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Daytime Stampers-March Group March 24, 2014

Image                                         Mary Innes, Jean Dotson and Roxanne Griffith created these beautiful cards last Friday during our                                                  Stampin’ Up Daytime Stampers March Group.  We explored a resist embossing technique, used the                                              Lacy & Lovely Stamp Set, used the banner punch & Banner Blast Stamp Set, and created Pinwheel                                              birthday cards with the Fan Fair vintage paper on sale right now for $4.39 (snowshoesentiments.stampinup.net).

 

 

What we need to teach our children… March 23, 2014

Filed under: 2014,Education,Family,Parenting Tips — Terry Grosvenor @ 2:03 pm

childoftherockgarden:

One of the most important and powerful behaviors to model for our children is the art of resilience–being able to bounce back, reorganize and start again. In these days of reacting without thought, the ability to negotiate problems is also something families can practice and model in the home for our kids. The author of this article says it so well in describing the additional need for parents to recognize when it is timely, necessary and beneficial to help our children learn a skill in order to be more successful in life, organization, socialization, etc. Parenting is difficult, but modelling resilience, balance, negotiation and skill-learning in ourselves can ease the life journey for our children!

Originally posted on sunflowers and soul:

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The quotation above is from Nelson Mandela – one of the greatest leaders and teachers of all time & certainly of our time. He knew all about the importance of human resilience and modelled it to the rest of us throughout his extraordinary life…

There is a trend in today’s society to do what they call ‘helicopter parenting…’ I have been guilty of this exact thing at times, when my son was younger, but am increasingly learning that it doesn’t serve the child or the parent to make this a permanent state of being

When we take away a child’s right to choose their response to bumpy situations, we take away their opportunity to learn – an opportunity to stretch their boundaries of understanding and their perspective on the world…

So which parent are you…?

The one that teaches your kids that life is ‘perfect’, smooth and shiny &…

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Nashville Destination #1: The Loveless Cafe March 9, 2014

Filed under: 2014,Nashville,Uncategorized — Terry Grosvenor @ 7:02 pm
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Leanna & I rented our Chevy Cruise and drove up into the Tennessee hills towards the Loveless Cafe, highly recommended by our trip consult,                     Trip Advisor.  When we set our eyes on the Cafe, it reminded us of some sort of compound with the Cafe in the middle and little shops and stores built around it.

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Outside the cafe, people were playing old-fashioned games, while waiting for their tables.

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Motorcyclists are obviously welcome at the Loveless Cafe.  There were quite a few of them.

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Prior to entering the cafe, Leanna and I began our frequent trip activity of photographing signs.

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(Occasionally, we included a picture of ourselves!)

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Image  A hidden gem–Shimai Art—beautiful pottery, wall art, sculptures, & woven loveliness!                                             Image  Just some wall art that caught my eye!ImageImage The Place of Weaving?Image The Smokehouse

We explored all of the shops surrounding the cafe and discovered the wonderful Shimai Art shop (pottery, gifts & wearable art); one of those place you walk into and find the most unique treasures.  I would have bought one of everything, if I could have gotten it onto the plane!  Leanna and I loved the gorgeous pottery.   We acquired two coffee mugs and two tea mugs–such beautiful colors, molded with a unique life symbol.  The artist had also created some unusual, wax-etched flower tiles of vibrant colors.  Some neat leaf iron trivets were calling my name, but might have prevented the plane from getting off of the ground!   The artist of the Shimai is Becca Ganick.   In the back room, VickieVipperman displayed her absolutely beautiful hand-dyed woven cotton, silk & bamboo blankets, scarves, etc. from the Vickie Vipperman Weaving Studio in Kingston Springs, Tennessee–so unique and once again, the variety of colors were so rich.  Vickie packed up our pottery for the plane and was so cordial and helpful to us.

The Loveless Cafe was originally known as the Harpeth Valley Tea Room, serving famous fried chicken and biscuits in 1951, owned by Lon & Annie Loveless.  They served travelers from the front door on Highway 100.  Later, they changed their home into a restaurant, adding country hams cured, smoked and carved on site.  They added 14 hotel rooms to serve guests.  Different owners acquired the diner and it continued the Tennessee tradition of serving southern food with homemade biscuits.  In 1982, they started the Hams & Jams mail order business began and in 1985, the hotel rooms were changed to retail space.  The diner was closed for remodeling and restoration in 2003, opening as the Loveless Cafe with the huge following of today.  When Leanna & I  were called to our table, we ordered a huge brunch breakfast of all of the advertised favorites of the Lovelace:  fried chicken, fried okra, flaky biscuits with the most wonderful peach preserves, salad, etc.  This was definitely comfort food!  What a charming place out in the Tennessee hills.

 

Flying Time!

Filed under: 2014,Nashville — Terry Grosvenor @ 5:17 pm

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Terry & Leanna:  Dallas to Nashville on Southwest AirlinesImage

 

Last Minute “To-Do” List Before NASHVILLE!!!! March 8, 2014

Filed under: 2014,Dallas,Pets,Trips — Terry Grosvenor @ 3:56 pm
Leanna's Recipes- belated Birthday Present!

Leanna’s Recipes-
belated Birthday Present!

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“I hope they finish with all of this running around soon–I just want to sleep!”

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NAIL FIXIN’ TIME with Leanna!

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“How long is this gonna take?”

Mimsy says, "Have a great trip, girls!"

Mimsy says, “Have a great trip, girls!”

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“What are those girls up to now?

 

Healthy Dallas Cooking Prior to Amazing Nashville Eats!

Filed under: 2014,Dallas,Healthy Eats,Trips — Terry Grosvenor @ 3:44 pm
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Dallas Eve with Brett, Leanna & Crew! March 7, 2014

Filed under: 2014,Dallas,Nashville,TRAVEL — Terry Grosvenor @ 2:42 pm
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The first leg of our Nashville Girl’s Trip—Leanna May & Terry (the luckiest M-in-L in the world!)

 

 
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