Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Last Sunday A, B, D and I were able to watch the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform at the Long Center.  They were amazing!

Heading into the Long Center

Waiting for the doors to open, we loved the view outside

The Golden Dragons are a premiere Chinese acrobatic touring group throughout the United States and abroad.  Their show includes award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques that present a show of skill and beauty.  The was an hour of performances, a 15 minute intermission and another 45-50 minutes of performances.  At intermission B was reflecting on how quickly the show went by because it was so fascinating to watch.

"It felt like only a few minutes, not an hour."  she said.  I kept finding myself muttering "Amazing and they're crazy!"  I loved watching the tumblers.  The Long Center has snacks and drinks available for purchase prior to the performance and during intermission.  Snacks need to be consumed before entering the seating area but it is fine to bring your drinks in with you.

I wasn't able to get good photos during the performance due to the lighting and the fact that I was so enthralled watching the performance but I took a few photos from their website to share with you.  The pure strength that these performers have is truly a wonder.  They made skills look easy and effortless.

These 2 guys were amazing to watch.  Their strength and flexibility was jaw dropping.

 I loved watching all the juggling incorporated throughout the show.  These fans were some of the items that were juggled using the performers' feet.

See what I mean about flexibility.

If the Golden Dragon Acrobats are performing near you I would highly recommend seeing their show.  You won't be disappointed.

Disclosure: Thanks so much to USFamilyGuide and The Long Center for allowing me to participate in this campaign. I was provided 4 tickets to enjoy the Golden Dragon Acrobats for review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Timberdoodle's Draw The USA Review

Draw The USA

I love being a Timberdoodle Blogger!  I have a fun homeschool resource from Timberdoodle that I want to share with you, Draw The USA by Kristin J. Draeger.  This book is an easy step-by-step approach to drawing the USA.  I love that it is both geography and art.  Most of my children have a good idea of the shape of the United States and some states but I love that this gives them an easy way to break down the entire United States or more accurately build and draw the entire United States.  A, B, C and D all worked through this book (8th grade, 6th grade, 5th grade and 3rd grade).

Getting started

C beginning his map

A looks so serious

Smile photo break

The kids liked starting with a few states and then building on their neighbors until they worked through the entire United States.

D's map

We worked through this book in one day and I thought my kids did a great job.  I love how easy the steps were so that you can work through this book at your own pace and on your own timeline - a day, a week, a month, 5 minutes here or there.  This is also a great book to rework through and continue practicing as it's a nonconsumable resource.  You can continue to work through Draw The USA until you can draw it from memory!  It's a great way to learn all the states and abbreviations as well.

D's finished USA map

C's finished USA map

B's finished USA map

 And A's finished USA map

Draw The USA is part of Timberdoodle's 5th grade curriculum kit.  You can check it out and read more about Draw The USA on Timberdoodle's website.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  Timberdoodle sent my family the Draw The USA for a discounted price in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A's 14th Pizza Game Birthday Party

A in front of her birthday chalkboard

Our oldest turned 14 a little over a week ago and we had her pizza/game themed birthday party last weekend.  Sometimes I wish I could stop time just for a bit.  I'm so proud of the woman that A is becoming and I am blessed to be her Mom.  

 I made a name banner and A and B hung up playing cards for decoration - they looked great!

A's Cake - the Ace of Hearts

with candles

Singing Happy Birthday

She blew out the candles!  I love G's face in this photo.

In this photo you can see A, B, C and a few friends (photo credit = Kendra)

If you need a fun idea for a teenage birthday party, pizza and games work great!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Forever My Girl Movie Trailer

Have you heard of Forever My Girl?  It's a film about second chances and finding your way back home.  It's a romance film and perfect for those who believe in courtship and love enduring all things.  The amazing music soundtrack included CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Lauren Alaina, Travis Tritt, and Alex Roe who stars in the film as country star "Liam Page."  In Forever My Girl music super-star Liam Page leaves his bride, Josie, at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead.  However, Liam never got over Josie nor did he forget his Southern roots and the small community where he was from.  When he unexpectedly returns home after tragedy, Liam is faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.  This uplifting film about second chances releases in theaters on January 19th, 2018.

