Showing posts from September, 2008

Tuesday Tips: Birthday Magic Streamer Fairy

Well, in honor of my oldest daughter's fifth birthday, today I dedicate my Tuesday Tips to the Streamer Fairy. The "Streamer Fairy" was an accidental birth in our home. On a whim the evening before Sj's second birthday I decorated our kitchen and dining room with streamers and balloons. When she awoke on her birthday and came downstairs, the excitement that she exuded was beyond my expectations.

Why the Streamer Fairy? Life is full of so much pressure to buy the perfect gift, to provide memorable birthday experiences with grandiose gestures, but the Streamer Fairy turned out to be a little special thing. A little tradition that was born out of delight and magic, which we all want to feel on our special day. Better yet, it keeps the fun surrounding birthdays at the forefront of all birthday celebrations. Sometimes, it's hard to keep the fun in mind when you are up crafting a cake until midnight, or putting together toys, or preparing the house for a party, but th…

So Much For Sharing a Muffin... Propaganda Anyone?

At Kindergarten drop off today, I noticed two mothers exchanging an Anti-Muslim Propaganda DVD, which has been distributed to 28 million American homes, mainly through newspapers in targeted swing states. Now the message of the DVD is completely focused on American Security, of course with a small group of Extreme Muslims waging a war on our security.

Funny enough, if you do a little bit of research and put the pieces together, it's pretty easy to see what the point of the DVD is, to scare Americans, shortly before a major election. 

Here's my list of problems with the DVD (although I could go on):
National Security is in the best interest of all Americans, so why target only swing states? Are only a handful of states at risk? My goodness, I think not. 
The company producing the video has not disclosed their source of funding, even though they claim to be a non-profit. Have something to hide?
The Clarion Fund (who put their name on the dvd) is run by three individuals that are empl…

A Television Station, Caring About Our Children?

How cool, how cutting edge. Go out and find something fun to do with your kids. There is a list provided by Nick Jr. here.

Is It Goodbye, Summer?

Lately i've been hearing the subtle whispers of Autumn warning me it's just around the corner. On Monday after class, I noticed it was much darker than the past few weeks when arriving home. Nights have been cooler, in that wonderful where exactly did I put my flannel pajamas so we can snuggle kind of way. When perusing the racks of Anthropologie last weekend, I passed over short sleeve tops for a wool sweater. Maybe my favorite time of year is during the Autumnal change. I don't eagerly anticipate any other season through out the year, but Autumn I am ready and waiting. Ok, maybe I long for a really warm summer day come mid-April, but in my heart Autumn is my favorite. 

Mother Nature makes the transition much slower than my mind hopes. Yesterday we topped out at 91 degrees and today is proving to be just as warm. This weekend is Sj's 5th birthday party and of course we chose an indoor venue on a day when it's going to be 83 and sunny. If only I could predict.

Funny …

Unintentional Ballet Mom

Sometimes I whole heartedly embrace being a mother of two girls, because at their current age society allows them to explore whatever it is they so desire. My oldest daughter has been through many phases from loving everything to do with trains and trucks to only wanting to wear dresses, not just any dresses either, but dresses that twirl. This summer she participated in T-Ball and was one among four girls on her team (I on the other hand was the only girl in the entire league). Sj loves things that are considered very dominantly boy, like Justice League Superheroes and rough housing tag with the boys in her class. But then she can turn on her feminine charm. Society doesn't give my friends with boys, the same carte blanche.

I have even suggested the Ballet School to a handful of my friends with boys, with reactions such as "You can't be serious". But I am, the male dancers at the Ballet School are amazing. I think I would encourage my son to embrace the art of dance…

Tuesday Tips: Don't Sacrifice Values For a Healthy Glow

When I walked through the door of the new Origins Cherry Creek North in Denver, my initial feeling was refreshing. Rarely has the feeling of refreshing entered my mind while shopping, but clearly change was in the air. Once again, Origins was pushing the boundaries of what a retail experience means. A new Origins green concept store in Denver was undoubtedly driven by experience and with such care and attention to detail, delightful emotions were bound to unfurl.

My body's initial reaction was to rest for a moment shortly after entering the store and to become grounded in what I was about to experience. The aromatherapy was light and intriguing. My nose cued my eyes to scan the store, wondering where this journey would first take me. Of course I was drawn to the Cafe in the center of an Origins skin care store. The Cafe is a partnership between Boulder born Pekoe Sip House and Origins. Honestly I couldn't of dreamt of a more perfect partnership, although my love for tea may lea…

Sending Out Some Bloggy Love

Within the past couple of weeks, I was given two lovely blog awards and it's time for me to pass them along.

