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  • Hunter Boots Flagship Store - London

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    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hunter Boots is making waves again. The Edinburgh, Scotland-based historic icon has opened its first-ever flagship store at 83 Regent Street in London with a celebration featuring a troupe of Singing-In-The-Rain dancers arriving in a red double-decker wearing head-to-toe Hunter Original collection.   The store design is a funky combo of urban shopping heaven and agricultural themes that echo farm life and barns – all thought up by the design team at Checkland Kindleysides.   Established in 1856 and known for its dutiful supply of millions of trench booth for the British troops…
  • National Make a Gift Day

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    24 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    National Make a Gift DayMake a Gift Day is the perfect holiday to start preparing your presents for those special people on your list. National Make a Gift Day is a holiday celebrated annually on December 3 every year. It is all about making gifts instead of buying them. The creative gift you decide to make to give someone is more meaningful than a gift bought at a store because you have but ...
  • The worst drought in 1,000 years

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    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The 1934 drought, during a period in American history known as the Dust Bowl, was the worst in a millennium, a new study finds. While the drought had natural origins, human activities made it worse.
  • Spectacular Kids!

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    Alison Novak
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Young performers from all over the state stepped up to the Higher Ground stage this month. They were vying for a spot in the first-ever Kids VT Spectacular Spectacular, a talent show for Vermont’s rising stars — and they sure did impress!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Fun Facts About Cute Animals – Alpaca Edition

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    CHRISTYN.EDWARDS@CBC.CA
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    They are cute, furry and related to llamas. We are exploring fun facts about alpacas!
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  • National Make a Gift Day

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    National Make a Gift DayMake a Gift Day is the perfect holiday to start preparing your presents for those special people on your list. National Make a Gift Day is a holiday celebrated annually on December 3 every year. It is all about making gifts instead of buying them. The creative gift you decide to make to give someone is more meaningful than a gift bought at a store because you have but ...
  • National Cookie Day

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    National Cookie Day On National Cookie Day it is okay to have cookies 24/7 or at least for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time! What is your favorite cookie: chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar, russian tea cakes, oatmeal raisin? National Cookie Day is a delicious food holidays celebrated by Americans annually on December 4th! Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century with Macaroons ...
  • The UEFA EURO 2016 Mascot : Driblou, Goalix or Super Victor ?

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The soccer UEFA EURO2016 will take place in France. UEFA has just unveiled the new Mascot. It is a soccer fan little boy who has just find out magical cape, pair of soccer shoes and soccer ball that allow him to fly and become a soccer super hero. He wears the number 16 on its shirt as symbol of the EURO2016. Help UEFA to name the Mascot by choosing between Driblou, Goalix or Super ...
  • Santa Letters for Children

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    "Sealed by Santa" Letters and Christmas Gift Pack for Children - Order by December 1st  Sealed By Santa refers to the red wax embossed on every letter mailed by Santa to children on his Nice List as recommended by his parents, grandparents and relatives! The adorable program offers personalized letters, Santa videos, phone recordings, a January postcard and many more options to create the ...
  • World Kindness Day

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    World Kindness Day - Making the World a Better PlaceOn Thursday November 13, 2014 people from all around the world will make the world a better place by performing selfless acts of kindness. Acts of kindness can be big or small gestures and don't need to cost a thing. Helping others can be as simple as paying someone a compliment, holding open a door, baking a pie for a neighbor, donating ...
 
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    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students

  • The worst drought in 1,000 years

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The 1934 drought, during a period in American history known as the Dust Bowl, was the worst in a millennium, a new study finds. While the drought had natural origins, human activities made it worse.
  • A teacher’s guide to mentoring in STEM

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many people in STEM careers credit mentors for their success. But a good mentor is more than just a teacher.
  • Can soft drinks speed aging?

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new study suggests a reason why daily sugary-soda drinkers are more prone to disease: Guzzling these drinks shortens the protective caps on chromosomes. If the caps get too short, cells die.
  • IQ is in the genes

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Previous research that suggested parenting affects a child’s IQ is flawed, researchers now conclude.
  • The secret of fast runners: symmetry

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Science had shown that animals and people with symmetrical bodies tend to be stronger and healthier. Now researchers find they can predict the best sprinters by measuring the top runners’ knees.
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  • Spectacular Kids!

    Alison Novak
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Young performers from all over the state stepped up to the Higher Ground stage this month. They were vying for a spot in the first-ever Kids VT Spectacular Spectacular, a talent show for Vermont’s rising stars — and they sure did impress!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • On the Fly: When Plans Go Awry

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    The fog surrounded us as we drove. Adam and I leaned our faces close to the windscreen, trying to see a few feet in front of us, making sure we didn’t run over a cow, a herd of goats or a person walking in the road. We had been driving for hours through the Transkei, the rural part of South Africa's Eastern Cape, past the Xhosa village Qunu where Nelson Mandela grew up.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Weekend Chili & Cornbread

    Erinn Simon
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s a good time to talk about my favorite meal for a cold, snowy Sunday: chili. I grew up with my grandmother’s simple version.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Book Review: Masterpiece

    Patrick Henry
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    I’m always trying to get my two kids, Thomas, 12, and Kate,11, to read more. That means finding books they’ll love.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • On the Fly: Food & Love (Part II)

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa felt like a momentous occasion. We had made it through Asia’s challenges and almost halfway through our trip.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
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  • How to Teach Kids to Be Grateful: Give Them Less - The Atlantic

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    27 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    The AtlanticHow to Teach Kids to Be Grateful: Give Them LessThe AtlanticI hesitated starting a toy-review website because I knew my kids would be testing and playing with most of the toys. New toys. Lots of them. I feared too many toys would make them ungrateful or, as others might say, “spoiled.” The idea of spoiling kids and more »
  • '19 Kids & Counting' Finale Recap: There's Definitely a Duggar Spin-Off in the ... - The Stir

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    27 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The Stir'19 Kids & Counting' Finale Recap: There's Definitely a Duggar Spin-Off in the The StirGuess who made a return to 19 Kids & Counting tonight? Why, it was none other than Aunt/Cousin Amy! In a head-scratching move, the show's finale dedicated most of its time to tracking Amy's burgeoning career in Nashville. Burgeoning is a bit of a stretch.'19 Kids & Counting's' cousin Amy Duggar reaches for Nashville dreamsFox News'19 Kids And Counting' Recap: Cousin Amy Duggar Makes A Rare Appearance International Business TimesJana Duggar: Edited…
  • Local Entrepreneur-Scientist Develops Google Glass Program For Kids With ... - CBS Local

    Google Inc.
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    CBS LocalLocal Entrepreneur-Scientist Develops Google Glass Program For Kids With CBS LocalCAMBRIDGE (CBS) – For the estimated one in 68 American children now born with disorders on the autism spectrum, technology could be a powerful tool. And, if Cambridge-based entrepreneur-scientist Ned Sahin has his way, kids will be able to harness ...
  • Four kids from Tennessee find their 'forever family' in NJ - NJ.com

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    27 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    NJ.comFour kids from Tennessee find their 'forever family' in NJNJ.comFor Lisa and Andy Travis, eight isn't enough. Nine will do. The Hudson County couple, transplants from the San Francisco Bay area, already had three children of their own when they decided they wanted more. And pastoring to foster kids at their local
  • Kids help Horseheads man carry on Christmas tradition - Elmira Star-Gazette

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    27 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Elmira Star-GazetteKids help Horseheads man carry on Christmas traditionElmira Star-GazetteHorseheads resident Charlie Santi was ready to give up putting up his massive Christmas display due to health issues this year, until neighborhood kids volunteered to help out. ELM 112314 santi 1 jdm. Neighbors Rebecca Taylor, left, Matthew Taylor and ...
 
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    Kids News

  • Alberta's child advocate wants changes after suicide of aboriginal teen

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Alberta's children's advocate wants social workers to better connect aboriginal kids in government care with their families and culture. It's one of three recommendations made in Del Graff's report examining the suicide of a 15-year-old aboriginal boy.
  • Advocates program hosts toy drive for foster kids

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    A program that pairs adult advocates with children in foster care and court cases in Clark County is hosting an annual angel tree toy drive ahead of the holiday season. Until Dec. 12, the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas is collecting toys at locations including Rachel's Kitchen, Credit Union 1, Distill - A Local Bar and Remedy's Tavern.
  • No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Taking acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, during pregnancy or giving it to young children does not raise the risk of childhood asthma, a new study finds. Concerns have been raised that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and/or early in a child's life may be associated with the development of asthma.
  • Walnut Creek: MC Hammer, mayor to kick off Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    WALNUT CREEK -- This Thanksgiving in downtown Walnut Creek it's Hammer Time. Bay Area pop icon MC Hammer will join Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti to rev up the runners for the Forma Gym Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Children's' music star Laurie Berkner goes back to school with a new program for kids

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    In this April 22, 2013 file photo, performer Laurie Berkner of Sprout's "Sing it, Laurie!" arrives at the 2013 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day in Pasadena, Calif. The singer-songwriter, who Time magazine dubbed as "the queen of children's music," has been training teachers to use her songs in a new music program for kids up to 4. NEW YORK, N.Y. - This fall, Laurie Berkner has been on a mission that likely will make children and parents happy: making more Laurie Berkners.
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  • Latest New Kids Fiction

    pauline
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Nest by Esther Ehrlich On Cape Cod in 1972, eleven-year-old Naomi, known as Chirp for her love of birds, gets help from neighbor Joey as she struggles to cope with her mother’s multiple sclerosis and its effect on her father and sister.         A Wonderlandiful Life by Shannon Hale. “When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen; Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio; and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Haberdashery & Tea…
  • Crafty Kyle Competition Winners!

