Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

Try These All Natural DIY Potions To Ban Pests

When the weather is nice outside, there is usually one thing that isn’t very pleasing – insects. They are annoying and can be worrisome. Keeping them out of your yard and off of your skin can be done without using ingredients that may be questionable. Keep outdoor pests away naturally with these DIY mixtures. Mosquitoes can sometimes be harmful and are definitely always irritating. Many over the counter chemical applications include the ingredient N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET. Though effective for keeping mosquitoes away and approved for use by the U.S. Envrionmental Protection Agency, there are specific application recommendations and it has many concerns when applied… read more

Paddle-to-the-Sea Lessons

paddle-to-the-sea

  The children’s book turned film, Paddle-to-the-Sea was written in 1941 by Holling Clancy Holling. In 1966 it was turned into an educational adventure film by award-winning Canadian director and photographer Bill Mason. Presented for the National Film Board of Canada, it is a narrative tale of a handmade traveling canoe and its passenger voyaging through the waterways of Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The story highlights the wonder of the sun and water systems, and how the environment is affected by them. The seasons and their changing cycles are played out on page and on screen in… read more

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

Have Kids? DIY – Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Have Kids? DIY - Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Make them. Bubbles, play dough and chalk are mainstays of a child’s imagination diet, and a great recipe for outdoor fun. They are also easy to make at home, and kids can help with the recipes. Bubbles, mostly sold in retail-land in plastic containers, are completely simple to make at home. Using generous drops of dish soap, water and a reusable container you can stir up a batch of your own. Check out the National Wildlife Federation for a list of fun bubble recipes. Save wands from other bubble container inserts or make it a game and have kids hunt for… read more

In Bloom

In Bloom

Cherry trees are a beautiful display of the onset of springtime. They are native to Japan as well as China and Korea, but the striking trees can be found across the globe. Plantings of cherry trees were initiated in 1912 as a symbol of enduring friendship to the U.S. from Japan. The line of original seeds that were sown during this time still continues to bloom today. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ongoing celebration of this gift. For more on the history of cherry trees in the U.S., see the National Park Service. The blossoming plant, or sakura,… read more

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Sitting on the floor around a board game isn’t what usually comes to mind when someone mentions gaming. However, long before the digital age took over, families and friends used to gather around to play games of a different sort. Created by the Victor Aleman Studio, the Grid Game is a kickback to the days of the surface based, in person and interactive idea of games. This playful take on a design piece knocks on the door of nostalgia, and looks good doing it. From the designers: In a world of virtual connections where games have gone digital we play… read more

The ABC’s Of Things

The ABC’s Of Things

Decorating a children’s room doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Using flash cards as pictures, accents and even traveling games are a fun way to liven up a child’s space while also providing an opportunity for a learning adventure. Vintage, contemporary or fairy tale ABC cards make for an endless stockpile of crafty inspiration and hours of on hand, educational fun. The following printables and interior design ideas are motivation to find a set of letters to play with that will bring the primary student in you back to life, but you can do it in the name of learning. Mr…. read more

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

Organization, storage and other items for the home can be expensive. Making your own can be done for next to nothing, and using things you probably already have on hand in the kitchen. An empty oatmeal box can be turned into an instant holder for items like ribbon, mailing supplies and even items in the garage. Deck it out with fabric or paper and put it to work. It can also decorated and used for kid inspired storage. Why buy a storage container for things like pencils, scissors, art supplies and tools when they can be made from empty cans…. read more

Feed the Birds

Making bird feeders

Studies have long shown that an early love of nature fosters ecological awareness that carries over into adulthood. One particular examination looked at 9 to 12 year old children’s involvement in outside activities for a span of six years. It was found that outside playtime had decreased by as much as 50% during this period. Getting kids to appreciate the outdoors can be as easy as providing the occasion. Birds and other outside animals offer an opportunity for inspiring projects that children will love. By constructing bird-friendly enticers, like feeders and treat holders, kids foster a connection to the inhabitants… read more

Paper Play

Paper Play

Children and scraps of paper can go hand in hand, as they love drawing, making and exploring with paper as a medium. They can also bring home a lot of extra paper from school or leftover from projects. The following are a few fun and useful ideas for putting extra paper to use around the house, and children can get in on the fun while learning about cutting down on waste and clutter. For any fashion interested youngsters in the house, check out this recycled couture series. Formed entirely from recycled paper, this collection of clothing is one imaginative series. From… read more