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Portrayals of Thor in Movies and Television

by GG @ The Pagan Princesses

I’m sure many of you have seen the second installment in the Thor movies series by now. Jax wrote a review of the first movie when we saw a few years ago. I thought the second movie was neat, but it wasn’t awesome. But it did get me thinking about other images of Thor I’ve seen in movies and on television. This isn’t like my earlier post about Odin-inspired images. This is a list of actual Thor images – mostly in chronological order of me seeing them. Warning: This post contains may contain spoilers! Adventures in Babysitting (1987) I think the first time I *saw* Thor, it wasn’t really Thor. It was a mechanic with a striking resemblance to Thor. If you know the movie, you know the story includes a little girl who is very much a tomboy, much obsessed with Thor comic books, and very smitten with Thor.  Who can blame her, though? Thor is pretty dreamy in almost all of his media incarnations. Anyway, the characters in this movie end up in all sorts of comedic trouble, one of which is their car breaking down in a sketch area of town. They end up in a garage […]

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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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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Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Soup

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm-mmm! There's nothing like a steaming bowl of hearty, homemade soup to chase the chill away. This slow cooker Chicken and Salsa soup is easy to make and so good, served with a crusty loaf of bread, at the end of a cold winter's day.

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Cheater Cheesecake: 3-Ingredient Healthy Alternative to Cheesecake

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cheater Cheesecake: you’re just 2 minutes and 3 ingredients away from a delicious alternative to a piece of calorie-laden, high-fat cheesecake! If you love cheesecake, but hate all the fat and calories that go along with it, you’re going to love this quick and easy Cheater Cheesecake recipe!  It takes all of 2 minutes to...

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After Powerful Earthquake, Scenes of Destruction Across Mexico City

After Powerful Earthquake, Scenes of Destruction Across Mexico City

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

A powerful earthquake rattled Mexico City Tuesday afternoon killing dozens and causing buildings to collapse and roads to split. The epicenter of the 7.1 magnitude quake, which took place around 1 p.m. (local time), was 100 miles south of the capital city, but caused buildings to shake and sway and sent terrified residents pouring into the streets. According to local officials, dozens of buildings have collapsed, including two schools. The death count stands at more than 139 in the region, most of those coming from Morelos state, south of Mexico City, where the quake was strongest. There are 36 recorded fatalities in Mexico City so far. The death toll will surely rise as rescue crews comb through the rubble for survivors.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Mexico; two weeks ago a deadly earthquake hit off the country’s Pacific coast. Today’s earthquake came on the very anniversary of a deadly 1985 quake. Here are scenes from around the Mexican capital, which is home to some 20 million people.

*This post has been updated with new information as it became available.

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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25+ Easy Snowflake Crafts, Activities and Treats That You Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The temps are falling, and we had our first real snowfall of the season today, so you know what that means! It’s time to start thinking about all the winter and Christmas crafts you’re going to make this year! I’m definitely in winter crafting mode! The other day I shared 15 easy and beautiful ornaments...

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One Year Update

by Dana @ New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

Now that it’s been nearly a year since I decided to “scale back,” it seemed like a good time to check in with any remaining readers to let you know that I’m very happy with my decision to suspend selling my soaps. As much as I enjoy making soap, I didn’t enjoy catering to the […]

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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Sensory Play with Corn Cobs and Sunflowers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am blessed to have a couple of good friends who always think of us as they’re harvesting their crops and gardens in the fall and they drop by with a load of fall goodies for the hooligans to explore and play with. The hooligans love discovering all that nature has to offer in the...

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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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Comments and suggestions to justice Verma panel

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different


Respected Sir,

Here are some comments and suggestions,

1. I strongly believe that castration is the perfect punishment for the rapist rather than hanging. He/she should know the value of the others life. In TOI news, doctors say "chemical castration is not practical" but as US, UK practicing the castration against rapist so we need to study whether they use chemical and/or surgical castration? But while using these we should take care of fundamental right about gender discrimination.

2. Even though, people are saying about more lady police for registering FIR, investigation etc so that woman/girl can have easy access to police station. But what is the problem with male police? Will they don't register FIR of a woman/girl which was raped? Do they have soft corner for rapist?  I think woman police is not only solution to the problem. Chargesheet plays crucial role in filing the case. We should give special training to registering proper FIR against rape, investigating the case, collecting more and more evidences. We should also take care of fake rape cases because there are many examples of fake rape case. We should not make a law against male. Experience about misuse of section 498A was terrible (SC says most of 498a cases are fake). 

Sometimes rape may be emotional not intentional that thing also be considered in investigation. Also, after that mistake, is there any possibility of reformation?

3. There should be a toll free number so that victim can call (if possible) for help at that number or if call is uncompleted they police can find the location and reach to the location using GPS and GIS technologies.

4. People are talking about surveillance camera but it is not feasible to install camera. Where should we install camera? in rush places or outskirts or only on selected urban areas? what about rural areas? (75% rape cases are from rural areas)

5. In rape cases we always consider rapist as a male but what about female rapist/ sexual harasser? I know the cases are few but we should also consider this in the amendment.

6. Special training programs should be arranged for women and girls. In that they should get training of what to do in such situation.


7. I believe that, "Prevention is better than cure". Ladies should take care about roaming at late night or no man's land. As we are living in the cultural country like India then we should also follow our culture about living, wearing, roaming, etc. But in this matter girls/women are stick to fundamental right. I want to say that if you (male or female) live out of box then you should be like that, you should be able to bear effects of that and you should not blame government or law.




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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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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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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Mother’s Day Gifts You’d Love Your Kids to Make for You

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts for kids to make and give.

Spring has sprung, and Mother's Day is right around the corner, and you can bet that your kids (be it your own children or your students) are going to want to make something fabulous to give to Mom on her special day.

Well, you're in luck!

I just happen to have several totally gorgeous (and totally easy) homemade Mother's Day gifts for kids of all ages to make.

In my daycare, the crafts you'll see here were were made by preschoolers, but older kids, and even tweens would enjoy making these too.

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Cork Owls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These adorable cork owls are easy to make with a few buttons and fabric scraps. Here’s another cute fall craft idea for you!  In case you hadn’t noticed we kinda like owls around here.  Actually, we kinda love them.  One little hooligan in particular is crazy about owls at the moment, so we’re doing lots of...

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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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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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Halloween Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

   The spookiest night of the year is only a few weeks away, so we’re kicking the holiday off with a little Halloween sensory play. The hooligans really enjoyed our Fall Sensory Bin, but I dismantled it this past weekend and used many of the pieces to decorate my Thanksgiving table. 🙂 Then I dug...

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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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Cucumber Skin Care

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

I always plant cucumbers in my garden. This wonderful veggie is full of good nutrients for your face from the inside and out. It is a good source of Vitamin C and Molybdenum; both nutrients can help detoxify your skin and make it smooth and beautiful. A quick fix for puffy eyes: place chilled cucumber […]

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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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GLONASS - An Alternative to GPS

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different


Today, GPS become a part of everyday life. Common people are using GPS devices for finding shortest route of their destinations to for keeping eye on their kids. Usually, people are unaware about the GPS system; how it works; to whom it belongs. Most common misconception is that GPS belongs to USA, but the fact is that GPS is a system and it is implemented as NAVSTAR by USA. This means the current GPS we are using is USA owned but soon we getting different alternative to NAVSTAR GPS system as Russia based GLONASS GPS system.

So, GLONASS (GLObal NAvigationSatellite System) is a satellite navigation system managed by Russia. Alike NAVSTAR, GLONASS is also provides real time position to military and civilian. Receiving the GPS signals at high latitudes are very difficult, in such cases GLONASS signals are useful. GLONASS have regional as well as full global coverage. GLONASS have same accuracy and precision as NAVSTAR. Many smart phones are NAVSTAR and GLONASS enabled.

Like Russia, other countries are developing their own positioning or navigation system. China is developing COMPASS or Beidou Navigation Satellite System which will be fully operational by 2020. European Union is building Galileo Positioning System which will be fully operational by 2019. India is developing two regional navigation systems - Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) and GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN). Both systems are planned to be fully operational by 2014.

This means in near future we will get more option about getting location based information.



88% of dish soaps tested are hazardous to your health. Here’s how to find a safe brand

88% of dish soaps tested are hazardous to your health. Here’s how to find a safe brand


The Hearty Soul

This guest post was written by Elisha of My Health Maven. She is deeply passionate about educating people and empowering them to lead healthier lives. I encourage you to check out her blog. If you ever tried reading the label on your dish soap you might feel like you’re reading a foreign language, since many... View Article

Trump Administration Reportedly Will Not Withdraw U.S. From Paris Agreement After All

Trump Administration Reportedly Will Not Withdraw U.S. From Paris Agreement After All

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

The Trump administration has changed its mind and will not pull out of the Paris Agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Europe’s top climate and energy official, Arias Cañete, told the Journal Trump administration officials stated the policy shift during a 30-nation, minister-level meeting in Montreal Saturday and that instead of withdrawing from the 2016 accord, the White House said it would reengage with the global pact aimed at combating climate change. “The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete told the Journal.

In June, President Trump announced from the Rose Garden his intention to withdraw from the global agreement, joining a Syria and Nicaragua as holdouts, and offering that the U.S. would be willing to rejoin the accord under renegotiated terms. The move was cheered by much of the Republican Party and condemned by nearly everyone else in the entire world. It will be interesting to see how the White House explains its evolving position to its base.

The White House denied that the administration had chosen to remain in the Paris Agreement to the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush and said its position hadn’t changed. Despite the denial, the Journal reports that a White House senior adviser, Everett Eissenstat, presented the U.S.’s reengagement plan to the ministers at the Montreal meeting.

*Correction, Sept. 17, 2017: This post originally misspelled New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush's last name.

‘No Mother Should Have to Fear for Her Son’s Life Every Time He Robs a Store’

by Dan Evon @ Snopes.com

An image showing a Ferguson protester holding a controversial sign is a digital fabrication.

Do You Know What’s in Your Soap?

by Dana @ yardley’s english lavender – New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

Handcrafted soapmakers have some choices about how they describe ingredients, but commercial soapmakers are bound by stricter conventions and must list the ingredients according to INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) regulations because many of them make cosmetic claims about their soap. As a result, consumers often don’t realize what is in their soap because […]

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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Ice Age Bin – A Captivating Activity for Preschoolers!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When it comes to water play activities, this Ice Age Bin is one of our favourites!  It’s also one of the funnest, simple science activities out there.  We have done this salt and ice and water activity so many times over the years, and each time we change things up a little so it’s new and...

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Stop Using Soap on Your Skin- even Sensitive Skin Dove Soap.

Stop Using Soap on Your Skin- even Sensitive Skin Dove Soap.


Ethereal Aura Spa

Keep reading before you start defending your beloved bar of soap.The pH of healthy skin is between 4.5 and 5.5. Traditional soap is generally at about a 9, which is far too alkaline. Even "pH balanced" soaps, including Dove, are generally at a 7, which is neutral, but still too a

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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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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Handprint Mitten Ornament

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft for toddlers! This felt handprint mitten ornament will always remind you of how little your child’s hands once were. There are plenty of handprint Christmas crafts floating around Pinterest these days, and I wanted to put a bit of a different spin on ours, so each of the hooligans...

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How to Make the Best Homemade Laundry Detergent at Home

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Slash your laundry costs to 10 dollars per year.

You know what's crazy? The number of toxic chemicals in a jug of commercial brand laundry detergent. You know what's crazier? Our babies have their little mouths and noses pressed up to clothing and bedding scented with those chemicals from the day they're born. Night and day. How can that possibly be ok? How can that be safe?

Check out my 3 ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe. It's free of toxins, you can make it in minutes, and it costs a fraction of what store-bought detergents cost. I've been using this recipe for 5 years, and I'll never go back to store-bought. I hope you'll give it a try. For your family, for the planet and for your pocket-book.

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Chemicals in Skin Care Products, Natural Skin Care Products

by @ Alabu Skin Care: Latest News

There are many harmful and toxic chemicals like mercury, alcohol and ammonium laureth sulfate that make it into skin care products even though the FDA regulates the industry. These sorts of toxins are absorbed into your skin and are not easy to get rid of. This is a great reason why natural skin care products should always be used. Avoid using harmful ingredients that are found in regular skincare products and your skin will have less redness, irritation, breakouts and allergic reactions.

Dove Soap (Pink/Rosa) Review.  -

Dove Soap (Pink/Rosa) Review.  -


Top Beauty Makeup Products Reviews and Beauty tips | How-To Guide

Hey everyone, I am so so happy. Guess what? Dove has launched a new soap and that too in pink colour. Okay, fine. I know you guys will be thinking is this girl gone mad? Frankly, I love Dove Soaps. My whole family uses it except for me as I keep on experimenting. But yes,I sometimes …

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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Paper Plate Sunflower Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness. Ok. This little sunflower craft is so easy it's crazy, but look at how CUTE it is!

The items we used for the centre of the flower added texture and interest and were really fun for little hands to explore. The aroma was lovely too, which made this easy fall craft a bit of a sensory experience as well.

And of course, the painting and cutting was all great for fine motor and co-ordination, and look! We have a beautiful little sunflower to display in our home this fall!

You could set your kids up with this in minutes today! ENJOY!

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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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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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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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Today in Conservative Media: Amnesty Don Strikes Again

Today in Conservative Media: Amnesty Don Strikes Again

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives had much to say about about conflicting reports over President Trump’s willingness to coorperate with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on DACA legislation. At National Review, Fred Bauer wrote that Trump is on the verge of splitting the Republican base in two:

While the exact details of such an agreement remain unclear, it seems as though the White House is seriously contemplating a trade of “border security” for enacting DACA (or perhaps an expanded version of it) by statute. In comments earlier today, President Trump insisted on the importance of “massive border security” in exchange for a DACA bill. If, however, the White House insists merely on “border security” in exchange for DACA, it puts Republican members of Congress in a very tough spot. ...
In the short term, allowing Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to set immigration policy affords the president a temporary high. There’s the sizzle of headlines, the cloying praise from his political opponents, the charge of “getting something done.” But there are long-term costs to alienating elements of the base that brought him to power. In our polarized contemporary politics, disappointing even a quarter of a party’s core supporters could have major political implications.

Commentary’s John Podhoretz remarked on Trump’s seeming betrayal of the Breitbart crowd, which prompted Breitbart to run headlines calling Trump “Amnesty Don” on Wednesday night.

For Breitbart, accusing someone of supporting “Amnesty” is tantamount to calling him a child molester, so negative is its understanding of the word. That is why a White House spokesman declared afterward that Trump “will not be discussing amnesty.” But in the next sentence, the spokesman said Trump would consider “legal citizenship over a period of time.” That, my friends, is the very definition of amnesty, pure and simple. ...
I like this plan, by the way. But let’s face it. With this deal, Trump has betrayed his core followers and a significant campaign promise—the most startling such turnabout since the first President Bush went back on his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge.

At Breitbart, Joel Pollak wrote that Trump is “getting rolled” by Democrats and can’t hope to achieve the successes Bill Clinton did with triangulation. “After losing Congress in 1994, Bill Clinton famously undercut his Republican opponents by adopting many of their policies,” he wrote. “Trump may hope to use similar triangulation to improve his approval ratings and weaken opposition to his policies on tax reform and repealing and replacing Obamacare. But Clinton always had the backing of the mainstream media, even when he was impeached. Trump can expect no favors from them, nor from the Democrats.”

At RedState, Kimberly Ross argued that Schumer and Pelosi’s willingness to negotiate with Trump marked a second, less-noticed betrayal. “It does not matter whether the agreement was a compromise or a complete forsaking of either side’s previously stated positions,” she wrote. “Two leaders in the Democratic Party are colluding with one of the worst human beings to ever enter the world of politics! Trump’s flip-flop? That we expected. The Schumer-Pelosi betrayal? This should be the news.”

In other news:

Conservatives criticized both Bernie Sanders’ single-payer bill and his new prominence as a popular leader in the Democratic Party. “The Bernie revolution has arrived,” the Daily Wire’s Paul Bois wrote. “Once considered a fringe socialist crazy with no chance of gaining ground in the Democratic Party, the populist socialist Bernie Sanders has introduced a single-payer “Medicare For All” health care bill that has been endorsed by 15 senators, meaning it may create a possible litmus test for candidates hoping to gain the nomination in 2020.” Rush Limbaugh assessed the results of a Zogby Poll showing Sanders leads the pack among potential Democratic presidential contenders in 2020.

Crazy Bernie, as of now, is in the pole position. Is Crazy Bernie 80? Is he 80 years old or close to it? If he’s not, he’s gonna be by 2020, and he may be now. So the Democrat front-runner, everybody acknowledges Crazy Bernie is 80 years old. Seventy-six. See? I knew it. Even when I think I might be wrong, I’m right. I said he’d be 80 certainly by the time 2020 came around, 79. Close enough. This is a poll that comes from Zogby. It’s the Zogby analytics survey. ...
Here are the actual numbers. Bernie Sanders at 27%, Joe Bite Me at 17%, Fauxcahontas at 12%, Zuckerberg at 7, Senator Kamala Harris — she’s considered to be a savioress. The radical left thinks that Kamala Harris is the answer. She is at 6%. Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York, 3%. Fredo Cuomo’s brother Andrew is at 3%. He’s the governor of New York. Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota is at 1%. And there’s The Punk, Terry McAuliffe, bringing up the rear. Tim Kaine didn’t make the list. Is Kaine running? Anyway, that’s the list in the Zogby poll. Bernie Sanders, the front-runner.

Clothesline Activity for Kids – Laundry Day Pretend Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Laundry Day Pretend Play: Fine-motor activities and water play come together in this fun clothes-line activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Now that we’re enjoying warmer temperatures, we’re getting back into some of our favourite water play activities!  Yay!! This morning, I set up a small clothesline for the kids to enjoy some laundry day pretend play...

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A Glorious 145-Ton “Fatberg” Has Been Found Beneath London

A Glorious 145-Ton “Fatberg” Has Been Found Beneath London

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

A nauseating stalactite of sewage has been found beneath the streets of East London.

The “fatberg,” as the water company officials call it, is composed of diapers, wet wipes, fats, and oils that have congealed into a giant, repulsive mass. Officials compared the task of clearing it out of the Victorian-era sewer that it blocked—a campaign that they expect to take three weeks—to breaking up a giant slab of concrete.

The mass is more than 800 feet of cooking fats, sanitary products, diapers, and condoms, weighing in at roughly 145 tons. (That’s roughly the weight of 22 African elephants or 70 cars.) This kind of fatberg forms, according to a statement put out by the water company officials, through the repetition of everyday actions like flushing wipes and sanitary products or pouring fats and oils down the drain.

This isn’t the first fatberg discovered in London. In 2013, a “bus-sized” fatberg was found after some residents found their toilets wouldn’t flush. Two years later, an 11-ton fatberg broke a sewer pipe. The New York Times reported the city spent $4.6 million on the problem in one year.

But it’s not just a London problem. Fatbergs have been reported in cities around the—including the U.S.—in smaller sizes. New York City, according to a city report, spent $18 million fighting five years of grease-related sewage backups, the most common type of blockage.

The company responsible for clearing this London fatberg will have to use eight people, manning high-powered hoses, to break up the mass, according to the statement. They’ll then cart away the pieces in a tank truck.

NFL Commissioner, Players’ Union Angrily Denounce Trump

by Associated Press @ Snopes.com

The NFL and its players' union angrily denounced President Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest "when somebody disrespects our flag."

50+ Creative Ways to Re-Use Baby Food Jars

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a growing collection of clean, empty baby food jars that you don't know what to do with?

Join the club! I am right there with you!

What is it about small, glass bottles and containers?

They're just so chubby and cute...

... and because they come in handy for so many different things, I can't part with them. I do so love re-purposing every-day items, don't you?

One of my facebook followers recently asked for ways to re-use baby food jars, and I asked the rest of my followers to share their favourite ideas.

Ok. I was totally blown away by their creativity! Check it out!

From baby food jar crafts and organization systems to gifts, and party favours... we have more than 50 ways for you to put those little jars to good use!

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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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Painted Cupcake Liner Poppy Craft for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's another sweet poppy craft that's perfect for preschoolers to make for Remembrance Day. You need just 4 common household to make this one: cupcake liners, paint, pipe cleaners and buttons. This one has a great fine-motor aspect to it, and the finished product looks so pretty! Check them out1

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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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Dinosaur Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The Hooligans are just loving the small world play these days, so today I set up this dinosaur activity bin.   It’s a combination of a small world, sensory bin and water play all wrapped up into one fun activity for kids.  What’s not to love? With the temps as warm as they’ve been, we’ve...

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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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Water Management – Today’s need for sustainable development

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different


The basic needs of human being is food, apparel, and shelter. Even though these are the basic needs but human being cannot sustain/survive without water. Water is a small and very simple word (Pani – jal – neer) but it covers whole Earth. In science, water is known as H2O, which is made up of 2 atoms of Hydrogen and 1 atom Oxygen but scientist cannot generate water molecule in laboratory till date. This means, for water, we have to be dependent  on natural sources. If we exploit the water as we are exploiting it today then one day the natural sources of water will be exhausted.

An importance of water is well-explained in our mythology. Water is mentioned numerous times in the Bible, for example: "The earth was formed out of water and by water" (NIV). In the Qur'an, it is stated that "Living things are made of water" and also it is often used to describe Paradise. In Sanskrit, the water word is synonymical for jivan (life). Also, in economics terminology water is phrased as Blue Gold.

 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by water.  Oceans hold 97% of surface water which is saline water, and only 3% is fresh water. Out of 3% of fresher water, 2.4 % is in the form of glaciers and polar ice caps, and other land surface water such as rivers, lakes and ponds is only 0.6%. This means, we only have 0.6% of total present water on the Earth.

India has 17% population compared to world. We have only 4% water and 2.5% land availability as compared to whole world. In Indian context, population-water-land ratio is very contradictory. Indian economy is developing stage, and water is very important indicator for growth of country.

United Nations declared that safe and clean drinking water is a human right. But according to UN’s WHO/UNICEF, 2005: 40 report, one of sixth people in world does not get safe drinking water to drink. United Nation’s report (2006) states that “there is enough water for everyone”, but the access (availability) of the water is hampered by mismanagement and corruption problems.

I want to point out one example of improper management and one proper management of water. Cherrapunji is known as wettest place in India which receives 11,777 mm rainfall, even though Cherrapunji is facing water scarcity problems. In contrast to that some places of Rajasthan state is getting low rainfall but the people learned the proper management techniques of water conservation and they are enjoying enough water for their use


80% of total water is consumed by agriculture sector and remaining 20% of water is used for drinking, industry, and etc. But agriculture sector contributes only about 23% to our GDP. This points out that, there is mismanagement in utilization of water in agriculture sector. Green revolution increased productivity but what about sustainable development? Will there be water to feed crops? As a largest stakeholders in water consumption, farmers of India can play crucial role in water management. By adopting advanced techniques for irrigation like drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation, farm ponding, and etc.


Now-a-days monsoon is very irregular. Due to irregularity of monsoon, there are sometime lots of water but sometimes there is no water. But what about the areas who receive average rainfall? We get rain water in 4 months and we need to use that water for whole year. But are we storing/managing that water properly? No, we don’t. That’s why this water flows away and meets this fresh water to some sea (saline water).Due to global warming, polar glaciers are melting and increasing the sea water level. If we properly conserved rainwater in the earth which is flowing to the sea, then we can postpone the sea flooding effect(climate change).

I really appreciate the steps taken by the Indian government in the form of watershed management, river linking and irrigation projects. In 12th plan, the planning commission will have major focus on water management. Also, government is funding lots of money to NGO’s, to research and implement watershed management projects. 

When I was child, government started National Literacy Mission to literate Indian citizens. After that government started e-literacy (cyber-literacy), now time comes government should start mega-mission of water literacy (Jal Saksharata). Under this mission, government should aware people about proper water utilization and management.

In 2009, I attended Jal sahitya sambelan where I came across a buzz word (Jal Sakshar) that is very much important for sustainable development of the nation. Today, at least 5/6th of world’s population is getting safe drinking water but what about next generation? Will they get safe or unsafe water?

Like farmers, women can play critical role in proper management of water. I want to focus 2 main things for women. First, women have whole day relation with water. All women use water for every day’s household activates. If they critically understood the need of water management then they can save plenty of water by reducing the use of water and reusing it. And second, according to me, woman plays key role in teaching moral values to her children than man. Once I read an article in Lokmant’s Manthan supplement, that article is based on real story of woman from Nasik and her child (who was 8th std. student). In that article, she said that, her child is average in education, but one day, when she was washing the dishes, he came and asked why are you wasting so much of water? She was wedged. By that incidence, that woman understands what wrong she was doing. Also she gave his 2-3 examples of recycling and littering. She feels proud for her child and she ends her article by saying “my child is not good at education but my child will become good citizen of our country”. In this example child taught her mother but if every woman is able to give such moral values to her children then at least next generation will not exploit such natural resources and use it critically.

American secret agency has given treat warning of war for water in next 10 years. I think that is why, visionary American president John F Kennedy said that the one who will solve the problem of water, that person should get 2 Nobel prizes – one is for science and other is for peace. Also in 1995 the World Bank Vice President Ismail Serageldin quoted the prediction for the new millennium: “If the wars of this century were fought for oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water”.

NOTE: The World Bank predicts that by 2025 about two-thirds of the world’s population will suffer from scarcity of clean and safe water even for drinking purposes.


Paying a Debt is a Deed, Part I

by GG @ The Pagan Princesses

You may have seen the headlines about student debt being crazy high nationally. As of June 2010, student debt is higher than credit card debt. I’m not sure why it’s okay for credit card debt to be high, and not student loans, but economic pundits tell us this shift does not bode well. I should know, I’m part of the reason it’s so high. I have a sh*t ton of student debt. Some is from my undergraduate degree, but most of it is from my doctoral program. As of this month, the only other debt I have is a Visa card. It’s higher than I want and the interest is a PITA, but I feel like that debt is manageable. Or it would be if I wasn’t paying *mumble mumble* dollars towards my student loans every month. This post is going to sound like I’m just complaining about my student debt. I am. But I want to pay my debts. “We are our deeds.” I firmly believe that, and I try to live it daily. I always pay my bills before anything else, sometimes to my own detriment. The Long and  Winding Road (aka, The story of my education) (aka, 18 years […]

Teignmouth tops for allergies

by Ruth @ what allergy?

If you have allergies or are coeliac and you’re planning a visit to Teignmouth in Devon you’ll be very satisfied with what you find. This visit involved some of the usual military plannng but also some unplanned spontaneous eating out and some lovely home cooked safe food. All totally freefrom dairy, wheat, soya, nuts, tomato, […]

Sharpie and Alcohol Valentines Art Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, my lovelies! Feast your eyes on THIS! Check out the gorgeous heart ornaments we made the other day with sharpies and rubbing alcohol. It doesn't matter how many times we do this experiement, it blows me away every time! Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? And it's SO easy! Go, go! Check it out!

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Handprint Valentines Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Handprint Valentines cards – a cute and easy Valentine’s craft: We have made so many easy and adorable Valentines crafts this year here in my home daycare, and today, we made our final heart-craft of the season. We made these cute, little Hand Hearts today for the hooligans to take home to their parents tonight. We’ve made...

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Top 7 Yoga Poses For Stronger And Toned Arms

by Ramya Achanta @ STYLECRAZE

Aren’t well-toned arms super attractive? Stay put and practice yoga, and you’ll soon be able to flaunt those beautifully sculpted arms you have been dreaming about. No, I am not kidding. It’s right. Pick the right poses and practice them [...]

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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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Easy Homemade Croutons Recipe (You’ll Never Buy Store-bought Again)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There's nothing worse than making salad and realizing you're out of croutons. Especially if it's caesar salad.

Well, don't worry. It will never happen again with this easy but amazing homemade crouton recipe!

You can make them in minutes with almost any kind of bread, and they're so good, you'll never buy store-bought again!

Just look at them, all golden-brown and delicious. Click the link below to get the recipe, and you can take your family's salad to a whole new level tonight!

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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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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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What are the ingredients in Dove soap?

What are the ingredients in Dove soap?


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Dove soap has a long list of ingredients including sodium lauroyl isethionate, stearic acid, sodium tallowate, sodium palmitate, lauric acid and sodium isethionate. Additional ingredients also...

Zuppa Toscana: Sausage Soup – An Olive Garden Knock-Off

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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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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7 Best Yoga Poses For Sinus

by Ramya Achanta @ STYLECRAZE

Does your head split with sinus? Also, do you hate taking pills? Then you have come to the right place because here we will tell you how you can incorporate yoga to treat your sinus infection and problems. Looking forward, [...]

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Russian Facebook Account Reportedly Organized Florida Trump Rallies During Election

Russian Facebook Account Reportedly Organized Florida Trump Rallies During Election

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Russian Facebook accounts attempted to organize more than a dozen Florida Trump rallies during the election, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday:

The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists—brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook in direct support of Donald Trump.
The Aug. 20, 2016, events were collectively called “Florida Goes Trump!” and they were billed as a “patriotic state-wide flash mob,” unfolding simultaneously in 17 different cities and towns in the battleground state. It’s difficult to determine how many of those locations actually witnessed any turnout, in part because Facebook’s recent deletion of hundreds of Russian accounts hid much of the evidence. But videos and photos from two of the locations—Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs—were reposted to a Facebook page run by the local Trump campaign chair, where they remain to this day.

The Beast reports that the Florida events were put on by a Facebook page called “Being Patriotic,” which had 200,000 followers before being shut down last month, and a Twitter account called @march_for_trump. The “Being Patriotic” Facebook page was shut down at around the same time Facebook revoked multiple accounts being run by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm American intelligence agencies have linked to an ally of Vladimir Putin.

The news comes after the revelation two weeks ago that Facebook also facilitated $100,000 in Russian-funded political advertising targeted at U.S. voters in the run-up to the election.

Donald Trump won 49 percent of the vote in Florida, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 47.8 percent.

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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Crystallized Beach Rocks with Borax and Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Okaaay... This is FABULOUS, guys! And I am SO excited to share it with you.

You know how you can make crystals with borax and hot water? People usually do it with pipe cleaners to make snowflakes and icicles, right?

Well, we used beach rocks. Oh My Goodness. And then, guess what we did! We coloured them, and turned them into these dazzling and vibrant crystallized stones that you can display on a table or use as a paperweight or give as a gift.

You have to see them! They are GORGEOUS! And the process was SUPER-easy, and so fun!

Check them out!

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Dove Pure & Sensitive Hypoallergenic Beauty Cream Bar at Ocado

Dove Pure & Sensitive Hypoallergenic Beauty Cream Bar at Ocado


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Dove Pure & Sensitive Hypoallergenic Beauty Cream Bar

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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Easy 5-Ingredient Black Forest Trifle Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, my friends, this dessert will rock your world.

If you haven't figured out your holiday dessert yet, you're going to LOVE this.

5 ingredients, and you can put it together in minutes.

It feeds a crowd, your guests will LOVE it, and look at it!!
Isn't it GORGEOUS?!

I know, I know.... Your mouth is watering already!

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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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Fall Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We love fall and we love sensory bins!  This fall sensory bin is easy to put together using items you may already have around your home and yard. I love all of the interesting and colourful fall crafts and activities we get into at this time of year! There are so many wonderful colours and textures...

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Independence Day

by Dean Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

What is The Fourth of July? Is it just the first holiday of summer or another day off from work for a party? In the past it was always called Independence Day and there is a reason for that. Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies […]

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5 Crazy Cupcake Recipes

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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Moisturizing Effects Of Squalane, Natural Face Moisturizers

by @ Alabu Skin Care: Latest News

As we age our skin becomes drier and produces less oil. Moisturizers made from natural ingredients have natural antioxidants that help combat this. A great natural moisturizer is Squalane. It is naturally present in our skin. Over time we produce less and less of this. This results in your skin becoming dryer and dryer and premature aging starts. A moisturizers with Squalane will help keep your skin looking younger.

Justice Department Will Not Charge Baltimore Officers for Freddie Gray’s Death While in Custody

Justice Department Will Not Charge Baltimore Officers for Freddie Gray’s Death While in Custody

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

The six Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody on April 19th, 2015 will not face federal charges due to insufficient evidence, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The DOJ had been pursuing a criminal civil rights investigation after all six officers were cleared of criminal charges brought by the Baltimore prosecutor, ranging from manslaughter to murder, for their role in Gray’s death from a spinal chord injury while being transported in the back of a police van. Gray’s death led to days of protests and unrest in Baltimore.

With the closure of the civil rights investigation, no officer has been held criminally responsible for Gray’s death; all six of the officers are still employed by the Baltimore Police Department. Five of the officers still face internal disciplinary hearings. “After an extensive review of this tragic event, conducted by career prosecutors and investigators, the Justice Department concluded that the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero, Lieutenant Brian Rice, or Sergeant Alicia White willfully violated Gray’s civil rights,” the DOJ said in a statement Tuesday. “Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed without prosecution.”

From the Baltimore Sun:

According to prosecutors, Gray died after suffering a fatal spinal cord injury in the back of a Baltimore police transport van following his arrest on the morning of April 12, 2015. Police accused Gray of running unprovoked in a high-crime area in West Baltimore and of being in possession of an illegal knife at the time of his arrest. He was handcuffed and shackled in the transport van, but not restrained by a seat belt…
The [DOJ] said the evidence did not show Gray was given a “rough ride” in the back of a police transport van—a theory of state prosecutors—and did not prove that officers were aware that their failure to secure Gray with a seat belt put him in danger. Evidence did not show that officers knew he was injured and needed immediate medical care, the DOJ statement said.

“The bar for charging police officers with federal civil rights violations is extremely high, and prosecutions are rare,” according to the New York Times. “This year, the Justice Department announced similar decisions in two other high-profile civil rights investigations in which men died at the hands of police officers: the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man in Louisiana, and the shooting death of James Boyd, a mentally ill man in New Mexico.”

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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This Judge’s Excuses for Acquitting Jason Stockley of Murder Are Pathetic

This Judge’s Excuses for Acquitting Jason Stockley of Murder Are Pathetic

by Jeremy Stahl @ The Slatest

The acquittal on Friday of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder charges in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith was all too familiar. Like in other cases, the local community took to the streets in mass protests soon after a white officer was found not guilty of murdering a black motorist. And like in other cases, it showed how difficult it is to hold police accountable in shooting deaths of black men, no matter what the evidence.

It was unusual in one big way, though. Because the verdict was decided by a judge after Stockley waived his right to a jury trial, the public got a rare insight into the thinking that goes into letting a cop go free despite stacks of evidence of wrongdoing. In Judge Timothy J. Wilson’s 30-page ruling you can see the mental gymnastics that went into acquitting a man who said to his partner of Smith, “we’re killing this motherfucker, don’t you know,” minutes before killing him.

There are many embarrassing parts of this verdict. Let’s start, though, with the particularly shameful portion that seeks to vindicate Stockley for this audio-recorded statement of apparent premeditation. During his own testimony, Stockley stated that he couldn’t remember making the “we’re killing this motherfucker” remark, but justified it by saying that “during a vehicle pursuit, there are many things that are said.” He added that “it’s hard for me to elaborate even what the context was, because I don’t even know.”

This dissembling answer was apparently enough for the judge to discount this clear statement of intent. Here’s what Wilson wrote:

People say all kinds of things in the heat of the moment or while in stressful situations, and whether Stockley’s statement that “we’re killing this motherfucker,” which can be ambiguous depending on the context, constituted a real threat of action or was a means of releasing tension has to be judged by his subsequent conduct. The court does not believe Stockley’s conduct immediately following the end of the pursuit is consistent with the conduct of a person intentionally killing another person unlawfully.

Stockley’s conduct immediately after making that statement was to instruct his partner to ram Smith’s vehicle, approach Smith's car, and almost immediately fire five shots into Smith’s body, including one that forensic analysts described as a “kill shot” likely fired within six inches of Smith. In his ruling, Wilson characterized this as a long period of time and accepted as fact the defense's argument that all five shots were fired at once (the prosecution argued that a final "kill shot" was fired a bit after the first four):

It was not until fifteen seconds after Stockley arrived at the driver’s side door, that he unholstered his service revolver and fired several shots in succession.

As damning as it was, Stockley’s statement was not the only piece of evidence against him. Prosecutors alleged that he planted a gun that was found in Smith’s car. The evidence for this is that his DNA was found on the gun while Smith’s was not, he can be seen rifling through a bag in his police vehicle after the shooting, and he was seen returning to search Smith’s car before the gun appeared to him. Stockley testified that his partner warned him that Smith—who had twice rammed the police vehicle and clipped Stockley with his car as he fled when the officers first approached him after what they suspected was a drug buy—had a gun. In his ruling, Judge Wilson took this testimony by the defendant as fact:

Stockley had been warned by [his partner Brian] Bianchi that Smith had a gun.

One of Stockley’s fellow officers at the time who arrived on the scene immediately after the shooting, Elijah Simpson, had testified that he didn’t see a gun in the vehicle when he lifted up the airbag and looked in the car. Simpson also testified that it was strange that Stockley was allowed to go back and forth between his own car and the scene of the shooting, and that Stockley was the only officer to remove his gloves during evidence gathering. (This was how Stockley's defense team says the gun was contaminated with his DNA. The prosecution says he removed the gloves on purpose to have that excuse.) This testimony from a fellow officer was not enough for Wilson, because Simpson didn’t directly see Stockley actually physically plant the gun:

There were several officers standing around adjacent to the driver’s side of the Buick and not one of them was called to testify that they saw Stockley plant a gun in the Buick.

Stockley testified that he had actually gone into the bag in his vehicle to get QuikClot wound dressing from the car and administer it to Smith, but decided against it because “it was futile.” Simpson testified that no one attempted to help Smith even though “he appeared alive.”

Wilson brushes all this off by saying that no extra gun can be seen on Stockley’s person in the blurry cellphone camera footage of the incident that was the main relevant video evidence remaining after one of the officers involved turned off the police vehicle’s dashboard camera. From Wilson:

Stockley was not wearing a jacket; if he had such a gun in his possession it would have been visible on the cell phone video. The gun was too large to fit entirely within any of the pockets on the pants he was wearing, there was no bulge in any pocket indicating a gun within the pocket, and the gun would have been visible if it was tucked into his belt.

