Saturday, August 1, 2020

A Dress for Halloween

Halloween is so fun! Although I don't know how into the holiday I will be this year. When I worked at an art school, it was a blast. When the boys were in elementary school they had a Fall Festival. Many peoople dressed up for that as well. My costumes were used for a few events. Now I'm not really needing a costume. Possibly Halloween socks, or a shirt will be all I need. 

I do like to pass on my love for Halloween to others. 

My niece to be is going to get a Halloween dress from me. 

What I like about this outfit:
  • It's themed wonderfully for Halloween!
  • At first I didn't like that there were some things right side up, and other things upside down, but now I like it. Babies lay down. No matter how they lay, you can see the fun designs. 
  • The colors are pretty.
  • I love my boys, but now I can get something girly. 

What I dislike about this outfit:
  • The skirt wrinkles fairly easily.
  • The pumpkin gets hidden by the skirt. It would have been better if it was sewn higher up. 
  • I wish it was a onesie under the skirt; instead of a shirt. Babies never keep shirts tucked in. 

Overall it's a cute outfit!

Where to get it?
You can get this outfit, and another cute one similar on Amazon for $10.98 to $12.98:

  • 6-12 Month
  • 12-18 Month
  • 18-24 Month
  • 2T-3T
  • 3T-4T
Considering that my niece Margaret is due mid August, I would have ordered a 3-6 month. They didn't have this size. My sister is a seamstress, so she might be able to adjust the dress part. Really it would look cute with a black or white shirt. 

About the Bow:

I like bows, but only if they aren't covering the babies head. Some bows are just too big in my opinion. This one is a fairly small size. 

Do you like bows on babies? 

Is Halloween a holiday you enjoy?

Disclaimer: I got this product, for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. Mica had his routine check-up with the doctor yesterday. The boy is almost 6 foot. Because he grew so fast, he has some stretch marks. He's never been fat; in fact he's slimmed down his tummy. He just grew oh so quickly. Doctor Harrison doesn't think there's anything that really works for stretch marks. Have you found anything that does?

  2. Mica failed his Scoliosis test. I was and still am a little worried about it. It helped when my sister told me in regards to Evan (my nephew Mica's age), "Evan failed his too. I think he just grew so fast. His body was catching up somehow." Today Mica got his scan. Oh joy - more expense. I do want to make sure he's ok.

  3. Isaak and I have been watching the old show Lost. Isaak and I seem to have the same taste in shows. We both liked Medium. Travis and Mica could have cared less, for both of them. Travis and Mica like documentaries. Isaak and I are like, "Really? Documentaries! They are boring. I feel like I'm in school!" I like some documentaries, but not a lot of them. 

  4. We're in the process of redoing Mica's room. Because I work some of the weekend, it's taking for-ever! I spackled, sanded, and primed. Then Travis taped, and painted. We still have painting to do though. Mica's bedroom is infringing on our living room, so I'm ready for it to be done!

  5. I'm tired like 90% of the time. Waking up at 4:30 AM to go to work by 5:30 is rough. I have successfully opened up. My trainer said she has faith that I'll get down closing as well. It seems intimidating. I don't mind the job. I just don't like when asked - "What do you like about this job the most?" She answered, "Going home." Most designer/marketing jobs around here have about 50 applicants on the low side, so that's a challenge. I keep trying. Each time I get shot down, something else pops up that I'm excited about. Something, sometime will happen.

    This old song from Sesame Street keeps popping into my head:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

@PrestoPhoto #book

I finally spent a day, ok maybe two days making a book of our vacation last year to Minnesota. Whenever I've made photo books it takes way longer to make than I think it's going to take. 

Mistakes Made:

Don't upload all your photos, if you have tons of photos. It took forever to upload them. I didn't want to stop the upload process in the middle, in fear I'd only get some of them to upload. Then it took a long time go through them all on Presto Photo's site.

I also had Presto Photo put my images in the book. Each single image went on a page, but they have a lot of different compositions to choose from. I had to delete a lot of pages.

Typically one wouldn't have these problems. I just happened to have tons of pictures!

Don't do what I did... Select your photos outside of Presto Photo, then upload your selected shots.

Presto Photo Has Quality!

I've had two books made by Presto Photo. They do not disappoint. Other companies have gone down hill in my opinion, with the printing process. Not Presto Photo.

They make, and ship their books really fast too!

Where to Get Presto Photo Books:

You can get them here:

Oh so Flat

This book lays nice and flat. It makes it easy to keep it on a bookshelf because it doesn't take up a lot of room.


The cost varies. The books start at $29.99, but it depends on how may pages you opt to make.

Where would you go on a trip this year, if COVID wasn't a thing? 

We talked about going to Western Nebraska. It was so pretty when we went. It's very remote. I still doing know that it's safe to travel anywhere right about now. Maybe it won't be safe, for quite some time.

Disclaimer: I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not told what to say, all opinions were my own.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hello World - Baby Clothing Review

What do you buy someone that has 4 kids and one soon to be added to the mix?

Normally I'd say a gift card for a meal. BUT my sister's about to have a girl, when she has had all boys. She needs girly things.

