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A Puzzle for Big Kids (and Moms and Dads!)

I’ve been doing this puzzle of Northern Africa and Middle East countries for a couple of days now when I have a spare minute and want to unwind online.  I was rather shocked at how little I knew about the geography of those regions!  Eek!  I didn’t even know a couple of them were countries!  🙂  I’m pleased to say that I now pretty much have it down pat where Turkey and Turkmenistan are in relation to each other, and where almost every other country that ends in "stan" goes (and there are a lot!).  How well can you do?

Happy Friday!


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This, that and the other

Cooking for vegetarians or kids with allergies? 
Here are some sites with recipes to make sure nobody is deprived of goodies!

Vegan holiday cookie recipes
(vegetarian with no eggs or dairy)
allrecipe.com’s gluten free recipes

I love this wine wrap made from the sleeve of a recycled sweater!
I even think I could handle the sewing part.
It makes me wish I gave wine to people as presents.  😉

And if you have boys, you might relate to this.
(Thanks Claire)

For some reason all of my formatting is disappearing
and running my lines together
but I have a sick little guy, so I’m off to snuggle him.
Happy Saturday!

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A Snow Day and Six Good Links

We were snowed in today.
Schools were canceled, the roads were empty.
It was wonderful.
I like getting buried in snow at least once every year
(and then it can all go away!).

We made cookies and watched "Rocky and Bullwinkle"
and mostly lazed around.
I’m hoping to do more of it tomorrow
along with a few "gottas"
(gotta do laundry, gotta clean the dining room,
gotta get a package together, gotta finish making 8 million holiday cards…).
But I’m still gonna eat cookies and lounge around.
It’s the season!

I recommend you lounge around too
but if you want to play online
here’s some fun links of this, that and the other…

1. One Golden Apple’s fairy ornaments are unbelievably cute.
I love using feathers for wings. 🙂

2. My messy house is protecting my kids from heart disease.
"Our research suggests that ultra-clean, ultra-hygienic environments early in life may contribute to higher levels of inflammation as an adult, which in turn increases risks for a wide range of diseases," including cardiovascular disease, Thomas McDade, lead author of the study, said.
See the article

3. Several friends have recommended this free software lately.
Kids can make stick figures and animate them to tell fun stories.

4. I love browsing this blog!
Every tasty project looks good enough to frame.

5. Here’s the recipes and articles Daryl has put up so far
on Cooking With Kids.
The banana bread is now a staple around here for snacks
and it’s much lower fat than most.
Daryl lets the kids mash the bananas with their (clean) hands.
They love it.

6. Lastly, I wrote up some
parenting secrets for peaceful holidays
because I’m all about peaceful holidays.

Happy Thursday!!!!!!

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Cooking with Kids!

Just had to pop in to recommend this fabulous new column
Cooking with Kids
that features tips for making cooking fun with kids
and will have recipes for all sorts of neat foods to make with your kiddos.

Of course, I’m a little biased
since my hubby is the author
and my kiddos are the models and helpers!

Here’s the first article.
Brilliant, huh?

You can subscribe to get notifications via email of new articles.
Daryl is planning on posting about three times a week,
some fun tips and some fun recipes
(sometimes with themes like from the "Little House" books).

Next up — quick and easy popovers.
We gobble them up and they are almost as easy as opening a can.

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Twig Looms and Other Fall Projects

Check out this beautiful twig loom
all all of the other wonderful fall projects
at Avalon-Arts.

I’m inspired for our next project,
though I bet it will be more colorful.
I have color-crazy kids.  🙂


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Enjoy Parenting!

We’re in Nebraska, visiting some fabulous friends for a few days.  In the meantime, here’s a site I found that I’ve had fun exploring.  Enjoy Parenting is written and maintained by father and author Scott Noelle.  It’s full of articles and tips about parenting and seems to be written with a very pro-child, positive, fun spirit.  I signed up for a daily email and enjoyed my first one today, about redirecting ourselves when we can’t help but yell by yelling a bunch of nonsense to get the mindless reaction out of the way.  I’m looking forward to exploring it more, but today I have a birthday girl to adore and some silliness to plan.  🙂

Happy Saturday!

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Party Printer!

What a fun site!  Enter your text at Festisite and pick your layout, font and specifics, and it will create a wonderful graphic for you to print out.  Think of all the nifty things you could do with this… leave coded notes for the kids in their lunches, make personalized Valentines, turn their short stories into sweet graphics, you name it. 


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Firefly Magic

I liked the nighttime background so much from yesterday’s list of ways to make the night magical that I thought I’d keep up the theme with a bit more after dark fun. 

What mention of nighttime magic would be complete without fireflies???  🙂

For more than a little firefly magic, head on over to Firefly.org.  Check out the wonderful pictures like this one, find out how to catch them and how to help them, certify your back yard as a wildlife habitat and lots more.

If you want to continue the theme, this librarians’ PDF handout has all sorts of firefly ideas, from book suggestions to crafts to games.

And here’s a sweet little poem and coloring page for kids to read and color.

And now, I’d love to post more but I (ahem) really must be glowing….   😉

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It’s a Girl Thing

Victoria has a new favorite web site and I wanted to let you all know about it because it seems like such a great resource for girls.  I’ve known about New Moon for years and always meant to subscribe at some point, but with Victoria at such a tricky age right now I thought this would be a great time.

The magazine subscription now comes with a one year membership to the web site, and Victoria loves it.  She visits more than any other site, by far.  She says she loves that she can post questions for older girls that she might be embarrassed to ask me, she loves all the ways she can use her creativity there and the sense of community is really special.  

Girls can post artwork, share problems, decorate their "rooms," make their own artwork into "stickers" to leave for girls as a friendly hello, read advice, learn about everything from myths to wacky facts, share poetry, read book reviews, mentor younger girls and so much more.

I highly recommend it!

(Note:  No kickbacks, bribes, fancy chocolates or promises of lifelong adoration were offered for me to post this post!)  🙂 

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20 Alternatives to Punishment

A lot of us were brought up to think that the only way you can deal with a misbehaving child is with punishment.  Pah!  Ridiculous.  🙂 

Sometimes we just need to find some new tools or be reminded of good alternatives.

I love this list of 20 things you can do to deal with behavior instead of just punishing. 

"The best way to make children good is to make them happy."
~ Oscar Wilde

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