Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Goodnight Messages from Fave Characters with the Disney Bedtime Hotline


Families and fans can add a little Disney magic into the bedtime routine with the Disney store “Disney Bedtime Hotline.” For the second year in a row, fans and families can call the toll-free number, 1-877-7-MICKEY, to hear six special goodnight messages from Mickey Mouse, Woody, Jasmine, Anna and Elsa, Yoda and Spider-Man to give kids something to look forward to at bedtime – and give parents a break. The phone number will run from today through September 30 and is available in the United States. 

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NFL Grilling Apron - Review and Giveaway


We like football in our family but wouldn't consider ourselves die-hards.  We're more fanatical about grilling.  Doesn't matter the season or the weather, we grill out more than we cook in.  But, beings that it's football season, we may as well wear a grilling apron that represents our favorite team - the New England Patriots.  

Party Animal, Inc., a leading manufacturer of professional and collegiate sports and entertainment licensed toys, sells NFL Grilling Aprons among other things.  


The specific NFL Grilling Apron I received features NFL player jersey dye graphics and represent the best player on the team, Tom Brady.  It features 24" long waist ties, an adjustable neck strap, and two front pockets.  Made of 100% polyester, it fits most adults.  Not only does it provoke football conversation, it's also handy to wear when grilling.  It keeps food off your regular clothes, and is easy to wash afterwards.


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Movies and Miscellaneous

It's been a while since I've participated but I'm back to play this week.  It's Random Tuesday Thoughts, hosted by Stacy Uncorked
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me and Logan watching IT: Chapter 2
Yeah, I totally wore a shirt that helped set the mood!

I took my daughter and son-in-law to watch Ready Or Not in theaters.  I'm a fan of horror movies and loved the premise of this film.  But, it went straight to the gutter for me when it started getting sacrilegious.  I like scary, but cross the line at sacrifice.

Still speaking of movies, me and Logan went and watched IT: Chapter 2.  I didn't care for the book or the original movie (1990) but I was impressed when I watched IT in 2017.  So, I thought the sequel couldn't be that bad.  I was wrong, very wrong.  I didn't hate it but I sure didn't love it.  Seemed a little over-the-top and cheesy to me.  I just couldn't get the picture of an 8ft. tall troll lookin' grandma with saggy boobs out of my head.  Too much!
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homemade bread

My days have been super busy with raising funds for an upcoming mission trip to Cambodia.  I won't be leaving until March but need half the money by the middle of October.  A core group of us have been holding bake sales, Lemonade Shake-Up stands, making and selling fudge, and much more.  We have a yard sale, Paint Party, and pizza sales coming up soon.  God willing, it will all work out.
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We've had our pop-up camper just a couple of months and Jason's already decided to get an upgrade.  We bought a different, bigger one.  Right now it's in complete disarray because Jason has been doing some repairs but we should be able to go camping in it soon.
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A good friend of ours purchased us a wooden well as a housewarming gift.  I bought a mum as an accent.  I admit, the mum isn't the only "fall" decor I've got out right now.  I started decorating for Fall and Halloween a few days ago.  It's my favorite time of year.
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What's your randomness for the week?
Watch any good movies in theater lately?
When do you start putting out Fall/Halloween decorations?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Tennessee Trip To See My Son

Kickback food from Drury Inn

My son moved to Tennessee at the end of March.  I went with to help him move but hadn't been back since.  In the middle of August, me and Jason took a few days off and headed to see him.  On the way there, we split the drive in two and drove the first six hours before staying the night at Drury Inn in Louisville, KY. 

Drury Inns are the way to go, I tell ya!  The Kickback amenities of free food and drinks during certain hours can't be beat.  They also have free soda and popcorn.

creek in the mountains of TN

The next day we drove the next six hours and stopped by Adam's work to surprise him there.  He's a welder for Rimex and it's his main reason for moving to TN.  I hate, hate, hate that he moved but he's flourishing so much better there than he did here in IL.

Adam in his work wear

assembling the grill
Nothing like putting your kid straight to work as soon as they get off work.

As part of a housewarming gift, we purchased Adam a charcoal grill.  BUT, it was his job to put it together and watch Jason cook meat.  Hopefully, he caught on and can now grill for himself.

cuz I'm still a kid at heart

Throughout the next few days, when we didn't grill, we ate at places that aren't located in our hometown.  We stuffed our faces at Waffle House, Huddle House, Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, and Cook Out.  If there's anybody from Cook Out reading this post, you NEED to come to Quincy, IL.  Your food (and prices) are legit!


