Liza

Aug 012017
 

One of my favorite childhood summer activities was the Northern Maine Fair.  More than just rides and games, our local country fair had a farm animal petting zoo, tasty treats, a demolition derby, and an expo hall showcasing agriculture, arts and crafts, floral arrangements and more.

Visiting the Northern Maine Fair, a fun family tradition!

The best part of the expo hall was the opportunity to enter items for display and judging.  For most categories they had a children’s or junior’s division, though in some areas adults and kids competed on the same footing.  I won countless ribbons – including a few blue – and was awarded the monetary prizes that went with them. Continue reading »

Jul 262017
 

It’s always exciting when My Little Pony DVDs arrive at our house from our friends at Shout! Factory.  I try to make each new release special by making a yummy treat or fun craft that matches the theme.  So when I saw Pinkie Pie holding a bowl of popcorn on the back of the MLP Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night DVD, the idea for Pinkie Pie’s Party Popcorn immediately came to mind.

Pinkie Pie's Party Popcorn is perfect for a My Little Pony Equestria Girls Magical Movie Night!

Bubbles is very excited that her new cousin loves My Little Pony, too.  We plan to invite her down soon for a Magical Movie Night of our own.  We’ll definitely be serving up more of Pinkie Pie’s Party Popcorn – our first batch disappeared, well, like magic! Continue reading »

Jul 042017
 

Happy 4th of July!  Hope your Independence Day was as fun-filled as ours.

Celebrating the 4th of July at the Houlton Maine Parade

Started off the morning attending a local parade.  I hadn’t been to a small-town parade in over a decade, so it was definitely fun to check this one out.  Bubbles hadn’t been to a parade like this before, either, and she was very excited to see what it was all about. Continue reading »

Jun 192017
 

Thank you to SheSpeaks and Prudential for sponsoring this post and helping me share financial planning for women and some of the investment challenges women are facing.

Early in my professional career I had the good fortune to get to know one of my coworkers, Andy.  Andy was only a few years older than myself but he knew more about mapping out future goals than I did.

Women & Money - Investment Challenges and Financial Planning for Women

He encouraged me to start investing right away, to utilize the company match to my 401k.  I was thankful for his advice as “investing 101″ isn’t something they taught in school back then. I started off strong – participating in the company match, doing research, reading prospectuses, the whole nine yards. Continue reading »

May 302017
 

On the second to last day of school, Bubbles brought home some paperwork on local kids summer reading programs.  I knew about some of the national ones – we’ve participated in those for a few years – but had no idea they did them at the local level.

Keep kids entertained and engaged this summer with these 5 Fun and FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs

I’m fortunate that Bubbles loves to read and needs no encouragement to do so.  But I know not all kids feel the same and the fun and rewards from these free kids summer reading programs may be just the ticket to entice them into a break from screen time. Continue reading »