Cedar Point Amusement Park, Roller Coaster Reviews

    Reviews, Cedar Point In this post I will review some of the roller coasters and other rides I’ve been on at the amusement park Cedar Point, Ohio. The first time I visited Cedar Point was in 1991. Magnum was the huge, thrilling new ride that attracted people from afar, mainly because of its huge first drop. Well, a lot has changed since then. Magnum is still a big attraction at Cedar Point, but a lot more rides have been added since then. I have never been a frequent visitor, mostly because I’ve been too busy being a mom. But now that my kids are teenagers, I have been able to go again a couple of times in the last few years. When reading my comments on each ride, just keep in mind that I like huge coasters and it takes a bit to give me a thrill. So if your family is rather reluctant of big rides, know where I’m coming from; if I say it’s not scary, it may be scary for someone else! I mainly go on the big rides, as I find the smaller ones mostly annoying. So I won’t comment on those. Rides and Roller Coasters Gate Keeper: This is a newer roller coaster located at the very entrance of the park. Made from steel, an extremely smooth ride, no jerking. Very comfortable. Some find this a scary and thrilling ride, while I really […] Read more »

Making a Tracing Light Box in Seconds, Using Flashlight

DIY Tracing Light Box, Using Flash Light

Seeing my son being tempted to put a sheet of paper onto a flat-screen computer monitor to trace a picture, I felt inspired to make him a tracing light box instead. I explained to him that the monitor surface would scratch if he used it to trace, and tracing is what he wanted to do. Remembering a pin on Pinterest, I decided to make a light box by using what we already had on hand, and I came up with this simple solution: A tracing box made from a clear bin and a flashlight! In a matter of seconds I simply put a flashlight standing inside a clear plastic container, and the light shining through made the picture visible through the sheet of paper placed on top. When looking at my bins, I found that most of them had edges or ridges on the bottom that would make tracing difficult. But I also found that using the sides of a medium sized plastic container worked perfectly! Instead of tracking down a light bulb on a cord to make one like the pin on pinterest suggested, I just stuck a flashlight inside. A shorter flashlight that spreads the light out more evenly across the box would probably have improved the light box, but using what we had took seconds and worked quite well. My son did move the flashlight around a little bit to better light up the areas he was […] Read more »

I’m back!!!

New York City, view from The Rock. After a short break during a busy time in my life, I am back to blogging again! My summer has been unusually busy this year, with a lot of running and taking care of various commitments, as well as a couple of long distance trips away from home. We went on a family vacation to New York in May, and I went by myself to Norway in June to visit family. Since then I’ve been playing catch-up games, and life is just now starting to calm down a little bit. It has been a great summer so far for me, even with all the craziness! But at this point I am expecting to be able to post again on a regular basis. During my trip to Norway, I was able to visit my parents and brothers with families, and had a wonderful time! It was so good to see them all again! It sure was quite the transition to go from temperatures in the 50’s (10-15° C) in Norway, to 105°F and high humidity (40° C) at home in the Midwest. This is unusual for our area, but nevertheless! It was also my first visit to New York. We had a lot of fun going to the various tourist attractions, and experiencing this magnificent city! Even though by nature, I am more of a country gal, I must say I enjoyed New York […] Read more »

Dollar Bill Origami; Dressy Shirt & Tie

    Today, just for the fun of it, I want to post about making origami creations using American $1 bills. I watched a video on this, and thought it was really neat, so I decided to give it a try. It was so much fun, so I’d like to share a couple of these videos along with the creations I made. Since I am not very experienced in origami, I found the videos to be very helpful. I am concluding that if I can do this, that means you probably can, too! One of the first things I did, was to get a hold of some nice, crisp dollar bills. Since I had a limited supply of newer bills, I practiced on some softer, used ones at first until I had an idea of what I was trying to do, then I did it on a stiff, new bill to make the end product look nice and neat. I have included a picture of my final product for each item. I did find that if the used bills had folds in them prior to the project, more so than just being soft and worn, it made it more confusing to fold since it was harder to know which fold to use. The first few videos were made by such nice, encouraging gentlemen who help you step by step. Nothing is rushed, but show you in detail just how to […] Read more »

Aldi Chocolates, Best Hidden Secret!

Do you have an Aldi store in your area? If so, you may be surprised to find that they carry a variety of wonderfully delicious, high quality European chocolate! Growing up in Norway, I was spoiled on great chocolate, and for me, the regular ol’ Hershey’s bar will never measure up. It doesn’t melt well, and I find the flavor to be harsh. And before I go on: No, I do not work for Aldi’s and I do not get paid for advertisement. I simply want to share my find with others. Aldi is a discount supermarket based in Germany and their stores have a bit of that European feel to them. When an Aldi store opened up close to where we live, I was excited because many of their groceries are sold at lower prices, and for the most part we’ve been happy with the quality of their products. I recently wrote a post on what I like to buy at Aldi, 20 Favorite Aldi Products List, and of course chocolate did make the list! When I first discovered Aldi, I didn’t even realize their chocolates were anything special until I took a closer look and noticed that they are made in Europe, which instantly intrigued me. I decided to purchase a bar to try, and found the quality to be excellent! I really couldn’t believe it; outstanding quality chocolate at lower prices than other comparable brands. It is […] Read more »