How to Annoy Your Brother (Jack Edition)
Start a race by waving both hands in the air while running and shouting, “I’m the winner! I’m the winner!” Cut to: Max suddenly tearing after Jack while dismaying, “I’ve got to catch up. I’ve got to catch up.”
Sing a New Song
To the woman who taught me to sing to God, I am saddened by your loss. What an extraordinary life to have lived, teaching music and faith to children. The older I get, the more I forget. Time and memories that were once so clear are suddenly fuzzy or have disappeared altogether. What remains was what was sung: 50 states in alphabetical order, the soundtrack to Annie, and days and days of...
Color Mixing with Paddles →
DIY Project for teaching colors. It takes about 10 minutes and saves $30.
Yesterday I saw three levels of clouds: a lower haze, an upper, puffy cloud, and fast moving, speeding really, middle clouds. It reminded me of time-lapse pictures of Earth taken from space, all that swirling. I tried to recall terms from a distant Earth Science class: stratosphere…mesosphere…troposphere…. These levels always exist, but I’ve never seen them move so distinctly and...
Ask Mamaguru: Juice Boxes
Dear Mamaguru, What is your favorite kind of juice box? I know they’re not great for the environment, but sometimes I need their convenience. Also, I want ones that are on the healthy side. Any suggestions? Kristina in Atalanta, GA Hi Kristina, Juice boxes are something I feel wishy-washy about. Although they are recyclable, as you mentioned, they are not the best choice for our fragile...
I recently stumbled across an article titled, Are These Celebrity Photoshopped? The Answer is Always Yes*. I followed a link to some photos which showed the original and enhanced pictures of a number of female celebrities accompanied by a laundry list of exactly what was changed in each shot. It was eye-opening and encouraging to see how average these icons actually are. It’s no surprise...
4 Preschool Activities with Small Beads →
Here are 4 great ways to strengthen the pincer grasp with small beads. Doing these has enabled Max to use chopsticks with proficiency. Whenever we eat Asian food, he only uses chopsticks now. Better yet, he is gaining more control over his pencil when he writes.
Becoming a parent happens in two ways. The first is sudden, the crash of life entering the world. You catch a baby, you cut a cord and there you are, a father. The second is more subtle, it’s the transformation over time in which your entire identity is permeated by your role as a father. It happens when you bathe a child, feed a child, wipe a child. It happens when you allow yourself...
Note on Float and Sink Preschool Activitiy
A few hours after this experiment we took the kiddos to Tia Lily’s pool. On the way over we explained that today we weren’t just going to goof off, we were going to practice swimming. “Oh, no!” said Max. ”I will sink.” Sometimes I just don’t want to expand my children’s vocabulary because I love the way they talk.
Float or Sink Preschool Activity →
Here’s a great activity to teach your little ones about science or just to keep them occupied for an hour. The best part is, you already have all the materials at your fingertips.
Mushroom Kale Pizza →
Yes, it is healthy, but that’s not what you taste. In a word, it’s divine!
Ask Mamaguru: Saving Champagne
Hi Mamguru, I was wondering if there was any way to save an opened bottle of champagne without losing the bubbles? I know, it’s not a common problem, but I’m single and love bubbly, but I try not to drink it a bottle at a time. Thanks, Gina from Vancouver, BC Hi Gina, I know the feeling. Unfortunately, I usually just solve this problem by over-indulging, but there is a real solution. My...
Roasted Tomato Orzo Risotto →
Vive les Artistes!
Mango Season 2012
You know what this picture means, right? You can call it the rainy season; you can call it hurricane season. I believe Northerners even call it summer. But here in Miami, it is MANGO SEASON!!! Can’t wait to see what new recipes these tropical fruits inspire. Here’s a round-up of some favorites from years past: Black Bean and Mango Quesadilla with Green Goddess Guacamole Mango Jam ...
Color Mixing with Pipettes →
First of all, thank you for the out-pouring of support. When I revealed my autoimmune disorder, so many people reached out with messages and comments which surprised and touched me. Here’s an update: I just ended a 3 day semi-juice fast and I feel a lot better. I drank living juices for breakfast and lunch, followed by broth-based soup dinners. No dairy or wheat. I didn’t snack except for a...
Ten years ago I ignored my first cell phone ringing while in a dressing room at TJ Maxx. I just knew. And I thought, What do I do when I know for sure? Do I keep trying on this pile of clothes? Do I leave immediately and not buy this skirt that fits? Do I cry or scream in shock? Do I stand in line and act normal? I couldn’t answer those questions, so I didn’t answer the phone. I finished...