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Surprised by the Google Doodle this Easter?

cesar_chavezs_86th_birthday-1114005-hpYou’re not the only one wondering why Google is honoring Cesar Chaves this Easter Sunday instead of, well, Easter.

As it turns out they didn’t have an Easter doodle last year either. In fact, there hasn’t been an Easter Google Doodle since the year 2000. I guess I’m only noticing because of Cesar Chaves being on my search engine page this morning. If the page were just the normal Google logo I probably wouldn’t think anything of it. But I’m sure people will find way to be offended by this and that is just silly.

So anyway… who is Cesar Chaves?

Cesar Chavez Day is an official state holiday in the U.S. states of California, Colorado and Texas. As a senator, Barack Obama made a call in 2008 for a national holiday in Chavez’s honor, saying: “Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader. And last year President Obama made it so by the power vested in him March 31st is now Cesar Chavez Day.

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” – Cesar Chavez



Printable fun for Downton Abbey Season 3 Finale

keep-calm-and-watch-downton-abbey-5Don’t hate me…but..I didn’t know anything about the show Downton Abbey until four days ago when I saw a friend post about it on Facebook.

As it turns out”Downton Abbey,” is a PBS drama and it wraps-up its third season on Sunday. Fairly new as it might be, the idea really came from a book that is nearly a quarter of a century old. Twenty four years ago Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace wrote “To Marry an English Lord,” it is the back bone of this now beloved show. Wallace says that “Downton Abbey” picks-up where “To Marry an English Lord” leaves off, it tells the story of what happens after an American girl marries an English aristocrat.

Intrigued further simply because I now know Maggie Smith stars in the show. She portrays Lady Grantham. Of course I know her from her role in Harry Potter as Professor Minerva McGonagall, the Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy. :)

So anyway, in honor of the 3rd season finale to air tonight I thought I’d put together some fun printables and such for the affair.

Paper dolls anyone?

Click to download the paper dolls from
Click to download the paper dolls from

From A Night Owl and Just Us Three Designs

Downton Abbey “If you were the only girl”

Feel like playing Downton Abbey Bingo?

Click to download Downton Abbey Bingo! Card
Click to download Downton Abbey Bingo! Card
To download, please click on an image
To download, please click on an image

Watch Downton Abbey, Season 3: A Scene from Episode 7 on PBS.

“Downton Abbey” airs Sundays on PBS at 9 p.m.

Download a sweet design viewbook from the creators of ParaNorman

paranormanviewbookMy family and I went to see ParaNorman in 3D at the theater when it came out last August. My husband and I had been surprised at how scary the movie actually was as we watched.

Although news and blog reports said the movie was supposed to be more like Scooby-Doo than anything horror related. I think the only thing it has in common was the fact that the movie wasn’t real, it was animated. There were some very dark elements that I do not think the Scooby Gang would have investigated.

There is a witch in the movie who is really a young girl and she was burned at the stake as a child. That kind of storyline was something I didn’t expect from a movie I thought was geared for children. However, both boys liked the movie and I don’t think they really understood some of the deeper undertones so that is a blessing.

The movie is still the topic of talk even now that it has been out of theaters for five months. It has been the winner of 15 Best Animated Feature Film awards, winner of Character Animation & Design by the Annie Awards and now also nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a GLAAD Media Award, ParaNorman was made at the LAIKA Studios located in Oregon.

Over the two years of making the movie, a dedicated crew of over 320 talented animators, designers, artists, and technicians came together to hand-craft the year’s most original animated feature.

The creators of ParaNorman have released a really snazzy “viewbook” which shares their process and story of creation. You can download it in PDF format by clicking the image, it is a large file. If you want to view it online, click here.

Movie Synopsis:

“ParaNorman” is, following “Coraline,” the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In “ParaNorman,” a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think?