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  • Top 10 Children’s Fiction in August

    Kids Blog
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Best loved loans, quests and adventures are the name of the game! 1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney 2.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald 3.   Where’s Wally?  by Martin Handford, Martin 4.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord 5.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce, Lincoln 6.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh 7.   Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling 8.   The BFG by Roald Dahl, Roald 9.   Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 10. Puzzle holiday by Susannah Leigh
  • The Three Commandments of Writing a Picture Book

    Laura Backes
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Laura Backes Many beginners believe writing picture books are a breeze, but it requires a lot of skill to pack a story into a few words. If writing a picture book is your dream, here are some tips to consider before you begin:     1. Keep it simple. You should be able to sum up the plot of your picture book in three sentences. Not every detail, of course, but the broad strokes. Use one sentence for the beginning (naming your main character and the problem or conflict he’ll face in the story), one for the middle (describing the gist of the efforts your character makes to…
  • Learning rewires the brain

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Brain cells actually change shape as we learn. It’s one way we cement new knowledge. And much of the action happens as we sleep.
  • Animal Mandala Coloring Pages

    Animal Jr.
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A mandala is a circular picture, diagram or artwork that originated in Hindusim and Buddhism. Mandalas are created and decorated as a way to focus attention and center yourself. Today they are popular with both children and adults, and are used for meditation and art therapy – and fun! I enjoyed making these mandalas so much I am going to create a whole book of them. I DID create a whole book of them!!! SEE BELOW!!!! (Check out the giveaway, too! 10 free copies!) I hope you enjoy coloring them just as much as I did drawing them! Butterfly Mandala Coloring Page Tiger Mandala Coloring…
  • On the Fly: Adventures in Homeschooling Around the World

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    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kids VT contributor Jessica Lara Ticktin was finalizing plans to travel the world with her family — and to homeschool three daughters along the way — when she found out she was pregnant. The trip is still a go.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • The Three Commandments of Writing a Picture Book

    Laura Backes
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Laura Backes Many beginners believe writing picture books are a breeze, but it requires a lot of skill to pack a story into a few words. If writing a picture book is your dream, here are some tips to consider before you begin:     1. Keep it simple. You should be able to sum up the plot of your picture book in three sentences. Not every detail, of course, but the broad strokes. Use one sentence for the beginning (naming your main character and the problem or conflict he’ll face in the story), one for the middle (describing the gist of the efforts your character makes to…
  • writeforkids Interview: Newbery Winner Kate DiCamillo on Writing From the Heart

    Laura Backes
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    By Laura Backes interview by Anne Tews Schwab for writeforkids   (Paid subscriber to Children’s Book Insider? See the bottom of the post for bonus content!)     As she gracefully accepted her Newbery Medal on June 29, 2014, Ms. Kate DiCamillo spoke about her mother’s role in the creation of her award-winning book, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, and how her mother influenced the book in general and inspired the use of one word in specific.   The word? Capacious.   This is not a simple word. It is not a well known word. It is not a typical easy…
  • How to Change the World as a Children’s Book Writer

    Laura Backes
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    By Laura Backes At, we’ve talked about the revolution taking place in publishing today. No longer do you, as an children’s book writer, have to wait months (or years!) for an editor to dig your manuscript out of the slush pile, and decide whether or not it should be published. Now you have options. You have the power to manage the process on your own. You can educate yourself on the craft of writing, you can hire a freelance editor to help get that work into publishable form, and you can easily publish it electronically or even in print. You control the…
  • Lois Lowry on Her Writing Process — and the One Change She Would Make to The Giver.

    Jon Bard
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    By Jon Bard Over our 25 years publishing Children’s Book Insider, we’ve given readers, aspiring authors and lovers of children’s literature the opportunity to interact directly with some of their favorite writers. The result: a number of revealing conversations with some remarkable authors. Here’s what happened some years back when our subscribers had the chance to ask the great Lois Lowry about her career — and the one change she would make to The Giver!       A two time Newbery Award winner (for Number the Stars and The Giver), Lois Lowry is among the…
  • How to Accept Feedback on Your Writing

    Laura Backes
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    By Laura Backes Getting feedback, whether it’s from a writer’s group or a professional editor, is a crucial step in your journey to becoming a published author. In this video, writing coach Teresa tells you what to look for in a critique, how to handle constructive criticism, and how to work with an editor at a publishing house.     Teresa has a treasure trove of resources and products for writers at her website     This is a post from Read the original post: How to Accept Feedback on Your Writing
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    Animal Jr.

  • Animal Mandala Coloring Pages

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A mandala is a circular picture, diagram or artwork that originated in Hindusim and Buddhism. Mandalas are created and decorated as a way to focus attention and center yourself. Today they are popular with both children and adults, and are used for meditation and art therapy – and fun! I enjoyed making these mandalas so much I am going to create a whole book of them. I DID create a whole book of them!!! SEE BELOW!!!! (Check out the giveaway, too! 10 free copies!) I hope you enjoy coloring them just as much as I did drawing them! Butterfly Mandala Coloring Page Tiger Mandala Coloring…
  • Fall Coloring Pages: Autumn Animals

    26 Aug 2012 | 3:28 pm
    As much as I love summer, I am always happy when fall comes. This is my most creative and ‘domestic’ time of year, when I break out the knitting needles, sewing machine, paints and papers and let loose! This year I’m kicking off fall with a new embroidery sewing machine – I’ll be lucky if I get *any* blogging done with this new toy around! Fall is also exciting because November will mark our first full year online! Digging back into the archives, you’ll love these turkey coloring pages and this printable turkey mask! Fall Coloring Page - Scarecrow Fall…
  • Owl Coloring Pages

    10 Aug 2012 | 7:10 am
    I’m starting to get really excited about fall – this week I’ve been working on new fall content and it’s been so much fun to switch gears from summer stuff! Owls are definitely my favorite bird, and one of my favorite animals, too. These owl coloring pages for kids are great for both fall and Halloween coloring activities. Related Pages: Owl Crafts, Halloween Coloring Pages, Fall Coloring Pages Owl Coloring Pages Hunting Owl Coloring Page Night Owl Coloring Page Owl Art Coloring Page Realistic Owl and Baby Coloring Page Wise Owl Coloring Page Barn Owl Coloring Page…
  • New Years Coloring Pages: Funny Animals

    27 Dec 2011 | 7:59 am
    Wind down from the holidays with our New Years Coloring pages. These printable animals celebrating the new year are sure to keep your kids entertained and busy over Christmas break. You may also like our Chinese New Year coloring pages and printables, too! Rhino New Years Coloring Page Monkey New Years Coloring Page Lion New Years Coloring Page
  • Christmas Printables: Cartoon Reindeer Coloring Pages

    21 Dec 2011 | 10:26 am
    Grab these coloring pages of the perfect Christmas animal: Reindeer! We also have a whole bunch of other Christmas animal coloring pages. Print them out and keep the kids busy this December! Reindeer Wreath Coloring Page Beautiful Reindeer Coloring Page Baby Reindeer Coloring Page Silly Reindeer Coloring Page Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Coloring Page Santa and Rudolph Coloring Page Plus, check out these personalized Santa letters, or all of the Christmas coloring pages, crafts and activities from Woo! Jr. Network sites!
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  • On the Fly: Adventures in Homeschooling Around the World

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kids VT contributor Jessica Lara Ticktin was finalizing plans to travel the world with her family — and to homeschool three daughters along the way — when she found out she was pregnant. The trip is still a go.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • August's End: A Weekend Preview

    Alison Novak
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Just because school's back in session, doesn't mean the fun has to end. Warm weather lingers and fun events continue.  If you missed the Champlain Valley Fair last weekend, never fear.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • All's Fair: A Preview

    Alison Novak
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    The Champlain Valley Fair kicks off today and runs through the end of August. For many kids, it's one of the highlights of the year.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Out to Eat: South End Kitchen

    Alison Novak
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Going out to dinner with kids can be complicated. On more than one occasion, when our daughter and son were younger, my husband, Jeff, and I attempted to go out for a nice family meal and left the restaurant shaking our heads.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Want to Be a Better Dad?

    Megan James
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Registration is now open for the 2014 Vermont Fatherhood Conference, Thursday, September 25, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Statehouse in Montpelier. John Badalament (pictured), the program director for the Fatherhood Project at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the keynote speaker. You don't have to be a dad to attend this free day of workshops focused on strengthening the bond between fathers and their families; moms and other care providers are welcome. Workshops cover topics including "How to be a dad and play like a kid," domestic abuse and talking to your kids about tough topics. There's…
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    Kids Blog

  • New Non Fiction: Buzzing Bios and shaking it up with Shakespeare.

