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Summer Camp

So we dropped our kids off at summer camp on Sunday.  This is their first time away from us or any other family members for more than 3 days.  They are away for 6 days.  While they are at the same camp, I think that Brody and Caden will both enjoy growing up and making some decisions on their own.  I keep reading articles about how summer camp is good for kids and then there are some parents that think it’s crazy to send your kids away.  I think that it’s a great learning experience for them.  They get to grow and depend on themselves and learn independence from their parents.  They get to meet new people and look up to their counselors and peers and maybe even make new lifelong friends!  I never went to a summer camp when I was little so I am wanting to give my kids the experiences that they can have for a lifetime.

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I found this article online and I loved it.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/03/summer-camp-great-for-kids-maybe-even-better-for-parents/

Yes Caden is only 8 and he was a bit anxious to go but he heard all about Brody’s 7th grade camp experience and he wanted to do something like that himself.  They both also went to a day summer camp for a few weeks last year and they loved it too! So I think the overnight aspect is something he will grow from.  Of course, some kids at the age of 8 aren’t ready to stay that long away from their parents, and that’s quite ok.  But my kids were ready.  I’m sure it helps that Brody is at the same camp, and he’s actually right across the hall at the bunks so that might help with Caden being nervous at all.  

Now Brody is begging to go to summer camp, he is at the age where he wants nothing to do with us, he’s too cool for his own good and I’m ok with that.  Maybe going away to camp more will help him learn to pick up after himself, be more independent and we can be more reliant on him in other aspects too.  He is also there without his phone, so free from distractions and any other electronics is great for a 12 year old’s brain too.  He kept saying he needed his phone, but nope you sure don’t!

And most camps these days, your not out of the loop as to what they are doing.  I’ve already gotten an email, I’ve seen pictures of their first night and we can send them emails and they get them as daily “mail” too.  I could send them something in the regular mail but let’s face it, it might not get there in time!  

The camp they are attending this week is called Camp Corral. The mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.  My husband is a disabled veteran and some of my friends from the Army mentioned this camp to me and I signed the boys right up!  It’s a free camp because of donations from Golden Corral and other companies to give kids that might not be able to experience camp a way to enjoy their summers off.  Kids that come from a military family sometimes have a different life at home, due to different injuries their parents might of had, or different situations at home due to PTSD and or the loss of a limb, this is the opportunity for them to forget about the tough times they might have and enjoy it with kids their own age.  Maybe they will even make some lifelong friends!  Our kids are fortunate enough to have met some other Army Brats in hockey and they are at this camp too so they know some friends already!

I can’t wait to see them on Saturday morning and I know they will be dirty, tired and worn out but I bet they have memories that last a lifetime.  And they might of build up some more self confidence along the way!

Send your kid to camp, they will love you later!

Happy Sewing!

~Jamie

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Made by Me!

Last year I took interest in sewing adult sized clothes, after making quite a few kid sized things for years.  I decided to purchase a serger and get serious about making something that was wearable.  There are so many companies to get patterns from and tons of fabric sites that sell all sorts of different fabrics.  I did my research and found what I wanted to tackle!

I’m sure most of you have heard of a popular company called LulaRoe.  Well I saw a raglan “Randy” shirt last summer that had a grey body and 2 different sleeves.  It was 4th of July patterns, one sleeve was red and white stripes and the other was blue and white stars.  I wanted one so bad but the $45 price tag was not in my budget.  So I wanted to try and duplicate that.

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Bring on Patterns for Pirates,  an amazing group that I found while searching for patterns for adult sized clothing.  I decided to join their Facebook group and it has helped me tremendously!  They have so many cute patterns to choose from and they have kids and adults combined!  I immediately bought a few patterns but the one I’ve tried and had success with was the Slim Fit Raglan pattern.  It’s based on a baseball style raglan t-shirt and it’s very similar to the “Randy” LulaRoe shirt style that I was wanting to copy.

I finally found the right fabric that I wanted this year at Girl Charlee online.  They had all 3 patterns that I was looking for.  I was able to purchase the fabric and have it at my house within a week!  img_8338-1

Now this pattern doesn’t take long at all to sew up! I was cutting it up one Saturday morning with enough time to wear it to my cousin’s graduation open house that afternoon!  It feels so satisfying to be able to wear something you made yourself.  You should try it!!

