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What a real snow day looks like

After our “sleet” day on Monday, we’ve praying for a real snow day here in South Arkansas, and we finally got our wish!  School were cancelled the night before due to the forecast, and there were a lot of people who thought that the kids were home for no reason.  When we woke up I could hear the sound of rain falling and was instantly disappointed.  However, when I looked out, there was already ice on all of our pine trees, so I knew it was freezing rain.  As the morning went on and it got colder, I started hearing sleet hit, so I figured we were just in for another day like Monday.   But then, around 9:30 the most beautiful snowflakes started falling.  Now, I know you people in the north are used to snow.  Even north Arkansas gets quite a bit of snow.  But snow…REAL snow…in south Arkansas is pretty much unheard of.  It shuts down the town and everybody goes outside and uses whatever they can find as a sled.  This is my front yard as the snow started falling.

imageSavannah and I walked out on to the porch to watch.  She’s never seen snow and didn’t know quite what to think about it.  She just stared!

imageLike I said earlier, when you see snowflakes in south Arkansas, you immediately get bundled up and go outside.  And that’s what we did.

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After just a couple of hours, this is what the front yard looked like.

imageSavannah cried when we had to come inside.  She kept running to the door and open it so she could go back out.  I stepped onto the porch with her and she was tickled to have snow landing in her hair!

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Jillian was sad to have to take a nap, but she did finally go to bed on the condition that when she woke up, she could go back out and do 3 things:  build a snowman, make a snow angel, and throw snow in to the air.  When she woke up the snow had almost stopped but look at what a winter wonderland we had to look at!

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Dad’s work closed at noon, so he helped build the snowman.

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And she made a snow angel…

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And threw snow in the air.   Checklist complete!

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And remember when I said that south Arkansas  folks find anything possible to use as a sled?  Here’s proof!

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I’m sure it will all be a melted muddy mess soon, but for today, we LOVED our snow day!

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Escape Monthly February 2015 plus coupon

As a mom of two very small, and still very needy children and a teacher of a classroom full of 4 year olds, I need a vacation.  Up until this school year, I have worked at a year round preschool  so it’s been 11 years since I’ve had a summer break.  We haven’t taken a vacation for the past 2 year due to Savannah’s birth.  The first year because I was very pregnant, the 2nd because I’d used all my days on my maternity leave.  I’m so excited to have a vacation planned for the summer, but the Escape Monthly box will have to tide me over until then!

What is Escape Monthly?  It is a destination-inspired monthly delivery of luxury products to help you relax, renew and escape! Join today and indulge in experiences inspired by luxurious spas, tropical getaways, cultures of the world and more!

What’s inside?  Each box is sourced from a specific destination, and includes: Full-size luxury products from bath, spa & beauty to gourmet food, treats, and jewelry! A travel guide full of unique tips and local secrets to plan (or daydream!) your Escape. Everything you need to relax, unwind, and pamper yourself once a month!

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February’s destination is Nashville.  This Arkansas girl was excited to see a southern destination.  Nashville has a reputation for both incredible music and amazing foods.  It captures the glowing personality of Southern hospitality blended with a love of nightlife and plenty of “me-time” for rest & relaxation.   This was my first look at the box:

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This is my first Escape Monthly box and I was excited to see how much stuff was in it!  I was especially glad to see the Moon Nashville Travel Guide.  Although we already have our vacation for this summer planned, Nashville is within our range of vacation destinations, so I will keep this for future use.  It’s a complete tour of the exciting nightlife and rich history in an all-inclusive guide, written by local resident Margaret Littman.  ($16.99 value)

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I LOVE food, so when I saw Willa’s Wildflower Honey Shortbread Bites I couldn’t wait to try them.  Made with wholesome local honey, these delightful shortbread bites are a Tennessee favorite.  The subtle flavors come from whatever flowers are in bloom during production, and there’s always a slight difference.  Savannah and I broke these open and we both give them 2 thumbs up.  They were the perfect bite size for her, and they literally melt in your mouth! I had to put them out of sight because she kept running to the box and yelling, “more!” ($5.75 value)

imageThe thing I was least excited about was the Sweet Meat Jerky.  I’m not a jerky person, so I took these to my nephew, who was glad to them!  Crafted in the heart of Nashville, Sweet Meat Jerky takes a sustainable approach to delicious jerky.  100% organic ingredients, incredible flavor, and tons of energy, all packed into this perfect snack.  ($8.99 value)

