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Friday, October 31, 2014

Wasabi's Laser Experiments #MeetBayMax #BigHero6 #BayMaxScience

Note: A parent should always be present when the children are conducting any science experiment at home. Even the simplest experiments have major potential for trouble if done wrong.

Some other great fun for lasers: 
  • Use an aersol spray in the laser beam path in a dark room so you can see the laser beam path.
  • Shine the laser through an ice cube in a dark room
  • Fill a clear class with water, then add two or three drops of milk to the water to make the beam visible. Move the glass slowly across the laser beam and see what happens.
  • Try pointing a laser into a prism to see what will happen. 
  • Shine the laser through red jello square to see what will happen. Try an oval, a triangle, or other shapes.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. For more information, check out, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter:

BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

Indoor Halloween Trick or Treating Events for Tonight

I have done my best to verify these activities, wishing you a safe and fun Halloween!!!

Oak Park Trunk or Treat: will be held inside if it is raining: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Grace Sterling Candy Town

Ferndale Free Methodist Church is having their trunk or treating indoors if needed. They are located at 1950 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI 6pm - 8 pm

Laural Park Place Mall  6-8 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn- 5:30 - 8

Eastland Center 8000 Vernier Road, Harper Woods, 48225, is holding indoor trick or treating from 4p – “until the candy runs out”.

Please leave a comment below if you know of another event to share with our fans!!! 

Happy Halloween!

Kroger and Shell Fuel Rewards Program @kroger @shell #saving #giveaway

Hey all we are doing  such a great job that Kroger wanted to say "Thank you" by offering another $25 to one random winner and $50 to one fan who leaves the best testimonial.


Shell and Kroger understand how important it is to stretch your dollars. For every 100 points earned at Kroger, save 10¢ per gallon at Shell. Points earned in the current month are available for use through the end of the next month. For example, if you earn 300 points in a month, you save 10¢ per gallon on your next three visits, redeemable through the end of the following month. For more details, visit your local Kroger store or visit .  You can also stack your savings (up to $1 off per gallon, for up to 35 gallons of fuel).

With Thanksgiving, Football Parties and Tailgating (and your regular grocery shopping) you will have plenty of opportunities to save on your fuel.

We have been using this program for many years.  We have personally saved hundreds of dollars on our fuel over the years.  What a great perk if you already shop at Kroger, and a good reason to switch stores if you don't.

Have you ever used the Fuel Points Program? Kroger and shell would like to offer you a chance to win a $50  Kroger gift card in exchange for your testimonial (leave your comments on our blog to enter). We will give away one gift card based on the quality of the testimonial.  We invite you to share specifics (i.e., 1 – 2 short sentences) around how you are using the program for a chance to win a gift card! The sentences can contain things like (1) how long you’ve been a member of the program, (2) how much money you’ve saved over time or this year alone, or even (3) mention of being able to go on a family road trip as a result of their Kroger Fuel Points. Readers should mention the program by name in their testimonial (i.e., Shell grocer rewards). Want to enter for a chance to win?  Just leave your testimonial in the blog comments below.  A Shell/Kroger representative will select a winner.  Be sure to either leave your email address in your comment or use the Giveaway Tools form to enter so we can contact you if you win. 

Not a current user of the program, don't worry you can  enter below for a chance to win a $25 Kroger gift card:

I have received a free Shell Gasoline Gift Card in exchange for this promotional post. All opinions are my own, your experience may differ.

RejuvaWear Compression Leggings Review and Giveaway ends 11/21 @RejuvaHealth

Metro Detroit Mommy blogger: Gwendolyn Mulholland - Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life

Gwen received free product in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are her own.  Your experience may differ. 

People turn to compression stockings for many reasons including, diabetes, leg health, pregnancy, joint problems, shapewear and more. However, when asked about options most people can only picture the plain pantyhose or sock styles. These styles don't appeal to many people especially if they want to look fashionable and not appear to be wearing compression stockings. That is where RejuvaHealth steps in and puts a new face to the compression stocking industry.

RejuvaHealth delivers quality compression stockings in a variety of types including men's, maternity, diabetic, athletic, arm sleeves, thigh highs, leggings and more. Many of their styles are also offered in opaque, sheer, patterned or an athletic finish so no one has to know if a person is wearing compression stockings or not. They are bringing a new face to the world of compression.

My mother received a pair of the New RejuvaWear Compression Leggings in black. She has lost a lot of weight and was looking for something that would provide a gentle compression and provide coverage. She is also a runner so she was looking for something that would fit under her running pants without having to go with a pantyhose style. The RejuvaWear Compression Leggings are footless so you can switch them up different shoes and wear whatever socks you want depending on your outfit.

The key to obtaining a good fit on any compression garment is to pay careful attention to the size chart for that item. All items are created differently so you will want to size yourself for each item that you buy. She found that the RejuvaWear Compression Leggings were true to size and was happy with the length. She is 5'3" so she did have to fold the bottom up a little but it didn't affect the wear of the leggings at all.

