Knots Come Out Like Magic!

The Magic Brush Tangle Free Hair Brush has been a real God send. We love this brush. Goddess has always loved her hair. She like most girls wants long Rapunzel hair but hates brushing it because no matter what it is always knotty and unruly. Not anymore and honestly I don't know why this brush works but it does!

We received this brush about three weeks ago and she loves using it! She brushes her hair without me telling her to do it every morning. I can't tell you the number of mornings over the past at least 8 years that she has cried or ran when it was time to brush her hair. 

The Magic Brush Tangle Free Hair Brush is a small brush without a handle that closes I am assuming to protect the bristles which seem to be made out of a thin, hard plastic.

As she brushes her hair I literally watch it go from knotty to shiny. You can see it happen in this video

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Tips for Keeping Kids Learning this Summer on a Budget

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – (July 1, 2015) – With summer break in full swing, many parents are seeing just how much time their children have on their hands. And the last thing that many of them want is for that time to be spent in front of some sort of electronic screen. In fact, the University of Michigan reports that television viewing among children is at an eight-year high, with kids ages 6-11 watching around 28 hours per week. Add to that video games, computers, tablets, and other devices, and there’s very little of anything else going on. The good news is that parents can keep their kids learning this summer, and off the screens, with a little effort.

“It’s always easier to just let the kids do whatever they want, and they may moan at first if you don’t, but keeping them doing other things will be well worth the effort,” says Nicole Montgomery, director of operations at WonderWorks Destiny. “Beating the summer brain drain is always a good thing, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.”

Many teachers find that students tend to forget some of the things they have been taught over the summer break. Parents who make the effort to keep them learning over summer will send them back to school far ahead of the game. Here are some tips for keeping kids learning over the summer and doing so on a budget:

  • Opt for new experiences. WonderWorks, for example, offers many new concepts and topics that kids are not usually all that familiar with. Kids can engage in everything from laser tag to climbing adventures that will challenge them, as well as provide them with a fun time.

  • Get outdoors. This is the time to get outside and take a nature hike, explore the trails, and visit new state parks. See what types of classes are being offered by the state parks, so the kids can learn about a variety of topics.

  • Visit the library. Most people today do not take advantage of their library enough. The library system offers hours upon hours of entertainment and education, all virtually free. Take the kids to get their own library card and visit once a week for new items. Check out to see what free educational classes they offer each week for kids.

  • Set limits. Kids will almost always want to go on the computer, television, or play video games. But parents can easily balance that with other things, such as setting a designated amount of time they need to read each day, journal, or work on something new.

  • Bake up a storm. Whether cooking or baking, kids love to get into the mix in the kitchen. When they do this it’s a great learning experience that involves following directions, math, and even chemistry. Check out kids cookbooks at the library, or find online recipes that they can do.

  • Pick a place. This summer, have the kids grab a few board games and escort them to a local senior citizen center, where they can spend an hour or two playing games with the people there.

“These ideas for keeping kids busy and learning are all budget-friendly,” added Montgomery. “There are plenty of ways to make this a summer that combats summer brain drain, and to do it in a way that won’t break the bank. We’ve even lowered our prices for the summer so more families can take advantage of bringing their kids here.”

WonderWorks Syracuse is currently offer a summer special on admission prices, which are as follows:

                                          Full Price           Summer Price
General Admission            $25                     $15
Laser Tag                          $15                     $12
Ropes Course                   $18                     $10
VIP Combo                       $38                      $25

At WonderWorks kids will find a variety of fun family friendly interactive activities to engage in, including:

  • Laser tag arena – Friends and family compete in a game of laser tag.
  • 4D XD Motion Theater – showing family fun movies the family will never forget.
  • Canyon Climb Adventure – featuring 70 feet, 3 stories, and 81 obstacles to challenge everyone.
  • WonderZones – offering a variety of areas to explore, such as natural disasters, physical challenges, light and sound zones, imagination lab, and space discovery.
  • Sky Tykes ropes course – an activity for kids under 48”.
WonderWorks also offers birthday parties, as well as a birthday club. Sign up at their site for the birthday club, where the birthday person gets in free, and others in the party get in for $2 off each admission. Opens daily at 10 a.m.

