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Summer Learning Program & Treasure Hunt

This is a partnered post with Brain Chase. As always, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own. It's already March and that means the countdown to summer is on. The kids usually don't start their countdowns until May, but I start mine the week after spring break. After spending the week going at a leisurely pace and doing whatever it is we … [Read more...]

5 Fitness Tips for Kids

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Our Christmas vacation was truly magical this year. Everyone was moderately healthy (an accomplishment for us), the kids were gracious and grateful, and I baked like crazy. Cookies, brownies and cakes for days... But, oh, that television. I feel like it was on non-stop for … [Read more...]

Kids, Chaos & Caffeine

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. My children head back to school on Monday. To be perfectly honest, I'm an emotional wreck. I don't know whether to be happy that I'll have a silent home again during the day or be devastated that I'll have a silent home again during the day. I'm usually not this … [Read more...]

5 Ways I’m Speeding Up Our Morning Routine

I get up before the roosters start crowing each morning. As the school year was concluding this past June, my alarm was set for 4:45 and I was still rushing to get out of the door on time. Trying to get myself and three children ready for the day was just taking me too long. By the time the school bell rang at 8:00 AM, I was exhausted. Now that … [Read more...]

Finding Teachable Moments in the Every Day

This past weekend we did something we've never done before. In an effort to see more of the natural beauty in and around our home, we decided to visit a local state park. We invited my mom and dad, along with my brother and his family, and we headed out not knowing what to expect. On our way to the park, we passed a huge statue of Sam Houston. We … [Read more...]

A Unique Way to Support the Children within Your Community

This post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while giving back to schools in need. Click here to learn more about Schoola. Click here to see what people are saying. The need for feeling of worth and of value is naturally a part of many of us. We want to feel needed and we want to contribute to a bigger … [Read more...]

How to Be Successful Pumping at Work

This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are those of the writer. National Cheesecake Day, National Sisters Day -- these are two days that I’m happy to celebrate. But when something gets an entire week, you know it must be important. August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and it falls at the same time I’m preparing to go … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Build Back to School Excitement

I counted down the days until summer vacation, just like my students did.  But now that summer is coming to an end, is anyone anxiously awaiting the return of school?  Not so much.  For me as a teacher, summer ending means designing new bulletin boards and scouring Pinterest for fun, new ideas.  But for kids, summer ending means alarm clocks, … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

This post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while giving back to schools in need. Click here to learn more about Schoola. Click here to see what people are saying. With the children heading back to school in a few short weeks, I've started scouting the papers for all the back to school deals I can find … [Read more...]

What to Pack in Your Pool Bag

I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for this #ExtraSavings at CVS campaign. Please join in the fun by posting to your own website, Facebook page or Twitter feed using the hashtag #ExtraSavings. While I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, all opinions expressed about CVS/pharmacy are my own, and all product claims or program details … [Read more...]