Free Fun Friday | Day 24


For today’s edition of Free Fun Friday, I present to you the Kimmel Center. First off, it’s an incredible facility – the architecture itself inspires creativity.  In a city full of tall, tall, tall, crazy high tall buildings, the arched ceiling made of window tiles stands out to the budding artist.


If you keep your ears out, you can find some free concerts to attend. This concert happened to have a special little performer involved.

Kimmel Center

Chloe was invited to play with 90 other little violinists who were joining up with members of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. We couldn’t say no to such an exciting opportunity. She was thrilled and super excited. (Although, she wants me to make it clear, she was also a teeeeeeeensy bit nervous at the beginning.)


She’s always super intense about her tuning. And usually everyone else’s.


These two are her biggest cheerleaders. Neither one has missed a concert. :)


Ninety violinists. Plus some professionals from the Philadelphia Symphony. It was quite the beautiful sound.


Because Chloe is so tiny, she’s always on the front row. I don’t mind. ;)

Enjoy a few videos from the concert!

 Chloe learned this song in 2 days to be able to perform it!

At the end of this one, I finally stopped shaking the phone and zoomed in so you can find the star of our show. 

And – in case you’re interested in more free concerts at the Kimmel Center, check out one of these dates. They are fantastic for young children as they are never more than an hour; they are free, and there are already lots of (noisy, dancing) children in the audience. Yours will blend right in. Promise. :)

SingIN for Strings, Brass Quintet, and Choir……………December 17,2014

PlayIN for Flute at the Kimmel Center…………………….January 14, 2015

PlayIN for Viola at the Kimmel Center…………………….February 21, 2015

PlayIN for Cello at the Kimmel Center…………………….March 5, 2015

PlayIN for Brass……………………………………………………April 22, 2015

Visit the Philadelphia Orchestra website to see past playINs through video and for more info about participating or attending the free events.

Lunch with Dad Day | Day 23


So, we were invited to have lunch with Chris today at his office. That was pretty cool. Because his office is in the tallest building of the Philly skyline.

So when we visit dad at lunch, it looks like this.









Fall Cold Remedy | Day 22


So as much as we tried to fight it off, it came. The first Philadelphia fall cold. Not bad…just a few little coughs and sniffles here and there.

So, I’m still in my pj’s. And the girls are asleep before 9 PM. And I almost cooked chicken soup for dinner.

However! My favorite cold remedies have worked well for us and I thought I’d share.

First is the apple cider vinegar sniffing.

apple cider vinegar

Well, I heat up a quarter cup or so in a small pot, let it simmer, then breathe in the potent fumes. Breathe slowly. That’s key. Or you might kill more than just the germs. HAHA! Well, not really, but it is pretty powerful stuff – anti inflammatory, anti viral, anti bacterial, anti-everything-cold-virus…It works. Relieves those swollen sinuses and gets you back on your feet in no time. If I’m having a rough stuffed up day, breathing these fumes a few times a day will have me back to 90% by the next day. You could go for all the essential oils people love buying this time of year, or you could get the cheap, ages old remedy. I go for this one. Oh, it also is great for killing ants! And a ton of other things.

My second remedy is a great cough one. And it tastes super yummy. And doesn’t smell as crazy strong as the Apple Cider Vinegar does.

Raw pineapple juice and honey. Who wouldn’t want that?


This worked great on my little Kami who had a pretty nasty cough come up. She had a small glass of this twice in one day and once the next day – and her cough has been completely gone since! She went from super croupy to totally normal. And no tears over this one.

Best of luck to you staying away from the cold this season! But for us, with my husband being on the train every day, it’s pretty inevitable that we’d catch something up here! I’m just happy to have a few natural remedies that work well for us. Maybe they’ll help you too!

What about you? Do you have a favorite natural cold remedy? I’d love to hear it!

When a little sunshine left Philadelphia | Day 21








Sometimes I forget I live in the middle of the fifth largest US city. We took one last trip with my mom this morning before she headed off to the airport back home to the deep (hot!) South. This morning took us to the Morris Arboretum about a half hour from our house. The wildflowers in this part of the country – even in fall – are just breathtaking.

I’m so thankful for my mom. She came up here with her little Southern self and went exploring with us. In fact, it was quite exhausting for us to keep up with her! She helped me organize a few last rooms and closets while she was here. (Which, for those who know me well know that is the biggest gift of all – organizing something for me!) And we ended up getting a couple date nights and lots of fun chats in my native tongue. Southern. 

We’ll miss her alot. A little bit of the sunny in Philadelphia flew away today. Surely, Georgia is a tad brighter with her back home. But hopefully, we’ll catch her again up here soon.



Pennsylvania Treehouse

The people in Pennsylvania know how to build treehouses!!





Morris Arboretum

The giant birdhouse was the biggest hit. I think both girls would have stayed here all day if it hadn’t been for our needing to catch a plane for my mom!

Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Can I live in this house?


Morris Arboretum


Morris Arboretum

We’ll miss you Mom!


Date night – live blogging | Day 20


So I’m 36 days new to the area – but my mom’s here for the week – so we are going on a date night.

And I thought for tonight’s post, I’d live blog it.

Partly because I’m currently sitting on a train taking me from my twin in the outer city limits 40 minutes into the center city area. And people do stuff on their phones on these trains. A girl’s gotta fit in when she can.

So here we go…


So we stop at his work. Like just to see the lobby.


Then we walk outside. Hello philly nighttime. It’s seriously inspiring.


So we walk to find a restaurant – like something not too pricey. Soup and sandwiches would be good. This place wasn’t it. Too bad. I’m all about good food. But the $95 dry aged ribeye wasn’t on my radar tonight. The tables outside were almost worth the $95 ribeye though.


We walked a bit further. Then found this British place.


And now I’m eating this.




Fish and chips for the man of the house. And I’m settling in nice and cozy like with a vegetarian spinach and mushroom cobbler dish that just seems to be heavenly. With the slightest hints of nutmeg, of course it is.

Being the crazy energy-filled-on-Monday-night people that we are, we seem to have found our favorite date night spot….I’ll update if it really in fact is…

Oh wait!

I think it is!!


This is where we party.

These are the books that make me slap my grandma.


I settled on a favorite for awhile.
Then I always leave it behind for another crazy food loving girl like me.


Then we walk back and I see this. It made me laugh.


One more stop at the workplace. I can’t believe how awesome this place is – just the lobby itself is so cool
on so many levels.


And from here – it’s back on our train for the ride home. Thanks for joining in the fun!



Happy Birthday to my Little Lady | Day 19


Eight years ago, I became a mommy for the first time.

Eight years ago, I did the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Eight years ago, I saw the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.

Eight years ago, she almost died.

Eight years ago, my God began becoming big to me.

Eight years ago, (plus 8 days), she survived.

And today, she is just as beautiful and alive as she ever was.

Happy birthday, Little Lady! I love you!




Weekend Roundup | Day 18


I’m celebrating my daughter’s big #8 birthday today. So in order to make enough popcorn for all the people she invited and a cake big enough to feed them all, I’m keeping the writing to minimum today. Enjoy some of these posts from other fellow 31 dayers about Moving, Transition, and Making New Friendships.


Marian’s tips on making friendships in a new place when you have lots of littles.


Then there’s Erin who makes a move in 16 days. The days started on October 1. So now she’s there. Barely. You’ll love this journey!


And for the weekend adventurous, there’s Tabitha, who straight up is going homeless and moving herself, her husband, and her tiny small children to Ethiopia. This. Is. Crazy Awesome.


Ya’ll have a great weekend! Bday pics coming on Monday.