    Florence
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The Crafty Kyle Competition is now over. The participants had to come up with a new imaginary story by Kyle Mewburn and design a book cover for it. We got heaps of entries… Well done everyone! The winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition have now been announced. Amelia Major won the 5 to 7 years old category. Well done for such a poetic and light-hearted drawing… Katie Chu-Fong won the 8 to 10 years old category. Very colourful and dynamic scene that you created for the “Vegetable Choir”. The champion of the 11 to 13 years old category is Matthew Yang. The…
  • New baby chimp at the Zoo

    adrienne
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Keza the Chimpanzee, who lives at Wellington Zoo, has given birth to a baby Chimpanzee. The zoo keepers aren’t sure of the baby’s gender yet, so it hasn’t been named. Mum Keza will carry her baby around for the next few months until they are able to get around on their own. Chimpanzees grow at around the same rate as humans, so you’ll be able to see the little baby grow and learn over the next few years. How adorable!   Before you visit the Wellington Zoo to see the baby, you might like to read up all about Chimps:  
  • Stick Dog

    debbie
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Have you meet Stick Dog and his crazy canine crew? There is a Dalmatian named Stripes, a Dachshund named Karen, a mutt named Mutt and a Poodle named Poo-Poo. Make sure you check out all their fun adventures in these three great titles. There is also a Stick Dog website that you might like to visit. There is heaps of information about the books, characters and the author Tom Watson. I also found videos and a blog and there is a fun page that has games and a quiz so check it out.
  • New Non Fiction: Art splash, Poetry in motion and a special Disney Princess surprise!

    Katie
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    New Art Books from Usborne! The Usborne Introduction to Art. Prepare to be dazzled and amazed when you read all about Western painting. From Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to modern art, your head will explode from all overload of knowledge! To accompany this book, read:       The Usborne Book of Art. This will overload your brain with even more knowledge about anything and everything to do with art. This fascinating book covers it all – from Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to great masters of European painting right up to the present day.       Frogs…
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  • Learning About Pregnancy From A To Z

    Meatball
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Pregnancy is one of life’s greatest joys. There are many things you can do to make sure you have a healthy and wonderful pregnancy. Keeping your body healthy will assure that your growing fetus stays healthy, as well. By using the following advice, you will know what to do in order to have a healthy pregnancy. See a doctor before becoming pregnant. A doctor can put you on a path in order to ensure that you have the healthiest pregnancy possible. Be armed with information from an expert will better help you ensure your pregnancy goes as well as possible. Regular exercise is essential…
  • Great Tips For Reaching Your Ideal Weight

    Meatball
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    It isn’t easy to lose weight today. Weight loss is about making the right choices and having will power. You can start down this road as soon as today by putting into play the ideas you learn from this article. When trying to cut fat, incorporate an exercise regimen. If you want to commit to long-term fitness, join a gym. You may also want to try jogging, Pilates or Tai Chi. Talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise program, especially if you have health issues. If you don’t have time to get to a gym, purchase exercise DVDs so that you can work out in the comfort of your…
  • The Most Important Tips And Advice For Pregnant Women

    Meatball
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    One of the highlights of a woman’s life is pregnancy and the happiness that comes with having a baby. It is also a time of great change in your body and mind. When you use the information below, you put a priority on keeping you and your baby healthy. Relax before bedtime and use pillows to make your pregnant body more comfortable while sleeping. If you can follow a consistent bedtime routine, then your body will learn that bedtime is near. This should ease the process of falling asleep. You can take a warm bath, do a little light reading, or ask your significant other for a massage.
  • Tips That Will Help You Be A Great Parent

    Meatball
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    All parents can benefit from a bit of advice at one time or another. This article will address some of the hard situations that arise when bringing up a child children. You may find some of the tips helpful the next time you have a hard situation to handle. Think about what kinds of things you are telling your child. Let your children know they can count on you and trust you. Going from one activity to another can be difficult for very small children. In many cases, shifting between projects or tasks can be so upsetting that your child may even wind up in tears. Don’t smoke at home when…
  • Apply This Information To Have A Wonderful Pregnancy

    Meatball
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    When you are pregnant, it can be a good or bad experience, depending. If you have an idea of what you will experience during your pregnancy, you can be prepared to make the best out of every experience. Continue reading to learn great tips that can help you have a more relaxed pregnancy. To get the proper amount of sleep during your pregnancy, you need to plan your water intake around a smaller bladder capacity. Drink plenty of water during daylight hours, but watch how much you take in prior to going to sleep. This will allow you to sleep without getting interrupted by the need to go to the…
 
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    Toddler Activities from Familyeducation.com

  • Moving Masterpiece

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Create a painting by dipping a ball in paint and then rolling it over your surface.
  • Energy from the Sun

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this early learning activity.
  • Log Houses

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Build a log house using paper and cardboard.
  • Boxes And Buildings

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Don't throw away those old boxes -- let your child's imagination run wild with them.
  • Thanksgiving Turkey

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a tracing of your toddler's hand, draw an eye and beak on the thumb and turkey feet down below, and let him decorate it with beans and pasta to make a beautiful Thanksgiving turkey wall hanging.
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    K-5 Activities from Familyeducation.com

  • Car Talk

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    When out with your child, see what he thinks different cars would sound like and what they would say.
  • Make a Fossil

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This science activity has your child make a "fossil" using his hand and some homemade plaster.
  • Flash in the Pan

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have fun helping your children build their own microwave.
  • Name that Coin

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This guessing game will help your child learn to recognize coins and develop his problem-solving skills.
  • Look Through Any Window

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This writing and drawing activity will help your child be more aware of the changing world outside.
 
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    Doll Diaries

  • Colorful Fall Pillow

    Anna
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fall is lingering a little today.  The crisp air and changing leaves are amazing.  I stitched up a memory of fall for our doll space. This project, inspired by the colorful falling leaves, has a fun twist. It is the pop of color!  Join me to make this fun leaf pillow for your dolls. Here’s what you’ll need- Supplies: felt in 3 colors (Mine are red, orange and tan) embroidery floss needle batting Layer two pieces of felt, one on top of the other, that you will use for the leaf.  Draw a leaf shape on the top piece of felt with chalk. Cut the leaf shape out of the two layers.
  • Decorate Your Dollhouse Patio

    Brandy
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    To decorate the dollhouse patio my daughters and I decided that there should be a fire pit.  Fire pits always seem to make an outdoor space cozy and inviting. I found an inspiration real fire pit picture to get my creative ideas going.  I came up with a very simple idea and my daughters were thrilled with the results. Supplies included: the inner rings of two 5 inch cross-stitch hoops, a five inch terracotta pot base, mini Popsicle sticks, bronze or copper colored paint, black paint, hot glue gun, Alenes’s Tacky Glue. First I made a mark every two inches around each ring.  I hot glued…
  • Doll Of The Week – Mini American Girl Rebecca

    Karen
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Karen here and I have been a huge fan of the 6 inch mini dolls since first finding them in the Seattle American Girl Store in 2011. My First 6 inch American Girl Doll was Rebecca. She is my favorite.  I originally bought the 6 inch doll as I really wanted to buy the 18 inch version but I could not justify doing so at the time. Now I am thrilled I bought her when I did. I found so much enjoyment in these little 6 inch versions of the historical American Girl Dolls. They had so much play-ability! Having Rebecca in 6 inch form made challenged my creativity! At the time there was not much on the…
  • Another DIY Holiday Ugly Sweater for Dolls

    Laura
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We get pretty excited around here when it comes to altering fashion!  Making UGLY sweaters for Christmas is fun for everyone, even dolls.  Char made one for Ruthie last week and this week is Nicki’s turn! Nicki is pretty adorable modeling her ugly sweater in the snow. It was fun to create.  This is what we used… Aleene’s Fabric Fusion is the best when it comes to stuff like this.  We cut out the green layered Christmas tree from Kunin Felt then used the Quick Dry version to adhere it together and also to the doll sized sweater.  We used it to add the ric-rac too as it…
  • Laurent Doll $75 Gift Certificate Sweepstakes

    Char
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today we are going to kick off another awesome $75 Gift Certificate Sweepstakes (yes, there is at least one more in the works) – this one is from doll furniture and accessories brand, Laurent Doll. Laurent Doll is known primarily for their beautiful wooden doll furniture and beds, but recently they have added some additional accessories and really unique pieces to their catalog. The pieces in the photo above are three of my favorites – they serve as play pieces but also storage pieces – which I always love. I have visited the Laurent booth at Toy Fair the past few years and…
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  • Is it a Sprain or a Break?

