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::=::Merry Christmas::=::

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From our home to yours... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love, Lincoln, Madison and Franklin Roosevelt~2009

Happy Holidays

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Merry Christmas from The Preppy Principal, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Madison

Guess who WON the Halloween Contest?

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The puppies won the Halloween Contest! Lincoln was the Tin Man, Franklin was the Scarecrow and Madison was Dorothy- we were only missing the Lion. Thanks to Nana who made Lincoln and Franklin's costume- and for adding the basket and Toto to Madison's costume! We can't wait until next year...

Move In Day and Life in General

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Well I closed escrow on Sept 5 and I have yet to "fully" move in. After waiting a year to have the house built, you'd think I'd move in the day I got the keys. I have most of my large items, that have been in storage this past year, moved in (ie. new bed, dining room table, couch, etc). But I don't have my shutters and or curtains installed yet and I still have lots of clothes at my parents home still. Last weekend I did sleep over and it was great. I have yet to try the commute to work, from my new house. The puppies had a ball. We ended up going on 4 walks last Saturday. They loved sniffing around and exploring the new house and community. In September, Madison had her 2nd birthday. She is the youngest out of the 3 puppies. No large party this year, but maybe next year. I have been so busy lately and as soon as October hits, these last few months seem to whiz by...I have joined Junior League of Los Angeles and things are getting really busy. I have attended se…

Welcome HOME!

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Well...I closed escrow on Friday and picked up the keys to my new home that afternoon. This long weekend was pretty busy. My parents helped me move my stuff on Saturday morning. Thanks to my nephew, mom, cousin and friend I got lots done on Saturday and of course we had to go shopping for a few things for the new house. Sunday we went to brunch in Laguna Beach and today it was back to shopping for the house. Here are a few pictures from this weekend. It looks like it is going to be a busy week ahead...and I still have yet to update my summer photos from June (OMG!).

My Summer Has Been AMAZING!

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In June, I went to New York City as part of a Teaching American History grant. I loved NYC! The following week, I met my nephew in Nashville, Tennessee. I fell in love with Tennessee last summer when I was there for an ASCD conference. I returned this summer with my nephew...we had a blast! We visited Nashville, Memphis and Franklin, Tennessee. I took close to 3000 photos and months later I am still sorting through them. The summer has been wonderful and I am looking forward to next summer- My plans are to visit Georgia and South Carolina next summer. Here is my newest hobby- Digital Scrap booking. Here is my first try...

Happy Independence Day 2009!

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I just returned from a 2 week vacation- NYC and Tennessee! I have close to 3,000 pictures and I will posting them this week. For today I want to wish you all a safe and Happy 4th of July! God Bless America!

Two Giveaways & Two Great Blogs

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Ok- two more great giveaways and two really fun blogs. The first blog is: Life with LuLu and Pete. Her giveaway has some cute items: adorable note cards*Vera Bradley*some cupcake/kitchen goodies*Bath and Body Works*and of course, a few surprises:)
The second blog is: Stuttering Shell. Her blog is adorable and her giveaway is just as adorable. She is giving away two gift sets of philosophy's Amazing Grace! Rush on over and check out her blog and don't forget to enter the giveaway! I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do...good luck!

Fab GiveAway from Fantabulously Frugal

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Hey! I just found a great blog and wanted to share her great giveaway. Fantabulously Frugal is hosting a Favorite Things Giveaway. She has great picks- some new to me and oh so cute! I love the fact that the giveaway is an eclectic group of really fun items. Hop on over to her site and let her know I sent you- that way we both get an extra entry!

A Steal

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I recently purchased (downloaded) Microsoft 2007 for my new netbook. I found a great deal- Microsoft Ultimate Steal- MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Note, Groove, Publisher, Access and InfoPath 2007 for $59.95! I ended up buying the backup DVD for an additional $14.00- even though the netbook does not have a CD ROM. You need to go to the site and see if you qualify...the deal is for students only- However, as a school Principal, I used my school address and I qualified. So if anyone is looking for a great deal check it out here.

NYC and Nashville

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I am so excited that in a few weeks I am participating in a Teaching American History grant in NYC! This federal grant is to promote history content for teachers. The expectation is that the content and experiences will increase student achievement- after all if history teachers are true history experts both in content and pedagogy they will be more effective in reaching and teaching students. As a school administrator, I am participating and will be required to complete the lessons and learning objectives, just like the teachers- the only difference is that I get to select which classroom and which group of students will receive my lesson. We have a full 5 days (minus 2 days of travel) of wonderful sights and sounds. Our itinerary includes: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Harlem, Lower East Side, etc... Of course we have lots of free time- so I plan on going to Macy's, Lilly and Central Park.Once again I am asking for suggestions- please share with me your NYC must do's! I h…

New Paper- New Hair- New Home

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Yesterday I received a NoteBlock from Preppy Paper Girl! I can't wait to use it at work on Monday! I have found a new shop that is adorable and affordable! Thank you! I also chopped my hair last weekend. I wanted to cut it shorter than normal, for the summer season. I planned on getting highlights but we ran out of time, so I need to go back. My hair grows so fast, so I figured what the heck.
I ended up getting my Pink netbook and I love it- can't wait to take it with me to NYC. I will be in NYC for one week with 25 teachers- I am so looking forward to the field study. On the home front, I had my framing walk through last week- here I am signing my "signature" above the fireplace. I signed my name, the puppies, as well as my 2 nephews and niece...It will be neat to know that I have a special stamp that will always be a part of my house...So excited. I spent way more than I planned on all the upgrades- but it will be worth it- move in date is set for the middle of Sept…

Gift Help and Suggestions Requested -Re posting

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**I am re-posting- In Google Reader this post did not appear correctly- sorry for the duplication!


