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Summer Jar in FamilyFun

Hey all, check out my article about the Summer Jar in the August 2011 issue of FamilyFun magazine (it’s the part about “daycations”). I can’t find it online; I think it’s only in the print edition. Update: I did find it online. Here it is. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Summer+Jar+in+FamilyFun’; addthis_pub = ”;

Summer Jar: Cardboard Stool

The biggest failure from the Summer Jar was making a cardboard stool from Or, I guess it depends on how you look at it. The final result was a failure, but the process had some good points. This ended up being a project that didn’t have much to do with the kids. The idea [...]

Summer Jar: Bus to Portland

One day the Summer Jar told us to take the bus to Portland, and it was really very typical of many Summer Jar activities, in that it gave us something to do, but that something was kind of random, and somehow we managed to find serendipitous things along the way. Waiting for the bus. The [...]

Summer Jar: Popsicles

Another recent Summer Jar task was making popsicles. I got a popsicle mold years ago, before I had kids even, I think (maybe in an attempt to make a healthier dessert?). We don’t bring it out nearly often enough. First we made a simple syrup (heat equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, boil, [...]

Summer Jar: Try a New Food

Last week the Summer Jar told us to try a new food (the Jar told us this the day after we’d gone to the farmers’ market and eaten sour cherries and Italian broccoli greens for the first time, but apparently the Jar thinks we still weren’t being adventurous enough). So we went to the store [...]

Summer Jar: Real Mail

Last week the Summer Jar told us to make cards and mail them. I had some premade blank cards from the days when I fancied myself a cardmaker, so we drew on those. The most fun part was deciding who to send our cards to (excuse me: to whom we should send our cards). Henry [...]

Summer Jar: What Sinks? What Floats?

Last week the Summer Jar told us to do an experiment called What Sinks? What Floats? The Let’s Explore blog gave us the idea. The kids loved it because it involved a large bowl of water (I’m tempted to put “explore a large bowl of water” in the Summer Jar but I don’t want to [...]

Math-challenged woman in Monument Square

Remember when the Summer Jar had us cavorting around Portland last week? I had a funny run-in with a woman in Monument Square, which is chronicled on Liz‘s other website, Overheard in Portland. Go read. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Math-challenged+woman+in+Monument+Square’; addthis_pub = ”;

Summer Jar on Better Way Moms!

Hey everyone…I’ve got an article on Better Way Moms about the Summer Jar. Go read! addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Summer+Jar+on+Better+Way+Moms%21′; addthis_pub = ”;

Is the Portland Museum of Art intentionally anti-family?

Thursday the summer jar told us to go to the Portland Museum of Art. I’d put it in the jar because I haven’t been in a few years, and I wanted the kids to see all that art right there in our own town, I thought it might be inspiring, and I thought it might [...]

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