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. Well, that was certainly the case during William Shakespeare’s life. And who was William Shakespeare? Well, he was an English poet, playwright and actor who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. People all over the world have come to recognise the image of William Shakespeare and would heard of his plays, but what do we know about the man himself, or even what went on behind the scenes during the performance of his plays, or even who his…
  • Top 10 Children’s Fiction in August

    31 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Best loved loans, quests and adventures are the name of the game! 1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney 2.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald 3.   Where’s Wally?  by Martin Handford, Martin 4.   Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord 5.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce, Lincoln 6.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh 7.   Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling 8.   The BFG by Roald Dahl, Roald 9.   Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 10. Puzzle holiday by Susannah Leigh
  • Top 10 DVDs in August

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Looking or something to watch over the weekend? Here are the top 10 DVD favourites for August: 1.   My little pony, friendship is magic. 2.   Legends of Chima 3.   Strawberry Shortcake 4.   Dinosaur train 5.   Dino Dan 6.   SpongeBob SquarePants 7.   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 8.   The Garfield show 9.   Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu 10. Shaun the sheep  
  • Edward the Magician at Karori Library

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Edward the Magnificent came to Karori Library for a magic show a couple of weeks ago, and about 88 people were indeed amazed – there are still people talking about the card trick at the end! Thank you to everyone who braved the cold weather to come out that evening, we’re hoping Edward will come back in the future when he says he’ll have even more tricks to show you all – we will let you know!  
  • Old Hu-Hu by Churton Park school

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Everyone is sad when Old Hu-Hu dies, but little Hu-Hu-Tu is the saddest of all. Sad and confused. Where has Old Hu-Hu gone? Why isn’t he here? Hu-Hu-Tu asks his friends, but their answers are strange and confusing.  Hu-Hu-Tu is alone and inconsolable. But as the sun dawns on a new day, Hu-Hu-Tu reaches an understanding about Old Hu-Hu’s death. Hu-Hu-Tu realises he must live life to the fullest, just as Old-Hu-Hu would have wanted him to do. Right now you can find Hu-Hu-Tu  all set for  a new adventure at Johnsonville Library. He has been crafted by students at Churton Park…
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    Holy Meat Balls

  • Must Do’s For Home Improvement

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Home improvements are the simplest way to increase the value of your home while adding comfort and style. There are a few different things you need to take into account when deciding on a specific home improvement project. The article below has a number of ideas to help you start improving your home. There are times when only one little improvement can increase the value of your home. If you intend to put your home on the market in the near future, do a couple of quick projects to boost your home’s value. One example might be a new splash of paint on the interior and exterior. For just…
  • Better Meals In No Time!

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Many people dread mealtimes as they usually mean another unadventurous trip to the kitchen to place a ready meal in the microwave is required. Make things more interesting by acquiring new skills. Cooking is not only the way to get your nourishment; it can also be a fun experience that shows you something new every time you go about it. The article contains wonderful cooking tips to get you started. When storing your herbs and spices, they should be kept in a cool, dark spot. Humidity, heat and light can all cause flavors to weaken thus making your foods not able to obtain their potential.
  • How To Lose Weight So That You Can Look Great

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Once you make the decision to shed a few pounds, the next step is to come up with a plan to meet those goals. The advice in this article will have you looking and feeling good again in no time. Green Tea Green tea is a great item to add to your diet plan. Green tea shows metabolism boosting abilities and is a natural energy booster. Drink it in the morning before you workout. Have a journal to track your daily calorie intake. You can make better choices when you see what foods you tend to eat. A healthy diet does more than exercise ever will to take off the pounds and keep them off. In order…
  • The Most Important Tips And Advice For Pregnant Women

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Pregnancy is no joke. Not doing the right thing could injure or kill your baby, or cause it to have birth defects. When it comes to pregnancy, knowledge is power. The more you know about what to expect and how things work, the better you will feel and the more you can help yourself or another person feel comfortable about the whole situation. This article contains a selection of helpful pregnancy tips. Will you be having a baby in nine months? Do you want to breastfeed? Do you plan on doing so in public? Nursing clothing was designed with this in mind. There are places that sell outfits you…
  • Stop Struggling As A Parent With These Tips

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Raising A Child is a personal choice that many people decide to make for a variety of reasons. It can be a great experience, but it also comes with plenty of problems and difficulties that you may have questions about. No matter what their age, from toddler to teen, children each have an individual personality and usually have no trouble showing you how they feel. This article contains some tips on bringing up a child that will help you handle all of the surprises that come with the job. Make some space on your kitchen counter, set your child on a towel and run water over his hair and scalp.
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  • Animal Mandala Coloring Pages

    Wendy Piersall
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A mandala is a circular picture, diagram or artwork that originated in Hindusim and Buddhism. Mandalas are created and decorated as a way to focus attention and center yourself. Today they are popular with both children and adults, and are used for meditation and art therapy – and fun! I enjoyed making these mandalas so much I am going to create a whole book of them. I DID create a whole book of them!!! SEE BELOW!!!! (Check out the giveaway, too! 10 free copies!) I hope you enjoy coloring them just as much as I did drawing them! Butterfly Mandala Coloring Page Tiger Mandala Coloring…
  • Coloring Pages of My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks

    Wendy Piersall
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I noticed last week that the people behind the My Little Pony spinoff Equestria Girls are putting out a new movie called Rainbow Rocks. My kids are sadly a little too old for My Little Pony, which seemed to attract a whole new audience (and even a little street cred) with their Friendship is Magic show that started in 2010. The show – seemingly targeted to girls – actually has a small but loyal following of guys, who even have their own nickname, “Bronies”. The equestria girls are actually the My Little Pony characters that have crossed over into the human world and…
  • Ever After High Coloring Pages

    Wendy Piersall
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I drew the Monster High coloring pages several years ago and they remain one of the most popular coloring page sets on Woo! Jr. The Ever After High dolls come from the same creative bunch at Mattel – in fact some of the Ever After High characters are related to the Monster High characters. I started drawing these coloring pages many, many months ago, and I see that they have added quite a few characters to the web series since then. So if there are any characters you are really in love with and aren’t here, please leave a comment so that I can draw her/him for you! No promises on…
  • Make Play Binoculars with this Kids’ Craft

    Wendy Piersall
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    My little girl is obsessed with bugs.  OBSESSED.  I decided to encourage her love of the outdoors with a fun recycled craft.  These pretend binoculars are specifically for scoping out bugs, but there are lots of other fun things to look at, too. Besides butterflies, there are lots of bugs that aren’t as ‘scary’ as spiders or roaches. Have your kids look for ladybugs, pretty colored beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, honey bees, inchworms, or roly-poly potato bugs. Plus the best bugs of all – fireflies! What you need to craft play binoculars: Two toilet paper rolls…
  • Summer Worksheets for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    My kids are well into the last days of school for the year – and that means that I’m going to have three months of finding ways to keep my kids busy all day, every day. We started a tradition last summer of taking a ‘field trip’ every Friday, but that meant they needed lots of stuff to do Mondays through Thursdays. This year I have a whole room set up for crafts and have been working hard on putting together tons of printable activities that I know my kids will enjoy. I hope yours will, too! These summer printables would make a great activity packet to send home with…
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  • Back-to-School Olympics

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    An in-house Olympics is great fun for the entire family.
  • Marble Bowling

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In marble bowling, children must hit the target marble in a tense duel.
  • Summer Scrapbook

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Give summer a sensational send-off by making a book to preserve your warm-weather memories.
  • Word Chain

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Children can build their vocabulary with this game, which asks them to link their word to the previous person's word in the chain.
  • Guess My Number

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This number guessing game builds children's understanding of numbers' characteristics and meanings.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Pack Your Doll A Healthy Lunch!

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Karen here and I have been working towards getting my own kids to pack their own healthy lunches for school, today I wanted to share with you a fun way to make your dolls a healthy lunch as well. I found this doll sized Lunch Box at Micheal’s the craft store on sale for $2.50 and thought it would be fun to show you how I filled it. To make your own Doll Sized Healthy Lunch you will need: Sculpey or Premo Clay in red, green, orange, tan and dark brown Premo Sculpey Crinkle Cutters Sculpey Work and Bake Mat Sculpey Toll Set -* Have an Adult help you Pre Heat the Oven and to help with…
  • Doll of the Week – American Girl Rebecca

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Back by popular demand, but in a slightly different format, is our Doll of the Week series. It started out as a Doll of the Day series in February 2013 and I had a lot of fun doing the series, but it was a ton of work and took my time away from other types of posts. As a compromise the series is coming back and we are going to feature one doll each week. The dolls will not all be ours – the other Doll Diaries staff members are going to get in on the fun, too. Since American Girl Rebecca is the newest member of the Doll Diaries family, she gets to go first. THE BASICS ON REBECCA:…
  • Halloween Already? My Favorite Doll Inspired Costumes

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For most of us we are thinking about the first day of school, football season and pumpkin spice lattes, but did  you know that September 2nd is called “Orange Tuesday” because it marks the unofficial start of the Halloween shopping season. And today everything is 25% off at BuyCostumes with the code ORANGE25. Here are the costume themes I think are going to be the most popular this season for doll loving girls. I also like these themes because they can be used for everyday dress up, too! 1. FROZEN Frozen Deluxe Elsa Toddler / Child Costume No surprise there – I expect we…
  • 10 Back to School Crafts and Activities for Dolls

