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  • The Sunday Showcase – Halloween Activities

    Inspiration Laboratories
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring Halloween activities for kids. Lalymom creates Halloween clothespins and pattern sticks. One Time Through has spooky sounds experiments for kids. Mama Smiles shares book-inspired Halloween fun for kids with a felt board. Edventures with Kids makes an easy mummy garland. My House Full of Boys has fun [...]
  • 3 Cool Halloween Craft Ideas

    Kids Direct LiverpoolKids Direct Liverpool » |
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Original article published on It’s that time of the year again when spooky things come alive and creepy decorations should fill your home. Naturally, we are talking about the fantastic holiday of Halloween. Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on the night of 31st October. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening and is also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting. Author Bio: Mark Taylor writes for Kids Direct
  • All I want for Christmas
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    All I Want For Christmas....Christmas shopping can be stressful when you don't know what to buy someone. Sometimes you walk aimlessly around the mall trying to get a Christmas gift idea for that special someone that is hard to buy for and just don't seem to find that perfect present. Kids can be just as hard to buy for as adults and you don't want to buy them something they won't use, need or ...
  • News Brief: No hopping for these ancient ‘roos

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By hopping, today’s kangaroos can scoot swiftly through the countryside. That was not true for some of their ancient cousins. True giants, those now-extinct kangaroos would have walked on two feet — and relied on their tippy-toes.
  • What Is Enterovirus-D68 and How Can I Protect My Family?

    School Kids Healthcare Blog
    SKHC Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.  Every year millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses, usually during summer and fall, however this year hospitals have been seeing more children with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 since mid-August. Infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68.  Due to their age they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have…
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  • All I want for Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

  • News Brief: No hopping for these ancient ‘roos

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By hopping, today’s kangaroos can scoot swiftly through the countryside. That was not true for some of their ancient cousins. True giants, those now-extinct kangaroos would have walked on two feet — and relied on their tippy-toes.
  • Sunlight might have put oxygen in Earth’s early air

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    High-energy bursts of ultraviolet light can break apart carbon dioxide, yielding oxygen gas. The experiment may mimic what happened on Earth billions of years ago.
  • How people have been shaping the Earth

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    We are the dominant force of change on Earth. Some experts propose naming our current time period the ‘Anthropocene’ to reflect our impact.
  • Coming: The sixth mass extinction?

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Species are dying off at such a rapid rate — faster than at any other time in human existence — that many resources on which we depend may disappear.
  • Explainer: Understanding ice ages

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Earth slowly wobbles, tilts and stretches (or contracts) as it orbits the sun. These changes may be fairly small and subtle. Still, their cumulative impacts can be huge — sometimes triggering the slow onset of an ice age or an abrupt thaw.
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    School Kids Healthcare Blog

  • What Is Enterovirus-D68 and How Can I Protect My Family?

    SKHC Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.  Every year millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses, usually during summer and fall, however this year hospitals have been seeing more children with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 since mid-August. Infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68.  Due to their age they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have…
  • School Kids Healthcare Announces Addition of CPR RsQ Assist® Device to Product Line

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

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

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

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

  • Gaming for Good

    Megan James
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Gamers get a bad rap sometimes. But this weekend, many of them will be glued to their screens for a great cause.  On Saturday, October 25, thousands of people around the world are participating in a fundraiser called Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Vermont Tech Jam Hosts Luncheon For Girls Interested in STEM Careers

    Cathy Resmer
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Know any Vermont girls ages 12-18 with an interest in science, technology, engineering or math? We know they're out there!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • On the Fly: Finding the Mosaic

    Megan James
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    China has our senses in overdrive. The sheer number of people, the noise, the smells, the pollution, the beauty and the chaos are overwhelming.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • On the Fly: Bumps in the Road

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    We spent our last night in Japan in an emergency room. One of my biggest fears leading up to this trip was that one of us would get injured or sick and end up at the mercy of foreign doctors, hoping to communicate and get the care we need.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Coconut-Squash Soup

    Erinn Simon
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    The first time I tried to make soup from scratch, I warmed some chicken broth from a carton, then threw in chopped carrots, peas, green beans and precooked alphabet pasta. I think I may have sprinkled grated parmesan cheese on top.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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    Kids News

  • Family identify 4 kids, 2 adults killed in blaze

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The sole survivor of a deadly house fire in western Pennsylvania lost his new wife, her four young children and his father in the Saturday morning blaze after the recently married couple tried to save their loved ones, family members said. The fire in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport claimed the lives of Hope Jordan and four children ages 2 to 7, as well as the surviving victim's paralyzed father, according to family members.
  • Young shooter wants to be an inspiration

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Her long, black braid bounces slightly with each of the six shots she fires. Metal pings signify when she's hit the mark.
  • Dad accused of killing kids, self wanted new life

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    A stay-at-home dad in nasty divorce with his wife shot their three children Friday, killing two of them before fatally shooting himself inside the family's Florida home, authorities said. The Mohney family's troubles were apparently well-known in their middle-class neighborhood just south of Daytona Beach.
  • Charlie Sheen breaks up with porn star fiancee

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The "Anger Management" actor told Entertainment Tonight that he and Brett have gone their separate ways and won't marry next month as planned. If those two sweet kids can't make it happen, I don't know what hope their is for the rest of us.
  • How Do I Talk to My Kids About Violence?

