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  • Great Quotes For Kids About Humility and Being Humble

    Inspire My Kids
    Inspire My Kids
    25 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    It is good to be confident in yourself and to always strive to be the best you can be.  Yet, truly successful people strive not only to be their best, but to be great in how they treat others.and celebrate their talents. For example, you may have seen an athlete who scores a touchdown, drops the ball and goes down on his knees to give thanks for his achievement.  Or another player who scores but then runs around the field pointing at himself and calling attention to his or her achievement.  One of these people is being humble and grateful, while the other is being arrogant and…
  • What Are the Signs Your Child is Gifted?

    it's BABY time!
    Carol Johnson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Every parent loves to brag about their child’s achievements, talents, and special skills. It’s perfectly natural for parents to brag on their children and everyone feels their child is so smart. With smart toys designed to challenge and encourage learning and development, it’s easy to see how a child’s intelligence can be influenced. Children’s minds are like sponges that absorb a lot of information, but some may be better at retaining it than others. Your child’s brightness on certain things could be signs your child is gifted. Of course, every parent feels their kid…
  • Happy Father's Day!

    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!
    Colleen Butler
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Happy Father's Day! Have some fun with your kids today Dad!
  • Welcome Summer 2015

    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!
    Colleen Butler
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    We have lots of fun Outdoor Toy items ... Like Kites!
  • Top 10 Children’s fiction June 2015

    Kids Blog
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Tom Gates has two positions in the Top 10 this month! You might know Liz Pichon’s creation has a musical side,  you too can join in with Dog Zombies rendition of Delia’s a weirdo with a score from Tom Gates’ band! Got some of your own tunes inspired by characters from your favourite books? Let us know in the review section.  A new Dirty Bertie is about to hit the shelves, get your library card ready to place your reserve…and…go!   1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney 2. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald 3. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord 4.
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  • 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 ...
  • Summer Reading

    21 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    Take an adventure, learn about history, discover something new by making sure reading is part of your summer plan.Summer ReadingReading over the summer is not only entertaining; it will help you retain what you have learned over the school year and enhance your reading skills. The more you read the better your reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension become. Whether it's at the ...
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      WriteForKids - Writing Children's Books

  • 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 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,…
  • The M Word Revisited – Marketing’s Most Important (and Overlooked) Element

    Jon Bard
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:26 pm
    By Jon Bard Photo by Sam Howzit. Creative commons licence     Well, well, well.  Looks like my hypothesis was correct:  writers really are freaked out about marketing.   And that’s fine.  In fact, that’s great.  Because it tells me that you understand how important it is, and that you’re desperate for some clarity.  And that’s an excellent place to be!     Today, I want to introduce you to the most important aspect of successful marketing.  And it’s something almost no writers pay attention to.  (Perhaps that’s why most…
  • We Need to Talk About the M Word

    Jon Bard
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    By Jon Bard Let’s talk about something most of you would rather not talk about.   It’s the “M word”……  Marketing.   (cue the sound of wailing, moaning and gnashing of teeth!)   Now, deep down you know that, to succeed as a writer in today’s environment, you have to market yourself and your work.  And you’re probably not too thrilled about that.   Look, I get it.  You want to write, not promote.  If you’re like a lot of writers, you view marketing as being pushy…inauthentic…kind of “icky”.
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    School Kids Healthcare Blog

  • NASN 2015

    SKHC Editor
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) 47th Annual Conference is upon us!  It’s hard to believe a year has gone by already.  This year’s conference is in none other than the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia. The NASN annual conference gives school nurses a chance to come together, share stories, challenges, and accomplishments.  […]
  • The 2015 School Kids Healthcare Catalog Is Here!

    SKHC Editor
    13 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    It’s been a long time coming, but the 2015 School Kids Healthcare catalog is finally here!  Request your copy today and see new products including: Cardiac Science AEDs CPR RsQ Assist® 30:2 Medstorm Pocket Mask Electric Lice Comb Safetec SaniZide Pro® 2-Minute Surface Disinfectant Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System Also look for new callouts throughout the […]
  • Introducing the Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System

    SKHC Editor
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System is helping keep classrooms and public buildings safe in the event of an active shooter situation.  The Barracuda™ is a security device that can be installed in a matter of seconds in emergency situations to protect occupants against building intruders. The Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System is available in three configurations […]
  • Hand Washing 101

    SKHC Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Did you know that many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water?  If soap and water are not available you can always use an alcohol-based […]
  • What Is Enterovirus-D68 and How Can I Protect My Family?

    SKHC Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.  Every year millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses, usually during summer and fall, however this year hospitals have been seeing more children with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 since mid-August. Infants, […]
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    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT

  • Vermont Day-cations: Ausable Chasm & Dog Mountain

    Alison Novak
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alison Novak and Sarah Galbraith School's out, and "Day-cations" are in. Every summer, Kids VT seeks out family-friendly destinations where you and your kids can experience the natural beauty and unique culture of our region.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Getting Jazzy With Kids

    JD Fox
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    “I believe that all three of us up here on this stage were just about your age when we got exposed to jazz for the first time,” four-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride told the audience of mostly kids during his group’s “Jazz Junior” performance in June — part of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. “Don’t know if we liked it right away, but at least we were exposed to it, and that’s what matters the most.” The internationally touring Christian McBride Trio — made up of McBride, pianist Christian Sands and drummer Jerome Jennings — began their…
  • Home Cookin': Strawberry Shortcake

    Erinn Simon
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    I try to make the most of the short strawberry season by incorporating the ruby-red jewels into my daily menu as much as possible. In June and early July, I toss berries into my morning bowl of cereal and serve shortcake for dinner at least once or twice.  In celebration of the fabulous strawberry, I offer my recipe for the best shortcake.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Summer Fun: Public Pool Round-Up

    Alison Novak
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    In Vermont, there are a limited number of days when it's hot enough to swim in an outdoor pool. For many families, joining a swim club is too expensive.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Get Out!: Biking with Baby

