Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rock & Rhino

This is a guest post by Tim Johnson.

With school age kids looking for something new, I wanted to share a new children's book series from KC area author Margie Taylor Lisbona.  Her characters "Rock and Rhino" are very artful characterazations of two boys who she describes as, "bestest friends." The “Rock & Rhino” Book Series is a collection designed for children ages one through ten, or for older children with special needs. The books showcase the lovable and quirky two-some as they demonstrate fun and easy examples of what to do, or what not to do in everyday childhood situations.

Your kids will love the illustrations. The colorful artwork really caught the eye of the kids I did read alouds with and the characters cartoon like appearances were very child friendly.  These books would make a great TV cartoon series! 
As a teacher I am always looking for story lines I can use with younger children to work on life skills without sounding too much like a teacher.  The "Rock & Rhino" series works very well in meeting that goal, because as you do read alouds it is fun to create your own voices for each character.  Older school age readers will benefit from the vocabulary used by author Margie Taylor-Lisbona and the range is great reading for the early school age kids.
If you are curious, just click the website at
Call this "teacher approved summer reading."

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Places to Use Your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver Card

My husband and I were about an hour from home when he realized we had to stop for gas. Knowing I had a fresh 37 cent per gallon discount on my Hy-Vee fuel saver card, I was disappointed that there were no Hy-Vee Gas Stations around, so we stopped at a Casey's General Store . I was pleasantly surprised to find a sign that read “Hy-Vee Fuel Saver Cards Accepted Here”. SWEET!  You can actually use your card at over 1,200 fuel stations across the Midwest.

There are tons of Shell Stations that accept the Hy-Vee Fuel Saver cards. You can check out the full list of locations on the Hy-Vee website.

There's also a very long list of PDQ Stations that participate in the fuel saver program.  See all those PDQ Stations on the Hy-Vee site as well.

As I previously mentioned, we found that you can also use your fuel saver card at Casey's.  

And of course, you can always use it at Hy-Vee Gas Stations.

If you shop at Hy-Vee and don't have a card, it's very simple to use.
  • Shop for Hy-Vee Fuel Saver products marked with shelf signs throughout Hy-Vee and featured in their weekly Fuel Saver ad. Click here to view the ads
  • The more Hy-Vee Fuel Saver products you buy each week, the more you can save on gas.
  • You get 30 days to use the fuel discount you've earned on your card.
  • Just swipe your Hy-Vee Fuel Saver card at the pump and watch the price you pay per gallon drop.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Top 5 Kids at My Daughter's Birthday Party

We just celebrated my daughter's 5th birthday.  I naively invited everyone from her class (I was proud she wanted to include everyone!), plus a few extras.  Here are the "Top 5 Party Standouts".
The Face Smash into the Cake Kid—Yep, he's real, and awesome. Did I mention it wasn't my kid? That's partly what makes him awesome. With his dad just a couple of feet behind him, he boldly dropped his face square into his red and blue frosting covered piece of cake. At no point did he show fear, but instead reveled in the subsequent eruption of laughter he rightfully earned. I immediately grabbed the camera and enjoyed the “show mommy how the piggy eats” moment.

The Non-Birthday Girl Present Opener—She was adorable with her pale blond braids, pretty dress, and perfectly fashionable cowgirl boots. Her angelic face made for beautiful party pics, but as I attempted to watch my own daughter open her presents, the angel turned devil. She was ripping and tearing through tissue paper with abandon. It was too late to stop her on the first gift bag, but I managed to slow her pace so my daughter could collect her own goodies from then on.

The Model Child—Not only is this girl pretty and poised enough to be auditioning for TV shows in LA (seriously, she's talking with agents), but she warmly let me welcome her with a hug, and sat stunningly still while eating her pizza and cake. She politely said please and thank you (without reminders), and brightened up the party with her gleaming smile.  Clearly not my child.

