Sunday, August 31, 2014

Daddy's Birthday

Yesterday Daddy turned 39. One more year, and he'll be over the hill. 

I got him a welding cart. When I went to get his present on my lunch break the place was swarming busy! I never knew a tool place could be that happening. There was a free screwdriver set in the ad, so I got that to. I went to walk out with the screwdriver set, and pulled my vehicle up to get the welding cart. The worker came out with the cart, and said "Oh here is this." He handed me a little bag. I assumed it was something for the cart. When I got back to work I realized what I took - thinking was my free screwdrivers wasn't screwdrivers at all. It was an Air Regulator. It was the same size as the screwdrivers. I accidentally ripped the place off.

Have you ever stole something on accident?

I did one other time. I once gave Mica a hat to hold when he was in a stroller. I forgot I did that, and rolled off with the hat.

I'll return the regulator just like I did the hat. The hat was a pain to return. It was a big mall, that is pretty far from our house. Mica and I were done with shopping that day, but I knew if I didn't return it then, I'd never get it returned.  

In the morning of Daddy's birthday he went to go do a few things for himself. He had to get his smart phone checked out. It needed some updating. It was a great thing because they lowered our monthly bill to. Then he got a hair cut.

After that he went to watch some football with the son of ours that likes football. Isaak says he loves football. Mica on the other hand looks annoyed whenever it comes on.

We go out to dinner for each others birthdays. Daddy's choice was Kobe Steakhouse.

This is what it's like taking a picture of my 3 boys, "Hey look at the camera!" or not!


I did get one so, so picture out of them - minus Isaak's starry face.


No one volunteers to take pictures of me, so I took a selfie with Mica - and he turned on a freak face.


Mica told me that he wanted a cocktail. I said, "Kids can't have cocktails." He said, "Yes they can Mom. They have cocktails for kids." I said, "Mica do you know what a cocktail is? It has alcohol in it." Sure enough they had mini cocktails on the menu. Isaak had a Shirley temple, and Mica had a Roy Rogers. Mica's memory floors me sometimes!



 The most entertaining thing to watch all meal was this little guy:


Isaak was fascinated with everything that was going on. He was in awe over his cocktail umbrella. Especially when I told him that it went up and down. Then he mimicked the culinary choreographer. Isaak was slapping his utensils around, laughing, catching food with his mouth, and wowed by the fire. He ate so good! 


At the end of the meal Isaak put his black napkin around his waist, and said, "See I'm just like that guy that gave me my shrimp. I have an apron to."

Daddy told me not to tell them about it being his birthday. I of course did. 


Now comes the part where my new pet peeve comes out. Left overs are a good thing in my mind. I hate wasting food. It's expensive, there are starving people in this world, so if I don't eat what's in front of me I save it for the next day. If you have left overs, you don't have to work so hard to make additional meals. The people that ate beside us left so much on their plates, and didn't take a thing. Daddy ate everything. The boys and I took home a lot. We had enough for lunch, and dinner tonight. The food was so good, why would I want to waist it?

Do you like left overs, or do you hate them?

Adovia Sulfur Soap for Acne, Blackheads and Oily Skin with Dead Sea Salt - 100% Natural Review

I tend to break out about once a month. I usually get one pimple on my face that's a deep one. It is usually in a spot that's awkward like the center of my forehead. The big pimples usually happen when a lot is going on like the start of school, midterm time, or finals time.

The creases of my nose get black heads sometimes.

I am super light complected, most of my relatives are from Sweden and Germany, so any blemish on my Scandinavian face stands out like a sore thumb.
  
I got a soap called Adovia sulfur soap for acne to review.


Adovia sulfur soap, is highly enriched with minerals and sulfur from the Dead Sea.



About Adovia sulfur soap:
  • It's natural moisture levels are balanced and optimized with Olive Oil, Dead Sea minerals, and Aloe Vera extract.
  • Sulfur has Antiseptic, Anti-Fungal, and Antibacterial properties.
  • This soap cleanses your face and body thoroughly leaving your skin gentle and smooth. 
  • The soap has a 3% sulfur content.  
  • I like that the soap is not too expensive. It's $16 on Amazon, but marked down to $9. 
It's a little hard to tell if this soap works just yet. Sometimes products like this one take time. It feels good when I wash my face with it. I like that it has Olive Oil, Dead Sea minerals, and Aloe Vera extract. I'm going to continue to use it though. 

