Thursday, October 23, 2014

10 Things to LOVE About Fall!

10 Reasons I Love Fall

 1. It’s fresh! The air is so crisp and invigorating.

 2. The windows open! How nice it is to let the air circulate through the house!

 3. It’s great for hiking. Not too hot, not too cold.

 4. It’s cozy. Crackling leaves, crackling bonfires.

 5. Halloween! One year, 2 of my children and I went to Salem, Massachusetts on Friday, the 13th of October just because we thought it would be cool to experience it there.

 6. It’s almost time for the winter holidays!

 7. Saves on utility bills. No air conditioning needed! No heat yet either!

 8. New beginnings. I used to love going back to school with brand new notebooks, blank pages waiting to be filled. Each school year was an opportunity for new friends, new knowledge and new experiences.

 9. The brilliant colors! On the East Coast, the leaves turn into gorgeous burgundies, golden yellows and burnt oranges. This cacophony of colors creates the most beautiful canopies! I send my West Coast friends piles of leaves so they can enjoy the experience.

 10. New TV shows on! This may sound silly to some, but I look forward to ending my day relaxing in front of the TV and watching my favorite shows. It gives me something to look forward to every day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Craft - Spider Web!

This past Monday, a holiday for me, I planned on taking my grandchildren to the Pumpkin Patch. But it was raining. So we did Halloween crafts at home instead!

 I have a background as a preshool teacher and had three children of my own. So I've done lots of crafts through the years and I love holiday crafts in particular, but all of that was before Pinterest! I just had to check out the latest craft ideas!

 I was limited to whatever was in the house since it was so last minute. But what I have in the house and what is normal to have in the house are extremes. It wasn't difficult to rummage through my craft room and find black paper plates, construction paper and glue. By the time the children showed up, I had 3 crafts planned.

 My favorite one, the paper plate spider web, is the one I will describe here. It gives children a tactile experience, works their small motor skills and looks great once it's finished.

You'll need: 

  •  Black paper plates (white can be substituted but you'll have to reverse the color of the yarn.) 
  • White yarn 
  • Green, orange or another color construction paper for the spider. 
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors 
 Directions: 

 1. Take the black paper plate and begin making slits around the edge of the plate. Slits should be @1/2 to 3/4" deep. Leave @ 3/4" between slits. This is a great exercise for children who are learning to use scissors. You could also pre-cut the slits, which I did for my 2 and 3 year old grandkids.
Cut all the way around the paper plate.

2. Tape one end of the white yarn to the back of the plate.

 3. Begin by pulling the yarn through one of the slits. At this point I gave the end of the yard to my grandson and directed him to pull it through any slit. We went back and forth around the plate while he chose the placement of each slit and pulled the yarn through. You want it to be uneven and random.

 4. When my grandson had decided there was enough "web" we pulled the yarn through the back and I taped the end down.
 5. Cut out an oval shape for the spider's body.

 6. Cut out 8 small for spider's legs.

 7. Have your child glue the legs to the body.

 8. I bent the legs in half to make them 3 dimensional.

 9. Glue the spider somewhere on the web.

 10. Hang it up in a prominent place in your home! Your child will enjoy looking at the spider and web that he/she created!

Let me know how yours turns out!
Angela

Monday, February 3, 2014

10 Ways to AVOID Doing Your Job!

How many ways can I avoid sitting down and filling my pre-paid orders????? I own a home based business making faux-floral wedding bouquets.  And some days, especially Mondays, it's a challenge getting focused. Do you ever feel this way?

Hmmm.

1.  I can write this blogpost about avoiding my orders! I mean, others must feel this way too so I MUST share it!

2.  I can take the time to prepare a cup of tea that I simply MUST have!

3.  I can talk to my husband about what's bothering him.  That's important, right?

4.  I can answer my emails.  From all 3 of my email accounts.

5.  I can check FB for some new fantastic thing that my friends are doing while ostensibly checking my fan page.

6.  I can look for dance classes.  I mean, I want to get fit, don't I?

7.  I can list the items that I've been collecting from around the house. Because I can make quick money, right?

8.  I can recheck to see if I have any new emails.

9.  I can start on a new creative project that I've been wanting to get started on. It may be the next big thing!

10. I can face why I want to avoid these orders....face the anxiety that it creates; face the self loathing that I feel for putting them off; face the fact that I may have to order supplies.  Mostly, I have to face the fact that I am having a hard time focusing on this ONE thing.  And this ONE thing is the most important because some beautiful bride somewhere is waiting on her beautiful bouquet order!

Now that I got that off my chest....off to create my bride's bouquets!

Whew!

Angela
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

6 Things NOT to say to a Grieving Parent

I'm starting the New Year off with a post that really touched my heart.

Most of us have lost a loved one. It's painful whether it's a parent, grandparent or friend.  But I can't imagine losing a child!

It seems we never know what to say to someone's loss, especially when it is the greatest pain imaginable!

My friend lost her daughter last year.  One thing that she seemed to appreciate is that I kept checking in with her.  Just a text asking, "How are you today?"  Or a call that said, "I'm thinking about you," especially on those "firsts." First birthday, first Mother's Day, first anniversary.

So when I read this article, I thought, "I must share this! " It's wonderful advice, if poignant, from someone who knows.

It's worth the read to find out 6 things NOT to say to a bereaved parent.  And what to say instead.

http://stillstandingmag.com/2014/01/6-things-never-say-bereaved-parent/

Angela

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