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In the Spotlight: Lilolu

29 Aug

If you are a mother, a lover of nature, someone who likes pretty pictures or inspiring quotes, aspiring cook, curious about frugal living and/or a non-materialistic individual who needs creative inspiration, you are going to love Lilolu’s blog.  I was immediately interested, but was sold when I saw Lissie, Florence and the Machine, and Metric at the top of her playlist.

Click here to check her out!

Here’s a sample of something interesting I learned on her blog.  She participated in National TV Turn-off Week in April and gave her readers the following facts:

Interesting Facts

  • Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by average child: 20,000
  • Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children:38.5
  • Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
  • Percentage of children ages 6-17 who have TV’s in their bedrooms: 50
  • Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
  • Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
  • Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
  • Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66

20 Things to do on National TV Turnoff Week:

  1. Read a book or magazine.
  2. Attend community concerts.
  3. Put together a puzzle.
  4. Visit the library.
  5. Listen to the radio.
  6. Plan a picnic.
  7. Go bird watching.
  8. Volunteer for a community organization or charity.
  9. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  10. Learn to cook.
  11. Plant a garden.
  12. Go camping (even if it’s in your backyard).
  13. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  14. Start a journal.
  15. Go to a museum
  16. Take a nature hike.
  17. Learn to say simple phrases in a few different languages.
  18. Bake two batches of cookies; one for your family and one for a neighbor.
  19. Watch the night sky through binoculars; identify the different constellations.  Observe the moon.
  20. Begin a family project.
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I personally don’t watch tv except for True Blood on Sunday nights (in 45 minutes, woot!) but have a hard time getting my family to turn it off as well.  I was proud when my daughter’s first grade teacher (this was two years ago), “My mommy says tv will rot your brain.”  She is obsessed with Wizards of Waverly Place anyway.  :)

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a nation-wide effort designated to a certain week – you could do this with your family any time!  I’m going to try to get my interested after I get them used to all the other household changes taking place.  Let me know if you try it out!

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