Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WW: Ikea {Linky}

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Student Council

This year Mica was able to run for Student Council. Back up a moment: Running for Student Council is something I would have NEVER done. Mica has a confidence that I never had. He knew right away that he wanted to run. 

He wrote a speech. It basically said that he was going to make things better at his school. Travis and I kept asking, "How are you going to make things better?" He knew he wanted things better, but didn't know how. I told him that he sounded a bit like our current president. He stood for hope and change, but no one really asked what that hope and change would be about.

I gave Mica a few ideas of how I might make a school like his better. Then I told him to brainstorm on ideas of his own. He failed miserably the first night. Meaning that he wouldn't listen to me, refused to brainstorm, and he had attitude. I sent him to bed early that night. I said, "If I'm trying to help you, you have to work with me. A leader doesn't have attitude."

The next night he was on a roll. Maybe he needed that extra sleep!

In his speech he included 1/2 of my idea, and 1 new idea that he came up with to make his school a better place.

I said to have a Farmers Market to replace a fundraiser. He changed it to expanding the school garden to have fruits and veggies. The students could help with it. The fruits and veggies could be sold as a fundraiser, or used to go along with school lunches.

His other idea to help the school is to have a friendship program. He said that everyone would be assigned a friend that they would write weekly, and give special cards to during holidays. That way no one would be friendless. I was pretty happy that he came up with that idea!

He kept saying that he knew he'd win because he's popular, and well liked. Ok so that does play into things, but I was trying to get him off that mindset. This boy's main flaw is that he can get cocky. I kept telling him not to brag, and to give others compliments. 

Towards the end of the week I asked him who he thought gave the best speech? He said someone's name. Then I asked who he voted for? He listed off his friend's names, and not the person who gave the best speech. We talked a little more about voting in who you believe in. It's hard for a 4th grader to understand. They believe in their friends. It didn't matter to him who gave the best speech. I hope we got through to him. It's all a learning lesson.

There's 3 kids on the Student Council Board from each class. He was voted in. Will he be able to make the changes to the school that we talked about? Maybe. Changes like that usually have to come from higher ups. At least I got him to think! That he did effectively.

The Vampire Diaries: The Complete 6th Season & The Originals: The Complete 2nd Season Giveaway #TVD #TheOriginals

I have to admit I've never watched The Vampire Diaries. I really don't watch anything vampire related. They are HUGE with young adults though. I've heard many of my students talk about vampire shows for the last 5 years. If you are into vampires, or know someone that is, this post is for you!

This is a a great giveaway for you CW fans!  

There are 4 blogger exclusive interviews with the creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Julie Plec.  

These super fan videos feature Julie confessing her favorite moments & top 5 episodes from the recent seasons of both The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season and The Originals The Complete Second Season.

This is a “Viewing Party Eats: Recipes to Satisfy Friends & Enemies” Downloadable PDF. 

It's sure to impress your guests. With index card recipes and party-ready place cards included, we’ve made it easy to prep some snacks to satisfy during your marathon watch-party.

About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season
The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel
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About The Originals The Complete Second Season  
As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.
Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015
This contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes and much more! 

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

#TraderLampDeskLamp #Giveaway

I get a little blue during the winter time. Natural light is important to me. I like it best for taking photos, doing artwork, and more. My kids need natural light as well. Isaak now has a new TraderLamp 22" Sunlight Desk Lamp sitting at his desk!

This lamp might go here and there in our house. I might need it to do artwork, Mica needed it to write thank you notes for his party, and Isaak needed it to do a crossword puzzle. Why Isaak? He had no lamp at all. He also has such big eyes, and allergy eyes. I worry about his eye. I figured he could use this lamp. It's right by the couch if someone else needs to use it.

I do wish it looked a little less like a lab light. More design options would be nice.

Bring natural sunlight to your desk. Are you ready to have a sunny day, every day? With this lamp you can get that inside.

No more depression. So much like sunshine it feels like you're on vacation. All you have to do is turn it on.

The TraderLamp Home Sunlight lamp could be the most important advancement in lamps since the invention of the light bulb. The new lighting technology emulates outdoor sunlight, which is balanced across the entire spectrum of color visible to the human eye. Everything seems so much easier to see. This is the clearest, brightest and most comfortable lighting we have found. Colors appear more vivid and true to life. Black and white contrast is heightened for easier reading. The soft and pure white light is easy on the eyes as it spreads to clearly illuminate your personal space. 

The flexible goose neck is fully adjustable to any angle so you see more comfortably for reading, working, and all closeup tasks and hobbies. Colors will be more vivid. Better contrast for reading. Helps reduce eye strains. Sharp visibility for more detail. Glare free for computer use. What does the TraderLamp Home Lamp look like. The Sunlight Lamp will look good in any room in the house or in the office. Why is the Bulb better than normal bulbs. Save on your electric bills. The supplied high-tech 27-Watt bulb, with a C.R.I. (Color Rendering Index) of 80-85, gives as much light as an ordinary 150-Watt bulb, but uses far less energy. The bulb can last up to 5000 hours, 5 times longer than other bulbs for years of normal use.

