|Photo by Jean Sander|
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Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
There is nothing as powerful as those innocent, vulnerable little eyes to remind us of the majesty of our charge to take care of the earth. Politicians often talk about 'future generations' in a vague way, but here they are, giggling, wondering, spilling milk on the rug, and you have to stop and think what kind of air, water, and land we will leave them to grow old in. I think the example parents set is as important as anything -- picking up litter and throwing it away, recycling, speaking with respect for the farmers who make the fresh foods that go on the table -- all these things send powerful messages to children about our place in the world. Every day mothers take care to protect their children from harmful foods, toxic cleaners, harsh rays of the sun -- the earth itself needs that kind of love, and mothers can lead the way in giving it.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The flyer poses a question: Is a cavity-free childhood really possible? We'd like to think so, wouldn't we. But we're naturally concerned about the affects of fluoride, so our little ones are going without. But does that mean cavities are inevitable? Not according to the folks at The Dental Essentials.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
One of the games that they played was the Recycle Roller. They rode a little car along some tracks and picked up pieces of paper. This activity taught the children how important it is to reduce the amount of waste they create and how important it is to put trash in the proper place. It also helped the children develop their leg muscles as they pushed the car along the tracks.
The children learned the importance of reusing items as a special project. They made “Trash” using bits and pieces of leftovers from previous snacks. They used Cheese Its, Pretzels, Fruit Loops, Goldfish Crackers, and my son's favorite ... CHOCOLATE CHIPS! The first step was to sort everything into different piles and determine which pile was the biggest and which was the smallest. They practiced their sorting, counting, and pre-math skills as they prepared this yummy snack and then used their small motor skills to mix it all together. The best part was they were able to eat and enjoy the “Trash”!
The children also learned how to reuse garbage during their art project. They took empty paper towel rolls and turned them into traffic lights! They worked on their listening skills while following directions as they painted the paper towel rolls. They also worked on their fine motor skills and scissor handling while they cut out three circles and then glued them to the paper towel roll to make their traffic lights.
The recycling part was something the whole family could get involved in. The children were asked to bring in a recyclable item from home. This sparked a conversation at home as to what items we recycle, what we do with them when they are empty, and where do they go after they get tossed into the recycle bin. My son picked a Sprite can to take in for his part of Recycling Day. He played the “Garbage Game” with it and had to decide whether it went in the paper bin, the glass bin, the metals bin, or the plastics bin.
The Berkeley Hills Preschoolers celebrated their Recycle Day by practicing the concepts of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. That is one of the key components of Berkeley Hills Preschool ... they learn by doing and interacting rather than by drill and memorization. They spend their day engaged in free play that is designed to develop their skills, which is then followed up by cognitive time that is designed to enhance their learning experience. It makes a lasting impression on the children, as can be seen in my son who, when asked about recycling day, said, “We have to keep the Earth clean and healthy!”
Monday, April 23, 2012
|My daughter, Jess, during Brighton Heights Clean-up Day|
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
citrus-infused vinegar, after I took my tablespoon of Bragg's ACV. Then I threw the bamboo bed sheets in the wash and my granddaughter, the lovely little Lady Laura added a tablespoon of Lulu's in the Fluff Glamour Wash, a detergent that is not only poses no threats to our health, but also poses no threats to the environment. I added 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar instead of bleach or fabric softener. Once the wash cycle's done, I'll let the sun and breeze do their magic once I hang them on the line. I can't wait to be enveloped in that amazing scent when I crawl into bed tonight! My all-time favorite smell!!
I'm sitting out on my porch right now, chatting with you, while Bill blows bubbles with Laura. It's a perfect day.
The plans are to return the fish to the freshly cleaned out pond, once Bill rinses off the pump (that is soaking in ... you guessed it ... vinegar). Then Laura and I are going to do some earth-friendly crafting from a kit I received from Green Kid Crafts, which I'll be reviewing sometime soon.
Tonight, I'll use apple cider vinegar as an astringent on my face before I go to bed.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because Sunday is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day! What better day to start celebrating than on Vinegar Friday? We'll make it a 3-day event here at the Caye house. Using vinegar to replace common household toxins is just one way to honor our Creator by caring for His creation.
Laura and I walked around the backyard this morning picking dandelions that had gone to seed, and doing what children have always loved to do -- blowing those fuzzy little seeds into the sky. As we were doing this, I showed her a still-yellow dandelion and told her it would turn into what she was holding in her hand. She looked at both and said, "I don't believe you, Green Grandma." And yes, she does call me Green Grandma!
This Earth Day weekend, why not take the opportunity to teach your children or grandchildren a thing or two about nature? Take a walk. Lie on the grass and look at the clouds. Sit by a stream. Pick up litter. Blow dandelion seeds into the air. And talk. Try to come up with a new way to care for the earth. After all, she's been awfully kind to you now, hasn't she?
