Friday, October 19, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. Tonight we have a Fall Festival to go to at Isaak's elementary school. They always have a lot to do. Kids of all ages have fun! 

  2. I was going to be the Bansky's image the just got shredded. I wanted to find a long white shirt, paint it to look like his work, cut it to look shredded, and put a frame on me. Then I saw that sort of done, without the frame. Then there's the question of copyrighting - but I think Halloween is an exception to that. 

  3. Source

  4. I also thought to be a cactus. Much of Saturday, while we watched TV I stuck toothpicks in a green sweater, hot glued them to buttons on the inside. Then hot glued the buttons to the sweater, so they wouldn't slip out. I made a wreath for my head as well. Tonight will be a trial run for that costume. I probably won't go all out tonight; like I will for work on Halloween. 

  5. Isaak is going as a girl. Travis kept asking why? I said, "If girls can dress up as boys, why can't boys dress up as girls?" His friend Daniel was a girl last year, which got a lot of chuckles. I've had guy students be girls here and there through the years. It's always pretty funny. 

  6. Meet Felisha! He'd probably look better with a blond wig, but black was cheaper. Ha!

  7. One of my Aunt's posts all the time about political things. She thinks about as opposite to me as possible. I would NEVER defriend her. I believe all people should be able to speak their mind. Do you believe in freedom of speech? 

  8. Here's one of the things she shared:

    But Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump are two of her favorite presidents. They were both actors/a reality star.

    Should freedom of speech be applied only to people that's not a celebrity? I think my Aunt has a right to state her opinion, but so should Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep or anyone else should be free to state their opinion.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Four Memorable Vacation Ideas This Fall

The fall is probably one of the best times to travel. You can enjoy beautiful fall colors almost everywhere you go, there are typically fewer tourists, and of course, there are often plenty of activities, events, and festivals to enjoy. Fall is the season of harvest, warmth, and coziness, and if you need any help choosing where to travel to this year, look no further.

In the USA
Fall is a staple in the United States, and for a good reason! All of the northern states have something to offer during this season, from epic fall colors to festivals and harvests. It is the perfect time to get out there and explore some of America’s most historically important towns because they won’t look better than they do in fall:

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston played a critical part in American history and is today a beautiful town that is best known for being the home of Harvard University. Its old streets and beautiful mix of architecture make this town a perfect destination for any fall vacation. There are museums, parks, Fenway Park for baseball, and even the awesome Mapparium.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Like Boston, Philadelphia is critical to our history. It is where the Constitution was signed and where you can see the Liberty Bell. Regarding the town itself, it is absolutely charming in any season and truly comes alive under the fall coloring. Enjoy a traditional Philadelphia steak sandwich, peruse through American history, and of course partake in all the fall festivities.

Outside the USA
For those who want to go a bit further than their own backyard, there are plenty of European cities where you can see the beauty of fall and enjoy history and culture all at the same time. The top two on our list are:

London, England
London is a magical place for the fall season, and with its milder temperatures, you can expect warmer weather and prolonged fall foliage as well. Once there, you can enjoy the city in its full glory, wrapped up in the warm fall colors that make every landmark simply pop. Fill your days with markets, museums, and eclectic cafes and pubs. Then, for the night, book a night at the theater. From small-time productions that are very affordable to the biggest children’s musicals London like Wicket or the Lion King, there is no shortage of plays and musicals to enjoy.

Paris, France
The City of Love is a magical place any time of the year, but with its massive, ancient trees and picturesque parks dotted around French architecture, there is probably no better time to visit. The weather is cool, but not wet, and there are typically fewer tourists during this time.

Combined, this is the perfect destination for families and couples alike who want to explore this ancient French city.

Whether you go somewhere local, or somewhere overseas, just remember to pick the places that embody fall the most. The dead of winter is when it’s time to go for a break in the sun, but fall is when you go for the color and festivities.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WW: First Snow of the Season {Linky}

In Omaha, Nebraska we got our first snow for fall. I knew it was supposed to snow. But it came down in big puffs of snow. It was heavy, and knocked some tree limbs down. Many lost power. Thankfully we didn't though.

The next morning a leaf was stuck to my car. I pulled it off, and it left a leaf ice print.

The snow only stayed around for a day. All the rest of this week it's supposed to be warmer. 

Usually it doesn't snow until after Halloween around here. Do you get snow where you live? 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Giant Spider - for Halloween Decor Review

I like Halloween, but have never gotten spooky decorations that last. I signed up to review a few things this year. I think I only got one.

