Thursday, May 26, 2016

Premium Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier Review

Our air quality in Nebraska was rated very poor a few weeks ago. Kansas had grass fires, and it was blowing in our direction. Since then I've developed a raspy cough for a good solid 2 weeks in evening. The fires have stopped, but I can't seem to get the cough to go away. It's gone during the day, and comes back each and every evening.

I started using Premium Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier I got for review. In the past I've noticed when I develop a dry cough humidifiers help. It has broken up my cough a bit, but it's kind of early to know if it's going to eliminate the cough all together.

Low Humidity... 
  • can lead to a dry cough
  • irritated sinuses
  • itchy eyes
  • dry skin
It's been rainy here, but Isaak has itchy eyes, I have a dry cough, and the boys and I all have irritated sinuses. I know something is in the air driving us batty!

I'm hoping that this humidifier is the solution to our problems.

It opens up with ease. If filled all the way, you can use it for 7 hours.

You twist off the filter, and fill it up with water. I love that it has a filter to make the water cleaner as it passes through.

It comes with 3 extra filters. I do have to say that I'm glad it came with extra filters. It was concerning when I took them out of the bags, and about 4 small plastic beads came out with them. My boys are older, but if I didn't see them, and I had toddlers around the house that could have been bad.

It has a funnel to help the water go in. I find the I didn't really need this. The humidifier fit right up into our water dispenser pretty well.

A mist came out right away. You can control where the mist goes. I'm still playing with that. It only wanted to go in the back for me. I did have it on a pretty low setting, but water collected on the surface it was on. I may want to put it on a towel next time I run it. I guess if I have to say one thing that I wished it had, it would be to put the mist out higher and more into the air.

You can see when it's on by the green light. The LED ON/OFF allows colors to change. This feature is pretty cool.

Here are some of the colors I captured:

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Aqua Blue/Green
  • Mint Green
  • Pink
  • Lavender

It has 7 colors all together.

 It took me awhile to find the Diffusion Tray. It's labeled, but on the very bottom in the back. This is where essential oils go in.


$170.84, but on sale for $24.97!

It comes with different sachets:

  • Vanilla
  • Lavender
  • Ocean

I plan on using one in my bathroom, and one in my bedroom, and one in my car. Each sachet comes with a ribbon that matches the sachet. The ribbons are not shown in this post.

The humidifier does have an automatic shut-off when the water is empty.

Do you use a humidifier? 

Disclaimer: I received a free humidifier for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine.

Random Tid Bits

  1. I've been having trouble functioning this week. I say that, but I've gotten a lot done. I'm all ready for the fall for 2 classes. I mean all ready. I have everything printed!

    A) I'm just tired this week.

    • Students wore me out last week. Many that were not passing all the sudden cared, and wanted to do the work. It's crazy, I never thought it would happen, but they all passed. I've had more Cs and Ds than I think I've ever had though. That's not good.

    • I'm still trying to get used to getting up earlier. A new schedule is hard to get used to. We have to take our kids to my parent's house. In the summer it's not like we sleep in. The boys have gone to Travis' work a few days this week. One of those days they all had a dentist appointment at 7 AM. Camps will kick in, in a few weeks.

    • Male readers shut your ears - I'm PMSing. Uggg! It happens. I'm the type that is the I don't want to do anything PMSer. I'm not the type that gets emotional, or throws things. Sometimes I drop things, but that's my normal.

    • Isaak has his family party at our house. I hate hosting events! I decided - yep I just hate it. My house isn't huge. I'm not the best housekeeper. I work full time. It's hard to do it all. More people got magically invited. I don't want to deal with it.

    B) Asthma has been really a pain in the butt at about 8 PM each night this week. It's like clockwork. It's been really rainy here. Ever since I was little I feel allergies and asthma kick in when the weather is like that. It doesn't help that there were grass fires and a natural fire that all blew this way. I feel like I have fluid in my lungs, I all the sudden have a deep cough, and I could blow my nose every 5 minutes. I really could do without it! 

  2. A coworker left the company a few days ago. I wasn't sad really. He's moving on to be a goat farmer: Selling goats milk, soap and other products. It's been in the works for awhile, so I had time to prepare myself. It's just quiet though. One worker will miss him more than I will. They both talked about the Bible a lot, and conservative politics. They'd try and convert me. I'm glad their religious circle is broken up. I'm there to work. I'm not there to bash on people because they don't think the same way I do.

  3. Mica and Isaak don't have camps set in for a few weeks. We hate hearing, "I'm bored!" so I worked on a curriculum for them. On Monday Mica left the curriculum at Travis' work. Travis went to get it, and left his work keys at our house. I was laughing because - that's where Mica gets his forgetfulness. 

  4. I signed up the boys for the summer reading program at the library. There's prizes involved. Then I grabbed sheets at Barnes and Noble for the boys to complete that reading program. 

  5. Just so I don't leave you pictureless I got new shoes. I can't just wear just any shoes. I have a weak left ankle. There's that. I found a brand I LOVE. Amazon had a special deal where these shoes were on sale and 1/2 off that. The Ahnu brand is not cheep, so I was happy to see the sale! They are waterproof, have excellent arches, and I love the companies values! What brand of shoes do you like? Reds is my favorite color, so without further ado:

 Mona Lisa Socks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WW: Science Fair {Linky}

The boy's school has a Science Fair every year. Only 4th grade and up have to participate, but they strongly encourage the other grades to join in. Our boys has done it every year.

This year Isaak did his on earth worms and Mica did his on the sugar inside different sodas.

We got books at the library for Isaak on Earthworms. He picked out the most important facts about them, and did drawings of them from his books. He also had a mini compost bin that had big earthworms, compost, and dirt in it.

