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  • Pets invited to Christmas dinner

    www.hellokids.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
     Hahahaha Hohohoho...  Watch this funny video of a very special Christmas Eve dinner and discover how these pets behave as cool as all the family members:The gourmet guy who test all the dishes and doesn't stop eatingThe sisters-in-law that can not even bear to be seated next to each otherThe teen brother who spends all dinner chatting on his mobile phone mobile without ...
  • The Author and the Future of Children’s Books

      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books
    Guest Author
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    By Guest Author by Suzanna E. Henshon   Over the past ten years, the business of publishing children’s books has changed. Large chain bookstores are consolidating or going out of business. Independent booksellers are catering to specific niches or adding non-book products to stay relevant. And kids are just as likely to read a book on an e-reader or smart phone as in print.   How will books change in the 21st century?  Specifically, how will the market of children’s books change?  And what do you need to know as you write your novel, short story, or poetry for…
  • Backyard Bike Park

    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT
    Sarah Galbraith
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Sarah Galbraith Parents: Knight and Jen Ide Son: Daymien, 11 Knight Ide is a pro at designing and building mountain-bike trails.…
  • 11 Women On How They Knew They Didn't Want Kids - Huffington Post

    KIDS NEWS - Google News
    Google Inc.
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Huffington Post11 Women On How They Knew They Didn't Want KidsHuffington PostBefore I got pregnant, I would say I was 98 percent sure I didn't want kids. When people would ask me, I'd say no -- but always follow that up with "you never know, maybe one day." In that moment, however, it was like, no. Just, no. -- Callie, 33
  • Accused B.C. terrorist aimed to kill a small Jewsa to save them from hell: trial

    Kids News
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    A woman found guilty of helping to mastermind a terrorist bomb plot wanted to infiltrate a synagogue and kill "small Jews" to save the children from going to hell, a court has heard. Police notes presented in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday recounted Amanda Korody's husband John Nuttall telling an undercover officer that his wife believed she would be doing Jewish children a favour by sending them to paradise, since she believed "grown-up Jews" go to "eternal hell" when they die.
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  • Pets invited to Christmas dinner

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
     Hahahaha Hohohoho...  Watch this funny video of a very special Christmas Eve dinner and discover how these pets behave as cool as all the family members:The gourmet guy who test all the dishes and doesn't stop eatingThe sisters-in-law that can not even bear to be seated next to each otherThe teen brother who spends all dinner chatting on his mobile phone mobile without ...
  • Drive-in Theaters

    4 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Drive-in theaters are great venues to watch a summer movie. Since 1933, people have been enjoying driving to an outdoor theater were you park your car and enjoy watching a movie in the privacy of your own vehicle and enjoy a meal and snacks from the concession stand. Even though many drive-in movie theaters have shut down there are still many still operating for you to enjoy! This summer load ...
  • The new Skylanders Superchargers!

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:37 pm
    We eagerly awaited the news and Activision has just officially announced the new Skylanders adventure called Superchargers! After the global success of the previous episodes, including the last Trap Team that has made the franchise one of the best-selling video games in the world, in the Masters of the portal you will have the chance to take command of powerful and over-equipped vehicles on ...
  • National Donut Day

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:22 pm
    During WWl, the Salvation Army lassies, handed out fresh donuts to the homesick soldiers based in the trenches in France. National Donut Day was established in 1938 to commemorate the Salvation Army "donut girls" who so lovingly made and delivered donuts to those in the armed forces.    Celebrate National Donut DayThe first Friday in June is considered National Donut Day. So get out ...
  • National Burger Day - Hellokids

    21 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Celebrate and eat hamburgers!National Burger DayMay 28th is National Burger Day so head to your favorite burger joint or fire up your grill and enjoy this American staple food. Nothing is more American than a big juicy burger! In fact 9 billion burgers were served by America Restaurants in 2014. Many local burger restaurants have special deals on this important day or turn up the heat and ...
 
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      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

  • The Author and the Future of Children’s Books

    Guest Author
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    By Guest Author by Suzanna E. Henshon   Over the past ten years, the business of publishing children’s books has changed. Large chain bookstores are consolidating or going out of business. Independent booksellers are catering to specific niches or adding non-book products to stay relevant. And kids are just as likely to read a book on an e-reader or smart phone as in print.   How will books change in the 21st century?  Specifically, how will the market of children’s books change?  And what do you need to know as you write your novel, short story, or poetry for…
  • Which Age Group Should I Write For?

    Alice Kuipers
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:53 pm
    By Alice Kuipers Best-selling author Alice Kuipers is back to answer another Ask Writer Alice question: “Which age group should I write for?”   Be sure to catch more advice from Alice on her other videos, such as Writing Dialogue for Children and Teens, Making Your Story Original, and Trends and Great Books on Writing.   Alice Kuipers is the author of four young adult novels and a picture book. Visit her website to get more tips for writers.   This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: Which Age Group Should I Write For?
  • We Need More Diverse Books!

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    By Guest Author by Tracy Bryan   I am a relatively new children’s author, but from where I stand, (way down here looking up) there seems to have been a lot of transition within children’s literature over the last few years.   This isn’t news to any seasoned veteran of the industry, but to a novice like me, it has been quite overwhelming joining this almost circus-like trade. I seem to witness a constant flux in the publication world every week due to major changes in traditional publishing, the rise of Amazon, the growth of e-books and the emergence of vanity publishers. You…
  • Sneak Preview: The Full First Unit of Easy Author Marketing!

    Jon Bard
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:16 pm
    By Jon Bard Are you ready to change your mind about marketing once and for all?   Great — let’s do it!   Here’s the complete first unit of my new program Easy Author Marketing.   It’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s filled with ideas that will inspire and motivate you to take your writing career to the next level.   Click Play and let’s begin this exciting journey.   For more information about the Easy Author Marketing system, click here   This is a post from writeforkids.org. Read the original post: Sneak Preview: The Full…
  • Terrified by Marketing? Then Don’t. Do This Instead…

    Jon Bard
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    By Jon Bard I get it.  You’re a writer, not a marketer.  You’re not excited by the notion of “hawking your wares” or “pushing your book”.  You think that, every time you ask someone for money, a little piece of your soul dissolves.   In today’s publishing environment, those who get the shakes at the thought of self-promotion have been given two choices when it comes to their fear of book marketing:   1. Get Over It 2. Become extinct.   May I offer a third choice?     Forget about book marketing, forget about promotion,…
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    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT

  • Backyard Bike Park

    Sarah Galbraith
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Sarah Galbraith Parents: Knight and Jen Ide Son: Daymien, 11 Knight Ide is a pro at designing and building mountain-bike trails.…
  • Words at Play: Nursery Rhymes

    Peter Burns
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    This is the first post in a new blog series about encouraging a love of language in young children written by professional storyteller Peter Burns. Many years ago, just after my daughter Alice was born, I decided that I wanted to share nursery rhymes with her.…
  • Bob Gurwicz's New Hovercraft Camp

    Brett Sigurdson
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Brett Sigurdson The five students in Bob Gurwicz's new, weeklong Hovercraft Camp were eager to get some air time. "Wag your tails when you're ready!" he instructed them.…
  • Bookworms: A Guide to Vermont Waterways

    Alison Novak
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alison Novak August in Vermont is all about getting outside. That's why we have just one book to recommend this month: Vermont Waterfalls.…
  • A Mom Watches Her Son Grow — in the Garden

    Laura Sorkin
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Laura Sorkin My son, Henry, is a DIY kid. He has never been interested in sports or fast cars or superheroes.…
 
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    KIDS NEWS - Google News

  • 11 Women On How They Knew They Didn't Want Kids - Huffington Post

    Google Inc.
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Huffington Post11 Women On How They Knew They Didn't Want KidsHuffington PostBefore I got pregnant, I would say I was 98 percent sure I didn't want kids. When people would ask me, I'd say no -- but always follow that up with "you never know, maybe one day." In that moment, however, it was like, no. Just, no. -- Callie, 33
  • Lego Makes Everything Better—Even a Prosthetic for Kids - Wired

