My favorite thing to do when visiting cities is to find a local gift shop. And, I always search out the funny cards. Last fall, when we were dropping our son off at college, we stopped at our favorite breakfast place in Minneapolis. And after breakfast, we popped into a local gift shop. Amongst the candles and Minnesota souvenirs, there is a corner devoted to hilarious cards. My son and I took a few photos of our favorite cards, laughing out loud while we read them to each other. We ended up buying all of them because laughing with your college-age son while reading greeting cards is priceless. [Read more…]
Hi Everyone! I recently spent an evening sorting thru my kids baby blankets, baby shoes and all those child keepsakes packed away in a storage bin. The memories of Winnie the Pooh bathing suits and my boys’ cowboy boots. The blankets made by great aunts for our daughter. All these amazing memories tucked into a bin and stored in a hall closet. When I found the cowboy boots it brought back memories of my youngest son’s cowboy phase; pajamas and cowboy boots. I initially tucked them back into the bin and then I got the cutest idea for these memory-filled, boots.
And, my son’s memory filled boots had spent too much time in storage. I had a few ideas for these boots but decided to display them on my freshly painted shelves in the basement. The basement is where our boys hang out with their friends, so it made sense to display these where he and his friends chill. I may have pointed the cowboy boots out to his friends on more than one occasion. wink
The size of these boots makes it easy to play with their placement on the shelves.
Look at the mud caked onto the boot’s heel. I almost cleaned it, but I decided those boots, with the mud, tells my son’s story.
Oh my gosh you guys I just love these re-purposed boots. I would encourage you to pull out those storage bins and find a few favorite keepsakes and put them on display.
Oh and that wire basket was a dollar section find at Target!
Feathered Nest Friday
If you had to name the most popular room in your home, what room would it be? In our house, the kitchen is the epicenter of our home and family. Over the weekend, I took a few photos of our kitchen island which means an update is in the planning stages. A few years ago I shared my 37 minute kitchen island update here. And, now it’s time for a new kitchen island update or a puppy. #wink
Hi Everyone! Today is about our trip to South Carolina. It was a college road trip. But, weekending sounds so much fancier. We met our older son in Hilton Head and planned to watch a few of his singles and doubles matches during his college tennis tournament. But with rain and/or rain delays, we decided to leave early and head to Charleston. Let me say; it’s always hard to say goodbye to my kids (at any age). We wanted to check out the historical town and tour the College of Charleston. Our older son’s teammates snapped this photo before we left Hilton Head.
Weekending in South Carolina
Do you know who is a famous graduate of the College of Charleston? Here’s a clue; he was one of Rory Gilmore’s boyfriends on Gilmore Girls. And, you may be wondering how I know the answer to this clue? Google. My son Googled famous historians (celebrities) who attended the College of Charleston.
The answer: Rory Gilmore’s boyfriend, Logan Huntzberger.
And, the flowers were everywhere in Charleston.
and I got a little sidetracked with …
And these carriage entry doors…
Speaking of doors… I am obsessed with Stacey’s front door.
And, here is a fun read all about Instagram’s Guide to Charleston’s doors.
Funny dog story! Do you or someone you know have an Australian Shepherd dog? If you know an Aussie, you know they have a boundless amount of energy and are smarter than many people. And, some of you will appreciate the motivation behind this story; the story of what happened when I organized the school crafts.
That is until the first Christmas season we had an enthusiastic, driven Australian Shepherd puppy. His curiosity could solve world problems. I left the storage tub in the basement when we decided to grab tacos before a night of tree trimming.
When we returned home I stepped in the “after party.” Funny story, it turns out Tanner inhaled every Fruit Loop based ornament and uncooked macaroni and glue Christmas tree.
Yes, Tanner threw up every pantry staple based ornament onto a dozen steps.
I lost any ornament with an edible candy or cereal.
And, we all broke into laughter because it was just so funny that this little Aussie puppy could enjoy the school crafts like I never did. It took a puppy’s curiosity and post-craft-edible-crash to appreciate all of those crafts and memories.
Thankfully, he didn’t eat ANY the school craft projects made from crayons and construction paper.
So a few years later I pulled the (non-edible) school crafts out from storage and created stacks for each child. I tossed more pieces of construction paper than I thought I could emotionally manage.
I had so many.. um.. beautiful pieces of art, clay projects, American flags, and “I love my mom ….” Mother’s Day cards. These school crafts brought me so many happy emotions and memories I knew it didn’t make sense to store them away for the kids to sort through years later.
These school crafts were meant to be enjoyed way past their refrigerator phase.
A few projects claimed year-round status like my daughter’s American flag she drew the morning of Tuesday, September 11th.
Some of their school crafts ended up in the yard, next to the path (next to my own creative piece of artwork last summer).
It’s the last weekend in February? Didn’t we just celebrate the new year? Geez! I am gearing up for the annual Mom Prom at my son’s school. It is a 1970’s theme. His wardrobe includes a wig, plaid blazer from his grandfather and a turtleneck. I have a few options, but I am trying to incorporate the Shawn Cassidy iron on transfer I bought on eBay.
I can’t believe it was three years ago I attended with my boys for the Star Wars theme Mom Prom.
So as I decide between bell bottoms, a pantsuit and a dress worthy of Mary Richards for this year’s Mom Prom, here are a few things that caught my eye this week! Don’t miss Debbie’s worthy read at the end of this week’s weekending.
Want to tighten up your writing skills?
Read this list by an author whose books keep us up at night. You might be surprised by his simple, manageable suggestions.
Do we love Target or what? Check out these decor hacks from Target. Have you seen the spring decor at Target? I am holding off until next week. Mom Prom wardrobe is taking up my free time this week!
