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I've Got Lunchbox Envy: Three Little Frogs Bento & More!

When Rebecca Wolfe discovered bento, she was hooked. Healthy (and waste-free) lunches that are fun, too? Awesome. Now she's sharing her passion for bento boxing with other parents who also want to provide tasty, nutritious meals that — most importantly — their kids will want to eat. There is no doubt about it: cute food is fun to eat. 

First up, swap standard lunch fare for one of Rebecca's favorite bentos.  Check out the video that shares the simple way to create this cute bento lunch for your kids. Click on the recipe icon in the corner for all the ingredients that you will need. This is absolutely brilliant.

Ulive has all kinds of great short videos to watch. I have watched Lunch Envy: You've Never Seen a Hotdog Look this Beautiful!, The Cutest Bento-Box Lunch We've Seen Yet!, Fun on a Bun—Boring Sandwiches Get a Bento Makeover!, Lunchbox Makeover: An Easy Flower-Garden Bento Box, and more

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Free DisneyNature Wings Of Life Educators Guide

This Wings Of Life Educators Guide offers 25 pages of activities and lessons. This isn't just for educators, you can use these learning activities as a fun extra as the kids watch this phenominal new video. 

Be sure to check out the video clips and still-photo's while waiting for your small PDF to download.

{Free} Sesame Street “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School: Math Is Everywhere” Kit

Math Is Everywhere provides parents, caregivers, and educators with strategies and resources to turn everyday experiences into math moments – at home, in school, and on the go.

The free bilingual, multimedia kits include a Magazine for Parents and Caregivers, a Children’s Story with activities. Educators can also download a guide that can help them incorporate math activities into their programs.

You can either download these counting cards in color {like above} or in black & white. I always choose to a least save each, that way I can have the kids color the B & W versions themselves. 

The Educators Guide is full of wonderful activities for the kids to do. I love that it incorporates math skills without the kids being totally aware that they are learning. One of the pages of activities in the Educators Guide is:

GROUP TIME Get moving and shaking with math! Use children's love of physical activity to help teach, review, and reinforce basic math skills.

Numbers Are Everywhere!
» Skill: Numbers

Recite the following poem to help children get excited about their number adventures. (Point to the objects as you say the poem.)

Numbers, numbers everywhere! Numbers here, and numbers there!
(Point to calendar or growth chart on wall.)

Numbers on the floor, and numbers on the door!
(Point to door.)

Numbers on a block, and numbers on a clock!
(Point to clock.)

Let’s all take a look around! So many numbers to be found!

» Skill: Spatial Relations

Create lots of verses using in, out, up, down, all around, and other movements.
Putting math words into action will help children learn about spatial relations.

» Skill: Patterns
Play a game in which each child takes a turn clapping a sound pattern,
such as clap, clap, CLAP!...clap, clap, CLAP! The group can repeat the pattern.
See how complex the pattern can become. Try slow or fast patterns, too!

Number Finger Plays
» Skill: Numbers

Finger plays are a fun way to explore numbers! As you say each number in the
rhymes below, lift the corresponding number of fingers.

One Potato, Two Potatoes One, Two, Buckle Your Shoe
One potato, two potatoes, One, two, buckle your shoe,
Three potatoes, four, Three, four, shut the door,
Five potatoes, six potatoes, Five, six, pick up sticks,
Seven potatoes, more! Seven, eight, close the gate,
Nine, ten, begin again...

Wildlife Explorer Welcome Package Only $3.99/Shipped {Over $80 Value}

All my kids love the outdoors, this probably has a lot to do with our nature studies for homeschooling. We have picked up older versions of similar wildlife cards from local thrift stores, and they have been well used. I think that this newer set is going to be a fantastic addition to our home. The bonus adventure kit will be perfect for my 2 year old, whom will be beginning our nature studies when the weather is warmer. 

Your Introductory package includes:

42 BREATHTAKING WILDLIFE EXPLORER® CARDS that are packed with facts and illustrations that will entice your child to learn.

9 "QUICK FIND" DIVIDER CARDS to stay organized and be able to find your child’s favorites fast and easy!

A STURDY 3-RING BINDER for easy organization and protection of your informational cards.

