Shamrock Pie

Okay, so Pi Day is about mathematics. Enjoy it as you may all of you engineers and mathematicians out there. You know who you are, Dave, Uncle Bob, Juan Roberto and all you others.

But for me, you bake them and eat them; that’s my kind of Pi.  Now take a look at this timely Shamrock Pizza Pie where we can celebrate honoring Pi Day, plus St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  Nothing wrong with killing two birds with one pizza. (no birds were used in making this pizza – PETA)

Kristen at Make the Best of Everything provided the inspiration and tutorial for the Shamrock Pizza Pie.

Correct me if I’m wrong but Pi has something to do with circumference, right?  Well, look at the circumference and what’s in the middle of what we will be serving up tonight!

Happy Pi Day 2014!

Easter Egg Memory Game

If you’re looking for a cute memory game, Mr. Printables has a colorful, you guessed it, “printable” game for you.

Children will need to recognize different colors, shapes and details while trying to concentrate on the 8 brightly colored Easter Eggs, like a spotty one, stripy one or checked one.

Colorful memory game

Remember how much fun memory games can be?

Playing memory games with your child teaches nonverbal skills such as attention to detail and concentration. They also stimulate children’s ability to notice, then think about the visual physical differences. Young children can learn the similarities between objects using their visual memory or attention to their environment.  Best of all, they offer great social interaction by allowing a positive no-tech time to spend with your children.

Thank you Mr. Printables!

Rainbow Necklace

What is it about St. Patrick’s Day and cereal?  Lucky Charms

It’s time to enjoy a big bowl brimful of Lucky Charms and start crafting with Froot Loops.

Feed the birds

Last year we made special Shamrocks for our neighborhood birds. Click here for the how to share your cereal with your feathered friends.

This year we are taking a clue from Eighteen25 and designing over the rainbow necklaces as pictured above. Head on over to their blog for a fruit loopy lesson in edible fashion.

Sugar Cookie Blossoms

While searching for Spring we decided to at least bring some yummy flower blossoms into the kitchen. Just keep thinking Spring and it may happen.

You can bake up these charming flower-shape cookies with the help of one simple kitchen tool – scissors! Have the kiddos roll sugar-cookie dough balls in colored sugar, then you can use a clean pair of scissors to cut each cookie ball almost in half. Cut each half into thirds, making sure not to cut all the way through. Separate the petals, place a colorful candy in the center, and voila! You will have a touch of Spring (for a short time) with adorable cookie blossoms.

You can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. We took a short cut using Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough and baked 8  to 10 minutes at 375°.

Pillsbury Sugar Cookies Dough
Pillsbury Sugar Cookies Dough
Pillsbury Sugar Cookies Dough

TulipsHere in Minnesota we are hoping that there will be some “Spring ahead” for us and the sooner the better.  With eight foot snow drifts and ice covered roads there is not yet a visible sign in site.

Setting our clocks ahead early tomorrow morning will at least feel like the first step in looking forward to welcoming warmer weather and longer days.  After an unbelievable fifty days of subzero weather so far this year, Spring can not arrive fast enough.

It’s about time, literally and figuratively, to remember daylight saving (not savings) time officially begins tomorrow: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2 a.m. The concept of something much like DST was referenced by Benjamin Franklin in a satirical 1784 essay titled An Economical Project.

So let’s spring ahead.

The concept of something much like Daylight Saving Time was referenced by Benjamin Franklin in a satirical 1784 essay titled “An Economical Project.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/daylight.asp#m0cZHZavShpfdrqx.99
The concept of something much like Daylight Saving Time was referenced by Benjamin Franklin in a satirical 1784 essay titled “An Economical Project.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/daylight.asp#m0cZHZavShpfdrqx.99
The concept of something much like Daylight Saving Time was referenced by Benjamin Franklin in a satirical 1784 essay titled “An Economical Project.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/daylight.asp#m0cZHZavShpfdrqx.99
 Won Ton Clock
What’s better than a delicious edible reminder? We will be marking ours on two o’clock rather than five till midnight. Head over to Hungry Happenings to learn how to make these delicious timely clocks.

On our cool kids beds search, look what we found down under!  This yellow VW camper is actually a bunk bed; the winner hands down.  We have a few more days in Sydney, Australia and will share our finds.

Potty lid

In a perfect world everyone could read the eye chart and follow directions. PLEASE!

Toilet Paper Tree

Wouldn’t your preschooler have fun with this toilet paper holder tree?

College Fund

Did you know your bathroom contains a hidden college fund?  These cardboard rolls appear to actually be a real commodity!

Reality

So, if you can’t beat’em… or is it, why not apply reverse psychology?

