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  • How To Find The Right Furniture For Your House

    Holy Meat Balls
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:35 pm
    It’s not difficult knowing what it takes to buy the right furniture. With the right advice, you can ensure you are making the best furniture decisions. Go over the following article for some helpful tips on selecting the right furniture. A smart family tip is to look for tile top tables for the kitchen. Such tables offer easy clean-up and disinfection. A variety of styles come with this material option. If you’re thinking of getting a sofa or chair that reclines, test it when you’re in the store. Most people don’t think to check it’s working order before they…
  • Barbie Day
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:39 pm
    On this day every year it is time to celebrate the most popular doll in the world! It is Barbie's birthday. You will watch in this video the story of how Barbie came to be, in an exclusive interview with Ruth Handler! Ruth, along with Elliot Handler, her husband and Mattel co-founder, share the paper doll inspiration, design challenges, the initial New York Toy Fair reaction, and how mothers and ...
  • How hot peppers can soothe pain

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Peppers can burn the tongue, but soothe sore tissues. Scientists have now sleuthed out how, and the answer shows a role for stretch sensors on cells.
  • Roots and Wings: Staying Connected

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    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Roots and Wings is a follow-up to Jessica Lara Ticktin's blog series On the Fly: Homeschooling Adventures Around the World, in which she chronicled her family's recent four-month international adventure. In this series, she'll explore her family's efforts to incorporate what they learned from their trip into their daily life in Vermont.  … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Fun Facts About Cute Animals – Echidna Edition

    The Feed
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    They look like a cross between a hedgehog and an anteater, but the oddly cuddly echidnas are actually one of the weirder animals you might meet.
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  • Barbie Day

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:39 pm
    On this day every year it is time to celebrate the most popular doll in the world! It is Barbie's birthday. You will watch in this video the story of how Barbie came to be, in an exclusive interview with Ruth Handler! Ruth, along with Elliot Handler, her husband and Mattel co-founder, share the paper doll inspiration, design challenges, the initial New York Toy Fair reaction, and how mothers and ...
  • Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Tell A Fairy Tale DayOnce upon a time..... Get ready to go to a magical land far far away. Gather around a bonfire or create a special space to get cozy and enchant your audience with a fairy tale to celebrate National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. This is not an "official" National holiday but is celebrated every year on February 26th. Whether you read a classic Grimm Tale, Folktales or urban ...
  • Presidents' Day

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Honoring American Presidents - Presidents' DayPresidents' Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor all past United States Presidents. Until the mid 70's, George Washington's birthday on February 22, was a federal holiday and Lincoln's birthday on February 12, was a holiday in most states. In 1970 congress declared that in order to celebrate all past ...
  • Chinese New Year

    8 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Chinese Spring Fest 2015The Chinese New Year has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years and is the most important holiday, and longest celebration for families in the West.    Chinese New Year - The First Day of the Great YearChinese New Year is also referred to as the Spring Festival. Every year the date is based on the Chinese lunar calendar that is associated with the Chinese ...
  • Stop Bullying Day - Is Everyday

    1 Feb 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Stop Bullying Day - Is Everyday!Time to take a stand against Bullying!There is a National Stop Bullying month and even a Stop Bullying Day but this is what should happen EVERYDAY! 3.2 million young people are victims of bullying each year and that is one too many.Understanding Bullying: There are many forms of bullying to be aware ofPhysical - kids will use physical action to gain ...
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    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students

  • How hot peppers can soothe pain

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Peppers can burn the tongue, but soothe sore tissues. Scientists have now sleuthed out how, and the answer shows a role for stretch sensors on cells.
  • Penguins? How tasteless

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Penguins may look all dressed up in tuxedo-wear, but their taste buds are the bare minimum. This means that the birds will never sense more than a hint of their meals’ true flavors.
  • Eyelashes: The ‘sweet’ length

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    New mathematical and aerodynamics studies find what seems to be the optimal length for eyelashes — the length that protects best. And surprise: Longer is not always better.
  • Scientists confirm ‘greenhouse’ effect of human’s CO2

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Government scientists link directly, for the first time, a boost in warming at Earth’s surface to increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Much of that gas has been released by human activities, such as coal burning and gas-burning vehicles.
  • Mice can teach us about human disease

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    Humans and mice look and act very differently. But 85 to 90 percent of their genes are the same or quite similar. So an international group of scientists is deciphering the instructions in mouse genes to help us better understand our own.
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    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT

  • Roots and Wings: Staying Connected

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Roots and Wings is a follow-up to Jessica Lara Ticktin's blog series On the Fly: Homeschooling Adventures Around the World, in which she chronicled her family's recent four-month international adventure. In this series, she'll explore her family's efforts to incorporate what they learned from their trip into their daily life in Vermont.  … [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Get Out! With Help from Friends — And Layers

    Sarah Galbraith
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    My friend Judy called last Saturday and suggested the best idea I’d heard in a long time. She and her fiancée, Phil, would head over on Sunday around noon with their cross-country skis, board games and provisions for making a yummy dinner.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Workshop Turns Middle School Girls Into Makers

    Megan James
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Megan James Harper Oliver and Sydney Sears had almost finished their origami boxes. All that remained were the finishing touches: LED lights and batteries.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Springing Forward at Spare Time

    Cathy Resmer
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Cathy Resmer For my son Graham's ninth birthday last month, my partner, Ann-Elise, and I took him to Spare Time in Colchester for bowling, pizza and laser tag. He and his friends enthusiastically hurled bowling balls toward pins.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Superhero Gymnastics for Preschool Boys

    Mary Ann Lickteig
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Mary Ann Lickteig Coach Jarrett Bergeron teaches classes for boys at Regal Gymnastics Academy in Essex. But his 3- to 5-year-old students aren't enrolled in a gymnastics class — they're signed up for something that sounds a lot more fun: Superhero Training.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • My Husband Killed Our Kids - Yahoo Parenting

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    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Yahoo ParentingMy Husband Killed Our KidsYahoo ParentingSeven weeks prior to killing our kids, Kurtis attempted suicide and was placed in a psychiatric hospital for 72 hours. I visited him every single day. This was so out of character for Kurtis and nothing anyone could have red-flagged. Kurtis was
  • Kids walking home alone raise controversy, cause debate, get parents in trouble - FOX31 Denver

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    3 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    WXIA-TVKids walking home alone raise controversy, cause debate, get parents in troubleFOX31 DenverThe children at the center of controversy walk home much like they did in December when police stopped the kids in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, after someone reported that they were alone. The children were walking to their home about a mile away ...Parents who let kids walk home alone found responsible for 'unsubstantiated WXIA-TVMaryland decision on "free range" kids allowed to walk alone roils parentsWalla Walla Union-BulletinParents tapped for child neglect after kids…
  • AmbyGear's New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With ... - TechCrunch

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    4 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    TechCrunchAmbyGear's New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With TechCrunchThe new watch includes built-in GPS and alerts for parents as well as educational content and games for kids. It's initially available for $99, and will ship later this summer. Specifically, AmbyGear's watch is aimed at children ages 3 to 11 – when
  • 19 Kids & Counting Recap: Jessa and Ben Receive Their Wedding Invitations ... - People Magazine

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    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    People Magazine19 Kids & Counting Recap: Jessa and Ben Receive Their Wedding Invitations People MagazineWhile much of the focus of this season of 19 Kids & Counting has so far been placed on Jessa and Ben Seewald's wedding planning, this week paid some more attention to Josh, Anna and even Jim Bob and John David. Of course, nothing in the Duggar ...'19 Kids & Counting' Recap: Jim Bob Goes On Police Ride AlongHollywood LifeJohn David Duggar Courting? '19 Kids And Counting' Family Speaks Out About International Business Times'19 Kids & Counting'…
  • 15 things kids today will never do - CBS News

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    3 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    CBS News15 things kids today will never doCBS NewsKids today have the world at their fingertips. The Internet, along with the fast pace of innovation, have made things possible that previous generations could only dream about. Those advancements have sent some items to technology's graveyard. In fact
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    Kids News

