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  • All I want for Christmas
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    All I Want For Christmas....Christmas shopping can be stressful when you don't know what to buy someone. Sometimes you walk aimlessly around the mall trying to get a Christmas gift idea for that special someone that is hard to buy for and just don't seem to find that perfect present. Kids can be just as hard to buy for as adults and you don't want to buy them something they won't use, need or ...
  • Spiked tail to the rescue!

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    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    A stegosaur’s bony ‘armor’ didn’t just fend off a predator’s teeth. The tail spikes could gore attackers, ultimately killing them, fossils now show.
  • What Is Enterovirus-D68 and How Can I Protect My Family?

    School Kids Healthcare Blog
    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, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68.  Due to their age they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have…
  • On the Fly: Food & Love (Part I)

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    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    At the heart of every family are twin pillars of food and love. In my opinion, these are two of the most important parts of a parent's job: making sure you're eating good food together and loving each other. When it comes to food, you need to figure out three meals a day and think about how you are going to give everyone the nutrition they need, ensuring they like it, without boring them (or yourself).… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Is it a TRICK or a TREAT?

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    28 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Take the quiz — it’s spooktacular!!
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  • All I want for Christmas

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    All I Want For Christmas....Christmas shopping can be stressful when you don't know what to buy someone. Sometimes you walk aimlessly around the mall trying to get a Christmas gift idea for that special someone that is hard to buy for and just don't seem to find that perfect present. Kids can be just as hard to buy for as adults and you don't want to buy them something they won't use, need or ...
  • PomTree Crafts

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    PomTree Craft KitsAre you looking for easy to make and play craft avtivities for kids that do not require messy glue, paint, staples or a lot of cutting? PomTree has created mess free, peel and stick craft kits for kids. Hours of creative fun without all the mess for an affordable price of $13 or less. The PomTree kits make great gifts for the holidays or for a birthday. Beyond the thrill ...
  • Modarri - The Toy Car Reinvented

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Modarri - One of the Hottest NEW Kids Toys!The jury is out and Modarri is listed as one of the latest and greatest NEW kids toys on the market. Since the launching of the Modarri cars at the Toy Fair in February 2014 these fun new interchangeable cars are finally available at retail stores. The Modarri cars feature real steering and suspension, real high grip rubber tires, and interchangeable ...
  • Disney Pixar's INSIDE OUT new adventure

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Disney Pixar studios new outstanding movie is headed to theaters on June 19, 2015. Watch Inside Out teaser trailer on Hellokids!Inside Out SynopsisLittle Riley has just left her native Midwest and moved to San Francisco because of her father new job. Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness are emotions which live in harmony in her 11 year-old mind. They help her every day to make choices. ...

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    BEETHOVEN'S TREASURE TAILAn all NEW Howl-arious adventure as the beloved canine returns in this hilarious family movie. Beethoven and his owner (Jonathan Silverman) become stranded on a small coastal village where Beethoven befriends a boy and helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure. This fun movie will be out in October and is perfect for the entire family!
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    School Kids Healthcare Blog

  • 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, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68.  Due to their age they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have…
  • School Kids Healthcare Announces Addition of CPR RsQ Assist® Device to Product Line

    SKHC Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Cudahy, WI – September 8, 2014 – School Kids Healthcare (SKHC), a leading distributor of school nurse supplies and health room equipment, announced the addition of CPR RsQ Assist® to its growing line of medical supplies and equipment. FDA-Approved CPR RsQ Assist® Makes It Easier for Anyone to Perform Hands-Only CPR CPR RsQ Assist® is a first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved hands-only chest compression device designed to eliminate the intimidation factor of performing CPR.  This easy-to-use device guides you through the steps of performing effective CPR, and has been shown in independent…
  • School Kids Healthcare Announces Enhancements to Website

    SKHC Editor
    1 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    To create an even greater shopping experience for our customers, enhancements have been made to the School Kids Healthcare website that support responsive design, which allows optimal viewing across a wide range of devices, including smartphones and tablets. Users can easily navigate the site, view larger images, have more video viewing options, and quickly checkout using a variety of handheld devices. “We are extremely pleased to offer our customers more options to save on school nurse supplies and everyday products as well as improving the shopping experience through our website’s…
  • School Kids Healthcare Going from UPS to FedEx

    SKHC Editor
    22 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
    School Kids Healthcare to Move Small Parcel Carrier from UPS to FedEx! School Kids Healthcare cares about their customers and strives to provide them with the best service possible.  In an effort to improve our shipping process we will be transitioning our primary small parcel carrier from UPS to FedEx over the next several weeks. What does this mean to you?  Better service.  This change will not only provide you with timely deliveries of your medical products and supplies, but you should also see a decrease in damaged shipments.  Even better, depending on your location, you may receive…
  • Cold & Flu Remedies: Q & A

    SKHC Editor
    21 Nov 2013 | 11:17 am
    Did you know the best way to blow your nose is one nostril at a time?  Yes, according to WebMD you’re encouraged to cover one nostril, blow gently and repeat as necessary.  The pressure from using all of your force could not only cause an earache, but it could potentially force the mucus back into your sinuses.  Also, using a decongestant can help clear a stuffy nose, so you won’t have to blow as much. How do you deal with a dry, hacking cough?  Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, such as cough suppressants, will help suppress a cough.  Using a humidifier and gargling with warm salt…
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  • On the Fly: Food & Love (Part I)

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    At the heart of every family are twin pillars of food and love. In my opinion, these are two of the most important parts of a parent's job: making sure you're eating good food together and loving each other. When it comes to food, you need to figure out three meals a day and think about how you are going to give everyone the nutrition they need, ensuring they like it, without boring them (or yourself).… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Will You Go Out With Me?: A Private Lesson at Talent Skatepark

    Angela Arsenault
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Who doesn’t love a hot date on four wheels? As I mentioned last week in my introduction to this series, my husband, Ryan, and I recently spent an afternoon at the skatepark. Any images you might have of two kind-of-old-but-still-rad skate punks tearing shit up with abandon should immediately be stricken from your imagination.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Your Essential Guide to Halloween

    Alison Novak
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Halloween falls on a Friday night this year, which, as any parent who's tried to wake up their child on a November 1st school morning knows, is good news. The bulk of Halloween-related events happen this weekend.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Will You Go Out With Me?

    Angela Arsenault
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    My husband and I have decided to start dating again. We’ve been married for nine years and together for 13. Our daughter, Lionelle, was born in 2008, and our son, Dashiell, followed in 2010.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Warm Quinoa Salad

    Erinn Simon
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    It seems like you can’t look at a food magazine, blog or website these days without seeing an article about quinoa. It’s understandable.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Halloween Makes Kids More Monstrous - The Atlantic

    Google Inc.
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    The AtlanticHalloween Makes Kids More MonstrousThe AtlanticThe sense of anonymity, as it turned out, made a big difference: The kids who were allowed to remain anonymous stole money and extra candy roughly three times as often as those who had given their names to the researcher. Kids who came in groups, ...At This House, Only the Kids in Good Costumes Get Good CandyNew York Times (blog)12 Kids Who Probably Don't Understand Their Halloween CostumesMTV.comKids & Family: 11 family friendly Halloween eventsDesMoinesRegister.comDetroit Free Press -Huffington Post -Beckley…
  • Mom asks Babies R Us to pull 'sexualized' Kardashian Kids clothing - SFGate (blog)

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    31 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    DailyFinanceMom asks Babies R Us to pull 'sexualized' Kardashian Kids clothingSFGate (blog)Yes, the new collection from Kardashian Kids includes one for newborns that's complete with an attached diaper cover — and one mom is so outraged by the mature fashion for infants that she's launched a petition on demanding that Babies R Us ...Mom Wants Kardashian Kids Line Banished From Babies R UsDailyFinance'Damaging' For Kids? Critics Launch Online Petition To Pull Kardashian Kids Radar OnlineMom petitions Babies 'R' Us to pull Kardashian Kids…
  • Mom, 3 kids killed in crash heading to Halloween parade - Chicago Tribune

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    31 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Fox NewsMom, 3 kids killed in crash heading to Halloween paradeChicago TribuneA mom and three of her children were killed on their way to a Halloween parade. One child remains hospitalized with serious injuries. A mom and three of her children were killed on their way to a Halloween parade. One child remains hospitalized with ...UPDATE 2-Illinois mother, three kids killed in crash heading to Halloween paradeReutersIllinois mother, three kids killed in crash heading to Halloween paradeYahoo NewsMom, 3 kids die when train strikes SUV in southern IllinoisRichmond Times-Dispatchall 183 news…
  • Free Donuts, $3 Burritos, and 6 More Scary Good Halloween Food Deals - TIME

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    31 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    ABC NewsFree Donuts, $3 Burritos, and 6 More Scary Good Halloween Food DealsTIMEThis year's Halloween food deals include free bacon and free donuts, as well as several options allowing kids to eat for free. In many cases, getting into the Halloween spirit—by way of wearing a costume—is required, so check the rules and dress Here's Where Kids Can Eat Free This HalloweenHuffington PostHalloween Friday Food Freebies Include Pizza, Smoothies and DoughnutsABC Newsall 88 news articles »
  • Advocates want restaurants to stop catering to young diners with kids' menus - Washington Post

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    30 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Advocates want restaurants to stop catering to young diners with kids' menusWashington PostKids' menus began in the era of Prohibition, when restaurants were eager to recoup lost liquor revenue by tapping a new demographic. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York was among the first to have one, and, like other kids' menus it inspired, it was
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  • Cooking on Deadline: Recipe for sweet potato tart with Parmesan and maple syrup

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    It seemed an unlikely goal. I wanted a single solution for two problems -- how to keep kids entertained while preparing Thanksgiving dinner AND how to serve sweet potatoes in a fresh, creative way.
  • Halloween at the ER is no treat

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 -- Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating may seem like harmless fun, but Halloween injuries send many children to emergency rooms in the United States every year, experts say. Out of eight holidays, Halloween had the fifth highest number of ER visits involving children aged 18 years and younger, according to 2007-2013 data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
  • Top 10 Hallowe'en costumes: Families now spend an average of A 162 on spooky celebrations

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    The cost of costumes, sweets, decorations and parties have spiralled as homeowners increasingly embrace the ghoulish night as a cause for celebration. A study from credit card company Capital One has shown that witches and werewolves are the nation's favourite Hallowe'en costume, although some less traditional outfits, including Where's Wally and morph suits, are gaining popularity.
  • La 1st lady, businessman giving 8500 books to kids

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Louisiana's first lady and a Baton Rouge businessman are giving a picture book to kindergarten students all around the state. A news release says the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana's Children and Todd Graves - owner of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers - are donating 8,500 copies of the book "Corduroy."
  • Harper courts suburban voters with broad tax relief for families with kids

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Three months before millions of Canadians get their voter information cards for the 2015 federal election, they'll find something else in their mailboxes: a cheque from the Conservative government. A $60 monthly tax benefit for families with children aged six through 17 is the kind of targeted, easy-to-understand government initiative that helped the Conservatives claim victory in 2006.
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  • Books Go Arty exhibition: Duck’s stuck!

