Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bloominous DIY Flowers Made Easy!

I'm a big fan of do it yourself projects. Projects where the artist's hand is in it are: 
  • More rewarding
  • Creative
  • Fun
  • Less Expensive
 It does help when you have the right supplies to help with DIY projects. 

I recently stumbled across a new website called Bloominous. They just opened in 2014. They certainly have all the supplies to make fantastic DIY floral arrangements. 

They have kits for pretty much any type of event. 

Many of their kits are sold for weddings. Brides can save so much money just by going the DIY route. They can save anywhere from 30% to 50%. Now brides can focus on having fun with their wedding; instead of being stressed about the money that gets spent.

One of my favorite memories from when I got married was getting together with my close friends and family to make mints for the reception. It wasn't a stress factor, it was a bonding memory. I know if I would have made my own floral arrangements I would have loved that to!

There are three perks about using Bloominous for special events:
  1. Cost Saving of 30% to 50%. There is little mark up when you DIY. In a typical florist shop they mark things up 300%!

  2. They send flowers that are cut, dethorned, and trimmed. This makes the DIY project go so much smoother. When you have a special event that's about to happen, time is of essence. All their kits come with photos that show step-by-step instructions. You can put together their designs in 10 to 20 minutes.

  3. A design that maintains both a professional look and quality design. A florist that has been involved in the field for 10+ years have worked on the kits. More thought has gone into the kits beyond just the flowers themselves. It's about the vases, favors, and more.

Each set comes with a 100% fresh quality guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your order, Bloominous will replace your kit, or refund your money.

Each order has a flat overnight shipping rate of $19.95 or you can get free shipping with orders over $99. For big events it's easy to spend $99.

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Open House

Before our crazy busy weekend of driving and going to a wedding we had an Open House at the boy's school.

The PTA always has bake sales at events like that. Boy do I feel like a failure. Oh I baked Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies. I even packaged them in 3 to a bag like they said. I labeled what they were, and that they didn't have any nuts. I put the cookies in the deep freezer, and forgot about them. You can find the recipe here.

Poof - Out of Sight - Out of Mind

I remembered on our way up to school. Then Daddy told me, "They had to have them by 4 today." In the deep freezer they will stay.

I felt extra bad because the boys didn't participate in the fundraiser to. Oh well. We donated money to the PTA board.

We started out in Isaak's classroom 

Isaak is a con artist/actor. He's been pretending with me that he can't read. Well his teacher says he's been reading just fine for her. In fact he's a star student for her. The little punk a monk has gotten green - good dots since the beginning of the school year.

He plays shy in the classroom. When I asked him about being shy he said, "I'm just there to do my job Mom."

All good reports from that kid.

The kids did David images.

If you aren't familiar with David he's a character in a book that gets told, "No!" a lot. David is full of energy, and doesn't mean to be bad, but comes off as being bad. Then in the end of the book David does something good, and his mom tells him she loves him. 

I'm assuming the kids had to do their own version of themselves as David with something they get in trouble for. 

Isaak's said, "Hands and feet to yourself - Isaak"
This is something he hears a lot.

We went into Mica's classroom next

Mica's been taking an hour on homework some nights. It's supposed to take 20 minutes. We're lucky our kids aren't in a lot of activities. I'd like to keep it that way. I don't want them to be so busy that school work comes 2nd place. 

Mica's way above the scale in reading, science, geography, and social studies. He just struggles in math. They just started Common Core, so new concepts are being introduced to him. I'm not anti common core. Isaak's done really well with it. It's just new to Mica. He'll get it with time.

His teacher says that Mica does well in the classroom. Almost all the kids are struggling with math. Part of the problem I think in any institution is placing a new system in there; in the middle of them learning. 

I guess even the school I teach at is guilty of that. Web is taught in Dreamweaver. Then students have to learn how to hand code.  All of that is not my choosing.

Mica showed Isaak and I where everything is at, while Daddy discussed with the teacher getting extra math sheets to help Mica more with math. 

Here's Mica's Georgia O'Keefe flower:

Their art teacher talks about someone in art history, and they have to mimic the style. I've had conversations with her in the past. I like their art teacher a lot. 

Isaak was jealous of the flower. He wanted to make a flower. When I said we could do one at home it didn't cheer him up. He wanted to do one at school.

In the technology/library classroom that everyone in the school goes to Mica had a special piece hung up:

It's the best photo I could get with the lighting, and how high up it was hung.

It was a pretty good open house.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WW: Wedding {Linky}

We went to my sister-in-law's wedding this weekend. Lots of driving. 12 hours of driving in one weekend is a lot.

She really was a pretty bride. I like the dress she picked out.

The boys were so happy to see their one and only cousin on that side. Of course one kid had to look the other way.

Unlike most boys, my boys love getting dressed up. I love these little suits I got at Easter time 2 Easters ago. I got them big, but this is probably the last time they'll get to wear them. Isaak's sleeves are getting short.

