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5 Ways to Teach Primary and Secondary Colors

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Ava is three and a half right now and stays home with me during the day, so this year we started on a preschool routine. Most of our day is spent playing, but we always try to get some direct learning activities in there. She likes to do “homework” (filling out pre-school workbooks) because she sees Eliza and Jonas do homework and wants her own. But we also do fun projects that I try to circle back to a theme.

I don’t think the themes themselves are that important. I usually pick something that she’s interested in. This is more about learning how to learn and themes also help me to come up with different fun ways to teach the same thing, which helps it stick.

Our last theme was primary and secondary colors and she had a blast with it! Here are five ways we learned about primary and secondary colors (in addition to completing a little color workbook).

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1. Paint!

Of the art supplies in our arsenal, paint is the easiest for a preschooler to mix to see the effects of color mixing. Crayons or colored pencils will work too, but at this age, it’s hard to press down hard enough to really start seeing the mixing.

Cheap watercolors are the least messy way for her to paint right now. She’s really proud of her paintings and has them all hanging up in her room! Pro tip–save plastic tablecloths from birthday or holiday parties to put down before painting with a tiny one.

Painting is something that she wanted to come back to again and again to see color mixing, and she remembered / understood more every time.

Our next color mixing activity with paint will be these shaving cream color mixing bags.

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2. Mix sidewalk chalk!

Sidewalk chalk is another easy medium kids can mix on their own. Just color two primary colors in an overlapping spot, then rub to make the secondary color appear!

We also drew rainbows with sidewalk chalk and talked about the order of the rainbow and that the secondary colors are between the primary colors that combine to make them.

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3. Do Science!

Feeling like a scientist is really fun for little kids and doing activities that seem like chemistry are a big hit with all of my kids.

We added water colored with food coloring dye in test tubes, then poured the primary colors together in a beaker to see the secondary colors appear! We discarded the water from the beaker into a flask to show that all of the colors mixed together made brown.

Of course, you can mix together primary colors in regular transparent cups, but the kids have endless fun pretending to “do science” with their Science Lab Activity Set.

I made the kids stay back during the dye part because I’ve learned the hard way what happens if they get ahold of those tiny bottles! I also try to keep a towel I don’t mind getting stained on hand if we’re doing anything with dye.

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4. Make Play Dough!

When Play Doh dries out, I just save the containers until I’m ready to replace it with a homemade batch. It’s really easy to do and is a great project for a tiny helper. (Is there anything more fun to a preschooler than dumping in ingredients?)

This time around, I used this recipe for homemade play dough and added a little bit of vanilla extract so it would smell better.

I used food coloring dye to make the colors–I did the actual mixing part while Ava watched. I make a little pocket inside each ball of dough to add the color and then knead it in, but be careful, because the dye can squirt out! I opted to show Ava that mixing two primary colors of dye into the center made a secondary color, but if you want your child to take a more active role, you can make several batches of primary colors and have them mix those together instead.

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5. Go Translucent!

Play with materials that let light through, like tissue paper or gel plastic, and layer primary colors to see secondary colors! This worked when we held tissue paper up to the light, but the tissue paper overlapping didn’t show the color underneath like I thought it would when we Mod Podged tissue paper onto this bunny. It worked in a few spots though!

What are some fun little kid learning activities you know and love? We’d love to try them!

P.S. The kids like the You Tube channel The Slow Mo Guys and they have some fun slow motion plaint mixing videos!

Each year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. Play Doh was project 6 of 52 for 2018! If you want to join in, share your projects at #52Projects2018.

Friday Favorites

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1. The Crafty Ass Female podcast has been my favorite thing to listen to this year, and I’m excited that they are now on Patreon! My favorite perk of supporting the show is “afterchatter” for the episodes.

2. The thing I’ve read that has freaked me out the most lately is this article: When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home. I’d never seen a stinkbug before this winter here in Kansas City, but now we usually find at least a few each week. Turns out that this is just the beginning. If you are in the US and your state hasn’t seen a stinkbug boom yet, it’s coming. Read this so you can prepare as best you can. Also, it’s just so well written and fascinating!

3. I’m on a Spring cleaning kick around here, which is making me appreciate my e-cloth Home Cleaning Set more. I’ve been using them for years and I highly recommend them–they’ve also held up that long.