    Google Inc.
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    WiredLego Makes Everything Better—Even a Prosthetic for KidsWiredIt just got easier for kids with prosthetic limbs to go fully bionic—with a little help from Lego. A new prosthetic arm dubbed Iko can be endlessly customized with Lego pieces so that kids can make it whatever they want it to be. The field of and more »
  • The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe - NPR

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    28 Jul 2015 | 3:49 am
    NPRThe 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-SafeNPRIf you looked at the children at the edge of Conrad Cooper's pool, you'd think you were watching an ad for something. Jell-O, maybe. Or a breakfast cereal kids like. They're that cute. They're lined up on the steps in the shallow end, 10 little ones and more »
  • Five anti-style lessons from Larry Clark's Kids - The Guardian

    Google Inc.
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    The GuardianFive anti-style lessons from Larry Clark's KidsThe GuardianThere is nothing terribly happy about Kids, Larry Clark's hyperreal, debauched and bleak portrayal of 1990s youth, but that it remains relevant 20 years on is testament to its brilliance. Along with the many legacies and moral messages about sex A Kid Talks About 'Kids' On the 20th AnniversaryComplexHere Are the Locations From 'Kids,' Twenty Years LaterVillage Voiceall 4 news articles »
  • Y partnerships help kids 'Hop the Gap' - BurlingtonFreePress.com

    Google Inc.
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    BurlingtonFreePress.comY partnerships help kids 'Hop the Gap'BurlingtonFreePress.comFERRISBURGH – Under the shade of mature trees on the shores of Lake Champlain, a group of young kids from across Chittenden and Addison counties recently entered a world of books and imagination. The Greater Burlington YMCA's Camp Greylock, ...
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  • Accused B.C. terrorist aimed to kill a small Jewsa to save them from hell: trial

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    A woman found guilty of helping to mastermind a terrorist bomb plot wanted to infiltrate a synagogue and kill "small Jews" to save the children from going to hell, a court has heard. Police notes presented in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday recounted Amanda Korody's husband John Nuttall telling an undercover officer that his wife believed she would be doing Jewish children a favour by sending them to paradise, since she believed "grown-up Jews" go to "eternal hell" when they die.
  • Judge: Immigrant kids should be freed from family detention

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:38 pm
    A federal judge has ruled that immigrant children arriving on the U.S. border with their mothers should not be detained in secure detention facilities. But experts say it isn't entirely clear when they might get out.
  • 'Use euthanasia vans on old people' says Katie Hopkins

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    The media personality - who launches her own panel show If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World next month - said it is "ridiculous" to live in a country "where we can put dogs to sleep but not people". Her comments come shortly after she admitted regretting some of the extreme language she used against migrants in a column she wrote in The Sun entitled ''Rescue boats? I'd use gunships to stop migrants''.
  • Parental rights ended for mom convicted of killing 2 kids

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    A judge has terminated the parental rights of a Detroit mother who was convicted of killing two of her four children and placed their bodies in a deep freezer in the family's home. Mitchelle Blair participated in Monday's hearing via video.
  • Insanity defense weighed for mom charged with killing kids

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    In this June 10, 2015 file photo, LeRoya Moore, of East Haven, is arraigned in Superior Court in New Haven, Conn. Moore goes before a judge Monday, July 27, 2015, charged with murdering her two children by poisoning them with antihistamines.
 
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  • Top 10 Children’s E-books July 2015

    Dusty
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:35 pm
      These great reads for children can be downloaded from Overdrive one of our downloadable audio and ebook providers.  These titles are in EPub format great for all sorts of computers an devices Many of these Top 10 titles are found from our catalogue but it’s also worth checking out the individual providers (Overdrive and Borrow Box) for the reading lists and other great info. 1.     Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling 2.     Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling 3.     Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling 4.  …
  • The ballet comes to Johnsonville Library

    debbie
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    During the school holidays Johnsonville Library was very lucky to host Sir Jon Trimmer from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Sir Jon performed a wonderful rendition of Peter and the Wolf to a very large crowd of enthusiastic and budding dancers. We then learnt and practiced some ballet positions followed by the change to ask Sir Jon questions about his own career and that of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. We learnt that ballet or pointe shoes will only last a dancer for one performance and they have a huge room that is full of ballet shoes from the floor to the ceiling because they go through…
  • Top 10 Children’s fiction July 2015

    Dusty
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Heaps of library books were taken home over the school holidays! So what were the favourites? Below are the Top 10 Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking a.k.a. Pippi Longstocking has made a daring foray into the Top 10. The Delicatessa is tongue in cheek, of course due to her amazing feats of superhuman strength!  Astrid Lindgren has been honoured with her own bank note.  Her visage - with a drawing of our heroine Pippi – will grace the kr20 note to be released in Sweden October 2015,  that’s the average price of a hot chocolate…
  • 6 New Non Fiction to get you back into the back to school groove.

    Katie
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Complete Photo Guide to Bead Crafts. This book provides information on bead crafting, including bead types, skills and techniques, and simple projects for parents and their children to practice essential skills. A great book to have on hand on a rainy day and during school holidays.     Space record Breakers. Look inside this book and prepare to have the most mind-blowing records experience in the universe. Read this book and get information about  outer space and human space exploration, including the planet with the most moons, the first woman in space, and the closest star to…
  • Mrs. Mo’s Monster visits Johnsonville Library

    debbie
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Author and illustrator Paul Beavis visited Johnsonville Library during the school holidays for a storytime and a live drawing session. Paul read his book Mrs. Mo’s Monster to us and then he taught us some actions that go with the book so we were able to act out the story when he read it for a second time. Paul also showed us how he draws monsters so we were able to go home and create our own special monsters with what he had shown us. Check out our photos. We loved having a chance to be little monsters ourselves!
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  • Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    12 amazing virgin drink recipes for kids - but they look good enough for adults, too! The post Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes for Kids appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Beach Crafts

    Wendy Piersall
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    15 awesome beach crafts with sea shells, driftwood, sand and beach glass. The post Beach Crafts appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Make a Spinning Flower Garden Mobile

    Wendy Piersall
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Make a pretty garden mobile craft to preserve your summer flowers! The post Make a Spinning Flower Garden Mobile appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Make Healthy Oreo Ice Cream

    Wendy Piersall
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Here's a scrumptious low-sugar recipe to make Oreo "Cookies and Cream" ice cream - made extra creamy with Greek yogurt! The post Make Healthy Oreo Ice Cream appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • 4th of July Kids Crafts: Finger Puppets

    Wendy Piersall
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Super cute and easy 4th of July crafts for kids - pipe cleaner finger puppets of Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and an American Eagle. The post 4th of July Kids Crafts: Finger Puppets appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
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    Toddler Activities from Familyeducation.com

  • Babies Collage

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity is ideal for children who are expecting a baby sister or brother.
  • The Electric Show

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Practical experiments with static electricity can be a hair-raising experience -- literally!
  • Learning Mats

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this arts and crafts activity.
  • Backwards Day

    25 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Expand your child's imagination by doing everything backwards for a day.
  • Care for a Plant

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Teach your toddler about responsibility by growing a plant from an avocado seed.
 
