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Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Nigerian Dwarf Goats are AWESOME!
Thanks, Patti!

If you have a little land and like unusual pets, you might consider the Nigerian Dwarf Goat. They are adorable, they play well with other goats, and they give large quantities of very healthy milk all year around. Some say that this milk is healthier than cow’s milk and may even be good for people who are lactose intolerant.

However, if you want to consider this pet choice, do your homework. First, this goat needs to have a another dwarf goat as a companion. They need to have places to play and climb. That could be large pieces of tree stumps, a pile of logs, or a specially constructed ramped pedestal for them to climb.

You will want to have a shed or a place for them to be out of the rain and snow. They don’t like rain, especially. There are ways to keep them warm without heating their shelter, besides the fact that they can huddle together to keep warm. They eat hay and grain and will eat pasture grass as well as bushes and shrubs, so be careful where you let them roam. They do eat many hours a day, but this is helpful to the milk production.

Size is the reason you will chose them initially. Dwarf goats are the size of a puppy when they are young, and they grow to be the size of an adult dog. They live an average of 10-12 years. They are a good choice for being around children, and children can care for them quite easily. They are very much a playmate for a child as a dog would be. They love to play and scamper around through the grass.

If you should choose this pet, please take pictures and share them with us. We’ll post them on our website to share with other readers.

LEGO Star Wars: E for Everyone

LEGO Star Wars: E for Everyone

“The LEGO games are a lot of fun, especially for kids, and I mean, who among us isn’t a kid?”

LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game is a recreation, in LEGO form, of the Star Wars movies (this game follows Episodes I, II, and III). You play as the protagonist, and, with multiplayer, their allies. You work together fighting LEGO enemies, solving LEGO puzzles, and building LEGO creations to join together, save the princess, and defeat the Sith! If you or your child are fans of either LEGOs or Star Wars, I would make sure to get this game for them.

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A Family Read Aloud

A Family Read Aloud

Sound corny? Think again. Think about the little ones cuddled up on your lap or beside you, the older ones pretending that they’re not listening, no electronics in sight, even the dog quietly snoring nearby.

Why Should We Bother?

Besides the cuddle factor, there are many great reasons. We all want kids to read more, but we seldom take time to read ourselves. Kids will respond to you showing enthusiasm for reading and maybe look at it a little more kindly. This is one family activity that gives you time together, is enjoyable, and doesn’t cost anything. You can do it at bedtime, over breakfast, or on rainy Saturdays. As you read, often you will come across issues that are worth exploring. Is Mom too busy to pay attention to me? When this comes up in a book, this is a perfect time to stop and talk about it as a family. Many issues can be resolved that might otherwise never have been spoken about, therefore have festered in some young chest.

What Books Do We Choose?

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"Topsy" Bob's Burgers (S3 E16)

Topsy Bobs BurgersWhile Bob's Burgers may not be the first show you think of when you think "Educational" or "Promoting good moral values", but the show is more than meets the eye. Most episodes are silly and somewhat inappropriate, but a handful are really family friendly. The show is rated TV-PG, so watch this with your kids, just to be safe! This episode informs the viewer of a disturbing and true situation in the history of electricity.

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Coyote Peterson: The Educational and Kind Wilderness

Brave Wilderness's about: "The Brave Wilderness Channel is your one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters! Follow along with adventurer and animal expert Coyote Peterson and his crew as they lead you on three exciting expedition series - Breaking Trail, Dragon Tails, and Coyote's Backyard - featuring everything from Grizzly Bears and Crocodiles to Rattlesnakes and Tarantulas! Every single episode offers an opportunity to learn something new."

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The Dancing Plague / Mass Hysteria

The Dancing Plague"The year was 1374. In dozens of medieval towns scattered along the valley of the River Rhine hundreds of people were seized by an agonizing compulsion to dance. Scarcely pausing to rest or eat, they danced for hours or even days in succession. They were victims of one of the strangest afflictions in Western history. Within weeks the mania had engulfed large areas of north-eastern France and the Netherlands, and only after several months did the epidemic subside. In the following century there were only a few isolated outbreaks of compulsive dancing. Then it reappeared, explosively, in the city of Strasbourg in 1518. Chronicles indicate that it then consumed about 400 men, women and children, causing dozens of deaths (Waller, 2008)."

READ MORE: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-22/edition-7/dancing-plagues-and-mass-hysteria

How to build a portable phone charger, with batteries!

Portable Phone ChargerEver finding your phone die on you while you are out and around? Don't have the time to wait for your portable charger to charge, just to wait to charge your phone? Here is your answer! An easy guide to building a portable phone charger, in a mint case! Ultra portable and ultra efficient! I built this myself, and it is quite impressive. No technology skills necessary, but after building this you may want to expand your knowledge. Follow the guide on this link, and find out for yourself. 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineemiller/make-your-own-portable-phone-charger-from-a-mint-tin?utm_term=.qr4bVNrZZw#.tjGbw3vNNO
Though I am not crazy about BuzzFeed's sexist articles and attitude, this guide is very useful.