There are specialized cloths for different tasks, like stainless steal, glass stovetop, bathroom, and kitchen (which has a little scrubby corner that works great). I use the dusting one a TON (attracts dust like a Swiffer duster, but I never have to buy another Swiffer!)

I’m thinking about getting a second set this week so I can keep them in my cleaning rotation when the used ones are being laundered. You don’t have to use cleaning sprays or soaps with them and they still work great.

I still use sprays and rags or paper towels for the really gross stuff, like toilets and cleaning the counter after dealing with raw meat, but mostly it’s just these guys.

The one that probably makes my life easier the most is the glass cleaning + polishing cloth. When Jake and I wash the outside of our around 40 windows each year, we do them all with one window cloth, two polishing cloths, and a bucket of water we replaces as it gets gross. That’s it. Super fast, no streaks, no juggling bottles on a ladder.

This isn’t a sponsorship thing or anything (though I use affiliate links to Amazon when I can), I’m just REALLY into these things.

4. With Spring coming (sort of–still getting a lot of wintery weather in KC), I’m teaching Ava about life cycles. My favorite life cycle video is Smarter Every Day’s Butterfly Farming IS AMAZING – (Full Life Cycle). THEY ACTUALLY CAPTURED A CATERPILLAR COCOONING ON CAMERA. I always thought the butterfly made the cocoon, but it’s body splits and it is the conoon. Science You Tube for the win.

5. FaceFace, my friend Paul’s band, just released their first full length album MMmm and it is ridiculously amazing. You can listen to it for free on Bandcamp and throw them any amount of money you’d like if you want to download it. I’m so freaking proud of him.

6. Back to the Spring cleaning: IKEA GODMORGON Boxs with lids are really helping me to get organized! I’ve gotten two sets for the bathrooms–the smaller ones are great for little things like cotton swabs, hair ties, bobby pins, and chapstick. I’m using the bigger ones for brushes, combs, and headbands. I’m going to pick up two more sets next time I go to organize Jake’s little electronics parts and my sewing notions.

I like that they stack easily and the lids are easy to get on and off with the little holes on top.

7. I’m in the middle of a bunch of grout removal so I can regrout tile, and I’m using my Rigid Job Max 4 Amp Mult-tool for the job. I started with a Bosch OSL234HG Starlock Hybrid Grout Blade, 2-3/4″ and I just ordered a cheaper option, so we’ll see how that goes.

I tried a hand grout saw at first, and I got more done in 10 minutes with the power tool than in an hour with the hand saw. I can’t imagine how long regrouting all of this tile would take without it!

What are you loving lately?

January 21-27 | Pocket Scrapbooking 2018

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After making a few Start in the Middle spreads to get going on my 2018 pocket scrapbooking, I started batching pages by month.

I spent a few sessions gathering and choosing photos for January, then I arranged them how I’d like them to be in page protectors, then I started editing, making collages, and printing. Next it was choosing cards, then finishing off pages with journaling and embellishments. This method worked really well for getting progress made in short spurts, because I knew exactly what step I was on and could get to work, using the little time I had really well.

I’m in the printing stages for February right now. Batching + keeping it simple + Document Now, Make Later is what’s working for me as I work out of the dining room while my office is under construction.

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Here’s the spread for the week of January 21-27!

Selected products:

I really loved the purple in the February Freckled Fawn papers and cards–purple is harder to find in scrapbooking products than other colors.

To save time, I used only cards and papers from January and February Freckled Fawn kits for my January batch of spreads. I’ll probably be using Kelly Purkey kits for February.

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Going on here: Celebrating my father-in-law’s birthday (followed by a game of Scrabble), new haircuts for Eliza and I, snuggle pile, Eliza’s pre-teen chair drape, Ava piled between Eliza and E’s friend.

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I usually do stickers or stamps for my title, but I just wrote it in on many of my January spreads so I wouldn’t have to go searching for supplies. The diagonal lines on this title card presented a fun opportunity: I filled one of the diagonal spaces with letters fitting the height of the space.

