Experiential Learning Cycle

I’ve been taking the “Nobody’s Perfect” course, through the YMCA and Strong Start.  It’s been great to get to discuss parenting issues with other parents, hear their ideas and think about the way I do things.  I hope that all the other parents involved would agree, for themselves as well.  There was one class, however, that hit the mark particularly well with me: The Experiential Learning Cycle.

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"Mush It" – Amish Friendship Bread: Kidz in the Kitchen

We’ve been baking every ten days, for a while now.  Why?  Well, I was given a starter bag of Amish Friendship Bread and we are really enjoying it.  Have you ever heard of Amish Friendship Bread?  Well, it’s basically a few ingredients in a bag (yeast, sugar, milk and flour) that you leave on the counter for a number of days.  Most days you just mush the bag… or you get your kids to.  However, my advice is that you encourage your kids to do it only while you are watching, otherwise they might throw it down the stairs…. just sayin’… *ahem*

Sometimes you add extra ingredients (flour, sugar and milk), but you spend ten days with the bag and then, at the end of the time you mix

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A Perfect Un-Birth-Tea Party: Wild About Party Packs Review

I’m a detail girl.  I like all the little finishing touches, all the little extras.  It sometimes can cause added stress, I will admit it.  I like having things “just right”.  I’m sure that some of you are like that, too.  I like planning birthday parties for my kids and enjoy the little things that get put together.  However, I find that after the party is over I am simply exhausted.  A few weeks ago, I was given a sample party pack to review, from Wild About Party Packs and was very excited when I got it.  It was like a treasure chest – a treasure chest of little details!  The kids were climbing over my shoulders trying to peek inside, as though they knew there was something in it for them.  We don’t have any birthdays coming up in our family until June, so we decided to use a regular-any-old day and plan an Un-Birth-Tea Party!

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Quesadillas: Kidz in the Kitchen

My kids love quesadillas.  We also make them when we are camping as they are nice and easy to prepare and don’t take a lot of ingredients.  We make them with just cheese and we make them with extras (avocado, chicken, etc…)  Need a great and reliable quick and simple lunch or even a snack?

You’ll need four tortillas, cream cheese and grated cheese.  If you want to add other ingredients, you can grab that as well.

1) Spread a flour tortilla with cream cheese (this is the delicious

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Happy Earth-Day To You: Ways to Celebrate

Well, Earth Day is upon us.  Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day.  I read that there was some discussion in our local papers about  Earth Hour (turn off everything for an hour) and whether or not it’s a good thing.  I suppose that we could ask the same questions about Earth Day.  Is it really worth it?  Does it actually make a difference to think about the Earth and change your habits for one day?  I think that the point is awareness and effort.  Yes!  It does make a difference.  The biggest difference it can make is that we try something new, we reflect on our actions and their global impact, we make an effort to make a change and, hey… maybe we even decide that it wasn’t so bad and maybe we could do it more often… and (while we’re at it) try to make other efforts, as well!   If we all just make one little change and push ourselves to make one more effort for our planet… the world will be a better place and the impact can be long-lasting.

I’ve got a list of ten little things that we can do to “go green” that I want to share with you.  Little differences can go a long way!

1) Two years ago, my husband and I bought ourselves a Worm Factory as an Earth-day gift to ourselves.  It’s a great biology lesson for the kids.  We love that the kids get the chance to get up-close and personal with our own creepy-crawlies that are composting our kitchen goods, right before our eyes!  Also, it creates an amazing soil that helps our plants to grow really well.  We tend to use that rich soil for our indoor plants, as it would take a lot longer to make a significant difference in our garden.

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