Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Camp Warner Bros. Alex & Me Goal Chart and Family Workout #CampWarnerBros




Shoot for your dreams this week at Camp Warner Bros.  Summer is a great time for campers to think of their goals -  be it short term, or long term! In Alex & Me, Reagan (played by Siena Agudong (“Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn,” and “ Star Falls”) uses a chart to keep track of her daily soccer drills as she progress towards her goals. This week at camp, we want to inspire our campers to follow their dreams and keep track of their personal goals with their Alex & Me Goal Chart - a great tool to motivate kids to strive to be their best.  Campers can hold themselves accountable, and mark off each item on their list as they are completed!



In soccer, developing strength enables a player to better control his or her body when they are striking or heading the ball, making a save in a goal, or changing directions abruptly on the field. Participating in group physical activity can be fun, elevate your mood, and strengthen your body and bond with your team all at the same time!.

 It’s time to put some water in your camp tumblers, grab your towels – and get ready to move your body, while bonding with your kiddos with this fun Alex & Me Family Workout:


Please always use caution when exercising, and listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right – don’t do it! Daily exercise improves health, can reduce anxiety, and increases self-confidence – and working together to get through this list as a team will make the whole family feel great!

About Alex & Me:

Teenager Reagan Willis has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!

Alex & Me is now available to own on Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD.

Do you have a favorite sport that you like to play?  What are some of your favorite exercises?

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Chalk of the Town - #mychalkofthetown Tshirt Review


We are in a movement of expressing our opinions with no fear and speaking loudly about our passions.  We want others to know how we feel and where we stand on issues.  Whether being serious or silly, one way you can express yourself is with Chalk of the Town.

I received a Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-shirt Kit for review.  I've worn it a couple of times, most recently as a fundraiser for the church.  We were selling Strawberry Shake-Ups and, along with other advertising, I wore this t-shirt as part of the sales pitch.


The t-shirts from Chalk of the Town are durable, machine washable and re-useable.  Each kit comes with three water-based markers.  You can draw or write on the chalkboard surface area of the t-shirt with the markers.  When you want create a new saying, just erase the chalkboard, dampen a cloth, and wipe the surface clean.  There's so many uses and occasions for this kind of shirt.  

I received an adult XL size which I usually wear and it was true to size.  Chalk of the Town sells youth, adult, and ladies t-shirts as well as totes, kits, stencils and chalk markers.  It's a fun way to express yourself!

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend at Woodyz Acres

cooking hot dogs and brats over the campfire

Just a "few" days late but wanted to post about Memorial Day weekend (if only for my memories).  Several (and I mean several) of us went to Woodyz Acres campground in New London, MO for a three-night stay.  We had seven people and two dogs in our pop-up alone.

finished diamond art

I found this Easter TP at a thrift store and brought it.  I ended up hanging the roll in the women's communal campground bathroom.  #HolidayConfusion

The first night was spent setting up camp and hanging out.  We played several games of Quarters and had our fair share of drinks.  The next couple days were hotter than Hades but we managed to have a 
good time.  

Emily playing a game of Solitaire 

Throughout the weekend, we played old-fashioned Bingo, created art with mini diamond art kits, played card games and Quarters, and rode on golf carts.  We also cooked an overabundance of food, swam in the pool, and played putt putt golf.  It was one of my favorite Memorial Day weekends ever.


Ashley snuggling up to the big rooster located smack dab in the middle of the putt putt course.

My sister hanging in the tent

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Starlux Games Bath Buddy - Review


As an adult I'm always excited about things that light up, so I can only imagine how young ones see the wonder in it.  The Starlux Games Bath Buddy is a floating light-up bath toy for young'uns, but I can see the appeal for adults as well.  It's such a simple gadget, yet so striking.

The Starlux Games Bath Buddy makes bath time an exciting exciting light up experience.  Turn on the light for normal use or turn down the lights to enhance the glow effect and convert a bubble bath into a glowing wonderland! Babies and toddlers will love moving this floating light, submerging it partway, filling it with water and pouring it out.


This flower shaped bath toy already includes batteries.  All you have to do is press the button to turn it on.  Its light is fascinating to look at and kids seem impressed by it.  I've noticed that it's great as a bath toy, but also works well when using in a pool or hot tub.


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Monday, July 13, 2020

Cordyn, Indiana Trip to See the Son


He'll always be my baby in my eyes.

Three weeks ago Jason and I headed to Cordyn, Indiana to visit my youngest son, Adam.  It'd been six months since I'd seen him and hadn't yet been to the new place where he moved.  It was a short weekend trip but I loved the quality time and seeing my boy.

Jason having an in-depth discussion with a statue of some important Cordyn figure.

Adam moved a few months ago from TN to IN to work as a welder for a small shop.  Rather than rent a house, he bought a camper and moved into an in-town campground.  It's perfect for a bachelor and his dog.

Helen was beyond elated to see Jason again.



With a town that has a population of around 3200, there sure is enough to see and do.  Cordyn was the first state capital of Indiana, so a lot of history revolves around that.  There's also a lot of mom-and-pop shops around the Square.  Butt Drugs and White House Confections were a couple of our favorites.

Butt Drugs - pharmacy and ice cream/soda shoppe

Haddock fish meal from Cracker Barrel

Friday, we basically hung around the camper and caught up on happenings.  We also took a walk around the surrounding creeks.  Saturday, we ate at Cracker Barrel and toured the historic downtown area.  Sunday, we watched church online.  Then it was time to head home.  

one of the surrounding creeks

I will definitely be back soon, hopefully before the end of Fall.  There's so much more I want to see and do.

