Encourage Imagination With Props

Encourage Imagination With Props - Props in a box Pirate

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This year my son wanted to throw a Pirate-themed birthday party. He has always been into fantasy, make-believe and dressing up in costumes. I have always encouraged a healthy imagination because it helps fuel his love of reading as a result! We shopped around for fun props we could use for a party and came across Props in a Box™ while in Toys R Us! I was rather excited to see boxes already together and ready for children’s play!… [read more]

Halloween Fun!

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. While I haven’t dug out the totes of decorations from storage yet, I have gotten a little start on decorating already. My daughter, J., and I were out piddling around town one day last week and stopped into Dollar General for something. While there we found these really cute Halloween-themed window clings for $1.00 a sheet so we picked up a few. As I was cleaning the windows in preparation to hang them up, I saw this Mama Spider in the kitchen window between the glass and the screen with her little pod of spider eggs. I cleaned around her web so I wouldn’t disturb her. I just couldn’t bring myself to kill her. In any case, her web is not inside the house and we rarely have the windows open due to the seasonal allergies others in my house suffer from, so I left her alone.

Halloween Fun!
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Family Pickle Canning — Sharing is Caring

Family Pickle Canning -- Sharing is Caring

This past weekend, my husband and I spent some time with his sister and her son. We attended a local parade featuring our local high school marching band. Our son plays trumpet and this was their first performance of the school year. The weather was cooperative and we found a great spot under a large tree to watch the parade. After the parade, the students headed back to the school to take their yearly group picture.

Since we had some time (and somehow got to talking about the farmer’s market) we headed down the street to peruse the wares being offered by our local farmers. My sister-in-law mentioned that she wanted to can some pickles this year. I have done this before and need to can some for this year since we have used all that I canned from last year. It was decided that we would buy some cucumbers and do it together at my house and invite my mother-in-law to participate, as well.
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Road Trippin’ Through The South – PART THREE

Road Trippin' Through The South - PART THREE -- Greetings from Oklahoma

My family took a road trip recently to Oklahoma to see our daughter’s long-time boyfriend graduate from Army Basic Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. We stopped at several interesting locations along the way. This series of posts is to document those stops and share what we experienced with all of you.

Road Trippin’ Through The South – PART TWO

Road Trippin' Through The South - PART TWO - Greetings from Oklahoma

Road Trippin’ Through The South (Summer 2015) PART TWO

My family took a road trip recently to Oklahoma to see our daughter’s long-time boyfriend graduate from Army Basic Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. We stopped at several interesting locations along the way. This series of posts is to document those stops and share what we experienced with all of you.

PART ONE of this series shared our first stop along the way in Nashville, Tennessee. If you  want to read that post, click HERE. I will be updating all posts with links to the others in the series.

Memphis, Tennessee

Our second stop on the trip was in Memphis, Tennessee — home of the Rock ‘n Soul Museum, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. We stayed in Memphis for two days. This post will be regarding our first day there, during which we walked the streets of downtown Memphis, toured the Rock ‘N Soul Museum and ate dinner at the B.B. King Blues Club. Part Three, coming soon, will cover our second day in Memphis and our tour of Graceland…. [read more]