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Win the Tangled DVD

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER: "THECRAZEDANCER."  THANKS TO ALL FOR ENTERING... HOPE TO BRING YOU  MORE GIVEAWAYS SOON!

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Tangled features Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a young girl hidden away from the world by her overprotective mother, Gothel.  Rapunzel dreams of discovering what the world holds, when suddenly Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi), a caddish drifter stumbles into her life.  They strike a deal and Flynn agrees to lead her through the forest and find the hidden strength she never knew. A fun flick for children and adults alike! Use the interactive "Clickcast" above to find your hidden abilities, get decorating tips from designer Claire Keane (including how to decorate your room just like Rapunzel's!), and watch a clip from the movie. A winner will be chosen Friday, April 1. If you are chosen as the winner, I will contact you to get your ma…

Art Week for Spring Break

Monday morning the paints came out. Everyone was still in their pajamas, but creativity was on the rise just thinking about an entire day with nowhere to be and nothing scheduled to do!

One six-foot collage later I knew exactly what our theme for the week would be: Art!

Tuesday was a trip to the arts and crafts store for a few additional supplies: more brushes, water color paper, palates, and canvases. The day also included a trip to the library to procure a litany of books on the subject of art. Although the two trips took a considerable portion of the day, we still ended the day with new art on display.



First, we poured over the lovely pages of the children's art book that sample art throughout history. My daughter was particularly fond of the Matisse style paintings. I renewed my love for Degas. My son found his inner cartoonist.


Our goal is to end the week with a more permanent work - one on canvas - that will be displayed in our home for years to come! I will report back.


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Staycation Success!

For those of you waiting on the promised report on our recent "staycation" let me apologize for the delay. That may be a window into how things went after taking 3 days off from the daily grind.

Even thought it took a little extra work getting back into the swing of things, I will gladly share that our staycation was perfect! Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon was the time frame for our at-home getaway. As I mentioned before, this could be a great experiment for families looking ahead to spring break in a few weeks. There is no reason you can't have a little vacation even if you are just staying at home. With some planning, you'll be on your way to some fun and relaxation!

Here's what we did:

We kicked off with pizza and games on Thursday night. Simple. Easy. Fun.Girls (mom and daughter) had a sleepover. Boys (dad and son) had a sleepover. (Ie. slept together in different rooms - beds full of stuffed animals!)Friday morning included a trip to Lamar's Do…

The Staycation Experiment

Spring Break is on the way and we won't be going anywhere. Truthfully, most families I know aren't taking any special trips for spring break. So, what do you do for a week at home?

The "fad" of staycations has fallen off the radar, but the idea remains a valid one: how do you have a relaxing, interesting, or exciting break from the norm while staying at home?

I've decided to do a a little experiment with our long weekend. Can we feel like we are getting away without really getting away?

Here's the plan:
No phone or email. I think it will be most important for the adults of the group (ie. mom and dad) to really take a break from the everyday.No chores. For kids and parents, we'll be taking a break from the "have to do's", but this will mean doing some extra time on the front end to make sure there aren't chores staring you in the face while trying to have fun. Eating out. Since there's no money being spent on travel expenses I thin…