Friday, September 30, 2016

Silver Dollar City! Fun in Branson, MO

 Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country. Travel back in time to the simplicity of 1880s America, and enjoy the best in Branson entertainment plus a host of festivals and events.  

Family Fun in DC! Fun with Panda's and more!

I won a trip to Washington DC. and we had a blast.  First off what we won.. Through Lipton/Pepsi we won a Lipton Chef Fest tickets, airline tickets, and hotel stay.  It was a great prize and we were excited and scared.  It was only for two so me and My son went but we are both afraid of airplanes.  We were still happy and wanted to be brave and try it.  We are so poor the $200 cash would be so great for us.  

The hotel stay was great!  We stayed in the Grand Hyatt Washington DC and got free rides from airport to the hotel for both to and fro.  We got a room with two beds and a great view of the city.  Let me tell you if you go this is the Hotel to stay.  They have at least two stores, Starbucks, a restaurant, workout room and POOL!  No hot tub but they did have a sauna.  The rooms are nice with large tubs, very comfortable beds.  A large TV makes it over the top!  Room service did not come with our trip so we did not order.  

Wondering around DC.  I am normally great with directions but had got briefly lost finding the restaurant we wanted and our way back.  We walked for miles and my son was not happy because he had found hair in his food and he walks on the insides of his feet, which causes lots of pain.  We got back and when we ate the found the hair so we ordered pizza.  They charge much more delivery charge in DC than they do in Omaha.  We passed out around 10:00 pm because we where so very tired.  The next day was great because Timmy met his aunt and I met my sister in-law for the first time.  Guess where we went?  The National Zoo! We saw Pandas which made the trip even nicer.  My wonderful sister in-law bought my son a hat for the zoo and got us drinks and food.  She was so great and it was a shame we had to be back in time for the Chef fest on day two.  What a great day so far!
First on day two we went swimming at 8am-10am at the Hotel.  Before we knew it we were going to the Chef Fest and we rode in a large bus to the event.  We got unlimited Alcohol but that was not my thing since by this time I had a horrible headache.  We sat in the grass very close to the stage so we could see Michael Simon up close.  The only problem with that is people started lining up for dinner and we did not know.   We were the last to sit and when they brought out the food they did it family style and the people on our table got sides and did not pass them down.  They ate them all.  My son got one Thigh and eventually got some sides but no more chicken :( ...  I also only got one piece of chicken and gave my small scoop of side to my son.  Guess what?  The waiter tried to serve my 14 year old wine.  By this time my head hurt so bad I wanted to cry and it felt as if it would explode.  The announced dessert would be over on the other side so we waited till the swarm left and we walked up and we got one shot glass side of chocolate pudding.  Really?  What happened to a Chef Meal?  When we finally got back to the Hotel my head hurt so bad I could not sleep.  Crying and putting a hot water bottle on my head eventually around 2 am I fell asleep.  What a night.... :(
The next morning I had to be up at 4 am because my driver was picking us up at 6:15....We got in line for Starbucks and it took our whole 2 hour waiting time for the flight to board.  

Overall the trip was amazing, the flight was smooth and the Hotel was amazing!  The lobby is so big!! We really enjoyed our stay... 

Thursday, September 15, 2016


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We are going to Washington DC! Thanks to Lipton!

So, some of you know I have a hobby and I enter a few contest a day more not than on but I try.  Guess what?  I won a trip to the Washington DC trip for Lipton's Chef Fest with Michael Symon and other Food network or Celebrity Chefs.  We are so very excited but not at the same time.  This will be our first official flight for me and my son.  Yep, only one guest so my husband wanted me and my son to get some bonding time.

Do you have any ideas on getting ready for the flight because my Autistic son is dead set against flying.  He knows he has to go with me and I am waiting for the panic as it gets closer.  This is a great opportunity to face a big time fear for the both of us.  I have won trips in the past but turned them down due to fear of flying.

We are thinking of only bringing carry on to make it simple but we have to include the swim suits... This is going to be a organizing feat.

Ok, well here is the deal.. I won and I will take pictures and video if allowed.

What we get?  A two night hotel stay.. Tickets to the Chef fest and 200$ spending money.  This is going to be fun!

Any recommendations for food in DC?  Let me know.

Little Passports is a Fun Activity for Kids

I got the opportunity to test a small kit of little passports in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

The Little Passports is a teaching tool that is designed to teach children about the travel and geography fun.  This is designed for teachers or parents to assist children in fun and knowledge.  The activities are all involve children in adventure and building and the do not even realize they are learning so much.  I personally am a hands on learner and feel these are a excellent tool.

