Braincraft on Youtube

Learning with Brain Craft

One of those have to share moments!!

Braincraft is the very awesome lady, Vanessa Hill and some other folks, who explains some of the inner workings of our brain and psyche, using a medium that I would compare to primitive South Park paper art.  I just love it. 

Check it out, you’ll love this video on guys and gals brains. 

You can check out the full BrainCraft Youtube Channel, which the kids and I highly recommend. 

Who is your favorite YouTuber these days? 

Give it a share below, so I can check it out and share it too!

Fred Meyers Healthy

My Today: Fracking, Fallopian Tubes, Favado and then some (junk) Food.

Since school is out in our house, one of two things will happen that will become .

They will keep up on their basics like reading logs, math games, critical thinking, etc etc OR they will not. The key word is they and how to motivate them, because this is after all their vacation, so they have to be interested in it to take them away from other ‘ summer fun’.

Unfortunately my kids haven’t had much of the fun vacation end of things this year. Just in time for the end of their school to end, I starting up test mountain with my schooling. 

So when morning comes around on these now unscheduled, lazy weekdays, we sit and have a chat. 

A talk, an informative Q and A, really just a bit of on unbiased Google search on topics that they would never stumble upon themselves, and even if they did would probably not know how to interpret it. 

Today, we talk a bit about fracking. 

I got the idear from one of my favorite truth speakers. Even though I think some of his characters are a bit over the top, there are movie roles and there are real people behind actors and this one has a lot of Trews..

So thanks to Russell Brand, the kiddos and I began our breakfast lesson for the day. 

Yes. I do believe fracking is not all that great, some may call it bad. 

Yes. I own a ton of plastic crap and drive a car that uses fuel, albeit less than most, but yes I use a ton of gas too.

Yes. I want to have a choice to be more sustainable… 

NO, I want to not to have the choice of being so non-sustainable. 

So we kept ‘a talking and eventually went on discussing Styrofoam, plastic caps and other items until we eventually made our way to the reproductive system via sanitary pads. It is always an interesting journey with the questions and thoughts of babes, right?

It really got me thinking of my experiences as a youth and come to find out, the times have not changed much. 

I recalled feeling ashamed, broken, disgusting, as result of having no clue what what going on and not a whole lot of support regarding the issue. I didn’t want to be that mom or have that stigma remain in my house, but raising a step-daughter can make those conversations, difficult to say the least. We have discussed, but not in more detail that you would with the school councilor. Facts needed only.

So I was prepared for her to be hesitant to open that door in open discussion with all her siblings, but it was her brother who spit out his ignorant barrier made of words. You can’t really blame him. It is in society nowadays, just as it was pre-gynecological education, the hidden, mystical baby box. The vagina and all related line items really need to remain in the women’s records because this is not a shared account. Might as well have put his hands over his ears and started some Jim Carrey ‘la la la la la, I can’t hear what your saying, la la la la’ bull shit. Excuse my freench, but this kid is going into middle school soon. If he is going to talk about boners and laugh then he can talk about other facts and maybe he will get a little embarrassed and informed, rather than confident and stupid, like the masses.

It got me thinking of this post I saw about one women’s response to a ‘period hater’ on Upworthy earlier that morning, so I shared it with them. 

I don’t know what it is, maybe that Fonzy ‘Cool’ factor, but kids really seem to grab a lesson when they don’t think they are learning. And someone drops a swear word. Instant hero status.

Now I am not saying my kids didn’t learn anything in the school provided sex education classes. Really vital, can’t state that enough. Someone has to begin these awkward and confusing conversations and there has to be somewhere for them to get some of those ridiculous jokes out of their seemingly hilarious mouths. 

But….it has to continue. At home. Dad’s have to be understanding to girls and boys need to see it. 

Ok, off of the heavy stuff, right?? I do have a bit of good news for my little savings blog world. 

I am now a Favado Expert. 

I have been a data contributor for a while now (it’s like full-term baby sized) but now I got some super love and it just made me do a happy dance jig. You can check out my whole bio on Favado – Experts.

