Tuesday, March 19, 2019

WW: Owl {Linky}

Isaak brought home an owl pellet to dissect. I was thinking a pellet was a poop. Nope it's more like a fur ball they cough up. It's more matted, and the kids break it up.


He found a lot of bones, and 4 little animal skulls.



Call it gross if you want, but I thought it was pretty darn cool.








Did you ever dissect anything when you were younger? 



Drama

I don't know what I'm going to do when Isaak gets to be the same age as Mica. He's only 10, almost 11. His middle name should have been "Drama". All the people that told me that girls are more dramatic than boys, talked more, and cuddled less were wrong when it comes to Isaak.

For Valentines Day they had a dance at school. With Mica's teacher she sent home a letter saying that kids couldn't ask for dates. Isaak's teacher is new, and didn't get that memo. So he asked a girl on the first day.

That girl said, "Yes", then "No" the next day, then "Yes" after Isaak got his friend to help him write her a letter, and lastly "No" the day before the dance.

He went to school looking nice even though his date was no longer his date.


His date said, "Yes" to a new kid that kept calling Isaak names. He wasn't happy. He was all worked up.

When the dance happened he walked around in circles in the gym by himself. A few people told him he should apologize to the girl. Well he didn't do anything wrong. Why should he have apologized?

We heard about it everyday until the first part of March. That's when the girl wrote him an "I'm Sorry Letter".

She said:

It's been a long time since we talked. Well first of all I'm sorry! I didn't choose to go with _____. It was _____ who told me to. This is because I didn't know what to do there was so much going on in my mind that I just said "yes" to everything she said. They were all dares. Can we be friends again? I want it to be just like the old days. I'm sorry!

Thankfully Isaak's mostly drama free now. Although he is annoyed with the girl that tampered with things. He wants to fire her from his friendship club. I guess the drama isn't really free just yet.

Menstrual Cup Set Review

This post is for females, so if you're a male move on. Ha! 

I've heard of some friends saying that female supplies should be free, much like toilet paper is free when you go to a public restroom. If you feel that way, there are products out there that are fairly inexpensive, and can be used again and again. Because there are alternative products out there, I'm against women's time of the month products being publicly free.


Try a Menstrual Cup:

I know...I was weary at first. I think I had my first menstrual cup for 4 months before I was finally willing to try it out. Human's are so interesting when it comes to change. We want change for the better, but if it's new to us we're either excited about it, or stand offish.

My sister said, "Do you want to try a menstrual cup? I can get you one." I'm like, "I already have one. I just need to try it." I watched a few videos on YouTube where a girl from the UK talked about putting them in, and taking them out before I was comfortable to try mine. In the UK they are much more open, and willing to try new things.

What the Set Comes With:

It comes with 3 cups. You have the choice of small or large. I do wish the set had an option of one cup being small (for light days), one cup being medium (for mid cycle), and one cup being large (for heavy days). They are all different colors, so it would be easy to have them small, medium and large, and to know the difference. Instead I'll have one at home, one in my purse, and one at work.

It comes with a small fabric bag. The bag will stay in my purse.

Then there's an instruction manual. It shows how to use the cup.


Where to Get the Set:

You can get it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L1KMK5Q, for $16.99 for a set of 3 small, or 3 large. The sets are on Prime. The cost is great considering you can reuse these over and over again.

Most women spends $120 a year on menstrual products a year. The cup lasts for up to 10 years.


Is it Gross?

The quick answer is no. Not anymore gross than tampons, pads or diapers. If you think differently than the quick no answer, than you haven't tried them. You are being judgmental like I was before I tried them.

There's no tampon string you pee on, and remove. Yuck! There's no bleach you are inserting into your body. Double yuck!

There's nothing clogging up the toilet. I remember when I was a teen, my parents had a plumber out to fix the toilet my sister and I used. Tampons messed it up! I was mortified!

There's a student worker that dumps the trash. She said, "It's so gross that people do not wrap their pads with tissue before dumping them. I agree. No one wants to see that! At the same time it is what it is. I don't like waisting toilet paper when it's only serving the purpose of covering something up. With the cup I use pads way less!

The clean up isn't gross. You take it out, and dump it in the toilet. At home I wash it in the sink before putting it back in. At work I wipe it with toilet paper before putting it back in.

Another great thing, the duration of when you need to change a cup vs. when you need to change a tampon is way higher.

There are no worries about Toxic Shock Syndrome; that tampons can cause. You can leave a cup in for up to 24 hours! I change mine more often during heavier times.

How to Use a Cup:

Step 1 - Boil them in water. You can do this between cycles.

Step 2 - Wash your hands.

Step 3 - It's a medical grade silicone, so they bend easily. Twist it up in your hand like so...


