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Mad Craft #12: Holiday Edition – How Not to Build A Gingerbread House #holidaycraft

I thought I’d learned from my mistakes last year, but alas it seems there were new mistakes to make this year. Step 1:   Decide not to buy a namby pamby … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mad Craft #11: Holiday Edition – Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments #holidaycraft

Happy Merry FestiHanuchristmakwanzyuleidays! I dug back in my Wayback manchine and pulled out a mad craft from 2008.    I still have the ornaments I kept and they look just as … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mad Craft #9: DIY Digit Manipulatives with Counting Angles

Are you cheap thrifty like moi?  Want math manipulatives, but can’t bring yourself to spend your bottle-return money on teaching cards you may only use for a few months?  Can’t … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mad Craft #8: An Angry Bird Fourth Birthday Party – DIY Hats, Banner, and Cake Topper

My son was adamant that he wanted an Angry Birds themed party.    Being a February baby means that a mid-winter birthday needs to be indoors so we normally don’t have … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #4: Time To Learn Katakana

Konnichiwa!    Yoroshika onegai shimasu. I haven’t made a whole lot of progress as far as my vocabulary.  However, I am happy to report that I am hearing a lot more … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #3: Training My Ear and Tongue

Konichiwa!    Genki desu ka? Genki desu. I spent four hours putting together a video just for you!   I can’t begin to explain how much of a pain it is to … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Musings #26: Help Me Identify This #Karuta Deck

Is there anyone out there who can read japanese and can identify these cards?    I know some hiragana, but obviously that doesn’t help when you are only at the … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mad Craft #7: Halloween Edition – Basic Budget Disney’s Inside Out Costumes

Halloween is my favorite holiday!   In the last few years I haven’t had the energy to go all out with the decorations or have a party, but I have embraced … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #2: I Can Read Hiragana!

Well, most of them.     The important thing is that the random strokes are beginning to form strokes that make sense!     I was wasting time on YouTube when a Japanese Children’s … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Language Acquisition #1: Making Sense of Squiggles and Foreign Sounds

You forget what a toddler world must feel like until you start trying to learn a language.     Know why toddlers cry and scream and throw tantrums so easily like they … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

What’s Up Doc #7: I Am Teaching Myself Japanese!

Hello everyone! I have something different for you today (because my blog needs to stay unfocused and haphazard just the way I like it)!       I have created a YouTube video … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Musings #24: Ten Simple Party Tips That Will Save Your Sanity and Your Budget

  10.   Nothing says party like the gift wrap aftermath.    Don’t be too hasty and throw out the tissue paper–especially the stuff that has a coating on it that keeps … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mad Craft #6: A Frozen Sixth Birthday Party – DIY Frozen Trolls (Part 4 – Tin Can Troll Bowling)

I bet you are wondering what I was going to do with those tin cans I had paper mache’d from the scraps from the mentioned Epic Snowflake Project and the … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mad Craft #6: A Frozen Sixth Birthday Party – DIY Olaf Pinata (Part 3- Do You Want to Build a Snowman?))

Welcome back friends!     Are you here hoping to hear a story of rainbows and puppies from a land where everything goes smoothly and exactly the way you want?     Sorry to … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mad Craft #6: A Frozen Sixth Birthday Party – DIY Olaf Pinata (Part 2 – Head and Face and Nose and Hook)

When we last left our craft (Part 1 – The Framework), we had the agony of waiting for things to dry in 200% humidity.   On Day 3 of the … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mad Craft #6: A Frozen Sixth Birthday Party – DIY Olaf Pinata (Part 1- The Framework)

It is that time of year again.  My daughter’s upcoming sixth birthday, a wonderland of Frozen, begins with the production of a pinata.     I vowed last year that I would … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

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