Thursday, April 8, 2021

What Would You Do?

I was sitting in my living room, and all the sudden we heard a ton of yelling. 

Naturally we all looked outside. There was a man trying to chase a woman, and the woman walking very fast trying to get away from one the guy. 

She was wearing a pink nightgown or bath robe. It was odd. 

I picked up my phone, and did something I've never done by calling 911. 

They asked if it was a fire, or an emergency... I explained that it was neither. I went into what was happening. Then told them that I just didn't want this fight to escalate more than it already had. She agreed, and sent a dispatcher out. 

Travis looked pissed at me. He said, "You should have asked me before you called. no There isn't a real emergency going on." I mentioned that I'd let the cops decide that. Then all three boys in my house were annoyed with me. They thought I was over reacting. 

Here's the thing I've never called 911 in my life. I felt like I was on that show, "What Would You Do". It  was a test.

Did I over react by calling 911, or did they over react because I called 911?

To me it wasn't about if I was wrong or right. It was about preventing something worse from happening.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

WW: Dinner {Linky}

Isaak is 12, and had this strong desire to make steak. I bought some, and he made a good steak. Why can't I get our 15 year old to volunteer to make dinner?

Friday, March 26, 2021

The ultimate guide to buying glasses online

After a year of staying at home and shopping online, we’ve all become experts at finding the best deals on the web. But one item that still seems risky to buy online is glasses. What if you don’t like the style, or the prescription is wrong?

Here is the ultimate guide on how to buy the perfect pair of glasses online.

Face shape

Whether you just need to buy reading glasses, or want a brand-new pair of prescription specs, finding the perfect style can be tricky.

While you’ll need a proper eye test to advise you on the right prescription, no one can actually advise you on the right frames. To make this even more difficult, online glasses retailers have a larger variety than any physical opticians you could visit. And without being able to try on a million pairs before making a decision, how do you find the perfect pair for your face?

Those with rounded faces always look great in more square or rectangular specs. They create a bold statement and add angles to the face in all the right places.

If you have a strong, square jaw line, you would benefit from a pair of oval or circular glasses. These soften the shape of the face. Combining a round set with a bold frame color will also balance out the proportion of facial features.

Oval-shaped faces have full reign. They often have perfectly proportioned faces and as such, should look for a pair of glasses that isn’t too big or too small.

Lovely heart-shaped faces work best with a bottom-heavy pair of frames, or completely rimless options if you’re a little shyer about your features.

Although this is a general rule of thumb, it largely depends on whether you’re confident with your face shape, or want your glasses to balance out your features.

My Glasses Had to be Replaced Because They Were Old, and Filled With Scratches

The frames

While the above advice determines the shape of the lens, you’ll also need to consider the frames. Luckily, this is all down to personal taste. You might want a standout set to add personality to your work uniform, or a trendy pair that serve more like an accessory than a functional piece.

Colors should complement your style, as well as your hair and eye color.

Comfort features

Lastly, look out for features that you know are more comfortable. If you have to wear glasses every day, comfort is incredibly important and can’t be remedied after purchase.

Straight temple glasses are ideal for everyday use. These frames don’t curve completely around the ear, but gently hug the head to keep them in place.

Rubber nose pads, or adjustable options, will prevent the frame from rubbing the skin on your nose. If you’ve ever lost a nose pad on your sunglasses, you know how this feels... not good.

Finally, the bridge fit of the glasses is worth further research. A bridge that’s too wide will inevitably keep slipping down your face, while one that’s too small will cause discomfort.

My Niece Miss Margaret had to Get Glasses as Well


Finding the perfect glasses online can be tricky. Some brands offer a “try before you buy” option, where you can try frames that have been delivered in the post, before making your decision. Other sites allow you to try them on virtually using an integrated camera. But, generally speaking, the decisions are all down to you and what you like. Whatever you choose, we’re sure you’ll look beaut!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

WW: Jerry's Package {Linky}

We went on a long walk, and saw some great graffiti:

Some rust worth photographing:

This one made me laugh! We saw a shop called Jerry's Package. I pointed it out to my 12 year old, and we couldn't stop laughing. Ha! Who would name a place, "Jerry's Package"? Get your mind out of the gutter. Ha!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Random Tid Bits

  1. I asked Mica to sweep his room. A long time went by; I asked, "Mica did you sweep your room yet?" He said, "Ya I did that already." He brought the broom back, but he had no dirt to toss. I said, "Please don't tell me you threw your dirt away in your basket that filled with holes?!" He had a super guilty look on his face. I said, "Mica I've brought this up to you before. The dirt goes right through the holes." 

