Monday, September 11, 2017

Fun birthday and Christmas ideas for girls!

Smitco LLC makes so many fun kids craft and activity kits.  We received this cute mermaid journal with a bunch of stickers, tape, and a fluffy pen!

I am so excited for all the fun sets that they offer!  What fun birthday and Christmas gifts!

Rachel had so much fun decorating the mermaid journal and using the cute stickers and supplies.

Check out the fun Scrapbook sets here!

They have more fun things to offer too!

They have these great scrubby gloves!  As soon as we got these, my teen daughter snatched them up!  You can find the
scrub gloves HERE! 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gift ideas for girls.

I love that Rachel has lots of friends to play with!  I also love that she gets invited to birthday parties!  The struggle is finding a good gift!  I am so glad we found SmitCo!  They have super fun girl gifts!
SmitCo LLC has several different locked diary sets for girls in Emoji, Diva and Mermaid themes, as well as scrapbook, nail and play dress up sets as well as party favors and to provide hours of fun.

SmitCo products also include rose gold, gold or rhodium plated jewelry and sets, as well as very popular stretch sets for little girls - all packed in cute gift boxes. 

Find all the great products here: Amazon

We trust you will find some or all gifts here for the princesses on your list!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Get your Groupon!

We all know (and love) the traditional Groupon where you purchase a deal, and then you go to that location to redeem it for something WONDERFUL!

I took my kids to a trampoline park this week for an hour of jumping.  They had so much fun!!!

But did you know that they also do Groupon Coupons!?
Groupon Coupons is a partnership between Groupon and over 9,000 national retailers with the goal of passing savings along to customers. Groupon Coupons is a totally free way for shoppers to find thousands of coupons and exclusive promo codes from popular stores and companies like Amazon, Sam's Club, Disney Store, Home Depot, Target, Ebay, Lego, Walmart, and so many more. You can easily search by store to find the deals. There are over 70,000 deals to choose from right now! with Disney Store Promo Codes & Coupon Codes

 A fun one to shop is the Disney Store! They are doing a great sale right now, and they have some online only items too. When you check out disney on groupon coupons, you will also find a coupon code for FREE SHIPPING on a $50 purchase that is good through January 13, 2019. The coupons change all the time! (Going through tomorrow is $1 personalization on back to school items). Check them out at: with Target Promo Codes & Coupon Codes
Target is another fun store on groupon coupons! They have $5 off $50 +free shipping going on right now! They also have a MYSTERY DEAL from Groupon. You can also print out Target's current coupons. Find them Here:

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sodalicious is SO DELICIOUS!!!

What a wonderful treat!  The drinks are wonderful, and the treats are spectacular!  We recently had one of these wonderful soda heavens open near our home.  The employees are so nice, and the drinks are perfect!  If you are needing a pick-me-up, a treat yourself, or any reason you can think of, hop in the car and grab a sodalicious!  Their drink names are creative and clever! 

I had the "boyscout" and Aubrey had the "butterbeer."  They were nothing short of amazing!

We also tried a few others!  Check out all their cool choices HERE!

Some of our favorites were: 

Eternal Companion (7up, Blue Curacao, Peach)

Boy Scout (Root Beer, Toasted Marshmallow)

Butterbeer (Root Beer, Vanilla, Butterscotch)

Orange Creamcicle (Orange Bang, Vanilla, Extra Dirty, Whip Cream)


That's just to name a few!


Don't forget to grab a treat!  I recommend:

Big Fat Crispie
Sugar Cookie



Try this wonderful new soda shop!!  You will be so glad you did!


To give you some incentive, I have a few coupons for free drinks to give away!


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stu Stories: Book Review

About the book:
Stu Sanderson is no ordinary eighth-grader. Not only is he seven feet tall, but he also vanishes into thin air, duels knights and ninjas, lifts the downtrodden, and woos the best-calved girl in school. Become a middle-grade legend with Stu and his sidekick, Bird Bones, on the journey of a lifetime in “Stu Stories.”

About the author:
Patrick Hueller has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. His fiction and humor have been published fairly widely (sometimes under the pen names “Paul Hoblin” or “P.W. Hueller”). Fun fact: he’s Cedar Fort author Andy Hueller’s identical twin brother. They like to do readings together whenever they can. He’s been a middle school teacher and is currently a college English professor at Hamline University.

