Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bring Holiday Cheer with ScentSicles

I love holidays!  And Christmas just happens to be my favorite one.  I cannot believe that it is right around the corner.  The stores are decorated with trees, lights and holiday splendor.  We haven't fully decorated our house yet but I am really looking forward to it.  I love looking at lights, wreaths, trees and crosses.

This year marks the 40th anniversary for Tree Classics, a maker of realistic looking artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, and other Christmas ornaments.  In honor of this year's celebration, I was recently sent cinnamon scentsicles from Tree Classics for review.  Scentsicles are amazing scented ornaments that can be used on trees, wreaths and garland.  They are available in a set of three, each set contains six scentsicles.

 Putting the hooks on the scentsicles is a breeze.

one set of scentsicles
They come with their own hooks for hanging.  Scentsicles are available in pine, fur, spruce, snowberry wreath and cinnamon.  I love the cinnamon scent from my scentsicles.  They smell fantastic and it really does help put you in the Christmas mood.  The scentsicles scent will remain for 30 days, which is really ideal for the Christmas season.  I really wish I had smellography so that you could smell the cinnamon through the photograph.  You will just have to trust me.
Here you can see a cinnamon scentsicle on our wreath.
Thanks to Tree Classics generosity one of you will be the recipient of a Tree Classics gift.  The winner will not pick their gift but will instead have a surprise sent to them directly from Tree Classics.  Fun, right?  Just leave a comment on this post about anything and I will randomly select a winner on November 30th.  Please remember to leave your contact email along with your comment.  Good luck!

Be sure to visit Tree Classics on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.  Check out Tree Classics website to view their range of holiday offerings as well.

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Tree Classics for providing me with my own set of cinnamon scentsicles for review.  As part of Tree Classics 40th anniversary Christmas campaign I am eligible to win prizes.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dissecting Owl Pellets

 A, C and D ready to go

 B was ready as well

Yesterday we dissected owl pellets!  I know it sounds gross but it was actually quite fascinating.  Owl pellets are not owl poop but the hairballs of undigested owl food.  They contain hair, fur, bones, teeth, etc.  After dissecting the pellet you can determine what your owl ate.  The older four kids each dissected an owl pellet and E and I worked on one together.

E digging through our pellet

 B digging through her pellet.

C with his pellet.

D finding the bones.

If you can't tell by the pictures, we really had a great time seeing what our pellets contained.  We had charts to identify the bones and what animals they came from.

Here are some of the bones that E and I found.

 Here you can see a clear rodent jaw with the teeth next to it.

Here you can see a clear rodent hip bone.

 A and B looking at some of the bones and identifying them.

 B had all rodents bones.

D and E and I had all rodent bones as well.  A and C had rodent and shrew bones.  I was really impressed that all of our pellets had so many bones.  One of our pellets had 5 different skulls.  I ordered my owl pellets off Amazon from Mountain Home Biological and I would highly recommend them.  If you are looking for a fun and exciting science activity, dissecting owl pellets will not disappoint.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Allergy Woes

C playing Fall ball, he was on the Storm

The last few years have been hard for our children as far as allergies go, mostly C (and recently E).  We have been taking C to the allergist for a few years now.  And after trying several medications he will begin desensitization shots in the next few weeks.  He has a lot of environmental allergens like mold and cedar.  I really hope these shots work!  I hate the thought of him getting shots but I don't like the alternative either - having trouble breathing, constant nose sniffling, throat irritations, etc.  Anyone else have to go through desensitization shots for you or someone you know?  I would love to hear about your experience.

 Princess E at the Fall Fest October 2015

We discovered a few weeks ago that E is allergic to fire ants.  She had a scary episode when I was in New York.  She was bit by ~ 10 fire ants.  Her foot swelled up, she had hives on her tummy, blotches started forming all over her face and her voice became raspy - really scary I know.  I thought it was a quantity thing but her pediatrician told us that she definitely has an allergic reaction to fire ant bites.  I now carry Benadryl and an Epi-Pen wherever she goes.  Hopefully, we will never need to use it.  I have an even greater appreciation for those who have allergies, especially multiple ones that include food.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My Entrepreneurs

Kids Creative Paintings at Acton Children's Business Fair 2015

I'm so proud of A, B, and C.  They put together a business, Kids Creative Paintings, created product, and sold their goods yesterday at the Acton Children's Business Fair.  They came up with the idea, the name, and their paintings completely on their own. 

