31 October 2011

Halloween Student Art

Happy Halloweenie Bloggers! 

Here's the last of my halloween art that my students have been finishing up! Enjoy!

 3rd Grade made Witch legs. I LOVE teaching this lesson. We use just about everything to create these! From Lace to oil pastels, sharpies, buttons, halloween scrapbook paper etc etc ! 
(And my boy students don't mind making witches legs. )

2nd grade Blended Oil pastel pumpkins. This was the first time I taught this lesson, another fellow blogger/art teacher shared it, and I just had to try it! Kids LOVED it! I personally think the whole torn edge paper totally makes the project so fabulous! 

And how cute is this house?? (she doesn't celebrate Halloween) So this was her version of a fall-ish house! 

Haunted Houses made by my fabulous 4th graders! 


30 October 2011

Sunday Tune

if you ever leave me baby, leave some morphine at my door.

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Bruno Mars -
It Will Rain

Loving this song right now. I've totally been listening to it on REPEAT the whole weekend! 
(bout time he put out a new fresh hit! If I had to hear "Darlin I'd catch a grenade for you" one more time on the radio I don't know what I would of done! 


28 October 2011

What would you do if I sang out of tune...

Have you ever had an undying love for a TV show? One that never gets old to you, even if it hasn't been on air for a LONNNG time?

I am a die hard "The Wonder Years" fanatic. D I E HARD!!! 

'The Wonder Years' detailed the life of an average American family growing up in the suburbs during the '60s and '70s. Life during this socially rocky decade was so compelling, it kept the Arnold's family story on the air for nearly 6 years. 

Audiences watched Kevin Arnold get by 'with a little help' from his friends, get beat up by his older bro Wayne, and deal with the trials and tribulations of young love throughout the series. With all the characters that popped up throughout Kevin's coming of age, it's hard not to think back with wonder about what they're up to these days. From Winnie Cooper to nerdy Paul, where is the cast of 'The Wonder Years' nowadays? 

I own the whole series on DVDs for a few years now (kinda bootlegged friends) because for those of you who may or may not know, The Wonder Years has never fully been released on DVD due to MUSIC copyright rights!!! 

Some of you will say, "oh it's on netflix". NOT THE SAME. Heck, the opening song for the Wonder Years on netflix is some by generic schmuck because they couldn't obtain the music rights from Joe Cocker's record label! 

So where are they now, the cast?  

Glad you asked. Here's the rundown:
Fred Savage 
Kevin Arnold
Savage will always be remembered as Kevin Arnold. His little brother Ben had a similar success with “Boy Meets World” as Corey Matthews. Savage has since appeared in several TV shows like “Family Guy” and “Law and Order : SVU.” He has appeared in movies like “Austin Powers: Goldmember” and also is very active behind-the-scenes directing for shows like “Hannah Montana,” “Ugly Betty” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” He is married to Jennifer Lynn Stone and has two children.

Daniel Stern
Daniel Stern narrates the adult Kevin Arnold who reminisces about his childhood and also the voice behind 'The Wonder Years' belongs to Daniel Stern. A jack of all trades, Stern also directed a handful of episodes on 'The Wonder Years.' 

Daniel Stern is a prominent voice-actor, but he's also known for his roles in front of the camera. In '91 he played Phil Berquist in 'City Slickers' and who can forget his role as the intruding Marv in the 'Home Alone' series.

Dan Lauria
as Jack Arnold 
Lauria has appeared in movies like “Independence Day” and “Big Momma’s House 2″ as well as TV shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”

Alley Mills
as Norma Arnold

After seeing the Arnold family through the turmoil of the '60s and '70s, Alley Mills went on to a string of TV guest roles on shows like 'Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman' and 'Yes, Dear.' She currently stars as Pamela Douglas on 'The Bold and the Beautiful.

Adult Kevin Arnold who reminisces about his childhood and also the voice behind 'The Wonder Years' belongs to Daniel Stern. A jack of all trades, Stern also directed a handful of episodes on 'The Wonder Years.' 

