Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Things

Well my 35 year old tent gave up on us. It just didn't have another season in her. She was experiencing dry rot and the floor was getting holy. So we start a new chapter in our camping life with this tent upgrade. This tent is bigger than our old 8x10 colman canvas tent.  Our new one is a 10x14 Kodiak Flex bow canvas tent. It sports a door on each side and 6 windows. Yup that's right this baby has 6 windows when they are all open its almost like sleeping under the stars but with out the bugs. Because it has so many windows it is great for the warmer summer months and when you close it up its is great for the cool fall months and good for the colder winter months if you take along a little heater.

This is probably the easiest and fastest tent I have ever put up. It has two flexible bows on each end, one ridge pole and then 2 support poles ones on each side. The awning is optional so you don't have to use it if you don't want to. We put it out just for grins and giggles and from the looks of the pictures I should have pulled it a little straighter. To put it up you  pound in the stakes, stick the flex bows in to the pockets on each end and into the holes on the ridge pole push the two pieces of the ridge pole together and slip the collar over the joint. After that you put the side poles into the end of the ridge pole and slip the hook on the bottom of the tent into the bottom of the pole and you are done. With out the kids help the tent is up in about 15 min. A little longer if my girls help and if the ground is rocky and the stakes are hard to pound in. If you are looking for a new tent I can safely recommend this one. 

   We are off to enjoy our new tent see you on the flip side.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Things cool Mom's do...

Me and the girls love to ride bikes. We are looking for a reason to get out and ride. We recently took a weekend camping trip so of course the bikes had to come. This time the girls were in for a little surprise. I found these crazy bike lights on amazon. You basically put them on the rim of your bike and as you ride around they light up. The faster you go the more you are able to see a image form. The ones I got just do different shape patterns. The girls did not know they were getting them. My youngest was helping me unload and when I took her bike down she said mommy what's on my tire. I told her it was a stabilizer to help her ride better. She shrugged it off and went on to play. Later she comes and says mommy that stabilizer is not working. I told her took some practice and went on. That evening around dusk I turned on all the lights when they weren't looking and said hey who wants to ride to the bathroom with me. They both jumped on bikes and took off. They got about 10 ft from the camp site when they each screeched sissy your glowing.

These turned out to be a lot of fun we took several evening bike rides around the campground and the girls really enjoyed their surprise. 

I would like to remind everyone that we were riding in a safe location at a campground  theirs was still enough light to see the area we were riding in and the kids always wore their helmets.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Hobbies

I am trying out a new hobby. I'm not sure how its going to go but I guess we will see when the first real project comes off the block. I am trying my hand at metal stamping. I have had some letter stamps for a while I used them to mark something a few years ago. But this will be my first attempts at actual nice jewelry. I ordered some polished stainless blanks online last week and I finally got brave today and gave it a go. I made this necklace for me and the girls. I think it came out well for my first real try at it. 

Now I have to look for some other projects to make for them. Does anyone else do metal stamping? I would love to hear some tips and tricks to get a better impression. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Let the Little Children Come Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract Review

Let the Little Children Come

Let the Little Children Come Halloween TractToday we are reviewing a little something for Halloween. Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays. We love the make believe aspect, the dressing up to be something silly. But we also love the candy and this super cool product from Let the Little Children Come has got to be the best way to give out those sweet treats and be able to share the Lords word at the same time. We are reviewing a product called Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract. These Halloween Tracts are super cute pumpkin shaped boxes that you fill with candy and then the child unfolds it to reveal not only a sweet treat but they get an amazing gospel message. You get 20 pumpkin shaped boxes in a pace and they will run you around $15.95 or if you buy 11+ packs you can get them at a discount price. 

This a some assembly required product. You do not need to be crafty for this one though. All you are doing is inserting the stem of the pumpkin into a slot in the other panels. Each panel is numbered and it is basically fool proof. See my super cool picture on the right. My girls helped me to assemble a few of these and they had a lot of fun. You can see from the pictures they are small pumpkins and since they are round they would better hold small candies like sweet tarts, Hershey kisses, star burst etc. We plan on taking ours to some of our homeschool friends that live in town. These candy boxes would be great for a church trunk or treat night or even a birthday party that happens to land around Halloween. Might even use them as a classroom Halloween party treat or for you homeschoolers give them away at a co-op or park day. We have no birthdays around Halloween so we will be donating ours to our small town church. They do a Trunk or Treat every year on Halloween and I just know that they will love having these to give out. 

Be sure to order some today so you have them in time for your Halloween Party. You can also click the banner below to see what the other Crew Families did with their Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract.

Is There Anything Better Than Candy?  {Let The Little Children Come Reviews}

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