Merry Christmas

25 Dec

Merry Christmas from ADDled Adventures!

Skyler heard this song and decided it was so beautiful that she wanted to sing it. She listened to it a second time and then made the video. She is facing the computer with the lyrics so she would have the words right there for her.

Break Free

14 Dec

We have been really busy this fall.   Here is a video of Skyler singing at Sunny Hill while attending another Kid’s Free Weekend.   Once again, her favorite her favorite DJ Pat was the Friday night entertainment.

Have You Honored a Veteran Lately

28 Sep

VetsOne thing that Sky is involved in is singing at various events for Veterans. She recently sang the National Anthem when the Veterans marked the 50th anniversary to the beginning of the war in Vietnam with a memorial watchfire at the Piermont Pier(soulful picture of her singing from the local newspaper) and at the MIA/POW Ceremony at Rockland Community College.  Without our Veterans we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we have each and every day.   We should all take the time to thank those in our lives who are true heroes and have risked their own lives to save the lives and freedoms of others.

What I find the cutest about the whole thing is that she is more nervous performing at these events with around 100 people than she was performing at Boulder Stadium with thousands of people.  She said she knew how special it was for her PopPop that she did her best and it made her extra nervous.  Her grandfather is a former county commander of the American Legion.   Her uncle is also active service in the United States Army for the last 14 years.

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Summer Fun – Sunny Hill Resort (Catskills, New York) Part 2

27 Sep

Sunny Hill vikingI first mentioned Sunny Hill last year as a great summer fun place to visit.  As we get ready to enjoy one of their Kid’s Free Weekends next week, I realize that it is more than that because you can enjoy it any time of year.

We enjoyed Kid’s Free Weekend this past June which as jam packed with exciting things to do from the brand new Viking Obstacle Race course to fireworks at the lake on Saturday night.  My daughter was especially thrilled to have her favorite DJ Pat as the Friday night entertainment.  This upcoming weekend will be a special Halloween event filled Kid’s Free Weekend.   There will be a costume party, table decorating contest and a haunted hayride.  Taking these shorter trips is a nice and more relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of a full week vacation.

Here are some of Sky’s greatest Sunny Hill singing hits from June 2014:


Fairy Wings on the Fly

24 Aug

wings 3My daughter was in a full panic wanting to have a costume for the New York Renaissance Faire. Unfortunately the Dollar Tree was out of their usual fairy wings so I had to come up with Plan B. Plan B was making my own set of wings. All the items you need can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.

You will need:
2 Plastic clothes hangers
1 Pair of Trouser Socks
1 Package of Gem Flowers
1 Package of Tulle Butterflies.
1 Roll of Tulle any color
1 Roll of Colored Duct Tape

  1. Take 1 trouser sock and carefully slide it over the triangle part of the clothes hanger. Repeat for the second sock.Wings 1
  2. Place the two hanger handle to handle so they make a wing shape and using the colored duct tape, secure the handles together by wrapping the colored tape around the handles.
  3. Glue the gem flowers and tulle butterflies all over the wings using a hot glue gun.
  4. Wrap the duct tape in the colored tulle to give it a whimsical look.
  5. Use the tulle to make shoulder straps.  I cut 3 foot strips of tulle for this.  Throughout the wear during the day we learned to tie it 3 different ways:  around each arm tied in the front, coming under the arms and tying behind the neck, and going over the shoulder, under the arms and tying in the back.Wings 2
  6. Optional Step:  I used ribbon I had leftover from a previous project to decorate the wings more.

I used the left over tulle to decorate her ponytails into a banded style.

Day Trip: New York Renaissance Faire

23 Aug

RenFaire1Two weekends ago, the kids and I ventured back in time without the use of a TARDIS.   We used our ordinary van to head to the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY.  Be sure to bring you funny bone with you as well as your wallet.  This particular weekend kids were free so I saved $22 by going then.   There are several coupons in community magazines which can help you on other weekends.   Regular prices are $24 for adults, $11 for children ages 5-12, and children 4 & under are free.

I can recall my summer working as a “Beverage Wench” for the Faire long ago.  Back then you had to make sure you had plenty of cash on hand because many of the vendors did not take credit cards.  One bonus is that in this day and age, most vendors now have that Square so they can accept credit cards.  I came prepared with both cash and cards just to be on the safe side.

