Saturday, May 31, 2014

We Had 5 Babies

Kitties to be exact.

A stray cat has been seen by our home.

Our neighbor said, "Hey Travis did you know that you have babies?" Then she showed him the kitties. They were up by the shed.

As many of you know I have allergies bad, so no we weren't about to keep them. If it were up to just Daddy he would give me up, and keep the cats. ;)

I joked a bad joke and said, "Just turn them loose in the yard behind us." Why was this a bad joke? They have big dogs back there. The kitties would probably be a meal for them.

I'm not that mean, and wouldn't do that.

In fact I found the number and website for feline frindz. They are a Nebraska nonprofit organization that deals with cats. They don't euthanize them. The Human Society will if they don't get sold.

He was about to contact them, and poof the cats are gone. They must of read my mind.

Are you a dog, cat, or none of the above person?

Crossword Puzzles

The boys wanted to go out for pizza on Isaak's birthday. Can you tell I'm behind in my posts? His birthday was May 19.

Anyhow I wanted to go somewhere that sort of fit in with my diet. Cheese and gluten don't really mix. There is a local pizza place called Zio's Pizza that has gluten free crust. I do love their pizza!

I felt kind of odd when I walked in. There was one of my students serving. Then I look ahead, and there's a table of my students. I like both my family, and my students, but it's odd when the two parts of my life mix. I like to leave them some what separated. Yes I talk about work at home, and yes I talk about family at school, but not a lot. I certainly don't hang out with both together.

I was picturing my student's going on about, "Oh you should have seen her family...", "Her husband tips well.", "Her husband tips crappy.", "OMG Mrs. Apel has to have gluten free." and "Her kids are loud." As you can see I don't like mixing the two parts of my life.

Well it all seemed dandy.

Mica loves watching their TV that is on the ground.

The boys seemed happy that Grandma and Grandpa showed up without them knowing.

Isaak has trouble with crossword puzzles. It didn't help that 1/2 the words were backwards. Daddy helped him.

Grandpa helped Mica; even though he didn't need help.

I love that Zio's Pizza will give the kids dough to play with. I didn't ask for any, since the kids were well occupied.

Our pizza did have cheese, but no gluten. It was a Natural Chicken and Feta Combo, and the boys got Margherite Pizza. I didn't get any pictures of our food, but here it is from their site.

Zio's Margherite PizzaZio's Chicken and Feta Pizza

Zio's Pizza has been labeled Omaha's best pizza for 33 times.

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different. 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 covering Victor Wooten. He's not unknown, I just didn't know him. I feel like I've been hiding under a rock, since I haven't heard of him. He's actually a recipient of five Grammy Awards. He was also awarded, "Bass Player of the Year" 3 times in a row in Bass Player magazine. He's been featured in Rolling Stone as well.

Victor is an American bass player, composer, author, teacher, and producer.

Victor is the youngest of 5 boys, he started playing bass when he was 2 years old, and was performing with his family's band at the age of 5.

Here he is playing with a broken string!

Here he's playing at a Dave Mathew's concert.

Check out Victor Wooten's website.
Like Victor Wooten on Facebook.
Listen to Wooten on his YouTube channel.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Another Tooth Bites the Dust

Last week Isaak came out of his bed  with a huge smile on his face and said, "Mom I lost another tooth!"

Now this is the 3rd tooth he's lost all in the same area.

Daddy cleaned up his bloody hands. He said, "Dude I don't think this one was all the way ready to come out. I wiggled it earlier, and it wasn't loose enough."

We think Isaak yanked, twisted and pulled all to get some quarters.

He looks like he was punched in the face. It makes me crack up.

Random Tid Bits

  1. The moment my house is clean, Isaak does this:

    I'm just happy cut up paper isn't in the mix this time. What kind of messes do you find yourself cleaning up on a regular basis? I guess Isaak cleans his messes up, but I have to look at it.

  2. It's been nice weather wise. Then a sudden burst of rain happens. I saw a rainbow. I haven't seen one of those for a long time. I wish there was a pot of gold at the end of it. 

  3. I think I have summer school, but no one has told me when it starts. I dare to ask? Last year I didn't ask. Then I found out on a Friday that I was to start teaching on a Monday.

  4. I know the Ridset Detox Cleanse was working. Two days after I stopped taking it my asthma kicked in. I've been coughing up well stuff. It's been hard to breathe. My husband said my skin felt softer when I was on it to. Also stomach issues that I had before the cleanse, left me while I was on the cleanse, and now I had issues all one day. I have to wait a month before I start taking it again. :( I went into taking that cleanse as a complete skeptic. Now I really think it worked! 

