Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome Spring!

Today marks the first day of Spring!  Ahhhh, Spring.  Famous for Spring Cleaning - our annual celebration of welcoming spring.  It’s time to open the windows (wash them first), bring in the fresh air, expel the stale, enjoy a soft breeze, the scent of fresh cut grass, the sound of birds singing.  It’s time to sweep out the cobwebs, pack away the heavy blankets, the snowboots, the winter coats, and let the sun shine! 

This Spring season we will:
Wash the windows, launder the curtains, hose down the porches, scrub the porch furniture and create comfortable outside rooms.  We will make up the beds in cotton sheets and flowered bedspreads (I have to thank my Mom for this spring ritual; she changes her bed coverings with each season/holiday), and there is nothing more luxurious than climbing into a made up bed (at least in my opinion).  We will scrub carpets, paint a room or two, and my favorite: visit local rummage and yard sales and thrift stores for the perfect wicker basket (think catchalls for the porches), candleholders (think porches, again), and vases (for those spring blossoms).

We will visit and catch up with the neighbors.

And last but not least, we will make a list of things to do in Spring.

How will you celebrate Spring??

Friday, March 10, 2017

How to Prepare the Perfect Bubble Bath

First, run the hot water to warm up the bottom of the tub.  Then turn on the cold and when you have reached the desired temperature, put in the plug.

Second, inquire of the bather as to what color he/she would like their water to be.  We use Sesame Street Fizzy Tub Colors.  Add the requested color(s) to the running water.

Third, pour in a capful (or two) of your favorite scented bubble bath. The current favorite among the 3 and under set in this here household is banana.  We use Despicable Me Minion Made Banana Scented Bubble Bath.

Four, place child and a boatload of bath toys in tub.  Elliot’s all-time favorites are his Thomas the Train Bath Buddies.  He is also a fan of his Matchbox MarineRescue

Do not leave the child unsupervised.  Instead, if your child is able to sit by themselves take advantage of the first few moments to clean the bathroom.  I wipe out the sink, polish the mirrors, scrub the toilet, empty the trashcan and straighten the shelves.  Then I sit alongside the tub and play Thomas the Trains with Elliot.  He likes to cover the trains with bubbles and call them “ghost trains,” or hide them under all the bubbles for me to find. Or sometimes I read a storybook, or we sing songs.  Tub-time is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your child.

Love & Luck,

Please note: We are not affiliated with Sesame Street, MZB Accessories, Fisher-Price or Matchbox, we just like their stuff.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Looking forward to . . .

... I can tell you what I am not looking forward to this weekend - the 27/13 degree weather being forecast for Saturday.  WHY the weekend? Why not today, when I have to be in an office all day?! Wow! What a W-H-I-N-E-R! Ah, well, Spring really is right around the corner and we here in Pittsburgh really cannot complain about the weather, not after the mild winter we've experienced this 2016-2017 season. 

... and I can tell you that my previous plan of taking the kiddies into the City to watch the St. Paddy's Day parade has been frozen over.  Sorry, but I am not one to stand with half-naked men painted green in below freezing temps to watch a parade.  I'm not?  Wait, I might have done that once before. . .ahem.

... Okay, so what am I looking forward to this upcoming weekend?  Getting a jump on spring cleaning.  Sick, huh?  No, really.  I've downloaded The LWSL Spring Cleaning Journal (hurry, it's only free for 22 more days), printed off Smead Organomics' Spring Cleaning Checklist (check out their other printables, too, these are among my favorites), checked the cleaning supplies on hand, there's plenty (what does that maid do?!), bought plastic gloves and a new mop and am rearing to go. Even if I can't open the windows and let a summer breeze blow through.  Wait a minute, I think I have a Yankee Candle for that. 

    What are YOU looking forward to this coming weekend?

Love & Luck,

Please note that  I am not affiliated with LWSL, Smead Organomics or Yankee Candle, I just like their stuff.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Forward . . . March 12, 2017

This coming Sunday we here in Pennsylvania will be turning our clocks forward one
hour a/k/a spring ahead or Daylight Saving Time.  Losing an hour of precious sleep (or any hour in a day) is not a comforting thought.  However, gaining an extra hour of daylight into the evening is appealing.  Walks can be extended and we won’t be arriving at the playground just as dusk descends upon us, which happens a little too often, moreover, time can be spent in the yard getting it “summer ready.” 

How will you be taking advantage of that extra hour of daylight?

Love & Luck,

Monday, March 6, 2017

This Past Weekend...

