Friday, January 31, 2014

Chic Yet Simple
Frozen Fruit Ice Cubes

How cute are these ice cubes made
with edible flowers, herbs, and fresh fruit!?!

Check out this recipe for making fruit infused ice cubes.
Simple, chic and healthy! #GetFrozen #TeamDole
They are a beautiful and oh-so-simple way to add a little something extra to a glass of just about anything – and a delightful detail bound to be remembered

One of Oma's favorite things about entertaining is how simple it can be to really delight and surprise your guests. It's all in the details, as they say, but those details don't have to be particularly hard or time consuming.

Fruity ice cubes add a dash of healthy flair to any beverage. #GetFrozen #TeamDole
Fruity ice cubes add a dash of
healthy flair to any beverage.
  • Few petals from favorite edible flowers, like Gardenia or Jasmine
  • 3–5 mint leaves
  • 8–10 of favorite small berries, like blueberry or raspberry


  • Fill each pod in ice cube tray halfway; let harden in freezer for 10–15 minutes.
  • Remove ice cube tray and place flowers, herbs, and fruits in center of each cube.
  • Place tray in freezer until ice hardens completely.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Credit Card Hackers Steal Small
Amounts From Lots of People!

This is a great reminder - a must read!

That $9.84 charge on your bill may be fraud

With all the stories of major retailers losing millions of credit card account numbers, you are probably scouring your monthly bills looking for fraudulent charges like a $700 plane ticket or $600 television you didn't buy. That might be a big mistake. One common way credit card hackers steal commit fraud, and get away with it, is to avoid getting greedy. Through the years, they've found it's much easier to steal a little money from a lot people, rather than a lot of money from a few people. For example: It's much easier to sneak a $10 charge on 10,000 cards than a $10,000 charge onto 10 cards, but the haul is the same.

Big-ticket charges for electronics or airfare stick out like a sore thumb on a credit card bill. Busy consumers are much less likely to spot a small charge, or they might even decide a tiny Woman surprised (© Purestock/SuperStock)fraud isn’t worth the phone call to get it item removed, and to face the hassle of getting a new card. Hackers, as always, prey on human nature. There seems to be something magical about the $10 threshold.

This post comes from Bob Sullivan at

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Oma and Opa Babysit

Mom and Dad Have Date Night at Dodger Stadium - Hockey and Kiss Concert

Oma and Opa get to spend time with Reef Indy

Nice sunny day to play outside
Nice sunny day to play outside

Reef Indy plays while Oma and Opa eat dinner
Reef Indy plays while Oma and Opa eat dinner

Reef Indy and Opa picks some fruit for tonight's dessert
Reef Indy and Opa picks some fruit for tonight's dessert

Big day for a big boy; all tuckered out
Big day for a big boy; all tuckered out

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ever Bamboo Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Ever Bamboo  offers a selection of bamboo charcoal products that purify/deodorize air and water, dehumidify, cleanse and nourish skin, and more. 

Ever Bamboo  offers a selection of bamboo charcoal products t

Ever Bamboo is:
  • ALL NATURAL bamboo charcoal
  • UNSCENTED ♦ eliminating instead of masking odors
  • RECHARGEABLE under sunshine every 30-60 days ♦ LASTS UP TO ONE YEAR
  • RECYCLABLE ♦ mix spent charcoal granules with soil
  • [sustainable + resuable + recyclable]


Isn’t it wonderful that Ever Bamboo products are 100% natural and can be recycled into the ecosystem!

For this review, Oma received three products to try and review. A Room Deodorizer and Dehumidifier, a Drawer Packet and HEI Face and Body soap.

Ever Bamboo A Room Deodorizer and Dehumidifier
A Room Deodorizer and Dehumidifier:
  • Absorbs odors & moisture
  • Place in bedrooms, bathrooms, pet areas, and large closets (areas up to 70 sqft)
  • 200 g
My husband’s home office suffered from pet odors. Therefore, Oma decided that was the perfect area for the Ever Bamboo Room Deodorizer and Dehumidifier. Oma was amazed how well it worked to remove that musky order from the office. It is hard to believe it worked so well, yet is unscented!

What Oma really loves about this product is that Ever Bamboo deodorizers are natural, safe and totally efficient for even the most malodourous part of your home!

Ever Bamboo Drawer Packet
Drawer Packet:
  • Absorbs odors & moisture
  • Prevents mildew buildup
  • Deters moths
  • 10 g x 8
The Ever Bamboo Drawer Packet came with 8 individual refills. I placed the packets in my drawers in the closet. Since the closet is next to our shower, they were very helpful in abating moisture. Oma learned that compared to regular charcoal, bamboo charcoal has ten times more surface area and is four times stronger in its absorption rate. Making bamboo charcoal the ideal deodorizer and dehumidifier in many places.

