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Monday, September 01, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 2014 Week 36

It may be week 36 of the 2014 calendar, but to my sense of organization and planning, it feels a lot like the beginning of a new year. I've noticed more and more planners and calendars beginning in August or September also. Do you feel like back to school and the start of Fall is a type of "new year"?

Well this week we are saying goodbye to summer and easing into our new school routine with simple, casual, low-mess dinners. Also, the calendar may say September, but our weather is going to be like mid-August - hot and humid.

Here's what we have on our plan this week:

Monday - Bye Bye Summer Ribs, Hot Dogs and Potato Salad
Tuesday - First Day of School - Taco Tuesday, Guacamole and Corn
Wednesday - Spaghetti and Meatballs
Thursday - Back to School Night - Quick Dinner
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday and Sunday - TBD

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This post is linked up at I'm An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Monster Jam Roars into Philadelphia {Ticket Giveaway}

Monster Jam Monster Trucks

This fall, the Monster Trucks of Monster Jam will be roaring into Philadelphia for a two-night show at The Wells Fargo Center. You can catch Grave Digger and all his pals live and in person. There will be car crushing, amazing jumps and scary roll-overs for sure.

If you've never been to a Monster Jam show, they are totally family-friendly, but REALLY loud!

My Scraps readers have a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets for opening night, Friday October 3rd at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there - good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note - Giveaway open to Philadelphia-Area Residents. Transportation, parking and all additional costs are the responsibility of the winner. Tickets provided by Wells-Fargo Center.

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I was provided a 4 pack of tickets for my own family as well as a 4 pack to give away.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Help Light The Night For Kids with Cancer

{I am a compensated ambassador for the Light the Night campaign.  All opinions expressed here are my own.}

This fall, you can walk to end cancer by joining the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light the Night Walk fundraising campaign. This campaign brings together families and communities alike to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases. By spreading the word about the campaign, and participating, we can help to shine a light on finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Did you know that Lukemia is the most common cancer in children and adolescents less than 20 years old? I had a friend in high school affected by the disease. At the time,  I didn't really know much about it, and it was very scary. I am happy to report he's a survivor. My oldest son currently has a friend from school that is battling this disease (along with his family) as I type. I read regular reports of what they are going through, and I admire their bravery so much. 

While extraordinary progress has been made in treatments for blood cancer, the journey back to a healthy life can be a long one! As if just fighting Lukemia isn't enough, these kids may have additional challenges to deal with, like returning to school, maintaining friendships and keeping up with their homework.

This year, Sylvan Learning is partnering with LLS through the Light the Night with a commitment to raise $250,000 and to donate more than 12,000 hours of free tutoring service in communities nationwide to help young blood cancer patients and their families transition back to school.

This is where we can help!
  • You (and your family) can join a walk in your neighborhood! There are more than 200 across the country. It's easy to walk by registering and joining a team. In Philadelphia, the walk is on November 9 at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
  • Learn more about how LLS and Sylvan are helping young cancer patients and their families manage.
  • Find a walk in your area, and join a Sylvan Learning walk team in supporting this great cause.
Do you know a family batting blood cancer?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Animal Print for Fall | What I Wore #ootd

Ideas for wearing animal print this fall via My Scraps

It seems that animal prints never really go out of style. I am still kicking myself for missing out on a great animal print Kate Spade Bag during last week's sale! A great animal print accessory can be an easy way to update your look for fall.

Think about topping your favorite t shirt and jeans with an animal print cardi, then add ballet flats and a nice bag. Or add a pair of leopard flats and a black jacket to the same t-shirt and jeans. Swap out a black skirt or pants and you've already got four potential fall outfits!

I have been eyeing a pair of Steve Madden leopard print slip on sneakers for a while now. They're totally out of my fall fashion budget, but a girl wants what she wants - right? Imagine my surprise when I ran into Target to grab a forgotten item, and spied these on the shelf - ON SALE no less!

Animal Print Slip-On Sneakers from Target

I scooped them up for $19, with visions of how to style them for fall dancing in my head. My first attempt, was this outfit for the Phillies Game with Activation ReACT.  Simple, comfortable and casual - perfect right? The animal print is nice with a touch of red.

White Jeans, Red T-shirt, Animal Print slip-on Sneakers | Mid-Life Mom Fashion

Jeans - Coldwater Creek 
T-Shirt - Eddie Bauer
Shoes - Target (right now - quick!)
Necklace - StudioJewel
Bag - Vera Bradley
Bracelets - AnnikaLane, Alex and Ani, Tiffany

Will you be trying some animal print this fall?

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This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Visiting the Fairmount Water Works

Visiting Fairmount Water Works - Philadelphia, PA

We were recently invited to tour the Philadelphia Water Works, located in Philadelphia's beautiful Fairmount Park.  The Fairmount Water Works is a National Historic Landmark, a Civil Engineering Landmark and a national Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Wow - right? All right here practically in our backyard.

A Little History: The Fairmount Water Works opened in 1815 to provide safe, clean drinking water to a city on the cusp of remarkable growth. It was the first in the nation. In 1909, the Water Works was decommissioned as a pumping station.

From 1911 to 1962, the Water Works served as an aquarium. For ten years after that, it became the John B. Kelly Pool, a practice pool for competitive swimmers and students in the Philadelphia School District. In the 1970s efforts began a 40-year effort to restore this prized Philadelphia landmark.

1851 Turbine and Gears at Fairmount Water Works

Visiting Today: Now the Fairmount Water Works has become the region’s premier urban environmental education destination and is recognized by the PA Department of Environmental Protection as The Delaware River Basin’s Official Watershed Education Center and Gateway Center for the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area. And you and your kids can check it out too!
Inside look at the Fairmount Water Works

First of all, the location is simply stunning. The architecture, and the placement right along the Schuylkill River Bank is breathtaking.

There are so many cool things to see, both inside and out. They have done a wonderful job of creating interactive and educational exhibits, that help explain water, water conservation and environmental protection to both children and adults. The staff is so friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, be sure to take advantage and speak with them during your visit. Check out their website for tours and events happening at the Water Works. My kids want to check out the Milling Around Tour!

Exhibits at the Fairmount Water Works

Ryan had been here on a class trip, and said it was wonderful. I had never been, so I was fascinated with the building and all the information they have to share. A very big thank you to the Water Works for their invitation - we will certainly be back!

FYI - Be sure to check out the upcoming FLOW Festival on September 21, 2014. It's FREE and open to all ages. There will be performers, art-installations and hands-on activities, culminating in a dramatic lighting show, illuminating the Water Works exterior.



Know Before You Go

  • The Water Works is closed on Mondays. Operating Hours are Tues-Sat 10a-5p and Sunday 1-5p.
  • There is FREE general admission to the public and Philadelphia School District groups. Outside school districts are asked to pay a fee (it's WELL worth it).
  • It is ADA-accessible.
  • There is limited parking, be sure to read all signage.
  • The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge is located on the premises, it's a "fancy" restaurant and may not be suitable for all families. There is no children's menu online.
  • There IS plenty of green area available for picnicking (bring a blanket - there are geese)
  • The Philadelphia Art Museum, Azalea Garden and historic Boat House Row are all within walking distance - wear comfy shoes!
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