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A few of our readers have asked if we are going to do any back to school crafts for the dolls. We have done quite a few in the past so I have collected my 10 favorite back to school crafts and activities for dolls into one post for you. 1. Print and make doll sized folders and a school ID 2. Make a doll classroom backdrop 3. Printable school paper for dolls 4. Show your school spirit and make doll sized school posters 5. Make a school lunch tote for your dolls 6. Printable teacher letter and school schedule 7.  Make a doll school locker out of an American Girl doll box 8. Printable doll…
  • Photostory – An Afternoon on the Prairie

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    This is a guest photo story from Linda. It was a beautiful day on the prairie when Mary said ” Laura, get ready to go get potatoes for diner. It’s a surprise for Ma and Pa.” After Mary fixed baby Carrie’s bottle they were off. Mary was counting the potatoes when she asked Laura what she was going to put into the surprise. (Looks like Jack wants  some of baby Carrie’s bottle) Right then Laura got an idea.Ma had a vase with no flowers. She decided she she was going to pick flowers for Ma. “Laura! It’s getting late! Time to go!” Mary yelled.
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    Sports Girls Play

  • Athletes and Back to School: 8 Things Parents and Coaches Can Do To Make It Easier

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    If you’ve put off shopping for your summer sports wear until now, you have just hit the jackpot. The adidas Summer Sale is on and you can get up to 50% off of over 1,000 items! Running shoes, basketball gear, soccer cleats, swimwear—for men, women and kids—everything an athletic family needs to participate in a summer of activity. This sale lasts as long as the supplies, so don’t wait or before you know it, just like summer, the sale will be over.  This is just some of the items that are on sale – but $10 for a pink adidas heritage tee or $18 for a shorts set is a…
  • Free Printable Summer Camp Packing List

    5 Jun 2014 | 3:32 am
    I originally posted this list a few years ago, but it continues to be a very popular post, so I decided to give it a quick update – especially as we start getting my daughter packed for camp. Summer is here and I know there are athletes all over the country anticipating one thing… SUMMER CAMP!!  Many of the gymnasts at our gym go to week long overnight camps in the summer and I know one source of stress for many parents (and kids) is WHAT TO PACK!  Luckily one of the very experienced camp Moms from our gym was kind enough to share her master packing list with me to use as…
  • Hockey A Men’s Sport? Four Women Who Are Changing That Perception

    1 Jun 2014 | 6:25 am
    Hockey is mostly known as a sport for men only, but with the increasing interest of women, this is no longer the case. There is a long list of male hockey superstars and great teams but little attention has been brought to the growing eminence of female hockey. Since all the focus in the media right now is on the NHL and the playoffs, now is the perfect time to take a look at women’s hockey. Today the number of female hockey players and teams is increasing – below, you’ll find four female hockey players who are tearing up the ice: Julie Chu Playing in four straight Olympics and…
  • Talking with Dara Torres and Swim Today about The FUNNEST Sport – Swimming

    5 May 2014 | 9:24 am
    If you ask kids what the FUNNEST sport is, you will get a lot of different answers – from soccer, to gymnastics, softball and everything else in between. Not a lot of them will raise their hand and say swimming. But if you ask the question a different way, like “what is the best part about summer?” I bet almost all of them will say SWIMMING and going to the pool. First, from the press release:  Ten industry partners, including USA Swimming, are collaborating on a summer-long campaign called SwimToday, led by five-time Olympian and 12-time medalist, Dara Torres. Launching…
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  • August light

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    This one's from two Augusts ago.AThe days fade quickly now--in three weeks we'll have an hour less sunlight gracing us than today.We will assault children with a sterile view of science, reduced to a method and streams of vocabulary, "ideas" we can test.The sun slides south without notice as we huddle under the subtle, damning hum of fluorescent lights, each one filled with vaporized mercury, coated with phosphor, a steam punk amalgamation of  early 20th century technology and vision.We talk little of either, the sun or the hum, the light of our lives.***Here's the heart of biology:…
  • Why teach biology?

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Wheat grown on our classroom windowsill.Right now you are making water, the real stuff, not some abstraction, from the oxygen you breathed in just moments ago combining with protons and electrons stripped from the the peanut and butter sandwich you ate.You are breathing in oxygen stripped from water molecules broken apart by the dandelions you tried to poison with Round Up two months ago. Your food was alive not so long ago--even a Twinkie came from a plant.Biology is mandatory in public schools in New Jersey. Mandatory anything is rarely a good thing, and mandatory what-passes-for-science in…
  • First Day of Biology

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I chased killifish today with a woman who once had a career studying them professionally, her husband who teaches math, and their daughter. We had no net, and despite various strategies and plenty of opportunity, we caught none.This was not an abstract exerciseThe reason I wanted to catch one was because I learned today that killifish talk in frequencies that most humans can hear. They will chirp at each other when stranded in tide pools. This is the kind of thing that makes biology more interesting to me than comets. Comets are cool, but killies live in my neighborhood.Killifish are not…
  • Seeding time

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    The plants know.The lengthening shadows trigger the cilantro, basil, and dill to throw their energies into making seeds for next year, motes of hope, pockets of life that will lie on the hard, cold ground in January. In just days, vibrant green beings fade to oeuvres of ochre. Every August I collect seeds--some to eat, some to sow next spring, some that will sit in plastic bags, forgotten for a year or two, until I stumble upon them again.A few, though, will be planted in September by my students, many of whom have never planted anything before. The seedlings will emerge along the window sill…
  • Dear (White) Teachers, revisited

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you want a handle on all this, read Jose Vilson's This Is Not A Test.A couple of days ago I was asked by Valerie Strauss if she could share my previous post with a link back, and I said sure, while joking to Leslie that we better be ready for a brick through the window.It has not been my most read piece by a long shot, but it has hit a nerve, as it was meant to, but not the right one.Part of the problem of removing a blog post from its crib is that it loses context. The WaPo article uses a different photo than I did--leading off a post meant to push the discussion of race with a young man…
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  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm Family Farm Feast

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Our dear friends were in town for a few days last week. We celebrated their final evening in Maine at the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Family Farm Feast. The Freeport-based, farm-to-table dinner featured local fare from two of our favorite restaurants, Gather and Frontier, plus music from North of Nashville. We loved the idea of a farm dinner devoted to families, and couldn’t wait to see what was in store. The farm-to-table event is located just past the entrance to Wolfe’s Necks Woods State Park. There are lush fields of high grass and beautiful views of the sky. North of Nashville…
  • Birth Roots and Sandsations

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    MP recently met with Leah Deragon, the director of Birth Roots—a Portland-based program designed to assist parents before and after their child’s birth. Leah and her team offer supportive classes, facilitated discussion, and more valuable resources to moms and dads in their cozy space on State Street. Leah and a staffer discuss plans for the day. Birth Roots is designed to be all-inclusive, meaning no matter the parenting style, everyone is welcome to participate in peer discussions. “There is a diversity of parenting philosophies,” Leah says, “and facilitated discussion helps moms…
  • Homemade Lemon Sherbet

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Last summer, MP purchased a Krups Ice Cream Maker for the kids. Our family loves ice cream and the idea of making it at home together made La Glaciere worth the splurge. We’ve experimented with different variations of vanilla, adding fresh strawberries or mint dark chocolate pieces. It wasn’t until we came across this simple recipe for Lemon Sherbet in Yankee Magazine that we were inspired to try a new frozen treat. Store-bought sherbet is usually a frozen mixture of sweetened fruit juice and water, but this recipe takes sherbet to another level with the addition of farm fresh…
  • Bresca & the Honey Bee on Outlet Beach

    2 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Bresca was MP’s favorite restaurant in Portland—the creative menu, the wine selection, Krista Desjarlais’ incredible desserts, and the cozy bistro atmosphere made it MP and DP’s go to place for an adult night out. When Desjarlais decided to close Bresca in May 2013, MP’s disappointment was buoyed when she learned the chef had decided to renovate a snack shack at Outlet Beach on Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester. While there would be no more quiet wine dinners at the Portland location, now our whole family could enjoy Desjarlais’ delicious food, and a day at the lake.
  • Maine Artisan Bread Fair and a Giveaway for Bakers

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    MP would travel anywhere in Maine for good bread. This Saturday, the Maine Grain Alliance is hosting its annual bread fair with over 60 food vendors from across New England. Even though Skowhegan is an hour-plus drive, the promise of skilled bakers offering wood-fired pizza, decadent pastries, and crusty baguettes is enough for MP to get the family in the car and go. If the promise of delicious breads and pastries weren’t enough, then all of the other fun events are certainly enticing. The talented folks at King Arthur Flour will be on hand to discuss their best baking tips. You’ll also…
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    Playground Confidential

  • So last night was a shit show

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    I only got half my Labour Day to do list completed. But that’s to be expected. The kids took forever going to sleep. That’s also to be expected. And the new lunch containers I bought are too big to fit in a standard lunch box. That one was a nice surprise. BUT, I did find ... [Read more...]The post So last night was a shit show appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Panic! Your last-minute guide to back-to-school

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Summer is a season of contradictions for me. By May, I can barely wait for to indulge in lazy mornings and late nights with the kids. I entertain visions of far-flung picnics and afternoons at the pool. I imagine days whiled away at our neighbourhood park, an abundance of fresh local produce, and quick meals ... [Read more...]The post Panic! Your last-minute guide to back-to-school appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Paradise on the beach, Port Stanley edition

