Friday, August 17, 2018

Family Fun with Rocket Fishing Rod Review and Giveaway #ad

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Living in Northern California we have the privilege of so many beautiful places to go fishing. We have tried for the last few years to hone in my son's fishing skills. I can recall trips with my own Dad fishing on lakes from shore and from a boat, I treasure those memories. With my own son it has been a bit more chaotic, is it me the teacher or him the student of this sport of patience I am not sure lol. BUT I do know I have the fear of him hooking me or himself in the face or body as he casts in his wild child fashion. It makes my heart sad watching him struggle as he hooks trees as he casts backwards or when the line and rig fall to the ground when he flips the rod before casting.

This summer we saw an ad on TV as we were watching morning cartoons together for "Rocket Fishing Rod by Goliath Games". He jumped up and ran to the TV declaring this was the fishing pole he needed, even though I had just bought him a Star Wars R2D2 one. This may be one of the few times I agreed with my son that we do indeed need the item we saw on the commercial.

When the Rocket Fishing Rod arrived the whole family was excited to try it!! We started our fishing journey trying to find a new place to test out the pole. We drove to a nearby town only to discover the lake was closed and no fishing allowed. We did not let that discourage our excitement and drove to another town where my husband grew up to try a pond where he fished as a kid. We picked up my Mother in Law along the way and made it a family trip.

My husband reminisced about his childhood adventures at the park and pond as he told stories to our son. I think that is my favorite part of fishing, the time spent together and the stories shared. The biggest relief was using the Rocket Fishing Rod for my son to cast with. There was no flinging of the rod and line, no twirling around of the hook as he walked around, the hook and bait are encased in a capsule that it loaded into the rocket. So easy to use and much safer!

Not only is the Rocket Fishing Rod safer to use with kids it is literally a blast to use. We had fun taking turns loading it up and rocket launching the line into the pond. We all gave it a try and enjoyed it. Even my Mother in law had fun using it.

When you cast it, blast it with the Rocket Fishing Rod, the kids fishing rod that accurately casts its line up to 30 feet. Great for kids of all ages, because it replaces standard kids fishing poles and takes the hassle out of fishing. Just pump, launch and reel in real fish! A safety bobber keeps the hook enclosed until it hits the water, and it all but eliminates snarls and snags. Once the bobber is in the water, the lure/bait compartment opens to drop the lure/bait to the desired depth. Made with hi-tech precision engineering, the patented design and rugged ABS construction will stand up tough to outdoor use.  Recommended for ages 8 and up. More than 1 million sold.
System Content:
  • Rocket Fishing Rod
  • 1 Safety Bobber
  • 2 Hooks
  • 150 feet of 8-pound Test Fishing Line
  • 2 Line Stops
  • 1 Weight
  • Complete Instructions

We did not catch a fish this time around, it was more than likely due to us disturbing the fish with casting over and over for the fun of it. I am sure next time we can relax and leave the bobber and bait in for a while. We are looking forward to cooler Fall weather to spend the day fishing.

This is a fun toy for kids to use as an intro to fishing. My son would get frustrated and a tad bored with the requirements of regular fishing. I think in time he can have back his classic rod and reel but for now I love seeing him smile as he is blasting and reeling in with his Rocket Rod. We are building positive memories that we can all enjoy!


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Friday, August 10, 2018

DIY Bench Makeover #upcycled #pinterestinspired #furnituremakeover

By Patricia

I've had this old bench around for years. I bought it at a yard sale, and it's been passed back and forth between my daughter and I a few times. I thought it really needed a makeover, and I was tired of the black wood and old fabric.

This is such an easy project to do, all I needed was some white paint and some new fabric. The new fabric I decided to use was actually an old drapery panel that I bought at the Goodwill for a few dollars. This was going to be a fast and inexpensive way to give new life to an old piece of furniture.

I took the bench outside and took off the seat, super easy since it just lifts out. It's a gorgeous day for an outside project!

I only had to do a little bit of sanding before I could apply the first coat of paint. Luckily the old paint was in good condition, but I would need to apply two coats of paint because I was applying white on the black paint.

Applying the first coat of paint. The can said it covers in one coat, but I could already see that wasn't going to work on my bench.

Here is the bench after two coats of paint. I let the first coat of paint dry over night because it was enamel, and it seemed to be drying slowly. Now on to the bench seat.

This is the drapery panel that I cut to size. I measured how much I needed for the bench seat, then I added four inches to each side. Using the staple gun made it very fast and easy to adhere the fabric to the seat. Super simple!

Going around the corners of the of the seat was a little trickier, but you just have to pull the fabric taunt and then staple it down. I didn't remove the very first layer of fabric, but it didn't interfere with stapling the new fabric on.

Here is the bench all finished! I love the light colors and what a big change it is. This DIY project was very easy and inexpensive to do. Love it!

What is your favorite way to Upcycle DIY Projects? Do you shop Goodwill or Yard Sales for DIY ideas?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Giraffe LOVE at Cost Plus World Market #homedecor #giraffe #shopping #DiscoverWorldMarket

For my son's 1st birthday we took him to the Sacramento Zoo where he fell in LOVE with Giraffes. We now have a tradition of each year he gets another giraffe for his collection. I now too have fallen in LOVE with giraffes and see them everywhere. In home decor, art, clothing and more.

I wandered through one of my favorite stores to get home decor ideas and found many Giraffe items.