Say HELLO to our newest Apel Giant Spider! 

Where it Can Go:

It's cool that the legs can be moved around. It came in a small box. Travis positioned our Apel Giant Spider how he wanted it.

-It can go on the floor

-It can hang on a door

-You can get a spider web to put it on that

We plan on getting a faux spider web to put it on for Halloween. Considering it snowed pretty good today we didn't want to put it up just yet.

What it Does:

You do need to buy a battery. It didn't come with one. Once you put the battery in, and turn it on the eyes glow red and it makes a spooky noise. Thankfully it does have an off switch. The noise doesn't come on unless you pull that black cord on the head.


It's pretty big! 43" of creepy fun! 20" high.

Where to Get it:

$13.99 on Amazon Prime.

I think it would be fun to have a few! It would be cool if they sold these spiders in package deals.

What kind of Halloween decor do you have?

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.

Etheria Wax Melt - Pumpkin Chai Review

One thing I've never tried before is wax melts. I just typically use essential oils in a defuser over burning candles or melting waxes.

When I found out that Etheria makes their Wax Melt with essential oils I thought I'd give it a try. 

I don't have a wax burner/melter. I'm not even sure what they are called. I did however have a 1/2 burned candle that didn't have a strong scent connected to it. I tried a wax cube in that. It brought the pumpkin fall scent into the kitchen.

It would be wonderful to make my house smell like Pumpkin Chai for company.

I also could see just burning it in the kitchen in a double boiler. That is how the artist Jasper Johns created his wax encaustic paintings.

It’s made with natural soy, essential oil infused, in the US.

Where to Get Pumpkin Chai Wax Melts:

$8.95 on Amazon. They sent it directly to me, but I happen to notice it's not on Amazon Prime.

Etheria products are made right here in the US. Not a lot of products are, so I like to bring that up.

Have you tried wax melts? If you have, what scents have you tried?

Disclaimer: I got this product for free to review. The company did not influence me on how to write my review.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Review

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil works great in lotions and massage oils. I've mixed drops of mine in with melted coconut oil to make a moisturizer or scalp massage. Ylang Ylang is a relaxing essential oil.

You could also use it in a relaxing bath.

I've used a lot of different essential oils, but never have used this one. It smells really good! I diffused it this weekend. A few drops go a long way. Thankfully Gya Labs doesn't add extras in their oils.

It's a great that I went out on Saturday to take photos because on Sunday we had snow on the ground. I'm not looking forward to indoor only shots.

Where to Get Gya Labs Ylang Ylang:

You can pick up a bottle on Amazon for $9.49. That's a great price! 

It is on Amazon Prime, so no shipping if you are a Prime Member.

There's .34 ounces in a bottle, but there's no fillers, bases, or additives.

what’s you favorite essential oil? 

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. The company did not tell me what to say.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. It's been raining in Omaha, Nebraska for days! There's possible snow in the forecast. No thanks! I want summer back again. 

  2. We met with Mr. Principal in regards to Isaak. Isaak's no longer going to take kids to the bathroom. He was one of 3 boys selected to do so. Most of the kids in class were picking Isaak, when they had to go. He was missing out on lessons at school. Then he was ultra emotional at home. He didn't get how to do his homework. His teacher didn't want to take the whole class on breaks because of the time lost in their school work. My thoughts were - her time lost. The other way - his time lost.

    I went through his teacher first. She just said, "I can't take him off that. He's one of the few boys in the class I trust." I didn't just walk in to the Principal's office, and blame the teacher. I said, "Isaak's plate is too full. He signed up for Safety Patrol (which is every day), Student Council (which meets once a month), Chorus (misses class for), Show Choir (before school once a week), Strings (misses class for), Soccer, and Basketball (which are both after school). Little man was overwhelmed.

    Other topics we went over: Kid's forming "Cool Clubs" that Mr. Principal was unaware of, and the class talking a lot and missing recess - I mentioned they could run the track instead to at least get some activity. Isaak's teacher also said to Isaak, "Why did you say all that to your Mom?!" in regards to my email. Isaak felt like crying, and bawled at home. I said, "Kids should talk to their parents! I'm happy my 10 year old son talks to me!" Mr. Principal agreed. 