It’s inconceivable to Wilson that the gun was not visible in the limited available cellphone footage, or hidden elsewhere on Stockley’s person than one of the places he enumerates.

Finally, Wilson says that he cannot think of a motive Stockley might have had to “kill this motherfucker,” even though Smith had just clipped Stockley with his car. (Stockley was carrying a personal AK-47 at the time, a violation of department policies.)

These are not the only examples of Judge Wilson bending over backward to find validation for Stockley’s threatening words and repeated violations of department procedure in this killing of a man who another officer had found appearing to be unarmed. But they are the most egregious.

If there is one new lesson in this whole tragic episode, it’s this little bit of insight into the flawed logic, acceptance of hearsay as fact, and ugly ex post facto justifications that go into exonerating white men in uniform when there’s evidence that they have assassinated black motorists.

Portable Craft Kit for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Crafting with little ones can be somewhat daunting if you don’t have a designated place to keep all of your supplies, but we have an easy solution! Tame the craft clutter with this portable craft kit for crafty kids and teenage babysitters.  Kids can easily tote all of their craft supplies from cupboard to work...

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My Dream Administrative Team of India

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different


President : Dr. A P J Kalam
Prime Minister : Pranab Mukharji (Cong)
Finance Minister : Dr. Manmohan Singh (Cong)
Home Affairs Minister : Jairam Ramesh (Cong)
Defense Minister : Narendra Modi (BJP)
External Affairs Minister : Shashi Tharoor (Cong)
Agriculture Minister : Nitish Kumar (JDU)
Human Resource Development Minister : Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan (Lok Satta Party)
Communications and Information Technology Minister : Kapil Sibal (Cong)
Commerce and Industry Minister : P Chidambaram (Cong)
Corporate Affairs Minister : M Veerappa Moily (Cong)
Environment and Forests Minister: Maneka Gandhi (BJP)
Railways Minister : Dinesh Trivedi
Law and Justice Minister : Ram Jethmalani (BJP)
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister : Jaipal Reddy (Cong)
Planning Minister : Sitaram Yechury (CPI (M))
Civil Aviation Minister : Sachin Pilot (Cong)
Information and Broadcasting Minister : Dr. Pallam Raju (Cong)
Science and Technology Minister : Prithviraj Chauhan (Cong)
Health and Family Welfare Minister : Manohar Parrikar (BJP)
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister : Manohar Parrikar (BJP)
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister : Manik Sarkar (CPI(M))
Power Minister : Naveen Patnaik (BJD)
Water Resources Minister : Suresh Prabhu (Shiv Sena)
Textiles Minister : Ashok Gelhot (Cong)
Road Transport and Highways Minister : Yashwant Sinha (BJP)
Shipping Minister : Yashwant Sinha (BJP)
Tourism Minister : Jyotiraditya Scindia (Cong)
Rural Development Minister : Pawan Chamling (SDF)
Urban Development Minister : Anand Sharma (Cong)
Youth Affairs and Sports Minister : Ajay Maken (Cong)
Women and Child Development Minister : Mamata Banerjee (TMC)
Culture Minister : Shatrugna Sinha (BJP)

Lok Sabha Speaker : Somnath Chatterjee
RBI Governor : Raghuram Rajan
Dy-Chairman of Planning Commision : Montek Singh Ahluwalia
CBI Director : Arvind Kejriwal
Election Commissioner : T N Seshan

Hot Cheese Dip (with Velveeta, White Cheddar and Jalapeno Pepper)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovelies! I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas! We're still in holiday mode here, but I'm popping in to share one of my FAVOURITE holiday recipes of all time. I wanted to get it to you in time for your New Year's celebrations! It's an amazing (and ridiculously easy) hot cheese dip. I've been making this dip for 20 years, and the holidays just wouldn't be complete without a batch or two. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare! You just toss all of the ingredients into a roasting pan, and let it simmer for an hour. Serve it warm with tortilla chips or with crackers and vegetables. So quick, so easy, and SO delicious! I hope you'll add it to your New Years menu, and I hope you love it as much as we do! Enjoy!

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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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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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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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They put a bar of soap in the microwave. Now... Watch what happens!

They put a bar of soap in the microwave. Now... Watch what happens!


Happy Hooligans

This is probably the most amazing thing you'll ever do with a bar of soap! Amaze adults and kids alike with this crazy experiment!

Custom Dreadlock Extensions!!! (Limited Time Offer!!!)

by Amy @ Dreadlocks and Alternative Hairstyles

Between September and November/December 2014, Amy at Raging Roots Studio will be accepting orders for custom dreadlock extensions to be made and shipped (as opposed to our usual policy of only making sets we also install!). Her preference is for … Continue reading

Christmas Tree Lacing Activity with Paper Plates

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and followers!

While you're enjoying your feast this weekend, we're kicking off our Christmas crafting season!

Don't worry, it won't be ALL Christmas crafts between now and the big day. I'll be sprinkling in non-holiday recipes, crafts and activities too so be sure to open your emails when you get them, to see what we've got going on!

For our first Christmas craft of 2016, we've started with this lovely Christmas tree lacing craft/activity.

It's great for strengthening fine-motor skills and for teaching your child the basics of sewing.

The beads really add a beautiful touch, don't you think?

Check it out through the link below!

Click the link below to see them!

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Report: GOP Is Trying to Buy Murkowski’s Obamacare Repeal Vote by Letting Alaska Keep Obamacare

Report: GOP Is Trying to Buy Murkowski’s Obamacare Repeal Vote by Letting Alaska Keep Obamacare

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

On Tuesday I wrote that the chances for Senate Republicans’ last stab at Obamacare repeal, Graham-Cassdidy, “may well hang on what offer Republican leaders are willing to make on Alaska’s behalf in the next week” in order to secure Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s pivotal vote. A couple of reports Thursday afternoon show us how that offer may be shaping up. To put it as generously as possible, it’s not subtle.

The first report, from Politico, says that Alaska, along with some other large, sparsely populated Western states, would be exempt from the per-capita caps that Graham-Cassidy would place on traditional Medicaid spending through 2026. In other words, Alaska—at least in the near term—would not be subject to the enormous entitlement reform that just about every Republican health care bill this year has tossed in its repeal-and-replace package. A good start. What else you got, Graham and Cassidy?

Independent Journal Review, citing a “Republican Senate aide,” reports what would be the most incredible package of carve-outs known to mankind. It would allow Alaska—and Hawaii, tossed in as a poor effort for political and legal cover—to keep Obamacare in the Obamacare repeal bill. And then some.

In addition to the per-capita cap exemption that Politico reports, a new draft would allow Alaska and Hawaii to “continue to receive Obamacare’s premium tax credits while they are repealed for all other states.” Not only would they get to keep the Obamacare tax credits flowing, but they would also, according to the aide, still be able to receive the block grant money that Graham-Cassidy replaces those subsidies with. The last provision would increase Alaska and Hawaii’s federal Medicaid match rate.

As IJR writes, the changes aren’t final. (Maybe they’ll toss in a gift certificate to the Sizzler for Murkowski, too.) I’ve reached out to the offices of Sens. Murkowski, Graham, and Cassidy for comment on this overflowing chest of legislative treasures, and will update with any new information if they get back.

Few Republican health care reforms are great deals for Alaska. Republican health care reforms slash federal spending on health care, and Alaska's health care costs are extraordinary. The only way to get Murkowski’s vote for the Republican health care reform, then, is to exempt Alaska from the Republican health care reform. This proposal would let Alaska keep its Obamacare money, reap the Graham-Cassidy money on top of that, boost its Medicaid match rate, and not have to abide by the trade-offs of either bill. Nice deal, if you can swing it. Is it possible to expand this language to include all 50 states and the District of Columbia? Might pick up some votes!

By the way, if a deal like this is presented, shouldn’t that prompt Lindsey Graham himself to jump ship from his own proposal? He did say in June that if leaders started “that crap” of straight-up buying votes for their health care bill then “they’re going to lose me.”

Also in June, Murkowski warned that state-specific efforts to “get” her vote for a bad bill wouldn’t work anyway. “Then you have a nationwide system that doesn't work,” she said. “That then comes crashing down and Alaska's not able to kind of keep it together on its own.”

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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Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Best, easy recipe for perfectly roasted pumpkin seeds… Oh I do love a good halloween treat! Not just the stuff the trick-or-treaters bring home.  I’m talking about homemade Halloween treats; namely the ones  that involve the pumpkin!  Mmmm… I love everything about pumpkin season:  pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin dip, and of course, pumpkin seeds....

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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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Who’s More Qualified to Give Opinions About Health Care Policy, Jimmy Kimmel or Donald Trump?

Who’s More Qualified to Give Opinions About Health Care Policy, Jimmy Kimmel or Donald Trump?

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

In a turn of events that began when his child was born with a condition that required open-heart surgery, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has become the face of public opposition to Affordable Care Act repeal. Kimmel has been specifically critical of the way Republicans have proposed repeal bills that would allow states to waive the ACA's requirement that insurers offer reasonably priced coverage to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. As he's (correctly) explained, such waivers—like the one in the Graham-Cassidy bill currently looming in the Senate—would likely make it impossible for many families like his whose breadwinners aren't well-compensated celebrities to afford care for their sick kids.

Some on the right have responded by telling Kimmel he should stick to entertainment:

You may have noticed a flaw in this strategy, namely that the nation's most powerful Republican got elected president largely because he starred on a reality show for loud idiots. So: Who is more qualified to discuss public policy, Jimmy Kimmel or president of the United States? Let's break it down.

1. Attitude toward reading complicated material:

Kimmel's detailed Wednesday monologue would indicate that he has done a fair amount of research on the issue of ACA repeal.

Trump famously doesn't like to read briefing papers if they're long and don't involve pictures.

2. Ability to explain health care reform in layman's terms:

Kimmel, again, did this on Wednesday.

Trump has famously never demonstrated, in either public or private, any understanding of how Republican health care plans work.

3. Intellectual pedigree of TV co-stars:

Kimmel worked with a former presidential adviser and Yale Law School graduate on a distinguished high-brow program that involved tests of knowledge in areas such as literature and history.

Trump's Celebrity Apprentice co-stars included Gene Simmons and Jose Canseco.

4. History of being so bad at his ostensible occupation (business, for Trump; being a comedian, for Kimmel) that investors in one of his enterprises insisted shortly before its second bankruptcy filing that he resign from any role in its management:

In 2009, bondholders in Trump's publicly traded Trump Entertainment Resorts organization forced him out of his role running the company shortly before it filed for its second bankruptcy.

This sort of thing has never happened, to my knowledge, to Jimmy Kimmel. His relationships with the other creators of Crank Yankers appear to be solid. The Man Show, its problematic sexual politics aside, never filed for bankruptcy even one time.

My verdict? Neither of these people should probably be president, but especially not Donald Trump.

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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Retro-Pagan Living: Patience, Young Padawan*

by Jax @ The Pagan Princesses

Last week when I discussed perseverance, a commenter sympathized with my welding frustration by telling me of her own frustration learning how to sew. Her comment got me thinking about the difference between daily skills and what I’ll call apprentice skills. In the past, people did far more for themselves than we do now, and they’d grow up learning a variety of simple(ish) daily skills most of us no longer know how to do. They’d mend their own clothes, grow their own food, make their own soap and candles, etc. Now, largely due to ready-made materials, we don’t grow up learning how to do these things. While I am making efforts to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, I’m grateful for this. I love not only being able to easily purchase what I need from a grocery store but the amazing access I have to products from all over the world. I don’t want to go back to a time when I could only work with the base materials I produce myself or have to wait until a merchant ship comes in with treasure from another land. This distancing from basic skills, however, has shortened my patience. I’m used to having something […]

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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Police Reportedly Find Hitler Speech in Home of Louisiana Man Arrested for Killing Two Black Men

Police Reportedly Find Hitler Speech in Home of Louisiana Man Arrested for Killing Two Black Men

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

A white man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested Tuesday and accused of shooting and killing two black men in separate incidents that may have been racially motivated.

In a Tuesday morning news conference, law enforcement authorities said they would charge Kenneth James Gleason with first-degree murder for the shootings. A spokesperson for the department said “there was a ‘strong possibility’ that the shootings were racially motivated,’ ” according to the Associated Press. Gleason’s attorney denied the allegations.

A law enforcement official told the AP that police had found a copy of a Hitler speech at the man’s home. Gleason was also named as a person of interest in an earlier shooting in which shots were fired at the house of a black family that lived in his neighborhood. No one was killed in that incident.

Gleason had been arrested over the weekend on unrelated drug charges but bailed out of jail Sunday night. At the time, he was considered a “person of interest” in the shooting, but police said they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him.

The two men killed were 59-year-old Bruce Cofield, who died on Sept. 12, and 49-year-old Donald Smart, who died on Thursday. ABC reported: “The suspect first fired from his car and then exited the vehicle to shoot the victims while they were on the ground.” Cofield and Smart were shot within five miles of one another.

Smart’s aunt told ABC that her nephew, who was on his way to work at a café when he was killed, “was always smiling and hugging everybody. A lot of people knew him." A Baton Rouge woman told the Advocate she knew Cofield as “Mr. Bruce,” a homeless man who would often sit with a sign at an intersection.

The case gained additional prominence on social media Tuesday when a New York Post headline referred to the alleged murderer as a “clean-cut American kid.”

Canada Day Salad with Tomatoes and Bocconcini Cheese

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a gorgeous, red and white salad for Canada Day in 5 minutes, using 5 simple ingredients! It's fresh and delicious, and the taste just screams summer! It's totally gorgeous, and will add the perfect pop of red and white to your Canada Day BBQ or picnic. Bonus: You can serve it as a salad with the meal or as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvres! (Did I mention that it's gorgeous?)

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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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Painted Coffee Filter Poppy Craft for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am in LOVE with our latest poppy craft! These poppies are so easy to make, and they look so real! The petals are delicate and crinkly just like real poppy petals. All you need are a few coffee filters, red paint and a couple of buttons. It's a great Remembrance Day craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but kids of all ages will enjoy the process. Hope you and your kids love these poppies as much as I do. I'm totally smitten!

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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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India has no national game

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different


In my earlier post, I wrote about national language of India. Today, I am writing about national game of India. In India, cricket is like a religion but hockey was considered as a national game. I am saying “considered” because hockey is NOT a national game of India. This is quite surprising; rather I say shocking because everybody learned in the school textbook that hockey is national game of India. Thanks to RTI (Right to Information) act and the girl who filed an RTI query.

VIIth class student, Aishwarya Parashar filed an RTI query requesting information on national anthem, symbol, game, bird, animal and flower. In the reply of this query, ministry of youth affairs and sports cleared that India has NO national game; this means hockey is not our national game.


Our school textbook claims that hockey is our national game. Such spreading of erroneous knowledge through the textbooks reminds me the funny sentence written on the T-shirt – “I was born intelligent but education ruined me”.


Scratch Art Christmas Cards for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We are in LOVE with scratch art at the moment! The process is so fun and easy, and let's face it - it's rather magical too. Young kids find it fascinating, and older kids (me included) find it downright addictive! We've made these scratch art Christmas cards for our friends at CBC Parents. Check them out! Your kids will enjoy making them for friends and families, and I'll bet they could even make scratch art gift cards while they're at it!

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Ann Coulter Says She Won’t Attend Berkeley Free Speech Event

by Associated Press @ Snopes.com

"I also don't think Berkeley deserves to hear a brilliant and entertaining Ann Coulter speech," Coulter told the AP in an email.

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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Positive Punishment: What Is It And How It Works?

by Kalpana M @ MomJunction

What is positive punishment? How does positive punishment work? Positive vs. Negative punishment Examples of positive punishment Is positive punishment effective? Is spanking an effective form of positive punishment? What is reinforcement? Positive punishment! Sounds like a perfect oxymoron. But how can a punishment be positive? How can you even enforce such a punishment? Is […]

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Marriott Refuses to Cancel Conference Booked by Anti-Muslim Hate Group

Marriott Refuses to Cancel Conference Booked by Anti-Muslim Hate Group

by April Glaser @ The Slatest

One of the largest anti-Muslim grassroots hate groups in the United States, Act for America, is hosting its annual conference on Oct. 2–3 in Arlington, Virginia, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. ACTCON2017 strives to be a massive gathering of people from across the country to strategize how to fight the “leftist Islamic coalition,” which is “waging war against the rule of law,” according to the group’s founder, Brigitte Gabriel.

The group Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organization, sent Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson, a letter on Sept. 11 urging his company to cancel the hotel’s commitment to host ACTCON2017. As the letter points out, Marriott states on its website that “diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our core values and strategic business goals,” which, one would think, might include not hosting a group that works to advance hate speech and anti-Muslim legislation.

Watch the full ACTCON promotional video:

Act for America said in a statement to Slate that Muslim Advocates are unfairly portraying the group as racist, noting that there will be a Palestinian, a Jewish person, and other underrepresented minorities speaking at the conference.

Act for America was behind the more than 20 anti-Muslim protests, dubbed “March Against Sharia,” held across the country during Ramadan this year, where participants, some of whom were armed, marched down streets and in front of mosques with the aim of opposing Islamic law and the presence of Muslims in the United States. The Facebook pages for March Against Sharia were likewise statured with calls for violence toward, and even murdering, Muslims.

But, as a spokesperson from Marriott confirmed for Slate, the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington will not be canceling its hosting. “We are a hospitality company that provides public accommodations and function space,” said the spokesperson. “Acceptance of business does not indicate support or endorsement of any group or individual.”

Marriott’s decision to host ACTCON is particularly curious given the company’s 2010 decision to cancel its hosting of American Renaissance, a white nationalist conference. Sorenson, the CEO of Marriott, previously noted that President Trump’s travel ban focusing on six Muslim-majority countries was broadly perceived as “a big deal” in the Middle East and that “the symbolism is wrong.”

Marriott recently started a new ad campaign called “Golden Rule,” which appears to promote a theme of treating every person with equality and dignity. One of the advertisements, for example, starts with images of strangers helping each other and the line: “It would be great if human beings were great at being human and if all of mankind were made up of kind women and kind men.”

This decision from Marriott comes after Airbnb decided last month to boot off its platform several white supremacists and neo-Nazis who booked nights at homes in Charlottesville, Virginia, for after-parties following the Unite the Right rally. After Airbnb stopped working with the organizers of the Unite the Right rally, which was largely being organized on the alt-right website the Daily Stormer, other online businesses decided to stop doing business with the the Daily Stormer as well, on account of the rampant hate speech hosted there, which violates many web companies’ terms of service. GoDaddy, Cloudflare, and Google all stopped worked with the Daily Stormer.* Later, numerous other web companies, like Spotify, PayPal, and OkCupid, all made efforts to remove accounts of individuals or groups that forward hate speech, too. These decisions give Marriott plenty of social and political cover if it would decide to stop providing a forum for Act for America. But Marriott isn’t using it.

*Correction, Sept. 21, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.: This article originally misspelled Cloudflare's name.

French Vanilla Snow Cones Made With Real Snow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make French Vanilla Snow Cones with real snow! Winter won't be around much longer, so you've gotta make these now, while you still can! I know they sound a little crazy, but trust me, they're so much yummier than any store-bought, frozen treat!

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My Kid Wants to Quit an Extracurricular Activity. What Should I do?

by Hillary Cole @ Happy Hooligans

There's a situation that almost every parent dreads, but is certain to go through at one time or another. It's when your child wants to quit an extracurricular activity that they asked to sign up for.

If you haven't been through it yet, be thankful, but be prepared... because it's likely going to happen at some point.

Here are some important things to consider when your child says "I QUIT!"

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View From My Window – Springing Into New Life

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Spring is all about new life. It is such a wonderful time of year here in the northeast. After a long and often gloomy Winter, Spring is here to lift our spirits. Of course the weather is always unpredictable, (well actually it is unpredictable here all year long) but it has so much promise bursting […]

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Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: I’m Putting Frank the White House Lawn Kid in This Post So You’ll Click on It

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: I’m Putting Frank the White House Lawn Kid in This Post So You’ll Click on It

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

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.

Down here at Slate HQ, we have a service called CrowdTangle, which measures how fast stories from various publications are spreading on Facebook. Today the No. 1 CrowdTangle champ, in both mainstream and conservative publications, is the story of Frank Giaccio, the 11-year-old from Virginia who mowed the Rose Garden lawn. From Fox News:

Trump accepted the Virginia boy’s offer after he wrote to the president saying it would be his "honor to mow the White House lawn." Giaccio, who was 10 when he wrote the letter but has since turned 11, also enclosed a menu of his services, which include weed-whacking.

I don't get it! Why does he want to mow the lawn? Just because he also mows other lawns? Why do you guys care so much about it? Whatever, it's Friday, suckers!

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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Paper Plate Dream Catcher Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a paper plate dream catcher to help little ones with anxiety at bedtime. It’s quite common for children, at some stage, to develop a fear of the dark or of monsters or bad dreams when they’re young. If your child experiences anxiety at bedtime, a homemade dream catcher may provide some extra comfort and a sense of control...

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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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Painting Fall Colours with Golf Balls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers explore fall colours with this jumpy, bouncy, energetic art technique! We’re getting right into the fall crafts these days..Today we were painting fall colours with golf balls!   I’ve seen so many posts that have kids painting with marbles in a cardboard box, and I’ve wanted to try it here for a while....

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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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Adorable Ballerina Ornaments with Craft Sticks and Coffee Filters

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am IN LOVE with this latest craft! Ok, I know I can get a little over-excited about some of the stuff we make here in my daycare, but I am just beyond smitten with the ballerina ornaments we made yesterday. Oh. My. Goodness. They are SO adorable! AND, they were so easy! A craft stick and a coffee filter - who knew you could turn them into something so darn cute. If you have little dancers in your house (or in your classroom or daycare), they're going to be over the moon with this one! I hope you are too! Check them out!!

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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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Best Fresh Guacamole Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst! Want to be the most popular person at the next get-together or BBQ? Bring a bag of nachos and a big ol' bowl of this fresh guacamole. I promise... your friends and family will adore you!

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Baby robins

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Daily documentation of the Mama and baby robins who took up residence on our back deck. Last summer, we returned home after 10 days of camping to discover that in our absence, someone had set up residence in the rafters of our covered deck, so I set up a ladder close by, and spent the next...

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Our Playroom (part 1)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is part 1 of a 3 part post.  There are plenty of pics and lots to talk about, so I thought it might be easier to follow if I layed it out in three parts: our play-room, MY space in the play-room, and storage. Here’s the story:  I’ve been running a home-daycare for almost 14 years.  ...

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View From My Window – Counting Blessings

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

  I know this time of year can get so busy we can easily feel overwhelmed. I sometimes sing to myself this old song and it lifts my spirits.       Count Your Blessings When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them […]

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Sensory Art with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sensory Art: exploring shaving cream and food colouring with our hands. We enjoyed another wonderful art technique the other day, creating sensory art with shaving cream and food colouring. You may have seen our Giant Shaving Cream Magna-Doodle a couple of weeks ago when we covered our 6 dollar, thrift-shop table in shaving cream and doodled the morning away....

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Dove releases new soap bottles that look like very weird human bodies

Dove releases new soap bottles that look like very weird human bodies


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In recent years, Dove has posited itself as the progressive soap manufacturer of choice, marketing its products in campaigns couched in critiques of the shallow, unrealistic advertising often used to sell things to women. Using natural lighting, documentary-style filmmaking, and a lack of Photoshopped images, Dove ads have invited women to discuss beauty, engineered stunts that involve them suddenly realizing how beautiful they are, hacked stock images, and celebrated imperfect motherhood. Many catch a whiff of these and correctly determine it all to be the cynical maneuvering of a corporate behemoth to co-opt increasingly mainstream progressive attitudes in order to sell soap.

How to Paint a Mason Jar and Give it a Frosted Finish

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I have always loved glass jars.  There’s just something old-fashioned and romantic about them.  From those teeny-tiny baby food jars to large mason jars, I’ve just always enjoyed finding ways to re-use old jars for storage and/or decoration. Today I’m excited to show you how to how to paint a mason jar and give it a...

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London Underground Bombing Injures 22

London Underground Bombing Injures 22

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A bomb exploded on a London Underground train on Friday morning, injuring at least 22 people now hospitalized. From the New York Times:

The National Health Service said that 18 people had been taken to hospitals and that another four had gone on their own, including eight at Chelsea and Westminster.
[...]It was the fifth major terrorist attack in Britain this year, following a vehicular and knife attack near Parliament in March, a suicide bombing at a rock concert in Manchester in May, and a van and knife attack around London Bridge and a van attack outside a London mosque, both in June.

Witnesses have described the bomb’s detonation—an incomplete one according to officials—as a sudden conflagration rather than an explosion. One witness told Sky News that it looked like a “large match” had been struck.

Pictures of the device have been shared on social media:

Scotland Yard is still searching for the person responsible. In tweets, President Trump denounced the attack and argued for a strengthened travel ban.

Whistle while you work!

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

We have a surprising amount of work to do around here on our little mini farm. We mostly enjoy being outside and working but some chores are not as enjoyable, until you mix in the grand kids. We had a storm roll through that left some tree damage. There was a large dead tree that fell […]

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Bird Seashell Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bird seashell ornaments.  An easy Christmas nature craft for kids… The hooligans and I have made some pretty cute Christmas Crafts over the years, and this adorable, little bird craft is a new favourite here. Crafting with natural items: Crafting with items like seashells, sticks and stones is a great way for your children to connect...

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Valentines Hearts with Sharpies and Photo Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Egads! Tomorrow is Valentines Day.

Let me guess. You’re up to your elbows in *Monday*, trying to catch your breath after a whirl-wind weekend, and the kids are asking to make Valentines crafts.

The last thing you feel like doing is hauling out all the craft supplies, and dealing with the craft-tastrophe clean- up afterwards, right? If they’re crafting today, it’s gotta be low-maintenance, no-mess and something that doesn’t require a ton of effort and prep.

Relax. We’ve got you covered.

Today we’re going to show you the easiest Valentines craft ever. We’re making super-simple (but charming) Valentines hearts with Sharpies and photo paper.

Your kids can tuck these colourful and adorable hearts into a card or letter for parent or grandparent or even a teacher or friend.

This one is fun, it's vibrant, and it's a little bit addictive, which means....

It could just keep the kids busy for a good, long while today.

Click the link below to check it out now!

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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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Make Dazzling 3-D Art with a Glue Gun and Glitter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, I am SO excited about our latest art project! It's gorgeous! And it's SO easy to do! All you need is a glue gun and glitter to write these sparkly, 3-D embossed messages! We've used the process to make Valentines cards, but you can make any greeting card this way, or even a cool, custom piece of art to hang in on a wall in your home or classroom! I LOVE it! Have a look! I think you're going to looove it too!

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Painted Paper Plate Turkey Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this might be our cutest turkey craft yet! It's so simple to make, but it's vibrant and colourful and downright adorable! This paper plate turkey is a great craft for kids to make for Thanksgiving or a super "letter T" craft if you're focusing on the alphabet with your preschooler! Gobble Gobble!

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Treasury Secretary Requested Air Force Plane to Travel on Decadent European Honeymoon

Treasury Secretary Requested Air Force Plane to Travel on Decadent European Honeymoon

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, actress Louise Linton, like nice things. The former Goldman Sachs banker, of course, has hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase nice things of his own, but now that he’s in government the real pièce de résistance is the stuff that money can’t buy. Mnuchin and Linton have taken a special liking to America’s taxpayer-funded planes, which has raised questions about whether the couple is overindulging in the American people’s largesse. On Wednesday, ABC News added fuel to that fire reporting that the Treasury Secretary requested the use of an Air Force jet on the couple's European honeymoon this summer.

Mnuchin, 54, married the 36-year-old Linton in June and the pair later honeymooned in Scotland, France, and Italy. “Officials familiar with the matter say the highly unusual ask for a U.S. Air Force jet, which according to an Air Force spokesman could cost roughly $25,000 per hour to operate, was put in writing by the secretary's office but eventually deemed unnecessary after further consideration of by Treasury Department officials,” according to ABC News. While the pricey lift to Europe didn’t end up happening, the request itself was unusual enough to trigger the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General to launch an inquiry into the circumstances under which Mnuchin might need a Top Gun-style honeymoon.

A Treasury spokesman explained to ABC News that the reasoning behind the request was that Mnuchin, as a member of the National Security Council, needed to maintain secure line of communication with the White House while sipping aperitivos in Italy. “The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence," the spokesman said in a statement. "It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft."

I mean, maybe. If we added annexation of Italy and France to the “range of options” then we wouldn’t have this problem. If the Commerce Secretary thinks it's too hot outside, he can’t have the Pentagon nuke the sun. It is, of course, a matter of degree what is appropriate here. How out of the ordinary was Mnuchin’s request? Here’s some context from ABC News:

Aside from the President and Vice President, travel on military aircraft is typically reserved for cabinet members who deal directly with national security, such as the Secretaries of Defense and State. One senior Treasury official who has worked with a number of past secretaries said that military aircraft are only used in "extreme" circumstances, such as if the secretary had to be rushed back to a meeting in Washington, D.C., with the President. Another former senior Treasury official who worked closely with Mnuchin's predecessor, Secretary Jack Lew, said it would have been "exceedingly rare" for Secretary Lew to use military aircraft for official business.

The couple’s case isn’t helped by the fact that Mnuchton doesn’t have a great track record in not using taxpayer-funded planes for what appear to be personal trips. Let’s go back three short weeks ago, to when the pair traveled to Kentucky aboard a military plane for what looked a lot like a “#daytrip” to watch the eclipse from within the path of totality. Mnuchton denies the trip was eclipse-inspired. Linton posted a picture on Instagram of the plane with the caption: “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!” and added hashtags for the pricey designers she was wearing in the photo “#rolandmouret,” “#hermesscarf,” “#tomford” and “#valentino.”

Fellow Instagram users were not impressed by the display and told the Treasury Secretary’s wife so, to which Linton proceeded to lose her mind, uncorking this response.

One part sticks out given the latest honeymoon allegations: “Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” Linton wrote. “Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol.”

That’s a peculiar coincidence.

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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Crayon Resist Valentines Messages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oooo! I love this colourful and "magical" art process! We're using the classic "crayon resist" process to write secret Valentines messages, and then we're bringing them alive with colour! We're doing it a little differently than we have in the past too! No watercolour paints required! Bet you have everything you need on hand to do this at home or in your classroom! P.S. All ages enjoy this process! Even my teenager got right into making some! Aren't they pretty?

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India’s costliest soap - Mysore Sandal Millennium

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different

While roaming in departmental store, I saw the very attractive packing of my favorite soap Mysore Sandal with brand name Mysore Sandal Millennium.  This is the costliest soap of India in my knowledge. Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd (KSDL), the Karnataka government undertaking PSU has launched this premium category soap.


The second costliest soap available in Indian market is Mysore Sandal Classic. The premium soap is 10 to 12 time costlier than Mysore Sandal Classic. The cost of 150 gm Mysore Sandal Millennium soap is Rs. 720.

The soap is grade I soap with 80% TFM content. 150 gm soap contains 3% pure real sandalwood oil. The soap contains the real sandalwood 5 times than regular Mysore Sandal soap. The soap is pure vegetarian soap with vegetable oil rather than any animal fat.  It contains skin conditioners like almond oil, hydrolysed milk protein, glycerin and vitamin E. Company has designed special packaging for the soap to retain the fragrance and visibility. KSDL says the soap don’t require any brand ambassador because original sandalwood oil is their USP.

The world’s priciest soap is “Qatar Royal Soap”. The soap cost $3800 (approx. Rs. 2,28,000). The soap is made up of pure gold dust, olive oil and virgin honey.

Giant Sinkhole Swallows Part of House in Florida

Giant Sinkhole Swallows Part of House in Florida

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Long after the worst of the debris has been cleared, people living in affected regions can spend months cleaning up after a powerful hurricane. But here’s a fun thing you might not realize can appear after hurricanes: sinkholes.

While it’s not certain the large Florida sinkhole that swallowed up a portion of a home near Orlando had anything to do with Hurricane Irma, authorities can’t rule it out. There have been others that popped up in the same area and farther to the south, and after Hurricane Harvey, there were sinkholes in Texas. Florida has more sinkholes than any other state, and heavy rainfall plays a big part in that.

WFTV reported that the family living in the Apopka, Florida, home that partially collapsed made it out safely after noticing the strain on the house the previous night. "I saw big, deep cracks in the bathroom. The tub was sinking, and the window was coming loose, and I said, ‘It's time to go,’ ” one of the family members told the station.

The family then watched a 25-by-15-foot sinkhole appear under their home.

If you’re wondering what people do with these sinkholes, here’s an explainer on just how they get filled. And if you’re contemplating moving to Florida, this has been a friendly reminder that the earth there sometimes swallows parts of houses.

Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror: Painting Clouds

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror – painting clouds beneath a blue sky.  Such a beautiful way for kids to enjoy some sensory art and mirror play! Okay!  I have another really cool shaving cream art activity for you, and it involves one of my new favourite items for play!  A mirror!    I’ve been...

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Deaf Man Shot Dead by Oklahoma City Police Who Yelled Commands at Him

Deaf Man Shot Dead by Oklahoma City Police Who Yelled Commands at Him

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Oklahoma City police shot and killed a deaf man, Madgiel Sanchez, on Tuesday after he did not comply with an officer’s yelled commands to drop a metal pipe. From the New York Times:

Julio Rayos, a neighbor who lives a few homes away and knew the man was deaf, said he saw the confrontation unfold and sensed trouble.
He said that he ran toward the officer with his wife and his 12-year-old daughter, all three of them screaming that the man could not understand the officer.
“Don’t kill him, he’s deaf,” his daughter yelled. “Don’t do it!”
About six other neighbors joined in, frantically trying to get the officer’s attention. But less than a minute after the episode began, a second officer arrived and immediately pulled out his handgun, Mr. Rayos said. While people continued to scream, the first officer fired his Taser at Mr. Sanchez, while the second fired his handgun, the police said.

Rayos told the Times that Sanchez, 35, often carried the pipe, using it to communicate and ward off stray dogs. The officer who shot Sanchez has been placed on paid leave as the Oklahoma City Police Department investigates. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said at a news conference that the officers who responded may not have been among those in the department trained in sign language. According to the Washington Post’s database, 712 people have been shot and killed by police so far this year; 32 were unarmed.

Correction, 12:34 p.m., Sept. 21: This post originally featured a photo of Miami and misidentified it as Oklahoma City.

Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Linked to a Healthy, Restrained Immune System

by drcharles @ The Examining Room of Dr. Charles

With 58% of Americans disapproving of Obama’s foreign policy, mounting Ebola virus deaths, and flu season around the corner, I think it is important to synthesize an overlapping theme between how our country fights perceived threats, and how our bodies successfully or unsuccessfully fight disease. In short, I think Obama’s continued restraint and use of […]

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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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Mom’s Orange Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, my lovelies, I am sharing one of my all-time favourite recipes EVER. These muffins are seriously THE best, and they're really easy to make. Want to do some baking today, and have your family absolutely adore you? Make these! Look at them! Aren't you drooling already?

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Create the Look of Stained Glass with Sharpie Markers and a Jar

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Did you know you can create the look of stained glass with a jar and some Sharpie markers? I had no idea until I tried it the other day! The results were GORGEOUS! Check out how easy it was to do, and how pretty it looks! It kinda makes me want to take the Sharpies to all the windows in my house. Ha!

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Coffee Filter Jewelled Trees for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We're in the final stretch now, folks! Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! How is that possible? It's hard to get my head around it because here in Canada, we're having down-right balmy weather. I know. It's crazy. We're usually up to our knees in snow by now, but today is like a cool summer day. It's so bizarre!
Regardless of the temperatures outside, we're getting into the spirit inside, and today we've crafted up some coffee filter, jewelled tree ornaments. The process is SO fun. The preschoolers love it, the big kids love it... heck, even I love playing around with this gorgeous art technique!
Hopefully you can make some time to try this one at home or in the classroom before the holidays arrive! Check it out...

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Using Infused Oils in Soap

by Dana @ New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

Using herb and flower infusions in soap can add a little something extra special to your soap. I love using both chamomile and calendula (marigold) infusions in my soap. Both impart a pretty butter yellow to the finished soap. There is a slight scent in the oils, too, but I find that scent doesn’t usually survive […]

The Trump Administration’s “Unprecedented” New Attack on Voting Rights

The Trump Administration’s “Unprecedented” New Attack on Voting Rights

by Mark Joseph Stern @ The Slatest

Over the last eight months, the Trump administration has launched an assault on voting rights designed to limit access to the ballot. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department has defended voter ID laws and state efforts to purge voters from the rolls, and the president’s voter fraud commission has peddled falsehoods to lay the groundwork for a rollback of voting rights laws. This month, the administration has urged a court to strip voting rights from an entire class of people.

This latest gambit involves the rights of United States citizens who relocate from a state to a U.S. territory. Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), states must allow citizens to vote by absentee ballot in federal elections when they relocate anywhere outside the U.S. The law is meant to be global, even cosmic: Citizens retain their right to vote absentee for federal offices if they move to a foreign country, a research station in Antarctica, or the International Space Station. But bizarrely, the statute does not require states to let citizens vote absentee if they move to four U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or American Samoa. It does compel states to let citizens vote absentee if they move to a fifth permanently inhabited territory, the Northern Mariana Islands.

In 2015, Illinois residents who relocated to several of these disfavored territories filed a lawsuit challenging this limitation as an equal protection violation. They argued that the UOCAVA arbitrarily limits their right to vote in federal elections. (U.S. territories do not receive full representation in Congress and may not vote for president.) By protecting the absentee voting rights of residents of the Northern Mariana Islands but not those who live in other U.S. territories, the plaintiffs argued, the UOCAVA irrationally discriminates against certain territorial residents in violation of the Fifth Amendment. The only solution is to extend absentee voting rights to residents of every U.S. territory.

