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  • Happy Diwali

    Little Food Junction
    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…
  • How science saved the Eiffel Tower

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Eiffel Tower was an engineering masterpiece. But Parisians initially thought it too ugly to let stand for more than 20 years. So Eiffel made the tower a bastion of science. And that would soon ensure that the structure was too valuable to tear down.
  • Make a Scarecrow

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    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a scarecrow with your child to liven up your yard.
  • All I want for Christmas
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    All I Want For Christmas....Christmas shopping can be stressful when you don't know what to buy someone. Sometimes you walk aimlessly around the mall trying to get a Christmas gift idea for that special someone that is hard to buy for and just don't seem to find that perfect present. Kids can be just as hard to buy for as adults and you don't want to buy them something they won't use, need or ...
  • Stone Age stencils: Really old art

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Scientists thought that cave art started in Europe. New analyses now dash that assessment. Stencils in an Indonesian cave are every bit as old as the better-known drawings in caves in France and Spain.
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  • All I want for Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stone Age stencils: Really old art

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Scientists thought that cave art started in Europe. New analyses now dash that assessment. Stencils in an Indonesian cave are every bit as old as the better-known drawings in caves in France and Spain.
  • How science saved the Eiffel Tower

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Eiffel Tower was an engineering masterpiece. But Parisians initially thought it too ugly to let stand for more than 20 years. So Eiffel made the tower a bastion of science. And that would soon ensure that the structure was too valuable to tear down.
  • Fun facts about the Eiffel Tower

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Here are some details of what it took to design, build — and what it now takes to maintain — this icon of the Paris skyline.
  • Questions for How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Classroom questions for "How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower."
  • Pills of frozen poop fight killer disease

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Popping poop pills? Of course it sounds yucky. But researchers find it might just be one of the most effective ways to knock out a very serious — and tough-to-kill — intestinal disease.
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    School Kids Healthcare Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Your Essential Guide to Halloween

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

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

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

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

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

  • HCSO: Man who killed girlfriend in front of kids in 2012 arrested, charged

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    A man who shot and killed a mother of five in front of her children two years ago has been charged with murder, according to Harris County sheriff's deputies. Deputies say Mauricio Izaguirre, 25, shot his girlfriend Alma Canales following an argument at the woman's home on March 23, 2012.
  • Ellicott City Residents Can Boost Visibility for Halloween

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Ellicott City residents who plan on trick-or-treating on Halloween can borrow a reflective vest from the Maryland State Highway Administration as part of the "Vests for Visibility" program. The vests are designed to be worn over clothing and help drivers see pedestrians who will be out and about on Halloween.
  • Looking for an easy A? PhotoMath solves equations with your phone's camera

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In the old days, most kids were proud if they got a B- in high school Calculus, or scraped by in Economics. Suffice to say, those of us who've never been math whizzes feel curmudgeonly resentment towards schoolchildren nowadays.
  • Talk to your kids about the Ottawa shootings, limit TV exposure: Psychologists

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    But the fatal shooting of a reservist soldier at the National War Memorial and the killing of a gunman in the Centre Block of the nearby Parliamentary complex are starkly real events that will likely be distressing for children, psychologists warn. They have some advice for parents who may be faced with the troubling task of trying to explain to children actions that are heinous and events that are tragic.
  • China spends $1.5 billion pampering pets

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    China has one of the world's lowest birth rates, and a growing number of middle class couples are choosing to lavish their time and money on pets rather than kids. Their busy Shanghai household of four cats and two dogs costs about $600 a month in pet food, litter and baths.
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    Kids Blog

  • Read, review and win!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Home Improvement Advice Anyone Can Follow Successfully

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

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

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

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

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your child will love making her mark with her own potato prints in this arts and crafts activity.
  • Framed Foliage

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a fun outdoor activity that will get your child walking and talking.
  • Window Painting

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    You've heard of finger painting, but what about window painting?
  • Leaves, Trees, and Water Temperature

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Enjoy an autumn walk with your family, then create magnificant artwork with the fallen leaves you've collected.
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  • Magazine Scavenger Hunt

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a list of items hidden in magazine pictures, then give the list and magazine to your child and have him hunt for the items.
  • Planting Tulip Bulbs

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Plan ahead for next spring by planting tulips in the fall.
  • Autumn Leaves Scrapbook

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Make a scarecrow with your child to liven up your yard.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Let’s Make A No Sew Witches Hat With Veil Craft

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Karen here. October is one of my most favorite months, fall colors, pumpkins, candy and Halloween! Every year I am a witch. I love being a witch, a crafty witch that is! I also have a small collection of Witch Hats that I wear on Halloween and dress the backs of our chairs with! This year I made Ivy a Felt Witches hat with a veil like one of my most favorite witch hats from my collection. Today I am going to show you how to make one just like Ivy’s! To make your own you will need: 2 pieces of Kunin Felt any color! Your hat doesn’t have to be black! Glue Gun or Aleeen’s…
  • UPDATED – What Do We Know So Far About the American Girl GOTY 2015?

