Jam at the Mid America Center. It includes different things, that's why it's an event. A theatrical play or musical would have a title. Such as The Sound of Music, or Grease."

Student: "I'm sorry could you tell me like I'm not smart at all."

Me: I was thinking I just did. I tried again showing him pictures from my computer of different events. Finally I ended with, "Just type in your play's name there."

He walked away. I don't know if he got what an event is, or not. What is this guy going to do when he's out of school - go up to his employer and say, "What do you mean by we're having an event? I don't know what an event is." Face Palm!

When we were playing Monopoly Isaak landed on a Community Chess. He inherited $100. He said, "What's inherited mean?" 

Keep in mind Isaak's 7, the man boy mentioned in number 1 is in his early 20s. I said, "You get it from a family member or friend that died." He said, "Like if Mica dies then." Ok then.

We met up with our KC friends at a gallery this weekend. Then we went out to dinner. This friend we haven't seen for over 10 years. She's gotten a divorce. Then she was with a girl partner. When she messaged us she mentioned that Jerry or Jerri would be with her. We didn't know what to expect - guy or girl. Should we prepare our children, or not? We said a little something as if it was no big deal. It was a guy.
We ended up staying out with them until 10. Isaak gets hyper when he's tired. Jerry was helping him make paper air planes. The restaurant was completely empty on that side - except for us, it was taking the wait staff FOREVER to do things, so I was ok with him being crazy this time. The photo showed his crazy state well. Sorry for the bad lighting.

My Father-in-law had a bunch of his ear removed (cancer). 

My Mother-in-law texted Travis about it. It must be a lot because the doctor asked him if he want skin grafting done. He declined. They stay in the middle of no where, so they don't care too much about what people think of them. Travis texted his Mom back and said, "Mike Tyson could have done it cheaper!" We were cracking up! His Mom said they were joking about it to.

Mica pulled out a tooth this week and said, "Baby delivered." 

The Tooth Fairy was late. When she he finally got to our house, she had a folded up dollar. He has another loose tooth. My sister can hardly believe it. Her son is 10 and his baby teeth have been gone for awhile now. My nephew cut teeth earlier than Mica, so there's that.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What to Do on Snow Days

I took Tuesday off of work. I woke up to a white out, pink lightening, thunder, and high winds. The power kept flickering on and off. It was on just long enough to make breakfast. It went out for good around 8:30. Then it came back on in time to make lunch.

The boys kept going around turning lights on, and wondered each time why they wouldn't come on. I think we told them, "The power is off!" 10 times or more.

All morning we worked on getting the boy's Valentines together: 1 Mad Lib Valentine, 1 Mad Lib sheet, 1 heart candy, and a pencil. I'm so glad we did it with them. They really didn't know what they were doing. The Mad Lib sheets weren't easy to rip out of the pad like I was thinking they would be. Adult supervision was a good thing.

We helped them decorate their Valentine boxes as well. I've never put too much effort into Valentine boxes. For Halloween they can wear a costume two or three times, but for Valentines day it's just a 1 time thing. Mica made his box look like a typewriter, and Isaak just wrapped his in pink paper (his choice) and put hearts all over it.

Travis insisted on shoveling the driveway, but asked if the boys could shovel the walk. Isaak was so excited. He put on 3 hats, 2 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of pants, 1 sweatshirt, snow pants, a coat, and a scarf. Was it all necessary? Heck no, but it's what he wanted to do.

Isaak lasted 10 minutes. I don't know how much he really did. My guess is, not a lot. He said, "My hats kept falling off!" Mica took over.

It started to get really cold in our house around 11 AM.

Thankfully around lunch time everything came back on. 

We played games the rest of the day. Monopoly isn't my favorite game. It takes so long to play. Everyone else likes it. I happened to win. Isaak wasn't happy about that. I ended up owning most of the green and blue sections. :)

I played Rummikub with Isaak, and helped him to win. That's one of my favorite games! I also love Scrabble, but I'm horrible at it. What board games do you like?

BTW we didn't even end up getting that much snow. A lot of hype for not much snow. Two hours away they got pounded though. 

