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Dinosaur Adventure Photo Album

https://www.dinosauradventure.com/

Are you ready for Dinosaur Adventures?

Obviously, our mischievous Elf, Bella, is ready for adventures with dinosaurs. Luckily, Dinosaur Adventure is going to be in our area.

Dinosaur Adventure will be at the following locations:

Toledo, OH – Seagate Convention Center, Dec. 7 and 8
Raleigh, NC – NC State Fairgrounds – Jim Graham Building – Dec. 14 – 15
Allentown, PA – Allentown Fairgrounds – Dec. 21 – 22
Pittsburgh, PA – Monroeville Convention Center – Dec. 27- 29

Dinosaur Adventure is an all-new, one of a kind exhibit featuring realistic, life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with their life-like movement and roars. Learn about the most popular dinosaurs -Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Velociraptor, and explore recent finds with exciting discoveries!

As part of Dinosaur Adventure, children of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities: fossil crafting, Jurassic jeeps, themed obstacle courses, riding their favorite dinosaur, and more! The whole family will also be amused by our live entertainment featuring a walking dinosaur show, and a baby dinosaur meet & greet.

If you are into saving money, my Readers will save a few bucks by using the following coupon code. The coupon code is for $3 Off any Adult, Child Activity or VIP Ticket Use Code: FLASH3 https://www.dinosauradventure.com/upcoming-events/


https://www.dinosauradventure.com/upcoming-events/

Bus Stop Sessions

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Several years ago, I started to write this post about my youngest daughter. At the time she was six. Now she is ten and I wish the conversations with her were this easy or entertaining.

Something is going on with her. I ask her but she says she’s fine. I have also discovered that she lies effortlessly so I don’t believe her exactly. I want to believe her. I really do.

She’s also been eating ice cream in the middle of the night. So far we’ve found six cartons. Not to mention the candy wrappers and yogurt containers.

Today, I have to pick her up from detention . . . again.¬† Everyday I sound like Marvin Gaye: What’s going on? But with more eye rolling and aggravation.

So let’s revisit the time when my baby told me everything, even when it was too much information.

March 2015:

The conversations at the bus stop with Little Sister #2 are interesting.  Some mornings, the topics come out of nowhere.

Yesterday, she said, “Do you know why I don’t want you to die?”

I answered, “No. Why?” At this point, I have no idea. It could be anything.

She said, ” Because I love you so much. ”

The school counselor says it is normal for her to worry.

My favorite thing is when she sings along with the radio. It cracks me up that she knows the words to rock music. (FYI: I do not let her watch the videos.)

One morning, I tried an experiment. I switched to the country channel to see if she noticed. I never listen to the country station so I wondered if she liked country music.

Nope. She most certainly does not.

She piped up right away. Basically, she asked me to turn it back. Now we know that she likes Slipknot and Katy Perry.

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5 Podcasts: Transgender and LGBTQIA

Originally, this was going to be a list of marijuana-related podcasts. For now, the pot podcasts are going to be on the back burner. ūüėČ The subjects of what it means to be transgender and to be gay have been topics at my house lately. I can’t be the only one with inquisitive kids. Who wants to be the parent that doesn’t have any answers? Not me. I don’t know what it means to be transgender or gay exactly. Technically, yes. I understand definitions. Really, I have no idea what to say. So I thought doing some research on transgender podcasts would be helpful. It’s a starting point at least. Some of the podcasts might be interesting to you as well.

  1. How to be a Girl podcast.  http://www.howtobeagirlpodcast.com/

This mom, Marlo Mack, rocks. She does the podcast with her young transgender daughter. They are just trying to figure it out together. Mack also has a blog over here: https://gendermom.wordpress.com/

2. The Gender Rebels https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpgenderrebelspodbeancomfeed/the-gender-rebels/e/51638508

They have the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had about transgender issues.¬†¬†

3. Public Trans Podcast. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/public-trans

Mac and Ave discuss trans issues during your morning commute. Also available on iTunes. 

4. TransPanTastic. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/transpantastic

I’m looking forward to listening to more of the adventures of George and Jess. They are a transgender couple with children and all of the drama.¬†

 

5. Ok 2 Be LGBT. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ok-2-be-lgbt

Molly and Kim talk about LGBT issues, news, and pop culture. They are hilarious. 

 

Totally Not Panicking: Girl Scouts and Photography Lessons

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This is what the badge will look like. I think. Probably

 

 

I have been wrangled into doing a short blurb about photography for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Not wrangled exactly but I feel the same feeling of anxiety that I would have if I were being literally wrangled with an actual lasso.

