Saturday, October 21, 2017

SixFlags HalloWedding - The Reception


I know you're probably tired of seeing pics from my vow renewal but, guess what, I'm not!

Six Flags was kind enough to hold a reception for the newlyweds, people who renewed vows, and everyone's guests.



Each couple had their own individual cakes with choice of bottle of champagne or sparkling juice (I went for the champagne!)  

Women who were newly married had black bouquets, and the vow renewal gals had purple flower bouquets.  

with my niece and great-niece

I sent what was left of our wedding cake home with my son to take in the house since I wasn't going home that night.  It made it as far as the front yard before the entire thing slipped out of the box and made a fantastic mess in my front yard.


Six Flags also gave each couple two free general admission tickets and passes for entry to their five haunted houses.  Guess where I'm going next weekend!

Man, I love this Halloween stuff.

Scratch & Create Enchanted Forest - Postcard Kit Review and Giveaway

I received products for review from Quarto.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

DESCRIPTION

Adult coloring books are so last year - Dive into the awesome world of scratch art! With the specially designed stylus we provide, you’ll etch and scratch your way through 20 delightful, original art postcards. Each postcard is coated with silver, metallic, foil, and as you scratch away, you’ll reveal the full-color art beneath. Each design is illustrated Kailey Whitman, and is the perfect, personalized, place for a note to someone special.

My Review

I don't necessarily agree that adult coloring books are so last year but I will agree that scratch art is another fun, therapeutic hobby.  The Scratch & Create Enchanted Forest postcard kit has been a relaxing form of art for me.  There are twenty postcards in the book that start out as silver, metallic foil with shapes and lines that aren't real visible.  When you use the provided stylus and scratch the foil, colors and pictures appear.  It creates a completed image.

There are two sides to the stylus - one thin and pointy, the other wider and duller.  I prefer the wider side because I can get more done quicker and it doesn't scratch up the paper.  I've found that, once in a while, you will want to wipe the shavings away from the image so you can keep track of where you've scratched.  The postcard paper is high-quality and perforated for easy tearing.  On the backside of each is a section for addresses and a small note, like any other postcard.  You can send your finished art to someone special or use it as a display.

 a finished piece


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Celebrate National Pasta Month with Cucina Antica

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October is National Pasta Month, and we’re celebrating all month long with Cucina Antica’s authentic, Italian cooking sauces.

These artisanal cooking sauces allow for the at-home chef to discover new pasta-bilities. Try their cooking sauces: Tomato Basil, Garlic Marinara, Puttanesca, Spicy Arrabbiata, Fresh Spinach, Arugula Marinara, and La Pizza!

Each handcrafted flavor is Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, with no added sugar, no preservatives, made with imported San Marzano Tomatoes.

Visit https://cucina-antica.com/ for more information.  Click here to find out where you can purchase the cooking sauces.    

What's your favorite kind of pasta?
Which flavor of Cucina Antica cooking sauces would you most like to try?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 92

Photo by Louis Moncouyoux on Unsplash

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 92. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Malachi 4:2 

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Six Flags HalloWedding - The Scare-amony


Screenshot of article on ABC News

No one ever accused our family of being normal!  And there was no reason to try to be when Jason and I renewed our vows Saturday.  Not only did I "remarry" the love of my life, I also witnessed my daughter get married to the love of her life.


with our officiant


Me and Jason with the other two couples who share an anniversary with us

Of the 13 couples who renewed their vows, there were two other couples besides me and Jason who were married fifteen years ago on the same stage at the same time.  It was great connecting with them and seeing how their lives have been since they were first married.  


A handful of people commented that they could tell who the renewals and the marriages were.  The people renewing their vows were chillax and loosened up.  The ones getting married were all nervous and serious.

Saying our "I boos" in this frighteningly fun way is a highlight of my life!

Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book - Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Arbordale Publishing.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

Using a wide variety of stunning photographs, author Kevin Kurtz poses thought-provoking questions to help readers determine if things are living or nonliving. For example, if most (but not all) living things can move, can any nonliving things move? As part of the Compare and Contrast series, this is a unique look at determining whether something is living or nonliving.

My Review:

With amazing realistic pictures, this book isn't filled with a lot of words but gets children thinking about how living and non-living things are both alike and different.  For instance, we know that all living things do grow and change.  But the book shows beautiful pictures of nonliving things that grow and change too, like icebergs and clouds.  This compare and contrast book opens up discussions and makes kids think.

The 'For Creative Minds' section in the back of the book encourages further learning with a glossary and a Living or Nonliving Checklist.

Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book is a Fall 2017 release from Arbordale Publishing.

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Cute Bunny Craft with Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue

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As the champion of creativity, Elmer's is dedicated to developing products that make it even easier for moms, teachers and children to create the perfect project.  This year the company launched Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue.

The new glue goes on purple but dries clear, so kids know exactly where they're gluing and when it's dry.  This glue is excellent for little ones who are just learning how to use glue and creating projects with a variety of materials such as foam boards, wood, and felt.

Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue is available at popular retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon.  It retains between $0.99 - $3.99

If you're looking for a fun and easy project, try a hand at the Cute Bunny Craft:

Supplies Needed

1 paper plate
pink and white card stock
scissors
googley eyes
2 black pipe cleaners and one pink pipe cleaner
cotton balls
Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue


Directions

Cut two large oval ears out of the white cardstock and then two smaller oval ears out of the pink cardstock.  Then cut a small circle out of the pink cardstock for the bunny's nose.

Use the Elmer's Disappearing Purple Liquid School glue to attach all your cotton balls to the paper plate.  Do this until the plate is completely covered.  (Watch how the disappearing purple liquid glue changes from bright purple to clear!)

Glue the pink oval onto the white oval to make the ears and then glue to the ears onto the back of the paper plate.

Criss Cross two black pipe cleaners to make an X and add a bended pink pipe cleaner to the center, and shape it to look like a mouth.  

Attach the googley eyes, pink circle nose and pipe cleaners with the glue.

So cute and so simple!