Getting creative, saying “I love you” with a home-cooked Valentine’s Day menu, and examining your daily routine.
A few years ago they cut our media specialist to a part-time position. I wanted to cry. Working with her for the book fair had been one of my favorite parts of my kids’ school. I adored how attentive she was in teaching children about literature, showing them how to do research papers, running the student-anchored morning news. The next thing on the chopping block turned out to be all the extra-curriculars: music, physical education, and art. For me, these are the areas where kids learn more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. It’s about growing a person, and not just a person who can take a standardized test, because there is little to no life value in teaching to a test.
WI\ith budget cuts happening everywhere for schools, Dick Blick has made it easier for parents and community to get involved with donating to keep kids learning how to be people, not just non-failing test-takers. Together with my kids’ art teacher, Teri Eiswald, we’re working on a school-wide project through Blick’s Art Room Aid that will turn the halls of Falcon Heights into a mini art museum for portfolio nights and the open houses (that include the Spring Scholastic Book Fair!). That sense of pride in seeing their work displayed can mean a lot to the small people in our lives. We are so excited to have the opportunity to raise funds to make this project a reality.
Changing Your Routine
“The revelation that routines need to be modified is a difficult one. No one wants to give up the things they enjoy, those things that start their day off in a recognizable and reassuring way. In order to change the ruts that habits fall into, I try to trick my mind into believing that nothing has changed.”
Read the rest and get a recipe for homemade yogurt over on the Attune Foods Daily Digest.
For Valentine’s Day
I’m not much for going all out on Valentine’s Day in the gift department, but I do believe in a good celebratory meal, Sunday dinner style.
Appetizer: Ginger Plum Crostini for something sweet with a bit of spice.
Salad: Roasted Beet and Lacinato Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette because beets.
Main: Cayenne-Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce to bring a little heat to the table.
Dessert: Molten Orange Chocolate Lava Cakes or Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cinnamon Pavlova Tarts because two desserts are better than one.
This post is part of a collaboration with The Motherhood and Dick Blick.