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February 16: On the road again!

Posted on February 17, 2012

“On the road again…” doo doo do dooo!

QUOTABLES.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

St. Augustine

There are times I’ve loved to travel, and times I’m quite the homebody.  The past few months, I’ve been staying at home quite a bit, and have yet again been bitten by the travelin’ bug…so, off we go to visit Wee One’s Grammy and Grandpa!  I can’t bear to think of only reading one page of a lovely book, after all!

CELEBRATIONS.

February 16, 2012 is…

National Almond Day

What is your favorite type of nut?  Peanut?  Pistachio nut?  Walnut?

Did you ever see that scene from “Best in Show” where one of the dog owners lists all of his favorite types of nuts?  Te hee…it makes me laugh!  If you’ve never seen it, it’s pretty funny:

Christopher Guest movies are hilarious.

THE WRITTEN WORD.

This was one of Wee One’s Valentine’s Day gifts from her Grammy…

Elmo Loves You

From Sesame Street

I used to LOVE Sesame Street, and I’m so excited to watch it once Wee One gets a bit older!

DO RE MI.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it a million times more.  I ADORE Adele!

Rolling in the Deep

By Adele

To download “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, click below:

Rolling In The Deep

Lyrics (Warning: Some adult language)

There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch, it’s bringing me out the dark
Finally I can see you crystal clear
Go ‘head and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship [shit] bare
See how I leave with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch
And it’s bringing me out the dark

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can’t help feeling
We could have it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it, to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

Baby, I have no story to be told
But I’ve heard one on you
And I’m gonna make your head burn
Think of me in the depths of your despair
Make a home down there
As mine sure won’t be shared

(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
The scars of your love remind me of us
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it, to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
Could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside your hand
But you played it, with a beating

Throw your soul through every open door
Count your blessings to find what you look for
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold
You’ll pay me back in kind and reap just what you’ve sown

(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
We could have had it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
It all, it all, it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)

But you played it
You played it
You played it
You played it to the beat.

To download “Rolling in the Deep” sheet music for piano, voice, and guitar, click here; for the easy piano sheet music, click here.

Although there’s an “adult word” used in this song, it doesn’t bother me.  Wee One isn’t old enough to know what it means, and even if she was older, I think I’d still probably let her listen to it…what are your thoughts about profanity in song lyrics?

NOURISHMENT.

Almonds are QUITE nutritious, and pretty tasty as well!  I’m especially tasty to different flavors of almonds for snacking.

Cinnamon and Sugar Toasted Almonds as seen on Fitsugar

I always see (actually, SMELL!) the roasted cinnamon and sugar almonds at various fairs and outdoor activities, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried them.  They smell delicioso, and so I thought this recipe is worth a try!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 16: Almond Joy

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ACTION.

I didn’t plan for this to be today’s activity, but it was SO funny, I just had to include it.

Wear hats

The Mister put a baseball cap on Wee One during one of our pit stops on our road trip, and she had so much fun with it!  Of course, it was way too big for her head, but whenever it fell, she sure thought it was awfully funny!  I bet she’d like other hats, too!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Are you an NBC sitcom fan?  We used to faithfully watch The Office, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock, but our viewing of these shows has waned since Wee One’s birth.

We started watching 30 Rock again, from the beginning, on Netflix, and I sheepishly have to admit I enjoy seeing the storyline progress, episode by episode.

Tina Fey and the Cult of Liz Lemon by Ali Goldstein

Excerpt:

Liz Lemon has always been compared to Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, another brainy, clumsy, proudly independent woman trying to prove she’s gonna make it after all. She gave her fans the same mix of intense devotion and identification, and the networks took notice. So every time Mary threw her hat up into the air, it landed on a Mary Tyler Moore knockoff: Rhoda, Phyllis, Karen, Sara and more. Yet Liz Lemon, like Fey herself, remains a fluke of the universe. Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) once described her as “the Picasso of loneliness.”

Is Liz Lemon a character to last for decades?

WORK IT.

