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When Trump Tried to Give Out "Highly Anticipated" Fake News Awards the GOP Website Crashed

When Trump Tried to Give Out "Highly Anticipated" Fake News Awards the GOP Website Crashed

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

It was a novel idea for the New Year, if not a good one. But there were problems from the start.

Finally, on Wednesday night, the envelopes with all the lucky winners’ names had been (metaphorically) sealed and were ready to be tweeted out in to the world by President Trump.

D’oh!

Apparently, the hype was bigger than even Republicans had expected. Americans, tired of being weighed down by participation trophies, were hungry to see who won these real alpha awards.

And the winner is… New York Times columnist Paul Krugman?

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

Hmm… Interesting start. Krugman is not actually a newsman, you see. He’s a columnist. That’s just, like, his opinion, man.

Maybe they get better. What’s number 2?

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

Wait. First, is Brian Ross OK?

Second, what false news report? I mean, yes, there was one, Brian Ross made a big reporting error in December, but I have to look it up myself? Not even a link? Someone clearly started putting these together at 4:45 p.m. this afternoon. The veteran ABC News journalist misreported that Mike Flynn was prepared to testify that Donald Trump instructed Flynn to establish communications with the Russians during the 2016 campaign; Trump told Flynn to get in touch with Russia after the 2016 election, it turns out. Kind of a big one. ABC News issued a correction and put Ross on leave. I’m not sure about the market causation, but maybe Brian Ross is a must read on Wall Street.

Anyway, oh, you get the idea. It’s a list of Trump media complaints. Not sure we needed awards for that. We have Twitter and TVs already. For journalists, and journalism in general, some of the instances of reporting mistakes aren’t great, to be honest. Many of the mistakes revolve around Martin Luther King busts and crowd size pictures, but some are larger failures. They are, of course, a drop in the bucket compared to the good work that’s been done reporting on the Trump presidency, but a reminder nonetheless of the importance of not reporting wrong things—particularly wrong things that are also asinine.

You can read more of The Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards (real headline) here, if you really want to.

Before we go, I’m going to give an award of my own. Number 6 on the GOP list is the first recipient of the The Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards Spirit Award.

I’m not exactly sure who did what here. But it’s better that way.

Easy Flowered Tiara Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my gosh, guys, if you have little ones who love pretending they're fairies or princesses, or just love dress-up play in general, you HAVE to check out the tiara we made yesterday!

Eek! I'm so excited about it. I mean, look at how completely enchanting this little hooligan looks wearing it.

She wore it all day long. I'm not kidding. She adored it.

And guess what...

It was SUPER-easy, and took less than 10 minutes from start to finish!

All you need is some elastic, some fake flowers, and a glue gun! Check it out! Don't you just love it?

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Bánh xèo – the unique pancake of Vietnamese cuisine

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Bánh xèo – also known as crispy Vietnamese pancake, crepe or sizzling cake – is a famous street food which is widely believed to originate from France during its occupation of Vietnam.… [...]

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Mom Gives Kids’ Playhouse a DIY Twist By Adding a 3-Car Garage

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

Honestly, we're kinda jealous.

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Shaving Cream Car Wash For Car-lovin’ Kids!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set up a shaving cream car wash for kids who love messy play and playing with cars. It’s a great sensory activity for preschoolers, and it will keep them entertained for ages! It’s been absolutely gorgeous here this week! Hot and summer-like and it’s only March! We’ve been spending our days outside, and the temps...

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Cardboard Roll Mummies and Crows

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween is just around the corner, and we've whipped up some adorable cardboard roll mummies and crows for our friends over at CBC Parents! Not only are they super-duper-cute, and fun to make, the winding and wrapping process is great for strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination! Make some today with your kids or your students. Check 'em out here...

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Pasta and Playdough for Fine Motor Development

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Just a quick, little post to share this fun and easy toddler activity!  The other day, the two-year olds were strengthening their fine motor skills with pasta, pony beads and play dough. Because my daycare caters to preschoolers, you’ll find lots of fine motor activities here among the pages of my blog.  There are quite a few...

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World School Morocco: Living The Berber Life

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

A chunk of Moroccan flat bread lands on the table in front of me. Another chunk thunks down in front of each of my kids. Fayza, Mohamed’s wife, is.

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Apple Stamping with Real Apples and Leaves

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Apple stamping – making prints with apples and real leaves from the garden is a fun fall activity for toddlers and preschoolers. ‘Tis the season for picking juicy, ripe apples off the tree, and I’m seeing lots of apple crafts happening out there these days, so we decided to do some apple stamping this morning.  The...

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Icy Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a great activity to keep your hooligans entertained during the deep-freeze we’re having?  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how I pulled this winter sensory bin together for my hooligans.  You and your children will have a great time building your bin, and it will provide them with hours of open-ended, sensory play....

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Many Things To Love About Vietnamese Food

by photastix @ Photastix

There are a variety of different things to love about Vietnamese food, like noodle soups, Banh Mi sandwiches, their strong, delicious coffee, and more. All in all, the reasons to love Vietnamese cuisine are endless. The one thing that makes most of these dishes stand out is the use of herbs for flavor. Regardless if you […]

Playing with Sticks and Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Playing with Sticks and Stones – . Natural Elements are so easy to incorporate into daily play. They’re all around us; shells, sticks, chestnuts, pinecones, and our wonderful collection of stones and rocks… They’re a staple in our backyard, and I love how they provide the children with open-ended and unlimited play possibilities. Here are...

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Urdu Travel Destinations – Urdu Culture for Kids

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

The Urdu language has around 60 to 70 million speakers worldwide. Urdu is the official language of Pakistan having 13 million speakers. India has more than half of the world’s Urdu speakers with 52 million. Other countries where Urdu is spoken are the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, United States, and Bangladesh. Pakistan and India have […]

OC Weekly Sawleaf Feature!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

PHO the Masses! Several weeks ago we were mentioned in a great article in the OC Weekly. It touches on our key vision in starting this concept. We wanted to create a brand that would be able share Vietnamese food and culture to a broad audience. By using quality fresh ingredients, a fast casual dining [...]

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18 Free {or almost free} Cool Features to Add to Your Backyard Playground

18 Free {or almost free} Cool Features to Add to Your Backyard Playground

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, guys! It's that time of year when we start sprucing our outdoor play-spaces, getting everything ready for the kids for summer!

I want to show you some fabulous things that I've added to our backyard which transformed our outdoor play space from ordinary to extraordinary!

These ideas are great for your own back yard or for an outdoor play space at a daycare or preschool.

They're easy to set up, and they will keep your kids busy, learning and entertained for HOURS!

Best of all, they don't have to cost you a thing! Most of these activity centres I've put together using things I already had around the house.

And I'm not kidding when I say that they've made ours the best backyard on the block!

Check 'em out! I'm pretty sure you'll want to set up a few of these in your yard for the summer!

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20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying


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You may know PHO but you don't know genuine Viet food until you've tried some of these!

Homemade Cereal Box Puzzles to Make for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade cereal box puzzles are easy to make, and great for keeping the kids entertained and learning quietly. Doing a puzzle is so beneficial for a child.  Puzzles get kids thinking, planning and problem solving, they’re great for fine motor skills, and a child feels a real sense of accomplishment when they complete a puzzle...

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David Frum Is Still a Republican. But …

David Frum Is Still a Republican. But …

by Isaac Chotiner @ Slate Articles

On this week’s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke to David Frum, a senior editor at the Atlantic and the author of the new book Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. A former George W. Bush staffer and well-known neoconservative, Frum has become obsessed over the past couple years with Donald Trump’s assault on American norms and institutions, and the threat he represents to American democracy. Below is an edited excerpt from the show. In it, we discuss how American democracy has weathered a year of Trump, whether it is worth thinking of the president as having an ideology, and how Frum himself has changed.

You can find links to every episode here; the entire audio interview is below. Please subscribe to I Have to Ask wherever you get your podcasts.

Isaac Chotiner: I considered illegally leaving jury duty to make this podcast, so I hope you bring your A game today.

David Frum: I’ll do my best. Although I must say the last chapter of the book begins with a note from a reader who said he was inspired by previous articles I’d written not to skip out on jury duty. I don’t know if you’ve gotten the message on that.

I clearly did not read the book as well as I should have.

I want to read you something you recently wrote: “Maybe you do not much care about the future of the Republican Party. You should. Conservatives will always be with us. If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy. The stability of American society depends on conservatives’ ability to find a way forward from the Trump dead end.” Can you expand on that for a minute and connect it to what you think is going on with conservatism in America today?

I worry a lot, I think you worry a lot, about democratic breakdown. We’re always inspired to think of the spectacular examples from the 1930s. When democratic breakdown has taken place in more normal places, and especially when it has occurred in the United States, and it has, it is because people with resources become frightened that they will not be able to win and they will lose. In losing, they will then lose assets that they have that they value very highly. They then begin rewriting the game so that they are not at risk of losing.

That’s what happened in the American South after Reconstruction. To some degree that’s what happened in the cities of the Northern United States in the 1920s and ’30s after the mass immigration. I think it’s a little bit of what has happened in a lot of American states since 2010 and especially since 2014.

Where do you think we are versus where you thought we would be after a year of Trumpism?

First, we know way more about the Russia scandal than we did a year ago and that I ever imagined probably we would. We don’t know everything. What we know is so dark, so disturbing. I think this could qualify as the most severe espionage scandal in American history, and yes, I include the Rosenbergs. There may be more still to come. What has been amazing to me is how little practical political impact those revelations have had. I don’t imagine that if there are even greater revelations that they will have any more impact than we’ve already had.

The president’s attacks on institutions and on legality have been more blatant and less effective than I might have thought. I thought he’d be a little stealthier about this. To come right out there and denounce the FBI—that was something I did not imagine he would do. On the other hand, while he’s had some successes perverting the Department of Justice, he’s been less successful at interfering with the work of the FBI than I might have feared. He’s been less successful in corrupting the U.S. attorney’s offices as well.

You mentioned the FBI, the lack of success he’s had. Do you view that lack of success as a consequence of him being incompetent? Or do you view it as a consequence of him not having a plan or an idea of undermining democracy in some specific way. It’s not that he’s incompetent. It’s just that he doesn’t even think in those terms. He just thinks about what’s in front of him and who cares how American democracy is doing.

I think Donald Trump is quite wily. I think to the extent that Michael Wolff has persuaded or convinced large numbers of people that Trump is a drooling, senile imbecile he has not done anybody any favors, nor has he reported accurately. I think Trump is wily. He has authoritarian instincts. He has no ideology of any kind, but he hates any kind of restraint. You give him a restraint, and he will break through it.

What I think has been protective to some degree of the institutions to date is that Donald Trump has a very shrewd intuition for individual weaknesses and how to bully and domineer over individual people. He’s less good at figuring out systems and finding the weak point of a system and how to manipulate a system.

He’s wily enough that I think he will eventually learn. He certainly has the impulse to try. It is harder to corrupt the whole of the FBI than it is to bully one deputy attorney general as he has successfully bullied the deputy attorney general.

You said something about him having no ideology at all. I definitely believed that a year and a half ago. I’m not sure that I do now. I think that he has a strain of America First nationalism, which I used to be more cynical about him actually believing. He just keeps returning to the same nationalist core issues, the way he talks about race. It does seem to be a core of his thinking in a way that maybe I underestimated. I don’t know if I would say anymore that he has absolutely no ideology. I do think there is something there.

He’s got impulses and prejudices and bigotries and resentments. An ideology … Let’s always remember that term began as an insult, not a compliment. Not as a neutral term either.

Was it during the Dreyfus affair that it came about?

The term actually began to circulate in the early 19th century. The Emperor Napoleon was the person who popularized the term. He didn’t coin it. He meant it disdainfully. What ideology was was a way of grouping together ideas into idea sets. You have a bunch of ideas about free trade, therefore it’s going to follow that you have a bunch of ideas about how Parliament should be organized therefore and so on.

In Napoleon’s view, he wanted to pick and choose. He didn’t know why he had to be told by liberals, as the ideologists he disliked then were, why he couldn’t take some from Column A and nothing from Column B. In Donald Trump’s case, when I say he doesn’t have an ideology, his ideas don’t necessarily go together. He’s very skeptical of trade, but he doesn’t care enough about it to understand how it works.

I agree with you in that sense that he’s uninformed, he doesn’t understand these things beyond a very surface level. But I had been under the impression a couple years ago that essentially the last person in the room to tell him something can convince him. I think there’s some way in which that’s true. At least in the very short term. But I also think around issues like trade and nationalism and around racial issues he does keep coming back to these core parts of himself. Now maybe as you say, that’s just petty prejudices. It’s not something that we want to deem an ideology. But I definitely think that’s an aspect of him that was underestimated by a lot of people.

Well, let me use a different word to convey what I mean. I don’t think he has political ideas. Had Jeff Sessions somehow become president of the United States, he would never have been interested in building the wall because if your job is to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants in the United States, if that’s the thing you really want to do, there could not be a worse return on investment than building the wall.

As Jeff Sessions knows, and Donald Trump may or may not know, somewhere between a quarter and a third of illegal immigrants in the United States come by airplane. They arrive on a visa and overstay their visas. You could build a properly functioning entry/exit visa for a lot less than the cost of a wall. That’s what you would do. You would have enforcement at the workplace. These are the ideas that people who think about the immigration issue a lot and have Jess Sessions’ point of view, these are the things they would emphasize. Donald Trump can’t be bothered.

He’s prepared to trade away everything Jeff Sessions cares about in order to get the wall because the wall has become now a part of his ego. He doesn’t care whether it works, he doesn’t care whether it makes sense, he doesn’t care whether it will achieve the things that Donald Trump claims for it. He just wants to do it because he said he would do it. It’s an extension of his will. That’s what I mean when I say he doesn’t have an ideology. He doesn’t think, “How do I rationally connect the ends I supposedly have to the means I have?” That doesn’t mean he’s an all-purpose idiot, because when he is dealing with things where he does have ideas—self-protection, self-enrichment, the magnification of his own power—he can be very wily and very effective.

One of the lessons of Trump, given how awful he’s acted and how 35 to 40 percent of the country is willing to put up with it, is that partisanship acts strongly on people. As someone who follows your Twitter feed and knew you a little bit back in Washington when I lived there, it does seem to me that you’ve changed in other ways now that you’ve kind of made this big change of distancing yourself from the Republican Party and from the Republican Party’s president in very strong terms. I’m wondering: Do you feel that partisanship in a different way? That by being off the team you’ve noticed some of your other views have started to change in some way?

That’s an interesting question. First of all, I should stress I remain a registered Republican. I remain a very conservative person in a lot of ways both personally and ideologically. Here are some things, though, that I think do happen. Because Donald Trump is so cruel he magnifies things that might have seemed like the ordinary frictions of life. He makes them big. You really can’t not look at them. When the president of the United States demeans people in ways that …
It’s one thing when Tucker Carlson does it on his white nationalist Fox News show. That’s bad enough. When the president of the United States says these things, it’s like a magnifying mirror and you really have to think about them.

Yeah, there’s some things … I think part of it is things happen in my own life. I now have a daughter who is just entering the workforce. I hear stories from her and some of the things that she’s been subjected to. When you come along at this moment of revulsion against the way women are treated in the workforce I think partly the magnifying effect of the president and the micro fact of having a daughter of age to be the target of such things, things like that have an impact on my thinking. Sure.

Right. Just following your Twitter feed, the way you talk about gender issues, about gun control, about even things like the Iran nuclear deal.

Gun control, that’s maybe an example of how it works. Gun control was an issue where I have never liked the kind of politics of the NRA. The part of it that is about, “Well, we need the guns so that private citizens can overthrow the state.” I have always taken the view we all pay a lot of taxes so that Cliven Bundy has zero chance against the United States Army. When the day ever comes that Cliven Bundy might have a chance, then we need to pay more taxes so that he won’t have a chance.

Before Newtown I just never talked about it. It was just part of the party bargain. There were things I cared a lot about that other people maybe cared less about and they went along with those things. In return, I kept my lips buttoned about gun violence. Newtown, again, you see it through the prism of your own children. There’s something in me that just said, “I cannot be on the sidelines on this issue.”

If in 2020, or probably 2024, a Marco Rubio is running for president on that conservative line that he ran on last time, can you see going to work for another Republican administration like that? Or do you feel like something within you has switched in some way and it’s hard to imagine that?

No. I don’t think it would happen. I think the Republican Party is going to … The divide between those who took one side and those who took the other side of this debate will be a long-lasting one. I think if you’re thinking about getting a job in a future Republican administration everything depends on your birthday. People who think the way I do if you’re 32 you will absolutely be in the ascendancy in the Republican administrations before your time is done. I’m 57, about to turn 58. For the rest of my working career these are going to be the wrong views for future Republican administrations.

There are a lot of liberals who admire your writing on Trump but also are still very angry about your support for the Iraq war and kind of feel like, “Oh, whatever David Frum says I don’t want to listen to it.” 

It’s not even a thing I worry about very much. I go around, I ask questions, I gather information, I organize my thoughts, I type them, I send them out there. People respond … The customer is always right on these things. Some people say, “I don’t want to read what you said because I don’t like the Iraq war.” Others say, “I don’t care about the Iraq war. I just don’t like that look on your face so I’ll never listen to you.” Or, “Your last name reminds me of somebody I didn’t like in …” Listen, don’t listen. You’re either going to listen or you’re not going to listen. It’s not for me to tell people why they should listen to me.

The Iraq war, the thing that is a true quandary for me about it is I neither want to be untrue to the past. I supported it. On the other hand, there’s also a risk of—part of telling the truth about the past is to face the limits on one’s role. I can’t emphasize that point too much because then it sounds like disavowing responsibility. But I would not exactly [have been] a member of the inner Cabinet in those days.

Is there anything in terms of going forward that would be of bigger importance to American democracy in your mind than Democrats taking over at least one house of Congress in 2018 and then in 2019 beginning proper oversight of the Trump administration?

That will do some good but understand the limits. First, as Democrats do that, Republicans will rally more tightly to President Trump, not less. I think there is a real risk of Democrats veering off into far-left precincts that will mean that their successes in 2018 may be a prelude to disappointments and failures in 2020. Nor do I think that the left-hand side of the American political spectrum is immune to the illiberal forces out there in the land.

We saw in the Bernie Sanders campaign among his supporters, not Bernie Sanders himself, some of the divisive anger, men against women, and yes, some racial anger too. I think this is why I keep emphasizing that we need to study systems of power, not quirks of personality, because Donald Trump may decide tomorrow to spend more time with his golf and indulge himself more in Filet-O-Fish. I don’t think when he does that, that he will take all of the ills that he’s exploited away with him.

OK, so then what is the most important short-term thing that needs to happen to begin this process of bringing the country back to a healthier place?

I see Donald Trump in some ways as one of those oncoming trucks that you see when you’re doing a little bit at the wheel and the adrenaline of having to react and pull away and pull yourself upright gets you safely home. I think people need to be less sectarian.

One last story from the book. In the conclusion I mention an experience I’d had. I was at a panel and somebody came up to me afterwards and didn’t like what I’d been saying and said of people on his side, “We need to learn from Trump. We need to be as tough and as ruthless. We need to play the game in the way that he did.” He went on, “Take no prisoners.” I said, “I just can’t disagree with that more. If you emulate Trump you don’t defeat him. You just replace him.” I worry about that.

Playing with Coloured Water: Backyard Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is there a child who doesn’t love water play?  This simple backyard water play activity is a super way for kids to learn about colour-mixing, to strengthen fine and gross motor skills, and it’s a terrific way for children to keep cool on a hot, summer day! This water activity is one of our favourites...

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Paper Plate Heart Lacing Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, is it just me that gets this excited over a kid's craft, or do you as well?

I mean, am I the only one who goes ga-ga looking at the pictures in this post?

And it's not JUST pretty, this craft taught a lot of different skills, and kept the kids busy for over an hour.

The gang that made these were ages 5-10, and they all LOVED it.

Although it's a perfect Valentine's project, you could tweak it to suit any day of the year.

Have a look, and tell me what you think! I mean it! I need to know that I'm not the only one who gets a little starry-eyed with I look at the photos!

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Take action on fussy eaters

by Ali @ Healthy Kids

We know that establishing good eating habits in children fuels growth and development, but refusing new food tastes and textures can often leave parents at a loss. Healthy Kids know there are a number of very good resources available online, so we’ve gathered 18 of our favourite tips below. 1. Be a role model and […]

Potato, Leek and Ham Soup Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot , woot! It's soup season! And today, I'm sharing one of my easiest homemade soup recipes at all. Not kidding. From start to finish, you can have this potato, leek and ham soup on your table in no time at all. Thick and heart and so delicious! Serve it with a loaf of bread, and you have the perfect soup for a cool, fall day. Look it it! Iust take a look at it. How can you resist?

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5 Fun and Easy Canada Day Crafts for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Canada Day is extra-special this year, as our country celebrates its 150th birthday!

Here are 5 fun and easy Canada Day crafts that your kids can wave at the parade or hang in the yard to show their patriotic pride on Canada Day.

They look terrific, and can be made from materials you already have around your home and garden.

BONUS: if you're in the US, they can all be tweaked for the 4th of July too!

Click the link below to check them out!

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Easy Tie-Dyed Heart Sun Catchers for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies! I think you're going to LOVE what we have for you today!

If you're tired of looking out at a bleak, grey landscape, you have to make these vibrant tie-dyed sun catchers.

Ok, we didn't REALLY tie-dye them. We just used one of our favourite easy art techniques to make it look like they're tie-dyed.

It's a super-simple process, and kids of all ages will love it. I had kids ages 4-10 making these with me, and they were all crazy for the project.

What a way to brighten up a window at this time of year!

Check them out at the link below! Aren't they absolutely beautiful?

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Styrofoam and Button Christmas Tree Ornaments for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Styrofoam and Button Christmas Tree Ornaments – an easy, last minute Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Oh my goodness!   Don’t you just love a button craft?  We sure do!  Especially at Christmas time. Buttons are perfect for decorating all kinds of Christmas crafts and ornaments!  These Styrofoam and Button Christmas Trees are...

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12 Adorable Easter Chick Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Be prepared for some serious cuteness here, folks. I've rounded up 12 easy and adorable Easter chick crafts for your kids to make this year. Your Easter table is going to look so cheerful with these little guys decorating it! Ok, and even if you're not going to make them, you have to at least have a look. They're sooooo cute! Pass these ideas along to someone who can use them!

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Animal Hospital Pretend Play Idea for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set up a a pretend play Animal Hospital to keep toddlers and preschoolers entertained and learning! We hooligans are all about learning and having fun on a budget, and this activity fills the bill on all accounts! Pop on over to CBC Parents to see the Animal Hospital that we set up recently.  It kept...

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“Diamond Dig” – A Snowy Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When snow days or freezing temperatures make it impossible to get out to play in the snow, a snowy sensory bin is a fun indoor winter activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Goodness knows this has been a long, cold winter!  Temperatures in the -20s and even -30s have made it difficult to get out and play in the snow...

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How to Make Extra-Large, Reversible, Flannel Receiving Blankets for Baby

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy New Year, Lovelies!

If you have a new baby to buy for this year, you have to check out my step-by-step tutorial for these AWESOME giant, reversible receiving blankets!

They're huge, and they're double-sided so they're super-cushy and warm.

Great for the crib, stroller or playpen, and wonderful for wrapping a baby in after the bath.

They're so large, I used mine until my youngest was 2 or 3 years old.

Best baby-shower gift ever.

And they're so easy to make. If you can sew a straight line, you can totally handle this project!

Click the link below for photos and instructions!

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Doll Diaper Station – Pretend Play for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A few days ago, I set up this doll diaper station for the hooligans, complete with a doll bath, diapers, and play “wipes” made from white fabric (more on that in a minute).  I suspected it would be a hit because of how popular our Babydoll Bath Station always is with all of the kids....

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Adorable Paper Plate Self-Portrait Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You won't want to miss this one! We're making self-portraits today!

They're fun and easy, and absolutely adorable!!

Check them out by clicking the link below! And let me know what you think! I love hearing from you!

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Puffy Paint Valentines Cards for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make Puffy Paint Valentines Cards using our 3-ingredient puffy paint recipe!  Such a fun Valentines craft for kids. Homemade puffy paint is very easy to make with 3 common kitchen ingredients and a bit of water.  We’re crafting up a storm for Valentines Day here in my home daycare right now.  Have you seen all the...

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Simple Halloween Wreaths for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers will have loads of fun making these simple spooky Halloween Wreaths to hang on the front door this October. We LOVE crafting for Halloween here in my daycare. .  We’ve made so many fun and spooky spiders, monsters, mummies and ghosts in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Our latest Halloween craft is...

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Laura Dern’s Impassioned Golden Globes Speech Offers a Powerful Reminder About Bullying

by Katey Johnson @ Babble

"May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star."

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15+ Easy Wreaths for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

15+ easy wreaths for kids to make using basic materials you already have around your home or classroom. Homemade wreaths are really fun for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  The process is simple enough for even the youngest children to handle, and the results are always beautiful. The nice thing about a wreath craft is...

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Stained Glass Painting with Bottle Lids and Wax Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I just LOVE the look of stained glass, so when I find a cool stained glass art project for kids, I’m all over it!  Recently the hooligans and I made these gorgeous “stained glass” paintings using bottle lids, paints and wax paper!  When it comes to easy art techniques for kids, this one is the bomb!...

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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Colouring or Liquid Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Let's dye some Easter Eggs! There's no need to go to the store to buy a kit. Eggs are so easy to dye at home using food colouring or liquid watercolours!

I'm going to show you how to blow out an egg, and how to dye a bunch of eggs quickly and easily at home. It's fast, it's fun, and the results are so pretty!

And best of all, we're using supplies that you already have at home.

Scatter them along your Easter dinner table, or display them in a bowl. Either way, you and your kids can take pride, knowing you coloured your eggs the good, old-fashioned way!

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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Maple Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst... Wanna know a secret?

Whenever I feel like I'm slacking in the mom department, I bake homemade cookies. I'm not sure what it is about a homemade cookie, but when my kids come home to find that I've made a batch, suddenly I'm "mom-of-the-year".

These particular peanut butter maple cookies are a favourite here. An old school friend of mine gave me the recipe years ago, and I've been making them ever since. My family LOVES these cookies. The pale, golden colour... the soft, chewy oatmeal... rich peanut-butter and a hint of maple.... Mmm-mmm!

They. Are. Amazing.

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Paper Plate Kite Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Spring, Lovelies! Even though it's still wintery cold here, we're getting ready to welcome the warm, gentle breezes of spring.

And what better way to do that than with a homemade kite?

This paper plate kite is so easy to make. It's the perfect quick, little craft to make with your toddler or preschooler on a spring afternoon.

Fun to play with in the wind, or to hang on the wall of a bedroom or playroom!

If you like crafting with your little one, and you like to keep the process quick and simple, you'll love this kite!

Have a look!

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Stained Glass Easter Eggs – An Easter Window Art Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

 We are all about easy Easter crafts for kids these days!  Today the toddlers and preschoolers are pairing up contact paper with tissue paper and yarn to make some simple stained glass Easter eggs. We’ve only recently discovered the joys of crafting with contact paper here in my daycare. Contact paper comes on a roll,...

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Milk Jug Sun Catchers for Christmas

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can make these easy milk jug sun catchers to hang on the Christmas tree or to string into a garland.  All you need is a plastic milk jug and some Sharpie markers!  Great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers but older kids will love it too! Looking for an easy, last minute Christmas craft to...

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Printable Kindness Calendar for February

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Our downloadable, printable Kindness Calendar will have you and your children extending random acts of kindness, and spreading warmth and happiness kindness throughout your community all month long. February is a great month to focus on love and kindness with your children.  Not only do these qualities tie in nicely with any Valentine’s theme you...

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City Skyline Silhouette Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Squeee! I'm so excited to share our latest art project with you!

If you're looking for a cool art project to do with your kids at home, or with your students in art class you'll love this one.

When you see it, it may even take you back to your own childhood. may take you back to your own childhood, but we've put a modern day spin on it.

Using just three supplies: coloured water, paper towel and black paper, the hooligans, ages 4 through 10 made this city skyline silhouette art recently, and the results were beautiful!

It's particularly fun because of the drip-art technique we used to make the backdrops.

And not only are the results beautiful, there's lots of fine-motor development going on with this art activity too!

Check it out through the link below!
This one's great for all ages too.

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Spider Handprint Craft – and a Cool Way to Paint a Spider’s Web

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This spider handprint craft combines two of my favourite painting techniques for kids.  Hand prints and painting with golf balls!  My hooligans loved it, and I’ll bet yours will too! You can make these handprint spiders as a Halloween craft or if you’re working on a preschool spider unit, or just for fun any old...

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The Division of Responsibility in Eating

by Ali @ Healthy Kids

The joint effort in developing competent and healthy eaters With childhood obesity on the rise, so too is parental concern and awareness about what their kids are eating. Getting kids to be good eaters and to both eat – and like – nutritious foods doesn’t fall strictly on the parent or the child. It’s a joint […]

Footprint Reindeer Christmas Cards for Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Everybody loves a footprint craft, right? Kids love making them, and parents and grandparents LOVE seeing a tiny footprint preserved in a craft. Well, these footprint reindeer cards are downright adorable! I love how the goofy googly eyes add a quirky expression to the reindeer's face! Tell the kids to kick off their socks, and make a bunch of these for friends and relatives this holiday season! You could totally use this technique to make homemade wrapping paper too! Have fun!!

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EER130: Airbnb for Families — Tips for How to Use Airbnb with Kids

EER130: Airbnb for Families — Tips for How to Use Airbnb with Kids

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

We’ve been using Airbnb with kids since 2013, and today I’ll tell you some of my tips on how to use Airbnb for families. Airbnb for Families — How to Use Airbnb with Kids There’s lots of information out there on how to use Airbnb, but most of it is for couples and single travelers […]

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10 Christmas Party Activities and Treats for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for activities to keep the kids busy at your holiday party this Christmas?

Here are 12 fun and easy Christmas activities and treats for your preschool Christmas party or your holiday party with friends, family or neighbours!

Click the link below to check them out!

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Homemade Name Puzzle to Teach Your Child to Spell His Name

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make an easy, textured homemade name puzzle!  It’s a fun way to help your child to learn to spell his or her name, and to aid letter and name recognition! Every September, I make these easy homemade name puzzles for kids in my daycare. Playing with their name puzzles is a great way for the preschoolers...

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Insanely Good Banana Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake {In One Bowl!}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Friends, I have another banana cake that might just change your life.

This Banana Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake is insanely good and SO easy to make! It's a super-moist snacking cake that's really rich and chocolatey, and you only need one bowl to make it!

Click the link below for the easy recipe!

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St. Patrick’s Day crafts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Plate Rainbows and Lucky Green Wreaths!   Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of really cute and super-simple St. Patrick’s Day crafts that the hooligans made this year!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see the finished projects and to get all the details! Your kids will love these bright and easy St. Patrick’s...

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Your Favorite Bread from The Cheesecake Factory Is Coming to a Store Near You

by Ashley Lam @ Babble

Our food dreams have just come true.

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Fish Fridge Magnets for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make these adorable fish fridge magnets out of a styrofoam tray and a drinking straw: After a very delayed start to Spring, the ice is finally off our pond, and we can see our fish again!  The hooligans love to gather around the pond and watch the fish.  I keep an assortment of sticks and...

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A Government Shutdown Just Got Much More Likely

A Government Shutdown Just Got Much More Likely

by Jim Newell @ Slate Articles

The House plans to vote Thursday night on a bill that would fund the government for four weeks, reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, and delay a few Obamacare taxes. It’s going to be a nail-biter. But if Senate Democrats, and a few Republicans, mean what they say, then the House vote won’t matter. Unless some senators go back on their word, the government will shut down Friday night.

The Senate does not currently have 60 votes to break a filibuster of the House bill. As of this writing, nine of the 18 Democrats and independents who voted for the previous short-term funding bill in December have declared their opposition to the House bill. Plenty of others are leaning against it or haven’t come out publicly. (So far, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is the only Senate Democrat who is openly leaning toward voting for it.) On the Republican side, two senators who voted against the last short-term bill, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Utah Sen. Mike Lee, are not expected to flip their votes, while South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds will also vote “no.”

The last continuing resolution got 66 votes in the Senate. This one won’t get 60, and it might not even get 50.

A handful of senators in either party have been discussing an even shorter-term bill, one that funds the government for a few days, giving negotiators a little more time to strike the DACA agreement that’s key to unlocking the rest of the clogged-up agenda. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, though, flatly said “no” to questions about there was any chance of doing a shorter-term plan as a backup. Senate Republicans think that if House Republicans can pass a bill and then mostly Senate Democrats block it, they can make Democrats own the shutdown. If Cornyn isn’t bluffing and neither are the senators who have come out against the proposal, and the House bill really is the only game in town, then there will be a shutdown.

Another possibility: Someone’s bluffing?

What Senate Democrats would well and truly love is for the bill to die in the House. Then blame for the shutdown could more crisply be tied to Republicans, who couldn’t even get a bill out of the chamber they unquestionably rule, and would spare Senate Democrats from having to vote. (Several Senate Democrats up for re-election, like Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, aren’t saying how they would vote until the House result is clear.) It’s possible Senate Democrats have been playing up the dead-ness of the House bill to lessen its chances of passing the House in the first place. They’ll sweat a bit more if the House is successful.

The House picture remains unclear. Republican leadership is expressing confidence that it will pass. Meanwhile, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows believes that there are enough Freedom Caucus members to block the bill unless changes are made. “I promise you,” Meadows told reporters after an early afternoon vote series, “that [Ryan] doesn’t have the votes.” Ryan could have commitments from some vulnerable Democrats who can’t resist the allure of the six-year CHIP extension. But it would not be of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s nature to allow deciding votes to slip away on such a critical measure.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed members to clear their weekend schedules.

Footprint Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This week-end, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, so we made this cute footprint turkey craft today.  Everyone loves a footprint craft, right?  Sure they do!  As a parent, you love having your little one’s footprint immortalized in a quirky little craft made by your wee one.  I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love to trace his...

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Fall Tree Handprint Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Fall Tree Handprint Craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make at home or daycare. I’ve made a number of really easy fall tree crafts with my daycare hooligans over the years. I love crafting with kids in the fall because there are so many colours and textures to learn about and explore. Of...

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Ghost Mud Sensory Dough with Toilet Paper, Soap and Water

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ghost Mud (also known as Clean Mud) is the most fun you can have with a bar of soap and a roll of toilet paper.  This incredible homemade sensory dough is so easy to make and it’s a provides kids with a wonderful sensory activity.  Ghost mud smells fantastic, and it’s delightfully ooey and gooey when...

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A Teeny-Tiny Ocean Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a fun and inexpensive way to entertain your toddler or preschooler on a warm day? Check out our Teeny-Tiny Ocean Activity Bin! With a few dollar store supplies and a small baking dish, you can keep your little ones entertained, and using their imagination for ages!

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Candy Cane Ornaments Painted with Golf Balls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers will love using this favourite paint technique to make a batch of candy cane ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree this year. The hooligans LOVE painting with golf balls.  If you’ve never tried it before you must!  Little ones just love all the bouncing and shaking that goes on while they’re creating their...

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Paper Plate Donut Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hee hee! Today, I'd love to share the super-easy and super-cute donut craft that the preschoolers made here in my daycare.

As you may know, we're putting together an A-Z paper plate craft collection, and this is one of our Letter D crafts.

Look at it! Doesn't it look yummy? Those colourful sprinkles add texture and interest, and make it look almost like a real donut!

Check it out!

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Starving Children in Vietnam Nourished with Maternal Ingenuity

Starving Children in Vietnam Nourished with Maternal Ingenuity


The Healthy Home Economist

Maternal ingenuity nourishes starving children in Vietnam with no science or GMOs required.

30+ Fairy Crafts and Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have a child at your house who loves fairies, I think you’ll love these activities!  I’ve rounded up 30+ Fairy crafts and activities from my own blog and from those of some of my favourite fellow-bloggers.  Fairy crafts, fairy recipes, fairy art ideas and fairy sensory bins and party ideas, even a fairy...

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Gorgeous Symmetrical Butterfly Craft for Kids – with Free Printable

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am SO excited to show you this gorgeous symmetrical butterfly craft!  It’s super easy to do, using a classic preschool art technique – ink blot painting.  Toddlers and preschoolers will totally love the process, but the results are so beautiful, your big kids will want to make these butterflies too! Another one for the...

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Tape Resist Art Ideas for Kids of All Ages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a SUPER-easy art project for the kids that they'll absolutely love, you have to try tape resist art!

It's fantastic for all ages, it can be a structured art activity or completely open-ended.

The process is so much fun, and the results are always awesome!

Click the link below to see 4 different tape resist projects we made recently!

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Glass Ball Ornaments – a Christmas Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy glass ball ornaments for kids to make at Christmas time. You know how much we love making easy, inexpensive Christmas ornaments that look GREAT.  Well, these certainly fit the bill. This glass ball ornament craft was inspired by THESE easy glass ornaments over at B-InspiredMama, which were (don’t laugh at the irony here), inspired by MY...

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Simple Homemade Bubble Pipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Homemade Bubble Pipe made from a straw and a coffee filter! Pair it up with some dish detergent straight out of the bottle, and blowing bubbles just got a whole lot cheaper and easier! Blowing bubbles is one of those classic childhood activities that never gets old!  Normally, every spring I whip up a...

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Leaf Slide – an Awesome Fall Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for a unique and fun fall activity for the backyard, have a look at the leaf slide we made the other day! This is such a fun way to use your fall leaves for play before you rake them all up.  This activity got the hooligans moving around and keeping warm on...

