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Earth Day Science and Sensory Activities for Kids

Earth Day is just around the corner! Is your family, classroom or daycare looking for some Science and Sensory fun to help celebrate this very special day? Lucky for you, I’ve done all the searchig for you! Below is a round up of some wonderful activities from earth-lovin moms just like you. Enjoy!

Earth Day Science and Sensory Activities for Kids

 

Earth Day Oobleck from Little Bins for Little Hands

Earth Day Sensory Play from Natural Beach Living

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt from Kc Edventures

Coffee Ground Fossils from Crafts by Amanda

Earth Day Discovery Bottles from Little Bins for Little Hands

Making Recycled Paper from You Clever Monkey

Earth Day Play Dough from Natural Beach Living

Model Magic Earth from 3 Dinosaurs

Which Plastic is Which? Recycled Plastic Science and Craft from Left Brain Craft Brain

What is a Carbon Footprint? From Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Creating Earth Art from The Craft Train

Earth Day Tuff Spot from Adventures and Play

Layers of the Atmosphere from Every Star is Different

Homemade Plantable Seed Paper from Views from a Stepstool

Worm Compost Bin from Something 2 Offer

Wormery Journal from Rainy Day Mum

Upcycled Catapult from Go Science Girls

LEGO Soil Layers from Little Bins for Little Hands

Water and Landforms for Kids from My Bright Firefly

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle A Waste Less Challenge from What We Do All Day

Make a Backyard Water Wheel from iGame Mom

Learn the Water Cycle with LEGOs from KC Edventure

Nature Collection Bottles from Play Learn Everyday

Earth Day Sensory Play with Water Beads from B-Inspired Mama

AND…if you’re looking for some great kid-friendly reading, check out this awesome booklist at Jump Into a Book.

27 Books that Hug the Earth: An Earth Day Booklist for Kids

Earth Day booklist for kids

Check out this nature/earth friendly book from my bestie, Valarie Budayr. It’s a good one!

A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters:A Year in the Secret Garden; a modern spin on a timeless classic. With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for families to enjoy, learn, discover and play together, A Year In the Secret Garden is an opportunity to introduce a new generations of families to the magic of creating special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and get into the kitchen, craft room and garden.

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Best Apps for Busy Parents

As parents we know that our day can vanish as quickly as a bowl of popcorn on family movie night. We all have 86, 400 seconds in a day and that’s time that can’t be retrieved once it’s passed. Thankfully there are “helper tools” available to busy parents to help them gain back some precious seconds and keep their hectic lives on track.

Animal Sounds: You’re trapped in the doctor’s office with your restless child. The doctor is taking forever to come in and your child has lost all interest in books and tongue depressors. Its times like this that the Android app Animal Sounds can come in handy. This fun application is for kids of all ages and offers more than 35 pictures and sounds of both domestic and wild animals. Animals include: horse, cow, goat, cougar, donkey, lion, gorilla, penguin, frog, elephant, sheep, rooster, owl, alligator, turkey, baboon, raccoon, panther and lynx. Simply swipe the screen to go to the next animal and use the Play/Stop sound button to produce animal sounds. This free app may buy you enough time to keep your little monkey from resorting to swinging from the light fixtures to stay occupied.

Out of Milk: Picture this; you are at the grocery store aimlessly roaming the aisles trying your hardest to remember, “What else was on the grocery list?” Where is your grocery list? At home, on the kitchen counter, of course. Thanks to the ultimate list making Android app Out of Milk, you can avoid the “doh!” moment of forgetting your list at home. This app also eliminates the need to a pen with for checking off items on your shopping list. Simply tap on any item in your list and hold for about one second. The item will be crossed off with a single line. You can repeat this action to uncross an item on the list and Out of Milk will remember the history of your most frequently purchased items.

Chaos Control – GTD task management and To-Do lists: Need some help organizing your business and personal activities? Simple and effective, Android app helps to boost your productivity helps to prevent overwhelm and overload. This free and simple Android app helps create task lists which lead to clearly defined outcomes. A Project is a simple to do list, but it consists of actions related to a particular goal like “Double check softball schedule”, “Order new business cards”, or “Mail birthday invites.” Chaps Control also lets users differentiate between personal, family and business projects by allowing the grouping of projects and tasks in folders. Those lists of tasks can be review daily by using the Due Today option. If you are on the run and pressed for time, Chaos Control allows users to save all the incoming tasks, ideas or thoughts in Chaos Box to process them later.

These great mobile apps are just the ticket to relieve stress, get organized and gain back those precious minutes in your day.

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Your Guide to Making the Leap to Being a Work At Home Professional

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Within the pages if this robust 85+ page downloadable e-book and resource guide is the motherlode of awesome information about working from home (on your own terms) all rolled into a handy read-at-your-own pace guidebook.

Whether you are looking to pursue a career as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, graphic designer (and more) this Resource Guide will provide the insight, tools, guides, advice and strategies that can apply to any freelance business. If you want the very basics of getting started without the benefit of support and coaching, this eBook is for you.

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Dreaming of more Family Time? You CAN be a STAHM & get by on ONE Income!

I am always on the hunt for really good information that can help me be and better me… and also help improve my family’s life in general.