The Justice Department began defending the UOCAVA during the Obama administration, and won at the district court level. It’s perfectly acceptable for the DOJ to defend a bad federal law—that’s its job—and the agency maintained its position on appeal under Sessions. But in September, the DOJ unexpectedly took an aggressive new stance. In a letter filed with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ argued that, if UOCAVA infringes upon equal protection, the proper remedy is to strip the absentee voting rights of residents of the Northern Mariana Islands, not to extend them to all territorial residents.

This extreme remedy, the Justice Department claimed, would be mandated by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Sessions v. Morales-Santana. That is absurd. It is true that, in Morales-Santana, the court struck down a statute granting favorable treatment to mothers rather than expanding favorable treatment to fathers. But that is because the unconstitutional provision providing favorable treatment to mothers was an exception to the broader rule. Here, the disfavorable treatment of some territorial residents is the exception to the broader rule of global absentee voting rights. And in such situations, the Morales-Santana court explained, “extension, rather than nullification, is the proper course.”

I asked Neil Weare, president of the We the People Project—which brought this litigation—what he made of the DOJ’s letter. “As far as we can tell,” he told me, “no court has ever taken away voting rights to remedy an equal protection violation. It would be unprecedented.”

The Justice Department’s defense of UOCAVA may have some specious appeal. In effect, the DOJ asserts that the law was designed to preserve Americans’ voting rights when they move out of the country. But since territories like Guam and American Samoa are part of the United States, this argument goes, residents should have to register there instead of voting absentee in their previous states.

That argument cannot withstand scrutiny under Morales-Santana for several reasons. UOCAVA pertains exclusively to federal elections: A citizen living in Puerto Rico—which has no electoral votes and no voting representatives in Congress—has as much federal representation as a citizen living in Portugal unless she can vote by absentee ballot. The law was designed to protect citizens’ right to federal representation when they would otherwise lose it. But that goal is undermined by the statute’s territorial carve-out, which means this carve-out must therefore be seen as an exception to UOCAVA’s general rule. In Morales-Santana, the Supreme Court said disfavorable exceptions can be rectified by extending equal treatment. Here, that would mean allowing all territorial residents to vote absentee, not taking away more citizens’ federal representation.

Weare told me that the NMI government encourages relocated mainlanders to vote absentee. It would be yet another blow to Americans’ voting rights if a court were to deny them the federal representation they currently enjoy. This issue might seem minor—but it demonstrates the Trump administration’s zeal to marshal any arguments it can to disenfranchise Americans. In Sessions’ Justice Department, less voting is always preferable to more. And this small conflict provides a disturbing preview of the much bigger voting rights battles ahead.

Snow Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

What do to with the kids when it’s too cold outside: set up a snow sensory bin INSIDE! We do this at least once every winter at our house.  When it’s too cold to get outside I bring a big plastic container of snow inside, and I turn it into a snow sensory bin for...

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Icicle Ornaments with Beads and Pipecleaners

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Icicle ornaments with pipe cleaners and beads: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. 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. These icicle ornaments are quick and easy to make, so they’re a great last minute holiday craft....

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Strawberry-Applesauce Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids like strawberries and applesauce, there’s a very good chance they’ll love this strawberry applesauce recipe! It’s so quick and easy to make, I never buy store-bought applesauce anymore.  Making strawberry applesauce is just as easy as making regular applesauce.  It’s delicious and much healthier than factory-made, and it’s a great way to...

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Sensory Play on a Mirror

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Take your sensory activities to a new level with mirror play. Earlier this week, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  We enjoyed some sensory play on a mirror, and it was very, VERY cool.  If you’ve never used a mirror as a play surface, you need to do something...

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Nine Noble Virtues: Perseverance

by Jax @ The Pagan Princesses

I started welding classes this week. Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I turned up the pressure on oxygen and acetylene tanks, cracked the acetylene on the torch, and lit it with a striker. For me, sticking my hand that close to an instrument that was about to shoot a 6000 degree Fahrenheit flame and squeezing the striker took courage. So did controlling that powerful of a fire while standing so close sparks flew at me, all lit electric green by the shade 5 glasses we’re required to wear in class.  But by the end of the day, I felt surprisingly comfortable with it. I could start the fire without fear of burning myself and stand as sparks shot around me and know I wasn’t going to catch fire. I conquered my fear pretty quickly, just by making myself do it a few times. What I hadn’t conquered by the end of the day was my frustration. Several people in the class are not new to welding. It was both inspiring and disheartening to watch them wield their torches to curl strips of steel, set straight welding beads, and generally make cool thing-a-ma-jigs while my arms ached under […]

14 Fall Leaf Crafts and Activities for Kids 2-10

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall is just around the corner, and soon enough, the yard will be filled with leaves!

I've rounded up 14 of our favourite ways to play in the leaves and to craft with them too.

I've broken the list into 3 sections - toddler/preschooler leaf crafts, fun ways to play in the leaves, and crafts for 5-10 year olds.

I hope you'll find a few ideas here to try with your kids and students this fall!

Click the link below to see them all.

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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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Indoor Hopscotch – a Rainy Day Activity for Toddlers

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An easy indoor hopscotch – an indoor, rainy day gross motor activity!  When the weather is great, and kids are playing outside, those important gross motor activities just kind of naturally happen through though regular play and exercise.   What about winter time though?  Or rainy days?  It’s not so easy for kids to expend their energy and use...

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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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Health Benefits Of Helichrysum Essential Oil: A Cure For Candida

by Nate M @ Maple Holistics

The strong corticosteroid content of the Helichrysum essential oil makes it highly effective in treating and relieving inflammation in our bodies.

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10 Highlights And Lowlights Styling Ideas For Light Brown Hair

by Arshiya Syeda @ STYLECRAZE

Ever scrolled through your Instagram feed and wondered why your hair doesn’t look as awesome as the hair you see on all those fashion bloggers? Well, let me tell you why. Nine times out of ten, it’s probably because they [...]

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Plastic-Free Lunch Packing Supplies for School

by Maia James @ Gimme the Good Stuff

Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about back-to-school? I think some of you have may have even already started?! Talk about waaaaah! In my kids’ public school in Brooklyn, teachers collect money at the beginning of the…

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is it a cookie? Is it a pizza? Yep! It's both! It's a giant chocolate chip cookie pizza, and it's freaking AMAZING!

Seriously, if you've never made a cookie pizza before, you HAVE to try this recipe. It's so easy, and your family will LOVE you for it.

It takes 10 minutes, and you make it all in one bowl. Serve it plain or top it with ice cream (or any creative toppings you can think of - whipped cream, chocolate syrup, nuts....)

This baby will serve a crowd too. You can cut it into 16 slices, so it's perfect for get-togethers, potlucks, class parties or any celebration.

You have to take a peek at it. Click the link below to check it out. You know you waaaant it!

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Is There Such Thing as a Good Reason for Democrats to Cooperate With Trump?

Is There Such Thing as a Good Reason for Democrats to Cooperate With Trump?

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Donald Trump appears to have agreed to work with Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to guarantee a path to legal status for DACA recipients in exchange for border-security measures to be named later. Below, Slate's Ben Mathis-Lilley and Osita Nwanevu debate whether the #resistance should see the potential deal as a morally imperative low-cost compromise or as short-sighted, base-deflating appeasement.

Ben Mathis-Lilley: Is this good for the Democrats?

Osita Nwanevu: No. This is a semi-separate question from whether a potential deal is good for Dreamers. The answer to that is putatively yes, but we don't know what kind of potentially draconian measures would be attached to a DACAesque bill to get Republicans to vote for it. We could see something cobbled together that allows Dreamers to stay while doubling down on efforts to round up their families and friends or that further enables the kind of inhumane detentions we've seen at the border. That is presumably the compromise that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are moving us toward right now.

But no, it's not good for the party politically.

Mathis-Lilley: Let's agree on how to define "politically"—do you mean it as in, "this doesn't help their chances of gaining seats in 2018 or winning the 2020 presidential election"?

Nwanevu: Both. I don't think it helps them in either case, partially because of the substance of a potential compromise. I think that kind of compromise bill would be unsatisfying to immigration advocates and the base, which is why I don't know that they're going to reach a deal in Congress to begin with. There's actually a substantial amount of support within the GOP and among Trump supporters for allowing DACA recipients to stay. But I doubt they're so enthused by the program that they'd see a deal as a reason to vote for Democrats.

Mathis-Lilley: Interesting. On the merits of the reported agreement, my own reaction was that it would likely end up involving face-saving border security spending—"lasers and drones," as our colleague Jim Newell puts it—but not necessarily an actual enhanced statutory crackdown on undocumented immigrants who are already here. My reasoning is that if Trump is willing to drop his demand for a border wall, which he appears to be doing, he's not going to then turn around and ask for something like increased deportation authority/funding that's even more offensive to progressive priorities. (Or at least that would be more offensive to me personally—not sure whether Pelosi and Schumer would make the same calculation.) If Trump's cult-of-personality apologists on the far right are already lining up to support the "deal" given only the vague promise of increased border security, and all he wants is a legislative "win" and to stick it to Mitch McConnell, why does he need to go any further? Especially when he already has the executive prerogative via the Department of Homeland Security to carry out as many inhumane deportations as he wants.

As for the political side of it, I agree that there's no particular way this helps Democrats proactively gain political capital, as it were. (I'm sorry I just used the words "proactive" and "political capital.") It will probably tick Trump's approval upwards a few points. On the other hand, his approval rating is deeply in the red and Democrats have a nearly 10-point lead in FiveThirtyEight's generic congressional ballot tracker. So maybe they have some political capital to spare at the moment, especially on an issue that could conceivably end up depressing the far right's enthusiasm for Trump.

Nwanevu: I guess substantively I just have a hard time believing that passing a substantially clean DACAesque bill is going to be easier now, under Trump, than it was during the Obama administration. That would be remarkable. It's definitely true that there are Trump boosters at the ready to defend him if the "border security" measures end up being window dressing, but I feel as though a bill Republicans would vote for would need to include some security or other measures the most rabid and reliably voting parts of the base would see as meaningful. Because even though there's theoretically a base of Republican DACA supporters, it won't be a good look for Congressional Republicans if the *one major thing* they manage to pass this year is largely clean immigration bill enthusiastically supported by Nancy Pelosi. There's also the possibility that they pass something clean but Trump feels that he has to compensate by doing something using executive authority, again just to appease the more rabid factions of his base. We don't know. Which is why doing this dance with Trump is so dangerous.

My feeling is that what's going to help the Democrats politically is advancing a broad, forward-looking agenda. Compromising with Trump at best splits the Democratic base, and as far as depressing the far-right goes, I don't know that the past several years of politics show that the deeply nativist far right needs to show up in order for Dems to lose elections.

Their problems are bigger and more pervasive than that.

Mathis-Lilley: "Trump could change his mind at any time and do something extremely harmful" is certainly a compelling argument. I also think we're probably agreed on the need for Democrats to be putting most of their time into putting forth a vision/platform for 2018 and thereafter which is more constructive and developed than tweeting the #resist hashtag. Still, I'd ask you this—if you were in Chuck Schumer's shoes, and somehow also in a room with the 800,000 DACA recipients, and you were presented with the option of guaranteeing their legal status in exchange for funding border pork and standing with Trump at a few photo ops ... would you really be able to say no?

Nwanevu: First of all, I want to say I think that if #theResistance had had real teeth among Democratic members of Congress—as the Tea Party did in 2009 and 2010 with the regular and rabid participation of Republican members of Congress—Trump might have been cowed into not ending DACA in the first place. Or there might have been a credible way to bully him into reversing course now. Because he doesn't want to be seen as cruel in this case.

I'd unquestionably say no to a grinning photo-op. But they really are in a genuinely difficult position here—DACA recipients will face deportation in early March if Congress doesn't act. If a clean deal with border pork really is reached, framing it properly is essential. They absolutely should not come out and say it's a grand bipartisan deal we ought to be proud of. If they act, they will have acted because Trump will have forced their hand. And he forced their hand because he's committed to a racist immigration politics the Republican Party has enabled, and both should be defeated. This is what they should say and they should say it loudly. That's harder to do after working with them to pass a bill, obviously, but they have to make it clear that a deal crafted on the basis of a particular, narrow sympathy for children brought here by no fault of their own and a broader nativism or xenophobia aren't really mutually exclusive.

Adorable Cotton Pad Chick Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This adorable cotton pad chick craft provides little hands with lots of fine-motor development, and it’s a lesson in water absorption too! As you likely know, we love using items that we already have around the house for our crafts and learning activities.  I always have a sleeve of cotton make up pads in my...

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Tom Price Reportedly Spent $60,000 on Private Jets Last Week

Tom Price Reportedly Spent $60,000 on Private Jets Last Week

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Late on Tuesday, Politico reported that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price flew on private jets five times last week, at an expense of “tens of thousands of dollars” more than the commercial flights that had been standard for his predecessors. From Politico:

The secretary’s five flights, which were scheduled between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, took him to a resort in Maine where he participated in a Q&A discussion with a health care industry CEO, and to community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, according to internal HHS documents.
HHS spokespeople declined to confirm details of the flights, or respond to questions about who paid for them, with a spokesperson only saying that Price sometimes charters planes when commercial flights aren’t feasible. All three organizations that hosted Price last week — the Massachusetts-based health IT firm athenahealth, Goodwin Community Health Center in New Hampshire and the Mirmont Treatment Center in Pennsylvania — told POLITICO they did not pay for his flights or other travel costs.

According to Politico, staffers say Price has been using private jets for months. Charter operators told Politico’s Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan that Price’s private flights last week would have cost at least $60,000. For at least one leg of travel, a short jaunt from Washington to Philadelphia and back on Friday, Diamond and Pradhan write that there were ample commercial alternatives. A round-trip United flight would have cost between $447 and $725 per person. A cheap ticket on an Amtrak train would have cost $72. A road trip would have cost around $46 in gas and tolls per SUV. Price’s round trip to Philly—just over an hour of flight time—cost $25,000.*

*Correction, Sept. 20, 2017, at 11:34 a.m.: The last sentence of the post originally conflated Tom Price with Steven Mnuchin.

Active Ingredients for Dove Body Wash

Active Ingredients for Dove Body Wash


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Dove body wash is advertised as a product that soothes, nourishes, hydrates and cleans your skin at the same time. The product purports to have “100 percent natural moisturizers.” Dove body wash has several active ingredients, from those that help hydrate your skin to those that help to clean it.

Expanding Ivory Soap Experiment – a Classic Kid’s Science Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this is one of the coolest science experiments ever, and all you need is a bar of soap and a microwave!

This experiment NEVER fails to fascinate kids and adults alike. I'm serious! It's WILD!

The best part is there's no prep and no extra supplies needed. And it takes less than 2 minutes start to finish!

Ready to have your mind blown? Grab a bar of soap, and check out the how-to here:

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We Asked People Lining Up for Hillary Clinton’s Book One Simple Question: What Happened?

We Asked People Lining Up for Hillary Clinton’s Book One Simple Question: What Happened?

by Rachel Withers @ The Slatest

Opinions on what happened in the 2016 election are like assholes: everybody has one.

Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election because of Russia but also because sexism; because she didn’t go to Wisconsin but also because of the media; because she wasn’t likeable enough or because she didn’t show her personality enough; because Americans are angry, or gullible, or racist, or simply wanted change; because Comey, because Bernie. Emails, Benghazi, Pizzagate.

Now Hillary Clinton—who might have had a bit more at stake in the election than most—is offering her two cents on why she thinks she lost the biggest race of her life. Though many online pundits wish she could just, like, not, Hillary supporters in New York queued up for blocks Tuesday morning to get their copy of What Happened signed by the author and to hear what she had to say.

I asked those in line for Tuesday’s book signing for What Happened a basic question: “What happened?”

Here’s what they had to say.

Answers have been condensed for length and clarity.

Brian LeBlanc, 24, writer, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

A lot of it was the James Comey letter, a lot of it was WikiLeaks, then a lot of it was Bernie Sanders. I think a lot of the people that voted for Bernie Sanders decided to be part of the scorched earth campaign and then they all stayed home on election night. I think people have had 25 years to develop a hatred for Hillary Clinton, whether or not any of it’s founded (most of it’s not). And then a lot of it is, most people can’t get behind a woman. You know frat bros, it’s very hard to see them being like “yeah Hillaryyy!” whereas they’re cheering shirtless for Bernie.

Luis Cabalquinto, 82, freelance writer/poet, New York (originally from the Philippines)
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I think three things. Hillary underestimated the people in the rural areas. Second, the Russian connection. And third, the electoral college. Hillary is actually the president—if this election was held in the Philippines, where I am from, she would be the president.

George Begelman, “I’ll pass on the age,” retired life insurance salesman, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

Basically what she said: the email controversy was the thing that really gave her the most difficulty. She could never get past that. I think that was the main reason why she lost.

Elizabeth Tharakan, 32, lawyer, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I think Hillary Clinton tried to make herself approachable to the public but she didn't succeed in making herself open enough, and connecting well with voters. I think Donald Trump was more authentic, and more believable as a character, and people trusted him more. That's a shame. And I like the fact that Hillary Clinton is now making herself vulnerable, and opening herself up the public.

Lisa Halprin, 55, marketing, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

This may be controversial but I do think there was a Bernie factor, not so much Bernie, but by some of his followers that just never wanted to get behind Hillary in the end. I think that that did some damage. I also think there were a lot of dirty politics at play particularly from Russia. And I think that Comey’s release of the emails from Anthony Weiner’s computer was really a devastating blow at the end. But at the heart of it, I really do think that there’s a lot of misogyny and bias against women, and women being held to a higher standard in order to have to go above and beyond to prove their capability, which she did, in spades.

Jamie Spencer, “way too old to tell you,” currently unemployed, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

Everyone beat up on her. Comey beat up on her. Bernie Sanders beat up on her. Donald Trump, the ultimate toddler and bully, beat up on her…. I think people mistook the presidential election for a popularity contest. Hillary Clinton doesn’t come across very authentically but she was more qualified than anyone else on the ballot, and people thought they were electing someone they liked instead of someone who was going to do a good job, and they were really not thinking with their heads very clearly.

Christine Santisavan, 34, pediatrician, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

What happened? Women are not held to a fair standard in politics. It's completely patriarchal, and it’s misogynistic. If she had run a campaign other than what she ran she would have been burned for it absolutely that much more I believe. It was a perfect storm. Fake news pulled out through social media, the Russians, the email investigation, diverging political ideology in our country. I think it all came together.

Elisa Petrini, 50+, writer, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I think it was a perfect storm of things. It was gerrymandering, it was voter suppression, it was demonization by Bernie, it was demonization by Trump, it was Russian interference, it was hacking, it was everything. But I think above all, it was that Hillary has been demonized for 30 years. A lot of it is sexism, a lot of it has been sexism from the beginning. I mean the way she was attacked as Bill's wife, for being the first president in history who had a wife who has an actual job and thought that she was going to make a meaningful contribution. She was attacked for that and told that she should be baking brownies and had to change her hairdo and all that stuff because she thought that she could have a role. I think that people are so ambivalent about the role of women and Hillary will never be forgiven for being female. Alas!

Susan Toomey, 69, retired ballet dancer/teacher, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

Russia happened! Russia happened! Yes, Russia happened. He knew [about Russia] at the second debate—when he was practically up her ass walking behind her. (She should have kicked him!) Just as the debate was over, he said something to the effect of he knew he was in. Like I can’t remember his exact words but he knew that he was going to be president. And don't tell me that Donny Baby Junior didn't tell Daddy about his meeting with Russia, at Trump Tower. Don't tell me that Trump didn't know about that. I mean Donny wanted his father to be proud of him, because he's proud of Jared, he wanted him to be proud of him. Give me a break.

Iffat Nur, 19, student, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I do think Bernie Sanders refusing to bow out of the primary after New York was a problem because by staying in the race he kept on implying to his supporters that he still had a chance, and if it didn't change their vote it certainly made them less supportive of Hillary Clinton. He was mathematically eliminated a long time ago but people were still looking to him, and he kept on playing into these conspiracies that were built around his losing, the whole rigging thing, that incident in Nevada where his supporters messed up the rules but he claimed it was actually a rigged primary.... it was stuff like that that depressed the support for Hillary Clinton later on, which turned out to be a huge problem.

Richard Raphael, 63, from Australia
Couldn’t vote

He's a great snake oil salesman, and he's a very good marketer. He's very effective at getting a message across, and I think he used all that charm that he's got—false charm, but charm nonetheless—to appeal to the people that live in fear. The discerning person I can't imagine would vote for Trump... So anyone that's thinking about what's happening would not vote for him. But people who live in fear don't think clearly…

JC di Maria, 16, student, New York
Couldn't vote (but went into the booth with his father)

I know there’s was a lot of different factors but the most prevalent in my opinion was definitely Russian interference. In 2011, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Vladimir Putin, and Putin is one of the world’s most famous blacklisters. And when she started running I kind of got the feeling that he wasn’t going to let her get away with it, at least not without a fight, and you know, she still won the popular vote, so, she was a strong enough candidate for that.

Amber, 32, writer, New York
Voted for Bernie in primary then Hillary in the general

I don’t think you could go from a Barack Obama figure, someone who was so amazing in terms of what we've seen before, to go back to someone who's so heavily tied to all those politics that we knew prior. I don’t think you can go back.

If it was her time it would have happened in 2008…. I don't think it’s her fault, it’s just the way that it went down.

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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6 Go-To Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Everyone needs a go-to dessert recipe - a dessert that's easy to make, but one that knocks it out of the park when it comes to taste. I have 5 here that you're going to love! These are the recipes I turn to any time I'm entertaining or going to a family function or get-together. They're a cinch to make, and everyone always devours them! Check 'em out, and add them to YOUR list of awesome go-to desserts!

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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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Crepe Paper Poppy Craft for Kids to Make for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Another beautiful (and easy) poppy craft for kids to make for Remembrance Day or Anzac Day. If you loved the gorgeous painted coffee filter poppies we made the other day, you'll adore these crepe paper poppies. They're so simple to make, using only crepe paper and a paper plate. Check them out. I think you're going to love them!

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How to Make a Homemade Light Box

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a homemade light box for play with 2 common household items.  Great for home, in the car, playdates and sleep-overs! I’ve done it!  I’ve come up with an easy, inexpensive homemade Light Box for the play room, and I’m so excited to share it with you! For months  now, I’ve been drooling over all of the fabulous light...

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Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Cough & Cold

Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Cough & Cold

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

I thought I'd try my hand at vlogging, and my conclusion is that I'm a much better writer than a speaker or videographer. But I spent all dang day on this, so I'm posting it anyway.

This is a recipe for elderberry syrup, which is seriously effective, and MUCH less expensive than any elderberry concoctions or sambucol medications you'll buy in the store. It's easy and it's really, really fun to make.

Here is the recipe for it, or you can opt to watch the haphazard and very home-video quality tutorial.

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Homemade Paper Bag Kite with Winder Handle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. Let’s go fly a kite, and send it soaring…”   Looking for a fun and easy craft AND activity for your preschooler to do on a windy day? Make a kite! This homemade paper bag kite takes just 3 basic supplies, and it makes for...

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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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Sheet Music Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sheet music Christmas tree ornaments are so charming, and easy to make! Deck out your whole tree or use them as gift-toppers for the music-lovers on your Christmas list!

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Trump Threatens Total Destruction of North Korea, Calls Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” in U.N. Speech

Trump Threatens Total Destruction of North Korea, Calls Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” in U.N. Speech

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Donald Trump gave his first address to the United Nations on Tuesday. By his standards, it was fairly tame. Except this part:

North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience. But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime; the United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.

Ye gods. This is the second time Trump has tried out the “Rocket Man” nickname:

Rocket Man. Good song!

Squalane As A Natural Face Moisturizer

by @ Alabu Skin Care: Latest News

As we age our skin loses elasticity. Squalane is naturally present in our skin but as we age we produce less. Our skin becomes dry causing wrinkles and fine lines to show up. A vegetable derived Squalane is available as a moisturizer which can help replace what you lose with age. Your skin will become softer and smoother and look more youthful.

15 Gorgeous, Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

15 of my all-time favourite, absolutely gorgeous, totally easy Christmas ornaments for kids to make. Those of you who have been following me for a year or two know how much the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare LOVE making Christmas crafts.  If you’ve just joined us recently, well, let’s just say cheap and easy...

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Easy Rhubarb Scratch Cake – a Delicious Summertime Dessert

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a patch of rhubarb that's just busting to be harvested? This is one of the easiest, best, from-scratch recipes you'll ever find for fresh rhubarb! Serve it with coffee or after a meal with a scoop of ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Tangy-tart with a sugar-cinnamon topping, this Rhubarb scratch cake is guaranteed to be a hit at home or at a summer-time gathering with friends and family. It tastes amazing, it looks great and it's SO easy to make!

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This Pears soap just won't wash!

This Pears soap just won't wash!


the Guardian

When they changed his favourite soap, Bob Stanley got into a lather – then began a mission to hunt down old stock

How Do Lip Balms Help with Chapped Lips?

by Nina George @

The beeswax in Mountain Sky lip balms essentially creates a protective barrier that prevents your lip moisture from escaping. Normally moisture evaporates through the surface of your lips, especially on dry, cold, windy days, or sunny summer days. To prevent chapped lips: 1. Do not excessively lick your lips. Added sweeteners to lip balms cause people [...]

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Making Paper Flowers for Homemade Greeting Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These are just the most adorable little paper flowers. They're so simple to make, but the process is great for helping preschoolers develop fine motor and scissor skills. Don't they look sweet on the front of this homemade Mother's Day card?

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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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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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Trump Calls on NFL Owners to Fire Players Who Kneel During Anthem

Trump Calls on NFL Owners to Fire Players Who Kneel During Anthem

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Donald Trump went to Alabama Friday night to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange, telling supporters he had a better chance of beating the Democratic candidate than his primary opponent, Roy Moore. But the commander in chief found it difficult to stay on message, giving a nearly 90-minute rambling speech in which he all but acknowledged that endorsing Strange may have been a mistake and vowed to campaign for Moore if he won the primary.

In one of his many asides, Trump harshly criticized the NFL and its owners for tolerating players who he said disrespect the United States by failing to stand up for the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said. “You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Trump called on supporters to “leave the stadium” to protest against the political statements by players. “I guarantee things will stop.” The president then went on to suggest the NFL was suffering a drop in ratings because it was being way too strict on hard tackles, seemingly criticizing the efforts to prevent injuries. “Because you know today if you hit too hard: Fifteen yards. Throw him out of the game,” Trump said. “That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. It is hurting the game.”

Commenting on the NFL was hardly the only time Trump got off topic at the rally in Huntsville, where many of the attendees openly told reporters they were only there to hear the president and would vote for Moore. The Washington Post summarizes:

He repeatedly cursed, mocked the leader of North Korea, jokingly threatened to fire a Cabinet member who endorsed Moore, called on professional football team owners to fire players who kneel during the national anthem, promised to build a new “see-through wall” on the southern border, called allegations of Russian interference in the election a “hoax,” accused unions of protecting “sadists” who abuse elderly veterans, and repeatedly relived the 2016 election.

Trump also said his supporters should vote for Strange at least in part because if he loses it would be really embarrassing for the president. “If Luther doesn't win, they're not going to say we picked up 25 points in a very short period of time. They're going to say, ‘Donald Trump, the president of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the line. It is a terrible, terrible moment for Trump. This is total embarrassment’.” The president also acknowledged that he “might have made a mistake” by endorsing Strange rather than outspoken conservative Moore, who is leading in the polls and has been endorsed by many conservatives, including his former chief adviser Steve Bannon.

Even if Strange loses though, Trump’s supporters shouldn’t worry because he’ll “be here campaigning like hell” for Moore.

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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Adorable Easter Chick Napkin Ring Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wanna see something that's just too stinkin' cute? Check out these adorable Easter chick napkin rings! This easy easter craft will add a cheery pop of colour to your Easter table this year.

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The Truth about LYE by Mountain Sky Soaps

by Nina George @

 Lye is a mixture of sodium hydroxide and water. For real soap to have cleaning and lathering qualities, it has to have some sort of alkali. When an alkali is added to oils, saponification occurs and produces soap. Kali Spice Karma Cleansing Bar Soap Detergents use petroleum products or vegetable oils, all [...]

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View From My Window – Persistence Pays Off!

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Persistence pays off. I’m happy I can report that our brown Leghorn rooster (Roo) is in recovery mode now. For weeks I wondered if it was a hopeless cause. Everyone wondered when I would give up and sometimes I secretly hoped I would come out in the morning and find out he had passed in the […]

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CD Mandala Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got some old, scratched CDs and DVDs that you don't know what to do with? Have your kids turn them into gorgeous CD Mandala ornaments for the Christmas tree! This is such a calming and relaxing activity, and the results are just beautiful! Don't you just love turning trash into treasures like this? 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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The Easiest Easter Chicks Ever (They’re So Darn Cute!)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make the sweetest spring chicks and nests using things you already have around the house: tissue paper and paper bags! A last minute Easter craft doesn't get any easier than this!

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Which is the national language of India?

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different

Most favorable answer would be Hindi, but this is not right. Actually, India has NO national language. India has national flower (Lotus), national animal (tiger), national bird (Peacock), but in Indian constitution, there is no provision of having national language, so, there is no national language for India by law.

Article 343 (1) talks about official languages of India. According to article 343 (1), Hindi and English are official languages of India.

Suresh Kachhadia has filed PIL about national language of India. Gujarat High Court has clarifiedthat, Hindi is not the national language of India.



Watch the Raiders' Stadium Go Nuts for Marshawn Lynch's Sideline Victory Dance

Watch the Raiders' Stadium Go Nuts for Marshawn Lynch's Sideline Victory Dance

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Running back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch is one of the NFL's best characters, a bowling ball of adrenaline on the field and a charismatic enigma off it. He's also an Oakland native who came out of retirement this year to play for his hometown team. On Sunday, as the Raiders were well on their way to moving to a 2-0 record with a thunderous, dominating win over the pathetic New York Jets, the stadium's DJ cued up a local jam called "Oakland." As you can see above, it went over very well with both Lynch and the Raiders crowd as a whole.

The Raiders are America's team now. Go Raiders!

Update, 5 p.m.: I forgot to mention that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas at some point in the next few years because NFL team owners aren't allowed to let their teams play in no-frills, multi-use, public-minded stadiums like the Oakland Coliseum anymore. Good luck getting whatever luxury-box laden upscale mall they'll be calling a "stadium" in Vegas to jump off like that, though.

Easy Homemade Braiding Board – Learn How To Braid the Fun Way!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Teach kids how to braid with a homemade braiding board!

The 7 year old learned how to braid in minutes with hers, and the older kids loved practicing their braiding skills!

They're so easy to make! Click the link below to check them out!

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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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3-Ingredient Homemade Puffy Paint – an Easy Microwaveable Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a quick and easy art activity to do with your kids, this one is fabulous. Not only is it an art activity, it's a bit of a science activity as well!

All you need are 3 ingredients to make this awesome homemade puffy paint! It's fun to paint and create with, and the best part? ...you just put it in the microwave, and it puffs right up!

SO cool! Have a look!

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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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Crazy-Good Carrot Cake Recipe With Cream Cheese Frosting

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a crazy-good carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting, look no further!

This is your cake! I mean it! It might even be just as good as my crazy banana cake, and believe me, THAT cake is out of this world. I say "might" because it all comes down to personal taste, so I'll let you be the official judge!

My banana cake is crazy because of the way you bake and cool it, but this carrot cake is just plain crazy-GOOD. No wacky baking techniques - it's just a traditional carrot cake that everyone goes nuts for.

I've made dozens of carrot cakes over the years, but after snagging this recipe from a friend about 10 years ago, I've abandoned all other recipes, and you might too. There's no turning back after you've tasted this one!

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Pool Noodle Abacus for your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pool noodle abacus:  use pool noodles as loose parts in your backyard play space. Ok, so technically ours is not a true abacus, but it could be with the addition of just a few more ropes. Whatever you choose to call this activity, the fact is: we’ve been playing with pool noodles here in our backyard play...

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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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Cuteness Alert: This CD Chick is Almost Too Cute To Handle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

CUTENESS ALERT! Brace yourself. This is quite possibly the cutest little chick craft ever. And it's ridiculously easy to make too! Grab an old CD and some tissue paper, and let's do this!

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Shea Body Butter Heals Dry Skin And Hair

by @ Alabu Skin Care: Latest News

Shea body butter works wonders on cracked heels and elbows. It's soothing effects will transform the dry areas of your skin including dry cuticles. It also works to condition and protect your hair from dryness and free radicals that wonder in the air. Only a small amount is needed when applying it to the hair.

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 Yummiest, Easiest Way to Eat a Plain Avocado

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This, in my opinion, is absolutely the BEST, easiest and yummiest way to eat a plain avocado! So fresh, so simple and SO tasty! It's my new favourite "light" lunch or afternoon snack! I think I'm addicted...

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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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Halloween Necklaces

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween Necklaces – great, little halloween craft toddlers and preschoolers to help develop hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. We’re making lots of Halloween crafts here in my home daycare these days!  We made these Hallowe’en necklaces today! The hooligans loved the process for the festive colours, and because they created something they could wear....

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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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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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35+ Very Cool Things to Make with a Paper Bag

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who knew there were so many COOL things you could make with a brown paper bag? Check out this fab collection! More than 35+ awesome paper bag crafts for all seasons and all age groups. You'll even want to make some of these yourself, Mom!

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Our Most Popular Posts of 2014

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am so excited to be venturing into a fresh new year with you! 2014 was a year of incredible growth for Happy Hooligans, and YOU played a huge part in that. So just for fun, I've rounded up the 10 posts that saw the most love and attention in 2014 as a way to look back over our year together! Enjoy...

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When Your Child Won’t Poop on the Potty – Real Solutions that Work

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There’s a very common problem that you may encounter when your toddler is potty training: you may get to the point where your child won’t poop on the potty. I know, I know, you thought the worst of the diaper dilemmas were over, but often, potty training brings about new and challenging issues. First of all, you...

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Wine Cork Crows – a Quirky Little Cork Craft for Fall

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok! We have another ADORABLE addition to our growing collection of wine cork craft! We made these little crows in a matter of minutes, and they're so darn cute! Great little Halloween decoration or perfect little table table toppers at a harvest dinner.

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Pringles Can and Paint Swatch Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A pringles can and some paint swatches makes a great fine motor drop box activity for babies and toddlers! I have a hard time parting with my recyclables.  Before I toss anything into the blue bin, I think seriously about its potential to be upcycled into a craft or an activity for the hooligans.  As...

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Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough – Ready in 5 minutes!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

2 Ingredient Cloud-Dough: the ultimate sensory dough!  Cloud dough requires only 2 common household ingredients, and it’s ready in minutes. It smells heavenly, and it’s a delight to run your fingers through! I’m a sucker for a good, homemade sensory play recipe, and this flour and baby oil Cloud dough is something I’ve been waiting...

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Pom Pom Spiders and Wooly Webs – a Weaving Activity and Halloween Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pom pom spiders and wooly webs: an Easy Halloween craft and a weaving activity all rolled into one. The Hooligans and I have had a spectacular month, doing all sorts of fall crafts and activities. The weather has been incredibly warm this Autumn, but as Halloween approaches, I’m getting excited about the cooler weather and...

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Adorable Paper Plate Gingerbread Man Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this is quite possibly THEE cutest gingerbread craft EVER. And guess what - it's SO super-easy. Oh, and it's also a paper plate craft because we're going gangbusters trying to finish our A-Z paper plate collection at the moment. This is probably the most adorable Letter "G" craft you could ever want, and it's also quite timely for Christmas crafting what with gingerbreads being very festive and all. Have a peek, and tell me it's not the most Anyway... have a peek, and tell me what you think. Is this over-the-top cuteness or what?

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How to Peel a Pomegranate – Quick, Easy and Mess-Free

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you love pomegranate, but you don’t love peeling one and removing the seeds?  Well, you will love this post then! Today I’m going to show you how to peel a pomegranate in just a few minutes, without any mess! Pomegranates are absolutely delicious, and they’re also really good for you.  Unfortunately, some people are...

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More Pure Soapmaking

by Dana @ New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

I truly have been enjoying inspiration from Anne-Marie Faiola’s Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps, which I reviewed recently on this blog. I have also enjoyed watching other soapmakers experiment with Anne-Marie’s ideas and recipes from the book. I spent a few minutes today watching soapers try Anne-Marie’s recipe for an […]

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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10 Terrific Things to Make with Old CDs and DVDs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have you ever wondered what you can do with old, scratched CDs and DVDs that you can’t play anymore? Don’t throw them out!  You can make all kinds of great things with them! We love crafting with recyclables or with things that we’d normally throw in the trash, so when I come across a cd...

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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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Another Strong Earthquake Rattles Mexico as Rescue Efforts Continue

Another Strong Earthquake Rattles Mexico as Rescue Efforts Continue

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday morning, spreading fear and panic in the country that is still reeling from two quakes earlier this month. Although no deaths were immediately reported, the latest quake forced rescue workers to stop some of the ongoing searches for survivors of Tuesday’s larger quake. It also caused some already damaged buildings, and even a bridge, to collapse. “Homes that were still standing just fell down,” a witness said. “It’s hard. We are all in the streets.”

The epicenter of Saturday’s relatively shallow quake was in Oaxaca state in a town that is about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City. No new damage was immediately reported in the Mexican capital although there was increased concern about the risk that it could pose to already damaged buildings, leading to the suspension of some rescue operations. That frustrated rescue workers that continued battling the clock to find any possible survivors. “We hear that there are possibly more people alive, but the clock is ticking and they are injured and dehydrated,” said a worker who had been helping to clear rubble. “It’s frustrating not being able to do anything.”

Scientists said the Saturday quake was likely an aftershock of the 8.1-magnitude quake that struck southern Mexico and killed almost 100 people, largely in Oaxaca state, on Sept. 7. “We’re calling it an aftershock of the 8.1,” U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist John Bellini said. “An 8.1 is expected to have several aftershocks in the 6 range. … The 6 is not surprising.”

The death toll from Tuesday’s quake has no increased to at least 305 people, increasing to more than 400 when taking into account those killed by the Sept. 7 earthquake.

