Trying Out ABC Mouse Early Learning Academy

I’ve been seeing the ABC Mouse ads on TV since Keelan was born and the Disney channel became a constant companion. So when they recently contacted me about becoming an affiliate and giving them a try, I was excited to sign up. They are having a sale right now for 60% off the whole year, but you can also just sign up and try it out for a month for free so there’s nothing to lose!

untitledSo far Keelan is really enjoying the program. He’s a fan of Reading Eggs, but he’s gone through most of the games on there and is always asking to play on “mommy’s computer.” ABC Mouse starts out with as assessment test, but we only got through one section before he was losing interest so I quickly jumped to the games section and was happy to see there are LOTS of games!

He also liked earning the tickets, which he used to buy himself a pet bunny. I’m not sure what else you can use the tickets for yet, but he really liked feeding and bathing his new virtual pet. He also enjoyed playing a game where you feed a dinosaur and one where you count eggs. Each activity ends with earning a certain amount of tickets.

While I’ve been having trouble getting him to enjoy actual books, he’s always happy to play on the computer. I guess it’s just the new digital generation! I’m just glad to have found some sort of educational activity he enjoys.

I’m looking forward to exploring more of the ABC Mouse program! If you’d like to check them out (and try it for FREE!) just head to



A Visit to the Family-Friendly Sierra Nevada Brewery

We recently did a family road trip to North Carolina and on the way we stopped at the very family-friendly Sierra Nevada Brewery and Taproom in Mills River, NC.

I am a long-time fan of Sierra Nevada. We even have a dog named Sierra! It’s the beer that led me to liking IPA’s and craft beers. So I was excited to get to stop and see the brewery. I would have loved to do the tour but we were just stopping on our way to the Smoky Mountains so we only had a little bit of time to spend there and you need to make reservations ahead of time on their website. And it’s FREE! They also have different paid tour options, but the basic brewery tour is free. So next time I’m definitely planning ahead and doing a tour. I love hearing all about the different ways the beer is made and what makes them taste the way they do.

The brewery and taproom is really beautiful. I can see why it was so packed with families. There’s a gift shop, huge restaurant and large back area with an amphitheater and garden. You can grab a beer and wander all over the place and do a self-guided tour through the visitor’s corridor where you get a birds-eye view of the beer making process, warehouse and packing hall.

There is a lot of space outside for the kids to run around. Keelan had a great time and instantly made friends with a group of kids playing chase and climbing all over the rocks and walls and amphitheater stage. All the adults sat in the upper area, sipping beer and watching the kids. It was so relaxing! We got to chat, had some tacos outside, tried out a new type of Sierra Nevada I hadn’t had before (Sidecar IPA) and Keelan ran around until he was so worn out that he fell asleep for the rest of the trip.

Definitely a great spot to stop on your travels or just go visit if you live close by! I know I’d be a regular if we were local.

Let’s Kickstart a Space Adventure!

Tom and Andy are two illustrators from Nottingham, England who just have just launched their first Kickstarter, a project that brings to life their childhood dreams of going into space!

The super detailed poster imagines a future where inter cosmic space travel is possible for everyone. Set in the 2060s with retro-industrial styling, it imagines a fantastical space center which offers trips to other planets! It depicts everything from the arrival, to the briefing, to the spacesuit fitting, to the boarding of the rocket complete with cheering crowds. It’s beautifully illustrated and packed with hundreds of illustrated characters and awesome details to discover.


If you’re looking for a fun new print for your home this could be for you! And with Christmas just around this corner it would also make a great present for a space geek, or for a kid’s bedroom. Through their Kickstarter campaign Tom and Andy are hoping to bring the project to life with the best possible printing methods and quality.

Alongside the poster there are a range of fun extras like wall vinyls, mugs and stickers!

You can view the whole project on Kickstarter and get your copy of the poster here:



Did You Go to Your High School Reunion?

I recently skipped out on my high school reunion. It was the 25th year, and I went to the 10 and the 20, so this wasn’t really a big one. I figured I’d wait until the 30 year reunion when everyone has REALLY changed!

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Me in 11th grade

It’s pretty funny how at the 10 year reunion everyone is still so young, but we have no idea we are. Most people still look similar. A lot of guys still have their hair. Many people have gotten married and started families. We are all still finding our way in life, even though we feel all grown up.

Flash forward to your 20 year reunion and that’s when people are really interesting! The kids are bigger, there’s been marriages and divorces, job changes and of course, more hair loss. I think I enjoyed my 20 year reunion the most because I talked to more people that year.

So who was I in high school? A quiet nerd. I had a lot of fun not being shy and quiet for once thanks to a couple glasses of Pinot Grigio and thought it was sweet that everyone I talked to had something nice to say about shy, quiet high school me. And so who was I at my high school reunion? I guess if I had to pick something off the poster, it would be “Ugly Duckling” although I didn’t consider myself ugly. It was more of just getting over my shyness, and coming out of my shell, which is something I still work on to this day.

So did you go to your reunion? Which type of person were you?


A Century of AI in Movies, How Many Have You Seen?

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has gone from movies to real life in the form of computers that can learn and predict and perform often better than their human counterparts. AI is often the center of sci-fi thrillers, a favorite genre of mine. sent me this graphic they made showing the timeline of AI over the last century and I realized I’d seen every one of these except the newest one from 2018, Upgrade, which I plan to go look up now!

I think they missed out by not including 1982’s Blade Runner! So how many have you seen and what would you add to the list?