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Duck waddled. Duck quacked. Duck ate grass. Duck napped. All is well in the farmyard…until…. ”Help! I’m stuck!” quacks Duck!  None of the farmyard animals can free Duck. None that is, except for crafty Rat. But does Rat have an alterior motive….? You can find a fabulous feathery parade of bright yellow ducks right now at Central Library and at Island Bay Community Center. And if you look very closely, you might just find a certain crafty Rat. These bright and dynamic sculptures have been created by the brilliant children at Tawa school and Clifton Tce Model School. It…
  • Fun New Kids Fiction!

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Tell Me by Joan Bauer Feeling scared and powerless when her father’s anger escalates and her parents separate, twelve-year-old Anna spends the summer with her grandmother and decides to make a difference when she sees what seems to be a girl held against her will.       The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud “In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally,…
  • Halloween Storytime at Kilbirnie Library

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    1 Lizard’s eyeball, 2 spoons of dragon spit, 3 hairs of a tiger mouse and ABRACADABRA!!!!! You will get a good, frightening Halloween story!   Come and join us dressed in your creepy outfit on Thursday the 30th Oct from 6 - 6:30pm at Kilbirnie Library. Sandra, the witch librarian, will read you lots of scary stories…
  • Read, review and win!

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We all know you love to win prizes, and here’s a really simple way to do it – write a Kids’ Club review! All you have to do is read something, write a review about it, and you’ll automatically win prizes. The reviews are published online for the whole world to see too -cool! You’ll get a prize after writing your first 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from that point on. We’ll send you an email when you’re due a prize, which are available to pick up from your local Wellington City Library.   We also have extra special prizes for…
  • Mad Science at Khandallah Library

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    We had our final session of the Mad Science Mysteries school holiday activties at Khandallah Library on Friday 10th October. It was amazing! The kids absolutely mastered making our zombie cure solution and creating mini volcanos. They had a blast playing with our pink goo which was a corn flour and water mixture that is a liquid but becomes solid when you pinch it in your fingers. In the engineering corner we had children and parents working hard to win a huge handful of lollies by balancing the largest number of books on an A4 paper cylinder. Three girls managed to balance 39 books! We are…
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  • What You Need To Know About Caring For Kids

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Having children is one of the most rewarding aspects of being alive. The tips you are about to read are the collected wisdom of many parents that came before you. Being a parent is a lifelong process that requires dedication. This article will help prepare you for it. You do not necessarily need to spend a fortune on a nursery for your little one. Items such as cribs or changing tables can be purchased at lower prices through classified ads or stores such as Walmart. You may also ask loved ones if they have unused nursery products. Clear off a space on the kitchen counter, lay your child back…
  • Teach Your Kids Right With These Being A Parent Tips

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    The day your child was born is likely to top your list of the most memorable days you’ve ever had or ever will have. The connection between a mother or father and his or her child is stronger than any other. Use the following tips to maintain the strength of that connection, so that you have a good relationship with him or her well into his or her adult years. You should not spend a lot of money on nursing equipment right before you have your baby. Quality essentials like cribs and changing tables, are available quite cheaply at department stores, discount stores, and even venues like…
  • Home Improvement Advice Anyone Can Follow Successfully

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    A number of people think they could never handle a home improvement project on their own. People sometimes fail, it is true. Home improvements don’t have to be difficult. This piece describes several simple approaches for improving your house. Get new metal fixtures for your bathroom. Various accessories, such as towel racks, shower rods and handles for cabinets come in all kinds of colors, shapes and finishes. A lot of places will put these together in a package so you can put them in quickly and efficently. Do not buy furniture that is upholstered with strong patterns. Very busy…
  • Weight Loss Tips That Will Give You Back Your Figure

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    With the right knowledge, weight loss is possible for anyone. This article can help you find the right tips to assist you in your weight loss regime. Your path to weight loss will sometimes be challenging, and have moments of frustration, but you have to persevere if you want to succeed. Fad diets can often appear to be useful ways to start losing weight. If you really want to lose weight, you should avoid these plans. Fad diets may seem like the answer initially but a diet that consists of limited foods is doomed to fail because of the monotony. Even worse, they do not support healthy eating…
  • How To Successfully Become A Better Parent

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Few things are more exciting and overwhelming than the prospect of becoming a parent. The article below describes some tips to assist you with raising a child. You should not spend a lot of money on nursing equipment right before you have your baby. Basic nursery staples like cribs, diapers and blankets are readily available at major retailers, like Walmart, and are far more affordable than their department store counterparts. Friends and family members may be willing to donate items that are no longer being used. Stop and consider the words you use with your child, and what they mean. You…
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  • Texture Casts

    1 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this printmaking activity.
  • Paper Plate Spider Web

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Use a marble to help your toddler create a realistic Halloween spider web pattern on a paper plate.
  • Paper Bag Pumpkin

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your toddler will enjoy crumpling newspaper to stuff this Halloween pumpkin.
  • Painted Spider Web

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Using a straw to blow white paint onto a piece of black paper, your toddler can create a Halloween spider web.
  • Pumpkin Prints

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This art project calls for using half of a very small pumpkin as a stamp to make Halloween cards.
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  • Eggtropolis

    1 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Get kids involved in building a city skyline out of egg cartons.
  • Paper Border

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Paper doll chains and fun to make, and they can be used to make a border for any plain wall in your home.
  • Newspaper Bowl

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a bowl from ordinary newspaper and let your child decorate it.
  • Homophone Fun

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    These games will build your child's grasp of grammar, vocabulary, and language.
  • Rubber Egg

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This science activity is great for kids who forget to brush their teeth, because it shows how cavities form.
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  • Not So Scary Halloween

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Happy Halloween to all those witches, ghost and goblins!  My girls wanted to do something different and although Halloween is their favorite holiday, they did not want to be scary.  So let’s take a look at what they selected… Brujita a Paula Reina doll, comes dressed as a witch, but this year she wanted to be Girl Princess.  So she went to the closet and put together her outfit.  The fluffy boots are baby boots size newborn and she borrowed Isabelle’s crown. A close up shows her beautiful green eyes and her colorful hair, which she loves to wear year around. She is ready…
  • Doll Diaries Dolloween Parade – Part 2

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Okay, you all are so amazing!!!! I am super impressed by the number of entries we have so far in the Dolloween Parade. We have so many, that I am starting a new post for the rest of the entries so we don’t break the site (:-))! First – go visit Dolloween Parade Part 1 to check out and comment on the first 80+ entries AND to find out how to submit your entry. Second – View and comment on the new entries on this page (click on the image or the link below it to open a new page where you can comment). Also, I am going to extend the deadline for entry until November 1st so you…
  • Last Minute Tiara Craft You Can Make For Your Dolls

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Karen here with a last minute Tiara Craft you can make for your dolls with items you may already have on hand! To create your own you will need: two pipe cleaners in the color of your choice beads in different shapes, colors and sizes Step 1- Take one of your pipe cleaners and bend it into a circle twisting the ends into the circle so that it doesn’t catch on your dolls hair. Step 2- Take the other pipe cleaner and bend it into a “V” shape. Step 3- Slide the “V” shape into the circle you have created and choose your largest Bead to be the center of your crown.
  • Doll Diaries Dolloween Parade 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It wouldn’t be October without our annual Doll Halloween Costume Parade – better known as Dolloween! This photo from last year’s Dolloween Parade is one of my all time favorites – Marisol as the Rainbow Genie, Kanani as Ruby, Emma as the Black Cat and Abby as Minnie Mouse. Send in photos of your dolls in costume, having a Harvest or Halloween party, or just enjoying the season. Remember, your photo needs to be appropriate for all ages so nothing too scary, please. The more entries, the more fun the parade will be! This year there will be prizes! We will award 5…
  • Did the Journey Girl Dolls Get a Makeover?

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As manufactures make improvements we take notice!  So let’s check out what has happened to the Journey Girls line of dolls … Our two models are Kelsey and Meredith.  Kelsey is a borrowed doll from a special friend, Simone.  Kelsey has been loved for several years at least 4 so she had a little makeover from Dr Di.   Meredith is a 2014 doll.  At a quick glance the differences are not apparent, but let’s take a closer look. One of the first noticeable changes is the right hand, notice that the shape is different.  The index finger is separate and higher than in the new…
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  • Samhain, again

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
     An old one, but Samhain is creeping up, and the ancients revered the cycles. I'm creeping towards ancient status. Despite whatever virus is playing tootsies with my hypothalamus (or maybe because of this), I found myself in thigh deep water on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at dusk, trying to catch a striped bass. I spent the evening shivering under a blanket.The waters here are about 62 degrees, still plenty warm for wading. The air temperature wasn't bad, either, and the wind didn't bother me until the sun set. In my feverish napping, I realized that for all my training and prepping…
  • Paradise Lost: On data driven drivel

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    I am watching the shadows change as I spend hours on the latest conceit from Trenton, SGOs.This was written last fall--you would think I'd learn to live. The "pond"I spent a chilly few minutes yesterday pulling out some elodea from the pond to take to school--each time I pull up a garland, I let it drip a bit over the pond, wondering about the lives of the critters found in each drop.(I worry about the few drops that hit the ground.)When I start to think I am losing my mind thinking about these critters, I peek at a drop or two under my microscope, and see, once again, the dance of…
  • "This Is Not a Test" Teacher Study Group

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    During the days of AIDS hysteria, my epic psoriasis  drew some attention at Sandy Hook. My torso was splattered with dollar coin sized lesions that looked like raw hamburger, and a couple of kids screamed "He's got AIDS!" Like Moses parting the Red Sea, families dragged their beach blanket fiefdoms away from my clan, giving the four of us a clear path to the ocean's edge. That is not what racism looks like.... Kids learn early on what to say when. I think they get their best practice in science class, where we teach a catechism, the kids repeat it, and then we leave each other alone…
  • Same damn thing

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    For all the noise technology gets these days, the important stuff is still the same damn thing.We live because plants spin air into food. You'd be surprised at how many folks old and young, wise and dumb, do not know this. Go find a tree. Look at its base. The ground is raised there. Ask yourself why.We live because plants split water molecules into pieces, much of which drifts away as oxygen. The stuff keeps us alive, as it has for hundreds of thousands of years, as it will if we do not forget our mortal roots matter more than our god of the generation. We live because we fuck, we fight, we…
  • Going for the gold