  2. Isaak's been much better, since we've sent him back to school. He's only been in school for 2 weeks. Spring break fell in there as well. He brought his grades up, made a few new friends, made a new crush, and just overall seems happier. 

  3. One week I went to get Isaak from school. He told me all about how he sent out an email to all his teachers. It was a - Thank you for all you've done this year. I know it's been hard, but you're a good person. If you are ever feeling down there are people that care about you. kind of email. Isaak's always been a caring person, but I haven't seen this side of him, since the pandemic hit. 

    I love Isaak's teachers this year. Certainly his note of kindness was worthy. In 5th and 6th grade he had some rough teachers. I'm glad when he needs them the most, they are good. 

  4. I went to pick up Isaak from school last week, and there was a big wait in the pick-up line. Cars were moving, but there was a car that wasn't moving at all. I'm not a honker, but I honked. Then when I noticed cars were backed up in the busy street I went around. Go figure the Mom or pick-up person had fallen asleep. I hoped she had the car in park. Ekkk! 

    We got home and Isaak had someone else's device in his backpack; along with his own. Double Ekkk! I called the school, no one was there. Isaak emailed his teacher, and he emailed back saying not to worry about it. I just envisioned this kid being worried, or getting his ass kicked. 

  5. We've been playing Hearts a lot. It's one of Travis' favorite games. I like most games. I'm not sure the boys love it though. What's your favorite card game?

Saturday, March 20, 2021

I Wear This #shirt Periodically

Mica’s a science geek + I think puns are funny, so I picked up this shirt for him. It says: I wear This Shirt Periodically. Mica likes it. He did say, “Mom next time don’t get me something that’s so punny.” That’s what I liked about the shirt. Considering he goes to a science magnet school, the shirt fits his courses. 


It’s unisex. 

The shirt comes in sizes Small to 3X. Good size range. 

Lately I’ve been trying to get Large Tall, for Mica. In that size range there isn’t a lot to choose from, except flannel or just one solid color. Also Large Tall shirts are much more expensive. No fun pun shirts for Mica in his near future. 

He’s well over 6’, and not done growing. In t-shirts, where he doesn’t need sleeve length Larges seem to work, for now. 


It comes in black, red, blue and dark blue. I got dark blue. I like the red option to. I could see the print on other colors. 


It’s $21.95 + options of shipping. It did ship out fairly fast. 

Where to Get it:

Are you a science geek? 

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discount for review. All opinions are my own. 

#beekind Shirt Review

In a world where you can be anything bee kind!

I’m not the best at always being kind. Ever since I found out I am going through this change in life, I find myself getting impatient, frustrated, and tears eyed. With working remote there are great things. I can take, pickup Isaak from school, do laundry in the middle of the day. There there’s the flip side. Communication is really hard, I do projects that I feel really good about, others are happy with them too, then others are not. AIM has a lot of groups. I actually work more than 40 hours. I can’t understand how people are so difficult to get ahold of. When others contact me I’m there. I begin to wonder, am I the problem? I don’t feel like I am, but from others perspectives maybe I am. 

I do think of myself as accepting to all races, cultures, men, women, and sexual orientation. That’s where kindness comes in. 


This unisex shirt is pre washed, so made to fit. 

It comes in small, med, large, XL, XXL, and XXXL.  


black, blue, grey and green. 

I liked the design on black best, but could see it on a tan, chocolate brown, or yellow ochre. 

We need more kindness in the world + I’d love to save the bees 🐝. I believe that if we all could be just a little bit kinder, the world would be a better place. What do you think would make the world better? 

Where to buy this shirt:

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Random Tid Bits - Doctors

  1. The boy's pediatrician is moving far, far away! He's been a most excellent doctor! I'm sad we won't get to say, "Goodbye!". He's seen them through 2 c-sections, meningitis, a staph infection in the neck, many ear infections, scoliosis and more. 

