Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WW: Trumpet {Linky}

Mica told us last week, "I want to play the baritone in band. We need the instrument by Friday." The band form had no date on it whatsoever. I was kind of annoyed because he could have given strings a try last year. We have plenty of those instruments. Travis' boss gave him like 5 string instruments. Mica never told us about that. I got on him to be more informative, and to try new things. When I looked at the prices on renting an instrument I was like, "Whoa we need to make a choice here: Band or Martial Arts. I can't afford both!" Mica said, "You did tell me to try new things." So he had me there.

I looked at pawn shops, but they really only had old trumpets that looked dinged up.

Someone on facebook said they had a trumpet they wanted to sell. I said, "Sold!" It turned out that her Dad sold it without her knowing.

We gave up on the baritone at this point. Mica's like, "I want a trumpet."

I checked out Amazon, and boom they had new trumpets for about the same price as the old ones in pawn shops. They could get it to us in 2 days, we read ratings, and it came with a case, gloves, and a few other things.



Mica: Is this how I blow my trumpet?


Travis: Ya but you have to blow with your cheeks in.


It turns out that after all this Mica didn't need his instrument for a few weeks. He's super excited to have it. He watched the DVD that came with his music book, and now blows with his cheeks in. 

Mica has big plans! He wants to learn to play Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer. He said, "Dad can be Peter Gabriel, and you can be a background singer Mom." I said, "Why don't you start with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as your goal?"


Isaak on the other hand is living in a box. He's living in a cardboard box.


Did you play an instrument when you were a kid, or do you still play an instrument now?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Save on Items at #Groupon #ad

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

When I first got my phone I had a screen protector on it. It started peeling up on the sides, and the screen protector broke. It apparently was not a very good screen protector. Travis said, "I don't know why you have that thing on there. It's harder to click on anything." I took it off, and didn't replace it. Guess what happened...


Can't quite see it...


The screen broke right in my pocket. That's right I didn't even drop it. Now it stays on my cart that I use through work, or in my purse.

I should have checked out Groupon Goods. They have a ton of stuff on clearance. One of the things they have is a Otterbox Case for $9.99. That's marked down from $59.99!!!


I love the fact that with Groupon you don't have to pay a monthly fee to use them. I was paying a monthly fee in case I dropped my phone. They were going to charge me more to fix my screen than it would be if I took it to other places. Needless to say I don't like monthly fees. Groupon is my best bud! 

Categories for Groupon's Goods:
  • For the home
  • Jewelry and Watches
  • Women's Fashion
  • Health and Beauty
  • Electronics
  • Baby, Kids and Toys
  • Sports and Outdoors
  • Men's Fashion
  • Entertainment
  • Auto and Home Improvement
  • Grocery, Household and Pets
  • Collectibles

There's a lot in each category! What category do you think you'd want to check out?

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Organic Laundry Stain Remover Review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received the product mentioned in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine.

This weekend I cleaned a lot!

We celebrated August and September birthdays at my house. We had a brunch party, so it was different and fun.

After everyone left we cleaned up again.

I decided to dust in places we don't see like ceiling fan, and the crown molding on our cove ceiling.

I realized that it had been awhile since I've washed the drapes, so we did that.

I noticed that there were stains on Isaak's drapes, so I used my new Organic Laundry Stain Remover to help get the stains out. I fully anticipated that the stains wouldn't come out. I had no idea what was on them, and how long it had been there. It did work. 



About Tangie Stain Remover Bar:

It comes in a plastic bag. This is great because the bar is fairly soft. The bar its self is wrapped in a paper. I'm leaving the paper on, and using the ends of it.

You just need to wet the fabric, rub the stain with the stick, launder, and smile :). I'm going to try some really old stains as I launder more. I'll see if it gets old stains out. It certainly did a great job on Isaak's drapes.

Cost:

The cost is: $12.52. It's kind of pricy, but considering that it works it's worth it to me. Just think if you had to buy clothing, drapes and sheets again because of stains.


It Gets Out all Kinds of Stains:

  • Collar Stains
  • Pit Stains
  • Juices
  • Grease
  • Blood
  • Grass
And much more.

It's Made With: 

  • Coconut Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil Soap Base
  • Soap Nuts Liquid (Solar Oven Processed)
  • Oxalic acid (Whitening)
  • Salt (Fabric Softener)
  • Citric Acid (Stain Lifting)
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil (Preserve/Scent)
It's not tested on animals. I love that all the ingredients are ones I've heard of.