  5. Isaak is excited - he starts jiu-jitsu next week! We're taking a break from swimming since Mica wasn't trying hard, and Isaak's way ahead for his age. We'll also have nights and days where we won't be able to go due to travel. We'll go back to it. It's just a break. We can always go swimming for fun.

Shandali Travel Towel Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Our boys love going swimming. In fact we need to go more to open swim at the Y.

One thing that we seem to struggle with is hauling everything. The towels just take up so much room!

That is until I discovered Shandali The UltraSport Travel Towel.

 I now have 1 towel, and may go back and buy more.

 What are the Shandali The UltraSport Travel Towel features?
  • It's thin, but don't let that fool you. It dries off wetness better than the thicker towels. Usually when we go to the pool I carry home a big wet mess. When I used Shandali Travel Towel it dried so fast.

  • It's better on your washer because it is so thin.

  • It dries 10 times faster than cotton towels. It works best if you hang it to dry.

  • It's made out of a material that is 100% microfiber. 80% Polyester and 20% Nylon.

  • It's soft and durable.

  • Since it is thin it saves room in your swimming bag, or suitcase.

  • It has a fabric hook, which makes it easier to hang, and dry.

  • Pebble and Stone
  • River Blue
  • Light Blue (The one I got to review)
  • No Bleed Dye! That's right, the color does not fade, or go on to other things in the wash.

  • Small: 20"x40" $24.95, and on sale for $14.95
  • Medium: 24"x48" (I picked the medium size) $29.95, and on sale for $19.95
Some Uses:
  • The swimming pool (So far I brought it along to dry off Isaak at the swimming pool. It worked great!)
  • The beach
  • Traveling
  • Camping
  • The gym
  • Boating 
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.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Watch Them Grow

I forgot to put this up. I made this invite for Isaak and Evan's birthday party. I thought it was nice not having something superhero like for once. Isaak loves being outdoors, and Evan got what he wanted for his friend party so we went for it.

Their bodies are not their bodies. There's two backgrounds here, burlap for the sign, veggies added, and the boy's heads. Yes they look odd. They are supposed to. They are collaged that way.

We had a taco bar. Collard Greens were out for those that didn't want gluten. They work pretty well for wraps. Now Grandma told me that they make gluten free shells. We had homegrown corn. Then all the toppings. Grandma brought a relish tray, Aunt Terra brought a watermelon, and Aunt Angela brought salsa and guacamole. I made gluten free brownies, and brownies that were not gluten free. Isaak likes them more than cake. Terra brought a rhubarb pie. Then there was all kinds of ice cream. I had rice milk ice cream.

I put little flower pots at the tables, with the silverware and a napkin in them.

The kids played, and played.

Isaak got a rainbow loom from Terra, big wooden letters for him to decorate that spell out Isaak, more craft stuff, money and Lego sets. He scored big. 

This is the face Isaak makes when he can't open something easily:


Soq Eeros

You're probably wondering, What the heck is up with the title of this post?

Isaak brought home about 5 journals at the end of the year. In most of them he can write whatever he wants. 

I just love how they write when they are 5. They write things phonetically and backwards.

Here's what he wrote:

I like to see awt my wido I see a kare and a rake and a trak and a dillden and I like to see awte my wido. I like to play with my drother I like to qlay with my drothr I drag kostms awt the hase like to qlay soq eeros gamse.

Here's what it is translated as:

I like to see out my window. I see a car and a rake and a truck and a building and I like to see out my window. I like to play with my brother. When I play with my brother I like to play with my brother. (not sure why that's twice, but it's cute.) I drag costumes out the house like to play superheros games.

I think I've read it 15 times. The first time I was trying to figure out what it all was, the second time I was still trying to figure out what it all was, and after that I got it. I smile each time I read it. They have to start somewhere.

It's good to see that he likes to play superheros with his brother.

I think it's so funny that Mica started out never drawing ears on his people. We kept telling Mica, "This person can't hear." Isaak's all about ears. His people can hear really well!

I do have to say that both of my boys had/have pretty good handwriting.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mary's Gone Crackers Review

I've been trying to eat healthier for two reasons: My allergies are bad, and I need to loose weight. Much of my diet consists of kale, collard greens, plainish meat, other veggies and fruit (mostly) berries. When I want a snack I pull out gluten free crackers, or chips to eat. I've been pretty successful in eating this way.
Why Go Gluten Free?

