Tuesday, January 13, 2015

3 Ingredient Yogurt Pancakes

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Baby Bear goes on breakfast kicks where she will only eat a certain thing for breakfast for weeks or months at a time.  I have to get creative to pack the nutrition in so she starts her day out with a lot of energy. 


We are fluffy pancake people.  I like mine to be more bread-like a puffed then spongy and thin.  Using the yogurt helps to give them this quality. 

Ingredients
1 Cup Bob's Red Mill Pancake Mix {or similar}
1 Cup Plain or vanilla Greek Yogurt {regular works too}
1 Egg {optional}
For extra tasty pancakes add a dash of Vanilla Extract and a Sprinkle of Cinnamon.
{you can also use pumpkin puree instead of yogurt}



I prefer to use my cast iron skillet so that there is not any nonstick on my pan.  You need to get the skillet hot before adding anything on it to make sure that it doesn't stick on the cast iron.  Start first by heating the skillet and then mix the ingredients together.  

Use a little bit of coconut oil if you want to on the pan before putting your pancakes on the skillet.  When the pancake starts to get puffy, flip it over and cook the second side.  

Serve with Maple Syrup and fruit or any combination that you love.  





Sunday, January 11, 2015

Secrets for Easy Image Editing Online!

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When I started blogging, I wanted an easy platform for putting photos from my phone to my blog.  I used Flickr and picnik to edit my photos.  They seamlessly worked together so that you could take photos from Flickr, then edit and save back on Flickr and put onto my blog.  Then with the rise of pinterest, flickr was not as pinterest friendly so I switched to the new Google+ and the picasa/picnik editor that was available on the Google+ platform OK but not great.  

picnik is closing screen shot

It was a sad day since the Google+ editor was not great and they eventually took the entire thing away.  I tried a few different tools online and also using Adobe Photoshop before I found PicMonkey and fell in love!  I do love Adobe Photoshop but it is a lot easier to be able to do everything online.  It is a little more complicated using Photoshop because I have to use a specific computer and it is very expensive to upgrade.  I also don't always need something that has faster features to do a batch of photos at a time.  The results from PicMonkey are good enough quality for blogging and it keeps everything on my blog looking similar. 


You can see the diversity of things that I did using PicMonkey.   I am a PicMonkey Royal member since I use the site a lot, but you can do a lot of this for free. PicMonkey is so easy to use, but just in case I included my video tutorial. In this tutorial, I teach you how to use the basic editing functions needed to edit and save a photo.  



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Baby Bear Hugs Photo Year in Review

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The girls have grown so much since last year.  
Baby Bear seems to be a lot taller and Mini is a walking talking person!


May 2015 only bring more incredible adventures for us!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The incredible intricacies of learning language

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I was fascinated with language before when Baby Bear started to speak, and now even more as I learn about language and reading, I am in awe of my children's abilities.


If adults don't know what a word is, they will usually look it up later or just skip it if reading.  Baby Bear will ask what a word means if she has never heard it before.  I love this curiosity

Baby Bear and Mini get read to in both English and Hebrew and they watch some kids shows and movies in both languages.   Mini gets a lot more English that Baby Bear did at this age.  She seems to have a larger vocabulary than Baby Bear did at this age in English.  They BOTH prefer to listen to music in Hebrew except if it is from Frozen. 

Elsa Bear and Anna Bear
  Since she was born she has always been the silly kid and it is great that it translates to her verbal skills.  The things she says cracks me up!  

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Hanukah

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

10 cool STEM gifts {you haven't heard about yet}

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With all of the holiday shopping you have going on, your list should include things that all children to learn and discover through science, technology, engineering, art and math {referred to as STEAM}.  These are not the old fashion stereotype that you have of these subjects, but new innovative hands on discovery play. 

These companies are not only innovative, but they are all small independent businesses that will benefit from your purchases. 

Circuit Stickers $24.99- $89.99

Kids {and adults!} get to play with LED lights by using conductive surfaces to create circuits.  Older kids could be challenged to use the circuits to create and invent using their creativity and imagination. 












Use science to do some cooking.
Inspire a budding chemist and 
learn about history.  
Sun Print Kit average $8-15
Sun print kits uses the sun to expose a film sheet that is treated to stop the exposure.  This is a fun activity that can be done with many different ages. 














Use this kit to make a paper house that will glow in the dark using a non toxic reactive substance.  










Build Your Own Electric Guitar Kit $199.99

This kit is a fun way to create any play with something 
that you made with for long
lasting fun and discovery.
 







Spin Bot Kit $24.99

The Spin bot is a robotic kit that creates a pattern 
making robot. Click on the video to see how it works
  

Sew Electric Book and Supplies 
This book will use your sewing skills to create projects that will 
light up, glow and more.  


This kit will let you turn 
almost any object into a touchpad!




This kit inspires using windpower as the energy to inspire creative minds.  You can experiment with different types of blades and configurations to create an efficient power source.



















*A big thanks to:*
My cousin, Ben Waber, author of People Analytics and President/CEO of Sociometric Solutions, who introduced me to many of these items.
My friend Sherri who is an amazing educator,artist and tech junkie. 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Hula Skirt Cutting Fun!

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 preschool cutting fun hula skirt.  

I wanted to practice cutting skills with Baby Bear.  I gave her a few options and she wanted to make a hula skirt. This is a really fun activity to practice holding a scissors and cutting in a way that your child can show off their handiwork.  They get to make something that helps to use their imagination and also keep them active by dancing. 


Materials
large brown grocery bag
kid friendly scissors ~we opted for metal blades
stapler or velcro for closure

Open the bag at the seam. Cut off the bottom of the bag take off the handles carefully.


  I always start by modeling what I want Baby Bear to do.  Start by showing how to hold the scissors and cut in a straight line.  Next, draw some guidelines for your child to follow leaving 3 inches at the top for the band. 


Once the bag is successfully cut, either staple it on or use the velcro for a reusable closure.  If you want to make it reusable, I suggest reinforcing the top with tape on the inside or by folding it over for structure. 


Find some hula music and DANCE! 
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