4 Tips For Spending Girl Time With Your Daughter

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Spending time together with our kids is essential.  My girls are not getting any younger but they are still young enough that hanging out with mom is the cooler than ice cream, and that's pretty darn cool, lol.  Needless to say, I'm taking advantage of every last moment of it because it will be gone before I know it, and I don't want to look back and wish I had spent more time with them. … [Read more...]

Read, Log, and Earn with Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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I can’t tell you how much fun we have had being part of the Power Up & Read Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.  My girls have benefited so much from the program; it’s helped to motivate them to continue reading during the summer and even have fun with it.  We’ve done several things to help keep reading fun for the girls!  One of their favorites was the reading under the stars … [Read more...]

Getting Your Kids Excited for the New School Year

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Maybe you remember what it was like. We certainly do. Two glorious months with no school to attend. Playing out in the hot sun, riding bikes, going swimming, visiting amusement parks. And of course, all of that was just the beginning. There were family vacations and trips to museums, ice cream cones and watermelon and staying up late while we waited for the sun to set. It was just so perfect! Why … [Read more...]

7 Best Apps for Children

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Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog is a great resource for mothers and those interested in some of the fun tech out there. Just when I thought I’ve seen everything, Jenn posts something new and fantastic. I highly recommend this article about headphones your children might find useful. There are beneficial apps out there for every person, be they old or young. Your children should not be excluded from the … [Read more...]

14 Activities To Encourage Kids To Play Outside

Activities To Encourage Kids To Play Outside

Playtime is important for children; it’s sad to think children are spending less time outside and more time playing video games.  Thankfully my kids don’t care for video games too much!  I mean now and then they like to sit down and play, but it’s not something they do daily, but going outside is.  However, the older Vayda gets, the less she wants to go outside because our backyard … [Read more...]

8 Tips To Help Parents Prepare for Sending Kids to College

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My oldest will be heading off to college sooner than I’d like and my nephew will be heading that direction in the next few days.  Needless to say my brother and sister-n-law have been having a hard time dealing with sending their baby off to school.  Of course they are proud of him and want to show their support, but there is also a lot of other mixed emotions – happy, sad, scared, … [Read more...]

What To Consider When Buying Infant Travel Systems.

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I have learned over my baby raising years, that when it comes to baby gear, getting two for the price of one is always the better option! I have found that infant travel systems are without a doubt the better value. If you have kids, then you know car seats and strollers are a priority during the first few years of a their life, they are among the first things parents buy for baby. This is because … [Read more...]

The ABC’s of Making Back-to-School Shopping Fun

The ABC's Making Back-to-School Shopping Fun

This post is sponsored by Target. We all want our kids to look good as they head back-to-school.  You remember how important it was to look cool for back-to-school.  Can you believe school starts back in only two weeks where we live?  Yes, the 11th the kids will head back to school and this will be Mattie’s very first day of kindergarten, Vayda will be heading to 3rd grade, Bud … [Read more...]

Vayda’s Back To School Suprise

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I'm getting Vayda a new phone for back to school thanks to my recent partnership with Total Wireless! Vayda isn’t expect her new phone until school starts, but I decided to surprise her because she has done a phenomenal job, and my husband and I are leaving town for a week, then the kids will be at my mom for a week.  Since she’s done so well, I think it’s a great time to give her the … [Read more...]

6 Benefits of Story Time with Kathleen Pelley Storytelling

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Imagination is a wonderful thing. Story time is an amazing time to spend with children. There little minds are growing and their imagination is getting even stronger. Spending time each day reading to a child is great for everyone. A child’s mind is learning all sorts of things and adults are getting a fantastic bonding experience. Cuddling up at bed time to dive into a good story isn’t the only … [Read more...]

5 Tricks to Get Your Kids Ready for Back To School

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It is definitely a busy and hectic time of year for everyone right now. It’s back to school and back to the grind. Summer isn’t quite over yet and the kids are squeezing out every bit of the summer they have left. We adults on the other hand are secretly jumping for joy at the thought of “our time” and that is perfectly normal. But, before we get ahead of ourselves and send those kids off to the … [Read more...]

Four Tips To Make Back To School Shopping Fun

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It’s that time of year again! Summer is winding down and kids and parents are all getting ready to go back to school. Shopping for school clothes and supplies can be a daunting and stressful task and can get expensive if you aren’t prepared. The trick is to not get overwhelmed and to have fun with it. I take a moment to breathe, reassess, and begin planning my shopping escapade. As parents, we all … [Read more...]

Choosing A Suitable Kids Backpack With LEGOBags.com!!

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One thing I want to say from the get go is, I'm soooo happy the folks from Legobags.com contacted me to do this LEGO Bags backpack review!!! I'll tell you, now that I know about Legobags.com, shopping for kids backpacks just got a whole lot easier!!! I can honestly say, no more fussing on where to buy or find an inexpensive, quality backpack that the kids are going to love, and that will outlast … [Read more...]

Prepare Kids For Back To School & Fit In Quality Time

Ways to Prepare Kids For Back To School & Fit In

My kids head back to school on the 11th.  Needless to say, I'm trying to spend as much time as possible with them before they head back to school while trying to get them back into their back to school routine.  The last thing I want is my kids falling asleep in class, but I also want to be sure I get to see their smiling faces as much as possible before they head back. , Truth be … [Read more...]

Celebrating Back To School With Caillou!!

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Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Surrounded by his parents, his little sister, Rosie, his grandparents and friends his age, Caillou discovers the world and just can't wait to grow up! Everything around him is an excuse to embark on exciting adventures, learn new things and have fun. … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Challenge Innovation Book Packet Giveaway

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WOW, it’s hard to believe summer is almost over.  Bud, Vayda, and Mattie will be heading back to school on the 11th, which means they need to get into gear to accomplish their summer reading goals for Scholastic.  They were doing GREAT, but like all of us they needed a little vacation.  They just got back from their weeklong vacation with my parents.  They got back this … [Read more...]

Organizing your Kids Closets: Tips and Tricks

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Some kids are terrified of their closets. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been afraid of the monster hiding in the darkness and ready to come out once we are fast asleep. With a little organization, you can show your kids that the only frightening thing in their closet is the fuzzy brown asymmetrical sweater grandma knitted after she misplaced her reading glasses. Here are some essential tips and … [Read more...]

Big Time Summer Fun With Peppa Pig!!

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For those of you who are not familiar with Peppa Pig, it's a cute, preschool British animation series, suitable for the youngest members of the household. Peppa is a lovable, cute little piglet who lives with her little brother George, Mommy Pig and Daddy Pig. The show reveals everyday situations that revolve around the kind of things preschoolers worry about such as playing and meeting new … [Read more...]

Mega Bloks & Minions….Ingenious!!!

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We absolutely love any thing that has to do with Building blocks so when we found out Mega Bloks & Minions teamed up we were excited!! I'm a stickler for education toys, play time is crucial to children, this is how they learn about growing up. Toys are the tools children use in play, we are particular about which ones we buy and don't just settle for the ones that my kids may want. … [Read more...]

Why Outdoor Play For Kids Is So Beneficial.

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Why outdoor play for kids is so beneficial is because many of the developmental tasks that children need and must have like, gross & fine motor skills, exploring, risk taking and absorbing mounds of knowledge is done and learned through outdoor play. Slowly, outdoor play is being taken away from children by way of excessive computer use, watching too much TV, parents that are too tired or busy … [Read more...]