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25+ Easy Bird Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, lovelies. Prepare yourself for the cutest bird round-up ever! I've gathered up all of my preschool bird crafts, and put them all into one post for you. We've got birds for all reasons and seasons here. Use these ideas for a preschool bird unit, or make a few as Christmas ornaments, table toppers, gift toppers and greeting cards. These birds are so darn cute, and BONUS: they're all made with stuff you already have around your home. Yay! Check 'em out...

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Senate Democrats Drop DACA From Budget Negotiations

Senate Democrats Drop DACA From Budget Negotiations

by Osita Nwanevu @ Slate Articles

In the immediate wake of Senate Democrats ending their weekend shutdown, a furious debate raged online this week over whether the party had caved in giving up critical leverage for a promise from Mitch McConnell to take up immigration legislation by Feb. 8. Arguments that they had not caved relied largely on the assumption that Democrats would surely continue to demand that a DACA fix accompany any long-term spending agreement, as they have for months. This assumption was wrong.

From Politico:

Senate Democrats are willing to drop their demand that relief for Dreamers be tied to any long-term budget agreement — a potential boost for spending talks, but one that could face opposition from their House counterparts.

The shift comes in response to the deal struck between Senate leaders Monday to reopen the government and begin debate on an immigration bill next month. Meanwhile, budget negotiators are expressing optimism that a two-year agreement to lift stiff caps on defense and domestic spending is increasingly within reach.

“We’re viewing [immigration and spending] on separate terms because they are on separate paths,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday.

If Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals really is dropped from budget negotiations, Democrats and Dreamers will be riding entirely on the idea that Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans would be ashamed and embarrassed if they went back on their word. And, additionally, that House Republicans would take up a contentious immigration bill with no material incentive to do so.

These seem like questionable premises to House Democrats, who have balked at the news. “We are insisting that these things be in the same negotiation,” a Democratic aide told Politico. So, too, are liberal activists. “Heartbreaking that they’re doing this in the Senate,” Indivisible co-founder Ezra Levin tweeted. “Hope @NancyPelosi fights for Dreamers in the House.”

DACA negotiations may well continue in earnest in the Senate. But Senate Democrats can’t say they’re willing to go to the mat for Dreamers anymore.

Paper Candy Canes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Quick, easy, gorgeous and totally addictive! Make vibrant paper candy canes to use as tree ornaments and gift-toppers! Display them in a vase or at each place setting at your Christmas dinner table! Kids of all ages will LOVE this process, and you can make a whole bunch in minutes!

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Beaded Wreath Ornament for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Create a pretty beaded wreath ornament with a pipe cleaner and pony beads. It doesn’t get much easier than this one!  A pipe cleaner, a few beads and a ribbon are all it takes to make this beaded wreath ornament.  I love it when a simple craft like this looks so good! We’re just churning...

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Cardboard Gingerbread House Decorating Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a candy-free gingerbread house idea? You’ll love this one! Kids can decorate this cardboard gingerbread house with colourful scraps from the craft room. It’s a fun activity for kids to do at a Christmas party or as a group at daycare or preschool.   Don’t you love a good gingerbread craft at Christmas time?...

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Britain’s #MeToo Moment Is Taking Down Some of the Most Powerful Men in the Country

Britain’s #MeToo Moment Is Taking Down Some of the Most Powerful Men in the Country

by Julia Rampen @ Slate Articles

The Presidents Club Charity Dinner, a men-only black-tie event, has been held for 33 years. It is just one of the many dinners held in the bedazzling ballrooms of West London’s hotel district, a black cab ride away from the heart of Britain’s political world, Westminster, and the glass towers of its financial one, the City. Attendees include fund managers and property developers, politicians, and international businessmen. They could look forward to a night of burlesque entertainment, free-flowing wine, and young, beautiful “hostesses” on hand to attend to their every need.

This year, though, was different, because mingling with the guests were undercover Financial Times reporters. The resulting article alleged a night of debauchery, where young women hired as hostesses were told to wear skimpy dresses and matching underwear. The diners reportedly bid for items such as a course of plastic surgery entitled “Add spice to your wife” and strip-club nights, as well as access to senior politicians, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (he is said to have been unaware he was being auctioned off). Despite guests being warned to respect the hostesses, the FT claimed, some felt entitled enough to pull them into their laps.
(The Presidents Club said in response to the report that it condemned such behavior and would investigate the allegations; the Guardian later reported that it would close down.)

The article caused shockwaves in a country still absorbing the #MeToo movement. The scandals began in the fall of 2017, shortly after the Harvey Weinstein allegations broke. At first, for a British public used to following Hollywood gossip, it was simply the latest episode in a distant, almost mythical world. Then in October, Kevin Spacey, who as the former artistic director of the Old Vic was as much a fixture in Britain’s acting community as America’s, was forced to address allegations about his behavior toward a younger actor in the 1980s, and a scandal with a backdrop of palm trees and boulevards suddenly landed on the drizzly gray British streets.

While London’s theater world plunged into psychodrama, the #MeToo movement, which had winged its way across the Atlantic, was gathering pace. In a country used to playing down emotions, every pub conversation was about the trauma of sexual harassment. As in the United States, some women felt unsure about joining in, either because they felt their experience was not comparable to those they were reading, or because they felt it was not the role of the victim to out themselves. Few at the time could have predicted that it would bring down two of the most powerful men in the country before Christmas.

“Pestminster,” as the sexual harrassment scandal at the British Parliament at Westminster was dubbed—“sex pest” being the British media’s all-inclusive term for harassers—illustrated the tension between listening to victims and the Machiavellian instincts of those who trade in power. It began with a list of names circulated on social media. Like the world of showbiz, Britain’s political sphere runs on connections, and the quickest route into politics is to work for a member of Parliament. Such jobs are not only poorly paid, but can be nasty, brutish, and short. (In 2015, all but one of Scotland’s 41 Labour MPs lost their seats, taking their back-room staff with them.) Consequently, the staircases of Westminster are filled with older wealthier politicians and the younger, poorer employees relying on their patronage. Not only this, but the clannish nature of British political parties, and the unpredictable election results in recent years, has created an instinct to avoid scandal “for the good of the party.”

The list shattered this silence. Organized neatly in a spreadsheet, it comprised the names of MPs in the ruling Conservative Party and their alleged wrongdoings, which ranged from being “handsy with women at parties” to supposedly having “paid a woman to be quiet.” From the start, it was controversial. The casual way that allegations of assault were lumped together with consensual affairs suggested that some of those involved in compiling were more interested in blackmail than listening to victims. Some staffers were horrified to discover themselves listed as victims when they had never made accusations nor consented to their inclusion.

Some allegations disintegrated quickly, but others stuck. The scandal spread from the conservatives to the center-left Labour Party, with a party activist revealing that she had been raped by an unnamed fellow activist. Two Labour MPs remain under investigation for separate allegations. On Oct. 31, the defense secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, admitted to putting his hand on a female journalist’s knee 15 years previously.

The journalist in question, Julia Hartley-Brewer, said she considered the matter closed. But Fallon resigned the following day, acknowledging his behavior had “fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces.” May, it seemed, had heard enough to believe he had to go. Other allegations of similar behavior by Fallon later emerged.

Meanwhile, an article appeared in the Times by the politics and culture writer Kate Maltby, describing an encounter with Damian Green, one of the highest-ranking ministers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet, who was also a friend of Maltby’s parents, her father being a West London banker who went to Oxford with other prominent Conservatives. Maltby described texts she had received from Green, as well as meeting him for a drink and feeling “a fleeting hand against my knee.” She wrote: “Let me be clear. This is not the most terrible thing that has ever happened to a woman.” Green, she said, probably was unaware of how embarrassed she felt.

Maltby’s article focused on the imbalance of power between a younger female journalist and a man with access to No. 10 Downing St. But this point was quickly lost in the furor. Green refuted the suggestion that he had made sexual advances. Immediately after Maltby’s article, the Daily Mail ran a hatchet job on her: “One very pushy lady.” Quoting unnamed sources, the article depicted her as an overly privileged self-promoter who had placed her ambition before her parents.

Maltby’s article had not called for Green to resign, and the Daily Mail counterattack suggested that he didn’t intend to, either. Moreover, it didn’t seem like May could afford to let him go. May has a track record of supporting women in the Conservative Party. But after a botched snap election earlier in 2017, she was badly weakened. By the winter of 2017, there were just a few senior Conservatives that she could rely on, and Green, an old friend from her Oxford days, was one of them.

Politics, it seemed, would trump #MeToo. At least, that was the case until December, when a policeman came forward to claim that in 2008, during a separate investigation about parliamentary leaking, police had discovered porn on Green’s office computer. Green denied the suggestions. “I didn’t download or look at pornography on my computer,” he told the Guardian.

Yet after an investigation in late December, Green was forced to resign. He continues to deny the allegation but acknowledges his public statements could have been “clearer.” Maltby’s parents finally broke their silence over their daughter to say “we are proud of her.”

For enemies of the embattled prime minister, Green’s resignation was a moment of cheer. Ironically, Pestminster has further damaged the country’s second-ever female PM after Margaret Thatcher, but has been a boon for her chief rival, Boris Johnson, who had up until then been facing criticism after a series of foreign policy gaffes. Despite having had a string of affairs and allegations of sexism, Johnson has emerged from the scandal remarkably unscathed. For victims of sexual harassment, though, the outcome was less clear. By 2018, the backlash against #MeToo had begun. Allies of Green and Fallon questioned whether a hand on a knee should end a politician’s career.

Into all of this sailed the Presidents Club. Attended by figures from business, politics, and finance, the men-only black-tie evening had been running for 33 years, and its stated purpose was to raise money for charity.

For some in the British #MeToo movement, the fact such an outrageous event could happen simply confirms the iron grip of the patriarchy. All-male enclaves still exist in Britain—in 2015, the exclusive gentlemen’s club The Garrick voted to continue to exclude women from membership, while Scotland’s Muirfield golf club only reversed its ban on women in 2017 after losing the right to host the Open championship.

But from another perspective, the fact that the Financial Times decided to invest resources into a story like this is a sign of progress. As a young financial journalist working shortly after the 2008 crash, I was regaled with stories of strippers at trade shows, and yet none of the journalists telling them felt inclined to write it down. Traditionally, the most gung-ho papers in the U.K., the tabloids, have preferred to focus on allegations that bring disgrace to a public figure, rather than the experience of the victims themselves.

After the FT article was published, the men named as attendees spent the day distancing themselves. A spokesman for the prime minister noted dryly that “The PM was uncomfortable at the reports she read this morning, I say reports because clearly this is an event to which she would not be invited.”

The Presidents Club may be the most colorful of the revelations that emerge about the sleazy underbelly of the establishment in 2018, but it will not be the last. Still, the storm that #MeToo brought to Britain makes it just that little bit less likely they will happen again.

EER133: Ireland with Kids — Building the Perfect Ireland Family Vacation Itinerary

EER133: Ireland with Kids — Building the Perfect Ireland Family Vacation Itinerary

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Anyone considering an Ireland family vacation will be looking for the best things to do in Ireland with kids. This week’s guest has a lot of experience in discovering Ireland for kids. Subscribe to Our Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher, RSS, and more) Ireland with Kids: Building an Ireland Family Vacation Itinerary Meet Jody Halsted, manager of […]

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Colourful Rain Stick Craft for Spring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Saturday, my Lovelies!

If you're looking for a quick and easy craft for your kids to do today, you have to check out our rain sticks!

They adored the decorating process. Seriously. They would've decorated cardboard tubes ALL afternoon if I'd let them. The dollar store tape you see here is the secret to what made that prcoess such a hit!

Filling the tubes was fun too, and then of course, playing with them! They sound so lovely!

And don't they look gorgeous? They're so colourful and vibrant. I'm just in love with them!

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Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog


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The most useful Vietnam Travel tips for families traveling with children. What to do in Vietnam when you travel with kids? Safety advice for parents.

“Christmas Tree” Christmas Tree Ornaments for Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo! Here's a whole bunch of absolutely adorable Christmas tree ornaments that LOOK like actual Christmas trees! They're easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and they're made from things you likely already have around the house. Best of all, they're down-right gorgeous. Perfect for hanging on your tree at home, or for your child to give to a parent or grandparent. Check 'em out!

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Winter French Toast – a Snow Day Lunch for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you've been winging it until now when you make French Toast, you'll want to check out this recipe!

It's fail-proof and makes perfectly crispy, golden-brown French Toast every time.

To make things a little more fun, we've turned our French Toast into a winter-themed lunch - just perfect for warming the kids bellies and hearts after a cold and blustery morning playing in the snow.

Click the link below to get my recipe!

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Candy Cane Wreath Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy homemade Christmas ornament for toddlers and preschoolers to make… These candy cane wreath ornaments are very easy to make, so they’re perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  You can chose your own colours for these ornaments, but I really like how the red and white tissue paper give the little wreaths a candy cane...

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6 Easy Valentine’s Crafts Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Crafting for Valentine’s Day with the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare is always so much fun. Our craft room is always a sea of pink and red at this time of year. There are hearts and sparkles and gems and jewels every where. The hooligans have been working for days to make the gifts...

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How to Get the Disgusting Stink Out of Your Hockey Gear At Home

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst. About that stink wafting out of your kids' hockey bag...

It's enough to knock you over, right?

Well, today I'm gonna tell you how you can get rid of that stink by washing all of your kids gear at home in your washing machine. Yep! Even those stinky gloves!

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Bubble Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, everybody!  Bubble blowing season is right around the corner, and your kids are probably dying to bust out the bubble solution and the wands, and get down to making bubbles in the backyard. Bubble Activities are just the best, aren’t they?  They’re simple, inexpensive, and they never fail to fascinate and entertain. The hooligans LOVE...

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Fall Leaf Labyrinth – a fun way for kids to play in the leaves

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fall leaf labyrinth is a wonderful way for your kids to explore and play in the leaves in Autumn. Not only is a  fall leaf labyrinth a lot of fun to make, your kids will have a great time playing in it!  It’s a great excuse to get outside for some fresh air and exercise...

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Teen Heads Off to College and Leaves Behind Heartfelt Messages for His Mother to Find

by Meredith Ethington @ Babble

"They really do love us and think about us ... even once our children are grown and flown they are inextricably linked to home."

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Paint Chip Candy Canes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paint Chip Candy Canes – easy Christmas craft and cutting exercise for toddlers and preschoolers… These paint chip candy canes were completely unplanned, and came about when one of our preschoolers wanted to work on his scissor skills yesterday.   He grabbed the scissors, and I sifted through our supply of paint chip sample cards,...

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EER131: Workaway Jobs, Traveling Sisters & Tween/Teen Travel

EER131: Workaway Jobs, Traveling Sisters & Tween/Teen Travel

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Teen travel. Tween travel. Budget travel via workaway jobs. We’ve talked to lots of parents to travel with teens and tweens, but today we’re going to hear from some of the kids themselves. These four traveling sisters have been on the road with their parents for over two years so far, and in this episode of […]

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When Your Child Hates Bath Time – 10 Simple Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Does your child hate bath time? Don't worry, you're not alone. It's parenting challenge that I'm asked about often. Recently, I took the question to my Facebook page, and asked "what can you do if your child hates the bath" and my readers offered up lots of advice.

Here are 10 fun and simple solutions that may help end the bath time battles at your house.

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Doll Bath Station: Hours of Pretend Play for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A pretend play “doll bath station” will keep your little ones entertained and cool for hours this summer! Water play activities are always a hit here in my home daycare.  In particular, the toddlers and hooligans love it when I set up a baby care station for them to play with.   Setting up your doll bath...

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Pringles Can Windsock Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Pringles can windsock is a super spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  It’s quick and easy, and requires just a few basic supplies that you may already have on hand! The hooligans and I love making outdoor ornaments & homemade wind chimes for our backyard play space. The tree beside our playhouse is home to...

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Nature Shakers – An Easy, Musical Canada Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

My apologies for this post showing up so late in your inbox! I should have published it a few days ago so you would've had it BEFORE Canada Day rather than ON Canada Day.

Ah well, if you don't have time to squeeze it in to your plans for the day, save it for next year.

If you're in the US, however, please do keep this cute, homemade noisemaker in mind for the 4th of July! It's super-easy to make. You just need to add a little blue to the project, and you'll have the perfect, festive craft for your little ones to make!

Check it out through the link below!

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The Authentic Taste Of Saigon

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Just imagine going to a whole different country, meeting the young and dynamic local people that are willing to take you to explore the best traditional food that you will never find on the Internet. What can possibly be more fun? 😉 Riding scooters, Eating vendors 6.45am, Tran Thi Thu Hong (senior at Foreign Trade […]

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Easy No-Sew Sock Puppets for Kids – Snowman and Rudolph

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Quick and easy No-Sew Sock Puppets: make an adorable snowman puppet and a reindeer puppet for your kids to play with in under 10 minutes. I love to make puppets for my daycare kids. They love playing with puppets – finger puppets and hand puppets – and they’re really easy to make. Well, the puppets...

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Eric Trump Says Government Shutdown Is “A Good Thing for Us”

Eric Trump Says Government Shutdown Is “A Good Thing for Us”

by Daniel Politi @ Slate Articles

While Democrats and Republicans were busy pointing fingers and trading blame for the government shutdown, President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, celebrated a bit on Saturday, saying that furloughing workers and canceling services was good politically for his dad and his allies. “Honestly, I think it’s a good thing for us,” Eric Trump told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, saying it paints the “absolutely terrified” Democrats in a negative light.

“People see through it,” Eric Trump said. “I mean, people have seen a year that’s incredible. It’s been filled with nothing but the best for our country, ‘America First’ policies, and they’re happy with where we are as a nation … It has the Democrats worried.”

The 34-year-old said Democrats are actually pushing for the shutdown because they are hoping it’s going to take attention away from his father and his administration’s achievements. “The only reason they want to shutdown government is to distract and to stop his momentum,” he said. “I mean, my father has had incredible momentum.”

Trump’s third child said that Democrats want the shutdown to continue to make sure people don’t talk about how his father has “gotten more done in one year than arguably any president in history.”

“How do they divert from that message?” asked Eric Trump. “How do they save their own party when they don’t have any leadership, they don’t have any good candidates out there, they don’t have a message of their own? How do they do that? They obstruct, they distract, they try and place blame.”

Polls suggest Eric Trump may not be quite right in how he’s reading the situation. A CNN poll released Friday found that while 31 percent would blame Democrats for a shutdown, 21 percent said they would fault Trump while 26 percent said congressional Republicans would be to blame. Around 10 percent of respondents said they would blame all three.

President Trump plugged his son’s interview on Twitter and later retweeted a Fox News tweet that included video of the exchange with Trump super fan Pirro.

Boneyard Halloween Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a fun and easy craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make this halloween! It’s a spooky boneyard wreath to hang on the front door for halloween.  Aside from Christmas, Halloween is my favourite time of year for crafting with my daycare hooligans.  I swear, I could come up with a different Halloween craft, every single day in...

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Reasons To Fall In Love With Saigon (Part One)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city of Vietnam. Saigon is lively and full of the friendliest of people. Saigon is rapidly growing. Saigon is vintage with all the old buidings and constructions from the last century. Saigon is beautiful with all of its colors of life. If you ever come to […]

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Magformers Review – The Magnetic Building Toy that Kids Just Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Magformers: fun, educational, magnetic building shapes that are perfect for home, daycare, preschool or the classroom. For your convenience this post contains affiliate links. Several months ago, we had the great pleasure of receiving this 62-piece Building Construction Set from the lovely folks at Magformers. Have you heard of Magformers?  Oh my goodness.  I cannot say enough about...

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Framed Photo Paper Art with Sharpies – Fun for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eek.  Have you ever had this problem?  Your child wants (or needs) needs to make a homemade gift for a parent or grandparent, but there’s not enough time to pull out all the paint and various supplies to craft something up. What to do?  What to do? Not to worry!  We’ve got you covered!  Here’s...

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50+ Paper Plate Crafts for Kids – Epic A to Z Collection

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

WooHOO! I am SO excited about today's post!

You know how we've been working on an A-Z paper plate craft collection for the past year and a half?

Well, we're finished! It's done! And it's AWESOME if I do say so myself!

The hooligans and I had a blast brainstorming and creating, and we came up with one or more easy, inexpensive and adorable paper plate crafts for every letter of the alphabet. Yep, even the challenging letters!

I really hope you'll pin this post or bookmark it to keep it handy for whenever you need a craft to go along with any of your letter learning units. And please feel free to share it with other parents and preschool teachers.

I'd love for this to be your go-to post whenever you need a craft to go along with the letter you're working on with your kids or students.

And now, would you please do me (and the hooligans) the honour of popping in, and checking it out! We're all so very proud!

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Shutdown Update: Could a Deal Be in the Works?

Shutdown Update: Could a Deal Be in the Works?

by Jim Newell @ Slate Articles

When we left the Capitol on Thursday night, Senate Democrats (and a few Republicans) seemed intent on blocking the House’s short-term bill to keep the government open, and Senate Republican leaders seemed perfectly pleased to let them. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in particular, appeared delighted to skewer Trump-state Senate Democrats for shutting down the government over “illegal immigration.” House Republicans, after muscling through their bill Thursday night, planned to fly out of town following their Friday morning vote series and force Democrats to squirm before the impending “#SchumerShutdown.” Everyone was locked in. It was a rarity in shutdown politics, with each side believing it had a compelling case to make to the public.

By around noon, though, the air had shifted. Though a shutdown is still a very likely possibility, there was a noticeable softening of tensions between the two sides.

House Republicans did vote to adjourn Friday morning, but they were advised not to leave town. The first whip’s advisory sent Friday said that the morning vote series would be “the last votes expected in the House for the day and week.” A later update asked members to keep their schedules “flexible.” Following the morning votes, an additional alert suggested the “possible resumption of legislative business.” So much for flying out of town and jamming Senate Democrats.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, too, was notably less rigid on Friday when asked about contingency plans. On Thursday, he had suggested that the House bill was the bill, and said “no” when asked about alternatives. When I asked him Friday morning if there was any backup plan, he said, “Well, we’re going to have the vote, put everybody on the record [on the House bill], demonstrate what their priorities truly are.” But then there could be an alternative? “We’re still talking,” he said. In other words: They can get Senate Democrats on-the-record opposing a bill that extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, bank that for campaign ads, and then perhaps move forward with a plan to keep the government open.

Just after noon, we also learned that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is heading to the White House to meet with President Trump—one on one. If there’s no Tom Cotton or Stephen Miller in the room, then Schumer could get Trump to agree to just about anything.* And Republicans know it. (Update, Jan. 19, 2018, at 2:44 p.m.: Much to Republicans’ relief, neither Schumer nor his spokesperson had any deal to announce when they returned from the White House. “Discussions will continue,” however.)

What gives? A couple of theories.

The first is that Senate Republicans’ case for a “Democratic shutdown over illegal immigration” looks much worse if the cloture vote can’t even get a majority. It takes 60 votes to break a filibuster, so if the “yes” vote total landed somewhere between 50 and 60, Republicans would have a stronger case for blaming Democratic opposition. If the bill can’t muster a majority, then it was never going to pass the Senate anyway, even if Democrats hadn’t filibustered. The Senate would have to turn to something else.

And though polling is early and highly malleable, the Washington Post and ABC News released a survey Friday that showed a plurality of the public would blame Trump and congressional Republicans for the shutdown, not Democrats.

Congress has a matter of hours to figure this out before funding expires. It suddenly seems as if all parties might at least be interested in doing that.

*Correction, Jan. 19, 2018: This post originally misspelled Stephen Miller’s first name. It also misidentified Chuck Schumer as Senate majority leader.

Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands activity:  It’s a blast whether you’re a “Frozen fan” or not!  It’s a great science experiment for kids, and you likely have most or all of the supplies around your home! We are ALL about Frozen-themed activities these days! I have some huge Elsa and Anna fans here in my daycare....

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I Never Liked Being Around Kids, Until I Had My Own

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

"I worried that if I chose to become a mother I wouldn’t be a very good one."

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Progressives Split on Whether Democrats Made a Savvy Deal or Are Craven, Spineless Failures

Progressives Split on Whether Democrats Made a Savvy Deal or Are Craven, Spineless Failures

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ Slate Articles

A decisive majority of Senate Democrats agreed Monday to end the partial government shutdown that had entered its third day. The deal they voted through funds government operations for three weeks but also funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which was in danger of running out of money altogether, for six years. The Dems also say that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring DACA legislation to the floor for debate and voting no later than Feb. 8.

Was this a clever way of ending a shutdown they would have been blamed for while securing children’s health coverage and bringing DACA—a subject on which Democrats have public support when it’s polled in isolation—one step closer to a vote? Or was it an absurdly early capitulation in which the party betrayed its moral obligation to Dreamers in return for nothing more than a flimsy agreement with an unreliable partner so not to look as if they were hurting the military? Progressives online, even some with similar ideological priors who generally tend to agree with each other, are truly split.

Team This Is Bad:

(Greenberg works for the grassroots activism group Indivisible; here is some context on the weekend’s women’s marches.)

(Aronoff writes for the leftist investigative sites In These Times and The Intercept.)

(Beutler works with a number of Obama alums at Crooked Media.)

(Osita writes for, uh, Slate.)

Team No, It’s Fine:

(Paul Krugman is Paul Krugman.)

(To be clear, Fuller—a left-leaning congressional reporter at HuffPost—is predicting that McConnell will in fact call up a bipartisan DACA bill, and that it will pass.)

(Also a Slate writer. Sorry.)

(Levitz is an avowed advocate of Sanders/Warren–style progressivism at New York magazine.)

(Stoller is a leftist economics writer who’s been very critical of the Obama administration.)

Team It’s Neither:

(Edwards-Levy is a polling expert for HuffPost.)

In summary, the deal is either a clever way to protect children or augurs the heat death of the Earth—and we’re going to do this all again in three weeks. Politics!

Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft for Kids of All Ages – a Fun Lesson in Design Too!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This one will take you right back to your childhood. Remember making tissue paper art when you were a kid?

Toddlers, preschoolers AND big kids will love this classic art process.

They'll learn a new skill too, if you have them pre-plan and colour-code their designs like we did!

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If My Kids Say They’re Not Ready for College, I’m Definitely Not Pushing It

by Katie Smith @ Babble

I've talked to too many adults who say they went to college when they weren't ready, and ended up failing out [and] racking up debt.

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Adorable Video of Kids Trying Vietnamese Food Draws Flack For Making it Look Gross

Adorable Video of Kids Trying Vietnamese Food Draws Flack For Making it Look Gross


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Recently, YouTube channel HiHo Kids released a video showing kids trying Vietnamese food for the first time. They tried a variety of dishes, including pho, bánh xèo, cá kho tộ, and soda sữa hột gà. Overall, the video was adorable and each child reacted differently to the dishes that were presented to them. Unfortunately, it seems […]

More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot, Study Shows — in Many Cases, to Treat Morning Sickness

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

For some women who suffer from morning sickness so severe they can't keep food down, marijuana has become their only relief.

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40+ Gifts Kids can Make {that Grown Ups will Really Use}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids love to give homemade gifts at Christmas, you'll LOVE this collection of kid-made gift ideas!

These are gifts that parents and grandparents will truly love, appreciate and value.

Check them out with the link below!

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This Mom Thought Her Daughter Was Being a “Drama Queen,” Until X-Rays Proved Otherwise

by Audra Rogers @ Babble

“We learn from our failures — so now at least we’ll know what to do the next time our kids break an appendage.”

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Roadways in the leaves!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember being a kid, and all the hours you could spend playing in the fall leaves? Jumping into them, raking them into houses and trails and mazes… Here’s another fun idea that kept the hooligans busy for a few days. We made roadways in the leaves, and they spent hours pushing their cars and trucks...

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10 Spring Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

10 spring crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make!  They’re sweet, they’re simple, and they’re absolutely charming! Spring, glorious spring!  Is there a more wonderful season?  Everything’s coming up fresh and new in the garden.  The yard is a live with vibrant colour after a long, cold winter, and the spring-time temperatures are rising daily....

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Pumpkin Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pumpkin Art for Kids – a cute and easy Halloween Craft toddlers and preschoolers, which combines art and fine motor development… Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! At this time of year, there’s no shortage of pumpkin crafts here in my daycare. We’ve been busy making something pumpkin related almost every day here for the past couple...

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Pho Shizzle Vietnamese Cuisine Shirts Kids Pho Shizzle Vietnamese Cuisine T-Shirt 10 Cranberry from Amazon | parenting.com Shop

Pho Shizzle Vietnamese Cuisine Shirts Kids Pho Shizzle Vietnamese Cuisine T-Shirt 10 Cranberry from Amazon | parenting.com Shop


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Gingerbread Play Dough Cookie Decorating Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm so excited! Take a look at this simple Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Station I made for the kids.

It's so pretty and inviting, and they'll play with it all month long.

The no-cook dough is really easy to make and it stays super-soft even if you leave it out for hours.

The kids have a ton of fun rolling, cutting and decorating their cookies with odds and ends from the craft cupboard.

It's the perfect Christmas activity keep little ones busy and having fun at home, daycare or preschool.

Just click the link below to check it out now!

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Homemade Bird Feeder with Fruit Scraps and Popcorn

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a red and white, heart-shaped bird feeder with fruit scraps and popcorn to help your backyard birds when food sources are scarce. The term “polar vortex” is being tossed around again, it finally feels like winter has truly arrived. With temperatures well below zero, and a couple of feet of snow on the ground,...

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How to Make Healthy Vietnamese Spring Rolls at Home

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Psssst!

Wanna know how to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls at home? You know what they are, right? Cold spring rolls in rice paper wrappers? Some people call them summer rolls or salad rolls.

Well, guess what. They're TOTALLY easy to make at home, and today, I'm showing you how!

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Paper Plate Poppy Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a very simple poppy craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make in honour of Remembrance Day or Veterans Day. The process is easy, but provides kids with an opportunity to explore colour mixing, and to practice their scissor skills. The results are so pretty, and these poppies would be lovely to display in your home or in your classroom. Be sure to check them out here:

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Why Democrats Caved

Why Democrats Caved

by Jim Newell @ Slate Articles

Shortly after voting to end a government shutdown on Monday afternoon, a group of a 10 or so centrist Senate Democrats, along with a handful of Republicans, gave a press conference outside the chamber to congratulate themselves on the extraordinary bipartisan achievement of funding the government at current spending levels for another 17 days. This informal “common sense caucus”—or as Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly called it, “the potato chips and oranges caucus”—had been meeting in Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ office over the weekend to negotiate the handshake “arrangement” that will reopen the government.

The group included several Democrats who had voted to filibuster the previous spending bill on Friday, like Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, and New Hampshire Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen. They congratulated each other for what they’d secured: a commitment from the majority leader to debate immigration through regular order after Feb. 8 if no deal is struck beforehand.
That process could produce a bipartisan bill, such as the Gang of Six legislation, that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had not previously agreed to allow on the floor.

Looking at the smiles and backslapping among these Democrats, one couldn’t help but wonder: Do they have the faintest idea how pissed off the Democratic base is?

Democrats were not able to secure an immigration deal through the three-day shutdown, only a commitment to a future process that could produce such legislation. They also were not able to secure any commitment that House Republicans would take up the fruits of their labor. And yet cloture was invoked easily, 81 to 18, with only 16 of 49 Democrats voting nay.

The rage from activists was swift and unsparing.

“Today’s cave by Senate Democrats—led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats—is why people don’t believe the Democratic Party stands for anything,” Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Stephanie Taylor said in a statement. “These weak Democrats hurt the party brand for everyone and make it harder to elect Democrats everywhere in 2018.”

“A lot of Democrats are channeling their inner Marco Rubio today,” tweeted MoveOn Washington Director Ben Wikler, referring to the oft-caving Florida senator. Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible, called it a “betrayal.” CREDO labeled Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “the worst negotiator in Washington—even worse than Trump.”

Much of the criticism came from within the building, too, especially from the House side. “I do not see how a vague promise from the Senate Majority Leader about a vague policy to be voted on in the future helps the Dreamers or maximizes leverage the Democrats and American people have over the Republicans right now,” Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the most vocal advocate for Dreamers in Congress, said in a statement.

The furor mostly stemmed from a total lack of faith in McConnell’s willingness to uphold such a handshake agreement. It’s only been a few weeks, after all, since the majority leader failed to make good on agreements he reached with both Collins and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in exchange for their votes on tax reform. Why do Senate Democrats suddenly trust him to follow through on his immigration commitment?

A couple of Democrats said that while they don’t personally trust McConnell, they have faith in their colleagues who do.

“You’ve got to start trusting each other and working together at some point,” Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said. “I have no trust in the Republican leadership, but I’m going to take a deep breath and show some trust in my moderate Republican colleagues who were willing to step forward on this.”

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey—who argued that McConnell made not just a promise to Senate Democrats, but “to the country”—said “I don’t know [McConnell] enough to say that I trust him, but I do trust the people who were in [Collins’ office] the last couple of days.”

Bill Nelson reiterated several times that the commitment from McConnell was “ironclad,” but his evidence for that was largely McConnell’s public statements and the “glare of the spotlight” applied to them. In other words: words.

“Bottom line,” Nelson said, cutting to the chase, “in order to get anything done, you’ve got to have good will and the ability to work together.”

New Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, meanwhile, said that “I’m going to take everybody at their word.” Ah, to be a freshman.

No one could really say the truth about why Democrats accepted this offer from McConnell: that it was the best they were going to get.

This shutdown was always going to be decided by the “blame game,” as annoying as that is to say. As each side made their arguments in recent days, Republicans had the more straightforward one—Democrats were responsible for the shutdown because they filibustered a funding bill in order to secure something else. A DACA fix is popular; shutting down the government over one is much less so, especially in many of the states Senate Democrats are trying to hold in November. The polling was beginning to gravitate in Republicans’ favor.

“I hear our numbers are dropping like a rock,” Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York told Bloomberg on Monday.

There is no compelling evidence that rejecting McConnell’s offer would have resulted in a better outcome for Democrats. Polling would have drifted further to Republicans’ side, and McConnell would have waited patiently to accept Schumer’s unconditional surrender. It is surprising that McConnell even offered a handshake agreement, and may have only done so to bring Flake and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham back on the team. Democrats chose to save face by accepting a less-than-“ironclad” commitment because that is what you do when you’ve made a losing tactical decision.

Easy, Adorable Santa Craft for Kids (with Paint Sticks and Yarn)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeek! We've been dying to share our latest Christmas craft with you!

It's ADORABLE!

We made these craft stick Santas with just a few basic supplies. Raid your craft cupboard! You probably have most of what you need on hand already!

Hang them on the Christmas tree or play with them.

They're super-easy to make, and the results are just so stinkin' cute!

Click the link below to check them out! Go!

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Savory Vietnamese Dishes – A Look Into The “Bun” Family (Part One)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

I was sitting by the vendor that late Tuesday night, enjoying every single drop of the broth from my favorite “Bun Rieu” and thinking why do foreigners only know about “Pho”, “Banh Mi”, etc. when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine? Because there are more to what Viets eat, there are more to what tourists attractions in […]

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Twig Tree Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This easy  Twig Tree Ornament is a great Christmas craft for preschoolers who are working on their fine motor skills. The toddlers can make these ornaments for the Christmas tree too with just a little assistance.  Here’s a cute and easy Christmas craft that starts out with a nature walk with the kids. Similar to our Twig...

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6 Ways to Make Homemade Stamps for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

6 ways to make a set of custom homemade stamps for your kids, using common house-hold items! Does your child love stamping?  Most kids do!  There’s something so fun about dipping a stamp in a puddle of paint, or pounding a stamp back and forth between stamp pad and paper, making marks all over a...

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Mitch McConnell Makes Senate Democrats an Offer

Mitch McConnell Makes Senate Democrats an Offer

by Jim Newell @ Slate Articles

At around 8:50 p.m. on Sunday night, a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out to the throng of reporters spending their weekend in the corridors of the Capitol and announced that McConnell would be speaking on the floor shortly. It was the white smoke no one was quite sure would come. All day, McConnell had been taking meetings with an impeccably dressed Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and a shabbily dressed South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who had taken it upon themselves to act as liaisons between the Democratic and Republican leaders.

There was no deal to announce, but an offer had been extended from Republicans, leaving Democrats to ponder whether to capitulate or further entrench their risky position before a noon vote on Monday.

The announcement read by McConnell was one that Flake and Graham had been negotiating all day. If Democrats reopened the government on the bill under consideration, which would fund the government until Feb. 8, and there was no breakthrough on an immigration deal before then, it would be McConnell’s “intention” to open debate on immigration and, as Texas Sen. John Cornyn said afterward, allow “the Senate to work its will.” In other words, the Senate would take up a shell bill and various immigration proposals, like the bipartisan legislation Flake and Graham have introduced, or more partisan alternatives, could be called up as amendments. House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, has made no commitments that he would call up the winner of the Senate process for a vote in the House.

McConnell then asked for a 10 p.m. cloture vote on the Senate bill. Schumer objected but didn’t object to McConnell’s next proposal for a vote at noon Monday. (McConnell’s and Schumer’s staffs had choreographed this sequence just minutes before.) This guarantees that federal workers will be furloughed when they wake up for the first workday of the shutdown.

Cornyn, who was notably more conciliatory to the alleged instigator of the “Schumer Shutdown” than he had been in recent days, explained that it was fair enough for Schumer to want time to “chew things over” with his caucus.

Democrats may need all of that time.

