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Kindle Fire for kids Deal

My kids often visit grandparents that have one of these at their home. This little gadget definitely keeps them busy.  I noticed that it was on sale on amazon- this will make a GREAT Christmas gift for my son… thought I would share the deal.   Amazon Kindle fire Kids Edition (Regular $99.99) through August 20: Shop Amazon Devices – Fire Kids Edition $20 Off While you’re at it… you can download some fun reading material from a GREAT author.  She actually is a teacher in our school district. {click here to learn more about this author} Trapped in Seraphina  ( My daughter’s class read this book together and LOVED it!) Search For the Fractionator!

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Free and cheap things to do in August

CALIFORNIA: San Diego & OC Fair Bounceback  (click here for the official website) Save your San Diego County Fair or Ventura County Fair ticket stub for one free admission at the OC Fair, July 15-August 14. If you are a San Diego Fair Best Pass Ever holder, visit Guest Services during the San Diego County Fair and receive one complimentary ticket to the OC Fair. Physical ticket must be presented. E-tickets on mobile devices will not be accepted for promotion. Active Military & Veterans Active-duty military and veterans receive free OC Fair admission and are eligible to purchase ½ price general admission tickets. Promotion is valid all 23 days of the 2016 OC Fair. Military ID required. Free admission is not applicable for spouses or dependents. A maximum of six ½ price tickets may be purchased. Read & Ride Bookworms ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides. Click here to download the book report form. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 15-August 14, 2016 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program. COLORADO: Denver: *Free movie at Skyline Park- movie begins ad dusk with entertainment an hour before.  August 6- Grease (made possible by  Southwest Airlines) *Monday movie at Infinity Park – gates open at 7pm and movie starts […]

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Yummy treats, mid-flight

I am in seventh heaven right now.  I recently took a trip to Orlando.  I flew United Airlines for the first time in quite a while. I was so surprised that they didn’t offer the usual pretzel/ peanut snack, but instead, this yummy waffle cookie thing that tasted like heaven.  At first I thought I’d save it to take home to my kids… but really… I was starving.  Then, on the return flight, when I got another, I thought it just wouldn’t be fair to go home with one cookie to two kids.  So I ate that one too. I was searching through Amazon and what did I find?  These yummy waffle cookie/ candy treats that they served on the plane.  Oh my… these will be dangerous when they arrive and probably won’t last long in my house. I had to share this for anyone like me, that hasn’t stopped thinking about these since my trip almost a month ago. I tried to post a photo but you’ll have to go to the link and see for yourself.

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Columbus, Ohio waterfall


We recently took a family vacation to Columbus, OH.  We had a quick change of plans due to the recent flooding in West Virginia affecting our original road trip. I was bummed we had to cancel our waterfall road trip so while we were in Columbus, OH- I googled “waterfalls in Ohio” to see what popped up.  Much to my […]

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July Things to Do


Wow… so much time has passed since my last post.  It was a crazy spring of sicknesses (mostly me) and trips. Hopefully I can get back on track now that I have a couple of weeks of “nothing” going on… I know we’re already on the 5th of the month… but here’s a few fun things going on this month […]

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4rd grade Georgia O’keefe art


I recently posted my 1st grade Eric Carle art project- Here’s the 4th grade project I put together for another teacher in our school.  I got a great deal on canvases at Michaels this year (Under $1 each for the 8×10 which are normally $19.99 for a 10 pack). So.. we used those 8×10 canvases and coated them in a […]

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Eric Carle First Grade Art Project

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(* some affiliate links included) Our little school in Michigan doesn’t have an art class.  Every spring I get funding through the PTA to put on an art program for the entire school.  I work with our awesome teachers coming up with ideas or helping them purchase supplies for their own ideas.  This year each teacher chose an artist to […]

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Zoo Openings for spring {MI and IN}

Anyone living in Michigan and Indiana(or other cold, snowy locations), know that a lot of our zoos close for winter.  Typically they close in November until sometime in April.  A lot of zoos don’t close, but I find in these two states, a LOT do close or have very limited times. Here’s a current list of dates the zoos are opening, and any fun NEW things going on this year: April 1- Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City IN– already open- we were here a few years ago.  It’s a nice little zoo right by the beach in Michigan City.  We spent the morning at the zoo and the afternoon swimming in Lake Michigan. Makes for a fun family day. Potowatomi Zoo– South Bend, IN  opened April 1 Indianapolis Zoo– Indianapolis, IN already open.  They’re adding new exhibits to the Oceans area this year.  This is a GREAT zoo.  We were there several years ago. April 14- Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI ( a great little zoo that is really natural feeling.  This is one of the best “little zoos” I’ve been to)- They’re breaking ground this year on a new lion exhibit.  The giraffes will only be on exhibit when it’s 60F or greater outside. April 16- Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, MI.  The sanctuary is open year round but beginning April 16 they’ll start moving the animals from their indoor winter exhibits to the outdoor exhibits.  It […]

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