When I am cooking dinner my toddler is ready to play. Unfortunately she like her dad and brother have incredibly long limbs and can grab at things and it's simply not safe some nights to have her walking about. So I make little activities for her to do in her boster chair. This is our recent favorite.
Using an old pepper container and straws cut to fit inside she slips them through the little holes until the are all in.
I come and dump them back out ... and repeat.
Here's a stunning fact: If you're related to someone who has an eating disorder, you're 10 times more likely to develop one yourself than someone without a history of disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
It all started with my friend M, who I visited one day last summer and saw a Vegan Cookbook on her counter. I asked her:
"Do you follow a vegan diet?"
"Yes," she sheepishly replied.
I thought it was great, impressive, really. It turns out, some of her friends and family did not. Whether misinformation or misunderstanding, lots of people in M's life had a really negative reaction to her Veganism.
One Saturday morning a couple of years ago, a spectacular day by all counts: cool like a March day, but with warming sunshine--summer sun, not early spring sun--I sat on the back porch with my dad and watched the kids painting.
Easy shape collages have always had a prominent place in the preschool lessons I have taught. I like including materials like this glitter foam because it adds something special to a basic project.
All you will need for this is some glittery sticky back foam and scissors.
Cut out a large diamond shape.
Cut out multiple small ones.
Last night, when I took Willa out for her after-dinner walk, I stopped at the street corner to take in the sky. I love craning my neck back to see what the tree branches look like against the sky, and whether or not I can spot any stars. We live in an older, wooded neighborhood, and the houses have large lots. As a result, the stars are often pretty visible. On a clear night I can even spot constellations and when it's warm, T.
Perhaps you woke up this morning to discover (gasp!) that today is Valentine’s Day and you don’t have anything special for your sweetie. How about a quick tip to make someone smile?
All you need to do is to go to the grocery and pick up a pack of strawberries. Bring them home and wash them up. Now you are ready!
First, slice off the top and slice in half lengthwise.
Next, place on a cutting board and using a sharp, cut an inverted triangle on top like this:
On Sunday T. and I spent almost two hours making stained glass hearts for Valentine's Day, for T. to pass out to her class. We made these last year, too, and I'd forgotten just how much work was involved! They turned out beautifully, though.
I know people say that this holiday was made by Hallmark and isn't real yada yada yada but who doesn't love a day about love?!
Every year we make heart shaped tortilla pizzas, have heart shaped dessert ( usually cookies or brownies cut with a cookie cutter) and bubbly pink lemonade. It's easy and silly and what holidays should be like when you have little kids.
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