Saturday, October 18, 2014

Organic Whole Cloves Review

I'm really happy to share with you - Jiva Organics Whole Cloves
Jiva Organics Whole Cloves are sold on Amazon for $14.95. They have other delicious products on there as well.

The word "Jiva" means life.

Jiva Organics is a small family business driven by care and respect for life. They respect both people and our environment.

Their products are completely natural, certified organic and grown with the underlying philosophy that promotes sustainability of mother Earth for the present and future generations. Their spices offer a tremendous value over mainstream alternatives. This product is a USDA certified organic whole cloves that is of extremely high quality.

The organic farms they work with are untouched by modern toxins. They are farms that produce pure and natural spices and grains of the highest quality, that result in delicious, healthy meals.

Jiva Organics - It's a simple choice that makes a big difference. 

I've used Jiva Organics Whole Cloves for 3 things so far: In loose leaf tea, in homemade cough syrup that I use when I'm stuffed up with allergies, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. The cloves worked well in all 3 things.

I'm going to share with you the recipe for: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Feel Free to Download the Recipe Below

If possible I try and ground my spices right before I use them.

The boys loved their muffins, cabbage, and apple as a snack. 

What kind of muffins do you like?

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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.

I really like the animations below. They are by Animusic. The animations are really well thought out!

I entertained the boys for a long while with their videos. They both were in awe. 

Animusic's founder Wayne Lytle began to envision algorithmically synchronizing music and animation almost 30 years ago, and started experimenting in 1989. 10 years later on computer artist David Crognale was on board.

Right now they are on Kickstarter.

Pipe Dream is their most popular video

Visit Animusic's website.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Random Tid Bits

  1. Even though this week has been busy, I've been thinking about my Dad AKA Grandpa Spiehs a lot! This past weekend he was in the hospital. He has atrial heart fibrillation. I know it's common, but he had a surgery that was supposed to take care of the issue years ago. It worked. Now all the sudden he's having issues again.

    In the past his heart would go all out of wack beat wise, and they couldn't get him regulated. It took them a few days to get his heart beating normal.

    One back story: One time he came in from being outside, and he looked horrible. I sent him to the couch, and made him drink tons of water. I didn't know it was his heart at the time, I thought he was dehydrated from working outside. When my mom took him to the ER he kept having to ask for a bed pan to pee and pee. I felt so bad. It was one of those stories that was funny after the fact.

    I was just hoping since he had his surgery he was over this! He has to wear a monitor, and see a Cardiologist sometime soon.

  2. My boss called and told me that he had a project to give to me that would take no more than 1 hour. He said, "Only if you have the time." I agreed because when he presented it to me later he said, "I want you to do this!" The project took literally all afternoon. 

  3. I was excited to see that my sisters actually talked at our last family function. I hope they just get over things, and move on. What they were fighting over seems silly now. 

  4. We went to this place to eat called Gandolfo's. I have no clue if they are local, or a chain. They claim to be NY style sandwiches. They were good. It's just that the menu was a little overwhelming. There were too many choices in my mind. It was all up on the wall to read. 

  5. I did manage to get a photo op. It's a little blurry, but fun. I'm pretty sure other people in Gandolfo's thought we were a little on the crazy side for taking this photo.

  6.  I'm ready for the weekend! I know I'll have some yard work to do. Leaves are taking over our driveway. What do you have planned for the weekend?

    Selfie Time

    I don't take a lot of selfies. We were waiting for Dr. Seuss to start. What better way to pass the time than to take a bunch of selfies? 

    At least I didn't hear, "When is the show going to begin Mom?" 5 times over again. Instead I heard, "Let me see my pictures."

    Mica and I

    Isaak and I

    Daddy and Isaak

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Kids Probiotic Review

    I'm all about trying to prevent my kids and myself from getting sick. We get a flu shot, we wash hands on a regular basis, and I have our kids take Kids Probiotics by Hyperbiotics
    Our bodies need bacteria. Probiotics keeps the good healthy bacteria in your body. They fertilize our systems just like a garden thrives after being fertilized. This makes the GI tract healthy. Not all probiotics are the right strain for kids. That's why Hyperbiotics Pro-Kids is so great!

