Month: August 2014 (page 2 of 3)

Something For Saturday: Interactive Puzzles

A little something for Saturday.

interactive puzzles{Please note that the blue marker on Emma’s left hand is from tons of coloring before puzzle time, and we are just hoping it washes-or scrubs-off}

Two of these interactive sound puzzles by Melissa & Doug arrived at our doorstep from Emma’s ‘Gigi’ the other day and she has spent all weekend toying with each of them.  One focuses on numbers from 0-20 and the other addresses the alphabet.  While me and my brother and sister dedicated hours to intricate puzzles while growing up; preserving our favored, finished versions with glue and letting them sit on our desktops gleaming with pride, at Emma’s age, these puzzles are a great start.  I love how they encourage her learning by repeating the numbers aloud when she places the correct one just right and reveals an item that starts with a precisely positioned letter.

Have a happy weekend with your own little ones, friends or family!

Something For Saturday: Flavor Of The Weekend

A little something for Saturday.

talenti mint chip

I could live off of gelato and if it was just Talenti’s gelato that would be fine, too.  And this Mediterranean Mint by Talenti is no exception.  The mint flavor literally tastes as fresh as if it had been plucked from a tended-to garden.  This pint probably won’t make it through the weekend, but it will definitely make the weekend even better.

Have a happy, and tasty, weekend, everyone!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {This Week}…In South Carolina

{A few of my favorite things this week that I either just discovered or already know I couldn’t do without}

gelo family beach pic

1.     Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels – We stopped at a country mart somewhere in North Carolina on our long drive back home and this little cardboard box of Sanders milk chocolate sea salt caramels was the perfect, much-needed treat.

milk chocolate sea salt caramels

2.     Charleston – I had never visited Charleston before and although we only went for an evening – which consisted of a horse and buggy ride, a delicious dinner of southern cuisine, and a few stops at sweet shops with our whole family – I was taken by it’s charm and can’t wait to return for a longer period of time next summer.  There is just so much to explore.


3.     Stox & Co. – This little boutique (and salon and spa) that I mentioned on the blog (here) earlier this week, was an awesome addition to our location.  I love my new finds from there and have been wearing the turquoise earrings since we got home.

a few new travel finds

4.      Family Vacation – Period.


Happy Friday!


My Vacation Reads

I recently had the chance to get away with my in-laws and then my family following that.  Catching up with family we don’t get to see that often.  Stealing the chance for alone-time with my husband.  And then plenty of time with all of us under one roof.  Which meant lots of extra eyes and ears on my toddler, so that I could indulge in a few good books.  These four books were such quick reads; each of them so compelling of a story.  The memoir, Finding Me, is difficult for me to recommend only because of how painful it was to even be a reader.  To hear the struggles that real people deal with or have dealt with.  To understand fully that this kind of tragedy – first disappearance, then torture – happens.  Here.  In America.  In 2014.  But on the flip-side, closing the back cover of the book for the last time, as I sat poolside in sunny Las Vegas, was an obvious, startling realization of how grateful I am and should be to have my health and to be in a safe place; to have those around me who I love and who love me back.  It definitely put things in perspective and for that, I am indebted to the brave author for sharing.  The other three novels, although they all very well could have been true, were works of fiction.  With names and characters and places all made up, out of the vivid and brilliant imaginations of the writers who created them.  The styles of writing so different from one another, but the narrative equally mesmerizing in each.

my vacation reads{Clockwise from top left: Finding Me, Michelle Knight; Testimony, Anita Shreve; Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng; Look Again, Lisa Scottoline}

 Hope if you are looking for a new read, you find one or all of these books to be as great as I did.

A Few Of Emma’s Favorite Things {This Week}…In South Carolina

{A few of my daughter, Emma’s favorite things this week that she either just discovered or already knows she couldn’t do without or some kid stuff that her mommy may love even more than she does}


cloudy beach day

1.     Amusement Park Rides – This was Emma’s first time on an amusement park ride and although there were only really two that could accommodate her size, to her, it was everything, and more than enough.  She went between the cars and the teacups, and watching her laugh and smile at her new-found independence was priceless.

amusement park rides

2.     Beach Time – This kid is a water baby at heart.  She would spend all day in the pool and the ocean if she could, seeming to prefer both over land.  And she got her much-needed fill of the beach this week.

emma on a beautiful beach day

3.     French Braid Pigtails Over Pancakes – I don’t have the knack or the patience for pretty details like this, but on this family vacation, Emma had her aunt on-hand and was able to sport these french braid pigtails even before pancakes were served.

french braid pigtails over pancakes

4.     Playing in the Rain – On rainy days at home, we tend to get a slower start to the day, snuggle a little more, hug the indoors as much as we can, but vacation time means breaking all kinds of rules, like dessert every night and playing in the rain.

playing in the rain



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