Throw Back Thursday: The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus was an animated children’s television show that was based of a book series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Begen. The TV show premiered in 1994 and it was pretty much a fun way to learn about science.

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The Magic School Bus took place at a school and on their bus. Their teacher, Ms. Frizzle, took her kids Ralphie Tennelli, Carlos Ramon, Phoebe Terese, Kessha Franklin, Tim Jamal, Dorothy Ann, Janet Perlstein, Wanda Li, and Arnold Matthew Perlstein on science adventures!

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The show talks about a 100 different things so you can’t just pick one, it was 100% a great way to learn about science; I have friends who knew stuff before they were taught it in school all because they watched The Magic School Bus!

I loved this show, so check it out on YouTube if you real like watching more and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

Throw Back Thursday: Barney & Friends

Barney & Friends was an American television series that featured a purple Tyrannosaurus Rex who conveys educational messages through songs and small dance routines. The first episode aired April 6th, 1992, says Wikipedia.

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Barney was the main character that everyone knew and loved when they were kids, when they turned into a teenager we all started to think he was pretty creepy.

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(Barney)

Baby Bop is a three year old green Triceratops, she wears a pink bow while always carrying a yellow security blanket.

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(Baby Bop)

B.J is the big brother to Baby Bop, he is a seven year old Protoceratops that always wears a red baseball cap and red sneakers. Why B.J is a different dinosaur is beyond me but we didn’t know what as kids.

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(B.J)

Riff was an orange six year old Protoceratops who wears green sneakers.

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(Riff)

Each dinosaur had their own songs and interest that taught kids ages 1 to 8 years old.

Now I don’t personally remember watching this as a kid but my mum tells me I loved this show and would watch it all the time.

Let me know if you watched this show or if you had kids that watched it!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

(All pictures taken from Google, Info from Wikipedia Barney and Friends page)

Throw Back Thursday: Bill Nye the Science Guy

I believe I speak for every student, past and present, when you walked into science class and saw that huge TV you knew it was going to be a great class. It could go two ways, (a) a really boring movie that you probably never paid any attention to or (b) the awesome Bill Nye the Science Guy!

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Bill Nye the Science Guy was an educational show that focused on all things science. Each teacher always made a worksheet that had questions you needed to look for as you watched, the best part was that all the questions were in order so you just went along and wrote.
Bill Nye made whatever topic he was talking about interesting and easy to understand.

The Show was only 30 mins long and had a great theme song that got stuck in your head. For the rest of the day you’d be saying, “Bill, Bill, Bill!” It was fun though!

Well that’s all folks! Let me know if you liked these shows in class and if so which one was your favourite?

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Throw Back Thursday: Etch-A-Sketch

Etch-A-Sketch was/is a mechanical toy that uses a stylus to displace aluminum powder on the back of its screen; that powder leaves a solid line, according to Wikipedia. To erase the picture/line all you had to do was shake it or turn it upside down and boom, there you have a blank screen.

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Now it was created in the 60’s so I wouldn’t call it a 90’s toy but it has been doing on strong enough that all these kids from 1960 to 2015 remember this awesome toy.

The best part about this toy was that it lasted a life time and no one was ever good at drawing on it. Now and days there’s people who make epic pictures on it but when you were a kid you pretty much made box pictures!

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(Your typical box drawing that I would of done as a kid)

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(Example of now and days awesome drawings people can do)

It was kind of hard to use as a child because one knob (left) moved the stylus horizontally and the right knob moved it vertically; it definitely took some skill.

This toy was amazing no matter how hard it was and it’s still amazing to this day. Let me know if you had one and what your favourite memory of it was!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

(All pictures taken from Google)

Throw Back Thursday: Easy Bake Oven

The Easy Bake Oven has been around for quite awhile and is still going strong to this day. All it was was a small oven that came with cake mix and small round pans back in the day and now it’s grown into bigger and better things!

The one I had was a big different than what it is now, it was a picture of on oven on the front, one side you put the pan in with the cake mix and the freshly baked cake would come out the other side; all you had to do was add water and you were a great little baker!

easy-bake-ovenThe one now and days is pretty much the same concept it just looks different and it can cook a lot more than just cakes.