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Violence is inescapable. In our family's neighborhood, we recently witnessed a SWAT team action; my ten-year-old daughter informed me that the neighbor had severely beaten the woman he was living with.
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    Kids Blog

  • Mad Science at Khandallah Library

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Check out some of the cool entries we’ve already received for the Crafty Kyle Competition: The Crafty Kyle Competition is part of the Books Go Arty sculpture exhibition that’s touring Wellington City Libraries. The exhibition is currently at Newtown, Brooklyn, and Cummings Park (Ngaio) Libraries. Pop in to see all the cool sculptures made by Wellington school children based on books written by Kyle Mewburn and pick up a competition entry form while you’re there. The competition ends on November 14th.  
  • Make a zine at the Zinefest kids workshop

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    What’s a zine? It’s a self-made magazine. Anyone can make one, it can be about anything and look anyway you want it to, and it’s a lot of fun. Wellington Central Library has a great collection of zines that your can borrow - have a look next time you’re in the city. Why not have a go at making your own zine? Zinefest (and annual amazingly fun festival that’s all about zines) kicks off this month. There are heaps of events happening, including a children’s zine workshop at the Central Library. The workshop is being run by 13 year old award-winning zine…
  • The Hot Spot Poetry Tour is coming to Wellington

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Here’s and event you won’t want to miss! This children’s poetry tour is visiting Wellington in October and will feature local authors, children and schools, alongside well-known New Zealand children’s poet Paula Green. Details: Saturday 18th October, 10.30am Kilbirnie Children’s Bookshop Free!   Follow the latest news about the tour at Paula Green’s Poetry Box webpage.   Letterbox Cat & Other Poems is Paula Green’s latest book. It’s full of fantastic and funny poems, grab it from your local library today.  
  • Back to school!

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The school holidays are over and it’s time to go back to school! We hope you had a great two week break. Your teacher is bound to start giving you projects and homework to do – and we’re here to help! Have you heard about It’s a live online homework help service where you can chat live to a New Zealand Librarian who will help you find the information you need online. It’s a free service and open Monday to Friday 1pm – 6pm. the service is available in English and te Reo. If you need help outside those times you can go to…
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    Holy Meat Balls

  • Weight Loss Tips That Will Give You Back Your Figure

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    It isn’t always easy to lose weight. With age, losing weight often becomes harder than ever. Lose the weight and keep fit by constantly living a healthy lifestyle. This advice will help you with that. Drinking green tea is a good idea for weight loss. Green tea increase metabolism and energy. Drink it in the morning before you workout. Just eating mindfully and slower is a great weight loss tip. Digestion is slow, so it takes a while to feel full. Your body needs time for your mind to tell you that it’s satisfied. Put the fork down often and enjoy the flavors of your meal. You…
  • There Are Ways To Identify If You Are Pregnant

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Finding peace of mind during pregnancy can be made just a little bit easier if you have the information you need to give your baby the best start that you can. Learning everything about pregnancy starts right here with these helpful tips in the article below and you can get started right now. In order to sleep better when pregnant, make sure you carefully plan out your fluid consumption. Ensure you’re drinking enough during your day, but don’t drink as much toward dinner and stop before you go to bed. That way, you will not have to get up so frequently. Lower your intake of…
  • Answers To Your Parenting Questions Answered Here

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    As a parent, you can often feel that you are helpless, talking to a wall of brick. Read on to learn a few tips and advice that a parent can use when trying to raise the best child they possibly can. If you are pregnant, avoid spending large sums of money on nursery equipment. Items such as cribs or changing tables can be purchased at lower prices through classified ads or stores such as Walmart. It also makes sense to solicit unused items from friends and loved ones. Think about what message you are sending your child! Your children need to know that they are able to trust you. When you are…
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    Toddler Activities from

  • Clothespin Hang-Ups

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this arts and crafts activity.
  • Space Dance

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This activity is an opportunity to learn about rotation and revolution and the names of familiar planets.
  • Dirty Vegetables

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This activity will teach your child how to wash vegetables properly.
  • Tightrope Walker

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    For this activity, your child will imagine he or she is a tightrope walker in a circus.
  • Animal Dress-Up

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let your toddler play dress-up by putting her clothes on dolls and stuffed animals.
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  • Autumn Leaves Scrapbook

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a scrapbook of fall foliage with your child, and you'll remember the fun of an autumn afternoon all year long!
  • Just Jokes

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a joke book to showcase your child's favorite jokes, and to build his writing and drawing skills.
  • Make a Scarecrow

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a scarecrow with your child to liven up your yard.
  • Tie-Dyed T-shirt

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a fun way to make use of old clothing – your child will start wearing it all over again!
  • Superior Supermarket

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Playing supermarket at home is fun way to spend family time together.
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    Doll Diaries

  • It’s Trick or Treat Time!

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    It’s almost time to trick-or-treat!  We love this time of year.  As the girls are getting costumes ready (with a bit of help of course), we are also getting our dolls ready.  This year McKenna is going as a princess ballerina wearing her beautiful costume from My Doll’s Life.  We made her a trick or treat bucket to spook her up a bit though.  Check it out. To make it, we spray painted a tiny bucket black with this cute little bottle of Krylon for small sized projects.  When it was totally dry, we added 8 pipe cleaner legs and google eyes with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  We…
  • Living Room Decorating Update

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I found some great wall art to add to your dollhouse!!  I was walking through Michael’s craft store this past weekend and found these adorable ornaments!  These are wood and very inexpensive.  All were on sale and I paid around $1 for each.  When I found these ornaments I immediately knew of my inspiration:  all white deer art and starburst mirror collages. The ornament strings were removed.  The deer ornaments were painted white and attached to wall with poster putty. The starburst frame ornaments were painted the wall collar.  I left the edge of the wood die-cut brown for more…
  • Doll Of The Week – Madison My Springfield Doll

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Karen here and today I am sharing with you a bit about my Springfield Doll Madison. She is a really beautiful 18 inch dolly. One of the things I love about Springfield Dolls is their smiling faces and cheeks! Springfield dolls were the first 18 inch dolls I ever had. They were easy to find here in Canada as Michael’s  the craft store carried them and the line of doll clothing and accessories long before the 18 inch doll movement became so popular here.  The above photo is from the first day I got Madison. She is a doll that looks good in every thing I put on her, even her yellow meet…
  • Sunday Showcase for October 19

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Good morning everyone! Thanks again to all who sent in photos this week – it looks like the dolls have had some fun adventures. From Kristen L.- Mini Elizabeth and Mini Beforever Samantha have a mini tea party! From Paula – Kit, Felicity and Samantha all dressed up for tricks or treats. From Madelon – Nellie celebrated her birthday on October 15. I am Saskia from and last week (8th october) was Saiges birthday, so I did a little birthday photo shootwith Saige. Happy belated birthday to all Saige dolls! From Rachel - This week the dolls went…
  • Giveaway: Springfield Baking Gift Set & Mystery Outfits

