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Extra! Extra! Newsies Hits Theaters and Gives Us Something To Believe In!

In my mind, it would be an oddity for someone to deny the magic that comes from watching a live, onstage Broadway production.   You’re talking talent beyond measure, music that transforms and transports, stories that connect with us face to face.  However, is there any love lost when the splendor of a stage production comes to the big screen?  Does the audience lose the energy or the sense of being involved in the production when a camera is capturing the action and delivering it to you versus seeing it with your own eyes firsthand?

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No snacks, no treats, no candy ~ Oh, MY! Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

It’s no secret that, when most of us reading this post were younger, we celebrated Valentine’s Day by sending each other paper valentines and shared parties at school filled with candy, chocolate and cupcakes.  Fast forward to today’s celebrations and we have a conundrum facing our schools as so many children are struggling with food allergies and other health conditions negatively affected by these kinds of edible gifts.  Valentine’s Day, among so many other holidays, has had to shift its focus a bit in the classroom, but the question remains, “Can it be done successfully?”  I say, yes! Continue reading No snacks, no treats, no candy ~ Oh, MY! Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

Snow Day Adventures: Making Pretzels with the Boys

I’ve actually been quite surprised at the mild winter we have had here in New England thus far this year (uh-oh….I probably spoke prematurely and will be blamed for the next Nor’Easter).  Nonetheless, we finally saw our first official snow / ice day off this season and the boys could not have been more ecstatic to have been able to stay home from school.  Of course, that begs the question….what does one do with three rambunctious boys on an unexpected day off? Continue reading Snow Day Adventures: Making Pretzels with the Boys

Our Top Five Footprints in 2016~ A Review of the Blog’s First Year

Last year at this time, I was both recovering from surgery and working on a fresh start for 2016.  Since I was somewhat forced to relax and recuperate, it was the perfect time for me to start doing something I love to do, write, and turn it into something that perhaps could inspire, encourage, motivate or educate others.  It’s been an exciting year in blogging and taking inventory has been humbling. Continue reading Our Top Five Footprints in 2016~ A Review of the Blog’s First Year

Three Ways Disney’s Moana Tugged On This Mom’s Heartstrings

Give me a second…okay, wait -no…I need one more minute.  Does someone have another tissue, please?  Wow!  I sincerely did not anticipate Walt Disney Picture’s Moana to hit me THAT hard!   I know many of my friends had loved the movie and many even blogged about how they were moved by the story-line, but the way this movie impacted me personally had my eyes leaking uncontrollably for at least one-third of the film and for at least three reasons. Continue reading Three Ways Disney’s Moana Tugged On This Mom’s Heartstrings