Making Snowflakes and Singing Christmas Songs

IMG_7190Sometimes we try to pack as many things into one weekend as we can just so we prove how we are super parents. Not exactly, but sometimes that’s how it feels. This weekend was no different. We had a packed schedule and did not have any time to mess around. Friday and Sunday nights were probably the easiest of the bunch. We didn’t have much to do then but we were still busy. To kick off the weekend after work I went over to my brother’s house and got my brakes changed in my car. It didn’t take as long as other repairs so once we had that finished I headed off to grab some dinner and ice cream with my niece. I had not realized that the elementary’s Christmas concert had just finished and families were piling into the local Dairy Queen for a nice treat.

We waited for 20 minutes for our food. It was still delicious but 20 minutes was a long wait. Once we finally got out of there we headed home to play for a bit before it was time to go to bed because Saturday was a busiest day and we needed plenty of rest. I turned on Disney’s The Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey and all of the kids were out before Scrooge was visited by the ghost of Christmas past. I myself was dozing off so it was about time for me to go to sleep as well.

IMG_7169The next morning was busy. We all had to get ready to head downtown to the St. Louis Marriott Grand for the #DoYouWannaBuildaSnowflake event for the Children’s Miracle Network. The event was a lot of fun and the kids made a bunch of snowflakes. Anna and Elsa even stopped by and sat with the kids while they worked on there snowflakes. After making several designs Anna and Elsa got all of the children rounded up and played a few games with them. There were also snacks, music, and hot chocolate! You can stop by the Marriott Grand all through-out December to see all of the snowflakes that were made and even take a few minutes to make one of your own.

After making our snowflakes we headed back towards home but instead of getting back inside of our warm house we had to go to my daughter’s kindergarten Christmas concert. She had been practicing her songs for a few weeks now and was ready for her show.

I was a little worried about Abby IMG_7220getting up there with her class and singing in front of a large crowd of people, but she managed and did a fantastic job. We got some pictures and some video from her performance and our family was just so proud of that little girl. We almost had the entire crew there and seeing Abby’s smile up on stage was worth the busy day.

We kept our evening fairly light. Picked up some dinner for ourselves and the kids and spent the rest of the evening working on some projects and watching Christmas movies with the kids. Sunday morning was busy for me. I had a support call to go out on. I decided to take my son with me and we went out and were able to finish within an hours time. We stopped for some lunch and then headed back home. It was one of those weekends that you second guess yourself as to why you planned everything for a single day but after it’s over you look back and are happy you did it all anyway.

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Getting Ready for Christmas with 1byOne

IMG_6815A few months ago I reviewed 1byOne’s laser garden light. It is an awesome product that will definitely help light up my house this Christmas. 1byOne sent over their other laser garden light to see how well this St. Louis Dad likes it.

Upon arrival I checked out the box and the features listed. This particular laser garden light has an included remote control so you can easily change the settings without having the touch the actual device. There are a variety of settings that allow you to change how the garden light works. My favorite setting is the ability to fade in and out either the red or green colors.

Unlike the previous garden light I reviewed this garden light’s green color is not Christmas trees. It is instead green dots. I really like the green and red dots. I think they keep the pattern nice and clean with the possibility to use the light for other types of events instead of only for Christmas.

IMG_6814The kids love both of these garden lights with how easily you can light up a room with a crazy light show in just seconds. Both of these 1byOne garden lights are available on Amazon and I highly suggest checking them out. Don’t waste your time hanging lights when you can easily shine thousands of beautifully colored lights on your house in a matter of seconds.

You can purchase a 1byone remote controlled laser garden light at Amazon or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

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Another 1byOne laser garden light review coming soon to St. Louis Dad! #1byone #review #laserlight #christmas

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It’s Christmas in August!!!

IMG_5629It’s Christmas in August! Well, not exactly, the weather is beautiful and school has just satrted, but it sure feels like it with this great item 1byOne sent over for me to check out and review. I love reviewing 1byOne products mainly because they have some great innovative pieces of technology. From the bluetooth speaker to the solar charger they keep on impressing this St. Louis Dad.

This time 1byOne sent over a garden light made specifically for Christmas. This awesome light uses laser technology to beam Christmas trees and red dots on just about any surface you want. You can use the garden light inside or outside. It can withstand a little rain but shouldn’t be submerged according to the included manual. I would also recommend using caution with the lasers. Never look directly into the laser lights and never shine it into the sky, always on a surface. You don’t want to mess with any airplanes passing overheard. St. Louis Lambert Airport is not very far from my location and we have planes flying overhead often enough that I’m going to be using the 1byOne Garden Laser Light indoors this Christmas. It is perfect to shine on many areas in our house and the kids love the moving display of little red dots and green trees.

