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July 30, 2015

It’s Friendship Day!

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 3:45 pm

The best kind of ship to is the friendship (get it?)!  Here are some great quotes about friendship: http://www.theholidayspot.com/friendship/quotes.htm

July 23, 2015

Make Your Own Vanilla Ice Cream!

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 11:08 am

It’s vanilla ice cream day.  Here’s a great recipe to make your own vanilla ice cream at home, with only 15 minutes of prep time (and about 3 hours of waiting time).   What are your favorite toppings for vanilla ice cream?



July 22, 2015

Libraries Are Great For Summer Learning Fun!

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 11:08 am

Did you know that local libraries offer up tons of free activities for the summer?  From reading times to arts and crafts, your local libraries have lots to do during the summer.  So contact your local library and find out what fun things are going on there! 

July 21, 2015

Benefits of a Bilngual Brain

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 10:56 am

Knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged. Watch this fascinating TED video about the benefits of the bilingual brain by Mia Nacamulli


July 20, 2015

It’s Space Exploration and Moon Day

Filed under: Zoodles Blog — Erin @ 2:37 pm

A great post written by Neil deGrasse Tyson to celebrate Moon Day (and space exploration)

At the request of the White House, I offer reflections on the attached image of our home, released today, July 20, 2015, forty-six years to the day after the first bootprints were left on the Moon.


Earth. Not mounted on a stand, with color-coded state and national boundaries, as schoolroom globes are prone to display. Instead, we see our world as only a cosmic perspective can provide: Blue Oceans — Dry Land — White Clouds — Polar Ice. A Sun-lit planet, teeming with life, framed in darkness.

In 1972, when NASA’s Apollo 17 astronauts first captured an entire hemisphere of our planet, we were treated to such a view. The Blue Marble, it was called. The Space Program’s unprecedented images of Earth compelled us all to think deeply about our dependence on nature and the fate of our civilization.

Of course, at the time, we had other distractions. Between 1968 and 1972, the United States would experience some of its most turbulent years in memory, simultaneously enduring a hot war in Southeast Asia, a Cold War with the Soviet Union, the Civil Rights Movement, campus unrest, and assassinations. Yet that’s precisely when we voyaged to the Moon, paused, looked back, and discovered Earth for the first time.

The year 1970 would celebrate the first Earth Day. In that same year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were formed with strong bipartisan support. In 1972, the pesticide DDT was banned and the Clean Water Act was passed. And one year later, the Endangered Species Act would be enacted, the catalytic converter would be introduced, and unleaded automotive emission standards would be set. A stunning admission that we’re all in this together, with a common future on a shared planet.

Regrettably, we still live in a turbulent world. But we now have at our disposal, not simply a photograph of our home to reflect upon, but continual data of our rotating planet, captured 13 times per day, by the robotic Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a specially designed space camera & telescope, launched and positioned a million miles from Earth.

We will now be able to measure and track Sun-induced space weather as well as global climactic trends in ozone levels, aerosols, vegetation, volcanic ash, and Earth reflectivity, all in high resolution; just the kind of data our civilization needs to make informed cultural, political, and scientific decisions that affect our future.

Occasions such as this offer renewed confidence that we may ultimately become responsible shepherds of our own fate, and the fate of that fragile home we call Earth.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
American Museum of Natural History, New York City

July 17, 2015

Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 2:39 pm

July 18th would have been Nelson Mandela’s 97th birthday.  Mandela stood for many things, and was dedicated to making change for the better, all across the world.  He believed every person (and child!) could make a difference.  Learn more about Mandela Day here:http://www.mandeladay.com/

And learn more about the man here: http://www.timeforkids.com/news/nelson-mandela-1918-2013/97361

July 16, 2015

Ssssnakes Don’t Have To Be Ssssscary!

Filed under: Parenting Tips — Erin @ 11:16 am

It’s World Snake Day, so learn some interesting facts about our slithery friends.  They don’t have to be scary, and most of them are more scared of you than you are of them!  


July 15, 2015

Creepy Crawly Mud Cups for Gummy Worm Day!

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 1:51 pm

It’s Gummy Worm day.  If everyone’s favorite sugary worms aren’t gross looking or wriggly enough for you, how about making some creepy crawly mud cups?  Food.com has a great recipe to make delicious food that looks gross!


July 9, 2015

Make Sugar Cookies…now!

Filed under: Family Activities — Erin @ 3:18 pm

To continue the parade of yummy food days this month, today is Sugar Cookie Day!  Here’s a fun and simple recipe to make some delicious and sugar-y cookies now! 



July 8, 2015

Video Games Can Help Your Kids in School!

Filed under: Family Activities,Parenting Tips — Erin @ 2:05 pm

It’s video games day.  Did you know that there can be a lot of benefits to playing some video games?  Video games can be used as educational tools, and here are 7 Ways Video Games will help your kids in school. 



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