“I received a free LeapFrog LeapBand in order to give my opinions. These opinions expressed here are my own. No other compensation was received.” From the time Emma was a baby and her first Christmas where she wasn't even 6 months old, we found LeapFrog among the better educational toys available for youngsters on the market with our first purchase being the Purple LeapFrog My Pal Violet. She loved Violet so much and would giggle hearing her name and favorite things spoken ... Read More!
Monday morning feels so bad, Ev'rybody seems to nag me Coming tuesday I feel better, Even my old man looks good, Wednesday just don't go, Thursday goes too slow, I've got Friday on my mind - The Easybeats For some reason I always loved Fridays, especially when I worked full-time and was a teacher. Friday signified the beginning of a new weekend and just general downtime. Every Monday, I would long for the next Friday (this repeated each and every week for me). Seriously, like ... Read More!
iPhone and confirmed Apple Geek/Whore here totally shared how obsessed, I was 2 weeks ago. Yes, I pre-ordered the iPhone 6 Plus, but even though I pre-ordered, I still was being told my phone would not ship for another 3 - 4 weeks from the release date of last Friday September 19th. So, what's a girl (mom) to do, who was patiently (ok maybe I am not the model candidate for patience) waiting for an iPhone 6 Plus to be delivered to her home. I kept checking (maybe a bit obsessively) from Friday ... Read More!
DONUTS!!!... Paved my road to hell?? Sounds crazy, but as crazy as it sounds is pretty straight forward and simple once I tell you a bit of a chilling (I think most moms would agree once they do indeed here this one) story. Most have probably heard of the saying, "The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions!" Hell, I grew up with an uncle, who used this saying often enough for many different circumstances. I admit back then it had a different meaning to me, but nowadays ... Read More!
Yes, I am woman (female) hear me roar! And yet as far back as I can recall in being a female, which meant cultivating female friendships, because what girl or woman doesn't want to have friends. Yet, these friendships for all the good and wonderful times shared, also came fraught with all the necessary female drama still, too. From as far back as I can remember, when one of my childhood friends decided in third grade that she no longer wanted to be my friend and resorted ... Read More!
Fall is definitely here... Mid last week, we had some 90 degree and humid weather, but then over night it turned quite cool. The following morning, you could fill a distinct nip or chill in the air. It was as if Fall arrived with a blink of an eye in the course of a mere few hours of shut eye over night - Wake me up September is most definitely here and not over yet. And even though we made it to 70 degrees under mostly sunny skies, it was still not a summer 70 degrees, but more a fall, ... Read More!
"You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder." Spoken like a true mom, Auggie (August Pullman - the main character of the book Wonder) said this in awe of her own son towards the end of this book. But the thing is Auggie is anything but an ordinary young boy and from the first line of "Wonder," by R. J. Palacio, he (himself) tells the reader point blank: "I know I am not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking is probably ... Read More!
Why am I such an Apple Geek and even whore all combined in one? It all started back when I was about 10 years old and in one of my classes in school, I got to see the Apple IIc Plus (totally showing my age here!) - it was love at first sight. No joke, I came home and drove my parents crazy that I just had to have this computer. I did already have a computer (it was nothing compared to the Apple though). My parents finally caved and got us one for Christmas that year. It was put ... Read More!
More Firsts Week 2... This week indeed included more firsts for our family, as last week was indeed Emma's first day of Kindergarten, as I recapped here for all. After her first abbreviated week (3 days in total), she had Saturday off from school and all activities. More Firsts - Fall Soccer 2014... But Sunday began the first day of Fall Soccer for Emma, who is now a Small Fry Girl or in the U6 (under 6 group). Kevin is, of course, coaching again and made another ... Read More!
First Day of Kindergarten Finally.... As I opened my eyes, sunshine and warmth streamed through the room, as well as the sound of my name being called out. "Mommy!" I looked over at the clock to see that it was only a little after 6 am and still pretty early yet for a Wednesday morning. In checking to make sure I wasn't dreaming, hallucinating or imagining this, it was Emma, who was had a giddy excitement for the first day of kindergarten calling out to me. She didn't need to be up though for ... Read More!
Ever try a new recipe from only ingredients you have in your own pantry? I have and readily admit, I love to try new recipe especially with different ingredients I may have in my house at any given time. Unfortunately time isn't always there for me to try new, especially now that school has indeed begun here and summer is over. However recently, I did get a night where I had extra time a few days before we started school again this year. [Tweet "#friday night #recipe for roasted #corn ... Read More!
Yesterday was September 1st and I admit I so not happy about it. As soon as I realized it was indeed September, I kept hearing, Green Day's, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" playing in my head. Got to admit I am a summertime girl any day of the week and even said this out loud to both Emma and Lily this past weekend. Emma agreed and told me that she loved Summer just like Olaf (yup Frozen still lives on here) plus her birthday is in the summer. Lily was not as amused or happy about ... Read More!
My anxiety levels were on high for weeks even months as I described here now for this one day. I had rescheduled all of my work to make sure that I didn't miss this day and was 100% present for Emma's big day. Finally it was the morning of and I foolishly thought I was all prepared. I even had bought an oversized filed folder envelope at Target the day before and had gotten all the back to school papers filed and the name tags and bus pass for Emma hung on the fridge. It was 10:50 am, when ... Read More!
This time next week my older daughter, Emma will indeed be starting back to school, but now she is hitting the big time entering Kindergarten. Many who follow and read my blog know that I have all sorts of mixed emotions about this and admit that I am a bit all over the place about this even having bared my soul a bit here. First of all, we have what is called, "Sail Into Kindergarten" for a little over an hour on Thursday, which pretty much welcomes her and all the other kindergartners ... Read More!
He is known by most if not all (in case you don't watch Comedy Central or are living under a rock) as the HOT POCKET GUY. Of course, I am talking about Jim Gaffigan, the comedian, who also just happened to write, his own book all about being a dad to not one, but five kids. Why I am talking about Dad Is Fat or Jim Gaffigan here today? I promise to get to that in one moment (I swear). But first, this past summer has flown by me, but will admit I haven't read nearly as much as I did in the colder ... Read More!