An Early Easter

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^^Notice the super cool pink hair

I knew we would be out of town for Easter and since I didn’t want to fill our suitcases with easter eggs, we celebrated Easter a week early. I was on such a “buy all the Disney souvenirs” kick that I already had a bunch of gifts to choose from to give Evelyn.

One of the best parts about having kids is reliving my childhood and buying toys that I’d like for myself. I’m not really sure why I fell in love with tsum tsums, but I did and I can’t seem to stop buying them. The good news is, they are the perfect size and shape to fit in extra large easter eggs!

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It was kind of fun to have some little eggs filled with candy and some special surprise eggs with tsum tsums inside. I loved watching Evelyn find them. Naturally she wanted to open each one after she found it, but we were somehow able to convince her to wait until she found all of them.

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I think Chris and I had more fun hiding eggs and watching Evelyn find them than she actually had finding them. All in all it was fun day and I think Evelyn is definitely a fan of Easter now.

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She insisted on hunting for eggs with her butterfly net instead of her easter basket.

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L-R Roo, Lumpy (heffalump from Pooh), Anna, Pooh, Elsa, Tigger, Christopher Robin, Christof, Sven, Piglet.

 

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Remi was happy to chew on eggs.

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^^Since it wasn’t actually Easter, I didn’t put the kids in their Easter outfits, and instead put Evelyn in this cute hand-me-down from her Aunt Lindsey. Lindsey actually happened to wear this dress to our wedding, so naturally I had her remake the photo for a cute throwback.

10 Weird New Year’s Superstitions

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We all know that we want to give someone a kiss as the clock strikes midnight and the calendars roll over to January…but do you know why?

Snopes.com lists several New Year’s Superstitions and why people do them, but I’ve summarized them here for you. I’m so nice.

001 The Midnight Kiss

Kissing a loved one on midnight is not only a way to celebrate together, but it also ensures the affection between you will continue for the next 12 months. Failing to have that midnight kiss will start a year of coldness.

002 A Handsome Man will come a Knocking

The first person who comes into your house after the stroke of midnight will be reflective of the kind of year you’ll have. Naturally you’re gonna want that person to be hot..er uh..handsome.

“Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt.” Obvi.

Also, make sure your handsome fella is actually a fella. A woman would bring disaster on your household. It’s recommended that you aim a gun at them to ward them off lest they come into your house before a man does. You guys..I’m not making this up.

Likewise a blonde or redhead man simply will not do unless you want bad luck for the upcoming year.

“First footers must not be cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows that meet in the middle.” Well that goes without saying.

Once your handsome man drops off his gifts he has to make his way through the house and leave through a different door. No one else can leave the house until the handsome man (also known as a first footer) enters. The first movement across the threshold of your home must be entering and not leaving. Which brings us to…

003 Nothing leaves the house

Like nothing…absolutely NOTHING can leave the house on New Years Day. Not even garbage. If you have deliveries to make, put them in the car before the stroke of midnight. Don’t even think about shaking out a rug or anything else for that matter.

The year must begin by something being added to the home before anything is subtracted from it. It is indicative of the year ahead of you.

Someone who is celebrating all alone could put a basket of treats on his front porch, right outside the door with a string tied to it and after midnight pull the basket in by the string, careful not to reach out and grab the basket.

004 Lucky Food

If you want luck in the new year, make sure black eyed peas and some kind of green something are on the menu. Other acceptable foods are pork, lentil soup (lentils look like coins which equal financial goodness. duh.) and sauerkraut (mainly because it goes well with pork apparently).

Stay far away from poultry of any kind. Birds scratch at the ground which symbolizes the eater scratching for money the whole rest of the year. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

005 Work

Do a little bit of work similar to your career on New Year’s day and be successful at it BUT DON’T do too much because that’s bad luck.

Also stay away from doing laundry because that means that someone close to you could wash away (i.e. die) in the coming months. And to be safe you probably should do the dishes either.

006 New Threads

Wear new clothes on Jan 1 to make it more likely that you’ll receive more new clothes in the coming year. Done and done.

007 Financial Luck

Don’t pay any debts or give out loans on new years day lest you want to be paying them all the year long.

008 Breaking something

Breaking anything encourages wreckage to be apart of your new year. No one wants wreckage. Oh and crying…not a good idea. Unless you want to be sad for the next 12 months.

009 Stock up

Go out and do all your grocery shopping TODAY! Any bare cupboards come January 1 will be a symbol of how they will look for the whole year.

010 Out with a bang

Once the clock strikes midnight, all the doors in the house must be opened to let the old year out. Also it’s important to be as loud as humanly possible to scare away the evil spirits…so..yeah.

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It’s not to late. You can still run to the store for some black eyed peas and new clothes and take out all the garbage before midnight. But I hope you’ve found your handsome man already. Those can be hard to come by.

