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Wordless Wednesday: Spring Gardening

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Gardening

Two NEW Banana(far left and right) trees from last years Giant Banana Tree 2014

Green & Red Bell Peppers 2014

Tomato Seedlings 2014

Mixed Wild Flowers & Speckled Butter Beans

Tomato Plants 2014 (Lowe's)

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'(2013-2014)

Lavender 2014

Sunflowers grown by Fawn(daughter) 2014

Chocolate Mint & Rosemary Herbs 2014

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Beat Cabin Fever - Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick

Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments SRV: $13.22(Amazon)

Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! by Mike Adamick

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440570779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440570773
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 0.5 inches

"From circus stilts to cupcakes, these creations are of the 'anybody can do it' variety—less Martha, more Everyman (or woman). A great Father's Day gift for handy dads who want to cultivate crafty kids, too." — Parade Magazine

We were excited when we received the "Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments" by Mike Adamick. What a wonderful way to get your kids in the Mad Scientist mood! You and your family can have tons of fun learning simple science projects by using inexpensive items that can be found around the home or from your local department stores. 

Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments SRV: $18.99

My daughter and I scurried through the house to collect items for the project called Balancing Act. We compiled our list of supplies: a pencil, a ruler, duck tape and ten pennies. As you can see from our photo, we followed the easy-to-understand section entitled,  "Here's What You Do" in order to achieve these scientific results. We had to tweak our ruler in order to get the pennies to balance by adding a piece of duck tape over the area with a hole in the ruler. We had several rulers that were broken or chipped. If that is your situation, I suggest a new ruler since they are inexpensive to reproduce. 

#2 Chemistry - Penny Shiners pp. 31 - 35

We picked Penny Shiners! from Chapter 2 because we were already using pennies the previous day. Our project list consisted of vinegar, salt, a glass, paper towels and dirty pennies! My daughter enjoyed participating in this experiment and learning historic tidbits about the Statue of Liberty. She thought it was cool to see the pennies magically become like new again and then turn splotchy green when air dried.

Explore everything from chemistry, biology, physics, planet earth and the human body. A sampling from the thirty science projects that you may enjoy are as follows: Rock Candy Crystals, Banana Balloon, Mentos and Coke Rocket, Fingerprints Monsters and many more. Some of the projects require parental supervision, please keep this in mind.

You do not have to be a homeschooling family like we are in order to enjoy the experiments from "Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments" by Mike Adamick. Have fun turning your home into a mini science lab that the whole family may enjoy!

The projects in Mike Adamick's new craft collection, Dad's Book of Awesome Projects, aren't designed for experts--just families who want some good, possibly quite messy fun." — Huffington Post Parents

 From Mike, “I’m excited to share all the fun kitchen sink science experiments I’ve done with my daughter over the years. Rockets. Eruptions. Neat experiments with air pressure and gravity. Fun ways to blend science into snack time. We’re big believers in tinkering and failing and trying again or just making stuff up and having fun. We’re also big believers in the idea that you don’t need to go out and buy a mess of supplies — you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen or medicine cabinet to explore the wonders of science right now. Think MacGyver meets Mr. Wizard. Now that’s how I like to spend my afternoons.”

About the Author
Mike Adamick (San Francisco, CA) is the author of Dad's Book of Awesome Projects (Adams Media, 2013) and a stay-at-home dad who writes for the Adventures in Learning science blog at PBS.org, The San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Radio, Disney's parenting website, Babble.com, and the Daddy Issues column on Jezebel.com. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Details magazine, The New York Observer, NPR, and other media outlets.

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Crafting with Paracord by Chad Poole

Crafting with Paracord by Chad Poole
Crafting with Paracord by Chad Poole

Crafting with Paracord: 50 Fun and Creative Projects Using the World's Strongest Cord
by Chad Poole
Trade Paper, 112pp, 7 1/2x9 1/4
April 2014 Ulysses Press
SRV: $14.95 US $17.50 CAN

Paracord was originally used during World War II for parachute suspension lines because it is incredibly strong and durable. It is found in a vast array of colors and has become popular with crafters and survivalists.

What is Paracord? It comes from the rope family and is made of nylon kermantle core. It comes in various strengths like 550. 550 means the breaking strength of 550 pounds. Survivalists may use it for things like making a clothesline, fire, fishing line, boot laces, belts, splints and a tourniquet. The things you can make and do with paracord are innumerable.

Alabama native and author, Chad Poole introduces his newest book "Crafting with Paracord". This book features 50 creative craft projects that offers step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs with basic lessons and introduction in knot tying. You will find stylish and functional projects to make such as watchbands, key chains, bracelets, knife handle wraps, and more.

Stitched Solomon Bar  by J. D. Lenzen

#2 Solomon Bar - Stitched Solomon Bar pp. 22 - 24

Solomon Bars from Chapter 2 features seven projects. My husband, Carl used the Stitched Solomon Bar design to create this black and red key chain for me.  We look forward to creating more projects using ideas from "Crafting with Paracord" by Chad Poole.

"This book is an introduction to the uses of paracord and was written to encourage creativity," explains author Chad Poole. 

"Crafting with Paracord" is an easy-to-follow guide for creating braids, weaves, wraps, knots and bars and more. If you have never crafted using rope then I highly recommend this book for beginners and novice alike. What a great gift idea! You can create projects for indoors and outdoors,  for youngsters and adults, and even accessories for your pets. It would be cool to create projects during school breaks, camping trips, field trips, club & youth group meetings and more.

Visit Chad Poole's blog called Unique Ropecraft for a chance to win your very own copy of "Crafting with Paracord" by Chad Poole.

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Janet Coffield
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