Friday, January 24, 2014


I may have a longer delay between posts than usual.  My computer crashed and I'm working out details for repairing or replacing. So I've not disappeared all together, just a minor snafu.  Thankfully I have 98% of my personal and business files on external hard drives. So far I've not been able to retrieve emails that were in the inbox (Santa video's for A), I can get everything new, not yet downloaded from an email service through my host, but not what is already read and sitting in the inbox. I also have lost all my emails, so if you know me, email me and I'll have your email again. Otherwise, I'll slowly get them back. But the worst is after my beloved Blogger shut down, I couldn't find a blog reader that I really liked. So I used the RSS Feed reader within my Outlook. And I actually liked it quite well. I lost every single blog that I had in there as well as the individual posts I was saving for each one. I might still have the back up from back when blogger closed down, but I had cleaned up, deleted and added new since then. Still working out details.

So no picture for this post. Be back soon.This is also a reminder to go do your backups!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wonder by R. J. Palacio - Review

Last month I read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio at the recommendation of my friend Jan at Running on Fumes

To say this is a great book is an understatement. It gets a 5 star rating from me. This is a book I would normally read, but I felt compelled to read it because of all the bullying you hear these days. Having a 5 year old myself, you can only hope the years ahead will be kind to her. The boy in this book is middle school age and has a facial deformity, which makes things tough from the start.

Kids or no kids, I highly recommend this book. A good emotional read. The subject is such a huge issue that I think it should be a mandatory read in school. Everyone should learn to be a little kinder to others. One act of kindness can make a big impact. I loved the message this book delivered. I'll be saving it for A to read in about 6 more years.

The publisher's description:

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Magic Card

We are calling this the Magic Card. There is a legit name for it. But I'm too lazy to google it. 

So for the Magic Card, you take note cards or cardstock. Write the best you can in white crayon. Pressing firmly. You can see it if you angle it in the light, like I had to do in order to get a picture of white crayon on white note cards.
Magic card 1

Then paint over it using water color paint. Darker colors make it show up better. This must be done in your robe while your Mama has a cup of coffee.
Magic card 2

As it dries, your message appears. A fun cheap project for kids.
Magic card 3

Pretty Snow

I'm not a fan of winter in general, mainly because I'm a wiener. But I just love a good pretty snow. 


Catching Up

HOLY CRAP Readers, I mean Reader, I've been M.I.A. for awhile.  Tends to always be that way this time of year. My excuse is the same as the last 5 years. We get hit with Christmas, then my year end hell starts for our business followed by tax preparation, we then quickly flow into A's birthday warp speed with me feeling like I didn't fully plan a good party for her. We've also taken on a new job as of the first of the year. So next year, I've finally got it all figured out. I'm going to plan her January birthday in June. Then this won't be so hectic. 

Without further ado, a do, uh's what we've been up to lately. 

Did you know I used to do gingerbread houses with my step-son and nephews every single year, until they grew up and moved farther away? This is the first year that I've bought A one. We made one a few years ago from scratch I think. The kits are way cheaper when you only want one and don't want all that candy left over.
Gingerbread 1

Gingerbread 2

Making cookies for Santa. Ironically, his favorite kind are the exact same as A's. Go figure. Isn't she the cutest little helper ever.
Santas cookies 1

It's a tea party for Santa !
Santas cookies 2

That odd thing in the middle is for Santa. It's 4 fake hot pink finger nails all taped together, sort of in the shape of one of those Ninga things you throw. Weird. But hey, if that's what Santa's into, who am I to inter-vein.
Santas cookies 3

Throwing reindeer food all along the driveway. It has oats and sugar for the reindeer. Pink glitter to Santa spots us. And oh did it glitter.
Reindeer food

Typical Christmas day stuff at home, then on to Grandma's.
Cmas 2013 (1)

Went to this Grandma's on a different day. I like it when Christmas is spread out on other days too.
Cmas 2013 (2)

Cmas 2013 (3)

The coolest elf project I have ever seen in all my life.

Sleepovers with friends, clay ornaments, jewelry making, tea parties, dress up, popcorn, movies, make up.....oh good lord....was there make up. Do you know how long I continued to find sparkles in the house? I think they are permanently embedded.

Why is it when your pet or kid does something they are not allowed to do, some people scold and correct right away, then others wait...grab the camera....capture the moment...then scold and correct?
Dog on chair
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