Friday, April 29, 2011

More World Disasters

It hasnt been that long since I was blogging about world disasters and how much we share with our children, but also being able to share with them ways that they can help others in need.  I thought I would repost this article from last month in light of all of the tornado disasters in the midwest.

Please remember those who have been affected both in your giving, and your prayers.  Not just those with damage to homes and lives are affected but also those who are related, friends, workers, etc... it is such a trickle effect.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Experiences - An airport and revival

About a month ago, PHBC (Penn Hills Baptist Church) had a revival and one of my friends from college, (the very musically talented Brian McClure) came from Nashville, TN to lead worship on Friday night.

So on Thursday we took "AJ" to the airport to pick him up and to watch the planes come and go, but alas, she feel asleep as soon as we pulled in.

She had lots of fun playing with "Misser Brian" he has lots of energy (like her) and could chase her, which he did, and taught her some new games. We even practiced hunting for eggs for Easter. ("mom its empty, no chocate" was her response to this practice, a kid after my own heart).

Then on Friday night, we went to the church for revival. Going to church is not a new thing for "AJ" but a hellfire and brimstone preacher is. She was ok in the sanctuary for the music worship but she went to the nursery like normal for the speaker. When the preacher got going her eyes got huge and she looked at the monitor in the room and said "thats not my pappy".

On Saturday we made a return trip to the airport to take "misser Brian" to catch his plane. Both mama and "AJ" shed a tear as we waved good-bye. Just as we turned around to get in the car we got to see a plane take off. "AJ" said "a plane momma." So glad our trip to the airport wasnt a total bust on seeing a plane.

Hopefully it won't be too long before we pick up our friend for another visit, but until then we will look at pictures and remember the fun of this weekend.

Oh yeah, we've been introduced to Horizons Organic Milk   which "AJ" loved and will become her new treat when mommy gets her latte...all thanks to our personal barista's/Starbucks tutor's recommendations.

I am sure he wouldnt mind but if you want to hear any of "Misser Brian's music"... check out...

Experiences and Curious George

We try to collect "Curious George Books"  for all the experiences "AJ" has had. Such as when she went to the chocolate factory (post coming), going to the donut shop and zoo. There are so many books out there, but I thought I would list a few of our favorites from our fun.

Curious George
Curious George Goes Camping
Curious George Visits the Library
Curious George Visits the Zoo
Curious George and the Donut Delivery
Curious George and the Pizza Party

and SOOOOO Many more

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blogs I love

I would be remiss if I didnt write about some of the blogs I read on a regular basis and why I love them.

1. Frugal Family Fun Blog  - this is one of my favorite blogs ever. It has craft ideas, ideas to use recyclables, great ideas on fun ways to interact with your children, and do it all without breaking the bank.

2. Teach Mama - this site has lots of educational ideas most from a reading or math basis using things you probably already have. One of my favorite blog articles was using silly bands for math.  Lots of pdf downloads of the worksheets are available too.

3. Pink and Green Mama - found this one through another blog, I love it for the art ideas with recyclables, such as the heart shape crayons, and the toilet paper roll finger puppets.

4. Chalk in my Pocket - found this blog again through someone else, I think through a comment on facebook. I have enjoyed the nature ideas for toddlers and the recipe for the baked apple chips.

5. Schick Fun Ideas - this blog is a friend of mine and has a lot of ideas for many different things, children's sermons, activities, educational ideas for toddlers and school age, and just general thoughts.

These are my current go-to sites for advice and ideas. They are all unique and I like different things about each.  Do you have a favorite blog or do you also follow one of these.    I am always finding more, and I will put some more reviews out there as I try more.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I am an educator... I teach women about Beauty...Thank you Mary Kay

I am an educator with Mary Kay Cosmetics. I don't sell Mary Kay. I teach women about glamour and skin care. Most importantly I teach women to value themselves.

From all of these women I learn as well. I learn about myself and my own self-esteem. I learn about what makes me feel beautiful on the outside and helping women makes me feel good on the inside.

Mary Kay's goal was to teach women about skin care, help them feel good about themselves, and supply women with an opportunity to support their families in this man's world. I am blessed by this opportunity in my own life.

Talk to me about my Mary Kay experience if you get the chance, I would love to share about my blessing with you. I have so many stories of the changes I have seen in women through my time in Mary Kay.