Friday, February 27, 2015

Random Tid Bits

This post is all about taking a trip back down memory lane.
  1. I had The Sunshine Family when I was little. They were, Barbie sized, and I got paper dolls of them to. My sister Terra AKA Aunt Terra and I played with them with our Barbies.

    I was envious of a family friend who's Dad built her a doll house for her Sunshine Family. The Grandpa in the set was a bit scary, maybe that's why I didn't have him.

  2. Terra had The Heart Family. They to joined our Barbie clan. I think they were only out on the market a few years, but we loved them. They were a little more wholesome than the Barbie line up. We loved the twins! She got a Valentines dress set for them one year to.

    Terra's is 5 years younger than me, but I played with her all the time. Playing with her was an excuse to stay young. I think I played with dolls and Barbies all the way up until 6th grade. 

  3. The scariest doll we had was the Ronald McDonald Doll. We loved the red whistle on that thing!

  4. One doll I always eyed, but never got was My Buddy. I don't think I ever even asked for him. He came out past my doll playing days. They had Kid Sister, which was an added coolness!

    I remember when Mica was itty bitty I said, "I need to get him a My Buddy doll. My Buddy was long since off the shelves. I wanted him to get used to having a baby around to roll play with because I was pregnant with Isaak. I ended up getting a cheap generic doll, which was fine. I still wanted a My Buddy Doll for him - or maybe for me.

  5. Whenever we took baths we played with 3 Men in a Tub and Seaweed Dolls. We looked forward to bath time. Bath time meant playtime. My boys never really got into bath toys as much as I did.

What were some lost, but not forgotten toys that you had when you where little?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More Good Things Have to Happen

I believe in the Yin and Yang. When bad things happen, good things happen to. It just seems like the bad is out weighing the good right now. We need balance.

Travis lost his seemed like good things were coming up. Then the good things sort of went no where. I know that happens when one looks for a job. 

Up until this point Travis was feeling upbeat. Then last night he was like, "February just sucks!" I couldn't agree more.

He wrote 2 proposals for art displays in our area. 

One was specifically for artists that are for parents. They offered a stipend, childcare and space to do your work. It takes awhile to think, and write up a proposal! He submitted it, and sent in his fee.

He got an email yesterday that they were cancelling the the proposal. They didn't do their research, and weren't equip to watch children. He gets his $40 back, but doesn't get his time back for writing the proposal. He doesn't even know if anyone looked at his proposal. He was really excited about it. Now he's pissed.

The other proposal he wrote...that one is on hold because the business decided to move. Yet another disappointment. 

Job leads seem to be on a stand still. 

Our YMCA membership is on a 3 month hold after this month. 
Isaak was supposed to test this month for his next stripe in Ju-Jitsu. We showed up last week with our $25. Sensei said they'd test this week. 

We went in to have him get tested last night, and Sensei wasn't there. He was at school conferences. You can't tell me he didn't know about that last week. His helper said, "It will have to happen next week." Well...we're on a 3 month hold after this week is over. They knew that. Travis and I were both upset.

I swear I'm thinking of sneaking into the Y to get him tested next week.

We already were told by one Y instructor to just come to sneak into her class anyway.

We were supposed to get our $600 back from our Health Insurance for the kid's Tamiflu.

We got a letter saying that we didn't mark down how many days they took it, so they cancelled the claim. We took it to the Pharmacist. They submitted it, but told us it can take up to 10 weeks to get that money. What a mess!

Two doctors told my sister that they think my nephew Emerson has a tethered spinal cord.

That means he will need spinal surgery ASAP. It doesn't show up until kids start growing. The success of the surgery is usually pretty good. But it's major.

Now on with the good. We need more good. It needs to be as heavy as the bad for balance.

My Dad is healing with his heart surgery.

Mica won 1st place in his story, and will get awarded next month. 

Travis' old boss said, "If we have someone buy into us, which someone is interested - We want you back." He doesn't know that he wants to go back. Sometimes a job is a job. He doesn't know if this will even happen. He's frustrated. He said, "If that happens the boss man and I will have a long talk before I accept."
  Travis does have job leads - they may be going no where right now, but they are leads none the less. That is both good and bad.

The boys are doing well in school. 

Baked - Dark Chocolate Doughnuts #Recipe

I like to eat healthy. At the same time a little sin with the healthy isn't bad. If I'm going to sin it's at breakfast time. Then my body has a chance to work it off during the day. Mica helped me make Dark Chocolate Doughnuts. 

They aren't totally bad for you. They aren't great for you either. Better than the ones in the stores.
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I couldn't get a picture before both boys took bites out of their doughnuts. I wanted a photo of their doughnuts because I didn't put the toppings on Dad's or mine.