First I am passing along this delightful, Portuguese award. Let's see if I can translate what it means (umm or steal it from Mama Zen, who passed it along to me): Translated from the Portuguese, it says, "This blog invests and believes in proximity." Or one could say, blogging makes us close! Which I firmly believe in the community blogging creates, so thank you mama zen!

I would love to pass this along to my MOMs Club friends that started blogging shortly after I did, I love that our blogs allow us an opportunity to get to know each other better. We all met when our kids were just wee little toddlers and now they are 5. I still must admit without the blogs, I wouldn't have known some interesting tidbits about these three women:

Carpe-Diem Love2Cook

The Soapdish

Welcome To The Circus

And even though she had a jumpstart on me in the blogging department, our f…

One Part Observation, One Part Imagination

For eight weeks I found myself lingering for moments longer than I cared for in the foyer of the Performing Arts Complex where my daughter was enrolled in summer camp. The foyer was rather drab with it's grey industrial carpeting and tattered modern styled lounge seating, but starkly contrasted with small cases displaying beautiful hand made creations. Of course the cases were made of large sheets of glass that GL loved to bang on, leaving my nerves on edge every time she made the approach.

During those idle moments I found myself observing the interactions of other parents around me. I suppose with a degree in Cultural Anthropology my intrinsic nature is to observe others, taking mental notes of interactions by the familiar strangers that surrounded me week after week. My curiosity was sparked on more than one occasion by the subtleties in the nuances of two friendly parents.

The parents clearly knew each other for their children happily played together and walked hand in hand …

Chasing Paper

Last night I started looking for a sheet of paper. Problem is I don't remember exactly what it looks like, but I do recall it's about the third of a full sheet. Maybe it's blue. Or maybe it's white. This sheet of paper is worth a few hundred dollars, so it's definitely worth getting my hands on it. The value of this paper is also what complicates my situation.

Sometimes when papers are important, I have a habit of putting them in a special place. Not in the basket where all my bills go for safe keeping. Even though I've double checked it hasn't appeared in the "to be filed" stack, umm or small mountain taking up the front side of my file cabinet. Shame on me. My special place has escaped me. Damn those special places.

After a couple of attempts with different lovely customer service representatives, I tried getting an electronic version of the paper I am desperately seeking, but no can do. Administrative jumble is what I received. Oh and we'll…

Tuesday Tips- Don't Believe The HFCS Hype!!!

The other night, J and I were watching some television. Honestly I can't recall what was on, but a particular commercial left me feeling a tad bit irritated. Well, no that's being too mild, I was seriously pissed off. How dare the Corn Growers Association take us for fools? If you haven't seen their commercial, here's the first-

Seriously, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) what's so bad about it, it's made from corn? What kind of fools do the marketers of this campaign take us for? I wouldn't stare like a deer in headlights or compliment my friend on her blouse, when she gave me some bullshit line about HFCS being natural. I'd lay down some facts for her!

I've written in the past about HFCS in a Tuesday Tips post on food additives to avoid. HFCS is in everything, go look at your ketchup label, breakfast cereal, granola bars, soda, bread, Stove Top Stuffing, fruit juice (if it's not 100%), Miracle Whip, crackers like Cheese Nips or Ritz, cottage c…

Tour de Fat Hootenanny

Life in Colorado is always full of pleasant surprises. So on a typical Saturday morning you have a fair share of activities to partake in. You can wake up hit the Boulder Farmer's Market for breakfast and some veges and go hiking, take a drive out to an Organic Berry Farm for berry picking, drive into the mountains to have a snow ball fight, or you can meet up with a bunch of melodic folks in a bicycle parade in Denver. 

Now, knowing us, we would have easily taken part in any of those activities on Saturday, but the Bicycle Parade trumped them all. On Saturday the second annual Tour de Fat took place in Denver City Park complete with a six mile bicycle parade through the streets of Denver, with Denver Police Escorts. How cool is that?

About 500 of us, hopped on our bicycles and toured through major intersections with the automobile traffic in queue, thanks to the Denver PD. Now this bicycle parade isn't just any parade, it's a melodic gathering of very unique characters. The…

A Lesson in Never Say Never

Have you ever noticed how sometimes little nudges in life come in waves? One day someone mentions something to you that you've never given much thought to, then someone else plants a seed, and before you know it everyone around you is talking about the same damn thing?

