Friday, July 13, 2018

Urban Adventure Quest

We're about to turn Phoenix into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure.

Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

It sounds pretty exciting to me!

Play anytime during daylight hours. Start when you want and play at your pace.

Great Family Fun!

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Disclaimer: There will be a follow up review for Urban Adventure Quest! This is a sponsored post.

Random Tid Bits

  1. I had this student like maybe 5 years ago. Time seems to slip away, where I don't know how long ago I had them. Anyhow She got pregnant about 3 years ago. I offered her Mica and Isaak's crib. I knew she was low on funds. Travis kept bugging me to get it out of the basement + we're way done with having kids, and if we have grandkids some day we can get a Pack n' Play.

    The student had her cute baby, and got pregnant soon afterwards. They were still hurting money wise. She got harassed at work because she had kids out of wedlock, her boyfriend is black, and her kids are mulatto. I so thought we were passed that! Anyhow I told her to talk to her boss about the harassment issue. She shouldn't have to put up with that!

    Her second baby was 4 months old. Last Friday her boyfriend went to pick her up to feed her. She was unresponsive! They tired mouth to mouth, called 911, and she was pronounced dead. They had lab work done, but they haven't found anything, and ruled it as SIDS. I crushes me. I keep thinking of her. She put out a message on facebook about what had happened after she told some people personally. My heart aches for her. I keep thinking about it.  4 months old is like the cut off for the scare of SIDS. It's a nightmare! I'm sending positive vibes to Brook, her baby that's passed away Seren, her two year old Mimri that won't be able to understand what's going on, and her boyfriend Reggie.

    She was breastfeeding, so now she's going to go through the pain and emotions of drying up. Oh I just want to cry tons of tears for her.

    This was a post she posted way before her sweet baby passed away:

    Have you ever known someone that had a child pass away? I had a nephew that passed away in 1996. He was an infant that had what Emerson has - Trisomy 18. Losing a child is NEVER easy! 

  2. A car was driving all crazy like in Des Moines, Iowa. A few people called 911. Cops chased them, but they wouldn't stop. It turns out a 10 year old was at the wheel, and his 7 year old brother was in the passenger side. They didn't stop until they crashed into a pole. Thankfully everyone is ok. Their punishment happened at home.

    I couldn't imagine Isaak driving a car. He's in the 97% for height. What if the kid driving was in the 5%? Crazy!

  3. Do you remember Mrs. Clean Freak? I've posted about here here and here. She's at it AGAIN! I've gotten lists a few days in a row.

    I feel like I'm Mica getting a list from me - his mom. I'm not freaking 12 years old. She's not even my boss. That's one of my biggest complaints here: Too many bosses!

    My coworker next to me said, "Don't turn in the list until the end of the day. She'll just give you more to do." I saw her coming to see me on list number 2, and I walked away. She left a message. I listened to 1/2 of it, but left it still blinking like I didn't listen to it at all. I just want to escape from her.

    I already took all the books out of boxes, flattened the boxes for her, and counted the books out to make sure we had them all. I cleaned the student fridge and freezer, 5 microwaves, and 3 big sinks with stuck on acrylic paint that I had to scrape off with a spoon. Now I have to clean electrical poles, check chairs, drawing tables, and white tables, and clean metal doors.

    I've about had it! I feel like pulling an Amelia Bedelia on her ass! If you don't know who Amelia Bedelia, she's a fictional character that misinterprets things. Example: Draw the Drapes. She actually draws them on paper.

    I wouldn't go that far! Even though I so badly want to! I just may hold things off, or work ahead possibly. Like she wants me to check the tables and chairs, I'll put on the table tops - even though it's not on the list. I know she'll want me to do it anyhow. Knock 2 birds out with 1 stone, so to speak. I don't mind doing odd jobs, but what is she doing besides giving me lists? 

  4. I'm sucked into the show The Missing on Amazon Prime. Are there any shows you're into?

  5. Mica started this thing with hand washing dishes where he only rinses them, and sets them in the rack to dry.! I actually don't mind washing dishes, but he needs to learn. What's a cleaning job you hate to do?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

WW: Lincoln Nebraska {Linky}

It's been awhile, since we've been to Lincoln, Nebraska. It was back with the last big women's march happened because it happened right in front of us. Sometimes I don't know where I am. I just learn about those important things after the fact, or in that case during the event.

Many of you haven't been to Lincoln I'm sure. It's an hour from Omaha. It's the capitol of Nebraska. While I'm not into politics, the capitol of every state is usually super pretty! They have all the Husker games there. I'm not into football either. I do like their museums, and art scene. 

We spent most of our time in the Nebraska History Museum, which was so cool + it was free!

They had a display of really old puppets. Some may call them creepy, but I liked them.

Puppeteer: Geore Churley:

Meet Glorp! 

