Monday, August 3, 2015

We've had lots of family time lately. My Grandpa just turned 89! He has an older sister that's still alive. His mother, my Great Grandma, and the boy's Great Great Grandma died when she was 92. I was a freshman in high school when she passed away. It was my closest relative up to that point in my life to die. They must have long living genes in that side of the family.

My Grandpa has 4 kids, 9 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren (1 passed away). 

Here are a all the grandchildren and great grandchildren that were at my grandpa's party. I'm on the left with the blue shirt, 1st in the middle row. I'm the one with allergy eyes. My Aunt has a cat. My Grandpa is in the middle. My kids are in the first row on both sides.

Here are the Great Grandchildren that were there. I took a few photos due to the fact that some were not looking (Isaak being one of them).

Here's my Mom (first in the white shirt), my Aunts, and Grandpa.

Do you still have a grandparent that is alive?

This weekend we had a family reunion on that side. It was at a state park. People ate together, and went to do their own thing after that. 

My parents took Mica out the day before for his pre-birthday lunch and shopping event. The boy ate WAY TOO much! I didn't realize that he ate so much, and we had a fairly big dinner. The day of the reunion Mica was as full as a tick. I thought he was going to pop. He did. We were hiking before the reunion. All the sudden behind me Mica popped all over the sidewalk. We didn't feed him anything at the reunion. We refused to take the boys to the pool area. I was afraid he might pop in there, and they'd have to shut it down for everyone.

I knew Mica wasn't sick. He was acting fine all afternoon. Instead of swimming the kids played in an indoor play area that was gigantic, we climbed a tower, and visited a shrine that was in the area. I wanted to go horse back riding so bad, but they had that shut down due to the high heat. I don't know how that works. Something tells me back in the day that horses were rode no matter what the temperature was like. It was a pretty full day. We were all beat due to the heat, hiking, and tower climbing.

I Need a Force Field

One day we went to the splash park with one of Isaak's friends. Mica stood under this water and said prior to his water adventure, "Mom I'm check out my force field! Ok?" So I did.

Today I need a force field. YouTube shut one of my review videos down. I made a different video, and they shut that one down to. It was nothing nude, or profane. All it was, was me showing some paint brushes I got to review. I showed how to paint. I talked about the mediums I used. 

Now my account is red flagged. They had a message on it that if I refuse to abide by their terms I may not be able to use YouTube at all. I read the terms. Nothing was different than any other review I've done.

My fingers are crossed that this is their mistake - not mine. I appealed it. I feel like I'm in hot water. I most certainly need a force field.

If Your Parent or Child Committed a Major Crime, Would You Turn Them In?

Michael at A Life Examined has a question every month. You can blog about your own answer, and link up on his site.
The question this month is: If your parent or child committed a major crime, would you turn them in?

It all depends on what the crime is, and the context of that crime. More than likely the answer would have to be yes. I do believe that people can change from good to bad, and bad to good. If someone I love commits a major crime they can change from that. Of course they have earn trust back again.

Looking back on history there have been some pretty ridiculous things that were considered to be a major crimes, and other people didn't see things the same way as the government did. Take Jewish people being shipped off to concentration camps. If I lived in that time in Germany I'd be the one trying to dig a hole in my basement to give them somewhere to go to protect them. Sometimes it's not even the government that we have to fear. Albinos in Africa are being hunted right now for their body parts. Why? Because Witchdoctors believe their bodies have some kind of magical powers. Crazy!

Mica and Isaak have always gotten in trouble for troublesome behavior. When Mica was 5 he had his bedroom door taken off the hinges for slamming the door. He had been warned. This time Isaak's fingers were in it. He longed for privacy. He lost that privilege. His door was gone for 2 months.

Both boys have had to write letters to people in their class that they have done wrong by. Thankfully this has only happened 3 times: Mica fibbed once, he kissed someone in Kindergarten another time, Isaak stepped on someone's scissors, and wouldn't let his foot up. These were all pretty minor things. They get in trouble for small things. Big things should have major consequences.

If one of my kids killed, raped, or murdered someone they should be locked away. That's the only thing that could prevent that from happening again. If they killed someone because it was self defense that problem isn't going to go away, so they may as well face it up front. If they were accused of something they didn't do, again that problem isn't going away, so they should just turn themselves in. 

I'd turn anyone I love in if they were a threat to society. Would you?

Hydracentials Insulated Reusable Lunch Bag

I take my lunch every day, except for Saturday and Sunday to work. My bag was looking a little worn out. I've washed it, but through time things just start to look tired and old. I'm happy to have gotten Hydracentials Insulated Reusable Lunch Bag to review. It came just before school starts. It's a perfect back to school present for this teacher!
  I chose the black one:

It comes in purple and pink to:

  • Size: 10.5 inches x L 9.5 inches H x 5 in D - Perfect to fit a lunch and an additional snack!
  • Insulated with PEVA to keep your contents hot or cold.
  • Material: 420D Polyester and PEVE Insulation
  • Cost: $19.97
Here's what it looks like with a container that has Chicken Cordon bleu, veggies, and a reusable bag with 1/2 a peach. 


You can see that there is still plenty of room. I sometimes pack 2 lunches. My other lunch container wouldn't have room for 2 lunches. Now I can get buy with all that in there. There's certainly enough room for a lunch and a snack!

You can see the insulation in this photo. The white part is insulated. This makes it a great lunch box if you are traveling somewhere. Sometimes I set my lunch out in the morning, so I don't forget it. Well there is a time lapse. I don't need to worry about anything getting spoiled.

