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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Last week we enjoyed watching Steve Spangler’s
Facebook Live about science experiments for Valentines Day. We thought it would be a lot of fun to give our Valentine’s Day celebration a science twist this year.
1. Colorful Carnations
: Instead of using carnations, we used endive just to try something new. I was very impressed by how quickly the colors were absorbed and how intense the colors were after only a few hours.
2. Secret Messages
: These FriXion pens were such a fun way write secret messages to each other. I wish there was a safe way for our kids to erase the messages themselves, but it was a lot of fun to watch the ink disappear when I used the heat from our stove.
3. Heart Skittles
: We’ve enjoyed this experiment many times over the years. But it is always fun to see the different colorful patterns and designs. What a cute twist to put the candies into a heart shape.
4. Salt painting
: We did salt painting earlier this year with snowflakes. It was a hit and much easier than I expected. The watercolors blend together nicely. This afternoon we are planning to use this technique to make Valentine’s Day themed designs.
What were your favorite Valentines Day activities and crafts from this weekend?