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I rarely see Cabela’s deals like this so snap it up now while you can!

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Nitro Circus: A Wildly Fun Family Night

(We had a great view of the show, but our seats were being a baseball net and pictures were not easy to get)

So I told you all a while back about Nitro Circus coming to our neck of the woods, well we went and boy oh boy did we love it!  We went to the show in Bend, Oregon which was held in the Vince Genna Stadium (home of the Bend Elks).

I have to be honest with you, I fully intended to go to this show for my children’s benefit only.  I figured they would have a great time watching the motorcycle tricks and that would be that.  Boy was I wrong!  I had just as much of a good time as the kids did and I would go back again in an instant!

First of all, we were lucky enough to land at a show that Travis Pastrana was at!! According to others who have seen the show and Travis himself, he doesn’t make it to many of them, so this was awesome.  Maybe it’s because I remember watching Travis ride on TV when he was just a teenager and being so impressed by that, but him being there just made the night that much more exciting.

There were so many tricks done by motocross racers, BMX bikers, and skateboarders that it was non-stop action. I was even mentioning to a friend last night that I even loved the crowd there.  It was a mixture of fun-loving adults and excited little kids.   In fact, the only thing I didn’t love about the night was that the Vince Genna Stadium has very little parking and we had to walk probably a half-mile to get there, but even that wasn’t so bad.

In this stock photo, it shows what was, in my opinion, the best part of the show.  All 20 of the athletes were in the air and upside down at the same time.  I have seen it on television before, but it was heart racing excitement to see in person.

I will end my review with this.  I WILL definitely be buying tickets the next time Nitro Circus comes to town.

 

We received these tickets in exchange for our honest review. 

Nitro Circus is Coming to Town!

Do you have a motorcycle fan in your house? If you would love to go to Nitro Circus, they are coming to Central Oregon on 9/15!  I am so excited to surprise my son with these tickets!!

Details:

Nitro Circus Live – Bend, Oregon

Friday, September 15th at the Vince Genna Stadium! Gates open at 6 pm and show starts at 7 pm.

Nitro Circus Live is the greatest action sports tour on the planet!

Featuring 30 of the World’s best athletes in Freestyle Motocross, BMX and skate! Plus insane contraptions launched from the 40-foot high Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp!

Nitro Circus Live is a 2 hour, fully choreographed, theatrical spectacular that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

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BRICKFEST LIVE IS COMING!! Save $3 off the ticket price!

Do you have kids that love LEGO?  My son is almost 10 and he loves anything and everything LEGO.  That’s why when I spotted that Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is coming to Portland I knew I had to take him!  But guess what?  If you want to take your kids, you can save some money using the promo code I have listed below.

Are you in the Portland area check this out:  August 19-20 LEGO lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain.

DATE AND TIME

Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 9:00 AM –
Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 6:00 PM

Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97217

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Enjoy an amazing LEGO world where you can marvel at giant creations and even build some of your own.

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to celebrate, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free.

Attractions Include:

The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video.

Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks!

Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic.

Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations.

Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head.

Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.

Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!

Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.

Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from one of the many merchants in attendance.

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More Info and tickets here

Chocolate Energy Bites

Hungry?  If you want to keep your kids eating healthy snacks this Summer, make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand.  These chocolate energy bites are a favorite around our house!

Chocolate Energy Bites

ingredients:

  1. 1 Jar Peanut Butter (16 oz)
  2. 3 Cups Oatmeal
  3. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
  4. 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (we use Orgain Chocolate Protein)
  5. 1 cup of raw unfiltered honey (I bought local honey at a nearby Farmer’s Market)
  6. 1/4 cup of chia seeds (We use Food to Live)

Mix ingredients well, forming into balls once mixed.

How to Pick the Perfect Produce

Did you know that June is fresh fruit and veggie month?  I have seen countless photos on my social media timeless of my friends out picking fresh berries and fruits.  Sometimes picking fruit is pretty obvious.  I mean, no one wants a smushed (according to spell check, smushed is not a word.  I’m still going with it 😉 ) strawberry or a bruised apple, but sometimes, it’s hard to know if the produce will taste great when you get home or not.  So how do you know if a particular fruit or vegetable is going to be good? Well, there are some tips that will help us decide if something is ready or not.

Here is a list that you can follow to help you pick the perfect produce:

  • Watermelon –
    • The watermelon should always feel heavy for its size
    • There should be a hollow thud when you thump the melon with your fingers
    • The yellow spot (where they have laid on the ground) should be creamy yellow
  • Cantaloupe
    • Like the watermelon, a cantaloupe should feel heavy for its size.
    • It should smell sweet, yet slightly musky
    • The rind should look raised netting
  • Honeydew
    • A honeydew should be a pale yellow color, avoid green honeydew melons as those are not yet ripe
    • It should also have a dull appearance.  A shiny appearance indicates that it is not yet ripe
  • Pineapple
    • A pineapple should be firm to the touch
    • The leaves on the crown should be green
  • Coconut
    • A Coconut is another fruit that should be heavy for its size
    • Any sign of wetness or mold on the outside are a bad sign
  • Spaghetti Squash
    • Spaghetti squash should again, be heavy for its size
    • Look for a rind that is dry and has no cracks or soft spots
  • Acorn Squash
    • Acorn squash should have a good combination of green and orange color in the rind
    • Should be heavy for its size
    • Rind should be dull without any cracks or soft spots
  • Butternut Squash
    • Butternut squash should be beige in color
    • Avoid butternut squash that has any brown spots or deep cuts
  • Avocado
    • The perfect avocado is dark green
    • Yields to slight pressure
  • Broccoli
    • Broccoli should have bright green heads
    • Stems and stalks should be very firm.  If you hold the broccoli up, the stalks should not droop
    • Look for tight clusters of the florets, if they are more open that means they are past their prime
  • Cauliflower
    • Cauliflower should be a creamy white color
    • Look for tight clusters of the florets
    • No brown spots or wetness
    • Make sure to smell for any musky or moldy odors

$1 Regal Summer Movie Express List!

