Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sing, Sing a Song

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. It could be from another country, someone singing from the streets of NY, and more.

Have you ever listened to The Vandals? They are a punk band. Punk is usually not my thing. I listen to it because my husband listens to it. 

The Vandals is a punk rock band from the United States established in 1980 in Huntington Beach, California.

They have released ten full-length studio albums and two live albums and have toured the world extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour.

They are well known for their use of humor, preferring to use their music as a vehicle for entertainment and sarcasm rather than as a platform for more serious issues.

There has been trouble within the band. They fought over royalties.

We were listening to The Vandals, and the song below came on. Yes the cover is pretty tacky. Remember The Vandals take serious issues and add a warped humor to it. I just never heard So Long, Farewell sang in this way.


I'm sorry there's no video to see, but in light of the fact that Julie Andrew's went back to where Sound of Music was filmed I just had to show it.

Here's the von Trapp actors singing So Long Farewell.

Have you ever seen the real Maria von Trapp?

I loved this movie when I was  a kid. We'd watch it at least once a year. When my friend got it on VHS we watched it at least once every few months.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Random Tid Bits

  1. Mica said to me the other night, "Mom do you know what it means when someone puts their middle finger up?" Isaak said, "It means the F word!" He put his hand over his mouth like he was surprised he said it. I said, "Yes is does mean that, but we don't need to do it, or say it. Ok?" They both shook their heads up and down. Travis came in from outside. I told him what the boys learned at school. Dad said, "Boys that's so 90's. Don't do that."

    Isaak learned about flipping the bird from a naughty boy in class.

    Then I learned that Mica's friend that went with us to the Lowes Clinic told Mica that Isaak put his middle finger up at the event. Isaak's like, "No I didn't. Why would I?" I for one believe him. His friend kind of takes an ant hill, and makes it into a mountain. My kids are good at somethings, but are not very good at lying. I see no reason for Isaak to lie in regards to that. I do find it crazy that Mica's friend who is super religious, knows what flipping someone off meant, when Mica didn't know at all.

  2. We went to Dairy Queen for a free cone.

    Big mistake. For one the line was crazy to get in there. I had already told the boys we were getting a cone. I had to stick out the line. Mom Fail!

    For two there were people making out in the car behind us. The boys kept pointing at them laughing. The girl making out with the guy didn't seem to mind that the boys were watching them. I just wanted to put a big curtain up on our back windshield. I would have never made out with a guy with 2 kids watching me. Dad kept said, "Boys don't look back there!" That just made them want to look all the more. It appears that sex ed may happen before I'm ready for it to happen.

  3. Travis nearly started a fire this week.

    He was trying to build up a fire in his oven outside to cast a sculpture. Dad realized it was just so windy and dry, so he decided to stop. That night on the news they said, Do not mess with fires outside. It's so dry and windy. Any little fire turns into a big one.
    It's not the first time. He tried to burn out wax in our oven once. A fire did occur, but he got it out. Shaking my head!

  4. This week we had record highs for temps. All the sudden there was a cool down. My allergies flared up so bad. Sneezing, migraine, itchy eyes, and snot was pouring from my nose. Sorry for the details, but it's true.

    It's odd how weather can play an effect on allergies, joint pain, and so on.

  5. I guess Mica's story writing award was announced in the school's newsletter, or over the intercom.

    Kids were asking for his autograph for being published in a book (along with the other winners). Trust me it was nothing fancy. Just a photocopy of the stories, bound by a copy place. A fourth grade teacher stopped Mica in the hall to congratulate him. Then she danced a dance, and sang, "Maybe you'll be in my class next year." This sudden fame is funny.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Reading Nooks

I wish we had room in our house for a reading nook. I've thought about putting one under the downstairs steps - after we get it refinished.

The Land of Nod is giving away a $1,500 gift card to get supplies for your own Reading Nook, and books from their site.

Part of what I love is that it's only 1 entry. There is no like 50 FB pages, and follow 50 Twitter pages to enter.

Here are some Reading Nook ideas from my Pinterest Kid Spaces Board.

Take an old crib, make it into a toddler bed, and re-purpose it to be a seat for a reading space.

An old crib mattress looks cozy!

An old crib could be transformed into a desk to.


Plastic rain gutters can be used to hold books.

This is one of those broken links. If you know where it came from, I'd be happy to add a source.

An old cable spool as a Book Nook.

This is one of those broken links. If you know where it came from, I'd be happy to add a source.

Take the under part of your steps and transform it into a kid's space. They can use it for a Reading Nook, play space, or tornado shelter.


A fun space that can be for read, or take the cushions off and it can be used for writing.

This is one of those broken links. If you know where it came from, I'd be happy to add a source.

Make a Reading Nook out of old wood pallets.


Turn a tepee into a Reading Nook.


 Instead of a family tree, have a book tree.

This is one of those broken links. If you know where it came from, I'd be happy to add a source.

What are your ideas for a Reading Nook? Do you have space for one?

Disclaimer: The Land of Nod did not ask me to post this. I just posted about it because it looks fun. I did not get anything in exchange for this post.

Radha Argan Oil Review

Well folks it's officially allergy season here. We had one day that was a high of 85 degrees! The temp dropped really fast, and the wind was super crazy! I got a migraine, and was a sneezing mess. 

I got out Radha Argan Oil, and added 10 drops of each essential oil: Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon. Then I rubbed it in my temples and the back of my neck. It was like a weight was off my sinuses.

Not only does it help my skin, my hair, but it also helps with my allergy headaches.

Cost: $49.95 - On Sale For $15.89.