Prone Runner

(from cookinglight.com)

Targets:  Abs, back

Face seat of a sturdy bench or chair, hold outside edges, and step back into plank position, legs extended, holding weight between arms and toes. Slowly lower one knee toward the ground, without touching, then bring back to plank position and lower other knee. Keep abs contracted and back straight. Continue alternating knees. Perform up to 24 repetitions, 12 on each leg, per set.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Our dog loves to hop into the driver’s seat every chance he gets!

He’s so good on car trips, even those of the very long variety!  Ah, he’s such a good pup!

WWW.

A site with healthy recipes that look TASTY…can’t beat that!

Dashing Dish

Katie’s goal is to include healthy recipes that don’t sacrifice taste for nutrition.  I like that philosophy!

The Mister is a secret fan of Pizza Rolls.  He knows they’re “junk food”, but likes to snack on them occasionally.  I’ve tried them, and don’t really get their appeal.  BUT, since he likes them, I thought I’d try a recipe that looks quite similar to the pizza rolls in a bag, but is much more healthy!

Pizza Rolls from Dashing Dish

I showed The Mister this pic, and he said these rolls look awfully good….and he’s a tough critic!

HMMM.

What is your most favorite place to visit?

Time to get some rest…traveling is tiring!

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February 15: No expectations.

Posted on February 17, 2012

Woo-eee!  Day after Valentine’s Day means–lots of packing!

We are headed to visit Nana and Grandpa, and I am SO excited!!

QUOTABLES.

Isn’t funny, how we often do things simply because we expect some sort of reaction, or reciprocation of our actions? In a way, wouldn’t life be so much easier if we just acted, without any sort of expectations?  If we did what we did for the sole purpose of DOING things, rather than expecting something in return?

CELEBRATIONS.

February 15, 2012 is…

National Gumdrop Day

Susan B. Anthony Day

Susan B. Anthony is quite the hero, isn’t she?

THE WRITTEN WORD.

I remember getting this book from the library when I was a Wee One.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst

Our book is blue, but it’s the same one…somedays, ya just have a not-so-great day, right?

DO RE MI.

A song and activity in one!

The Eensy, Weensy Spider

Sung by Raffi

To download “The Eensy, Weensy Spider”, sung by Raffi, click below:

Eensy Weensy Spider

Lyrics:

Eensy weensy spider
Went up the water spout

(‘Climb’ up arm)
Down came the rain

(Wiggle fingers down from head to waist)
And washed the spider out

(Throw arms to sides)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

(Raise hands above head, make circle for sun)
Now the eensy weensy spider
Went up the spout again.

Oh, this is such an old favorite!

NOURISHMENT.

I like cooking, when it involves mixing a bunch of ingredients into one dish!

Rally and Meels Veg + Egg Scramble

Rally and Meels Veg + Egg Scramble

Ingredients:

1 T butter

4 cloves garlic

2 cups broccoli

5 eggs

5 splashes of milk

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup mushrooms

1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Crusty bread for toasting

Step 1: Heat large pan with 1 T butter.

Step 2: Saute garlic on medium high heat for 1-2 minutes.

Step 3: In a large bowl, scramble eggs, along with 5 splashes of milk, for 1 minute.

Step 4: Reduce heat to medium or medium-low.  Pour egg mixture into pan.  Let set for a bit.

Step 5: While egg mixture is warming, in microwave, steam broccoli.

Step 6: Scramble egg mixture, slowly, moving from the outside of the pan, inward, stirring/scrambling frequently.

Step 7: When eggs are almost done (most liquid is gone, and they are not so “gooey” looking), add fresh spinach, mushrooms, and broccoli.  Heat through until spinach is a bit wilted, and mushrooms are warm.

*This is a good time to put bread in the toaster*

Step 8: Top with cheese.  Heat and mix until melted.

Step 9: Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 10: Bon Appetit!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 15: Candyland

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ACTION.

This activity goes along with today’s song.

Eensy Weensy Spider

Wee One found the actions super funny!  Now, is it “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” to you, or “The Eensy Weensy Spider”?

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

With the debate surrounding the mandate for employers to provide contraception to all, this article, and its related book, are quite fitting.

