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Hiya Monkeys,

[If you don't want to read my update and want to get straight to the monkey PROJECT madness, skip to SUPPLIES in middle of this post. No feelings hurt. I respect your precious time. BUT if you are a wee-bit curious, read the next bit.]

All right, I’ve had a few inquiries about the monkeys and our Net hiatus this year. I appreciate the warm encouraging words and requests for MORE monkey togetherness projects from this ummm rather quiet blog, so for YOU and the lovely children in your life, I am recommitting to Monkey Chi and shall be sharing some more fun, colorful, and nature-infused ideas in the months to come.

Not to bore you too many details regarding my hiatus, but I MUST share a little because it’s been an amazing year of action and growth AND support from the Raleigh/Wake Forest/Apex communities. I’m SOOO grateful! This year I activated my own monkey CHI creative powers and started a little program called Creative GIRL, offering playshops and retreats for girls and women, supporting personal creativity and self and community acts of kindness.

In 2014 I aspire to get non-profit status and hope that in addition to working with girls in my daughters’ school, I’ll also be working with economically-limited girls in my community.  (Ok, a bit of a plug, but we’ll need business sponsors and I’ll need a lawyer. If you are interested please email me. I need all the help I can get to help as many girls as I can.)

My new aspirations have left me little-to-no-time to reflect on the togetherness prosonshine_monkeychi2jects my family tries to fit in, let alone to post here. BUT this too is shifting. Regrouping and shuffling and I hope to be posting more often, esp. when my heart has something unique to share. There are thousands of AMAZING blogs out there for family crafts and creativity and I’ll be sharing a page with many links for your perusal, but my site is a little different intention. (If you are ONE SUCH blog author, email me as I’m starting a list of blogs and would love to include your.) The projects I personally share try to align with the creativity, presence, Earth, conservation, reusing stuff, and sharing original ideas.

SOOOooooo, it’s in this energy that I’m about to share our latest Togetherness Project, an idea I’ve not seen out there. Twinkle and Sonshine helped me with this one. This activity will put the kids to WORK and they will have so much fun, they won’t even realize that thanks to ME and this monkey toot– you shall have clean toilet bowls! EeeeeeeeEEEE!

Supplies
baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
assorted food coloring, a small separate bowl for each color. (Add a little water so there is enough to get into a dropper.)
large baking tray with sides, or tub
dropper or straws
(for later you’ll need distilled white vinegar)

This post is dedicated to all the Mamas and Papas out there, who –like ME–have renounced daily toilet bowl cleaning to spend more time WITH kids.

Spread baking soda (BS for short)in aarttoilet_monkeychi2013 thin-ish layer across the baking tray, so you can’t see the bottom.

Give your monkeys a dropper or straw. For dropper, they’ll just simply squeeze and fill bulb with color, then drop all over the BS, to make a picture. (If using a straw, they can fill by placing the end of straw in the bottom of the bowl and placing a finger over the top of straw to catch the liquid.) Carry it over to the BS and release.

Play with your monkey and experiment dropping the colors on top of each other in the BS.

When finished, take all the BS and put it in a bag with a 1/2 cup measure. Monkey will then put BS in the toilet (ok, I’m starting to get giggles about all the BS flying in this post… toiletart_monkeychiLOL!). Following the BS, and using a different 1/2 cup measure. monkey will add about 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the toilet. There WILL BE a mini volcano bubbling in your toilet. Those bubbles are cleaning and germifying your commode, while your monkey deeeeEEEEEeeeelights! Get the toilet bowl scrubber out and this concoction will offer light abrasive friction, adding to the cleanability of this project.

Simple, yes? Fun? EeEeEEEEeeee! Yes! Science experiment like, yes, happy MONKEYS? Yes! and even more awesome, CLEAN TOILETS wtihout all those dangerous, nasty bad-for-the-frog chemicals.

Ok, ok, I know … YOU (and the frogs) want to thank me, right?! To that I say “Don’t mention it” but actually I mean … DO MENTION IT!!!! to everyone you know! Please help us add to the monkey fanbase: Follow and Share Monkey Chi on Pinterest and Monkeys on Facebook. PINney and LIKEy.

