Friday, February 15, 2019

Random Tid Bits


  1. I'm back to feeling yucky. I swear it's from the dry air. I've had a steamer going every day at work. My one at home broke, so I should go buy another one. It just keeps snowing! 



  2. We get comments that Mica looks so much like Travis. I think both boys look like both of us. I'm the one stepping into the boots, and Travis is the one by his sister.


  3. Whenever I see a money change thing - pictured below I think of Pizza Rolls. My husband was waiting to eat some because they were so hot. I said, "You're eating them wrong. You have to bite an edge, open it up like a plastic change purse, and blow." He knew what I was talking about and laughed. 


  4. This week we had 2 people drop. It's sad, but if they are not all in, then they shouldn't be here. 

  5. Mica has some weirdness going on with his skin. Surprise not really. It seems like the boys always have some skin thing going on. We've had Ring Worm from the mats at the Y, warts, rashes all over from something outside, rashes from mud at camp, eczema, Isaak has a birthmark on his spine which is a big deal apparently and more.

    Here's Mica's newest weird thing (see pictures below). It's a brown blotting, discolored skin. It's flat. He wasn't born with it. It doesn't bother him. It started out on his arm, and now is below his ear. I emailed pictures to his doctor, and they wanted the boys to come in. We skipped their last yearly well check. I thought it was dirt, and was trying to wash it off. It's not going anywhere.

    It's kind of like how dark skinned people can get Vitiligo, but the opposite. It really looks the most like Melasma. Melasma usually forms on the face on women that are pregnant. Have you ever had a random oddity happen with your skin? 



Thursday, February 14, 2019

@MapleHolistics SILK18 #shampoo #giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day. Let's make this day special by giving something away. 

Maple Holistics sent me SILK18 Shampoo to try.


Benefits:

This shampoo helps make your hair stronger, smoother, silkier, and healthier.

Since it keeps snowing I need shampoo that helps with dryness, preventing dandruff and split ends. There are a lot of healthy oils in it, so YAY!

It works great on both natural hair and colored hair.

It's sulfate and paraben-free! I look for that because I have a problem with sulfates.

The shampoo its self is made in the US!

Maple Holistics is for recycling. I wish that would rub off on my work. ;) I'm pro reusing and recycling. It's important to me that we take care of our home AKA Earth.


Ingredients:

On Maple Holistics' website they only list key ingredients. On the bottle they have everything. I looked up all of them. Most of them are oils, some are acids that restore the moisture in your hair. There are some foaming agents, and fillers. I couldn't find one that is harmful. If you do have any sensitivities to coconut oil, then this may not be the shampoo for you. I actually do well with coconut oil. 

  • Water
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - It's a surfactant-cleansing agent in cosmetic formulations. It is recorded as being safe.
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine - Because cocamidopropyl betaine originates from coconut oil, even some personal care products labeled as natural still contain it. Although the government regards the ingredient as safe, some people do have negative reactions after exposure to it.
  • Sodium Lauroamphoacetate - It is a yellow substance derived from coconut.
  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate - It is the salt of the coconut fatty acid. It is a soft white paste and is derived from coconut. It's used as a cleaning and foaming agent.
  • Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate - It is a foaming agent that is derived from glucoside from coconut and corn.
  • Lauryl Glucoside Copolymer - It is a yellow substance derived from palm kernel oil, corn sugar, or coconut. The ingredient is a substance formed by mixing alcohols and sugar or glucose.
  • Coco-Glucoside - It is a foaming agent derived from renewable raw materials such as coconut oil and corn and fruit sugars, and is completely biodegradable.
  • Glyceryl Oleate - It is produced from oils that contain high concentrations of oleic acid, such as olive oil, peanut oil, teaseed oil or pecan oil.
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid - Is an amino acid derived from coconut oil.
  • Glyceryl Caprylate Glycerin - It is an vegetable oil and water mix that restores the oils of the skin, regulates the skin moisture and acts as a humidifier to the skin.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate - It is the salt form of Hyaluronic Acid, a water-binding ingredient that has the ability to fill the spaces between the connective fibers known as collagen and elastin.
  • Silk Amino Acids - A key ingredient in many hair products for boosting hair growth. These jelly-like proteins lock the moisture in the hair.
  • Argan (Argania Spinosa) Oil - It is most commonly used as a skin moisturiser to hydrate and soften skin. It has high vitamin E and fatty acid content.
  • Sodium PCA - A sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid.
  • D-Panthenol - It is a derivative of vitamin B5. It helps maintain moisture.
  • Botanical Keratin - The outermost layer of our skin consists of a protein called keratin, this means that keratin is produced and exists naturally in our bodies.
  • Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oil - It is likely very helpful in treating dry scalp and dandruff issues. It's also rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Natural Vanilla Fragrance - Not needed, but makes your hair smell nice.


