Sunday, May 20, 2018 Mens Toiletry Bag Review #FathersDay

I always struggle with Father's Day, and don't know what to get my husband and my Dad. They are not the typical guys that eat, sleep and drink sports. They don't drink alcohol. They don't even go fishing. I really don't picture either of them wearing a Dad t-shirt. It's not that they don't enjoy being a Dad, it's just not their style to wear sayings on their shirts.

In the past I've gotten them garden tools, plants, and art materials. We've also gone out for breakfast, instead of getting a gift.

What I Got This Year:

When I found the company, I was indeed a happy person. They have great personalized things on their site. I really like their Mens Toiletry Bags!


Material: It's 100% leather - I know Travis in particular loves leather. He's gone to a place in town just to buy leather for things.

Size: 9"x4"x4" - It's great for camping, short trips, long trips, and staycations.

Liner: It has a water resistant nylon lining - Great for if it gets water in it from toothbrushes, or razor.

For the Guy - This will work for anyone really. Even I like it! I had, "Apel" put on it, so possibly it can be one of those things that is handed down from Dad to a Son.

Free Engraving - You can put initials on the bag, a last name, or a first name.

Cost - $34, which isn't bad for it being leather and engraved.


I do like how the engraving came out. They have 10 different fonts to pick from. I happened to get the font: Imperator. I love that they don't add a cost for the engraving.


I like that the zipper isn't cheap plastic! It's a nice metal zipper! Everything is stitched really well too!

Other Things They Sell: 

Custom Puzzles, Mats, Glasses, Frames, Wooden Cutting Boards, Necklaces, Robes, Keychains, Mouse Pads, Calendars, Dog Collars, Journals, Watches, and much more!

What would you choose to get from

Disclaimer: sent me this Mens Toiletry Bag for free to Review. They did not influence me on what to say. This is an honest review.

HSEOK Laptop Case | Sleeve Review

I bit the bullet, and bought my first laptop. It's a high end MacBook. I have to say I'm nervous to the next step, which is move my files from my work MacBook to my new MacBook. I love technology in some ways, and in other ways it's so overwhelming.

Do you feel that way at times with technology, or do you dive in like a kid opening a big present?

I am happy to share with you a laptop Case | Sleeve made by HSEOK. You can find it on Amazon for $15.99 on Prime.


15 to 15.6 Inch - The size I got to reivew
13 to 13.3 Inch


  • Black - The color I got to review
  • Grey
  • Chevron Grey
  • Teal
What color would you pick? I wanted something that wouldn't be too girly incase the boys needed to use my laptop.


I love that it's padded! I feel like black goes with just about anything.

It doesn't take up a lot of space.

It comes with another pouch, which can be used for the charger, a mouse, headphones, and other cords.

It doesn't cost a lot. I'm not saying I'm unwilling to pay more for a bag. This is a great padding for my laptop!

My boys have other HSEOK bags for a smaller laptop that they use for their Kindles. They like them a lot.

One Thing I Wish it Had:

I wish it had a handle. This is the only case that HSEOK had that would fit my laptop. They have other bags that have handles for a smaller laptop.

I'm thinking of keeping this in the padded sleeve, and get a messenger bag to put the sleeve in. Then it's extra padded.

I could keep this in a sleeve for home use, and a bag for taking it away on meetings and other things.

Do you have a laptop, or another device you use?

Disclaimer: I got this product to review for free from HSEOK. HSEOK did not tell me what to write. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Happy 10th Birthday Isaak!

Dear Isaak,

Happy Birthday! You're a decade old! How can that possibly be?

Things You Like:

You still love to create things. Paper and colored pencils are usually all over the living room floor. I say messes are ok as long as you are in fact creating.

You're into The Dangerous Book for Boys - Both the show and the book. There are things inside the book that boys like to do. I came home, and there were paper airplanes all over the house. The next day you found some rope on the street, and were trying out how to make different kinds of knots.


You want what's right for the world. If that means standing up for your yourself, your friends, or even your teacher you'll do that.

You like being a book buddy. Mentoring the young kiddo at your school is a highlight to the week.

You enjoy being outside climbing trees...

and hugging trees too!

You want a Husky when you get older. You say they look the most like a wolf.

Your Newest Accomplishment:

A new title for Isaak Jaxon Apel exists. Meet Mr. Safety Patrol Man. As long as you take this role seriously, you'll do great. You can be like me at times - silly.

You also started playing the violin this year.

Your Best Friend:

Daniel! You say he stands with you no matter what.

Your Favorite Sport:

You say you like basketball and soccer, but you've played basketball more. It's fun to watch you grow with playing!

What You Want to Be:

No longer a hair dresser. You want to be a Movie Director and an Artist.