Schumer, speaking on the floor, stated that the two sides had “yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable to both sides.” McConnell’s offer does not meet what Democrats have demanded, which is an agreement not just on the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients but also the outlines for a plan on spending caps, disaster relief, and other bottlenecked issues. Securing Senate floor time doesn’t secure any floor time in the House, where the hardliners seemingly have control over Ryan and the immigration debate. And a promise to consider immigration after Feb. 8, rather than before it, takes away their leverage over the next piece of funding legislation.

But it does give Democrats an off-ramp from their gamble, which some of them could regret turning down if they don’t take it now. Republicans on the Hill believe they have Senate Democrats over a barrel, and the stench of sweating Senate Democrats up for re-election this year in Trump-won states is becoming noticeable. Some of them will want to take the face-saving gesture to end this before any permanent damage is done.

Though there’s no guarantee of a House vote, one can envision at least an endgame that squeezes House Republicans: Because the Gang of Six bipartisan immigration bill, or one like it, is probably the only bill that can get the 60 votes necessary to escape the Senate floor process, it would arrive at the House’s doorstep as the DACA expiration date nears. House Republicans could try to pass a conservative alternative, like the Goodlatte-Labrador bill, but even if it passed, it would die in the Senate. The Gang of Six bill, by contrast, could pass the House. The pressure for preserving protections for DACA beneficiaries, as everyone in Congress claims to want, would fall squarely on Ryan’s shoulders.

Flake, who along with Graham will be flipping to “yes” on Monday’s vote, said he personally will be trying to persuade Democrats to join him. What will he tell them?

“That we actually did get something here,” Flake told reporters. “One, we got the date moved up [from Feb. 16 to Feb. 8], and two, for the first time, we got the majority leader off of, ‘We can only move [an immigration bill] if the president agrees.’ That shouldn’t be that difficult, in my view, but it is.”

Plenty of Democrats won’t want to go along with this. But it might be enough to peel off seven additional Democrats that Republicans would need to get to 60 on the Monday cloture vote.

Cornyn, who had been more pessimistic than Flake and Graham for much of the day, was asked after McConnell’s offer if he was confident that cloture would be invoked.

Maybe prematurely.

“I’m optimistic,” he said.

4-Ingredient Christmas Bark Recipe (with Mercken’s Disks and Rice Krispies)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

4-Ingredient Christmas Bark is easy to make and tastes amazing! White bark filled with crispy-crunchy goodness - it's a terrific treat to make for the family, and perfect for packaging up for friends, teachers and neighbours.

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Toilet Roll Mummy Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet roll mummies – a cute and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make! We’ve made countless Halloween crafts over the years, but oh my!  These toilet roll mummies might just be the cutest yet!  And they were so easy to make!  A little tissue paper, a toilet roll tube, and lots of...

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16 Cute and Easy Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, guys.

Just wait til you see this one.

I've rounded up 16 of our cutest-ever craft stick ornaments, and put them all in one post.

These ornaments are perfect for the Christmas tree, and great for all age groups so you'll want to check them out.

Be warned though. They're ridiculously cute! From the ballerina to the Santa and helpers to the ninjas and the nutcrackers, they're all just adorable.

Oh, and if you have boys who tend to be a little reluctant to come to the craft table, there are 3 in here that will appeal to them!

Check them out through the link below. Enjoy!

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Paper Plate Rainbow Craft with Tissue Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“R” is for Rainbow: an easy letter R craft in our A-Z paper plate crafts for kids collection. Ready for a cute and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft?  Toddlers will love making these colourful Paper Plate Rainbow Craft with tissue paper!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see the fun we had making our rainbows, and to...

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Glittered Leaf Ornaments with 2-Ingredient Clay Dough

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I have another absolutely GORGEOUS craft to share with you today!

We made these stunning, glittered leaf ornaments the other day. It's a wonderful craft for big kids, but easy enough to make with toddlers and preschoolers.

The dough recipe is one that we've used for many projects before, and it's made with just 2 kitchen ingredients and water.

You have to try this one with your kids this fall!

They'd be perfect to display as place holders on your Thanksgiving table. You could even pass around a Sharpie marker, and let everyone put the date and year on them.

I think they'd double as excellent Christmas tree ornaments too, don't you?

Quick! Go, go! Check them out through the link below, and tell me if you think they're as beautiful as I do!

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Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wheee!

We've made the cutest-ever gingerbread houses without a lick of sugar!

They're colourful, they're festive, and they're going to look terrific lining our Christmas dinner table. Your kids can make these to be the centerpiece on the kids' Christmas table as well.

I love that they look so yummy but they aren't going to harm any teeth or spoil any appetites. AND, you can make them with any old odds and ends that you have in your craft room!

Make one or two, or make a whole village to line a mantel, a windowsill or your holiday table!

Aren't they beyond adorable? Check 'em out through the link below!

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The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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Paper Plate Mardi Gras Masks – A Fabulous Fat Tuesday Craft for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, and just wait 'til you see what we've crafted up!

We made gorgeous Mardi Gras masks the other day, and in true Happy Hooligans fashion, they were super-easy and required just a few basic supplies.

Click the link below to see how colourful and stunning they are! Go, Go!

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How to Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy – 3 Simple Steps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm! Make real maple syrup snow candy in your own backyard! 3-easy steps and just 2 ingredients: maple syrup and snow! This simple, traditional, Canadian treat is so much fun to make. You and your kids will love the process! And I'll bet you'll love the taste too!

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Pretend Paint Pallet – Terrific Activity for an Art Party

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a little Van Gogh at your house?  A simple pretend paint pallet is great pretend play idea for toddlers and preschoolers.  Super-fun for indoors or out, and a bunch of these would make for a terrific activity at a child’s art-themed birthday party! Kids LOVE to paint, don’t they?  What I always find funny is that...

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Button Snake – a Homemade Toy to Develop Fine Motor Skills

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a simple button snake to help your child strengthen his buttoning and fine motor skills. Learning to pass a button through a button hole is no easy task for a toddler!  That’s where a button snake can help!  A simple homemade button snake will help your child learn to “do” buttons, and it’s a...

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8 Gorgeous Homemade Wind Chimes for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These homemade wind chimes are so gorgeous you're going to want to make them all! They're easy to make, and they won't cost you a dime. Which one will you and your kids start with?

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Is Pho Soup Good for You?

by photastix @ Photastix

A blend of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat, usually beef, pho soup is a common Vietnamese menu item. The soup is low in fat and supplies several key vitamins and minerals, but it can also be high in sodium. Pho soup can certainly fit into a healthy eating plan and that’s where Photastix comes […]

Felt Flower Buttoning Toy

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I’m so excited to share our latest buttoning toy with you! Pop over to Kids Activities Blog to see how to make our Felt Flower Buttoning Toy!  This easy, no-sew version of our Button Snake, is a great toy for fine motor development and teaching buttoning skills! Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities...

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Spooktacular Halloween Crows Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Spectacular Halloween Crows: toilet rolls, buttons and feathers, oh my… If you’re making some fun and easy Halloween crafts with your kids this month, put these little crows on your must-make list! I am such a sucker for a cute bird craft!  I’m also a huge fan of using toilet rolls for crafting here in...

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Styrofoam Christmas Tree Table Toppers for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh MY, how we love our Christmas crafting sessions!

You have to see our latest!

These were SO easy to make and they're SO pretty!

The kids are going to display these table toppers on their Christmas dinner table this year, but wouldn't they look gorgeous on a mantel or window sill too?

Click the link below to check them out! Don't you love it when crafting is THIS easy and THIS pretty?

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Backyard Ice Sculptures

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids of all ages (and grown ups too!) will want to get in on building these awesome ice sculptures in the backyard this winter!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we made ours!   Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and click SUBSCRIBE in my sidebar to receive our posts by...

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10+ Stone Activities for Kids – Loose Parts in the Back Yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

One of the best things about summer is all of the stones and rocks that the kids bring home from the beach.

You can make SO MANY things with them, and you can also use them as learning tools in your backyard, classroom or daycare.

I love using stones for play and learning because they don't cost a thing, they can be decorated or left in their natural state, and they are so versatile!

Check out all of these experiments, activities, crafts and gifts that we've made using the stones we've collected at the beach over the years!

If you don't have any stones on hand, this is a great excuse to get outside with your kids this week to do some collecting!

Click the link below to see the fabulous ways you can use them!

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Making Reading a Routine Reality

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

  Last month’s blog, Enjoy Reading with your Child, reminded and re-motivated me to put into practice more of what we know about reading. Yet reviewing the Top 10 Tips has given me room for greater reflection and left me with some food for thought. By sharing here, I hope that we might encourage and […]

TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Monster Swatters – a Tool to Help Kids Conquer Their Fear of Monsters

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Are your kids afraid of monsters? Make a Monster Swatter, and ban those bedtime-monster fears for good! When I recently polled my Facebook followers, about their children’s fears, a common response was “my child is afraid of monsters at bedtime“.  If you have a little one with a fear of monsters, you know that bedtime can...

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Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education

Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education


An Epic Education

There is so much delicious food in Vietnam for kids. Here I list up some of the best Vietnamese food for picky eaters: fruits, desserts & main dishes.

Abercrombie Kids’ New Gender-Neutral Clothing Is So Cool, You’ll Want It All in Your Size

by Rachel Garlinghouse @ Babble

It's called "The Everybody Collection" — and it has parents everywhere cheering.

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Popsicle Stick Snowflake Craft for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Simple Popsicle Stick Snowflakes: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make for the Christmas tree. Oh, I do love making simple Christmas ornaments with the toddlers and pre-schoolers in my home daycare at this time of year!  The hooligans love making snowflakes, and this is one of our easier snowflake crafts, and perfect...

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Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe – Easy and Delicious

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Soft homemade pretzels are one of those things that everybody loves but no-one ever makes, right?

Well, I have a little secret to share with you.

They're SUPER-easy to make at home!

Seriously!

They're really fun too - especially if you have little kids in the house because, hey, the kneading and rolling and shaping is kind of like playing with play dough!

Use your dough to make traditional pretzel shapes or pretzel numbers or letters.

Top with your favourite pretzel toppings, and boom, you've got yourself a delicious, soft, chewy homemade snack for after school or whenever.

And... they're so easy, your kids can pretty much make them themselves.

Check out the link below to how see "Miss Mess" (9 years old) whipped up this batch for us last week.

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4 Sisters Wore Their Wedding Dresses in a Photo Shoot for One Very Special Reason

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

While most brides only wear their wedding dresses once, these sisters donned them one last time for a beautiful photo shoot tribute.

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25+ Awesome Art Projects for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tired of doing the same old preschool art activities with your kids and students?  Be prepared for some excitement then because I have over 25 AWESOME art projects for Toddlers and Preschoolers to do at home, daycare or preschool. It’s no secret that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love creating art!  Naturally, they enjoy regular,...

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Gorgeous Paper Mache Platter for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A gorgeous paper mache platter that kids can make and decorate.  Give it as a gift or use it in your own home. Wouldn’t this be lovely to make for a parent or grandparent?  There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a hand-made gift from a child.  Especially when that gift is really useful, and...

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Why the U.S. Can’t Declare Victory Against ISIS

Why the U.S. Can’t Declare Victory Against ISIS

by Joshua Keating @ Slate Articles

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS announced Tuesday that it carried out a major airstrike in the southeastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, claiming to have killed 150 militants. Once commonplace, strikes like this have become relatively rare. According to the independent monitoring group Airwars, the coalition has carried out 122 strikes so far in January in Iraq and Syria and 212 last month. That’s the fewest since August 2014, the first month of the campaign, and down from a high of 1,755 last August, the height of the battle for ISIS’s capital, Raqqa.

The slowing pace of strikes isn’t surprising, because there’s not much left to bomb. ISIS has lost more than 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. More than 60,000 of its fighters and 120 of its leaders have been killed, and the flow of foreign fighters into Syria has nearly stopped. While it’s hard to get a precise count for how many ISIS loyalists remain in the two countries, estimates of the number of active fighters on the battlefield are between 1,000–3,000.

You would think this would be a moment of triumph for the U.S. and its allies, but it actually puts U.S. officials in a bit of an awkward spot, given that we’ve made clear that U.S. troops aren’t going anywhere. American officials vary between describing ISIS as a broken shell of its former self and a still-potent lethal fighting force depending on whether they’re taking credit for defeating it or making the case for continued U.S. deployment. As Dave Clark of Agence France-Presse noticed last week, they can sometimes do this in the very same statement:

The general line that officials and commanders have settled on is that while ISIS has been defeated as a territorial power, U.S. troops need to remain to make sure it doesn’t re-emerge. There’s some logic to this: ISIS’s predecessor organization, al-Qaida in Iraq, was similarly thought to be all but defeated a decade ago. And as the suicide bombing that killed dozens of people in Baghdad last week dramatically demonstrated, ISIS can still pose a threat, even without control of territory. But unlike in Iraq, where the U.S. can somewhat plausibly claim to be helping the government maintain stability, in fractured Syria, where the U.S. is not cooperating with the central government, the rationale for keeping 2,000 U.S. troops on the ground is a little murkier.

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out several goals for America’s continued involvement in Syria, including blunting Iran’s growing influence, supporting the predominantly Kurdish forces that did the bulk of the fighting against ISIS, and pressuring Bashar al-Assad to step down. While it seems increasingly quaint to note it, Congress has not authorized the president to use military force to accomplish any of these goals. The U.S. was already on tenuous legal ground using the 2001 authorization to use military force against al-Qaida to go after ISIS in Syria. Continuing to use it after ISIS is essentially defeated would be ridiculous.

Congressional Democrats raised this objection in the past week. Sen. Cory Booker, who for some reason or another has decided this may be a good time to start taking strong stands on national security issues, co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that the continued deployment of U.S. troops post-ISIS “will break just about every relevant law on the books.” Trump’s probably not too concerned about Democrats with self-serving legal qualms, but the changing nature of the mission also runs contrary to his own instincts, as expressed since his campaign, to keep the focus narrowly on ISIS rather than attempting a more ambitious political transformation in Syria.

The complications of this new mission were also made very clear this week by the Turkish incursion into the border enclave of Afrin, where they are battling Kurdish fighters that the Turkish government considers terrorists. The U.S. has mostly been left on the sidelines in that fight, which awkwardly pits a NATO ally against the U.S.’s closest anti-ISIS partner, the Syrian Kurds. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned today that the Turkish offensive “distracts” from the fight against ISIS. Trump also spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the situation in a phone call on Wednesday and, according to the White House, reiterated that both nations must focus all parties on the shared goal of achieving the lasting defeat of ISIS. And Tillerson upped the pressure on the Assad regime Tuesday, accusing it of continuing to use chemical weapons and blaming its partner Russia for allowing these attacks to continue.

The Trump administration—and to a large extent the Obama administration before it—have mostly sought to keep U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict limited to ISIS. But the administration has also apparently come to the conclusion that pulling up stakes in Syria could lead to the emergence of new threats and that the U.S. can’t give up the leverage provided by its ground troops. And so, the fight against ISIS has to continue, even if it increasingly doesn’t involve ISIS.

“Look, we are not seeking a pretext or a justification to remain in Syria, and we are not constructing any false reality involving ISIS,” a State Department official told the Washington Times last week. “The fact is the fight against ISIS continues. It is real, it is not contrived or imaginary.”

That will look plausible enough as long as dozens of airstrikes are still being launched every month. But sooner or later, the U.S. is going to run out of ISIS to fight.

Disney Helps 32 Foster Kids Find Forever Families: “This Is What We’ve Been Waiting For”

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

"It’s great to become part of the family, even for just a short period of time."

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Snow Painting

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Snow painting – a creative and fun way to create art outdoors in winter-time. If winter has truly arrived where you are, you’ll definitely want to add SNOW PAINTING to your list of fun, outdoor activities to try with your children! This activity is super-easy to set up, and fun for kids of all ages!...

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Marbleized Easter Eggs with Oil, Vinegar and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeeeek! I am SO EXCITED to show you this fabulous process for dyeing Easter eggs today! We're using a 2-step process that gives real eggs a beautiful, glossy, "marbleized' effect! All you need is food colouring, water, vinegar and olive oil! The process is really easy, and guys, the results ARE GORGEOUS! Look, look!!

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Olympic Ring Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a unique piece of art for a bedroom or toy room using a second hand canvas and some cardboard rolls! We LOVE using our recyclables for crafting!  Cardboard rolls are one of my favourite materials to use for arts and crafts here in my daycare.  We’ve made dozens of crafts and homemade toys using...

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Adorable Paper Plate Purses & Easter Baskets Your Kids can Design and Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know how it is when you have a craft all planned out, but the kids come up with completely different plans of their own?

That's how it was with these paper plate purses and Easter baskets. Aren't they adorable? Sometimes kids have the best ideas of all.

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A Very Cool Way to Make a Rainbow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun and easy way for kids to paint a perfect rainbow! Do your kids love making rainbows?  A rainbow is almost one of the first things that kids learn to draw.  I remember drawing hundreds of them when I was in kindergarten.  Every picture that I painted included a big yellow sun in the...

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Our Summer Sawleaf Specials!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

SAWLEAF SUMMER SPECIALS! Pho, banh mi, bun, and beer all in one place? Sawleaf Vietnamese Café at The Market Place is the place to be this summer with great food and amazing offers for everyone to enjoy. Sawleaf Vietnamese Café offers a variety of delicious menu items that are made from the sawleaf, which is the key ingredient in their dishes because it heightens the [...]

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Coloured Ice Cubes in the Snow – Outdoor Winter Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Freeze ice cubes with food colouring and let the kids take them out into the snow to play with them. They can build with them, decorate a fort, or simply scoop and transfer them into various containers. It’s a great way to provide creative, open-ended play on a winter day. Playing with coloured ice cubes...

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Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities for ages 3-8

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

FIZZ, POP, BANG! Playful Science and Math Activities brings hands-on fun and enjoyment to math and science! An e-book filled with inviting and engaging, hands-on learning activities to make math and science fun for kids! What’s Fizz, Pop, Bang! all about? 20 creative bloggers, 40 hands-on learning activities, and BONUS links to dozens of inspiring ideas...

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Cardboard Roll Christmas Candle Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oooo! I love, love, LOVE our latest Christmas craft and I'm so excited to share it with you.

When your kids are crafting at this time of year, I love to bring you ideas that are:

A) easy and inexpensive
B) not terribly messy
C) look GREAT on display as a Christmas decoration in your home
D) make cute gifts for kids to give to parents or grandparents.

This one fits the bill on all accounts. Check it out with the link below. Go! Go!

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When Chore Charts Don’t Work – What To Do Instead

by Becky Mansfield @ Happy Hooligans

You have the highest hopes when you launch your new chore chart system to your kids, but what happens when the system totally fails?  If Chore Charts aren’t working for your family, don’t stress!  There are other successful ways to get your kids on board with helping out around the house! How to get your kids to clean...

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21 Spectacular Smore’s Recipes (No Campfire Necessary!)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

S'mores aren't just for summer!

Here are 21 incredible S'mores treats and desserts you can make at home without a campfire!

Perfect for birthday parties, holiday entertaining or a family movie night at home!

Click the link below to see them all!

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Pasta with Butter and Parm – Favourite Daycare Lunch for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hands-down, this is our favourite lunch ever here in my daycare.

Every kid loves it, from the toddlers right through to the 10 year olds.

It's super-easy to make, and even the pickiest kids (and believe me, I've had some picky ones!) ask for this over and over again.

Everyone has seconds, and sometimes thirds. It's that good.

You know why? It's simple, delicious comfort food.

You can tweak it any way you want to, but this version right here - it's guaranteed to make everyone happy.

Check it out, and give it a try. I'll bet it will become a favourite with your hooligans too!

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Coffee Can CD Wind Chime

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for homemade wind chimes for kids to make for Father’s Day this Coffee Can CD Wind Chime is perfect!  Actually, this could be a great gift for kids to make for Mother’s Day too, or for anyone who loves their coffee and their music.  This project is simple, and the only tool...

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Painted Ghost Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This painted ghost craft is a sweet and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers! The hooligans in my home daycare are just loving all of the Halloween crafts that we’ve been making lately!  We’ve been testing out lots of fun and easy art techniques, making halloween ghosts, monsters and pumpkins!  I had my two...

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Tin Can Stilts – Classic Childhood Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who remembers clomping around on a pair of tin can stilts when they were a kid? Remember how fun that was? And how about the balance and co-ordination it took?  Getting your hands and feet and ropes and tins to all work together…  What a blast. I do love a good, old-fashioned childhood classic, and...

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Magna Doodle Activities

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 ways to use your Magna Doodle as a learning tool! Our original Magna-Doodle has been kicking around for about 13 years.  It’s dented and dinged, and the screen is permanently marked in some places, but it’s still one of my favourites among our toy collection, not only because of the  fun my boys had...

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Dragonfly Craft from Starbucks Stir Sticks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It might not be dragonfly season, but you won't be able to resist making these adorable stir stick dragonflies with your kids sometime soon.

Just grab a handful of stir sticks when you're in Starbucks (ask first!), and your kids can transform them into glittery, shimmery dragonflies.

They're fun for play but I think they'd look wonderful suspended in a window, or strung into a mobile similar to the pinecone mobile we made last month.

Check them out, and tell me what you think! They're SO EASY!

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Toilet Roll Nativity Set that Kids Can Play With

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A toilet roll nativity set provides hours of imaginative play in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. I have a couple of dollar store nativity sets that the Hooligans have been playing with for over a decade, and they’re sweet, but they’re showing their age. Some pieces are chipped, and the donkeys and...

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Tillerson Says U.S. Troops Are Staying in Syria, but No One Is Sure What They Will Do There

Tillerson Says U.S. Troops Are Staying in Syria, but No One Is Sure What They Will Do There

by Joshua Keating @ Slate Articles

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a speech at Stanford University on Wednesday that U.S. troops in Syria—thought to currently number around 2,000—would be remaining there indefinitely, even after all of ISIS’s territory has been retaken. What exactly those troops will be doing is unclear—other than finding themselves in the middle of a new and unpredictable phase of the Syrian conflict, where it’s getting harder to figure out just what side the United States is on, or what the sides even are.

The latest round of controversy started last weekend when the U.S.-led military coalition announced that, with operations against ISIS winding down, its troops would be working to create a 30,000-strong border security force made up mostly of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which the U.S. had backed to fight ISIS. The SDF is made up primarily of fighters from YPG, a Kurdish militia that aims to set up an autonomous region in northeast Syria along the Turkish border. The new force, as the New York Times reported on Tuesday, has the potential to cement the Kurds’ autonomous status.

But wait! The YPG is closely allied with the PKK, a Kurdish guerilla group that has been fighting the Turkish government for decades and is widely considered a terrorist organization, including by the U.S. The YPG claims it is independent from the PKK, though it is openly devoted to promoting the teachings of the PKK’s imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Unlike their Kurdish counterparts in Iraq, Syrian Kurdish leaders say they don’t want full independence, just more regional autonomy—a Syrian Kurdish official I spoke with in Iraq in 2016 compared their vision to the federal structure of the U.S. or Canada, meaning they’d be like a state within Syria rather than an independent country. This has done little to reassure their neighbors

The idea of a YPG-affiliated force patrolling the border is strongly opposed by the governments of Syria, Russia, Iran, and Turkey. The U.S. probably couldn’t care less about how the first three feel, but Turkey—a NATO ally—is more of a problem. U.S. support for what Ankara considers a terrorist organization has been a sticking point in the deteriorating U.S.–Turkey relationship for awhile now. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was predictably furious in response to the latest news, accusing the U.S. of forming a “terror army” on the Turkish border and vowing to “strangle it before it’s even born.” Turkey also built up its military forces on the border and vowed to send troops into Syria’s Afrin area unless the U.S. withdrew its support for the SDF.

This prompted U.S. officials to backtrack, with Tillerson saying that the new force had been “misportrayed, misdescribed” and was not a border force at all. The Pentagon announced that the force would be focused on preventing the return of ISIS and providing security to liberated areas, and described Turkey’s concerns as “legitimate.”

Then came Tillerson’s Stanford speech, where he muddied the waters even more by, as the Washington Post reports, listing goals for the remaining U.S. troops including “vanquishing al-Qaeda, ousting Iran and securing a peace settlement that excludes President Bashar al-Assad.” The last goal is a far cry from Trump’s campaign argument that the U.S. should ignore or even partner with Assad to focus on ISIS.

“The United States believes that free and transparent elections … will result in the permanent departure of Assad and his family from power,” Tillerson said at Stanford. “Assad’s regime is corrupt, and his methods of governance and economic development have increasingly excluded certain ethnic and religious groups. Such oppression cannot persist forever.”

The hypothetical democratic election that will remove Assad from power has been part of U.S. officials’ boilerplate for a while now, but stating it as part of the goal of U.S. troops is new, even if it’s very unclear how 2,000 troops based in Kurdish-controlled areas far from Damascus will actually provide any leverage over Assad.

At the same time, the Assad regime stated today that it would consider any Turkish military incursion into Syria (presumably to curb the SDF) an act of aggression and was willing to shoot down Turkish jets.

Russia, meanwhile, is still hoping to host peace talks in Sochi later this month, but Turkey–Kurd tensions are, shall we say, making that difficult. (Turkey has vowed to pull out if the Kurds are invited.) Adding to the mutual suspicion, a Russian airbase in Syria was mysteriously attacked by mortar fire and a swarm of drones earlier this month, and Turkish-backed groups are thought to have been involved. The U.S. and European powers are not that happy about the Sochi talks either, given that Russia is not exactly a neutral arbiter, and the parallel process could undermine the ongoing U.N.-led talks in Geneva.

So, with all this going on, what are these American troops doing? Protecting the territorial gains of Kurdish revolutionaries from Turkey and Assad? Pressuring Assad to step down? Countering Iranian influence? Just making sure ISIS doesn’t come back? Nobody really knows, but based on how this war has gone so far, their ultimate role could very well be something entirely unexpected and not at all helpful.

Beautiful Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hiya!

Thought you might like this quick and easy snowflake craft if you're getting creative with the kids this week.

It's super-easy but SO pretty!

This is a great activity for little ones working on their fine-motor skills, and sorting and patterning skills, but older kids will love this one as well.

Your kids can make a bunch for the Christmas tree or to hang in a window at home or in the classroom this winter.

Aren't they beautiful? Click the link below to check them out!

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This Clever Website Lets Children of Divorce “Schedule” Santa’s Visit

by Eden Strong @ Babble

Some kids just need a little reassurance that Santa will be able to find them.

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Adorable Toilet Roll Owl Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy, adorable toilet roll owl craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make with cardboard rolls and fabric scraps!  Oh, we do love our owl crafts here in my home daycare. Because owls are typically thought of as being a fall craft, we often make them around Halloween, but in all honesty, these toilet paper roll owls are...

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Freedom?

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Freedom?

by Isaac Chotiner @ Slate Articles

Donald Trump’s election victory, and the success of demagogues around the world, have caused worried commentators to fret about the rise of illiberalism. In an intriguing new book, however, Patrick J. Deneen argues that part of the problem is that liberalism itself—the thing everyone seems obsessed with protecting—is partially to blame.

As Deneen* sees it, liberalism—defined not as progressivism, but rather as an ideology that stresses freedom in the marketplace and in our social relations—has led to the breakdown of societal norms, helping to impoverish our societies and creating the conditions for strongmen to rise. As he phrases it, “The breakdown of family, community, and religious norms and institutions, especially among those benefiting least from liberalism’s advance, has not led liberalism’s discontents to seek a restoration of those norms.” Even potentially more worrisome is that, in his opinion, “Liberalism created the conditions, and the tools, for the ascent of its own worst nightmare, yet it lacks the self-knowledge to understand its own culpability.”

I recently spoke by phone with Deneen, who teaches political science at Notre Dame. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed his provocative analysis of the women’s movement (the value of which he calls into question), why liberals are blind to their flaws, and what the election of Donald Trump says about the society we have established.

Isaac Chotiner: It seems like your book is identifying two different flaws within liberalism, one that is often brought up by the left in its critique of globalization and capitalism, and the other that is brought up by conservatives in their critique of social trends, including the decline of traditional, religious beliefs. Do you think it’s fair to say you are combining those critiques?

Patrick J. Deneen: Yeah. That’s correct. I’m defining liberalism as basically a philosophy that begins with an understanding of human beings as naturally, to use John Locke’s terms, free and independent. That we are by nature creatures that in our natural condition or natural state are understood to be unattached in some ways. Autonomous, freely choosing individuals defined by extensive rights of self-making and self-construction.

What’s interesting is that our political configuration today tends to draw on some aspects of Lockean thinking in what we think of as the conservative, economic realm—the understanding of what the economic man is, the freely choosing individual who treats the world as a marketplace. While on the political left, that’s in many ways what defines our understanding of the social creature, in terms of our relationships, and in many ways informs our understanding of the sexual revolution and many of its effects. Broadly speaking, we have a debate within species of liberalism on the left and the right—not a deeper challenge to the essentially liberal order in which we live.

How do you think your critique differs from the standard left critique of the economic sphere?

I’m sympathetic with many aspects of it. Oddly enough, I find myself also sympathetic with certain aspects of this rather inchoate Trump-esque concern with the effects of globalization, especially on many of our fellow citizens. I’m not an economist, but I’m hesitant to embrace either the market or the state as the two modes of dealing with this contemporary crisis of modern capitalism. One way that I think about that is how norms of economic exchange, for example in a place like a farmers’ market where I live, are not simply dominated by sheer utilitarian calculus. How are our forms of exchange contributing to the health of our town or of our community?

The counterargument is that the regnant economic system has brought millions of people out of poverty, has allowed women more economic opportunities, etc.

A gentleman named Henry Olsen has done some interesting work showing on the one hand that, especially in the most impoverished parts of the world, various forms of economic liberalization measurably improved the lives of those in conditions of poverty. But also it has actually in some ways resulted, in the developing world, in increasing division between those who win in our economic system and those who lose.

So rather than lifting all boats, it tends to lift some boats. We have to really think about the social costs of that, not simply the economic benefits, but what that does to our society. Here it seems to me it’s self-evident that the developed West is experiencing this kind of deep rift, and increasingly an unbridgeable rift, between those who feel they are successful in this economic order and those who don’t. It doesn’t become merely a question of material success but a sort of social solidarity and the capacity of a society to function at some level.

Let’s get into your social critique. I can say my own view is that I think that the sexual revolution and what came in its wake was just much more necessary and important than you seem to, because you worry about having children being seen as impediments to freedom, lower birth rates, etc. But what was or is the reasonable alternative to a real women’s movement and what followed?

It’s interesting how that question is really a species of the last question you asked me: Isn’t the success in the economic sphere, in the material sphere, complemented by the success in the social sphere of what liberalism has achieved? I think when you live within the liberal order you view these developments through the lens of how liberalism evaluates these phenomena, and of course it looks like a success.

What I’m really trying to call attention to in this book is the kind of deep costs and consequences that come from, in both the economic realm and in the social realm, the ascendancy of individualism in our lives. The breakdown of social norms that govern sexual behavior, among other things. The breakdown of family, and family life that we see, especially among those in the lower echelon of our society who are experiencing social breakdown.

The decline of reproduction. The demographic crisis that’s being faced broadly in the West but of course across the world as well. We see a whole set of consequences that, in the light of the liberal worldview, look like successes, and tend not to see the cost or regard the cost as attachable from the successes of liberalism.

You write in the book that liberalism considers “the paramount sign of the liberation of women to be their growing emancipation from their biology.” What exactly are you trying to say?

The other aspect of liberalism that seems to be really quite distinctive is to regard human beings as fundamentally in conflict with nature. And seeing nature as an obstacle to our liberty.

You see this, of course, in the treatment of the world. The way in which we extract anything we want from the world in whatever way we want. It seems to me here that the left is particularly good at calling out the abuse of the human effort to conquer nature in the natural world, the environmental movement.

On the other hand, you see this as well on our own nature and the effort to conquer our nature in the name of our liberation. Here again you have this example where the right lauds the conquest of nature when it comes to the environment, and the left lauds the conquest of nature when it come to our biology, and we tend not to see that these are both a species of the liberal ambition to liberate human beings from our nature, external and internal.

OK, but two things: It might be in a man’s nature to want to sleep with as many women as he wants, whenever he wants, regardless of what they want, or his partner wants. I think that we can agree that being liberated from that is a good idea. And secondly, why, in the book, is your definition of a woman’s nature based so clearly on having babies?

Of course part of human nature is to develop cultural and various kinds of artifices that in many ways shape the aspects of our nature. In a sense, I’m drawing on the arguments by, among others, Aristotle, who talks about the ways that, in regard to eating and sex, human beings are the best of all creatures when we develop the capacity to govern our appetites. Those capacities to govern our appetites are often through development of various cultural forms and norms and laws that on the one hand acknowledge our nature but also govern the worst expressions of our nature. Whether it’s as you just suggested, through the male desire to simply dominate or conquer women, or the desire simply to feed ourselves without realizing that excess in that form is bad.

Of course, there have to be various forms of human artifice, which have often been in the form of culture and through laws that govern the excess of our appetites. We’re dealing now in many ways with this crisis of a lack of self-governance in both the natural world, the environment, and the sexual world, the consequence of the sexual revolution.

But on the culture question, what is the alternative? I assume that you think women or gay people should have equal legal rights. They should have equal access to jobs. They should be encouraged to do the same things that straight men are encouraged to do in a society.

I just want people to see that kind of continuity of these deeper forms of individualism that we have divided up between our current political parties. In fact, to argue that the thing that bothers us most about what the other side stands for might actually be complicit in the things that the other side supports.

I’m assuming in your case the free market ideology of the Republican Party bothers you, and so then maybe one has to be introspective about how that is also reflected in your commitments. And vice versa.

Then one would have to say, “How do I think about this in terms of a society that would value the creation of families and the raising of children?” I’m not saying that we should go back to the Dark Ages or something. But how can we build upon the achievements of liberalism while acknowledging that perhaps we’ve gone too far in the direction of the freed and autonomous human will?

What way do you think we’ve gone too far? How should we be constructing family relations differently?

Part of this is simply what we express is what we value. I’ve worked at three different great universities: Princeton, Georgetown, and Notre Dame. Each of those universities has a career service center when you graduate so you can get a job. None of these—and two of these were Catholic institutions—have a “What It Is to Grow Up and Be a Member of a Family” or “To Build Your Own Family” center. What it is to be a mother or a father. None of these institutions, in other words, cultivate thinking about what it would be and what one would need to think about in terms of shaping and forming a family. We perpetuate, then, certain kinds of commitments, not only by the actions that we recommend but also by what we recommend as being that which should be taken seriously.

I have told you where I disagree with your book, but one thing that was thought-provoking was about Trump, indirectly, and how shocking he is. I don’t agree with Trump’s policies. That’s fine. Lots of politicians’ policies I don’t agree with. The thing to me that is shocking is the type of figure he is, the way he behaves on a daily basis. There’s something just grotesque about him that I think a lot of people can recognize on just a human level. The way he treats other people. The way he talks about other people. The way he behaves in public. I do think there’s a way in which our society would not have put up with that 50 years ago.

I basically think the way our society has changed in the last 50 years is for the better. I also think that there were certain kinds of niceties and formalities about our society that would have led people to say about a figure like Donald Trump 50 years ago, “Are you kidding me? This guy is just grotesque. Of course, he can’t be president.” I think we have lost something there.

One of the things that Alexis de Tocqueville talks about when he visits America is that democratic peoples will come to hate what he calls forms. And you talk about niceties. That’s one way of saying forms. That’s the root of the word formalities.

He says that forms are artifices that keep us from being authentic. They keep us from being equal. They divide men from women. They divide the high from the low. This religion from that religion. So, we have a tendency to want to get rid of forms. We become more informal. We call each other by our first names rather than 50 years ago. We don’t wear hats anymore.
Men don’t wear hats when they go out. We have dress-down Fridays, which now becomes dress down every day of the week.

One aspect of losing the forms is the inability to recognize certain kinds of formalities. It seems to me Donald Trump is almost the culmination of what you rightly call a kind of grotesque figure that one could never have imagined would occupy the presidency. And he seems to be a reflection of a society that’s become much coarser. And I’m always shocked. I guess I’m a bit of a prude I guess.

I wasn’t going to say it.

But when I walk around campus, well, I hear my Notre Dame students using words that I can barely imagine sailors having once used. In just casual conversation, when they’re walking around campus. That to me is indicative of the coarseness of society today.

I know your opinion of Trump, but it seems like while you have a certain sympathy for some of the underlying dynamics of things like Trump or Brexit, you also don’t think that they are going to actually bring about any type of society that you want. But you also believe that liberalism doesn’t know how to deal with the challenges that things like Trump and Brexit represent, so we’re in a pretty bad place.

Yeah. I’m constantly being challenged with what my solution is. Part of the difficulty right now is that we’ve gotten so deeply into a condition which we have now, with the great proponents of liberalism, on both the left and the right. And now increasingly an incoherent and almost just emotion-driven opposition, especially from what’s now being called the populist part of the West. I fear a deeply damaging, unresolvable dynamic that I would expect to continue for the rest of my life. I don’t know that this will be resolved when Trump leaves office.

He’s not going to leave office. Maybe that’s the solution.

Perhaps. But inasmuch as it might be solved, it might be necessary in some ways for especially those who are in positions of most power, which I would say on both the left and the right are essentially the liberals as I described them, to begin to recognize the excesses of the liberal creed and to begin to think about ways that, in order to prevent further blowback of the most damaging kind, how it might be to be cognizant of liberalism’s own inherent trajectories of excess and think about how one would correct those.

I would say in America, the way in which especially the left has responded to Trump, I understand. I carry no brief for Donald Trump. I understand that reaction personally, but it seems to me in the extreme animus that’s been directed toward Donald Trump, there’s been a kind of corresponding neglect of what were the forces that brought him to power.

