February 20th, 2014 | Posted in
Failure. It’s been said it’s an opportunity for growth. But let’s face it, it also sucks.
Today’s giveaway, however, does not suck. The amazing team at Gilah Press designed and produced this gorgeous letterpress print. It reads, “Failure gets you closer to what you’re good at. -Louis CK” Dave and I have one proudly displayed in our home to remind us of the Tao of Louis. Today, I’m giving one these prints away.
I’ve been holding onto this print since January for just the right time to giveaway. Then this week, bam! I experienced an epic failure. It arrived like a sucker punch. I wrote to a friend, “My greatest skill is an ability to leave a beautiful string of failures in my wake.” It’s then I realized the timing for this giveaway couldn’t be better.
So here’s to beautiful failures.
To win this beauty, just comment below. Tell me where you’d display this quote in your house, or if you’re feeling extra brave, tell me one of your beautiful failures.
The fine print:
Giveaway closes Monday, February 24th at 3 pm EST. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The giveaway is for one 11 x 14 letterpress print.
February 20th, 2014 | Posted in
Traveling With Kids
This past Christmas was one of the first times we decided to stay in Italy and spend the holidays in our own home. Although we really missed our families in Belgium and Canada, we ended up having a lovely two weeks lazing around in our pyjamas, geocaching in the local surroundings and visiting the iconic city of Venice for a few days.
When we decided to visit Venice we had quite a few different reactions from our Italian friends. Some said Christmas in Venice is triste (sad). Others said it would be frigido (frigid). Then some remarked Christmas in Venice is favoloso (wonderful). In the end, it was one of those three things. Luckily for us, it was absolutely favoloso. And here was a pleasant surprise for us, the days between Christmas and New Year are considered low season, so although there were indeed tons of people, it was considerably less than usual.
February 19th, 2014 | Posted in
home, The Reading Nook
Making time to read more books is always on my list of new year’s resolutions. I love to read, yet I often get caught up in other things I feel like I have to do, things that come first. And so I read far less than I want to.
Does that sound familiar?
Here’s an idea I’ve been thinking about lately: maybe you and I need a perfect little reading spot in our homes. One that is so inviting and special, we can’t wait to curl up with a good book, even if the dishes and laundry and a thousand other tasks are piling up.
A cozy chair, a good light, and a little table to hold a drink – that sounds perfect to me.
What does your ideal reading spot look like?
February 18th, 2014 | Posted in
In this episode of Adventures in Learning, the kids invite their friends over for an electric play date.
I love this activity that gets kids making simple circuits out of play dough; it’s all about experimenting and playing around. Plus, once you get the kids started, they don’t need much help. You can read the companion article to the video on PBS Parents. In it, I share links to the dough recipes along with a kit you can buy if you don’t have a Radio Shack in town.
ps. If you like this episode or are looking for more projects like it, check out the flipboard magazine Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Hands On Activities for the Next Generation.
pps. Producing this series has been a huge undertaking and we couldn’t do it without your support and shares. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
February 18th, 2014 | Posted in
Today we head into the kitchen to make our own all-natural dye.
February 17th, 2014 | Posted in
Play + Learn, video
Happy President’s Day! Since the majority of you reading this are in the USA—as much as I’d like to consider myself “worldly,” let’s face it, this blog is mostly read by Americans, and Expats. Hi Expats!—you know it’s President’s Day because your kids are home from school.
Now normally, we celebrate President’s day with sales on mattresses and cars (Lincoln and Washington would be so proud), or, if you have kids in preschool with little log cabins and facts about Washington. But today, I wanted to do something different. Today, we’re going to learn about the only non-elected president in US history, Gerald R Ford.
Why Ford? Because that was the president our son was assigned for his presidential report at school. Also, because he was an incredibly fascinating guy.
Gerald Ford, this is your life…
February 14th, 2014 | Posted in
Happy February 14th! I know I’m sneaking in this post just under the wire. Well, for those for you on the East coast of the US anyway. Hopefully, you’ll forgive me.
I hope you’ve had an amazing Valentine’s Day! Ours consisted of shoveling, dealing with morality lessons, heart shaped french toast and a big pot of chamomile and lavender tea. The plan is to end it with House of Cards and a large piece of mocha cake.
Before that happens though, a couple things…
An all new electric episode of Adventures in Learning airs Tuesday, February 18th!
Look for a special giveaway next week!
I am incredibly excited to be a part of this issue of We Are the Contributors which features 12 arty responsesto the word beginnings (it explains the illustration above)
A cool puzzle for the kids
What state should you live in? I got Pennsylvania.
Now this is some birthday fun
For when you need some drama; the good kind
Keeping it fresh
I’ll be honest, I get “you look just like so and so” a lot, but this one? Whoa. Do you have a doppleganger?
Have an amazing weekend! See you back here next week.
February 13th, 2014 | Posted in
Cooking, Valentine's Day
This year’s Valentine’s Day is very special. Why? Because our oldest has outgrown her allergy to strawberries. I’ve never seen a kid so happy. Chocolate covered strawberries and towers of delicious strawberry shortcakes will taunt her no more. To celebrate, we’re whipping up a big ol’ batch of scrumptious strawberry muffins for breakfast. Yum!
If the kids are helping you cook, have them measure out all the ingredients. You can work in some math by giving them a 1/4 or 1/2 cup measuring cups or spoons and having them add the fractions together to make whole numbers.
You can also help them develop their fine motor skills by cutting up the strawberries, beating the egg and whisking together the wet ingredients. Let’s get cooking!
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