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Wheat, despite what we believe, is made mostly of air, not earth, and will always be, no matter what we think. We can live out our lives in ignorance, convinced we are right, and wheat plants will not change, spinning air into sugar, a greater gift than Rumpelstiltskin's skill with straw. Grace.The value of gold is a human conceit. An ounce will get you $1200 today, an abstract string of symbols that can be traded for over 5 metric tons of wheat berries, almost 200 bushels of wheat, about 8000 loaves, a loaf a day for over two decades, enough to get me well into my eighth decade, should I…
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  • Halloween for the Sensitive Child

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Tips to Make Halloween Fun for Children with Sensory Issues Halloween. It's a day filled with costumes, candy, and fun activities. For most kids, Halloween is one of the best days of the year, but as we know, for children who are sensory sensitive, All Hallow's Eve can be a nightmare. In fact, this harrowing holiday is a factor in why October 25-31 is National Sensory Awareness Week. However, with a few simple tricks Halloween can for fun for sensitive kids too. Here some tips to ensure your sensitive child can enjoy this fun, candy-filled day just like their friends.Tip #1: Careful Planning…
  • How to Keep the Waiting Room Stress-Free for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Medical Staff

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    “We're going to visit your pediatrician today.” A statement no kid(or parent, if we're just being honest) likes to hear. Many children immediately imagine scary monsters in lab coats chasing them with big syringes anytime they hear words like “pediatrician” or “doctor's office.” Many children are frightened of what may or may not happen once they leave the waiting room to enter an exam room. Other children, especially those with special needs who have unfortunately grown used to the inside of doctor's office, are simply bored and grow restless while waiting. Luckily, there's…
  • Choosing a Classroom - reprint from the Carpet and Rug Institute

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    This information is a reprint from the Carpet and Rug Institute. It has some great information about why you should consider a rug for your classroom.  Making the right decisions starts with having the facts. There is a lot of information about carpet in schools, but it’s important to have the right information, supported by scientific study. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the source for science-based facts on carpet and rugs, wants you to have that information at your fingertips.  That way, we believe you will understand how carpet has clear advantages over other…
  • Even Bears Like our Hammocks!

    31 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    People know that they should keep their distance from bears. They usually will leave us alone unless they feel threatened or are protecting their cubs. However one bear must have needed a little "me time" as seen in this video at You can relax just like the Floridian bear in a wonderful La Siesta Hammock. Whether it's a hammock for one, two or for the whole family we've got you covered. We also have hammocks with spreader bars that some prefer over the standard banana style hammocks like on Gilligan's Island. We also have…
  • Art Easels bring out the creative side in your students

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Teachers are charged not only with helping students achieve academic goals and milestones, but also with giving students a creative way to express themselves. Art brings out the best in students and allows teachers to see the talents and personality of each student. Because of this, teachers love having easels in the classroom. Easels Make Great Art Centers Having an art center is an important aspect of a classroom. Students can express themselves in a way that is all their own. Along with easels, art centers can include paper, paints, paintbrushes, crayons, makers, or colored pencils.
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  • A Visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    In June, MP interviewed LEGO Master Model Builder, Ian Coffey. We discussed his visit to Portland and how he landed his incredibly fun job at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Boston. After chatting with Ian, our team was curious to check out LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for ourselves. We decided on the weekend before Halloween, so we could experience the new location’s Brick-or-Treat activities, which included a LEGO® pumpkin hunt and building some Halloween-themed creations. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is located in a new, outdoor shopping center called Assembly Row in Somerville. Assembly…
  • “Bacon & Egg” Halloween Candies

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    MP received a great book a few months ago, called Eating in Maine by Malcom and Jillian Bedell. The book features seasonal recipes, reviews and food-inspired road trips from the Bedell’s popular blog, From Away. Our family tested a number of recipes from Eating in Maine including a crowd-pleasing coffee s’mores pie and a decadent bacon jam, which is great on everything from cheeseburgers to baked Brie. These are recipes we will turn to again—each was straightforward, simple to make, and turned out exactly as pictured. One of our favorite family recipes for Halloween are the fun and…
  • Sweetser’s Apple Barrel

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    We’ve reached a year living in our new hometown, and one of our favorite places in the ‘hood is Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchard. The Sweetser family has operated their orchard since 1812, so they know a thing or two about apples! Sweetser’s is special because there is no other place we know that offers an instantaneous apple education. The minute you enter the charming roadside building, you’ll spot a cubby full of popular and heirloom apples. Just behind that cubby, is a sign describing each and every apple offered that day and the year of its origin. While you can’t pick…
  • Friday Night Pizza at Otto

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Our family needs a break from routine by the end of the week. Sometimes we make simple meals like breakfast for dinner and enjoy a movie at home. Other Fridays DP and MP will throw up our hands and say, “Let’s go out!” On this particular night, we had the new-to-us Otto Pizza in South Portland on the brain. The popular pizza place, which has two other locations in Portland, set up shop in an old gas station, and the location looked so cool, we wanted to experience it for ourselves. We arrived on a warm September evening, and Otto was packed with kids and grownups. The garage doors were…
  • Fair Season

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    The leaves, the color, that crisp feeling in the air — it’s fall in Maine and it seems like the whole state is celebrating. We kicked off the season with an after school visit to the Cumberland Fair. Yes, there are crowds of people, expensive rides, and for better or worse, fair food, but the experience is something every family should share at least once a year. And no matter how old you are, visiting the farm animals is always a treat. Soak this gorgeous autumn weather up while you can! If you can’t make the Cumberland Fair this weekend, try anyone of these great events…
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    Playground Confidential

  • Can we all breathe a great big FINALLY for our health care going digital?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Big thanks to the Canada Health Infoway for sponsoring this post and, more importantly, bringing digital health technology to our health care. If there’s one place we don’t want cutting edge technology, it’s in our doctor’s offices. Wait. What? That doesn’t make any sense. And yet all the tech does seem a little weird at ... [Read more...]The post Can we all breathe a great big FINALLY for our health care going digital? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • People I won’t be giving candy to this year

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Gone are the innocent days of yesteryear when you could count on young children to go door-to-door donning masks and extorting candy from vandalism-fearing citizens. Now it seems everybody wants in on the action regardless of age and proficiency in egging. There’s been a growing sense of discontent among people who have access to internet ... [Read more...]The post People I won’t be giving candy to this year appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    My thighs are killing me. So is my ass. And also the sole of my foot because I stepped on a stray game board-game piece, but that’s a different story. You see, I knew I’d slipped up. The regular exercise routine I had last winter and early spring had been knocked off course by a ... [Read more...]The post “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Vienna's Steirereck

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Chef-owner Heinz Reitbauer is a member of the Reitbauer family that operates the famous Steirereck restaurant and the Meierei café beneath it in Vienna, and the Pogush Country Inn in Styria, in the southeast of Austria. His family’s latest contribution to the Austrian culinary excellence is the complete and spectacular renovation of Steirereck that consistently places among the top of the world’s 50 best restaurants list. In 2005, the Reitbauers moved Steirereck from its home of 35 years in Weißgerbe Lände to Vienna, and took up the former Milchhauspavilion, an…
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    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
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  • Denim Design Studio in Istanbul, Turkey

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We love the underground feel of this design and research studio created by Zemberek Tasarim  for Vigoss Jeans . The 250 square-meter (2691 sq.ft.) studio opened this past summer and is part of the 8,000 square meter (86,111 sq.ft) Vigoss/Bulur production and warehousing facilities located in Güneşli Kavşağı, an industrial area about 30 kilometers form the center of Istanbul, Turkey. Zemberek created a fabulously functional working space for the designers and other team members who needed large flat surfaces to spread out the products, materials and accessories; easy access to…
  • Artists Reconstruct The Berlin Wall With Lights

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New and old Berliners, together with the entire world, will take to the streets on November 9, the global 25th Anniversary celebration of the Fall of the Wall in 1989. The city, its citizens and friends will participate in the joyous events that commemorate the Peaceful Revolution. Among the key projects are the web portal Fall of the Wall 25 where everyone is welcome to post their memories, opinions and thoughts about the world-changing event. Another project is a concept called Lichtgrenze by artists Christopher and Marc Bauder. It is a row of 8,000 white luminous balloons creating a…
  • Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our most recent artistic pick is Milan-based, London-educated artist and sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini. There is something strangely intriguing and mesmerizing about her chicken-wire sculptures. Trying to put our finger on it, we came up with more than a few explanations why we love these so much. One appealing aspect is that they look somehow unfinished and raw. The wire frame is usually the part of a sculpture we do not see. It is not the final product. And yet, these airy and lightweight pieces seem to lack nothing at all. They are very much finished and completed. And the lightness…
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    Little Food Junction

  • Halloween

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    ~ Healthy Halloween -2~Halloween is all about adding fun element to the festive fall season and bringing out the spooky kid in us.Bright orange pumpkins, creepy ghoulish costumes and eerie decorations reflect the true spirit of the octoberfest. The Halloween mania is catching  the Indian party circuit like  storm!! International school culture, expat friends and web chats with cousins n friends  abroad has given more the excuse  for a Halloween party to lil one, who wants to invite her friends…
  • Happy Diwali

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    ~Happy Diwali~ Diwali, the festival of lights is certainly the biggest and brightest of all Indian festivals. This ancient  five day festival,spiritually signifies the triumph of good over evil. As per the Hindu mythology ,it is believed that Lord Rama returnedto his native city Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years ,to welcome him the entire city was lit by clay lamps and beautifully  decorated with colorful flowers and buntings. There is a festive atmosphere everywhere, the houses are cleaned days in advance and  decorated with…
  • Halloween

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    ~ Healthy Halloween -1~The festival season is right around the corner!! Shorter daylight accompanied with cool wind and rustling fall leaves makes us realize that its time to gear up for the upcoming festivities. While the left hemisphere of my brain has been meticulously planning for the Diwali bash at home, the creative right brain is continuously thinking about some spooky crafts and finger foods for kiddos halloween fun. The Fruity Owl The Halloween magic with all its boolicious food and…
  • Taro spirals

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    ~ Flavors of India ~ Traditional Taro leaf Spirals(Healthy, steamed and can be frozen too !!)Taro root tuber is one of the most popular and widely used root vegetable throughout the indian subcontinent. Often called yam, colocasia or arvi it  is cultivated not only for  root but also for its tender leaves ands stems that are edible. It is believed that the cultivation of this versatile plant dates back to several hundred centuries. From root to stems and leaves , its an integral part of several regional and traditional cuisines…
  • Happy Dusshera

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    ~Happy Dusshera ~Vijaydashmi commonly known as Dusshera is one of the most important festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India. The day  is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over the ten headed demon king Ravana. Besides this, the day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons. The festival of Dusshera spreads the message of victory of truth and goodness over evil. Ravana - the ten headed demon As per the Hindu mythology king Rama along with his younger brother…
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  • Cider Apple Pie with Apple Cider Drizzle (RECIPE)