From Reidhead Randomness (Guest post from one of my daughters): 
This was a really funny book about a kid named Stu.  He is very creative and has crazy ideas that end up working out in the end.  The adventures are things that you have always wanted to do, but never have.  He goes to the extremes to make it more interesting!  I really enjoyed this funny book and I would recommend it to any one!  It is very relate able.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dragonkyn: book review

About the book:
Marc used to think he was pretty ordinary, but he also used to think ice cream trucks didn’t sell ice cream and dragons were just fairy tales. Now he knows better. With skin that can’t be burned and strange powers he can’t explain, Marc soon discovers the truth: he is part dragon. And as he joins his fellow dragonkyn, his closest friends could quickly become his greatest enemies.

About the author:
Nathan Smith Jones graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature. The fourth of eight children, he is the author of the Children’s book, “The Boy Who Ate America,” and several other novels and screenplays. He lives with his wife and five children in Utah.

From Reidhead Randomness (guest post from my 14 year old daughter):
Dragonkyn was a neat book about a kid living in a trailer with his mom, in a run down town.  He always wanted something big to happen, and it finally does!  Soon, he'll go from fighting the boredom of his summer, to fighting bad guys for his life.  The beginning of the book was a little confusing because it starts in a weird place.  It was a pretty easy read, and it only took me a couple of days to finish it!  It was well written and a great book!  I enjoyed it.  I am hoping there is a sequel, because there is still room to grow, and adventure to be had.  EXPLORE THE VIBE!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Love Me True; Overcoming the surprising ways we deceive in relationships: BOOK REVIEW

About the book:
How can love, which is so beautiful and fun, cause such emotional ups and downs? Dr. Jason B. Whiting, a licensed marriage and family therapist, focuses on common relationships to show that deception is at the root of most marital problems. Overcome this and gain back that trust and excitement you’ve been longing for in your relationship.

About the author:
Dr. Jason B. Whiting is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a professor of marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University. Whiting has dedicated hundreds of hours to teaching students about relationships and counseling couples in his own clinical practice. Whiting has presented his research nationally, including at the National Council on Family Relations, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Smart Marriages. He has published in academic journals such as Family Relations and the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. Last year he won the award for “article of the year” in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. A co-authored article on cheating and deception on Facebook garnered interest in the national press, including Psychology Today and Cosmopolitan.

From Reidhead Randomness:
Filled with stories that illustrate the points that are being made, this book was very insightful and potentially helpful to many types of relationships.  One of the topics that is covered is "Deception in what we see."  It was mentioned that emotions are drugs that alter what people see.  There is a chapter that focuses on ways to sooth emotions and help to increase understanding.  Another topic covered is deception in what we say.  There were some interesting studies sited in the book that talk about how deceptive people are with each other. This book would be a great read for newly engaged couples, as well as veteran couples, because there was so much to learn!  There is a section of learning and education, then the "main points" (summary of what you learned), followed with discussion questions.  What a great tool to be able to improve your relationships!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bible Origami Book review

bible-origami-december-10-31-2016-blog-tourAbout the book:
Keep your children’s hands busy during church services with Bible Origami. Instead of folding the service programs into paper airplanes, they can fold Noah’s ark, an oil lamp, or Joseph’s coat! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!

About the author:
Todd Huisken is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the counseling manager at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, California. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of San Diego and has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Todd has served as the assistant director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with victims from the San Diego fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and spent two weeks in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He was an early morning seminary teacher for six years. He is the author of The Dating Directory and the founder of Process and Content, a graduate program newsletter at the University of San Diego. Todd has been married to his beautiful wife for twenty-one years and they have three daughters and a son.

 From Reidhead Randomness:
My daughters had fun with this book over our Christmas break.  Some of the items were a little tricky, and they had to try them a few times, but some were fairly easy.  They are all super cute, with good directions.  This would be a fun activity for a Sunday School teacher to involve the class in the lessons. 

Here are a couple of their creations: A dove, a coin, and a manger with a baby.

This was a great book, and we really enjoyed trying some of the creations!  I can't wait to do more!