Times have been kind of difficult for me sometimes, trying to juggle all that I am doing in life, family and this blog, so it is always inflating to see that work I do is actually noticed. Thnks #favadoapp 

My night was almost made, but then I thought about the morning and my coffee addiction.

One thing about buying from Costco, you start to develop this warm, fuzzy feeling of alway having things…then suddenly, POOF! This lady is down to 5 cups of coffee left for 2 people to start their morning.

Not going to cut it.

Off to Fred Meyers, I go. I know what you might be thinking (if you follow this blog, lol).

QFC!! That’s your store! You have got to be finding deals there, right?!?!

1st of all calm down, there are affiliated, LOL and 2nd….I was on one of those spend as little time in the store as possible because I was in my work-out clothes (and ONLY because of my laziness and need for extreme comfort) and it that was PRETTY obvious. And I was hungry with the dessert munchies. 

I grabbed up my loot and kept it under a $20 spot. $17.50 to be exact, but who’s counting? :D 

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 So.. I got some extras….don’t tell my husband and he won’t be right!

Vacation Time, Denied

I know the word blogger is pretty self-explanatory.

blog (a truncation of the expression web log)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual[citation needed], occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

But, when you define what exactly it involves for your blog and who does it, you will suddenly come to one very stirring realization, no I should say it will quickly slap you in the face. 

You WILL need some time off every once and a while. 

You WILL need a break. 

You WILL demand a vacation at some point. 

But as much as I have advocated getting a VA, schedule, routine, help, etc, etc, I have come to realize I am kind of a big ole’ hypocrite. I have not been too focused, lately. I forgot to do so many things…like pay my hosting and do massive blog maintenance (which caused a ton of problems with my host). I never posted anything but the matchups from Favado (which is great information, don’t get me wrong..I do still do those QFC matchups, so use them people!!) and coupons, even though I quit my VA job with Coupon Connections for that very reason. I wanted to change my direction and really tried to do it delicately before. But….

I was too conflicted too start to explain why and too invested to quit and restart. 

Then more stabs to my heart came when my wonderful, link-ridden blog was banned from Adsense. I tried to appeal, I really did, and I tried other ad networks but it was WAY too discouraging to combat with shrinking page-views and total conflict in my brain.

So I went a bit awol. Abandoned ship. Just plain unplugged.

I popped in and out of a few Facebook groups here and there, but as this blog can attest, I wasn’t doing too much posting. I was doing the exact opposite, not posting. Instead I was just out there living.

I attended the Mother Earth News Fair, at the Puyallup Fair Grounds for the second year. I ended up dragging the two boys with me and they absolutely had a blast.

Hayzen made FIRE with some fuzz and a flint/stone. Really, he even yelled ‘I made FIRE!!”. It was the cutest thing ever, I wish I was in video record mode, but alas, I am not in love with my phone too much lately and camera mode is guaranteed to work, lol.

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Kazi played with a old wooden box game. Yes, this was his thrill. An analog game…. One another note, OMG did this kid look like the late Brad Renfo, especially in that costume, like straight out of Huck and Finn. Oh man, that dates me doesn’t it??

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I even got them to do a little bit of posing…as a dandelion.

Sidenote, are you obsessed with Orange is the New BLACK, as well? I was hooked but pulled an all nighter and finished off the second season. LOVE.

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Other than that, the most notable experience at the #MENF was the scarceness of organic beverages!! I am not talking about extravagant micro-brews or top-shelf cocktails… I am talking juice, flavored water….hell I would have even giving in and bought them kids a damn organic soda, but naw. (I wasn’t going all they way back in to the exhibit, for those naysayers who will pipe up and say they were selling soda, so I acknowledge your thought, but I am ignoring it)

Then it happened!! I found me some yummy lemonade outside, said it was organic, wasn’t a Coke or a Pepsi, so I was ecstatic and sucked it down, down but my chin was up. :)

Lassoed up the 2 boys and made our way out of the fair and on to the land of the chaos, because it involved moving trucks and almost forgotten birthdays. Yeah, I am that mom.

