Lego Booster Bricks Box subscription

For our kids’ Christmas present, we bought them a 6 month subscription to a Box of Legos that is delivered once a month, usually near the end of the month. Lego Booster Bricks is opening their monthly service to new subscribers tomorrow so I thought I’d do a quick post about it.

Here is a link to their website and an opportunity to join their waitlist:

Booster Bricks info and waitlist

I will summarize the subscription here though if you’d rather get a quick overview and information from personal experience.

What is it? Booster Bricks is a monthly subscription to a Lego membership that includes a monthly box of Legos.

How many pieces are in the box? The box comes with around 250 pieces. Keep in mind that these are not usually new Legos. They are cleaned and sanitized though so they look almost new. The fact that the Legos aren’t new also means a chance of receiving rare Lego pieces that are difficult to find. You also receive at least one minifigure and minifigure accessories.

How much does it cost? You can choose a monthly subscription for $25.95/ month plus $7.45/shipping and handling, a six month subscription for $22.95/month plus $7.45/shipping and handling, or a twelve month subscription for $19.95/month plus $7.45/shipping and handling. We decided on the six month subscription to see how we liked it.

That seems like a lot of money for a box of Legos! Is it worth it? The interesting part of this Lego subscription is not just the box of Legos! The box also comes with building challenges for your kids. You can take pictures of their creations and enter them in a random drawing for even more Lego prizes. You also have access to Occasional Flash Deals through the Booster Bricks Club Facebook group as well as daily and weekly Lego build challenges and various contests with Lego prizes. We haven’t won anything yet but it is fun to enter the contests! You choose how much or how little you want to be involved.

Josh and I like that this is not a subscription to a Lego set but to a set of random pieces. This means our kids build using their imaginations instead of a manual of instructions. Both ways of building are fun though!

I am not sure yet if we will be renewing our subscription but most likely we will! We plan on posting more about our Booster Brick builds and boxes but I wanted to publish this before their opening tomorrow in case anyone wants to try it out!

Booster Bricks information



Where Have We Been?

It has been a loooong time since we’ve posted! I think our last post was Josh’s blog about Johnny Sacks cabin from our Solar Eclipse trip in August.

So what happened to us? Quite a few things have turned our household upside-down since August.

Number One: I started homeschooling our kids in September 2017 for the current school year. I was using a different approach than our 2016-2017 school year, which basically means I had no idea what I was doing! I made the switch from a streaming video-based curriculum to a literature-based curriculum called Sonlight.  Since the new curriculum meant sitting down with my kids and actually teaching, which is definitely not a bad thing, I had no time for my baking. This is why I haven’t posted any baking posts in 7 months.

Number Two: We had a baby! Gavin Joshua was born December 28, 2017. He’s made our lives a little bit crazier since he was born, but we can’t imagine our family without him. Being a family of 8 isn’t that much different from being a family of 7, but it did mean having to buy a larger vehicle. We went all out and bought a 12-passenger Ford Transit. It makes me feel like I’m driving a bus but there are definitely less arguments about personal space amongst our kids!

Having a new baby also means very little baking (or even cooking). I was able to bake scones this past weekend and three weeks before that, my last bake was a batch of brownies! Josh has actually been taking care of most of the cooking. I firmly believe that his being able to be home for the past six weeks is the main reason I haven’t gone totally mad yet.

Now that life isn’t quite as crazy as it has been, we want to get back into posting to The Geek Homestead. We can’t guarantee that we will post regularly, but we will do our best to write interesting posts.  Thank you so much to those of you who take the time to read this! We also look forward to getting back to reading our community’s blogs.

A very much belated Happy New Year to everyone!


A San Diego winter day at Sea World

There are many reasons that we live in San Diego. One is that our family lives here. We live about 5 minutes from both my parents and my in-laws. My sister-in-law’s family lives about 10 minutes away, and my brother’s family lives 15 minutes away. Another reason is that you can count on the weather to be mild most of the time. I have been freezing lately but that is just me. And yet another reason is the ability to play tourist in your own town. Yesterday, we went to Sea World down by Mission Bay. Sea World, even though it is close, is not a place I go very often. I think this is mostly because we love Legoland so much and would rather go there. We had a good time at Sea World though and I am half-considering getting the Fun Card for 2016 for all of us.

Sea World was still decorated for Christmas so I was able to get some nice pictures of my kids and my parents. I won’t be posting those here but here are some pictures I took of the decorations.

There were purple, orange, and green Christmas trees. My kids really enjoyed those.
Lamps decorated to look like snowmen!
This Christmas tree was so huge that my family looked very small in front of it!

We weren’t able to go to any of the shows this time. I don’t think my kids minded too much. My second son really wanted to see the sharks so that is what we did first.

There were a lot of people at the shark encounter exhibit so we weren't able to hang out there like we usually do. My son did ask me why the hammerhead sharks weren't out.
There were a lot of people at the shark encounter exhibit so we weren’t able to hang out there like we usually do. My son did ask me why the hammerhead sharks weren’t out. I could never get decent pictures of the sharks before but my new camera was up to the task.
The dolphins were out and playing. My kids enjoyed watching them play with some floats that were a lot like pool noodles!
The dolphins were out and playing. My kids enjoyed watching them play with some floats that were a lot like pool noodles!


We also stopped in my favorite exhibit, the penguins!

I loved how the entrance to the Penguin exhibit was decorated!
We stayed here for a little while. Penguins are such funny creatures. We watched them waddle around, eat some fish, and dive into the water. A few were sleeping.
I like the penguin who is napping in the foreground of this picture. It looks like it’s missing a head!

DSC_0129 DSC_0136 DSC_0155The three pictures above were taken at Sea World’s Bay of Play, which is the main reason I would get the Fun Card. I remember playing on the net climbs at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania. This play area is a lot like that! My three oldest boys loved the net climb. This would be a good place to take them after we are done homeschooling for the day.

Bamboo shark

On our way out of the park, we stopped at the horseshoe crab and bamboo shark exhibit at the front. There was a guide sitting behind the bamboo shark exhibit who was talking to everyone who stopped by. He was pretty funny!

I almost forgot! Happy New Year to all of you!