Showing posts from September, 2013

Chasin' Cheeky Party!

Chasin' Cheeky Playdate Party!
I was given the fun opportunity to throw a Chasin' Cheeky Playdate party at my house!  We had the NEW Cheetos with White Cheddar there too!  Those were a hit!  What kid doesn't love Cheetos?  We were given Hi-Ho Cheeryo as well as the New Memory game!  We had snacks galore and A LOT of happy children....and parents!

Cheeky is quite the cute little monkey!  He was a HUGE hit!  Everyone took turns playing with him!  Since there are only two colors on his tail, you can really only have two people play, or two teams play....but I found it was easier with just two people otherwise heads start to get bonked....and that is never fun.

We started in the kitchen....but I have a small kitchen.  So we headed outside where the weather was outstanding!  First we let Cheeky take a look around....
Then we started with the first players....

The kids would run around and put the correct color ring for their "team" on Cheeky's tail.  some of these…

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I was able to try this kit out.  I have to say, it was very easy to use.  Onc…

Camp Fontanelle in Nickerson, NE

Camp Fontanelle in Nickerson, NE
Pumpkin patch & corn maze open from Sept. 15 to Nov. 3. NEW in 2013 - 350' zip lines!! A Place To Grow With God In Any SeasonCome and enjoy God's beauty on 183 acres of wooded hills.
Camp Fontanelle is a facility of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church camping ministries working as partners with Comeca and Camp Norwesca.   
The Camping Ministries of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church provide unique settings for INTENTIONAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY where persons may deepen their Christian experience, grow in understanding, and respond in faith joyfully.  Our camps offer opportunities for intentional Christian Community through hosting retreats, reunions, community events, group activities, and summer camps for all ages.  Camp Fontanelle invites you to visit Camp Fontanelle, "A Place To Grow With God In Any Season".
Camp Fontanelle is located just north of Fremont, Nebraska Check out their website at http…

Love and Logic Institute, Inc

I was given this article at one of the schools I subbed at recently.  It was sent home in the children's "Friday Folders".  I thought I should share.  It is incredible.  Everyone needs to read this!

Love and Logic Institute Inc.
Prior to the 1950's most American children grew up without many of the things they wanted.  Because of this, most imagined what it might be like to someday struggle above their meager circumstances and "arrive" at a more comfortable standard of living.  Getting a good education was seen as the primary vehicle for attaining this dream.  Over the last five decades, the amount of unneeded stuff possessed by many American children has dramatically squelched this dreaming process.  There's no need to dream or work toward things you already have.
In my book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life, I share the most important things we can do to prevent Affluence Distraction Disorder:
*  Spend as much time as possible with our kids. *  Play with…

Premier Exteriors Review

Premier Exteriors
Premier Exteriors is a fantastic company.  Here is a bit of what they do.
Decks and Porches Roofing and Repair Windows Siding Construction  Remodeling They'll do Skylights, doors, name it!  They can do it!  They are a multi talented company who have awesome work ethic and fabulous customer service.
If you ever need anything done, be sure to contact Gabe Frost at 402-679-6000 or his cell at 402-527-8180.  He will hook you up and make sure you tell him that Tonya sent you over!
Let me tell you a little bit about the company: They have two different websites.  One for home owners, and one for business owners. They are at 4780 S. 131st St., Set #139 in Omaha, NE. Gabe's e-mail address is
Let me tell you a little bit about my experience: Our roof was HORRIBLE!  We moved in here almost 6 years ago.  The roof was fine then.  About 3 years ago, it started to curl.  It got worse and worse and worse.  I made a claim, but the insuranc…

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Royalty, by YMI Jeans

I RARELY will post negative things about any brand.  My mom (rest her soul), has always taught me that if you have nothing nice to say, then don't say it at all.  So...I post nice things...or at least try to.  If I can't post something nice, I typically won't post a review at all on it...unless it is going to hurt someone or something like that.  This product may not hurt anyone, but I am tired of dropping money into the same product and getting the same results.  First time shame on you, second time shame on ME!  Well...this has happened THREE times really shame on me for allowing it!  BUT...I always try to give the benefit of the doubt.

I like fancy pants.  Does everyone know what fancy pants are?  You know...the pretty pants with the rhinestone, etc on the hind end?  I like those!  So....I am a mom of 4 on a shoestring budget.  I can't afford the REAL fancy I go to Shopko where they have fancy pants still more than I like to spend...but if you w…

The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall book review

The Winnowing Season By: Cindy Woodsmall
This book is the second installment to the Amish Vines and Orchards Series written by Cindy Woodsmall.  The first is called A Season for Tending.  The third in this series will be coming out soon! I am very excited!  The first book was A-Ma-Zing!  The second book did not disappoint either.  I have really grown to love Cindy Woodsmall's books and her style of writing.  She has the ability to take the reader right into the book as if they are hearing, smelling, touching everything that the characters are.
The Winnowing Season can be found at many different retailers, but Amazon has it HERE.  You will also be able to get the first book there as well.  You DO NOT have to read the first book in order to get into the second book...but it is much easier to follow along immediately if you are already familiar with the background story, however Ms. Woodsmall does a great job of not requiring the reader to read the first book in order to get consecuti…


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Pleygo Review

 Pleygo Review

I put my original post below in case you didn't see it....but I must say, my kids DEVOURED this box when it came to the house!  They were SO excited to finally get it!  They worked non-stop at it for several days.  I say non-stop....but we have a busy schedule, so every opportunity they had it was non-stop!  :-)  They REALLY loved it, and so did I!  We are anxiously awaiting our next box!  

Words of wisdom though, OPEN THE BOX FOR THEM!  I did not do they destroyed the box which is also used to return the product in...then they threw away the return slip, so I had to e-mail the company to get a duplicate....which they so graciously offered immediately upon me telling them what happened.  Great product, Great idea, Great customer service!  A+++ in my book!

Have you ever wished you could "rent" toys?  I know I have.  I used to love going to our local library where they let you "check-out" some educational toys.  LOVED IT!  Why?  My kids have…


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Purex UltraPacks Liquid Laundry Detergent Plus Oxi review AND giveaway!!!!!


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Makit Plates Review

I was given the opportunity to review the Make A Plate Art Project!

Makit has been in business for over 40 years. Make A Plate kits allow children to let their creativity soar in crafting a lasting gift for Mom, Dad, Grandparent or teacher. All Make A Plates are nontoxic, BPA-Free, dishwasher safe and proudly made in the USA.

We had a TON of fun doing.  The company sends you quite a few round papers to do your artwork on.  Thank goodness...because we have 4 kids and each child had to redo their masterpiece a few times!  The extra papers were definitely needed.  The company also send the markers to use.  You can use your own, but there are certain guidelines.  For example, no pencils are to be used, etc.

All 4 of my kids enjoyed sitting down and making the best "plate" they could make.  Even the husband got involved.  We ended up doing 5 plates total.  I was going to do them for Christmas presents....but I thought this time I'd let the kids have their own plates.
Once the kid…