Track Santa's Flight Around The World With NORAD

Did you know, you can track Santa's flight path across the world?

The North American Aerospace Defence Command, (NORAD) has helped families around the world watch and interact with Santa for over sixty years! 

Track Santa

On Christmas eve, at any given minute, your child can check where Santa is in the world, and where he is going next! It's not only super cool, it's a wicked fun geography learning experience for all involved. I promise you will see towns and villages you never knew existed!

For extra learning fun, look them up!



NORAD


The NORAD website isn't just for tracking Santa, there's also has a bunch of fun interactive things to do, games to play and even 'Santa's Favorite Holiday songs' on the NoradSanta website. Which means, your child can start interacting with Santa, Today! READ: this will buy you five to ten minutes for a coffee break, but stay close, because the games and song are fun for all.


 Santa App


There's even an APP for that! We used it last year...


NORADSanta APP



AND THAT'S NOT ALL!!!

Wait for it... 

It's totally free. 

I know, finally something free during the holidays. 

If you have kids, DO THIS! It's fun and exciting for all. 

Check out the NORADSanta Tracker Website and fun games, here




Do you Agree? Injury accident + Attorney + Big Insurance = WTFJH

You may remember me talking about getting rear-ended by a kid who was driving illegally in October 2016, just before Halloween. It's still a pain in my ass, both literally and figuratively. This could get long considering just how friggin' pissed off I am right now, so I'll cut to the chase and share an email I just sent Insurance adjuster assigned to my case. (I've only included the important parts.)


Good Afternoon, "Adjuster lady."

I'm reaching out to let you know that I have parted ways with my attorney, NoHelp#2. Yes, that is the second attorney I have parted ways with over the past thirteen months. Ultimately, I'm tired of allowing other people to have control over my recovery.

The last update I received about the case was in August of 2017; "NoHelp#2". Ordered the medical records to forward them to you as they arrive. I can only hope that is the case, since I have not had an update on the case since August, and have had continued issues getting NoHelp#2  to respond to my query's about the case. 

The bottom line is that in October 2016, I was rear-ended by a child driving illegally. I spent the entire 2016 holiday season in physical therapy, not with my family. When I ended physical therapy in January, because my PIP ran out, and the office my attorney at the time sent me to, "NoHelp#1"--an acquaintance that offered to help me and sort through the medical and legal issues--did not accept private insurance. I moved to my primary care physician, Dr. AWESOME, hopefully, you have medical records from her?  

I repeatedly complained of neck and back pain along with headaches through spring 2017. (I refused medication, always. I want to be pain-free forever, not medicated forever.) I went back to physical therapy and received exercises, I'm still doing. Since the accident, I've had an issue with a disc popping out at odd times, sometimes just walking up the stairs. It's been maddening, to say the least. 

Adjuster Lady, I'm at my wits end with this. It's the 2017 holiday season, and I'm still in the same place. There are outstanding doctor bills over a year old I need to rectify. I have got to get this situation settled so I can continue with my recovery and move on from this. 

Please, let me know what my next steps need to be. 

Ok, so now that you know this has been the worst kind of shitshow, let's talk about why.

NoHelp#1 Every single time I spoke to him he told me the same exact lawyer-spiel, nearly verbatim, about the difference between soft tissue injuries and fractures, and that since I did not break any bones, he "didn't think my case was worth very much." He did this for six months. I shit you not. Every. Single. Encounter. Same verbatim speech. I got frustrated the fourth or fifth speech and said I wanted to talk about ME, my case. He didn't know ANYTHING about the case. Couldn't answer one question. Then, after six months of him treating me like I was an asshole every time I asked about the case, there were some office administrative shenanigans.  I lost the plot and parted ways with him.


NoHelp#2--a friend of a friend, This guy was full of hugs, smiles, and promises, but never did a thing. On our first meeting, he told me "we aren't going to get rich off the case." I emailed him once a month, around the first and never got a reply, a couple of times I reached out on facebook messenger, he would reply there, if you'd call it that. "He was busy and would get back to me." Not that he ever did or anything. 

All these guys were focused on was money, and until they needed the money they could make off my case, it wasn't on their radar. FOR FUCK SAKE! Is that all they care about? I know it wasn't me, I was never asked if I was ok, how the recovery was going. No, not even close. 




I just want to get better. I could give a fuck about the money. I want super great insurance for two years to help me sort through this. I need the existing doctor bills related to the accident, some over a year old, settled! Pay those people directly, don't send me the money. JUST FUCKING FIX MY SHIT! 


