Friday, July 11, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
|My Allie-Gator. Isn't she beautiful?|
About The #Gilbert23:
When I started following the Facebook Page, The Tragedy at Green Acre Boarding Gilbert, AZ, one of the first articles I read was this one:
MCSO Investigating Deaths of Dogs at Boarding Service Long story short it states that 17 dogs died at a boarding facility and it was being investigated but at that time no charges were expected.
Finally, on July 8th, it was announced that Answers are Expected Soon in Kennel Deaths. Then, on the morning of July 9th, a search warrant was executed at the kennel. Since it is happening as I type this, I'll provide a link to My Fox Phoenix who seems to be the best at covering this event.
How Can You Help?
I believe that there are multiple ways you can help, even if you aren't in the area.
Spread awareness of the tragedy on your social media profiles using the hashtags:
You can follow Gilbert 23 Memorial on Twitter and retweet their tweets if that's easier for you. You can also join the group for the Gilbert 23 Memorial on Facebook.
Sign the Petition
There is a petition asking that the tragedy be thoroughly investigated and, if someone is responsible for what happened (i.e. it's NOT an accident), that the ones responsible have appropriate charges brought against them. You can view the petition HERE.
Perform Random Acts of Kindness in honor of the #Gilbert23
What better way to honor a loved one's memory than by performing a Random Act of Kindness in their memory? There is a Facebook group for the #Gilbert23RAOK that will give you inspiration!
It has been stated that the dogs died of heat exhaustion, due to a chewed AC wire. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, this is the perfect time to talk about how dangerous the heat is for dogs. Dr. Ernie Ward expressed how serious heat can be to people and pets by locking himself in his vehicle for 30 minutes. This video is powerful. Children, Pets, and the elderly should NEVER be left inside a vehicle or ANY place with excessive heat.
Please watch this video to learn more:
The Memorials for the #Gilbert23 and #RIPValor
There is a beautiful memorial placed for both the #Gilbert23 and for #RIPValor. To those that are in the area, that have contributed to the memorials (and especially the family that is hosting the #Gilbert23 memorial in their yard), Thank You. These pups should be remembered!
|The #Gilbert23 Memorial. Photo courtesy of Megan Stanek|
|Valor's Memorial Photo courtesy of Kathy Juhl|
The #Gilbert23 are Buick, Carmen, Carson, Cash, Cloe, Daisy, Ellie, Francis, Happy, Koda, Maci Lane, Parker, Patrick, Remy, Rosie, Roxy, Sandy, Sherman, Snickers, Sonny, Tonka, Valor, and Zed.
Please help spread awareness of the #GreenAcreTragedy and the #Gilbert23!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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Friday, June 27, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
I spent at least a dozen years dealing with LEGOS. Truth be told it was probably more between all three of my kids. In that time there was a good year or two where LEGOS (and the creations) filled my house. I may even have a permanent bruise from stepping on them repeatedly! haha Even though their LEGO days are long gone, my kids really excited to see The LEGO Movie!
About The LEGO® Movie:
The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.
Starring as Emmet's fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC's Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.
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Sunday, June 15, 2014
However, I don't like the cost associated with them! The candy bouquets at the grocery store are cute, but so expensive!
My best friend is SUPER talented and can do the most AMAZING floral arrangements, wreaths, and candy bouquets. I know if I called her she'd have no problem making one for me, but I really wanted the kids to do it. So, here's my kid-friendly DIY Candy Bouquet, with easy instructions on how you can make your own! These are great for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Teacher Gifts, etc!
DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Candy Bouquets
Shredded Tissue Paper
Clear Shipping Tape
Ribbon (or a pre-made bow)
Candy (I put peppermints, gum, that sort of stuff in the vase, and full size candy bars for the top)
|The supplies I had for my two candy bouquets. Ribbon not pictured. Tissue paper pictured but not used. The shredded tissue paper I mention is found at the far left.|
Once you get the vase PACKED full, get your bamboo skewers and break them in half. Using CLEAR shipping tape, tape the sticks to the back of the candy bars (you just need a couple of inches on the candy bar, with several inches of the sticks extending past the end of the candy bars. To make it hold it well, Make sure to take the tape completely around the candy bars). Now, if you'd prefer you CAN use hot glue, but it will melt chocolate and can melt the wrappers if you are not careful! I had the hot glue gun and the tape right there while working on it, but elected to use the tape instead of the glue gun, and the glue worked very well for us!
Next we put the candy bars in the vases (stick side down, of course) and did our bows. I'm sure there are plenty of tutorials out there on how to make bows but you can also just get one of those pretty bows from a store like Family Dollar or Dollar Tree.
The end result???
Also, if you want it to be sturdier, you can get a piece of Styrofoam and cut it the size of the vase opening. Then slide it down in there and "jab" the candy bar sticks through it. If you do that though, I'd suggest gluing some of the shredded tissue paper or something similar to the Styrofoam to make it look nicer. I would have done this, but didn't have any Styrofoam at the moment. However, I believe they are still pretty sturdy, even without the Styrofoam.
So, how much did it cost for me to make both of these? Lets break it down:
Vases: FREE (already had them)
LIFESAVERS mints: 2 bags at $1.75 each
Red & White Peppermints: $1 (and still have half a bag)
Crybaby Gum: 3 bags at $1 each (used 2 and gave the extra to my kids)
Shredded Tissue Paper: 2 packs at $1 each
Hershey's with Almonds Candy Bars: 2 packages (6 in each) at $3.75 each (used a coupon to save $2 on 2, so were $2.75 each after coupon)
Kebab Skewers: FREE (already had them, but they run $1-$3 if you have to purchase them)
Total cost for me to make 2 Candy Bouquets??
That's less than what ONE would cost at a grocery store! Plus, we had extra candy!