Elephant & Piggie Books

When my son, Aiden, turned either one or two years old, he received Elephant & Piggie books for his birthday.

Before then, I had never heard of Elephant, Piggie or their author and illustrator–Mo Willems.

Well, Mo Willems is a children’s book genius and his books contain a unique style!

It wasn’t long before I ordered more books to add to our new collection.

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Mo Willem’s Elephant & Piggie books are filled with simple drawings that allow the words, facial expressions and body languages to stand out and make the story come alive.

The books also touch on important life lessons that children should know such as how to be a good friend, how to be kind, how to be patient, how to share, and how to work together to solve problems.

Award Winning Book Series

Several of Mo Willems’ books have won prestigious awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal. Before he wrote children’s books, he worked as a writer on Sesame Street.

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Which Way USA Travel Adventure Kits

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I remember growing up reading Highlights–a magazine specifically for kids. It was really cool getting it in the mail once a month!

Now, Highlights offers all kinds of fun kids products besides magazines.

Have you heard of their Which Way USA Travel Adventure Kits?

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Every kit includes a map and a puzzle book that teaches children about the geography, history, and culture of a different state in the United States.

In the puzzle book, kids help Tripp and Scout race to the finish line by earning them points every time they complete the puzzles and activities.

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Website Full of Ridiculous & Unique Gifts

Not too long ago, I came across the website that inspired me to write a post called Website of Weirdly Awesome Gifts.

I’ve recent come across another website www.thisiswhyimbroke.com that is full of ridiculous and unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

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When you take a look at the website, you’ll see how people could easily be tempted to buy items that could make them go broke. They may be ridiculous but they’re also funny and cool!

Let me give you a sample of the ridiculous gifts, and there are tons of them!

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Jumbo College Mug | Graduation Gift

We’ve had several graduations in our family this year, and it reminded me of one of my favorite graduation gifts.

The funny thing is… I gave the gift to myself in celebration of earning my Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

I wanted a gift with my alma mater’s logo that I would use for years and years to remind me of my college experience.

I bought myself a jumbo college mug with the OU logo and name. The size was perfect for soup, cereal and coffee!

It was thick, heavy and durable, and I knew it would last forever.

As I grew older, my OU shot glasses stopped getting used as much, and my OU shirts competed for wear time with my Oklahoma City Thunder basketball shirts.

I continued to use my beautiful crimson jumbo mug. When I brought it to work people would comment on it. Who would have thought it would make a great conversation starter?!

If you are looking for a graduation gift with a lot of staying power, give a jumbo college mug to a graduate from the school they will be attending or the school where they graduated.

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss

Website of Weirdly Awesome Gifts

Have you ever been clicking around on the Internet and accidentally stumbled across an amazing website? That happened to me recently, and I thought to myself, “Jackpot!”

The website, www.Vat19.com, sells all kinds of weirdly awesome gifts you would never find anywhere else. You have to check out for yourself the unique gifts, food, toys, home decor, clothing, and gifts they sell.

If you’re looking for weird or awesome gifts for children and adults, Vat19.com has something you’ll think is perfect.

Food Gifts

Let me give you a taste…

They have the World’s Largest Sour Gummy Worm weighing in at 3 pounds and a Gigantic Lollipop that is 65 times larger than a normal sucker. They also sell Bacon Popcorn!

Novelty Games

The website sells the Human Slingshot which turns human bodies into bouncing pinballs inside a giant stretchable band. Not crazy or wild enough for your needs? How about the “What’s That Smell? Party Game” that includes scents of toe cheese, diaper blowout, B.O., and hot chunky vomit. I dare you to play that game!

Home Decor Gifts

The Gummy Bear Chair is an inflatable arm chair that looks like a gummy bear, and the Hatching Dinosaur Candle melts to reveal a baby velociraptor.

Prank Gifts

They even have prank gifts like the “Prank Thank You Card” that plays music that can’t be turned off. The music plays on for 3 or more hours until the battery dies. For a tricky twist, if the person tries to rip up the card to get to the battery to make the music stop, a hidden glitter bomb inside the card will explode in their face.

The Stank Prank Candle also has a tricky twist. It starts off with a wonderful scent of sweet apples and then a few hours later it smells like farts.

Can’t decide on just one weirdly awesome gift? Then go with the Mysterious Box of Mystery!

Whether it’s something one-of-a-kind for him, her, or the kids, there’s a gift for everyone at Vat19.com.

Weird is a side-effect of awesome.

Buddha Board Enso Infinite Art

It’s rare to come across something that you’ve never seen before or experienced anything like it. The Buddha Board Enso definitely caught my eye!

Imagine drawing, painting and writing on a board with a water brush and creating images with a rich, inky Japanese look. As the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear allowing you to create a whole new masterpiece.

My BFF, Linda, and I met in 1976 and are complete opposites. She is quiet. I’m loud. She loves to read. I love to dance. She enjoys museums. I enjoy snow skiing. Get the picture?

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Rocketbook | Smart Reusable Notebook

I had two problems. I wanted to be able to digitize my notes, and I wanted to stop killing trees. I needed a solution.

I’m a person who takes a lot of handwritten notes. I prefer to hand write things because my brain is able to retain the information better. Anyone else like me in that way?

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I was speaking at a conference out of state when another speaker shared the perfect solution–The Rocketbook.

Smart, Reusable Notebook

The Rocketbook is a spiral notebook with reusable pages that can be completely erased with a few swipes of a damp cloth. It’s like magic!

It’s also a smart notebook because with the Rocketbook app, you can take a photo (scanning it) of your notes and immediately send it to a specified online folder located on your Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, etc. Or you can email it to yourself.

If you send it to Evernote, it makes your notes searchable!

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Grandparents & Grandchildren Photo Session

There’s nothing like going to visit Mimi and Papi!

When I tell my kids I’m taking them to their grandparents house, they whoop and jump around as if I’ve just told them I’m taking them to Disney World.

Grandchildren have a special bond with grandparents that is unique from the parent/child relationship.

My two young boys are lucky to be growing up with their Mimi and Papi living only two miles away. Since the day each of my sons were born, their grandparents have been a huge part of their lives.

They are there for the big moments–holidays, birthday parties, and soccer games. As well as the small moments–learning a new game, trying a new food, or kissing a boo boo to make it feel better.

I know one day my sons will look back on their childhood and realize how much their grandparents influenced the men they became.

Capturing Precious Memories of Grandparents With Grandchildren

As uncomfortable as it is to say… grandparents won’t be around forever. Before time slips away from us, I wanted to capture this moment in their lives so my husband and I gave his parents the gift of a Grandparents & Grandchildren Photo Session.

Mimi, Papi, and my two sons had a photo shoot just for them!

Look at these precious moments so artfully captured! We will treasure these keepsakes forever.

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April Fools’ Day Pranks

April Fools’ Day is so much fun and it doesn’t matter whether you are in on the prank or the recipient of the joke!

I remember my very first office prank in the 1970s. I left a message for my boss to call Mr. Lyon. Secretly, the number was to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

When my boss called the number, he heard a recording of Mr. Lyon saying “April Fools!” We both got a kick out of it but by today’s standards seems kind of lame.

Today’s pranks are so much more elaborate.

For example, completely aluminum foil an entire office–the desk, computer, keyboard, phone, calculator, pictures, chair, bookcase, pens, pencils, everything! Or cover an entire car with sticky notes!

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