Step 4 - Insert it. Put it up until silicone end is left to grab. It will pop out on the inside.

Top

 Bottom

Step 5 - I have mine in all morning long on heavy days, and most of the day on light days. When it's to be removed. I was scared to take it out the first few times. You just pull the "nub" is what I call it. It comes out just enough to push on the body of it to make the suction go away. It comes out easily after that. 

I dump it, and wash it if possible. 

Simple! Less money! Less waist! Less toxic issues! 

Discloser: I got this product for free to help with this review. The company did not tell me what to write, or say.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Groove Life - Edge Silicone Rings Review

My husband makes most of my jewelry. He designs it, can cast it, and sets the stones. 

He hardly wears his own wedding ring. With his trade he uses his hands all the time. They get dried out from plaster. 

My Dad rarely wore his wedding ring either. His knuckles were so big. He had trouble getting his ring up and over his knuckle. Once it was on it was loose.

I'm happy to introduce you to Groove Life - Edge Silicone Rings:


 The ring came in a cool masculine tin box. It was easy to open.


The Great Thing About Silicone Rings:

-They are not expensive! The one they sent me is $29.95, which is way cheaper than the standard wedding ring.

-There is a lot of different looks: 91 on their website for men right now. 88 on their website for women right now.

-They have ones for men and women.

-They have different sizes to choose from. Men's run from 8-14. Women's run from 4-11.

-They stretch a big, so they'll go over big knuckles. They'll also come off when it's hot outside, and a finger swells.

-There are made with a medical grade silicone, so there aren't metal allergies to worry about.

- Because it's a medical grade silicone your finger won't get as hot as a traditional wedding ring will make it.


Where to Get This Ring:

Get it on their website: https://groovelife.com/collections/edge-collection.

They do let you trade out sizes, if the size doesn't work. They also have a great warranty. If it breaks, they let you exchange it.

Like I said above this ring is $29.95. The cost does very due to the style of the ring. They do have shipping options. I got mine fairly fast! If you want it delivered within 6-7 days it's only $1.99, if you want it delivered within 3-5 days it's only $2.99, and if you want it delivered really fast within 1-2 days it's $29. That still makes it cheaper than any traditional ring.



The Only Downfalls:

There is no stone selection. That's known upfront of course. 

I love the options on their site! Would you ever think to go with a silicone ring?

Disclaimer: I got this product for free in exchange for this review that was written by me. The company did not influence me in any way on what to say. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Make the Flooding Stop

Just an update... I live in Omaha, Nebraska. I'm ok, but all around me is not.

Fremont, Nebraska has no direct route in or out. Some have had to evacuate their home. Many of the people that live there work in Omaha. I work with someone that lives in Fremont. His wife was stuck in Omaha, while he was in Fremont. She did make it home by driving on a street that was closed soon after she drove on it. They've had to work together to make sandbags. Many took each other in. Fremont has never had a flood problem like this, so many didn't have flood insurance.

HyVee (a grocery store) drove 5 huge trucks of food on back roads to Fremont to donate food. Good things do happen in bad situations.

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Waterloo and anyone by the Platte River is also under water.

This street is supposed to keep going:

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Offutt Air Force Base is now partly underwater.

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It happened so fast! That's why people didn't get out. We had a ton of snow on the ground still, so with getting a ton of rain, there wasn't anywhere for the rain to go.

When the rescue missions were occurring families had to leave live stock behind. Horses can swim, but they are finding some animals dead.

Shelters have actually not been used a lot. They attribute that to good friends and family that have taken them in.

We have not been out to see any damage. They said for people to stay away, so workers can do what they can. Plus it's just dangerous.

Here's all the roads that are closed:


It would be hard to travel just about anywhere in Nebraska and Iowa right now. Anywhere there was a river or creek there's flooding that happened.

We did drop off a ton of water at a shelter spot. One area has contaminated water, and others that don't have a home needs many things.

I worry about the people, their homes, them having to rebuild, livestock gone, and food prices going way up from farmers not having a farm.

We're safe and sound being in the middle of Omaha.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Chicken and Dumpling Soup {Recipe}

I love Chicken and Dumplings. Usually I make the a traditional recipe, and the dumplings are made from scratch.

One night a few months ago I had a dream I made Chicken and Dumpling Soup. It was go good!

Nom Nom Chicken and Dumpling Soup!


I didn't even look up recipes. I knew I saw potato dumplings somewhere, and thought they'd be perfect for this soup. The homemade ones I typically make would get soggy, and wouldn't work. The question is: Where did I see potato dumplings? I looked at two grocery stores I usually go to, and they weren't there. Finally I found the potato dumplings at Big Lots. I made sure to pick up a few packages if this recipe was as good as it was in my dream.