    Char
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you have an athlete, there is going to come a time where they get injured. Ankle injuries are VERY common and can happen when you least expect it. So how do you know if it is a sprain or a break? That photo is of my daughter’s ankle a few weeks ago. She had just finished cheer season and was returning to the dance studio. She did three classes and in the final 15 minutes of her last class of the night she did a leap – like the ones she has been doing since she was little – and for some strange reason she just landed wrong and ended up in a heap on the floor. Her ankle…
  • Athletes and Back to School: 8 Things Parents and Coaches Can Do To Make It Easier

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

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

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

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

    Randa Clay
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Christmas is a great time of year, full of busyness and celebration. So often the focus is on so many other things than what the holiday is really about. This word search is all about the birth of... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Free Printable Christmas Kitty Coloring Sheet

    Randa Clay
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Even kitties need to decorate their Christmas trees! This little Santa Kitty has a string of lights ready to put up. He will be fun to print and color, especially as we get closer to Christmas. If... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Rules For Kids

    Randa Clay
    31 Aug 2013 | 8:54 am
    Learning to navigate this world can be a challenge to say the least. Here are recommendations from kids that might help! Rules for Kids: Never trust a dog to watch your food. Patrick, 10 When your... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Regency Era Printable Paper Dolls

    Randa Clay
    25 Aug 2013 | 3:00 pm
    Paper dolls are so much fun! I created these Regency Era Paper Dolls for Doll Diaries over a year ago, but thought it was time to share them here as well. Your little dress designer can create a... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Ice Cream Word Search and Coloring Sheet

    Randa Clay
    20 Aug 2013 | 3:13 pm
    Is there anything better than ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor? As we finish out this summer, here are some cool activity sheets that will make you hungry for something cold and creamy!... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
 
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  • Fireball

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    We were in Asbury Park Friday night, and drove past the Silver Ball Museum. Reason enough to re-post.... A long, long time ago, before most of you were even born (ca. 1976), pinball machines were still electromechanical, tied to the Newtonian universe. Real bells clanged, real thwack sounds when a game was won. Adolescent reflexes allowed mastering a game well enough to dominate a machine (and sell the accumulated games for more than the quarter it cost to play).We played at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, on the Jersey shore. We fell in love with each other, ourselves, and the ocean. Play…
  • Stroking our global economy through miseducation

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Might want to read this after you eat the bird. Cecil, H. C. and M. R. Baks "Volume, sperm concentration, and fertilizing capacity of turkey ejaculates obtained from successive cloacal strokes during semen collection," Poult. Sci 64:1219–1222. "My Daddy did what?" [photo: Peter Griffin]  In just a few days, many of us will sit down in front of a perfectly browned turkey, so oddly shaped that its conception depended on someone stroking its father's genitalia.With all the nonsense spewed about technology, and efficiency, and how to educate our way to some economic Nirvana, we lose sight…
  • Mid-November

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    I have a broken oak tree branch attached to the wall, right next to the whiteboard. The leaves are still green, and will remain so. The leaves have not fallen, and will not. Next to it I have a mini-poster asking when the leaves will fall.I found a slug crawling in our sunny school hallway, looking for all the world like it had a place to go, and in a hurry (for a slug) at that. He (and she) is now living with the potato bugs, where he (and she) will spend a comfortable winter before returning to the garden behind the school.We saw dolphins just a few yards off the beach a couple of days ago.
  • Mary Beth Doyle

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    10 years todaySome things you do not recover from....Today marks the anniversary of my sister's death, when a self-described Christian missionary ran her off the road, left the scene, then wrote to me (after being apprehended by the police a day later), that this was God's will.Apparently some modern day apostles have the power to know these things.I'm not an apostle, and I'm hardly a fan of what passes for Christianity these days (not sure Jesus Himself would be welcome at some of His more popular franchises), but I do enjoy the Gospels, which are at least as wise as, say Who Moved My…
  • Artificial intelligence

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    I may need to start a school on the mudflats, or rather share the school that's been there before we ever showed up on its shores. With all the fuss over the Next Generation Science Standards (whose biggest fault may be the ridiculously Trekian sounding "Next Generation"), our real problem stems from our cultural confusion over what is real.If you expect a two year old to distinguish the natural world from an iPad screen in a culture where millions of Americans will wile away a lovely Autumn afternoon screaming at images on television, you are fooling yourself (your business) and harming the…
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  • Make Ahead Cornbread and a Cookbook Giveaway

    jenniferhazard
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    We’re preparing to host our first Thanksgiving, and MP has been busy baking anything she can freeze ahead, mainly pies, cranberry sauce, and biscuits. And while stuffing can’t be prepared ahead of schedule, MP figured cornbread would freeze well. She turned to a new cookbook in our house, “Eating in Maine,” by Rockland food bloggers, Jillian and Malcolm Bedell. The book features a simple cornbread recipe for stuffing that can easily be made with kids: 1-1/2 cups stone-ground yellow cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4…
  • Secrets of Super Cool Parents (Dylan Drake, The Camper Clan)

    jenniferhazard
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Today marks the first post in a new Cute Potato series that highlights creative, adventurous parents. MP recently had the opportunity to speak with Dylan Drake—mother, designer and organizational guru behind the Camper Clan—about her family’s decision to journey 6,200 miles across America by electric bike to break the Guinness World Record (4,176 miles)! During husband Tomas Corjito’s daily rides, Dylan follows behind in their van with daughter Eva, age 4, and son Coco, age 2. Her day requires some serious planning: dealing with weather, mapping out routes, finding economical places…
  • A Visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

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

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

    jenniferhazard
    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…
 
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  • All our kids need to learn about Black history

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Civil rights march on Washington, DC police line on August 28, 1963. We shelter our children by censoring Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, lest they ever encounter offensive language in literature. But Ferguson still burns. We tip toe around ideas of race and class, forever tweaking the way we talk about these things as though some ... [Read more...]The post All our kids need to learn about Black history appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 10 places to give in Toronto this holiday

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    This is a guest post written by local Toronto mom and wonderful person, Rebecca Lee. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need anything this holiday season. Sure, I’d appreciate a new duvet cover and I wouldn’t say no to a fancy mixer, but I don’t need these things. My kid has a list ... [Read more...]The post 10 places to give in Toronto this holiday appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 5 random facts about me

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    I was tagged in a “5 Random Facts About Me” meme by the talented Susan Goldberg nearly a month ago. I am bad about participating in things like this, so it was only just now, realizing I have an hour before preschool pick up and wondering what I might write in that small window that ... [Read more...]The post 5 random facts about me appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Hunter Boots Flagship Store - London

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hunter Boots is making waves again. The Edinburgh, Scotland-based historic icon has opened its first-ever flagship store at 83 Regent Street in London with a celebration featuring a troupe of Singing-In-The-Rain dancers arriving in a red double-decker wearing head-to-toe Hunter Original collection.   The store design is a funky combo of urban shopping heaven and agricultural themes that echo farm life and barns – all thought up by the design team at Checkland Kindleysides.   Established in 1856 and known for its dutiful supply of millions of trench booth for the British troops…
  • One Hot Yoga & Pilates Studio - South Yarra, Melbourne

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the past two years, architect Robert Mills (Robert Mills Architects and Interior Designers) and his yoga-enthusiast spouse, Lucinda Mills, have created a sophisticated yoga and Pilates emporium in Melbourne’s South Yarra neighbourhood. The business, One Hot Yoga, is divided into four studios that occupy space at three addresses. Studio 1 (One Hot Yoga) is at 36 River Street, Studio 2 (One Hot Yoga and Mat Pilates) is at 46 River Street, and right next door at 48 River Street is the newest addition, Studios 3 and 4 (One Hot Pilates). In total, the studios take up nearly 800 square…
  • Cj Hendry - New Playing Card Series

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Those of you who are regular TCH readers know of CJ Hendry already. She is the extraordinary pen-and-ink artist whose work we fell in love with and then introduced to the public, first through Instagram and then at our Art Hunter temporary art experience in Sydney that we hosted with Jaguar.   The success of her work has been absolutely phenomenal, and for a good reason. Nothing compares to the mesmerising result of her painstaking work. Each image appears to be an enlargement of a black-and-white photograph, except that it isn’t. It is a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn piece of art.
  • Her Majesty's Pleasure, Toronto, Canada

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Toronto’s funky, ever-evolving King West Village has just gained another interesting entrepreneurial tenant at the brand-new, 12-storey condo and townhouse project, Fashion House, at 556 King Street West. The newcomer is Her Majesty’s Pleasure, a flexible concept by husband and wife, Jeff Armstrong and Sara Kardan. The sunny space functions as a hair, nail and beauty salon, a coffee and tea bar (during the day), a cocktail bar (at night), a shop, and even an event space, all tied together by a tightly controlled palette of colors (mainly black, white and wood) and materials. The…
  • Vienna's Steirereck

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

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    ~Welcoming Winters ~Winter has almost set in  many northern parts of the country .While cold winds from the mountains have lowered the temperatures drastically, bright afternoon sun, hot cocoa and loads of blooming flowers have beautifully spread their warmth to welcome the season. Winters in India are much different to their western  counterparts. Winters here are synonymous to afternoon family excursions-a sunny weekend  in park , picnic with kids or just lazying in sun…
  • Halloween

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

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

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

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

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    While contemplating Ferguson on Thanksgiving Day, our Faith & Motherhood columnist is grateful for that sliver of hope she still has for humanity. The post Finding Hope and Humanity In Ferguson... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12-Year-Old Shot By Police: No Safe Place For Black Children

    Denene Millner
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot by police, was a child who had the right to be just that... A CHILD. The post 12-Year-Old Shot By Police: No Safe Place For Black Children appeared first on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys

    Denene Millner
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    David Banks, author of a new book about educating and inspiring Black boys, says they can find success—with our help. The post There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting Our Daughters To Violence?

