Friday, July 18, 2014

Life in Pictures LinkUp

Fit Fed and Happy

What is “Life In Pictures”?

Take as many pictures as you want throughout the week or day to recount the things you did avoiding as much text as possible. Your job is to guess what happened!

Here we go!

A little reading

A little fun with color
A little noshing and World Cup
A little time with friends
A little letting go of extra stuff
A little napping

A little treat

A little GeoCaching
A little moment to myself.

Ahhh...that was a nice week.

What have you been up to?


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Women Who Rock: Alyse Black

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In May of 2010 my life was about to make a major shift and I had no idea. I was on a weekend trip to Philadelphia with my then husband to commemorate our tenth year of a marriage that was now crumbling. As I sat across the table from my husband at World Cafe eating, and listening to live music, the silence at our table hung awkwardly between us. Then, as if to save us from these long painful moments of nothingness, a soothing, magical voice came from the stage. I turned my attention to it and immediately I was struck by this stunning spark of a person who exuded genuine beauty and love for every person in the audience. I have known few people who so fully shared themselves openly and honestly with the world, not only that but the light she shared seemed to come from a real desire to touch each person with a dose of love and acceptance. I let her music carry me away into hope for a future of real, lasting love--not knowing at the time that it wouldn't be resurrected in the ruins of my current marriage but would be found anew elsewhere.

The singer-songwriter on that stage was  the beauty pictured above: Alyse Black, a true talent (which is a phrase that fails to do her justice) and a real treasure. I just had to meet her when her set was done, it was only a few words but I could feel her genuine gratitude at my words of admiration and could tell that not only did she absolutely love what she was doing--that she seemed to feel it was in her bones, something she had to do--but that everything she shared with her stage presence was completely honest and was really her. I walked away feeling uplifted, and holding two of her signed cd's in my hand.

Alyse's music carried me through the breakup of my marriage, the heartache, confusion and fear. And her music was with me when I found that real and lasting love that I had hoped for. Four amazing (though challenging), unexpected and love and light filled years later, I have a loving partner, a best friend, and a father to two more children, adding to the three I came into our relationship with, totaling a brood of five crazy, beautiful, lively children whom I can't imagine my life without.

Through the wonders of social media, I have been able to follow Alyse on her journey as a singer-songwriter and as a mother as she has welcomed two precious, children into her life who have clearly inherited her special spark. Alyse shares herself fully with her fans, the quirky and the lovely. Her music continues to resonate and to draw me into feelings of comfort, laughter, joy, and peace. Her voice--there's nothing like it--raw and real and dripping with her special, sparkly light. That is why I am thrilled to introduce you to her and to share her latest and most exciting project yet.

The Love + Laughter project is a journey to her re-debut album as she takes her music to the next level, with a hope of sharing it with even more of the world. I can't tell you how much I love and believe in this woman that for all intents and purposes I don't even know, and yet through her music (and her social media presence) I feel that I do. Her music is perfect, and beautiful and needed in this world that can often feel overwhelming and lacking in light and love.

Please check out her Kickstarter Love + Laughter project and consider supporting her, if even with $1, and helping her message to spread to the furthest reaches.

Alyse, I have to thank you, I hope this post expresses all the reasons why. I wish you all the success that you so clearly deserve. Mwah!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reading

I've always loved to read and I'm almost always reading more than one good book at a time. I am an incredibly impatient person (I'm working on it in the areas where it counts) so it's hard for me to see a book that interests me and not start reading it right away. I'm also incredibly influenced by my mood, so I have to be in precisely the right mood for whatever book I choose to stick my nose in at any given moment. Hence the reason I have several books going at once right now.

A lot of times my pile of books consists of ones that I like and that are keeping me entertained, coming back for more, but I don't necessarily feel that pull that feels really thrilling...bordering on obsession. Oh how I love when that happens. Well, lucky me, that's happening right now! 