  2. I decided to switch the boys to a more adult doctor; that can take us all in. I HATED my primary doctor, and have really have only seen my allergy and asthma one the last 2 years. He's the doctor where I went with a head full of polyps and he prescribed me with antibiotics and cough syrup. I even said, "There's things in my nose, and I can't get them out." After that I saw my hottie allergy asthma doctor; on my own accord. Then that doctor put me on a rigorous plan, and had me see an ent doctor as well. Then that doctor said if they weren't treated I would in fact die. He gave me the, "You might go blind, or get meningitis with this surgery...bit." Hey all I lost was smell. Where there's a negative, there's also a positive. I can now breathe through my nose! Damn right I'm changing doctors right along with my sons. 

  3. We will miss Doctor Harrison! The only reason I know he's moving is because my sister told me so. She had it worse than me, and had to find two new docs. Her Trisomy 18 kids have a lot to be covered, and her older kids are my kid's ages, so they are getting bumped up as well. 

    A most recent picture of Margaret. She's my niece that has Trisomy 18. Sadly Emerson doesn't smile at all these days. He has seizures most days. His meds make him out of it all the time. :(

  4. Doctor Harrison is the boy's profound pediatrician, and they are switching to Doctor Hare. When I told Isaak this he said,

    "What is this? Is Doctor Hare a rip-off of Doctor Harrison?"

    Ha! Possibly so. Doctor Harrison was a great doctor in the community. He along with my allergy asthma doctor; I wouldn't have traded either for the world. I even sent Doctor Harrison our Christmas cards. 

  5. I got poked many times last week. One Johnson and Johnson shot (vaccine), and three allergy shots 24 hours later. I don't mind the poking. It's the reactions that are worse than the poking.

    Vaccine: I worry about an uprise with covid because of the many people that are getting the shot. Seriously! It was packed! Very little social distancing. In Nebraska, they almost didn't take me. Yes I'm a teacher, but no I don't teach at a union school. It's hard...who decides who should get shots, and who isn't up. It was medical professionals, then older people, then people that had health risks, then first responders, then teachers (but they weren't specific on what kind of teacher would get it). They never did go back to health risk individuals. Really store workers, work more with the public than others, but who am I to have an opinion? It's a crap shoot for who is more worthy of a shot. 

    I just had a headache and a was warm. I kind of wish I had more of a reaction. Then I'd know it worked! 

    I had more a reaction from allergy shots. Man they've been bad, since I found out I'm going through menopause. Itchy throat, uncontrollable sneezes, snot just dripping from my f-ing nose, huge Popeye arms, that are red, itchy and hot! The arms stay like that for a good 24 hours. I can't even keep ice packs cold. It's horrible! Pictures show a few hours after my shots, and then five hours after my shots.

    Are you afraid of needles? That's the topic in our house lately. Isaak's afraid of them. I'm not at all.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Hampton Kinetic Ice Review

Travis and Mica were outside digging up branches from a bush they dug up in the fall. This thing has branches that go and go. They were digging so much that they lost a shovel. 

Now Travis' mid to lower back is killing him. He always works too hard, instead of spacing out his work time. I guess I'm the same way with tasks. He gets back, neck and elbow pain from hauling things. I think we all have something. My is allergies and asthma. What health issues do you have?

Hampton Kinetic Ice to the Rescue:

Travis does do back exercises, rolls his back on a basketball, he lays down on a Spoonk Mat, and Mica or I rubs Hampton Kinetic Ice on it. 


I like triangles lately. I've been using them a lot for work. 


The bottle was covered in plastic, and foam was put on top.  Usually I don't like waisted plastic, but I have gotten products like this in the mail where it was messy because they didn't package it well. I was pretty happy with the way this came. 

The rip of the foam came from me. 

The product is clear, and feels best when it's massaged in. Some products like this has a residue when it's put on. Not this. It does have a menthol scent. 

This product is fast acting, has cooling relief, is not sticky, fast acting, and made in the USA. 

Where You Can Get it:

You can pick this up on Amazon: for $29.95, and get more of a deal if you buy more than one. It's get 3, for the price of 2. 