Here they are with their Grandma and Grandpa Apel.

I hardly put photos up of myself because I'm usually behind the camera. Here I am:

Mica - the 9 year old caught the garter belt. Daddy and I looked at each other as if to say OMG. Then Isaak -  the 6 year old came running to our table looking all pouty. He said, "I wanted to catch that! I didn't know I could run for it." Daddy said, "Son people do not want to catch that thing."

Have you ever caught the garter belt the groom tossed, or flowers the bride tossed?

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I Want to Be a Banana

Last year I was Frida Kahlo for Halloween. This year I was thinking of going as a Day of the Dead doll. Then I can sort of look like I did last year, but mix things up a bit.


Part of me would like to go simple. I entered to win a banana costume from Del Monte.

Please click on this link to star my costume from last year. Share on FB, Twitter if you'd like. 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Rock N Learn DVD #Giveaway

I'm so lucky to get Rock N Learn Multiplication RAP DVD to review. This is a $19.99 value.

I didn't know what to expect. I've reviewed 2 of their Sight Word DVD's before. They were geared towards younger children. Multiplication RAP DVD is for grades 3 and up. It has catchy tunes that make math fun, and easy to learn math facts.

Mica loves reading, but he's been struggling with math. I learned from his teacher that Mica is not alone. His class just got switched to Common Core this year. I think once he gets it, he'll be fine. Any time you introduce something new to the curriculum, it's going to take a bit of an adjustment. His teacher says that Mica actually does really well with math in the classroom, so it's just a matter of getting it down when it comes to his homework.

Mica starts learning multiplication and cursive soon. I jumped at the chance to have Mica watch Multiplication RAP DVD. It does follow the Common Core State State Standards.

Rock N Learn alone has won over 150 awards. I know their videos are a great way to jump start kids with learning. They are wonderful for homeschooling to. Yes we send our kids to school, but we do a lot of learning in our home as well.

What I wasn't expecting is that Isaak - who is 6, would sit in, and listen to the DVD as well. In fact Isaak got out a piece of paper, and started taking notes. He loves math, and wanted to figure out multiplication. Isaak's only in first grade. I was worried about the DVD confusing him. He's only covered addition and subtraction. When products say a certain age, or grade and up it's usually wise to wait.

It may look like chicken scratch, but he was trying to learn it. He filled the back of his paper with notes to. He seemed so eager to learn. Isaak always love numbers. He isn't as into reading though.

Both my boys loved Rock N Learn Multiplication RAP DVD! It kept them entertained. The raps were catchy, and not annoying. I give it 4 stars out of 4 stars.

Rock N Learn sells many DVDs and CDs for all different ages. Their products go from preschool age to 8th grade. Many of their DVDs for the upper grades are for 5th to 8th grade. 

Mica was looking at their other DVD options and said he wants Earth Science. He's really into learning about weather. A stocking stuffer idea. It's great that each kid is into something different. 

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Saturday, September 13, 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.

There are young prodigies I run into every once in awhile. This 7 year old boy Avery Molek is just that. He's a drummer. Wow can he hang with the big drummers!

Avery lives in a small town outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born on September 11th 2006. His dad played a little guitar, other than that his parents have no musical background. They love Rock ‘n’ Roll. Avery was always surrounded by music.

Santa brought Avery one toy guitar, and one tiny drum set when he was 2. He watched music videos instead of cartoons, and wanted his mom dress him up and paint his face like the band members of Kiss. 
In the summer of 2012, when Avery was five, a local company asked Avery to perform a set at “Rock the Rock”, a benefit concert they were hosting. Avery nailed his performances.

His cover of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” went viral. The phone started ringing and hundreds of emails poured in daily including numerous requests for interviews and appearances from national television shows. With their son’s young age in mind and his well-being as their top priority, Avery’s parents decline all requests…except one. That request came from ABC’s Good Morning America who had featured Avery’s video on their show on a day when country music mega-star, Brad Paisley, was a guest. Mr. Paisley was so impressed with what he witnessed on that video that he encouraged GMA to invite Avery on the show the following week to play with him live. 

Avery LOVES drumming at home, but prefers being on stage with the “Grown-ups”.

Tom Sawyer by Rush

Shoot to Thrill by ACDC

Crazy Train with Code Whiskey - Back when Avery was only 5. 

Check out Avery's website here.
Like Avery on FB.
Follow Avery's YouTube channel.

Do you believe that some people were just born to do certain things?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Random Tid Bits

  1. I've defriened 1 person on FB. Every time I went on, they messaged me to chat. It was a male. He kept tagging me in his photos. I asked him to stop all the above, and he wouldn't. I blocked him. At my age I didn't think I'd be stalked. I felt violated. I'm glad he's gone.

