About Morgan Fontaine

Hi and welcome to my posts! I am the mom of a sweet little girl who is turning 8 in October. I was born and raised in France but my roots are of Reunion Island which is a tropical island and an overseas French colony – I have been living in MN since 2006. I am truly excited to become a part of the blogging world and to share with you my favorite activities and tips! Hope that you enjoy what you read and see. Cheers! Morgan
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Duluth Minnesota Great Lakes Aquarium Visit

Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth Minnesota
 

Miss Owl and Ms. Frog visited the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, MN. From interactive displays, to videos, to a scuba diving Santa, it was pure educational fun. They did take their parents with, of course, and everyone learned new things.  Although I’ve been to Duluth about a hundred time or more since childhood, we frequently drive through. For one thing, the aquarium was only built in 1989. It began when Lake Superior Center incorporated as an organization devoted to freshwater education. It opened its doors in 2000 on the waterfront. Driving through with a car loaded for the cabin made stopping by difficult. A special trip is best to fully enjoy the visit. There are many lovely hotels and restaurants along the shore, such as Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory where I held an owl and hawk by adopting them.

School groups visit, and there are teacher workshops and resources to access.

 
 
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The interactive exhibits drew the attention of Miss Owl and Ms. Frog right away.

 
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Special displays were all around. It was difficult to know what to look at first.

 
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Oh, look, it is Scuba Diving Santa! That was very fun for the season. And who is that with him in the tank?

 
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The Aquarium is home to North America’s largest sturgeon.

 
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There are several marine touch-pools, also.

 
Shipwreck-exhibits
 

The shipwreck exhibits explain the hazards of the Great Lakes, where there have been over 6000 wrecks.

 
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The Otters’ Birthday Party was held in this area, but not at this time. See more images on Instagram.

 
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The interactive exhibits drew the attention of Miss Owl and Ms. Frog right away.

 
The Aquarium is within walking distance of the iconic lift bridge
 

The building is within walking distance of the famous lift bridge. It is interesting to see the boats pass by!

 
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The electric eel is a “Fan Favorite.” Not so much for me, but it is interesting.

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New Home Furniture Decisions and Decor by Morgan

Miss Owl and her family have moved into a new home. Morgan’s Musings (her mom) writes on this site. Today she is sharing some of the furniture decisions and where the items were purchased. We only have links in case people are interested. We hope this information helps some people with their own decisions.
Note: No, we are not affiliates of any store, and no, we do not earn any money for providing these links.

Moving during the holiday season and trying to organize a family was a big challenge.

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First things first, the entryway. Just in case we forget where we live, there is a Minnesota sign at a Marketplace. It is locally handmade, I believe it was in Wayzata, Minnesota. A place for everything and everything in its place is a great way to start out when moving a family to a new home. So the keys have their place here.

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Walking in the first hall, I added a Faux Marble Console Table, which was $147.18 at Amazon. The Metal and Mirror Wall Decor (in and out of stock FAST!) is my favorite piece of art – absolutely love it. And it was only around $70 when I bought it. The Thinker Statue (silver) is also from Amazon. It was about $30 dollars. This just helps the hall wall area look lovely.

hallway-complete

The hallway is now complete with items mentioned so far, plus the lighting.

table and chairs purchased separately

The table was purchased from Overstock for $1,200 shipped (was on sale at the time and now no longer in stock – that is the link for when it is available – we definitely struggled to find a table that would fit both our style and our needs) no store sells these kinds of tables (and we went to MANY including the main big ones) so we resorted to online searching.