A FREE 4-PIECE ADVENTURE KIT {Binoculars, compass, flashlight, and carrying bag}

Wildlife Explorer is a magnificent and comprehensive collection that brings the animals of the world into your home. Building your collection is something the whole family will enjoy together. The whole family will enjoy discovering the fascinating facts and the breathtaking photography and illustrations.

As you can probably see, the cards themselves are full of information. I don't think there is an a bit of wasted space on any of these cards. I love the fact that they all can be securely stored in a binder, this keeps from having them lost due to being loose. 

There is no obligation to continue your subscription, you can cancel as soon as your welcoming package arrives, we will most definitely be continuing ours! You can begin by 

Filling out the order form on the page to receive your Free Gift Package valued at $86.75! All you pay is $3.99 to cover shipping and handling. And then

about every 3 weeks, they will send you a new packet of 12 cards to examine on a 10 day free trial basis. If you keep them, you'll only pay $7.95 (plus $1.25 shipping and handling). Or you can cancel your subscription.

{Free} Disney Adventures Brochure: Amazing Photo's & Information On Inspiring Trips

Scotland~A Brave Adventure

Discover the land and experience the adventures that inspired Disney-Pixar's BRAVE. Scotland's greatest legends come to life as you explore ancient castles and monuments, canoe across mysterious lochs, ride horseback through lush countryside and even try your hand at traditional Highland Games.
Yes this is my copy! The envelope at the top has its own great pictures on it. And here are two sample pages~ not the best pics but I had bad lighting.


"Disney has announced three new adventures for the 2013 Season. Visit Scotland on “A Brave Adventure” that explores the rugged yet mystical Scottish Highlands. “Jewels of Southeast Asia” will include an itinerary through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Visit Costa Rica on a new “Coast to Coast” version of an Adventures by Disney perennial favorite."

Now check out the other destinations included! I am so excited about this!

Ireland~The Emerald Isle
With it rolling green hills, ancient Celtic ruins and colorful, enduring traditions, Ireland is truly a world unto itself. Discover its stories, live its legends, hoist a pint with the locals at the neighborhood pub and experience its traditions as you travel through the heart of the Emerald Isle.

London, Paris, and the English Countryside~Cities of Knights and Lights

From Buckingham Palace to the Eiffel Tower, Westminster Abbey to Notre Dame Cathedral, the English countryside to French gardens, experience some of the world's most unforgettable sights. Along the way, enjoy the taste of the color, culture, and cuisine that have made these some of the world's most popular destinations.

Germany~Once Upon A Fairytale
Encounter spectacular castles and storybook villages as you journey through the land that inspired timeless tales and lasting legends-and stirred the imagination of Mr. Disney himself. Here, the characters you meet are as colorful as the country side they inhabit!

Paris,Normandy, and the Loire Valley~~Esprit de France
From breathtakingly beautiful countryside to the City of Light, opulent chateaux to historic landmarks like Omaha Beach, experience it all on this tres magnifique journey through France

This is just some of the areas that are included in the itinerary of 2013, after seeing this, I expect some FABULOUS scenery and descriptions!
Peru~Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities

Galapagos Islands Cruise~ Grandiosos Galapagos

Ecuador with the Galapagos Islands~ Andean Highlands and Galapagos Islands

Costa Rica~ Coast To Coast

Wyoming and Yellowstone~ Quest For The West

Southeast Asia~ Jewels of Southeast Asia

South Africa~ Safari in South Africa

Egypt~ Pyramids, Pharaohs and Ancient Treasures

China~ Enchanted China

Australia with Tasmania~ Discovery Down Under

Italy and Switzerland~ Alpine Magic

Amalfi Coast and Tuscany~ Bella Italia 

To get your own copy of the 2013 itineraries, click here! Hurry as this one is not going to offered for long! You have the option of having everything mailed to you, so you have nothing to download!

Free Full Year Of Calendar Numbers & Headers

{Photo & Sharing Credit Wise Owl Factory}

Free Full Year of Calendar Numbers and Headers for the 14th of the month freebie for Pre K and K. This is 88 pages for free! Please be sure to thank Wise Owl Factory & Pre + K Sharing for offering and sharing this fantastic freebie.

