Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Zoe spent the summer learning all about reducing, reusing and recycling.  This fun little day camp happens in Ezra’s regular school – where a garden is situated on the roof.  Zoe got to join this year and grew vegetables, did her own garden designs, and met a lot of friends.  At the end of it all they had a ‘cafe night’ with pot luck and healthy foods from the garden, as well as a reading and performance by our little lady herself!  I’m so proud of her.



kids running the lemonade zone


Zoe and others made table decorations from recycled milk cartons



singing their hearts out!


and a reading by Zoe .. about how much her dad helps her : )

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Ezra is reading his 3D book on Monster Trucks, excited that he and a friend will go to the Monster Truck Jam this weekend. I worry about the noise, and his ears … but he is over the moon. And I’m looking forward to having an evening of tea party and princess movie watching with my main girl Zoe.

Enjoy the weekend everyone, and meanwhile here are some of our favorite things from perusing our favorite sites:

— This yummy brunch is making me yearn for warmer days.

Here’s a fun kid activity to do while indoors – some science with food coloring.

— The dry version of our food coloring project will be this – great powder photos!

— When stuck indoors, we love to make stuff out of cardboard boxes left in our recycle area. (Remember our halloween costume?) Here are some more great ideas of how to reuse your cardboard stash.

— Speaking of cardboard reuse, my kids consider this clever little guy to be a cardboard rockstar.

— We once made a dollhouse out of a UPS box. I confess, I’m nuts about dollhouses and I love when they are created out of something unexpected like this and this.

— Our neighbor from Just Arting Around created a fabric using her own fingerprints!

— A very cool sushi-themed birthday party.

— Mmmmmm some delicious takes on kale. Clearly our foodie neighbors are as home bound as we are, but they are eating well.

— Need some kosher stuffed potato skins for Superbowl Sunday?

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photo from seventytree blog

photo from the seventytree blog

Really could it get any colder? We are starting to go a little stir crazy indoors but honestly, it hurts to expose even a nose in this weather.

Some things to warm you:

— The perfect snowman. And some more here.

— If near a fireplace, start up the s’mores.

— Now that Zoe has had a tea party, I’m kinda craving one for big girls.

— And speaking of tea, check out these adorable tea cups.

— Stuck inside? My kids love to make a fort.

— This weekend is Tu Bishvat and we’ll be reading this book. I love the illustrations by Marc Simont.

— Speaking of trees, spare one and upcycle an old wood crib. What a great idea!

— How to do ‘little trees’ (as my kids call them) right… and quick!

— New thing I learned: Frost Flowers?

— Can you be up for this challenge of photographing your kids at least once a week? This underwater shot is the best.

— The prettiest dresses. I want them all!

— Getting excited about Valentine’s Day? I love this Valentine idea for kids.

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Ezra’s friend Lea has had a great experience at the Queens Botanical Garden‘s summer camp – and she showed us the fruits of all her labor (pun intended) one day before camp ended. Aside from getting to see the grounds with water ways and an onsite eco-friendly friendly building (complete with solar panels which thrilled Ezra) – we got a glimpse of some great gardening ideas like reusing old shoes as planters! And Lea’s teacher even took a moment to proudly show us the herbs and nearly ripe vegetables in the Children’s Garden. And as always Lea’s little sister Mia was thrilled to be around flowers, and teaching Zoe everything she knows about them.

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This fun movie prop shop use to be located in our fine borough of Queens – Long Island City to be exact. We visited when they were nearer to Silver Cup Studios a couple years ago and apparently they needed to move to Brooklyn for a larger space. What a great idea – their motto is this: “Film Biz Recycling (FBR) is a not-for-profit organization, creating socially responsible and sustainable solutions from media industry waste.” You may find an item here that appeared in an episode of The Sopranos or a movie — and you might even be able to buy it and take it to your own home. There are objects for rent that are so whacky – they may never have any use outside of a sci-fi film. Then there are also some objects that every movie set (or home) would need. The best part about stopping in is .. just generally reminiscing about all the little things that you may have had in your own past, and forgot about.

I'm ready for my close-up!

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