Once the drapes were clean thanks to Tangie stain remover. I ironed, and ironed. I hardly iron, so when I do it's like an added event in my life. I swear ironing is a lost art. Drapes and bed skirts never come out wrinkle free for me.


Travis decided to start a task I wasn't ready for that day. It's a task I've talked about doing, but wasn't prepared for doing. It was taking our dressers apart, vacuuming them, dusting them, trying on the clothes to see what needed to be given away, and so on. He told Mica to clean his closet, so that was another thing I helped with.

Our house is certainly much cleaner, but we had dust stirred up for sure.

What do you use to remove stains from fabric? 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. We're into the 2nd week of school where I work. So far I feel like I have a pretty good group of 1st year students. They seem super driven.

    Overall the group puts a lot of stress on themselves. They have to take a survey in the beginning of the year to gage their stress level. Many of them tested high for that. I hope they do well. I have noticed that some add more into their projects, which makes them work harder, not smarter. I have them transfer their image to copy a painting (it's a value study). Many insist on drawing it freehand. This class is Color and Design Theory. It's goal is to learn about values right now. They have a separate Drawing class. Freehand drawing takes a lot longer to draw + it's less accurate. Some put on their survey that they were most stressed out about not having money to eat. That's both sad and scary. 

  2. Since Mica's birthday is at the beginning of school he takes treats the first Friday of school. Last year the school decided that they weren't going to have food treats. I spotted at Target's dollar section a lot of positive items. I loved it because so much is negative in the news. Kids need to be motivated, inspired, leaders, and so on. They had pencils, giant paper clips, and bookmarks with this same theme on them:


  3. Mica's newest thing is that he all the sudden wants to be in band. We looked at pawn shops, on Craig's List, and in music stores online. It seemed crazy to spend $45 a month to rent, or $1000 something for a new instrument. Thankfully one of my student's that graduated last year wants to sell her trumpet. It's only been used by her, and it's cheaper than the pawn shop, includes a case, and a cloth to clean it with. I told her I'd give her more money if I got it by Sunday night. 

  4. I have 3 students in my class of 24 that are registered as girls, but look like boys. I've told myself to not refer to the students as any gender, but I catch myself saying, "He" or "She" on accident. 

  5. We're having the end of the summer birthdays this weekend at my house. Another busy weekend in the works. What are you doing this weekend? Any big plans?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back to School {Linky}

The boys are heading back to school tomorrow. As parents we're so glad. The boys really like school, and do best with a routine. They had a Meet the Teacher Night last night. They both got the teachers they wanted.

Isaak is big about patterns. So far he's had the opposite teacher than what Mica's had every year. He got the same teacher Mica had in 3rd grade, but we convinced him that the pattern is still in place. That teacher got married, so she has a different last name then when Mica had her. Isaak has 3 great friends in his class.

Mica lost a few friends because one moved on to a magnet school, and another is going to a private school. I reminded him that this may happen. Thankfully he has a few good friends in his 5th grade class. It's his last year at his elementary school. It sucks to grow up at times. Mica said, "I feel like Kevin from The Wonder Years when Winnie went to a different school, and Paul went to a prep school." I feel for him. There's always more room for friends.

The boys look like they are giants. They are in this stage where they are not picture friendly. We brought all their loot on Meet the Teacher night. It was less stuff to worry about taking to school on the first day. Mica donated gel pens, and Isaak donated markers to the whole class.


Mica started what seem like a full time job: Safety Patrol. It's not like when I was a kid: Everyone took turns. Nope! He has to man this post before and after school. I was a little worried about task considering that Isaak would need to be there at a later time. No worries though. Mica's teacher said that Isaak can hang out in the lobby. He will be a teacher's helper, or just have a chance to read before breakfast.

I think the sun was in Mica's eyes when I took this photo.




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rock N Learn Early Childhood Book Collection #Giveaway #BackToSchool

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received the books mentioned in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine.

I love books and movies that are educational. Rock N Learn has a great collection for kids all through elementary. Mica likes their multiplication DVD, and Isaak learned so much from their DVD on sight words. The company focuses on learning.