 

A Thanksgiving Tree

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First of all, I know what you’re thinking.

This is just some lame excuse to put your Christmas tree up early isn’t it?

Why yes, yes it is. But let’s be honest, who needs an excuse anymore? My neighbors fully decked out the outside of their house for Christmas on November 1st. Like lights, wreaths, an enormous nutcracker on the front porch, the whole shebang.

I’ve been wondering where I would put my Christmas tree since before our living room even had carpet. Or walls for that matter. (If you’re new here, head on over to the home remodel to see what I’m talking about.) When the living room was more or less put together, I realized that it’s super tiny and there isn’t a whole lot of room for a big ol tree.

But the ceilings are high so I decided to get a tall and skinny one. And when I set my mind to wanting to buy something, I can’t really change focus until that something is in my living room, put together and plugged in. So here we are.

And that’s where Daniel Tiger comes in. All my fellow moms of toddlers raise your hands if Daniel’s in the house!! Daniel is in our house all the time. If you don’t watch the show, it’s a cartoon based on the characters in Mister Roger’s neighborhood and it’s full of catchy tunes that teach kids things like, “Grown-ups come back” and “Friends help each other, yes they do, it’s true” and my personal favorite, “If you have to go potty, stop and go right away. Flush and wash and be on your way.”

But I digress.

On a particular episode of Daniel Tiger it was Thankful Day and the whole town (neighborhood?) gets together and hangs thank you cards on the tree to those they are thankful to. All the cute little characters draw pictures and whatnot to their parents, teachers, and mailman and that’s when the light bulb went off in my head.

Yes this is a children’s show, but that’s a good idea.

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have and apart from eating a crap ton of food (which I guess means we’re thankful for how much we have..or something) and going around the dinner table to say what we’re thankful for, our family traditions don’t focus a whole lot on gratitude. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday for gathering and spending time with friends and family but when are we acknowledging our gratitude?

So here I am with this undecorated Christmas tree in my living room and this Daniel Tiger thank you tree idea in my head and BAM! The Thanksgiving tree is born.

The basic idea is to take time either throughout the month of November or just on Thanksgiving day itself and write a thank you note to someone. It’s a way to show your gratitude and help someone else feel appreciated. If you do it all November long, you could just set your cards on the tree as you write them, for decoration, and then mail them out later.

I love the idea of everyone sitting down and reading our cards to each other before we indulge in a lovely meal. And hey, maybe we’ll save the cards with the Thanksgiving decorations and each year the tree will get more and more full of cards and we can always look back and remember what, or who, we were thankful for in years past.

So here’s to a new Thanksgiving tradition! What do you like to do to show you’re grateful during Thanksgiving?

Seasonal Subway Art

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When I was a kid, I loved October first, December first, and the beginning of April because that’s when my mom would put out all our cute seasonal decorations signaling the start of the holiday season.

I loved the cobweb table cloth and the glass pumpkin candy dish, always full of candy corn. I had a blast finding a place for each of the nativities in my mom’s collection or setting out the adorable little bunny figurines and other pastel colored knick knacks. Thinking back, those decorations are my childhood.

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Fourth of July Festivities

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Yesterday was so perfect. We spent the first part of the day chilling out and getting ready for our evening cookout. In my book, it was the way a fourth of July should be. Chris has really perfected our yard with a great pathway, fire pit, tree swings, and even a little pond for the ducks. Yes…we have ducks. We had a few friends over and ate yummy food and just enjoyed each other’s company. And the evening ended the way all summer evenings should: with s’mores.

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5 Easy DIY Fourth of July Decorations

Ya’ll. YA’LL! The fourth is on Friday and if you’re anything like me you’ve majorly procrastinated putting up adorable decorations so your house looks festive (maybe you’ve also procrastinated making party plans..also like me.)

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Well lucky for you, I have five quick and easy decorations you can make with stuff you have at home (mostly)…right now….while the baby is sleeping. For reals. Do it and decorate and your husband (or wife, I’m not judging on who has the crafty tendencies) won’t know what hit ’em.

So don’t just read it, go grab the materials and get crafting!

Festive Wine Glasses

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I layered beans in some cute wine glasses for this one and finished it off with a bow. If you have the resources any red, white, and blue small object would work. (i.e. m&m’s, jellybeans, marbles). Yes, those are black beans…nothing gets passed you. But I think they work for this and kind of have that vintage-y feel to the colors.

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001 go grab two of your cutest looking wine glasses/stemware.

002 raid your pantry slash food storage for red beans, white beans and black beans.

003 grab some cute red, white or blue ribbon.

004 Layer the beans and tie yourself a cute bow.

Success! Now move on to Pinwheels.

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