Future Presidents of America Camp in Indianapolis Review

June 30, 2016 By · No Comments

Wow, where do we start? Today’s post is going to be a midweek review of what they’ve all done at the Future Presidents of America Camp this past week in Indianapolis.  For those that are just finding this post, BabyGirl (aka Bella) was selected to go to this camp on a scholarship, which they do hope to eventually make enough money to do that with future students.  The camp is located at The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, it is one week long and filled with activities and education.


Day 1:   Confidence & Qualifications:  Everyone was given a very nice binder, paper and the Benjamin Harrison book by Charles W. Calhoun. They selected where they would sit and did introductions. The students all learned how to fold and unfold the flag properly and the meaning of why it is folded that particular way. Being a military child and wife to a Marine I find this to be a very important lesson for all children to learn. Each day the kids get to raise the flag and at the end of the day they bring it back down and fold it. Each morning also begins with the Pledge of Allegiance, which once again I love hearing since so many schools these days are doing away with it. [Read more…]

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Kung Fu Panda 3 is Now Out!

June 29, 2016 By · No Comments


I told you before how I took my two younger boys to see Kung Fu Panda 3 while it was in theater. I am not normally a person that likes to go to a cartoon/animated movie at the theater. Why? Simple, I like to concentrate on the movie not kids running up and down the aisle. But I loved the first two Kung Fu Panda movies, they were great family movies with lots of laughter, which is why I was willing to deal with other people’s children to enjoy a show with my two little boys. We all loved it. Little A (now 9) loved watching all the fighting scenes. Nicoli loved watching them eat and he discussed that daddy’s and the Nicoli’s (which is the babies to him). As for myself I loved watching them get into the movie and I loved that he excepted both dads as his own. This is definitely a funny, family movie for everyone.

Synopsis: Once again the Furious Five are back in action but they are all in a shock when someone beats Po’s dumpling eating record and it looks just like him.  Could it really be a long lost relative?  Po discovers a secret village of fun-loving pandas and must train them to defeat a supernatural villain who threatens to destroy Kung Fu.  Will he learn the techniques and be able to train the lazy, clumsy pandas.  Po, Tigress, Baby Pandas, Shifu, Mei Mei, and Li are ready to work together once again to defend some little friends.

We of course watched Kung Fu Panda 3 as soon as it came out on DVD too. That’s right you can head over to the stores now and pick up your own copy. I think this is a great movie and definitely introduces us to what being a family is. Last night we had stir fry and rice, not exactly what they ate there but it had rice in it. I still need to make some rice balls. Katerina would love that, for an entire school year she had me make those for her bento box that she’d take to school for lunch. I guess it is time to start making those and dumplings this weekend.

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Gerber Lil’ Beanies is Getting them to Eat

June 21, 2016 By · No Comments

With five kids I tend to either stay away from products of had bad experiences with throughout raising children or I lean towards completely trusting brands and being loyal to them. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that since my oldest (now 19) was born I’ve trusted Gerber products that goes from baby food, snacks, juices, etc. I’ve watched the company expand the items it produces and have normally had a child in that age group when they launch something new. Nicoli has always loved the Gerber snacks, so when they came out with the Gerber “Lil Beanies” I had to try them.

Lil’ Beanies are geared towards toddlers and currently come in two flavors: Gerber® Lil’ Beanies(TM) is a nutritious snack that has 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value) and 1 gram of fiber per serving. Lil’ Beanies(TM) is the perfect snack to delight both you and your toddler. They are the very first snack made with beans in the Kroger baby food aisle. I love our Kroger because it has everything easy to find, baby food is on one side of the aisle and diapers, wipes and butt cream are on the other. Gerber Lil’ Beanies are found on the top shelf and are just below $2. I won’t lie, we have movie night and eat chips, I hate giving Nicoli chips so these will now be HIS when it comes to movie night. Course I think he’ll eat them any other time, which is funny since he is such a picky eater. This is totally a Gerber Win Win. [Read more…]

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Hallmark Father’s Day Ken Sheldon & Life is Good Collection

June 16, 2016 By · 19 Comments


Father’s Day always stirs up memories of the past, as it should whether you are a father yourself or you picture childhood Father’s Day memories. Many picture dads outside grilling, watching sports with them or maybe a brief memory of something they did with Father’s Day. Hallmark has always captured those special moments so I’m happy to announce two new collections just in time for Father’s Day. (Plus a giveaway) The Ken Sheldon collection and playful Life is Good collection are now at Hallmark which makes perfect Father’s Day gift ideas:


· Life is Good Mug — No one deserves to kick back with a nice cup of joe more than dad. This mug is perfect for Father’s Day to show your appreciation for all his hard work. It doesn’t matter if dad drinks coffee, hot tea or just a cold beverage. They symbol is dad relaxing as he should on his special day.

· Life is Good® Loved, Plain and Simple Multi-opening Picture Frame, Holds 3 Photos – When you can’t choose just one… This frame has three slots for favorite photos that show the love, along with a simple, heartfelt sentiment. Now he can hold three photos of his family in a nice frame that he can hang at the house or on his desk at work.
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Future Presidents of America Camp in Indianapolis

June 2, 2016 By · No Comments


Do you have a budding future President? A young adult that is inspiring to run for student council? Maybe they  want to strive for greatness and be in Government or some other leader? Your child wants to make a difference, whether it is for the community, state, country or world. If this sounds like your child you may want to look into a Camp that is quickly becoming a recognized as a prestigious youth leadership camp in our area.

The Future Presidents of America Youth Leadership Camp is an exciting, fun and innovative one-week summer camp that builds individual confidence, civic literacy and good citizenship. This will be held in the renowned Benjamin Harrison Site, the camp first started in 2015 so this will be their second year of greatness.  They are currently still taking enrollments until they are full. The summer camp will have 20 students in all.

Sign your kid up now to ensure they get in! The Future Presidents of America camp will take place Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily) in Indianapolis and it is open to young leaders ages 12-16.The camp is located at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

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