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    It is time to mix things up a bit and have some fun with this next giveaway! Springfield Dolls just came out with a bunch of fun new outfits and sets that they sent for us to review. They also sent us a Baking Gift Set to giveaway. I decided to make it more fun by adding 2 mystery outfits to the giveaway – they will be Springfield and our dolls may model them before they are shipped to the winner – but they will be new! Chrissa has been busy baking this morning in her new blue striped dress and cherry apron Baking Gift Set from Springfield Dolls. This fun gift set is available now…
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  • Same damn thing

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

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    While walking along the edge of the ocean today--by itself a wonderfully impossible idea to comprehend--Leslie and I saw several battles in scattered tide pools.For whatever reason, hermit crabs in this part of the world are particularly territorial on this particular day for no particular reasons humans might discern, but no doubt of concern to the hermit crabs pushed to the edges of the tide pool.They are alive, they are conscious, and (despite a very thorough and expensive education), I believe that they are, at some level, aware.Aware beyond the words and the images we impose upon…
  • Fuck pink

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    These words, posted 5 years ago, started as a visceral response to a friend who coined  "The One-Boobed Systyrs of the Apocalypse." She's still fighting dead.I remember the first breast I saw no longer attached to the body it once helped define. I had seen body parts in various forms before, but this one was fresh. A flap of sallow skin with a wizened nipple defining it, a long trail of fibrous fatty tissue trailing off the slab.The pathologist, smoking as he dictated, handled the breast like a butcher handles meat about to be weighed, though not as kindly.The breast had been part of a…
  • Shucking is a shellfish act

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Another old post from over 5 years ago--it's my party....Oysters don't make a lot of decisions, but they do make some. While still larvae the oysters can walk, and do. They can see (well, tell dark from light, anyway). A baby oyster ("spat") finds a spot it likes, ideally snuggled on top of another oyster, then stakes its claim.Still not impressed?If the spat doesn't like its new home, it can change its mind, at least for a few days. It detaches and moves.Soon after it finds its home, the spat loses its foot and its eye, and life becomes much less complicated. Either open the shell and feed,…
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  • How to Keep the Waiting Room Stress-Free for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Medical Staff

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

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

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

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Teachers are charged not only with helping students achieve academic goals and milestones, but also with giving students a creative way to express themselves. Art brings out the best in students and allows teachers to see the talents and personality of each student. Because of this, teachers love having easels in the classroom. Easels Make Great Art Centers Having an art center is an important aspect of a classroom. Students can express themselves in a way that is all their own. Along with easels, art centers can include paper, paints, paintbrushes, crayons, makers, or colored pencils.
  • LA SIESTA - The premium hammock brand from Europe is now in the USA and featured at SensoryEdge

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    MIAMI, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LA SIESTA, the premium hammock brand from Europe, now boosts a full presence in the United States and is the only company to offer a complete line of South American hammocks and hammock chairs in the USA.LA SIESTA, with locations in the United States, Spain and Germany, specializes in the development, marketing and distribution of hammocks and hammock chairs since 1991. LA SIESTA was founded by Dorothee and Alexander Grisar and is now managed by their sons, Maximillian, Leonid and…
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  • Sweetser’s Apple Barrel

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

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    One of the things MP loves most about shopping fairs and festivals is the wonderful, creative people she meets. Over the summer, she had the chance to chat with two talented women—Molly Perry of Go Babe Slings and Lauren Watkinson, owner of Bird & Bear Boutique. We love this print from Go Babe. So cute! Molly and Lauren joined forces after meeting at church. Their use of bright, bold fabrics for teething rings (Lauren) and baby clothing (Molly), along with other beautiful items for babies, perfectly complement one another. The two decided to share a booth at the Yarmouth Clam Festival,…
  • September Giveaway: A Facial Massage with Ellie Falby

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Now that school is back in full swing, MP is feeling ready for a little self-care. She’s been running to soccer, gymnastics, the grocery store, school events, meetings and birthday parties. All good things, of course, but adapting to a new schedule can tire a mama out. Enter MP’s go-to, Portland-based massage therapist: Ellie Falby. Ellie has helped MP through two pregnancies, running injuries, and back pain. Plus, she is a mother of two energetic girls, so she knows first-hand that parents need some TLC now and then. Beginning last year, Ellie added facial massage to her repertoire.
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    Playground Confidential

  • “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said.

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

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Irene and I ran the 1K at this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure. I am so grateful to have been a blog ambassador for the Run this year. THANK YOU to everyone who donated. I almost forgot to tell you how the CIBC Run for The Cure went. And you must hear ... [Read more...]The post We ran for breast cancer and now my heart is swollen appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Moms are the new sexy and I’m happy as hell about it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Who me? I’ll be digging past the worn out granny panties I’ve been living in for the last several years and rummaging around for the one last thong at the bottom of my underwear drawer. Then Imma shave my legs and put on some heels. Then I guess I’ll find a clean dress that fits, ... [Read more...]The post Moms are the new sexy and I’m happy as hell about it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Children deserve much more attention in urban planning than what they are getting currently. As small children and toddlers are not likely to raise their voices to demand the attention, it is up to us adults to do something about it. We need to support, demand and finance more initiatives that help children – and their parents – enjoy the outdoors, even in urban settings. French urban planning and architecture firm Espace Libre, has created a delightful multi-functional play area for toddlers in the commune of Alfortville, located 7.6 kilometres (4.7 miles) from the centre of…
  • Dune Villa in Utrechtse Heuvelrug, The Netherlands

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If we had only one word to describe this residence, we’d use harmony. If we’d have just two, we’d use harmony and elegance. Luckily, we can use many more, and timeless is a third word that comes to mind immediately. Architects Geert Bosch and Annemariken Hilberlink of Berlicum, Netherlands-based HILBERINKBOSCH architects designed this timeless gem for a couple whose children have already left the house. The villa is located in Utrechtse Heuvelrug, a municipality in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The key to the harmonious elegance of the house is the way it sits on its site.
  • Le Mistral Gift Shop in Tokyo