I feel like a 4 ounce container goes a long way! The deal they give is great for getting yourself one, and others gifts. 

Disclaimer: I got this product for free or a discount in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own. 

German Christmas Decorations

A traditional German Christmas tree requires traditional handmade German Christmas Decoration.  

I happen to love other cultures! 

On my side it's primarily German, Danish, and Swedish. My Step Grandma on my Dad's side was from the Philippines. I think the culture I connect with the most are Swedish and German. My Great Grandma came to America on a boat from Sweden. When my Grandmother passes away, I inherited a red Swedish horse. 

On my husband's side it's Mexican and German. He has a relative that came from Germany to Herman, Missouri. Half of Travis' relatives records are in Spanish. He has a furniture designer, a book binder, and a shoe designer on that side.

Both of our last names came from German decent: Spiehs and Apel. 
I shop for other culture merchandise, and artist items. It is just special to buy things that are different. Then my house has diversity and inclusion. They are things I want to keep. 

Schmidt Christmas Market has many choices to choose from! I really love their Music Boxes, Nutcrackers, and Ornaments. 
  • Baby's First Christmas
  • Baubles
  • Bells
  • Blown Glass
  • Christmas Clothing
  • Christmas Pyramids
  • Coca-Cola
  • Containers
  • Elves
  • Gift Baskets
  • Handmade German Smokers (Incense)
  • Handmade German Wood Decorations
  • Hanging Ornaments
  • Hubrig Art Folk Art
  • Jewelry
  • Kurt Adler Collection
  • Music Boxes
  • Nativity Scenes
  • Natural Wood 3D
  • Nutcrackers
  • Patriotic Ornaments
  • Pets
  • Poinsettias
  • Reindeer
  • Santa Claus
  • Snow Globes
  • Snowmen
  • Tabletop
  • Texas A&M University
  • Wreaths

If you were shopping in their selection, what would you shop for first?

I buy for Christmas all year around. It's not just a November and December things for me. If you want to buy from Schmidt Christmas Market shop here:

They have free shipping, when you spend over $20. I know that many places have free shipping much of the time, but these Christmas items come from Germany.

Where is your family from?

What are some special holiday items you have in your house?

Disclaimer: This post may have been exchanged for money. All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Back to Glass

I was cleaning out our cupboard, and thought...why do I have so many bags in here? I don't even like plastic bags. 

Downstairs there are a ton of mason jars that my mom and aunt gave to me. I thought...why not use them to store dried goods?

  • Glass doesn't have the harmful chemicals that plastic does. 

  • Glass lasts, for years!

  • Food tastes more fresh when it's stored in glass.

  • I don't know about you, but when I pour from a plastic bag...dried goods often get hung up on the zip-lock type opening. That doesn't happen with containers.

  • Most of the time there's someone in the family that has a ton of Mason jars that they aren't using. It's time to ask that one family member for their jars. Use them!

  • Mason jars are timeless. They always look good!

  • They actually take less room up in the cupboard.

Are you tired of using plastic bags for everything?

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

I Hope to Get Vaccinated Tomorrow

The stressors of these last few years:

  • The unknown - Getting laid off, and having a family isn’t fun. 
  • Being the new person four times over again - There’s something energizing about being the new person. Like, “Wow they picked me!” It’s also very hard not knowing answers to questions, feeling like I should know this or that. Yep it was hard being the newbie at Fresh Thyme, Williams Sonoma, Midland and AIM. 
  • The non mask wearers - Not knowing if I’d get this awful virus that’s leaking in the air is an odd feeling. I just don’t know how my body would react to having Covid + Asthma. 
There’s more things (like unemployment and everything being remote) that have been hard, but those things above top them. 

I got a Facebook message from a friend I haven’t seen for awhile. I mean even before the pandemic hit. She works at a clinic, and said there’s a slot to get the vaccine. It’s surreal. Am I really getting it? I’ll believe it when it happens. 

