Mar 12

Ladybug Life Cycle

by Hannah Holt »


Weeding my strawberry patch this week, I found someone hibernating among the leaves.

ladybug hibernating


A few days later, I saw this guy getting ready to take flight.

ladybug wing1


ladybug wing2

Beautiful, aren’t they? The waking of ladybugs makes me feel spring is really here.

Did you know ladybugs have four stages to their life cycle just like butterflies? I think the ladybug looks like an alien in its larva stage. What is your favorite phase?

ladybug coloring

Click here to download the ladybug coloring page.

And just for cuteness, here’s a ladybug my daughter drew.

Elenas Drawing

Mar 04

Change Happens: Don’t Let It Eat You Up

by Hannah Holt »

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Last week we talked about frogs and self acceptance. This week let’s talk about something totally different. Change.

wolfie the bunny cover

Change happens. It comes whether we want it to or not.

In this picture book by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora, a family of rabbits wakes to discover a foundling wolf on their doorstep. The parents immediately fall for this sweet little charmer. However, the little sister isn’t so smitten. HE’S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP, she keeps reminding them.

Despite her persuasive and logical arguments, the parents keep the baby wolf. What’s a girl to do?

I like this book because…

1) So many times we don’t ask for the change life brings. It just–poof–appears on our doorstep. WHAT WE DO about it determines who we become so much more than WHAT IT IS that happened.

2) The little girl-bunny in the story is totally passionate, and totally ignored, and totally right. Or is she right? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

3) Family love triumphs over all right in the middle of the vegetable aisle.

4) That pink suit. I want one.

5) Buster. The little girl uses words like buster. I love her.

Activity Time

While we have wolves and rabbits on the brain, here are a few games and activities to go along with this book.

  • Wolf, Wolf, Rabbit (Duck, Duck, Goose)
  • Bowling for Bunnies

Bowling for bunnies

  • Hopscotch
  • I love Wolfie’s suit. I want one for my girls. (I kinda want one for myself.) Anyway, here’s a coloring template for the bunny suit so kids can draw in their own Wolfie The Bunny. Or maybe it’ll be Kitty The Bunny. Pig The Bunny? I’ll let you decide…

Wolfie suit coloring page

Feb 26

When Frogs Have Identity Crises

by Hannah Holt »


Okay. This book makes me laugh so much.

I dont want to be a frog cover


First, it’s a really clever look at accepting and embracing the parts of ourselves that we might find lumpy, bumpy, or filled with flies. But also our family just happens to own this odd little puppet (pictured above), which my children named Green Cheetah.

Green Cheetah is a troubled puppet. He looks like a frog, hops like a frog, but always wants to play at gazelle hunting.

Thank goodness Dev Petty and Mike Boldt’s book arrived to help with this crisis!

I dont want to be a frog inside


It’s not that we want to change Green Cheetah. No, sir. We love him just the way he is, googly eyes and all. He’s still welcome on gazelle hunts, but deep down he’s a frog. And we want him to love the frog in himself, too. After several reads of this delightful book, I think we’re making progress.

Now for a very froggy craft…

What you’ll need:

  • an index card (any rectangle size will work)
  • markers (optional)

I WANT TO BE A FROG (jumping frog origami) 

I colored my card two different colors of green to make it easier to see, but coloring the cards is totally optional. You could also get green index cards if that makes life easier. Here’s how to fold it.

1. Top triangle fold down to the left.



2. Top triangle fold to the right.



3. The top will now be divided into four parts. Pinch the two side sections inward and squash fold down.



4. Bring the top right and left pleats up at a 45 degree angle.



(It’ll look like this without my fingers in the way.)



5. Fold the bottom sides inward until they meet in the middle.

Step 5


6. From Line A fold upwards.

Step 6a


Like so:

Step 6b


Step 6c


Step 7. Bend the top fold back about halfway to form the frog’s legs.

Step 7


Fold it all the way and press hard…

Step 7b


8. Turn him over and you have a frog.



By the way, if you bow out the folds in step 4 above…

step 1


…and reverse the fold in Step 6 (bend Line A backwards)…

step 2

…you get a rabbit instead of a frog.

step 3

Nov 06

Water Cycle Coloring Page

by Hannah Holt »

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It’s been a while since I did a coloring page, and I’ve had rain on the brain lately:

water cycle coloring page


For a pdf copy of the coloring page click here. Enjoy!

Oct 28

Apple Recipe Round Up

by Hannah Holt »

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I keep buying huge crates of apples. I can’t help it. They are super cheap this time of year and absolutely delicious! How can I resist?

Well, I’ve processed over one hundred pounds of apples over the last few weeks. I’d like to share some of my favorite recipes!

1. Apples chips

Apple Chips

What you need:

-apples (we used Jonagold, but I bet any baking apple would do)
-a cookie sheet
-cooking spray or parchment paper
-a sharp cutting knife

Directions: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. De-stem and core the apples. Slices them about the width of a quarter. (You can cut them thicker but it’ll take more time to dry that way.) Lay them in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment paper. Place them in the preheated oven for 4-6 hours, or until dry and crisp.

Tip: don’t have 4-6 hours to hang around the house while they dry? Cook them for 2-3 hours during an evening and then turn the heat off and let them rest in the oven over night. If they aren’t quite dry in the morning, cook them for another hour of so.

2. Slow-Cooker Applesauce

Crock Pot Apple Sauce

What you need:

-apples (we used Jonagold, but a mix of baking apples would be delicious)
-a slow cooker
-a sharp cutting knife

Directions: Peal the apples, core them, and slice them into pieces. (Some people prefer to leave the skin on…that’s fine, but I recommend at least removing the cores and stems. Because unless you have a Victorio Strainer you will have a lot of “texture” in your apples sauce. Crunch, crunch). Cook the apples on low for 8-10 hours. You might want to stir them occasionally the last few hours to keep them from sticking, but that’s pretty much it. The apples will be so soft that you can stir them into a mush pretty easily. Add cinnamon for more YUM!

I’ve used up most of my apples on the healthier fare above, but no apple post would be complete without diving into dessert!

Here’s a round up of some of our favorite apples desserts…

These cinnamon apple rings look divine.

You can’t go wrong with apple crumb cake.

If the words easy apple cream cheese pastry sound good, try this recipe.

Of course, apple pie has to make the list! Here’s a great crust recipe. And here’s for the pie filling.

As the German’s say, “Mahl zeit!”