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Share A Favorite Memory As A Mom Katie Shea Design My Captain UnderPants 1999

As I sat staring at my 26 year old son across the breakfast table this morning a memory flashed across my mind.  The memory was of a little boy who devoured books like they were candy.

I sat listening to him share his world with me, his life in New York City, his business ideas, his college classes and his new MAC Laptop’s exciting technology. All I could think of was how much his love for reading has impacted his life.

I enjoy asking him what he is currently reading because he always has a book or two or three that he shares with me.  The look on his face as he describes his books is the same face of the little child I brought to the library at around two years old.  The little boy who managed to read through almost the entire science section of our local library by the time he was six years old!

All I could see was My Captain Underpants tearing through our guest room (formerly his bedroom) looking for his Italian Text Book to use in his fourth and final year of Italian.

Our son discovered the Captain Underpants Book Series when he was about eight years old.  He would wait impatiently for each book to be released over several years. The Captain Underpants series was a break for him from all his heavy Science reading and opened the door for reading all the Harry Potter books.

How could I ever know that the little boy who sat cross legged on the library floor with an open book on his lap and a stack of books beside him to check out would carry his love for reading to Columbia University.

What favorite memory comes to your mind from your child raising years?

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day: A Musical Tribute

Happy Mother's Day by Visual Poetics CURATED  by  Katie Shea Design

Raised by a single mother, Kevin Durant is the NBA’s 2013-14 Most Valuable Player.

Kevin Durant’s powerful, emotional MVP acceptance speech went viral impacting the hearts of so many.

Kevin recounted that he fell in love with basketball in the second grade.

Kevin shared his memory of the little family’s first apartment. “No bed, no furniture.  We sat in the living room and hugged.  We felt like we made it!”

This video very personally touched my heart as well as this recently released single “Happy Mother’s Day” by Visual Poetics:

Happy Mother's Day by Visual Poetics

It is truly poetic that this “Happy Mother’s Day” single was released just a few days before Kevin Durant’s beautiful tribute to his single mother.

Kevin’s tribute to his mom depicts exactly what this Mother’s Day single is expressing musically.

Kevin praised his mother, honoring her and all that she did for him and his brother:

“YOU made us believe,

kept us off the street,

put clothes on our back

food on the table

went to sleep hungry.

You sacrificed for us

YOUR the real MVP

Symbolic image of a man who plays basketball

“Happy Mother’s Day” by Visual Poetics speaks of the single mom’s struggles, the feelings of the fatherless child and the encouragement that is felt by the strength spoken and exemplified by a single mom.

So uncannily parallel with Kevin Durant’s emotional acceptance speech to this recently released “Happy Mother’s Day” single.

Join me in congratulating Kevin Durant’s Mom Wanda Pratt in accomplishing so much as a single mother and making her son proud to call her Mom.

I want to invite you to also listen to this “Happy Mother’s Day” single by Visual Poetics:

Happy Mother's Day Sound Cloud by Visual Poetics

 Happy Mother’s Day

To every person that has been a MOM to someone!

 

About the Artist Visual Poetics:

VISUAL POETICS – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY [@VISUALPOETICS]

Visual Poetics is the founding member and long time producer of the underground group known as Little Egypt. Releasing several albums and touring extensively, Little Egypt became known for combining that raw Brooklyn Hip-Hop stage energy with conscious level lyrics.

In particular, Visual Poetics’ style is that of an old school storyteller.  Weaving vivid images with complex metaphors, Vis (pronounced Viz) has been known to resurface from time to time dropping political pieces and other collaborative efforts over the past few years.

This chapter, Happy Mother’s Day, includes heavy production work from Compton’s own multitalented Trae Sevn and Khordz (of Little Egypt) combined with the smooth sounds of soulful singer/lyricist Madd Mary (look out!) for this heartfelt shout out and dedication to single parents worldwide.

Fun with The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection

Novogratz Dinnerware Collection Mix & Match image by Katie Shea Design Give your table a chic makeover with the colorful, cutting-edge Novogratz Dinnerware Collection. Renowned for their distinctive aesthetic, Cortney and Robert Novogratz mix elements of modern and vintage style for a fashion-forward dinnerware pattern featuring robust shapes and bold designs. sold exclusively at Macys.

