Category: Other stuff


Santa Cam

These fun Santa Cams with real blinking light are a fun Christmas addition to any home, preschool or business. 

Santa Cam – Realistic Santa Cam – Santa Camera – Elf on the Shelf – Elf accessory

These dummy surveillance cameras are a great addition to your Elf on the Shelf this year! 

My kids love when this appears on the mantel with our tricky little Elf to let them know that even when he’s messing around the house getting into all sorts of things, Santa is still keeping on eye on EVERYTHING!  

It can also be easily hung from most ceilings with Command Strips for a no mess removal at the end of the season.

These cameras come with a red blinking LED light. 2AA batteries, included, required for light. 

‘Santa Cam’ which is done in white 

These cameras can be customized for an additional $2 to have your elf’s or child’s name. This will be in green or red vinyl.

They are approximately 4.75 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall.
***These are not real cameras, only a fun addition to your Elf on the Shelf game or instead of doing the complicated Elf on the Shelf daily move.***

An excellent read

Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of SuccessGrit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success by Angela Duckworth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I thought the flow was excellent, the author did a wonderful job reading on the audio version I listened to. Also, there was not too much scientific jargon like some similar books. Any data presented was necessary and easy to follow. Although I rarely read books twice, I think this one deserves a second look (listen). There were very practical applications, the GRIT test, the PDF’s. It was so thorough. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down.

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Galligans Head East Day 3

Good morning Texas!!

We had a very comfortable stay in Amarillo.
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We had a perfect start to our day with a Starbucks breakfast.

 

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Very quickly we crossed into Oklahoma. There were 2 toll roads in OK at $9.75 each. They were kind of annoying. We were happy to get through it all with little traffic.

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We passed a giant indoor waterpark, pretty cool! There were multiple dried up rivers we crossed over. Then we were reminded of Palm Springs when we passed all of the wind turbines.

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We found the cheapest gas of our trip. $3.05 for regular!

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There were American flags and Oklahoma pride signs everywhere.

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We saw a cool AWACS plane, it was much larger in person.

 

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We finally made it into Missouri. We stopped for a quick salad at Olive Garden.

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We spotted a lot of water towers and hay rolls.

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We finally checked into our hotel in St. Roberts, MO. It was clean and cheap. The desk clerk was friendly and said she was expecting us. It was a nice change from the last one who couldn’t find our reservation. The hot tub was down for maintenance, much to Jason’s dismay. We’re excited to get on with our last day of driving and turned in early. Goodnight.

Galligans Head East Day 2

It was exciting waking up in the Grand Canyon. It felt like a Disneyland morning. The anticipation got me up early. Jason was less enthusiastic about visiting “the big hole in the ground”. We pulled up to the park about 9am.

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$25 per car was well worth it.

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Of course I should have known where my real camera was packed and had it charged. I doubt it could have captured the full extent of the Canyon anyway, but still….

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Even the native squirrels are mesmerized:

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We stayed for an hour with a promise to return and see more. Jason was appropriately impressed and is dying to mountain bike, camp and hike the area properly. Maybe next year.
We hit the road about 10 and the drive out of the park was through a snow globe of clouds. Sort of like an airplane.

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Once we hit New Mexico, the drive was less impressive. A few fuel stops, not much scenery. We got into Texas about 10pm and to our hotel in Amarillo after 11pm (we lost 2 hours in the time change.)

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I had a little free time and was able to negotiate our hotel room down to $53 in Amarillo with a AAA discount. Hahaha! Very clean and super comfy. I enjoyed the down comforter and pillows and was thankful to not be allergic to those (Alzos 😘). Also, my Carolyn packed us with so many great snacks we never stopped for food. It was a very productive day. Thanks for all of the comments and support. We love being connected to everyone. Peace!

The Galligans Head East

Day 1: Saying goodbye is impossible. Family, friends, neighbors…. Arrowhead has been our home for 18 years and there is no better place. We will always consider Arrowhead home and its residents our family. We are excited to start this new chapter, but not today. Today we are mourning. I’m sure the full weight of this sadness has yet to hit. We feel like this is the direction God is leading us, so as promised, He will get us through it.

Over the past month we had our 10-year-old Durango tuned up including new tires from Linder’s in Crestline. Monday we picked up the U-Haul and a screw in our shiny new tire. We pulled away Tuesday and headed straight to Linder’s. They took great care of us and sent us on our way.

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Our route takes Highway 40 for a good portion of the trip. This took us right past the Colorado River where I was lucky enough to spend some time with friends last month. Of course passing here made me tear up again….

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The weather was about 82°, not too hot for a Summer day in Arizona. As we passed through Kaibab National Forest, it was so beautiful and had recently rained. It smelled amazing and views to die for.

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We found a nice hotel right by the Grand Canyon and pulled in at about 6:30pm.

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Jay and I shared a great dinner and met a nice couple from the OC in the hot tub. The room was really comfortable. We talked to Lyssa before bed and slept great ❤️

Dont Work with a “Fish Out of Water”.

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My broker, Steve, brings up a great point. I see a lot of out of area agents in and around Lake Arrowhead doing their best to represent friends and family members. We are such a unique market, there is no way they are doing right by said friends. Referrals are wonderful! If you are an out of area agent, refer your friends and family members to me. I will treat them as my own family and make sure they know the ins and outs of our wonderful mountain community. Who knows, maybe I’ll have a friend to refer back to you!

 

*Remember, friends don’t let friends work with inexperienced agents. 😉

Give me a call (909) 838-8715

Source: parenting.com via Mary on Pinterest

 

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s day from sunny Lake Arrowhead! Irish quote: “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.” Read more Irish sayings here.

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Thanksgiving table decor

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