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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Family Dollar does gourmet

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to have fun with children

Now why would one need instructions on having fun with children? It should be a given, right? Well, for lots of folks – parents included – it takes an effort to just have fun with children because of the daily responsibilities of life. Sometimes we need to consciously put aside seriousness and responsibilities to just have fun.

Believe me, in the end, it will be worth it. My quest to have fun with the children – instead of being the daily taskmaster – began this month. I’ve been challenged encouraged by one of my “besties” to choose something enjoyable to do with them at least once a month in addition to the regular stuff. You know: going to the park, etc. The encouragement was right on time because I had been thinking along those lines for the last few weeks. It seems to go along with my new life.

Having fun is as simple as deciding to do something that you’ll enjoy as a family. My children really enjoy eating out so one random day I took them to a buffet that offers discounts for children. Next month we’ll choose another one where kids eat free. This takes the pressure of preparing dinner off of me for at least one night of the week/month.

Our “big outing” this month was to check out Animalopolis at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX Theatre.. (Interested in more information about the film? Check out their website.) It’s been in town quite some time and when I first happened across the information I knew my children would love it. And, I must admit, I was enthralled as well. For one, I’ve never been to the museum and I’ve always wanted to see a film on the giant IMAX screen.

The second thing you want to do to have fun is build excitement: I didn’t tell the children until the night before that we were going. We looked at the film’s site and talked about what we would see. I don’t think we were really prepared for how much fun it would be.

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As soon as we walked around the corner of the building the children took off running to the waterfall that featured some fabulous dinosaur statues. The pointed, circled, laughed and stared. I assured them we’d visit the dinosaurs again when we came outside and hustled them in for bathroom run and to get ready for the show. Before we made it to the theatre we had to stop to checkout a fossil display, take a picture of the children “excavating” (I love to see their little faces in that thingy) and visit the gift shop. Once again, I assured them we’d stop on the way out. That brings me to number three: Be patient!

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We didn’t make it far before we saw the animals displayed: There was the bear you see them checking out and they’d already looked at the stuffed squirrel and chipmunk. They had a lot of questions about whether the animals were real. Number four: Always participate. It would have been easy to just walk around and look, but I chose to discuss everything with the children and answer their one million questions. We laughed together, pointed and played.

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My camera is not adequate enough to capture the entire dinosaur bones, but it was absolutely amazing. Andre wasn’t happy to stop to take a picture, Anna was so busy giggling I caught her with her eyes closed and Amareah was talking about what she could see and asking questions.

Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the inside of the IMAX, but it was magical walking into the lobby and looking up at a dark “sky” with millions of stars. We were amazed at the size of the screen when we were finally seated and spent the entire time staring at the screen. Animalopolis is extremely entertaining, educational and the ideal length for children of all ages (about five minutes before it was over Anna asked if it was time to go yet), which is the perfect recipe for a family outing.

We capped off the visit to Fernbank’s IMAX by getting a few souvenirs from the gift shop. Anna was proud to show off her bag (see below)…

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The last thing to do in order to have fun with your children: Relax … 

The best part of the day for me was my children’s responses:

Anna said, “This is the best movie ever.” Andre and Amareah agreed. As the day went on each one of them said in their own way, “This is a good day.”

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Use my link to rent at Redbox

I'm a little late getting in on the Redbox campaign to share with my friends in order to earn free movies. (There are two things I can't resist: free and movies... well, three things: add chocolate!) Since I'm just now getting back in the swing of things after my little hiatus I just saw an email from BzzAgent, which I'm a member of, telling about a promo.

It's easy to participate: I share a link, you click my link and rent a movie (only $1/night), I earn free movies. Simple, right? And as an added bonus if you've never rented through Redbox before then you'll get a free movie code upon your first rental. Now what are you waiting for?
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My new life …

It’s funny how a new situation or scenery will bring along new realizations. Deciding to make the move from a house to an apartment brought about a serious cleaning of material things and an easing to some of the mental things as well. And, after a conversation I had today, I was reminded of the new life I began as a divorcee.

Almost four years ago I separated from my now ex-husband and almost immediately lost friends (I guess I was no longer suitable to be the friend of a married woman or couple) and family (I’m assuming none of my in laws saw me worthy enough to keep in contact). Life as I knew it changed. It was a long, painful, unhappy change, but a change nonetheless. The physical change of location has been long, but it’s been happy and refreshing… and it also reminded me of the friends I lost. I’m beginning again, so to speak, and I’m hoping to meet a few new friends in the process.

I don’t think of myself as a divorcee, I’m a writer, mom, friend, lover… and, uh, of course, woman who happens to be experiencing quite a few transitions. One thing that remains the same is my presence here at It’s a woman’s world. It’s my world and I choose to share it with you as much as I can. I know you’ve noticed I haven’t been around much.

The most recent thing I’d like to share is how I’m settling into our new place. There’s one thing that makes it a lot of fun and gives me a sense of excitement and connection with myself. I’m spreading my favorite color – red – all around the place. Take a look:

 DSCF5614These are the curtains in my bedroom. The window faces the parking lot and is right next to the front door so I wasn’t exactly comfortable with just the blinds there because, for one, they are cut a little short. You probably can’t tell by the picture, but the outer panels have very thin stripes in gold, brown, and red; they’re sheer and match nicely with the red under them. As soon as I get a chance I’m going to add a little *bling* from the rod… I’ll show you that in another post.

 DSCF5615There are red candles placed around my bedroom {giggle},a few  around the apartment and a couple in my bathroom. Speaking of my bathroom: This is the first time I’ve EVER had my own bathroom in all the time I’ve been on my own. My first year in college, there was a communal bathroom. Yuck! When I was in the Air Force I had to share the bathroom with a roommate and/or suite mates.

Even with my first few apartments I shared with my oldest daughter. So I’m particularly pleased and excited about this:DSCF5618

I love how I’m able to mesh the old, new and stylish. For instance, the candle holder is actually a dish that belonged to my grandmother and I’ve used two for that purpose.

DSCF5616The table in the corner is one I bought more than 10 years ago. I’ve added a cute plant, which I found on sale (YIPPEE!), and used a ceramic piece I made in 1994 to offset. I love that piece and what you can’t see is the red clay that I added.

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My sweet daughter bought a few of the silver accents that you see (there’s also a trash can and a little dish that’s handy for Chapstick and hair elastics) as well as the shower curtain, bath towel and the bathroom rug peeking out in the previous picture.

Throughout the rest of the apartment, there’s the Betty Crocker spoon rest on the stove that I found at the dollar store, my grandmother’s red vase on the top of the cabinets, the analog clock to really help the kids tell time, the candle display on the bar, the little entry table lampshade and the sheer panels that cover my living room windows.DSCF5622

 

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What do you think? I still have to put up some artwork and pictures, get some barstools and quite a few other things like decorating the kids’ rooms. All in all I’ve been having fun and enjoying my new space in my new life. :-)

Tell me, what’s your favorite color and do you have it splashed around your house?

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