Tea with Simon Critchley: The Separation of Church and State is Impossible by Rollo Romia

Excerpt:

“Religion is the basis and Foundation of Government.” That’s something James Madison wrote, in 1785. Except he didn’t really write it—or, rather, he did write those words, but with a bunch of other words before and after “religion,” and the point he was getting at had to do with individual rights, not God in government. It’s the kind of out-of-context quotation that gets passed around the blogosphere by people who want to assert that the Founding Fathers were stateside apostles, who’d been guided to the idea of America by the light of a deep religious faith. Fortunately, for secularists, the quote is a sham.

But what if the religious conservatives are right? What if the secularist dream—a true separation of church and state—is actually impossible? What if politics requires religion in order to function? These are among the questions that the philosopher Simon Critchley works over in his new book, “The Faith of the Faithless,” which takes as its starting point a line that Oscar Wilde actually did write, from the depths of prison: “Everything to be true must become a religion.” For readers of Critchley’s earlier works, this avenue of inquiry may come as surprise. Critchley, after all, has written that philosophy begins in “religious disappointment”—or, more bluntly, “the death of God”—and believes that “the heart of the horror of the present” is the deep entanglement of religion into politics. Nonetheless, he’s concluded, “with no particular joy,” that the two are not meant to become untangled. All political forms, he writes, are best understood as sacred ideas in secular dress.

Religion + government, church and state—thoughts?

WORK IT.

Star Pass

(from fitnessmagazine.com)

Targets:  Shoulders, back, abs, obliques, and glutes

With medicine ball in left hand, extend arms out to sides at shoulder level, palms up.

Lift right leg straight out to side and lean to left while maintaining balance.

Lift arms overhead as you lean back to center, pass ball to right hand and switch legs. Lower arms to shoulder level and lean to right for 1 rep.

Do 10 reps. Rest for 30 seconds; repeat.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Wee One got her first roses from her Nana for Valentine’s Day.

So pretty!

WWW.

If you like crafts and DIY stuff, not to mention parties and celebrations, this site is one you need to check out.

A Subtle Revelry

Seriously, Victoria is SUCH a creative soul…she also has links to lots of neat projects, too!

In honor of National Gumdrop Day:

Straight Flags as seen on A Subtle Revelry

What a great idea for food markers at a dinner party, eh?

HMMM.

Would your life be simpler if you acted without expectation?  How so?

There are lots of great ideas for candy, including gumdrops, and more….oh, the fun!

February 14: Love. And a Symphony.

Posted on February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I am usually quite indifferent about Valentine’s Day…until Wee One came along!  Now, holidays and celebrations are just more fun, and have more meaning!

QUOTABLES.

Wow.  Well put.

What is YOUR symphony?

CELEBRATIONS.

February 14, 2012 is…

Valentine’s Day

Ferris Wheel Day

Library Lovers Day

League of Women Voters Day

Frederick Douglas Day

National Cream-filled Chocolate Day

National Organ Donor Day

Race Relations Day

Wow…what a plethora of celebrations.

THE WRITTEN WORD.

The Mister got me this book several years ago for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter

By Mercer Mayer

What a perfect book for today!

DO RE MI.

I never really liked this song by the purple dinosaur (blech!), but it’s what came to mind today!

I Love You, You Love Me

By Barney

For some reason, I couldn’t find this song in .mp3  form online…am I missing something?  Is the title wrong?

Lyrics:

I love you
you love me
we’re a happy family
with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you
wont you say you love me too!

I love you
you love me
we’re best friends as friends should be
with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you
wont you say you love me too!

Do you like this song?  I think Wee One will!

NOURISHMENT.

Oh, how I LOVE S’mores!  And these cookies (with homemade grahams AND marshmallows) are beautiful.

Valentine’s Day S’mores from Haniela’s Food and Photography

This site has lots of neat recipes!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 14: How sweet it is to be loved by you. (Valentine’s Day)

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ACTION.

Wee One finally has gotten to appreciate this activity a bit more!

Peek-a-boo!

I enjoy making her laugh and smile so much!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Two places we are quite familiar with!

Why California Almonds Need North Dakota Flowers (And A Few Billion Bees) by Dan Charles

Excerpt:

This is one of those stories that reminds us that everything really is connected to everything else.

Here’s the web of connections: a threat to California’s booming almond business; hard times for honeybees in North Dakota; and high corn prices.

How very interesting!

WORK IT.