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PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review

I'm trying to back into the swing of exercising. We were doing so well all spring, then got off of the exercise trail during the summer, and now we're getting back into the swing of things. I do have to say that during the summer we were much more active in general compared to any other time of year. We do yard work, hike during the weekends, and go more places.

I have continued to loose weight. More pants fit me than before, so I'm still on a positive loop. Even my fingers have lost weight. One of my rings I had to move to a different finger. I think I've continued to loose weight just because we've maintained a healthy diet, and I speed walk at lunch time.

I got PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands to review.



I love them because there are 4 different bands to choose from to best help you with your workout:
  1. Light
  2. Medium
  3. Heavy
  4. X-Heavy
You can purchase the PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands on Amazon for $39.99 $14.99.

The bands come with a bag. All of them fit well in the bag.


I do like that I can workout my arms with the bands at work. There is a lot of time where I'm saving something, or reading, and have time to spare. They are perfect for an after lunch workout to.



Why Us PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands?
  • Are perfect for physical therapy exercises all the way to intense workouts. I could have used these at times when I'm had excises to heal broken bones.
  • Works flawlessly for arm, ankle, and leg workouts.
  • Are separated by resistance level to meet your needs. I'm still working up to the X-Heavy one.
  • Are extremely durable and long-lasting. I love the small bag that comes with them. They can go on trips with me.
  • They are lightweight and portable. Unlike weights they can travel anywhere with you.
The only thing I wish PhantomFit Resistance Bands had on their site is videos of workouts. I'm a newbie to this. I need to see more exercises.

What do you do to workout? I run stairs, walk fast at lunch, lift weights, do leg lifts, and now use PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands.


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Cooking with Beans Review + Giveaway



Since it's almost fall we love soups. One soup we all like is Chili. One e-Book that has helped me with fall recipes that I love is Cooking with Beans Cook Cheap and Easy Meals with Dried or Canned Beans By Rhiana Jones.

Why Beans?

They are tasty and you can make so many things with them. Rhiana Jones shows you how to give low-cost dried or canned beans a starring role from breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and desserts. Yes there are 3 dessert recipes.

What Kind of Recipes?

There is a little bit of everything. There are 20 plus recipes. Some are old favorites to different. It's fits vegan or vegetarian diet. Other recipes such as the 4-ingredient Spicy Cowboy Hash, cater to the meat-lovers in your life.

Why Cooking Beans?

Cooking frugal is in. Put your stockpile of inexpensive dried canned, or uncooked beans to good use. We buy a container of uncooked beans at Costco. Wheater your are making Black Bean Huevos Rancheros for a brunch or family breakfast or the classic Three-Bean Salad or a Pinto Bean Pie for a potluck or everyday dinner, priced-right Cooking with Beans is a source of easy-to-follow, frugal recipes that you can prepare with confidence.

The only thing I wish this eBook had more of is pictures. 

I Tried Bean and Potato Breakfast Burrito

A lot of time on the weekends I make bigger breakfasts. We wake up a little later than usual, and don't have to rush around to go anywhere.



The Bean and Potato Breakfast Burrito turned out really pretty good!


We also had steamed kale, 1 protein bite, 4 blackberries, and a beet | cherry smoothie.


It's Giveaway Time! One reader is going to win their very own copy of of the eBook Cooking with Beans Cook Cheap and Easy Meals with Dried or Canned Beans By Rhiana Jones. Open to the US.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. It could be from another country, someone singing from the streets of NY, and more.

Michael Winslow is an American actor, and comedian billed as the "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his voice. 

Source
I've haven't seen Michael Winslow in Police Academy, and Spaceballs. I know what's wrong with me that I've never seen those movies? I have heard his voice in the Gremlins. He's been the voice in many cartoons as well.

I didn't know the power of his sound effects.

Michael was born September 6, 1958, as the youngest of six brothers. His mom told stories about when he was young he would imitate the airplanes, jet engines, basically anything that made a noise he copied with sounds that came out of his mouth.

“Growing up in the Air Force Base made it difficult to have friends, so I created imaginary friends, dogs, cats, trucks, anything that would keep me occupied for the moment” says Michael.






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Friday, August 29, 2014

Random Tid Bits

  1. What to do when the boys won't focus? In our house we either put them to bed early, or have them go out to do yard work.


