Archive for March 2014

No kidding: April Fools' Day trivia, fun facts and famous pranks

No kidding: April Fools' Day trivia, fun facts and famous pranks
Mark Twain said, “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” Jokes and pranks abound on April 1, April Fools’ Day. Learn how the pranks and joking got started, fun facts about the day and get more April Fools’ Day trivia about how the... Read more »

Peep cake: How to guide for a fun treat kids can make

Peep cake: How to guide for a fun treat kids can make
Ah, spring time. There are a few sure signs announcing that this beautiful season has arrived: birds chirping, flowers blooming and marshmallow Peeps lining the shelves of the grocery store. My tween and I decided to make a Peep cake last year, inspired by this one. They looked elaborate. I had my doubts, but my... Read more »

Tech etiquette: 3 classic rules about manners that apply when using technology

Tech etiquette: 3 classic rules about manners that apply when using technology
Tweens and teens spend a lot of time online. A lot. Parenting in the online world can be very new and different, but there is one thing that will always be in style, whether when using technology or interacting face-to-face: good manners. When talking with kids about technology, parents focus on safety and limits or... Read more »
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Yes, my kid has 4 parents and no, it shouldn't freak you out

Yes, my kid has 4 parents and no, it shouldn't freak you out
My child’s father and I are divorced and we have each re-married. That means my child has four parents: a mother, a father, a step-mother, and a step-father (we often use the term bonus dad, too). That means there are a whole lot of people who love this 11 year-old, who want the best for... Read more »

'Muppets Most Wanted' movie review by tweens and moms

'Muppets Most Wanted' movie review by tweens and moms
“Muppets Most Wanted” is out movie theaters as of today and it picks up right where The Muppets left off, as in immediately from the end of the last film. But it didn’t leave the tweens with whom I saw it oohing and ahhing at all. While the group I was with certainly didn’t hate... Read more »

Happy first day of Spring! Facts about the Vernal Equinox

Happy first day of Spring! Facts about the Vernal Equinox
Spring has sprung! Well, not really in Chicago, where it is presently snowing. Technically speaking, though, today is the first day of spring because it is the vernal equinox in this hemisphere. What is the vernal equinox? It is the day on which  the sun is directly over the equator. After today, the sun’s direct... Read more »
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Defending three of my guilty pleasures

Defending three of my guilty pleasures
This post is part of ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza, in which we are given one hour to write and publish a post on a given topic. Tonight’s assignment: defend your guilty pleasure(s). Admittedly, I have a lot of guilty pleasures. That fact makes me feel, well, guilty. I’ve decided to defend three of them on all different... Read more »

A look at the strangest NCAA Tournament mascots

<strong>Coastal Carolina Chanticleers</strong>
<br><br>Coastal Carolina University's <a href="http://www.coastal.edu/about/history/coastalsmascot/" target="_blank">website</a>
 explains, "Chanticleer comes from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. More specifically, he comes from the Nun's Priest Tale, a story within Canterbury Tales. The Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard." It is pronounced SHON-ti-clear.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off on Thursday. As you fill out your bracket, consider some of the more unique and interesting NCAA Tournament mascots and some trivia about them. These college mascots help add some wackiness to March Madness. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Trivia and March Madness: 10 ways... Read more »

8 great educational apps for tweens

8 great educational apps for tweens
It’s Tech Tuesday and, while we often focus on the scary apps that parents need to be aware of, of course there are fabulous educational uses for technology, and other wonderful benefits, too. Today, we’re focusing on some excellent educational apps for tweens with  a roundup of posts from  some of my favorite online resources.... Read more »
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Celebrate Pi Day with these fun activities

Celebrate Pi Day with these fun activities
Happy Pi Day! Pi is the Greek letter “π,” and in mathematics it represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159265359. It is commonly referred to as 3.14, hence why Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, or 3/14. Here are some ways to make math... Read more »