Friday, October 7, 2016

Scratch-Off Interactive World Map Review

Mica has always enjoyed maps. He knew his state capitols by the time he was four. I'm really happy to review a Scratch-Off Interactive World Map by Info-Glob.

Isaak on the other hand is more like me, geography isn't his thing. One thing that Isaak does love is scratchboard. Maybe this map is a way to get Isaak to like geography.

The map came in a tight roll. It was good because it was well protected, but hard to get it flattened out to review it. Travis reverse rolled it to get it flat. 

I love how they had a piece of tissue paper within the roll to protect it from getting unwanted scratches on it. 

Inside the tube is a scratchboard tool that can be used on the map + other scratchboard pieces. 

A compass came in the tube as well.

This set would be great for people that love to travel, have a bucket list to go places, an interest in maps, or love scratchboard. 

I think this going to be a family gift considering that Mica enjoys maps and Isaak gets into scratchboard. The gold is what can be scratched off. Mica scratched off a bit of Hawaii. I really like the quality of this print. It's fun scratching the gold foil off. I could see hanging it up as is too.

Cost: This Scratch-Off Interactive World Map is $27.97. It is on Prime, so if you're a Prime member shipping is free. 

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WW: Railroad Days {Linky}

Railroad Days was in July. I kept wanting to post about it, but things got busy, then I switched memory sticks, and well you get the picture.

Taken at Durham Western Heritage Museum. 

I know a lot of cities have Railroad Days. I really have to say that the one in Omaha and Council Bluffs rocks! It's $15 for a whole family to get in. That includes 5 stops to different museums, and transportation to all of them. We ran into a super nice lady that gave us a pass for our family to get in for free!

When we first walked in to Lauritzen Gardens they have an elaborate model train set up.

We walked all over Lauritzen Gardens. What can I say Isaak was going through a dramatic phase with getting his photo taken.

Isaak did love some craft time. This year I helped him make a train bandana. It was so much better than the train whistle that annoyed Travis the year before.

Lauritzen Gardens is so beautiful!

There's a tiny waterfall area. We live miles from a real one, so I'll take what I can get.


 One of the best stops is an outdoor model train of our city.

I love the tranquil spot though.

I love the reflection in this next photo.

Do you have a Railroad Days where you live?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Do you remember the poem, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod? I only remembered the name of the poem. That's what I thought about with the name of this post.

Mr. Mica started this thing where he blinked excessively when he was in Kindergarten. His doctor said that some kids get tics. They often times grow out of it.

He did grow out of it. Now at age 11 it's started back up again.

It's not a blinking just when he's tired thing.

I asked him if anything is bothering him, and told him that if anything is in fact bothering him that he should let us know. Nothing seems to be bothering him. I believe him when he tells me that. Mica's an open book kind of kid that really has no filter. Last year when a girl liked him, gave him things, and he didn't like her back he told me EVERYTHING.

It could be allergies. I have them big time, and my boys do get them too.

It could be nothing, or it could be something. I kind of feel like we should do our parent duty, and have his blinky problem looked into.

I made the mistake of googling it. Loads of problems came up.

I put in a message to his doctor's office on Friday night; just to be on the safe side. I got the giggles when I started typing, "My son blinks a lot..." I said, "Travis please take over because I don't even know what to say." It just sounded really funny. Travis made it sound good.

We also notice that he squints when watching TV.

The doctor's office responded with, "Dr. Harrison should see him."

I was looking more for the response, He'll need to see an Opthamologist. Here are a few sources: ...

Don't get me wrong I love Dr. Harrison, but he's not an eye doctor.

I called this morning, left a message saying everything + leaving Travis' number. My phone works horrible at my work. Reception in general is bad at my work.

The doctor's office called me back. When I couldn't answer they called Travis.

It's as if they didn't listen to my message at all. Travis had to repeat everything I said. Then the nurse said, "I'll have to run this all by Dr. Harrison to see what he has to say."

We're stuck in blinky limbo land with the doctor's office.

Have you ever had eyesight, or eye problems?


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