    Denene Millner
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Black girls fighting on reality TV has our daughters thinking they need to use their fists to problem solve—and they're hurting because of it. The post Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter Chat with MyBrownBaby

    Denene Millner
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Not everything about being an African American mom is about race. Sometimes, the little things confound and bring great joy. The post The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter... [[ 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

  • How to Score BIG on Black Friday

    Linette
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Black Friday has been around for a bit of time now, and people are really starting to maximize their holiday savings by purchasing Christmas presents and more on the huge sale day! You’d be surprised to find that some of the sales can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on Christmas presents. Although... Continue Reading...The post How to Score BIG on Black Friday appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Cranberry AppleSauce Recipe

    Linette
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Cranberry sauce is a holiday favorite at our house! I love the tart flavor of cranberries, it’s one of my favorite flavors this time of year! Today I have a cranberry applesauce recipe to share. This recipe combines the perfect balance of sweet and tart for your holiday lineup. The applesauce provides a natural sweetener... Continue Reading...The post Cranberry AppleSauce Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Best Buy For Holiday TV Gift Ideas

    Linette
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:11 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. A couple years ago I got a new TV for Christmas. It’s one of my favorite gifts ever! Before I got my Christmas TV we only had one television in... Continue Reading...The post Best Buy For Holiday TV Gift Ideas appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 12 Fun and Festive Holiday Appetizer Ideas and Recipes

    Linette
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:53 pm
    I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! I was just discussing our holiday menu with my sister in law earlier today while we were walking. For my sponsored Foodie collection this month I thought I’d put together some fun and festive holiday appetizer ideas to share. You can check out the full collection by... Continue Reading...The post 12 Fun and Festive Holiday Appetizer Ideas and Recipes appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway

    Linette
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    I’m super excited to be participating in the Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway! You can check out all the great sponsors and prizes included in the prize pack below! There are over $750 in prizes for one lucky winner! Scroll down for the details and for the Rafflecopter form to enter. Good luck! It’s Time!... Continue Reading...The post Holly Jolly Gift Guide Giveaway appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
 
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  • Thanksgiving Song Round-Up!

    Rachel
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The holidays are here! This time of year is so much fun — I love the anticipation of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the fresh start that the new year brings. With only a few days left before Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a quick round-up of the songs I’ve written to celebrate the first big holiday of the season. 10 Days of Thanksgiving by Listen & Learn Music I came up with this adaptation of the holiday classic “The 12 Days of Christmas” several years ago, and it has been my go-to Thanksgiving tune ever since. The download also includes an instrumental version and…
  • #AMTA14: Conference Recap (With Pictures)

    Rachel
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week I took a solo road trip to Louisville, KY for the 2014 AMTA national music therapy conference. As all conferences seem to go, it was a complete whirlwind of meetings, meals with friends, sessions, and exhibiting. Although it seems like just yesterday I was attending my first one in San Diego, I now have 6 national conferences under my belt! I arrived in Louisville on Wednesday evening, and the first item on my agenda was our annual Music Therapy Pro “fancy dinner”. This tradition started back in Cleveland ’10, and is one of my favorite parts of conference.
  • {Mama Moment} Joining in the Fun

    Rachel
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    The following is a guest post by Gretchen Chardos Benner, MSW, MT-BC. Gretchen is the owner of Piedmont Music Therapy, whose mission is to engage, empower and accompany individuals to reach their goals grounded in the frameworks of music therapy and social work. My children remind me of the best ways to get a job done while having fun and learning a lot in the process. Let’s take my recent guitar project as an example. Having my private practice’s office within my home grants opportunities for my children to learn more about the field of music therapy. Replacing the six strings on my work…
  • Off to Louisville for #AMTA14

    Rachel
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    November is one of my favorite months of the year, because it means I get to reunite with all my music therapy friends at AMTA national conference. I always look forward to a few days away, recharging my batteries and getting pumped up about my career field. I always come home completely inspired and ready to dive back into work. This year’s conference is being held in Louisville, KY — a city I’ve never visited but am looking forward to seeing. Bonus points that it’s close enough to drive! I’m heading out this afternoon and meeting up with my good friends…
  • Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin

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

  • Masterpiece Keepsake Christmas Card

    jude
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Christmas is getting ever closer, and I thought it must be time to start getting things ready preparing our home-made cards. We alsways need plenty of time for this, and this year is no exception.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Annual Round-Up 2014

    jude
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    Yes it’s that time of year again – it comes round so quickly. I can’t believe that Artful Adventures is now 5 years old! Things have changed a great deal here over the last 5 years.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dip-Dyed Shoes

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

    jude
    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

    jude
    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! ]]
 
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  • 8 Parenting Blogs for Spanish Language and Culture

    Jenny
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Raising kids with two or more languages is hard work. All of us feel overwhelmed at times and need encouragement.  At other times, we are motivated, but can’t think of anything new or interesting to engage kids with the language. Parenting blogs can be a wonderful source of ideas, energy and advice. One of the things I enjoy about these parenting blogs is that there is an understanding that raising a child with multiple languages is difficult, but worth the effort. I also appreciate insight into other cultures and into how different families handle common dilemmas. Finally, parenting blogs…
  • Five Fun Spanish Gifts

    Jenny
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    This time of year lots of parents are asking me about fun Spanish gifts for their kids. Language learning products are often expensive, so if you are buying for the holidays and can find Spanish gifts that your child will like, it works out well. Here are a few fun items to get you started. They appeal to a variety of ages and levels. Spot It: Basic Spanish If you would like one of your Spanish gifts to be a game, try this version of Spot It. Kids relate pictures and words as they play. It is great for basic vocabulary and beginning Spanish readers. Hoy Somos Más This music is from the hit…
  • Peru for Kids: Books on World Cultures

    Jenny
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Award-winning author Carole Roman has written a series of picture books to introduce young children to different countries and cultures. She has just added If You Were me and Lived in Peru: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World. This book is an excellent introduction to the beautiful country of Peru for kids. The book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, along with the rest of the series. Like the other books in the If You Were Me and Lived in… series, this book about Peru for kids: is intended for ages pre-K through eight. combines carefully selected information…
  • Spanish Thanksgiving Activities with Natural World Vocabulary

    Jenny
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    It is easy to tie almost any vocabulary into Thanksgiving activities. After all, we are thankful for family, food, community helpers, our bodies, and many other things that children learn the words for in Spanish. These Spanish Thanksgiving activities teach children vocabulary related to the natural world. Coloring Pages These new coloring pages are good Spanish Thanksgiving activities for language learners. The pages Doy gracias por la naturaleza, Doy gracias por los insectos, and Doy gracias por los animales salvajes have simple pictures labeled in Spanish. They help kids express what they…
  • 5 Attitudes to Model for Spanish Learners

    Jenny
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:47 pm
    We all know that children absorb a lot of what we do and say. It is a boon when it comes to acquiring language because kids learn even when we are not teaching. Children also absorb attitudes that can aid or limit their learning. It is important that we convey attitudes that help them learn and grow into thoughtful, empathetic people. Language, culture and identity are complicated. I see parents and teachers unintentionally communicate attitudes that limit Spanish learners over time. Whether you are a teacher or parent, a native speaker or a beginner yourself, it is important to set the…
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  • Muffin Tin Lunch For Kids

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In this kids lunch served in a muffin tin: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, green apples, persimmon slices, vanilla yogurt with pearl sprinkles, banana slices.Banana and peanut butter is my daughter's new favorite sandwich. She's not a PB & J kind of kid - so I am pleasantly surprised that she like's this combo.  And persimmons were a first - for both her and me. I loved them! Her, not so much. She said they tasted to much like squash. ;-)What new foods have your kids tried lately?This post appears on Muffintinmom.com or it's sub domain michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com and any…
  • Cute Paper Turkey Craft For Kids

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    It's almost Thanksgiving. There's still time to create a few turkey themed craft projects like this paper turkey craft for kids. It's simple to constuct, you just need the right supplies and you'll be on your way!Supplies:12 strips of 6in. by 1in. brown card stock paper6 strips of 2in. by 12in. colorful cardstock paperSmall pieces of white, black and orange cards rock for the eyes and beak1 hole punch (preferable heavy duty)2 bradsScissorsGlue stickSmall circle punch (optional)To begin making the cute paper turkey craft:Line up the pieces of brown card stock and punch a holes at each end.
  • What's it like at Knott's Berry Farm At Christmas #MerryFarm @Knotts

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

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

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

  • Dr. Mae Jemison – ‘Daring Makes a Difference’ for the First Black Woman Astronaut

    Inspire My Kids
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Dr. Mae Jemison was interested in space and science very early in her life.  From her childhood home in Chicago, she dreamed of traveling to outer space and assumed that she would! Even though many people questioned her interest in science, she persevered and followed her passion.  Jemison went on to attend Stanford University to study engineering.  In her early career, she became a doctor and then joined the Peace Corp to help provide health services to people in Africa. Later on, she decided to follow her childhood dream of space travel.  She contacted NASA and applied for their…
  • Veronika Scott – Empowering Homeless Women Stitch by Stitch

    Inspire My Kids
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Veronika Scott grew up near Detroit, Michigan in a tough household environment. She took note of the over 20,000 Detroiters who are homeless which now equals 1 of every 42 residents. She worked hard in high school and was able to earn a college scholarship to study industrial design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, one of the top design schools in the U.S. One college class that she took changed her life forever.  The assignment was to design something to fill a social need. Veronika reached out to the homeless community in Detroit to understand their problems.  After…
  • Think You Don’t Need Math? Think Again…..It’s All Around You!