... we shopped for groceries, filled that fridge!  K and I began Weight Watchers last Wednesday so we needed to overhaul the grocery list and fill the fridge with lots of good eats - bags of butter lettuce, containers of cottage cheese, lots of fruit, veggies and in the freezer - chicken, chicken and more chicken.  We found that Elliot likes strawberries!  E and I watched Sing.  LOVED IT!
... Mom, Elliot and I went thrifting on Saturday.  I found a fabulous, well-built, solid wooden dining chair.  Painted creamy white with a coffee pot decal.  I loved it.  Elliot found a Whack-a-Mole game and a few trucks and Mom bought a Yankee Candle Witch candle holder.  The best part of all of this is everything was 1/2 off.  So the chair only cost a whopping $8.00!!!  We are going back in a few weeks to see what "new" has been put on the floor.
...Afterward we went to B&N as that was Elliot's request.  He played at the train table, made a few friends.  Mom and I had coffees and I picked up the latest issue of Willow and Sage.
...At home we had lunch and played a few rounds of Whack-a-Mole.  Mom cleaned the kitchen, Elliot took a "purple' bath (love those fizzies) and I cleaned the bathroom.  Mom left around 4:30 and Elliot was asleep before 7.  
... Yesterday Elliot went to his Dad's house to celebrate his Dad's birthday.  I rested and did a few rounds of laundry.  The whole crew was home by 8 and we settled in for a quiet evening.
... This past weekend was a pretty good one.
How was your weekend?
Love & Luck,

Friday, March 3, 2017

My March Goals (Updating the Planner)

I don't want to over extend myself when it comes to the monthly goals this year.  I need to succeed. That is why you will find my goals list short, but achievable, and I can always add more as I cross off my list. Wow. That sounded really good.  However, in reality, I already have a list of carryovers:

January: Crochet pink sweater, Crochet 1 scarf and 1 hat. Read two books (I read one). I still need to complete the pink sweater, crochet 1 scarf and 1 hat and read 1 book.  What is not done is carried over to the next month.  I was however able to get Amelia to the docs, K's 6 weeks scheduled, take myself to the dentist and get health insurance for Amelia,

February: 1. Finish pink sweater; 2. Read two books (I read one); 3. crochet 1 scarf and 1 hat (I finished 1 hat); and 4. Schedule VA.
Scarf in progress
Okay, I read one book and postponed scheduling VA until I had more stuff.  Besides, February was a short month and I spent a good portion of it trying to beat myco-plasma pneumonia. No, I am not making excuses; I'm just sayin'. 
The carryovers:  finish pink sweater, read 3 books, crochet dozens of hats and scarfs (confused on the number now).

And here we are the 1st day of March.  In my planner To-Do List, I am listing:
1. Finish pink sweater.
2. Read two books. (Really four as that's how behind I am on my Goodreads Reading challenge.
3. Crochet 1 scarf.
4. Crochet 1 hat.
5. Schedule VA.
6. Schedule the kiddies wellness check-ups.
7. Do all the laundry on the third floor.
8. Put ALL the laundry away and not live out of the baskets.
9. Clean sweep the 2nd floor back room.  (MEANING: GET RID OF STUFF!)
10. Lose ten pounds.
and then there are the carryovers.  Sheesh.  I mean its just the first day of the third month and I am already drowning.  Someone throw me a lifesaver!

I guess I better stop listing and start doing.  Tune in next month to see what, if anything, has been accomplished!

HEY! What's on YOUR March To-Do-list???

Love & Luck,


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Four Fun Things to do in March

Below is our March bucket list.  The first two we have already done.  The last two are on our list.  
* In honor of Mardi Gras (it began February 28), bake a King Cake.  I made this for my kiddies last year (Amanda and crew stayed over, too).  The cake is now a new tradition; it’s here to stay.  Amanda whipped one up for Valentine’s Day using pink frosting and pink sugars. 
This recipe is the easiest, it’s so colorful and it is so, so yummy.  Try it.  
*While we are talking tradition, make a batch of Pot O Gold coins with the kiddies.  The boys had a good time dipping (and eating) the cookies.  We used a “witches cauldron” found at a Dollar Store, lined it with [Easter] grass and filled it with the gold coins (cookies).  Not only good eats, but a great decoration, too.
Take two Ritz crackers, spread peanut butter on one-half the cracker, top with the other half, dip into melted butterscotch chips.  Place on wax paper and cool.
~ recipe found in a Leisure Arts publication entitled “Gifts of Good Taste.”
*Start a container garden.  apartment therapy, Popular Mechanics and Burpee each have put out excellent articles on getting started.  Elliot wants to plant flowers, Kayla wants to grow herbs and I just want whatever I plant to grow.
*Take a walk.  Spring is just ahead of us.  Time to get out those walking shoes and explore the neighborhood.  If you are looking for fun ideas and a great way for children to learn, check out Penn State Extensions' Better Care Kid’s article, “Let’s Take a Walk.”  They detail five themes for walking and learning: 1) bird walk, 2) signs of spring walk, 3) home walk, 4) creature walk, and 5) great finds walk.  They also provide a .pdf of the article for convenience.  I am truly looking forward to taking Elliot for a walk.
What are your fun things to do in March?
Love & Luck,

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Welcome March!

March arrived at our doorstep in the form of a thunderstorm.  During the wee hours of the a.m., we lay listening to thunder and the driving rain tapping at the windows. 

Baby Amelia begins her third month today. Isn't she a sweetie???!

With the month of March comes Lent which begins today.  Today is also host to Ash Wednesday.  Daylight Savings Time begins March 12th (turn the clock back one hour).  We will celebrate the “wearin’ o the green” on the 17th, however, the St. Patrick’s Day parade here in Pittsburgh will to held on March 11th.

Do you “give up” anything for Lent?  This year it’s pounds.  Thirty for me. Twenty for K.  Now that it’s “out there” we must not fail.  Our deadline is June 1, and there are dire consequences for a fail. 


Okay March let the luck begin.

Love & Luck,