The Child I Almost Lost—One dad dropped his daughter off at the party, so this little redhead became my responsibility for two hours, which seemed perfectly reasonable. She was no trouble throughout the magic show and cake, and even sat happily on my lap for a bit. As the end of the party was near, I saw her dad...with his eyes darting around the room. With about 30 people, I figured she must just be hard to see...then MY eyes were flashing back and forth too. My heart dropped, but I tried to appear totally calm and in control. I gave her dad a look that tried to say “Oh it's no big deal you can't find your daughter, I know exactly where she is”.  I quickly ran to check the bathroom, where thankfully, she standing right outside the door with another girl and mom. Whew.

The Birthday Girl—My freshly turned 5-year-old started out sitting quietly at the party table, then she lit up and glowed with magical wonderment at the magician's ability to turn paper into cookies. She got mad when her sister attempted to open her new Elsa doll without permission, then flew on her cake high all the way home. Now we have a year to recover, and do it all over again...

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Did You Know You Could Borrow THESE From the Library?

Sure you know you can go to the library to borrow a book, but do you know about all the other good stuff you can get there...FREE?

Musical Instruments-The library in Ann Arbor, Michigan has a music tools collection with everything from a Moog Theremin (a single oscillator instrument that uses two metal rod antennas to control pitch and amplitude, but you probably knew that) to a Microbrute (synthesizer).  You can check out their musical instruments for a week!

Cake Pans-Need to bake a beautiful butterfly for your daughter's 5th birthday party?  How about a graduation cap for your son?  The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas loans cake pans.  You can even go online to see them and reserve the pan you need.  There is a $5 fee for cake pans returned dirty or damaged, so make sure you wash your dishes. 

Tools-If you're doing a DIY project and don't want to buy all the expensive stuff you need to get it done, check with your library.  The Berkeley Public Library offers thousands of tools like a hand drill, tile cutter, and even hammers.  Berkeley residents over the age of 18, and people who own property in Berkeley, can check out up to 10 tools at a time. Tools may be borrowed for 3 or 7 days, depending on the item.

DVDs-Right now my daughters are watching a sing-along version of Frozen, which they borrowed from the library.  We certainly don't need to buy anything else Frozen related, so getting it free at the library is perfect so that after two weeks, we can “let it go”.

Telescopes-How cool is this?  Lots of libraries are now loaning telescopes.  In Missouri, the public library systems in St. Louis, St. Louis County, University City and Kirkwood are lending 17 Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch telescopes to any interested cardholder 18 years or older.  Check with your local library to see they have telescopes you can borrow.

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Milton's Craft Bakers Gluten Free Crackers Review & Giveaway

I don't have to eat gluten free food, but I like to when it's available.  And I'm always looking for easy to grab snacks for my kids and I.  Right now I'm eating (non-stop) Milton's Craft Bakers Gluten Free Baked Crackers.  They come in four flavor combinations-Multi-Grain, Everything, Cheddar Cheese, and Crispy Sea Salt.  I'm embarrassed to admit that when I opened the Cheddar Cheese bag, I ended up finishing the whole thing by the end of the day.  NOT BY MYSELF!  My 4-year-old helped...a little.  I ate them by themselves for awhile, then later I decided to cut up some cheese and put that on top of the crackers--so good.

All the crackers in this Milton's product line have no cholesterol, no trans fat, 130 calories per serving, and they're baked, not fried!

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Disclosure--I was provided with samples of the product for review purposes.  All opinions are honest.  

Anjolee-The Art of Jewelry

Disclosure--The following is a sponsored post.

With Mother's Day and several female birthdays in my family recently, I've been looking at a ton of jewelry lately.  I've been perusing Anjolee-The Art of Jewelry website recently, and they have some beautiful pieces.  The first kind of jewelry I look at is earrings.  I'm convinced that when you look terrible and throw your hair into a ponytail, you can put on a gorgeous pair of earrings and totally distract from anything bad.  My favorite pair from Anjolee is the Vintage Teardrop Diamond earrings (below).

A really cool feature of Anjolee is that they have customizable jewelry.  If you want to create your own diamond bangle bracelet, you can choose between classic, fancy, or flexible, choose the total carat weight, and even the stone shape. 

My eight year wedding anniversary is coming up this summer, so I couldn't help but notice the wedding and anniversary rings.  Honey if you're reading this, I sure do like the Woven Band Diamond Ring (pictured below).