Friday, March 27, 2015

Songs and Memories!

It's always amazing to me how a moment can take you by surprise.  How in a minute I can go from feeling content to frustrated or sad to ecstatic and everything in between.  The mind is an amazing thing.  Emotion can sneak up out of nowhere.  I've found this to definitely to be the case after becoming a Mother.  I don't mean hormones after birth, I mean the entire journey. Something as simple as a scent or song can bring such intense memories.

Recently, while sitting in the waiting room of one of my Mom's doctors appointments, the receptionist put on a Norah Jones CD.  I remember listening to this CD so many years ago and loving it.  Her voice, at the time was something so refreshing and different.  Back in those days, my husband and I were freshly married and starting our life together.  We had just returned from our honeymoon in Aruba, were settling nicely into married life on the coast of Maine.  Our whole lives ahead.  A future. Real dreams. Big dreams.  I remember listening to her music through these early days, our house was quieter back then, we had a lot of leisure time, late night talks, dinners out, trips to Boston, weekend trips throughout New England, lazy weekend mornings.  Isn't it fascinating? How one compilation of music can just bring you back to those days? Those feelings?

Now, reflecting on almost 16 years ago, I am so grateful to still have my husband as my partner, my confidant and my best friend.  We've had a lovely life, we've been blessed, we've laughed and cried, and fought and seemingly experienced every emotion in between.  I'm lucky and sometimes I need to just stop and realize this.  Live in the moment.  Live in the NOW. I need to stop wondering why things are the way they are if they aren't perfect.  

Because after all this time, 19 years, I'm still grateful he chose me and I chose him.  I guess I better pull out the Norah Jones every now and then and REMEMBER.  

I hope you have a great weekend ahead - and take some time to do what makes you happy!  Happy Friday my friends! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Peep S'more Kits!

We love Easter around here, it's so fun to put together baskets and decorate, not to mention the egg hunt.  This year, we're looking forward to an outdoor egg hunt (or it may be a "mud hunt" around here).  What do you put in your kiddo's baskets?  This year, like many years, we're putting some of the usual stuff, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Annie's bunny crackers, glittery crayons, a coloring book and a book or a movie.  I love that it's such a simple holiday, focused on family and celebrating.

This is a fun and festive treat for Easter!  These Peep S'more Kits are very simple and no, not healthy but I'm OK with that once and a while. Who actually eats the Peeps anyway?

Ingredients - 

  • A pack of graham crackers
  • Assorted Bunny or Chickie Peeps (we used the smaller bunny peeps because they contain a little less sugar or you could make your own like I blogged about here).
  • Chocolate - milk, semi-sweet, white or dark
  • Little bags
  • Ribbon/cardstock/label
Assemble your treat by melting your chocolate over low heat and stirring to prevent burning.  Top one rectangle of graham cracker with about 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate for your "glue" affect and top with your bunny.   This first pic is a great example of using way too much chocolate....too bad we couldn't possibly use that one! 
Next, I repeated with the others and once finished, placed in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes for the chocolate to solidify.
Finally, place each in bag, tie with ribbon and label.  I also included one chocolate egg in each.  
I thought they would also make adorable table treats and hidden among the eggs during a neighborhood egg hunt!  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hop to The Music Feature and Giveaway! #disneymusic #enmnetwork

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I've mentioned it in my past couple of posts, but I can't believe that Easter is RIGHT AROUND the corner!  Less than two weeks!  So, I was pretty thrilled when Disney Music sent me a collection of their latest and greatest music to check out!  This Spring, Disney music makes a fun and festive option for Easter baskets and beyond!  You can take a look at the complete collection here where you'll find classic Disney music, soundtracks to your favorite Disney movies and their newest music including songs from Frozen and Into the Woods!  
We love music around here and were sent there four Cds to take a listen to:
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 
  • Into the Woods Soundtrack 
  • Frozen The Songs
  • Dj Shuffle 2 
My favorite, was the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix because it includes some of my favorite throwbacks - think 70s and know how I love my retro days!  The girls of course were partial to Frozen while Sydney also enjoyed the Dj  Shuffle 2.  The Into the Woods Soundtrack includes some beautiful music which we enjoyed when we saw that over Christmas break.  This variety is great and I'm so happy to let you know that a lucky reader will win ALL FOUR Disney Cds including these popular Disney releases! Once the winner is chosen, you will receive these Cds in 4-6 weeks.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below and wait a minute or two for it to load!  The winner will be chosen on April 5th!

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Thanks for checking out this fabulous Disney music and good luck! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cottontail Bunny Craft

Easter may sneak up on us this year, it's April 5th!  We always like to do seasonal crafts and my kids seem to enjoy working on various projects that really celebrate the upcoming holidays.  It's a great educational opportunity as well, and of course to take the time to discuss the true meaning behind what we are celebrating and each holiday's history and origins.  

Of course with an upcoming holiday, we ALWAYS want to  each wanted an Easter-ify our house - and more importantly, decorations in their rooms! It doesn't have to be major but something that is festive and FUN!  During our last Teacher's Workshop day, we settled down to make some simple silhouette bunnies.

Materials needed:
Cardstock or scrapbook paper
Cotton balls or any decorations you want to use
Directions -
Draw or trace your desired bunny shape
Cut out the shape
Finish with decorations - cotton balls, eyes, etc. 
I love using scrapbook paper because it often is double sided with different patterns on each.  This means that if they make a mistake or want to have a different look you can simply have two decorations in one!

Simple, quick and kid friendly.  Our kind of craft!

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend my friends!  TGIF!
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