ActionFly Newtons Cradle Balance Balls Are Fun

ActionFly Newtons Cradle.The ActionFly Newtons Cradle Balance Balls are really fun to watch. The only problem with them is that if you are not careful, you will sit and play with them half the day without realizing it.

The balls show how a pendulum works, as well as demonstrating the Laws of Conservation of Momentum and Energy.

Homeschools could use one for teaching about motion or how pendulums work. Probably several other things that I don’t remember anymore. School was a long time ago for me.

This Newtons Cradle looks really nice too, it has a zig-zag design for a more contemporary look. It is really shiny too.

It is a great conversation piece. I have it on my table and everyone who has come in the house so far has asked about it, and played with it for a few minutes.

It would make a great gift for homeschools, or teachers, or just your average geek.

I received a free or discounted product to review.

Fall Is In The Air Giveaway Hop 2015

Button for the Fall Is In The Air Hop.

Welcome to the Fall Is In The Air Giveaway Hop hosted by LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht

Fall is in the air here in Arkansas. At night anyway. This past week the daytime temperatures have still been in the upper 80’s or even the lower 90’s, but it cools down at night, and the leaves are turning some lovely colors, and much of the grass has started to go dormant too.

Another indication that fall is in the air, is my having sneezing fits. So fall is really in the air! I hope all you allergy sufferers out there are not having too bad a time of it, but we have some nice prizes to help make you feel better.

Each of the prize packages being given away in this hop will be worth at least $25. You can’t win if you don’t enter to be sure to hop on by all the different blogs on the linky (at the bottom of the post) and enter their giveaways.

Here on Simple Wyrdings you can win a prize package that includes a neat head covering from CoolHeads($19.99), and a children’s coloring/activity book($9.99).

Picture of a man wearing Coolheads headwear. If you don’t want to wait to see if you win, just go buy a CoolHead. They are on sale right now for $19.99. It looks like they are sold out of the red trim, but they have several other colors.

My husband is still liking the ones he has (read my review). They do help keep your cool in the summer sun, but I think they will do just as well for winter. They would add an extra layer of protection, especially if you can’t (won’t) wear a scarf. My husband doesn’t like scarfs on the farm because they come unwound, and drag on the ground, or scare the horses, or just get in his way.

The CoolHead would keep the wind off his neck and ears.

The coloring/activity book is 25 Careers You Never Knew Existed by Tracy Balan, and you can buy that for $9.99, on if you don’t want to wait.

25 Careers You Never Knew Existed Coloring and Activity Book Cover.

For a chance to win just enter on the Rafflecopter form below, and don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the linky!

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Hangin’ On To Summer Giveaway Hop

Hangin' On To Summer Giveaway Hop button.Welcome to the Hangin’ On To Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSays’ Views.

This hop will run from August 20th till midnight on the 31st. Every blog in this hop will be giving away a prize worth at least $25. In my case $24.99 RV. Do you think anyone is gonna mind that missing penny? I hope not.

The prize here on Simple Wyrdings is from the generous folks at Think Board. They are giving one of my readers a 30″ x 30″ Think Board,  that sells for $24.99.

Picture of a Think Board in use.

The Think Board is really neat. It is a dry-erase board. They come in several different sizes. The 54″ x 30″ Think Board would be neat to put on the wall and let your kids, or grandkids, write on the wall. If you have colored chalks, or the erasable markers, they can draw or color too.

The smaller ones are great to have on students desks for them to use when working on math, or figuring out a writing assignment. Or stick it on the fridge so everyone can write down what is needed for the grocery list.

Girl using a Think Board.These would be great for Homeschooling.

There are endless possibilities.  Check out this video for more ideas.

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Be sure you check out the linky under the entry form. Each of the blogs in the list will be giving away something nice. You can’t win if you don’t enter, so be sure to enter them all.

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Disclaimer: Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who fail to send prizes.