 

If you are wanting to start planning your Summer outings now, be sure to plan some trips to the $1 Summer movies!!  I take my kids to these every year.

Here is the list of movies that will be playing this Summer!  Don’t forget that this program starts on different dates throughout the country, so be sure to check this link for your area’s start date.

For each week, both movies play on both Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.

  • Week 1
    Kung Fu Panda 3
    Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Week 2
    Trolls
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Week 3
    Monster Trucks
    Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 4
    Rio 2
    The Boxtrolls
  • Week 5
    The Secret Life of Pets
    Sing
  • Week 6
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    Ratchet and Clank
  • Week 7
    The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
    The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Week 8
    Happy Feet 2
    Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Week 9
    Storks
    The Lego Batman Movie

You can feel good knowing that you didn’t spend a lot, plus what you did spend partially goes to the Will Rodgers Institute.

DIY All Natural Relaxing, Lavendar Massage Oil

We are a very active family and we occasionally have some sore muscles. Okay, that was a lie…it is definitely more than occasionally.

Our big kids are both very active in sports and often have sore muscles.  Plus, as we get older we find that we get sore muscles from the simplest of things.   I am always happy to try and help my family feel better so I was always willing to try and massage out the muscle pain. I’m not big on lotions and oils though because they have countless ingredients that I cannot even pronounce.  I was looking for a good alternative, when I thought why not make my own homemade massage oil?  Because it’s what I had on hand, I decided to use coconut oil and Lavender essential oils to create an oil/paste to use for those sore muscles.  I

My husband had a muscle injury last year that I like to massage for him so I figured who better to check out the new massage oil on.  The verdict?  It’s a hit.  Because it is oil based, it helps make it easier to massage.  Plus, it is all organic so I don’t have to worry about the chemicals that are seeping into our bodies.   Lavender is known for its relaxation qualities so we used that to help relax the muscles and ourselves (I find it useful for sleep).

Here’s how I created this All Natural Massage Oil:

I mix them together into a paste and that’s it.  It’s time to massage.

 

I have also decided that I’m going to be creating this for gifts for this year’s holiday season, so I just ordered these containers to put them in.

 

 

While it does depend on personal experience, I always end up with 2-3 uses with this amount.

 

Our Camp 18 Experience

Over the last couple of years we have been trying to do a lot of traveling on a budget.  That means that we have been taking a lot of local/semi local road trips and exploring the super awesome stuff that Oregon has to offer.  I plan to talk about some of our many adventures, so I figured why not start with Camp 18 Restaurant.

We took a small trip to Seaside this week and we had a blast, but we were wanting to explore outside of the area as well and my in-laws had recommended that we go to Camp 18 Restaurant.

Camp 18 Restaurant is logging themed restaurant located on Hwy 26 which connects Portland to Seaside.  It took us about 25 minutes to get from Seaside to the restaurant.  Camp 18 is located in a Log Cabin Style structure that is amazing in itself.  It was built in the 70’s by Gordon Smith and features authentic materials such as an 85 foot (4 foot in diameter) ridgepole that is the largest that you will find throughout the country.  It is simply amazing.  We couldn’t stop looking at it throughout our meal.

Our meal, oh my goodness, where to begin.  My son and I each ordered a cheeseburger.  They were absolutely delicious and so much food.  My one complaint is that they were messy!  The fries were cooked just right, not too greasy or salty.  My husband had the clubhouse sandwich, which was probably the best one I have ever tasted (he shared a bite with me).  My daughter ordered the biscuits and gravy breakfast (served until 2) and they came out with 2 plates of food for her!  The biscuits and gravy on one plate; eggs, bacon and sausage on the other and she ate every last bite.  I didn’t taste her food, but she says it was delicious.

The food prices were pretty much what I expected.  For the 4 of us to eat (baby doesn’t get his own meals yet), it was around $50 with drinks.

The adorable little old ladies at the table next to us had one of the famous cinnamon rolls delivered to them once their meal was done and wow!  The one cinnamon roll took up the entire plate and it smelled delish!  We were too full to even consider it, but I can’t say that we will pass next time.

The outside of the restaurant was almost as exciting as the restaurant itself.  They have lots of authentic and antique logging equipment, train cars, etc.  They even have a little hiking trail.  Luckily we went on a beautiful day in May so we got to stroll around and check everything out and even went hiking. 🙂 (okay, it’s only 3/10 of a mile, but it’s beautiful!).

If you are traveling from Portland to Seaside, definitely consider stopping by and if you are going to be in the Seaside area, head East and have fun!