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The Stinkbug Saga

The Stinkbug Saga

Last Monday we were almost late to school because of a stink bug.  Yup, a stink bug.  Actually, a brown marmorated stink bug to be exact.  But that’s how the saga ends, not begins.  Let me back up. It had to be at least a month ago when I first noticed him (her?) motoring around the walls around our kitchen table.  “Look at the stinkbug!” I announced to Baby Zu, pointing.  Her eyes lit up as her gaze followed him around the room, and her tiny pointer finger bobbed up and down excitedly.  “BUH!!!!!  BUH!!!!!!!” she sang out.  We watched together for a…Read the rest of this entry →

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Highlights from Halloween

Highlights from Halloween

Considering our 4 year old frequently chooses to dress in costume for everyday activities (I once counted 16 days straight with his “Larry-boy” costume), it’s no surprise that Halloween is a big hit at our house.  We don’t do much of the scary stuff – our decorations consisted of pumpkins, ghosts made out of recycled plastic bags, and a “franken-door.”  But we do tend to go all out for costumes.  I keep hoping one of these years I’ll be able to convince everyone to dress up together in a common theme, but for right now we all do our own…Read the rest of this entry →

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How to Cultivate Independent Play in Your Child

How to Cultivate Independent Play in Your Child

It’s probably safe to assume that most parents would agree that allowing your child to park him/herself in front of the TV all day is a bad idea.  So why is it that in 2009, the average 2-5 year old watched a screen (TV, DVD, iPad, computer) for an astounding 32 hours per week?!?  (And 6-11 year olds weren’t that much better, at 28 hours per week.)  That’s more than an entire day out of every week!  As shocking as those statistics are, I think the reason behind them is simple.  Parents are tired, and stretched too thin – an educational DVD…Read the rest of this entry →

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DIY Backyard Adventures: Let’s Make A Mud Kitchen!

DIY Backyard Adventures: Let’s Make A Mud Kitchen!

At this juncture in our lives, C and I are on-the-go for a lot of our mid-week adventures – we have a host of local parks, playgrounds, and nature trails that we explore on a regular basis.  But I had a feeling that baby #2’s arrival would change our entire family dynamic rather dramatically…And while I’m optimistic that our baby-wearing mantra will be a crucial help when it comes to getting outdoors with a newborn, I know that these first few weeks and months, we’ll likely be spending more time at home than what C is used to.  With that…Read the rest of this entry →

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The Return of Firepit Fridays – and STONZ Booties!

The Return of Firepit Fridays – and STONZ Booties!

Not long after we first  moved to Charlotte, we decided to put a firepit in one of the natural areas of our front yard.  While the back yard might seem like a better spot at first glance, we enjoy having it in the front yard for the “social scene” it creates.  You see, our neighborhood is pretty active in the evenings – joggers, dog-walkers, families with strollers, kids on bikes.  And there’s just something about an open fire that just seems to draw people in!  Sometimes it’s just the 3 of us, but more often than not we end up…Read the rest of this entry →

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