Camp Warner Bros Week 2 Features Delicious Science and Steven Universe #CampWarnerBros

It’s week 2 at Camp Warner Bros.!  This week, we are going to have some fun with science, color mixing, learning patience and making a delicious treat for the premiere of Steven Universe: The Movie! Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital 


We are huge Steven Universe fans and have watched all episodes of it. My daughter and I love the Crystal Gems and loved this experiment so much. We used the below recipe to create our own Crystal Gems. This time we made Ameytest but next time my daughter wants to make Sapphire. 

Here is the recipe we used! 

If you want to Save the Earth and bring peace to your galaxy with Steven Universe’s “Crystal Gem” Candy recipe it is really easy. These directions are super easy but they do require an adult’s supervision. 

The Science Behind The Fun:

As time passes (and the solution cools), the water will slowly evaporate from the solution. As the water evaporates, the solution will become more saturated with sugar. The sugar molecules will collect on the string, and the candy crystals will grow molecule by molecule!


Extra Science Fun:

Try making two jars of candy. In the first jar - seed your “Crystal Gem” Candy by rolling your string in water and sugar. In the second jar do not seed your string with sugar before growing. Determine if using seed sugar crystals changes the growth rate of your “Crystal Gem” Candy!

The hardest thing so far has been patience. We told ourselves that we would give the Crystal Gem’s three days to do their magic before we touched them so as soon as I get out of work today that is exactly what we will be doing. Stay tuned! I am hoping they are magical!

If you haven’t seen Steven Universe yet, I highly recommend it. Steven Universe is a great cartoon for kids because it is so different. It is not geared toward girls or boys. It can be loved by everyone. If not for Steven this show could have been like any other girl driven show like Sailor Moon but Steven balances it out AND he is not afraid of his emotions or sharing his thoughts or feelings. I love that! These characters really discuss feelings which make their relationships stronger and their affection for each other something the viewer appreciates and respects.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary code to review this movie. No monetary compensation was offered. 

Unfulfilled Dream - Originally Posted July 20, 2008


Slice of Life Sunday – Unfulfilled Dream

I chose option 1 this week for my slice of life story.
Surely we all have dreams that have gone unfulfilled. The one that comes to mind when I think about my own is probably a big one.
Growing up I wanted to be a nurse. My mother had been sick with cancer when I was 11 years old. I watched all these loving nurses come in her life. All of them had a special something. Something that made you want to be just like them. They made my mother feel better, she seemed calmer and more relieved when they were there. Whether they were giving her pain medication, changing her sheets, or making her comfortable in her bed all while smiling at her 3 children who sat there, watching not knowing what to do for her.
I wanted to be that person. I wanted to help someone like I hadn’t been able to help my mother. From the age of 12 I knew what I wanted and told anyone who would listen.
There are so many reasons why this never happened. Some of it is can be read here and here.
Beside these reasons, moving out so young, having no support, financial or emotional, I basically got a job that I hated and never wanted to pay the bills and that dream just slipped away.
Looking back now, I think I would have been a terrific nurse but I also believe it would have been something that changed me as a person. I tried Hospice when I was younger and it killed me to see people dying. I believe that everything happens for a reason so I don’t look at this as a regret just something that I had wanted.
Now, I get to play nurse for my two babies. Someone gets hurt and there I am with my medi- kit. Ready to scoop someone up and clean, bandage, ice, hug, remove or kiss the boo-boo. I am the best damn nurse mommy I can be.
So, is this REALLY an unfulfilled dream? I feel like in a way I am living it, just not the way I had originally envisioned.

WonderWorks Orlando to Host Sensory Day with Special $10 Admission



ORLANDO, Florida – (July 1, 2020) – WonderWorks Orlando will be hosting yet another Sensory Day event on Monday, July 13, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will give guests with special needs a chance to explore the indoor attraction in a more comfortable setting. Tickets for this event are only $10 per person when purchased during the Sensory Day hours. The exhibits and attractions throughout the building will be altered to give guests a more comfortable and sensory-friendly environment to limit stimulation.


“In these uncertain times, we feel it is still important to provide a limited stimulation environment for children and adults with special needs,” says Brian Wayne, general manager of WonderWorks Orlando. “We want them to be able to visit and enjoy our attractions here without feeling overwhelmed.”