In the book, I have somewhat of a resigned conclusion, which is I don’t see a grand theoretical resolution that’s practical on the horizon. So I suggest people of goodwill, of whatever political stripe, begin to build the culture more locally. Begin to build the kinds of relationships of solidarity in the household, beyond the household, in their neighborhoods. To try to create new conditions of solidarity closer to home.

I’m happy to strike a blow against liberalism by not including any Amazon.com link to your book in the intro to this interview.

That’s fine. People can find it at their local bookstore.

*Correction, Jan. 24: This piece originally misspelled Patrick J. Deneen’s last name.

Coffee Filter Daffodils

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a terrific spring craft to do at home or in your classroom! It's super-easy, and the results are fab!

Just look at how pretty these coffee filter daffodils are! Have your kids make a whole bouquet of them to display on a windowsill or table!

Aren't they great?!

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Painting with Shaving Cream: Outdoor Art for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting with shaving cream is an amazing sensory play idea for indoors or out!  Use it in the bath or take it outside to paint on the patio door like we did! We love playing with shaving cream!  I always have a couple of cheap cans of Barbasol shaving foam set aside for play activities. We...

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Scratch Art Family Portrait for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This one will take you right back to grade-school art class!

I LOVE this process!

We're doing "scratch art" today, and we're making ADORABLE family portraits to give to parents or grandparents.

If you're still looking for an awesome craft that your kids or students can make for family members, this one's for you!!

The kids are going to LOVE this fun and funky art activity!

Check it out! Isn't it fab?

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Pin-Up Christmas Tree Decorating Activity for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have toddlers and preschoolers who love decorating the Christmas tree, this Pin-Up Christmas Tree Decorating Activity is a great way to let them do that without them rearranging your real Christmas tree. It’s a great Christmas party activity for preschoolers and toddlers, and a wonderful December activity for the daycare or preschool classroom. It’s easy, inexpensive, and will...

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CD Snowman Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Don’t throw out your old CDs and DVDs! Turn them into these adorable CD Snowman ornaments with your kids.  It’s a just another one in our collection of quick and easy snowman crafts for kids. This is actually the second time we’ve used a CD to make a Christmas decoration this week! The other day we made...

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Paper Plate Earth Day Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your preschoolers know what Earth Day is all about? Make this simple, pretty paper plate Earth Day craft while discussing ways to keep our planet clean, happy and healthy. Check it out!

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Water Beads

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Water beads!  Nifty, little polymer beads for sensory bins, sensory bags and all kinds of sensory play! They wiggle, they jiggle, they’re soft and squishy, and oh-so-wonderful for sensory play!  They’re Water Beads!  Have you heard of them?  They’re all the buzz in the preschool circles and among the kid-bloggers at the moment.  They’re cool, little...

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Best Homemade Tomato Soup from Garden-Fresh Tomatoes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got lots of fresh tomatoes in your garden? This soup will change your life.

Bold statement. I know, but it is seriously the best tomato soup you'll ever taste.

When my friend gave me the recipe, I was like "hmmm.... I'm not sure if I like homemade tomato soup", but I made it, and OH MY GOODNESS... I'm not kidding. I couldn't get it into me fast enough.

It's divine. And dozens of followers have written me to say they tried it, and it's the best tomato soup they've ever had too!

You have to give it a try, and let me know what YOU think!

There's a printable copy of the recipe at the bottom of the post. Just click the link below to get there!

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Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories

Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories


Verywell

Learn quick tips to find healthy Vietnamese food in restaurants, at the grocery store and even make low-calorie Vietnamese food at home.

International Mud Day Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

International Mud Day is June 29th.

Here are 8 of our favourite mud-play activities to make the day a screaming success for your kids.

From car-washes to mud-slides to painting with mud, these fun and fabulous activities will make mud day one of your kids' favourite days of the year!

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God’s Eye Ornament – a Kids’ Weaving Craft for Canada Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When I think of classic childhood crafts, a God's Eye ornament is right up there at the top of the list.

Remember all the hours you spent weaving these? Well, it's time to pass this classic along to your own kids!

Bust out the red and white yarn, and grab a couple of sticks because we're making God's eye ornaments for Canada Day! They're gorgeous, a super representation of our Canadian flag!

And if you're in the U.S., just add blue yarn for a fun 4th of July ornament!

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Fluttering Monarch Butterfly Mobile for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am in love with our latest fall craft and I hope you will be too!

We turned our coffee filter monarchs into this delightful mobile to hang on or back deck.

I've made a little video to show you how they flutter in the breeze, and how pretty they look with the sun shining through.

Just click the link below to see our butterflies in action and to get the instructions for making a mobile of your own! It's perfect to hang in a window at home or in your classroom!

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Paper Plate Spider Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers will love this paper plate spider craft. It’ll have them painting, cutting, stamping and gluing… all the crafty stuff that little kids love best. With Halloween just around the corner, you and your kids will be looking for lots of “spooky crafts” to make this month.  Lucky you!  I have 21 easy...

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4th of July Twig Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun and easy patriotic craft for your kids to make?  These 4th of July twig ornaments incorporate painting, glittering, using a glue gun and tying knots.  The results: a cute, Independence Day ornament to display on your deck or patio.  Being in Canada, I don’t celebrate the 4th of July.  Our national holiday...

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by admin @ Pho Lantern Cafe

Service is good, always friendly and with a smile….And its always packed during dinner or people constantly picking up to-go orders (me!). Pho, rice dishes, and vermicelli are all good and tasty. -Candace L. Costa Mesa, CA

75+ Best Chapter Books for Girls Ages 5-13

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is the MOTHER of all posts, and I am beyond THRILLED to be sharing it with you today!

Since publishing my "Best Books for Boys" posts a few years ago, I'm constantly asked if I have a list of great books for girls.

Well, I can finally say, "DO I EVER!!"

One of my long-time daycare dads, a brilliant writer and an exceptional father of two wonderful girls (both hooligan grads), has compiled an absolutely AMAZING list of over 75 of the very best books for girls- ages 5-13.

These books span all genres, and they'll captivate, fascinate, inspire and empower girls from an early age, straight through to their tween, preteen and early teenage years.

These books have all been read, re-read, adored and treasured by Tom and his daughters over the years, and I am delighted to share his recommendations with you!

Click the link below, and be swept away by Tom's beautiful literary depiction of classics, series, fiction and non-fiction chapter books that you and your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and students will love.

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10 Fun and Creative Snow Activities for Kids (for Outside and Inside)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Yahoooo!! We have SNOW!

It feels like it's taken forever to get here this year.

If your kids are crazy about snow, and you're looking for something "different" to do with them out in the yard today, CHECK OUT these AWESOME ideas!

They're very cool, very easy, and your kids will go nuts for them!

Check out the link below, and then bundle up, and get out there!

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70+ {Awesome} Homemade Toys You Can Make for Your Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Whether you're sticking to a strict budget or just like to give hand-made at Christmas, making homemade toys and games for your kids, grand-kids or students is the best!

From dollhouses and homemade block sets to puzzles, playfood and games, here are 70+ ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Click the link below to see them all.

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1st-Grader’s Response to Homework Riddle Is Hilariously Dark

by Julie Scagell @ Babble

Honestly, this kid's answer might be better than the real one.

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Teach Kids to Spell Their Name with a Fascinating Salt Glue and Watercolour Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fascinating and easy science experiment to do with your kids? This one is an art activity too! All you need is salt, watercolours (or food colouring) and glue! This activity is so mesmerizing and beautiful. The toddlers and preschoolers loved it, and I'm not going to lie - my teenagers and I did it too and found it quite addictive! Give it a try! It's so easy to set up, and the results are gorgeous! Check it out...

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Cotton Pad Art for Toddlers (with Liquid Watercolours)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cotton Pad Art with liquid watercolours – a creative, fine-motor art project for toddlers, and a water absorption experiment too! A couple of months ago, we turned our dried up markers into homemade liquid watercolours.  The results were fabulous! They’re perfect for lots of the kids’ art projects we do around here! The hooligans really...

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‘Vagina Whitening’ is Now a Thing in the Philippines

by Bryan Ke @ NextShark

First, there was the penis whitening trend in Bangkok, Thailand; now, there’s vagina whitening, and it is being offered in one of Philippines’ most famous cosmetic clinics: the Belo Medical Group clinics. The procedure, called “Angel Whitening,” is being offered by the clinic for the price of 50,000 Philippine Pesos ($984) per session, according to TV5. […]

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Monster Hands: a Fun and Freaky Halloween Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Monster hands: a hand-tracing craft that incorporates some sensory play!  An easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, or the perfect activity for a monster-themed party for kids. I was looking at the pictures of our handprint fall tree craft the other day, and those trees gave me the idea for this Monster Hands...

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21 Easy Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for easy, last-minute Halloween crafts for the kids to make this week, you'll love these easy, super-cute ideas!

I've rounded up 21 of my favourite easy Halloween crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. They're all simple and inexpensive to make, using stuff you already have around the house.

And BONUS: they're absolutely adorable! Click the link below to see them all now!

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Sawleaf | Modern Vietnamese Food

Sawleaf | Modern Vietnamese Food


Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

We serve modern Vietnamese food using traditional family recipes, including pho and banh mi. Our food is healthy, delicious and served fast.

Craft Stick Snowman Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Adorable craft stick snowman ornaments for the Christmas tree: a simple snowman craft that’s easy enough for preschoolers, but so cute that kids of all ages will fall for it! The hooligans have made a LOT of craft stick ornaments in my daycare over the years, and these simple snowmen ornaments are always a favourite.  They’re easy...

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The Democrats Are Losers

The Democrats Are Losers

by Osita Nwanevu @ Slate Articles

About one year ago, an estimated 4.2 million people participated in the Women’s March, which is thought to have been the largest demonstration in American history—several times larger than the massive protests of the Vietnam War Moratorium of 1969. By the end of 2017, thousands of anti-Trump protests across the country brought a total of between 5.2 million and 8 million people to the streets. This past weekend’s marches again brought out hundreds of thousands of participants. These protests are only the most visible manifestations of broad and seething discontent with our president and those advancing his agenda in Washington, discontent that has also encouraged tens of thousands of people to consider running for office and prompted hundreds of thousands of phone calls to Congress last year from those hoping to defeat the repeal of Obamacare, one of the key items on the president’s legislative agenda.

Through all of this, the Democratic Party has exhibited little of the confidence and daring one would expect from a party on the right side of what may well be an unprecedented movement in the history of American politics. Monday was no different. “After several discussions, offers, counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the ranking Democrat in Washington, announced this morning. “We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement with the commitment that if an agreement isn’t reached by February the 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA.”

So ended, in Schumer’s words, the “Trump shutdown.” This moniker is a not insignificant bit of obfuscation on the Democrats’ part. It is of course true, as Schumer and others have said over and over again, that the Republican Party has the presidency, the House, and the Senate, making the shutdown the first to occur with ostensible one-party control of government. It is also true that moving forward on a funding bill required 60 votes in the Senate that the Republican Party did not have, even with the support of vulnerable shutdown-wary Democrats. The vast majority of Senate Democrats, who did not lend them that support, are responsible for the shutdown. Those Democrats have spent the past three days blaming it on Republican procedural incompetence rather than making a straightforward, honest case to the American people that the shutdown’s true purpose—securing a DACA deal—was worth it. “It’s the president’s and congressional Republicans’ responsibility to govern,” Schumer said in a speech Saturday. “It’s their responsibility to keep the doors open and the lights on around here.” The word for this is cowardice.

Luckily for Democrats, polls repeatedly showed that the American people backed their framing. A Public Policy Polling/Center for American Progress poll released Sunday found that 52 percent of Americans blamed President Trump and Republicans for the shutdown. It also found that 58 percent of Americans wanted to include Dreamers as part of a package deal to reopen the government. Forty-two percent of Americans, the poll says, would have strongly supported this.

The deal Democrats agreed to instead amounted to not much more than they were offered by the Republicans immediately before the shutdown: an extension of government funds until Feb. 8, a six-year extension of the needlessly beleaguered CHIP program, and a pinky promise from Mitch McConnell that a vote on a DACA fix will be held before the latest round of government funding expires. That assurance from McConnell was evidently solid enough to win over Democrats who, exactly a year ago, were moaning endlessly about his theft of Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court seat. Even assuming clean, pure, and virginal intent on McConnell’s part, it is not at all certain that the House will even take up a DACA fix not attached to a must-pass spending bill. This was, really, the point of the shutdown, which, after just three days of dithering from Democrats and nauseating lectures from Republicans about the harms of “manufactured” crises, is already over.

There may well be another shutdown in the coming weeks. But an opportunity was blown Monday. In 2013, the last shutdown, triggered by Republicans demanding the delayed implementation of Obamacare and spending cuts, lasted over two weeks. Since 1990, shutdowns have lasted, on average, 11 days. What might a competent party have done with that time? The shutdown was perhaps the first action by congressional Democrats that can properly be called “resistance.” In an act more significant than simply voting against nominees or bills in routine procedure, they briefly called government under this deeply, widely, and justifiably reviled administration to a halt. They could have, over the course of two weeks or so, taken a moral stand for a moral immigration policy—pushing until the bitter end for a clean DACA solution and proclaiming, with high rhetoric and theater, that all of our nation’s immigrants are worth fighting for. Substantively, this intransigence might have extracted concessions. Or it might not have. Either way, the Democrats would have both lifted the morale of the DACA enrollees who’ve been kicked around by this process and galvanized an activist base eager to see its representatives match their outrage and energy.

Then again, it’s plausible that a drawn-out showdown would have been purely depressing—treating us to more indignities like Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, perhaps the most outspoken immigration advocate in Congress, conceding funding for the wall in desperation. This is where we’re at. A project that will be either dubious or outright laughable in implementation—publicly called a symbol of pig-headed xenophobia and bigotry by nearly all prominent Democrats at the beginning of this administration—will very probably be funded at the end of all this with their support, if a deal is ultimately passed. The largest changes to the legal immigration system in decades, proposals that would have been called far-right a year ago, have also been put on the table by the Democratic Minority Whip, Dick Durbin, who on Monday called DACA “the civil rights issue of our time.” If that is so, then it is fitting that this civil rights issue, like others past, will likely be resolved with a slimy compromise to be challenged by activists who are none too pleased. “Dems failed to fight & use their leverage to protect immigrant youth,” United We Dream co-founder Cristina Jimenez tweeted. “A false promise to vote on immigration from Rs is not a strategy to win. We won’t be fooled.”

This is the voice of the Democratic Party to come. Leaders like Schumer and Durbin might not realize it, but the people most likely to be the party’s standard-bearers in 2020 clearly do. Every top-tier contender in the Senate—Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren—voted against Monday’s resolution. There’s some hope for the near-future in that. But for now, in the present and a year into the Trump administration, the only thing more astonishing than the man in the White House and the demands he’s made on our national conscience is the fecklessness of the party opposing him.

Pinecone Apple Necklace Craft – a Back to School Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's an easy apple craft that doubles as a back-to-school craft!

Kids can make these adorable pinecone apple necklaces to wear on the first day of school, or to give to the teacher!

They're super-simple to make, but oh my goodness... aren't they adorable?

Check them out through the link below!

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How to Make Homemade Watercolour Paints for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make homemade watercolour disks for your kids, using 5 common kitchen ingredients! They last so much longer than those little store-bought trays, and they're fun and easy to make. Making them is a little science experiment in itself! They keep well too - just store them uncovered, in a dry place. There's a printable recipe for them in this post. Check 'em out!

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Minions Cookie Candy-Bar Pie

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Minions Cookie Candy-bar Pie is the perfect alternative to a birthday cake.  Feeds a crowd, and a great way to use up leftover Halloween Candy! Oh, YUM!  Do I ever have a treat for you today!  If your kids love Minions and cookies AND candy bars, they’ll flip for this crazy-awesome dessert that one...

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Construction Site Sensory Bin in a Cardboard Box

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn a cardboard box into construction site sensory bin for hours of small world fun! It’s an easy, inexpensive way to set up an engaging play activity that will keep your little ones busy for hours.  I have a new little toddler in my daycare, and he is obsessed with cars, trucks and diggers. Backhoes,...

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32 Homemade Bird Feeders To Make With Kids This Winter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wowza! 32 easy homemade bird feeders that you can make for the backyard! A terrific collection of bird feeders made with common, every day materials that will please kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. No hammers or nails necessary!

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Paint Print Ghosts – Halloween Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Paint Print Ghosts bring painting and print making together for young children. It’s a fun and easy halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers!   Look at these cute little paint print ghosts with button eyes! Are they not just the cutest things ever? What started out as a pre-writing activity ended up producing these adorable little ghosts. We...

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Paint Chip Mosaics – Abstract Art for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paint Chip Mosaics – an abstract art project for toddlers and preschoolers! These paint chip mosaics were the perfect project for a day as grey and rainy as today . This morning, I set out some cardboard, a few glue sticks and a tray of paint chips that I’d cut up into squares, rectangles and...

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Turning Grapes into Raisins – Science for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

My daycare kids love grapes.  They also love raisins.  Now, we all know that a raisin is simply a dried up grape, but that probably seems a little puzzling to a toddler.  After all, a raisin doesn’t look anything like a grape!  To help the hooligans really understand, we conducted one of the easiest science...

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styrofoam mosaic art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Styrofoam mosaic art: a vibrant and easy art activity for kids! Making styrofoam mosaic art is easy, inexpensive and a whole lot of fun!  It’s an open ended, colourful art process that uses one of my favourite thrifty craft materials: a styrofoam produce tray. The hooligans and I made some gorgeous art recently with painted styrofoam...

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Things to Do in Merida Mexico — What to see, Do & Eat in the Yucatan

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and you’ll find so many things to do in Merida with kids…or without them. We travel with children, but Merida has something for everyone. In fact, the Yucatan Peninsula is great for any and all types of traveler: from grubby solo backpackers to adventurous families to retirees on a luxury holiday. Things […]

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Stovetop Pizza Dip

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is pizza a staple at your house? My family is crazy about pizza and we don’t need a special occasion to splurge! That’s why I decided to create a speedy version of our favourite dish!  Introducing: stovetop pizza dip! Life is busy, and kids are always hungry, so a handy recipe like this will please both...

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I Spy Ornament – An Activity and an Ornament All in One

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We love making homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree, and this I Spy Ornament is especially fun.  Not only is it a decoration that your child will be proud to have made, it serves as a fun, little game for your kids to play as well! This ornament is great to make for your own...

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25 Flower Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Spring is right around the corner, my Lovelies, and I have 25 terrific flower crafts and activities to get you and your preschoolers in the mood for it!

All of these crafts and playful learning activities are really easy and inexpensive, and they are just fabulous!

Take a peek! You'll definitely want to put some of these on your "must make and do" list for spring!

Check 'em out!

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25 {Irresistibly Adorable} Snowman Crafts, Activities and Treats

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Snowman season is almost here, and to ring it in, I’ve rounded up a bunch of unbelievably cute snowman crafts, activities and recipes for you and your kids to try this winter! In this collection, you’ll find 25 easy and adorable snowman crafts, oh-so-cute holiday treats, and unique snowman activities to keep the kids busy when...

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Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours – a colourful science experiment for kids. One of the hooligans favourite science activities is melting a block of ice salt and water. Today we’re doing this experiment as a Valentine’s activity so we’ve used a heart-shaped ice block.  We’ve done plenty of melting ice experiments before, but this...

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The Evolution Of Phở (Pho)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

For those who are passionate about food and culture, especially Vietnam’s, you must have known Pho already. For those who don’t know what Pho is, Pho is Vietnamese beef noodle soup, which is rich in flavor and mesmerizing in the smell. People always sing compliments for our traditional Pho for its taste, but did you […]

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Scrape-Painted Valentines for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and Preschoolers are going to love this Valentines Craft!  Scrape-Painted Valentines are so fun to make with a few shades of red and pink paint and an old, expired credit card! We’re having so much fun with all of the Valentines crafts we’re making here in my home daycare.  Our craft room is a...

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Two cups of pure pumpkin make our pumpkin chocolate chip muffins a healthy snack for fall.  Bonus: they’ll satisfy the chocolate lovers in your family too!   Warm and sweet and slightly spicy, these muffins are just the perfect treat for a crisp Autumn day. Woohoo!  It’s fall, and you know what that means? It’s...

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Here’s Scientific Proof That You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Tossing Out Your Kids’ Crap

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

When it comes to our kids' toys, less is more.

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Today in Conservative Media: Trump’s Getting Between Americans and Their Washing Machines Is Risky Business

Today in Conservative Media: Trump’s Getting Between Americans and Their Washing Machines Is Risky Business

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

The editors of both National Review and the Weekly Standard weighed in on President Trump’s decision to slap double-digit tariffs on solar panels and washing machines coming into the country. The Weekly Standard writes that while the Trump administration “would prefer that the media interpret the move as a response to China’s unfair trade practices,” this isn’t really about China at all. The U.S. already effectively took action against China by imposing anti-dumping duties in 2013 when the Asian giant was the top exporter of solar cells to the U.S. “The president no doubt believes that measures like this will (a) force foreign manufacturers to move some of their production lines to the U.S. in an effort to get around the tariffs, and (b) give American companies enough breathing room to expand enterprises and hire more workers.
Both of these may happen,” the Weekly Standard writes. “Tariffs may temporarily help some industries located in politically important places—they may create a few photo-ops at ribbon-cutting ceremonies—but they’ll eventually hurt other U.S. industries in ways no one can expect.”

The editors at National Review were less charitable in their assessment of Trump’s trade agenda. “The president shouldn’t be trying to interpose himself between Americans and their washing machines,” they write. “Trump’s views on trade have always been and remain foolish … This has led to many unfortunate outcomes, including the abandonment of American leadership on trade-related issues.”

In other news

For the Federalist’s Mollie Hemmingway, enough is enough: It’s time for a second special counsel to investigate the conduct of the FBI and Department of Justice. “It is long past time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the possibility of widespread and systematic corruption, obstruction, leaking, and collusion within America’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies,” Hemmingway writes. “The leadership of the FBI and Department of Justice have made clear, through their ongoing obstruction of congressional investigations and oversight, that these agencies simply cannot be trusted to investigate or police themselves.” Hemmingway elaborates on these alleged crimes with a long bulleted list of outrages about missing text messages between FBI agents and the Hillary Clinton email probe. “All of these developments feed the perception that there are two different law enforcement regimes — one for friends, and one for enemies.”

Jonah Goldberg at National Review dives into the ongoing immigration debate and Trump’s affinity for the wall. “The problem with the wall is not necessarily that it’s a bad idea. It’s that it has become a symbol detached from policy considerations,” Goldberg writes. Those on the side of tighter immigration restrictions support heightened border security, which includes physical barriers, but “their support for the Trump wall is a political priority, not a policy one.” “They’d much rather see the president trade a Dreamer fix for cheaper and more effective solutions to the problem of illegal immigration,” he writes. “If Trump wanted a clear—and immediate—win on illegal immigration, he’d evolve and recognize that the wall’s greatest utility might be as a bargaining chip.”

Speaking of bargaining, Jonathan Tobin writes in National Review that Democrats appear to have gotten more than they bargained for in billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer’s aggressive funding of an impeachment push has irked the party, but it has galvanized the grassroots. The result? Democrats have their very own “billionaire problem” heading into the midterms.

Steyer’s insistence on funding an ad campaign pushing impeachment is angering party leaders who think his efforts could be sabotaging their chances of taking back Congress in the 2018 midterms … Much like Trump in 2015, Steyer isn’t listening to the officeholders, party fundraisers, or pundits. He’s listening to the Democratic grass roots … The Left’s marchers aren’t interested in making deals with congressional Republicans or the administration. They want to fight Trump—and Steyer seems to be the only one listening to them … Steyer is also building a movement that could determine the course of the party no matter what happens in 2018.

Breitbart picked up on the comments of Meghan McCain on ABC’s The View, where she offered a glimpse of the generational divide in the Republican Party on issues such as gay marriage. McCain was responding to comments by Tony Perkins, the evangelical head of the conservative Family Research Council.

Tony Perkins is someone who—obviously the head of Family Research Council but for some reason I didn’t realize he’s really extreme when it comes to being an anti-gay hate group. He endorsed ex-gay conversion therapy in 2016. He claims transgender policy has made restrooms into crime scenes. He said LGBTQ soldiers have made the military look like, quote, “a parade that looks like a bar scene in Star Wars,” so, really respectful to our troops … I always worry about what is up and coming in the Republican Party in my generation. Let me tell you. Young Republicans aren’t going to stand for this kind of crap. They just aren’t. I just think the last siren song of his power is with President Trump at this moment, because he [is] still appeasing his base in a lot of ways, especially with speaking out at the Right to Life march, but I don’t see these people being as nearly as relevant in the next election cycle.

And last but not least, special election alert! Again. David Byler at the Weekly Standard previews yet another special election on the horizon—just two months away!—in southwest Pennsylvania in the state’s 18th Congressional District . The district resembles some of the previous special elections last year, held in largely Republican districts, but it’s not a carbon copy. The district includes the suburbs of Pittsburgh, a city that “unlike many other major metro areas, it has been trending right for the past few decades,” he writes. “Whether or not the seat flips, this race will provide another useful data point for figuring out exactly what the political climate will look like in November 2018.”

The Taste of Vietnam with Saigon Food Tour

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

As the rain started to pour down in Saigon, exotic smells evaporated from the worn cement roads.  It was over 100 degrees out and we were constantly pulling our clothes from our skin.  The locals protected themselves with plastic coverings and the street venders started closing up shop as the rain fell and we prepared for […]

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Erasable Drawing Activity for Kids – with Homemade Reusable Drawing Sheets

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fun, erasable drawing activity for kids of all ages! Homemade, erasable, reusable drawing sheets are fun to decorate, and they save on paper too! If your house is like ours, your children probably go through a ton of paper doodling, drawing and tracing. I’d never discourage them from drawing. Even if the paper ends up in...

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Painting with Snow – A Winter Art Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

  Painting with snow is a fun art activity for the kids to do in the yard in winter time.  Just grab some markers paint brushes and coffee filters and head out side to make some authentic preschool snow art! Check it out!  We were painting with snow, using markers, paint brushes and coffee filters....

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How Therapy Dogs Are Helping to Reduce Anxiety in Kids with Cancer — and Their Parents

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

Turns out, wet kisses are just what the doctor ordered.

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Trump Researcher Arrested for Child Porn Also Made Mysterious Request for Latino Voter Info

Trump Researcher Arrested for Child Porn Also Made Mysterious Request for Latino Voter Info

by Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate Articles

Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission disbanded in disgrace earlier this month, but the fight to uncover what the panel actually did during its brief, secretive existence continues. On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the panel had purchased Texas election records that flagged all registered voters with Hispanic last names. Kris Kobach, who led the commission, claims he was unaware of that acquisition, which was made by a researcher who was recently arrested on child pornography charges.

The Texas data purchase was part of Kobach’s ill-conceived effort to gather comprehensive voter records from every state. At least 44 states and the District of Columbia refused to hand over all the requested data. (Even Kobach, who also serves as Kansas’ Secretary of State, could not legally provide all the information he requested from his own office.) Although the purchase of the Texas records did apparently go through, a judge ultimately blocked the state from giving Kobach the voter data.

The voter fraud panel’s interest in the Texas records came to light when Sen. Claire McCaskill requested information about the commission from the U.S. General Services Administration, which supported the group’s work. GSA turned over dozens of documents, including an invoice for Texas voter records with “Hispanic surname[s] flagged.”

Since 1983, Texas has attempted to identify Hispanic voters in order to comply with laws that require bilingual election notifications. The state uses the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of common surnames by race and Hispanic origin to determine which voters may require Spanish-language mailers. Anyone can purchase the data, and advocacy groups frequently do.

Why would the voter fraud commission need this data? Kobach told the Post the records “did not advance the commission’s inquiry in any way,” and that the request “just doesn’t make any sense.” He added that “this is the first I’ve heard” of the purchase,” calling the records “a complete surprise to me.”

According to Kobach, it was Ronald Williams II, a policy adviser on the commission, who bought the data. “Mr. Williams did not ask any member of the commission whether he should check that box or not,” Kobach asserted, “so it certainly wasn’t a committee decision.”

In October, Williams was arrested and charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography. (He has pleaded not guilty.) While the Post was not able to reach Williams for comment, the available evidence does bear out Kobach’s version of the events. Only Williams’ name appears on the invoice, and he indeed merely had to check a box to request the Hispanic voter data. The records also indicate Williams handled these kind of requests with virtually no oversight.

That doesn’t mean, though, that Kobach is being fully transparent. Before the commission was dissolved, one Democratic member, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, sued for access to documents that Republican commissioners allegedly concealed from him. A judge ruled in Dunlap’s favor, but Kobach, through the Department of Justice, still refuses to turn over the requested records. “Perhaps the only surprising aspect of the Department of Justice response,” Dunlap said in response, “is their rich blend of arrogance and contempt for the rule of law.”

Snowman Art – exploring texture with kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids explore textures with this easy snowman art project: We very rarely use construction paper here.  There are so many more interesting materials to use when you’re crafting with your kids.  get creative with  Take a look through my site, and you’ll see us creating with aluminum foil, sand paper, wall paper samples, quilt batting,...

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Nativity Sensory Bin for Kids to Play with at Christmas-time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Nativity Sensory Bin – a fine motor Christmas Activity for toddlers and preschoolers. I love coming up with fun activities for the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare at Christmas-time. The hooligans digging their hands into a sensory bin, so I recently put this Nativity bin together for them to play with as Christmas draws nearer....

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Build a Snowman Activity Tray

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for snowman crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I have a bunch, but I think my favourite one is this simple snowman building activity tray. Kids can build their own snowman from scratch over and over again, making it different every time with this snowman activity tray. It’s a great activity for developing...

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Vibrant Fall Leaf Mobile with Tin Foil and Sharpies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Guess what! We've made another awesome Fall craft!

I know, I know. Yesterday, I said our gorgeous leaf sun catcher would be our last Fall craft for the season, and that we were ready to shift into Christmas craft mode.

Well, sadly, my crafty brain doesn't switch gears quite as quickly as I'd like it to, and I still have Fall on my mind.

Check out this shimmering, vibrant Fall leaf mobile! It was super-easy to make, using things we already had in and around the house.

Kids of all ages will love it because the process is really creative and fun!

Click the link below to see it!

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Simple Snowflake Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These simple snowflake ornaments were so quick and easy to make.  They’re perfect as a last minute Christmas craft for your toddler either at home or at daycare. Little fingers will love the soft and fluffy feeling of these homemade ornaments, and they’ll be so proud to hang them on the Christmas tree.    ...

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Homemade Wind Chimes – with Sticks Painted in Rainbow Colours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade wind chimes made with sticks painted in a rainbow of colours add a splash of colour to any backyard or patio!  A fun nature craft for kids to make for their own yard or to give as a gift to someone special! My list of Spring Craft Ideas is as long as my arm!  Making...

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Cinnamon-Sugar Tortillas and a $250 Grocery Card Give-Away

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Psst! Does holiday entertaining stress you out?

Would a $250 grocery gift card help?

How about an amazing recipe you can make in minutes to serve as a snack, dessert, breakfast, or when unexpected guests drop in.

This recipe is so simple it will blow your mind. It will blow your taste-buds too!

And yes! There's the chance to win a $250 Grocery Card at the bottom of the post!

Click the link to check it out! Go! Go!

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Faucet Extender for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A simple Faucet Extender for toddlers makes it possible for kids to wash their hands independently at the bathroom taps. It can be really frustrating for little ones when they’re not quite tall enough to reach the water to wash their hands at the bathroom sink.  It can also be backbreaking when you have to...

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Sidewalk Chalk Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

More sidewalk chalk activities: three of our favourite ways to have fun with sidewalk chalk! Playing with sidewalk chalk is one of our favourite ways to have fun outdoors.  Here are three of the hooligans’ very favourite sidewalk chalk activities. 3 Fun and Easy Sidewalk Chalk Activities Trace and decorate your child with chalk: This...

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Frozen Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have Elsa and Anna fans at your house, I have some great Frozen activities for your kids to do at home,!  You’re  going to love this Frozen sensory bin!  It’s so easy to pull together using simple items you already have around your home! Disney’s Frozen!  Oh my goodness. Are your kids as...

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Scrabble Tiles for Learning – Letter Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey! Got an old Scrabble game kickin' around?

Dig it out!

Today I'm going to show you how we use ours to explore and learn about letters!

The toddlers and preschoolers just love playing with those smooth, slick tiles, and just wait until you see the beautiful and inviting set-up.

It's so simple to set this up for your kids or students!

Check it out!

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Pretend Play Perfume Factory Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ooooo! I just LOVED this activity, and I think you will too!

The kids played for hours with this pretend play perfume factory! They chopped and snipped ingredients from the garden, and used tools and instruments to mix up beautiful potions in gorgeous little bottles.

This activity is so fun, and provides many ways for little ones to develop fine-motor skills, co-ordination and creative and critical thinking.

And it's so easy and inexpensive, you can set this up time after time, all summer long!

They'll never be bored again! Check it out!

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Patriotic Ribbon Twirlers for Kids to Make for Canada Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Dance and twirl! Run and spin! Make fluttering, graceful designs in the air with these gorgeous but simple patriotic ribbon twirlers!

They're easy to make, inexpensive, they'll get your kids moving and grooving, and getting exercise, and they're so fun and gorgeous to play with!

Wave them at a parade or dance with them at a backyard, holiday barbecue!

And of course, the colours can be tweaked so these ribbon twirlers will suit any country's national holiday!

Click the link below to see how easy they are to make, and how fun they are to play with!

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Vibrant Coffee Filter Flowers – So Easy and Pretty!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Making coffee filter flowers is one of those activities that never gets old.

Toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids love the process of dyeing the coffee filters, and of course, once they've dried, you can decorate a wreath with your coffee filters or you can do like we're doing today, and attach a few stems to make a vibrant bouquet.

Colouring coffee filters is a wonderful way to explore water absorption and colour blending, and of course the process is terrific for fine motor development and co-ordination.

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Sisters Who Generously Donated Their Eggs Now Have 22 Children Between Them

by Jill Robbins @ Babble

According to the sisters, some of the families even still keep in touch.

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Constructing with Styrofoam Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re working through some hands on science activities with your kids, building structures is a great way for kids to experiment with planning and constructing.  It’s a super opportunity to explore new materials and tools too. Now, I know that some people get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about touching styrovoam, but the kids here...

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Gorgeous Fall Leaf Sun Catcher for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Good morning, Lovelies!

I am SO excited to share our latest craft with you!

We made these simple fall leaf sun catcher recently, and were blown away by how gorgeous it turned out.

You won't believe how we made it. Ready for it? A plastic container and some markers. Seriously! Can you believe how pretty it is?

This one is perfect for kids of all ages because there's something here that everyone can do.

Confession: I may have taken way too many pictures. I just couldn't resist! Every photo I took was prettier than the one before!

Click the link below to check it out! GO! GO!

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Today in Conservative Media: Who’s Afraid of a Government Shutdown?

Today in Conservative Media: Who’s Afraid of a Government Shutdown?

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

Today in Conservative Media is a daily roundup of the biggest stories in the right-wing press.

The government has been careening—in slow motion—toward a shutdown all week, and it’s looking increasingly likely Washington could go dark Friday night. With the latest Continuing Resolution passing the House Thursday night, all eyes are on the Senate and specifically Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Haley Byrd writes for the Weekly Standard. McConnell needs 60 votes to keep the government up and running, but he will “need help from Democrats to squeeze the bill through the chamber” and “finding those votes is proving to be an uphill climb.” How steep? “At least three Republican senators—Lindsey Graham, Mike Rounds, and Rand Paul—have come out against the House CR,” Byrd writes. “That tally could also include Mike Lee, who has consistently voted against short-term spending bills in the past. Making the math even more difficult, Senator John McCain won’t be able to add his vote to the bill, because he is in Arizona for ongoing cancer treatments.”

Who’s to blame? Or better question: who will be blamed if a deal can’t be worked out and the government goes dark? The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro has an idea who will take the hit, at least by the media. “The media are blaming Republicans. Because of course they are,” Shapiro writes. “When Republicans pass a continuing resolution Obama refuses to sign, and the government shuts down, that’s Republicans’ fault. When they try to pass a continuing resolution and Democrats prevent that passage, that’s Republicans’ fault.”

In other news

Following another surprising pickup by Democrats in a Wisconsin special election Tuesday night, David Byler of Weekly Standard takes a deep dive into the evolving midterm electoral math. The takeaway? “As goes Trump, so goes the GOP.” In 2017, that wasn’t a good thing. The problem for a Trump-dependent GOP, Byler writes, is that last year voters simply didn’t like the policies the White House pushed, and they didn’t really like Trump either. “Put simply, the president’s main public-policy initiatives haven’t been very popular—which helps explain why Trump’s overall approval rating is as low as it is,” he continues. “Large segments of the American public think the chief executive has issues with competence and empathy.”

Trump’s approval rating typically is reflected in the rise or fall of the generic Republican share of the congressional vote. That makes Democrats the odds-on favorite to win back the House. The dynamics of the Senate map make it a more daunting task for Democrats despite the national mood. “To take back the Senate, Democrats basically have to pitch a perfect game,” Byler writes. That is, Democrats will need to successfully defend seats in red states West Virginia, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, and Missouri, while picking up two Republican seats with Arizona and Nevada being the most likely targets. At the state level, expect Democratic gains as well. “The president’s party has lost governorships in almost 80 percent of the midterm elections since World War II. Republican incumbents, moreover, are term-limited in key states like Maine, New Mexico, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, and Florida,” Byler writes. “But blue gains might not all be in the usual places.”

