Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Washing Stuffed Animals

Having 5 children, I had to figure out a way to wash stuffed animals without them getting ruined. When I was a child I had to wash my teddy bear and he was never the same. So here is the best way to wash your stuffed animals. All you have to do is put them in a pillow case, knot the end, and wash on a delicate cycle. Keep it in the pillow case to dry. You can dry on normal heat. When you take the stuffed animal out he will be clean but still have his shape and his fur will still be nice. Check out my before and after of my sons doggy I just washed last night. 

 He was pretty yucky, I think he had banana on him. 

After he is so clean!!! (oh, and the instructions on his tag said to only wipe him down when he gets messy and not to wash him) It works every time!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country Series, By Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country, By Mike Berenstain         
     I first have to say that I love the Berenstain Bears so I was very excited to receive a free book from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review. I remember reading these books as a kid and I could not wait to read it to my kids. My elementary and middle age kids all loved this book.
     In the book the bears are preparing for a 4th of July parade. While preparing for the parade the parents explain to the cubs how the 4th of July is like a birthday for our country. I love that it expresses thankfulness to God for giving us our country of freedom.
     The illustrations are great as usual. The book is very patriotic and would be perfect for giving a little background on the 4th of July that young elementary age children can understand. The message is simple and at the end of the book it gives some questions and even some ideas for activities for the kids for 4th of July. I found it great that even my older children loved reading the book. My toddler was slightly interested but I don't think it caught his attention. He did love that the book came with stickers and that kept him occupied. I would recommend this book especially if you want your kids to read a little bit about history  in a fun way and understand how blessed we are from God to have a country of freedom.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Laundry Room Update

OK, I was looking through some old posts and ran across my posts on what I found in my laundry every week. I actually got a little laugh out of it and enjoyed reading them. I found some pretty incredible toys and such in my laundry. Here is one of the pictures of what I found in one week.

I have to say that this is not what I get out of my laundry anymore. It became so bad that I had to come up with the rule that whatever I found in the washer or dryer I would throw away. It was so bad that it seemed like they didn't care what was in their laundry basket or whether or not it got washed. Also after one of my sons loads of clothes came out of the dryer with more then half of it with stains on it from marker, that was not removable, and I had to throw them away (insert sad face), I officially had enough. 

So you may be asking yourself, Did throwing away all the stuff that ended up in my basket after laundry day work? What does her basket look like now? I can answer by saying, Yes it did work and I don't have to keep a basket anymore to collect what I get out of my washer and dryer. I may have to throw one or two things away during the week but its usually something small like an eraser. But I am thankful to not have to keep the basket anymore, I am slightly saddened that I do not get to share my funny little posts about what I find though. Its a small price to pay.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Rainbow Egg by Linda K. Hendricks, M.D. Illustrated by Linda Hendricks

I choose to review this book because it is about adoption and having four adopted children I thought I would see what some of them thought about it. 

The Rainbow Egg by Linda K. Hendricks, M.D. Illustrated by Linda Hendricks

The Rainbow Egg is a children's book about adoption. It is a story about a chicken that lives in the woods and has an egg but no nest. She finds a chicken coop with an empty nest and asks to put her egg in it. The chicken hatches and the mother chicken asks to leave her baby chicken with the Rainbows that had the empty nest. In the end she leaves her baby chicken and I think that was a little sad.
This book was supposed to be about adoption and that is why I choose to read it since I have four adopted children. I read it to my youngest age 1 and my oldest age 14. My youngest seemed to keep interest in the book because the pictures were nice and he loves chickens and eggs. My oldest said the story was ok but it did not get the point of adoption very well.

I had a hard time seeing a christian message in the book. The illustrations were well made. It was enjoyable to look at. I would not recommend it because the average child does not need to read a book about their mother leaving them. There was no reason in why she should leave her baby and not enough emphasis on how the new parents would be better for the baby chicken. I believe the adoption message would have been better if the new parents were represented as a better benefit to the chicken. Adoption is a hard subject to explain to kids and I think the author did their best.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lovelier Than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliot

 Lovelier than Daylight is set in the time of the Westerville Whiskey Wars of 1875 and 1879. Two plots emerge to create one suspenseful story of Susanna and her family. When Susanna comes into town to meet her sister she finds her gone and the children have been left at an orphanage. Desperate to get her nieces and nephews back and find her sister she finds herself in the middle of a town war over a new Saloon.
Johann is following in his dads footsteps in the Lager business and finds himself in the middle of the towns need to get rid of the Saloon that his family is providing Lager for. After meeting Susanna and finding out about her circumstances he can not help but feel the need to help.

This book is two stories in one with a great romance budding. This story was suspenseful and kept me on my toes the whole book. It was very interesting how the author was able to capture some real history in this fictional story. I do not agree with the idea that the Lager could be ok if need be because of my Christian views. And there are some parts of the plot in the end I might have changed but I felt like the ending was worth the read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How to Remove Permanent Marker from your Carpet

On Spring Break this year we stayed a few nights at my mom's house and we were having a really good time. Then one of my daughters come running in asking for carpet cleaners (eek). So we look in the kids room to discover permanent marker on the carpet (new carpet at that). My mom tried some kind of cleaner and it did not do a thing. So I went online and found that someone had used rubbing alcohol (the kind you put on scrapes). So I decided to try it and it worked!! Now when I say that my child got permanent marker on the floor, it was about a foot long and 1/2 and inch wide. Do not ask how this was achieved because I am still trying to figure it out myself.

Here's how to use alcohol to remove permanent marker from your carpet
1. Pour the alcohol on the stain
2. Use a towel that you don't mind getting ruined and dab at the stain. (you will notice that the stain comes off the carpet and on to your towel)
3. After getting the stain out spray water on the stained area and dab it up with a clean towel.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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