Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's Berry Good

My daughter and I just LOVE the Wild berry tea at Wendy's. If you haven't tried it...do so. The berry flavor is so good and very, very tasty. Unsweetened or sweetened (the way I really like it), it is a great summer drink!
I was determined to try and make my own Iced berry tea. I made a pitcher of tea using these tea bags....

8 tea bags

4 cups of hot boiling water

4 cups of cold water

sweeten to your liking (I added 1/2 cup sugar)

pour over ice :)

It was very, very good. I think next time I will combine different berry flavor tea bags and see how that tastes!!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Beating the Heat

Temperatures hit 106 today. Crazy, crazy hot! We have spent the day inside reading and playing games. It is truly too hot to be out and about but we will venture to the library to pick up some more books! We may have to stop at Rita's for a LARGE water ice. I am just hoping they have "pear" today.........YUM!!! Stay cool........

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Movies

Last week when my son was in camp, my daughter and I went to the movies. We saw "Monte Carlo". It was very cute. Reminded me of "The Lizzy McGuire Movie" (loved)...same kind of story but set in Italy. We both love Selena Gomez. She is just too cute!
Yesterday, I took the kids to see "Winnie the Pooh".

What a classic! How can you not love Pooh bear?? I am so thankful that my eleven and nine year old really wanted to see this. Keep them young and innocent as long as possible. I hope they are never too old to enjoy Pooh!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Good Read

I just finished "Sliver of Truth" by Lisa Unger. This is the follow up to her New York Times bestseller "Beautiful Lies".
I really enjoyed both of these stories. Lisa Unger has a way of writing that captures her audience. I connected with the main character and I did not want to put the book down. I could not wait to see what was to happen. Definitely would recommend these books. I look forward to reading more of Lisa Ungers novels.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


One of my secret addictions is watching The Real Housewives. Which county? Well, all of them! At times I have asked myself "why do you keep watching"? Answer: I am completely hooked! Right now I am engrossed in New York and New Jersey. Lately I have been telling myself I keep watching because it makes me feel more normal!! Seriously, I know that there are no perfect families and I have never claimed to have come from one but watching these shows makes mine that much closer to perfect!! I have two sisters and a brother. I am very close to one sister and have been a bit removed from the others. We have had our ups and downs any family would have. I also have three brother in laws and two sister in laws. My one sister in law and I are very close and like a stranger with the other. Especially in this current season of RHNJ they are focusing on "Family". Brothers and sisters fighting and the in-laws as well. So I have been asking myself....Can you ever get over issues causing so much bitterness and resentment? I have even wondered if resentment is a sin in the eyes of the catholic church? Can family members truly forgive and forget? Is blood thicker than water?? I will deal with my own family drama but I do look forward to the turnout of these crazy families I have let into my life each week.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

U.S.A WINS!!!!!!

USA......way to go...what a performance!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kids Summer Reading

I am an avid reader and love nothing more than to sit down with a great book. During the summer my kids have mandatory reading assignments from their school. I think this is bitter sweet. I love for my kids to read, however, this required reading I absolutely loathe. Between activities, camps and just having fun (isn't that what summer is about???) it is like pulling teeth to get it done and I do not want them to ever loose their love/like of "leisurely" reading.
My son is going into the 4th grade. His "mandatory" book is :
This is a great book and he is enjoying it. He is also required to choose two more books from a list in addition to this one.
My daughter is going into the 6th grade. Her "mandatory" book is:

She has not read this yet. She is required to also choose three additional books from the list provided by their school. She has read one book and is on her second (thank God!).

To add to the madness, I have added workbooks into the mix!!! First I complain, and then I add fuel to the fire!!! I have made it fun for the kids. So many pages completed they earn treats!! My daughter has chosen i-Tunes songs and my son chose packs of sports cards. Fair enough!!! These are the workbooks I am having the kids work on:

Whatever gets done, it can only help!!! Trust me, they should not complain (nor should I) they are having a blast this summer and we have a VERY busy August planned with three trips...including one to Ireland!!!