Archive for August, 2012

DIY Mini White Water Rapids

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by by

Today we have Carla from Preschool POWOL Packets sharing this super fun white water rapids activity you can do with your littles! This would be a GREAT activity for a hot day outside, or you can adapt it as an indoor activity (bath time?). This is great for working on vocabulary such as in, out, float, under, boat, water, river, first, next, last, etc. LOVE IT!! I am definitely doing this one ASAP! ~Katie

I’m so glad Katie invited me over to share an activity with you!  We’ve had a lot of fun this month watching the Olympics and hosting our own versions of some of the events.  One of our favorites has been our Mini White Water Rapids, inspired by the Olympic White Water Rapids and an article from Family Fun.  We did it on a backyard scale, but you can easily adapt it to a tabletop scale inside a bucket.  Either way will let your child experiment with floating and sinking objects of his choice (or yours!).  Your child will also experience the effects of gravity and water-flow through a wonderful tactile experience!

To make your own Mini White Water Rapids in the backyard, you will need the following supplies:

  • 7-10 feet of aluminum foil
  • 3 different platforms (we used a table, an adult sized chair, and two child sized chairs)
  • 6-8 rocks
  • “boats” (we used some small plastic boats, small sponges, feathers, and sticks)
  • A garden hose



Modest is Hottest: How to be Stylishly Modest

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by by

Modest is Hottest and now with the fashion industry catching on to what the Quakers have been sharing with us for centuries we don’t have to sacrifice fashion for modesty.

I have a funny story to share about Quakers and modesty.  Back in one of my counseling classes in grad school there was a sweet lady who was a Quaker.  That year our school had Spirit Week and I participated in Twin day. My friend and I found some awful, gaudy and flashy dresses on a sale rack and we decided we would wear them for Twin Day.  All of my friends had participated so I didn’t feel awkward until I walked into my more mature counseling class wearing my bright, sequins, short dress that was anything but modest.  Over by the wall, in her usual spot sat my sweet friend that was a Quaker with her 5 visiting Quaker friends all in their dark clothing and bonnets. The only other open seat was next to them which meant I had to walk past them. In my bright, flashy sequins dress and red from embarrassment face I said hi and quickly sat down. I am glad I can laugh about it now.

Now back to dressing stylishly modest.  The key to feeling attractive is self-confidence it’s not wearing clothes that leave very little to the imagination.  Here are some tips to help you check yourself before you leave the department store or walk out of your house.   (more…)

Food Fun Friday: Easy Homemade Butter

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by by

mess for less, make your own butter

I am always trying to find food that my kids will eat consistently. They are very hit or miss with things. One day they will clean something off their plates and the next day they won’t touch it. Lately, I have a had a hard time getting to eat bread whether in a sandwich or as a piece of toast with breakfast. When I was grocery shopping the other day I noticed the cream in the dairy section and had the idea to get some and try our hand at making butter. I have made butter in the past when I was teaching. My students always enjoyed the process and the results. I was hoping my kids would too. (more…)

10 Sandwich-Less Lunch Ideas

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by by

As promised here is our great list of Sandwich-less Lunch Ideas.  We have made all of the recipes below and they are yummy and most of them are easy. The ones that require some preparation, I serve it for dinner the night before and make enough to pack some in their lunch.  This list is going up on my fridge.

Sandwich-Less Lunch Ideas

(First 5 are pictured above)

1. Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches

2. Grilled Cheese & Apples Kabob

3.  Empanadas I love these, you can make them for dinner too!

4. Pulled Pork Wraps with Slaw

5. Soft German Pretzels



An Orgasmic Birth? Um, Yeah, I’ll Have What She’s Having!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by by

With the due date of my baby steadily creeping up. I’ve been inundated with checking things off my MUST DO/ MUST HAVE list. Found a pediatrician I’m in love with. Check. Been accumulating cloth diapers and accessories. Check. Secured a midwife and birthing center. Check. If you read my previous post Apparently Midwife is a Bad Word, then you know my husband CJ and I are planning to go as natural a route a possible with Baby Bean’s arrival. That means ideally there will be no hospitalization, doctors, forceps, vacuums, IV drips or needles i.e. EPIDURALS involved.

I’ve had plenty of needles in my life for allergy shots and blood tests etc, but is that not the scariest thing you’ve ever seen?

Now keep in mind this is my first kid- and I’m still a bit weary. I’m not gonna lie. Since I’ve not had the experience of (more…)

*Hot Topic* Friday – Mom’s going on Vacation

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by by

I’m going to be testing out some new potential “Weekly” posts…. First one up…. *Hot Topic* Friday! Where I share a hot topic, give my opinion and then see what ya’ll have to say about it!

~~~~~Mom’s going on Vacation~~~~~

Hot Topic:
So, a hot topic we are all hearing about this week, No! Not what went on in Vegas with Prince Harry!, but about a mom who is going on vacation. Not just because she’s going on vacation, but because she’s also a mother who is leaving her 10 week old baby behind! If you haven’t read her blog post on Mommyish you can read it HERE.

Mami’s Thoughts:
First off, who cares?! Second of all… (more…)

Why Am I Such A Cry Baby?!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by by

So at 31 weeks Baby Bean is on the fast track for development.

Fingers and toes have been here for a while- as evidenced by the thumb sucking we caught at the first ultra sound and the playing with toes at the third one. But now, eyes and ears are developed, Baby Bean is even blinking now. CJ and I are convinced the sense of humor has been in the making for some time and there’s lots of movement going on. All good stuff. I won’t be surprised at all if I give birth to an athlete, a dancer, or yes, even a kick boxer. (see My Olympic Embryo).

I’ve been reading and hearing from folks that now IS the time to really talk and sing to my child. That’s all fine and good. Growing up I was in choir in middle school, high school and even church. I’d like to think (more…)


Ready, Steady

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by by

“Tell me how you’re feeling about the first day of school, Bob. How are you with it?”

“I’m good. I think I’m good.”

“I’m glad.”

“I don’t know exactly what they’ll do there but I’m sensing I’ll have fun.”

First birthdays

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 by by

I don’t know why first birthdays are so hard.  This is the 4th time I’ve done a first birthday, the 3rd with a living child. We did cupcakes & presents with friends today for Allison.  Her birthday isn’t actually until Monday, but today worked best.  Anyway, I was totally in the moment while IN the moment.  But for the rest of today, looking at the pictures, part of my heart breaks over again.

Instead of this

I had this. (more…)

How To Be a Roadie by Bob Rosenberg

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 by by

When I was little and I went to my dad’s music shows, I was just a baby size person still so I couldn’t help anyone. I just did sleeping mostly and hung around and did baby things. That’s different now.

If you are old like me, you can be a roadie. Roadie is a name for music show rock band helper guy. That is you. Now when you’re grown up and six-years old, when you go to a music show you get to say things like, “I’m with the band.” Maybe you will get a wrist band or an (more…)