Thursday, April 27, 2017

Easter Blunder

I know Easter is in the past now, but I got behind in blogging.

Advice to Newbie Parents:
  1. Don't go overboard with Easter. Then your kids expect that the Easter Bunny goes overboard.

    There was a year I went overboard because I won a lot of things. Now my kids expect it. Quite frankly I'm ready for Isaak to not believe in the Easter Bunny. Then I can sit the boys down, and explain that they won't get the same amount of things every year.

    Mica doesn't believe, but he was busy picking out Lego sets he wanted. I said, "Ummm no Mica! You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit!"

    Instead of expensive Star Wars Lego sets they got these 3 in 1 build sets that makes a robot, robot dog, and a robot bird. They were in my price range. I thought they were cool because they there's three building options, and they have areas that light up!

  2. Be prepared to ad lib.

    If you're caught in the Easter Bunny act like I was when Mica was about 4, or 5 I had to think fast. He got up well past his bedtime to go to the bathroom. I got up, ran to the door, and shut the glass door, leaving the wood door open. Then I said with enthusiasm, "Mica did you just see the Easter Bunny? The Easter Bunny dropped what he was doing, and hopped out the door because you were up!" Mica 1/2 awake woke up really quickly saying, "No I didn't see him!" He thought it was hilarious that he almost caught the Easter Bunny. It was so close that there were 1/2 bags of candy, and plastic eggs all over the kitchen. When he stopped believing in Santa, he still believed in the Easter Bunny because, well he caught him in the act. ;)

    We do a Scavenger Hunt every year.

    Somehow a clue egg got missed this year. Travis looked at me like it was all my fault. He looked at me like, What are you going to do about it? I yelled out from a different room, "Did you guys see that!?" They were like, "What?" I said, "The Easter Bunny was outside pointing at our mailbox. Go check it out!" There was the next clue in the mailbox. Isaak was standing outside looking up and down the street for the Easter Bunny. Ha!

  3. Put stuff in the eggs that is not candy!

    Little kids think that finding pennies are like finding gold, I've included small erasers and pencil erasers for school in plastic eggs, costume jewelry for girls, mesh fidget toys, fun pattern socks, small Lego people, Annie's Bunny Crackers - different flavors, fruit snacks (although they are sugary too), nuts, seeds and the list goes on... Then fill the rest up with candy. 

  4. Have breakfast made ahead of time!

    Kids get you up super early because they are excited to find their loot. I'm tired from staying up to hide eggs. It helps to have something ready to go. It's the one time of year I make Coffee Cake, and some type of egg dish ahead of time. Then I can enjoy Easter morning without slaving away in the kitchen. Other ideas: A Slow Cooker Oatmeal Dish, Breakfast Cookies (these are our favorite), No Cook Protein Bites ( I have pinned board of them), and a Quiche (you could make it crustless if you're gluten free).

  5. Don't keep things quiet!

    We've always kept things kind of loud when the kids sleep. I vacuumed when they were itty bitty, we watch TV, and Travis grinds metal down in the garage. With Easter it sucks trying to hide eggs if it's oh so quiet. If you're getting eggs ready to hide, do laundry at the same time. Then they can't hear anything, but the washer going. 

  6. Make them think!

  7. Like I said earlier we do a Scavenger Hunt. It's not a family tradition. I started it, and my sister liked the idea, so she followed. Ha! The Easter Bunny starts at the coffee table always. He has a clue egg, and others hidden around it. The clue egg may say something like, "8 eggs and the next clue egg are hidden where Mom puts her computer bag to go to work." That was the trunk of the car. Another was, "12 eggs and the next clue egg are hidden where dishes are kept." They looked in the dishwasher at first, then the cupboard where they are kept. The hiding spots are getting harder as they get older. If they are really young - don't hide them at all, and help them with the clues. I did, "Rub a dub dub. 10 eggs are hidden in the ______." Then I just set eggs in the tub area. 
Do you have any tips for the Easter Bunny?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


When I first went to the Allergy Asthma Clinic I wasn't sure what my doctor would be like.