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So now we are almost a month into this whole new life. And let me say I am lovin it. 

Starting a new chapter feels great. Planning and exploring new paths is even better. Half of this year is almost gone and I am not regretting a thing.

Family Time, No Blogging Allowed

Today’s Organic Grocery Outlet Trip | Spent $50, Saved $58

Have you been to Grocery Outlet, yet?

It is this crazy store of random savings.

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The mini me and I drove on up, through Orting, all the way to the Bonney Lake store.

It is quite a trek, but oh sometimes it is so worth it!! We got ourself some super yummers for not to bad of ring out. Check it out:

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So my faves are the Horzion Cheese, that was price at $1.79 each and those Fig Bars. Oh my gerd. They are sooooooo good. $5.99 for a 12 pack makes is much easier for me to binge on them, because that is how I roll. 

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So to fill the pantry for a few bucks (or $58) buck cheaper!

Not too shabby!

Make sure you dive into more of the other weekly matchups that I offer on the blog now, the list is getting bigger and bigger all the time! Did you see we now offer Winco

Anyhoo, have a healthy and frugal day!

An Organic Easter….No Peep?!

Oh Easter.

Don’t get me started. 

Between all that religious fluff that is involved (it’s okay, I will leave that one alone) and all the CRAP Candy that is given out, I was nearly announcing a boycott, but …….I had to think of the kiddies. 

I didn’t want to be THAT mom!

That mom that eliminated all the fun out of ALL the things others were celebrating. I know I make plenty of moments uncomfortable in their little existence anyway, with the way we have chosen to eat and live. 

So I will hide these damn eggs, after we color them (more of a craft day really, then an actual acknowledgement to any religious notions) but nonetheless I will do it and I will indulge ANOTHER day of candy.

But at least on this one I am a bit prepared. 

I ran up to Fred Meyers, one of my favorite stores for organic and healthy food on the cheap. I mean they know what is going on there for sure. Check out the weekly matchups that I post on Saturdays, you will find some awesome! You could also check out the current Amazon’s Organic Deals, but it a little late for that ;)

Got this little bounty for around $15 and since we reuse baskets and I am using shredded paper from our Eco-Friendly Easter Grass project, that is pretty much the grand total. I am add a few odds and ends (like TOOTHBRUSHES) but I don’t like to go crazy with it!

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If I was a little bit more prepared, I could have ordered a “KIT” from this company who get it, The Sweet Kit, who sells random sizes of delicious, organic goodies for a decent price, but I am a slacker and am building and blogging about this on a wonder Friday Night, just a couple winks of sleep before the day. That is how I roll. 

I love to put these yummy guys in the little eggs, because the discussion in our house is ‘what is an egg?’. I love to go into FULL detail on that one! LOL

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Anywhoo, wanted to throw this out there and say loudly, you DON’T have to eat peeps!

It is not necessary to toss the ‘diet’ out the window every time the candy companies tell you too, so have some self-control, make it the back of the store where the organic and natural foods are and find the treasures!

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PicMonkey | a Must-Have Blogger Photo Tool

If you don’t tell anyone, I’ll let you in on a HUGE secret in my life……PicMonkey.

I got my hands on a full version code last year. It quite literally was the best day of my life..well maybe that is a slight stretch of the truth. I was pretty happy when I had my kids (you might hate me if I didn’t add that right?) but getting full reign with ALL the options was great.

I have another secret.

Not only do I use it on tons of pictures and collages, but I used it on pretty much most of the design of this site, besides the PRETTY DARN CUTE DESIGN theme, but including the logo and most buttons and other graphics.

Since they added the transparent feature, I can make the sky and more now, the only enemy is time…. 

So my time ran out.

..and it was time for me to make a choice. Buy the full version or live with the free version. 

I go all or nothing, baby and regret nothing.

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Get PicMonkey now, you will love it.

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Kiwi Crate | A Box Full of Learning

Sometimes I just have to admit, I am not that mom.

I can not come up with an engaging activity on a whim. I do like to think so and my Pinterest boards will try to convince you of this, but alas, I am like you. Busy, forgetful and unimaginative.

