Ok; I'll admit it. Reptiles were not my favorite type of animal as a kid. However, as I've gotten older, I've grown - if not to love them - to appreciate them. After all, they are one of the groups of animals responsible for managing my least favorite type of animal - rodents. But that… Continue reading Fun Reptile Facts for Kids
A fungus. Yes, you read that right. The largest living thing on Earth is, in fact, a fungus. How? Is there a gigantic mushroom hidden deep in a forest somewhere? Not exactly. Although that would be both really cool and a bit terrifying. Could this be a giant mushroom hidden in the forest? Photo by… Continue reading The Largest Living Thing Is…
It’s officially January, and, if you live in the colder parts of the northern hemisphere, that means winter weather is in full force. I can’t think of a better time to start introducing kids to the science behind one of the most famous winter weather phenomena: snow! There’s something magical about snow. Even those of… Continue reading Snowflake Science: Educational Activity for Kids
That is the question I spent the holidays hanging out with family, watching a lot of television, and catching up on some reading. I’ve been trying to make a dent in my non-fiction list lately, and I found myself reading books on topics ranging from conservation to the history of humankind. So, you know…. light… Continue reading To Conserve Or Not To Conserve
I love koalas. They're one of my favorite animals (my other one is a hammerhead shark!). I spent a few months traveling the South Pacific a few years ago, and I was able to see koalas up close and personal while in Australia. I still count it as one of the coolest experiences of my… Continue reading Kool Koalas: Animal Activity for Kids
I’ve always been a real Christmas tree person. I love the process of picking out the perfect tree and then getting it home to fill the house with its fresh smell. However, as I try to make my life more environmentally friendly, I wondered whether a real Christmas tree was a good idea. Even though… Continue reading Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree: What’s Better for the Environment?
A few months ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Cape Cod. We went after the summer tourist season had died down but before winter weather reached the area. Or I should say winter weather for Cape Cod. Since I’ve spent most of my life in the southeastern United States, New England’s… Continue reading Sea Turtles vs. the Cold
Yesterday, I went on a cleaning spree of my apartment. Did I plan on going into cleaning mode? Nope. I’d planned on getting computer work done. But, alas, it was not meant to be. It all started when I opened the closet to look for space for the sewing machine I asked my husband to… Continue reading How Cleaning My Apartment Led to an Existential Crisis (AKA the Plastic-Climate Change Connection)
Everyone has a favorite holiday food. Some may love turkey; others might go for stuffing. For me, I have two Thanksgiving favorites. First, I love my mom’s sweet potato casserole. It’s not a proper Thanksgiving without it. I could spend today talking about exactly what makes her recipe so fantastic – but that’s less of… Continue reading The Magic Science Behind Cranberry Sauce
The holiday season is right around the corner. If you’re in the United States, then you are probably already thinking about your Thanksgiving meal. Past that, there’s a wealth of holidays going right up through New Year’s Day. And with those holidays comes food. At least in my neck of the world. And one food-related… Continue reading GMOs: Do You Need to Worry About Them for Your Holiday Feast?