Kitchen Organization – Cabinet Makeover

Kitchen Organization – Cabinet Makeover
It's hard to believe that we have only been in our new home for two and a half months.  Aside from doing a few energy upgrades and painting the kitchen cabinets, there weren't many big projects that we wanted to do right away.  But of course, as a home gets lived in, little problems begin to reveal themselves, and another item got added to the list.  As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen - and being the control freak that I am, I like to be organized. Kitchen organization...

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Valentine's Day: Senses of Love Tasting Activity...

Valentine’s Day: Senses of Love Tasting Activity
Kids love holidays.  Even many adults love them - although these days, I often forget they are even approaching.  Maybe that's a sign that I am nearing my mid 40's.  I mean 20's.  Anyway...as a teacher (and parent), I always found that the holidays were an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the kids' enthusiasm and have a teachable moment.  With Valentine's Day approaching, it's the perfect time to do a science activity to learn about the Senses of Love.  Yep, love.  Of course, you...

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Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge

Ugly Dip – and Taking the Pulse Pledge
Raising children to be good eaters feels like nothing short of a miracle.  When our daughter was young, not only did she gag a lot when she was eating, but she was fussy - often refusing most foods that we offered her.  For the longest time, her diet consisted of fruit and "noodles with snow cheese." (What? Didn't you know that parmesan cheese looks like snow when it is being grated onto a mound of noodles?)  Anyway - fast forward 12 years and now I have a lovely 15 year old daughter who is expanding...

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The Science of Fats In Our Diet – Sci Show

The Science of Fats In Our Diet – Sci Show
I'm the first person to admit that there are loads of other people who can explain things better than I can.  So, when I was teaching high school biology, I often showed clips from one of my favorite virtual science teachers, Hank Green on SciShow. His shows are good.  Really good.  But they are FAST and packed with information - so probably not the best way to be introduced to a topic you have never heard of before...but pretty darned good if you have studied something and want an excellent...

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Painted Cabinets – Simple Kitchen Makeover

Painted Cabinets – Simple Kitchen Makeover
We have been busy for the past few months: buying a new home, prepping our home to sell, putting it on the market, and finally moving!  The new kitchen has a great layout, but I have been dreaming of a kitchen with white cabinets for years - so before we moved in, I jumped at the chance do a simple kitchen makeover with painted cabinets. I considered doing the work myself (for about 3 seconds) but quickly realized that I would have been in over my head.  After doing a little research, I discovered...

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Buying Organic at Costco

Buying Organic at Costco
I had to stop at Costco today to pick up my new glasses - and of course, I couldn't leave without picking up a few things.  The store usually traps me until I spend more than I intended on items I didn't even think I needed.  But this time, something really caught my attention:  They have a LOT of organic products. Of course, I knew Costco had a large selection of organic items, from snacks to fresh (and dried) fruit, to big bags of veggies (both fresh and frozen!), nuts, canned goods,...

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Would You Rather: Food Edition

Would You Rather: Food Edition
I never know what to expect over school vacations.  Will we get to relax and enjoy being together? Or will the kids and I get stir crazy and be at each other's throats?  This year, since we just moved, it was wonderful to stay home and start to feel settled.  We played a few games, which ended up being a wonderful way to reconnect and have a few laughs. Being playful must have triggered something in my brain, because I felt inspired to develop a game that teachers or homeschoolers could use...

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Making Potato Latkes with Kids (+ Holiday Sale)

Making Potato Latkes with Kids (+ Holiday Sale)
One year, when my daughter was young, I was invited to her classroom to make Potato Latkes, a traditional recipe for Hanukkah.  Before I knew it, teachers and students from all over campus were following their noses to our room hoping for a taste! Latkes are an excellent recipe to make with students because there is a lot of work involved.  It seems counterintuitive that you would want recipes that have many steps when working with kids.  However, when there is an entire room filled with...

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Top 15 Reasons Kids Should Cook In the Classroom...

Top 15 Reasons Kids Should Cook In the Classroom
As a teacher who faces a deluge of job requirements, you might squirm at the thought of adding anything else to your curriculum.  How would it be possible to integrate a labor intensive activity like cooking into your already overwhelming workload?  What if I told you that cooking in the classroom isn't "extra"?  What if I could convince you that it would actually enrich and reinforce what you are already teaching? Cooking is the epitome of Common Core.  Love 'em or hate 'em, Common Core standards...

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Season of Giving – Service Activity for Kids

Season of Giving – Service Activity for Kids
The changing of the seasons felt so sudden here.  One day, it was 85 degrees and we were practically sweltering, and the next, we saw our breath in the early morning.  The leaves are changing colors and floating to the sidewalk below.  And seemingly out of nowhere, pumpkins have given way to turkeys and glittery lights along rooftops. In classrooms, there is talk of pilgrims and Native Americans - but it would be a gift if there were also talk of inequity and hunger.  We see the bounty of...

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