  • Rights body scolds France, saying spanking kids is a no-no

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. For months before he was fatally shot by police, a man walked the streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row, with few or no one he encountered knowing anything about his past bank robbery conviction, his wanted... U.S. officials say authorities were forced to release a foreigner before he was shot by police on Los Angeles' Skid Row because no country would take him.
  • Ohio pair in court on charges of locking up, abusing kids

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    A husband and wife from northeastern Ohio are due in court on charges that they kept three of their adopted children locked in bedrooms and abused them. Prosecutors in Ashtabula County say the pair kept their two adopted daughters locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, neglected and sexually abused by the man.
  • UC Berkeley research explores link between ADHD and childhood maltreatment

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    Young women with ADHD who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or other traumas in childhood and adolescence are at greater risk for self-injury, eating disorders and suicide than those with ADHD who were not mistreated in early youth, according to new research from UC Berkeley. The findings, just reported in the journal Development and Psychopathology , add to a growing body of evidence that environmental factors, including maltreatment in childhood, can have a significant bearing on the negative psychosocial outcomes of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • 4 hurt, 10 briefly escaped in riot at Nevada juvenile camp

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Authorities are investigating a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation camp in rural western Nevada where two buildings were set on fire, four staff members hurt and 10 youths briefly escaped before they were recaptured over the weekend. No one was seriously injured, but one staff member at the Rite of Passage Silver State Academy near Yerington had to be treated at a local hospital after Saturday night's incident, Lyon County Sheriff Al McNeil said Tuesday.
  • Dr. Elaine Heffner: How much freedom should we allow kids?

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    A friend, bemoaning the state of contemporary child-rearing, spoke of her 11-year-old granddaughter who travels to school alone on a public bus and calls or texts her mother when she boards the bus, gets off the bus and again when she arrives at school. The grandmother was ambivalent about this situation, on the one hand deploring the degree of monitoring involved, on the other hand regretting that we live in a time that seems to make it necessary.
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  • Steaming into Storytime at Johnsonville

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Make sure you come along to our Friday night storytime at Johnsonville Library where this month’s theme is all about trains. The storytime train will be pulling out of the station on Friday 6th March at 6.30pm, so don’t be late! Come along dressed as a train driver as we are going to have a steaming, clickety clack time! This is a free event for children 4 years and above
  • Sea Week 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Sea Week is an annual celebration of New Zealand’s seas and marine life hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education. This year Sea Week takes place from 28th February – 8th March with the theme Look beneath the Surface – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raro.  Our seas are full of amazing wonders and Sea Week hopes to encourage kiwis to learn more about them, the creatures that dwell there, the different habitats and the issues that face marine life. There are heaps of fun, educational events happening around Wellington during Sea Week including coastal clean-ups, guided…
  • Gymnastics display at Johnsonville

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:26 pm
    A big thank you to the Vivo Rhythmic Gymnastics club who came along to Johnsonville Library and gave us a wonderful display of their sport. We were very impressed with their wonderful talent. Check out our pictures.  
  • Four great new Non Fiction for children: Getting set for winter and how to keep safe.

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Winter bees & other poems of the cold. It’s a little early for winter but feel free to check out this amazing book on poems about how animals brave the longest and coldest season of the north and discover winter’s safe places for these hardy creatures – how they snuggle warmly and survive until spring’s warmth returns. Beautiful pictures, beautiful poems, who could ask for more. Also discover…. Freshwater Fishes. Amber McEwan introduces the physical characteristics, habitat and behaviour of different species of New Zealand freshwater fishes. A great resource…
  • Have a go at Gymnastics at Johnsonville Library

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Johnsonville Library is having a special visit from… Vivo Rhythmic Gymnastics on Friday 20th February 2015 at 6pm. Come along to watch gymnasts at all different levels demonstrate their skills. After this you will be able to have a go on the apparatus yourselves so make sure you come prepared for heaps of fun. See you there!                      
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  • Looking For Cooking Ideas? Check These Tips Out!

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Anyone can experience the joys of cooking, even if you are a novice in the kitchen. Can you buy the ingredients and follow a recipe? Do you have the use of basic cooking utensils and equipment? If you said yes to the two previous questions, than you are well on your way to learning how to cook! If you want your cooking skills to advance a little bit, read the tips in this article on how to make scrumptious meals easily that will be loved by everyone in your family. Before attempting to prepare food with skewers, take a few things to heart. Not all metal skewers are created equal; traditional…
  • Fabulous Ideas For Your Next Home Improvement Project

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:16 am
    Home improvement can be as simple as painting a room or more complicated like remodeling the house. Regardless of the type of home-improvement project you want to pursue, the below article contains some great tips that will assist you during the process. A combo washer-dryer may be the answer if your space is too small for individual units. Many combined washer-dryer models can fit in compact spaces or under counters. The combo unit is really convenient, as it combines the wash and dry cycle into one. Improvement Contract Under no circumstances should you permit a contractor to start work on…
  • Losing Weight And Staying Trim: Tips And Tricks

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:56 am
    If losing weight seems like an unattainable goal, a good first step toward success is educating yourself as much as possible. But, with all of the information about weight loss, where do you begin? The following tips will give you a good idea of where to start. Having a buddy to go on a weight loss and exercise program with you is a great benefit. It’s easier to stick to most things when there is someone on the same page as you. This is also true for weight loss. Your partner might not always be able to be there, but you will be there for each other during those needed times for…
  • How To Find The Right Furniture For Your House

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:35 pm
    It’s not difficult knowing what it takes to buy the right furniture. With the right advice, you can ensure you are making the best furniture decisions. Go over the following article for some helpful tips on selecting the right furniture. A smart family tip is to look for tile top tables for the kitchen. Such tables offer easy clean-up and disinfection. A variety of styles come with this material option. If you’re thinking of getting a sofa or chair that reclines, test it when you’re in the store. Most people don’t think to check it’s working order before they…
  • How To Make The Most Out Of Your Budget When Dealing With Interior Design

    17 Feb 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Have you become bored with the appearance or style of the home you live in? Think about making some changes to your home to suit your personality. If you are done with putting off your decorating plans you should read the article below to learn about great ways to approach your interior planning project. Everyone should remember that a mood must be created when designing a room. The overall design of the room should revolve around a specific mood you hope to create while using the room. Softer, warm colors can help the room look cozy. Save money by purchasing mass produced items from large…
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  • Dr. Seuss Activities and Lesson Plans

    Wendy Piersall
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    A hand-picked collection of fantastic Dr. Seuss activities, lesson plans, and printables for use in your classroom or home school curriculum. The post Dr. Seuss Activities and Lesson Plans appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • St. Patrick’s Day Story Starters

    Wendy Piersall
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    3 printable story starters with fun St. Patrick's day themes to practice creative writing. The post St. Patrick’s Day Story Starters appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Homemade “Beefed Up” Ramen Noodle Soup

    Wendy Piersall
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Taking inspiration from beef ramen soup, my kids' favorite after school snack, I've developed a much healthier and delicious version from scratch! The post Homemade “Beefed Up” Ramen Noodle Soup appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Plant Life: How Do Plants Grow?

    Wendy Piersall
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    Learn about plant life with 14 printables, including a mini book, coloring pages, matching game and a sequencing activity. Includes lesson plan ideas and two worksheets for your classroom or homeschool curriculum. The post Plant Life: How Do Plants Grow? appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Shamrock Garland

    Wendy Piersall
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    A simple and easy St. Patrick's Day decoration that kids can make - a shamrock garland. The post Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Shamrock Garland appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
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  • Floor Art

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity will have you and your baby using your whole body to draw on the floor and create art.
  • Make a Fun Bag

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here's an easy way to make sure that your child always has something to do instead of watching television.
  • Sell This Thing

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This family activity gets the whole family involved in inventing a new product and then creating a "strategy" for selling the product.
  • Button Picture Frame

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Make a homemade button picture frame with your children!
  • Bear Hospital

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this playtime activity.
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  • Who Loves You?