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    Pre-K Activities from Familyeducation.com

  • Go on a "Booknic"

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add a little literature to your next family picnic. You may find that the best way to your kids' minds is through their stomachs! Here's what to do.
  • Summertime Magic Ale

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here is a treat that will be welcome on a hot day, and which will also spark play and conversation.
  • Playdough Recipes

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Let your child explore arts and crafts with homemade playdough.
  • Cup of Worms

    25 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Create a playful party treat that's perfectly suited to preschool humor.
  • Cloud Watching

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Help your preschooler learn about climate, geography, and weather with this cloud-watching activity.
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  • Fun Money

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Work together to go through the newspaper and cut out coupons for things you need to buy. Be sure to point out that there's no need to buy unplanned items, just because there is a coupon.
  • Cards in a Hat

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This children's game requires concentration and a little bit of skill to throw the cards in the hat?
  • Trick Your Fingers

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Can your kids figure out the scientific trick? Why is one hand cold, and one hand hot in this experiment?
  • Gomuku

    25 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Gomuku is a Japanese tick-tack-toe game that requires players to claim intersections of lines on a grid.
  • Fourteens

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A game of solitaire that involves removing the deck in pairs of cards that total 14 -- Can you do it?
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    Doll Diaries

  • Make A Fun Felt Fish Storyboard

    Karen
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the aquarium there are classrooms where you can learn more about the fish and the various environments. One of the interactive displays for the campers to learn with is the fish story board. This is an easy and fun way to make a felt storyboard for your dolls to use in the aquarium classroom. Using felt and other items on hand you too can quickly and creatively add to your doll play set collections! To make your own you will need: Kunin Felt In various colors Low Temp Glue Gun Scissors Cardboard Tape A Ruler Beads, buttons, google eyes Step 1- Assemble all your supplies. Plug in your glue…
  • Camp Doll Diaries – Field Trip to the Aquarium

    Karen
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Camp Doll Diaries is taking a field trip to the Aquarium this week to learn about ocean life.  Grace and the rest of the campers headed out to The Vancouver Aquarium with Karen today. The Vancouver Aquarium is located in Stanley Park and opened in 1956.  The Aquarium has evolved over the years to become a research, rescue and rehabilitation as well as and educational center.  The Aquarium is home to more then “300 species of fish, almost 30,000 invertebrates, and 56 species of amphibians and reptiles. They also have around 60 mammals and birds.” This summer one of the exhibits…
  • Camp Doll Diaries Week 8 Memories

    Char
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    Did your dolls do sports camp last week? What was their favorite activity? Last week’s posts: Make your own Gym for SuperStar Sports Week Quick Team Jerseys Medals for the Team Hit a Home Run That’s How I Roll Be a Team Player CAMP MEMORIES:  From LillyBlossom - Mia took first place closely followed by Megan in second and Elizabeth in third.   From Madelon – At gymnastics practice. From Linda - Saige and Caroline are trying to eat healthy and exercise each day! From American Girl Doll Crafter - Lanie loved the CDD gym post, so she made a gym of her own. I made her…
  • Sunday Showcase for July 26

    Char
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    I hope you are having a great weekend! It has been a busy week for us as Natalie is in another show – which opened yesterday. She performs again this afternoon and I know it will be awesome. Thanks for sending in photos again this week! Let’s see what your dolls are up to. From JGKelsey – One day Kelsey and her friends were playing hide and seek.  When she hide in the hollow trunk of a tree, she found a strange, locked door.  Unfortunately she could not get it open without a key.  Later on she discovers the key to the door, after she trips and falls.  On a beautiful…
  • Our Generation Team Player Outfit Review

    Char
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Time for the third sports fashion review with Natalie – taking a look at the Our Generation Team Player Outfit. Let’s jump right in! Here is the outfit in the package, let’s get it on a doll! She shoots… SHE SCORES! The shoes that come with this set are way too cute! They are super realistic and detailed. The shorts… haha! I can’t tell is grace is just too big or what but these shorts are way small on her. Maybe she is just stuffed a bit too much, tehehe! The top is a lightweight yellow tank top with the number four in the upper corner, pretty simple but…
 
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  • 3 Essentials for Choosing Gymnastics Floor Music

    Char
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    It is finally here – that day your gymnast’s coach says she is ready for her first optional floor routine and her own floor music! Chances are she already has lots of ideas as to the music she wants to use – after all, from the time they are little, every gymnast listens to music with the idea that one day she will have her own floor music and every song is a “potential” routine! So, how do you go about getting your daughter’s floor music? 1. Talk with her coach first! Every coach has personal preferences as to what kind of music their gymnasts use –…
  • Congratulations USA Women’s Soccer Team

    Char
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    This post contains affiliate links which means if you make purchase through one of my links, I will earn a small commission. Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer team for their 5-2 win over Japan! The World Champion squad just continued to gain momentum throughout the entire tournament and scored an unprecedented 4 goals in the first 16 minutes of the championship game. Just like the USA Women’s Team in 1999, this group of world class athletes will inspire another generation of girls to play soccer at all levels.  Where do you go to get started playing soccer? Check with your…
  • How to Coach Your Athlete at Home

    Char
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    I read an article by Asha Forster Grebenik this week titled “How to Coach Your Gymnast at Home” – it honestly should be required reading for all sports parents – feel free to substitute your child’s sport for the gymnastics references in the post – and for that matter all parents in general! From her post… Your gymnast does gymnastics at home. All the time. In every room. And you’ve watched enough gymnastics to know that certain things she’s doing are incorrect. So how do you make these corrections at home? You don’t. Let me repeat that. Do.
  • Is it a Sprain or a Break?

    Char
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you have an athlete, there is going to come a time where they get injured. Ankle injuries are VERY common and can happen when you least expect it. So how do you know if it is a sprain or a break? That photo is of my daughter’s ankle a few weeks ago. She had just finished cheer season and was returning to the dance studio. She did three classes and in the final 15 minutes of her last class of the night she did a leap – like the ones she has been doing since she was little – and for some strange reason she just landed wrong and ended up in a heap on the floor. Her ankle…
  • Athletes and Back to School: 8 Things Parents and Coaches Can Do To Make It Easier

    Char
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Note: I originally published this a few years ago but find it very helpful to revisit at this time of the year! Our kids go back to school soon but many of our mid-west friends have kids who go back to school this week.  For us the first week of school is also the first week of practice on the fall schedule for the gymnasts I coach and my own kids go back to swim team practices this week, as well. As a coach and a parent, I know the next 3 weeks are going to be HARD! That’s because it is going to take about 3 weeks for the kids to adjust to being back in school all day and then going…
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  • A Magical Family Sail in Mid-Coast Maine

    jenniferhazard
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Captain Daniel Bennett spends his summers sailing out of Rockland Harbor, where he offers day trips on Bufflehead, his refurbished, six passenger sailboat. The father of two gives families a chance to create the sea faring adventure of their choice, sailing anywhere between one hour to a full day. The fee for adults to sail is modest, and for children, Daniel simply charges by age per hour. For these reasons, coupled with the opportunity to see the mid-coast from the water, we decided Bufflehead would be just right for our crew. A captain who juggles? Right on. We arrived on the dock at 10…
  • Camp Weekend

    jenniferhazard
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    Earlier this month, our team enjoyed a memorable Open House weekend at Camp Bishopswood in Hope. Camp director Mike Douglass invites potential campers and their families to stay and play, so they can get familiar with the grounds, their peers, and what camp is like. So smart! Bishopswood, which is located on the western shore of Megunticook Lake, is everything you would expect from a Maine camp. A long, dirt road shaded by pines brings you to the entrance. Near the lake, there is a swimming area, dock, and a colorful array of canoes and kayaks. Mike greeted us in the parking lot with a hearty…
  • Father’s Day Gifts

    jenniferhazard
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    It’s nearly the end of the school year and there’s not a parent alive who is not busy. There are school events, barbecues and birthday parties, summer schedules to figure out, and so much more. With all of this to juggle, it’s no wonder Father’s Day seems to sneak up on us. It’s a good thing we have so many great resources in Maine to make gift giving a little easier. Here are a few ideas for all of the fantastic fathers out there: 1. Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont by Ethan Hipple & Yemaya St. Clair Our family loves discovering new hiking trails in New…
  • The Cutest Summer Pajamas

    jenniferhazard
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Now that the kids are in elementary school, the sight of baby clothes makes MP feel nostalgic. Parents have a short grace period when it comes to choosing what their kids wear, which lends itself to the wistful pangs a Mom feels when she walks by the baby and toddler section of a store and realizes how much her kids have grown in a few, short years. This is exactly the state of mind MP was in when she came across the BAOBAB Organics booth at the Common Ground Fair last year. Textile designer Vero Poblete-Howell makes beautiful kids’ clothes and stuffed toys at her studio in Waldoboro.
  • Weekend Trip to Biddeford Pool Audubon

    jenniferhazard
    29 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Last weekend, we visited the East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. The sanctuary, which was donated to the Maine Audubon in the late seventies, is tucked away, but once we spotted cars parked on the road, we knew our destination couldn’t be far. Our team followed a short, woodland trail that parallels the Abenakee golf course. The trail opens to green pasture with sweeping ocean views. Wood Island Lighthouse also dots the skyline. The kids were taken with all of the little discoveries along the way — snails resting in tide pools, stones etched by the ocean floor, and curious…
 
