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What’s Up Wednesday–February and Local Tourist Link-Up

Wednesday, February 28, 2018



Once again, my What’s Up Wednesday post is serving as my Month In Review post. Don’t forget to scroll down and link up your local adventures in the Local Tourist Link-Up!

1. What we’re eating this month…

I neglected to post any recipes or take any food photos this month. We have stuck to the regular I suppose!

2. What I’m Reminiscing About…

This month’s posts included a look at our Arkansas trip, with posts about Crystal Bridges, The Walmart Museum, and The Amazeum. I also found myself reminiscing on my older kids being 2nd graders when we celebrated Simon’s Chag Chumash.

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Cousin Time

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Our trip to Atlanta included a small bit of sight-seeing, including the Urban Adventure Quest which I shared last week. Of course, the main reason we were there for the weekend was to meet my brother and sister-in-law’s new baby boy. I’ve already shared some of these pictures, but our time with the family was special and I feel I must write a dedicated post about it!

Our nephew was named and welcomed into the Jewish people at his circumcision ceremony, and we first met him just before that. He was wide awake and seemed happy to meet me too!


Bring Spring Into Your Life

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bring Spring Into Your Life

This week March begins and I don’t know about everyone else but I’m ready for spring! Last week here was so dreary with rain and freezing rain almost every day. The weather outside is not spring-like here yet, but I’ve been working on ways to bring spring into my life anyway! Here’s how you can do the same.


The first thing that I do at the start of any new season is update my entry way décor. I have a collection of items that remind me of each season and spring is no exception. I like to use certain colors and for spring my go to colors are pink, lavender, and green.


I use vase filler packs in my vase and on a variety of trays.


A new addition this year is these beautiful tea leaf double ball topiaries that I received from Commercial Silk, a site that carries a variety of artificial plants. I am loving the touch of green the plants bring to my house – and I don’t have to worry about killing them!


I put one plant on either side of our front door. They are 2 feet tall and have substantial weight to them as well, so I’m not worrying about them falling over every time the door opens either!


I know I’m not alone in looking to transition my wardrobe for spring! There are a lot of great ideas out there but my plan is all the floral prints. I just ordered this hoodie from Cents of Style and I can’t wait to get it!



It’s not really spring until you do your spring cleaning…maybe? We have to do a major clean up every spring before Passover so that’s coming up here very soon. I’ll be sharing some spring cleaning tips (if I can think of any!) in a few weeks!


Get excited for all the spring things – playing outdoors, bike rides, kite flying, baseball, etc!

How do you bring spring into your life?


What I’ve Been Reading #170–The Story Of Our Lives

Friday, February 23, 2018


tI received a copy of The Story Of Our Lives by Helen Warner from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. This book follows four college friends through the years after university graduation. Each year, they meet up in a different location and the book gives a look back on that past year.

“Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies. Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything—from Sophie’s private fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily’s son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?”

Because of the book’s description, I knew from the start that there was a lie that could threaten the friendship between the women, but I did not realize what the hidden secret was until just before it was revealed, and that was much towards the end of the book. Before that revealing moment, the woman had their share of troubles and were always there for one another. That is why it is almost surprising to see their initial reactions to the ultimate reveal!

The time jumps in the story were a little hard to follow, but that is my only complaint about this book. I enjoy stories about women’s friendships and this one is no exception!

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What have you been reading lately?


The Amazeum–Bentonville, AR

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Amazeum–Bentonville, AR

While we were in Bentonville, AR, we visited the Crystal Bridges Art Museum, and Walmart Museum, and finally The Amazeum, a hands-on, interactive family museum. When you arrive at the museum, don’t forget to get your tickets for the Hershey’s Lab, which are available first come first serve!

When you enter the museum, you will see this giant climbing area, which my kids ran to right away.


Simon’s Chag Chumash

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Two weeks ago, Simon and his class had their big 2nd grade event in which they each received their own chumash, which is the Torah in printed form. The class puts on a presentation in which most of the parts and all of the songs are in Hebrew. Simon had one of the opening parts where he welcomed the audience.


Then the rest of the class joined on the stage for the performance.


The class is really large so it was hard to get them all in one picture!


We went up as a family to hand Simon his book. They took pictures of us but I haven’t seen them yet!


He was very proud of himself!


Inside the cover is a note from the parents to the child. I actually helped out with designing and gluing in the notes and photos.


The kids designed their covers themselves.


Here are Simon and his Hebrew teachers!


Each time Simon has a school event I find myself thinking about how it is our last one! For a look back, here is Zachary’s Chag Chumash and here is Gabbie’s!