Every Bamboo HEI Face and Body Soap
HEI Face and Body Soap
  • Deep Cleansing
  • Clears pores
Oma has been using the soap for ten days now. It is a deep cleansing soap that has a negative ionic charge that helps stimulate blood flow and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Oma found it pleasant on the skin. While my skin feels clean, it does not dry out Oma’s hands or face. It is really kind of fun having a black soap; quite the conversation starter.


As a family dedicated to living life more naturally, Oma is very pleased to have found Ever Bamboo. It has exceeded its claims.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Bride Has Her Dress

The ladies of the Wedding Party went to David's Bridal in Murrieta. Surrounded by lots of fun and laughter, the Bridal Gown and Bride's Maid dresses were selected! Can't show you now . . . . but promise to post after the wedding!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Comfortable Socks by Wearever
Review + Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Winner: Laurie M.

Wearever is a health and wellness apparel company that has lots of amazing products which are great for multiple purposes and people of any age. The Wearever line carries underwear, Buster Brown socks- a well-known comfort sock line – mattress pads and more.

Wearever Supports Defeat Diabetes Foundation

A portion of proceeds from sales of select Wearever products benefited the nonprofit Defeat Diabetes Foundation last December. Wearever has partnered with Defeat Diabetes Foundation to raise funds that will further support the organization’s focus on the prevention, early identification and self-management of diabetes.

Wearever donated 10 percent of sales in December 2013 from all purchases of select product lines to DDF. This included all sizes, styles, colors and purchases in singles, three-packs and six-packs from the Wearever Women's Incontinence Panties line, Wearever Men's Incontinence Briefs line, and the Wearever Socks by Buster Brown line. To learn more, visit

Oma’s Review

Oma received two pairs of solid Black socks to wear to use and review.

Product Description:

Wearever Socks by Buster Brown
Wearever Socks by Buster Brown: Wearever offers 100% cotton socks made by Buster Brown for maximum comfort and durability. Appropriate for those with poor circulation, easily irritated skin, or diabetes, Buster Brown 100% cotton socks are made with no elastic or synthetics. The seamless design of Buster Brown cotton socks with cushioning improve comfort, reduce binding, and eliminate skin irritation. Wearever currently offers three comfortable styles of socks.

  • Machine wash, dry
  • *Imported
  • *Colors: Black, White, or Ivory
  • *Packed 3 pairs, same size

Buster Brown Wearever Socks

Oma found the Wearever Socks by Buster Brown well-made and comfortable. The only negative was that they did not stay-up quite as well as Oma expected. However, the socks were perfect under Oma’s jeans and did not bind nor cause skin irritation. The best part of this product is that the socks did not leave any marks or "dents" on Oma’s legs; even after wearing them all day.

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As a blogger, integrity is one of the most valuable commodities Oma possesses. Therefore, reviews will contain both positive and negative aspects as is appropriate. To put it in a simpler manner, this review is meant to help my readers (editorial) more than to help a brand (advertising).

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
Free Children's eBook

Product Description:
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter

When Mr. McGregor and his wife leave home in their gig, Benjamin Bunny and his cousin Peter Rabbit venture into Mr. McGregor’s garden to retrieve the clothes Peter lost there in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. But what happens when the two encounter a cat in the garden? Find out in this classic by Beatrix Potter!

This title can be read on:Your Computer (via Amazon’s Cloud Reader), Kindle Fire, iPad*, iPhone*, and iPod touch*.

All eBooks Include: Fixed layout presentation that mirrors the visual reading experience found in a printed picture book.Some Kindle and iBooks May Also Include:

  • Read along narration by professional voice artist
  • Word highlighting in sync with the voice narration. This serves as spelling and pronunciation aids for little kids.
  • Supports text searches, dictionary & wikipedia lookups.
  • Enhanced animation and sound effects.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom

Family Birthday Fun

Reef With Birthday Mom

Belle Gets Opa Bow Ready

Belle Admires Her Work

Dad Turn to Wear the Bow

Johnny and Belle

Monday, January 13, 2014

Oma and Reef Indy bond at breakfast.

Oma and Reef Indy bond at breakfast.
Oma and Reef Indy bond at breakfast.
Reef Indy had his four-month-well baby check Friday. The doctor stated that all is well and that Reef Indy is in the 90th percentile range. This means means that 90 percent of babies at Reef’s age weigh less than he does. Reef weighed in at 16.8 pound!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

5:2 And Training Book
Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Winners:   Kathy N. S. and Laura F. 

5:2 And Training by Niclas Brunnegård

Just in time to keep that New Year’s resolution you made to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle- the 5:2 is a diet where you “fast” for 2 days and eat normally for 5 days; this is called “intermittent fasting” or sometimes “calorie restriction”. On a fasting day, you do get to eat, but within a restricted calorie amount.

Women should get about 500 calories and men about 600. Don’t worry! This seems like a small amount but I can attest that it is doable. You don’t need to fast for more than 2 days. 2 days is plenty. The next 5 days are all yours!

