Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 90s Updates

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you may have seen that I will be partaking in an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Adventure in NYC this weekend courtesy of Netflix as a #StreamTeam member. I am beyond excited and look forward to “catching up on the present” with activities just like the characters in the show. My planner is ready!

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If you have not seen the show, you really should check it out…it’s hilarious! It’s full of hilarious one-liners, situations, and a song that won’t get out of my head because it cracks me up (“Pinot Noir, caviar…Pinot Noir, mid-sized car”). Titus could just stand there and I would laugh.

So be sure to follow me on social media and look for #StreamTeamUKS to see the adventure along with the 4 other bloggers I will be with :) I’ll also have my camera and GoPro, so I look forward to sharing photos and video with a trip report too!

 

Last week, Netflix sent a “Mole Woman Survival Kit” to help me prepare for the trip, which included some 90s nostalgia.

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One of the items in the kit was a composition book with the title “Things People Don’t Say Anymore” – in the show, Kimmy is stuck in the 90’s because that’s how she remembers the world before she was put in the bunker for 15 years. I’m a child of the 90’s, so the things Kimmy says and does really crack me up because it brings back memories.

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Unfortunately for Kimmy, she doesn’t get the luxury of time and evolving mannerisms (darn you, adulthood), so the things she says, wears, and uses are no longer relevant and many people have no idea what she is even saying.

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Here are some things from the 90’s that Kimmy may be shocked to know are no longer around and what she needs to update.

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Dial up internet

Remember that sound? Ssshchhrreeeeeeeeooooooopeeeeoooeeeeoooo

Back then, you actually had to sign in to the internet and wait FOREVER! (ok, like a minute or so) while it connected. Oh, and no one could be on the landline at the same time! How did we survive?!

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Update: Kimmy, get a cable modem and a smartphone (I hear Macintosh makes a good one)

 

 

Slap Bracelets

These were actually kind of fun and my son currently has one with a dinosaur on it, but far from being considered fashionable by today’s standards. These were also big in the late eighties, but started being banned in schools in the nineties.

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Update: Kimmy, if you put something on your wrist, it better monitor your steps and sleep, connect to the internet,work underwater, and do your taxes. Get a Fitbit and Apple Watch!

 

 

Commercials

Commercials actually used to be indicators of current popular trends featuring celebrities that kids would talk about at school the next day.

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Update: Kimmy, DVR those shows and skip the commercials. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Better yet, jump on Netflix and watch entire seasons without interruption.

 

 

Tamagotchi

Everyone used to have a little Tamagotchi that they carried around…a little electronic pet that you had to take care of and would leave little poops on your screen. It was fun having your own little pet until you left it at home when you went to a friends house for a sleepover and it died.

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Update: Kimmy, they make robots now!

 

Things People Don’t Say Anymore

Here are some sayings for Kimmy to put in her notebook:

  • “As if”
  • “Da Bomb”
  • “Talk to the hand”
  • “NOT!”
  • “Psych!”
  • “Waaazzzzzuuuuuuuppp!”
  • “I know you are but what am I?”
  • “Word up”

Update:

  • “Selfie”
  • “Totes”
  • “Obvs”

(Although I think those are on the outs too, basically if an adult says it then it is no longer cool)

 

Be sure to check out the entire first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt available now on Netflix. And follow along on my NYC adventure starting tomorrow!

 

 

 

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Beer of the Month Club

I know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift on Father’s Day, or any other gift-giving time, for the man in your life, whether it’s your spouse/bf/dad/brother/etc. I am a fan of wish lists to help give ideas on what that person wants, but then I like taking the general interests from the wish list and finding something creative that fits their wants. If they don’t have a list and you’re at a serious loss of ideas, why not find a gift that keeps on giving all year with a monthly subscription box!

Gone are the days when subscription boxes only consisted of girly products like makeup and jewelry. There is now a box for everything! Even if you don’t know where to look to get started, Amazing Clubs is a fantastic website that lists so many different types of available subscription boxes, so there’s bound to be one to fit your needs.

Here’s a fun gift idea for Father’s Day…Beer of the Month Club!

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This month, there were 12 beers in 4 varieties that I have never heard of (I don’t drink beer lol). The reason I mention that is because I think it’s a great aspect of the Beer of the Month Club as a gift: you can gift products that the giftee maybe has not tried before.

The Beer of the Month Club arrives in a large, secure box, so you can either gift it straight to the giftee by putting in their mailing address when you purchase it, or you can have a month shipped to you and turn it into a gift package by adding decoration to putting it in a gift basket.

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I made a simple sign to spruce this up as a gift. I used PicMonkey to make a quick gift tag, but you could also probably find a free printable online (try Pinterest!) or you can order something from Etsy. (Or you can right-click on the image below!)

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After printing out the tags, all that’s needed is a hole punch, ribbon/string, and scissors.

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Cut two holes in the tags.

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I cut out the bottom to better define the design.

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Cut a short piece of string.

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Loop the string through the holes and tie it around the neck of a bottle.

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If wine is more their style, Amazing Clubs has a wine of the month club too!

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“Cheers!”

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I have teamed up with Amazing Clubs to experience their various subscription box offerings over the next year. Each month will be a surprise to me and I look forward to sharing all the fun with you! :)

 

Easy Mexican Shrimp & Rice

Warning: this recipe will not be full of set-up Pinterest-worthy photos. This post could also be called “Brett wasn’t home one night, so Lynn was brave and cooked herself more than just eggs.”

Seriously, this recipe was super easy and if I can do it, so can anyone else. :)

I have several jars of salsa and Mexican cooking sauces in the pantry, and since they all probably have onions or something Brett steers away from, him being gone was the perfect opportunity to make a small dish for myself.

Ingredients – Just 4!

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Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce (a Hormel Brand)

Black Beans

Pre-cooked, tail-off shrimp

Rice (I used the Jasmine rice in a bag)

 

This particular flavor of Mexican Cooking Sauce was Red Guajillo Chile, which says it is Tangy & Fruity. I didn’t see a hotness rating, but I would say it is at least Medium, because I definitely felt the spiciness.

Cook the rice according to the instructions. I like the rice in a bag because they are Lynn-proof and you just set the bag in boiling water for 10 minutes and that’s it.

Put the shrimp in a medium pan on medium heat. The pre-cooked shrimp can be cooked from frozen, so I just put them in the pan by themselves basically just to thaw them first, then drain the water that was in the pan.

Then, add in your black beans (I used about half a can) and desired amount of Mexican Cooking Sauce (I used a few tablespoons, since I like a lot of sauce). Let simmer for a few minutes and stir occasionally…this is just to heat all the ingredients up and combine the flavors.

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Once everything is done, pour the rice into a bowl and cover with the Mexican Shrimp!

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This was so good! Fairly healthy with a kick. :)

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Did you notice I said this Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce was in the Hormel family of brands? They have an entire line of authentic Mexican food products and you can see other delicious recipes by going to their website here.

 

For other Hormel Recipes, visit their recipe list here!

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This post was written by me as part of my involvement in the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!

 

Put the Spotlight on Family with Netflix

Prior to Aubrey being born, I would envision her and Trent playing, if they would get along, and all the fun things we would do as a family.

Now that she’s here, I get to actually see those things happening and I couldn’t be more happy with how they interact with each other. He is an amazing big brother and helper and she looks up to him and thinks he is the most fascinatingly funny person ever.

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As a family of Disney fans, it should be no surprise that I would often think about going to Disney World as a family. Can you believe Aubrey has been 3 times already?! It makes my heart happy spending time there as a family.

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I know it won’t last forever and that sibling rivalry and fighting will be inevitable (and – GASP! – they may stop wanting to go to WDW). When the time comes, movies that put the spotlight on families could be a good promotional entertainment selection. Here are some current selections available on Netflix that highlight families!

Family Is What You Make It

For your little kids:

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For your big kids:

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1. Crash & Bernstein
2. Life with Boys
3. Spy Kids
4. Russell Madness (Available 5/10)
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And for teens and adults:

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New on Netflix for Kids and Families

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1. All Hail King Julien (new episodes 4/3)
2. Littlest Pet Shop: Season 3 (4/21)
3. Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (5/2)
4. Puss in Boots (new episodes 5/8)
5. H20 Mermaid Adventures (5/22)
6. Richie Rich: Season 2 (5/22)
7. Mako Mermaids: Season 3 (5/29)

 

 

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This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. Thanks for reading!

 

Seattle Adventures: Mountain Adventures (Mount St. Helens Lava Tubes & Snoqualmie Falls)

Welcome to the next installment of our Seattle Adventures series! To see the main page with links to all of the installments, go here!

Even from the plane, we were excited to be in a different terrain than what we’re used to in Florida.

Mountains!

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Growing up, I visited my aunt who lived in New York around what I always thought were mountains, but I think they are just considered hills, so I was excited to see some real mountains. Me and snow aren’t friends, but luckily, the areas we were going to explore weren’t covered in snow.

