Friday Frivolity, Food Edition

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At last week's party, we shared some of the funniest baby stuff on the web.  This week, we're focused on food (because who doesn't like food, right?)


Top Learning Tools: Best Alphabet Videos (includes FREE playlists!)

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Another school year is getting under way and I know so many of you are looking for ways to help your children develop their literacy skills.

One fun way to accomplish this is through great alphabet videos - I've found the best of the bunch out there and created playlists for you to easily access whenever you need them! 

Although these videos are ideal for little ones still learning their letters, kids of any age (and moms, too!) will have fun tapping their toes to these terrific tunes.

Doing a letter a week in your homeschool?  Start things off each day with one of these clips - or have a review day and watch the whole alphabet's worth!

Froggy Goes to School Book Activities

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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun new Monthly Crafting Book Club this year - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We're halfway through the year and so far, have really had some great fun:


January Animal Action Dice Game for the book Barnyard Dance.
February Cause & Effect Box for If You Give a Moose a Muffin.
Marchan alphabetical scavenger hunt for Dr. Seuss's ABC.
April handwashing fun to go along with The Piggy in the Puddle.
May 5 Little Monkeys Fold 'Em Up for Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
June pinecone princess & Cozy Sweater Warrior Paper Dolls for The Princess and the Pony.
July - lantern craft for Curious George Goes Camping.

Now it's August, and we all chose a different back-to-school themed book to focus on.

I have quite the stack of great school-themed titles from my classroom, so I pulled them all out and had Gv choose her favorite.

Project Snapshot, Week 138

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)


Soooooo excited, because this finally happened:

Two things important to note:  1) Yes, that is G, in a pair of my old skates. I am so glad he has no problem skating around in white skates, because there is NO WAY I would let him get out there in flimsy rental skates!  & B)  Yes, Gv is using a sled.  I know several of my former skating students are probably aghast seeing this (I have an extremely strong stance against these things), but since I was the only one who could both take the picture and help Gv stand, this was how I resolved my dilemma. (G was willing to do either one, but since he was busy trying to remain upright himself, there was no way I was throwing any extra pressure on him!)

A local rink held an open house this weekend to celebrate the grand opening of its second ice surface - and let anyone come and skate for free! 

This was perfect, because I'd gotten Gv her own skates back in the spring, but the new rink that I'll soon be coaching at keeps experiencing typical construction delays, so I wanted the three of us to get out there together for her first time before she outgrew those boots and blades.

It was just so much fun getting to share this part of my life with her for the first time!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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5 After 5, Summer Olympic Memories Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 of your favorite Summer Olympic events to watch and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here and catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Share 5 of the most memorable Summer Olympics moments


Remember when I said I was betting that one of these moments in particular will be familiar to just about everybody (and that another one is still burned into your brain if you're my age or older)?

See if you guessed those two correctly:

Friday Frivolity, Funny Babies Edition

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At last week's party, we had Olympic fever.  This week, we're sharing funny babies - because it would take a pretty bad week to not be able to smile at babies, right?


Top Learning Tools: Reading Resource Edition

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Another school year is getting under way and I know so many of you are looking for ways to help your children develop their literacy skills.

You might be a homeschooling family looking for a comprehensive (and low cost!) phonics program to use throughout the year, or you might have children in school who could use a little extra help at home with reading.

Or maybe you have a voracious reader already and are just looking for ways to keep the weekly library haul down to a manageable 40 pounds of books...

Whichever category you fall into, these great reading resources are worth checking into!

Top Kid Lit: Anthology Edition

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If you've ever visited in the past, you know we're a little crazy about books over here.

Between the three of us, we've probably got about fifty bazillion books in this house.

You think I'm kidding, but I'm really not.

Well, probably not fifty bazillion, but close.

Definitely way too many to even think about counting.

Thanks to my previous life as a teacher, Gv was born owning almost as many kids' books as our neighborhood library.

But since most of you probably don't have a ready-made library to bring home from your classroom, or want to invest your child's entire college fund in picture books that will drive you mad after the 487th reading, or even have the space to store more than a bookcase-full of volumes, I have some great advice for you.


Project Snapshot, Week 137

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)


This is how we all felt after finally getting all of our camping stuff put away properly this weekend...but Gv was the only one to fall asleep before even eating her dinner!




What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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5 After 5, Summer Olympic Events Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 ways to stay cool in the summer heat and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here and catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Share your 5 favorite summer Olympic events to watch 


Have you been watching the games in Rio?  Is your television on for all the coverage, 24/7, or do you just pick and choose certain events to watch?

While for me it's nothing compared to the Winter Games, I still enjoy getting my Olympics fix every couple of years, so I've been happy with all the coverage that I've been able to find online.

Here are five events that I'm most likely to watch this summer: