Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adoption Wednesday: Lemn Sissay: A Child of the state

Hi all,

I know it's been a LONG time but a friend shared this Ted Talk with me and I had to share on this Adoption Wednesday.

I never thought about all the famous figures we have watched and read for many many years who were either adopted, looked after or fostered by people.

"Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story. This was filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.

Monday, July 7, 2014

What's In Your Wallet?

After a WONDERFUL walk down the Coney Island boardwalk with my husband, son and Godmother I reached in my pocketbook to pull out my wallet and lo and behold it wasn't there. Now folks we are talking about the crowded Coney Island boardwalk on a Sunday of a holiday weekend. I knew for sure that someone had pick pocked me! But how? My pocketbook was strapped over my shoulder and in front of me the entire time.

As I'm totally freaking out, my husband, the cool cucumber kept saying are you sure you even had your wallet? It was a big chance that it either fell out of my purse in the car or that is was sitting at home nice and safe in the purse I wore earlier in the day. I was on pens and needles the entire ride home (it wasn't in the car) thinking about all the things I had in my wallet that would need to be canceled and replaced.

I thought about identity thief's having a field day with my SS number, because my card was in my wallet. I thought about the piece of paper with the SS# of each of my family member's (why do I have that in my wallet?), my license, bank cards, credit cards etc... I was dreading the possibility that all was lost! Thankfully after the longest ride home in the history of rides home, my wallet was tucked safely in the purse from earlier in the day (Thank You Lord)! This got me to think about all the items in my wallet that shouldn't be in there. So I took a quick look on the internets to see what I should and shouldn't keep in my wallet. Here is the best list I could find, so I'm sharing with you!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Reach For the Stars

Hey Y'all,

My children received Sonic Colors for their Wii this Christmas and they have been playing it non  stop. The theme song to this game is super catchy and very positive take a listen:

The lyrics to this song are inspirational and something that I don't mind my children listening to and even singing themselves. I know that there are negative reports about video games etc. but there is always something to learn from every single medium. While in the kitchen cooking the boys were playing the game, the theme song came on and my oldest son gave my youngest son a full science lesson about the planets. I was totally shocked by how much he knew and how easy it was for him to explain the reason for the change of seasons to his brother.

This song is currently on repeat in my brain and this part of the lyrics specifically -
Wake up, living day by day.
Do what I want, and I'll do it my way
The world is flying right below my feet
Got no regrets inside of me.
Not looking back (Not looking back)
Not giving up (Not giving up)
Not letting go
I'll keep on running!
I'm gonna reach for the stars
Although they look pretty far
I'm gonna find my own way
And take a chance on today
Pretty cool song with a lesson for kids to learn. Never give up. Keep pushing for your dreams and don't settle for less. You can find inspiration in anything and this week for me it's been the Sonic Colors theme song.

Until next time...

Monday, February 3, 2014

Everything is AWESOME!

Hey Y'all,

My self induced hiatus is over!! I'm back and so ready to share.

It has been snowing here in NYC on and off for the past month. 2014 has had a weather system like never before, from the super duper cold to the crazy snow it's been quite interesting.

But ...

This past weekend the family and I attended a NYC screening of The Lego Movie hosted by the film was absolutely a must see. We all left the theater singing this song, over and over again.

The Lego Movie story line was excellent, casting was perfect and the 2D wasn't hard on the eyes (sometimes I walk out of those movies with a major headache). The folks at Warner Brothers did a fabulous job not only getting the kids involved but many of the jokes were amazing for the adults that were in the audience.

My favorite character was Lord Business played by Will Ferrell. Lord Business was also known as President Business. He was the evil businessman and tyrant who wanted everything to remain the same in Lego Universe.  I won't giveaway much information but I will say that it was a great movie and a ton of fun for the little Brown's. When you have a free moment please check out the trailer.

Until next time...