    Denene Millner
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This Cider Apple Pie recipe is a new staple dessert Girlpie whips up for company—or when I beg. #AintTooProud The post Cider Apple Pie with Apple Cider Drizzle (RECIPE) appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family Vacation

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's time for a getaway! Plotting an affordable family vacation at Kiawah Island's Andell Inn, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel. The post Kiawah Island Residence Inn: Plotting Our Affordable Family... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids

    Denene Millner
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's not just battered moms who get hurt: the effects of domestic violence on children are real—and long lasting. The post Suffer the Little Children: the Effect of Domestic Violence On Kids... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is Pitch Perfect

    Denene Millner
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    My baby isn't a baby anymore. Buying my daughter her first bra made that crystal clear. This new tween bra made the trek easier—for sure. The post Getting My Daughter Her First Bra: Girl Lux Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What the white mom who accidentally got Black sperm should have said. The post We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This 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

  • 7 Kids Math Lessons Using Pumpkins

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Pumpkins are all around us this time of year, which makes them great for decorating and even baking with. But did you know you can teach some important math lessons with pumpkins too? Take a look below at 7 kids math lessons using pumpkins that you can try. They make for a fun, fall filled... Continue Reading...The post 7 Kids Math Lessons Using Pumpkins appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Enter To Win @$25 Family Dollar Gift Card

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We have another $25 Family Dollar gift card up for grabs for a lucky Kid’s Fun reader! The $25 Family Dollar gift card is sponsored by Family Dollar (of course)! All opinions are my own! What could you purchase with your Family Dollar Gift card if you won? The holidays are coming up quick! Family... Continue Reading...The post Enter To Win @$25 Family Dollar Gift Card appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 15 Kid Friendly Fall Treat Recipe Ideas

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    We have quite a few fun fall treats here at Kid’s Fun Review and over at my other blog Home and Garden Cafe. I thought I’d put together a roundup of some of our favorite kid friendly fall treat recipe ideas to share with you. This post is sponsored by Foodie. com, they are also... Continue Reading...The post 15 Kid Friendly Fall Treat Recipe Ideas appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Kids Harvest Party Fall Snack Mix Recipe

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    There are plenty of opportunities for fall partieas and celebrations! Whether you’re celebrating the harvest, planning a Halloween party, getting together to watch your favorite football team, or planning your Thanksgiving feast, or just feeding the after school hunger monster, kids are always on the lookout for a quick snack! This fun kids harvest party... Continue Reading...The post Kids Harvest Party Fall Snack Mix Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Pretty DIY Paper Pumpkins Craft Idea

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    With just a few sheets of scrapbook paper, you can make your own pretty pumpkins perfect for dressing up your space. A great craft for both children and adults, these pretty paper pumpkins take just minutes to make and add a real pop of color. Take a look below at how you can get busy... Continue Reading...The post Pretty DIY Paper Pumpkins Craft Idea appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    I wish I could take credit for the adapted Halloween song and activity I’m sharing with you today, but alas, I cannot. The mother of one of my students directed me to a pin via Pinterest, which led me here. It’s a Halloween version of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, which we have sung in music therapy sessions many times to the tune of the “Pinwheel” theme song. The adapted words and accompanying printable pictures are available at First Grade al a Carte. I put together my own little visual to accompany the song, which I sing to the same…
  • Halloween Song Round-Up

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With Halloween just a week away, I’ve been getting lots of use out of my own collection of songs on this topic AND looking around the web for some new inspiration. Since you’re probably doing the same, I thought I would share the tunes I’ve written and/or adapted to sing at Halloween time. Black Cat by Listen & Learn Music Black cats are the iconic Halloween animals, and this particular black cat has the starring role in my echo song, which I wrote with the objective of repeating after me and singing with me. Trick or Treat by Listen & Learn Music This song takes you…
  • Sundays at Church Mice are Twice as Nice

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The fall session of Church Mice, the early childhood music class I’ve been leading since way back when I was in grad school, ended last week. I’m always a little bummed when it’s over, because it is a big highlight of my week. I love that it’s super casual — anyone can drop in and it’s totally free, no registration required. The class is designed for children ages 0-4, though we always have older siblings joining in. That makes for an interesting but super fun dynamic! I love watching the tiny kiddos interact with the big kids, and vice versa. We play lots…
  • A Day in the Life of a Music Therapist {2014 Ed.}

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Almost four years ago, I wrote about a day in my life as a music therapist, and it has since become one of my most-read posts. But a LOT has changed since then: at the time, I was employed full-time at The Hope Institute and working with private clients on a part-time basis. I thought it would be interesting to compare a day in the life back then to my current role as owner of a full-time private practice and mom to a young child. I will preface this by telling you that no two days are exactly the same for me; every day of the week looks different from the others. Some days are spent…
  • Shake It Off

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I could very easily say that I’m only familiar with Taylor Swift’s music because my students love her, but that would be a bold-faced lie. The truth is, I’ve been a T-Swizzle fan since the beginning, back when she was a country artist. I like a lot of her songs (and even perform several of them regularly at gigs), but something about Shake It Off grabbed my attention and reeled me in the first time I heard it. This song is fun, catchy, and best of all — self-empowering. And as appropriate as it is in its original form for some of my music therapy clients, I wanted to…
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    Artful Adventures

  • Dip-Dyed Shoes

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I love the current dip-dyed trend, and have long been looking for an excuse to use the ‘Stained by Sharpie’ pens I picked up a little while ago. We’ve also been looking for an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Art Wall Evolves….

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    After a long, I might say unplanned break, I’m finally back and blogging again. I think that’s the longest break I’ve ever had, though I suspect more might be on their way as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Arty Felt Accessories

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    I promised I’d reveal what I’d decided to make with the hand-made felt I’d made, so here it is. I’ve always loved beautiful art accessories, (even if they are completely... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Adventures in Felt-making Part 2

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    I’ve been meaning to have a go at proper felt-making for a long time, and when I say a long time, I mean a long time, I estimate about 30 years in fact! I figured the time time was right, as I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Little Factory of Illustration

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    It seems like reviews are a bit like buses on here at the moment – none for months and months, then 3 turn up at once. This was another case of an unusual and attractive product that seemed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Halloween Yoga

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Halloween yoga is a wonderful class or party activity. Kids are so excited that movement is essential! Of course, yoga is a powerful language learning tool, too. Kids are acting out the word and that helps reinforce the meaning. Also, Halloween yoga taps into movement which enhances language acquisition. Here are two Spanish Halloween yoga ideas for little goblins. Kids Yoga Stories has a sequence of Halloween yoga poses with descriptions of each pose.  Use pictures or props as a visual reference for the different poses – this will set a wonderfully spooky mood! You can read more about…
  • 10 Inexpensive Supplies to Teach Language

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    I am always looking for materials that make teaching Spanish to young children easier. Because my littlest students do not read and write yet, I need activities to engage them and support the meaning of the language. When I look for supplies to teach language, I try to find material that is: inexpensive hands-on easy to transport interesting to kids useful in creating a story I use these 10 supplies to teach language all the time and can usually make them work with whatever content I am teaching. Printable finger puppets Finger puppets are easy to make and perfect for getting kids talking as…
  • Spanish Materials: The Friday Five

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It is Friday, and that means time for five easy-to-do Spanish activities for kids. They are the Friday Five – songs, videos, games and printable materials to keep kids learning Spanish over the weekend or anytime. You can find the rest of the series with other easy Spanish materials here: The Friday Five. Play this online game to practice house vocabulary. Listen to what the girl says and then go to the right room. Spanish materials like this are high-interest, so kids learn as they play. Listen to this song about sound with examples of different sounds we hear. It is by Cantoalegre.
  • Spanish Halloween Read-and-Draw Printable

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    This Spanish Halloween printable is fun, effective vocabulary practice. Drawing activities like this are great for practicing reading or listening skills. Once they are completed, drawing activities can be used as speaking and writing prompts. They are also easy to make for seasonal vocabulary. In this Spanish Halloween read-and-draw activity, kids read short descriptions and then add the details to the pumpkin or skeleton. Finally, they choose their own details to add to a jack-o’-lantern and then write a description. You can download the printable using the link below. Of course, you…
  • Supporting Spanish Learners: Dos and Don’ts for Parents

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I get lots questions from parents about how they can help Spanish learners if they only speak English. There is no denying that it easier to support Spanish learners if you speak the language, but parents play an important role in a child’s education regardless of their knowledge of the subject matter. Below you will find 10 dos and don’ts for parents who do not speak Spanish. Most of them need no explanation, but here are my thoughts on a few of the points. Attitude A positive attitude and willingness to speak are key to learning Spanish. Your enthusiasm will help your children…
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • What's it like at Knott's Berry Farm At Christmas #MerryFarm @Knotts

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    We are so excited to visit Knott's Berry Farm at Christmastime this year! Knott's is so fun at Christmas! Our kids are at the perfect age to enjoy almost everything the park has to offer - Thrilling rides, good food, and seasonal fun. Every year, Knott's transforms into "Merry Farm" and gets decked with Christmas garland, ornaments, lights and more! There are also a bunch of Christmas-y things to do and see. You won't want to miss it. Here are are a few of the things you won't want to miss:There is an all new 2014 Snoopy ice show titled Merry Christmas, Snoopy! at the Charles M. Schulz…
  • Easy DIY Thankful Wreath Activity for Kids and Families

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    If you are looking for a low stress and frugal way to usher in an attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving holiday season then you are going to love this simple and easy thankful wreath idea. My friend Andi made this thankful wreath with her family and I couldn't wait to share it with you. She was inspired by and put a creative spin on a paper thanksgiving wreath she had seen and I just love what she did. It's eye catching, simple and easy to get the whole family participating.You'll need just a few items to make this easy thankful wreath:A 10" straw wreath like the one pictured above. Andi…
  • Her First Spelling Bee

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    This past week, my daughter participated in her very first qualifying spelling bee. She was excited and nervous all at the same time! It was a written test and she was relieved when she didn't have to get up in front of a crowd. We watched Akeelah and The Bee on Netflix streaming over the summer and she instantly captivated by the story.She has always been a naturally good speller, so I think she could relate to the main character.  And last year we missed the cut off to participate in our school's spelling bee. So this year I convinced her to give it a try. She studied hard. We…
  • Muffin Tin Lunch

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In this muffin tin lunch for kids, starting from the top left: red grapes, hawaiian roll, strawberries, carrots, pineapple slices, fish crackers, sausage, candy corn.This post appears on or it's sub domain and any reproduction of content in any form without prior consent from the author is strictly forbidden and will be prosecuted. © Muffin Tin Mom All Rights Reserved.
  • New Knott's Berry Farm Annual Passes - Upgrade To A Meal Pass!

