Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Aitkin Fish House Parade


This is our third year going to the Aitkin fish house parade. It is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving. It is a full day of events in the community. We usually kick off our time there by going to visit Santa and Mrs .Claus. Then we head over to the movie theater in town and they have a FREE showings of a kids movie. This year we watched Ice Age Collision Course and we fill up on popcorn and pop that we purchased. Before heading into the movie though we set up our chairs outside so when we come out we are all set and have spots for the parade. We also bring our snow pants and everything inside to the movies with us so the kids can put them on as soon as they are finished watching. Then we get to watch the parade which usually last 30 to 40 minutes and has a variety of interesting floats that many of them are some type of fish house or a trailer that has been decorated with some type of fish house. Ice fishing is a big thing up north in Minnesota in the winter so it is fun to see what people can come up with. They do have competitions to see what float is the best in three different categories. The parade ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus followed by a trailer that shoots colored ping pong balls. Those ping pong balls correspond with different discounts at local businesses so everyone is trying to get as many as they can. We ended up with 1 this year and it didn't save us a whole ton of money but every little bit helps.
Other things going on in town include a reception at the Art Center there and a 5K race and a soup and chili feed at an area restaurant, as well as a talent show in the evening at the high school.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Another 12 Books of Christmas at the 5th-6th Grade Accelerated Reader (AR) Levels (all.5-1 pts)



5.0
One Wintery Night by Ruth Bell Graham (1 pt)

5.1
A Pioneer Christmas by Barbara Greenwood (1 pt)
The Forgotten Helper: A Christmas Story by Lorrie Moore (1 pt)

5.2
Rose's Special Secret by Kay Woodward (1 pt)
Silent Night by Will Moses (.5 pt)
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman (1 pt)

5.3
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket (.5 pt)

5.7
The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket (.5 pt)

5.9
Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson (.5 pt)

6.1
The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi (.5 pt)

6.2
The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (.5 pt)

6.3
Santa Claus by Rod Green (1 pt)



Bonus Ideas:

5.1
Angelica the Angel Fairy by Dairy Meadows (2 pts)

6.0
Merry Fairy Holidays by Pippa Le Quesne (3 pts)

Monday, December 5, 2016

10 Movie Night at Home Snack Ideas


We have made a fun night in our house at least once a month, sometimes more than that and do a Family Movie Night. We don't just hang out and watch a movie, but really get in to it and enjoy a variety of snacks. Typically, we pick out a movie we haven't seen on Netflix or Amazon Prime, so it is typically a relatively inexpensive way to spend time together and everyone seems to enjoy it. Here are some ideas for snacks for a movie night at home.


Review: 3DLIGHTFX Light


This 3DLIGHTFX night light is so cool. It is a 3 dimensional light that stick ot from the wall and looks like a real Darth Vader mask. I temporarily hung it so you could see what it looks like hanging on the wall. It lights up glowing red. It does have a switch to be on off or on a timer.

I have a picture of the wall sticker that you can put on but didn't put it up for this picture because I am giving this as a present with a bunch of other Star Wars items to my son. I would say that the mask is about the size of a costume masks so this is not a small item at all.

The sticker has a film on it so right now it has a white look to it but it won't have that when you put it on the wall. The sticker makes it look like he is breaking through the wall head first.


This is cool to the touch so it is perfect for a child's bedroom. It is also battery operated, so no cords are going to get in the way and you can hang it anywhere. You will need to purchase 3 AA to put in the back side of this. It also includes the crack sticker that goes on your wall. 

This is one of a large variety of kids licensed characters that are available in this light, as well as in a mini light.

Giving this to my son for Christmas. I took it out to put batteries in (require 3 AA) and see how the light works. It has On/Off/Timer as options. The eyes glow red and only slightly light the room. The crack sticker for the background looks really neat and will hopefully be easy to apply.

Review: Hickies Shoe Laces PLUS 20% off Code


Hickies shoelaces are no tie elastic shoelaces. I was sent two packages of the shoe laces to review them on this blog. No monetary compensation was received. I received a hot pink pair that I have already put in a pair of my daughter's shoes and a black pair that will go into my son's shoes once we buy a new pair.

The kids think these look really neat compare two laces that crisscross. I did the leasing for these and didn't think they'd take any longer or shorter amount of time then using other shoe laces.

 but because these are a plastic elastic type of shoelace they will stretch when you stick your foot inside of it. If it is too tight to stick your foot in at the top you can undo the lace and reattach it around the hard clasp.

They also come with a card that shows you three ways you can lace them. The way I have them placed as for a regular fit but they also give you options to lace them if you want a tight or a loose fit.

My readers can get a 20% off by using code USFG to save. These are a great gift for the holidays and would make a perfect stocking stuffer.

Friday, December 2, 2016

15 Ideas for Week Day Holiday Fun in the Twin Cities



So, it was just in November that I wrote a post that was a long time in the making of 100 Places that Adults Want To Go in the Twin Cities and while it is a great list to find stuff to do at any time of the year it doesn't encapsulate any holiday specific fun, which is what I went in search of for December to plan a get together with a friend.

Sure there are lots of plays and musicals and craft shows to go to on weekends, but finding stuff to do on a week day can be a bit more challenging. The good news is that most of these items are also available on the weekends, as well as during the week day.

I decided since I had spent quite a bit of time looking up items, I might as well share them with my readers and then have them to reference next December when I am planning our get together.


  1. Bachman's Holiday Idea House
  2. Holidays at Flyover America
  3. Holiday Music Festival at the Mall of America
  4. Songs for the Season Courtroom Concert
  5. A Christmas Carol (one man show by great-great grandson of Charles Dickens)
  6. Weekday Matinees of A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie (currently sold out for weekday matinees, they advised calling a week or less before the show to see if anything opened up)
  7. Nordic Holidays Exhibition at the American Swedish Institute
  8. Ballet Tuesday "Clara's Dream" Excerpts at Landmark Center
  9. Holiday Flower Show at Como Park Conservatory
  10. Wells Fargo Winterskate
  11. Various Holiday Events at the James J. Hill House
  12. A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
  13. Holidays at the Mill Performances at Mill City Museum
  14. "A Day In the Life of an Elf" at Macy's Santaland
  15. Holidazzle Village (Th-Sun)


Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Yoga Challenges: #NaughtyorNiceYogi3 and #YogEmojiChallenge





Who wants to join along and do these two different Instagram Yoga challenges? They started today. I will probably try to find one that starts on the 15th and goes through Christmas or maybe goes to the end of the year as well. I like having to to do at one time.

So I have included my pictures for these first poses which are Lotus pose and head stand. The  top yoga challenge seems to have some different and interesting poses I have never done before. I like to do these Yoga challenges because they do give me some experience doing poses I had not tried before. And the second one I think it's just hilarious because it is emojis. I wonder if there is an app out there that I can turn myself into an emoji when I do the pose. Anyone know?