Now, do I think big insurance adjuster lady is going to be helpful? Fix my shit with a smile?
Hell, fuck no. In fact, according to #NoHelp 1&2, Big insurance doesn't want to pay to make me better. They are in the business of collecting premiums, not paying them. That's why I have to have an attorney if I want the doctor bills paid.


She is going to make me cry, just like the kid who hit me and NoHelp #1 & #2. She is going to most likely call me a liar and shit on me. It's her job. Right? 


So why am I telling you this? Because you're probably dealing with this, have dealt with it, god forbid, will deal with it and or know someone who is. This is an issue I want to get to the bottom of. 


  • Have ambulance chasers ruined it for those of us who are really hurt? 
  • Is it all about money, and not about actually making the person, "whole again?" 


Do both the insurance companies and lawyers deal with so many scammers there's no compassion and understanding? I suspect so. But, if they deal with this shit all of the time, shouldn't they be able to see through it? Know the scammers from the scathed? I've never been in this situation. I don't sue people for a bloody living. I'm a writer! (Check out my Book, The Devlyn Disguise.)

I'm officially trying to navigate my way through my injury case, without the help of a crooked-ass money hungry no interest in helping my small shitty case, attorney. I'm facing big insurance alone. I'm not scared, remember what happened last time? CareSource? I'm going to get the medical attention I need and my bills paid, come hell or high water. 

Stay tuned, maybe I can find an easier way to get shit done and not be scammed myself, from the top down. As always, your fearless guinea pig, I'll share my adventures to help you avoid the same bullshit I'm dealing with. 

If you have any insight, experiences or tips to share, please comment below. 

All-natural DIY lip balm for even the most sensitive lips











Being that I live in a state where frigid temperatures and snow stick around for months on end, dry skin, hair, and lips are my life. I'm seriously two scales short of being considered a lizard by the end of February. My son isn't in much better shape. 


As if that's not bad enough we both have ultra sensitive skin, so pretty much anything with fragrances and fake shit destroy us. Chapsticks and lip-balms often being the biggest offenders. It's crazy, but most dry my lips out and leave them in worse shape. So, I started making my own. It's fantastic, and when I lose a stick, I don't cry about it, I make a new one.  Here's how:

My new go-to is Everyday Roots, Natural Healing Lip Balm.  It seriously blends earth's best to create the best lips possible. 


What you need:
-1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
-1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
-A dash of organic raw honey

-2 vitamin e capsules

-several drops of essential oil (optional)-I added peppermint!


Once I'm finished crushing on my Peppermint healing lip balm, I'm going to give a few others try.  

1. Thank you, Beautilish, for this super yummy and moisturizing, Peppermint Lip Balm. There are only three ingredients! THREE. Do this. 






























2. Have kids with constantly chapped lips? Style Me Pretty, has the answer, Kool-Aid Lip Balm! Yes, Kool-Aid. It's as easy as, mix Bees Wax for a natural SPF, Coconut oil for serious moisturizing and then a tasty Kool-Aid. Use small containers, so if they are lost or filled with dirt, not too much is lost!



3. I want to try this, Mint Chocolate Lip Balm from, Food Plus Words, but I'm afraid I will eat it! What an incredibly tasty Lip Balm this must be! 



4. Free The People, offer an amazing Tea Tree and Coconut Oil Lip Balm. Super healing. 

5. girl. Inspired. Offers the essential guide to creating every single Petroleum Jelly DIY Lip Balm you can imagine. She also gives tips for what mixes and well, and what doesn't. This is the essential guide petroleum lip gloss. DIY Lip Gloss: Each of these balms uses the same basic recipe. But this post has a great guide to different flavors and colors you can mix in. It’s basically a toolkit for creating your own recipes. (via girl. Inspired)
6. Love You Madly, shows how easy the 2-Ingredient Lip Balm is. That's right, TWO.
Think Petroleum Jelly + Kool-Aid! 

7. The Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm from Dear Crissy, is a Summer-Do. So refreshing.


Get this, just four ingredients make this magical mix!

For more ideas, check out my Natural Beauty Pinterest Board.What's you favorite DIY Lip Balm Recipe?


Motivated to try, but need all the stuff? Here are a few things from Amazon I found to get you started, or atlas thinking...  