Hello! Happy Memorial Day! I recently had my computer re-formatted and I lost all of my bookmarks (favorites). I had an entire folder "Cutesy Shops" and I am in need of your help, please. I am trying to relocate and find any new shops that offer monogrammed gift items or any unique items. If you have a favorite shop (online, preferably) that offers monogrammed items, anything with bows or any darling stationary, please share these with me so that I can begin some summer birthday shopping. Please leave me a comment or email me at dr.denisemiranda (@) gmail.com. I recently ordered 2 items- someone mentioned attending a stationary show (sorry I can't remember who :o( and I found this paper shop and I just received the cutest calendar (see below). I also recently ordered from Preppy Paper Girl a cute note block- I have yet to get it but I am sure it will be darling...So I would …

Gift Help and Suggestions Requested

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Hello! Happy Memorial Day! I recently had my computer re-formatted and I lost all of my bookmarks (favorites). I had an entire folder "Cutesy Shops" and I am in need of your help, please. I am trying to relocate and find any new shops that offer monogrammed gift items or any unique items. If you have a favorite shop (online, preferably) that offers monogrammed items, anything with bows or any darling stationary, please share these with me so that I can begin some summer birthday shopping. Please leave me a comment or email me at dr.denisemiranda (@) gmail.com. I recently ordered 2 items- someone mentioned attending a stationary show (sorry I can't remember who :o( and I found this paper shop and I just received the cutest calendar (see below). I also recently ordered from Preppy Paper Girl a cute note block- I have yet to get it but I am sure it will be darling...So I would appreciate any ideas, similar to these 2 shops. Many thanks in advance.





Fundraiser Ideas

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Hello once again ladies- Happy Sunday! My school hosts an Academic Bowl each year and our coordinator, my good friend Mercedes, has for the past few years hosted a PartyLitecandelparty. All of her "hostess gifts" and a portion of the sales go towards purchasing gifts for our judges. After attending these Party Lite parties- I am sort of bored (plus I have bought all that I want from this catalogue) and I am looking to offer her some suggestions for next year. I know that Pampered Chef and Princess House offers similar parties and again the hostess gifts/credits can be used for the judge's gift bags. Question: What other fun types of "parties" can we have? Your ideas are invaluable and will be passed along...thanks!

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NETbook

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I just purchased this netbook at Sam's Club. Does anyone have one? Love it? Hate it? I ordered it online and put a rush on delivery....I am hoping to take it with me to New York this summer. I was going to go to Houston for the ASCD conference, but due the economy, my school put a limit on travel! I was so bummed. But I ended up applying to participate in a Teaching American History grant and I was selected- so I am new going to NYC as part of a field study for American History. We are planning on going to Cold Spring Harbor (FDR), the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, etc. As part of our "free time" a few teachers and I are going to see Wicked and Jersey Boys. Has anyone seen these shows? Did you love them? I am really excited. We are staying at the Hilton on the Avenue of the Americans- just a few miles away, from a few Lilly stores! I already mapquest the Lilly store on Madison Ave, as well as a Lord and Taylor, Magic Windows, and Paragon Sport- all which carry Lilly a…

Dream Home...UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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I finally sold my 1st home after being on the market for 10 months. I had to lower my price a few times, but in the end, it sold and I had a down payment for my Dream Home. My new home is being built...and it will take 6 months before I get to move in. In the meantime, there are lots of decisions. There are upgrades for everything-tile, flooring, sinks, security, paint, counter tops, cabinets, built ins, electrical, wiring, etc. I had no idea. It is actually a bit overwhelming and I just can't get into it- it seems more frustrating than enjoyable...so I have had my mom make most of the decisions, since she has a eye for these kind of things and she is having a ball- she keeps saying there is no budget, which makes me so nervous, since I AM the one paying. I definitely know what I like and everything I seem to like is a level 4 upgrade (meaning the MOST expensive!). We did decided to have the entire downstairs tiled- after all I do have 3 Yorkie puppies and carpet is an absolute NO…

UCLA Day & Beverly HIlls

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Last weekend I took my nephew, ERD, to UCLA Day. UCLA Day is an annual event for alumni to reconnect and re-familiarize themselves with the school and all the happenings. ERD and I arrived in the morning. I took him to the amazing bookstore. He loved it. We had lunch on the plaza and sat in the Greek section. Later in the day we took a bus tour and drove by the fraternities...he really wasn't impressed with the frat houses! LOL! Sadly my sorority house (Delta Zeta) was no longer on sorority row- it was torn down making way for graduate/professor housing (my chapter has been inactive since 1991). ERD went rock climbing, played dodge ball and overall he had a great time. I was so impressed with the new housing (air conditioned) and the huge dining halls. Best of all students now register via the Internet...no longer do they have to register and wait in line in front of Murphy Hall! Of course we left a bit early and went to the Lilly store in Santa Monica. I bought some Mother's …