  3. I felt good about how things went. Then yesterday Isaak said, "Mom did you know teachers have favorites? I'm one of my teacher's favorites. She told me so." (insert inner eye roll, and why in the heck is she telling the kids this?) I covered quickly by saying, "Isaak favorites change. Somedays I like you better than Mica and visa versa. I love you both. It's just that one child may be easier to get along with on a particular day." He said, "Do you have favorites with your students?" I said, "I have students that are challenging sometimes. I've had students ask if they were my favorite? Then I said to them, 'You are, along with the other 30 students in the class.' That seems to satisfy them." I want Isaak to like his teacher. I have to say that she rubs me the wrong way. She's fake happy it seems. She smiles with a frown face. I've never seen anyone do that before. Her mouth is frowned down, but her cheeks and eyes are uplifted. 

  4. Travis' boss lady keeps giving him things. A foam pumpkin to decorate, so I decorated it up like an owl for him. I didn't take a picture. Next came a wooden leaf. I did take photos of that for a future post. She's given him candles, cozy socks that are very girl like and Isaak wanted, and Keurig pods. For one Travis hates flavored coffee, for another we don't have a Keurig machine. I open them up, and dump them in our legit coffee pot to use them. Do you like plain coffee or flavored coffee? Do you have a Keurig machine?

  5.  Mica's in a thing called Quiz Bowl. It's like Jeopardy, except you don't answer with a question. He has a group against other groups from other schools. We had no idea that it would be so time consuming when he signed up. It's every Tuesday after school, and 2 Saturdays a month from 8:30 to 1:30 or longer. I was feeling less than thrilled about this once I found all that out. Then I thought about it...I'll have one less child on those days. That's not all that bad. Possibly I'll go to get him one day before he calls me to take a few pictures. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

WW: Corn and Alpacas {Linky}

We went to Alpacas of the Heartland to see Alpacas of course. 

 On the way I took some corny shots.

I've been talking to my students about composition. This is a perfect example of an "S" or "Z" curve composition.

Here's the cuteness!

Isaak did manage to run along, and he also snagged an alpaca to hug.

Here's a baby:

Wanting Alpaca milk:

Another teen Alpaca:

I'm so sad that this may be our last time visiting them. They may have to shut down visitors, due to no handicap accessibility. :( They just don't have the funds to add it. Have you visited an Alpaca Farm?

Thursday, October 4, 2018

@cozyphones Headband Headphones Review

My boys are in love with listening to music. Big headphones are cumbersome, earbuds hurt me and have never fit in my ears very well, and small headphones feel cheap. I want to say, "Thank You!" to CozyPhones for their comfortable headphones. 

Three Types:

1. Adult Active: Black, Blue, White and Pink 

The Active CozyPhones run $19.97 right now. Go pick a pair up! They usually run $29.99.

2. Adult Sleep: Black, Grey and Violet

The Sleep CozyPhones run $21.97 right now. Go pick a pair up! They usually run $29.99.

3. Children Fleece: Unicorn, Panda, Fox, Froggy, Purple Frog, Monster, Cat, Paw Patrol Chase, Paw Patrol Marshall, Paw Patrol Skye, and Pink Bunny 

They run $19.97 right now. Go pick a pair up! They usually run $34.99.

You can buy CozyPhone on Amazon as well. 

They have a 100% money back guaranteed. 

We were sent Adult Active in White. It's made with a lycra that's made to keep your head cool. Mica sweats a lot. I'm glad the fabric makes him cool. It seems to work great.

I thought it would be great considering that Mica is doing Cross Country. I just wish he wouldn't of gotten shin splints. We can't tell if he's milking his pain, but after almost 2 weeks he's still limping. I hope he gets back to running on the weekends.

Mica likes to listen to Led Zeppelin, Jon Bon Jovi, Van Halen and more in his headphones! They connected up great to his phone!

We did go for a walk, and he enjoyed having his music playing.

Mica's CozyPhones came with a bag to store them in.

We were also sent Children Panda. It's made with a soft fleece. It seems to work well. Aren't they so cute?

Isaak loves to listen to Minecraft videos, and feels like he should be equal to Mica with screen time.

Isaak is huge into watching and listening to Michael Jackson videos in his headphones! They connected up great to his kindle!

I do wish Isaak's Panda CozyPhones came with a storage bag like Mica's did.


They both complained at first about the sound being muffled. I think because there's fabric there, the sound does need to be turned up a bit.