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    Playground Confidential

  • I’m never guessing my bra size again. My new bra is heaven except better.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Super big thanks to Wacoal for sponsoring this post and finally getting me a bra that fits right. I rode the escalator up to the fourth floor lingerie department at Hudson’s Bay and was awash in memories. The last time I’d gone to a large department store for a bra was when my mother took ... [Read more...]The post I’m never guessing my bra size again. My new bra is heaven except better. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • How to eat out with kids. I’m sorry.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    So who’s right, the restaurant owner who yelled at a toddler or the parents who let her “fuss” for over 40 minutes? I don’t know; probably neither of them. I’ve been in both positions and I’ve probably fallen short of ideal behavior as both a restaurant employee and as a parent. Let’s look back at that ... [Read more...]The post How to eat out with kids. I’m sorry. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • On not blogging and hating the internet and coming crawling back anyway

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    I long ago made it a rule not to blog about not blogging. No more posts that start off with an apology for having been away, follow with a litany of excuses and end in a heap of empty promises, I said to myself. God. What kind of abject narcissist thinks people have been stopping ... [Read more...]The post On not blogging and hating the internet and coming crawling back anyway appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • The Horse - Sarah McColgan (Exclusive to TCH)

    19 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We love design, architecture and art that exudes confidence, strength, character and drama. We love pieces that make a bold statement; that can stand alone. Unsurprisingly, we’ve fallen for the photography work of the multi-talented American Sarah McColgan. We have now commissioned her to create a series of photo portraits of horses exclusively for The Cool Hunter, and we are happy to introduce the first one of the series here. The strength, stillness and sheer power of the black-and-white portrait is iconic. There is no way one can ignore this in a room. Numerous other prestigious…
  • The Cool Hunter Store Launches in Melbourne, Australia

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We have opened The Cool Hunter Store – our antidote to boring shopping experiences - this past weekend in the Prahan neighbourhood of Melbourne. The Cool Hunter Store 142 Commercial Road Prahran Vic 3181 Hours Monday: Closed Tue - Thur 11am - 7pm Friday 11am - 6pm Sat & Sun - 10am - 4pm shop.thecoolhunter.net orders@thecoolhunter.net We have created pop-up shops and galleries before, but this one will be a bit longer-term. How long, you ask. We have no idea. We will work it as long as it is interesting to our guests and to us. (Our window display features The Horse photograph by…
  • Bar Nou - Barcelona

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    ‘We eat with our eyes’…. Let’s take a minute and really consider what this means. Traditionally we have associated this statement with the freshness of our food; the moment you can see all the amazing components of a dish in their individual state and the vast array of colors they collectively offer. The truth is though, that freshness is in everything around us, it’s in our food, our fashion, our music, our art, our ideas, our attitudes and of course our architecture. What becomes particularly exciting is when there is a distinct and clear connection of…
  • INSIDEOUT by Leigh Sachwitz

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Glasgow-born, Berlin-based architect and designer Leigh Sachwitz’s Studio for Design flora&faunavisions GmbH has created a mesmerizing interactive experience called “Insideout” for the Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg.   The Triennale has occurred every three years since 1999 and this year’s event is held from June 18 to June 28.   Leigh Sachwitz’s installation is both chilling and soothing at the same time. It is a 360° multimedia installation that explores the house as a sanctuary and as a safe haven from nature’s many forces.
  • World's First Real Marble iPhone 6 Case

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Synonymous with classical beauty and timeless style, marble has been the epitome of luxurious sophistication for millennia. Reinventing this ancient material for the modern lifestyle, the world’s first real marble smartphone case. Available in Black Marquina or White Carrara, and featuring a slice of marble as thin as a credit card, the CLIC Marble iPhone case offers the perfect balance between elegance, strength and durability.
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    Little Food Junction

  • Country life

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
     ~ A journey through Indian countryside ~(Relishing peace, harmony and loads of organic food) Indian countrysides are perfect retreats to decipher the simple joys  of life. Away           from the hustle bustle of city, countryside           amidst its lush greenery, gorgeous landscapes and farm to table foods is truly a visual and culinary heaven for an urban dweller.Before bidding adieu to summertime(and daughter's summer…
  • Oatmeal Fun -2

    5 May 2015 | 11:37 pm
    ~ Oatmeal Fun-2 ~ Summer brings a wealth of delicious juicy produce, from mangoes to melons from lycheesto stone fruits the list is endless. Of all the summer fruits my family eagerly waits for the special summer bounty of gorgeous ripe luscious mangoes,to eat as it is or for relishing in innumerable gluttonous avatars - aamras, srikhand, popsicles,shakes, smoothies, cheesecake, salsa or as a generous topping on daily oatmeal.  Civet Cat Oatmeal Mango oatmeal - with chopped mangoes, grapes and bananas Scorching summers are…
  • ~Oatmeal Fun-1 ~

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    ~ Oatmeal Fun-1 ~ A big bowl of oatmeal with loads of diced seasonal fruits and a light drizzle of honey is my most loved breakfast. Over the years the Indian market has seen a sudden boost in the oatmeal sector, from plain oats to flavored from sweet toppings to savoury Indian versions, the humble bowl of oatmeal has come a long way. Oats is nothing less than a power food, being rich in dietary fibre, it helps one feel fuller for a much longer period of time and makes a perfect kid friendly breakfast too.If your child…
  • Easter

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    ~ Easter 2015 ~Easter is just around the corner and I am sure lil ones at your house too are hopping around and  enjoying their easter/spring  break. The earthy smell of spring ,with a hint of summer in the air,is totally divine. Warm  sunshine has bid adieu to the last winter blooms. The  chrysanthemums and charismatic dahlias have been taken over by vibrant hibiscus and soothing periwinkles and of course ruby Easter lilies are blooming all over. Easter…
  • Alice in Wonderland

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    ~Alice in Wonderland ~ ( featuring Kids Culinaire- kids culinary event ..truly a very first of its kind ) Spring is the most beautiful season of the year !!Warm bright sun, gorgeous carpet of spring flowers and lush green grass with hovering bees and butterflies  is surely a treat to senses. The cool breeze gives the perfect excuse for even lazying around with your favourite book. Lil one is a big girl now (thats what she likes to be called in std 5.) I…
 
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    MyBrownBaby

  • Homeschooling Black Children: This Is How (and Why!) This Mom Does It. Plus: a Book Giveaway!

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Homeschooling Black children took a whole 'nother meaning after this white mom of brown children saw Black history ignored in her children's school. The post Homeschooling Black Children: This Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dear Walmart, Where’s Black Barbie?