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Knott's Berry Farm is a such a fun and family friendly Southern California theme park. Our family loves it for the variety of fun rides and activities for kids. From Camp Snoopy to Ghost Town to my kid's favorite ride, Jaguar - There is plenty to for kids to do at Knott's. And I love sharing about what's new at Knott's Berry Farm for families with my readers.Having fun at Camp Spooky last year!Having been countless times since I was a little girl, I can't tell you how excited I am to share that the new 2015 Knott's Berry Farm Season Pass comes with a new optional upgrade meal pass. This is so…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Zach Bonner Walks the Walk for the Homeless

    Michael Stutman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Zach Bonner is one of the first and one of the most inspiring kids that we have profiled on IMK.  His passion is the homeless and he has been giving to those in need since he was only 6. In 2004, Hurricane Charley struck near his home in Tampa, Florida. Afterward, he collected 27 pickup trucks full of water in a little red wagon. He donated it to aid those who were displaced by the hurricane. Then Zach created the Little Red Wagon Foundation to focus on helping homeless kids. There are 1.3 million homeless kids who live in the United States.  “These kids don’t have a home,…
  • Kayla Wheeler and Breanna Sprenger – Two Champions Making the Most of Their Gifts

    Michael Stutman
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Kayla Wheeler, a teenager from Lynnwood, Washington, was born with with no legs and only one arm. Yet, that has not stopped her from becoming a very, very full person! She is a record setting swimmer, plays piano, is an A student and a very happy person. At 16 years old, she is only just getting started. Kayla has competed and won medals at several international swimming events. She is a world record holder in her class which is for those who are most disabled. “I am basically the most disabled you can be and still swim,” she told ABC News recently. She started swimming at 8…
  • Not Your Average Summer Vacation! The Kallin Family Treks Across America

    Inspire My Kids
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    It is a good bet that you did not do what Nathan (9) and Maddy (8) Kallin of Dresden, Maine did this past summer!  With their parents, they became only the 16th young family to “thru-hike” the Appalachian Trail. So what does that mean? The Appalachian Trail is no ordinary hiking path.  It stretches 2,160 miles from Georgia in the Southeastern USA to Maine in the Northeast USA.  A “thru-hike” means completing the trail from end to end.  For Maddy and Nathan this meant starting their trip in March and finishing it in September!  It means they averaged over 15 miles…
  • Great Quotes for Kids About Writing and Storytelling

    Inspire My Kids
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Phillip Pullman You may not yet believe it, but writing and storytelling have the power to change your life and the lives of others.  Your writing skills will impact what college you go to, what career you pursue and how much of an impact you can have on the world. Writing and storytelling are not easy.  They take effort, time, practice and the courage to begin.  They provide a way to express what you love and what excites you.  They are a way to escape and create the world the…
  • Great Quotes for Kids about Taking Action and Being Proactive

    Inspire My Kids
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Taking action and being proactive are two of the most important ingredients to success in life.  People who are action focused get better jobs, better grades, have more impact in the world and have better relationships. When you read the quotes below from many people who helped change the world for good, you can see that taking action was part of their success here are millions of ways you take positive action today.  Here are just a few: Help a schoolmate who is being bullied Do something helpful for your parents without them asking Write a nice letter to someone your admire Thank a…
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    Red Tricycle

  • Gobble, Gobble! Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go

    Matt Kirouac
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Thanksgiving is a time for family, feasting and freaking out about potentially burning the turkey to an inedible crisp. If you’d rather focus your efforts on spending time with the kids  without cooking, Chicago area restaurants are here to take that stress away with Thanksgiving dinners to-go. From smoked turkeys to pumpkin pies to all the traditional fixins, here’s where to get your fill on the fly. photo: anajanettew via flickr  Real Kitchen It doesn’t get any realer on Thanksgiving than insatiable cravings for roasted turkey, sage-scented bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey…
  • So Long Suckers: Candy Buybacks in LA

    Erin Lem
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The day after Halloween, you’re greeted with a grinning munchkin with two giant fistfuls of candy, asking “Can we have lollipops for breakfast?” We’ve got some sweet ideas for weaning the kids off the candy and putting it to a sweet purpose (switch it, give it or swap it) that won’t cause cavities or sugar highs. photo credit: Nina Hale via Creative Commons Switch It Have you heard of the Switch Witch? You can embellish your own tale to tell your tots, but the general story goes something like this: “The Switch Witch is a greedy little witch who lives in Candyland. Her house is…
  • As Easy as Pie! Thanksgiving Meals To-Go

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hosting a herd for the bird? This year, instead of cooking everything from scratch a week in advance, phone it in. The following grocery stores and restaurants have everything from just the turkey to a fully-cooked, gourmet meal that will be ready when you pick it up. These impressive feasts also come with the big bonus of letting you relax with your guests so you all can enjoy your day off together. photo: Thanksgiving Spread by Rob Marquardt via flickr creative commons Grocers Zupan’s This family owned and family-friendly has Shelton Farms turkeys and their meals start at $39.99. Their…
  • Theater for Tykes: The Best Live Shows for Kids

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s never too young for the theater. Shakespeare, Beckett, Wilde, Miller…well maybe for the youngsters it’s best to start with puppets, princesses and interactive shows that really bring the theater to life.  Here are our picks for the 9 best places in Los Angeles to catch a show that’ll leave little ones smiling so big they will be theater aficionados for life. photo credit: Nerdmelt Theater Puppet Town A sketch comedy show for kids – with puppets! If that’s not enough to sell you, how about a cast of comedians from iO, Second City, Groundlings, and UCB, along…
  • Wave That Flag: Veterans Day Activities

    Kelley Gardiner
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Veterans Day is not only a day off from school, but it’s also a time to spread the love and rich history of America with your kids. Grab a flag and head out for this special day and honor veterans by attending a parade, meeting soldiers, or participating in a fun run with your tiny patriots. photo: DVIDSHUB via flickr creative commons Parade Veterans Day Parade The only Veterans Day Parade in Portland has been going strong since 1974. You’ll see plenty of entries from the community, such as the Royal Rosarians, high school marching bands, motorcycle clubs, and of course, military and…
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  • Cixi – The Dragon Lady

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Image Credit: WikiMedia Commons, via CC Not very long ago there was a forbidden city, a royal palace in China. Located in the center of what we call Beijing today. This palace was a home to kings and queens for almost 500 years. The strangest queen that ever ruled from the forbidden city got its name “The Dragon lady”. Her real name was Tz’u-hsi or Cixi. Everyone was afraid of her. She lived in the Forbidden city with an army of servants. Anybody who tried to enter the palace without permission got punishment. After the emperor’s death, she supposedly helped her son…
  • Olive Ridley Sea Turtles At a Beach Near You!

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Olive Ridley, a sea turtle, Image Credit: Flickr user _thinrhino, via CC Well, it is nesting time for sea turtles around the Indian Ocean. And we are so excited to tell you about that in advance. The Marine Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Odisha, India is expecting thousands of olive-shelled sea turtles, or Olive Ridleys as they are called, to emerge out of the Indian Ocean anytime now. Going by the past years it will be an amazing scene with mommy sea turtles visiting the shores in batches and laying hundreds of thousands of eggs eventually to hatch into little baby…
  • Keeping Track Of History – Timelines

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Did Alexander the great rule first or king Napoleon? Did Indus Valley civilisation exist before or after the Mesopotamian civilisation? Did Thomas Watt live around the same time as Einstein? How does anyone remember these baffling before and after questions of history? Aren’t they so tricky? With so many events in thousands of years of history, it is a mind boggling task to remember what happened when. How do historians keep track of what happened when? To keep track of events in history, historians use something called a Timeline. Much like a number line, where numbers are put one…
  • Falling Faster Than The Speed of Sound

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Alan Eustace, a senior VP at Google, breaks the world record for high-altitude jumps. Image Credit: Atomic Entertainment and Paragon Space Development Corporation Alan Eustace, a computer scientist at Google broke the world record for the highest-altitude free-fall jump. Alan went up in a hot air balloon actually filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium gas and jumped off from the middle of the stratosphere, 26 miles from the Earth. It took him 15 minutes to reach back the Earth’s surface. The previous record was made by Felix Baumgartner in October 2012 when he jumped down 23 miles…
  • MOM Turns One Month Old

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Image Credit: Flickr User Mike Licht, via CC Hmm.. How can MOM be one-month-old? All of our moms are older than us, right? Well, we are not talking about a mom or someone’s mother. We are talking about India’s new Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM); that sent a satellite called Mangalyaan to keep an eye on Mars. The mission just turned one-month-old after its successful entrance into the Mars orbit on Sept 24th. Do you know that the whole world sat up to take notice of India’s success in this mission, and that too in its very first attempt. ISRO (Indian Space and Research…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • Four Platforms You Can Use To Make A Blog For Kids

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Blogs provide a great platform for discovery and self-expression among persons of all ages, kids included. Blogs offer a powerful means of socializing and they are also lots of fun. Even though it’s hard to let your kids loose on the Internet with little supervision, it is healthy in some ways. Careful preparation will enable you help your kids launch their first blogging ventures. The following are the main platforms where you can make a blog for kids. WordPress and Blogger These are the two best known general…
  • Examples Of Best Kids Blogs To Inspire Teens

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Blogging is one of the most addicting things that kids do today, other than participate on social networks. Regardless of their age, as long as they have the ability to blog on their computer, or even on their smartphone, they are able to create creative blogs that people love to read. The difficulty is in finding the ones that actually offer significant value, ones that cater to your particular interest. Here is a quick list of the best kids blogs that have been created by teens. Furree Katt This is a blog that is created…
  • Blogging For Kids Under 13: Advantages and Disadvantages

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more When you hear other folks talking about a blog they like, do you instantly think they’re talking about something written for adults by adults? If you do, you may find the concept of kids blogs strange. However, blogging for kids under 13 can have many benefits. These days kids are very tech savvy and understand many aspects of computer use. That is why so many of them spend time communicating with other kids on social sites like Twitter and Facebook. Even so, there’s been a recent trend that finds more and more…
  • 5 Reasons Why Blogging is a Great Hobby for Children

    Guest Blogger
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    New post from Guest Blogger at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Blogging has taken the world by storm over the last several years. More and more people have taken to the Internet to share their opinions on important topics, to outline their life’s journey, or simply to share cool photos and stories. But adults aren’t the only ones getting in on the action; kids are great bloggers, too! As a parent, you might question whether blogging is a good idea for your child. Naturally, many parents are weary of letting their child spend additional time on the Internet, and understandably so. But unlike…
  • Ways To Use Free Blogs For Kids To Improve Skills