Rock N Learn sent me 2 board books to review. I love board books for kids because they last so much longer. Both books are 30 pages, which I think is a perfect length. They are for ages 1 and up. They are going to be gifts for my nephews for Christmas, but in the meantime Isaak has read them. I even spotted Mica picking them up for a quick read. 



Animals - Point & Name With 44 Rhymes


This book brings the reader in with its pretty pictures of animals. There are 44 creatures from the forest, farm, and other animals around the world.

There are fun rhymes throughout the book.

Isaak read this a few times because he loves the pictures.



Letter Sounds Silly Sentences - Early Phonics Skills


This book helps with learning how to read in a fun way. It builds pre-literacy skills. There are 26 letters in the book, and silly sentences that help with learning to read.

Isaak said, "Hey I know these characters!" He saw the characters in the videos that we have. He was intrigued with the book right away.


The Polly Porcupine page cracked the boys up!


Giveaway

I have both of these books to giveaway to 1 US reader. The giveaway ends 8/28. The winner chosen will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

If you'd like to get 25% off your order use the coupon code: KR8822.

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AutoRight SteamMachine #Giveaway

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received a AutoRight SteamMachine in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine.

I've loved every single product I've gotten from HomeRight. 



Their new AutoRight SteamMachine is certainly a product that did not disappoint my family. In fact both of my boys were fighting over who got to use it. They both got turns to use it under careful supervision. We had talks about not getting too close to the heat.




It's been awhile since I've cleaned out my car both on the inside and on the outside, so I put my boys and I to work. We used the AutoRight SteamMachine to clean the mats off. They were dirty for sure!


Before and After

We only cleaned 1/2 the mat. The front of the mat was cleaned, where the back wasn't yet. Can you tell the difference?


The 290° F steam is powerful enough to disinfect surfaces from germs and bacteria. It's also gentle as to not to damage fabric and leather. 

How to Use:

  1. AutoRight SteamMachine is easy to use. There is a plug, which I happen to like more than battery operated machinery. 

  2. Fill it with water. They have a cup and funnel included.


  3. Push the button on. I did have trouble seeing in the sunlight. At first I thought it wasn't working. I cupped my hand over the power light, and saw that it was in fact on. When we finished up, I still had water in it. I took it inside to clean parts of my shower. The water has to be used up, or it needs to be dumped out. I had no problem seeing the power light inside, where the sun wasn't so bright. It only takes a total of 8 minutes to charge up! That's not long at all. 

  4. Before using it, add an attachment. There are a lot of attachments stored in the front of the machine. The cup, funnel and squeegee are all too big to fit inside the steamer. The squeegee is used to clean shower doors, and windows. There are wire bristle cleaners for grills, and stoves. We used the soft nylon bristle cleaners for the car mats.

    Tool List: 8-foot long reach hose, 8-foot power cord, 1 jet nozzle, 1 large rigid black nylon brush, 1 small rigid black nylon brush, 1 large brass brush, 1 small brass brush, 1 small soft grey nylon brush, 1 large soft grey nylon brush, 1 microfiber towel, 1 squeegee with terrycloth bonnet, 1 accessory adaptor, 1 crevice tool, 1 funnel and a measuring cup to fill the 40 ounce steam canister. AutoRight products are backed by an industry-leading 2-year warranty.  

All the Things I Love About the AutoRight SteamMachine:

  • You can use it for just a few minutes by putting less water in it, or up to 30 minutes with a full cup of water.
  • I love the how many different things the steamer can clean! It just has so many tools. It's really versatile. 
  • The wait time of 8 minutes isn't bad at all. 
  • I think it's easy to carry around. It's not heavy, and it's sweet that it has a handle. 
  • This is kind of an odd like, but I love that it's red! Red's my favorite color.
Giveaway:

Who wants to win there own HomeRight - AutoRight SteamMachine? That's a $129 value! Open to the US. The winner will have 48 hours to respond after the giveaway has ended, and I've contacted the winner.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. Mica lately starts off breakfast saying asking like, "Mom what do you think it's like after someone dies?" or "Mom do you believe in ghosts? What do you think they look like?"

    I'm totally ok with his questions, but it's too early and time crunching for me to get into deep discussions. 

  2. Mica's questions reminded me of a artist that lives in NY. His name is Marshall Arisman. He has a CD of stories, which I play for my Illustration class every year.