    Sarah Galbraith
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    At 7 months old, our daughter Elise has excellent head control and is sitting on her own without much support from us. While these are exciting milestones for any parent, they are especially exciting to us as cyclists.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • 2015 Pan Am Games welcome murals video
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
    CBC's Marivel Taruc looks at how local schoolchildren are making key contributions to the preparation for the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Para Pan Am Games.
  • Parapan Am Games fun facts infographic
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
    We've gathered up some fun stats about the 2015 Parapan Am Games.
  • Fireworks and flag-waving, it’s Canada Day!
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Canada Day! A day to enjoy barbeques, fireworks and flag-waving… but what is this day really about?
  • Are you a T. Rex or a Pterodactyl?
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    Which Jurassic Park dinosaur are you? Figure it out with our personality quiz.
  • Sports mashup: round 4
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    Every week we'll post two new sports mashups for you to vote on - it's up to you to pick the winner which will be revealed at the end of the Pan Am Games.
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    KIDS NEWS - Google News

  • Jimmy Kimmel Polls Kids About Gay Marriage, and Their Answers Are ... - People Magazine

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    People MagazineJimmy Kimmel Polls Kids About Gay Marriage, and Their Answers Are People MagazineIn the clip, the kids come across as open-minded. One girl (who plans to tie the knot at age 30) suggests that while "some kids" may have a hard time wrapping their heads around gay marriage, she believes that anybody should be able to wed "if you're Jimmy Kimmel Asks Kids What They Understand About Same-Sex Marriage Us MagazineWatch: Kids explain gay marriage on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Boston.comKids share their thoughts on marriage equality on 'Jimmy Kimmel…
  • How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online This Summer - TIME

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    TIMEHow To Keep Your Kids Safe Online This SummerTIMEFor kids, summertime is a brief window of freedom they yearn for all school year long. Parents, meanwhile, look at it a little differently. Sure, pool parties, camping trips and sleepovers are full of laughter and fun, but they also provide parents Tips for safe online experiences for kidsWCSH-TV4 Tools for Keeping Kids Safe OnlineMoney Talks News (blog)all 7 news articles »
  • Detroit freezer mom pleads guilty, claims murdered kids were 'demons' - New York Daily News

    Google Inc.
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    New York Daily NewsDetroit freezer mom pleads guilty, claims murdered kids were 'demons'New York Daily NewsA monstrous Detroit mom pleaded guilty to killing her kids and stuffing them in a freezer — and she said she'd do it again. “I don't feel no remorse for the death of those demons,” Mitchelle Blair told a Wayne County, Mich., judge on Monday. The 36 Mitchelle Blair: Why I killed my kidsMyFox DetroitDetroit mom pleads guilty to killing 2 kids whose bodies were found in home WDIV DetroitDetroit Mother Pleads Guilty to Killing Two Kids Found in FreezerNBCNews.comCBS…
  • Apple Retail Announces 2015 Interactive Summer Camps for Kids - Mac Rumors

    Google Inc.
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Mac RumorsApple Retail Announces 2015 Interactive Summer Camps for KidsMac RumorsApple has opened registration for its annual Apple Camp three-day workshops where kids aged 8 to 12 can visit a retail store and learn how to make movies or create interactive books using software such as GarageBand, iBooks Author and iMovie on iPad ...Apple Camp returns to teach tech to kidsCult of MacApple Camp Offers E-Book And Movie Production Workshops: Here's How Kids Tech TimesFree Apple camp for kids in July, AugustSun Sentinelall 9 news articles »
  • How This Common Drug Can Have Lasting Effects on Kids - TIME

    Google Inc.
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    TIMEHow This Common Drug Can Have Lasting Effects on KidsTIMEIn a study published in Nature Communications, scientists document the possible long-term effects of antibiotics when they're used early in life. Their study involved mice, but the team used the drugs in doses and treatment regimens that mimic those ...and more »
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    Kids News

  • Care system often fails kids: hearing

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:22 am
    Some children are being placed with carers recruited without references and who may not have undergone a proper working with children check, a child trauma expert says. Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation, has told a hearing into child sexual abuse there were great variations in the quality of recruitment and selection of carers across jurisdictions in Australia.
  • U.S. kids suffer high rates of assault, abuse

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:03 pm
    More than one-third of U.S. children and teens have been physically assaulted -- mostly by siblings and peers -- in the past year, a new study finds. And one in 20 kids has been physically abused by a parent or another caregiver in the same time period, the researchers said.
  • Kate Hudson's dad says kids are 'dead' to him

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    On Father's Day, Oliver Hudson tweeted a childhood photo of him and sister Kate with Bill Hudson, over the caption "Happy abandonment day." The 65-year-old musician, who's best known as a member of "The Hudson Brothers" in the '70s, told British publication The Mail "I say to them now, 'I set you free.'
  • Survey: Sibling punches aren't only assaults US kids face

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Getting punched by your brother or sister is sometimes a painful rite of passage, but many U.S. kids also experience other types of assaults, mistreatment and abuse, a big government-funded survey found. While most incidents reported in the survey didn't cause injuries and many didn't involve weapons, the results show that youths younger than age 18 are exposed to violence in extensive ways, "which justifies continued monitoring and prevention efforts," the researchers said.
  • Parents, stop hovering: 'Risky' play may have benefits for kids

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Children may benefit, physically and socially, from being allowed to play with less monitoring from mom and dad, a new research review finds. There was a time when parents sent their kids outside to play, with the instruction to '"just be home by dinner."
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    Kids Blog

  • 6 new non fiction: Buzzing bios, Cooking Madness and the mysterious world of the greeks and… an egg.

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Nelson Mandela : it always seems impossible until it’s done. Read the incredible story of Nelson Mandela, a remarkable man that would fight against discrimination,  his country’s cruel system of apartheid and eventually become president of his country. A great resource to use for anyone studying Nelson Mandela and apartheid.     Shackleton’s Journey. This book tells the story of the shipwreck of the Endurance in a sea of ice en route to Antarctica, and the survival of all 28 members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.  …
  • Top 10 Children’s fiction June 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Tom Gates has two positions in the Top 10 this month! You might know Liz Pichon’s creation has a musical side,  you too can join in with Dog Zombies rendition of Delia’s a weirdo with a score from Tom Gates’ band! Got some of your own tunes inspired by characters from your favourite books? Let us know in the review section.  A new Dirty Bertie is about to hit the shelves, get your library card ready to place your reserve…and…go!   1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney 2. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald 3. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord 4.
  • New Children’s DVDs in June

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Check out some new DVDs for the month of June in the WCL children’s collection! Scooby-Doo! and the goblin king : original movie. “What a predicament! The Amazing Krudsky, a failed carnival magician, steals the light magic from Princess Fairy Willow, and Scooby-Doo and Shaggy must stop him or everyone will be turned into horrible Halloween monsters! Our heroes board the Grim Reaper Railroad into the fantastic world of Halloween Land to retrieve the powerful Goblin Scepter from the Goblin King before midnight. Along the way, they encounter the infamous Headless Horseman, the…
  • Focus on Matariki books

