Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WW: I Don't Think He Was Made in China {Linky}

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Monday, September 1, 2014

#DIY Faux Terrarium

If you remember I started to make a Faux Terrarium a few weeks ago:

I dug up some dirt, and microwaved it. I learned that microwaving anything in nature for 2 min. kills the living things in it. Not that I like to kill nature, it's just that this is going in my house.

I know I left you hanging with the end result. 

I made faux mushrooms out of Sculpey. If you are unfamilar with Sculpey it's a clay that can be baked in your oven to harden. It turns into a hard plastic. You can paint on it with oils, or acrylics. They do have colored Sculpey to.

I put paper clips in the faux mushrooms, while I made them. Why? Because the paper clips would A) Help support them. B) Give me something to hold onto while I painted them. C) When the mushrooms were all said and done, I could cut off the ends, to give me something to stick in the sand and dirt. 

I painted them with acrylics. I had them done for awhile, but it's been so rainy here. When it's not raining, it's muggy. I took everything outside to shoot once, and the glass on the Terrarium, and on the lens of my camera kept fogging up.  

Here's the end result:

Why a faux terrarium?

I wanted something fun in my hallway. I've had a thing for terrariums lately. There is no light there, and I needed something that had a lid. I want to be able to dust it. Making a fake one just seemed like the right choice for this spot.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Daddy's Birthday

Yesterday Daddy turned 39. One more year, and he'll be over the hill. 

I got him a welding cart. When I went to get his present on my lunch break the place was swarming busy! I never knew a tool place could be that happening. There was a free screwdriver set in the ad, so I got that to. I went to walk out with the screwdriver set, and pulled my vehicle up to get the welding cart. The worker came out with the cart, and said "Oh here is this." He handed me a little bag. I assumed it was something for the cart. When I got back to work I realized what I took - thinking was my free screwdrivers wasn't screwdrivers at all. It was an Air Regulator. It was the same size as the screwdrivers. I accidentally ripped the place off.

Have you ever stole something on accident?

I did one other time. I once gave Mica a hat to hold when he was in a stroller. I forgot I did that, and rolled off with the hat.

I'll return the regulator just like I did the hat. The hat was a pain to return. It was a big mall, that is pretty far from our house. Mica and I were done with shopping that day, but I knew if I didn't return it then, I'd never get it returned.  

In the morning of Daddy's birthday he went to go do a few things for himself. He had to get his smart phone checked out. It needed some updating. It was a great thing because they lowered our monthly bill to. Then he got a hair cut.

After that he went to watch some football with the son of ours that likes football. Isaak says he loves football. Mica on the other hand looks annoyed whenever it comes on.

We go out to dinner for each others birthdays. Daddy's choice was Kobe Steakhouse.

This is what it's like taking a picture of my 3 boys, "Hey look at the camera!" or not!

I did get one so, so picture out of them - minus Isaak's starry face.

No one volunteers to take pictures of me, so I took a selfie with Mica - and he turned on a freak face.

Mica told me that he wanted a cocktail. I said, "Kids can't have cocktails." He said, "Yes they can Mom. They have cocktails for kids." I said, "Mica do you know what a cocktail is? It has alcohol in it." Sure enough they had mini cocktails on the menu. Isaak had a Shirley temple, and Mica had a Roy Rogers. Mica's memory floors me sometimes!

 The most entertaining thing to watch all meal was this little guy:

Isaak was fascinated with everything that was going on. He was in awe over his cocktail umbrella. Especially when I told him that it went up and down. Then he mimicked the culinary choreographer. Isaak was slapping his utensils around, laughing, catching food with his mouth, and wowed by the fire. He ate so good! 

At the end of the meal Isaak put his black napkin around his waist, and said, "See I'm just like that guy that gave me my shrimp. I have an apron to."

Daddy told me not to tell them about it being his birthday. I of course did. 

Now comes the part where my new pet peeve comes out. Left overs are a good thing in my mind. I hate wasting food. It's expensive, there are starving people in this world, so if I don't eat what's in front of me I save it for the next day. If you have left overs, you don't have to work so hard to make additional meals. The people that ate beside us left so much on their plates, and didn't take a thing. Daddy ate everything. The boys and I took home a lot. We had enough for lunch, and dinner tonight. The food was so good, why would I want to waist it?

Do you like left overs, or do you hate them?

Adovia Sulfur Soap for Acne, Blackheads and Oily Skin with Dead Sea Salt - 100% Natural Review

I tend to break out about once a month. I usually get one pimple on my face that's a deep one. It is usually in a spot that's awkward like the center of my forehead. The big pimples usually happen when a lot is going on like the start of school, midterm time, or finals time.

