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Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Featured, Life, Memories, Motivational Posts, Philosophy, Summer, Thought of The Day, Weather | 0 comments

Enjoy The Now

Enjoy The Now

Did you ever look at a sweater in the middle of summer and wonder how winter seems so distant, so far away?

Or when you imagine flip flops and tank tops in the dead of winter, and you just cannot feel the warmth of the sun, regardless as to how hard you try?

Soak up the sun; feel the rays strike your skin and fulfill you.

This is simply a friendly reminder that summer is now. Enjoy the now.

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Children, Economical Activities, Family, Favorite Things, Fourth Of July, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Parenting, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, Weather | 1 comment

Why I Love Summer? Let Me Count The Ways

Why I Love Summer? Let Me Count The Ways

Summer could easily be my favorite season. Though we live in Upstate New York and enjoy the change of seasons each year, nothing quite beats the warm summer breeze, long days, and short nights.

1. The weather
This is a given. Who doesn’t like eighty-to-ninety degree temps and cool, seventy-degree nights? Oh yeah, and a TON of SUN!! Bask in that vitamin D, soak up that sun! It’s so good for us & we need it more than we know.

2. Family at the lake
In our family, we are fortunate enough to have a beautiful, therapeutic lake home on one of the Finger Lakes in New York State. My dear grandfather purchased this cottage decades ago as a place of relaxation and tranquility. It has served it’s purpose and then some, bringing decades of fun and joy to everyone who enters. Clearly an entire blog post can be dedicated to it in itself.

3. Afternoon naps
Sometimes we don’t make it out of the house in the winter months. It just takes too long to bundle three kids in coats and mittens and hats and boots. The summertime brings easy days and playful hours, which, in Mommyland, equals a little R&R for us! They tire themselves out and all that vitamin D? It eats their energy right into a nap! I love my children to pieces, but I look forward with pure enjoyment to the one-to-two hours all three kids nap almost each day.

4. Weddings
Everyone likes to get married during nice weather, and we love to come party at your nice weathered nuptials! This summer alone, we have four weddings to attend. Fun, fun, fun!

5. Playdates
Outings and hikes, picnics and playgrounds, festivals and farms. How much fun can we cram into ninety warm days?! It’s “Go, Go, Go!” at the Sweets in the summer, and we are loving every minute! We’ve seen lots of friends and family, and we just can’t get enough!

I think I’ll stop at five today, but not because I’m at a loss for more great reasons why I love summer. It’s because I have to go! So much to do and see!

What are some of your favorite things to do and see in the summer? Do tell :).

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Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Children, Crafts, Creative, Economical Activities, Family, Friends, Homeschool, Kids Activities, Library, Motherhood, Music, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Party, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, Weather, Winter | 3 comments

Save It For A Rainy Day

Save It For A Rainy Day

Sometimes life brings us rainy days…or snowy ones. We feel the walls caving in on us and we must get out of the house!

Let’s face it – there are also days we never leave the house. And there are days we can’t afford to leave the house, or shouldn’t, anyway.

I have come up with ways I never thought possible to entertain the kids. Especially on rainy and snowy days, we always find things to do.

Here’s a brief list:

•Go to the library.
This isn’t the most imaginative idea in the world. It’s probably close to your home, it’s usually spacious, and it’s FREE. Most children love books, and there are usually other story times and activities scheduled daily to keep your little one entertained.

•Have a dance party in your living room.
Every family must do this, if you haven’t already! Put on your favorite music – it will become theirs, too. Loosen up & get silly! We do the robot, the funky chicken, the shopping cart, among other classics, as well as make up our own – the bear, the giraffe, the roller coaster. Your kids will love you forever.

•Do a new craft.
Something you’ve never done before. Maybe something you are too intimidated to try, or too anal to clean! Sometimes it’s time to break out the paint, play dough, glue, & glitter and not worry about the mess. The mind it creates surpasses the mess it creates, by far. Again, your kids will love you for it! Check whimsicalsweet on Pinterest if you’re really at a loss for ideas.

•Make a fort.
Bust out the blankets and pillows & get creative with this free activity! We often make obstacle courses and mazes out of blankets, pillows, ottomans and sofas, too. Get imaginative & create a scene. You can be in a forest or an aquarium, a zoo or a jungle. Pretend play goes a long way and is good for brain growth and for the soul. 🙂

•Get crazy in the craft store.
As sort of a reward for being nice and patient while we shop for my art & craft supplies, I’ll drop by the foam play things aisle and let the kids play for a while. So far, nothing has broken (*knock on wood*), and their imaginations can run wild in someone else’s space for once! Michael’s, JoAnn’s, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby – they all have an aisle with foam hats, swords, shields, magic wands, crowns, etc. that you can “borrow” and test right there in the store. Just be sure to put everything back where it was and ask your children to do the same. And if anything gets worn or broken, buy it. Both are good lessons for them to learn.

What are some of the things you like to do or used to do with your children on rainy days? What activities are free or easy on the wallet?

