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Christmas Piano Party & Recital Ideas

I recently hosted my annual Christmas Piano Party & Recital. I do this each December, as my “gift” to my piano students. But really, it’s a gift for myself too, because I enjoy it so much. In case you are looking for Christmas p...
by Girls in White Dresses on Dec 16, 2016

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Trivia

It’s Nutcracker season, and you probably know that the composer of that famous ballet is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — or as we more often refer to him, Peter Tchaikovsky. How about some trivia on the great composer? Tchaikovsky wrote three...
by Girls in White Dresses on Dec 14, 2016

Five Christmas Gifts Not to Give Teachers: Advice from a Former Educator

I was an elementary teacher for eight years. During those years, students gave me gifts of all types. While I appreciated the thought behind all of them (OK, MOST of them – there was that “please give me an A” gift given right befor...
by Girls in White Dresses on Dec 9, 2016

Carmel Symphony: A Christmas Gift to Treasure

Christmas is coming, and what should you buy for the kids in your life? I’d like to make the case for event-focused gifts. Let’s face it: many, if not most, kids here in the US have so many toys that they’ve become so much rubble to...
by Girls in White Dresses on Dec 1, 2016

In Praise of Grocery Shopping

I love grocery shopping. Mondays are favorite days for me, largely because that’s when I go to a couple of grocery stores to buy the things I need for the week. I find it strange when I hear people complain about shopping for groceries, because...
by Girls in White Dresses on Sep 2, 2016

Pippa Middleton Facts

Pippa Middleton Facts Pippa Middleton — sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge — captured the world’s attention from the moment she stepped into Westminster Abbey as a bridesmaid in Prince William and Kate’s wedding, in he...
by Girls in White Dresses on Aug 31, 2016

Mansfield Ohio Trip: BibleWalk & Kingwood Center

After we hit the Shawshank Trail and visited the Ohio State Reformatory, there was still more to see in Mansfield. One of the girls asked, “Why are there so many good things in this one little town?” One of those good things was the Bible...
by Girls in White Dresses on Aug 24, 2016

Alaska Trip: Juneau Dogsledding

Last time, our Alaska travelogue took us to Mendenhall Glacier. We’re not done with Juneau yet — how about a little Juneau dogsledding? We took a bus from Juneau to the dogsledding place we’d reserved prior to the trip. Honestly, I&...
by Girls in White Dresses on Aug 18, 2016

Ohio State Reformatory: Shawshank Redemption Site

Have you seen “The Shawshank Redemption?” I did, several years ago, and was struck by the impressive building portraying the prison where characters Andy and Red live. Well, that prison is not just a movie set. It’s the Ohio State R...
by Girls in White Dresses on Aug 12, 2016

Dress Like Kate Middleton

Have you read that William and Kate — and possibly the kids, too — will be visiting Canada next month? I can hardly wait to see the photos that come out of that trip! Let’s take a closer look at Kate’s impeccable fashion sense...
by Girls in White Dresses on Aug 5, 2016

Alaska Trip: Haines

Post contains affiliate links at no cost to you —   After our day at sea cruising Glacier Bay, we stopped at port at the small town of Haines. You may not have heard of Haines (I had not), because it’s not a major port. Most cruise s...
by Girls in White Dresses on Aug 3, 2016

Melania Trump Recipes: Apple Napoleons

Melania Trump Recipes — an unlikely search, because, I’m doubting that a woman of Melania Trump’s net worth does much cooking. If you were worth billions, would you? Sure, I might drop in with an occasional menu plan Monday, but tha...
by Girls in White Dresses on Jul 29, 2016

Alaska Trip: Cruising Glacier Bay

Cruising Glacier Bay Our cruise included two types of days: those when we stopped at ports, and those when we stayed on the ship, just … cruising. I have to say that, although I enjoy exploring new cities and towns, there was always a feeling o...
by Girls in White Dresses on Jul 27, 2016

Linkup Parties My Favorite Things 180

Glad to see you for this week’s Linkup Parties  linkup parties! We love sharing your posts that you share with us at the My Favorite Things and Inspiration Spotlight blogging Linkup Parties. See the details for the Linkup Parties bel...
by Dear Creatives on Jul 23, 2016

Seeking Sewers, Riding Fairies: Why Editing is Important

Why Editing is Important Education: the older I get, the more I value mine. Most every day I’m confronted with real-life “story problems” requiring that I use basic math. And maybe it’s just because I’m such a verbal/lan...
by Girls in White Dresses on Jul 22, 2016

Linkup Parties: My Favorite Things 179 Join Us!

Glad to see you for this week’s Linkup Parties  linkup parties! We love sharing your posts that you share with us at the My Favorite Things and Inspiration Spotlight blogging Linkup Parties. See the details for the Linkup Parties bel...
by Dear Creatives on Jul 16, 2016

Alaska Trip: The American Bald Eagle Foundation

Our first port to stop at on our Alaska cruise was in the small town of Haines. You probably haven’t heard of Haines (I hadn’t), but it was a charming place. I’ll tell you several things we saw and did there, but today I want to foc...
by Girls in White Dresses on Jul 12, 2016

Linkup Parties My Favorite things 178

Glad to see you for this week’s Linkup Parties  linkup parties! We love sharing your posts that you share with us at the My Favorite Things and Inspiration Spotlight blogging Linkup Parties. See the details for the Linkup Parties bel...
by Dear Creatives on Jul 9, 2016

Holland America Zaandam: Alaska Cruise

To recap the earlier Alaska trip posts: We landed in Anchorage and traveled up to Denali National Park. Then, we took a bus down to Seward where we boarded our cruise ship. I’d only been on one cruise previously, a Norwegian Pride of America cr...
by Girls in White Dresses on Jul 7, 2016

Alaska Trip: Denali National Park

After our long ride on the McKinley Explorer, we arrived at our destination: Denali National Park. Several hotels were situated just outside the park, all seemingly owned and operated by cruise companies. Here’s our Holland America-owned McKinl...
by Girls in White Dresses on Jul 6, 2016


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