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Do you ever get bored sitting in math class, wondering why you even need to learn the stuff in the first place? Well, this feeling is not too unusual. But the truth is, learning and using math is something that plays an amazingly important role in your life! From the moment you wake, all through your day, math is a significant part of virtually every aspect of your world…….. Here are just some of the things in daily life that utilize math: the food you eat the clothes you wear TVs, computers, and phones sports money calendars and clocks transportation government weather…
  • Bethany Hamilton – Soul Surfer Has Heart The Size of the Ocean

    Inspire My Kids
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    Bethany Hamilton was a 13 year home schooled girl who loved to surf and dreamed of becoming a pro surfer. One day, on a local surfing trip with her friends, she was attacked by a shark and tragically lost one of her of arms. Just one month after this incident, with her goals still in mind, she returned to surfing! She had to re-learn how to surf with one arm. Despite many challenges, she kept her dream alive and kept on trying.  Amazingly, she not only learned how to surf again, but became an even better surfer than before her accident! Even more incredible, she went on to win several…
  • Great Quotes for Kids About Trying Hard, Hard Work and Doing Your Best

    Michael Stutman
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Sometimes, doing your best work or trying your hardest at something is difficult.  It may have to do with trying to do something new for the first time, like a new sport or activity at school.  It may have to do with doing homework for a subject that is not your favorite or is not your best. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”  And as Albert Einstein added, “we have to do the best we can.  This is our sacred human responsibility”. Developing the habit of trying your hardest and doing your best work is something that will…
 
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    Red Tricycle

  • Kids Helping Kids: 25 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

    Abbey McGee
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The old adage, ’tis better to give than receive, can sometimes get lost during the magic and wonder of the holidays. If you’re looking for ways to combat the “gimmies” this season, we’ve rounded up 25 charitable organizations around the city. From donating food and warm clothing to helping a family furnish their first home, the opportunities abound this season. And the best part? Other local children will benefit from your family’s generosity and service. photo: Food Driving Box 1. Budding artists can contribute new or gently used professional art supplies to Art with…
  • Electric Avenue: 10 Must-See Dazzling Neighborhood Light Displays

    Allison Sutcliffe
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    If the post-turkey day shopping blitz isn’t your thing, bundle up your little elves and head out for an illuminating, after-dark adventure in search of the city’s most magical light displays. It’s a de-light-fully different take on Black Friday. From coordinated neighborhood events to megawatt light shows, we’ve rounded up some mesmerizing displays that run through the new year. So, warm up the car and have a thermos of hot cocoa at the ready. Dash away, all! Just one more trip: Don’t forget to stop at Seattle’s traditional Candy Cane Lane display in Ravenna. It’s, as we like to…
  • Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals to Bookmark

    rtnatashadavis
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Make sure you have your gift list and checked it twice because Black Friday is here — and you’ve got some serious shopping to do. Of course, you can also support your favorite local haunts on Small Business Saturday, or shop from the comfort of your couch on Cyber Monday. Read on for the ultimate “it” list of sales, steals and deals. Helpful Note: The deals listed below were accurate at press time, but the business websites will have all the up-to-date information. Click on each business name for more details, and don’t forget to scroll all the way down for…
  • 15 Advent Calendars for Every Style & Budget

    Gabby Cullen
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    If you haven’t started an advent calendar with your crew, this is the year to get the tradition going. They come in all shapes and sizes, from colorful boxes to wall hangings to jars stuffed with goodies. All of them bring surprises and smiles every day in December. Which is the perfect one for your yuletide countdown? Click through the slideshow to take a look. How do you count down? We want to know!  — Gabby Cullen RELATED STORIES: Christmas Activity Tree: 25 Innovative Ways to Countdown to the Holidays
  • Santa Meltdowns, Gift Snafus & More: A Holiday Survival Guide

    Maria Barnes
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    It would be nice if everyone’s holiday resembled a Norman Rockwell painting. But that’s just not realistic — and where is the fun in that, anyway? There will be smiles and tears, moments of calm and kerfuffles, serenity and debacles, and all the other things that make the holidays unpredictable and beautiful. We compiled a list of possible snafus and survival tips to help you keep your cool. Possible Snafu: Meltdowns on Santa’s Lap Imagine you’re standing in the line of melting children and anxious parents waiting to get that annual pic. As it’s your turn, one of your…
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    Kinooze

  • Google Spoon

    kinooze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Image Credit: www.liftlabsdesign.com What if you have Parkinson’s, And you like your food tons. Can’t eat with a shaky hand, One thing you can’t stand. Once in a blue moon, Comes a magic spoon. That makes you eat without spill, It’s possible! You can and you will! Millions of people around the world on old age suffer from Parkinson’s disease or some other tremor related ailment. In such illnesses, since the nervous system becomes less efficient, it causes rhythmic shaking of hands and other body parts. The biggest challenge for such patients is to be able to…
  • Asteroid Mining Will Begin Soon

    kinooze
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Alex Hopkinson, via CC If you thought that asteroid mining is far away in the future, you are wrong. It can happen much sooner than you think. We have been mining the Earth for ages now and using the natural resources for our purposes. Now it is time to go and extract raw materials from asteroids and other minor planets.NASA has contracted two Space companies to explore the asteroids and start mining. They are looking for anything that supplements space travel. Spaceship fuel, water or air. Later they plan to look for any known metals or maybe new and unknown…
  • Time Travel

    kinooze
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr user whatleydude, via cc Car travel. Bus travel. Train travel. Time travel. Pick the odd one out. If you chose time travel, you are right in the sense that time is not a vehicle that we can use to travel. But is it possible to travel through time? Can we visit our past and take a sneak peek into our future? The answer is yes for all of the above, how much ever absurd it sounds now, it is likely in the future. It is not impossible. One day we should be able to Time travel. Time travel has always been one of the biggest fantasies for all. Imagine travelling back in the…
  • Why do Planets Spin?

    kinooze
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Eric Vanderpool, via CC We all know that the gravitational force keeps the planets orbiting around the Sun, and moons around their respective planets. But have you ever thought why the all the planets in our solar system rotate? Why do all of them except Venus and Uranus rotate in a counter-clockwise direction? Does the Sun also rotate? Well, we have answers for all the questions. The answers remain hidden in the way our solar system originated. A huge cloud of gas and dust was disturbed when there was an explosion nearby. The explosion caused waves that went on…
  • Who were the Vikings?

    kinooze
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr user thievingjoker, via CC Ever heard of the horn cap clad, red-bearded, scary looking sea raider – Hagar the horrible? Hagar, the main character of a very famous American comic strip is a Viking. Vikings were people who lived in Scandinavia (Norway, Denmark and Sweden together makes Scandinavia) between 8th and the 11th century. Vikings were great warriors and good traders. They raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern and central Europe. They traded as far as European Russia. The portrayal of Vikings is that…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • How Online Journals Increase Student Communication Skills

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

  • 10 Tasty Christmas Science Ideas

    Trisha
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the time spent together with family in the kitchen. Make some memories and add a little science into your day with these tasty Christmas science ideas. Tasty Christmas Science Ideas Making Cookies Baking cookies is in itself a science activity. Take the opportunity to talk about [...]
  • Simple Baking Soda and Vinegar Explorations

    Trisha
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    We love experimenting with baking soda and vinegar. It’s the number one science activity my son requests. I wanted to share with you this simple baking soda and vinegar exploration. It takes less than 5 minutes to set up. Simple Baking Soda and Vinegar Explorations Supplies: large container {We used an underbed storage bin. A [...]
  • LeapTV Gets Kids Moving and Learning

    Trisha
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    Our friends at LeapFrog and Mom Select sent us the brand new LeapTV to review. They asked us to host a Leap into Gaming party with our friends to try it out. We were excited to participate! The LeapTV gets kids moving and learning as they play. The All New LeapTV The LeapTV is designed [...]
  • New Books from Authors You Love

    Trisha
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    There are so many great new books out there that I just had to share them with you. These are new books from authors you love {well, at least authors we love. I hope you’ll love them, too.} They will make great gifts for that special little someone. Amazon affiliate links are included. Thank you [...]
  • Pete the Cat Button Activities

    Trisha
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring three Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin. We did some math and science activities to go along with Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Practice sorting, counting, and subtraction using buttons. Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks for supporting Inspiration Laboratories. Pete the Cat and [...]
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    TinkerLab