With the ice, snow, white out, thunder, lightening, and wind the boys ended up getting 2 days off of school. I really felt like the 2nd day was a waist, but it is what it is. 

What do you like to do on snow days? Remember we didn't have any power. Movies were pretty much out. 

USDA Certified Organic Moringa Leaf Powder Review

We have a smoothie almost every day. It's may way of getting more fruits and veggies into our boys. I just don't think they get a lot with their school lunches. Schools consider a potato a veggie when dietitians consider them a starch.

I'm happy to review USDA Certified Organic Moringa Leaf Powder. I have been adding it into our smoothies this week.

Yesterday I tried adding it into a Mango Peach Smoothie. It was good.

Today I tried adding Moringa Leaf Powder to a Chocolate Mint Smoothie

You can't taste all the green. You taste the chocolate and the mint! It's really refreshing! I think it tastes like chocolate mint ice cream. It doesn't have all the bad things in it.

Bennifits of Moringa Leaf Powder?

  • It contains 4x more iron than spinach
  • It contains 3x more potassium than bananas
  • It contains 7x more Vitamin C than oranges
  • It contains 2x more protein than yogurt
  • It contains 4x more calcium than milk
  • It contains 25x Vitamin A than carrots

In fact, it’s packed with over 90 essential ingredients including 20+ types of amino acids, 40+ antioxidants, 35+ anti-inflammatory compounds, key vitamins, minerals, protein, Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils and phytonutrients and even protein.

Moringa Leaf Powder is truly a superfood. I still use some of the things that it contains more of in my smoothies more for bulk than anything. You just need a little bit of Moringa Leaf Powder in whatever you have it in.

Add Moringa to your morning shake or smoothie. Or, sprinkle it on your soup or salad for a nutrient and color boost. It’s also great brewed as a tea, which can be enjoyed with the leaves in the cup, or filtered through a paper coffee filter.

It's USDA-certified, organic, and gluten free.

I know I'll use this daily. A little goes a long way!

For a 1 pound bag the cost is $29.99 $18.95.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Storm Kayla

Tonight we'll find out if Omaha is going to be hit hard with snow. I guess this storm is called Kayla. I knew they named hurricanes, but I never knew they named snow storms. I guess they do now.

So far I don't feel too much panic. Except for the fact that I already got the call that the boy's school is off. My sister said her boy's school was called off to. We don't even have a flake in the air yet... It's better to be safe than sorry. Busses can't drive in the stuff, and kids shouldn't be waiting for the bus in extreme weather. 

Besides the storm the big talk is that Jim Canton is here in Omaha. He's the weather man on The Weather Channel. I admit I had to look up who he is. If he's here it must be big. 

I did get all my errands ran over the weekend. We have all the necessities. I forgot a few things, so I ran out during my lunch break today to get more. 

Isaak was super excited that I got new shovels. Now that Mica is a better help in the shoveling department we needed another adult shovel. I got a shovel just for Isaak to. He was giddy jumping all excited like when he picked it out.

My husband's work told him that they may not have work. He works at a dental lab. Dentist offices , patients, and delivery drivers cancel. A snow day may happen for him. If not, it's ok that he brings the kids to work at times like this. I have a few busy baskets for the boys. Mainly putting together their Valentines (one MadLib card, one MadLib, one pencil, and one heart chocolate). They have their Valentine boxes to decorate as well. Then they'll have their Kindles, DS, flashcards, and munchies. 

I'm supposed to teach Tuesday and Wednesday. Regardless staff is to report. Fun times! Not! It is what it is. If it's really bad I'll just take a vacation day. 

Are you supposed to get snow where you are at?

If I don't blog for awhile it's because we've lost power. It's supposed to be really windy. 

Monthly Pepper Box

One thing is for certain, Travis and I love pepper, and spicy foods. The boys? Not so much. Their loss. :) 

You may remember before Christmas I had a post up for Monthly Pepper Box. My cravings are finally satisfied. My first shipment was sent in the mail.

Your best friend in the pursuit of all things hot sauce, Monthly Pepper Box is like having a miniature hot sauce festival delivered to your door every month. Each month discover savory gems of artisan hot sauces for only $22.

