August 29, 2014

ALS-close to home

With all the ice bucket challenges going on and all the awareness being raised for ALS I thought it was important to introduce you all to my (great) Uncle Alan. He's currently living with ALS. 



His one dream is to raise as much money as possible before the disease claims him. So I'm reaching out to you, my bloggy friends to donate. To help him reach his goal.

Below are a few links, one is his JustGiving page where you can donate and another is his facebook page where you can see more pictures and read updates. 
I just want to note that he does live in England but you can still donate, we have and it's super easy! 


One of my greatest memories of Alan is being at my Nana and Papa's house, listening to music, and dancing with him. He is such an honestly happy person. So will you please help him reach his goal? It would mean more than you will ever really know. 

xoxo 

August 27, 2014

confession’s on a wednesday



I’m currently sitting in my backyard freezing my butt off at 2pm while the girls play and I try to type up a few things. I think it’s important to note that it is not hot here, and I really can’t wait to move back down to Southern California next summer where Summer and heat go hand in hand. <- that was written yesterday.

The next few Friday’s I will be introducing you to some Bloggers that have been hanging out on my sidebar.

I’ve been reading The Vampire Academy Series and it’s actually pretty good. I’ve never really been into the whole Vampire thing but these books have held my attention. I just saw that there is a movie based on the first book, I read that the movie is terrible so of course I’ll be watching it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.. the Pumpkin Spice Latte is really not that good and I’m not excited for all the “My PSL is totes delish” posts that are about to clog my Instagram feed. I’m a hater for sure. And the Pumpkin Spice creamer that you can buy at the grocery store is ten times better tasting (for your homebrewed coffee) than that Starbucks concoction. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Speaking of Instagram… the popular page on my Instagram is full of babies. It gives me the fever.

Maddie’s walking around with one shoe on and a purse over her shoulder.


Em’s been coming home from school with the worst attitude. I feel like instead of teaching kindergarten they are teaching ‘how to piss your parents off in 2 seconds flat’.

I can’t imagine not having a dog but sometimes I wonder what it’s like not having to vacuum up dog hair 4 times a week.

I have fall smelly things that I bought from Bath and Body Works and have been showing some major restraint by not lighting or plugging them in. I almost bought fall hand soaps too but wasn’t sure if I could commit to my hands smelling like fresh apple pie.

Em has changed her mind about what she wants to be for Halloween and what type of Birthday party she wants to have at least 10 times. But I almost have Maddie’s costume complete. I’m enjoying the years where she doesn’t really get to tell me she doesn’t want to be a leopard and would rather be some sort of Disney Character. I know those days will be here before I know it and the Disney franchise will steal all my money.

Some other confessions I've had..
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I’ve also set a new goal for the Blog and that is to write about one hard, real life topic a month. September’s topic will be addiction. And I would like to extend the offer out to the Blogging world that if you would like to write me (anonymously or not) about how you or someone you know has gone through addiction and how it changed your life or your family then please email me at aburkey21@gmail.com.

August 26, 2014

zingo!

It’s no secret that I spent a lot of time homeschooling Em and even now that she is in public school, I still try to find ways to help her learn and feel confident in learning. So when I saw the opportunity to try out Zingo Word Builder I was all about it.
Zingo!® is a fun and interactive game that brings fast-paced excitement and learning to the classic game of Bingo! This word building version is great fun for players who are just learning how to put letters together to form words. With two levels of play, it’s the perfect game to engage and support both beginner and more experienced readers.
Em thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was a bit challenging which I loved. It’s definitely going to be used weekly around here especially as her reading and writing skills improve.

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It made her have to sound things out to find which letter would make a word but it was so much fun watching her get excited when she finally made a word. We had a lot of fun trying to see who could make more words first, I tried to take it easy on her and may have even let her win once.

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Zingo!® Word Builder
Includes:
• 1 Zingo! Zinger
• 72 Letter Tiles
• 6 Double-sided Zingo! Cards
• Instructions and Learning Guide



So what are you waiting for!? Head on over and get your own Zingo Word Builder

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