Packable Pails Are Great For The Beach

Picture of an open Packable pail. These collapsible pails from Packable Pails are really neat pails. They are about the same size as any other bucket you might take to the beach, but these can be collapsed so they are flat.

When they are flat they do not take up near as much space. They can also be stacked when flat, so if you have a whole set, they are really easy to store.

Packable Pail.They sent me a yellow one and it is really nice. It turned out to be larger than I expected from the pictures.

My Packable Pail.I haven’t been to the beach lately but these buckets are useful around the yard too.

You can use them to carry chicken feed (if you have chickens), or sand for your chickens, or garden supplies, or just about anything.

I really like that when you are done with it, it can be flattened and put up on a shelf so it is out of the way, and it doesn’t take up a whole lot of room. That makes them easy to carry in a suitcase, or beach bag too.

These pails are made out of silicone and are :


  • FDA food safe, BPA free

  • Unaffected by UV rays

  • Washable, foldable and durable

  • Safe for kids, plants, pets or washing

  • Laboratory tested and approved to meet CPSC Guidelines

  • Size 8.5 inches wide, 6.5 inches height, collapses to 2 inches

  • Available in Starfish Orange, Playtime Purple, Aquatic Aqua, Sunshine Yellow and Paradise Pink.


I received a free item to review.


Relax With The Live Well Series

The Live Well Series is a set of CDs that feature music by Jeff Gold and the voice of Janet Montgomery.

Janet Montgomery C.H.T. is a Certified Hypnotherapist and from what I could hear of the cd myself she has a nice voice.
Cover of Sleep Well for Kids.
I got to listen to Sleep Well for Kids: The Original, and Sleep Well for Kids: Under the Sea. The music is nice.  It is a soothing sound. I liked it. It probably sounds even better to someone who can actually hear all of it. I expect that much of the sound is lost on me since I am legally deaf.

Sleep Well for Kids: Under the Sea.

I think it would be very restful though. The cd case does contain a warning not to listen to the cds while driving, and for kids to use earbuds if they are listening in the car, so I’m pretty sure it is really restful.

You can hear some samples on the Live Well website.

Jeff Gold has several cds available that are good for kids. Especially kids with special needs such as those with Autism.  You can read my review  of his music from a couple of years ago.

Both the Live Well Series and Jeff Gold Music can be found on Facebook. Please check them out and “like” them.

Abandoned Is An Ugly Word

Merriam-Webster definition:


aban·doned adjective \ə-ˈban-dənd\

: left without needed protection or care

: left by the owner

: no longer held or thought of : given up

Full Definition of ABANDONED:

1: wholly free from restraint

2: given up : forsaken


Ugly it is.

Picture of an abandoned room.

And sad too.

Picture of an abandoned and starving dog.

It doesn’t really matter what you are talking about…rooms, buildings, animals, or children. Marriages and families…hopes and dreams.

It is sad to see something abandoned.

It is particularly bad when it is a living thing though. Especially pets and children. They are so trusting and just do not understand why they have been discarded like old clothes or trash.

They may not realize it but the people doing the abandoning are damaging themselves just as much. It will come back to haunt them eventually. Especially if they abandoned their families.

That seems to be happening more and more these days too. I guess folks think that once they are divorced the kids are no longer their problem.


Abandoned dreams are sad too. Especially those where people think they are too old. People in their 90s are going back to school and getting college degrees. People in their 70s and 80s are entering marathons and doing lots of other things you would think that only young folks could do.

It is never too late for a dream. It might have to be modified a bit…after all it is unlikely that a 50 year old (or older) is going to win a gold medal in the Olympics (at least not for something that requires great physical ability) but there might be other ways to make a dream of being an athlete come true.

Don’t just give up.

And please don’t abandon any living thing. Except of course for toxic people…they may deserve it. Maybe.

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Biting Children

No I’m not advocating that you go around biting kids. Although from what I remember it seems to work pretty well.