They have so many different products you can buy just for this one oven, it has oven pan refills and different types of pans, and even a decorating pen. They make so many different foods now such as, red velvet cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, mini whoopie pies, strawberry cakes, cake pops, pretzels, cheese pizza, sugar cookies and mix party dippers! Now that’s a step up!

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This toy was pretty awesome in the 90’s the only problem was when you ran out of the mix and your parents wouldn’t buy you the refills! Maybe I would be more of a baker if I used this more or maybe not but it was still different and fun!

Let me know if you had the old style Easy Bake Oven or if you know any kids that have the new version and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

(All pictures taken from Google.)

The Can’t Cook Trails: Baked Potato Soup

This recipe isn’t from the The Can’t Cook Book, it’s from a book I’ve had for a long time and love; it’s called Teens Cook: What to Cook What you Want to Eat by Megan and Jill Carle with Judi Carle.

I love this book because as most of you know I can not cook. I’ve never be interested in it but I’m 23 and I need to learn how to cook for myself and for my boyfriend.

I’ve made this baked potato soup before but my sister was with me to help and guide me, this time I am home alone and craving this soup so I’m going for it. The first step calls for you to wash the potatoes and stab with a fork multiply times, simple enough! Now the potatoes have to cook in the oven at 375 degrees F for 45 mins.

Fast track to that being done…

Now the next step is to let the potatoes cool and to peel them, I didn’t really have time for that because I was hungry! So I peeled them with oven mitts on and started the pot with the milk, flour and butter. Things are starting to roll! The next step was the easiest, you cut up the potatoes and add it to the pot and let it good for a couple more minutes!

The last step to this is to grate some cheese and cook some bacon, done! You;re suppose to use cheddar cheese but I didn’t have any so mozzarella cheese was used!  The best step to come in to put it in the bowl, top it with cheese and the bacon and eat it!

This is the final product….

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It tastes great, taste a lot like potatoes, you could only imagine!

Let me know what you think of the soup or if you want I can post the recipe!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Throw Back Thursday: The Big Comfy Couch

Every young girl in the 90’s watched this show when it came out in 1992, now I was born in 1991 so it was a couple of years before I started watching it, but I still was in love with it.

There was a girl named Loonette and she had her doll friend named Molly, they both had a HUGE couch they sat on every day. It was a show that did storytelling, songs and dance and it was the best.

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The best part of the show was when Loonette did her Clock Work Stretch! The stretch was her laying on a matt that looked like a clock and she would almost do yoga and some rolling around on it. Every little girl tried to do this on the floor and it seemed impossible when we were younger. It was truly the best.

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There was a lot of other characters in the 25 min long show depending on what was going on, this show use to teach kids about all different thing in life without them even knowing. For example in this episode….

Of course every show sold toys that related to them, I have the Loonette dolly still to this day. Her face is hard plastic and the body part is normal stuff toy material. You could also get Molly and the couch I believe!

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Well that was one of my favourite shows when I was a kid, let me know if you watched it or what you think of it now if it’s the first time you’re watching it.

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

(All pictures taken from Google)

Little Miss Baker: I attempt to bake!

I know I haven’t done much this year so far, I mostly blame that on the weather still being cold here and the fact that life gets in the way. Lately I have been attempting new things though and I’m quite proud of them, that thing is baking.

February and April there’s birthdays I have in my close family and I wanted to make cakes for them (not to mention they asked me to make them cakes!) The first one was my boyfriend’s cake, one day he just randomly said, “I want a KitKat cake.” I went to Pinterest, found the cake and asked him if this is what he wanted. Of course it was so I started out for this adventure.

The cake was pretty simple to make I was just stressing out because I’m not the best baker in the world and I wanted it to turn out well! The items that I used are:

  • two 8 inch cake pans
  • 1 cake mix box
  • 2 long KitKat packages
  • 1 box of Smarties
  • 1 piece of ribbon

Here’s the link I used to help me make my cake http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/11/02/kit-kat-birthday-cake-and-a-recipe-girl-cookbook-deal/ for the most part I just looked at the pictures and did my own thing at home. That’s how easy this cake was.

Of course I took pictures of my finally product so here it is!

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Not too bad eh?