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    With thanks to the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation for our wonderful stay in Port Stanley. We stopped to watch Ontario’s oldest draw bridge lift up at the mouth of Kettle Creek, allowing a few sail boats to set off into Lake Erie for the day. We trailed behind the boats on foot, enjoying the picturesque ... [Read more...]The post Paradise on the beach, Port Stanley edition appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    CoolHunter RSS Feed

  • Start Paying Attention To The Design of The Office

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In our working lives, we are in many ways still stuck in the age of the Industrial Revolution. When the masses worked in factories, the office support personnel worked the same hours, or at least “regular working hours” and commuted daily to central offices. Perhaps there was a sense that all workers needed to be under the watchful eye of the Master and therefore they needed to gather in one place to be supervised, like kids in school? Are we not past that phase? We are challenging every single person to take responsibility for his or her own working environment. Let’s stop…
  • St Cecilia Restaurant - Atlanta

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Texas-born, Atlanta-based chef-turned-restaurateur, Ford Fry, continues to enrich Atlanta’s dining offering. Earlier this year, his Rocket Farm restaurant group opened its fifth restaurant, St. Cecilia, in The Pinnacle building in Buckhead, in the space previously occupied by Bluepointe. To design the establishment that has room for nearly 200 in total, Fry selected Meyer Davis Studio of New York, established in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis. Fry has used the same studio for his King + Duke restaurant. Meyer Davis’s work on prestigious retail…
  • Trocadero Apartment by Francois Champsaur

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are not quite sure how long we can stand feeling this envious but, for now, our envy is directed sharply at the owners of the gorgeous 500-square-meter (5,382 sq.ft) Parisian property, recently overhauled by designer François Champsaur. The Marseilles-born, Paris-based designer was faced with a double challenge. The family has owned this apartment for generations, yet Champsaur’s brief was to make it “unrecognisable,” as he is quoted as saying in a magazine article. Also, the apartment is located in the Trocadéro neighbourhood with views of the Eiffel Tower…
  • Samovar Tea Bar - San Francisco

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although there is not a samovar in sight – neither anything resembling the ornate boiler of tea water - the two-month-old Samovar tea bar in The Mission area of San Francisco is most decidedly dedicated to tea. This is the fourth Samovar in owner Jesse Jacobs’ little empire (the other three are also in San Francisco), and clearly different from the others which are more traditional tea houses. The Mission Samovar is a feast for the eyes and soul in its fine minimalist balance. What is NOT there makes this altar of tea-time contemplation so incredibly beautiful. The antidote to the…
  • Science Cafe Library by Anna Wigandt

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A science and engineering museum’s café project inspired interior designer and photographer Anna Wigandt to create a cool space for enjoyment and study, but she also invented a few products of her own. The Science Cafe & Library is located in Wigandt’s home town, Chişinău (formerly known as Kishinev), the capital city of Moldova on the river Bîc. The main features of the self-serve café and library are the jigsaw-puzzle table and the book displays. The table’s inspiration, according to Wigandt, was German astronomer Johannes Kepler’s 1596…
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • 12+ Fun After School Snack Ideas for Kids

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    My son’s been back in school for a couple weeks now! When he was younger I always enjoyed making fun themed after school snacks for him. That’s why I’m creating this list of fun after school snack ideas for kids for my sponsored collection for the Foodie Contributor program this month. You can check out... Continue Reading...The post 12+ Fun After School Snack Ideas for Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Enter To Win Sol Republic Tracks Air Headphones ~Spa4Ma

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I’m super excited to participat in the 4th annual Spa for Ma Giveaway Hop hosted by Measuring Flower and Homemaking Hacks! I have teamed up with some incredible bloggers to bring you prizes that help mom to get some much awaited R&R after the kids head back to school! I’ve also got a pair of... Continue Reading...The post Enter To Win Sol Republic Tracks Air Headphones ~Spa4Ma appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 5 Back To School Rules For Keeping The Summer Going

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    I’m a Popsicle® ambassador, all opinions are my own. Can you believe the kids are going back to school already? It seems like my son just got out of school, now it’s back to short evenings with plenty of homework while we’re running round every night. But summer is not over yet, and we’re not... Continue Reading...The post 5 Back To School Rules For Keeping The Summer Going appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Toys at Walmart

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Disney and Walmart partnered with bloggers such as me for their program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. Disney and Walmart believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their... Continue Reading...The post Guardians of the Galaxy Toys at Walmart appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Fighting Tough Football Stains With Biz

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    This post brought to you by Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator. All opinions are 100% mine. It's football season! My son plays high school football, and this time of year that means plenty of sweaty, stinky and dirt stained clothes! The worst part is, sometimes he'll leave his dirty sweaty clothes in his sports locker... Continue Reading...The post Fighting Tough Football Stains With Biz appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • First Day of Work

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today marks my 8th “first day of work” after summer break at Music Therapy Connections, but this year is different. I have a new office, studio, and coworker, so it almost feels like I’m starting a brand-new job. Luckily, I’ll be surrounded by the familiar faces of my clients and their families; a girl can only handle so much change at once. It’s always an adjustment, going back to a regular jam-packed schedule after a low-key summer. Having only worked 4 days a week, and for only a few hours each day, returning to my full client load this week will be a bit of a…
  • A Fresh Look for Fall

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a season of change for my private practice. What started as a tiny little side hustle for me back in 2007 has blossomed into a full-time business for not one, but TWO music therapists. I couldn’t be happier to have Katey Kratz as a partner in what is now Music Therapy Connections, LLC. Along with our new name, partnership, and location, it was only fitting to update our look as well. My father-in-law graciously offered his photography services, and our new photos make this whole venture feel officially official! Over the course of this month, I’ll be busy updating our…
  • “Back to School” Roundup

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m not sure how it happened, but yet another summer has slipped away and a new school year has begun. My Facebook newsfeed is full of back-to-school photos (which I love, just to be clear…as long as I don’t have to think about my child going off to school anytime soon!) and we’re gearing up for our fall session at Music Therapy Connections. For most kiddos, the transition into the school year can be challenging: they have to get up early, establish a routine, work hard all day, and spend lots of time making social interactions (which is much harder for some children…
  • Welcome to the World

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fun fact: It was my mom, not me, who wrote the first song dedicated to my son Parker after he was born last summer. She would sing it to him every time she came over to see him, and now we all sing “The Parker Song”. It took a couple of months for the fog to clear my new mom brain, but once it did, I was inspired by Parker to do some serious songwriting. The first song that came out of my creative burst was Welcome to the World, which came at the perfect time since so many of my friends were bringing home new babies. Ever since, I’ve been recording versions of this song as…
  • Coming Soon: A New Online CMTE Course

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m knee-deep in content creation for my new CMTE course — Early Childhood Programs: Create, Market, Make Music! — and I can’t wait to share it with you in a few weeks. In the meantime, I put together this little promo featuring some of my most recent “students” in our Listen & Learn for Little Ones class. Creating a new group, class or program can be overwhelming, but it can also be extremely rewarding — especially when the end result is helping young children learn and grow through music. This 3-hour CMTE course will guide you through the entire…
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    Artful Adventures

  • 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! ]]
  • Introducing Snappets

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    A few of you may have seen these around the internet recently, as the inventor, Zachary Opaskar has been trying to raise funds via a Kickstarter project, to put them into full production, so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creative Activities with the Kaleidograph

    22 Jun 2014 | 2:27 pm
    One of the newest additions to Artful Kids is the Kaleidograph. For those of you who haven’t come across this before, the Kaleidograph is a pattern making toy which is very simple in it’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Music Videos DVD Giveaway: Rockalingua

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    At Spanish Playground, we are big fans of Rockalingua. We are happy that their great songs are now available on a new DVD of Spanish music videos. This DVD has 13 excellent music videos with songs that kids will love. You can learn more about the music videos and other Spanish learning materials on the Rockalingua website. Enter below to win this great DVD! The giveaway will run through Sept. 9th. Features of Rockalingua Spanish Music Videos The images correspond to the lyrics to create comprehensible input. A contemporary sound appeals to kids. The songs teach vocabulary and structures…
  • Quick Activities for Kids Learning Spanish

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It is Friday and time for the Friday Five! These activities are for kids learning Spanish, and they take little or no preparation. Kids will hear and speak Spanish as they play games, listen to a story or do a craft. So, add a little Spanish to your weekend or the week to come with these ideas for kids learning Spanish. Check out the rest of the Friday Five series! 1. Listen to and sing this song with school vocabulary from Rockalingua. There is a lyric sheet with drawings to reinforce the meaning of the words.  Kids learning Spanish at school will be familiar with much of this vocabulary.
  • Spanish Classroom Vocabulary Picture Search

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Kids love to search for things! This back-to-school picture search is an easy way for kids to practice Spanish classroom vocabulary. Use the link below to print the full page Spanish classroom vocabulary search. Spanish Classroom Vocabulary Classroom Picture Search – Full Page Printable There are different ways to use this Spanish classroom vocabulary picture search. Try these activities: With young Spanish learners, look for the items together and count as you find them. Be sure to use the Spanish classroom vocabulary words as you look and count. This is a good activity for modeling…
  • Multicultural Books: Read Around the World