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Make this list to show your preschool child that she is loved.
  • Bubble Art

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity has your kids blowing bubbles like crazy to create unique pictures!
  • Animal Charades

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this activity, your preschool child acts out animal actions, and you try to guess the animal.
  • Homemade Silly Putty

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Silly Putty is even sillier when you and your preschooler make it from scratch!
  • Soap Pal

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your preschool child will love making -- and using -- this washcloth buddy!
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  • Design a Marble Race

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Children can set up their own race track for marbles, and see whose marbles go the fastest.
  • Quick Melt

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have children experiment to see what will make an ice cube melt the fastest.
  • Anythingmobile

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this entertaining activity, kids must use their imagination to create a new form of transportation.
  • Great Maze Game

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    A challenging maze will keep your child entertained while you prepare dinner.
  • Popsicle Stick Puzzle

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your child can have fun making this unique popsicle stick puzzle.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Photostory: Anna’s Frozen Adventure

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    This is a fun guest post from JGKelsey featuring Disney Animators’ Collection Mini Doll Play Sets. Anna’s Frozen Adventure “Elsa! Elsa?” Anna called throughout the castle, but there was no response from her older sister. “Where could she be?” Anna wondered. “I bet she’s outside somewhere…playing in the snow.” “Well I want to have fun in the snow too,” Anna exclaims! She runs to the stables to find Sven. He is lying comfortably in a pile of hay. “Let’s go find Elsa, Sven.” Sven shakes his big head from side to side….then shivers with his whole body. “Oh…
  • Stand up and Cheer for… Shirley Temple

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    With the crazy snow fall and blizzard-like weather we have had this winter, my daughters and I have had much movie watching time snuggled up in front of the fireplace.  Some of our favorite movies to watch are the cherished Shirley Temple classics.  Here is how I created a Little American Girl Doll Darling of our own…. For inspiration of the doll I used the picture from the cover of our DVD box set.  I recycled a brown eyed American Girl Doll.  Yes, Shirley had big beautiful brown eyes.   This poor doll was found on eBay.  Her hair had been cut into one hot mess.  The wig was…
  • Make Your Mini Doll A Shamrock Hat For St. Patrick’s Day

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Karen here and today I am sharing a quick craft to make your mini dolls a Shamrock hat for St. Patrick’s day. This is a simple and fun craft you can do with kids of all ages and uses recycled items to create something new! To make your own Shamrock Hat for your mini dolls you will need: A roll of green Duck Tape Brand Duck Tape Scissors Pencil Green gem stickers Ribbon, elastic or plastic beading cord A Plastic lid from a soda bottle A slightly larger lid for tracing I used a vitamin jar lid Piece of construction paper Your mini doll Step 1- Assemble all your supplies. Lay your larger…
  • Sunday Showcase for March 1

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    March is definitely following the old saying of coming in like a lion! I can guarantee we are going nowhere today – ice, ice and more ice – YUCK. But, that means we can spend all day being creative, catching up on doll posts and having some great family time. First, let’s take a look at what everyone’s dolls did this week! From Melangell.  My Makie Doll Chestnut and I decided to battle the cold and snow by going to the local botanic garden.  She is enjoying a small cactus garden. From JGKelsey – There is nothing better than a weekend road trip!  Kelsey took a…
  • Doll Diaries Picks for the Week Ending February 28

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    I hope everyone has had a great week! I still have more Toy Fair reports to post and will try to get more of them up over the weekend, but first, it’s time to share five of my favorite posts this week. Emily from The Toybox Philosopher is by far one of my most favorite bloggers – I just like her style – but her most recent post about her trip to AGNY with her niece and a review of mini Kaya and mini Rebecca has to be one of her best yet. It may be the additional commentary from her niece that makes it so special – I don’t know, but as usual her photos are amazing…
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  • The PARCC and the Pope

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    "When he listens to his conscience, the prudent man can hear God speaking."Catechism of the Catholic Church, "The Judgment of Conscience," Article 6, Section II'm a fallen-by-the-wayside Catholic with misgivings. I miss Confession and Communion, and there's still the hint of fear of eternal damnation--one does not easily escape the clutches of Sister Barbara Mary, even almost a half century later. Heck, I studied Latin.If folks ask me now about Catholicism, I get a hazy warmth recalling its better aspects--it encourages fearless activism for social justice, it is a deep part of my…
  • What are you living for?

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Every living critter under and over you, in and around you, has a lineage just as long as yours, stringing back billions of years, with the same basic daily goals and needs as you.Except most of us in our culture have forgotten what those goals are. We've also forgotten (or spend our hours trying to forget) our mortality.When was the last time kids in your classroom discussed "what are you living for" with a reasonably rational adult?Lazy ass jelly fish lolling in the Delaware Bay at dusk.Animals (besides humans) never plan for the future beyond taking care of the business that needs to be…
  • Whose stories are we teaching?

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    For part of  chilly February afternoon, a chunk of the frozen bay perilously perched itself by the edge of the sea.It held my attention, this lifeless form, a half ton of water balancing on a small pedestal.Our minds create stories upon stories, stories that help us survive, help us live, but stories are just that, and the intensity of my interest at this random block of broken berg makes little sense.Rationally, I know that this is just chunks of ice from the fresh Delaware River above, coalescing from the forces of the tides, but it became my altar of unhewn stone, an evanescent…
  • Daphnia dance while the children cry

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    The anger, the sadness, the tears of students are real.It's been a long February, but it's more than that.I spent some time yesterday gazing at a colony of daphnia dancing among the elodea in the last hour of sunlight angling through the glass world they live in. Bubbles of oxygen streamed up from the plants, bubbles made up of broken water molecules, slashed by the sun's energy, now used by the same daphnia as they go about doing whatever daphnia do.Paul Hebert at the Public Library of Science, via wikimedia (CC)Eat, rest, move, have sex, make more daphnia, and sometimes (so it…
  • Culling the hearts of children

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
     (First posted last March, but as I see more and more children falling part, worth posting again.)Anomie.A total of 13%–20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year, and surveillance during 1994–2011 has shown the prevalence of these conditions to be increasing."Mental Health Surveillance Among Children — United States, 2005–2011"One in MMWRMay 17, 2013 / 62(02);1-35  Children at Risk Foundation (CARF), via CCOne in 6 children "experience a mental disorder in a given year." We know something is wrong.The brain we have, the one that…
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  • What Spring Looks Like

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    This is the time of year in Maine when we could all use a good dose of green. Thankfully, the first day of spring is just around the corner. We can’t wait to walk woodland trails, smell that welcome mix of evergreen and earth, and relish in temperatures above 40º. In the spirit of feeling hopeful, we’re sharing pictures of one of our favorite new hiking spots—Rines Forest in Cumberland. We visited on a spring afternoon and had so much fun playing in the streams, throwing stones, and muddying our boots. To learn more about Rines Forest, visit the Chebeague and Cumberland Land…
  • Our Visit to Ice Castles New Hampshire

    20 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    If you read this blog, you know that Ice Castles NH is on our winter wish list of places to go. The Lincoln, New Hampshire venue, which is made up 20,000,000 pounds of ice to explore, was originally created by a Utah-based father named Brent Christensen for his children. The castles that Brent built in his backyard eventually grew to a winter venue, featuring Ice Castles locations in New Hampshire, Vermont, Utah and Minnesota. The castles themselves are something to behold during the day, but it’s at night when they really come alive with lights and music. There’s something…
  • Get Air Trampoline Park

    13 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    During these long winter days, keeping our kids active and engaged can be a challenge. That’s why we were thrilled when we heard that Get Air, an indoor trampoline park for kids and adults, was opening in Portland. The park is situated inside a 25,000 square foot warehouse on industrial Riverside Street. Based on advice from friends who told us there were lines out the door on weekends, we chose to visit on a Wednesday afternoon. To save time, MP also filled out an online waiver for the family (the signed waiver is good for one year, so you only need to fill it out on the first visit). MP…
  • Valentine’s Day DIY

