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Happy Menu Plan Monday! It is another freezing cold, snowy, windy day here in the midwest. But at least this week will take us to the end of January, and then February is shorter In addition to my 17 piano students, this week I’ll be practicing with 10 students I’m accompanying at ISSMA contest the […]

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On last week’s Little Tales post, KJ mentioned having a Little People RV (somehow I missed that particular toy), and the fun she’d had with the little toilet that was included. That’s one of my favorite aspects of Fisher Price Little People toys: the attention to detail. Here is my ferris wheel, nearly 50 years […]

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It was just another Sunday lunch. Church was over, and we were sitting at Fazoli’s. “Where’s our food?” asked someone. “This is taking SO long!” Someone else began critiquing the sermon … and I drifted off mentally to my “happy place.” But this was interrupted by a little boy and girl, maybe 5 and 7 […]

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Menu Plan Monday

Welcome to the first Menu Plan Monday of 2015! 2014 certainly passed by quickly. This week, the kids are back to school, and we have an aunt visiting for dinner Monday. The piano students all return as well, so it will be a busy week. I enjoy getting back into the routine again, though. Monday: […]

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Thanks to Family Christian for providing a review copy of this book, and the giveaway certificate. All opinions mine; no financial compensation was received. No doubt about it: kids love animals. So, what better way to introduce kids to Bible stories than to use animals, right? Right. How about a rat? Before you immediately turn […]

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I don’t normally make New Year’s Resolutions, but I do have a plan for the new year. I’m going to devote an hour each weekday to a project I want to accomplish. You can get a lot done in an hour a day. Think about it: there are 260 weekdays in a year, and even […]

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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” probably isn’t in your Top Ten Christmas carols. As a piano teacher, I can attest to the fact that hardly a single child today has ever heard of it. If you’re among the few who has, you may know it with either this melody (here, sung by Burl […]

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Do you clap in church? Perhaps I should clarify a little. Do you clap along to the music played in church? If you attend a charismatic church, you’d probably say, “Sure!” If you’re Episcopalian, more likely you’d answer, “Of course not.” But there’s a vast in-between out there. Growing up, I went to a mostly […]

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Last year, I needed a Christmas gift idea for my piano students.  I wanted to make each of them a Christmas tree ornament, and since there are several of them, I didn’t want to spend a lot. Here’s how I ended up making inexpensive musical ornaments: First, I cut old pieces of Christmas music into […]

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Peppa Pig Bubbles

I know, I know – I’ve talked about Peppa Pig before. And I know, my own girls have passed the stage where they’re captivated by adorable animated animals speaking with British accents. But I haven’t! So, today I’d like to introduce you to another Peppa Pig DVD called Bubbles. It features 14 “peppasodes” for a […]

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