Teaching Spreading Skills with Blocks and Shaving Cream

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a super activity for teaching spreading skills to your preschooler or toddler?  Break out the building blocks and shaving cream!  And prepare yourself for a little bit of mess and a whole lot of fun. Recently, while preparing some crackers and peanut butter for snack, I got thinking about helping the children develop their spreading...

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Aphids in the Garden? Try Mountain Sky Castile Liquid Soap!

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It is gardening season and I have lots of greens including thousands of green aphid creatures sucking up the plant juices. Did you know that aphids can wreak havoc on growing plants by weakening plants and spreading diseases.  Here in Canada, the vampire aphids sucking up the plant juices weaken the plants so they can't [...]

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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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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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These are the Best Bread Machine Dinner Rolls Ever

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If the thought of making homemade dinner rolls sounds like too much work, I have some fantastic news for you. These Bread Machine Dinner Rolls, are so easy to make! They’re soft and fluffy and so delicious.  You’ll never buy store-bought buns again!  I am a huge bread-lover.  Seriously, if I had to live on one thing alone for...

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Why Dawn Is The Bird Cleaner Of Choice In Oil Spills

Why Dawn Is The Bird Cleaner Of Choice In Oil Spills


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Whether it's a sea turtle, a brown pelican or human skin, if it's coated with oil, the product being used to clean it is likely to be Dawn dishwashing liquid. Ironically, petroleum is a key ingredient in the detergent.

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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Trump Rescinds White House Invitation for NBA’s Warriors After Criticism From Players

Trump Rescinds White House Invitation for NBA’s Warriors After Criticism From Players

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Donald Trump said that anyone who doesn’t see going to the White House as an honor shouldn’t go. As part of a Saturday morning tweetstorm, Trump suggested he won’t invite the Golden State Warriors to the White House to celebrate their NBA title after Stephen Curry made it clear he didn’t want to go.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry told reporters on Friday. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

On Twitter on Saturday morning, the president wrote that the invite was off. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

In effect, Trump withdrew an invitation that didn’t actually exist. The White House had not invited the Warriors but the two sides had been talking about the issue and administration officials made it clear the administration would extend the invitation if the team decided to go, according to ESPN.

“I don’t want to go. That’s the nucleus of my belief. If it was just me, it would be a pretty short conversation,” Curry said as the management of the team said they would discuss the issue with the players to make a decision as a group.  Curry wasn’t alone in his views. Kevin Durant also said he didn’t want to go to the White House. “I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.

The president commented on Curry 20 minutes after Fox & Friends covered the story on Saturday morning.

Trump's tweet marked the second time in less than 24 hours that the president commented on sports. On Friday night, the president criticized the NFL players who protest during the national anthem, although he didn't mention anyone by name. Earlier, the White House had called for the firing of ESPN's Jemele Hill* after she described Trump as a white supremacist. "Why anyone would think that of a politician who continually publicly attacks outspoken black people in an attempt to whip up his largely white constituency is not much of a mystery," notes Deadspin.

Correction at 6:45 p.m.: This article initially misspelled Jemele Hill's name.

Seattle Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Allegations of Sexually Abusing Underage Boys

Seattle Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Allegations of Sexually Abusing Underage Boys

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday he will resign from office hours after the publication of a Seattle Times report in which Murray’s cousin accused the mayor of underage sexual abuse in the 1970s when he was just 13 years old. This is not the first allegation of sexual abuse leveled at the longtime Seattle politician, who was elected the city’s mayor in 2013; four other men have come forward since April with allegations that they were sexually abused by Murray in the 1980s when they were minors.

“Joseph Dyer, 54, a dialysis technician and Air Force veteran, says he was 13 when Murray forced him into sex for about a year while the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home in the Long Island town of Medford, New York,” according to the Seattle Times. “The molestation stopped, Dyer said, only after a boy in a Catholic group home where Murray worked accused Murray of abuse. According to Dyer, his uncle negotiated to get group-home officials not to pursue charges as long as Murray left. After that, Murray left town, Dyer said, and he never saw or spoke to his cousin again.”

The 62-year-old Murray denied the allegations in a statement, but said that he will leave office effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. “While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in a written statement Tuesday. Murray had previously announced in May when the first round of accusations hit, that he will not seek reelection.

Murray, a Democrat, is the city’s first openly gay mayor and was an early and vocal national advocate for the gay community when he served in the state legislature for nearly two decades before running for mayor. As mayor, Murray pushed for gay rights and was a key figure in securing marriage equality in the state. Murray campaigned for governor on the promise to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The City Council president, Bruce Harrell, will take over as mayor; an election to select a new mayor was already scheduled for November.

21 Easy Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're a teacher, homeschooler or daycare provider planning your Halloween craft line-up, you will 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 all absolutely adorable! Click the link below to see them all now!

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Yes! You Can Eat Anything You Want And Still Lose Weight! Here’s How

by Emaan Shah @ STYLECRAZE

Are you guilty of yo-yo dieting? If so, you’re not alone. In this day and age, it feels as though almost every new week brings another brand new diet craze. Which, let’s face it, you’re ultimately going to fail at. [...]

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Painting Like Eric Carle – Homemade Easter Egg Napkin Rings Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I have a really cool painting process to share with you!

Have you ever wondered how Eric Carle creates the artwork for the pictures in his books?

It's gorgeous, right? Wouldn't you love to create art like that?

Well, guess what!

He's made a short slide-show, demonstrating exactly how he paints, and it's actually a really simple process!

I gave it a try, and oh man! It's super-fun and totally addictive. I ended up making all kinds of coloured papers because once I got started, I couldn't stop!

Then I used some of the coloured papers to make Easter Egg napkin rings.

They're really pretty. And oh-so-Eric-Carle.

I think your kids are going to LOVE painting this way.

I've included a link to the Eric Carle slide-show in this post, so check it out.

And try it for yourself.

This would be an AWESOME activity for a school art class or an art party!

Click the link below to watch Mr. Carle's video, and to see our napkin rings!

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Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: The Russia Investigation Is Back, Baby! Here’s the Latest.

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: The Russia Investigation Is Back, Baby! Here’s the Latest.

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

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 Russia investigation! It dropped out of the headlines for a few days there thanks in part to POTUS's sudden friendliness toward Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but now it's back and better than ever, if by "better" you mean "uncovering yet more evidence that the American election was sabotaged by white-power trolls employed by a hostile foreign intelligence operation." To wit:

1. Facebook has concluded that a 225,000-member anti-immigrant group that attempted to organize anti-Clinton rallies in Texas during the 2016 presidential campaign was "likely operated out of Russia," Business Insider reports. (It's not clear if anyone actually showed up at any of the rallies.) The Daily Beast reported on Monday that a similarly sketchy Russia-connected group targeted an Idaho town where the yogurt company Chobani employs resettled refugees.

2. Relatedly, Bloomberg reports that Mueller's investigation now involves a "red-hot" interest in 2016 social media activity by Russia-linked actors—and in the question of whether any of that activity was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Behold the Red Hot Mueller Peppers!

3. NBC News reports that Michael Flynn Jr., the son of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, is a "subject" of Mueller's probe. Flynn Jr. worked for his father's lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group; it's been previously reported that Mueller is looking into whether any of Flynn Sr.'s relationships (financial and otherwise) with figures in Russia and Turkey broke the law. A former federal prosecutor who worked on corruption cases speculates here that investigating Flynn Jr. might be a way to gain leverage and "flip" Flynn Sr.

4. It's been previously reported that Flynn Sr. was involved as a lobbyist in promoting a plan that involved U.S. and Russian companies seeking to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East; the Wall Street Journal now reports that he continued to promote the plan inside the Trump administration after he was named national security adviser. (For what it's worth, the Journal report quotes an anonymous source saying the plan is now "more of an 'American initiative'" rather than a joint initiative.)

Raise the meter for Mother Russia!

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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Toddler Art with with Mirrors and Dry Erase Markers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mirrors and dry erase markers with glass beads: a drawing activity and fine motor fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Sometimes we do an activity and I get so excited about it I can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve felt that way all day today! You may know how much I love doing mirror...

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5 Adorable Owl Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s an adorable round-up of 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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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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Easiest White-Chocolate-Dipped Gingerbread Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're a lazy (ahem... BUSY) baker like I am, you'll LOVE this super-easy recipe because all you need are two things to make these fancy Valentines cookies!

Yep! Just two things, and you'll have fresh baked gingerbread cookies dipped in rich white chocolate!

They're so good, your friends and family will never guess you made them in minutes! (They'd be perfect for a classroom party too!)

Check 'em out!

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Today's Impeach-O-Meter: We Forgot How Much Trump Hates Jeff Sessions Now

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: We Forgot How Much Trump Hates Jeff Sessions Now

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

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.

Much speculation about Donald Trump's apparent decision to partner with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on DACA-related legislation has involved POTUS' beef with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Trump's decisions are driven by impulsive personal animosity, the thinking goes, and buddying up with Pelosi/Schumer is simply the best way to get back at McConnell for failing to pass a health care bill. The New York Times, though, noted Thursday that the DACA decision is also a stick to the eye of hardline anti-immigration attorney general Jeff Sessions, who angered Trump by recusing himself from the Russia investigation and leaving it under the control of deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein then appointed Robert Mueller, whose public prestige and statutory independence from the administration means Trump can't bully him. And that makes Donny real mad! From the Times:

When the phone call ended, Mr. McGahn relayed the news [about Mueller's appointment] to the president and his aides. Almost immediately, Mr. Trump lobbed a volley of insults at Mr. Sessions, telling the attorney general it was his fault they were in the current situation. Mr. Trump told Mr. Sessions that choosing him to be attorney general was one of the worst decisions he had made, called him an “idiot,” and said that he should resign.

As wild as this is, it's probably a wash for now for impeachment purposes. On the one hand it's a reminder that Trump may well commit the supremely stupid and self-incriminating act of firing the attorney general because he won't let the president obstruct justice. On the other, doing the opposite of what Jeff Sessions wants on every issue would mean embracing sensible, popular positions on issues ranging from DREAMers to asset seizure to weed decriminalization. So ... we'll see!

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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Sand Play Idea – DIY Sand Table For Kids Without a Sandbox

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

No doubt about it, kids love to play in a sandbox,  but what do you do if you don’t have one in your yard?  You create a DIY sand table!  Check out this small sand play idea!  It’s perfect for kids who don’t have a sand box! Sometimes it’s fun to take an activity that...

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Button Wreath Ornament for the Christmas Tree

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bust out your button collection!  We’re making a simple Button Wreath Ornament for the Christmas tree today! This button wreath ornament is very easy to make, so it’s a great Christmas craft for preschoolers.  If you older kids who love sifting  through your button collection though, then a pretty, little button wreath will be a hit...

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Things to know before buying a new laptop or desktop computer

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different

I purchased my laptop on 09thAug 2007. Those days, I was not that much technically sound in hardware. But, I compared a lot models, explored technology forums and after in depth comparative study, I made a decision on a model (HP Pavillion dv 6516tx). Most of people blindly purchase laptop or desktop computer without understanding the technical details of the configuration. In the article, Laptop or Desktop Computer - what should I purchase? I discussed about the best computer match for you. Here, I am going to discuss about importance of each key part of computer system. In this article, some parts of computer will not be applicable for laptop computer like monitor, keyboard but other parts will be same for both.
1.  Processor: This is one of the most important parts of computer system. As the name suggest, it processes/controls all activities of computer system with the help of operating system. I recommend Intel processor because they have a very good research in the development of desktop processors. It is always better to buy higher bit processor i.e. 64 bits processor is better than 32 bits processor, provided that, operating system and all other software will be of 64 bits.
2.    Cache memory: This is one of the ignored parts of computer system but cache memory is very important in terms of speed of computer system. Processor uses the cache memory to store frequently required data.
3.   RAM: This is the second most important part of computer system after processor. RAM is working space of computer system i.e. all the computer operations are carried out in RAM. If computer has a large RAM, then big number of applications can be run simultaneously.
4.   Operating System: This is another most important part of computer system. Processor controls all computer activities through operating system. Unless and until, there is no good software to run the hardware, that hardware will not make sense, so operating system plays a big role in operating computer system. Though, the system has a fast processor and large RAM and not compatible operating system then the PC will not give a better performance. For example, if processor is 64 bits and the operating system is 32 bits then that hardware utilise its half working capacity and half will be idle. So, 64 bits operating system and software should be installed on the system.
5.      Hard disk: This is used to store the data like documents, music files, photos, and videos. Usually people give more important to the hard disk size, but I don’t. I suggest do not buy a large capacity hard disk, rather you should buy additional external hard disk (preferably, solid state drive) to safely save the data. Don’t think about storing about videos and music files just think about your personal data, because you can transfer the music files and videos from someone but once your personal data gets loss then it cannot be recovered.
Hard disk is used to store the data like text documents, audio file or video files. Usually people think to have big size storage medium. But in my view, you should purchase maximum 500 GB hard disk because our personal data (not music files and movies) does not exceed 500 GB. I would recommend extra 500 GB external hard disk to store your personal data as a back safely.
6.    Graphics Card: This is the part of computer system that helps the processor to process the graphics stuff i.e. picture, video or animation. So, this is an additional processor to handle graphics. Usually, people buy this part without knowing its use. Actually, this should be purchased by those who professionally work in graphics and multimedia field like animators, graphics editors etc or CAD design field or HD game lovers. The users who don’t play HD games, those should not buy graphics card, it will unnecessarily increase the cost of computer system. The graphics card produces heat and if computer system has not proper air ventilation then system will be heated and this may cause IC burning problem. I have experienced the same incident. I talked with technician; he told me that most of such problems happened in summer.
7.   Battery: This part is not applicable for desktop computer but for laptop this is an important part. Average battery life of laptop computer is 2-3 years provided that you have used it properly. If you want to extend the battery life period then follow the rule that - “Plug charger to laptop when battery goes below 10% and completely charge it until it reaches to 100%. Do not plug in charger until it reaches to 10%”. Replacing battery with new one is the recurring expense for the laptop.
8.     Monitor: This is most known part of computer system. The monitor is used to display the output through screen. Technically, screen is the display device not monitor. The screen is fitted in monitor so in general speaking monitor is called display device. LED monitor/ screen should be purchased because of low consumption of electricity. In my opinion, touch screen should not be purchased because it is impractical to use touch screen for a big display devices. It is ok with mobile devices like cell phone or phablet or tablet.
9.   Fan: Fan is used to drain out heat which is generated by electronic components of computer. There should be sufficient heat sink for the computer.
10. USB Port: USB port facilitates faster communication between computer and external devices. There should be at least 3 USB ports to the system. In which at least one port should be USB 3.0 or eSATA or Thunderbolt because these are the next generation port for faster data transfer.
11.  Keyboard: Keyboard is used to give inputs to computer system. The inputs are in the forms of text or commands. I would recommend using HCL keyboard.
12. Mouse: Mouse is used to handle various computer activities like clicking, dragging etc. You can use USB wired or wireless mouse, but wireless mouse are expensive. For laptop users, I would recommend use mouse rather than touchpad. It’s easy to handle the computer through mouse. 
     In my view, while purchasing a computer, you need to select good & high speed processor and large RAM by considering a long term view.

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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Coconut Oil & Olive Oil Crockpot Soap Recipe |Wellness Mama

Coconut Oil & Olive Oil Crockpot Soap Recipe |Wellness Mama


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This basic soap recipe uses coconut oil and olive oil and is made in a crockpot or slowcooker. A simple and moisturizing recipe you can make at home!

Coolest Homemade Father’s Day Card – Tie-Dyed Paper Towel “T-Shirts”

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

GAH!! I am so excited to show you the totally unique and adorable Father's Day cards we made the other day!

The hooligans turned paper towels into miniature "tie dyed" tee-shirts, to deliver a "TEE-rific" message to their Dads on Father's Day.

The process is super-easy and a lot of fun, and the results were fabulous!

Click the link below to see for yourself!!

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Tom Price Took at Least 24 Private Flights at Taxpayer Expense Since May, Politico Reports

Tom Price Took at Least 24 Private Flights at Taxpayer Expense Since May, Politico Reports

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken taxpayer-funded private jet flights at least 24 times since May, Politico reported on Thursday:

The frequency of the trips underscores how private travel has become the norm — rather than the exception — for the Georgia Republican during his tenure atop the federal health agency, which began in February. The cost of the trips identified by POLITICO exceeds $300,000, according to a review of federal contracts and similar trip itineraries.

Price’s use of private jets represents a sharp departure from his two immediate predecessors, Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius, who flew commercially in the continental United States. HHS officials have said Price uses private jets only when commercial travel is not feasible.

In an article earlier this week on Price’s flights, Politico reported that Price’s claim does not appear to be true: Affordable commercial alternatives were available, for instance, for a round trip to Philadelphia last week, which would have cost $725 at the most. Ultimately the flight cost around $25,000. Politico reported Thursday that alternatives were likely available for many of the other flights Price has taken since May, including a June 6 trip to Nashville, Tennessee. “There are four regular nonstop flights that leave Washington-area airports between 6:59 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. and arrive in Nashville by 9:46 a.m. CT,” Politico’s Rachana Pradhan and Dan Diamond wrote. “Sample round-trip fares for those flights were as low as $202, when booked in advance on Orbitz.com. Price’s charter, according to HHS’ contract with Classic Air Charter, cost $17,760.”

HHS spokeswoman Charmaine Yoest told Politico that Price’s travel had been affected by the demands of responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “Nonetheless, POLITICO identified at least 17 charter flights that took place before the first storm—Hurricane Harvey—hit in late August, and included flights that did not appear to be for urgent HHS public health priorities,” Pradhan and Diamond write. “For example, Price took a Learjet-60 from San Diego to the Aspen Ideas Festival—a glamorous conference at the Colorado resort town—that arrived at 3:33 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, June 24, nearly 19 hours before his scheduled panel. That flight likely cost more than $7,100, according to one charter jet agency estimate.”

recycled crafts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A few ideas to keep little crafters busy… I SPY BOTTLES Set out an assortment of small, colourful objects and have children pick a colour theme i.e. red/pink, green/purple etc.  Have them select objects to match their chosen colours, and drop them in an energy drink bottle.  The Hooligans love dropping things into things, so this...

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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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Homemade Pesto Recipe with Fresh Basil

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey lovelies! The weather isn't getting any warmer out there, and we'll likely get frost soon, so if you have basil in your garden, get out there and harvest it!

Honestly! All it takes is just one cold night, and it will wilt and die. That would be tragic. You so don't want that to happen!

What you want to do is make this AMAZING homemade pesto with your crop!

It's so easy! You can make it in minutes with just 5 ingredients: basil, parmesan, oil, garlic and nuts.

Seriously! It is THAT EASY! nuts - blend it together, and you're done.

It's OUT OF THIS WORLD on pasta but you can also serve it with fish, chicken, pork... You can stir into stir it into soup, spread it on a burger, slather it on bread, add it to eggs, dips, pizza...

Best of all, you can make a ton and freeze it, so you can enjoy it all winter long!

Trust me. You'll never want store-bought again!

Click the link below for my recipe!

Enjoy! Oh, and take a minute, and let me know what you think when you try it!

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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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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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British Authorities Arrest 18-Year-Old Man in Connection With London Subway Bombing

British Authorities Arrest 18-Year-Old Man in Connection With London Subway Bombing

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

British authorities detained an 18-year-old man Saturday morning in what they’re calling a “significant arrest” in connection with Friday’s botched bombing in the London subway that injured dozens of commuters. The man, who has not been identified, was arrested in the port area of the coastal town of Dover some 75 miles southeast of London. Investigators believe the suspect may have been in the port town trying to leave the country on a ferry, the Guardian reports. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through the group’s Amaq news agency.

“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said in a statement Saturday. “Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.”

It’s not immediately clear what the man’s connection to the improvised explosive device that partially detonated around 8:20 a.m. Friday morning inside a subway car at Parsons Green station in southwest London. The IED was detonated by a timer, not a mobile phone, which have been used for such attacks in the past. British authorities says 30 people were injured in the partial explosion. Friday’s attack was the fifth terrorist attack in London in less than six months.

Keep TPP Weird: Three Unusual Traits About GG

by GG @ The Pagan Princesses

As I mentioned last week, Jax is on vacation. I’m posting a few not-too-long and not-too-serious articles in her absence. The Pagan Princesses live in Austin, where the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” It’s a rallying cry and a marketing strategy designed to encourage patronage of local businesses and merchants. And it also helps keep our local culture alive by promoting and supporting some of the unusual events in our town. For example, Eeyore’s Birthday – a free, fun hippie frolic in a public park completely run by volunteers. Note: If you live in or near Austin, the 51st Annual Eeyore’s Birthday will be April 26th – and there will be a Maypole! While I consider myself an Austinite now, I don’t consider myself a totally weird person. But I have to admit, I have some quirks. In the interest of sharing (or maybe TMI), I thought I’d share a few of my uniquely-me traits. Judge me or don’t, but have fun doing it! ♕I like to chew gum in the shower. Even when I wash my hair. I am not sure why washing my hair should alter my desire to chew gum in the shower. I feel like […]

Dove Pink-rosa reviews, photos, ingredients

Dove Pink-rosa reviews, photos, ingredients


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I Spy Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An "I SPY" Sensory bin is one of my favourite back-to-school activities here in my daycare. After a long summer off, and with some new hooligans on board, this activity always gets the kids chatting together and working together as they explore and discover all the goodies in the bin. Bonus: I just use small odds and ends that I have on hand to put the bin together with. Great for fine-motor development, this activity will keep your kids entertained all week long as they settle back into their surroundings. Check it out!

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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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New Products in Our Store!

by Maia James @ Gimme the Good Stuff

We have a new warehouse, and in it we have a TON of new non-toxic products! I grabbed some of my favorites to show you in this video with my mom. You can shop all of this Good Stuff and more…

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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How to Wrap a Small Gift in a Pull-Tab Can

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

What a super-fun way to disguise a small gift like cash, concert tickets or gift cards? Wrap it in a clean, used pull-tab can from your pantry cupboard! It's so fun to open, and they'll never be able to guess what's inside!

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View From My Window – So…. mud is heavy

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

So, the other day I was helping Dean, and he asked me to go to the hardware store to buy a bucket of mud. No not the kind we trudge through at the barn, spackle, the kind you put on your wall when you are putting up sheetrock. So off i went to the hardware […]

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Homemade Story Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I have a WONDERFUL little project to share with you today, and if you're a creative teacher or caregiver or parent, you will love it.

I made these story stones for my daycare, using stones collected from the beach, and cut-outs from magazines and fabric swatches.

They were really fun and easy to make, and I can't tell you how much the hooligans LOVE them.

These stones help them to construct a story-line, aid in narrating a story, prompt them to think creatively, help them gain confidence when speaking in a group.

So, not only are they a valuable teaching/learning tool in our daycare, they're also really fun to play with.

When you're at the beach this summer, collect a bucketful of smooth stones so you can make a set of these for your classroom or daycare!

Check 'em out!

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Earthquake Death Toll Rises in Mexico as Hurricane Maria Pummels Puerto Rico

Earthquake Death Toll Rises in Mexico as Hurricane Maria Pummels Puerto Rico

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico has risen to more than 200 people.

Rescuers continue to search for survivors among the rubble of collapsed buildings in the nation’s capital city and in the surrounding region. The death toll will likely continue to rise.

The devastating magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck around 1 p.m. local time 100 miles south of Mexico City, and just two weeks after a more powerful earthquake caused a wave of destruction of Mexico’s Pacific coast and led to the deaths of more than 90 people. Dozens of buildings shook and caved, and a school in southern Mexico City collapsed, killing at least 21 children and four adults. At least 30 children are still being reported as missing.

Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria made landfall around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported sustained winds at 150 miles per hour. The center projects the eye of the hurricane to move across Puerto Rico this morning and pass the island by the afternoon before swinging just north of the Dominican Republic, where there are still expected to be hurricane conditions on Wednesday night and Thursday. The National Weather Service warned people in Puerto Rico to expect widespread power outages, impassable bridges and roads, storm surges of 6 to 9 feet, and “extreme” flooding. The conditions are also right for tornadoes.

On Twitter, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, reported that at 5 a.m., the island’s shelters, which still house refugees from Hurricane Irma and which in a previous tweet the governor counted at 146, held 11,229 refugees with 580 pets.

According to CNN, Maria is the first storm of its strength to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 80 years.

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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Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Mittens

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids love french toast, you can make breakfast or lunch even more fun and tasty for them by whipping up a batch of cinnamon sugar french toast shapes!  They’re super-easy to make, and using cookie cutters, you can shape them to match whatever season or theme you please! If you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll...

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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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A’s Catcher Becomes First MLB Player to Kneel During National Anthem

A’s Catcher Becomes First MLB Player to Kneel During National Anthem

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics thrust baseball straight into the controversy surrounding national anthem protests when he became the first major-league player to kneel during the national anthem on Saturday. The 26-year-old rookie catcher, who is from a military family, made it clear that part of the reason why he finally decided to drop to one knee during the national anthem was at least in part to protest comments by President Donald Trump that NFL owners should fire players who did just that.

“My decision had been coming for a long time,” Maxwell said. “The only way we can come together is by informing. ... To single out NFL players for doing this isn’t something we should be doing—I felt it should be a little more broad.” Earlier in the day, Maxwell, who is African American, criticized Trump’s comments in both Twitter and Instagram. “Our president speaks of inequality of man because players are protesting the anthem! Fuck this man!” Maxwell wrote on Instagram. He also retweeted a message that called on all NFL players to kneel for the anthem Sunday.

Maxwell placed his hand on his heart and faced the flag during the anthem and while no one else joined him, Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders. “Every fiber in my being was telling me he needed a brother today,” Canha said. The teammates hugged after the anthem was over and the A’s released a short statement of support. “The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive. We respect and support all our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

Maxwell didn’t catch his teammates by surprise as he told them all about this decision to kneel before the game. “He was as articulate as I’ve seen him,” manager Bob Melvin said. “This wasn’t an emotional thing just today for him. Something had been leading up to it and he felt today would be the right platform to do it.”

Although the NFL has seen several players join the protest that began in September 2016, when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem, Major League Baseball had been silent. That dynamic is hardly surprising considering the league is majority white and only 7.7 percent of players are African-American. “Professional baseball players are, by and large, a politically conservative group,” writes Jon Tayler in Sports Illustrated. “And perhaps more than any other sport, they are encouraged—or at least cautioned—not to speak their minds about politics and the world beyond the diamond.” The question now is whether others will follow Maxwell's lead.

Name Art with Sharpies and Tin Foil – A Cool Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am so excited to share this totally cool art process with you! We've created

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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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No-Mess Glittered Tea Light Luminaries

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness me! Ok, you know how I am NOT a fan of glitter, right? Well, you should see what we made, my lovelies! We made the most GORGEOUS glittered tea light luminaries for Valentines day, and guess what... we used glitter but the process was mess-free! EEK! I'm so excited to share it with you because I know some of you feel the same way about glitter as I do! You're going to LOVE this process! Aren't they gorgeous?

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St. Louis Police Chant “Whose Streets? Our Streets!” as Protests Against Stockley Verdict Continue

St. Louis Police Chant “Whose Streets? Our Streets!” as Protests Against Stockley Verdict Continue

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

More than 80 people were arrested Sunday night in St. Louis as more protesters took to the streets in the wake of the acquittal of white police officer Jason Stockley, who shot and killed a black driver, Anthony Lamar Smith, in 2011. A peaceful gathering of more than 1,000 protesters outside police headquarters in the afternoon and a later march was followed by another march of about 100 protesters through the streets in the evening. Those demonstrators caused minor property damage and confronted police. From the Associated Press:

Along the way, they knocked over planters, broke windows at a few shops and hotels, and scattered plastic chairs at an outdoor venue. According to police, the demonstrators then sprayed bottles with an unknown substance on officers. One officer suffered a leg injury and was taken to a hospital. His condition wasn’t known. Soon afterward, buses brought in additional officers in riot gear, and police scoured downtown deep into the night, making arrests and seizing at least five weapons, according to [Interim Police Chief] O’Toole.

Multiple witnesses reported that police shouted the now-ubiquitous protest chant “Whose streets? Our streets!” as they made their arrests. At least one Twitter user appeared to capture the chant on video.

The St. Louis police department also took to Twitter to post pictures of property damage, officers being “decontaminated” after having substances thrown on them, and items and weapons confiscated during the night’s protest. Missouri is an open-carry state.

The account did not tweet pictures of Sunday’s earlier protest.

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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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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When your friends invite you to dinner and cater for your allergies

by Ruth @ what allergy?

I would like thank ALL my friends. Not only are you my eyes and ears when we go out and my little saviours when I’m getting a bit blase, some of you really go the extra mile. Some of you are total keepers. So this blog is for Fran who has fed me so many […]

How to Make Gorgeous Flower Drop Garden Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeeek! I am SO excited about our latest garden craft! We made these absolutely stunning Flower Drop garden ornaments out of inexpensive, clear, plastic Christmas ornaments and some colourful beads and flowers from the craft room. Check out how GORGEOUS they are, guys! I mean, these things are seriously BEAUTIFUL, and they're SO easy to make! They'll look great decorating a deck or patio or suspended from the branches of a tree.

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Fairy Mud with Toilet Paper and Ivory Soap

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Whip up a batch of “fairy mud” with a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap, and some seashells, flower petals and glitter.  It’s a fantastic sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers! We’ve done lots of fairy activities lately, and today, we’re busting out the glitter!  Yes.  I actually said the G-word.  You’re probably...

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Dove’s ‘Real’ Beauty Products Are Filled With Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Fake Dyes And Toxic Fragrance.

Dove’s ‘Real’ Beauty Products Are Filled With Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Fake Dyes And Toxic Fragrance.


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Nobody enjoys beauty ads. The models selling the cosmetics, face creams, or hair products always look condescendingly perfect. It doesn’t help that we know they are produced by makeup artists and animation wizards. Their flawless skin causes us to frown upon our own blemishes and wrinkles. Their slim bodies make...More

Dry Erase and Water “Floating Ink” Experiment (Giveaway)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness! I have the COOLEST thing to share with you today (and a give-away too!)

We're making dry erase drawings float on water!

I even made a video so you can see this awesome science activity in action!

Click the link below to hop over to blog where you can watch the video and enter for your chance to win a set of EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicators!

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Paper Plate Clock Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper plate crafts are the bomb. Check out this cheery paper plate clock we made as a way to work on number recognition, number sorting and telling time.

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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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One-Pot Pasta with Sausage, Mushrooms and Basil

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A one-pot pasta dish with sausage mushrooms and basil.  Quick and easy to prep, cook and clean up.  The perfect dinner for feeding your family when you want to serve something healthy and nutritious but you’re short on time. I love pasta.  I could seriously eat it every day. Spaghetti, linguine, penne, tortellini, fettucini…  There...

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25 Free Printable Recipe Cards – Merry Early Crunchmas!

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

So I've been contemplating the gift recipes we should do around here, and it kicked in the old memory. Last year, I made homemade beauty gifts for everyone - but attached to each of the gifts was a stack of recipes with holes punched in the top corner and a beautiful ribbon strung through.

I thought - I want to give YOU GUYS that same gift. But, more importantly, now YOU can give the same gift to people, as well.

For the next few weeks, we'll talk about some good homemade beauty gifts you can give over the holidays, but this'll give you a little head start.

Most of the recipes in this handy-dandy PDF are the best recipes that have been featured on Crunchy Betty over the last six months, but there are a few fun new surprises in there for you, too. And they're neatly packaged and set up so that you can print them as full-sized pages or - even better - print them off easily on 5x7 recipe cards.

This is yours, this PDF. Do whatever you want with it. Send it in emails. Print a million copies off and pass them out to strangers. Put it up on your own site for other people to download. Wallpaper your room with it.

I gave it to you. It's yours.

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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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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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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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Is Palm Oil Bad?

by Nina George @

Canadian Glacial Clay   Almost every day we get an inquiry about the palm oil (elaeis guineensis) that we add in our soaps. There is considerable concern with rainforest deforestation that is occurring due to the present palm oil plantations and future plantings. At Mountain Sky, we are also concerned with this environmental quandary. We use [...]

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Mosaic DVD Ornaments – Another Great Way to Use Old DVDs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ta-daaa... Remember a couple of months ago, when I showed you how to turn your old, scratched dvds into tiny mosaic tiles? Well, I've done and made something really cool with them! Check out these gorgeous Mosaic DVD ornaments! Don't they look like little disco balls? Check them out! You're going to love theis process!

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50% more people have hay fever this year

by Ruth @ what allergy?

I think you’ll all agree, this year has been an incredible summer so far. I love England in the sun, it’s like being on holiday and the feeling of the sun warming the skin is one of my favourite things. But if that warm, dry weather brings with it clouds of pollen, spring and summer […]

Beautiful Painted Coffee Filter Snowflakes For Kids To Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is there anything that takes you back to your childhood more than making paper snowflakes?

Remember how magical it was, folding and cutting so carefully, and then slowly opening your snowflake to reveal the intricate pattern you'd created?

Have a look at the gorgeous colourful snowflakes the hooligans have made.

They shimmer and shine and they're absolutely beautiful.

Wouldn't a bunch of these look lovely displayed on a window in your home or classroom?

Click the link below to see all the fun we had making them!

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Serena Williams Revealed Her Daughter’s Name and Shared the Baby’s First Photo

Serena Williams Revealed Her Daughter’s Name and Shared the Baby’s First Photo

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Serena Williams introduced her daughter to the world in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

The tennis star had remained quiet on social media since she gave birth at the beginning of September, but she posted a homemade video Wednesday and announced her daughter’s name: Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., after her father and Williams’ fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Most fans were some combination of delighted and inspired when they found Williams had won the Australian Open while pregnant. She missed the rest of the 2017 season but has continued to practice and has said she intends to return for the 2018 season.

As the New York Times noted, while some tennis players have returned to competitive success after giving birth, none as old as Williams has yet done so. But as they also noted, “she has spent a career defying convention.”

Baby Alexis isn’t the first celebrity child named after the parent of the opposite gender. Will and Jada Smith come to mind; the couple named their daughter Willow and son Jaden. NBA player Iman Shumpert also named his daughter Iman Jr.. But it might be for the best Alexis won’t have her mom’s name. After all, who wants the pressure to live up to the GOAT?

If you want more ways to celebrate Serena Williams today, here’s a video of her playing tennis at seven months pregnant:

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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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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For-Giving & Forgiveness: Food For Your Soul

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

'Tis the season of giving. Giving, buying, making, giving, giving, giving.

We get so caught up in the giving (and in the stress of finding the right giving to give) that we forget about the other kind of giving. The kind that really matters. For-giving. Forgiving.

Especially when we're all cramped together with family we love, but who've really done some pretty stinky things in the past. Your brother Kyle? Remember when he picked on your weight? And your mom? Jeezopee, how she made everything about her, even when you were crying about the boy who wouldn't kiss you. And maybe your husband hasn't been so honest about money this year. UGH. WHAT A JERK.

In the time of closeness and sharing and proximity that may last a few hours too long, it's about darned time we learned to forgive. Actually, maybe it's time we learn to forgive ... all year 'round. Every resplendent day.

Inspired by a (ahem) true-ish story, I give you one of Crunchy Betty's patented magnificently artistic stick-drawing stories of why you should think about being FOR-giving. Right now. And forever and ever. Amen.

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Exfoliating Soap is Full of Plastic. Seriously.

Exfoliating Soap is Full of Plastic. Seriously.


The Examining Room of Dr. Charles

I feel ignorant. I’ve been buying, using, and recommending Dove Exfoliating Soap as an affordable and low maintenance facial cleanser. Doctor-recommended. In general my skin has liked the stuff. But a friend recently made me aware of the fact that most of these mass-produced exfoliating soaps contain “microbeads” of plastic. These tiny globules of polyethylene …

Drawing Activity for Preschoolers – Magazine Makeover

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I hadn’t thought of this drawing activity in years, but it was one of my favourites when I was a kid.  My friends and I spent hours, sprawled out on the rec. room floor with a stack of magazines and a box of crayons, performing something we called magazine make-overs. We were quite a bit...

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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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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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Looking to train a Part-Time Dreadlock Artist!

by Amy @ Dreadlocks and Alternative Hairstyles

Photo by Liam Carleton Photography Thank you so much for your interest in training to become a Raging Roots Studio Certified Dreadlock Artist! We are currently looking to train an artist to fulfill the demand for Friday and Saturday appointments. … Continue reading

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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TV + Smart Box = Smart TV

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different



When I was teenager, video game was the buzz word. I was very curious about video games and that is not because of game but my curiosity was about connecting the video games devices to television (TV). Attaching different kinds of devices added new dimension to TV, and that can be used for other purposes rather only watching TV programs. Over the past few years, TV technology hasn’t upgraded much, but now TV becomes a multi-faceted device named as Smart TV.

As we are in touch with the terms like smart card, smart phone, smart money, but what does smart means? Oxford dictionary says smart means neat, stylish, fashionable, clever or ingenious. I think all these terminologies defines smart TV because it is a television set with integrated network and web connectivity facilities to connect to the internet.

The operating system and inbuilt network connectivity facilities present in Smart TV that allows us to connect to the internet, also it allows us to install and run applications as like smart phone. The smart TV is not only a TV set, but also it integrates set-top box, LAN port, blu-ray player, game console, etc devices. These devices allow user to play games, to surf on Web, to communicate with people, to search and view movies, audios, videos, photos on the Web, cable TV channel, or storage device.

The companies like Samsung, Sony, LG, Lenovo, etc are selling smart TV, but they charge much. If you have already bought a TV which doesn’t have smart capabilities, even though don’t worry. Any type of TV (CRT or LCD or LED) can be converted into smart TV, you just need a smart box. Smart box or smart TV box is a small device which adds smart label (capabilities) to regular TV.
I think, smart box is a complete package like a computer. It has a processor, operating system, set-top box, internal storage, wireless mouse and keyboard, WiFi router, LAN port, USB ports, card reader, motion sensor remote control, and HDMI audio-video ports. Then why do we need a Netbook? The smart box currently available in the market provides an Android OS which allows us to access the wide range of apps through Google Play.

The companies like Akai, Amkette, Portronics, Kickstarter and Equiso are selling smart box in the market. Akai smart box cost Rs. 6590, Amkette’s EvoTV box cost around Rs. 10,000 and Portronics Limebox cosy Rs. 8500. 

