Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

I started doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that the boys or I like. 

The song may be part of a movie, a kid's video or just a song we like. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

Do you ever listen to music in other languages? Sometimes I do. Of course not to sing to. Just to hear something a little different.

There is one exercise where I have my students draw all different cultures of people out of proportion. All during the exercise I play different cultures of music. Many of them like it, some ask me what this musician or that band is, and others want me to turn it off. I can understand those that don't like to listen to something different. I have to say that when I lived in Savannah, Georgia there were all other cultures that the school requited. When others talked in nothing, but their native language, and looked at me I felt self conscious! With music you know they are not singing about you, personally.

This week I'm featuring something French. The singer's name is Mélanie Laurent. She is an actress, singer, writer, and model. She won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance in I'm Fine, Don't Worry in 2006. She is most known for being in Inglorious Bastards. In the movie she didn't know any English. 

Mélanie Laurent was born in Paris, France to a ballet teacher, and a voice actor. She is due any moment to have her first baby.


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Friday, October 18, 2013

Sucking Up Some Leaves

I look crazy ridiculous when I go outside to suck up leaves. I'm an allergy queen, so sucking up leaves has got to be one of the worst things for me. On goes the respirator, and any goggles I can find laying around. Right after it's shower time. I have to get those fine leaf particles out of my hair.

Our neighbor's big tree hangs right over our driveway. Outside I go to suck up the leaves after a windy day, or just when a bunch have fallen.

Then I take finely chopped leaves, put them in a bucket of water and use it as compost. The trees, bushes, and plants love it. My pocket book loves it because it's free compost.

Test Results Finally

Finally my sister (Aunt Terra) got Emerson's Brain MRI results.

Mica holding Big Buddha Belly Emerson.

He does have something there. I guess before the doctors just thought it was from infancy. Now it is questionable if whatever it is has grown, or not. They are still in the dark about what's to come. It could be atrophy (shrinking) of the brain. Every day of Emerson's life is just always taken day by day.

We do know he'll have to have eye surgery.

He got his ears cleaned out today and his tubes had fallen out, and there were holes in his ear drums. :( The holes are pretty big. They may need a graft patch repair. Often times with the size of holes he has there is hearing loss. His hearing was checked, and so far he seems to be fine.

Random Tid Bits

  1. I never understood why people wear pink to support the cure for breast cancer. If I want to support the cause I'm not going to wear a pink bra, and cook in a pink pan.

    Mica's Kindergarten teacher got breast cancer when he was just starting school. :(

    One of my sister's good friends had Alopecia, which caused hair loss. She wore wigs, so people wouldn't think she had cancer. Then she got breast cancer, later it went into her bones and she passed away. :(

    If I want to support a cause I just donate, or blog to get the word out. Here's a few links if you want to support coming up with a cure for breast cancer: National Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Awareness, and Susan G. Komen. There are many others.

  2. I don't think I mentioned this one; I know I did on Facebook. Forgive me if I did. I asked Mica, "What do you do with your Book Buddies?" Mica said, "Well they are supposed to help us read, but I help mine with the hard words." I laughed about that one for awhile! Mica's in 2nd grade. His Book Buddy is in 5th grade. Mica reads really well. 

  3. I made tons of June Berry Jam this year. Enough to feed a whole army. Would anyone be interested in me doing a giveaway on here for some June Berry Jam? I tried some out and it's yummy! It's jam, but not as chunky as some jams.

  4. For some odd reason at random times my internet will just randomly go to the Body Shop. I'll be leaving a comment on someones blog, and it will just decide to go to the Body Shop. I'm getting so annoyed with it. It's not even a site I've gone to. I think I just went on there once for a candle giveaway. I'm sure clearing out my history would take care of it, but then I need to retype in addresses I go to regularly. Annoying!

  5. Do you dress up for Halloween? My work gets really into it. Mica and Isaak's school has a Fall Festival in the evening where kids and adults dress up. They don't do an in school party. Just because some get into it, while others do not. Daddy thinks people should dress up to be something scary. He teases me every year because I'm usually not scary.
A few years ago I was Vincent van Gogh.

This year I'm going to be Frida Kahlo. Here's the dress I bought. Yes I will have a unibrow!

I'm Not a Girly Girl

I'm not a tom boy either. 

I get annoyed shopping with only girls. Looking at purses for 15 minutes drives me nuts. I'd rather be in a store like Lowes than kept prisoner at a girly clothing store for an hour. When we go in a clothing store I anticipate that someone going in there actually needs something, or I consider {in my mind} it to be a waist of time. I start to grab clothes to try on to refrain from getting bored out of my mind.

On the other side of the coin shopping with men drives me a little batty. Daddy doesn't want to LOOK at anything for more than 5 minutes. Even if it's something that is needed. Mica and Isaak tell me things fit just to shut me up; when actually that something doesn't fit at all. If there is a cart Mica wants to push it, but he pushes it like a drunk person drives. Then I take over, and he pouts the rest of the time.