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When a Black mom can't find a Black Barbie in her local superstore, she's forced to have conversations with her toddler she's not ready to and doesn't want to have. So she's penned a letter getting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Talk to White Children About Race: Here’s How To Avoid Raising Another Rachel Dolezal

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Want to avoid raising a delusional kid who thinks being Black is "cool"? Consider these tips for how to talk to white children about race. The post How to Talk to White Children About Race:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Importance of Happy Birthdays: Celebrations Aren’t Just For Kids

    Denene Millner
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Everybody deserves recognition on their birthday, but I didn't realize how important this is until my daddy turned 75 and made this stunning revelation. The post The Importance of Happy Birthdays:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Open Letter to Sleep (From an Exhausted Parent)

    Denene Millner
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A new dad to twins realizes that he may never have the relationship with sleep that he used to have. At least he has a sense of humor about it. The post An Open Letter to Sleep (From an Exhausted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas For Kids

    Linette
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    What kid doesn’t love fuzzy fun caterpillars? Of course a preschool kid’s favorite is always The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We’ve put together a fun collection of caterpillar crafts that are perfect for summer craft time or a homeschool project. These crafts are great to do when you’re talking about the caterpillar and the role it [...] The post Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas For Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe

    Linette
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    When the weather gets hotter, cold desserts are always even more delicious! Add in chocolate and you’ve definitely got a hit at any summer picnic or BBQ. This no-bake pie is a lighter, fluffier version of chocolate cheesecake, and can be eaten cold or frozen. So you can throw it in the cooler and take it [...] The post No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Gifts For Dad Idea Board + Printable Father’s Day Card

    Linette
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    This post is promoted by Braun. My dad passed away a few years ago after a long battle with cancer. The last time I saw him was on Father’s Day so the day holds a special meaning in my heart! I always tried to make Father’s Day special for my own dad, and I continue [...] The post Gifts For Dad Idea Board + Printable Father’s Day Card appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 12 Fun Activities To Do With Pool Noodles

    Linette
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Pool noodles aren’t just for the pool. These little foam noodles are great fun both in and out of the pool! You can craft with them, create summer obstacle courses, even car washes! All from these inexpensive foam noodles. There are tons of things you can do with these besides using them to swim. Are [...] The post 12 Fun Activities To Do With Pool Noodles appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Kid’s Rustic Cabin Bedroom Decor Ideas

    Linette
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:49 pm
    What kid doesn’t dream of living in a log cabin? My son used to love to make his own tent, and to pretend he was camping in the woods. He loved everything rustic and wood. These kid’s rustic cabin bedroom decor ideas are perfect for any little mountain adventurer! This way they can bring the [...] The post Kid’s Rustic Cabin Bedroom Decor Ideas appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
 
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 27

    Rachel
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jennifer Hezoucky’s story is different from almost all of the guests I’ve featured on the podcast thus far. I don’t want to give any spoilers aside from the short synopsis below, so you’ll have to listen to find out why I was so intrigued by what she shares in the episode (you will be too!). I will say that Jennifer gives a whole new meaning to the word “determination” — and it’s clear that her strong will has served her well in her career so far. Jennifer talks about her long gap between finishing school and getting her first music therapy job,…
  • One Thing at a Time

    Rachel
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Last Sunday night, I felt completely overwhelmed thinking about the week ahead. We’re in the midst of having our new building renovated, and we had yet to find a painter after my regular painter broke his foot. We also needed to choose carpeting, finalize the design for our building signs, and tie up some administrative loose ends. On top of that, we needed to finish planning and rehearse for our Midsummer Music Celebration, happening tomorrow afternoon. The to-do lists and emails were endless. Monday morning I woke up at 5 am as usual and as I got to work, that feeling of overwhelm…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 26

    Rachel
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    Fun fact: Michelle Erfurt is the very first music therapist friend I made online. The funny thing is that it wasn’t through Facebook or Twitter; we actually met via the email listserv (old school!). She contacted me right after I launched Listen & Learn Music and shared a link on the listserv way back in 2008, and we got together in person while I was in Florida a couple months later. Michelle and I hit it off immediately. Not only did we become fast friends, but we also became business partners. She published my very first songbook, and then we joined forces with Kimberly Sena…
  • It’s a Midsummer Mega-Sale!

    Rachel
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Where has this summer gone? It is flying by wayyyy too quickly, which is a little bittersweet since I’m currently on maternity leave (well, kind of). This weekend, we’re throwing a Midsummer Music Celebration for our students, clients, friends and family, and that inspired me to celebrate midsummer here at Listen & Learn, as well. So here’s the scoop: I’m offering a pretty sweet deal on membership to my premium site, Listen & Learn Plus. Current members pay $10/month and receive unlimited access to 6+ years of archives in addition to all new releases. Hundreds…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 25

    Rachel
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    25 episodes feels like a big milestone, so I was celebrating a little as I hit “publish” this week. How is it possible that an entire half of a year has passed since I came up with the idea for this podcast and recorded the first episode? Slow down, life. This week’s guest doesn’t know the meaning of the word “slow” — with 3 boys and a thriving private practice, how could she!? Oh, and did I mention that she’s also working on her doctorate degree? Karen Sanchez is an impressive lady, as you’ll find out when you listen to this episode.
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    Artful Adventures

  • Teacher Gift Bags

    jude
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    It’s that time of year again, and for us, the end of an era as my eldest finishes primary school and moves on to pastures new. As he described it, the last day was one of the happiest days of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Facebook Store

    jude
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:36 am
    Just a brief post today to let you know that we have just set up a small experimental store on the Artful Kids Facebook Page. This will be for a limited range of special items, for example items on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Manga Self-Portraits

    jude
    18 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    I think I’ve written in the past about the comparative lack of creative art opportunities made available to boys – especially by manufacturers. The fact that there are huge numbers of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spring Arrivals in Store

    jude
    3 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    It’s been a long time since I last offered a post about some of the new arrivals in store, so I thought it was about time I shared a few of our favourite new arrivals. There is never enough... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drawing Projects with Children – a Review

    jude
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    There are no shortage of practical books about art out there for children, but speaking as someone whose first love in art is drawing, I was curious to review Drawing Projects for Children by Paula... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Spanish Playground

  • Mister G: Los animales

    Jenny
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Are you ready to sing, dance and learn some Spanish? Mister G has just released a new CD, Los animales. This collection of bilingual songs is an excellent choice for kids learning Spanish. You can learn more about Mister G and purchase the CD on the Mister G web site. Highlights of Los animales by Mister G The songs are built on basic vocabulary and structures Grammy award winning musicians play a variety of Latin rhythms The songs have lots of repetition so kids can easily sing along Lots of rhyme! Hearing rhyme is essential to pronunciation and important in developing reading skills. Three…
  • Songs to Learn the Days of the Week in Spanish

    Jenny
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    The new school year is just around the corner. I teach the days of the week in Spanish early in the year. Then I can use the vocabulary to talk about our schedule as the year goes along. A song can be an excellent way to introduce or review these important words. Here are a few songs to teach the days of the week in Spanish. Los días de la semana by Miss Rosi. This simple song can be used with young children. You can hear the song in the video below and download it from iTunes: Los Días de la Semana – Miss Rosi Los días de la semana by Rockalingua. You can play this song directly…
  • Rainforest Activities in Spanish

    Jenny
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    There are tropical forests in many Spanish-speaking countries. As kids learn about the rainforest, they explore geography and culture, as well as learn languageThese rainforest activities are part of the Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga series. You can find more information about the series at the end of the post. Rainforest Activities for Spanish Learners Spanish Rainforest Unit Mis Cositas has an entire thematic unit on the rainforest available as a free download. The unit is designed for beginning Spanish learners. There are 13 lesson plans with rainforest activities, worksheets, games and…
  • Spanish Lullaby: Duérmete mi niño

    Jenny
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:27 pm
    The calming melodies and rhythms of lullabies, or canciones de cuna, help babies fall asleep and provide early exposure to language. Older Spanish learners can also benefit from lullabies. They can sing to little sisters and brothers and use lullabies as a part of their imaginative play. Duérmete mi niño is probably the best-known Spanish lullaby. Spanish Lullaby for Imaginative Play This Spanish lullaby is an excellent addition to imaginative play for toddlers and preschoolers. Encourage children to sing this Spanish lullaby to dolls and toy animals as they play. In my preschool classes,…
  • Sana Sana Colita de Rana and Body Parts Lesson