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Going on here: Organizing shelves in the bathroom, finishing a knit hat, moving the frogs and fish into the kitchen, kids playing outside, progress on exposing brick in my office, fixing a broken stuffed animal, babysitting for my friends (blurred baby), Ava getting Lily snuggles, Ava hammering away on her own pretend home improvement kick, new recipes for #megandoes52recipes.

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I add white borders to my photos when I print and I decided to try adding white dividers to my collages as well for a more consistent look and for visual space between the photos in collages. I’m really liking the look so far! They’re really just a thin white rectangle layer in Photoshop that I’m copying over and over, but the look is totally achievable in an app. I like Diptic.

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Mimicking the title, I journaled on the diagonal for a card in this page too! Because Freckled Fawn only has 3×4 journaling cards, I cut down the 12×12 paper for 4×6 and 4×4 cards.

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Some of the 12×12 patterned papers work as journaling cards on their own–like the white and blue striped paper. For others, I’ll add a little square of white cardstock for journaling space, as I did on the pink floral pattern.

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I hope you liked this peek into my January batch of pocket scrapbooking pages!

Most of my January pages are being saved for the next round of 31 Challenges. I’m so excited for the next edition!

What’s been working for you for pocket scrapbooking lately?

Now the Kitchen is my Favorite Color–and Not Beige!

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When we moved into our house seven years ago, all of the walls were painted a light matte beige. This was not ideal (especially for cleaning up after tiny humans–matte is not my friend), but paint is expensive and a bit tricky to do with toddler charges. I also thought I wanted to paint most of the walls white, and it didn’t seem worth it for such a subtle change.

Fast forward to today. Now I know I want a lot of colorful walls. After painting the entryway a dark blue and realizing that semi-gloss dark colors actually made a room feel brighter that matte beige, I’m cracking open the crayon box.

We’ve actually had the paint for the kitchen since September 2016 (we used it to paint a tiny bit of hallway) and just now got around to actually doing it.

Even worse–Jake tested the leftover paint from the roller after painting the hallway on a kitchen wall and THAT had been there since Autumn 2016 too.

But 2018 is the year of kicking our house projects into gear, so no more procrastinating.

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The color is one of my favorites: Behr Wave Top, which I chose because it matches the things I already have going in my kitchen, like my aqua KitchenAid and vintage Pyrex.

There apparently is some debate as to whether this color falls into the blue or green spectrum. Jake thinks it is green, I think it’s blue, and our (very scientific, lol) Instagram Stories poll came down to about 85% blue and 15% green–I’m guessing that we’re perceiving something pretty darn different. Brains are interesting!

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Before painting, we had some pretty heavy duty patching to do. The corners of these arches were chipped up pretty bad. Ready Patch did a great job there!

We still have painting left to do. Each of the arches will be a different color, but we’re waiting until we paint the other spaces in our home those colors until we bust out the paint for these little strips. So it will probably be a few months.

This room is my inspiration for painting the arches a different color.

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I needed to free up some space on our rainbow bookshelves for more books, so it made sense to use the top of the cabinet space for a rainbow of objects. I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to put on the tops of the other cabinets above the stove. Another rainbow? Start the spectrum over there and move around the corner? We’ll see.

Also hoping to slowly replace the boob lights around the house. I’m saving up for this fixture for in here.

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Painted walls also means getting to hang things up. We have a lot of art and prints that we’ve been avoiding hanging until walls are painted. This little coffee gallery wall is a bright spot now! Because obviously, coffee is one of the most important things happening in this space.

Prints are: 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee by The Oatmeal, Early Bird Gets the Worm by JT Daniels, and the personified cups are from Blimpcat.

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Painting this room definitely wasn’t on the top of the home improvement priority list, but we needed an easy win after running into a bunch of snags with other seemingly never ending projects.

It’s making me really happy and excited to paint the adjacent rooms. But the next thing happening in this area of the house is replacing all of the constantly stained unsealed white grout. Stay tuned!

Each year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 5 of 52 for 2018! If you want to join in, share your projects at #52Projects2018.

30 Days of Lists March 2018 | Lists 21-30

Today I’m sharing my final batch of lists for the March 2018 round of 30 Days of Lists! I’m planning on printing the lists in a book, so I’ll be sure to share that once it is complete.

