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May In Review

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May was another super fast month. We finished school and started summer break and we had a ton to celebrate! This month I am once again linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Numbers Link Up!

2 Holidays Celebrated:

Mother’s Day. I have not gotten to blog about what we did on Mother’s Day yet, but in involved visits to at least 4 farms!


And Memorial Day. We went to the Royals game!

4 posts about our NY / NJ trip:

Statue of Liberty | The Freedom Tower | Roosevelt Island | Liberty Science Center

3 Reviews Posted:

Photo Tray from | Inkdot Wood Print | Ipsy Glam Bag

4 Link Ups Joined:

The Kids Behind the Blog | $10 At Target | Summer Bucket List | This one!

4 Adventures:

The Farm Tour on Mother’s Day | A ride on the new Kansas City Streetcar | LEGO KidsFest | Urban Air


1 School Related Post:

Mr. Bear Part Three

3 School Events I Haven’t Blogged About Yet:

Simon’s Graduation | Zachary’s End of School Party | Gabbie’s Graduation

1 Dance Recital:

With two dancers!

3 Nights Gabbie Spent Away From Us.
7 Girls Slept Here for Gabbie’s Birthday Party.

3 Dentist Appointments for Me, Gabbie, and Zachary.

3 Days of Summer Break (weekdays with no school or camp).

2 Birthdays Celebrated:

Dave’s Birthday | Gabbie’s Party

4 Books Reviewed.
493 Items in my May Picture Folder.
25 Photos Posted on Instagram. (1005 total pictures!)
22 Total Blog Posts.

Happy June Everyone!

May Ipsy Glam Bag

Monday, May 30, 2016

This month I received my 31st Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was “Destination Chic.” Here is what I received:


Hanalei Lip Treatment – $25 for 15 mL, I received 5 mL, a value of $8.33:
This rejuvenating Lip Treatment will make your chapped lips a thing of the past. Using Kukui Nut oil, antioxidants, agave and grapeseed oil, your lips will be smooth and moisturized in no time!
30% off with code HANALEI30 until 6/30/16.
My thoughts: This definitely works for chapped lips! I felt like it could compare to Vaseline, but it smelled and tasted better.

INSPR Beauty Eye Fluff Brush – $12:
A must-have tool for blending and buffing, this Eye Fluff Brush adds definition and dimension to your eye shape while blending harsh lines.
50% off with code IPSY2016 until 6/30/16.
My thoughts: I tried it out and it worked well!

Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer in Radiate – $17:
We love a good faux glow! Not only can you get a glowing complexion, this bronzer can be used as eye shadows or highlighter. The coral and copper pigments glide on smooth with just a hint of shimmer.
30% off + Free Eyeliner with Purchase with code HIKARI30 until 6/30/16.
My thoughts: I love bronzer in general and I have a blush from this company that I also really like. I’m not exactly sure if I should blend the colors together or use them in different areas of my face!

Vasanti Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser – $6:
This cleanser seriously puts the hero in hero product! With instant professional microdermabrasion results that reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scars, it's no wonder this cleanser is that talk of the town.
30% off with code Ipster30 until 6/30/16.
My thoughts: I didn’t see a huge difference when I used the product, but it felt and smelled fine, so I will use it again!

Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara – $22 for .3 oz, I received .1 oz, a value of $7.33:
This triple threat brush isolates and magnifies each lash, while applying its fiber-loaded formula. The result? Sky-high and defined lashes in just one swipe. Bonus: the formula is clump, flake and smudge-proof!
15% off with code IPSY15 until 6/30/16.
My thoughts: I feel like I don’t really know how to use mascara because all the kinds I’ve tried seem the same to me. I do love Smashbox in general and will definitely use this again.

Once again, I pay $10 a month for these bags. I love seeing what comes my way each month! The value received this month was approximately $50.66, which was more than last month. My favorite item is the bronzer.  I also really love this month’s bag, but I was disappointed when I saw that some people got it in purple! Mine is blue, but that’s ok too.

If you’d like to sign up to receive your own Glam Bag each month, click here! If you got this month’s bag, what did you think?

