Sandling All Day

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Days Like These - book review

We've all had days we wanted to quit.  Some,  more than others.   However, reading this book really made me realize that I've got it pretty good.

Yes, I have a special needs child.  Yes,  I have a physically disabled husband.  Yes, I struggle... but things could TOTALLY be worse.

Rachel's amazing ability to stay positive, and Kristan's pure love for his wife is MUCH more than a love story,  and more than a memoir too.

This is easily a book you'd want to read again!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Moving SUCKS

Can I just be honest for a minute?  There is no candy coating,  no cover up... it just sucks.

So we were EXTREMELY unprepared for this move.  We were unaware that we'd have to move until about a month prior,  and because we're subsidized, it takes a MINIMUM of 2-3 months to actually move!
Why?  You ask?
Let me break it down for you.
Let's say you get the notice to move on the 1st. So you first have to put in your request to move.
That takes up to 14 days to process.  Then they set you up with the mandatory orientation and issuance meeting.  That's only done once a week,  but usually takes 3 weeks to get into.
Then you're issued it,  You can move. ...
HOWEVER, because we were moving closer to our church,  We had to port our assistance to another housing authority.  This can take up to SIXTY DAYS.
Once it's ported and you've gone to ANOTHER issuance meeting, you can THEN go look for an apt.  After the application process (assuming you're approved) you then give a packet to the landlord,  who sends it in.  It goes thru a 1-2 week process of determining if the rent is reasonable,  and other stuff,  before they schedule an inspection.  At the inspection,  EVERYTHING is checked.
It can fail if a light switch cover is cracked!  If it passes,  THEN,  AND ONLY  THEN can you sign the lease.

So if  you've followed this,  it's a couple months to actually move.

Now add in the equation having a disabled husband,  a special needs child and not having an aptvto move your stuff to...

We have to be out of our apt on the 31st, however,  we can't get the keys until Sept 10th.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Get Ready For College with CampusBookRentals

There are a couple myths about college textbooks I'd like to clean up.

Myth:  So many people think that textbooks for school are incredibly expensive. 
Fact:  false!!  You can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

Myth: I can't rent my books because if I don't return it in perfect condition, I can't return it at all.
Fact: false!! When you rent from CampusBookRentals you CAN highlight in the textbooks!

CampusBookRentals makes it easy to rent and return textbooks!

Many parents of highschool age children, who are putting their child in College Bound would also GREATLY benefit from renting through CampusBookRentals.


Need another reason to check them out?
Yes, there are more...but I have one...THE BEST PART? For EACH textbook you rent, they donate to Operation Smile.

What is Operation Smile?


Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.

Here's a great story about twins born with a cleft palate...and given beautiful smiles!!

There are so many children born with these FIXABLE deformities...but without the financial means to fix them, they lead more difficult lives than necessary.  Operation Smile changes lives!!

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  All facts...well, are facts!!  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Harlem Globetrotters

We had the awesome chance to see the Harlem Globetrotters live at Seattle's Key Arena this past Sunday.
  While the day started on rocky footing, with my husband falling down the stairs entering the building (note to Key Arena...make it easier for disabled people to enter arena!)  Once we entered, it got better

First, finding our seats was simple. The aisles we're clearly marked and they had people assisting us to find what we were going very quickly.
 At the end of each aisle entrance there's somebody to assist you finding your seats when we explain to them that I was concerned that my husband might fall again she took our tickets to the ticket office and quickly exchanged them for wheelchair seating so that we didn't have to walk down any stairs.
There was a pre-show that showed local talent.  It was very fun to watch but we were excited to see the globetrotters.  The pre-show started with the Globetrotters mascot globie who decided to play musical chairs with some children from the audience at one time I busted out laughing because as usual Globie (mascot) was standing on the last chair so that he wouldn't lose. The little boy wasn't going to stand there and take it,  and he pushed him off the chair that was FUNNY.

The actual show began with the Globetrotters  introducing themselves and all of them standing in the middle performing tricks .
The show itself was quite hilarious.
We indulged in food, although, the prices were nuts.
Four 20oz sodas $16
Bottomless popcorn $6.50 (great, except the 40 people in each line...you'd basically have to get it, and get back in line)
2 Nachos $8
The  generals, the other team, tried to stay serious while one HG actually pulled off a Generals uniform, revealing themselves to be a Globetrotter.

There was a lot to do with the Seahawks, with a lot of crowd interaction.
They even did a football skit, where they brought out Seahawks defensve tackle Jordan Hill.
That was really cool.

  This game was actually the first time in history they said that it went into overtime.  That was cool. We were pretty excited because we learned that the Globetrotters would be signing autographs on court at the end.  Of course, I bought a ball for my son, and the friend he brought with him.  ($50)
At the very moment the game ended, the boys and I went down the stairs because they had cordoned off the area for the autographs.
The first autograph took a while, but I decided to brave the crowds and let them go for another one. I was really surprised at the demeanor of some of the patrons, especially adults.  One woman actually yelled at one of my boys about "cutting" when there was CLEARLY not a line.

