Friday, November 18, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. I keep getting invited to home and facebook parties. It seems like everything is expensive at those things. I feel obligated to go to them, or buy from them when I'm good friends, or family members with them.

    I just want to get together without a home party. 

  2. Isaak cracks me up. He always has the most laundry in his clothes basket. It's not because his clothes are dirty. Sure some are. It's mostly because he's lazy. I get after him all the time.

    One day I said, "Why do you have all white underwear in the basket? You have undies with colors on them, stripes, and characters." He said, "Because white underwear is what men wear." Ha! It's really funny because Travis only wears boxers. Where's he getting this? 

  3. It took us all last year to get Mica in the groove of wearing deodorant. This year I asked "Have you been wearing your deodorant? I haven't seen it move at all for days." He said, "I don't see the point."

    We had to go through the importance of wearing deodorant all over again. I'm pretty sure we're not alone. Many kids are on their own. 

  4. This weekend the boys went to a neighbor's house, and raked up all her leaves. Our yards in our neighborhood are huge for the city.

    They worked their butts off! Travis wanted her oak leaves for composting. Do you keep a compost pile?

    In Nebraska and Iowa we don't have oak mites, but in Kansas and Missouri oak mites are a huge problem right now.

  5. Isaak's basket ball team has lost all of their games. I wish they'd win one game. At the same time I'm super glad he's A) Having fun!, B) Getting exercise!, and C) Learning. 

Threo Elderberry Echinacea Review

I'm trying to build up my immunity to prevent getting sick. Where I work, so many students are coughing and sneezing around me. I've also been washing my hands like crazy.

Recently I got: Threo Elderberry Echinacea to review. This helps prevent sickness. 

Just like Threo's other products that I've reviewed - they are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Vegetation
  • Raw
  • Non GMO
  • Farm Fresh

  • Elderberry Extract - has been recognized for supporting the immune system
  • Organic Cherry Extract - a rich source of naturally occurring Vitamin C and has been known to be the missing link to support immune response
  • Organic Echinacea Angustifolia Herb - an herb of the daisy family with strong immunity promoting properties
  • Organic Echinacea Purpurea Root - in the daisy family with strong immunity promoting properties
  • Cats Claw - It's a plant, not an actual cat's claw that's a popular South American folk medicine commonly used as a tonic to promote well-being

About Threo Elderberry Echinacea:

Conditions that come rapidly can leave fast, when you give your body the right support. By combining these 4 key plant compounds known to help strengthen immune response Threo created a formula with the toughest team of super foods to support your health when you need it most.


$21.99 - on Amazon Prime.

Have you gotten sick this fall?

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thero Kidney Support Plus Review

Threo takes health back to nature by keeping their ingredients as pure as possible. I received Kidney Support Plus to review.


I haven't mentioned this on the blog very much, but my asthma is out of wack once again. I'm trying to be healthier. I eat fairly healthy, but am tired from working, so I don't exercise as much as I should. I also think I have allergens to some foods. I know Omaha's air quality is horrible. I'm trying a few things (one at a time) to help detox my system.

One of the filters in the body is the kidney's. I'm starting with Kidney Support Plus. I've never had a bladder or urinary tract infection, but I still think I need to take care of my kidneys. These pills really can't hurt anything.


  • Organic Fruit and Berry Juice - Whole Powder Blend
  • Lemon
  • Amla Fruit
  • Acai Berry
  • Blackberry
  • Goji Fruit
  • Blueberry
  • Noni Fruit 
  • Maqui Berry
  • Mangosteen Fruit
  • Hawthorne Berry
  • Cranberry
  • Concord Grape
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Pomegranate
  • Strawberry
  • Red Raspberry
  • Orange 
  • Pineapple
  • Cherry

There are other veggie ingredients, but the fruits above are most of the things in the pills. Most of the ingredients I've heard of. There were a few berries that were new to me.