  2. Cops the show was here in Omaha filming. You know the show: Bad boys, bad boys, what ya going to do? What ya going to do when he comes for you? A guy went to rob a Wendy's. The Cops Crew was with the Omaha police. The robber pulled out a BB gun, and fired shots. The BB gun looked and sounded like a real gun (see picture below). The robber was a threat to everyone around, so the officer shot and killed the robber. A stray bullet hit the sound guy from Cops, and killed him to. It's a pretty crazy story. You can read about it here. The robber was a repeat offender. His family thinks he shouldn't of gotten killed. He was the one reasponsible for all this going down. If it weren't for that robber, the sound guy from Cops would still be alive.

    This is where the story gets even crazier. The Omaha mayor (lady in blue) signed a contract with the Cops Crew saying that from such and such date, to such and such date Omaha was not liable if something happens to any of their crew. After the contract was up, Omaha would be liable. It was 4 days after the contract was up. Why the show was still with our police is questionable if their contract was up. Now the city of Omaha might be taken to court. It's all still up in the air as to what's going to happen.

    The teen behind the counter was terrified. She had a little newborn baby at home. I'm so glad she wasn't another casualty in this mess!

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  4. Mica started doing Common Core math this year. He's struggling to understand it. Homework is taking longer than it should because he doesn't understand it. Daddy helps him because they get home before I get home. They also leave later in the morning than I do. Daddy said, "At first I do not get his homework, but once I look at the example it makes sense." It's an adjustment that I knew was going to happen sometime. We'll just keep plugging away at it. 

  5. I'm happy that this weekend coming up is a long one. 

  6. My boys were super happy to do the ice bucket challenge. I know they don't really get what ALS is, but they did enjoy getting cold water dumped on their heads. We still got the word out, and donated. I never thought that kids would get excited to get ice water dumped on their heads.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emerson's #Case Study


A case study went up for my Nephew Emerson. You can read his study here, and look at other studies with kids that have Trisomy 18 here.

It's important that more people learn about Trisomy 18. Emerson actually has partial Trisomy 18.

His medical story is now in this case study.

My sister said to share it. Please read and learn about Emerson!

Just a little extra:

I've been searching for a YouTube version of Cuerdas. It's Spanish for Strings. All I could find was a facebook embedded video. Now I found a YouTube one, so I can share. Yes it's in Spanish, but you can figure out what it means without knowing any Spanish. I just love the message of the short!

Lowes Clinic

We showed up to the Lowes Clinic this weekend. They had all these extra kits on the table.

You know how your eyes are bigger than your tummy at meal times? Well Isaak's eyes were bigger than his attention span.

He wanted to do 3 sets. Mica wanted to do 2.

Isaak is pretty dependent, and Mica is independent.

Luckily they were pretty easy projects. I have to say with Isaak's last 2 sets I earned the patches. Then when we got home I ironed on those 5 new patches. These are their 2nd aprons.

I had to take more than a few pictures. The sun is always in Isaak's eyes lately. Even in shady spots.



Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

I'm a water drinker. At work I go through a lot of water. 

I bring my own water to work. I bring water because...
  • Omaha has the 7th worst drinking water in America. 
  • My work only has water that is out of the faucet, with no filter. 
  • I'm still trying to work at loosing weight. To do that flushing out my system with water is so very important. I need to keep track of how much I drink. 
  • I'm in the classroom much of the time, so water needs to be in something covered to prevent spills.
I don't like to drink out of plastic because of the chemicals in it. Also if I do want tea, plastic can't go in the microwave. Up to this point I've been drinking out of empty Marzetti Salad Dressing glass jars. They have lids, and can be microwaved.

There is a slight problem I have with drinking out of glass; I've dropped 2 of them. They broke, sharp glass pieces, and water went everywhere. Students also joke about how I have moonshine in my glass container. It does look like moonshine.

I got a Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle to Review.


No it can't be microwaved, but there are so many other perks to this water bottle! I still have a glass jar for hot tea at work for tea. Now for the most part it doesn't look like I'm drinking moonshine. 
Price: $34.95, and on sale for $27.95.
  • It has a flip cap and straw for drinking. That helps, so water doesn't spill out when it's being transported.
 
  • It has a double wall vacuum insulation.
  • Ice will fit in the opening.
  • It really keeps drinks cold for hours. 
 
  • It's BPA free, and eco friendly.
  • It holds a lot of water (25 ounces to be exact), which is what I need. 
  • It's stylish. I do like the white. For those that do not like white, it's the only value/color it comes in right now.
  • It has a rubber base, so it doesn't clang when you set it down on a table.
  • It fits its easily is most cup holders Product Dimensions: 12" H x 3.25" W Capacity: 25oz (750ml). 
  • It's great for the gym, biking, hiking, and taking all kinds of places.  

What do you drink out of? What is your preferred drink?

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