Thursday, November 20, 2014


I never told you all but I sewed my first quilt a few months back.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Free Christmas Printable

I was fiddling around the other night and made a free printable for Christmas. I used my favorite Christmas carol (hymn) and wrote it in bold white against a black background. Hope you enjoy! Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is such a classic song with a simple message. It epitomizes Christmas for me.

free christmas printable chalkboard hymn

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rug Pad Corner Rug Pad Review!

Do you use area rugs?  We do. Our house has hardwood floors so we have area rugs in each room. I love how they look!  We spend a ton of time one them too, playing games, playing with Pixie, the girls color, etc. Jim and I always felt like our rugs should feel softer and we were always on the lookout for new, more plush rugs within our budget (not easy!).   

Then I was contacted by Rug Pad Corner and  they asked if I wanted to try their rug pads. Hmmm, my parents always used pads under their rugs. Why haven't I?  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Amazon Studios: Annedroids & National Recycling Week

Celebrate National Recycling Week with Amazon Studios: Annedroids Inspiration!

What is this?  Read on to find out!

A few months back I told you all about a show, Annedroids, produced by Amazon Studios, that Molly reviewed with an enthusiastic two thumbs up!  She loved the show so much that we became Amazon Prime members as it is only available on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Outlet Shopping at Jersey Gardens!

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You all know I love being a Jersey girl but it isn’t just for the shore and Bon Jovi. One of the best reasons is because shopping in New Jersey is easy and affordable especially when we go to The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens!
The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens has been transformed and is now a chic and luxurious shopping experience. In fact, it is New Jersey’s largest indoor luxury fashion outlet center - they even offer tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes!  They have all the brands we love and look for such as:
-Michael Kors
-Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
-Century 21
-Neiman Marcus Last Call
-A/X Armani Exchange Outlet
-True Religion Brand Jeans
-Coach Factory Store
-Coach Men’s
-Calvin Klein
-Banana Republic Factory Store
-The PUMA Store
-Vince Camuto
-G by Guess
-Disney Store Outlet
-The Lego Store
200 stylish and premium brands, in fact!  And after a full day of shopping, it is always lovely to relax in one of the many sit-down restaurants, the deluxe food court, or to take in a movie at the movie theater, all located at The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens. This is why the mall is a major tourist attraction, seeing approximately 18 million visitors a year from more than 160 countries. And of course, all of us natives too!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Help! My Child Can't Read!

As a second grade teacher, I heard this sentence from too many parents to count. Every parent wants what is best for his or her child and we all want our children to be doing all the things they are "supposed" to be doing successfully. I could go on and on about the pressure we place on children at a young age, the loss of play and socialization, and the value placed on academics at the expense of learning experiences. But I'll save you all the speech.  Let's get down to brass tacks. Your child is not reading at the level you and/or his teacher feels is appropriate. 

What can you do?  Well, you can hire me for $50 an hour!   Or you can try some of these reading strategies at home.  These are strategies to use with young children and emergent readers and focuses mostly on decoding, using phonemic rules and awareness to read the words. (We'll talk comprehension another day).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mod Podge Glow-In-The Dark Masks (Halloween Craft)

Nothing says "Halloween" like a mysterious mask to wear to a Halloween party!  I saw some gorgeous ones in a store that were full of sparkle and luxurious details.  But I knew better than to buy one because I knew with some Mod Podge and my imagination that I could create my own elegant and mysterious masks!

Luckily, I received a box with some of my favorite, tried and true, craft products from Mod Podge that were perfect for this Halloween party project!