Friday, January 17, 2020

Random Tid Bits

  1. I think it's really sexy that Prince Harry is walking away from his royal duties to honor his wife and mother. He has to do what's right, for his family. It's crazy that I could careless about the royal family any other time.


  2. My coworker helps me with Wall Critiques. Basically I took it on to critique student's wall spaces before they have a digital portfolio. I go over their work, their work habits, their personality traits that could enter their work more. I told her this year I want to give them each an artist's name to look up that reminds me of how they work. She gave me a handful of designer's names. I emailed her back saying, "I understand why you want me to add designer's names, but it's for Illustration class and I don't know how the student's designs will look. They just started Design and Layout class." She understood. I hope I didn't rub her the wrong way. I don't think I did.

  3. Travis has to go get a scope done soon of his throat. Long story short he had to get surgery on his esophagus when he was 19. Now when he eats he has trouble with his food going down. At first it was funny. He'd get hiccups. Now it's rather scary because it happens more than we'd rather. We wonder if he has scar tissue that's built up there. His parents have both had problems with that from different surgeries they've had.

    I'm not looking forward to all the medical bills, but it's something that needs to be checked out!
  4. Isaak had Strep Throat right before Christmas. That bill came in. $546 for the doctor and lab fees! With insurance it is $240.69. Medical bills are crazy high!

    I just read an article where it costs more to have a baby than a woman can make in a month. It's been like that for awhile!
  5. Isaak is in Art now, and he's loving it! I hope it's just as loved as the piano is for him.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Scam, Scam, Everywhere Are Scams

I ordered Isaak a gold Steel Drum, for Christmas. It was ordered on November 3rd. He wouldn't tell me what he wanted, but I thought he'd love it.

Their image. Oh they probably stole that too.

It never came. I had inner freak outs many times over this. The first was when it was a few weeks until Christmas, and I never got a tracking number. The next one came when I clicked on their website, and poof it was gone. Then another inner freak out when I clicked on my order, and it was gone. I also saw what I ordered on facebook, and the company kept on changing. I wish I would have seen that one before I ordered it! When I ordered it, I saw nothing suspicious. I looked it up on Google, and nothing came up. The freak outs kept on coming...

Now it's been reported to PayPal. I also sent an invoice to their customer service email. I don't know if anything will come of this. I tried.

Piss off Flowershave, Highlife Technology LTD. Just trying to bring awareness to the whole situation.

Crazy thing...I know who 2 of the scammers are on facebook. One made the mistake of saying something about the product taking awhile to get to people. Then the one told me to look up another, and ask him.

I was really happy when Code Piano came through. They gave me the product to review.

Have you ever been scammed before?

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4 Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

The start of the year is the perfect time to carry out home improvement projects and enhance your living environment. What’s more, home projects don’t have to be overly expensive or time-consuming. There are simple ways to improve your home and create a better living space for you and your family. Here are four home improvement projects you should consider in the new year.

1. Do a major house clean

A clean, tidy living environment will boost your home’s visual appeal and make it easier to complete your daily tasks. Maintaining a clean, organized home can also have several benefits on your mental health. According to, housework can effectively reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Creating a peaceful, clutter-free environment encourages a calm mind and good mental health. Now is an ideal time to do a major house clean and donate any items you received over the holidays but don’t need or want. This will help to prevent clutter from accumulating in your home. Make house cleaning fun and quick by getting the whole family involved in your cleaning efforts.

2. Upgrade your household appliances

Upgrading your household appliances is a great way to boost your home’s appeal and increase functionality. Modern appliances are far more energy-efficient than older models. This means that upgrading can also be an excellent way to lower carbon emissions. Some of the most cost-effective appliances to upgrade in your home include your boiler, radiators, and kitchen appliances like dishwashers and kitchens. When upgrading, make sure to look for models that are economical and will complement your existing decor. For instance, Warmrooms offer a wide selection of vertical radiators that are cleverly designed to provide more heat to a room when there is not enough space for a traditional horizontal radiator. They come in a wide range of stylish designs to create an eye-catching focal point in any room.

