Monday, November 20, 2017

Lego's making memories

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.
I have so many amazing Christmas memories growing up as a kid, but only a few bad.  I remember my brother and I would sneak up each Christmas morning and peak at our gifts before our mom and dad got up.  We use to try and get my younger sister up, but she was always afraid to get in trouble for being out of bed.  After we peaked, we would try to get my parents up.  They would never get up, so we would go out into the living room and watch the 101 Dalmatians Christmas special (MY mom lost that VHS TAPE!!  I was so mad lol)  I also remember the year I got a horse for Christmas, I spent the rest of Christmas outside with him.  But there were also the bad memories, my parents fought all the time.  And even though we always got "gifts" for Christmas there was no family time.  One of the worst Christmas was when my mom flipped out and left the house for a few hours.  In a temper fit my dad left too!  It was a very scared 12 year old me, a 7 year old Luke and an even younger Brittany.  I didn't know what to do, my brother had gotten a huge Lego set that year.  I decided to build the set with them.  Whenever I needed a piece I would tell them what color and to look for.  Sometimes I would mess up on purpose and let them help me figure out what I did "wrong."  That Lego set would have normally only took me 40 minutes to put together, but I dragged it out for 2 hour.  
Every year after that my brother would get a Lego set and we would put it together.  It became a tradition.
I never knew if they remembered why we started it, they were kind of young.  It wasn't until my youngest son turned 6 and my brother got him his first "big kid" Lego set.  As my son sat their in awe, my brother winked at me and told my son we use to have a family tradition of putting together Lego sets on Christmas.  He then looked at me and said hopefully this one doesn't take 2 hours like that first set did.  I could tell by my brother's face what he was talking about.  He hugged me then and we restarted the family tradition of Lego building Christmas night!!  Now they still take 2 hours to build. Not because I am trying to keep 2 little kids calm, but because we are eating, watching Christmas movies and so much other stuff as we build!

My son is 10 this Christmas so it has been going on for a couple of years now.  This year I still didn't get our big set, but I did grab a few cool littler ones



This Batman™ BrickHeadz construction character is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of his iconic details, including his Batsuit with icon and utility belt decoration, plus a Batarang. He also stands on a buildable baseplate with series number and BrickHeadz icon for easy display, so you can bring the Caped Crusader to any room or office.
Buildable Batman™ LEGO BrickHeadz construction character features colorful and authentic detailing, glow-in-the-dark BrickHeadz eyes, plus a display baseplate. Each LEGO BrickHeadz construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.
Mighty Micros: Spider-Man vs. Scorpion
Role-play a daring duel between Spider-Man and his venomous enemy Scorpion. Scorpion’s Mighty Micros car features movable pincers and tail with sting, while Spider-Man’s blue and red buggy features exhaust pipes. The super villain also has a mini-scorpion to match Spider-Man’s mini-spider. Includes two minifigures with mini legs.

Includes Spider-Man and Scorpion minifigures with mini legs.
Move the tail and pincers of Scorpion’s Mighty Micros car and attack Spider-Man!
Scorpion’s Mighty Micros car features dual pincers and a tail with sting.
Accessory elements include a mini-scorpion and a mini-spider.
This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 5-12.
Spider-Man's Mighty Micros car measures over 1” (3cm) high, 1” (5cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
Scorpion's Mighty Micros car withclaws retracted measures over 2” (6cm) high, 1” (5cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.

Pit Superman™ against Bizarro™ in this fun Mighty Micros set. Each vehicle is the perfect size for these short-legged minifigures and features a seat on top and big fists that are perfect for fast-paced battling fun. Each character also comes with its own Kryptonite accessory element.
Includes two minifigures with mini legs: Superman™ and Bizarro™.
Superman’s Mighty Micros car features a minifigure cockpit, Superman™ logo and giant fists.
Bizarro’s reverse-built Mighty Micros car also features giant fists.
Drive Bizarro™ backwards in his reverse-built vehicle and throw his Kryptonite in the wrong direction!
Accessory elements include Superman’s blue translucent Kryptonite and Bizarro’s green translucent Kryptonite.
This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 5-12.
Superman’s Mighty Micros car measures over 1” (4cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
Bizarro’s Mighty Micros car measures over 1” (4cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.


As I am sure everyone knows this is only a few of many!  Lego offers a set for everyone!

Lugz for me, Lugz for you Lugz for EVERYONE!!

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

Several weeks ago I got my hubby a pair of Lugz sneakers and my boys were heart broken!  They looked at me as if I done the unthinkable by getting my hubby something and not them!  It was even worse when my oldest went onto the website and found a new pair of boots that he loved.  He already loved the brand and he just could not believe I would get 'dad something instead of him.'  So I decided you know what I'll just get him the boots!!  He out grew last year's....  Yes but so did Quinn.  Dear readers this mama is a push over.  My boys are now sporting new boots!!

Honestly though I love this brand, so it was no hardship for me to go onto their site and pick out 2 boots for my kids.  And by pickout I mean my boys took me to the site and demanded I get them the pair of their choosing.
I wanted to share both of the boots with you, and honestly if you are looking for boots for your little ones Lugz is the way to go!  Their boots are durable and can stand up to little kids play, they are comfortable as well.  My boys never complain about "them pinching" their feet.  

Also they are water proof!  I hate when we are outside playing in the snow and we have to come in because someone feet got wet from snow leaking through their boots.

