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My Son's Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit

My Son’s Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit

My son’s second Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit (also called Tunas or Cactus Fruit).

My Son's Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit

Reminds us of: pomegranate crosses with melon.

Texture: like Honeydew melon but with larger and harder pomegranate-like seeds.

Flavor: like kiwi. Read more…

The Best way to Maintain our Educational Facilities

The Best way to Maintain our Educational Facilities

The majority of us know that it is very important to maintain our education facilities and education institutions. Any facility that is maintained sends a certain message to people outside. However how important is it to maintain our educational facilities? How can you maintain these education facilities? These are some of the questions that we are going to tackle in this article.

Ways to Maintain Facilities

1. Following Health Policies

This is one of the ways of maintaining the facility. A facility should make sure it follows all the health policies of the state it is in. The environmental and health departments provide schools with programs that help in maintaining the facilities and ensuring they are clean.

2. A Good Plan should be laid out

The plan should include all the operations that should be carried in ensuring the facility is well maintained. This includes how the school is to be cleaned. All parts of the school should be cleaned from the exterior to the interior, the windows, doors and even the roofs. The management could also seek professional help from professional cleaning companies. For instance, a facility in Houston requiring air dust cleaning could hire air duct cleaning Houston Company, which ensures every part of your building is dust-free. Read more…

Rambutan exotic fruit challenge

My Son’s Exotic Fruit Challenge: Rambutan

My son has discovered our green grocer and is now excited to try exotic fruit. This has been a popular video for me on my Instagram, so I thought I would share our series on my blog as well.

Our first Exotic Fruit Challenge is rambutan. My son was attracted to the hairy shell which made him think of Halloween decorations. He thought they would make perfect creepy eyes. We are trying to dry each half to see if it also works for creepy potpourri but I don’t think that will work out. The husk is drying to a darker and more shriveled version.

rambutan exotic fruit challenge

Rambutan are expensive here in New England. At about $5 a pound, a single rambutan costs almost a dollar! Read more…

Homemade bath bombs and the science behind the fizz

DIY Lush Bath Bombs and the Science Behind the Fizz

My 12-year-old son has had a headache for the past two months. Fast forward five doctor appointments later, and we now think he has a concussion. He found baths soothing and he likes the Lush bath bombs that his sisters gave him for Christmas. They’re pretty expensive at $7 each, so we decided to make them ourselves.
DIY Lush Bath Bombs and the Science Behind the Fizz

An interesting Teachable Moment is the science of bath bombs. My son noticed that when he’s in the bath as the bath bomb gets crazy fizzy, that he feels a cold sensation coming off from the bomb. What is that? I think it’s the carbon dioxide gas that is generated from the chemical reaction. Read more…

Edible Gifts for the In-Laws

Edible Gifts for the In-Laws

My mom just moved into a one bedroom apartment in Independent Living facility. My sister moved her in and it was a little like moving one’s kid into a college dorm. They got her new stuff: bed, TV, and furniture … and left a lot behind in her old house.

That’s because she has a tendency towards hoarding, so this is a chance to do things differently. And she likes having less stuff around to collect dust; it’s liberating to live more simply.

As a result, when I buy her gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, and her birthday, I am now giving her something that can be enjoyed but does not stick around. Edible presents fit the bill perfectly!

Edible Gifts for the In-Laws

Japanese Confections: Wagashi

My mom was born in San Francisco where her parents immigrated from Hiroshima, Japan. She likes Japanese mochi and I found a high end Japanese confectionary bakery, Minamoto Kitchoan, that delivers “wagashi” — Japanese sweets. Not all the items can be shipped but her favorite kind can.

Maccha Mochi

Maccha Mochi. Sweetened red beans covered with sticky green tea mochi.

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Circle of Gratitude custom bookmarks

Gratitude Bookmark GIVEAWAY!

There is something to be grateful for every day…Circle of Gratitude custom bookmarks

I met Charlotte of Circle of Gratitude on Instagram and today she’s giving away 11 beautiful custom bookmarks tied to these books:

Little Elliot, Big Fun

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Coupon for Jimmy Dean® Stuffed Hash Browns

Coupon for Jimmy Dean® Stuffed Hash Browns

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

Now that school is starting soon, I find that hot breakfasts are harder to pull off. We are always rushing in the morning due to the fact that two of kids — the youngest and oldest — are simply not morning people. They tend to skip breakfast or eat on the run because they are always running late.

My middle daughter, however, gets herself up every morning and makes herself a hot breakfast. She likes a big breakfast to set herself up for the day. Read more…

Miracle-Gro Gro-Ables for Keeping Kids Outdoors!

Miracle-Gro Gro-Ables for Keeping Kids Outdoors!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My 5th grade son and his two buddies are inordinately fond of video gaming. My son can be on two screens simultaneously; playing a game while watching a YouTuber play a different game. That drives me nuts.

We, the moms, took action. We got them programming in Scratch and Java, put them in computer camp to learn Java through Minecraft, and set up a boys book club.

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Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game

Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game #YOKAIWATCH

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

It wasn’t hard to convince my 5th grade son to try out the Nintendo Yo-kai Watch video game on his 3DSXL. In fact, he was surprised and elated when the game arrived in the mail, but not sure how it happened. Usually, he orders his games online, and tracks the arrival diligently, to the hour! It’s unusual that I’d have a video game lined up for him!

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