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Free blogs for kids can be a great learning tool. A lot of instructors have started using this method to get students to write more. Blogs are also a great way to teach students about using the Internet. Free blogs for kids can easily become a part of any curriculum. Students can for instance be asked to research topics related to the material studied in class and write blog posts about it. Blogs can also be used for creative writing assignments or as journals. Writing a blog post requires students to organize their…
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    Kids Direct LiverpoolKids Direct Liverpool » |

  • 3 Cool Halloween Craft Ideas

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Original article published on It’s that time of the year again when spooky things come alive and creepy decorations should fill your home. Naturally, we are talking about the fantastic holiday of Halloween. Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on the night of 31st October. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening and is also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting. Author Bio: Mark Taylor writes for Kids Direct
  • Albert Dock Liverpool Summer Events

    24 Jun 2014 | 3:36 am
    Original article published on Liverpool’s Albert Dock have announced their Summer 2014 list of events. As usual, there are tons of great things to do in this Liverpool tourist attraction. In fact, Albert Dock is now the City’s most visited free tourist destination. The Summer highlights include: Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition, Mondrian and his Studios (June 6-October 5) The Dazzle Ship in dry dock (from June 12) International Mersey River Festival (June 13-15) Liverpool. Author Bio: Mark Taylor writes for Kids Direct
  • Summer 2014

    24 Jun 2014 | 3:25 am
    Original article published on Summer Magazine A very warm welcome to our Summer edition of the Kids Direct Liverpool magazine. Learning is all around us – you just need to know where to look – that’s what Children’s University is all about, getting involved in fun activities and learning something new at the same time! Children aged 5 to 14 years old can join Liverpool and Wirral Children’s University, which signposts exciting learning activities. Author Bio: Mark Taylor writes for Kids Direct
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Spelling with M&M’s

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    This post is part of week-long candy series with other bloggers. Each day we’re sharing different candy activities for kids. Today’s theme is candy learning activities. Here at Inspiration Laboratories, we are spelling with M&M’s. Sorting & Counting M&M’s First Aiden sorted the M&M’s by color – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brown. When he had a [...]
  • Balancing with M&M’s

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    There are lots of ways to use candy  in learning activities or in play. Use the candy for some candy science! Try balancing with M&M’s. Balancing with M&M’s I created a simple balance from a hanger, yarn, tape, and cups {similar to the hanger balance Deirdre made at Kids Activities Blog}. I used two little plastic cups [...]
  • The Sunday Showcase – Halloween Math Activities

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring Halloween math activities for kids. 3 Dinosaurs counts ingredients in the cauldron inspired by Room on the Broom. Lalymom shares a counting pumpkins activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Stir the Wonder creates a pumpkin grid math game. For more great Halloween ideas, check out my Halloween Fun and [...]
  • Kids Can Help Clean {and It Can Be Fun}

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Getting kids to help clean can be a struggle. Having routines and setting expectations is a good start, but what I’ve found work best for my son is to make cleaning time fun. It’s true. Kids can help clean and it can be fun. Sneaky Ways to Make Clean Up Fun My almost 5 year [...]
  • 15 Easy Monster Crafts for Kids

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Monsters are such a fun craft for kids to make. They allow for so much creativity. Check out these 15 Easy Monster Crafts for Kids. Easy Monster Crafts for Kids Make 3D Paper Monsters from origami paper cups. In this processed oriented art, we ended up painting monsters. These cardboard tube monsters are sure to spark your [...]
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  • Simple Paper Marigolds for Dia de los Muertos

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, played a big cultural role in my childhood. You might know the holiday’s symbols of colorful skulls and skeletons, altars to ancestors with offerings (ofrendas) such as candles, photographs of loved ones, and the bright marigold flowers (cempazuchitl) that are known in Mexico as the flower of the dead. The marigold flowers decorate altars and graves, often elaborately. Today I’m sharing a simple way to make your own paper marigold flowers to decorate your home or altar for Dia de los Muertos. These pretty…
  • Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Today I’m excited to introduce a new ebook that’s filled with math and science activities for kids ages 3-8: Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities. I’ve been working on this gorgeous new math and science ebook with some of my favorite bloggers who specialize in learning with young children. If you’re not already brimming with tons of math and science activities (and frankly, how many of us are?), this ebook, jam-packed with all sorts of engaging activities for kids ages 3-8, will pull the science superstar out of of even the most resistant. Who is this…
  • How to Make a Simple Box Loom Weaving

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    My older daughter, age six, is obsessed with fiber arts, and has been engaged in all sorts of weaving activities lately. We have a book case full of inspiring crafting books, and she and her friend pulled Eco-friendly Crafting with Kids (affiliate) by Kate Liley off the shelf. After paging through it they landed on Box Loom Weaving, and wanted to give it a go. The tutorial is very well articulated, and once we gathered all the materials (and there are only seven supplies…phew) we had no trouble tackling this easy and rewarding weaving project. I’ll share all the steps here. If…
  • 16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Printmaking is one of my very favorite processes to explore with children. Seeing how a texture or pattern repeats itself is full of magic, and a delightful process to witness and experience with kids. Here are 16 super easy, and very fun printmaking projects that are sure to inspire children (of all ages) to experiment with printing. Dip nuts and bolts into paint and repeat these cool shapes all over paper: Picklebums Another household tool to dip into paint is the potato masher: Play Based Learning Blow a paint + soap mixture with a straw, and you have some gorgeous bubble printing:…
  • Tinkering Spaces: Interview with Meri Cherry of Kol Tikvah

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Today I’m joined by Meri Cherry, educator and atelierista at Kol Tikvah Early Childhood Education Center, for a peek into her school’s Tinkering Space. This interview is part of Tinkering Spaces, an informative series of interviews that center on designing kid-friendly creativity spaces. If you’re scratching your head because you can’t figure out where to put your children’s art materials, hatching a plan to turn your laundry room into an art room,  or shifting furniture to make room for a new easel, these interviews are sure to give you food for thought.  …
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    it's BABY time!

  • Considering Cord Blood Banking: Is it for you?

    Carol Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you’re expecting then you have probably heard about cord blood banking. You see the ads everywhere in doctor’s offices and magazines. You may even know someone who has done it before. What is it exactly and is it for you? Here is some helpful information if you are considering cord blood banking as an option. We made the decision to bank our child’s cord blood stem cells after hearing about it and doing some research. The umbilical cord that feeds your baby nutrients while in the womb is packed with stem cells. These stem cells have been found to successfully treat certain…
  • Top 10 Most Used Baby Products

    Carol Johnson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    You may have seen some of our buying guides for some of the best baby product must haves. Well, I decided to do something a little different. Rather than simply listing the best products you can buy, I want to highlight those products that really make a difference. I asked moms what were the products they used the most during their baby’s first year to find out what things you really can’t live without. Here are the top 10 most used baby products that parents relied on a daily basis to get through the tough times and make life a little easier.Nursing Pillow Even if you’re…
  • The Infamous Mom Jeans Are In!

    Carol Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    I’m not one to follow the latest trends in fashion. I wear what I like and what’s comfortable, which consists of mostly tees and jeans. While some fashion forward moms like to stay on top of the trends, most of us are too busy and tired running after the kids to care. After all, most mornings you’re lucky if you remembered to brush your teeth, right? However, here is one trend you may already be following – mom jeans are in!As many of you are probably aware, your body changes after having a baby. Your hips get wider as your body adjusts to your growing baby. Even if you lose the…
  • A Ghoulish Treat: Healthy Fall Snack for Kids

    Carol Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As Halloween is quickly approaching you see the store shelves fully stocked with sugary confections of all sorts. Your kids are bound to get their fill of trick-or-treat sweets when they go door to door in their cute costumes. If you’re looking for a fun way to provide a healthy fall snack for kids, here is a recipe they’ll enjoy making with you almost as much as they’ll enjoy eating them.Check out these ideas for seasonal snacks that are sure to please!Black Bean Chocolate Chip Spider Web CookiesDon’t get spooked out by the yummy chocolate goodness of these cookies. They’re…
  • How to Get Free Diapers

    Carol Johnson
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Having a baby is expensive, that’s no secret. Among many things, one of those costly expenses that add up every month is buying diapers. Then if you have more than one child in diapers at the same time, the cost doubles! There are cost-effective solutions available that will help ease this financial consumption, which I’ve covered here. Here are some helpful tips on how to get free diapers for your little one whether you’re cloth diapering or choose disposable.Free Cloth DiapersIf you’re searching for the cheapest way to diaper your baby that is also great for the environment, then…
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    Expert Advice

  • What Are Parabens and Why Should I Care?

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    You’ve probably heard the word parabens floating around lately. It’s one of those mystery words that has entered the zeitgeist, but with fuzzy details surrounding it. Is it a scary word? An urban legend? A salad topping? Let’s break it down. The word paraben describes any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in cosmetic products (as well as pharmaceuticals and some foods). It’s the special X factor added to extend the shelf life of products and prevent the growth of bacteria. And parabens are nothing new—they’ve been around since the 1950s. So, why…
  • Fitness as a Way of Life

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    photo credit   Too often fitness is something we reluctantly revisit from time to time, but fitness should really be a way of life shared by the whole family. At the risk of sounding like a cranky old grandpa, the reality is that kids no longer play the way they used to. Our digital world draws them indoors and into sedentary modes for hours at a time. TV, video games, and computers have replaced games like tag and hide-and-go-seek. Because of this, kids’ metabolisms are slowing down and they are losing energy and focus, and, often, gaining weight. The great news is that small…
  • Picture Day, Picture Perfect

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Photo Credit: Una Casa En El Arbol We’ve all seen them: school pictures gone very, very wrong. Kids are inherently adorable, so why all the unfortunate photos? We’ve researched the best and the worst and put together this list of do’s and don’ts to give your little one her best shot at her best school photo ever. DON’T get a haircut the day before picture day. Ideally, schedule your appointment 1-2 weeks before. Hair will look more natural and any uneven areas can be corrected in time. DON’T try a new hairstyle for picture day, not even that adorable…
  • Oh Baby! The First Haircut

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Photo Credit:Eline Visscher   Your child’s beginning years are filled with so many firsts, everything from first words and first steps to the first haircut. (And don’t they look so grown up after? Waaa!) Many of these firsts happen spontaneously, but a first haircut is one that you can (thankfully!) plan for and enjoy with the help of a few expert tips: - First of all, toss out the word “cut” since it likely holds a negative connotation in your child’s world. From now on, refer to it as a “trim” or “style.” - There’s no magical…
  • Let it Grow! Let it Grow!

