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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

PLAY MINECRAFT IN A MOVIE THEATER??!!


You heard me correctly!!  My son recently got into the whole Minecraft Phenom that's enraptured people of ALL ages.  My son initially started playing it on his Xbox 360, and we had an AMAZING survival game going, but once he got the Xbox One game, it was ALL OVER!  We were both hooked.  Honestly, we'd play for 10 hours STRAIGHT!  It was a GREAT way for us to spend quality time together, where his issues didn't cause any problems.  It helped his confidence, and in turn, his anxiety.

So when I heard that there's an opportunity for kids to PLAY MINECRAFT ON A MOVIE THEATER SCREEN... I HAD to find out about it!  (yes, I am super jealous that I can't play too!!!)



So basically it's like a tournament, where kids up to age 17 can play against other kids to move on to the Playoffs!  What an amazing thing!  Right now, they've got them NATIONWIDE, so there's plenty of places that kids can compete!!



Here's the info:
Play Minecraft in a Movie Theatre! Join Super League's City Champs
If your gamer loves Minecraft, then wait until you tell them that they can PLAY MINECRAFT ON THE BIG SCREEN! Super League Gaming, the world's first in-theater recreational video game league, will let your kids take their love of gaming beyond your living room walls and onto the silver screen. This is the little league experience for gamers! It's fun, social and kids get to be part of a local organization celebrating their passion and their skills.

Starting March 11 and running for four consecutive Saturdays, kids can play Minecraft in Super League's City Champs, an event taking place in a dozen cities across the country. Your child's creativity, critical thinking and teamwork will be put to the test at each event. During City Champs Qualifiers, players will vie to earn a spot in the Playoffs. Players can participate in as many Qualifier events as they wish - the top two scores will count toward ranking and determine who advances to the Playoffs, starting later this spring.

Players are forced to think, make choices, and use logic to complete goals within the game. Super League encourages teamwork and playing Minecraft helps develop skills like reading, organization, planning, and problem solving.

Super League City Champs offers gamers 17 and younger 90 minutes of big screen gaming for four consecutive Saturdays beginning March 11th through April 1st. Each event starts at 10:30 am.

For tickets visit: SUPERLEAGUE.COM 

I am SO excited to be able to participate in this with my son.  I do have some concerns about how it will work with his disabilities, but I'm sure that there will be a way to work through/around them.  I'll surely keep you posted!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Lasting Memories using CanvasOnSale.com



The following review is sponsored by US Family Guide and Canvas On Sale.  My opinions are MY OWN.  I received one or more items to review, in exchange for my HONEST opinion.  I think you'll find that my review is HONEST, if nothing else!!  

I had the opportunity to receive and review products from CanvasOnSale.com.

I was particularly excited about this review, because my father in law recently passed away, and I wanted to provide my husband with a canvas print of his father to hang on the wall, of his absolute FAVORITE photo.

All went well with the ordering process, and I was very excited.  I ordered the LARGEST print that I could find, using an 8x10 original photo.

I waited and waited, and when it FINALLY arrived, I was brokenhearted.  The frame was broken.  The company promises  So I expected  "Our packaging has been designed to ensure your canvas will arrive to you in perfect condition with as little waste as possible."
 So I expected that my canvas would arrive in perfect condition, as promised.  I was saddened, when I realized that the frame arrived broken.


Their "carefully secured" wrapping was a thin cardboard box.  There was no extra padding or anything protecting the frame.  They rely on the shipping company to keep it in good condition, with no "fragile" sign or anything.  Since the frame was broken, the canvas was folded and misshapen.  This was shipped in time for Christmas for my husband... his Christmas present was ruined.

The process for getting it replaced was daunting and VERY time consuming.  It took a number of emails back and forth, followed by having to slice through my father in laws face in the photo (in and of itself was VERY difficult...it was already broken- but that wasn't enough!)

I explained that I wanted to replace the photo, but I was also unhappy with the quality of the print (no one messaged and said, sorry, that photo isn't going to work, it's VERY blurry)
As you can see, this portion of the print you can barely see ANYTHING... that's his Army uniform.


They said that they could replace the canvas, what did I want to do.  I had to email them AGAIN and explain AGAIN, that I wanted to REPLACE the canvas!  After 4 emails with me telling them that I wanted to replace it, they explained how to complete the order, and I did.   The replacement items came in 2 separate orders, but I was thrilled with them.

I ended up getting 2 smaller canvas prints of my father in law and brother in law, both who've passed, a mug with my hubby and 2 throw pillow covers with my kids' photos on them.  They were all beautiful and I'm happy.

All in all, I would've expected a bit more from them, especially having my Christmas present ruined...  I suppose my expectations were just higher than the company's customer satisfaction intent.
Normally, when a customer is THIS unhappy with their product, the company would go above and beyond, to ensure that they have a repeat customer...Not here.

So I'll sum it up like this.  The prices are usual, the product is the same that you can get anywhere.  Their shipping/packaging is subpar.  However, they DO offer an amazing deal for first timers, where you basically get a canvas free (pay shipping) and apparently you can then offer the SAME deal to a couple of your friends.  So all in all, for the cost of a latte and a pack of Skittles... you get a lasting memory to hang on your wall.