*Free* Seuss Learning Pack Printables

Living Life Intentionally has a wonderful Seuss Learning Pack available for download. There are three parts to this great pack. I adore the graphics and know that when the little ones are ready to Celebrate Seuss's birthday coming up, they will enjoy all these different activities.

Be sure to head over and grab this, also don't forget to thank them for offering such a wonderful resource for free!

*Free* Noah's Ark Mega Pack {Printable}

Check out this very generous freebie from Living Life Intentionally. There are 50 pages of activities for kids 2-8 years old. Snag this Noah's Ark Mega Pack while it is still being offered.

Be sure to leave some love in her comments for sharing her talent with this very large freebie!

*Free* The Little Rabbit Printable Package

HomeschoolCreations is offering this beautiful printable package of The Little Rabbit Printables for free. I love that you don't even have to have the book for these printables, as they can easily be used as stand-alone sheets!

So head on over and download these and be sure to leave a comment thanking her for sharing her creations with all of us.

FREE On the Road to Mr. Mineo's Teacher's Guide

On the Road to Mr. Mineo Teacher Guide
Discussion questions, activities, and vocabulary exercises are all included in the Teacher's Guide for On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor. 

ABC Mouse~Get your first month FREE!

ABC Mouse offers a full online curriculum for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten in the subjects of reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. 

Children can start anywhere and move through the curriculum at their own pace! ABC Mouse has won numerous awards, including the Parent's Choice, Teacher's Choice, and Mom's Choice GOLD awards! Get your first month FREE! CLICK HERE

How Much Methane Does A Cow Produce In An Hour & More Questions Answered!

The kids are loving these videos! You can find them here and also on Youtube here

In this clip we explore how much methane a cow can produce in one hour- needless to say the results are pretty explosive...

Going Bananas For A Few Recipes!

Best Yankee Chiquita Banana Split Recipe

Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


4 whole Chiquita Bananas, sliced in half lengthwise
1 cup Strawberry ice cream
1 cup Chocolate ice cream
1 cup Vanilla ice cream
1 cup Sliced strawberries
1 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Hot fudge or chocolate sauce
4 oz. Sweetened whipped cream
4 Maraschino cherries, with stems


Place banana halves along the long sides of oval ice cream dishes. Using a 1/4-cup ice cream scooper, add 1 scoop of each ice cream in a row between the bananas, with the chocolate in the middle. 

Pour 2 Tbsp. of hot fudge sauce along the sides of each dish, allowing some to drizzle over the bananas. Top the strawberry ice cream with the strawberries and the vanilla ice cream with blueberries. 

Top the chocolate ice cream with the whipped cream and garnish each sundae with a cherry.

Serving Suggestions: For round ice cream dishes slice the bananas in half again crosswise and place around the edges of the dish.

Easy Cream Cheese Chiquita Banana Turnovers Recipe

Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Flaky, scrumptious and easy-to-make, these banana and cream cheese turnovers make a great dessert or breakfast treat.


1 (9-sheet, 5-inch x 5-inch) package frozen Puff pastry dough squares
2/3 cup Cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Brown sugar or granulated sugar*
2 ripe Chiquita Bananas, diced
2 large Egg yolks, beaten


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove dough from freezer and let soften slightly, just enough that you can fold the dough without breaking it. 

Combine softened cream cheese and brown sugar until well blended; set aside. Dice the bananas. 

Working with 1 pastry dough square at a time, slice the square diagonally into two triangles. In the center of each triangle place about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture and top with about 1 teaspoon of diced banana. 

Do not overfill or the filling may leak out during baking. Fold dough triangles in half over the filling. With a fork or your fingers, crimp the edges of the dough tightly together, then place on baking pans lined with a baking sheet or non-stick foil. Keep remaining dough squares covered in the refrigerator until ready to use; repeat filling and folding the turnover triangles. (You may have a little extra banana; enjoy a snack while the turnovers bake!) 

With a pastry brush, brush the tops of the turnovers with the egg yolk. Bake for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Remove to a baking rack and cool until cool enough to handle; serve warm.

*Note: brown sugar gives a slightly caramel flavor to the turnover.

Serving Suggestions:
Dust lightly with powdered sugared before serving, if desired.

sprinkle cinnamon or your favorite baking spice in the cream cheese mixture.

