Monday, July 28, 2014

Ice Cream Social at Westlake Porter Library

If you follow me on Twitter @MarieNovak13 or Instagram marienovak13 you had a sneak peek at our activities tonight. We went to the Ice Cream Social at Westlake Porter Public Library organized by the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library. What a great event for an even better cause!

There were dollar ice cream sundaes with the ice cream provided by Mitchell's Ice Cream.  They had vanilla, chocolate, cookie dough and porter peppermint patty ice cream, yum, yum, YUM!!! Top that with chocolate sauce and sprinkles and we were in heaven.

There were games and music.  The kids won some great prizes!  They also had balloon artists! Jude got a balloon hat and Joel got a balloon dog. They were so happy!

It was such a fun night.  We love Westlake Porter Public Library and all the fabulous programs they provide the community.  The kids have learned so much and earned so many great prizes participating in the Summer Reading Program.  So remember to support your local libraries! They love to have you and need your love!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hot Dogs, French Fries and Fireworks at the Ballpark

We had a great night watching the Lake County Captains yesterday.  Thank you to our friends Ms Darlene, Mr Mike and their two wonderful children Luke and Lyla for joining us for the game.  Minor league baseball is always a fun experience.  Most games have a theme, like yesterday, Christmas in July.  They have a lot of giveaways.  Yesterday was Bobblehead night. And there are great family fun activities, yes bounce houses in outfield!

We ate to much, drank a little (gotta try to fish bowls if your get to Classic Park) and laughed a lot! And bonus, the Captains took home a win. Overall a very successful night. All this was topped off with fireworks.

Looking for a wonderful way to celebrate a warm summer evening?  If you live in Northeast Ohio, head over to a Lake County Captains.  Not from around here?  Support your local minor league team!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Home School Here We Come

Christmas in July came a day early in the Novak household.  As most of you know Jude will enter Kindergarten this year.  When your kids start school, I think there is always a little apprehension and nervousness surrounding the first day of school.  We have a little more preparation then most, because after careful consideration including much input from Jude himself, we have decided to start homeschooling.  Jude is enrolled in Ohio Virtual Academy which is part of the K12 Network of schools. It is a online public school option in the State of Ohio.  The decision wasn't easy because we do have good brick and mortar schools in our city, however we feel this is the best fit for our family at this time.

So today our curriculum arrived.  Two great big boxes. Yeah!!  There was excitement to dig in an see all that there was to offer.  So much great stuff!  We have already turned our office into dedicated school room.  I will post about that project later.  We had pretty much made a spot for everything so the unpacking went smoothly and we had a lot of time to look through our treasures.  Jude is particularly drawn to the math blocks. Pretty cool I must say!

We are very excited to be starting with OHVA in the fall.  We have had a great kick start experience with the Summer Fun Online Program.  We are hoping for a wonderful year full of memorable experiences to share.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Edible Cleveland Making Northeast Ohio A Little Sweeter One Bite at a Time

Are you familiar with Edible Cleveland?  It is a wonderful print and digital publication highlighting all the must have food products and must visit food spots in Cleveland.  It is published quarterly and offers great inspirations to all levels of foodies who live, work or just play in the area.

I recently picked up my copy of the Summer 2014 publication.  Immediately I found an article near and dear to my heart about blueberries. What a wonderful article by Karin McKenna about the Nabor Family, owners of the fabulous Mustard Seed Markets and Blueberry Hill Farm a certified organic pick your own blueberry farm in Glenmont, Ohio.

Included in the article was a recipe for Blueberry Almond Flour Muffins.  This recipe spoke to my newly required reduced carbohydrate diet.  As an added bonus to many they are gluten free.  I had to immediately try them!  My children like items made with nut flours but do not like chopped nuts in bakery so I substituted the chopped pecans for dried blueberries which added a very nice texture in the muffin.  These muffins were simply delicious!!

Have we sparked your interest in Edible Cleveland?  Want to get a copy for yourself?  Here is a link to their Summer 2014 Digital Edition.  Complimentary print copies can be found at many local Cleveland establishments which can be located here.  Paid print subscriptions are also available if you don't live in the area and want a print copy delivered directly to your home.

You can also stay informed with everything Edible Cleveland has to offer by following them on Edible Cleveland Facebook Page or on Twitter .  Let them know we sent you!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy First Birthday Prince George!

Today, July 22, 2014 marks the First Birthday of Prince George.  And what a first year it was!  Three-Hundred and Sixty-Five days of amazing firsts. Our friends at My 1st Years have produced a great info graphic to commemorate this very special occasion and we wanted to share it with you.  Take a glance at the Prince's First Year.

Prince George of Cambridge (George Alexander Louis) was born on July 22, 2013. Prince George is the son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and the grandchild of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. After his grandfather and father, he is third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.  From the day Prince William and Catherine announced they were expecting, baby watch began.  The anticipation of Princes's arrival was an event on to its own.  With Prince George's birth not only came a heir to the throne but also a new beautiful new face to the royal family.

Condensing such a monumental first year into one page certainly couldn't be easy, but My 1st Years did a great job!  Take a peek at some of Prince George's stats. He has gone through approximately 2,735 nappies (diapers), consumed approximately 10,230 ounces of milk, been burped 4,092 times and traveled 50 km. Wow!! And consider the fact Prince George, like most babies, has slept for about 232.5 days, or 1/3 of his life, that's a lot of stuff!!

Even the announcement of his birth was amazing!  There were 25,000 tweets a minute about the birth of Prince George.  Can you imagine that?!? Twenty-five thousand tweets a minute.  That is a little over 416 tweets a second.  Unbelievable!!

These are only the items able to be quantitated.  Think back to your baby's first year. All the first that you didn't even know existed until they happened. Priceless!  Think of all the pictures that have been snapped.


People love Prince George, as they rightfully should.  He is adorable. Almost as adorable as the items offered by My 1st Years.  They have a precious selection of Prince George Items, including this royally inspired onesie.   Too cute!!

Never heard of My First Years?  What a wonderful company based out of the UK. They were founded in 2010 and they offer the most beautiful personalized baby clothing, accessories and gifts for newborn babies.  Their categories of items include:  My 1st Shoe, My 1st Outfit, My 1st Bear and My 1st Accessory.  


I missed out in My 1st Years when Jude and Joel were born.  I found so many gorgeous items that I would have ordered to commemorate the birth of my baby boys!  From first outfits to bring baby home in to precious baby shower or Christening gifts, there is something for every baby!

Don't live in the UK?  No worries!  They ship internationally.  So no matter where you live you can share their wonderfully unique personalized gifts with out friends and love ones or your own sweet baby to be.