There are a variety of reasons. I work with a lady that is prone to get Celiac Disease. It's a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. I don't have Celiac Disease, but I am miserable all the time with allergies. I'm not just talking about seasonal allergies. My stomach is in shambles often. I've gotten testing done, and they couldn't find anything. Therefore I think it's best to try and be as healthy as possible.

Mary's Gone Crackers

I was super excited a few weeks ago when I found out I won my choice of crackers from Mary's Gone Crackers. All of their products are gluten free. If you haven't tried their products, you should. They have a variety of crackers, cookies, crumbs, and pretzels.

I chose to try out their new crackers Hot 'n Spicy JalapeƱo. Other flavors of crackers that they have are: Super Seed, Original Seed, Onion, Caraway, Black Pepper and Herb. They all sounded good to me! Their crackers are more of a rice cracker. I wanted the crackers to be something I could enjoy without my oh so hungry boys eating them down. They eat anything and everything, but do not like spicy things.

Since I mentioned that I was going to blog about their products, they asked me if I'd like some of their cookies, or pretzels? I went with Double Chocolate Cookies. They are good. I have shared them. The boys gave me their thumbs up!

Other cookie flavors besides the ones that I reviewed are: Ginger Snap, Chocolate Chip, "N'Oatmeal" and Raisin Cookies.

I had some of their pretzels already. They don't taste like the standard pretzel. Just like with their crackers, their pretzels have more of a rice flavor. I've only had their Sea Salt flavor. Other favors are: Chipotle Tomato, and Curry.

This is a plate of crackers and pretzels.


All their ingredients are organic, gluten free, non-gmo, whole grain, vegan and kosher. They list each and every ingredient on their website for each food they sell right on their website, which I happen to love.


Mary's Gone Crackers also sent me coasters. These are not typical coasters. They are made out of biodegradable paper. Inside the paper is wild flower seeds! How cool is that? I just love it

They gave me a pepper pen, which fits my bright kitchen. I have pepper colors in there.

A bottle opener, which is always handy.

Toothpicks, which are also useful.

My favorite extra was the Keen water bottle they sent me. I've used it every day.

Have you tried any products at Mary's Gone Crackers?

Like Mary's Gone Crackers on their Facebook page. They have giveaways often!

Follow Mary's Gone Crackers on Twitter.

Follow Mary's Gone Crackers on Pinterest.

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.

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Barbershop Shave Soap Bar in a Jar - #Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I got a chance to review Barbershop Shave Soap Bar in a Jar. Actually I gave to my Dad to review. It's a perfect gift for Father's Day. My husband does not shave. He refuses to.

Everyone in my family has always used conditioner to shave with. This was something new. It does make your skin feel soft after shaving.

They have 2 scents available:
  1. Cedarwood, Cassia and Clove
  2. Bay rum, Orange and Clove
I got the Bay Rum, Orange and Clove to review. It smells wonderful. 

The Product:
  • It does get a close shave when you use this shaving soap. 
  • The lather builds up quickly, has great cushioning and glide.
  • The smell is amazing. 
  • Your skin is baby soft skin when you use this rich, moisturizing and healing shaving soap with shea, mango and cocoa butter This natural vegetable shave soap is gentler to the skin. 
  • Free of synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives. 
  • Natually colored with chlorophyll and perfectly scented with bay rum, orange and clove Small, compact sized tin is perfect for taking with you wherever you need to go. 
  • The cost is $29.95, but on sale for $14.95. 
  • There is 4 ounces in the jar.
  • It's made by BebeLush
  • Like BebeLush on Facebook.
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Propylene Glycol 
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Glycerin
  • Water
  • Sorbitol
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Seed Butter
  • Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
  • Chlorophyll, Pimenta Racemosa Oil (Bay Rum)
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Five Fold Sweet Orange) Peel Oil
  • Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil
  • Titanium Dioxide.
  • Rub your damp brush fast around the top of the shaving soap.
  • When a lather starts to form, continue rubbing for 15-20 seconds to make sure that the brush will have picked up enough soap. 
  • Rub that over your wet beard, brushing vigorously, to coat the beard with soap, and the lather will start to build. Shave, rinse and feel wonderful.
Giveaway Time: 

One of my US readers is going to win Barbershop Shave Soap Bar in a Jar. It's your choice on the scent.
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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.

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