Now available on iTunes, from their new album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, the Jonas Brothers introduce their music video, “Keep it Real” with footage from JONAS.
I’m not a big shoe hound. But, the shoes I do own are special to me. They are quality, they are worn until they are worn out, and they make my feet feel good. I wear shoes that have cushion, a nice arch, and are made to last.
Sanita Clogs sent me a pair of shoes (all the while not requiring a review at all!), and I fell in love with them. When I was in high school and college, I was a huge fan of clogs and when I saw this pair I was thrilled, it was something that I was used to, and a style I preferred. Checking out the site I saw men’s, women’s, kids, and even workwear shoes for everyone’s needs. Check out the Clog Care link that will help you get the longest life out of your Sanita shoes.
At Sanita, we’ve been making cozy, comfortable clogs the Danish way since 1907. In fact, we were the first to make them. Our founder, Christen Andersen, not only created the first pair by hand, he also created our first distribution system: the basket of his bicycle.
And that tradition of craftsmanship and caring lives on today in every clog we make. With innovative design and exacting standards, our shoes are always easy on your feet. And with attractive new styles every season, they’re easy on your eyes as well. Today we still handcraft our clogs in Europe. Sure, we could save a little if we outsourced the work, but we just can’t. Maybe it’s because we’ve been making them our way for over 100 years.
My Take: I received the Professional Cabrio shoe in brown. I felt that the shoe runs a little big, so I returned it for a 1/2 size smaller. Perfect fit. This may or may not be the case for all people, but was for me. I loved the color of the shoe, it works well with all jeans, capris, and even some styles of shorts! It’s not an overly dressy shoe so being a mom, I felt comfortable wearing it to school, the store, etc. The comfort is perfect, it has nice arch support and even will be nice to wear with a pair of thin socks as the temperatures drop this fall and winter! I have to admit I love the height of the shoe as well! I’m 5’1″ and I enjoy having a few inches on my shoe and not needing it to be a high heeled-pump. It’s a quality shoe and I highly recommend them.
You can buy the Professional Cabrio for $115.
My mom’s birthday is coming up and she LOVES jewlery. I’ve been a huge fan of Kristen’s Custom Creations for over a year now and that was the first place to come to mind when I went looking for a gift for mom.
I’ve purchased many necklaces from Kristen, and each are beautiful and crafted with love.
This is the necklace I chose this time.
Double Stacked A lot Of Love
My mom’s necklace will have all 5 names of her grandchildren on it with that extra special heart.
I know she’s going to love it! Check out Kristen’s Custom Creations for your next unique, personalized jewelry creation!
I had the fantastic opportunity to preview and review Phillip Done’s second book, Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood recently and his second book, like his first, is a literary gem! Mr. Done takes all the ins and outs of being an elementary teacher, and turns them into charming and heartwarming chapters. The book is due out September 4th.
As a mother of 3 ( my middle child is entering 3rd grade this year) and former teacher I smiled and laughed throughout the book, saying to myself, “that is so true!” Done’s impressive skills at turning many daily events into teachable moments, amazes me!
Mr. Done shares with his audience the funny, the simple, the touching, and the tough times as a teacher of a classroom-full of 8 and 9 year olds. Like the time when Henry was acting funny at lunchtime, not eating during the week before Christmas break. Done recounts how later that day he received a binder-paper wrapped gift from Henry, $2.75, the price of a school lunch.
Done’s chapter on Tidys and Messys distinguishes between those teacher’s desks and how neatly they’re kept. He fabulously turns the messy desk into a teachable metaphor-moment on Columbus’ voyage. Clever! The Kindness Jar chapter also touched me, and gives me hope that even my kids can be as heartfelt as Brian saving money to treat a stranger!
My husband, who’s read both books as well, read Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind ahead of me mentioned the “Angel” chapter was sad. My husband isn’t much of an emotional person, so I had to skip ahead to find out what he meant. Amid all the light-hearted chapters, this one gave a heavy dose of reality. I was touched on how eloquently Mr. Done wrote on a very heartbreaking event that occurred with one of his students, I really felt a connection with the author more than ever.
