20 Questions About Mom (to Ask Your Toddler)

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I saw this list of “interview” questions to ask your kid …it was floating around on Facebook. You may have seen it too. Anyways, since I’m a sucker for things like this, I decided to see what Toby’s answers would be. It’s always fun to see what kids come up with… and my four year old is no exception. I’ll be printing these out to put … Read More

Dwarf Lake Iris – Michigan’s Official Wildflower (A Craft!)

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Lately I’ve become interested in adding native plants to our gardens and wooded area.  Sure, non-native flowers can be gorgeous, but there are so many native options to choose from that are better suited for the environment (and therefore easier to grow). So today we’re going to learn about Michigan’s official wildflower.  And a brief summary of how it came to be the Dwarf Lake Iris. … Read More

How Lenses Work – Kid Friendly Activities!

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This week we’re learning about lenses for my ABCs of Photography series.  And in case you’re wondering, this is really about the concept of lenses, so we’ll be spending time exploring how they work rather than what kind of lens you should get.  We’ll even project an image onto the wall using a magnifying glass! But first, let’s cover the Dictionary.com definition of a lens: n. a … Read More

Quick + Easy Oatmeal Cookies (GF Recipe)

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The other night we whipped up some cookies, and, as usual, I improvised the recipe.  This quick and easy oatmeal cookie recipe is based on Clean Green Simple’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe.  Except I had about 3/4 cup of gluten-free bisquick that I was trying to use up.  Because, honestly, what can you make with that little? Now I know… oatmeal cookies! Don’t they look tasty? I pulled … Read More

Learn About Key (High Key + Low Key)

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Today we’re going to learn about key. Specifically, high key and low key, as they relate to photography (since this is part of my ABCs of Photography series). And yes, I couldn’t resist the play on words with a few of these photos, so I included some high key and low key photos of keys. It’s fallout from having grown up with a family that enjoyed puns. … Read More

101 Things Your Kid Can Do With a Cast On

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Honestly, I could have also titled this list “101 Laid Back Activities for Kids Who Like to be Active.”  But since I made this list when my toddler, Toby, was wearing a cast, we’ll stick with that.  Toby managed to get a hairline fracture in his leg while being silly last fall. It took three days, two trips to the ER, and several sets of x-rays … Read More

Make a Toy Boat from a Greeting Card

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We have found a lot of ways to repurpose our extra greeting cards!  We’ve made boxes, used the front of a folded card as a postcard, and now turned cards into boats.  Here’s how we did it. For the bottom of the boat, we made a box (see this post on making greeting card boxes). Then I used the front of the card to design a … Read More

Growing a Garden – “The Gardener”

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We’ve enjoyed having a vegetable garden the past few summers.  In fact, when the librarian read “Growing a Rainbow” the other day, I overheard my son arguing with another child. She said, “You can’t grow a rainbow!” “Yes you can!” Toby exclaimed vehemently, “My mom and I grew a rainbow in our garden!” That’s my boy.  So cute. Anyways, that day, we checked out Sarah Stewart’s “The … Read More

Make Your Own Fabric Play Fort Kit!

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As a child, I loved making forts with my brother — we would remove the cushions from our sofa and reconfigure things to make a fort with a roof, windows, and even a door (another cushion).  This play fort kit is inspired by those memories, as I wanted to give my boys something that would inspire them to play creatively and use their imaginations. What better way to do … Read More

Potty Training – Advice from 10 Moms Who’ve Been There

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Ok, I have to admit. I’m not all that familiar with the “normal” methods of potty training. We went a little crunchy in this department — my boys started using the potty when they were less than a year old. I’ve asked some moms to share their thoughts on potty training and what worked for them, so you can get a well rounded perspective on the … Read More

How to Make Boxes from Greeting Cards

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I don’t remember exactly when I learned to make boxes from greeting cards, but I do remember where I was taught and who was there.  It was a family gathering, around Christmastime. For whatever reason, one of my extended relatives was teaching us how to make these neat boxes.  I think it was because she had given a gift in a greeting card box and everyone was really … Read More

Learn About Jaggies (Graph Paper Coloring Activity)

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For Today’s ABCs of Photography, we’re learning about a slang term for pixelization: “jaggies.”  The term refers to how a computer uses square pixels to create diagonal and curved lines. The more pixels there are in a line, the smoother the line will appear. And the opposite is true too. The fewer pixels there are, the more the jagged the line will appear. Jagged. Jaggies. See … Read More

Learn About Hue (+printable)

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This week we’ll be learning about hue for our ABCs of Photography series.  What is hue? Hue refers to color.  It can be tricky to explain if you look at the technical definition… like the one found at Steve’s Digicams: Hue is the color part of color. When we say a color is blue, purple, or yellow, we’re generally talking about hue. Technically, hue is “the degree … Read More

DIY Travel First Aid Kit

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Every parents needs a mini first aid kit in their purse, backpack, or diaper bag.  I can’t count the number of times we’ve needed “ouchy cream” (home-crafted healing salve) to soothe a boo boo, or a bandage for an accidentally scraped knee.  And sure, they sell first aid kits of all sizes.  I’ve bought a number of those travel first aid kits myself.  But, the thing is, … Read More

10 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

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One of my favorite parts about spring is celebrating Easter.  And with Easter, comes the necessity of making Easter eggs.  Over the years, I’ve enjoyed decorating eggs a number of different ways — but the traditionally dyed hard boiled eggs, along with hand-blown eggs, are my favorites. I’ll get into the details of how we do things in a little bit, but first I wanted to help inspire … Read More

Learn about Grayscale (printable coloring page!)

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For this week’s ABCs of Photography, we’re going to learn about grayscale.  Depending on who you ask, it’s also spelled gray-scale, or gray scale. But let’s not get into that, eh? In a grayscale image, there are no color tones, so things that have color look black, white, or various shades of gray.  Dictionary.com defines grayscale as follows: a scale of achromatic colors having several, usually … Read More

A Gift Guide to Inspire – 56 Different Things To Give As Gifts

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Last year I got the opportunity to evaluate and review a bunch of different products. They ranged from baby items and kitchen gadgets to tech gear and art stuff.  This list is the result of that experiment… 56 random things you may find useful — either as gifts, or for yourself. I’m sharing this in the hopes that you find it helpful as you brainstorm gift … Read More

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