So, enjoy the new dimension in the arena of television.

Which Natural Soap to Use in a Dorm Bathroom – Hard Bar or Liquid?

by Nina George @

Is your son or daughter going to University for the first-time? Are they going to be living in a dorm? Chances are they will have to use those group bathrooms where there is a line of toilets and showers. When my second daughter, Rahel Sky, went to SFU, her dorm bathroom was co-ed which was [...]

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Ditch the Tampons and Switch to a DivaCup (Sexy? Right!)

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

It all started a few months ago with the discussion in the Crunchy Community, that lovely Lula Lola titled "Tampon Talk (Sexy, right?).

Scratch that.

It all started two years ago when my sister said, "You should really try the DivaCup," and I said, "Huh. Weird." And every month, I'd think about it, but then I'd look at the price of a DivaCup ($30) compared to a the price of a box of tampons ($7), and I'd say, "Next month. I'll get one next month when we have more money."

Clearly, I am not very good at understanding substantial long-term savings, because you don't throw the DivaCup away. Not for years.

And then the conversation happened in the Community, and I couldn't wait to try it. I couldn't wait another month. (So I asked DivaCup if they'd like a review, and the sales representative said, "Sure! And how about a giveaway!" And I said, "Sure! And how about you're awesome!")

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How to Make a Homemade Water Wall for Kids – an Easy DIY for your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A homemade water wall is a fantastic addition to a backyard play space! With a few scraps and some recyclables, you can provide hours of learning, entertainment and water play for your toddler or preschooler! What is a water wall? A water wall is a structure that holds containers, tubes and funnels, and when the children...

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19 Easy and Adorable Handprint Crafts for Fall

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hello, Lovelies! If you're wondering why it's been so quiet around here, it's because we're still on Summer break here in Ontario Canada.

Summer has been hot, humid and absolutely perfect, and we're going to squeeze every last drop out of it!

Having said that, here's a great fall post if you're putting together your classroom or daycare craft plans for autumn: 19 ADORABLE HANDPRINT CRAFTS FOR FALL!

I hope you love 'em all! Click the link below to view the full post!

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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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Homemade Glue with 3 Kitchen Ingredients – Great for Preschool Crafts!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make Homemade Glue for your kids’ projects with just 3 common kitchen ingredients! I love making my own craft supplies here in my home daycare.  This week I decided to try making homemade glue for the kids.   We use a lot of glue here – you can imagine how much the toddlers and preschoolers go...

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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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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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More Easy, Awesome Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey! Mother's Day is just around the corner, and guess what! I've rounded up a bunch of gorgeous, easy and inexpensive crafts for kids of all ages.

Not only have I rounded up some stellar crafts that any Mom would love to receive, I've popped in a couple of homemade card ideas, and some homemade gift wrap projects too!

I hope you love them! Check 'em out!

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Playing with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Playing with shaving cream and food colouring:  an easy and affordable way to have some awesome messy fun! We’re all about shaving cream activities this week!  It’s such an amazing sensory substance, and you can do so much with it!  So far we’ve had a shaving cream car-and-truck-wash, and mixed glitter into a shaving cream...

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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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Patriotic Canada Day Windsock Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a quick and easy Canada Day craft for the kids to make this Canada Day, check out these awesome windsocks!

What a great activity for the kids in between the parade, the BBQ's and the fireworks!

Don't they look Great?! Check 'em out!!

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Ah- Choo

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Ah-choo! We have been hearing way too much of Ah-choo this winter. All the grand kids and some of the adults have been hit with some sort of illness this winter and it still seems as if it’s going to be causing havoc right into Spring. With little kids it’s not easy to keep your […]

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Big Sale!

by Dana @ New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

During the month of September, spring and summer soaps will be on clearance so we can make room for fall and winter soaps, including our Christmas favorites. It is the perfect way to capture that last little bit of summer as the leaves are turning. But that’s not all! You can use the coupon code […]

Halloween Science Experiment – Haunted Halloween Hand Melt

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hands down, one of the best Halloween Science experience you've ever seen. Hands Down. Get it? Sorry, I couldn't resist! Ahaha

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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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It’s Not So Surprising That Trump Will Stay in the Paris Climate Deal

It’s Not So Surprising That Trump Will Stay in the Paris Climate Deal

by Joshua Keating @ The Slatest

The news reported by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that the Trump administration is not actually planning to pull out of the Paris climate accord—but will instead “review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement”—is probably not momentous news for the environment. The story notes that these new terms are “likely to entail a significant reduction in the U.S.’s ambition to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.” But the change of heart still matters politically. U.S. withdrawal would have weakened the accord and given other countries cover to withdraw.

A White House spokesperson told the Journal that there had “been no change in the U.S.’s position,” which is technically true. Under the terms of the agreement, the earliest the U.S. could formally give notice to withdraw is November 2019, and the actual withdrawal wouldn’t take place for another year—right after the next U.S. presidential election. According to a cable leaked in August, the State Department had already told diplomats to be coy about whether the U.S. would re-engage with the agreement.

The news came a few days after reports that the administration would sign off on sanction waivers to keep the U.S. in compliance with the Iran nuclear deal. Despite early signs to the contrary, the administration is now avoiding any steps to dramatically upend the U.S. foreign-policy status quo, even if that means leaving the hated Obama-era agreements in place.

Of course, this cautious approach is not exactly reflected in the president’s public statements. Trump began his Sunday by taunting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Twitter, writing, “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!” “Long gas lines” might indeed be a serious worry for Kim if he were up for re-election soon, or ever. Still, while military options are as always “on the table,” there are few signs at the moment that the U.S. actually plans to back up Trump’s earlier threats of “fire and fury”—even as North Korea fired another missile Friday over Japan—and is relying instead on diplomatic pressure and sanctions.

The next date to watch is Oct. 14, the next 90-day deadline for Trump to certify to Congress that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal. Trump has made clear that he wants to find a way to declare Iran noncompliant, and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave a preview of how he might go about it in a speech this month. “You’ll see what I’m going to be doing very shortly in October,” he said on Air Force One a few days ago, again calling the agreement “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.”

What he actually will do is anybody’s guess, but given his recent statements, if he does recertify Iran (which he hopefully will), it will be the best indication yet that his public statements have little bearing on actual U.S. policy.

11 Life-Changing Products That Were Discovered Accidentally

by Organics @ Organics

Some people dedicate their entire lives to create something revolutionary. However, the people in this article have made discoveries that changed our world, and they did so accidentally. So who’s to say that you will not be the next great entrepreneur or inventor of our century? Just like these 11 people below, keep your eyes peeled […]

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A Ranking of Trump’s Sunday Morning Tweets From Least to Most Insane

A Ranking of Trump’s Sunday Morning Tweets From Least to Most Insane

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

The president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, woke up on Sunday morning raring to tweet. Starting at 7:40 a.m., after his breakfast Big Mac, Trump began firing off a string of missives, ranging from loopy to outright unhinged. The president, since he has nothing else to do, clearly scoured the responses to his tweets finding a few meme-type graphics and gifs to retweet because, sure, that’s what normal presidents of normal countries do before its citizens wake up.

The president tweeted or retweeted 15 times on Sunday morning. Here’s an official ranking of the top eight of Trump’s Sunday morning tweets from least to most insane:

8. The president’s newfound love of maps continues unabated. So he retweeted this gem from his mentions.

7. Trump with arrows. Pointing up. Sure. RT.

6. Trump retweeted this intentional misreading by the Daily Mail political editor of New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse’s just OK joke.

5. A train with a hat on it. It’s a Trump train. Get it? How could the president of the United States not retweet that? Incidentally, the train pictured “making America great again” is from the Canadian National Railway. The Ted Cruz Express! RT!

4. You’re welcome Twitter retweet.

3. Trump liked this piece of Soviet-style heroic realism because it made his hair look fuller and more lustrous. Retweet.

2. This one managed to squeeze two of Donald Trump’s obsessions into one gif—golf and Hillary Clinton. RT.

1. Nuclear-themed tweet, 7:52 a.m. The president of the United States was sitting on this one for a few hours and itching to fire it off first thing this morning. Nailed it.

Big Mistake: My Mom & Mother-in-Law Were In The Delivery Room With Me

by Shamita Chatterjee @ MomJunction

Call it motherhood, mommydom or mommyville – the experience of anticipation over having a baby is so great that it may make you imagine the loveliest and the scariest possibilities all at one go. We may be scared about the delivery, handling the baby, latching it correctly to our breasts and so on. And we […]

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Your Stories: Awesome Products for my Children & Me

by @ Ida's Soap Box

WOW! I know seems silly to start off with, but I just received my order of your shampoo and body soaps yesterday, and like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning I COULD NOT WAIT to take a shower last night to try some of them out on myself and my 2 year old son. First off, let me say the size of the bars is WONDERFUL! I was not blessed with little hands, so the larger bars are fantastic for me!

As for my son, he thought that they were the neatest thing he's ever seen he immediately started rubbing himself down with the Goat Milk and Honey bar - almost like he instinctively knew that this was good for his skin! He held onto the soap like his life depended on it - ha! I had to negotiate with him to get it out of his hands to continue his bath!

Then came the Carrot Milk and Honey shampoo bar - and WOW! It lathers incredibly, washes out so nicely, but most of all didn't irritate him whatsoever! After drying him off I could NOT believe how soft his skin was and his hair also!!! He's been battling dryness since birth and I have tried relentlessly to find something - anything - to help alleviate the tightness and dryness for him - well, I found it!!

To top it off I also ordered to whipped shea butter and decided to give it a whirl on him - and holy cow, FANTABULOUS is all I have to say! It melts so dreamy with the warmth of your skin, and left him smelling AMAZING and most importantly moisturized! The cutest thing that prompted this email was as I was applying the shea butter onto him, he kept saying "momma, cream so nice" - he has never uttered those words after I've applied lotion to him after a bath - NEVER!

Then it was my turn to try all these treats out! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the shampoo bars lather and cleaned my hair - I colour my hair, yet after using the shampoo bar my hair has never felt softer and more manageable (Ha - I sound like a commercial!). The soap bars are to die for! I came out of the shower without any tightness or dryness - I actually felt comfortable in my skin! I then tried the whipped shea butter in the Earth Blend scent - OMG! Heavenllllyyy! I LOVE the smell! So clean yet grounding, if that makes sense? I decided to use it not only on my dry patches, but my face as well, and funny thing, my husband thought I had bought a new perfume and was raving about it! That being said it's not super smelly, so no worries to those reading this that someone can smell you from a mile away, you can't - it's more that when the scent warms to your skin, it's a smell like nothing I've experienced, subtle yet still there -yummy!!!

Anyway, I had to share my story with you, and thank you for making a product that it not only good for the hair and skin, but good for children! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making these wonderful products!

A new and now loyal lifer to Chagrin Valley!

Christine, Canada

 

homemade natural wind chimes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We recently made vibrant rainbow wind chimes here in my daycare, using sticks we’d gathered on a nature walk.  They were so beautiful and easy to make, we were inspired to make a couple of natural versions for the hooligans to give to their parents.These natural wind chimes make a perfect homemade Father’s Day gift,...

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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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Play Logs for a Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A few well positioned play logs or stumps add endless physical and imaginative play possibilities to your back yard: Recently, I showed you our backyard play house and shared some sandbox ideas with you.  Well today, I’m just busting to share the newest addition to our backyard play space: Play Logs!    Late last fall,...

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Eight Dead at a Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma

Eight Dead at a Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

 

Hurricane Irma caused less flooding than expected when it passed through Florida this weekend, but its threat to the people in the state has not passed. Eight people have died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, that went without power for days and was evacuated Wednesday morning.

Three patients were found dead at the home, and five others died after arriving at the hospital, according to officials there. About 100 patients were evacuated from the home. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief attributed the deaths to heat-related causes, stemming from a lack of air conditioning in the home.

The nursing home released a statement later Wednesday morning: “The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has evacuated this morning due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility’s air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane. Unfortunately, early this morning several patients experienced distress.”* Stat is reporting that the nursing home has a history of safety issues, and specifically with problems with its generator.*

Although exact numbers of Irma-related deaths are not yet available, the Associated Press has reported that, apart from the nursing home deaths, 13 people in Florida have died “in Irma-related circumstances.” The AP also reports that four people in South Carolina and two in Georgia have died.

As David Halstead, the former director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, wrote in an editorial on CNN’s website before Irma hit, powerful storms leave danger in their wake. In an analysis of more than 100 deaths in the state from four 2004 storms, he said, he found that less than a quarter of the deaths resulted directly from the storm:

We have heard the stories of survivors who drove through roads in flooded conditions and their vehicles left the roadway with the occupants of the car drowning in deep ditches. Too many people still think their vehicle is capable of traveling across flooded roads.

Then there are those who die from carbon monoxide poisoning because they run generators in enclosed garages or inside their homes. People can die from clearing debris—especially from their roofs—or from electrocution from downed power lines. They can also die from stress.

But the retirement-focused Florida also has its own particular risk factors as, by some metrics, the oldest state, with almost a fifth of its population 65 or older. Not only are these retirees more physically vulnerable and in need of greater care, but they also, as the New York Times notes, lack family resources that can be so helpful in times of emergency.

After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, agencies had to deal with thousands of older people suddenly found without homes. Before Irma, some senior homes talked about their attempts to prepare. But as thousands of people remain in shelters and millions more are without power, the danger of Hurricane Irma, is not over.

Update, Sept. 13, 2017, 12:10 p.m.: This post has been updated to include a statement from the nursing home. It was also updated after the announcement of a sixth death.

Update, Sept. 13, 2017, 1:38 p.m.: This post has been updated to include information about the cause of the deaths and reporting from Stat.

Update, Sept. 13, 2017, 5:12 p.m.: This post has been updated to note the announcement of eight total deaths. 

Four American Women Victims of Acid Attack in Marseille, France Train Station

Four American Women Victims of Acid Attack in Marseille, France Train Station

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Four American women in their twenties were attacked with acid in the southern France city of Marseille Sunday morning. A 41-year-old woman has been arrested by French authorities in connection with the attack at the Mediterranean city’s main Saint Charles train station. It remains unclear the motivation for the attack; the Marseille prosecutor’s office said the woman did not say or make any extremist threats during the incident and there was no indication it was terror-related. According to the Daily Mail, the attacker used a commercial cleaning substance containing hydrochloric acid. French police described the woman as mentally unstable; she reportedly did not flee the scene after carrying out the attack.

The extent of the women’s injuries remains unclear; two victims were reported to be “slightly injured” by the acid and did not require treatment at the scene, according to the Associated Press. One of the women is reported to have suffered an eye injury from the attack. Sky News’ reporting of the event differs slightly; the British outlet is reporting that two of the women received facial injuries and two were hit in the legs.

my favourite little corner of our big back yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

As I write this, it’s 26 degrees celsius at 10:30 p.m.  It’s hard to imagine it’s already September, and that summer’s coming to an end.   The crickets are chirping, the pond is bubbling, the air is heavy.  I love this season.  I can’t get enough of “outside” in summertime. I’m curled up in my...

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DIY Hyssop Face Mask Recipe for (Naturally) Gorgeous Skin

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

There's this magical box that lives in my "crunchy corner." In it are wonders ne'er before seen, like unicorns and fairies and men who ask for directions.

Just kidding, men. (You'd never fit in this box.)

Actually, what's in this box are small baggies full of herbs and roots and flowers and resins. Every so often, when I go to our local natural food store, I'll pick up an herb that I've recently learned about, but never worked with. I bring it home, smell it, touch it, and occasionally just toss it in the box and forget about it. Not for lack of interest, but more for an abundance of distractions.

You know how it goes. There's always bread to be made, dishes to be washed, friends to be served tea, or cats to be dressed up like German barmaids. Priorities.

About a month ago, as I was planning a few of the plants I'm going to grow in my new rooftop garden, I ran into hyssop seeds. (Isn't that just about the prettiest word you've ever seen? Hyssop. Hyssop. Hyssop.) And while I was familiar with it, I remembered that it was an herb I'd tossed into the box a few months before.

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How to find Best Bridal Makeup Artist in Your Area

by Riya @ Top Beauty Makeup Products Reviews and Beauty tips | How-To Guide

Spriha is the smallest sister in our big joint family. She was just 3 years old, when I got married. She was just like my daughter, she played in my lap and indeed she was so adorable. Time lapsed with great speed, it just seemed that it was few years back that I ran after […]

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My Dream Cricket Team

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different


    Test Cricket Team:
  1. Brain Lara (WI)
  2. Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
  3. Ricky Ponting (AUS) (Vice-captain)
  4. Rahul Dravid (IND) (Wicket Keeper)
  5. Steve Waugh (AUS) (Captain)
  6. Jacques Kallis (RSA)   
  7. Shaun Pollock (RSA)
  8. Shane Warne (AUS)
  9. Mutthiah Muralitharan (SL)
  10. Anil Kumble (IND)
  11. Glenn McGrath (AUS)
  12. VVS Laxman (IND) (12th)
  13. Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) (13th)
  14. Curtly Ambrose (WI) (14th)
 Batsman     Fast Bowler     Spin Bowler     All-rounder

One Day Cricket Team:
  1. Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
  2. Adam Gilchrist (AUS) (Wicket Keeper)
  3. Brain Lara (WI)
  4. Ricky Ponting (AUS) (Vice-captain)
  5. Steve Waugh (AUS) (Captain)
  6. Jacques Kallis (RSA)
  7. Michael Bevan (AUS)
  8. Wasim Akram (PAK)
  9. Shane Warne (AUS)
  10. Mutthiah Muralidharan (SL)
  11. Glenn McGrath (AUS)
  12. Shahid Afridi (PAK) (12th)
  13. Shaun Pollock (RSA) (13th)
  14. Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) (14th)
 Batsman     Fast Bowler     Spin Bowler     All-rounder

Head Coach: John Wright
Team Manager: Sandeep Patil
Batting Coach: Gary Kirsten
Bowling Coach: Courtney Walsh
Fielding Coach: Jonty Rhodes


Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Need a little Christmas treat for the school bus driver, the crossing guard, the postman or your neighbours?

You need to make these cookies.

They are the best cookies EVER.

Seriously.

Sweet and creamy white chocolate, tart and tangy dried cranberries. They're rich and buttery and crispy and chewy...

Oh man, this cookie's got it ALL goin' on.

And the recipe makes a huge batch, so even if you're giving lots away, you'll still have some left for home.

I like to stack them, and wrap them in some cellophane, and tie with a ribbon.

Not only do they taste out. of. this. world., they look gorgeous too!

Click the link below to see them, and to get the printable recipe:

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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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{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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Allergic to Melolin wound dressings

by Ruth @ what allergy?

If you have a latex allergy the chances are you are also allergic to plasters. I have known about my allergy to sticky plasters for years and usually have a stock of the hypo allergenic plasters but when you get an injury that requires something more that just a plaster what can you use? I […]

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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Why Republicans Have Little Enthusiasm for This Last-Ditch Bill to Repeal Obamacare

Why Republicans Have Little Enthusiasm for This Last-Ditch Bill to Repeal Obamacare

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

By the time Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy at long last introduce their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare on Wednesday morning, they will have 17 calendar days to usher it through Congress. To get it passed, they will have to get a CBO score, survive a vetting from the Senate parliamentarian, somehow earn 50 out of 52 Republican votes, and survive a “vote-o-rama” of potential amendments on the floor of the Senate. If that’s successful, the bill would then have to pass the House of Representatives. I am not putting much faith in Graham-Cassidy making it through these hurdles in such a short timeframe after every other comprehensive health care bill over many months bit the dust. And my conversations with Republican senators revealed that many of them aren’t, either.

Ask a member of the Senate Republican leadership about Graham-Cassidy’s chances, and they’ll essentially give you a very drawn out, despairing utterance of Yeeeeeeeeaaaaahhhh.... South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, told reporters Tuesday that passing the bill before their Sept. 30 deadline would be the equivalent of a “double double bank shot” that would take an “extraordinary lift.” And Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, who has absolutely zero interest in trying to wrangle 50 Republican votes for another major health care bill again, would only say at his Tuesday press conference that the “way forward is not clear.”

In other words, if the authors of the bill want to try to put together a 50-vote coalition in the next couple of weeks, they’re more than welcome to try—by themselves. “Senator McConnell has told us that if we get 50 votes, he’ll bring it up,” Cassidy said Tuesday.

Cassidy told me that getting his fellow Republicans beyond their “ACA fatigue” has been something of a challenge. Lousiana’s John Kennedy, for example, told me that “our most important priority right now is tax reform, and if we can get tax reform done then health care becomes a lot easier” when I asked him about Graham-Cassidy's chances.

Bu Cassidy isn’t really having that. “If we may be fatigued,” he said, “think about the poor stiff who can’t afford his premium.”

As for that stiff, there is another attempt to stabilize insurance markets in 2018 being worked out between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray. Getting agreement on that proposal won’t be easy, either, as Democrats and Republicans have some sticky differences about what balance of spending and deregulation is acceptable. But that will be a lot easier than passing, on an extraordinarily rushed timetable, another comprehensive bill to remake the health insurance system in a way that ultimately shifts more health care costs to the states.

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said that he liked the original concept. “Any time you get back and allow the states more of an open process, I think you’re moving in the right direction,” he said. But, he’s “also a realist, and I know it’s going to be very difficult to get the votes in order to get that particular product passed.” He’s putting his more realistic health care legislating hopes in the stabilization bill. As is Sen. Tim Scott, who noted that the repeal-and-replace effort is in the “fourth quarter with about 30 seconds left.” He’s more optimistic about the stabilization effort because “thinking small is the only way to get health care done right now.”

Some senators, up to and including McConnell, seem to not want to declare repeal-and-replace officially dead because such a pronunciation, when there’s still time on the clock, might play badly with a base that’s already furious at them. A lot more of the senators might have “ACA fatigue” than they’re letting on in conversations with reporters. It’s much easier to just let the clock run out than to declare the bill dead before it’s even unveiled.

The most direct answer I got all day, though, was from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. What did he put the chances Graham-Cassidy’s passage at?

“Zero,” he said. “I don’t really hear anyone talking about it.”

Tissue Paper Clothespin Butterflies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These tissue paper clothespin butterflies are easy to make, but they’ll provide your toddler with lots of fine motor development, sensory fun and an all-time favourite activity – stamping! The temps are finally warming up here!  Spring is on the horizon and winter may well and truly be behind us.  We’re so happy to be...

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View From My Window – Got Goats?

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

We are often asked if we have goats. The answer is yes we do, three. Although we haven’t milked our own goats for some time. Many years ago, I gave a friend (who had a dairy farm) two goats. She fell in love with goats and eventually had her own herd and we were buying goat milk […]

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12 Must-Ask Questions Before Marriage

by Organics @ Organics

Today, we are talking about relationships, because they affect not only your emotional but also your physical health as well. If you are in your late twenties, chances are, many of your friends are getting married. Marriage is a big step in any relationship, and because people fail to ask the questions we will mention […]

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LONG LIVE HAPPY HOOLIGANS!!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wow!! A big heart-felt thanks to all of you for taking the time to respond with such sound and genuine advice. The common messages echoing throughout YOUR comments are: “be true to yourself”, and “have faith in who you are and what you do”. Thank you! Sometimes, even when you do believe in yourself, it’s...

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3 Claims In Dove's "Soap vs Dove" Ads That Are Misleading - Musings From The Farm

3 Claims In Dove's "Soap vs Dove" Ads That Are Misleading - Musings From The Farm


Musings From The Farm

If you haven’t seen the commercial, you can watch it below: (you can also view it on Dove’s website) [flv:http://msbrandent.vo.llnwd.net/d1/msnbeet_doveus/flv/thedifference/scum_demo2.flv 576 324] First, I’d like to say that I don’t think Dove is a terrible awful product and you should never use it. I think our soap is far better, but don’t take my word …

Help! No Milk In Breasts After Delivery

by Chandrama Deshmukh @ MomJunction

Your first ever breast milk has a special name – ‘Colostrum’, and for a good reason. After all, it is so very special. A little low on the volume side but positively bursting with immune factors, this special milk is actually synthesized by your breasts long before the birth of you baby. Post delivery, a […]

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Fall Napkin Rings Painted with Credit Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall napkin rings for Thanksgiving. When we set out to do some fall crafting the other day, I did not have fall napkin rings in mind at all.  But our project turned out so beautifully, that I couldn’t resist turning it into something that could be displayed on our Thanksgiving dinner table.   I originally planned...

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Wirecutter, But for Everything

by Jacqui Cheng @ The Sweethome

In October, we are retiring The Wirecutter and The Sweethome names and launching a unified website to be a definitive review source for our readers: Wirecutter.

Santa and Rudolph No-Sew Sock Puppets for Christmas

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 the kids especially around the holidays. Last spring I made this set of adorable Easter finger puppets, and they were a huge hit. One morning...

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Los Angeles Has Football Fever. Don’t Go to a Game or You Might Catch It!

Los Angeles Has Football Fever. Don’t Go to a Game or You Might Catch It!

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

Believe it or not, the small Southern California village of Los Angeles boasts not one but two professional football teams. Thanks to its bizarre climate and remote location, few call this burg home, but those who do have one thing in common: They love both their football squads equally.

First, you have the Los Angeles Rams, a team whose roots in town run so deep that some Angelenos know they exist. After a rousing Week 1 victory against the Colts of Indianapolis, Rams fever reached a boiling point at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Sunday. They played host to Washington, and the visiting press couldn’t help but gush that “it would be generous to describe the Coliseum as half full.” As any optimist will tell you, half full is the only way to go.

Washingtonians far outnumbered those rooting for the local squad, but that is to be expected considering Los Angeles lacks the sort of robust media outlets that could get word out about the game. The hometown Rams lost 27–20, but the spirit they showed in defeat shan’t be forgotten by their loyal fan.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles’ other favorite sons, the Chargers, played their first home game at the StubHub Center, which has a capacity of 27,000. Reports from their contest against the Miami Dolphins paint a fun and festive scene.

The intimate venue failed to inspire L.A.’s beloved Chargers, alas, as they fell to the Dolphins 19–17.

While Los Angeles may be small, its noble citizens more than make up for that size deficit with their boundless heart and passion. This is why L.A. is building a 70,000-seat, $2.66 billion stadium complex for the Chargers and Rams, scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020 NFL season. It will be the most expensive stadium in the world. What a deal! Reserve your seats now. It promises to be the hottest ticket in town.

Ingredient Watch List: Methylisothiazolinone, the Toxic Ingredient That Could Cause Nerve Damage

Ingredient Watch List: Methylisothiazolinone, the Toxic Ingredient That Could Cause Nerve Damage


Annmarie Skin Care

Also called MIT, this ingredient is often found in antibacterial products. Unlike some synthetic chemicals, however, this one isn’t just a mild skin irritant. A recent study found the chemical may actually be linked to nerve damage, and it’s also known to be toxic in several other ways. Let’s figure out how to avoid this one! What is MIT? This ingredient is a powerful biocide. That means it’s a chemical substance that can control or kill harmful microorganisms. It works well as a preservative in products like shampoo and body care products, helping them to last a long time on [...]

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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5 Homemade Puzzles for to Make for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

For National Puzzle Day today, I’m going to show you some fun and easy homemade puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers, and we’ll talk a bit about why puzzles are so good for a child’s mental and physical development. Most young children love doing puzzles. As toddlers they usually start out with wooden shape puzzles. Then...

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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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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When it comes to homemade cookies, these big, soft ginger cookies are a favourite at our house.  They’re chewy and soft, and full of ginger, clove and cinnamon flavour.  These cookies are perfect for fall and winter, but if you love the taste of gingerbread, you’ll enjoy making and eating these all year round. To make...

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Merkel Wins in Germany but Anti-Immigrant Far-Right Makes Big Gains

Merkel Wins in Germany but Anti-Immigrant Far-Right Makes Big Gains

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

As was widely expected, Angela Merkel was re-elected to a fourth term as German chancellor on Sunday but the country’s election also saw the far-right nationalists make historic gains that likely cost her conservative coalition lots of votes. In what Der Spiegel describes as a “significant shift” for German politics, the anti-immigration, nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) surprised political analysts by winning 13.1 percent of the votes, according to the projected results. That means that a far-right party will get into Germany’s parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

If the results pan out they would represent a huge gain for AfD, which was recently polling at a paltry seven percent. Now the xenophobic party could send close to 90 lawmakers to the Bundestag.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party bloc was the clear winner with 33.2 percent, almost 10 points less than five years ago and its worst result since 1949. Merkel recognized that the victory was not quite cause for celebration. “Of course, we would have preferred a better result, that is completely clear,” she said. “But we mustn’t forget that we have had an extremely challenging parliamentary term behind us.”  

Merkel’s party was not the only one that suffered. The Social Democrats (SPD) also received its worst result since the 1940s with only 20.8 percent support in what seemed to be a clear repudiation by voters of the two parties that have dominated German politics since World War II. SPD leader Martin Schulz said the results meant the end of the “grand coalition” with Merkel, calling Sunday a “bitter day” for Social Democrats.

Merkel is now likely to try to cobble together a tenuous coalition with the Greens and the pro-business liberal Free Democrats, which also surprised by receiving 10.5 percent of the vote. That party had already been part of Merkel’s coalition until 2013, when it lost all its seats in the last election. That possible three-way alliance has been widely referred to as the “Jamaica” coalition because the colors of the three parties—black, yellow, and green—match the Jamaican flag.

Alexander Gauland, one of the leaders of the AfD, vowed that “we will take our country back” and that the party “will change this country.” Beatrix van Storch, one of the party’s leaders confirmed the AfD planned to hit the ground running to change the conversation. “We'll start debates on migration, we'll start debates on Islam, we'll start debates on ever closer union,” she said.

As supporters of the far-righ party celebrated in their headquarters, protesters gathered outside to express their rejection of the AfD and its ideals. “All Berlin hates the AfD,” yelled the protesters.  

Final results are expected early Monday morning.

Musings From The Farm- My husband Amazes Me

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

My husband, amazes me on so many levels. He is the smartest man I know. His father was a very smart guy and a thinker, but he wasn’t at all handy with tools. The story goes that he only owned a hammer and a screw driver and never used them. My husband, Dean is a […]

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How to Get Teens to Hang Up Their Towels: 10 Fail-Proof Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

10 easy, effective, sure-fire ways to get teens to hang up their towels after every single shower! “Hang up your towel!”  “Where’d you leave your towel?”  “Why is this towel on the floor?” “Is that where your towel belongs?”  On and on it goes…. Sound familiar?  If you have teenagers you might be able to...

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Fairy Soup: Sensory Fun in the Backyard!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fairy Soup: fine motor and sensory play in the garden! Honestly!  Science activities were never this pretty when I was a kid! You may remember that on Thursdays in my home daycare this year, I have only girls here.  This particular group of girls is crazy about fairies, so Thursdays have become the day that we...

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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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The Worst Ad of the 2018 Elections Is Already Here

The Worst Ad of the 2018 Elections Is Already Here

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

The contest for Virginia’s 10th District House seat is generally considered one of the 2018 congressional races to watch. Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock could be vulnerable given Donald Trump’s unpopularity in Northern Virginia, and at least eight Democrats are in the running to replace her.

The primary field lacks both a clear front-runner and any real sign that the broad debates about where the Democratic Party should go on policy have trickled down into this particular race. The Democrats are instead emphasizing minor distinctions. The campaigns of Deep Sran and Kimberly Adams are focused on public education. Alison Kiehl Friedman is touting an endorsement from Gloria Steinem. Dave Hanson and Michael Pomerleano have top-lined Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and impeaching Trump, respectively, in the "issues" sections of their websites. Lindsey Davis Stover wants voters to know she worked in the Obama administration, and Jennifer Wexton is running on her record as a state senator. That leaves Daniel Helmer, who ... just put out this.

Dan Helmer is a husband, a father, and, as conspicuously detailed by his T-shirt, a VETERAN (of the Army, not the Navy as the ad perhaps implies). If you check out the issues page on his slick website, you won’t find much more than the same kind of fridge magnet centrism that characterizes the majority of Democratic candidates—dare to dream of an America with a “smart regulatory environment”—which is the point of the above ad.

I have no idea what the thinking behind this ad was, but I suppose small donors who find it endearingly bad will send some cash Helmer’s way, perhaps turning an unknown into a contender. The ad is memorable, after all. Haunting, really.

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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16 Ridiculously Cute Craft Stick Ornaments

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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Not all SOAPS are the Same, KNOW what your buying

Not all SOAPS are the Same, KNOW what your buying


eBay

While buying soap isn't a new concept it is one that does require a little education. Before I had reason to research this topic, chances are you had the same thoughts as I did and thought that soap was...

View From My Window – Old Goat

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Our namesake goat, Alabu ( Allie) is getting older. This past May she just turned 12. Nubian goats, (her breed) have a usual life span of 10 to 14 years, so she is definitely getting up there. We notice she doesn’t shed out to a sleek smooth coat in the spring like she used to […]

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recycled painting

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, so you may have heard that we’re on a mission to add some colours to the wall in our playroom.  Earlier this week, the hooligans made box lid art , and last week we melted crayon shavings to make our stunning rendition of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, and today, I’m sharing a very cool recycled...

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Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Our Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments will delight the senses as your child makes a sweet homemade gingerbread man to hang on the Christmas tree. Rough sandpaper, aromatic cinnamon and cloves, smooth, shiny buttons, and soft yarn.  What a lovely sensory craft this was for the toddlers and preschoolers to make.  And not only did this...

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Vulnerability of Information Technology

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different

Information Technology (IT) is playing great role in Web and internet development. Information Technology works beyond the borders of countries and cultures that is why; it made the world as a global village. With Web 2.0 and 3.0, we can share information but usually people share the things without authenticating. Such sharing indirectly spreads wrong knowledge to people. So such vulnerability in Information Technology is very dangerous for the community.
Here I am mentioning few examples of Information Technology vulnerability:

There is email forwards flooding around which claims that UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has chosen the Indian National Anthem (Jana Gana Mana) as the best national anthem in the world. I confirmed this from various sources, like website of UNESCO and various news channel's website that, no such declaration made by UNESCO or any other organisation.

On Facebook, I came across two photographs of Gandhiji. In first photograph, Nathuram Godase is standing in front of Gandhiji before assassination and in second photograph, Gandhiji is dancing with a white lady. Both photographs looks like a genuine but thanks to Satrajit Choudhury who cleared that both photographs are not original. The detail explanatory analysis is given on Satrajit's post.
On social networking sites, most of people shares picture of small boy/girl mentioning that, this child has cancer and if you share this photograph then Facebook/Orkut are agreed to pay $1 to his parents for further treatment. Such claims are fake claims; no one pays for such sharing on social sites.
I am fed of emails saying that, this email came from ..... God, send this email to 10 people, if you ignore this email, you will get bad news, and if you send this email to 10 people then you will get good news. How can people believe such emails and keep sending to others?

Also, I got the email-picture stating that, Wikileaks released names of Indian people whose black money is in Swiss bank. I confirmed from Wikileaks's twitter page that, Wikileaks haven't published any such list.

There are many more examples of hoax news and fake photographs on Web like five headed snake, three headed snake, fake photograph of Osama Bin Laden, etc etc....

I came across three websites to confirm the news is fake or not.

You can search the news on Hoax-slayer.com and Urbanlegends.about.com to test the news is hoax or not. These websites analyse the news and publishes its detailed report regarding it. You can subscribe the email newsletters of the website in free of cost.

Also, you can visit the Discovery Channel's mythbusters section at http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/mythbusters/ to find out the results of myths. Here you can see the myth buster videos.

As we are becoming more and more digital, people are violating more and more copyright rules. Plagiarism is one of the big problem. People don’t understand the difference between copying and sharing. They thinks that everything on Web is free or freely distributable. That is why; I support SOPA and PIPA bills of US government.

No doubt, Information Technology has number of merits but we cannot and should not ignore "some" vulnerable things. Keep sharing with naked eyes.


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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Trump’s Lawyers Didn‘t Just Discuss Russia at a Busy Restaurant, They Did It “Loudly” at an Outdoor Table

Trump’s Lawyers Didn‘t Just Discuss Russia at a Busy Restaurant, They Did It “Loudly” at an Outdoor Table

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The New York Times casually dropped a very funny detail into a Sunday story about how White House attorneys Don McGahn and Ty Cobb disagree with each other about how cooperative to be with the Robert Mueller Russia investigation:

The friction escalated in recent days after Mr. Cobb was overheard by a reporter for The New York Times discussing the dispute during a lunchtime conversation at a popular Washington steakhouse. Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed “a McGahn spy” and saying Mr. McGahn had “a couple documents locked in a safe” that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to. He also mentioned a colleague whom he blamed for “some of these earlier leaks,” and who he said “tried to push Jared out,” meaning Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been a previous source of dispute for the legal team.

Overheard at lunch! And here's a tweet by the reporter in question, Kenneth Vogel (the other guy in the picture, John Dowd, is a Trump attorney):

Nice. Talking about sensitive details of a criminal investigation involving the president, "loudly," on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House. That's good lawyerin'—especially bearing in mind my colleague Dahlia Lithwick wrote a column about how Trump's attorneys keep embarrassing themselves and the legal profession before this happened.

Right Wing Revives Claim That Trump’s Obama Wiretap Accusation Has Been “Vindicated.” (It Hasn’t.)

Right Wing Revives Claim That Trump’s Obama Wiretap Accusation Has Been “Vindicated.” (It Hasn’t.)

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

On March 4, Donald Trump tweeted a number of claims about Barack Obama having ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

You'll note that these tweets are heavy on specific claims:

  • Obama had Trump's phones at Trump Tower tapped.
  • This wiretapping took place during the 2016 campaign.
  • Nothing was found.
  • Tap is actually spelled with two p’s.

