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Crocheted Orca Hat

So, besides being an author, advocate for children, and educator at SeaWorld, I'm also a crochet and craft enthusiast!  I have had many requests for the pattern for the orca hat I made for my nephew.  The bad news is I created that pattern as I went, so it is going to be somewhat "rough."  I have never written a pattern before, so if you know how I can improve it, PLEASE let me know!
You need a skein of black yarn, a skein of white yarn, and a K hook.  You can download the PDF of the pattern

Squishing Away Stress: Recipes for edible clay

Forming shapes out of clay is not only a fun way to help squish out stress and worry, now it can be a fun snack!  This recipe uses peanut butter, powdered milk, and honey to form a dough.  Because the dough contains peanut butter and honey, it is not suited for children under the age of 1 year.    The following recipe can be divided among 4-6 children, or dough can be stored in the refrigerator and separated into single servings as needed.  

Peanut Butter Play Dough (edible)

Teachable Moments

Originally Posted by Franny's House on Saturday, January 29, 2011 9:32 PM

There are so many examples in today's society of how people let their emotions get out of control, and the consequences of impulsive acting out.  We were able to see that firsthand this week at the Sac State vs. Idaho State men's basketball game. 

I took the girls and one of my friends to see the game, and we had great seats right behind the scorekeeper's table.  Alex is trying out for the 5th grade basketball team next week, so she was really paying attention to the rules and what the refs were calling out.

Words will never hurt me--or will they?

Originally Posted on Franny's House on Sunday, August 28, 2011 3:03 PM

The hippocampus is the area in the brain where a great deal of learning occurs. (National Geographic, Stanford 2008)  Bruce McEwan and Robert Sapolsky studied the result of chronic stress on the neurons in the hippocampus in a group of rats. (National Geographic, Stanford 2008)  In their study, the neurons of the chronically stressed rats were significantly smaller and with fewer dendrite branches than the neurons of the normal rats.

Scary News: Talking to your child about current events

Originally Posted on Franny's House on Monday, March 14, 2011 10:41 AM 

Sometimes the scariest things on TV are not the "TVM" rated programs; it is the news.  The media spends so much time reporting death, destruction, and devastation because it is full of dramatic and true life stories.  This is what captures our attention and keeps us tuned in, and news programs are all about the ratings.  Also, the news is on all day long.  Local news starts before we wake up and continues until we are already at work, there is news at lunch time, early evening news, late night news, and on some channels 24/7 news.

Sounds So Good

Dear Readers,

I can't remember where I first heard Ashton Shepherd sing, but it was not on the mainstream radio.  I had to hunt for her songs on iTunes and YouTube before she was signed to a label.  I've always LOVED her voice and the simple yet soulful way she croons.  Her accent is fun, too.  "Sounds So Good" is my favorite of her songs.

One of the reasons I love this song is because it reminds me to find joy in my life regardless of where I am or what I am doing.