What are your plans for Earth Day? Stop over at our Facebook page and share your ideas with the community!
Keeping it green with vinegar,
In celebration of Earth Day, Lulu.com is planting trees for each author who enters their Earth Day contest. Plus, the author who sells the most books between April 18 - 25 will win a Nook and a $475 marketing consultation (1st place) or a $350 Clarion Book Review. I'd really like to win. Why not help out Green Grandma by ordering a book or two? Through the 25th, pick up a copy of Vinegar Fridays for just $10.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
|My grandson, Lincoln, playing outside|
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter, Laura, was thrilled when I pulled out her new mermaid costume! Unfortunately, the toddler size 3-4 was a bit too big for her, which is why I don't have a picture of her in her long green "tail" and seashell headband.
Now, if you've been following the blog for long, you know I'm not a fan of Halloween and my family does not participate in it. However, that doesn't mean I'm against dressing up and having fun with the kids. That's why I couldn't wait to give Laura her costume, and I imagine she'll spend countless hours in it over the next couple of years. Like I said, it's a big large for her right now, so I'm betting she'll be able to wear it until she's 5 or so.
Quality-wise, the costume seems to be well-made, although the fabric is a bit rough. The Lil' Mermaid Costume I bought for Laura sells for $34.99, but is currently on sale for $24.97. I found the prices to be reasonable across the board, if your kids like to dress up to play. However, I wouldn't pay that much for a one-time event, but that's just me. I know a lot of you make your kids' costumes, but if you're looking to take a break from that, I highly recommend checking out Costume Discounters. And while you're at it, head over to their Facebook page where you can find special discounts for fans!
Life can tough. Sometimes, escaping into a fantasy world is exactly what our kiddos need!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
|Photo by Petr Kratochvil|
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
|Photo by Michele Walters|
Friday, April 13, 2012
Yes, it is Vinegar Friday. But today, vinegar is taking a back seat. Like the bittersweet mixture of vinegar and honey, so is sorrow when mixed with inspiration.
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, my friend, Sharon A. Donovan, passed away. On Monday, she will be buried. A beautiful woman who's life inspired all who knew her, Sharon fought a valiant fight after suffering a lifetime of Type 1 Diabetes. Over a decade ago, when she was in her early 40s, she lost her vision. Sharon wrote about her journey through blindness in her book ECHO OF A RAVEN. It is an inspiring story about how a young fears were realized, and how she brilliantly rose above them. If you know anyone facing diabetic retinopathy, I encourage you to purchase this book. Below is an excerpt:
As the blind man sweeps the streets with his white cane, I look away. As the blind man jingles his cup of coins on corner sidewalks, I look away. As the blind man sells his mops and brooms, I look away.
As I stood shivering, waiting for people to file out, a blind woman approached the bus stop, sweeping the snow covered pavement with her white cane. Her flat, monotone voice cut through my thoughts.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
- Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries as needed.
- Clean out the lint from your clothes dryer. Of course, you should do this after every load, but it's a good idea to go the extra mile and do a deep cleaning, both from inside the dryer and through the outside vent. There are vacuum cleaner attachments and long narrow brushes specifically designed for this purpose. Keeping your dryer free from lint buildup will serve two purposes: it will make your dryer operate more efficiently and save energy, thus saving you money, and it will help prevent a fire. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, most dryer fires originate in the lint trap or venting system. Keep it clean!
- Check your fire extinguishers. If they're older than 15 years old, they should probably be replaced! Look to see if the needle in the pressure gauge is in the green area. Don't wait until there is a fire to see if your extinguishers are in working order!
- Inspect your gas grill for spider webs, rodent nests or damage, or any other insect infestation. Make sure you check out the hosing as well as inside the grill.
- Keep your kids and pets safe by making sure your window screens are secure. With warmer weather comes increased chances of kids and pets falling out of open windows.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- They stack well. This is great because they make my otherwise messy looking cabinets clean and organized.
- The divided plate is great -- it’s deep so it holds a lot of food and makes it easy for Lincoln, who has been learning to use a fork and spoon. It holds the food in while he’s stabbing and scooping away!
- The spoon has a deep scoop and the fork is durable and has rounded tips for safety. Again, great starting utensils for Lincoln who is just learning.
- Lincoln can be very tough at mealtime. He’s a toddler and sometimes he bangs, throws, steps on and puts it through the ringer. The plates are so strong! His forks still have all their prongs and the cups aren’t cracked! They pass the test!!
- Lincoln has never been great at figuring out sippy cups and the No Spill Cup was no different. However, when we take the valve out, it works great. It will also work without the lid when he is older.
- As great as the recycled plastic and colors are, I find that it looks just like his play plates, bowls and utensils, also made from recycled milk jugs. I feel like this confuses him a bit when he is playing with his play kitchen. It might just be me. I would actually love to have these in black, brown or silver. It would class up our dining room a bit!