Shhhhh

SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Be Quiet

I need a break

I need to breathe

I need a moment

I need a massage

I need to dance

I need some SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Little Tree

 

Little Tree


little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t a single place dark or unhappy
then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful.
we’ll dance and sing
‘Noel Noel’

Edward Estlin Cummings

 

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I’ve been in rehearsal with my dance company lately and have to say it makes me a better parent. Dance makes me feel alive and function in ways that are SuperMommy-cal ! I rehearse in NYC. The city in itself feeds my soul!

 

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Disney’s Tangled Movie Review

A month ago I was invited to a press screening of the new Disney Film TANGLED. Out November 24.

http://adisney.go.com/disneypictures/tangled/

The event was stunning, unlike most movie screenings I have been to. Usually there is a screening room filled with murmuring film critics, who all seem to know one another except me. And the PR person hands you a package and hits play and the movie begins we watch it and we leave. Most often times it’s followed by a one on one interview with the stars of the movies. and Yes sometimes I do get those one on ones. Remember my “Wimpy Kid” stuff.

The press screening for TANGLED felt like I was actually walking onto the set of the movie, complete with hair falling from the ceiling to lanterns lighting our way to the screening room, it was a topic in itself. This Disney screening was coupled with a 30 minute showing of the film TRON. You can read my thoughts on TRON-THE LEGACY —> here.

Ok So TANGLED… It’s the story of Rapunzel… remember her…the one with the long long LOOOONG hair stuck in a tower, evil witch lady uses her hair to  climb up and down the tower….etc

Disney is making a strong comeback with this movie. after the not so successful Princess and the Frog, TANGLED is just what Disney needed, to remind us all of the magic. Good timing too!

Plot line is strong, with many twists, I don’t want to give them all away because I really enjoyed the new stuff. Directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, of BOLT fame, did a fantastic job bringing youth and pop culture to this new classic. Best part  – It’s not just a girls movie. The boys in your life are in for a great flick! This film seems geared toward the pre-teen crowd.  There are multiple pop culture references and with strong action sequences of Flynn Rider, the lead male character , this film has lots of cross appeal.

The film has a hero….and it’s Rapunzel herself. (Voiced by Mandy Moore)

Her journey through the film is one of adventure but also emotion. This is one fiesty heroine kids so get ready. Just like all the princesses, Rapunzel too has a killer body … come on Disney can we please change this soon… but this female character is different than the others, she doesn’t really faint when eating apples and has some spunk to her. She totally channels her inner Princess Fiona ( Shrek) and I couldn’t help but wonder how she washed her hair and what products she used. hmmm!

Flynn Rider:  The thief who is escaping his chase and finds himself in some remote part of the forest which also happens to be the most beautiful place ever, gets into the tower and …well you have to see the rest. He’s cute and charming and funny and troubled  and all you would expect from a Disney male lead.

Every Guard in the Kingdom is trying to get to Flynn Rider…every guard and one horse! My favorite character and scene stealer has to be the HORSE, Maximus. Yes, the horse. hilarious! I want one just like him.

The film does not have any memorable songs, nothing that you would be belting out in the shower…sad to say, because my shower rendition of Whole New World is killer.

So here is the meat and potatoes of this post. I felt that this is the FIRST Disney flick where the mom, mother, evil stepmother, female guardian figure has a fairly important role. Even when this antagonist character, Gothel, is not in a shot, Rapunzel is dealing with the emotional scaring of her upbringing. It’s all too familiar, where the parental figure plays a mind game on the child and no matter what, this child, now 18, just can’t cut those ties until she is literally standing face to face with the evil her mother has done.

Rapunzel calls Gothel ‘mother’ which brought a salty tear to my eye in some parts. Gothel constantly asks Rapunzel, “Don’t you love me? You wouldn’t do that if you loved me”. Rapunzel had to overcome this emotional scarring and find her true self and her true path. It’s touching.

My favorite moment of the movie is when Rapunzel and Flynn are surrounded by the lanterns. O-EM-GEE I want this in my life everyday! It is so beautiful and purely captivating.

Again, I don’t want to go into plot details about this movie because it is such fun and new and the twists and turns are really enjoyable.

Visit the Disney Site to learn more about Rapunzel and get some behind the scenes goodies!

The film has action and adventure and humour… laugh out loud humor.  While it does not compare to the Cinderella and SnowWhite of our youth…Rapunzel is a classic for sure.

Welcome back Disney! Brava!

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Small Business Saturday

I’m all about this! How great to support the small business folk. Don’t forget the artists, the jewelry makers, the potters, dancers…etc

Go take a dance class to show your support, pick up some fruits and veggies from your farmers market, get your coffee at the mom and pop bagel shop!

How about heading over to ETSY, lots of small business owners there!

To learn more, read my entire post about this over —-> HERE

 

 

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Tis time for the glitter

Tis the season for all things sparkly!

Lily and I channeled our inner Martha Stewart and whipped  up these little goodies over the weekend. All made out of recycled / upcylced materials.

We traced wreaths, birds, trees and letters and cut them out from cereal boxes.

Next we glued glitter and sequins that were castaways given to us by a crafty neighbour.

We happily  put it to good use right away!

Not sure where these little diddies will make it…

… maybe as ornaments on a tree

or  gift tags for our loved ones.

This is a great craft to do with the little ones, it’s tangible, it’s glitter and the end result is beautiful… give it a try!

Happy season y’all. I love this time of year!

 

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Elf on the Shelf

We have a new addition to our family for the holidays.
meet ——-> BOB:

SANTA sent Lily this Elf for the holidays. He even hand wrote a personal note for Lily.

Lily: look at his handwriting. It’s beautiful, it looks like magic.

 

You know Santa Claus can’t be in a million households at once and besides he has toys to make and cookies to eat and things of that nature, so we can’t really expect him to sit around watching a bunch of kids being ‘naughty or nice’.

In comes the ELF on The Shelf to save the day.  To preserve the elf’s magic, no touching is allowed. Lily talks to the elf all the time but BOB is under strict orders not to talk to her. But he IS allowed to talk to mommy and daddy.


Bob, our elf, watches and observes Lily all day and at night he flies back to that  jolly old Kris Kringle and reports on Lily’s daily antics. So there ya go… you get the idea.

( I wish there was an elf on the shelf for doggies, because Jonah has been ‘naughty” very very naughty)

Every morning BOB, the elf, hides in a different place in the house.

Lily has really enjoyed having an elf on the shelf. And we have had fun watching her excitement every morning as she wakes up eager to find BOB.


Jonah is of course never far, he’s just trying to figure out the elf’s angle. Who is this cheeky blue eyed thing?

The elf’s are ethnically diverse so I’m sure Santa will send your child one that looks like him or her. He’s good like that.


*Visit the Elf on The Shelf site for more deets*

* I was not paid for this post, Santa sent us this elf and I think it’s so cool. Just wanted to share*

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Wordless Wednesday


*happy birthday to me*

made by Lily. the perfect cake!

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Walk to School

(Fast forward 50 years)

Lily: I used to walk up the hill – both ways to school – in the snow… yada yada yada.

*note* its true.

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MOMTRENDS

Check out my 5 MUST-HAVES for this holiday season!

I am a contributing writer for MOMTRENDS!

Read the full article raight…. here —-> Top 5 Must-Haves this holiday season.

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