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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Things to do the weekend of December 19-21


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Things to do the weekend of December 19-21
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Friday 12/19
Saturday 12/20
Sunday 12/21

Holiday Hayride at Arasapha Farms

Herr's Factory Christmas Snacktacular

Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights 

Santa at Linvilla 

Free Mornings at Brandywine River Museum 

Peddler's Village Gingerbread Houses

Koziar's Christmas Village 

The Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display  

Hershey Park Christmas Candylane

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle

Flea It Up Flea Market

Rothman Institue Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Yuletide at Winterthur

Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration 

Longwood Garden Christmas

Comcast Holiday Spectacular 


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Things to do the weekend of December 12-14

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Things to do the weekend of December 12-14
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Friday 12/12
Saturday 12/13
Sunday 12/14

Holiday Hayride at Arasapha Farms

Herr's Factory Christmas Snacktacular

Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights 

Free Mornings at Brandywine River Museum 

Peddler's Village Gingerbread Houses

Koziar's Christmas Village 

The Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display  

Hershey Park Christmas Candylane

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle

Flea It Up Flea Market

Rothman Institue Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Yuletide at Winterthur

Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration 

Longwood Garden Christmas

Comcast Holiday Spectacular 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Arden Theatre Company Beauty & the Beast

My family & I were invited to view the Arden Theatre Company's newest children's play, Beauty & the Beast last week & we jumped at the chance.  This wasn't our first Arden show, we've been to many of the Children's shows & my husband & I sometimes go without the kids too!

So let's clear a few things up quickly...this is NOT the Beauty & the Beast you think you know.  There are no singing teapots, forks, etc, in fact there is very little singing at all!
This Beauty & the Beast is set in Great Britain and it was a little dark.  We took our children 11 & 7 who loved the play & the way they used shadows to make the play come alive!  My husband & I both enjoyed the show as well, which is nice because it's hard to agree on shows as a family sometimes! I don't want to give away the set & special effects but it's very cool & interesting.




The Arden Theatre describes the play: "Meet two sisters: Cassandra, eager to experience life; and Belle, who is afraid of the world. After their father loses the family fortune, they leave London to start life anew. But nothing prepares them for what happens next. When Belle meets the Beast, she begins an adventure unlike any she could have imagined. From the team that created Arden’s Cinderella comes a bold new telling of this classic tale."  Best for ages 5 and older...which I would agree with, there were a few scenes that might scare our younger friends.  

After the show, the actors wait on stage and answer questions from the audience then head to the lobby to answer additional questions and pose for pictures.  

Beauty & the Beast runs through February 1st, 2015 and you can order tickets or request more information HERE!



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Baking Tips from Miss A!



Holiday Baking Tips from Miss A

We all love the taste of a freshly baked cookie at holiday time. Each family has their own set of cherished recipes that are made each year. For most of us, baking has become a luxury due to our busy schedules running from here to there all year long, especially during the holidays. If you are in the mood for some holiday baking, consider these tips to make your holiday baking more enjoyable and less stressful! 

Plan it out: Choose a manageable amount of recipes to make. If you know your schedule is already packed, then don’t push yourself to make 5 different types of cookies. 2 well executed recipes are much tastier than 6 recipes you threw together. Once you have your recipes, sit down and look at all of them. Take stock of what ingredients you already have and what you need at the store. If you are making several different cookie recipes, consider shopping for butter, flour, sugar, and eggs at BJ’s or Costco. It will save you some money! 

Mix in advance: Instead of trying to make everything from start to finish in one day, mix all of the cookie dough over the span of a few days. If you’ll be baking the dough within a week then it can stay in the refrigerator. If you are working a few weeks in advance, it is perfectly fine to store cookie dough in the freezer. I like to wrap the dough in wax paper and place it in a gallon size reseal-able freezer bag. Another way to store the dough is to pre-scoop or roll the dough before storing in the freezer. This can be done with most cookie dough, even sugar cookies can be rolled and cut out in advance. I lay them out in a flat layer on a cookie sheet and separate multiple layers with waxed paper. 