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    We’re currently in the Matariki season - Happy New Year! Here are some great reads you should pick up from the library:                
  • Find out about the free school holiday activities

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Wondering what’s happening during the holidays? Wonder no more! You can find the details at the Children’s What’s On web page, or in the Wellington Libraries event calendar.
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    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.      
  • Printable 4th of July Pinwheels

    Wendy Piersall
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Free printable pinwheels for 4th of July kids crafts and summer camp activities. The post Printable 4th of July Pinwheels appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • 4th of July Decorations: Make Rag Wreaths

    Wendy Piersall
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Make easy 4th of July rag wreaths for pretty patriotic door decorations! The post 4th of July Decorations: Make Rag Wreaths appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Easy Summer Recipes Kids Will Love

    Wendy Piersall
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    20 summer easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks - most made with plenty of summer fruits kids will love! The post Easy Summer Recipes Kids Will Love appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
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    Toddler Activities from

  • First Water Slide

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity encourages water play and gives baby a good workout on a warm day.
  • Fun with Faces

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This early childhood game teaches your baby the names of different body parts.
  • Feather Painting

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    For this colorful toddler painting activity, you can use feathers from the craft store, or bird feathers from outside.
  • Calm Down

    27 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Help your child learn to listen with this calming activity.
  • Through the Tunnel

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity will teach your child how to control his limbs in an enclosed space.
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    Pre-K Activities from

  • Light to Dark

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Light to Dark activity helps young children learn about colors by using food coloring.
  • Balancing Board

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Give your child practice with balancing, using a homemade balancing board.
  • Clothesline Art Show

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Host a neighborhood art show -- on your clothesline!
  • Create-a-Card

    27 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Help your child make a simple gift that will be treasured for years to come.
  • Tense and Release

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity can help children recognize how it feels when their bodies are tense and when they are relaxed.
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    K-5 Activities from

  • Bluebird Houses

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Help bluebirds to stay around your house by building them their own house!
  • Homemade Scrimshaw Art

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this activity, kids try their hand at scrimshaw -- a unique craft created by Whalers and Native Americans.
  • Shot Put

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Shot putting a balloon is not so easy, in this modern twist on a classic Olympic event.
  • Big Flip

    27 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    You and your child will create your own flip book in this easy and entertaining activity.
  • Bike Challenge

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Use this activity to create an obstacle course outdoors for your child to ride her bike through.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Patriotic Doll Hairstyle

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Guest counselor Anna Catherine has the perfect hair accessory to keep your dolls’ hair neat and festive for all the picnics and parades this week. Hello! I’m Anna Catherine from The Disney Dolls. I’ll be today’s guest counselor! Punzie and I are going to show you how to get a hairstyle that will keep you cool as you celebrate Independence Day! Supplies: a doll bandanna (or a regular bandanna folded over several times), some clear hair ties, a regular hair tie, and a hair bow. Start with clean, slightly damp, detangled hair. Take two front sections from either side of…
  • A Quick Trip to AGDC

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Yesterday we decided to head up to the American Girl store at Tyson’s to check out the new AG release for ourselves. Shortly after arriving we got a wonderful surprise – our good friend Madelon came to join us for some shopping. It was great to get caught up and to compare notes as we checked everything out. We entered the store through the downstairs entrance and were immediately greeted by a Truly Me doll showing off the store exclusive Sailboard set and the Purchase with Purchase Swim Shirt set. The Recess Ready outfit – the material has some shimmer in it. The gardening…
  • Camp Doll Diaries Week 5 – Picnics, Parades and Patriotism!

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Let’s kick off Patriotic Week with a Party!  And since this week’s sponsor is, we are going to use some of her printables as our inspiration piece. This party could not have come together without the amazing printable from Laura Kelly.  The printable I used was her Patriotic Flower Party.  You can find Laura’s printable here:  This printable is very lively and fun…it just puts a smile on my face! After I downloaded and saved the printable I printed a set in standard size (1 page per…
  • Sunday Showcase for June 28

    28 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Good morning! I am getting today’s Sunday Showcase up early this morning because we are headed up to AGDC to check out the latest release for ourselves. I will post photos on our Facebook and Instagram while we are there and then I will do a post later today with a recap. Now on to your doll adventures: From Kristen L.- Please welcome My AG #61 Alicia! I got her from Jill’s Steals and Deals about two weeks ago (June 16th in the mail). I’ve been enjoying InnerStar University, too bad it’s closing this fall! From Lilly – This week Felicity and Elizabeth played…
  • Camp Doll Diaries Week 4 Memories

    27 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
    So how much fun was this week? Did you think Grace was going to win the Bakery Battle or were you rooting for Kanani? Let’s take a look back at this week at Camp Doll Diaries. Camp Doll Diaries Week 4 Posts: Camp Doll Diaries Bakery Battles Doll Sized Cupcakes Make a Food Station for Dolls Tasty Fruit Tarts for Dolls Three Bakery Inspired Treats for Dolls Patriotic Layer Cakes for Dolls Doll Cookie Care Packages Grace Stirs Up Success Movie Review Bakery Battles – Who is the Winner?   CAMP MEMORIES From Melangell the director of Camp Maple Hollow.  It has been so hot at…
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    Science teacher

  • Teaching in June

    14 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    From a June half a decade ago.She wrote, simply, "hi mike."I assumed I was the Michael she meant, but it does not matter, berries are for all of us, so I am using the photo. The hand belongs to Jessica Pierce, the berries to whichever mouth gets them first.***Along my walk to school are several cherry trees--the cherries are ripe now. I get to school with a tongue stained purple.I found two blueberry bushes three blocks away yesterday. The mulberry trees are about to give up ripe fruit in the next week or two. It's a great time to be a mammal (or a bird).The cherries are small and dark, full…
  • Technically we've lost our minds

    8 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    These will be part of the state-mandated curriculum starting September here in New Jersey. 8.1.2.A.5 Enter information into a spreadsheet and sort the information. 8.1.2.A.6 Identify the structure and components of a database. 8.1.2.A.7 Enter information into a database or spreadsheet and filter the information. For children in 2nd grade--children 7 to 8 years old. Oh, it's doable, and even maybe a little cute, watching the young'uns enter data like their mommies and daddies working at their desks under the fluorescent hum of lights making enough money to pay the bills. But it's not something…
  • Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

