Free Saturday Activity at Home Depot

If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday morning, Home Depot has a once a month Kids Workshop where the kids can use tools, glue, and paint to create different crafts.  This Saturday from 9AM-12PM, the craft at Home Depot is a wooden frame for the winter season.

I highly recommend getting there early so that you definitely get to make the craft that is scheduled for that month.  By the time we finished the craft at the last one that we attended, the kids that were showing up had to make an older craft because they ran out of the scheduled one.

It’s also super cute because the kids get their own Home Depot Apron (kids’ sized), a pin for the craft they made and a certificate of completion.  Home Depot does a really good job with this.

 

 

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Lowes Build and Grow this Saturday

This Saturday, October 27th, at 10AM, your local Lowes should be hosting a Build and Grow for kids.  Check out their website because you do have to register, and you want to register sooner rather than later to be able to make the super cute box that is the project this month.

http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx

How cute is this box.

The kids are able to do all the work.  They hammer with smaller sized hammers to fit their hands, glue, and decorate everything themselves.  It’s a lot of fun.  Hope you enjoy the adventure. 

Please stop back and let me know how you enjoyed it because we will be in NJ celebrating Rutger’s Homecoming Game with my Dad and family because he played for them and was a captain of the team in college.  We’ll be in our red this weekend for the Scarlet Knights!

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Whoops

Apparently it has been almost a month since I have posted.  Whoops.  Time really seems to fly once the school year starts.  Trying to make sure my lesson plans are engaging and complete! Grading the mounds of papers that they complete. And still having time to be a good mother and wife.  I am exhausted.

We’ve been pretty busy every weekend too.  After our camping adventure, we had LittleM go Rock Climbing at Delaware Rock Gym for my niece’s birthday.  That was nerve-wracking for me.  Watching my baby (I know she’s 4 but she will always be my baby) climbing 20 feet up from the ground was a little much for me!  She had a fantastic time though and climbed up and down quite a few times in 2 hours.  Then we had a Rutgers football game the next weekend to go to.  My dad played for them in college and still has season tickets so we drove my parents up to see one of the games with them and tailgated with their friends. LittleM had a good time because she got a new football for us to play with.  We also got the pumpkins for Halloween by going to Milburn Orchards.  I was a little in sticker shock because it was $10 a person just to get in. I understand they only have a short season to make money, and Supply and Demand from economics, but I just wasn’t expecting it.  LittleM had a fantastic time and we all had a nice nap after that trip! 

This weekend we have no plans. I don’t know if we’ll know what to do with ourselves with no plans.  I’m hoping for a pj day.  It’s supposed to be rainy on Saturday, pjs, are the way to go.

Coming up though, if you have never ridden the Wilmington and Western Railroad, I highly recommend checking them out on October 28th for the Halloween Express. They have the train running at 12:30, 2, and 3:30.  You can get half price tickets for your kids if they dress up in their Halloween costume, and there are people working on the train that come around handing out candy.  Right now it is a beautiful ride on this train because of the amazing colors of the changing leaves.  Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for kids 2-12 years (but don’t forget to wear the costume so they get half price tickets).  It’s a really great time and I hope you get a chance to enjoy it.

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Delaware Dines Out, Sept 24-30, 2012

Do you like to eat out?  Next week is your best opportunity to try out any restaurant that you might have been hesitating to try because of the price.

September 24-30 is Delaware Dines Out Week where a huge list of restaurants throughout the whole state of Delaware will be offering set price menus for lunch and dinner to try their food.  Restaurants participating in Lunch will offer a meal at $15, but not all are.  All restaurants are offering a 3 course dinner for $30 a person.

Check out the Delaware Dines Out website to see who is participating and what their dinner menu looks like.

I’m excited to talk my husband into taking me to the Melting Pot for a Cheese, Salad, and Entree course; add on the chocolate for $8 and get 10% off a bottle of wine. Or, I have not yet visited the Stone Balloon since it changed from nasty bar (which I only visited once in college) to upscale wine house because of the prices.  For $30 I can get Caprese Risotto tomato confit, fresh mozzarella, garlic foccacia crumbs, basil salad, EVOO Powder
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Mixed Greens Salad pickled onions, toasted pine nuts, bleu cheese, shaved rainbow carrots, charred lemon-white balsamic vinaigrette
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Smokey Cauliflower Bisque pistachio Gremolata, herb oil for my first course.

For my Second Course I can choose Country Fried Quail grilled watermelon, haricot verts, smoked onion crema, fresno pepper syrup, toasted quinoa pilaf
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Shrimp a la Plancha braised greens, cheddar-scallion grits, mustard seeds, tabasco-tomato coulis, fried arugula
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Zucchini Cakes roasted plantains, crispy brussel sprouts, pickled vegetable salad, romesco sauce.

And for the Third Course (Dessert, which fantastic because I have a really big sweet tooth) Angel Food strawberry custard, orange blossom syrup, buttermilk sorbet, kiwi chutney
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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie rosemary shortbread crumble, frangelico ganache, white chocolate gelato, chantilly.

Yes, Please!

I hope you can go out and try some new restaurants or order something a little different at your favorite restaurant!

Happy Eating!

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Camping!

Tomorrow my husband and I will be taking LittleM camping for the weekend.  This will be her second trip but what makes it even more exciting is that friends of ours with their two little girls (who are also friends of LittleM’s) will be going with us!

Tonight will be the big pack where we get everything together, pack as much as we can in the car, and get everything else ready to grab and go when my husband gets off of work on Friday. 

