Friday, August 25, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. It's been rainy late at night and early in the morning for a few nights and mornings lately. I take these photos when I just hit a stop light that just turned red through my windshield, or while I'm getting gas.

    It tends to clear up quickly, for a sunny day. I was asthma free, since the spring. Now I'm feeling it again. I'm trying to stay on top of it with my daily inhaler that I wasn't taking when I didn't need it. No real attacks, just a heavy chest. 

  2. We went out to eat last night. That's not something we do often. Travis said, "So the boys and I got new clothes, but you didn't get any." I said, "Well we have a choice...1) We could take the boys home, and leave them there. 2) We could take them with us, since we're 1/2 the way to Kohl's. We took them with us. They weren't bad, but giggly and talkative. Travis was getting so annoyed. I've been there. I was actually glad they were happy, and not complaining the whole time.

  3. A sale's clerk and I really cracked up when Mica said, ""Dang woman! You look good." I thought, Maybe it's good I have these boys with me if he keeps talking like that! I tried on a bright pink shirt. Mica said, "Wow you look like a pretty, pink flamingo." The sale's clerk laughed again!

  4. A thing came up in the news that said kids shouldn't have cell phones until they are 14 or 15. I voiced my opinion. I think it depends on the kid, and situation that kid is in. If a kid is dropped off by their parent everyday to school, and they have a landline then they don't need a cell phone. The bus system last year didn't do so well, Mica has to walk 4 blocks to the stop in a city, so I felt like it was needed. We found an app to track him. We also don't have a landline, so again it's important to have one. It's good for him to be able to look things up for school.

    Our kids have never had a game system, so they aren't glued to having screen time. We've taken Mica's charging station, and moved it to the kitchen. Then he isn't playing apps or texting his friend at night.

    On the news report - facebook thread there were some people that jumped in saying, "They shouldn't have a phone until they can pay the bill." I just think it depends on the situation your family is in. What are your thoughts?

  5. I have a student in first year that has an A- in one of her classes (not mine), and she was panicking. She's going to have to get over that. That's part of the struggle here. They all come from high schools where they all got A's in their art classes. They all can't get A's. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses!

Both of my boys love Ripley's Believe It or Not! books. 

Where to get it:

Buy it on their website: for $28.95 and on sale for $19.99

About the book:
  • It has foil on the cover 
  • It's hard bound
  • Book Size: 9 x 11 3/4
  • 256 pages
  • Recommend reading age is 10+, although Isaak has loved these books, since he was 8!
  • The publication date is: August 29, 2017
  • ISBN: 978-1-60991-178-2
I think kids and adult like this books because they have so much to see in them! There are some things that are freaky, but a lot of things are just fascinating!

Specimen Stuffed Shelves:

Extreme Extremity and a Misfortune:

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses! is the latest book from Ripley Publishing's wildly popular series that chronicles the most shocking, crazy, incredible and always true stories from around the globe.

I love that the book is for all kinds of ages:
  • Tweens 
  • Teens  
  • Reluctant readers 
  • Adults
To be honest...when I pick out books for my kids I find that I want to like them to. I still read to my kids at times. I want to enjoy what I'm reading. I like this book! It's a coffee table type book. Everyone wants to pick it up to take in what's inside.

Displaced Abdomen, Passed Down Traits, and Balancing Acts:

Monkey Love and a Giant Slug:

Batter Up and Wax On:

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Wrote this about their newest book:

Experience Some of the stories that are sure to Shatter Your Senses! 
  • See the world's most expensive dress ever sold at auction, worn by starlet Marilyn Monroe and covered in over 6,000 rhinestones!
  • Taste the freaky foods featured–from starfish skewers on the streets of Beijing to Australia's witchetty grub!
  • Feel the heat as you read about Taiwan's traditional fire fishing!
  • Smell the fresh air–which is sold to tourists in Guangdong Province, China, by the bag!
  • Hear the crowds roar as performers like AcroBritt, Short E. Dangerously, Captain and Maybelle, and Hammer Head take the stage in Ripley's Exclusive interviews, showcasing their unbelievable talents! 
It's filled with not just weirdness, but art as well:

Were you ever fascinated by something that is different?