    6 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Amidst the chaos and the entropy, sunlight streams in and helps us put things back together.We're pretty good at this as populations, much better than as individuals, all of whom share the same fate. Life goes on, but we do not.The sparrows and the squirrels do their squirrel and sparrow business just as they did when I watched them so any decades ago, but they are not the same sparrows, not the same squirrels.If I teach a child about squirrels, should she be interested in them, and I fill her up with all kinds of squirrel trivia, she knows some facts about a common rodent, but she has not…
  • Death of the drones

    3 Jun 2015 | 6:35 pm
    (This one's for me.)Leslie and I are proud (but very temporary) guardians of a young honey bee hive. It sits in a cardboard box in our backyard. The last couple of days were dreary, but June finally awoke today. So did the bees. I sat a few feet away watching honey bees go, honey bees come, the colony streaming with life.It's easy to romanticize life in the June sun. But then I saw something I had never seen before.Drone in flight (photo by Waugsberg CC BY-SA 3.0) At first I saw just the one--an extraordinarily large honeybee with anime eyes, pulling itself up a clover flower, then…
  • May you find peas

    30 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    "For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life." William BlakeHandful of grace, picked this morning....About 10 weeks ago I poked a finger into the ground a few dozen times, dropped a pea (and an occasional stray buddy) into each hole, smoothed over the dirt, then let them be, hoping (but not truly believing) today's harvest would come.Today soft leaves stroked the same finger as it reached in through the mess of pea vines to pick a good part of tonight's dinner, just over two months past my Saint Paddy's Day planting.Despite my six decades breathing, eating, and drinking the…
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  • Camp Weekend

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Adventures for the Long Weekend

    22 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Memorial Day weekend. Huzzah! It’s finally here. As always, we have lots of fun plans in mind. Here are a few on our weekend wish list: Listen We’re hoping the weather will be kind to us tonight, so we can check out Cassidy Holden and the Orleans Kids at Congress Square Park in Portland. The event is part of the Portland Swing Project, which showcases music and dance from the 1920s-40s through live music, dances and performances. CP#1 and #2 love all kinds of music, and we can’t wait for them to experience live jazz. Explore CP#1 broke her foot while running in heels (true…
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    Playground Confidential

  • Summer saving tips to keep you afloat

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this post and making me realize that we really do need to plan for that extra summer spending. Clockwise from top: St. Lawrence Market, classic playground structure, skipping in food truck parking lot, and Maple Leaf baseball at Christie Pits Forget about diapers. Forget about formula. Forget about shoes ... [Read more...]The post Summer saving tips to keep you afloat appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • The real reason I dig a dadbod

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    4 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Image via Flickr cc license.  Beards and man buns can step aside because the latest dude trend is the dadbod. It all started about a month ago when Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article called “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod,” on The Odyssey. Then last Thursday New York Mag’s The Cut tried to figure out what ... [Read more...]The post The real reason I dig a dadbod appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    CoolHunter RSS Feed

  • 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.
  • Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1)

    20 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile The Gardens at Marqueyssac Ice Canyon - Greenland Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon…
  • 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.
  • Chasing Epic - Jared Chambers

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    At some point in time within the space of your existence you’ve imagined escaping, not to any place in particular, just merely escaping from everything you know. Winding down the windows and setting yourself loose with reckless abandonment. It’s that moment where the thrill of the moment far outweighs the thought of the final destination, a feeling that’s so unnatural within the day to day psyche Commissioned by The Cool Hunter, this stunning and unique photo by LA based photographer Jared Chambers is reminiscent of that exact feeling. Art is intended to evoke an emotion and…
  • Maza Cafe-Deli - West Village, New York

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    New Yorkers love their Mediterranean delicacies and they certainly love their coffee. Connect those two in a West Village café and you’ll have Maza Café. Located at 30 Carmine St, between Bleecker and Bedford streets, Maza offers more than the familiar, off-the-grocery-shelf Greek yogurt, honey and phyllo pastries. In particular, the yogurt menu is extensive and imaginative and gives the guests many reasons to return to try it in new ways. .   But we customers, of course, pay attention to the entire experience and Maza does not disappoint in the visual surroundings…
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  • A Black Teen Father in Pursuit: a Father’s Day Appeal For Mentors To Help Young Dads

    Denene Millner
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A father who had his first child at age 15 shares his experience as a teen father and the importance of mentoring. The post A Black Teen Father in Pursuit: a Father’s Day Appeal For Mentors To... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • If You Do It Right, You Can Do It All

    Denene Millner
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    You can do it all—in style!—in the All New Honda HR-V Crossover. The post If You Do It Right, You Can Do It All appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • No Elsas (or Rachels) Here: One Mother Prays that She Can Teach Her Daughter to “Identify” as Her Own Beautiful Self

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Black girl beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and on the tongues of those who love our Black girls and should be telling them they're beautiful. The post No Elsas (or Rachels) Here: One Mother... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black to the Bone: What Rachel Dolezal Will NEVER Understand About Race, Blackness and This Here Brown Skin

    Denene Millner
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Rachel Dolezal can say she's Black all she wants to. But she'll never BE Black. Ever. The post Black to the Bone: What Rachel Dolezal Will NEVER Understand About Race, Blackness and This Here Brown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Bomb Father’s Day Gift Guide

    Denene Millner
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    This Mother's Day Gift Guide is full of treasures guaranteed to make the mom in your life happy. The post The Bomb Father’s Day Gift Guide appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ 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

  • No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

    1 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    I know, it’s not officially summer yet…. but I am so ready for summer! It’s been a chilly spring here in Ohio, after a downright freezing winter, and I’m ready for some sunshine and warmer weather! This lemon cake mix cookies recipe reminds me of warmer days and fun in the sun! The cookies are [...] The post Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 23

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:31 am
    I’m changing things up BIG TIME for the month of June on the podcast. In celebration of Father’s Day, I’m featuring four DADS who are sharing their perspective on parenting and life as a music therapist. Andrew Knight is the fourth and final guest in this special series, and I have to say, he gives a darn good interview. Not only does he have a lot of valuable insight to share, but he has the perfect “radio voice” — I’m sure you’ll agree as you listen to the episode! Andrew talks about making the shift from clinical work to academia, the active role he…
  • Pass the Tambourine