Meet my newest soon to be niece Margaret! 

She's 4 pound right now.

I got a cute gown for Margaret to review called Hello World!

I heart gowns because they make it so easy to change diapers! 

About Hello World:
  • It came in 0-3 month size only. I kind of wish they had it in 3-6 month size as well. Not all babies are tiny.
  • It's 100% cotton, so soft!
  • It came with a hat
  • It's $13.98
  • You can get it on Amazon Prime
I sent the link over to my sister, asking if she liked Hello World or the New the the Crew gown better? I thought I could use the code, for either. She liked New to the Crew. The code wouldn't work for New to the Crew, so I bought that one. It makes since she'd like that one considering she has 4 kids already. 

  • They had this one in a 3-6 month, so I got that
  • New to the Crew came with a hat and a hair bow
  • It's $10.89

My sister said that my brother-in-law and her have had disagreements on clothes. He likes plain things, and she likes flowery, and patterned things. I think these two gowns are a good compromise. 

Which one do you like better? New to the Crew or Hello World.

Disclaimer: I got Hello World for a discounted price to help with this review. I was not told what to say. All opinions are my own.

@Firmoo Optical Prescription Glasses Review

Guess what? Isaak's glasses came in. He has 20/20 vision, and an astigmatism on the one side. His doctor thought it would be good to get glasses to fix the astigmatism, while he's young. I debated because his vision is 20/20.

What I like about Firmoo Optical They have someone there to help you at any time + They let you upload a photo to try on glasses. 

I had to ask if we should be looking at adult, or child sized glasses. They said, "Children's because they come in different sizes."

We didn't try on too many pairs. Why? Because Isaak was stuck on having black frames. He didn't even want to try anything else.

New glasses for back to school time.

We did get a school plan, for the fall. For now they plan on having the children present only 1/2 of the time to keep class sizes down. I think it's best Isaak leaves his glasses at home. Then there's less chance of them getting lost, or damaged.

We did add things:

  • No scratch lenses
  • Blue light protection
  • A cleaning cloth

So our free pair that I got to review, ended up costing money. At least they'll be more protected.


The prescription was easy to upload. I was a little worried that it would be a problem that they butchered Isaak's name. According to Target, Isaak Apel is now Isaac Apple. I even corrected them when I walked in the door. 


It didn't take long at all to get the glasses! They shipped them out fast!

I told Isaak that I want him to wear them while he reads, and is on any device. 

Cleaning Cloth:

The cleaning cloth is graffiti cool! 

Have you gotten glasses online? 

Disclaimer: I was given a discount on this product in exchange, for my honest opinion. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Searching for a Job in the Middle of a Pandemic

It's an odd time to search for jobs. 

What I've learned...
  • Look for things I know I can do
  • Look for things I want
  • Keep trying
I have three or four interviews this week. I say that because one I haven't heard back from yet, after I emailed them.

One I kept emailing, only to find out they weren't getting my emails. I guess it was through a job platform, not their actual email. I called them using the fourth of July as an excuse. I just said, "I started thinking that you may be out of the office due to the Fourth of July, and I wanted to touch base..."

For me it's not about how much money I make. It has more to do with enjoying the job. I'm not so sure I want to work somewhere that's in constant routine. I want to have a bit of variety. 

I want to work for a place where I feel like I'm making a difference. I'm not just a number in a crowd. It should be a team that we're a part of. Some walk in the door and you feel like one person is against another person right away. If someone is under me, I don't want them to feel so. I want them to do their job, and we have respect for one another. I scratch their back, and they scratch mine. When it comes down to it all humans matter. 

What do you want out a job?

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Bring My Routine Back

Mica has taken up a new hobby. That is weight lifting. I'd like to get back into it. Back into some form of exercise. 

I am just having a bit of a struggle getting used to my new non existent routine. Wake up at 4:30 to be to work by 5:30, for a few days. Then work from 1:30 to 9 or 9:30 other days. I was spoiled with an 8 to 5 job before. It's rough. When I do have down time I'm looking, for other opportunities, chilling to watch TV, or falling into a slumber on the couch.

Do you find when your routine is uprooted that you have a hard time getting back into the swing of things?

Feelin Girl has many thigh and waist trimmer outfits on sale. The one pictured below went from $128 down to $68.

They have a lot of size options: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL and XXXL.

I really need to tone my booty. Feelin Girl has a get booty sculptor. I never knew this type of thing was even a thing, one could buy. You can get this, for nearly half the price. It was $98, and is now $58.80.

They have a lot of size options: Medium/Large, XL/XXL and 3X to 4X.

Colors: Green, Red, Rose Red, Black, Yellow, and Orange.

The one thing I am super self conscious of is my pudge of a belly. Feelin Girl has high waist shaping shorts. They help hide, and take care of the pudge. They were $98, and are on sale for $48.89.

The pair they have runs from small all the way to 6XL. 

What do you feel like you need to tone up with your body? 

