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The WH Game

Originally posted on The Central Park Zoo:

wpid-wp-1426820042663.jpegIs your family into games? Or, are they not that into games but you wish they were? Either way, I’m going to tell you about one of the simplest yet most successful games we’ve ever played (and still play several times per week). When I ask “who wants to play the WH game?” as it is so fondly called in our house, the reply is a shrieking stampede for the living room. As some of you might know from my article on childmind.org, I’m a fan of making up the rules as I go along, and the WH game was born in similar fashion.

I originally created the WH game for two reasons: 1) to help my 4 and 5 year old recognize WH words more fluently when reading, and 2) as a compact activity that traveled easily into waiting rooms, long lines and the minivan. What started as six index cards with…

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Oreos are dairy free (and other tasty surprises for the allergy-afflicted)

Michaela Searfoorce:

Remember to check out my new site, still small but growing!

Originally posted on The Central Park Zoo:

512px-Happy_Cookie_FridayIan has struggled with allergies since he was 5 months old, the worst ones being dairy and nuts. As avid dairy lovers, we’ve been reluctant to give up our favorite treats, yet it’s hard not to feel a small twinge of guilt every time Ian asks hopefully, “Can I have some of that?” or says “No fank you, those chips will make me throw up in the pool.” So over the last two years we have come up with some easy-to-find, almost-as-tasty substitutes for lots of those puppy-eyed situations. The guilt is somehow less crushing if I can offer an Oreo.

1. Oreos. Have I mentioned Oreos yet? Oreos are dairy free, and let’s face it, delicious and addictive. When I know we’ll be baking “real” cookies or desserts, I make sure to get a couple flavors of Oreos we haven’t had in a while. It usually works, the main problem being that now…

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RACK Recipe #1: Pinch and Pour Marinade

Michaela Searfoorce:

From my new site thecentralparkzoo.com!

Originally posted on The Central Park Zoo:

RACK is short for Reading and Cooking Kids. When you see RACK in front of a recipe title on this site, you can assume:

1. It is a flexible, easy-to-make recipe.

2. The recipe will be easy to read with straightforward instructions and simple measurements.

3. It will still taste good if a couple of mistakes have been made (I’m pretty sure these are foolproof).

4. It can actually be made independently by your kids (except for the fire parts).

5. Your kitchen is probably going to be a mess afterward.

6. But your kids will be practicing reading and cooking at the same time!

7. This is the first step to you lying on the couch playing Word Chums while your kids make dinner on Fridays.

Our 5 year old was a budding but somewhat reluctant reader last year – she could read things along the lines of Little Bear and Frog…

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The new site is finally up!

And there is not much on it yet!

But it’s worth a look around. Go, right now, to thecentralparkzoo.com (really) and if you like what you read, you can sign up to receive updates as I keep adding stuff. You won’t regret it.

Breaking News: Missing NYC Woman Rumored To Be Seen Crying In A Walmart Parking Lot. In a minivan.

November 7, 2014 5 comments

Walmart_Supercenter,_Ft._Worth,_TXHOUSTON. Reports have surfaced that Michaela Searfoorce was recently spotted in Friendswood, TX, four months after she went missing from New York. Searfoorce, an active wife, mother and writer, has not been seen or heard from since her sudden announcement that she was relocating to the Lone Star State, a move some declared a “publicity stunt” for her popular blog, The Foorce. However, as time passed with no word, concern grew that perhaps foul play had come into the mix.

Relief and confusion were the most commonly expressed emotions upon hearing that Searfoorce had been spotted near a gray Honda Odyssey in a Walmart parking lot, a popular hangout in the Houston area. “Michaela doesn’t do stores – she orders everything online,” a close friend commented. “A minivan? Whaaaa-? You must be mistaken,” another sputtered into her Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte.

Contradicting reports have recently come out that the woman was not in fact crying, but sweating, as she loaded groceries into said minivan while wearing an adorable, redheaded newborn, a grimace, and a slight paunch. Of course, this was in 90 degree heat with 100% humidity so either sweating or crying would have been appropriate, making it hard to tell definitively. But those close to Searfoorce remain steadfast in their opinion that “She would definitely be crying if she were driving a minivan or grocery shopping in a store with all of those kids,” and, “It’s ludicrous that you think Michaela’s actually in Texas!”

In other news, Searfoorce is rumored to be working on a new blog, slated to come out this Fall. Stay tuned for more info.

Farewell NYC, Howdy Texas

Sometimes there’s so much to say that words will only mess it all up. But you know I’ll give it a go anyway.

I wish I could tell you that there was little heartache involved with our decision to move across the country (my husband certainly would!). Today Adam looked at me from the pullout sofa in our tiny, temporary Brooklyn apartment and said, “how many minute20140623_201619s until we go back to our home?” I paused, and said “well, we’ll be in our home in a few more sleeps, after we get to Texas.” He said,”No, I mean how many minutes until we go in our old home?” I said, very carefully to my most tempestuous child, “We aren’t going back, we’re going to living in Texas now.” He replied, “Until we go back to New York.” “We are not going back to New York.” The words struck me then. My God, we were leaving New York, probably for good, in just a matter of hours. Read more…

Adaptive Water Sports For Special Needs Kids

August - September 2010 158Check out my latest article on Mommy Poppins, about the variety of amazing free and low cost water sport programs offered in and around NYC.

 

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