Some Mornings You Just Need to Stay Home

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I have to tell you, I love being a mom.  I love seeing my boys grow and develop, watching them refine their social skills and practice empathy. It feels good to be able to take them to activities like preschool, swimming, music class, and other activities outside the home.  But sometimes, it can feel a little overwhelming.  Sometimes all the hustle and bustle can make you feel worn … Read More

I’m Glad You *GLOW* To School With Me Valentine (+Printable)

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This year marks a milestone for us — Toby’s first Valentine’s Day at school.  As we’ve geared up for Valentine’s Day with our Valentine Blessings activity and by making Heart Cracker Crisps, Toby has gotten understandably excited.  One of his big concerns was “will I get Valentines from my friends too?” Why yes, that’s the plan.  And as we’ve gotten closer to the “big day” (the preschool class … Read More

Learn About Cameras: Make a Camera Obscura

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I’m really excited about our activity for the letter C in my ABCs of Photography series: camera obscura.  Yes, we’re going to make another cardboard camera today!  I promise it’s pretty simple. Now, in case you’re thinking: “camera whatzit?”  Bear with me a minute.  The term camera obscura is from Latin, and means “dark room.”  Camera obscura is defined by as follows: a darkened boxlike device in … Read More

Why You Should Backup Your Phone Pictures Regularly

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Take it from me… you want to back up your phone pictures regularly.  I know this from experience.  I learned the hard way. It’s not like I lost that many images, in the big scheme of things. And it’s not like I lost the memories that those photos documented.  But still, the entire thing was preventable…. avoidable. How I almost lost three months’ worth of phone snapshots … Read More

Coloring Rocks With Permanent Markers

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This is probably the easiest activity ever.  All you need are some rocks, permanent markers, and a “safe” spot for letting your kid get creative.  And of course, by that, I mean some place that permanent markers can be used without getting on anything of significance. And that’s all! Toby spent a good amount of time coloring the rocks; he also asked for help putting his name … Read More

Learn About Bokeh (a simple hands on experiment for any age)

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I’m excited to talk about another photography concept today, as part of my ABCs of Photography series! Last week we learned about aperture with a DIY simplified model camera.  This week we are talking about bokeh!  Now, what is bokeh?  No, not the boca burger.  I’m talking about the photography term. defines bokeh as follows: bokeh: a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas … Read More

Heart Cracker Crisps

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l have to admit, when I made these crackers I was a bit sad I couldn’t try them (we’re doing the Whole30 this month).  But, my toddler loved the crackers, so they have to be good! This recipe is so simple you will want to stock up on crackers.  It can be adapted for gluten free too. So, what did we do? Well, last month we hosted a … Read More

Learn About Aperture Using a Simplified DIY Model Camera

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I’m excited to be working through the alphabet with some fun activities to help kids learn about photography!  Today we’re talking about Aperture.  Make sure to check out my introduction to the series (The ABCs of Photography). So, let’s get started! What is Aperture? The definition of aperture, from Also called aperture stop. Optics. an opening, usually circular, that limits the quantity of light that can … Read More

Valentine’s Day Blessing Activity

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I grew up loving the Berenstain Bears books, and it is so fun to see my son enjoy the adventures of the Bear family too.  What’s neat is that Mike Berenstain (Stan and Jan’s son) continued his parents’ legacy by continuing the series!  This book-based activity is inspired by one such book… The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Blessings #afflink. It’s a cute story about a valentine Brother Bear … Read More

Studio Toddler Portrait

Toddler portraits are always a pleasure to create. Beyond the baby phase, it’s easy to see their personalities start to emerge. In this case, it was really cute to see how much my little subject LOVED all the chairs in my studio. We spent most of the session trying out different chairs (of course, I was creating portraits as she tried them).

Race Car Math

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Toby has been enthralled with race cars lately.  It may be partly because he got a number of them as gifts.   Whatever the reason, I thought we could take advantage of his enthusiasm and work on his math skills.  Especially since he was having difficulty differentiating between pairs and single items when counting the number of matches in our photo memory game. So, I told Toby … Read More

Balloons! 10 Easy Indoor Activity Ideas

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With the chill of winter in full swing, we’ve been getting a little antsy.  The single digit weather requires indoor entertainment.  And on that front, balloons have delivered.  I’m going to share 10 easy indoor activity ideas with balloons. I’ll add the obligatory notice about not letting balloons get into the hands of babies or younger children who could suffocate on the plastic, and then let’s get … Read More

Finding Ways for Kids to Discover Nature

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Nature is a wonderful thing.  It’s beautiful.  Sometimes pristine, usually affected by suburbia.  Regardless of whether you can find “unspoiled” natural areas near you, there are still plenty of opportunities to discover nature.  Even if you live in the city.  Originally, I’d planned to talk about symmetry in nature, and how we can find patterns and repetition in naturally occurring objects around us, but due to … Read More

5 Tips for When You Spill a Drink on Your Computer

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Please enjoy this guest post from Zack Davis, longtime friend and fellow geek.  He posted the other day about having to rescue his new computer from the attack of an errant pop can.  And fortunately, he knew exactly what steps to take. But are you prepared?  Do you know what to do when a drink spills on your computer, or any technology, for that matter? If … Read More

Quick + Easy Photo Memory Game

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Another quick and easy indoor activity, this photo memory game is sure to be a hit. Assuming you can find pictures on your computer, you’ll be able to make your own memory game with the pictures on your hard drive. If you want to involve your child in the image selection process, by all means! Or, you could pick and print the photos ahead of time, … Read More

Learning About Fingerprints

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I’ve been having fun on our learning ventures lately.  Toby has enjoyed learning about bugs, and exploring empathy, and a host of other things that I haven’t had opportunity to blog about.  But this fingerprint activity was definitely a hit.  And I guess I know why — it is messy!  Well, for your fingers, at least.  Assuming your child knows not to smear the ink everywhere, … Read More

Learning About Bugs

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Toby has been itching to use his science kit (received as a gift from one of his creative aunts!).  So I thought a good way to kick things off would be to learn about bugs! No, not real bugs (like when we captured a praying mantis, or when we observed butterflies, or even like our outdoor photo scavenger hunt. No, this activity would be indoors (it’s winter … Read More

the ABCs of Photography – An Educational Series for Kids

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To kick off the new year, I wanted to find a way to simplify the concepts of photography, bring some of them down to the comprehension level of a child.  Because you are never too young to enjoy photography.  My toddler, Toby, is proof of that.  And I’m sure many of you can vouch for the fact that your child has snagged a smartphone to take a plethora … Read More

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