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We've been having fun with lots of different artistic science experiments lately, and this beautiful marbled milk experiment is no exception! I first remember doing this for an elementary school science fair, so long before the days of Pinterest this fun activity has been amazing kids! With only three ingredients involved, this is a great winter boredom buster with a few learning objectives thrown in to boot!

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It's snowing outside, 15 degrees with a wind chill that makes it feel even colder. Why am I talking about gardening-right? Why am I talking about gardening-right? This is the PERFECT time to start planning your spring garden! Get your children involved too!

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Baby and Me Support Group

When Bastian was born I thought everything from sleeping to eating would be pretty simple to figure out…boy was I wrong. My best advice to any new mom would be – find a support group. Methodist Women's Hosptial offers a free breastfeeding support group twice a week. It provides education and reassurance to new moms with babies ages newborn to 12 months.

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Recently a friend of mine expressed concern over which type of beef she should be feeding her family. She wanted to know if she should be buying grain-fed or grass-fed beef. There is a lot of misleading information in the media and after this conversation I was determined to learn more. I studied the topic by searching out non-biased research based literature and contacted UNL Extension Agriculture Educator specializing in the area of beef, Dr. Lindsay Chichester.

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Categories: nutrition,


Fight Cabin Fever: Clubs at Fontenelle Forest

We're continuing our series of Fighting Cabin Fever at Fontenelle Forest with club opportunities at the forest. In our past posts we looked at Family Sundays and Snow Shoeing the trails. But perhaps meeting a like-minded group of people is the remedy you and your kids are looking for?

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I Spy a Cutie Pie!

One of my favorite things about having kids is experiencing the world freshly again. Through their eyes everything is so wonderfully new! Holidays have been particularly fun this year, my daughter, Aurora turns four soon and Grayson just turned two. They’re finally at an age where they understand what is happening, while still questioning why we’re doing whatever silly traditions we’re taking part in.

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Name three things that come to mind when you hear Valentine's Day... flowers, chocolate, and jewelry right?! The kids and I have already made a pretty bouquet of coffee filter flowers and we've baked plenty of chocolate treats recently, so I thought it would be fun to finish out our Valentine's Day projects by making some jewelry. We made our own beads, painted them pretty, and learned all about the color spectrum and different color gradients!

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Snow is beautiful and fun for kids of all ages to play in. Bring this fun indoors with these snow-themed activities! Plus, most of these activities only need a few supplies that you may already have around the house. We tried several of them during the recent snow day, and are excited to try out the rest this winter!

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We have made a lot of garlands lately, we did popcorn for Christmas and leaves for Thanksgiving, so I thought we ought to make a new one to hang up for Valentine's Day. I like to sew in my spare time (what's that?), and when I actually have time to work on a project, Rora and Gray are always right there with me "helping" with little jobs like removing pins or sorting buttons (sometimes I make up "jobs" for them... shh don't tell). Since they're in such a fun phase where they like to do what I do, I thought it would be fun to work with them on a beginning sewing project and see if we could craft a felt heart garland together.

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Fingers. Toes. Peek-a-Boo. Taste of a banana. Sound of a bird. Feel of the carpet. Sight of mom.

I love watching little humans discovering and experiencing things for the first time. It's all a wonder. The little girl in this video is experiencing rain for the first time. It looks like she wants to hug all the droplets :)

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Fight Cabin Fever: Snow-Shoeing Trails at Fontenelle Forest

We're continuing our list of activities to fight cabin fever outside at Fontenelle Forest. Last time we covered Family Sundays; this time we'll take a look at an active side of the forest with snow-shoeing.

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Aurora and Gray love to make things for my husband and I. Whether it's a drawing or a toy wrapped up in a blanket that they're giving as gifts, I love the sentiment and want to encourage it! So, this morning we sat down to make a little project together that they could give to someone on Valentine's day. Crafting with a two and three year old is quite an undertaking, but I really like doing process art like this because there's no way for them to "mess it up." They got to color, and I helped them turn their designs in to coffee filter flowers!

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Math was probably my least favorite subject in school, even though I'm very analytical, numbers are just not my thing! The one day that I remember actually enjoying math class was the day we learned about tessellations and got to color them all day. Artistic math was more my style! Tessellations are when you tile with a single shape and there are no gaps or overlaps in between. You can make some really cool creations with this this artsy math concept, but I wanted to focus on a very simple shape to introduce Aurora to the idea. We used an angular heart shape to make our Valentine's day work of art!

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If you haven't noticed yet, we're kind of addicted to our sensory bins! Small world play with a fun material could entertain us for hours, so when I was trying to come up with a few Valentines for our little friends, I knew we had to share our love of sensory materials in some way! These four mini sensory bin valentines can all be put together with homemade or purchased materials, plus a few figures! The only danger is, they're so cute you may not want to give them away!

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Smile :) It's Friday.

This is a Mother's Day tribute from last May, but I think Moms could use the recognition for all they do more than once a year. So to all you "baby mommas" who "changed a diaper, kissed a boo-boo or made a sack lunch this one's for you."

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