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Make Pie for Pi Day 3.14.16

Making Pie for Pi Day: 3.14.16 (rounding up!)

My mathematician dad would be proud that I’m celebrating Pi Day today and have been for the past few years. Last year, I found Pi Day cartoons which I found hilarious. I looked that the relationship between Pi and The Golden Rule and how Pi tells stories. I even celebrated Tau Day which is 2x Pi.

Pi Day

Image from Randomly Yaya

Let’s Celebrate Pi Day:  March 14, 2016. That’s 3.14159 (rounded up) to 3/14/16!

Pi Day is March 14th! It’s the only number with its own holiday! Most scholars consider Pi to be the most important and fascinating number in all of mathematics. Technically, the mathematical constant pi is an irrational, or never-ending number, created by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It is a number that begins with 3.14 but then goes on and on never repeating itself for infinity.

Did you know?

  • Pi Day (3/14) turns out to be Albert Einstein’s birthday!
  • Pi, more commonly known by the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, is the most widely-known mathematical constant in the world.
  • Pi was not easy to calculate. People died trying to figure it out!

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My Story of Brownstone Living

My Story of Brownstone Living

My husband and I were living in West Los Angeles (before kids) when I decided to move back to Boston to return to the company that I had co-founded during college with two friends. I flew back alone to hunt for an apartment. I was tired of driving one hour each way to work and my dream was to walk to work. My Boston friends suggested the South End.

Brownstone Living

When I was in college, I came to the South End to volunteer at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter. It was a rough neighborhood, split by the proverbial railroad tracks on the wrong side. I remember running in elated fear from a homeless man, either mentally unstable or on drugs, who chased my friend Neal and I to the subway station screaming incoherently at us and making threatening gestures.

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McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®

McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal® is Our Favorite Breakfast

Picky Kid Pix and I are a big fans of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®, made from 100 percent whole grain Irish oats, so we were both thrilled when The Motherhood asked me to cover it. I like to make it for breakfast when she has a morning soccer game because it fuels her up and is a good and delicious breakfast. Her favorite breakfast is McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.
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How Early Learning Resources Can #SparkAMind of a Child

How Early Learning Resources Can #SparkAMind of a Child

This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

How do you as a parent encourage a lifelong love of learning in your child? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt believes that everyday moments of curiosity can spark an interest in kids, motivating them to dig for answers. Asking questions and learning how to find answers is the key to creating a desire to learn.

As a mom with three kids, I’ve found that my children are polar opposite when it comes to what drives their curiosity. My oldest, now 16 years old, has always had a love for art. For her, we brought her to art museums, got her art books, and provided her with art materials so that she could draw, draw, draw every single day. Her progress is captured here: Grasshopper and Sensei. It’s no surprise to us that she wants to attend an art and design college.

Early Learning desire in my child lead to her interest in art

A recent drawing by my oldest. Read more…

Lunch Box Love, free lunch box notes printable

Lunch Box Love: FREE Lunch Box Note Printable

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’m not the mom who makes beautiful bento box lunches for her kids though I fantasize about that. I am usually the one scrambling in the morning to pack lunch for my son who is the last to go to school. My teen girls are up and out of the house before I am awake (thanks hubby!), and they pack their own lunch.

Show Love in the Lunch Box

It’s not surprising then that Valentine’s Day has passed and even Chinese New Year and I didn’t do anything special for my kids. I’ve decided that 1) it’s never too late and 2) baby steps. Read more…

Naruto, Guko drawings by 5th grade boy

Naruto Inspired Learning for my 5th Grade Son

NarutoMy son has always had his obsessions:

  • Age 3: Dinosaurs and Angry Birds
  • Age 4 and 5: Pokémon
  • Age 6: Bakugan, Ninjago
  • Age 7: Magic Cards, Minecraft, Mario Brothers Video Games
  • Age 9, 10: Minecraft, Dragonballz, Injustice Video Game
  • Age 1o and 11: Dragonballz, Naruto

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International Book Giving Day

Today is International Book Giving Day!

Today is International Book Giving Day! The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Today I will be giving away a diversity book bundle on my Instagram @PragmaticMom. Follow me and tag two people to win my giveaway!

14th February is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books because:

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

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how not to get your wordpress blog hacked

How Not To Get Hacked: My Advice after 2 of My Blogs Were Hacked

Two of my blogs got hacked recently. I think the hacker used the same means for illegal blog entry: an old theme that I had tried out years ago and rejected. That particular theme was probably not updated over time, and it became a Trojan Horse for hackers to enter my blog.

It turns out that WordPress users are more vulnerable to hackers since it’s a big community. Don’t worry! Here are some FREE tips and action items to lockdown your security.

Trojan Horse

How about you? Have your blogs ever been hacked? What else did you do? Thanks for sharing! Read more…

Giveaway: Botanical Cards from Bottle Branch

Giveaway: Botanical Cards from Bottle Branch

I discovered Elizabeth on Instagram @ehpyle and was delighted to discover that lives near my neck of the woods, one town over. Her Instagram feed is gorgeous — she’s a recovering botanist, mother, semi-professional mess maker who is obsessively learning to take better photos. Her obsession has paid off. Her photos are amazing.

Bottle Branch @ehpyle

Now she has a store called Bottle Branch where she turns her botanical collages into gorgeous thick notecards. The envelopes are equally luxurious. I received this collection from my husband for my birthday. She’s my guest blogger today and we are doing a giveaway of her beautiful cards in time for Valentine’s Day! Here’s her mompreneur story:

I was delighted when Mia asked me to do a giveaway with her on her blog, and I’m thrilled to offer a set of six botanically inspired greeting cards from my etsy shop, Bottle Branch. Read more…