The thing to remember when putting on any compression stocking is to read the directions first and put them on exactly how you are instructed to. Trying to put them on the way you normally would pantyhose or leggings is going to result in a much too tight fit and you will never get them fully on. Once the leggings were on there was a heavy compression feeling that got better after a few minutes. Wearing the RejuvaWear Compression Leggings alleviated the tired feeling that can happen in your legs after being on them all day or working out.


The best part is due to the material that is used, you are left with a nice smooth feeling when wearing the leggings. They also have a 4 inch wide waistband that smooths without rolling down and causing bunching. They are versatile and can be used for working out or flattening your trouble zones under your favorite outfit. They are thin enough that you can even wear them under other pants. My mother is looking forward to wearing them during the winter on her outside workouts to keep her warmer than just wearing her regular workout pants.

She has spoken so highly of them that I have put them at the top of my Christmas list and hope that Santa will bring me a pair. You don't have to wait until Christmas to get a pair because you can enter to win a pair of RejuvaHealth Compression Leggings below.

To find out more about Rejuvawear Compression products visit them online at RejuvaHealth.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on the latest news and product releases.

Enter to win Below!

Gwendolyn is a homeschooling, mom of a 10 year old daughter and 15 year old son in the Metro Detroit Area. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, organizing, and traveling. She blogs over on her personal blog Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life. She shares her travel adventures on Vacation Maybe. She juggles all of this among doctors appointments for her father-in-law and disabled husband.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Honey Lemon's Chemistry Concoction: #BigHero6 #ScienceFun #BayMaxScience

In anticipation of Big Hero 6 opening  on 11/7, we will be featuring a few fun activities for the kids.

For a detailed explanation of the chemical reaction you can visit this site:
Basically, this reaction produced water (liquid) and carbon dioxide (gas)

In our experiment, we used a glass bowl, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of vinegar.
I recommend 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda, so it will all dissolve in the reaction.

You can also modify this experiment by performing it in a clear bottle and placing a balloon over the top of the bottle directly after the vinegar is added.

Try the experiment with water instead of vinegar.

Some great questions to ask: 

  • Before:
    • The baking soda is in which state (solid, liquid, gas)?
    • The vinegar is is which state?
    • What do you see (observe)?
    • For older children you can weigh the baking soda and vinegar.
    • What do you think will happen when you mix these two? Form a hypothesis. 
  • During:
    • What do you see (observe)?
    • What is happening?
    • What states of matter do you see?
    • What do you hear?
  • After:
    • Is there more, less or the same amount of solid baking soda left?
    • Where did it go?  
    • What happened?
    • For older children you can weigh the mixture and compare it to the weigh of the baking soda and vinegar.  Why is there a difference?  

Extension - Baking Soda in cooking: 
We use baking soda in cooking as a leavening agent.which means they are added to baked goods before cooking to produce carbon dioxide and cause them to 'rise'.
Try this recipe with and without the baking powder:
Compare the results

vocabulary words: 

See more #BayMaxScience: 
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BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show - 11/8 in Chesterfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vander Ark Furniture $200 GC #giveaway Ends 11/12

This giveaway was sponsored by Vander Ark Furniture. Opinions are my own.

Simple, handcrafted, made in Michigan, this is right up my ally for sure.  If you’re looking for hand-crafted furniture to spruce your child’s room, made right here in Michigan, than look no further than Vander Ark Furniture. Vander Ark Furniture For Kids offers a variety of handcrafted, custom built, and affordable furniture that your little ones will love.


The Series
There are three types of series Vander Ark furniture offers. Craft, Castle, and Pet. The Craft Series includes a twin bed, bookshelf, desk and bench, and nightstand. The Castle Series includes a twin bed, desk and bench, and nightstand. The Pet Series includes a pet stand, pedestal, and raised dog bowls.

VanderArkFurniture Hand-Crafted Vander Ark Furniture is handcrafted out of Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir. It takes around three to four full days to build and paint one set of furniture and orders are completed in the order that they are received. The furniture is made for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, however if you are looking for furniture for your child between the ages of 8 and 14 years old, you can contact them for more details on custom build and pricing on larger furniture.

Customized Since these are hand crafted pieces, you can have the choice to customize your furniture in the colors you want. You can choose a stain and paint color from what Vander Ark Furniture has on hand, or if you prefer a different paint or stain color you can send them the name and they will use that for an additional fee. Of course if you have your own special paint or stain, or prefer to mix it yourself, you also have the option to drop it off at their shop and they will use those for your furniture free of charge.

Meet Jake and Mariah of Vander Ark Furniture!
You can also visit them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!


$200 Gift Card Giveaway!

One lucky reader will receive a $200 Gift Card from Vander Ark Furniture! PLEASE NOTE that you must live within a 100-mile radius of Spring Lake (that covers at least half the state) to ensure delivery of your furniture. If you live in the Detroit area/East side, you would half to meet them halfway to pick up your furniture. To enter the giveaway, use the GiveawayTools widget below.