Monday, November 30, 2015

A Peek Inside Our Annual #Christmas Lights Drive in #KansasCity

*Originally posted December 9, 2014 and brought back out of the bloggy attic for another Christmas season!

Still loving our new neighbors 4 months in (update: still love them!), and as Christmas is fast approaching, I wanted to type something up for them so they know where we go to look at holiday lights so they can pick and choose what they would also like to do. Of course we don't go EVERYWHERE and I will not list every great thing in town. Feel free to comment below with more places to go! Here we go!

Okay, so we usually start out, or somewhere in the middle of our trip, by going to Starbucks for hot chocolates for the kids and coffees for Aron and I. Then we go some of these places, in no particular order, and you can always make it a two-night affair:

CandyCane Lane is a cul-de-sac in the 7900 block of Outlook Street in Prairie Village (3 streets west of Nall) since 1958, which means my parents were taking me there when I was a kid.

CLOSED DOWN BY SNOOTY PRAIRIE VILLAGE AND NEIGHBORS. BOO! That Cool House on Falmouth (we call it Foul-mouthed Street, and it's a one-way street) is at 7611 Falmouth and is also in Prairie Village, not far from Candy Cane Lane. It's officially called Mike Babick's Famouth Christmas Display. Here's more about it.

Deanna Rose Farmstead at 13800 Switzer in South Overland Park is a pretty new addition to our outing but an entertaining one for sure, with great music and neat lights ... it's a light show you can watch in your car. Here are more details and it runs through January 3.

Vince and Associates at 103rd and Metcalf. We zoom by heading north on Metcalf to get the radio station digits then swing a left where there's a fork in the road and two churches are next to each other. We take a left and park up on the hill to watch the show!

If the kids are being awesome and nobody is crying (which now that we don't have babies anymore is highly possible), we might even tack on:

Ward Parkway in Missouri, which is on the way to The Country Club Plaza. Just meander up and down the streets.

The Country Club Plaza. If you can swing it, do the horse-drawn carriage ride. And yes, they do have large ones for big families. We did it in 2012 and are hoping to do it again! The Plaza is on the way to Crown Center!

Crown Center. I have to point out here that I used to work as an administrative assistant in the building on the left in this photo. I got the job by driving to the interview in a blizzard in 1996, for real! Okay, my mad typing (thanks, Dad!) and editing (thanks, Mom!) skills did not hurt, either, but the fact that I showed up in that weather made me stand out. Just sayin'. Anyway, it was in that building that I dreamed and dreamed and prayed of/about marrying Mr. Kerrie and becoming a Mom to Many. Yay for dreams come true! Now we can be found in this area quite a bit at Science City (we'll be seeing the Christmas indoor stuff there on Friday) and sometimes might even eat at Fritz's around Christmastime.

Places I really WANT to go:

Longview Lake Park in Missouri, but I hear there is a huge line to get in and it inches along. But maybe that's just on weekends? I remember one weekend night when my mom and stepdad took our THREE kids to this place while Aron and I went to see our first movie in a million years, and it was The Pursuit of Happyness. Callie slept through most of the light situation.

I'll be updating the list after we actually go out and I remember all the other places! I apologize if I left off your neighborhood display; please let me know so I can add it!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Live Ultimate Whole Sun Care Facial Sunscreen and Tinted Primer #Organic #LiveUltimate

I recently received  a full-size Live Ultimate Whole Sun Care Facial Sunscreen Tinted Primer to review. I don't usually use sunscreen in the fall and winter so I just recently tried some and I have to say I love it! I was afraid it would be too thick and would make my face feel like I had a bunch of makeup on or something but I don't feel it on at all! It feels nourishing and adds a burst of moisture to my dry, Midwest winter skin!

It has just a tiny bit of tint so it matched my face just fine. I can't wait to also try it out come summer when I am putting sunscreen on my 40-something face daily at the pool. Of course, I will also be breaking this out this winter when I go sledding with the kids or when we play outside!

Here are some of the great things I see about this product:

  • It contains astaxanthin and other powerful antioxidants that are especially great for aging skin like mine
  • It's all natural and mineral based
  • It's made with organic ingredients
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30
  • 21% Zinc Oxide
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

How to Have a Happy #Thanksgiving

1. Wake up and think of all the things you're grateful for.
2. Continue to think of all those things all day long, even if a family member makes you want to throw the gravy across the room.
3. Try to keep smiling and try not to stress eat..
4. When you are away from your family who may or may not annoy you, watch your favorite TV show or do your favorite hobby, like reading or scrapbooking or woodworking or WHATEVER. Try not to comfort eat.
5. Consider going for a walk after dinner.
6. Check out these awesome Thanksgiving crafts my kids made at their homeschool co-op.