I find myself in the middle of the boy shopper, girl shopper world. I don't mind shopping, but I like to keep moving. I browse at stuff online way more than shop at stores.

I make lists of what I need. Then I forget about them. I'll leave them in the car, or on the kitchen counter. Thankfully I'm pretty good about remembering what was on the list. I do veer from the list slightly; to buy things I like, or want, and not need.

What kind of shopper are you?

Are you the type that likes to browse, and take it all in?
Are you a list maker?
Do you impulse buy?
Do you buy only what you need? More of a survival shopper.

If I'm not a girly girl, and I'm not a tom boy either. What am I?

There should be a name for that girl {me} that's stuck in the middle.

I don't get my hair cut often. I don't dye my hair. I'm perfectly ok with grey taking it over. It's even, so we'll call that grey natural highlights. ;)

I wear make-up, but it's not caked on. It takes me 2 minutes to throw on some base, blush, lipstick and eyeshadow. The only time I wear eye liner, or mascara is for something really important. I find that mascara makes me sleepy. Mascara Seriously it weight my lids down. My eyes itch a lot because of allergies, so I don't want eye make-up on that's going to run. One person thought I never wore make-up at all. I didn't know if I should take that as a compliment, or be offended? 

It's been 8 years since I painted my nails. I painted them yesterday because the school I work out had a 20 year bash last night. I also wanted them painted for my Halloween costume for Mica and Isaak's school Fall Festival tonight.

Daddy thought I got a manicure. Nope! He should know better. I roll my eyes at the thought of paying to get something like that done. No offense to those that do. I have a few friends that pay for stuff like that. Once he looked closer he knew I painted them myself. Isaak took one look at them, and his eyes sparkled. He said, "Mom I want my nails to look like that!"

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie Giveaway!

What is the best part about Halloween?
  • The pumpkin carving? 
  • The costumes? 
  • The free candy? 
  • The leaves crunching under your feet as you walk?
All are amazing, but whether you are the bunch that loves dressing up and scaring the neighbors or you plan to stay-in, Warner Bros. has a line-up of Spook-Tacular Movies to get you in the holiday spirit. From classics like It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown & Scooby-Doo The Goblin King to Adventure Time – Jake the Dad, you can count on a spook-tacular selection that the entire family can enjoy! Before you and the kids take the neighborhood by storm, get in the mood by sharing some spooky stories! Download copies of the Spook-Tacular Story Time PDF, fire up the flashlights, and gather in a circle..... this Halloween it's STORY TIME! Perfect for kids ages 7 to 73!

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I found the movie Big the other day. It was $7, which is cheaper than taking everyone to the movies. I look for movies that we all can enjoy.

It's been a long time since I had watched it. I remembered one part I would have to screen. We all took a break, and Daddy hit the fast forward button through the scene. It's when Tom Hanks kisses his girlfriend. I think they show a bra strap in that scene. Nothing else is shown, but I have to watch out for the sexy scenes more than the scary parts.

So I thought.

The boys seemed to enjoy movie. Mica in particular got into it. He had a big smile during the piano scene, and loved the huge trampoline they jumped on.

After the movie Isaak cried because he didn't want to go into any room that was dark. It was a terrified cry. Now Isaak has the ability to turn on a cry one minute, and flip that switch to a laugh the next minute. He plays us with emotions; just to get out of doing things. I think Daddy thought he was playing us.

I knew he was genuinely scared. Why is it that I want to laugh when kids are scared? I'm so not the comforting Mom. I have my Dad's humor. My Dad hid under my bed when I was a kid once. Just to scare me. Now I laugh about it. It's a good thing my kids have captain beds!

What was Isaak scared of? Well he saw a face in the kitchen; with glowing eyes. His name was Zoltar. Zoltar only shows up in the movie 3 times. Only 2 times he is shown with glowing eyes.

Daddy thought Isaak saw our old string holder, and envisioned it to be Zoltar's head.

The next morning we asked Isaak if the string holder was Zoltar's head? He said the string holder wasn't Zoltar's head. He just envisioned Zoltar in the darkness.

What scared you when you were a kid?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rent Timeshares

I have to admit I'm not a big travel person. Daddy wishes I would be a little more adventurous.

Give me a tent and some land, and I love going camping, hiking, and cooking over a fire. Staying in a cabin is fun to.

I'm trying to be better about traveling. Daddy would like to go  on some adventures.

Flying from Nebraska to Georgia in grad school was huge for me. Going to Chicago with two little kids nearly threw me into a panic attack. We were lucky our good friend Sam lives there.

I'm very lucky I have a husband that is great with directions! He sometimes pushes me to do things I would never pick to do, which is probably a good thing.

