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Friday, December 2, 2016

Enjoying #LifeWithoutLaces With HICKIES


I have a 9-year-old who doesn’t yet know how to tie shoes. I think it’s a fine motor issue, as he does have some trouble with things like handwriting, buttons, etc. When I heard about HICKIES no-tie elastic shoelaces, I knew they would be perfect for Zachary. But guess what? When I received mine, I realized I wanted them for myself! (Zachary wants to use them too, but he first needs a pair of shoes to use them on!)


HICKIES laces turn any pair of shoes into slip-ons, while maintaining the tightness needed in a good sneaker. Each eyelet is connected separately so you can decide how tight you want your fit to be. They work in any type of shoe that has eyelets, and with many color options they can be worn in any sneakers, work boots, and even dress shoes.


These are the shoes I wear every day when I exercise. As you can see, the laces are so long that I have to double-knot them and tuck the ends under the middle so they don’t flap all over the place when I am jumping and moving around. I laced my right shoe with HICKIES in order to test them out. The lacing system is not hard, but you only have to do it one time!

I laced my top and bottom eyelets the classic way, and used the crossing option on the middle section for added tightness.

In order to test the HICKIES laces, I did my workout with my regular laces on the left and the new set on the right. I noticed that the shoe with the HICKIES stayed adjusted the same way the whole time, while the other laces loosened. I also noticed that my shoe felt comfortable and looked great! So, I replaced my laces with HICKIES shoelaces on the left side as well. At first, I thought I would have to loosen the HICKIES to put my shoes on, but I don’t, they are just like slip-ons now. So, when I go to the gym and exercise , take off my shoes for yoga, and then put my shoes on again to leave the gym, I won’t have to re-tie them!

HICKIES are available in a wide range of colors and even come in slightly smaller size for kids. Right now, adult HICKIES are $13.99 and kids are $9.99. If you buy 4 packs, you will get 1 free. Plus, you can use the code USFG to save an additional 20% off!

I think these would make a fun gift, don’t you?

I received this product in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kentucky–Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

When we decided to drive to my brother’s house in Atlanta, we knew we would be making a bunch of stops along the way, to make the trip fun and to see places we’d never seen before (although we did drive to Atlanta a few years ago as well)! Our first official stop was Louisville, KY, where we visited Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

Walking to the museum, you head down the Louisville Slugger Walk of Fame, which honors players with bronze castes of bats and home plates engraved with highlights of their careers. Zachary also liked this chess knight!

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The Big Bat that leans on the building is the world’s biggest baseball bat. It is an exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s bat.

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There is also a big ball and glove inside the museum, which Simon thought was pretty funny!


Of course, much of the museum consists of their bat collection.


You can put on gloves and hold actual ball game bats from players on every team in the Major League. Of course, all three kids chose to hold Alex Gordon’s bat!


Zachary enjoyed the virtual reality pitching experience. Gabbie and Simon pretended to be sitting in the dugout.


The temporary exhibit right now is Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Oddball Exhibit, with some interesting baseball related oddities and other random and strange items.

This was made out of some sort of fur.

Yankee Stadium made out of toothpicks.

You could open drawers and look inside, and this was inside the first we opened. It’s Hebrew! I read it and one of the kids asked me what it means. I said, “Believe or don’t believe.” Dave corrected me – it means “Believe it or not!”

Kansas City themed something or other.

A peacock made of straws?

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Tall and short men.

Of course, we also took the factory tour and learned how bats are made. Pictures are not allowed on the tour. At the end, everyone receives a mini-Louisville Slugger bat, which you can see the kids holding in some of the photos!


Have you ever been to Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November In Review

It’s the last day of the month, so it’s time to review the month by the numbers! Things were relatively quiet during the first half of the month, but it ended with our epic road trip, which I’ll be blogging about at some point soon! I am once again linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Numbers Link Up!

Birthdays Celebrated – 1:

Holidays Celebrated – 1:


States Driven Through – 6:
Missouri | Illinois | Indiana | Kentucky | Tennessee | Georgia

Cities Slept In – 6:
Kingdom City, MO | Louisville, KY | Chattanooga, TN | Atlanta, GA | Nashville, TN | Mt. Vernon, IL

School Programs Attended – 3:
Spaghetti Dinner / Book Fair | Zachary’s Salute To The USA Program | Simon’s Art Show

Reviews Posted – 6:
The Book Of Heroines / Heroes | Ipsy | Jazz Loves Disney | Stainless Steel Fish Grill Basket | Bottlekeeper | YouCopia

Books Reviewed – 3

Linkups / Swaps Joined – 4
Fall Scarf Exchange | The Kids Behind The Blog | $10 at Target | This One

Days The Kids Were Off From School – 3, plus we missed 1 day extra.

Date Nights With Dave – 1


Pounds Lost This Month (Net) – 2

Steps My Fitbit Counted In My Tuesday Class At The Gym – 2,200

Hours My Fitbit Said I Slept The First Night I Wore It – 6 hours, 59 minutes, with 2x awake, 15x restless, and 43 minutes awake / restless (I’m not sure this is accurate, because it says I went to sleep before I did!)

Fantasy Football Record – 7-5

TV Shows Completed – 3:
Friday Night Lights | Stranger Things | Gilmore Girls – A Year In The Life

Movies Seen – 1

Times Played Mah Jong – 2

Craft Projects Completed – 1, With Gabbie’s Help


Items Finished From My Fall Bucket List – 3
Finish Knitting Vest | Celebrate My Birthday Thanksgiving

Items In My November Picture Folder – 404

Photos Posted On Instagram – 25

Total Blog Posts – 24

Happy Almost December!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It’s Okay #138


It’s okay…

…that we’re back after a 6 day road trip through 6 states!

…that I have a ton of laundry to get through.

…that I sent the kids to school wearing winter coats yesterday and then it was 60 degrees.

…that after seeing it recommended everywhere, I ordered Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Cameraby Bryan Peterson. I think I’m doing okay so far with the camera, but I have a ton more images to edit!


…that I ordered myself a Fitbit. I wasn’t sure if I should replace my regular watch with the Fitbit, because I still love my regular watch, but then I realized I didn’t order a watch. It’s just an activity tracker!

…that even though I looked for multiple geocaches while traveling, I was only able to find one!

What’s okay with you this week?