Skip to main content

Friday Links

a view of Deep Cove

I've been storing up good links for weeks and I have a slew of goodies for you today. These are all links that I was informed, inspired, awed, or excited by, and I hope you enjoy them just as much!


* Drone footage inside the largest cave in the world

*Read you way to a love of math book list for ages 4-12

*Hipster Business name generator: brilliant.

* This On Being episode with Maria Popova was probably the best podcast episode (and I listen to a lot) I've heard in the last month or two. Probably the best title for a job, "cartographer of meaning", Popova... "cross-pollinates — between philosophy and design, physics and poetry, the intellectual and the experiential." (taken from the website)

*Love Harry Potter? Confirmation that a spinoff is coming! And Eddie Redmayne is officially on board. #AllTheFeels

*Mental Floss is the best magazine out there, in my humble opinion. Here's a great list of the 16 Coolest Playgrounds all over the world. Sweet!

*I just discovered the violinist Lindsey Stirling and she's amazing. Within the first few measures, Lukka turned to me and said, "What is that music? I love it". Enough said.

*Got kids and/or fair skin? EWG's guide for the best sunscreens to use (i.e. no harsh chemicals and toxins). We've used California Baby for years and love it, though it can feel super thick at first.

*women photographed from all over the world (wow). Stunning.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

Subscription Boxes as Homeschool Curriculum

Ani painting her first diarama
The subscription service business sector is exploding the online retail market. You can now buy toys, pet products, clothing, stationary, beauty products, eco-cleaning supplies, and even organic snacks all in monthly packages with excellent branding. While print magazines are slowly fading away, a new type of subscription purchasing is taking place in droves--for those who are too busy or depleted to run one more errand (hand raised here), you can get a fun surprise on your doorstep for a decent price. These are excellent as curriculum because all the work of planning and gathering has been done for you! Now it's just up to the child to execute and enjoy the process. 
I have tried a few subscription services as either birthday gifts or a trial run for homeschooling, and let me tell you there are some awesome businesses going up! I want to highlight a few of them for you that can be used as homeschooling curriculum for elementary grade kids. With each…

What Takes Time

Our 17 footer, hitching a ride
Two weeks ago, we bought a canoe from Craigslist. It's nothing fancy. It's green, with mildew on the bottom from being unused, and it came with a solitary wooden oar. We'd been scouring craigslist with little luck under the $300 limit, and finally came across this one and joy of joys, they took $150 because they were putting everything in the moving truck the day we came. They didn't want it -- cash looks better than a canoe sitting by the curb. 
We'd squirreled away about $15 a month for the past year or so, just to put towards this little goal, and with a few life jackets, and 3 more oars to boot, we were out for our own little family adventure. The first time we took it out, we saw so much wild-life we couldn't believe it: a diving bird returning from his catch down under just a few feet from our boat, a Bald Eagle, and some sort of seal who popped up, stared at us, and promptly went back underwater. I didn't even know seal…