Money, income and budgets are a biggee in our family and I am always exploring news to make and save the almighty dolla. There Internet is filled with awesome thought leaders on this subject and Becky Mansfield from Your Modern Family is one of those people. She always has amazing blog posts crammed with solid info, and lately I’ve discovered the joy and bounty of the many ebooks she has written. This one really caught my eye because I know many moms doubting that they can be a STAHM & get by on ONE Income.

The Moms Guide to Saving Money was one that caught my eye. As a self-employed individual, I am always curious about creative ways to cut costs, stretch the budget and hacks and shortcuts that can save money. SO…I bought Becky’s book.

A Mom's Guide to Saving Money

“My goal, for writing this book, is to share ideas with you about how you can save money for your family, make money from home, and make it easier plus more affordable to reach your goal, whatever that may be. I will share with you tips to prepare your family for your journey to be a stay-at-home parent or to teach your family how to save money.”Becky Mansfield

I truly think ebook will be helpful to far more people then STAHMs or WAHMs. This ebook is for anyone who wants to start saving now in hopes of working less in the future. It would be helpful to ANYONE who is just looking for ways to supplement their income. It’s perfect anyone who loves to make their dollars stretch as far as possible.

Within the pages of this ebook, readers will learn so many tips, ideas & secrets to help them save more money & live easier! The stress of money can be a big one if you let it; but a work-around is to learn to take control of your money NOW. Spend less & save more, live below your means (not above it) and do so the easy way!

This book was previously called You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income, but because it is filled with money-saving ideas Becky opted to changed the title to The Moms Guide to Saving Money.

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What you can expect from Money Saving Tips for the Stay At Home Mom:

– Make money from home

– Save money at the grocery store

– Save money on clothes

– Save on household items and decor

– Get discounts on schools (private school, preschool…)

– Get discounts on gym memberships and club memberships

– Learn the secret to getting items for FREE with coupons, the easy way!

– Get prescription medications for free
Make money selling items online

– Learn the best websites for the best deals

– Save money on diapers

– Get free toys for your kids

– Alternatives to preschool (or saving money on tuition)

– Eat out for over 70% off the regular price
and so much more!

Good info…and so much more. And for less than the price of a pizza! Consider the affordable $9.99 cost an investment in your future. Let’s git ‘er done.

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Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body (Plus Blueberry Scone Recipe!)

**Information provided by Essentia Health of Brainerd
 
Beneficial Berries: Good Tasting, Great for Your Body
Benficial Berries
       
If you’ve bought any fresh fruit lately, you know berries are in season right now.  But not only are berries delicious, they’re also a terrific food for getting much-needed fiber and for fighting disease.
“Berries are some of the most powerful disease-fighting foods available,” says Teresa Farrell, registered and licensed dietitian at the Essentia Health Brainerd Clinic..  “They are rich in antioxidants that help turn off signals that trigger inflammation and decrease damaging free radicals — molecules that can damage organs and cells in our body. There’s even an acid inside berries called Ellagic acid, which protects against cancer.”
Berries deep in color, such as blueberries, contain an antioxidant called anthocyanins, which work with another antioxidant, quercetin, to help slow age-related memory loss and decrease inflammation.
Benficial Berries

According to the Arthritis Foundation, people become more susceptible to the damaging effects of free radicals and inflammation as they age. Berries help prevent those effects by turning off the inflammation signals triggered by free radicals.
A recent study also shows eating berries could reduce your chance of a heart attack. Women in the study who ate the most blueberries and strawberries were 32 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to women who ate berries once a month or less. The findings appear online Jan. 14 in the journal Circulation.
 
“Plump, juicy and sweet blueberries are one of nature’s great treasures,” adds Farrell. “Blueberries are virtually fat-free, low in calories (80 per cup), packed with vitamin C and full of fiber. Research continues to discover the many possible health benefits of blueberries. They’re also very versatile. Add blueberries to a smoothie, a green salad, chicken salad, yogurt or your cereal.”
Benficial Berries
Some “Berry” Interesting Facts on Berries:
  • Strawberries contain more vitamin C in a one-cup serving than one orange and are particularly high in folic acid.
  • Blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries each contain 8 grams of fiber in one cup.
  • Cranberries not only combat urinary tract infections, but also are a natural probiotic, supporting healthy bacteria that grow in the gastrointestinal tract and aid in digestion.
 
Ripe for the picking:
•       Strawberries:  Mid-June to mid-July
•       Raspberries: Early July to mid-August and then late August through September
•       Currants:  July
•       Juneberries and gooseberries: Mid-July to late August
•       Blueberries:  Mid-July to late August
•       Blackberries: Mid-August to mid-September
 
 
SIDEBAR:
Farrell suggests to try this quick and delicious blueberry scone recipe, and if you’d like to learn more about blueberries and find some great recipes, go to blueberrycouncil.org.
Blueberry scone recipe
Blueberry Scones
2/3 cup regular oats (not instant)
1/3 cup Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons margarine, softened
1/3 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
¾ cup fresh blueberriesPreheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients with the margarine and mix well. Add milk and stir. Fold in blueberries. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Divide batter into 4 mounds, leaving some space in between because they expand. Bake 10 minutes.Servings: 4
Serving size: 1 scone
Calories: 125
Fat: 2.5 gm
Sodium: 180 mg
Carbohydrates: 23 gm
Fiber: 2 gm
Protein: 4 gm

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