The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection spurred so many creative, fun ideas in me.

I decided to use the samples that Cortney and Bob sent over for my Mother’s Day theme.

I shopped at Whole Foods for some of my favorite food items to fill each dinnerware piece.

Novogratz Collection Medium Melamine Popcorn Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014   Family movie time has always been a weekly event from the time all our children were small.  We always filled heaping bowls of popcorn for our movie nights.  I love this popcorn bowl that holds so much popcorn!

My popcorn choice is Organic Reduced Fat & Sodium by 365 Everyday Value and is on sale this week at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Cereal Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

I have never been a conventional person and always see multiple possibilities  and usage for any given object.  This cereal bowl can also be a snack bowl or a candy bowl for family junk food nights.

I filled my cereal bowl with Annie’s Organic cheddar Snack Mix found at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection 8.5 Plate image by Katie Shea Design c 2014This salad plate was screaming to be filled with cookies to go with my tea!

These are Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies by Schar found in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Smile 16 0z Mug image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

So many possibilities to fill this ample 16 0z. Mug with.

My choice for a Mother’s Day relaxing cup of tea is Pomegranate Green Tea by the Republic of Tea also in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Wonderful Melamine Serving Tray image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

 

This serving tray is perfect to serve Mom in bed, on the lounge chair or by the pool this Mother’s Day or any day would be wonderful.

What I also love about this dinnerware collection is that it can be mixed and matched with any pattern or color to go with any theme.

Perfect for a growing family.

Find the Novogratz Dinnerware Collection at your nearest Macys for the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea!

Thank you to Bob and Cortney for the samples provided for this blog post.  The opinions are my own and I have not been compensated for this review.

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Living in the Moment “Just Like Him”.

Living in the Moment by Katie Shea Design

“Experience this moment to its fullest.” ~Zen Proverb #quotes

Too often as parents we rush through the days, years then decades with our children and wake up one day with not children… but adults.

My husband and I decided long ago that spending time with our children was one of our top priorities always.  We have maintained that priority even into adulthood with all three of our children and our son in law as well.

There was a very popular song in the 1970’s that I know many of us Baby Boomers sang with our transistor radios, 45’s and cassette recorders. While we sang the song I am sure we did not realize what exactly we were saying as  we belted it out over and over again.

My husband, being a professional musician was very aware of the lyrics to songs as he also sang them over and over during his many gigs in the 70’s and 80’s.

So in the beginnings of our courtship we sat with our cup of coffee in hand in our third floor walk-up and discussed what our children would potentially look like, who they would take after etc..

Music was always one of the springboards of conversation for us and continues to be a very powerful voice for all generations.

While discussing our future as potential parents, my husband referenced the popular song Cat’s in the Cradle“.  He expressed his goal to me that he wanted to be the father that always had time for his children.  When they grew up they would always have time for him because he would have taught them with his actions and his words that they were and are always his priority.

The image above is my husband spending time with our 26 year old son who on that particular day invited us to come along on his photo shoot just to spend time with us as we always have done with him.  He invites us into his world and shares his life with us even as an adult living on his own.  My husband has succeeded in his goal as being the father he always wanted to be and not the father in the song “Cat’s in the Cradle

Cat’s in the Cradle is a 1974 folk rock song by Harry Chapin from the album Verities & Balderdash. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1974. As Chapin’s only No. 1 hit song, it became the best known of his work and a staple for folk rock music.

The song is told in first-person by a father who is too busy to spend time with his son. Though the son asks him to join in childhood activities, the father always responds with little more than vague promises of spending time together in the ‘future’. While wishing to spend time with his father, the son starts to model himself on his father’s behaviour, hence the verse wishing to be “just like him.” The final two verses reverse the roles, where the father asks his grown-up son to spend time with him after his graduation, and then later come to visit, but the son responds that he is now too busy to find the time for his father. The father then reflects that they are both alike, saying “my boy was just like me.”

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