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    THIS JUST IN! According to the Library of Congress’s online catalog, GOTY 2015 will be named Grace. The book summaries according to Amazon: Girl of the Year 2015 Book 1 - Grace by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Sarah Davis Nine-year-old Grace is always thinking up big ideas, like starting a business with her friends over the summer! When Mom announces a trip to Paris instead, Grace gets on board, but it quickly seems as if none of her plans are working out the way she’d hoped. She and her French cousin aren’t getting along, and Grace’s friends back home have started a…
  • A Closer Look Some Doll Holiday Dresses

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    As the holidays approach around the corner,  there a few new Holiday Dresses that would surprise you , let’s take a look… When I saw the Bitty Baby Holiday outfit I pictured it on  my AG MAG doll, Maggie.  The PWP available at AG was going to be for Isabelle.  I really like the details of this dress and how well it fits the 18 inch Doll.  I love the color and the shoes fit perfect. It comes with a headband with a snowflake that matches the dress. I close up look at Maggie, her eyes sparkle with the color of this dress.  The sleeves are 3/4 on the 18 inch doll, instead of the…
  • Halloween Holiday Hair Style and Hairbow For Your Long Haired Dolls

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Karen here and today I was having fun playing with my Madame Alexander Dolls hair and remembered a hairstyle I used to love doing when I was younger and had long hair. To do this hairstyle on your dolls hair you will need: Your long haired doll An elastic Your doll’s hairbrush A holiday print ribbon A bobby pin Step 1- Brush your dolls hair and pull it back into a low pony tail at the base of her neck. Step 2- Use your finger to create a “hole” in her hair just above the elastic. Step 3- With one hand take the bulk of the pony tail and pull it up towards the top of your…
  • Giveaway: Vintage Doll Sized Sewing Machine and Accessories – ENDED

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    UPDATED WITH A WINNER! Congratulations Abby! Please check your inbox. Our good friend Rhonda at Living a Doll’s Life has teamed up with us for a really fun giveaway for sewing or Isabelle fans. Isabelle loves her design studio! Does your Isabelle need a work area where she can create? This 10-piece set features everything Isabelle needs to work on her fashion designs: Vintage working doll size sewing machine (requires C batteries) no instruction book 4 spools of thread Fabric and tulle Round decorative storage box Doll size scissors Measuring tape Pin cushion One lucky Doll Diaries…
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  • Same damn thing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Diwali

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

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

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

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

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

    Denene Millner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    What the white mom who accidentally got Black sperm should have said. The post We Wish The White Mom With Black Sperm Said This appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Mo'Ne Davis throws like a girl with a 70-mile-per-hour pitch that captures American hearts in Chevy ad. The post Mo’Ne Davis Throws Like a Girl In New Spike Lee Documentary (VIDEO) appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Blazing Your Own Trail Feels Like and Other Revelations from a Sometimes Okay Writer/Wife/Mother

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When it comes to motherhood and work, blazing your own trail is possible—and necessary. The post What Blazing Your Own Trail Feels Like and Other Revelations from a Sometimes Okay Writer/Wife/Mother... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me

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

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

  • 15 Kid Friendly Fall Treat Recipe Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Halloween Song Round-Up

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Art Wall Evolves….

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spanish Materials: The Friday Five

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Zach Bonner Walks the Walk for the Homeless

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Famous Moms With Baby-Booming Businesses

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Some celebrity mom-run companies are as exciting as this year’s biggest blockbuster movie. Proving that moms really can do it all, check out some of our favorite hard working A-listers who bring home the bacon, change diapers and always look amazing on the red carpet. Jessica Alba The Honest Company Along with her leading-lady lifestyle, the stunning Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star and mom of two daughters, Honor (6) and Haven (3), also runs an eco-friendly product line called The Honest Company, and is a New York Times best-selling author. Her book, The Honest Life, that hit shelves in…
  • 4 Ways to Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos With Kids

    Kelley Gardiner
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Dia de Los Muertos honors those who have passed from this world into the next, but despite its morose name, the holiday is, without a doubt, a day of celebration. Activities, including decorating sugar skulls, face-painting and dancing the night away, are a few of the ways families can engage in this festive Mexican holiday.  photo: Dia de Los Muertos skulls by mario via flickr creative commons Dia de Los Muertos Procession and Concert Everyone is welcome to join in the traditional, musical procession, starting at the PSU Urban Center (SW 5th Ave. and Mill St.) and ending at the Crystal…
  • Eerily Awesome: Bay Area Halloween Happenings

    Amber Guetebier
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Okay, we’ll admit it: we love Halloween as much as the kids, so we’ve rounded up a monster-sized list of events to make the most of your ghost (costumes). Read on for our list of haunts, parties, and even indoor trick-or-treat spots to make your nights and days wicked fun. As the witch said to her broom, ride on! San Francisco Haunted Mansion Halloween at the Walt Disney Family Museum Head out to an evening at the Haunted Mansion.Get all dolled up and hob-knob with the pirates, ghosts, and ghouls inspired by the spooky mansion and check out the special exhibit Marc Davis: Leading…
  • Winter Break Camps to Book Now (They’re That Good!)

