Archive Monthly Archives: March 2011

Famous Balloon Kicker

For the recent birthday party, we purchased a pack of balloons from the dollar store to make the pinata.  Yesterday I blew them all up, and when my siblings visited, it was a wonderful mad house.  I am going to do this every time our kids have a birthday.  When they pop, the mess is […]

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Homemade powdered laundry soap

The short version: 1 cup borax 1 cup washing soda 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile soap, shredded. Mix ingredients, use 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) per load. The longer version: (i.e., why I love it!)  I have been making laundry soap for a few years now, and originally I used this recipe.Because all of the […]

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Birthday Traditions from Around the World

On Sunday we had a birthday party with our family for my daughter with a theme of birthday games from around the world.  The ideas were inspired from the book “Birthday’s Around the World”, which I stumbled upon at our local library.  Come travel with us! Mexico We started the evening with the pinata from […]

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Children’s Opera, Part II, The Libretto

Click here for Part I For this rehearsal, you will need a tape recorder, or modern counterpart.  Lacking one, I actually used a video camera.  You will also need a notepad and writing utensil.  It is important to take notes during the script-writing process because you will need a tangible reference for what you have […]

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Celery Experiment

You have seen this experiment before:  Place celery in colored water to see how celery draws water from its bass to the roots.  I have been wanting to do this with my children for some time, but it seems like we always eat the celery before we get around to doing it.  Last time I […]

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Children’s Opera, Part I, The Planning Stage

Introduction The budding composer approaches the task with flair and excitement.  His imagination sparkles with anticipation.  With his comrades at his side, they know that today they will compose their first work of art.  Today they compose a masterpiece.  The young maestro is five years old, and you are the concert master. You don’t believe […]

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Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was our little girl’s second birthday, so whether it’s the terrible twos, or the terrible threes, our children have us covered.  I love how her birthday also marks the beginning of Spring. Birthday Pie Tradition My husband especially loves pie, but I have never learned how to make one, and we usually don’t like […]

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MuseScore- Free and Wonderful!

Today I am very pleased to spread the word about a FANTASTIC open source file known MuseScore, which can be downloaded for free at http://musescore.org/ As a music major, one of the classes that we were required to take is “Computer Applications in Music”.  The primary program that we learn to use is “Finale”.  Finale […]

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For Japan…

I have been pondering the devastation in Japan and praying for a way that I could help them.  Aside from making a donation, I was inspired by this blog post, which encourages her readers to donate to Japan and receive a sewing pattern.  This is something that I can do as well, and so here […]

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Nuclear Survival

It’s the end of the world.  The end is near! No, not really.  But disasters happen, and being prepared is something that our family has been talking a lot about this last weekend.  The events that have enfolded in Japan have been a bitter reminder of what can happen- of how little control we really […]

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