I was about 4 or so and my older cousin(by 5 whole months!) was really into biting.

She bit several people. I’m not sure what kind of punishment she got the first few times. She even bit her mother once I think.

But then…she bit me. On the arm. Hard. I mean really hard. There were deep tooth marks. She almost drew blood.

It hurt. I remember that I screamed and cried.

My aunt was really upset and mad. She grabbed my cousin and bit her arm. Pretty hard. My cousin cried.

My aunt told her that she was gonna bite her back every time she bit someone else. As far as I know she never did it again.

Personally I thought that was perfectly justified…after all it seemed only fair.  And it worked.

These days my aunt would probably be arrested for child abuse. Not sure if “they” would want to punish my cousin in any way for biting someone else but children should not be allowed to keep on hurting other people either.

How would you handle a situation like that? What do modern parents do to keep kids from biting?

Gamers Helping Children

Well indirectly helping children. They are raising money for Boston Children’s Hospital which treats at least 500,000 children a year (from all over the place).

The really great thing about this hospital is that it treats the kids even if their family can’t pay. Which means that they really NEED donations to help keep them running. After all they do have to pay the electric bill no matter what.

One of the employees of Turbine (makers of Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Asheron’s Call) has a team on Extra Life that is collecting donations.

They are putting up a few incentives for folks to donate. You could see a picture of him with his beard dyed some really funky colors.

There are some in game (LOTRO) prizes too. Titles and steeds mostly. One person will win a lifetime subscription to Lord of the Rings Online. If you were interested in trying it out then make a donation. The minimum to qualify for the prize is $5.

They have almost reached the latest goal but are trying to get as many donations as possible by November 2.

Remember this money will be going to Boston Children’s Hospital to help pay for treatment for children suffering from nasty stuff like cancer and cystic fibrosis and the hospital also does research to try to find better treatments.

It is a great cause! Please check out the fundraising page and make a donation!

Little Monsters Gear – Tees and Onezees For Your Little Monster

Little Monsters Gear – Tees and Onezees For Your Little Monster

Picture of a Little Monsters Tee on a little girl.Little Monsters Gear has the cutest t-shirts and Onezees for kids! The shirts are made of cotton and are printed by hand.

There are lots of cute monsters to choose from too. Some are Fierce and some are Gentle. Each one has a front design and a back design. My favorites are Sweet Pea and Goober.

Each monster has its own personality and comes with a story. Some are adventurous and some are lovable and some get into trouble all the time. Each one is different and you are bound to find one that will suit your child.

Their sizes fit kids up to 8 years old. The onezees are for those up to 18 months. Picture of a Little Monsters Onezee on a toddler.

They also have bibs, burb cloths, and leg warmers that are really cute. Almost makes me wish I had some babies handy just so I could dress ’em up.

And you can get your very own personalized monster too! Just use their monster builder to pick the body, eyes, and mouth of your monster. Choose the name you want your monster to have and submit it to them.

The company was started by a woman who grew up on a large family and got the idea from the names her father called his children.

For more information and updates visit the Little Monsters Gear website and “like” them on Facebook.

Going Crazy Wanna Go? Has Gone Blue For Child Abuse Prevention Month

Janet over at Going Crazy Wanna Go? has turned her blog blue this month.

Why would she do that you ask?

She did it to help spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention Month. She wants to help prevent child abuse and educating people about it is one way of doing that.

She is publishing guest posts from people who were abused as children and writing posts about it herself as well.

Some of those posts are really excellent. If you would like to learn about how child abuse affects the person who was abused, then you should read a few of those posts. You will definitly learn something.

One of the best posts is titled Child Sexual Abuse – Who Is The Real Predator? and will make you think and possibly make you very angry too.

You can also read about verbal abuse and the signs of child abuse and how to break the cycle of abuse.

And the month isn’t over yet! I’m sure there will be a few more really good posts as well. Go read them and spread the word!

Help end child abuse!

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