    About Pro-Kids:
    • It comes with 60 tiny, sugar free pearls
    I love that they are tiny. I just wish the container was tiny to match the size of pearls. There is a lot of wasted space in the container. That's my only issue with many companies. I'd pay just as much for a smaller container.

    • Kids can take it once daily
    Taking probiotics prevents sickness. 
    • They are time release pearls 
    That means that they are effective all day long. Not just when you give your child the probiotic.
    • 15x more effective than capsules with patented delivery technology 
     I love that they are effective. So many probiotics don't advertise their strain. As a consumer I'd like to know what I'm getting.
    • Ideal probiotic supplement for kids ages 4 and up 
    My kids are both of age to take them. Talk to your child's doctor if they are in need of probiotics, and are under the age of 4. There are some that come in a powder form. It can be mixed with formula, or breastmilk. If your child is on antibiotics, it's important to get that healthy bacteria back into their system. We also found it helpful with eczema issues.
    • 4 targeted strains including Lactobacillus acidophilus 
    In my experience when they advertise the strains they are legit. 

    • 100% natural & lactose free 
    I have a milk allergy, so I like to stay away from milk products. I think it's great that they are lactose free. There is no artificial colors in the probiotics. Tumeric is the only thing they use for color, which that is good for you.

    • Easy to swallow (Though still tastes great if chewed!) 
    With kids it's important for pills to be easily swallowed. My kids can swallow pills now. Sometimes they chew them on accident. 
    • Cost: $19.95 on Amazon
    You can get 3 bottles of pills on Amazon for $76.85. They are to supply probiotics for the whole family. There is 2 bottles for adults, and 1 for kids.

    Top Foods That Contain Prebiotics:

    Get your probiotics today!

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    Mica's a Punk!

    I generally make a smoothie about 5 mornings a week. They are loaded with spinach, or kale, frozen bananas, and another fruit. I add in ground up pumpkin seeds, peanut butter powder, or vanilla protein powder. There's water, or almond milk in there to.

    I make smoothies because: 

    A) The boys need more nutrients. Especially considering that school thinks a potato is a vegetable. A potato is a starchy carb.

    B) I know we don't in general get enough greens. No one gets enough greens. They are oh so good for you.

    You really don't taste them with all the other stuff added. It takes on a peach, cherry, or banana flavor over a green flavor.

    I admit some smoothies are better than others. I sometimes try different things. In general I got the smoothie making down. 

    Mica generally puts them on the table after I've made them. He checks them out to see who has the fullest glass, and gives that to Dad, then I come in the mix, then he, and last, but not least Isaak gets his.

    I never really thought too much about his process. I just went with it. He's helping, that's all that mattered, so I thought. Really the adults are always about the same amount, and the kids are about the same amount. It doesn't really matter who got what.

    This morning Daddy said, "Mica gives himself more if he likes the smoothie. If he doesn't like it, he gives Isaak the one that has more. I have our son figured out. That child thinks of himself first." 

    I said, "Mica is that true?"

    Mica laughed and said, "Ya."

    Then we all started laughing. Isaak stood there with a big ? look on his face as if to say, "What are you laughing about?"

    Proof that Mica thinks of himself first, and foremost.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Cat in the Hat

    We were so lucky to get tickets for The Cat in the Hat at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska.

    It was a surprise for the boys. We let them know where we were going right before we went. They were excited. Even Mica was excited, and he's 9 years old. He loves The Rose Theater.

    Mica's actually at The Rose Theater today for school. They are giving his class some acting lessons. I know he's loving it!

    There set wasn't as complicated as Tarzan, but Dr. Suess' illustrations were not very complicated. One of my favorite scenes was when the cat was throwing stuff around. They had furniture, and stuff flying in the air.

    The Cat in the Hat is recommended for families with children ages 3 and up, and is 45 minutes long without an intermission.

    Show Times:

    The Cat in the Hat runs Oct. 3-19, 2014, with performances on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Two additional shows are available Sunday, October 5 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 12 at 5 p.m.