Okay here is a little about the 2 pairs we were able to review
Empire hi preschool
The Empire Hi WR is a water resistant and slip resistant plain toe boot that features our patented Flexastride memory foam technology. This boot has the perfect blend of style and comfort to protect your feet year round. DETAILS: Water resistant durabrush upper Padded tongue & collar Flexastride molded memory foam insole ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant rubber sole

Empire HI gradeschool 


DESCRIPTION: The Empire Hi WR is a water resistant and slip resistant plain toe boot that features our patented Flexastride memory foam technology. This boot has the perfect blend of style and comfort to protect your feet year round. DETAILS: Water resistant durabrush upper Padded tongue & collar Flexastride molded memory foam insole ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant rubber sole

This is a brand I swear by, if you are looking for a brand that is perfect for every member of you family you def. want to check out Lugz.  They have something for everyone 

The Family Honor Plate #HonorPlate #FlyBy

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review, I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.
A few years ago my boys got a "prize" in their Chick-Fil-A meal that changed they way we do dinner.  It was family questions.  Basically you ask a question and everyone answers.  Some of them were silly, some of them were sweet, but all of them brought us closer together.  After we asked all the questions from that set we start to make up our own.  Each night one person was responsible to come up with 3 questions.  Don't get me wrong there is always repeats, but I just love the fact it gets my family talking!

This is something I wish all families would do, I hate when I go to a friends house and instead of talking to each other at dinner they all have out their phones and are texting.  To me dinner is the perfect time to talk to your family, ask about their day and make just connect.  I think The Family Honor plate and the table Thyme Discussion cards are the perfect way to get families talking about!

About the plate: Step #1 MOM AND DAD - BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL: The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children.  This is how our children learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.    
Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows. 
  Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER: Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE.  
This is when you: ·      Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific). ·      Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL. About the cards: Every question is followed up with "Why?" to take everyone's answers to a deeper more intimate level.  That's where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as..."What is your favorite dessert?" for example, rather than someone answering "Apple Pie" and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit." Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door."  Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships.  When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.

Evanger's Dog Food

I was given products in this post for review.  All opinions are my own

Evanger's Dog Food


My pups got a special treat this weekend when our samples of Evangers Dog Food arrived!  They have eaten Evanger's Pet food before, so I knew even before I gave it to them that it was going to be a hit.

Just like every time I buy them Evanger's they cleaned the bowl before I was even done putting the can into our recycling bin!


Evangers is a brand I can feel safe giving to my pups and here is why:
All Evanger's foods are made with completely human-grade, highly palatable and nutritious foods that will satisfy even the most finicky eater.

They have no soy, corn, wheat, artificial ingredients, harmful additives, preservatives or by-products, 

Not only do they offer your pet a variety in taste, their gourmet dinners offer the additional nutritional benefits your pet needs. Natural Vitamins and minerals are blended with the all-natural meats for ultimate nutrition that are completely balanced meals for all life stages, ages, and breeds.

And just like people pets want different taste when eating!  How boring would it be to eat the same thing every single day!  At Evanger's they have a HUGE selection of foods.

I was sent several cans of wet food to review with my pups.  To give you and idea of the flavors they offer I will list them all here:
Braised Beef Chunks
Hunk of Beef Au Jus
Slow Cooked Turkey Stew
Chicken & Brown Rice
Whitefish and Sweet Potato
Pheasant and Brown Rice


Don't lie to me!  I know that list had a few of you hungry lol
You can see from the names alone a lot of nutrition goes into the food.
Their ingredents are fresh, natural and have no by-products.

Only the best of the best go into their pet food!
I love my pups I want them around for as long as possible, it all starts with feeding them right!


Not only do they have pet food, but they also have pet treats!  This way your pets can eat right all the time

They even have Gently dried treats that are hand cut!!  I love these because not only are they safe for my pups I can also feed them to my pet rat!!  

To learn more and see all the other amazing products offered by Evanger's please see my link below:

Kidz Gear Headphones

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.

I have no sense of direction.  There I admit it!!!  No one tell my hubby though, lol.  When we go on vacation the only reason we make it from point a to point b is my gps.  Without it, we be done for.  I do love my GPS, but when the kids have a movie playing or a game going it can be really hard to hear it.  That is why headphones are a must in the car.  That way only they can hear their game of movie.  I don't want just any head phones though, I want ones that aren't going to hurt their developing ears.
Kidz Gear Headphones fit the description perfectly!

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for Kids: designed specifically for children with no tangled wires, the wireless Bluetooth Headphones provide easy Bluetooth 4.0 set-up with KidzSync™ Auto-Syncing Technology and a high-quality audio experience for children. Available in blue and pink, the headphones also include a patented removable omnidirectional Boom Microphone.



 Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset Headphones with Boom Microphone: winner of numerous awards, including USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Award, the Kidz Gear wired Headphones with Boom Mic are ideal children’s headphones for travel and educational use.  The flexible boom microphone is lightweight and clearly picks up omnidirectional sound, features proprietary KidzControl™ Volume Limit Technology to ensure child-safe listening – available in gray, pink, or blue.

And I love that not only are these perfect for the car, my boys also use them when they are playing their PS4 games!!  Don't waist your money on those super expensive sets.  These work perfect, my boys can hear and talk to their little friends online!

To learn more please see my link below: