Happy Wonderful Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day!  I'm so excited to link-up with Joyce from This Side of the Pond for:


1. Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

I just LOVE Pinterest ~ BEST ideas around!

Click here or on the picture  to read the original post.

2. What's under your bed?

On my half of the "under the bed" area is nothing, however, my husband's "under the bed" area is crowded with plastic containers of his shoes.

3. Thursday, February 22nd is National Chili Day, National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Of the three which would you most like to celebrate? Is that likely?

I make turkey chili every week or so.  I don't have the ingredients on hand so it's doubtful we'll celebrate this holiday.

4. What are you 'snowed under' with right now?

I'm cleaning out the cabinets in my dining room ~ there's way too much stuff that needs to be sorted.  My goal is to unclutter...

5. Tell us three to five things that make you feel balanced?

My three activities include:

1.  Walking my dog.
2.  Reading a book.
3.  Spinning.

Click here or on the picture  to read about spinning.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Why does time fly by super fast when you're on vacation?  This happens on the weekends, too! 


Wonderful Weekend in the Big Apple!

Happy February Vacation Week!  Today I'm linking up with B Loved Boston for:


My daughter, Bethany, is currently living in New York City.  Her birthday was last week so my husband and I headed there to celebrate her birthday as well as enjoy the city.

Getting There

I LOVE trains so I've always wanted to try the Acela Express from Boston to New York.  Our train left at 6:20 a.m., and we arrived in NYC at 9:45 a.m.  Plus, we watched a beautiful sunrise:

Times Square ~ The Reese's Store

My sister, Nancy, and her daughter, Lauren, met us in Times Square on Saturday (they live in West Hartford and took the bus).  Our first stop = the M & M Store!  Then we visited the Reese's Store ~ our maiden name was Reese so we posed with our namesake products (unfortunately, we're not related):


Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

On Sunday morning, we visited another Times Square attraction - the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum!  These wax figures are quite life like (some more than others!).  This was my first visit to a wax museum, and some of the figure's eyes seemed so real that I was getting scared!

The Parisian Woman ~ on Broadway!

I LOVE going to plays!  Uma Thurman starred in this amazing production, and it was an excellent production!  My husband declared that it was the BEST play he'd ever seen!


The High Line!

On Monday (our last day), my husband and I strolled along the High Line near Penn Station:


As much as I enjoyed being in New York, I'm very happy to return home to my "ordinary" life here in Massachusetts!  Plus, I'm on school vacation this week which gives me time to recover from our busy weekend in NYC!  

Thanks for visiting the blog today!  


100 Days & Valentine's Day & More!

Happy President's Day Weekend and Happy Chinese New Year!  Here are some FAVORITES I'd like to share this week Erika, Narci and Andrea for:


100 Days Smarter!

We celebrated our 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 13th!  The kids cut out the number 100 and then wrote a 100 letter caption to accompany their creations:


Valentine's Day Festivities

Valentine's Day is always a highlight!  We made our adorable Valentine treat bags for Morning Work; Joel's mother read two Valentine's books as our guest readers; and of course, we passed out our Valentine's:

guest reader


Commonwealth Museum Field Trip

On Friday we were so lucky to go to the Commonwealth Museum ~ the state museum of Massachusetts!

Our first activity involved playing a state symbols game followed by making state symbols posters:

state symbols

After lunch we explored the activities.  Check out the kids "working" in the Lowell Mills:


Gabi the Dog's DNA Results

For Christmas, my younger son, Andrew, gave us a DNA testing kit for Gabi the Dog:

DNA testing

We always knew she was a mutt, but now we know what breeds she has in her:

At the top of her family tree, a Siberian Husky and a Shar-pei mate, and the rest is history! 

The Mayflower Compact

The Massachusetts State Social Studies standards require that students know about the Mayflower Compact.  How cool and amazing would it be to see William Bradford's diary and the draft of the Mayflower Compact!

Commonwealth Museum

Right now my husband and I are on the high-speed train to New York City for the weekend to visit our daughter, Bethany.  More on that later!

Happy Weekend and School Vacation Week (if applicable!)!!!


Currently ~ Fabulous February!

Happy February ~ a month full of many holidays!  Today I'm linking up with Anne from Anne in Residence fame for:


I just finished a great book full of suspense:


There are lots of twists and turns in this book that takes place in New York City.  

Click here or on the book cover to read more at Amazon!


I LOVE magazines and subscribe to A LOT of them!  My favorite subscriptions are to Real Simple and HGTV Magazines!


I'm always on the prowl for shoes at Nordstrom ~ I am looking for a just-right pair of sandals to wear to my son's upcoming wedding in June.  I've put these in my shopping cart - they're on sale for $50.00; the heel seems manageable; and the jewels add some bling.  What do you think?


My husband and I just finished watching Ozark on Netflix. I never really knew anything about the Ozarks or money laundering before this show.  I'm getting quite the education.  Of course, I do love actress Laura Linney, and her co-star Justin Bateman does an equally amazing job.


I am loving my new Kut from the Cloth dungarees that I snagged in Marshall's in the markdown section.  I love the zippered pockets, and the length is just right.  Plus, there is stretch in the denim which is quite helpful!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today ~ it means so much to me that you're checking in!  What do you think of the sandals?  Do you have any mother of the groom sandals to recommend?   


Friday Favorites and Some Other Things I Think Are Just Great!

Happy Weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm linking up with The Blended Blog and Momfessionals for:


 Fun With Fractions

I LOVE borrowing ideas from Pinterest, especially anchor charts. 

anchor chart
Click here for original Pin!

What Skills Students Need to Succeed

We had a professional development where we learned the top 10 skills students need to succeed in the future:

ten skills students need

Being a graduate of a liberal arts college, I feel as if I was prepared for complex problem solving and critical thinking.  The speaker - Dr. Daggett - emphasized the importance of your major (the top earning profession was petrochemical engineering).  However, not everyone can be happy majoring in engineering, medicine, mathematics ...He did state that being a teacher means job security.  More importantly, being a successful teacher means you need to excel in all ten skills ~ you just won't get paid as much as a petrochemical engineer.  I don't think you could pay me enough to want that job anyway!

Click here to get a brief glimpse of Dr. Daggett's philosophy.

New Lularoe Leggings

I purchased my second pair of ultra-comfortable and easy to fit around my waist leggings:


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Craftivity

A few weeks back, we made this adorable Dr. King craft and read about his life.  After the kids wrote an informational paragraph about him.  

MLK craft

I love how each student puts his/her unique touch on their Martins!

Rhonna Photo App. = AWESOME!

I am having so much fun creating with my Rhonna Photo App.

Happy Superbowl Weekend!  Who are you rooting for?

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