Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
You'll need to broaden your Aussie vocabulary to interact with Bindi- here are some of Kobold's favorite Aussie terms:
Bonzer! - Great
Dinkie-Di- Genuine, honest
Greenie - Environmentalist
Hooroo - Goodbye
Stickybeak - Nosy Person
Wog- An illness, like the flu
If your child is a fan of the Never Never and is in need of a new cobber (friend), Bindi is the perfect addition. Also, consider Bindi's outback animal collections.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Kobold is a fan of the ZipBin from Neat-Oh! ZipBins are a line of attractively designed, transportable and collapsible interactive storage products that unzip to become activity or play surfaces, and then zip back up to storage bin form. Click here to view a product demo video!
THESE ARE TERRIFIC! At Kobold Toys, you can find a ZipBin in the shape of an airport, racetrack, horse stable, train depot and fairy castle. Kobold's favorites include:
ZipBin Street Racer
ZipBin® Shape Airport looks like and is shaped like an airplane hangar. It’s the perfect way to store and carry your planes, helicopters and airport vehicles. It opens to reveal an operating airport with runway, control tower, heliport and hanger. Now it’s the perfect place to play with those toys. Airport includes a 3 inch die cast propeller-driven plane!
ZipBin Fairy Castle
The Fairy Castle bin's attractive, colorful exterior looks great in your child's room. When the bin is unzipped, it becomes a play mat! This activity center is perfect for dolls, ponies and other animals. Fantasy play is encouraged with a sparkling castle, a magic forest, an enchanted waterfall and shimmering ponds. This Playset includes two fairy dolls.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In honor of Earth day, we thought we would share some ideas and resources to help you communicate the importance of eco-friendliness to your children.
In addition to Frog Awareness Month, April is also National Garden Month! As I have mentioned in a previous blog, my daughter loves the family garden she started with my father. One resource we use is KidsGardening.org. This month's "Family Room" provides parents with a garden primer- whether you want to tackle the windowsill box or a veggie garden- this non-threatening guide will help. We are even considering creating a worm bin this spring!
* Four sealable plastic bags
* Motor Oil
* 4 hard boiled eggs
Label the bags A B C and D. Fill each with ½ cup water and ½ cup motor oil. You can use vegetable oil with a few drops of food coloring as a substitute. Place one egg in each bag. Remove the egg from bag A after 15 minutes, from bag B after 30 minutes, from bag C after one hour and from bag D after two hours. Carefully remove the shell from each hard boiled egg. Those that stay in the oil polluted water the longest will show the most damage.
Source: No-Sweat Science: Nature Experiments by Anthony D. Fredericks (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. , 2005.
Kobold Toys believes strongly in promoting environmentalism and conservation. We hope that some of our ideas and resources will help you and your child have fun learning.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Pick your favorite theme and I'll set up the studio to do just that kind of shooting all weekend long:
Girls-night-in (boudoir session) what's boudoir photography?
Me, myself and I (portrait)
Mommy and me! (family portrait)
Little ones (kids only)
Poll is located @ the top-right hand side of my blog:
My personal choice --->I wish I could put together a really fun group of ladies to do a very tasteful boudoir session.
Open house details
- Where? My home-studio, SW Ranches FL 33331
- When? May 2nd and 3rd, 2009
- How much? $45.00 / 20 min. session (1 person) - $100.00 / 1 hour (up to 4 people, group or family session)
CD with final images included.
- Why? Cause' everybody loves pictures of themselves so... what's better than doing it with me @ the comfort of my place with all the pro lighting and gear? You tell me :)
- More questions? email@example.com
Poll ends April 26, 2009. Feel free to forward this post to your friends and family. Results will be posted Monday April 27, 2009.
I will start taking appts. April 27th.
More info & photos coming soon... promise.
