Record Nostalgia

I grew up listening to my father play and sing Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole songs and show tunes.  For awhile, I’ve been wanting to get myself a record player and finally got one a few months ago.  At that time, I only had a Beatles album.  I found a handful of old records at Half Price Books that cost 25 cents to $10 each.  Most of them are in good condition, play well, and just needed a little dusting.

The girls were especially intrigued by this “new” device that look oddly large and didn’t have touch buttons.  They were amazed and amused at how it worked.  The girls had fun taking turns putting the record on the player. Lil and Emmy loved turning on the dial and putting the needle on the record and seeing it spin and produce music. I love that I can enjoy an afternoon listening to old records with my girls and have them appreciate a variety of music both old and new.

Check out our mini collection of records!

SHOWTUNES (Under $5)

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JOHNNY MATHIS

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NAT KING COLE

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GLENN MILLER

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ELLA FITZGERALD

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THE BEATLES

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SOUNDTRACKS

The “Singing in the Rain” soundtrack is the most requested record by my two chikadees. They watched the movie and enjoyed both music and movie.

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They love Mary Poppins movie too. This record includes the music and a storybook. :)

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The Rescuers record includes dialogue, music and storybook.

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Growing up in the 80’s, I couldn’t resist buying a few of these popular movie soundtracks.

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Other classic movies we watched with my parents were “Gone With The Wind” and “King and I”.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC

I love classical music and was delighted to find these wonderful box sets that not only included 10 records but also has an educational booklet. It cost only $4.99 each. Lil likes reading the booklet and learning more about classical music history especially since most of her piano pieces are from this era.

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Also, found this old Johann Strauss record that had an old library check out card attached to it.

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ROAD TRIP RECORDS

I remember my late father playing Chuck Mangione and Neil Diamond on the cassette player while driving to our summer beach destination. Playing these records, bring so many great childhood summer memories. :) Thanks Papa for sharing your love for music and the simple pleasures in life. Here’s my Papa back when he was a radio announcer in the Philippines. Missing you :)

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A Day in the Life of our Royal Mutt

PRIM AND PROPER

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“GOT TO HAVE MY CHEERIOS”

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VOGUE (Here’s Bailey modeling Emmy’s  bead creation)

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PEEK A BOO

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“DO I HAVE TO?” (Bailey’s been a good sport about the girls playing dress up with him)

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KING OF THE THRONE

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I CAN SLEEP ANYWHERE

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“SHOO FLY DON’T BOTHER ME”

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HOPE YOU’RE ALL HAVING A GREAT WEEKEND! :)

Happy

I woke up this morning feeling a little sad and uninspired. While having coffee, I browsed through my phone’s photo album and found images that made me feel happy. I wanted to share them with you and wish you all a happy week!

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

A few months ago we had a pot of yellow mums.  We were on our way to visit my good friend Rose and Emmy had the idea of bringing her auntie a bouquet of flowers. Rose’s reaction was priceless.

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SAY IT WITH A SMILE

Our royal mutt, never fails to make me happy with his canine smile.  Here’s Bailey’s winsome smile after getting groomed.

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This was our RSVP to my cousin’s wedding. It sure made the bride and groom smile.

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BE CREATIVE

The kids and I love to play outdoors or watch movies together but there are times when we also enjoy our alone time. Reading a book or having quiet time in our creative space brings us to a calm and happy place. So paint away and take on a creative project that reflects what makes you happy.

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SAY IT WITH WORDS

We often get caught up with work, school and other activities that we often forget to say, “Hello, how are you?” or “I love you” to the ones we love and care about.  I love how my eleven year old, Lil will occasionally leave me random notes in my bag saying she loves me or writes a funny joke. It definitely makes a big difference in my day. It feels good to be loved and appreciated. It feels even more significant when you give back and share that feeling.

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SHARE A MOMENT

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LOOK AROUND YOU

I often find myself keeping an eye on the time, or my long “to do” list and forget to pause and look around me. When I do, I see the beautiful sky, I hear the birds, I smell freshly baked bread and I feel thankful.

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THINGS AND PEOPLE THAT INSPIRE YOU

I found these cute little metal decorative hanging quotes at a quaint little shop in Old Niles.  They’re great reminders to have around the house.

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LAUGH (at yourself, share the laughter)

Three years ago, after welcoming the new year at my sister’s home, I was getting ready for bed.  I was sleep deprived and exhausted. I started brushing my teeth and thought it was weird that my toothpaste tasted odd, wasn’t bubbly and had this sticky feel to it. I looked at the tube and realized it was Emmy’s baby butt cream. Eck! Lesson learned, never pack baby butt cream and toothpaste in the same bag.

Lil and I like reading Baby Blues comics.  Recently, we found this in our Baby Blues comic book compilation.  It reminded us of my funny butt cream moment. We had a good laugh. It felt great to know that I wasn’t alone in my mistaken toothpaste identity experience.

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Wishing you all a happy week!