Directions:

I always think directions for things like shampooing your hair are kind of silly. Who doesn't know how to wash their hair effectively? Ha! Here are the directions anyhow...

  1. Rinse Hair
  2. Massage Quarter- Sized Amount Throughout Scalp
  3. Allow it to Set for 2 to 3 Minutes
  4. Repeat - Many shampoos with more natural ingredients have you repeat.
  5. Rinse Well


A Giveaway that starts on Valentines Day! YAY! 

For people living in the US only please. For ages 18 and up. No P.O. Boxes. Ends on February 28.


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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

WW: Burlington Building #Omaha

I always liked this building. I think I like it more now that I know that my Grandma Lottie worked there.







Pop Trivia and Totally Trivia #games @GoliathGamesUS Review

I heart games! I'm an advocate of kids playing some video games, but a lot of card games and board games.

My kids have never had a video game station. No Playstation, or Wii. They do have Kindles with some games on them. Their time in playing with those is limited. They do use their Kindles for other things like watching videos, and looking up things for homework.

What are the positives when it comes to board games and card games? 

  • Logical Thinking 
  • Reasoning Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Social Skills 
  • Communication Skills

Mica's always been a kid that does pretty awesome in school, but lacks some skills at home. I think games help him.

Goliath Games sent me Quiz Master Fantastic Pop Trivia - Questions From Every Genre, Every Decade and Quiz Master Terrific Totally Trivia - The Complete Quiz Game to review.


I love both games! 

  • They don't take up a ton of room. They stack easy. 
  • These are games that are great for the car, and traveling.
  • There's 2 games, so each boy will get one for Easter! 
  • The games should help Mica with his favorite thing at school - Quiz Bowl.
How to Play:

Both games are played similarly. If you are playing with teams, make sure they have the same amount of people, and are around the same ages. If young and old adults are playing, put young and old adults on each team. 

Roll the die to pick which team/player plays first. This team/player then states which decade or category they wish to venture and rolls the die. The team/player to their left takes one of the cards from the decade or category and reads out the question. 

If the first team/player chooses Rock and Pop and rolls a 6, they will be asked questions 6 on the rock and Pop card. 

If the team/player answers the questions correctly, they keep the card. If not, the card is returned to the bottom of the draw pile. 

Each team/player takes a turn.

As the team/players get different categories or decades right, they don't have to answer any more questions from that, and move on to other categories or decades. 

The game keeps going until all 6 categories or decades have been answered. 

*You could play in the car with just asking questions for fun. At that time you wouldn't play with a die at all. There would be no winner, or loser. Just time would be passed. 



About Quiz Master Fantastic Pop Trivia Questions From Every Genre, Every Decade:

  • Contents: 900 Questions | 1 Die
  • Answer one question correctly from each of the six decades: 1950s1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s
  • Topics: Fads and Fashion | TV | Film | Music | Sport | Name the Year
  • Cost: $12.99 on Prime
  • Ages: 14 and Up





Somehow I skipped the 1950s, but it's certainly an important decade. I'm going to walk you through the rest of the decades.

1960's: Name the year: Mattel's Hot Wheels toy cars are launched; the news magazine TV program "60 Minutes" debuts on CBS; the film "Oliver!" opens in theaters.

Answer: 1968


1970's: What was the 1974 boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in Zaire known as?

Answer: The Rumble in the Jungle


1980's: Name the signature dance move that became popular worldwide after Michael Jackson's performance of "Billie Jean" on "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever."

Answer: Moonwalk


1990's: Which brand of water gun went on sale in 1990 and used manually pressurized air to shoot water further distances than standard squirt guns?

Answer: Super Soaker


2000's: Which Lego Technics these became one of the company's biggest-selling properties ever and helped save the company from a financial crisis?

Answer: Bionicle


About Quiz Master Terrific Totally Trivia the Complete Quiz Game:




  • Contents: 900 Questions | 1 Die
  • Answer one question correctly from each of the six categories: Rock and Pop TV and Film | Fun and Games | People and Places | Science and Nature | Past and Present
  • Cost: $12.99 on Prime
  • Ages: 14 and Up



The answer to the question on the box would be Travis and Mica.