I’ve been told to sign up because people with weakened immune systems are up, but teachers worked their way in - not saying they shouldn’t get theirs. It’s just like the excitement went to blah, that sucks. Then I was like, Hey I am a teacher at my second job. But every site I looked at had teachers connected to a union. The the school I worked at opened getting the vaccine, but it was just full time staff, and that county. Well now I officially have a time slot! Let’s hope it happens, and I don’t have a bad reaction. At least I’m getting it in a clinic, so if a reaction does happen I’m in good hands. 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Random Tid Bits

  1. Mica is 6' 1". Considering that he's 15, he'll probably grow more.  If his back was straight, he might be taller yet. He has an appointment coming up to see a specialist about his scoliosis in a few months. I thought may be had it because he grew so fast, but apparently that's not how it works. He was more than likely born with it, but it doesn't show up until their early teens. 

  2. The boys have to switch their main doctor out. I'm kind of sad about this. I have zero ideas on who to switch to. I don't even like my regular doctor. Errr

  3. Considering that Mica's tall and lanky, I need to buy him new tops. He's not fat, but some of his sleeves are 3" from his wrist. Have you ever bought clothing from Tall stores? Boy are they borings styles! If some stores actually do have talls, online they are slim pickings, once I do find something it's super expensive. 

  4. Mica's tall, but such a scaredy cat. If a bug flies in his direction, he screams, and runs away. Often times I don't know what's up with him. It's a surprise to me to. Like...why is my child screaming? 

  5. My niece Margaret is cute. She tests to be like a 4 month old, when she's 6 months old. It's higher than Emerson, her brother with Trisomy 18. 

    I said to Travis, "Isn't she cute?" He responded with, "Ya she's cute. But she'd be cuter if she didn't have that stupid bow on her head." I laughed about that off and on for a whole afternoon. Especially since I just got done telling my boss that I want them to be up font with me. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Times are a Changin'

I feel bad because online learning hasn't been Isaak's jam for awhile. He used to be an A, B student, but his 5th grade teacher was all kinds of difficult. I've never encountered a teacher that isn't a good teacher throughout my boy's education except for her. In 6th grade he was new to middle school. Lots of emotions went with that. He only struggled grade wise at the quarter marks. 7th grade hit, emotions were better, but the pandemic is here to stay for awhile. He followed in Mica's footsteps, and stayed home. The poor boy struggled big time with online learning. He was sad because he doesn't have any friendships, and he was confused on different levels with each teacher. I felt bad for him. His report card came in and he had 1 C, 1 F and all the rest D's. 

Off to school he went. I really wanted to get vaccinated before this happened, but what choice do I have? It's depression and a child that isn't exceeding in school, or more success in his academic endeavors with the possibility of picking up this asshole of a virus.  

Isaak went back to school on Monday. Schedules had to change. I am worried about picking up covid. Isaak has managed to pull up his grades just in 3 days. He now has 1 B, 1 F, 2 C's, and one D. 

I wish parenting came with a direct handbook, for your specific child. Like - Oh you have an empath artistic child much like yourself, this is what you should do... Except I did my homework always. I didn't test well, so I did all my homework to compensate for that. He must get his lack of wanting to do his homework from his father. 

Here I thought less distractions from other kids would help him to focus. No chance of getting into middle school drama when a child is at home. Skip over that awkward voice changing time. Teachers and school rule. 

He went to school on his first day back with this hoodie on. It says, "You Can"! I do believe he can.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

WW: Trees {Linky}

I had to do a ton of photo retouching for work. 

I presented to them some images that have homemade brush I made in Photoshop. It took them awhile for them to decide what they wanted to run with. We shall see. 

How to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Are you planning on selling your home? I think we'll stay in our home until one of the boys moves out. While you will typically zone in on your house's internal aspects, ensuring everything from the kitchen to the living room is visually appealing and functional, it is vital you do not overlook how the property looks on the outside from the garden to the sidings, it all adds to the first impression.

Curb appeal is imperative if you want to not only capture the attention of potential buyers but to ultimately sell your home. The good news is that you do not have to reinvent the wheel to create an excellent first impression for passers-by and those scrolling through property websites looking for a new house.

As proof, here are a few tips to implement when improving your home's curb appeal.

The design of the house

Before you start looking at the garden and other areas, you should focus on the house's actual design. For instance, the color of the external walls can play an important role in your property's overall aesthetic.

