Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Macro Monday

I had fun playing with my macro lens. Today is supposed to be the last nice day for awhile here in central MN so I had to take advantage of it. Sometimes the prettiest shots are of Autumn flowers.


























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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Alternative Halloween Treats

Having a daughter that is eating gluten-free I was excited to see this list of gluten-free candy that Kierste of Simply+ Kiertse Blog put together. 

I've also been excited to find out about the teal pumpkin project:

"This Halloween, FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is encouraging communities to start a new tradition that will help make this holiday season less scary for children with food allergies: the Teal Pumpkin Project. This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness - to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available. 
The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all."

I think I will have both gluten-free candy and non-candy treats for the trick or treaters that come to my door. That way I hope to keep everyone happy! (including the grown-ups here who will put any left-over candy to good use ☺)


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

                                  Love to pick up these apples at the Farmer's Market.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Word Power for Babies


Jerry and I just got back from spending 5 days with our son and grandson. We helped watch little Jack while his mother was traveling for her job. We had so much fun seeing how much he has grown since we saw him in June. He amazed us with his growing vocabulary and the ability to recognize letters and numbers. (Jack is two.)

So it was really interesting for me to read an article in the October issue of Reader's Digest called "Word Power for Babies". The article stressed the importance of words--songs, nursery rhymes,books,chit chat and just everyday language. The article goes on to say that many low-income children are suffering from a lack of words. That in turn can be linked to poor school performance,difficulty learning to read and lower graduation rates. 

Conversely, a study done by researchers at Rice and Columbia University determined middle class and affluent children hear 30 more million words in their first three years than low income kids.That definitely is giving them a huge boost in learning!

Wow! I had not realized the importance of just talking to your baby/toddler. What we take for granted with Jack--reading books, singing songs,talking to him as we play is lacking in many families. The article does say that hearing words while watching tv or using an Ipad does not benefit children. It's not the same as interactive language with another person. 

The rest of the article tells about a program called the Parent-
Child Home Program (PCHP) in which literacy specialists make home visits to help parents and young children close the word gap. The Reader's Digest Foundation is awarding a $500,000 grant to PCHP to celebrate reading and improve literacy in children. 

To make a difference you can take a pledge to read to the children in your life. Then send a snapshot of yourself reading to your child/children to Reader's Digest. (You can find more details here.)
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

The Perfect Pose...
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Decorating For Halloween

Do you decorate for Halloween? I used to do quite a bit but now that my kids are grown and gone, not so much. I do still decorate inside my home with a few pumpkins, ghosts and other assorted Halloween figures. Outside just a few pumpkins. Nothing like Kevin Judd--4 singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods and thousands of lights later, this is what his house looks like… Fun!

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