Things that seem harmless but will kill your dog if he or she eats it: raisins, onions, chocolate, coffee, coffee grounds, nuts (except peanut butter), bones, tomatoes, avocados, nutmeg, raw eggs, salt, mushrooms, xyliton, sugar, corn syrup, alcoholic beverages, cat food, fat trimmings, hops, human vitamins containing iron, macadamia nuts, marijuana, milk, dairy, spoiled food, persimmons, potatoes, rhubarb, raw fish, and yeast dough.
My Mom Friend Lynn told me about a unique and wonderful sports camp called Evolution Action Sports Training Center that combines skateboard ramps with trampolines and sports games. It’s non competitive and her son’s favorite part is when they sit around in a circle and share. They talk about recycling, how to be a good friend, and feng shui. Doesn’t it sound Zen?
The list is actually The 100 Most Celebrated Travel Books of All Time and it’s here. Given that my “second act” is 12 years away, I am just going to try to read the first 10 books which I am surprised to find that I have read NONE of them!! What is your favorite travel memoir book? Mine is still A Year in Provence and On Rue Tatin. Maybe I am just partial to France.
This is a great blog post on Partnered Reading to encourage your reluctant reader to read from http://PracticalPages.wordpress.com She also gives some great resources if you need further advice.
The Green Earth Lit award is sponsored by the Newton Marasco Foundation for books that either promote an inspired understanding of the environment, an awareness of environmental issues, or a celebration of nature; encourage the concept of environmental stewardship and the role each of us can play in nurturing, protecting, and defending our environment; and with environmental issues that are current and accurately portrayed. What are your favorite Green Earth books? Please share!
Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures of their kids caught in the act of reading! The pictures for this week are AMAZING starting off with a new blow up toy that my Mom Friend Melissa just got. It was very time consuming to inflate it, she tells me, but I think it’s well worth it as a very cool reading nook! What do you think?
We travel this week to Argentina. When I think of Argentina, the first thing I think of is beef but there is more to Argentina than just cattle. I wanted to explore the gauchos (Argentinean cowboys) and indigenous people.
This hilarious post is from Susan Beacham, a financial literacy expert, author, columnnist, and translator of “text speak.” She advises teaching kids about financial education and comes at it in an effective but usual way: text it to them! What a great idea for middle school kids and older!! If you want to sneak some “valuable life lessons” into this summer’s curriculum, try this! Your kid will think you are nutty but cool! And for those of us just learning to teen text-speak, she has a handy glossary at the bottom. TG (Thank God!).
Getting kids to sleep is such a politically charged topic for parents. There are the co-sleepers who are vehemently opposed by the Independent Sleepers. Caught in the middle? The parents who get no sleep and still have to function the next day. Here are two takes. Go the F**k to Sleep is by Newton (my town) funny man Adam Mansbach whose jack-in-the-box kids are fodder for humor. If they are keeping him awake, it’s clearly enhancing his sense of humor.