    Jenny
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Summertime is full of scraped knees and elbows. With the bumps and bruises, we have many opportunities to say Sana, sana colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana. We say this traditional rhyme to children when they get hurt. As we say it, we gently rub the place where it hurts. Listen to my son-in-law Jorge say Sana, sana colita de rana: http://www.spanishplayground.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Sana-2.m4a Sana sana colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana translates as Heal, heal, little frog’s tail. If you don’t heal today, you will heal tomorrow. Chanting the rhyme…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Allie Gleason Shines a Bright Light To Help Young People Understand Asperger’s Syndrome

    Michael Stutman
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    This is a guest post written by Allie Gleason, a high school student from Cary, North Carolina, with Asperger's Syndrome who spends some of her free time as a volunteer-intern-extraordinaire at EducatorLabs. She is a cheerleader for allthose affected by ASD. We applaud your efforts, Allie! As a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), I know that a lot of people don’t understand it. They may know that it is connected to autism, but that’s usually as far as it goes. And that’s the adults. I find that kids my age know even less about it. Usually, they just think we’re odd, and…
  • Sean Lesniak – 11 Year Old is Making Waves to Save Sharks!

    Michael Stutman
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    Like many young people, 11 year old Sean Lesniak is fascinated with sharks.  However, Sean is not just interested in learning about them and watching them, but about helping them to survive. Sean’s passion for sharks started very early in life.  When Sean was just 3 years old, while watching Shark Week, he learned that many sharks are killed (or “finned”) just to use their fins for soup!  It is estimated that more than 100 million sharks are killed around the world each year from shark finning. He could not believe this was happening. As Sean’s interest and passion…
  • Michael Swaine – Stitch By Stitch His Sewing Mends Hearts and a Community

    Michael Stutman
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    On the 15th of each month, for nearly 15 years, Michael Swaine, a college art professor in Northern California, wheels his old fashioned sewing machine into one of the toughest and poorest neighborhoods in San Francisco. Why would he ever do this you may ask?  His only purpose is to help others, many of them who are poor or homeless, by sewing their ripped clothes for free. Michael’s kind actions have made him many friends in the community.  And his caring has inspired many of the residents. Michael’s efforts are a great example of doing something positive, right now, with…
  • Lesson Learned: Senior Class Donates Class Trip Money to Help Principal, Courtney Vashaw, Fight Cancer

    Michael Stutman
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:35 am
    Bethlehem, New Hampshire principal, Courtney Vashaw, has always encouraged her students to live for something bigger than themselves.  Clearly, the senior class at Profile Junior-Senior High took this important life lesson to heart. For four years, the senior class raises money to take a big overnight trip.  Through bake sales and other fundraisers over the years, the Class of 2015 raised over $8,000!  But this year, instead of spending the money on themselves, they decided to give the money to their principal, Ms. Vashaw, who is battling a rare form of cancer. This act of kindness,…
  • ‘Hurricane Hazel’ McCallion : 94 Year Old Former Mayor and Hockey Player Starts Her Next Adventure!

    Michael Stutman
    29 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    If you search the entire earth, you are likely not to find another person anything like ‘Hurricane’ Hazel McCallion.   Last year, at 93 years old, Hazel finally decided to retire as mayor of a 200,000 person Canadian city, Mississauga.  She was their mayor for 36 years and 12 terms!  As mayor, she was so popular that the last time she was elected, she did not even have to conduct a campaign! Now, she is 94, but certainly not done from making an impact on the world! Many people who are alive at this age are simply trying to stay healthy or relaxing in retirement.  …
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    Red Tricycle

  • 5 Simple Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends

    Kelly Aiglon
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    You’re busy. We get it. Summer has you racing around. We know that. But, please, for the love of fun and all that’s giddy, do these five simple things before school starts up again. They will not be around long. One is a Cirque show that’s ever-so curious. Another is the world’s longest slip ‘n’ slide. As for the other three, well … read on. And get planning! 1. See Cirque du Soliel’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities Imagine if time came to a complete stop and you found yourself in a fantasy world where everything is possible. This is the…
  • Just Opened: Rotary PlayGarden in San Jose

    Kate Loweth
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Kids of all ages and abilities are in for a treat at the brand new Rotary PlayGarden. Slides, swings and kinetic art are just some of the many features of this awesome new playground right near Mineta San Jose Airport. Bonus: toddlers will be delighted by the ability to check out the many planes that fly overhead as they are landing at the airport! Read on to explore everything that the PlayGarden has to offer! Inclusive Play for All Children This new addition to Guadalupe River Park is the Rotary Club of San Jose’s centennial gift to the community. Its unique design definitely accomplishes…
  • Farm It Out: 6 Fantastic Farms to Visit Now

    Allison Sutcliffe
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    City kids need a place to roam on lazy summer days. And parents need a peaceful perch from which to watch them. Find space, fresh air and Old McDonald’s pals at these great country spots. From traditional farms complete with veggies and chickens, to farms that boast a little more carnival than cow, we’ve rounded up the best green acres to explore this summer. Have you visited any of our favorite farms? Share your experience in the Comments below. — Allison Sutcliffe
  • 7 County Fairs They Won’t Forget

    rtayrenjc
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    County fairs are a cultural and gastronomic marvel unto themselves. It’s one of the only places you can get a thrill riding the Ferris wheel, enter a cow-milking contest, eat something that you’ve never had deep-fried (Oreos? Pickles?), celebrate the fading days of summer and laugh together before the kiddos head back to school. With everything from pig races and tractor pulls to cotton candy and pie eating contests, we’ve rounded up the best of the best in the DMV county fair circuit. Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival When: July 30-Aug. 2 Cost: $25; $1/per ride ticket;…
  • Great Mini Vacays You Can Still Plan This Summer

    rtkellyharamis
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer is halfway through and you still haven’t booked a vacation. Let’s get cracking! Before the kids head back to school, pack your bags and travel to one of these three weekend destinations within a few hour’s drive of Chicago. Enjoy everything from Michigan blueberry picking to Wisconsin beach combing to Amish country adventures. HOLLAND, Michigan The Deal The coastal city on the shores of Lake Michigan transports visitors back in time while still experiencing modern life. What To Do Nelis’ Dutch Village: Windmills, wooden shoes and wonderful rides highlight this mini-theme…
 
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    Kinooze

  • The Talking Pencils

    Kinooze Learning
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    ( Krish, 8, spins a story about a boy and his friends who had found a box of talking pencils ) Image Credit: Pixabay user weinstock, via CC Once upon a time there was a boy called Aryan. He was obsessed with pencils. During his summer vacation Aryan bought a brand new box of pencils from his nearby store, it was called the ATF store. One day, suddenly, the pencils started talking to Aryan. He got very excited! He thought that he was the only person in the world who had talking pencils. But he was wrong. Aryan did not know that the ATF store had started selling more boxes of talking pencils.
  • Message In A Bottle!

    Kinooze Learning
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:43 pm
    File Photo, Image Credit: Flickr User Sanne Roemen, via CC An Australian couple Sean and Shelly Thomas recently vacationing in Scotland found a bottle in the sand dunes of Rattray Head on Scotland’s north-east coast. Imagine their surprise when they opened the bottle and found a 44-year-old message. Sean Thomas who is a collector and loves to collect unique things found this bottle on one of his routine hunts. The couple noticed that the bottle had some note inside and broke it open. The message was written by a 14-year-old boy named Raymond Davidson from Carlisle, UK. The time…
  • Who is Bill Gates?

