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Happy & Friendly Halloween
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Of all the holiday traditions during the year, I’ll admit that Halloween is at the bottom of my list of favorites.  I loved it as a kid – and our own kids love it today – carving the pumpkins, the dressing up, the candy, walking around in the dark with flashlights…. Until becoming an adult – or perhaps it’s just the day and age...

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July 4th, 2014
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July 4th, 2014

Jul 5, 2014 by

Some of our favorite July 4th activities are pretty run of the mill…. but we like them.  Dressing in red-white-blue… looking for kitschy crafts, BBQing burgers, making fancy desserts… and of course our little street side fireworks.  In the AZ heat… the last thing I want to do is drag the family to a parade.  There are fireworks here at Tempe Town Lake (funny...

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an impromptu Passover Seder
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For the very first time ever, I decided that we would attempt to pull of a Passover Seder dinner this year.  Didn’t know much about it.  Didn’t plan it. Was just on my heart to try it out!  I knew that while it’s a prominent annual Jewish holiday – I also know that many Christians do observe it as well.  After all…. Jesus celebrated it...

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needle felting: baby penguin
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Needle felting a baby penguin was Pebbles’ first project after receiving a complete set of supplies for Christmas. She saw instructions from a cute book in the library and went for it!  This time, she did use her finger guards that I insisted she wear. 😉 After dozens of youtube videos warning everyone about excruciating bloody wounds and NOT to needle felt while watching...

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igneous rock is delicious !
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In science this week (R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey – Earth & Space) we read about igneous rock – and one of the labs included the making of our own – chocolate marshmallow fudge ! The chocolate chips and marshmallows represent rocks and minerals that are pulled into the molten mantle.  The heat within the mantle melts these and turns into magma. Magma if it moves...

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Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares
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Don’t like pumpkin pie? Get ready for a surprise. I live in a family that is 50/50 on pumpkin pie. Hubby and Pebbles L O V E anything pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggnog while BamBam and I really either don’t like it much – or at all – or MAYBE with whip cream of ice cream will be tolerable. Let me just say, that BamBam...

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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2013 by

Here’s a fun easy paper craft project for the kids:  feathers of thankfulness. Just cut a large circle out of brown paper.  Glue a second small circle of the same brown paper and glue on top. Cut out a triangle for a beak out of yelow or orange paper or craft foam. Draw cute eyes and outline the head. Cut out multiple feather shapes...

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review: My Book of Thanks
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A 25 Day Gratitude Journal for Kids – by Heather Bowen Heather Bowen, of Upside Down Homeschooling,  has lovingly created this ADORABLE journal to inspire children to express what they are most grateful for during our Thanksgiving Season. There are two different age brackets for the journal, although I would purchase according to your own child’s handwriting ability – size of their letters, do...

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Christmas Countdown Planner by Jill Craft
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Jill asks us “have you missed the joy of the Christmas season since you were a child due to stress, impulse spending and disorganization?” AB-SO-LUTE-LY. Christmas is without a doubt our most cherished family time together – and one we look forward to all year long.  But I’m not going to mince words, come early November I do start to get a little panicked:...

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4th of July firecrackers
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We had a quiet family Independence Day – made yummy burgers and ate red-white-blue cupcakes and waited for night to fall.  Bought a box of simple firecrackers and sparklers for the kids. Chad did some time exposures on them for fun! BamBam was a bit scared of them and kept running to hide behind me – but finally warmed up and had a great...

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pattern block fun
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pattern block fun

Jul 5, 2013 by

Stumbled across our bucket of pattern blocks and thought it would be fun for BamBam to make some designs with the red-white-blue shapes! He preferred to sit and make his own designs – pumpkins, rockets, boats and his sister took a much greater interest in seeing how many different designs she could make with the same red-white-blue shapes on a round plate. This required...

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friendship bracelet
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friendship bracelet

Jul 5, 2013 by

In the mood for making jewelry of some sort and inspired by the patriotic colors – Pebbles dug through her knotted and mildly chaotic pile of embroidery floss looking for red, white and blue. She make three separate bracelets with a simple braid with the three stands. Then, she braided each of those together – ending with a fluffy knot. Simple, quick and...

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patriotic sandwiches
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patriotic sandwiches

Jul 5, 2013 by

Digging through our cookie cutters for a fun way to cut our simple sandwiches for lunch that was festive — but easy — since we spent a while making the July 4th yogurt pops. I found, what I thought to be quite old…. “patriotic cookie cutters!”  They were given to us by my mother-in-law, who deals in antiques and likes to collect fun items....

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july 4th yogurt pops
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july 4th yogurt pops

Jul 5, 2013 by

We love to make fun food for special holidays.   We found a pinterest link to someone who made 3-color white chocolate pudding pops – but we didn’t have any pudding! Isn’t of giving up…. we did have yogurt – plain Greek and a tiny bit of leftover Yoplait Vanilla yogurt. The Greek yogurt was a beautiful thicker white actually but less sweet of course...

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