Ralphie Koppelman, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2, has always had difficulty communicating with strangers and hates to break his routine- but the second his mom introduced him to Pokemon GO, he became excited to take new paths for the game, and he’s been laughing, conversing, interacting, giving high fives, and making eye contact with total strangers ever since. Source Source 2 Source 3


I’m so glad I can finally post this!
(Texts are not shown so you can still buy the magazine and read about all the activities you can do. ;))

This was my first assignment that I did for American Girl in 2013 (the other one I posted, I worked on afterwards) and I loved working on it. I had to illustrate several activities that you can do during winter and the holidays,with recipes, crafting and so on for their current special holiday issue. 

Thanks to AD Dan Nordskog!


•Mommy can read a book and hold her Little Boy while he plays his video games
•Mommy can make a bed full of pillows, blankets, and stuffies invite your Little Boy to join you in a marvel movie marathon and enjoy all the snuggles
•Mommy can play hide and seek with her Little Boy
•Mommy can read a book to her Little Boy
•Mommy can help build a fort with her Little Boy
•Mommy can make a treasure hunt for her Little Boy (bonus if the prize is their favourite snacks, movies, and toy)
•Mommy can have a water fight with her Little Boy on a hot day
•Mommy can take her Little Boy to star gaze and make up names for the stars
•Mommy can have a dance party with your Little Boy


10 ways to get children thinking about science while they play from series 1 of ExpeRimental

You can watch the full videos and download worksheets and certificates for all of these activities on the ExpeRimental website.

By simply asking lots of questions and encouraging children to look closely at the world around them, you can introduce them to the wonderful world of science.

The 5th House: Hobbies

The 5th house rules over hobbies, love affairs, and your approach to children as well as what type of children you might have some day. Today I am going to share some information on hobbies. To find out your 5th house check out for a chart reading.

Aries in the 5th house: Is attracted to challenging hobbies that they can do on their own. 

Taurus in the 5th house: Is attracted to hobbies that stimulate the senses or is artistically-driven. 

Gemini in the 5th house: Has MANY hobbies, especially those that stimulate the mind/are considered “intellectual”. 

Cancer in the 5th house: Is attracted to “domestic-like” hobbies such as cooking, grilling, knitting, home-brewing, or home improvement. 

Leo in the 5th house: Is attracted to any hobbies deemed “creative”. They might have a special tie to theater.

Virgo in the 5th house: Is attracted to mentally stimulating but also self-enriching hobbies like chess, a sport, or learning a new language. 

Libra in the 5th house: Attracted to hobbies that are creative or involve group work/working with other people. 

Scorpio in the 5th house: Attracted to hobbies that involve research or show large feats like bodybuilding, tattoos, or car restoration. 

Sagittarius in the 5th house: Is attracted to outdoor hobbies or any hobby deemed “exotic” like scuba diving or martial arts. 

Capricorn in the 5th house: Attracted to hobbies that involve collecting, history/lineage, shopping, or working with their hands.         

Aquarius in the 5th house: Attracted to unusual hobbies like lock-picking, taxidermy, astrology, or extreme sports.

Pisces in the 5th house: Is attracted to any hobby that lets them express themselves

This makes total sense: When you’re engaged in an activity you truly enjoy, you’re happy. And, when you’re happy you’re not dwelling on all the negative things in life, nor are you stressed about obligations or problems. Certainly this is a good thing from an emotional point of view, but it also has physical benefits.

We know exercise reduces stress, but it turns out that more simple stationary things, like doing puzzles, painting or sewing can help, too.

Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

Photo Credit: iStockphoto

Signs When Bored
  • Aries: camping
  • Taurus: napping with a cat
  • Gemini: fandom freak out
  • Cancer: baking & sims
  • Leo: social media troll
  • Virgo: internal conversations
  • Libra: online shopping
  • Scorpio: analyzing mysteries
  • Sagittarius: making fun plans
  • Capricorn: running errands
  • Aquarius: at political protest
  • Pisces: useful arts and crafts