Wesley Smith explains for National Review how religious voters can justify their support for President Trump—“ an act of self defense.” The Trump administration’s creation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) helped validate evangelicals faith in the president. The new initiative aimed at helping protect medical professionals from being compelled to perform procedures that violate their religious beliefs, despite the president’s shortcomings, “prov[es] that at least as far as the free exercise of religion goes, his administration is a friend to people of faith,” Smith writes. “[It] communicates a strong message to medical employers that they will could face the wrath of government if they try and coerce their religious employees to act in contravention of their faith.”

“We now live in a society in which people of good will possess radically divergent moral beliefs, including about the morality of services or procedures in the medical context,” Smith concludes. “If we are going to keep from bursting apart, we will need comity and tolerance.
The new HHS office is a positive step toward that end.”

The day after President Trump tweeted out The Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards, John Nolte at Breitbart came up with the outlet’s very own “Fake News Awards.”

Some of the categories (and winners):

News Anchor Who Ran Fastest to His Mommy Crying

— CNN’s  Don Lemon

Dumbest News Anchor

— CNN’s Chris Cuomo

Most Pathetic News Outlet

— Politico

You get the idea.

Breitbart and the Daily Wire both picked up on a new U2 music video for the Irish band’s new single “Get Out of Your Own Way.” The stop-motion animation video features Trump in the White House and a KKK rally outside. “According to the Israeli graffiti collective Broken Fingaz Crew, who directed the video, the imagery pokes at the worldwide rise of fascism, which apparently includes the election of President Trump,” the Daily Wire notes.

The Daily Wire also covered the reboot of the ’90s TV show Party of Five about five orphaned siblings forced to live together after their parents die in a car accident. The new version, the Daily Wire explains, will be recast with a “leftist-inspired new twist: five Latino children uniting after their parents are deported to Mexico.”

Paper Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments are fairly quick and easy kids to make.  They can be hung on the Christmas tree, or used as table toppers at your Christmas feast. These tree-shaped paper cones were quite fun to make.  Older kids will be able to make this craft with little to no assistance.  I have toddlers and...

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Cork-Stamped Flower Craft with Corks and Buttons

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a really easy spring craft for kids to make this season! These adorable cork-stamped flowers will brighten up a table-top or window-sill or any little corner of your home! We are so ready to say goodbye to winter, and dive into some spring crafting.  The hooligans are off  for spring break this week, and I’ve been...

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5 Cutting Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 fun cutting activities to help toddlers and preschoolers develop their scissor skills. A couple of questions that I often hear from parents with young children are: “how can I help my child improve her scissor skills“, and “when should my child start using scissors“.  Read on to see how I introduce the hooligans, at a...

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Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey Pho Recipe — Pressure Cooker and Multicooker Edition!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  Do you cook during the holidays with leftovers in mind? I do. There’s so much involved in pulling off a holiday meal to feed a crowd that I love to bank my efforts by repurposing ingredients and using up scraps. Many Americans make soup from the leftover turkey carcass and vegetable, but what about...

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Too Late

Too Late

by Jamelle Bouie @ Slate Articles

Despite a president in the White House and majorities in Congress, Republicans can’t find the votes to pass a spending bill that would keep the government open past Friday at midnight.

The proximate issue is that Democrats won’t sign on to any bill that doesn’t permanently resolve the status of young unauthorized immigrants and address other priorities like funds for children’s health insurance and disaster relief. And without those Democratic votes, Senate Republicans can’t break the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster.

Because Democrats represent the main obstacle, Republican leaders have pre-emptively blamed them for the looming government shutdown. “If Senate Democrats obstruct this legislation—and as a result shut down the government—they have made the decision to cut off pay to our troops and block children’s health care funding they support,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, after House Republicans passed a stopgap bill on Thursday night that would keep the government open for a month while funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years.

Rhetoric aside, however, the Republican Party is in an emergency of its own making. If, once again, Americans face a government shutdown, it’s because Republicans refuse to act as a governing party, wasting time on political gambits instead of doing the difficult work of finding consensus. [Update: It’s official. The failure to pass the continuing resolution led to a shutdown at midnight.]

It’s true that Democrats insist on a permanent solution for young unauthorized immigrants as part of any spending bill. The reason is straightforward: If a bill passes without action on these “Dreamers,” Democrats will lose the leverage to craft one on their terms. But this crisis is only occurring because President Trump decided to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which granted protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

While Trump insists he wants to find a solution to this problem, his own statements are at odds with his behavior. Last week, the president scuttled the deal brokered by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin, following a now-infamous meeting where Trump called both Haiti and various African nations “shitholes.” Since then, the White House has been silent on what it wants from a deal, although Trump’s priorities aren’t hard to discern—he wants more white immigrants and fewer immigrants from countries whose citizens are largely black and brown. By putting the brakes on a viable compromise, Trump made this standoff inevitable.

The same is true of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Since its funding lapsed late last year, congressional Republicans have refused to reauthorize CHIP, ignoring the problem in favor of passing tax cuts and tending to other priorities. Republican leaders like Paul Ryan might blast Senate Democrats for their current obstinance on this short-term funding bill, but their refusal to act last year belies their newfound concern for the program. The brinksmanship we see now has less to do with Democratic intransigence and more to do with a choice, by both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to use CHIP in a late-game legislative play. (The House eventually passed a bill with CHIP funding attached, but it was almost scuttled when President Trump tweeted his desire for a stopgap bill that didn’t include the program.)

That the House could move on a short-term bill was itself a minor miracle. On Tuesday, when House leadership presented the measure to rank-and-file Republicans, it was met with defiance from the conservative radicals in the House Freedom Caucus, who threatened to torpedo the proposal out of anger at being fed another stopgap bill. This left Paul Ryan with a choice. He could circumvent the Freedom Caucus and negotiate with Democrats, or he could make concessions and hope to pin blame for a shutdown on Democrats. He chose the latter, illustrating just how much conservative Republicans are still acting as if they’re in the minority and demonstrating Ryan’s reluctance to lead rather than follow the demands of his most disruptive members.

If there is a shutdown, Republicans appear more likely than not to take the blame for it. According to a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post, 48 percent of Americans say Trump and Republicans are to blame for a potential government shutdown, compared with 28 percent who say they will blame Democrats and 18 percent who say they will blame both parties equally. Among independents, 46 percent blame the GOP.

A few months after taking office, President Trump called for a “good shutdown” to fix the “mess” in Washington. He was frustrated; Democrats had walked away with the better end of a deal that kept the government open through the end of summer. Now, a year later, Trump has gotten his wish—except this impending shutdown won’t help him win concessions or attain an advantage over his opponents. Instead, it reflects his failure—and the failure of congressional Republicans—to govern competently. That failure has left them in the absurd position of scrambling to blame Democrats for a shutdown happening under their complete control.

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Will (Allegedly) Comparing His Porno Girlfriend to His Daughter Hurt the President Politically?

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Will (Allegedly) Comparing His Porno Girlfriend to His Daughter Hurt the President Politically?

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ Slate Articles

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

The answer to the gross but relevant question posed in the headline above—and, as always, remember how much you paid to read this post before complaining about how wildly subjective and speculative it is—is “maybe.”

On the one hand, you have the hard 36 percent floor of “base” support below which Trump’s aggregate approval rating has never dropped no matter how bad the news has gotten for him. His polarizing personality and checkered biography is for the most part already priced in to his political standing.

On the other hand, it’s the assumption of the Impeach-O-Meter that Trump gets into serious danger if Democrats win a massive landslide in this year’s midterms and the remaining congressional Republicans become convinced that POTUS is a political anchor. To keep that from happening, Trump needs his base to be motivated to vote in November. Meanwhile, one conclusion almost all pieces about Trump voters seem to draw is that even many of his loyal supporters don’t love his habit of engaging in embarrassing/childish feuds and ego-obsessions on Twitter and elsewhere. (The idea seems to be that they want him to keep his eye on the ball and be more “presidential” now that he’s, well, the president.) And having the entire media fixated on a porn actress who apparently once discussed Trump’s mediocre sexual performance and described his genitals in a now-forthcoming interview does seem like the kind of thing that just might set him off, feud-wise. Ultimately, that could alienate enough of his potential voters to have real consequences.

Today’s meter is unchanged. We’ll see!

Folded Paper Plate Owls – an Easy Fall Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a quick and easy fall craft for the kids to make this week? You'll love these adorable little owls!

Hang them from a small branch and display them in a window, or pin them to a cut-out tree branch on a wall or bulletin board.

It's such an easy process but the hooligans had a lot of fun making each of their owls look unique.

Aren't they CUTE?!

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Adorable Cork-Stamped Flower Wreath for Spring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for an adorable spring flower craft to do with your kids?  Grab some corks and buttons and head on over to CBC Parents to see how we made this cork-stamped flower wreath!   Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!

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5 More Easy Valentine Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 more fun and easy Valentine crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers to make, using common, household supplies. The toddlers and preschoolers in my home daycare LOVE crafting for Valentine’s Day.  We’ve made oodles of Valentine crafts over the years, and we’ve been busy these past couple of weeks making cards and gifts that the hooligans...

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Two Sisters Thought This Costco Cashier Was Maui from ‘Moana’, and He Played It to a T

by Heather Newman @ Babble

There's no telling how far this guy will go to make kids smile.

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Bead and Pipe Cleaner Ornaments – Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These bead and pipe cleaner ornaments really sparkle and shine! They're so easy to make and so pretty! They're great for helping little ones strengthen their fine-motor skills too!

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Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for easy Easter crafts for kids, you’ve come to the right place!  I have quite a collection of Easter crafts for toddlers and preschoolers.  These past few weeks we’ve been making Easter finger puppets, adorable Easter chicks, simple Easter wreaths and easy Easter decorations.  Today we made these easy Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies with a...

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Paper Plate Bird Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Paper Plate Bird Craft is so cute and easy.  It’s a great spring or Easter craft for kids to make! Spring is in the air, and so my toddlers and preschoolers have been creating lots of Spring crafts to hurry it along!  Today I’m sharing the super-cute paper plate bird craft that we made today....

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Paper Plate Yarn Weaving Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a cute and easy project that doubles as a Valentines craft and a beginner sewing or weaving project for kids!

Weaving is a terrific way to strengthen fine motor skills and co-ordination too! Trust me, even my big kid was challenged by this one a wee bit.

The nice thing about it is it doesn't matter how the kids do it, it's going to look great, making it a super project for all ages.

We jazzed our finished project up with a bit of paint, and they look just darling! Wouldn't you agree?

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Icicle Ornaments with Beads and Pipecleaners

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This icicle ornament with pipe cleaners and beads is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make to hang on the Christmas tree. It’s a great way to strengthen fine-motor skills too. With Christmas drawing nearer, and the days getting busier,  you’ll love the simplicity of the beautiful but simple icicle ornaments that we made today....

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“WOW” Your Kids With This Easy, Vibrant Art Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Art and science come together in this colourful absorption experiment.  Salt, glue and watercolours are all that’s needed for  this fun and fascinating activity.  Pop on over to CBC Parents to see how it’s done!   Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables, 50 links to activities not featured...

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How a Broken Ornament Is Helping Parents Grieve This Christmas After Suffering a Loss

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

“She looked down and realized even though they were broken they still shone brilliantly, even brighter than before.”

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Easy Butterfly Crafts for Kids- 3 Ways to Make Paper Towel Butterflies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

3 easy butterfly crafts for kids to make, and a lesson in water absorption! I love that the internet is finally starting to fill up with spring crafts for kids.  Flowers and rainbows and butterfly crafts are filling my newsfeed, and I am loving all the COLOUR! Today I’m sharing 3 butterfly craft ideas with you!  We’ve...

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Adorable {Reversible} “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eek! I love, love, LOVE the way this one turned out!

Have your kids heard the expression "in like a lion, out like a lamb"? Ask them!

I was surprised that the hooligans had never heard it, so I told them all about it, and then we made this ADORABLE lion and lamb craft.

It's reversible, so your kids can hang it up, and flip it from one side to the other depending on what the what their prediction is, and what the weather is actually like.

Like all of our crafts, this one is really easy to make, using supplies and materials that you probably already have around the house.

And just look at it!

Isn't it the cutest thing ever?

Click the link below for photos and instructions.

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Homemade Father’s Day Gifts that Kids can Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey, my lovely, lovely followers!

Father's Day is just around the corner, and I know your crafty kids and students are going to want to make something special and spectacular for Dad on his special day!

I've rounded up all of the best Father's Day gifts we've made over the years, and I've put the all right here in one post for you.

If you're looking for a stellar homemade gift for a child to make for a Dad, grandpa, uncle or even a male teacher or mentor, you'll want to check out these ideas!

They're easy, inexpensive, and totally rad!

Just click the link below to see them all! And can I just say a big THANK YOU to YOU for following along with me? It means so much to me that you want to receive my crafts and activities in your inbox. I really appreciate that you take the time, and click through to see what we're up to. You are the BEST! x

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12 Fine Motor Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Check out this collection of Christmas crafts for kids! 12 of my gorgeous Christmas ornaments that will encourage fine motor development in toddlers and preschoolers...

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Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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Democrats Are Doing the Right Thing

Democrats Are Doing the Right Thing

by Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate Articles

On the second day of the first government shutdown of Donald Trump’s presidency, one narrative began to rise above the rest: Blame the Democrats. Republican lawmakers and Trump advisers blitzed the airwaves on Sunday to explain why Senate Democrats’ demand for a DACA fix tethered to a funding bill is irresponsible and unreasonable. (DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an Obama-era executive policy that allows undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children to live and work here legally. Last September, the Trump administration announced that it would phase out the program.) Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, proclaimed that “we want to … solve the DACA issue,” but that Democrats’ incorrigibility made the task impossible. Trump claimed that Democrats “are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration.”

This spin is laughably inaccurate. Four Senate Republicans voted against a bill to keep the government open on Friday; a majority of Democrats simply chose not to bail out the measure since it included no DACA solution. The blame falls primarily on GOP party leadership—which is in thrall to a nativist minority—as well as the White House’s hopelessly mixed signals.
But even if the narrative sticks and Democrats take the fall for this shutdown, they made the right call by refusing to prop up the GOP’s stopgap funding bill. The administration has negotiated over DACA in bad faith from the very start, and Democrats may never have more leverage than they do today. Standing up for DACA may wind up being bad politics. For the Democratic Party, it is also a moral obligation.

At various points in the DACA debate, all sides have pointed to Donald Trump as the chief impediment to a deal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently admitted that Trump “has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign,” and that the GOP can’t “figure out what he is for.” But it’s not actually fair to blame Trump alone for this disaster; the president is plainly uninterested in the details of a final deal—and, more importantly, he did not force Congress’ hand on DACA in the first place.

In reality, DACA’s demise was the result of maneuvering between state attorneys general and United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Last June, a coalition of 10 state attorneys general, as well as Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, signed a letter threatening to sue the administration if it did not take action on DACA. (Needless to say, all signatories were Republicans.) Their letter gave the administration an ultimatum: Begin phasing out DACA on Sept. 5, or we’ll attempt to kill it in court.

One signatory, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, actually withdrew his signature upon discovering that many DACA recipients “will be of great benefit and service to our country.” But the rest stood fast, and on Sept. 5, Sessions announced that the government would begin to “wind down” DACA, halting renewals in October and stripping status starting in March 2018. (Sessions has refused to state whether he colluded with these state attorneys general to justify the rescission of the program, and the Supreme Court’s conservative justices have allowed the administration to shield documents that may reveal such collusion.)

Sessions’ Sept. 5 announcement injected a great deal of ambiguity into the White House’s position on “Dreamers,” or DACA beneficiaries. Trump had praised Dreamers during the campaign, and DACA’s Republican critics tended to condemn the program as executive overreach rather than lambaste immigrants themselves. But Sessions’ speech dripped with malice toward Dreamers, disparaging them as “illegal aliens” who steal jobs from real Americans. It suddenly sounded like the Trump administration opposed DACA as policy, not merely its executive implementation.

Yet Trump himself clearly maintained his support for a measure sparing Dreamers from deportation. Hours after Sessions’ address, the president tweeted that if Congress couldn’t “legalize DACA,” he would “revisit this issue.” (He seemed to believe that he could revive the policy that his attorney general had just dismissed as illegal “unilateral executive amnesty.”) Nine days later, Trump asked, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” But congressional Republicans took no action, pointing out that DACA does not expire until March 5. (In reality, due to Sessions’ “phase-out,” about 122 Dreamers lose protection each day.)

Since then, this dynamic—Trump backs Dreamers, Republicans hinder action—has played out in various ways. In September, for instance, Trump allegedly told Democratic leaders that he wouldn’t tie a DACA fix to funding for his border wall, but White House staffers promptly reneged on whatever compromise Trump had made behind closed doors. And on Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer outlined a deal with Trump, which McConnell and chief of staff John Kelly promptly thwarted. The president is an inept dealmaker, but his basic desire is clear: He wants to sign some version of a DREAM Act.

Republicans, however, are doing everything in their power to prevent a bill from landing on his desk. The bad faith here is staggering. McConnell secured Sen. Jeff Flake’s vote for tax reform in December by promising to bring a compromise immigration bill to the floor in January. Senators quickly struck a bipartisan DACA deal—but GOP Senate leaders scuttled it, citing Trump’s apparent opposition. (As if anyone, including Trump, knows what the president would do if handed an immigration bill with concessions from both parties.) On Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan declared that Republicans were “negotiating in good faith on DACA,” accusing Democrats of blowing up deliberations by demanding a DACA fix alongside any spending bill.

“Negotiating in good faith”? House Republicans’ current DACA proposal would literally criminalize Dreamers who fail to stay significantly above the poverty line, subjecting them to imprisonment and deportation. Senate Republicans’ proposal would give Dreamers a nonrenewable three-year visa, essentially giving them a 36-month grace period before they have to leave (or get deported). Other GOP hard-liners are insisting that any help for Dreamers be attached to dramatic reductions in legal immigration levels, a nonstarter for many Democrats and Republicans.

Faced with intra-party discord and malevolent prevarication from Republicans, what are Democrats to do about DACA? Rely on more easily broken promises from Ryan, McConnell, and the White House? Go along with the lie that Dreamers can wait until March for relief? Surrender altogether to the whims of a Republican Party dominated by serial fibbers? Of course not. The first DREAM Act was introduced in 2001. Republicans have foiled its passage for 17 years. At some point, Democrats had to draw a line in the sand. That moment arrived on Friday.

A government shutdown is an awful thing. It’s a humiliation for the nation that disrupts hundreds of thousands of lives, and it may well provoke backlash against progressives. But Democrats had no other choice. Republicans cannot be trusted to protect Dreamers from a crisis of the GOP’s own making. To capitulate on DACA would be an abdication of the Democratic Party’s moral responsibilities. Dreamers belong in this country, and Democrats should use every bit of leverage they have to keep them here.

Things to do in Omotesando with Kids – Fun on Tokyo’s Glitzy Shopping Street

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Skip the shopping and check out these fun things to do in Omotesando with kids. This is one of Tokyo’s glitziest neighborhoods, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to play here. If you’re looking for things to do in Tokyo with kids, then this is a great place to start. Things to do […]

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Turns Out, the U.S. Lags Way Behind Other Countries When It Comes to Potty Training

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

Believe it or not, some countries start potty training kids at birth. The U.S. on the other hand? Not so much.

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Three child-friendly Vietnamese recipes | Guest cook

Three child-friendly Vietnamese recipes | Guest cook


the Guardian

Cooking with kids: Even fussy kids can be excited by a dish they have a hand in making. These Vietnamese-inspired ideas offer plenty of opportunities to get involved

Make a Leaf Maze or Leaf Labyrinth in Your Yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun way for your kids to play in the leaves?  Rake up a Leaf Maze… This is one of our favourite Fall traditions around here.  A leaf maze is so much for the hooligans to play in, and I really enjoy making one.  It’s not often that you get the chance to...

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Homemade Chocolate and Strawberry Play Dough

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Chocolate shop play dough activity for Valentines Day! We are huge fans of homemade play dough activities here.  I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love to play with playdough.  It’s so therapeutic and it’s terrific for building fine motor skills and hand, finger and upper-arm muscles.  Some say that offering play dough every day,...

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Toddler Biting: Why it Happens and How You Can Stop It

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddler biting solutions from real parents and teachers: Why kids bite, how to handle it, and ways to put an end to biting behaviour at home and daycare. You’ve know the scene – the kids are playing nicely while the parents chat nearby, when all of a sudden, HORRORS!  Your child bites someone. Or maybe it’s...

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Easter Playdough Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easter is right around the corner, and here’s a fun Easter activity to keep the kids busy before the holiday arrives. Whip up a batch of Homemade Easter playdough for toddlers and preschoolers, in the softest shades of spring! If you’ve been following along with us, you know how much I love coming up with themed playdough...

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5 Amazing Cupcake Recipes Made with Unusual Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, Lovelies. I've been just busting to share these recipes with you! My friend Kerrie, makes these cupcakes in the most amazing flavour combos ever! Cherry Coke, Orange Crush, Chocolate-Bacon and more! I've finally gotten my act together, and rounded up 5 of my favourites, and put them together in a post for you. Some would be terrific for kids' parties, and some are so sinful, they're adult-only. I hope they get you drooling as much as they do me! Feast your eyes on these...

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Bead and Bauble Sun Catcher Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Add some bling to a window or a patio with these chandelier crystals and pony beads!  These bead and bauble sun catcher ornaments make a beautiful homemade gift for kids to give for Mother’s Day.  They’d be great for kids to make for a teacher, neighbour or grandparent too. I am just thrilled with our...

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Simple, 3-Ingredient Concoctions for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your kids love mixing concoctions? Oh boy! Do I ever have a whopper of a concoction collection for you! 35 of the best slime, goop, goo and play dough recipes that I could find! Science and sensory exploration never looked, felt or smelled so good!  And best of all? All of these mixtures require 3...

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This Mom’s New Year’s Resolution to “Rock Her Boys Every Day” Is Giving Us All the Feels

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

Why does raising kids have to be so amazing and yet heart-wrenching at the same time?

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Which Months Have 31 Days – A Simple Way To Remember

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Use your knuckles to figure out which months have 31 days! – An easy way to teach kids how many days are in each month. I don’t know about you, but as a kid I could never remember the rhyme that taught how many days there are in a month.  You know the one that starts...

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Pour-Painted Paper Weights with Beach Stones

Pour-Painted Paper Weights with Beach Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeeee!! I wish you could hear that squeal in my voice!

I am SO stoked to show you this super-cool, super STUNNING project we made for Father's Day!

We made paper weights, but not just ANY paper weights...

We used a "pour painting" technique that is out. of. this. world.

It's totally easy and totally fascinating. I'm not kidding. Your results will "wow" you right into next week.

Check it out! Check it out!

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Painting with Coloured Ice – A Vibrant Outdoor Art Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting with coloured ice – a great summer art activity for kids experience! Check it out!!  We were painting with coloured ice today!  Every year, here in my daycare, I colour a batch of ice for the kids to make art with.  It’s always a hit with the kids no matter how old or young...

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Clear Glass Ornaments for Kids to Fill and Decorate

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These beautiful clear glass ornaments look gorgeous when kids fill them with a handful of seasonal goodies.  So easy to make for your own Christmas tree, or a lovely homemade ornament to give as a gift. I usually keep it to one craft on any given day because, as much as I could sit on...

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Backyard Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When the weather is nice, the Hooligans and I spend most of our time outdoors, in our backyard play space.  Quite often we’ll be out from the time they are dropped off in the morning until afternoon nap-time. I’d like to share some of our favourite backyard play ideas with you today. Fun and Easy...

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Easy Tissue Paper Ornaments for Kids of all Ages to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gah! My little hooligans have done it again! They've taken the most ordinary material (used tissue paper), and turned it into something stunning! Oh my goodness! I get so excited about a craft like this. And what's great its that ALL ages will love this one! The toddlers and preschoolers will able to handle the process, and tweens and teens will enjoy it too! Heck, even I totally loved making mine! Hope you love this one as much as I do! Check it out!

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How to Make Homemade Sidewalk Paint For Kids – Easy 3-Ingredient Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Homemade Sidewalk Paint recipe that you can make in minutes with cornstarch, water and food colouring. Whip up a batch today for a fun and easy outdoor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. The hooligans LOVE painting our driveway and sidewalk in summer time. Often, they use rollers and brushes and they paint the sidewalk with water, but every...

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Feeding of preschool children in Vietnam: a study of parents’ practices and associated factors

Feeding of preschool children in Vietnam: a study of parents’ practices and associated factors


BMC Nutrition

Understanding parents’ feeding control practices and their associations with various factors is useful for prevention of childhood obesity, an emerging problem in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of this paper is to describe the control practices used by parents of preschool children in Vietnam and factors associated with these. Two cross-sectional studies were conducted in urban DodaLab (n = 1364) and rural FilaBavi (n = 1313), Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites (HDSS), Hanoi, Vietnam. For 94.9 % of the children, both parents answered the Child Feeding Questionnaire and additional questions about nutritional practices. Children’s and parents’ weight and height were measured. Simple Pearson correlation coefficients, multiple regression and exploratory factor analysis were used for the statistical analysis. Mothers reported the use of more restriction, pressure to eat and monitoring than the fathers. The measured child’s body mass index (BMI) and the mother’s perception of the child’s weight were negatively associated with pressure to eat and positively associated with monitoring. A positive association was found between restriction and the mother’s perception of the child’s weight. In the rural area, high consumption of fatty food, sweets and snacks was associated with high use of restriction and monitoring. The amount of food consumed was negatively associated with the use of pressure to eat. In the urban area, consumption of fatty food and sweets was positively correlated both with restriction and pressure to eat. Monitoring was negatively associated with consumption of fatty food and snacks and positively with the amount of food. Higher education of the mothers was associated with higher use of monitoring, restriction (in the urban area) and pressure to eat (in the rural area). While feeding practices in Vietnam differed between mothers and fathers and between urban and rural areas, the associations with children’s BMI and socioeconomic factors were weak. This implies that parental roles as well as sociodemographic factors should be considered when designing programs for prevention of childhood overweight and obesity.

I’m Finally Ready to Be Angry About the Childhood Emotional Abuse I Experienced

by Hannah L. @ Babble

I’m ready to feel — and what I feel is anger.

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Smoosh-Painting: an Earth Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fun and Easy Earth Day craft for kids!  Kids of all ages love this no-mess painting technique.  Quick and easy smoosh-painting is perfect for making a last minute Earth Day craft. When I was thinking up Earth Day crafts to make with the hooligans, smoosh painting came to mind.  Kids just love smoosh-painting!  It’s a...

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REASONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH VIETNAM (PART TWO)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Scooters/Traffic Scooters are nothing special, they are everywhere on this planet. BUT scooters in Vietnam are a pretty big deal. We have around 90 million people in the country and guess what, nearly each of them owns a motorbike (excluding children and elders). Coming to Vietnam, you will see for yourself the lines of scooters […]

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Doodle Eggs – Easy Vibrant Easter Art that Kids of All Ages will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Your kids HAVE to try this gorgeous vibrant art project for Easter this year. The process is super-easy, but the results are amazing. Toddlers and preschoolers right through to tweens will love its!

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Wine Cork Turkey Decoration for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This simple wine cork turkey decoration is a super-easy craft for kids to make for Thanksgiving.  Use your turkeys to decorate a tabletop or a window sill, or just use them for some silly turkey play. This terrific stretch of hot, sunny weather we’re having makes it hard to believe that fall has actually arrived.  It’s...

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Fabulous Fall Collage for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wows! Take the kids for a nature walk today to collect some goodies from nature. Make this gorgeous fall collage with your findings when you get home! The way you make the backdrop for this is such a fun process! What a wonderful way to spend a fall morning! Check it out...

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Toilet Roll Peeps – An Easter Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet Roll Peeps and paper bag nests: an easy, upcycled Easter craft for kids!  Hooray for spring! It’s right around the corner, and so is Easter! We hooligans LOVE our holiday crafts, so you’ll find lots of Easter crafts for kids among the pages of my blog.   Remember the simple paper bag nests that I shared with you yesterday?...

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Frozen Clean Mud

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s another cool activity that Elsa and Anna fans will love!  We’ve made an ooey-gooey, beautifully scented batch of Frozen Clean Mud!  The kid will love this Disney inspired activity, and you’ll hard time keeping your hands out of it too! The hooligans are just crazy about the latest Disney Movie.  They sing the Frozen...

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Wet Sidewalk Chalk Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Add a “dipping cup” to your sidewalk chalk activities and instantly create creamy-smooth, vibrant works of art in the driveway! Drawing with wet sidewalk chalk is one of my favourite outdoor art techniques for kids. Creating art with wet chalk so much more fun drawing with dry chalk.  It’s a whole different experience!  Dry chalk...

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Shaving Cream and Food Colouring Marbleized Valentines

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A gorgeous preschool craft for preschoolers to make for Valentine’s day: marbleizing with shaving cream and food colouring. We love experimenting with easy but really cool painting techniques here in my daycare. As a result, we’ve discovered a lot of really creative ways to create art using basic household ingredients and supplies (you can see 25...

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Paper Plate Ice Cream Craft – “I” is for Ice Cream!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am SO excited to share this AH-MAZ-ING paper plate craft with you. Excited for a couple of reasons: firstly, we've been trying to think of a "Letter I" paper plate craft here for over a year, and we just couldn't come up with anything good. Finally, the 6 and 7 year old thought of THIS ONE. The second reason I'm so excited about it is because it looks SO freaking awesome, and was so totally fun to make! We all took part in the process, and we were practically giddy as it all came together. It resembled ice cream so closely that we wanted to eat it! The colours and flavours, the chocolate chips, the syrup and the sprinkles... ALL made out of basic craft supplies! If you're looking for a Letter "I" craft to do with your kids, THIS is the one! Check it out!

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Things to Do in Puerto Escondido — Fun Things to Do in Oaxaca, Mexico’s Southern Port

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Out of all the things to do in Puerto Escondido, sunsets may be our favorite, but there’s much more to this sleepy Mexican beach town than that. Much more. Beautiful beaches, fantastic food, incredible wildlife, and a laid-back surfer vibe. There are lots of reasons to visit Puerto Escondido, in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. […]

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Frozen Fractals Soup Activity – Ice Play for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When temperatures are on the rise, we’ve been turning to some of our favourite ice and water science activities to keep cool.  If your toddlers or preschoolers are fans of the Disney movie “Frozen”, this ice play set up will be a huge hit.  Frozen Fractals Soup: a cool and refreshing play idea for a hot...

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6 Fall Tree Crafts for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

6 fall tree crafts for preschoolers and toddlers to make!  A fun collection of easy, inexpensive fall craft ideas for kids! Fall is a terrific time for observing leaves and trees with preschoolers.  It’s the time of year that our trees become most obvious to us because of the vibrant colours they display as we...

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100 Fun Things for Kids to Do at Home This Summer (with Printable Checklist)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovely! I have a little somethin' special for you today! A summer activity checklist with fabulous things for your kids to do at home this summer!

I know you love having your kids home with you for summer, but I also know how challenging it can be to keep them entertained for such a long stretch of time. The last thing we want to hear day in and day out is "I'M BORED!", right?

Well I've rounded up ONE HUNDRED of our favourite warm-weather crafts and activities so your kids will be entertained (and learning!) all summer long.

They're all easy and inexpensive and guaranteed to be a hit with kids ages 2-10.

And I've made a printable checklist so you can put it up on your fridge, and work your way through it with your kids or daycare kids during the summer holidays!

Pick a couple of activities to do every day, and I promise, your kids won't have a chance to be bored this summer!

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Paper Plate Quilt Craft: Exploring Colours, Patterns and Textures

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers can explore colours, patterns, textures and textiles with this simple paper plate quilt craft. The most recent addition to our A-Z collection of paper plate crafts is this cheery little paper plate quilt. I’ve just always had an affection for fabric. I loved pouring over my Great Grandma’s quilts, drinking in all...

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Painting Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting Activities for Toddlers: big art, painting without brushes, and some unplanned body-painting. There are all kinds of creative art techniques for kids under the age of two to experiment with. Little kids LOVE to paint.  They love getting messy. They love a BIG, clean canvas, and kids love to express their creativity on. These were...

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Stamping Hearts with Cardboard Rolls – a Valentine’s Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am in looove with this Valentines craft! What a terrific art art process! And so easy!! We've created the prettiest piece of art with acrylic paint and cardboard rolls. Yes! As in, paper towel rolls or toilet rolls! Isn't that wild? You have to check it out! It makes a terrific piece of art for kids to hang on a wall in their bedroom, or they can give it to a friend or family member for Valentine's Day. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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leaf lacing activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall Leaf Lacing: turn a few textured wall paper samples into a fun, fine-motor, fall activity for kids!I’m sharing a simple idea with you today.  This is easy to make, but the kids will love it.  A Leaf lacing Activity! Many of you already know how much I love my wallpaper samples.  For those of you...

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First Term of World School Done and Dusted

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

We’re back home in Vietnam, resting up after our first term of World School. We covered a lot of ground in three months. Seven countries, no less! It was.

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Coffee Filter Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We officially kicked off our 2013 Christmas crafting season in my daycare today by making these coffee filter Christmas tree ornaments! Another one to add to our collection of tree ornaments that look like Christmas trees! This is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  Not only will they enjoy the creative process,...

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Grieving Husband Fights to Raise Awareness of Growing Maternal Death Rates in the U.S.

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

"No woman should lose their life bringing new life into this world."

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Coffee Shop {Pretend Play} Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This coffee shop pretend play activity with sand, soap and water provides hours of open-ended, imaginative play for kids of all ages.  It’s become one of my favourite backyard water play activities here in my home daycare. If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know that I love setting up easy...

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Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath for Toddlers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath: a fine-motor Valentine’s craft for kids! Our tissue paper Valentines Wreath is the perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  It’s bright and colourful, it’s a great fine-motor and sensory activity, and it’s a craft that’s easy enough for very young children to do. Why I love crafting with...

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Deep Blue Sea Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Deep Blue Sea Bin is an awesome small world activity to set up for your kids if you’re studying an ocean theme or an underwater theme, or if you’re observing Shark Week! We’re on a roll with our water play activities this week!  The weather has been so warm here, and I’ve been having...

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Couple Without Kids Decides to Adopt a Set of 7 Siblings — All at Once

by Rachel Garlinghouse @ Babble

They just knew the children were meant to be theirs.

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Family Dinners May Be Harder to Pull Off These Days, But They Still Have Big Benefits

by Clint Edwards @ Babble

Dinnertime may look a whole lot different than we were kids, but the time spent together matters.

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Kid’s Birthday Party Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It’s a party game, it’s a craft, it’s a group project…  It’s a great Kids’ Birthday Party Activity for toddlers and preschoolers! We had a birthday here in the daycare today, and to celebrate, we decorated a 3 foot “birthday cake” for the birthday girl to take home at the end of the day.  The...

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Penn State Officials Went to Jail Over Jerry San dusky. Could That Happen at Michigan State Over Larry Nassar?

Penn State Officials Went to Jail Over Jerry San dusky. Could That Happen at Michigan State Over Larry Nassar?

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ Slate Articles

On Wednesday afternoon in Lansing, Michigan, disgraced Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in state prison for the seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct to which he’s pleaded guilty. (That’s on top of a sentence of 60 years in prison for pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges; Nassar also awaits sentencing on criminal sexual conduct charges in a different Michigan county.) Over the last week, 156 of Nassar’s victims either spoke in court or had their statements read aloud. Many of them have condemned USA Gymnastics and Michigan State officials for failing to seriously investigate early complaints against Nassar, with the first allegations of inappropriate behavior—which were reportedly made to a Michigan State coach—as early as 1997. The Detroit News and Michigan State’s student newspaper have both, in recent issues, called on Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon to resign.

The nature of Nassar’s crimes, and the focus on Simon and other school officials who supervised him, obviously calls to mind the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal at Penn State. In that case, the university’s president, vice president, and athletic director were all sentenced to jail terms for their failure to alert law enforcement officials to a 2001 report that Sandusky had been seen behaving inappropriately with a young boy in a shower at the school’s football facility. (Penn State administrators are known to have been made aware of potentially inappropriate behavior by Sandusky, an assistant coach, in 1998, and other victims have said they told football coach Joe Paterno they were abused by Sandusky as early as 1971. Sandusky was not banned from Penn State facilities until he was arrested in 2011.)

How does Michigan State’s institutional response to Nassar compare to the way Penn State handled Sandusky?

An extensive Detroit News report published last week, based on testimony and interviews with victims, lists the following occasions on which Michigan State employees were allegedly told that Nassar may have committed sexual abuse:

• In 1997, a high school gymnast allegedly told an unidentified youth coach and MSU gymnastics coach Kathy Klages that Nassar had abused her. A second, unidentified youth gymnast allegedly told Klages at a subsequent group meeting that she had also been abused. Klages declined to comment on the News’ story.

• In 1999, a track/cross-country runner allegedly told an assistant coach named Kelli Bert that Nassar abused her. Bert says she does not remember ever being told Nassar had abused anyone.

• In 2000, a softball player allegedly told trainers Lianna Hadden and Destiny Teachnor-Hauk that Nassar had abused her. In 2002, a volleyball player allegedly told Hadden that Nassar had made her uncomfortable during a treatment. Teachnor-Hauk has denied receiving any such complaints; Hadden declined to comment to the News.

• In 2004, two individuals allegedly told a MSU clinical psychologist named Gary Stollak that Nassar had abused their young daughter. Stollak, who is retired, says he suffered a stroke in 2016 and does not remember anything about the alleged incident.