3. Freshen up your home interiors

There are so many ways to freshen up your home interiors. This includes repainting your walls, replacing old carpet with modern styles like laminate flooring, and adding new furnishings. While cleaning, it is the perfect time to switch up your decor and inject some personality into your home style. You should try experimenting with vibrant colors and patterned wallpapers, adding some wall art, or purchasing some trendy home accessories like rugs, cushions, and mirrors.

We're in the process of taking apart our loveseat. We want to use the parts (like the furniture tacks) to refurbish shelves. I'm playing with the idea of making a few ottomans or poufs with some of the old loveseat as well.

We bought two decorative chairs to replace the loveseat. I'll share updated pictures when the torn apart loveseat is out of our living room. 

4. Boost your curb appeal

Your home exterior is extremely important as it sets the tone for what the rest of your home is going to be like. Luckily, you can easily enhance your home’s curb appeal with simple improvements like repainting your home’s exterior, tidying up your yard, replacing your windows and doors, or installing outdoor lighting. Make sure that you also inspect your home exterior regularly to check for any signs of damage to areas like the driveway or roof. If you notice anything, then have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your property. You should consider hiring a professional landscaper if you want to give your curb appeal a serious boost and get your outdoor space looking in top condition.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I'm Addicted to Goji Berries

Goji Berries are so good! Have you had them? 

I was always too nervous to buy a bag (expensive), only to find out I didn't like them at all. BUT I splurged, and love them!

According to Medical News Here's all the Perks in the Superfood:
  1. Protects the eyes
  2. Provides immune system support
  3. Protects against cancer
  4. Promotes healthy skin
  5. Stabilizes blood sugar
  6. Improves depression, anxiety, and sleep
  7. Prevents liver damage
Since Douglas County, where I live is the highest county in the US with Influenza A, and has had cases of Tuberculosis, I need all the immune help I can get.

How to Eat Goji Berries:

They can be eaten in sweet dishes, or savory dishes. The berries themselves are sweet, and have a kick of spice to them. I could see having them in a quiche, stir fries, in muffins, or in scones. They taste great plain, or in plain Greek yogurt.

I made Goji Berry Scones for the week.

Goji Berries are great for adults, and kids. My kids loved the scones.

Where to Get Goji Berries:

Lots of places! One of my favorite shops is Vitacost. They always have great products! Check out some great deals here:

What's your favorite superfood?

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. There may be affiliate links within the post. All words and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

WW: Octopus {Linky}

I was walking behind where I work. Oftentimes people use spray paint back there. It's an art school.

I thought this looked like an octopus. Do you think it does?

#pencilcase #pouch Review

Mica's super into anything space, or galaxy. This summer we're going to start the process of redoing his room. His room right now has streets painted all over it. There's nothing wrong with streets. It's just that Mica's past playing with cars and trucks. I think we'll paint his room with a blue grey, and add galaxy paintings on canvas. He has a locker in his room, and we may repaint that to be dark blue.

He watches YouTube videos on space, wants to go to a high school that has classes on Astronomy, and reads a lot of books on the subject.

I recently got a Fresh Twister Jumbo Pouch to review from zipit:

zipit has a lot of cute cases on their site!


It has the name zipit for a reason. It zips fully shut, and unzips all the way. I did find it got stuck in one spot (zipper wise). 

Patterns in Fresh Twister Jumbo Pouch:

Race Flag


It's pretty big. Much bigger than most pencil cases. 9” x .78” x 5.9” 

What You Can Carry in it:

Anything small! I was trying to think of things a teen would want to carry in it.

Art Supplies
Rubber Bands
Paper Clips/Alligator Clips
Ear Buds
Phone Charger
Chapstick/Makeup for Girls
House/Car Keys
First Aid
And Much More!


$9.99 Free Shipping if you spend over $35. I think the cost is very reasonable; considering the size and the cost I've spent on other pencil cases in the past. I love that it has a lifetime warranty!

Don't hesitate to get one. I'm thinking the Easter Bunny will leave 2 of these, for the boys. Why wait, for back to school time? They can use them now. 

Do you have a pencil case you carry around? We have a drawer at home, I have a canister at work, but I carry a case on my cart to go to the classrooms. 

Disclaimer: I got this product for free, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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