Five Toys For School Aged Boys

Toys for school aged boys


Christmas is coming and it is also birthday season in our house. We have one boy with the birthday the end of September, one in November and one about 10 days before Christmas. We get through all the birthdays, then have Christmas and then can rest a bit. So with all the birthdays and Christmas coming, the boys are talking about what they would really like. I thought I would share the top 5 gifts they are interested in this year. This is also the first year that LEGOS are not the main star. Sure, they have mentioned some sets but nothing like the last few years.

So here are the top five toys that my 4, 7 and 10 year old boys have talked about wanting this year…

1) Disney INFINITY2.0.- My son got this for his birthday in September and it has gotten a lot of use since then. Disney Infinity 2.0 is the latest version of the game, The first version came out in 2013. It is the same idea as Skylanders where you play the characters that you have within the game. You put them on the portal and then start to play. There are quite a few available now and you can use the characters from the first game with the second one. We have quite a few of the characters. Right now Mickey, Hero and Bay Max are the favorites. I like this game because of all the characters. It is fun for the kids and I love hearing them talk about Disney. If you are on the fence about buying this for your kids, go ahead and do so. They will love it. If you are trying to decide between this and Skylanders, I would go with this one.

2) LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - This is the latest Lego game to come out and the third one in the Batman series. You can get free demos on the Xbox 360 so that is what we usually do before we would buy the game. They are really looking forward to this one because you can change the Batman suits at anytime during the game and that is supposed to be a very cool thing to do.

3) Lego Minecraft sets- Like I said before, it isn’t 100% Lego this year but they have expressed interested in the Minecraft sets. These look like a lot of fun and I am glad they came out with some new ones. You can also get the game Minecraft for under $20 these days. At the time that I am writing this it is just $17.99 on Amazon.

4) Power Ranger Keys- My boys started talking about these and I didn’t know what they meant but then my 4 year old bought some with his birthday money. They have about 60 keys you can get and they work with a few different Power Ranger toys. Who would have thought Power Rangers would still be popular these days? The keys make sounds and light up. A lot of fun if you have little Power Ranger fans.

Power Ranger Keys

5) Skylanders Trap Team -Every year Skylander comes out with a new game. The good thing is that you can use the old characters on the new game. This year they came out with trap team. The whole purpose of it is to trap the villians. You defeat the villian and then put the “trap” on the portal for more fun. If you have a Skylander fan in your home, they are probably asking for this. My son thinks it is going to be amazing!

Have you decided what your kids are getting for Christmas or Hanukkah this year?


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Buck Denver’s Why Do We Call It Christmas DVD Review and Giveaway

Are you a Veggie Tales fan? My boys love them and when I saw this opportunity to review a DVD by the same people I knew we had to do it.

DVD-Christmas-1000_largeBuck Denver’s, Why Do We Call It Christmas DVD is all about Christmas!!!

Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus’ birthday?  More than you’d think!

Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world’s most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas?

Don’t miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas?

The movie is also 60 minutes long.

The DVD contains the following topics:
-Where do we get the word Christmas?
-When was Jesus born?
-What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?
-Who is St. Nicholas?
-What is Hanukkah?
-Who is Emmanuel?
-Luke 2 Story

HERE is the official website!!!

My son came home from school and saw the DVD and wanted to watch it right away. He loved it! He said it was “Funny and full of Christmas stuff.” I asked him what his favorite part was and he said he loved the puppets and hearing about Jesus being born.

This is a fun video that your kids will enjoy this Christmas. Would you like to win a copy of the DVD? Just enter below.

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We All Have Something To Blog About

We All Have Something To Blog About


When I tell people that I blog, sometimes I hear, “Oh I would love to have a blog but I have nothing to blog about.” I have to disagree with this. While I don’t think everyone is cut out to be a regular blogger, I do believe everyone has something to blog about.

If you are wanting to start a blog and can’t quite decide what the topic should be…here are a few ideas to get you started.

1) A hobby themed Blog- This is a blog based on a hobby. It could be about photography, scrapbooking, knitting or cooking. If it is something you enjoy and could talk a lot about, you might want to start a blog on your hobby. Most hobby blogs rely heavily on personal photos. You will want to share with your readers what you have made or the projects you are working on.

2) A faith themed blog- Are you passionate about your faith or religion? Want to talk about it and have discussions? A faith themed blog would be a good idea for you. You would blog about things that are important to you when it comes to your faith. Some people focus on children or marriage or just their faith in general. A blog like this can be a great way to get to know others and get some good discussions going about your religion and your faith. I like to follow a lot of these blogs because I really enjoy reading everyone’s thoughts on different topics.

3) A lifestyle blog- This is a blog all about your life. You would blog about things going on with you. You would talk about what you did on the weekends. You might express your thoughts on things. Your blog might be all over the place but that is okay because the blog is all about your life. These blogs can be a lot of fun and sometimes just like a diary. You might keep these blogs more private or you might open them up to the general public.

4) A How-to blog-  This would be a blog focused on how to do something specific. Blogs in this category might be about how to get a certain job or include tutorials. They could be about DIY/Design projcets as well. Are you really good at something? Want to share what you have learned about something? A how-to blog is perfect for that.

Think about everything you know about, what makes you happy and what you wouldn’t mind writing about each week. That should help you figure out what you should be blogging about. You might start out with one topic and see it evolve into a different topic and that is okay too. You could start with a lifestyle blog and realize you love to share all about all the cooking you do and before you know it you have a food blog. The choices of what to blog about are endless. This is why I say that everyone does have something to blog about. We all have something we can share with others if that is what we would like to do.

What kind of blog do you have? Do you have a mix of several different types of blogs?



Pink Buttercream Chocolate Cupcakes



I love to bake. I haven’t done it for a while but I love it. Hate to cook, love to bake. I always have. My Grandma used to make cookies and cakes with me all the time. A few years ago I started to get back into it. I made some homemade cakes and cookies. Then life just got in the way. Last Christmas I finally got a good mixer with a KitchenAid mixer deal. I was using a hand mixer my roommates in college gave me that their parents bought when they first got married in the 70s so it was time for an upgrade.

I am hoping to work on a few things. I would really like to find a good Royal Icing recipe and get better at decorating cookies. I would also like to learn more about making cakes and cupcakes as well as decorating them. I think it is a lot of fun and you can make them however you want to.

So this past week I decided to make some cupcakes for Bunco. I also wanted to make some bigger ones as well. I really wanted to make chocolate ones. I get these ideas in my head and can’t get rid of them. So what does a novice baker do to find a good recipe? Pinterest of course!

So I made these chocolate cupcakes. I think they turned out good but I think if I made them again I would add chocolate chips to them or something. I liked how light they felt. I didn’t feel like I was eating a heavy dessert which was nice.







Now for the frosting. I knew I wanted a buttercream one. I decided pink would be a good choice too. I used the Wilton Icing Colors which are gels because it works better for baking and I have more choice over colors than just your standard food coloring you can get at the grocery store.

I decided to go with this buttercream recipe and ended up using 1/2 butter and 1/2 Crisco because it would be firmer that way. After I was finished and gave it to my taste tester, he said he could taste the Crisco. So I added some milk and some Almond flavoring and it ended up tasting a lot better that way.

I made the frosting and then went to look for my icing tips. I am not sure what happened but I could only find one of them! I had the 104 and it is the petal one. So I couldn’t do what I was planning to do. I decided to look online for some ideas. I played around with it and this is what I got.







I was really happy with everything and my friends seemed to enjoy the cupcakes as well.

Now I need to work on making some blue ones for Josh’s school and then a birthday cake for him.

What do you like to bake?



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