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Friday, November 23, 2012

Light up the holidays with Chinese sky lanterns

The end of the year is an exciting time. Families, friends, colleagues and acquaintances will have parties, gatherings and get-togethers. They’ll exchange presents, share spirits, consume goodies and play games. Some will tell jokes, sing and dance or make memories  with their new family, baby or marriage proposal. Let’s add another layer of excitement and memories to the mix and release Chinese sky lanterns into the night sky to culminate the end of the year. It’s beautiful to watch the lanterns as they are lit and released.

White Sky LanternSky lanterns aren’t new on the scene: Traditional sky lanterns used in Asian societies were made with oiled rice paper that was placed over a bamboo frame. Now modern sky lanterns are made using flame-retardant coverings and biodegradable materials. Those are just as beautiful and functional as the originals, and affordable.

You can get a sleeve of six colored for $20 and a case of 36 for $100. The white ones are the same price, but with singles are $3.50. More information about the sizes, shapes and prices can be found at Sky Lanterns Depot.

Get started now on planning your new, end-of-the-year memories.


My babies over the years

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In the above photo are my four children – my oldest Amber with my three youngsters: Amareah, Anna and Andre. That was taken during this past summer on Amber’s 21st birthday. Below was about three and a half years ago. With just a glance at each of these photos I can remember a lot of what happened in our lives around the times they were taken. I really love looking at photos of my sweet babies… It helps me to remember what’s most important in life.a times four again


Sunday, November 18, 2012

God bless the baby

A lot of families have their children baptized, or dedicated, according to their religions and customs. When that happens the children are dressed in beautiful, satin outfits and gowns. have some of the most beautiful and endearing baby baptism gowns.

baptism gown This Victorian Lace Heirloom Christening Gown is 26” and has a handkerchief-styled hem with elegant sculpted sleeves decorated with lace and ribbon accents. It comes with a matching bonnet, a separate slip, and is 100 percent cotton and handmade in the U.S. This particular gown comes in sizes 3, 6 and 12 months.

Thinking about the baby baptism gowns has me wondering whether my daughter and her boyfriend have thought about baptizing my sweet, little grandbaby Autumn. Not only is it a great way to honor her beliefs, but it also a beautiful way to celebrate the new addition to our family with the support of family and friends.

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