There are 2 zippers on it. It seems really sturdy.


An Eco Friendly Way to bring your lunch to school, work, or while you're on the go!

Do you take a lunch anywhere?

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Artist Paint Brush Set

I got an Artist Paint Brush Set from CubeCraft. I really needed a new set of brushes, and I'm super excited to show them to you!

Calling all Professional Artists, Art Students & Creative Children alike, paint elegant pictures like never before with CubeCraft’s most versatile 15 piece artist brush set!

Hand crafted with the finest quality materials, this set is the most diverse in our range, with a variety of brush types and sizes to suit ANY masterpiece.

The set includes the following brush types:

Filbert Brush - Sizes 9, 4
Angle Brush - Sizes 12, 10, 5, 2
Round Brush - Sizes 8, 7, 3, 1, 1/0
Flat Brush - Sizes 11, 6
Fan Brush – Size 0
Rigger Brush – Size 3/0

Their mixture of fine, natural looking, synthetic filaments make these paint brushes perfect for working with all types of paint, (Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint, Watercolor Paint, Gouache Paint & Face Paint) and will consistently deliver an even coat of paint, wash after wash. Outperforming natural brushes, such as sable paint brushes, goat hair paint brushes, and hog hair paint brushes.

These long handle brushes are specifically designed to provide the perfect mix between balance and comfort, to deliver that consistent stroke that every artist desires.

Our artist brush sets are tested with all levels of artists, from children using arts and craft for fun and learning, right up to the professional artist and are loved by all.

So whether you intend to: Build upon your already existing painting hobby, add another professional artist set to your brush collection, or watch your child’s paint their first masterpiece, or indeed, take up painting, for the very first time… Then the CubeCraft 15 Piece Artist Brush Set is perfect for you!

I love the case! I can put this in my computer bag and not worry about my brushes getting messed up! 

Top 5 Brush Tips:
  1. Try to only get paint in the hairs of the brush. It's really hard on the brush when you get paint in the metal part of the brush. Eventually it could break down the glue that's holding the bristles in causing them to fall out.

  2. Wash your brush out between different colors. Change your paint water often. Your painting won't get so muddy if you do this.

  3. Buy and use a brush cleaner. Many of them have a leave in conditioner. 

  4. Leave your brush flat to dry. Standing it on end makes the water pool into the metal of the brush. It will eventually break down the glue, and the bristles will fall out. 

  5. Re-shape your bristles after you clean your brush. This will help hold it's nice shape.   

  6. Use cold to luke warm water to clean your brush. Hot water after time melts the glue in the metal part of the brush. 

  7. Use a brush size that fits with what you are working on. Don't use a big brush to paint a small area, and visa versa. This will only cause frustration on your part. 

I love that this kit will stand up right!

My scorpion with maracas done in acrylic:

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Urban & Suburban Organic Gardening Kit Review

I recently got Urban & Suburban Organic Gardening Kit to review. 

Abundant Living presents the perfect kit for beginner or master gardeners living in urban or suburban areas. This set includes 37 varieties of organic, non-hybrid, non-GMO, open-pollinated seeds strategically chosen to be planted in Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring gardens.

The kit includes 1 year of seeds for:
  • Arugula - Great in salads!
  • Lettuce - Also great in salads!
  • Beets - I like them best in smoothies. Travis likes them cooked.
  • Broccoli - I like them best steamed. Mica and Isaak like the hard part cut off their steams, and cut up like carrots. 
  • Cabbage - I like cabbage best roasted with olive oil, garlic power, salt and pepper. Isaak and Mica like it fresh with nothing done to it.
  • Cauliflower - I like it best roasted with olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and crushed red pepper. 
  • Celery - Goes in the boy's lunch almost every time.  
  • Cucumber - Is great in salads, plain, juiced, or in smoothies. I think we'll attempt to can pickles next summer!
  • Kale - Steamed for breakfast! 
  • Kohlrabi - I've never had it, but it's related to the cabbage. I'm sure we'll love it! 
  • Mustard - Homemade mustard = Yumminess!
  • Parsley - As an additive in a lot of things.
  • Sweet Peppers - Cooked, or raw in a salad.
  • Radish - In a salad.
  • Spinach - In smoothies, salads, or lasagna.
  • Squash - Did anyone say Spaghetti Squash Pie?
  • Swiss Chard - Steamed with a squirt of lemon juice, a sprinkle of pepper, and Himalayan salt.
  • Tomatoes - So many ways to eat those!

This spring we planted green beans, peas, strawberries, and some greens. The greens never came up. We were so sad. :( Travis thinks he planted them too deep. Last year we had great success with greens. It was kind of a crappy year to plant a garden. There just wasn't a lot of time, and when we had time it was raining, raining and raining some more. It is something we try every year! 

Besides veggies, most years we plant potatoes:

In the fall we'll use this kit to plant all we can. Squash, cauliflower, and broccoli I know all love to be planted in the fall. The rest will have to wait for next spring. 

It also includes a Diatomaceous Earth with Calcium Bentonite, a natural pest control powder that won't harm any children or pets who may get into it. This stuff leaked in my box, and got all over things. I still have some left.

The kit also includes cover crop seed for naturally building up soil fertility AND a mix of seeds to grow plants which specifically draw good insects to pollinate your garden and eat the bad bugs!

As an added bonus, there is a hard copy of the book, Beyond Organic Gardening, which will help with everything from planning your garden to preserving your harvest.

The items in the kit have a retail value of over $99.99, but they are offering it on for a limited time for just $39.99.

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