Posts Tagged ‘events’

What Wearing Glasses Taught Me

June 24, 2010

We all know kids can be cruel.  Not cruel because they’re malicious, but because they’re straight up honest.  They have a thought, good or bad, and it comes straight out their mouth in some of the most shocking ways sometimes.

I got my first pair of glasses when I was in 3rd grade.  Glasses back then were the heavy plastic frames and thick coke bottle lenses.  And, for some reason, the kids glasses somehow managed to engulf your entire face even though they were supposedly designed for kids with smaller faces.

I sat in the back of Mrs. Deichman’s class unable to read the chalkboard.  I was so ashamed and embarrassed to have these giant purple face eaters covering my eyes that I kept them stored in my desk drawer.  Whenever I needed to read the chalkboard, I’d slump down close to my desk drawer, pull out my glasses, hold them up, read the board, then quickly throw them back into the drawer.  All because of the sing song taunting from the other kids that would devastate any 8 year old… “Four Eyes” “Coke Bottles” “Neener Neener”.

Thankfully for me.  I got contacts the next year and what seemed to be the endless taunting finally stopped.  I was cool again.

This is why we’ve chosen to donate the proceeds from our latest Ice Cream Sandwich Bar Extravaganza to The Taylor Family Foundation.  Because they are helping kids with real ailments, not just fixable cosmetic issues, like glasses.  They enable kids with special needs to go to camp with other kids just like them.  The kids don’t have to hear “normal” kids ask them “why do you look like that?” or “what’s that for?” and other questions that little inquiring minds need to  know.  The kids get to go to camp and “just be kids.”

What were you taunted for as a kid?


The Magic of the Market

June 8, 2010

There’s something about the Farmer’s Markets that I absolutely love.  If all I wanted was locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, I would just order up a CSA box.  But the markets mark the start of summer for me.  They’re nostalgic of times where people stopped and talked to each other, even if they’re perfect strangers.

It’s unfortunate that a lot of markets have turned into big businesses that are more interested in the churn and burn of making big bucks.  But, it really does make me appreciate the small markets where I can freely walk around.  Take the time to talk to vendors.  And enjoy being outdoors in the sunshine with my husband.

This year is the first time I’ve ever been a vendor at a market, and I find myself eager to go back every week.  What I love is seeing familiar faces every week and learning who loves what.  Meeting the new folks who have just discovered the San Ramon Farmer’s Market.  And seeing the kids’ eyes light up as they walk by our booth.

The bottom line is, I love watching the people. It’s not like shopping at a box store, where a lot of families are stressed to find “something” and hurry out.   At the market, people are happy.  Families are enjoying each others company.  Everyone moves at a slower pace.  It’s refreshing.

What are some of your favorite local markets?

Wedding in a Box

March 29, 2010

I’ve been to quite a few weddings in my lifetime and after a while they all start to look the same.  I think everyone buys the “Wedding in a Box” package.  You know how it goes.  There’s always a teary speech, first dance, glass clinking, cake smashing, a bouquet toss, a garter toss, and of course the dreaded chicken dance!

The last wedding I went to was fun because instead of your typical cake smashing, they had a table of pies!  Not just one pie, but lots and lots of pie!  And instead of the typical cake smashing, the guests counted down and both the bride and groom plummeted their faces into one of the pies with their hands behind their backs.  Now that’s a way to put your personality in your wedding!

When you start planning your wedding, think about what *you* want.  Put your personality into your wedding in more ways then just different color table linens and dresses.  Break the mold and do something different!

A few unique ideas to get you started:

  • A Cookie and Cupcake Buffet: Delicious treats for everyone young and old!
    Cookie and Cupcake Buffet

    Cookie and Cupcake Buffet

  • A Photo Booth: Your guests will not only be entertained, but they’ll also be able to give you a fun message on your specials day.
  • Plantable Invitations and Thank You Cards: A great way for your guests to plant a living memory of your fun event!

What are some of your unique ideas?