Friday, August 26, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. Isaak and I got our first head cold in the school year. My head feels fuzzy - like bees are flying around in it, and I'm stuffy. Isaak has been snotty big time, has no appetite, and feels feverish at night.

    I can tell fall is on it's way, plus school started, which is all breeding ground for sickness.

  2. I figured out what I want to do for the big blow up project this year. Every year I find an image, or shoot my own image. My boss prints it out on the large format printer. I cut it up in squares, or rectangles. Then each student gets a square from each poster to recreate larger. I don't tell them what it is. They don't get to see it until the end when it's hung up. This year I had a hard time deciding. This year I didn't use my own photos. I found images that were so great by the Illustrator Tom Whalen. I love his work. The images below belong to Tom Whalen. When my students do a little piece they are not recreating the whole thing, nor are they selling the work.

  3. I got the book Wonder By R.J. Palacio for Mica to read. Normally he reads the books I pick out with kind of an annoyed look. Like he's thinking, Geez Mom! Let me pick out my own books! This one I kept seeing displayed at Barnes and Noble, and the library. He can't put the book down. Travis once said, "Ok you're not doing the tasks you ask us to do! Stop reading!" I know...every parent wishes that they had this problem. If you're looking for a good book to read...Wonder might be it.

  4. Isaak watched The Boxcar Children movie at school. He came home, and was super excited to read the 1 The Boxcar Children book that he has. Maybe I'll have to check out more of those. Typically he's not one that likes to read.

  5. I printed out a coupon for Michael's. It's a 50% off one. I feel the need to use it. What would you buy at a craft store?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

WW: Trumpet {Linky}

Mica told us last week, "I want to play the baritone in band. We need the instrument by Friday." The band form had no date on it whatsoever. I was kind of annoyed because he could have given strings a try last year. We have plenty of those instruments. Travis' boss gave him like 5 string instruments. Mica never told us about that. I got on him to be more informative, and to try new things. When I looked at the prices on renting an instrument I was like, "Whoa we need to make a choice here: Band or Martial Arts. I can't afford both!" Mica said, "You did tell me to try new things." So he had me there.

I looked at pawn shops, but they really only had old trumpets that looked dinged up.

Someone on facebook said they had a trumpet they wanted to sell. I said, "Sold!" It turned out that her Dad sold it without her knowing.

We gave up on the baritone at this point. Mica's like, "I want a trumpet."

I checked out Amazon, and boom they had new trumpets for about the same price as the old ones in pawn shops. They could get it to us in 2 days, we read ratings, and it came with a case, gloves, and a few other things.

Mica: Is this how I blow my trumpet?

Travis: Ya but you have to blow with your cheeks in.

It turns out that after all this Mica didn't need his instrument for a few weeks. He's super excited to have it. He watched the DVD that came with his music book, and now blows with his cheeks in. 

Mica has big plans! He wants to learn to play Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer. He said, "Dad can be Peter Gabriel, and you can be a background singer Mom." I said, "Why don't you start with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as your goal?"

Isaak on the other hand is living in a box. He's living in a cardboard box.

Did you play an instrument when you were a kid, or do you still play an instrument now?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Save on Items at #Groupon #ad

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

When I first got my phone I had a screen protector on it. It started peeling up on the sides, and the screen protector broke. It apparently was not a very good screen protector. Travis said, "I don't know why you have that thing on there. It's harder to click on anything." I took it off, and didn't replace it. Guess what happened...

Can't quite see it...

The screen broke right in my pocket. That's right I didn't even drop it. Now it stays on my cart that I use through work, or in my purse.

I should have checked out Groupon Goods. They have a ton of stuff on clearance. One of the things they have is a Otterbox Case for $9.99. That's marked down from $59.99!!!

I love the fact that with Groupon you don't have to pay a monthly fee to use them. I was paying a monthly fee in case I dropped my phone. They were going to charge me more to fix my screen than it would be if I took it to other places. Needless to say I don't like monthly fees. Groupon is my best bud! 

Categories for Groupon's Goods:
  • For the home
  • Jewelry and Watches
  • Women's Fashion
  • Health and Beauty
  • Electronics
  • Baby, Kids and Toys
  • Sports and Outdoors
  • Men's Fashion
  • Entertainment
  • Auto and Home Improvement
  • Grocery, Household and Pets
  • Collectibles

There's a lot in each category! What category do you think you'd want to check out?

Check out Groupon on facebook and twitter.

Organic Laundry Stain Remover Review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received the product mentioned in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine.

This weekend I cleaned a lot!

We celebrated August and September birthdays at my house. We had a brunch party, so it was different and fun.

After everyone left we cleaned up again.

I decided to dust in places we don't see like ceiling fan, and the crown molding on our cove ceiling.

I realized that it had been awhile since I've washed the drapes, so we did that.

I noticed that there were stains on Isaak's drapes, so I used my new Organic Laundry Stain Remover to help get the stains out. I fully anticipated that the stains wouldn't come out. I had no idea what was on them, and how long it had been there. It did work. 

About Tangie Stain Remover Bar:

It comes in a plastic bag. This is great because the bar is fairly soft. The bar its self is wrapped in a paper. I'm leaving the paper on, and using the ends of it.

You just need to wet the fabric, rub the stain with the stick, launder, and smile :). I'm going to try some really old stains as I launder more. I'll see if it gets old stains out. It certainly did a great job on Isaak's drapes.


The cost is: $12.52. It's kind of pricy, but considering that it works it's worth it to me. Just think if you had to buy clothing, drapes and sheets again because of stains.

It Gets Out all Kinds of Stains:

  • Collar Stains
  • Pit Stains
  • Juices
  • Grease
  • Blood
  • Grass
And much more.

It's Made With: 

  • Coconut Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil Soap Base
  • Soap Nuts Liquid (Solar Oven Processed)
  • Oxalic acid (Whitening)
  • Salt (Fabric Softener)
  • Citric Acid (Stain Lifting)
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil (Preserve/Scent)
It's not tested on animals. I love that all the ingredients are ones I've heard of.

Once the drapes were clean thanks to Tangie stain remover. I ironed, and ironed. I hardly iron, so when I do it's like an added event in my life. I swear ironing is a lost art. Drapes and bed skirts never come out wrinkle free for me.

Travis decided to start a task I wasn't ready for that day. It's a task I've talked about doing, but wasn't prepared for doing. It was taking our dressers apart, vacuuming them, dusting them, trying on the clothes to see what needed to be given away, and so on. He told Mica to clean his closet, so that was another thing I helped with.

Our house is certainly much cleaner, but we had dust stirred up for sure.

What do you use to remove stains from fabric? 


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