A Quote

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Friday, November 21, 2014

Light Up Night, Pittsburgh 2014!

Tonight, downtown Pittsburgh kicks off the holiday season with Light Up Night.  This past week, the stores and businesses have been busy decorating.  The Holiday Market has been built and wired and ready for shoppers in Market Square.  Macy's Holiday windows will be revealed this evening. The huge Christmas Tree will be lit, There will be lots of music, shopping, eating and fireworks. This is a fun evening and I am always surprised by the number of people who venture to town (despite the cold temperatures) on Light Up Night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eight Favorite Thanksgiving Themed Films

Along with adoring holiday themed books, I also have a love for holiday themed movies.  I really do.  Below is a list of a few of my very favorite Thanksgiving Themed Films.  I look forward to watching them this time each year.  

Thanksgiving Themed Films

1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles - John Candy, Steve Martin – What Thanksgiving is really all about.

2. Jack and Jill – Adam Sandler. Fun!

3. Home for the Holidays  - Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Holly Hunter, Robert Downey, Jr.  This file is one of my absolute favorites.  Going home for the Holidays has never been more fun.

4. Pieces of April – Katie Holmes. This film is different, and I like it.

5. What’s Cooking?– Mercedes Ruehl.  Love this film!  

6. The Big Chill – Star studded cast including, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger.  I can't even count the times I have watched this film. What a soundtrack!

7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – The Peanuts Gang – it’s not a holiday without them.

8. Holiday Treasure – Jason Robards. I watched this as a young'un and it has always stuck with me.  I really like it.

Do you have a favorite?

Cheers to a Happy Day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Chick Fil A

Elliot's first visit to The Waterfront's Chick Fil A playroom.
Look close - he's in there
Peace and giving,

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


18 degrees and snow. My journey to the bus stop. Happy Tuesday to you!

Peace and giving,

Monday, November 17, 2014

Well Read - the November Edition

This month I am reading The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond.  This is a story of how, in a matter of seconds, you can lose that which is most precious to you.  It's the story of Abby, a photographer, fiancĂ© and soon to be stepmom, while walking on the beach with six year old Emma, looks away for what might be 30 seconds only to find Emma gone.  It made me super aware of keeping watch over Elliot as we shopped this past weekend.  It's a page turner and I look forward to getting back to it.
Kayla is still working her way through Little Women.  Reading is not her favorite subject, but we'll get through it. 
November additions to Elliot’s ever-growing library, is this adorable board book by Roger Priddy.  It's musical also, push the big button and it plays Jingle Bells. 
Peace and giving,
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude ~ Cynthia Ozick

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Countdown to Christmas, Week Three

Week 3 has officially begun.  You can see Week 1’s Holiday To-Do List here and Week 2’s here
To-Do this week:
1)     Continue shopping for gifts;
2)     Update Christmas card list;
3)     Purchase or order Christmas cards.  I have so many boxed sets that I really do not need to buy any for a few years.  However, there are so many adorable cards that when I see a set that appeals to me, I just have to buy them;
4)     Make and freeze a batch of baked goods (unfrosted cookies, bars, quick breads);
5)     Start collecting boxes and gift bags to use for gift wrapping, or do what K and I like to do – buy a roll of brown mailing paper from the dollar store.  Gather paints, stickers, ribbon, trim and create your own gift wrap.  One year, using an envelope template from Mirkwood, K fingerpainted on the brown paper and we cut out envelopes for money and gift card gifts;
6)     Start wrapping gifts as they are bought.  I must do this because I really do not like to wrap; and
7)     Finalize Thanksgiving dinner menu and entertainment plans.

Peace and giving

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
~ Estonian Proverb