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Family Fun in Omaha Goes to Hands-on-Habitat

Do you love going on new adventures with your children? Enjoy experiencing the outdoors? Look for opportunities to learn with your children about science and nature?

Then you will want to check out the NEW Hands-on-Habitat program, a wonderful partnership between ParentSavvy and Fontenelle Forest offering special hands-on classes for preschool age children and their parents.

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First Birthday Must-Haves

My little guy is getting closer and closer to turning one. Where did the time go? Like any first time mom, I want to throw him the best birthday bash ever! But with sites like Pinterest that show extravagant decorations and ideas, it's easy to see how we could all get a little carried away. For me, it's important to remember to hone it in. Sure, we all wish we could have that extraordinary party planned down to the littlest detail...but let's face it, we don't all have the time or resources to get that done. So let's take the pressure off ourselves to top those beauties we see on Pinterest. I have come up with my top 4 first birthday party must-haves that will make you feel like mom of the year!

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We are having so much fun playing with eggs this spring! We've painted them, we've dropped them, and we've turned them in to a glowing bouncy ball! My latest post for ParentSavvy has the full instructions for this egg-citing science experiment!

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Glowing, Bouncy Egg and Other Egg Science Experiments

With Easter just around the corner, we have been enjoying all sorts of crafts and activities with eggs! While they're lots of fun for eating and dying, they can also be the subject of several science experiments. Here are the full instructions for making a glowing, bouncy egg plus lots of other ideas for egg-citing science projects!

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Evian is back at it again with their dancing babies. This time they've enlisted a pint sized web slinger to dance for the joy of pure water.

I'm not sure if bottled water has ever mde me want to dance like that, but I am glad a sugary neon colored isn't the reason for spidey's dancing.

If you've not seen the original commercial, check it out. Whether you see these talented babies as cute or kinda creepy, it should make you smile. And if Evian's achieved their goal, you might want some water.

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April's Hands-on-Habitat - Our Pond Pals!

Well folks, it's April! Can you believe it? March was a busy one for us here at Fontenelle Forest, but the busyness definitely fell into the category of "good busy" – the kind that is satisfying, rather than draining.

One fantastic aspect of our past month was meeting so many of you at our first Hands-on-Habitat program! We explored life cycles, got glue all over our hands, worked on puzzles, created beautiful ground murals with chalk – and even explored a bit outside! It was a gorgeous day, and having you all come hang out made it even more wonderful.

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We've been having lots of fun with eggs around here, painting them, experimenting with them, and of course eating them! So, when Tinkerlab announced that their creative kids challenge was going to center around eggs I knew it was something the kids would love to take part in! Each family chooses an egg themed activity that is to be child led, so this morning I set out the materials and let the kids get to work designing their own containers to keep an egg safe while being dropped from a height.

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With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to make something fun for the kids Easter baskets and I thought that bath bombs would be a fun and practical Easter basket filler. And, because I always like to take things up a notch, I wanted to figure out how to make them glow! The mission was a huge success, our glowing fizzy eggs are full of fun and science, plus as a bonus, your kids might be cleaner!

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Stressed Out!

I was a sociology major in college. Oh sure, that's probably one of those majors that you see in the top ten lists of what not to major in if you ever want to make any money. But to me, college was about expanding your mind and studying things that really interested you—where the money would come from and what I'd do with it wasn't exactly on the mind of my then 19-20 year old self.

My most memorable course was a seminar about women working while raising a family. We spent several weeks studying a book by Arlie Russell Hochschild called The Second Shift. (Read an excerpt of the The Second Shift.) This book was a study about dual-career households and how much work (childcare, housework, etc.) a woman actually does in addition to her paying job. In her research, Hochschild discovered that women worked 15 hours longer each week than their partners—thus the coining of the term "second shift" in how it related to dual-career families.

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We really enjoyed exploring art this week when we made our art history Easter eggs, so I wanted to continue the fun and learn about another artist in a unique way. So, today, we're learning about Wassily Kandinsky and exploring his circle painting while performing a new science experiment. I just love when art and science combine, and this activity is full of colorful, fizzy fun!

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Tom Fletcher and his Wife's Baby Announcement Video

Time lapse videos chronicling the 9 months before baby is born have become quite popular and for good reason. They're great a way to remember what life was like - and what you looked like - before baby was born. Not many of these videos get their own custom written song, but Tom Fletcher who is an English singer song-writer and part of the band McFly, did that for his wife and their baby. Take a look.

Tom Fletcher's Wedding Speech

After you've watched that video, check out the speech he made to his wife at their wedding. It's longer, but worth the watch.

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Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

It's the end of a long day and you have finally sat down to unwind after getting the kids to bed when suddenly you hear that familiar patter of little feet. Oh no, you know exactly where this is going… "Mommy, I can't sleep."

Your first thought probably is, "You've only been up there for 5 minutes, no one falls asleep that fast. I just got on the computer/started watching my shows/etc... PLEASE go to bed." But you know that kind of reason doesn't resonate with a toddler. It's time to go into bedtime combat role.

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Even though my kids are young, I firmly believe that children are never too little to be exposed to advanced concepts. They may not grasp the information in its entirety, but giving them a taste of higher learning helps build knowledge, vocabulary, and self-awareness as they attempt to imitate new techniques. My husband is always really great at not dumbing things down when he talks to the kids and because of that Aurora and Grayson know lots of interesting facts! So, when I thought about how I wanted to dye our Easter Eggs this year, I decided to try and infuse a bit of learning in with the fun and teach the kids a few new art techniques.

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How to Build a Dress Up Box

My daughter is quite the dress up fashionista. She has about as many pretend clothes as she does real ones, and goes through several costume changes each day to show them off! Her collection has been gathered from numerous sources, and it's always a bit nostalgic to sort through the pieces and remember the story behind each accessory. For those of you with your own tiny fashion gurus at home, I've put together some tips for curating your own magical dress up box!

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Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


We're kind of obsessed with sensory play in our house! So, when some other blogging colleagues wanted to get collaborate and put together a huge sensory bin filler resource I was ecstatic! Forty bloggers are sharing 40 different fillers over the next 40 days and you can find them all HERE! While doughs and slimes are fun to play with, these bins all feature materials that are "drop and go" so they're really easy to put together when you need a simple activity!

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