Category: Gift Giving

Mar 19 2015


Love it when he surprises me with something special!

My husband brought home these plants as a surprise for me a couple weeks ago.  He is sweet and I love it when he does the random thoughtful gifts.  My only regret is that it was such a busy weekend I did not take a picture of the beautiful basket with both plants green and blooming.

At this time only one plant is still alive.  Yes, I have already killed the miniature rose bush.  I love the mini roses, but have a horrible time keeping them alive for very long.  You can see pieces of my sorry looking rose plant beside the one that is pretty and still green.

I love plants and flowers, however, I am not the best person to grow them.  Usually I either over or under water them.  I like the ones that are easy to maintain and can handle wet or dry soil and withstand lots of sun or no sun.  In other words a very strong and durable plant that handles extremes well.  Grateful for a thoughtful and caring husband.  Love my plants and basket!!!


I love the basket the flowers came in and have already used it a couple of times since he gave it to me!


It has been fun using this basket for surprises and goodies!  Thankful for my husband and everything he does for me.

Feb 24 2015


Butterfly and Flower Connectagon Fun!

One of our kids got a Butterflies and Flowers Connectagons by HearthSong toy as a gift.  It has been neat seeing the various configurations she has created with this fun toy.  The butterflies are beautiful bright colors and the flowers are all snowy white.  The pieces are wooden and they can be interlinked in several spots on each piece.  There are many combinations that can captivate their attention for quite some time.

The HearthSong Connectagons is a building set that stimulates creativity.  Our set includes 50 butterflies and 12 white flowers.  The slotted sides allow the kids to connect the butterflies and flowers together.  It helps with hand-eye coordination and teaches kids how to experiment building many different sculptures with these beautiful pieces.  Some of the configurations make it look like the butterflies are flying to or from the flowers.


Showing off another butterfly configuration she made!

To learn more about Connectagons or to read reviews you can go to HearthSong’s website or Amazon.  If you are not interested in the butterfly and flower Connectagons you may enjoy one of the other sets they carry:

HearthSong Connectagons® Glow-in-the-Dark Celestial

HearthSong Connectagons® Glow-in-the-Dark Celestial

  • 157 glow-in-the-dark pieces with slotted sides
  • Full moon, moon phases, constellations, and galaxies

Hearth Song Connectgons Original Building Set

  • Connectagons Creative Building Set
  • Set includes 240 Wooden circles
  • Build freeform sculptures in any direction using wooden pieces with slotted sides that connect
  • Encourages open-ended play
  • For Ages 4 and Up.

“Love It” is a series of posts on items that I use regularly in my household that I love!  There are some items in our daily lives that make life more enjoyable, efficient, or just plain fun.  I will be sharing with you some of the products that have been given to us (or to me) that have made it to the top of my list.  It’s my way of giving a huge thumbs up!

Feb 17 2015


My cousin knows us well….the perfect tasty, practical, and fun gifts!

We recently received an AMAZING package from my sweet cousin Renelle!  It was packed full awesome items for all of us!  The girls were super excited to open it.  They were very impressed with how much she was able to fit into the box.  Lots of “Ohhs…Ahhhs…” throughout the unpacking process, followed by “Wow, Aunt Renelle is so creative!”

Renelle was the closet “sister” I had growing up in a family with 3 brothers.  We had a lot of fun hanging out over the summers and various Holidays during our childhood years.  Unfortunately, now that we are older and many more miles apart we don’t get to see each other as often as we like.  We try to get together as often as possible and thankfully we are able to stay in touch regularly throughout the year.

Renelle Gift - Jam, Plants, Cutting Board, Fingernail Polish, Stones, Crafts

The package arrived packed full!  So exciting!


Going through Aunt Ren’s goody package and reading all the instructions!


Jellyfish air plant!  So cool!


Putting the dirt in the pots for their plants!


Enjoying all the fun goodies from the box!


Awesome name tags for the furry critters – Snowball, Skipper, and Oreo!


Beautiful key chain rings for the girls!  They were super excited to put these on their book bags for school!


Always love a delicious chocolate bar!


Super fun Face Paint craft for the girls!  Love it – even if that means I have to be the canvas at times!


Bread N’ Boards – the person who made this cutting board, Sears Trostel (a locally owned  custom wood shop) donates their proceeds from the sale of this item to a local Food Bank in Larimer County, Colorado!  Such a cool way to help those in need in the local community.  I love the cutting board!


Amazing White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Coffee – freshly roasted in Fort Collins, Colorado by Jackie’s Java!  Delicious!


Ren’s famous homemade Peach Raspberry Jam (it’s AWESOME) and a new flavor of hers I haven’t tried before, but is yummy too – Grape Apple Jam!


Gorgeous plant clippings from Ren’s plants!  So far I have been able to keep them alive!  So cool!


Some of the amazing items in our package!  Thanks Ren!  Including a cutting board, cutting more oil, body scrub, local coffee, homemade jam, and more!


Now we are ready for our next pedicure with scented polish and pebble picture crafts for girls night!


Hanging jellyfish air plant!  The girls call it the “Wild Hair Day” plant!

Feb 16 2015

Sphero, Valentines Day, Birthday, Brina, Karlie, Grandpa, Grandma, Celebration, Family,

Heart cinnamon rolls to start off the Valentine’s Day weekend!  Friday’s breakfast!

The girls did not have to go to school the Friday before Valentine’s Day which was really nice.  My parents were also visiting us from Kansas that weekend.  The first couple of days they stayed at my brother’s house and the last half of their stay at our house.  It was great spending time with family over the Valentine weekend.

Sphero, Valentines Day, Birthday, Brina, Karlie, Grandpa, Grandma, Celebration, Family,

Valentine goodies from Grandma Kay!


Opening their gift.  Lots of great school supplies and some sweet treats too!


 Brina is ready to have some fun!

Feb 10 2015


Ozobot running through its course!

One of the gifts the girls got for Christmas was an Ozobot.  It has been really neat seeing them learn more about robotics and create more maps for it to explore.  The Ozobot is very tiny and comes with a couple maps.

You can create any number of additional maps for the Ozobot – all you need is a piece of paper and some markers.  The kids have really enjoyed doing different maps for the Ozobot.  One of the best ways to create new maps is to get a large piece of drawing paper from an easel and have the kids continue to add various paths to it until it is full of fun routes and activities for the Ozobot to go on.

We got the Ozobot from a deal site, but you can also find it on Amazon as well.   The Ozobot helps the kids learn more about programming and coding while having fun!  If you know of a kid (or an adult!) who enjoys robotics, computers, and/or engineering you may want to check it out!


We made a list with all four of our names – we ask the Ozobot after dinner who should clean up the table!  He will pick someone at random…interesting way to decide who gets chosen for the task!  Ha!  Dad was the lucky winner this time around!


Karlie mesmerized by Ozo!


Learning how to program it and make new maps for it.


Brina designed a new map for Ozo to run on.


Really neat robot!  Love that you can create new maps!


Ozobot picking the next lucky winner!  Who gets to choose the next game for the family to play?!

You can learn more about the Ozobot and read some of the reviews on the Ozobot website or on  Amazon.

Product Details

“Love It” is a series of posts on items that I use regularly in my household that I love!  There are some items in our daily lives that make life more enjoyable, efficient, or just plain fun.  I will be sharing with you some of the products that have been given to us (or to me) that have made it to the top of my list.  It’s my way of giving a huge thumbs up!