Friday, November 3, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. I've been listening to The Book of Joy with Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams. I won it off of Moms Own Words. It's inspiring. Mica likes it, but even for him some of it is a little over his head. They discuss how to bring joy into your life. There are 8 compact discs, so it's hours long.

  2. It was a super cold Halloween! It even snowed, but nothing stuck. Travis wore my witches hat, Mica wore a scary Witches mask (bulgy eyes), Isaak wore a Zombie mask (the darker grey mask), and I was Pac Man. I was so layered by Halloween night you couldn't probably tell what I was.

  3. Grandma Apel will be coming to our house next week. It's been so long, since we've seen anyone on that side of the family. We haven't told the boys that she's coming. Do you see one side of the family more over another? We don't live anywhere near Travis' family.

  4. I had a dream a few weeks ago that I was taking care of puppies. I woke my husband up be barking and singing in my sleep. 

  5. I keep hearing the same songs playing on the radio. I can't tell if it's just the radio that keeps repeating, or maybe it's a message to me. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

WW: Cuteness Overload {Linky}

It was Stuffed Animal Day at Isaak's elementary school.

He greeted me as I got off of work like this:

Did you like stuffed animals when you were a kid? I was more into Barbies and dolls.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Zoobooks Magazine Review

I typically like to give different gifts to my nephews. Something that I know they don't have. Once I gave them all face plates, I've gven lots of money gifts, but fold the money up different ways, one nephew got a scratch board map, and there's more unusual things I've given them.

The latest unusual thing I got to review is Zoobooks Magazine. It really should have an (s) on the end of Magazine because there is more than one of them. One of my nephews is getting the set:

What the Set Included:

Zoobooks really gives a lot of insight into different animals. 

What You Get:
  • Free Poster
  • Free Stickers
  • Free Digital Subscription
  • Zoobies Free Animal Songs and Learning Games!
  • Lots of Stories

Some of the Inside Pages:

I love that they have so many different stories, illustrations, pictures, and games inside the magazines. 

  • I had my nephew Edison in mind to give these to. The age range is 6 and up for Zoobooks! There are 9 issues in all. I let Isaak look them over, and draw from them. I think I'll hand them down to Edison soon enough. He's 3 1/2 now, and time seems to go faster the older I get. When I signed up for the review I had him in mind though. In the meantime Isaak (age 9) can use them to draw from. 

  • They have another magazine called Zootles for ages 3-6. There are 6 issues in all. This is what I should have gotten Edison, but that's alright I have plenty for him. I'm never lacking in gifts for this age. 

  • They have another magazine called Zoobies for ages 0-3. There are 6 issues in all.

Lots of different choices for different ages. 


$19.95 + Shipping and Handling $7.95. I don't think the cost is bad considering all that you get. They do have a great return policy. Kids lot getting things in the mail! 

Did you get a magazine in the mail when you were a kid? I got Cricket and Highlights. 

Disclaimer: I received this set of magazines for the purpose of this review. Zoobooks did not influence me to write a positive review. The opinions in this post are my own. 

Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers With FM Radio

Mica's addicted to music. He plays Queen the most, but likes other bands/singers as well.

I'm so happy to give him this Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers With FM Radio made by: Ancord for Christmas. You can get it on Amazon Prime for $26.98:

Come With:
  • Speaker that's also an FM Radio
  • 2 cords
  • A Manual 
You can add a 3 year $1.84 or 4 year $3.87 warranty. The cost isn't a lot. I just usually don't get the added warranty for something that isn't that much money.

  • I got green to review. It's more of an army green color.
  • They also have an orange, which is a rusty orange color. 
I really like both colors!

Easy to Use

It has 2 cords.

Play time lasts up to 12 hours!

It does have bluetooth capabilities. I didn't play with this too much. It's going to be for Mica's phone, not mine. 

The circle button just needs to be held until a blue light comes on. Then you can start to hear sound. One click of a button will change it to FM radio, which is handy for an emergency tornado, snow storm, or other crazy event that may occur. 

I love the cord that is durable! 

It's Waterproof!

I'm not saying it should be taken into the water, but it can go around water without too many worries.

  • One can take it into the bathroom when taking a shower or bath
  • One can take it to a pool to set on the deck, while dipping in for a swim.
  • One can set it on the edge of a hot tub. 
  • It can be placed on a towel at the beach. 
  • It can be set on the counter, while dishes are being washed. 
Maybe I can get Mica to wash dishes more than before. He can add music to the process.  ;)

I don't really have anything negative to say about this device just yet. I like that it's durable!

Do you have a speaker for your phone, or device that you like? 

Disclaimer: I received this speaker for the purpose of this review. Ancord did not influence me to write a positive review. The opinions in this post are my own. 

Art Opening

My husband had his residency opening at El Museo Latino a few weeks ago.

I remember when he applied to it he was nervous because of how little Mexican is in his blood. He's just as Mexican as Frida Kahlo is. His Grandpa was 100% Mexican.

It was a 2 month residency during June and July. Boy with my nose surgery, and his residency we were ultra busy! I thought for sure he'd make many of the dinners, but thankfully I had some things made ahead of time in the freezer.  Travis wanted to be in the studio as much as possible.

He talks about his residency project here. He made Nomads, which was carved out of Limestone, and yucca's that he dug up on a trip were planted into the sculpture.

Travis showed up to his opening with rain water in a squirt bottle to water the yucca's. 

He had a few other pieces in the show. Then 2 other artists showed along with him. 

At the opening they had Salsa Dancing lessons. None of use got into it except for Isaak. He couldn't wait to dance. 

Here Isaak is dancing with one of Travis' bosses:

It's not the best photo, but they sure did have fun! 

This Friday we're heading out to art openings. We haven't been in awhile. For the last 2 Fridays we've had our nephew's Edison (3), Elijah (9) and Evan (12) over to spend the night. It's been busy with 5 boys in the house. 

Do you ever go to art openings? Usually they are the first Friday of the month where we live.


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