Christmas Lights

December is a great month because as the song goes “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.    People decorate both the inside and outside of the house with lights.  December is a very festive month.   Growing up, my parents would take us to look at all the decorations and how other people decorate their homes for the holidays.  People visit Manhattan during this month to visit the Rockfeller Center Tree and explore the city with their lights.   I always enjoyed this tradition with my parents.  It made it a lot of fun to take time out of our day to just walk around and enjoy the lights.

As we got older that stopped.   I did go into Manhattan to see the Rockfeller Center Tree but it was not always.  It was always something that I wanted to go back to.   I know that when I would come home from school or work in December, I would look at the lights around me.  It was beautiful.  The beautiful colors everywhere made it feel like a fairy tale.

This year was the first year that we started this lights tradition with our son.  Our son was too small the past year.  This year, we decided to walk around the neighborhood.  Something that my parents had done with me.  When we took our walk to look at all the lights, I have never seen a child more excited than him.   My son was saying “ohh” and “ahh” every time we pasted a house with new lights.  He was amazed at the simple experience of walking and looking at the lights.  I even took some photos of him and he would pose for the photos without any issues.   As my husband and I were walking with our boys, it made me realize how important it is to do simple things with your children.  My son has many toys and books to keep him entertained, but the simple idea of looking at Christmas lights was better than anything else.   This is just the start of a wonderful tradition to do with our boys. Start a tradition with your family that you can do yearly and make it special because those are the moments that you will remember forever.  The feeling of joy from the simple things.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

My husband and I decided to host a Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  I usually make sure to use my nice china but I wanted to make it more about the holiday.   I picked up Valentine’s Day plates and napkins.  I decorated my table with Valentine’s Day decorations.

For each guest, I picked up chocolate hearts. All the adults received chocolate hearts as a gift.  The chocolate was placed on the plate so that everyone saw it when they walked in. The children received a mailbox with goodies and two Valentine’s Day balloons.   It was a simple dinner and fun for everyone.

For dinner, we made mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy sauce, chicken with sun dried tomatoes, mac and cheese, a chick pea salad and a regular table salad.  Everything was good. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I love hosting for various events and holidays. I make sure to make it fun and festive.  Below is a photo. Hope this inspires you to host your own holiday dinner.

Wigilia

Wigilia is my favorite Polish tradition. Christmas Eve is very important. It’s about spending time with family and just enjoying the time together. We start wigilia with sharing an oplatek. Oplatek is a wafer. When we share the oplatek you wish everyone something for the next year.

During Christmas Eve, we have 12 different dishes. Each dish has no meat. Christmas Eve we fast.  We start with a white barszcz with mushrooms. It’s delicious. Then the rest are pierogis both potatoe and cabbage. There’s also stuffed cabbage, a fish dish, beans and other none meat dishes.  After the main course, we have dessert and coffee.

 

Then the fun begins, opening presents. My family always has humor gifts. We laugh and it’s great. As I grew up, I learned that the magic of Christmas or wigilia is spending time with family. It’s the laughter and joy. I cherish these moments of laughter and joy. It’s important to spend time with family. Make the most of those moments.

 

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Christmas Bucket List

After watching a Hallmark movie called “Christmas List”, I decided to create a Christmas bucket list as well. The character in the story created a bucket list of Christmas activities when she was a young girl.   When she was cleaning things, she found this list and realized that she did not complete her bucket list.  She decided to complete these things on her bucket list as an adult.   I know that when I was a young girl,  I never had a list of things that I wanted to do.  I did go to visit the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and walk around looking at Christmas lights. I created this bucket list of things that you can do with your children to help make the season more special.  I want to teach my son that Christmas is not about presents but about doing things as a family and the joy that you get from doing these things.   I hope this list inspires you to create your own or please use my list.  This list is centered around New York City and Long Island, so if you are in the area, please follow this list if you would like.    I know that I created this post so late in the season but there is always next year to start something new and something to look forward to.

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Fall Foliage

 

In the rush of things, like working and just getting through the week, we forget to look at the small things around us.  I took a walk with my son and noticed how beautiful the trees have been changing.  Fall is a time when things change and we notice the beauty of it.  The trees change. The leaves change color to a variety of colors.  From red, yellow, orange, gold to brown.

As I was walking I kept thinking that, fall is a time when we are able to look at change as a positive.  In fall, colors change,  weather changes from warm to cold. These changes don’t have to be bad.

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Many changes occurring.

Red

Yellow

Orange

Gold

Brown

Warm

Cold

Leaves falling.

Gliding through the trees down to the ground.

 

30th Birthday Bucket List

I will be 30 next year and as I am reflecting on the many things and places I have visited so far, it made me think about what else I would want to do.  On Pinterest I pin many different places that I want to visit as well as many things that I might want.   I wanted to come up with a list of things that can be done by the time I’m 30.   My other bucket list is more for traveling.

As I think about what I would want to do before I turn 30. Below is my bucket list of things that I wish or want to get done by the time I’m 30.

1. Ride in a hot air balloon

2. Run a 5k

3.  Declutter my things- clothes, books, papers

4. Get my drivers’s license

5. Visit a new waterfall

6. Organize my photos.

As the year goes by I will be adding things that I can by the time that I’m 30.  This bucket list is one that can be changed and fixed. These things are possible to accomplish. It is important that you create a list you will be able to complete because if you don’t then you will have a list that will never be finished.  Hope this inspires you to create your own bucket list.

 

Gender Reveal Party

At 20 weeks of pregnancy you are able to find out the sex of the baby. We were excited to find out the sex of our baby.  We had a feeling that it might be a boy, so we wanted to know for sure.  Everyone that we know said that we were having a boy.  When I posted a photo of myself at 20 weeks, I asked people to predict what they thought the baby’s sex is. The majority of people said that we were having a girl. There’s a new trend of throwing a gender reveal party.  I didn’t want to get sucked in but I did. All of our friends asked if we were having a reveal party. It got me thinking that maybe I should.  So I went looking on Pinterest for ideas. There were many wonderful ideas but I wanted something different. Everyone was revealing the gender of the baby using confetti in a balloon or color balloons in a box.  Of course I’m a type of person who wants to be different.   I kept seeing pinata’s. I thought that was a great idea. So we bought a pinata that looked like a present and stuffed it with blue candy.

We had a candy bar with blue and pink candy as well.  I made a blue cake and placed blue and pink rubber ducks.  I also made cupcakes with frosting and blue or pink sprinkles.

My husband and I wore green.  We didn’t want to wear either blue or pink. Our guests were asked to wear pink or blue.   It was interesting to see what everyone was wearing. Everyone that came to our reveal party was wearing blue.  I guess they knew.

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I hope this inspires you to create and have your own gender reveal party.