Swing Kick

(from self.com)

Targets:  Abs, butt, thighs, hamstrings

Stand with feet hip-width apart facing a chair back with elbows bent, hands in loose fists. With right knee soft, swing right leg up and over chair (as shown), tap floor, then swing leg back to start. Repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Continue, quickly alternating legs, for 1 minute.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

The Mister made Pad See Ew again tonight.

Ooh…he is such a WONDERFUL chef!

WWW.

One great crafting site, up ahead!

Thirty Handmade Days

I’ve seen this site on several different occasions, and am such a big fan!

So, as today is Valentine’s Day, of course I have to post a Thirty Handmade Days Valentine’s Day project.

Cute as a Button Valentine from Thirty Handmade Days

I thought these were just cute buttons, but would you believe they are actually earrings?  HOW neat!

HMMM.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day—are you a fan, a foe, or indifferent?

May your day and year be filled with oodles of love!

February 13: I love you. A bushel and a peck.

Posted on February 13, 2012

It was Wee One’s 6 month well baby visit…I can’t believe how quickly this time is flying by!

What is your week looking like?

QUOTABLES.

It always surprises me how much hate is often invoked in the name of Christianity….if there’s one word to sum up what my faith means to me, I think this quote does quite a good job.

CELEBRATIONS.

February 13, 2012 is…

Clean Out Your Computer Day

National Tortellini Day

Westminster Dog Show

Interesting…I was JUST going through and deleting duplicate pics on my computer, and didn’t even KNOW it was “Clean Out Your Computer Day”!

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Today’s book is pretty cute.

Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper

By Robin Pulver

A silly concept, but cute!

DO RE MI.

This is one of my favorite songs to sing to Wee One.

A Bushel and a Peck

From “Guys and Dolls”

To purchase and download “A Bushel and a Peck”, from “Guys and Dolls”, click the link below:

A Bushel And A Peck

Lyrics:

I love you a bushel and a peck
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck
A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap
A barrel and a heap and I’m talkin’ in my sleep
About you, about you
‘Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your purdy neck I do

A doodle-oodle-ooh-doo
A-doodle-oodle-oodle-ooh-doo

I love you a bushel and a peck
A bushel and a peck though you make my heart a wreck
Make my heart a wreck and you make my life a mess
Make my life a mess, yes a mess of happiness
About you, about you
‘Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your purdy neck I do

A doodle-oodle-ooh-doo
A-doodle-oodle-oodle-ooh-doo

I love you a bushel and a peck
A bushel and a peck and it beats me all to heck
It beats me all to heck, how I’ll ever tend the farm
Ever tend the farm when I wanna keep my arm
About you, about you
‘Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your purdy neck I do

A doodle-oodle-ooh-doo
A-doodle-oodle-oodle-ooh-doo
A-doodle-oodle-oodle-ooh-doo
A-doodle-oodle-ooh-doo-doo

Such a fun song!

NOURISHMENT.

I was so excited to see this recipe, in honor of National Tortellini Day, on a GREAT site!

Tortellini Soup from Annie’s Eats

The Mister and I tried a Bertolli brand frozen soup similar to this, but it was SO salty!  To THIS recipe, I might try adding chicken, and just a splish splash of cream.

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 13: Snack-ity Snack

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ACTION.

Wee One had a bunch o’ shots today, so she was really tired and a little sore this afternoon.

Cuddle

So, we spent extra time cuddling!  I sure hope she is a cuddle bug for a long, long time!  Wee One is quite an independent spirit, but still likes to cuddle sometimes…I hope this continues!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

I heart, heart, HEART Adele.  This isn’t because she is the biggest thing since sliced bread.  It is because she is an EXTRAORDINARY talent…particularly outstanding in today’s “pop” music environment, which, well, I pretty much despise.  All of the electronic yuckiness out there is enough to make me…well, vomit.

Adele: One and Only by Jonathan Van Meter

Excerpt:

One day in London, her publicist at Sony in the U.S., Benny Tarantini, brings her a bunch of year-end issues of American magazines, three of which had her on the cover, and one of which, Entertainment Weekly, contained a love letter of a piece written by no less than Julia Roberts. I watch from across the room as she absentmindedly flips through them while talking to Tarantini. When her miniature dachshund, Louis Armstrong, comes scampering up, she tosses the magazines aside and scoops up Louis, her priorities made visible.