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Back in my day…

*Smoking or non?
*Dial-up Internet
*Lead superheros are all white dudes
*Be kind, rewind
*You have died of dysentery
*Floppy disc
*Disc-man and HUGE CD case
*Pop punk fashion

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My favorite plants

*Pineapple Sage
*Chocolate mint
*Rosemary
*Rhododendron
*Hydrangeas
*Thornless blackberries
*Itallian basil
*Mums
*Burning bushes

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Advice to ignore

*Anything involving essential oils for health
*Keep up the mystery to “keep the spark alive” in marriage
*Treat others how you’d want to be treated [treat them how they want to be treated instead]
*All of the little constant & conflicting parenting advice

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Little things I am enjoying today

*Eliza’s style and self expression
*Hanging out with Jessica
*Playing outside with Ava and the babies
*Indian butter chicken
*Making progress cleaning out the game closet
*Jake & Paul’s facial expressions while playing video games

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Best news this week

*Jessica is moving in!!! [I’ve been trying to get her to move back to KC for 13 years]
*Dogs are excellent at wearing out tiny people
*The Ikea last chance $14 slip cover fits the porch couch!
*There is a literal truckload less stuff in our house!
*Warm weather is here

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I would like a refresh on:

*Organization for the kids’ stuff
*Our backyard landscaping [or lack thereof]
*Wall paint [bye, matte beige]
*Bookshelf arrangement
*My nighttime routine [I’m going to try to get a bit done each night before i fall into a lazy exhaustion pile]
*My work path for the year

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Favorite movie lines

* “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon.” -Hermione, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
* “Who knows where thoughts come from. They just appear.” -Lucas, Empire Records
* “Death by stereo.” -Sam, Lost Boys
* “Bangerang!” – Rufio, Hook
* “Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!” -Leia, Star Wars
* “You mind telling your subconscious to take it easy?” -Ariadne, Inception
* “Just keep swimming!” Dory, Finding Nemo
* “Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.” -Tyler Durden, Fight Club

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I am saving for…

*A summer family road trip to Yellowstone National Park
*Backyard landscaping supplies [new privacy fence, patio stones]
*A light fixture for the kitchen [no more boob lights!]
*Eliza’s France trip
*The “In case of emergency” fund

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Unfinished projects I want to complete this year

*Roof leak + exposed brick + drywall repair in my office
*Painting first floor rooms
*Replacing grout throughout the house
*#megandoes52projects
*#megandoes52recipes

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Before bed tonight, I will…

*Go on a hot date [to Home Depot and Fric and Frac, lol]
*Carry in all of the home improvement supplies we bought
*Enjoy the quiet of no kids in the house
*Brush my teeth
*Take medicine
*Snuggle up
*Read while Jake plays Far Cry 5
*Go to bed pretty early

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This Time Last Year(s) | April Nerd Nest Challenge

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The April Nerd Nest Challenge is This Time Last Year(s).

Do you have any memory keeping you’d like to do about last April or Aprils past? What is your favorite thing about this month? Is there something you are looking forward to? You can also look backwards and use your anticipation as a way to fill in gaps in your past albums!

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For my take on the challenge, I’m sharing a layout about Jake and Eliza at Take Your Child to Work Day.

Eliza gets so excited about this every year (Jake even skipped out on traveling with me last year because it’s such a big deal to her) and they love getting to spend this time together.

Talk of this year’s event has started up, so it’s a great time for me to make projects with the past memories of these events that haven’t made their way into the books yet!

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This year will be the first time Jonas is old enough to join in the fun too!

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What were you up to this time last year?

I want to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!

100 Days of Project Progress

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The official The 100 Day Project starts next week on April 3 and I’m playing along! If you don’t know about the 100 Day Project, click that link and see what the founders have to say.

There are also some great podcast episodes to get your wheels turning:

Last year, I started a 100 days of poetry project on my own, but ended up hitting the pause button halfway through to do 100 Days of Memory Keeping along with The Scrap Gals community. That was an amazing experience and I got so much done in those 100 days. Choosing something loose worked really well for me: most anything beyond the sort of documenting I do daily anyway (like taking pictures) counted. This meant that I could print a few photos, make five layouts, or write out some long journaling (which is what I did while out of town). This got me in a great flow and helped me to make progress when I didn’t have a lot of spare time.

