Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different to post. 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.

This week I'm featuring a Danish group. We have a family friends that are Danish. They are so delightful. In Denmark they have a strong appreciate to anything related to the arts. The band's name is Efterklang. The band consists of three childhood friends. They were joined by three other people that saw them in concert. Often times other members of orchestras join them as well.

They released their fourth album in 2012 called Piramida.

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 Warning to anyone watching with kids, there is a touch of nudity in this video. It's not vulgar, but it's still there.

Modern Drift



Hallow Mountain

16 year old David Thibault of Quebec, Canada.
16 year old David Thibault of Quebec, Canada.

Apples


Check out Efterklang's Website.
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Check out Efterklang's YouTube Channel.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Random Tid Bits

  1. I read that the best thing you can do for whiny children is to ignore them. Kind of a tough love approach. Isaak's our baby, and tries to use his power of whine to get our positive and negative attention. For a long time I thought it was a sign that he needed more attention, positive attention, so I gave it to him. I was actually doing the opposite of what I'm supposed to do. Now I'm back peddling. I'm happy to report I'm doing my best to not ignore Isaak, but ignore the whine that comes from his mouth. I told him, "For now on if you talk that way, I'm not going to talk to you. You use your big kid voice to get attention." I just started, so I'll know if it works in awhile. *On a good note I was at a gathering and a kid sounded way worse than Isaak. My ears were piercing. It's a good thing Isaak isn't that bad!

  2. I never understood the cycle on the washer that is labeled "Permanent Press". Heck the clothes all spin around. Don't the get wrinkled anyhow?

  3. Santa left Mica a series of Encyclopedia Brown books. He didn't want to read them. He's stuck on the Magic Tree House series. He got a Scholastic Book Fair form to order books, and was mad at me because I wouldn't order him anything new. I just want him to read some of the books we've gotten him before I order more. I was expecting him to retaliate. Nope...he picked up the Encyclopedia Brown books, and read all of them. Now he likes them.


  4. Speaking of Santa. Mica said at a store, "Mom I know you and Dad are Santa." I keep pretending I don't know what he's talking about. Should I be handling it this way? St. Nicholas is in the dictionary, encyclopedia, google and so forth. He's real, right?
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Puppy Love

Isaak told me yesterday, "My puppy only has a week left to live." I don't know where he got this wild thought, but he thought it.


I said, "Well Isaak I know new babies love to stay on your skin by your heart. Many become happier and healthier."

He shoved his puppy up by his chest, and held him there.

I didn't tell him this, but babies also like to cuddle in their mom's night shirt. Their sense of smell develops much earlier than their sight. I soon thought about it when Isaak was digging out his own PJs to keep his puppy cuddled up.

He'll make a good father one day.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Weekend

We had a pretty low key weekend, how about you?

On Friday night we went out to hand out flyers for Daddy's gallery. Every year he is responsible to have new artists apply, and get in to show their work. He's a mentor, and a judge both.

On Saturday the boys went with Daddy to work. They demolished our old toilet. Pictures and video will be coming for that for my WW this week. Let's just face it everyone likes destroying things that they want gone.

We took them to Barnes and Noble for their Lego party. It was just ok. To be honest I was disappointed. They got an activity sheet, a cookie and punch. Then they were told once they finished it that they would get a prize. Well the prize was a Lego movie poster. The boys were expecting a small Lego set. Mica said, "Really this is the prize?" I had to, "Shhhhh..." him. I said, "Mr. you can be thankful for whatever you get!"


We moved on. At home we found a lot of left over Valentines they had throughout the years. Why they put 15 in a box is beyond me. Most have 20 something in their class. We always have to buy 2 boxes, and have left overs. They decided to put some Valentines together. I have to say that I have always wanted to make my own Valentines. Characters that they like end up ruling. Candy ends up ruling to.

I wanted the boys to make these for their classmates:

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Mica said, "Where's the candy? I want to hand out candy! I don't think those will fit in everyone's Valentines boxes Mom." Isaak said, "I don't get it." The boys won. Mom lost.

What about you? Have you ever made Valentines as a kid, or with your kids?

As a side note: I'm a featured guest writer over a Sakura Haruka. Go check it out. It's a post about how we raise our children here in the US. You can tell me if you agree with what I wrote, or not. 


CARAFE Water cup with two-compartment pill box inside the cap Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Taking pills on vacation can be a drag, and sometimes difficult. I tend to forget about taking my needed pills. By the time I've remembered I've drank all my water.