Chairs purchased from Amazon $499 for a set of 6 chairs! Chairs are also very nice quality for the price. Of course, they are not real leather but that is OK.  They are easy to clean and they give a nice little bounce when sitting down!

setting-up-the-new-table

We were faced with a couple of challenges:

  1. Prices, these kinds of tables are very pricey, and wanted to stay around 1k
  2. No stock/delayed shipment – most retailers are still faced with raw material shortage and COVID-related custom issues delaying shipping – So glad I was able to snatch this table when it was still available. We were highly impressed by this table! Superior quality, beautiful glossy coating, it is very HEAVY. It weighs over 300 lbs, the extension leaf is stored under the table and is extremely easy to pull in or out. We were also impressed with the packaging. It was a huge pallet and the craftmanship to package this is massive. You can tell from the “unboxing” that it is very nice.
curtains in the dining room

The curtains are also from Amazon and were $44.99 – they are thick and high quality. Also, they provide black out which is great for privacy and energy-saving!

planters and plants for the fireplace area

The planters purchased from TJMaxx – $29.99 for the tall one and $19.99 for the smaller one. We went to Ikea and picked a couple of favorites for plants – both are Dracaena plants or commonly referred to as “corn plants.” The tall one was $39.99 and the smaller one was $19.99 and they work well together.

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A warm little spot in the hallway with a mirror to check  your appearance on the way out the door.

New-living-room-furniture

We bought our new living room furniture at Dock 86. We also bought the treatment that covers any bodily fluids or any kind of spills for the next 3 years! If we don’t do a service call, we get 77 dollars back as store credit Not a bad deal!

Miss Owl Has a New Room
planters and plants for the fireplace area

Miss owl got a brand-new bedroom upon moving in! Even if she described her room as “too basic” due to no walk-in closet. 😊 Well this will later be available to her when her stepsister goes to college!

Bed (full size) purchased from Amazon for only $159!!!

Comforter and pillowcases + decorative pillows purchased from Amazon. Absolutely in love with it. Extremely soft and the colors are vibrant and beautiful – VERY happy with this purchase

Dresser was purchased from amazon – this is a cheaper quality, but it works and looks nice.

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Blackout curtains with cut out stars – purchased from amazon

Absolutely stunning! High quality and worth every penny.

Organizer/bookshelf from Ikea.

The bookshelf organizer is from IKEA.

Miss-Owl-relaxing-at-home

Miss Owl is relaxing at home.

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first meal in the new house, almost

Moving at holiday time is quite a challenge to get the house and family organized. Almost our first meal was Thanksgiving.

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We hope you have a warm and happy holiday season.

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Thank you for reading, Morgan

Miss-Pepper-Blue-Russian-Cat

By the way, Miss Pepper is our Russian Blue cat who thinks the house belongs to her.

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Posts by Morgan the Wonder Mom

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Hi and welcome to my posts! I am the mom of a sweet little girl who is ten. I was born and raised in France but my roots are of Reunion Island which is a tropical island and an overseas French colony – I have been living in MN since 2006. I am truly excited to become a part of the blogging world and to share with you my favorite activities and tips! Hope that you enjoy what you read and see. Cheers! Morgan

 
World Prematurity Day: An Interview About HELLP Syndrome
 

Do you know about HELLP Syndrome?

No, that is not a misspelling. HELLP is thought to be a variant of pre-eclampsia, although it may be entirely different. As teachers, we get students with a varied set of background experiences and health conditions. We need to be aware of the issues some families have and may have experienced. I have experienced this syndrome personally as I had HELLP Syndrome and a birthing emergency.

 
 
Free Printable Where is Reunion Island
 

Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island? Do you know? Many children can probably easily find Madagascar on a globe or world map. This mini-lesson will help extend their knowledge to another “nearby” island, Reunion Island, or La Réunion. With a fabulous landscape, volcanoes, adventure sports, and cultural activities, it is also very interesting.

 
 
Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island
 

Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island

I recently had the pleasure of cooking a traditional meal from the French Reunion Island for some people who have never visited the island. Saffron, thyme, tomato, potato, white rice, garlic, onion, and bacon prepared in the traditional way made a lovely meal and cultural experience for them. It was delicious! I used the recipe I remember from living there.

