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Lacking plans for the beautiful weekend that is ahead of us? Well look no further! Here are my Being Savvy Washington DC picks for this weekend: Saturday- Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair On Saturday, the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland (just north of the DC line) for the very first time! Hosted by Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Crafty ... Read more >
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After the tragedy of a baby bird dying in our yard , it was a pleasure to watch a robin build a nest right outside our kitchen window one night during dinner. As we've sat together at each meal over the past two weeks we've watched Mama Bird sit on her three eggs. We've watched her come and go and hunker down in her nest, protecting them during summer rainstorms. Little Miss Techie and Captain ... Read more >
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We are a Diet Coke family. My husband loves the stuff meaning that there's no shortage of soda cans in our recycling bin each week. Staring at the wealth of Diet Coke cans as I passed by our recycling bin on my way to the house today reminded me of a great activity that we once did in the basement of our college dorm- can bowling! Can bowling is simple- gather all of those cans that have ... Read more >
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If your child is obsessed with pirates, here in the DC Metro Area there is no shortage of pirate adventure. Here's a guide to how you might begin indulging every pirate fantasy. First pick up a primer to pirates. Imagine You're a Pirate is like Pirate 101. It helps you channel your inner pirate to make sure you don proper pirate dress, eat proper pirate food (which is often referred to as ... Read more >
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Halloween is always about orange and black but this year add a little green into the mix and teach your children to be a little more environmentally conscious. Being green for Halloween is much easier than you may have ever imagined and here is a list of many things you can do to enjoy Halloween while also reducing, reusing, and recycling. Walk your own neighborhood when trick or treating ... Read more >
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Regardless of what you are celebrating this year, make your holidays a little greener by being kind to the environment and teaching your children a lesson in conservation. The holidays always involves an amazing collection of trash due to wrapping paper and the packaging that gifts come in. Be green when you wrap by recycling materials that would otherwise go in your trash. I was flipping ... Read more >
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It is that time of year when the days are short, weather is cold, kids are sick, and we find ourselves spending more time inside than we‚??d like. When we start to go stir crazy indoors I find that a good activity puts everyone in a better mood. Luckily the Savvy Source Activity Finder is full of great ideas for the cold winter months. Browse the section called Around the House and find lots of ... Read more >
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Christmas is over. The kids have unwrapped their mountain of gifts and you've set the wrapping paper in the recycle bin. Now what? Well think twice before you recycle those cardboard boxes that far away friends and relatives used to send gifts to your kids. You may want to hang on to them and have them become part of your next adventure or art project. Like David Shannon's character, Spencer, ... Read more >
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For our family, Monday is an important day. As a Chinese-American, it is the start of Chinese New Year and the beginning of Year of the Ox. Like Korean and Vietnamese cultures, Chinese New Year begins on the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year is China's most important holiday. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals: rat, ox, tiger, hare or rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram or sheep, monkey, ... Read more >
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Today's Savvy Guest post is by the National Children's Museum whose experts are providing fun and educational ideas and activities to cure the cold-weather blues. "The winter months find most families inside, reading books, playing games, and finding ways to keep boredom at bay," said Linda Coulombe, Manager of Science Programs, National Children's Museum. "But most pediatricians and experienced ... Read more >
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Our fabulous Being Savvy Denver City Editor, Aimee, has recently announced the second annual Kid Art Auction for Earth Day. This effort was started last year when Aimee's six year old son suggested that they hold an art sale in their backyard. Things being what they are, the effort soon made the jump to cyberspace and raised nearly $800 for environmental causes. The concept is ... Read more >
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Leticia never had any inkling that she would end up in the DC Metro Area but now finds herself loving everything about living here except Beltway traffic. Born and raised in Northern California's Silicon Valley, this Bay Area native spent 6 years as a New Englander and then moved to the DC Metro Area to be closer to her now-husband and teach for a local school system. By day, Leticia spends...Read more >
Beth is a former corporate flunky turned corporate drop-out and now spends most of her time chasing her two kids; princess-obsessed brand-new preschooler, Mia, and food-obsessed chubbiest baby you've ever seen, Owen. She's a 30-year resident of Northern Virginia and enjoys dragging her kids to all the same places her parents used to drag her....Read more >
Where do we begin if we want to make good citizens out of our young children?† For parents of preschoolers, mere mention of this idea may seem absurdly lofty. We're still mired in the minutiae of picky eating habits, playground supervision and bedtime rituals. Can't the civics lessons wait ...Read more >
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