Having read Mr. Done’s first book, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching, I had said that if I were to read one author’s books for the rest of my life, Phillip Done’s books would be them!
A twenty-year veteran of the classroom, elementary school teacher Phillip Done takes readers through a lively and hilarious year in the classroom. Starting with the relative calm before the storm of buying school supplies and posting class lists, he shares the distinct personalities of grades K-4, what he learned from two professional trick or treating 8-year-old boys, the art of learning cursive and letter-writing, how kindergartners try to trap leprechauns, and what every child should experience before he or she grows up.
These charming, sweet, and funny tales of Mr. Done’s trials and triumphs as an award-winning schoolteacher will touch readers’ hearts and remind them of the true joys of childhood. We all have that one special, favorite grade school teacher whom we fondly remember throughout our adult lives – and every teacher also has students whom they will never forget. This is the perfect book for teachers, parents, and anyone else who is looking for a lighthearted, nostalgic read.
Looking for a great read for yourself, or get it as a teacher-gift, buy Phillip Done’s book, Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood ($15.63 at Amazon).
My son *age 8* is an avid Lego fan. From Duplos to the minature blocks that build on the imagination, we have thousands of those little toys about the house. One of my son’s dreams was to go to Legoland one day and see all the amazing creations that go above and beyond artistry. That dream came true this month as we we privelidged to head down to San Diego on vacation and visit the amusement park on it’s 10 year anniversary!
We planned on staying the entire day at the park culminating in their weekend fireworks show. We had roughly 10 hours to spend and lots of ground to cover! You can buy tickets online, or at the gate, and we had the one-day hopper pass that include SeaLife Aquarium, located just next door. If possible, I suggest you get the 2-day hopper pass, so that you can take your time in the park, have a second day, and get to see the Aquarium as well.
Having 3 kids with the youngest being 3 years old and 36″ tall, we had to make a game plan early on in our planning. Tag-teaming with another parent/friend is ideal when you have older children who can ride the bigger rides, split up and take them to the appropriate areas of the park. We had a slight meltdown with our youngest when she was just inches below the minimum height requirement. Pick up a map of the park first thing and let it guide you on age/height requirements! Better yet check out the online Legoland map prior to going and plan your route!
Also, Legoland has a great itinerary for the little siblings not quite up to 34″… “What to do when you’re 2.”
Also, decide ahead of time if you’ll take everyone to the Pirate Shores Water Park Area. For this you’ll need extra clothes!! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Adventurous family members will discover Soak-N-Sail* which features more than 60 interactive gadgets and devices pumping and spraying hundreds of gallons of water. Climb aboard the shipwrecked pirate vessel beneath a 38-foot-tall mast. But stay alert because a pirate-style prank is looming overhead and over 300 gallons of water might come pouring down on you at any given moment.
We all enjoyed the Coast Cruise that gave us a brief look at Miniland USA! Replicas of major US cities are astounding, you could see my young son’s eyes just pop out of his head!!
I think all 3 kids enjoyed the Volvo Driving School in Fun Town best. After a run around a track using a pedal and steering wheel to manuever their own Lego-inspired car, they end the lesson earning their very own “driver’s license!”
The Safari Trek rounded out our day at the park.
Attention animal lovers: Have you ever seen life-size gorillas, giraffes, elephants, and crocodiles up close? This is your chance! Venture into the wilds of Africa in our animal-print Jeeps to discover wild animals – all made from LEGO® bricks, of course.
A unique treat that Legoland had at some of the longer-lined rides were Lego stations. Areas where kids could literally build with lego bricks while waiting in line for the attraction! Sure takes some stress out of those long weekend lines!! Such a smart idea.
Overall we had a fabulous time at Legoland theme park! Unfortunately we did not make it to SeaLife Aquarium, we hope to catch it on our next visit down south.