National Moth Week, July 19-27

Moths, moths, moths — I am more than a little crazy about them.
Then I come to find out: there’s a National Moth Week every summer! This year it spans July 19-27.

National Moth Week, July 19-27

I’ve gathered my gear (nothing fancy, just white sheets, hanging work lights, and the clothesline) and I’m going to set up as often as I can (weather-permitting), and get the kids involved. Lots of moths to photograph and identify!

If you’re interested in moth-watching in your own back yard, check out this PDF on “How to start mothing” from mothscount.org

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Summer Mix 2014 Lite

One of the activities on our Summer Bucket List for this year is to make a summer mix to listen to while we’re driving around — and by “we” I mean me, my 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. We ended up with 20 songs on the CD, but I’ve trimmed it down to fit better here, internet-style.

Summer Mix 2014 Lite

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Printable Animal Masks PDF

This is an update of a previous post: Printable Animal Masks

Printable Animal Masks PDF

These animal masks were found on an Angelfire page called “Child’s Play”, and I have compiled them here in a handy PDF that is much more user-friendly for printing.
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Printable: Adventure Time Go Fish!

We love Adventure Time. Our whole family. We also love card games. So why not put the two together?! BEHOLD: Adventure Time Go Fish!

Adventure Time Go Fish! Free Printable Card Game

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Bookshelf Paperback Lifts

We recently installed new shelves, but with all the books taken out of storage, we were still having trouble with space. We had mass-market paperbacks stacked either two-deep or rows on top of each other. Either way, not the best. I had saved a pin showing lifts for a DVD shelf, but didn’t like way it was set up. The pin image shows a closed, fixed-width cube-shelf, but our shelves are open and I needed a more fluid, adjustable system that I could add or move chunks for future book accumulation. Then we made a random trip to the dollar store one day, and found the solution.

Paperbacks on shelf: Before

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A Kid’s Summer: Photography

Need something to keep your kids busy for a while this summer so you can get a moment’s peace? Well hey, disposable cameras still exist! Hand one to your kids and tell them to go take pictures! Take a nature walk, or a stroll around the city, or just send them outside and let them snap away.

Disposable cameras still exist! Hand one to your kids and tell them to go take pictures!

If you have more than one child, write their name on the camera so there are no mix-ups. Show them how the camera works by first taking their picture — this will also help to keep track of which photos belong to whom when you get them back from the printers.

Make it a project! For older kids, you could do a photo-a-day: take the camera wherever you go and take one picture every day to document your summer. The kids can make their own keepsake scrapbook with their photos.

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Zombie Awareness Month 2014

It’s that time again: Zombie Awareness Month! “Supporters of Zombie Awareness Month wear a gray ribbon to signify the undead shadows that lurk behind our modern light of day. From May 1 through May 31, concerned citizens take this small step to acknowledge the coming danger.”

zombie attack guide

This year, in addition to the traditional obligatory PSA graphic, I’ve also got a Zombie Survival Pinterest board featuring some “Haha, fun!” zombie “survival” items, and some that are DEAD SERIOUS.

Visit the Zombie Research Society for all your impending-zombie-apocalypse needs.

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Fresh Strawberry Crispy Treats

These. Are. So. Delicious!

Fresh Strawberry Crispy Treats

I signed up to bring “treats” for my preschooler’s Valentine’s Day party. Then come to find out: there’s a nut allergy in the classroom!

What to do?!
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Printable Minecraft Bookmarks

My son is Minecraft-crazy. He also reads every night before bed, but can rarely find a bookmark when he needs one (defaulting to Kleenex). He was super-psyched when I made him these Minecraft bookmarks!

Printable Minecraft Bookmarks | grungezombie.net

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Deck the Door

Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, I venture into town; not for manic holiday shopping, but to choose a wreath for our front door. For the last few years, I’ve been getting them at a local gardening and landscape shop called Peck’s Green Thumb Nursery. They have gorgeous wreaths, made from real winter trees and plants, handcrafted in their store. I love having real wreaths; you can smell the coniferous sweetness every time you go in or out of the door.

Wreath 2013-2014

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The 25 Books of Christmas

This year, our family is attempting the Book-A-Day Advent Calendar, as seen around Pinterest. Over the last few months, I was able to screen more than FIFTY winter/holiday/Christmas-related books, thanks to our local metro-library network. The 25 Books of Christmas: Book-A-Day Advent Calendar

I was overall seeking secular books that were still morally relevant to the season, and maybe even with a poignant story, but also not totally discounting the entertaining seasonally-themed books for pure enjoyment. I ended up choosing 14 new selections to add to what we already have (weeding out quite a few from the original stash).

The books will be wrapped, and placed “around” (near?) our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, until we get the full-sized tree up.

Here is our complete 24-book plan for this month, in no particular order:

'Jolly Old Santa Claus' by 'Sparkie' & George Hinke 'The Golden Christmas Tree' by Jan Wahl & Leonard Weisgard 'Night Tree' by Eve Bunting & Ted Rand Hilary Knight's 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'

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On the Docket Notepad Now Available!

A new organizational notepad is now available in my shop! The “On the Docket” notepad is a combination to-do list and weekly planner. A printable PDF download version is also available, along with the assembled magnetic notepads.

On the Docket To-Do List Notepad

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Children’s Book List 2013

My 3-1/2-year-old and I have been furiously checking out children’s books at the library, and reading about three each night; burning through them pretty quickly to see which ones would be worth investing in to add to Nola’s bookshelf. 25 Great Books for Kids Ages 3-5

Here is a rundown of 25 of the BEST children’s books
for ages 3-5 years that we have found in 2013

'Virginia Wolf' by Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen 'Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You' by Nancy Tillman 'Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great' by Bob Shea

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2014 Weekly Calendar Notepads

I have a new style of Weekly Calendar Notepad now available in my Etsy shop! Say hello to a modern, Helvetica style…

Helvetica 2014 Weekly Calendar Notepad

…along with the classic Scribbled version — “classic” as in: year three!

Scribbled 2014 Weekly Calendar Notepad

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Happy Valentine’s GWAR

Made the hubby a special Valentine:

Happy Valentine's GWAR

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Seasonal Produce Chart (PDF)

Column Five Media is one of the leading design firms for infographics and visual content on the web. They have created this smashing-good chart of seasonal fruits & vegetables available in the U.S.*

The Bountiful Year: A Visual Guide to Seasonal Produce

'The Bountiful Year: A Visual Guide to Seasonal Produce' Infographic by Column Five Media (PDF preview)

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Happy (belated) 10th Anniversary, GrungeZombie.net!

The holidays were so busy that I totally forgot to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of GrungeZombie.net! Shame on me. It should have been November 6, 2012, as grungezombie.net was officially registered back in 2002 (you know, before every imaginable domain name was troll-bot-registered).

To make up for my tardiness, here’s a BLAST FROM THE PAST:

GrungeZombie.net Version 12 (2003)

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