July 21st, 2011
During the summer, my mom takes the boys to the library for their free events on the days I’m at work – and they have some great ones at our local library (definitely a good freebie place to take advantage of, especially on a ridiculously hot day like today). For the past few weeks, the boys have been exploring the scientific section focusing on animals. While I am as interested as the next parent in learning all of the facts about bugs, fish and mammals, these types of books get boring after a while – for both me and the boys. This week, I suggested my mom go back to the “storybook” section. Apparently, my boys pick out books like I do – based on the picture on the cover. CheezWaster picked out a book called “The Princess Knight” because you know, it had a knight on the front cover. Based solely on the title, I was a bit skeptical when I pulled it out of the library bag last night thinking it was going to be too girly, but it turns out it was an EXCELLENT book that both the boys and I thoroughly enjoyed. The book, by Cornelia Funk tells of King Wilfred, who teaches his daughter the same knightly skills he has taught his three sons. Mocked by her brothers for being smaller and weaker, Violetta grows more determined to succeed. She creeps out at night to practice her sword fighting and horseback riding. With perseverance, the “nimble and quick” Princess becomes an expert jouster. In honor of her 16th birthday, the king announces a tournament with the victory prize being her hand in marriage. Outraged and appalled, Violetta cries: “You want me to marry some dimwit in a tin suit? Just look at your own knights! They whip their horses and they can’t even write their own names!” Taking matters into her own hands, she disguises herself in armor and poses as “Sir No-Name.” After defeating the other contenders, she reveals her true identity and chooses her prize–independence. I highly recommend this book for both boys and girls, prissy or not.
June 14th, 2011
I wasn’t ecstatic when the boys picked out this movie at the library, but it turned out to be great! Enjoyed by all! – Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole.
Tasty homemade spaetzle and lettuce from the garden (what’s left of it after the local bunny population devoured most of it).
Monster Mini Golf - one of these just opened in our town. Man – where were places like this when I was a kid??? CheezWaster I’m sure will want to have a future birthday party there (and the party room is killer – seriously – it looks like a haunted mansion – how cool!)
1001 Bugs to Spot – My mom spotted this in a store while they were on vacation and had to bring it home to The Destroyer. He just LOVES looking at bugs (and unfortunately for them crushing them when he is done….hey…we don’t call him The Destroyer for nothing!) Not only is this a great look and find book, it also lists all of the names of the bugs on the pages making it a great learning book as well. If your kids aren’t into bugs, these books come in all different genres – 1001 Pirate Things to Spot, 1001 Animals to Spot, 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea, 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland, etc. There is something for everyone! These would also be great for plane trips or long car rides!
Jem and the Holograms - THANK YOU The Hub! My favorite childhood show makes it’s triumphant return! After telling the basic gist of this as a bedtime story, my boys think it is Totally Outrageous!
May 19th, 2011
The Destroyer wants to turn to the good side!
CheezWaster is the New Thor!
My new favorite toy!
You, too, could channel your inner Goddess! Hammer & Helmet available now in our shop!
May 17th, 2011
Hey local moms…well anyone really since the coupon doesn’t specify an age group:
Little Scoops in Cranford, NJ is having a free ice cream day on Friday, May 20 from 1 pm – 3 pm. Print out a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream here and ENJOY!
May 5th, 2011
Last night I went to a medium. This was my first time doing anything like this. I took my mom for Mother’s Day. Really, I went for her. 11 years ago my brother committed suicide and there is a lot we don’t know about that day or why he did it. I was hoping that the medium could shed some light on it. I went in with an open mind. Frankly, I think most of what the medium said was spot on. There were a few things that didn’t make sense to me or my mom, but I suspect that often happens in readings. My mom, I feel, was less open minded. Things that I tried to connect, she just brushed off. The medium did connect with my brother, but she didn’t give my mom the answers she was looking for. She also communicated with my mom’s dad. At the end of the session, my mom had a tarot reading, which was also very interesting. I have always been fascinated by psychics and mediums and it was a wonderful experience hearing the things she had to say when communicating with my brother. And I take solace in the fact that I’m not totally crazy when I smell cigarette smoke in my car. Apparently, my brother likes to ride next to me.