"Special shout-out to Tom and Jeff. Thx guys for your hard work!!!" - Rosie
Monday, April 20, 2009
And maybe, just maybe, the scientist will be rescued by a brilliant and bold shark diver or whale watcher during his adventure. And maybe, just maybe, they'll fall in love and have a beautiful church wedding off the coast of Italy. And maybe, just maybe, on their honeymoon, a whale will eat the scientist, and the whale watcher will pursue the naughty whale for the rest of her days. Or maybe, just maybe, they'll sail off into the sunset and live happily ever after! I'll ask my daughter and get back to you.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
It's BabyLegs Season! BabyLegs are the perfect way to take the chill off, layer under shorts, tees or with a onseie for an adorable way to keep your little ones warm on these chilly spring days. One size fits most- BabyLegs are for babies, toddlers and young childern.They also make diaper changes a breeze and are the perfect gift for new Moms!
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The book is not an “ABC” guide to growing a scientist. Some contributors attribute their path to genetic factors- a predisposition to love reading for example. In fact several of the essayists remark on their love of reading. Others point to the necessity of “rich opportunities to learn” provided by parents, travel and the great outdoors. The book does not provide you with a road map to making your child love science. What reading the book did for me was remind me of the thrill of discovery. My daughter loves learning, and we are fortunate to live in a city that provides plentiful and easy opportunities to learn about dinosaurs, space, animals, or whatever the topic du jour is. While she has learned valuable information on the museum tours, she learns the most roaming (with hair free, of course) across the earth. Her mind and spirit flourish when she is fishing with her grandfather, rescuing turtles, studying clounds or just wandering around outdoors. She prefers to learn through books and doing. In fact, my favorite memory from last summer involves her stomping along the beach with her net catching and picking up anything she could find (especially anything that the older boys on whom she was spying were brave enough to touch). It was magical to watch.
Last spring my father, "Papa Charlie," helped my daughter build a garden. We grew radishes, lettuce, basil, pumpkins and four kinds of tomatoes. We dug up worms. We picked a gazillion tomatoes. We were frustrated that the pumpkins would not stay alive and had to research ways to "save" them. In the fall, Papa brought a volcano kit to build with her. They worked on the volcano secretly for a day and then took it to her preschool to launch. Needless to say it was a big success….
We need to create opportuntities for our children to experience discovery first hand. Look for these moments- whether created by a museum event, a science kit or a tidal pool.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I believe music is an essential ingredient in raising a healthy and happy child and promoting self-discovery. Cognitive and early learning experts continue to provide indisputable evidence that exposure to music education provides long-term benefits. I enrolled both of my children in Kindermusik programs, and I believe first hand that this foundation has and will continue to be essential to their learning and development. Songs and lullabies communicate feelings and expose infants and toddlers to joy and love. Music has proven to impact memory and the development of crucial language skills. It helps children learn to listen actively. Music reinforces logical and perceptual ideas of beginning and ending and harmony and dissonance. It can be used to familiarize children with counting, colors, vocabulary, emotions, and the wonders of the world.
Our house is full of noise, and I prefer it to be music whether classical, rock, country, children’s classics or my daughter’s latest song creation. Instruments and musical books, CDs and DVDs are wonderful gifts for the children in your lives.
Kobold, our rascal goblin and toy connoisseur, loves to play with instruments. He especially likes the offerings from Tatiri, an Italian brand collection that emphasizes beautiful, attractive, lovely, colorful, young and dynamic items. The company has strict safety regulations with regard to materials and manufacturing so you can feel good about the safety of the instrument. PlanToys also has a wonderful collection of musical toys that are of course eco-friendly and fun.
I know all of our little pirates and cowboys and princesses may not gravitate towards an instrument- but remind them that pirates love a good sea shanty….cowboys play their banjos and violins on the prairie…and it is a royal mandate that princesses know how to play at least one instrument, so why not the recorder! ?
Rock It Out Mr. Bassoon Man!~ Ashley
Saturday, April 11, 2009
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Until that is sorted, you will just have to take my word for it that the cream is lovely. Really truly.
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