Birdseed Cookie Ornaments (for the birds)

It's spring and the birds have come home. Here's a charming little craft you can make as a treat for our fine feathered friends: Birdseed Cookie Ornaments.  They are easy, inexpensive, and great for kids to make.  It would also be gorgeous to make these to decorate a tree outside for Christmas. Birdseed Cookie Ornament Recipe 1/4 c unbleached flour 1/4 c water 1 1/2 T corn syrup 2 c birdseed Materials Needed parchment or waxed paper cookie cutters oil spray (like

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Watermelon Chillers (cocktails or kid-friendly)



Mama needs a cocktail. In the dog days of summer it is nice to have something to cool and refreshing in the afternoon.  Nothing is more refreshing than watermelon, unless you turn it into a watermelon chiller.  These are so easy and yummy.  Omit the alcohol for kiddos, but they are still just

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Nuts and Bolts Board: Montessori DIY



Here is a great Montessori-inspired activity to help children develop their fine motor skill as well as practice sorting: a Nuts and Bolts Board. We made ours a few years ago and our kids still love playing with it.  This is particularly fun for little ones who like tools, building, and

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Making Groceries: Cracker Jacks



What?  Cracker Jacks aren't on your weekly shopping list? Well, they are an occasional treat.  Of course their nostalgic packaging is fun, but so is making your own. Making Groceries is usually about saving money and eating more healthfully, but it's also about adding to our skill set.

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Earth Day Snack



Here's a great snack to help celebrate Earth Day.  You can make it for little ones, or let older children make it themselves. All You Need a round plate kiwi fruit blueberries bananas a rough idea of a globe 1.  Cut kiwi fruit into small pieces.  Arrange them to create the

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Leap Day



I celebrated a 12 year old’s 3rd birthday in junior high. It was a slumber party on February 29th. She was so excited. Apparently she hadn’t gotten over the indignation of having her real birthday absent from most calendars yet. This was a big deal, and her mom went all out. I thought

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Meditation: Why Bother?



Meditation is an act of bravery. To sit down and allow life and thoughts to swirl around you while perched upon a planet that is both spinning in circles and revolving in an ellipse is a quiet revolution in and of itself. It’s an act of resistance against the constant motion that sweeps us

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A Part or Apart



I used to hate Ash Wednesday as a child. The cross the priest drew on my forehead with ashes invariably looked more like a smudge, and Mom forbade me from deliberately washing it off. That would be rejecting our religion. But worse than the ashes, which would be gone in a day, it was the

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I Love Holidays



Gung Hay Fat Chow, y'all! It's Chinese New Year and Day 2 of our crazy holiday schedule this week!  In my world, Groundhog's Day is a movie, not a holiday, but Super Bowl Sunday in a home with 3 boys definitely counts as a holiday. This was the first time my boys got to watch the big

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Early Hugs



My 4:45 am alarm started me from slumber. Go, go, go! — so I went, went, went! A mile swim, a shower, a commute home at sunrise. I love my morning swim, but I come home ravenous. My breakfast is as beloved as it is complicated to make. Today I couldn't wait, so I grabbed a banana while

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