Rock and Pop: American rapper Curtis James Jackson III is known professionally as whom?

Answer: 50 Cent

*I guess I knew that, but never follow rap. It didn't come to me until after I saw the answer.


TV and Film: What film stars Liam Neeson as a retired CIA agent who travels across Europe to save his kidnapped daughter?

Answer: Taken


Past and Present: In which year did France perform its last execution by the guillotine? Was it 1957, 1967 or 1977?

Answer: 1977


Fun and Games: Which sport was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith?

Answer: Basketball


People and Places: Where was Sir Isaac Newton burried?

Answer: Westminster Abbey


Science and Nature: Who said "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind?

Answer: Albert Einstein


Which game do you think you'd like to own Pop Trivia or Totally Trivia? 

Are you good at trivia games? 

What game do you like to play on game night, and why?

Disclaimer: Goliath sent me these 2 games to help with this review. They in no way influenced what I wrote, or my opinions.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Mama's #jewelry for #valentinesday Review

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? 

I put a box of chocolates on everyone's spot on the table. Even my spot.

This year Mama's Jewelry helped treat my Valentine's Day with a Mother's Day ring.

These the rings I looked at:

I have to confess that I had this ring, and I lost it. I never loose much of anything. I looked at other rings, but ended up going with the ring I lost.




I also liked the ring below. It's more expensive, than the one above. They both are pretty!



I really liked these 2 designs below, but they didn't have a preview to look at. That was the only thing that prevented me from getting one of them. I had trouble visualizing them with just 2 stones.




I like more modern rings. I'm not a big fan of conservative ring designs. They have plenty of conservative designs on their site; if that's what you like.

What's in a Birthstone:

January is Garnet
February is Amethyst
March is Aquamarine 
April is Diamond
May is Emerald
June is Alexandrite
July is Ruby
August is Peridot
September is Sapphire
October is Pink Tourmaline
November is Topaz
December is Zircon 

Travis and Mica are Peridot, Isaak is Emerald, and I am Alexandrite. I really like that the boys have two different green stones. My favorite stones are Garnet and Ruby. I love red!

I thought about making a whole family ring, instead of a son only ring. The site doesn't tack on more money with each stone if it's an imitation stone.

What's your favorite stone?

Packaging and the Ring:

I love how fast they shipped the ring out! I just ordered it last week, and boom I got it over the weekend.



It's super pretty!




I'm glad I have a Mother's Ring back again!

About Mama's Jewelry: 

Mama's Jewelry has been designing rings and pendants for moms for 30 years, and we have no intention of slowing down! Our company is committed to creating exceptional mothers pendants, rings and earrings at affordable prices.

A key benefit to shopping with us is our fast turnaround times. As soon as we receive your order, our CAD technicians and certified jewelers get to work designing and building your custom item. All of our processes follow strict quality control measures. Everything that comes from us has our seal of approval. If we wouldn't give it to our loved ones, we won't send it to you!

Most orders for mothers rings and pendants are able to be sent out within 3 to 5 days, reaching you about a week later. If you're shopping at the last minute, Mama's Jewelry will take care of you and ensure that you get a custom made item that looks like it took months to make! For More Information Visit: https://mamasjewelry.com/

Pick Up a Ring for Valentine's Day!

Disclaimer: I got a gift code to help pay for a ring on https://mamasjewelry.com/ to write this review. This company did not influence me on what to write.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Basketball

With the elite team Isaak's on, he struggles to be at the top. The team lost all the games last season, and are winning all their games this season. Isaak gets nervous whenever they play.

On his school team he made 8 points one game, got a free throw point another game, and shot a side shot at yesterday's game. He's passed the ball more, and is more aggressive with a game face on.

I don't know if he needs to change teams altogether with his elite team? It's like watching a different kid play when he's playing with his classmates.


Random Tid Bits

  1. Isaak came home from school with a 15 page packet of homework. This time it was all his fault. He got it last week. He said it just showed up on his desk. He didn't know how to do one of the pages, so he didn't do it. He was unclear on when it was due. All this I believe, but he should have taken it home. I told him if he gets stuck on something he needs to move on, and ask for help with the thing he's stuck on. Little bugger got talked to by us. He was in tears. Then he stayed up until 9:30 working on it. I'm still annoyed with him! How is he ever going to do middle school?  