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Like its namesake, the Paris-Nice express train of the 1950s, Le Mistral gift shop in Tokyo is precise and orderly. With its navy blue base color and strict visual rules reminiscent of a dapper railway uniform, the interior is an effective vessel to display the tightly (strictly) edited selection of gift items from around the world. Designed by Jumpei Matsushima of JP architects, the 61 square-meter (656 sq.ft.) shop is also thoroughly Japanese in its sparse coloring and its neat and exact (precise)  division of space in ever-repeating rectangles. By giving clear rules (in both meanings…
  • Unisex Wrist Watch

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A simple take on the classic time-teller. Featuring a sandblasted, matte-black stainless steel case, with cool grey face and premium tan and black leather band. With Japanese Quartz Movement, Stainless Steel Bezel, Case & Caseback this watch is both beautiful and high quality. $129 - Purchase here
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    Little Food Junction

  • Happy Diwali

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

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

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

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    ~ India's First Mars Mission~Today is the red letter day or Red planet day  for India. India's Mars Orbitter Mission (MOM) successfully entered the Mars orbit this morning at 7:41am IST ,making my country become the first Asian nation to reach the red planet. The special orbiter craft called Mangalyaan (the Sanskrit word for Mars vehicle) is till date the cheapest interplanetary ever at about $75 million. Our Prime Minster Mr Narendra Modi congratulated the space research ISRO scientists stating…
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  • The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me

    Denene Millner
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Celebrating my birthday at age 46: it just gets better with time. The post The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember. Moms Everywhere Want To Shank Them In the Gut.

    Denene Millner
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Do labor pains hurt? A new study says it's not as bad as moms think. We think the researchers should go into hiding now. The post New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #VestOrVote: the Dream Defenders Bulletproof Vest Campaign Is Chilling

    Denene Millner
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Black activist group aims to inspire Black voters with this incredibly chilling ad. The post #VestOrVote: the Dream Defenders Bulletproof Vest Campaign Is Chilling appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Talk To Kids About Sex: Great Resources from Planned Parenthood

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families to talk to kids about sex. Here, ways to go beyond “the talk” and say what matters—and sticks. The post How To Talk To Kids About Sex: Great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Teen Mom Wins $225K After Losing Custody Of Newborn

    Denene Millner
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Just seven days after giving birth, a teen mom had her daughter taken away during a dispute with her mom. Here's why we should all care. The post Black Teen Mom Wins $225K After Losing Custody Of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    When the leaves start changing colors and the days start getting shorter I love to start baking! Of course as I’ve said before, pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors! Today I have a delicious pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies recipe to share with you! Yum! Print Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe  ... Continue Reading...The post Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Orange Scream White Hot Chocolate Recipe

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    This post brought to you by TruMoo. All opinions are 100% mine. It's starting to get a little cooler outside lately now that fall is truly setting in. One of my favorite fall recipes is a white hot chocolate. I usually use regular milk to make it, but after hearing about TruMoo's Orange Scream I... Continue Reading...The post Orange Scream White Hot Chocolate Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    We love everything pumpkin this time of year! This pumpkin spice muffins recipe is perfect for breakfast, an after school snack, or to take along for a Thanksgiving lunch or brunch. Make a double or triple batch and throw some in the freezer for later! Print Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe   Ingredients 1 (15oz) can... Continue Reading...The post Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • GoPro Hero4 Camera At Best Buy Tops My Holiday Wish List

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I’m a total camera fanatic! I love my cameras, and I’ve been obsessing over getting a new action camera for the last few months. The GoPro Camera is definitely on... Continue Reading...The post GoPro Hero4 Camera At Best Buy Tops My Holiday Wish List appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Easy Savings With Savings Catcher

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Thank you to Walmart Savings Catcher for sponsoring today’s conversation. All opinions are my own. OK, I have a confession! I’m not at all a thrifty shopper! I am the opposite of a thrifty shopper most of the time, whatever that is? I’ve tried clipping coupons, and comparison shopping but I just don’t have the... Continue Reading...The post Easy Savings With Savings Catcher appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Sundays at Church Mice are Twice as Nice

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’ve been facilitating early childhood music programs since graduate school, before I was even a full-fledged music therapist. I’ve continued to do so all of these years, and it has been so exciting and fulfilling to see my programs continue to grow and touch the lives of many young children (and their families). After reading dozens of emails from fellow music therapists and educators asking for advice on starting an early childhood music program, I decided to take the plunge and create an online CMTE course on this very topic. It covers the entire process — from conception…
  • Writing It Down & Crossing It Off

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    This month has been insane. Between changing my business structure, moving my office/studio to a new location, seeing a full load of student, starting new sessions of two different early childhood classes, and creating an online CMTE course, I’m lucky I’m still sane enough to type this blog post. A few weeks ago, in an attempt to organize all the chaos, I entered everything into iCal. Then I used the Reminders app to make lists for each different area of my work and life that needed attention. I could access both my calendar and lists from my iPhone, iPad, and laptop, so I thought…
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    Artful Adventures

  • The Art Wall Evolves….

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

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

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

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

  • Supporting Spanish Learners: Dos and Don’ts for Parents

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Jokes in Spanish are a fun way of practicing vocabulary, listening and speaking skills with kids learning Spanish. Below are 10 Spanish Halloween jokes. They feature witches, vampires, skeletons, ghosts, cemeteries and dead guys. Like jokes, cartoons or comics are a fun way for kids to practice Spanish. They often have visual support to make them easier to understand. Here are a few Spanish Halloween cartoons. For other occasions, there are lots of simple jokes that children learning Spanish can understand. These posts have suggestions on choosing and telling jokes with kids learning Spanish…
  • Rockalingua CD Giveaway

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Rockalingua has a new CD available to download. This is their second CD, titled ¿Cómo te llamas?. The CD contains 11 fun, catchy songs to teach Spanish to kids. You can listen to samples of the songs on the song section of the site. To celebrate their new CD, Rockalingua is giving away two copies to two Spanish Playground readers. Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. These are the songs on the new Rockalingua CD ¿Cómo te llamas? 1) Buenos días  (greetings and daily routines) 2) ¿Cómo te llamas? (basic Spanish questions and answers) 3) Cosas de la escuela (school objects…
  • Speak Spanish with Kids: The Friday Five