Custom cushion with a photography of a woman holding flower in her hand


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Coobie Seamless Bra

One of my BIGGEST complaints with my bra is that the seam connecting the front to the strap ALWAYS causes me to itch.  It scratches and bugs me ALL THE TIME.  Then of course there is the underwire that always finds its way through to poke me at the WORST time!  I am so looking forward to trying this bra!!

Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and supportive. Perfect for everyday wear our versatile one-size fits 32A - 36D, available in 7+ styles and 70+ colors/patterns, with adjustable straps and removable pads! 

Try one, you'll love it! 

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FREE 12x8 Canvas Print at http://www.canvasonsale.com/congrats/



Yes, it's true... F...R...E...E
Not free when you purchase.  Not- We'll send you a free gift after you've spent $xx.  

Nope... You will get a 12x8 Canvas print absolutely-totally-completely free.



This is really free.
I'm very happy to present you this awesome deal! I just got a free 12x8" canvas print and I am allowed to share this with you!

FREE 12x8 Canvas Print! - All you need to do is to click the website link http://www.canvasonsale.com/congrats/  - Then upload your favorite picture, choose 12x8" canvas and enter the voucher code from the website in the basket.

 Keep it for yourself or present it to your loved ones.
Once you have ordered your free canvas you can share this with your friends anywhere in the web, so they also get a free canvas print. FREE 12x8 Canvas Print! The AMAZING FREE CANVAS FOR AMERICA CAMPAIGN. All you need to do is to click the website link http://www.canvasonsale.com/congrats/ , upload your favorite picture. All they need to pay for is shipping!!

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Research at its best - UW Medical Center

My son has been a part of a research study since he was about 3 years old.  It's a project whose goal is to find out how children develop self-control skills and brain processes that underlie self-control.   In the beginning, they did things like give them a box and have them identify colors, and do things backwards (if it's blue, put it in the red box.  If it's red, in the blue...  BUT, if it's a square on the card, it goes in the circle box, only if it's blue) stuff like that.  Very confusing stuff for adults, as our brains are, well... old.

One test they gave him when he was young, was a padlocked box with a toy inside, and about 15 keys.  They left him in the room by himself, and was told that he could have the toy inside, but he had to open it.  The catch was, none of the keys opened the box.   They had monitors on him that measured everything from his heart rate to his sweat output.  Eventually they gave him the toy inside, but it was amazing to see him try it, but not get frustrated.

He has continued in this study every couple years, until, well, they're done with him I guess.  So this years study is more of  the same... until today!

Today we went to the UW Medical Center's Research MRI dept.  There, they gave him a MRI while he completed several computer games & tasks, to see how is brain reacted.  He even had the chance to EARN MONEY AND PRIZES during the games.  As anxious as he was, he went in it and completed it amazingly.
The bonus for mom & dad... we received a print out of HIS BRAIN.   It is the most exciting picture of him that we've gotten to date!!

We've always loved coming to this research study.  They're kind, and helpful, and go OUT OF THEIR WAY to make sure you're comfortable & happy.

So here I am, telling you, to consider doing these research studies out there! You don't have to do the medical ones, where movies have made us believe that experimental pills will make you grow a tail, become invisible or allow you to be mentally superior to everyone else... but there are plenty who's goal is to better our lives, better our information and better humanity.

So now... without further ado... my kid's BRAIN!!!!!!




BTW... We did get paid for the study.  Yes...a bonus.  No, I didn't get paid for this post.  This is NOT a part of it... Just mom, being, well... a blogger.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Choosing a General Contractor to Build Your Custom Home

Building a custom home from the ground up is a dream come true for many people, but this process can be quite complicated. Those who don't take the time to find a world-class contractor could find themselves with shoddy work, lengthy delays, or even an expensive legal battle. Here are some tips you can use to find a general contractor that always puts their clients first.

Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
No matter how small the job might be, any general contractors you ever hire should be licensed, bonded, and insured for the work they are doing. They should also be able to provide you with proof that their insurance and licenses are up-to-date. If they cannot do that, then it is time to find yourself a different contractor. 

Ask for a Phone Interview
Everyone has a busy schedule, and that is why you might want to narrow your list of contractors by conducting a short phone interview with each of the potential candidates. During these interviews, you should ask for basic information such as their experience, the size of their team, and information on their past clients. Most experienced contractors keep a list of references they will be happy to share with you. 

Pick Three or Four Candidates for Estimates
After you have gotten the phone interviews out of the way, you should have a list of three or four candidates you would like to meet with in person to discuss estimates. Before meeting with them, you will want to collect as much information as possible. This includes your own price range, thoughts on materials, the construction site, and the plans you will be using. 

Bids, Guarantees, and Warranties
When you have finally settled on a single contractor, every single aspect of your home should be completely planned out. This includes how they will deal with unusual situations that might take place such as certain materials getting sold out or a building license coming late. Guaranteeing a completion date and price for a custom home can be tricky, but they should have an upper limit that is clearly stated in your contract.

Choosing a contractor is one of the most important steps in building a custom home. That is why it is so important to take your time and do as much research as possible on these individuals and their companies.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Enter Bricks4kidz #Imagine Contest!

Post a Photo of Your GREATEST ORIGINAL LEGO CREATION For A Chance to Win $200 And Be Featured in A NATIONAL BRICKS 4 KIDZ ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN! Want to win? Here's how...Go to BRICKS 4 KIDZ and Submit Your Photo. Encourage friends and family to VOTE FOR YOUR PHOTO. The person with the most votes wins!

The contest runs from July 11th to September 12th. The person with the most votes will receive a $200 cash prize and be featured in the 2017 Bricks 4 Kidz advertising campaign. Second and third place winners will receive a $50 cash prize. Enter your Creation Today! 




Friday, July 1, 2016

Benefits of Dentistry Journals

There are many reasons for dental professionals to take advantage of online dentistry journals. Using an online journal can help readers stay current on trends in the profession, learn about dental-associated products and services, network with peers and much more. Online journals such as The Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry (JIACD) are even available free. 

Advances

Dentistry is a rapidly evolving field, and it continues to become increasingly specialized. Articles posted in an online dentistry journal are often the best, or even only, place for professionals to learn about specific developments in their areas of expertise. For example, topics covered in recent JIACD articles include mesh ridge augmentation in implant placements, the use of "sticky bone" in implant dentistry and the aesthetics of anterior maxillary implants. 

Advertising

Online journals allow dental professionals to learn about the precise products that will benefit them. Additionally, when viewing online advertising related to their field, users can click on links, do searches and otherwise use the Internet quickly and easily as a research tool in order to make informed decisions. 

Communication

Professionals who read online journals can learn about conferences, seminars and other opportunities to interact with those in their field. Furthermore, some online journals offer opportunities to post comments and develop a professional dialogue over the Internet itself. 

Benefits of Online Journals

Traditional paper journals have been helping dental professionals for a long time, and paperless journals offer even more benefits. For example, many online journals allow users to quickly and easily search through their archives of past issues. Using the Internet allows journal editors to post articles about advances in technology and practice extremely quickly, whereas with paper this can take days or even weeks. 

Online journals offer an excellent platform for readers to make contributions themselves rapidly and without a lot of hassle through articles, editorial advice and in other ways. Publishing online allows journal editors to offer content for less money and often even for free, and while print journals turn into landfill when they have been read, online journals are environmentally friendly. 

In conclusion, using an online journal offers dentistry professionals all the traditional benefits of print journals and more. Online journals are an excellent resource and are good thing for the entire field of dentistry. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Tips to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

Homes with great curb appeal reflect a home that's been well taken care of by its owners. With proper maintenance, stylish features, and a well-maintained landscape, your home will command a higher sales price and take less time to sell in today's competitive housing market. Here are some tips to boost your home's curb appeal and property value.

Give Your House a Clean Face

Before you add a fresh coat of paint or plant beautiful flowers, wash the dust, mildew and general dirt off your home's facade. Washing your home's exterior can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale price. With a tub of soapy water and a large, soft brush, you can remove the dirt from wood, stucco, brick, metal, and vinyl siding. With a power washer, you can clean your driveway, front walkway, porch and patio. It's important to wash your windows and doors, clean your garage door, get rid of cobwebs, and clean out your gutters. With help from a friend, or a professional cleaning crew, you can make your house sparkle in a few weekends.

Add a Fresh, New Coat of Paint

A fresh, new coat of paint will instantly boost your home's curb appeal. It's a quick fix with great benefits. Since painting your home can be an expensive and time-consuming job, you need to plan ahead. Depending you your location and the condition of your home, a 3,000-square-foot home can cost $400 to $800 for paint and $3,000 to $8,000 for professional labor. To save time and money, match the existing paint color that's on the house, so there's less preparation with scraping, sanding and priming. Avoid the urge to choose a bold or bright color. An appraiser will often mark down the value of a house that’s painted a wildly different color from others in the same neighborhood. 

Create an Appealing Landscape 

A well-manicured lawn, neatly pruned shrubs and trees, and fresh mulch will quickly boost the curb appeal of any home. Mow your lawn and green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover any bare spots with new grass seed or sod, and get rid of weeds. Trim overgrown shrubs and trees and use bark chips or straw around the base for a neat, finished appearance. Fill your garden beds with colorful annuals, then add a stylish border edge with stone or brick pavers. For more tips, hire a general contractor now.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Washington State Puyallup SPRING Fair 2016


You know you're excited!  Who wouldn't be??  The Puyallup Fair is KNOWN for it's fun... 


So here's you're SECOND chance to enjoy it! 

THE SPRING FAIR is coming!!!

The Washington State Spring Fair is a great celebration to spring! The four-day event in Puyallup features a family-friendly atmosphere with animals, FFA and 4-H contests, SlamFest Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Show, racing pigs, Garden Show, Auto Alley, KidZone for young guests, vendors, rides, food and loads of memories. The Spring Fair will be held April 14-17, 2016, at the Washington State Fair Events Center. For more info, visit www.thefair.com.

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