And Now the News…

The Mad Libs Edition

by , posted on April 15th, 2011 in News

Happy Friday to you! How was your week? I hope it was a lovely one. For me, this week was filled with a mixture of highs and lows.

First, let’s start with the good stuff, shall we?

1. I organized my office space. Now there is one room in the house that’s neat and tidy. In my book, this is considered a rather grand success.

2. A family therapist swung by this week to pick up a set of our Ids. She’s thinking of using them in play therapy with kids. See kids, all that money I paid for a psych degree and all those years spent working in early intervention and working with/for psychologists paid off. Well, sorta. If, when you look at it, you squint really hard and tilt your head to one side.

3. Lovely weather yesterday. Sun was shining, birds were chirping and the kids played outside for two hours with their friends.

And now the more unpleasant aspects of the week.

Since low points aren’t fun, and those around me have already heard me whine enough as it is, I thought we might have a little fun with them now. So here we go: the lows of the week delivered in mad lib form.

I discovered that migraines hurt like a (insert your favorite expletive here). After which, I developed a (adjective) case of (illness you’d go to the doctor for). It didn’t help that there were (number between 4 and 7) days of (adjective to describe something unpleasant) rainy weather. April showers may bring May flowers but I’m about to (verb) mother nature.

Mad Libs make everything more fun, wouldn’t you agree?


If I wrote a mad libs book, this would be its cover.

And now the fun links…

This makes me want to hop in the car for a road trip

Ah! So brilliant! So simple! So going to put one of these up in our kids room (and, ahem, maybe my side of the bedroom).

My mother says it was my favorite ride as a child and they must have taken me on it 20+ times when we lived in Florida. Obviously, this is a birthday party theme that speaks to me. Ahh, lovely, nostalgic sigh.

While we’re on the subject of parties, we often have our children’s parties at parks. That’s why this Apartment Therapy post caught my eye. They’ve collected some great ideas!

Is your child entering our Tiny Hats Contest? Just 7 more days left! Need more inspiration? Check this out.

Yay! Celebrate Earth Day by shopping joyababy and receive 30% OFF with code: loveourearth (good thru april 22,2011)



Here’s what’s going on in the Playvolution!

Letting kids learn at their own pace. Salman Khan discusses using videos to teach children grades 5 and up, encouraging them experiment and learn from peers will revolutionize the way students learn. While this looks more like a straight education video, there are strong elements of play woven in: social learning, emphasis on experimenting, allowing for variance in pace, and it’s interactive and cooperative.

“Everyone likes creativity because everyone believes they are, or were, or can be creative. And they are right. The truth is that the best scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, soldiers, CEOs, sports coaches, hockey players, and World of Warcraft players are all creative.” Bruce Nussbaum defines Creative Intelligence (CQ) as sociological approach in which creativity emerges from group activity. Join him in a conversation about CQ, where we should go with it, and what K-12 schools are doing to try and teach it.

Oh! And big news! The Playvolution Library is now open. You’ll find all the articles posted on Fridays that discuss play, creativity and education, plus the sites from some of the leaders in the playvolution. Please feel free to post articles, posts, sites, etc that you’ve found in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. (I wish I had a way for you to upload them directly but I’m not that technologically savvy.)



Okay, and now links about me! I know, I know, it’s my favorite part of Fridays too: my shameless self promotion.

Look who’s on momfilter! It’s our Lava Lamp tutorial. Yay!

I don’t know what this says. I think it might be that they’ve nominated me for some awesome exclusive web award. That or they liked our marshmallow building tutorial. Thoughts?

It’s my new obsession. I allow myself one to two nights a week to spend there dreaming. *lovely sigh* It’s total pinspiration!

Do you follow us on twitter and Facebook? If not, you may want to. Yesterday, I put the call out for product testers for the Ellie Bellie Kids line and in less than an hour my inbox was flooded. Yikes! Very excited though, because we’re cooking up something fun the testers are going to help us with.

Oh and one last thing. I haven’t done this before, but if you’re nosy like me, you like to know what’s popular on a blog. Or maybe it’s just me who wonders about those kinds of things, making this whole exercise moot. Well, in any event, here’s a run down of this week’s most read posts:

1. Craft: Butterfly Chrysalis
2. Printable: Lunch Box Menus
3. Tiny Hats Contest
4. Marshmallow Building
5. Ewok Birthday Party

So that’s it! Hope you all have a very lovely weekend!

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4 Responses to “And Now the News…”

  1. Škrabalica Says:

    April 15th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    No award, just admiration. I found your blog a couple days ago and I’m loving it. Keep up with great activities!
    Greetings from Serbia!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Aww! Thank you!!

  2. ChantaleP Says:

    April 16th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    First of all, holy (bleep!). Sorry to hear about the migraine and the other (bleep). lol! Glad to see you don’t lose your sense of humour through it all. And also, Yay for shameless Elliebellie self promo! Looks like great stuff. We can’t wait to try stuff out. That Ewok party caught my eye… like whaaaat?! Awesome! Hope you have a sunny and migraine-free weekend!

  3. Pancakes For Recess (Pawan) Says:

    April 19th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Haaa! That picture of you is hilarious!!!!!!! Soooo cute! I think I would do serious damage to my body if I tried that right now!

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