    Jen Peterson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It may seem early to start planning for winter break. But the holidays will be here before we know it, and you won’t want your kids hopping around the house with nothing to do. When school’s out, keep the learning going with a winter break camp. Get your first pick by signing up early (like, now!). There’s everything from zoo adventures to theater games to sports training. Here are some favorites. photo: Emerald City Theatre Company Emerald City Theatre  Have “Frozen” fanatics in your house? Prepare to let it go at this camp themed around the Disney flick. With two…
  • 8 Frightfully Easy Halloween Cupcakes

    Erin Lem
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Witches and ghosts and things that go bump in the night? If you have a taste for all things Halloween, you’ll eat up these cupcake ideas. Red Tricycle’s Bay Area Editor, Erin Feher, put together some creative (and deceptively easy!) designs that are inspired by the spooky season. Flip through the photo gallery to check out her treats, which you can easily replicate yourself with just a few ingredients. Which cupcake is your favorite? Let us know in the Comments! — copy by Erin Lem; photos by Christal Yuen; cupcakes decorated by Erin Feher and Christal Yuen
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  • MOM Turns One Month Old

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Cool Halloween Craft Ideas

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

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

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

  • 15 Easy Monster Crafts for Kids

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Aiden enjoyed making cupcakes in the microwave and creating his own recipe so much that he’s asked to do it again several times. His latest idea was to make monster cupcakes in the microwave. It’s a super easy and fast way to have a little special treat. Monster Cupcakes in the Microwave We essentially used [...]
  • Glowing Oobleck – An Easy Slime Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Ghoulish Treat: Healthy Fall Snack for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

  • What Are Parabens and Why Should I Care?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Chesscademy

    Colleen Butler
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Cool website -    (no "a" in academy)#chesscademyLearn and Play Chess ! It doesn't get cooler than this!For Chess players on the Go- A Magnetic Chess Set:  
  • Great Party Ideas

    Colleen Butler
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Check out our Great  Party Ideas! 
  • Fun Boxes!

    Colleen Butler
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Know any kiddo that is under the weather? Our FUN Boxes are great for a Get Well Soon Gift! 
  • Jokes!

    Colleen Butler
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We have Jokes! Hilarious!!! 
  • Even More Free Printables

    Colleen Butler
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Check out our Free Printables Page- Now with even more Free Printables! 
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  • GAME Junior helps you find a great new game

    Matt Purslow
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Finding the right game to buy isn’t always easy. Andy from Family Gamer TV has been looking for the best ways to find out what’s new and cool, and GAME Junior is a great help. In this video he chats to Ash from GAME to find out what the best games around are right now. Ash thinks Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Minecraft, and the LEGO games are the best you can buy right now. Of course, you already knew that because you read BoxMash, but perhaps talking to people at your local GAME shop will help you discover new games you’d never heard of before. Andy and GAME Junior have lots…
  • A World of Keflings coming to Wii U

    Matt Purslow
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    A World of Keflings has been massive on Xbox 360, but it’s finally making the trip from Microsoft land to Nintendo world, as the game will be releasing on Wii U next month! As you can see in the trailer for the original Xbox version above, A World of Keflings lets you stomp about a fantasy land as your Avatar (or, in the Wii U version, your Mii!) You can help the small people called Keflings out in lots of quests, and build the world as you go. It has been super popular on Xbox 360, selling a million copies and having seven million players. But if you never had a Xbox 360, now’s…
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS3 and PS4 compared

    Matt Purslow
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    LittleBigPlanet returns this Winter in a third game, full of amazing cut-and-stick worlds, sack boys and girls, and new colourful characters for us to meet and play as. The game is being released on both PS3 and PS4, but what is the difference? Let a lot, really! Take a look at this video to see the two games side-by-side. As you can see, the game itself is exactly the same on both PS3 and PS4, so you still get the same great levels and characters no matter what PlayStation you have. The PS4 version does have better graphics though; you can see all the amazing detail in the characters like…
  • Camp Pokémon now on iOS