About WonderWorks
WonderWorks, a science focused indoor amusement park located in Destiny USA, combines education and entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits. There is something unique and challenging for all ages. Adventures include: The Hurricane Shack, feel the power of 71 mph hurricane–force winds, The Bubble Lab, make huge, life–sized bubbles, The Astronaut Training Gyro get the NASA treatment and experience zero gravity, Nail it by lying on the death–defying Bed of Nails. WonderWorks is also home to two indoor ropes courses, Canyon Climb which is the world’s largest suspended indoor ropes course and Sky Tykes, which is a confidence booster climb for small children. WonderWorks also hosts birthday parties and special events seasonally. Opens daily at 10 a.m.

Mark Your Calendar for My Little Pony Season 5 #mylittlepony

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC season 5 trotted out on Saturday, April 4, exceeding viewership records and marked the series’ top-rated debut of all time!

Season 5 is filled with surprises and special treats for viewers, including the appearance of celebrity guest voice Tony Award-winner Lena Hall, the series’ exciting 100th episode, fun holiday specials and several new, original songs soon to be fan-favorites. Viewers will be introduced to new characters and see background characters brought to the forefront for the first time, all as part of a journey that embraces such themes as individuality, coming of age, facing fears and achieving your dreams.

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Big Change For Our Summer #brokensummer

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It was awful. Slip from the swing when trying to get off. Fell to the side and landed on his arm in mulch of playground. Thank God there was mulch.

 Came over very calmly and said he fell. I saw a scrap and asked if he wanted to go to car for ER kit to clean it up.

He said, "I want to lie down with you."

My friend and I looked at each other and she said, "did you hit your head?"

We started walking to the car and he was holding his wrist, I asked him if he felt OK and he started crying saying it hurt so bad.

We got to truck and he layed down.

He wouldn't let me touch it and cried and complained. Usually he gets angry when asked if he got hurt. He just cried saying, "it's not broken."

I tried to touch it and ask where the pain was. He held onto it saying it hurt on the top (pointing to his forearm).

There was a scrap on the underside.

Told him I wanted to bring him to hospital and called my husband for him to talk to.

He lifted it for my husband from the shoulder which he had not done for me.

Husband said, I think you should get home and ice it.

Was going to get my daughter to tell her we had to leave her friend and take her brother home but my son started crying again.

I told him I think we need to go to the hospital and he said OK. I finally got a chance to feel the underside and noticed it was starting to swell.

Asked my friend to take my daughter and I would pick her up after hospital. Thank God we were with her or I would have had to keep her busy at the hospital too.

On the way he was so nervous saying he hoped it wasn't fractured and that he didn't want anyone at the hospital to touch it. He spent the ride being either really pissed or crying.

When we got the the hospital he said he felt it was big on the underside of his arm. I told him "I know. Prepare yourself they may tell you it is broken." 

X-rays were awful. I could hear him crying and screaming "ouch you are hurting me. Mommy"
Through the door I shouted, I'm right here honey.

It was horrible. I knew they were doing what they had to do but it killed me that I couldn't be with him.

He was wheeled out and he kept saying to the tech, "please tell me it isn't broken."

The X-ray shows fracture of and buckle cortical fracture of the radius and ulna.

Last night was hard. He had trouble sleeping and finally fell asleep at 2:00 AM. I feel so bad for him. We are signed up for swim classes, have invited to pools and got a beach pass. Hopefully it doesn't ruin his entire Summer. Last Summer my Goddess spent the whole Summer in a cast after fracturing her growth plate and needing surgery.
Hopefully next year no one breaks anything and we can have a fun filled Summer but until then, I will do my best to make it as good as I can for him and her.

Life Can Be Crushing

Trying to always be strong can be completely crushing. I have spent the past almost two years trying to be strong. Strong for me, strong for my kids, strong for life.

Faith in God's plan can only do so much. Sometimes you have to allow yourself to fall. You have to allow yourself the feeling of pain, grief and the unbearable fear of the unknown.

