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Cat (Max’s lovey) is having a garage sale today. I love coming upon little scenes children create and then begging for the story behind them. #kidsaregreat #lovey #garagesale #creative

Cat (Max’s lovey) is having a garage sale today. I love coming upon little scenes children create and then begging for the story behind them. #kidsaregreat #lovey #garagesale #creative

#beans #ad #laughing

#beans #ad #laughing

Always, always #lookup

Always, always #lookup

S’more Pie! Yummy, but so sweet we had to give some away. Poor neighbors. #pie #s’more

S’more Pie! Yummy, but so sweet we had to give some away. Poor neighbors. #pie #s’more

Time to catch a train. #trains #railroadmuseum #miami

Time to catch a train. #trains #railroadmuseum #miami

Just another day in paradise. #miami #summer #books

Just another day in paradise. #miami #summer #books

Teenage Ducks

Yesterday, on my Sunday bike ride, I pedaled past a mama duck and her babies waddling near a canal.

The image you just conjured in your head from that sentence is wrong.  This was an entirely different scene than the typical warm fuzzies we picture when we think of mama ducks and their obedient babies.

These babies weren’t babies.  They were probably one of families of ducklings that had hatched back in Spring, around Easter (see picture above).  I’d admired those little yellow balls of fluff trailing behind their proud mama.  These ducks had grown into what I’d estimate as teenage duck size.  And wouldn’t ya know it, they acted just like human teenagers.

They fell out of line and refused to follow mama like good little ducklings.  I kid you not, I saw this mama duck turn her head back at her wayward teenage ducks and angrily quack them back into line.  She was miffed!  She got up in their faces.  The teenagers eventually followed her, but they were slow, sullen, and still a bit wayward.

I laughed so hard.

Because teenagers.  Because ducks.

Happy 4th of July! #flagcake

Happy 4th of July! #flagcake

3 Fireworks Crafts for Kids

Ooohs and Ahhhs and BAMs and BOOMs are just a few days away!

Here are three super easy crafts to do with little kids to get them in the mood for Fourth of July Fireworks.

Scratch Board Fireworks

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Scratchboards are easy to work with and so much fun.  There is an air of magic surrounding them, just like real fireworks.

You can find these kits just about anywhere (Target, dollar store…)  Each kit comes with a few scratchboards and a scratching tool.  The scratch board is a piece of rainbow colored film (there are many varieties) with a black coating over it.  All you do is scratch away your design and beautiful colors will appear against the stark black background.

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Perfectionists Beware: There is no erasing in this craft.  What you scratch is what you get. If your child is particular, give him a pep talk about going with the flow and suggest he sketch his design on scratch paper before working on his final project.  Kids love seeing their names and initials light up the night sky.

Glitter Fireworks

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This is a preschool classic.  Draw fireworks on a piece of black construction paper.  Trace your lines with glue and then sprinkle glitter.  Shake off the excess glitter over a tray.  To control the color, glue and glitter only one color at a time.  I save the mess of rainbow glitter at the bottom of my tray for later crafts.

Crayon Fireworks

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I learned this in elementary school, and I have to admit my drawings then were much nicer than this example I quickly colored.  Simply put a few dots randomly on a piece of paper, then draw lines bursting out of them in a variety of colors.  Eventually the colors will run into one another and go off the page.  I remember loving filling every single spec of paper with color as a child.

Have fun!

The world is yours Betsy Ross. #rescuedog #familydog #dog

The world is yours Betsy Ross. #rescuedog #familydog #dog