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I had my son take a picture of me in my shirt, kids are always so helpful in taking such flattering pictures!

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 My shirt was featured in the Girl Charlee June Knits Picks contest which is on their Facebook page!  Your voting can help me win a $20 gift card to girlcharlee.com!

http://blog.girlcharlee.com/2017/06/knit-picks-voting.html

Happy Sewing!

~Jamie

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Honorably Discharged Veterans can soon use Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)online!!!

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News alert for all you active military members and veterans!

Starting November 11th, 2017, all honorably discharged veterans will have online access to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)! According to reader, Aly, “this is a huge deal because unless you retired with the military, you would not have the privilege of tax-free shopping. Now, all vets will have the lifelong benefit and be able to use the exchange online, price-match, and get a military star card if they want to avoid shipping fees”. Check out this Press Release for more information.

Not familiar with AAFES? The Exchange offers products in every category and the same national brand merchandise found in brick-and-mortar stores. Online shoppers pay no sales tax (awesome!) and enjoy free delivery when using a Military Star Card or when their online purchases total $49 or more.

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Fidget Spinners- Handmade in the Michigan, USA

So I am sure if you have a child between the ages of 7-18 you know what the fad is all about.  That’s right, fidget spinners!  The item that us as adults don’t understand why the heck you’d want to play with one but all the kids want them so your kids have them too!!  Well we decided to start making some!

My husband used his CNC machine and milled some out of aluminum and the kids are loving it!!  It’s sturdier than the cheap plastic 3d printed or ones that are coming from China.  Perfect end of the school year present to keep your kid busy during the summer and maybe help them from saying “I’m bored” every 5 minutes!

These are the same exact sizes as the other spinners, just made of a better quality aluminum product that withstand the test of time.  No more replacing these spinners because they break, buy a Michigan made spinner!  Most stores are selling out of these, get yours NOW!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/529494387/aluminum-fidget-spinner-hand-anxiety?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Meijer M-Perks: FREE NESTEA!

Calling all you Meijer mPerks users!

Head on over here and log into your account to see if you have an eCoupon valid for a FREE 6-pack of NESTEA RTD Tea (.5 liter bottles) – choose from lemon, peach or raspberry!

This eCoupon is valid through May 5th and can only be used once (not valid with any other manufacturer’s coupons). To easily find this coupon, simply search for “NESTEA”.

THANKS MEIJER COUPON FACEBOOK GROUP!

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Panera Bread HACK! Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea

Now, we all love Panera Bread, and we love it even more now that their food is clean.  It has no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors or colors from artificial sources.  That makes it even better.  And when your slurping on that bowl of broccoli cheese soup from there, it’s even better than amazing.

But enough about that, I just found a genius hack from Panera Bread!  I had a $10 Panera Bread gift card that I could only use at the store and not online, so I decided that since I usually order online for lunch at work, why not go in and get some of their very yummy Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea and take it home.  I was going to buy the to-go bottles since then I could take it to work and drink it or just sip on it during this wonderful weather we are having!  Well I was checking out and it was like $14 for 5 bottles of tea and the cashier was like wait, I think you can get more for cheaper if you order it through our catering specials.  I was like sure, because I was only taking it home anyways.  She said well I can get you a gallon of the Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea for only $9.99.  I said SOLD!!!  So now I have fresh tea to drink at home and whenever I want and it was way cheaper than the original route I was going for!  Now I’m even considering bringing one of them to work and leaving it in the refrigerator at work so I can have it there too!

If you know me, you know my addiction to Cherry Coke was real.  Well in February after watching a bunch of documentaries about eating whole foods, less meat, more fresh veggies and less bad things, I gave up pop.  It was hard at first, but I don’t even crave it anymore.  But I was struggling with the caffeine part, and now I can have my fix so my afternoons don’t drag anymore!   I had went a few weeks without any caffeine but some nights when we have lots going on with sports for the boys, I need something to carry me through and I am not a huge coffee drinker.  So I think I found my answer, GREEN TEA!!

I had googled how to try and make this tea at home and lots of others had tried too but it wasn’t something that you could really just buy in a store.  So I’m excited to give this a try!!