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I am sharing Miguel ayuda en la oficina de la pediatra as a part of the Read Around the World Summer Reading Series. The series is sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs. It is an opportunity to discover wonderful children’s literature and share our favorite multicultural books with other parents and teachers. Earlier this summer I shared Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina as a part of the same series. Miguel ayuda en la oficina de la pediatra, like the other stories from Libros Arellano, was written by Marianne Arellano Pazos, a bilingual second generation…
  • How to Find Children’s Books in Spanish in One Easy Step

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Finding quality children’s books in Spanish is a challenge. Searching online stores can be frustrating because often the books are out of stock, very expensive or translations of English stories. Over the years, I have found that the easiest way to find Spanish language books is to search online stores by publisher. Major Spanish-language publishers have titles available on web sites like Amazon, Better World Books and Barnes & Noble. These publishers are a reliable source of quality books in Spanish. Many of the books will be Spanish language originals, although these publishers…
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • Silly Playdough Faces

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    These silly play dough faces are a fun activity for kids.  To make these fun "monster guys" as my son calls them, here's what you'll need:PlaydoughGooglie eyesChenille pipe cleaners, cut into fourthsToothpicksPush the playdough flat or smush it into a ball. Add chenille pipe cleaners for hair, googlies for the eyes, and carve out a mouth using a toothpick or form one with pipe cleaners.
  • Easy Cilantro Chicken and Ranch Lettuce Wraps

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Maybe it's the end of summer and the back-to-school schedule that has me hungering for meals with fresh ingredients without a bunch of work. Sometimes, I'll walk the produce section at the grocery store and pick up whatever sounds good at the time, cut it up, throw it together and add a simple vinaigrette and that's dinner - or lunch. Since I had just had salad the night before, I decided to make these easy cilantro chicken lettuce wraps.                                         …
  • Easy Back to School Shopping: Give Back to your School with Schoola #clothes4schools

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Back to School time is here! We have just a few days before school starts. My daughter is especially looking forward to school. She's already talking about seeing her friends, starting a new grade, and what she will wear on her first day of school. We homeschool through a charter school, so she will be going to school a few days a week to have a "traditional" school experience. Her actual first day in the classroom will be a bit later. She told me recently, that sometimes it's hard to know what tops and bottoms go together because she keeps them separate in her closet and dresser. So together…
  • Shredded Chicken Sandwich On A Pretzel Bun With Homemade Honey Mustard

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    What's not to love about soft pretzel rolls, really? While I'd love to try to make homemade mini soft pretzel rolls, I'm so glad Costco has them! To make a shredded chicken sandwich on a mini pretzel bun with homemade honey mustard, you'll need:1 pretzel bun, cut in half2-3 oz. Shredded chicken (or favorite meat)1 slice of tomato1 leaf romaine lettuce1 slice of colby jack cheese (or your favorite)homemade honey mustardLayer chicken, tomato, lettuce, cheese, honey mustard together on the mini pretzel roll....yum! Is it time for lunch yet? Making your own honey mustard sauce is so easy. Here's…
  • Art is an Adventure!

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Art and creativity are very near to my heart. Growing up, I expressed myself creatively in a variety of ways. Some of which still give me a little giggle. When I was very young, I would dance and sing to heart’s content, giving performances to anyone and everyone who would listen. As I got older, I loved writing, acting, and theatre. Since having kids, I have loved children’s crafts, exploring creativity with food and more. One common thread and life lesson woven throughout my lifelong artistic experiences was that putting yourself out there artistically requires a certain…
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    Red Tricycle

  • 6 Fitness Classes You Can Bring Your Kid To

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Pregnancy came with some sweet benefits. We’re talking justifiable Dairy Queen splurges and late-night leftover pizza binges. Now you’re ready to pretend it never happened, but between naps, diaper changes and mealtimes, when do you fit in fitness? When you can bring baby with you, that’s when. Click through our album to find six group exercise classes that welcome your child, too. x Have you tried a mommy-and-me fitness class? Tell everyone about it in the Comments! — Elisa Drake
  • Raising a Reader: Our Favorite Independent Bookstores

    Gabby Cullen
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nothing piques their curiosity like scanning shelves upon shelves of books written just for them. The internet may be quick and easy, but buying books online doesn’t come with storytime, a museum made up of props from their favorite tales, or a corner full of toys. So next time you’re in need of a new title (for you or your little literati) pop into one of the the Bay Area’s best independent bookstores—we bet you’ll find a whole lot more than just a good read.
  • 16 Signs You’re a D.C. Parent

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Being a mommy or daddy is a one-of-a-kind experience, especially in D.C. where families from across the globe come to set up roots. But there are some overarching—often hilarious—truths about parenting in The District (i.e. the year-long waitlists for preschool, the cupcake wars—one kid wants Georgetown and the other wants Sprinkles, and how your little one learned some of their colors by studying the metro map). Read on for the 15 signs you’re a DC parent, and then let us know in the comments section below which signs ring true for you. #1 A trip to the Mall involves museums,…
  • 6 Local Food Bloggers You’ll Love

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Hectic schedules and picky palates make weeknight dinners a one-two punch. Which is why we’re always on the hunt for new recipes that adults and kiddos both proclaim a total knockout. These six local food bloggers are the women we turn to again and again for inspiration. Bookmark them now and thank yourself later, when you’re utterly fed up with chicken fingers and maxed out on mac ‘n’ cheese. Click through for a taste of them all. Did we miss your favorite food blogger? Shout them out in the comments!  —Jasmine Moir    
  • Kindie Rock Concerts to Get Pumped Up For

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Just because you’ve put away your beach towel and flip flops doesn’t mean the fun is over. In fact, you’re going to hear the good times rolling, loud and clear, all autumn long. That’s because kindie rock concerts are kicking into high gear — and many of them are free! Here’s what you need to check out this month and beyond. photo: ScribbleMonster ScribbleMonster This is a play-along rock concert for the whole family. Like all great rock shows, ScribbleMonster’s joyful gigs get crowds up, moving and singing along. In fact, the goofier you act, the better! The…
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  • Earth’s Protective Gear – Ozone Layer

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User neFrankie Robertomo,via CC Have you noticed people wearing large hats and sunglasses to protect themselves from the sun? Many people often carry umbrellas to shade themselves. The white face paint cricketers paint their faces with, isn’t just out of style. That’s sunscreen! Sportsmen cover their faces with sunscreen before they step out to play. Why do we need protection from the sun? Isn’t sunshine good for us? Well, yes mostly. But there are some ultraviolet rays that the sun radiates that are not good for us at all. These ultraviolet rays from…
  • The Ebola Outbreak

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User NIAID,via CC There is a lot of news about the deadly virus Ebola that is highly contagious. According to WHO ( World Health Organisation), this virus has attacked around 1600 people so far in West Africa. The affected countries are Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Two US health workers are being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Can you get infected? Yes, you can but only if you travel to any of these countries and comes in close contact with the infected people. Otherwise you are safe for now. Every country is issuing a travel warning to…
  • The Grand Canyon

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Wolfgang Staudt, via CC Have you ever seen a deep valley with steep rock sides and a stream or river flowing through it? That’s  a canyon! Grand Canyon, as the name suggests, is a mighty canyon in the state of Arizona, US. The grand canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, around 18 miles (29 km) wide and around 1 mile deep. To give you an idea of how huge it is, if Grand canyon were flat and you were driving through at a speed of 60km per hour, you would take over 7 hrs to cross it! Image Credit: Flickr User Grand Canyon National Park, via CC But the grandness…
  • Tick Tock Tick Tock – The Clock

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User bigpresh,via CC Time is forever and it keeps moving. But, when was the first time that humans thought of measuring time? Almost 7000yrs ago, the Hindus (Aryan Civilization) gazed at the sky and measured the time by looking at the position of stars or the Sun. The Egyptians thought of measuring time 6000 years ago. They used sundials or Solar clocks ( eco-friendly huh!) based on the meridian line which represents the north to south direction of a place. This line is determined by the shortest shadow cast by a vertical arm on the background lit by the sun. The meridian…
  • Gnawing Beavers

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    ( Srishti, 8, tells us a few interesting facts about beavers ) Image Credit: Fickr User ingridtaylar,via CC Do you know what castor canadensis are? They are beavers! Beavers are the largest rodent in U.S.A.but are the second biggest rodents in the world. Their scientific name is castor canadensis. Their lifespan is up to 24 years. It is a mammal, not a reptile. A beaver weighs about 60 lbs and is 2-3 feet. Some of their adaptions are that they are great swimmers and they can hold their breath for 15 minutes. Beavers can even shut their nose and ears. Transparent inner eyelids cover…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • 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…
  • How Free Blogs For Kids Are Changing The Classroom