 
 
Home Decor by Mom Morgan
 

New Home Furniture Decisions and Décor by Morgan

Moving at holiday time is quite a challenge to get the house and family organized. Almost our first meal was Thanksgiving. See how I handled it all.

 
 
Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science
 

Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science

Mixing colors in the kitchen with a few common ingredients provides an engaging activity for children. This is one they are sure to want to do over and over as it will be different each time. This activity is so fun and so easy!

 
 
Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea
 

Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea

Watercolor painting is fun for children and with a little help they can create flowers for a vase and flower coasters for a special tea party, lunch, or dinner.

 
 
Pattern Block Play Helps Children Learn Fractions
 

Playing with Pattern Blocks Helps form the Foundation for Fractions

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

 
 
Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins
 

Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins

These activities used felt, puffballs, recycled lids and containers in the colors of your choice, and an egg carton bottom.

 
 
Fall at the Minnesota Zoo and Toddler Activities
 

Visit to the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo

A visit to the Farm area at the Minnesota Zoo during October. Fall toddler activities, also.

 
 
Easter at Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

Let us tell you about Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota! It was the best. We hunted for eggs in the woods, dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes, visited with the Easter bunny, and more. What a nice time we had. It is an EGGstravaganza with fun for all ages!

 
 
 Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See!

This time we visited Eastman Nature Center in the summer. We started with a walk. I had a planter dish to collect things for a class I was taking. We were collecting things that were no longer living and were OK to pick. We made a fairy house and I played at the center, too.

 
Posts by Morgan

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Math Extension with Pattern Block Puzzles

Math Extension with Pattern Block Puzzles

Miss Owl explains!

Have I told you I have been helping mom with math lately? She was thinking I had to use the pattern blocks only with the outlines in my puzzles. So I humored her for a while and matched things in the lines. You know, moms like that.

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On this puzzle, there were 4 triangles, two diamonds, a trapezoid, and a hexagon. That will mean 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 +1/3 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6, follow me? At least it will mean that when I am older. And do not believe the saying on my dress, my aunt gave me that. I really will like school, at least I think so!

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. I showed my mom a good trick. Kids do not like only matching puzzle pieces in the lines. You were a kid once, too, so you know!

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

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When I am in school and get worksheets, I might show my teacher this neat trick with puzzles. And, do you like my band aids? Yeah, mom was on the phone just long enough for me to empty the band-aid container. Pretty, isn’t it?

So then we relaxed with some Yoga. Math takes hard thinking. I like to think! Thinking helps me keep my mom smart.

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Like the puzzles? Melissa and Doug made those. I like animals.

See you next time I teach my mom something!

Thank you for reading.

I have to tell my mom a bedtime story now.  It is her bedtime.

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Thank you for reading.

Miss Owl

 
World Prematurity Day: An Interview About HELLP Syndrome
 

Do you know about HELLP Syndrome?

No, that is not a misspelling. HELLP is thought to be a variant of pre-eclampsia, although it may be entirely different. As teachers, we get students with a varied set of background experiences and health conditions. We need to be aware of the issues some families have and may have experienced. I have experienced this syndrome personally as I had HELLP Syndrome and a birthing emergency.

 
 
Free Printable Where is Reunion Island
 

Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island? Do you know? Many children can probably easily find Madagascar on a globe or world map. This mini-lesson will help extend their knowledge to another “nearby” island, Reunion Island, or La Réunion. With a fabulous landscape, volcanoes, adventure sports, and cultural activities, it is also very interesting.

 
 
Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island
 

Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island

I recently had the pleasure of cooking a traditional meal from the French Reunion Island for some people who have never visited the island. Saffron, thyme, tomato, potato, white rice, garlic, onion, and bacon prepared in the traditional way made a lovely meal and cultural experience for them. It was delicious! I used the recipe I remember from living there.