Also, I was also super excited that a few months ago, I had free bagels for a month! It worked out great, I’d pick one up in the afternoon and eat it for breakfast the next day or my son would grab it on the way to hockey practice on the weekends.  THANKS PANERA BREAD!!

P.S.- I’m still debating on chopping my hair off again.  It’s just not working out for me long, always in a pony tail and giving me a headache.  A graduated bob or a-line bob is more of what is calling my name right now, although wearing a hat in the summer is a nice thing and with short hair, you look like a boy.  Decisions, decisions.

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I gotta go wash my hair

I’ve never been one to be able to go a few days without washing my hair.  I have to wash it everyday or I know that it’s dirty and I can’t even fathom going out and about with dirty hair, even though it might not look dirty.  I’ve struggled for years to have a “hairstyle” because honestly, I’m lazy and a tomboy.  If I even blow dry it, sometimes that’s a miracle.  My hair is fine, thick and straight.

But I’d like to be able to do some fun, cute hairstyles and I watch all these bloggers and youtube videos but I can never seem to get my hair to do anything remotely like those girls.  I like to watch Kate from The Small Things Blog on her YouTube, Facebook Live or her SnapChats but her hair is always so adorable!! I also just don’t give myself time.  I enjoy sleeping until the last possible minute, rushing to get in the shower and having time to barely blow dry my hair every morning to get to work by 7-7:30am every day.  And then my weekdays are so jam packed with sports from my 2 sons that I just don’t care about my hair/makeup to get up any earlier those days either.

This picture is of me and my mom after 8 months of growing out a BAD haircut.  I asked for a graduated bob and got a pixie cut in the back, it was a very sad part of my life that year.  It took FOREVER to grow out and even today I’m still just getting slight trims to even it out and just grow it long since it was SO SHORT for so long. 

So I’ve tried curling wands, I’d tried to curl it with my straightener, I’ve tried dry shampoo and I’ve tried beach hair sea salt spray.  None of which have made me have fabulous hair at all.  Maybe it’s the user, maybe it’s because I can’t stand to have dirty hair so my hair isn’t dirty enough to do any of these cute hairstyles.  I see some ladies say they haven’t washed their hair in 3-4 days, I’d be itching my head thinking I had lice or something if I didn’t wash my hair that long.  I don’t think I’ve ever made it past 1 day of not washing it.  Even when we go camping I have to at least take a shower every day, it’s just not in my being to be dirty!

So if you have any hints on helping me learn how to do something cute with my hair, let me know your secrets, because I’d love to learn how to have cute hair and keep my sleep too! 🙂

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Spring is here for a short visit….let’s enjoy it!

These next few days here in Michigan, the weather is in the mid 50’s to early 60’s and it feels amazing.  We finally have the sun shining after a very dull January and maybe some of this sunshine will help lift some spirits and winter blah moods.

We are in the last month of hockey season, with a practice with the MSU Hockey team under our belts, a shootout game during the MSU/Wisconsin hockey game and a hockey tournament this next weekend.  Brody started playoffs last night and he has a busy next few weeks with that finishing up.  He plays PeeWee B hockey and loves it!! Caden is on a Squirt B hockey team and it’s his passion right now.

Caden has started indoor baseball practice and Lacrosse has started for Brody although he hasn’t got to do much practices because hockey gets in the way still.

Spring is right around the corner and I can’t wait for the backyard to look like this again!  Green grass, pretty flowers and bright sun shining on our backs!  We all need a little sunshine now and again.  In just a few shorts weeks it will be spring break, and then we will have baseball and lacrosse to sit outside in hopefully warm weather instead of a cold hockey rink.

Please stick around warm weather!

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Keep your Lula clean! Purchase a LulaRoe Laundry Bag!

 

So who’s into this whole craze of LulaRoe and all their soft leggings and shirts and dresses and skirts and anything else that you can get your hands on!  Unicorns and flowers and dogs!  Well I’ve come up with the perfect way to keep your husband or kids from shrinking your clothes when they helps out with the laundry.  Keep your laundry in a Lula Laundry bag and you’ll be in charge of your fabulous clothes and keeping them looking brand new and fresh!  These bags are available to purchase in my Etsy shop with the link below!  They are only $12.  If your a consultant and would like to order them in bulk for your customers, just message me!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/511363859/lula-laundry-bag-lularoe-wash-bag

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