It comes in several kits that all have a fun set of new activities.  The kit is a subscription service and there is a code for a percent off found here..   With the code FALL15 you will get $15 dollars off your kit.  Love codes.. I am addicted to shopping with codes.

We tried the world map and passports in the classroom and with my son.  Not only was this a hit my son wants more.  It is a activity sheets that really helps with hands on learning.  You build, learn, play all in this kit.  It includes toys, origami, and more activities.  As a teacher I think this product is an essential tool in keeping children

I want to thank you readers for sticking with me and thank Little Passports for this activity possibility.

I have had this written up a long time ago and have been taking a break from blogging.  I am so sorry but life happens and it is more important for me to be with my family and hope all my marketing people understand.... I do not know if you know but I have had a lot of loss this month.  My Grandpa and just a couple of days ago my Aunt.  When I lose people I get back to my introvert self and go into a deeper depression than I am already in.  Sorry for this and I will try to get back and running very soon.

Pictures are not owned by me and this review was in exchange for a honest unbiased review as a teacher.  No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Marvelous Keepsakes, Memory Makers, and Just Beautiful products with

Right now if you sign up for you can get a percentage off code for nearly any of the products.

I got to try the Sherpa Blanket and could not wait to get it.  The item was just beautiful and so soft.  Really, I cried when I saw all the pictures of my son on a nice sturdy and soft blanket.  You will find me cuddling this all day long.. Especially this winter. The product is a high value with clear pictures that makes it look great.  It is so very soft as sherpa or velvet is.  My son wants this blanket but he can not get it away from me.

The website is really easy to maneuver and is pretty straight forward.  You create an account and pick what item you want to make.  Upload your photos and organize then how you wish.  Chose your background and pattern.  After that You can add the photos and even enhance them how you wish.

I defiantly recommend this site and use them for the most beautiful gift to friends and family.

You can make many types of blankets but that is not all!  You can make just about any gift you can think of.  Mugs, blankets, rugs, coffee mugs, mouse pads and so very much more. We have worked with them quite a bit recently and love this.  I might have to make one of my grandfather who recently passed.

Thank you everyone for reading my review because you are really appreciated.

This is a sponsor post in exchange for a product.  If I am positive it really means it is a good item and I would never try to "sell you" for an item I do not feel it deserves the claim.  No monetary compensation was received for this post.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Wonderforge Family Games: The Peanuts Movie Snoopy Flying Ace Game.

My Rating: 5 stars
Mom Group Rating: 5 stars
For ages 4+

Skills learned:
Fast pace movements
Fine Motor Skills

You can find it on Amazon here: Snoopy Flying Ace Game

We tested this game with at a local Mom's group and it was a big hit.  Moms. Dads. and kids all loved this game and really appreciate it for a fast paced game.  

This game is based off the new movie The Peanuts Movie and is a very good well made game of cardboard and plastic.  This game is a 3D game that is very fun and gets the kids very excited for spinning the top or even winning the game.   In this game it is a matching game with a bit of a challenge for a quick paced very easy game that is fun for all ages in my opinion. ( To tell you the truth I play games as much or more than my kids. )  You all take turns flipping a card and if you are the second to turn that card you win the match.  If you win a match you place your color token on the space that matches your card match.  You spin snoopy to see who his long stream from his house lands on, if it is yours then you win!

This is a great family fun game and it helps adults as much as it does children with your mobility and dexterity.  

The company that made this game is WonderForge and they have many very high quality games.  

I wanted to add this game is a perfect gift and my group are going to buy a couple games to hand out as trivia gifts for the next meeting.  

We had over 20 kids playing with this set now it looks like it did when I opened it.  

Disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with this company and was given a free copy of this game in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.  Any links or items given are also not affiliated and just given for your ease.  Thank you! 

My links are not affiliated nor any connection from the links go to me.  I just threw them in for your ease of shopping and one less step for you!

Joanne Smith

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About Mom In Nebraska

Joanne Smith is the head blogger for Mom In Nebraska. She currently resides in Omaha, NE. with her family. She has a wonderful miracle *her Autistic son Timmy that loves electronics.* Joanne has worked in customer service her whole life and loves it. She worked hard in College and studied a wide variety of subjects from Biology, Chem, Web Design, Early Childhood Education and much more. Now she is a SAHM, Blogger and Homeschooler. Next task for Joanne is trying to take over the world..... or at least her little part of it.