WonderWorks hosts several Sensory Days throughout the year. They are typically held on Sundays, but this July event will be on a Monday. This gives homeschool students and those on summer break a chance to visit. In an effort to create a sensory-friendly environment on Sensory Day, WonderWorks Orlando will:


  • Alter exhibit lights and sounds to limit stimulation.
  • Lower the music in the facility.
  • Turn off loud exhibits so they are not operational.
  • Shut off the Inversion Tunnel guests typically enter through.
  • Create an overall safe and comfortable environment to avoid feeling overwhelmed.


“This is going to be a great sensory-friendly event for all,” added Wayne. “WonderWorks is proud to be able to offer these Sensory Days for our community.”


According to research published in the journal Occupational Therapy International, up to nearly 17% of the general population experiences sensory processing challenges. A sensory-friendly experience at WonderWorks gives people an opportunity to have fun, without being overwhelmed.


Due to a county-wide mask restriction in Orlando, guests will need to bring one with them. WonderWorks also have some for sale onsite for those that may need them. The indoor attraction has implemented new COVID-19 safety protocols, including reduced capacity and hours, enhanced cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, employee health screenings, and employee personal protective equipment (PPE).  Guests are encouraged to review all safety procedures prior to their visit on their website:


WonderWorks in Orlando is an adventure for tourists and locals alike. The indoor amusement park is open 365 days per year. WonderWorks features a glow-in-the-dark ropes course, a state-of-the-art laser tag arena, a 4D XD motion theater, a magic comedy dinner show, and the Wonder Zones, which include interactive exhibits on natural disasters and space discovery, a light and sound zone, an Imagination Lab, the Far-Out Art Gallery, and a physical challenge zone. With over 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment,” the attraction combines education and entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits. To get more information or purchase tickets, visit the site at:


About WonderWorks

WonderWorks, the upside-down adventure, is a science-focused indoor amusement park for the mind that holds something unique and interesting for visitors of all ages. Guests enter through an upside-down lobby with the ceiling at their feet and the ground above their head and must pass through an inversion tunnel to be turned right side up. There are three floors of nonstop “edu-tainment,” with over 100 hands-on and interactive exhibits that serve an educational purpose to challenge the mind and spark the imagination. WonderWorks Orlando is also home to The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. WonderWorks has locations in Orlando, Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, and Syracuse. For more information, visit the site


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Germs Be Gone: Keep Those Pool Toys Squeaky Clean

 Germs be Gone: Keep Those Pool Toys Squeaky Clean

In the summer, your pool toys get plenty of use—because is there anything better than a warm summer afternoon relaxing on an inflatable lounger?

While you know it’s important to clean your pool regularly, you might not be aware of the importance of cleaning your pool toys and accessories, too. Water toys offer timeless fun and pleasure, but just because they are in the water doesn't mean that they're clean.

Sure, chlorine sanitizes pool toys, but mold and mildew can appear if they're not dried properly--especially on those pool noodles. Sometimes, pool toys can even get slimy and slippery. This is usually a form of mold or algae.

If your family comes into contact with these dirty toys, the bacteria can cause earaches or a cold.

With some regular light scrubbing and maintenance, you’ll be able to enjoy a clean and safe pool all summer long.

Deep Clean

For best effect, use a nine-to-one mixture of chlorine bleach and water to clean your family’s favorite pool toys. Bleach (Sodium- Hypochlorite) is a chemical that can sanitize the surface of the floating toy and make it as good as new.

This method should not be used often, only if you see traces of mold on toys, since high amounts of bleach can be dangerous for children. Before you get started, put on some gloves and protective eyewear.

Use a sponge to apply bleach to your toys and scrub with a soft-bristled brush or soak them in the solution for two minutes. Then, rinse with a hose. Make sure you air dry them before storing or dry them with a towel. Either way, make sure there's no moisture left.

Be extra careful with foam pool toys. Because foam is porous, the bacteria and mold can grow quickly and can be hard to see. We recommend cleaning these toys three to four times a year. But whenever you see signs of mold or the foam starts to show signs of damage, it’s time to replace them. You can treat plastic when it’s necessary because bacteria growth on these surfaces is easy to see.

