Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

A few years ago, I woke up one spring morning and felt like a weight had been lifted from my chest. I was suddenly infused with energy and excitement. It was only then that I realized I’d been depressed for months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common...
Tulips at Sherwood Gardens

Tulips at Sherwood Gardens

A few weeks ago* we visited Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore to see the famous spring tulip bloom. Sherwood Gardens is a open strip of land in a neighborhood of stately homes. Tens of thousands of tulips bloom each spring in a gorgeous display of color. The mixed color...
Spring Garden Play

Spring Garden Play

A few weeks ago* we visited an indoor garden and started seeing early signs of spring as we went outside. My daughter became very interested in the idea of a garden and wanted to create one of her own. We live in an apartment with no outdoor space, so I decided to set...
Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

We visited the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens to see the Spring flower display– Where the Wild Things Grow. It was our first time inside, though we had driven past many times on the way to the Maryland zoo. The conservatory is inside a gorgeous glass...
Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubbles

It was 10F when we went outside this morning. The weather was perfect for frozen bubbles! Actually even colder would have been better. I tried to get outside earlier, but for some reason people were sleepy and slow this morning (and I wasn’t! Ha!) Thanks to the...
Cool Science: Ice Melt Experiment

Cool Science: Ice Melt Experiment

Today I’m sharing a two-part experiment that we did to understand the relationship between ice and salt. This ice melt experiment is a wonderfully engaging way to explore some scientific concepts. We’ve been doing a lot of ice-related experiments lately....
Learning About Winter with Creative Play

Learning About Winter with Creative Play

We’ve been learning about winter this week. Our topics focused on what animals do in wintertime and what changes we notice as the season begins. We will also cover how the Earth’s orbit around the sun makes the seasons, but I’ll write about that...
Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms

Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms

We got the chance to go down to D.C. to see the Cherry Blossoms last weekend. It was gorgeous! After such a long winter, it was amazing to be able to be outside in the sunshine and see some stuff growing and blooming. The trees in Washington, D.C. were given to the...
Weekend Inspiration 12 :: Start Spring Cleaning

Weekend Inspiration 12 :: Start Spring Cleaning

  It’s the first day of Spring… aaaand we got snow and ice to celebrate. I feel like I’ve been waiting for spring for a month and it doesn’t seem any closer. So I figured I should start my spring cleaning now, and once the weather finally...
Weekend Inspiration 10 :: Get Ready for Spring

Weekend Inspiration 10 :: Get Ready for Spring

This weekend is my most looked-forward-to weekend in the whole year! Why? Time change! Spring forward! More light. It amazing how much that one extra hour of day effects me. Last year I remember it felt like a weight lifted from my shoulders. So this weekend, although...
Snow Art Prompt

Snow Art Prompt

I have a fun and quick post for you today! I wanted to share an idea for a snow art prompt. I really like the idea of prompts or provocations because it allows children to be really creative with the materials you give them. Since snow has been on our minds for the...
First Snow

First Snow

We got some real snow today! Granted, most of it didn’t stick. Though it came down for nearly the whole day, the ground temperature was a bit too warm for much accumulation. We did just a nice little dusting– maybe 1-2 inches. No doubt, this won’t be...
Playing with Snow

Playing with Snow

We had so much fun playing with snow this week! This was my first ‘themed’ week. Truthfully, it was a last-minute decision and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, or if I’d be able to post every day for a week! But it was a good challenge and...
Snowflake Symmetry

Snowflake Symmetry

Today I have a fun little activity using the beauty of snowflake symmetry to teach this important mathematical concept. Here’s what I used: One sheet of white paper Four 6.5 x 4.5″ cardstock sheets, the same color blue (You could obviously use any...
Children’s Books with Snow Settings

Children’s Books with Snow Settings

What’s cozier than getting all snuggled up and reading a good book? Here’s a list of our top children’s books with snow settings. Although we haven’t experienced much snow, picture books are a great way to introduce children to something new....
Lush Cosmetics Snowman FUN

Lush Cosmetics Snowman FUN

Have you tried LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics? The name alone should intrigue you. It’s an planet-conscience company with innovative, minimally processed products. I have tried several of their bath and beauty products for myself (and my sensitive skin) and...
Snow Memories

Snow Memories

Aside from the occasional dustings of snow we would get growing up in Houston, I’d never really experienced snowfall until I was a study-abroad student in Pamplona, Spain. I was sitting in class. Art History, I think. As I glanced out the window I noticed the...
Spring is in the Air… and on my car

Spring is in the Air… and on my car

I know it’s the 15th. I’m late with my set this month and I’m going to go ahead and use the ‘Pregnancy’ card as my excuse. Poor girl, already taking the blame. The truth is that Mama’s been feeling lazy. But I finally got my act...
Cozy, Cashmere Pants {DIY}

Cozy, Cashmere Pants {DIY}

A few months ago, I went over to my friend’s house for an afternoon of crafty fun. She had been experimenting with sewing things for her new baby (whose here now and totally awesome!)I’d been wanting to make Boo-Boo a pair of pants out some of my old...
Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Last week we went strawberry picking. I had never been to pick strawberries or anything else, really. I guess we should have gone a few weeks ago for the best berries, but these weren’t bad. Now I’ll know what to expect for next year. It was a little...

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