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    How did Valentine’s Day sneak up on us so fast? Our family loves to make homemade gifts and cards for friends and loved ones. Here are a few favorites: 1. A healthier version of Peppermint Patties that is so easy to make. 2. Make your own decorative stamps for cards with this simple egg carton craft. 3. A DIY Book of Love is such a sweet keepsake. 4. Kids can make their own crayons for classmates (try a heart-shaped silicon mold). Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Maine Audubon Winter Carnival

    6 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    In the past two weeks, winter has made itself known. We can’t remember a February with multiple snow days in a row! Thankfully our Maine towns keep us from going stir crazy by throwing some of the best winter festivals. This year, we are looking forward to the Maine Audubon Winter Carnival. MP’s friend and co-worker, Melissa Kim, will be celebrating her new board book, “A Snowy Owl Story,” with a reading, interactive owl display, and book signing. The book is a part of a new Islandport Press/Audubon series called “Wildlife on the Move,” which tell the true…
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    Playground Confidential

  • I had no idea the Ontario College of Teachers was such a great resource for parents

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    This post is sponsored by the Ontario College of Teachers. Thank you, teachers! On the first day of school, each September, crowds of parents and children gather in the schoolyard. At our school, they shuffle along, peering at class lists taped to the brick wall until they find their child’s name. They breathe a collective ... [Read more...]The post I had no idea the Ontario College of Teachers was such a great resource for parents appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Autism is only one small part of the anti-vaccination story. It’s time we looked past it.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Photo credit via Flickr cc license. This is not a post about the relative merits of vaccinating versus not vaccinating your children. That question is not up for debate. Throughout history, populations have been decimated by new viruses introduced by explorers and settlers from abroad. Entire tribes of Native people were wiped out after European ... [Read more...]The post Autism is only one small part of the anti-vaccination story. It’s time we looked past it. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about my cleaning habits and more

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Thanks to Oxiclean for sponsoring this post and keeping my kids in clean shirts.  So how do I keep those shirts looking this good at the end of the year? Let me tell you a story about the day I found out my son’s school was introducing a uniform. Oh, it was quite the day. ... [Read more...]The post Everything you ever wanted to know about my cleaning habits and more appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    CoolHunter RSS Feed

  • Anthony Gargasz Metallic Faces

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Anthony Gargasz, the LA-based Photoshop artist is now officially on our favorite artists list. Gargasz’s meticulous perfection produces strong and solid art that stands out. Gargasz’s confident, sleek and cool work has drawn the attention of the film industry in LA and elsewhere. He has produced Key Art for such clients as Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Netflix.  We have commissioned Anthony to create three impressive prints of a human head that exude a mysterious mix of metallic solidity and liquid fluidity. We love the slightly menacing mood of…
  • Casa Cavia - Buenos Aires

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The recently opened Casa Cavia in the Palermo Chico neighborhood of Buenos Aires is an enchanting fusion of sights, sounds, tastes and eras. Now operating as a brand new assembly of a restaurant, publishing house, bookstore, flower shop and perfumery, Casa Cavia is housed in what was known as the Bollini Roca residence, designed in the gilded age of the 1920s as a personal gift to the owner’s wife by the Spanish-born architect and artist Alejandro Christophersen of Norwegian parentage. The founder and creator of the Casa Cavia concept, Guadalupe Garcia Mosqueda with book publisher Ana…
  • Carusel Bookstore - Bucharest, Romania

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Some of us go weak in the knees at the sight of a new bookstore or library. Such was certainly the case when we glanced at Cărtureşti Carusel bookstore, opened on February 12 on Lipscani Street in Bucharest’s historical Old Town, also often called just Lipscani. The magnificent Chrissoveloni bank building, now owned by Jen Chrissoveloni, the great-grandson of the 19th century banker, created a magnificent starting point for the retail project. According to the Romanian media, the current owner invested 1 million Euro in the renovation and leased the building to the Cărtureşti…
  • Villa Moos - Lake Constance, Germany

    9 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Villa Moos by Lake Constance (Bodensee) at the northern foot of the Alps draws our attention with its building-block appearance and foreboding façade.   And yet, surprisingly, with these almost semi-brutalist intentions, the look of heaviness does not follow.   Instead, there’s a delightful mood of lightness, almost of semi-permanence. It seems as if the entire structure could be a fold-up affair made of exceptionally strong origami paper or very light sheets of card board, ready for packing up and carting elsewhere. But as we know metal and glass are the main…
  • CJ Hendry Solo Show - Sydney

    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Pen on Paper Artist CJ Hendry Debut Solo Show, Sydney
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  • Nurturing A Child’s Passion: Why I Stopped Caring About the Stuff My Kid Does Well

    Denene Millner
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    As tempting as it is to push our kids into things they're good at, nurturing a child's passion is much more important to helping them excel. The post Nurturing A Child’s Passion: Why I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Word About My Friend Mitzi Miller & Choosing Happy

    Denene Millner
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Choosing happy requires one to be fearless. It's a tough combo to pull off. But Mitzi Miller has done it, leaving some cues for us moms and our kids. The post A Word About My Friend Mitzi Miller... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How I Got A Black Boy To Read, Plus: 10 Great Books For Black Boys

    Denene Millner
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Books for Black boys seem few and far between, but here's what happened when I managed to get one into the hands of a reluctant reader. The post How I Got A Black Boy To Read, Plus: 10 Great Books... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • That Beyonce Exercise Routine, Black Women & White Feminism, Sagging Pants and Food Stamps

    Denene Millner
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 pm
    In this week's MyBrownBaby link favs, the Beyonce exercise routine video makes its rounds, Patricia Arquette gets checked and sagging pants get dissected. The post That Beyonce Exercise Routine,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Juicy Pics of Brown Babies Here: MyBrownBaby_Fresh Is On Instagram!

    Denene Millner
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Pics of brown babies have long been in short supply. But here at MyBrownBaby, we're celebrating that beauty with a new Instagram page—MyBrownBaby_Fresh. The post Juicy Pics of Brown Babies Here:... [[ 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 St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for Kids

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    It is that time of year again, when our kids thoughts turn to leprechauns, rainbows, and all things green! If you want to host a St. Patrick’s Day party for kids this year, take a look at these helpful party planning tips below. Below you will find some fun and frugal ideas on how to... Continue Reading...The post Fun St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Enter To Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Who would like to win a $25 Family Dollar gift card? I’m excited to say we have another fun giveaway for our readers here at Kid’s Fun Review! We’re giving away a $25 Family Dollar gift card to one lucky winner! The $25 gift card is sponsored by Family Dollar, all opinions are my own.... Continue Reading...The post Enter To Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Game Idea For Kids: Leprechaun Nose Race Game

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you planning a kid’s St. Patrick’s Day party this year? We have a fun leprechaun game for you! Check out this perfect St. Patrick’s Day game for kids. This Leprechaun Nose Race Game is easy to assemble and so fun to play. Here are the directions so you can play it at your next... Continue Reading...The post St. Patrick’s Day Game Idea For Kids: Leprechaun Nose Race Game appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Wizard of Oz Bookmark Craft

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    What could be a m ore fun craft to make than this Wizard of Oz bookmark? It is great for your Oz themed parties or just because, and this bookmark will surely put you in the Wizard of Oz mood. Made from a few simple craft store supplies, this is a craft anyone can make.... Continue Reading...The post Wizard of Oz Bookmark Craft appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

    8 Feb 2015 | 4:53 pm
    My son and I both love bananas, so I purchase a large bunch almost every week. Sometimes they don’t all get eaten before they’re beyond ripe. I freeze quite a few for smoothies, but ripe bananas are also great to bake with. Here is an easy chocolate chip banana recipe to help you use up... Continue Reading...The post Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    South Shore Mamas

  • The Week Ahead: March 2-8

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    February was a tough one here on the South Shore as we got pummeled by one snow storm after another. But March is a new month, full of fun things to do! Be sure to check out our pick of the week!
  • St. Patrick’ Day Parades & Family Events on the South Shore

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    Find St. Patrick's Day parades and family friendly events on the South Shore!
  • How to Create a DIY Indoor Studio in Your Home

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Ladybug Photography is showing us how to make good use of our plentiful indoor time by capturing photographs of your kiddos using your camera’s manual mode by creating a DIY Indoor Studio!
  • Surviving Snow Days

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:25 pm
    7 feet of snow in less than 30 days.  If you haven’t lost your mind yet with all of these snow days, you’re probably getting close.  With kids stuck inside due to blizzard conditions and frigid temps, cabin fever can set in seriously fast, so today’s post is all about surviving snow days with indoor […]
  • Giveaway: Win Two Tickets To Ladies Day Out!