On Monday, CNN reported that Paul Manafort—who was briefly Trump's campaign chairman—has been the subject of intermittent court-approved surveillance since 2014. As you can see above, Breitbart immediately announced that the news "vindicated" Trump. Nope. Here's what CNN wrote:

  • Manafort was initially being surveilled not because of his connection to Trump but because of an investigation opened in 2014 into his work as a political consultant in Ukraine.
  • He was subsequently placed under surveillance again "last fall" because of his connections to "suspected Russian operatives," but it's "unclear" exactly when that happened—which is to say that it's not certain whether it happened before or after the election.
  • The investigation was led by the FBI and required the approval of Justice Department officials, i.e., not Obama himself.
  • Regarding Trump's "nothing found" remark, the investigation into Manafort appears to have in fact escalated; one of his homes was raided in July.
  • "While Manafort has a residence in Trump Tower, it's unclear whether FBI surveillance of him took place there."
  • "It's unclear whether Trump himself was picked up on the surveillance."
  • Tap is still spelled with the traditional single p.

What's particularly funny about the idea that Trump has been vindicated by the revelation of a literal wiretap on Paul Manafort is that the White House and its stooges in the right-wing press spent months earlier this year insisting that Trump's tweets weren't referring to literal wiretapping. Here's Sean Spicer in March:

I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. That is a widely reported activity that occurred back then. The President used the word “wiretap” to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities during that.

At another point, Spicer also argued that Trump's comments about surveillance having taken place "just before" the 2016 election might have also been meant to suggest that surveillance took place well after the election:

If we're splitting hairs on what day of the calendar it was, that's a pretty interesting development. If the allegation is, well it was actually on the 1st of December or the 10th of December versus the 31st of October, I think we're starting to split some serious hairs here.

At the time, Breitbart made a nearly identical argument. You know, I'm really beginning to suspect that these guys are not being 100 percent honest with us all the time.

Natural Bar Soap Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff

Natural Bar Soap Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff


Gimme the Good Stuff

When it comes bar soap, the good news is that there are tons of safe options. The bad news is that most can be difficult to find in stores.

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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Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Voters Bump Trump for Repub Dump

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Voters Bump Trump for Repub Dump

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

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.

Our man's approval rating is soaring! Per FiveThirtyEight's approval poll aggregator, he's almost up to the point of being a regular unpopular president rather than a historically despised one:

Wha' happen? A new NBC/WSJ poll indicates that the public was impressed when Trump rejected the typical Republican approach to budgeting—namely, shutting down the government for no reason while threatening to create an economic catastrophe by defaulting on the national debt—in favor of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's plan to not do that:

Not ruining things on purpose is apparently a better political move than praising the patrons of a white-power torch rally as "some very fine people." Who knew?

Devastation From Hurricane Maria Set Puerto Rico Back “Nearly 20 to 30 Years”

Devastation From Hurricane Maria Set Puerto Rico Back “Nearly 20 to 30 Years”

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a Category 4 Hurricane early Wednesday morning but the destruction it caused was so great that the full extent of the damage is only starting to come into focus. To say things are bad would be a gross understatement as some are warning of an imminent humanitarian crisis due to a lack of basic services in certain parts of the island.

So far, the death toll from the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in almost 90 years stands at 10 although it seems certain to rise over the coming days. Some Puerto Ricans are describing the conditions in their communities as “apocalyptic,” according to CNN. Maria killed at least 31 lives across the Caribbean.

Authorities are now working to figure out the full extent of the damage but they’re warning it could take a long while for the island to recover. “The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” said Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez. “I can’t deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago. The destruction of properties, of flattened structures, of families without homes, of debris everywhere. The island’s greenery is gone.”

Residents struggled to pick themselves up as most of the island was without cell phone service or electricity. People with relatives in the United States struggled to get a bit of cell phone service to tell their families they were doing OK. The damage to the island’s shaky power grid is so extensive that officials didn’t even dare predict when power would return and some residents are getting mentally prepared to spend up to a year without electricity. Engineers are also inspecting and warning about the possible destruction of a 90-year-old dam in northwest Puerto Rico with the government warning that it could “collapse any minute.”

A group of mayors traveled to San Juan and warned that things could get worse if immediate needs are not met. “Hysteria is starting to spread. The hospital is about to collapse. It’s at capacity,” the mayor of the north coastal town of Manati said. “We need someone to help us immediately.” Around 15,000 people were thought to be in shelters across Puerto Rico.

“This is, without a doubt, the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico in terms of the damage to infrastructure and in terms of damage to the island as a whole,” Governor Ricardo Rossello said. “Our consideration is not a fiscal consideration. It’s restoring people’s security and restoring normalcy.”

Even if Rossello says he’s not thinking about fiscal issues right now, there is lots of concern about how the island’s economy, which was already in a precarious state before the hurricane, will handle the billions in damages. Some have estimated Maria’s economic damage could be as much as $30 billion. “Puerto Rico is in a precarious state,” said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research.

Hillary Clitnon took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize the Trump administration’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico. “President Trump, Sec. Mattis, and DOD should send the Navy, including the USNS Comfort, to Puerto Rico now. These are American citizens,” Clinton wrote. Trump had said earlier in the week that Puerto Rico was “absolutely obliterated” by Hurricane Maria.

RedZone is the Cause of and Solution to All of the NFL's Problems

RedZone is the Cause of and Solution to All of the NFL's Problems

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

 

The NFL is in the midst of an existential crisis. In the words of Jean-Paul Sartre, “Most of the games suck eggs.”

Take today’s early afternoon lineup. Were you in a part of the country that was lucky enough see the Tennessee Titans ease past the Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars? Or were you treated to the gourmet football feast that was the Carolina Panthers’ 9-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills? If so, you are three hours closer to death, and all you have to show for it are memories of Graham Gano kicking field goals.

The NFL’s biggest problem is one of watchability. Sure, we’re only two Sundays into the season and this is by definition a premature judgment, but if you sat through today’s Bears-Buccaneers game then you have surely joined me in jumping to this grave conclusion. Of the eight games that started at 1 p.m. ET, only the Arizona-Indianapolis contest was close. It went to overtime, but this is not a virtue; rather, this extra period acted only to prolong this shameful sin of a game.

At the end of today’s early round of matchups, there had been 24 games played in the NFL this season. By my count, only five of those could be described as competitive, in that the viewer didn’t already know who was going to win heading into the fourth quarter. Of those five, just two were contested by teams that could be described as “decent” (Chiefs vs. Patriots and Chargers vs. Broncos). At the risk of sounding like a laconic buffoon: The games are bad. And you can’t blame this on the sport itself, as college football is, for all its many faults, as entertaining as ever.

Sure, some fans will always take pleasure in watching their favorite teams destroy hapless also-rans (hello, New England; goodbye, New Orleans). There will also always be the masochistic types who insist on sitting through the cleat-end of an hours-long beatdown in their pursuit of some kind of Zen-like awakening. But for everyone else, what the NFL is selling in 2017 just isn’t good enough. If the league wants to maintain its perch as the nation’s most popular sport then it will have to cater to these casual fans. Fortunately, the NFL already thought of a way to do this: RedZone.

NFL RedZone, which the league launched in 2009, is a premium network that provides simulcast coverage each Sunday. RedZone, which switches from stadium to stadium to capture the best action at any given moment, is essentially a collage of the day's most exciting events: football without the filler. While it started as a sort-of gimmick for fantasy football enthusiasts with short attention spans, it has become the only way to watch the league without losing your mind.

League-wide ratings are slipping, but there hasn’t been a general consensus as to why. Some have blamed anthem protests, an assertion that, thanks to a misreading of a widely published poll, became heralded as fact when it was anything but. RedZone has also been singled out for cannibalizing the market for individual games, but the league could never admit this is the case. That's because, in doing so, they'd have to concede that a single NFL game must be packaged with at least seven other NFL games to make it anything close to watchable.

This ties the NFL in a pretzel. The commercial-free RedZone channel may help retain fans, but if it's the only thing propping up a dreadful league, then the fumbles and interceptions are going to come home to roost sooner rather than later. Until then, I'll be consuming my Sunday afternoon football via RedZone and RedZone alone. And on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday nights, I'll endure select NFL broadcasts in a manner no man ever should: one game at a time, with commercials, and lots and lots of field goals.

November Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I absolutely love the months with holidays in them, so we can base our crafts and activities around a special theme.  November has me kind of stumped.  Hallowe’en is over, and Christmas is still off in the distance, so we don’t have any real celebration to focus on. I decided to go with another fall...

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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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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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Alec Baldwin Thinks Making Cheesy Movies Is As Bad As Lying for Trump

Alec Baldwin Thinks Making Cheesy Movies Is As Bad As Lying for Trump

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Backstage after the Emmys on Sunday night, a reporter asked Alec Baldwin about Sean Spicer’s appearance onstage. In Spicer’s cameo he came out grinning and riding a motorized podium, evoking Melissa McCarthy's impersonation, clearly indicating he was aware of the joke and in on it. As Slate’s Christina Cauterucci wrote, the moment can be grouped together with Trump the candidate hosting Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon mussing Trump’s hair on his show. “Laughing with him only dulls the senses to his deeds.”

Considering Baldwin’s win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Trump on SNL and his subsequent taunting speech, one might expect the actor to come down similarly hard on Trump’s former press secretary.

His response, however, was a bit less barbed:

The average person is very grateful for him to have a sense of humor and participate. I mean, Spicer obviously was compelled to do certain things that we might not have respected, we might not have admired, we might have been super critical of, in order to do his job. But I’ve done some jobs that are things that you shouldn’t admire or respect me for either. So he and I have that in common I suppose.

To quote Slate’s Sam Adams: “The difference is that when Sean Spicer sells his soul, it weakens the fabric of democracy, and when Alec Baldwin does it, you wind up with The Boss Baby.”

But let’s take a minute to really compare, for the sake of fairness.

In Blind, released in 2017, Baldwin plays a blind novelist who “rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman." From RogerEbert.com: “One doesn’t need perfect vision to quickly surmise that this sudsy affair among Manhattan swells is a glorified Hallmark Channel melodrama.”

Also in 2017, Sean Spicer couldn’t stop himself from talking about Hitler. When he explained why Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria, he claimed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack was unprecedented. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” he said.

Baldwin was so dissatisfied with the only movie he ever directed, the flop Shortcut to Happiness, that he asked the movie be credited to “Harry Kirkpatrick” instead. It was only released six years after being made, and he advised his fans not to see it.

During Spicer’s first White House press briefing, on Day Two of the presidency, he chided reporters and declared that the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”

Baldwin himself called the movie musical Rock of Ages, in which he plays a “shaggy-haired owner of a Whisky a Go Go-type Holywood club” a “complete disaster.” He told Vanity Fair, “A week in, you go, ‘Oh God, what have I done?’ ” Slate writer Dana Stevens had some kinder words for it and wrote that “once you accept the utter and profound inconsequentiality of Rock of Ages, there’s much to enjoy in it.”

Following in Kellyanne Conway’s footsteps, Spicer referenced a nonexistent Islamic terrorist attack in Atlanta to pad statistics to justify Trump’s Muslim ban.

In The Boss Baby, Baldwin voices a baby who’s also a businessman. Sean Spicer toed the party line, even if it meant failing to tell the public the truth.

Upon weighing the evidence, it’s a toss-up.

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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A Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft for a Preschool Ocean Theme

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, have a look and tell me this is not the cutest, little jellyfish you ever did see. Honestly. How is it that a paper plate and a couple of googly eyes can be so stinkin' adorable?

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A Collegial Reminder to Harvard That Henry Kissinger Leaked Secrets That May Have Gotten 21,000 Americans Killed

A Collegial Reminder to Harvard That Henry Kissinger Leaked Secrets That May Have Gotten 21,000 Americans Killed

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Harvard's Kennedy School of Government has a tradition of inviting political and media figures to become "visiting fellows" for short periods of time, which means they hang around campus appearing on panels and falling in love with Minnie Driver and such. This fall, the school invited Chelsea Manning—the Army whistleblower whose prison sentence for leaking sensitive documents was commuted by President Obama in January—to be one of these fellows. Various national security figures attacked the appointment, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo skipped a Thursday speech at Harvard in protest. On Friday, Kennedy school dean Doug Elmendorf announced that he had revoked Manning's fellowship, writing that "many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific" and that he had failed to properly consider how honoring Manning in such a way "fulfills the values of public service to which we aspire."

As has been noted elsewhere, the decision to formally bail on Manning implies the perverse continued endorsement of the "public service" rendered by another current visiting fellow, Corey Lewandowski, the corrupt, screaming thug who helped launch and run the most racist, anti-democratic presidential campaign in modern history. But Elmendorf's statement is also interesting in light of Harvard's friendly relationship with Henry Kissinger—a triple graduate of the institution who has been celebrated by its august dons, including Kennedy School professors, and hosted on more than one occasion on campus. (The Kennedy School scheduled another event with him earlier this year, but it was postponed.)

Manning, of course, committed the crime of leaking sensitive information, but there is no evidence that any U.S. service member or citizen died as a result of her disclosures. It's been established in mainstream works of history, though, that Kissinger leaked nonpublic information about President Lyndon Johnson's 1968 Vietnam peace talks to the Nixon campaign. Nixon subsequently sabotaged the talks under the belief that their failure would help his chances in the election. The U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam then continued until 1975, during which time more than 21,000 U.S. service members lost their lives.

Now, it's impossible to know whether Johnson's peace initiative would have been successful if Kissinger and Nixon hadn't tried to ruin it. But it is possible to say that sabotaging American diplomacy by leaking information to Richard Nixon is not good "public service." Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, j'accuse!

James’ “U Bum” Tweet Is Way More Popular Than Any of the President’s Messages

James’ “U Bum” Tweet Is Way More Popular Than Any of the President’s Messages

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Trump likes to talk about how popular he is and how much he is liked (plus, did you know he won an election?). So surely the president is none too happy today to realize that LeBron James’ tweet insulting him is way more popular than anything he has ever written. Turns out, the basketball superstar is better at uniting Americans than the commander in chief.

It all started when Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to uninvite (although they weren’t actually every formally invited) the Golden State Warriors from visiting the White House to commemorate the championship. Trump specifically mentioned Stephen Curry’s public reluctance to go to the White House: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

Less than three hours later, LeBron James took to Twitter and hit back, calling Trump “u bum” and adding that “going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

As of Sunday afternoon, James’ message had been retweeted more than 620,000 times. That is way more than the basketball star's previously most popular post that got a paltry 111,820 retweets (“I’m not MJ, I’m LJ”).

James didn’t just beat his own record though. His “u bum” tweet is also way more popular than anything Trump has ever written in his favorite social media platform. Trump’s most popular post on Twitter was his all-caps celebration of his election victory: “TODAY WE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” That Nov. 8, 2017 message got retweeted 335,657 times.

A few hours after his tweet, James, who was a supporter of Hillary Clinton, released a video explaining his position. "I think it's basically at a point where I'm a little frustrated, man, because this guy that we've put in charge has tried to divide us once again" James said via his digital company platform Uninterrupted. "Obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused. Now it's hit home more for me because he's now using sports as the platform to try and divide us."

Exaggeration of Religious Behavior on Surveys

by GG @ The Pagan Princesses

I heard a great story on NPR this morning about how people over report their religious behavior when they respond to surveys. Over reporting a behavior means a person says they do something more than they really do it. This is not unusual when the behavior being asked about is something viewed positively by society (like exercise). Under reporting is also common on surveys, but this happens when the behavior being asked about is something negative (like smoking). I’m geeking out a bit here because I am a sociologist by training. And I find this fascinating! I won’t retell the whole story here, but the gist is that Muslims and Christians are consistent culprits of this kind of over reporting when they are asked about their religious behavior. Philip Brenner, a sociologist who’s trying to understand this over reporting, views it as another way to understand people and their complex relationship with religion. He thinks people are reporting their aspiration as practitioners of their faith, rather than their actual practice. He doesn’t think people are flat out lying. He thinks they are still sharing something about themselves with their answers. They just aren’t sharing what the question was designed to learn. […]

Amazing Fall Art with Melted Crayon Shavings

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am so excited with how our latest art project turned out!

It's SO pretty, and the process was really cool.

If you've seen our "Starry Night" with melted crayons, you'll know the process I'm talking about.

We made these melty Fall Trees for our friends over at CBC Parents. I hope you'll check them out, and make some at home with your hooligans!

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Homemade Twirling Ribbon Sticks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

On a whim yesterday, I made a couple of homemade twirling ribbon sticks for the girls, and they had a wonderful time running and spinning around the yard, watching their ribbons dance in the wind! Twirling ribbon?  Ribbon stick?  Twirling ribbon stick?  I’m not exactly sure what they’re called, but they were so easy to make! They’re...

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Homemade Picture Frames

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade Picture Frames: a gift for kids to make and give at Christmas. A homemade picture frame is a meaningful gift for a child to give.  Our homemade frames are easy to make from recycled cardboard, a little paint and some “bling”.  Tuck a photo of the child inside, and it’s a perfect homemade gift...

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Rag Heart Ornaments with Pipe Cleaners and Fabric Strips

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a super-easy Valentines craft for your kids to make, and a great way to use up colourful fabric scraps leftover from past sewing projects! All you need to make one of these adorable, rustic little ornaments is a pipe cleaner and a strip of fabric. We've made ours in pairs, and tied them together to hang in a bedroom, but singles can be used as gift toppers or given along with a Valentines card. So quick. So easy, and so pretty!

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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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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

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, so we’ve made a bunch of snowflake ornaments so far this...

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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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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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Today in Conservative Media: Shut Up, Jimmy Kimmel

Today in Conservative Media: Shut Up, Jimmy Kimmel

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives weren’t happy about Jimmy Kimmel’s Tuesday night monologue criticizing Graham-Cassidy, in which the late-night host said, “Bill Cassidy lied right to my face about healthcare.” National Review’s Theodore Kupfer wrote that Kimmel is unqualified to offer commentary on the subject:

Cassidy and Graham’s bill fails the Jimmy Kimmel test, at least according to its namesake. Kimmel labeled Cassidy, who appeared on Kimmel’s show months ago to applause, a liar. Perhaps it was a mistake for a senator to arrogate rhetorical supremacy to a comedian, but Cassidy, for his part, has since pushed back. “I am sorry he does not understand,” Cassidy said today on CNN. “There will be more people covered under the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment than under the status quo,” he said later on MSNBC, explaining that his bill requires “coverage” of pre-existing conditions “to be ‘adequate and affordable.’”
What to do about the health-care system is a complicated question. Kimmel has elected to probe the empirical matter of whether this bill does quite enough to erect a safety net for people with pre-existing conditions. There are legitimate critiques of Graham-Cassidy on those grounds, but at the same time, rhetoric about those with pre-existing conditions, or about the costs of reforming our current health-care system, tends toward exaggeration. And with the leeway Graham-Cassidy’s New Federalist framework would afford them, states might be able to find more efficacious ways to protect those people. The collective decision to elevate Kimmel to status as a leading bioethicist and policy wonk reduces a tricky debate to a single talking point.

“Fact is that Kimmel is a fan of the status quo,” the Federalist’s David Harsanyi wrote, “and he wants you to call Cassidy to complain about it. It’s a shame that Kimmel didn’t provide a number to call for the tens of millions of Americans who have seen their premiums and out-of-pocket costs skyrocket under Obamacare’s strictures. Is there no telephone number for those who are sick of being in exchanges that coerce them to buy plans they don’t need sold to them by companies they don’t like in fabricated non-competitive markets that have dwindling choices?”

Other conservatives took to Twitter to slam Kimmel:

In other news:

Fox News ran a brief segment about a youth football team in Illinois that kneeled during the national anthem at a game for a Colin Kaepernick–inspired protest. From Fox News Insider:

Every player on the 8-and-under Cahokia Quarterback Club football team took part in the protest before Sunday’s game in Belleville.
“One of the kids asked me if I saw [people] protesting and rioting in St. Louis," Coach Orlando Gooden told Fox 2. "I said yes. I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'”
Coach Gooden said the player responded, "Because black people are getting killed and nobody's going to jail.” ...
After explaining that Kaepernick chose to kneel during the national anthem of NFL games last season to protest police brutality and racial inequality, Gooden said one of the kids asked if they could “do that.”
He said as long as they knew why they were kneeling, he didn't have any problem with it.

“[W]hile Gooden tries to shift the burden of the decision on the kids, it's clear that he led them to see Kaepernick's protest of the country as a positive response to a perceived injustice,” the Daily Wire’s Aaron Bandler wrote. “They might have asked if they could do it, but he clearly deliberately planted the idea.”

Health Benefits Of Peach Kernel Essential Oil: Life Is Peachy!

by Nate M @ Maple Holistics

There are few oils quite as unique as peach kernel essential oil. Not because of its specific ability to heal some rare condition, but specifically because of how many diverse uses it actually has.

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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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The FDA has banned antibacterial soap ingredients that were useless in the first place

The FDA has banned antibacterial soap ingredients that were useless in the first place


The Verge

The US Food and Drug Administration has banned 19 active ingredients in antibacterial soaps — including the hotly debated chemicals triclosan and triclocarban. The rule is meant to help curb...

The Best Dish Soap

The Best Dish Soap


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After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found Seventh Generation Dish Liquid to be the best for most people.

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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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Today in Conservative Media: Go Away, Hillary

Today in Conservative Media: Go Away, Hillary

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

On Tuesday, conservatives heaped scorn on Hillary Clinton’s new campaign memoir What Happened and her spate of recent media appearances promoting it. “Its release has been widely anticipated among the I’m-Still-With-Her crowd and all their ‘persist!’ and ‘be the resistance!’ drama,” RedState’s Kimberly Ross wrote. “Yes, we understand that you can’t let her stunning defeat go. It was never only Trump fans who gave in to cult-like behavior. One only needs to look at those like Lena Dunham or Peter Daou to see that Hillary obsession is not only over-the-top but is still alive and well.”

Kristine Marsh at the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters criticized Clinton for calling the media environment “difficult” for Democrats, citing a Media Research Center study showing that Trump had received more negative coverage. “Lest Clinton need reminding, the media coverage of her opponent was not even close to balanced. In the 12 weeks after Trump was announced as the Republican nominee, he received 91% hostile media coverage, on the three major networks,” she wrote. “Yet just 38% of Clinton’s airtime during that period focused on her scandals.

“Fox News, Breitbart, and Infowars are convenient scapegoats for Clinton, but it's abundantly clear that the media is overwhelmingly biased toward Democrats,” the Daily Wire’s Aaron Bandler wrote. “The media is actually one major advantage the Democrats have, which is why so many on the Right have railed against media bias for years. The fact that Clinton lost to Trump despite having an advantage in the media once again shows what a terrible, awful candidate she was.”

Rush Limbaugh criticized Clinton for externalizing blame for her political losses:

This book is out today. She blames Comey. I’m not making this up. She blames Russia, she blames WikiLeaks, she blames Facebook, she blames fake news, she blames voter ID laws and sexism and misogyny for losing. None of those are the reasons why she lost, and you all know what they are. She’s not likable. She’s not charismatic. And, you know, people are offended by this sense of entitlement. I mean, what’s Hillary Clinton done to be president? Seriously. I know you can say the same thing about Trump. But Trump went out and won. What has she done? Her biggest… The reason why the Democrats gave her a chance to run this thing twice… She should have gotten the picture 2008, ’cause 2008, that’s when she was guaranteed to be the nominee, and they had to pay her back.
She saved her husband’s presidency by sticking with him. She saved the Democrat Party by staying with her husband during all of those affairs he had in Arkansas and the White House. By sticking with him, she saved the party. They did owe her. They let her run the first attempt at health care. She botched that. She botched the bimbo eruptions unit. She botched pretty much everything politically. She was not smart, she was not adept, she’s not The Smartest Woman in the World, but the image preceded her.

Also at the Daily Wire, Hank Berrien noted a passage in What Happened in which Clinton compares the denunciations of her at Trump rallies to the public shaming of Cersei Lannister by “religious zealots” in Game of Thrones. “That’s rather tone-deaf from someone who served in the Obama Administration, when the worship of him was so intense that there was a sand sculpture deifying him in Charlotte near the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and the ubiquitous donkey symbolizing the Democratic Party since 1828 was jettisoned in favor of the Obama symbol,” he wrote. “But even more tone deaf in the passage quoted above is the notion that Hillary identifies with the worst villainess the television industry has ever produced; a woman who is ruthless to the point of murdering her daughter-in-law despite knowing that her son adores her; a woman who gets her husband murdered, and a woman who likely ordered the slaughter of the illegitimate babies sired by her husband.”

“Some might say this is the sort of thing that happens when your ghostwriter’s Standing Subcommittee on Popular Culture References had a few too many beers the night before,” National Review’s Jonah Goldberg added. “The thing is that even if you despise the theocrats, Cersei had every reason to be ashamed. She was, in fact, guilty of everything she was accused of.”

Laura Loomer of Canadian alt-right site Rebel Media confronted Clinton at her New York City book signing. The incident was described in a post at the Gateway Pundit:

Laura Loomer live streamed her wait in line on Periscope as she zig-zagged through the line to confront Hillary. “So the American people would like to know, what happened to your 33,000 emails?” What happened in Benghazi?”
Hillary quickly retorted with a fake smile on her face, “Go read the book”.
Loomer then confronted Hillary Clinton about the Haitians who never received their earthquake relief from the Clinton Foundation funds. “What happened to the millions of dollars that was supposed to go to the people in Haiti?”
Hillary then replied, “You know what? I’m so sorry you believe things that are untrue”.
Hillary tried to ignore Loomer by speaking to the next person in line but Loomer continued to ask her questions.
“What happened to Seth Rich? What happened to your health Hillary?” Loomer asked as she was told to leave by security.

In other news:

Multiple conservative outlets ran posts on the vandalism of a Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park. From Hannity.com:

Left-wing vandals desecrated a massive Christopher Columbus statue in New York City’s famed Central Park late Monday night, splashing “blood red” paint over the explorer’s hands and writing “Hate Will Not Be Tolerated” at the base of the memorial.
According to the New York Post, a city employee noticed the defaced statue early Tuesday morning and notified the NYPD and Parks Department. Local law enforcement fear future attacks against city memorials will continue in the coming weeks, noting the vandals left behind a spray-painted threat at the foot of the statue.

Some conservatives sounded off on Twitter.

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 so hearty and delicious, the whole family will love it.  Even the pickiest kids!  Serve it with a crusty loaf, and you’ll have a hearty, healthy lunch or dinner for a fall or winter day. This Butternut Squash and Potato Soup is one of my...

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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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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 is this simple snowman activity tray. Kids can build their own snowmen from scratch over and over again, switching up the parts and accessories each time.  It’s a great fine motor activity, and a wonderful way...

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Homemade Wrapping Paper with Paint and a Hair Dryer

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have the kids make some homemade wrapping paper with a little paint and a hair dryer!  Yep, a hairdryer!  This colourful gift-is perfect for Christmas or Birthdays or any old time there’s a gift to be wrapped! Finding a cool, DIY way to wrap a gift is always fun, and believe it or not, the...

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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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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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Paper Towel Dip – a Water Absorption Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“Paper Towel Dip“: a water absorption experiment for preschoolers and toddlers. Over the years, we’ve done many water absorption experiments here in my daycare.  Paper towels and coloured water are great for teaching kids about water absorption.  Coloured water really lets kids see the absorption process, and depending on the nature of the project, they can produce...

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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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Cardboard Gingerbread House

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Decorate a Cardboard Gingerbread House with craft and fabric scraps… Oh, don’t you love a good gingerbread craft at Christmas time?  Gingerbread activities, gingerbread men and gingerbread cookies. Above all, Gingerbread houses go hand in hand with the holiday season, right? Traditional cookie and candy gingerbread houses are fun to make and decorate, but if...

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One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream {in 5 Minutes}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It sounds crazy, but it's true!

5 minutes and one ingredient are all it takes to make a thick and creamy banana ice cream that tastes just like soft-serve.

This stuff really has the consistency of the soft-ice cream that you get from the ice-cream shop, but what a bonus: it's completely, 100% nutritious because the only ingredient is a frozen banana!

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Collaborative Heart Project Fundraiser

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am currently working on a project, created by Jamie at Hands on as We Grow, who is pulling together a “Heart Project eBook”. This collaborative project, involving more than 50 bloggers, will be a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.  The Heart Project eBook will be available by making a $5...

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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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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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Fall Colour Apple Stamping

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall Colour Apple Stamping – exploring the colours of the season. Oh, I do love all the fall crafting we’re doing right now in my daycare.  The gorgeous colours of Autumn are right around the corner, and the apple season is upon us, so yesterday we did some fall colour apple stamping.  It was a beautiful...

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“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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Homemade Playdough in a Rainbow of Colours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Raise your hand if you love homemade playdough!  I do!  I do!  It’s so easy to make!  I made a big batch of rainbow playdough the other night, by dividing it and colouring into 6 different portions. I’ve made a LOT of playdough in my day, and this is my very favourite recipe.  It’s fast...

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Easy Patriotic Wind Twirlers {from Paper Towel Rolls}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot woot! Look what we made!

Beautiful patriotic wind twirlers for Canada Day and the 4th of July!

They were super simple to make, using paper towel rolls and paint, and they look terrific spinning and twirling in the wind!

It doesn't matter where you live, or what country you're in, just paint these up in your country's national colours, and you'll have some lively and charming ornaments to hang from your porch or a tree in your yard to celebrate your national holiday!

Check 'em out, and let me know what you think!

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Paper Cone Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Paper Cone Tree ornaments are really easy to make, so they’re a great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers.   We’ve made these paper cone tree ornaments to go on our Christmas tree, but they can be used as table toppers for a holiday table as well. Older children will be able to make...

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Chicken Doctor

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Chicken Doctor is my new role around the farm. You see when chicks cost $2 you don’t spend $40 to take them to the vet. So when I discovered my Brown Leghorn Rooster was limping I decided I would do the best I can to help him recover. These days though it is much easier […]

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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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Surprise! Ultimate Healthy Living eBook Bundle – 5 Days Only!

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

This is a big deal, folks.

And it only lasts for 5 days.

If you've ever wanted to learn more (or, you know, almost EVERYTHING) about living a healthy, natural lifestyle; if you've ever wanted to dip your toes into the world of real food preparation; if you've ever, ever been even the tiniest bit lost on the windy road to a balanced and synthetic-free life, you're going to want to pick this bundle up.

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These ebooks are, seriously, the most beautiful, information-packed, entertaining resources from independent publishers and authors on the internet today. In other words, you're getting over 30 eBooks written by inspirational top natural health bloggers - and typically, if you bought them separately, they'd be over $300. Purchase the bundle this week? ALL of them, all together, are only $29.

PLUS. PLUS! (Wait for it ...) There are bonuses. Seriously free bonuses, from Redmond, your choice of a free sourdough or buttermilk starter from Cultures for Health, and a 3-month free subscription to Plan To Eat. Check all of the goodness down below.

Before I share the "official" information of the sale with you, let me tell you this:

Many (if not most) of these eBooks are from my personal heroes. Women whose blogs I read religiously before starting my own blog. Women who have inspired me, who've guided me into living more naturally. Women with wisdom that we all NEED, so that we can pass it on for generations to come.

I am so. incredibly. honored. to be included in this bundle o' nourishing knowledge.

Continue Reading...Surprise! Ultimate Healthy Living eBook Bundle – 5 Days Only!

Staying Well This Flu Season

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Staying well this flu season can be aided by something as simple as washing your hands. According to the Mayo Clinic, hand-washing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to cut your risk of getting sick and spreading illness. Here are the do’s and don’t of hand washing to keep you healthy this […]

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ghost mud

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ghost mud was the perfect thing to make today, on this last day of October, to celebrate Hallowe’en.  I first read about ghost mud over at Teacher Tom’s. Grate a bar of Ivory soap and add it to about 1 cup of hot water.  Stir it around a few times until it’s melty and mushy....

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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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White Crayon Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s an easy art project for toddlers and preschoolers.  Creating this white crayon art is a simple as offering your child a piece of black paper and a white crayon.  Add a small selection of paint colours, and you’ll end up with some beautiful creations worthy of matting and framing. We’ve been focusing on easy...

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Fine Motor Fruit Loops Ornaments for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Just popping in with a super-quick little ornament for your toddlers to make. This actually didn't even start out as an ornament. We were just doing this as a fine motor activity. It occurred to me, when we were finished, that we could bend them and shape them, and hang them on the Christmas tree! FYI: be prepared for some snacking while you're making these. They can never resist. Hee hee

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Orange is the New Black has Jax Thinking About Punishment and the US Prison System

by Jax @ The Pagan Princesses

I was visiting my sister last week (hence GG graciously filling in for me<LINK>), and we binge watched the Netflix Original series Orange is the New Black. Have you seen it? If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a thirteen episode TV series inspired by Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year incarcerated in a minimum security prison. I highly recommend it if you’re not bothered by nudity and graphic sex. Oh, and a cliffhanger of a season finale. The new season starts June 7! Kerman’s real story is the kind of gonzo thing that sounds like fiction. She’s from a stable family, went to college, is capable and smart…and for a couple years in her early 20s, dated a heroin smuggler. Kerman didn’t do drugs or involve herself with that side of her girlfriend’s life (other than traveling together), but once when her smuggler-girlfriend was in dire straits, Kerman flew a suitcase of cash across international lines for her. Not long after that, Kerman realized that if she stayed it was likely she would continue to get more involved in smuggling and broke off their relationship. Four years later, after Kerman had completely moved on with her life– settling down in the West […]

17+ Awesome Advent Calendars Your Kids Will LOVE!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Get 'em while they're hot!

Today, I'm sharing lots and lots of my favourite advent calendars for kids.

Remember the excitement of an advent calendar when you were a child? Well, advent calendars have changed, and there are some spectacular ones out there now!

Barbie, Thomas, Star Wars, Little People, LEGO, all that come with 24 toys and treasures to make the long wait for Christmas a little more bearable for kids.

Of course, there are some adorable, traditional advents calendars too.

I've rounded up a big collection for you to have a peek at. Check them out! I have a feeling you'll find something here that's just perfect for your child!

Click on the link below to see them all!

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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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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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2011 in review

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 46,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many...

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Cornell Frat Shuts Down After Black Student Allegedly Called Racial Slur and Assaulted

Cornell Frat Shuts Down After Black Student Allegedly Called Racial Slur and Assaulted

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

A Cornell University fraternity chapter has been shut down as officials investigate the alleged assault of a black student last Friday.

According to a statement from Cornell, one undergraduate student was arrested after a “verbal exchange between Cornell students including the use of racial slurs led to a physical assault.” The alleged victim told the New York Times that when he arrived home early Friday morning, he encountered the group of students arguing with his housemates. When one of the students called him a racial slur as he tried to get them to leave, “he confronted them, and four or five of them turned on him and started punching him in the face.”

John Greenwood, a 19-year-old student at the school, was charged with assault in the incident. He denied the accusations.

The university's statement did not confirm that the students involved were members of the fraternity, and it told The Times it was trying to determine if some or all of the students were members. The school's student newspaper reported that the fraternity's alumni group had denied Greenwood was a member.

But the alumni board of the fraternity made the decision to permanently shut down the chapter of Psi Upsilon. Since 2016, the fraternity, which had a history of complaints over its members’ behavior, had been under a three-year-long ban from the university, meaning it could not take advantage of university benefits and recruit new members.

The fraternity initially had been suspended in 2016 when its president had been accused of rape. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex offense. The fraternity then received its three-year ban when it violated the rules of that suspension by throwing a party.

Earlier this month, a member of a different fraternity at Cornell allegedly chanted “build a wall” near the university’s “Latino Living Center” after Trump ordered the end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

While the fraternity has been shut down, its property and building are undergoing renovations. According to Cornell, when completed it will be used for student organizations “that are dedicated to promoting a diverse and inclusive student community.”

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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18 Awesome Boat Crafts for Kids (They Really Float!)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fun and easy boat crafts for kids of all ages to enjoy! Remember how fun it was, when you were a kid, to try and make a boat that would actually float in a puddle or pool or pond? Oh, those were the days – the days when our parents would shoo us outside, and we’d...

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St. Louis Protesters Surround Mayor’s House, Clash With Police Following White Officer’s Acquittal

St. Louis Protesters Surround Mayor’s House, Clash With Police Following White Officer’s Acquittal

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Largely peaceful protests Friday afternoon in St. Louis gave way to nighttime clashes between demonstrators and police in response to Friday’s acquittal of a white police officer for shooting and killing a black motorist in 2011. Roughly 1,000 protestors gathered around the house of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and broke two windows and threw paint on the house, before police intervened, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Nine officers were hurt and 32 people were arrested during the skirmishes, according to the St. Louis Police Department.

The demonstrations were in response to Friday’s acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who faced first-degree murder charges for the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The failure to convict Stockley sparked outrage because of the mountain of evidence that indicated Stockley manipulated the crime scene after saying explicitly, on tape, “we’re killing this motherfucker, don’t you know,” minutes before approaching Smith’s car and shooting him to death.

“Many of the demonstrators were peaceful," Acting Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said early Saturday morning. "However, after dark, many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers." Police used pepper spray on protesters and deployed tear gas to disperse the demonstrations.

Here’s more from the scene from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

After the large group of protesters was able to march unimpeded to [the mayor’s] home, gather on the lawn and knock on the door — a process that took some 30 minutes — the first police finally arrived and began pushing them back, firing canisters of tear gas. Journalists witnessed at least one arrest…
Earlier, police pepper-sprayed demonstrators Friday afternoon as they declared the ongoing protest at Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue downtown as "no longer peaceful". By early evening, protesters had dissipated from downtown and were gathering in the Central West End. They filled the streets there as they marched through the neighborhood, their number growing to what appeared to be more than a thousand. At one point, they tried to enter Forest Park but were stopped by police. By nightfall, protesters were marching south on Kingshighway toward Highway 40 (Interstate 64), some chanting: "If you kill our kids, we kill your economy!"
… Later, protesters in the Central West End were pulling down American flags that lined the streets on Euclid, and burned several of them. At least one of the flag burning incidents, on a knoll near the interstate, led to a heated argument between factions of protesters.

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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A Vibrant Rainbow Rice Activity Bin for Sensational Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids will enjoy hours of  sensory play with a rainbow rice bin!  Grab the recipe for my rainbow rice, and let’s put together a coloured rice sensory bin for your kids!  To make our rainbow rice activity bin: After dyeing our rice, and letting it dry, I spread the rice out in rainbow fashion in a plastic bin , and...