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Free blogs for kids are being used in many classrooms. This educational tool is a great way to get children to improve their writing skills. You should consider introducing this tool in your classroom if you need to motivate your students when it comes to writing. Many students do not put much time and effort into their writing because they get the impression that their work is not important. It can be difficult to motivate your students if you are the only person who will ever see their work. Getting the possibility to…
  • The Importance Of Creative Writing Programs For Kids

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more People often say that reading is fundamental and they are exactly right. You cannot do anything with your life without the ability to read. Reading isn’t just fundamental to education, it fundamental to life. While we all understand why reading is so important, I believe that we overlook the need for good writers. When I was in college, the state made it mandatory for all students to pass a statewide writing test. Normally a student takes this test their freshman year of college, I put it off until senior year. Once…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • The Sunday Showcase – Early Reading Activities

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring Early Reading Activities for Kids.  This Reading Mama creates Word Bump! an interactive spelling game. Living Montessori Now shares activities using Montessori Services language objects. The manipulatives are such a fun way to practice language and reading skills. Mom Inspired Life shows us a move around the letter game. [...]
  • LEGO JUNIORS Inspires Young Makers

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    My son has been a long time LEGO fan starting with DUPLO when he was 2. Last year he moved up to regular LEGO {although the DUPLO blocks still see some action.}. We bought mostly LEGO bricks that allowed for complete freedom and creativity. They came with suggestions of how to build things, but my [...]
  • Fall Science Activities

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Fall is just around the corner. Are you ready for the change in seasons? Here are 13 fall science activities that are perfect for this time of year. Apple Science Talk about the changing seasons with The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree. Head outside for an apple tree investigation. Find out if your apples are [...]
  • 5 Science Experiments with Paper Towels

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to Viva® Vantage Paper Towels and Walmart for sponsoring today’s post. Not only can you buy Viva® Vantage Paper Towels for cleaning up tough messes, but you can also use them for science experiments. Try these 5 experiments with paper towels! 5 Science Experiments with Paper Towels 1) Stretch Test - Viva® Vantage Paper Towels pride themselves on [...]
  • Layering Liquids Density Experiment

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Learning about density is great fun for kids. This layering liquids density experiment is fun and tasty! Give it a try. Layering Liquids Density Experiment We have done this density experiment before with our saltwater density investigation. Today we’re changing it up a bit. Instead of using saltwater, we are using sugar water. And to make [...]
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  • Simple Sketchbook Prompt to Kick off the Day

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Today I have a fun and simple sketchbook prompt for you. This one is for all of my tinkersketch friends, new and old. I’ve been trying to make a habit of getting up before the kids so that I can have a little time to breathe before the day begins. A few weeks ago I picked up these new Canson Mixed Media journals (Amazon affiliate link), found on sale at Michael’s,and I was eager to give them a try. I started with made a random assortment of circles on my paper by tracing the inside of a tape roll. So easy, right? I was inspired by this zentangle post from Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Back to School Supply Deals

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    With kids going back to school this week and in the upcoming weeks, school supplies are on sale. Hooray! This can be a good time to stock up on all the goodies you’ll need to carry you through the year. We often shop at our favorite local drug store for supplies, but there’s nothing like the convenience of ordering from home. I combed through Amazon (this post contains affiliate links) for the best back to school supply deals, and compiled a list of some of our favorite supplies and reader recommendations. This list contains lots of amazing deals. While I was pulling this post…
  • TinkerLab Approved: Obstacles Game by eeBoo

    9 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    Obstacles: A Game of Imaginative Solutions by eeBoo is  one of my family’s very favorite games, and I’ve been planning this review for some time. In this game, players take a journey along a path that’s riddled with wild obstacles (blizzard, waterfall, cave, etc.) and must overcome them from an array of unusual tools (siren, jack-in-the-box, propeller hat, etc.). The solutions are often unexpected as this game pushes players to come up with innovative and creative solutions. As a collaborative game, it’s designed so that everyone can work together to come up with…
  • TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Today we’re joined by Librarian and Information Specialist, Shannon Hyman, of Kaechele Elementary School in Virginia who’s here to share her school’s TinkerSpace with us. Shannon’s school library is one of many around the world that are now weaving making and creating into the library learning environment. With the rise of STEM and STEAM in school curricula, bringing maker spaces into schools is a growing trend that I’m excited to see on the rise. Can you tell us about your library? Our Library Learning Commons (LLC) is a large, flexibly designed space where…
  • Creative Challenge #12 | Cupcake Liner

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    August has arrived and we’re ready to see what you’re making with cupcake liners! I can’t believe that this is our 12th Creative Challenge — man-oh-man! I announced this newest challenge in this post where you can get all the details. And if you’d like to see ALL of the past creative challenges, you can find them here. Catch the Creative Challenge on Pinterest Pop over to our Cupcake Liner Pinterest Board for more cupcake liner inspiration. I’ll be pinning your ideas to our board! Add Your Cupcake Liner Project Okay — do you have a CUPCAKE LINER…
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    it's BABY time!

  • How to Shed the Baby Weight Naturally

    Carol Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When you’ve carried a baby, your body naturally goes through some serious physical changes. I’m not just talking about the extra pounds; your hips also expand as your body made room to carry a human being. You may not ever fit back into your favorite skinny jeans and that’s OK. Within time, your body will resume its pre-pregnancy proportions as your uterus shrinks and once you’ve stopped lactating. It is very common for women to carry around a little extra weight after having a baby. I’ve listed some natural ways to shed the baby weight that are easily achievable.Meal Planning…
  • Best Baby Products of 2014

    Carol Johnson
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    They’re always coming out with new products each year that are aimed to be better than the stuff from the year before. I mean, just look how far car seats have come along! Companies often strive to produce better products that are especially convenient for parents. I like to stay current on the latest and greatest so I did a little searching around for the hottest items to hit the market so far this year. Here is my list of some of the best baby products of 2014!Top 2014 Products for Babies and ToddlersOut with the old and in with the new. Here are some of the latest and highly rated…
  • How to Make Hooded Bath Towels for Babies and Toddlers

    Carol Johnson
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    What is more adorable than a baby all wrapped up in a towel with the hood on right after a bath? The purpose of the hood component is to help keep a newborn from losing heat from their head right after the bath. While these towels are super cute in a variety of styles and patterns, some can cost upwards to $30 or more. Some of the cheaper options available seem hardly adequate to completely dry off your baby. In this guide, I’ll explain how to make hooded bath towels for your baby or toddler.I can remember my Home-Ec teacher making these during class when I was in high school. These are…
  • Pregnancy Milestones

    Carol Johnson
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    From the moment you find out you’re pregnant you probably begin wondering about all of your firsts from the first time you get to see your baby on the sonogram to the first time you get to hold your baby. When your little bundle of joy arrives there will be a road of first milestones to look forward to. While waiting 9 months may seem like an eternity, here is a list of first pregnancy milestones you can look forward to until the moment you finally meet your new baby! Hearing Baby’s First Heart BeatHearing your baby’s heart beat for the first time can be such a heart warming…
  • Breaking the Pacifier Habit

    Carol Johnson
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Pacifiers can be a soothing comfort for fussy babies as well as save your sanity. There are several benefits to offering baby a pacifier and the American Academy of Pediatrics even recommends it at nap time and bed time to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. However, babies can easily become attached to their paci, which makes it difficult when the time comes for them to give it up. Here are some helpful tips on breaking the pacifier habit from experts as well as parents!When to Start Breaking the HabitSome parents are lucky to have babies who don’t take a pacifier and never have to…
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    Expert Advice

  • Beyond the Buzz Cut

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Photo Credit: iwishiwasa Every little boy is completely unique, so why aren’t their hairstyles? Hair is such a unique and easy form of self-expression, it’s time to help our boys move beyond buzz cuts and find a look that shows off their individuality. Here are some pointers for finding the right look for your little mister: Look books, magazines, and our Pinterest page are a good place to find inspiration for great boys cuts. Draw inspiration from his favorite celebrities, sports figures, or even book characters. Try to find a few options that he likes, looks that seem to have a…
  • The FAQs of Lice

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Lice. Ugh. In the world of parenting, it’s one of the worst four-letter words ever. These tiny, cringe-worthy bugs can cause big drama, but only if you let them. Take a step back and arm yourself with information that will shrink this VERY common problem down to size. The most important thing you can do for your child (and yourself) is remain calm. No freaking out allowed. Explain to your child that this is a treatable problem that has nothing to do with cleanliness. In fact, lice prefer clean, healthy heads! How do kids get lice? Head lice love a party, so they are most often discovered in…
  • The Today Show - Back to School Tips

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Cozy shares her back to school tips.
  • Tangles and Knots

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    After trying to detangle a child’s hair, most parents are ready to pull out their own. By far, my most frequent question about children’s hair care is, “How do I comb the knots and tangles out?” The keys are TOOLS and TECHNIQUE. Once you learn this ouchless method, nobody will be crying when the comb comes out, you or your kids! First, the tools: Wide-toothed comb with rounded tips Hair clips to section the hair Detangler or spray leave-in conditioner Toy, video, or book to keep your kid occupied And now, the technique: Step 1 Make sure your child is distracted and comfortable; this…
  • Holiday Hairstyles

    26 Nov 2013 | 9:00 pm
    Cozy talks holiday hairstyles for boys and girls.
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • Back to School Sale!

