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Fall and Winter Outerwear

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This time of year wearing that special occasion dress can get a little chilly!  Choosing a nice coat or sweater to go with a dress makes all the difference.  The first thing you need to determine is how much coverage you need.  This varies by region based on climate and fashion.  Try to avoid anything to bulky looking.  If it’s really cold you can opt for a long, thick coat, but nothing too puffy for a formal dress.  In warmer conditions a nice knit sweater will do the trick.  Another consideration is how long you will need to wear the coat.  If the event is held completely indoors and the coat is just to get you from door to door, the look becomes less important.  But if you will be outside for part of the event then the coat becomes just as important as the dress itself.

In addition to style, color is a key factor.  Black, white, and brown provide nice compliments to dresses with a lot of color or patterns while dresses of those colors can be really jazzed up with a fun color piece of outerwear.  For example, these two go together nicely:

If the dress has a pattern or is very busy a solid color neutral piece of outerwear is the way to go.  So with dress I would go with a simple coat:

The Play List – Songs For All Ages Gatherings

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I love music.  I have all kinds of playlists on my IPod, but have a special mix for occasions where I know the attendees will span the generations (my family has four living generations).  When you get the entire family together the ages can range from infant to seniors and let’s face it, some of the music we like isn’t necessarily appropriate for this type of occasion. Try for a nice mix of oldies, classic rock, contemporary rock, and pop.  Get some great stripped down acoustic versions of those harder rock songs you like.  If there are children, remember to leave out anything with explicit lyrics or even adult themes.  You probably don’t want to explain to little Susy what a Golddigger is at your next family party!

Music for a party should be in the background so make sure the volume it set so your guests do not need to shout at each other to hear, at this includes grandma! There will always be time to rock out later. If you have a portable speaker, this can be a great way to shift the music if the party will move to another area.

Here is a list of a few songs that work for family parties, holidays, or any occasion with a wide variety of ages:

Jame s Taylor – Sweet Baby James
ColdPlay – Clocks
Billy Joel – New York State of Mind
Simon & Garfunkel – America
Time Of Your Life – Green Day
Van Morrison – Someone Like You
I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Alanis Morissette – Head Over Feet
Better Than Ezra – Good
Eagles – Take It Easy
Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Sarah McLachlan – I Will Remember You
The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
Sting – When We Dance
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
The Beach Boys – Surfin USA
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
Dave Matthews Bank – Crush
Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young – Southern Cross
REM – End Of The World
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – American Girl
The Who – My Generation
38 Special – Caught Up In You
Ben E King – Stand By Me
Big Bad Vodoo Daddy – Go Daddy O
Blues Traveler – Run Around
Bobby Day –  Rockin Robin
Boston – Amanda
Chuck Berry – Johnny B Good
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway
Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful
Jack Johnson – Flake
Goo Goo Dolls – Slide
Four Season – December 1963 (oh what a night)
Enya – Only Time
Drifters – Under the Boardwalk
Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
America – Sister Golden Hair

10 Tips For Taking Children To Special Events

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Special events should be fun!  Here are some ideas to help the whole family enjoy your next memorable occasion.

1.  Let your child help pick out their outfit.  If you need to purchase a specific outfit for the event, involve your child in the process of chhoosing the outfit and they will be so excited to wear it come that special day.  If you are picking from the closet, offer choices between two shirts or dresses or even something as small as the hair clip!

2. Think ahead about your child’s sleep schedule. Plan bedtime the night before, wake up time, and the day’s nap time according to the event schedule.  If you need your child to nap early, try getting them to bed early, up early in the morning, and run them around as much as possible to wear them out for an early nap!  Enlist family and friends to help.

3.  Discuss expectations with your child about the event. Kids love to know the plan so spell it out in detail with them the night before including what is expected from them in regards to behavior.  Make sure to let them know if you will not be with them for any portion of the day.

4. Bring snacks. Always keep some of your child’s favorite snacks on hand, including something that is a very special treat.  Save the best one for the moment when you most need your child to be quiet and attentive.

5.  Bring quiet, age appropriate toys and activities. A toddler trying to play a DS game in the middle of a wedding has the potential for disaster if they get frustrated or accidentally turn up the volume.  Have your child help you pick out two or three toys or activities that can keep them occupied and only bring them out when appropriate.  With my kids we bring doodle pros, coloring books, hot wheels, action figures, books and baby dolls.

6. Pack a change of clothes. This can be either a casual outfit or another dressy outfit.  Children spill, have accidents, get dirty… you get the idea.  If their formal outfit is uncomfortable and they do not need to be in it during the entire event, then bring something a little more casual.  If the event is at night, bring jammies and change before the drive home.   Your child will most likely be exhausted and fall asleep in the car!

7.  Bring extra supplies. After you pack your bag, go back and add an extra diaper, pair of underwear, hair clip, pair of socks, sippy cup – whatever you think has the potential to get used up, dirty, or lost!  It is way better to have too much than to run out.

8.  Plan ahead. As much as we would love our children to sit quietly and patiently through every special event, it may not happen.  Plan your seat accordingly, know where the exits and the bathrooms are located, and have a relative or friend prepared to assist you if possible.  Locate a spot nearby before the event starts where you can take your child where you can calm them down or let them run around.

9.  Keep your cool. Flying off the handle will not help the situation.  If your child’s behavior is not meeting expectations, take them to a private area to sit them down and discuss matters.  Disciplining them publicly during a special occasion will only make everyone feel uncomfortable and may not get the desired results.  Let the child know specifically what behavior is not acceptable and explain what the appropriate behavior should be.

10.  Have fun! Try to keep the day fun for all members of the family.  You will get more out of the day if you stop and make sure your child is also having a good time.  Be aware of their needs so they can be met and everyone will have a good time.

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