Monday, July 21, 2014

Have you seen Planes: Fire and Rescue yet??

If your child loves the Planes movies, this will tickle them so much! You can help them write a letter to members of the Planes team and they will send an Airmail back! Just go to the link below and go through the prompts. Its so much fun!
http://www.planesairmail.com/

Life can get a little crazy sometimes...

"You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry, and be sure to smell the flowers along the way." ~ Walter Hagen
 
I'm worn thin. Cranking up ACDC, Aerosmith and the like to help me stay awake for the rest of the night. I laugh at songs like Queen's Fat Bottomed Girls. I've got my green pomegranate tea with honey to improve my mood and provide energy.
What led to this? Hmm...
 
Life hasn't gone crazy. But I think I have somewhat. Foremost on my mind is the upcoming promotion that I have homework for. I have to practice for the perfect interview. Yes, if I want to move up I have to be interviewed. I will be driving to another city, another store and be questioned by leaders of that other store. I don't know them, haven't worked with them, will be meeting them for the first time. For me.... its terrifying. I'm not much of a people person. I don't open up to people. I don't trust people. It takes several meetings and learning the things I have in common with you before I will relax completely. But here I am trying to prepare myself for this meeting with them. From what I gather, there are 2-3 interviews in one day. And they rate you on a scale. Absolutely Not, Would be Okay, and Move This One Up ASAP! I have approximately one month to prepare for this day. Yes, the date is set. So I know when my fate will be decided. Just not how. Those who know me, say I've got it in the bag. I want to believe them. But let's not get cocky and count those chickens before they hatch. All it takes is one LOD on a bad day to ruin your dreams. Not to mention the older guy I work with telling me his horror stories of being turned down 3 times for a promotion. And I thought he was ahead of me because of his seniority.  
 
Then there's the fact I have to drive to Austin for this. The city of never ending traffic. Let's hope they picked a time that isn't in the busiest rush hour. It is in a place I'm unfamiliar with. I'm directionally challenged and will be using my phones gps to guide me. But still... I have the whole car ride alone to think about the what ifs. 
 
Oh and I have to dress nice for this. Not to say I dress shabby for work, but I do tend to wear red and khaki that has been stained from my hard work. And since I don't like replacing these stained ones every payday... I'm wearing them out. But now I have to buy new khaki just for the interview so I look good. 
 
It was driving me mad today to think of these things. Then came the voice of clarity in the form of a great friend. He reminded me that if it's meant to be, it will happen. If not, then I have to trust that something better is ahead. And that I can't latch on too tightly. I'd truly be crushed if I don't get it. You know what? He's right. I'm pinning so much on this. Too much. And I shouldn't. I should relax and see how it goes...
On another note... I'm also worried about my mother whose health hasn't been too good. I'm frustrated by so much space being between us and my inability to assist her. Again... I have to accept that it is what it is and hope that all will be well. 
 
I'm considering putting my son into public school. Flashbacks of my days in public school are frightening. I didn't have friends. I got beat up too often. And while the teachers loved my dedication and ability to excel.... they hated how much I talked. Just out of boredom and to no one in particular. If my son is anything like me, I'm going to have to teach him to defend himself. I already know he has the talkative gene. He gets bored easily. I can already see parent/teacher meetings and report cards with comments of, "Please silence your child but continue to encourage him to learn!" Its a heavy decision to make. But one that needs to be made soon.
 
In the midst of my chaotic thoughts, I'm able to entertain thoughts of practical jokes at least. We drove into San Antonio to a Target about 30 minutes away. I'm still wearing my uniform and have the thought of randomly doing tasks I'd normally do at work and see who notices...
But then I found packages of Lego sets that were ripped open, a white board that was open and used then abandoned, 3 empty drinks... all in the same 2 aisles.
I tried to turn the opened packages over to an employee who just stared at me blankly... Then started asking if they were damaged... Seriously? Just a little dead in the head, aren't we? It was a crazy ghetto scene through the aisles. I know what store I DON'T want to work at. It gave me a little more confidence in myself. It made me laugh as I realized how pathetic it was.