  2. I was swamped yesterday with reviews. At the school I work for we have pro reviews, where other teachers look at the projects to bump up the standard. The students had a review of their portfolios and their theatrical posters. I was beat by the end of the day. Secretly I kind of like it that busy. Do you like to stay busy?

  3. One of Travis' Aunts put on FB: How's 63? I know she meant the road conditions.

    I was in a smart ass mood, so I wrote, Well when you minus it from 100, it equals 37. It's the age Robin WIlliams died. It follows 62, and is preceded by the number 64. There are 63 Tractates in the Mishna, the compilation of Jewish Law. There are 63 Saints (popularly known as Nayanmars) in South Indian Shaivism, particularly in Tamil Nadu, India. In 1963 the assassination of the US President Kennedy happened. 63 seems like an important number.

    She's the same Aunt that always asks me how I get things to review. The first two times she asked I said, I've been writing a blog, since Isaak was born. Companies ask me to review things from time to time. It's a lot of work because I have to photograph the things, write about them, and share them on many social media channels. She responded with, I don't think I can do all that. She keeps asking me over and over again how I get things to review. I don't answer her anymore. Maybe I should just respond with, Items magically appear in my mailbox. 

  4. I texted Travis over lunch yesterday: Since we have Isaak's basketball game, and Mica's conferences should I stop and get Subway sandwiches for dinner? He texted: Sure, but don't give me condiments. I texted back: Ok. I'll make sure they give you a lot of condiments.

    I'm a punk ass. Really I didn't have them put any condiments on his sandwich.

  5. Travis digs condiments on burgers, brats, and hotdogs. For some reason he doesn't like them on Subway sandwiches. Mica never cares for any condiments. I wonder sometimes if Mica's really my child. LOL! Then he's crazy goofy, and I'm like yep he's mine.

  6. Mica's the brains in our family. He's certainly not a worker. It took him 2 hours to shovel our driveway when it snowed, and we don't have sidewalks. He kept needing a break!

    This is what the sink looks like after he brushes his teeth:

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

WW: Mica's Awards

I've been having a hard time getting back into blogging after Christmas. I have so many pictures, and things I could be sharing. I got sick for a few weeks, and just was slow with everything.

Travis, my husband has had quite a few studio visits, which is great, but his studio is the basement of our home. Lots of cleaning up.

Isaak's needed help with school work. More so than other years. He's just never connected with his teacher at all. He's also in a lot of basketball, so we run here and there for him.

I have a different teaching schedule this semester. It's doable. Just hard to get used to.

Now that I've given you the rundown, let's get started...

Mica's quite the character. He gets for the most part A's in school, he wins a lot of things, but if you ask him to do a task a home it's so very frustrating. Isaak, which is 2 years younger than Mica can move circles with chores around Mica. Mica's a great kid, just kind of lazy at home. We joke about how he uses most of his brain power at school.

Recently Mica was picked by his teachers to leave school to merge up with other middle schoolers, for a fun challenging day. They participated in something called Think Tank. I'm not sure what it all involves. I do know they put kids in random groups. They are not placed with kids from their school. They get a problem of sorts, and have to think how to solve it. Mica's group got 2nd place! He came home with a trophy and dog tags.




He also found out that he won 1st place for his Science Fair Project! That's a pretty big deal considering the school he goes to is a Science Magnet School. We thought his board would go on to the next level up, but I guess they went by ribbons. He gets a special ceremony at school. His project was on how long it takes to bleach different colors of hair. True fact: It took longer to bleach the red head's hair than it did the brown head's hair.

Funny tid bit: The girl Mica likes doesn't like him at all. Her parents walked over, Mica shook their hands, started explaining his board. Her Dad said to his daughter, "See this boy has his stuff together!" Ha! We all had a laugh about that at home.



Other things I don't have photos of: 

Mica was picked to participate in the Geography Bee at school, for the second year in a row. He didn't win. It's still a big deal he was picked at all to participate. 

He's really into an extra thing called Quiz Bowl. It's kind of like Jepardy, only there's no answering with a question. There are meets every other week. Mica's school group got 2nd place last Saturday! The school gets that trophy. There's tons of smarty pants kids that participate in Quiz Bowl, so it's pretty cool his school got that far! 

He was selected to take his ACT's, and does that this upcoming Saturday. We signed him up for the science selection. It will be interesting to see how he does.

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