Well, check this out. (and no, you don’t have to HAVE kids to enjoy this gift of entertained and educated kids)

Kiwi Crate offers a box.

A wonderful shipped box.

Actually, a rather attractive box.

Science activities from Kiwi Crate

A box full of activities that are not stamped with icons. You know, the ones that make your kids crazier than crack addicts, those fine TV and Movie role models we have these days.

HEY – I am not a Nazi, I just value my kids attention and the ability to get it.

So this company and their products caught my attention for sure!

What is is??

Kiwi Crate

Our Story

Kiwi Crate was built out of a passion for hands-on fun that encourages creativity and curiosity in children. I had a deep appreciation for these projects, but often found that my greatest intentions fell short. It was tough to find the time to come up with engaging hands-on activities, let alone get the materials.

Fairy Fun with Kiwi Crate! The perfect gift for kids ages 3-7. shop ››So, as I started to develop creative projects with my kids, I thought, “why not share them with friends, who are also busy?”

At playdates, the kids had a bunch of fun, and the parents appreciated having all of the materials and inspiration for the projects provided. Several parents mentioned, “I wish I could do this at home with my kids!”

Kiwi Crate was created to fulfill that wish and to celebrate kids’ natural creativity and curiosity. We want to make it fun, easy, and delightful to spend time building, exploring and creating together. Since its inception, the Kiwi Crate team has grown. We’ve added creative parents who dream up the projects, valued experts who review them, and a community of kid testers who keeps us on our toes and ensures the projects are fun and engaging.

We love working on Kiwi Crate and cherish the involvement that our kids and friends have in bringing the product to life. We’re excited about the opportunity to help provide these types of experiences for your family to share too.

 

I found the educational investment of this to be huge (if not cataclysmic), especially if you’re home-schooling or looking for summer-time activities. 

A bit more on this boxes!

But will my kids even like these and are they actually educational?

“Our child development experts review our activities to ensure they’re developmentally appropriate and enriching.

Our test crew of kids make sure the projects are engaging, fun, and universally appealing.”

 

 

If you feel like giving your little ones a SUPER FUN DAY (or 20), or you are the bestest Grammy and want to give the gift of education, go ahead and click the banner below to start your subscription with Kiwi Crate. 

 

Tip: Be on the look out from posts about codes or sales to be a Little Saver

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Loaded Burger Recipe

Loaded Burger Recipe

These home-made Loaded Burgers are filled with so many ingredients like onions, cheese and spinach, they are sure to please the whole bunch. 

So with this great classic, you can answer the ever repetitive question…

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I am SOO a sucker for a good burger.

I love to savor each bite and I love to have more than just meat and buns to it. 

I also love to come up with something when we have BBQ’s and such that is a little bit special. Like I said, not the usual slab. I came up with this one a little while and have to say, it was DELISH. 

As you can see this is maybe what some call a “trash burger” or “fridge slop”. Pretty much it contains a ton of stuff I don’t want to go bad in my fridge, among other things. 

I add all those wonderful ingredients in to my big mixer bowl.

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After giving them the spin-dance in the stand mixer, dig those painted fingers in. 

I like to remind the kiddos of the rule of shrinkage…lol. But really, make them a bit larger than your bun for a good burger size. I like to say about an inch in thickness, but not too much more. 

 Loaded Burger Recipe

Normally I (or I should say my hubs) would be doing this on the grill, but it was raining and we just wanted Din Din!

Loaded Burgers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Meat: Hamburger, Turkey or whatever ground medium you feel like grilling up!
  2. 1 - 2 Eggs
  3. 1 Onion (yes, they are delish)
  4. 8 oz of Fresh Spinach
  5. 4 - 5 oz Pepperjack or Colby Jack Cheese
  6. 1 Garlic Clove
  7. Salt
  8. Pepper
  9. Top With: Avocado, Onion Rings and Green Lettuce
Instructions
  1. Chop ingredients
  2. Mix in mixer or by hand
  3. Mold and shape into burgers
  4. Grill or pan cook on medium heat.
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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