They also had to position them properly for hearing music. You can't see where the speakers are. They can be felt inside there, so lining them up to your ears isn't that difficult. You can also move the speakers inside the fabric.

There are somethings I love to listen to: Like songs, but other things I don't like listening to: Like Minecraft videos. Headphones go on PLEASE!


They are wonderful in the comfort department! 

The cords are braided, so they'll hold up better than some other headphones. 

You can actually take the headphones out of the CozyPhones to wash the fabric. 

I don't know how these hold up long term. I've only had them less than a week.

I like that CozyPhones has headphone for active people, people that want to relax, adults and kids. There are so many options.

Which option would you pick?

What would you listen to in your CozyPhones?

Disclaimer: I got these products free to help with this review. CozyPhones did not tell me what to write. I only review products my family or readers will find helpful.

Random Tid Bits

  1. It's midterms at the college I teach at, so that means I'm super busy!
    I spent an hour or more grading this morning. There's one more project staring at me. The guy that turned it in was late, skipped everyone's presentations, and didn't talk to me about it. I'm kind of letting him stew in the fact that he has an F in my class right now. I need to take some photos of artwork, but plan on doing that tomorrow. If I've been a bit absent from blogging, that's why. I kind of thought if I blogged, I'd feel a little more uplifted afterwards. 

  2. Isaak's had a shitty week! There's a reason I'm saying that. I'll get to it.

    He's been missing a lot of recesses this year. I'm not a fan of kids not getting breaks in elementary school. So...I emailed his teacher about it. Go to find out...the principal was holding recesses because they were talking so loud, he could hear them down the hall.

    In my mind that means they should be outdoors all the more. They wouldn't be so loud if they got it out of their systems outside.

    If you want to take play away from them - fine. Have them go outdoors, and turn them into runners. They have a track.

    Even at home when our kids can't focus on a task they run, outdoors, up and down the hill. Am I a perfect parent, no. This helps them get their tasks done!

    Now I feel it's important for me to find all the research I can about how recess is important. Let's add work to Alissa's schedule! Typically I like Mr. Principal. Damn it! Not this time. It pisses me off!

    I don't even feel pissed off about Isaak not having it per say. He's a good kid. He gets A's in school. I feel for the kids that are hyperactive, have trouble focusing, and so on.

    5th grade is one of the biggest classes in the school.

    Guess what? I'd love it for my son to be able to hang out with other kids in the other class. 

  3. I told you I'd get to Isaak's shitty week. Here it is! The craziest, messed up scenario I've heard for awhile.

    A 5th grader boy has been pooping and peeing on the floor. What does the school decided to do about this? They decided to pick 3 or 4 good kids in each class to have shit duty. Ok so they don't call it that, but I do. Isaak is in rotation of the other good kids, he goes out of class when someone needs to go to the bathroom. He looks in the bathroom to make sure nothing is on the floor. After the kid is done doing their duty, he gets to look again. Crappy, ya think?

    We found out about his shitty duty when he didn't know how to do his math homework. He missed 1/2 the lesson because he was not in the classroom. That night Isaak was in tears because he wanted to finish his math. He was worried about his grade dropping. He was so frustrated.

    We were/are so annoyed! Travis sent a text over to his teacher expressing that Isaak didn't understand his math because he was out of the room for some bathroom duty that seemed like a crazy story. She gave him another night to work on his math. I told Isaak to tell his teacher he didn't want to do that job anymore. If they won't let him stop, I'll freaking put a stop it. Conferences are coming up. Guess who's getting an ear full about that one? 

  4. Travis also waited and waited for Isaak to come out one night after school. Where was Isaak? He was putting up chairs for other kids in the class. His teacher was praising him. Travis said, "Isaak is that your chair?" Isaak said, "No." Travis said, "Then don't put it up. Come on we have to go." I don't know that I blame Isaak's teacher for that. Travis and I are pretty annoyed that the good kid gets crap duties. 

  5. I applied to 3 art things lately, and was denied with all of them. I know they get a lot of people that enter. I was hoping to get into just 1. Boo!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. I tried my best to try and convince Travis that I so wished that we would have named the boys Conrad and Commodore. I said, "Aren't those the best brother names? They sound so masculine. We could nickname them "Rad" and "Commy".  He's like, "Ok!?"

    The next day I told Mica what I wanted to change Isaak and his names to and he said, "I love those names Mom!"

