Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Mount Rushmore

From our house to Mount Rushmore it is probably about A 7 hour drive straight through. Although we didn't drive straight through, we stayed over in Sioux Falls South Dakota on the first night and then made our way to Rapid City South Dakota.

Being one state over you would think we may have visited this prior to this but there is a lot of nothing to look at during that 7 hour drive the really interesting part of South Dakota doesn't happen until you are in the 60 miles on the western side of the state.

It seems that thanks to Facebook a lot of people are visiting Mount Rushmore. I am not sure if there is that many more visitors or I am just made more aware of it because people are posting their vacations on that social media outlet.

My kids had 3 days off from school before the weekend for a fall vacation and we were going to take advantage of five days in a row when it was pretty nice weather to make this road trip.

Usually the one complaint I have heard from people who make this road trip in the summer is that it is really hot and really busy, I guess that's two complaints. My Hope Was That by going in the fall we would be past the hot weather and it would not be very busy. Both of my assumptions were correct and we were very happy that we went during the fall. Although going during the fall there are some things that are not open that are only open during the summer but everything we wanted to see including Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Devil's Tower, and Custer State Park were all open. Plus there were several other things we saw as well.

Trying our best to get a family picture at Mount Rushmore. Someone did offer to take our picture but it seems every time someone does they can't seem to figure to get all of us in the picture and keep it in focus.

Below are some pictures that I zoomed in so that we could see greater detail on each of the president's faces.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Quick Microwave Low Carb Bread

I saw this on IG and had to try it out for myself, and when you are really craving bread or something you would want that needs bread this will do the trick. It's not the same, but it's a good quick substitute. It does have a bit of a spongy texture though.

Quick Microwave Low Carb Bread
1 1/2 T melted butter
1 egg
3 T almond flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions: Melt butter. Combine egg, almond flour and baking powder with melted butter. Cook in a microwave safe dish (I used an egg cooker, but a ramekin could work as well) and cook for 90 seconds. Remove from dish and allow to cool for a minute. Slice in half to make 2 slices. Serve as bread or toast, if desired.

Monday, March 19, 2018

DIY Silhouette "Swim Mom" Shirts

The two biggest reasons that I do my own personalization and designs on my Silhouette machine to iron on clothing is 1) cost savings and 2) the ability to personalize everything.

The thing I like to personalize the most is what type of fabric I am going to wear. In the past I have bought items that a company made for the team and find that the cotton is too heavy and uncomfortable or the arms just aren't long enough in a long sleeve top. When I buy the Garment I want to wear I can try it on First and make sure I like how it fits in feels and then personalize it the way I want to and I'm excited to show my support through my outfit.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Learn How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Always wanted to changed out that ceiling fan, but didn't want to pay for an electrician. Check out this FREE class at Home Depot to learn how to install a ceiling fan this weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

FREE Admission to MN History Centers for 6th Graders

I almost forgot about telling you about this, as I went ahead and purchased a family membership to the Minnesota Historical Society. All 6th graders in MN can get a FREE Pass to get FREE Admission in to all of the historical sites in MN. Of course, the rest of the family still has to pay, but you at least get one person in free. 

This might be a fun idea to have with you when you are planning your upcoming summer vacations because it is good through the end of August.

And if you have a 5th grader, remember this for September!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Death Valley, California

This was our unexpected find on our trip 2 Nevada, California, and Arizona. We knew we were going there but our expectations were a little low. Going to the known hottest place on Earth doesn't give you too high of expectations. But because we were so close I wasn't going to miss this opportunity to check it out and see what see what Death Valley look like.

Upon first driving into this National Park my husband commented that it looked like scenes from Star Wars where we were. Once we got to the ranger station we learned that in fact there were several scenes from Star Wars actually filmed in this National Park.

The top picture of me in it was one of the first places we stopped and we're just amazed. It was hard to take it all in. The immense beauty of it all was enormous. The picture right below it is of badwater basin where the lowest recorded temperature on Earth is.

Here is our attempt at getting some family photos at Death Valley. We went as early in the morning as we could get up and drive there from Las Vegas. The temperature hadn't risen too hot and we happen to be going on a day that was actually lower than normal. As we were leaving at lunch time it was just reaching 100 degrees which is not typical normally it has already reached that temperature much earlier in the day.

In the pictures above one is called artist palette and that is one location that Star Wars was filmed at. The other spot is called Devil's Golf Course. One look at that location we knew that if anyone fell trying to walk out there they would be ripped up a lot.

Upon entering the ranger station there is a sign that warns you of extreme heat Danger after 10am. The rental car had a hard time keeping up the AC and we made sure to have our CamelBaks full as well as a lot bottles of water in the car. Two of the pictures are of badwater Basin, including the one of my husband sitting on the ground looking like he is dehydrated. The other one is of the kids at one of our first stops upon entering Death Valley.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Using Yaktraks for Outdoor Running/Walking in the Winter

Not sure what to do about the ice or snow outside but the weather is finally getting warmer to where you actually want to get outside to walk or run? Then consider getting a pair of YakTrax. I haven't used them for running, but have used them for walking and they work well. They just pull over your boots or shoes and you are ready to go! I bought these for myself and thought other people might be wondering just what they might need to run or walk in Minnesota in the warmer winter months.