Daily themes for after school family fun

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As full-time working parents of children attending public school, after school time is particularly invaluable for us. Their school ends early afternoon. They attend extracurricular programs after school 4 days of the work week. I or my husband can pick them up usually around 5-6 pm. That leaves us around 2,5-3,5 hours to have some type of family … [Read more...]

Tips to get students remember to turn in homework

Homework Reminder Ideas

Towards the end of last year, my son started to have problems with his homework. The issue was not the assignment themselves. He would complete the assignments on time, but then he would frequently forget to turn them in, which would result in reduced grades. As a parent, this was more frustrating to us than not doing the assignment itself. We … [Read more...]

Raising everyday makers

Raising Everyday Makers

We are raising our kids in a very different environment than we had in our childhood. Specifically, children growing up middle and upper class families are not only surrounded by a considerable amount of possessions of their own but also are exposed to what other people have and do in social media from young ages. This results in a mindset of … [Read more...]

Chicago Family Bucket List – Summer 2016

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It's been 3 months already since I posted our Chicago Family Bucket List – Spring 2016. We've marked many of them checked ✔even though we haven't completed them all. Now the summer is here and finally school is out - today-, we can focus on our summer bucket list. There are so many things kids want to do as well as I want to do with kids. At the … [Read more...]

DIY- How to build a balance beam

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My daughter has been doing gymnastics for the last year. She really wants to improve to go up a level and in order to improve she needs to practice. One of the two pieces of gym equipment she has been asking for was a balance beam. Sturdy balance beams start around $180-$200 on the web. I couldn’t find any nearby on Craigslist. During my research … [Read more...]

Take a free flight with EAA Young Eagles Program

Free Flight with EAA Young Eagles

My son is a huge aviation enthusiast. His current preferred future occupation is an "aircraft designer" or "aircraft design engineer". He favorite reads are books about planes. He can identify the model of a flying airplane in a blink. His favorite computer game is X-plane. And his pick for the famous person for his Wax Museum project was Wilbur … [Read more...]

Chicago Family Bucket List – Spring 2016

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Every month, I try to plan for our family activities in advance and put them on my calendar with the help of Chicago Parent magazine. I also create a seasonal bucket list at the beginning of every season, with seasonal activities, festival and special exhibits going on in Chicago Museums. I usually do this with kids. We make a poster board of our … [Read more...]

How to make plaster cast of animal tracks

Make Plaster Cast of Animal Tracks

My kids are part of "nature pal" group. Every season, we go out on nature expeditions, collect treasures from nature, label them, package them and mail them out to our "nature pals". Every season, there is also a specific treasure to look for  or an assignment to send to our nature pals. This past Winter season, our assignment was to take an … [Read more...]

Kids’ games and activities quick reference guide

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Winter break is here and we all know that after a day of high of no school and no homework, kids will start falling into the bottomless pit of boredom. In order to help them find alternative ways to keep busy, I prepared this quick guide filled with game ideas, toys in our house, arts & craft activities we do and physical activities. You can … [Read more...]

Setting new year’s goals with children

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Beginning of a new year, makes us think about what we've done, what we've accomplished or what we can learn from our failures or shortcomings in the year behind, and set new goals, both personal and professional, for the coming year. We might not aspire for big bangs or extraordinary inventions. However, I believe every human being needs growth in … [Read more...]

Tea party themed birthday party

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My daughter turned 7. We celebrated her birthday with a Tea Party themed birthday party as per her wish. She wanted to do a Tea Party since she received this Princess Tea Party set and books as a gift in May. We have been baking cupcakes and making a granola bar from the recipe book that was included in the set. The birthday party I put together … [Read more...]

Snow activities for children in Instagram photos

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We try to make the most of the long, cold winter with kids. I have been chronicling our activities with snow, indoors and outdoors. Here are some of them, for kids to have fun and keep busy. Simple snowman. Or fashinable snow kitty. Ice sculpting. Just leave a water filled bucket out overnight. Put the ice it in a tray. Let your young artist … [Read more...]

Adler Planetarium Astro Overnights

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We attended Adler Planetarium's Astro Overnights for kids, the first week of November. Even though we visit Adler at least once every year, neither I nor the children have visited Adler after dark. It was an evening well spent. Everyone including adults had great time and learned stuff that we didn't know. The weather was very mild that evening. … [Read more...]

Why I love reading parenting books

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If you follow me on Goodreads, you know that I love reading books, mostly, parenting books. I have more books on my "to-read" shelf than "read" for obvious reasons. Some of the books I have or was planning to read are already outdated as my children grew out of 1-6 age phase and are moving steadily towards teenage phase. My love for reading … [Read more...]

Book Review: Perfect Health for Kids

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"Perfect Health for Kids - 10 Ayurvedic Health Secrets Every Parent Must Know" is a book about health care, not sick care. I learned so many vital health information, not only for my children’s health but also for all of us in the family. I read the book again in order to prepare for the new school year, where good health and mental focus is … [Read more...]

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas

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We celebrated my son's 9th Birthday party with, of course, no other than Minecraft theme. There are so many great resources out on the internet to put together a great DIY Minecraft birthday party. I will list what we did and the sources I used. PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF THE PARTY I prepared my own Creeper backdrop from vinyl … [Read more...]

Easy butterfly wing cape for children

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I had no plans to sew a butterfly wing cape for my daughter, until I came along with this amazing fabric at Hancock Fabrics. It is a sheer fabric with eye catching rainbow colors. All my materials were rainbow colored, including fabric, ric rac border and the thread. Materials:  3/4 yards sheer / light fabric (60" width) Ric Rac … [Read more...]

Outdoor arts with twigs and branches

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Spring is here and hopefully no more snow for this arctic part of the world. The trees have barely started to sprout buds. My early spring bulbs, daffodils, hyacinths, didn't come out at all. We still keep ourselves busy. We went out and grabbed little twigs and some branches fallen from the trees. My daughter started to work on a 2D artwork. We … [Read more...]