If you wish to park close to the entrance I suggest getting there really early.  We arrived at 10:15 and had to use one of the lower lots.   There is a free bus service from the lower lots to the gate.    I made the decision to go the night before which put my little Cos-player into a panic because she did not have a proper costume.   I threw together fairy wings which I will blog later and managed to get her feeling magical for the day.  As soon as we entered she was greeted by Leonardo DiVinci and asked to find something she loved and draw it for him.  We then met the silent fairies.   The fairies are all silent because humans do not speak their language.

Skyler’s Favorite Things:
The Fairies, The Fairy Forest, The Fairies, The Magical Fairy Dust Stand, The Fairies, The SKY Chairs, The Fairies, The Maze, The Fairies…..I LOVED EVERYTHING!!!!!

RenFaire2Tristan’s Favorite Things:
Arsene Dupin’s “Magikhana” Show, The Elf Ears Stand, The Dragon both puppets and lizards, The Parrots of the Caribbean, Dragon Chips, Birds of Prey

The most surprising part of the day was a HUGE step for Tristan. He was taken on stage during Arsene Dupin‘s “Magikhana” performance. Unlike his sister, Tristan is not one for being on a stage. As we went to see his show, Tristan insisted we sit in the front. I reminded him that 2 years ago his PopPop was teased throughout the entire show by the magician. Tristan felt our front row seats on the side were a safe place. Imagine his shock as he was taken on stage to assist Arsene Dupin. If you EVER get a chance to see this man perform, you really must. He is amazing at what he does. His entire show is done without talking. The body language that Arsene uses conveys so much that you cannot stop laughing while his magic tricks amazing you.  Tristan was gifted with a free DVD of Arsene Dupin‘s stage performance so his bravery.

RenFaire Dragon ChipsMom’s Tips:  Bring a backpack with water bottles, packed lunches, snacks, other drinks, and sunscreen.   Unlike other venues you can bring outside food into the Faire.  Which is a great thing because at $9.50 for a Turkey Leg, lunch can become REALLY expensive.  I compromised and let them share a plate of Dragon Chips at $8.  They loved them.

Mom’s Favorite Highlight:   The Parrots of the Caribbean

This exhibit was located inside the Birds of Prey area.  My entrance fee was a $2 donation to help with the care of the birds and the kids were free.  You get up close and personal with Macaws of a variety of colors, Cockatoos, and more.  The kids loved how close they could get to the birds.   There was even a cute pair of twins that were hugging.

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Highlights of the day:
RenFaire Meet the Queen
RenFaire SkyChair RenFaire Fairy Garden RenFaire Chess

Childhood Dream Comes True

22 Aug

“Kelly” and I have been close friends since the 5th grade. We met for the first time in the 1st grade, we were in Bluebirds together and, when that disbanded in our area, Brownies into Girl Scouts together.  We survived camping trips in the winter, road trips to D.C. and Boston.  It was at this point we started 7th grade in the very same class that the stories began.

We had special packets made up of stapled looseleaf paper.  We would write out great novels during 1st period, switch to read what the other wrote in 2nd period, switch back in 3rd and so on.  For an entire school year shared out silly stories with characters ripped right out of our tweenage experiences like General Hospital, V, 21 Jump Street, and WWF(now WWE) wrestlers.

Kelly has recently published her first novel and it is available at Amazon both is e-book format and paperback.  I could not be more proud of my friend.  So check out her debut novel, Remember Me?  by Kelly Janicello.

Summer Fun: Long Beach Island, NJ

24 Jul

Barneget LighthouseWhen I was kid summer meant 2 things:  Sunny Hill and The Shore.  The Shore is different places to different people but around here it must be reached by way of the Garden State Parkway.  We never did the boardwalk vacations of Seaside Heights or Wildwood.   Our family preferred the calm that is Long Beach Island.

I can remember the routine of spending the days on the beach and our nights at various activities on the island.   While some of the places from my childhood still exist like The Show Place and Bay Village, others only live in my memories like the Tumble Town and Pier 18 Mall.  My kids got to experience some of the places I loved last year.  I had an LBI first with my kids:  dolphins jumping off the coast.

