On The Move Again

We just drove 24hrs back from Florida to our home in Wisconsin only to spend the next 2 days packing our entire house before we drive 10 hours to move back to Canada. If my kids aren’t completely sick of being in cars after this it will be a miracle.

Super excited about this move, but I’m still putting off that post until another day. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The only reason I’m even posting is because I don’t want to break my weekly posting streak, but between vacation and moving who has time to write a proper blog post?

Fingers crossed for a smooth move!

Wisconsin Bucket List: Jelly Belly & Cheese Curds

I checked 2 more items off the Wisconsin Bucket List over the weekend! Yay!

The JElly Belly Factory Warehouse

We finally checked out the Jelly Belly Factory tour.  It’s actually ridiculous it took us 18 months to do that seeing as it is literally less than 10 minutes from our house.
Jelly Belly Warehouse, Kenosha, WisconsinFriday was a PA Day so we drove Daddy to work then went straight there so we arrived at the Jelly Belly Factory, correction, Warehouse about 20 minutes early and had to sit in the car for a bit (totally worth not taking all 3 kids in and out of cars seats unnecessarily!). The monsters all got antsy after 15 minutes so we got out and walked around outside. Well as soon as we got up to the doors and Miss Monster saw the giant jelly beans floating from the ceiling inside she wouldn’t stop yelling with excitement “My jelly beans! my jelly beans!!” haha :)

Jelly Belly Warehouse tour

Sitting on the “train” in the Jelly Belly warehouse

The experience started and ended with a bang, but everything down the middle was pretty blah. I was under the impression that it was a factory, but it was actually just a warehouse. The tour (which we were the only ones there for) was just some guy driving around a “train” with us on it and stopping at various stations that consisted of some sort of display of jelly bean packaging, memorabilia, etc. and a a video screen on which they played videos clearly made in the 1950’s about the history of the Jelly Belly Company. The best part of the tour was that every single time they showed a jelly bean or even said the word jelly bean (which you can imagine how often that would come up!) Miss Monster would scream “my jelly beans!!”. The 2 staff running the “train” couldn’t stop laughing. I’m sure she is the most enthusiastic visitor they’ve had, haha.

Jelly Belly, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kid in a candy shop…literally

Jelly Belly jelly beans

My 3 Monsters wired on jelly beans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tour conveniently drops you off at the Jelly Belly merchandise store, but you do get a free bag of jelly beans to take with you and the store has a free jelly bean tasting bar where you can try every single flavour that they offer. I tried to talk Mr.Monster into tasting booger flavor, but he wouldn’t do it. Each of the kids picked a bag of beans from the store (Middle Monsters picked gummy fish since he doesn’t like jelly beans) and I picked up a bag of Champagne flavour for me and Draft Beer flavour for Daddy. Overall I’d give this about a 2/5, but at least it killed an hour and the kids were happy.

Deep Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairy Land” and therefor is well known for it’s cheese, including cheese curds. I have had cheese curds in Canada before obviously, poutine! But here they don’t use them for poutine, they don’t even know what poutine is! I noticed a few menus that have had deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds as an app and even a few places offer them as an alternative side dish to fries (win!). We tried making our own a few summers back at the cottage, but the cheese just kept melting out of the breading, so I had to try deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds to see what the secret is.

Looks like the secret is just multiple layers of breading, either way they were delicious!!

Deep Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Deep Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds from Culver’s

2015 Bucket List

I spent the first 2 weeks of the year deciding whether I was going to resolve to give up on my blogging or reinvest myself. I have too much social media in my life. I’ve had a bad habit lately of starting a project (social media or otherwise) and either losing my vision, my momentum, my interest, or all of the above.

In the end I decided that instead of completely canning everything I would do a massive cut back and fully invest myself in this blog. This project has the greatest connection to my life and what is most important to me. I deleted my other blogging projects, deleted my Twitter accounts and reduced to just this blog, my Facebook account (which is private) and my Instagram account (which there was never a chance I was getting rid of, haha!).

To start the year off I completed my first ever bucket list. I’m not quite up to the task yet of laying out everything I would like to accomplish before I cease to exist, so I started with a bucket list for this year. I tried to get a good mix of things that will be easy to accomplish and things that will be more challenging, as well as things that are just for me and things that are for my family.

Here’s to a new year and accomplishing goals!

