Two fantastic new things to check out (with videos!!):
1. My Favorite Things Berry Box Die: My daughters had so much fun during our Spring Tea last year that I think I'm going to do it again. Once I laid eyes on this cute die, I knew what my theme was going to be -- strawberry lemonade. Think giant red and yellow tissue paper pom poms... Think red and white striped paper straws... Think chocolate covered strawberries on tiered plates... Think little strawberry boxes filled with tasty treats!!!
2. "Learn With Jenny" blog: I love reading blogs for inspiration. I find great cupcake recipes (which I never use), card ideas (which I never make) and great ideas for my kids' playdates (I actually do use these!). Every once in a long while, I stumble upon a blog that knocks my socks off. If you haven't seen "Learn With Jenny"'s blog, you must. Absolutely must.
My friend Suni uses a number of shocking phrases that always make me laugh. For example, her computer never crashes. It goes "tits up". Nobody ever has an unpleasant look to them. They "have a face like a cat's ass". One of my favorite Suni gems is "balls outside the pants". She uses it when she's done something completely over the top, without regard for what others might think. I love it.
I love Jenny's blog because she completely lives with her"balls outside of her pants." Diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago, Jenny sat down and wrote a "life list" of things that she wanted to do with her life. She battled and won her cancer battle, and then set about living her life -- work, kids, everything else that comes with it. Several years later, she realized that she hadn't accomplished much on her "life list" and changed her way of thinking. There was an amazing life to be lived! There's so much to learn!
I love watching Jenny cross items off of her "life list". Some are small (hold a bake sale with her kids) and some are really "reach for the stars" dreams (dance with Ellen DeGeneres on her show).
One of my favorite Jenny list items was to dance in front of all of the Washington Monuments. Watch this and tell me that you don't love Jenny too:
Now, that's living with your balls outside of your pants...
Printable coupons for AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Michaels have been updated. You will find them all under the "Hot Links" section of the left sidebar of my home page. Take advantage of the AC Moore & Michaels coupons, as they are both 50% off this week!
A new Hobby Lobby recently opened in Northern Virginia (2/12/12 edited to add: You'll find the new Hobby Lobby in Winchester, VA). My children believe that this has replaced Disney World as the "Happiest Place On Earth". Last week I found this picture on my 6 year-old's art table. I love the fact that she's saying, "Look Mom! Hobby Lobby!" and I'm responding (with my super long legs), "I see it!". She pointed out that the sun shines brighter on Hobby Lobby.
Also notice that there is a gumball machine. Now, that's heaven when you are 6 years old.