It’s clear that Adele has very mixed feelings about the machinery of fame. When I jokingly ask her later if the novelty has worn off, she says very firmly, “The novelty’s not worn off.” She takes a second to think about it. “That Julia Roberts thing? I was flabbergasted. I no longer buy papers or tabloids or magazines or read blogs. I used to. But it was just filling up my day with hatred. So, loads of friends e-mailed me the Julia Roberts link. And that was truly like. . . . I can’t remember not knowing of her!”

And yet she doesn’t always enjoy the celebrity circus. “I hate the red carpet. I don’t feel insecure, I just feel like, Oh, I don’t want to do this. I literally get a stomach cramp. At the VMA’s last year I felt really out of my comfort zone because there were so many superstars there. But that’s been the case from day one. I never feel like, Oh, yeah, I should be here. And I was missing my best friend’s hen night. So I was a bit bitter that I wasn’t there, to be perfectly honest.”

I hope Adele and her music are along for a GOOD LONG, LOOOOONG while!  The rest of these less-than-one-hit-wonders need to exit the music scene, and make room for more lovely artists like A.

WORK IT.

Slimming Swirl

(from fitnessmagazine.com)

Targets: Glutei maximus, medius, and minimus, and legs

Stand with heels together, toes out, holding chair back with right hand. Lift heels (still touching) off floor; bend knees 90 degrees out to sides.

Maintaining plié, tuck pelvis as you squeeze glutes and then arch your back slightly. Do 10 reps.

Draw 10 clockwise circles with hips, squeezing glutes to tuck position at 12 o’clock. Do 10 counterclockwise circles; finish with 10 more tucks.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

I made Stuffed Pepper Soup, based on this recipe from Skinny Taste.

Stuffed Pepper Soup from Skinnytaste.com (Modified by Rally and Meels)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (I used frozen brown rice)
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (I used 1 whole green pepper)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (I used 1 whole red pepper)
  • 1 cup finely diced onion (I used 1 small onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
Additions by Rally and Meels
  • splash of red wine to brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon (or more) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cheese and light sour cream to garnish

Directions:

In a large pot or dutch oven, brown ground meat on high heat (with splash of red wine)  and season with salt.Drain fat if any, reduce heat to medium-low, then add peppers, onions and garlic (along with red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder).  Cook about 5 minutes on low heat.

Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, marjoram and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Serve about 1 1/3 cups of soup in each bowl and top with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (and cheese and sour cream).

Makes about 8 cups.

WWW.

Wonderful site for parents!  Oh, SO wonderful!

Modern Parents Messy Kids

I am very intrigued by Montessori activities, so I was VERY pleased to see some info. on this FABULOUS site!

5 Introductory Activities for the Montessori Newbie from Modern Parents Messy Kids

Do any of you participate in Montessori or Waldorf-type educational programs?

HMMM.

What one word would define your faith/religion/belief system?

How has your week started out?  Hopefully WONDERFULLY!

February 12: Here comes the sun

Posted on February 12, 2012

A relaxing Sunday….I was hoping to have an exciting day filled with lots of activities, but ended up just sort of lounging instead.  But, sometimes that’s okay, right?

QUOTABLES.

Spring is almost (?) here, and I am excited to spend lots of time outdoors with Wee One in the warmer weather!

CELEBRATIONS.

This week is:

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Week

Jello Week

Celebration of Love Week

Great Backyard Bird Count Week

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 12, 2012 is…

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Darwin Day

Man Day

Grammy Awards Day

NAACP Day

National Plum Pudding Day

A pretty diverse set of celebrations today and this week!

THE WRITTEN WORD.

This was another first-time book for me…I liked the rhyming, but the story was just “eh”, I guess…

Ed and Fred Flea

By Pamela Duncan Edwards

For somer reason, the fleas in the book weren’t that cute!

DO RE MI.

The Mister loves this song!

Here Comes the Sun

By The Beatles

According to The Mister, this may only be available on iTunes?

Lyrics:

Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s alrightLittle darling
It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s alright

Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s alright

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling
I see the ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and i say,
It’s alright

To download the piano, voice, and guitar sheet music version of “Here Comes The Sun”, click here; for the easy piano version, click here.

