Iowa Girl Sees Home Town Terrorized by Youth Group

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This is my personal history of how a good Christian girl, an active member of  a loving church in a small town in Iowa found herself in a cult dubbed The Walk.

Should Cults Survivors Forgive and Forget?

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This post will explore the “forgive and forget” advice given to survivors of toxic relationships.  I am a survivor a religious movement that turned into an abusive cult. I have rarely discussed this in public, but I think it is time to open up about many things people on the outside wonder about.the #MeToo movement has opened Pandora’s box in a very good way.

Should You Trust Home Caregivers Who Work Fast?

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Can you trust health care workers to do their job? What happens when you do not trust a health-care-giver who is very nice and get the work done very fast?

Are we There Yet?-Traveling with Kids

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Traveling with kids is a challenge. Tips to plan ahead when going to grandma’s house for the holidays.

The most common question children will ask when traveling is “ARE WE THERE YET?”

This post will share some of our old fashioned traveling games and some newer ideas from cheap to very nice and neat and more modern… Granny tips for traveling with kids …plus my travel picks from the fun products I just happen to sell in my store.


Back in the 1950’s we traveled by car with out seat belts – not horse and buggy- sisters and I knew we had better behave – or else… so we figured out games to play in the car.

I still remember dreading long car trips to go to Grandma’s house for the holidays. Back in the 50’s we did not have VCR’s and cozy car seats to ride in, the heater did  work too well from where we kids…opening the windows was the A/C. And there weren’t many if any road side rest rooms.


Must Have’s for the Road

  1. Coffee cans with lids -porta potty for when there is no place to “go”.
  2. 3 ring binders – keeps maps, important papers or kids games organized
  3. Zipper lock bags – endless possibles for keeping thing clean and organized- and in a pinch- a barf bag that will seal in the smell.
  4. Hand wipes- I prefer over hand sanitizer gel – think about it- who wants to smear sticky-icky all over? 
  5. brown paper bags – bio-degradable containers to collect trash after the packages are open or the banana peels have come off.
  6. Re-purpose baby wipe containers – they have a lid that snaps closed and you can stuff little things in and out.
  7. RULES. We all need RULES to help us fee more safe and secure
  8. Water
  9. First aid kit
  10. Plastic bags – many uses including an emergency cover to prevent hypo-thermia.
  11.  Emergency tools for the car like a jack and tire iron- spare tire etc
  12. Flash light and batteries
  • Write down simple 4 to 5 simple rules of the road.
  • What rules you make will depend on the the age of your family and needs

I suggest 3 major rules:

  1. Go potty when you have a chance.
  2. Have an emergency CODE word for when every one must listen and follow your directions to stay safe.
  3. Enjoy each other’s company


Mind you there were tons of billboards along the roads that we don’t have have any more that made alphabet games easily entertaining for awhile in the 50 – 70’s. Those billboards helped many a ‘captive audience” to learn to read.


A. Alphabet Game – shout out the ABC’s in order when you see the next letter then the next…the big challenge are the J’s.

  • Use billboards
  • Traffic signs
  • Licence plates

B. Number game – shout out the 1’s in order from 1 to 10

  •  licence plates.
  • mile markers
  • house #’s
  • or just count objects”  “I see 1 dog. I see 2 red cars, I see, 3 people walking”

C. Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

D. I Spy

E. I’m psychic game….I thought about it…I think I won’t reveal the trick today… so let’s just call it the guess what I’m thinking game

F.  I’m going on a trip. ..”I’m packing a ____ in my suit case…”. Each person verbally puts something into their suit case. Example: a hair brush. The next persona says,  “”I’m packing a ____ in my suit case and in it I am putting a pair of underwear and a hair brush.” The 3rd players add something and repeats everything the other said before…test your memory for so much fun.

G. Cyclops!!! When ever you see a car with only one head light you blurt out, “CYCLOPS!”

H. Tell a Round Robbin Story… each person tells 2 or 3 sentences then passing on the story telling to the next passenger

I. Rhymes with… Pick a word them everyone gets to try to find a word that rhymes with that word… Example: CAR… far, tar, bar, star. jar, mar, scar….

J. =&1=&

K. How about this novel idea? Talk…just talk.. ask a question then listen. Later on let’s see how many can remember the other people’s answers?

  • What’s your favorite color
  • What’s your favorite book?
  • What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?

L. Trivia Facts: You can pull up misc things out of your memory or you can plan ahead. For example if you are traveling from state to state you may want to gather up facts like: What state has the biggest ball of twine? Name the state capitols. Spell Iowa backwards…awoI …now spell Mississippi backward…ippississiM

M. How many silly Camp Songs do you know? WHAT? You don”t know any?

  • Baby Shark
  • On top of Old Smokey
  • Mary had a Little Lamb
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • ABC’s
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • Home On the Range

Check out these resources or you may hear your 4 year old sing  Miss Poly Had a Dolly 36,987 times before you get to Texas.

Ultimate Camp Resource 

Please go their website where you will see all kinds of clickable links to words and even videos…sure, It’s OK to cheat with some song videos as long as you Mom and Dad sing-a-long, too…Remember to make your trip a fun memory.

Here’s 50 more songs you may know or not…

50 Great Camp Songs for Kids


Keep this in mind when traveling…MOVE right along….