He was my favorite puppet.

Meet Kalamity Kate:

She was in the puppet show. She had crazy interesting hair!


There were president sculptures there. No Bush Jr., Obama, or Trump there yet. Who's your favorite president?


They had old clothing on display. I wish we'd go back to dresses and bonnets.



The Haymarket is the place to go in Lincoln. This is back in 1987.


There was a section with farm tools, machines, and fences. I just liked this image of the barbwire fence.


Kool-Aid was first made in Hastings, Nebraska. I can't stand the drink myself. It tastes like sugar water to me. Others love it. They actually have a colored fountain in Hastings, and an event called Kool-Aid Days once a year.


If the puppets didn't creep you out maybe these masks will. I like Elsie the cow, but Joan Crawford is a bit disturbing.


This is an old school house desk.

They were having a little too much fun at this point. Meaning they were pushing each other's buttons.

We took them outside to walk around. I swear I posted these photos, but couldn't find them. Sorry if they are repeated.

One way the wrong way.

Choosing The Right Skincare Products

Getting cosmetics intended for anyone including African American skin tone used to be a challenge. The base I use is called "Fair" and it's still not light enough. You can find a really wide collection of make-up to choose from located in each and every department retail store anywhere in your city or town but for black skin, the choice used to be minimal. These days selected makeup firms have now seen that women with color possess requirements too and also have dollars to spend and so they have created goods accordingly.

There was a time when it was really hard to find anywhere that sold foundation for black skin. There were not many companies that created make up that was specifically catered towards women of color so there was very little, and sometimes no choice at all.

It is very good to be able to say that things have now changed and these days you do not have to go far to find a very good stock of makeup products that have been formulated for black skin. This includes best liquid foundation for african american skin 2018.

A lot of the major cosmetic companies have now come out and produced ranges of makeup to suit the different skin tones and skin hues that can be found in the skin color palette.

Understand the Tone of your Skin

To say that all Afro-American women have 'dark colored' skin is as ridiculous as saying that there is only one red color. All colors have shades and so do brown and beige. You have to begin by identifying your skin tone in order to choose the right kind of make-up for yourself. Broadly speaking, black skin can be categorized into three types - dark, medium, and light. Apart from this, there are also undertones to your skin, which could be cool, neutral, or warm.


The best foundation is the kind that blends with the tone of your skin and makes it look even. What type of foundation you buy will depend entirely on what you are most comfortable using. You can choose from among liquid, stick, cream, or powder foundations.

Clean and moisturize your face before you apply the foundation. Apply the foundation evenly onto your face and neck with either a cosmetic sponge or your fingers, blending it into the skin with downward strokes.


You won't need a concealer if you have a flawless skin. However, if you feel the need to hide blemishes, choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than the tone of your skin. You don't need to apply the concealer to your whole face, just your problem areas, after which, you spread it with the help of your fingers, or a make-up brush. After the concealer is applied, dust your face gently with loose powder, so that it gets a smooth appearance.

Eye Makeup

What color eye shadow you wear will depend on what time of the day you are wearing it. If you are dressing for work, you will find neutral shades to be the best choice. Along with the time of day, you will also need to match your eye shadow to your skin tone.

If you've got medium-brown skin tone, gray, mauve, and brown, will look great. For black women with slightly darker skins, colors like violet, navy blue, and chocolate would be perfect. For day time, apply a very light coat of eye shadow, whereas for nights, it should be a darker and a heavier coat.


This is one area where black women can make some bad choices regarding the color. Peach, pinks, red, and orange look a lot better on a lighter skin tone, not a dark one. For your skin, browns and coppers would be the best choice.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. It was edited by me.

A Safe Vacation for All!

Has anyone gone on vacation yet? 

So far we've only traveled far into Missouri to go to a family reunion. Isaak will be taking his first air plane ride, and Mica will be going on his first that he can remember.

Going on a vacation with your kids and worried about how you are going to tame down their adventurous souls? A car seat is your best bet! 

There was a family here in Omaha that got in a crash. The Mom and Dad both passed away. Guess what saved their little girl's life? A car seat! The Mom worked to help people install car seats safely. I hope for peace for their family. The uncle stepped in to help keep the 5 kids together.

Whether it's during a ride or stepping out with your husband to have some alone time, the presence of a car seat ensures a kids safety without compromising on your privacy! It is included amongst the most vital safety items that your kid needs. It is also a long-term investment and with the right brand, you will not require maintenance all the time. To stop you from getting confused when it comes to choosing the best from the brands available, we have chosen the three best car seats for you to buy for your kid. They might entail options for a car seat for big kids as well.

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Car Seat is a top favorite! You are sure to fall in love with this one as it has been lovingly manufactured to be extremely functional. You can detach the materials used and wash them in a washing machine. The snap lock used is extremely simple to clip on and detach. This is a useful feature as kids are likely to make them dirty from time to time.