I didn't make a special topping recipe. I just melted a little fountain chocolate, added it on top of 2 doughnuts, and used some toffee sprinkles on that I had in the cupboard. There are recipes online for the topping if you want to add it to all the doughnuts. You can try and glaze, or go for a chocolate topping like the boys had. You can use whatever sprinkles you want. 

I'm telling you that it's good without the topping to!

There is coffee in the doughnuts, but not a lot. We didn't have wired children after eating them.

If you don't have a doughnut pan, you can use muffin cups to make them.

I like that this recipe is for baked doughnuts. 

The boys said it was the best breakfast ever! Do you like doughnuts?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Virgin Argan Oil Review

This time of year I get dry skin on my hands, and forehead.

I'm using NorthCoast Argan Oil on dry spots. Dry hands, dry forehead, and dry scalp. Yep you can even put it on your scalp.

  • NorthCoast Products 100% Virgin Argan Oil 

  • The oil is shipped via air freight from Morocco

  • It's cold pressed

  • It's certified organic

  • It's hand-made by the local Berber women in all-female co-opts

  • It's $49.99 and on sale for $23.97 - Try one of their products at a 15% discount with coupon code: 3I9ZC95V

  • It has been receiving rave reviews online for the past year - on Amazon they have an overall 4 1/2 star rating - with most ratings at 5
  • Apply 2 to 3 drops onto your hands and massage into your skin, nails, or scalp until it's absorbed. You can even massage into damp hair starting at the ends
  • You can mix essential oils with Argan Oil to give it a different scent and other health benefits
  • NorthCoast does send out a PDF book after your purchase - it explains how the product can be used

The ancient organic oil has been used for centuries to work wonders for aging skin, brittle hair, and dry hands as well as a softener for nails. 

Used primarily by women as a beauty/health product to add luster to their hair, however men have used it as a beard product as well.  

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The Amazing Pizza Machine Party Giveaway

If you have a moment, go enter this giveaway to win a free birthday party hosted at The Amazing Pizza Machine! *Valued at $159.99!

Last year Isaak only had 1 child show up to his party. Mica's has had fun parties in the past where almost everyone he invited showed up. I'd love to throw Isaak a fun surprise party.

One where he doesn't look like this:

But instead looks like this:

He's such a great kid! Other kids like him. It's just that many families don't send their kids to parties unless it's at a place - other than someone's home.

Have you been to Amazing Pizza Machine? It's a fun place to have a party for sure!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WW: Tracks {Linky}

The boys entertained each other almost all day on Sunday with making Domino and Duplo Tracks.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Zen Ties Review

We were fortunate enough to go to another show at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. The show is called Zen Ties.

What I loved is that The Rose Theater had 200 Beanie Baby Pandas to giveaway to the kids that walked through the door. That put a smile on my kid's faces right off the bat.

Never mind Dad admiring The Rose Theater's ceiling. It is a pretty building! This was the best picture of Mica. Isaak was refusing to look at me. He to was happy to have a panda.

The set design was simple. The props on the sides are bamboo. They pulled in a house, a bed, and a couch on wheels throughout the show. One prop that was consistent throughout were red balloons.

Show Description:

When Koo the Panda visits her Uncle Stillwater, he offers her a special challenge: LISTEN. In order for her to talk, she had to think up a 17 syllables (like a haiku poem). In the quiet, they discover people are not always what they seem. With Stillwater’s positive influence, children in his neighborhood learn there may be more to old Mrs. Whittaker’s story than they thought. A gentle tale about patience and compassion, Zen Ties reminds us how much wisdom can come of simple mindfulness.

Zen Ties has been adapted for The Rose stage by playwright Y York from the book by Caldecott Honor author and artist Jon Muth. “There is a theme that runs through all of Y’s work,” says Rose artistic director Matthew Gutschick. “She views the world with empathetic eyes, and it is that viewpoint that makes her the perfect person to adapt this story for the stage.”

Zen Ties will be presented for the first time on The Rose stage, an endeavor made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. “This is a very special project for me,” says York. “When I was presented with Zen Ties, it was almost as if the characters were already dancing for me. I was excited to bring them to life on stage.”

Cast and Some Crew Members:

Stillwater ....................................................................... Kabin Thomas
Koo ....................................................................... Sarah Carlson-Brown
Karl ....................................................................... Robby Stone
Addy ....................................................................... Jackie Kappes
Michael ....................................................................... Konrad Case
Mrs. Whittaker ....................................................................... Sherry Fletcher
Director ....................................................................... Jesse J. Jou
Scenic Designer ....................................................................... Jennifer Zeyl
Lighting & Sound Designer ....................................................................... Kyle L. Toth
Costume Designer ....................................................................... Sherri Geerdes
Stage Manager ....................................................................... Sarah Buck

We enjoyed it a lot because Kabin Thomas was in a class with Dad earlier this year. It's neat to know the star!

