glow in the dark fun labThe hubbs took the whole week between Christmas and New Year’s off so we played A LOT. Playing with Dad around is always so much more fun.

At our house Dad is the one who usually does the science  experiments, etc. with the kids. I just don’t have enough extra energy…it’s a great thing for them to do together, they all enjoy it, so we all win!

We broke out the Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Lab from Scientific Explorer. We tried out another kit a while ago, the Mind Blowing Science kit that was awesome and I think we liked this one even better! 


There are 5 activities in the kit with all the instructions and supplies you’ll need for each. The projects are

  1. Make a self powered light
  2. Make your own glow stick
  3. Create a bubbling light wand
  4. Glow in the dark slime
  5. Make a glowing night sky

IMG_5099Our favorites were the glow stick and bubbling light wand but they were all so fun!


Each activity or project tells you exactly what to do in simple instructions that an independent reader could follow on his own. After the instructions there’s a “The Science Behind the Fun” section with some fun facts that we all found very interesting like information about static electricity, atoms, and zinc sulfide.


This is the bubbling light wand, made by combining just a few ingredients and voila! Magic! IMG_5108IMG_5110

We held it up to the light  for a good long time and then played in the dark.

IMG_5121Can you see our secret glow in the dark message???

My kids think science is just the coolest cause… it totally is. This kit has been such a fun way to learn and discover some cool science at home with our little family. Science rocks (and glows…)!



knitted hat stripes I am still knitting like crazy. It’s such a great winter pasttime, I’m totally loving it AND all my favorite new patterns, especially this Lucy hat.

The shop is called Fiddlestyx Studios and she makes this hat up in “girl” colors but I loved it for a boy hat with all the texture and randomness. Blues and greens are my favorite colors, if you’ve been around my blog for long you’ll know that… I can’t get outside my blue/green box.

This a great pattern for boy or girl and a great way to use up some small bits of leftover yarn. The pattern specifies sport weight yarn but I used worsted weight and a slightly smaller needle and it worked beautifully. The  fit is perfect and it’s such a fun hat with that cute pompom on the end!

kids knitted hat pattern

A silly boy loves a silly hat.

striped knitted snow winter hat patternWe spent a week at a cabin in the mountains between Christmas and New Year’s and this hat kept this boy’s ears nice and toasty warm.

fiddlestyx studios knitting hat patternsFiddleStyx is a great little shop with bunches of adorable patterns. These are some of my favorites – what are yours???




Knitted Diamond Weave Hat Pattern

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This is another adorable pattern from CreatiKnit – she is the creator of the Gnome Hat and tons of other beautiful knitted hats, mostly for women and children. This one is the Diamond Weave pattern and I LOVE the beautiful texture she creates in her patterns. This one is so adorable, easy, and fun to […]

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Knitted Gnome Hat Pattern

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I’ve been working on making up some of those adorable hat patterns I found on Etsy last week. The Gnome Hat was one of my first – it’s so easy and fast since it’s knitted with bulky yarn and large needles. I LOVE patterns like this – I knit the whole thing in an evening, […]

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*ROUND UP* 14 Favorite Hat Patterns

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Colder weather always makes me want to pull out my yarn, hooks, and needles. I go on the hunt almost every fall for new favorite hat patterns. I found 14 this season that I love and wanted to share with all of you! Here’s what we have from the top: Green Snake – KNIT – […]

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Radio Flyer’s 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways: *Day #7* BLAZE the Interactive Rocking Horse

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It’s officially time to panic about holiday shopping! With just over three weeks until Christmas day, time is running out but there are plenty of great deals still left to be had and nothing beats free. Radio Flyer is giving away a toy a day for 25 days – if you start now, that’s a […]

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*BOOKS OF THE WEEK* 2 Favorites

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We love children’s classics and have been reading one after another the last few months. We’ve been through Pinocchio, Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and a few others. Most recently we picked up Ian Fleming’s modern classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This anniversary edition is beautiful with thick glossy paper, fun illustrations, and a […]

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TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #9 & 10: Bohnanza & Dodge Dice

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9. Bohnanza We got this game for Christmas last year and have played it gobs of times since then. It’s made by Rio Grande and they usually come out with pretty fun games but sometimes they’re very long, complicated, and require so much strategy to ever have hope of winning. I love Bohnanza because it’s […]

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Easy Pre-Cooked Chicken

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I just got my box of Zaycon chicken last week – 40 pounds of chicken with no added hormones, additives, or artificial ingredients, fresh from the processor. I’ve used my chicken in lots of different ways: canned – I love having canned chicken on hand, but I still have plenty from the last time flash […]

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I just pulled out my box of hats cause BRRRRRRR! It’s been cold here! We switched from beautiful fall to frigid winter overnight. I hates cold weather, but cute hats save the day. I made this one last winter and it’s one of my favorite – Another great pattern from ShanaGalbraith! Remember her? She’s the […]

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