Sunday, August 19, 2018

#backtoschool With This Leather Journal

I'm super excited to share with you a Leather Journal I got to review.


Where to Get it:

You can purchase this Leather Journal on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Refillable-Notebook-Business-Sketching-Qiaofulicheerfully/dp/B07DC2HVL8 for $28.99.

Who to Get it For:

It's meant for women. I ask why? I know it's a dark maroon. Otherwise I could see it being for anyone. As soon as I told Isaak I was thinking of giving it to Travis for his 43rd birthday on the 30th he said, "Wow that's so cool Mom. You have the best ideas!" He takes notes, writes lists, sketches and draws out plans all the time. It's perfect for him!

Isaak wrote in the first page a Happy Birthday image.


Different Types of Paper:

I love how there are different types of paper in there. Each type of paper is good for something different.

Line Paper

To jot down notes, dreams, tasks, stories and so on.


Grid Paper

To draw sculpture ideas, garden plans, Lego creations, basketball moves and more.


Brown Craft Paper

To draw anything!



Size:

It's small: 4x6.7. Certainly it's great to take traveling, it won't take up very much room on the table, and it's easy to fit in a bag, or purse.

Are you a list taker, or sketcher?

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price to assist with this review. All opinions are my own.

#backtoschool Giveaway With @Ripleys Believe It or Not!

Ripley's celebrates 100 years of strange!

I'm super excited to share with you Ripley's Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange! It's all new. 



About:
  • It's packed full of 256 colorful pages, with crazy interesting stories.
  • The hardcover book is bigger than most books. It's 9x11 3/4 inches.
  • They use both an engraved foil and embossing with special ink for the cover.
Demographics:

For ages 10 and up! Although My boys started enjoying Ripley's Believe It or Not! when they were about 8 years old. I have to say that I like to look through the Ripley's Believe It or Not! books as well.

ISBN Number: 

978-1-60991-217-8

Price:

$28.95 in the US and $34.95 in Canada

Some Pages That Jumped Out to Me:

Mica would LOVE to visit this book temple! Who wouldn't? It's so cool! When I was in grad school in Savannah, GA they had books that were pillars that held up their bookstore. I thought it was so cool. Having a whole temple made of books is beyond cool!


I loved the double page spread about pop culture. Images made with junk, and brightly colored. Isaak I know would love this. It's a movement inspired by artist Roy Lichtenstein.


The Asaro Mud Men are fun. They are from Papua New Guinea's eastern highlands are known for their ghoulish clay masks adorned with pigs' teeth and shells. Considering the fact that Isaak couldn't get enough mud on his body at camp this summer, I think he'd like this story.


Silvesterklaus is a masked person taking part in Saint Sylvester's Day festivities in Appenzell, Switzerland. I've always been drawn to masks. These are traditions, but also art pieces in my mind.


We have a Windmill Park in Nebraska, but it looks nothing like the image below. The Windmill Park below is colorful, and fun!


Hairplay is so interesting. This artist does all kinds of fun things with their hair. They make their hair look like shadows, trees, reflections, and more.


The living ghosts of Benin walk around with body guards. If you have contact with them, you could die. Yikes! They are interesting, and unlike anything I'd heard of before.


It's time for a Ripley's Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange! Giveaway. This giveaway is for someone within the US. No PO boxes please. You need to be over the age of 18 to enter. 




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.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. It turns out that the poor new guy at work barely has any hours, so he doesn't really have a lunch. That's why he eats at his desk. Here I thought he didn't like us. At least now I know. I was making up scenarios to text Travis like, "He must have to eat, while he watched YouTube videos." All falsehoods. 

  2. I'm back to school along with my boys. It's been busy. On top of what I typically do, I was trained to get the coding off the PCs, for the hand punch that the students clock in and out with. It's kind of a hassle, but good for financial aid to get the last date of attendance if they drop out. Otherwise I just take my own attendance. 

  3. I walked into the break room, and there was my sister's family starring at me from the front page of our newspaper. It was an article about Trisomy 18, and how kids with it are living longer. I'll connect a link to the online ver. once they have it. Right now you have to pay to read it.


  4. Nebraska had an execution a few days ago. I just always worry about someone being put to death that's innocent. This guy was guilty, he said so, but it was for a crime he committed in the early 80s. Our wonderful (note sarcasm) Governor got a cocktail of drugs for it. Together they had never been used. It took the guy longer than 20 minutes to die. That's been weighing on my mind. Mica wants to research anything he hears about. He was researching electric chairs on his last day off, while we were at work. I'd hate to know the bad things he was reading, but he's old enough to know when enough is enough. He understood my point about how some people may have been put to death that were guilty by the court of law, but innocent in reality. 