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    It’s Friday and time to speak Spanish with kids using the Friday Five. These activities do not take much work to prepare and teach basic vocabulary that all kids learning Spanish should know. For children who speak Spanish at a higher level, they serve as a review of common words and structures. Use them to speak Spanish with your kids this weekend or any time you want a short, easy-to-prep activity for Spanish learners. 1. Learn this simple finger play: Los cinco dedos de la mano. It teaches pronunciation and vocabulary and is great for beginners. The actions reinforce the meaning and it…
  • 5 Good Manners for Spanish Learners

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Whether you are teaching an elementary Spanish class or passing on Spanish to your children, it is important to teach children good manners. We all teach kids to say gracias and por favor, but there are culturally appropriate behaviors that children need to know. These five behaviors are considered good manners throughout Latin America. Of course, these are good manners in the U.S too, but they not given as much attention because the opposite behavior is not considered particularly rude. In Spanish-speaking countries, however, the opposite behavior is negative and can change the impression…
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • Easy DIY Thankful Wreath Activity for Kids and Families

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

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

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

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

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We have been having fun crafting the last couple of days. I brought out a few skeins of yarn and I taught my daughter how to make a yarn doll. Yarn dolls are fun and easy to make. They are a great craft for kids and a great craft for rainy days (or snow days too). And it was a bit of a "light bulb" moment when I realized my corn husk doll tutorial would work great for this simple yarn doll craft.Here's how to make a yarn doll:Step 1: To make your yarn doll craft, start by unravelling a generous section of yarn, making sure to keep it separated. You can do this by wrapping it around a…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Zach Bonner Walks the Walk for the Homeless

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Things to Know Today (October 22)

    Erin Lem
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Here are 3 things you need to know for today, Wednesday, October 22, 2014. 1. Drop-in to the Mill Valley Community Center 9 a.m.-noon for their JUMP Indoor Play. 2. For every adult meal purchased, one child eats free at Bubba’s Diner in San Anselmo 5-7 p.m. 3. Celebrate the Giants’ Game 1 World Series win by exploring South Beach/China Basin, the neighborhood they call home. photo credit: Petit Playhouse
  • 6 New Children’s Books by Local Authors & Illustrators

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Whether before night-night or for daytime downtime, story time can really make your kid’s day. And thanks to the great authors and illustrators that live right here in Chicago, it can be a delight for you, too. Get to know some local talents that have a way with words and pictures. Flip through our album to discover their latest books to add to your library. What is your favorite children’s book? Let us know in the Comments! — Robin Immerman Gruen  
  • Sweet Halloween Add-On: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

    Christal Y.
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    In addition to raking in candy, you can help others and do good this Halloween. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is back. (Goody gumdrops!) And this time, the historic campaign — which raises money for children in need — has gone digital, so you can raise money online, in addition to door-to-door with their iconic orange boxes. Watch your kiddos bubble in excitement as they watch their fundraising numbers grow in real time on the computer. photo: Robert Couse-Baker via flickr How It Works This is a chance to teach the spirit of giving to your kids. Just set up your own fundraising…
  • No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas You Haven’t Seen Yet

    Shannon Guyton
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Nothing says Halloween more than slimy pumpkin guts and kids flinging stringy seeds at each other. This year, skip the mess but keep all of the fun. You can celebrate without orange goo in your hair by saying “no” to carving and “yes” to one of these totally unique ideas. Click through our album for the lowdown. What is your favorite way to decorate a pumpkin? Share it with us in the Comments below! — Shannon Guyton
  • Safety First! 9 Simple Ways to Make Your Halloween Outfit Visible

    Kristina Allen Moy
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    No matter what the costume is, you’ll want to make sure your trick-or-treater is highly visible. From LED accessories to reflective tape to glow-in-the-dark costumes, we’ve come up with nine ways to make your ghost or goblin easy to see. Glow in the Dark Tape If you’re looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to cover your little monsters from head to toe in reflective material, purchase a roll (or two) of Glow in the Dark Duck Tape. Not only can you place a strip of this super-bright tape on your kids’ bags and treat buckets, but you can place it on the back of their shoes…
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  • Who is Moana Waialiki

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Disney reveals plans to launch a new character, Moana, a teenage girl navigator; Image Copyright Disney Animation Studios Disney Animation Studios announced yesterday that they are planning to launch Moana, an animated comedy adventure movie for kids, in late 2016. The movie is based on the story of Moana Waialiki, its main character who is a lively teenage girl-navigator from Polynesia, around Hawaii Islands. The movie will be directed by the same folks who did The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess And The Frog. Sounds exciting? Polynesian triangle, extends from New Zealand on…
  • Dirt is Okay!

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Image Credit: Flickr user plasticrevolver, via CC Remember how us parents are always fussing about keeping our kids clean. Well this might shock you! Everybody believes that washing hands are a good way to keep away from the germs and bacteria. Recently we chanced upon a report from National Wildlife Federation, that outlined how being too clean stops from being helpful, and a little bit of dirt works better for your child’s health. Surprised? The Federation has started a new campaign that says that kids should be out there. Getting outdoor does help children. Playing in the…
  • Circulatory System Is Super Cool

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    (Mihika, 9, gives super cool information about heart) Our circulatory system, Image Credit: Pixabay User PublicDomainPictures, via CC When I was around eight years old, I was about to appear for my first Science Olympiad Exam! My parents told me that there might be questions about the heart, so they explained to me that the heart pumps blood all around the body! Now I began wondering that what is blood? How does it help? Why is the heart very important? I got to know a bit, but I still did not know a lot, and I didn’t understand it! When  I graduated to grade 5, I was glad to know…
  • Kangaroos Did Not Always Hop

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Kangaroos today are less than a third big as the extinct one, Image credit: Flickr user scottcalleja, via CC Did you know that kangaroos did not always hop? About 30,000 years ago some of them walked! Yes, they were so big (about three times as big as the kangaroos today) that they could only walk. These giant kangaroos were maybe two meters tall and weighed 240 kilograms, as claimed by researchers of Brown University, USA who published their findings in a science journal yesterday. The US researchers studied the giant kangaroos’ hips, knees and bones in their ankle joints to…
  • Stones Make Fire