  • Kiwi Crate for Busy Families

    Rachelle
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Koala Crate is one of the newest products from the Kiwi Crate brand, and I’m delighted to share our experience here with you today. I’ve been involved with Kiwi Crate since its early days, and man-o-man, this company keeps getting better and better. Note: This post contains affiliate links Kiwi Crate is offering a VERY generous Black Friday sale that continues through Friday, but more on that in a sec. For the uninitiated, Kiwi Crate sends thoughtfully curated projects to your mailbox each month. Their products are perfect for busy families, as you don’t have to drive all…
  • Raddish Cooking Club for Kids

    Rachelle
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    When I was first introduced to Raddish, my children and I fell in love with their thoughtful and beautifully designed cooking kits (mailed right to my door) that helped us cook together. We’ve worked through a handful of “cooking with kids” books, and I and wasn’t sure how this would stack up to the experience of simply borrowing a book from the library. I mean, it wasn’t like they were sending us the food! However, I was pleasantly surprised at not only the high quality of the content, but how engaging it was to not just my six-year old, but to me as well!
  • Art Prompts | White Drawings on Black Paper

    Rachelle
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    I’m not a fussy person and often like to keep things as simple as possible. What about you? I’m happiest with an amazing recipe that comes together in under 30 minutes and I can’t really be bothered with a high maintenance haircut. So if you’re in my camp, you’ll especially appreciate today’s art prompt to use white paint markers on black paper. Supplies Black Paper. We used a large roll of kraft paper (see below), but you could also use smaller sheets of black paper, found in any art supply store. White Paint Markers. Supply Recommendations This list…
  • TinkerLab on Instagram

    Rachelle
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Are you on Instagram? You might remember shortly after my book came out, I wrote this post that shared photos of TinkerLab: A Hands on Guide for Little Inventors in the hands of its readers. It makes me so happy to see the book in its environment, well loved, cozying up with cereal, and covered in post-it tabs. Last week, Jen Kossowan (@mamapapabubba on Instagram) shared an image of the book in her lap on a beach…in Kuwait! I can’t even believe that she had it shipped all that way. It boggles the mind. Here are some of my favorite outtakes from the past couple months. If you…
  • Creative Table | Making with Glitter + Natural Objects

    Rachelle
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    With Fall finally hitting us here in California, we’re finding and collecting lots of natural objects on our walks around town. In addition to collecting these natural objects to grace our Fall table, we like to put our crafty caps on and make them sparkly…with lots of glitter. Please don’t hold this against me if you’re in the “I can’t stand glitter” camp. I hope we can still be friends. But first, a little background on the Creative Table Series Almost two years ago, we started a series of posts on TinkerLab that introduce children to a limited…
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    it's BABY time!

  • Skip Hop Zoo Backpack Buying Guide

    Carol Johnson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:03 pm
    With the holidays upon us many people travel to visit relatives. It’s a great time for little ones to have their own backpack. Diaper bags are great for day trips to carry your essentials, but backpacks are much more convenient carrying.  Whether it’s going to grandma’s for the night or for your little one to have their own carry-on for the plane, check out our Skip Hop Zoo Backpack buying guide with some really cute backpack options.The skip hop backpacks feature a large main compartment that is extra roomy for clothes, bibs, diapers, etc. There’s also an insulated…
  • Stork Craft 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer Review

    Carol Johnson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    When we found out we were expecting our third baby, we were in for a bit of a surprise. We had a big enough home for the four of us, but now we would need even more room. Another baby meant it was time to get a big boy bed for our son, who at 2 is still very comfortable in his crib. It also meant we would need more storage space, as in another clothes dresser, which would mean possibly getting rid of our changing table. When I came across this crib that was a dresser and changer in one, I thought it was perfect for our needs. Read on to check out my Stork Craft 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and…
  • Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike Review

    Carol Johnson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    If you were ever looking for a great deal on a tricycle for your toddler, this bad boy is it. There’s something iconic about the little red tricycle that is famously known by Radio Flyer. It’s a timeless classic. Well, here’s a really neat spin on this trike that will give you plenty of miles. Read on to hear more in my Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike review.The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll n’ Trike has a lot to offer. There are more features and gadgets on this thing than a Swiss army knife. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!Specifications The tricycle is designed to accommodate children…
  • When to Start Transitioning from Crib

    Carol Johnson
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It’s a little bittersweet when it comes time for your baby to move out of their crib. It’s another reminder that they’re growing up and they aren’t little babies anymore. I’ve often heard many parents ask when it’s the right time to begin transitioning from crib to bed. The truth is it’s different for each family depending on the circumstances, but at some point they will have to make the move. Here I’ll discuss when it’s a good time to make the transition and how to go about it.When to Move Out of the CribGenerally, most kids are ready to move on from their crib by the time…
  • Tips for Photographing Babies and Toddlers

    Carol Johnson
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Babies and children are the easiest subjects to photograph because of all of the cute things they do. However, when you want good quality pictures that are frame-worthy, photographing babies and toddlers can be tricky. Babies move so much it makes it nearly impossible to capture that perfect picture unless you are an experienced professional.Sure, portrait studios are ideal for getting great quality photos to share with friends and family. Personally, I find these look a little too staged. More parents are turning to hiring professional photographers for the convenience. Rather than sitting…
 
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    Expert Advice

  • Kids Can Be Flaky (But There’s Hope!)

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Aside from Hugh Jackman, one of the best exports out of Australia is the all-around wonder product: tea tree oil. You may have heard of this distinctive ingredient that has been used for hundreds of years as a natural cure for a myriad of health issues, but you probably haven’t heard about the benefits for your scalp and hair! For one thing, tea tree oil is a natural repellant for bugs, specifically lice and bacteria. It also contains an important element called terpinen, which is an anti-inflammatory, as well as special anti-fungal and antiviral properties. Although preventing lice is…
  • What Are Parabens and Why Should I Care?

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

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

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

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

  • National Cake Day!

    Colleen Butler
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    National Cake Day! We have some Great Cake Decorating tips in our Party Primer!
  • World Hello Day!

    Colleen Butler
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Today - November 21 - Is World Hello Day! It's very simple ... just say "Hello!" to 10 Strangers .... Hello Everyone!
  • Absurdity day!

    Colleen Butler
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Today is Absurdity Day! How Absurd...
  • Thought of the Day!

    Colleen Butler
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
  • Loom Band Set

    Colleen Butler
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Ginormous Loom Band Set!  25 Assorted Bags of Loom Bands and a Loom. (5,072 Bands!) Quantities are Limited - Order Today! (Makes a Great Christmas Present!) 10% Off  Ginormous Set Here (or in the Craft Section).
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    BoxMash

  • Which console can survive a 15ft drop?

    Matt Purslow
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    There’s two new big consoles in town, but which is the toughest? The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been bossing each other around for a year now, trying to beat each other with graphics and games. But Wired magazine have found out a better way to find which one is the best: dropping them from 15ft in the air! In the video the team of people testing the consoles first drop them from 5ft high (1.5m) to see what damage happens. They then test both to see if they still turn on and work. Then they move on to the big drop: 15ft (4.5m). This is a huge distance for the consoles to drop, and…
  • An Amiibo almost won a Super Smash Bros. tournament

    Matt Purslow
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Star Fox Amiibo figure has beaten lots of players in a Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament and almost won! This incredible event happened at VSB Weeklies, a tournament held in Richmond in Canada on November 24th. The Star Fox Amiibo is called WaveShine, and was left at the tournament by his owner without saying anything. Other players found WaveShine and thought it would be funny to enter him into the tournament. They had no idea just how good WaveShine would be. The owner of WaveShine had levelled him up to Level 50, which is the highest you can go. This means that WaveShine is a really…
  • iOS App of the Day: Cooking Fever

    Matt Purslow
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    It’s time to get creative in the kitchen with Cooking Fever, a game all about feeding hungry customers. But make sure you’re quick about it, because people don’t like to wait too long! Cooking Fever is a time-management game, you you need to make sure you don’t take too long doing things. You need to learn how to make the best food fast. There are 250 different meals to make and over 100 different ingredients to use, so it may take a little while to learn how to cook the recipes as fast as your customers want them. But very soon you’ll be the best chef in town!
  • Star Wars Minecraft skins out now on Xbox One and Xbox 360

    Matt Purslow
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Microsoft have surprised us today by revealing that there’s a brand new Minecraft DLC pack full of Star Wars skins, and it’s out right now to download! The new Classic Star Wars Skin Pack has 55 cool new characters for Minecraft, and is only available on Xbox One and Xbox 360. It has skins from Episodes IV, V, and IV, so expect to see your favourites from the original trilogy of films. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, C3PO, R2D2, Bobba Fett, and Ben Kenobi are all in there, as well as many others. There’s also lots of different versions of many of the…
  • Beast Quest magazine reveals new iOS game

    Matt Purslow
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:08 am
    Do you read the Beast Quest books? If you love them and the world of Avantia, then you’ll love this new magazine: 100% Beast Quest. It tells you everything you’d need to know about Beast World, but the first issue has something very speical: a sneak look at an upcoming iOS game based on Beast Quest. It looks amazing, and Andy from Family Gamer TV is here to show you both a glimpse at the game and the magazine. The game looks like a Zelda-like game with lots of adventure and some cool battles with huge monsters. We can only see a few seconds of the game in this video, but Andy…
 