Perks With Threo Kidney Support Plus:
  • Farm Fresh
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Raw
  • Non GMO
  • 30 Billion CFU's
  • 10 Probiotic Strains
  • Can be kept room temperature
  • Long shelf life
  • Vegetarian Plant Gelatin Capsule

They produce 100% pure, raw food supplements to support health using a proprietary low-temperature drying process.

Why Support Your Kidneys? 

The kidneys are one of the most important systems in your body and are tirelessly working hard every day of the year. They are the body’s great waste collectors, and are necessary components to bladder and urinary tract health. By flushing your kidneys of toxins and proactively fighting bacteria, you are able to recognize optimal kidney function. Prime kidney health means fewer infections and better bladder control. As I age bladder control is a slight issue. It's not huge, but if I have to go, I have to go. All the more reason for me to take this.

Why Choose Threo Kidney Support? 

Their product uses a proprietary blend of 42 whole food, raw ingredients formulated to support and rejuvenate kidney health. A main component of our is blend cranberries, a superfruit high in proanthocyanidins, thought to prevent bacteria from clinging to urinary tract walls. By taking this supplement blend, you are able to have confidence in your body’s ability to fight infection and eliminate toxins.

Benefits of Threo Kidney Support:

  • Contains a large amount of raw cranberry extract, which supports urinary tract health 
  • Targeted support aimed specifically at kidneys, bladder and urinary tract system 
  • Assists in the normal function of kidneys to remove waste material from the body  ​
  • 100% pure, vegetable-based raw supplement

The Negatives:

  • There's too much unused space in the bottle. I wish Threo just used a smaller bottle for these pills. It's slightly more than 1/2 full. 
  • They also misspelled "organic" on the front of the bottle. They spelled it, "organinc".


$15.99 with Prime, so if you are a Prime Member you'll get free shipping.

Have you ever taken cranberry pills?

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

Threo Probiotic Review

Probiotics have been my long time go to thing if Mica or Isaak has an eczema spot, if one of us is on antibotics - probiotics puts good bacteria back into the system, one of us has a tummy issues, or to prevent sickness.

Recently I got Threo Probiotic to review.

I'm a college instructor. Lately I've had a lot of students get sick. There's been the stomach bug, a few students with bronchitis, one with pneumonia, and others that cough and sneeze, but don't know what they have. I don't want to get sick if I can help it. I've been opening up 3 probiotics pills to put into our smoothies at breakfast time.

Stay Healthy!

Great health begins in the core of your body, where the intestinal tract is. Approximately 70% of your immune system resides in the intestinal tract. Threo has created a formula with the toughest team probiotic strains to support your health where you need it most. A healthy gut is a happy gut!

Perks With Threo Probitoics:

  • Farm Fresh
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Raw
  • Non GMO
  • 30 Billion CFU's
  • 10 Probiotic Strains
  • Can be kept room temperature
  • Long shelf life
  • Deliver deeply into the intestines
  • No after-taste

30 Capsules

I like everything I read about these probiotics. I just wish the packaging was smaller. The pills only fill up less than 1/2 the bottle. That's a lot of waisted plastic to make the bottle. I'm sure many do not recyle it, and if it is recycled it's again using more resources to complete the task. I wish it was in a container 1/2 the size it's in.

It's $29.99 with Prime, so if you are a Prime Member you'll get free shipping.

More Information on Probiotics

Make sure you visit The Best Probiotic Supplement!

It Covers More Information on:

  • Best General Digestive Health
  • Best for Immune Health
  • Best for Antibiotic Recovery
  • Best for IBS/IBD Relief

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WW: Cuddle Time {Linky}

This is what many Saturday mornings look like in the Apel house hold:

I remember when I had boys a coworker said, "Oh that's too bad that you don't at least have 1 girl. They love to cuddle. They are just different than boys." I'm sure they are different. As you can see the boys love to cuddle! They sometimes fight over who gets to cuddle with me. 