Morning cup of coffee with Giraffe pattern, YES please! 

These would be beautiful in the living room

Awe how cute, a nice night light for the hallway.

Perfect way to hang coats and hats in my son's room.

Do you have an animal that you or your kid's LOVE?

Saturday, July 21, 2018

No "Lion" Around with Summer Learning at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom #hosted #sixflagsdiscoverykingdom

*Disclosure: We were #hosted as guests at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. All options expressed in this post are my own.

I have always LOVED learning! Animals are my favorite topic and I have fond memories of my Mom letting me pick out National Geographic VHS tapes to rent at the local video store, even though I was the only one who really wanted to watch it she always made sure I would get my turn to get one. Thankfully I married a man who also loves watching documentaries and we our raising our son to love them with us. This summer we have been learning many new things about Big Cats, especially Lions. We have watched documentaries, read books and took a trip to our local Six Flags, Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA to see some lion behavior in person.

We are a homeschooling family who takes the time to incorporate learning into our every day lives and adventures together. We jokingly have said "No Lion Around with Learning" this summer as we learn about Big Cats.

One of my favorite animal experiences  at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is Tiger Island and Odin's Tiger Temple. I love seeing the powerful big cats in action. We spent a long time watching the male and female lion in there Lion's Lair habitat. The way the yawn, stretch and paw at one another is adorable! Hard to not think they are just cute cats as they nap in the sunshine. But my son reminds me as I say how cute they are, they are powerful kings of Africa. I love that he is adsorbing facts about lions as we have been having fun learning about them.

The Cougar in the Cougar's Rock exhibit was taking a long nap during the hot summer day so we did not see much of that cat. We did see the Tiger at Tiger Island relaxing in the grass then searching to find a good shade spot. It was hilarious that when we started talking about how beautiful he was he got up walked around to strut his stuff then yawned to show off his huge powerful teeth. It was awesome!!

We of course always have to go say "Hello" to the Giraffes that live at Six Flags. My son LOVES giraffes and always brings his stuffed giraffe to visit the real giraffes. There is something magical about a super tall animal who has a long neck. Way cooler than a unicorn according to my son!!

My son's favorite stuffed animal giving a smooch to the Giraffe at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

The Dolphin Show and Sea Lion show are always a must when we visit. We have seen the shows many times but still always enjoy them. Seeing a dolphin leap into the air from the water or a sea lion barking like he is laughing always brings a smile to my face. You can even purchase a Dolphin Discovery Encounter to swim with a dolphin. That is definitely on my MUST DO list!!

After all the Animal Encounters and Shows we worked up an appetite. We love to eat at Johnny Rockets Express burger stand. They have amazing food and for a theme park its a really affordable meal. My son always gets the kids meal!

This trip we bought the refillable cup that we can use all season long. A great deal since the summer heat requires plenty of liquids to drink.

It is a family tradition that we end our trip with a ride on the Carousal in the Kid's Park. We thought it was very fitting to see a a Tiger featured on the top of the ride. We had an amazing time together as a family and learned even more about Lions and Tigers.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Make Your Message POP with Pentel Pens Review and Giveaway #PentelPOP #ad

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I wear many hats in my life, I am a Mom, a blogger, a sales person and a homeschooling teacher. All of these things require me to be creative! One of my favorite things for my sales job is writing "Thank You" notes for my customers. I like to add my personality in my cards with fun colors and little hand drawn art. I do not have the best art skills so I always need good tools to add the POP of color and fun that I want to my cards.

Using Pentel POP Gel Collection pens allows for my lack of skills to still make my cards fun. The Gel Collection set includes 3 types of pens, Sparkle Pop, Milky Pop and Solar Pop. I LOVE the Sparkle Pop since I like all things sparkly! My son was enjoying the Solar Pop for his art work. The fluidity of the pens sets them apart from the average pen. They are bright in color and easy to write with. I plan on leaving some of the fun sparkle colors at work for my co-workers to use on their "Thank You notes. My son has claimed all the Solar Pens and has stashed them away in his school desk.

Sparkle Pop
  • Add a unique "Pop" of shimmering color to your writing world
  • New innovative, reflective and sparkling iridescent ink is ultra-glittery
  • Ink looks like a different color when writing on black or white paper (2 colors in 1)
  • Perfect for cards, drawings, doodles and other designs

Milky Pop
  • Add a "Pop" of pizzazz to any page with milky pastel ink colors
  • Vivid pastel colored ink contrasts well with dark colored paper to make your writing and artwork stand out
  • Perfect for invitations, greeting cards, drawing and more

Solar Pop
  • Add a "Pop" of bright neon color to your life
  • Unique ink glows bright under a blacklight
  • Vibrant fluorescent neon ink colors give your writing and artwork extra visual attention

My son is truly a creative individual. He has loved writing stories and drawing the illustrations since he was in kindergarten. This last school year he has started writing and illustrating his own Comic Book series. His stories are filled with humor and the constant battle of good vs. bad as the characters develop their stories. He is always wanting new shades of color to make his illustrations more detailed. He enjoyed using the Pentel Gel Solar pens for his newest comic.

What would you create with Pentel Gel POP Pens? Enter my giveaway here on the blog for a chance to win a $40 worth of assorted Pentel POP products. If you are looking for inspiration for creative ideas using Pentel POP Pens you can check out their idea page HERE.


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