Other ways to clean floating toys
  • With soap - For cleaning with soap, make a solution with one part of soap and three parts of warm water, and then use a sponge to wash your float with this mixture.
  • With Vinegar - Mix one part white vinegar with two parts of lukewarm water in a tub large enough to hold your toys. This makes a safe, natural cleaning solution for your floating toys. Place the float in the water and let it stay there for 15-20 minutes. Make sure all parts of the toy are submerged. This will remove mold and dirt.
  • With Baking Soda - Combine one part baking soda with four parts lukewarm water and mix it thoroughly. The baking soda will clean your toy by attracting any impurities.
 Although cleaning pool toys may not seem necessary, you should clean them regularly to extend their lifetime and make them safe for you and your family.

My Life In Pictures - May 17 - 24

May 17 - Nothing

May 18 - Nothing

May 19 - This boy! He is so damn cute!

May 20 - Stopped in to see my classroom. It is so cute with this tent that no one is using these days. My classroom hasn't been used since sometime in March.  One day we will be back to normal right?!

May 21 -  Game review with this girl! We had a great time as usual. I love that she will play board games with me even if they are for younger kids. 

May 22 - Red Neck Cinema  - This is how my husband and I spend our night in the Spring and some of Summer. When it gets too hot we head to the air condition but on beautiful nights when the temps are below 75 we are outside for at least one movie. 

May 23 - My favorite garden decoration has been decorated every day. Just a token of a leaf or flower but I always give him something.

May 24 - Memorial Day ready. We always have a flag flying but this is the one we save for holidays. 

My Big Decision About Holding My Son Back From Kindergarten


Big Decision

Today was my CPSE meeting for my son.
I always wake with a heavy heart on these morning.
Last week I was given the reports from the therapists and have gone over them at least 8 times with a fine tooth comb, making notes, highlighting, circling, etc.
Monday the therapists and I had a meeting so that we could go over the reports, discuss where things had changed, and so that we were all on the same page. It is really hard sometimes to read the reports because while they paint a broad picture of your child’s progress, the test numbers are there and most of the time they are lower than actual.
Looking over the paperwork for the last time last night, I decided something that I had mostly planned since he was 2.5 years old. I decided it would be in his best interest to hold off Kindergarten for a year and put him in different preschool to give him exposure to a different curriculum.
This morning I headed over to the preschool after dropping off Handsome. We spoke about enrollment, I grabbed the paperwork, dropped my daughter off at my girlfriends and headed to the meeting armed with the knowledge that I would not be sending him to Kindergarten.
It is always strange walking in, I know the therapist and the Chairperson and the child (mine) we are about to speak about. There are 4-6 other people there to discuss my son and together we are to come up with his new IEP.
Today I was just waiting for the moment when I could say my big decision is “I’M NOT SENDING HIM TO KINDERGARTEN THIS YEAR!”
As soon as I said it I saw eyes rolling to each other, and breath being held. I started my explanation of the tests and how as I read the tests I had circled about 25 places where he was only at a 3.2 year old – 4.5 year old level. I asked them why we would rush a kid into Kindergarten if he wasn’t ready. He is going to have to do a minimum of 12 years of school so what if he starts this year or next year?
They tried to play devils advocate and offer all kinds of solutions and concerns.
Since he is so academically advanced would this hinder the advancement? No because the Pre-K has a very structured academic program.

Would he feel like he was around a bunch of babies if he were to stay in a Pre-K 
setting? He is classified as a Preschooler with a special delay so talking to younger kids (at his speech level) may actually give him confidence.

We could have a Para follow him around the class for the day. No, he already has a SEIT follow him around for the 2.5 hours he is in school and he would prefer her to not be there.

We could start him in Kindergarten and then hold him back again if he is not ready for 1st. No, I actually think this would do more harm than good. His friends moving on and him staying back? Why repeat Kindergarten?
I stood my ground and understood why there were concerns but I truly believe that even if he was main stream this would not harm him.
The chairperson told me that if he was not academically where he was she would try to steer me in another direction but she knows that I constantly work with him.
She also gave me a wonderful compliment in that she has never met a mother who knew her child more than I do. “Every parent knows what’s best for their child, but I never met someone who knew their child like you do.” I do try. There is nothing more important to me than my children.
I am excited about his new Pre-K and can’t wait to see how he progresses over the summer.
The chairperson also told me that at anytime I feel that he would do well in Kindergarten or that I made the wrong decision (no matter where we are in the school year) she will put him in kindergarten.
So positive. I wish for everyone to have such a positive CPSE experience.