This song is SO cheerful!  I’ve sung it to Wee One MANY times!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 12: J-E-L-L-O!

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NOURISHMENT.

Have you ever had plum pudding?  I have NOT, but it IS one of today’s celebrations, and this recipe looks quite delicious!

English Plum Pudding from Making Life Delicious

Now, is this something you can make year-round, or is it generally reserved solely for the winter holidays?

ACTION.

This morning I saw (and heard) the most adorable thing!

Sing with baby

The Mister sang “You are my Boo Bear, and I love you” to Wee One, and she “sang” right along!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

I struggle with bottled water.  On one hand, I am working hard to drink more water, and, when on frequent car trips, bottled water is a convenient choice.  However, on the other hand, I have several re-usable water bottles, plastic bottles create oodles of waste, and tap water is also quite convenient.  (Although, gas station tap water DOES gross me out for some reason…)

Battling the Bottle: Students and Industry Face Off Over Water by Ted Burnham

Excerpt:

Bottled water is trickling away from college campuses nationwide, thanks to the efforts of student activists and the non-profit groups that support them with campaigns like Ban the Bottle.

But that’s not going over too well with the International Bottled Water Association. The industry, which had $10.6 billion in revenue in 2010, went on the defensive this month with a YouTube video to counter what it calls “misinformation” used to turn college students against bottled water.

Is it better to choose bottled water over other drinks, or should bottled water be avoided at all costs?

WORK IT.

Windshield Wiper

(From prevention.com)

Targets: Abs

Lie face up with arms out to your sides, palms down, and legs bent at 90 degrees so feet are off the floor. Keep abs tight and slowly lower legs to the left as far as possible, keeping shoulders on the floor. Pause, then return to start. Repeat to the right. Do 20 reps, alternating sides.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Today, I made a spicy pasta…

Homemade spicy marinara sauce + veggies + tuna + pasta + parmesan = quick meal!

WWW.

OOOH…I am SO excited to share this AWESOME site with ya’ll!!

Giver’s Log

Recipes, tutorials, printables, books, organization…and so much more!  EEEK…I love it!!

For example, the site contains an entire section on happy mail…who doesn’t love REAL mail??

I mean, how neat is this?

Bubble Wrap Hopscotch from Giver’s Log

I want to make this for Wee One….but, am tempted to make it for myself!  Fun!

HMMM.

It’s a day to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Darwin—which contributions of theirs do you value the most?  I tried to pick just one contribution from one of them, but couldn’t pick one over the other, so….feel free to pick one (or more!) from each.

Are you looking forward to the week ahead?  I hope so!  Imagine all of the exciting and wonderful possibilities in store!

February 11: Sweet Treats

Posted on February 11, 2012

What a Saturday!  We spent most of the day either cooking, baking, or watching movies….it was so enjoyable!

What did YOU do?

QUOTABLES.

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

Michael Pollan

The Mister has read some of Michael Pollan’s books…I haven’t, yet, but they look interesting.  I agree with this quote, to the degree that it applies to processed foods.  However, I don’t know that my great-grandmother would recognize “sushi”, and I still really am a fan of that!  🙂

CELEBRATIONS.

February 11, 2012 is…

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

Make A Friend Day

National Inventors Day

National Peppermint Patty Day

Did you ever read the children’s book, “It Looked Like Spilled Milk”?  I remember doing a classroom activity based on this book once in elementary school….we all cut out a “cloud”, shaped like something else…if that makes sense? I won the book in a raffle, and I think I still have it somewhere.  My cloud was in the shape of a “swan” (if I remember correctly), but, well, let’s just say I’m not much of an artist!!

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Another book by Lois Ehlert!

Eating the Alphabet

By Lois Ehlert

The book just has the alphabet, and the names of fruits and vegetables…but Wee One was entranced!

DO RE MI.

I wonder where this title came from…?

Skidamarink

Sung by The Countdown Kids

To purchase and download “Skidamarink”, sung by The Countdown Kids, click below:

Skidamarink

Lyrics:

Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.
Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon,
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon;
Oh, Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you!

This song is SO cheerful!  I’ve sung it to Wee One MANY times!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 11: Breakfast.  The most important meal of the day!

