Friday, June 22, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. On Isaak's last day of school he came out hopping. His teacher was laughing and said, "If I could record this to look back at different times of the summer I'd be happy." I knew exactly what Isaak was doing. He's had this goal of standing on one leg longer than anyone else to beat out the person in the Guinness World Book of Records. Will it happen? No. He gives up after about 30 minutes every...single...time. 

  2. We finally took my mom out for Mother's Day. Ya a little late, ya think? One sister was out of town, and my parents went out of town as well. I always feel like we should just celebrate early in the month. Then we get it knocked out before school ends. Everyone gets busy. We could just celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day and my birthday in one shot, but no one but me likes that idea. They all like celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day separate because they deserve that time. Somehow my birthday gets skipped, but I don't care. I could sulk and say, I don't deserve that time? I'm the one that would like to lump them into one big meet-up.

  3. I did get some use out of that 30% off Khols card. Travis got 4 or 5 shirts there. I made him try on a taco shark shirt just to get a good laugh. We all laughed, including the lady waiting for her son to try on shirts. 

  4. We only had Isaak with us shopping. Travis and I were both thinking, This is going to be wonderful shopping with just one kid. Mica was busy volunteering at the library. Isaak was a talker! He never shut up, and was in one of those extra goofy moods! Then Isaak stool Travis' hat to wear backwards, and proceeded to talk in an annoying voice that sounded a bit like Sponge Bob Square Pants. So much for the joys of shopping with one kid. At least he's cute in the picture.

  5. Back to shopping with my sisters...

    I had one stop I wanted to go on. Shhh....don't tell, but I like to shop on my own without them.

    Here's the deal:

    I bought 4 spools of thread for this art project I was working on. I had no idea what color of gold I needed. I didn't have the project with me, and I was across town. The thread was 50% off. Guess how much it was for all that thread? $25.25! My mouth dropped across the floor. I'm the girl that buys the cheap-o thread at the Dollar Store. Seriously! $25.25 for 4 spools of thread, which would have cost me over $50 had it not been on sale! I could get a whole kit that had just about every color of the rainbow + black + white + needles + a case for $15. I was beginning to think it was real gold, for that kind of money!

    I literally went home, picked out the thread, and sewed 2", and that's ALL I USED. It's the top of the mason jar - only the gold. Not the black shadow, or white highlight stitching.

    I wanted to return them all. I said, "I need to figure out how to get this to look like I never used it." My older sister, "That's not right. You used it!" Me, "I know, but barely. This crap is expensive!" Mind you her family has enough money to go on expensive trips. No ours! There you have it, she pulled the guilt trip on me. I know she was right. But...I barely used it, wouldn't use it again, and didn't want to spend that kind of crazy money on thread.

    I went to the fabric store on my own, and returned it all. No questions asked. So it was morally wrong, but dang it. I remember when I went to college a teacher said, "Buy a book, use it for the references, don't mess it up, and return it." This was prior to the internet to use images for references. There you have it folks, that was just as bad as what I did with less than 2" of thread. Have you ever returned something slightly used? I know everyone's worn a shirt, found out they didn't like it as much as they did when they were in the store, and returned it. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Camp Invention @InventorsHOF

I so excited about the first camp we signed Isaak up for. It's called Camp Invention. 

From their website: Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Our top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.

We were sent an email to save things we would typically throw away/recycle. We saved paper towel rolls, caps, plastic, meat trays and more.

Anytime a child of mine is in a new camp I get nervous. What if he doesn't fit in? What if he gets scared that Mica isn't with him? What if he gets lost? What if it becomes a hassle to get him there, and pick him up?

Dropping him off was so easy! They literally had a staff member waiting outside the door to get him. The camp didn't start until 8, but they'd let you drop them off as early as 7:30. I never was late to work.

Isaak walked in with wide eyes. There was stuff everywhere that kids could use to build things. Some stuff the staff already had. Then kids would add to it. There were robotic dogs, and Isaak had to add fur, and he choose to make it a collar and chain.