The first month came in a box with 3 sauces. 

The designs on the bottles are fun! The packaging is great to!

Caribbean Hot Sauce (Baron's International Kitchen)

A tropical sensation. Goes great with beef, chicken, pork, burgers, BBQ and seafood or mix with mayonnaise, mustard, or BBQ sauce.

Crimson Hot Sauce (Bravado Spice Co.)

A bold blend of re jalapeno and arbol chilis. From tacos to noodles, this is a new standard. Goes great with wings, tacos, pizza, fried chicken and more.

Hermey's Revenge (Tom's Roid Ripping)

This sauce is a blend of fruits and aromatics. It's great on holiday cream cheese and crackers, or on your morning biscuits.

I like Monthly Pepper Box's website. It's easy to use.

We used the Caribbean Hot Sauce first. It did not disappoint.

Travis made a breakfast sandwich. It had egg, bacon, and hot sauce. We had steamed greens, almonds, a smoothie, and a black coffee on the side.

Every box, you'll get 3 bottles of succulent heat ranging from a "Low Burn" to "Call the Fire Department" from hot sauce companies you've never heard of. 

If you join before the 15th of the month your first box will be shipped out on the 15 of that month. If you joint after the 15th your box will go out the following month on the 15th. 

A 3 month package | 9 artisan sauces | $23 a month
A 6 month package | 18 artisan sauces | $22 a month
A 12 month package | 36 artisan sauces | $21 a month

I got the 3 month. I honestly can say that I'm impressed with the first shipment. I don't know that I'd order this on a consistent basis. We love sauces, but they aren't something we go through a ton. 

Do you like monthly box gifts?

Monthly Pepper Box 10% off Gift Membership or Ongoing Subscription signup 

Use code: 10HOLIDAY .@usfg

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

WaxonWare Non-Stick Granite/Ceramic Coated Fry Pan Review

One thing that happens at our house is that we go through nonstick pans. We cook most every meal in our house. Usually we make more food than what we're going to eat, so that we have left overs for the next day. Naturally pans get used a lot. I'm happy to share a new pan we have called WaxonWare Non-Stick Granite/Ceramic Coated Fry Pan.

This pan is a little different than most pans:

  • You have to coat it with oil before its first use. Easy enough. 

  • It contains the latest and safest in granite/ceramic coating technology made of natural earthly stone minerals. Meaning that there's no harmful chemicals you'll be taking in when eating your food.

  • WaxonWare uses quality pressed aluminum 3003 alloy used for professional grade frying pans. It's designed with a modern look.

  • It has a top grade electromagnetic induction bottom. It's unlike anything I've seen. The oil pools off to the sides, instead of the middle. You know how pans warp over time. This one might, but it's ok because the center of the pan is higher. The heat moves around the pan more than other pans. It withstands up to 500F oven temperature, and can be used on the stove.

  • It has a heat resistant silicone handle. I have to be honest - the handle is my least favorite part of this pan. The hole isn't big enough to hang on our hooks above our stove. The handle is heat safe, but doesn't feel as high quality as the pan. 

  • The pan has a 3 year limited warranty. 

  • It is dishwasher safe. Although I find with any of my pans that I like to hand wash them. They just last longer. This pan does say that the non-stick will last longer if it's hand washed. 
  • It comes with a pan protector, so it doesn't get scratched in the cupboard.
The packaging was great! It had it's protector on it when it was delivered. Plus lots of bubble wrap to protect it.

Travis tried out our new pan by making Beef Bourguignon. I've never heard of the recipe before. It's good!

Here are some of the steps: Oil the pan!

Cooking the floured beef:

Pouring in the brandy:

Cooking the bacon:

Cooking the vegetables:

We served ours with French bread. 

It was so rich in flavor. I've never had anything like it. It does take a long time to make, but it's well worth it. Make it on a weekend, or snow day. 

The pan goes right into get rinsed after use. It really cooked this dish well! 

Disclaimer: The opinions on the post are my personal take on the product. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I am not compensated to provide my opinion except for receiving the products themselves to test out. I received this pan 1/2 price to assist with this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review.


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