Rebecca Gardner (Street Articles Author)

I am a stay at home mom with 6 kids: 5 boys and 1 girl. Currently, 3 of them are home schooling with the 4th starting in the fall- I rarely miss a "light bulb" moment when my children finally understand something they were struggling to process. I volunteer as a Webelos scout leader, though none of my sons is currently working toward that rank. As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time doing things for my family.

I enjoy cooking, baking, and barbequing, but decided I needed a creative outlet and have always wanted to write. Someday, I hope to write a book or regularly write articles in a respected magazine. In the mean time, I have created a blog, Randomly Creative Corner to develop these talents and as a stepping stone toward my goal. I also blog on Becky's Work at Home Mom Blog, where I blog about some of my online work experience.

My past work experiences include working at 2 middle schools with special needs children, working as a lab technician for a well known food company, working for a national company (from my basement) whose clients were newspaper and magazine companies that needed people like me to make phone calls to reinstate canceled newspaper/magazine subscriptions, and I worked in the media center at one of the colleges I attended. In high school, I was the treasurer for student council for 1 1/2 years as well as the library aid for one school year.

I live in Colorado, but hate downhill skiing. I prefer cross country skiing and can do that when there is a good snow storm without traveling more than 10 miles because there are great trails nearby. I enjoy speed walking and running without the kids, plus hiking with the family. My friend has challenged me to join her in a race later this year- it will be my first as an adult.

Chunky Monkey Brownies
I always like to cook, especially dessert. One of my favorite recipes is brownies. I've cooked them countless times and feel that I have mastered the art of making brownies using a recipe. One day, I had an important event that I was supposed to bring a dessert. I was…
By:  in  Food and Drink  >  Chocolate   Jul 22, 2013  
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Help Hurricane Survivors
Hurricane Sandy disrupted the lives of many citizens of the United States. Many have been without power for more than 12 days. The holidays are here. People in unaffected areas are planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most have less money than they'd hoped for at this time of year. They…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Weather   Nov 11, 2012  
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Barton Reading And Spelling Review
The Barton Reading and Spelling System is a multi-sensory program that was originally designed for adults who struggled with reading and spelling, often due to dyslexia. Then, Susan Barton, the author of this Orton Gillingham influenced curriculum, adapted the program to suit both adults and children. People who use the…
By:  in  Book Reviews  >  Home School Curriculum   Jun 11, 2012  
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Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
My family enjoys bananas quite a bit. Even though we are pretty good at eating them all, there are times when a few get so ripe that no one will touch them. This is the perfect time to make banana bread. Tips Eggs: This recipe also works for me because…
By:  in  Food and Drink  >  Recipes   Apr 28, 2012  
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Health Benefits Of Oatmeal
My kids will tell you that family eats a lot of oatmeal. I purchase it in 25 pound bags at a bulk club store because it is so inexpensive. Since we are eating so much of it, I decided it was high time that I find out how oatmeal is…
By:  in  Food and Drink   Apr 28, 2012  
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Family Movie Night
Sunday Nights are set aside as family movie nights. Each Sunday, we watch movies from Walt Disney, classic movies, and other uplifting movies. Family time can be really hard to set up on a regular basis. Even when the family is under one roof, we may be scattered through out…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Entertaining   Apr 28, 2012  
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Online Math Games And Resources Help Kids Remember What They Learned In School
At the beginning of every summer, many parents look for ways to help their children retain what they learned during the school year. In the past, people had to buy materials or create their own. Today, we have the internet that is chock full of resources. If you look hard…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Home Schooling   Apr 27, 2012  
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How to Exercise And Home School
If you are a busy home school family, you may wonder how to exercise and home school. The average person has a hard time making exercising part of their routine. Homeschooling families sometimes are so busy trying to make sure that they hit all their academic and social goals that…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Home Schooling   Apr 19, 2012  
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How to Make Your Own Boomerang
One really wonderful thing about my kids is that they keep me hopping. My 7 year old son recently became fascinated with boomerangs. He has made several out of paper. He uses several layers of paper with either glue or tape as his adhesive. His designs are improving with each…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   Apr 15, 2012  
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104 Days Until the Olympics
Last month, the International Olympic Committee visited the Olympic campus in London for the final inspection before the Olympics. The committee declared London ready to receive the world's most talented athletes. At the time of their visit, there were 119 days to go. Now, there are only 104 days. How…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Olympics   Apr 13, 2012  
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