• In 2014, a MSU alumnus told a school doctor named Jeff Kovan that Nassar may have abused her.

Klages and Stollak, victims say, told Nassar about the allegations against him. But neither they nor Hadden, Teachnor-Hauk, or Bert appear to have reported any concerns to the university’s police department or its Title IX officials, who are tasked with ensuring that the campus maintains a safe and non-discriminatory environment for women. Kovan, the school doctor, did report the allegation he heard from an MSU alumnus to the school’s Title IX office , whose 2014 investigation cleared Nassar after three other doctors (and Teachnor-Hauk) said in interviews that Nassar’s techniques were medically appropriate. The Lansing State Journal reported last year that one of those doctors, Brooke Lemmen, subsequently resigned after the university learned she had failed to alert anyone else on campus after being told in July 2015—that is, after she’d helped clear Nassar during Michigan State’s investigation—that USA Gymnastics was also investigating him. Nassar was not fired by Michigan State until September 2016, after an Indianapolis Star article detailed allegations of abuse against him.

As to whether any of these actions may have been illegal, victims’ lawyers have said, without naming specific employees, that Michigan State staffers failed to fulfill their obligations under laws and rules that mandate the reporting of sexual assault accusations to appropriate authorities. Michigan State’s administration has responded by saying it has “no reason to believe” that any criminal violations by anyone other than Nassar took place. Last week, however, the university’s trustees sent Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette a letter asking him to investigate the school’s handling of Nassar, and Schuette said in a statement that his office will conduct a “full and complete review” of the situation.

The ambiguous nature of the laws concerning child endangerment will make any potential prosecutions complicated. The Penn State administrators who were sentenced in in the Sandusky case were convicted under a broadly worded Pennsylvania statute titled “Endangering welfare of children”:

A parent, guardian or other person supervising the welfare of a child under 18 years of age, or a person that employs or supervises such a person, commits an offense if he knowingly endangers the welfare of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is appealing his conviction, arguing (among other things) that he could not have been reasonably expected, as a university president, to have a “duty of care” over the abuse victim, a minor who had been brought on campus by Sandusky in the coach’s capacity as a youth charity volunteer.

Michigan’s child abuse statute, meanwhile, is even more ambiguous on what constitutes a criminal failure to report potential abuse. Jordan Harris, who has practiced education and labor law in Michigan and now manages legal issues for a large Detroit-area school district, suggested to me that this section might be the most relevant:

(7) A person is guilty of child abuse in the fourth degree if any of the following apply:

(a) The person’s omission or reckless act causes physical harm to a child.

(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that under the circumstances poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to a child, regardless of whether physical harm results.

Even here, however, “omission” is specifically defined as “a willful failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter.” Harris says prosecution under the statute would be a “stretch,” but notes that there is also a Michigan statute called the Child Protection Law that specifically lists categories of people, among them “teachers” and “school administrators,” who are legally obligated to tell state authorities about the potential abuse of minors. Yet that law, too, is ambiguous. Harris pointed me to Michigan State’s own guidelines on the Child Protection Law, which state (correctly, Harris told me) that “Michigan courts have not yet addressed the status of university faculty, academic advisors, and administrators as mandated reporters.” (One more fact worth noting: Not all of Nassar’s victims were minors.)

Title IX, meanwhile, is its own mess. The role of Title IX offices in combatting sexual assault has developed relatively recently and been the subject of a great deal of confusion and controversy. While the Title IX gender-equity law itself was passed in 1972, a federal guideline asserting that “the requirements of Title IX pertaining to sexual harassment also cover sexual violence” was only issued in 2011—and then substantially revised by the Trump administration in 2017. Michigan State’s current policy mandates that coaches and trainers report allegations of sexual misconduct to the school’s Title IX office. But no matter what an investigation of Michigan State officials’ behavior were to uncover, Title IX does not authorize criminal penalties. If authorities eventually conclude that MSU violated Title IX, however, the school could potentially lose some federal funding.

Finally, there’s the NCAA, which announced Tuesday that it would investigate Michigan State’s handling of Nassar. But the NCAA is a private organization whose punishment of the university would only extend to its participation in college athletics, and even its jurisdiction over those matters has been on shaky ground in recent years as it’s faced heavy criticism for its inept and inconsistent handling of a number of scandals—including, most prominently, the one at Penn State.

At the moment, it seems like the most likely avenue for significant punishment against Michigan State officials and staffers who failed to report Nassar allegations would be a Child Protection Law prosecution. As Harris cautions, though, that wouldn’t be a sure thing even if the failures alleged in the Detroit News article could be proven in court. “This could be an issue where this is the test case, ” he says. “There would be litigation over whether [the law] applied to community colleges and universities. It would be a novel legal question—they could make that allegation, and then it would be up to the court to decide.”

Update, 1:40 p.m.: While he wasn’t the recipient of a direct report about Nassar, this piece also should’ve mentioned William Strampel, the former dean of the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. As Nassar’s boss, Strampel told him after he was cleared by the university’s 2014 Title IX investigation that he would be required to have an observer present whenever he performed “sensitive” procedures on patients. Multiple accounts, however, indicate that Strampel did not follow up to make sure this new rule was followed and that Nassar continued to see—and molest—some patients without an observer.

Strampel, Kovan, and Klages, meanwhile, are among those named as defendants in nine civil lawsuits filed by Nassar victims which are being handled collectively as a single case in federal court . The suits also name Michigan State itself as a defendant; the school has moved to have the cases dismissed.

Paper Mache Bowls – One of a Kind Gift for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A paper mache bowl a really creative and inexpensive gift for kids to make and give.  The process does require a bit of time, because of the drying time, but the results are gorgeous! When I was pondering some ideas for homemade Mother’s Day gifts that we could make here in my home daycare, Paper Mache...

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls – Easy, To-Die-For Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

So, I have this amazing cinnamon roll recipe.

You make the dough in your bread machine which makes the process so easy.

The part you do by hand is actually really fun and cool, AND...

They are the BEST cinnamon buns ever.

Here's the funny part though - when I made these the last time, I didn't use a big enough baking dish, and my cinnamon rolls rose UP as well as OUT.

They tasted delicious, as usual, but the results were quite comical.

I shared a photo on my facebook page, and people went nuts for it, saying they looked like Dr. Seuss cinnamon rolls, and suggesting that I make them this way for Christmas, dusting them with icing sugar, so they look like Christmas trees, OR colouring the frosting orange to make them look like candy-corn for Halloween.

Anyway, I thought you'd like to know that I wrote a post about them, and included the wacky pictures.

Check them out, and MAKE THEM! They are SO crazy-good. You'll never buy store-bought cinnamon rolls again.

Just use the right size of baking dish if you don't want the Suessical version. HA!

Click on the link below to see them, and to get the printable recipe!

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Toddler-Safe Cloud Dough Recipe (No Baby Oil)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There’s no doubt about it, our regular 2 ingredient cloud dough is amazing for sensory play. Recently however, we figured out how to colour our Cloud Dough, and even more recently, we tweaked that coloured cloud dough recipe to make it toddler-safe.  This is great news because I often hear from parents who are concerned...

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Twig Star Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is one of our simplest crafts ever, and it's so beautiful. You can use these twig stars on a Christmas tree or a mantel or even hang them out on a patio or deck. Lots of fine motor development going on here too! Check them out! I think you'll love them. :)

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Easy Bacon-wrapped Green Beans

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies!  My friend Alison, from Pint-Sized Treasures, is here with us today, to share one of her fab favourite family recipes with us! Looking for a perfect side dish or appetizer? These easy bacon-wrapped green beans are crowd-pleasers — and even kid pleasers! I still remember when I first met this wonderful dish. I...

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Pringles Can People – Treasure Jars for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovlies!

The hooligans and I got together the other day for a summer crafty day, and we made the cutest craft!

With fabric scraps, ribbon scraps and buttons, we turned some empty Pringles cans into these adorable Pringles Can People!

Bonus: they can be used as treasure jars to hold small accessories, toys and collectibles!

Click the link below to check them out!

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Cooking with Kids - Vietnamese Fun Food

Cooking with Kids - Vietnamese Fun Food


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Chef Lisa will introduce Kids to the fun food of Vietnamese Spring Rolls.  She will show how to make them in both their fresh version and their fried version!   Fresh spring rolls are a perfect quick snack using food you might have in your fridge and can be taken to school for a healthy, fun lunch.  The fried version is a treat they can make for a special appetizer for the family or even as a dinner that is filled with either meat, seafood or veggies.  Both versions use a gluten-free rice wrap so a good alternative to pizza and other fun food with gluten!Kids will enjoy a couple rolls of each style, plenty for lunch. and will take home a sample of each for the family to try.This class is geared toward 9 to 13 year olds and is a Drop-Off Class.

Awesome Homemade Fridge Magnets using a Crayon Resist Technique

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm so excited about our latest project! We made these gorgeous homemade fridge magnets using a wax-resist technique. They're super-easy and so much fun to make! Don't they look like they've been tie-dyed? I think these would be super gifts for kids to make and give to parents, grandparents and friends! Have a look, and then give them a try at your house or in your classroom!

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Mom’s Post on Living in “Survival Mode” Captures What Raising Small Kids Is Really Like

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

"If all you did in 2017 was survive, that's enough."

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Toilet Roll Reindeer Ornament for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Reindeer crafts are adorable but these Toilet Roll Reindeer ornaments might be the cutest ones ever.  Gather up some empty cardboard rolls, and have the kids make a bunch to hang on the Christmas tree. If you’re looking for an absolutely adorable Christmas craft for your kids to make this year, you have to try...

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homemade shape puzzle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Use items from around your home to make a homemade shape puzzle! If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to keep your hooligans entertained, our homemade shape puzzle is sure to be a hit!  It’s simple to put together, and you can make one of these just about anywhere! Pop over to CBC...

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This Photo of America Ferrera Reunited with Her ‘Sisterhood’ Crew Will Make Your Heart Happy

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

Ferrera announced her pregnancy on New Year's Eve — and it's clear her BFFs are just excited as she is.

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Backyard Tightrope

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for an amazing (and free!) addition for your backyard play space, a backyard tightrope is da bomb! Our homemade tightrope is, hands down, one of the most popular stations in our yard. Kids of all ages,  from the toddlers right through to 7 and 8 year olds absolutely love balancing on it,...

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Couple Stages Hilarious “Birth” Photo Shoot to Welcome Their New Kitten Into the World

by Katey Johnson @ Babble

"I can't believe (and also can believe) that I'm gonna be known as the lady who gave birth to a cat ... "

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Rainbow Water – a St. Patrick’s Day Drink for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Whip up a silly, colourful drink for the kids to drink on St. Patrick's Day! Hey, doesn't everyone deserve to drink a rainbow at least once in their life time?

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3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

How to Make Easy Last-Minute Fruity Pebbles Easter Egg Treats

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a last-minute Easter treat for a classroom party or family get-together?

These Fruity Pebbles Easter Egg Treats are perfect!

They're shaped like real eggs, and super-easy to make. Because the cereal is so colourful, there's no need for food colouring or sprinkles or icing.

And look at how GORGEOUS they are!!!

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Easy Pumpkin Sun Catchers – a Vibrant Halloween Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, how I love this one!

We made vibrant pumpkin suncatchers out of coffee filters, using a fun colouring process.

You won't believe how intense the colours of our pumpkins are.

They look like they're actually glowing when the afternoon sun shines through them.

The process is really quick and simple, so this is a great craft for your little ones to do this week before Halloween!

I hope you love them as much as we do!

Check the out with the link below!

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Cinnamon-Sugar French Toast Mittens – A Fun Winter Lunch For Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun winter lunch idea to serve the kids? Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Mittens are  easy to make, super-cute and delicious! They’re perfect for a snow day but you can use this idea for any themed lunch by just switching up your cookie cutters.    Yesterday, we had quite the blizzard here. It...

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30+ Fun and Easy Lunch Ideas For Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Are you tired of sending your kids off to school with the same boring lunch every day?

Well don't fret. I have 30+ more fun lunch ideas for kids to share with you today, and there isn't a traditional sandwich in the bunch.

Between this and the list of 50 lunch box ideas I shared a few weeks ago, you'll be able to keep
your kids lunch boxes inviting, and exciting for the rest of the school year!

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Tissue Paper Earth Day Craft for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This tissue paper planet earth is an easy Earth Day craft for toddlers and preschoolers.    If you’re looking for last minute crafts for Earth Day to do at preschool or home, this tissue paper Earth is terrific. It’s a quick and simple activity to do while you talk to your kids about taking care...

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Sun-Melted Crayon Art Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a cheap and easy outdoor art activity for the kids to do on a summer day? Make sun-melted crayon art with a few simple supplies and the heat of the sun! I think I enjoyed this one as much as the hooligans did! Check it out! Doesn't it look fun?

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Tissue Paper Mosaic Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tissue Paper Mosaic Christmas Ornaments – a fine motor Christmas craft for kids to make and hang on the Christmas tree. We recently made these gorgeous Tissue Paper Mosaic Ornaments here in my daycare.  They were easy to make with just a few supplies.  This was an excellent fine motor activity, and the results were...

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Button Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Button Christmas Tree Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for kids, and a fun preschool painting technique too! When it comes to art techniques for kids, I love to think outside of the box, and get the hooligans creating in fun and unusual ways. Today we’re painting with pony beads – a simple but very fun...

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Good Luck Stones for Kids Who Are Afraid or Anxious

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade good luck stones! Tuck them into a pocket or keep them on a desk or bedside table. Ward off monsters, bring good fortune or make them just for fun! Whatever the reason, kids will love having shimmery good luck charms of their own.

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Tape Resist Name Art For Kids of All Ages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for an amazing art activity to do with the kids today? Make tape resist name art! Tape resist is one of my favourite art techniques to do with children.  It’s so simple but it packs a huge “wow” factor. Because it’s so easy, tape resist is a great art project to do with toddlers...

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Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to make after carving your Halloween pumpkin. Golden-brown and salty, they’re delicious as a snack or to add to soups and salads.  Oh I do love pumpkin season. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and of course, roasted pumpkin seeds. With Halloween eve upon us, we carved our pumpkins today,...

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – 12 Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for easy, inexpensive, Christmas craft ideas for kids, you’ve come to the right place! You probably know how crazy we are about making Christmas crafts here in my daycare.  The toddlers and preschoolers just love making making homemade Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations.  And I love it when we make totally adorable crafts without spending...

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5+ Easy Poppy Crafts for Kids to Make for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remembrance Day and Veterans Day are a little over a week away.

If you're looking for some easy and beautiful poppies for your kids to make at home, preschool or daycare, you'll want to check these ones out.

They're all fun and creative enough for older kids to enjoy, but easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to do with little assistance.

Click the link below to check them out!

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10 Preschool Apple Crafts for Kids Ages 2-5

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovely.

You're probably switching gears from summer crafting to fall crafting with your little ones right now, so I thought I'd put all of our easy apple crafts in one place, so you'd be able to grab an idea whenever you need one.

Whether you're focusing on a month-long apple theme next month, or just need the odd apple craft to do here and there throughout the month, you'll love these ideas.

They're all super-cute, super-easy and perfect for 2-5 year olds.

Click the link below to see them all. Enjoy!!

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HAPPY VIETNAMESE WOMEN’S DAY: FLOWERS AND GIFTS

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Women of Vietnam have two holidays to celebrate – Mother’s Day, coinciding with International Women’s Day and Vietnamese Women’s Day. The latter, that falls on October 20 every year, has a significant importance for the Vietnamese women. On October 20, 1930 the women of Vietnam united against imperialism and created a special organization, that later […]

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by admin @ Pho Lantern Cafe

I made the one hour drive from the south bay, and was hoping to eat a good bowl of pho once I got here. I was definitely satisfied…they had our pho ready in no time. It was a good meal, and I had an iced …

Handmade Thank You Cards with Wax Resist Paint Technique

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can create beautiful handmade Thank You cards using a wax resist art technique. A white crayon and some watercolour paints are all you’ll need! Crayon resist (or wax resist) is a really cool art project for kids of all ages and it’s one of those fun science activities that kids of all ages love. Toddlers and preschoolers can...

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Hanoikids’ 11th birthday party

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

On Saturday June 17th 2017, Hanoikids’ 11th birthday with the theme: “Kids are yet to be 18” was successfully held as all members celebrated one of the most awaiting events of the year.… [...]

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12 Homemade Garden Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ooooo, Mama! I have 10 gorgeous garden crafts to share with you today, my Lovelies!

All of these homemade garden ornaments are easy and inexpensive, and they're just gorgeous for hanging from a porch or patio or from a tree in your yard.

These crafts are perfect for craft camp or summer camp or for daycare or home.

They all use recycled materials or supplies found around your home and garden.

Your kids can make and give them as gifts, or you can keep them to brighten up a corner of your own yard or garden!

Check 'em out in the link below! They're easy and they're beautiful!

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Rainbow Rice – How to Dye Rice For Sensory Play (without Rubbing Alcohol)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Rainbow Rice! How to dye rice for sensory bins in three easy steps. This easy process for dying rice is mess-free and doesn’t require rubbing alcohol.   The weather is dull and dreary here today, so I thought I’d make some coloured rice for the sensory table to brighten things up a bit. You’ve probably seen...

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Rainbow Ink Blot Shamrock Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This ink blot shamrock craft is a super last-minute activity for St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s easy enough for preschoolers to make, but older kids love this classic art technique too, so it’s a great St. Paddy’s Day craft for kids of all ages. Today, we’re using the technique to make rainbow coloured shamrocks! You might wonder why...

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Mom Shares Mortifying Story of the Day She Attempted to Buy Pads with Her Kid in Tow

by Katey Johnson @ Babble

Let's just say, she won't be doing THAT again.

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Savory Vietnamese Dishes – A Look Into The “Bun” Family (Part Two)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Following the last entry, us Saigon Food Tour is going to introduce you to more of the “Bun” family. But this time, these bowls of “Bun” will be more different and they are not so well-known by travellers as well. 3. Bún thịt nướng ( Chargrilled pork patties with herbs vermicelli ) I know we all like our […]

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Homemade Cardboard Picture Frames for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Homemade Picture Frames are easy to make with some cardboard from the pantry cupboard and some paint. Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and such a sweet homemade gift for kids to give at Christmas. A homemade picture frame is a meaningful gift for a child to give because who among us would not...

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Paper Plate Apple Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Welcome to the first post in our A-Z Paper Plate Craft collection! “A” is for Apple: an easy paper plate apple craft for toddlers and preschoolers!   These paper plate apples are so fun and easy to make, and perfect for a Letter “A” craft or for a fall unit in preschool. Our apples are very...

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Cereal Box Self-Portrait Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Save your empty cereal boxes for this quick and easy art project! It's a great project for a bunch of kids to do in a group setting, or to do individually on a rainy day.

Click the link below to check it out!

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Shaving Cream Sensory Play with Glitter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Shaving cream sensory play with glitter and small toys – a wonderful messy play experience! We were playing with shaving cream and food colouring last week, and it was a big hit (even though it was dollar store shaving cream, and absolutely horrible, drippy,sloppy stuff). Well, this week we were playing with shaving cream and glitter,...

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“Canada Rocks” – A Quick and Easy Canada Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

If you're looking for a last-minute Canada Day craft to make with the kids today, this one is super-quick and easy!

Bonus: if you're in the US, you can tweak this craft and make it for the 4th of July too!

Click the link below to check it out!

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White Clay Dough Ornaments for Kids to Make with Just 2 Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make the brightest, whitest ornaments with this simple 2-ingredient recipe! Baking soda and cornstarch are all you need. Add a bit of water, heat stir, done! Cheap, easy, and it makes the most gorgeous ornaments! Check ours out!

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How to make Homemade Liquid Watercolours with Dried Out Markers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

DON'T throw out your old, dried out markers!

Dear Teachers: When you're cleaning out your classrooms for summer this year, do not toss your dried up markers in the trash!

I'm going to show you how you can turn them into a batch of vibrant liquid watercolours for your students to paint with next fall!

Of course, if you're a parent or a caregiver who has children all year round, your kids will be able to use them even sooner.

The process is really easy, and actually quite fun and exciting.

You just need to gather up all your markers, and sort out the dried up ones to make your paint.

You're going to LOVE this project, and your kids will love the results!

Click the link below to see how it's done!

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Texas Police Officer Dresses Up as Superheroes to Inspire Kids Fighting Cancer

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

"I ... tell them that they can NEVER GIVE UP, they have to keep fighting for me."

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Paper Bag Nests – how to make a bird nest with a paper grocery bag

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Bag Nests:  An easy Easter craft for kids, or perfect for a bird unit at daycare, school or home.  Have you seen all the cute and easy Easter Crafts we’ve been making?  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a bird nest to go along with our Easter Chicks and Easter Peeps.  This...

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Gingerbread Crafts for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It's GINGERBREAD season, but don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to start handing out the candy.

Nope, these gingerbread houses and gingerbread men don't contain sugar!

They're adorable crafts and activities for kids to do at home or in the classroom, and they're just as fun as decorating real gingerbread houses and cookies.

There are a couple of ginger cookie recipes (that aren't gingerbread men) at the bottom of the post that you'll want to check out too!

Click the link below to see them all!

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Gingerbread House Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gingerbread House Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. We’re churning out the homemade Christmas ornaments here, and today we whipped up some gingerbread house ornaments for the Christmas tree. This is just one of a number of gingerbread crafts that we’ve made here for the holidays.  We have scented gingerbread...

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Fall Tree Craft – with Twigs and Tissue Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can explore Autumn’s colours and textures while making a fall tree craft with tissue paper and twigs! If you’re looking for fall tree crafts to make with toddlers and preschoolers, you’ll find lots of them among the pages of my blog. We do live in Canada after all, where we’re known for our vibrant fall colours. There’s no...

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Outdoor Sensory Play – Exploring Fresh Herbs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Outdoor sensory play idea:  Toddlers and preschoolers will love exploring fresh herbs and plants with this fun backyard sensory activity! This is such a fun way for kids to work on their cutting skills.  It’s also one of our favourite water play activities for engaging all the senses.  The smell of fresh cut herbs, the beautiful...

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Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make snack-time fun with our Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks! We all know that kids love snacks that are fun. Even the pickiest eaters are more likely to try a new food, or a food that they don’t like if it’s shaped into something fun. If you have a child who isn’t big on wholesome snacks, take...

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Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, the snowflakes are flying!  We’ve had flurries off and on for three days in a row now, and that means it’s time to start making some of our favourite wintery treats! Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes are one of our favourite winter-time snacks. Butter, sugar and cinnamon toasted crispy brown…  Mmmmm, I can’t think of a yummier...

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Coloured Ice Sculptures in the Snow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for something fun to do outside with the kids this winter?  Try building coloured ice sculptures in the snow. Now, we’ve played with coloured ice in the snow before, but THIS…  actually building a large structure with a variety of colourful ice cubes and blocks… this was new for us. The hooligans loved it!  Just...

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Wife Surprises Everyone by Including Deployed Husband in Family Holiday Card

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

It's amazing what Photoshop and a little creativity can do.

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Book Page Wreath

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A book page wreath makes a great gift for someone who loves to read. This post will be short and sweet.  I have only one photo, and I don’t have my own tutorial, because I made this beautiful book page wreath a couple of years ago, long before I started blogging. I do however, have the...

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Toy Wash! How to Fight Cold and Flu Germs and Clean the Daycare Toys!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How are you doing with cold and flu season?

Whether you run a home daycare or you're at home with your own children, cold and flu germs can get pretty icky at this time of year.

Let your kids kill those germs and sanitize their toys while they play!

This activity is so simple to set up. It costs nothing, and the kids will play for ages in the the colourful suds!

Bonus! Your toys get squeaky clean, and bye-bye cold and flu germs! Check it out!

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Finger-Painted Paper Weights for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovelies! Just a super-quick and easy craft to share with you today.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, you may be looking for easy gifts that toddlers and preschoolers can make and give.

Well, this one fits the bill for sure! It's really easy, and it won't cost you a dime! All you need is a rock and some paint! And some little fingers of course. That's what makes it so special. :)

Check it out!

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Plastic Icicle Ornaments Made from Recycled Dish Soap Bottles

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can repurpose an empty plastic bottle or container into beautiful plastic icicle ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree!  Here’s another really easy homemade ornament that toddlers can make for the Christmas tree this year. They’re icicles made out of plastic containers from the recycling bin! In hindsight, I could have left these plastic icicle...

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This Mom’s “Before” Photo Is a Reminder That We All Deserve Love at Any Size

by Sarah Cottrell @ Babble

"I am me and I am beautiful. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow."

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Styrofoam Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Don’t you just love a simple Christmas craft that looks gorgeous?  We made these beautiful styrofoam ornaments using basic supplies we had around the house.  They were so easy to make, and I think they turned out beautifully! You can do this craft with children of any age, from toddler right up through teenager.  I...

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The Social Advantages of Exposure to Other Languages

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

Recent studies show that “multilingual exposure improves not only children’s cognitive skills but also their social abilities” (“The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals”, The New York Times, March 11, 2016). Whilst I’m wary of sound bites that may mistakenly encourage us to think that people are ‘superior’ simply by virtue of speaking more than one […]

Easy Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and a Trick to Make Them Perfect Every Time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm! It's berry season, and one of my favourite things to make with fresh berries is chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Today, I'm showing you how to do it so you WON'T get that annoying flat puddle of chocolate under one side of the berry.

It's so easy, even a kid can do it!

Check it out, and then add these babies to your must-serve list when you're entertaining this summer!

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Cheap snacks abound at Vietnamese grocery store in Lincoln

Cheap snacks abound at Vietnamese grocery store in Lincoln


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Some Americans have fond childhood memories of nibbling on a spoonful of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Hair Gel Sun Catchers for fall and Halloween

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

 Hair gel sun catchers: a fun and easy sensory craft for fall or a simple but engaging halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers. There are lots of ideas floating around these days that call for filling a ziplock bag with paint, or hair-gel, or slime, and I thought they looked like fun.  We made some today, and put...

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Water Bin with Tubes and Funnels

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids love science activities and waterplay, they’re going to love this. It’s the perfect combination of both!  They’ll be cool and entertained for hours in the back yard with this simple water bin with tubes and funnels. We have lots of great water play ideas here among the pages of my blog. Water...

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3 Easy Ghost Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, the cuteness!!

I came across 3 of our favourite ghost crafts the other day, and though that those of you with toddlers and preschoolers would love them.

They're all quick and easy, and have some great sensory elements to them. The hooligans loved each of these activities, and I'll bet your kids would too!

Click the link below to check them out!

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Valentines Lunch Ideas for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy Valentines lunch ideas your kids are going to love! Wondering what to serve the kids for lunch on Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few heart-y lunch ideas (excuse the pun) that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love! Please forgive the quality of a couple of the photos.  Some were taken a few...

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Decorating Easter Eggs with Liquid Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm really excited to show you this easy process for decorating your Easter eggs!

It couldn't be easier!

We coloured our eggs (super-easy!), and then dribbled liquid watercolours all over them, and WOW, you should see the results! They're gorgeous!

The process is totally easy and fun. Everyone will love it - from the toddlers right through to the teens! Heck, even I had a blast colouring our eggs this way! We've polished them up, and set them in a bowl along with our easy marblelized eggs from the other day.

Check them out!

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ONE DAY OF A VIETNAMESE: WHAT DO I EAT?”

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Have you ever wondered that how a day of Vietnamese is like? A fashionista may ask: “What do you wear?” A wanderlust may raise a question: “Where do you go?” But a food lover may wonder: “What do you eat?” And here, today, I, a Saigonese and a food lover show you what a typical […]

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Easy, Delicious Butternut Squash and Potato Soup that Even your Kids will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This rich and creamy butternut squash and potato soup is the perfect homemade soup for fall and winter. It’s hearty and delicious, and the whole family will love it.  Even the pickiest kids!  Served with bread or a salad, it’s a healthy, filling meal on a cold and blustery day. Squash soup is one of my...

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Garden Soup – Fine Motor Water Play Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Garden soup! This is one of the easiest water play activities ever to set up. It always keeps my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for the better part of a morning. Nature and science go hand in hand.  Making Garden Soup is one of my favourite natural science activities to do with the hooligans.  This pretend...

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Cute and Easy Coffee Filter Jellyfish Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, tell me this isn't the prettiest little jelly fish craft you've ever seen! Making this vibrant and oh-so-adorable coffee filter jelly fish is a great way for kids to explore colour and water absorption while developing fine motor skills and co-ordination. Our jelly fish is perfect for a "letter J" craft or for an ocean animal unit in preschool.

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Corn Run with Funnels and Hoses

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I have tons of science activities on my blog, and a corn run is always a favourite here with the hooligans. I set our corn run with funnels and hoses set up in the backyard play space about a week ago, and it’s provided hours of entertainment. The kids are co-operating and collaborating, exercising those...

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Dream Catchers Kids Can Make for a Better Night’s Sleep

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies! We're getting back into our routine after a long, glorious summer vacation, and that means we're crafting and baking and enjoying all kinds of good, old-fashioned activities again here in my daycare.

Just like I do every year, I'll be sharing all of our best stuff with you here on my blog and Facebook page!

We're kicking things off today with a colourful dream catcher craft that we whipped up for CBC parents!

If your child struggles with bed-time fears, anxieties and bad dreams, you'll want to check it out through the link below.

So glad to be back! I look forward to keeping you inspired with lots of fun and creativity again this year! x

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Foil Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

  Foil Ornaments: an easy, inexpensive Christmas craft for kids to make… These foil ornaments are really easy Christmas decorations for kids to make.  This craft provides lots of fine-motor development, so it’s a great one for toddlers and preschoolers. Making a bunch of these foil ornaments is an inexpensive way to add some shimmer...

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Skeleton Footprint Craft for Halloween

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Skeleton footprint craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  A fun and easy halloween craft to make with footprints and styrofoam! Who’s up for another Halloween craft?  If you made our  Halloween handprints yesterday, you may have plenty of styrofoam “bones” left over.  These halloween “skeleton” footprints are a great way to use them up! As I mentioned...

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Fine Motor ABC – Alphabet Themed Activities to Help Strengthen Fine Motor Control

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hello, Lovelies!

Recently, I had the pleasure of "virtually" meeting Stacie Erfle, a paediatric occupational therapist and author who really knows her stuff when it comes to helping children develop their fine-motor abilities with playful, educational activities.

Stacie offered me a copy of her e-book, Fine Motor ABC (which is also available in print), and I loved it! Not only are the activities in her book fun and easy, they incorporate the alphabet, sign language, rhyming, art, spelling, and gross motor activities as well.

I was so impressed by Fine Motor ABC that I invited Stacie over to my blog to tell us more about it, and to give us a deeper understanding of how and why her targeted activities will benefit your child.

She's here with us today!

Click through on the link below to help me welcome Stacie, and to see for yourself what she has to say!

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Larry Nassar’s Victims Deserved a Judge Like Rosemarie Aquilina

Larry Nassar’s Victims Deserved a Judge Like Rosemarie Aquilina

by Mark Joseph Stern @ Slate Articles

On Wednesday, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Larry Nassar to between 40 to 175 years in a Michigan prison. Nassar, a former doctor to Olympic gymnasts, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing seven girls and has been accused of molesting many more, with victims as young as 6. He already pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in federal court. Nassar will die behind bars, and he deserves to.

Aquilina has received widespread and well-earned praise throughout the hearings, supporting Nassar’s more than 150 victims as they read their extraordinary victim impact statements. But Aquilina drew some criticism on Wednesday for her own remarks at Nassar’s sentencing. HuffPost’s Melissa Jeltsen‏ questioned the judge’s decision to tell Nassar, “I just signed your death warrant.” Jeltsen and others also expressed alarm at a troubling aside implying Nassar deserved to be raped in prison. “Even criminals do not deserve to be sexually assaulted,” Jeltsen‏ wrote. “I’d prefer my justice with a little less editorializing.”

Did Aquilina cross a line? Before answering that question, it’s important to remember the circumstances of her address to Nassar. Aquilina was not conducting a trial; there was no jury for her to influence unduly. She also wasn’t entertaining some motion that required her to play the role of neutral umpire. Nassar pleaded guilty. In the eyes of the law, he has admitted to his crimes, and the only question that remained on Wednesday was what punishment he should receive.

Yet even that was largely a theoretical issue. Nassar was convicted on federal child pornography charges in December; a judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison, which he will serve before doing time in Michigan. Thus, even if Aquilina had given Nassar a lighter penalty—he agreed to a sentence floor of 25 to 40 years in his plea deal—he still would have died in prison.

It is far from unusual for judges to express their personal opinions at sentencing. These reflections can cut both ways: Judges might proclaim disgust at the depravity of a crime or note with remorse that mandatory minimum laws require excessive sentences. Here, Aquilina devoted a significant portion of her statement to the question of rehabilitation and contrition—whether Nassar feels remorse and seeks to atone for his crimes. “I find that you don’t get it,” the judge told Nassar. “That you’re a danger. You remain a danger. I’m a judge who believes in life and rehabilitation when life and rehabilitation is possible. … I don’t find that’s possible with you.”

That sentiment sounds quite fair in light of a letter Nassar submitted to the court. In that astonishing document, Nassar asserted that he was “a good doctor,” claiming that his abuse was “medical, not sexual,” and complaining: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The media is sensationalizing this.” These are not the words of a remorseful man.

Unfortunately, Aquilina chose to supplement her reflections on Nassar’s monstrous lack of repentance with a statement indicating she hoped he would suffer like his victims did:

Our Constitution does not allow for cruel and unusual punishment. If it did, I have to say, I might allow what he did to all of these beautiful souls—these young women in their childhood—I would allow someone or many people to do to him what he did to others.

It is hugely inappropriate for a judge to suggest that a criminal defendant, no matter how heinous, be subjected to a grotesque and unconstitutional punishment.

Still, it’s easy to see what drove Aquilina to make this comment. Consider the events that preceded Wednesday’s hearing. Pursuant to Michigan law, Aquilina invited Nassar’s victims to read their remarkable statements one by one. She heard, in graphic detail, the horrors that he visited upon an unthinkable number of women. At sentencing, judges must apply the law without prejudice or favor, but Michigan law permits—indeed, encourages—them to consider the victims’ perspectives. Aquilina did precisely that. And, because she is only human, she said something she shouldn’t have said.

Aquilina’s courtroom wasn’t a dispassionate venue, and it shouldn’t have been. She was charged with conducting a public examination of sexual abuse victims’ pain, as well as an interrogation of a monster’s motives. We can never really know what drove Nassar to commit his odious crimes, just as we can never truly understand the agony of his victims. We are left, then, with what few tools the criminal justice system gives us to adjudicate an atrocity of this magnitude. Aquilina seized upon those tools to empower more than 150 women to confront their abuser, then used them herself to articulate the law’s contempt for Nassar’s offenses. The result was impassioned and imperfect. It was also what Larry Nassar deserved.

8 Simple Outdoor Activities for Toddlers

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8 simple outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers to play in your own backyard! If you’re looking for simple outdoor activities for young children, you are going to love it here!  I have so many ideas for simple outdoor play on my site! Much of our time is spent outdoors and quite often we make...

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The Many Faces of Ben Shapiro

The Many Faces of Ben Shapiro

by Seth Stevenson @ Slate Articles

Ben Shapiro was 5 feet 2 inches and extremely prepubescent when, in the mid-1990s, he enrolled as a sophomore at a private Jewish high school in Los Angeles. The scrawny new kid had skipped ahead two grades, was too smart, talked too much, and got brutally bullied. Things came to a head when, on an overnight school trip, a few of Shapiro’s classmates handcuffed him to a bed and beat him with their belts.

“I hate bullies,” the conservative commentator, now 5 feet 9 inches and a workout enthusiast, told me over lunch. “I think bullies are evil. From the time I was pretty young I had to grow a thick skin. You can either feel like you’re victimized or you can decide that success is the best revenge.”

Shapiro first hit my and many other left-wing radar screens in March 2016, when he called out the bullies at Breitbart News. A Breitbart reporter named Michelle Fields had been physically assaulted after a Donald Trump press conference by Corey Lewandowski, who was then Trump’s campaign manager. When Fields complained, Lewandowski said Fields was “delusional” and denied the incident had occurred. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks suggested Fields was just angling to get attention. Despite a Washington Post writer’s eyewitness account corroborating Fields (and, later, video evidence), the editors at Breitbart opted to accept the Trump team’s brazenly false version of events over the word of their own reporter.

Which made Shapiro furious. Shapiro had known Breitbart’s founder, Andrew Breitbart, ever since he emailed to compliment a column Shapiro wrote for the Daily Bruin as a 16-year-old undergrad at UCLA. Breitbart eventually hired Shapiro, years later, but died a month after Shapiro came aboard. Under a new boss, Steve Bannon, Breitbart News cozied up to the Trump campaign and to the burgeoning alt-right movement. Shapiro was disgusted by both. The treatment of Fields was his breaking point.

“In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully,” he said in a statement at the time, explaining his resignation from Breitbart, “and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda.”

If you remember this dark chapter of the election cycle, you’ll recall that, among his cohort, Shapiro’s stubborn acknowledgment of plain fact at the risk of offending the Trump campaign qualified as a brave and self-destructive act. “In March 2016 I wrote a piece that went viral on the right,” conservative pundit Jonah Goldberg told me when I called to talk about Shapiro, “likening the change in the GOP to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Some psychological trigger was flipping. It was disturbing. When everything seemed really crazy, Ben and I would talk and compare notes. There was this underground mentality. You made new friends in foxholes.”

Fields got little support from other right-wingers. “When the whole ordeal happened, Breitbart immediately threw me under a bus,” she told me. “Close colleagues abandoned me. Fox took me off the air. People didn’t want to alienate Trump. I was in this storm and Ben reached out to me and said he wanted to jump into the storm with me. He knew it would hurt him with his base, with people that liked him.”