 
 
Home Decor by Mom Morgan
 

New Home Furniture Decisions and Décor by Morgan

Moving at holiday time is quite a challenge to get the house and family organized. Almost our first meal was Thanksgiving. See how I handled it all.

 
 
Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science
 

Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science

Mixing colors in the kitchen with a few common ingredients provides an engaging activity for children. This is one they are sure to want to do over and over as it will be different each time. This activity is so fun and so easy!

 
 
Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea
 

Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea

Watercolor painting is fun for children and with a little help they can create flowers for a vase and flower coasters for a special tea party, lunch, or dinner.

 
 
Pattern Block Play Helps Children Learn Fractions
 

Playing with Pattern Blocks Helps form the Foundation for Fractions

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

 
 
Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins
 

Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins

These activities used felt, puffballs, recycled lids and containers in the colors of your choice, and an egg carton bottom.

 
 
Fall at the Minnesota Zoo and Toddler Activities
 

Visit to the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo

A visit to the Farm area at the Minnesota Zoo during October. Fall toddler activities, also.

 
 
Easter at Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

Let us tell you about Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota! It was the best. We hunted for eggs in the woods, dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes, visited with the Easter bunny, and more. What a nice time we had. It is an EGGstravaganza with fun for all ages!

 
 
 Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See!

This time we visited Eastman Nature Center in the summer. We started with a walk. I had a planter dish to collect things for a class I was taking. We were collecting things that were no longer living and were OK to pick. We made a fairy house and I played at the center, too.

 

2023-03-13T19:01:55-05:00By |Categories: Family, For Parents, Math|Tags: , |
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World Prematurity Day: An Interview About HELLP Syndrome

Do you know about HELLP Syndrome? No, that is not a misspelling. HELLP is thought to be a variant of pre-eclampsia, although it may be entirely different. As teachers, we get students with a varied set of background experiences and health conditions. We need to be aware of the issues some families have and may have experienced. I have experienced this syndrome personally as I had HELLP Syndrome and a birthing emergency.

This is a Q and A Blog post that explains the experience. This was written when my daughter was two years old, and now she is almost three. I wasn’t a blogger at that time but I am now!

Question: I understand your child was born prematurely when you had HELLP Syndrome. What is your experience with HELLP Syndrome?

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Answer: It started out in the middle of the night, upon the start of my third trimester; that night I felt a mild back pain that was uncomfortable enough to prevent me from falling asleep. Then, about half an hour later, out of nowhere, I felt another pain, much more intense right below my rib cage and that quickly turned into unbearable agony. I don’t know how else to describe it but to say, it felt like a truck was parked on my chest. It was so painful to breathe that it felt as if I was only getting 10% of oxygen. It was the worst pain ever going across my abdomen, and not being able to breathe properly on top of that was excruciating and torturous.

Not everyone has the same symptoms. Some people only have mild discomfort in their upper right abdomen. I had no idea what was happening to me, my husband and I just rushed to the nearest hospital, and luckily that hospital had a level III NICU. HELLP syndrome is a variant of pre-eclampsia, and HELLP is often misdiagnosed. In my case, one of the nurses initially thought I had a gall bladder infection, but the pain came from my liver expanding. After running blood tests, the doctor announced that I had pre-eclampsia/HELLP and that unless my symptoms improved, we would have to deliver the baby soon. My blood pressure was skyrocketing to the point where seizures were likely to strike.  I had never heard of HELLP before.

Thankfully, several doctors walked in and reassured me that it was not something that I had done and not to feel guilty. They also gave me 2 shots of steroids in order to boost lung development of my unborn baby. Our baby girl was born via C-section, about 9 hours after checking in to the hospital, weighing only 1 lb 13 oz, at one day shy of 27 weeks gestation. Picture of our premature daughter immediately after birth. Preemies often look red because their bodies are suddenly deprived of oxygen.

