Archive for November 2013

How to make easy, icky, edible slime

How to make easy, icky, edible slime
We’ve been doing a lot of interesting kid stuff this week like creating invisible ink and making rock candy. Today, we took it up a notch and made edible slime. I tried one recipe that left us with a mess that was caked on to our bowl. This recipe was easier than others and the... Read more »

Kitchen science: how to make rock candy

Kitchen science: how to make rock candy
Not suprisingly, the kids always have suggestions for new things and a good 80% have something to do with making candy. I almost always know what they’re going to say next when I hear, “I have an idea for a new thing! First, we take sugar and then we…” Tonight, their dreams came true when... Read more »

Using a tablet makes stargazing come to life

Using a tablet makes stargazing come to life
One of the great things about autumn, is seeing the stars on a clear, crisp (okay, cold) night. Whenever I’m out with the dog late at night, the stars seem to be brighter than ever. I realize there are plenty of star charts we could be using, but normally Lilia and I stare up at... Read more »
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Why I'm holding my family a little closer tonight

Why I'm holding my family a little closer tonight
It was eerie letting the dog out this morning. The temperature was much too warm for November. It was especially strange considering we had snow last week. The news reported that this was the perfect setup for major thunderstorms and tornadoes. Fran took the kids out to run an errand this morning and while they... Read more »

Making invisible ink is step one to becoming a spy

Making invisible ink is step one to becoming a spy
So you want to be a top secret spy? Well then, you have to get all of your spy gear together. You can start by making invisible ink, like we did this afternoon. I love all things spy. Spy movies are some of my favorites and I owe it all to one of the greatest... Read more »

Skip unhealthy holiday eating and snack on this instead

Skip unhealthy holiday eating and snack on this instead
This morning my neighbor came over with a box of chocolate truffles. “No, I can’t take these,” I said while immediately taking them out of her hand and setting them on the counter. Those chocolate truffles have been staring at me all day. Nothing wrong with one, right? That is if I had the willpower... Read more »
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Turning your plain photos into hilarious ones

Turning your plain photos into hilarious ones
Over the summer, Fran and I were able to stay at what I would consider, a fancy hotel. I added some details (monocle, top hat) to a photo of mine and said that’s how I was going to dress in order to fit in with the rich folk. I’m not sure which was funnier, the... Read more »

Bikram yoga is pure torture

Bikram yoga is pure torture
Call me crazy, but I’ve been wanting to try Bikram yoga for quite some time and tonight, I finally went to my first class. Bikram yoga was developed by a man named Bikram Choudhury in the 197o’s. It refers to the practice of completing twenty-six  hatha yoga poses and two breathing exercises for 90 minutes... Read more »

Persimmons: the must-have other fall fruit

Persimmons: the must-have other fall fruit
Today at the grocery store, we came upon a display of persimmons. Lilia thought they were a some type of tomato. I had thought they were supposed to be sweeter, but that’s where my persimmon knowledge ended. Nobody in our family had tried one before, so voila, our new adventure for today was right there... Read more »
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Visiting the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL

Adults climb the stairs, kids can take a more adventurous route
Over the summer, I read about the 12 Best Children’s Museums in Forbes and saw the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL on the list. I added it to my mental catalog of places to visit, and today we finally got the chance to take a trip out there. I was a little nervous that... Read more »