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Minnesota Parent - September

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The September issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

My ramblings in my School Days Column this month is all about how birth order can affect relationships, especially with children. School Days - September - Megan Devine
Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking -->HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

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If you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As, always - thanks for reading!



Friday Fave - Back to School Round Up {Grey Duck Bags & Gypsy Bandanas GIVEAWAYS!!!}

Hi Friends!

First of all I want to THANK YOU for stopping by this internet space I have created.   Maybe it is your first time here or maybe you are even a subscriber. Header - Kids  Lakes  Loons and PinesMy Kids, Lakes, Loons and Pines blog has developed and grown over the years from a family journal to an outlet for creativity that has given me a platform for sharing my published works as well as a means for being intentional in practicing gratitude with my words and photographs.  

My intentions with my efforts to keep this space is that that you find some inspiration from my experiences or from what I share to enrich your family life.

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Because I am an educator with 4 school-age kids, our household is quickly shifting into back-school-mode.   Going back to school can bring some mixed feelings,

but today I am leaning into excitement!!!

For today's Friday Fave post I am partnering with:

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Gypsy Bandanas

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To highlight some fun products that are great back-to-school accessories

{with accompanying giveaways!}

Grey Duck Bags - 

Are you a teacher and/or busy mom that is needs a large capacity bag for all your day to day things?

Do you need a bag for your child to hold crayons and pencils and another for snacks?

Check out the great selection of bags in a variety of styles and prints at Grey Duck Bags.
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Grey Duck BagsGrey Duck Bags are stylish, practical, Minnesota Made and Grey Duck Bag Co. donates 3% of its sales to programs for area youth.

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Gypsy Bandanas 

I have developed a new go-to style with Beth's gypsy bandanas headbands.   Whether I am going for a run, out on the town, or getting ready for a day of teaching I am always pulling my hair back and adding a little pop of color to my wardrobe with the comfortable and fun variety of prints available with Gypsy Bandanas accessories.   

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Gypsy Bandanas.Check Beth's handmade bandanas, headbands and ponchos at Gypsy Bandanas.

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For this giveaway I am partnering with Tara and Beth to help YOU get ready to go back to school.
 
Enter to win one of the following prizes:

$25 credit to Grey Duck Bags online shop

$25 credit to Gypsy Bandanas online shop

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  
 
If your comment is selected by the random number generator, you'll win!  
 
Giveaway ends 9/28/19 7:00 p.m. CST
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*Want even more chances? Earn bonus entries by:

**Following me on Instagram 

**Subscribing to this blog's feed

  **Sharing a link to this giveaway on your social media  

**Following Grey Duck Bags on Instagram

**Following Gypsy Bandanas on Instagram

Just make sure, whatever you do, that you come back here and leave a separate comment letting me know how you shared.  

ex. "I just followed you on instagram", "

Good luck!

comments closed!

The winners are:

Gracie:  lucky #1 $25 to Gypsy Bandanas

Michelle: lucky number #52 - $25 to Grey Duck Bags

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Thanks for playing along! 

 

 


Rainy Day Project: Make Fire Starters

Fire Starters - 1 (1)It was a rainy morning in my neck of the woods, so the boys and I got to work indoors making a large batch of fire starters.

Use fire starters to help start our wood stove and for campfires on camping trips.  

Over the years I have both purchased and made different kinds of fire starters, this year I was inspired by a tutorial in ISSUE 25::HEARTH of Taproot Magazine which used cupcake liners,  wax and topped with a piece of pine.

For our version we used:

*one great option for the wax in fire starters is to use old candles.  I chose to purchase wax this time around, which added to the expense of the project - but made it easy to complete in a few hours.

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The process is simple:

Melt the wax, add essential oils  *don't walk away from your wax - it is very combustable, especially with the addition of oils and the good potential for drips and spills

Fill a muffin tin with parchment cupcake liners.

Fill cupcake liners with a good amount of shredded paper, top with pine.

Pour melted wax to saturate shredded paper and pine.

Let cool.  *I cooled mine in the fridge between batches to speed up the cooling.

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We certainly made a mess, but it was easy enough to clean up.  And, now our house is smelling great (due to the cedarwood essential oil I added to the wax) and we now have over 75 fire starters ready to go.Fire Starters - 5

If you give this project a try I would love to hear how it worked out for you!

 


Around Here...

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We are making the most of our last few weeks of summer.  Yesterday we finally got the whole crew out for an afternoon tubing and waterskiing on Burntside Lake.      This is something we had done almost weekly in years past, but as our kids are getting bigger and busier it has been more of a challenge to find the time.  But yesterday we made it a priority.   We pulled the kids behind the boat in tubes and three of us all got up on waterskis.   It was a perfect way to spend an afternoon together.