    11 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Win two tickets to Ladies Day Out on February 22nd!
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Mama Moment} Wanna Build a Snowman?

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    I can tell you that Parker’s answer to this question was a resounding YES. He’s been talking about Frosty nonstop since he made his debut in our home at Christmas time, so seeing him in the flesh — er, snow? — was a pretty huge highlight in Parker’s young life. But Frosty isn’t the only snowman in town these days, thanks to Frozen. We weren’t sure if he would name his snowman Frosty or Olaf, since the latter has been getting a lot of airtime around here lately. Frosty ended up winning out, but his love for Olaf is still strong. In fact, this song is…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 6

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about work-life balance at the 2013 AMTA national conference, which turned out to be an informative and wonderful experience for everyone in attendance. It also made apparent just how great the need is in our field for more resources related to this topic. After the presentation ended, one of the attendees came up and introduced herself. We talked about both of our struggles with work-life balance and how it has nearly led to burnout. We exchanged contact info and kept in touch after the conference — and now I’m so happy to have Laura…
  • Shake Those Bells!

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:38 am
    Sometimes I come across a song I wrote YEARS ago that just needs a little facelift. Bells are for Shaking is definitely one of those songs, because it’s such an effective one for hitting so many different targeted objectives. When I sing this song with my kiddos, I’m working on following directions, motor skills, identification of left and right hands, and attention to task. As far as they are concerned, they’re just playing bells and having fun (isn’t this the case so often in music therapy!?). I dug this song out of my archives for the latest session of Listen &…
  • 10 *MORE* Songs That Make Me Feel Good

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Back in the summer of 2011, I put together a list of 10 songs (current and not-so-current) that I was digging at the time. Since almost four years have passed since then, I thought it was high time that I post an updated list. I have my students, son, and Pandora to thank for the random assortment of music that is currently helping me beat the wintertime blues: “Love is an Open Door” from Frozen – I heard this song before I ever saw the movie, because I had a couple of students request it. Now that my toddler is a little obsessed with Frozen, I hear it several times a…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 5

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Meryl and I met way back in the day, as grad students in the music therapy program at Illinois State University. We’ve served on the board of the Illinois Association for Music Therapy together, swapped business advice, and been a listening ear to each other when it comes to all things motherhood and work-life balance. Meryl openly shares her struggle with postpartum depression, how she completely rebuilt her private practice after recovering, and the steps she took to successfully prevent PPD after the birth of her second daughter in Episode 5 of the Guitars & Granola Bars…
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    Artful Adventures

  • Fingerpainting with a Difference!

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    As you may know, we always believe in test-driving as many items as possible which we feature in the Artful Kids store, and while Artful Kids is not intended to be a children’s art supplies... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Colourful Gallery Wall

    21 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    We’re currently planning some decorating at home, so I’ve been busy getting samples of paint and trying them on the walls. Looking in the garage I find I have dozens of these sample pots... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creative QR Codes

    8 Feb 2015 | 2:52 am
    I’ve been adding QR codes recently to some of our business stationery and marketing materials, and being struck by their creative potential for hidden ‘secret’ messages and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Expanded Children’s Wall Art Department

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    One of my main goals during 2014 was to expand the Children’s Wall Art section of the Artful Kids store. So much of the artwork generally made available for children is somewhat uninspiring, so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Experimenting with Gelli Plates

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Welcome to 2015 – after a peaceful Christmas this is going to be an exciting year for Artful Kids with some big events on the horizon, which I’ll be sharing in due course. Of course we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spanish Playground

  • Montessori Treasure Baskets for Language Learning

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Montessori treasure baskets are a collection of objects for children to explore. These objects are often related to a theme. Treasure baskets can also be an inexpensive, fun, focused way to speak Spanish with kids. Montessori is the inspiration for this language activity, but there are two important changes to the original concept. The original Montessori treasure baskets are intended for babies and toddlers. Adapted for language learners, treasure baskets can be used with a wide range of ages. In addition, in the traditional Montessori concept, a child explores the objects herself, and adult…
  • Spanish Workbook: Aprendiendo a Leer

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:40 pm
    This free Spanish workbook has exercises for children learning to read. It can be a useful supplement for early readers. It can also be used by older Spanish learners for vocabulary and reading practice. It is written by Manfran Pacheco of Chetumal, Mexico and is available to download and print free on Issuu. This Spanish workbook has typical lectoescritura activities, meaning exercises for learning to read and write. These activities also teach vocabulary to Spanish language learners because they are supported by pictures and there is considerable repetition. Some of the exercises in the…
  • Spanish Vowels: Complete the Word Printable

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    With this printable activity, kids practice vocabulary and the Spanish vowels. The words on the printable are introduced in the free video Los juguetes del mercado and used in the Spanish Playground toy app for iphone and ipad. Watching the video and playing with the app, kids hear the words pronounced correctly. The video and app are a good way to prepare to do the printable activity. The video and app also teach the verb form veo which is used in the rhyme on the printable. You can also download free vocabulary picture cards for the words used in this printable activity, the video and in…
  • Spanish for You: Mi Vida Package

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    This fall Spanish for You! released a new themed content package called Mi Vida. If you are looking for a program for elementary or middle school classes, you will want to consider this curriculum. You can find lots of specific information on the Spanish for You! website. These are a few of the features that make Spanish for You and the Mi Vida package work in the classroom: The new Mi vida package gives kids vocabulary to talk about their house, room, family and friends, activities and classes. It is a great place to start learning Spanish! Like the other Spanish for You! books, the Mi Vida…
  • Spanish Math Books Free Online

    22 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The Secretaria de Educación Pública (SEP) of Mexico makes many government textbooks available free online. These books in PDF format to download and print are a wonderful resource for teachers and parents. There are many subjects available, including math. Spanish math games and activities can be an excellent source of language. Working with math concepts exposes kids to all kinds of Spanish. As they play Spanish math games and do different types problems, children learn vocabulary and structures in context. Many activities are supported by visuals, giving language learners the support they…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Vanguard College Prep Shows Sportsmanship Beyond Compare

    Inspire My Kids
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    The Gainesville Torpedoes boys basketball team is not used to having fans at their games. You see, the Torpedoes represent a youth correctional facility, so student fans are not allowed to attend games.  And, for other reasons, student family members often do not attend their games. The Torpedoes had a basketball game coming up at Vanguard College Prep High School in Waco, Texas.  Two Vanguard players decided they wanted to do something to support the Gainseville players. So, they organized a large group of Prep students, fans and cheerleaders to root for the Torpedoes!  This amazing act…
  • Myles Eckert – 8 Year Old Shows Kindness Always Wins

    Inspire My Kids
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    Myles Eckert went with his family to have breakfast at a diner one morning near where he lives in Toledo, Ohio. In the parking lot, he found a $20 bill. It was what he did next that was truly amazing and inspiring. In the diner, Myles saw a Military Officer eating with his wife. Myles, who lost his own father through his service in the military, decided to write a brief note and give the money he found to the officer. To hear the full story, meet Myles and the Military officer he gave the money to, check out his interview with Ellen: Additional Resources Check out other great InspireMyKids…
  • Hannah Taylor – The LadyBug Foundation and Passion for the Homeless

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    When Hannah Taylor was 5, she saw a person on the street eat out of a garbage can. The sight made her sad and angry, but it also did something else – it inspired in her a passion to help people like the one she saw. Hannah began by learning all she could about poverty and homelessness. What she learned made her want to help make sure that nobody would have to eat out of a garbage can or sleep on the street. At age 8, she decided she wanted to do something big to help the homeless.  With her parents help, Hannah created The Ladybug Foundation, a non-profit group that helps poor and…
  • No arms, No problem – Meet Richie Parker, NASCAR champion