Enlist helpers: Invite a friend over, open a bottle of wine, and bake together! Not only will you have an extra hand to help but it is a great way to connect with friends during the busy holiday season. Also, involve the kiddos! They can be great helpers when mixing dough, scooping, and cleaning up. More tips for baking with kids to come next time!! J

Friday, December 5, 2014

Things to do the weekend of December 5-7


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Things to do the weekend of December 5-7
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Friday 12/5
Saturday 12/6
Sunday 12/7
West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas 

Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights 

Free Mornings at Brandywine River Museum 

Peddler's Village Gingerbread Houses

Koziar's Christmas Village 

The Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display  

Hershey Park Christmas Candylane

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle

Flea It Up Flea Market

Rothman Institue Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Yuletide at Winterthur

Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration 

Longwood Garden Christmas

Comcast Holiday Spectacular 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Give Kids A Smile

Hey friends!
Welcome back from your tryptophan infused coma, aka, Thanksgiving. I hope you had a lovely time with friends and family.
If you saw my post a few weeks back you know that this Friday, Dr. Alex and I will be heading to CVIM to volunteer with Give Kids A Smile. We are looking forward to this event and want you there with us! We will be posting about our time there on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to follow us.

Check out my last blog HERE if you missed it so you know exactly what this event is all about! 

Also, if you have any events coming up or would like us to come to your children's school let us know! We really enjoy reaching out to the children in our community to educate and treat!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Things to do the weekend of November 28-30


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Things to do the weekend of November 28-30
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Friday 11/28
Saturday 11/29
Sunday 11/30


Free Mornings at Brandywine River Museum 

Peddler's Village Gingerbread Houses

Chadds Ford Winery Fire & Spice Weekends 

Koziar's Christmas Village 

The Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display  

Hershey Park Christmas Candylane

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle

Flea It Up Flea Market

Rothman Institue Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Yuletide at Winterthur

Adventure Aquarium Christmas Celebration 

Longwood Garden Christmas

Media Santa Fun Run and Parade

Pictures with Santa

We love Santa at Delaware County Moms & we really love to see Santa outside of the mall!

SANTA TRAINS

West Chester’s Santa Express
http://www.westchesterrr.net/

The Strasburg Railroad also has Santa Trains-
Santa’s Paradise Express
http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/christmas-trains/

FARMS AND MUSEUMS


Shady Brook Farm- Santa arrives by helicopter on Nov. 28th
http://shadybrookfarm.com/
Here is a link to video from last year
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTMeSERLros&feature=youtu.be

Arsapha Farms-in Glen Mills- Holiday Hayride
See real live Reindeer and have a picture with Santa, while you are there cut your own Christmas Tree.
http://www.holidayhayride.com/attractions.html

Linvilla Orchards
Christmas Around The Farm
http://www.linvilla.com/family-fun/christmas-around-the-farm/

SANTA AT THE ZOO

Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo has a number of events with Santa & reindeer! 


A FEW MORE

Brunch with Santa at Victory Brewing Company-Dec 7 10-2pm

Kitchen Kettle Village-An Old Fashioned Christmas Experience in Lancaster County with S’mores, carols and dinner with Mrs. Claus
http://www.kitchenkettle.com/events/old-fashioned-christmas.asp

Swarthmore Community Center Santa Paws
December 6th from 9:30-11:30 get your picture taken with Santa AND you can bring your dogs!  Benefits the Delaware County SPCA. https://www.facebook.com/events/515570818546624/



Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Gag Gifts

Sometimes you just need a good gag gift and these are sure to get a few laughs at your next Ugly Sweater party!

  1. My favorite, Poo-Pourri Original Bottle - 2 Ounces Toilet Spray "Spritz the bowl before you go & no one will ever know!" 
  2. Canned Unicorn Meat-I honestly don't know what's in the can! 
  3. Fred S/4 Muffin Tops Baking Cups-muffin cups that look like pants so you have a literal muffin top.
  4. Bacon Lovers Combo Set-Perfect for the bacon lover in your life! 
  5. Fart Machine No need to say more!
  6. Chia Pets...because they're funny!
  7. Big Mouth Toys Toilet Mug perfect for a hot cup of coffee or maybe even candy :)
  8. A Christmas Story Nightlight Leg Lamp
  9. Fake Lottery Tickets
  10. Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Volunteering with Give Kids A Smile


One thing I love to do is give back to the community. I do not have as many opportunities as I would like, especially with chasing a toddler around and currently housing another that will be here in April. So, when an opportunity comes along, I take it. 
I am excited to tell you that, on December 5th, Dr. Alex and I will be heading to Community Volunteers in Medicine for a Give Kids A Smile Event. 
I want to know about both of these amazing organizations. It is important to raise awareness for a need that is so pressing right in our very own area, and how these organizations help that need. 

