Tag Archives: Tricks and Tools

Baby, it’s cold outside

After years of bundling up children, searching for snow boots, losing mittens and dealing with bright red cheeks, an amazing solution was presented to me:  bring the snow indoors.  The same day a Facebook friend posted a picture of her … Continue reading

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At Casa de Phouka, Gingerbread Boys Have Canes . . .

. . . a bit of randomness to start your new year. Item the first:  Baking with a blind kid is fun.  As you can tell from the photo at left, Peanut has to get pretty close to the cookie … Continue reading

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Bonnie Bear and Mr. Gramophone

One of the best–and potentially worst–things about Netflix is the staggering array of children’s television available for streaming.  The kids have found some fantastic programs from all around the world, such as Lunar Jim and Postman Pat; rediscovered shows Efrit … Continue reading

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Playin’ with Pasta

For some reason, I started thinking about pasta recently.  Specifically, macaroni.  I remember the taste of dry macaroni as I sucked and chewed on it, putting the pasta beads on my yarn necklace in my mouth.  I remember making pasta … Continue reading

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USDE Publishes “Dear Colleague” Letter re: Braille Instruction

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, or listened to me rant in real life, you know these things: My son will be illiterate over my dead body. Braille is essential for him to be literate. People who think … Continue reading

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Tap Tap See. No, Really. Tap Tap *See*

The past few weeks, I’ve noticed people I follow on Twitter being all abuzz about an app called TapTapSee. It’s recently been updated, and they were delighted with the things the app can now do, like help identify subjects in a picture … Continue reading

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A little of this, a little of that.

It’s Spring! Finally! With the advent of warm weather, things have been mega-busy at Casa de Phouka, and I’ve admittedly fallen behind with this blog. I don’t have a specific item or locale to review for this week, so, instead, … Continue reading

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At home O&M: Pick Up Sticks

Last month, we got the mother of all snowstorms here in the Midwest.  It dumped about 2′ of snow on us in a weekend or so, and the cold, wet snow did not do good things for the 50-year-old trees … Continue reading

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Tricks and Tools: Use Your Eyesight Wisely

Recently, Fred’s Head tweeted, So, 90% or more of the tweets for #blind are about people losing their glasses or contacts — Fred’s Head from APH (@fredshead) February 18, 2013 This got me thinking:  I’m a glasses wearer, and I have … Continue reading

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Trick of the Day: Nail Polish Remover

Before having children of my own, I never would’ve thought that they would be the little bastions of disease that they are.  My darling little plague mice have gotten me yet again, so today’s post is going to be on … Continue reading

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