Friday, August 31, 2018

A Game on the Fridge #kidcraft #tictactoegame

Games are fun! Isaak in particular loves to play them. We set out to make our own Tic Tac Toe Board Magnet Style.

Here's Isaak's latest post on


I priced out tiles at Home Depot, and found they didn't sell very many small tiles. In particular they didn't have any individual. 

I bought a mat of them for $3. That was cheaper than buying single tiles! Isaak plans on using the rest for something else. 

They were easy to rip off! I already used the mesh that held them all together for another project. Not very much goes to waste in the Apel house.

Here's what the tiles look like off their mesh:

We had 10 tiles. Enough for 5 X's and 5 O's.


The standard circle magnets fit these tiles perfectly. We had just the right amount, which is 10.

Glass Paint:

I got Glass Paint to review on facebook. I'm not so sure I'm in love with it. I do want to try to paint something on a hard canvas, put glass on it, and paint lines on the glass. I find that this paint is goopy, somewhat transparent, and dries fast! Maybe there's another brand that's better?

Otherwise for this project if I had to do it again I'd go with enamel paints. They can be found at craft stores in the model section. You would just need 2 colors + a black.


The good thing about a set over individual enamel paints is that there is a variety of colors!

Isaak choose to mix a blue and green together for the O's, and a yellow and orange together for the X's. I like the colors we got, but the X's are way easier to see than the O's. Try and pick light colors.

 Remember the X's and O's will be black.

The X tiles painted:

X's and O's:

Glue Time:

Isaak loves hot gluing anything! He took charge and glued the magnets on the backs of the tiles. Check to make sure you have them all on the right side. Two didn't stick to the fridge, so he had to reglue them.

Magnet Completion: 

Time to Play!

Make a Tic Tac Toe Paper, stick to the fridge and play!

It was fun! What game would you like to make?

Random Tid Bits

  1. I had a first year college student that came up to me to say, "I ran out of red acrylic paint." I said, "That's too bad. You can go get some." She said, "I don't have money to go get any." I said, "Ok. Well maybe you could trade paint with someone. You could give them yellow for red, or something like that." I knew she wouldn't do that. She's too shy, and has barely talked to anyone in the 4 weeks she's been here. I then said, "We try to get what we can in your supply kits, but we have a budget that hasn't changed in years. Everyone uses different amounts of things." She went off to meet her mom at an art supply store to have her buy her red acrylic paint.

    One of their questions on a test, for my other class was, "An artist should be..."

    A) a problem solver

    B) a liberal

    C) only a rule breaker

    D) only a rule follower.

    I could careless what political branch they want to follow. They should learn the rules, then learn when it's ok to break them. The answer was A) a problem solver. 

  2. One of my student's assignments is to paint a color wheel. Exciting I know. It's one of those right to passage assignments that every art student has to do. I said in lecture, "I see that many student's orange and yellow-orange has too much red in them. Orange looks more like Red-Orange and Yellow-Orange looks too much like Orange. Remember acrylics dry darker than they look when they're wet. Add yellow."

    I walked around and a girl said, "How does my orange look?" I said, "Where's your commercial color wheel at?" She said, "Oh I don't know." I said, "You have to look at what you're painting to know what you need to achieve. If I'm painting a cow, I need a cow reference to look at." Another one that needs to problem solve. 

  3. It's Sports Dress Up Day where I work. *Insert eye roll. I'd say most artists don't really get into sports. I'm already sick and tired of hearing about Huskers with their new coach that's supposed to be A.m.a.z.i.n.g. I'm not saying you shouldn't like sports. I just think it's odd an art school has a  Sports Dress Up Day. I sometimes look for Sumo Wrestler or Forest Gump playing Ping Pong shirts for this day. They really don't have anything much.

    I decided to wear my 80s sweat band/wrist band set. Mica came out from his room wearing his bear shirt that's also wearing an 80s headband. I said, "Please take that off, so I can wear it." He said, "Really Mom?!" I said, "Yes really." 

