Toy Review: Toy Story 4 Make Your Own Forky and Friends Set

For the first time ever, I am doing a toy review! I am super excited, because I’ve been reviewing books for years, but this is the very first time that I’ve had the opportunity to tell you all about a toy.

It seems that I’ve been out of touch or living under a rock, because I was a bit unaware that a Toy Story 4 movie even existed – seriously? I thought the third Toy Story was the final one in the saga. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tim Allen, but what more could happen? Alas, I digress.

Thanks to Mattel for this free product! The opinions offered on this post are my own.

This is the Toy Story 4 Make Your Own Forky and Friends Set.

Some fast facts for those that may not be in the know: Toy Story 4 came out in 2019. Buzz Lightyear and Sherriff Woody, of course, are in this movie. Is it sad? That would be a spoiler, and I don’t provide spoilers here! What is a forky? Forky is one of the characters in the movie, and Forky is a spork.

I have to admit that when I first saw this toy, I thought of The Office when Dwight Schrute tries to start his own daycare center. Have you seen it? The Sesame Avenue Daycare Center for Infants and Toddlers…

Unlike Dwight Schrute’s plain collection of forks, the Make Your Own Forky and Friends set actually does contain tools for creative play. The set includes a Forky, a crayon, an apple, and a milk carton that can be decorated. The paint set has tiny little pots that are so cute! Markers and glitter glue are included in the kit, along with pom-poms and googly eyes. There are also buttons in the kit.

This play set is designed for kids four and up, and you’ll definitely want to stick to that rule due to the choking hazard of the small buttons. If your child loves Toy Story 4, and you’re looking for an activity that doesn’t involve screen time, your child might really like this activity!

Searching for Certainty

Do you crave certainty in your life? Do you wish for things to be steady, certain, and predictable? Many of us want certainty but find that life has other twists and turns in store.

Ministry leader Shelly Miller believes that you can overcome in spite of uncertainty. Her new book Searching for Certainty has a beautiful, nature-inspired cover. This book is categorized on the back cover as “Christian living”. Many of the Christian living books I’ve read are focused on the reader in that they offer questions for reflection, advice, and tips for how to deal with life adversity. This book reads more like a memoir in many respects, because the author goes into great depth about her own life experience, as far back as to her own childhood and adversity she suffered growing up. She takes this experience and then tries to link it to a Biblical story. The book is centered on the author’s perspective and life experiences, and based on that, I would say this book is more like a memoir than a book of advice or help.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Fast Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is just beginning, and it’s the season for cleaning.

Maybe you realize it’s time for spring cleaning, but you just don’t have the time. It happens, and it’s understandable.

But before summer creeps up on you, don’t let this season pass you by! Take advantage of some fast spring cleaning tips to get your house in order.

Get Rid of Old Pantyhose

Take a look at the pantyhose, socks, and leggings you have. Sort through yours to see if you have any that don’t fit, are too stretched out, are stained, or in the case of socks, those that don’t have a mate. You can Google ways to re-purpose pantyhose and socks and find ways to up-cycle these items that can no longer be worn. Things like using socks as cleaning rags, or using pantyhose for gardening to start seeds, are good ideas. But in the end, if it doesn’t work as part of your wardrobe, it shouldn’t be in your closet! Move those items out so they won’t waste any more of your time or energy. If need be, replacements for the things that no longer fit or are past the point of repair.

Guys, Donate Unwanted Ties

Guys, do you have ties that you haven’t worn in a long time and probably won’t ever wear again? Maybe you work in a job that will never ever require you to wear a tie. Or maybe your personal style has changed – maybe you used to wear lots of ties with cartoon characters on them but your style has matured and you go for a more sophisticated look. Either way, look at your collection of ties, and if you have more that what you want to keep, donate it! There’s bound to be a a thrift shop near you that will happily take your old neck ties. If you find that you need more ties for work or church, you can take care of that in less than five minutes here. There is also a lot of up-cycling potential in ties – the crafty ladies in your life might want to take these for various projects. (Just ask a girl that likes to play on Pinterest what she can do with a bunch of old ties – there are may things.)

Sort Through Children’s Items

While you’re watching TV or listening to a favorite podcast, you can sort through children’s clothing that you’ve just washed and dried, using a critical eye to make sure they still fit properly. Can the items be used as a hand-me-down for a sibling, or is it best to just get rid of the item? Pruning down items that no longer fit can make getting your child dressed much easier and for every child’s clothing item that you get rid of, when you discover that another is needed, you can order a new one.

5 Fast Ways to Save Money in February

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Can you believe that it’s already February? 2019 is well underway, and February is the shortest month of the entire year. So, if you find yourself with a full to-do list, you may find yourself very busy this month, as February has the smallest number of working days.

The good news is that when it comes to money, lots of tiny little steps can add up to a BIG difference. Whether you’re dealing with a job loss, or celebrating a promotion at work, or just holding steady with the same-old-same-old, consider five fast ways to save money this month:

Check Your Payroll Deductions

In this new year, your take-home pay may be different due to personal circumstances. Your tax situation or your relationship status may have changed. Maybe now you’re a parent with a new baby! Maybe you’ve gained income from a side hustle or maybe you’ve lost income from the only job you’ve ever had in your entire life. Regardless of the changes, check all your pay stubs and make sure there are no mistakes. If you’re receiving unemployment income, verify that the amount you’re receiving matches the amount the state has awarded to you. Human error happens, so make sure you’re not losing out on anything!

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Buy Some Candy- After Valentine’s Day

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying wait until February 15th to buy a sweet for your sweetie! What I am saying is that I personally can never have too much chocolate, so I will be watching the stores for the post-Valentine’s Day sales to stock up on extra chocolate. I don’t care what kind of packaging it comes in – chocolate is chocolate to me! If you have a sweet tooth, the day after Valentine’s Day can be a clearance paradise, so you too can stock up (unless your significant other has loaded you down with so much chocolate that you have no room for more).

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Love-Themed, Heart-Themed, I-Love-You, I-Like-You, Anything Sales

Going hand-in-hand with the candy that gets marked down on February 15, you might see other items marked down after Valentine’s Day. Think items like cups, napkins, paper plates, guest towels, hand towels, candles, coffee mugs, pencils, pens, random things like that. Anything seasonal in the Valentine’s Day area will probably be marked down the day after. These types of things could be great to pick up and you could score a great deal on them. If it’s a cute hand towel with a heart on it, you could potentially use it year round in your bathroom (if it’s a good quality and it holds up). If you’re planning a wedding or an anniversary party, you might even get lucky and find supplies you can use (that are cheaper than items marketed as “wedding”).

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Saving Money on Energy Costs

Another area to really think about with savings is your energy bill. If you live in a part of the country that’s impacted by extreme cold this time of year, you know how much of a connection there is between the weather and the energy bill. If you can just do a quick walk-through of your home, you may be able to assess the opportunities to save energy. Are your windows, doors, or other parts of your home allowing cold air to pour in? Are there unfinished rooms of your home that you might be able to insulate? Would a space heater make you more comfortable when it gets really cold? Just thinking about a problem won’t fix it, but it’s a starting step.

Use Your Christmas Gift Cards

Do you still have gift cards left over from Christmas? If so, now is the perfect time to use them. A lot of brick and mortar stores are doing their final markdowns – clearing out the winter stock to make room for spring items – which can give you some nice deals to start with. Combine that with a gift card, and you can get an even better deal. Thinking through a list of items you need or want in advance can help you make the most of it.

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