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The garden is producing and I am doing my best to keep up.   We got our first red tomato and we're still getting a lot of cucumbers.   So far I have put up dilly beans, pickled beets, sweet pickles and two batches of dill pickles using recipes from my dog eared, vinegar stained, go-to book for canning:  Putting Food By.

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I have been sporting my running shoes.   I have been helping out with the cross country team and also challenging myself to some longer runs in preparation for a local half-marathon this September.   I really enjoy this challenge and also the opportunity to work with and help out with a great group of hard working teenagers on the cross country team.  And, it feels good to keep strong.

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?


Friday Fave: Brené Brown #daringclassrooms

Chances are you may be familiar with author Brené Brown. 

BreneBrown-MaileWilson-1Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston.   She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers:

The Gifts of Imperfection,

Daring Greatly,

Rising Strong,

Braving the Wilderness,

and her latest book, Dare to Lead.   

Brené's TED talk - The Power of Vulnerability - is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed talk on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service on April 19, 2019.

I have read every one of  these books and I have also participated and completed her Daring Educator program.   As an educator I want to take a minute you give a little shout out share that the program is now being offered for free.

Safe_image.phpDare to Lead #daringclassrooms, a free companion program to Dare to Lead, developed specifically for K-12 (primary and secondary school) educators who are committed to courage-building in and outside the classroom.

Explore the Dare to Lead #daringclassrooms hub at
brenebrown.com/daringclassrooms/

In this curriculum, individuals learn how to:

• Stay brave and constructive in tough conversations

• Give and receive meaningful feedback

• Foster deep engagement

• Build trust in teams

• Take more smart risks

• Extend generous assumptions to others

• Share bold ideas with confidence

• Reset after setbacks or failures

• Deal with conflict rather than avoiding it

• Facilitate accountability rather than turning to blame

• Lead through uncertainty

• Put values into practice

• Inspire and develop courage in others 

....yes.

 

 

 


Z is for zucchini!

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It's August....and that means it's zucchini season! IMG_0586
If you are grating zucchini like I am this time of year be sure to check out this link to the 2018 issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine where I shared my mom's recipe for zucchini chocolate cake for the "In the Kitchen" recipe feature.

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Click on the image above to be directed to the recipe. 

Read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

If you try out the recipe, let me know what you think!


Friday Fave - Keen Sandals

Happy Friday Friends!

Here's my "Friday Fave,"a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.

Because we are peak of the summer season, I thought it would be relevant to share some more recommendations for tried and true summer fun gear and accessories that make experiences outdoors a little more comfortable.

This week I am highlighting;

 Keen Footwear

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In our house our doorway hallway is lined with all different sizes and styles of  Keen Footwear.   We have Newports, Rose Sandals, and Bali's.  

My husband has Keen Steel Toe Workboots  and I wear women's Keen dress shoes as a teacher at my school

If you are looking for a great brand of shoes that are multi-functional, sturdy and comfortable I am sure you could find a pair of shoes or sandals from Keen Footwear that would work for you!

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I am part of Amazon’s affiliate program in order to offset some of the costs that are associated with running a blog. If  you make a purchase after clicking on one of the affiliate links of my tried and true, honest recommendations, I get a very small commission at no extra cost to you. I appreciate your support in this area!


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I have been working to keep up with the garden.   When we came home from our camping trip last weekend we had a garden that needed some attention.   I spent a rainy Monday morning making dilly beans and sweet pickles.  I also made some calzones adding some flavor with some of the fresh herbs.

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I have been getting outdoors everyday with by boys.  Whether it is a bike ride, run or a hike we make it a habit to get outside, to explore and to get exercise.  We have lots to explore close to home.  Sometimes it is a challenge to get everyone out, but once we do we all feel better afterwards.

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?


Minnesota Parent - August

Minnesota Parent - August
The August issueof Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

My ramblings in my School Days Column this month, I share some back-to-school recommendations to help kids thrive with  adequate sleep.Minnesota Parent - August - Megan Devine
Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking -->HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

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If you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As, always - thanks for reading!


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We spent a weekend car camping at a family reunion gathering in the Duluth area.    It was fun to get together with cousins and family members we do not get to see that often.   We also had our first dip of the year in the big lake (Lake Superior), which was a very refreshing way to beat the heat.
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.....and after a couple days away we came home to this:
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.....plenty of garden goodness to keep me busy tomorrow morning!

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This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?