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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

100th Day of School Celebration….

Happy Tuesday all!! I am so glad to actually be back to a ‘schedule’ after a week of having the kids home. I don’t think I opened my computer at all. It was kind of good in way, but I missed catching up with all my bloggy buddies. When the kids are home they need constant entertaining….lol. We had some playdates, went bowling and even hit an aquarium.

The week before the kids had off from school Christopher had come home with his first official ‘project.’  In order to celebrate the 100th day of school the kids needed to make something using 100 of an item. So as this is my first kid in school, I had no idea that the 100th day was just a historic landmark…lol. Apparently many schools celebrate this and the kids do activities throughout the beginning of school that lead up to the event.

We brainstormed what we were going to do. My first idea was to take a sheet of poster board and draw the number 100 really big and have Christopher glue 100 of something (i.e. – Cheerios, cotton balls, etc.) in the number. But, then I thought that that was probably a very common theme and most of the kids would do something similar.

After talking with my sister, we came up with a really cute idea. Since this was a ‘celebration’ for the 100th day of school, why not make a cake?? I went and bought 3 different sized styrofoam disks. Christopher painted them all different colors and then I hot glued them together. Finally, we placed 100 candles in the cake.

It was perfect….he was so excited to big it to school.

Okay, he might not look so excited in this picture, but he really was…!

The best part was the next day after the celebration had taken place…..he thought that was it, school was over and that he was finished and off to 1st grade…! Silly kid.

Have a great day….

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A great saying…..

Morning blogland! I hope everyone is off to a good week. Our schools here in the northeast are off  this week for winter recess. So, I have the kids home and we have a few things planned. We went bowling yesterday and have a some playdates lined up. Hopefully that will keep us all content for the next few days….lol.

I woke up to an email from my Dad. Now, my Dad is just entering the age of technology and has just started to email. With that, he usually forwards 9,000 emails that are all JUNK! But I read this one and really just had to share. It truly is amazing how much life has changed over the last few decades.

Enjoy reading it……

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, '50s,'60s and '70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and /or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.

And we weren't overweight.


Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play Stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it??

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A belated Valentine’s Wish….

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!! I just could not get my act together this week to blog on the appropriate days….lol! The kids had a million things going on….projects, parties, fundraisers and feel like I have been like the Energizer Bunny running all week!

So, here are my boys wishing you are very Happy Valentine’s Day (in the cute little shirts that I made them the night before…lol)….

I had seen these ‘tie shirts’ all over Etsy and I figured that they would be easy enough to whip up. And it was a score when I found both t-shirts at the Dollar Tree!! Even if they never wear it again or it becomes a smock, for $1, I don’t care!

I literally just cut the fabric in the shape of a tie and sewed it on. I kept the edges raw for a more rugged look.

I had purchased a box of chocolates for Christopher’s teacher. But when I was looking around on Pinterest, I saw a cute Valentine idea using Swedish fish. And funny enough, Christopher’s teacher loves to fish so we just had to make it for her.

Hoping that your Valentine’s Day was filled with lots of love and laughter…..

Friday, February 10, 2012

A forgotten little project….

Good morning bloggy buddies!! Hope everyone is as happy as I am that today is Friday. We have a fun weekend planned and I can’t wait to get it started!!

Well, as I was scrolling through my phone last night (you know, deleting the hundreds of pictures that my children take) when I came across a cute little project that I never shared with you. Well, at least I don’t think I shared it… And if I did, well, then you are seeing it again. It was a diaper holder that I made for my friend Susan. Susan has a great store that she runs on FB called Lola's Baby Boutique. And it is named after her daughter Lola who is BEYOND adorable. The shop has hair bows, tutu’s, custom onsies and whole lot more.

Susan had made this precious wipes holder for herself…….

At that point in time Susan was not really sewing and had asked me to make her a matching diaper holder. She had some extra fabric and I knew I could whip it up quickly.

Here is what I did……


I love the fabric….so girly! I gave it to Susan and she was going to embellish it to match the wipes case. Perfect to just grab and go!!

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Have a great weekend….

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It’s my party……

Happy Birthday to me!! Yes, today I am one year closer to 40. It is not so bad….I am hoping that 36 is going to be a good year for me and my family. Well, it has to be after last year….lol!

Today is going to be pretty low key. I have some errands to run, a PTA meeting to attend and then we will just order in dinner and I will make my own cake. It is all that I need on my birthday.

This past weekend was more of the celebration. The hubs took me to NYC overnight while my mom watched the kids. I always love going into the city since I don’t get to do it that often anymore. I went to college there and worked there and sometimes I just miss it. There is not place in the world like NYC. So it was nice to go back. And this year we were lucky enough to have our friends join us. That always makes for a better time….lol! We went to dinner at a swanky Italian Steakhouse called Macelleria. It is in the meatpacking district which is downtown. Did you watch Kourtney and Kim Take New York this season? Well, if you did, the restaurant is right across the street from where they stayed, Hotel Gansevoort. It is a great area. There are amazing restaurants, lots of shopping and tons of bars.

After dinner we headed here……
It was hilarious!! I needed a night of comedy. There were 3 comedians in all but the headliner was the best. He was very relatable as he made jokes about this marriage and raising a 4 year old son.

Here is the only picture we took all night since I forgot my camera at home. Thank goodness for camera phones…!

Next stop on the list was looking for a nice little bar to get a few drinks. The funny part is, all of the places we were going to go seemed very young. We didn’t really seem like we fit in. You see, I was not wearing a skirt that barely covered my butt and I didn’t have on 7 inch stilettos. Now, had I been wearing a get-up like that, no one would have known that I was old!! LOL!

We ended up going to a bar that was more low key. He had a few drinks and then after that I was crazing some sweets. We headed to a little café for some coffee and a dessert. It was the perfect ending to a great night!

Thanks hubby!!

Friday, February 3, 2012


Yeah…it is Friday. I am super excited for the this weekend. Do you want to know why?? Well, I am going to tell you. The hubs and I are going on our annual overnight getaway to NYC!! My mom agrees to let the kids sleep there (yes, the big one night a year…lol!!) while we go out for my birthday. So, we have dinner plans then we will go to a comedy show and then hit the town for a few drinks. I can’t wait!!! And this year we have friends coming along so I am sure we are going to have a blast!

But, for today I am happy to share with you something fun. I was contacted by a woman a few weeks ago. She is a photographer based in Florida, Missy K Photography.

Missy was preparing to do a mini princess photoshoot and was looking for items to use as props for the shoot. She saw the Princess Pillow I have in my Etsy shop and wanted to know if I could donate it to her to use. Of course I said yes. Every princess needs a pillow, right?? She sent me a few pictures from the shoot and I just had to share.

Too cute…..


I am glad I was able to help make the shoot a success!! Thanks Missy.

Be sure to check out my Etsy shop if your princess needs a pillow too…..

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday…

Lately I have been obsessed with these…..

They taste great, provide a ton of nutrients and are ZERO calories. Well, the other day I was sitting, having lunch, and I decided to actually read the bottle. I cracked up. There is a great saying on the side and I have to share…..

It reads….

C’mon, let’s see what you are squeezing into that purse…..or suitcase. Looky here, a giftcard ( .89 cents left), three hand lotions (melon, cucumber, cucumber-melon), and the ol’ wad of receipts (planning on returning that shirt you are wearing?). Your bags inspired us so we squeezed eight key nutrients from Vitamin A to Zinc into this bottle. Since it is zero calories and naturally sweetened, you can squeeze a few bottles into your purse….or ‘man bag’ (we’re not judging).

Great marketing and so true!!