Simchat Torah {2012}

4 out of 4! We did it!

We recently celebrated the last Jewish holiday of the season! Simchat Torah is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of the new cycle. The main celebration of Simchat Torah takes place in the synagogue during evening and morning services. On each occasion when the ark is opened, we leave our seats to dance and sing with all the Torah scrolls in a joyous celebration that often lasts for several hours.

Hubby, Sarah, my mother-in-law (MIL) and I all went to dance with the Torah last Monday night. Since it was later in the evening, we dressed Sarah in jammies and headed out. We almost made it to the end of the event, but Sarah was rubbing her eyes and was ready for bed. Therefore MIL and I dropped hubby and Sarah off at home and headed back to the party.

When that party was over, I dropped my MIL off at her home and I headed to a congregants house for a little L’Chaim!

It was a fun and meaningful holiday!

Here is Sarah dancing with her stuffed Torah we bought for her online.




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Halloween Costume

I’m not a crafty person. I don’t draw, paint, or make artistic things. Nor would I be the kind of mom to make my child’s Halloween costume. I’m just not that kind of mama, until I saw this costume on Pinterest!

The Inspiration

It just looked so easy! It consists of a simple tutu tutorial, some already cut fringe, a white shirt to purchase, and tada! So I went to my local craft store and bought the necessary items. Now I just need to stop blogging (nahh) and put it together.

My mommy group is hosting an annual Halloween photo shoot this Wednesday. Wish me luck that I finish on time and it comes out looking!

Trying to get the babies together for a group picture.
Sarah and I last year at the play date.


My mom was not a big fan of saving my sisters’ and my drawings, painting or other creations. It wasn’t that she didn’t love them and proud of us. She just always liked to keep her house clutter-free. I feel that way, too, but I also don’t want to forget Sarah’s masterpieces!

So I was very excited when I came across an article in my Parenting magazine. It mentioned different ways to keep your child’s art work in a neat and organized way. I thought, “Sign me up!” I specifically liked the ease of an app called ArtKive.

I downloaded the app and started taking pictures of Sarah’s school artwork. Then I created a list of family and friends who would like to see what she made. Theoretically, I can now dispose of her art work, but since there are only three items so far, I think I can wait a little longer! However, when they start to pile up, I know I’ll feel otherwise.

At the end of the school year, I plan on taking full advantage of the option to make a book out of all the pictures. I’m looking forward to what this app will do for my crazy need to be organized and live in a mostly paper-free world!

What do you do to display your child’s/children’s masterpieces?

Sukkot {2012}

3 down and 1 more to go!

We recently celebrated the Jewish holiday Sukkot. The main part of Sukkot is to eat (and sleep if you will) in a homemade hut. Since our patio is covered and have no other space to create this structure hubby made Sarah a Sukkah for her stuffed animals. Then Sarah and I decorated it and even went out to find leaves for the roof.

Sarah’s Sukkah!
The Roof

It turned out really cute! We even bought Sarah a stuffed Lulav and Etrog.

Playing with her new “toy”

We spent most of the week in and out of synagogue. Ate inside of our friends sukkah and hung out indoors (it was a very very hot Sukkot!). I hope to one day be able to host Sukkot in our Sukkah. Maybe next year?!?

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!


Dollar Tree Project

In a previous post I mentioned how much I like to find quality things at the Dollar Tree. So when I was looking for some inexpensive way to dress up and/or personalize Sarah’s toy bins, I was excited to find it! On my most recent trip I found these great Wall Creations stickers.

Dollar Tree Wall Creations

I purchased two packages. One had pink, orange and green letters. The other package had green and pink circles in different sizes. It was a quick, colorful, cute and inexpensive solution. Thanks Dollar Tree for the wonderful find!

Finished Toy Tubs
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