Daniel Stern is a prominent voice-actor, but he's also known for his roles in front of the camera. In '91 he played Phil Berquist in 'City Slickers' and who can forget his role as the intruding Marv in the 'Home Alone' series.

Danica McKellar
As Winnie Cooper
McKellar has made tons of TV appearances since the show ended, on shows like “King of the Hill,” NYPD Blue,” “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” She is also a best-selling author and has had books on the “New York Times” best-sellers list, including “Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking A Nail” to encourage interest in math for young women. Her next book is called “Hot X : Algebra Exposed.”

Olivia d’Abo
as Karen
d’Abo also played a recurring villain on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” in 5 episodes spanning 6 years (2002-2008).  She also appeared for bit parts in shows like “Spin City, ” “Party of Five,” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”  Movie credits include “The Big Green,” “Wayne’s World 2,” and “Ultimate Avengers.”  She is also into music and sings, writes, plays guitar and piano.

Jason Hervey
Hervey served as Senior Vice President of Media and Communications for HealthSouth Corproation, but the company went under for fraud. Hervey sued the company for $300,000. He has also appeared in numerous reality shows like “Hogan Knows Best” and “Scott Baio is 45…And Single,” with Baio being one of his closest friends. Hervey has also worked in PR and held a backstage executive producer job for WCW. He is accredited with the idea of the LWO (Latino World Order). He has also worked with TNA Wrestling as well.

Josh Saviano as Paul Pfeiffer
“The Wonder Years” is one of very few roles for Saviano. Many consider Millhouse from “The Simpsons” as being inspired by his character. Saviano ended up majoring in Political Science at Yale University. He later attended the Benjamin N.Cardozo School of Law, and is now an Intellectual Property lawyer.


Did you know that The awesome Character Becky Slater was played by Crystal McKellar.

Who is DANICA aka Winnie's real SISTER in REAL life?! How about them apples!?

Unlike her sister, Crystal pursued a life in academia rather than in the Hollywood limelight. She's gone on to graduate from Yale University and Harvard Law School. She's currently an attorney.

Ben Stein (Mr. Cantwell)
Ben Stein's best known for his monotonously bland teacher roles. Bueller? Bueller? And in true form, he returned to the same type of role as Mr. Cantwell. 

Well known as an actor and a commentator, Ben Stein also went on to become an Emmy-Award winning game show host. In 1997, Stein got his own game show 'Win Ben Stein's Money.' His latest acting gig was as the voice of Rabbi Goldberg on 'Family Guy.' He continues to write and comment on economic, political, and social issues in the media

Robert Picardo (Coach Cutlip)
Coach Cutlip might have been better named Coach Cutthroat! Coach was not only Kevin's gym teacher, but also a bully amongst the students who had a knack for drawing indecipherable things on his clipboard. 

But, Picardo is hardly best known for his stern gym teacher role on 'Wonder Years.' Picardo is known as The Doctor on 'Star Trek: Voyager' and Dr. Dick Richard on 'China Beach.' He also played Richard Woolsey on 'Stargate: Atlantis' for 3 years.

*Blurbs about stars taken from here

And the Wonder Years House?

It STILL Exists!! 

In Burbank, CA

I've read on numerous sites that this house lies on a street that is very "old school". Meaning you think you are right back in the 60s since the houses outside structure still resemble the year they were built! 

And there you have it!

There were TONS more stars that made appearances on the show, such as Screech from Saved By The Bell, and Breckin Meyer, Kelly Packard (baywatch) Tons I tell ya! 


27 October 2011

Link up: Eff Marry Kill


Basically, you choose 3 celebrities and the other person has to choose who'd they'd like to *ahem* make babies with, who they'd like to wed, and who could disappear.  I don't like to say I'd kill them.  That's a little violent for me.  And we always give our reasons.

Anyhow, I REALLY wanted to pick 3 guys that people wouldn't normally pick (Makes it more fun) Link ups get boring if they all pick Justin Bieber or Brad Pitt types ya know? 

