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10 Of My Guilty Pleasures

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Today I’m joining in with some of my favorite bloggers to talk about guilty pleasures. So what exactly is a guilty pleasure? It’s something you enjoy, but feel guilty for doing so. Not just a regular pleasure, and not just something that makes you feel guilty. It has to be both. Here are some of mine.

1. TV

I feel like I watch a lot of TV, between what is regularly on each week and binge watching. I always need to have something to binge watch because when I want a break or have extra time, I like to hit play on the next episode of whatever I’m watching.

2. Phone Games

And while I watch TV, I play games on my phone. For awhile it’s been Candy Crush, and I try to beat my current level whenever I’m bored. I also play Cross-Stitch World. It’s so relaxing. But I know it takes up too much time.

3. Food

I eat too many things that aren’t good for me. Like Starbucks drinks and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I can’t stop!

4. Social Media

I don’t feel guilty for scrolling through Facebook or Instagram once in awhile because I don’t do it all that often. But Tumblr? That’s a habit I’d like to kick.

5. Procrastinating

I often think about all the things I need to do and then convince myself they can wait.

6. Traveling On My Own

About once a year for the past few years, I’ve gotten to go away on my own. The first few times weren’t for good reasons – when my grandmother was sick and then for her funeral and when my dad had surgery – but after that, it’s been to hang out with my friend. I love it and I feel bad about it.

7. When Someone Else Drives My Kids To / From School

I love it and I can’t live without it, but I feel bad about it?? I mean, I take my turn and everything! But our friend works at the school and drives my kids (almost) every morning and I shouldn’t take that for granted.

8. When The Kids Are At School

I feel guilty for enjoying the silence. And for being a stay-at-home-mom in general.

9. Having Cleaning Help

I should be able to clean my house myself, right?

10. Shopping

I don’t feel like I do too much shopping, but when I do, I feel guilty!

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

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The Art of the Brick Exhibit

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Art of the Brick Exhibit

The Art of the Brick exhibit is currently at Union Station in Kansas City and when I heard it was coming here, I knew we wanted to attend. It was actually in both Cleveland and Chicago when we were in those cities last summer, but we did not get to visit. The Art of the Brick is an exhibition by Nathan Sawaya who creates art using Lego bricks. Some of the art is recreations of famous pieces and some is the artist’s own work. Each piece is labeled with how many Legos were used to create it and it is quite amazing to see! There are a series of areas inside the exhibit and at the end, there was a model of the whole thing also made from Legos. I think that was Zachary’s favorite part!

First up were the models of various famous art works.

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DIY Disney Pin Trading Book

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DIY Disney Pin Trading Book

In advance of our trip to Disney World in June, Gabbie used some of her birthday money to buy herself a pin trading book from a seller on Etsy. It hasn’t arrived yet, but in the meantime, I thought I would try to make myself my own pin trading book. I ordered a CD Wallet from Amazon to use as the main part of the book.

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There are many ways you can decorate the cover of the CD Wallet to personalize it and make it say Disney pin book instead of CD Wallet! Gabbie had some leftover fabric from the mouse ears she made me for our last trip, so she took over the cover design.

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She cut the fabric to 9x5 inches so that it would fit on the front and part of the back of the book.

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She measured and folded a half inch around the edges and ironed the folds so the edges would be straight.

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She then used hot glue to attach the fabric to the book.

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She also added a ribbon around the edges of the fabric.

To add pages for my pins, I bought felt sheets. I cheated and bought the self-adhesive kind so I wouldn’t have to use hot glue! I removed the plastic CD slots on the front sides of the pages only. Then I used the plastic piece as a sort of template to see how large I should cut the felt. After that first sheet, I saw I could use the adhesive backing as a template.

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I left the plastic on the backs of the pages because I wanted to make a sort of pocket for the pin backs, so they don’t scratch against the pins on the following page. I realized that since the plastic didn’t cover the whole page, the adhesive would get stuck to the inner part of the page and not form a pocket like I wanted, so I put some felt inside to cover that sticky part. If I had used glue, I just would not have put glue on that part of the felt.

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These are some of my pins and how I used to carry them around.

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Now, they are inside my pin book.

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The felt and the pins add some bulk to the CD wallet but I was still able to zip it closed!

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What do you think of my trading pin book?

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$10 at Target–Fashion Finds

Monday, April 16, 2018

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For awhile now I have been participating in the $10 at Target challenge. The idea is to spend $10 and only $10 buying items at Target. We link up our finds on the 3rd Monday of every month, so feel free to head to Target, spend $10, and share your finds – scroll to the end of this post and you will find the link up! I always love checking out what everyone else decided to get!

This month I thought I might look for a new necklace to wear with my new yellow dress. I know Target has a nice accessories department. However, it seemed like most of the necklaces were $17 instead of $10. I thought it was funny that a lot of the things I was looking at were exactly $9.99, so I took a few pictures of fashionable things you can get for $10 at Target:

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Bracelet stacks

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Chain type necklaces

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So I wasn’t sure what I wanted to buy and then I left and came back another day and found a necklace I liked!

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I like the layered necklace look. The problem though is that the chains get tangled every time I put the necklace down!

Now, show us what you found at Target this month!


What do you think of my finds?

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A Different Kind of Adventure

Sunday, April 15, 2018

There’s no shortage of fun and interesting things to do with friends and family, and wherever you live, you’ll be able to find all sorts of attractions and leisure activities to keep everyone occupied. Sometimes though, it can be good to try something a bit more challenging, an activity that gets the adrenaline pumping and the heart racing, or a new kind of experience that none of you have attempted before. Many kids find this kind of adventure is the best of all, but if you aren’t sure about it, just have a look at some of the options for a different kind of adventure.

Sports

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to paddle down a river in a kayak? Take a horseback ride over the mountains? How about dipping your toe in the sea and having a go at surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving? There are many sports you can do safely with your family, like hiking, cycling and golf for example, but many of the sports labeled as extreme are in truth very family-friendly too. Go for something everyone can join in with, and you’ll find you have plenty of thrills and excitement.

Experiences

If you have older children, a mystery to solve at Escape Room STL will be an adventure you can all work together to solve, and have some great fun in the process. Kids always love scary things, so you have plenty of scope for finding experiences based on something
horrible! Some of the most popular elements of theme parks like Disney World are the ones designed to scare, because most people enjoy having a fright in safe surroundings. There are some incredible rollercoasters and thrill rides at parks all across the country, too, if you like the adrenaline rush and the kids are eager to scream themselves hoarse. If this isn’t your style, explore the offerings on websites of companies that specialize in experience days for ideas. You might not find an activity you want to book, but you’ll certainly get some ideas of things to try.

Challenges

There are any number of challenges you can try as a family. Ziplines aren’t quick thrills in kids play areas – have a look online, and you’ll find some amazing examples where you can cross ravines, forests and waterfalls. These are ideal for the rush of speeding through the air without the risks of going bungee-jumping. Treetop adventure trails are another great example of activities you can all take part in together, and your little monkeys will love playing at being Dora the Explorer. You could go up in a hot air balloon if you fancy something that’s challenging but in a more tranquil way!

Sometimes it’s good to completely let your hair down, try new things and join in with your kids in having pure, unadulterated fun. Make a date for the family to go on a special trip, and get together tonight to plan your adventure!


This post was written by Bill Clark. Bill is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about culture and the arts, however will write about anything that piques his interest including business, travel and lifestyle.  He can be reached on Twitter @BilboClark01.