Thursday, July 5, 2018

How Was Your Fourth of July?

All while I was growing up fireworks were illegal in Omaha, Nebraska. People had to buy them in Missouri. They still lit them off, but it was low key. If it got out of hand neighbor's called, cops came, and that was it for them.

Since Mica was a baby, so 13 years ago they became legal.

People go crazy with them! They start in June. The amount they get is about $1,000 worth. The most we've paid is $200.

Our mayor doesn't want to put a stop to fireworks. She wants to lessen the time they can be fired off.

You have 2 groups of people: Those that think the mayor is no fun, and those that think she should ban them entirely.

Then there's me, typically the one that can see both sides. I pretty much stand with the mayor on this. 

Against: Many pets hate them, some people in combat have trouble with them, some people on the spectrum can't deal with them. At least if they were certain days people would know, and could wear sound headphones. They still would have the big shows, where you could see them. They are getting pretty out of hand for individual families. I really hate the liter, and the fact that people literally blow up their money.

For: It's not my money they are blowing up. Many firework stands around here are non profits that benefit from the funds. By having them legal I can literally see them all over my property without going anywhere. We do have to clean up because debris goes into our yard, but it's not all the time. I can sleep through anything, so the big booms once a year doesn't bother me.

I'd be a horrible politician because I usually do see both sides to everything. Either that, or I'd be a good one because I can see both sides to most everything. People would refer to me as a flip flopper probably. Honestly I don't flip flop from one stance to the other. I just rest in the middle usually always, trying to bring the other side to the side against it. That way they can see more than one view. Right, or wrong that's what I do.

Are you for or against mass people in cities lighting off fireworks?

We didn't buy any at all this year. Why? Because our neighbor's had enough for us to enjoy.

Special Foodies:

I did make a special breakfast: Coffee Cake for the main dish. Other things with it. We only have Coffee Cake once or twice a year.

Travis did grill a special meal: Steak, corn on the cob, sweet peppers, and cabbage.

I did make a special drink: 3 squeezed lemons or limes, 3 lemon or lime La Croix, drops of liquid lemon stevia or powdered stevia, 1 cup of ice, and water. It tastes wonderful! The boys love it!

I made Jell-O filled Strawberries: 2 containers of strawberries, or 1 big one. We grew our own strawberries, but I bought some. The ones we grew are really small. The bigger you can get, the more room to pour the Jell-O. Core the strawberries out with a small knife, be careful not to cut a hole in them, put them on ice cube trays, or you can use an empty egg carton for the strawberries to be upright.

Cut the strawberries, and have them cored before you begin with the Jell-O.

Cook 1/2 cup water - you could replace this with vodka but I can't drink, 1 package of blue Jell-O and 2 packages of plain gelatin - whisk while heating up. Pour the Jell-O mixture into the strawberries.

They set up really fast because of the extra plain gelatin.

You could replace the blue Jell-O with any flavor of Jell-O, for any occasion.

Put the leftover strawberry centers in the freezer for a smoothie.

They were cute, and Mica enjoyed helping me make them. Isaak asked, "Where's the white?" I responded, "In the seeds." The seeds are actually a yellow color. I suppose you could top them with whipped cream to get the red, white and blue. Then you can't see the blue in the photo.

If you celebrated Fourth of July, did you make anything special?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WW: Loose Park {Linky}

We didn't go all over Loose Park. We walked just enough to stretch our legs.

The Park:

At 75-acres, Jacob L. Loose Park is one of Kansas City’s most popular, beautiful and historical. It's known locally as being a major site for the Battle of Westport where Confederate forces were routed by Union forces in the area in which the park is now located. It is estimated that 29,000 people were involved in the battle. The property at that time was owned by William Bent, a man who led wagon trains and traded with the Native Americans.


Seth Ward bought the property in 1871 after William Bent’s death. In 1896 a group of people, many of whom had been members of the golf club near Hyde Park, incorporated the Kansas City Country Club and signed a lease with Seth Ward to use part of his property as a golf course for $1 a year plus taxes. The property included what is now Loose Park and was used as a golf course until 1927. In 1926, Ella Loose bought the property from the Hugh Ward estate (the son of Seth Ward) so that it could be made into a park to honor her husband, Jacob Loose. She gave the property to the city in 1927. Jacob Loose founded the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, which produced Sunshine Biscuits and other products. He passed away in 1923.

