Saturday, August 29, 2015

Upcoming St. Louis and local events 8/30-9/5

Upcoming St. Louis and local events

August 30 Festival of Nations St. Louis Tower Grove park info  10 am to 6 pm

August 30 Meet Author of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey St. Louis County Library Headquarters Branch 6:30

Sept. 2 Concert in the Park Steve Davis Elvis 6-7:30 Glazebrook park Godfrey, IL

Sept. 4 Lynrd Skynrd Concert 8:00 Liberty Bank Amphitheatre Alton, IL

Sept. 5 Lewis and Clark Music Festival 10-4:00 pm Lewis and Clark State Historic Site Hartford, IL Traditional music of the late 1700s and early 1800s will be performed by musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers and flutes. Watch, listen, and participate in this wonderful dance and music festival.  FREE 

September 5 Free Movie in the City Park Edwardsville, IL 7:15 Cinderella 

Sept 5-6 Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens Admission $15 for Adults 13 and older $5 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jobs and working

I do not like getting into conversations with my mom about my jobs.  I have had multiple jobs, some the same field and position just different company.  She says why can't stay at one place and get seniority.  In my field, it doesn't really matter.  I can't find a job that I am qualified for and that I like which also makes decent money.

I have been off work all summer due to my broken ankle.  Now I have to go back to work to make some money.  I am going back to the field that have been in before my broken ankle.  This morning it hit me that I did not want to go back to work especially in this field.  It does bother me some that I am 40 years old and doing this kind of job that I am doing.  Someone has to do this job.  It is just like when you are on vacation too long from a job, you just don't want to go back.  It was feeling too good to be home everyday.  I enjoyed getting up with my husband for work.  Now that school is in session and my son will be gone all day, it will be even better.   I enjoyed working on my blog more intensively.  Just recently I had started myself into a routine of cleaning certain things each day.

I do have some ideas up my sleeve of possible money makers of a job.  I just need to assert my self in working on them.

September St. Louis Cardinals Theme Nights

St. Louis Cardinals Theme Nights

Sept. 2 Grateful Dead Night --Receive a specially designed Grateful Dead Cardinals T-shirt

Sept. 8 Outdoors Night by Cabela's--Receive a Mossy Oak Camo Hat

Sept. 9 Career Day -- College Fair and presentations

Sept. 22 College Night -- Receive a 80's themed Cardinals Long sleeved t-shirt

Sept. 23 Halfway to St. Patrick's day ---- Receive a limited edition St. Patrick's day Paddy cap. Irish music and dancers

Sept. 24 Billikens night  --- Receive a Cardinals themed Billikens hat

Monday, August 24, 2015

Free Books in Exchange for a Review

Are you a blogger? Do you like to read? Did you know there are companies that you can apply to and get free books?  All you need to do is read the book then post a review on their site/Amazon or also on your blog. I think it is pretty cool to save money on all I need to do is write a review on what I thought about the book.  It is basically what you tell your friends. I am sure you find yourself telling your friends what book you are reading and what it is about anyway.  Right now, I have two books I need to review. Although I can only read one at time. Right now I am reading Freedom's child by Jax Miller.

Tyndale Blog Network
Family Christian Bookstore  (Facebook group)
Blogging For Books
Booklook Bloggers Harper Collins

Some of the books I have read are the following:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

St. Louis and Metro East Illinois Events 8/23- 8/29

St. Louis and Metro East Illinois Events

8/23 Festival of the Little Hills St. Charles, MO 9:30 to 5 pm  Crafts and food
8/23 Tri County Olden Days 7 am to 5 pm Dow, IL entertainment, antique tractors and engines, flea market and food

8/28-8/29 Alton Gospel Musicfest at Main street United Methodist Church, Alton, Car Cruise Saturday 4-9 Food, events and entertainment
8/29   Alton Labor Day Parade 10 am  Begins on College Ave at the Alton Middles school and to Gordon Moore Park
8/29 Alton Food Truck Festival  4pm to 8 pm at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater 12 food trucks are to be there
8/29 Car Cruise Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower Hartford, IL 4 to 7 pm

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Upcoming St. Louis and local events 8/16- 8/22