    Source
    His name may not be familiar to you, but he's well know in the illustration field. He's done work for Time, Playboy, album covers, and more. He also teaches in the master's program at School of Visual Arts in NY.

    One story is about how he always has a kid in class that demands to know how to get a perfect line his drawings like another artist has in the past.

    Marshall got sick of his questions, and knew his student wouldn't stop until the he answered something.

    He made up a story about how the artist they were looking at got his hand blown up during WWII. They put a wooden hand on in replace of his damaged hand. In the wooden hand they drilled different sized holes to put paint brushes, and pencils. He just inserted the utensil, and swung his hand to get that perfect line.

    The student bought it! Their sole bought it! It cracks me up every time. 

  3. Source

  4. Mica and Isaak went to a camp this summer that had brothers in it named Micah and Zeeke. We even call Isaak "Zeek" for short. 

  5. I thought it was hilarious when I saw that my nephew Edison had dug up dirt, while my sister was going to the bathroom. What was even more hilarious was that Emerson was laughing about it.


    When I stopped by Edison (age 2) had his trike all torn apart. 

  6. Mica and Isaak pretty much liked all their camps. Mica did complain about having so many. On weekends when we had very little plans (which is rare) he's asked every hour, "So what can I do? Do we have any plans?" I reminded him that, that is exactly why he is in camps during the summer. Instead of saying, "Well, why don't you play with this?" or "Let's go do _____." I'd give him chores to do. 

  7. I was totally pleased with the camps; minus 2 things: Mica's toe nail fungus (that's no one's fault really), but it's annoying for sure! and the last session of their evening camp they didn't feed the kids dinner. I so would have fed them, had I known. They told us up front that the kids get dinner there. All they got that night was 1 slice of cake. The camp went from 6:30 to 10:30, so they were starving when they got home. It just so happened that Isaak got picked on that last session as well. The kids were playing keep away from Isaak with the ball. For a Leadership Camp I wasn't impressed with hearing that news.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Save Money with Groupon Coupons!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.


Has anyone started Christmas shopping yet? 

If your answer is, "Heck no I haven't even started to think about Christmas!" then chances are your mind is on back to school sales. I have actually gotten a few things for Christmas. I just buy a little bit here and there, until Christmas comes. That little saying stores put up, "Christmas in July" enters my head. I start watching out for sales. 

My husband can't give every family member a folded up origami dollar bill for Christmas. I have to be creative when I shop. 

Groupon Coupons is a great place to get deals!

Here are just some of the places you can get hot purchases through Groupon Coupons:

  • Vitacost.com for the food
  • Nike for the shoes
  • Calvin Klein for the perfume
  • Petco for the pet
  • Rue21 for the clothes
  • Edible Arrangements for the center piece
  • ToysRUs for the toys
  • Lowes for the hardware
  • Starbucks for the coffee
  • Bed Bath and Beyond for the home
They literally have something for everyone! They even have coupons for rental car places, and hotels. 

I haven't used Groupon Coupons very much. Now that I see what all they have to offer - I'm going to be paying them a lot of visits! Have you used Groupon Coupons in the past? If you have, what coupons did you get from them?

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Salbakos 2 pk Oversized Cotton-Silk Bath Towels Review

We have 2 colors of towels: Grey and Yellow. They go with our rug in there. Some of our towels were looking kind of drab. I got Salbakos 2 pk Oversized Cotton-Silk Bath Towels to review.

They Come in 4 Different Colors:
  • Gray 
  • White
  • Taupe
  • Ivory
I picked gray. I have had white, ivory, and yellow towels in the past. They tend to show their ware faster than gray in my opinion.


Fabric:

They are a luxury 95% Turkish cotton-5% Italian silk bath towel. I've already washed them. I wash clothes, sheets, and towels before using them. They stayed super soft. I did dry them with wool balls that had drops of lavender and lemon essential oils on them to give the towels a nice scent.

They are made with no harmful chemicals, no pesticides, and are eco-friendly. With all the allergies in our house I love that the company American Pillowcase is environmentally friendly.



Size:

30x60, which is a nice big size. 
Cost: 

2 for $99.99, but on sale for $49.99.



Thoughts:

I'm glad I got this set. They work well in our bathroom. Most importantly the towels cover my body after a shower.

You could take these towels to the beach, swimming, to a gym, to a spa, and more.

Disclaimer: I received this product for a discount in exchange for an honest review. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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