    Kinooze Learning
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Mohammad Jangda, via CC How does one become the richest in America, the richest in the world and that too without having to go to college ever?  Seriously! Is this a joke? You must be thinking to yourself. Nope. In order to make that happen you will have to think and act like Bill (William) Gates, the founder of Microsoft. He who is so rich that even if he spends a million a day his fortunes will last for 218 years. Gates was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. His father William H. Gates was a successful lawyer. Mary Maxwell Gates was…
  • A Cake Family

    Kinooze Learning
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    (Raavee, 11, writes a beautiful poem about her family) Image Credit: Pixabay user Openclips, via CC My family is a cake, My dad, the base, is sturdy and strong, yet soft. My mom, the icing, covers everyone’s mistakes. My brother, the sauce, dirties yet decorates the cake. And me, the cherry on the top, I help finish everyone’s job. Isn’t describing my family a piece of cake! A Cake Family
  • What is Work?

    Kinooze Learning
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Tsahi Levent-Levi via CC You sit in the chair and study for hours for the exam the next day. Then you wrap up and run to the couch. You sit and watch television, unwind a bit. Your mum calls you in distress from the kitchen. A heavy flour box is almost falling down on her. You throw your hands up in the air to hold it till your mum is safe. Your hands hurt as you bring them down. Have you been working hard? Or hardly working? Of course, working hard you would say! But according to science it is the latter. You have hardly done any work. Mind boggling, isn’t it?
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Z is for Zoo

    Trisha
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    The A to Z Science series for toddlers and preschoolers at Inspiration Laboratories finishes with the letter Z. Z is for Zoo. Z is for Zoo Zoos are an awesome place for learning about conservation efforts and making connections to our environment. Learn about different animals, their habitats, and why we should care about them. …
  • 5 Reasons You Should Watch Odd Squad with Your Child

    Trisha
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Do your kids love Odd Squad as much as we do? Odd Squad is a PBS kids show where the agents use math to solve odd problems. It has nearly finished its first season and has been renewed for a second. If you have yet to check it out, here are 5 …
  • 10 Ways to Make a Volcano with Kids

    Trisha
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    Volcanoes are a classic science activity for kids. All you need are baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, and a volcano-shaped container. Check out these 10 Ways to Make a Volcano with Kids I’ve collected from around the web. 10 Ways to Make a Volcano with Kids Easy to Make Tape Volcano – Forget plaster …
  • DIY Planets Board Game

    Trisha
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    This planets board game is a fun way to learn and practice facts about the planets in our solar system! Planets Board Game Setup I downloaded a solar system printable from 3 Boys and a Dog. The planets are drawn to scale. This makes it neat to visualize the size differences. …
  • Planet Order Activity

    Trisha
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Learn about the planets by reading a book. Then try our planet order activity to make a model of the solar system. Place the planets in order and have some fun with pretend play! Affiliate links are included in this post. Thank you for supporting Inspiration Laboratories. Read about the Planets …
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    TinkerLab

  • Camouflage Coloring Pages | A Creative Table Prompt

    Rachelle
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    My older daughter and I gathered up crayons and colored pencils to play around with camouflage designs the other morning. I shared an image of our progress on Instagram and Facebook, and asked if anyone would like to play with some camo images. The answer was “yes,” so I  pulled a printable together for those who are interested. Coloring in Camouflage The idea is simple. Collect 4 or 5 colors from the same hue together. These can be colors from the red family or green family, for example. Seen below: turquoise, light blue, grey-blue, royal blue, and blue. Fill in the bumpy…
  • The Best White Pens for Black Paper

    Rachelle
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Writing and drawing with white pens on black paper is a fun way to add some pizzaz to a drawing practice. In our traditional black on white world of mark-making we’re accustomed to putting dark marks on white paper, and perhaps it’s the tonal reversal that’s compelling and unique about white on black drawings. However, finding a good white pen that will show up on black paper can be a challenge. At least it was for me, and I wanted to spare you the hours and expense of trying and testing a ton of pens that might prove disappointing. A few months ago we invested in a…
  • Phonebook Art: A Painting Meditation

    Rachelle
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:58 pm
    “When there are thoughts, it is distraction: when there are no thoughts, it is meditation.” -Ramana Maharshi When I was cleaning out my studio last week I came across a few phonebooks. I occasionally use them as scrap paper or throwaway sheets for printmaking, and decided that my 4-year old and I could have some fun painting on them. We cleared some room on the table, took out our watercolors, and got busy. Why Phonebooks are Great for Painting They are free! Woop! Because they’re free, they aren’t precious. And that’s great because it frees us up to go…
  • Art Tips and Tricks: Paint Brush Deal

    Rachelle
    31 May 2015 | 12:21 am
    This is the first of a new TinkerLab Video series called Art Tips and Tricks. In this episode I share my favorite deal for detailed paintbrushes – you won’t believe how inexpensive these are and what they were originally intended for! Art Tips and Tricks I’ve been sharing art tips and tricks on my blog for some time, such as 24 Ideas for Cleaning up Art Messes with Children and How to Recycle Boxes into Art Panels. After a bit of brainstorming, I thought it would be fun to turn these art tips and tricks into a new video series. You might know that I’m messing around…
  • June TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge

    Rachelle
    27 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    After taking a short break from the TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge, I’m ready to try another round in the month of June. Are you with me? After the last Sketchbook Challenge, I received so much encouraging feedback. Here’s a sampling of what people like you had to say about their experience: I can’t thank you enough for the challenge. I quit my job as a designer to be a SAHM and even when I love it, I realized I needed to have a project for myself, something that the kids could see me working on, and this has been a perfect “excuse” to set some time aside…
 
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    it's BABY time!

  • How to Change Up Mac and Cheese

    Carol Johnson
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Do you get easily tired of eating the same thing over and over again? We all do. Except for toddlers, that is! They can go through phases where they’ll eat one thing and one thing only for an entire week or longer. And you know what nearly every kid’s favorite is? Macaroni and cheese! It may seem like a boring dish after a while but there are healthy ways to change up mac and cheese so even you will want to eat it every night. I’ve found some creative ways to make plain old mac and cheese a new hit plus some clever recipes to sneak in veggies!Franks and Mac & Cheese This recipe…
  • What is Healthy Infant Weight Gain

    Carol Johnson
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    As a parent it is our main priority to ensure our kids are healthy. That entails encouraging healthy eating habits from early on and making sure your baby gets all the necessary nutrients needed for healthy development. This is a growing concern to instill healthy infant weight gain.You may be surprised to learn just how important a baby’s diet can impact their overall long-term health. Those rolls may be cute on a baby, but they’re not so cute on adults. There are ways you can help your little one to thrive from day one.Obesity in Infants There is a huge rise in the number of obese…
  • Diaper Bags and BackPacks Guide

    Carol Johnson
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Diaper bags are a must have for any parent. A baby requires having essentials on hand such as diapers, wipes, bottles, etc. Sure, the average woman carries around a hand bag of some type anyway so why does she need a diaper bag? These bags are specifically made for carrying around those essentials by keeping them organized and they come in all shapes and sizes. I’ve provided this informative diaper bags and backpacks guide to help you decide your options.Diaper Bag and Diaper Backpack FeaturesBefore you set out to look for that perfect bag, consider some common basic features. While diaper…
  • What You Can Do About the Mom Pooch After Pregnancy

    Carol Johnson
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Many women are faced with the infamous mom pooch after pregnancy. Between pregnancy weight gain and juggling chores around a newborn’s schedule finding time to get in exercise, let alone eat a healthy balanced diet, can be challenging. But what if there is more to that mommy pooch than just a little extra weight? It could be a common condition that requires a little more than just diet and exercise to get rid of.What is Diastasis Recti Abdominis?A common condition that many postpartum women experience, diastasis recti abdominis (or DRA) may be the culprit behind that flabby tummy. This…
  • Infant Formula Buying Guide for Bottle Feeding Moms