Konrad Case was the Father in The Christmas Story - The Musical


$18 for general admission.
Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each. Reservations are required.

Call 402-345-4849 or purchase online at

Run Time:
60 Minutes. That's without intermission. People with small children, try and use the bathroom prior to going into the show.

It is best for ages 5 and up. The thinking is a little more advanced for this play, which was perfect for my two boys. 

Friday, Feb. 27 | 7 pm
Saturday, Feb. 28 | 2 pm Interpretation for the hearing impaired
Saturday, Feb. 28 | 5 pm Autism friendly show
Sunday, Mar. 1 | 2 pm
Friday, Mar. 6 | 7 pm
Saturday, Mar. 7 | 2 pm
Saturday, Mar. 7 | 5 pm
Sunday, Mar. 8 | 2 pm

What we thought:

We all enjoyed this show. It made my kids understand that it's important to think before they talk. Sometimes the people that we have problems with in life can be an asset to our lives.

I love the question | answer time they have after the show. They have the main actors go out to sign autographs. There's room on the kid's program for autographs. My kids like to sit in for the question | answer time.

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Tap Dancers Coffee Review and #Giveaway

I drink one cup of coffee in the morning. I can function without, but it's much better when I have my cup.

Tap Dancers Coffee gave me five bags of coffee, and an Inced 'a Brew to review. They also gave me two additional bags of coffee to give away to one of my readers! YAY!

I love all their varieties of coffee. Each one smells so good. 

So many of their coffees introduce their buyers | reviewers to different cultures. They actually get their coffee from the places it says on the packaging. There's a bio on their website about where the coffee comes from on each coffee blend.

It's specialty coffee. It's fair trade, organic, low acidity, and it tastes wonderful!

Welcome to Kenya: Kenya Kiambara Medium Roast and Kenya Kiambara Dark Roast. 

We dove into Keya Kiambara Dark Roast. It's soooo good!

Welcome to Guatemala: Guatemala Andrina Dark Roast, Guatemala Beatriz Medium Roast and Guatemala Blend Specialty Roast.

Welcome to Ethiopia: Ethiopia Queen City Medium Roast. 

We have friends from Ethiopia. Over at their house, their coffee was rich in flavor. The Tap Dancers Ethiopian Coffee did not disappoint.

They also have Espresso: Espresso Blend Specialty Roast. 

We love dark | strong coffee, so this hit our taste buds.

You can choose to have Tap Dancers Coffee delivered to you house one time, weekly, and bi-weekly. They have 6 ounce, 12 ounce, and 5 pounds. 
The cost varies: How much you are getting, and how often you are having the coffee delivered to your doorstep. It runs as little as $8.75 for one 6 ounce bag all the way to $60 for a weekly delivered 5 pounds.

Tap Dancers Coffee also sent me an Incred 'a Brew to review. It's $25. 

I'm not sure how much I'll use this product, but I'm in love with the coffee!

It looked easy enough to use. Their instructions were so limited on and in the box.

  1. Heat up water in a mug as hot filtered water. Get it as hot as it can get without boiling over. 
  2. Put the ground coffee in the main body of the Incred 'a Brew, and add the water. It comes with a coaster to prevent any leakage. We never had any leakage. I only spilled water on my own. 
  3. Let it sit for 2 minutes.
  4. Pick up the brewing system, and put your mug under it. It will only start brewing when the mug is under the Incred 'a Brew. It takes about 5 minutes to brew the coffee. That varies with the strength of coffee you have in the system. No grounds got in the coffee. There are two filters it has to go through.
  5. Cleaning it was hard for me. I had trouble lifting out the filters (which there are two that are connected). The filter system is under the grounds. I found it difficult to get out when it was dry, and not berried with wet grounds of coffee. I had to have my husband get it out. He found that by pushing with his thumb it popped up. I'm still trying to master this.
  6. It can be cleaned in the dishwasher, or you can hand wash it. I like to hand wash products like this to ensure they will last longer. 
Notice no leakage. The coffee and water are in there. It's sitting on the coaster, but there was no water on the coaster at all.

Here's what the mug looks like under the brewing system. It only turns on when the mug is there.
Steps to Making Coffee with the Incred 'a Brew

I love Tap Dancers Coffee!

It's a perfect addition to our breakfast! Eggs in a Basket, Steamed Collard Greens, Valentine's Trail Mix, a Green Smoothie, and Tap Dancers Coffee.

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One of my US readers is going to win 2 bags of Tap Dancers Coffee: 
  1. Guatemala Beatriz Medium Roast
  2. Guatemala Blend Specialty Roast
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