It is hard to believe my first born is getting ready for her Bat Mitzvah. I am not sure what is harder: the reality of her being 13 soon or the reality that I am 13 years older than the day. Either way, I am so happy for her, watching her grow and change with each task. Being a Bat Mitzvah is not one of those small tasks. She has been working hard and as time gets a closer she her efforts will increase. Continue reading
Are you like me? Really wanted to dress up, but just never got to finish (or start) your costume …
Have no fear – there is still time to find a costume in Chapel Hill!
Did you know that Dance Design in Ram’s Plaza has over 700 costumes for rent! Perhaps a few less to choose from at this point for today – but I bet there is something you can find!
And for those want the Vintage Look – I have several suggestions:
Clothing Warehouse on Franklin Street – may have those final touches! Perhaps you are in need of a pair of sunglasses, a jacket or a special t-shirt. Stop by and check them out!
They still have MANY options for the perfect costume!
Still looking for the perfect accessory for the costume? Perhaps something with sparkles? Or perhaps you need a boa or vintage jewelry. Try one of the many thrift shops in the area – children and adults alike can find something perfect!
Crafty? Want to make your costume from scratch. Two places not to miss:
KatieBeth’s Learning Garden – Lots of crafts and supplies – both new and consigned.
For those willing to venture outside of Chapel Hill – You will not be disappointed at the Scrap Exchange and it’s new location.
It is not too late to have the coolest costume without leaving Chapel Hill and Durham.
This post is from last year when I guest blogged for 42Local. But I loved my Fairytale Pumpkin.
Had to share a picture of our pumpkin. It is called a Fairytale Pumpkin. I admit it – it doesn’t look like any I had as a kid. The name and look inspired me to do a little research. Though the origin of the Fairytale Pumpkins , also called a Muscat Squash, started in France, I picked this locally grown one up at Weaver Street Market.
Turns out there are lots of recipes out there using the Fairytale Pumpkin. Everything from pumpkin soups to pies. I have to admit I am tempted by one of my favorite chefs and Raleigh-based, Linda Watson, Cook for Good has a delicious sounding recipe for Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding.
Until it is time to cook this pumpkin, I cannot imagine a better one to be on the front porch.
I love the deep ridges and color of this pumpkin. I sometimes find myself dreaming of it “magically” transforming into a stagecoach. I bet you know what songs are being sung in our house right now, as my youngest studies her lines as Jaq the Mouse, in the upcoming performance of Cinderella for the youth theater group, Broadway Bound.
There is nothing like being a grandparent, from what I have heard….
My kids (and my parents) remind me of that EVERYDAY. See – I live in a multi-generational home. My house consists of my parents, my husband, my two daughters and a pet frog, Harry.
To me, this seems normal. When I was a child, we lived with my grandmother. My other grandmother liked the independence of living on her own – but she would visit regularly and often stayed for months at a time. (And for the record my grandmother lived on her own until she was 101 years old.) My husband, being from Europe, it was much more common and expected for grandparents to be part of the home. Each set of his grandparents lived with one of their children and grandchildren.
There are many great things about my children growing up with grandma and grandpa. They see grandpa every morning before going to school. (Grandma is NOT a morning person, so we all let her sleep.) They see grandma after-school every afternoon (Grandpa takes a nap at that time – since he has been up since 5am.) And they eat dinner together almost every night of the week.
There are of course many little perks that we all take for granted. My youngest can stay home with her grandparents, if I need to take my older daughter somewhere. If I am running late, there is always someone there to meet the bus or drive to school. In turn, I am known to be a great chauffeur for long trips or health crisis coordinator. Continue reading
We are also very excited to raffle off a copy of the new – hot off the presses The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook. If you would like a brand new copy of the book click below to enter our the raffle. We love our copy – just read our review.
Our giveaway started September 24 and ends on October 2nd at 12am. So hurry before it is too late for a chance of a free copy!