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Make Your Own Chip Clip!

Harnessing my inner elementary school teacher, whenever I come across a used item that once served a very valuable purpose, I have an urge to find a way to repurpose it.  For instance, I used to hang all of my son’s pants in his closet, before converting to dressers.  With this switch though, came an […]

Refried Beans for the Healthy Mom

As is the case with a variety of foods available at the market, their mouth-watering quality isn’t always enough to outweigh their long list of questionable ingredients.  One such food that my family has always enjoyed are refried beans.  As the health conscious mother that I am though, I hate serving my kids all of […]

The Lesson Planning Mommy – Color My World

Red, orange, yellow, green, and blue – don’t forget the purple too! Rainbow colors for me and you! This week is filled with fun and yummy activities all about colors!  Learn an easy way to explain primary and secondary colors to your kids, with the help of the book, Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll-Walsh, vanilla pudding, […]

For the Love of Vinegar

Although vinegar sometimes gets a bad rep for being smelly, its variety of uses make it very popular amongst my family.  Because of its acidity, it is a highly effective disinfectant, and can be used on a variety of surfaces, as it is not harmful to children or animals.  Not only is it safe for […]

“Dad and Me Playtime at the Park”

Listen up Great Lakes Bay Moms! Do you want to kick back and read your book, while Dad plays with the kids at the park? Sounds nice, right? Well, pack up your family and head to Roethke Park in Saginaw from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 for “Dad and Me Playtime […]

The Lesson Planning Mommy – How to Conquer Potty Training

Cue scary music.  Potty training is always a topic that my circle of friends and I constantly complain talk about.  I truly believe that as a parent, it is one of the hardest stages to go through with a child.  Potty training my first son seemed like a roller coaster ride that just wouldn’t end!  I […]

Coffee Beans = Happy Plants

Used coffee beans are wet, ground up, and useless, right?  Wrong! Most people don’t realize that coffee grounds actually have a great purpose, other than filling the trashcan.  Rather than throwing away used beans, REuse them!  Because they are high in nitrogen, coffee grounds are a perfect fertilizer for gardens, and compost piles. Simply spread […]

BUILD IT BASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2012 ALDEN B. DOW MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND ART PRESENTS  BUILD IT BASH Meet Bob the Builder™! July 14, 2012 MIDLAND – Fun and learning are “under construction” when the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art presents a special event as part of its Bob the Builder™ – […]

The Lesson Planning Mommy – Celebrating the 4th of July!

It’s the Fourth of the July, and although watching the fireworks is always a great way to celebrate, here are some more ideas for really getting the kiddos into the patriotic spirit! What We’re Reading: Corduroy’s Fourth of July Don Freeman (Creator) Lisa McCue (Illustrator)   Red, White, and Boom! Lee Wardlaw (Author) Huy Voun […]

Passport to Imagination

Free art classes? Geared toward children 3 and up, that will teach them about far-away lands, customs and even animals? Air-conditioned spot? Sounds right up any parents’ alley! It’s available right now in our Great Lakes Bay region! Called “Passport to Imagination”, our local Michael’s stores have created a program that provides fun events and […]