A.C. Moore has been offering arts, crafts and floral merchandise since 1985 and owns 130+ stores along the East Coast. As someone who has lived in the Philadelphia area my entire life, I'm very familiar with the retail brand and have been shopping there for years. Coming from a creative and artistic family, my parents would take my brother and I to A.C. Moore in the early nineties so that we could stock up on art supplies. It was where I found most of my treasured miniature dollhouse furniture, where in the 7th grade I discovered scrapbooking and today it's where I stock up on supplies for DIY projects for my wedding clients.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to invite a friend and her two young sons (ages 6 and 9) to join me at A.C. Moore of Downingtown for their Kids 2nd Saturday craft event. On the second Saturday of the month from 1:00PM to 3:00PM, A.C. Moore hosts FREE craft events for children curated by their very own A.C. Moore Craftologists.
Upon arrival, Josh and Jake learned that they'd be coloring their own drawstring backpacks (yes, I was jealous). The event supervisor kindly fetched a second table for us since there were a lot of boys and girls in attendance and the boys carefully selected which colors of fabric markers they'd use for their bags - green and blue were pretty popular among the crowd. Not only did the event encourage Josh and Jake to get creative, but they were able to socialize with some of the other children who were attending and even got to practice their writing as they stenciled their names onto their bags (Josh, age 9, had a pretty funny message in his owl's thought bubble... be sure to check out the pictures!).
You can check out next months project here, and keep an eye out for Summer Fun Wednesdays, beginning June 29
From May 6-12, National Nurses Week is celebrated to support and promote the nursing profession on the national level. We're recognizing a Leading Lady in our own community, Sharon Hayduk.
Where do you work?
"I work at Harrison Senior Living of Chester County".
What inspired you to go into nursing and the medical industry?
"My nana was a nurse. I used to go and watch her work. she also worked with the elderly, and I would help her to make the beds and do little things for her patients. I have known since I was 4 years old that I wanted to be a nurse. I've always wanted to take care of people. One of my instructors pulled me aside during Geriatric rotation and told me that working in geriatrics was my calling so most of my career has been in this field".
What would you consider your most important or memorable professional achievement?
"My most memorable achievement in my career thus far was the 5 years that I was a Director of Nursing. I learned a lot about managing staff, relationships that I built with residents and their families. I learned to work with the other departments to ensure the best care for our residents".
Is there anything about nursing that you wish others would know?
"I want people to know that nursing is a very rewarding profession. Though at times it is a thankless one. Compassion can not be taught, you either have it or you don't. There are things that you learn in your textbooks, but experience is your best teacher.
I want people to know that no one knows how we feel as we hold the hand of someone who is dying. We hold it together the best way we can as we console devastated family members. We are underpaid and most times understaffed but we go above and beyond to care for our patients / residents. Nursing to me is not just a profession but a calling. You have to want to care for people and not treat it as just a job. It has its rewards, it has its problems, but I couldn't imagine not being a nurse".
Sharon, thank you for all the hard work that you've done!
On April 21, 2016 I was able to attend a bread making class at Le Pain Quotidien at their Rittenhouse location in Philadelphia. Le Pain Quotidien means 'the daily bread' and the company uses this as their philosophy as they strive to provide only the freshest organic ingredients, handmade quality products and an atmosphere as comfortable as your grandmother's kitchen table.
My previous baking experience was limited to things like cupcakes and cakes, and I found bread a bit intimidating (I discovered I wasn't the only one!). Bread making is a science. If you don't prepare it quickly enough, use the proper amount of ingredients or get it out of the oven fast enough it can wind up a totally different result than you'd intended.
Upon entering the facility for the first time, I was welcomed by the staff and the most delicious light bites I've ever encountered : handmade breads featuring fresh spreads such as an avocado, hummus and artichoke and a smoked salmon. Yum!
As my fellow classmates arrived, we donned our caps and aprons and received a brief introduction to the art and science of bread making (it truly is a combination of both). After a demonstration in how to prepare the dough using only FOUR ORGANIC INGREDIENTS (No, seriously. Not a chemical or additive in sight.), we got started on our personal pizzas and as those cooked, our baguettes (a classic!) that we'd take home with us.
Let me tell you, I'll never look at a loaf of artisan bread the some way again. There is so much that goes into each from the way that you pat out the bubbles to the folds and even the way that you put it into the oven. Depending what you'd like to make there are different rules that must be followed and if you don't follow them just right, you might end up with something else. It's so wild!!