Meet Doctor Ebrahim Shakir
Travis and the boys went with to my first appointment. Travis laughed when Doctor Shakir stepped out of the room and I said, "He's cute!" 

We're just comfortable in our relationship to know that there are other good looking people out there.

Fast forward to last week...

Travis went to get his hair cut. He said, "Do you ever find certain people so good looking it's hard to talk to them?" 

I said, "Ya it's funny when that happens." 

He said, "There was this 20 something girl who cut my hair. She was hot. I felt so silly because she was 20 something. I had trouble getting my words out. It's not like I liked her. It's just that she was good looking." I giggled. Then he said, "I wanted to ask for an old school hair cut - rockabilly style." Apparently that's a thing."

Rockabilly Hair Style Example:
He went on to say, "Instead of rockabilly coming out of my mouth I said, 'I'd like a redneck style haircut." 

OMG I was rolling on the floor laughing. I'm still laughing typing this. 

I asked, "What did she say?" He said, "She just smirked. I think she was trying not to laugh." 

I'm not sure he totally got the haircut he wanted. It sort of looked similar to the example above. It certainly looks more rockabilly, than it does redneck. More giggles!

I said, "Well don't be too embarrassed. You'll more than likely never see her again. I have to see my doctor whenever I go in. The last time he looked at my necklace and said, 'That's really cool!' I was just like, 'Thank you!'" Blush!

Sitting in the Allergy Asthma Clinic waiting the 30 minutes after my 3 injections. This is the necklace I was referring too:

I went on to say, "He holds my hands, says he's going to take care of me, and that I'm a special patient. He wants medical student's to see my case to study me." Even though medical student seeing me would be creepy according to some people I just was like, "Bring them in. I have a ton of family members in the medical field. I understand they need to learn." Blush! I know he's only saying that I'm only a special case to him only because I have allergies, asthma, I'm allergic to Aspirin, I have a really bad deviated septum, and really bad polyps. But a girl can think she's special for other reasons. Ha! Only being silly. I love my husband.

Then I said, "When we're all done Doctor Shakir said, 'I have to rely on you to take your meds. You've done so well with them. I don't want you to get worse again. I want to get you better. Then with further aggressive treatment I'll do my best to get you off all this!'" I was thinking, I'll do whatever you want Doctor. Even if it costs me a fortune!

Then it was Travis' turn to laugh at me.  

I think this is one of those stories that's way more funny told in person. I told the ladies at work, and we were laughing so hard. 

Have you ever have a crush on someone whether it be a doctor, a teacher, an actor, or anyone else?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WW: Cheeseburger Piñata {Linky}

This is a cheese burger piñata from Easter time. My nephew Edison thought it would be fun to put it on his head, and walk around.

Monday, April 24, 2017

It Starts With the Letter I

Last week Travis went out of town for work. It was only for a few days, but I'm not used to him being gone. He's the one that takes the boys to school, and picks them up.

I had a big doctor's appointment last week, so there were a lot of things swimming in my head. Between last Thursday to now I have: My pre-op scheduled, my deviated septum and polyps surgery scheduled, my first allergy shots scheduled, my 2-3 day IV drip to control my allergy to aspirin scheduled, and I think I need to schedule my post surgery appointment with my ENT doctor to take splints out of my nose. I don't even remember if I scheduled that last one to be honest. Yikes! I had to renew my driver's license, so I did that. They said, "Your right eye is a little weak. They gave me my license anyhow. That was another thing I had to tell my team of doctors. They want me to get my eyes tested, but wait a few weeks until after surgery. My mind was on all the things I needed, and need to do.

My Mom texted me on Friday: When does Travis get back?

Me: Tonight sometime. When he gets here.

Mom: Where did he go?

Me: Somewhere that starts with an i. Indiana maybe? I don't know. Text him to ask.

