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Great news! I’ve launched a new website! Please visit me over at Smelling Salts Journal!   Check out the Welcome post and then have a browse around!  But wait! What’s happening to Summer of Funner? Summer of Funner will still be here, in magazine form, for all of your Summer needs. Over the next few months, I’ll be […]

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Thanks for one last, best Summer of Funner!

The kids are really growing up. So, this is likely the last summer I’ll be posting in this magazine format! But wasn’t it a wonderful Summer of Funner??? Here’s a digest of all the posts: Summer 2016 Love-to-Do List Elderflower Cake with St Germain Soak and Elderflower Mascarpone Frosting Return to Stratford… Kids Haiku Theatre […]

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10 Ways to Throw the Best Ever End of Summer Backyard Campout!

This Wednesday is the Challenge to End All Challenges! Tonight is not only our annual End of Summer Backyard Campout …It’s also the night in which the kids are supposed to perform their Cover Songs on Guitar and screen their homemade Short Films that Scare Us! We’re excited more than we’ve ever been before! And we think we’re […]

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Lemon Ginger Marmalade with Champagne and Elderflower

Before I put Summer of Funner to rest, there was one Love-to-Do List item that I just had to make. I’ve always wanted to make a marmalade to sigh for, most particularly, a Lemon Ginger Champagne Marmalade. I didn’t even really know if such a thing had ever existed before. I only knew that I wanted […]

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Kids’ Summer Challenge: Make a Short Film that Scares Us!

Last Friday, we screened Jaws and In the Heat of the Night as part of our Summer Film Fest. Afterwards, the kids said that both movies were “scary.” So, we got to comparing how these movies chilled us to the bone. Sure, Jaws had its shark and its shark music. But the shots of the crowds […]

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The Joys of Keeping Score : The Kids Track the Jays v. Rays

I’ve been keeping score at baseball games since I could lift a pencil. When I was really young, I used to help my grandpa track at-bats on the single game score-cards or programs they’d sell at Yankee games. When I was a little older, I took a break from the paper and ran the electronic […]

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Inspired by Farenheit 451 : Kids’ Wordless Comics DIY

Last weekend, the kids watched Farenheit 451  as part of our Summer Film Fest. The one thing they were really drawn to this time [they’d seen it before] were the wordless comics or newspapers that Montag reads in bed while his wife is watching t.v. and that others read on the suspended monorails. These are, essentially, the […]

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Summer Books: What the Kids are Reading in 2016

  It’s August! Time for a book report, right? Just kidding! Here’s a mostly-visual sampling of what the kids are reading this summer! Their Together Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, J.K. Rowling In July, Toby faithfully read a chapter a day of this book until completion…and he loved it: Armada, Ernest Cline […]

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Kids’ Battle Bot Design

While the kids may have a lot of screen time over the summer, most of this isn’t television. Still, one summer show that they’re absolutely obsessed with [and for good reason] is BattleBots. Science and technology squads build robots for the purpose of pitting them against one another in a battle arena, which, itself, is set […]

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Birthday Bombe Dot Com : DIY Ice Cream Piñata Cake

Two years ago, we made Toby an amazing Chocolate Milk Piñata Cake for his birthday. And, since we didn’t tell him it was a Piñata cake, the surprise on his face, when he sliced it open, was priceless! This year, Toby upped the ante on us by requesting an Ice Cream Piñata Cake. SRSLY, WT*? The closest I came […]

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