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Healthy Lifestyle, Life, Moderation, Motherhood, Philosophy, Sick, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, Thought of The Day, Weather | 1 comment

Thought Of The Day:  June 26, 2012

Thought Of The Day: June 26, 2012

I’ve said it before and I”ll say it again.  Some days are harder than others.  Lots of days of late are harder than others.

Yesterday was a hard day.  I was sick and the kids were a handful, laundry and dishes needed to get done, and blah Blah BLAH.

Yes, I know, I have three children.  Three.  But, c’mon, everyone has hard days regardless of their parental situation or lack thereof.  I’ve always had hard days, since I was a wee one.  Just like you.

Well, it’s a beautiful day outside.  I certainly don’t want to spend the day sulking in the dark.

Today, I’ve decided to

What will you do???

Hey!  I made that picture!  Yep, I used good ole’ trusty paint program on my good ole’ trusty old school computer.  It may be a tad bit cheesy and in no way a masterpiece, but I think it looks really, well, I don’t know…HAPPY! 🙂

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Life, Stay At Home Mom, Thought of The Day, Weather, Winter | 0 comments

February First and Fifty

February First and Fifty

Welcome to February!

Time is passing ever-so-quickly & here we are in month two of 2012.  It’s fifty degrees out today.  I find that rather refreshing since normal temperatures are in the teens by this time of year.  It makes me want to create…today I will plan.

My resolution for February is to blog more.  Today is day one.  It feels good to write & I sure do need an outlet these days!

So, here’s to seeing more of you reading more of me in February.  The clock is ticking…

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in Autumn, Cooking, Crafts, Family, Favorite Things, Food, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Life, Moderation, Photography, Redheads, Stay At Home Mom, Weather | 1 comment

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things:  Fall Edition

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Fall Edition

I love fall.  I don’t like what it signifies – death, change…those kinds of things – but I do love everything that comes with it!

Pumpkins Picking them, carving them, painting them, roasting their seeds, eating them in various ways (pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes with pecans).  Let’s face it, they’re cool!  This year each one of us chose a different colored pumpkin.  Kind of fun, no?!

Color-Changing Leaves It’s neat to drive by the same trees & see how they change each day.  What’s even more fun is when they drop from the trees in quantities enough to jump into!  The kids enjoyed raking them into huge piles with cousins this year.  Their faces were priceless as they dove in with glee!

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Apples Picking them, carving them (we made stamps), eating them, drinking their cider, baking with them (Apple Crisp is my fave, also applesauce to last the whole year through).  Who doesn’t enjoy a good apple?!!

Fall Crafts We have been artsing & crafting like nuts around these parts!  Cut-out masks, leaf rubbings, apple & leaf stamps, our very own “tree”, lots of printable activities via the internet, the list goes on & on.  We just can’t get enough.

Pecan Pie Incredibly indulgent & full of unhealthy ingredients…need I say more?!

Halloween 2010

Halloween From making costumes to trick-or-treating and all the dance parties in between, Halloween may very well be my favorite Hallmark Holiday.

Autumnal Light  Outdoor photography in the fall is usually some of the most beautiful, assuming you’ve captured it on a day full of sunshine.

Places To Go, People To See I’m pretty sure we’ve visited every farm, corn maze, pumpkin patch & apple grove this side of the Mississippi.  The fun never ends at these places, so look into it next year for your little ones if you haven’t already.  There are usually plenty of free activities & lots to do at little cost…bonus!

Decor  Halloween decorations are fun, but so are the colors of fall around the home.  I like to have certain seasonal decor like a rust-colored table runner, a scarecrow scattered here & there throughout the house or a few sparkly pumpkin placemats for the kids.  It changes things up a bit and makes life fun – always a priority in our lives.

Clothing  I am a redhead, fall looks good on me 🙂

Harvest Moon  Not many things in life are better than a full, round, low-lying, giant fall moon.  You know, the kind of moon that makes you glad your heart is beating.

Thanksgiving At My Parent's House, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner We are *thankful* to celebrate Thanksgiving three times each year.  Though it may be a time-crunching, hectic schedule to attend to, we get to indulge in three meals in return.  Not a bad deal!  The most scrumptious part about it?  Each of our families prepares Thanksgiving dinner in a different way, so we get a smorgasbord of tastings throughout the day.  Some of my personal favorites, besides the obvious turkey, gravy, stuffing & mashed potatoes:  mushroom caps in a wine-cream sauce, chestnut-stuffed artichokes, homemade cranberry jam, sweet yams (prepared in a way only my Grandmother can) and Yorkshire pudding (prepared in a way only my Grandmother-In-Law can!).  Can you say “YUMMMMM”?!  I never have room for dessert 🙂  Even luckier, only two dinners are served on the actual day of Thanksgiving, so the love is spread out (& our waistbands don’t expand too much on the day of)!  That is one day where my “all in moderation” philosophy is WAY out the window!

What are your favorite hints of autumn?  What do you look forward to most each year?  Do tell 🙂

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