One cannot heal if you continue to pretend that there is nothing going on or you suppress those emotions. It will eventually come out and you would have gotten nowhere because you failed to deal with it head on. 

Tears are not a sign of weakness. They aren't. Many can't cry. They don't allow themselves that gift of cleansing. They fear it. They fear once they open the damn it will not stop. They fear the feeling of vulnerability. Allow yourself to purge all that you need. Allow yourself to fall into the ugly cry if you need. Allow it! Purge all your pain through your tears. BUT eventually you do have to stop crying. You do have to move, breath and live. You have to! 

You can do it!
I know you can, I am!

Yes, life is crushing and at times feels unbearable, painful and unfair. How much pain does one person need to have in their life? This is a question I often find myself wondering. 

Experience your pain, you are allowed. 
Move through your pain, you are allowed.
You will have hard days but some will make your forget for a moment, you are allowed
It is your journey!  Only Yours! No one else is feeling what you are feeling, experiencing what you are dealing with. Allow yourself to feel and live. Take a deep breath now move! One foot in front of the other. You can do it!

If on the outside; know that you cannot fathom the pain of another. You cannot help them. You can be there for them. You can listen. You can just be. Sometimes that is all we have. So, just be!

Good thoughts to all who read this.

Perfect Body, Mind and More Essential Oil Aid #RadhaFrankincense

From The Company:
One of the oldest medicines know to man used in sacred aromatherapy practices for, massage, relaxation uplifting mood and heightening your awareness. Great disinfectant that alleviates aches and pains and contains anti-aging properties.

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I love the blue bottle! It is a thick, glass bottle with a vibrant blue color. It came bubble wrapped with a dropper that can be used to close the bottle when you remove the cap.

The bottle is impressively large at 4 oz. 

Frankincense comes from a shrub and is collected by small incisions in the flower of the plant and starts out as a milky white residue before being refined into essential oil.

Besides being used in religious ceremonies Frankincense has many uses.

It can be used as:
  • Astringent
  • Sedative
  • Antiseptic 
You can use Frankincense on skin for burns, rashes, cuts besides being fabulous for aging skin.

Simply combine Frankincense with your base of choice. I  have been using argon oil since it is what I have and I have been using it as a massage oil for my husband's sore back but you can also add it to your shampoo, conditioner, soap, body scrub, your bath water or just on a washcloth, use as you would any other essential oil.

Frankincense has many purposes. It also makes a great facial steam, add to water and sit over a hot pot of water. 

Can aid concentration, simply use some on your neck or on your palm and breath deeply. 

As an anti-inflammatory. Mix with another base and use directly on skin to calm, soothe and relax.   My husband's sore muscles love this stuff! 

Sustainable Baby Steps has 40+ uses for Frankincense on their website that I never even heard of. Check them out. 

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Decorate Your Laptop With Works Of Art By #Vati

I love personalizing my laptop, phone and Kindle and was thrilled to get a laptop sticker from Vati.
This is just one of the many amazing decals they have and all are cool in my opinion.

This is the World's Famous Buildings decal. As you can see it comes in a non bendable cardboard with a see through insert. 

These decals are created for Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, ASUS, Chromebook, Toshiba, Dell, Acer And Other Laptops and come in three sizes 13, 15, and 17 inch depending on the size you need. This one would be really cool with an Apple laptop because the earth would have that awesome blue light on it. 

The decal is easily transferred from the decal paper to your laptop, chrome book or wherever you decide to place it.  

Here is a photo of the paper it comes on. Nice and sturdy. This is some thick vinyl. Definitely quality!

The directions simply state to dust your computer and affix your decal by placing down and removing the transfer paper.   It was as easy as playing a sticker except this is a great grownup sticker that has many recognizable buildings such as the Easter Island, Big Ben, The Statue of Liberty, The Colosseum in Rome, The Taj Mahal and more. 
We have an Acer and I as I went to put it on my daughter's laptop she insisted it go on her window.  She said she would see it more often since her computer is always open. She is probably right!

