Sartorial Saturday–Fit for a Queen

We’re only a week away from the big Platinum Jubilee weekend! In honor of that auspicious event, I’m taking a look at an unbelievable piece that was inspired by another royal lady (Princess Grace), and makes me feel like a queen myself…the Sacnite-Lee dressing gown by Miss Candyfloss!

This is a one-of-a-kind piece that, while it shares the same general shape and style as my other Miss Candyfloss dressing gown, has been upgraded with the addition of sequins on the lace bodice (I love to sparkle!), and a fantastic ombre shading in the most lovely shades of blue:

How do you accessorize a dressing gown? Well I decided to play up the royal look with a Cinderella-inspired necklace, my Erstwilder crown earrings, and some sparkly hair pins:

Like my other dressing gown, I would definitely wear this out if I had a place fancy enough, but for now, it’s also perfect for watching Encanto on a Friday night! Or twirling around the house, because the skirt has an amazing spin!

I love how luxurious and special this gown is!

Now I have a dressing gown perfect for spring and summer, and another that’s just right for fall and winter…I’m glad to have all the seasons covered in elegant glamour!

Stay Angry

“’Stay angry, little Meg,’ Mrs Whatsit whispered. ‘You will need all your anger now.’” A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I am angry.

I am angry about school shootings and mass shootings and drive-by shootings and shootings, period.

I am angry as the mother of a public school student, who has been practicing intruder drills for as long as he can remember. School should be a safe place. Of course it never has been 100% safe, but as a kid, my biggest worry was being bullied on the playground, not whether my classroom would be shot up.

I am angry as the mother of a college student who is training to be a teacher. When I was going into the field of education a lifetime ago, I never would have dreamt I would have to help children navigate gun scenarios at school, and yet in her first year of college, it’s already something that has been discussed.

I am angry as the member of a church that is loudly pro-life, but shockingly silent on the issue of gun control. The hypocrisy is breathtaking at times, and has occasionally made me wonder if I’m in the right place, not in terms of my own faith, but where I practice it.

I am angry as an American, because at times I don’t feel like the majority view is truly represented here, and other times, I feel like I just don’t belong here at all. Guns are a god in this country, and for all people talk of “In God we Trust” and “One Nation Under God” I we’re not talking about the same god at all.

I am angry as a human being, as I see lives of people of all walks of life, from all age groups, casually snuffed out. The hardened way our society has come to view these incidents scares me, and it’s clear that not even the lives of innocent children lost are enough to wake us up and demand a change.

I am angry. And I am tired. But I am trying to hold onto hope for a better future, if not for me, for my children, and the world’s children.

Tasty Tuesday–The Second Disney Dinner

For our second “Disney Dinner” last week, I turned to my other Disney cookbook, Entertaining with Disney, for inspiration. I decided to make two recipes from the “Moana Motunui Island Summer Barbecue” chapter, starting with Te Fiti’s Tropical Punch, a mixture of blue Hawaiian Punch, pineapple juice, and orange juice:

The main course was Moana’s Motunui Sliders (pork tenderloin in Hawaiian BBQ sauce with bacon, pineapple, and pepper jack cheese on King’s Hawaiian rolls):

After being interrupted by the tornado sirens, we finally got around to dessert, a recipe for Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen Menu Hummingbird Cake from Delicious Disney.

I’m really enjoying our Disney Dinners!

A Look Back at the First Year of College

As of last week, Turkey and Bunny have finished their first year of college! I’m not directly involved in their education anymore, but as their former teacher, I of course have to take a look back at how they did academically. They both had straight As both semesters, which also means they both made the Dean’s List. They each had at least one professor they really liked, and with whom they were able to take a class both semesters, and I’m super grateful for that, because I think those kinds of connections are really important. They were also both asked to join the honor society Phi Theta Kappa, which is fantastic, because that can open doors to scholarships when they transfer to their chosen four-year colleges after graduation next spring.

All that to say, I’m really, really proud of them, and I also guess it’s safe to say that I didn’t totally screw up their education in the 13 years they were students in my little homeschool!

Be Our Guest

“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes!”

We didn’t have a Disney Dinner tonight, but I did make a dessert from Delicious Disney. “Grey Stuff.” The classically dubious dish mentioned in Beauty and the Beast‘s “Be Our Guest.” Except this wasn’t dubious at all…it was delicious! It consisted of cookies and cream pudding piped onto homemade sugar cookies. Mine didn’t turn out quite as pretty as the picture in the book, but it was still fun and tasty!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by The Astronaut Wives Club

Today I’m taking a look at a Miss Candyfloss dress that feels like it could have appeared in an episode of The Astronaut Wives Club…the Selena-Sun!

My favorite things about this dress are the collar/neckline and the asymmetrical buttons down the front. It’s so unique and beautiful!

I’m usually reluctant to wear the color yellow, especially this much and so close to my face. But there’s something so cheerful and summery about it, I don’t even mind!

Since the dress is such a bright color, I keep my accessories simple, with a white and silver color palette featuring a Splendette stack and my favorite necklace. I even added some cute earrings, which I haven’t worn much since the pandemic began!

The dress is a little big on me. Miss Candyfloss recommended ordering a size up from your usual size, but I’m often between sizes, and I didn’t look at the size chart closely enough, so I should have just stuck with my regular Miss Candyfloss size. The dress will look even better once I have it taken in a bit and it’s more fitted, but I don’t think it looks terrible the way it is now.

It really is the perfect dress for a retro summer!

I’m looking forward to styling this in other ways in the future!

2021-22 School Year–The Final Field Trip

The 2021-22 School Year officially ended a week ago, but yesterday, we took our final trip of the year…we visited the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, something I promised Chickadee we would do after she finished her science course about swimming creatures. Since Bunny is done with finals, she was able to come along, too, so we had a full girls’ day out!

There were lots of hands-on opportunities…we even got nibbled by “Doctor Fish” and high-fived by sting rays!

It wasn’t too crowded when we arrived, so we had lots of good views and were able to take our time:

We walked around outside for a bit after we were done:

And we even went inside the Union Station hotel to take a look at their beautiful lobby:

This was a fun field trip, and a great way to wrap-up our school year!

Chickadee Thursday

We might have finished school last week, but today was our final field trip of the 2021-22 school year…we visited the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station to round out Chickadee’s study of swimming creatures!