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Diane
Suburban Philadelphia
Currently a stay at home mom, formerly an employed therapist, with an adventurous preschooler who keeps me busy!
Interests: travel, knitting, calligraphy, yoga, gardening, disney world, rubber stamping, helping others, shopping, learning, hawaii, collecting, beaches, dreaming, surfing the web, being a mommy, traditional tea, mary engelbreit paraphanalia, rubber ducks, yankee candles, dq blizzards., cooking, movies, reading, love, psychology, feminism, baking, education, france, crafting, paris, marriage, ocean, buying yarn, aura soma, gourmet shops, being a girly girl, re-decorating, gerbera daisies, colorful flowers
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Last weekend my friend and I explored Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, PA, the former home of the Burpee family. The grounds are used to try out new seeds and products from the Burpee catalog and online shop. We saw some... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Knitting Zeal
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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a cause my family likes to support. Our annual lemonade stand this past June raised double the amount from last year, over $350! For a little lemonade stand hosted by a six year old, we... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Knitting Zeal
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Last week we spent the day at the Philadelphia Zoo with some dear friends. They had gone with us about two years ago and were looking forward to visiting with their little tour guide, my son. We had a perfect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Kathy Hester’s new book, OATrageous, and OXO make a very tasty partnership! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to enter to win your own set of OXO goodies. This has been a year of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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This week we had the chance to enjoy a complimentary visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see Art Splash, the museum's summer event of creative play for families. This ten week long event runs until September 1, 2014.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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I've gotten away from menu planning with interrupted weeks of travel. This week I'm trying to get back into menu planning! Soccer practice has started. We have yet to make it to one, between rain and travel, but since we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Clothing samples received were sent to be used or shared as I saw fit. No monetary compensation was received and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. At the Spring Mom Mixer this past April,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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As a member of the Children's Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Happy Independence Day America! We have been hosting a July 4th BBQ for the past few years and will again today, despite the rain and chilly weather! Guests often bring side dishes or desserts to share, but I always make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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We spent last week being beach bums, relaxing on the sands of Long Beach Island. This was our fourth year staying in the little bungalow that we rented. We spent time exploring the island via rented bikes and even rented... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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So while we have our bucket list of places to go, our list of things to do at home, I also came up with a list of books to read for the summer. My son shares my love of reading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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So while I shared my Summer Bucket List of places to go and things to do out and about, here is a list of things to do at home using imagination, physical activity and creativity. Most of these activities require... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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It's Summer! School is out and we have 76 days of summertime fun ahead of us. (Not sure how Phineas and Ferb manage to get 104 days of summer...that's a really long summer vacation!) Every summer we call it the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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It's an exciting week this week here, as the last day of school is tomorrow and summer schedules will start! We'll still be going to the CSA every Monday for pickup, so that will affect menu planning a bit. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Over the weekend we hosted our second annual Lemonade Stand in support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation during National Lemonade Days. My son was the inspiration for hosting it. He just loves to do it and had so much fun... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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With June here and CSA veggies available again, I'll be adding lots of entre salads into my menu plan. I like to use my outdoor grill in the warm weather too, so when I can, I grill chicken to use... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Last month a group of friends and I traveled south to Howard County, Maryland to spend the day with sheep and yarn. It was a perfect weather day and we all had a blast. We met some amazing women who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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This Monday was our first CSA pickup of the season! We got to pick two pints of ripe organic strawberries that were amazing. We also brought home a big head of green leaf lettuce, bok choy, swiss chard and salad... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Once again, my son has asked if he can hold a lemonade stand. He loves lemonade and hosting a stand. He first became interested in doing it when he was four and had seen an episode of Curious George about... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Happy Memorial Day! We spent a fun weekend filled with lots of family activities and topped it off with a barbeque to kick of the unofficial start of summer. It was fun to eat outside while the temperatures were mild... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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After the insane winter we suffered through this year, spring has been the most anticipated season for me. To "celebrate" it, my mom and I purchased a family membership to Longwood Gardens so that we could visit throughout the seasons.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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This spring we have been eating more salads as main entrees and I've been trying to be creative to keep it interesting. I've been focusing on keeping to low-fat and low sodium meals. My absolute favorite salad at a certain... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Last week it was my turn to bring the snack and drink for our monthly book club get together. After some searching on Pinterest, I discovered that there was such as thing as fruit salsa, and there were lots of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Happy Cinco de Maio! Here are my dinner plans for this week: Monday: chicken tortilla soup from the DASH cookbook Tuesday: Taco salads Wednesday: grilled chicken with Mediterranean quinoa salad Thursday: chicken cacciatore in the slow cookier Friday: homemade pizza... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Knitting Zeal
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Last week I made a fritatta for the first time! It turned out great and was surprisingly easy. I don't know why I hestitated to try making one before. I used a recipe that called for egg whites only, making... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Knitting Zeal