They gave him sticky hands to fling on the wall to try and get paper down that were taped to it. 

They had obstacle courses where the had to do this or that, and at the end had to take apart a toy with a screw driver. 

They learned about batteries and lights. 

I think Isaak was a little bummed when it was all over. 

It was a first sign-up, first get into kind of camp. I'm glad we hopped on it! 

One of the best parts is it was free. I also loved that it was at a middle school, so Isaak got a feeling of what that's like. It was at Alice Buffett Middle School. Alice Buffett is the daughter of Warren Buffett, if you've heard that name. They get a lot of donations at Alice Buffett, and would love if Isaak could get in there. We'll see, it's kind of hard to get into it. 

Are your kid(s) in any camps? Mica's getting a little old for camp, but we have the boys registered for a science camp and an outdoor camp.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rainrop Men Garden Shoes

These Raindrop Garden Shoes are perfect with all the rain we’ve been getting. In Omaha it's been raining for a week now. It's rained more now than it did all spring. It turns summer tomorrow!

They come in 6 different sizes:

  • 7
  • 7.5
  • 8
  • 8.5
  • 9
  • 9.5
So they won't fit my Dad that has 15 AAA shoes, but they do fit Mica.

He likes that they breathe, are easy to slip on and off, and are waterproof.


    • Black with beige bottoms (the ones we got to review)
    • Blue with white bottoms
    • Black with yellow bottoms
    What style would you pick? I like the sporty look of the black with yellow, but felt like blue and black with beige would be more practical.

    Where to Get Them:

    You can get them on Amazon Prime for between $9.99 to $19.99.


    They have holes all over. I don't the fact that they are breathable. No foot smell. No chance of foot fungus. Ewww!

    What kind of shoes do you like to wear in the summer?

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

    Alex and Me Blu-ray #Giveaway

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I wrote about in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

    Get ready to fall in love with Alex & Me!

    It is an inspirational tale for the whole family!

    About the Film:

    Soccer superstar Alex Morgan scores her movie debut with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in the full-length feature film Alex & Me on Blu-ray™ & DVD June 19, 2018. Also featuring Nickelodeon star Siena Agudong (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and the upcoming Star Falls), the film follows the uplifting story of a young female athlete who learns how you need passion, determination and self-worth to make all your dreams come true.

    Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!

    An Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with a penchant for goal scoring, Alex Morgan is one of the top soccer players on the planet, currently playing forward for the United States Women's National Team and the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League. Away from the field, Morgan is also an accomplished author of “The Kicks” series, a collection of chapter books filled with wonderful messages of empowerment for young girls. The first The Kicks book, “Saving the Team,” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

    Who's in the Film:

    Eric Champnella (Thunderstruck, Mr. 3000, Eddie) wrote the Alex & Me screenplay and is also making his full-length feature debut as the film’s director. Alex Morgan serves as co-producer. Producers are Mike Karz (Blended) and William Bindley (Mother’s Day). Todd Williams (The Illusionist) is the executive producer.

    Jerry Trainor (iCarly) also stars as Nigel, a less-than-reliable youth soccer coach, alongside Matt Cornett (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Reagan’s brother, Logan; Colin Critchley (Legends of the Hidden Temple) as Reagan’s soccer-playing pal, Ben; Chuiti Tiu (Nashville) as Reagan’s mother, Ann Wills; and Jim Klock (True Detective, Scream Queens) as Reagan’s father (and biggest fan), Joe Wills. Jessica Treska (HBO’s upcoming Sharp Objects) plays Reagan’s arch-rival, Claire.


    Alex & Me will be available on Blu-ray (SRP $24.98), DVD (SRP $19.98) and Digital (SRP $14.99).

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    The giveaway will run through 6/30/18. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    WW: Do Old Buildings Talk? {Linky}

    I don't think buildings really talk, but they all have personality.

    A few weekends ago we went walking around downtown to see some art openings. I think some of the buildings alone make me feel inspired. I could just spend time there just taking photos all day long.


    What inspires you?


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