Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Spring is just around the corner!

I love spring!  It is my favorite time of the year because the spring flowers will soon be here. We recently enjoyed the spring flower show at Macy's in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the smell of the hyacinths filled the air as we entered the room.  Here are some pictures from the show.
 A colorful mound of gorgeous.
Peonies, lilies, ivy and begonias.
Rhododendrons and ferns. 
Low growing pink azaleas.
Beautiful Northern Lights Rhododendrons
 Beautiful Yellow Azaleas  
 Northern Pacific Cabin, Hanging Geraniums
Magnolia tree in Full Bloom
Spanish Moss and Topiaries
Rock, Pebbles, Cactus and More
A Fountain Surrounded By Hostas
Spring is just around the corner!
                                                     

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Easter Basket Scavenger Hunt

Send your child on an Easter egg hunt that will make them laugh and think.


The first set of clues are designed for a child 4 to 6 years of age, you will probably have to read the clues to them. Put clue 1 in a place where your child will see it right away, like where they eat breakfast.
 
Clue 1
You don’t go up, you don’t go down,
just stay on this floor, and look hard all around.
Near a chair where you sit, by a computer it's true,                                                      
If you look hard you’ll find your next clue.

Clue 2
You don’t go up, you don’t go down,
just stay on this floor and look hard all around.
The place you come in and a place where you leave, 
with a rug for your shoes and dish for your keys.

Clue 3
You don’t go up, you don’t go down,
just stay on this floor and look hard all around.
To find the next clue put on your thinking cap  
It's where you might sit, or lay down for a nap.
Clue 4 
Your bread goes away but it will return 
Don’t leave it too long or it will burned. 
I'm hungry! I'm hungry! Please feed me a slice. I'll spit it back out all brown and nice.

Clue 5
I take your wet clothes
and spin them dry,
Your Easter basket will be found, inside.

End Clue in Easter Basket
Your journey is over, your Easter basket is found. It's time to eat candy and stop running around.  Happy Easter!


This set of clues are designed for a child 7 to 9 years of age. Put this clue in a place where your child will see it right away, like where they eat breakfast

Clue1
Today it is Easter, and there's a challenge for you ,
you'll have to be persistent and follow the clue. 
For your reward to be discovered, it takes great skill,
to find your candy and eat your fill.
When you are dirty and need a good soak,
in a room with towels is where you should poke.

Clue 2
I have four legs, but I don't have feet.
I come in handy when it's time to eat.

Clue 3
I never get angry, but sometimes get hot
I'm perfect for  a cookie sheet,
cake pan or pot.

Clue 4
I have a round knob and also a lock.
Visitors and neighbors may give me a knock.

Clue 5
I'm one part chair and one part bed.
Up with your feet and down with your head.

Clue 6
I have both a door and a bookshelf you see.
Don't worry your prize is safely hidden inside me

Clue 7
I'm loaded and unloaded, but I'm not a truck.
Having a helper like me is a great piece of luck.

End Clue in Easter Basket
Your journey is over, your Easter basket is found.
It's time to eat candy and stop running around.
Happy Easter!

This set of clues are designed for an older child. Put this clue in a place where your child will see it right away, like where they eat breakfast.

Clue 1
Here's a super challenge for you today,
put on your thinking cap and be on your way. 
A tranquil place where water falls down like rain, after it falls on you it goes down the drain.

Clue 2
Here you’ll find keys, but they won’t start cars,
you’ll also find books with notes written on bars.

Clue 3
You are looking under something that is a circle or square,     
It’s made of wood and usually surrounded by chairs.

Clue 4
You often use this to finish your chores,
It sucks up the dirt right off of the floors.

Clue 5
If you think a bit you’ll find this clue in a flash,
It’s full of old papers, chewed gum, and unwanted trash.
Clue 6
A metal box with numbers is usually the norm                                  
For this thing that helps us get our food warm.

Clue 7
It provides warm heat and also some light,                                                  
in the old days you'd find wood burning bright.

Clue 8
I'm filled with feathers or other soft fluff.
To sleep without me can sometimes be tough.

Clue 9
I'm one part chair and one part bed.
Up with your feet and down with your head.

End Clue in Easter Basket
Your journey is over, your Easter basket is found.
It's time to eat candy and stop running around.
Happy Easter!

If you would like the list of hiding places for all the clues, leave me a message in the comment button below. Happy Easter Hunting!
 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Easter and the Easter Bunny

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Why did the Easter bunny become such a big part of our Easter celebration and why does the Easter bunny bring eggs?  One theory attributes the Easter bunny to German folklore dating back to 1682 when the Easter Hare judged the children on their good or bad behavior.
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If the child was good the Easter Hare brought colored eggs and maybe candy the night before Easter.

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But why eggs?  Some Orthodox churches believed in giving up the eating of eggs during Lent and the only way to preserve the eggs from spoiling was to hard boil them. The German immigrants brought these ideas with them to the United States.  The Pennsylvania Dutch children made a nest in their hat or bonnet as a place for the rabbit to leave the eggs. 
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The story of the Easter bunny became popular around the world in the 1800's and remains popular to this day.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentines's Day



A peek-a-boo Valentine from 1906

1906 Peek-a-boo Valentine

Loving Wishes and True Affection

1906 Peek-a-boo Valentine

To me you seem
almost divine,
Won't you be
My Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day
Reuzeit Emporium


Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Hidden Meanings in Valentines

A Valentine has a visual language that sends a subtle message to the recipient.
 
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Hearts are a symbol for love, affection, and romance or romantic adoration.
 
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Doves are a symbol for romance.  In Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love is often shown with a dove on her hand or doves circling her head. Doves mean everlasting love because the dove mates for life.
 
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Red Roses are a  symbol for beauty  and love.  A favorite Valentine gift is a dozen roses.
 
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Violets are a symbol for affection.
 

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Lilac are a symbol to say, you are my one and only love.
 

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Lilies of the Valley symbolizes sweetness and purity and they bring happiness.  They are considered a good luck charm.
 
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 Cupid and Cupid's arrows make you fall deeply in love.
 
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 A pretty lady symbolizes beauty and femininity.


Can you find the hidden message in this Valentine?
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This Valentine says:  We have  a romance.  I have love and affection for you.  You are my one and only love.
 
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