Local events for family

August 18 Free Concert in the park Glazebrook park, Godfrey,IL  Steve Davis as Elvis 6:30-8:30
August 18 Food Trucks in Frontier Park, St. Charles, MO 5-8 pm, Food trucks and live music
August 21 FREE Family Night at the Magic House 5:30 -9:30 pm
August 22  Tri County Olden Days Dow, IL 7:00 - 5:00 pm Come out and enjoy a family oriented event that has something for everyone in Dow, Illinois! A steam, gas and threshing show will feature antique tractors, engines and heritage demonstrations, along with an antique tractor pull. There will be live entertainment both days, with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Shop the large craft & flea market and enjoy lots of good "old-fashioned" food.  Admission is $4 children under 12 FREE 
August 22 Bull Riding Bonanza at the Beverly Farms Equestrian Center, Godfrey, IL Starts at 2:00 pm Includes Pro Bull riding, junior rodeo, mutton bustin, face painting and more $12 for adult and $8 Children Under 5 FREE 
August 22 Classic car Cruise Edison Entertainment Complex, Edwardsville, IL 6 - 9 pm 
August 22/23  St. Paul's Kirchenfest, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Highland, IL 7 am -12 am Kirchenfest, which is German for "Church Festival," is one of the largest church festivals in Southern Illinois with the event spreading over six acres on the grounds of St. Paul Parish. Beginning in 1970 the festival has a German theme, as the Highland community is primarily Swiss and German heritage. This two-day festival offers something for everyone - food (including a Bavarian skillet dish prepared by a 500 pound skillet and a sit-down chicken dinner), live music, games, live auction, flea market, a competitive run, bike ride and much more!
August 22 26th Annual Maternity and Parenting fair Belleville, IL Memorial Hospital, 9 am -12 pm FREE

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Old Family Barn fire

So I told you the other day, that we would be burning down the barn. It happened today.  It was weird for my mom to not be there to watch it come down as she was so interested in it and as it was part of her whole life.  Many of us took many pictures for her to see later.  It started small inside the barn then I turned around and was a major and very hot.
This is how it started before the fire started.
And it is gone now for the wood to smolder for few days.

When you live in the country the little things we get excited about -- watching a barn burn.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Goodbye to the Family Barn

Goodbye to the family Barn 

These are two pictures of the family barn that I have.  It doesn't look like this right now.  More wood has come apart from the frame of the barn.  This is on my grandparent's property.  My grandparent's house was buildt in 1867 or so.  It is unknown exactly when this barn was built, although there was always a farm here.  My grandparents are no longer living. My brother's family is now living on the property and taking care of the farm.

This Saturday, the barn will be burned to the ground.  We do not use the barn for any farm purposes anymore.  I can remember times when I was young as we cattle that used the barn.  I remember hearing the noises when they butchered the cattle inside the barn.  In the past years, I had ventured in the barn to see what kind old, and interesting things I could find.  My son enjoyed climbing on the second floor, although my parents were worried because none of the boards were very stable any longer.    I had found old darts with real feathers on them that my grandfather used as practiced dart ball in the barn for the church league.  I found 2 old horse bridles.  We did find a old two hand plow.

It will be a piece of history to watch it go up in flames.  I have to take pictures because my mother will be able to watch.  She is a little disappointed that she will be unable to see it happen. She grew up with this barn in her life.

Goodbye to a part of history.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Upcoming St. Louis Blues Promotions Calendar

Are you a St. Louis Blues fan? If you live in the St. Louis area, I am sure you are.
I am sure you like to know what kind of promotion they are doing before you buy tickets right? Well here is the calendar they have put out so far.

Single game tickets go on sale August 20, 10 am.
To order tickets go here 

Bobblehead Nights
  • Oct. 29 vs. ANA - Kevin Shattenkirk
  • Dec. 10 vs. PHI - Chris Pronger - 2015 HHOF Inductee
  • Feb. 16 vs. DAL - David Backes
  • March 25 vs. VAN - Alex Pietrangelo
Apparel night 
  • Nov. 16 vs. WPG - Camo Jersey (first 12,500 - 13 & over)
  • Dec. 13 vs. COL - Kids Home Jersey (first 5,000 - 12 & under)
Must have Promotions 
  • Oct. 1 vs. CHI - Magnet Schedule (all fans)
  • Oct. 8 vs. EDM - Team Calendar (all fans)
  • Oct. 27 vs. TBL - Beer Stein (first 10,000 - 21 & over)
  • Dec. 5 vs. TOR - Team Poster (all fans)
  • Dec. 8 vs. ARI - Blues Yearbook (all fans)
  • April 9 vs. WAS - Fan Appreciation Scratch-Offs (all fans)
Ticket promotion nights
  • Student Nights - Present a valid student ID and get a Mezzanine Level ticket for just $19.50 or a Plaza Level ticket for just $49.50 for select games. Tickets can also be purchased online with a valid college e-mail address. 
  • Military Nights - All active, reserve and retired military can purchase tickets as low as $28.50 with a valid military ID. ..
  • Family Packs - Purchase a four-pack of Blues tickets and get four hot dogs, four sodas and two boxes of popcorn. Packages start as low as $99. 
  • Other Promo Nights - More details on great theme nights will be available soon, including Mizzou Night, Star Wars Night, Scout Nights, Union Nights and more!