    Colleen Butler
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's Back to School Time! 10% Discount with code: SchoolStart (this week only)
  • Happy Labour Day!

    Colleen Butler
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy Labour Day from Party Fun Box!  You do so much already ...let us help you with your Party Prep!   
  • World Photo Day!

    Colleen Butler
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    World Photo Day 2014, is held on August 19th. It is the 175th anniversary of the first permanent photographic process patented and freely released to the world on August 19th, 1839. World Photo Day Website. We have lots of tips for Photographing your Party Colleen on Google+
  • International Owl Appreciation Day!

    Colleen Butler
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's a Day to Think about and Appreciate Owls! We have Owl Tattoos! Colleen on Google+
  • National Parents' Day!

    Colleen Butler
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hooray for Parents! Have a Party Coming up? Make it easy on yourself and give us a call - We can help! Colleen on Google+
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  • Cuckoo Clocker revealed as new Skylanders villain

    Matt Purslow
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Skylanders Trap Team puts a lot of focus on the villains of the game, who you can trap in special keys and then unleash on your enemies when you need them most. We’ve seen a small few of them, but not as many as we expect to see in the full game. But now we can reveal a brand new villain: Cuckoo Clocker. Wes and Joe from Family Gamer TV were at Lollibop Festival where they got to get hands-on with the new bird-like villain. Also at Lollibop were some great figures on show, including Trap Masters, the new Skylanders Minis, and the Chaos Traps that will help keep the biggest of the bad…
  • iOS App of the Day: Shattered Planet

    Matt Purslow
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Are you ready to go to the planet surface, captain? The mission’s dangerous, and monsters lurk behind every corner, but we need to complete it. For science. So if you’re ready Captain, just get started with Shattered Planet: a really cool app about space, exploration, and survival! Shattered Planet is an RPG where you and your crew must explore strange planets and document what you find to help out the science division. Every monster you discover will add more and more information to your data log, and the more your explore the deeper into the planet you’ll go. When you land…
  • All the big facts on The Sims 4

    Matt Purslow
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    It’s been a while five years since the last The Sims game, so it’s about time that we had a new one. Thankfully The Sims 4 is just around the corner, so we don’t have long to wait until we can start building houses and relationships again. Jordan from Family Gamer TV is here to talk about the big facts of The Sims 4 in this video. The Sims 4 looks to be focussing on the emotions of your Sims, so keeping them happy and successful is the key to playing a really great game. How your Sims feel will also affect other Sims, so you don’t want anyone to get too sad otherwise everyone in the…
  • Doctor Who skins are warping into Minecraft

    Matt Purslow
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    There have been lots of brilliant skin packs for Minecraft 360 edition over the years, but this may be the most exciting one yet: Doctor Who is landing the TARDIS in Minecraft, and all his biggest adversaries are following too.   The pack will include a model of the current Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), as well as five other Doctors and plenty of terrifying monsters and aliens, including the Zygons and the Daleks! “Blocktor Who” will be available from the Xbox Live Store this month, and will cost £1.99. To keep up to date with everything new in the Minecraft world, just check out…
  • Angry Birds Stella gameplay revealed

    Matt Purslow
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    So far Angry Birds Stella has been a bit of a mystery. There have been trailers and posters, but none of them have revealed what kind of game it is. A traditional catapult game like the first Angry Birds, or something more adventurous like Angry Birds Epic? Family Gamer TV have finally got to take a look, and it appears that Angry Birds Stella that is closer to a traditional Angry Birds projectile challenge than we suspected. But to make Stella unique, alongside the usual bird-flinging there seems to be more puzzle solving. The video also takes a look at the Telepod toys that go along with…
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  • CDL 026 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 1: The Book

    Jeff Stephens
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Have you ever wanted to write a book but felt as if you didn’t have enough time to do it? I’ve done the same thing. For over a year I’ve started and never finished books. I have a few that are close to being completed, but just haven’t made it across the line. That all changed this past weekend. In this week’s podcast I share my experience from this past weekend where I successfully wrote, … Continue reading → The post CDL 026 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 1: The Book appeared first on .
  • How to Populate a Facebook Unpublished Page Post, Without Screwing Up

    Jeff Stephens
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Have you ever tried to create a Facebook ad using an unpublished page post? When you finally got to the end and were ready to populate the ad fields, did you get lost in which field would go where? I know I have. And what really sucks is you can’t edit an unpublished page post ad after you’ve created it. So, if you put the wrong content in the wrong box, you have to start … Continue reading → The post How to Populate a Facebook Unpublished Page Post, Without Screwing Up appeared first on .
  • CDL 025 – 14 Simple Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas

    Jeff Stephens
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    [To Listen Now - Click the GREEN Podcast Player Above the Photo] Tell me if you’ve been here before… You’re sitting  in front of your computer. WordPress is open. You’ve clicked to add a new post, and the cursor is blinking rhythmically, taunting you as your fingers hang motionless over your keyboard. Yep, you’ve got nothing. You have no idea what you are going to write about in your new blog post. How did you … Continue reading → The post CDL 025 – 14 Simple Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas appeared first on .
  • CDL 024 – How to Find Facebook Communities that Matter to You

    Jeff Stephens
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Facebook Communities…and why you should care One of the most important aspects of the internet is the concept of community. It’s a key reason we enjoy the online world as much as we do. It’s also a major contributing factor to the growth and dominance of social networks like Facebook. So, what does this mean to your online business or side project? As an entrepreneur, you need to find other people who are passionate about … Continue reading → The post CDL 024 – How to Find Facebook Communities that Matter to You appeared first on .
  • CDL 023 – When a Stranger Calls…And Tweets About It

    Jeff Stephens
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    There are many problems faced by today’s parents that didn’t exist when you were a kid. One particularly scary issue is the possibility of being wrapped up into a cyberbullying case. You hope that you can make it through the trying times of middle school and high school unscathed, but the threats are out there and you never know what might happen. This episode presents one particular case in Texas which is unique. The story … Continue reading → The post CDL 023 – When a Stranger Calls…And Tweets About It appeared first on .
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    Montys Monkey Cooking

  • Eton Mess recipe for kids – Monty teaches kids how to cook

    Monty The Monkey
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    Hellloooooo Monkeys! It’s time for some delicious dessert! This is one of my favourite desserts Read more The post Eton Mess recipe for kids – Monty teaches kids how to cook appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Monty’s Really Yummy Ratatouille for kids to make

    Monty The Monkey
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Bonjour Monkeys! It’s time for some French fun with food. French food is amazing – Read more The post Monty’s Really Yummy Ratatouille for kids to make appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Monty’s Yummy Quesadillas for kids to make

    Monty The Monkey
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Ola Monkeys! It’s time for some Mexican food. I loooooove Mexican food – it’s so Read more The post Monty’s Yummy Quesadillas for kids to make appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Monty’s Magical Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta for kids to make

    Monty The Monkey
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    Hellooo Monkeys It’s pasta time. I loooooove pasta. You get so many different shapes and Read more The post Monty’s Magical Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta for kids to make appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Double Chocolate Orange Cookies – Recipe for kids

    Monty The Monkey
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Hellooo Monkeys Today I’m excited, as this post is all about one of my favourite Read more The post Double Chocolate Orange Cookies – Recipe for kids appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
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  • How to Write a Review (and WHY you should want to)

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Do you use Yelp? What about Amazon? iTunes? What great features do these all have in common? In other words, why do you use them? If you’re like us, it comes down to two elements: excellent search function, and… reliable … read more The post How to Write a Review (and WHY you should want to) appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Mr. Mom is Dead

    Al Watts
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    “Mr. Mom” is Banished Word for 2014 by Al Watts Today, Lake Superior State University announced that “Mr. Mom” made the list of banished words for 2014: “The 30-year anniversary of this hilarious 1983 Michael Keaton movie seems to have … read more The post Mr. Mom is Dead appeared first on KidNimble.
  • First Pregnancy vs Second Pregnancy in 8 Steps

    Jennifer Walters
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    First Pregnancy vs. Second Pregnancy I am in the final weeks of my second pregnancy, and I can’t believe how different it has been from my first pregnancy with my now 3-year-old twins. People often ask if it’s easier this … read more The post First Pregnancy vs Second Pregnancy in 8 Steps appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Bringing home baby: Dream vs Reality

    Amy Green
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Bringing Home Baby, by Amy Green Ever since I was a little girl I dreamt about becoming a Mummy. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I used to play Mummys and babies, draw pictures of pregnant women and create … read more The post Bringing home baby: Dream vs Reality appeared first on KidNimble.
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    Good Kids | Kids Stories

  • Ramayan Stories – Introduction to Ramayana

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    In India, Lord Vishnu is worshiped primarily as Avatar, or incarnations, particularly as Rama and Krishna, the principal characters of the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. In both of these wonderful long stories the God takes on human form in order to heal a breach in the order of society, and thus the world in general. In doing so there is an attempt to reestablish the moral code of social conduct and proper relation of mankind to divinity. In addition, certain collections of tales come to be widely known in popular life, especially from these two great epics. Ramayana tells the story of…
  • Ramayan Stories – Shravana