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • CDL 034 – 3 Ways to Stay Motivated During Downtime

    Jeff Stephens
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Can you maintain your momentum, or even build steam, during your downtime? You are most likely working long hours at the job only to return home to fulfill your responsibilities as a parent. After the stress of the day job, the non-stop commitments of the kids, and dabbling in your side business, a break can be [...]The post CDL 034 – 3 Ways to Stay Motivated During Downtime appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • CDL 033 – 6 Foolproof Ways to Balance Your Day Job and Side Job

    Jeff Stephens
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    You Need Harmony Whether you are just starting out with a side business or have been working on it for years, this episode provides actionable methods to balance your day job and side job. Trying to excel in your career while also pursuing your passion by building your own business can be problematic to say the least. But, [...]The post CDL 033 – 6 Foolproof Ways to Balance Your Day Job and Side Job appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • CDL 032 – 8 Benefits of Redesigning Your Website and One Killer Tip to Save Your Sanity

    Jeff Stephens
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Have you wanted to redesign your website for a long, long time? I have. Do you look at your site and wonder why it looks so terrible? I have. If you were a visitor to your site would you have any clue what your site was all about? I wouldn’t…at least before. This past weekend [...]The post CDL 032 – 8 Benefits of Redesigning Your Website and One Killer Tip to Save Your Sanity appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • CDL 031 – The 7 Deadly Doubts of Building Online, and How You Will Crush Them

    Jeff Stephens
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    If you are engaged online, you might find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed. I know I do. If you are trying to build a business, stand up a personal website, or just grow your social media engagement, there is no doubt you will ultimately come across one (if not all) of the 7 deadly doubts [...]The post CDL 031 – The 7 Deadly Doubts of Building Online, and How You Will Crush Them appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • How to Use Instagram to Plan Your Next Party

    Jeff Stephens
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    I wanted to share a novel approach my family recently used for our Halloween Party. In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Instagram as the main communication channel for planning your next party. It was easy to use, quick to complete, and something new and fresh for those invited. Why Instagram? It’s important to leverage [...]The post How to Use Instagram to Plan Your Next Party appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
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    Born To Toddle

  • Learning to Cook from an Early Age

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to a study carried out by PizzaExpress in partnership with the Children's Food Trust, only one in 10 children could recognise a leek and just one in five knew what an avocado looked like. The study also found that 50% of British children cannot distuinguish between a cucumber and a courgette. Whilst children in other European countries tend to start experimenting with cooking at the age of seven - here in the UK, we are two years behind. Fortunately, cookery has now become a compulsory part of the national curriculum with children being taught basic cooking skills and shown how to…
  • Learning About the World Around Us

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Children enjoy discovering the living world via the people around them, nature, other cultures and events.  Any opportunity to learn about the ‘real’ world is often lapped up by inquisitive young minds. In order to nurture this appetite to have a greater understanding of the world in which we live, it is important that we teach pre-schoolers and young children about important aspects of the world.  One way to enhance worldly understanding is to teach young children about the role of different professions, such as firemen, chefs, police and farmers. The Fire Services Many children have…
  • The Benefits of Play Food

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The activity of cooking is a fantastic way to spend time with your children in addition to providing many benefits to your child’s development. However, whilst you will want to encourage their enthusiasm for cooking, you might not want them helping to prepare the Sunday roast just yet, so play food can be a useful surrogate. Play food does more than simply teach young children about the various types of food they are likely to encounter as they grow up. Not only will they enjoy exploring the different shapes, colours and textures of food, but also helping to prepare food, be it pretending…
  • Product Review: Toy Chests

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    With Christmas almost upon us and with an influx of new toys about to bombard your home, now might be a good time to invest in a wooden toy chest. With a myriad of colours, designs, materials and sizes, finding one to complement your existing décor, be it for a nursery, bedroom or living room, shouldn’t be too difficult. In fact a beautifully hand-painted or richly varnished toy box can help augment the overall look and design of a room. If you are looking to add a touch of colour or adventure to your child’s room, take a peak at the themed toy boxes available which cater for loves such…
  • Inflatable Fun for the Summer with Bouncy Castles and Water Parks

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Who could possibly have imagined that the summer would have been as warm and sunny as it has been so far? The wonderful weather we’ve experienced here in the UK, typified by scorching sun and soaring temperatures, has meant that those who have decided to stay closer to home during these summer holidays, or those who simply couldn’t afford to jet off on a foreign getaway, have certainly been rewarded. Planning activities outdoors is the best way to make the most of these most favourable conditions. For those with kids, this is a great time to let them run free and play out in the garden.
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  • How to Handle the Holidays After Divorce

    Diane Stresing
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Divorce sucks for a lot of reasons. At the holidays, we’re reminded of more reasons than usual. How to handle the holidays after divorce? I’ve been there, and so have a few other KidNimble editors. Here, a round-up of helpful … read more The post How to Handle the Holidays After Divorce appeared first on KidNimble.
  • How Martial Arts Have Helped My ADD Child

    John Russo
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    This is a repost of Angela Keck’s piece in Writer Mom Blog Even before my son, now 11, was officially diagnosed as having ADD I knew that he had difficulty focusing and staying on task for very long.  Like most … read more The post How Martial Arts Have Helped My ADD Child appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Find Winter Break Programs for Kids

    John Russo
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Q: “It’s getting cold out! And I haven’t found something for the kids to do over winter break yet! Help! I need to find winter break programs for kids!!”  A: Don’t worry. You’re not alone. And it’s not hopeless. Here … read more The post Find Winter Break Programs for Kids appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Minecraft Guide for Parents

    Diane Stresing
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Think you need a PhD to figure out what Minecraft is all about? Maybe you do; maybe you don’t. Dr. Lisa Regula read The Minecraft Guide For Parents by Cori Dusman, and now says she’s well on her way to understanding not … read more The post Minecraft Guide for Parents appeared first on KidNimble.
 
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    Good Kids | Kids Stories

  • Intermediary Level to HOME PAGE

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Welcome To Learn English! Loading .gsc-control-cse { font-family: Arial, sans-serif; border-color: #F9F5FF; background-color: #F9F5FF; } input.gsc-input { border-color: #DECAFF; } input.gsc-search-button { border-color: #923C99; background-color: #C78DCC; } .gsc-tabHeader.gsc-tabhInactive { border-color: #DECAFF; background-color: #DECAFF; } .gsc-tabHeader.gsc-tabhActive { border-color: #C78DCC; background-color: #C78DCC; } .gsc-tabsArea { border-color: #C78DCC; } .gsc-webResult.gsc-result { border-color: #F9F5FF; background-color: #F9F5FF; } .gsc-webResult.gsc-result:hover { border-color:…
  • Synthesis of Sentences-3

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Synthesis of Sentences-3 In this another section on Synthesis of Sentences, we are going to see how two or more Simple Sentences can be combined to form a single Complex Sentence. Subordinate Clause as a Noun Clause: When two sentences are combined to form a Complex Sentence, one of the two sentences can be converted into a Noun clause in the new sentence. Example-1: • You are drunk. That aggravates your offence. In these two sentences, the reason (you are drunk) has been given in one sentence for the action (That aggravates your offence) mentioned in another sentence. Now the sentence…
  • Synthesis of Sentences-2

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Synthesis of Sentences Synthesis of Sentences is the process of combining simple sentences, using Coordinative Conjunctions, to form Compound Sentences. Example : The wind blew. The rain fell. The lightning flashed. There are sentences. Now, we can combine all these three sentences to form a Compound Sentence. The wind blew, the rain fell and the lightning flashed. This sentence is a Compound Sentence. There are four types of Coordinative Conjunctions.Thses Conjunctions are widely used in the process of Synthesis of Sentences. They are: 1. Cumulative 2. Adversative 3. Alternative 4. Illative…
  • Synthesis of Sentences-1

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Synthesis of Sentences Synthesis of Sentences is the opposite of transformation of sentences and means combination of a number of simple sentences into one new sentence. That new sentence might be either simple sentence or a compound sentence or a complex sentence. The following are the chief ways of combining two or more Simple Sentences into one Simple Sentence. 1. By using a Participle: • He jumped up. He ran away. • Jumping up, he ran away. • He was tired of play. He sat down to rest. • Tired of play, he sat down to rest. • He is well versed in English. He was appointed as the…
  • Transformation of Sentences -4

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Transformations of Sentences We have seen in other lessons how the Transformations of Sentences take place. This is in continuation of those lessons. 1. Conversion of Compound sentences into Complex sentences: We can change Compound sentences into Complex sentences, by removing the conjunction ‘and’ and using other conjunction suitable to the context. Example-1: Consider this Compound sentence: • Search his packet and you will find the watch. (Compound Sentence) By removing the conjunction ‘and’ and adding another conjunction ‘if’, we can change this sentence into a Complex…
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  • 15 Genius Pull Apart Bread Recipes