  4. Mica joined Cross Country. The second day he texted Travis asking if he could pick him up from the bus stop that's right up the street. Little man Tall boy is sore!

  5. Mica somehow missed the memo that Picture Day was on Thursday. We've never missed Picture Day. I'm thinking that they could have handed out the paper work on that when he was late due to a late bus, due to heavy rain.

    I told Travis, "Goodness I make sure all my students that miss class get paperwork, and handouts that they missed. I think that's nice for college. I'd think they'd do the same in middle school!"

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

WW: Great Grandma's Wedding Dress {linky}

We went through my Grandpa's house, and found out that my Grandma had my Great Grandma Britta's wedding dress in a cedar chess for years. She would be the boy's Great Great Grandma. She was an immigrant from Sweden. No one knew about the dress. It is 104 years old. It looks homemade. There are tiny hooks that go all the way down the front of it.

Do you like old things?

Milk Thistle By Superior Labs Review

I have to take a lot of Aspirin still. It really isn't great on my body. If someone is allergic to IBprofen (like I am), they are at high risk for getting polyps back again. A way to treat that is a few years of a lot of Aspirin. Oh joy! I'm trying to take all natural things that help my body out. One thing that helps with toxins is Milk Thistle.

Health Benefits:

  • Supports Toxin Removal
  • Supports Liver Function
  • Powerful Extract
It also helps with allergies. Kind of like taking bee pollen in the area, Milk Thistle is a benefit too.

It has no harmful additives and no dyes. Personally I think many of the dyes we use in the US could be cut out. We use way too many!

It's Made in the USA!

San Diego, CA to be exact. Not a lot of things are made right here in the US, so when they are I take note of it.

One a Day!

Some of the pills I take are 2 a day, or 3 a day. I hate that. I feel like a walking pill popper. With Fish Oil it's 3 a day. Guess what I only take 1. Possibly that's bad, but it can't hurt. With this Milk Thistle it's just 1 a day. I like that so much!

Where to Get it: for $23.95.

Do you take any extra vitamins? 

Disclaimer: The opinions in this post are my own. I got the product mentioned to help assist with this review. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

An Emotional Kind of Weekend

When emotions run high I kind of wish I wasn't the only girl. I wouldn't say I'm a cry baby, but there are time where certain things just hit me hard.

We started going through my Grandpa's house. He's 92. There's a few things that lead to my Mom and Aunts putting him in a home. He kept falling. Thankfully he hasn't broken any bones, but he's bruised himself a lot. He keeps getting bladder infections. My Mom thinks that he has one constant bladder infection that never gets cured fully; it just keeps coming back. With older people bladder infections can be bad! He gets high fevers and with that comes visions of cats coming out of the ceiling. Scary stuff for sure.

I had a hard time going through his stuff. He knows we were doing it. Possibly that made it even harder?

I took photos of some of the things we took home.

Welcome Dala Horse

My Grandma (passed away when Isaak was 4, now he's 10) for the most was all Swedish. Mica spotted this horse in their China cabinet, and wondered if I wanted it. He said, "It's a Mexican horse Mom. It would go well in our kitchen."

He's right it does go well in our kitchen. He's not right about it being Mexican. People quickly told me that on social media channels. It's a Swedish Horse called, Dalecarlian Horse or "Dala Horse". It was one of the first toys Swedish children had made for them.

Grandpa's Old Suitcase 

My Dad was cleaning out Grandpa Kent's attic. He pulled down this old suitcase that I quickly claimed. 

My Aunt Becky started telling me stories about things I took. I told my sister Terra, "I don't know if I should take that." She said, "Why?" I said, "I just feel like it belongs to someone more important than me. The story it pretty powerful." She said, "Take it. She wants you to know the story behind these things." 

Grandpa Kent made this wooden suit case and this is what he carried his belongings in, while in the Navy during WWII.

The suitcase is just as important to me as a thing I got from Grandpa years ago. I saw a card catalog table in his garage, and asked him what he does with it? He said, "I just store nuts and bolts in that old thing." I said, "I'll fix it up, and use it in my living room." So he let me have it. I use it!