When it comes to protection, it has patented cushioning system that won’t let harm anywhere you’re your child’s head. The harness and headrest are adjustable and will not create difficulties for different sizes. It weighs 23 pounds which is fair enough for it to be carried around anywhere easily. You are likely to find it below $200 in the market which is an okay price considering its high-quality and a well thought-out design.

A second favorite is the Britaz Click Tight Convertible Car Seat. This has hype among parents and we were glad to find out that it’s all worth it! Its installation system is the simplest and most effective one we have come across. All you need to do is open up the front part, make sure the safety buckle is in its place and clip it. What is simpler than that? Coming to its safety, this one has a foam-lined shell which protects your child from any possible shock from the sides. It also has a steel frame on the outside for added protection and body strength. In case of shocks, stitches are released in a forward motion that further acts as a protective barrier.

Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat is the one you should go for if you are looking for multiple features in a single chair. An amazing feature is the presence of an extension panel which provides you with more space as your child grows. Its headrest and the harness can be attuned quickly and effortlessly without readjusting the belt. It is done through the usage of the Simply Safe Adjust Harness System. A major concern of most parents is that they need to buy a car seat for big kids because the old one can no longer support their size. This is what you should buy if you do not want to go through the hassle of buying a new car seat as your child grows year by year. This adjustable feature will save you hundreds of bucks!

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. It was edited by me.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Feel the Music With this #Tambourine Review

This is such a fun tambourine for kids. If you want to play with your child, they make tambourines for adults too! 


  • 4"
  • This is a 6"
  • 6" in a Drum Form
  • 8"
  • 10" Two Different Types

For Any Music Lover:

Isaak likes it, but I had in mind that I'd give it to my nephew Emerson. He enjoys dancing, and playing instruments. I run out of ideas on things to get my nephew that has special needs.

Where to Get This Tambourine:

You can get this on Amazon Prime for $12.40. With each size the cost varies. Buy it here:


I love the handle that this tambourine has. It doesn't get in the way of it playing great.

What it's Made of:

It has a birch body and natural leather for the drum part.

eBook for Playing Songs:

It comes with an eBook. I have to admit I like real books more the eBooks, but eBooks do waist less paper. This book shows you how to play the tambourine.

Here's Their Hot Cross Buns Song From Their eBook:

Did you have a tambourine when you were little?

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. The company did not tell me what to write. I only review products I think my family, or readers will enjoy.

Herb Love in a Pot @commercialsilk

I am not usually one for artificial plants or flowers, but the artificial plants on Commercial Silk Int'l are amazing!

Travis wants to grow herbs in pots next year. I do think it's wise to grow many herbs in pots, as they tend to spread all over when they are planted on the ground. 

What We Plan on Growing:

Basil - I actually cut fresh Basil, mix it with Olive Oil, put it in ice cube trays to freeze. Then when I need it for soups or pasta dishes I have it all throughout the fall and winter.

Chocolate Mint - It works great in smoothies with frozen bananas, spinach leaves, a scoop of vanilla protein powder and plain almond milk. It tastes like Soft Served Mint Ice Cream!

Spearmint - It works great in smoothies as well. Just make it the way I listed above. It has a mint flavor, minus the added chocolate. I also add it to tea.

Parsley - I add to most salads.

Lemon Balm - I add to tea, salads, lemonade, and homemade beauty products like soaps and lotions.

*We already grow Oregano in a side spot. I just dry that out, grind it and use it throughout the year for many dishes.

Now I Have Many Pots to Grow Herbs! I want to use some pots for real or silk grasses too.

We may have to figure out some way to drill holes in the bottoms of them. Travis mentioned that he would just need to get a masonry bit for his drill.

I simply love the rustic pattern on these pots though! The set came with 4 in this model. If you have a business do check out Commercial Silk Int'l because they sell things in bulk. It's kind of a bummer in stores when you want pots that match, but they don't have the amount you need.

They will go under our covered porch. We really don't have natural elements hit that area much at all.

More Pot Love:

I also got the pots below. They came in a set of 4 as well.

These pots go with the others really nicely. I told Travis we could use them as planters as well, or he could use them as bases for his sculpture. That's pretty unconventional, but certainly will work. If they become bases they will be flipped over.

This Owl is a Hoot! 

I'm working on a painting of an owl that can't sleep because of the city noises and light. When I spotted this owl I just knew I had to have it. It too looks rustic like the pots do. 

It's not super heavy because it's hallow. I haven't decided if it too will hang out under our covered porch, or inside with us. I want more things that can be outside.

What would you pick out at a silk plant store like Commercial Silk Int'l? My first choices were these pots and owl, but I also like silk grasses as well!

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