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Gary Edenfield, via CC Eve was a chirpy and playful ten year old. She never went to school. For her, it was all play no work. Wonder why? She lived in different times. She was one of the early humans that lived millions of years ago. She lived in the stone age. Where did she live? She lived in caves with her parents who were hunter-gatherers. She played hide and seek with her friends in the forests, plucked flowers, collected stones and took care of her little brother and sisters when her mother was away. One day she was playing hopscotch of sorts, she noticed…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Cool Halloween Craft Ideas

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

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

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

  • Glowing Oobleck – An Easy Slime Recipe

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Glowing oobleck is an easy, two-ingredient slime recipe that’s perfect for Halloween or exploring with a black light. Make regular oobleck, glowing oobleck, and glow in the dark oobleck. Then, have fun layering the 3 types together creating designs as you play. Glowing Oobleck Ingredients: cornstarch tonic water {that says contains quinine} black light {UV [...]
  • Halloween Science: Fluorescent Chlorophyll

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Looking for a fun Halloween science demo to impress your friends? Try this glowing experiment with chlorophyll and a black light. Chlorophyll is green under normal light, but fluoresces red under UV light. Halloween Science Glowing Experiment Materials: a large handful of green leafy vegetables or herbs {I used kale. Try spinach, cilantro, parsley, or [...]
  • The Sunday Showcase – Halloween Activities

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring Halloween activities for kids. Lalymom creates Halloween clothespins and pattern sticks. One Time Through has spooky sounds experiments for kids. Mama Smiles shares book-inspired Halloween fun for kids with a felt board. Edventures with Kids makes an easy mummy garland. My House Full of Boys has fun [...]
  • Room on the Broom Activities

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Julia Donaldson is this month’s featured author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. I love the way Julia Donaldson writes. She is a talented storyteller and her books have a lovely sing song rhyme. Today we are sharing two activities to go along with Room on the Broom: a reading game and a sensory science activity. Affiliate [...]
  • Glow in the Dark Monster Shirt

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I want to thank I Love to Create for sponsoring this post. They sent us some Tulip glow paint to try out. We created a glow in the dark monster shirt from Aiden’s own artwork. We also painted glow in the dark pumpkins. Tulip Glow Paint Tulip glow paint is super cool. The paints glow in the dark [...]
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  • 16 Easy Printmaking Projects for Kids

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Make + Key = Makey Makey Would you enjoy playing a game of PacMan with carrots or tinkering a set of play dough piano keys? If the answer is “yes,” then Makey Makey might be just the toy for you! I’ve been following Makey Makey by JoyLabz for a while and we finally got the chance to play with our very own set. What is Makey Makey? That’s a great question — before we brought ours home I wasn’t entirely sure either! Makey Makey is an easy-to-use invention kit that’s essentially a printed circuit board that connects to a computer via a USB cable.
  • A New Art Studio for TinkerLab

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A New Art Studio Last night I was officially introduced to my new art studio! It’s a gorgeous space, formerly occupied by my friend Cristina Velazquez, who’s working on a large-scale installation with over 400 unwanted VHS tape. (If you live in the Bay Area and want to join her for a VHS tape knit-in this week, more details can be found here.) I applied to be an artist in the Cubberley Artists’ Studios Program in Palo Alto earlier this summer, and recently learned that I was granted a spot! I’ve been eyeing these spaces for YEARS, and to say that I’m excited…
  • 12 Art Projects for Toddlers

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    I’m often asked for activity ideas for toddlers, so I collected a few of my favorite art projects for toddlers. These projects are mostly easy to execute, don’t call for a lot of fancy supplies, often suggest using supplies that you already have at home, and are 100% age-appropriate for little hands. Enjoy! 12 Art Projects for Toddlers Make your own simple paint recipe. Making your own paint can be easy! This paint isn’t super archival and it won’t look like store-bought paint, but it’s especially useful if you have a child who likes to use a lot of paint, and…
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    it's BABY time!

  • How to Get Free Diapers

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

    Carol Johnson
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I’m all up for hands-on learning when it comes to teaching toddlers. That’s not to say that I never let my kids watch TV or occasionally play games on my phone. There are many online educational websites that offer games and learning activities for preschoolers that help them learn fundamental skills. Pay close attention, because some of these learning websites for kids require a monthly fee in order to use them.With so many resources available thanks to technology, it’s no wonder why kids seem to be smarter these days. Electronic toys and tablets for toddlers make it easier…
  • The First Years Microwave Sterilizer Review

    Carol Johnson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Babies’ undeveloped immune systems make them more susceptible to germs and bacteria. Sterilization is the best measure to ensure bottles, pacifiers, and other small items are clean and free of germs. There are many different brands of steam sterilizers available for sanitizing; I particularly like the ones made for the microwave as they don’t take up counter space like electric sterilizers. As a mother of a premie I was frequently sterilizing various items my baby used on a regular basis so having a microwave sterilizer was very useful. Here is my First Years Microwave Sterilizer…
  • What Changes After Having a Baby?

    Carol Johnson
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As you prepare for parenthood, you’re probably well aware that many things are not going be the same. You may have heard plenty of tips from experienced parents about sleepless nights and such. What really changes after having a baby that people don’t tell you? Well, get ready to be enlightened.Having a baby changes EVERYTHING. It transforms your body into a remarkable temporary housing for the life that is soon to come. It changes your bank account for sure. It even changes the way you once perceived things. Here I’ll share a few things you may not have heard just to give you an idea…
  • Car Seats for Parents with Multiples

    Carol Johnson
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Car seats are designed to keep our precious cargo safe while riding along in the car, but have you noticed how bulky they can be? If you place your standard infant car seat in the middle of the backseat, as you should being the safest placement for a car seat, it can leave additional passengers feeling very cramped on each side. That is, unless you have a very roomy vehicle. What if you need car seats for multiples? I use the term multiples loosely here, because I’m not just referring to just parents of twins or triplets, but also parents who have more than 2 children.While a minivan…
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    Expert Advice

  • Fitness as a Way of Life

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

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

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

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

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
      It seems that everybody goes ga-ga over kids with curly hair. Sweet ringlets, corkscrews and gentle waves are one of Nature’s most adorable wonders. That is, until they become impossibly matted, frizzy bird’s nests. The good news is that even the wildest curls can be tamed with the right products and techniques. Take note of our most common Curly Qs and soon you’ll be known in your circles as, “The Curl Whisperer”.   Photo Credit: Scotch & Soda What’s the best brush for curly hair? No brush! The most common mistake with curly hair is…
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  • The Hobbit in 72 seconds, made of LEGO!

