Spring has Sprung! 10 Things I Love About Spring

Spring has Sprung! 10 Things I Love About Spring!

Spring has sprung! In the Uniontown/Pittsburgh region, we have been fortunate to have some beautiful, warm, sunny spring days lately. I love that nature is coming alive again! Green leaves on trees, blooms popping out of the ground, birds singing…all these simple things that we often take for granted, that we should truly appreciate are slowly becoming present again!

One thing that I get so much enjoyment out of, is just sitting outside on a beautiful day. I’ll be the first one to admit that I am a much happier person when the sun is shining! Anytime it’s a nice day, and I have some free time, I make sure to go outside. Sometimes it is to read, sip on tea or coffee, admire my flowers, or pull weeds. Although sometimes, I make an effort to just sit there, and look at my surroundings-the clouds, feel the breeze on my skin, capture nature’s beauty, and just sit and take it all in!

10 Things I Love About Spring

  1. Flowers begin to bloom.

  2. Grass turns green.

  3. Birds return and sing.

  4. Brainstorm ideas for the patio and garden.

  5. Get the outside ready-hose down, pull weeds, rake leaves.

  6. Pastels.

  7. No more bulky clothing.

  8. Fun dresses.

  9. Flip Flops.

  10. Drive with the windows down.

Here is a Spring Bucket List that I have come up with. I made it awhile ago, but hey, life happens, you know, and now I can check some of these things off the list already! : )  What is on your spring bucket list?

Spring Bucket List

Happy April! Easter is on its Way…

Happy April!  Easter is on its Way…

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying Spring and the beautiful weather that we have had this weekend! The warmth and sunshine motivates me to begin looking at gardening and patio essentials! I’m already on the lookout for beautiful flowers and plants!  This weekend I went into the shed and pulled out at two chairs and a mini table, because I couldn’t wait to sit outside and soak up some sun and read. 

I can’t believe that Easter will be here this weekend already! I’m getting excited to dress up for the holiday! Also, warmer weather means less bulky apparel. Dresses, skirts, sandals, tees…a lighter and brighter wardrobe ahead!

This week I plan on baking Easter sugar cookies and making a dessert or two. One tradition that I am looking forward to is eating ham pie! This tradition has been in my family for years.  An old tradition that I miss, that was always a must as a child growing up, was dying eggs and having our Easter morning Easter egg hunt. I’m looking forward to going to Sunday mass with my family and spending time with them. Life has been so busy, no one seems to have time to enjoy a few hours together at the same time.  What are some of your Easter traditions?

I am going to share a few Easter items that I thought were really cute for the holiday. There have been multiple recipes for Spring/Easter that I have found as well. If I have some time this week to try them out, I will share them with you as well! Enjoy the beautiful weather and have fun getting ready for Easter this week!

12

My March Bucket List

March is moving right along, it’s hard to believe that we are in the second week already! This weekend is already Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward) and we will be turning ahead the clocks!  Here are a few of the things that I’m looking forward to, or that I’m going to try and make time to do this month.

What is on your March Bucket List?

march bucket list-1

 

Read Across America

Read Across America

The National Education Association (NEA) started “Read Across America.” This day is celebrated in many elementary schools. It promotes and motivates children to celebrate reading. It is normally celebrated on March 2, in honor of the famous author: Dr. Seuss!

Read Across America is a day to celebrate reading, which is such an important skill for young children to master.  Throughout the years I have taught in many school districts and many grades.  Schools have been pressured into teaching so many specific skills for standardized testing, that it has not left much time to incorporate the arts or story time.  When a student is asked to bring a book in to read after a test while others are still working, a common response is a sigh or they complain about reading.  Whether it is factual or for enjoyment, it so important to get a book into a child’s hands.  Let them have a choice so they will be able to have fun and learn at the same time.  If you have children, take the time at home and read them a story, practice reading with them, and encourage them to read!  Let their minds soar!  Introduce them to different genres, and let them have a choice about what they want to read.  Allow them to find a love for reading!  They will have fun and be learning in the process without even realizing it.

During “Read Across America” many schools will have business owners, parents, grandparents, police officers, etc…come in and read stories to children.  If this is an opportunity in a school near you, and you are a parent, or an aunt/uncle, take the interest and time, and volunteer to read a story to their class.  This is suppose to be a fun day filled with reading activities and to focus and celebrate a love for reading and learning!  This was one of my favorite days to celebrate during the school year!