LittleM is deep in her princess phase where she refuses to wear anything that is not a dress so I have been prepping her for 2 weeks that this weekend she will have to wear pants.  I want her to be warm enough and protected as we hike, camp, and explore the local caves near where we’re camping.

We’re going to be camping near the Crystal Caves in Pennsylvania so I can’t wait to check them out.  I have never been in a cave before and there is only one in Delaware that you can’t visit anymore because it’s on private property.

Is there anything that you think is imperative to bring on a camping trip?  Anything that you can’t live without?  I would love to hear what you think we should bring in the comments!

Have an adventurous weekend!

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Halloween Costumes Gone Bad

Halloween is quickly approaching so all the Halloween costume stores have come back, along with costume catalog junk mail.

Am I the only one who thinks that costumes, even for small kids, have become really inappropriate?

Here is are a few from the latest catalog we got in the mail.

This one is “Lacy Witch Costume”.  I’m sorry, my kid will not be going out in that outfit.

Bratz Bratty Nurse Costume.  Are you kidding me?

 

This pose for the little girl pains me more than the actual costume.

 

All of the costumes were found under the “Kids” heading next to “Babies/Toddlers”.  Not even the teen section. I’m afraid to show you what the “Teen” costumes looked like.

What message are we sending to kids when these are the basic costumes that can be found everywhere.  I don’t know if I’m overreacting but these little girls just look way to sexualized to me.  The short skirts, tight clothes, provocative poses that can be found everywhere now makes me nervous as my LittleM grows.  I don’t even let her watch the regular Disney Channel anymore because I don’t agree with the way girls are portrayed and the clothes that they wear in some of the programming  (especially Shake It Up, which also has 2 costumes you can buy for Halloween).  Thank goodness for Disney Junior.

So, am I overreacting?  I don’t know.  I just know that I have to do the best that I can for my daughter to raise her to be a proud, smart, strong woman.  To know that she doesn’t need to follow the herd and to take pride in herself and the way that she dresses.  This may be harder than I thought.  :-/

Good luck wading through the Halloween inundation.

 

 

 

 

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Fall in Full Force Already

I can’t look turn around without seeing Fall in full force around me.  Lots of Halloween decorations in all the stores, even more activities online for the kids.

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I love the change in weather and sleeping the cool weather.  I love the changing of the leaves and football game tailgate parties.

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LittleM and I are planning her Halloween costume and I’m still trying to get back into the school rhythm.  It’s only week 3 and I feel like it’s been 3 months.  It happens every year at the beginning of the year, meeting 150 new students and getting all class procedures taught.

There are some really great blog posts coming up with Fall activities that I can’t wait to check out that I wanted to share.

No Time For Flash Cards- Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids and Fall Crafts for Kids

Simple Mom- Top 5 Outdoor Fall Activities

Imagination Tree- Autumn Play Inspiration 

I hope you can get some great ideas from these blogs that I love stealing er, borrowing from!

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Please Touch Museum Half Price Tickets

I just found a great deal on Living Social thanks to my neighbor.

For 4 more days you can purchase half price tickets ($9 instead of $18) to the Please Touch Museum in Philly and it includes a Carousel ride.

Here the link  http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1747-philadelphia-citywide/deals/451662-one-admission-ticket-and-one-carousel-ticket

You do have to have an account with Living Social to purchase the deal, but it’s a free account.

You will have to use these vouchers by December of this year, so please keep that in mind if you are interested in buying the vouchers.

Have fun!

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Free Apparel Tuesday At Sears Outlet

If you guys have not checked this out yet, tomorrow may be the last Free Apparel Tuesday at your local Sears Outlet. In northern Delaware, it is located off 273 behind the Bob Evans near Burlington Coat Factory. All you need to do is print their coupon that they will post tomorrow on their Facebook page and bring your Kmart/Sears Rewards card. Really easy.

They don’t have a huge inventory, or change it that often but the past few Tuesdays I have been able to get LittleM Lands End long sleeve shirts for the fall and a few shirts for myself, including a Polo shirt for free. Can’t beat free! So if you live near a Sears Outlet, check it out tomorrow with coupon in hand and see if you can’t find something.

Happy hunting!

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The End of Summer

The end has come…to my summer that is.  My school year has begun and LittleM has returned to daycare.  It is such a bipolar time for me because while I will miss all my time and adventures with LittleM, I love being a teacher.  I am very lucky to be teaching at the school that I am currently at and am especially excited this year to be helping with the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (which basically means teachers supporting each other in helping students learn and succeed).

To celebrate the last few weeks of summer we were able to go on an adventure to Colonial Williamsburg for 3 days, the Brandywine Zoo for storytime, the pool, and many trips to the library, just to name a few things.

Our official end of summer will come this weekend.  A truly amazing friend is getting married (at an aquarium) and LittleM is going to be one of the flower girls!  She is so excited!  We got her dress in the mail from the bride, I found the jewelry and headbands for the little girls, and I pick up LittleM’s shoes tomorrow.  I can’t wait to celebrate this wonderful day and wish the couple well on their new adventure together as man and wife.  The only thing that I have to worry about is my husband stealing a penguin from the aquarium since we have the run of the place during the reception.  I think it’s funny that you think I’m kidding.

As I prepare for new school year, I will probably be taking a little bit of a break from posting which I organize my classroom and content that I need to cover.  At most, two or three weeks to get things rolling.  I find that getting back into the swing of things makes me EXHAUSTED.  All the energy I expend during the day with 90 students a day (because of rotating block schedule) and then coming home to my own rambunctious 4 year old, making dinner, taking care of the fluffy dog, grading, planning, etc, takes a lot out of me.

I wish you many Happy Adventures and I will see you soon!

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