1. A complete DIY Lip Balm Kit

2. Have everything, but need the containers? I ordered the Keepie Factory Empty Lip Balm Containers  FDA approved, 100% non-toxic, made int he USAclear plastic lip balm containers.
 Note: these are tubes. 50 per bag. ($10)






3. Prefer, 5 Gram Plastic Cosmetic Containers, With Lids for your lip balm? Here's an option from Amazon, with prime. $10. 50-count



                                                         







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Super Cute Winter Snowflake Activity For The Whole Family




With snow in the forecast for the next two weeks, idle time is imminent, meaning, if I don't find something to do, the kid will wreck the house like a caged bull free in a china factory.  In my search for fun family activities, I came across the cutest ideas for snowflake decorations. I'm not talking about kindergarten snowflakes. Oh, no. These are pro-flakes. And with the crazy, yet easy, snowflake templates and tutorials, making these pro-flakes looks easy.  I'm already picturing glitter tips on mine...

Check out these super-cute decorating ideas using homemade snowflakes. I bet you'll be busting out the coffee filters before sundown Saturday.
                                                   

Turn snowflakes into sun catchers! TIP: Use various blue, grey and white shades of tissue paper to kick the sun catcher snowflakes up a notch. Here is a complete how-to, here.
I have every intention of making this with the Aussie and The Kid. I think it will be so cute in our hallway. Check out the how-to, here.


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This is a fantastic idea for a baby mobile. On a much, much smaller scale. Find a tree branch, paint it, then hang a few snowflakes from it. TIP: Use bold color paper to make snowflakes to play to baby's love of bold fun colors! Find the how-to, here

I think this would be a cute idea for a winter party. Maybe add hanging white Christmas lights in between the snowflakes. Find the how-to, here.

                 This is a super cute idea. Add a little glitter for extra sparkle!  Find the how-to, here



Before you think there is no way you can make such beautiful snowflakes, check this out:




If you make a snowflake decoration or have a template for an awesome snowflake, please upload it to the FTM+D Facebook Fan Page, here.

Awesome Gifts Under $10 For Everyone On Your List



The following gifts, all under $10, you will want for yourself, so make sure you order at least two. I own ALL of them. The mix of gifts below will cover everyone on your list. Perfect for white elephant, gift exchanges, teachers gifts, friends, and family.


1. An Old school or novelty magazine or book. Amazon is loaded with them. My husband loves the British Viz Comics. Not to be confused with the Graphic Viz, oh no this one is pure dirty trash. He reads them to me before bed. We have a VIZ subscription to current volumes, but for his birthday and holidays, I order him old volumes or the hardback 'Best of' books.

My favorite section is the ROGERS profanisaurus, dubbed the ultimate in schoolboy humor. It makes me laugh until I cry, and I have to admit, the hubs Aussie accent helps.


Speaking of potty humor, poobegone is a classic gift for young and old. 
At under $5, another solid winner.


I love love love my Popsocket. I've been using them for about a year or so. I even have the car attachment. It makes holding my big ass phone so much easier, is great for selfies, helps my son have a better grip on the phone, and stays up on its side for easy watching. So worth the $9 purchase. I once bought a kit of five knock-offs. they looked JUST like Popsockets, but the adhesive was not nearly as strong. 



MIND GAMES!!  I love brain teasers and puzzle games. They are also a hit at parties. Everyone will give it a go before the night is over. There are so many to choose from, and most all, under $10


Over the summer I stumbled onto portable fans. Then, I stumbled on to the greatest cellphone accessory ever invented, and it $8!!! A fan and phone charger IN ONE!!!  Seriously, it's Portable Phone Charger with 3000mAh Power Bank USB Battery Pack With Mini Personal Handheld Fan for iPhone x 8 7 6 6S Plus iPad Samsung Xiaomi Huawei

Because everyone needs a bullshit button


Have you been telling a politician to kiss your ass after ridiculous statements? Now, you can do one better, wipe your ass with their face! There's a slew of poli-paper faces to choose from, too!



For the golf enthusiast, there is no better gift than this putting green. They can sink two hole-in-ones at a time! I present Potty Putting!

Everyone should have a Multi-tool. They are great and come in handy more than you think. 


Parent, partier, sports enthusiast, Child, everyone needs a poncho in a ball! This is the greatest invention, a rain poncho stuffed in a tiny keychain. They are thin, but hold up to rain and double as seat covers after a rain. SO FRIGGIN HANDY! Did I mention a makeshift picnic tablecloth?



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