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Slices of March

I survived tax season 2013! I know it’s pretty sad to be summing up March in the middle of April, but better late than never. Here’s the numbers behind how my month went.Science Center in March

.8 – Pounds lost. It’s not much, but it’s better than last month!

1 – Article written. I took a month off from the Homemaking Cottage and still only managed my Paper Bag Kite article for Arizona Mama. I am on pace to double that this month.

3.14 – Day we spent at the Science Center. Yep, we are that kind of nerdy.

4 – Saturday weigh ins with my friends. It’s amazing how some girl time makes standing on the scale a lot more fun, even on the bad weeks.

5 – Books read, and I’m still four books behind on my Goodreads goal. I think my favorite for the month was Airman by Eoin Colfer – and we had a fun family book club after everyone finished it.March favorite book

6 – Projects completed.

8 – Ladies dining for our girls night out. I even talked them into going to Frost Gelato afterwards.

11 – Days logging the food I ate. I need to get back in that habit this month.

24 – Hard boiled eggs to dye, although one of my kiddos opted to leave one white.

28 – Countries visited Easy As PIE (at least people from 28 countries).

46 – States represented as Easy As PIE visitors. Apparently I’m not very popular in Montana.

812 – Words added to my book. I am going to finish it this year! (unless I keep getting distracted)

1228 – Words added to my short story. I actually finished the rough draft and read the first couple of pages to my critique group. Now to decide on where to focus my attention, finishing my book or editing my story? Actually I just need to focus on writing :)

1261 – Page views. Thank you for visiting!

March’s Top Posts

  1. Book Theme Party Decorations
  2. Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Revisited
  3. Native American Blue & Gold
  4. Sweet Shop & Nerf Top Shot Invitations
  5. Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision

What goals did you meet or miss for March?

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Talking Bacteria?

My teenager came home yesterday telling me about a bacteria TED talk she watched in science class. Since it was Bacteria talkssuch an amusing discussion, I had her send me the link so I could enjoy it myself. I thought I’d share some of our insights.

Bonnie Bassler (the speaker) first taught us that because the bacteria cells outnumber our ‘human’ cells, we are really only between 1% – 10% human. I do feel that way about some people I interact with, but I didn’t think it applied to me!

One luminescent bacteria only lights up when their community reaches a certain number – then they all turn on at the same time. Demonstrating that bacteria communicate with each other. OK, so it’s not exactly talking but it is a chemical communication.The Hawaiian Bobtail Squid is the stealth bomber of the ocean by using a luminescent bacteria to make it unnoticeable to predators.

The same species of bacteria speak the same ‘language’, but there is also a generic inter-species language. Scientist are experiment with manipulating these language receptors to create a new kind of anti-biotic since the ones we’re using now are creating mutant resistant strains.

While this is an incredibly interesting phenomenon, my kids and are basically silly. We pictured what kind of conversations bacteria would have with one another. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Attack!
  • Anyone want pizza?
  • Hey babe, here’s my number. Call me, maybe.
  • What’s the answer to number 7 on the homework?
  • If I told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…

Watch the TED talk and learn. But before you go, what do you think bacteria would say to each other?

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Flight Activities for Kids

I shared some fun flight activities to do with the kids over at Arizona Mama. Is it just me, or is life more fun with a theme? The best part of this theme is we create, we exercise and we learn. You can’t ask for more!

Flight activities Ring Glider

While you’re there you can also take a peek at my review of Frost Gelato in Gilbert, Arizona and our Princess Academy Family Book Club. While you’re there, be sure to say so I don’t get lonely!

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Bloggy Boot Camp – Vegas

I had an amazing Saturday at Bloggy Boot Camp! After a couple of evo‘s, this was my third blog conference. Did I mention it was amazing? I took 12 pages of notes! I wish I took more pictures. (I wish that after every conference! This time I even forgot my camera; fortunately I borrowed my daughters and still didn’t take many pictures.) I have a huge list of things to learn more about and do.Bloggy Boot Camp cheese tray

My lame attempt at capturing some kind of picture. Once again, I’m all about the food!

Oddly enough, I’m not overwhelmed. I’m totally invigorated. Sometimes life is hard (or is that just me?). Sometimes I get overwhelmed and I don’t know which way to turn and it’s hard to listen to my heart because of all the haters. (Elizabeth Jayne Liu shared a great quote. “Don’t try to win over the haters; you’re not the jack*** whisperer” – Scott Stratten) Maybe they aren’t haters, they are just telling me what they think I should do and it leaves my head spinning.

I had time to go over my notes and start letting the conference sink in, I’m hoping that will help keep my enthusiasm going. On that note, here’s to nourishing my spirit, shaking things up and making my dreams come true!

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