    Interpretation for the hearing impaired will be offered at the 2 p.m. show on Saturday, October 11. 

    I strongly recommend getting there early. The place was pretty packed. I imagine the bathrooms were a zoo, but we went before we left the house.

    Ticket Prices:

    Tickets are $18 per person. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each. Members of The Rose receive four free tickets to the production.

    About the Show: 

    We didn't go to a preview showing, so I couldn't take photos while the show was going.

    It starts out with a simple house. Kids sit there with nothing to do. Then the Cat in the Hat showed up.

    Things got wild, and they have fun. All while the fish is telling them not to do this and that, while their mother is out.

    Thing 1 and Thing 2 show up, and add to the craziness. They did a great job fitting Thing 1 and Thing 2 in a box that is open on the bottom for them to go under the stage. Isaak leaned over to me and said, "Mom how did Thing 1 and Thing 2 fit in there?"

    In the end things do get picked up before their mother got home.

    "I think the moral of the story is this: even when you are faced with a gloomy day, don’t let it get in the way of having a joyful life,” says Ehrhart. "As The Cat says, ‘Even though the sun is not sunny, we can have lots of good fun that is funny.'"

    I teach my illustration class about Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Isaak's bedroom is in Dr. Seuss theme. You can say we are fans.

    The stars of the show are: 

    The Cat in the Hat............................................. Noah Diaz
    Conrad.............................................................. Robby Stone
    Sally.................................................................. Jackie Kappes
    Fish, Mother’s Voice.......................................... Lauren Krupski
    Thing 1, Kitten................................................... Sue Gillespie Booton
    Thing 2, Kitten................................................... Aaron Ellis

    A trip to The Rose Theater is a must. It is such a great place to take kids. The Cat in the Hat even had Daddy laughing.

    With the performances they often times have a question and answer session with the actors. We stayed for that. Other actors sign programs. It's much for interactive than most plays, or musicals. 

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    Disclaimer: I did get tickets to go see Cat in the Hat from The Rose Theater.

    Glow Stick Bracelets - 100 Bracelets Review

    Kids love glow sticks. Ok let's face it adults like glow sticks to. I was oh so happy when I found out that I was going to get to review Glow Stick Bracelets!

    There are a lot in a kit. Enough to make 100 bracelets. I decided to take them to my sister's house when we celebrated a few birthdays.

    Isaak in particular loved the idea of making bracelets, and necklaces. As soon as I got the package he wanted to open it up right away. I made him wait until the get together. It's more fun when there's other kids to play with them.

    Isaak, Cousin Evan, and Cousin Elijah were all about the glow sticks. 

    They looked pretty sweet on Evan because he was wearing black.


    I had the most fun checking out Elijah and Isaak. They had so much fun playing with them, trading them, and making bracelets into necklaces.

    What cracked me up was my Aunt Becky - Great Aunt to the boys. She was like, "Ok we need to review these things. What time is it? You have to say how long they were glowing. Oh give me some to play with!"

    She sat and played with Cousin Emerson. Emerson thought they were fun to. He clapped, grabbed at them, and laughed. YAY they stimulate special needs kids!

    I played with Edison. Well as much as a chunky 4 month old can play.

    A little bit about these amazing glow sticks:

    • They are really great quality. We didn't have 1 glow stick break that night. 
    • They are pretty bright. As you can see from the photos it wasn't entirely dark in the house. We could still see the glow. The kids went downstairs, and turned off the lights to fling them around. They held up.
    • Includes 100 units - 8" long.
    • Fresh from the factory- Ultra bright and long lasting! The boys started playing with them at 6:30 pm, and they were still glowing at 10 pm!

    • Non-toxic and CPSIA Compliant - Premium Quaility. I didn't have to worry too much about kids like Emerson playing with them.
    • They are only $7.99! That's super cheap. It's so worth it.
    There's only one kid that didn't get into it. That was Mica. He's not into anything that has the word, "Craft" involved. He doesn't even like his face painted. It's so odd considering he likes to dress up. This is when I think - He must not be my kids. LOL

    As you can see all the other kids got into them. My sister's and I agree that glow sticks should show up at every family function. 
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