  5. Mica's also super into learning about wars. Every war that is brought up, he reads about. The latest is WWII. We went to the library to use one of the boy's summer reading coupons. They could get a used book for free. What did Mica pick out? A book on Nazis. Trust me he's against them. He's just interested in all things WWII. I didn't think about it, except for later... What did the librarian think when he used his coupon for a Nazi book? What war do you know the most about?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cabbage Roll Soup #recipe

This is the time of year where we become loaded with garden tomatoes. Some years we can them, other years I just take the skin off them, deseed them, bag and freeze them. The extra juice from the tomatoes goes into ice cube trays. We use the tomato juice in soups.

We all like Cabbage Roll Soup!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WW: Hummel Day Camp {Linky}

The boy's last camp was last week. It's an outdoor camp at Hummel Park. The kids get dirty, they cook over a fire, play outdoor games, hike, go on obstacle courses and much more.

Isaak went on the obstacle course and decided it would be a great idea to go under it. His whole group was cheering him on. He got so muddy he couldn't see. He rolled around in the dirt and sand. They nicknamed him, "Breaded Chicken". He had to be hosed off before they'd let him on the bus to go home. If he only knew that his brother got a huge rash from mud one year.

Isaak got the Muddiest Camper Award - Breaded Chicken


Isaak went on and on talking for 40 min. about his first day of camp. He told me every detail!

Mica complains about Hummel Camp before he goes there. He says he doesn't like the outdoors, and reminds me every year about the rash he got from the mud. Every year (minus getting the rash the one year) he's gone he enjoys it.

Mica wrote a camp lunch song to Led Zeppelin's Black Dog. He was really excited about it. Poof! His excitement was ran into the ground when he got to camp, and realized no one knew his song. :( He came home and said, "Mom people my age just need to be more cultured."

Neither of his camp councilors must have known the Black Dog by Led Zeppelin either because they game him the Beatles Award. LOL! 


Mica did however win what all camper's aim for, The Hummel Cup Award. It just means that you kept your campsite clean, followed rules, and aimed for camping success. They just get to run around the camp with a big trophy, and that's it. To them it's success. Here's my nephew Evan and Mica running around the camp following their Hummel Cup trophy.



Have you been hiking this summer?


Monday, August 13, 2018

#backtoschool With Wee Blessing

I was contacted in May to review some clothes from Wee Blessing. I am so excited to share them with you!

We went through many of Mica and Isaak's old clothes this weekend, and have filled up a big bag of hand me downs for my nephews. Boom! Wee Blessing set Isaak up with lots of new fun things to wear when he goes back to school on Wednesday!

Each Blessing comes with not 1, but 3 hand selected outfits.

Wee Blessing started us out with a survey to get to know who they are hand picking outfits out for. I think this is an excellent way to get to know their clients.

Isaak's favorite is his Just Hangin' Out Spider-Man shirt, and what he calls "Basketball Shorts". They can be worn for other things besides basketball. He just calls them that because they are easy to move around in.

Gymboree Gray Spider-Man Hangin' Out Tee $26 marked down to $12
Oshkosh Navy/White Drawstring Shorts $22 marked down to $10


Isaak also loves his basketball shirt! He's super into that sport. The tan shorts were already his own.

Children's Place Black All Net Tee $10.50 marked down to $5


Isaak did get a pair of pants there were a bit tight. No worries. Wee Blessing gives you 10 days to decide if you want to keep things, or not. They make it really easy to return. I happen to like the style of pants, so we're opting to keep them to give to my nephews.

Urband Pipeline Jogger Pants $40 marked down to $18


While the red shirt wasn't Isaak's favorite, it looks good on him. I like that it has a hood. It will be good for transitional weather. Especially if his jacket doesn't have a hood. The grey slate shorts will go well with a lot of different things. I'm really glad they sent them in the box.

Arizona Jean Co. Red Hooded Tee $22 marked down to $10
Free Planet Slate Gray Performance Shorts $40 marked down to $18



They had the Free Planet Slate Gray Performance Shorts set to go with the Children's Place Black All Net Tee, but we liked it with the shorts with the Arizona Jean Co. Red Hooded Tee better. Somethings are neutral enough that they can go with anything!

Prices:

I really like that they showed the price break downs on everything in the box.


Thank You:

Wee Blessing sent a thank you card. I really liked that extra touch.



Connect With Wee Blessing:


Type in ANAPELADAY for 20% off your first order with Wee Blessing. They have hand picked clothes for women, men, kids, baby, and maternity. It's a win, win! 

Have you gotten any clothes for yourself or someone else this back to school season?

Disclaimer: The opinions on this post are my own. I got the products to help spread the word for Wee Blessing. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. We have a new Education Director where I work.

    So far I've made an ass out of myself twice:

    1. I swore I didn't get my syllabi back from him. I've had them done, since May. They were in my junk folder. Now with email from home I get junk all the time, so I know to check that folder. Here at work I never get junk, so I never check it.

