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Holidays in Louisville

NOTE:  I received the following excerpt from a newsletter… it sounded like tons of fun and I wanted to share it here in case Louisville is within driving distance.  I’m thinking we’ll be planning a trip there for next December- looks like FUN!!  We certainly loved our summer trip to the Louisville area. “Snow” Much Holiday Fun in Louisville Louisville’s your ultimate year-end destination with loads of merry and bright activities under way now throughout the city. Whether you enjoy live theater, holiday music, light shows, ballet or shopping, there really is something for everyone to get you in the holiday spirit. Here’s a handful of holiday events that are still under way to mark on your calendar. Louisville’s newest event, Holiday in the City, made its debut this year and transforms the plaza at Fourth and Jefferson streets downtown into a Holiday Square. Take a spin on the outdoor ice-skating rink, shop at the world market and sip on America’s native spirit at the Bourbon village. If you enjoy going to the theater, you can see Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future during Actors Theatre of Louisville’s performance of A Christmas Carol. The timeless classic, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, is on stage at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Or, the Louisville Ballet is performing the magical tale of the journey of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy […]

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Popcorn treats

I was in charge of coming up with ideas for the 5th grade class party this past week. I set up a table full of treats and snacks that they could choose from to create their own “trail mix”.  The assortment included: pretzels Capn’ Crunch holiday shapes lemon lime popcorn (see recipe below) m&m’s craisins marshmallows They each filled a […]

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Gift Ideas for STEAM learning

My kids go to a little school… as in less than 500 students between Kindergarten and 12th grade.  My son has 23 kids in the ENTIRE grade… eek. It has pros and cons.  The major con is that the school doesn’t have options for after school programs (outside of daycare).  They don’t have some of the STEM programs like Destination Imagination, robotics, no art classes during the day etc… Because of this I try really hard to bring things into our home.  I thought I’d share some gift ideas- some that I’ve purchased in the past, just purchased for Christmas or some that are on my list for 2016 birthdays. (p.s.  If you don’t know what STEAM stands for:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and math).  Focussing on these drives the learning needed to be creative AND innovative.  This post is about gifts that are along those lines but still FUN. This one I bought from Amazon:  I love Amazon prime- free shipping on everything.  That made it cheaper than buying from a catalog I received where I first saw this item… MindWare Q-Ba-Maze Big Box  This is a marble run set- where they build a marble run with a variety of fun, colorful pieces that have their holes in different spots.  sometimes the hole is only on the bottom, sometimes on the sides etc… so they have to think about the pieces they are lining up and where the marble […]

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Seattle

IF your kids love quirky things… and you’re in Seattle, you really need to see this super fun sculpture under the George Washington Bridge. I was in Seattle for work and a friend living in Seattle picked me up from my hotel and showed me around town.  This was one of the stops along the way… I really need to […]

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Kids Painting class

I dabble in a lot of different artsy areas.  Art makes me happy.  My kids go to a school that does not offer an art class (although they have a wonderful music program!) In years past I’d take my kids to a local “kids painting class” which was just like your local paint night events, except without the drinking… since […]

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Crafting for Christmas?

How about some great 25% off deals on crafting supplies.  I try not to post it here too much but I am an Independent Consultant for Close To My Heart- a crafting/ memory keeping company. If you’re interested at all in checking out our Cyber Week deals to see if there’s anything you can use- click here. If not- no […]

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

My kids REALLY wanted some waffles for breakfast.  I didn’t have waffle mix.  I DID however have a package of refrigerated pumpkin cinnamon rolls by Pillsbury. I pulled out my trusty waffle maker and sprayed it really well (top and bottom… really well) with some cooking spray. I closed the lid down and pressed really well for about 20 seconds since these […]

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Elementary level book review

The holidays are coming.  I have sort of a “list” I follow for shopping for my kids each year.  They each get a book of some sort.  I’d like to share a book here today that was written by a fabulous teacher at my kid’s school.  She teaches 3rd grade and has had a long love of writing fiction.  She has had one of her books reviewed by a publisher and while they didn’t publish the type of book she wrote, they gave her a lot of encouragement and complements. She went ahead and published all of her previously written books on Amazon this past spring/ summer. The book I’m sharing here today is called Trapped In Seraphina.  The author wrote this book specifically for use in her classroom but all of the kids loved it so much that she published it as well. Here’s the excerpt:  Charlotte Kobe and her friends find a treasure and end up traveling to a zany, outlandish place called Seraphina, full of surprises. They run into a strange, untrustworthy woman, Raven Starr, and a mysterious man, Amherst Ethelbert, who will not quit trying to chase them down. All the children are desperate to do, is to find their way back to their home, before time runs out. How will they deal with Raven if she finds them? Is Amherst really who he says he is? Will they ever see their parents and family again? […]

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Thanksgiving appetizers

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving with family next week and I’ve been searching for ideas of what we can bring along with us.  Or simple things we can gather supplies for and make when we arrive. Here’s a few of the great ideas I’ve gathered! Turkey themed appetizer:   Pumpkin shaped dinner rolls: Pumpkin pie rice krispie treats. A favorite at potlucks:  […]

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Crayon resist in first grade

This year I’m working with several grades in our local elementary school to provide art opportunities to the kids on a monthly basis.  It takes a lot of time, but my kids benefit as well as many other students in the school. When I was working with first grade to design their October project, I found a link on pinterest […]

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