In the age of social media and dating apps, courtship can seem so different from what I think of and imagine.  David and I had more of a traditional courtship during our relationship.  Believe it or not, we didn't rely on cell phones to text or communicate.  Now don't get me wrong, cell phones and social platforms can be a tool to use but they are not as powerful as good old face to face communication.  Make sure to spend time with your loved ones and put away the phones.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Timberdoodle's Human Body Cube Review

I have a fun homeschool product to share with you, Timberdoodle's Human Body Cube!  This clever cube book unfolds to reveal 12 different illustrated "pages" full of images, facts, and figures all about anatomy!  This includes muscles, bones, and major body systems.  Depending on how you fold the cube the sides will reveal different topics - eye, brain, skeleton, muscles, etc.

D was super excited when I showed her our new cube as she is currently taking an Anatomy Physiology class in our co-op.

There are 2 views when the cube is stretched out long ways.  This is the view of the bones and muscles.

This is the view of the nerves and blood.

This picture shows you the thickness when the cube is stretched out long ways.

When the Human Body Cube is in cube form there are eight different views - the brain, the ear, the eye, the heart, the lungs, the skin, the digestive system and water works (kidneys/bladder).  

 View of the brain

 View of the ear

 View of the heart

 View of the lungs

 View of water works

The Human Body Cube is a fabulous resource and tool for students studying anatomy/physiology, biology, premed, nursing, etc.  I love that this cube is small, lightweight, portable and super engaging.

The cube has great portability!  Above A is studying the cube in our car!

My kids enjoyed thinking of it as a puzzle.  Currently the Human Body Cube is $9.95 and recommended for grades 3rd+.  A-D have really enjoyed playing and learning with the Human Body Cube and they are currently in 3rd grade, 5th grade, 6th grade and 8th grade.

 B studying the cube

And C checking out our Human Body Cube

To order your own Human Body Cube or to read more about it click this link - Human Body Cube!

The Human Body Cube is part of Timberdoodle's 6th grade curriculum kit.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  Timberdoodle sent my family the Human Body Cube for a discounted price in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Golden Dragon Acrobats Feb 11th at Long Center

I'm super excited about this!  Golden Dragon Acrobats! - Making their premiere at the Long Center, the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, combining award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and beauty.  Special Family 4 Packs available here.

Disclosure: Thanks so much to USFamilyGuide and the Long Center/ Golden Dragon Acrobats for providing my family with 4 complimentary tickets in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.

F's Biggie Space Themed Birthday Party

Birthday Boys - F had his party on Uncle Kent's Birthday!

We had F's space themed birthday party over the weekend and it was so much fun.  We had a petting zoo set up in our front yard and the animals were a hit.  F liked the bunnies the best.  I thought the baby pigs were adorable and the chickens kept everyone entertained.

Enjoying his petting zoo.

F posing with the sheep.  

They look like goats but apparently they are a hybrid and actually sheep.


I enjoyed when the bunnies stood up on two legs.

Baby G loved the animals!

B petting the bunnies.

The bunnies and the pigs.

A baby pig enjoying a belly rub.

My favorite chicken.


Baby G

My view in the petting zoo 💙

Me with the birthday boy!

Our birthday chalkboard

Our party food table

We served Moon Pies.

Milky Ways

GoGo Squeez - my kids love these!

Fun party plates, you can see the Starburst bowl nearby.

I decorated the table with space figures.

F posing with inflatable astronauts.

Party drinks

 Astronaut Ice Cream and Strawberries and Bananas

Toy Rocket Ship

F's Rocket Ship Cake

David did a great job with the cake!

 Blowing out his candles

 I think F had a fabulous birthday to remember.  We really enjoyed having his party space theme!