No matter what, things happen for a reason. Good or bad, there's a purpose to everything. I just have to step back and remember that. I have to trust that God will see me through and that it will be better. Not easy... but doable. Just breath deep.... and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bislique review via Shoplet.com

Having everything organized and ready to use. That's how my office is supposed to be. That's how I try to keep my home. I have lists all over the refrigerator. I have everything in a neat place. Okay... mostly. I am OCD and everything has to be organized to some extent.
Well, now I have a new list keeper. Thanks to Shoplet.com, I have a new 3-in-1 Planner.
Its an easy-to-erase white board that allows me to write in the month/days, hang notes with the magnets, or pin them up with thumb tacks. It's large enough not to get lost in the maze of things on the wall. It catches everyone's attention, allowing messages and deadlines to be met more efficiently.
There were instructions on proper care of the white board as well as instructions on how to properly hang it and attach the components.
These are great if they are followed. If you are like my husband though, you might just figure it out on your own (even if it takes a little longer).
This is a great way to leave notes and keep the family on track. You can add your own little designs and quirks to personalize it. Definitely a great addition to the office or home.

Don't forget that Shoplet.com offers other things as well. Every kind of office supply you might be looking for. They offer Medical Supplies and Office Stationary now.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thun-der! (read it like you are singing Thunderstruck by ACDC!)

This movie was such a pleasure to pre-screen for the review. My 4 year old was practically dancing in his seat the whole way through.
And when they played ACDC's Thunderstruck at that perfect moment... Laughter rang out clear!
Dusty Crophopper has gone from a simple crop dusting plane with dreams of racing, to being a world renowned racer. In the first Planes movie, he proved to the world that just because you are born and raised into something, doesn't mean you can't change your destiny and follow your dreams!
In this sequel, you see that he's racing and winning across the globe. He brings pride to his tiny home town. Until one race... He red lines and something breaks. Dottie checks him out and delivers the crushing news that his racing days might be over. A special part has busted. Without it, he can no longer reach top speeds. Dusty is devastated. Racing has become his life, his passion, his self-made destiny! To have it taken away... Just about crushes him. He gets into an accident when he pushes himself too hard. A fire breaks loose in the town. When the fire is doused in a rather sloppy way, the town is deemed unsafe and shut down. This all happens right before the towns Corn Festival. Everyone knows that every small town has their festivals and that its not just popular with the locals, but with those it draws in. Its a disappointment that everyone feels heavily. In order to be reopened, they have to make changes to prove they are ready for emergencies. One of those changes is to have a deputy fire fighter to serve alongside the fire truck, Mayday.
No one has been trained or certified. So what are they gonna do?? Dusty is faced with a choice. He's probably never going to be able to race again. So why not serve his town and help his old friend? He volunteers to go far from home to be trained by a great pro fire fighting helicopter. It takes a great deal of growing up for Dusty to see what's truly important in life.
He meets some friends, including an air tanker who is obsessed with Dusty - Dipper.
His trainer has a hidden secret that leaves most baffled.
One day, while training, there's an accident. On that same day, one event leads to another and disaster strikes. Will Dusty rise to the occasion? Will he be the hero he needs to be and help his new friends?
There were some other lessons to be learned. Things like how lightning can cause fires. The lightning can send sparks flying. Those sparks can start one or more small fires that can grow quickly. Fires can combine to create a larger, more dangerous fire. And most of all, fires that are blown by the wind, can jump over cleared paths.
Its a great way to talk to kids about fires. They show how the aerial firefighting is possible. A friend of mine joined us and commented on how its so cool to see how the planes with pontoons can scoop up water from nearby bodies of water to dump on raging flames. Even if they  are in cartoon form.
Check out this cool activity book!

Lego KidsFest in Dallas! Giveaway included!

