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February 14, 2012

On Sunday T. and I spent almost two hours making stained glass hearts for Valentine's Day, for T. to pass out to her class. We made these last year, too, and I'd forgotten just how much work was involved! They turned out beautifully, though. If you don't mind the multiple steps involved--cutting heart shapes out of wax paper, peeling and "grating" crayons, ironing the hearts so the crayons melt (make sure you cover the heart with a dishtowel first), then these hearts are unique and so fun to do. We used a…

February 13, 2012

Love is in the air and it is T minus 1 day and counting until Valentine’s Day.  Do you have something special cooked up for your loved one?

SPH and I aren’t big fans of going out on Valentine’s Day.  Many restaurants have only set menus with limited offerings, and quite frankly, they inflate the prices since the demand for special Valentine’s Day meals is huge.

Why not make something at home that will “wow!” your special person?  Here are my top 5 Romantic Dishes, all of which are…

February 08, 2012

There are a lot of veritable cookie artists out there; I am not one of them.  I was on pinterest.com the other day exploring food ideas, and there were a ton of beautiful, gorgeous Valentine’s Day desserts and cookies.  Trouble is, I just don’t have the time or the talent to recreate them!  But I love Valentine’s Day, so I just had to come up with a fun cookie idea to share with you!

I happened to have some fresh baked sugar cookies:

February 01, 2012

Groundhog Day sort of snuck up on me this year.  Not that I typically do anything to celebrate it:  we do not hang up Groundhog decorations, nor do we countdown to Groundhog Day like we would a major holiday or birthday.  No, I think why Groundhog Day is usually on my radar screen has nothing to do with the holiday itself.

Typically by the end of January in Ohio, we’ve had our share of big snows.  Not so this year:  like most of the country, our winter has been mild and largely snowless.  I’ve…

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January 17, 2012

 

T. and I are very alike, in that we both love to plan a good party. And even though T. has to wait the same amount of time for her birthday to roll around as everyone else, I think there's something about having a January birthday that makes her think she has to wait longer. As a result, she often starts planning and talking about her birthday party as early as Halloween, and by the time we're opening up that first Advent calendar window, she's got most of the details of her party pretty well…

January 16, 2012

I have a big birthday party post simmering on the back burner, but I'll have it up tomorrow. It was a busy, fun-filled weekend, and I spent most of Sunday in recovery mode after T.'s party: just enjoying a day to unwind, and soak up the quiet. I went for a long run in the morning (I love it when it's cold out, and the air just winds its way all through you and wakes you up) , and we visited the flea market (the kids scored some books!), and Scott's mom and I took L. to see "The Adventures of Tintin" while…

January 03, 2012

A friend called me yesterday. “Have you prepared the kids for going back to school?” she asked.

Sort of, I told her. Psychologically, at least. Maybe. About a week ago we began dropping little references about school into our conversations with L. We let him know how many days of vacation were left—almost a week, at the time we had the conversation. Yet although L. claimed to be happy school would start in one week, I could sense waves of anxiety rising off of him at the mere mention of it. I have…

December 29, 2011

Even though I am, by nature, a positive-minded person (at least I like to think I am), I also go through my days keenly aware of both the sweet and salty sides of life--the joyful and the bitter, the two-sidedness of every experience--especially as a parent. I've often written about how each exciting, monumental milestone along the road of your child's development--that first tooth poking through a pink gum, the first bow-legged tentative steps, the first words, the first of everything (because there is…

December 27, 2011

The holidays are a great time to teach kids about gratitude. Teaching kids to say thanks is an important lesson that needs to be taught more than once for them to understand it's importance and function in polite society.  Thank yous don't have to be notes ( though here is a cute one if you…

December 26, 2011

When the kids tumbled out of the van and into my parents' house, with the usual chaos and excitement and pent-up energy after 6 + hours in the van (I think this was the first roadtrip in many that passed so peacefully--no bickering, no meltdowns from L.!), they converged around the Christmas tree, as they do every year, soaking up the look of it, and lifting the lids of cookie and candy tins, just as they do every year…