Every day in Seattle, we could see the faint outline of Mount Rainier in the distance, some days more than others depending on the weather. We thought we would get the best view from the top of the Space Needle, but since the sky was much better another day, we got the best view when going from Seattle to Alki on the ferry.

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So far, but seems so close…the map below shows the places featured in this post.

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Our main mountain adventure was traveling over 3 hours to Mt St Helens to climb through the lava tube.

Mount St. Helens Ape Cave Lava Tube is a popular attraction in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United States at over two miles in length. The Ape Caves are located on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

How the Ape Caves were formed:  About 2,000 years ago lava poured down the southern flank of Mount St. Helens in streams.  As the lava flowed the outer edges of the lava stream cooled forming a hardened crust which insulated the molten lava beneath.  This allowed the lava to remain hot and fluid encased in this “lava tube” and continued flowing months during the eruption.  The end result was the creation of this spectacular 13,042 long lava tube.  This formation is especially unusual at Mount St. Helens as this type of volcano usually erupts lava of a much thicker consistency which tends to block flow and build up pressure resulting in explosive eruptions like the blast of 1980.

There is one main entrance with a stairwell. You can then choose to go the Easy/lower route, or the Upper/Difficult route. We chose the Upper route…go big or go home, right?

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Here is Tate claiming “King of the mountain” status.

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From the second you climb down, you’re in for some fun…watch your step!

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You can borrow lamps to walk with, and since Dana was the lucky person to hold our lamp, we had to make sure she didn’t wander off – haha.

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There were lots of large rocks to climb up and over and down, and you had to constantly test each rock before putting your full weight on to make sure it was secure. Or you could let someone go in front of you to do the testing and then you step on all the same rocks they did ;)

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This was at the “Lava Fall” – an 8 ft drop. There was one teeny tiny spot to place your foot to help you get down, but you basically had to jump or carefully slide down. Dana was a pro..she did it while holding the lamp.

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On a side note, as we were hiking along, a family passed us and the father had a baby strapped to his back in a carrier! We all felt a little inadequate after seeing that, as we were amazed that he wasn’t bumping the baby into anything and we all probably hit our heads on the wall or wobbled on a rock along the way.

Pretty creepy photos…

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I think this was the “Big Room” or at least near to it.

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The hike was pretty fun and challenging, and so rewarding to reach the end. It was also kind of scary to think that we were actually in an “active” volcano, with the most recent activity in 2008…a year before we were there. I also don’t recommend watching any scary cave movies before going in.

The views around this area are spectacular…

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But there are also plenty of reminders of the destruction from volcanic activity.

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There were several areas with signs that people are not allowed into, some with destruction clearly visible..all plant life gone and a gray shade covering the land.

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After the hike, we continued to drive around the area, stopping at certain photo-worthy spots. Although, pretty much everywhere you looked was photo-worthy.

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I started out the trip in the backseat of the car, but had to have them pull over so I could sit in the front because I started getting motion sickness from all the twisting and turning along the steep, winding roads.

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Brett says this next photo reminds him of Lord of the Rings and is one of his favorites from the trip.

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In fact, most of his favorite photos from the trip were taken this day.

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This next one is even in a frame in our hallway (and the sunflowers from Pike Place Market is on a large canvas about our mantle/fireplace).

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This adventure took an entire day, since the car ride itself was about 3 hours. On the ride home, we were introduced to the most magnificent place ever…RED ROBIN! Haha! We had never been before, but our local TV station plays commercials for them all the time (Red Robin…YUMMMM!) even though the closest one is 2 hours away, so it’s funny that our first time wasn’t anywhere near home. Since our Seattle trip, we have made that 2 hour trip a few times…it’s the perfect stop after a day at the beach (or mountains in this case).

 

On another day, we took a slightly less time consuming trip to Snoqualmie Falls (about 40 minutes East of Seattle).

After parking, there is a short hike along the river to get to the Falls and you pass the Powerhouse that still produces energy.

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We hiked to the bottom of the falls first, and you can see the Salish Lodge at the top. Wouldn’t that be a nice place to stay?!

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We then hiked up to the top.

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Everything was so pretty, and having a 268 foot waterfall behind makes for some great photos. :)

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This was probably about a half day adventure, so you can squeeze in more fun stuff the rest of the day!

As with any adventure, be sure to check their website prior to going just to make sure everything is open and available for you.

 

I hope you enjoyed this segment of our Seattle Adventures! The main page with links to all of the segments as they are shared can be found here.

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