Disclaimer: This post may include affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Isaak Needs Glasses Sort of, Kind of, Not Really

Isaak's pediatrician said, "Isaak you look far sighted. Time to go get your eyes checked." I don't know how someone can look like they need glasses, but he's the doctor.

I called up Target to get him in, for an eye exam. They said the appointment would have to be a few weeks out because everyone was coming in to get their eyes checked with the close down from COVID-19.

I was so ready to cancel the appointment with looking for jobs, possibly having an interview or starting a job on the same day.

It all seemed to work out. We went in, he tried on a few pairs, but refused to try any more. He did play a prank on Mica. My idea! I shot a photo of him with a pair of glasses on, and sent it saying Isaak needed them.

I corrected his name from Isaac April to Isaak Apel.

Mica told Isaak during the exam that they stick needles in his eyes. He knew better. He has a fear of needles, so the thought made him nervous. Just puffs of air went into his eyes.

His eyes tested fine. His left eye does have astigmatism like mine. It's oh so slight. She put the stuff in to dilate his eyes, and said it would be a few minutes. She wrote him out a script, put it in an envelope, and handed it to me. The lady upfront had us pay, she said, "Goodbye!" and we were on our way.

Off to the tax man. We got some tax form just last month from the year before. What the heck? Aren't all those forms supposed to come before tax time? As we got to the tax guy, we got a call from Target, "Where's Isaak? The eye doctor needs to see him." I'm new to getting eyes checked, so when they said, "Goodbye!" I thought that was it. Tax man said the form was nothing to worry about. I wish they told me just to email them it, instead of coming in.

I ran Isaak back, after a major cleaning she was ready for him. He's fine. He should get his eyes dilated more! The boy went home, and slept like a baby.

I did mention to Isaak that I'd get him glasses if I got some to review. I did get a pair to review. The review will come soon. Get this...the prescription she plopped into an envelope had, "Isaac April" not the corrected "Isaak Apel". Then to order, they wanted a PD number. I had no idea what that is. They recommend a doctor figure out that number. Oh joy! We did our best to figure it out. Seeing they are closed. Travis deals with measurements a lot at work.

Here's a view of Isaak, with glasses:

He'll just wear them at home.

The "Free" pair of glasses ended up costing a bit with all the extras: Lens coating for finger prints, blue light protection, a cloth for cleaning, and shipping. It adds up! Hopefully they take his prescription with his name spelled all wrong. 

As for me, I haven't even worn my glasses or rings, since COVID shut things down. I have 20/20 vision. I just have an astigmatism like Isaak. I get tired of my lenses fogging up with wearing a mask, and I don't want to touch my face if I don't absolutely have to. I wash my hands more if my rings are aren't on. 

What about you? Do you wear glasses, or contacts?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Random Tid Bits

It's been a few weeks, since I've done one of these. I haven't forgotten. Just busy filling out job applications. They take so long to do.

  1. Mica's been a cheerleader for me lately. He said, "Mom you'll find a job. You're a hard worker and smart." Then he said, "Mom I know you're having a frustrating day, but for every bad day two good days are to follow."
  2. I hardly get photos of the kids now a days. When I do, they are like this:

    That's why I take more photos of our gecko Sunny, than the kids.
  3. On Monday I start working at Fresh Thyme as a front end supervisor. I'm still open for where life takes me. I have tons of applications floating around out there. They offered me the position the same day as I interviewed with them. The schedule is so different from what I'm used to. The pay is less, but they have benefits that I didn't have before. I had two other interviews I'm super excited about, so I hope one of those comes through. In the middle of a pandemic I felt the need to take what I can, within reason. Fresh Thyme is super clean, and the people are nice. Retail it is, for now. I don't know how much I'll post about jobs. One never knows who reads what.
  4. One application I took the longest on, I knew I'd be a great fit for. Deep questions, with equally deep answers. They sent my references long forms to fill out about me. They said to keep checking my spam folder for updates, which I have. I've been looking, since 6/11. Growing tired of checking, I called. It seems like so many places don't want you to call now a days. I left 2 messages, only to find out the decision person was on vacation. I looked her up on LinkedIn, and she looked 12. I got the denial email yesterday. It sucks that they didn't even call me in for an interview. Oh well. I guess I should be happy I got the automated rejection email. That's more than other companies deliver.
  5. Travis and I talked about rules. The boys at school, and at their leadership camp had silly rules put in place. One, or a few children would get in trouble, they would discipline them all. Isaak had a really rough year in 5th grade! They never got recess because a few select kids. The boys grew tired of that. Sure sometimes Isaak's chatty, but overall our boys are good. My last place of employment said we couldn't listen to music, while we worked. It was all because the owner's brother listened to Rush Limbaugh really loud. Later a rule was made that no family member(s) could come in the office. Why? Because the same brother was letting his family in to use the school's equipment on Saturdays, and would have them there to socialize all day on work days. Instead of talking to the one that's the problem, they made rules. It put employee against employee. I liked my job overall. I think jobs are very similar to family members, you can't like them 100% of the time. What's a rule you dislike?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

WW: Upper Geck {Linky}

What yoga position would this be called? I think I'd call it the Upper Geck.


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