We Love the Cactus Garden! 

Kansas City, Missouri is only 2 1/2 hours from Omaha, Nebraska where we live. It's a zone hotter. Some things we can grow that they have, while other things we can't.

Do you have a favorite park where you live? 

Vibranelle Milk Thistle Review

Milk Thistle is a plant that is native to Europe and was brought to North America by early colonists.

What does Milk Thistle do for the body?

1. Support natural detox with kidneys and the liver

2. Promote cell growth and regeneration

3. Encourage healthier skin

4. Hormone help

5. Blood sugar balance

6. Promote gallbladder health and prevent gallstones

7. Aid digestion

8. Help calm seasonal allergies

9. Support your kidneys

10. Ease heartburn

Why would I want to take Milk Thistle?

Well I'm on a lot of Aspirin. My cute allergy doctor is trying to build up some meds I'm allergic to, which put me in a high risk category for getting nasal polyps back again. One things that Aspirin does that is harmful is weaken the kidneys. By taking Milk Thistle I'm helping my allergies and detoxing my body naturally.

I've only taken it a day, so I have no idea if it's really helping me or not. That's the difficult thing with vitamins. By reading about it, it should be helping.

Where to get Vibranelle Milk Thistle:

You can get it on Amazon: for $10! That's the sale price, so pick some up!

This Milk Thistle is made in USA, from a FDA registered facility. Assesed to meet GMP standards, which ensures that a product has the strength, composition, quality and purity that appear on the label.

There are 60 tablets in a bottle. The bottle was mostly cotton, so packaging wise, I do with Vibranelle would use smaller bottles for Milk Thistle. They could use the same sized bottle, pack it full of more pills, and up the price. I'd be ok with that as well.

The pills are easy to take. They are about the size of the tip of my pinky finger. I know some people struggle with taking big horse pills. These are small. You only need to take 1 per day. I can't stand when some pills have listed to take 3 a day. Who wants to take 3 pills a day? I like when companies figure out a way to pack all needed things into one pill.

The pills have 450mg Milk Thistle, Standardized Silymarin. Made from Non GMO Seed Extract and powder.

Clean and Detox:

This Milk Thistle helps support healthy Liver, Kidney and Digestive Function. I used to have more digestive problems before I started to eat steamed greens almost every day. When I do have issues it's good to know I'm boosting my immune response; neutralize toxins, along with helping fight cell damaging free radicals in the body. It seems like when I'm feeling off it's hard to get back on the track to feeling good again. I hope this helps.

Do you take any extra vitamins?

Disclaimer: I got this product for free from Vibranelle in order to assist with this review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Newbie With the #Didgeridoo

I got Isaak a Didgeridoo for $5 on his birthday. There was a sight where you could register you school, and in turn get $40 gift card. Yay!

We've been watching some videos on how to play + he went to a class at the library on how to play.

Is he great yet? With a Didgeridoo it's more about training your lip muscles than anything else. He's getting there.

Have you ever played a non traditional instrument? If so, what was it?

I like the Didgeridoo mixed with other things. My favorite artist that uses it quite a bit is Xavier Rudd. I blogged about him once here.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Puzzle Toy Rollable Magnets Fidget Toy Review

I love fidget toys. We have a small basket full of different fidget toys. I like to keep some at work for my students.

Recently I got a Puzzle Toy Rollable Magnets Fidget Toy for review. It's a lot of fun!

Where to Get it:

It comes in a small gift bag, and you can get it here


It's $10.99 on Amazon Prime. That's a great price for a small toy topper for a gift, or stocking stuffer at Christmas time.

What to Make With it:

Anything! Just keep in mind it is small. I wouldn't have one if you have a small child. The company recommends to not have this for ages 12 and under. If I give this to Isaak I'll have to keep an eye on him.

You can roll up up into a ball, make objects with it, or jewelry. I want to try and make more jewelry with it. All the magnets come apart, and pull together again.

I haven't played with it a lot because I do plan on giving it to Isaak. I can see him making jewelry with it.

What would you make with it?

Disclaimer: I got this product in exchange for an honest review. I only review products that I feel will fit my family and readers.


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