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    It’s been a month since I picked up my guitar, but the time has come to reacquaint myself (and build up those callouses again!). Next week I’ll be ditching my yoga pants and tank tops for real clothes when I start the summer session of Listen & Learn for Little Ones, our early childhood music class. I’m a little bit nervous about dipping my toe back in the water, but a LOT excited. Baby Mia is still a little young to appreciate my singing — I don’t get quite the response from her that I do from my little ones in class. Plus, she can’t shake and drum…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 22

    19 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    I’m changing things up BIG TIME for the month of June on the podcast. In celebration of Father’s Day, I’m featuring four DADS who are sharing their perspective on parenting and life as a music therapist. William Murray is a music therapist from Canada who I met through LinkedIn, of all places. He sent me a message asking about my music therapy songs a couple of years ago, and I knew from that first email conversation that we would get along well. Since then, we’ve had several Skype chats and stayed in touch via Facebook. He’s been a big inspiration to me in expanding my…
  • Dipping My Toe Back In

    16 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    I’ve been on maternity leave for almost a month now, and it’s been pretty great. All the newborn snuggles, quality time with my two-year-old, and if I’m being completely honest, Netflix binges (OITNB, anyone?) have been a nice change of pace. But just as I predicted earlier this spring, I’m getting a tiny bit antsy. I need just a little something to fill my professional cup, and I’ll have that opportunity in a couple of weeks when I head back to work to teach the summer session of our early childhood music classes. It’s just one morning and one evening per…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 21

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    I’m changing things up BIG TIME for the month of June on the podcast. In celebration of Father’s Day, I’m featuring four DADS who are sharing their perspective on parenting and life as a music therapist. This week’s guest has an even more unique perspective, because he lives in New Zealand. I really enjoyed hearing about Ahjay Stelino’s journey to becoming a music therapist, and how the field of music therapy differs between here and there. Ahjay talks about nurturing his young son’s love of music, what it’s like to be a music therapist in New Zealand, and how he…
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    Artful Adventures

  • New Facebook Store

    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

    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

    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

    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! ]]
  • Drawing with Charcoal

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Charcoal is my all time favourite medium for drawing –  I love the speed and spontaneity of the medium. However there is no doubt that it’s not something used a great deal with young... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Kid Crave

  • What is the best balance bike for an older child

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    It is a common misconception that balance bikes are only available for young children below the age of 3 or 4. Although majority of the balance bikes in the market is catering to these age groups, there are a few options out there that are suitable for older children who still have not learn how […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Balance bike vs training wheels

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:17 am
    The debate of run bike vs training wheels has been ongoing for a while. To me there are pros and cons for both and so I shall not commend on which one is the most effective way to train a kid. In fact, I don’t believe that there is a best option for any parents. […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • 13 best of the best balance bike for 2015

    26 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    This list of the best of the best balance bike for 2015 includes models that cover as many as different aspects as possible. Some with come with rubber tires while others might have  ergonomic design or suspension or push bar.  We try to be as comprehensive as possible so that parents visiting this page have […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Places to buy custom monster high dolls online

    21 May 2015 | 9:06 pm
    After publishing the new monster high doll list for 2015 article, I have received plenty of feedback. One of which is from folks asking for places where they can buy custom monster high dolls online. It seems like these guys are hardcore collectors who have almost every commercial available monster high doll in their collections […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • 8 essential camping gear for babies

    19 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Taking a baby with you on your family camping trip is always going to be a challenge. I remembered going on a holiday trip in Taiwan with one of our couple friends who bought along their 2 year old boy. Oh boy, talk about challenges then! One moment, it was him having a stomach ache. […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
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    Spanish Playground

  • Poster of Spanish Phrases for Independence Day

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Independence Day in the United States is just a few days away, and lots of families and friends are gathering to celebrate. If you have children learning Spanish, you can include 4th of July language games and activities. Kids can learn Spanish phrases associated with the holiday from this pretty printable poster. It is always good to learn and practice recognizing cognates and there are lots of those! Download the poster of Spanish phrases for Independence Day. The Spanish phrases in the poster are translations of English words and quotes we commonly associate with Independence Day. You can…
  • Los Cinco Sentidos

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:35 pm
    This online game teaches children about los cinco sentidos, the five senses. La máquina de los sentidos is an activity from Discovery Kids. It is designed to teach native Spanish speakers about taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch. La máquina de los cinco sentidos has: – limited, focused vocabulary that is supported by images. – two question structures that are repeated over and over. – excellent audio, so that children are hearing natural Spanish and absorbing the sounds of the language. Play La máquina de los sentidos from Discovery Kids La máquina de los cinco…
  • Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    The 4th of July is an opportunity to talk to children about the history of the United States. The celebration inevitably has flags, so you can include language learning by teaching them the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. Many children recite the pledge from memory and can easily relate the two languages. Below you will find two printables of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. One is a color PDF and the other is black and white, so kids can color and decorate it as they please. The black and white printable is a JPG. You can print it as is or resize it. To download and print the image,…
  • Talking to Animals in Spanish

    20 Jun 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Talking to animals in Spanish can help children learn language. You can enlist the help of animal friends in several different ways.  First, animals provide an audience for you to hold a one-sided conversation and describe what you are doing when kids are present. In addition, talking to animals in Spanish as you normally would in English, with all the normal dog or cat phrases, lets kids hear repeated language in specific situations. Finally, pets can provide a receptive, non-judgmental audience for kids to read or sing to. Talking to Pets Pets can serve as a conversation partner so we can…
  • BookBox: Online Spanish Stories

    17 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    BookBox creates animated books with Same Language Subtitling (SLS) to support reading and literacy development around the world. Language learners can listen to stories as they read Spanish subtitles. With stories from BookBox, kids build reading and listening skills. The stories on the  BookBox website are free. The not-for-profit enterprise PlanetRead is the parent organization of BookBox. Through PlanetRead, BookBox gifts one hour of reading to a beginning reader for every story watched. BookBox in Spanish: What You Need to Know BookBox has 18 animated stories in Spanish to watch free…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • 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.  …
  • Sky Sudberry – 9 Year Old Golf Champion Has The Right Attitude

