Monday, July 21, 2014

The Rockee Toothbrush by Violight #Giveaway

The Rockee Toothbrush (by VioLight) wobbles, spins, but never tips.

I've never seen a toothbrush like this before. It reminds me of weeble wobble toys.

My boys were fighting over who was going to review this toothbrush. It seems like it's more geared towards younger kids, so Isaak reviewed it. Isaak has never been so excited to brush his teeth. He said, "Mom I just love my toothbrush because it never falls down! It's the coolest thing ever!"

I like that it doesn't fall down as well. I often worry about germs with the standard toothbrush. Kids let things fall, and don't even give it a second thought. They also seem to get toothpaste on the sink a lot. When their toothbrush doesn't fall, there is less mess.

Other kid's toothbrushes are too wide to fit in a standard toothbrush holder. With the Rockee Toothbrush Isaak doesn't need to put it in a toothbrush holder at all. It just stands on it's own.

If you don't like the puppy design, they have others:
  • Green 
  • Blue 
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Parrot
  • Cat
The Rockee Toothbrush is $12.99. It comes with1 toothbrush head on the toothbrush, and 2 extra brush heads.  Two pack replacement heads are $6.95.

It's Giveaway Time!

One of my US readers is going to win their own dog or cat Rockee Toothbrush by Violight. *You need to be over the age of 18 to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Apel's The Apel's The Apel's The Apel's The Apel'sThe Apel's

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Arches National Park Lizards

It was always a treat when we saw lizards on our trip. We don't have any lizards in Nebraska. In Arches National Park located in Southern Utah we saw a few lizards.

We were walking around here:

And saw a lizard. 

The problem is that lizards move quickly! Daddy caught this one on camera:


Daddy took this video:

Call me odd, but I so wanted to catch a lizard to keep.

Do you have lizards where you live?


We caught Isaak checking out his muscles in a hotel room.

He didn't have any pants on, but even though the photo didn't show anything, I added pants on him.

Saturday, July 19, 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.

This week I found out about an instrument that I had never heard of before. It's called a kalimba. I heard about it through Cheapskate Blethering.

A kalimba is a thumb piano - an African instrument

The musician I'm going to feature is Wambali Mkandawire. He is a Malawian jazz musician. He was born in the Congo to Malawian parents from the Mlowe village in the north and then later lived in Mzuzu.

 His music is really calming. He uses a kalimba. It's nothing like I've ever posted.

Like Wambali on Facebook

Friday, July 18, 2014

Arches National Park - 911?!

Daddy wanted to check out more of Arches National Park. I said, "Go ahead and go. I know the boy's want to go swimming, and we haven't had a chance to do that much. You go, and we'll swim. Our pass is for 7 days anyhow."

After dinner he got some water, had his cell phone, and left to go on an adventure.

It was 8:30 and he still had not gotten back. I didn't want to worry the boys, so I kept leaving our hotel room to call him. Of course the reception is horrible in those parts and when you are roaming. He didn't answer at all.

I was questioning if I should call 911, or if I was over reacting. Then I decided that him leaving for Arches National Park by himself was a bad idea! I'm pretty sure that if we were playing a survival game we would have lost in what we chose to do.

I was thinking the worst: Either he was lost, killed by some animal, killed by some person, or hurt.

Of course there was that other side of my brain saying: He's just fine, he's just driving around and lost track of time, he'll be here any minute.

He had our vehicle. It's not like I could go driving around to find him. I'm not good with directions anyhow.

It turned out he was just fine. It really took him a long time to drive up Arches National Park. He decided to try and go on a trail to see a certain arch, and it was a difficult trial. When it got too hard he decided to turn around to go back. He didn't see any people around, and noticed it was getting later. He had no clue what kind of animals were in the area, so back to the vehicle he went.

I was so glad he decided to come back to the hotel. I felt much safer. No 911 call was needed.

Fresh Fruit Vinegars by Mange Review

I had a wonderful chance of reviewing 2 samples of Fresh Fruit Vinegars by Mange.

I chose to review: Green Apple - Pomme Verte and Blackberry

I have to be honest - the only thing I wished was that the samples sent to me were bigger. It takes time to take pictures, write, and post reviews.

  • With Fresh Fruit Vinegars you can choose to serve them so many different ways. I decided to use my samples in salads. 
  • You can also use them to flavor marinades.
  • Mixing them with liquor and pouring over ice for a refreshing cocktail would taste good to.
“If you’ve ever tried cooking with a fresh fruit vinegar, chances are you weren’t able to stop,” says Christopher Spivak, owner and founder of Mangé, a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in gastronomic cuisine.

“Most people think that if you’ve tried one vinegar, you’ve tried them all – I certainly felt that way,” recalls Spivak. “That was until I traveled to France and experienced a real fresh fruit vinegar. At that moment, I knew there was an undeniable difference between fresh fruit vinegar and every other vinegar on the market.”

I decided to take the Blackberry Fresh Fruit Vinegar to make a Zesty Quinoa Salad. This filled up a medium sized mixing bowl. It's a great recipe for a party. If you want less, you can divide the recipe in 1/2.

Here's a Downloadable Recipe to Zesty Quinoa Salad:

I used the Green Apple - Pomme Verte in a green leafy veggie salad. I just mixed some with olive oil. Boom - I had a healthier dressing.


