I thought my son would enjoy the STEM toys from Technology Will Save Us, so I was thrilled when they offered me two kits. As soon as they arrived, my son wanted to build the DIY Gamer Kit in which you build your own remote control. We opted for the version with the parts already soldered in as my husband thought soldering might be too dangerous for our 10-year-old son.
My son looked for the instructions in box and was puzzled not to find any. Instead, he figured out that he needed to go to their website to watch video tutorials.
Staples Unveil Renovated Afterschool Resource Room at
Curley K-8 School with City Year Boston
Staples also will donate school supplies to improve learning environment for young students
Students entering the afterschool program at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 17th, received a surprise when they saw their newly remodeled resource room, a gift from Staples. Educators and students from the Curley K – 8 School and the City Year Boston AmeriCorps members who served at the school as tutors, mentors, and role models supporting student success welcomed representatives from Staples for a tour of the school, distribution of school supplies, and the room reveal makeover. Read more…
Jeanette Nyberg of Craftwhack and I have teamed up again to bring you a holiday shopping series. Today we bring you Gender Bending gift ideas for kids because we are both a little subversive, if you haven’t noticed.
November 3, 2015: Gifts That Give Back (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids (Hers, Mine) (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
Gender bending is sometimes a form of social activism undertaken in response to assumptions, over-generalizations about genders, or transphobia. Some gender benders identify with the gender assigned them at birth, but “challenge” the norms of that genderthrough androgynous behavior and atypical gender roles. from Wikipedia
Gender Gending Gifts … let’s all be a little subversive this year and gift in ways that challenge stereotypes, like coloring books for adults! Check out Jeanette’s list here.
Dolls for Boys that Teach Emotional Intelligence
These dolls for boys include a child-sized matching-piece of adventure gear. for the child too, giving them an instant sidekick for adventures! The idea is that this connectedness deepens the imaginative play experience.
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Today, November 17th, is Giving Tuesday and I thought I would reflect on gratitude, giving back, and the ways kids can give back despite their limited incomes (if any). It turns out that gratitude and giving back are sure-fire ways to happiness.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. From Harvard Health Publications
I’ve been trying to teach my kids about personal finance. They get a small allowance and they are supposed to allocate into three piles: spend, save and donate. In this way, I want to teach them about budgeting and “everyday money” which is the money leftover after you pay your overhead like bills, rent and food. This leftover money can be allocated into spend, save and donate. And while it might seem like SPEND would bring immediate gratification, SAVE is also satisfying and DONATE brings happiness. But there are other ways to donate if you are short on money. Read more…
Today, Jeanette and I are making gifts! It’s the perfect combination of frugality and thoughtfulness as it says, “I made this for YOU!”
My gift ideas below are for dogs with homemade Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits. I created this recipe to use up leftover “about to go bad” ingredients. My dog seems to love them too!
I also made a Lemon Coconut Sugar Body Scrub that my middle daughter advised me on. She watches a ton of YouTube beauty bloggers so she had strong opinions on salt versus sugar scrubs and coconut oil versus olive oil. I’m gifting these to my mom friends but my daughters would love it too! Read more…
Winners – Big Multicultural Back to School Library Book Giveaway
In September KidLit TV launched our first ever Big Multicultural Back to School Library Book Giveaway! We partnered with Pragmatic Mom, Jump into a Book, Franticmommy and Multicultural Children’s Book Day, to give parents, teachers, and librarians a chance to win a multicultural book bundle for their school library. The results are in!
Congratulations to the winners of our very first Big Multicultural Back to School Library Book Giveaway! KidLit TV will be shipping off books to the libraries below, in the name of each winner.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.
Horizon Organic Snack Grahams, fruit and dip.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine.
With the cold weather around the corner, I’m starting to think about changing our dinner menu to stews and soups. It’s not just comfort food; it’s also the ultimate convenience food when you have a brood that gets home at all different times from practices, starving!
The change of seasons also has me thinking about the upcoming holiday season and ways to give back. Last October, my son and his friend did a joint birthday party. In lieu of gifts, asked for donations to a local dog shelter that rescues dogs from kill shelters in the South. When the boys delivered the dog toys and collars and played with the dogs, I think it was the best present anyone could have given them.
My friend Lydia’s husband and Grasshopper and Sensei‘s art teacher’s husband are both Industrial Designers who have worked on vacuum products. Turns out that they have worked together too! What a small world!
Industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production.
When I saw Lydia’s husband last week at a dinner party, I asked him what does it take to design a really good vacuum? An industrial designer is an interesting job; it’s part designer, part sculptor and part mechanical engineer. Industrial designers design a wide range of products from cars to package design to consumer products like coffee machines, vacuums, blenders and space heaters.
What does it take to design a great vacuum? Industrial designers work with marketing and market researchers to find out what consumers want and then they try to deliver. What do I want? It’s pretty simple because I hate vacuuming more than any other cleaning job in the world:
- I want a cordless vacuum because I am forever running over the cord or pulling it out of electrical socket, both actions being very bad for my vacuum.
- I want a vacuum that can pick up the massive amount of Golden Retriever dog fur that my dog contributes to our household without causing my vacuum cardiac arrest.
- I still need a portable, handheld vacuum for quick pick up like when my kids spill cereal all over the floor.
- I want my vacuum to live a good, long and productive life.
- I don’t want my vacuum to be heavy because I need to carry it up and down stairs and even vacuum the stairs while I’m at it!