Check out where Carmen weighs in on real or fake plants here.
Debbie has a few points to make as she wrestles with whether to keep blogging here.
Are we ready for a weekend? What a week in our country. Thank you to the competitors in the Olympics to make our hearts swell with pride. Colorado sent the largest number of Olympic athletes to South Korea. So we have been cheering from our family room every night. The Olympics is all about family support.
When Red Gerard won the first gold medal for the Americans, after oversleeping before the slopestyle snowboard event, we laughed at his chill attitude. He is the same age as one of my boys. His family joined him for the celebrations following his win.
Let’s just say only his mom and dad got up for pre-dawn bus drive up the mountain for the next day’s events.
And, can we talk about Nathan Chen’s performance in the free skate program. He is just too cute.
I had to share his pre-Olympic commercial.
And, I love the athlete commercials. Here is a favorite because I love the song that is paired with skating favorite Nathan Chen. It’s all about the journey. I would love to see him skate to more music like the one in this video filmed last summer.
Finally, for those of you of a certain age, you might remember Scott Hamilton. Check out the amazing things he is doing outside of Nashville. Loved this interview with Craig Melvin.
When Scott Hamilton was skating I was roller skating in my garage and twirling around the support beam in the center of my “rink.” Do any of you remember Ice Castles?
Happy Day! Give your children extra hugs, texts, and love! We all have a champion in our lives.
I had a different post scheduled for today. But somehow crafts to complete before the next holiday season didn’t seem right. We were here in Colorado when Columbine became a life-changing, tragic event; not the name of a high school in Littleton, Colorado. And I found myself thinking of the lyrics to the song;
Let there be peace on earth …
We were weeks away from leaving Colorado and moving to Columbus, Ohio. We went to a public Memorial at a local park in Littleton after the Columbine shooting. It was filled with thousands of people, of all ages. And, purple balloons. We never thought we would feel such pain for all those students and families.
And, then September 11th happened on a sunny, Tuesday morning.
Let there be peace on earth …
My son came home from school today and I gave him a huge hug.
He knew what I was going to say because it has become too familiar when tragedy strikes schools during the school day.
He had heard about the shooting via social media. And, then I reminded him; 1. always look for an exit, 2. locate a place to hide 3. if possible, find a secondary exit.
My brother-in-law who is a news anchor in Tennessee does the same thing. I wonder if some of us are just wired to anticipate (or maybe it’s excessive worry). Nonetheless, I can not walk into a mall or a restaurant and not take note of the emergency exits and places to hide. I had to remind my kids at an early age that in an emergency you use the exit doors marked, “ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY.”
Let there be peace on earth and in our families, our neighborhoods, our schools and the larger community
Here is Vince Gill’s version of Let There Be Peace on Earth
My son and I took a mother-son trip to NYC last fall. It was three days packed with heart filled memories, experiences and a three-day mother-son foodie fest. We had amazing weather which made it all the more fun to hit the streets and partake in a foodie fest frenzy. One of the places on his list to visit was Cookie Do (long “O”); a raw cookie dough shop.
Wait, aren’t we suppose to avoid raw cookie dough? Do the foodie police know about this place?
And, then it brought back memories of middle school. My girlfriends and I would share 1/2 a tube of the chilled, plastic wrap cookie dough log. We were a bunch of troublemakers back then.
We went to the location close to NYU. I went old school with a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough and my son got a cookie dough sandwich. We grabbed a few baked chocolate chip cookies for the road! This is the only photo of my son; our selfies were epic fails. #mothersontrip #selfiefails
Truth? The raw chocolate chip cookie dough tasted a lot like the Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough log.
Like very similar. But, the shop and experience were fun and the line moved quickly. And, the location was to grab a scoop and walk around.
We finished our second visit to Central Park with dinner at The Black Tap. Amazing burgers, music and the shakes were well worth the month of calories! The line was out the door and the wait was close to an hour, but the warm weather and the family conversation behind us made the wait more entertaining.
My son found this spot and it was the perfect way to end a mother-son trip to NYC. We snapped this photo to share with husband/dad when we saw the Colorado beers. My husband thought it was funny the Coors was considered a craft beer. I can’t say enough about The Black Tap. We want one in Colorado!
Please share your favorite NYC stops because I think we may take another trip next fall as he heads into his senior year of high school. Sniff.
Breakfast is a big deal at our house on Saturdays and Sundays. And, most Friday nights include a sleepover with my younger son and his friends. How can those guys sleep on the floor? Except my son shared a little secret; after his two friends fall asleep under comforters and pillows my son sneaks back to his room to sleep in his bed.
Moose is wearing his jammies from when my son was a toddler. #sniff
I giggled when he told me and told him it sounding like he was cheating. Like, the thing about a sleepover is everyone has to suffer from sleeping on the floor with a foam decorative pillow from the couch. That’s what sleepovers are all about, right? And breakfast is the best way to wrap up a sleepover.
So after a late night sleepover, I whipped up some pancake batter and decided to create a twist on a classic breakfast item. I grabbed a muffin pan, prepped it with cooking spray and dropped the pancake batter into each cup. And, this is how I learned to make pancake muffins.
These pancake muffins bake in about -10 minutes and just serve with a side of syrup! I added chocolate chips to this batch. The boys inhaled a dozen pancake muffins in minutes. This is all I need… a meal that is loved.
But the new breakfast gets better. The next morning I got a text from one of the boy’s mom telling me her son loved the pancakes.
These pancake muffins bake in about 8-10 minutes. These would be perfect to serve at a brunch too. And, the best part of these pancake muffins is they are so easy… easy like …Sunday mornings…