Maybe Indiana was on my mind because one of my favorite bloggers is from there.

Mom: He said, "Peoria, Illinois."

Me: See I told you it started with an i. LOL

Then she was all concerned if I was feeling ok. I just had a lot to do, and think about. As long as Travis was ok, I didn't care where he was at. Before Friday I didn't even know if he flew, or drove there. He left from work with his bosses. For the record his boss drove them there.

He said it was like a ghost town. It was super pretty, but no one lives there.

One of his pictures from Peoria, Illinois:

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SENQIAO Fidget Toy Review

I love all the fidget toys that are out. I think they are fun, and great for anyone that's creative!

SENQIAO Flippy Chain Fidget Toy is so fun! You can find it here: It comes in a pack of 2: Blue and Orange, or Yellow and Black. 

Stress Reducer:

This toy is a stress reducer. It helps with highly creative people. People that are creative in nature listen and concentrate more when they are actively doing something: Drawing, active, or fidgeting.

EDC Fidget Chain is also great for ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety.

This is a toy for both adults and children.


Orange and Blue
Yellow and Black

I get into toys like this, and so do my kids!

It fits perfecting in my hand, and makes very little noise! The focus chain is smooth rolling & twisting. The flippy chain is portable, and can put it in your pocket and take it to wherever you want. I'd actually like it if the boys could leave their fidget toys here, for when they do their homework. They could be taken to school, the library, to church and more.


$16.99 and on sale for $10.99. That's with Prime.

Do you have any fidget toys? I think my first fidget toy when I was little was Silly Putty. 

 Disclaimer: I received SENQIAO Fidget Toy for a discount 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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Random Tid Bits

Since I'm having to start allergy shots on Monday I thought I'd make this post allergy funny.

  1. My Mom did all the right things to prevent me from getting allergies when I was little. I played outside, she breastfed me, we had 2 big dogs that we had to get rid of because I kept getting sick, she kept a clean house, and washed bedding regularly. 

  2. I started cracking up when I read this:

    And no I don't get my allergies from my Mom's side of the family. I get them from my Dad's. Well except for the ibuprofen one - my Aunt, Mother's sister has an allergy to that. The boys have allergies, but not nearly as bad as I do.

  3. This is funny:

  4. It's true I'm allergic to all things furry. I even broke out in red dots after holding a cute little hedgehog. It's tummy was furry. That doesn't mean I don't like them. So many people assume allergy sufferers hate them. I'd love to have a furry, cuddly pet for my kids. When I lived in Savannah it was the best because the neighbors had an outdoor cat that loved to visit me when I was outside.

    Before you say, "Why don't you have a short haired dog, or hairless cat?" I was advised not to even have one of those. It's just not in the cards for me.

  5. It seems like a lot of retired people I know love to watch Doctor Oz. I can't count how many times someone older I know says, "Well Doctor Oz says..." In reference to fixing all my nasal issues.

  6. If you've been a reader for awhile, you'll know that I've tried lots of home remedy things to get better. Some have worked to relieve the symptoms at the time. BUT there is just that time where one like myself needs to go to the doctor to get medical treatment.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WW: Joslyn Castle {Linky}

This weekend we decided to take pictures at Joslyn Castle.

Father and Sons:

Mother and Sons:


While we were out there a tour guide came out and said, "Do you want to join our tour in 5 minutes?" I've always wanted to go on a tour there, so I answered, "Yes please."

All I've ever shot were outdoor pictures you can see here.

The door weighs a ton, but can be opened with just one finger.

It's filled with tile work:

And wallpaper:

The ceilings are lavish!

Isaak's favorite was the gold room:


I liked the stairs:

Steps in the maid quarter's:



A few original handles got stollen a few years ago. These are originals.

 The highest floor:

The outside of the castle once again:

The original owners were from England, and wanted a castle like house. The architect was from Scotland, so inside there is a Scottish look. Have you ever been inside a castle?


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