Know Magazine

MaM has hit the question stage in her young life. Not the “why” stage her brother is in, but a whole different kind of question stage. Here’s what went down last night as she was getting ready for bed:

“Mommy! Dad showed me the moon is out tonight ,and so’s Jupiter!”

“That’s great honey. You saw the planet Jupiter?”

“Yes, I did. Mommy, who drives Jupiter?”

“Who drives it?”

“Yes. Who drives it? Honey, it’s in orbit around the sun like our planet, Earth.”

“What’s orbit?”

“It means that something goes around something else. Jupiter and Earth orbit around the sun.”

“Oh. What does Jupiter look like?”

“It’s very big, and it’s read and has a big spot on it, there are also nine moons.” (I think. Is it red? or is Mars?)

“But what are the people like on Jupiter?’

“There are no people on Jupiter.”

“But I want to SEE Jupiter. I want to go there!”

“Well, Jupiter is very cold, you’d have to take a spaceship there” (I think it’s cold. Which planet is Jupiter? M V E M ….?)

“A spaceship? How do you drive  a spaceship?” (are they called spaceships? can you even ever get there? would it take light years?)

“Well a space ship travels in space ,and you have to be an astronaut to work in one.”

“An astronaut? What’s an astronaut?” (Where are those Tang commercials when you need them?)

“Well, an astronaut learns all about the spaceship. Most astronauts have been in the Air Force , and you have know a lot of science.” (Is it the Air Force? or is it Navy? Are they even training new astronauts? Is NASA defunct yet?)

Enter Mad Science’s KNOW Magazine. KNOW Magazine is a new, advertisement-free science magazine for kids ages 6-9 yrs old. Colorful photos, activities and interesting articles for parents and children alike will engage any budding scientist. I think MaM is seriously going to dig the experiments. I’m just hoping I can keep up with her!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by  Mom Central on behalf of Mad Science and received the products necessary to  facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me  for taking the time to participate.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today’s my mom’s birthday. It’s also her best friend’s birthday. And my brother-in-law’s birthday. And my nephew’s birthday. And my friend’s mother-in-law’s birthday. Two friends celebrate Friday. Three friends celebrate next Tuesday. I celebrated my own birthday earlier this month, the day after another brother-in-law, and two days before two adoptive mama friends became mamas to babies born on September 11th .

Over cake and ice cream Sunday (for my mom and myself) we determined the only months our immediate family doesn’t celebrate birthdays are May, July and December. Other than that, we have birthday cake nine months out of the year!

On my in-laws side things are a bit more lopsided. Granted, there are a lot more people (BgK is the oldest of seven), but still, here’s the break down is this – ten of twenty one birthdays are celebrated in September-October-November. TEN.

It’s not your imagination or just my Facebook calendar that says September and October are birthday months–it’s an actual statistical fact. The most common American birthday? October 5th! (I have one friend celebrating that day, then 8 more with other October birthdays, just on Facebook)

1-800 Flowers has some fun things planned this fall in honor of all these birthdays. See what they’ve got going on over on Facebook you could win flowers for a year — or follow them on Twitter .

Is there a day or a month that is full of birthdays for you? Is it a fall month, by chance? Inquiring minds want to know!

And for those birthday flowers you need to send (the above images are just a small sample of what’s available):

Save 15% on Birthday Flowers & Gifts at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Promo Code: BIRTHDAY15

(Disclosure: this is the first of two posts in a series for 1-800 promoting their Deliver Birthday Smiles Campaign. I am receiving a free product for participating in this promotion)

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Savvy Savings is here! Savvy Savings is here!

Like I said last week, I’ve been working with Savvy Source a lot this summer, as their city editor for the Indianapolis City Guide, and I’ve been involved in getting the Savvy Savings and Scholarships off the ground here in Indy as well.

So it is with great excitement that I present to you the first offering (there will be a new one each week):


I know, it’s HUGE, right? For $60 (a $120 value) you can enjoy the museum all year long with your family. If you frequent this blog, you know that we are huge fans. We’ve been going since MaM was about one, and the kids both love every floor of that place.

Not in Indy? Here are the rest of this week’s deals:

Atlanta: $17 for creative playtime at Farmhouse in the City

Remember, you get to donate 5% of the purchase price to a preschool of your choice, and to a preschool scholarship fund as well!
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