 Inside their tent

They figured out the cost of each product and how much they needed to sell their paintings for in order to make profit.  I attended the fair with them; however, I was not allowed to talk or sell their paintings for them. 

 Making a sale

Talking to potential customers

I spent most of the fair walking around and checking out all the booths (there were 115 booths). 

 Other booths at the fair...

I am glad to say that they did indeed make money and the learning experience and opportunity to create the business itself was so fantastic.  They sold 20 of their 27 paintings.  A huge shout out and thank you to everyone that supported them!  This was our first year to participate and the kids had such a good time they are hoping to participate again next year.  I cannot wait to see what they come up with!

Monday, October 26, 2015

My Back to the Future Birthday

Amazon Prime Home Screen

Last Wednesday, I turned 38!  David and the kids had a small party for me at home and it was so much fun (the kids' homemade decorations were wonderful).

 A birthday banner

These banners were my favorite!

The night before, David and I watched Back to the Future after the kids went to sleep.  Then, we watched the 2nd one on my birthday night.  It was really fun since they went into the future to October 21, 2015.  Then the next night we finished up the trilogy by watching Back to the Future 3 (which I don't think I have ever seen).  I enjoyed the movies quite a bit.  It is amazing to me how much the three movies really tied together.  I do wish they would have skipped out on the bad language, it really wasn't necessary.

 My Cake

On fire

My selfie

David and I also went on a double date on Friday with some good friends and saw For King and Country in concert.  They were great!

 The concert

Till next year!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Daddy Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A


A few weeks ago David took all four girls on a date.  It was actually on E's birthday!  They participated in the Daddy Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A.

 Crafts Tissue Flower

They had a fun dinner along with cake, listened to a harpist, made craft flowers and then took a ride in a limo.  The girls are still talking about the limo ride.  I love that Chick-fil-A really put a lot of thought into this event and made it an awesome opportunity for David to really connect with the girls.  The girls each came home with a special bag of treats including a plush cow and their flowers.  We highly recommend this event.

Team Storytelling Activity

My favorite was reading the story that David and the older girls created on their date.  They picked the topic of their story to be a jungle adventure.  Then they took turns writing lines of the story but they couldn't look at the other persons lines.  It made for a fun story.  I love that they were thinking of some of the same things without knowing it.

Their Story (with a few spelling corrections):

  I am going on an adventure! Suddenly 4 monkeys climbed down from the treetops and threw bananas and coconuts at the mean tiger while swinging on the long vines.  Then he swung on the vines hanging from the trees.  Everyone was so tired from all of this that they looked for a place to take a nap.  Then I saw a tiger!  Will it eat me?  But the tiger came back and looked very hungry!  Then she climbed a mountain almost 1,000 ft high.  Two baby crocodiles came out of the rushing river and everyone was too scared to swim.  Then I see a frog, "ribbit".  Finally there was a safe place to spend the night.  We couldn't wait for another adventure tomorrow!

 Chick-fil-A Mom goodies!

In other news, I am proud to say that I was selected to be on the Chick-fil-A Mom panel for the next year.  I love hearing about the latest news and giving opinions to a company that really cares.  Cheers to a great partnership CFA!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Back from New York

Hello Everyone!  You might not have known but I had a little getaway.  I left the kiddos and went to New York with my sister and aunt.  We had a great time and I cannot believe how much we were able to do and see in such a short amount of time.  David was awesome with the kids.  Enjoy the photos and look forward to more frequent posts!

 On our way!

 Selfie at Central Park

 Ladder 10 Fire station

Freedom Tower

 Times Square

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity

 Our view eating at The Boat House

View from the Empire State Building

The Statue of Liberty at night

 In the air flying home...