I have to say, it's a good thing I picked up 2 packages of dumplings! Chicken and Dumpling Soup is amazing! My family must of agreed...they gobbled it up!

I just used some of the ingredients I've used in my regular Chicken and Dumpling recipe. I added more vegetables. One thing I used to do, that I don't do anymore is shave off the carrot skin. I leave it on.

It took about a half hour to 45 minutes to make. I paired it up with homemade blueberry muffins and a side of green beans. One can never have too many veggies.

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil (To Cover the Pan) or 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 Big Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 3 Carrots
  • 3 Celery Stalks
  • 1/2 a Container of Mushrooms
  • A Handful of Spinach Leaves
  • 2 Italian Sausage Links
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 Cups of Water
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Marjoram
  • 1 Package of Potato Dumpling


Directions:

Drizzle the non stick pan with olive oil, or heat up the butter.

Start Chopping:

I chopped one veggie at a time, and added it in in this order: Onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and mushrooms.

Stir often, cook until the veggies are tender. Add in a handful of spinach leaves. At this point I put the lid on to make the spinach wilt faster.



I put the veggies into one of our soup bowls. I'm all about using as little dishes as possible.

Cook the Italian Sausage, and break it up as it cooks. Set aside in a different soup bowl.

Cook the diced chicken until it's no longer pink.

Add the veggies and Italian Sausage back into the pot.

Pour in the water and chicken broth. Add the salt, pepper, and Marjoram. Heat back up, and add in the potato dumplings.



Heat back up, and serve.


It was perfect! Have you ever cooked or baked in a dream?

Random Tid Bits

  1. It sucks that my nephew Emerson (age 7) has 5 or so seizures a day. :(

    I couldn't help, but to laugh when my sister told me my nephew Edison (age 4 almost 5) fakes seizures to get attention. Even my sister found it funny at first.

  2. It's so rainy in the midwest today. I'm prewriting, so it's actually Wednesday. Expect that food prices may go up. Some farmers are having floods. We had 5" of snow, then 5" more, and now 5" of rain is supposed to happen. Between that was more rain and snow, but too hard to measure.

    Many people don't really think much of Iowa and Nebraska, but it's where much of your food sources come from. 

  3. I don't seek out watching The Bachelor. If anything I'm against the idea of it. Dating multiple people at once is a bad idea. Sometimes the TV is on, it comes on, and it sucks me in. The latest guy Colton - let's just say that I respected him for being a virgin. I disrespected the host for bringing it up multiple times like he was an alien for it. Some people do choose to wait, and that's ok. I'm sure many people that have waited don't talk about it. Therefore it's not of the norm. 

  4.  I was really excited to of gotten both of my children in the most popular camp with their cousin Elijah. It will be Mica's last year to be in it. Evan - the cousin that's Mica's age is a year ahead of him in school, so he's already booted out.

  5. My Dad got me this book The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, hoping it would help with my allergies:


  6. The book is interesting. Some stuff I do, and would be willing to try. I'm not anti natural healing.
    I don't believe in good feng shui in your house. Ok, so the placement of furniture matters slightly. Don't put a TV where you are going to get lots of glares. Don't put something solid in front of an air vent. Does correct placement bring positive vibes? I don't think so.

    Sure essential oils are great smelling, and can be excellent to add to cleaners. Do they cure everything? They may cure some things, but not everything. 
    Crystals, rocks, gem stones, pink himalayan salt lamps all look cool, but in my mind they don't bring you positive energy, or zap out sickness.
    All the sudden Isaak found the book above. He thinks he can cure anyone of anything. 
    Isaak: "Mom I feel like I had bad breath the other day. I think I need an Oregano Oil pill." Travis and I both rolled our eyes at one another. Yes it may work, but he's believing it all! 
    Isaak: "Mom I scraped my knee. I need to put tea tree oil on it." Travis thought I told him to do that. I put a little on a cotton ball, and patted it on his knee. Maybe it will help.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Is it Christopher Walken?

We were walking through Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and all the sudden I saw this piece:


I said to Travis, "If anyone were to play the roll of this painted guy it would have to be a slightly younger Christoper Walken. Do you think he could play the roll of the painted guy above?



I can't help, but to think Christoper Walken, or Robert Wagner had something to do with Natalie Wood's death. One of them knows something. I think there was only 4 people on that boat when she died. The only remaining person is the one driving the boat. 

The fact that Christoper Walken typically plays a freaky role makes me suspicious of him. Let's put it this way...I wouldn't want to be in a dark ally with the guy. Does he give you the creeps? 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

WW: Basquiat {linky}

I've always liked Jean-Michel Basquiat's work. It's raw, but interesting and unlike some of modern work it has a focal point. There was a movie called Basquiat. David Bowie played one of Basquiat's best friend's Andy Warhol.

Bowie looks like Andy Warhol here, right?