    Michael Stutman
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    Richie Parker has never listened to people telling him what he could not do. Born without arms, he and his parents did not let this stop him from having a normal childhood. This attitude served him well as he became an adult.  His amazing perseverance and focus has enabled him to not only live independently, but become an engineer for NASCAR’s most successful team. Hendrick Motorsports. Richie has followed his passion for cars from learning how to drive into a full time career, helping to design cars used by drivers such as Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt,…
  • Cullen Jones – Olympian Goes From Nearly Drowning to Saving Lives

    Michael Stutman
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:19 am
    When Cullen Jones was 5 years old he nearly drowned.  Instead of letting this horrible incident create more fear around water, Cullen decided instead to become a good swimmer. But not just any good swimmer. In case you have not heard of him, Cullen Jones is the first African American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in swimming!  He did so at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. And not only did Cullen improve himself to overcome his fear of swimming, but he now spends much of his time helping children learn how to swim. Hundreds of children each year drown in the United States.  Learning how to…
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    Red Tricycle

  • In Search of Contributing Bump + Baby Writers

    Erin Lem
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    From pureed organic mash to a the carrier you can’t live without, having a baby means you’re in a league of your own — and if you’re a mom or dad who can spin savvy sentences about the newest and coolest gear, the latest trends in nursery style and decor, party ideas and more, then Red Tricycle wants you! We’re looking for contributing freelance writers who are in the know about everything bump to baby, from new products, trends, gadgets, essentials and more. Ideal candidates will: • Be living, breathing and totally absorbed in the baby space. You live in your sweatpants, you can…
  • Spring Fling: Over 20 Ways to Celebrate the Season!

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    What’s that saying?: You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone? Believe it or not, spring really is just around the corner, and we dug up tons of ways to welcome the warmer temps, soft breezes, and burgeoning blooms in the city. From bird-watching to carousels, art projects and digging in the dirt, here are more than 20 activities you and the brood can check out from now through April. Get Growing! photo: Wave Hill Head to Wave Hill in the Bronx for Nature and Art Projects Visit this 28-acre public garden and cultural center for signs of spring, views of the…
  • 10 San Diego Mom Blogs You Should Be Reading

    Lenya McGrath
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Endless sun, surf and sand make raising a family in San Diego an experience like no other. So it’s no wonder we have some of the coolest moms around. Red Tricycle has rounded up some of San Diego’s best bloggers to get a taste of San Diego life. From honest looks at motherhood to living a healthy life, following creative pursuits, dressing, decorating with style and exploring our beautiful city, these moms have it covered. Photo credit: Mom Smack Mom Smack Stefanie and Theresa are the fun-loving moms behind Mom Smack. With six kids between them, they are like your mom friend who…
  • St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Your Little Leprechauns

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Irish eyes are smiling, and they’re not the only ones! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and it’s time to honor everything from the Emerald Isle. So, don some green and know that the luck of the Irish is with you with the following celebrations that include song, dance, music and parades taking place all around Portland from March 7-17. photo: jpmpinmontreal via flickr Beaverton Farmers Market St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Get in the spirit 10 days early with Irish music, dancers and a kids’ St. Patrick’s day themed coloring contest. March 7 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • The Birthday Kid Gets the Freebie

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    While you may have spent a bundle on your little one’s last birthday bash (bouncy houses and princess appearances don’t come cheap!) this year you can celebrate their special day without spending a dime. Loads of local businesses give parents a break by giving the birthday boy or girl a birthday freebie. From boat rides to burgers to bowling, check out these fun ways to sneak in an extra treat with no extra cost. photo credit: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce Catalina Island For an exciting birthday adventure, head over to Catalina Island where guests ride the Catalina Express boat…
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  • 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…
  • All About The Ocean

    Kinooze Learning
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Image Credit: Pixabay User nemo, via CC We have explored almost all the land area on Earth, but we yet have to explore the entire oceans that cover almost three-quarters of our Earth. Let us learn some interesting facts about ocean and terms used for the phenomenons related to the oceans. The five oceans that take up three-quarters of the space on the Earth are – The Pacific, The Atlantic, The Indian, The Southern and The Arctic. The biggest of them is the Pacific Ocean. In fact, all the lands can fit into it with room to spare. It is the deepest one too. Are Sea and Ocean same? People…
  • What is Chinese New Year?

    Kinooze Learning
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:24 am
    Image Credit: Flickr User IQRemix, via CC The entire world celebrates the new year on January 1 except the Chinese. Why? Do they not believe in the new year and the new beginnings? No way. Everyone loves new year! It is just that the Chinese celebrate their new year at a different time. They bring in their new year somewhere between January 19 and February 20. Listen to Chinese new year cheer. Why do Chinese celebrate the new year on a different day than the rest of the world? Chinese follow a different Chinese calendar from the rest of the world which uses Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian…
  • The Ship of The Desert – Camel

    Kinooze Learning
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Image credit: Flickr User Hisham Binsuwaif, via CC Have you ever tried walking on the sand? Not easy is it? Your feet sink into the sand, making them feel so heavy when you lift them to take a step forward. Now try walking on the sand when it is extremely hot. It is tough, isn’t it? So how do people move around in hot deserts? They move around sitting on the ship of the desert – Camel. Camel is one creature that can move very easily on the sand. Why is it easy for camels to walk on the sand? The natural cushions on his feet enable him to walk in a desert. Each foot has broad flat,…
  • Why do Some Animals Have Scales?

    Kinooze Learning
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Steve Slater, via CC To answer this question, imagine a crocodile, a snake or a fish without scales. They would look odd. And even more, they would become so vulnerable. While looks are not so important, safety is. Considering the harsh conditions that animals live in, scales are like their armour that protect them. These animals are no less than knights with shining armour! Image Credit: Flickr User Skinned Mink, via CC While all reptiles are definitely scaly, fishes and insects also have scales. The scales of reptiles develop from skin. They are made up of…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • 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…
  • How Online Journals Increase Student Communication Skills

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Relationship Between Online Journals And Writing When a student says that he or she “doesn’t like writing,” there may be many reasons why. Very few students actually “hate” writing, which may be divided into fiction, nonfiction, and even the general act of putting pen to paper. Some students have certain learning disabilities that make writing nearly impossible without a lot of stress involved. Others have received poor feedback over the years and not encouragement. Others still have a hard…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Rainbow Dot Art

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Rainbows always make me think of spring. They are a great way to practice colors and sorting skills. Our rainbow dot art uses paper circles to create a lovely rainbow. Rainbow Dot Art In our post for M&M’s, I created dot art pages. We covered the dots with M&M’s and created some cool pictures including a [...]
  • 20+ Temperature Experiments and Activities

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In our A to Z Science series for toddlers and preschoolers, T is for Temperature. We practiced using thermometers with investigations inside and outside. This post includes even more temperature experiments for kids! Temperature and Heat Experiments Explore temperature and heat transfer further with these experiments that we’ve tried. T is for Temperature. Do a temperature investigation [...]
  • One Fish Two Fish Sight Word Game

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! And happy Read Across America Day everyone! This matching game was Aiden’s idea. He wanted to make a game inspired by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. He wanted the game to involve fish with words written on them. And so became our One Fish Two Fish Sight Word [...]
  • Color Mixing Oobleck Sensory Bag

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    We love oobleck, but sometimes we’re not in the mood for messy play. Placing the oobleck in a sensory bag allows you to experience all of the the squishy goodness of oobleck without the cleanup. Color Mixing Oobleck Sensory Bag Supplies You’ll Need: cornstarch water freezer bags (we used the gallon size) mixing bowl measuring [...]
  • One Fish Two Fish Size Sorting Activity

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This size sorting activity is inspired by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. Aiden asked me to make fish for him to create a matching game (more on that later). I made the fish too small for his liking. He requested larger fish. That gave me an idea for a [...]
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  • Engineering Kids | Rube Goldberg Machine