Enter Facebook.

So with a few nudges and encouragements, then some demands and convincing, I gave in. I wanted to see what it was all about. I previously thought that I didn't have interest in Facebook because I really don't give much thought to people that I went to high school with twenty years ago and I couldn't tell you all but a handful of people's full names that I went to college with. Granted there will always be that small core group of folks I wonder about, but for the most part, I thought nah, not for me.

But I joined. Do you know what I found out?

Facebook is for me. Facebook has been amazing in just this past week. I've connected with three girlfriends that I thought were out of my life …

Gosselin/Duggar Ticket- Election '08

Time for EatPlayLove to jump on the election blog fodder bandwagon. Now, you may leave here wondering why I am not being headhunted for Karl Rove's former position. As you will agree, I have just as much political influence over government decision making as Rove and I am a woman, which is very important in this election.

Oh, for a little background on my experience, I was secretary on the MOMs Club board for one year and Vice President of my senior class in high school, are you guys feeling my political capabilities here?

So what exactly has inspired me to write a political post?

"If she can raise 5 kids, She can run our country!"
That quote. I happened upon that little quote from a Palin supporter just a couple of days ago. You know, it left me with one deep political thought. The Republicans have made a huge mistake, obviously they were lured by the "drill, drill, drill" potential in Alaska, for they overlooked the two most qualified candidates I could think of…

Your Manners Are Quite Rude...

The other night, I left class wandering back through groups of students on cell phones or distracted by their iPods to my car. I always seem to carry my gaze low to the ground, but occasionally smile at someone walking towards me. It's a bit of a walk to my car, as I choose to park for free in a neighborhood directly adjacent to the University Business section aka, "The Hill". It was starting to get dark and an old burrito place caught my eye as I was just about to walk on by. Illegal Pete's, home to deliciously cheap burritos that I haven't indulged in, in about two years. Two years.

I walked through the door to find no wait, a blessing for Illegal Pete's. The air was warm and the smell was reminiscent of my last visit, is it possible to have aroma memory? The guy behind the counter, smiled at me and said, "What can I get you, Ma'am?"

Bean and cheese burrito rolled off my tongue, as if it had only been a week since my last visit. Then my though…

Here's My Take On Lance Returning To Le Tour...

Please note, for those of you that could care less about Lance Armstrong or Le Tour de France, please delete this post from your reader, or move along. As it seems I need a nightly post to fuel my delight to see Lance once again race in the Tour.

It's official, Lance is returning to cycling and better yet, I know why. On Saturday August 9, Lance raced in an extreme mountain bike race in Leadville, Colorado. No, I wasn't there. Why? Because I didn't know Lance would be there. Come on people, Lance in my neck of the woods, I would have made the trip. Trust me.

Back to the race. Lance came in second. SECOND. You see Lance doesn't come in second. He wins, yellow. Second place has been consuming his every thought since August. I am sure he said, what the f@#k, I am returning to the Tour. I'll show them who's second.

Thank you cool crisp Rocky Mountain air for breathing cycling life back into Lance.

Plus having sex with celebrities is obviously overrated and his be…

Tuesday Tips: Princess Doesn't Have To Be Disney

Random Tuesday Tip, kind of. See where I go with this one. At around the age of three my daughter discovered Princesses, namely Disney Princesses. We have a whole Pottery Barn Tote full of dress ups, our poor regular Barbies have been overshadowed by Princess Barbies, and yes the dvd collection has grown up from Baby Einstein (Disney) to Disney Princess This or That. (If you are new around here, click those links, I promise a good laugh.)

Now mind you, I am not anti-Disney or anti-Disney Princess, but my goodness does Disney need to have the entire Princess market? Can't we delve into regular princess stories, original folk tales handed down by generations with out all the bling and marketing to back it up? That's really what gets me. The down your throat marketing, the "oh I have to have this", or "can we just walk through the Disney Store" whines. Trust me, I am not filling my house with all things princess, Sj is outgrowing her princess phase (there is ho…

News Wonderful Enough For a Second Post of The Day!

Lance is coming out of retirement. Yes, Lance Armstrong. Yes, I said it. Sorry, I have to go book my ticket to Georgia and Paris. Oh Paris in July, I've been dreaming of it for ten years now.

Don't believe me, click here

And then I'll pretend this article, doesn't exist.

See What Happens...