The creases of my nose get black heads sometimes.

I am super light complected, most of my relatives are from Sweden and Germany, so any blemish on my Scandinavian face stands out like a sore thumb.
I got a soap called Adovia sulfur soap for acne to review.

Adovia sulfur soap, is highly enriched with minerals and sulfur from the Dead Sea.

About Adovia sulfur soap:
  • It's natural moisture levels are balanced and optimized with Olive Oil, Dead Sea minerals, and Aloe Vera extract.
  • Sulfur has Antiseptic, Anti-Fungal, and Antibacterial properties.
  • This soap cleanses your face and body thoroughly leaving your skin gentle and smooth. 
  • The soap has a 3% sulfur content.  
  • I like that the soap is not too expensive. It's $16 on Amazon, but marked down to $9. 
It's a little hard to tell if this soap works just yet. Sometimes products like this one take time. It feels good when I wash my face with it. I like that it has Olive Oil, Dead Sea minerals, and Aloe Vera extract. I'm going to continue to use it though. 

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PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review

I'm trying to back into the swing of exercising. We were doing so well all spring, then got off of the exercise trail during the summer, and now we're getting back into the swing of things. I do have to say that during the summer we were much more active in general compared to any other time of year. We do yard work, hike during the weekends, and go more places.

I have continued to loose weight. More pants fit me than before, so I'm still on a positive loop. Even my fingers have lost weight. One of my rings I had to move to a different finger. I think I've continued to loose weight just because we've maintained a healthy diet, and I speed walk at lunch time.

I got PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands to review.

I love them because there are 4 different bands to choose from to best help you with your workout:
  1. Light
  2. Medium
  3. Heavy
  4. X-Heavy
You can purchase the PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands on Amazon for $39.99 $14.99.

The bands come with a bag. All of them fit well in the bag.

I do like that I can workout my arms with the bands at work. There is a lot of time where I'm saving something, or reading, and have time to spare. They are perfect for an after lunch workout to.

Why Us PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands?
  • Are perfect for physical therapy exercises all the way to intense workouts. I could have used these at times when I'm had excises to heal broken bones.
  • Works flawlessly for arm, ankle, and leg workouts.
  • Are separated by resistance level to meet your needs. I'm still working up to the X-Heavy one.
  • Are extremely durable and long-lasting. I love the small bag that comes with them. They can go on trips with me.
  • They are lightweight and portable. Unlike weights they can travel anywhere with you.
The only thing I wish PhantomFit Resistance Bands had on their site is videos of workouts. I'm a newbie to this. I need to see more exercises.

What do you do to workout? I run stairs, walk fast at lunch, lift weights, do leg lifts, and now use PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands.

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Cooking with Beans Review + Giveaway

Since it's almost fall we love soups. One soup we all like is Chili. One e-Book that has helped me with fall recipes that I love is Cooking with Beans Cook Cheap and Easy Meals with Dried or Canned Beans By Rhiana Jones.

Why Beans?

They are tasty and you can make so many things with them. Rhiana Jones shows you how to give low-cost dried or canned beans a starring role from breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and desserts. Yes there are 3 dessert recipes.

What Kind of Recipes?

There is a little bit of everything. There are 20 plus recipes. Some are old favorites to different. It's fits vegan or vegetarian diet. Other recipes such as the 4-ingredient Spicy Cowboy Hash, cater to the meat-lovers in your life.

Why Cooking Beans?

Cooking frugal is in. Put your stockpile of inexpensive dried canned, or uncooked beans to good use. We buy a container of uncooked beans at Costco. Wheater your are making Black Bean Huevos Rancheros for a brunch or family breakfast or the classic Three-Bean Salad or a Pinto Bean Pie for a potluck or everyday dinner, priced-right Cooking with Beans is a source of easy-to-follow, frugal recipes that you can prepare with confidence.

The only thing I wish this eBook had more of is pictures. 

I Tried Bean and Potato Breakfast Burrito

A lot of time on the weekends I make bigger breakfasts. We wake up a little later than usual, and don't have to rush around to go anywhere.

The Bean and Potato Breakfast Burrito turned out really pretty good!

We also had steamed kale, 1 protein bite, 4 blackberries, and a beet | cherry smoothie.

It's Giveaway Time! One reader is going to win their very own copy of of the eBook Cooking with Beans Cook Cheap and Easy Meals with Dried or Canned Beans By Rhiana Jones. Open to the US.

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