Archive for December, 2012

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Kickboxing: My Best Post of 2012

Kickboxing: My Best Blog Post of 2012

It’s ironic that I blog excessively on children’s books, education and parenting; particularly the intersection of all three but my best blog post is, of all things, on kickboxing.

I like to find books for kids to mark all occasions, answer questions and just generally entertain and deeply satisfy. And I do have educational and children’s book posts that make my Top 10 for 2012 in terms of traffic. But this post, Kickboxing for a Middle Age Mom with a Gentleman Fighter, holds a special place in my heart. It also is one of my top 10 most popular posts of 2012 by page views. Read more…

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Thank You Notes for Kids

Thank You Note Etiquette for Kids

My kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE office supplies, particularly pens. They were thrilled that Rose Art Write Dudes offered me some pens and pencils to try out when I said that I would use them for Thank You notes since my youngest needed to write Thank You notes for his recent birthday party. My rule is No Gifts or Thank You notes. He opted for gifts. Which means thank you notes. Painfully extracted.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s something unpredictable but in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your life.

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in timeIt’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.


My daughter’s 7th and 8th grade band wishes you a walk in a winter wonderland!


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Just Another Manic Sunday

Complicated Car Pooling for 5th Grade Book Club

It’s just another manic Sunday! Do you remember the time before kids when Sunday was a day you could spend in bed? Sunday, FunDay, Don’t Have to Run Day? Not when you become a mom!!! I really wanted to take PickyKidPix‘s book club of 5 girls to meet author and illustrator Grace Lin at a literacy event nearby.

The stars aligned when the swim meet for two of the girls was a home meet and all the girls were able to make most of the it, but not without a mad scramble. Thankfully, one of the moms is excellent at logistics and figured out this incredibly complex schedule to get everyone where they need to go.

It was worth it! The girls loved meeting Grace Lin and it was a great book club meeting!

Six o’clock already
I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissin’ Valentino
By a crystal blue Italian stream
But I can’t be late
‘Cause then I guess I just won’t get paid
These are the days
When you wish your bed was already made

It’s just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
‘Cause that’s my funday
My I don’t have to runday
It’s just another manic Monday

No, Bangles. You don’t want our Sunday today!  Read more…

Wet One Sticky Situations

A Sticky Situation: Enter to Win iPad Mini

Baking Brownies is a Sticky Situation

Do you cook with your kids? I decided to encourage my kids to cook. They are always asking me to bake brownies for them so I bought some mixes for them. It seemed very simple. Add water, oil and eggs. Mix, pour and bake. I would pre-heat the oven for them and put the pan in as well as take it out. I’d let them grease the pan. I hate that part! Read more…

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Getting Kids Active Indoors

Mad Cup Stacking for Indoor Fun

PickyKidPix came home from school the other day and announced, “I have mad cup stacking skills.”

I was like, “What?”

She repeated, “I have mad cup stacking skills. Only Ethan beat me and only by a fraction of a second.”

She proceeded to collect every disposable cup in the house and went off with her friend Charlotte to practice cup stacking. Acquiring mad cup stacking skills apparently requires practice. My other kids had to join in. Cup stacking is irresistible! Read more…

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An Art Studio of One’s Own

Carving Out an Art Studio in Our Basement

I was inspired after reading Artchoo!’s post on Kids’ Art Room Floors to try to carve out an art space for my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, who gets frustrated trying to do her art on the dining room only to be forced to clean up before she’s done with her paintings because it’s time to eat.  A dedicated art space is so great to eliminate that!

She got a nice, huge desk for her birthday last year but there simply isn’t room in her room for all the art supplies. Canvases and paper and paints take up a surprisingly large amount of real estate! Read more…

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Exceptional Books for Picky Kids

Great Newly Published Books for Reluctant Readers

My 2nd grade son and I have been reading most of these books together. I do the heavy lifting but he will read a half page here and there. I think that’s ok. We’ve especially enjoyed the challenge of trying to make it through the Worst-Case Scenario adventures with getting ourselves killed or sent home. Read more…

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Open Ended Christmas Ornament Crafts for Kids

Homemade One-of-A-Kind Christmas Ornaments

When it comes to crafts, my kids and I are bad at cranking out duplicates of anything. We are easily bored and not good an creating a manufacturing process to maximize uniformity or quantity.

I think that is ok. Our first homemade Christmas ornament came out of serendipity. Someone (his sister?) tried to play my eight-year-old son’s guitar using a pencil as a bow. As a result, the strings were damaged and his guitar teacher has to replace them.

Guitar String Wreath Ornament. The old strings with their slightly springy action seemed to beg to become a wreath.  My son added a tag and voila! Our first homemade DIY Christmas tree ornament. Wire would work as well.

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