Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon


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I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read his story in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Knickerbacher is unhappy. He spends all his time guarding the princess Gwendolyn, but that is not the life he wants. He wants to be a comedian! Gwendolyn thinks he is funny and tells him to follow his dreams, but his father thinks all dragons must guard princesses. So he practices his jokes and he watches the princess and he wishes for more. One day a prince shows up to battle Knickerbacher for the princess. The young dragon tries to scare him, but his heart is just not in it and it shows. The Prince and dragon chat and eventually both realize they have bigger dreams to chase. Knickerbacher decides to leave to pursue his dreams and the prince rescues the princess then decides he is better off playing baseball than battling dragons. The night of his first show, Knickerbacher is a hit, afterwards his parents come back stage to tell him they are proud of him for being true to himself because that takes real bravery.

This is a wonderful story perfect for kids from birth to 10. I read it to the 3 year old I watch and my 11 year old son and they both loved it. Knickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon is a story all about following your heart and believing in yourself. The illustrations are so beautiful and the kids loved the bright fun colored dragons. I read the story using multiple voices and exaggerating the jokes and the kids giggled through the whole thing. We had a ton of fun with this book and you probably will too.

Thanks for sticking with us,

Domi

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Vintage Style Milk Bottles With Straws

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What they say

  • ➤CONVERSATION PIECE: No matter how you use them who wouldn’t want to get their beverage served the old fashioned way? It will get the conversation started and delight your friends and family. Vintage style milk bottles add interest and flair to your special occasions.
  • ➤VERSATILE: Got Milk? Well that is the perfect beverage to serve but who says you can’t serve water, tea, shakes, smoothies, lemonade and juice. If you can slurp…it works! Its 10 ounce capacity is just right for lemonade, milk or any drink you choose. Reusable and dishwasher safe!
  • ➤EASY TO DECORATE: Decorate them according to the theme of the party or celebration. Add different color straws, give it a bow, a hanging tag or label.
  • ➤GUARANTEE: Fear not! Buy one for you and one as a gift. You have nothing to risk so indulge yourself! We backed it by our no hassle, no questions asked guarantee. Don’t be fooled by lower priced alternatives.
  • ➤RECOMMENDED USES: These are perfect party decorations. Fill them with candy, straws, flowers, pencils and more. Depending on the theme you will find a use for them. They are gift boxed and make great gifts for any occasion. These are perfect for: Christmas, Hanukkah, Birthday Gifts, Wedding Party, Groomsmen, Valentine’s Day, Bachelor and Bachelorrette Parties, Anniversary, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Housewarming, Retirement, New Years, College Graduation, St. Patrick’s Day, Congratulations, Job Promotion, New Job, Stocking Stuffers and Secret Santa Gifts!

What I think

These bottles are ridiculously adorable.  I just love them. They are about the size of a single serve milk bottle you would buy at any store. So they fit in little hands easily. The kids love them and look so cute drinking out of them. The bottles are made from a thick glass, so I feel safer letting the kids use them because they are less likely to shatter if dropped. They came with some cute straws that fit that vintage look, the straws are paper though so you will want to find a source to get more. I am fairly certain you can find reusable milk caps for these to make them into lunch box bottles too. I love the way they look and they really fit with the country chic vintage vibe that is so popular right now.

So flipping cute!
So flipping cute!

I think these look awesome as is, but you could put chalkboard labels on them and maybe a jute bow and use them for a country party. I have just the two kids but then I have my two kids I do care for here alot so having four of these works for us. I may do the labels just so they can tell their drinks apart. They all want to use these at lunch every day.  So this is a definite DO, as they are requested EVERY SINGLE DAY! 🙂

Manic Monday Loves,

Domi

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ARTacts Synthetic Face Painting Brush Set

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Click on image to go to Amazon and purchase

What they say

  • • 12 DIFFERENT BRUSHES – This face painting kit includes a brush for every artistic occasion including: brushes that taper to a fine point for detail work and fine lines, square-tip brushes, fan-shaped brushes and more!
  • • HIGH-QUALITY SYNTHETIC BRISTLES – We’ve used a special blend of high-quality non-toxic synthetic fibers for these bristles so they hold more paint, allow you to apply it to faces more evenly, and are easier to clean up!
  • • BUILT TO LAST – Hold your ARTacts Synthetic Face Painting Brushes between your fingers. Feel the solid wood handle balance comfortably in the palm of your hand. Marvel at the gorgeous matte black finish of the handle and the luscious chocolate brown bristles. We’ve designed these brushes to give you years of face painting fun!
  • • IDEAL FOR KIDS OR ADULTS, BEGINNERS OR EXPERTS – Use it for school events, church events, fairs, parades or any time you feel like putting a smile on someone’s face!
  • • LIFETIME GUARANTEE! – We’re so confident in the superior quality of our ARTacts Synthetic Face Painting Brushes we gladly offer them with a 100% Satisfaction Lifetime Guarantee!•

What I think

I enjoyed testing these brushes out. The kids were all more than happy to help with that. So we had a limited color palate to use and had to get creative. I got out the face paints and the brushes and some paper towels and the kiddos picked out what they wanted.

