disclosure: I am participating in a blog post campaign from One2One Network and Walt Disney Records. All opinions are my own.

Disney Music!! It just gets stuck in your head. It’s sing-along ready! It evokes such great memories. I can’t forget “M- I- C See ya real soon!” It takes me back to black and white TV and many fun memories! How about you? What’s your favorite Disney musical memory???? No matter what it is, you are in luck! Walt Disney Records are releasing an amazing collection of classic Disney songs. There are songs from their movies, TV shows and theme parks. There are 94 songs on 4 discs – original songs! Discs include Disney Modern Classics, Disney Theme Park Classics, Disney Timeless Classics and Disney Television Classics.

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Check out this Medley of a cappella Disney Hits on youtube. Box set purchasers get this medley of Disney hits too!

Come along and sing a song and join our family!!!

You can pre-order the set before 11/12.

The suggest retail price is $49.98. It will be available at all major music retailers after 11/12.

I work with teenagers, so I am always fascinated by life stories that give a glimmer of hope to those who are worried about the next generation. This is a great story of teen who gets the reality – life is bigger than me! Lillian Pravda received sight-saving surgeries when she was 9 weeks old. Out of her misfortune comes a great opportunity for many to receive the help they need in getting eye surgery. At the age of 8 she founded Vision for and from Children. They raised over $100,000 and providing care for over 24,000 children. Quite impressive. But she has taken it a step further!

Lillian, who is now 13 years old, has founded a global campaign One Million $1to provide the gift of sight to children, through surgeries, support, outreach and other services. Her hope is to use the funds to build state-of-the art ophthalmology centers in regions in the US and beyond!

What an incredible vision…from someone who actually has received her vision through the skilled hands of surgeons. At this time of the year, when we are being thankful and grateful, perhaps you can send some money her way!

A One Million Dollar Campaign is a HUGE amount to raise, but saving sight is sooo important! I gave $10..if all my readers gave…Care to join me in the CAUSE? (and there is a super easy PayPal link!)vision

 

 

 

I have a birthday this week. I’m not dreading it, but I do wonder, ‘at what point are birthdays redundant’? Cake, candles, gifts, cards, friends and family. Repeat. I could live without the cake, I could forgo the candles and maybe even the gifts (I did say maybe!). BUT, I would be very sad if cards were not in the mail this week. I might even cry if there were no Facebook posts. I would hate a silent phone on my birthday.  I love hearing from old friends! I love the birthday song voice mail from my nephew–every year! I’m having a small family party and I’m very excited about a day for ME!

How about you? Is it a big family celebration? A night out on the town? A quiet moment with the ones you love? Do you embrace growing old, gracefully? Are you young enough to just love everything about the day?

So, it’s my birthday on Friday. Feel free to send a card, a gift, a cake :) or just leave a post or comment. I am more sentimental then I want to admit!moms cake

I know….not enough visitors. And they didn’t take enough candy. Isn’t that always the case? I buy more than I need and there it sits in a bowl…right by the door…and I hear it say, “Pick me up! Eat me!” Oh those evil, delicious morsels of chocolate-y goodness!

Well, after years of eating too many of those tiny snack size bars, I found a solution to put them to use! There are lots of good recipes for mini candy, but since I love Snickers–here’s my take on a great SNICKER’S TREAT!

Take your favorite brownie mix and prepare according to the package. Line 24 mini muffin with paper liners. Spoon in enough batter to cover the bottom. Place an unwrapped SNICKERS® Mini on top. Spoon on enough mix to cover the candy. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let set in pan to cool for 10 minutes. Remove to serving tray. These are also a perfect treat to freeze and serve later!

SNICKERS MINI TREATS
SNICKERS MINI CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Let me know if you find any other great recipes for all that leftover candy!! In the meantime – enjoy these treats- but just one at a time OK? :)

 

October is over! I don’t have much candy left. I’m taking down some of the pumpkin decorations today…and that makes me a little sad. October is such a fun month. There are sunny days, it usually always warms up at some point. I get to wear my favorite outfit- shorts and a sweatshirt. I love the crisp smell of the air in the mornings. The leaves are beautiful, the chestnuts fall and I am inspired to clean the house.

SO…I guess it means I am not a big fan of November. I do like Thanksgiving and my birthday is next week, but the rest of November is only there so we can get to Christmas. I have never really decorated for Thanksgiving. I do remember a very old set of pilgrim candles my Mom owned. They evoke the kind of memory that makes me want to stop writing this blog and go to eBay and see if I can find them. Ever had that problem? I want to own all the things that bring back memories. But the funny thing is, I just spent 2 weeks cleaning out my basement and bedroom. In the process I gave away bags and bags of clothes, boxes of things I no longer need. AND I just fear wanting all of them back in 10 years!! :)

So,welcome to November! It’s the sad month when I will have to get rid of almost 100 bags of leaves. Yes, I also have to get said leaves into a bag…..thank goodness for wonderful high school friends who will spend a day helping! November is the month that ushers in Christmas. It’s the month where I will eat fun some forbidden food (on my birthday and on Thanksgiving…more on those meals later!). So November, maybe this year I will enjoy you a little more!

my yard!

a view of my yard last year