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Potato Head Snowmen

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Building a snowman is always a favourite winter activity among kids, and we usually do it the same old way: roll three balls, plunk a hat on top, pop on some eyes and a mouth, and done.  Well,  if you’re looking for a fun, new way to build a snowman this year, here’s a cute...

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KoKo Dairy free new nut warnings

by Ruth @ what allergy?

It would seem that KoKo Dairy free have recently changed their packaging due to circumstances at their factory. I was made aware of this by someone on Instagram who was very quick to point out that I was wrong to claim my breakfast was #nutfree 🙁 At first I was confused (I was petrified… sorry, […]

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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Easy Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Bark

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, my Lovelies! I came up with the easiest recipe the other day! I made this amazing chocolate chip and candy cane bark using just 3 ingredients! It took about 10 minutes from start to finish, and YUM... my family is going nuts for it! If you're looking for an awesome treat to make for holiday entertaining or to give to teachers, friends and neighbours, you will LOVE how easy this one is to make! Check it out!

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No, But Seriously, Dove Soap Is Bad

No, But Seriously, Dove Soap Is Bad


The Concourse

So yesterday, BuzzFeed&#39;s editors, in a super duper blatant breach of the tenets of their Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, deleted a post in which staff writer Arabelle Sicardi criticized toiletries brand Dove for its sleazy, exploitative advertising. Dove, you see, is owned by Unilever—the multinational consumer goods behemoth last seen being an oversensitive penis over the definition of mayonnaise—which happens to be one of BuzzFeed&#39;s major advertising partners.

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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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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After Two Weeks, Tony Romo Is the World’s Best Football Analyst

After Two Weeks, Tony Romo Is the World’s Best Football Analyst

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

 

Being an NFL color analyst is like practicing wildlife dentistry, in that it’s nearly impossible to win over your audience. That’s what makes Tony Romo so impressive. The retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback may have been a divisive character during his playing days, but he is earning nearly universal praise for his broadcasting work.

Much of this praise can be attributed to the fact that Romo is not Phil Simms, the man he replaced in the CBS booth. Providing NFL color commentary is a weird and difficult job, but after nearly two decades honing his craft, Simms had made it weirder and more difficult than it needed to be. He seems like a lovely man, but the Phil Simms experience began to feel like watching football in a hotel bar full of undecided voters.

It’s hard to overstate how sharply Romo’s first two games have contrasted with Simms’ later body of work. Whereas Simms’ trademark move was to totally misread cut-and-dry incidents after multiple slow-motion replays, Romo routinely and accurately calls plays before they happen.

This kind of parlor trick has been getting Romo plenty of attention, but acts of clairvoyance aren’t what make the former Cowboys quarterback a great analyst. Football is insanely complicated. When electromagnetic waves carrying football broadcasts finally reach intelligent life outside our solar system, the aliens will task their greatest minds with decoding the bizarre circus before them, and they will likely fail. Romo, meanwhile, is pretty darn good at explaining this needlessly obtuse game, and you get the sense that he's spent much of his adult life talking about football to folks who weren't terribly well-versed in the minutiae of his day job.

He describes simple things, like the importance of Tom Brady’s flat-footed stance in the pocket, with the same patient eloquence he uses to detail more complicated aspects of the game. During the New England Patriots’ rout of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, he explained that Patriots coach Bill Belichick uses fullbacks far more than the rest of the league. Rather than leaving it at that, Romo continued to explain the benefits of this practice in connection to the play that had just transpired. (The fullback lined up against a cornerback, which signaled to Brady that the Saints were using a zone defense.)

But as with anything good in this world, don’t be surprised if the rumblings of an online Romo backlash develop into something more. After all, Simms was once a young, retired quarterback who aw-shucks-ed his way into the seat Romo fills today. But at this early date, Romo certainly checks all the boxes you’d want from a color guy. The most important, of course, being that you’re able to listen to him for three hours without hating his guts.

NFL color analysts generally take on one of three affects:

  1. Folksy hayseed who just can’t get enough of this gridiron goodness (see: Collinsworth, Cris).
  2. Sentient training sled who demands you PLAY TO THE WHISTLE (see: Gruden, Jon).
  3. Troy Aikman (see: Aikman, Troy).

Romo doesn’t fall into any of these categories. He’s pleasantly jocular, and he seems genuinely happy to be calling games. That bit is important, because the NFL has been a remarkably joyless enterprise over the past few years. In the Patriots-Saints game, Romo gleefully yelped when Brady threw a touchdown pass from a tough position.

He sounds like a guy who just wants to play again, but we should all hope that doesn't happen. Romo is far more valuable in the booth than he would be on the field, and while the league certainly isn’t spoiled for competent quarterbacks this season, its roster of commentators isn’t deep enough to lose its latest pickup.

10 Awesome Benefits of Avocado (With Studies)

by Organics @ Organics

Avocados are stone fruits with a creamy texture that grow in warm climates and is a frequent a feature of Mexican and South American cuisine. Avocados are a delicious and nutritious fruit and very beneficial for your health. Avocados are a guilt-free addition to your everyday diet. Kicking off the morning with avocado salad or toast […]

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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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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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John McCain Is a "No" on Graham-Cassidy. The Bill May Be Doomed.

John McCain Is a "No" on Graham-Cassidy. The Bill May Be Doomed.

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

This post has been updated.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, one of the three votes to kill Obamacare repeal's chances over the summer, might have just buried the GOP's last ditch effort to repeal it, too.

"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," McCain said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Senate Republicans were hoping to turn McCain around from his objections, which were largely procedural. He wanted any health care bill to go through the "regular order" of committee hearings, amendments, markups, and debates. The best Senate Republicans could offer him was one hearing in the Finance Committee on Monday. McCain made clear to reporters over the last week that that would not be good enough.

With Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul already a "no" on the bill, and Maine Sen. Susan Collins "leaning no," as she said Friday, Graham-Cassidy would appear to be in its dying breath.

But South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain's best friend and a co-author of the bill, hasn't given up yet. In a statement following McCain's announcement, Graham insisted they would "press on." That would mean flipping Collins from a "lean no" and winning Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, or losing one of them and somehow putting the screws to Paul, who hates the bill.

Here's McCain's full statement:

As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.
I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30th budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process.
We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do. The issue is too important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance. A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach.
Senators Alexander and Murray have been negotiating in good faith to fix some of the problems with Obamacare. But I fear that the prospect of one last attempt at a strictly Republican bill has left the impression that their efforts cannot succeed. I hope they will resume their work should this last attempt at a partisan solution fail.
I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.
I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it. The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.
I hope that in the months ahead, we can join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to arrive at a compromise solution that is acceptable to most of us, and serves the interests of Americans as best we can.

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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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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Trying Bubble Bars

by Dana @ New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

I have been wanting to branch out a bit and try some other products for a while. I have made lotion with great success, and if you’re looking to try lotion yourself, I can’t recommend Anne L. Watson’s book Smart Lotionmaking highly enough. Her recipes have all worked well for me, and I am especially in […]

Interesting solutions for Fibonacci series (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,…) in C++ Language

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different



#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int x=0,a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                cout<<a<<"\n";
                                x=a+b;
                                a=b;
                                b=x;
                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

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#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                cout<<a<<"\n";
                                b=a+b;
                                a=b-a;
                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

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#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int x=0,a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                cout<<x<<"\n";
                                a=b;
                                b=x;
                                x=a+b;
                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int x=0,a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                x=a+b;
                                cout<<a<<"\n";
                                a=b;
                                b=x;
                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

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#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int x=0,a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                cout<<a<<"\n";
                                a=b;
                                b=a+x;
                                x=a;

                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int x=0,a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                cout<<x<<"\n";
                                a=b;
                                b=a+x;
                                x=a;

                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int x=1,a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                n=n-2;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                cout<<0<<"\n";
                cout<<1<<"\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                a=b;
                                b=a+x;
                                x=a;
                                cout<<a<<"\n";
                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
void main()
{
                int x=0,a=0,b=1,n;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Enter how many no to print in fib series\n";
                cin>>n;
                n=n-2;
                clrscr();
                cout<<"Fibonacci Series is: \n\n";
                cout<<0<<"\n";
                cout<<1<<"\n";
                while(n>0)
                {
                                x=a+b;
                                cout<<x<<"\n";
                                a=b;
                                b=x;
                                n--;
                }
                getch();
}

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Output:
Enter how many no to print in fib series
10

Fibonacci Series is:

0
1
1
2
3
5
8
13
21
34

I Spy Bottles

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I Spy Bottles – beautiful discovery bottles in a rainbow of colours. What child doesn’t love to play “I Spy“? Every year, here in my daycare, we make a set of I spy bottles or discovery bottles. You should check out the Ocean in a Bottle that we made recently!  It’s SO cool! The hooligans...

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Fine Motor Activities for Babies and Toddlers – Easy Set-Ups for Home or Daycare

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The following 10  fine motor activities for babies and toddlers encourage creative thinking and problem-solving. They help to develop a young child’s fine motor skills, hand dexterity and co-ordination through play. I often set up with these simple activities up to keep the toddlers and babies busy while the preschoolers are crafting  here in my daycare. The...

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Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash

Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash


Allure

The white Dove body wash is so moisturizing that it's almost like bathing in lotion.

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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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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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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Rainbow Rice – How to Dye Rice For Sensory Play (without Rubbing Alcohol)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Rainbow Rice! How to dye rice for sensory play 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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Painting with Water – a Fun and Artful, Outdoor Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you remember doing this as a kid?

If you've never tried this activity with your little ones, you MUST!

It's so easy to set-up, it's mess-free, and it will keep your kids busy for hours. I'm betting they'll love it so much that you'll make this one of your easy go-to activities all summer long.

The best thing (aside from it being SO simple to set-up and clean-up) is that it's one of those classic activities that help to make magical childhood memories. It's stuff like this that your kids will love and remember always.

Check it out, and then put it on your must-do list for summer!

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Today in Conservative Media: Trump Gave His Best Speech Yet at the U.N.

Today in Conservative Media: Trump Gave His Best Speech Yet at the U.N.

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives had mostly praise for President Trump’s speech to the U.N. on Tuesday. One of the more mixed critiques came from National Review’s Rich Lowry, who called the address “Jacksonian”:

In general, Trump defended the American-created and -defended world order, but he did it on his own terms. He emphasized the importance of sovereign nation-states and said we should accept their different cultures and interests. This is fine as far as it goes. In his version of post-war history, however, Trump gives short shrift to how important a vision of liberal democracy was to the United States. And there was a tension between his avowal to accept the ways of other nation-states and his (appropriately) excoriating attacks on the political and economic systems of North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela. Indeed, George W. Bush could have spoken in exactly the same terms about those rogue regimes, if with more elevated rhetoric.
All things considered and given the alternatives, it was a fine speech. It wasn’t really an “America First” speech — it defended the world order and even had warm words for the Marshall Plan — but in its signature lines about North Korea, it was thematically a very Jacksonian speech. What exactly this means in terms of policy remains to be seen. But everyone is paying attention, if they weren’t before.

The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson called it the best speech of Trump’s presidency thus far. “With President Trump we are not going to get the soaring rhetoric of Barack Obama or the happy smile and sentiment of George W. Bush,” he wrote. “We are not going to get Reagan or Clinton. What we are going to get is a blunt instrument who understands he can occasionally use his bluntness to make real change.”

“Give Trump credit for bringing his authentic self to the United Nations, at the very least,” Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey wrote. “If his supporters worried about the supposed ‘globalists’ on his staff watering down Trump’s approach on foreign policy, the president dispelled all of those worries in his 40-minute address. He made it clear that US policy would take a sharp turn towards self-interest and put nations on notice over trade.”

The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison was critical:

U.S. foreign policy already suffers from far too much self-congratulation and excessive confidence in our own righteousness, so it was alarming to hear Trump speak in such stark, fanatical terms about international affairs. Paired with his confrontational rhetoric directed towards North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and Syria, Trump’s choice to cast these states as the “wicked few” portends more aggressive and meddlesome policies and gives the leaders of all of these governments reason to assume the worst about our intentions. It was similar to Bush’s foolish “axis of evil” remarks in 2002.

In other news:

Conservatives were aghast at a survey of college students on speech just published by the Brookings Institution. “THE END OF AMERICA: Poll Shows 51% of College Students Say It's Fine to Shout Down ‘Offensive and Harmful’ Speakers” was the headline of a Daily Wire post by Ben Shapiro:

That poll shows that 19 percent of college students agree with the notion that using violence to silence a speaker who says “offensive and hurtful things” is appropriate; that includes 22 percent of Republicans. Furthermore, about four in ten Americans said that the First Amendment should not protect “hate speech” – leaving that term of art utterly undefined – and 51 percent backed the proposition that students should shout down offensive speakers.
This is terrifying. Young Americans clearly don’t understand the meaning or purpose of the First Amendment. They believe that their feelings justify interference with the political expression of others. And that opinion is being coddled by administrators who see fit to “protect” students from so-called “microaggressions” with “trigger warnings.” The safe space mentality utterly perverts American freedom.

Commentary’s Noah Rothman blamed the media and academics for fostering anti-speech attitudes and wrote that the survey furnished evidence that “America is lurching toward a civic crisis.”  “Cosseted, well-compensated soft revolutionaries are busy penning hagiography to thugs who commit acts of terror in the name of ‘anti-fascism,’ ” he wrote. “Respectable left-wing journals like the Nation, Mother Jones, and the New Republic have found themselves in the rank agitation business.”

“If you want to see how these realities are playing out on an actual campus,” Hot Air’s Allahpundit wrote, “go read the new Middlebury interim policies for speakers, which explicitly contemplate canceling events if the threat of violence is so high that the safety of people attending the event can’t be guaranteed. The fact that an American university would need to plan for that contingency in the form of an official policy shows you how bad things have gotten."

Today in Conservative Media: The Failing Emmys Prove America Is Tired of Hollywood’s Politics

Today in Conservative Media: The Failing Emmys Prove America Is Tired of Hollywood’s Politics

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives sounded off about Sunday’s very political and very underwatched Emmy Awards on Sunday night. “After, last year’s award show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel came in with the lowest numbers in the show’s history, early numbers from Nielsen data show that this year’s star-studded event hosted by Stephen Colbert did just as bad, according to a report Monday by Variety,” the Daily Caller’s Katie Jerkovich noted. “Final numbers for Sunday night were later adjusted showing a 2.5 rating for the [18-49] demographic and 11.4 million viewers. In 2015, the Emmys netted a 3.6 million viewers in the same demographic and 11.9 million viewers total for the star-studded show.”

The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro joined a chorus of other writers in blaming the low ratings on the jokes told at the expense of the Trump administration throughout the night:

Last night’s Emmy Awards crashed and burned in the ratings. And it’s no wonder. Thanks to a combination of Steven Colbert’s “courageous” attacks on President Trump and celebrations of a bunch of shows nobody watches (The Handmaid’s Tale and Big, Little Lies, anyone?), more Americans than ever tuned out. And that follows last year’s debacle, when Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting carried the show to its lowest rating to that point. Hollywood is sliding, and it can’t figure out why.
Politics does have a lot to do with it. That’s because Americans have substituted the culture wars for political dialogue. We no longer care much about policy, apparently — President Trump has spent the last two weeks cutting deals with Democrats, and most Republicans and Democrats don’t seem to be backing off their positions with regard to Trump. Trump may be governing as a centrist Democrat, but Hollywood is still painting him as a pure evil, the future leader of a fascist dystopia; Republicans, meanwhile, continue to paint him as a vigorous, burly warrior on behalf of American values. Rarely has a Republican president made so nice with Democrats; rarely has that same Republican president been treated as Nero by Democratic cultural figures.

National Review’s Kyle Smith agreed. “The co-dependent relationship of celebrities to Trump is like that of two bitter, drunken spouses who hurl abuse at each other before they start making out,” he wrote. “Most Americans, even those who didn’t vote for Trump, are simply getting on with their lives these days, more worried about their car payment or how their kids are faring in school than about Washington politics.”

The Resurgent’s Marc Giller focused on Stephen Colbert’s performance as host, which included multiple barbs at Trump:

He wasn’t there to entertain. Sure, he paid some lip-service to Hollywood’s narcissism and other foilables—but rest assured, everyone knew Colbert was playing to his people. Not the dwindling number of souls who still care about this stuff watching the spectacle from home, but rather his fellow travelers in the auditorium: the self-coronated Tinseltown royalty, whose monolithic politics are exceeded only by their monolithic preening. Colbert worked them all like a Heidi Fleiss call girl working Charlie Sheen, telling them all what they wanted to hear and stroking them in all the right places.

“That Colbert would end up delivering numerous barbs towards President Trump and the GOP throughout the night was a foregone conclusion,” the Federalist’s Brad Slager wrote. “It is rather amazing, though, there could be no material found to skewer Democrats.” A few writers took aim at liberal outrage over a bit featuring former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes criticized on Twitter for “lying to the American people on behalf of the most powerful person in [the] US.”  The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher called Rhodes a hypocrite. “The Obama administration lied about the Iran deal, and Ben Rhodes crafted the lie,” he wrote. “And now, that same guy is outraged because Sean Spicer lied about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, and the Emmys invited him on to joke about it.” Hot Air’s Allahpundit argued that Spicer was one of the more sympathetic figures of the Trump administration. “He never came off as sinister; far more often he was pitiful, which I’m sure is why the gag he was involved in last night referenced the lie about crowd size in his first press briefing after the inauguration,” he wrote. “That was Spicer’s defining moment: It was so obviously untrue, and so obviously done to soothe Trump’s fragile ego, that he seemed pathetic more so than malevolent.”

In other news:

Conservatives delighted in the misfortunes of Rolling Stone in the wake of news that the magazine is up for sale. RedState’s Brandon Morse wrote that the debunked UVA story “A Rape on Campus” marked an important point in the magazine’s decline.

After dragging both the college through the dirt, and endangering the lives of the Phi Kappa Psi members, the story was proven to be completely fabricated. “Jackie” turned out to be a liar with a history of making false claims for attention. The article’s author, Sabrina Erdely, was discovered to have not fact checked Jackie’s claim, and was discovered to have a history of unethical reporting around rape cases. ...
Whoever buys the flaming pile of feces that is the Rolling Stone has a long road ahead of it. Its partisan reporting, and willingness to endanger innocent lives has black marked a once great magazine into paper people wouldn’t line their birdcages with.

“When did Rolling Stone die?” Breitbart’s Daniel Flynn asked. “When it morphed from newsprint to glossy? When it moved from San Francisco to New York? When it attempted to open up a chain of restaurants in imitation of the Hard Rock Café? When it put the stars of something called ‘Gossip Girl’ on its front page both licking a two-scoop, ice-cream cone or made coverboys of the Backstreet Boys with their pants down to their ankles or posing Sarah Michelle Gellar with her legs akimbo on a Cadillac?”

At the Daily Caller, Ian Miles Cheong declared Rolling Stone another casualty of internet-driven changes to journalism. “The almost 50-year-old magazine has been largely supplanted by online media, which it has refused to properly embrace due to the stubbornness of its founder, Jann S. Wenner, and his death grip of outdated publishing models even as print advertising revenues dry up,” he wrote. “As other companies ramp up their media presence online through videos and breaking news, Rolling Stone continues to focus on long-form journalism. Readers don’t head to it for up-to-date stories.”

hand dyed pasta necklaces

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Quick and easy recipe for hand dyed pasta necklaces: This method of making hand dyed pasta is quick and easy, and pretty much mess-free.  The pasta is vibrant and won’t stain hands, and it’s great for sensory bins and crafting with.  Pop over to CBC Parents for our recipe and step-by-step directions! If this is your...

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Uber Delivering You McDonald’s Is the Promise of the 2008 Obama Campaign Fulfilled

Uber Delivering You McDonald’s Is the Promise of the 2008 Obama Campaign Fulfilled

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president and lifted the wings of America's spirits to lofty heights of hopeful hope. His campaign was managed by a Democratic operative named David Plouffe while its communications strategy was supervised by future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. The campaign thrived by inspiring millions to believe that the collective power of grassroots progressivism could overcome the consolidated power of big-money special interests.

In 2014, Uber hired David Plouffe to a senior position in which he managed "a broad portfolio that includes business, legal and policy issues." In 2015, McDonald's hired Robert Gibbs to direct its public relations and lobbying operations.

In December 2016, shortly before Plouffe left Uber to go to work for Mark Zuckerberg, Uber and McDonald's announced a partnership.

During Monday Night Football this week McDonald's and UberEats ran a national advertisement for this rapidly expanding joint endeavor, through which individuals can order food prepared by low-wage, nonunion McDonald's employees for delivery by low-wage Uber "contractors."

And that's how life works! Congratulations to David Plouffe and Robert Gibbs on their second homes and hot tubs.

7 Best Yoga Poses To Relieve Chest Pain

by Ramya Achanta @ STYLECRAZE

Do you often feel a tightness in your chest area? If yes, then it could be for simple reasons that can be fixed easily with a few yoga stretches. But you must know the right ones. And, that is why [...]

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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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 African Black Soap Bar Soap | Ulta Beauty

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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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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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Dozens of NFL Players Take a Knee After Trump Criticizes Anthem Protests for Third Day

Dozens of NFL Players Take a Knee After Trump Criticizes Anthem Protests for Third Day

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Donald Trump seems to be obsessed. The commander in chief woke up Sunday morning with a hankering to fire off a series of tweets once again calling for fans to boycott the NFL “until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.” For those keeping count that marked the third day in a row the president criticized players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest police violence. It seemed to be a taunt that will assure any protests that were already planned for today would suddenly become much larger.

The defiance was clear in the first NFL game of the day, where players displayed a strong sense of unity as about two dozen Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars players took a knee and pretty much all the rest linked arms in solidarity. Among those joining the protest in London was Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, who also took a knee. And it wasn’t just the players who displayed unity. Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with the players during the national anthem.

The players who were kneeling then stood for “God Save the Queen,” Britain’s national anthem, although the players and coaches remained locked arm-in-arm.

On Facebook, the Jaguars published a photo with Khan at the center and a simple message: “Unity.”

The owner of the Ravens, Steve Bisciotti, also expressed support for the protesters through a statement released on Twitter during the first quarter of the game. “We recognize our players’ influence,” he said. “We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”

The support from the owners continues the largely negative reaction to Trump’s initial statement on Friday night during a rally in Alabama. Even some who have supported Trump in the past expressed their opposition to the president, including Patriots CEO and Chairman Robert Kraft, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration. “I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday,” Kraft said. “I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities."

Trump’s three-day marathon of NFL criticism began Friday night, when he harshly criticized owners for tolerating players who he said disrespect the United States by failing to stand up for the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said.

That statement was met with a chorus of criticism from the sports world but the commander in chief doubled down on Saturday through Twitter: "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!" He also directly attacked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his (very mild) criticism of Trump earlier in the day. “Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country,” Trump wrote. “Tell them to stand!”

Republicans Are Seriously Getting Optimistic About Passing Obamacare Repeal Again

Republicans Are Seriously Getting Optimistic About Passing Obamacare Repeal Again

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy says that Thursday “may have been my best day as a senator.” If you’re not a fan of repealing and replacing Obamacare, then that’s bad news.

Cassidy, a co-author of the GOP’s last-ditch effort to fulfill its health care promise ahead of its Sept. 30 parliamentary deadline, told reporters Friday morning that “we’re probably at 48-49 [votes] and talking to two or three more,” according to the Hill. “I am pretty confident we’ll get there on the Republican side,” he added.

One lesson I’ve learned covering this never-ending repeal-and-replace effort is that Bill Cassidy does not always know as much as he thinks he does. Another is that a whole lot of Republican health care bills can get 48 votes, but none so far has been able to get 50. There are your two caveats. And yet, this sudden push for Graham-Cassidy—something that did not exist within the Senate Republican caucus even a few days ago—appears to be the real thing.

They have two weeks.

Senate leaders, who had been keeping their hands clean of this latest effort, are now all in. (It’s now technically Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, but we’ll stick with the short version, because give me a break.) Majority Whip John Cornyn is whipping the votes, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the Congressional Budget Office to quickly produce a score. The Senate GOP’s Thursday lunch was the pep rally the bill needed, the apex of the best day of Cassidy’s senatorial tenure.

Though the votes aren’t there yet, and the Senate would still have to move fast by Senate standards to muscle this through, the renewed energy has caught Democrats’ attention. Staffers tell me they’re now taking the threat seriously.

“It is starting to feel like this has potential to get to the floor again,” one Senate Democratic aide says. “It’s frightening.”

My colleague Jordan Weissmann has written about how the Graham-Cassidy bill is not the moderate compromise its backers make it out to be. The bill would essentially collapse Obamacare’s market subsidies and Medicaid expansion by replacing them with block grants allotted to each state to design their own health systems, with few strings attached. Those grants would be determined by a complex formula that, relative to current law, punishes large blue states or those that expanded Medicaid while rewarding red states that didn’t. Like previous GOP bills, Graham-Cassidy would also set slow-growing per-capita caps on traditional Medicaid, and allow states to waive out of core Obamacare insurance regulations. It would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

We have a decent sense of which senators Cassidy might not have. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski were the staunchest opponents of each version of repeal and/or replace that came up for a vote in July. They will be difficult to flip. Sen. John McCain, the third no vote on the “skinny repeal” bill that appeared to seal the fate of Obamacare repeal in July, has said that any effort to replace Obamacare must be done through “regular order,” and Graham-Cassidy sure as hell wasn’t. On the other hand, McCain is best friends with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a co-author of the bill, so maybe that’s good enough for him. The key obstacle could be Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who told me this week that Graham-Cassidy had “zero” chance of passing the Senate. Paul tweeted Friday morning that he still wouldn’t support it, for strange Rand Paul reasons that don’t make much sense, and Paul has been arguing with Cassidy about it since. If you don’t have Paul, Murkowski, or Collins, and you are in the process of persuading McCain to support his dear friend Graham, then there’s your whip count of 48 or 49.

One piece of good news for Senate Republicans is that they will have until 11:59:59 on Sept. 30 to wrangle the final votes, get a CBO score, and work through other parliamentary concerns, and pass this. Though the Senate will no longer be able to pass repeal-and-replace with a simple, 50-vote majority after that point, the House does not need to meet the same deadline. The House can still pass the Senate bill whenever it chooses after Sept. 30—it just can’t make any changes. If the House did amend the bill and pass it, then it would have to surmount a 60-vote Senate filibuster.

I know you’re sick of this. I’m sick of it. Democrats are sick of it. Republicans are sick of it. But for the next two weeks, we’ve got a live one.

{3 More} Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Halloween

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

3 fun, easy and adorable paper plate crafts for Halloween.  Your preschoolers are going to love these! As you know, the Hooligans and I get a little excited about our holiday crafts, and Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year when it comes to crafting!  There are so many fun and adorable...

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

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your children love to make and give homemade presents?  If so, you’re going to love this! I’ve rounded up a collection of 40+ fabulous gifts kids can make that grown ups will really use, love and appreciate. I LOVE giving and receiving handmade gifts.  You might have guessed as much if you saw the post...

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Tut’s No Soy Soap

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

 Tut’s Soap is an extra- moisturizing unscented formulation made without soy oil. It is the brain child of one of our favorite customers, a gentleman from Alabama called Tut. He wondered out loud if we could make a soap like our Baby Me soap, but without any soy, which his doctor suggested he try to avoid. […]

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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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Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar

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A Disciplined Goddess

by Jax @ The Pagan Princesses

**My apologies for the late post! I’ve been having some technical difficulties. The irony that I’m late with a post about discipline is not lost on me…** It might be hard to tell from my spotty posting in April, but in my on-blog life, I’ve been pretty disciplined! I’ve submitted a book, gotten my taxes done, kept the house reasonable. I’ve also gotten food poisoning, and the DH got sick the week after. It’s been a crazed couple months ‘round these parts. But I promised a post on a god that represented discipline to me, and I realized today is my last day to do that. I decided to look at Sól (Sunna), and that got me thinking about feminism and my life as a writer and house frau. Sól is the sun in Norse mythology (Sunna in German). She’s rare among mythologies because she’s, well, a she and her brother Máni is the moon. As an English major, I was taught that the sun represents masculinity–strong, steady, constant, a provider–and the moon femininity–moody, changing, reflective, with a 28 day cycle of fertility. Most mythologies follow that trend. Norse mythology does not. (GG, in her post on sun worship through the Pagansphere pointed […]

View from my window – Goodbye Ruth

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Oh Ruthie, we are so sad to see you go and you will no longer part of the view from my window. You were always curious and adventurous, keeping us on our toes. Ruth will be missed. A raccoon with rabies wandered into our paddock, right next to the goat hutch to die. Discovering the raccoon first […]

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Quick and Easy Coffee Cake Recipe – Delicious Box Cake Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for a coffee cake that’s moist and delicious and simple to make, this quick and easy coffee cake is your cake. It’s so delicious people ask me for the recipe every time I serve it. I almost feel like a cheater because it’s so easy to make. You use a boxed cake...

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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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Foaming Body Washes made with Concentrated Castile Soap

by Nina George @

Foaming Body Washes Are Not All Natural There are a lot of foaming body washes out there on the planet. And, there are a lot of refills for those foaming pump bottles, but did you know that not all of these liquid refills are the same. Many body washes are actually detergents made with decyl [...]

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7 Harmful Ingredients in Your Deodorant

7 Harmful Ingredients in Your Deodorant


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ug6HHzxbso We love to smell great, in fact,  it is estimated that 90% of Americans put on deodorant daily. That is a lot of deodorant being applied to armpits daily! However, this seemingly safe daily hygiene

Crazy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wanna know why this crazy banana cake is so CRAZY?

Well, it's crazy-good, but that's not the reason for the name. It's the way you bake and cool it. It's not difficult. It's just kind of... crazy.

But that's the secret to its success.

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Ocean in a Bottle with 3 Simple Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make an ocean in a bottle with 3 easy ingredients.  One of the fastest and easiest-ever science activities for preschoolers. I love to make homemade toys for the hooligans.  Discovery bottles are always a favourite here.  They look so beautiful, and no matter what we fill them with. This particular ocean in a bottle has to be the...

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DIY Erasable Writing Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a child who's learning to print? Tired of all the wasted paper? Make this erasable writing activity for name practice, learning letters and numbers and even for fun, re-usable colouring activities. All you need are some plastic page protectors! Hours of entertainment and learning, with writing and drawing sheets that can be used again and again! Check 'em out!

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Paper Bag Puffy Hearts – A Valentines Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cutting, stamping, sewing and stuffing. So many fun skills for toddlers and preschoolers to practice when they're making these paper bag puffy hearts! Good news! This one can be done entirely using scraps and recyclables that you already have around the house! Gotta love that!

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Coloured Water Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Experimenting with coloured water for fine and gross motor development and a lesson in colour mixing: I love setting up fun and educational water play activities when the warm spring weather arrives!  Colour mixing in the backyard with water and food colouring is one of the hooligans favourite ways to play and experiment with water. We...

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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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विज्ञानाचा मानवी जीवनावर होणारा परिणाम

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different


जेव्हा मानव प्रगत नव्हता तेव्हा त्याच्या भोवताली घडणा-या घटना त्याला चमत्कारच वाटायच्या आणि ह्या सर्व घटना ईश्वरच घडवतो अशी त्याची समजूत होती. सर्व धर्मग्रंथातही असाच संदर्भ आहे. पण जसे जसे विज्ञान प्रगत होत गेले, तसे तसे या घटनांचा अर्थ मानवाला कळत गेला. जरी मानवाला विज्ञानाची प्रचीती आली असली तरीही अजूनही मानवाला विज्ञानाच्या अफाट कक्षेमूळे पूर्ण विज्ञान उमगलेल नाही. शेती हा सरलेल्या सहस्त्रकातील तर इंटरनेट हा सरलेल्या शतकातील सर्वात महत्वाचे शोध मानले जातात. अशाच प्रकारच्या वैज्ञानिक शोधांनी मानवी जीवन हे फार सुखमय आणि सुलभ बनले आहेत.

शेती हा देशाच्या अर्थव्यवस्थेचा एक अविभाज्य घटक आहे. तसेच लोकसंख्येत दररोज वाढ होत आहे पण पुरोगामी शेती व्यवस्थेत वाढत्या लोकासंख्येला अन्न पुरवण्या इतकी क्षमता नव्हती. आज आपण विज्ञानामुळे संकरीत बी-बियाणे, जमिनीचा कस वाढवणारे खते, आणि अत्याधुनिक अवजारे वापरून कमी जागेत जास्तीत जास्त उत्पादन घेऊ शकतो. सर्व बाबींचा शास्त्रोत्र अभ्यास करून ठरऊ शकतो की कोणत्या जमिनीला कोणत पीक चांगल उत्पादन देऊ शकेन तसेच त्या पिकाला किती पाणी, खत लागेल. तसेच प्रगत विज्ञानाच्या मदतीने आपण कुक्कुटपालन, दुग्धव्यवसाय, गांडूळ शेतीसारखे अत्याधुनिक जोड-धंदेही करू शकतो.

पूर्वी प्लेग, कॉलरा सारख्या जिवघेण्या साथीच्या आजारांमुळे गावचे गाव नष्ट व्हायचे पण वैद्यकशास्त्रातील प्रगतीमुळे आज हे आजार जवळपास नाहीसे झालेले आहेत. काही वर्षापूर्वी ज्या शस्त्रक्रियाची मानव कल्पनाही करू शकत नव्हता अशा शत्राक्रिया आज सुदूर तंत्रज्ञानाने (Remote technology) सहजरीत्या करता येतात. आज तर विज्ञान आणि तंत्रज्ञान ऐवढ प्रगत झाले आहे की आजारी व्यक्तीची तपासणी डॉक्टर ऐवजी एखादी मशीन करू शकते. कदाचित म्हणूनच वैद्यकशास्त्र हे मानवाकरिता वरदानच मानले जाते.

पुरातनकाळी वाहतूक फार मर्यादित होती कारण दळणवळणची साधन नव्हती. विज्ञानाच्या प्रगतीमुळे दळणवळणची साधन उपलब्ध झाली त्यामुळे मानवाच्या कामात गतिमानता आली, परिणामी मानवाची आर्थिक प्रगती झाली.  तसेच विज्ञानामुळे माहितीची आदान-प्रदान खुप सुलभ केले आहे. पूर्वी संदेश पाठवण्यासाठी कबुतर, घोडेस्वार, आणि थोडे प्रगत स्थितीत पत्राचा वापर करीत असत पण आज आपण संदेश मोबाईल किंवा इमेलच्या सहाय्याने एका क्षणात पाठवला जाऊ शकतो. इतकच नव्हे तर आज आपण एखाद्या ग्रहावरून दुस-या ग्रहावर सहजपणे संदेश पाठवला जातो.

मानवजातीच्या कल्याणासाठी फार उपयुक्त असलेले इंटरनेट, विद्युत, हिग्स बोसॉन, डीनए मँपिंग यासारखे शोध हे विज्ञानाच्याच मदतीनेच लागले आहेत. अँटाँमिक बॉम्ब, डायानामाईट, जैविक हत्यारे अशा विनाशकारी गोष्टी सुद्धा विज्ञानामुळेच तयार झाले आहेत. 

जसे विज्ञान मानवाला वरदान ठरत आले आहे तसेच ते काही कारणास्तव शापही ठरत आहे. जशी जशी मानव प्रगती करतोय तशी तशी त्याची जीवन जगण्याची शैलीही बदलत चाललीय आणि त्याचाच वाईट परिणाम मानवाच्या शरीरावर, कुटुंबावर तसेच त्याच्या जीवनावर होत आहे. आपण दररोज घेणारे अन्न, फळे किती रासायनिकदृष्ट्या दुषित असतात आणि आपण याबाबत अनिभिग्न असतो. अशा दुषित आहाराचा आपल्या शरीरावर अनिष्ट परिणाम होत आहे. यामुळेच २१ व्या शतकातील पिढी ही शारीरिकदृष्ट्या अधिकाधिक कमकुवत होत चालली आहे. विज्ञानाच्या मानवी जीवनावर होणा-या परिणामांचा जर समतोल नाही राखला तर हेच तारक विज्ञान मानव जातीला मारक ठरेन. 

अनेक शास्त्रज्ञांच्या अथक परीश्रामातूनही अजूनपर्यंत कोणालाही पाण्याला प्रयोगशाळेत तयार करता आले नाही. तसेच चंद्रविवर, बर्म्युडा, परग्रहवासीय ..... या सारखे अनेक गूढ अजूनही विज्ञानाकडून सुटलेले नाहीत. बहुतेक म्हणूनच फ्रान्सिस बॅकॉन यांनी म्हटलं आहे की "If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties".

विज्ञानामुळे आज मानवी जीवन हे पूर्वीपेक्षा सुखकर झालेले आहे म्हणून चला या शास्त्रीय ज्ञानाचा उपयोग मानवी जीवन अधिक सुलभ आणि सुखकर बनवण्यासाठी करुया!

Independence Day

by Dean Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

What is The Fourth of July? Is it just the first holiday of summer or another day off from work for a party? In the past it was always called Independence Day and there is a reason for that. Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies […]

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How to Keep a Natural Litter Box and Other Cat-Related Nonsense

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

Did you know that you can train a cat to use a toilet? It's a real thing, and real cats who have brains can do this; they don't even need opposable thumbs or current issues of National Geographic. They are just fine with back issues.

I'm thinking about doing this with my cat, but given our recent interactions, it will just give him one more reason to sit on my head. Here are his other reasons: he's hungry, or I'm asleep, or it's less than 86.5 degrees outside, or I'm breathing.

But let's be honest, there's really only one natural litter box, and it happens to be "the earth." While I do sometimes feel in my heart that cats would be happier (and our personal waste would be less) if they were just allowed to roam free about the neighborhood, many neighbors would highly disagree. Mountain lions around here, on the other hand, have engaged in a sign-waving "Free the House Cats" protest on street corners.

It isn't going very well. Mountain lions have terrible handwriting.

I'm not convinced that all house cats want to be outside. My friend has two cats who are allowed to do anything they want, including feasting on all the butterflies they can find in the backyard, but all they do is sit around in the sunroom, drinking tea and reading the newspaper while commenting on current events.