  • Children can’t sit still for too long. Their bodies are growing- they must move.
  • Everybody needs to keep moving to avoid secondary complications form not moving. Not only does a behind “go to sleep” but circulation can cut off to major body parts.  Old ladies like my self MUST moved body parts are 20 to 30 minutes to avoid getting a blood clot…yes, even younger people can have blood pool in body parts and form a clot.
  • Stop the car every 2 hours- get out walk around- every one should get some air and move.
  • Every 30 minutes when the kids are not napping make a game of it:

Wiggle your toes- wiggle you nose- squeeze your butt checks – make a fist- make a face…

Let the kids take turns being the Exercise Leader.


Check out No Non-cents Nanna’s pick of Travel Toys

Since I write this old blog and the fact that I do own an E commerce store where I sell fun stuff for kids with an educational twist I want to shamelessly self promote some of the quality items I picked out that meet my persnickety specifications.

These 2 are from Melissa & Doug. The list price you see on my catalog pages are what you pay. Heart Felt Play Store covers the UPS shipping fee on all DROP SHIP orders.

ColorNCarry – Fairy Tale Travel Book



Magnetic Girls Occupation Dress-Up


These fun mommy bloggers went to a lot of work on the blogs post below. Be sure to thank them and say the No Non-cents Nanna referred you. The posts may contain affiliate links and are not associated with No Non-cents Nanna nor

No Non-cents Nanna’s #1  pick for travel games the old fashioned way is:

Old-school car games to play by Kacie McCoy


Are We There Yet? 10 Travel Activities for Kids

More Travel Gifts for Kids

10 Busy Bags to Make and Keep Kids Busy

EASY Portable Activity Kit for Road Trips

Car Hacks, Tricks and Tips for Families


This is Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna reminding you to Make Good Choices!

What are Family-Friendly Things to do In Colorado Springs this October?

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How many senses could a child use when playing in the the leaves?

It is almost Fall Ya’all. No matter where is you live in the United States I’m sure there are all kinds of family friendly activities for you to enjoy before winter sets in.

Since I can not possibly announce every event even in the state of Colorado this post will share what the No Non-cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Store is doing in the Colorado Springs, Colorado  community.

Where will No Non-cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Store POP UP in Colorado Springs Saturday October 6, 2018?

Keep in mind America e-commerce Shop Now is open 24/7 7 days a week.

A number of our dress-up costumes for Halloween, school dress up corners and plays are going…going.. going to the ASY TY Business Expo in Colorado Springs , Colorado on Saturday, October 6, 2018. ! pm to 7 PM

Heart Felt Play Store is packing for the October 6th event at The Social. If you are US customers going to the e-commerce SHOP NOW at Heart Felt Play  be advised anything you see today- could be sold out today. Products like our Dragon Wings or Pterodactyl Wings, Hooded Cape Costumes are all down to ONE or NONE. They are packed but can be unpacked to the first one- first served if purchased no later than October 3rd.




Fall Fun for Kids at Tantrums


 · Hosted by Tantrum’s Resale and Heart Felt Play Store

Starts Tuesdays October 9, 16, 23 and the 30th ( 2018)
Then Friday, October 12, 19, 26 ( 2018 )

Fall Fun at Tantrums Resale starts Tuesday October 9th. Kids will enjoy games, crafts, kids poems and songs lead by Heart Felt Play Store while Mom shops for Fall/Winter clothes and costumes.

Limited to 15 to 20 minute play date sessions according to each child’s attention span. NOT a drop off. Parents must remain in the store.

It’s FREE- Donations for supplies accepted.

See Facebook Event page to see some possible activities in the comments.

Organized groups are welcome and should schedule 1 week prior while space is available.. Small fee per child assessed for craft supply package agreed upon. Group leaders must be present in store to maintain proper ratio- NOT a drop off.
Reservations not required for a single child and parent, but, it will help Fall Fun at Tantrums to prepare craft supplies and keep the number of children participating at a size where each can receive individual attention by the group leader Malika Bourne.
Rules: Parents shall be responsible for their child’s behavior at all times. Children are not allowed to open packaged merchandise while in the store. Opening or breaking merchandise will be a considered sale.


Community Appreciation Festival Colorado Springs, Colorado


  • Saturday October 20, 2018
  • 3500 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917-5088, United States

  • Hosted by Rampage Room LLC

We want to welcome you to our Community Appreciation Festival! This will be the place to be for all ages. All the businesses in the 3500 plaza have worked hard to put this event together for the community. Costumes are welcome and we will be passing out candy to all the kids! There will be a Haunted House and a bar available.

  • We will have games, food, and fun for everyone of all ages and there will be raffles with awesome prizes.

Stay tuned for upcoming event add-ons!!

The Social
Bad Axe Throwing
Faded Image Barbershop
Rampage Room
Enter the Enigma
Ground Up Sports Performance
LA Insurance
LMA Contemporary Gifts
Logan’s Jerky Treats
Colorado Roots Counseling
Bex Security
Auto Hail Zone
Vision Concierge Service
Keeping it Moving, LLC
Fresh Taste Catering
Reticence Marketing
Heart Felt Play Store
The Dunfee Group
Lifespace Home Inspections