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
     Photo Credit: Urban Angels There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about hair growth, and while we don’t know where they all originated (I’m looking at you, Grandma), we can break them down with some good, old-fashioned facts. Is it true that cutting hair will help it grow thicker and faster? The short is answer is no, there isn’t any scientific evidence to suggest that cutting hair makes it grow thicker or faster, but anecdotally, it really does seem like it helps! My theory is that by trimming or cleaning up the scraggly ends and providing a shape and style…
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  • Let’s Play Angry Birds Transformers

    Matt Purslow
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Angry Birds Transformers has been out on iOS a little while now, but it’s finally now coming to Android. Wes from Family Gamer TV is still playing, and thought this new release was the perfect excuse to make a new video showing off what you can do later on in the game. Take a look at him playing with Ultimate Megatron. Ultimate Megatron and Ultimate Optimus Prime are some of the most expensive characters in the game: you have to defeat 2500 piggies to gain enough money to buy them. But are they worth it? In this video you can see Wes take Ultimate Megatron for a spin, put some upgrades…
  • Horses and Redstone coming to Minecraft Xbox and PlayStation

    Matt Purslow
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Title Update 17 has been a long time coming for Minecraft Xbox 360, but it’s most certainly on its way, and you can get a quick glimpse of it here in these new screenshots from 4J Studios. Like the 1.6 update for the PC version a few months back, horses are a big part of this update. You can also catch sight of redstone and beacons in the screenshot, which means lots of lovely creative opportunities are coming to the Xbox 360 version very soon. This update is also being worked on for the Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PS Vita versions of the game too, so whatever platform you play on, some…
  • Costume Quest 2 jumps onto consoles today

    Matt Purslow
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Just in time for Halloween, trick-or-treat adventure Costume Quest 2 has released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 today. If you’ve never heard of it before, take a look at this amazing trailer to see what you’ve been missing out on! Costume Quest is an RPG with combat a bit like the Pokemon games. But instead of fighting with monsters, you dress up in different cool Halloween costumes that turn you into amazing heroes. By changing outfit, you can become a fearsome wizard, a huge clown, a powerful robot, or anything else you can think of! These super costumes will help you save…
  • Meet 30 new heroes and villains in LEGO Batman 3

    Matt Purslow
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Earlier this week we were quickly introduced to a new group of heroes and villains who will be starring in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Wes from Family Gamer TV has been taking a look at them and even more characters to bring you a super video to explain who’s who in the DC universe, and what to expect from them in the game. The game has so many different heroes and villains that even the most knowledgeable comic book fans may not have heard of all of them. That’s why we’ve got Wes on the case to take a look at them all, just incase you haven’t read the comics that…
  • Excitebike DLC coming to Mario Kart

    Matt Purslow
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Mario Kart 8’s first DLC pack is coming this November, and as well as including Link from Zelda, it will feature the Excitebike tracks just like the ones from the very first Mario Kart games on the NES. The Excitebike tracks and vehicles are just one part of the DLC though. Also in the pack will be F-Zero themed tracks, Yoshi Circuit, Wario’s Gold Mine, and new characters like Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach. For all the best Mario game stuff, check out the Mario channel. If you’re looking for some Mario Kart thrills, remember to check out the Mario Kart Cup competition videos! The…
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  • How to Use Instagram to Plan Your Next Party

    Jeff Stephens
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    I wanted to share a novel approach my family recently used for our Halloween Party. In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Instagram as the main communication channel for planning your next party. It was easy to use, quick to complete, and something new and fresh for those invited. Why Instagram? It’s important to leverage existing tools and social media channels whenever you can as they provide built in networks that have been established over … Continue reading → The post How to Use Instagram to Plan Your Next Party appeared first on .
  • CDL 030 – Bring Clarity Back to Your Twitter Feed

    Jeff Stephens
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The Twitter Feed Is your Twitter feed a mess? Do you constantly miss important tweets you want to see but they simply scroll by too fast? If you are like me, you probably find Twitter frustrating from time to time. While Twitter can be an amazing resource for interacting with people online and for growing a community, it can also be maddening when you are lost in the never-ending stream of tweets in your feed. … Continue reading → The post CDL 030 – Bring Clarity Back to Your Twitter Feed appeared first on .
  • CDL 029 – How to Recover from the Pitfalls of Taking Breaks

    Jeff Stephens
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    We all need breaks. If you aren’t incorporating breaks into your life, you need to. There are  a number of benefits you’ll realize when you take the time to simply step back. You may need to recharge your battery. You may want to focus on something else, something you truly love. You may want to sit on the beach and sip Coronas. I like that last one. But, with all the wonderful benefits of taking … Continue reading → The post CDL 029 – How to Recover from the Pitfalls of Taking Breaks appeared first on .
  • Life Lessons From the Top of an Egg McMuffin

    Jeff Stephens
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    This morning I was driving away from McDonald’s after picking up one of their breakfast combos. I don’t typically eat at McDonalds as I try to eat healthy but this morning just happened to be different. As I peeled back the wrapper on the Egg McMuffin, something terrible happened. I watched in semi-attentive horror (my eyes were on the road ya know!) as I saw the top of the Egg McMuffin fall from my hand. It … Continue reading → The post Life Lessons From the Top of an Egg McMuffin appeared first on .
  • CDL 028 – Using IFTTT to Jumpstart Your Productivity

    Jeff Stephens
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    If you’re like me, you probably have a load of things on your plate. You are constantly running around either for your kids or for your job. Finding time to complete some of those menial tasks is typically not possible. You find yourself forgetting or just skipping doing some of those items that are easiest to actually execute. On this week’s episode I dig into an awesome automation tool that you should check out to … Continue reading → The post CDL 028 – Using IFTTT to Jumpstart Your Productivity appeared first on .
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  • Parenting through Postpartum Depression

    Megan Cyrulewski
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION I remember the moment so vividly.  My ex-husband picked me up from the hospital, after a two-day admittance for an infection from my recent C-section.  We drove to my parents’ house to pick up my daughter, Madelyne.  My … read more The post Parenting through Postpartum Depression appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Children’s Cancer Society Virtual 5k!

    John Russo
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Society presents… “Give Neuroblastoma The Bird” Virtual 5K Runners and walkers anywhere in the world are invited! Simply complete 5K distance (3.11 miles) at any time between November 24th and November 29th. If you are already … read more The post Children’s Cancer Society Virtual 5k! appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Find a Food Truck in Your City

    John Russo
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    We LOVE food trucks. Take a great idea for food, make it mobile, and you’ve won our hearts. Generally these are local businesses, with a nice entrepreneurial spirit. They’re available for parties. Some have a regular spot. Some fly be … read more The post Find a Food Truck in Your City appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Lights On Afterschool Programs

    John Russo
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Communities around the country will rally for Afterschool Programs on October 23rd! New data shows huge unmet demand. America After 3PM surveyed parents across the country to examine how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m.—the hours after … read more The post Lights On Afterschool Programs appeared first on KidNimble.
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    Good Kids | Kids Stories

  • Vikram and Betal Stories – Showing the exceeding folly of many wise fools

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    The Betal resumed. Of all the learned Brahmans in the learnedest university of Gaur (Bengal) none was so celebrated as Vishnu Swami. He could write verse as well as prose in dead languages, not very correctly, but still, better than all his fellows–which constituted him a distinguished writer. He had history, theosophy, and the four Vedas of Scriptures at his fingers’ ends, he was skilled in the argute science of Nyasa or Disputation, his mind was a mine of Pauranic or cosmogonico-traditional lore, handed down from the ancient fathers to the modern fathers: and he had written…
  • Vikram and Betal Stories – Three men dispute about a woman

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    On the lovely banks of Jumna’s stream there was a city known as Dharmasthal–the Place of Duty; and therein dwelt a certain Brahman called Keshav. He was a very pious man, in the constant habit of performing penance and worship upon the river Sidi. He modelled his own clay images instead of buying them from others; he painted holy stones red at the top, and made to them offerings of flowers, fruit, water, sweetmeats, and fried peas. He had become a learned man somewhat late in life, having, until twenty years old, neglected his reading, and addicted himself to worshipping the…
  • Vikram and Betal Stories – Of the theif who laughed and wept

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Your majesty (quoth the demon, with unusual politeness), there is a country called Malaya, on the western coast of the land of Bharat–you see that I am particular in specifying the place–and in it was a city known as Chandrodaya, whose king was named Randhir. This Raja, like most others of his semi-deified order, had been in youth what is called a Sarva-rasi; that is, he ate and drank and listened to music, and looked at dancers and made love much more than he studied, reflected, prayed, or conversed with the wise. After the age of thirty he began to reform, and he brought such…
  • Akbar birbal Stories – Four Fools

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Once Akbar asked Birbal to bring four fools of the first order to him. He said – “It is not difficult because this world is full of fools. Birbal said – “OK” and asked some time to find them, which Akbar readily gave to him. Now Birbal started looking for fools. He was going somewhere that he saw a man carrying a large plate on which were kept some clothes, betel leaves and sweets. He looked like a fool to Birbal, so he asked him – “Where are you going to? And to whom you are carrying this?” The man replied – “My wife has remarried.
  • Akbar birbal Stories – Red Hot Test

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    One day, one man wanted to punish a man named Hasan. He accused him of stealing his necklace, and reported this theft in the police. The case was brought in the Judge’s court. Judge knew Hasan very well, and he also knew that he was not a thief. So he asked the man, “Why do you think that Hasan has stolen your necklace?” The man replied, “Your Honor, I have seen him stealing the necklace.” Hasan said, “I am innocent, Your Honor. I do not know anything about his necklace.” The man then said, “All right, if he is innocent, let him prove his…
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  • What's Your Favorite Pumpkin Recipe? #MomsCheckIn

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    I LOVE all the yummy food that comes with this time of year. Warm soups, fresh breads and lots of sweet treats featuring pumpkin. It's definitely my favorite time of year for so many reasons. This week, we're asking what's your favorite pumpkin recipe? Check out our favorite recipes below -- I'm sure you'll find lots of tasty inspiration. 
  • 12 Free Printable Recipe Cards

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll be dusting off those old recipes and swapping favorites with friends and family. Need a few new recipe cards? I’ve found some terrific free, printable recipe cards you’ll want to download! There’s a Mason jar shaped card (so cute!), vintage style recipe cards as well as cards with interesting designs and nice colors. I love the idea of the cookie swap recipe cards! Some of these downloads include a matching invitation, too. To keep you organized, there’s even the Matching Recipe Cards with Dividers and the Recipe Binder & Free…
  • 9 Paper Plate Halloween Crafts for Kids

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to stocking up on party supplies, it doesn’t get much easier than always having paper plates on hand! Here are some great ideas for paper plate Halloween crafts that you and your boys can do to create party decorations, like the paper plate ghost or bean wreath Halloween craft. The paper plate scarecrow is ideal for kindergarten or preschool boys. Wouldn’t that paper plate black cat make such a perfect party invitation? These Halloween paper plate crafts could even be used on the dessert table to serve up a slice of cake or a cupcake after the party gets started. The paper…
  • A Thrilling Super Hero Birthday Party