Right now, what I really want to accomplish is a whirlwind of home improvement projects. This is a little hard to do during the weekday right now with small children in my care during the day and a complete loss of energy by the time my kids are in bed at night, but I love that the mindset of doing something everyday will help me to do more during the week so I’m all prepped and ready to go when I have larger chunks of time on the weekends.

I decided to go with a more general “projects” rather than specifically home improvement so that I can count projects that travel well, like knitting, while out of town. This will also allow me to take a fun crafty project breather day as a reward when I cross a big home improvement thing off of the list. Finished building an attic closet? Go make a pillow cover Megan, you deserve it.

But mostly I’m wanting this to be about home improvement. I might scrape out old grout for 10 minutes a day during the week so I can add in new grout on a Saturday. I might clean out and organize what’s in a piece of furniture on Wednesday so I can move it to a new location in the house Sunday. Maybe a little bit of yard debris cleaning on Thursday will result in a Friday night fence building party. And I’ll be sharing what I’m doing as I go on Instagram with the hashtag #nerdnest100days.

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I’m also technically doing two 100 Day Projects. My friend Kristin of The Awesome Ladies Project is hosting 100 Days of all About Me and I’m excited to play along with that as well! I’m planning on just jotting memory keeping ideas based on the prompts in my 100 Days of All About Me workbook daily, then I’ll batch the actual projects at a later time. I might be making some of them during the challenge, but because I’m planning on layouts and pocket pages with longer stories for a lot of them, I definitely won’t be making all 100 over the next few months.

I’ll be sharing with the #100DaysofAllAboutMe community hashtag on my Instagram and in the guided community as well.

Are you participating in the 100 Day Project? What’s your plan?

February Reads

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Here are the books I read in February 2018:

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An American Marriage (2018) by Tayari Jones

A young black couple faces unforeseen strains on their new marriage.

This was my Book of the Month pick for February and it was fantastic. I loved that it switched between characters’ perspectives—changing the reader’s perspective as well—and challenges ethical mores.

I like going into books not knowing much, so I don’t want to give spoilers. Most of the blurbs I’ve seen for this book tell you it’s main concerns, but I thought the author did a beautiful job misdirecting in the beginning, so I don’t want to take away from that. It’s so good and goes deep into problems disproportionately affecting black American families.

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare (2017) by Gabourey Sidibe

Memoir by Oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe.

This book was hilarious, even as it was heartbreaking. I absolutely loved Gabourey Sidibe’s voice and sharp wit. She covers her difficult childhood, her struggles with depression, and she claps back at the racists and fat shamers. She does a wonderful job calling out other’s assumptions. I also found the details her path to becoming an actress fascinating.

I picked this one up as a Book of the Month extra on recommendation from a friend in my IRL book club.

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (1959) by Langston Hughes

A collection of poems chosen by the author, spanning his entire career.

I’ve always loved reading Hughes’s poems in school or in anthologies, but didn’t have any of his collections. Eliza memorized a few of his poems for her English class, so I was encouraged to start with this book with selections over the course of his work so I can pick which books of poetry to read from there. Some of them are light and funny, but the ones that center on racism are so powerful. Starting on his memoir now.

The Big Sea: An Autobiography (American Century Series) (1940) by Langston Hughes

The first of Langston Hughes’s two autobiographies.

The extent of his travel was really fascinating: growing up in the Midwest, staying with his dad on a ranch in Mexico, his time working on a ship and going to African ports, working in restaurants in Paris, getting stranded in Italy, going to a HBU in DC, and working during the Harlem Renaissance.

I loved his prose, his observations on race and respectability politics, the backstory on some of his poems, and his descriptions of people in these places, but the treatment of women and girls in many of these places was very disturbing. Trigger warnings.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017) by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Eddo-Lodge examines structural racism in British society and shares about the emotional exhaustion that comes from white people denying black people’s experiences with racism.

The book is an excellent introduction to white privilege. I highly recommend it even if you are familiar with these topics, as it gives great tools for anti-racism tough conversations.

I appreciated reading an overview of the history of racial injustice in Britain (I have only read about the US and a bit about the rest of the Americas).

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics (2016) by Jason Porath

An animator had a game going with colleagues where they’d come up with women from history and myths who would be the least likely to get the animated princess treatment. Then he rolled with it with stories about them, including animated princes style illustrations.

