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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

PSA- What Do You Care About? #VoteYourFuture

It's no secret that this has been a particularly divisive election cycle in American politics. I am not particularly shy about where I stand on the candidates or on the issues they consider important, but I also believe in the age old tradition of civil discourse. I might not agree with what you have to say, but I respect your right to say it. Just be able to state your case without resorting to hateful rhetoric or bombastic diatribes… especially on someone's personal social platforms.

Naysayers might grumble about how celebrities have no right to talk about politics, blah blah blah, but I very much disagree. They're voicing their opinions, which is a wonderful – and utterly responsible and patriotic – thing for Americans to do.

One of the big conversations Bob and I have been having with Roo lately is that it's important to have an opinion and to take an interest in the world around you. Middle school is an incubator for tweens being self-absorbed and blind to anything outside of their teeny tiny friend bubble, but it's also an important time to explain why the political platforms matter and what the historical precedents are.

And if seeing Zendaya and Kendall Jenner talking about voting makes it seem cooler than when mom and dad whine about how important it is to have an opinion and vote on it, I am all for it.

"What do you care about?"

If you care about it, #voteyourfuture. Register (or check your current registration) at Registration deadlines are coming!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

3D Coin Art United States Flag Set | Giveaway

Jasper is obsessed with American history and he also really, really likes money and collecting coins. When I told him we were going to Hawaii last summer, for example, he asked why we couldn't go to see the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. instead. So when I heard about 3D Coin Art ("It’s a puzzle! It’s a bank! It’s a model that you build with spare change!"), I knew it was something he'd want to try out. Use spare change to make an American flag? Total no-brainer for this kid.

The 3D Coin Art United States Flag is made of sturdy plastic and is very easy to assemble.

I knew we would have to supply our own coins for the project but I sort of assumed we'd be able to use what we have on hand and add to it as pocket change dictated. But the poster included showed the coins you actually need to use and shows that you actually need to have them on hand in order to properly assemble the flag:

I was surprised that it did not require any quarters, which are the US currency that we seem to amass the most of. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had rounded up all the spare change in the house and taken it to the bank, so we were woefully short of pennies and dimes. (You may want to consider getting rolled currency to work with before starting one of these kits!) Jasper was a little bummed that I did not have the cash on hand to get this flag underway.

3D Coin Art provides two handy coin counting trays to help you save up the change you need to complete the project:

3D Coin Art United States Flag is a fun way to help younger kids learn about differentiating the value of American coins, and to learn counting by 5s and 10s. The set offers a novel way to introduce different metals, by contrasting new and old pennies by weight, color, and finish. The instruction poster includes tips on getting the shine back on old coins.

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Look for 3D Coin Art's Empire State Building, too, at stores near you.

Disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I have received product samples to facilitate this review but all opinions here are decidedly my own.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Election 2016 and a Voice of Reason

This Facebook post made my day. It says a lot of things that I have been thinking, albeit much more coherently and eloquently.

If it's too long for you to read, here's the most important bit:

Folks, we are literally just weeks away from potentially electing a man who does not seem to understand the consequences of starting a nuclear war.

And here’s the thing. Yes, I’m a Democrat. If John Kasich were the nominee, I wouldn't be voting for him either. But I certainly would not be this terrified. I might disagree with his policies, but at least I'd take comfort in the fact that he respects the Constitution and that his political role models do not include Vladimir Putin and Saddam Hussein. I'd feel at least somewhat confident that he would not want to start World War III over a tweet. 

I, personally, am a Hillary supporter and have been for years because her focus issues align closely with my own: education, women and children's health, equal rights.

That being said, I encourage everyone to vote for the candidate who best represents their interests… which is not Donald Trump unless you happen to be Donald Trump, or a member of the Trump family or entourage.