Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Natural Solutions for Bug Bites

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I am always looking for natural remedies for kids that I can easily bring with me.  We are outside at camp all summer and have lots of bug bites on both Baby Bear and Mini.  They LOVE to apply anti-itch things themselves and found some easy and natural solutions for them.  Not matter what kind of bug repellent we put on, there are always a few critters that still bite. Carrington Farms sent me a list of great things to try:

Coconut Oil: When coconut oil is applied to bites or stings, it forms a thin layer that protects the cut from dust and bacteria, especially effective given its anti-bacterial properties. Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can provide quick relief for those itchy bites. Carrington Farms has some unrefined packs of coconut oil that you can bring with you on-the-go.  

Lavender Oil: Known as a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent for soothing and preventing bites, lavender oil is also unique for mosquito bites as it's known to stop bleeding. A few drops diluted in a carrier oil can be applied directly to the offending bite.


Basil: Believe it or not, basil doesn't just taste good in your pasta, it also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. If you don't possess a basil essential oil, then do it the good-ole fashioned way and rub basil leaves directly on the bug bite to relieve the itch.
Honey: Like the remedies above, honey has many anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is a common pick among home remedy enthusiasts. Not to mention, it has hundreds of years of medicinal history that supports its everyday use for various ailments and bites. A small drop on an itchy bite may be just the relief you need.


Chamomile Tea: Not only is chamomile tea soothing, but it's also healing with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cleansing properties for your next bite. Steep a few teabags in boiling water for ten minutes, allow to cool and then apply the sting. Cool tea bags draw fluid out of a bite to reduce itching and swelling.

Have you tried any of these remedies?  Leave a comment! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

A house of Artists

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This is a picture that she drew for me for my birthday.  It is a drawing of her family.  She is really into the styling and fashion of the clothing. 

Do you remember when she did her first family portrait?  

I also had to share what she wrote on the bag that she put the picture in: 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

LuLaRoe on the GO!

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I started a LuLaRoe business and it is such a blessing for my family.  Here I am at the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk selling leggings to raise money for the cause! 

We set up shop with our buttersoft leggings on the path of the walkers and raised a lot of money to help find a cure.  I love that I can use this business to do good in the community!

Interested in finding out more about the leggings?  Click here to purchase

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer Dreams Coming True

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Art the Ravitz Art Center this summer, we created amazing artwork.  There are a few pieces that are very special to me.  The first one is a large mosaic that was done on a 6' round wood piece. It is the 5 core values of the summer camp that I work at and a camp scene with the sunrise shining on the ground. 

The second amazing piece that I worked on this summer is a changing piece of artwork that I designed in the style of Yaacov Agam.  It Changes as you move by the piece so you can interact with the artwork as you go by. 

And I am so blessed to be the recipient of the Rachel Jacobs Tikun Olam Award for all of the amazing things that happen at camp... It really is my amazing staff and campers that deserve this because they help to realize my vision!  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The School's First Art Show

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Before the holidays we had our first Middle School Art Show.  It was set up outside of the choir concert and showcased the work that my students have been doing. 

This is the first year that there is an Art Teacher in my current Detroit Charter school and so this is the first time that students get to learn about different artists and art styles.  I am teaching using the Element of Art to give them the baseline of skills and vocabulary.  The artwork here is from our lessons on color.  

Monday, January 11, 2016

Mini goes to the Dentist

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Can you believe that Mini is 3?!  It is time to have her first dental appointment.  I have have written about it before that it is important for overall health to start early on dental health. 
It is recommended that children start at the age of 3 so that they get into the habit of going every 6 months to stay tooth healthy.  

Before Mini had her first cleaning, she got to come and watch me get my teeth cleaned.  She kept asking questions and was very interested in what was going on.  Mini is a very curious kid but even if you child doesn't ask questions, you should still tell children what to expect about new experiences.

 Here is Mini in the dentist chair all ready for her cleaning.  She is so brave and I am so proud of her for sitting still and not getting scared.   

All of the instruments can seem really scary, but they all have some really fun names and tickle your teeth.  Mini got to learn all of their names as well as some of the words for parts in your mouth. 

When she was done she got to put her name in the drawing to win the giant penguin and babies as well as a prize.  She left so happy and smiled so big! 

Remember to get YOUR teeth cleaned every 6 months! 
 *Keep your own teeth*
*Prevent gum disease*
*Maintain overall health*

{Recent studies have shown a connection between heart attacks and gum disease}

PS-If you don't have dental coverage, it is much cheaper to prevent future needs then to wait until you need major dental care & You can also get discounted cleaning at Universities that have Dental Schools.

note to my readers:Thank you so much for following me.  Time and life move way to fast to enjoy and I wish I had more time savor all of the little things. Mr. BBH started back to school and I am teaching full time, so please stay and follow along!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pre-Teaching Art Walk

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What better way to start out then school year than to take a walk of inspiration though the Detroit Institute of Arts.
I'm sharing some of my inspirations with you.

This is a great conversation piece and I love the quote by the sculptor Barry Flanagan.  I am going to post that in my classroom.  

My students are urban students and many may see a lot of the materials that I took photos of before.  
Some of these works using familiar materials may both speak to the students about art and also repel them.  That to me leads to a great discussion.  

 Using materials that are found or discarded is a way to make art wherever you are and whatever your budget. My professor John Rush told me to "make art with whatever I had." This also is what drives my art inspirations sometimes and I think that students can relate to that. 

This enormous piece of art is made entirely of cardboard.

My students are all students of color, so this work is a great way to get them to think about great works and how it can relate to people in any context.  

I think that this is a great way to start out every year, and hopefully the art department will make it a tradition!

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