Friday, August 7, 2015

St. Louis and Metro East Local Events 8/9 - 8/15

St. Louis and Metro East Local Events 8/9 - 8/15 

August 7-9 --Sales Tax Holiday for Missori

August 9 --Amazing Animal Encounters at the World Bird Sanctury 1:30 pm FREE 

August 9 --Family Fun Day at Ballpark Village, St. Louis, MO. Theme: Water. Noon to 4 pm. Activities and attractions include: Fredbird & Team Fredbird, the St. Louis Blues inflatable Slap Shot Game, St. Louis Rams Kick-Pass Game, sidewalk chalk creations, a rock climbing wall, racing fun house, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, a bounce house, the home plate game and lots more.

August 9 -- 8th Annual Peach Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge (Grafton, IL) 11:00 - 3:00 pm, Visitors can enjoy a cruise on the Hakuna Matata boat, kids activities, crafts, wine tasting, and vendors. Also historic lodge tours. FREE 

August 9 -- Gateway Bridal Show at the Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville, IL 1:00 - 4:30 pm. Free for Brides – Brides who preregister get one free guest pass – General Admission $5

August 10 -- Free Movie at Ballpark Village St. Louis, MO Little Rascals FREE

August 13 -- Grafton Music in the Park, Grafton, IL 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Mars Needs Guitars (High Energy Classic Rock)  FREE 

August 13 -- E.T movie at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, IL $2 tickets can be only bought the night of the show. 7:00 pm

August 14 --  Movie Night at the Park, Glazebrook Park in Godfrey, IL 8:15 Lego Movie FREE 

August 15 -- Monarchs 101 at the Audubon Center at the Riverlands, West Alton, MO Join us for an introductory program on the beautiful monarch butterfly! You will learn the basics of this iconic organism, including current efforts to conserve it. A portion of this program will be outdoors. Families with young children are encouraged!  FREE 

August 15 -- Market Street Community Block Party and Health Fair, Alton, Il 11:00 -3:00 pm. Come and enjoy health fair and medical screenings, a series of bounce houses, games, fun activities, arts & crafts, music, food, face painting, school supply give away, safety awareness and more. FREE 

Monday, August 3, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Promotions Coming up

St. Louis Cardinals

August 11 Budweiser Bash night--Purchase a ticket for this night and receive a Bobblehead of Ken Dayley

August 13 -- Runners Night Ticket Purchasers get a Cardinals Technical T-shirt

August 14 Red Schoendienst Hall of Fame Red Jacket Statue 16 years and older receive this statue.
                  Outdoors Autograph Night --Get free autographs from current and former Cardinals players, courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors! Two current Cardinals players will sign 100 autographs in Ford Plaza for fans 15 years old and younger from 5:45-6:15. Two former Cardinals players will sign autographs for fans of all ages from 6:15-7:00.

August 15 Cardinals Hall of Fame inductee Plaque --Fans can celebrate the second class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame inductees with this unique item that highlights the players selected by the fans. 25,000 fans 16 and older will receive this collectible plaque, courtesy of Edward Jones.

To Buy Tickets 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

St. Louis and Local Events 8/2 - 8/8

St. Louis and Local Events

August 2 Grafton Towboat Festival at the Loading Dock in Grafton 11-4 pm  Free Tours of Working Towboats

August 4 Amtrak Train Day, Alton, IL -- 10 am till 2 pm  Learn about train safety and train travel.  Children will receive a free conductors hat and coloring book

August 5  Garden of Eatin' Tour & Wood-Fired Pizza Dinner 5:00 pm     Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey Please email: to make your reservations for this free one-of-a-kind garden tour and dinner delight. Free 

August 6 Meet Fredbird at the Cookie Factory Alton Square Mall 1:00-2:00 pm 

August 7 Discover the Nina and Pinta Replicas of the Christopher Columbus ships, at the Loading Dock in Grafton, IL 9:00 am - 6:00 PM Admission $8/adults, $6/students (5-18) 

Augusst 7 National Night Out 5:30 - 8:00 Liberty Bank Amphitheater Alton, IL, Includes bounce houses, music, K9 demonstration Free 

 Frozen at the Tower at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, Hartford, IL 10:00 -  2:00 pm Everything Frozen event,  Bounce house, face painting 

August 7-9 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday for the State of Missouri, for clothing, school supplies and computers are exempt from sales tax 

August 8 Fredbird will be at Eckerts Farm in Belleville  12:30-1:00 pm