Now for the second cake that one was a little bit harder, my sister wanted to same cake as my boyfriend’s but I told her no. I went to Pinterest again and found another idea. I thought this one was going to be easy and it was until I got to the icing part.

This cake is called a Surprise cake, that’s what I pretty much called it because there’s a surprise in the middle. The things I used in these cake was:

  • two 9 inch cake pans
  • 1 icing spatula
  • 2 boxes of cake mix
  • 2 containers of icing
  • 1 bags of Cadbury mini eggs
  • 2 icing bags
  • food colouring

The baking part of this cake is really easy, you think it would be hard but it wasn’t, even putting the candy on the inside wasn’t hard. Here’s the link that I used for the cake http://thissillygirlslife.com/2014/09/surprise-inside-pinata-cake/

The icing part was a pain in the butt, I don’t know why I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but boy oh boy was I wrong. Here’s the website that I got the idea from http://thecakeblog.com/2013/07/diy-rainbow-petal-cake.html
I wanted more info on how to do these petal cake so I looked at some more and found this YouTube link

I only wanted to do two colours so once again I went to Pinterest and found this

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If you click on it it will get bigger, this thing was amazing, the colours matched perfectly!

Here is the finished product for my second cake!

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And there you have it! Let me know what you think of the cakes I made. I sure hope I am able to make more to post them for you!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Throw Back Thursday: Jurassic Park

“During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows it’s dinosaur exhibit to run amok.” says IMDb on their Jurassic Park page.

This movie was just plain bada**, excuse the language, but it’s the truth. This was my favourite movie when I was a child and my favourite part was when the guy gets eaten off the toilet by a dinosaur.

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Just picture a four year old with long, curly hair watching a man get eaten by a dinosaur, then yelling, “Again! Again!” My mum would rewind the VHS, yes VHS, then watch it all over again with a huge smile on my face.

Right now there’s three movies, Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Jurassic Park III (2001). There’s a fourth one coming out this June 2015 – Jurassic World. I’m pumped and everyone who grew up with these movies is pumped. Now I’m not going to tell you about these movies because I want you to go watch them for yourselves! Once you guys have, let me know in the comments what you thought!

Trust me on this one, these movies are awesome!

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

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2015: My New Year’s Resolution

Welcome to 2015! It has been off to a great start for me and I hope it has been for you as well.

For years I haven’t made any resolution but now that I’m getting older I really need to be making realistic goals for myself. I know I have The 2015 List but those are just fun things I want to do throughout the year, here I’m going to make a small list of the things I want to improve in myself.

1. Eat healthy. I don’t mean by going on a full on diet that never works because the word “diet” means a temporary change. What I mean about eating healthy is not worrying about calories, just eating healthy foods and feeling great inside and out. Also a little add on to eating healthy, I want to add in that I want to drink more water. 

2. Cut out pop. I don’t drink that much pop to begin with but it’s something no one should have. It’s full of sugar, bad for your teeth and your body. It will be hard because pop is an addiction because of what’s in it but I’m sure I can at least cut it down some more.

3. Be more positive. I do have to admit I do find myself being more negative than positive and that’s something I want to change. I just want to see the positive side of things and stop worrying as much, now that doesn’t mean not caring but a way to have less stress.

4. See my Dad once a month. If you have read my blog you may know that my Dad lives 45 mins away and I don’t have a car, which makes it hard to go see him especially with work mixed into it. I just want to see my dad more often and making a goal of going up to see him once a month is a great way to do that, I mean in my opinion.

5. Get organised.  I have a great deal of stuff crammed into my small room, most of it is stuff I need and use but it’s just not organised. I actually already started this today because having a clean room, to me, is less stressful. Start with getting rid of clothes, throwing out things I don’t need or use anymore, and organizing the items I do need to keep and use.

6. Stop procrastinating, just do it! This is a bad habit of mine and I’m sure many other people have this problem too, we all wait to the last minute. I did it all throughout high school and my days now. I need to time manage better and get things done on time but in a timely manner with my 100% effort, not last minute crap. The just do it part is a way of saying go do the things you wanted to do, if you’ve wanted to travel to somewhere new, just do it. If you wanted to buy a car, work your ass off and just do it!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.