Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How Does Your Brain Work? An activity inspired by Temple Grandin

I recently received a copy of the picture book  The Girl Who Thought In Pictures It's a kids book about one of my heroes- Dr. Temple Grandin.  She's a professor of animal science who also happens to be on the autistic spectrum.  She's funny, brave, persistent, and full of insights.  And I love how she reminds us to value those who see the world in a different way.

Inspired by her story, my son and I tried to explore how our brains work with this simple art activity.

How Does Your Brain Work?  

An Art Activity Inspired by Dr. Temple Grandin


How Does Your Brain Work- Easy Art Activity Inspired by The Girl Who Thought In Pictures:  Temple Grandin


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Colored Salt Fun! (A Review of 150+ Screen-Free Activities Book!)

Looking for a different way to make art and have fun with the kids?  How about making your own colored salt?

Fun with Colored Salt!


3 ways to have fun with colored salt
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Review of 2013

Happy 2014! 

Before starting this post, I just wanted to say a big thank you for visiting this blog.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Thank you for joining in our family's daily adventures and thank you for appreciating my crafts.  Honestly, blogging wouldn't be as fun without you.  Your support really means the world to me. 

Ok, ok, enough mushy stuff.  Ahem, now onto today's post.

Since I enjoyed last year's 2012 review post, I put together something similar together for 2013.  Looking back, I'm amazed by how many crafts I made (oy vey- thanks hubby for being so supportive!) and how much Chuck has grown.  My baby is gone.... he's a little boy now.  Sheesh, time just flew by.   

Are you ready to grab hold onto 2014?  Hope your New Year is off to a good start!  

 January


Memorable events: Choosing to try new things and attending a wedding
Favorite kid activity:  Painting with cornstarch paint
Favorite craft:  Dying flowers rainbow colors


February
 
Memorable event: Attending this bridal shower
Favorite kid activity:  Making bubble snakes
Favorite craft:  Whale Tissue Box Holder



March

Memorable event:  Selling goods at the craft fair
Favorite kid activity:  Feeding birds outside
Favorite craft: Sumo Plastic Bottle Bowling Pins


 April

Memorable events:  Attending a Mehndi ceremony and wedding ceremony
Favorite kid activity:  Blowing humongous bubbles with Chuck
Favorite crafts: Tattooing a banana and Painting an umbrella 


May
 
Memorable events:  Attending a lovely wedding and hanging out with Aussie family  (in DC and NYC)
Favorite kid activity:  Attending a niece's birthday party
Favorite crafts:  Good Night, Bonne Nuit Pillow Cases


June

Memorable event:  Visiting Colonial Williamsburg (1 and 2)
Favorite kid activities:  Making cornstarch paint and Grass Egg Heads
Favorite crafts:  Making a Mosaic Styrofoam Picture Frame  and painting a galaxy umbrella


July

Memorable event:  Reflecting on faith and crafting
Favorite kid activity:  Visiting The Children's Museum
Favorite crafts:  Painting a rainbow fan


August
 
Memorable event:  Having a house guest and being part of a craft e-zine
Favorite kid activity:  Painting with toys
Favorite crafts:  Tattooing bananas and Orange peel canola candle

September


Memorable events:  Visiting the zoo and Maker Faire (1 and  2)
Favorite kid activities: Blowing up balloons with baking soda and Cardboard spaceship toy
Favorite craft: Making crystal flowers


October
 
Memorable events:  Visiting Lancaster and Baltimore
Favorite kid activity: Celebrating Halloween!
Favorite craft: Making a tulle mask


November

Memorable event:  Thanksgiving!
Favorite kid activity:  Craft stick dominoes
Favorite craft:  Heart stenciled shoes and Making roses out of autumn leaves


December

 

Memorable event:  Christmas!
Favorite kid activity:  Playing with Chuck in the snow
Favorite crafts: Hiding a jump drive in a rubber toy and Making reindeer antlers

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Domino's gluten free pizza



One of the toughest things about having a child who's allergic to wheat (among other things), is that hubby and I very rarely eat wheat too.  Sure, we sneak in the random cookies or pasta when we're out on date nights or late at night when Chuck's asleep (oh boy, do I feel naughty then).  I usually don't mind the sacrifice, but there is one wheat-filled goodie that I sorely miss:  pizza.  It's one of my favorite foods.  And as a longtime lover of that holy trinity of cheese, tomato sauce, and crust, it's been really really tough not eating  pizza and not passing on my love to my son.

