We survived my tween’s third dance season. Most studios’ culminating dance event of the year is the June Recital. Once the crazy sock bun, bobby pins, tights, feathers, hairspray, sequins, and red lipstick are put away you look around and have a tired dancer, and you have paid for beautiful, adorable and absolutely gorgeous costumes that only were worn a handful of times. And now, those expensive beauties will never be worn again.
For years I have been searching for ideas to celebrate this costly fluff, instead of shoving them into an ever-increasing tote that sits in the basement next to the old punch bowl. Here are my top ten ideas for what to do with old dance costumes:
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and we’re all asking ourselves what we’re going to get mom this year. And maybe your mom isn’t actually super techy, but she might want a few things in her life to make things flow better. I know everything on this list are things that I would want! (hint hint, Jason!)
A few months ago I was in line at the grocery store. I stood behind a woman with three children, two boys and a girl. They looked to be between the ages of 8 and 12. One of her sons was having a full-out meltdown. He did not want to walk. He did not want to get in the cart. He did not want to hold Mom’s hand. He just wanted to sit and rock in the aisle. He wanted to look at the little toys for sale on the rack. I was desperate to show this mom support, but I did nothing more than smile at her, and her children.
With all kinds of amazing projects on Kickstarter, it has made us here at Mammatech wonder about what sort of projects are currently on Kickstarter for kid’s toys. So I’ve spent hours and hours this past week getting sucked into the amazing things that everyday people have invented and are currently looking for funding. The following five recommendations are each a techy toy I would buy for my boys! Read more
Alternative home energy options are now within reach. Whether you are building a house or supplementing your local system, these choices could save you money. And they are renewable, to boot! Renewable energy is not longer something far off in the future. The time has come for serious consideration and implementation of these earth-friendly systems. Read more
Spring is upon us. Despite snow in March, I know the seasons are changing because my mailbox is chock full of gardening catalogs. For me this means dreaming and planning my gardens. Yes. Plural. In my yard I have a Zen garden, a vegetable garden, a cutting flower garden, a rose garden, a butterfly garden, a purple flowers only garden, and various other little spaces without a formal name, like the dark pit along the east side of the house where nothing grows except thorny blackberries.
I love gardening. I enjoy hiding in plain sight, tending to what my wife calls “dillydandums and whosiwhatsits.” I read books, search catalogs, chat with nearby growers, and wander around garden supply sites with lust in my heart. New garden technology makes me giddy. Here are a few of my favorite gardening techy tools (and links if available).
I just had a lengthy conversation with my Aunt Vicki about grocery shopping. Why would anyone want to talk to their 70 year old Aunt on the phone for 40 minutes about groceries? Because first off, she’s hilarious, and I may or may not have received some one my strange sense of humor from her, and second, it was one of the most interesting conversations I’ve had in a long time. Yes, about groceries.
Yes; you read that right. Cars that drive themselves. Cars not dependent on human intervention. Would they be safe? Would they be affordable? What about maintenance? Who gets blamed when they crash? Clearly there are many uncertainties blanketing this concept. But that’s not stopping auto engineers from designing and testing self-driving cars. The list of car makers currently creating self-driving cars totals 30. Look here to see it in full. Clearly many, if not most, see this as a worthy pursuit.
Hello fellow Mammas! I don’t know about you, but I am pretty excited about Halloween this year. My boys are 2 and 3 and are just really now getting what the Holidays are all about. Of course, with my 3 year old in preschool, he’s learning all kinds of fun (and not so fun) things about the holiday.
This is also the first year that I’m really aware of safety. But not just for our kids, but for our pets as well. After all, our pets are our kiddos as well!
Aside from the calendar, my teacher instincts are telling me that Halloween is fast approaching. Considering the influx of creepy clowns in the news, I decided to scour the Internet to create a cute, witty, clown-free costume guide. Here’s what I found! Read more