Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My Last Post Here

Crafty Mama of 4 is MOVING!!!!!!!

I bought my domain name and I can now be found at! Please visit my new site and resubscribe to my feeds.

Come check it out, launch party on Twitter on Sunday June 7th. Lots of great prizes and new content.

Thanks so much for hanging out here with me, hope to see you in my new space!

Goodbye Blogger, it's been real :)

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Night Out With Yanni Voices

You may have seen my previous post about my opportunity (thanks to One 2 One Network)to go see Yanni Voices last week, I'm back to tell you it was FANTASTIC!!!

As I mentioned before, Yanni would not have been my first choice of music but, I have changed my mind. Maybe it's because I am older and I appreciate music more now, or maybe it is because I felt connected because I met Nathan and Ender at Blissdom, or maybe it's because everyone on that stage was so incredibly talented, I can't really say for sure what has changed my mind, but I will tell you if you have the chance to go see this concert you really should go. You can see if it is coming to your city here. Going into it my mom had no idea what to expect and had never really listened to Yanni but she too was very impressed and had a great time.

Yanni Voices is the result of Yanni teaming up with producer Rik Wake and some very talented vocal artists including Ender Thomas, Chole, Leslie Mills, and Nathan Pacheco. The 4 "voices" have written words to Yanni's classic songs and they sing those words beautifully and with passion.

Hearing Leslie sing "Before the Night Ends" gave me the chills.


Watching Ender dance gave me a hot flash.


Listening to Nathan sing in Italian completely melted my soul even though I didn't understand one word he was singing.


Chloe's voice made me feel as if I was listening to an angel sing.


Chloe and Ender do a duet called "Mi Todo Eres Tu (Until the Last Moment)" as he sings the Latin vocals, she sings the English vocals and it is amazing how well they blend the two languages together as one voice.

I can't forget the orchestra, they had to be one of the most talented group of musicians ever assembled for a concert like this.

From the dueling violins,


to the drummer,


to the amazing harpist,


one after another the continued to amaze me with their talent. And of course Yanni, watching the passion in his face as he was doing something he truly loves and has dedicated his live to was amazing.


Throughout the concert he would stop and talk and he was really funny too! One story he told (please don't quote me here, I am remembering as well as I can) was about how he and the drummer had been playing together for somewhere in the area of 25 years. They started out playing in rock bands, up until 4 or 5 am after gigs he (Yanni) would dream about someday doing exactly what he was doing right now and he said "It's ok to dream something because once and awhile dreams do come true." Such a moving statement, and you could see in the faces of everyone on stage that they too were living out a dream.


If seeing it in their faces wasn't enough, we got to hear it firsthand from them when we met them backstage after the concert!

Me and Mom


Not only did I get to see a great concert, meet some great artists, spend some quality time with my mom, but I also got to enjoy the night with 2 great blog friends Beth aka Plus Size Mommy and Alaina Frederick. Thanks One 2 One Network!


You can learn more about the artists by clicking on each name

Ender Thomas
Nathan Pacheco
Leslie Mills

Listen to "Before the Night Ends" on Leslie's MySpace page

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

March for Maddie in Pittsburgh

You can see more photos on my Flickr stream here

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Homemade Mac and Cheese

Make sure you go to Blessed With Grace to see the other great recipes this week.

This is a family favorite I have been making a lot lately because of picnics and parties. This mac and cheese is my "assigned" dish for parties, everyone always looks forward to it. If I don't make it, I might as well not show up at the party because they won't let me in! Give it a try for your Memorial Day weekend BBQ.

Homemade Mac and Cheese

2 lbs of your choice of pasta (we like shells because the hold the cheese really well)
1 large(2 lb)loaf of Velveeta cheese
2 sticks of margarine
3 cups milk (can use more or less depending on how runny you like your cheese)

~prepare pasta
~combine cheese, margarine, and milk over low heat and stir constantly until all of the cheese is melted
~pour over pasta and mix together

If you are taking this somewhere (it will fit into a large crockpot) you will want to add more milk (make it nice and runny) because it will dry out even on the warm setting.

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Random Picture Challenge

This weeks photo is
9th folder
September 2008
Photo 18

This is from the first day of school. On their way to 4th grade and 1st grade. Only 22 days to go until school is over this year

Head on over to 4 little men and girly twins to see more photos from this weeks challenge.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Momfluence Mother's Day Gift Guide


Featured Products

Chic and Carry Wristlet - Make mom’s quick trips out with baby much easier with this great product.

Miessence Organics Mothers Day Set - Every mom deserves to be pampered once in awhile, and these organic body products allow her to do just that.

Sara Lee Simply Sweets Pies - Sara Lee’s Simply Sweets line gives you a delicious way to treat Mom this Mother’s Day with a fast, easy and delicious dessert.

Children Should Come With Warning Labels - Patti McKenna offers a humorous take on motherhood, giving mom a chance to laugh, cry, and identify with her tales.

Roundhouse Designs Desktop Mobile - Roundhouse Designs origami mobiles and wall art are handcrafted creations that make a unique Mothers Day gift.

Roundhouse Designs Jewelry - Roundhouse offers a wonderful selection of handmade jewelry, with styles that are perfect for every mother on your list this Mother’s Day.

Heart of A Mother - Heart of a Mother is a gift book filled with touching tributes to Mothers and Grandmothers, inspirational short stories, poems, proverbs and quotations.

Protect-A-Bed - Protect-a-Bed waterproof mattress covers provide protection from allergens, dust mites, and bedbugs, helping to extend the life of your mattress and mom to sleep a little sweeter.

Ultimate Woman Vitamins- Make sure that mom is getting everything she needs to stay healthy and active with the Vitamin Shoppe's Ultimate Woman vitamins.

More Great Gift Idea

April Cornell Shoulder Bag

BabyPlus System

Not Just Any Old Day Keyrings

Menu For The Week Subscription

For My Mother Reflection Journal

Vintage Body Spa

No Throw

Me Time Sportswear


Kind Notes

Aventine Hill Bath Products

Treadlight Eco Snack Kit

Name Your Tune CDs

Things Remembered Charm Stories

Diaper Clutch

HJ-112 Pocket Pedometer

Lia Sophia Riverside Necklace

Lia Sophia Beaujolais Necklace

Lia Sophia Mandalay Bay Necklace

Lia Sophia Athena Necklace

Lia Sophia Love Dust Set

More Great Gift Guides

The Mom Maven


All reviews listed in the Momfluence gift guide were product provided. 
Featured positions were purchased by sponsors. Member gift guides are not affiliated with Momfluence. 

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How to Make Easy Coffee Filter Butterflies and Flowers

Finally my first how to craft video! Thank you to everyone who has been so patient while I have figured out my Flip! Leave a comment let me know what you think and what types of crafts you would like to see in the future.

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