You want to change your name to I's. I still call you Zeek, Zeeky, and Zeeker.

One thing is true: If everyone were like you we'd have a better world. You stand up for people, when no one else does. 

 Dream Big! Accomplish Those Dreams! 



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sharkee and the Teddy Bear, Bremner and the Party Books @Ripleys Review

Reading to small kids is so important. It helps them develop a love for reading and art.

Recently Ripley's Believe It or Not! introduced two new beginner reader books to the market. My kids are past the age for these books, but they are still fun to look at. They are best for ages 3 to about 6. These books are a quick read.

I like Ripley's Believe It or Not! is adding this new line of books.

Both books use the illustrations of Ripley cartoonist John Graziano. They are written by Carrie Bolin and Jessica Firpi.

About Both Books:
  • They should be in the stores now. The release date was April 10, and on sale May 1
  • There are 40 pages in each book
  • They are 8.2"x11.3", almost the size of typical printer paper, which is 8.5"x11"
  • Text is simple, easy to read, and there's a good amount of contrast from the pages to the text. That's what I found difficult when my kids were little - some text is hard to read at night because there's little to no contrast from the text to the background. These books are easy to read! Part of me wished that there wasn't a band on the Sharkee and the Teddy Bear book, and they would have just bled the background to put type over.
The first one is Ripley's Believe It or Not! Sharkee and the Teddy Bear

About the Book:
  • If you are looking to buy it the ISBN: 978-1-60991-208-6
  • Cute images. 
  • It's about a shark that loses his teddy bear. A fish tries to help Sharkee find his teddy bear, but it's a challenge because they are not that helpful.  

The second book is Ripley's Believe it or Not! Bremner and the Party

About the Book:
  • If you are looking to buy it the ISBN: 978-1-60991-209-3
  • Cute images
  • This book is about a fish that is worried to go to a party because it feels like it will become a blowfish, and won't fit in. When he finally gets up the courage to go in he realizes that all the fish are blowfish. They can all have a good time. 

These books do have fun messages and illustrations. 

Disclaimer: I received two board books from Ripley's Believe It or Not! to assist with this review. I wrote this post, and was not influenced at all with an opinion. I only review things that I find interesting, or that would benefit my readers or family. 

I'm Lovin It! @McDonalds‏ #happinesssservedlocally

I was really excited to take my boys to a new McDonald in Omaha. You can find this McDonalds at 14449 W Center Rd Omaha, NE 68144. I love going to new places. Everything is so clean, and in this case modern.

I get tired of McDonalds getting a bad wrap for having unhealthy food, when they try to have options for their Happy Meals, salads with options, and now fresh burgers.

Did you know that most fast food places have pre frozen meat patty's, and do not serve fresh meat? McDonalds was one of those places, but they have changed their ways. :)

We were welcomed with smiles, a fun McDonalds backdrop, and a display of good food!

Mica had the craziest look on his 12 year old face. It was cracking everyone up! I knew he was having a great time once the words, "You can have whatever you want, and it's on us!" came out of the manager's mouth.

Isaak typically puts on a great smile for the camera. He hasn't entered that new stage of, I'm too cool for the camera.

Their set up of food looked so yummy! 

What to Order in Their Kiosk:

Typically between the 4 of us we order 2 meals, and 2 sandwiches. Then we split the fries, and drinks.

Last night it was just the two boys and I. Since we could have anything, but knew we were getting samples we ordered fairly light. Each boy got a sandwich, I got a South Western salad, and we each got a shake.

I have to admit that was was judgy with the any self order spot in any store. I'm getting used to it. The boys love it. Possibly it's my old school ways. I'm finding myself using self check out more at stores because it's faster.

My salad was good, but I didn't use any dressing. It tasted good without it. It's great if I can get used to eating salad without dressing. That's where the calories are.

They asked why we didn't get one of their Quarter Pounders, so we got one for the boys to split...

and one for me that had some yummy seasonings. It tasted very Southwestern. Oh my goodness it was good! Isaak had a sliver off mine.

They gave us a fry, for waiting on some chicken to grill. It was so not needed. We had so much food. We all split the fries.

The boys were really excited to have a shake! They picked chocolate and I picked strawberry. What's your favorite flavor of shake?

Food Coma

After that we were in a food coma. Isaak was laying his head on my shoulder at the booth, and Mica couldn't even stand up straight. Ha!


They were so nice and gave us a some McDonalds swag.

 Maybe I'll be a McDonald's worker for next Halloween. ;)

Go to McDonalds and order a Quarter Pounder today!

Disclaimer: McDonalds was kind enough to give us the food mentioned in this post. They in no way told me what to say when writing this post.


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