Sunday, October 30, 2016

Coming soon... Family Gift Guide for 2016

Coming soon..

Pet Gifts for 2016

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.

Joanne Smith

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.