Life is settling back into a comfortable place, where I can lounge and putter around in the garden, which is still surprising me with vegetables I didn't even know were there. Or I can walk into the living room and find the girls playing Tea Party with their dad. Heck, I even escaped for a few hours to have a drink or two, okay it was three. Haven't done that in five years (the 3 drinks part). We spent two whole days together this weekend, with not one major work distraction. Smiles all around!

Amazing things can happen in just a few short moments when everyone is happy and content, like Sj deciding today was the day to free herself from the world of training wheels. Much to our delight it took her no time to master only two wheels, our love for cycling truly is genetic. She beamed with excitement and so did we for that matter!

Yes, my hubby completed the weekend with pancakes and his special blueberry sauce, not to mention a few other delightful meals. I missed his cooking more…

Some Poor New York Times Intern...

Had to count all the words spoken for the DNC/RNC speeches. But isn't this super cool?
(click to enlarge)

Full NY Times Article, "The Words They Used" Here.

Second Annual Sprinkles Cupcake Indulgence

Once again a gorgeous box of Sprinkles Cupcakes from Beverly Hills has delighted my home. Now mind you, not only are Sprinkles Cupcakes a taste sensation, they are simply beautiful. All cupcakes are adorned with different sprinkles or their signature (and I believe trademarked) candy circles, which help decipher the flavors.

Hubby was returning on Tuesday, so I eagerly printed out the cupcake flavor schedule from their website. Now mind you, I just realized that I missed the big debut of BH 90210 on the day the cupcakes arrived from 90210, shame on me! It's probably fair to say television was not on my mind that evening. His flight came in after dinner, so thoughts of black and white, lemon coconut, and pb chip were filling my head, not a balding Luke Perry. Oh the anticipation.

Last year, J had to purchase the cupcakes the day prior because of his schedule the morning of his flight. But this year, he picked up the cupcakes the morning of his flight. The Sprinkles' employee boxe…

Warning Fish Is The Gateway Meat!

My husband and I spent about ten years living on a strict vegetarian diet. No meat, no fish, no poultry, no animal products or by products like rennet in cheese, we were serious vegetarians. For example, we would ask if there was "chicken stock" in the soup at a restaurant or if a vege burger was going to be cooked on the grill with other meat or even if they would slice our cheese on a meat slicer. Believe me it was hard work. Avoiding the seemingly unavoidable, meat and meat products.

What's funny about my decision to become vegetarian was that I wasn't trying to make a political statement, I didn't attack people with People For The Ethical Treament Of Animals facts, simply enough I didn't care for meat. I was burnt out on meat and really wasn't that big on it. Sort of later on, I went through a hippy phase (once again Boulder to be credited for that) and being a vegetarian fit in wonderfully, even if I wore leather sandals. I think my mantra was they w…

When Generosity Makes a Mother Cringe...

A local Wild Oats market recently made the conversion to Whole Foods and with each and every visit I've noticed how they are desperately trying to change the feeling of the store. Personally when it was Wild Oats, it wasn't my favorite place to shop, but I've warmed up to the store since it changed it's name on the stone building out front. Their efforts are making a difference.

Maybe I was underslept and in a fog, when I allowed my girls to ride in the "car cart" at Whole Foods this past weekend. Or maybe I was just hoping for a little break from my girls tactics, one usually pulling me in the opposite direction from the other, when I just have a short list. I wanted to get in and out, buy the things on my list, easy peasy.

Yeah, easy peasy.

When I placed GL into the car cart, her eyes lit up with amazement. She was smiling and pawing every corner of the car in delight. I believe this may have been the first time she experienced the car cart. You see, I have…

Tuesday Tips- Easy Fruit Creations For School Snack or After School Treat

Ironically enough my love for cupcakes and baking has been shunned by my daughter's schools. Two years in a row now, we've gotten the Welcome To School letters always mentioning slyly about half way through, leave your cupcakes at home for birthday celebrations. See, I've said it before and I'll say it again, school is all business these days. Cupcakes have been banished like the word Christmas when having a school party in December.

Have no fear, I have a few tricks up my sleeve. My daughters adore fruit, but when I put a twist on it, they are just delighted. These ideas can be used in a pinch for a pre-school snack/celebration or heck any day of the week when you feel like mixing things up to put a smile on your kids' faces. You'll be amazed at how they react!

Fruit & Yogurt Cupcake No Baking Required-
Inspired by the September 2008 issue of Cookie Magazine, I have started making fruit cupcakes for my girls for an after dinner dessert. The base of the cupcak…