This particular morning we were watching the last season of The Wonder Years. It's almost time to say goodbye to Kevin Arnold and his family, Winnie Cooper, Paul Pfeiffer and more friends. What family series should we watch next? We watched A Little House on the Prairie and Webster. There's a lot of great TV shows on, but not a lot that whole families can watch these days.

Monday, November 14, 2016

That Moment Where I Just About Lost My Mind

Travis: "Can you go get these few things at the grocery store for me to make dinner. Hurry up please."

Me: "Ok. Will do. Mica can you come with me?"

Mica: "Sure!" I was shocked that he wanted to come with me.

No kid of mine has ever loved going to the grocery store.

So we set out on adventure to go grocery shopping. I knew a few other things I wanted to get, so we got this, and got that.

I went to check out and said, "WOW! It's 5:30 and they only have 1 human check out lane open!" The line was super long! It was like that scene in The Christmas Story where Ralphie gets in line to see Santa, and a person says something like, "Why are you here? The line is back there!" and they point to what seems like forever away. 

I decided to brave it by going in the self check out lane. A staff member was standing there if I needed help.

Who knew that an eleven year old would get so excited to check out the groceries himself. Mica kept insisting that he check everything out. He couldn't find the bar codes, so I grabbed things to check them out myself. He was annoyed that I was grabbing things.

I was the opposite of Mica, I just about lost my mind when checking out my own groceries.

Everything was fine until I got to the produce. I was super frustrated. I didn't know all those codes. I didn't work there! I happen to get a lot of produce.

Frustration escalates for me when I'm hungry. By that time I was very hungry. We ate a brunch that day. No mid meal like I'm used to.

The store clerk up there was busy helping someone else. To top it off there was someone behind us that looked annoyed that we were taking so long. They too probably hated that they had to go in the self checkout lane.

I kept mumbling to myself, or maybe aloud, What store only has one human checkout lane at dinner time?

I don't even know if I checked out the produce properly. Thankfully there were only a few things. The rest: Bags of Carrots, Mushrooms, Celery, Potatoes and a Box of Spinach had bar codes on them.

Apparently a self check out lane can bring me from a good mood to a frustrated one in a flash. It's not just the act of doing it myself. I think, What has this world come to? There was once upon a time where stores carried everything out for you. I know that some stores still do, but there are less and less of them. They'd ask you as you came in, "Is there anything I can help you find?" They would great you in the check out lane with a pleasant, "Hello! Did you find everything ok?" If you didn't they'd send a store clerk out to go get whatever it is that you couldn't find. They'd open your box of eggs to make sure none were broken. If one was they'd have someone go get another box for you.

Side Note: Earlier that day we went to pick out a dress shirt for Mica. He's in between boys and men sizes. Travis wanted to get him measured. Guess what? There was no one around to help, or measure him. We ran around like chickens with our heads cut off looking for dress shirts. The men's were too big, the young men's section had no dress shirts. The boy's section had them, but all the other shirts like t-shirts and sweat shirts were too small for Mica. WTH?!

What is something that sets you off?

Portable North Pole

Every year our kids look forward to seeing and hearing from Santa! If you've never checked out Portable North Pole do so! You can put a kid, or adult's name and photo to make Santa's message seem magically real.

Christmas Magic happens with Portable North Pole! 

SAVE 20% with Promo Code: PNP6BLG20

Portable North Pole (PNP) is an online platform used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages and calls to the people you care about most anywhere around the world.

I remember the first few times we did it Santa couldn't say Mica's name right. He kept saying, Meka. That's what I get for spelling my kid's names differently. Hey my Mom and Dad did it to me to: Alissa is usually Alyssa. Every year PNP adds things to their video, and make enhances. Mica's name is now said right.

In just a few simple steps, you can help Santa gather all the information he needs about your loved one and create a tailor-made video message or phone call that is positively magical. But that isn't all Santa and his magical elves have in store! To create truly unforgettable memories, you can even download a HD version of your video to keep for years to come.

