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Yearly Archives: 2012

Just Like Daddy!

Just Like Daddy!

“Just like Daddy, Mommy,” says Cragbaby with a beaming smile, as he carefully pre-loads his plastic power drill with a toy screw and prepares to drill into the wall.  My heart melts, as I glance up from my gardening to see my two favorite boys hard at work on the side of the house, one the spitting image of the other.  With every passing day, it becomes more and more apparent that C watches our every move, absorbing each word, action, and deed like a sponge.  On the one hand, it’s charming and sweet.  On the other hand, there’s a…Read the rest of this entry →

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Tis the Season to Try Something New! (How about Ice Skating?!?)

Tis the Season to Try Something New!  (How about Ice Skating?!?)

When most people think of the holidays, they think about the familiar comfort of family traditions.  In fact the predictability of such traditions is probably one of the reasons we are drawn to them – after all, nothing lets you settle into your comfort zone quite like doing the SAME thing at the SAME time EVERY year, right?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insinuating you do something crazy like having Christmas LUNCH instead of DINNER, or bringing a new fruit cake recipe to Great Aunt Sally’s soiree.  Rest assured, your traditions will most certainly be honored here.  This post…Read the rest of this entry →

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5 Homemade Ornament Ideas for Outdoor Trees

5 Homemade Ornament Ideas for Outdoor Trees

What do you get when you combine a couple of nature lovers, a few basic ingredients, and some holiday cheer?  Christmas decor that’s good enough to eat (for the birds, that is!)  Since the bio-degradable bird feeder we made a while back was such a hit, I’d been on the lookout for similar nature projects to do with Cragbaby, especially for cold, rainy days.  Well our days of late haven’t been very rainy, and have been ANYTHING but cold, but our yard sure does look festive, thanks to all of these great ideas!   CHEERY CHEERI-ORNAMENTS:  Simple enough for even…Read the rest of this entry →

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Bearded Brothers Bars are Bangin’! (and GIVEAWAY!)

Bearded Brothers Bars are Bangin’! (and GIVEAWAY!)

How’s that for alliteration?!?  And it’s the truth too!  Recently bearded brother Caleb offered to send me a few bars to try out for free in exchange for an honest review.  I (inaccurately) assumed they would be more or less like any other energy bar I’ve tried, but would come with a heftier price tag being that they are handmade and 100% organic.  (How’s that for honesty…)  But as you may have guessed from the title of this post, these bars are anything but ordinary!   Here’s some background on the “Beardies”:Bearded Brothers is an organic snack food company out…Read the rest of this entry →

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Green Hours with McDowell Nature Preserve

Green Hours with McDowell Nature Preserve

At the risk of sounding like a lazy parent, I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes grow bored with the same old green hours around the house.  (I say I’ll be the “first” because I’m willing to bet I’m not the only parent out there that feels that way…)  In this day and age of “scheduling,” there is certainly no shortage of programs available for toddlers, be it at a local library, park, or community center.  Even though I’m a firm believer that young children need a healthy dose of “unstructured” time so that they can let their…Read the rest of this entry →

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