Cheers To The Patron Saint of Ireland!

  • February 26, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
Lucky Charms CostumeSt Patrick's Day is right around the corner, do you know where your Leprechaun costume is?  Only 19 more days till the celebration begins with parades, parties and plenty of green beer to go around.  The best place to party on St Patrick's Day is of course, Ireland! However, if a trip to Ireland wasn't in your travel plans this year then be sure to check out the fun at your neighborhood Irish Pub; it's about as close to Ireland celebrations as you can get!  St Patrick's Day is so much fun, so be sure to get out there grab a green beer and give a toast to good old St Patrick!

"I'm The Cat In The Hat, There's No Doubt About That!"

  • February 19, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
Read Across America (and Dr. Seuss' birthday) is coming up on March 2, so I thought it would be a good time to learn a little about the infamous book, "The Cat In The Hat!"  Dr. Seuss' beginner books were always a favorite of mine growing up and I passed my love of them onto my children.  His books are fun to read and kids of all ages love to read them!  This year for Read Across America, go all out to show your support of how important reading is for our children, by putting on a Dr. Seuss costume and reading The Cat In The Hat at your child's school, library or even a neighborhood reading group.  Don your big red and white striped hat and show the kids how much fun it is to read Dr. Seuss books!  Here's a little insight into how the book, "The Cat In The Hat" got it's start: In 1957 the country’s concern for children’s literacy prompted Theodore Seuss Geisel to write the first of his “Beginner Books”, The Cat In The Hat.  He answered the question of “why children can’t read” by creating fun and entertaining books that children wanted to read.  The challenge was in writing the book for Seuss.  His publisher supplied him with a list of 400 words that the children were learning in school.  He then told him to cut the list in half and to try and write an interesting enough book for children.  Nine months later Dr. Seuss finished The Cat In The Hat, which used 223 words that were on the list plus 13 words that weren’t.  The story is 1626 words in length and uses a vocabulary of only 236 distinct words, of which 54 occur once and 33 twice.  Only a single word – another – has three syllables, while 14 have two and the remaining 221 are monosyllabic.  The longest words are something and playthings.  Dr. Seuss claimed that the title for the book came from his desire to have the title rhyme and the first two suitable rhyming words that he could find from the list were “cat” and “hat”. The story is about a mischievous giant, talking Cat that transforms a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just messy enough adventure for two children.  Bringing with him two creatures named Thing One and Thing Two, the Cat performs all sorts of wacky tricks to amuse the children and turns their home into a chaotic playground. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat also became a movie in 2003 produced by Universal Studios, DreamWorks Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.  Mike Myers starred in the title role of the Cat In The Hat.  And now you know the story behind the story.

Presidents Day Party!

  • February 11, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
We're trying something new this year with my son Caden and his friends.  Since all the kids are off school on Monday for Presidents Day, I thought we'd let him have a Presidents Day Party and invite all his friends over.  They're off every year for the holiday, but there's never anything really going on so we thought this might be something fun to do. However, there is a little "catch" to the party!  All the boys that come have to wear a President's mask or they can go all out and come dressed as their favorite President.   It can be any President they want, from George Washington to President Obama AND they have to know at least two important facts about that President.  At first I didn't think Caden would go for the idea, but after he told his friends about it, they were all for it.  Although I'm pretty sure they'd do just about anything for a party! Caden suggested we have games and prizes and lots of food.  We're going to decorate the house with everything and anything red, white and blue with those small plastic American flags everywhere.  It should be a lot of fun and the kids will have a blast! This year if your kids are off school on Presidents Day, think about throwing a Presidents Day Party for them.  They'll be having so much fun they won't even realize they're actually learning about the different President's as well!

Celebrate In Mardi Gras Style!

  • February 04, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

Wow there is so much going on in the month of February; Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, President's Day and the one we just missed - Groundhog's Day (although that would be a hard one as far as costumes are concerned). However we all know that the biggest party holiday of the month is definitely Mardi Gras!  There are celebrations, parades, costumes, decorations and parties, parties and more parties all over the country, but none bigger then in New Orleans.  How cool would it be to hang out at the French Quarter and Bourbon Street during some of the crazy festivities.  The Mardi Gras Carnival season actually started back on January 6th, but the grand finale is Mardi Gras Day (also known as Fat Tuesday) on February 16th.   If you can't make it to New Orleans this year then bring Bourbon Street to you! has everything you'll need  from wonderful Mardi Gras costumes and elegant sequin masks to those infamous Mardi Gras beads and boas to make your party one for the record books! Don't let this February 16th pass you by without throwing your own Fat Tuesday party!