    2. He came into the break room. I said, "Oh yay you are eating with us today!" He grabbed his lunch, and took it into his office to eat. Now I'm thinking - is he that busy, or does he not like us? I tend to over think things like that.
     
  2. I went to a showing of a movie here for Breastfeeding Week called, Milkyway. It talked a lot about how many conservatives think of breastfeeding as gross because boobs have been sexualized so much. Many liberals think of breastfeeding as demeaning to women because they then feel the need to stay home, and not work outside the house. Considering I'm in the middle of many areas I disagree with both ways of thinking. Milkyway was a great eye opening movie!


    I breastfed Mica and Isaak for 2 1/2 years each. I was hard! Mica was born with a cyst under his tongue; making his tongue really skinny on one side. Had I not breastfed him his tongue may not have developed as much as it did. With Isaak, we weren't getting the right latch. I was sore! Both kids lost a lot of weight. Because I paid over $500 for a pump I was determined to make it work. Formula has high fructose corn syrup, and other bad things in it that isn't natural. I try my best not to judge people for formula feeding considering all the problems I had, but breast is best overall in my book. No other animal drinks naturally from another animal. I'm glad we stuck with it! Both boys went on to get some pretty major illnesses, so my antibodies went to them. I'm so lucky I had the support of my sister Terra, my Mom, the boy's Pediatrician, and the hospitals when the boy's were sick.
  3. My husband is a goof at times, and I love it. He used to be Mr. Serious. Are you more serious, or silly in nature? 


  4. I saw this tar on the street. It looked like George Washington's brother, or something.


  5. We went out to ice cream. They make it there. This flavor was Baklava Coffee. It was good. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?


    I really loved the sign they had up in their shop!

Happy 13th Birthday Mica!

Dear Mica,

Happy Birthday son! You are now an official teen. Next Thursday you start 7th grade.

You've surpassed me in hight, you're always hungry, so I know you're going to keep on growing.

I still need to take you out, for a photoshoot.


Birthday Prank:

He needed a new water bottle for school, so I got him one. For some reason water bottles were a problem last year. One got broke twice, and another lost. He also asked for candy, so I filled the water bottle up with Sour Patch Kids - I know he likes them. I told him this morning that when you turn 13, you don't get wrapped gifts. The water bottle was his 1 and only gift. He knew somehow I was messing with him. As the morning wore on I came clean that he had 2 more gifts. He was happy.

Things You Like:
  • You're into survival games like Risk, Pandemic, and Catan
  • Wipe Out, or any other obstacle course show
  • You beg for Little Debbie snack things in the grocery store
  • Videos on The Black Hole
  • World history - In particular World War II
  • Reading anything
  • Volunteering at the library 
  • Music! You seem to be into Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, and Michael Jackson lately
  • Legos 
  • To make faces when I try and photograph you

Things You Dislike:
  • Bugs
  • If someone pops out at you, you get scared easily
  • You swear you don't like the outdoors, but seem to enjoy your outdoor camp
  • You dislike your brother coming into your room
  • You get annoyed when other people your age don't know classic songs
  • Eggs
  • Tasks, but they are good for you 
Newness:
  • You've been watching Isaak more and more - When we're around you fight, when it's just you two you are friends
  • You want to try out for cross-country and possibly get into the drama department at school
I hope you have a great 13th birthday!

Love,

Mom

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

WW: Nature {Linky}

This is a garter snake skin that Mica found, and gave to Isaak. I love how you can see the eyes.



I also loved when I saw a bug encased inside a dandelion. 



A Thistle:



An Acorn:


I'm Not Sure What This Was:




Typical Nebraska Grassland:


 Does nature ever inspire you?





Monday, August 6, 2018

Tunic Review

I ❤️ the colors and patterns in shirts. I have to say that many shirts we have in the US are fairly bland. The shirts that Aincrso are so much more than typical US shirts.



Choices! 

I did have trouble choosing a Aincrso shirt. In the end I tried to pick a shirt that was different from anything else I've owned.

I also really liked their black shirt with colorful flowers on it. A part of me wished I would have picked that one. Not because of the colors, but because of the cut. I'm not a huge fan of the line right above the stomach line. The black tunic with flowers didn't have that same line that I noticed. In all they have 15 different choices, with varying colors and patterns.

Sleeves:

I like all sleeve lengths. I do have one slight problem, I have ape arms - also known as really long arms.

Long sleeves sometimes aren't long enough.

Short sleeves can only be worn comfortably in the spring and summer here in Nebraska.

3/4 sleeves are ideal! They can be worn any season, and I don't have the problem of my arms being too long for the sleeves.

Where to Get This Tunic:

You can get it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BLQDQLN for $19.80 on Amazon Prime.

What do you look for in a shirt?

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. I only review items I think my readers, or family can use.

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