    Matt Purslow
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    We’ve seen The Hobbit recreated in LEGO before, both in this cool trailer for the second film and the LEGO The Hobbit game. But this is a brand new LEGO film made from the Hobbit minifigures, which tells the whole story in just 72 seconds! Instead of telling the same stories as the three films, this LEGO short film sticks exactly to The Hobbit book, so if you’ve read that you’ll know exactly what scenes to expect! If you’ve only seen the two films so far, be warned: there are spoilers for how the story will end in the third and final film! For more amazing creations, take a look at…
  • Minecraft Movie may have a director!

    Matt Purslow
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    It looks like the Minecraft movie is finally getting a move on, with Warner Bros. – the company making the film – talking to the director of Night at the Museum to see if he’d like to be in charge of making the movie of Mojang’s huge game. Shawn Levy, who has directed Night at the Museum films and other comedies, could well become the king on the Minecraft movie if the talks go well. Also joining the team is Roy Lee as a producer, who has worked on The LEGO Movie and How to Train your Dragon. With these talented people involved, it looks like the Minecraft movie could be…
  • Get coding with Doctor Who!

    Matt Purslow
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Doctor is heading into danger again, but this time it’s not just in an episode of Doctor Who. The Doctor and the Dalek is a new game coming to the CBBC website, that teams the Doctor up with one of his arch enemies to help defeat evil. But how will the Doctor succeed? Using computer science! Andy from Family Gamer TV has been investigating… In The Doctor and the Dalek, the twelfth Doctor rescues a Dalek prisoner from the Cybermen and discovers that he makes an unlikely ally. By solving puzzles, the Doctor can reprogramme the Dalek’s systems to make it help out in defeating both…
  • LittleBigPlanet recreated in Project Spark

    Matt Purslow
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Project Spark is the new game on Xbox One and Windows 8 PCs that lets you build your own games. So it seems really fun that one of the first games to be made in Project Spark since its full release is a recreation of LittleBigPlanet, the PlayStation game that lets you make your own levels. It’s called Little Big Plan It, and you can check it out in this cool new trailer. Little Big Plan It has been made by Project Spark user MrXBob, and has all the parts of LittleBigPlanet that you know and love, from the colourful hills of the levels to a bunch of cool characters that are based on game…
  • Let’s Play Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire demo

    Matt Purslow
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire updates the old Game Boy Ruby and Sapphire games into brand new experiences with the cool graphics of Pokémon X & Y. We’ve seen lots of trailers, but Family Gamer TV have finally played the game. You can see all their adventures in the new demo in this video. In this video, Family Gamer TV walk you through the demo, which has a story that lasts about 30 minutes. You’ll get to see Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s starter Pokémon: a choice of Combusken (Grass-type), Grovyle (Fire-type) and Marshtomp (Water-type). There’s also a taster…
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  • CDL 029 – How to Recover from the Pitfalls of Taking Breaks

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

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

    Jeff Stephens
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    If you’re like me, you probably have a load of things on your plate. You are constantly running around either for your kids or for your job. Finding time to complete some of those menial tasks is typically not possible. You find yourself forgetting or just skipping doing some of those items that are easiest to actually execute. On this week’s episode I dig into an awesome automation tool that you should check out to … Continue reading → The post CDL 028 – Using IFTTT to Jumpstart Your Productivity appeared first on .
  • CDL 027 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 2: Publish

    Jeff Stephens
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    How to Publish your book on Amazon Ok, so you’ve written the next War and Peace and you want to let the world know about it. How do you take it to the next level, format it, and put it out there for the world to read your inspiring words? In this episode, I dig into the details on how you go about formatting your masterpiece for Amazon, how to upload it, and how to … Continue reading → The post CDL 027 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 2: Publish appeared first on .
  • 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 .
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  • Rock the Lunch Box

    John Russo
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    How do you and your kids Rock the Lunch Box? Here are some great tips from Find more of these great tips on Check out these other posts on helping kids eat healthy meals, and Quick Tips for Healthy Snack Choices.   read more The post Rock the Lunch Box appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Iron Man Prosthetic Hand

    John Russo
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Log this under things that may make you weepy. Maybe I’m a techy geek, and a dad with a soft spot for anything that makes kids facing tough disabilities feel awesome. But you have to admit, this is cool. This … read more The post Iron Man Prosthetic Hand appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Daily Kiddo Podcast

    John Russo
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We interviewed Alex Harris from Daily Kiddo about the new app. Listen to the interview here! Or download it from iTunes What is Daily Kiddo? It’s an app for parents who want to share photos of kids with their biggest … read more The post Daily Kiddo Podcast appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Healthy School Start Times

    Stacy Simera
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Preparing our kids to be happy and productive in the ‘real world.’ When I ask parents what their goals are for their children, the answers usually fall into two categories: we want our children to be happy and we want … read more The post Healthy School Start Times appeared first on KidNimble.
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    Good Kids | Kids Stories

  • Akbar birbal Stories – Four Fools

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

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

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    One day Birbal happened to pass a harmless comment on Akbar’s sense of humor. But Akbar was no fool. He got very angry and ordered him to not only leave the court, but also the city of Agra, his capital. Birbal was terribly hurt but could not do anything about it. So Birbal left. But now Akbar was missing him. He wanted him back in the Court. He could not do anything without him. he wanted to call him but he didn’t know his whereabouts. Nobody else also knew where he was. One day an intelligent Saadhu (saint) came to his court and told him the way to search for him. Now Akbar did…
  • Akbar birbal Stories – The loyal Gardener

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    One day Akbar was stumbled on a rock in his garden while taking a stroll. He was not in a good mood already, and then this fall. He got very angry and ordered for the gardener’s arrest and execution. The next day, at the time of execution, the gardener was asked what his last wish was. He requested for an audience with the Emperor. His wish was granted and he was brought in the Court. When he came near the throne, he loudly cleared the throat and spat at the feet of the Emperor. The Emperor demanded to know why did he do such a thing. The gardener did this on Birbal’s advice, so…
  • Akbar birbal Stories – Fast Horse