Fruit vinegar dates back to the 18th century when berries were preserved in vinegar. Today, Spivak is putting a modern twist on the classic with Mangé’s line of exquisite fresh fruit vinegars. Unlike infused or syrup-based fruit vinegars, Mangé’s fresh fruit vinegars are made using fruit that has been picked at its peak, puréed and preserved in vinegar.

“Our process allows the vinegar to capture the true essence of the fruit’s natural flavor,” explains Spivak.

These vinegars are simple to use and highly versatile, fresh fruit vinegars are light enough to drink from a spoon, yet strong enough to marinate a ceviche. From home cooks to professional chefs, Mangé’s full line of fresh fruit vinegars offer eleven flavors that are sure to please every palate,


Blackberry, Blood Orange, Cherry, Fig, Green Apple, Mango, Passion Fruit, Pear, Raspberry, Red Pepper and White Peach. Unlike other infused or syrup-based fruit vinegars, Mangé’s fresh fruit vinegars are made using fruit that has been picked at its peak, puréed and preserved in vinegar. The process allows the vinegar to capture the essence of each fruit’s natural flavor, creating a brilliant burst of fruitful flavor that can be added to any appetizer, entrée, dessert or cocktail.


The Apel's The Apel's The Apel's The Apel's The Apel'sThe Apel'sThe Apel's

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Random Tid Bits

  1. I've been thinking about the Malaysia plane that got shot down. I have a few blogger friends from there, and Singapore, which isn't far from there. News close to home impacts people. My thoughts are with them at this time. Virtual hugs! I cried for the victims, their family, and friends. It's a horrible feeling to have something bad happen. :(

  2. Both of my boys have had really bad allergy eyes since the 4th of July. Their eyes just get red, and itchy. Isaak's eyes in particular gets bad. It's not pink eye. It comes and goes, and gets better when they get allergy meds.

  3. I've seen back to school ads already. Where did the summer go? Are you ready for school to start?

    Sometimes I wish there was year round school. I'm friends with a family that has year round school. They still have the same amount of breaks that we do with not having year round school. The breaks are spread out, and the one in the summer there, but it's smaller.

    I know some people are anti year round school, but I think they may think it's literally all the time. I think A) Kids forget a lot during the summer. B) Kids in general do better with consistency. C) Kids need more breaks at different times.

    Like everything I can see the flip side: A) Some parents like to take big vacations. If you had family in say China, it's not like you would want to go there for a week or 2. You'd want to be there for an extended time. B) Summer time is a great time for making big memories. C) It's a parent's job to continue their kid's education. That's what they have workbooks and library for. Clearly many parents do not work with their kids.

    Are you pro, or against year round school? 

  4. Warren Buffett lives here. Last weekend he was spotted hanging out with Paul McCartney. Of course I didn't see them.

  5. This kid took a selfie with them in the background. Source

  6. I got trapped in a news case once again. Sometimes 1 case sucks me in. This one is about a mom Lacey Spears that supposedly wanted attention so bad online. I was interested at first because she was labeled as a blogger mom. Her blog only has 4 posts total on it. It was medias way of getting the case attention I'm sure. She posted a ton on Facebook to seek attention. The seeking of attention through a child is called: Munchausen by proxy. She labeled 2 boys that she cared for "Her Sons" when they weren't at all. She had her own son. Then she lied saying that his father was dead; when in fact his father was alive. He was just not the prominent person she made his fake dead daddy out to be. Her son was in and out of the hospitals 23 times in his 5 small years of life. All because he couldn't keep his food down. A nurse cared for him, and he ate whatever she gave to him. She said he had no problem keeping food down. Fake vomit was found in his hospital bed. When the hospital wouldn't give him a feeding tube, she went to another hospital. Later on he died from too much salt ingested from his G Tube. They found the salt both at the hospital, and at a home where she was caring for him. She called a friend to ask them to get rid of the feeding tube bag at her house. Her friend turned the bag into the police. It effected his ears, then his brain. There's much more to the case. If you want to read about it, you can here.

  7. I look at this little boy (below), and feel for him. He was Isaak's age when he died. He has those same gaps in his teeth. :( Do you feel like me - like there's not enough done for mental illness in this country? I know we can't catch all the crazy people out there that do horrible things. It would be nice if there was more help for the people that claim they need it, or families that turn them in. At this point there is no ruling. Things point to her being guilty. I'm not on that jury about to hear what's going down. I've read much about the case. It's packed full of lies on her part. I don't think she hated her son. So many said they felt like he was her world. I just think from what I've read that she's messed up. It's just so hard to understand how a life so beautiful can be taken away so easily.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Arches National Park - Sand

While we were in Arches National Park I was taking a needed rest with Isaak. Daddy was hiking with Mica. They both came out of the spot they were in and said, "You guys have to see this! It's like a mini paradise in there. So Isaak and I went to check out the paradise. Mica and Daddy went a different way to look at some additional arches.

After you get into this small space, there's soft sand, and rock. The sand isn't hot.

Isaak took off his shoes and ran in the sand.

There were all kinds of hidden spots - like this one:

There were also arches like this:

Isaak made a sand angel:

When we left our little paradise this is what we saw:


The opinions on this blog are my personal take on products and topics relating to motherhood. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.

I am not compensated to provide opinions on a variety of topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are my own. If I claim to show knowledge of certain topic or product I will only endorse products or services that I feel, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement.

If you have any questions about this blog, or want to get in contact with me please email me at: alissa4illustrationAThotmailDOTcom

Number of Hits