Our Four Kids and It Movie Premiere Reunion With Friends #fourkidsandit

Four Kids and It is a charming and whimsical story featuring a star-studded cast including Paula Patton (2 Guns, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Matthew Goode (TV’s “Downton Abbey” and “The Crown”), with Russell Brand (TV’s “Ballers,” Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and the voice of Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (1999, Best Supporting Actor, The Cider House Rules;  The Dark Knight franchise, The Prestige). Based on iconic children’s author Jaqueline Wilson’s Four Children and It, the story is a modern twist based on E. Nesbit’s 1902 classic Five Children and It, and also stars Teddie Malleson-Allen, Ashley Aufderheide, Billy Jenkins, and  Ellie-Mae Siame. The film adaptation is directed by Andy De Emmony (TV’s “The Nest” and “Spitting Image”) and written by Simon Lewis. 

On a seaside holiday, four kids from a blended family visit the beach, where they discover a floppy-eared creature that grants their wishes. But there’s a catch: the kids’ adventures in rock-climbing, pop stardom, and flying end promptly at sunset — leaving them in danger each time. Can they learn to control the magic before something dreadful happens?

Four Kids and It is now available on Digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand, including major digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and others.

The 411:

I love my daughter’s friends so I invited them over for a movie review/lunch/reunion get together. They were very happy for the opportunity to hang out and when lunch and snacks are provided it is an easy sell.

We Door Dashed lunch and since it is impossible in my neck of the woods, I used my work address and met them in the parking lot.  

Getting them to stop talking at the table took some time. It has been months since they have been together but eventually they all came over to the living room.

I put a blanket down on the floor so that the kids could maintain social distancing but they all ended up on the blanket eventually. 

Sooo these kids are ages, 14, 15 and 17 so they are not necessary the age group the film makers had in mind but it was so fun listening to these kids talk about the movie as we watched. 

A couple meet at a vacation home with their kids but the kids don’t know these two have been dating. Both sets of kids have been hoping for the family to get back together. Needless to say the kids are upset, disappointed and kinda pissed off. As a parent I couldn’t imagine doing this to my kids. Springing a boyfriend/girlfriend surprise on them while they are hoping their families get back together would not have been my route but you do you.

Tony immediately decided not the storyline arc only 10 minutes into the movie.

The teens had a good time laughing and talking about the families.  They were concerned that there were a few times the parents were a little to frisky to be a kid movie but I told them it was fine it was only because they were older that they got the couple sinking down below the counter in the kitchen or laying on the beach waiting for their opportunity to be alone. They were also concerned that the parents never seemed very worried that the kids were gone for long periods of time. I honestly had a blast listening to them and haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. It was the perfect way to spend the day.

The movie is perfect for a family movie and I think that these kids will be talking about it for a long time. As I drove them home they were talking about it although their review wasn’t stellar after seeing it. Teens are funny like that.

Tony’s review immediately after watching. He is 15 years old.

“Why? Was the camera so bouncy? Couldn’t they put it on a tripod. It made me crazy how jumpy it was. There are parts in the movie that I don’t think are kid friendly although the youngest kid had one of the best lines, “my father left us for a 20 year old with a tight tushy. 

The antagonist was baffling. The villain didn’t have a single good line in the entire movie. The only comedic relief came at the 3rd act where birds pooped on his head as he was climbing up a cliff.“

Personally I think the kids had a great time and they have some inside jokes that they were saying will last them a lifetime “suckable toes” (The creature had toes that they could not stop discussing).  So while I agree with some of Tony’s insight I myself LOVE Russell Brand. I also loved the magic moments that the kids had in the movie and think families will find it hysterical that the “IT” needs to puff up to grant a wish.  I found it cute and told the kids that if they had a good time, it was a good movie. 

To Watch on Blu-ray, DVD or to Stream

Disclaimer: I received a code to watch the movie as well as DoorDash gift cards and candy for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.
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