What I’ve Been Reading #125 Featuring Eagle Tree

Friday, May 27, 2016


I received a copy of Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. This is a book about trees. And climbing trees. And everything you would ever want to know about trees. It’s also about a boy who has autism. The book is told from the viewpoint of March, who loves trees more than anything in the world.

“Fourteen-year-old March Wong knows everything there is to know about trees. They are his passion and his obsession, even after his recent falls—and despite the state’s threat to take him away from his mother if she can’t keep him from getting hurt. But the young autistic boy cannot resist the captivating pull of the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests just outside his back door. One day, March is devastated to learn that the Eagle Tree—a monolithic Ponderosa Pine near his home in Olympia—is slated to be cut down by developers. Now, he will do anything in his power to save this beloved tree, including enlisting unlikely support from relatives, classmates, and even his bitter neighbor. In taking a stand, March will come face-to-face with some frightening possibilities: Even if he manages to save the Eagle Tree, is he risking himself and his mother to do it?”

While parts of the book were slightly weighed down with tree related information, I didn’t mind, because it was a glimpse into the mind of March, a unique and inspiring protagonist. It is easy to forget that he is only 14 years old because he is so knowledgeable about trees. As one of the other characters says, he is a self-trained ecologist. At the same time, March is highly compulsive – when he gets into his head that he needs to climb a tree, that’s what he does, no matter the weather or how he might hurt himself.

I feel that this is an important book for those who want to understand what goes on in the head of someone with autism. The author was a teacher of students with autism and he gained some of his knowledge on the topic from that experience. One of my favorite parts of the book was seeing how the other people in the story reacted to and interacted with March. His father abandoned him, but his mother stayed strong, along with his uncle. His teacher and classmates provided an interesting viewpoint as well. March was able to appear before the town council to argue why they should not take down the Eagle Tree. The way he does this and the help that he receives is inspiring and meaningful. Additionally, I have found myself admiring trees with new appreciation after reading this book! 

I’ve been linking up the books I’ve read with Stephanie!

What have you been reading lately?

Liberty Science Center

Thursday, May 26, 2016

While we were in NY / NJ, we expected some not-so-nice weather. We took advantage of it by planning a trip to the Liberty Science Center with our good friends who live in NJ! I have some memories from the LSC, from going when I was a kid, to going with my campers when I was a camp counselor, to going with my nephews when they were little, to taking Gabbie there when she was little. This time, it seemed that all of the kids were good ages for spending the day at the center, and we all really enjoyed it!


We started out in the Sid The Science Kid area, which Simon could not get enough of. I had to keep encouraging him to play quickly so we would have time in the other parts of the museum. In the past, kids exhibits from LSC have ended up here in Kansas City, so I kept telling him we’d get to see it another time! This exhibit is already closed at the LSC.


Meanwhile, the older kids were busy in the Energy Quest area.


Next, we tried out the moving climbing wall – when you climb up, the wall moves down!

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The kids were interested in this bee hive, and they watched a show about bees.


They also loved the infinity climber, and kept trying to stay in instead of coming out!


I always like looking at the cool animals in the Eat and Be Eaten area.


We also crawled through my all time favorite, the Touch Tunnel. It is totally dark inside and you crawl through by using your hands to feel along the wall.


We took a break for lunch, and along with all the other Jewish visitors we enjoyed our matzah for Passover!


Next, we visited the i Explore area, which is actually meant for kids ages 2-5. Oops! Many of the exhibits in this area are also at the Wonderscope Museum here in Kansas City.

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From there we went to the Infection Connection area. Beware of the sneezing face!


And the Communication area.


We were almost going to leave, when we realized that there is a whole exhibit on the first floor. It was a lot less crowded than the other areas of the museum and I think less people know about it. It is all about Skyscrapers!


In this area, you can walk the steel, like you are a construction worker, above the gallery floor! Simon was so upset that he was too small to do it.


Then, our friends left to go home and prepare dinner, and we met them there after a little while, but first, we wanted to check out the overlook of Liberty State Park. On our way there, we got distracted by the Our Hudson Home exhibit!

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Whew! I’m sorry for the picture overload! Have you ever been to the Liberty Science Center?