Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Visit To Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - Baltimore, MD


This year, we're on a mission to visit as many national parks as we can. Last month, we visited Fort Washington Park in Fort Washington, MD. This month, we ventured out to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD. In the past, I've only associated Fort McHenry with the tunnel that runs under the Baltimore Harbor. I didn't even know there was a park by there with the same name until my husband told me. He had visited as a child and he thought it would be fun to take the kids one day.

We had a chance to go on Presidents' Day. Both my husband and my kids were off that day and admission to participating national parks was free. We chose to visit Fort McHenry since it wasn't too far -- only about an hour away.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 2017 Daily Goodie Box Unboxing


DISCLOSURE: I received a free Daily Goodie Box in order to facilitate this unboxing post. All opinions are my own.

Daily Goodie Box sends out boxes of free samples. It's free to join and all they ask for in return is your opinion on the products they sent.

This was my first box and I was surprised by how many items were in the box. Here's a short video of my unboxing.


Look at everything in the box!


Minions Valentines Box


Happy Valentine's Day!

I wanted to do a quick post about the Valentines Box my kindergartener and I made the other day. This was the first time a teacher asked us to make a box to hold the Valentines the kids would be receiving in class. Usually, my kids either decorated a paper bag or a little box at school.

I went on Pinterest and did a search on Valentine Boxes and when my 6-year-old saw a Minions one, he got excited and immediately said that was what he wanted!  It didn't look too hard and we had most of what we needed already at home.


First, we needed a shoe box. Luckily, we found one in my older daughter's closet that was a good size. I covered the box and its top in yellow cardstock. This part probably took the longest, since I had the cut all the pieces out and glue them onto the box.

Next, I cut out some blue cardstock for the Minion's overalls. I tried to cut somewhat identical pieces for the front and the back of the box. I also cut straps for the sides of the box.


After that, I cut out some white foam circles for his eyes. I used a plastic ring from a Tying Knots game. I traced the inside of the ring on the white foam paper and I used a glittery silver piece of foam for the goggles. I made the iris and pupil with brown and black cardstock. I made the goggle straps with a piece of black foam paper.

The boxes had to have the child's name on the front, so I used some foam letter stickers that I had to put his name on the overalls. I sketched out a mouth for the Valentines to go in and my husband cut it out with an Exacto knife.

I think it came out super cute! I can't wait to see how well it held up in class!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

3DLightFX Deco Light - Kevin - Minions - REVIEW

 DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with USFamilyGuide.com.  I received a free 3D Deco Light in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

My younger kids can't sleep without a nightlight. They get scared when the room is too dark. So, we use this really old nightlight that my older kids used to use. It used to have a decorative part that matched my oldest daughter's nursery decor, but that broke off years ago. So it's just a naked nightlight bulb. My husband thinks it's too bright, but my son likes it.

This past weekend, I was excited to receive a 3DLightFX Deco Light. It's a nightlight that you hang on the wall. It comes with a crack sticker, so that the nightlight appears like it's crashed through your wall.It's available in all sorts of varieties -- from Disney and comic book characters to sports and other designs. I chose one in the shape of my son's favorite Minions character, Kevin.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

L'Oreal EverPure Moisture VoxBox - REVIEW #FreeYourHair


DISCLOSURE: I received free samples from Influenster to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

I color my hair pretty regularly. I go to the salon about every 6 weeks to get my roots colored, since the greys have been becoming more numerously lately. This past summer, I was coloring my hair a little more often. I experimented with purple, blue and even green streaks.


But, those colors fade so quickly. I was at the salon almost every 2-3 weeks getting touch ups. I was going through different brands of color-safe shampoos to see if I could find one that would help protect the color, while also making my hair feel less dry and damaged.  After getting tired of going to the salon so often, I ended up using a boxed color to dye it all brown.

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