The tiny person was easiest he just wanted some balloons. So we got to work. Now the face paint kit I used is like a Halloween monster man kit so it is the hard thick stuff not true face paint. This made me worry that I wouldn’t be able to get a good idea of the brushes abilities.  I worried for nothing. The fact that it was a bit harder to get started did not affect how well the brushes worked at all.

balloons for the tiny person
balloons for the tiny person

I had to work the paint a bit to get it easier to spread and after that it wasn’t so bad at all. The brushes worked very well. They were all very soft and did not irritate the kids in any way.

Butterfly for little miss
Butterfly for little miss

There was no problem with shedding bristles. Not on the kids skin, nor in the paint and for sure not when I was wiping the paint off with paper towels. I really gave some good tugs too. Shedding bristles is a pet peeve of mine so it is one thing I rigorously test out on any kind of paint brush.

Gamer ghost for the little dude!
Gamer ghost for the little dude!

The selection of brushes is a great beginner or standalone kit. You have the perfect sizes and shapes to meet all the needs. From some thick brushes for filling in large spaces to a very fine tip for delicate lines. These will of course work better with better face paints but they did a great job with what I had on hand too.

This company is great too and they want you to love your product so they offer a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. That is pretty awesome. We obviously had a great time, so this goes in the DO column.

With all the love I can muster on a Monday morning,

Domi

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The Dudes read…

I love my Kindle Fire. It may be one of my most prized possessions. In this family we read alot. So being able to load up books any time is a bonus too. The free Kindle reading app for Phones as well as the Download for PCs have made that access simple for the kids too. So we love to browse the free reads on the Amazon Kindle Store and we shall share some with you.

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click picture to go to Amazon and buy.

`Confliction compendium (Dragoneers Cycle One)

By M.R.Mathias.

Big Dude picked this one out to offer up to you. He loves all things dragons and it can be hard to find novels for young men to read. So whenever we find something like this we have to jump on it. This one offers you full stories and short stories. We haven’t read it yet, but we sure will. Go snag a copy while it is still free.

Click to go to Amazon and buy.
Click to go to Amazon and buy.

The Blacksmith and the Apprentice- Life Inside Minecraft! Legends and Heroes Issue 1 (Stone Marshalls’s Legends & Heroes) By Stone Marshall

Little dude is all about the Minecraft. He devours it and loves that I can find these books for him free so often. So if you have a young Minecraft lover like I do, snag this one while it is free.

Those are the kid picks for the day. Thanks for playing!

Off we go,

Domi and the Dudes.

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Dealing with life

So I haven’t been very active online lately. Haven’t been blogging for this or for my work. I needed to pull myself back and tend to some personal things. I started school and it has been taking much of my focus. Things have been rough around here in a few different ways. I feel bad though because I need to focus and push through all of this. It is time to start planning River’s birthday party.

I can’t believe he will be 18 in less then a month. I worry because we have had very little success getting people to show up for things. My mom is usually there but I can’t depend on anyone else. I am terrified he won’t have a good day. We had started the fundraiser for Lego Land and have raised around $450. Not nearly enough for legoland next month. After discussing things we are going to use a little of that money for a bbq at home and continue to fundraise until I can make the kids dream come true. 

We have never had good luck with parties. Aside from my mom people don’t tend to show up. He wants people to come and I want people to come, but I can’t make them come. Last year my boyfriend at the times family  came and my friend brought her family but noone River invited came and past relationships being past means I can’t expect those people to come. I expect  that it will be another year of just my mom and pops. And it breaks my heart.

River wants friends so badly. I can’t do anything about that. He went to a school this year with other kids but he didn’t make a friend. He just doesn’t know how. I have tried to set things up but they fall through. People who have been in our lives for years can’t be depended on. I just don’t know how to make it better for him.

So I am praying that this year won’t break his heart and that I can eventually save and raise the money for the LegoLand trip. I just need to buckle down and push things out. I have been flaking and I can’t do that anymore.

So this is me, shaking it off and moving forward.

Always Love,

Domi

 

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