Easy Chiquita Banana Halloween Chocolate Spider Web Cake Recipe

Nobody will say Boo to this frighteningly delicious chocolate, banana and peanut butter cake. Why wait till Halloween? With just 6 ingredients and about 20 minutes of time, you’ll have a festive Banana Halloween Chocolate Spider Web Cake ready to impress.


6 Chiquita Bananas, yellow with brown flecks, cut in 3 to 4 sections
1 (24 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cups Butter
1 1/2 cups creamy Peanut butter
1 cup Powdered sugar
5 cups Toasted rice cereal


Create a double boiler by using a saucepan with one inch of water over medium heat and covering with stainless steel bowl. In bowl place chocolate and butter, and let sit until chocolate starts melting. 

Add bananas, powdered sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, and whisk until mixture thickens. Place 3/4 of chocolate mixture over rice cereal and stir. Place plastic wrap in 8 to 10 inch pan and place rice mixture in pan. Use your hands to spread crispy mixture evenly, then let it sit for ten minutes to harden. 

 Place plate over pan and turn rice cake onto the plate. Top with the rest of the chocolate mixture, smooth it out with a knife or spatula, and let cool for ten minutes or until chocolate is cooled. 

 Put 1/2 cup peanut butter into pastry bag or plastic freezer bag and form peanut butter so it is in one corner of the bag. Cut the tip of the bag and pipe circles around your cake, then pipe lines to make the cross web. Let stand at room temperature until it's time to serve.

Cheerios Frozen Banana Pops


2 large bananas, cut into two inch slices
1 (6 ounce) container Yoplait yogurt (any flavor)
1 cup Cheerios cereal
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
whipped cream for garnish
lollipop sticks or straws


Start by sticking your lollipop sticks or straws through the center of each banana, not quite to the very top. Place banana pops on a cookie sheet or tray and freeze for about 30 minutes.

Once the bananas are frozen, open the top of the yogurt container and dip the banana pop in the yogurt making sure it is coated on all sides.

On the bottom of the pop, place Cheerios in a row. Make another row of Cheerios about 1/2 inch above the bottom row. Gently shake the sprinkles in the gap between the two rows of Cheerios and on the top of the banana pop.
Place on a cookie sheet and freeze until yogurt is hard. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and more sprinkles.

FREE 2012 & 2013 Stossel in the Classroom DVD's

This FREE 51-minute DVD, includes nine segments from John Stossel television programs (listed below), chosen and edited specifically for the classroom. They also provide you with a FREE downloadable and printable Teacher Guide (available in English and Spanish) with suggested lesson plans, discussion topics, worksheets, and activities! The guides are included on the DVD, as well!

Titled Segments Include:

  • Earned Success: This segment looks at entrepreneurship, happiness, and the American Dream.
  • Cash for Clunkers: This segment looks at the Cash for Clunkers program, and its results.
  • Minimum Wage: This segment looks at the minimum wage and some unanticipated results.
  • Title IX: This segment looks at Title IX and some unintended consequences
  • Immigration: This segment looks at the pursuit of happiness in America.
  • Entrepreneurship: This segment looks at entrepreneurship in America.
  • Free Speech: This segment looks at free speech in America and some other countries.
  • Native Americans: This segment looks at the plight of Native Americans
  • Live Free or Die: This segment looks at government debt, spending, and regulation, and advancing the cause of liberty.

This FREE 77-minute DVD, includes ten segments from John Stossel television programs (listed below), chosen and edited specifically for the classroom. 

They also provide you with a FREE downloadable and printable Teacher Guide (available in English and Spanish) with suggested lesson plans, discussion topics, worksheets, and activities! The guides are included on the DVD, as well!

  • Lemonade Stand: Consumer Protection Gone Wrong
  • Professional Panhandling: Charity Gone Wrong 
  • Food Police: Regulation Gone Wrong
  • Job Creation Gone Wrong
  • Innovation: Private vs. Public
  • Collaboration Leads to Innovation
  • Mystery of Happiness: Is Happiness Relative?
  • Income Disparity: Should Equality Be the Goal?
  • Police Accountability: Privacy Laws Gone Wrong
  • Police Accountability: Privacy Laws Gone Wrong