Friday, January 14, 2022

Video Blog: Visiting The Art of the Brick Exhibit at the California Science Center #Vlog

I attended The Art of the Brick exhibit in December 2021, during the holiday season, at the California Science Center. It was an educational and creative-driven exhibit for all ages. Nathan Sawaya went from a career as a lawyer to a full-time American artist. He realized that he would rather play with LEGO bricks all day. His love for LEGO bricks and creating things led to a career that he absolutely enjoys. He uses his hands as his tool to create various artworks and structures that you may find familiar and others that are original works. Come along with me as I visit "The Art of the Brick" exhibit at the California Science Center in the video blog below.

I hope his exhibit will inspire you to follow your dreams, do what you enjoy, create beautiful things, and most of all live your best life. It's never too late to try something new, take a different path, and reinvent yourself. This video blog shows some of my favorite works of art and structures during Nathan Sawaya's exhibit. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Were you a fan of LEGO bricks when you were a kid? How do you use creativity in your life today?

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Build Your Own Creative Toys, Kids Building Kit (790 Pieces)

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Games For Valentines #Giveaway! U.S. Only, Ends: 1.24.22

Love is in the air! Valentines Day will be here soon and it's the perfect time to play your favorite games with the person(s) you love most. Winning Moves Games is sponsoring this fun giveaway for one U.S. winner. Enter the giveaway below and good luck!

Games For Valentines Giveaway

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no stress chess

No Stress Chess

See review HERE.



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Pass The Pigs

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Pass The Pigs Big Pigs

See review HERE

Pass The Pigs Pig Party



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Friday, December 31, 2021

#Planting White Muscari and Dwarf Iris in December for Spring Blooms

It's New Year's Eve! I hope you are well, safe, and ready for growth and new opportunities in 2022. I'm looking forward to a new gardening season and to kick it off I planted white Muscari and some yellow Dwarf Iris bulbs in a raised bed and whiskey barrel. I received both of them as a Christmas and realized that in California they needed to be in the ground no later than December for an early to mid Spring bloom. In the video below, I show how quick and easy it is to plant both types of bulbs. I will keep you posted on their progress as we begin to warm back up and they grow into beautiful flowers.

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Saturday, December 25, 2021

DaySpring After Christmas Sale: EARLY Access

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Kavee C&C 5x2 Cage Kit Set Up and Review for My #GuineaPigs

Five baby guinea pigs were dropped off at our local Tractor Supply store. Before they all were taken to a local animal rescue I wanted to take home two for myself. I had guinea pigs in the past so I was familiar with them, but I still had a lot to learn. The Internet and plenty of videos on the subject helped me to get the baby guinea pigs to adjust properly. I decided to adopt two males and I learned that males like companionship, but they also enjoy their own space. I had them in a much smaller cage from Petco and realized rather quickly that I needed a better solution. After researching plenty of cage options, I decided to go with a Kavee C&C cage with a lid. I purchased my cage directly from their website for the U.S, but I also noticed that they do sell their cages and accessories on Amazon as well.

In the video below I show you how I put together the 5x2 cage with a lid (recommended for male guinea pigs since they are very territorial). I also dressed it up and then let my guinea pigs give their first impressions. If you're thinking about a pet for your children or maybe even yourself, guinea pigs are good company. However, not all guinea pigs are the same. Some guinea pigs like it best with their feet always planted on the ground (not being picked by humans a lot ). While others, are very social and want to cuddle up. I am glad that I decided to take in two of the five to give them the best life possible. I have included the accessories I purchased as well, all from Amazon below. Have a wonderful Christmas with your pet babies too!

Recommended Accessories I Use from Amazon

MuYaoPet Rabbit Guinea Pig Snuggle Sack Fleece Bed for Cage Small Animal

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Visit to #Pioneertown #Western Movie Village and Real Town

During the holidays I like to visit various tourist sites, museums, landmarks, etc, in California, and this time I visited Pioneertown, a western movie village and real town. This town was developed in 1946 by Dick Curtis, Roy Rogers, Dale Evens, The Sons of the Pioneers, and other period stars. It's still an active, working set and real people are residents in the small town. How fun, right?! They have a functioning church and post office too. There are many little shops with unique gift items, visiting goats, and if you enjoy Western movies you'll enjoy a live show by the 'Gunfighters for Hire' on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, October through May at 2:30pm. They perform free comedy skits of old-west re-enactments and shoot-em-ups on Mane Street. There is a saloon for getting a bite to eat and something to drink. Wear comfortable shoes or your cowboy and cowgirl boots.

To learn more, visit

In the video below, I share my walkthrough of the small town, but I recommend taking your own day trip to Pioneertown, Ca to look around and explore. If you go, let me know in the comments below what you thought about the place and if you saw a Western shoot-out while there!

Western and Wild West Gift Ideas

National Geographic The Old West