I am excited to introduce all my readers to an great resource for you to utilize when planning your next family vacation. Anything that will plan for me is a plus in my book! I need less to worry about! specializes in timeshare rentals, selling and buying all over the world. makes vacationing much more affordable and convenient. Many people are unaware of the advantages of renting a timeshare for a budget-friendly family vacation. Timeshare rentals can cost up to 50% less than hotel rooms, especially when rented directly from the owner.

There is a frequently asked questions page to help with any needs. 

One place that we've talked about going to is back to Savannah, Georgia. They have a few spots on that are by Savannah. One is Tybrisa at the Beach. It's $128 a night or a rental. Now it's still as much as a cheap hotel, but this is right on the beach. They have a pool, water sports, such as surf fishing, boating, surfing, and skin diving, a kitchen, dishes to use and more.

Another place we've talked about going to is Colorado. I simply love many parts of that state! WorldMark Estes Park has a rental for $157 a night. It's right by mountains. There is music, fetivals, Christmas parades, art shows, rodeos and much more!

I've also wanted to go to Oregon, which is much further. My oldest sister is adopted from there. I'd just like to visit some day. Mount Bachelor Village Resort has rentals for as low as $69 a night! It Overlooks the scenic Deschutes River on 170 acres of Central Oregon forest. It provides beautiful and tranquil setting where you can truly relax. Beautiful 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units. They feature gas fireplaces. This resort offers year round heated pool and spas, and our luxury condominiums offer indoor private spas. World-class down-hill and cross-country skiing areas are just 20 minutes away. There's Awbrey Glen Golf Course. Tennis, fly fishing and mountain biking. is a member of the better business bureau earning an A+ rating. I would highly recommend this site to any couple or family looking to save money on their next vacation. also has a facebook, twitter, and 3 blogs: RedWeek Blog, The Timeshare Ambassador, and Timeshare Information to follow the latest news and listings from!

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Beautiful AM Moisturizer and PM Revitalizer Review and Giveaway

Trusted Health Products sent me two women products to review: 1. AM Moisturizer 2. PM Revitalizer. They have a men's line as well called You're the Man.

I reviewed ORA MD before, and was really happy with the product!

It's really pretty cool, because the AM Moisturizer and the PM Revitalizer comes with your name on it. It's neat having a product that's personalized.  

I'm very picky about what goes on my skin. I'm allergic to sulphates. It's nice knowing that these products are made with 100% pure and natural botanical oils, no preservatives, pararbens, GMOs, synthetic chemicals, or additives added.


AM Ingredients: 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, lemon, avocado, orange, and olive.
PM Ingredients: 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, lemon, orange, evening primrose, and apricot.

Almond - To moisturize, soothe and soften skin, relieve itching from dry skin (a problem I've had in the past), and to give complexion appearance of improvement, and glow.

Orange- Cleanses the skin through natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help fight acne and restore smooth appearances to the skin.

Lemon- Natural cleanser, preventative for wrinkling and aging. Significantly increases the anti-oxidative potential of the skin bio surface to help stop dameaged skin. 

Avocado- Significantly increases the soluble collagen content in the skin to enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin. Loaded with vitamins A, D, and E.

Olive- Cleanser and moisturizer. Has shown preventative efforts for formation of skin cancer and tumors.

Evening Primrose- The nutrients in the oil are essential for cell structure and to improve the elasticity of the skin. There is evidence that it can help repair stretch marks. It is also rich in omega 6 fatty acids.

Apricot Oil- Is light and gently moisturizes the skin. Containing vitamins A and E, it soothes the skin and slows signs of aging as well as firming and toning.

What I think

I like that these products detox your skin. I hate that I put poison on my skin with makeup. The products are nice because you only need 2 to 3 drops. I had a slight break out for the first few days, which is normal. Now my skin feels softer to the touch. I get a dry forehead during the winter months, so I'm happy I have these products.

Win It

The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer! They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports. That’s a total value of over $40.00.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WW: Hummel Park {Linky}

This last weekend we made the trip to Hummel Park. They had hay rack rides, crafts, hiking all for free. The only cost was the $2 pie pumpkins.

Wild Turkeys greeted us as we entered the park.

Our hay rack ride. 

The pumpkins the boys picked out. Isaak painted his. Mica wants his untouched, and turned into a pumpkin pie. Isaak said, "Maybe mine can turn into pumpkin soup." Funny because last year I made pumpkin soup, and he wouldn't touch it.

 They have a pretty stream by their clubhouse.

 Below is while we were waiting for my sister's family to get done painting pumpkins. That's my nephew Emerson, the boy's cousin. He loves kisses.

Isaak enjoyed the tire swing.

Mica enjoyed this tree tunnel.

All of my boys staring at Nebraska corn.

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