Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Its beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Christmas time is here
Happiness and Cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

After rushing around for the Black Friday sales, I love spending my
day after Thanksgiving decorating for Christmas and getting in the Holiday Spirit.

This year, I went for a more Victorian, girly tree.
And we're all ready for Santa to shimmy down the chimney. 

And some of our left over decorations made their way to the other mantle in the bedroom.
With Thanksgiving in our recent thoughts and Christmas in our future, I think we need to develop
attitudes of gratitude.

Every time you look at your Christmas decor, try to recall the many blessings you've been granted and the things that warm your heart.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Walking in Virginia

I took the walk!

Kyle and I went to Falls Church, Virginia this past Sunday to take the walk with Hanson (um, yes, they are still alive, are not 12, and still have fans-- a lot of them).

The initial launch of the Take The Walk campaign began with one mile barefoot walks staged across the US and Canada to help inspire individuals to make an impact through simple actions. Thousands of individuals participated in these walks, lead by the band HANSON in partnership with TOMS Shoes, providing thousands of shoes to impoverished children in South Africa.

Take The Walk is about giving us simple tangible ways to take action against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and poverty in Africa--A small donation, the purchase of a pair of shoes, the download of a song or simply taking a barefoot,  one-mile walk.  We took the walk for clean water...

This was our first walk, but it was fun, the fellas are actually decent people, and it was followed by the seriously most amazing concert I've ever seen (and that is saying a lot).

Check out more about taking or hosting a walk.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

American Education Week

November 14- November 19th is American Education Week.  Schools nationwide are going to be flooded with parents and visitors.  Obviously, I am a big proponent of education any way it can be delivered, but I wonder, why do we emphasize it only this one week out of the whole year? 
Shouldn't education be a higher priority than a 5 day dedication? 

For all the advancements in the education world (yes, education is evolving...), the country sure doesn't emphasize the need for effective schools or teachers  (or eduction- in general), if all we can afford to do is celebrate our neighborhood school for one week a year.   

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sew Chic and then some

Awhile back, we found an antique table, an old beat up chair, and a floating shelf at a local store. We proudly acquired these items through a fair trade (Bread for Antiques, literally), roughly painted the chair, add a hand-sewn pillow, and Voila! Guest room transformed into Shabby Chic Sewing Room!
I didn't realize I hadn't shared this before.

Having the sewing machine out and ready gets it more use! The easiest way to become more crafty is to have your craft items where you can see them, where you'll use them.

And, too early for jingle bells but past spooks and ghouls, Thanksgiving decorations have set up home on our mantle. 
Over 500 trick-or-treaters last weekend and I still long for pumpkins and gourds!