So without further Adieu... 

My three picks are:

TV News/Entertainment Style

Joel McHale
Talk Soup Host 

Ryan Seacrest
(American Idol Host)  

AJ Hammer

A.J. Hammer is the host of HLN's evening show,Showbiz Tonight. He is based in CNN's New York bureau. Hammer also serves as an entertainment correspondent for CNN, hosting the network's daily entertainment reports. 
I knew him from his days as a host on VH1 ! ! 

Which ones would you EFF MARRY KILL?

Who would I pick!?

I'd pick AJ Hammer to marry. Um hello, he's perfect.

Make disappear: Ryan Seacrest. He's super full of himself and annoying. Not to mention for the longest time I seriously thought he was well you know...batting for the other team? Not that that's a reason to kill him  lol I just think he's "confused" 

Eff: Joel. Reason? Gotta start somewhere to get to your mister right, Right? haha I wouldn't want to make babies with him persay, more like practice till you meet the real deal .::cough::. ..::cough::.. AJ Hammer. 

(Mister Wonderful if you read this, remember this was just a totally random linkup! you're my one and only!!!) xxoxooxo



26 October 2011

What's in your milk?

Recently Mister Wonderful shared with me an article as to why we don't buy just any old plain milk. 

Most of you that have followed me for a while, know we drink a lot of 

almond milk

 here. Since October is pretty much cancer awareness month, this is why I am sharing this with all of you.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. If you're a woman, your chance of getting breast cancer in your lifetime is about one in eight.
Researchers at a breast cancer conference stated that up to one-third of breast cancers could be avoided by making different lifestyle choices, such as the foods you choose to eat.
There is one food you may be surprised to learn, that is  directly linked to breast cancer—and that is pasteurized dairy in the form of milk or milk products.
The risk lies in consuming milk from cows treated with a synthetic, genetically engineered growth hormone called rBGH, and unfortunately, this applies to about one third of the dairy cows in America.
When you consume dairy products from these cows, every product made from their milk is contaminated with this dangerous hormone—be it cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter—or just plain milk.
Cows are injected with rBGH to boost their milk production. 

The good think is many products are now labeled as rBGH-free. For example, Polly-O string cheese in the smaller size is labeled rBGH-free (although the giant bulk pack from Costco is not).

Any dairy product labeled as organic cannot, by definition, contain rBGH.
Whole Foods Market confirmed to me that 365 Brand products do not contain milk from cows given rBGH.
Stonyfield Farms also confirmed to me that none of their products contain milk from cows given rBGH.
Starbucks uses rBGH-free dairy in all beverages.

All of the following companies sell rBGH-free milk. This information came from Wikipedia, each with a citation, and appears accurate.
Dean Foods
Winder Farms (a home delivery dairy and grocer in Utah and Nevada)
Safeway in the northwestern U.S.
Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club “Great Value” brand milk is rBGH-free but may not be labeled as such.
Mister Wonderful and I buy the GREAT VALUE milk too, when we don't want certain things we eat/cook with to have that Almond taste to it.

Good Milk!


Dannon is 80% rBGH-freeYoplait appears to be rBGH-free. Whole Foods 365 BrandStonyfield, and all organic yogurt is rBGH-free. I’ve read that, in the northeast, Trade Joe’s yogurt is from Stonyfield, which would make it rBGH-free, but I have no confirmation on this from the company.

So after reading all of this, I thought to myself, 
so what's the difference between a milk that is rBGH-free and organic?  Why should I buy organic milk versus just regular milk that is rBGH-free?

 Just remember this...
for milk to be organic, the cows cannot be given artificial hormones, so by definition organic milk is rBGH and rBST free.
However, if milk is rBGH/rBST free but not organic, the farmer is not required to meet organic standards like organic feed, adequate space, and limits on medications.

What are you drinking/cooking with at your house? 

Don't be a cheapskate! 
Your life depends on it! 



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