This week's Blog lovin'



clare owen is a uk-based freelance francophile illustrator who also has a beautiful blog and great taste in music.
shop: etsy.com/shop/clareowendrawing
website: www.clareowen.co.uk
blog: apartment-story.blogspot.com

Tis the season for giving…

Calendars for the holidays!!!!
I've been a busy elf delivering calendars all around town, I was especially happy to drop off hundreds of calendars to several special care facilities as my gift to the residents who might not get much for Christmas. Anyone wanting to share in the holiday spirit all proceeds from the Special Delivery Calendar sales benefit Ronald McDonald House and other local charities. Order online at my store  or email me your order the last day for local deliveries is the 19th. 
Thank you for all your support in making this project a way to give back to the community.

-Kate
shop.katereali.com



This week's Blog lovin'

If you haven't been over to Heidi Claire's blog it's a must read she puts together the most gorgeous collection of home decor photos intermixed with fun saying and inspirational quotes, I just love her blog!



all images via Heidi Claire

Secrets Saturday #8

I vacuum my ovens!!! I have to admit I thought it was a weird thing at first but it just makes it so much easier to get all those crumbs in the way back using the wand and crevice tool, of course I do it when the ovens cool.

Dreaming of a white Christmas, cheese and a box


The count down to Santa's arrival always begins with the annual mailing of the letters and now that they're on the way to the North Pole with a 50 lbs. cheese wheel and empty cardboard box they asked for are at the top of the list.

Off we went to window shop and trek the mile down to the water to watch the sunset.


and this is what they look like after a fun game of chase in the rose garden and walking back up the hill. The attitude is for their hungry stomachs ready to go home and eat Thanksgiving desert.


Of course every year they dream of a white Christmas and looks it's going to happen this year, now how am I going to fit that 50 lbs. cheese wheel and 4 kids in the car Santa? 

THANKFUL…


 I didn't mind waking up early to start my 6 hours of cooking especially when I got to finally use my new  pretty red baking dish from France, no more 1970's hand me downs at the Thanksgiving table.




 We had to get creative with going all vegetarian on turkey day so some olive, spinach and roasted tomato pizza, broccoli cheese casserole and spinach quiche were our main staples and pound cake, pumpkin cheesecake and carrot cake for dessert. I did opt out of making the sweet potatoes and totally flaked on the mashed this year.





I had the kids write what they were thankful for on our school room (dining room) chalkboard, they're such sweet kids.



And hidden inside of their PB chair backs were some very adored lil'kinz as a treat.


Then the finally after dinner was the annual dog show, each one won best of breed though we had an unfortunate disqualification this time with one of the dogs, maybe next year Sally.

Calendars!!!!


So I've been working on a photography project for the past 18 months lots of newborns and lots of very nice patient Moms and Dads donating their time along side mine so I could produce the 2011 Special Delivery Calendar and donate all the proceeds to children's charities. I love every one of these babies and if you are interested in giving a calendar as a gift for the holidays please visit my online store or my Etsy shop use the code HOLIDAY10 and get 15% off until Nov. 28th. if you're local Barnes and Noble has them! Hope everyone has a wonderful and bountiful Thanksgiving.



Holidays and the Vintage Pearl

I just order two very special necklaces from the the Vintage Pearl and they're having a great giveaway so click here for a chance at some really unique handcrafted jewelry.

Sweet tooth fairy


I wonder what our little sugar plum fairy is up to raiding the fridge between takes as the kiddos rehearse The fairy, the princess and the king ballet in our living room with dancing, music and lights and a whole lot of falling, laughing and missed cues. I'd say it was like the Nutcracker ballet meets iCarly.

Fun find of the week


Who says you can't play at the dining table or well under it. I wish I not boggled down with kids and work to be this creative turning a seldom used dining table into a playhouse. I think this will move to the top of our list this year. Want one check out Cool Spaces For Kids on Etsy.

Guess what we're doing


A. Stand-ins for the Sound of Music

B. Recreating the Coca Cola Commercial

C. Christmas Card Photo

D. Waiting to get paid for Modeling in one of our Mom's photos again


If you've glanced through the current Eastern Shore Parents magazine you probably guessed right and  lucky for me these cute kiddos love to ham it up for the camera especially for their mom, professional photographer or not they really do make it look easy. Maybe one day we'll be standing on a hilltop in Italy holding hands singing for peace throughout the land growing apple trees and honey bees building the world a home and furnishing it with love. But for now we can all do our part standing hand in hand right where we live and find a way to make this world a better place. 

Rockin' for the Gulf

 I'm so excited for my first concert… 

 and I just like the ticket…

 I'm having so much fun with my brother who doesn't want to sit with me and likes the two freckle faces little girls who sat in the row behind us. Don't you just love or matching ear muffs. What?????
and we were really close may too close the kids were two and three blocks short of being able to actually see the stage, but my buddy seem to be happy looking else where at those freckles and ended up thinking it was the greatest concert EVER! Can you guess who that is giving a free concert?

Trick or Read


We had fun with our preliminary tricking at the D Library for Halloween Big Sis' #1 and #2 costumes are ready for treating , but Little E is waiting till the last minute again to decide which costume will make the cut for the big night this year and I really need to get around to cutting out those eye hole for our little winter ghost… there's only 27:07:23 left on the countdown to candy clock.

Wally World

Okay well it may not be a vacation or even at Wally World but boy did we have fun on their first Ferris Wheel ride this past weekend!


 I didn't know little E could scream so much…

and big sis finally braved the wheel and let go after the fourth time around! Fun Fun Fun!

Camping inhouse

blog and found this image of the best sleepover ever, I can't wait to recreate this for the kiddos maybe in a couple months when we're in the process of moving we can put the mattress in the living room for a night and roast marshmallows in the fireplace.

THE 4 R'S: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE AND REPLENISH~ 1 Year Later



My four peas have been doing such a great job pitching in around the house and making sure we follow the 4 R's. It's been a year now since we started the one trash bag a month garbage challenge and it didn't turn out to be a challenge after all. We compost, we recycle and we buy less, it's so rewarding to look at our empty curb on garbage day while neighbors have 1-4 cans waiting for to head to the local landfill knowing we have been doing our part to make the Earth healthier.


I'm just so proud of them and for that they deserve a lollipop.



Another Happy Birthday!


To the most beautifully thoughtful and caring young girl, I can't believe it's been a decade since we brought you home ♡.

My Buddy turns 6!!!!!!




 Happy birthday to the sweetest boy


what an awesome hat you made in art class today



I hope you enjoyed the pineapple cream cupcakes


and playing with your new pal Tricker Treat


We love you!


Thomas and Friends


It's good to see you again Thomas
 I'm sorry you've been sitting on the shelf for the past 4 years collecting dust
and we almost sold you on ebay
who knew a little boy could get so frustrated over putting together wooden train tracks
 
but it's so good to be loved again.
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