But most importantly, get off the computer and enjoy those little monkeys now. Science has proven that time is speeding up.

love, blushing & flushing,
becky & the monks

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Final Week (four) Monkey Chi Rice and Thought Experiment

Here is the final looksy* at our jars of rice. This week we noticed the most dramatic visual changes. The rice has shrunk in size and in jars #2 and #3 the rice and water have separated even more than last week.

We’ve had friends from around the world sending thoughts to our rice: Thinkers from United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, New Zealand and Lithuania. (We are sending you lots of love as we think and talk about the people and places we are hearing from.) If I missed your country, please email me or post a comment on our Web site so we can give a shout out to you too!

We hope to shoot our final Ta-Dah-Big-Reveal video this weekend, to be shared with you as soon as it’s edited and uploaded by our dear friend and talented videographer, Adrienne Drum. (Here are linkies to Monkey Chi Rice Experiment video she created for us on Vimeo or YouTube .)

Our intention for this togetherness project is for our experiment to be a catalyst for conversation in your own home, about the power our words and thoughts have on ourselves, each other and our world.

Have you talked about the power of thinking? The power of words? Had any crazy conversations about our rice? We’d love to hear from you. (Comment below on our site.)

It’s not too late to join in our final week. Simply send two thoughts a day to our jars: one positive happy thought to the “I love You” jar, one negative yucky thought to the “You are Gross” jar. (Ignore that other one completely.)

The more the Monkeyer

Oh, and if you share the experiment with your friends via Facebook or email etc., let me know and I’ll enter you  into our drawing to win Monkey Chi Fun including a DIY paint kit, and hide and EeeEeeEeek Monkey game, and other monkey surprises. EeEeEeEe!

Happy thinking,
Becky Jaine and the Monkeys

P.S. The photo is slightly different from previous weeks due to technical changes. I wanted to post photo yesterday, but my computer died and I had to move to a new system and navigate Adobe Photoshop (for the first time) to create this image. TMI? :O)

WEEK Three: Monkey Chi Rice Experiment

As we turn the bend and enter the third week of our 30-day Rice Experiment, here are two snaps of our rice–one front shot, one back shot  (taken today). Click on them to enlarge.

I was really surprised by today’s pictures. If you compare them to Week One and Week Two images, the rice levels look much lower. The rice is discoloring, and that jar-that-we-don’t-think-about-that-we-call #3 seems to be separating and decomposing faster than the other two.

I promise we have not done anything physical to the rice. Even though the jars are in our living room, we barely even look at them. They have remained in the same exact spot, tightly sealed, and the only time I have touched them is to rotate them for photos.

We have a few families who have their own Rice experiments going on with us. My friend Julie commented last week that when her children have a disagreeable moment in their home, they now say “take it to the negative rice”, and “we need to work harder on the positive one”. I LOVE that! Children are so amazing and naturally perceptive.

Our intention for this togetherness project is for our experiment to be a catalyst for conversation in your own home, about the power our words and thoughts have on ourselves, each other and our world.

Have you talked about the power of thinking? The power of words? Had any crazy conversations about our rice? We’d love to hear from you. (Comment below on our site.)

Oooh, and in case you’re just joining us here are linkies to Monkey Chi Rice Experiment video on Vimeo or YouTube  for the full scoop.

It’s not too late to play along with us. For the next two weeks send two thoughts a day to our jars: one positive happy thought to the “I love You” jar, one negative yucky thought to the “You are Gross” jar. (Ignore that other one completely.)

If you like send a message to the rice by posting a comment on our Web site. (Remember this is a family site, Uncle Ron.)

The more the Monkeyer

If you share the experiment with your friends via Facebook or email etc., let me know and I’ll enter you  into our drawing to win Monkey Chi Fun including a DIY paint kit, and hide and EeeEeeEeek Monkey game, and other monkey surprises. EeEeEeEe!

Happy thoughts of you,
Becky Jaine and the Monkeys