Shapiro’s stand put him in the crosshairs of more bullies, attracting a hail of anti-Semitic harassment from Trump’s hordes of deplorables. Shapiro would open his inbox each day to see images of himself photoshopped into gas chambers, yellow Jewish stars pinned to his chest. There were death threats and threats to his family. “The reason they came after me,” Shapiro says, “was because I was anti-Trump, I was openly Orthodox, and I had worked for Breitbart. That combination was absolutely toxic.”

A report by the Anti-Defamation League, covering August 2015–July 2016, found that Shapiro was the direct target of at least 7,400 anti-Semitic tweets. This made him easily the most targeted journalist in the study. And the abuse hasn’t stopped. The morning I visited his office, roughly a year after the election, Shapiro discovered that alt-righters had gotten around to doxing his sister, who is an opera singer, and were spamming her YouTube clips with anti-Semitic messages.

“During the campaign, a bunch of talk-radio people were treating the alt-right as just another legitimate member of the Republican coalition,” says Goldberg, who was the sixth–most targeted journalist on that ADL list. “A lot of the GOP establishment and the cable news establishment said, ‘These guys are a social media force. Aren’t they interesting.’ But people like Ben knew that anyone forming an alliance of convenience with those guys wasn’t someone you wanted anything to do with.”

It’s tempting to view all this through the lens of Shapiro’s high school nightmare. To create a psychoanalytic narrative in which the indignation of that bound and beaten kid animates Shapiro’s better impulses. In his noblest moments, after all, he has bucked his party and stood up to some of the most despicable bullies of our era. Perhaps it was because he’d been bullied before, and worse than most, that he held his ground when it would have been far easier, personally and professionally, to accede to the Trump avalanche.

But there’s an addendum to that high school story. Shapiro’s father came to the school to confront the students who’d bullied Shapiro. “My dad came into the room where the kids who’d done this to me were,” Shapiro told me, “and the rabbi started talking, and my dad said, ‘Shut up.’ And then he said to the kids, ‘I have a ball-peen hammer in the back of my car and I will take it to you if you ever touch my son again.’ He did not actually have a ball-peen hammer in his car. That’s a pretty indicative story of who my dad is. Those kids didn’t bother me from then on.” (Ben’s dad, David Shapiro, confirmed the bullying incident and his response to it but told me he would not have said “shut up” to a rabbi.)

Here we find a different formative lesson: Posturing with bared teeth will cow your foes into submission. In Shapiro’s lowest moments as a pundit, he is victim turned aggressor. Quick to mock, devoid of empathy, obnoxiously cocky. Shapiro may despise Trump, but he chooses to focus most of his ire on the president’s favorite punching bags: the mainstream media, the Hollywood elite, and the carcass of Hillary Clinton. After Trump’s Charlottesville comments, Shapiro called the president “responsible for mainstreaming the alt-right” and declared that “granting them a smidgen of respectability is morally disgusting.” But Shapiro has also claimed “There is no evidence of systemic discrimination against minorities” by police departments and maintains that President Obama purposefully “divided Americans by race.”

Which leaves me with an ancient dilemma: Is the enemy of my enemy my friend? Shapiro is among a dwindling cadre of Trump-averse conservatives at a time when the mainstream GOP and its media apparatus are following (and sometimes leading) our cretinous president straight into the muck. Shapiro is ascendant, with a growing media empire and a large audience who adores him. Should there arise a constitutional crisis in which this president attempts to roll his tanks (metaphorical or otherwise) over the ramparts of American democracy, I will be relying on influential right-wing figures like Ben Shapiro to help America hold the line. The question I keep asking myself is: Will he?

* * *

On a Thursday morning in October, as he does nearly every weekday, Shapiro drove 15 minutes from his home in North Hollywood, California, to his office in nearby Sherman Oaks, arriving shortly before 9 a.m. He had his hair and makeup done, then hustled across the hall into a small recording studio adorned with nothing but a desk and a wall-mounted flat-screen monitor. There, live, extemporaneously, without a single pause or retake, he delivered an hour-plus monologue to a gargantuan online audience.

On this particular morning, Shapiro was weighing in on George H.W. Bush’s nonconsensual butt-cupping habit. (He declared Poppy’s behavior indefensible unless the 93-year-old was “deep in the throes of dementia.”) At one point, he took a detour to recommend War and Peace, a book he said he’d devoured on his most recent vacation, and remarked that Tolstoy “is a conservative guy in many ways.” His myriad rants on a wide-ranging number of topics were issued off the cuff—he happily showed me his laptop screen to prove he uses no notes.

At a certain point in each of his shows, Shapiro crows, in his pinched, adenoidal tenor, that his is the “largest and fastest-growing conservative podcast in the country.” He’s almost certainly correct. The Ben Shapiro Show, which launched in September 2015, now generally gets between 250,000–350,000 downloads per day on SoundCloud. A video version of the show—just a couple of cameras pointed at Shapiro’s face as he monologues—attracts an additional 250,000–350,000 views per day on YouTube.

And then there’s Shapiro’s massive Facebook presence. Each day’s video is posted on Facebook Live, where it will regularly get another half-million views, sometimes even 1 million. According to CrowdTangle, the analytics tool we use at Slate, Shapiro had more Facebook engagements (likes, shares, and comments) in December than any other conservative site or personality except for Fox News and Breitbart. Shapiro’s Facebook page spurred 2.5 times more engagement than the Daily Caller’s, 6 times more than Sean Hannity’s, and 11.5 times more than Laura Ingraham’s. On Dec. 1, 2016, Shapiro’s page had 444,378 likes. Now it has 3.2 million.

If podcasts are the new talk radio, there’s a case to be made that Shapiro is the new Rush Limbaugh. “We have as many people listening to our show as any of the major radio shows,” he told me with confidence. Yet he doesn’t consider talk radio his competition. “I think they’re almost two completely separate audiences. I think talk radio is largely 60 and over. My podcast is almost entirely 40 and younger. Something like 55 percent of our audience is under the age of 30,” he said, citing internal numbers I can’t confirm.

Shapiro’s climb into the right-wing media pantheon is partly thanks to his deftness at poking holes in the left-wing dogma of the day. He’s starred in several popular YouTube videos in which he “owns” (meaning browbeats into mumbling doubt) lefty college kids who dare to ask him questions during his campus speaking gigs. He takes evident joy in flogging the boogeymen and women his audience loves to hate—the aforementioned Hollywood/media/Clinton vortex. But perhaps the greatest source of Shapiro’s appeal is that, at 34 years old, he speaks a different sort of conservative language. He’s handy with Twitter memes and pop culture references. He connects with a younger online audience in a way that a baby boomer host like Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity, can’t. He can be as rabid as the old-school radio guys, but his vibe—his humor, his mode of attack, the character he plays on air—feels new.

When the New York Times called Shapiro “the cool kid’s philosopher,” cool kids on the left rolled their eyes, but it’s true that for millennial conservatives, Shapiro presents a more evolved species of pundit. He often strives to acknowledge and address the strongest arguments of those he disagrees with. (Here he is earnestly and respectfully debating a conservative transgender woman.) He recommends highbrow books (recently, Jan Swafford’s biography of Johannes Brahms). He listens to Pod Save America. He is the anti-Limbaugh in his personal life: physically fit, happily married, a devoted father.

He’s also willing to condemn hypocrisies on his own side, which is a quality rare in pundits of any stripe. In a podcast segment about Trump’s feud with NFL players who knelt in protest during the national anthem, Shapiro beseeched his audience to “take off your partisan hats.” He then asked them to imagine a player kneeling to protest Roe v. Wade—and to imagine their horror if President Obama petulantly demanded the player be fired.

Moments like this have made him a favored conservative listen among some of his audio counterparts on the left. In September, This American Life host Ira Glass tweeted, “I really like listening to @BenShapiro. He’s interesting. I’ve learned things.” Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s The Gist, had Shapiro on his show in 2016. “There’s no real reason why political talk—even heavily opinion-inflected political talk—has to sound like propaganda,” Pesca told me. “Hannity, Rush, and Laura Ingraham, who I’ve listened to a lot, are a closed loop. They don’t consider contrary evidence. Ben does. I can focus on the fact that I disagree with how Ben weighs the evidence, but I get the sense that he is at least acknowledging the evidence.”

“On an anecdotal basis,” says Shapiro, “I would guess that probably 20–25 percent of my audience are people on the left, because they feel like it’s an honest voice from the other side.”

* * *

Over a sidewalk lunch near his office (interrupted by a passer-by who recognized Shapiro and effused, “I’m such a huge fan!”), Shapiro recounted his middle-class childhood in Burbank and North Hollywood. He has three younger sisters—one the opera singer, one an artist, one married to a rabbi. His father was a musician who never hit the big time and mostly stayed at home to raise the four kids. Shapiro’s mother worked her way up from secretary to successful entertainment executive. His parents grew increasingly religious during this time, becoming Orthodox when Shapiro was 11.

After surviving those ugly high school years, Shapiro enrolled in college at 16, choosing UCLA to stay near his family. A few days into his first semester, he became incensed enough by what he deemed to be an anti-Israel editorial in the student paper that he asked to write a rebuttal. He soon became a regular columnist for the Daily Bruin. By 17, he’d joined the stable of the right-leaning Creators Syndicate and was appearing in newspapers across the country. By the time he left school, he’d published a book about academia titled Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth.

He went straight to Harvard Law, thinking he’d make lots of money as a lawyer, and graduated cum laude—writing another two books along the way, including one about the dangers of pornography. When he began applying for law-firm jobs, he says, his side gig as a political writer torpedoed his chances. “I walked into one interview with a guy at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who, before I sat down, he didn’t even say hello, he goes, ‘It’s always been my contention that conservatives and religious people in general have a Freudian fear of sex.’ That’s how he opened the conversation. I was like, fuck, I’m not getting this job.”

Shapiro secured a position in real estate law at a large Los Angeles firm but quit after 10 months. “It was meaningless work,” he says. “Drudgery. My entire mode is speed, and the mode of a corporate law firm is to be slow and bill more hours. When I told a partner I was quitting, he goes, ‘You know, you’re giving up the most money you will ever make in your life. You will never have a job like this again, that has the kind of potential earnings that you’ll have here.’ ”

“Was he right?” I asked.

“He was dramatically wrong.”

Shapiro now writes four pieces a day for the Daily Wire, a conservative news and commentary site he launched in 2015 with investment from the Texas fracking billionaire Wilks brothers. He also writes a weekly column for National Review and another weekly column for national syndication. He writes every other week for the Jewish Journal. He’s written eight books of his own (including How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them and, perhaps ironically, Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans) and ghostwritten another 12. This is in addition to his daily podcast, the three or four books he says he reads each week, and his busy public speaking and retweeting schedule. (At one point when I was spending time with Shapiro, he asked for privacy for 10 minutes so he could say his prayers. I opened up Twitter to kill time and soon noticed Shapiro actively retweeting things.)

When I marveled at his productivity, Shapiro replied, “I remember what my fourth grade teacher said to me. ‘Don’t let potential be written on your tombstone.’ I always felt like, OK, that’s good advice. When there’s an opportunity, I try to grab it.”

“That’s some heavy advice for a fourth-grader,” I remarked.

“I was a heavy kid.”

He was also a pretty blinkered kid. He rushed ahead in school, skipping the third and ninth grades, while being raised in a strict religious environment. (At one point, he thought he wanted to become a rabbi.) He went through college much younger than his classmates and experienced almost no social life. “I’m not a ‘friends’ person by nature,” he said, explaining that he spent, and still spends, almost all of his free time with his family. “I went to a couple of parties in college and I thought they were boring.”

He says he graduated college a virgin and, in accordance with Orthodox tradition, remained a virgin until his marriage at 24. He met his Orthodox wife through one of his sisters. On their first date, he told me, they had a four-hour conversation about “free will and determinism.” They were engaged three months later.

He has never tried marijuana or any other drug. When I asked if he wasn’t a little curious, he mounted a quintessentially conservative miniargument against curiosity. “I’m not someone who feels the need to try every experience,” he said. “I was a virgin until I was married, but I don’t think I missed out. I feel like my sex life is fantastic.”

* * *

If you didn’t hear about Shapiro when he quit Breitbart in 2016, perhaps you heard about the speech he gave at the University of California, Berkeley, in September 2017, where students attempted to bar him from appearing. There were nearly 1,000 demonstrators and nine arrests. Police in riot gear set up a security perimeter.

The students seemed to equate Shapiro with his erstwhile Breitbart colleague, Milo Yiannopoulos—a vile, alt-right provocateur who, among other disgraceful acts, once led a racist online attack against comedian Leslie Jones so egregious that Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter. (Shapiro has been adamant about his distaste for Yiannopoulos.) During protests at other campuses where Shapiro has spoken, students and sometimes even professors have labeled Shapiro a neo-Nazi, which is an extremely misguided critique at the very least.

But here is where I should mention that a lot of smart people detest Ben Shapiro, and not without reason. For example: Shapiro didn’t resign from Breitbart, despite ample evidence of its monstrous racism, until the victim of Breitbart’s thuggishness was a white female colleague in peril. And while Shapiro is no Milo, he has also said some vile things. There was, for instance, an October interview with ABC’s Nightline, in which Shapiro said transgender people suffer from “mental illness.” Or this 2010 tweet in support of Israeli settlements:

On Oct. 9, 2017, known as either Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day depending on which way you swing, the Daily Wire posted an animated video mocking the Native Americans who Christopher Columbus encountered when he landed in the West. The video portrayed Native Americans as savage cannibals and then displayed a ledger comparing their putative contributions to the culture of the Western Hemisphere with those of post-Columbus Europeans. The Native American column listed only three contributions: “dreamcatchers,” “tomahawks,” and “cannibalism.” On the Western culture side of the ledger were contributions such as “science,” “underwear,” and “not-scalping.”

The outrage on the left was swift and loud. When I asked Shapiro about the video a few weeks after it had published on his site, he absolved himself of responsibility. “I don’t know how it happened,” he told me. “Somebody greenlit it. I was on vacation. I had no idea they were going to do it. The first time I saw it was on the Monday morning it went up. My initial response was we should take it down immediately.”

He ended up leaving the video on the site overnight. “I didn’t want to quash satire even if it was bad satire,” he said. “I think it’s misfired satire rather than this was supposed to be some sort of objective telling of what happened on Columbus Day. But the more I thought about it the more I hated it. It missed the part where all of the Native Americans died.” He took it down the next morning.

I asked him if he thought the video was racist. “The only reason I’m hesitant to use the word racist,” he said, “is because the question is how much of it was culturally oriented as opposed to racially oriented. How much of it was saying Native Americans are inherently inferior, and how much of it was that Native American culture was inferior to Western culture, which is a contention with which I generally agree. I am somebody who says Western civilization is the best civilization by nature. I tweeted on Columbus Day that the purpose of Columbus Day is to say that the Western civilization arriving in the Americas was a great good for civilization, even though awful things happened to the Native Americans. I’m not going to pretend awful things didn’t happen to the Native Americans. That’s why I took the video down. I didn’t like it. I took it down. I don’t know what else I can do.”

The fact that Shapiro uses the term feminist as a pejorative tells you a fair amount about where he’s coming from. He calls himself a libertarian on gay marriage and thinks the government shouldn’t be involved in marriage at all—yet he also told me that among his “great fears” is that California will order its schools (including the kinds of religious schools where Shapiro might personally send his kids) to teach the “sanctity” of gay marriage, which he could not abide. “I think homosexual activity is a sin,” he said. “I’m sure there’s a genetic component to homosexual orientation. But the view of all religious people I know has always been that sexual behavior is something that is up to you.” He then offered me an analogy that he felt elucidated the choice gay people have: “For example, I may have a desire to sleep with many women, but I do not.”

When I asked about abortion, Shapiro said he thinks it should be illegal and that doctors who perform abortions should be prosecuted. He also told me he believes that women should be forced to carry a fetus to term even if it is the result of rape or incest. “The question doesn’t change,” he said, when I pressed him on this. “The question is whether that baby is a human life or is not a human life. If it’s a human life, well, if you are raped, then you don’t get to kill the person sitting next to you.” The one generous exception he’ll make in this scenario is if the despondent woman becomes suicidal. Anything short of actual, imminent suicide won’t do.

That’s the problem with the enemy of your enemy. Generally, there’s a reason he’s not already your friend.

* * *

I don’t need my conservative commentators to agree with me about everything, or even most things. What would be the point of auditing different viewpoints if they never differed?

I’ve listened to dozens upon dozens of episodes of the Ben Shapiro Show in reporting this piece. I almost always disagree with his rants, yet I find them fascinating. He often constructs well-crafted arguments that flow from first principles I deem wackadoo. This helps me understand conservative thinking even if it rarely changes my mind. Increasingly, though, I find I’m listening most closely to Shapiro to determine one thing: When it really hits the fan, will he go Trump? In a time of crisis, where will this shepherd of millennial conservatives lead his flock?

A recent Esquire story limned the despair of the Never Trumpers, conservatives who’ve discovered that “the rise of Trump changed the old refrain ‘It can happen here’ into something more dire and pressing: ‘It’s happening now and must be stopped.’ ” These are the Republicans, or erstwhile Republicans—many of them older dudes of waning influence, like Bill Kristol and George Will—with whom I’ve found unexpected common cause in this strange era. We can set aside our bitter fights about deregulation and tax policy and focus on the looming hazards at hand: threats to the rule of law, attacks on democratic institutions, unchecked kleptocracy. I had hoped Shapiro would be among this tribe, given his rejection of Trump during the campaign, and hoped he’d take his large and youthful fan base with him. But I’m not sure.

Shapiro insists that if autocracy encroaches, he’ll be manning the barricades. But he distinguishes Trump’s bluster from his actions. “Trump is a hammer. Sometimes he hits a nail and sometimes he hits a baby,” he told me. “The big problem I see on the right is the unwillingness to say when he hit a baby. We just pretend the baby was a nail. When he said he wanted to start looking at removing the licenses from NBC, I said, ‘This is insane. This is nuts.’ if Trump were to start shutting down press outlets, I would stand outside NBC. But aside from saying that the comment is nuts and that we have to oppose it, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do. Because he hasn’t actually proposed a policy.”

With regard to the ongoing Mueller investigation, Shapiro prefers to take a wait-and-see attitude. “If there’s an actual crime there, then I think the Republicans are going to be in serious trouble. They’re going to be in a really difficult position. Right now it’s a lot of talk.”

These days, on podcast segments about the latest horrifying rhetoric wafting from the White House, Shapiro tends to briefly acknowledge that Trump is saying “silly” things but then shifts his focus to over-the-top responses emanating from the dippiest emissaries of the extreme left. Alpha Never Trumper David Frum has described this stratagem, popular among Trump-phobic conservatives desperately trying to thread the needle with their pro-Trump comrades, as: “Hope for the best. Make excuses where you can. When you can’t make an excuse, keep as quiet as you can. Attack Trump’s critics in the media and Hollywood when all else fails.”

When I sat down with Shapiro, he defended this middle-way approach. “After Charlottesville,” he said, “I did an entire episode just ripping Trump up and down.” (This is true. That episode of his podcast was the most viscerally angry I’ve heard him sound.) “[But] it is my honest opinion that every human being has good things and bad things. I don’t have to make an overall call on Trump as a quote-unquote human being. I may have my feelings about him as a human being. I may think that he’s a bloviating gasbag who’s unqualified for the office. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s the president of the United States. Now, the question is, is he going to do things that I like, or is he going to do things that I don’t like?”

Lately, Trump has been doing things Shapiro likes very much. In the last weeks of 2017, as Trump began to get traction on some policy goals Shapiro favors (tax cuts and, especially, moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem), Shapiro’s criticisms of the president seemed to soften. Trump’s split with Steve Bannon delighted Shapiro—it marginalized both the alt-right and, Shapiro hopes, Bannon’s populist policy ideas. While Frum frets that “Trump is changing conservatism into something different,” one of Shapiro’s recent columns for the National Review argued that Trump is merely the “salt” in conservatism’s “stew.” Too much salt ruins a stew, Shapiro concedes, but “the occasional dash adds necessary flavor.”

On Jan. 5, in the 447th episode of his podcast, Shapiro began the new year by reaching what seems to be a final accommodation. “He is what he is in my view,” Shapiro said of Trump. “I don’t think he’s the world’s most stable guy. I don’t think he has the character of a president that I would prefer. But I will enjoy the policy wins that he’s brought. And I can live with that cognitive dissonance. Everyone else should learn to, too.”

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They make me swoon every time I look at them because they're so darn pretty!

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We're making snowflakes today!

But not your ordinary snowflakes.

Nooo, these are gorgeous woven snowflakes decked out in shimmering gems and sequins.

They're just so pretty!

Make a bunch for the Christmas tree or hang them in a window.

Your kids will love the process. Wouldn't these look beautiful hanging in your home or classroom?

Check the out with the link below!

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Learn how to cook healthy Vietnamese food.

Oatmeal, Chocolate-Chip, Rice Krispy Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst! Wanna try a new cookie recipe that your family will go bonkers for? You have to make these!

This cookie is the perfect combination of a chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie, but even better, because Rice Krispies give it an added crispy-crunchy bite!

I'm not foolin'. If you try these, they could very well become your family's new favourite! Go on! Try them! Try them!

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The Best, Funnest Guilt-Free “Chocolate” Easter Bunny Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Inspired by the chocolate Easter bunny that my son won at work, we created a whole bunch of adorable chocolate bunnies out of cardboard tubes! Grab your stash of tp tubes, and click the link below to check them out!

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Don’t Fear the Clowns

Don’t Fear the Clowns

by Dahlia Lithwick @ Slate Articles

This article is part of a weeklong series on President Trump’s first year in office.

If there’s an ongoing, intractable meta-debate that characterizes the Trump era, it’s the one in which the president’s critics accuse one another of being too “distracted” by “shiny objects” to track the truly pernicious changes the administration is cooking up. In truly meta fashion, this debate can itself become a distraction, but it does at least serve to highlight the ways in which Donald Trump’s tweets and hysterics can draw attention away from daily assaults on the environment, public education, and religious and ethnic minorities. In the world of the federal judiciary, it’s easy to see that same dynamic at work.

For 10 minutes in December, the public was agog at the spectacle of Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, in his grits ’n’ biscuits twang, shredding a Trump judicial pick to ribbons over his lack of courtroom experience. Kennedy’s evisceration of federal district court nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen was a good show, as shows go, serving to highlight the ways in which some of Trump’s judicial selections were unprepared, entitled, and rushed through the vetting process. Petersen withdrew his nomination not long after video of his abject performance went viral. The White House also pulled back two nominees: Jeff Mateer, who has referred to transgender children as a part of “Satan’s plan,” and 36-year-old Brett Talley, who has never tried a case and once defended the “original KKK.”

The vanquishing of these clearly unqualified men could be seen as both a victory for Trump’s opponents and a vindication of the notion that there should be some minimum competency standard for those we’re putting on the bench for life. But Petersen, Mateer, and Talley are really best understood as shiny objects. It’s been a mistake for the public and the press to focus so much attention on that handful of laughable nominations and pay very little attention to the smart, well-qualified judges who are actually poised to reshape the judiciary.

Trump won’t destabilize the judicial branch by pushing through a few clownish nominees who’ll scrape through a vetting process that includes no vetting. The danger will come from the likes of Amul Thapar, newly confirmed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Judge Joan Larsen, also at the 6th Circuit; Allison Eid at the 10th Circuit; Don Willett and James Ho at the 5th Circuit; and Amy Coney Barrett at the 7th Circuit. Eid, Larsen, and Willett have all served as supreme court justices in their various states. Some served in vaunted positions at the Justice Department or in legal academia. While many were questioned about controversial stances at their hearings—Barrett, for instance, has raised questions about the precedential force of Roe v. Wade—they were all confirmed nonetheless.

These nominees are not jokes, and they are not cartoonish bumblers. They are highly effective and respected thinkers with agendas not unlike that of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. They will create a judicial branch that is hostile to women’s rights, workers’ rights, voting rights, LGBTQ protections, and the environment. And they will do so capably and under the radar. We giggle at the Trump judges at our peril.

To be sure, the president will also put forward a boatload of partisans and hacks. In his eight years as president, none of Barack Obama’s nominees were rated unqualified by the American Bar Association. Trump has had four nominees so tagged in a single year. But Trump came into office with more than 150 vacancies on the federal bench. That unqualified gaggle is just a drop in the judicial bucket.

Trump has shattered every previous presidential record when it comes to filling vacancies on the courts. The Senate has confirmed 23 of Trump’s nominees, filling one Supreme Court seat, 12 circuit court seats, and 10 district court seats. By way of contrast, Obama filled a mere three circuit court seats in his first year in office.

On account of the logjam created by recalcitrant Senate Republicans at the end of the Obama presidency, there are a great many seats to fill. So long as the GOP holds the Senate, Trump is going to fill them all. The president’s slate of nominees is, thus far, roughly 91 percent white and 81 percent male. (As the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro said recently, “If you’re looking at originalists and textualists, there’s just not that many … females of color in that pool.”) Most of Trump’s nominees are consistently some mix of anti-choice, anti-gay rights, anti-minority, and pro-business. Their average age skews younger than we have previously seen. Many are younger than 50 and may serve for decades. And since there is little Democrats can do to stop the juggernaut, the focus settles on the KKK boosters.

All of this was perfectly predictable, if you consider that Trump carried a clear majority—56 percent to 41 percent—of those voters who ranked the composition of the Supreme Court as “the most important factor” in their decision. This segment of the electorate was immediately rewarded when a Supreme Court vacancy that had been held open for almost a year went to Neil Gorsuch, whose tenure has thus far been marked by aggressive questioning and opinion writing and a voting record more closely aligned with Clarence Thomas than John Roberts.

And Trump didn’t merely deliver his supporters a Supreme Court justice. He also handed over virtually all of the vetting and wrangling of judicial nominees to the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, groups that have openly sought to render the federal bench—in the words of Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society—“unrecognizable.” Speaking to the Federalist Society’s annual meeting, White House counsel Don McGahn announced that Trump had started with two lists: mainstream candidates who could be easily confirmed and prospects “too hot for prime time—the kind of people who make some people nervous.” The first list, McGahn joked, was pitched in the trash.

Given this administration’s unprecedented opportunity to stack the federal courts with experienced conservatives, it’s hard to understand how and why the Petersens and Mateers and Talleys have been getting to the nomination phase in the first place. At least some of the fault for the truly unfit nominees evidently belongs to McGahn. Petersen is a member of the Federal Election Commission, where he worked with McGahn. Talley, meanwhile, is married to McGahn’s chief of staff, a fact he forgot to disclose to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If the short, tumultuous tenure of Gorsuch at the high court has revealed anything, it’s that being a judge is a team sport, and also one that requires years of negotiations and good behavior. Grandstanders and bullies rarely fare well across the decades and their influence tends to be limited. Justice Antonin Scalia’s influence was limited at the high court as a result of a lifetime of throwing punches. Gorsuch may or may not learn the lesson about reining in the eye-rolling and condescension.

Similarly, if Trump puts a handful of incompetents up, they will not necessarily achieve massive changes. But picking steady, reliable team players dedicated to curbing women’s reproductive freedom, worker protections, and civil rights will have profound effects. These are the jurists to watch, and also the jurists to fear.

40+ Solutions When Your Kids is Afraid to Sleep at Night

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Banish bedtime monsters for good!  If your child is afraid to sleep at night, we have 45 tried and tested solutions for helping kids conquer their night time anxiety and fears at bedtime! Bedtime should be a special and memorable part of a little one’s day, but if your child is afraid of monsters or...

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Styrofoam Initial Ornaments for Toddlers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a quick and easy Christmas craft for your toddlers to make today. We actually made these simple Styrofoam Initial ornaments last year just before Christmas, but the season was over before I got around to sharing them with you. Flash forward a year, and the Christmas crafting season is upon us again.  Man-oh-man, how did we...

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Duct Tape Bracelets – Fun and funky Cardboard Bracelet Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a little girl who loves to make her own play jewellery?  She’ll love these easy and funky duct tape bracelets made from cardboard rolls! Did you see the toilet roll cuff bracelets that we made last year?  Well, they were the inspiration behind today’s bracelet craft.  If your kids like making their own homemade play jewellery,...

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Language, Culture, and Identity Issues: Challenges and Changes in Mixed Roots and Multicultural Families

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

    Identity is something that many if not most all of us wrestle with whilst growing up. However, like most minorities, this is perhaps even more so for many mixed roots, multicultural and third culture kids; from dealing with being treated differently by others and searching for groups to identify with, and feel a […]

Lune Production

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Lune Production was established in Saigon, Vietnam, in 2012, under Square Group Investment Holding.… [...]

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{Adorable} Craft Stick Santa, Elf and Reindeer Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

ADORABLE OVERLOAD! Be warned: these craft stick Santa, elf and reindeer ornaments are almost too cute to handle! And they're so easy that even the toddlers will have fun crafting some of these up...

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Milk Carton Valentines Houses for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeee! Another beautiful and oh-so-easy Valentines craft for your little ones to make this year! Check out these gorgeous Valentines houses we made last week using milk cartons and a handful of crafty odds and ends! They're similar to gingerbread houses, but oh, the colours! And the sparkly gems! And the glitter... I could look at these little houses all day long! I hope you love them as much as we do!

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Beautiful Pinecone Mobiles for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Monday, Lovelies!

Fall is in full swing here, and we're making the most of these glorious summer-like tempertures, crafting in the yard under the shade of our big maple tree.

Our latest creation - these awesome pinecone mobiles.

They're colourful and beautiful, and they're made with just a few items found in our own backyard.

They're easy too, and they make up quickly. You don't need even need glue!

Check them out at the link below, and then head outdoors with your own hooligans to gather the supplies to make them!

Kids of all ages will love this simple but beautiful project! Make a few today with your gang!

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25+ More Great Books for Boys

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

25+ More great books for boys! These novels are filled with action, suspense, adventure and drama, and will captivate even the most reluctant readers. A few months ago, I wrote a post titled 40+ Best Books for Boys, which was a list of the very best books that my boys and I have read together over the...

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Halloween Sprinkle Sandwiches

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a quick and easy last-minute Halloween treat for class parties or Halloween get-togethers with friends and neighbours. Halloween Sprinkle Sandwiches!  These fun and yummy treats were inspired by the Halloween Fairy Bread that I made last year. And that Halloween Fairy Bread was inspired by Australian Fairy Bread which is a very popular birthday treat at...

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Box Lid Art – an Easy Art Project for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Box Lid Art:  Kids can create a custom piece of art in a ready-made picture frame – the lid of a box! We’re sprucing up the playroom here, so over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing on easy art projects for preschoolers, and we’ll be hanging our finished projects on the walls of the play...

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Easy Initial Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know how we love crafting for Christmas here in my daycare! Well, here’s another simple but really pretty craft to add to the collection!  The toddlers and preschoolers decorated these easy initial ornaments to take home and hang on their Christmas trees!  The were fun to make, and a great way to work on...

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Michigan Man Arrested for Calling in Death Threats to CNN Over “Fake News”

Michigan Man Arrested for Calling in Death Threats to CNN Over “Fake News”

by Elliot Hannon @ Slate Articles

A Michigan man was arrested after making threatening phone calls to CNN earlier this month, telling an operator at the Atlanta-based news network “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down,” according to an FBI affidavit. The man on the other end of the line, Brandon Griesemer from a Detroit suburb, made a total of 22 calls to CNN on Jan. 9th and Jan. 10th, including four that contained threats.

The calls are particularly disturbing given the incendiary rhetoric of President Trump leveled at the network, which has manifested itself in violent, or at least intentionally intimidating behavior from Trump supporters online and at rallies. Griesemer’s threatening calls came after he called the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor in September and made derogatory comments about Muslims. On Jan. 9th, from the same number, Griesemer called CNN.

From WCPO:

According to the affidavit, the caller told the CNN operator, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. F*** you, f****n’ n*****s.” About three minutes later, the affidavit said the CNN number received another call from the same number, and the operator heard a male voice making disparaging comments about CNN and telling the operator that employees should kill themselves. “I am on my way right now to gun the f****n’ CNN cast down. F*** you,” the caller said, according to the affidavit.

Then, 30 minutes later, the same number called CNN again, and the same male voice started whispering derogatory comments about the network, saying, “I’m coming for you CNN. I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns that you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours,” before hanging up… “You are going down. I have a gun and I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f***ing gun every single last one of you,” the caller said, according to the affidavit. “I have a team of people. It’s going to be great, man…You gotta get prepared for this one, buddy.”

Investigators were able to trace the calls and arrest Griesemer.

Paper Plate Garden Craft- a Letter “G” Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The hooligans had such a great time making these paper plate gardens last week! It was such a fun and creative process that even our newest hooligan, who doesn't exactly *love* crafting yet, didn't want to leave the craft table at snack time! Success! These little gardens can be made with crafty odds and ends, and they're great to go along with a letter "G" unit! Aren't they pretty? Check them out!

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Homemade Musical Instruments for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for some easy, homemade musical instruments for kids to make?  We have 5 ideas you’ll love!  All of our instruments are made from simple materials you likely have around the house or in your recycle bin! Head on over to CBC PARENTS to see how we made all five!   [jetpack_subscription_form]   Follow the...

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Bún bò Huế – A great balance of flavors

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Bún bò Huế (Hue beef noodle soup) is a speciality of Huế – former capital of Vietnam.… [...]

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Rock Painting with 3-Ingredients – Fun Outdoor Art for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun outdoor art activity to keep your kids entertained on a summer day? Try Rock Painting with our easy, 3-ingredient sidewalk paint recipe!

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Best Books for Boys – 40+ Fantastic Reads for Boys ages 8-16

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

40+ of our ABSOLUTE, ALL-TIME BEST books for boys (ages 8-16). Adventure, drama, suspense and humour that will captivate even the most...

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Vietnamese Kho Style Chicken

Vietnamese Kho Style Chicken


BBC Good Food

A quick, simple and extremely tasty meal.

How to Make Healthy Vietnamese Spring Rolls At Home!

How to Make Healthy Vietnamese Spring Rolls At Home!


Happy Hooligans

They're super-delicious, super-healthy, and SO easy to make! I'll walk you through it with this simple step-by-step recipe.

7 Cute Alternatives to the Elf on the Shelf

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies!

If you're looking for a fun way to count down the days to Christmas with your kids, but you find the Elf on the Shelf thing a little creepy, you'll love these ideas!

I have 7 fab alternatives to Elf on the Shelf that make the month of December fun and meaningful for your family and none of them require that little elf.

In particular, I love #7. It's what I did for years with my boys, and they still talk about how exciting and special it was. Bonus: it really helps kids who can't handle the anxiety of waiting in those last few days before Christmas.

Click the link below to check them all out!

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Skeleton Handprint Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Skeleton handprint craft – a fun way to explore skeletons with preschoolers, and an easy halloween craft for toddlers too! We kicked off our morning today, with a little lesson about skeletons.  I wasn’t sure how much the hooligans knew already – they’re only 2, 3 and 4, so I talked about how your skeleton...

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The Easy Way to Add Running Water to your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wouldn’t it be great if your kids had access to a water supply at the sandbox or in the mud kitchen?  Well guess what!  They can!  I’m going to show you how you can add a source of running water to your backyard play space in minutes.  It’s a simple solution that’s fast, easy and...

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Tissue Paper Candy Canes Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Round up some tissue paper and a piece of cardboard, and let your toddlers create some lovely tissue paper candy canes to string along the mantle or to hang from the Christmas tree.  Just another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft idea from the Hooligans! If you’re looking to squeeze a quick and simple, last-minute craft...

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10 Fun Fall Activities for Kids to Do in the Backyard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ah, Fall!  It’s almost here!  Those crisp, clear sunny days.  The vibrant colours.  The crunch of leaves underfoot.  We love playing outdoors in the fall!  We’ve done some exceptionally fun fall activities right at home in our own backyard.  There’s so much to see and learn and explore at this time of year.  New colours...

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Homemade Creamsicles – Healthy, Delicious and Just 2 Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Homemade Creamsicles taste just like the real thing, and you only need 2 ingredients to make them! Mmmmm…  One of my favourite frozen treats is a creamsicle.  That orange and vanilla combo puts me over the moon!  Rich, creamy vanilla ice cream, encased in a crunchy, tangy orange shell…  Oh man.  I’m drooling just...

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The Funnest, Easiest Way to Clean your Art Table

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This method for cleaning your art table will have your kids begging to help clean up! Every few months, here in my home daycare, our art table gets to the point where it’s so messy and caked with paint, glue and glitter that it needs a good cleaning. For years, I always tackled the job...

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This Dad’s Reaction to the Mere Suggestion That He Should Buy a Fake Tree Is Priceless

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

"I don't know what's happened to you, and I don't know that I can't solve it ... "

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How to Dye Pasta the Easy Way!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to dye pasta the easy way for kids crafts and sensory play! No mess, no waste and no rubbing alcohol! We always have a big batch of brightly coloured pasta on hand here.  It’s great for threading activities, for sorting and learning about shapes and colours, and it’s especially wonderful to use as a...

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child’s sewing basket

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fine motor development, sewing skills and a whole lot of fun!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we put together this child’s sewing basket using simple materials that you may already have at home. I think this would make the perfect gift for any toddler or preschooler! If you enjoyed this post, and...

