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Kid challenge for Mom’s peace and quiet

It’s summer vacation and kids and teachers are off for the summer. Now, I still teach English to children in China in the early morning until 10:00 am, so when I’m done, I want my “me time.” I want time to enjoy the summer off, away from the vigorous hustle of teaching special education. “Me time” is close to impossible, so I’ll just settle for time to read, while knowing the kids are happy, busy, and safe.

With all four kids and a neighbor friend in desperate need of something to do, I challenged them all. They always like challenges. I challenged them to create a mural on the entire driveway. When I said, “entire driveway,” I meant the ENTIRE driveway. *Insert diabolical laugh*

They willingly accepted. With my homemade lemonade next to be me on top of a bucket of softballs (because that’s what’s in every corner of our garage), the box fan to my far left set to #3, and me on my lounge chair, they began.

And I enjoyed my book and lemonade….

I told them I still saw too much black so…

Here’s the final result.

I think they did a good job. I got a few chapters read and they had fun.

So, when you’re looking for some down time, just say the word “challenge” and grab anything in sight. I’ve even used challenges to get parts of my house clean and bags of donations gathered. Have fun!

*Disclaimer: Helmet for the toddler is not necessary but important for full cooperation.

AvoSeedo-MY UPDATE

Do you remember in October when I originally began reviewing AvoSeedo? (Original blog post is copied below.)  I was so excited! I had tried growing an avocado tree from a used seed so many times and failed every single time.  Well, it’s the end of February and check this out! Look at my avocado tree!!

I’m so excited! I plan on using AvoSeedo to start another one too! Avocados for everyone!!!!

Original post below:

GROW YOUR OWN AVOCADO TREE AT HOME!

Have you tried about a million times to grow your own avocado tree and then failed like me? I have tried to many times to only just throw it away. I’m so excited to tell you about AvoSeedo!

AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator bowl makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. It’s easy to use for all ages. The clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively. Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials, it is reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, and carrot tops!

Germinate and grow an avocado tree in your own home, whatever the climate. It’s a fun family project to make a tree sprout and watch it grow from the pit of a common avocado.

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Watch Ya Mouth Throwdown Edition is perfect for the whole family

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over! We were able to play this game and “Oh my!” What a hilarious twist to the increasingly popular game!

We received the game and there is SO much crammed into the box that it will “WOW” you when you are able to play it. I loved how it includes different sized mouthpieces so that both adults and children can play!

We had so much fun playing this game that we had tears running down our faces. My kids were laughing at me and I was laughing at my kids. It was indescribable fun!

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15% off Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over!

 

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya’ Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks – while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition – and laughter – to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena.

Check out the video!

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What is VIPKID and can you do it too?

Have you seen all the advertisements and think to yourself that it sounds too good to be true? Let me tell you a secret. It IS too good to be true….but it IS true!

I’ve been a VIPKID Teacher since July and all I can say is that I absolutely LOVE it! I get to teach amazing kids and have fun every morning. It’s a great 2nd job for me since I am a full time virtual Special Education teacher with 4 kids aged 12 and under who are quite active in sports. Having a 2nd job was never an option before VIPKID. However, now, VIPKID gives me the flexibility I need in order to hold a 2nd job.

So far so good?  Let me tell you some more about it.

VIPKID is an online and fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction for children in China ages 4-12. The company is headquartered in Beijing and offers a unique and international learning experience for Chinese children. Each VIPKID Teacher is required to hold a Bachelor’s Degree. You can live anywhere as long as you have a computer, stable Internet, a microphone, camera and headset.

Students schedule a 25 minute class with a teacher in 30 minute time slots. Teachers can work any time they want and they control their schedule.  I choose to work for an hour each morning before I start my full time job. I also teach a few classes over the weekend. Some teachers work through the night hours and consider themselves full time. You can do whatever works best for your situation.

The main time slots for teaching in Beijing time are Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday through Sunday from 9:00am to 10:00 pm. These times are when VIPKIDs are available to schedule with you. Within those times, there are peak times which are in high demand and if you are available to teach during the peak times, you have a better chance at getting booked. You set your schedule for whenever and how many sessions you want and VIPKIDs find you and schedule with you. THAT’S when the fun begins!

I don’t consider working as a VIPKID Teacher a JOB. I consider it a time that I get to travel across the world to China every morning to meet an amazing child, teach them English, have an obscene amount of fun, and then get paid for it. I can’t tell you how many times my children ask me what in the world I was doing in class because they heard me laughing, singing, and being just plain silly. Sometimes, after class, my kids come up to me and ask, “Mom, were you teaching —– again this morning? I know it was him/her because you were so loud and having way too much fun again.” Or “Mom, I heard you rapping with —– again this morning. You’re weird.”  But you know what? IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

You can earn between $14 and $22 per hour with VIPKID! SIGN ME UP!!! Oh wait…I already did and LOVE it!

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Save 20% on AvoSeedo and grow your own avocado tree at home!

GROW YOUR OWN AVOCADO TREE AT HOME!

AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator bowl makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. It’s easy to use for all ages. The clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively. Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials, it is reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, and carrot tops!

Germinate and grow an avocado tree in your own home, whatever the climate. It’s a fun family (Millennial parents, their young kids, grandma/grandpa) project to make a tree sprout and watch it grow from the pit of a common avocado. Increase kids’ understanding of ecology, interconnections in nature, responsibility and care for the environment in a participatory and concrete way.

One of the main problems with growing avocados is getting them to germinate in the first place. AvoSeedo encourages the pit to sprout and prosper in a simple bowl of water without much attention from the gardener because its design keeps the seed immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively.