 

I Heart Robot

Emmy’s pretty good about entertaining herself by working on her Pre-K workbooks while we wait for Lil to finish her weekly piano lessons.  Recently, we bought this cute magnetic poetry word board.  Emmy was drawn to the flower bearing robot on the cover.  After working on a few pages of her workbook, she eagerly asked for the poetry board. Her eyes were quickly fixated at the magnetic word cut outs.  It was amusing to watch her intently shuffling the words around.  I asked her what she was doing and she said, “I’m sorting the words.”

Emmy’s mastered her alphabet but is still learning her sight words. After Lil’s piano class, Emmy proudly presented her sorted words. “Look Mommy!” I noticed she grouped small words in one column and the bigger words in other columns.  But what appeared to be jumbled up words turned out to be an accidental love poem written in the robot’s voice. Using our best robot voice Lil and I read out loud Emmy’s poem from top to bottom on every column.  See Emmy’s amusing poem below. It makes sense and best read with robot voice.  :)

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How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

A few months ago, Emmy and I were at Petsmart shopping for Bailey’s dog food. We went through the aisles and looked at the birds and guinea pigs.  On the way out, we passed the pets hotel window where we saw a number of dogs playing in the doggie day camp.  All the other dogs were oblivious of our presence except for one.  Meet the French bulldog Emmy’s fondly called, Frenchie.

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Both Emmy and Frenchie took to each other immediately.  When Emmy moved to the other side of the glass window, Frenchie followed. These two seemed inseparable until Frenchie was interrupted by friendly play from another dog.

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Emmy affectionately said, “Aaaaaw, he likes me. Can we take him home?” After explaining to her that the dog belonged to someone else and he was there for doggie day camp, Emmy understood and agreed to go home. A month later, we came back to see if Frenchie was at dog camp and to Emmy’s delight he was. Here’s a picture of their first and last meeting.

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As of late, Emmy’s been missing Frenchie and  wishes we could buy a French bulldog. We won’t be buying a dog anytime soon due to lack of space and the fact that French bulldogs are expensive. I had to break the news to Emmy and said maybe we could buy a dog on her 10th birthday.  Lil seeing her sister upset that we couldn’t buy a French bulldog suggested that maybe she could start saving money in her piggy bank.  Emmy liked the idea. (Thanks for the super idea Lil!) The girls made two piggy banks using Emmy’s old sippy cup, empty Pringles container, duct tape, cupcake liner, and rubberband.

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So far Emmy has $2.46 in Frenchie’s fund. It’s a start, Emmy’s hopeful and so are we. :)

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Bailey’s Acting Debut

My aunt sent me a funny video of a dog eating dinner at the table.  The girls and I decided to make our own version with a little touch of class. :) Bailey was a good sport about it. Lil did the camera work. Emmy played the restaurant server. I did the hand antics. We all had a good laugh at the end and Bailey enjoyed eating his peanut butter flavored ice cream.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

DIY Hummingbird Project (Kids Crafts, etc.)

Last night, Lil’s BFF Isha joined the girls for a sleepover. Slumber parties at our house are never complete without an arts and crafts project.  The two DIY craft projects the girls made were a sequined hummingbird and notepad.

What You Need for  DIY Sequin Hummingbird:

NOTE: This project can get a little messy and tedious.  Make sure to keep sequins away from small children and house pets. Our royal mutt, Bailey thought they were colorful treats when Emmy spilled a handful on the ground.  :)

Styrofoam balls (for bird’s body)

Assorted sequins

Glue

Toothpicks (for beak and legs)

Feathers (for wings)

Buttons (for feet)

Cardboard roll (from tissue roll for nest)

Colorful duct tape (to decorate nest)

Paint brush (use to apply glue on Styrofoam)

(To make it easier to apply sequins around the Styrofoam ball, we poked a toothpick through the base of ball. The girls would apply glue and sequins and rotate toothpick handle as they went along.)

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The girls had fun making this project. I enjoyed seeing them express their individual taste in color choices and creativity.  For example, Emmy used a plastic straw bead for the nose and the other two used toothpick.  Lil was doing very careful intricate work with the way she was lining up the sequins. She plans to add a few more details to her bird once the glue has dried up.  Isha was pretty quick and arranged the sequins in a slightly raised fashion to make the feathers appear puffed up. They were having so much fun that I ended up making my purple version of a hummingbird.

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Lil’s (left), Emmy’s (center), Isha’s (right)

What You Need for DIY Notepad:

Square or rectangle shaped cardboard box 4X6/4X4 cut out (for notepad base )

Colorful construction paper (10 sheets, cut in 3 X5 inches)

2 Paper fasteners

Washi tape (use as border decoration)

Stamps

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Brown wrapping sheet /grocery paper bag ( stamp design on it and wrapped around cardboard cut out after)

Hole puncher (use for sheets and cardboard)

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The girls had so much fun bonding at the sleepover. It was a great way to end their summer break. You guys ready for school yet?