Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween STEM Sculpture Activity for Kids

Aldi's sell these fun bags of Halloween Shapes (pumpkins and ghosts). Encourage kids to build a sculpture using regular mini marshmallows and these other holiday shapes. Have them problem solve how they can use these shapes that are different sizes on different ways and how they make have to change their design (especially if they have done this project with only mini marshmallows)/

I had bagged up the marshmallows in individual bags for each of the kids in my daughters classroom. We did this project 2 years ago and I just now got around to sharing it. :( Sorry I don't have sculptures to show you, but it was really fun when they had to try to figure out how to work with what they had and with the odd shapes. Makes them think!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Where Did We Go Wednesday: The Great Pumpkinfest at ValleyScare

This was our first year going to the Great Pumpkin Fest at Valleyscare which is a holiday theme for Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee Minnesota. Before I bought are season passes for Valley Fair, I had tried to find out information about Valleyscare and it's more family-friendly features. There wasn't a whole lot of ailable until they switch their website to the holiday season. What I can tell you is that most of the rides are actually open and running. Someone at certain times and some run the entire time. They are only open on the weekends during this time. There are a variety of character shows and concerts in the park to attend as well as a viewing in the theater of a peanuts Halloween movie. There was also a petting zoo, which they sold food at to feed the animals if you wanted. There is a corn maze and a straw bale maze for the very little ones. They have a place where you can sit and color a coloring sheet and participate in a coloring contest as well as the storytelling witch which you get to sit around in a semicircle and listen to a witch tell stories. Another feature for the younger kids that are 11 and under is trick or treating. They gave each kid a small bag that was filled with Halloween stickers and they got to go to 4 different areas to trick or treat at and we're given a piece of candy a couple of other theme toys and a bag of chips.

The day we went it was sunny and in the low 60s, so it was pretty nice weather to be outside. We hardly had to wait in line for any of the rides. The kids had a chance to go on some rides they normally would only have gone on once or not go on because the lines were too long. We are actually hoping to get back there one more time yet before they closed at the end of the month. You have two more weekends to go check it out.

They also have a few haunted areas. One of the haunted areas has the lights on and is family friendly with no one jumping out at all. The other two haunted areas are open only on Sunday and have people dressed up jumping out at everyone, but they are not allowed to touch you. They recommend that 13 and older go in it but they don't turn away anyone younger. We were told that the scariness was the same during the day as it is at night in those two features the only thing is you aren't coming out into total darkness afterwards where there are other zombies and haunted things roaming around and scaring you. So you can get a sample of what it is like to do those things without going in the evening. We did do both of those but one of them I only did with my daughter.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Caprese Salad with Havarti

Just another idea for a Low Carb salad.......I know traditionally Caprese Salad uses fresh mozzarella, but I REALLY love Havarti so I thought I would try this salad with that instead and it works!

And it taste even better because I used fresh basil and tomatoes from my garden!

Be sure to use a high quality balsamic vinegar. It makes a HUGE difference!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Food: Severed Fingers (Hot Dogs)

I think these are absolutely hilarious. To make them I just put the hot dogs in a Crock-Pot and cook them for a while in there. Before cooking them though I used a Healer and peeled off a little bit on each end to make it look like a fingernail. Then I use a knife to cut in knuckle creases. I think they actually turned out pretty realistic-looking. And of course the ketchup is blood on the fingers. I labeled all of the food I made at our Halloween party last year and call Dee severed fingers. The ketchup bottle I wrote vampire blood.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sunset Run

The sunset run is a race on the runways of the Owatonna Airport. I did this race last year as well but this year it happened to be on the same day as the sun's run, which I told you about last week. The suds run was in the morning and then this one didn't start until 7 p.m. at night. I had not really been training hard so I wasn't going to make a PR in this race like I did last year. Because it is a Runway it is a nice flat course which makes it a fast course. The attendance for this race looked about the same as it was last year. The proceeds for this race go to help veterans in Steele County. We had a great night for a run on the airport and it was pretty cool to watch the sunset while we ran around. When you are running on The Runaways you have a pretty unobstructed view of the sunset.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why You Should Try Instagram Yoga Challenges

Do you have Instagram? 
Are you wanting to get in shape or stay in shape? 
Do you find other people motivating? 
Do you need something extrinsic to motivate you, like reporting results to others?
Do you want to work out from home?
Do you want to workout for FREE?

If you answered yes, to any of those questions you might want to try out an Instagram challenge. I have participated in a couple of them now and the results of the #JumpForCore challenge I just completed are pictured below. I also participated in the #NamasteStrong Yoga Challenge for the entire month of September.

So, here is what you need to do. First Follow Me on Instagram! because I plan to do some and maybe we can motivate each other! Next, do a search on Instagram for #yogachallenge. There are a lot of pictures to look through but look for posts that have a picture that shows many poses. I am also going to do this #HippyHalloween Yoga Challenge because I think it would be very beneficial for me to work on right now with how tight my hips are. You could still join in that one because it is all month.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Mall of America

I surprised my kids with a trip to the Mall of America just for fun stuff for kids on the day before school started. There is certainly a lot more things to do than we did here but this is what we limited it to based on funds and time. The first thing we noticed when we got there is the new slime bench that is at Nickelodeon Universe. We actually had to go to that bench several times because it make some kind of noise sound or says something when a person sits on it. Some of those sounds include burps and a baby crying or a cow mooing plus many other sounds.

A trip to the Mall of America is not complete without a stop at the Lego store where the kids can play with a whole bunch of different kinds of Legos. My son was busy building but my daughter thought it would be fun to create our family out of the available Lego people Parts they had there. 

As an American Girl doll fan, we had to check out that store as well and we ended up buying three books for her that she had not read it yet. They always have a photo opportunity there with the doll of the year as well. 

The main purpose of the surprise trip was to take them to Build-a-Bear where they could pick out their own stuffed animal and accessories. My kids really do like to play with stuffed animals a lot too. And we ended our trip with some Dippin Dots. That was a treat for them because I had never let them get them at the fair and at the Dippin Dots store at The Mall of America they have so many different kinds of flavors to choose from.