Happy New Year - Almost!
It's that time of year again - when we get super motivated to change the things about ourselves we'd like to improve. And then attempt to keep at it for a few months! Lol. Hopefully, some of these practical suggestions will be easy to maintain throughout the year.
Happy Self Improving! (I'm taking these to heart this year!!!)
--Miss Amy :)
Yes - one of those behinds belongs to me. Those are my fantastic siblings and I posing for a Christmas picture in our Christmas Boxers (very chic in the 80's) and Christmas socks. I am so glad there are no faces visible!
Our Mom was the best at creating and keeping traditions in our family growing up. Leprechauns always came and turned our milk and Cheerios green on St. Patrick's Day, the Easter Bunny always hid eggs, Santa has NEVER been caught - seen - or heard, and the Tooth Fairy always collected teeth and left some money on time.
Pretty much - our Mom rocks. Because at my house now, the kids freak out at green milk and the Tooth Fairy is somehow always busy and leaving IOU notes. But even with no green food on St. Patrick's Day and a delinquent Tooth Fairy, we've managed to keep a few traditions going.
One tradition I love is Christmas Jammies. (Anyone who has seen my older boys around at the studio will get a chuckle from this picture! Bradley on the left and Bryson on the right with our cute Blake in the middle. Hooray for 2007!) The kids get their new jammies as a pre-Christmas gift. We talk about how these new jammies can keep us warm just like when we help others and make good choices we have a good warm feeling inside. My hope is that those jammies - as cheesy as they sometimes might be - will remind them to be good and do good for someone else.
At Jeanne's, we hope to instill that desire in all our dancers. Develop your talents to the very best of your ability and share them with others to make someone's day brighter. If you'd like more information about our Studio Family and Classes CLICK HERE.
Here's hoping for a warm and wonderful Holiday Season for everyone!
--Miss Amy :)
Sometimes you've got to take a minute to slow down and enjoy the little things. Does anyone else things that's hard to do this time of year? Who doesn't like a good old snowball fight - especially when the receiver gets a mouthful of treats instead of frosty snow! Here's a fun idea to help spread some joy around your neighborhood!
1 - Find a treat that resembles snowballs. Powdered doughnuts or white fudge covered cookies work well.
2 - Attach a copy (I've included it) of the poem and Snowman face to each treat.
3 - Package them up cute and secretly deliver to 2 friends in your neighborhood. Remember - don't get caught!
4 - Put a copy of the Snowman face on your front door so people know you've been Snowed On.
Watch and see how many Snowman faces pop up in your neighborhood! (Don't forget to click below, download and print!)
--Miss Amy :)
I had a realization this weekend. I like to cook. But I get frustrated cooking and don't do it often. And this weekend, while eating some really yummy Spicy Bacon Mac-N-Cheese I had made earlier, I realized it's all my kids fault. Lol. I love those boys to pieces but they are mostly plain, bland food eaters and only like about 5 things. And who wants to hear "What's that smell? (insert whining voice here)" every night?
Sadly, a chocolate muffin from Cost-Co is one of their favorites. I can't entirely blame them. What kid could pass up eating basically chocolate cake for breakfast?
So I'm always looking for new ideas for dinner that I think my boys will dare to eat. One of my favorite websites to look is SixSistersStuff.com. I have tried a lot of their recipes (especially their slow cooker ones because my slow cooker is my total BFF!) and have not been disappointed yet.
Here are a few of my favorites:
BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas
Slow Cooker Coca Cola BBQ Chicken
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
But my all-time favorite is Overnight Peaches & Cream French Toast. You will gain 10 pounds after eating it but it is totally worth it!
Now that I'm drooling - I better go get dinner ready! Hopefully you'll find a new recipe to love that will make your life a little easier this time of year. And be sure to share your favorites below and make someone else's day a little yummier too!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!