With Mica we helped him boil different sodas down to see how much sugary crap is in them. Then we weighed the amount of cane sugar that was listed on each can. He tested 4 different kinds. Mountain Dew and Root Beer won for the most sugar. They all had a lot more than we thought in the. It's good we're not regular soda drinkers.

We went to the library, so Mica could type away what he wanted to type up, while we looked for worm books with Isaak.

Mica found out that he won 3rd place a few days before school was out. He was kind of sad about this because in the past he's won 1st place. I told him that his project was good. Other kids do a good job as well.

I was bummed because he didn't get a certificate at all. In with his report card we found out that Isaak won 1st place! I think it's based on grade level, so he didn't beat out his brother. He was so excited he was jumping up and down.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. There was one little boy that's parents apparently couldn't get him to Isaak's party last weekend. The little boy said, "Travis can I go with you to Isaak's party?" Travis replied with, "If your parents call to RSVP and ask, we'll take you." 

  2. This kid has parents that aren't on top of things. They have him call to invite himself over to our house. I feel bad for him. I so would have caved, and took him to the party. Travis on the other hand is like, "! His parents need to call and ask. We're liable for him." I'm like, "But it's not his fault his parents aren't all there." Poor kid! I feel for this kid. Are you a softy like me, or more stern like my husband?

  3. Did you read that by taking Tylenol you kill the headache, or pain. You also kill that spot in your brain that empathy is at. If you don't believe me read about it in the Washington Post, Newsweek, Health Newsline, or just google it and you'll come up with a lot of other sources.

    I find it to be fascinating because I've talked for awhile now about how generations now seem less empathetic, and mean to one another.  

  4. My mom had Polio when she was about the age of 4. Just a year or two later the vaccine came out. She's had to get 2 pair of shoes her whole life. One had to be built up because one side of her body is shorter than the other. Her foot got deformed as she aged because Polio attacks your body later in life much like you can get Shingles after having Chicken Pox. She had to get her ankle fused. Then her toe nails were full of fungus after her surgery. We're lucky she's not in a wheel chair, but it's not easy for her either.

    A break through has happened with Polio. On 60 Minutes they talked about how the Polio Virus can treat people with cancer. It kills cancer cells. It will take 3 to 5 years to make this happen. If it persists YAY! Polio has two sides: Good and Evil. 

  5. I also read here that 3 farmers are suing Monsanto because they now have cancer. Roundup, which is blamed for bee population problems says on the bottle that it will kill weeds. It also says that it's safe for humans. Think again! 

  6. After I contacted the kid's school about the girl that's been crushing on Mica for a few months - it was crazy! I just told the councilor what was going on, how she was giving him small toys, a flower in class, how she asked him for help on her Science Fair Project and Talent Show. I mentioned the 2 year age difference. For elementary age that's a lot. I told her that it's so close to the end of the year that they could just let it go, but how I wanted them to be aware of it. Keep in mind I've only contacted teachers/the school maybe 3 times the whole time the boy's have gone there. Not all the times were concerns.

    The councilor took it to the extreme: She was going to talk to Mica, to the girl, to their teachers, to the principle, and to the girl's parents.

    I'm like, "Really? It's not that big of a deal." It was in the school's hands, not mine. I didn't even email the councilor back. Maybe the girl's parents should know. I know, and I'm the other parent. I wouldn't have gone to that extreme though. I would have just talked to the kids, and if another situation came up then I would have gone a step further to resolve the situation.

    Travis was like, "I wouldn't of even contacted the school." Other people were telling me that I should. Mica was getting to the point where it was bothering him. I was torn. 

Dear Isaak,

You turn 8 years old today. 

For your birthday you didn't really know what you wanted. I got you a scooter, a few building toys and we picked out flowers at Trader Joes.

Roses are something you wrote on a list for me. I wanted to get you a Lego rose, but found out it's not something that you put together. It's already assembled, and glued.

You are the type of kid that would box up all your toys just to give them to someone else.

It's great except that you expect everyone else to be just like you.

You are a very giving child. You gave me a flower for my hair on Mother's Day, along with a card, and coupons that you made sure I used.

Things you enjoy:
  • listening to Mica's stories
  • Telling jokes
  • Playing basketball
  • Playing outdoors
  • Cutting paper up
  • Eating: Mac and Cheese and Chocolate are your favorite foods. I'm making Mac and Cheese for dinner, since I hardly make it.
  • Board games
  • Playing games on your Kindle
  • Pokemon: I know nothing about it. It became popular after I grew up. If anyone understands how to play Pokemon I'm all ears. He's into it, I've watched videos on how to play it, and I don't get it.
You keep growing up and up. You're just now 8, but wear size 10 pants. Your features are still small, and you have a young sounding voice. You are just really TALL.

Things you dislike:
  • Having your picture taken - You were only good with these photos because you knew I was making a book for you.
  • When Mica doesn't want to play with you - You enjoy people.
  • Smoothies - You complain about my smoothies when I make them different every time. 
  • Kids that are rude at school - You have actually gotten in trouble because you try to correct other kids. 

Things you're better at this year:
  • Reading - You have to read a book every day at school. You may not love reading, but you're good at it now.
  • Writing stories
  • Riding your bike
  • Hanging up your clothes
  • Trimming your own nails
Right now you're in a really honest phase. You tell people exactly what you are thinking. I've talked to you about thinking positive in a given situation, and watch what you say to not hurt people's feelings. I thought you were getting it, but then you said at the end of our conversation, "Mom can we stop talking about this now. I don't get it."

Things you could improve on:
  • Wanting to read
  • Washing your hands - On your own accord.
  • Eating with your silverware - You can. You just choose not to. 

Mica both annoys you, and you look up to him. You both fight, and you're the best of friends. You'd say that Jacob is your best friend though.

I love you Zeek! Happy 8th Birthday!



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