What follows is my current summer reading list. These are the books that I am finding it crazy hard to step away from; not only that, but I am enjoying them so much that I often find it hard to choose which one I'm going to read at the moment, so I'v been making these little deals with myself where I read a chapter from one and then immediately pick up the next one to read. Thus, I have been spending a great deal of time sitting on my back porch, iced coffee by my side, baby boy sleeping in his bouncy seat, and (when I am lucky) 3-yr-old Violet taking one of her epic 3 hour naps. All this with my pile of must-reads tucked closely next to me and I just read and switch and read and switch. Yum yum yum, how delicious it is to read a good book! Right now I am really into Young Adult (YA) and New Adult (NA) novels. Okay, enough of this rambling, here's what I can barely step away from:

In the Desert, by Deirdre Riordan Hall
This NA romance is number three in the Follow Your Bliss series. It follows the summer road trip of Brighton Holmes with her unexpected stow away, a famous rocker named Alex. He stirs up trouble along the way but still somehow draws her in. They are both lost in their own ways and searching for home and meaning, will they find it alone or together? I'm soon to find out! 

The Girl Who Never Was, by Skylar Dorset
This YA fantasy is book one in the Otherworld series. Selkie has a mysterious family who she's just learning about as she finds that her world is nothing that it seemed. This story takes place in Boston (but is it really Boston?) Park Street station turns out to be a portal, and the cute guy she's been getting to know on Boston Common is actually her Faerie guardian, whaaaat? I can't wait to find out more as the mystery unfolds, Selkie finds out who she truly is, and I become lost in another world of Faeries and magic. *Today I saw that The Girl Who Kissed a Lie: An Otherworld Prequel novella kindle edition is currently FREE on Amazon. Grab it while you can!

Shiver, by Maggie Steifvater
Book one in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series is an old favorite. When I was invited to join a group on Goodreads for a re-read of Shiver in prep for Steifvater's newest novel, a spin off of the series titled Sinner I had to join in the fun. This YA werewolf love story hooked me in with the very first line and kept me captivated all the way through to the last book Forever.

All of these books are available in Kindle editions or hard copy on, search by author and get your read on!

What are you reading this summer?

Nose in a book,

Our Three Peas

Reading List

Also linking up over at Book Notes :)
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blog Hop & Coming Soon...

We are stoked to participate this month in the Bloggy Moms Blog Hop.

a mom blog community!

Coming soon on Ladies Holiday blog will be:

~My review of a cool new kitchen product called Veggetti

~More great recipes

~My Summer Reading List

~My review of Huggies Little Snugglers diapers

~And more more more!

In the meantime, please feel free to peruse the site and see what we have to offer. 
Not sure where to start?
Check out these oldies but goodies:

Make sure to get acquainted with some of the other great blogs out there through the link up. 

Hope you're all having a fabulous July!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Keep Momming

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub,, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative, and be sure to check out the website at

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Persimmon Freezer Jam with Basic Muffins

Last week my Fella picked up a pack of 6 persimmons he found on the discount fruit rack in the produce department. He thought they were tomatoes. I told him what they really were and that I'd never had them but I knew Martha Stewart seemed to like them a lot so they must be good. Hee hee.

I was intrigued by these little guys but a little intimidated too. What would I do with them? Were all the recipes going to be complicated and involved? I was delighted when right away I found a super simple Persimmon Freezer Jam recipe by doing a Google search on "persimmon recipes." 

I have been enjoying my jam (which took about two seconds to make...ok, maybe a little longer) on toast (when I manage not to burn it...or when I do, because then it tastes better) and on these quick and simple muffins via the good ol' Betty Crocker Cookbook. I love this muffin recipe because it is so easy and you can add just about any mix-in you desire to change it up. 

Want to try?

The jam recipe is here.

The muffin recipe is as follows:

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose or whole what flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Bake in greased (bottoms only) muffin tin, filled halfway at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Makes about a dozen.

*I actually make these vegan style and sugar free by substituting a flax egg, almond milk, and stevia for the egg, milk, and sugar respectively.

Bon Appetit,

Our Three Peas
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Did you know that Ladies Holiday is on Instagram now? Please find us and follow, search "Ladiesholiday" on Instagram today! 

Tamar and the Ladies

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