How It Works
Watch how to grow an Avocado tree with AvoSeedo.

AvoSeedo from Daniel Kalliontzis on Vimeo.

1. Get an avocado, cut it open and remove the pit
2. Peel away the thin skin from the avocado pit
3. Put the pit flat part down into the AvoSeedo tray
4. Place the AvoSeedo tray with avocado pit into a bowl of water
5. Change the water every two to three weeks
6.The seed will sprout and a tiny avocado tree will grow after one to three months
7. Transfer the budding tree into a pot
8. Reuse the AvoSeedo to grow more avocados

Save 20% on any AvoSeedo avocado grower or other product and enjoy FREE shipping too.

Visit the AvoSeedo Shop today and get growing today!

Visit: http://www.avoseedo.com/

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3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are a cool addition to your home

Do you need a REALLY cool addition to your child’s bedroom? Do you have a husband who LOVES sports? 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall!

They are battery operated (no annoying cord!) and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! They also include a crack sticker to it looks like they are breakout out of the wall! So cool! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they’re also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man’s cave or office!

These lights are available for purchase at Target and Target.com. Find all of these amazing products here.

There’s plenty of choices to choose from. The football would go great in our den, the basketball would be perfect in my daughter’s room, Belle in my other daughter’s room, and the Spiderman hand in my two sons’ room. Check out 3DLightFX today!

Pittsburgh, PA: Take FUN to the highest level on the Sky Trail adventure ropes course!

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Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail is a 32-foot tall, 2 level ropes course complete with 30 exciting elements including zig-zag beams, cargo nets, angled rope ladders, crisscross walks and more. Participants choose their own path through the elements and go at their own pace. The ropes course is also equipped with a Sky Rail zip line connection measuring 69′ long.

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Participants soar down the length of the ropes course on a self guided zipping experience and are able to enjoy it’s thrills over and over. For young adventurers, there’s a specially designed Sky Tykes ropes course for kids ages 2-7.

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I can’t wait to take my kids to this. It looks so cool and since kids as little as 2 years old can go, I’m 100% sure all of my kids will have a blast! Stay tuned for my review!

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SAVE!!! Use the Ropes Course COUPON HERE!

Gift cards available too!

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Your indoor adventure awaits! We hope to see you there!

Slide The City Comes to Pittsburgh – Saturday, June 6, 2015

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Slide The City Comes to Pittsburgh – Saturday, June 6, 2015 11am-7pm

Wow, I can not wait and neither can my kids! This looks like so much fun! That is a mighty long slide! Wooo! I’m at a loss for words about how exciting this is to be able to experience it.

Best Rates – Early Bird Registration begins Wednesday, April 22, 2015!

Summer time is approaching fast and we are bringing 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten your city streets. Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit Pittsburgh!

Come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides. Did we mention 1000 feet? Yeah, that’s over 3 football fields.

Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.

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Pittsburgh will get a slippery makeover when the Slide the City Tour brings the 1,000 foot slip and slide to South Park June 6th, 2015. Turning hills into water-sliding thrills is the goal of the event, which was created in an effort to get people outside, having fun, and connecting with their community.

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Slide the City Pittsburgh: Saturday June 6th, 2015
Location: South Park – Allegheny County
Registration Opens: April 22nd, 2015 10am Eastern Time
To Register: Go to http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/

Participants in Slide the City will ride inflatables down a 1,000-ft. slip and slide. This one-of-a-kind experience will help people “slide into summer.” The first event of its kind, Slide the City has seen massive growth since it started in 2014. This original concept went viral when the video was released, and this year promises to be bigger, better, and wetter. “This will be one of the highlights of your year,” said Slide The City Founder, T.R. Gourley “Get ready for the slide of your life!”

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Pittsburgh has shown great enthusiasm for the event with over 17,000 people signing up to be notified once registration was opened and hundreds more joining the waitlist daily.

Each rider can purchase a one ride pass, three ride pass, or all-day pass. With over 150 events in the US and Canada, and more than 20 international locations beginning with Japan and Australia as early as March, water slide enthusiasts are sure to find a Slide the City event nearby.

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All are welcome to slide into fun. Visit www.slidethecity.com for more information about Slide the City dates and locations or checkout what fans have to share on Facebook at www.facebook.com/slidethecity.

Instagram – https://instagram.com/slidethecity/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/slidethecity or http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/

Twitter – @slidethecity

Questions:

Is there an age or height limit?
All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

Are there group rates available?
If you have a group with 20 or more participants send us an email.

What do you do to address water conservation?
Water conservation is also a priority at our events. We strive to have zero environmental impact on the community. The Slide was designed to have zero water loss, and it treats and recycles the water safely and efficiently throughout the day. When permitted, we donate the water back to the community. Methods of disposal include local reclamation centers, parks, golf courses and other places dependent upon local regulations.

Turn boring napkins into a fun sight for your child’s Valentine’s Day party

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I volunteered to send in the napkins for my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party at school. I seem to always volunteer for napkins. Maybe because it’s easy. Maybe because it doesn’t cost much. Maybe because it doesn’t take too much time to make. Mostly, I think, it’s because I want the challenge to see how I can make it more fun than sending in a pack of napkins. This is the 4th time I volunteered for napkins and I was almost at a loss of what to do. Then, just 10 seconds into the dollar store, my eyes focused on the pipe cleaners.

Go to the full article HERE to see the slide show to see what I did and how I did it. You can turn your child’s napkins into a fun sight for their party too!

Re-Pin this on Pinterest HERE.