This is the third location she has placed it so far. I believe this would even look great on my truck! 

Easy to place
Easy to remove
Quality paper
Looks amazing
Great price

I can't think of any!

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Please Consider This Wristband As You Head Into The Water This Season #lifesaver

Drowning is one of my biggest fears for myself and for anyone I know. As someone who lives in a lake town I can tell you that the Summer season brings fun but also stress as I fear that someone I love, care about or just know will drown. 

We all head to the lake in my neck and partake in the main reason a lot of us have moved here. We fish, swim, sail, boat, jump, and more into this huge lake and unfortunately every year there is a drowning. 

Safety first is what I tell my kids and this means that while they are good swimmers, it is a big lake and safety needs to be a priority. 

They are not allowed to swim past a certain point (meaning I need to be able to get them), they can not go in the water alone, they can not throw rocks, they cannot jump off the dock without one of us out there with them. Yeah, it sounds like they cannot have fun but this is far from the truth. I want them to know that fun and games are wonderful but it takes one slip up, one accident, one bad judgement for everyone's life to change. 

This is why I am so jazzed about this wristband!

An American-German team revolutionizes the fight against drowning by developing of the world’s smallest inflatable that keeps you safe when life vests aren’t practical

CALIFORNIA/HAMBURG - June 29, 2015: Kingii, a portable floatation device, launches on Indiegogo today with the ultimate goal of reducing global drowning rates, which have grown to 372,000 a year. Through its small and unobtrusive design, this advanced water safety tool secures to a user’s wrist to provide the reliability of traditional life vests without restricting mobility during water activities. When it’s needed, the highly buoyant Kingii inflates in just one second to help users swim back to safety. Kingii is ideal for keeping swimming, sailing, surfing, kayaking, paddling, fishing and any other activity in, or around, the water safe and enjoyable.
“After I lost a friend in a preventable drowning accident, I developed Kingii as a way to promote the importance of water safety and, hopefully, end this type of tragedy once and for all,” said Tom Agapiades, Founder of Kingii. “Kingii is the perfect alternative to life jackets for beginner and advanced swimmers of any age.  Now, for those who would previously forgo wearing a life vest, they can have the same security without the restrictions or discomfort.” 

Kingii’s durable, nylon inflatable is conveniently stored inside a small pouch next to a CO2 cartridge called the Kingii Cylinder. When the lever on top of the wristband is pulled, the Kingii Cylinder is triggered to fill the floatation device. The Kingii has an attached whistle that can be blown to draw attention to the user, and its built-in compass reorients the user and directs them back to land. Once the used Kingii Cylinder is removed, the Kingii is deflated and packed back into the pouch. The reusable Kingii is ready to save another life when a new Kingii Cylinder is installed.

Kingii is the world’s smallest floatation device that revolutionizes water safety for all. After his best friend tragically drowned, Kingii’s founder, Tom Agapiades, set out to develop a more convenient water buoyancy aid that provided more comfort than traditional life vests and other inflatables. The result was Kingii, a simple wrist band that only needed to be activated when a user was in danger. Through this simple device, Agapiades and his team continue advocating and revolutionizing water safety throughout Europe and the United Sates. For more information, visit or

Current Kingii Indiegogo consumer packages include:
  • Kingii Unit Early Bird: One Kingii unit, plus two Kingii Cylinders ($69 – limited to 300 units)
  • Save Yourself Package: One Kingii unit, plus two Kingii Cylinders ($79)
  • Save Your Friend Package: Two Kingii units, plus four Kingii Cylinders ($155)
  • Save Your Family Package: Four Kingii units, plus eight Kingii Cylinders ($305)
  • Impact Package: Ten Kingii units, plus 20 Kingii Cylinders ($749)
  • Kingii Recharge Package: Two Kingii Cylinders ($6)
  • Kingii Family Recharge Package: Five Kingii Cylinders ($14)
Current Kingii Indiegogo retailer packages include:
  • Big Impact Retailer Package: 20 Kingii units, plus 40 Kingii Cylinders ($1,399)
For more information on Kingii and its campaign, visit

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