Its that time of year again! LEGO KidsFest is coming back. This time it will be held in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Convention Center, on August 29 - 31, 2014. LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. More Info:  http://www.legokidsfest.com/dallas/
Limited OFFER! Everyone pays Kids prices! For a limited time, my followers can save $2 off each adult ticket purchased prior to August 8. These events have been selling out in past cities! http://www.dfwkidsguide.com/coupon.php?regionid=403&bid=11676&dealid=1734

In addition, I'm allowed to host a giveaway where ONE (1) of my readers will win a pair of tickets to the event!
One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, August 29,  2014  (4-8:30pm).  I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.    Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday!
Winner will be randomly chosen by USFG on Monday August 4 announced on my Blog and notified via email so that I can announce it on my Blog.  http://www.usfamilyguide.com/LEGO_KidsFest/?blogid=1824

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"The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Texas - this time at the Dallas Convention Center -- from August 29-31.
Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. The show only makes seven North American appearances each year.
LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.
New activities for this year's visit to Dallas include LEGO Chima, LEGO Friends Photo Booth, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Super Heroes and LEGO Mindstorms.
Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.
"Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won't want to miss LEGO KidsFest," said Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager. "We're bringing so many activities for Dallas-area families to showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember."

Five sessions - all identical - are available for the August 29-31 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.
(Use the above link to get all tickets at kids prices!)  
The LEGO KidsFest 2014 tour stops: Dallas, TX (Aug. 29 - 31), Richmond, VA (Oct. 3 - 5) and Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 7 - 9).
On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Houston, Phoenix and more. Tickets generally sell out and attendance averages 27,000 visitors at each venue. To date, more than 600,000 have enjoyed more than 23 LEGO KidsFest shows.

Last year, Event Marketer Magazine awarded the Best Proprietary Event to LIFE Marketing & Events, the company that runs the LEGO KidsFest tour. Event Marketer is the organization of record for the event marketing industry.
Be sure to also check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas, which offers an indoor day-long experience, with 15 attractions, 4D cinema, the Kingdom Quest laser ride, Merlin's Apprentice Ride, earthquake tables and more.


GENERAL INFORMATION
The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX from Aug. 29 - 31, 2014. This is our third event in Texas, with sell-out shows in Austin and Houston preceding this trip.
LEGO KidsFest is a hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.

Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $20 for kids and $22 for adults.

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to http://www.legokidsfest.com/tickets.html.


SOME ACTIVITIES / LIVE LINER COPY POINTS (activities are subject to change)
* LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
* LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
* LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama

 FUN FACTS
More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.

The LEGO minifigure represents the world's largest population of people! More than four billion minifigures have been produced in the last 30 years. This is almost 12 times the population of the United States!

LEGO minifigures are out of this world, literally. The two Mars Rovers have an image of the LEGO minifigure etched into their front grill.

Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.

There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world's six billion inhabitants.

Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world.

There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.

Children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.

With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world.

LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, "leg godt" which means "play well".

 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year. 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.


LEGO NOMENCLATURE & OTHER STUFF

LEGO is the brand name. One plays with LEGO bricks (not LEGOs or Legos)."

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LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world's leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com
LEGO, the LEGO logo, and DUPLO, are trademarks of the LEGO Group. 2014 The LEGO Group.

Schlitterbahn in Galveston, Texas!

There's nothing quite like cooling down during the hot summer months by jumping in comfortable, cool water!
We had the opportunity to take our family to the Schlitterbahn in Galveston, Texas this past weekend.
It was great fun for everyone. We arrived shortly after the park opened so we were able to park near the front. Parking is, of course, free. Lines were somewhat long, but not unbearable.
Our first goal upon entering - find the lockers. We decided to rent a locker for all out stuff that we didn't want to haul around but would need later. We also got a Splash Cash band.
These things are amazing! First, you don't have to carry cash and cards around the park.
Simply load a band with how much money you want. At the end of the day, you can get back whatever you don't use. It goes back to you in the form that you paid in. We paid by card so we should get our money back in about 2-3 days depending on the processing time. The band is good for up to 4 days so if you are staying at the resort or going for more than one day, you can keep using the same band (as long as you don't mind wearing it overnight).
There were so many rides and not enough energy for all of them! Even my kids were ready to head "home" within a few hours. We also couldn't get to everything due to having our youngest with us. The Wolfpack and Thundertubs were great rides for more than one. You ride a big raft, spinning and bumping down a long tube.
The food was a bit expensive. I highly recommend bringing a cooler full from home. $10.99 for a single plate was pretty hefty. Unless you are a light eater like me, in which case I suggest splitting the plate with someone. I will admit the hamburger was a good size.
And so many fries that I couldn't finish mine. Another smart suggestion is to upgrade your drink to the souvenir cup. Doing so gives you free drink refills all day. An upgrade is $5.99 with your meal. Otherwise you can pay $10.99 for your cup alone.
Be careful not to walk away from the table and leave food as the birds will have no problem swooping in to devour your lunch!
A whole pizza runs about $20 though. And if its just one person, you can get 1/4 a pizza with a drink for $7.99. Other food concessions included ice cream and snack shacks. I got my daughter a fresh fruit cup for $2.99. I did like that when one plate was dropped on the way to the table, they replaced it without making a fuss with a fresh one. It cost us about $48 for 2 adults and 3 children. Remember to take your time eating and wait before getting in the water!
Life jackets for the younger or weaker swimmers were everywhere.
We took all the kids onto the Torrent River and they were able to ride along pretty well. We didn't take the White Water option as I wasn't sure I could hold onto the baby while keeping my eye on the son who rode with me.
Every main area, there are three, has a kiddie area.
This is great for when you have to split up to ride.
Someone can stay with the younger kids and its centralized so you will be more likely to be found by the others in your group.
After just a few hours, my daughter was sleeping soundly in the stroller and the boys were asking to go home to sleep!
Pack your lunch and have fun!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Some things to look for in HEB