Portable North Pole comes available in 3 main package types:

  • The Free (Christmas and Birthday videos) I have to admit this is the only set we've tried in the past. I'm eager to try the others. 
  • The Video Pass (Unlimited Premium Santa videos + Reaction Recorder, as well as access to previous seasons' videos) 
  • The Magic Pass (Unlimited Premium Santa Videos, Reaction Recorder, HD Video downloads, access to previous seasons' videos)! Available for a limited time only: The Pre-Season Magic Pass, which also comes with a Santa-Approved Nice-List certificate that lets your loved one know if they are one Santa's Naughty or Nice list!
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Portable North Pole is a magical console used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages to the folks you care most about.

Make Christmas Magic with Portable North Pole! I started feeling the Christmas spirit this weekend when I started making holiday cookies to put in the deep freezer downstairs. I'm so excited! I love this time of year!

Disclaimer: I am to receive full access to Portable North Pole to review. This post is written by me, and states my true opinion.


Have you seen the new 3DLIGHTFX? They are super fun! I've never seen a light like them. They look like they are crashing through the wall. The features I like art that they don't have any cords hanging down, and the crack sticker that comes with it.

They are sold at Target and

They Are Great Gifts For:

  • Children
  • Teens 
  • Adults
  • Boys
  • Girls

You can see that they fit anyone really.

Mica loves Star Wars. Well guess what? They have Star Wars 3DLIGHTFX!

I know a lot of girls that like Star Wars too. If you have a girly girl, or a Brony (a boy that likes My Little Pony) they have My Little Pony lights.

  • They are cool to the touch, so no worries about anyone burning themselves 
  • They are cordless, so no worries about kids pulling on cords
  • They are battery operated
  • The set includes a crack sticker

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of lights for each personality in your home including: comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man's cave or office! Find all of these amazing products here:

Be sure to check out Target to find a light that would fit everyone in your family. I know Mica would like a Star Wars one, and Isaak would love a sport one or super hero one.
If you could pick out a light like this, what would you choose?

Disclaimer: I am to receive a 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Light to review. This post is written by me, and states my true opinion.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Viihahn Men's Lace-up Fully Wool Lined Boots Review

It's hard to believe that Mica's into men's shoes. Ok, so maybe it's not. My nephew that's the same age has been in men's shoes for awhile now. We're spending more money on shoes for him now. Thankfully I got Viihahn Men's Lace-up Fully Wool Lined Boots for Mica to try out. YAY!

These boots come in 2 colors:
  1. Coffee 
  2. Black
I really love the color coffee...

But I felt like he'd get more use out of the black ones. He has tan shoes already. The coffee could could be worn with brown, or black because the soles are black. I know Mica has dress shirts for the holiday time that wouldn't work with brown at all. The black ones were more practical.


The shoes are super soft. They are lined with wool. Mica loves the feel of them.

With them being lined it's super great for cold winter days. They are winter boots, but I wouldn't go sledding in them. They are too nice for that. They can be worn for dressy events, or casual wear. We actually went for a quick hike to see how they'd feel. Mica loved how they felt. 


The soles are great. They don't slip around, which is wonderful. Part of why I wanted him to have winter boots is for really cold days. He's on safety patrol, so it will be cold and icy on some winter days.

They do get rocks, leaves and mud in the treads, but I'd rather that happen instead of having no threads. It gets icy here during the winter. I don't want Mica sliding around.


$115, and on sale for $68. That's with Prime. 

  • Leather Imported 
  • Wool Rubber Soles 
  • Leather Upper 
  • Shearling/Wool Lining 
  • Dual Density Insoles 
  • Lace-up Closure 

Overall Mica really likes his boots! He was pleasantly surprised. I didn't tell him that I was getting them for him.

Do you have a favorite pair of boots?

Disclaimer: I received these boots for discount in exchange for writing this review. I was influenced in no way to write a positive review.


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