It’s silly to be nervous about talking in front of 7-8 young girls, right? I want to tell them everything that I know about photography. There are two problems with that scenario. #1 The girls have the attention span of . . . . That is a lie. They don’t have an attention span per se. Plus, at least one of them screams. Then they alllll scream.

#2 There is too much information to tell them in the 5-10 minutes that they might actually listen.

There is another mom doing the project with me. We both know about photography. We’re going to have to keep it simple.

So that means I should not be looking up DIY photography projects that will take more money and time than I have. Right. I should not do that no matter how cool light boxes make every thing look. So cool . . .

However, for the sake of keeping it simple, we’ve decided to do a photo booth. The meeting area has nothing interesting to take pictures of at all. There’s a basketball hoop, a table and a few chairs. It’s a very boring spot as far as photography.

I think a photo booth will be fun for the girls. It will be fairly easy to make props. Feather boa, giant sunglasses and a viking helmet are on the shopping list.

It will be fine. New year + new me = less panic attacks. I will try not to hyperventilate.¬† I should be thankful that I wasn’t chosen for the horseback riding badge.

weekend coffee share:¬†i’m lazy and a little crazy edition

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Cute Mugs and Things

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that

 

  • it’s hot. I’m ok with being hot but my coffee is not.
  • I quit my job again. I’ve also been struggling with how to put that on job applications. People frown upon it when you say, “I hated it. My boss was a bitch.” It’s the truth but people don’t want to hire people that say it out loud.
  • So I’ve been blogging more, hanging out with the kids and being poor. Plus, Netflix. Lots of Netflix.
  • I got through the current season of Orange is the New Black, all five seasons of Breaking Bad, most of The Keepers, a few episodes of the¬†Queen of the South.¬†
  • Honestly, it has been worth being broke to drive my kids around to band and tennis. The struggle to get my younger two off of their iPads is a real thing. I read an article that said iPads and tablets are like cocaine to kids. I believe it completely.
  • ChoreMonster is the best app in the world. Whatever gets my kids to do something besides play Minecraft is my favorite. If you’re a parent, you should look into it.
  • At the moment, my kids are at their grandma’s house getting spoiled and not doing any chores or reading any books.
  • My oldest kid brought her bunny over for a few weeks. I’ve been feeding him and trying to keep the cat away. There may have been a picture or two taken.
  • I’ve been on Pinterest a lot.
  • Old post about Pinterest
  • I made a Jason Momoa board.
  • Here it is.
  • Holley’s Jason Momoa board
  • I’ve done a few reviews. Visit my review page to see what’s new.
  • Chasing Destino’s Reviews

 

  • My hair was out of control. I was starting to look like Mario Lopez but not as handsome. Still, better than Screech. There was this curly mohawk mullet thing going on. So I got a haircut.

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  • I finally got another job. My prediction is that it will be boring. It’s fine. If boring pays the bills, then boring is fine.
  • The plan besides work is to keep reading books, keep doing stuff like exercising, scrapbooking, blogging and creative stuff. It’s difficult to maintain a balance sometimes. What else am I going to do?
  • My boyfriend will appreciate it if I find a new place for the scrapbook stuff. (It’s probably not ¬†happening anytime soon. If I put it away, then I won’t finish it ever.)
  • What have you guys been doing?

 

I was almost too lazy to post the link.

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Weekend Coffee Share Courtesy of Nerd in the Brain

But Did You Die? : #bookreview

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Throat Punch Media has published ,”But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low,”  a book of essays about parenting. There are so many contributors. For once, I can say that many of them are my friends on Facebook. I will be finding the rest on social media soon.

As a parent with many imperfections, I can relate. Yesterday was one of the worst days with my middle child. We survived mostly because of “But Did You Die?”  This book helped me to keep that sense of humor in spite of the middle child being a jerk and forgetting how to use words. All day long with a mini-Chewbacca. It was too much.

It would be difficult to say which part was my favorite; however, Samara had one of my favorite essays. She is hilarious and brutally honest as usual. Also, she reminded me that I have to check my kid’s backpack for cigarettes and other questionable items.

 

Where: You can find the book online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes. Also, check out your local bookstore to see if it’s stock.

 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Google Play

iTunes

Recommend:

I honestly love this book. The title alone is worth the price. If you’re a parent or a human who likes to laugh, you will appreciate “But Did You Die?” Seriously, just go buy it already.

 

 

* Christie Sass Organ sent me this book. So I’m doing this review. It’s the right thing to do. Thanks Christie for sharing this book with me.