    Inspire My Kids
    26 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    Did you know that there is a World Championship held each year for children who play golf?  Sky Sudberry knows about it because, along with thousands of other kids from around the world, she has participated in it several times. Sky is a 4th grader at The Woodlands Preparatory School near Houston, Texas. She is also one of the best golfers for her age in the world. Her greatness come from a few places.  First, she has a real passion for golf.  She loves the sport.  She also works very hard and practices every day.  As golfing great Gary Player said “the harder you work, the…
  • Great Quotes For Kids About Humility and Being Humble

    Inspire My Kids
    25 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    It is good to be confident in yourself and to always strive to be the best you can be.  Yet, truly successful people strive not only to be their best, but to be great in how they treat others.and celebrate their talents. For example, you may have seen an athlete who scores a touchdown, drops the ball and goes down on his knees to give thanks for his achievement.  Or another player who scores but then runs around the field pointing at himself and calling attention to his or her achievement.  One of these people is being humble and grateful, while the other is being arrogant and…
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    Red Tricycle

  • Seeing Stars: Your Guide to This Summer’s Outdoor Movies

    Kristina Allen Moy
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Along with the lazy days of summer comes free (or super cheap) family flicks. Best part? You can pack your own snacks and comfy low-back seats and it won’t matter if your little movie buffs can’t make it through a whole show. Just remember to pack their jammies so you can slide them into bed after you pull into the driveway. Grab your blankets, popcorn and bug spray and read on to find out where to enjoy an array of screenings under the starry Seattle skies. photo: Seattle Outdoor Movies Facebook page PEMCO Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park Now in its fifth season, this popular Thursday…
  • An Island Oasis: Your Guide to Exploring Jetty Island

    Allison Sutcliffe
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Seattle’s abundance of rocky shoreline makes for amazing afternoon tide pooling. But when it comes to sandy beaches, Seattle could definitely take a few tips from sunny San Diego. So what’s a family to do when they need to feel the sand between their toes and the sun on their backs? Head to Jetty Island in Everett, that’s what! This quick island getaway has two miles of prime sandy real estate just waiting to be claimed by your beach towel and umbrella. photo: Allison Sutcliffe Getting There The Jetty Island passenger ferry is located at the 10th Street Boat Launch and Marina in…
  • 5 Nearby Beaches With More Than Just Sand and Water

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    There’s nothing like putting a baby’s toes in the sand for the first time or watching older kiddos frolic in the waves. But which beaches are best for Washingtonian families? Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or even a history lesson, these beaches fit the bill (and they are all within a few hours of downtown DC)! Photo: AccessDNR via   Sandy Point State Park Located just a few miles from Annapolis, the beach at Sandy Point State Park is a great place to take your water-loving brood. Kiddos can try out a variety of water-based activities ranging from…
  • Just Opened: Pleasant Pops Downtown

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    If your kid is begging for a popsicle at every meal, skip the sugar-laden, plastic wrapped kind and head to Pleasant Pops newest downtown brick and mortar for a fresh, homemade treat. Many of the pops come with veggies blended in, so technically it could be dinner. Sssshhhh! Just for Petite Palates Made with mostly local produce and dairy from farmers’s markets, Pleasant Pops are good and good for you. First timers can stick with kid faves like Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Cookies & Cream, and the Guac Pop (which is made with avocado and lime). Pops Plus Not in the mood for a…
  • Seattle Kids Weekend Events: July 3-5

    Kristina Allen Moy
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    With the start of July (and a weekend highlighted by Independence Day), there’s plenty of star-spangled fun to be had around the city.  On our lineup: an all-day 4th of July party, a popular maritime festival, a neighborhood kiddie parade, an Independence Day extravaganza, a longstanding neighborhood festival and a red, white and blue celebration along the shores of Lake Washington. If you’re still looking for more excitement, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Fourth of July Community Picnic (pictured) will feature live music from The Not-Its!, Tangerine and Heatwarmer along with a root…
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  • 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?
  • The Next Total Solar Eclipse

    Kinooze Learning
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Image Credit: Pixabay user OpenClips, via CC Come March 20th and some parts of Earth would be plunged into complete darkness. The lucky winners are who will experience total solar eclipse are Northern Scandinavia and the Faroe Islands. The Isle of Lewis will only get 2% of the sun rays where the main Scotland will receive 6% of the sunlight. UK is not far behind where 80% of the sun gets blocked. This time the total solar eclipse coincides with the vernal equinox on March 20. As the name equinox (equal night) suggests, these are the days when the duration of the day and night is nearly equal…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • Writing Skills for Online Writing Services: How AdvancedWriters could help?

    Guest Blogger
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    New post from Guest Blogger at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Writing has always been nerve breaking for every individual as they are not at all expert in vocabulary or the writing skills. So whenever the task is assigned they are bit worried and don’t really know how to handle it? At such a point of time, they are in search of expert or skilled professional who could help them in solving their problem which they are facing. In recent times there are numerous organizations or service providers who are working for the benefit of the candidates, but students really need to be cautious about…
  • 10 Best Writing Websites For Kids

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Although children spend most of their time in regular classes at school- pencils and papers, modern students also spend a lot of time in front of their computer screens as well. What if you had the opportunity to help your child or students practice writing in front of their computers instead of playing computer games all day long? There are a number of student websites your child can use in class as well as home for their assignments and homework. Apart from allowing students to use them, most of these sites allow students…
  • Kids Blogs: Ideas And Ways To Improve Writing

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Kids Blogs – Do They Improve Writing? There are many aspects to education, including kids blogs, and it is important to explore them all so that children have a wide exposure to the basics and beyond. Traditional learning tools are a good place for educators to begin. However, there are many modern tools that can benefit the children of today, including kids blogs. By incorporating these sites into their education, teachers and homeschooling parents are able to encourage children to enjoy the fine art of writing.
  • Creative Writing For Kids Makes For A Well-Rounded Child

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more There are many different forms of writing. One interesting variation is creative writing in general and also creative writing for kids. Unlike technical, academic, journalist, and other forms, creative writing encompasses the imagination of the author with characters, storylines, etc. Types Of Creative Writing Typical displays of creative writing include novels, short stories, and poems. These are often fiction in nature. However, this sort of writing can also include nonfiction works such as autobiographies, biographies,…
  • Writing Skills For Kids: How Parents Can Help

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Perhaps one of the biggest skills a parent could instill into their child is writing. Without the ability to read and write, we are nothing. Yet it’s difficult for many parents to instill a love or at least a respect for writing in children who fight them the whole way. After all, not every child is meant to be the next Hemingway. But why is writing important, and how can the everyday parent help his or her child become a better writer? Today we’re going to take a look at exactly that. Get out a pad and…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Y is for Yeast Experiments

