HTGYG Show #151: Nerdy with Children? Here’s a site for you!

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This episode, I’ve got a great interview with David Gorcey and Nick Veneris from  Nerdy with Children, a cool website where you can find all kinds of great nerdy/geeky items for your kids and family, and a great forum for parents. They spend 10+ hours a day finding the cool stuff on the web just for us nerdy parents, so we can spend more time with our kids!

Also, check out the great post here by our contributor Laith Preston about the Comet Pan-STARRS, a very cool astronomical event happening RIGHT NOW (March 11-13)! You can take your kids outside and view this comet with the naked eye, so check out how!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

HTGYG Show #148: Twelve Days of Christmas Day 13: Self-expression!

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I’ve been recommending a great geeky gift for your kids for the first 12 days of Christmas, and since I started a day early, this is your baker’s dozen bonus!And for this last entry in our gift guide, I go a little outside the box and discuss ways that you can give your child the gift of being able to express themselves.

Help your child by finding the way that they want to express themselves, be it art, music, writing, movie-making or podcasting! Give them the simple tools and let them be creative! Be it crayons and paper or Garageband and a microphone, help your child find out how they want to express themselves, and give them the outlet for that creativity!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

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Theme music: Alien for Christmas cover by IFightDragons

HTGYG Show #121: Jimi & Isaac, School Project Materials and Having a Good Craft Closet!

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In this episode, the first thing I do is review the new book by Phil Rink – Jimi & Isaac 1a: School Soccer. This book is a wonderful story of how trying something new and changing up habits is a good thing which can lead you to discovering talents you didn’t know you had! You can pick it up here at Amazon – please support independent authors that you like! Thanks to Phil for the book, and we look forward to more in this fun series, aimed at upper elementary and middle schoolers.

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Air-dry clay, cardboard, acrylic craft paints and printed pictures

Then I discuss two different topics that work well together – supplies for school projects and having lots of craft supplies for cold, dreary afternoons with bored kids. I list basic supplies to have on hand that are good for all ages, and then talk about how we’ve used some more advanced supplies in craft projects and how that can be helpful for those school dioramas and models. Check out these pics for some of the projects I mention.

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Geronimo Stilton puppet made from polymer clay, pipe cleaners, construction paper, tape and a wooden dowel

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Polymer clay organelles in a glycerin soap cell model

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

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HTGYG Show #116: Halloween Fun: Costumes, Makeup and Pumpkins!

In this episode, I share some ideas for Halloween costumes, makup tips, including a great intro makeup voicemail from our friend and makeup artist Lizzie, and some cool pumpkin ideas. We got some great ideas, including no-sew and last minute options here at Family Fun magazine, and some fun geeky costume ideas using boxes here. There are also some fun ideas here at Costume Idea Zone

Here are a few links to some cool pumpkin videos, including a steampunk jack-o-lantern how-to and some freaky falling and smashing pumpkins below!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

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Film was made by Devin Graham, with music by Stephen J. Anderson

HTGYG Show #104: Summer Sports & Activites, and Disaster Prep

In this episode, I talk about our plans for sports and activities to get us off the computers and out of the house during the summer – mostly SWIM TEAM!!! I encourage all of you to find some great activities that your kid enjoys to try and to get them out of the house!

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Also, last week I discussed the new CDC promotion for disaster preparedness. What do you need in your disaster kit?

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And in honor of Geek Pride Day, check out this supershort story inspired by The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, written by Kreg Steppe and brought to you by the Technorama Podcast at Chuckchat.com. You guys rock!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

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HTGYG Show #93: Why Cooking With Your Kids Is Important!

While still recovering from the Snowpocalypse here in ATL, I wanted to give your guys my thoughts on cooking with your kids. Not only is it a skill that everyone needs, it also gives you an opportunity to teach math, science, history, culture and good old common sense about how the world works, while also giving you a great experience with your kids. Here are some great references for cooking information to help your adventure! ( I referenced the Betty Crocker cookbook in the podcast, but I actually meant the Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook pictured here!)

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Alton Brown’s Good Eats, on the Food Network

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The Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at  (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts.  And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

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HTGYG Show #91: Handmade Gifts, Charities, and Spending Time with your Family!

This week, we discuss making handmade gifts, remembering charities and spending time with your family during this holiday season. I also remind everyone to get your flu vaccines, and Gary calls in to discuss all of these topics.

Don’t forget our first contest giveaway! Our friend Tabitha Grace Smith, from the BTL Studios podcasts, has written her first children’s book in the “Machu & Jack” series, called “Jack the Kitten is Very Brave,” and is offering a free copy to one of our listeners!  This story is based on her real-life cats, who were both rescued kittens, and it tells the story of Jack’s fear of water, and how imagination and fun helped him get over his fears (and it has pirates!).

You can enter to win this by emailing your name, Twitter name (if you have one), and email address to: howtogrowyourgeek at gmail.com, with “Jack the Kitten” in the subject line! You may enter once per day, until midnight EST on Dec 30! I’ll pick a winner out of the hat on Dec. 31, and notify you via email and Twitter, and here on the site, and then Tabitha will send you out your very own copy! U.S. or Canadian Shipping only – sorry! You can also visit Jack’s Facebook page, and find cool Jack merchandise at Zazzle!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my NEW voicemail number at  (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts.  And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

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HTGYG Show #74: Soapy Goodness!

In this episode, we tell you our soap-making adventure, inspired by  Geeky Clean, and recommend this as a great easy craft! Here are some pictures of our starting kit and our lovely results! The kids had a blast, and can’t wait to do it again!

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Next, we have a voicemail from Mark with the Tickle Me Plant Company, presenting his great product for kids and plant lovers of all ages. I am familiar with these plants, and think that they are very cool and interesting, especially for kids!  Then, Doug from Alaska calls in to tell us what he thinks kids are good for, and I agree!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek – at-gmail -dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309   and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

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HTGYG Show #71: Gardening, Tye-dying, and Voicemails

This week I present a couple of cool activities you can do with your kids – tye-dyed t-shirts made easy (see pictures for example and the dye used, SEI TumbleDye, which I got at Hobby Lobby ), and gardening in a pot or a spot! Then we have some voicemails from Gary about Legos and Tim about games and the Nintendo Power Glove. Finally, Wyatt calls in again to give us another Xbox Live update!

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Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek – at-gmail -dot-com, or call my voicemail number at 206-202-7309  and leave your thoughts. You can also visit our forum at the Farpoint Forums. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at SusietheGeek or the show at HowToGrowGeek!

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Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

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Cheap Summer Activity – Build a Fairy House!

Here is a great, cheap, eco-friendly activity to do outside with the kids. Head out to the backyard or to the woods, pick up some sticks, big leaves, moss, and whatever other natural materials you can find, and fashion them into a small structure at the base of the tree. You can leave some seeds or berries inside as food. Small animals will explore them, and you can visit them to see how long they last, and make up stories about the imaginary creatures that might live there.

You can also make little fairy houses inside to play with more permenantly, using shoe boxes, cardboard or other recycled supplies, and decorate it with construction paper. You could even make little fairies out of clay or yarn to live in them. Just be sure to keep these kind inside, and only use the ones you make out of the natural materials outside, so it won’t litter.

Here is a link to more info, but use your imagination to create your own!

What is a Fairy House?