Archive - September 2013

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We’re Doodle Pros!
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Words That Must Die
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Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry
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A Video For A SPECIAL Sister
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Having a good day…DISTRACTION!!

We’re Doodle Pros!

  Some of the best toys we’ve ever received have been hand-me-downs — well-loved favourites passed down from friends and family. When my son was little, a friend gave us their *Doodle Pro. Several years, thousands of shapes, one and two syllable words and stick figures later, this toy began to look a little worn. The magnet stamps were long since missing and the magnetic slide eraser was no longer erasing as well as it did. There’s a reason this toy is called the Doodle Pro Classic Doodler. It IS a classic; one that we use daily at our house. So once we said farewell to our old Doodle, I promptly bought a replacement ($19.99 at Target). “In 1974, four engineers from Pilot Pen Corporation invented a “dustless chalkboar­d”(which became the cool toy kids love today).” Source Still the same concept, the newer version now has magnetized sections to hold the stamps so they won’t fall out and get lost. No doubt this design update was contributed by a parent who has crawled on hands and knees to look under the couch for missing stamps. I’ve used the Doodle Pro to jot down a phone number, as a notepad for lists, for a game[…]

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Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry

  This post is about gorditas. Not true Mexican gorditas, but the gorditas you might find at a fast food restaurant except these gorditas are muy delish. How many more times can I say gorditas in this paragraph? But you have to admit it’s a fun word, right? Especially if you can really get your Rs rolling. Gorrrrrrditas! So what’s with the Luke Perry reference? Just look at my son’s face. Honestly this kid. He’s always acting and hamming it up for the camera. On this particular night, he was clearly Luke Perry in a sombrero. And yes, my daughter IS holding a chihuahua. No we didn’t eat it— our ground meat of choice is turkey. We also enjoy Lentil Walnut Taco “Meat.” (Recipe at the end of this post) Gorditas are basically hard tacos wrapped in a soft tortilla. They’re great for kids like my daughter who has fine motor issues. She finds holding the soft shell easier and it catches a lot of the filling if the hard shell cracks. Note I said “a lot,” not all. That’s what the chihuahua is for. Clean up. Here’s how we make our gorditas:   Our family’s fave fillings include: refried[…]

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A Video For A SPECIAL Sister

  He wanted a way to explain to his peers about how his sister is very different from, yet exactly the same as everyone else. Our son made this video to share with his schoolmates. He said it would be easier if people would just ask him what they want to know, instead of staring or whispering or making ignorant remarks. These are his words.  These are their photos.  This is his thoughtful message. *Over the course of a week he went from class to class to share this video with his schoolmates. He started by introducing his sister who was there with him. Then he played the video and answered questions at the end. Related: Creating a “Special Needs Script“

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Having a good day…DISTRACTION!!

  My days are full of distractions — most of which are self generated. I have the attention span of a four year old. Working at home doesn’t help. *Studies show that 89% of distractions happen in the home. And working online doesn’t help the situation. The energy used to run the internet is fuelled by the curious websurfer’s need for constant stimulation and #instagratification. I spend about six hours a day on the web, managing social media pages and creating digital content. For those who actually work and/or venture outside the home, I thought I might give you a quick glance into a typical day of the WAHM. Wake up. Attempt to go back to sleep because dammit, I don’t commute so why get up at the crack of dawn? Attempt to get up again but decide that a shower can wait until later. It’s not like I’ll see any actual humans today anyway. Cuddle with the kids in bed until somebody (me) gets elbowed in the face. Get up and put on “uniform” — jeans, flip flops, t-shirt, ponytail, lip balm, Perform morning tasks and shuttle kids to school. Coffee. Log on to computer and vow to remain[…]

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