December 2011

More Ways to Keep the Kids Busy

by Ivory Soap DIY

Pill (mint) cutting:  Dollar Store trays, pill containers, and pill cutters make breath mints REALLY fun. Sockets:  Raiding Dad’s socket set keeps kids busy stacking, grading, and lacing. Magnets:  Is it magnetic or not?  Who knew your junk drawer was full of such excitement.  Just grab another handful of junk and the activity remakes itself. […]

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Pinterest: Garden Projects That Will Never Happen

by Ivory Soap Garden

I don’t know if it’s the barren backyard or just the fact that I know I don’t have the commitment to maintain anything that lives for more than a few months, but I’m drooling over these (Click pics for original articles): *sigh* Wow… HOLY CRAP! Well, I clearly have a vertical theme going on.  But, […]

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Please, Tell Us Your Thoughts…

by Ivory Soap Z

Please let us know what brings you to visit most often so we can tailor our posts to our readers. Online Surveys

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More DIY Practical Life Centers

by Ivory Soap DIY

The Practical Life Centers are a favorite in my house, and take so little to set them up.  So, here’s some more! 1.  Beating Bubbles:  Pictured above is a little 2 1/2 year old that came to visit and LOVED this activity.  Funny, since it’s a favorite of my nine-year-old as well. 2.  Hammering Nails: […]

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DIY Montessori-ish Material

by Ivory Soap DIY

Montessori Schools are famous for using hands-on centers to help the children learn.  Many of the centers I set up for my kids are thieved from Montessori, but since these materials can get really pricey, I sometimes make my own. 1.  DIY Baric Jars:  (Above)  In Montessori schools, these are usually tablets.  The children weigh […]

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DIY Practical Life Kids’ Centers

by Ivory Soap DIY

For those of you who have to keep your kids busy this week and are looking for activities that will also be somewhat educational, here’s a few “Practical Life” centers from my new baby blog  Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs. 1.  Carrot Cutting and Egg Cracking:  (Shown above) Just make sure you’re having a frittata […]

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DIY Kids’ Activity Centers

by Ivory Soap DIY

While TL has been here being awesome, I’ve been pouring my energy into homeschool.  And while it’s never really fit our niche over here, I have been DIY-ing my lil’ buns off.  So, I started a sub-blog for all that creativity. Here’s some of my favorite projects from the past few weeks:  MAJOR Activity Center:  (Pictured above) […]

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Soap and Water? Surely not!

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

“Surely not!” This is what I thought when I heard TL say that if she wanted her kitchen floor to stay clean she had to get down on it with a scrub brush every week or so.  With soap and water?  Hot water, even.  And the baseboards?  Every other month. Surely not! Then, when I […]

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Homeschool Day 12/2011

by Ivory Soap Simplify

Back in the day when I first started, homeschooling took a lot of time and involved a lot of books.  Then, after my fourth was born, I chose a classical, streamlined method.  It took almost no time, comparatively.  Good thing, since I was nursing like it was my job.   Now that the baby is done with […]

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Making a Luffa Sponge

by Daisy Crafts

This year was a first for many things in the garden.  Probably the most dramatic new addition was the luffa gourds. They got off to a bad start.  Soon after sprouting, they disappeared entirely one night.  Chipmunks?  Alien abduction? So I planted more.  They soon sprouted and whatever got them the first time decided to […]

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Simple Mom Train Trip Giveaway!

by Ivory Soap Z

Hurry over to Simple Mom to win one of ten signed copies of my new book Train Trip.  It’s only a one day giveaway!    

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Wild Flavors Giveaway

by Daisy Reviews

  I’m ashamed to admit this, but sometimes it takes someone else, someone else who is cool, to say something is cool before I start thinking of it that way. Take mustard greens.  Lowly, southern USA comfort food.  Plain ol’ mustard greens, not the fancy Japanese tender salad green variety, but the kind of no-name […]

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Preserved Lemons

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

  Preserved lemons add a clear lemon flavor to all kinds of dishes, from tagines to couscous to stewed chicken or fish.  They aren’t difficult at all to make, and they can add a touch of exotic flavor to everyday dinners. To make it easy on myself, I start with a 2 lb bag of […]

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