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NOURISHMENT.

I was in the mood for something chocolate-y today, so I found the following recipe:

Thick-n-Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Kitchen Magpie

Here’s a photo I snapped of the resulting cookies:

Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate chips, I used 1 cup milk chocolate chips, and 1 cup butterscotch chips, leftover from another recipe.  Pretty tasty (if I do say so myself!), but awfully sweet…I think next time, I may just stick to the semi-sweet chips, even if I have to open a new bag.  🙂

 These cookies have an AMAZING consistency….it’s a great recipe!!

ACTION.

Wee One gets such a kick out of this activity!

Nose (“Eskimo”) Kisses

Every time we do this, she smiles

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

An interesting article on President Obama…

Obama, Explained by James Fallows

Excerpt:

Not knowing how the election will turn out, what can we say now? I’m not talking about how Obama looks to the roughly one-third of Americans who have been skeptical of him from the start—his highest approval rating was around 70 percent, just after he took office—nor about how he looks to the nearly comparable number who by the end of last year said they still had “strongly favorable” opinions of his performance. But for the seemingly huge number of people who sense that he has shrunk in office and that his administration has achieved less than it should or could have, and for scholars, historians, and political veterans who have matched it against presidencies of the past, is there an objective way to judge Obama’s competence and control?Chipotle stands out for some unusual process innovations as well. Their “barbecued” meat products—carnitas and barbacoa—are vacuum-packed and cooked sous-vide in Chicago before being shipped out for on-site reheating.

Thoughts?

WORK IT.

Flip-Flop

(From goodhousekeeping.com)

Targets: Abs

Lie facedown, arms overhead. Inhale and then, exhaling, contract abs and roll over onto back, arms still overhead.

From here, bring knees toward chest and lift shoulders off mat, sweeping arms down to sides. Lower body onto mat, arms overhead again, and flip back onto tummy. Repeat for one minute, alternating direction you flip each time.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

In addition to the cookies I baked, I also tried to re-create a Popcorn Indiana product…chocolate covered kettle corn!

First, I spread store-bought (Popcorn Indiana) kettle corn on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.  Next, in a microwave-safe bowl, I melted 1 cup milk chocolate chips, 1 cup butterscotch chips, and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.  I drizzled the chocolate mixture over the popcorn, and put outside to set.  (It’s really cold out!  A freezer also would have done the trick!)  Voila!  It was VERY good (no…really…even The Mister liked it!)

(And, yes, we had something very protein and veggie filled for dinner to combat all of this chocolate-y goodness!)

WWW.

I will be completely honest…When I saw the title of this blog, I was hesitant.  I am NOT a runner.  I have always WANTED to be a runner.  I have TRIED to be a runner.  But, I am NOT a runner.  However, don’t let the name sway you.  (Or, if you ARE a runner, then please, let it sway you!)  FOR…this is a FABULOUS blog!

Eat, Live, Run

I found it while searching for a peppermint patty recipe, and was so pleasantly surprised.

Make Your Own Peppermint Patties from Eat, Live, Run


I love peppermint patties, and am excited to try this recipe (and many others from the blog!)  I ESPECIALLY like that this recipe doesn’t call for wax, as many recipes do…for some reason, that kind of grosses me out!

HMMM.

What is your favorite type of popcorn?

Hmmm….I wonder what I’ll cook tomorrow?  I’m kind of getting into this cooking/baking thing!

February 10: Grace. Not perfection.

Posted on February 10, 2012

FRIDAY!  Isn’t it such a good feeling when the weekend rolls around?  Especially if you have something FUN planned…or, maybe, if you don’t have ANYTHING planned!

QUOTABLES.

Wow.  This is such a good way to phrase how I want to live my life.

The features of the week are:

TOYLAND.

Wee One got this from her Nana for Christmas, and I think it’s so cute!  (So does Wee One)

Blabla Bernice Bear

The Blabla brand has a lot of cute toys and softies!

WEARABLES.

They recommended this at the hospital when Wee One was born, and frankly, it was such a life saver in the early days…

Halo SleepSack Swaddler

We used it for the first month or so, and I don’t think Wee One could sleep without it.  It was a “must” for us!