The best thing in my book is that this lamp isn't expensive. It's only $24.95! That's a steal for natural sunlight.

Now it's time for a giveaway! One of my US readers is going to win their own TraderLamp Desk Lamp!

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SnB Deluxe Silicone Candy Molds & Ice Cube Trays Review

I'm super excited to share with you the new SnB Deluxe Silicone Candy Molds & Ice Cube Trays - Best Box Set of 5 for Lego and Heart Lovers with Bonus Recipe Inside. *19.95 value

You can use the molds to make:
  • Fun Ice Cubes
  • Chocolate Candies
  • Gummy Candies
  • Fun Crayons
  • Fun Soaps
  • More 
You can use them for: 
  • Part of an after school snack(s)
  • Playdates
  • Birthday Parties
  • More

Isaak and I decided to make Candy Gummies. They were super easy to make.

Candy Gummies Recipe:
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • Optional 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • Whisk in 2 packets of plain gelatin
  • Whisk in 1 box of JELLO, or 1 packet of Emergen-C (Whatever flavor you prefer)
  • Pour into a small pot
  • Turn the heat to medium-low
  • Stir every minute or two for 7 minutes
  • Pour into the molds
  • Wait 10 minutes to skim off the top layer of hardened JELLO
  • Let set for 7 hours

They popped out well, and the molds cleaned easily. I did hear from a friend that they used theirs to make homemade crayons, and it was hard to clean them enough to use them for food afterwards. You'd have to buy two sets if you want to use them for food, and other things.

The Legos don't have holes on the bottom, but they still appear to stack. 

They turned out really good! I can't wait to make something chocolate in them. I love chocolate! 

What would you make in these molds?

If you want to buy these molds, the company said you can email them: customercare@snbdeluxe.com with "50% OFF" in subject line and they'll gladly send you an individual code to get 50% OFF!  

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ThinkFun and MakerBot Challenge Winner

Isaak's ThinkFun construction Maker Studio Construction Set was a winner in the Kids Make It Challenge. He's featured on MakerBot's blog.

Isaak got a huge spool of green filament from MakerBot. It can be used for a 3D printer, we don't have one, so I imagine he'll just make something out of it. 

ThinkFun sent him all their new games from 2015! We have most of those from reviews. I gave Compose Yourself to the boy's music teacher. I'm hoping she uses it. It's so cool! The rest I'm giving to my nephews. They sent one new Maker Studio set, which Isaak will make something out of it.

Do you like to play games? I like ThinkFun's games because they are thinking games.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Out of the Box Saturday

It's 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. I'll cover something sing | songy one week, and artsy | fartsy the next.

I ran across the band Atom™ and Tobias. It's something new that I've never heard of. It's also a different type of music venue that I don't usually listen to. It's electronic. I happen to like their music. I've been listening to it to paint to. It's relaxing. They aren't afraid of doing things new. They constantly are thinking about collaborating, and improvise a lot.

Atom™ and Tobias Freund are both figures within the genre of electronically generated music. Tobias began his career in the early '80s, by then mainly using the pseudonym "Pink Elln", looks back on a long sequence of music making which lead him from mainstream pop via club music, up to the heights of the experimental and unclassifiable. Tobias and Atom™ met around 1986. The pre-techno scene was blooming while both met in a studio. In 1992 they recorded probably one of the very first "techno" live recordings ever, the 12-inch "Elektroniikkaa", which soon became an underground anthem.

Both played at the Labyrinth festival (Japan) in 2011. Tobias and Atom™ sat in a hotel lobby which was equipped with an acoustic- and an electric piano. Almost instinctively they started to improvise while they had a small flash recorder running.


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Organic Super Plant Protein: All In One Formula- 2 Pack Review

I love smoothies. I think all my readers know that. 

I recently got Organic Super Plant Protein: All In One Formula- 2 Pack to review.

I've used a packet for different smoothies this week. I use 1 packet for all 4 of our smoothies. My favorite smoothie of the week is:
  • 1 Cup of Spinach Leaves
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1/2 Frozen Mango
  • 1 Package of Organic Super Plant Protein (Naturally Flavored Dutch Chocolate)
  • 1 Cup Unflavored Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Ice
  • Enough Water for Your Desired Thickness

Oh my gosh it was so good!

I love that it's:
  • Lactose Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Kosher Certified
  • Has 3-6-9 Omega
  • 9 Antioxident Super Fruits
  • 11 Essential Minerals Plus Iron
  • 13 Daily-Valued Multivitamins
  • 21 Grams of Protein
  • 2 Grams of BCAAs
  • 2 Grams of Glutamines
  • 9 Super Rich Anti-Oxidant Fruits
  • 4 Grams of Fiber
  • 5 Probiotics 
  • 0 Fat
  • Natural Flavoring: Cocoa Powder, Xantham Gum, and Stevia

Everyone loved their smoothie.

I love that it's formulated to build and repair muscle. It even helps boost energy. The kids don't need a boost of energy, but I do. 

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