IMG_5630My only recommendation for this particular light is possibly having a way to change what is displayed based on holiday. Maybe some bunnies and eggs for Easter, fireworks for the Fourth of July, pumpkins for Halloween, etc… But I’m not disappointed with the garden light at all. I am excited to use it this winter season and I would recommend anyone looking into the latest Christmas display technology to give 1byOne’s garden laser light a chance to liven up your display this season.

The light does include a timer and sensor for daylight. You can also change the display between the trees and red dots and how they may interact. The garden light does require an electrical outlet and has an included cord that is pretty lengthy.

Check out this awesome laser light 1byOne sent over! #review #lasers #christmas

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You can purchase a 1byone garden light at Amazon or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagramTumblr, and YouTube provided St. Louis Dad with this product as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit for more awesome products that can help make your life better!

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I’m Back from Holiday Hiatus!

IMG_2340What a crazy holiday! If you are from the St. Louis area you will know that the Christmas holiday was definitely a wet one. There was creeks over flowing, rivers rising, and plenty of standing water to fill a few swimming pools. Over my little holiday break I spent some much needed time with my family. We got all of our holiday shopping completed, Christmas presents made and wrapped and were all ready for the fun.

I would say that the fun kicked off on my birthday (December 15th for those paying attention). My wife surprised me more than ever this year. For the last several months I had been casually joking about wanting to get a BB-8 Sphero. The toy looked awesome and is in my opinion some cutting edge technology. So over the last few months my wife Destiny had been saving up her extra money and when I got home from work on my birthday this year she had an awesome gift for me to open… A brand new BB-8 Sphero! I was beyond excited to have one of these in hand. I was also surprised that she actually found one this close to Christmas. Regardless she really surprised me. Something that has not happened in a long time in regards to my birthday. Thank you again Destiny, it was a truly amazing gift.

IMG_2285So after my birthday things starting picking up for Christmas. We got all of our shopping done so it was time to get everything wrapped and tucked away for Santa to bring back out in a few days. One thing I had planned on doing was taking my daughter and niece out to pick up gifts for all of their aunts and uncles. So one day that’s exactly what I did. They had so much picking out various things for everyone. Some stuff made sense, but most of it didn’t and that is part of the beauty of it. Sure it was mostly junk but the girls made a list and really thought about what they wanted to get for each person. They didn’t even ask for anything for themselves which was cool to know that they were not thinking about themselves. When we got home we started wrapping the gifts. The girls made name tags for almost all of the presents and we got them all wrapped up. It was late so we left them out which was a bad idea because Clark took it upon himself to open up a few in the late night hours with his teeth.

Clark didn’t destroy too many presents. Just a couple that were easy to replace. But the girls were a little shocked to wake up and see that someone had opened their presents. It was funny to say the least.

IMG_2244Christmas finally came and we had our yearly party at Destiny’s parents house. We may or may not have drank a little too much, but I won’t go into that story. I will say that it was a good time overall and the kids had so much fun as they always do. Santa Claus even stopped by for a visit! He was super cool and made sure all of the kids got a little special gift from the North Pole. Mammaw and Pawpaw are great and really made the kid’s Christmas morning. Of course me and Destiny did our part as well by having presents ready under our tree at home as well. The kids made out like bandits like usual so I do not have any complaints in that department.

IMG_2308The day after Christmas was my side of the family’s Christmas party. This year we had it at my brother’s house. It was a lot of fun. This year us adults played a few games like we do every year. This year we played our standard 5 five rounds of scratch offs. My sister was the big winner with two $25 winner tickets. We made out with $4 and 2 free tickets. The other game that we played was a Rob Your Neighbor game but instead of a standard present we brought booze. My brother ended up losing everything he picked but that’s just how things roll when your playing Rob Your Neighbor.

After the party we went back home and I got ready to go out with my cousin to go see Tarantino’s latest movie The Hateful Eight in it’s glorious 70mm Ultra Panavision. I was surprised that St. Louis actually had a theater that could show 70mm. So I was really stoked to learn my cousin picked us up tickets for the roadshow. The movie itself was just a little over 3 hours long, but with the overture and intermission, it really broke up the length of the movie and made the experience that much more enjoyable.

IMG_2258New Years Eve was hosted by my awesome brother and sister in-law and it was a great time. There was plenty of food, a roulette table, drinks, music, and a lot of family fun. It was a fantastic night and I am happy to bring in the new year with these great people.

So, it’s the new year and I am more than ready for it. I  will more than likely have an end of the year wrap up post and then a what to expect post for the new year. So be on the look out for those here in the next few days. If you have had a chance to check out Instrumentals Vol.5 I highly suggest it. There are some great royalty free tracks in those downloads! If that isn’t your cup of tea then may I suggest checking out this latest video from Abby Doodles TV!

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