Did you know that “bathroom” is American speak and our Canadian neighbors prefer “washroom”. It seems to me that North Americans unlike much of the rest of the world tend to avoid the word “toilet” all together.  Correct me if I am wrong, please.

In few days we’ll be leaving behind Dónde está el baño? and will be visiting Australia.  We self-educated ourselves on a very important detail. Lesson learned: if a bath or shower is not needed, ask for the toilet, restroom, loo, john, dunny or thunderbox.  However toilet or loo they say is most preferred in more polite society. 

POTTY TALK CONTINUED

What’s in a name?  Roto-Rooter lists 101, and please, let’s not talk about what’s in this name.

1 Banheiro

2 Banjoja

3 Bañu

4 Bean-Jacks

5 Big White Phone

6 Biffy

7 Bog

8 Bowl

9 Can

10 Cesso

11 Cèsuŏ

12 Chamber Pot

13 Chiottes

14 Choo

15 Chunder Box

16 Cloakroom

17 Coalfabias

18 Comfort Room

19 Comfort Station

20 Commode

21 Convenience

22 Cloakroom

23 CR

24 Crapper

25 Crane

26 The Dunny

27 Dunnekin

28 El Baño

29 Facilities

30 Forakers

31 Gabinetto

32 Garderobe

33 Gardyloo

34 God  of Abraham

35 Head

36 Hopper

37 House of Ease

38 House of Office

39 Huuschen

40 Il Bagno

41 Jakes

42 Jax

43 Jericho

44 Jerry

45 John

46 Johnny House

47 Karsy

48 Kamot

49 Khazi

50 Latrine

51 Lav

52 Lavatory

53 Lavvy

54 Little Boys Room

55 Little Girls Room

56 London

57 Loo

58 Long Drop

59 Necessarium

60 Necessary

61 Netty

62 Outhouse

63 Oval  Office

64 Pan

65 Porcelain Throne

66 Porcelain God

67 Po

68 Pool

69 Pot

70 Potty

71 Powder room

72 Place of easement

73 Privy

74 Reading Room

75 Restroom

76 El Retrete

77 Sanitarios

78 Seat

79 Los Servicios

80 Small house

81 Stool

82 S̄uk̄hā

83 Swanie

84 Thunder Mug

85 Thunder Box

86 Toilet

87 Toilette

88 Tualet

89 The Bogs

90 The Gents

91 The Ladies

92 The Office

93 The Smallest Room

94 Throne

95 Throne Room

96 Toire

97 The Vin

98 W.C.

99 Wash room

100 Water Closet

101 White Hart Room

Surely you can help us add to the list.

 

Boy with Walkman

The first Sony Walkman turns 35 this year and for kids of today the Walkman is shelved somewhere with dinosaur bones.  We do need to credit the Walkman for changing the way people would experience music; allowing them to carry music with them and listen through lightweight headphones.

Sony tapes

For those of you not around in the 80′s, the Walkman was one of the first truly mass-market personal consumer electronics and you “just had to have one!”  Plus you needed stacks of Sony cassettes loaded your favorite tunes. Cassettes, by the way are the items displayed in the girls hand. With these cassettes you could buy your favorite music loaded on them, but best ever was you were able to record your own. If you care to learn more technical info pop over here: How Tape Recorders Work.

Now music on the move had arrived. They were pocket sized devices for folks with over sized pocketbooks. The price tag at the time was around $300.00.  That was a lot of allowance money.

Pictured at the top of the page is Scott Campbell who a few years back swapped his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  BBC News Magazine did a piece on his reaction. Scott’s reaction and accounting may surprise you, or maybe not.

Portable radio

Can you even imagine a time before the Walkman that this was music on the move: a portable radio?

Monster Bowling

Only 54 days until spring if I am counting correctly. We seem to be experiencing endless days trapped indoors escaping the bitter cold generously provided by Old Man Winter. Thanks mister.

Monsters to the rescue….

Our Monster Bowling will bring a warm fuzzy feeling to indoor play.

Monster Sandwiches

After working up an appetite from bowling, it’s time for Monster Sandwiches. Caroline at Chocolate and Carrots featured these frightfully delicious sandwiches at Halloween, but we are adding them to Monsters to the Rescue.

monster brownies

Miserably cold Minnesota winters must have some chocolate, and in the form of Monster Brownies today would be most fitting.

Monster clips

While in a monster mood, Mr. Printables has the 123 for making colorful  Monster Bites utilizing wooden clothes pins.

Monster Puppets at Totally Kids

If you haven’t gotten your fill of Monsters by now, why not try your hand at making your very own loveable one? (for 3 years and older)

Any other monstrously fun boredom buster ideas to share? Please send them on over,  we would love to include you in a post.

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