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Question: Medically, exactly what is HELLP Syndrome? Answer:occurs in about 1 to 2 out of 1,000 pregnancies. Most often HELLP develops before the pregnancy is 37 weeks along. Sometimes it develops in the week after the baby is born. Liver enzymes may be high. Platelet counts may be low. A CT scan may show bleeding into the liver. *NOTE: This is not to be interpreted as medical advice and is just part of what she learned during this experience.

Question: You mentioned the experience was like being on a roller coaster. Could you please explain a little about the emotions you experienced?

Answer: First, everything happens so fast it is difficult to have any time to think.  The progress was very slow and everything seemed to be so slow even her stay in the NICU: days feel like weeks and weeks feel like months. The emotional roller coaster is really tied to the idea that your baby can be doing well for a few days, we are taking baby steps forward, and all of a sudden something happens and we are taken 10 steps back. It is very frustrating to constantly be waiting for everything to improve. Not everything improves at the same pace. Some babies struggle with different things. They are all on their own schedule. The introduction to eating had to be done very slowly and very carefully because her stomach was not ready to digest any food. There was the constant worry of NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitis) as very low birth weight babies are at a high risk of developing NEC especially after the first feeding commences. NEC is very serious and can be fatal. It is the most common and serious intestinal disease among preemies, and could possibly cause a life-threatening infection. Thankfully our daughter did not catch NEC. Every day I would call the hospital to check her weight gain (sometimes she would lose) and ask about how she was doing while I was not with her. Parents of preemie get extremely excited over the smallest things or progress with their preemies. It can be that the baby pooped on her own or that she did not have a stopped breathing episode that day. The weight gain was difficult and very slow. It was 1 to 3 oz per day on average. 3 oz was rare and was usually likely to be water. They also gave her treatment for that.

Question: What were the things that helped you during this time?

Answer: The NICU nurses were wonderful. Deb was the primary nurse, and Stephanie, Irene, Pattie, and Diane all knew so much and helped so much. Nice messages from people, visits, and prayers all helped. We set up a Caring Bridge site, and that was very positive. I felt like I was pumping and going to the hospital around the clock so that I didn’t feel like I had time to take a shower. The Caring Bridge site helped me keep everyone up to date at once as I didn’t have time to call everyone. Reading blogs about premature babies helped, although sometimes they scared me. My sister made a scrapbook from day one through the 81 days in NICU, and that is wonderful to have now.

Question: What was especially difficult?

Answer: Preemies go through so much, they have to learn to breathe, digest food, maintain a regular heartbeat and much more. She was given a suppository every few days to help her digestion. She was initially on TPN (total parenteral nutrition) which included caffeine and lipids and other nutrients. After a while they ran out of places to poke her with a new IV; so they inserted a PICC line (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) which is a long catheter running from her wrist all the way to the top of her arm and can stay in for up to one month. It was very hard to see her so frail and little and see all the equipment, tubes, and wires hooked up to her tiny body.

It was hard not knowing what would happen with her and worrying about her outcome, and all of the possible long term issues she would face. It was very tough to see her fighting for her life, day after day while learning to breathe on her own, gain weight and become stronger. It was very difficult to be around the monitors go off every so often, all of that was very scary, especially for first-time parents. Also, we wanted her to be home for Christmas, and that was not possible. We were able to get a photo with Santa, although it was taken in the hospital. It was nice they did that.

Santa-with-premature-child

Question: How does the NICU staff decide to send a premature baby home?

Answer: Our child was able to be home for New Year’s Eve, and we were grateful for that. Before a child can be sent home from NICU, there must be no desaturation (drop in oxygen level below 80%) or bradycardia (drop in heart rate) episodes for a week, and no other complications such as infections. If there is one such episode, then the date is delayed another week. The doctors at our hospital wanted us to feel confident the child would be fine without any monitor at home. They have a car seat test before sending the child home, as well. They put the child in the car seat for 90 minutes hooked up to machines to see if they have any desat or Brady. If they don’t for 90 minutes, then they pass! There are several other tests that have to be passed before the child is released from NICU to home care. Luckily our daughter did not have major complications. She had 2 blood transfusions and 1 minor infection. Her brain scans showed no bleeding and the eye exam came back with no ROP, which is a GREAT outcome.