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember the first time I ever tasted a pull-apart bread…mmm. Warm, chewy bread is so satisfying! Imagine my delight when I discovered this variety of pull-apart flavor options: Italian, Cheesy, Pizza, Buffalo Chicken, and Spinach Feta Garlic. How delicious do these sound: Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread, Jalapeño Popper, Savoury Cheese and Garlic Olive Oil, and Herb and Cheese Pull-Apart Bread with Sun-Dried Tomatoes? There are also delicious, sweet pull-apart choices like Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Bread, Caramelized Cranberry and Brie, Pumpkin Spice with Butter Rum Glaze, Breakfast…
  • Making Holiday Memories with #VisaCheckout

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    The holidays are such a special time of year. Since Sam is an only child, it's always been important to me to make the most of each season and to capture those memories. During the holidays, this is especially true. I covet our time together as a family and adore instilling traditions into Sam. Now that he's five, he can participate even more -- making it that much more fun for all of us!
  • 10 DIY Board Games Kids will Love

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Boys love games—from birthday party games to boisterous outdoor games to rainy day indoor games. I’ve found some great ideas for DIY board games that the guys will enjoy building just as much as playing. You’ve got to try out the DIY Lego Chess Game Board and Pieces, Lego Game…directions and a free printable Game Board, Don’t Wake the Shark - Matching Pairs, Snakes and Ladders, DIY Number Learning Game, Memory Game, and Dinosaur Memory Game. There is even a variety of Tic-Tac-Toe boards: LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe, Frozen-Inspired Tic-Tac-Snow, and Despicable Me Tic- Tac-Toe.  The next time…
  • Party Time Linky: Week 22

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The holidays are here and we are in week 22 of the Party Time Linky.  The weather is getting much cooler and I am looking forward to seeing more of all the fabulous festive fall and holiday parties, food, crafts, and DIY projects. Last week's party linky was filled with so many great ideas like the No Bake Coconut Bars, Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes, Free Printable Christmas Tags, Thanksgiving Tag Free Printable, and Cookies and Cocoa Party. They were just some of the great ideas linked up last week. Are you ready to get this week's party started?! See Also Party Time Linky Week 20 had…
  • Little Peanut Elephant Baby Shower

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Welcoming a new little peanut into your lives and homes calls for a grand celebration! This gorgeous little peanut baby shower dessert table  from Flavia, of  Sugarplum Sweets, features a combination of absolutely beautiful-meets-rustic inspired decorations, a mouthwatering menu of stunning desserts and clever party favors. The photos, also by Flavia, capture the exciting occasion perfectly. See also The sweet details of this hot air balloon + elephants boy baby shower will leave you feeling inspired. You’ll love the adventurous twists in this modern world traveler themed boy baby shower.
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  • Ukulele: Take it to the next level!

    IFoundMusik
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    “Octopus’s Garden” Ukulele Tutorial: Part II Have you mastered the Octopus’s Garden tutorial already? If you haven’t, go practice here. But, if you’re ready for a challenge, check out this bonus video where our wonderful ukulele teacher, Karla Kane, teaches you tricks that’ll take your uke skills to the next level. When Karla taught us these simple tricks, I was amazed at how much more advanced we suddenly sounded. The “hammer-on” technique gave my playing a country “twang” while the “finger picking” style got me…
  • An update

    IFoundMusik
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hi Everybody! You might have noticed that I haven’t posted my Bay Area music event recommendations in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been pursuing some exciting opportunities in my “day job” and focusing on the ukulele tutorial series. But don’t worry, I will be back to compiling the best events in December. Thanks for your understanding. Have a musical day! K The post An update appeared first on I Found Musik.
  • World Premiere: Episode 2 of Moms Making Music

    IFoundMusik
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    “Octopus’s Garden” Ukulele Tutorial with Moms Making Music   Rebecca and I (together we’re Moms Making Music) had so much fun making our ukulele tutorial with Laurie Berkner and her song, “Mahalo” , that we decided that we just HAD to do another uke lesson. This time, we turned to our friend, local musician and ukulele guru, Karla Kane of the Corner Laughers. We wanted to build on the chords that we learned in the first tutorial while still keeping it simple for kids and adults. That’s why we settled on “Octopus’s Garden” by…
  • 24 Song Challenge – Day 11 KOREA (South)

    IFoundMusik
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Yes,I know that today’s country is actually called South Korea and doesn’t qualify as a K country. However, all the sites (like this one) that I consulted list it under K, with the proper name being “Korea, Republic of”. And since this is not the UN, I’m just going to go with what those sites say. Have I already mentioned that I love Elizabeth Mitchell? When I featured her rendition of a Japanese children’s song for day 10, it reminded me about the sweet Korean ditty she included on the same album, Sunny Day, called “Ong Tal Sam”. I…
  • 24 Song Challenge – Day 10 JAPAN

    IFoundMusik
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:21 pm
      We’ve been to Europe, Africa, Australia, South America and now we’re finally “visiting” Asia. Along with South America, Asia is another continent I’ve never been to. So far, the closest I’ve gotten to Japan is the local sushi restaurant, but I know that this will change very soon. Now, on to the Song of the Day… I love Elizabeth Mitchell. I love her soothing voice and the fact that she brings wonderful folk music to kids. So I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to feature one of her performances in this Challenge especially because Ms.
 
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    Professor Egghead Science Academy - Kids Franchise

  • Revolutionizing the Franchising Model

    proegghead
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Professor Egghead Science Academy, led by Gary and Shaun Tuch, is a low-cost franchise providing awesome after-school science programs and science summer camps in over sixty schools across the United States. WayFounder CEO Damon D’Amore meets with Gary and Shaun to learn how these two brothers are revolutionizing the franchising model and expanding their brand thanks to everything from strategic partnerships to free legal advice...
  • Most Important Factor To Consider When Buying a Franchise

    proegghead
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Franchise Buying Tips: 27 Franchising Experts Share The #1 Most Important Factor to Consider When Purchasing a Franchise When looking for the top factor to consider when buying a franchise, Direct Capitol looks to Professor Egghead Science Academy for Answers… Here’s what we said: The most important factor one should consider in buying a franchise is… “Can you see yourself doing it? Between the FDD...
  • Movember – Science Behind the Mustache!

    proegghead
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Every wonder what makes mustaches so cool? Here are a couple facts that might make the answer clear. 1. The origin of the word Mustache comes from the french word Moustache 2. Facial hair can grow at a rate of 1/2 inch a month 3. The hair above your lip is a fraction of all the hair on your body. There are about 5 million...
  • Cool Science Project #11 – Make Halloween Slime

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

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

  • Black Friday 2014 Comes Early…and You Can Skip the Stores!

    bearandboo
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Did you know that Amazon.com has Black Friday deals going on all week? I don’t know about you, but the less time I have to spend in an actual store, the better! Plus, Amazon has free shipping on orders over $35 for select items, and always free shipping with Amazon Prime. Today’s deals are awesome and tomorrow’s I’m sure will be just as amazing. With that free shipping, it’s easy to order the deals you want each day! Some of the top toys are on sale and goodies for us parents too! Here are today’s toy deals and just a few of our favorites of the day are…
  • Our 9 Favorite Kids Thanksgiving Table Ideas

    bearandboo
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    There are a gazillion ideas for kids tables on Thanksgiving, so we decided to compile some of our very favorite Kids Thanksgiving table ideas from across the web to help make it a little easier when it comes time to decorate and entertain those little ones! 1. Cute colorful drinks for the kids from the For Rent website. These little bottles can be pricey, but I learned a trick on Pinterest…pick up some of the individual coffee drinks by Starbucks that come in the little glass bottles and use those! It’s about $5 for 4 bottles and you can find them just about anywhere. 2. Pilgrim…
  • Expect the Unexpected

    bearandboo
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    At this point, I should never be surprised when one of my munchkins does something crazy like stand up and jump off their chair, automatically expecting me to catch them; or “discover” their highest possible pitched scream in public; or draw on the walls with crayon; or walk up to me and lick my face (Am I raising kids or puppies? Sometimes I’m not sure). But tonight Boo definitely managed to surprise me. The boys were eating a lovely dinner of macaroni and cheese and he decided to get up and walk around in the kitchen. Little did I know, he still had a mouth FULL of…
  • 10 Trick-or-Treat Candy Alternatives

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

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

  • MY LIFE ON THE BEACH: Jenni Baden Howard

    sunuva
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Mum of two, Jenni is a freelance beauty, health, fitness and lifestyle writer. She has written for a wide range... Read More
  • MY LIFE ON THE BEACH: SARAH CLARK

    sunuva
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    A busy working mum of twins, Sarah is the contributing Senior Editor at Red Magazine as well as a freelance... Read More
  • SABRINA’S MARRAKESH TRAVEL DIARY # 4

    sunuva
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Today was another day of relaxation mixed with a bit of culture. After the huge success of the cooking  lesson yesterday,... Read More
  • SABRINA’S MARRAKESH TRAVEL DIARY # 3

    sunuva
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    After a busy couple of days we decided to chill a bit today. Whilst I languished by the pool, the kids... Read More
  • SABRINA’S MARRAKESH TRAVEL DIARY # 2

    sunuva
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    We had the most incredible day today. We drove 45 minutes into the Atlas Mountains and then walked 25 minutes... Read More
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