The Picture Game

D has been a slow talker so I am always looking for fun  new ways to help him learn new words and grow his vocabulary. I decided to make a picture game.

I gather various clip art of letters, number, fruit, vegetables  animals, clothes, furniture.. just about everything and anything I could think of.. and printed them out.

I cut them out and backed them with some cardboard to make them more sturdy. Instead of going out and buying cardboard I simply recycled cereal boxes, tissues boxes, waffle boxes etc. Sweet M even surprised me with a box or two he brought home from work. Oh so romantic we are. 

And so the games begin.. these are just a few of them.. I have almost 100 so we work.. i mean play in batches. I know not all of them are the same size and shape.. but I wasn't going with perfection.. I didn't want to be in a situation when I put in so much time and he decided he doesn't want to play with them.. or spills something on them.. or looses them.. the important thing is the learning. 

 Look at him thinking.. 

and we have a winner!

I can continue to add new pictures.. and when we start to practice reading I can write the words on the pictures or even on their backs and make a new game. 

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Chai. Tea.

I was about 15-16 years old when I started drinking tea.. once a day.. usually in the evenings.. and though I have switched to coffee..mainly because whatever I do it just doesn't taste the same, plus it reminds me too much of home, friends and family. So now we drink it only when in the company of freinds or family. Tea back home is called chai and it has nothing to do with chai tea (which actually doesn't make sense because chai and tea mean the same thing.. so you're just drinking tea tea.. or chai chai). Unlike tea, chai is made with a strong black tea that is cured in a special way creating tea granules instead of leaves. It is inexpensive. The method of preparation (this I did not know) is also different. In a kettle you take water, tea and sugar and simmer to a boil until a rich aroma engulfs the room and the water becomes dark. Then milk is added and the mixture is once again brought to a boil. It is then strained into cups. (methods may slightly vary)

This Christmas a colleague gifted M Chinese teas.  And a few weeks ago I decided to make some tea..

I knew that the preparation of Chinese tea differed from Chai.. so I Googled it. There was mention of steeping (which I also had to Google) Times varied for different types of teas, the one I was experimenting with was Dahongpao.

So I placed some leaves in my cups, boiled water, poured water, covered with a plate and let steep. 

I scooped out the leaves and this is what remained.. weak, warm water. I tried a second time and steeped longer but it didn't make too much of a difference. Plus what was supposed to be a relaxing thing.. turned into so much work.

So to all the tea drinkers out there... what did I do wrong? How do I fix it? What is it supposed to taste like?  I have two tins full of tea and I don't know what to do with them. Suggestions?

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So This is Spring?

Cause it sure doesn't feel like it.. we got snow, rain and wind chill and then sun shinning through my window may try to fool me but when I go outside I know without a doubt that this is so not spring! So this is my way of sending Mother Nature the memo..

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Veronica Mars: The Movie!

In case you haven't heard... they did it.. Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell raised over 2 million dollars in just one day via Kickstarter campaign to show to the networks how many people still cared about the show even after a little less than 10 years of it's first airing. And now they are making the movie!

This show had it all.. romance, tragedy, teen angst, drama, mystery, danger, hot actors, great dialogue, a long list of guest stars.. some already big and some on their way to making it big. And I know I already said great dialogue but it really did, full of pop culture references and witty, sassy snark! It also dealt with issues of date rape, teen pregnancy, the over privileged, gangs, sex tapes and everything in between.

Unfortunately it suffered something so many teen shows face and very few overcome. Graduation. These shows strive in there high school environment and when it come time to grow up and move on it is difficult to keep everyone in the same town, college etc.

Van Clemmons: Mr. Echolls, I was wondering if I could have a word? 
Logan: Anthropomorphic. All yours, big guy.

Logan: [about Veronica's car] Nice car. That must have been a *huge* cereal box. 

Veronica: Look at you, all helpful. 
Logan: Hey, your peskiness being unleashed on Conner brings me joy. Annoy, tiny blonde one, annoy like the wind! 

Veronica: Well, actually, despite popular opinion you really can't beat the truth out of someone. 

and my favorite.. 

Veronica: So what are you like now? 
Logan: You know, tortured... ever since I got my heart broken. 
Veronica: Hannah really did a number on you, huh? 
Logan: Come on, you know I'm not talking about Hannah. I thought our story was epic, you know, you and me. 
Veronica: Epic how? 
Logan: Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed. EPIC. But summer's almost here, and we won't see each other at all. And then you leave town... and then it's over. 
Veronica: Logan... 
Logan: I'm sorry about last summer. You know, if I could do it over... 
Veronica: Come on. Ruined lives? Bloodshed? You really think a relationship should be that hard? 
Logan: No one writes songs about the ones that come easy.

with Mike Doughty's I Hear The Bells playing in the background.

Have you seen Veronica Mars? Loved it or Hated it? Please don't say hated it. If you haven't seen it you have a year to catch up.. don't worry there are only three season and you'll love it! The movie is set to come out early 2014. Can't Wait! and it better kick ass.

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Our Trip to the Circus

Pictures do no justice to the awesomeness we saw, it was perfect. D's mouth hung open, eyes wide is awe; at other times he was jumping up and down dancing to the music. I think I spent more time watching him than the actual performers. Pure joy.

It was almost a 3 hour show.. 13 tigers, 8 elephants (who i noticed are comfortable taking a dump while they perform) 8 horses, a few bunnys and poodles.. so many poodles (they were surprisingly one of my favorites) Gone are the days of beer bellied clowns, everyone was young and fit, most performances were dance centric.

There were acrobats, tightrope artists, trampoline artists (one of my favorite performances) and the incredible spinning rings performance.. wow.

Such an amazing experience.. 

p.s thank you for all your wonderful comforting words on my last post. I am feeling so much better now. :)

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Sick Day

Sick day.. more like week.. I have just been miserable.. and finally on the brink of recovery.. so till then

and if you haven't already don't forget to enter my Kidz Can Design Giveaway. It ends tonight.

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Giveaway: Kidz Can Design (CLOSED)

I was recently contacted by Kidz Can Design wanting to take one of D's drawings and create a pendant of it for me. I was thrilled by the idea. We got our markers and paper ready. Most of you already know and have seen D's art work framed and hanging on our walls.. but being able to wear it too.. the idea was ingenious. 

We sent them

 and in I return received : )

and now they are giving you, one of my readers the chance to turn one of your child's creations into a pendant of your very own.. and that's not all. Use the code 'HENA' to get 35% off your order plus Free Shipping for US residents.


To Enter:
- Comment with your email address so I can contact you when you win :)
- Visit Kidz Can Design's Facebook page and give it a Like.
- Follow my blog via GFC or Bloglovin'

It's as simple as that!

Extra Entry
- Get an Extra Entry by Tweeting about this Giveaway and leave a separate comment telling me you did it

You have until March 11th to enter. Giveaway open to everyone.


WINNER: Kimberly (Pumpkin Delight)

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