The Missouri History Museum

My family visited The Missouri History Museum one of the nights it was open late. Ever since I was a child, History has been a favorite subject of mine, so whenever we travel I try to visit as much of the local History I can!  The museum is free to visit but a few of the exhibits had a small admission fee. My favorite exhibit was The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward, since Forest Park was the Location of The 1904 World’s Fair we were very interested in learning more about the World’s Fair. Another very interesting exhibit was Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. This exhibit was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We decided not to take pictures in the Slavery Exhibit out of respect for the people and their families that were affected by slavery.

The Missouri History Museum is a great destination for the whole family and with the extended hours at night the perfect date spot!

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

Outside of the Museum

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward
Continuing Exhibit

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

Trying the Stereograph

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

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Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Gaylord Opryland Hotel via LashesandDashesOn our way home from Louisville we decided to stop by the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to view their “A Country Christmas”, I have posted the Video Promo below.

We had not been to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for over 12 years, the last time we went it was absolutely wonderful! We had not been there at Christmas time, and it exceeded our expectations! If you will be traveling through the Nashville area this Christmas I highly recommend taking a pit stop here. No matter what your budget may be, or your interest you will find something to do here. We arrived around 9:30 central time, and decided to walk around inside the Hotel as it was drizzling outside. If you look close enough you can find free parking if not you will have to pay $20 to self park. We made our way downstairs first to see the Holly Jolly Town Square, if you have young children this is a must stop for you! At the Holly Jolly Town Square they have a store where children can buy gifts for family and friends. After this we walked up to the first level to see the Atrium, in the Atrium there is a river flowing through the middle of it that you can ride a River Boat. As we were walking around viewing the live flowers we enjoyed the waterfalls and also the Water Fountain Show. Another feature that is great for families is the Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, when we where walking around the Atrium we saw the ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal. Before we went to get lunch we walked through the Treasures for the Holidays Craft Show and picked up a few last minute Christmas gifts. We were still on Louisville time and were quite hungry by 11am, we decided to eat at the Jack Daniel’s restaurant, the food was BBQ and was quite good! After lunch the rain had subsided so we went out to the front lawn of the hotel to see the Outdoor Nativity Display, it was beautiful and was a wonderful reminder of the True Reason for the Season!

With out any further adieu the pictures from our visit are below.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel via LashesandDashes

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No Sew Toms Fix

My Toms were in desperate need of help, and I knew I did not want to throw them out or buy a new pair so I looked on Pinterest and low and be hold there were many tutorials. I adapted my tutorial from this blog post by The Carbon Magazine Post Here.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

I will let the picture speak for themselves, but a couple notes before we get into that. You can use either a razor knife or scissors to do your cutting I prefer the scissors but it is completely up to you. Also I played around with the pieces of fabric, on one shoe I cut the fabric to fit the shoe on the other I cut strips of fabric larger then the area I needed to cover. I found that cutting strips of fabric was the better choice of the two. If you will be washing your Toms after you have refinished them be sure to wash the fabric before you cover the shoe. I did not wash my fabric because I do not plan on washing my Toms.

The Supplies you will need for this project are as follows:

3/4 yard of non stretch cotton fabric (this will be more then enough for this project but I always think it is better to be safe then sorry)

Fabri-Tac Glue

Scissors or Sharp Razor Knife

Ribbon or cording

Old Fabric Toms

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

As you can see it was a cheap fix.

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the Fabri-Tac then take a section of your fabric and place it on the glue. Press the fabric into the glue to make sure it bonds. Make sure to fold the fabric in the front of the shoe just like the original fabric.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

You can stop at the above step if you would like. I wanted to give the shoe a bit more pizzazz so I glued a very thin gold ribbon onto the shoe wherever the fabric meets.

The Finished Product.

The Finished Product.

No Sew Toms Fix

My Toms were in desperate need of help, and I knew I did not want to throw them out or buy a new pair so I looked on Pinterest and low and be hold there were many tutorials. I adapted my tutorial from this blog post by The Carbon Magazine Post Here.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

I will let the picture speak for themselves, but a couple notes before we get into that. You can use either a razor knife or scissors to do your cutting I prefer the scissors but it is completely up to you. Also I played around with the pieces of fabric, on one shoe I cut the fabric to fit the shoe on the other I cut strips of fabric larger then the area I needed to cover. I found that cutting strips of fabric was the better choice of the two. If you will be washing your Toms after you have refinished them be sure to wash the fabric before you cover the shoe. I did not wash my fabric because I do not plan on washing my Toms.

The Supplies you will need for this project are as follows:

3/4 yard of non stretch cotton fabric (this will be more then enough for this project but I always think it is better to be safe then sorry)

Fabri-Tac Glue

Scissors or Sharp Razor Knife

Ribbon or cording

Old Fabric Toms

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

As you can see it was a cheap fix.

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the Fabri-Tac then take a section of your fabric and place it on the glue. Press the fabric into the glue to make sure it bonds. Make sure to fold the fabric in the front of the shoe just like the original fabric.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

You can stop at the above step if you would like. I wanted to give the shoe a bit more pizzazz so I glued a very thin gold ribbon onto the shoe wherever the fabric meets.

The Finished Product.

The Finished Product.

If you found one million dollars what would you do with the money?

Catching up on the NaBloPoMo November 1 post

Friday, November 1, 2013 1 million
If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?

I suppose it depends on how you look at it, If I had to spend the money all in one day I think I would be much more selfish. First I would pay off all of my parents debt then buy in full, a house on the beach in Perdido Key, Fl. Then take them out for a very expensive dinner and buy them whatever they wanted. I would then go on a shopping spree in Von Maur (weird choice I know). I would buy the Range Rover I have had my eye on for years. Set up a two week vacation to Isle of Palms, Sc. Pay for a trip to NYC and shopping  for the whole family.

If I could set up funds the following is what I would do. It is always interesting if you truly pay attention to your surroundings you see people struggling with so much pain whether it be job loss, sickness, family troubles, or something else completely!  I would love to spend the money on those people! A couple who is just married and struggling, I would buy them everything they need to make their house a home. A family with a new baby who is overwhelmed, I would give them a set date night with a babysitter for a year.The couple who has tried to have children for years the money to adopt children. The single parent who is struggling to put food on their families table a gift card to Publix to buy food for a year. The couple who’s last child just went off to college a getaway to Florida. The grandparents who are having a hard time adjusting to retirement the money to visit their grandchildren. The nice neighbor lady who just lost her husband to a heart attack something of her husbands made into a memorial.

I have come to the conclusion that though 1 million dollars is a lot of money all you really need in life is to have a compassionate heart and open eyes to the world around you.

Let me know in the comments what you would do with One Million Dollars!