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Top 5 Benefits Of Dove Soap For Oily Skin

Top 5 Benefits Of Dove Soap For Oily Skin


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Is your oily skin annoying you? Then here is a solution for you that can be trusted upon. Dove soap for oily skin is an excellent solution. Read to know its benefits.

Why It Matters That Mueller Is Reportedly Looking into Trump's Russia Meeting

Why It Matters That Mueller Is Reportedly Looking into Trump's Russia Meeting

by Jeremy Stahl @ The Slatest

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has asked the White House for documents about Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. This includes any documentation of an Oval Office meeting Trump had with the Russians the day after Comey was fired, in which the president reportedly told them “great pressure” on him personally had been “taken off” because of the sacking.

From the Times:

In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller’s office sent a document to the White House that detailed 13 different areas that investigators want more information about. Since then, administration lawyers have been scouring White House emails and asking officials whether they have other documents or notes that may pertain to Mr. Mueller’s requests.
One of the requests is about a meeting Mr. Trump had in May with Russian officials in the Oval Office the day after James B. Comey, the F.B. I. director, was fired. That day, Mr. Trump met with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey I. Kislyak, along with other Russian officials. The New York Times reported that in the meeting Mr. Trump had said that firing Mr. Comey relieved “great pressure” on him.

In a lot of ways, this should not be considered unusual. Mueller is just doing what any good investigator would do and tracking down possible leads surrounding his investigation, which is reportedly delving into whether or not Trump intended to obstruct justice with the firing of Comey. “It is entirely unsurprising,” Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor Julie O’Sullivan told me over email. “Any investigator worth his salt would look into this.”

At the same time, the news demonstrates that Mueller considers the obstruction portion of the investigation to be significant and will not just limit his examination of the matter into the respective credibility of Comey and Trump. Comey testified under oath that the president suggested he halt the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Trump says he’s lying. Mueller is apparently not content to just look at their words alone, but is willing to examine outside evidence that could point to whether or not Trump acted with “corrupt intent” when he fired Comey. This apparently includes the relevance of him possibly telling the foreign power at the center of the scandal that the pressure was off. “It obviously is relevant to his reasons for firing Comey, and thus to the obstruction investigation,” O’Sullivan wrote.

Again, this could be considered significant because it demonstrates that Mueller is not leaving stones unturned. The president’s backers have questioned the scope of the inquiry—with some Republicans in Congress going so far as to call for Mueller to resign. “We’ve […] moved off of the original topic, which was the Russian issue, and now we’re talking about obstruction of justice and we’re just going to keep expanding the scope looking for something,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said in June while calling for Mueller to step down. Newt Gingrich—who led the impeachment of Bill Clinton for, among other charges, obstruction of justice—has argued that “technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice.”

This news is another indication that Mueller thinks that maybe the president can and that as special counsel he will be leading a thorough investigation of that question.

The other reason why the news might matter is that the obstruction portion seems to be coming up relatively early in the inquiry.

“[It was] inevitable that Mueller’s work would include some kind of judgment on that legal question,” Duke University law professor and former Enron prosecutor Samuel W. Buell told me over email. “But this and other developments seem to show him working relatively quickly on several fronts, perhaps with some sense of urgency about timing.”

How To Seek Information on Loved Ones in Puerto Rico

by Arturo Garcia @ Snopes.com

Some of the phone numbers shared widely on social media no longer appear to be working or have been replaced by email addresses.

6 Easy, Adorable Turkey Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Yippee! It's the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and that means TURKEY! We've been crafting up a storm here, and we've made some really adorable (and easy!) turkey crafts that you can make with your kids and students this year. Check them out! There's something here for everyone to enjoy! Did I mention how adorable and easy they are? Have a look!

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Homemade Paper Dolls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make Homemade Paper Dolls with fabric scraps, buttons and ribbons. The hooligans and I have been working on an ongoing project for the past week or so. We’ve been making a set of homemade paper dolls, using scraps and ribbons from my fabric bin. We’ve done several homemade doll crafts here in my daycare.  Our...

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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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Different ways to shutdown Windows XP

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different



Þ     Start Shut Down (Turn Off Computer) Shut Down
Þ     Start u u
Þ     Alt + F4 (on Desktop)u
Þ     Ctrl + Esc uu
Þ     Window Button u u
Þ     Make a shortcut on Desktop and type shutdown -s -t 00 in the area where you are asked to specify the location of the program file. Now you can just double click this icon to turn off the computer.
Þ     Start Run Type “shutdown –s”
Þ     When working with any window, click on task bar by keeping window as it is Alt + Spacebar c u
Þ     There is one more way to shutdown through task manager but not all task manager have ‘shutdown down’ option.



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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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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Woven Craft Stick Snowflake Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

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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Christmas Cookie Play Dough Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst! Want to keep your kids busy for a couple of hours while you're baking and wrapping and prepping for the holidays?

Set them up with this gorgeous play dough Christmas cookie activity.

My girls pretended they were baking Christmas cookies for two hours this morning, and all that was required was this beautiful homemade play dough, some cookie cutters, and some scraps from the sewing basket!

Check it out!!!

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Responds to Trump, Calling Him a “Mentally Deranged Dotard”

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Responds to Trump, Calling Him a “Mentally Deranged Dotard”

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded to President Trump’s United Nations address in the pair’s escalating nuclear rhetoric, saying in a statement that Trump would “pay dearly” for his speech where the president referred to Kim as “Rocket Man” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim continued in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Whoa, whoa, whoa—let’s pause for a moment before President Trump squeezes a tweet in. First, fair play, that was kind of a sick burn there. Didn't think you had that in you. I was just thinking it was time someone hauled dotard back into the vernacular.

I would feel a bit better about the two nations’ ability to communicate if one of the leaders wasn’t using Google translate to use words the other clearly doesn’t know. Next time, just write that bad boy in Korean. We’ve got folks who can translate it. They’ll send it to the rest of us. The North Koreans, however, traditionally issue these statements in English, which, over the years, the quirky corpus has turned into a genre of the language all its own. (For more about why North Korea’s statements sound as wacky, but strangely familiar as they do, check out Daniel Engber’s Slate explainer here.)

For extra authenticity, the Korean state news agency published the statement along with a photo of Kim Jong-un sitting at a desk holding some papers. Nice touch.

Just sayin'.

The statement—discarding the specter of nuclear war (obvs)—is pretty much nonsensical. Here’s the opening line: “The speech made by the U.S. president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.” Who’s a maiden?

There is something strangely poetic about the North Korean English turn of phrase.

Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereo-typed, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world's biggest official diplomatic stage.

Go on.

But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.

Yes, yes he did “make unprecedented rude nonsense.” I had not thought to describe it like that before you said it right there.

A frightened dog barks louder.

Than? A normal, chill dog?

I’d like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.

Good note.

The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to “totally destroy” a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.

Hmm … I thought I knew where you were going with this and what you were talking about halfway through.

His remarks remind me of such words as “political layman” and “political heretic” which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.

The good old days.

After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.

I mean, the syntax is a bit icky, but not too far off base as far as geopolitical analysis goes.

His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last ... Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.

And the finale:

I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue.
Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.

Good imagery. If we weren’t talking about nuclear war this would be “ha ha” funny not “terrifying” funny.

The Latest Reports of Damage in the Parts of Florida Hit Hardest by Irma

The Latest Reports of Damage in the Parts of Florida Hit Hardest by Irma

by Aaron Mak @ The Slatest

As people emerge from their shelters and return to their homes in the wake of Hurricane Irma, we are now getting a better sense for the specific damage that the storm wrought in the U.S. Whereas Harvey’s most severe destruction was concentrated in one contiguous area around Houston, Irma seems to have left pockets of ruin scattered in a totally unpredictable pattern throughout Florida and other southeastern states. The hurricane is predicted to cost around $100 billion in damages. In Florida alone, 12 deaths have been reported so far. Here is a rundown of some of the worst-hit areas.

Florida Keys

FEMA administrator Brock Long told reporters that an estimated 25 percent of homes were demolished and an additional 65 percent were extensively damaged in the Florida Keys. Fires, 130 mph winds, and 15-foot storm surges were the primary culprits. Officials have not been able to reach most of the islands, though, so the full extent of the destruction is not yet clear. At least two people have died, but it is unknown whether the storm was responsible.

Miami

Miami was home to two of the three infamous crane collapses in Florida, videos of which were widely shared on social media when Irma made landfall. Although local officials claimed that the cranes were built to withstand winds of up to 145 mph, they were surprisingly felled by the 100 mph winds that battered the city. Five-foot storm surges also sank and beached dozens of boats, and flooded the roads and buildings in some of the city’s most expensive districts like Brickell.

St. Augustine

St. John’s County, incorporating coastal St. Augustine city, was in shambles on Tuesday. Sheriff David Shoar told News4JAX that the county, which saw 80 mph winds, was experiencing the “worst case scenario” and that “No one was spared.” Many roads are still blocked by debris and flooding—stalling emergency vehicles—and homes have collapsed and had their foundations eroded. In the city, docked boats were hurled around. A 36-foot motor yacht sank, and a sailboat crashed into the Santa Maria restaurant. At least one person died from a heart attack.

Marco Island

Marco Island, a 24-square-mile area where Irma made landfall, saw 130 mph winds and four-foot storm surges. In the highly vulnerable community, cell towers toppled over, and at least 15 homes lost their roofs or suffered other serious damage. One of the main priorities now is clearing roads of debris.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville had the most severe flood since 1864, as 20-inch rains made the St. Johns River overflow, which rendered the downtown district a swamp. The 5-foot storm surges submerged park monuments, and the roads resembled rivers. Fires and trees falling on homes caused numerous injuries, though no deaths have been reported thus far. The sheriff’s office announced that 356 people had to be rescued from the flooding. The situation in Jacksonville could become even more disastrous, as the water levels are expected to rise and fall in the coming days.

Naples

Naples saw 6-foot storm surges and almost 12 inches of rain. Neighborhoods are now under waist-deep water, some of which first responders have not yet reached. Homes collapsed and had their roofs ripped off due to the over 140 mph winds.

Charleston, South Carolina

Although Irma stayed 200 miles away from Charleston, the city still suffered massive tidal surges—the worst since Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The 10-foot tide flooded low-lying neighborhoods, including areas that had trouble recovering after Hurricane Matthew last October, and unmoored local landmarks. Ambulances were unable to operate for a period of time due to 72 mph winds and possible tornados.

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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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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What to Do When Your Baby Won’t Take a Bottle – Real Solutions from Real Parents

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your breastfed baby won't take a bottle, going back to work, getting out for a few hours, or just getting some feeding help can seem like an impossibility.

You are not alone. It's a really common parenting challenge, and thankfully, when I asked the HH community for advice about it recently, they had TONS of suggestions, sharing what worked for them when they were in the same boat.

Here are 29 solutions from real parents and parenting experts to help you transition your baby successfully from breast to bottle.

And be sure to click through because I've shared what went down the first time I left my own breastfed baby at home with my husband and a bottle. Eek!

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Is your liquid soap made with corn?

by Nina George @

Lavender Heaven Body Wash Many people believe that when they purchase a bottle of natural liquid soap from the health food store, they are purchasing a product that has been created from simple natural products using a sustainable manufacturing process. Liquid soaps are not all the same, many body washes and 'natural' [...]

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Time to Play: What's in YOUR Soap? | Crunchy Betty

Time to Play: What's in YOUR Soap? | Crunchy Betty


Crunchy Betty

Ladies and gentleman, it's time to play ...WHAT'S IN YOUR SOAP?The winner of today's game will receive $100,000 and a trip to the finals for a chance to win ... a chicken! (The $100,000 is imaginary and the chicken is a metaphor for a deep sense of gratification.)Okay, ready?If your soap says "Pure Castile" what does it contain?

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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Toilet Roll Easter Chicks – an Easy Easter Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking to make some easy Easter Crafts for Kids, you’ve come to the right place!  We have Easter Finger Puppets, Easter Napkin Rings, and everything in between! Today, we’re making these adorable Toilet Roll Easter Chicks in nests made of shredded paper. The supply list is short and sweet, and you’ll be using materials that...

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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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… And That’s the Story of That

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

I noticed that the world would go on without me. It would change despite my input; it’s always changing, it doesn’t need me as much as I thought it did. I realized that all of my worries – every single one of them – was unfounded. I watched a worry come up, I tracked its progress, until it disappeared forever a day later. There was never any reason to believe my worries, not a single reason at all.

Now – RIGHT NOW – became the only thing to live for. All the secrets whispered in the present moment, all of the salves to heal the wounds were there.

Continue Reading...… And That’s the Story of That

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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Donald Trump Condoned Flag Burning?

by Kim LaCapria @ Snopes.com

In response to a controversial 2016 remark made by Donald Trump opposing flag burning, someone faked a 2011 tweet from him expressing the opposite view.

Valentines Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I just love Valentines crafts and activities, don’t you?  It’s so fun to get creative with a holiday theme, and Valentine’s day is one of our favourites here in my home daycare. Last night I set out to make a Valentines Activity Bin, chock-full of pink and red Valentines-type items for the hooligans to explore, experiment...

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Review: Pure Soapmaking by Anne-Marie Faiola

by Dana @ New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

Anne-Marie Faiola is one of my favorite soapmakers, and I just loved her book Soap Crafting. I think Anne-Marie does a great job creating easy recipes and experiments that beginners can try and also inventing advanced recipes and techniques for more experienced soapmakers. In her latest book, Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin […]

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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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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Tissue Paper and Contact Paper “Stained Glass” Window Decorating

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’ve been following along with us for a while now, you know I love crafting with tissue paper.  One creative idea I’ve always admired is decorating a window with tissue paper cut-outs.  Today, as one of our Valentine’s activities, we covered our living room window in colourful, tissue paper hearts!  The process was so...

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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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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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What is the difference between commercial soap noodle production vs castile handmade soap?

by Nina George @

Mountain Sky Makes Handmade Castile Soap. There are two main processes for making hard bar opaque soap, the hot process and the cold process. Commercial soap (Irish Spring, Dove, Body Shop soap, Dr. Bronner’s hard bar soap, Kirk's) is manufactured by using a hot process method. In the hot process, oils and alkali are boiled [...]

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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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Spring Art Project for Toddlers – Styrofoam Meat Trays & Foam Shapes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Spring Art project for toddlers using craft foam pieces and a styrofoam meat tray canvas! We’re so glad to get back to making spring art and spring crafting!  I want to show you this fun and easy styrofoam art that the hooligans made recently!  It’s a great spring art project for toddlers and...

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Twig Tree Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Christmas Twig Tree Ornaments are so easy to make, even the youngest crafters will love them. I love a Christmas tree ornament that looks like a miniature Christmas tree.  Similar to our Twig Star Ornaments from last year, the toddlers and preschoolers are combining twigs and yarn, and using their wrapping and winding skills to...

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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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10 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make for the Tree this Year

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Super-easy, simple materials, and they look just awesome! Don't you love a craft like that? Here are 10 of my favourite super-duper easy Christmas crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Ok, the poinsettias are a wee bit complex, but the other nine are really basic, and my-oh-my, they are SO adorable! I'm tellin' you, you are going to have thee cutest Christmas tree in town if you stick with us this season! And just think - your heart will absolutely melt, year after year, when you pull these precious keepsakes out to decorate at Christmas time. Memories, my lovelies. You're making memories with your kids when you make these holiday crafts together. xx Check 'em out!

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Christmas Village Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is the first year that I’ve made a Christmas village sensory bin for the Hooligans.  It all started when we set up my formal village the other day. Our village is usually one of the first things that I set up as the Christmas season approaches.  I was really late pulling the village 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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Soap in Bed Combats Leg Cramps?

Soap in Bed Combats Leg Cramps?


Snopes.com

Old home remedy holds that placing a bar of soap between your bedsheets will help prevent leg cramps.

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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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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Homemade Magic Kit

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A simple homemade magic kit made from basic household items provide kids with hours of endless creative play!: Remember a few weeks back when I shared the 5 minute magic wand that I made from a drinking straw and some tape?  And remember I told you there would be more “magic” to follow?  Well, this...

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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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Melted Crayon Art Hearts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have you ever created art with melted crayons? It’s a pretty cool technique!  The colours all blend and swirl together so magically!  It’s almost hypnotizing watching it happen. Want to give it a try?  Grab a handful of crayons, and head on over to CBC Parents to see how we made these Melted Crayon Hearts for Valentines...

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Poofy Organics Products Unboxing!

by Maia James @ Gimme the Good Stuff

You guys have been telling me how much you love Poofy Organics products for, like, ever. Once I investigated the ingredients in Poofy’s products, I quickly realized that it was ALL Good Stuff, and that I should sign up with…

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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“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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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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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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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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Ocean Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An Ocean Sensory Bin was the perfect thing for the kids to play with today. It’s been super-hot here this week, so I’ve been setting up lots of creative water play activities for the hooligans. I’ve had  an Ocean sensory bin in mind for a long time.  In fact, it was last July when I went...

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Easy Easter Finger Puppets for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, are you ready for the cutest thing you'll see today?

Honestly, these guys are RIDICULOUSLY cute Just wait to you see them looking up at you. They'll totally melt your heart.

How crazy is it that a pipe cleaner and a pompom can look so stinkin' cute?!

It's the eyes. It's totally the eyes.

And isn't it awesome how easy they are to make? You can whip up a bunch of these in minutes, and your kids will play and play.

I make them every year because the hooligans love them so much.

You know what just occurred to me though? We've never made a lamb! Wouldn't a lamb be the perfect addition to this little gang?

I think I know what I'll be crafting up later this morning.

Ok, go, go! Grab your pipe cleaners and cotton balls, and click the link below for a big ol' dose of ADORABLE!

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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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Top 15 Best Baby Soaps For You To Choose

Top 15 Best Baby Soaps For You To Choose


MomJunction

Is your littlest member home already? Are you looking for a baby soap, but don’t know which one to pick? Are you concerned about the soap’s effect on your baby’s skin?

५००, १००० रुपयांच्या नोटा वरील बंदी आणि काळा पैसा

by noreply@blogger.com (Tushar Chaudhari) @ Here you can find something different

अर्थशास्त्राचा विद्यार्थी म्हणून नोटांवरील बंदीच्या घटनेला वेगळ्या दृस्तीकोनातून बघतो. या लेखामधून नाण्याची दुसरी बाजू समोर मांडणे हा माझा उद्देश.

८ नोव्हेंबरची प्रंतप्रधान मोदीजींची घोषणा ही खरच उत्तेजित करणारी होती. घोषणेबद्दल पेपरमध्ये वाचून मी पण सामान्य माणसा सारखा प्रभावी झालो. ज्या पद्धतीने योजनेची घोषणा झाली (५० दिवसात नोटा बदलून मिळतील, काळ्या पैश्याला चरकाप, ११ तारखेपासून ATM मधून ५००/२००० च्या नोटा मिळतील) त्यामुळे असे वाटले की, मोदीजींनी चांगला अभ्यास करून चांगलीच तयारी केलीली दिसतेय आणि खरच काहीतरी मोठा बदल घडेल. पण लवकरच माझा भ्रमनिरास झाला आणि मग जरा सद्सदविवेक बुद्धीने विचार करू लागलो.

या घोषणेने काळा पैसा बाहेर येईल अस म्हणतात, पण खरच असे होईल का? आणि काळा पैसा बाहेर आला तर किती येईल? आणि जितका येईल तितका येण्याकरिता १२५ कोटी जनतेला वेठीवर धरणे योग्य आहे का?

भारतात सर्व चलनाची कींमत १६.४१ लाख कोटी रुपये असून यातील ५०० व १००० रुपयांचे मूल्य १४.१ लाख कोटी रुपये आहे. महसूल सचिव सहमुख अढीया यांच्या मते ५-७ लाख कोटी रुपये काळा पैसा बाजारात आहे. पण ते आणि इतर अर्थतज्ञ मान्य करतात की, काळा पैसा हा रोख पैश्यांच्या स्वरुपात कमी असून, त्याचा मोठा भाग हा सोने आणि इतर स्वरुपात आहे पण तो शोधणे फार कठीण आहे.

सध्याच्या गोंधळलेल्या व्यवस्थेबदल काही गोष्टी अधोरेखित करू इच्छितो.

          १.  मला सुरुवातील वाटले होते की खूप विचारपूर्वक निर्णय असेल आणि तशी व्यवस्था सरकारने केली असेल. पण मला कीव येते की सरकारचा कोणतही निर्णय हा विचारपूर्वक आणि धोरणात्मक नव्हता. जुन्या नोटा सरकारी ठिकाणी चालण्याची पहिली तारीख ११ नोव्हेंबर नंतर..... १४ नोव्हेंबर आणि आता २४ नोव्हेंबर.... पैसे काढण्याची मर्यादा २००० रुपये असून ती १५ दिवसानंतर बदलली जाईल पण अवघ्या ४ दिवसात ती आता बदलली.....२५०० रुपये.....आधी म्हटलं होत की ४००० रुपयेच्या नोटा बदलता येतील आणि १५ दिवसांनी ही मर्यादा वाढविली जाईल.....पण ४ दिवसात मर्यादा ४५०० रुपये केली.......तसेच ३१ डिसेंबर ही शेवटची तारीखही पुढे ढकलली जाऊ शकते.......काय धोरण ठरवून असे निर्णय बदलत जात आहेत? नक्कीच याचे गोंडस उत्तर असे असेल की सर्वसाधारण माणसांना विचारात घेऊन असे निर्णय घेतले जात आहे....पण हे ही उत्तर किती फसवे आहे......सरकारलाही योजना राबवण्याबाबत सर्व यंत्रणेचा आणि सामान्य जनतेचा अंदाजच आला नाही.......म्हणून नाईलाजाने असे निर्णय सरकारला बदलावे लागत आहेत. अर्थमंत्री म्हणतात....ATM दुरुस्त करायला २-३ आठवडे लागतील.....नवीन नोटांचा आकार आणि ATM.....बद्दल आधी विचार नव्हता केला का????

       २.  मोदीजी ८ नोव्हेंबरला म्हणतात की पुढील २ दिवस अर्थव्यवस्था ही १४% चलनांवर म्हणजेच २.३१ लाख कोटी रुपये वर चालेल....मला खुपच आश्चर्य वाटल जेव्हा मी चलनांचे विश्लेषण केले. २.३१ लाख कोटी रुपये पैकी १०० रुपयेचे चलन हे १.६ लाख कोटी रुपये आहे. संपूर्ण भारताचा विचार केला तर हे फारच तुटपुंजे आहे आणि इथून सुरु झाला सामान्य माणसाला त्रास....खिशात पैसे आहेत पण १०० च्या नोटांचा तुटवडा....मग सरकारने ५०० रुपये न देता पाठवले २००० रुपये....तेही कुणाला मिळाले कुणाला नाही....ज्याला मिळाले त्याला परत तोच त्रास....२००० चे सुट्टे पैसे नाही कारण १०० रुपयेच कुणाकडे नाही........५०० रुपयेची नोट तर फक्त whatsapp वरच दिसली.....आता सरकार हे ही चौकशी करत आहे की या नोट चे फोटो काढलेले चित्र कुणी लिक केले..........याचा अर्थ एकच तो म्हणजे......सावळा गोंधळ.

       ३. यात कुणाचा फायदा झाला असेल तर तो झाला Paytm, Ola wallet, बेरोजगारांचा आणि महानगरपालिकांचा.  बेरोजगारांचा वेगवेगळया पद्धतीने पैसे मिळायला लागले.....कुणी ५०० चे ४०० रुपये देऊन...तर कुणी रांगेतील नंबरकरिता १०० रुपये.....तर कुणाला नोटा बदलून देण्याच कमिशन.......

        ४. पूर्ण अर्थव्यवस्था ठप्प झालीय.....आणि याचा सर्वात जास्त तडाखा बसतोय तो रोजंदारीवर पोट भरणा-यांना.....काम आहे पण त्यांना मजुरी द्यायला मालकाकडे सुट्टे पैसे नाही.....तसेच काही ठिकाणी ग्राहक नाही म्हणून विक्री नाही म्हणून त्यामुळे काम नाही.......असे लोक की ज्यांचे दररोजचे पोट त्यांच्या दिवसाच्या कमाईवर असते त्यांनी काय करावे???? याचे चटके नोकरदार, मध्यमवर्गीय लोकांना पण लवकरच बसेल कारण आपण ATM वर जास्त अवलंबून असल्यामुळे जास्त पैसे बाळगत नाही.....आणि सरकार, बँक म्हणते plastic money चा वापर करा......पण दुध आणि भाजी घ्यायची असेल तर????

(Whatsapp msg) मगरमच्छ पकडणे के लिये पुरा तालाब ही सुखा दिया गया............करोडो छोटी मच्छली बिना कसूर मारी गयी......

       ५. काळा पैसा संपूर्ण खरच रोख पैश्यांच्या स्वरुपात असतो का? नक्कीच नाही......कारण ज्या लोकांना दररोज रोखीने पैश्यांचा व्यवहार (हवाला, सट्टा, शैक्षणिक संस्था, बांधकाम व्यावसायिक, राजकीय पक्ष) करावे लागतात असेच लोक काळा पैसा हा रोख पैश्यांच्या स्वरुपात बाळगतात पण संपूर्ण काळ्या पैश्याच्या तुलनेत हे प्रमाण फार कमी आहे. काळा पैसा हा सोने, जमीन, विदेशी चलन, बांधकाम क्षेत्र गुंतवणूक या स्वरुपात जास्त आढळतो. असे असण्याचे कारण की, पैसा सोडून बाकी साधनांचा शोध घेता येत नाही, चलन स्वरुपात पैसा ठेवण्यात जोखीम असते.

      ६.  तुम्ही कोणत्या करोडपतीला बँकेबाहेर रांगेत उभे राहून त्यांचे पैसे जमा किंवा बदलवत करतांना बघितलं का? याउलट सामान्यच माणसे बँकेबाहेर गर्दी करतांना दिसतात...

       ७. एखाद्याकडे काळा पैसा हा रोख पैश्यांच्या स्वरुपात असला तरी तो जास्तीत जास्त ५ कोटी रुपये पर्यंत असेल, आणि हा पैसा बँकेच्या खात्यात टाकण्याने कर वजा करून ५० लाख पर्यंतच मिळणार असतील तर तो कशाला बँकेत जमा करेन? तो पैसा वेगळ्या पद्धतींनी जितका वळवता येईल तितका वळवण्याचा प्रयत्न करेन आणि अशांना मार्ग दाखवणारे भारतात खुपच मिळतील. (जर एखाद्याकडे व्यक्तीकडे ३०-४० कोटी रुपये पैश्यांच्या स्वरुपात असतील तर त्याला व्यक्तीला मुर्खचं म्हणता येईल आणि त्यातील बराचसा पैसा वाया जाण्याशिवाय दुसरा पर्यायच नाही).....तज्ञ म्हणतात की या योजनेने १० ते १५ % चा काळा पैसा बाहेर येईल पण म्हणून १२५ कोटी जनतेला वेठीवर धरणे योग्य आहे का?

        ८.  मला यातून हे सांगायचे आहे की, काळा पैसा बाळगणारे जर तो पैसा वेगवेगळ्या पद्धतींनी वळवतील किंवा जाळून टाकतील पण बँकेच्या खात्यात भरून सरकारच्या नजरमध्ये नाही येणार.....तर मग या योजनेचा मुळ उद्देश कुठे सफल होतो आहे का????? कारण जे लोक रांगेमध्ये उभे राहून बँकेच्या खात्यात पैसा भरत आहेत ते सामान्य नागरिक आहे, ते त्यांचा कष्टाचा पैसा भरत आहे.....काळा पैसा नाही.....आणि त्रासही सहन करतायेत.....असेच होत आहे महानगरपालिकेतील करांच्या बाबतीत......तिथेही सामान्यचं नागरिक ५००/१००० रुपयांच्या नोटा बदलवण्याच्या प्रयत्नात कर भरत आहे.......

       ९.  सरकार सुरुवातीला म्हटले की, बनावट चलन आणि काळ्या पैश्याला आला घालण्यासाठी असा निर्णय घेण्यात आला आहे. पाकिस्तानने पाठवलेले बनावट चलन बाद करणे हा ही या मागचा हेतू आहे......मला हे फार हास्यास्पद वाटते......सरकारला हे माहीत आहे की, पाकिस्तानने असे बनावट चलन मोठ्या प्रमाणात पाठवले आहे...पण तुमची यंत्रणा त्याला आळा घालू शकली नाही आणि त्यामुळे सर्व चलन बाद करून त्याला आळा घालातायेत का???? पण आता सरकारकडून कुणी बनावट चलनावर कुणी भाष्यच करत नाहीये......फक्त काळ्या पैश्याबाबत बोलत आहेत.

   १०. सरकार म्हणते काळा पैश्याला प्रतिबंध करण्यासाठी ५००/१००० रुपयांच्या नोटा चलनातून बाद करतोय......पण जर सरकारचा हेतू याबद्दल चांगला असता तर त्यांनी ५०० रुपयांपेक्षा मोठे चलन बाद केले असते...कारण मोठे चलन बाद केले तर भ्रष्टाचाराला आळा बसेल........Transparency International ही संस्था म्हणते मोठ्या मूल्याच्या नोटाच भ्रष्टाचाराला कारणीभूत असतात. अमेरिका, इंग्लड, चीन सारख्या देशात भ्रष्टाचाराला आळा बसण्याकरिता मोठे चलन बाद केले आहे......त्या उलट सरकारने २००० रुपयांचे चलन आणले.......प्रत्यक्ष कर बोर्डने २०१२ साली २००० रुपयांची नोट बाजारात आणू नये अशी सूचना केली होती.....पण त्या सूचनेला या सरकारने दुर्लक्षित केले आहे.

 ११. ‘द हिंदू’ वृत्तपत्राने केलेल्या अभ्यासानुसार, ५००/२००० रुपयांच्या नवीन नोटा प्रिंट करून बाजारात आणायला १२००० कोटी रुपये अतिरिक्त खर्च येणार.......हा पैसा येणार कुठून???? काळा पैसा किती जमा होईल यावर अजून शंकाच आहे.......त्यावर हा नवीन खर्च........

१२. ५००/१००० रुपयांच्या बाद झालेल्या १३२० कोटी नोटामुळे होणारे अवमूल्यन........या नोटांना नष्ट करण्याकरिता येणार खर्च........त्यामुळे होणारा पर्यावरणावरील अतिरिक्त परिणाम......याला जबाबदार कोण????

१३. २००० रुपये च्या नोटचा कलर जातोय.......चलनाच्या नोटचा कलर जाण..... हे नवीन प्रकरण समोर येतंय...

अशा प्रकारचा मोठा निर्णय घेण्यापूर्वी खूप विचारपूर्वक योजना आखायला पाहिजे होती जेणेकरून हा सर्व गोंधळ टळला असता. सरकारने ५००/१००० रुपयांच्या नोटांचे प्रमाण हळूहळू कमी करून १०० रुपयांच्या नोटांचे प्रमाण वाढविले असते तर हा गोंधळ उडाला नसता. कारण सामान्य माणसांकडे ५००/१००० रुपये इतके १०० रुपये चे चलन राहिले असते त्यामुळे एवढी १०० रुपये च्या सुट्ट्यांची चणचण भासली नसती. तसेच सरकारने अतिआवश्यक सेवा म्हणजे दवाखाने आणि मेडिकल मध्ये ५००/१००० चे चलन चालण्याची मुभा दिली असती व तिथे काळा पैसा बदलवण्यावर प्रतिबंध म्हणून त्यावर निगराणी ठेवता आली असती. जर असे केले असते तर सामान्य माणसांना याचा त्रास झाला नसता.

या योजने द्वारे किती काळा पैसा सरकारी तिजोरी मध्ये जमा झाला यावरच या योजनेची सफलता समजू शकेल. जर अपेक्षे इतका काळा पैसा जमा नाही झाला तर ही योजना सरकार वरच बुमरँग ठरेल.

मी कालच्या ‘दिव्य मराठी’ वृत्तपत्राच्या संपादकीय मध्ये वाचल की, कोणताही निर्णय चांगला की वाईट याचा अंदाज जनतेच्या चेह-यावर येतो. आणि सध्या हे चेहरे हिरमुसलेले, संतापले आहेत.

Meet the Hooligans!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Welcome to Happy Hooligans, where we’re all about easy and affordable crafts and activities for kids! I’m Jackie, and the Hooligans are the awesomely silly, creative, fun-loving bunch of little people in my home day-care.  We like to keep things simple here.  I’m a big fan of play-based learning! Free, unstructured play fosters creativity, imagination...

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Marbleized Easter Egg Garland – a Fun and Easy Easter Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Marbleized Egg Garland is a great Easter craft for kids of all ages. The painting process is a lot of fun, and the garland will look so pretty decorating a window or a mantel.  I actually have quite a few Easter craft ideas for kids here on my blog, but I know your kids...

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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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Simple Homemade 3-Ingredient Facial Oil Moisturizer – Customize It For Your Own Gorgeous Skin

by Crunchy Betty @ Crunchy Betty

Shoot, you guys. I owe so many of you an apology. For years, so many of you have been asking about what I use to moisturize my face. Every time, the conversation goes like this:

Curious Person: "Hey, Leslie? What do you use to moisturize your face?"
Me: "I use a blend of oils."
Curious Person: "What ​kind​ of oils? Can you give me a recipe?"
Me: "Oh, a whole bunch, blended together. I'll blog it soon, I promise."

Fast forward to eight thousand years later, otherwise known as today, I was mad beautying around in the kitchen, experimenting with blends for the perfect facial oil to sell on the Crunchy Betty Natural Market for oily and blemishy skin (I haven't perfected it yet, but MY personal moisturizing facial oil is now up there for sale). Anyway, as I'm blending and shaking, I realize this is something I should probably blog about.

Before I do, lest you think I was kidding about being a mad beautyist today, this is what my kitchen counter looked like after the experiments, full of my personal oil stash. I never realize how much bloomin' crunchy stuff I have until it's overtaking my kitchen:

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Banana Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How does this sound? A cupcake stuffed with banana filling, and topped with dark chocolate, whipped cream and banana chips! Mmmm! My friend Alison is here today, sharing her recipe for Banana Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes! Sounds like a winning combination to me! Enjoy!

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30 Time Saving Tips and Hacks for Home

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Get organized and save time, space, effort and energy with these 30 time saving tips and hacks for the home. Household tips, life-hacks, time-savers, short-cuts, game-changers… call them what you will; they’re all words used to describe those handy, little tricks that make life a bit easier. And who doesn’t love the sound of that? Hey!...

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Musings from the farm- Chickens!

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Chickens!   I was fortunate to have parents that were not country folk but managed to move to a small farm to raise their 5 and then 6 children.  We mostly had horses, but other animals came and went, cows, pigs, ducks, the orphaned baby whatever and chickens. We inherited chickens from somewhere and even […]

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Ribbon Heart Valentines Cards For Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're like me, your ribbon bin is overflowing with rolls of ribbon and various lengths of scraps. These ribbon heart Valentine's cards are a great way to put leftover strips of ribbon to good use! They're easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and they look SO pretty!

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styrofoam ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Coming soon!

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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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Paper Plate Owls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn some paper plates and fabric scraps into a bunch of adorable paper plate owls. Here’s a cute, little fall craft for you!  We made these paper plate owls on a total whim today. This morning, one of the hooligans said she’d like to make some owl crafts.  Since we’re working on our A-Z paper...

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Snowman Jar Tea Light Luminaries

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Check out the adorable Snowman Jar Tea Light Luminaries that we made recently!  Aren’t they just adorable?  They were really fun and easy to make, and I think they’re going to look super lighting up our mantle this holiday season! I might line them up on our dining room table when we have the gang over...

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Pringles Can Binoculars Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a really fun and easy craft for your preschoolers to make this week.

We took a couple of Pringles cans, and turned them into binoculars!

These are so much better than your regular toilet paper roll binoculars.

For starters, they're very sturdy, so they're easy for little hands to hold, and they'll stand up to lots and lots of play.

Secondly, they're nice and big, so you get a nice, big view of everything.

And thirdly, because we left the lids on, when you look through these binoculars, you get the sense that you're looking through actual lenses.

Oh, and they were a whole lot of fun to decorate too!

Great for scavenger hunts, pretend play, I Spy etc...

Click the link below to see all the fun we had with ours!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Machine Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm-mmmm! Check it out. I made banana chocolate chip bread in my bread machine today. It was GOOD and it was SO easy! I dumped in the ingredients, hit the button and walked away. Gotta love it when cooking from scratch is THAT easy!

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Cardboard Roll Bracelets

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These cardboard roll bracelets were a just a quick little craft that we did yesterday before the Hooligans went home. I was playing around with some cardboard tubes, thinking about craft possibilities, and I wondered: if we painted them red and white, chopped them up, and cut slits into them, could we make a holiday...

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Scaling Back

by Dana @ New England Handmade Artisan Soaps

I started making handmade soap about four years ago because I fell in love with the handmade soap I used to buy at the farmer’s market in my old home in Georgia. I don’t know if I thought handmade soap didn’t exist in Massachusetts or what, but I decided I wanted to learn how to […]

Toilet Roll Mummies

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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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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Coloured Cloud Dough – How to Colour Cloud Dough for Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to make coloured cloud dough with 3 easy ingredients. We’ve done it!  We’ve successfully made a batch of vibrantly coloured cloud dough!  Now, if you’ve never heard of it before, you can find out how amazing cloud dough is, over here, in an article I wrote a couple of years ago. If you are...

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What is Super Pollen and Thunder Fever?

by Ruth @ what allergy?

Hayfever is a worry for many people around spring and summer time but what if I told you that things could be about to get much, much worse. Think pollen on steroids. Imagine all those pollen particles splitting and doubling their misery… it sounds like something from a hayfever horror story. And it’s real! I […]

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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15 Leftover Turkey Recipes Your Family Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for something new to make with your holiday turkey leftovers this year?

Oh my goodness, check out this collection of recipes.

Turkey shepherd's pie, turkey pizza, turkey tacos and casseroles and more!

There are so many awesome recipes here, you'll want to cook a turkey today just so you can try them.

Click the link below to see them all!

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