The roof is another area that requires consideration. Even if the roof is structurally sound, you could decide to go with a roof design that features more attractive tiling. When considering changing the roof, ensure you consult a professional like Signature Roofing. The last thing you want to do is try and attempt to do the work on your own.

Manicure the garden

The front garden is obviously a key aspect of your home's curb appeal. If the grass is unkempt or plants are overgrown, this is going to create a bad initial impression. As a result, you must manicure the garden regularly to stay on top of such issues.

Aside from manicuring what you have, look at ways to improve your garden's overall quality. Could you install a water feature? Perhaps go with a more vibrant selection of flowers? Maybe bespoke screening for your bins would work?

Front door revamp

Your front door is a statement maker, one that represents your entire house. When it is impressively designed and well-maintained, it will create a welcoming impression – ideal when selling to prospective buyers.

As you would expect, it is relatively easy to improve your front door situation. A fresh coat of paint can add extra character and color to your door. If it is suffering from weather-beaten wood, rejuvenate with a quick refinishing. Alternatively, you could simply replace your current door with a new one. Travis made our door out of a scrap door that someone was throwing out. It's so cool! I love it!

Keep it clean

The good news is that not a lot of work is required to keep everything clean and organized. Ensure your windows are kept spotlessly clean, and your pathways are free from any rubbish or stains. Regarding the latter, a power wash can help to provide your pathways with a pristine appearance.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Random Tid Bits

It’s been a really LONG time, since I’ve done a Random Tid Bits post. Here goes:

  1. Isaak said, “Mom are you in the middle of a work meeting?” I said, “No.” He said, “Oh good! I get to go to the bathroom with the door open!” 

  2. Mica had an assignment to make a vlog. He made one about taking care of a gecko. We had to shoot it so many times. Now it's so big he can't get it uploaded onto Canvas - what his school uses.

  3. Whenever we do anything as a family, if the clock strikes 9 pm, Mica wants to go to bed. I don’t know that many 15 year olds that are bound by a routine as much as he is, nor do I know any that go to bed that early on the weekend. 

  4. I wanted to get vaccinated before either of my boys went back to school full time. Our state along with many is super slow in this process. I was going to be up with high risk asthma. Teachers complained, as they should, and snuck in there. I’m like, I’m a teacher, I’ll get in that way. Nope! Schools with teacher unions are getting in, and I teach college.

    Isaak goes back on Monday. His grades were horrible. It’s a mix of depression, lack of drive comes with that, and confusion from being online. I hope that going in person helps.

    Mica’s getting A’s for the most part, so he’ll stay home with me. I’m thinking about having him sign up for a college course, for the summer, to see if he likes it. 

  5. With work I have my most excellent days, and frustrating ones. The frustrating days are typically because I can't get ahold of anyone that's associated with a task I need to get done.  Which brings me to tears. I think a lot of it is the change I’m going through. I don't get hot flashes, but I do get anxious and tears just flow. I like to stay busy, get things done, and do a good job.

    I try to compensate the frustration with positivity. 

    What frustrates you at work? 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Essential or Non Essential?

I saw this on Facebook, and just had to share. It was posted in Singapore in April. Right when their shutdown began. 

In case you are wondering what a "Hawker" is... it's a hustler. Someone that runs errands for people, or quick venders. In the U.S. Doordash and Uber would be considered "Hawkers", as well as food trucks. 

The best part is the comments, after someone broke it down:

I agree with A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. An artist literally does so much, and they get very little credit for it. All advertising, package design, clothing, theater, music, websites are all artist made. 

Who defines what's essential or non essential anyhow? It seems crazy that sports are play, and become essential. Tests for covid are available for people that play sports. Somehow those that are in the arts suffer. Even though artists had to make commercials, ads, merch, gear, and videography for all the sporting events. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Picnic for Parrots 🦜

One of my past students is an author and illustrator.  

I want to present to you the book Picnic for Parrots By Allison Sojka. 

You can get this fun book on Amazon for $8.99 (soft cover) and $15.99 (hard cover). Lucky for me, she sent over a PDF to review. 

It's for ages 3-8. The book has 40 pages of colorful illustrations.

