We had a fun Halloween this year. The weather was perfect for Trick-or-Treating. We kept to our budget by not spending on costumes but instead using what we already had. The kids opted to paint their own pumpkins ( Melody painted a green Jumino from Stardew Valley & Owen’s a blue Kirby) instead of carving so they’ll last a bit longer. We can gut the pumpkins later and give to our chickens and they can turn that into eggs.
“The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was a total eclipse visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts”.- Wikipedia
We are sporting the Celestron ISO Certified, 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse EclipSmart 2x Power Viewers Solar Observing Kit that I purchased from Amazon in June.I wanted to make sure I got the glasses before they sold out. I did research to make sure the glasses were legit too. I am so glad I did because there was a big recall on a bunch of different glasses that would not protect your eyes properly. I’m hoping everyone caught on to the recall! You have to be so careful when viewing an eclipse!
We spent the weekend camping with friends. We only traveled about 40 minutes from home to a campground called Promontory Park located in Estacada Oregon. It’s a few days later but we are still feeling the effects it had into our daily routine. The kids eat less and don’t rest as much because of all the excitement plus my oldest always gets bad car sickness if we travel more than 15 minutes or so down the road. There and back she got sick even with the cold air blowing and sitting in the front seat. We have come to the assumption we are just going to have to give her Dramamine® for Kids for future further adventures down the road and to always wear Seabands.
Those who follow the news and weather will know it’s been abnormally hot in the Northwest. Not only are we dealing with temperatures 10-15 degrees above average but the air quality too. The air has been affected by all the forest fires in Oregon and Washington. It’s been deemed unhealthy and highly recommended to keep children indoors and those with health and breathing issues like asthma.
As everybody gets ready for Back to School, Swagbucks has a bonus for you in the form of Back to School Collector’s Bills! “Collector’s Bills” are special designs that you win randomly while searching the web with Swagbucks’ Yahoo-powered search engine. Collect all 6 and you get an additional SB Bonus! Once you’ve collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, PayPal Cash, and many more!
Here’s all the information for this week’s Collector’s Bills:
Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, August 7th through Sunday, August 13th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:
- 4 SB
- 6 SB
- 9 SB
- 18 SB
- 26 SB
When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 6 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!
Everyone does their Christmas gatherings different for a number of reasons. It has changed for us over the years. Sometimes we are at families homes on Christmas Day other times they are in our home. Some years we have just swapped gifts and gone out and enjoyed a holiday-themed outing. No matter how you do it, the importance is the presence of being together. This year we had my husband’s family over at our place on Christmas Eve. My family is split up and spread out far from us (North Carolina, etc) so we often don’t get to spend the holidays together but we still face time, call, and chat thanks to the internet.