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Kids in the Garden: Watch them Grow

Kids in the Garden: Watch them Grow

I am proud to say that I have a guest post up over on the Happy Family Blog.  It’s all about two of my favorite topics – my kids and our garden.  I would super-duper appreciate it if you would hop over and leave a comment.  Happy Family is one of our favorite organic food companies – the kids love their smoothie pouches – I freeze them and put them in their lunches, so they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Garden, Go Green, Guest Blogger, Health, Health & Fitness, Mommyhood

5 Things I Like: The Kids’ Music Edition

5 Things I Like: The Kids’ Music Edition

My kids are 5 and 7, and already I am starting to see their music tastes change, but they are still lovers of the music that we spent their preschool years listening to.  I wanted to share a list of our top five children’s music albums. From my kids to yours – enjoy! 5. Laurie Berkner – Best of the Laurie Berkner Band - We listened to a lot of different Laurie Berkner albums (we checked them … Read entire article »

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Gifts that Feel Good #3: Teaching Children to Give {giveaway}

Gifts that Feel Good #3: Teaching Children to Give {giveaway}

Teaching a child how to give is a gift that not only benefits that child, but also society as a whole. The materialistic American culture is much more about “getting” than “giving”, more about seeing what we can amass for ourselves rather than making sure others have what they need.  Giving isn’t in innate skill for most – it’s something that we need to teach, and when the concept clicks with a young one, the … Read entire article »

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What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving

What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving

  Translation: “They are having a corn and pie fight.” I am so thankful for hilarious kids, great schools, and a husband whose office scanner works: all of which made this blog post possible.  Two weeks till Turkey Day! … Read entire article »

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The Thing About Lunch…

The Thing About Lunch…

At the end of last school year, throughout the summer, and at the beginning of this school year, I had my sights set on a big project: to figure out the science behind packing school lunch. These were my goals: Eat fewer school lunches Add variety to packed lunches Make the lunch packing process easy and efficient. I spent a good amount of time gathering ideas on Pinterest, including sandwich-free lunches, setups that let the kids pack their own lunch each … Read entire article »

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5 OTHER Reasons to Volunteer with PTA

5 OTHER Reasons to Volunteer with PTA

Disclosure: I had already planned to write this blog post, and then I convinced VolunteerSpot.com to let me add the giveaway component to it. They provided me with a $50 DonorsChoose.org gift card for a separate project that I did for them, which I gifted to a classroom in another school district.  They also provided  the $50 DonorsChoose.org gift card that I’m giving away at the bottom of this post. Now that school is back in … Read entire article »

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