Good-Bye, Batman. Hello, Alligators & Crocodiles!

Good-bye Batman. Hello, Alligators & Crocodiles.     I knew our son would pass through the Chronically-Caped Super Hero Pajama & Mask Phase one day.       I didn’t know that his obsession would transfer to all things Crocodilian in all their predatory, scaly, swampy, toothy glory.   That is CHUBIDO.   Our son […]

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I Spy With My Little Eye…Five Baby Alligators!

We live in a small place. Google says we have no zoo. Some of us used to go to PETCO to look at fish and parakeets to expose our kids to exotic animals. But, we don’t have to do that. We do have a place full of wild animals that delight our children. My kids […]

It’s Christmas In July With Tipsy Elves!

  Christmas In July With Tipsy Elves! I was seriously excited to get my first Tipsy Elves products this Summer!  As an avid Shark Tank fan, one of my very favorite episodes is the one featuring this cool start-up.  I especially loved following their journey with Robert Herjavec on an episode of Beyond The Tank.  Definitely check those episodes […]

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A Nature Explorer Bedroom For Kids!

A Nature Explorer Bedroom For Kids For The Little Ones Who Love Nature & Adventure…   We recently moved into a new home and left our son’s bunk bed in Texas. In the midst of packing and unpacking, we still haven’t had time to go out and find a new one, but after looking around, […]

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There Once Was A Gator Named Tasha….

  The first thing our son asks when we pick him up from school is, “CAN WE GO SEE TASHA???!!!”   “Tasha” is an American Alligator who lives in a pond at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center (LBVESC). He is the most territorial and is the largest gator in Laredo’s Alligator Alley. There […]

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Buying Only The Necessary On A Budget…Like THIS Thing.

We returned from our fantastic Summer vacation with a commitment to slash spending. We are going to buy only the necessary on a budget. We had a lot of fun visiting bays and beaches, ancient caverns and zoos, aquariums and aquatic parks, children’s museums and aviation museums, and alligator farms…and more alligator farms.   Did […]

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Color Twelve Stars, Kiss Away A Tear: Math With Kids

  Oh, Summer Has Been Fun.   We’ve been traveling and doing a ton of playing while trying to do some educational “bridging” exercises. The tug of actvities can make it tough to keep school prep a priority to avoid massive cerebral purges over Summer Vacation. We moms await the new school year with a […]

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Humor, Art, Learning, Play & More!

  Looking For Something Specific?   Check The Search Box In The Margin!   Here are the archives for the main writing themes you’ll find in the Critters And Crayons Blog….   Alligators & Crocodiles   Arts, Crafts, & Play   Blogging   Charity   Cooking, Baking & Food   DIY   Education & Montessori […]

Memorial Day In Laredo: A Visit to the Hispanic Medal of Honor Monument

  We went to the Hispanic Medal of Honor Monument today to pay our respects and learn a little on this Memorial Day.  I had not realized that we’ve passed by the monument several times on our way downtown.  Positioned on the corner, behind a bank, of Matamoros and San Dario, it almost blends with […]

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To Honor The Fallen…

“We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields.” John McRae (1919) It can be easy for us to get caught up in the festivals, sales and anticipated day’s off that we now associate with Memorial Day.  Like many […]