Things You Can’t Miss on Long Beach Island:

  • The Beach:  There are so many things you can do from hunting for seashells, digging for sand crabs, riding waves on a raft and more.  Bring you sunscreen, your lunch, drinks, and something to dig with.  Be sure to swim between the flags for safety.
  • Marvel Market:  As a child this market was walking distance from the beach house we rented.  Ever morning my father would send me to get the newspaper and a dozen donuts.  These are just not any donuts, but hot, freshly made in front of your eyes donuts.  I would love watching the machine drop the dough as the donut floated around while it cooked.  Old school LBI people, this market is now across the street from where it used to be.
  • Crust and Crumb Bakery:  ELEPHANT EARS!  Really, there is nothing else to say.  A delicious pastry that is “the size of your head” can be found in this bakery located in Bay Village.  It is cinnamon, sweet, buttery yumminess.  Fine, there are other great pastries here like the sticky buns.
  • The Show Place:  Ice-Cream and a show!   This is one of my favorite places anywhere in the world.  You arrive to the staff dressed in old fashioned soda shop style.  As you look over your menu, you hear a cowbell ring.  A server holding a sundae shouts:  “Ladies and Gentlemen, in my hands I hold….”  Suddenly, the person who ordered the sundae is singing for their ice-cream.  Skyler got to sing for her Pop-Pop’s sundae, The Phantom of the Opera.  All sundaes are related to Broadway Musicals.  After all the ice-cream is served, the server put on a show and then it is time to “eat up, pay up, and get out”.  The only thing missing from our visit was the ice-cream flavor song….I can hear the chant in my head of “Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter”.
  • Barnegat Light House:  Old Barney is located at the northern tip of Long Beach Island.  For a $1 donation you can climb up the 217 steps to the top.  My kids chose to do this.  They received a certificate and a patch for making it to the top.

Other great places to visit:

At the beach: Playing in the sand and ready to be safe in the ocean.

LBI Sand

At the beach: Just chilling with my sunglasses.


At the Beach: Cousin Jimmy turned him into a mermaid.

LBI Marvel

Marvel Market: Sugared Donut

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Crust and Crumb Bakery: Elephant Ears: A Flaky, French Pastry With Brown Sugar & Cinnamon, & Pecans….

LBI Bakery Elephant Ear

Crust and Crumb Bakery: Elephant Ears. Yep, as big as your head.

LBI Sticky Buns

Crust and Crumb Bakery: Sticky Buns

LBI Clam

ReClam The Bay: These clams are in several places to promote seeding clams and oysters in the bay.

LBI Barney View

Barnegat Lighthouse: View from the top.

LBI Barney Bottom Up

Barnegat Lighthouse: View from the bottom up.

LBI Barney Top Down

Barnegat Lighthouse: View from the top down.


Our Tardis Bathroom

12 Jul

When we moved last year, the bathroom was hideous with tiles that must have been installed sometime during the 60s.  I was excited to think that I would have a chance to make my ultimate geeky bathroom.  Despite its small size, I wanted the bathroom to scream Doctor Who when you stepped inside.  I exhausted my search for Tardis bathroom items and settled on making them myself.  Before I could started, some odd twist of fate occurred.  ThinkGeek sent out a notice about a new Tardis shower curtain.  Within a matter of weeks, I had my shower curtain, bath mat, toothbrush holder, and soap dispenser.

I supplemented all of this with solid blue items that I picked up at discount stores and even a spare piece of wood that came in my sister’s wine rack box.


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You can buy these accessories by clicking their pictures below:

Pet Therapy: Lily the Boxer – Happy Birthday

9 Jul

LilyHappy 4th Birthday, Lily! (Née: Lady Lilianna Rose)

Sometimes when we are feeling stressed or in need of some extra love.  We head over to my parents’ to visit with Lily the boxer.  Lily thinks the kids are part of her pack.  She is especially protective of Skyler.   The minute she goes to play with the little girl at the house in the back, Lily starts barking, crying and racing to come get me because Skyler is not where she belongs.  A properly trained boxer is a great family pet.   They are very loving and think they are human too.  Besides, Lily is just so and snugly.  She loves to cuddle, lean, or even sit on her humans as long as she is touching them.

We have a collection of videos that we have made of Lily throughout her 4 years that keeps us smiling when we can’t get over the my parents’ house.

Here are some examples of Lily’s goofiness. You can see all of her videos at Lily’s YouTube List.