We got a chance to see a Basquiat at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.



Award Ceremony - Breakfast of Champions

A few weeks ago we were invited to go to Mica's school, for his award ceremony.

The room was full of people! They don't just award one person first place. They did award a limited amount of people.

I skipped out of work to go. Last year I didn't go, and had Travis went instead.

The breakfast was good!

They awarded each kid with a medal. All the kids in the room got A's on their projects. Some kid's projects get to go to the zoo for another round. Mica's isn't going to that this year, but it did last year. when that happens they go against different schools.

Fun little fact: My maiden name is Spiehs, said like Sp-(long) eee-ss. I never see anyone else with that last name. There are 2 kids that go to school with Mica with that last name. We must be related somehow. 

Mica seemed like he didn't want to be there. He doesn't seem to like it when we come to his sanctuary - school. Suck it up buttercup! 

He snubbed the wild cat when it came to shaking his/her hand. He typically shakes hands well.


He didn't want me to take his picture. Too bad!


It is cool that they gave out medals.


#NancyDrew and #TheHiddenStaircase Swag Pack #Giveaway

Disclosure: **“Warner Bros. provided me with a swag pack to facilitate this post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

I love movies and shows that are from old books. While I didn't really get into Nancy Drew, I know a lot of people did! Possibly I just wasn't introduced to Nancy Drew. I do love mysteries!


Who doesn’t love an epic mystery?

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is an all-new film coming to theaters on March 15 from Warner Bros., Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Red 56. I think Ellen DeGeneres is so funny! She's probably a great fit for this film!

The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end!

About Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Theatrical:

After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter 16-year-old daughter Nancy in River Heights. Nancy is asked by Flora to help solve the ghostly activity at her home, the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase stars:

Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”) as Nancy Drew
Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”) as Carson Drew (Nancy’s father)
Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and Alice) as Flora
Andrea Anders (“Joey” and “Better Off Ted”) as Hannah (Nancy’s Aunt)
Laura Slade Wiggins (“Shameless”) as Helen
Zoe Renee (“The Quad”) as George
Mackenzie Graham (The Purge) as Bess

Check out the Nancy Drew Escape Room app:



Swag Prize Pack includes:

- Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase - film t-shirt
- Nancy Drew Escape Room Sticker Sheet (4"x6")
- Nancy Drew - Earbuds & pouch

Time for the giveaway!

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Disclosure Reminders: **“Warner Bros. provided me with a swag pack to facilitate this post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

Friday, March 8, 2019

#30Americans @joslynartmuseum Nick Cave's #soundsuits #art

Are you familiar to Nick Cave's work? It's pretty cool. I watched a documentary on him, on Amazon.


At Joslyn Art Museum they showed some of his work at a special show:


At the end of the show they had a craft for families:

I thought it was going to be really crafty, but then what I saw what they were doing with our crafts I was interested.

We were given a felt square, lots of foam pieces, and glitter glue.

Mine didn't turn out as good as Isaak's. I went with fall type colors.


Isaak went very 3D! The people up front really liked his!


What were we doing? We were part of a Soundsuit.


I wish I could have seen the mannequin fully covered!


It would be fun to make a Soundsuit for Halloween, but people may not know what it is. 

Have you seen Nick Cave's Soundsuits anywhere?

Random Tid Bits

  1. Mica's going through yet another transitional time with growing up. He forgets about 4 snack bowls in his room (thankfully they were all empty). He has no interest in doing any extras. He's in Quiz Bowl - that's plenty in his mind. Gawd forbid he hang out with his cousins for a board game night and pizza, sign up for camps for the summer, or a special academy (Zoo or Health) that his school offers next year.

    He gets embarrassed by me at his school now. I've always been his cuddle person, and I'm goofy. Maybe he thinks I'm going to cuddle up with him in the cafeteria? Possibly he thinks I'm going to say something that puts him on the spot. I don't know what's going on in his head. Growing pains are hard!


  2. We keep having storage units going up in Omaha. They have Biblical quotes that are demeaning, and they have the ugliest logo. Do you have this storage unit where you live? They are popping up all over. 


  3. I knew it was supposed to snow on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, but didn't know it was going to come down so hard. It snowed 5". We got a call that Mica got yet another snow day. Parking lots are actually smaller because there's no room for snow. 


  4. I'm a bit obsessed about True Crimes lately. I think I've watched or listened to every video on Chris Watts. I like Tori Hartman's channel. I just listen to it, while I'm working on other things. I think that Watts case has hit me hard because it makes me realize that Travis thinks I'm nuts when I start going on and on about certain cases. 

  5. Travis' chair design got accepting to this:


  6. A mock up! Now he has to make the real thing!


    Now he's ultra busy. He really doesn't want to hear about my interest in the Chris Watts case.

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