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Initially the Soberdough Brew Bread was the thing I wanted to try most (until I opened those shortbread bites!)  I love bread and this sound super easy to make.  The bag says pour, stir, bake.  Surely even I can do that!  Soberdough combines two iconic sides of Nashville in a unique way:  beer and bread!  This mix works well with Pale Ales and American Lagers, but non-drinkers can always use carbonated water or club soda for a similar effect.  We don’t drink, so club soda for us, but I can’t wait to try this out.  ($7.95 value)

imageEven though this is not a food item, I still was glad to see it!  Little Seed Farm Goats Milk Soaps lavender bar smelled so good when I picked it up.  We use essential oils and lavender is one of our favorites.  Even Savannah said “mmmm” when she smelled it.  These rural artisans create the finest sustainable foods and skin care products.  These luxurious soaps use certified organic oils and raw goats milk to refresh and renew your skin with every use! ($7.00 value)

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And our bonus….Brittle Brothers Gourmet Peanut Brittle.  Yum!  I’m not a peanut brittle expert, and I don’t eat a lot of it, but this was delicious!  I didn’t share with the little one since it’s so crunchy, but I know she’d like it too.  Upset with the lack of high quality brittles out there, these brothers did what any good citizen of Nashville would; make their own!  It’s become a huge hit, and the brothers have never looked back.  ($3.29 value)

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All in all, I was pleased with this “mini vacation.”  The only item in the box that I didn’t like was the jerky, but I made my nephew happy with it.  The value of the products seems pretty much right on target with the cost of the box.  Regular size is $49.95 (they also have a mini size for $24.95), but if you’re interested in subscribing to Escape Monthly, used the code NASHVILLE to get 20% off for the life of your subscription!  That’s an awesome deal!

Where do you want your next vacation (in a box) to be???

**I received a discounted box in order to review this subscription service.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Snow day for South Arkansas!

We finally got a snow day here in south Arkansas.  Now, snow day in Arkansas does not mean what snow day in other parts of the US means.  In fact, there wasn’t really even any snow.  That’s a rarity in Arkansas.  However, there was tons of sleet which made the roads a little bit treacherous.  I teach at a private school, and they  tend to call off school before the public school does.  For that I was grateful.  It was nice to sit in my warm house and watch the yard slowly turn white.  The girls spent most of the day at the window, too.  Now, in all honesty, we probably could’ve gone to school today…by 7 or 8 am, the roads were wet, but they weren’t slick.  It’s above freezing and most everything is melting.  They are predicting that another round of “winter precip” will move through in the early morning hours tomorrow, so there’s a chance that we may not go to school tomorrow either!  I’m hoping that this time will be snow instead of ice and that it will start before daybreak so that we don’t go to school at all.  I’d LOVE to see some big, pretty snowflakes, and I think the girls would too!

Now, would you like to see a picture of what closes down south Arkansas completely?  Ready for this???  Yes, folks.  That is the extent of the white stuff that we got yesterday.  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll see some REAL snow.

Would this close school in your town?

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Candy Club

I love candy. Chocolate is one of my favorites, but I love ALL candy…jellybeans, Gobstoppers, Sweetarts, etc. I’d been seeing advertisements for The Candy Club subscription box and have been wanting to try it for awhile. I finally gave in (because I had an awesome code!) and decided to give it a try. My first box came yesterday.  This is what I saw when I opened the box:

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I was surprised at the amount of candy included.  I love the info card that tells about each kind, and the salt water taffy was a nice extra!  This box included:

Haribo Gummi Techno Bears-a new twist on the Classic Gummi Bears.  With vibrant, shiny colors and fruity flavors of cherry, sour raspberry, and apple, these are sure to become a new favorite.    These are already almost gone.  I love the Classic Gummi Bears and these flavors are just as delicious!