FABULOUS FINDS.

I found this on Pinterest, and fell in love…

Fred and Friends Half Pint Glass Creamer

I don’t put cream in coffee, but I wonder if this could be a cool milk glass for older kids?

WEEKEND TO-DO LIST.

Another weekend is upon us!

This weekend’s to-do list is:

1.  Girl’s Night

2.  Bake some sweet treats, and then freeze and/or mail to friends

3.  Sort and donate items to charity

Regular features are:

The Dailys:

CELEBRATIONS.

February 10, 2012 is…

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

Umbrella Day

Celebrating umbrellas in winter is strange to me, but I’m sure it makes sense in some places of the country!

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Kittens + Mittens.

The Three Little Kittens

A Little Golden Book

What a classic!

DO RE MI.

I sing this to Wee One a LOT!

Hey Lolly

From Kindermusik

To purchase and download “Hey Lolly”, sung by Kindermusik, click the link below:

Hey Lolly

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Hey lolly, lolly, lolly
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
Hey lolly, lolly, lolly
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

This is a crazy kind of song,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
You make it up as you go along,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

When guys like us start to sing this song,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
It sometimes lasts the whole night long,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

First you make up a simple line,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
Then another one to rhyme,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

While you catch on, I’ll sing a verse,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
Then you do one that’s even worse,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

I know a man named Mr. Jones,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
When he sings, everybody groans,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

He sings Hey Lolly day and night,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
It never seems to come out right,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

I know a girl named Emily,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
She sings “Hey Lolly” in just one key,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

Tonight we’ve chosen another key,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
You won’t be hearing from Emily,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

The singer you fast the getter it’s tuff,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
To line up makes that you won’t muff,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

Let’s put this song back on the shelf,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.
If you want anymore you can sing it yourself,
Hey lolly, lolly, low.

So many verses!  It is quite the addicting song!

NOURISHMENT.

In searching for a recipe to make this weekend, I came across this.  I’m not making it THIS weekend, and I think I’d modify it a little bit, but what an interesting idea!

Lasagna Soup from Milk & Honey

The addition of ricotta is such a unique suggestion…I canNOT wait to try it!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 10: It’s raining, it’s pouring

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ACTION.

I had no idea Wee One could laugh as much as she did when we were:

Bouncing!

Oh. My. Goodness!!  She laughed HYSTERICALLY while we bounced!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

How do you feel about this?

Does Time Magazine Think Americans Are Stupid? By L.V. Anderson

Excerpt:

While readers in Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific—really, the rest of the Time-reading world—confront a serious profile about Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and his role in the euro crisis, Americans are in for a special treat: a cover story called “The Surprising Science of Animal Friendships*.” (The asterisk leads to a footnote at the bottom of the cover that says, “BFFs are not just for humans anymore.”) With not one but two adorable dogs against a hot-pink background, this week’s Time really signifies the editors’ staunch commitment to serious, hard-hitting journalism, even if it means risking unpopularity.

What would YOU rather see on the cover?

WORK IT.

The Flapper

(from oprah.com)

Targets: Upper, middle, and lower back

With your feet together and knees slightly bent, lean forward, bending at the waist until your back is flat and as parallel to the floor as possible. (If you’ve got a bad back, stay up higher.) Keeping your arms straight and your elbows unlocked, bring your arms out to the side, parallel to the ground; pause, then lower them, bringing your hands together. Do 40 times.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Posted in a bit!

WWW.

This site was discovered as I searched for a cream cheese brownie recipe, and I’m so glad I found it!

The Flour Sack

GREAT site with oodles of fun ideas!

I mean…how cool is this?

Cream Cheese Brownies from The Flour Sack

Ooooh, this site is great.  For example, the first recipe on the homepage is “Giant Lima Beans with Stewed Tomatoes & Oregano Pesto“.  I don’t even LIKE lima beans, but this recipe makes them look DELICIOUS!

By the way, where can I find some glass bottles like are seen in the photo?  So neat!!

HMMM.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy afternoon?  (Or, since it’s still winter in my neck of the woods, what is your favorite way to spend a SNOWY afternoon?)

I hope your weekend starts off with a delicious Saturday breakfast, followed by some fun, relaxation, and happiness!