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Favourite Christmas Songs

Much like the rest of my musical library my Christmas music is quite an eclectic collection, haha. I have over 5 hours of Christmas music, and strangely I’m always looking for more! I recently posted to Facebook asking my friends to share their favourite Christmas tunes and I got some great songs/artists that I didn’t know about. I also promised to share my favourites so I tried to come up with a top 10, but there were just too many songs that I love, so I’ve split my list into classic Christmas favourites and modern Christmas favourites and I manged to get it down to a top 7 or 8 of each. I actually googled some of the songs to make sure I had my facts right and I was totally surprised to find that Bruce Springsteen and Madonna weren’t the originals on their songs. I always thought they had written them! And I was shocked to find that Britney Spears actually wrote Santa Can You Hear Me (not really a Britney fan, but I love this song!). So here they are for your listening enjoyment :)

Classic Christmas Favourites (though not necessarily preformed by the classics :)

  • Christmas In Killarney – Bing Crosby or Irish Rovers
  • Santa Baby – Madonna
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside – Jessica Simpson
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  • White Christmas – Michael Buble & Shania Twian
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry

Modern Christmas Favourites

  • The 12 Days Of Christmas – Straight No Chaser
  • Santa Can You Hear Me – Britney Spears
  • I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Blink182
  • My Grown Up Christmas List – Kelly Clarkson
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  • I Want An Alien For Christmas – Fountains of Wayne
  • Green Christmas – Barenaked Ladies

These lists are in no particular order, but I have to say my top 2 songs overall would be Santa Baby by Madonna and The 12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser followed by anything by Bing Crosby. What are your favourite Christmas songs? Please post your favourites (with the artist you prefer), I’d love to check them out!

Halloween Songs for Kids

Back in July my Middle Monster stumbled across this Halloween song on YouTube and has been singing it (out of season) ever since. Now that the month of Halloween is here I’ve been trying to build the Monsters a playlist of Halloween songs on YouTube that I can put up on the AppleTV for them, but I’m having a hard time finding content. Am I missing something? Are there not tonnes of Halloween songs out there? I even resorted to throwing in a few adult songs that are Halloween themed (ie. Thriller, Ghosts N Stuff, etc.) and a bunch of Halloween light shows to the beat of popular songs.PLEASE tell me any of your Halloween favourites that I am missing!!

Here is a link to my playlist if you’d like to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIAyVR1Bjn5iUc_rbEiANaeCdavUWUcaY

Halloween Songs Track List: (more songs constantly being added too)

Spooky Spooky – KidsTV123
Too Spooky For Me – KidsTV123
Spooky Spooky Same or Different Game – KidsTV123
Wubbsy Halloween Music Video – Wubbzy
5 Little Monsters – Little Baby Club
The Skeleton Dance – Super Simple Songs
Can You Make A Happy Face (Halloween) – Super Simple Songs
Ghosts N Stuff – Deadmau5
Ghosts N Stuff Re Micks – Disney Channel
Groovie Goolies Monster Mash –
Ghostbusters Original Theme Song
Grim Grinning Ghosts – Mickey Mouse
Time Warp – Rocky Horror
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Jack’s Lament – The Nightmare Before Christmas
This Is Halloween – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Followed by various Halloween light shows to songs they recognize and a couple of short cartoons. Please share with me your favourtie Halloween songs or videos!

I Hate The Park.

Have I already mentioned that I hate going to the park? Well beautiful weather means a perfect day for the park right? Ugh. My least favourite activity. “Go to the park” they say. “It’ll be fun” they say. This may be true if all of your kids are over 5 years old, or maybe even over 3 years old, or if you only have one young kid to wrangle. However if all of your kids are 5 years and under, with your 3 year old being sucky, and your 1 year old being dangerously adventurous, it’s a trying experience. It starts with no one wanting to go pee, get suntan lotion on, or even bring me their shoes (seriously, we’re not going for my benefit!) and ends with the 2 little ones being too tired to walk home (and I certainly can’t carry both). And the whole time in between I really need to clone myself to handle the park experience with any kind of ease.

Reason #17 why I hate going to the park: no one wants to walk home.

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Always a Good Time. Not.

Getting groceries. Sigh. Just another one of the things that is challenging to do with 3 very small children. Not to mention that none of the grocery stores in our town even have the 2 kid shopping carts. How is this possible?! The town we live in has the largest grocery store in NORTH AMERICA and they don’t have 2 kid carts? So now the option I’m left with is my 18 month old in the shopping cart seat, ok, good.  My 3.5 year old physically in with the groceries like a sack of potatoes likely eating crackers or squishing produce, tolerable.  And finally my 5 year old either swinging from the end of the cart like a monkey or pillaging everything in sight off of the shelves, or both, not at all good. Obviously if I had another option I would have taken it, but hubby got unexpectedly admitted to the hospital for foot surgery and we had just returned from being away for 5 weeks so there was literally nothing in the house to eat. Bread crumbs and ketchup anyone?

my3monsters get groceries

Clearly I elected not to tackle the largest grocery store in North America for my first time doing groceries alone with all 3 kids. Instead we opted for the local Piggly Wiggly (that name always makes me laugh). I have to say it was only about 50% as bad as I was expecting; a few grapes got squashed, some tears were shed, and if you look closely a lot of junk food magically made it inot my cart, but we all survived. And if you know my kids, the picture really sums them up nicely.