  • One Ingredient - 100% Pure Argan Oil - No Fillers. There really isn't a smell at all. You can mix essential oils with it to give it a scent if you'd like. 
  • The Highest Quality of Moroccan Argan Oil Found Anywhere - This is a 4 ounce bottle of goodness.
  • Moisturizer and Heals Dry Skin and Hair - It naturally freshens, hydrates and softens dry skin, it also repairs and beautifies hair, from roots to split-ends and improves scalp health. It keeps fly away hairs down.
  • High Quality Dropper - Comes with a QUALITY DROPPER for dispensing. I take the cap off and throw it away, and keep the dropper in it.  
  • Free EBook -  That goes over the uses & benefits.
  • Cold Pressed Virgin Oil - It being cold pressed ensures the best quality, highest-grade oil. It's unscented, lightweight & pure for the ultimate healthy glow.
  • Certified Organic - Not only are they certified organic, but they are also not tested on animals. 
  • Imported From Morocco and Bottled in the USA

Radha also has Fractionated Coconut Oil to try out! 

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Natural Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer Bag Review

I got a Natural Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer Bag to review.

It's made by Great Value SG. Like them on FB. It's $15.99 value. For limited time only, get Free Bonus Ebook Maximize use of Bamboo Charcoal Bag. So grab it while it's there as this offer will not last forever.

I knew right away where I wanted it to go - the refrigerator. We eat things up pretty fast, but right now from St. Patty's Day we have sauerkraut, and pickles in our fridge.

It prevents mold, mildew and bacteria growth. Help keep food fresh longer. It's more effective than Baking Soda.
I love that Natural Bamboo Charcoal Deodorizer Bag is an air purifier that works by absorbing odors naturally.

Wouldn't it be nice if you can get rid of odors that make you feel uncomfortable effectively?

Where to Put it: 
  • In the refrigerator
  • In the cupboard
  • In the pantry
  • Under the sink
  • In the closet
  • In the car
  • In the shoe area
  • In the pet area
  • In the break room at work
  • In the storage area
This is a natural way to remove odors and reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals!

This products Has:
  • 100% organic bamboo charcoal crystals which removes odors and moisture by absorbing them. 
  • It also removes bacteria and toxic chemicals from paint or furniture and prevents mold and mildew. 
  • Unlike aerosols or scented products with harmful chemicals, the odors are not just masked but absorbed and removed. 
  • It's safe to use around pets and children. It is held in a durable linen bag unlike cheap imitations using non-woven materials which tear easily.
  • Each bag is handmade fresh from the factory and full of natural goodness. 
  • Effectively block electromagnetic radiation.
  • Increase the amount of negative ions and create healthy environment.
  • It could be refreshed monthly and reused for 2 years and covers up to 70 sq feet area. For $0.015 a day, enjoy the fresh and clean air and other health benefits it brings for 2 years!
  • Start noticing improvements in the area of where it's at after about 1-2 days.

What do you use to deodorize your home?

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I've never watched The Hobbit. I just don't have the patients for really long movies. As I say that - I do like The Sound of Music. I have a feeling that Mica will like the series.

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Top Secret and Training

Travis (Dad) has 2 weeks of training. This week was all medical stuff. I'm pretty sure next week is mostly medical stuff to. He didn't know he'd have to do all this training. He's both overwhelmed, and finds it interesting. 

It's kind of like when the boys came out of the hospital when they were babies, and we had to give them IV antibiotics. Then it seemed like there were so many steps, we didn't want to kill our babies due to one wrong move, and we were lacking on sleep. Not a good combination. Once the nurse told me to enter the antibiotics slowly, and I did it fast. OMG I thought Mica was going to be a goner. Then he got hives all over from the penicillin he was on. Of course that kind of stuff has to happen in the middle of the night.

Back on topic: He's learned CPR, the proper way to insert eye drops, how he needs to wash his hands all the time, and way more that I just don't know about.

It's far from teaching art so far, but we'll see once he gets done with this training. Maybe it will be the best thing ever. He has a test today. If he gets lower than an 85% he has to train one additional week. The same with next week. The pressure is on!

There's 5 people training with him. One will be doing what he's doing, and didn't know the extent to the medical training either.

It seems kind of odd that he's training so much. I only got shown around my work, and got a nod to go do it. We do have an inservice twice a year, but that's it. 

He can't tell the patients his full name, where he lives, or that he has kids. I should have thought about the no telling of the kid's names before I started blogging, but now their names are all over this blog. Mommy fail. I didn't think anyone would read this blog to be honest. I just thought it would be a place to store my mom thoughts. 

I know I'm not alone in revealing my kid's names. It would be awkward calling them their nicknames all the time: Isaak: Zeek and Mica: Moose. Do you think I should start, or is is too late to do that?

Dad can't tell people where he works, just what he does. It's like a top secret job. He says he can't even tell me anything. I said, "Come on my mom was a nurse, and she told us secret things." Knowing him he'll abide by that rule.

He took his lunch 2 days - the other days he ate before he left. That was odd because there is no room in the fridge for his food. They have a fridge, but it's full of medical supplies. He's taking an iced bag. Thank goodness they make those things now a days. 

What's one thing that was odd about a job where you have worked at in the past?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Things They Say

I always love the things that come out of little kid's mouths. My kids are getting older, so hearing funny things is becoming less and less of a thing.

We had 2 funny things said this week.


We have a {Who Can Get Dressed First} contest in the morning. Isaak was tallying up 1st, 2nd... He came in the kitchen and said, "Dad got gold, Mom got bronze, I got silver, and Mica got dementia." It took me a second to think, "Oh you mean honorable mention." He said, "Ya that."


We were playing Clue, and he kept referring to Colonel Mustard as, "Colonial Mustard". He did it the whole game. He said, "Mr. Body was killed by Colonial Mustard with a lead pipe in the ballroom." So on and so forth.


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