Monday, April 23, 2018

Hand feed hummingbirds with Hummer Ring®

One of my favorite things about spring is the beginning of hummingbird season. I remember watching hummingbirds as a child and wondering how they could fly so fast. We always have hummingbird feeders because my mom loves birds. I also remember my cats watching them through the window. Hummingbirds always dance around like a child begging you to play with them. When we go to New Mexico to visit my sister there are hummingbirds everywhere. I love watching them flutter around in the mornings.  
As a child, I always wanted to feed them like I would feed a duck or a goose. I wanted to have an up close and personal experience with a hummingbird. I didn’t think it was possible until I learned about the Hummer Ring®. It’s a little hummingbird feeder that you wear as a ring. You can hand feed the hummingbirds. The hummingbirds in New Mexico didn’t seem to be phased by people at all. They would fly pretty close to me. I can’t wait to feed them from my Hummer Ring®. Noah loves animals and birds too. I would love to see him feed the hummingbirds too. That would be amazing photos. I think that schools should have these for science class. 
Here are a few fun hummingbird facts:
Hummingbirds can fly 60 miles a hour. They also beat their wings about 78 times per second. 
They also have 1,500 feathers and can fly forwards, backwards, up, down and upside down briefly. 
They have to fly over the Gulf of Mexico to get to Mexico and Central America for the Winter. They have to eat 1 and 1/2 times their weight to make the trip. They normally eat half their body weight a day. Could you imagine eating half your body weight every day? 

It’s really easy to use. First, place it by your other hummingbird feeders so you train them to become comfortable feeding from the ring.  Once they are feeding from the ring, it can be placed near the area where you will be feeding them to bring them in more closely.  Finally, wear the ring and watch as your hummingbirds eat right out of your hand!  Children and seniors love to use the Hummer Ring® and it’s perfect for vacationing at the lake or while camping.  They make terrific gifts and at only $4.99 each, you can get one for every member of the family!  They are reusable and easy to clean. You will get many great memories from Hummer Ring®.  I would recommend buying each person one so they don’t argue over this really neat product. It helps families connect with nature and each other. 

Hummer Ring recommends using the Songbird Essentials brand nectar. It is available in easy mix powder, ready to use liquid, and concentrate liquid form.  The nectar and other accessories are available at as well, through checkout.   

For more information please visit The Hummer Ring® website.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Celebrate birthdays with Wendt & Kuehn

Celebrating Noah’s birthday is one of my favorite things to do. We have done all kinds of things for his birthday. We even went on a Disney Cruise one year. While I would love to do something extravagant every year, it’s just not budget friendly. When I am planning Noah’s birthday party, it is important that he has a say in what we do. He likes to hang out with his friends. Food is important at his birthday party. It gives the kids some down time while they eat. It’s important to have a lot of food because those kids can eat!

Sometimes planning a birthday party can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. You should always be organized. First think of a theme for the party. It doesn’t even have to have a theme. You could just use basic decorations or forego them all together.

What kind of invitations do you want to send? Do you want to mail them or text or pass them out? Most schools have a no invitation rule because sometimes feelings can get hurt if not everyone is invited. It’s better to not talk about the party at school.. What kind of food should you have at the birthday party? Ice cream and cake is standard. If you want to have other food too, make it kid friendly. Games are a great way to keep your party guests entertained. Having a couple games to do will help. You could do traditional games like musical chairs or tag. Noah and his friends like to shoot Nerf guns at each other. What are the right decorations? You could hang banners or streamers or even have balloons. I think it depends on what theme is. The hardest question is what the perfect gift is. It doesn’t matter if you are throwing the party or if you are buying a gift for another child, it’s hard. 

Some of my favorite gifts when I was younger were not toys. I still have little statues and angels and things from my childhood. I like to look at them and think about the person who gave them to me. I really like to give if gifts that mean something not only to me but to them. I really like gifts that celebrate a certain birthday. That way you know when you received them. Where do you find a gift like that?


The answer is from Wendt & Kuehn: The Girls with a set of numbers. Gifts are nice but what really counts are the people who think of us on special days and add a little happiness. Toys break and get lost, but It is an individual surprise for a lovely friend on their birthday. You can give away joy with the birthday girls from Wendt & Kuehn. You can give them as a companion for the whole day. They will likely be placed somewhere special for them to enjoy every day of the year. You can also use them as a decoration. The Girls with a set of numbers in their sweet polka dot dresses, they happily become the focal point of any festive birthday table.

Let me tell you my cake decorating secret, I use toys as decorations on cakes. My cake decorating skills are not great. I wouldn’t recommend putting the girls on the cake, but you could make the cake with polka dots to match their sweet little dresses. You can use them year after year. Each girl comes with a complete set of numbers from 0 to 9. It can become a birthday tradition. The bright yellow numbers cheerfully announce a new year of life. It’s great when you have a family member who can’t quite remember how old the birthday girl is this year. 

One number bearer handles the first nine years, while a second girl makes a most welcome gift for the tenth birthday. Together, the two girls have every possible number combination covered up to the 99th birthday. It would be a great gift from a grandparent. Once they are an adult, they could pass them on to their children.

You don’t have to just use them for children’s birthdays. You could use them for anniversaries or any special day. Children are especially captivated by the number girls. These lasses will accompany them through life, evoking wonderful memories of each birthday along the way.

You can use the dealer directory to find Wendt & Kuehn at a store near you.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cats in the car

Over spring break we decided to drive to Florida. My mom was on spring break the week before and so she drove up here. The car was packed. We also decided to bring our two cats with us. It was an adventure to say the least. They didn’t like the car for the first couple hours. They adapted really well. It went a lot better than I expected. They spent the time being held and in carriers. They weren’t locked in them. They enjoyed sitting in them. We had quite a bit of traffic that made the drive a few hours longer than expected. Stormy and Charlie did great. I was a very proud mom. Noah hadn’t thrown up, so I was happy about that. He started taking car sickness medicine last summer.

We arrived at our pet friendly hotel and got the cats out of their carriers in the bathroom. We went to go pick up food to bring back and just relax. We were all exhausted. After going to two places to get food, we go to the room. We put them in the bathroom as a safe place where they couldn’t get under the furniture or behind anything. Noah opened the bathroom door and said that he couldn’t find Charlie. We thought he was joking or Charlie was in the bath tub. My mom went and looked, and Charlie was gone. My mom looked under the counter and noticed a hole in the wall. We really thought that we would never see him again.

We were panic stricken. We were crying. We called the front desk. We were afraid he was crawling around in the walls somewhere. The maintenance man came to help. He had to make the hole bigger to get Charlie out. We were told that he was still in the bathroom. We didn’t know what was going on. Charlie bit and scratched the maintenance man a lot. He was visibly bleeding. I felt bad that he was being hurt. Finally, Charlie was out. He ran and tried to climb up the wall. Charlie was traumatized. No one slept well that night. We still had ten more hours of driving the next day. Charlie and Stormy were not getting along for about two days after. They were growling and hissing at each other. They had never acted that way. Thankfully they are friends again. I never want to travel with those cats again.