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A fun weekend

It was one of those weekends where everything fell right into place. It started on Saturday which was a planned girl’s day out. Myself and three of my good friends headed into New York City to see Legally Blonde on Broadway. It was a perfect feel good show, with upbeat music and funny dialogue. Click on the below clip to see the beginning of the show.

After heading back over the Hudson river, we all had dinner together and enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t a high chair or snotty nose at our table.

On Sunday my almost six year old daughter and I went to Chinese school and then hit the bookstore afterwards for some mommy/daughter browsing. Last night I sat down to watch some football goodness and was thrilled by the HUGE NY Giants win last night (yep, I’m a die hard Giants fan, having had it drilled into me since I was a toddler)! It was the perfect (and very exciting ending) to a great weekend!

Sorry I’ve been MIA around here – I have been spending a lot of my free time reading, so I update my book blog much more often. Stop on by if you have a chance – I will be hosting a book giveaway there in a couple days.

For more Legally Blonde fun, click below:

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Whew, October is over and it sure was a busy month! We had a really fun Halloween (oh, and thanks for all the nice comments about the face painting on my daughter Leah. No, I didn’t actually paint it. She had it done by a professional face painter at a party). We also celebrated Maya’s first birthday with our own neighborhood pumpkin painting party and I finally finished this book(boy, was it a hefty one).

Some time was spent at the local cider mill and we even attempted a corn maze. All in all, a lot of our October was spent outdoors and it was a great way for us to have some quality family time together. 

In the evenings (and if Maya takes a long afternoon nap) I have been working a lot on some new digital scrapbook pages. I am really enjoying scrapbooking digitally (love the fact that you can re-use digital paper and elements and that there is no mess involved)! I did this quick page just last night. You can see all of us out trick-or-treating with my girlfriend Debbie and her daughter.

I even subscribed recently to a national digital scrapbooking magazine and on a whim entered two layouts for possible publication. Imagine my surprise to find out via e-mail yesterday that one of my layouts has been chosen for publication in the magazine this spring! I can’t give out any more details right now, but I will definitely let you know how to find my layout once it is printed.

How was your October?

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OK, there is hardly anything crafty going on in my house lately. The sweater for Leah is only partially knitted (back complete, now starting the front) and I have been way busy working on my newest hobby, digital scrapbooking. Add that to my current 600 + page read (a perfect book for the creepy month of October), one busy kindergartener  and my not-so-clean house and I am one crazed woman!

My mother, on the other hand, is happily crafting away. Her latest sewing project was a knitting needle roll just for me. Isn’t the fabric just beautiful! 

As for actually getting some knitting done within the next few weeks, I am not too sure that will be happening. October is one busy month around here, with Maya’s first birthday party to plan, getting ready for Halloween and spending the weekend with some friends at this fun indoor place.

I will be taking a bit of a craft blog break to get my mojo going again (don’tcha just love a word like mojo)  and will be back in a couple weeks.

Until then, happy crafting!

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Made in China

crochet doll

After traveling through China for almost twenty days, we are now trying to settle back into our regular routines while suffering from some major jet lag. It is nice to be home again and to now be a mother to two beautiful girls. Feel free to stop by my travel blog to see pictures from our trip.

One of my favorite shopping experiences while in Guangzhou China (which is in the southern part of the country) was a little shop called “A Gift from China.” As Guangzhou’s first charity store, all profits go towards helping orphaned and abandoned children in China. You can read more about the organization that runs the shop, The Good Rock Foundation, here. I purchased this beautiful hand-made crocheted doll for our new daughter Maya from the store. You can also purchase items from them on-line here.

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Each summer our neighborhood hosts a block party. The street is closed off to traffic and everyone participates in games like the good old fashioned egg toss and water balloon slingshot (last year we were able to clear four houses with that slingshot)! The party goes late into the evening with food, cold beer and one or two poker games on the side. Today is our block party and the weather is beautiful!

Each family is asked to bring one food dish with them. My contribution this year is this Strawberry Preztel Salad (recipe curtousy of Paula Dean). It is a sure-fire winner with adults and kids alike.

Strawberry Pretzel Squares

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels 
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) container whipped topping (Cool Whip), defrosted
  • 2 (3 oz.) packages strawberry geletin dessert mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 oz.) packages frozen halved strawberries
  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple

Make sure to read through the directions. This recipe has to be made in steps.

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. For the crust, mix the pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9 by 13 inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool completely. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature overnight.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar. Fold in the whipped topping and spread over the crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and allow to cool slightly. Add the frozen strawberries and crushed pineapple and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.

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I took advantage at our Freedom Festival parade this past Saturday to work on a little knitting project. I can’t actually tell you what the project is, since I will be mailing it out very soon to someone who reads this blog. Anyway, the weather was perfect (see all that blue sky) and the township parade turned out to be really fun. The 4th of July also holds another special meaning for me. On Wednesday it will be my 9th wedding anniversary! Hope you all have a happy and safe holiday!

 

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This nice lady Janie tagged me to write thirteen things about being a Mum. Well, maybe I’ll write about being a Mom, since it is the more popular term on this side of the pond! 🙂

I have been a Mom for five years now (my daughter’s birthday was a few days ago) and I still can’t believe how fast those first five went! So, I am supposed to post thirteen things about being a Mom. For the sake of getting to bed at a decent hour I think I will stick with the first ten.

  1. Responsibility – not only for the little one in my life, but also taking care of my home and my whole family.
  2. Snuggle – each morning I get into Leah’s bed and we have snuggle time. I am not sure when we started this ritual, but it is one of my favorite times of the day.
  3. Tired – around 3:30 each day I could use a half hour nap.
  4. Frustrated – when Leah doesn’t want to listen or I am at my wits end then frustration starts to take over.
  5. Sassy – the word I like to use to describe my daughter – bossy and funny are two other ones.
  6. Better myself – I do not have a college degree. This is one of my biggest regrets in life. How can I tell my daughter how important it is to get a degree if I don’t even have one? That’s why a few years back I started pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. I only take one class a semester, so it is slow going, but within the next two years or so I will be finished and can set an example for my daughter.
  7. Hope – hope that there is some sort of gun control so that the Virginia Tech shooting never happen again.
  8. Guilt – this is a big one. If you are a mother, then you already know what I am talking about.
  9. Play – when I was a kid I just LOVED playing board games. Leah is also a fan so I have been enjoying teaching her how to play some of my favorites from my childhood (remember OPERATION).
  10. Read – each night we read to Leah. She is now into chapter books. Her new favorite is Franny K. Stein.

I would love to see what comes to mind when you guys think about motherhood. Join in and post on your blog if you like!

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