The author had a great sense of humor and did an excellent job not whitewashing these stories and including ambiguity when needed. I love that these include trigger warnings and maturity ratings, so Eliza (12) can choose what stories she’s ready for. It’s a great introduction to these stories and I’ll be digging into the book’s bibliography to learn more. This was a Galentines gift from my friend Emily and it was an excellent one.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, The End (2004, 2005, 2006) by Lemony Snicket; illustrated by Brett Helquist

I’m glad to have finished up with this series! I found it delightful.

I also finished reading The Knight’s Code: A Training Guide (LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS) (2016) by John Derevlany to Jonas, which he picked out at a book fair.

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You can follow along with what I’m reading weekly on my Instagram with the hashtag #weeklyreadsfriday.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Make sure to put a big SPOILERS warning in your comment to warn others if you have ‘em.

Reading anything good lately?

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30 Days of Lists March 2018 | Lists 11-20

I’m having a great time playing along with this March’s 30 Days of Lists!

Here’s my second batch of lists for March 2018:

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Things to do every weekend

*Brunch
*Dance class for Ava, me, + Eliza
*Visit family / friends
*Home improvement projects
*Sleep in
*Go on mini adventures
*Read
*Get outside

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___ is my cardio

*Chasing kids
*Carrying kids
*Picking up after kids
*Kneading dough
*Mopping
*Gardening
*Home improvement
*Sometimes actually exercising

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Things I believed as a child

*Dinosaurs are the coolest thing on the planet
*And obviously I’d grow up to be a paleontologist
*Or a vampire
*Poppy knows absolutely everything
*Recess sucks
*So does summer [I really liked school]

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Home is where…

*My books are
*My family lives
*I’m most comfortable
*The good cookin’ happens
*Everything breaks and I have to fix it
*All of the fun happens
*We make wonderful memories [and then I document them]
*Did I mention the library?

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Things I learned recently

*There are dinosaur fossil discovery areas in both Kansas and Missouri
*I should be really scared of a giant stinkbug invasion within the next few years
*A lot of things about cockroaches
*The hutch will fit in one other place in the house other than the breakfast room: Jonas’s room

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Every time I go to the hardware store, I buy…

*Supplies for the next home improvement project
*A new plant baby
*Some cool cleaning supply
*Something for the pets
*Soil or gravel or mulch for the gardening projects

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My freezer essentals

*Frozen peas
*Blueberries
*Ground beef
*Popsicles
*Leftovers
*Ice cream
*Frozen pizza [back-up dinner plan]
*A few fun kid lunch things [like TJ’s frozen mac and cheese]

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At the end of a long day, all I want is…

*Reading time with the kids
*A quiet bubble bath
*A good book before bed
*A back massage + snuggle time with jake
*An early bedtime

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The best parts of Spring

*Getting to do all of the fun outdoors things again
*More sunlight
*Green!!!
*Having to find less stuff before we can leave the house [Bye, coats! Bye, gloves!]
*Longer walks
*Open windows

*My list for #18 is on the private 30 Days of Lists blog.

Are you listing this round? Leave a comment with where I can find your lists–I’d love to see your take!

Frame It | March Nerd Nest Challenge

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The March Nerd Nest Challenge is to Frame it.

Adding a frame to your project is a great way to make an impact and put the focus where you want it to be. You can frame your photos, your journaling, your title or your whole project!

It can also be a great way to use up small embellishments or paper scraps. You can use a pre-made frame embellishment and size your focal point to fit inside, you can cut patterned paper or cardstock down to make a rectangular frame, or you can add lots of little bits around your focal point!

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For my take on the challenge, I used layers of frames: I framed my photo collage in a white border when I printed it, I mounted my collage on a blue patterned paper frame, then added lots of embellishments under and around the frame to finish if off.

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I spaced out similar embellishments around the frame to bring balance.

Using an odd number, like the five stars on my project, is always a good rule to use if you aren’t going for a perfectly symmetrical look.

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Ali Edwards’s Build Story Kit was perfect for telling this story about Eliza’s First Lego League Robotics competition. Try to think outside of the box with themed projects!

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I really love the framed look for this page. I’m excited to see what kind of frame you make!

I want to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!