I didn't get my 2 weeks worth of meals planned this shopping trip. But while I was picking up the staples to get us by, I noticed some good deals you might want to check for at your local HEB. 
I had this $2/1 Bic disposables razors. Target has the pink packs for $2.98. But HEB has these same ones for $2.96. Buy one with the coupon for just .96! 
There were others, however, if you were looking for something a little more durable. 
The Silky 3 are the same price. 
Or you can get men's Comfort 3 for .96 with the coupon. 
The cheaper version for men is this 10 pack that will also be .96 after the coupon. 
The sale and coupon deal for the Skinner pasta is still going on. They have coupons for BOGO free making these .49 each! Just a few deals to watch for. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Super Target!

They have clearance at 70% in the summer area. Picked up a couple boxes of Summer Shapes fruit flavored snacks at .89 each!
As if it's not a super deal already, Cartwheel has another 5% off.
Aisles are looking bare though, so you better check soon!
Lego clearance is also disappearing in various stores. I found another Star Wars set marked down to $17.48 at 30% off the normal $24.99. 
There was some Chima sets half off. 
Also found these shirts for $8. There is a 20% off Planes Fire and Rescue in Cartwheel. 
And I finally decided to buy the boots I've been wanting! They are normally about $30-35 but the online price is $26.24. And you should be able to price match. These are not only cute, but they will go great with my Lara Croft cosplay. 
Enough of Target shopping for now! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A trip to the Galveston Target

You know I can't go anywhere, even on vacation, without checking out clearance around the local Target. While in Galveston, we stopped. Their Lego aisle was strewn with red tags marking all the clearanced sets.
Most were half off! 
There were about half a dozen more but won't post a bunch more pictures. They were all from these groups of sets. Friends only had one set and a sticker book. 
If you were looking for those amazing Oreo packs at $2 each, I'm sure you must be pretty disappointed. I found the Berry, Reese's peanut butter, and vanilla packs still. Oh and the family packs. This store even had a couple watermelon flavored ones left.
I have a feeling the chocolate ones never came on the trucks after the original sale started. You can, however, price match at Walmart. *shudders* If you can put up with going in one. 
Dollar Spot has new items trickling into place. Including some $1 Frozen totes!
I picked up one. School items and teaching aids are also incorporated into the dollar selection.
This means I'll be able to pick up some things to use in homeschooling my 3. 
I also found some permanent markers at half off. 
And they had 2 whole end caps with paper plates and cups at 15-50% off. 
The plates I even found the Cartwheel offer of an additional 5% off.
These are great to store up on for parties and get togethers later. Saves on cleaning up! Summer items are down to only 1-2 aisles and just because some stores have their 70% off signs up, doesn't mean all do.
Also, just because it says 30% off doesn't mean all of them are only 30% off. Whenever something is clearance, it's usually randomly tossed with whatever clearance is nearby. 
School is just about fully stocked here. I imagine all others will be too. 
It's a transition you won't want to miss! Let me know what deals you find.