We managed to get every autograph in the time allotted, including Jordan Hill.  At one point, my son was actually poking him on the back, trying to get him to turn around.  Hill was VERY nice about it, turned, and signed their balls.

Jordan Hill signing my son's ball.

All in all, it was an amazing experience.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Are You Ready For Summer?

Most parents don't consider thinking about summer early enough.  The problem is, that Summer camp sign up is EARLY.
This year, I'm combating SUMMER STRESS with the British Soccer Camp.  (No, not sending my son across the pond!)

British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America - 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert's right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!
Enroll your child in a British Soccer Camp today and receive a Free British Soccer Jersey - Sign up during Early Registration
and we will immediately ship you a great looking British Soccer Jersey!

 PLUS - enter code FMG15 and we will include a bonus Challenger water bottle.

This is a sponsored post.  We are excited to spend time at the camp in exchange for our honest review.  No other compensation provided.  Oh wait...a tshirt and ball too.  ��

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Come See The Harlem Globetrotters live!

Don't Miss The Harlem Globetrotters 

Coming to Seattle on Feb. 15.
 Save $7 Off Select Tickets to any Harlem Globetrotter Game with promo code FAMGUIDE now on sale!

 The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year against the Washington Generals who were the last team to beat the Globetrotters in 1971, and are now coached by a former member of that team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I'm realizing....

I'm realizing that life takes more than what I normally have.

I'm noticing, that while I want to be able to do it all, realisically, I just can't...

Having recently nearly lost my husband, to a SIMPLE infection, I have had the ability to reevaluate my life, my marriage, my family.

I am grateful for my husband.  That he takes care of me, that he loves me, that he works to hard, even in little things, to make my life better.

I'm grateful for life.

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Within a short time, you will have a beautiful hard or soft bound book shipped directly to you (or as a gift, to whomever you choose!) that will last, and last.

I gave my husband one such book, for Christmas, of our son's photos, from birth to present.  To this day, he cherishes that book like no other gift he's ever received (except his son, of course!)

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Have you ever thought about, been interested in, or wanted to do scavenger hunts, but weren't sure where to begin?
I used to LOVE doing them as a child, so I'm very excited to try and to share this great activity with my own kids, and now, so can you, with Urban Quest!

About UrbanQuest:
UrbanQuest is an interactive treasure hunt that you will enjoy doing with your kids! A growing number of families are trying out UrbanQuest and loving the unique experience. You can choose from a variety of Quests, download the clue package online and start the Quest whenever you'd like. Then families use their smarts, resourcefulness, and printed clue packages to explore parts of their city. A series of puzzles have been set-up that families need to solve. Once you have the correct final answer, enter it online to find out the final destination of their Quest: a mystery restaurant where a reservation has already been made for your group. There are lots of interesting factoids along the way so everyone gets to learn something new. Teams can also opt out of the meal portion and just try to beat the 2 hour countdown.
Register at www.UrbanQuest.com
You can get a 20% off Family Fun Scavenger Hunt Code use the Family20off coupon today!  Check it out!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Virtual Makeover with @Glamstapp

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post/review. I received early access to this website in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

Glam ST is a website that allows you to upload a photo of yourself (or use one of their models based on your hair, eye & skin color & types) and put on all types & kinds of makeup to see what you'd look like.

I think it's an amazing site.  I know that there are plenty of sites that you can put makeup/hair cuts/clothes on to see what it looks like, but most are either REALLY hard to use, or cost more than a normal person can afford.  For a special needs parent on a disability income, I don't have the ability to buy lots of makeup to try on.  GlamSt fixes that for you.  The process of starting was quick and easy.  Really quick.  I uploaded a photo of myself, using their special 'dots' to align my eyes and mouth to make sure that they put the makeup in the right spot. (You can also adjust as you go) and then, you're off.

Let me tell you something I don't normally share.  I don't know how to apply makeup.  I don't know what would look good on my face.  I've just never done it.  I've worn lipstick when I was about 15, and I dabbled in mascara, but eyeshadow, foundation, eyeliner etc... I would look like a circus clown.
So when I had the opportunity to apply for this campaign, I jumped on the chance.  My husband is always telling me how "gorgeous" I am, without makeup, that I don't need it because I'm so beautiful, but I've always wondered what I'd look like with makeup on.  I've wanted to go to one of those stores that does makeovers for you, but I don't have the money... it's never in the budget.  I'm a mom and wife first, and I take care of my family.

Here is the before and after of my first look.

So as you can see, the difference is amazing!  It's fresh, clean and makes me look more youthful.  I love this site!!  I can tell you, I will be back.  It's given me so much confidence!  I wish I had someone to help teach me how to apply makeup, because I'd LOVE to do the above look!!!

What's more, when I showed my husband, his exact words were Dammmmm Baby!  You look GOOD with makeup on!

Want to check it out for yourself?  Go for it!  The link is above.  Then come back and share your before & after photos (you can copy the link to your photos)

Be sure to check them out on facebook too!!!  GlamST on Facebook