    I don't think I've ever flagged a picture or video. I watched one last weekend that was child abuse. I didn't flag it because I wanted to show my husband how sick the video was. It was a common acquaintance that posted it. I had commented about how horrible it was that he shared it. He said, "Having Fun With Toddlers". It was men flinging babies around by their arms and legs. Treating them like they are acrobats. Those poor kids probably will grow up with scrambled eggs for brains, and get nursemade elbows. So sick! The guy that shared the video isn't around kids ever. Maybe he lives under a rock, and hasn't watched the news about shaken baby syndrome. I was so bothered by the video. To be honest I didn't think of flagging it at first. When I got back on, the video was gone. A good friend flagged it. It's a great thing she did.

    Have you ever defriended someone, or flagged a video? I do it on such a rare occasion that I don't think about it when it needs to be done. Kind of like honking my horn. I just don't do it ever. When I should I forget about it.

  2. I just tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar to treat my blemishes these days. I don't have a lot, or very often, but the ones I have get treated. Well I put apple cider vinegar on a blemish, wasn't paying attention, and kept it on too long. I zapped a zit, and burnt my skin a little too much.

  3. If all else fails, try and problem solve. I work with some people that solve many other people's problems. I get their frustration. I have to remind them that the printers do say on them, If something is wrong go to so and so. Some people don't even try and solve an issue they are having. If others always do things for you, you rely on them. I think that's what has happened here. As far as I go - I ask for help sometimes. Many problems I fix on my own though.

  4. The boy's school did a fundraiser right when they started. It was to sell chocolate bars and beef jerky. Maybe I'm a poop head, but I said, "We're not doing this." The schools are trying to promote eating healthy, and then they want to sell crappy things to eat. I'm pretty sure my boys were annoyed with me. They wanted to win those crappy prizes you know. When we go to the Open House on Thursday I'm going to donate some money. I'd rather do that then to load up on crap that I don't want to eat. My Mom AKA Grandma thanked me.

  5. One day this week I was getting my lunch ready. I peered over and saw Lap Dancers Coffee. I got up closer and saw. Tap Dancers Coffee. If you ever market a product make sure it doesn't say something else from a distance. That line under the logo makes it look like the T could be an L.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lego Club at the Library

One thing I should have done as a parent is take advantage of the library more. Our libraries in Omaha are great!

We always had so many books at home, that I never took the kids to the library very much. Once Mica got into chapter books, we've been there a lot. I just can't keep up with all the reading he does.

There's more than books there. I like that they have story time, computer games, DVDs to check out, and Lego Club!

We went to the Lego Club this weekend.

The theme was space, but I think Mica was the only one that focused on the theme.

Lego's everywhere.

I think it was an hour long. After looking at books myself, I decided to join the boys.

Mica built a Mars Rover type of thing. I thought it was the coolest construction on the table. Mainly because he kept with the theme they had talked about.


Isaak built a room of some kind. He took his construction over to a little girl, and talked for awhile. I'm careful about teasing him about girls. He gets pretty worked up if I even mention that he has a friend that's a girl.

What about you, do you go to the library in your area?

Label Daddy | Labels Review

Disclosure: I am compensated for writing this post by receiving a GC to go towards Label Daddy. All opinions stated are my own.  

I just got labels from Label Daddy.

I just know that Isaak is going to be so excited to get them. He said when he started school, "I don't have any labels. Mica got some from Santa; maybe Santa will bring me some this year."

The only difficult thing with this review was waiting for their code. I kept thinking I was missing it in my email. It took them awhile to get the code out. When I have to pre-blog about a product I worry I'm not going to get compensated in the end. All ended up being good. I got the code, and Isaak got his labels.

I really wanted to get labels for Isaak through Label Daddy because Isaak loves Spider-Man. They have Spider-Man labels. It's a win | win. He even has a Spider-Man patch on his backpack. In fact they have more than one design of Spider-Man. Not only do they have Spider-Man, they have other Marvel characters, sports teams, and Disney options.

The Spider-Man Selection

I love you can custom make things now a days. I remember when I was little no one had the name Alissa on products.  My Mom had to make her own labels. My boys have different spellings for their names, so it's great to just type in their names, and get a preview right away.

The Preview

The labels shipped fast! I was impressed with that.

There's one bigger label that has their phone number on it in case the item is found. I blocked the phone number out for privacy purposes.

I know Isaak will love these clips. There are 4 of them. One side has Spider-Man, and the other side has a web with his name. They could go on the zippers of his backpack, some lunchboxes, some trapper folders, some pencil case boxes, and belt loops on pants.

Here are all the other labels they sent us. How cool is that? Isaak's going to love having his own labels.

Perks on Their Labels:
  • Super durable 
  • Peel-and-stick 
  • Washer/dryer safe
  • Microwave safe
  • Dishwasher safe 
  • UV resistant!  
Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places.

We label all the notebooks, crayon boxes, folders, backpacks, and lunchboxes. The other things are for the whole classroom to use. 


What superhero would you like to see on a label? Have you used Label Daddy before?

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