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    This project has long been on my to-do list with my kids. We are long-time fans of marble runs (see the resources page for recommendations), and extending our love for rolling balls and ramps into the world of Rube Goldberg was a no-brainer. And triple hurrah for projects that celebrate STEM and STEAM learning. About Rube Goldberg For the uninitiated, Rube Goldberg was an American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and his work is a classic example of the melding of art and science. Goldberg began his career as an engineer, and later became a…
  • March TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    After an awesome month of the TinkerSketch Sketchbook Challenge on Instagram and Facebook, we’re ready to try another round in the month of March. Over the past month I have received many notes of appreciation that shared how this challenge: Was personally transformative Brought families together Added a meaningful shared art experience in a science-based high school Created an opportunity for child-parent bonding Created a ritual of making that was easy to achieve Created accountability for making Brought creative and supportive people together who enjoyed sharing art together And…
  • Art for Kids | DIY Stamps

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    DIY Stamps and art supplies, oh, how I love you! Making our own art supplies has done wonders for helping my kids develop their resourceful muscle. As a result of turning corks into stamps and chopsticks into painting tools, I’m constantly catching my girls rescuing cardboard from the recycling bin and saying things like, “let’s turn this into art!” In that spirit, I pulled this list of DIY stamp ideas together as a resource for all of the busy teachers, enthusiastic recyclers, and crafty parents (or any combination of the above), I hope you’re find this list of…
  • Kids Science: Flying Tea Bag Hot Air Balloon

    22 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    My kids are fascinated by things that fly, and today I’m sharing the flying tea bag hot air balloon, a fun hands-on flying activity as part of a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) series. More on that in a second…   Flying Tea Bag Experiment This is a quick activity that only requires a fire-safe area and a few supplies you most likely have at home. My husband laughed after he saw the video of this activity (below) because he thought our space was most definitely NOT fire-proof. I disagree, of course, but I will leave it to you to find a safe space…
  • Rubber Cement Watercolor Resist Painting Technique

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    The thought of rubber cement always takes me back to the 6th grade. The smell! I’m not sure that schools offer rubber cement to kids anymore (kudos to them if that’s the case), but us adults can still try this favorite watercolor resist technique in a well-ventilated area. If you art journal or if you’re keeping a sketchbook, the rubber cement watercolor resist art technique is a fun way to add some variety and texture to your pages. It’s also a magical way to play with negative space and positive space. As you’ll see in the video, rubber cement will pour off…
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    Junior Car Designer

  • How To Draw A Pontiac Firebird

    14 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
    This tutorial was requested by our friend Justen from uh… He didn’t say but here it is, how to draw a Firebird muscle car. The car is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird in the Trans Am version. I think this is a very cool car. One of the coolest muscle cars ever if you ask me. Let’s beggin then.   The wheelbase in most muscle cars, at least un the old ones, is very long. Learn how to draw a muscle car: Pontiac Firebird   Draw the body now. This car has a small skirt beneath the front bumper. In general, is a low car. Maybe because I drew it from a slightly modified Firebird. Learn how to…
  • A Very Special JCD Friend

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    This is a special post. The following drawings are from our friend Mesut, from Turkey. He´s 11, likes to draw cars (evidently) and dreams of becoming a an automotive designer. Click to view slideshow. He sent his drawing to get some advice and feedback. He´s actually already been given some advice from some big names. Yes! Big Names! How big? Well, really big! Only the likes of  Peter Schreyer, Jason Castriota, Ian Callum, Chris Bangle, Walter de Silva, Ralph V. Gilles, Tom Tjaarda and Luciano Bove. : – O That´s right, you read right! But I also get advice from these dudes all the…
  • Draw A Lamborghini Aventador

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I know this is “easy car drawing for kids” but this might not be that easy for some of you. This doesn’t mean you can’t draw it, it would just need patience and practice. I’m telling you all this because the Aventador has a very complex design at the front. Lots of straight lines and lots of sharp form details that aren’t very common on most cars. I tried to make it as easy as a could. Okay, let’s learn how to draw a Lamborghini Aventador!!! This is one of the coolest tutorials yet!   The first step is to draw the wheels. Lamborghinis are know to have a long wheelbase, at…
  • How To Draw A Nascar Race Car Step By Step

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Let’s learn how to draw a race car now. This time is a very cool Nascar car. These cars race in big oval tracks with huge banked corners (up to 30 degrees and a little more). It’s very cool to watch on tv and I bet It’s even cooler in person. Begin with the ground-line and the wheelbase.     The second step is to draw the body. Look at how, at the rear, the lower part is a little taller than the rest of the car.     Next up is the cabin. This is a regular shaped cabin, nothing special. This is because they’re supposed to be based on the production car ( the car…
  • How To Draw A Monster Truck

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Welcome to a new Junior Car Designer tutorial. We’ll learn how to draw a monster truck. First draw the ground and two very big wheels. These must be very close to each other. Now draw a rectangle shape just above the wheels. This is the body of the monster truck. Monster trucks have very high ground clearance, almost 10 feet or three meters  sometimes.   The next step is to draw a very small cabin. It’s not actually that small but it looks that way because the rest of the truck is so big.   Draw the door, the windshield and the side window. The door is basically useless because…
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    it's BABY time!

  • Top 5 Fun Attractions for Preschoolers

    Carol Johnson
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Family vacations are a fun experience for everyone to bond while doing fun activities together. It can also pose learning opportunities for little ones that help encourage and stimulate development. If you’re unsure of a travel destination to take for your next vacation, check out some of these cool and fun attractions for preschoolers that the whole family can enjoy.The Crayola Experience Now here’s a place where your little Picasso can take their art skills to a whole new level. This attraction offers cool and engaging activities for kids, most of which have become digitalized, to let…
  • Must-Have Travel Baby Gear

    Carol Johnson
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Traveling with kids, whether by car or plane, can be nerve-wracking. The stress of packing everything you need with little ones on board can be mind-boggling as you don’t want to leave anything behind that you may need. Having the right essentials can make traveling much easier, but what should you take along for the ride? We’ve compiled a list of must-have travel baby gear that you shouldn’t leave home without.Must Have Travel Gear for BabiesFor someone so little, babies sure require a lot of stuff to pack for traveling! Here are some basic essentials to pack along that are…
  • Finding Out Baby’s Gender: Yay or Nay?

    Carol Johnson
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Thanks to advancements in medicine and technology, we now have the option of finding out baby’s gender before they’re even born. This is a privilege our parents didn’t have. Before, people mainly relied on old wives’ tales like if you craved sweets, it was a girl or if you were carrying low it’s a boy and let’s not forget the one where you hang a ring over the belly! The decision to learn what the sex of your baby will be is purely personal so here’s my own opinion on the matter.For my first, I wanted it to be a surprise. My husband, on the other hand, just had to know if…
  • How to Tire Out Your Toddler

    Carol Johnson
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Kids are the ultimate energy drainers . . . of their parents! If you have a tot then you can relate. It’s mind boggling how these tiny beings can contain so much energy as you quickly lose yours while trying to keep up. Likewise, getting them to settle down can be just as tedious. Here are some tips on how to tire out your toddler so come bedtime, it’s not a power struggle to get them down for the count.A day at the park or even in the backyard on a bright, sunny day is a great way to let them exhaust all of that energy and get much needed exercise. What do you do on busy days or when the…
  • Best Diaper Pails of 2014 Buying Guide

    Carol Johnson
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Who knew something so small as a newborn would produce so much stink!? Thankfully, there are diapering systems that have helped eliminate the odor so your nursery doesn’t drive everyone away. There are several different options available so I took the liberty of finding which ones really worked best for odor control. Here are some top picks among parents on the best diaper pails.Disposable Diapers Diapering Systems Playtex Diaper Genie Elite with Odor Lock Carbon Filter This diaper pail offers much convenience for parents with a foot petal to open and close it so you can always have…
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • Tired of Searching all over Town for Kid's Party Supplies?

    Colleen Butler
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tired of driving all over town to get everything for that Kid's Party? You can get everything from us ... Time is Money after all!
  • It's my (Kid's) Party and I'll Cry if I want to!