I enjoy that colors are talked about in the story a lot. So much of me feels that colors are learned from reading and watching simple shows. Have you ever noticed that there's just about every color used in the puppets on Sesame Street, the same goes for the trains on Thomas? Colors are drilled in young readers. Once children grasp their colors, they start to associate them with letters and words. 

There's a lot of play with fun foods and drinks. Like Beetle Spotted Doughnuts, Pomegranate Pie,  Cinnamon Sprinkled Water, Pineapple Cupcakes with Kiwi Cream Icing, Coconut Croissants, and the list goes on. Even I wanted to try some of those treats. 

I could see a fun plush bird paired up to go with this book. Possibly a different direction, and have a recipe card at the back of the book, for one of the treats. 

It's a good length. 40 pages at first seemed like a lot to read, but there isn't a ton of text for each page. 

I do wish there was more to the backgrounds of each pages. Possibly hands on techniques mixed in with computer illustrations just to add some variety. Seeing more gives kids and parents different things to point out. 

It was fun that a student of mine wrote and illustrated it. 

What was your favorite picture children's book, from when you were little?

Disclaimer: I got the PDF of Picnic for Parrots book for free. All opinions on this post are honest, an I was not told what to write. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

WW: Heart Cookies {Linky}

Reminiscing to when I worked in the office. I would have made cookies for Travis' work and my own, had I been at work in an office. Instead these go to just my husband's work. 

They got more than what's pictured. I made chocolate cherry chip cookies as well. 

I planned on writing words on them like: Cute, Hawt, Sexy, and Empowered. It's not hitting on anyone if they get to choose their own cookie. BUT I ran out of frosting. Oh well! I still love the colors. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

WW: Pantone Cabbage {Linky}

I cut this cabbage, but it reminded me of a paint swatch. It's a Pantone Cabbage.  

Monday, February 8, 2021


I noticed Warhol was looking very white. I gave him a bath.  That's recommended to help them shed. When I took him out he ran up my sleeve. It was cute. I think he was just cold.  

I had trouble getting his tank door open one handed, and the boys were in school, so they couldn't help me. Mr. Warhol kind of flipped out inside my sleeve. He took his top jaw and bit me. I had a tiny horse shoe bite on my arm. 

No harm really. I think he was terrified because I was squirming around trying to get his tank open. He was tightly caught in my shirt. He did not draw blood. A few days after the bite happened I had some small itchy hives. They are gone now. 

Sure enough he shed right away. 

After that shed he was cute again. Here he is playing peek-a-boo.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Check Out TreeSunCrafts #crafts

Check it of my friends has a new Etsy shop called TreeSunCrafts. She also has an instagram page.

I ordered the 2020 ornaments. You know, to remember the year by:

When the boys move out on their own, I'll let them choose an ornament to remember their crazy year. Unfortunately I think we're in for more pandemic madness. 2020 was the start of it. 

The boys haven't left home, for quite some time. Just this weekend they ventured out to spend time with their cousins. Our boys haven't been out, since November. My nephews haven't been out, since May. 

All the kids have the option to go to school. Studies have show that they do better in the classroom. Sometimes I wonder if Isaak should be in school. He struggles with getting his work done. On the flip side the quiet at home helps, with focus. We were getting emails left and right about how this kid test positive, and that kid tested positive at their schools. It was making Mica nervous. Mica opted to stay home, Isaak felt the same way. 2020 was a crazy year, for sure. 

Now we have ornaments to remember the craziness. 

Since Theresa knows me, she put extra things in with my package. Who ever knew many years ago that some of my best friends are remote friends. Those friendships started before 2020.  I had some really nice surprises! 

My favorite...the wooden gecko spoon! Isaak has the responsibility of making scrambled eggs, and picks this gecko spoon to use every time.

She threw in two wooden coasters. I actually use them for a different purpose than coasters. One holds my keys, while the other I use for pins, needles and thread. 

She added this wooden Apel's Kitchen sign. I put in our window, but photographed it on a placemat. I kept getting odd lighting by the window. 

Lastly she put these bookmarks. I set them aside to give to Mica at Easter. He's the big reader in the family. I like that they aren't super girly. 

Please go over to check out Theresa's Etsy shop: TreeSunCrafts

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Theresa did give me some things, but it wasn't expected that I review them. She did not tell me what to write. 


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