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Birth Photographer Captures the Unseen Struggle of Postpartum Anxiety in One Powerful Image

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

Rage. Impatience. Relentless worry. Bone-deep exhaustion. The symptoms of postpartum anxiety are often overlooked by women after the birth of a baby, but they can be debilitating. Although it’s more familiar for us to talk about postpartum depression, one study found that postpartum anxiety is even more common. Fortunately, more women are opening up about...

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Easy Fall Crafts for Kids to Make at Home or Preschool

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall is almost here, and I know you’ll soon be looking for lots of fun fall activities to do with your kids! I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite easy fall crafts for kids to make in the preschool classroom or at home, and I’ve put them all here in one handy, little place for...

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Zuppa Toscana: Sausage Soup – An Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana?

Yeah. This soup is that soup, only better. And you can make it right at home, any time you want with this Olive Garden copycat recipe!

It's super-easy to make and it will feed a crowd. Or...it will feed a lot of soup to your little family.

And that's never a bad thing.

Give this soup a try this weekend. You'll be happy you did. And look at that photo. Is that not the most gorgeous soup you ever did see?

Click through on the link below to get the recipe!

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Adorable Yogurt Bottle Snowmen

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, totally easy craft here, but so darn adorable!

Raid your recycle bin, and gather up some empty yogurt drink bottles.

We're making Yogurt Bottle Snowmen today!

Your kids can play with them, or hang them on the Christmas tree!

Check out the details through the link below!

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Pipe Cleaner Napkin Rings – an Easy, Last Minute Holiday Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a last-minute Christmas craft for the kids? These bead and pipe cleaner napkin rings are so quick and easy to make! They look great, and toddlers and preschoolers will get a fine-motor work-out as well!

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Paper Bead Candy Cane Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember making paper beads when you were a kid? We used the same process to make these adorable candy cane ornaments the other day! Check 'em out and have your kids make a bunch for your Christmas tree!

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Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced to 40 to 175 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced to 40 to 175 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

by Molly Olmstead @ Slate Articles

A judge sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who was accused of molesting scores of young female athletes for decades under the guise of medical treatment, to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday.

“Your decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable,” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in her sentencing. “It was my honor and privilege to sentence you, because, sir, you do not deserve to ever walk outside a prison ever again. I’ve just signed your death warrant.”

The ruling followed seven days of painful testimony by women and girls who were abused by Nassar. In the courtroom, the women described years of emotional and psychological trauma after the abuse, which occurred as early as 6 years old, at the hands of the disgraced doctor, whom the prosecutor called possibly “the most prolific serial child sex abuser in history.”

Some of the most prominent gymnasts in the U.S. have come forward to say they also were molested by Nassar, including Olympians Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Simone Biles.

Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of of sexual assault in Michigan. In his plea deal, all victims were allowed to give victim impact statements before his sentencing. More than 150 victims and family members have come forward to do so.

After the sentencing, Nassar was given the chance to apologize. “An acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write and convey,” he said. He choked up and, apparently overwhelmed, repeatedly turned away from his microphone. “I will carry your words to me for the rest of my days.”

“Sir, I hope that’s true,” the judge responded. “I hope you are shaken to your core.” But Aquilina, before issuing the sentence, appeared to reject the possibility that Nassar was truly remorseful when she read from a letter he wrote two months after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

“What I did in the state cases was medical, not sexual,” he had written in the letter. “I was a good doctor because my treatments worked. My patients that are now speaking out are the same ones that praised and came back over and over.

“The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong.”

Many in the room gasped when the judge reached the line that read, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

In the letter, he claimed he only admitted his guilt because he was “manipulated” by the attorney general’s office, and that he had medically treated these women and girls, not assaulted them. “The stories are being fabricated to sensationalize this,” he wrote. He accused the women and girls of seeking media attention and financial reward.

The judge, after reading it, threw down the letter and looked at Nassar. “Would you like to withdraw your plea?” she said.

“No, ma’am.”

“Because you are guilty, aren’t you?”

“I’ve said my plea,” he said.

In explaining her sentencing, the judge said she took the victims’ statements and the letter into account. “There’s something I don’t want to understand and I want to make clear,” she said. “You knew you had a problem from a very young age. You could have taken yourself away from temptation. And you did not.

“Based on the numbers that we all know go unreported, I can’t even guess how many vulnerable children and families you actually assaulted,” she said.

“You can’t give them back their innocence, their youth,” she said. “You can’t give a father back his life, or one of your victims, her life when she took it. You can’t return a daughter to her mother, the father to her daughter.”

Wednesday’s ruling also comes a day after the NCAA, the body that regulates college athletics, opened an investigation into the handling of Nassar’s accusations by Michigan State University, where he worked as a doctor for the the women’s gymnastics and crew programs for decades. Women who participated in these programs have accused Michigan State of protecting Nassar, and the former gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages, has been accused of covering up the allegations.

A lawsuit from Maroney has also accused USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympics Committee of turning a blind eye to Nassar’s crimes, and other women have made similar accusations. In the fallout over the accusations, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, and most recently, AT&T, have dropped out as corporate sponsors of USA Gymnastics.

Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for federal child pornography charges. He has pleaded guilty to three separate charges of criminal sexual conduct in another county in Michigan and will be sentenced for those charges later.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.: This post has been updated to include statements from Nassar and Judge Aquilina.

Also in Slate:
Why We Didn’t Listen To Larry Nassar’s Victims

How Larry Nassar Got Away With It

One Mom Is Charging Her 5-Year-Old Rent — and She Just Might Be on to Something

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

Call it extreme, but Essence Evans says she's teaching her kid a valuable lesson that plenty of adults still struggle with.

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Why I Plan to Tell My Daughter About My Sexual Assault

by Deborah White @ Babble

I'm doing everything in my power to ensure my daughter grows up with the tools I wish I'd been given. And that starts now.

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Happy Hooligans’ Kid-Friendly Trail Mix Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun and yummy, sweet and salty, crunchy, chewy snack that your kids are gonna love!

Mmmm! Homemade trail mix is one of the hooligans' favourite snacks. Ok, I'm not gonna lie.... It's one of my favourite treats too.

Honestly, when we make a batch of this stuff, I have a difficult time keeping my hand out of the bowl, and I end up eating just as much as the kids do.

It's. So. Good.

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Homemade Doodle Art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade doodle art: a fun and easy art project for kids of all ages.  Who doesn’t love a doodle art?  Remember those huge black velvety doodle arts we had when we were kids?  Oh man, I loved those things.  My friends and I could spend hours, sprawled out on the floor, markers scattered all around,...

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Valentines Collage Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Valentine’s craft that toddlers and preschoolers can make using odds and ends from around the house. These Valentine’s collage pops are really cute. They’re totally random – just a hodgepodge of materials.  Basically, you can use whatever you have around the house to decorate your collage pops with.  These are kinds of like a Valentines...

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Sprinkler Fun for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sprinkler fun – keeping cool on a hot day! Oh, how we’ve waited for this day!  We’ve been talking for weeks about how one of these days the weather will warm up enough that we’ll be pulling out the sprinkler again, and today, my friends, was that day! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:My-oh-my,...

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Painted Cardboard Name Puzzle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a fun way to help your child  learn to spell his name?  It’s an easy, colourful homemade name puzzle made with painted cardboard cut-outs! I’ve made a variety of homemade name puzzles over the years for the children in my home daycare.  A name puzzle is a great way to help your child with letter recognition...

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Scratch Art Henna Handprint Craft – a Gorgeous Handprint Art Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Squeal! I am SO excited about our latest art project!!

If you have crafty, creative kids (and I know you do!), they are going to LOVE this one! It's fun, it's relaxing, and the results are GORGEOUS!

Click the link below to check it out! Go! Go!

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Bird Seashell Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bird seashell Christmas ornaments.  An easy Christmas nature craft for kids to make with shells collected at the beach. The preschoolers and I have made some pretty cute Christmas Crafts over the years, and these adorable, little bird ornaments are a new favourite here. Crafting with natural items: Crafting with items like seashells, sticks and stones is...

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Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments with  foil, tissue paper and craft jewels.  An easy and beautiful Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. We have made a LOT of easy Christmas crafts here in my daycare over the years, and many of our ornaments are actual Christmas TREE ornaments.  What I mean is: the ornaments...

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Vietnam For Kids: 23 Tips For Taking A Toddler - The Dropout Diaries

Vietnam For Kids: 23 Tips For Taking A Toddler - The Dropout Diaries


The Dropout Diaries

After four years of living and working in Vietnam, here's some Vietnam for kids tips I think parents of toddlers should know before they land.

Play Dough Ice Cream Shop – Pretend Play Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids love ice cream, and kids love play dough, so we’ve combined the two, and come up with this Play Dough Ice Cream Shop!  It’s a terrific pretend play great for keeping toddlers and preschoolers entertained, learning and developing their fine motor skills! The hooligans LOVE homemade playdough, and we’ve done a ton of creative...

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Wax Resist Valentines Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the toddlers and preschoolers in my home daycare have been busy making Valentines’ cards for their parents. Recently, we made these awesome wax resist cards!  We love wax-resist art.  Some folks call it crayon-resist or paint-resist, but whatever you call it, it’s just plain fascinating! Kids love watching...

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Painting with Frozen Paint Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is a really cool art activity for toddlers and preschoolers. I love so many things about it:

For starters, it doesn't cost a dime. It's quick and easy to prepare and set-up. It's a lot of fun for kids of all ages, and it's a terrific way to get creative outside in the sunshine.

The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love it, but we've done this with school age kids, and it's always a hit with them too.

Check it out! It's a great way to kick off your line up of spring and summer activities at home with your kids or in your daycare or preschool! Your kids will LOVE it!

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Autumn Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An Autumn Sensory Bin provides hours of exploratory Fall play! Yup, I guess it’s time to accept it: summer is on its way out.  I’ve started getting really pumped about Fall Activities here in my daycare though!  I love all Autumn crafts, and there are so many fall colours and textures for kids to explore at...

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Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade in 3 Easy Steps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When it comes to refreshing summer-time drinks, you can’t beat a glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade! It’s tart, cool and delicious, and it’s super-easy to make!  This homemade lemonade recipe is just 3 easy steps and 3 ingredients: fresh lemons, sugar and water! My boys love lemonade!  Yellow lemonade, pink lemonade, lemonade from the can,...

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A Vibrant Coloured Rice Activity Bin for Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids will enjoy hours of  sensory play with a coloured rice activity bin!  Grab the recipe for my rainbow rice, and let’s put together a coloured rice sensory bin for your kids!  We earn a commission from sales made via product links in this post. To make our coloured rice activity bin: After making our rice and letting...

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Toddler Art with Paper Towels and Liquid Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for easy art techniques for kids, paper towels and liquid watercolours are two supplies that you can grab quickly to keep your little ones entertained for ages. In case you missed the big news, we recently turned our dried out markers into these amazing homemade liquid watercolours.  The results were FANTASTIC, and...

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Painted Rock Paper-Weight Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A gorgeous painted rock paper-weight craft that kids can make for themselves or to give as a gift! If you’ve been with us a while, you likely know how much we love playing with rocks and stones here in my home daycare. Most recently, we used some of our larger beach rocks to make painted paper-weights...

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Water Displacement Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This simple water displacement experiment is one of the best science activities we’ve ever done here in my daycare!  It was easy, it didn’t cost a thing, and the kids saw with their own eyes what water displacement is all about. Now, when it comes to science experiments for preschoolers, I like to keep things simple...

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Ice Pop Painting

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a super, cool art activity to entertain the kids on a hot summer day?  Click this link to check out our Ice Pop Paintings over at Kids Activities Blog.  The process is really fun, and we produced some pretty spectacular works of art all with our intense homemade coloured Ice Pops! [jetpack_subscription_form] Get the 3-5 Playful...

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Rob Lowe Thanks Firefighters Who Battled Wildfires in His Community with a Home-Cooked Meal

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

Lowe shared a photo of the happy moment along with his thanks "to all the crews from all over the country who stood tall and saved my town."

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free art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you ever set your kids up to do some “free art”  where you just set out a hodge-podge of materials, and let your little ones create to their heart’s desire? What is free art? It’s a super activity for those times when you don’t have an organized craft or activity to work on.  I...

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How to Make Gorgeous Tie-Dye Easter Eggs with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot! You're going to love this one!!

I know how much your kids love dyeing Easter eggs. Well, at least I think I do because what kid doesn't love doing that at Easter time?

I also know how much of a pain in the patootie the process can be with all the bowls of food colouring and hot water and whatnot.

It's not a quick and easy process, and it's not mess-free.

Well, you are going to LOVE the process we've come up with to dye the coolest looking tie-dye Easter eggs this year because it's SUPER easy, SUPER quick and it's virtually mess-free.

Grab the Sharpies and the rubbing alcohol, because you're about to make the most awesome Easter eggs ever, and the process is going to WOW your kids!

Click the link below to check out how gorgeous they are, and to get the easy instructions!

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3-Ingredient, Delicious Vanilla SNOW Ice Cream

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It's snowing! It's snowing! We finally have SNOW!

We can finally make Snow ice cream!

Have you tried it?

I know, I know... first time I heard of it, I thought it sounded weird too, but we made it this last year, and guess what!

It's freaking amazing!!

It's honestly the best ice cream you'll ever taste.

And all you need to make it is fresh, clean snow, vanilla extract and condensed milk!

It's seriously delicious, and such a fun activity to do with your kids or students on a cold, winter day!

Get out there, and gather a bowlful of snow, and make it with your family today!

Click the link below for the printable recipe!

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Muddy Car Wash Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who’s ready for an awesome mud play idea?  A muddy car wash is a terrific mud activity for preschoolers! Drive those cars through the mud, down the ramp, and “splash” into a bucket of soapy water! Oh, we’re loving our water play activities and all of our mud play now that the summer weather has arrived.  Our latest favourite...

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The Clooneys Handed Out Headphones on a Recent Flight with Their Twins — Just in Case

by Julie Scagell @ Babble

Each pair came along with a note that read, "apologizing ahead of time."

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Homemade Mitten Matching Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This homemade mitten matching activity will have kids pairing up coloured, patterned paper mitts and pin them together with clothespins. It’s a great activity to help young kids develop their matching skills, and fine motor-skills and a great activity for a snow day at home or preschool.  I love making homemade games for the hooligans in my...

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How To Get Your Child To Give Up a Pacifier

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Weaning your child off a pacifier can be stressful for both parents and child, so let's make it as pain-free as we can for everyone.

I've asked my Facebook followers for their best tips, tricks and advice when it comes to helping kids break the soother habit.

In this post you'll find load of creative and helpful tricks that have worked for many parents.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the one no-fail trick that was suggested time and time again. It's a good one!

Click the link below to read the post!

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Painted Halloween Rocks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painted Halloween Rocks: an easy outdoor halloween decoration If you have older hooligans, they may really enjoy making turning some garden rocks into some awesome, Homemade Halloween Decorations.   My boys and I made these painted Halloween Rocks years ago.  They were fun and easy to make, and they’ve held up really well considering they’ve lived...

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The Angle: Enemy’s Enemy Edition

The Angle: Enemy’s Enemy Edition

by Rebecca Onion @ Slate Articles

Strange bedfellow: Seth Stevenson assesses the work of conservative journalist Ben Shapiro, wondering whether liberals should give this man—who sometimes sounds reasonable, and always appears to be the lesser of many evils—a pass.

Read history: Isaac Chotiner asks Katha Pollitt to explain the recent rhetorical grenades some younger feminists have aimed at the “second wave.” The writer proclaims herself, frankly, “a little bewildered.”

Not shining: Even if solar-panel manufacturers in the United States get a bump from the new tariff Trump announced on Monday, the losses solar panel installers will sustain will more than offset those gains. Neel V. Patel tallies up the grim prospects.

R.I.P.: Ursula K. Le Guin, who died on Tuesday, faced three obstacles to mainstream literary success. Laura Miller tots them up: genre, gender, and geography. For Le Guin, Jacob Brogan writes, the future was something unknowable and strange—much like the present. And Isaac Butler recommends places to start if you’re totally new to her oeuvre.

For fun: Tiffany Haddish on Drunk History.

A true hero,

Rebecca

Valentines Play Dough Activity – “The Candy Shop”

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a super Valentines activity for toddlers and preschoolers!  Your kids will have a blast making and creating with this playdough “Candy Shop”. The hooligans have been playing with our homemade play dough every day lately.  We’ve had all kinds of neat play dough activities going on, and I’ll write about those in the days...

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Spiced Persimmon and Ginger Muffin Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

My parents adore bargains, especially the ones at their local Salvation Army on Wednesdays, when seniors receive a 25 percent discount. On October 12, 2016, they scored a charming set of English Royal Wessex Red Willow dishes for about $22 (discounted from the original $29.50). They bought it with the intention of gifting it to...

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I Designed Some Hilarious Food Pun T-Shirts!

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

Regular readers of my blog know that I love food, puns and dad jokes. And I’ve figured out a way to combined these three of my favourite things ON.

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25 Water Play Activities for Kids in the Backyard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When the weather is this hot, it can be tough to keep kids cool AND entertained for long stretches of time.

This is when simple water bins and water activities come in VERY handy!

Whether you have one child at home, or several in a daycare setting, these activities will save the day every single time!

These 25 water activities will keep your kids entertained for hours at a time, and they're so popular and easy to set up that you'll turn to them time and time again over the summer!

I hope you love them as much as we do! Click the link below to see them all!

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Tissue Paper Christmas Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, I love it when we can make something SO pretty out of the simplest of materials. These tissue paper Christmas wreaths were so easy to make, but the kids really enjoyed the process: painting, crumpling, gluing, stapling. And look at them. Aren't they beautiful? Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but pretty enough that you will want to hang it on a door or in a window in your home! Have a look!

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Paper Plate Watermelon Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ohhh! I just love it when a simple idea turns out so well! Making these paper plate watermelons was so fun and easy, and they turned out so well! Don't you just love what we used for the "seeds"? The preschoolers and toddlers loved the process, and oh my! They look good enough to eat! What a great craft for summer, or for a Letter "W" unit in preschool! Check them out!

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Vibrant Paper Towel Art for Toddlers Thru Tweens

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Towel Art – an easy art project and a lesson in water absorption!   This is actually a great way to test your markers to find out which ones are good, and which ones have dried up. With the good markers, you can create a rockin’ piece of art like the ones we made...

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Adorable Kid’s Craft Apron Made from an Old Pair Of Jeans

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn the leg of an old pair of jeans into an adorable, durable, stain-resistant kid’s craft apron! If you search the net, you’ll probably find 101 things to make out of old jeans. I have two of my own favourite ways to rep-purpose our old jeans into items we use here every day in my daycare....

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Halloween Sun Catcher for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Recycle a plastic jug into an adorable Halloween sun catcher. All you need is a plastic container and some Sharpie Markers. Today’s easy Halloween craft is quick and easy, which is great for really young children who don’t have the attention span to craft for too long. You can do this craft at any time of...

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Magic Milk Experiment – an Explosion of Colour

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set off a spinning, churning, whirling, explosion of colours when you combine 3 common kitchen ingredients! This classic science experiment - The Magic Milk Explosion - is guaranteed to "wow" kids and grown-ups alike.

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More Homemade Bookmarks for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

  Here’s a great, last-minute Father’s Day gift for kids to make!  2 kind of bookmarks:  Duck Tape and Tie Dye.  Both are easy and fun for kids of all ages to make, and they look great too! Pop over to CBC Parents to check ’em all out, and to get the step-by-step instructions! Follow...

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Mom Earns $3,000 Disney Voucher, Uses It to Buy Hundreds of Toys for Kids in Need

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

"If I can be the catalyst for spreading positivity and joy, even for just a little while ... I've been given the greatest gift possible."

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DIY Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream and Food Colour

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeek! I'm so excited to show you our latest art project! Guys! This one is SO easy, and the results are out of this world!

We're making marbled paper, and all you need is shaving cream and food colour! That's it!

Check out the stunning results! They're wild!

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Powerful Words of Wisdom for High School Seniors – 20 Things Your College Kid Needs to Hear

by Becky Mansfield @ Happy Hooligans

Leaving home for college can be both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. As parents, you want to give your kid the best advice possible to help them have a safe, satisfying and successful first year away from home. Here are some powerful words of wisdom for high school seniors, and 18 things that all college kids needs to...

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White House Releases Hilarious Photos to Show Trump Is “Working” During Shutdown

White House Releases Hilarious Photos to Show Trump Is “Working” During Shutdown

by Daniel Politi @ Slate Articles

The White House wants the American people to know President Donald Trump is working “during the Democrat shutdown.” So it sent out a couple of photos that purport to show the commander in chief doing just that. In truth though, the pictures all look like the result of a photoshoot and are unlikely to convince anyone the president was doing anything but taking “executive time” during the shutdown.

There are several eyebrow-raising details about all the photos, including the fact that the president is always wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, making them rife for mockery on social media. Plus, there’s the pesky detail that none of the photos actually show Trump meeting with any congressional leaders that could signify an effort to perhaps even talk about the shutdown. Instead we see a president roaming around the White House, chatting with staff, as if he’s just holding tight and waiting for someone else to solve the problem.

The most (unintentionally) funny photo is surely the one showing Trump sitting at his desk on the phone. “I too conduct most of my most important work with a phone in my hand and nothing on my desk, while staring vacantly off into space,” Daily Beast editor Erin Gloria Ryan wrote on Twitter. Producer Rob Hedrick has a question regarding the photo: “Working on what … Sitting on hold?”

Another photo shows Trump walking down a hallway and the third shows him “meeting” with several staff members, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It looks like they don’t have a care in the world. “Everyone is very smiley in this picture,” notes Reuters reporter Ginger Gibson.

The conclusion? “An emerging trend is that Trump and his staff have no idea how to stage photos to make it seem like he’s actually working.” Some are calling on President Barack Obama’s photographer, Pete Souza, to do his trolling magic and show what it really looks like when a president is working.

Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes – a Recycled Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes will add a burst of colour to any outdoor play space or patio! I’m really excited to share our latest DIY wind chimes with you!  We LOVE making homemade wind chimes here in my home daycare.  We’ve made so many different sets of homemade chimes for the hooligans to give to their...

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Tissue Paper Wreath Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tissue paper wreath ornaments: a fine-motor Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers… These colourful tissue paper wreath ornaments are great to make with toddlers and preschoolers.  Kids love the colours and texture that tissue paper offers, and I love how versatile it is.  We’ve used it to decorate fall wreaths, Easter crafts, and Valentine’s art....

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Custom made? Yes Please! A Guide to Custom Tailoring in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is a superstar manufacturing country.  In the last several years, many multinational companies have created manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, solidifying the country’s superstar status.  The direct consequence of this is a huge reservoir of skilled and knowledgeable workers who can do everything from shoemaking, jewelry making, dress tailoring, suit…

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

How the Shutdown Ends

How the Shutdown Ends

by Jim Newell @ Slate Articles

After it became clear on Friday that Democrats and Republicans were not going to reach an agreement to keep the government open, there was some chatter around the Capitol that we might just be facing a “weekend shutdown”—a couple of days to finalize some tentative agreement that could cruise through both chambers in time for non-essential federal workers to return to the office on Monday morning.

How precious that thinking was.

Both the House and the Senate went into session on Saturday—for press conferences, meetings, speeches, and some procedural votes—and they did not leave with an agreement, or any apparent progress towards one. The impasse, it seems, will have to be resolved by the public.

Republicans and Democrats couldn’t even agree on a proper accounting of what transpired on Friday.

The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, has said that he offered to consider the full spending request for President Trump’s promised border wall when the two met on Friday, and that the president later backed out on some tentative agreements once his advisers, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, got to him. But in a briefing Saturday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told a different story: The president asked Schumer for $20 billion to build the wall, and Schumer rejected it, only offering the original $1.6 billion request outlined in the White House’s 2018 budget.

“We absolutely did not reject the full funding request,” a senior Democratic aide told me. “Schumer and Trump agreed by the end that they were close enough on everything that they should pursue a short term CR to facilitate a deal, so nothing was agreed to but they were in good shape on an overall framework. Then Kelly started to unravel it.”

There’s also a dispute over why a deal failed to come together during the frenzied two-hour Senate vote Friday night. The proposal included a bill to fund the government through Feb. 8, rather than Feb. 16, as well as a commitment to move a bipartisan immigration bill through the Senate and the House—either in a stand-alone vote in the next few weeks or attached to the Feb. 8 spending bill. The Senate Democratic Whip, Dick Durbin, claims that when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke on the phone to discuss this, Ryan rejected it outright. (There was a moment on the floor last night when McConnell walked back into the chamber from a call, said something to Durbin, and Durbin rolled his eyes and shook his head.) McConnell spokesperson David Popp described Durbin’s characterization as “laughably false,” and said “there was no deal at any time that was blown up by Speaker Ryan. Period.” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said that “the speaker was not part of any deal or involved in any negotiations.”

Whether Ryan formally tanked a “deal”—there’s some wiggle room here—is a technical point. Everyone understands the dynamic. House Republicans do not want to take up the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill. If they did, the Senate could wrap that and all of the other loose ends quickly. If House leaders brought up the Senate’s immigration bill, it could pass the House with mostly Democratic votes, over the objections of conservative members. Such a move could invite a challenge to Ryan’s speakership from the right—especially if the Senate bill doesn’t currently enjoy the president’s support. This, in very condensed form, is the dilemma: Most Senate Democrats will not vote for a spending bill until there’s a path for getting protections for Dreamers passed in both houses, and House Republicans and the White House are saying that they will not negotiate on immigration while the government is shut down.

So how does the government reopen? The answer to that  won’t be known for a few days.

First, the public must decide who’s to blame. As the shutdown lingers and more people pay attention, polling will more clearly reveal which party is “losing.” The losing side will then sue for peace, and then it’s just a matter of negotiating the terms of surrender. Since the “winning” side has zero incentive to save the losing party, the surrender offer will likely be nothing.

So much of the punditry about shutdowns is about how it will affect the midterm elections, and so little of it is about the very important items that are at stake. But the political fears are just a spur for resolving a policy logjam. Shutdowns are a referendum on a particular policy impasse, and they’re risky because the winner takes the spoils.

Paper Plate Valentine’s Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Your preschooler will love making this simple paper plate Valentine's wreath. Painting, gluing and crumpling tissue paper are wonderful ways for little ones to explore colour and texture, and strengthen their fine motor skills. And they'll be so proud to hang their creation on a door or window for Valentine's Day!

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Tin Foil Tissue Paper Ornaments – So Easy, So Pretty!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I love, love, love these simple homemade ornaments. Sparkly, colourful and gorgeous, and they're totally easy and inexpensive to make using tin foil and a few gems and jewels. Little kids will love the colourful process, and big kids can get really creative with the designs they make. Hey, I'm not going to lie. I thoroughly enjoyed making a few of my own. Check them out!

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Printable Transportation Colouring Pages for Kids Who Love Vehicles

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your kids love vehicles, but they're not much into colouring? Check out this collection of free, printable TRANSPORTATION colouring pages! 6 vehicles that will please any kid whose obsessed with "things that go". We've got a boat, train, hot air balloon, motorcycle, scooters and helicopter! Download and print your free colouring pages here:

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Craft Stick Star Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Craft stick star ornaments: an easy christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. We are well and truly in Christmas countdown mode now; the hooligans and I have only 2 days left together before we break for the holidays. Today we made these craft stick star ornaments. These simple stars are easy enough for toddlers and...

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Paper Plate Mask Craft – “M” is for Mask

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember the simple pleasure of making a paper plate mask when you were a kid? We're making some today, and giving them a little razzle-dazzle with a handful of basic craft supplies. Have a look! I'll bet your kids would love to spend some time today making their own personalized, decorative masks that they can really wear!

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Paper Plate Butterfly Silhouette Art for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember the gorgeous symmetrical butterfly craft we made the other day?

And remember I told you we'd be making something great out of the painted paper plate leftovers?

Well, this is it!

Check out these gorgeous butterfly silhouettes!

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25+ Easy Snowflake Crafts, Activities and Treats That You Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

25+ Ways to make a snowflake! When weather turns cold and the snow begins to fly, our thoughts in the classroom and daycare turn to making snowflakes. Paper snowflakes, tissue paper snowflakes, craft stick snowflakes and more! There are tons of creative snowflake crafts that you can make no matter what age you are. I’m...

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53 Kid-Friendly Recipes From Around the World

53 Kid-Friendly Recipes From Around the World


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We traveled the planet in search of dinners no kid would ever complain about.

Colour the snow with watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun, indoor winter activity for kids: colour the snow with watercolours and medicine droppers. We set out to colour the snow with watercolours today, and my-oh-my, this is definitely a new favourite winter activity here at our house! This idea came to me after making our paint resist thank you cards.  We had some...

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5 Easy Owl Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s an adorable round-up of easy owl crafts that kids can make out of common household materials and craft supplies. Aren’t owls just the cutest?  What makes them so darn adorable?  I guess it’s their big eyes and fluffy feathers, and the way they look so wise and knowing.  Whatever it is, we sure do love...

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The Important Reason This Ballerina Is Walking Around Her Hometown in a Tutu

by Sarah Cottrell @ Babble

“The children have been so happy to see me ... It wasn't about the dancing, but what I represented: A princess who looked like them."

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Paper Plate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a Ninja Turtle fan in the house? These paper plate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are pretty darn adorable. Plus, they're super easy to make. This is a great craft for kids who love Ninja Turtles OR for kids who love them but don't exactly love crafting. Sometimes, all it takes to spark a child's love for arts and crafts is to make the subject something that they're really crazy about! And I hope you and your kids are as crazy about these little guys as we are! Check them out!

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Fizzing Colours! A Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, lovelies! I have the most beautiful science activity to share with you today! This one calls for just 3 common kitchen ingredients, and little ones find it just fascinating! There's lots of bubbling and fizzing and colourful eruptions for your little ones to oooh and ahhh over, and it will keep them entertained for a good long time too! There's fine motor development, and an opportunity to talk about colour mixing and chemical reactions, and best of all it's super-quick and easy to set up! I am in love with the photos of this activity. Have a look! Aren't they gorgeous?

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Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have any “Frozen” fans at your house, this Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures activity will be a hit!  It’s so easy to prepare, and your Anna and Elsa fans are going to love it. We’ve done a number of  “Frozen” activities here in my daycare recently, and they’ve gone over very well!  If your kids are...

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{Gorgeous} Coloured Coffee Filter Snowflakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want to brighten up a dull and dreary winter day? Make some of these gorgeous, vibrant coffee filter snowflakes. The process is fun and easy, and a great lesson in water absorption and colour-mixing. Kids of all ages will want to get in on the fun making these. I find them a little addictive myself!

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Starry Night Art Project for Kids – Melting Crayon Art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Starry Night Art Project for Kids – recreate Van Gogh’s masterpiece by melting grated crayons on aluminum foil!   I’m really excited to share this project  with you! It’s one of the coolest art techniques for kids. We’re melting crayons to create a beautiful piece of art.  Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to be exact! You’ve likely...

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26 Gorgeous Star Ornaments for Kids and Moms to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my STARS! Check out this gorgeous collection of star ornaments that you and your kids can make! Stars made from paper, twigs, fabric, styrofoam and even from CANDY. I am in love with this stunning collection...

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How to Make the Best Sensory Bins: Everything You Need to Know

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Let's talk sensory bins!

You've probably heard of them, but have you made one yet?

If you haven't, oh MY, you are missing out!

They're SO easy to make. You can literally create an amazing bin that will provide your child with hours of learning and entertainment, using items you already have around the house.

I've put together a bit of a SENSORY BIN 101 for you to help you get started.

Today, I'm talking about what a sensory bin is, and the benefits of sensory play (it's so GOOD for your child), and I'm providing you with all kinds of suggestions for containers to use, base materials, tools and instruments, and items to include in your sensory bins.

I'm also suggesting themes, and I've included loads of photos of our most popular sensory bins here in my daycare.

So, if you've never made a sensory bin before, you're in for a treat! You'll be making bins for all occasions in no time. Seriously. They're that easy and addictive to make.

And your child is going to be thrilled! We're talking hours and hours of engaged and focused play and learning here. You have to LOVE that!

Click the link below to find out how easy it is to make the BEST sensory bins your kids. I'm hoping you'll be so inspired that you'll get right to making one today!

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Lacing Tree Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Lacing Tree Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers, and a fine-motor activity too! I know today’s Christmas craft is quite similar to Tuesday’s wool-wrapped ornaments, but hey, we love a tree ornament that looks like a Christmas tree, so we’re adding this to our collection. The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love lacing...

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Scrape Painting Technique for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“Scrape Painting” with a credit card – kids can use this simple painting technique to create autumn art or a backdrop for a beautiful fall collage. Looking for a new and interesting art project for kids?  Have you ever tried painting with a credit card?    This simple painting technique for kids is a creative way for...

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Sharpie Art with Photo Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sharpie Art with Photo Paper: create glossy stained glass artwork with sharpie markers and photo paper! If you’re looking for easy art techniques for kids, you’ll love this one. We just LOVE Sharpie projects here, and today, we’re creating glossy, vibrant stained glass art with Sharpies and photo paper!  This simple art project is great...

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Cupcake Liner Owls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I know you love an adorable owl craft just as much as I do, so I couldn’t resist giving you a peek at these cupcake liner owls.  Are they not the cutest darn things you’ve ever seen?  Pop on over to Kids Activities Blog to see how we made them. You’ll find a link...

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Styrofoam Head Self-Portrait Craft – An Awesome Art Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh. My. Goodness!! I can't WAIT to show you this art activity!

The kids all said it was the coolest thing we've ever made here in our daycare.

It was so much fun AND the results were spectacular! We did this as an every day activity, but you could totally tweak it for Halloween!

Kids of all ages will love this one!

Click the link below to check it out! Go! Go!

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Christmas & Winter Flextangles – a Whimsical Paper Toy to Make for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have you heard of Flextangles? They're beautiful and mesmerizing! A Flextangle is a paper craft but it's a toy as well. You have to watch the short video in this post to see what I mean, but these they're downright fascinating. You can grab the free printable from my post so you can make your own! Just print, colour, fold, and glue. Then you'll be all set to play with these crazy little things! Have a look!

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This Mom Who Staged Her Maternity Photos Inside Taco Bell Deserves a Slow Clap

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

She decided to combine two of her biggest loves — her soon-to-be born baby and Taco Bell — into one amazing photo sesh.

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Framed Heart Art on a Painted Paper Bag Canvas

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I know how much you all loved our cardboard roll stamped hearts the other day... well... we've done it again, but this time, we've used a paper bag as our canvas, and we've framed our finished piece in a great looking (Dollar Store) frame. We've also switched up our colours for a more sophisticated look! Isn't it lovely? What a great gift for kids to make for a parent or grandparent for Valentines Day!

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Smoosh-Painted Pumpkin Art for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Smoosh-painted pumpkin art for toddlers:  experimenting with colour, texture and colour-mixing and a fun paint technique too! I can’t believe October is coming to an end already!   I still have so many halloween craft ideas that we haven’t gotten around to doing!  Today, we were smooshing pumpkins today, using the same paint smooshing technique that...

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Sandbox Ideas – Toy Suggestions, Play Ideas and Storage Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Transform your sandbox from ordinary to extra-ordinary with these easy, awesome sandbox ideas.  Lots of simple tips and tricks to create backyard sandbox that inspires creative, imaginative play.  We spend a ton of time playing in our backyard play space, and without a doubt, the most popular spot for the kids to play in is our our sandbox...

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Painted Rock Turkeys for Kids to Make for Thanksgiving

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is just a quick and simple thanksgiving craft that I made on a whim the other day when the girls were painting some rocks. I turned a smooth, round beach stone into a turkey. He can be used as a paperweight, or you can make a bunch, and use them as place settings at your Thanksgiving table this year. He's pretty darn cute, isn't he? (and he couldn't be any easier to make!)

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Former Classmate Shares Moving Story of California Woman Held Captive with Siblings

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

"Every grade level had a designated "cootie kid" and she held the title for our year ... "

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Sidewalk Chalk and Water Painting Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can create unique “watercolour images” with sidewalk chalk and water! We’re huge fans of sidewalk chalk here.  We always have a bucket of chalk stashed just outside our front door. It’s our go-to activity when we’re waiting for daycare drop-off and pick-ups, when we want to get creative, or when we only have a few...

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Adorable Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot Cakes for Birthdays and Garden Parties

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have a spring or summer birthday party coming up, and you're looking for a creative (and super-easy) alternative to birthday cake, you have to check out these adorable Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot cakes!

Kids will LOVE digging into the layers of chocolate, and finding candy rocks and gummy worms! And they look so realistic, you'll totally fool your guests! Check them out, and let me know if they'd fool you!

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Three to Five Playful Preschool e-Book

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Three to Five Playful Preschool!  An e-Book filled with gorgeous photos, printables and step-by-step instructions for creative, hands-on, play-based activities for kids aged 3-5!  I am SO excited to finally be able to share Three to Five Playful Preschool, a terrific e-Book I’ve been working on with 24 other fabulously talented kid-bloggers from all over the...

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Pretend Play with Artifical Flowers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pretend play with artificial flowers – a fun, Springtime water play activity for your backyard play space. Recently, the hooligans enjoyed a morning of pretend play with artificial flowers, and the activity was completely child-led. On Friday, the older hooligans ran out into the backyard, while I remained inside getting the little ones organized and ready...

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Colourful CD Sun Catchers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo!  Check out our latest homemade outdoor ornament! We turned a bunch of old compact disks into vibrant CD Sun Catchers. It was super-easy to do, and the results were gorgeous!  They look amazing with the light bouncing off them. It’s a great group project, and all ages, from toddler to teen loved the process....

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Woman Channeling Elsa in ‘Frozen’-Themed Photo Shoot Gets the Surprise of Her Life

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

She certainly won't be letting this one go any time soon.

The