Every Lady Needs a Button Tin

I don't know that I really need a button tin. But my Aunt Becky was saying I should take it to make things. I took it. All the buttons were on their original paper. I had the boys help me take them off. It saved about 1/2 the space! Now I have room to add buttons I already had of my own.

Time to Read Mica

Mica is a reader! I saw this old book and said, "Mica that's what you should take. You'll always have something to read!" It's a super thick book with a ton of information inside it!

Grandma's Costume Jewelry 

Isaak was in the back with my cousin Stacy's daughter Samantha for a long time. 

What were they doing? Going through Grandma's jewelry. I surprised it's still there. Grandma's been passed away for about 6 years now. Isaak was obsessed with the rings, and Samantha loved the necklaces. All costume jewelry, but treasured for sure. 

I walked into this:

Then I got a text message, while I was at home asking if Isaak took some rings he didn't get permission to take. He did. In his defense my Aunt Becky kept saying, "Take it." 

Car Ride Home

We took some other things. Isaak got a donation box (probably from a church), a pocket knife, and some different noise makers. Mica didn't take a lot. Travis got tools and a big drill press. 

Isaak said, "Wow that suit case is old Mom!" I said, "Yep your Great Grandpa Kent made it." He said, "Really? I didn't know he knew how to make things!" I said, "He made a lot of things Isaak. That big Grandfather Clock in his living room he made himself." Isaak's eyes got bigger than they already are and he said, "Really!?" I said, "Really." Then I cried. I didn't even know why I was crying exactly. 

Bain Tumor

I didn't want to start this post out with this. I guess that's why I called it, "An Emotional Kind of Weekend". 

I got a message from A friend. Mica was in the Spelling Bee a few years ago. The last two left was Mica and one of his good friends. 

It was always crazy because his friend was so much shorter than Mica. He had fine hair as well. His sister was always in Isaak's class. His Dad helped at the school as a para for a year. I use passed tense because this was elementary, and they've both moved on to middle school. Our whole family is friends. We get together for game nights, and have meals. They come to birthday parties.

There's a reason why the boy was always shorter than Mica. He got in a simple bike accident over the summer. He was complaining about not being able to see well. One appointment lead to another. It turns out he has a brain tumor. It's hitting against his pituitary gland. His growth and was stunted. He has to get surgery early September. I couldn't stop crying when I read all this!

I offered to cook for them, or take in the sister that's Isaak's age when he has surgery. I don't know what else I can do. I wish I was John Coffeey from The Green Mile that could take away the tumor, and make it all better!

What's an emotional thing that's been going on in your life? Do you ever have a wave of emotion hit you? 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

#fishoil is Great to Take for #dailyessentials #wellness #spoonfulcorp #healthyliving #salmonfishoil

I am usually on some kind of fish oil. It's a natural way to lower cholesterol. Both my Mom and my Day have high cholesterol, and mine tends to be on the higher side as well.

Spoonful Omega-3 Fish Oil is a great brand! Not all fish oils have Omega-3, which is wonderful for the brain!

Where to Get It:

You can pick up a bottle at Amazon They have three different buying options. A Soft Gel 3 pack is $19.99, a Soft Gel 1 pack is $9.99, and a Enteric 1 pack is $14.99. I got the Soft Gel 1 pack to review.

There are 100 pills in a bottle, but each serving is 3 pills. I wish the serving was just 1 pill.

It's made right here in the US!

How It Came:

It had a foam piece on the top with a layer of foil. Plastic was coated on the lid to help keep the lid from coming off during shipment. It all sees to work. Everything was in tact.

There isn't a lot of waisted space in the bottle like some pills.

I do think it's hard to tell if pills work for a review. There just isn't time to tell if it's working before the review goes up. Fish Oil is great to take regardless.

Have you ever taken Fish Oil?

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was given the product at a discounted price to help assist with this review.


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