    Matt Purslow
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    A brand new Pokémon game has appeared on the App Store for iPad and iPhone. It’s called Camp Pokémon, and it’s a cool set of mini-games that will help you become a skilled Pokémon Trainer! Camp Pokémon is free to download, and has six mini-games to play. There’s Pokéball throwing to help better your aim, spyglass hunting so you can look out for new Pokémon with sharper eyes, a ‘guess that Pokémon’ game to see how good your Pokémon knowledge is, and even a cool photo booth that lets you decorate photos with Pokémon characters! As you play, you can…
  • Get game smart with GAME Junior

    Matt Purslow
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If you’re looking for a new game, GAME Junior is the place to start. It’s a brand new thing at GAME, both in the shops and on the website, that help people under 12 years old pick the best games to play. Andy from Family Gamer TV has been getting involved, and here’s a video where he gives you some pretty handy advice! It’s all about finding out what games you want to play by reading up about the new releases and trying them out for yourself. Reading BoxMash and watching Family Gamer TV is a great way to start: we’ll tell you all about what’s new and cool, and you can see the…
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  • CDL 029 – How to Recover from the Pitfalls of Taking Breaks

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

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

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

    Jeff Stephens
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    How to Publish your book on Amazon Ok, so you’ve written the next War and Peace and you want to let the world know about it. How do you take it to the next level, format it, and put it out there for the world to read your inspiring words? In this episode, I dig into the details on how you go about formatting your masterpiece for Amazon, how to upload it, and how to … Continue reading → The post CDL 027 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 2: Publish appeared first on .
  • CDL 026 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 1: The Book

    Jeff Stephens
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Have you ever wanted to write a book but felt as if you didn’t have enough time to do it? I’ve done the same thing. For over a year I’ve started and never finished books. I have a few that are close to being completed, but just haven’t made it across the line. That all changed this past weekend. In this week’s podcast I share my experience from this past weekend where I successfully wrote, … Continue reading → The post CDL 026 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 1: The Book appeared first on .
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  • Lights On Afterschool Programs

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

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

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

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

  • Akbar birbal Stories – Four Fools

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This year for Halloween, Sam has two costumes. One is a white Buzz Lightyear costume he'll be wearing to school. The second is Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. The darker color is perfect since he'll be attending an outdoor birthday party at a friend's farm. He loves the costume -- but he's been fussing with the mask a lot. I decided to try recreating the mask using face paint so that he would still be in character. 
  • 9 DIY Alternatives to Halloween Candy

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Halloween will be here before you know it! Are you ready? With all the candy that the rest of the neighbors will be handing out to the kids, I wanted to share some simple DIY ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy. These are also great projects that you can prepare ahead of time for Halloween party decorations or a monster theme boys birthday party. Kids would also really enjoy crafting these items themselves as party favors. Supplies needed for each of these crafts is listed within the link. Get to crafting something monstrous today! See Also Create these unique 13 Halloween Paper Cup…
  • 15 Kids’ Healthy Party Food Ideas for Halloween

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Halloween is just around the corner and kids already have candy on the brain! I know it seems like candy and Halloween go hand in hand, but I’ve found some kids' healthy party food ideas for Halloween that are also easy. The boys will go crazy over the Witch Fingers, Olive Snake, and Crunchy Halloween Mummies. The Goblin Grins and Cheese Pops for Halloween will fit in flawlessly with the party decorations. The Pumpkin Guacamole and Frankenstein Veggie Platter are ideal for larger parties since they don’t require serving up appetizer portions ahead of time. You can even forego a cake or…
  • Family Science Fun: a Homemade Bottle Rocket

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Mike is a HUGE space movie fan. When we were first together, I tolerated it. Now, 11 years later, I am just as much of a fan as he is. We've made it a point to get a sitter and enjoy a date night out whenever a new movie is released. It's a great way for us to spend time together that we both really enjoy.
  • 10 Easy Halloween Party Crafts for Kids

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s just about time to start planning your Halloween party for the boys and their friends. Obviously, the kids will be eager to eat piles of candy, but I’ve also found some great activities just perfect for a Halloween party or even a monster theme boy's birthday party. Plenty of these activities could also be made beforehand and hung up as party decorations. The Cupcake Liner Bats and Pumpkin Rocks would be perfect over the fireplace, while the Yogurt Monster Cups fit in on the dessert table amongst the cake and other sweet treats. There are plenty of party activities too, including the…
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  • Scary good music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    We live in a society and generation where everything has a label, including the way you parent. There’s “Attachment Parenting”… but what if you are just simply fulfilling needs that a child has for attention and bonding? And if you’re a strict parent, some may say you are an “Authoritative Parenting” method. Then there are the kids who want to sleep in your bed and you really don’t mind it… but the world will label you as a “co-sleeper.” What if a kid just likes to sleep by mom and dad and they happen to end up in their bed…
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