Product Description

Learn the benefits of the 5:2 Diet with exercise advice designed to make you feel good. Live Longer! Live Healthier!

Niclas Brunnegård will teach to live longer and live healthier! This eBook will teach you the benefits of the 5:2 Diet along with exercise programs and meal plans to help reach your goals of living healthier and stronger.

The meal plans give you the proper distribution of proteins and nutrients for fasting days. The exercise programs show you a Niclas Brunngård developed 5:2 workout through high-intensity movements that benefit and compliment the 5:2 diet with links to video tutorials by his personal trainer, Michael Hansson Sjöö, and specially designed web apps.

5:2 And Training Book

  • File Size: 1189 KB 
  • Print Length: 77 pages 
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited 
  • Publisher: Niclas Brunnegard (December 22, 2013) 
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 
  • Language: English Oma’s Review:

Oma's Review

This book was enjoyably easy to read and understand. What Oma love about this book is that the 5:2 Diet is not only about weight loss; it is about approved health.

Oma has been on this diet for a week. It is not easy, but appears to be a regimen that the average person can sustain over the necessary duration to witness one’s goal. There was even a special section in this eBook for us senior citizens!

Happy to report that in the first week, Oma lost a pound on the 5:2 Diet. A pound a week may not be earth shattering; however is a healthy and realistic weight loss strategy.

However, even better than the weight loss is that fact that the 5:2 Diet made Oma feel healthier and more energetic!

Be forewarned – the exercises are not easy and left Oma a tad sore. However, Oma found them to be challenging and enjoyed following the training routine. Oma needs to remain healthy in order to run after Reef Indy.

(Oma will continue to follow the 5:2 Diet for the month of January and then report the results via this blog.)


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Ten Free Leaning Sites for Kids

Oma has an old Dell Laptop. She had better get it ready for Reef Indy. He will be ready to use it before too long!

Ten Free Leaning Sites for Kids

**Starfall isn't completely free anymore; only certain parts of it.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Keep On Trying

Failure is nothing but another chance
to do it over again and to do it better

Friday, January 10, 2014

Reef Indy Speaks

Reef Indy is growing more and more alert by the day.  He loves to express himself through smiles, laughs, gurgles, and coos.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Every Time A Child Is Born,
A Grandparent Is Born Too is an interactive website is devoted to fostering grandparent education, networking, research, and programs. is an interactive website is devoted to fostering grandparent education, networking, research, and programs. The site is structurally comprised of four main sections that deal with diverse and specialized aspects of grandparenting:

  1. Questions
  2. Discussion
  3. Activities
  4. Resources

The Sections:

Ask Dr. Kornhaber

Interactive Q & A section where you can ask Dr. Kornhaber a question.

News and Discussion

Latest news and information from individual, public and academic resources involving grandparenting issues.

Ideas and Activities

Ideas and suggestions for projects and programs that grandparents can do with their families and communities.


Broad section that containing educational articles relating to broad aspects of grandparenting as well as listing and describing collegial organizations in the field. It is also a forum for all family members to contribute their ideas and thoughts for all to ponder. 

This is a great resource for new Omas and Opas and was recognized as the best grandparent website of 2013 by GRAND Magazine.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

5:2 Diet & Workout
Oma’s Future?

Like almost everyone else, January 2 is the day of New Year’s Resolutions for Oma. In the past, the goal of weight-loss yielded non-existent results.

This year, Oma had decided to make 2014 more about improved health and relegated the weight-loss objective. After all, Oma has to be in good shape to keep up with Reef Indy!

Therefore it was auspicious that Oma received the fortuitous opportunity to read and review an eBook entitled “5:2 and Training” by Niclas Brunnegard. The goal of this eBook is to teach you to live longer and live healthier utilizing a modified “fast.” Weight-loss is an added benefit of following the program.

After reading the easy to understand document, Oma is only halfway through her first “fast” day. Consequently reviewing the eBook would proof premature. However, Oma can attest that the first exercise program (entitled 10-1) was tough. The half-hour, 10 pass of 3 exercises, took Oma an hour to accomplish, but Oma did it.

Hilariously, this first exercise program, had Oma missing her hour / 3.5 miles on the treadmill.

The eBook “5:2 and Training” will not be reviewed until after Oma’s Third “fast” day.

At that time, Oma will also be offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win a copy “5:2 and Training” by Niclas Brunnegard.

*** After finding himself having gained weight and no longer able to play his favorite sport, Niclas researched a method to lose weight and become healthy without many lifestyle changes. The 5:2 diet changed his life!

This eBook comes from rigorous studies in the science behind Michael Mosley’s 5:2 diet plan.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Baby Foot Massage
Wonderful Bonding

Your baby's foot is divided into different zones. By applying gentle pressure to certain areas, you will be able to soothe and comfort and thereby providing relief from discomforts while bonding with your baby!