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Sour Power Wild Cherry Belts-Sour Power’s exciting new flavor of Wild Cherry is sure to thrill your senses with lip-smacking tart cherry tang in every bite.  Since 1985, candy lovers of all ages have not been able to get enough of Sour Power’s wildly popular, mouth-watering sour belts.   This one was my least favorite candy in the box just because I’m not a real fan of sour candy.  However, these will make great special treats for my preschoolers!

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Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans-Located in San Francisco, Gimbal’s has been delivering smiles and fine candies since 1898.  Their mouth watering Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans are made with Real Fruit Juice in 12 uniques and irresistable sour flabors including:  blueberry, pomegranate, grapefruit, cherry, apple, mango, strawberry, lime, grape, lemon, tangerine, and watermelon.   I was afraid that I wouldn’t like these after reading the “sour” part of the name, but I feel that this is a little decieving.  These aren’t sour in the sense of the Wild Cherry Belts.  I LOVE these jelly beans…I’m eating them as I type.

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Sweet’s Salt Water Taffy-Sweet Candy Company is one of the oldest family-owned and operated companies in the United States, founded in 1892 and offering its iconic salt water taffy since 1910.  Instead of using the traditional Eastern shore method of pulling the taffy, Sweet’s taffy is wipped to perfection.  The result is an amazingly soft, non-sticky and deliciously flavorful treat.

All in all, I was pleased with this box.  I will defintely keep this subscription for another month to see what next month brings.

**Candy Club subscription is 100% paid for by me.  I did not recieve any complimentary products.  All opinions are also 100% mine. **

 

 
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No winter storm for us!

Most of Arkansas has been under a Winter Weather Advisory today, and as I look at my FB feed, I see pictures of snow and ice and little ones playing outside in the winter scenery.  Unfortunately, I am in the one small part of Arkansas that got only rain.  It’s just barely above freezing, and there is a little bit of ice on the pine trees.  I’m super glad that we didn’t get the ice that some of the people north of us have gotten because there is a lot of power outages, but I would have LOVED to see some snowflakes.

Our school was closed today for President’s Day, so we’re making the most of the nasty weather by just lounging around in our PJs with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the TV.

 

 

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Feb Koala Crate

Koala Crate February box

I was so glad to see our latest Koala Crate in the mail!  With Silli Jilli being sick this week, she’s been stuck at home all week and is missing school whether she’d like to admit it or not.  There are times when her fever is down that she feels like playing and moving around, but she needs something “new” to break up the monotony of being home for so long.   When she sees her Koala Crate come in the mail, she wants to open it right then.  Here’s what we found when we opened our February crate.

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The theme this month is music and rhythm.   Silli Jilli LOVES anything musical, so we were excited, and I was glad to see her sick little self perk up a little bit.  Each crate comes with an instruction card that tells you what you need for each activity.  What I like best about the card is that it also tells how messy each activity is predicted to be and how much adult involvement is needed.  Since she wanted to get busy right away, I could easily glance at the instruction card and know that she could work on the singing trumpet without making too big of a mess for the moment.  Plus, she is a sticker fanatic, so as soon as she saw the music stickers, she was begging for them.

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Even though it’s rated as “high” on grownup involvement, the singing trumpet was something she spent a lot of time working on by herself.  I laid out the supplies and she got busy working on applying the stickers.  Please ignore the pj’s and unbrushed hair.  We’ve all been sick this week!  Once she got her stickers on, I added the tissue paper and poked the holes so she could “play” her trumpet.

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She not only had fun creating her trumpet, but she’s had lots of enjoyment from “playing” it for us.  This activity tired her out, so we’ll save the other 2 for another day.

I’m so glad that the Kiwi Crate line created the Koala Crate for the younger age group.  The activities included every month are the perfect level for Silli Jilli’s abilities and they hold her interest.  Koala Crate is geared toward ages 3-4.  If you have a little one and you’d like to Join Koala Crate,  I highly recommended it based on our experience.

 

**We pay for our monthly subscription to Koala Crate.  However, this post does include affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% my own.**

 

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