Art and music help make civilization a little more civilized. They also have the power to heal and to restore hope. The arts raise the spirits and fill the heart and soul with joy. There are many ways that caring artists and performers are bringing their own special brand of magic to those who need it the most. All over major cities you can find street pianos … [Read more...]

Thinking happy happy thoughts

NOT! I swear when it rains it pours. I awoke to a huge puddle of water in front of my house this morning.  Now, the temp is -8 with a windchill of -20, so  I definitely should not have had standing water.  I called Bill freaked out and he had me call the village.  I think it is a water main break.  However, nobody bothered to come to my door.  Instead, they … [Read more...]

Countdown To Christmas: Hal and Holly Moose From Build A Bear

Build A Bear has outdone itself this year.  I though they had some of the cutest stuffed animals before this year.  However, with their introduction of Hal and Holly Moose, they have truly outdone themselves.  These have to be the cutest stuffed animals they have.  You can dress them in holiday gear or even street clothes.  You get the book about them for … [Read more...]

Countdown to Christmas: Parking Pal

I recently came across another item that falls along the lines of "why didn't I think of that?". The mom who came up with the Parking Pal, in my opinion, is a genius.  The Parking Pal is a circular magnet with a child size hand print in the center.  When you put it on your car/van/vehicle, you child puts they hand on their, and it keeps them safe while you … [Read more...]