By now you're probably thinking, "Boo hoo.  Cry me a wheat-filled river.  Leslie, haven't you heard of gluten-free pizzas?"  Well, sure, there are gluten-free options out there... and trust me... we've tried a whole bunch.  But the resulting pie is always the same.  The pizza looks like a re-heated frozen disk and the crust tastes like dirty cardboard.  Sacrilege!  Poor Chuck usually just pulls off the cheese and eats that.

So when we found out that Domino's made a gluten free pizza crust, hubby and I were.... well... skeptical.  

But, we really didn't need to be.  Chuck loved it.  He ate two whole slices- crust, cheese, sauce, mushrooms and all.  Hubby and I even snuck in a couple of bites (while Chuck wasn't looking) and we were quite surprised by how good it was.

Now, Domino's does note that the pizza shouldn't be eaten by people with Celiac's disease.  Although the crust is certified to be gluten free, they just can't guarantee that any cross-contamination didn't occur at the restaurant.  So maybe this wouldn't be a solution for everyone.  But, since Chuck didn't break out in any hives or develop a rash after eating the pizza, hubby and I are deeming it a win..


In case you're curious, here's what the gluten free pizza looked like in the box:  (minus the 2 slices that Chuck devoured)
 And here's what the pizza looked like up-close:
Oh yeah, and here's Chuck.  Now he's a bona fide pizza lover too, just like his mama.

Have a great weekend!  See you next week!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A 2012 review

So much happened in the past twelve months.
Here are some of the nicest things, toughest things, and favorite projects of 2012.

January
 
Nicest thing:  Introducing Baby Chuck to my sister
Toughest things:  Taking Baby Chuck to get tested for allergies, Saying goodbye to grandparents


February
 
Nicest thing:  Finding this lovely yellow second hand couch
Toughest thing:  Struggling with Baby Chuck's eczema and getting him retested for allergies


March

Nicest thing:  Baby Chuck getting his first two teeth
Toughest thing:  Adjusting to our new dietary restrictions
Favorite DIY:  Trying out a DIY chocolate face mask


April
 
Nicest things:  Baby Chuck and I ride a bicycle,  Enjoying our new (old) couch
Favorite craft:  Making a salt dough necklace

May

Nicest thing:  Tulip Time
Toughest thing:  Mysterious fussiness
Favorite DIY: Hubby transforms our table into a chalkboard table


June

Nicest things:   Seeing family visit, Holding our first garage sale at Beth's
Toughest things:  Having to say goodbye to friends (x2)


July

Nicest thing:  Drawing a small Tulip Time book
Toughest things:  Putting Charlie down, Trying to recover from a disastrous move


August

Nicest things:  Having Katie and Kim visit, Meeing up with old friends, Celebrating our anniversary
Favorite craft:  Making multicolor crayons

September

Nicest things:  Celebrating Baby Chuck's 1st birthday party, Seeing guests enjoy my craftsVisiting the NY Renaissance fair and Bronx Zoo
Favorite craft: Felt Lapel pins


October

Nice things:  Celebrating HalloweenVisiting the Queens Farm Museum
Toughest things:  Parenting strugglesHurricane Sandy
Favorite craft:  Faux Stained glass


November

Nice things:  Making new friendsSeeing old friends, Illustrating my Poem
Toughest thing:  Baby Chuck begins transitioning to one nap
Favorite craft:  Cardboard trophy head

December


Nicest thing:  Christmas, Hanging out with old friends
Toughest thing: Sharing that I quit my PhD programSandy Hook Elementary

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