Drive-In Movie at Hudson Mills - Aug 15, 2015


AdoramaPix Photobook Review + 25% off Code!

Are you addicted to Photobooks like me?  I absolutely love them!  I make at least one every three months for myself, as well as a few each year as gifts for family members.  If you’re looking for a professional book and website, whether you're a professional photographer or not, AdoramaPix is a great choice.

AdoramaPix has a user-friendly website, with high-quality options to choose from, starting with the paper type.  Some of the most popular papers choices for portraits of people include Lustre, Matte or Silk, but there’s also Linen, Deep-Matte, Pebble, and High Gloss.  One of the best features of an AdoramaPix book is that it lays flat, allowing the pages and pictures to be uninterrupted by a large gutter.

Creating a book is as simple as uploading your photos, selecting the paper, designing the pages, and ordering any additional add-ons, such as blank pages or a keepsake box that you may appreciate.  

My 7 year-old daughter has been asking me if she can make a photobook for a long time now, and although she’s made them on the computer, we’ve never actually ordered one for her.  Now, I do have to admit, we’ve only ever used Shutterfly before, but once I set up the first few steps to making a book on AdoramaPix and spending five minutes to show her how to use the different tools, she took over by herself and created a pretty awesome book (that we did order!!).  

Let me mention that creating a photobook can be time consuming, but only if you let it.  My daughter and I both had a beautiful 10 page book made on AdoramaPix within about 30 minutes, but because there were so many options to choose from (we loved playing with the backgrounds and stickers), we kept changing things around and experimenting.  

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their custom photo books display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.

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Incorparating MGT's Topics and Activities into our Everyday Lives...

Each day we sit down at the table for about an hour and work through some really neat lessons from our Mother Goose Time curriculum, but our learning definitely doesn't stop there...  We remember the topics, discussions, and the questions that were presented within the lessons and fit them into everything we do all month long...

Here's a couple ways we took our "themed" learning and extended it beyond the MGT Teacher Guide this month...

(Btw, MGT's last activity in this month's curriculum is "Nature's Memories." It asks what we discovered about nature this month. This is my nature scrapbook for July 2015...!)

Theme for July:  Nature Detectives

Topic:   Flying in the Air - What can you use to float in the air?  Why can't you catch a cloud?

Topic:  Puddle Jumping - What do you do when you see a big puddle?

Topic:  Fly Away, Bird - What do you think helps a bird fly?  What do you think birds want to find in the dirt?

 We've been able to get up close to a lot of different kinds of birds this month and discover the different types of wings and feathers that they have.

Topic:  Moving Air - What do you think wind is strong enough to move?

Topic:  Mystery in the Air:  What animal sounds do you hear outside?  What colors do you see in nature? 

A family of swans near our paddleboat.
A deer grazing in the pond near our kayak (not visible is the great blue heron and turtles on each side on the boat).

Topic:  Ice Cube's Adventure - How is an ice cube like water?
Ice Skating at the Arctic Coliseum for the Little One's Birthday!  Some spots on the ice were melted that we had to avoid (it is July of course).

Topic:  Mixing with Water - How is oil like water?  How is it different?
Using several of MGT's ideas at the Older One's "Science" Birthday Party!

"Blobs in a Bottle" aka "Lava Lamp"

Topic:  Mud Paths - What happens when you mix water and dirt?

Topic:  Mud Bricks - What can you build with dirt?  What do you need to make a mud pie?


This month we took in (I think) 17 tadpoles - only a few from the buckets full my dad found in his stored boat this spring.  They started the size of our fingernail and most our now the length of our whole finger, those that at least still have their tail.  In just the past few days, several have grown both arms and legs, turned green, started losing their tails, and tonight, we found our first escapee on the kitchen floor!

We've learned all about metamorphosis and which animals live on land (lungs) and which ones live in the water (gills).  We've learned about animal movements and even good smells and bad smells (when it's time to clean the water).

As we opened the lid to peek on this little fellow (the first one we saw jump), the little guy below escaped...!
Frog with a tail on the loose (but not for long)!
Back safe and sound.

Themed learning, isn't it great?!

Fun & Free Activities at the Dexter District Library - Last Week of July 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 11:00am - 12:30pm

Frozen Sing-Along Edition (PG) and Popcorn
All ages

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7:00pm

 Nature's Superhero's - hands-on activities and live demonstrations
All Ages

Friday, July 31, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm

Drop-In Craft Extravaganza
Everyone is welcome 

For more information, please visit

Try Out Girls Soccer on Wednesday Nights this Summer!

"Kickin' It With The Girls"

This is a drop in night of soccer fun for all girls aged 6-11 in and around our community! Every Wednesday night, 6-7pm, for the rest of July and August you can drop in to play soccer for FREE! Current DSC players and non-club players are welcome! We will meet at Dexter Community Park (located behind Busch's). DSC Coaches will play fun games and we will have prizes! You can attend every week if you want and please be sure to invite your friends to come out and enjoy a night of girls soccer!

"Floating in the Air"

One of our favorite projects this week from our Mother Goose Time curriculum was making a hot air balloon.  MGT included all the supplies, we just had to assemble it...

Collecting objects to put in the balloon basket...

...and going on a floating adventure!

Dexter Daze - August 14-15, 2015!

Dexter Daze is an annual event for our small town, bringing in artisans, crafters, businesses, and free entertainment for the whole family!

Parade:  Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10am!

With two young kids, we've spent the whole day there and come back for more on the second day - our favorite being the bounce houses!


We watched in awe as the artist made this and then we bought it!


For the complete schedule and map, 

click HERE.