    Colleen Butler
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    It's your (kid's) party and you can cry if you want to! Don't Cry ... Contact us... We can help you plan it!
  • Party Tips!

    Colleen Butler
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    If you need some Great Party Tips ... Check out our Party Primer!
  • Time or Money!

    Colleen Butler
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    With Kid's Parties it really comes down to “Time versus Money”.If you have time then you are set as an amazing amount of stuff can be made with little money- especially decorations! Goo/Slime/Clay can be made with items from your kitchen.Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can still eke out hours little by little, by starting early. The earlier the better! Don't leave party prep until the “11th hour” as this will create a stressful situation for you and you won’t enjoy any of it.Consider doing a piñata! It is super cheap (some newspaper, flour and water). Again it is time…
  • Tooth Fairy Day!

    Colleen Butler
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    It's Tooth Fairy Day! To help the Tooth fairy we have the "Twinkle Toof" ! It glows-in-the-dark (the Tooth Fairy will easily find the tooth). A secret hinged compartment safely holds your little one's tooth. There is a special clip is for the tooth record card. #ToothFairyDay
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • CDL 041 – 10 Ways I Suck at Being an Entrepreneur

    Jeff Stephens
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:19 pm
    This Week’s Episode Typically, when I post a new podcast episode I provide enough content that it could be considered a blog post. This week I did it a little different. Earlier today I posted a new blog post called 10 Ways I Suck at Being an Entrepreneur. In this week’s podcast I expand on [...]The post CDL 041 – 10 Ways I Suck at Being an Entrepreneur appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • 10 Ways I Suck at Being an Entrepreneur

    Jeff Stephens
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Am I Really an Entrepreneur? I like to consider myself an entrepreneur. However, this title is somewhat self-appointed. I have never sold a product or service of my own, I have no existing online courses, and I have not profited from any of my ideas (at least outside of my day job). So, why in the [...]The post 10 Ways I Suck at Being an Entrepreneur appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • 18 Short Years

    Jeff Stephens
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:56 pm
    18 years ago today, my life changed. I was a young man fresh out of college starting to find my stride in my new career as a systems engineer. Having a corporate job, wearing a suit, and carrying a briefcase to work everyday was something I had thought about for years. One night after work [...]The post 18 Short Years appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • The Mind Tells Time to F*** Off

    Jeff Stephens
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:59 pm
    You probably know this battle oh so well…Mind vs Time. Time is an evil bitch. She will seduce you with seemingly unending availability, yet will taunt you, and flip you the middle finger, as she steps slowly out of your reach. Meanwhile, the Mind loves to f*** with Time. In a perverse dance of futility, the Mind basically [...]The post The Mind Tells Time to F*** Off appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • Target Your Hustle

    Jeff Stephens
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Is This You? Do you feel like you have a never-ending to-do list that consistently side steps the status of “done”? Do you feel like your dwindling attention is constantly cut short on one task only to be haphazardly thrown in the direction of the next? Do you feel like the sheer existence of opportunity [...]The post Target Your Hustle appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
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  • What’s the Music-Math Connection?

    Diane Stresing
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    The correlation between music and math is well-documented. Got some extra time? You may want to read what scientific journals have written about it. Um, no? Check out our blog for a great video explaining it in just a few … read more The post What’s the Music-Math Connection? appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Get the kids to every activity on time!

    John Russo
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:14 am
    You found some great activities for your kids on KidNimble. Now, how are you going to get them there? The activity starts at 4:00 and you work until 5:30, or it’s at the same time you need to be across town picking up … read more The post Get the kids to every activity on time! appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Virtual Camp Fair!

    John Russo
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    #TheresACampForThat We’re using this hashtag to get the word out about the unique programs that are listed on KidNimble! Here are two ways we’re connecting you with amazing programs: Our #TheresACampForThat photo campaign – what kind of camps would your kids … read more The post Virtual Camp Fair! appeared first on KidNimble.
  • #TheresACampForThat

    John Russo
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Are you ready for #Snowmageddon2015, Northeast??!! How about the #Snowpocalypse?? #Snownado? Whatever you’re facing, in the Blizzard of 2015, be prepared to get anywhere you want with this course in Dog Sledding. Seriously. Whatever it is your kids love (or … read more The post #TheresACampForThat appeared first on KidNimble.
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    Bear & Boo

  • Fill Your Kids With Love on Valentine’s Day!

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Valentine’s is about love (obviously). Sure it’s about romance and relationships, but mostly just about love. You love your little ones to pieces, so why not make it an amazing day for them to be showered with love too? Here are some ways that you can fill your kiddos up with love on Valentine’s Day. Make it a great morning Let your kids (and significant other) start the day of love off right with a fun themed breakfast. You don’t have to go too crazy, but simple pancakes and eggs or even cereal will do the trick. Sprinkle some confetti or conversation hearts all…
  • Do You Have Finicky Toddler?

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Any of us who are parents have likely experienced the independence that a toddler discovers. They love to do anything for themselves that they can, and will try even if they can’t. This includes dressing themselves. I’m sure you’ve either had or seen the kid with the inside-out shirt, mis-matched socks and shoes, and the superhero cape on in the store. There are times we, of course, let this go and let our kids express themselves by the way they dress, but there are other times when we want or need them to dress a certain way. It doesn’t have to be a struggle to dress…
  • Toddler and Preschool Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Toddler and Preschool Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas We searched for some of our favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your toddlers and preschoolers and are excited to share them with you! 1. Arts and Crafts - One gift that keeps on giving is a subscription to an arts and crafts box like Kiwi Crate. It’s a little pricey, but you can also buy the craft boxes (comes with 2-3 different crafts) individually. Even simple paints or fun crayons and some art paper are great for making memories! How cute are these jumbo heart crayons from LittleDoodlers’ Esty shop? I…
  • Watch Out for Spring Trends 2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Watch Out for Spring Trends 2015 Here are some great spring trends 2015 that are transitioning in from other seasons that you’ll want to watch out for! 1. Denim on denim will continue to be a big trend. Make sure there is plenty of contrast though so the pieces don’t blend. 2. Lightweight scarves, both infinity and triangle will be perfect for spring, and a great look. It’s a simple accessory that adds a lot of style!  Shop ours here: 3. Trendy printed tees are a hit right now and will continue to be. This trend will last through the seasons.
  • Hungry Games: Breastfeeding Battles

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Hungry Games: Breastfeeding Battles This post is inspired by a good friend of mine, and also by myself. While this blog is attached to our boutique, we’re also parents. Real ones with real challenges and we want to share our experiences with you! Sometimes breastfeeding is not all it’s cracked up to be, and while there are many women who can breastfeed successfully and are completely in love with it, for some of us it totally sucks. We wish we were in love with it, we feel like we should be in love with it, and it’s nothing but hard. I feel like I need to share this, on…
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    Today Box

  • Modern Art with Kids

    Erika Lowe
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    I’ve always found the comments I hear in modern art galleries both sad and amusing. I could paint that. That looks like a preschooler did it. I don’t get it. Toddlers have no inhibitions when it comes to art. They will splatter and spread paint all over the place and use anything as a canvas. […] The post Modern Art with Kids appeared first on Today Box.
  • Thoughts on My Bike

    Erika Lowe
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Illustrator and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman shares thoughts on her bike. Riding a bike isn’t just fun or good exercise – it’s also better for the earth! The post Thoughts on My Bike appeared first on Today Box.
  • Fact of the Day

    Erika Lowe
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of women in our world. Women in the United States did not have the right to vote until August 18, 1920. Prior to the 19th Amendment, women didn’t have the right to vote on school, town, state, or federal government issues. Many women fought […] The post Fact of the Day appeared first on Today Box.
  • Approaching Ceres

    Erika Lowe
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at Ceres on Friday. Ceres is a dwarf planet that orbits the sun in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. We can’t wait to learn more about this dwarf planet! You can learn more about the Dawn Mission here. The post Approaching Ceres appeared first on Today Box.
  • Joke of the Day

    Erika Lowe
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Old Man: Which fruit will always tease you? Kid: A ba-na-na-na-na-na-na! The post Joke of the Day appeared first on Today Box.
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