(Wearing my “Reading Rocks” t-shirt and my red and silver “Read Across America” nails.)

(Old Photos)

One of my favorite courses in college that I took was a Children’s Literacy class.  Teaching phonics and reading was what I was most passionate about while teaching in the classroom. Some of my favorite children’s books and authors growing up or currently would be: Curious George-H. A. Rey, The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Eric Carle, If You Give a Moose a Muffin-Laura Joffe Numeroff, Fancy Nancy-Jane O’ Connor, Junie B. Jones-Barbara Park, Pete the Cat-I Love My White Shoes-James Dean, and there are way too many more for me to name.

What were some of your favorite books growing up?

Although, I won’t be celebrating “Read Across America” in a classroom this year, I am going to focus on taking some time each night this month to read for enjoyment for myself!

Happy Read Across America Day!

read-across-america

Hello March

hello-march

Hello March! Currently, I’m working on my March bucket list.  I can’t believe how fast this year is going by.  A few things that I’m looking forward to this month is that Spring is right around the corner, which means flowers, pastels, and new seasonal clothing will be showing up everywhere!  Also, we have the time change coming up, so that means it will be brighter longer!  I hope you all had a first great day of March!

Marvelous Marble

Marvelous Marble

One of my favorite designs and trends right now is any item that is white and grey marble. I am really liking a variety of these products. Everything and anything from jewelry, paper products, soaps, home decor, etc. If there is a hint of copper or gold added within the marble, than that is an added bonus for me! My eyes are immediately attracted and I seem to gravitate over to the product when I spot this marble pattern. Here are a few marble items that I currently have my eye on.

123

Valentine’s Day DIY Plant Craft

Valentine’s Day DIY Plant Craft

Life gets in the way sometimes too often, and we miss out on doing things that we enjoy. I love being creative or trying fun new craft projects from time to time. After having enough of these cold, dreary days, I decided to purchase two plants. The first plant I chose had beautiful hot pink flowers, which was the perfect thing to brighten up a lot of the grey, chilly days that we have had here. (An added bonus was that it was on clearance for $0.98, and I thought it needed a home ♥♥♥♥ ) The second plant that I purchased was also affordable. It was only $3.48. Both plants were purchased at Home Depot.

Once I found my plants, I stopped at Michaels and picked up two different sized terra cotta pots and terra cotta dishes. I chose these to fit the size of the plants. I already had acrylic paint, washi tape, paintbrushes, and mod podge at home.

Next, I was excited to get creative, use my brain and come up with designs. I wanted to use my washi tape and chose to use the colors of pink and red in honor of the upcoming holiday. Since my flowers were hot pink, I chose a pale pink to make the flowers pop and then used the other colors that would match the washi tape. The bigger plant, which has shades of oranges, yellows, and reds outlining the leaves, would look nice with something red on the pot. What else better than a huge red heart for Valentine’s Day? The creative juices were really flowing this day, because I came up with the cute quote, “Love Me and Watch Me Grow!” This cute little saying tied in perfectly with Valentine’s Day and with taking care of plants!

The different design possibilities are endless! These also make really cute, personal gifts. Next time, I’d like to purchase a few cool cacti and an aloe plant. Once spring comes a little closer, I will be super excited to plan what herbs and flowers I’ll want to grow for spring and summer.

Creating and painting these pots was an enjoyable and great way to relax! Plus, the finished product is so pretty to look at! I can’t wait to design more pots for my plants in the near future!

Here is what you will need for a DIY Terra Cotta Pot Project

Materials:

  • Terra Cotta Pot (Depending on the size of your plant.)

  • Terra Cotta Dish

  • Purchase a plant

  • Potting Soil

  • Acrylic or Outdoor Patio Paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Mod Podge (optional)

  • Washi Tape (optional)

  • Paper Plates or Newspaper (to paint on)

  1. First, place the paper plates or newspaper down where you plan on painting so that you don’t get any unwanted paint on your surface.

  2. Next, create a design and choose your paint colors.

  3. Then, let the fun begin! Start painting and decorating your plant pot! I let the paint dry thoroughly. (The first coat took a few hours to dry.) I applied two total coats of paint to my project. I painted Mod Podge over the pot with the washi tape to seal the tape to the pot.

  4. Let the pot sit for at least 24 hours before adding the potting soil and planting your plant.

  5. Water your plant, love it, and watch it grow!

004007009