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Aloha, I’m Brigette, and these two kinder are Aurora and Grayson. I blog over at Life Lesson Plans where I share some of the art, science and sensory play projects we do together.

We're a bit of a culturally blended family, we have roots in the US Midwest, our kids toddled in the Hawaiian surf, and we now live in the German countryside. With three distinct cultures in four years, it has been quite an adventure. I'm always surprised to hear my two year old babble in multiple languages, and my four year old reminisce about catching starfish!

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As we welcome the new year, many of us reflect on our lives and think about ways we want to improve or areas where we want to focus more attention. Some of us create New Year's Resolutions filled with ideas and goals for the coming year. For many, these goals often include exercise, organization, eating healthier, finishing a long-term goal, or just taking that difficult first step.

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One of the things I wanted to start doing this year was to have more intentional "school" time with the kids each week. I haven't quite mapped out a plan for our days yet, there are so many things I want to teach them, but I don't want to overcommit our days and wind up with cranky kids and a cranky mommy who didn't accomplish all of her goals. I'll be continuing to fine tune the details, but I know for sure that I want to do more tot trays with the kids. They're great for us, because I can prep them in advance, I can have one activity that the kids both do, or prep two trays with separate activities, and they're so easy to clean up afterwards!

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If you've been following our epic saga of the lost blacklight flashlight, then you'll know that back in October, I hinted at a very exciting, glowing project that we were working on. Then my two year old "misplaced" our flashlight and the project has been delayed for many months. Finally, I'm excited to unveil our very belated, Halloween small world! Yesterday, I showed you the process we used for growing our glowing crystals, and today I'll show you how we played with them!

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Here's a throwback Thursday, remember about three months ago when I decided that October would be "glow month," and we would do all of these awesome activities like make glowing bubbles and a glowing ocean and swamp sensory bins. About halfway through that glow-rific October, Aurora and I started working on this glowing crystal project and then when we went to get the blacklight flashlight and discovered that a certain naughty toddler had hidden it. Well, after many months of looking for the flashlight, I broke down and bought a new one so we could finish our super awesome project!

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Child Warm in the Extreme Cold

Wind chills, snow, ice – welcome to winter in Nebraska! We would all like to stay inside by the heater on some frigid days, but school and work call. Whether waiting for the school bus, building a snow man or playing outdoors – you can practice a few important habits to keep kids well.

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We've been decking our halls the past few weeks, and here are some of the projects we've been working on! I love crafting at this time of year, and there are so many ideas on Pinterest, so I chose a few seasonal crafts that have become traditional favorites that we do every year, and a few others that were new to us but spoke to me because they were easy for kids to make while still looking classy. 

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Yesterday, we spent the morning cooking up some of the scents of the season in our 5 Unique Holiday Play Doughs, and then over nap time I put together our first "tot tray" for them to play with when they woke up. Tot trays are based on schooling the Montessori method, in which students are exposed to early learning skills in ways that help develop independence and foster their own interests. 

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Play dough is one of our favorite go to sensory materials, it's so cheap and easy to make, and its play value is unmatched! I prefer to make my own because Gray still occasionally likes to taste test anything that remotely resembles candy, and these recipes are completely kid safe. Each dough is a variation of a basic recipe with added colors and scents. I was thinking about all of the smells I love at Christmas time, and these are just a few of my favorites we were able to replicate!

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December is a wonderful month full of nostalgia, family and events, but it can also be one of the busiest with so many good things that we're supposed to do. Take a deep breath as we enter December, and make a list of things you want to do with your family. What memories do you want to make with your kids?

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My latest article about getting ready for winter travel went up today over at Omaha Family. Use the checklist below to get your car kit ready for anything this winter has for us.

You can read my article Prepare for Travel During Cold Weather and the Holidays over at OmahaFamily.

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I have never been a fan of long car drives. It probably has something to do with being the youngest of three and having to sit on the middle hump of the backseat of the car while my sisters leisurely stared out the window taking more than their fair share of space while I sat squished staring at the rearview mirror.

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I have been itching to begin setting up our Christmas decorations this week. We still have a week to go before Thanksgiving, but I am just feeling so impatient! We always wait until the day after Thanksgiving, and being the tradition keeper that I am, I decided to distract myself with a rather late in the season fall craft. If stockings can't hang from my mantle yet, these pretty leaves will do instead!

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I've come down with an incurable case of the travel bug. Being in Europe makes traveling so easy, I just want to go EVERYWHERE! But then, reality sets in, and I realize it's probably unwise to plan a six week backpacking trip through the Swiss alps with the kids. Oh bother. Currently, I'm obsessed with wanting to see the Aurora Borealis. This is the best season for it and tourists are heading up in droves to the arctic circle to stay in class ceilinged igloos and watch the heavens open up. Some day, I will go, but for today, I decided to set up a sensory bin around my current wanderlust.

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Lately I've been on a natural art supplies kick. It all started with finding those beautiful Stockmar crayons which led me to make my own scented beeswax crayons. Then, I saw that the same company also makes modeling clay too, so of course I had to try and make my own! This recipe is a conglomeration of ideas I found online for making your own beeswax clay, with my own adaptations. Check out this post on making modeling clay with natural colorants!

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