What do Fidget Spinners, Exploding Kittens, and Lemon Tree Seedlings Have in Common?

Nothing, really, besides all being a pretty big presence in my life this past week.

First these fidget spinner thingies.

fidget spinner

To all my teacher friends out there, I get it. They are annoying. They’re probably taking over your classroom. Kids are using them at inappropriate times, talking about them ad nauseum and doing what kids do best, being irritating.

However, as a mom of two boys who mostly obsesses over games on the phone and Xbox, I have welcomed this non-device gadget into my home with open arms.

I know these spinners have been touted as a tool for kids with ADHD and such but my kids have adopted them as a fun way to challenge themselves. They remind me of the hacky sack craze of the ’90s. Remember when everyone walked around with one of them in their back pocket? You’d see people kicking it at the park, groups would form and there’d always be that one show-off who probably spent an obscene amount of hours in his bedroom practicing freestyle tricks.

My kids each have a fidget spinner and they attempt to balance it on each finger, transfer hands and do silly tricks. I hear, “Mom, look at this!” multiple times a day since they got them. Which, in my opinion, is much better than arguing with them that it’s time to log off the video games and find something better to do.

This past week I saw a bin of them at a local grocery store for $5.99, so I decided to pick one up for myself.  Well, I didn’t think I’d like it as much I do! It’s a great way to take a break at work when you’re thinking through a problem or, and I’ll be honest here, entertaining yourself on a boring conference call.

Laugh at me all you want. I’m a fan.

Next up, Exploding Kittens. 

Exploding Kittens

The Husband brought this game home after a playing it with his co-workers. Unbeknownst to me it was a Kickstarter a couple of years ago and they have since made add-ons, an NSFW addition and are in the process of a brand new game, Bears and Babies.

All we have is the original Exploding Kittens and we love it! We’ve played almost every night this week. The 6-Year-Old is a little young but the 11-Year-Old LOVES it!

I highly recommend it for parents of middle-schoolers or couples who, like The Husband and I, enjoy board and card games.

Finally, my lemon tree seedlings.

Lemon tree seedinlings

I did it. I actually sprouted lemon seeds from a lemon I bought at the store. Look how cute they are!

Have you ever gotten a fruit or vegetable that just seemed better than your typical fruit or vegetable? Well, a few months ago I got the most amazing lemons from the grocery store. They where bright yellow, juicy and just perfect. So I extracted some seeds and wrapped them in a moist paper towel, placed the paper towel in a zip-lock bag, and put it on a windowsill.

I waited weeks for these things to sprout. I actually forgot about them. Then one day I looked and the bag was bulging. They sprouted! So I transferred the seedlings to a small pot and waited some more. I thought I killed them because it took another good week for them to pop up.

There is still a chance I will kill them but right now I’m ecstatic I got this far. I’ll keep you posted.

So there you have it, my week of Fidget Spinners, Exploding Kittens, and Lemon Tree Seedlings. In other news…

  • I completed week 2 of Wendler 5/3/1.  So far my 3 days of lifting and 2 days of running are going well. I miss having workout partners but I’m enjoying the challenge of doing it solo. Part of me would like to squish in another day of running over the weekend but the other part of me is like… nope, let’s sleep in.
  • The Husband, my husband, has declared he wants to drop a few pounds. He tends to get on an anti-sugar kick this time of year, which is hysterical to me considering the man is an avid soda drinker. I do admire his approach though. He simply tries to cut out all added sugar, reduces the frequency of eating out at lunch and reigns in nighttime snacking. There’s no formal plan, food journaling or crazy new exercise routine involved. The funny thing is, he’s usually successful. I guess you can say he mastered the #wycwyc style of dieting.

That’s all I have from my neck of the woods. The family is about to hop in the car for a 3-hour trek to PA. We’re visiting for my niece’s confirmation, having dinner with the family and then heading home. It’s going to be a long day but it will be nice to spend time with everyone.

Have a great week, guys!


4 comments On What do Fidget Spinners, Exploding Kittens, and Lemon Tree Seedlings Have in Common?

  • Karen (Scotland)

    My husband wants me to get one to stop me biting my nails. My second son has developed a (slightly strange) habit of plucking at his eyelids and his fidget spinner is weaning him off that (OK, I know, it’s actually very weird) habit.
    Like you, I feel it’s better than screen time. Same when our school had a yoyo craze last year.
    If your family likes board games, have you tried Colt Express? You play as a bandit, there is a 3 D train, you punch and shoot each other, and rob each other. Kids love it! 🙂
    I love these little updates you do. I’m starting back on C25K. I was on final week before Easter holiday but haven’t ran since. Back to week 4 for me…

    • My daughter plucked her eyelids around age 5. Drove me insane because we home school and I would have to sit across the table and see that the whole time. Turns out, she had major eye allergies!!! The optometrist said some kids will rub their eyes and others pull on their eyelids. LOL I would never have imagined, but a day or two into the recommended prescription-strength eye drops and she was better!!! Hope you see this just in case that is his problem too. 🙂

  • I was very concerned about exploding kittens!!! LOL Glad to know it’s just a game. I haven’t heard of it yet.

  • Are you planning to try to grow those seedlings to lemon trees? I think most lemons are grafted onto root stock and so don’t grow so well on their own from seed.

    But what you want are Meyer lemons. They have a thinner skin, are more round, less yellow, and just a bit sweeter than a more generic lemon. I have a tree in my garden, and my in laws take a bunch of them back to PA whenever they visit. I am told that the relatives eat them like an orange, but my mouth puckers at the thought.

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