Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day weekend is almost here! The older I get, the more I appreciate my mom each day. She is my best friend, and is always there for me. We don’t always see things the same way, but she is always there when I need someone to talk to or need a shoulder to cry on. Life changes, and there are many challenges. My mother has always been there to try and help glue the broken pieces together.

I can’t even find the right words right now to explain what I want to say about my mom. She has made holidays, birthdays, and special occasions memorable for our family. She keeps traditions alive as best as she can. She is continuously trying to always make things right and perfect, to keep everyone happy. She has a heart of gold and loves unconditionally. I hope one day that I will be fortunate enough to have children and be a mother. I can only hope that I will come close to being a wonderful mother, like the one I have!

I know many women who have been blessed for awhile now, and many recently, that have found out that they are pregnant. I wish you the best! As years pass by, I’ve seen how motherhood is not always delightful. One day, I want to be able have the feeling that everyone says, that they never knew they could love someone so much before meeting them. To those of you that are lucky enough to have the gift of being a mother, make sure to cherish it!

Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas:

  • Going Out to Dinner

  • Having Brunch

  • Flowers

  • A New Outfit

  • Jewelry

  • Spa Day

  • New Set of Pajamas

I saw some of these items and thought that they would be cute personal touches as well! What are some of your Mother’s Day ideas, and what are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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                   (My mom and I)     (The “Best” Mothers and “hopefully” Mothers in the Future)

April Showers, Bring May Flowers…

April Showers, Bring May Flowers…

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and enjoyable weekend! Although it was a rainy Saturday, Sunday was absolutely gorgeous out, and I hope that you did something that made you feel happy and put a smile on your face!

After debating back and forth about attending the Penn State Master Gardeners, Garden Marketplace at the ice rink at Shady Side Academy, located in Fox Chapel, I decided to go by myself and check it out. Let me tell you, that I am so glad that I went! Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies. I, by no means, am a professional gardener, but I get so much enjoyment while I’m outside planting things and watching them grow! I was completely overwhelmed not only by all of the gorgeous plants, flowers, and herbs, but by the friendliness, kindness, and knowledgeable gardeners and vendors that were there. There were native plants, unique varieties, perennials, annuals, and herbs galore! I was so excited walking down each aisle, imagining how I could landscape these beauties of nature into my own secret garden one day.

When I first walked into the Marketplace, I noticed the local daffodil society’s annual show and competition. I never realized how many different types of daffodils existed. There were some really pretty varieties that I have never seen before.

After walking through the aisles two times, I went back around and made a few purchases. I loved the idea of them having a plant check, (similar to a wine check, only instead of wine, it is for your purchased plants.) This was such a great idea, because it isn’t always easy carrying around a bunch of plants of different shapes and sizes. This Marketplace, really put me in a wonderful mood!  (All that beauty and the wonderful smells!)

On Sunday, I woke up knowing that I needed to plant what I purchased on Saturday. That required adding additional dirt/soil in my flower beds so that I could begin planting. Instead of making things easy on myself and just buying an already prepared soil mix, I tried to make a more organic mix on my own. I mixed organic topsoil, mushroom compost, and organic gardening soil. I will say this process took a lot longer than anticipated, but hopefully in the end, it will be worth it, and my perennials will grow back year after year. Knowing that May is here, I wanted to hang up my hummingbird feeder. I made my homemade hummingbird food and hung up the feeder.  Now, the waiting begins in hopes that the two hummingbirds from last year return again soon! I’ve always wanted a space that I could create with flowers that would attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Today, I planted a butterfly bush, bee balm, bearded tongue penstemon, two types of salvia, english daisies, and blonde platinum lavender. Also, pineapple sage, mint julep mint, pesto basil, and rosemary to start off my herb garden. After the outdoor gardening, I spent some more time planting several seeds that I had from packets. I’ll be anxious to see what grows, since I tried planting many things that I’ve never tried before. You can never have too many plants or flowers, and I can’t wait to add more beauty to my garden throughout summer! Have a great 1st day of May everyone! 

Here is just the initial start of my garden…

Spring and Summer Fashion Trends

Spring and Summer Fashion Trends

A few months ago when it was cold and dreary, I started looking at some Spring fashion trends that will also fit right into Summer. Most of these trends were seen in magazines such as: Vogue, Allure, InStyle, and Elle.

Here’s what I found to be popular in the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons.

  • Stripes-Vertical or Horizontal. Wear them however you like.

  • Metallic and Sparkle-This is one I’m excited about! Who doesn’t love to sparkle and shine now and then!

  • Graphic Prints-Graphics can be so much fun! I am loving graphic print tee shirts! Show off your mood or personality by wearing one!

  • Florals-Flower Power! Florals are being seen everywhere! Shirts, shorts, shirts. You name it, and they are blooming on clothes everywhere you look!

  • Jumpsuits and Rompers-I will say I have a hard time finding jumpsuits that I can pull off, but last year, I did manage to find one. If you find one that fits your style-Rock It! The one I found makes me look taller and it is navy and white. I feel very nautical while wearing it. Rompers are simple and fun! I also only have one currently. I have long legs, so a lot of times I have a hard time finding one that fits comfortably.

  • Hide and Seek Cut-Outs-You can still look classy and show a little skin. Just make sure more is covered than not when going out in public.

  • Ruffles, Lace, Bows, Flowy Sleeves, and Ribbons-Get ready for romance! Some of these styles are a bit bold. I like how fun and flirty they look on. These styles are definitely one on the higher trend list that I am sometimes afraid that I can’t pull off. I do have a few pieces from previous years that still fit these trends that I will wear from time to time. I have to be feeling bold and confident that day to be wearing them though.

  • Leather Fringing-Fringe is fun! I think it adds a sexy touch to anything!

  • Statement Earrings-Bring on the glamour! Statement earrings will dress up anything that you have on. I especially like statement earrings that are light weight. I can’t wear anything that feels too heavy.

  • Ginghem-Black and white ginghem seems to be popular this season.

  • Joggers-Time to get comfy! Joggers are great to relax in and perfect for the weekend!

  • ADIDAS-The old school ADIDAS shoes that I wore when I was younger are now back on the market and being sold. If you are wearing those ever so popular three striped shoes, consider yourself trendy!

  • Off the Shoulders-Love, Love, Love this trend! I think it’s sexy, flirty, and romantic all in one! Off the shoulder shirts are just gorgeous!

  • Cacti, Lemons, Bees, Flamingos, Pineapples, Nautical, and Tassels-These are a few of my favorite things! What is not to love?! These are just fun and simple. They add some excitement to any outfit! 

    Here are a few items that I found in some of my favorite categories above.  What are some of your favorite trends for spring and summer?

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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!

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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?

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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.)

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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!

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