In many areas, even those with mid to high income, there are underserved children going without dental treatment. Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) was launched over 11 years ago for this specific need. GKAS’s mission statement:

The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids A Smile program nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time, and services, to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers. The ADA's Give Kids A Smile® program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) activities also highlight for policy

makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged families face in finding dental care.”



Community Volunteers In Medicine (CVIM) is a wonderful facility that I had the pleasure of volunteering my time during and after hygiene school. They are located in West Chester and provide dental care to low income families. CVIM’s mission statement:


“CVIM is a community-based, volunteer nonprofit organization providing primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County without insurance, enabling them to continue to be contributing members of the community.
The program is designed to provide services for those individuals whose income is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty guidelines and are not eligible for Medical Assistance, Medicare, VA benefits or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
CVIM welcomes clients without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or ability to pay for health care services.”




We are looking forward to December 5th to give back to the community and we hope you will cheer us on! Like us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and see some pictures from the event.

Baking Tips from Miss A Introduction!







Miss A will be giving us some baking tips this holiday season!  I wanted to share with you a little bit about her.  Please watch for her tips coming later this week. Looking forward to SWEETENING UP my holiday!  Take it away Miss A...
 
Growing up I always loved being in the kitchen. I can remember baking with my mom from a very young age, waking up early Saturday mornings to make pancakes pretending I had my own cooking show, and I even started my first cookie business in the 5th grade. (Wish I would have saved some of that money!) As I got older that love of cooking and baking stayed with me and I started college as a Hotel and Restaurant Management major. I had dreams of owning my own restaurant and being a wedding planner. As time went on I decided to move towards a more family-oriented profession, teaching. My other love and passion has always been working with children and helping them learn, which led me down the path of being a teacher.
I love being a teacher. However, when my son was born in January 2012 I knew I needed to find a way to be more present for him. I missed out on seeing all of the major milestones during his first year and I knew I had to make a change. My goal was to switch to teaching part time and I looked back on other things I enjoyed and had a knack for in order to make extra money for my family.  And so, on a bleary eyed morning before heading to school, Miss A’s was born! My original goal for Miss A’s was to provide customers with cookie trays and other baked goods for their special events. I specialize in traditional flavors, as well as Italian recipes and chocolate covered items. To incorporate my love for working with children I also launched “Bitty Bakers” which offers birthday parties, baking classes, and camps for children ages 4 and up.
 I have been in business for 2 years this month (November), and I am still learning and growing every day. I love the flexibility of making my own hours (which most times are late into the night after my little man has gone to sleep J). This past year it has been so exciting to see my business bloom and I am now reaching customers that are beyond the circle of my family and friends. I am so very grateful for all of the support I have received from my customers- those who have been ordering from the very beginning and those I am beginning to get to know! I am also forever grateful to the networking groups I am a part of via social media, especially the amazing ladies of “Bizzy Mamas.”  Not only have I reached a larger client base because of them, but I have also learned so many invaluable lessons about business! It is my hope to see my business continue to grow so that I can one day open my own bakery with space for children’s parties.

Please visit my website Miss A's Website Click Here

Monday, November 17, 2014

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gift Guide: Experience Gift Ideas 2014

I love experience gifts!  They don't add to the clutter in  my home (and trust me, there is clutter!) and these gifts can last all year long.  These are just a few of the great places you can take your family, but the greater Philadelphia area is loaded with family fun!  



Family Gifts: Great options for a one shot deal!


  • The Media Theatre close to home and lots of fun!

  • Arden Theatre Tickets My family loves going to the children's theater & my husband & I enjoy going without the kids! BLACK FRIDAY-CYBER MONDAY DEALFor just $50, you’ll get a gift certificate for a family four-pack to any Arden Children’s Theatre production OR two tickets for any Mainstage production (subject to availability).  This is a $50+ savings for either package!  

  • Tyler Arboretum MembershipTons of family fun throughout the year and plenty of room for energetic kids to run, the Tyler Arboretum offers something for everyone in the family.

  • Wilmington Blue Rocks :  A variety of game packages, the Blue Rocks will entertain your family all summer long.  Package tickets with t-shirts and hats to make a great winter holiday gift!
  • Longwood Gardens Fun for the entire family, all year round!  


  • For the Kids:


  • Please Touch Museum

  • Philadelphia Zoo

  • Upper Darby Performing Arts Center-get tickets to one show or buy an entire season!  



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