Tuesday, September 2, 2014
It's back to school and for those of you doing preschool at home, I want to continue sharing so ideas of what we have done. Let's start out the year with my son's favorite - DINOSAURS!!!
We did a fun door hanger activity kit, played with dinosaurs, did some Dino Scratch Art, made dinosaur tracks in playdough, got out all our dinosaur books for storytime and did some worksheets from this FREE Dinosaur Printable Set.
Some other fun dinosaur activities we have done:
Friday, August 29, 2014
This Labor Day Weekend, I encourage you to get outdoors with your children or by yourself and go hiking. This nature center that I went hiking at with my kids is the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington, MN of the Twin Cities.
Please scroll through the pictures and see some of the amazing sites my kids were able to experience. This particular nature center is part of a park district, but you can find other non-profit nature centers, state parks, state trails, national parks just with a few clicks of the button.
You can see from this trail map that there are miles of trails to cover that view a variety of different water features, plus it also includes an ampitheater and a kids outdoor play area.
Some locations you might find will have trails for hiking but others may also have camping and swimming, playgrounds, and many other activities.
Every one is very different in it's landscape and offerings, and those differences will change with our seasons and just what nature has had in store for us that year.
The wonderment and amazement you will witness in your children when you take them out in nature will be so worth the minutes or hours you may drive to get to your destination.
Don't be afraid to get up close and explore. Slow down and really look at things. It's not a race to see nature, you have to experience it.
Some places may even have indoor interpretive centers with other activities to help teach them about nature in other ways. My children continue to surprise me with how well they can get along together when I get them away from the toys and the screens and in to nature. There is something about fresh air and dirt and creatures that brings them together.
Let your children have fun, and join in on the fun. Those memories will stick with them long after all the toys you bought them have broken
You never know what you may find, so keep you mind and your spirit open.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I love using coconut oil and was thrilled to be able to review TheraVita Paradise Coconut Oil. Below you can see a list of 8 different recipes that I have shared on SGBG in the past that I used coconut oil in, plus a link to see all the recipes that I have used coconut oil. It is such a wonderful oil that add a very slight coconut flavor and makes a baked product moist and more palatable. Coconut oil offers wonderful health benefits including being a source of fatty acids, helping increase your energy, are ketogenic, make help lower your risk for heart disease and help you lose weight.
To see more benefit from coconut oil, you need to consume more that just in a few baked goods here and there, so I thought I would try a teaspoon in my coffee every morning. It melts very quickly in hot coffee (see picture at the bottom) and can easily be consumed in your coffee. It does float on the top (since oil and water separate) but as you drink it you do get some of the oil and coffee.
I plan to start trying to make my own beauty products using coconut oil, so check back with me later as I share some recipes and thoughts with you on that.
Product Description from TheraVita:
Paradise is a 100% natural coconut oil that can be used for hair, skin, eating, cooking and smoothies!
Our coconuts are hand-picked by local farmers in Fiji! We put an incredible amount of care to ensure that EVERY single coconut we use remains in its natural state and is derived in its most nutritious form.
--Pure and Unrefined
It has no gross tastes or smells and, no side effects.
Here are a sampling of some of the recipes on Save Green Being Green that I use Coconut Oil In:
- Banana Cranberry Muffins
- Clean Eating Brownies
- Gluten- Free Banana Muffins
- Homemade Clean Eating Granola Bars
- Cherry Coconut Bread
- Pork and Pea Curry
- Clean Eating Banana Blueberry Bread
- Baked Puff Pancake
Or look at all the recipes with coconut oil on Save Green Being Green.
I was so excited to be able to share with my son that we were going to be reviewing Ultimate Dino Dig. We have done a couple of other dino digs type activities before, but this one is different. This one has 3 REAL DINO FOSSILS! My son has been saying for almost a year now that he wants to be a paleoentologist and so we have been fueling that interest by taking him to see dinosaur exhibits at both the Science Museum of Minnesota and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in the past few weeks and just yesterday, we did our own dino dig with the Ultimate Dino Dig Kit.
Please watch the video below as I tell you all about the product there and show you everything included, plus you get to see both my kids at work on it. My daughter wanted to participate as well because she thought digging for real fossils is pretty cool!
The pictures above and below both show the real fossils that were in our Ultimate Dino Dig Kit, including poop, bone and a tooth.
My son was very gracious and was willing to let his sister participate in the digging and even keep half of the contents. My son is such a little boy, so his main concern was that he get the fossilized poop and let his sister have the bone and tooth.
Also in the dig are 19 plastic pieces to put together a T-Rex model, which is the other piece my son wanted. You can see from the picture above that he make it look like his little T-Rex model took a great big dino poop. LOL!
Here is the entire contents of the Ultimate Dino Dig kit spread out. Now that the dig has been done we will be reading the guide book (over & over I am sure!) and doing the activity book as well.
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This new book (available next month) Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley is a wonderful collection of rhyming bible stories with beautifully designed full color and full page pictures. My son loves to listen to bible stories and was looking over my shoulder when I was reading the email asking me to review the product and he said "Mom, let's get that! Can we get that?" I told him it was a review and that yes we could and he was very excited that he was getting a new bible story book to read.
We have been reading a handful of stories from it every night to him and the sing-songy rhythm is perfect for before bedtime because it helps lull him to sleep. In fact, last night he fell asleep while my husband was reading it to him. My son loves all the pictures and depictions of bible scenes and likes hearing familiar bible stories in a new way.
About the book: Featuring lyrical stories that will make you laugh, this colorful collection is perfect for reading out loud. Magnificent Tales are rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons the whole family will enjoy. The stories and illustrations are so engaging that you won’t grow tired of reading a Magnificent Tale night after night! From “The Salty Tale of Noah’s Ark” to “The Lasting Story of the Last Supper,” the rhyming tales in this book remind us that God loves His people—in the Bible and today!
About the author: Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of books in The Beginner’s Bible series and has authored and illustrated several other children’s books, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He enjoys spending time with his four grown children and his beautiful wife, Vickie, in the Nashville area.
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