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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Father's Day Already?!

Half the year has flown by already. We are in summer break from school and this weekend we come to Father's Day. Plus, I have two brothers who have reached another year in age. Where has the time gone by now? 

I couldn't afford to do much for this Father's Day. I sent out cards to the men in our lives we celebrate. A Father, a Grandfather and a Great Grandpa who is also a Great Great Grandpa! But as for gifts... it wasn't meant to be this year. Well, not in the traditional way we normally do it. I did look on Pinterest for ideas. Sadly, there were not many home made gifts that fit the guys we would need to get for. Your typical gifts are centered around grilling, drinking and golf. The guys I was looking for are also limited in space. So what do you do or get for them? 


What do you get the guy who has everything? 

I decided to stay simple this year. I can't spend money (can't spend what you don't have!). So I made a special card that fit my husbands personality. He loves space. Rockets, stars, planet exploration.... He's dreaming of joining SpaceX eventually when he gets his computer engineering degree. Until then, he enjoys reading up on and studying the things that are learned by those already in the field. 
Pinterest had this cool idea, which I tweaked a bit. 
Another idea I liked was the Folding Craft Stick Father's Day Card. It would be easy to fold and put away, but reminds Dads of the reasons they are loved. 

Even freebies are gift worthy.

I printed a photo that we took recently of our family for my Dad. I won't be able to mail it to him until after Father's Day, but better late than never, right? Being that I don't have spare cash, I used a freebie print from CVS to do it. It is not the price tag that matters, it is the thought and love you put into it. I hope you are treating your "Dads" to the best this Father's Day!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Why Label Daddy is the Company I Go to for All My Labeling Needs!

Label Daddy is here, and just in time! Summer is around the corner. Camps, camping trips, summer vacations, and then you can't forget the back to school that comes after. All these things have something in common. Can you guess what it is? After my quick disclaimer, I can tell you what. 
*Disclaimer: I was sent this product in exchange for my honest review. I was not otherwise paid or endorsed for this review. The words written herein are my own and were not given to me to spout to you.*
Labels keep our family organized!

Now! The fun part! Label Daddy has amazing labels. They are perfect for putting onto things that we take with us and our children to public places. Like all those things I listed above! You don't want your items being confused for someone else's. You don't want lost things never finding their way home, right? So how do we let people know? We label them! And we use Label Daddy labels to do just that in our home. Why?
  • They are washable! I have washed my labeled containers after being used in my daughters classroom. I have washed blankets that the kids took on an over night trip with the labels on them. And nothing has messed them up! 
  • They go on super easy, but can be removed just as easily. No sticky residue left behind.
  • I love the designs! We have had various kinds over the years. And they keep adding more. My oldest son was thrilled when I got the Emoji ones for him. And my daughter has the princess ones.
  • Ordering is simple. I can place a label order in less than 5 minutes. The hardest part is choosing which background to use! 
I use these on all my kids school supplies. I label my storage bins to clue me in on whose stuff is in which tote. But I found a new use. Sometimes I have to leave my baby in the nursery. And after the last time, I have decided that I need to label her cups... 
They had put a paper sticker on the cup. That was almost 2 weeks ago and I am still cleaning off residue. Definitely need something better. And that is exactly where Label Daddy labels come in. Their labels have survived my dish washer with flying colors. I also labeled my plastic food storage containers when I sent them with my kids to class. 

These labels are dishwasher safe! 
 
I ordered this set for my baby girls' things. The Medium All-Purpose ones will work on anything.

Personalized for your specific needs.  

I was a little disappointed this time around, however. Twice have I washed and dried her cup before attaching the label only to have them start peeling off in less than 24 hours. Hoping it is only because of the cup. I've used their labels for my older kids' lunchboxes, backpacks, school folders - all without a single problem. 

They have so many new options to choose from. And so many discounts offered regularly. If you are not on their mailing list, I suggest you get on it.  They will send emails of new savings and products.
Labels are not all. Label Daddy has expanded their product lines. They now have personalized fleece blankets, towels, laundry bags, wall decals, key finders, write on labels and even journals!
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What do you need labels or personalized products for? Let me know in the comments below.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Love For Places Abandoned Has Begun

My husband and I have many common interests. Many of them revolve around being curious. We like to explore. And find interesting places. My husband and his siblings went into a place to look around as kids. It was abandoned and mostly a dump, but the fun was in just looking around it and imagining what it might have been before. The people that had been there before left in a rush. Food was rotting in the fridge and trash was everywhere. Why did they leave so fast? How long ago? 
As a kid, my PawPaw and I went for a walk in an area where there was a house that was going to be torn down. It was condemned and full of junk. At least to the outsiders eye. We peeked inside and he reached in to pull out a tiny, shot glass-sized, crystal wine glass. To this day, it is counted as a treasure among my belongings. Who knows what else we might have been able to find, but he was always saying that safety comes first for our adventures. I respected him for that. We talked about reasons that it might have been left in such disrepair. The biggest one being that an elderly person might have been there and died, leaving it behind with no family to care or claim.
 Let the exploration commence! 

Fast forward, and now we live in a brand new neighborhood. A neighborhood built on the border of a church. As far as we can tell, it looks like they built the church after purchasing event grounds. There is a large amphitheater there. The first time we checked it out there were seats and you could climb onto the stage. They have since made changes to it. It is slowly deteriorating along with the other buildings around it, like the concession stands.
Just starting here, we have come to want to see more places like it. This is why I went looking around online. There are places everywhere. And it is called urban exploration. There are even abandoned military bunkers, missile silos - places that are just no longer needed by the governments. We won't trespass on the properties that forbid such, but there are places that you can see without dangers or guards. Like an abandoned arcade shaped as a spaceship...


I started a Pinterest board of some amazing sights to see one day. 

Some of these places have great potential. Potential to be reused. Given a new purpose. Like old malls or apartment buildings. Can you imagine if they were renovated and devoted to the homeless population? After all, they are not being used. Why not? Well, aside from people being greedy.... 
If you could go anywhere, abandoned or not, where would it be? Let me know in the comments below!