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    One day, when Akbar saw Hodja coming on foot, he promised him to give a horse. Accordingly, he instructed his stable man to give a horse to Hodja. Now, it so happened that the stable man selected a very weak and sick horse from the stable and sent it to Hodja’s house. The horse was so weak and sick that it died on the same night it was delivered. When next day Akbar saw Hodja coming on foot again, he asked in surprise, “What happened to your horse, I arranged yesterday?” Hodja said, “Jahaanpanaah, the horse had a fleet of feet that it crossed the distance from earth to…
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  • Kids' Party Food Ideas: 109 Halloween Recipes

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When holidays roll around, I go in search of food ideas that fit the holiday theme and get to work. Whether it's for a party or for a weeknight dinner, I like to add to the holiday fun! With Halloween being right around the corner I want to share these great Halloween recipes that you can make for your family and friends. These fun recipes cover food buffet items like the Halloween stuffed peppers and the Halloween lunch ideas plus…there’s the dessert table: you’re going to love the choices! Try Pumpkin Pound Cake, Easy Candy Apples, Pumpkin-Brownie Cookies, Halloween Fudge, or Candy…
  • Party Time Linky: Week 17

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to week 17 of the Party Time Linky!!! I am loving all the Halloween and fall inspiration being shared. Did you catch the Pumpkin Pecan Pie Cupcakes, 31 Halloween Party Ideas, Trick or Treat Halloween Party, DIY Pumpkin Place Setting, and the Budget Friendly Teddy Bear Bash??? They were just some of the great ideas linked up last week. Are you ready to join in the fun and get this week's party started?!?!  See Also Don't miss the great fall ideas with Party Time Linky Week 13. Party Time Linky Week 14 had lots of great ideas for autumn and Halloween. Did you catch Party Time Linky…
  • Easy Entry: $50 Cash Giveaway

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Want some quick cash this fall? Enter to win $50 with this easy giveaway now! 
  • Fighting Light Bladder Leakage with Poise Microliners

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Thanks to Poise for sponsoring today's discussion. Being a mom has certainly changed my life in many ways. Before my boys were born, I didn't know you could love a human being so much. I also didn't pee my pants. {I didn't say all changes were for the better!} After giving birth to three little guys, I was surprised to be dealing with light bladder leakage. Thankfully, my confidence has recently been restored thanks to Poise Microliners. 
  • 15 DIY Halloween Costumes Perfect for Boys

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Has your boy decided what he wants to be this Halloween? Halloween is a favorite holiday in this household because we all get to be someone we are not for a day (and let's face it, any excuse to eat candy and cupcakes is a good one!). Some of the most fun Halloween costumes are the ones you can make at home with easy-to-find supplies. What themed costumes can you make? Well, anything from a Toy Army Man,  Indiana Jones, an Astronaut, a cowboy, a train, a Viking, Peter Pan, and a Marshmallow man, to Clark Kent, Charlie Brown, Up characters, a Lego piece, a Strongman, Dwight Schrute (from The…
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  • I Learned Ukulele with Laurie Berkner

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Some musings on keeping your kids musically motivated If you stumbled upon this site while looking for tips on finding a music teacher then you are most likely thinking of putting your child through music lessons.  Many of us well-meaning parents will do this, and many of our well-meaning, but stubborn, children will want to quit about ten times in the first 2 years. It’s totally normal and you shouldn’t get upset if your kid wants to chuck his violin in favor of an iPad. But if you want to increase your chances of success you should be ready to answer the all-important…
  • Coming soon….

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    I know I’ve been MIA lately, but not because I’m slacking off. I’m working on something really exciting that’s coming in the next week or so. Here’s a little preview… Learning from the songwriter herself!   I promise it’ll be good.   tweet The post Coming soon…. appeared first on I Found Musik.
  • World Music and Season Finales

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Bay Area Family Music Events October 10-12 This is a great weekend to give your kids some world culture. From Pow Wow traditions to world beats with Zakir Hussain to German folk tunes at Oktoberfest, the Bay Area is celebrating cultures from around the globe through music. On top of that, two wonderful local music series are finishing off their seasons with blowout concerts. The Golden Gate Park Band is taking a breather until next year and will be saying “until next time” to their fans with a big all-request concert. Come ask for your favorite tune and enjoy the lovely setting.
  • Piano PSA: Lysol

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    As in… “Can I Use Lysol on a Piano?” Musical PSA: With the cold/flu season approaching, I just want to share a little wisdom learned through my own idiocy. If you love your piano (and possibly any other instrument) DON’T SANITIZE THE KEYS WITH LYSOL! So, if you’ve ever wondered whether Lysol, or other harsh cleaners, will damage piano keys….. well, see evidence below. And for the love of God, or Mozart or Billy Joel, just use soap and water.  P.s. According to my tuner, refinishing those 3 keys will cost over $200! FAIL!!!   This is my own Yamaha :-(…
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    Professor Egghead Science Academy - Kids Franchise

  • Professor Egghead Named Up-and-Coming Franchise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lesly Simmons
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    There are a ridiculous number of apps for parents out there and let's be honest, a lot of them suck. A quick search in the App Store for parents/newborns/children brings up more than 10,000 choices! Who on earth has time to figure out which ones are worth downloading, especially if they aren't free? I am super picky about what goes on my phone, so trust me when I saw you should add Parenthoods to your mobile mix right away!When I heard about  Parenthoods, a new app created by two San Francisco women, I downloaded it and was hooked almost instantly. Parenthoods, part of the 2014…
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  • The Kids’ Playground Happiness Meter

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    Across the globe, children agree that their sources of happiness lie in strong family ties, a solid group of friends, and of course, engaging in quality play time. Then again, the same study revealed...
  • Should Parents Allow Their Kids To Play Football?

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Photo by House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats via Flickr, Creative CommonsYou see your kid with bruises, strained muscles, and ligament sprains; no parent would want to see their...
  • Let's End Fat-Shaming among Kids, Shall We?

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    “What do you weigh? Like 400 pounds? It’s like running into a snowplow.” -Marcus, Fat Kid Rules the World “Oh, at least you don't look like some kind of a bloated roadside piñata! You should really...
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