Saturday, August 27, 2016

Free Lego build at Toys R Us

I'm currently standing in line with my 3 munchkins at Toys R Us to build a mosaic of Captain America with Lego pieces. 
This event is free and is from 12-2 or until supplies last! We got here about noon and were at the table for our pieces by 12:30. 
And it's better to build in store in case you missed a piece you can go back and ask for it. 

Label Daddy review

School has started. Each of my children has labels on their backpacks and pencil boxes. I'm determined to stay organized and keep their things recognizable by anyone at school as belonging to my children and not free game. Even better is that I got them from Label Daddy!
Washable labels that peel easily and stick strongly. They have made it so much easier for me. Plus they came in character packs my kids love.
I usually go with the medium packs. They have just the right sizes to label everything I send with the kiddos. Save 25% on Label Daddy name labels for Back to School -Use code USFG25 Best deal! Just go here
Plus you can join their email list or follow them on Facebook to keep up with all their latest promotions
Label Daddy makes it simple and fast for those of us who need our time for other important tasks. There are a couple things that bother me. Even with a promo code that made my order free, I had to submit credit card information. And even though I clicked the submit button for the promo code, it wouldn't update the amount until I went to the next part of the ordering process. Just keep these in mind. And every time I finish my order completely, it takes me to a 404 error page. But the order did submit. Always check your email account before trying to place another order!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Smead product review via Shoplet.com

As you have heard me say many times before, being organized is a big deal to me. Everything has a place, everything in its place. With my herd of kids, it's even more important. That's why I loved getting the Smead folder products that Shoplet sent me for reviews. Shoplet.com is the largest e-tailer of office supplies.
This time I received the 3-in-1 SuperTab Section Folders and the Organized Up Vertical Expanding Files. 
The Organized Up Vertical Expanding Files folder stands vertically. It expands as you add into it. There are 12 pockets with SuperTabs that are 90% larger for your labeling convenience. They also include the blank labels so you have a fresh start for making the labels. If you go to Smead.com, you can download the free printing template to print the right sizes on the labels to keep them beat and legible. There is a security flap and cord in the front to protect your documents from falling out. 

The 3-in-1 SuperTab Section Folders are another thing I love.
I use them to organize important papers. One of them works well for the medical documents that I have to take from one doctors office to another. I keep my children's medical records in another one. It also helps that they come in different colors. So you can separate your filing system by color. Whether you need to organize your kids school stuff or your office desk, they are a great pair of products! 

Shoplet doesn't just offer the largest selection in office supplies. They also have cleaning supplies, medical supplies, and office furniture.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Finding time for Family

In this fast paced age, we are too often on the go. I struggle to balance work with spending time with the kids as well as keeping a clean home. I've had to get creative and keep things fun. Like asking the kids to sweep or vacuum with/for me. I have them each pick a task and tell them that the rewards for doing them are to help mommy, who has pain. Or that once we finish, we can do something fun together. And quicker than if I do it all myself. One of those fun things has been going to the bookstore. My daughter had money from her birthday and they each had completed the Half Price Books summer reading program. 
So they got to pick out books and movies they wanted. Plus my daughter bought a book. 
Tonight, I made a point to take a break from the usual chores to play instead. We took a couple Lego sets out and began to build with the kids. 
We also had smoothies and apple slices with caramel to sweeten the evening activities. They had a blast! 
I had them help me with getting the baby mobile ready for the little lady on the way.
The help we received from my future mother in law, my mother, and the kids made quite the beautiful addition. 
These little moments are swift in passing, but so sweet while they last. I think everyone should make a point to do something fun. Just every so often. And don't forget the bedtime story! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fun day at the bookstore

Being a lover of books, Half Price Books is a place I love going to. Even better, is that I'm raising three mini book lovers as well. We are a family of nerds! And they make me proud with their outgoing attitudes. Today, they all wanted to dress up. 
No prompting on my part. They asked if they could wear their costumes and quickly got into them when I gave my approval. We went to trade in books and scoured the clearance racks. I picked up a book for each of them, one for myself, and a handful of mini kites. Everything except my book was $1 each! 
The kites, I plan to hold on to for park adventures.
A couple of them I will be putting in gift bags with other fun things for Christmas gifts to some kids on my list that are difficult to buy for. A sort of fun pack. 
Now if I can just remember to bring their summer reading pages in next time I go....

Free Lego Marvel build event!

Next Saturday, I want to take the kids to this event. They can build a Captain America mosaic from Lego!
And its free. Can't get better than that... okay it could if there weren't long lines. But let's face it, every Lego event has them. A line all the way to the back of the store. And yes, my kids do have complaints about standing still and waiting their turn. But they enjoy taking home Lego pieces or building there if that's the case. So if you are looking for something fun, maybe taking the kiddos to the Toys R Us nearest you is worth the trip. If you have a partner with you, one can stand in line with one kid while the other takes another child around the toy aisles and then swap out. Just an idea if you have more than one. Just go here to find out more!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The future of driving?

I remember looking forward to hover boards and time travelling cars in my future. Now we don't have that technology, but we have self-driving cars. Tesla is one of the bigger names that has produced a vehicle that can drive itself by use of cameras, computer software, sensors and radar. I'm wary of such. Mainly because a machine of such might not make last minute decisions which could save a life. And now, there is a story of the first fatal crash involving a self-driving car.
In today's economy and with the clamor to have oil control, gas prices are driving people to find cars that are able to go without gas. Tesla is one company creating such. They took it a step further and sought to make cars that can also drive themselves. For the self-driving cars, reasons to want them vary. They could be safer than human drivers. The car won't fall asleep at the wheel. Everything is scientific. It is believed they could be less prone to errors in calculations. A car won't be drinking while it drives. But are they really safer? This recent accident will be investigated. And I'm sure that there will be regulations and maybe laws made as to what is acceptable. But is this where we want the future to really go? What do you think about a car that can take you places while you take a nap or make a phone call? 

"BMW said the goal of the new collaboration was to develop cars that would eventually allow them to take their eyes off the road." (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/01/tesla-driver-killed-autopilot-self-driving-car-harry-potter) Why is our importance to create technology that takes our focus away from the road? I get that it allows us to. Things happen. Can't tell you how many times my kids have made choking noises in the backseat or that a spider has made its appearance near me and I've just about crashed.

On the flip side, having computer-based programs in cars adds to the dangers. These fancy cars run the risk of being hacked. OnStar-equipped vehicles can be stopped by OnStar with just a phone call from the police department. Or even my van - a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country - glitched and caused my accelerator to stop functioning properly. It is a computer-based function. If something like that can't be trusted, how much less these high tech vehicles?