Meet my fence

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If you ever get curious what my fence looks like beyond just that one segment that I let you see, here it is. This is our fence: some things created by me, and some by my kids. Because I can’t work alone without my two little helpers, we all learned to share the fence. Well, I learned to share it, they are still work in progress. 😉

Quote (Ben Stein)

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I remember being punished for bad grades. I didn’t get many of those, but there were some teachers or subjects that didn’t really like me. I couldn’t do anything about it, I just didn’t understand some things. Don’t do this to your kids. Grades are just grades. Some things are more important in your child’s life. Feeling supported by parents is one of them.

Make your own Light Box

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I am finally happy with my hundredth version of a homemade light box. These things are very expensive, and I kept trying to make something that I’d be satisfied with. After looking at how others do it and gathering lots of tips and ideas, here is my final version of it.

Buy a plastic container. The size depends on you, really. I’d say bigger is better in this case, it will allow you to get into messy activities without having to worry about the spilling too much. Or if you have more than one child, it will give enough room for them to play together. Ideally you should buy a container with a matte lid, but I was never lucky to find one in the size that I wanted. Eventually I gave up and taped parchment paper to the side of the lid that stays inside the container. Tada, it did the trick. Then line the container with foil, it will keep all the light inside, and maybe even help with making it brighter if you use the shiny reflective side of it. Everyone has Christmas lights, so no need to invest in special LED lights, besides, I could never really find the ones that I was happy with, and wasted a lot of money on them. Maybe I just didn’t find the right ones. That’s it. No need to drill holes in the container, because the cord can be used even with the lid closed.

Now, what can you do with it? Pretty much everything, according to this link that gives you some ideas, I will pick a few for you to try:
http://www.tsbvi.edu/instructional-resources/78-50-ways-to-use-a-light-box#lyrics

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Food Renegade

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Because I also care about my family’s diet and health, I really like what Food Renegade is educating about. Started following her about a month ago, and really love what I am seeing in my newsfeed. Check her out and prepare to get inspired to change some things in your home.
Also on Facebook.

In her own words:

“I’m a wife, a homeschooling mother, a nutrition & wellness coach, and a passionate advocate for what I call “real food” — as opposed to the edible food-like substances which dominate America’s food industry today.

I want to save lives.
Your life.
My life.
My family’s life.

I want us to shout a collective and resounding “NO!” to the killers overrunning our society: diabetes, heart-disease, obesity, and cancer. After years of studying nutrition, I believe I know the root cause of all these diseases — the Western Diet. The fast-food obsessed, over-processed, ignorantly-prepared diet of the Average American.

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Healing properties of Baltic amber

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Initially, I wanted to make a post on amber teething necklaces for children. And then, when I was looking for a good article, I discovered that there were a lot of skeptics who don’t miss an opportunity to make fun of amber. So I decided to make a general post about healing properties of amber. If you are into natural treatments and not so much into medications, then you might find it interesting.
I bought necklaces for my kids and myself on Etsy.com from sellers in Lithuania. If you are buying locally, try to make sure these are actually amber and not some knock-off glass or plastic. Not going to claim anything, but from our experience, my son hardly ever complains of any teething symptoms. He wears his since before he even started getting teeth. My daughter only got hers when she already had her teeth, and with her we had to go through too many sleepless nights when she was teething. We all wear it because amber does much more than just relieve teething pain. If nothing else, amber jewelry looks extremely good and s all natural and sustainable. What’s there not to love?

This is a wonderful article, very informative, and includes lots of interesting facts on history of amber, mythology, medicinal use, etc. Too long for me to quote, definitely check the whole thing out: http://gailfaithedwards.com/2010/12/11/natural-baltic-amber-magnetic-adaptogenic-universally-applicable/

“The actions of adaptogens, those mysteriously potent herbs and substances that have little understood, but nevertheless remarkable effects on the whole body/mind/spirit, continue to hold my attention, stir my imagination and inspire my creativity in the best of ways.
We’ll define adaptogens here as those natural substances that help the body adapt to stress and recall that in order to meet the criteria as defined by the word adaptogen, a substance must be non-toxic, produce a nonspecific response in the body which boosts the ability to resist multiple stressors, and exert a normalizing influence on physiology. By definition, adaptogens strengthen the immune, nervous and glandular system, increase metabolic efficiency and reduce susceptibility to illness and disease.
Baltic amber is such a substance. In my experience natural Baltic amber is one of the most indispensible, as well as perhaps the most universally applicable, of the known adaptogens.

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Happy Hooligans

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Today I want to share my latest obsession Happy Hooligans. I have only started following them a couple of months ago, but I am officially in love with their page and website. They give me so many creative ideas about what I can do with my kids, and how all of us can have fun and learn something as well. I somehow figured the owner was a mother enjoying life with her children at home, but then I read her introduction and realized that she actually runs a home daycare. How wonderful is that? Wish there were more such daycares for kids to enjoy. Also on Facebook.

There is something about her personal story that is very special as well. In her own words:

“Before starting our family, I had a career in bank management. Because of a my life-long love for children, I was certain that a home daycare would be right up my alley. I opened my doors in 1998 when my first son was 11 months old, and I’ve never looked back.
I often say I have one of the best jobs on the planet. It allowed me to be at home with my boys during their formative years, and running a home daycare meant that while I was/am technically a WAHM, my focus was and always has been on the children. And I can say without a doubt that my daycare has filled me with more joy, passion and satisfaction than my career in the corporate world ever could have.

The Hooligans and I spend our days crafting, baking, creating, exploring and adventuring. We’re all about old-fashioned fun here: getting messy, imaginative play, outdoor fun, and realizing the value of free and unstructured play.
I hope that Happy Hooligans might also serve as a the kind of place that inspires others.”