We also did a Target run.  Don't kill me, but I'm not one of those people that HAVE to visit a Target anytime one is nearby.  It's got some nice merchandise, but I don't get the shakes if I don't visit a Target but once or twice a year.  What got me super excited was that I purchased a Feisty Pet on clearance for only $9.98.  Glenda Glitterpoop now hangs out in my home office!


We attended the Bristol Motor Speedway Nascar Night Race that Saturday.  It was a first for any of us to be at a Nascar event.  I had a good time in general, but Adam and Jason were more into it than I was.  

Sunday was Adam's birthday.  He turned 20 years old.  We visited the church he's been attending since the move, then came back to his house to watch movies (Logan and The Purge to be exact).

The days went by too fast.  I was content with just hanging out with Adam.  Sure do miss him when I don't see him. (If it sounds sentimental, that's cause it is.)

ringing in his birthday at Waffle House

Traffic Cop - Children's Game Review and Giveaway


I've had a few younger friends and family over to play Traffic Cop, a 2019 release from Endless Games.  It's simple to play and understand, yet so fun.  The kids really seem to enjoy the game.  Traffic Cop is a fun interactive action game based on the classic schoolyard game where one player is the traffic cop and the other players try to cross the street safely.

Traffic Cop is a game for 2 to 6 players, ages 5+.  Contents include:

1 Game Spinner
36 foam Crosswalk mats
27 Yield cards
1 Traffic Cop safety vest
1 instruction sheet



The object of the game is to be the first player to cross the street and reach safety.  First, one player needs to be chosen to be the Traffic Cop to start the game.  That person gets to wear the cool yellow safety vest!

Within a fairly large space, arrange the foam crosswalk mats in any configuration from one side of the room to the other.  The Traffic Cop stands on one end and the other players start at the other end.  Each individual player moves along the crosswalk mats, one at a time, based upon what sign the spinner lands on.  Players may have to stop (lose a turn), move right, advance, or yield.  


Traffic Jams and Dead ends mean a player must stay on their current mat.  If a player lands on a mat with a Yield Symbol or if the Yield sign is spun, a Yield card is read for that player.  These cards have fun actions that direct the player where to move and how to get there.  For instance, the player might have to play rock-paper-scissors against the Traffic Stop, or they may have to pick another player to trade spots with while cheering and lifting hands to the sky.  Special Traffic Cop challenges add a mixture of fun into the game as well.  Like mentioned before, the player to reach the Traffic Cop wins the game.

Traffic Cop is an entertaining recreational game for kids to play, both indoors and outdoors.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

Why Philo Has Become A Favorite For Watching Shows


I have basic cable at home.  If it wasn't for the fact that an Internet + cable package costs about the same as Internet alone, I'd cut cable altogether.  I do pretty well with the streaming media companies I subscribe to, with those being Hulu and Amazon Prime.  Not too long ago, though, I added another streaming service, and here's the reason why (Don't Judge!):

I'd been jonesin' on watching MTV's The Challenge.  I've spent several years watching Johnny Bananas, Wes, CT, Zach, Cara Maria and all the other competitors overcome obstacles...and drama.  It's my form of soap opera adrenaline.  BUT, the cable package I have doesn't carry MTV.  Hulu and Amazon Prime don't carry The Challenge.  What's was a girl to do?!  Uncle Google answered my questions with Philo


Philo offers a package of top-rated television channels for just $20. Watch live, save unlimited shows to watch later, or browse a huge library of content available on-demand. Philo is available on all your favorite devices and on the web, wherever you are. 

Since signing up for Philo, I've been using it most to watch movies and shows.  The amount of channels available is pretty impressive.  Just some networks included are: A&E, Animal Planet, Game Show Network, Nickelodeon, TLC, and Discovery.  That's just the tip of the iceberg.

You can watch on up to 3 different devices at the same time. Seven day free trial that you can start in seconds with just a phone number.  Unlimited 30-day DVR, deep on demand library, plus the ability to pause any live channel, start programs from the beginning, and watch programs that have aired in the past three days for no additional charge.

If you're interested in signing up for Philo, you can get one week for free with no strings attached.  If you become as addicted to it as I am, you will receive $5 off your first month's bill. 

Warning....Same some time for binge watching.  You're gonna need it!
Photo by John Tuesday on Unsplash

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