Sometimes when I get antibiotics that have to be taken at certain times, they to can be hard to remember.

Sabi make a really cool product to help you remember to take your pills. It's called CARAFE. It's a water cup with a two-compartment pill box inside the cap. Everything is right there for you to take your pills. This product is $12.99.


Here's what it looks like all together:


This is what it looks like when the top is taken off. I like the divider. I can separate the kid's vitamins from my own:


When the pill compartment is taken off you have a little glass:


Here are all the parts, so you can see what everything looks like laid out:


It seems pretty handy. I know I'll use this on trips, and whenever I'm on antibiotics.

Some Features Include:
  • Weight: 3.1 oz. 
  • Dimensions: H: 4 inches x Diameter: 2.4 inches.
  • Compartment: Divided into 2.
  • 3 Piece Cup.
  • Cup holds 4 oz of water.
  • BPA free.
  • Easy to hand wash.
If you are interested in learning more about CARAFE, or the Sabi company you can visit:

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

CHOP Minimal Effort Pill Cutter Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Sometimes I cut my pills in half for my allergies. I don't take a full pill if I'm doing pretty good. It's that, or I don't take it at all.

I also use pill cutters in the kitchen for decorating sugar cookies. I cut many candies in 1/2 with a pill cutter to decorate my cookies. It's how I made the snowmen's noses.



I got a minimal effort pill cutter from Sabi. It's $9.99. I have to say that it works really well. I don't know that I'll use it a ton. It's best for longer, oblong pills.


This shape of pill works best in the cutter:


As you can see it cut a pretty clean cut:


There's a few crumbs, but it did fairly well. It cuts pills in half and in quarters.


Some Features Include:
  • The pill cutter is light weight 1.2 oz. 
  • It doesn't take up a whole lot of room H: 2 inches x W: 2.2 inches x D: 2.2 inches.
  • It's ultra-safe. It doesn't have any cutting metal. It's made from a durable plastic poly (PCTA) blade. It's BPA free to! 
  •  It has a slip-preventing rubber base. This feature I love!
  • It has a raised area, which catches any crumbs that may occur when cutting.
Different Uses:
  • Cutting to make half a dose.
  • Cutting bigger pills to make them easier to swallow.
  • Weaning yourself off pills. Cutting them in half to take for a few weeks, then in a Quarter a few weeks after that, and so on. 
  • Cut down candy for cookies like I do.
 Do you have a pill chopper?


If you are interested in learning more about CHOP, or the Sabi company you can visit:

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Disclaimer: The opinions on the post are my personal take on the product. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review. I did get products to help with the review. 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

SPORT All-Terrain, Lightweight Sporty Cane Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I was so happy to be accepted to review a SPORT All-Terrain, Lightweight Sporty Cane with precision handle and tip.

My mom really can't go out of the house without a cane. It will be nice for her to just leave a cane in the car, and have another one in the house.

She's a Post Polio Survivor. She's been lucky to not have to be in a wheel chair, but has had plenty of leg, ankle, and foot problems.

SPORT is made by Sabi. It's $34.99. The cane is one piece. It's made with high-strength aluminum; the same grade of aluminum used in bicycle frames! You pick out the size based on the height of the person that it's for. There is a spot on their website to put in a custom size. It is $15 extra for the custom size.


I got a size Medium for my Mom. It's light weight, 10-11 oz. The cane supports up to 250 lbs of weight. The single-piece cane offers more stability and safety than those that are in different pieces. It has been tested by SGS Labs.


They come in four different matte colors: Purple Rain, True Coral, Sage Green and Twilight Blue. I was sent a Purple Rain cane to give to her. She loves the color!


The cane handle is rubber-dipped and ultra-comfortable, offering a smooth, secure grip. At first she didn't think she liked the handle, but when she gave it a try on the steps she liked it. It's no-slip. This helps when the surface is uneven. Where I went to grad school in Savannah, Georgia there were areas full of cobble stone streets. I remember my mom having so much trouble walking there. Just this summer my mom hiked around Devil's Tower. Imagine how well she could have done with SPORT!




The bottom of the cane is really the only thing that may need to get replaced from time to time. It's pretty easy to replace.




If you are interested in learning more about SPORT All-Terrain, Lightweight Sporty Cane, or the Sabi company you can visit:
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Disclaimer: The opinions on the post are my personal take on the product. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review. I did get products to help with the review. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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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.

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