what I want from Target this week: Cat and Jack Spring clothes

What I Want from Target this Week

Cat & Jack for Miss L

I can’t be the only one who is completely enamored with Cat & Jack from Target. I mean… soft fabric, great messages, super stylish, and the perfect price point… and all 5 minutes away from my house! Yeah… I love it!

Here are some of my favorite items that I eyed for Miss L this month:

Silver Foil Windbreaker ($19.99); Solar System T-Shirt ($6.00)

Rainbow Tights ($3.99); Flamingo Tights ($4.99), Bunny Knee Tights ($4.99)

Dream It Believe It Achieve It T-Shirt ($9.99); The Earth Without Art is Just ‘Eh’ T-Shirt ($9.99)


goodbye Lincoln

Life isn’t always full of puppy dogs and rainbows. But when it is… it’s amazing.

And when that puppy dog goes chasing after the end of the rainbow way too early in life… well… it’s really hard to accept.

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Live Action Film) – Coloring Pages and more!

Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a live-action on adaptation on of the studio’s animated classic featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu MbathaRaw, Haƫ e Morahan and Nathan Mack with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. It premiered in theaters in the US on March 17th, 2017 and is now available on BlueRay/DVD!

Extend the fun at home with these fun coloring sheets featuring the characters of the live action film! There’s also a set of bookmarks, door hangers and a memory game that you can print out to enjoy at home!

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Unicorn Hot Chocolate Valentines


This year, Miss L went for unicorn themed Valentines… complete with a DIY Unicorn Hot Chocolate kit!


I’d showed her some photos of the ridiculous Unicorn Hot Chocolate from Creme and Sugar in Anaheim back in January, and she asked if we could make it at home. So when I started looking for all of the ingredients, I realized that we would have an excess of supplies on hand… so why not turn in into a gift!


How to make DIY Unicorn Hot Chocolate Kits for Valentine’s Day (or any day really!)

First, we went in search of brightly colored hot chocolate. Upon finding bulk colored hot chocolate via the Internet, Miss L debated between pink, blue and purple. She settled on purple as the perfect color for her classroom Valentines and we packaged up single servings of 3 Tablespoons of cocoa in small glassine bags.

Next, we made a batch of colorful mini-marshmallows. We started out with some crazy color ideas courtesy of Studio DIY’s tie dye marshmallows and bought food coloring gel online. Then, we followed Alton Brown’s mini-marshmallow recipe to create five different colors of marshmallow goodness. Miss L and I then added the goo to a large Ziploc bag, snipped the corner off, and piped row after row of marshmallow on parchment lined and cornstarch/sugar sprinkled baking sheets.  We sprinkled more of the cornstarch/sugar on the rows and then cut them the next day.


We had also bought five colors of crazy colored jimmies from the same store that we bought the food coloring. So we dumped a little (OK – A LOT!) of each into a bowl and mixed them together.

We didn’t want anyone to be confused about what they were getting in their packet so we printed little instruction cards on how to assemble the Unicorn Hot Chocolate at home.


Putting it all together

For the packaging, Miss L created some artwork by tracing a unicorn and added her own Valentine’s Day message.

I scanned the pencil art, resized it in Photoshop, then printed it on glassine bags. She added unique colorful touches to each bag using markers.

Then we filled each one up with a package of purple hot chocolate, colorful marshmallows, sprinkles and an instruction sheet, then sealed then with Valentine’s Day washi tape.


We had a blast with making every part of these Valentines, especially the super sticky marshmallows!


Now we hope all of those first graders love their crazy cup of Unicorn Hot Chocolate they get to make at home!

do something good

do something good: who represents me?


You may not know this… but I’m sort of big into politics. Back in the day I got my BA in Political Science. Then I went and got my MPP in Educational Policy. And today, I’m a bureaucrat working for the state of California! While I’ve become more of a policy wonk than the political junkie of my youth, I’m still passionate and connected to the issues that matter! And after the doozy of 2016, I’d love it if everyone else was too! Therefore, I’d like to encourage you to make 2017 the year that you become an active participant in our representative democracy!

Do you know who your three representatives (2 Senators & 1 Congressperson) in Washington, D.C. are? How about your state government representatives?

If you do… GOOD FOR YOU!

If you don’t… here’s your chance to find out!


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Print out one of the PDFs above. Fill it out with the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of all of your representatives. CLICK HERE for links to all of the information you’ll need!

Now why would you want to know this? Your representatives are in office to serve the interests of their constituents. It’s your job to share your opinion on important legislation with them!

And recent history has a story to share with us… Republicans in Congress tried to pull a bit of wool over the eyes of the public by weakening the Office of Congressional Ethics. Well, less than 18 hours after that news broke, offices were flooded with calls and they reversed course.


This is the power of your representative voice! What do you say when you call? Take this wonderful advice from The Leadership Conference:

It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member’s office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.

It is usually most effective to call your own senators and representatives, as each is primarily concerned with residents from his or her district. However, you may occasionally find it useful to call other members, if they are on a certain committee or in a particular position to help get a bill passed.

If you’re still a little shaky on what to do our say, you can also download and reference the awesome 21-page guide, “Call the Halls” by Emily Ellsworth!


Enter this information as a contact in your cellphone! Then you can call your representatives whenever you need to without the extra research hassle!