- Created on 15 November 2013
What will your kids do on Winter Break? Hopefully they’ll do a little more than sit around and sulk and complain that they’re bored like most kids typically do. So during Winter break, break-out some cool activities that will not only keep them occupied but these cool activities will earn you some cool points as the most creative mom and dad ever! Check these out!
Jr MasterChef Competition – in your Kitchen
My kids have truly been inspired watching Chef Gordon Ramsey mentor schoolage kids while they whip up amazing dishes for the show Junior MasterChef. Well, it would really be cool to have your kids compete against each other making some dishes of their own. Whether it be crafting whimsical and fun cookie creations from the website Spoonful.com or re-creating the best Bento Box creations, your kids will get a kick out of getting messy with mom! Even show your kids a cooking book and have them pick recipes they’d like to cook up with your assistance, of course. And just think of the science and math lessons that go hand-in-hand with these cooking lessons.
I literally have thousands of pictures in envelopes and I keep telling myself that I will one day organize them and make scrapbooks. But even better, I’ll let my kids do it! Scrapbooking is a fun activity that can literally last for hours. Give your kids various baby pictures of themselves, grab a scrapbooking kit online at Yoyo.com or Walmart and let them add funny phrases and be as creative as they want putting their own baby picture book together. Add on various pictures of them at different ages over the years, and they can even create a book that’s a timeline of their little lives!
No kids I know want to sit indoors during their winter break. Outside is where the action is. So help your kids make it a true adventure!
- Created on 08 November 2013
If you really want to help your child impress their teacher, then forget about bringing an old apple to school. That is unless you plan to slice that apple open, throw some lemon juice on it to bind it with oxygen and prove that there are sure-fire scientific ways to keep that apple from turning brown. That experiment will likely earn your child an A and will wow your child’s teacher by proving that there are plenty of easy at-home science experiment ideas your child can do to enhance their knowledge of science and make the subject fun and mentally easy to digest. Check out these engaging science experiments that will put your child at the head of the science class.
1. Turn Heavy Cream into Butter – Turning cream into butter is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Literally. Take an empty plastic water bottle, and fill it halfway with heavy cream (you can purchase it from the dairy section of any grocery store). Close the bottle tight and then grab your kids and have them shake the bottle as fast while counting! Count anywhere between 60 to 120 seconds while shaking the bottle vigorously. And voila when done that whipped cream will have been whipped into smooth creamy butter that’s ready for baking! Cut the plastic bottle and taste for yourself!
2. Make an Egg Float in Salt Water – Humpty Dumpty might have had a great fall but if he had the right ingredients he could have floated and not fallen. So prove it! An egg sinks to the bottom if you drop it into a glass of ordinary drinking water right? But what happens if you add some salt? This is a great lesson about density and the results are very interesting and can teach your child some fun facts about density. You’ll need an egg, water, salt and a tall drinking glass. Instructions: Pour water into the glass until it is about half full. Stir in lots of salt (about 6 tablespoons). Carefully pour in plain water until the glass is nearly full (be careful to not disturb or mix the salty water with the plain water). Gently lower the egg into the water and watch what happens.
- Created on 25 October 2013
Kareem Gibbs (pictured), is an 18-year-old high school student who is considered to be charming, always upbeat and rarely seen without a smile on his face. The youth would make anyone think he didn’t have a care in the world, but behind Gibbs’ sunny disposition is a sad reality — he has a rare form of cancer and has only months to live. Yet, despite his gloomy forecast, Gibbs is upbeat and excited about being nominated for homecoming king at the Texas high school he attends in Keller-Central, reports My Fox 4.
A coach at Keller-Central contacted a local radio station, K-104, and explained how Gibbs had a rare form of cancer. The teen was invited to the station’s popular morning show, and in usual form, charmed not only the hosts of the program but the listeners as well. ”I try to stay as positive as I possibly can and try not to think of it too much and that’s really what gets me through the day,” he revealed on the air.
Gibbs was diagnosed with Undifferentiated Sarcoma at age 11. The first sign of the cancer began on his hip, appearing as a football-sized lump. The cancer has since spread to his lungs and now his heart.
Since his diagnosis, Gibbs has undergone a myriad of treatments and is now involved in a clinical trial, in which he has to travel to Atlanta once a week.
Now to say that Gibbs’ road has been a rocky one is an understatement, yet despite it all, he is a trooper with an infectious positive demeanor. “Kareem is the sunshine in our family. It’s not a party until Kareem shows up and sometimes its a party just because he showed up,” Rakiya Muhammed, Kareem’s mother, told My Fox 4.
The morning crew at the radio station were so taken by Gibbs that they gave him tickets to a Drake concert, passes to Six Flags and a Wal-Mart gift card.
Now it’s onward and upward for Gibbs, who can’t wait for the festivities that will take place at his school’s homecoming dance Friday night and is there no doubt he will reign supreme!
Gibbs, News One wishes you well!
- Created on 11 October 2013
If you've ever tried to find a black doll at your local toy store, you may have noticed they usually come with tamed, straightened hairstyles. But one California mom, fed-up with that status quo, started a business making dolls with a fabulously diverse spectrum of natural hairdos -- and her products are proving to be pretty popular.
Karen Byrd, founder of Natural Girls United, customizes dolls to give them natural hairstyles not typically seen on those sold in stores. As a child, Byrd remembers wondering why she didn't resemble her straight-haired, white dolls.
"I had dolls that were gorgeous, but they didn't look like me. When I looked in the mirror, I would be confused -- like, am I beautiful?" Byrd told The Huffington Post.
While toy shopping for two of her daughters, now 14 and 12, Byrd was stunned to discover the same lack of diversity in contemporary toy stores. It was time to do something about it; she started her own business in 2011.
Byrd, whose company was recently featured on StyleBlazer, takes straight-haired dolls of different skin shades and customizes them with ornate handmade hairstyles. Each style takes up to three days to craft, though she won't reveal anything more about the process behind the painstakingly detailed 'dos.
Due to high customer demand, Byrd's current stock of dolls is almost sold out, and she's working hard to satisfy a 51-person-long waiting list. She has plans to hire more employees to provide for a customer base that has expanded to the United Kingdom, Africa, and Australia.
"People are excited that the dolls look like themor their children or the people in their community," she told HuffPost. "It makes them feel good about themselves."
Her three most popular dolls at the moment are: