Category Archives: Just for Fun

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide
I don't know about you, but I seem to struggle with holiday gifts. I try desperately not to get caught up in a gift-buying frenzy at the mall, and try to avoid Pinterest for my inevitable feelings of inadequacy.  I cringe at the idea of getting someone a gift just for the sake of marking it off my list.  In an ideal world, I prefer for my gifts to be meaningful. Or educational.  Or edible... If you find yourself in a similar boat, here are some of the gifts that I recommend.  Some will fill...

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Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers

Giveaway – Who’s Hungry Book for Toddlers
Ever since I launched Kids Cook with Books, our free reading and cooking club for kids, I have been getting emails from authors and publishers asking if I would like to review their books for children.  Honestly, I am pretty finicky and don't want to share anything that I can't truly get behind.  When I got my copy of Who's Hungry by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt in the mail recently, it actually made me giggle out loud.  That's a pretty good litmus test, right?  If I can get enjoyment...

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National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}

National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}
In all of my years of teaching cooking classes, my favorite tools to use with kids were always my knives from Curious Chef.  They were shaped just like regular knives and they were sturdy and safe to use.  They didn't sponsor my classes, or pay me to use their knives.  It was an authentic, genuine love. With National Pizza Day approaching on May 20, it felt like the perfect time to share a new Curious Chef pizza kit with you.  And by share, I mean GIVE AWAY!  But first, let's talk about...

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Teacher Appreciation Week {Sale}

Teacher Appreciation Week {Sale}
Teachers are everything.  They help our kids learn to be self confident, socially sensitive, and proficient in the ways of the world.  As a former classroom teacher and as a parent of two teens, I know what it's like to be in the trenches - and to feel under-appreciated.  In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, all of my Cook and Learn resources for kids will be on sale! Nothing would make me happier than helping to get a new generation of kids excited about eating healthier and learning by...

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Jelly Bean April Fools Prank for Kids

Jelly Bean April Fools Prank for Kids
As a Type-A person who loves to be in control, I am not a huge fan of surprises.  For that reason, April Fools' Day was never a big deal in our family.  But when I found a prank using jelly beans that was easy, fun, and tasty, I knew that I had to give it a try. At our old house, we had an ice dispenser on the outside of the freezer door.  My daughter, in particular, loves ice-cold drinks and used it all the time.  Imagine her surprise when she went to get ice...  and got jelly beans...

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Skewered: Food On a Stick (At Home and In Nature...

Skewered: Food On a Stick (At Home and In Nature)
If you are on Facebook, you have seen the reminders of what you were doing 5 years ago on this day... I loved the reminder of the time I went on a birding adventure with my kids and a student teacher from my daughter's elementary school... It was glorious, and I saw 4 "life birds," which is bird-nerd-speak for "birds I have never seen before."  We saw a Merlin chasing after a Northern Harrier, got a show from a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk, saw a dancing display from the Sandhill Crane, and had...

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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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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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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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The VW Scandal – and a Breakup Letter

The VW Scandal – and a Breakup Letter
I haven't been around much lately.  We have spent the past several months getting our home ready for sale, and purchasing another one closer to town.  It has been a whirlwind - and it's not over yet. In the midst of the chaos, the news of the Volkswagen scandal hit me hard.  Really hard.  In fact, I was so upset, that I was inspired to write my first breakup letter ever.  And I even got to read it on the radio!  Our local NPR affiliate station, KQED, hosts listener perspectives and they...

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