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Calling all parents of super hero-loving boys!  Come join this boy’s thrilling, super hero birthday party adventure by party-planning super mom, Keren of Keren Precel Events. Enzo's 4th birthday is full of super hero birthday party ideas any boy would be lucky to have.  Put your x-ray vision into practice by looking for exciting details like hero capes and real life super hero training and wonderful decorations. Plus, you won’t want to miss the 3-tier super cake or decorated cupcakes on the dessert table!  Kudos to Daniel Precel for the photography. See Also Your hero-loving son will…
  • Party Time Linky: Week 18

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to week 18 of the Party Time Linky! Halloween is in a few days and I am looking forward to seeing more of these great fall and Halloween parties, food, crafts, and DIY projects that make this time of year the best. Did you catch the Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll, DIY Glitter Pumpkin Stems, Saucy Chipotle Maple Baked Chicken Wings, Thankful Wood Art, and the Boo Halloween Party? They were just some of the great ideas linked up last week. Are you ready to get this week's party started?! See Also Party Time Linky Week 14 had lots of great ideas for autumn and Halloween. Did you catch Party…
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  • Halloween Detox – Family Music Style

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Bay Area Family Music Events Nov. 1-2 What’s the best way of keep your kids away from all that candy? By taking them out of the house and to great concerts, of course! Make them hyper from music not sugar. There are a bunch of wonderful events around the Bay Area this weekend, including family music star Justin Roberts and a couple of Dia de los Muertos celebrations in case you need another Halloween fix. Check out all the events in the interactive map below, or click “read more” for all the events sorted by day. Have a musical weekend!   Google Maps Plugin tweet…
  • Win a Brand New Makala Ukulele

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    You can win this beauty from Kala Brand Ukuleles by going to and following the instructions on the first post. Good luck! tweet     The post Win a Brand New Makala Ukulele appeared first on I Found Musik.
  • Special day tomorrow!

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    ‘nuf said     Guys, tomorrow we’ll be giving away something awesome, shiny, and blue! You really need to stop by here in the morning for details because you and your kids are going to want it.   tweet The post Special day tomorrow! appeared first on I Found Musik.
  • Scary good music

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Bay Area Family Music Events October 24-26       It’s the weekend before Halloween and the Bay Area is gearing up for some epic trick-or-treating. There are pumpkin festivals all over the place, with Andy Z (the hardest working man in family-music-show business) playing at roughly 90% of them. Check him out at the Blossom Halloween Festival in Palo Alto and the Music and Magic Show in Mill Valley.  If you’re not in a spooky mood, there is some great Classical music happening all over the place, including (my personal favorite) Appalachian Spring at Davies Symphony…
  • I Learned Ukulele with Laurie Berkner

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Big HUUUGE News   Guess which one is me and which one is Rebecca? So, you guys know that I’ve been learning the ukulele this year. It was my dream to learn a few songs to play for my kids. Then I thought, why not get somebody to teach me. Then I met another cool mom (Rebecca of Kids Can Groove) who shared my passion. Then we both had the crazy idea of asking the people who write our kids’ favorite songs to teach us. Next thing you know, we’re taking a lesson from Laurie Berkner of the Laurie Berkner Band (you’ve probably seen her on Sprout/Nick Jr. or heard her on…
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    Professor Egghead Science Academy - Kids Franchise

  • Cool Science Project #11 – Make Halloween Slime

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Learn how to make Halloween slime in this easy to follow DIY video, Enjoy! For more cool experiments visit our Cool Science Projects page. About The Academy: Professor Egghead Science Academy was founded in Los Angeles, in 2007. The Academy offers the coolest science and engineering after school programs, in school science workshops, science summer camps and kids science birthday parties! Franchise opportunities are available!
  • Cool Science Project #10 – Halloween Edition – Dry Ice

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Learn how to make some really cool foggy Halloween bubbles with the Professor Egghead team, in this video! For more cool experiments visit our Cool Science Projects page. About The Academy: Professor Egghead Science Academy was founded in Los Angeles, in 2007. The Academy offers the coolest science and engineering after school programs, in school science workshops, science summer camps and kids science birthday parties! Franchise opportunities...
  • Professor Egghead Named Up-and-Coming Franchise

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    “The education space has been recognized as an up and coming industry,” says Shaun Tuch, co-founder of Professor Egghead Science Academy, who notes that education is also recession-proof. Professor Egghead promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education through year-round programming. “We’re hoping to re-innovate science and engineering education for kids,” Tuch says. Because the franchise does not require a storefront, overhead costs are lower...
  • Cool Science Project #9 – Back to School Experiments Fox News

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Full story at: Do not try any of these experiments yourself. These experiments were performed with the help of trained professionals.   For more cool experiments visit our Cool Science Projects page. About The Academy: Professor Egghead Science Academy was founded in Los Angeles, in 2007. The Academy offers the coolest science and engineering after school programs, in school science workshops, science summer camps and kids...
  • Cool Science Project #8 – Coke mixed with Milk experiment

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    It is a reaction of the Phosphoric Acid contained in the coca cola to the milk. Milk contains the protein Casein. When mixed with an acid the protein binds that causes it to curdle. You will have the same effect when adding milk to anything acidic like lemons, vinegar, grapefruit etc. Phosphoric Acid molecules attach to the milk giving them more density and separate out...
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  • Bun Mee: Modern Twist on the Vietnamese Classic

    Lesly Simmons
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Last week Mia and I braved the Dreamforce crowds downtown to connect with our friend Leslie for lunch and the grand opening of the Neiman Marcus Last Call on Market St. If you're in the market for designer gear on a budget check it out (no kids stuff tho :( ) Neiman's was nuts, so we breezed through quickly and then went to Bun Mee for a quick lunch to go. The line was long but even starting out the door we were done and had our food in just over 10 minutes. I love banh mis and Bun Mee lived up to my expectations of a California-style version of the sandwich. Mia and I had the catfish…
  • Sweet Maple: Bacon Rich Brunch in Pacific Heights

    Lesly Simmons
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Sweet Maple's Dixie Bacon Years before we moved to San Francisco, Jole and I discovered Fred's Coffee Shop in Sausalito on the way to Napa for an anniversary trip. It was a magical start to our vacation. We broke bread and chatted with the other folks at our communal table, and of course the food was amazing. It was the perfect start for a day of wine tasting. When we moved to the West Coast we went to Fred's a few more times as a treat, and my mind blown to learn that Fred's has a sister restaurant in the city—Sweet Maple in Pacific Heights (the same folks also run the tiny and…
  • Auntie April's: Rise & Shine For Chicken & Waffles

    Lesly Simmons
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Breakfast can be a good choice when you want to eat out with kids. I've noticed my daughter is in good spirits and pretty calm earlier in the day, Daddy and I are fresh and rested, and there's coffee involved to keep the grownups going. But breakfast needs to be extra special to get us all out of the house first thing on a weekend. If your family is anything like mine, I suggest you round up the family and head to Auntie April's soon for a great reason get out of bed.We arrived after 9 am on a Saturday and mostly had the place to ourselves (by the time we left it was packed, so clearly we…
  • All Good Pizza: Shining Pizza and Patio in Bayview

    Lesly Simmons
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    SF is such a good food town, if you're making small talk and the conversation hits a lull, just ask someone where their favorite burger/burrito/pizza place is. From the staunchest vegan to the heartiest meat eater, everybody has one—and now I have a new entry in the game: All Good Pizza, a food truck in the Bayview turning out delicious pies on an awesome outdoor patio. I stumbled across All Good's al fresco patio with Mia one sunny afternoon shortly before closing time, and the set up just blew me away. I was only expecting a truck, but this is a full-on outdoor dining room in one of the…
  • Instacart: Ridiculously Easy Grocery Delivery

    Lesly Simmons
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Last month I took Mia with me on my first solo post-baby business trip. I had great reasons to take her to Boston for four days: mostly I didn't want to go without her, and she also got to meet a very dear friend and her son of the same age. Even better, my friend's nanny offered to watch her while I was working, so it was easy to say yes.  Even with all those pieces falling into place, I still had to take care of important baby logistics including managing her dairy allergy. We travel quite a bit with Mia and having the right food on hand keeps her comfy AND healthy when we're on the…
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  • 10 Trick-or-Treat Candy Alternatives

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Between parties and trick-or-treating, kids stock up on candy galore during the Halloween season. While most kids love it, it’s not the only thing that will put a smile on their little faces on Halloween! There are lots of  non-candy options that are perfect alternatives to all the sugary candy that you can give out to trick-or-treaters this weekend.   Here are ten of our favorite candy alternatives: 1. Plastic spiders 2. Stickers 3. Erasers 4. Pencils 5. Small bags of pretzels or cheese puffs. I’ve seen huge boxes at several local stores) 6. Vampire teeth 7. Glow…
  • A Parent’s Keeper

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I’m sure that you have heard the saying, “I am my brother’s keeper” which means to pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may build up another! During a recent grocery store run, I had a short conversation with a new parent and that conversation brought me a great deal of joy. This new dad was filled with so much happiness and compassion. We exchanged parenting phrases like: ·         Parenting is the best job ever. ·         It is a love that’s explainable. ·         We clean-up our kids with no problem and/or reservations…
  • Little Lady Fall Outfit Inspiration

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    We put together this cute fall outfit with a touch of edge, complete with coordinating Bear & Boo accessories to give you a little inspiration for your little lady. Moto jackets and denim are top trends this season and to keep your kiddo looking playful and age-appropriate, cute accessories are the perfect touch! Check out our Polyvore profile (here) for outfit details. The Darling Dottie Headband and Little Sunshine Bubble Necklace are from right here at Bear & Boo!   The post Little Lady Fall Outfit Inspiration appeared first on Bear & Boo.
  • Why I Do Crafts with My Kids

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    As a mom, there are so many activities and things that I like to do with my kids, but I feel like crafts are something that we get a lot out of. Let me first put it out there that I am not the most crafty person in the world and I don’t have the creativity to make up tons of fabulous things for my kids to do. I pull everything off of Pinterest for the most part and occasionally make some tweaks to simplify or fit the supplies I have on-hand. No matter what we’re doing though, whether it’s playdough or making monsters, I know we’re doing something that has more of an…
  • Bear-Inspired Kids Fall Fashion

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Today is the first day of school and while many parts of the country are still enjoying warm sunny days, fall weather is around the corner.  We put together this great fall look inspired by Bear to help get you ready to dress for the season. We picked up these great shoes at and they are affordable folks! $21.99 is a steal for brand-name kids shoes and these are even cuter in person than they are on the site. The boys bow tie is from our shop, HERE and is also super affordable. I found the cute hat on Etsy, but keep your eyes peeled for similar looks from Bear & Boo in the…
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