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Long ago, nobody knows when, in the ancient kingdom of Ayodhya, there ruled a powerful but noble and wise king, King Dasharatha. He belonged to the Raghu dynasty where “keeping promises was cherished as more important than life itself”. It was all too well known a fact that his forefathers had sacrificed their lives for upholding the path of righteousness and truth – Dharma. Story of Child Shravana Once during his youth, this king Dasharatha went for hunting. He was expert in archery. He had also acquired a peculiar gift of hitting the arrow even in the dark or blindfolded…
  • Ramayan Stories – Childhood of Rama

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    King Dasharatha had three wives, namely Kausalya, Sumitra, and Kaikeyi. The queens were beautiful, royal, graceful, and faithful to the king. Simplicity, selflessness, modesty, and willingness to sacrifice their everything for the king and the kingdom all such virtues, typical of Indian Womanhood, were embodied in them. They never complained about inconvenience, suffering, pain, and deficiencies any time, although such situations were rare in a royal house. However, despite a long married life, none of the queens was blessed with motherhood. Silently, as is every Indian woman’s wont,…
  • Ramayan Stories – Rama Marries Sita

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Years passed by. The princes reached adulthood, and as was customary, it was felt that they should marry. The search for appropriate brides led King Dasharatha to the state of Mithila where king Janaka had four beautiful daughters of marriageable age. Amongst these Sita was the perfection of purity, grace, modesty, and beauty. King Janaka had arranged for Sita’s marriage with the condition that she would marry that brave and powerful prince who would break the Bow of Shiva. This Bow of Lord Shiva was unbreakable for ordinary mortals! For the selfish person it was not approachable.
  • Ramayan Stories – Rama To Become King

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    To add to the joy of wedding, King Dasharatha announced that Rama, his eldest son, would succeed him to the throne of Ayodhya. Everyone, including the queens, the ministers, and the citizens of Ayodhya were overjoyed with this news. The auspicious day for this noble ceremony was decided accordingly. Manthara’s Provocation But there was a corner in the palace where this news caused a different reaction. Instead of joy and merriment, the chamber of queen Kaikeyi was tense. The maid-servant of queen Kaikeyi – Manthara by name – was trying to convince the queen how great…
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    Blog - Spaceships and Laser Beams

  • Promoting Healthy with Florastor Probiotics

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Florastor and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.  When Sam was very little, he had several serious infections. On top of the stress I felt as a new mom, I was also upset about him not feeling well and then having to give him antibiotics as well. I was always careful to give him a probiotic as well, to help keep him balanced. Unfortunately, the probiotic had to be refrigerated, which made it difficult to take with us anywhere. Thankfully, Sam bounced back and…
  • 28 of the Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Need fresh ideas for your Jack-O-Lantern this year? Even the Old Masters used to copy other artists’ work so it must be that having a picture to work from inspires! Have fun family time or decorate pumpkins for a kids’ party activity by using the ideas in this round-up where you’ll discover cute to creepy pumpkin décor including cats, bats, owls, eyeballs, Legos (cool!), sweethearts, mummies and pumpkins eating pumpkins (eww!). Celebrity pumpkins include Olaf, Cookie Monster, R2D2 and Burt and Ernie. Substitute gourds and create a Frankenstein or Ninja Turtle. Paint and pumpkins mix…
  • 10 Unique Party Ideas for Boys

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With kids heading back-to-school, I guess you’d say summer is gone—but the party isn’t over! In fact, it’s time for fresh theme idea inspiration and you’ll find it here in these awesome boy birthday parties for young and old: back-to school; cars and boats; Lego and sports; detectives and cowboys; Indiana Jones and Peter Pan; dinosaurs and robots. There are all sorts of terrific decorations and fun dessert tables this week! See Also Check out these awesome Boy Birthday Party Themes. Get inspired with these Unique Boy Birthday Parties.
  • Capturing Our Summer with Kinder Smiles

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Disclosure: I’m part of theKinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation withthis group.  The opinions on this blog are my own. Did you get to do all those things you planned at the beginning of the summer? We didn’t…but the summer was lovely anyway. Mike and I were just talking about how quickly the last three months flew by. When there’s a new season full of possibilities in front of you, it can be easy to run headlong into the future without so much as a wave good-bye to yesterday. However, I’m finding a backwards look yields a lot of satisfaction…
  • Aztec-Inspired Boy/Girl Sibling Birthday Party

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trendy design ideas aren’t always suitable for both boys and girls, but this modern Aztec-inspired themed birthday party is both breathtaking and full of elements appealing to the birthday boy and girls. Belinda, of Styled by Belle, designed this party and dessert table for siblings Jordan, Ava, and Indiana. The gorgeous color palette uses a kraft brown as the base color with plenty of mint, black, white, and pink, plus glittery gold accents. From the intricate invitation to designer desserts, to meticulously detailed decorations (like real feathers and teepees!), to the exciting party…
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    I Found Musik

  • Finding a music teacher, Part II: private studio or music school?

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    I won’t lie, finding the right music teacher is hard   Is it just me, or does this girl look angry?   Ok, so you’ve decided on the right age to start your child on an instrument  and read through Part I of my series on finding the right music teacher. Now you just have to find the “the one” and your child is on the road to becoming the next Yo-Yo Ma. Easy, right? If only… I don’t envy parents who are starting their search for a music teacher. There are just too many options, which can overwhelm even the biggest over-researchers among us. I can…
  • Music events for the long weekend

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Bay Area Family Music Events August 29-September 1   Cultural Festivals Galore     Purple – Friday events       Red – Saturday events       Blue – Sunday events       Green – Multi-day events  Google Maps Plugin   Click on through to see the events in a list Friday 1) Breakfast with Enzo - Sports Basement Presidio Store, 610 Old Mason St, San Francisco. Friday August 29, 10-11am and 11-12. (Each show features different sets of music.) 2) Pride & Joy in Redwood City -  Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St. Redwood City. Friday…
  • Confessions of a piano teacher

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    7 things I’ve learned from teaching your kids Nope, this thought never occurred to me. Not even once.   I was a music teacher for about 10 years before I switched career directions. Because I didn’t have my own kids at that point, teaching was my main contact with humans under 18 years of age. Not only that but I when I started, I had no formal teacher training or even a solid understanding of how kids learn. But having no preconceived notions about something basically ensures that you’ll keep an open mind. My students probably didn’t realize it, but I learned…
  • Celebrate the last days of summer

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Bay Area Family Music Events August 22-24 Look what’s going on this weekend! School’s in and summer music series are wrapping up. But don’t despair, there’s still a lot of music around the Bay Area, you just have to look harder now. This weekend, there are some awesome events not aimed directly at kids that are nonetheless family friendly and totally educational. You’ll find everything from jazz to blues to some amazing cultural festivals happening all over the Bay Area. This is a great opportunity to go beyond the Mommy and Me concerts and find musical…
  • Family Music Events around the Bay Area

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Look who’s playing for your family this weekend: August 15-17     For many of you, this is the last weekend before the school year starts. That leaves you with three days to cram in as many summer memories with your family as you can. I’ve searched my sources to bring you the best, most fun, most educational music events happening around the Bay Area.  San Franciscans are once again lucky to have the biggest variety, but there are a few gems happening in the East Bay as well. To celebrate the very welcome variety of world music happening this weekend, here are my picks…
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  • How to Make Your Seasonal Business a Year-Round Success

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    People are always asking how we were able to turn a seasonal business into a year-round income machine! The folks over at American Express wanted to know as well, so we said: Businesses that are tied to school calendars also face seasonal challenges. “Since we run after-school programs and offer workshops in schools during the school year, summer was our slow season,” says Shaun Tuch,...
  • 5 Creative Ways to Save Your Business Money

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Businesses are always trying to save money. So the helpful team over at asked us how we do it! This is what we said: Shaun Tuch, the co-founder of the low cost franchise of Professor Egghead Science Academy – a company that promotes STEM education for kids – suggests reaching out to former college professors. By using these contacts, you might be able to...
  • FREE Franchise Giveaway Contest to PTA Members

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Professor Egghead Science Academy – national STEM education franchise – announced today the launch of the Egghead Franchise PTA Contest, with a Grand Prize of a free franchise. Professor Egghead Science Academy, a national education franchise, announced today the launch of a contest that will award a current California PTA Member a new free education franchise. A Professor Egghead Science Academy franchise includes a protected...
  • Cool Science Project #7 – Amazing Fire Trick

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Warning: Parent Supervision Required! Check out how cool this trick is! Re-light a candle by touching a flame to smoke.   For more cool experiments visit Cool Science Projects Original Video Posted By Youtube User: brusspup     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...
  • Cool Science Project #6 – Glow in the Dark Mentos Experiment

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Learn how to make a Mentos Geyser that glows in the dark! All you need is some tonic water (it glows under a black light because it contains quinine) and Mentos. For more cool experiments visit Cool Science Projects Original Video Posted By Youtube User: cocopreme   About The Academy: Professor Egghead Science Academy was founded in Los Angeles, in 2007. The Academy offers the coolest...
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