Marriage and The Family: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

We went on another summer family adventure…

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We crossed the state line to go to…

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Yeah… that’s how we… roll jump

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We look confident about our jumping skills.

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I learned quick that 3 kids take a toll on an Ole’ G’s bladder.   30 minutes was enough jumping for me.

My husband and I paid for 30 minutes because we weren’t sure if we could hang like the youngsters.

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And we paid an hour for the kids.

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We went to the Sky Zone that was closest to us, which was the Schererville Indiana location.   When we arrived I was so surprised at how clean and well maintained the place was.  I guess I have misconceptions of places that you remove your shoes.  I was expecting the not so sweet smelling fragrance of feet.  Sweaty feet.  But no sweaty feet smell. 

I was also impressed with how well monitored the jumping stations were.  The stations had a minimum of one worker monitoring and making sure everyone had their turn and everyone played safe.   If a jumping station was larger there may have been two to three monitoring.  

It was a very pleasant experience.  The kids loved it and we did too.  We’re going to make sure we go back before my daughter leaves for school.   Most likely we’ll pay for the maximum time for the kids and maybe 30 minutes -1 hour for us.

Oh, it’s a great place to let the kids blow off some energy.   I also think it’s a great place to take them during the colder months because its an indoor park. 

Has your family attended a trampoline park in your area yet? If so, how was your experience?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Birdwatching: Baltimore Orioles

A couple weeks ago I saw the prettiest orange and black bird feeding from the hummingbird feeder.  The bird was too big and was having a hard time staying on the feeder.  I posted a blurry pic to instagram asking about a large hummingbird.  My IG friend Brandi & blogger at dontdisturbthisgroove… told me it was a Baltimore Oriole.

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This picture below is so funny how he tries to hang on the feeder.
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After knowing what kind of bird it was I began to do some research on them.  There was at the time a male and female gracing me with their presence.  I ran out and bought an Oriole feeder.  Which they cared less about because they continued to use the hummingbird feeder.  That’s when I read to make sure the hummingbird nectar is fresh or hummingbirds can get sick if it’s not.  Now the nectar I had in the feeders was from last year’s nectar that I had stored inside.  So, I went to get fresh nectar and then…. they didn’t like it anymore.  That’s when the Orioles began to drink from the Orioles feeder.  After changing it the female has been the only one to return. The male has not been seen for over a week.

Also, I read that they love oranges.  I ran out and bought some oranges.  Now,  the oranges are a hit for the female.  She comes by about 3 times a day.  Fills up on oranges and nectar. 

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Can’t wait to see how long she hangs around. She’s been here for about 3 weeks now. Have you seen the Baltimore Orioles in your yard and if so, what have you noticed about them? What they like to eat and how long do they stay around?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Taking Our Gardening Skills To The Next Level-Companion Gardening

It’s absolutely gorgeous outside!  We’ve finally taken off the plastic and allowed the garden to get some fresh air.

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This year we’re learning to step up our gardening game with companion gardening.  We did a little bit of this last year,  but this year we’re taking it serious.  Companion gardening is like those symbiotic relationships we talked about.  Pretty much like those relationships we have with one another.  In some relationships one person benefits and in others, both parties get something put of the deal.

With gardening this is beneficial to us (the gardener) because it helps eliminate buying or using pest or disease control products.  It also helps us insure we have a successful gardening season.

Since we decided to do this,  we have to make sure before we plant in a gardening bed we find out which plants are beneficial.  Before we were willy nilly with planting as we were with our gardening budget.

In this raised bed below we planted lettuce & spinach. These are companion plants so they will do well together. We still have a few empty spots which we plan to balance out with more spinach and lettuce. 

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On an average I buy 2-3 bags of lettuce per week from Aldi. When I pick it up at Costco it’ll last us approximately 2-3 weeks.  I’ll separate the spinach into freezer bags and freeze it in order to preserve it.  So, dedicating an entire bed to lettuce and spinach will definitely save us. 

Yesterday I picked up some French Marigolds to plant next to all of our tomatoes.

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In four of our raised beds we planted 2 tomato plants and 1 pepper plant.  These are also companions hence our reason for putting them together.  Last year we had the tomatoes all in one bed.  It was very hard to get to the tomatoes to pick. We decided to spread them out and also keep the same pattern in each bed.  So if the tomatoes are in square 2 of box 3, they are in the same place in box 5. 

Daily we’ve been adding more veggies to the mix and excited to see the progress of our garden and our gardening skills.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Keeping Up With The Cardinals

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I know. I need to pull the Nikon out the box again.  Okay. Okay. Okay 🙂

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Getting a clear shot of these two – Mr & Mrs Cardinal

This summer I’m challenging myself to get a clear shot of these two love birds.  That would mean I’d have to take my new camera back out of box and stake out the backyard. 

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These Cardinals come in our yard at least 3 times a day and I enjoy watching them together.  You won’t see one without the other. When you don’t see the other, it’s not far behind.  Usually the male comes first followed by the Mrs.

Looks like these are the prettiest birds I’ve seen so far in my yard.  What’s the prettiest birds you’ve seen in your area?  Sarcastic Granny has shots of birds in her yard that look like they belong in a cage. Absolutely stunning!

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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