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    The A to Z Science series for toddlers and preschoolers at Inspiration Laboratories continues with the letter Y. Y is for Yeast Experiments. Y is for Yeast Experiments Questions to ask to get our yeast experiment going: What makes bread rise? Is yeast a living organism? How can we find out? What …
  • Build a LEGO Playground

    19 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    Use your imagination and LEGO can become anything. We used DUPLO to build a LEGO playground for minifigures and animals. Build a LEGO Playground The idea for a LEGO playground came about when Aiden, Lily, and I were playing with DUPLO one day. Aiden was making a slide for the …
  • Counting Ducks | A Toddler Math Game

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    Yesterday I talked about using animals as math manipulatives and shared a fun game for preschool or elementary. You can use animals in toddler math games, too. Check out our simple counting ducks activity and see what I mean. Counting Ducks | A Toddler Math Game We some how have amassed a …
  • Animal Math Manipulatives | Making Groups of 5 or 10

    17 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Math manipulatives help learners visualize math concepts by moving around the objects. Really anything can be used as a math manipulative. Animals are one of our favorite objects to add to math games. Today I share an easy grouping activity for preschool or elementary. Use the animals to practice making …
  • 22 Outdoor Science Experiments and Activities

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    Are you ready to spend time outside? These outdoor science experiments and activities are just what you need. Most of these ideas can be adapted to many different age groups – toddlers on up. Outdoor Science Experiments and Activities Chemistry Science can get messy. Take the activity outside and have …
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  • The Best White Pens for Black Paper

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • You’ve Asked me About the Next Book

    15 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    I have some big news that I’ve been holding on to for a week or so. Deep breath…I have a new book deal!! The book will be published with Roost Books, the publisher of my first book, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors. I’m thrilled to work again with my very favorite editor, Jenn Urban-Brown and of course my amazing agent, Erica Silverman. These two women have been the most patient of friends and the best hand-holders as I built up enough energy to write another book. Writing that first book was a huge learning experience, and one of the things I came to…
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    it's BABY time!

  • Top 10 Best Pregnancy Pillows

    Carol Johnson
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Pregnancy can be a magical time for a new mom as she prepares for the arrival of her new bundle of joy. With pregnancy, however, comes many discomforts that expectant moms may face including sleep troubles. An easy solution that can help ease those pregnancy discomforts for a more restful night’s sleep is a pregnancy pillow. Check out this list featuring some of the best pregnancy pillows for expectant moms.Best Full-Size Pregnancy Body PillowsExpectant moms are often encouraged to get as much rest as possible because once baby comes sleep will be a thing of the past. For many, sleep…
  • 5 Reasons to Support a Child in a Developing Country

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    Sharing is caring and if your family is financially stable, you may want to make a kid from a developing country happy by sponsoring his or her basic rights and needs.Child sponsorship plays a big role in connecting people to the lives of marginalized children. Sponsoring is different from providing a once-in-a-lifetime help to the needy we see on the streets. Sponsorship is a solid way to make a positive difference in the real life of a deprived child.Here are a few reasons that may encourage you to sponsor a kid.It’s affordableSponsoring a kid doesn’t mean you need to pay thousands a…
  • Best Umbrella Strollers of 2015

    Carol Johnson
    12 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    A stroller can be a real life-saver for busy parents who have their arms full! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been grateful to have one in my car. Some strollers are more convenient than others, however. This is especially true for the types of activities you frequently take part in where loading and unloading a bulky stroller is not very practical. We found some of the latest picks that moms chose as their favorite to bring you this list of best umbrella strollers of 2015 that are actually quite sturdy and durable.Best Umbrella/Lightweight StrollersConvenient travel…
  • What Are the Signs Your Child is Gifted?

    Carol Johnson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Every parent loves to brag about their child’s achievements, talents, and special skills. It’s perfectly natural for parents to brag on their children and everyone feels their child is so smart. With smart toys designed to challenge and encourage learning and development, it’s easy to see how a child’s intelligence can be influenced. Children’s minds are like sponges that absorb a lot of information, but some may be better at retaining it than others. Your child’s brightness on certain things could be signs your child is gifted. Of course, every parent feels their kid…
  • When to Make Preparations for Baby’s Arrival

    Carol Johnson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    There are a lot of things you will need to do before your baby arrives. Being well prepared is important so you have everything covered. I’ve provided this guide on the best time to make certain preparations for baby’s arrival so you don’t have to stress at the last minute.Very few first time parents go into their pregnancy expecting to have an early baby, but prematurity is more common than you might think. Preparing for the unexpected will help make things much easier if your baby does come before their expected due date.Create a Savings Plan Babies are expensive, that’s no doubt.
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  • Disney’s Playmation revolutionises Toys to Life with Wearable Iron Man Tech

    Andy Robertson
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    If you’ve not seen it already, this new project from Disney may blow your mind a little. Not content with Disney Infinity in the Toys to Life race we now have this entirely new way to play Star Wars and Avengers: Playmation. It uses wearable tech in the style of Avengers and Star Wars to re-create an adventure from the film in the real world. Using different sensors you have to run, jump, shoot and hide to progress. Once you’ve finished a level you then hook up your tech to the app to load more missions and upgrade abilities. There are even figurines that unlock more attacks and…
  • Yoshi amiibo is Woolly and base-less

    Andy Robertson
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    There are a few unusual things about the amiibo for Yoshi’s Woolly World. For starters it’s made of wool, also it doesn’t have a base. While this means he has to perch rather than stand, we think it makes him much more fun to play with. Also the woollen design and soft squishy material makes him (possibly?) the cutest amiibo to date. The move away from bases in Toys to Life games is also seen in Skylanders Superchargers vehicles and Lego Dimensions allowing players to take the minifigures off the NFC stand. It’s a good move as these products then work much better as…
  • Bowser and Donkey Kong smash down in Skylanders

    Andy Robertson
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    In a surprise move at E3 Activision and Nintendo are teaming up to bring Bowser and Donkey Kong to Skylanders Superchargers! In a behind closed doors session here’s a look at how the figurines and game-play look. To cut to the chase they look great. Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and his Barrel Blaster kart Hammer Slam Bowser and his Clown Cluster airplane Not so good is that you have to buy them in the Wii U, Wii or 3DS starter packs. You can’t get them on their own. If you want all of them you need to buy the game on multiple platforms. Collectors may well be tempted as these look…
  • Dive Clops revealed for Skylanders Superchargers