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WW: Grandpa With a Fidget Spinner {Linky}

We had my son Mica's 12th birthday party this weekend. He got a set of Skull Candy Headphones along with another Fidget Spinner.

Here's my nephew Evan and Mica both wearing a Skull Candy ear bud:

Here's the Fidget Spinner Mica got that my 91 year old Grandpa couldn't put down:

I don't think Mica knew what to do to get his Fidget Spinner back. Ha! 

This same birthday party my 3 year old nephew made this Baby Trump happen:  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sewing Leather Tools Review

I tend to look for arts and crafts that are great for boys. There just isn't a lot out there. Most of them are geared towards girls.

I was so happy that I got a Sewing Leather Tool Set to review:! It's something Isaak will love for Christmas coming up. I'm going to get him a leather belt to work on.

15 Pieces Included:

I was thinking it would be a small kit with a few things. Nope! It's really full of stuff!
  • All different needles: glovers needle, carpet needle, sail needle, straight upholstery needle, sack needle and 2 pieces of curved mattress needles 
  • 3 Colors Flat Wax Rope: Black, Burnt Umber and Raw Siena 
  • 1 x Adjustable Stitching Groover 
  • 1 x Black pressure cloth tooth distance of 4 mm 
  • 1 x Log pressure cloth tooth distance of 2 mm 
  • 1 x Solid wood awl 1 x Straight head awl
  • 1 x Hook the awl 
  • 1 x Hollow awl 
  • 1 x Scissors 
  • 1 x Thimble 
  • 1 x Beeswax 
  • 2 x Finger cots
It also comes with a bag to fit the tools.

The whole set costs: $18.29 on Amazon Prime.

I think it's a great set for a beginner. Of course I'll help him figure it all out.

There are no metal stamps, but there's a variety of tools to make letters, or patters on your own. Certainly enough for personalizing your leather projects.

Would you buy someone a belt to begin using these tools, or just a slab of leather? 

Disclaimer: I received this set in exchange for writing this review. I was in no way influenced by anyone in regards to this review.

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

It's Solar Eclipse Day! 

I kind of wish each eclipse had a name like hurricanes do. There just isn't enough of them, so instead a year is just attached to it. How cool would it be to call it a name like Solar Eclipse Sally, or Solar Eclipse Sam? 

What would you name it?

Since I live in Nebraska, and it's the path of the eclipse - hotels have been booked for quite some time. 

Bill Nye is here in Beatrice, Nebraska. I already got an ear full on him. I mentioned him being here, and one of my co-workers apparently doesn't care for him because he's not a real scientist and he's anti Christian. I'm pretty sure anyone can be a scientist just for having an interest in science and doing science experiments. Much like anyone can be an artist, musician, landscaper... I'm sure he's not anti Christian. He's just anti some of their practices and thoughts. You can't tell me he doesn't have some Christian relatives and friends that he loves deeply. So there. I didn't say anything. I don't know the guy. I just thought it was odd she went there with such passion; like he's deeply offending her. I'm pretty sure she doesn't know him either. 

There's that. Ya it doesn't really have anything to do with the solar eclipse. I too was like, What the heck? Where is this coming from?

NASA is flying jets across Nebraska. That's pretty cool! 

I guess traffic may be nuts here! I'm hoping no one I know gets into an accident.

Travis has the day off, so he's traveling to Auburn to get out of the city. 

The boys have been learning about the eclipse in school. In particular talking about the safety of wearing legit glasses. They do have school, and will partake in the viewing. 

I have a lot of friends that live in Kansas City who found out last week that their kids do not have school. They are worried about kids taking their glasses off, having eye damage, and their parents suing the school. 
What are your thoughts on if school should get cancelled for the Solar Eclipse of 2017?

Isaak was excited to try his glasses on:

I'm pretty sure the boys will get glasses in school. We wanted to make sure they had some just in case, as glasses were not mentioned.

Before you decide to take photos, or use your phone in anyway read this:

You could damage your phone, or camera. 

Just enjoy the experience! There are people trained to take photos and videos with filters for their lenses. I'm sure it will be all over the news, so if you can't get a good view - check it out later. 

Protect those eyes! Peace out! 


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