    Carol Johnson
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Breast milk is the most suitable choice for babies under the age of 6 months as it provides all the essential nutrients babies need and helps to reduce the risk of SIDS. Having said that, the formulas that we have these days serve as a great alternative for moms who can’t or choose not to breast feed. If you go down the baby aisle of any supermarket you will surely find no shortage of formulas to choose from. This infant formula buying guide will provide you with everything you need to know to help you make the right choice for your baby.Whether by choice or necessity, no mom should…
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    BoxMash

  • LEGO Minifigures Online goes cross platform

    Andy Robertson
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Lego Minifigures Online has been available for some time. This month it’s been completely overhauled and relaunched with some great family features. Best of all is the ability to cross-play in the same online world across all devices. Because Lego Minifigures Online is now on both desktop and mobile platforms as a buy-to-play game it works much better for multi-player cross-platform fun. This update also offers new features like unique timed events, cinematics, voice acting, and a fun and engaging story are included, as well as numerous gameplay additions and major improvements…
  • Angry Birds 2 teased

    Andy Robertson
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    After 14 games and 2 billion downloads we have the true follow up to Angry Birds, Angry Birds 2. While more details about the game will be revealed in July this teaser poster does give a feel for how the game will look and play. First thing that strikes you is that the cast is largely unchanged, with the usual line-up of birds heading off to a new adventure. What is new is the promise of a Bigger, Badder and Birdier experience. Whether this is simply marketing speak or an actual hint about the content of the game remains to be seen. One possibility is that this may relate to the Lego Angry…
  • Skylanders Superchargers online mode confirmed

    Andy Robertson
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    We’ve been waiting for some time but finally Skylanders is going online. The retail pre-order packaging in the UK includes notes on Online Racing and Co-Op play. Although official word is still awaited it looks promising if you want to get your SuperCharger kicks with friends from afar. The packaging also provides a run down of what seem to be the first 10 Wave 1 Supercharger Combos: Splat and Splatter Splash Deep Dive Gill Grunt and Reef Ripper Big Bubble Pop Fizz and Soda Skimmer Dive Clops and Dive Bomber Lava Lance Eruptor and Burn-Cycle Thrillipede and Buzz Wing Super Shot Stealth…
  • Plants vs. Zombies shines on next gen

    Andy Robertson
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:18 am
    Although Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare isn’t being updated on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, on next generation hardware it looks the business. Here’s a talk with the develop and exclusive look at Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2. First off the story is fresh. In Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, the zombies have conquered, and the plants are on the attack for the first time in this hilarious, action-packed shooter. Bring even more strategic depth to this all-out botanical battle with 14 total character classes, and over 100 playable plants and zombies from the past, present,…
  • Lego Dimensions timelords assemble

    Andy Robertson
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:32 am
    We were expecting some Lego Dimensions news from San Diego Comic Con and today we got it in the form of a brand new Doctor Who trailer for Lego Dimensions. Doctor Who will be fully playable in the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack with a complete Doctor Who level where the game’s heroes continue their quest while encountering Daleks, Cybermen and other adversaries from the Whoniverse. You can also purchase the Doctor Who Level Pack which includes an additional mission-based Doctor Who level, along with a LEGO minifigure of the 12th Doctor and LEGO models of the TARDIS and K-9, all playable in…
 
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • Life’s Priorities Trump Side Passions

    Jeff Stephens
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    At what point does change become so prevalent that it morphs into normalcy? That is something I’ve been asking myself over the last month or so. If you haven’t noticed, the blog, podcast, and everything else about the Crazy Dad Life platform has been on hiatus. I hate the fact that it happened, but I also recognize that is how life treats you sometimes, whether you like it or not. This is not an excuse for not being on top of things with the side business, but rather an acknowledgement that priorities trump side passions. So, you may be asking yourself, “where the hell has Jeff…
  • 9 Secrets You Need to Know Before Starting a Blog

    Jeff Stephens
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Starting a Blog Can be Exciting, Yet Crazy I have extolled the virtues of blogging on many occasions and even spelled out exactly why you need to start a blog today. So, let’s assume you are ready to make that move and are actually starting a blog. Here are 9 things that you need to be aware of as you push off onto your new and exciting journey. 1. Blogging Is Time Consuming If you are starting a blog thinking you’ll spend a half hour writing something, posting it, then walking away, you are sadly mistaken. Blogging takes time. Several of the reasons why will become apparent as you…
  • Hell Week – How to Approach Your First 7 Days of Blogging

    Jeff Stephens
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    It is your first week as a blogger. Your mind is probably going 100 miles per hour with all of the things you want to do. Before you go too far, take a moment to gather yourself and take a breath. After all, you are embarking on a journey that will last as long as you possess the passion to drive forward. There is no need to exhaust yourself in the very first week. So what do you do? How should you approach these first few hectic days of your blog. I’m going to share 5 ways you can set yourself up for success in your first 7 days of blogging. You Need a Bucket Ok, you don’t…
  • CDL 048 – 8 Reasons Why Your Story Matters

    Jeff Stephens
    19 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Why You Need to Share Your Online Journey with Those Around You Last week I talked about digging into the details. I provided 4 reasons you should pay attention to the details when you create and consume content. This week I want to talk about our online journeys. In particular, I want to talk about how we should be sharing our journey with others. (Listen to the audio podcast by clicking on the play button) Your story matters. There is a lot to do when you are building an online platform. The number of tasks on your to-do list seem to only get longer with the passing of each day. How Do…
  • CDL 047 – Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Details in the Content You Create and the Content You Consume

    Jeff Stephens
    14 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Do Not Lose Track of the Value of the Details On this week’s podcast, I dig into the importance of details. I share 4 reasons you need to pay attention to details when you create content and 4 reasons when you consume content. As an added bonus, you can download the FREE Blog Detail Checklist by clicking on the button below. Click Here to get the Blog Detail Checklist This checklist gives you multiple items you need to check before you hit that publish button. Don’t drive your audience away due to silly mistakes and a lack of attention. Make sure you grab the checklist today! Why…
 
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    Sunuva

  • Sunscreen Protection Explained

    Sunuva
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    Sunscreens can be a confusing part of the holiday at the best of times. SPF, UVA, UVB, these seemingly endless... Read More
  • Beach Reads for You

    Sunuva
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    The leaning tower of unread books – we all have one precariously perched on our bedside table, guilty reminding us... Read More
  • How to choose a family-friendly boutique hotel

    Sunuva
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:09 am
    There’s no denying that we love a good hotel room. The crisp white sheets, the super soft slippers and the... Read More
  • Beach Reads for the Kids

    Sunuva
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Shhhh, can you hear that? It’s the blissful silence of your little one quietly immersed in a great book –... Read More
  • Top 5 Tips on packing for a family holiday

    Sunuva
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    Packing – the dreaded P word that is inarguably the least glamorous bit about holidaying. The mere thought of packing... Read More
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    Today Box

  • What is success?

    Erika Lowe
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    What does the word “success” mean? Have you ever looked the word up in the dictionary? Explore the meaning of the word “success” in this animated short film. The post What is success? appeared first on Today Box.
  • Storm Chasing

    Erika Lowe
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Chase down a storm with Mike Olbinski set the the music of Kerry Muzzey. The Chase from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo The post Storm Chasing appeared first on Today Box.
  • Billboard Art

    Erika Lowe
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Brian Kane purchases billboards and creates art that blends better with the natural environment. What kind of billboard would you create if you purchased one? Brian Kane, Healing Tool, 2015 (HD) from brian kane on Vimeo The post Billboard Art appeared first on Today Box.
  • The Math of Lollipop Licking

    Erika Lowe
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    How many licks does it take to get to the center of a lollipop? Scientists tackle this question using math and science. You’re going to have to watch to find out the answer! Then take the Science Friday lollipop licking challenge! The post The Math of Lollipop Licking appeared first on Today Box.
  • One-Shot Bike Run

    Erika Lowe
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Ride downhill with Brandon Semenuk through dirt piles and lush green grass. The best part about this film? It was taken in one shot without any cuts or edits. The post One-Shot Bike Run appeared first on Today Box.
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