The Wiggles to host a Free Virtual Summer Camp for Toddlers



The Wiggles have been busy helping parents keep their toddlers entertained during the ongoing pandemic. They’ve created several content appropriate videos and songs, and now in honor of Summer, The Wiggles are hosting a Virtual Summer Camp.

Beginning the week of July 14th, The Wiggles will be partnering with Rascal + Friends to present a two-week virtual summer camp for toddlers and their parents, simply called, “Virtual Summer Camp with The Wiggles and Rascal + Friends.” The program will be hosted by Emma Wiggle and Captain Feathersword, and promises to keep little ones entertained with arts, crafts, singing, dancing, and some special pirate-worthy prizes.

The Virtual Summer Camp is FREE and will take place LIVE for 20-minute sessions July 14, 16, 21 and 23 from Noon-12:20 pm ET. All sessions will be available to families throughout North America on both The Wiggles and Rascal + Friends Facebook pages. After airing live, all the Virtual Summer Camp sessions will then be available on both The Wiggles and Rascal + Friends Facebook sites for the duration of Summer.

"The Wiggles have been trying to provide as much entertaining and educational content for families as possible throughout this pandemic,” said Emma Watkins, the Yellow Wiggle. “We are extremely excited to reimagine the summer camp experience with a virtual twist.”

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Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Written by Susan Marie, the book is the second in the Miss Olive trilogy in The Doggy Diva Diaries, which is recommended for ages four through nine.

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends continues the story of a little Italian Greyhound with three legs who is adopted by a loving family in the award-winning first book in the series, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home. In Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends, Miss Olive learns that it’s her birthday and that her parents have planned a special celebration which will include treats, presents and friends. Her party is nearly ruined when she runs into a couple of grouchy dogs at the park who proceed to bully the poor pup. She realizes that true friends will stick by her and won’t join in with taunts from bullies.

About the Author:

For over fifteen years, Susan Marie has been spreading the word about puppy love through her nationally syndicated weekly radio show, The Doggy Diva Show. On her show, Susan interviews pet care experts, dog trainers, authors and representatives from animal rescue organizations. Past guests include Bob Barker, Dean Koontz, Julia Cameron, Alison Eastwood, and America's Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker. The Doggy Diva Show can be heard on Pet Life Radio, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Speak Up Talk Radio.

Aside from radio, since August 2007, the Doggy Diva (Susan’s nom de plume) has contributed a regular column to Suncoast Pet Magazine with her lighthearted look at all things diva-licious in her bimonthly editorial feature, Diva Delights. The column originally came from the perspective of Sophia, a previous rescue dog of Susan’s, and is now penned by Miss Olive. Along Florida’s Suncoast, the name Miss Olive is synonymous with the bringing together of homeless pets to loving families everywhere.

Susan is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Florida Writers Association. A devoted champion of animals, Susan donates a portion of the proceeds from the Miss Olive book to various animal rescue services. She’s passionate about passing along the love of animals to future generations.

My Review:

In September 2019, I reviewed a book called Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home. I loved the cutesy illustrations and the overall theme of the book.  Now I've had the privilege to read the second book in the series, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends.

This book follows Miss Olive as she becomes acquainted with her loving family.  Then it's Miss Olive's birthday and, on her way for special treats, she comes across a dog park.  All of the dogs, with the exception of two, are happy to see Miss Olive.  One brave dog comes across and stands up to the bully dogs.  It's there that Miss Olive realizes how happy she is to be around others of her kind who celebrate in her special day.  It's a short, sweet story that's sure to make any young animal lover happy.  Beings that it's based around Miss Olive's birthday, this book would make a great birthday gift for a young child.  Not only do they get to read the story, they will also learn about the real Miss Olive who the book is based from.



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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Fourth of July Weekend at Woodyz Acres


overly expensive branded silicone cup I purchased because I'm a sucker like that



Happy Easter 4th of July!

Woodyz Acres in Missouri has become a frequent spot for me and my husband this summer.  We've gotten a permanent spot for our pop-up and go there when the opportunity arises.  My husband was actually helping a guy's firework company out by setting off the "big booms" around town so I spent the 4th of July weekend without him.

Tasha playing Bingo. She didn't win but I sure did!

Alyla's hair done up to resemble a star

It was hotter than the 7th Level Of Hades but I had a good time.  Friday evening the campground put on their own fireworks display.  Legit, it was one of the best I've seen!  And, I had great seats.

An acquaintance thought it'd be funny to put a deer head in front of our pop-up, as campground decor.  We rolled with it and bought a patriotic bow for the dandy deer.

Alyla shooting off sparklers

Saturday started off with an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids (yeah, you read that right).  Not sure why it was planned but it kept the kids entertained.  And, they got lots of candy.  Later that evening I was surprised with a visit from my son, Adam.  He lives in Indiana and wanted to surprise me with taking the six-hour drive to see me.  He and I, along with some friends, played old-fashioned Bingo.  I went away with $33 and a Woodyz Acres hat.  After Bingo, we went across the field to watch a fireworks display put on by a group who owns a fireworks stand.  Then Adam left and off to bed I went.

I looked halfway decent on Friday evening.  Saturday the heat turned me into a Hot Mess Express.

My boy came to visit me!!

How was your 4th of July weekend?