Friday, January 16, 2015

Please excuse the mess!

After several months of craziness I am in the process of giving our blog a 'spring' cleaning.



We have moved again, this time to Nevada (didn't see that coming). It was a pretty hectic time because I was packing boxes and organizing the move with severe morning sickness. Yep we are expecting the pitter patter of a third lil' piwi!

Hopefully our blog will be up and going, better than ever, very soon! In the mean time please take a look around and follow us for more future fun.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Changing your own Wiper Blades for Busy Mamas -A guide and a #Giveaway


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When was the last time you got the wiper blades replaced on your car?
Personally I wait until they start smearing more than wiping and put it off a bit longer (because I forget until it rains several weeks later).

The thought of doing it myself was plain scary. I was worried I would buy the wrong size or break them. It didn't matter that I can put together kit set furniture or fix a sewing machine, the Car was out of my league. Until now!

It turns out there is a way to change your wipers without any stress and gain bragging rights for having done them yourselves! I wish I could take full credit for this discovery, but it was all because I was offered a chance to review a set of Wipers from eziwipers.com. Read on to for step by step instructions and a chance to enter to win a new set of Windshield wipers for your car!

How to change your own Wiperblades:

1. Visit ezwipers.com and search for the model of your vehicle.

2. Select from one of the 4 options available (and the exact size you need). I selected the extremely affordable ANCO 31 ($7.95 each for our Corolla). There are three other options for more extreme weather conditions.

3. Don't worry about shipping, it's free in the USA

4. Don't stress about them not fitting, if for some reason they don't, EZ Wipers will give you a full refund.

5. Receive your wiper blades in the mail.

6. Return to ezwipers.com for the installation instructions specific to your car.
If you are like me, you might want to print out the extremely clear photos and instructions.

7. Bravely march to your car with the instructions and blades, follow the five easy steps.

8. Find a chance to add 'so the other day, after I changed my wiper blades..'  into every conversation at your kids' sports activities (just kidding, I just stuck with raving about to my husband).

ezwipers.com have been generous enough to provide another set of Wiper blades to give away to one lucky reader. Please use the giveaway tools widget to enter. The giveaway is open to US residents 18 yrs + (void where prohibited).


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Nutcracker Ballet Unit Study (Make your own from more that 60 free web resources)


In a few weeks, the girls will be auditioning for their parts in their ballet school's Christmas production of 'The Nutcracker.' Miss K, especially, has been excitedly reading and learning all about the characters and their dances. It seemed like great great opportunity to add a Nutcracker Ballet unit study! 

Below you will find all the links to the free web resources we will be using. I have listed them by subject rather than by the order we will be using them. Including nine study guides from different Ballet Companies all over North America might seem a bit over the top but they are all different.  Be sure to check out each guide as they all have unique suggestions for activities, puzzles and games. Each guide also outlines the theatre, cast and crew for their performance. Some of the photographs of the dancers and theatre alone are worth pouring over with your kids! We hope you have as much fun as we will studying the Nutcracker! 

History 


The History of the Nutcracker (the tool/ornament) at Magicofnutcrackers.com

Study Guides









Language Arts Nutcracker activities
5 Nutcracker Language arts based activities from the Union City Youth Ballet


Drama, Theater and Dance activities
Comparing Smooth and Sharp movements of Dance from Lesson Planet

Math Based NutcrackerActivities
2 Math activities for Pre K - 1 from the Union City Youth Ballet
Compare Nutcrackers with a Venn Diagram printable from Teach123
Symmetrical Nutcracker Activity from A Faithful Attempt

Science Based Nutcracker Activities
4 different areas of science to explore from Union City Ballet 
Learn about Clarks's Nutcracker bird at Allaboutbirds.org
Hands on activity to explore different kinds of bird beaks from Utah Education Network
Hands on activity to explore Levers in everyday use (incl. worksheets) from ingridscience.org
Make your own crystal snow flake -an experiment from Science Kids New Zealand

Social Studies & History Activities 
Ideas about studying the history of Ballet and the Country of Russia (the origin of the story)


The History of the Nutcracker (the tool/ornament) at Magicofnutcrackers.com


Music 
Learning about Tchaikovsky
Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra -An interactive online book/game from the Carnegie Hall site
Hey Kids, Meet Tchaikovsky at Making Music Fun
A great collection of Musical instrument worksheets can be found at Enchanted Learning
Free 60 Pg Musical Lapbook Printable  from 123Homeschoolf4me.com
Music Coloring Pages from Coloring.ws
Active listening and Discussion worksheet for 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' at Lesson Planet

Art and Crafts

Nutcracker Paperbag Puppet Printable from Jim Gamble Puppets
Make Nutcracker & Clara puppets with this printable from Lesson Planet
Recipe for Sparkly Sugar Plums from the Cupcakeproject.com
Recipe for Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes from the Cupcake Project


Ballet

Ballet Lap n Note from Homeschool share: 
Topics Incl.: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, history of ballet, creative writing, positions, tutu 

Preschool Nutcracker Ideas and Activities

Nutcracker Cut & Paste Activity from Makinglearingfun.com
Nutcracker Montessori 3 Part Card Printables from Laura's Place
Nutcracker Coloring Pages from Supercoloring.com
2 Math activities for Pre K - 1 from the Union City Youth Ballet

Free Clipart and images to add to your project

Free Dance Themed B & W GIFs at ClipArt etc
Free Theatre Themed B & W GIFS at Clipart etc
Color Nutcracker image at Phillip Martin Clipart
Male Ballet Dancer Image at Phillip Martin Clipart
Openclipart.com has a lot of ballet themed images
Candy and Gingerbread Clipart at Mycutegraphics.com

Free iOS Apps


 

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