Question: How is she doing now?

Answer: Our daughter has been a healthy and happy little girl. She is now 2 and is smaller than her peers (in the 10 to 20th percentile range for height, weight, and head circumference) but one could not tell now that she was born so little. She is on track developmentally despite a normal delay which should be caught up within a year or so. We benefit from early intervention services which has been very helpful. She was extremely lucky given her prematurity and we could not have been prouder. When she was born, they told me how she was “feisty” that may have helped her during her NICU journey and I can say, it is still true today!! It never ceases to amaze me what love and technology can do!!

Thank you for reading, Morgan

 
World Prematurity Day: An Interview About HELLP Syndrome
 

Do you know about HELLP Syndrome?

No, that is not a misspelling. HELLP is thought to be a variant of pre-eclampsia, although it may be entirely different. As teachers, we get students with a varied set of background experiences and health conditions. We need to be aware of the issues some families have and may have experienced. I have experienced this syndrome personally as I had HELLP Syndrome and a birthing emergency.

 
 
Free Printable Where is Reunion Island
 

Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island? Do you know? Many children can probably easily find Madagascar on a globe or world map. This mini-lesson will help extend their knowledge to another “nearby” island, Reunion Island, or La Réunion. With a fabulous landscape, volcanoes, adventure sports, and cultural activities, it is also very interesting.

 
 
Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island
 

Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island

I recently had the pleasure of cooking a traditional meal from the French Reunion Island for some people who have never visited the island. Saffron, thyme, tomato, potato, white rice, garlic, onion, and bacon prepared in the traditional way made a lovely meal and cultural experience for them. It was delicious! I used the recipe I remember from living there.

 
 
Home Decor by Mom Morgan
 

New Home Furniture Decisions and Décor by Morgan

Moving at holiday time is quite a challenge to get the house and family organized. Almost our first meal was Thanksgiving. See how I handled it all.

 
 
Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science
 

Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science

Mixing colors in the kitchen with a few common ingredients provides an engaging activity for children. This is one they are sure to want to do over and over as it will be different each time. This activity is so fun and so easy!

 
 
Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea
 

Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea

Watercolor painting is fun for children and with a little help they can create flowers for a vase and flower coasters for a special tea party, lunch, or dinner.

 
 
Pattern Block Play Helps Children Learn Fractions
 

Playing with Pattern Blocks Helps form the Foundation for Fractions

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

 
 
Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins
 

Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins

These activities used felt, puffballs, recycled lids and containers in the colors of your choice, and an egg carton bottom.

 
 
Fall at the Minnesota Zoo and Toddler Activities
 

Visit to the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo

A visit to the Farm area at the Minnesota Zoo during October. Fall toddler activities, also.

 
 
Easter at Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

Let us tell you about Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota! It was the best. We hunted for eggs in the woods, dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes, visited with the Easter bunny, and more. What a nice time we had. It is an EGGstravaganza with fun for all ages!

 
 
 Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See!

This time we visited Eastman Nature Center in the summer. We started with a walk. I had a planter dish to collect things for a class I was taking. We were collecting things that were no longer living and were OK to pick. We made a fairy house and I played at the center, too.

 

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Minnesota Zoo in October and Fall Toddler Activities

Visit to the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo

Last year, when I was a little kid, I went to visit the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo. It was very fun.  I got to do lots of things with my mom. See?  I used to be so little. I’m pretty grown up now that I’m “free!” My mom says I’m three. Doesn’t she know how to say free?

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So first we got there and my mom got a stroller. I could have walked but the zoo is so huge! It would have taken two days to see it all, in that case.

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The goats said, “Baa-baa!” See my mom with her camera, I’m always having to say, “Cheese.”  At least I don’t have to talk like a goat.

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I didn’t almost get lost in the hay maze, but I think my mom did.

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There were cows.  The cows said, “Moo!” They were loud. The cow also spoke in French when it said, “Meuh!” The cow was bilingual, just like me and my mom!

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My mom needed some help driving the tractor.  I’m always so busy helping her!

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When I started making funny faces, it was time to go home.

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Try a visit to the farm area at the Minnesota Zoo!  I was glad my mom could hear the animal sounds.

Fall Toddler Activities

I made this beautiful picture that was my mom’s idea! She is on Pinterest a lot! I liked getting my hand painted. It tickled.

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I got to paint my very own trick or treat bag at Michael’s store! I’ve been washing paint off of my hands quite a bit lately.

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I was a pirate! I scared so many people! Arrgh!

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I made a special decoration. I like to be dressed for these occasions.

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I ate “pumpkin” pizza! Yeah, pizza!

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And now I get to go trick or treating!  What a great day.

A couple of years ago, I couldn’t wait to go Trick or Treating, either.

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 Hurry up, Mommy! Let’s go! Don’t we look great, if I do say so myself? 

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We hope you had a fabulous Halloween, too!

 
World Prematurity Day: An Interview About HELLP Syndrome
 

Do you know about HELLP Syndrome?

No, that is not a misspelling. HELLP is thought to be a variant of pre-eclampsia, although it may be entirely different. As teachers, we get students with a varied set of background experiences and health conditions. We need to be aware of the issues some families have and may have experienced. I have experienced this syndrome personally as I had HELLP Syndrome and a birthing emergency.

 
 
Free Printable Where is Reunion Island
 

Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island? Do you know? Many children can probably easily find Madagascar on a globe or world map. This mini-lesson will help extend their knowledge to another “nearby” island, Reunion Island, or La Réunion. With a fabulous landscape, volcanoes, adventure sports, and cultural activities, it is also very interesting.

 
 
Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island
 

Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island

I recently had the pleasure of cooking a traditional meal from the French Reunion Island for some people who have never visited the island. Saffron, thyme, tomato, potato, white rice, garlic, onion, and bacon prepared in the traditional way made a lovely meal and cultural experience for them. It was delicious! I used the recipe I remember from living there.

 
 
Home Decor by Mom Morgan
 

New Home Furniture Decisions and Décor by Morgan

Moving at holiday time is quite a challenge to get the house and family organized. Almost our first meal was Thanksgiving. See how I handled it all.

 
 
Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science
 

Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science

Mixing colors in the kitchen with a few common ingredients provides an engaging activity for children. This is one they are sure to want to do over and over as it will be different each time. This activity is so fun and so easy!

 
 
Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea
 

Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea

Watercolor painting is fun for children and with a little help they can create flowers for a vase and flower coasters for a special tea party, lunch, or dinner.

 
 
Pattern Block Play Helps Children Learn Fractions
 

Playing with Pattern Blocks Helps form the Foundation for Fractions

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

 
 
Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins
 

Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins

These activities used felt, puffballs, recycled lids and containers in the colors of your choice, and an egg carton bottom.

 
 
Fall at the Minnesota Zoo and Toddler Activities
 

Visit to the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo

A visit to the Farm area at the Minnesota Zoo during October. Fall toddler activities, also.

 
 
Easter at Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

Let us tell you about Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota! It was the best. We hunted for eggs in the woods, dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes, visited with the Easter bunny, and more. What a nice time we had. It is an EGGstravaganza with fun for all ages!

 
 
 Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See!

This time we visited Eastman Nature Center in the summer. We started with a walk. I had a planter dish to collect things for a class I was taking. We were collecting things that were no longer living and were OK to pick. We made a fairy house and I played at the center, too.

 

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