    All week I've been calling Mica "Conrad" and Isaak "Commodore" just to mess with my husband. Conrad isn't that bad, and I just quickly came up with it to pair up with Commodore. Every once in awhile I just have to play an odd prank on gullible, serious Travis. Luckily the boys usually go along with me. 

  2. I was measuring a project that the students are working on. It's the project where teach piece is blown up. Then I put them all together in the end. Size is important to this project!

    I had one student that came up, and each piece had the wrong size. She quickly said, "It's because I didn't use that to measure with." She was referring to the fact that I was measuring her projects with a yard stick, when she was using a ruler.

    I didn't know if I should shake my head in the back room, or laugh. Have schools really done this much of a disservice to our students?

    I had another student that measured her projects wrong 3 times. She was short each time, so I made her recut each one, each time.

    Then there was a guy that came up and said, "Can you just show me where 3/4" is at? I have to be honest I just don't know." I guess I preferred that he just came out, and asked.

  3. The company ParentSavvy I work for is going belly up in a month. I'll miss that extra income, and doing the projects with Isaak. I think he's ok with it being done. We bump heads at times on what to do. I don't always like his ideas, and he doesn't always like that I'm telling him what to do. It was fun, while it lasted!

  4. Source

  5. Mica's leg has been bothering him, since the start of his Cross Country run on Saturday. He has been limping. He had to go see someone about that. We sent him to a health clinic at school. If we don't have to take off work, take Mica out of school, and run all over town then it may be a great thing. I had him get a flu shot, while he was there. Result: He has a shin splint on one of his legs. I'll tell you if it was convenient when I get the bill.  

  6. It's starting to get cold here in Nebraska. A part of Nebraska snowed, but not where I live. Is it cold where you're at? 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

One Boy's Trash is Another Boy's Treasure #craft #art #paint #mixedmedia

My next art | craft post is up on ParentSavvy. I'm really excited to share the steps of this one.

There are 3 main things you need for this:

  1. Heavy Structure Gel
  2. A Masonite Canvas
  3. Light Weight Junk You Will Turn to Treasure

I was so happy! My work gave me a $5 coupon to use at Blick Art Supplies. I found Winsor & Newton Heavy Structure Gel on clearance. It was $7. I had my teacher's discount on top of that. It was pennies.

We had canvas laying around.

Isaak has a lot of of junk that he wanted to turn to treasure. 


Washers and Other Things

Rubber Bits and Rusted Metal

Rainbow Loom - Not Really Junk, but We Used Them
We Also Used String

A Spoon to Apply the Medium, a Pen or Something to Draw on the Junk to Cut Them Out, Scissors to Cut the Junk

You May Use a Paint Brush, or Foam Brush (Optional)

You May Use Paint or Sand (Optional)

Turning the Trash to Treasure

Figure out what you want to stand out, how things will look on the canvas, and if there's any add on things you'll use before you get started.

We kind of had it figured out here. We decided to make the white mesh the biggest thing on the page, also known as the focal point.

Using Heavy Structure Gel:

Once it was all laid out we started to use the gel. Important use something you can wipe off to apply it. We used a spoon. You can use a fork, a palette knife, or even a plastic comb if you wanted to. It holds it's shape really well, so a fork or comb might be interesting. You'll get lots of lines.

Apply it to build it up on things that have recessed areas. Everything else can just be stuck into it.

We lifted the screen up to re position it. The gel held the texture! It dries a lot faster than I thought. Not so fast that you can't re position things, but I was expecting hours of drying time because it's thick. Nope! More like 20 min. When it dries, things are down for good!

We could have stopped here:

The little circles are Rainbow Looms.

But decided it needed something that would make one thing travel to something else. I told Isaak, "It looks like a Thomas train set with all the buildings, but no track.

We added string:

We could have stopped here:

We Chose to Paint it!

Gold and Silver went on! Isaak sprinkled sand in the wet paint in areas.

Blobs of silver paint went inside the Rainbow Loom circles.

It's Finished!

I would have worked on it more to add reds and teals to enhance the metal look, but Isaak hit his limit. I think it looks cool. Seriously a monkey could have done it with us.

It can go vertical or horizontal. Which way would you put it?


The opinions on this blog are my personal take on products and topics relating to motherhood. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.

I am not compensated to provide opinions on a variety of topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are my own. If I claim to show knowledge of certain topic or product I will only endorse products or services that I feel, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement.

If you have any questions about this blog, or want to get in contact with me please email me at: