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Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Happy Eclipse Day!  Since this eclipse that's swinging through the St. Louis area today doesn't come around very often, I thought it would be fun to mark the occasion with a goody bag for some of my friends at work.

I have to be honest, this project almost didn't happen.  Eric and I were supposed to get back to St. Louis from our trip to Paris on Saturday, but because of flight issues we were stranded in Minneapolis overnight and didn't get home until Sunday.  We left Paris over two hours late and I knew we would be cutting it close on our connection out of Minneapolis to St. Louis.  I honestly wasn't that worried about it because I knew there was also a later flight that could get us back home.  It was a shock when I saw Delta had booked us on a flight the following day.  When we talked to the ticket agent, she said all the flights to St. Louis were sold out because people were flying here to get closer to the total eclipse!

Using my Silhouette made this a quick project, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to mark this occasion.  I die cut the smiling sun design with cute little glasses and glued it on a brown paper bag.  It was perfect since most of us will be looking at the sun through goofy cardboard glasses today.  If you are one of them, please make sure your glasses are the real thing and not the fake ones.  We don't want anyone going blind!

If you don't have a pair of the special eclipse glasses, making a pin box is another alternative to seeing this historic event.  Click HERE for instructions and a video on how to make one.

Inside the bag went a few items with solar system related names - Capri Sun, Starbust, Milk Ways and Eclipse gum.  Moon Pies would have been perfect, but I waited a tad bit too long to pick them up and couldn't find them anywhere.  I bet the company that makes them will have record sales this quarter!

 A strip of washi tape sealed the bag shut.

And just like that the project was complete!  Hope you have a fantastic eclipse day.  Don't forget to look for Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus during the totality.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday's Favorites - August 18, 2017

Happy Friday! I'm on vacation this week, so I'm a little sad that it's Friday already. It will be back to normal soon for me. Hope you enjoy today's features.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - August 17, 2017

Hello from Paris! Thanks for popping in to Thinking Out Loud Thursday. Hope you link up and share what's on your mind today.

Eric and I flew to Paris on Saturday and have been going nonstop since the wheels of the plane hit the ground. Today I'm thinking out loud about a few things we did before our trip to make our travels a bit easier!

The first big win was having Rick Steves Best of France book. Ian and Kayla give me our version for Mother's Day and we have worn it out. It's full of post it flags and bent pages. We have carried it with us everyday while here and would be lost without it. If you're traveling to France, I would highly recommend picking up this book. If you're traveling anywhere, I would suggest looking for a book by Rick. He really knows his stuff when it comes to traveling!

Another thing we had for this trip that we did not have for others is a travel roll . For the seven hour flight over to France, it was nice to have some added support. I used mine on my lap to help hold up my book, on my side to get a bit more comfortable when taking a nap and under my bottom for a cushy seat. Well worth the money I spent on them!


We added a couple of new luggage pieces to our collection before this trip too. Last September when my friend, Debbie, and I traveled to Hong Kong, I was so envious of her spinner carry on bag! She would breeze up and down the airplane row while I was bumping along, saying sorry to everyone. This trip Eric and I added the American Tourist 21" Spinner.  Not only were these babies amazing on the airplane, they were great to maneuver around the airport.
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One last thing to mention, I blogged about the luggage bungee  a couple weeks ago. Well, I'm here now to say that we have actually used our luggage bungee and it worked fabulously! We will not leave home without it! Need one? Click HERE .

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So that's a few things on my mind today. We are off to the Moulin Rouge tonight! Can not wait to start sharing my Paris stories with you.  

What's on your mind today! Have you ever been to a hotel? Link up below and let us know what you're thinking about loud about today.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Five on Friday - August 11, 2017

Hey, hey -- it's Friday!  Hope you enjoy my five for this week~

1.  Game of Thrones Makeup Brushes
Do you have a Game of Thrones lover in your house?  This might make the perfect gift - Game of Thrones Makeup Brushes!!  Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and order these today.  Last year I got my daughter-in-law the Harry Potter version and she loved them.  She also loves Game of Thrones.  Wonder how many makeup brushes she needs??

2.  The Glass Castle
This movie is opening today and I'm pretty excited about it.  Our book club read the book years ago and I remember thinking it would make a good movie.  Here's what Rotten Tomatoes is saying about it, "Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar (R) winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms."  If you want to read the book before seeing the movie, click HERE to pick up a copy.

3.  Simply Peach Juice
We are in love with this new Simply Peach Juice!  Have you tasted it?  This stuff is made with real peach juice and has a delicious fresh flavor.  Give it a try!

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4.  Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
I'm late to the party on this one, but I've been binge watching Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce.  The first three seasons are on Netflix and I have been spending every free moment watching them.  Have you seen it?  


5.  Karma.....

20 Funny Quotes That Remind You That Karma's ALWAYS Watching | YourTango

Have a great weekend!  Eric and I are headed to Paris tomorrow and I will consider it a major win if I'm packed and ready to go before midnight.  Not sure how much blogging I'll be doing while on vacation, but you better believe that I'll have some tales to tell when we get back!!

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Friday Favorites - August 11, 2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - August 10, 2017

Hey guys -- welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I'm all kinds of busy, so today's post is going to be pretty short, but I hope you have time to link up below and share what's on your mind.

Today I'm thinking (and being thankful) for growing up in a small town.  Last weekend we traveled to my childhood home of New Florence, Missouri for the 137th Annual Old Settler's Picnic.  This event is always held the first full weekend in August and it's something I try my best to attend every year.

Saturday starts off with a parade down Main Street led by a Grand Marshall with an array of firetrucks, floats, and candy.  Lots and lots of candy!

What followed in the afternoon was good old fashion family fun.  While the adults walk in the cake walk, the kids had tons of fun in the corn pit and bounce house.  I have to say, I wish we would have had a corn pit in our backyard instead of a sand box because the corn was a whole lot easier to brush off than sand ever was!!

We played bingo, watched the baby show, princess contest and queen contest, and capped it all off with a dance.  In between we had the best fish sandwiches fried by my dad.  Speaking of baby show -- my niece and nephew both won 1st place in their age category!

My friend Linda drove in from Kansas City to enjoy the day too!

There's something to be said for small town America.  People actually wave when they pass you on the street.  The sky is illuminated at night with stars because all the city lights aren't diminishing them.  You know your neighbors.  And there's people who volunteer to make events like Old Settler's possible.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Five on Friday - August 4, 2017

It's Friday!  Let's get ready for the weekend!  There's a whole bunch of states (Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Missouri, Louisiana, Iowa, Ohio, Florida and Arkansas to be exact) having their back to school tax free weekend the next few days.  If you're in the market for clothes, computers or school supplies this is the weekend to shop!  If you are thinking about taking your Apple device to the store for repairs, you might want to wait until Monday.  I have a feeling the lines will be LLLLOOOOONNNNGGGG!

Before you head out, check out my five for this week ~

1.  National Friendship Day
Sunday is National Friendship Day!  Perfect day to reach out to your friends and share some love.  If you're looking for something to do with a friend, participating Starbucks has a deal now through August 7 from 2 pm -5 pm each day where you can buy any Macchiato and get one free!  So grab a friend and head to Starbucks.  Sounds like a great thing to do on National Friendship Day!

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2.  Wind River
If you and a friend are planning to celebrate National Friendship Day by going to a movie, you might want to check out Wind River.  Here's what Rotten Tomato has to say about it, "WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, WIND RIVER also stars Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, and James Jordan."  Definitely on my list to see!

3.  Class Mom
I ran across this book - Class Mom - and thought it would make the perfect gift for someone who is sending a child to kindergarten.  Amazon sums it up like this, "Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom—or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max—this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction—the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths."

Doesn't it sound funny!  Click HERE to check it out.

Class Mom

4.  Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces
I always feel like a rock star when I throw something in the slow cooker and it's ready when I walk in the door after work.  Sometimes, though, it's a bit of a challenge to put all the ingredients together before rushing out the door in the morning.  Eric brought home a bag of Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauce and that alleviated that problem!  Just pop your 2-3 pound piece of pork in the slow cooker and pour this bag of goodness over the top.  Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.  Shred your meat and let it continue to cook for a bit.  Dinner is served!   We loved the Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork and I'm anxious to try a few other flavors.  I bet this Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork would be great with chicken also.

Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork
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5.  Friday night...
Special shout out to wish our daughter-in-law, Kayla, a very happy birthday today!  She is truly a beautiful person both inside and out.  Our lives are definitely better with her in them.  Happy birthday Kayla!

We are headed to my home town, New Florence, Missouri, for the 136th Annual Old Settler's Picnic.  The volunteers that put this event together do a great job and make it fun for the entire family.  There will be activities for the kids, bingo, a cake walk and the evening will be capped off with a dance.  My dad will be frying fish in the food stand so if you're in the area and want a great sandwich, stop by!  The weather should be perfect too!  

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