    Andy Robertson
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    At E3 we have a whole host of new characters for Skylanders Superchargers. One of them stands head and shoulders above the crowd though, Dive Clops and his vehicle Dive Bomber. Along with the likes of Deep Dive Gill Grunt and his vehicle Reef Ripper and Shark Shooter Terrafin Dive Clops can drive and customise the Supercharger vehicles. If he looks a little familiar there’s a good reason, he’s related to Eye Brawl. “Dive-Clops is the twin brother of Eye-Brawl. When he was young, his batwings were blasted off by pirates while flying over the Swirling Sea, causing him to…
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 adds Boba Fett

    Andy Robertson
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    After much fan pestering Disney Infinity will see the legendary bounty fighter Boba Fett added to the Rise Against the Empire Playset. To obtain the character you need to pre-order the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 starter pack. Similar to the Hulk tie in from last year this means that the figure won’t be available on its own when the game launches. It’s a canny move on Sony’s part with what is arguably the best character in the play-set only available day one for gamers on the PlayStation system. Time will tell whether the incentive to pre-order will pay off in terms of…
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • 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…
  • How to be an Entrepreneur…Without Being a Bad Parent

    Jeff Stephens
    7 May 2015 | 6:12 am
      5 Ways to Build an Online Business While Being There for Your Kids Being an entrepreneur can be very fulfilling. Being an entrepreneur can also be time intensive and downright grueling. That does not mean it should consume you, especially if you are balancing parenthood while building your online platform. Time is a precious commodity that continues to taunt you. You have glorious ideas of what you could build online, yet life constantly gets in the way. Your kids demand your attention and your job saps your strength. How in the world are you going to be successful as an entreprenuer,…
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  • Beach Bag Essentials for Kids

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Now that we’ve got your beach bag organised, it’s time to get the kids’ beach essentials sorted. Because let’s face... Read More
  • Beach Bag Essentials for Mum

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    It is universally acknowledged that a girl’s handbag is a mysterious place. Deep within lies a jungle of receipts, broken... Read More
  • Top 7 Pools in Europe

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    There’s nothing quite like a beautiful pool. A summer staple, a fountain of youth, an aquatic retreat, (we’ll stop now),... Read More
  • Father’s Day Style Guide

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Dads, we’d like to offer them an unreserved apology. For too many birthdays, Christmases and Father’s Days have they been... Read More
  • Top Tips for First Family Holidays

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    First holiday with the little one can be a daunting prospect. You may have got their summer wardrobe sorted, but... Read More
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    Today Box

  • Pygmy Hippo’s First Swim

    Erika Lowe
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Meet Obi. He’s a baby pygmy hippo recently born at the Melbourne Zoo in Australia. Watch Obi take his first swim in the water with his mama. The post Pygmy Hippo’s First Swim appeared first on Today Box.
  • Lego Freeskiing

    Erika Lowe
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    Carve up some deep pow with a lego freeskier. The post Lego Freeskiing appeared first on Today Box.
  • Music Video Featuring 36,000 Kids from Martial Arts School in China

    Erika Lowe
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    The new Gener8ion and M.I.A. music video features 36,000 kids from the largest martial arts school in China. The post Music Video Featuring 36,000 Kids from Martial Arts School in China appeared first on Today Box.
  • Spontaneous Sand Paintings

    Erika Lowe
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    Colors explode in Joe Mangrum’s spontaneous sand paintings. Mangrum recently filmed eight temporary sand paintings created over 11 days with timelapse videos. The post Spontaneous Sand Paintings appeared first on Today Box.
  • Disco Clams

    Erika Lowe
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    What was bright colors, 40 eyes and flashing light displays? Disco clams! Learn all about these groovy creatures in this video from SciFri. The post Disco Clams appeared first on Today Box.
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    Time to Dress Up - News

  • Win a Bestselling Costume

    Ayshea Elliott
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:08 am
    We are offering one lucky winner the chance to win one of the bestselling costumes from our range at Time to Dress Up:   Blue Triceratops, Baby Teddy Bear, Caterpillar, Baby Shark, Baby Dragon, Autumn Fairy, Disney Baby Belle, Cowboy Accessory Set. You can enter in five different ways, and each way counts as an additional entry: Like and comment on the Facebook competition post telling us which costume you'd like to win. Follow us and RT the Twitter competition post telling us which costume you'd like to win. Like and comment on the Google+ competition post telling us which costume…
  • Top 5 Happy Mum, Healthy Tum Party Foods

    Stephanie Watson
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s easy to please children when it comes to party food…cakes, sweets and crisps all go down a treat, but no parent will thank you if they’re bouncing off the walls at home time.  Of course you have to include some treat foods, it is a party after all!  But you can please parents with some healthy options, and we’ll tell you how to make healthy fun in our favourite top 5 happy mum, healthy tum party foods… 5. Rainbow Fruit Kebabs Stack fruits with all the colours of the rainbow onto a wooden skewer for a brightand healthy party snack: Violet - RedIndigo - Black grapesBlue -…
  • Forget the BBQ, it’s Fairy Weather!

    Stephanie Watson
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    Outdoors play benefits children’s physical and emotional well-being and feeds their imagination from the sensory diversity surrounding them. But, with lots of tech and typical British weather, it can be hard to encourage your child to get outdoors and play. So with the weather taking a turn for the better (finally!), it’s time to start thinking about ways to get the kids of the sofa and out in the garden or down to the local park.  Why not get them to start using their imagination with the help of some dress-up? We have a wide range of beautiful fairy costumes that are perfect for…
  • Go Wild at Family Friendly Festivals this Summer

    Stephanie Watson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Festivals for me were always about enjoying a few drinks from the cider bus whilst watching bands at Glastonbury.Now I'm a mum, I'm look for a whole different festival experience.Luckily, Camp Bestival is a perfect mix of family friendly fun as well as live music.  The event that takes place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset from the 30th July to 2nd August 2015 and features some great acts for a mixture of tastes, from the Kaiser Chiefs to Professor Green to Ella Henderson, you're sure to find someone playing that takes your fancy. What appeals to me most about Camp Bestival is that it's mostly…
  • We're Now on Alltop

    Ayshea Elliott
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    I'm delighted that our blog has been accepted onto, you can find our feed on, please add us to your feed if you're on there.
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