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prepare a family emergency plan: be EVEREADY (and grab a few free books from Scholastic!)
April 18, 2014 No Comment

prepare a family emergency plan: be EVEREADY (and grab a few free books from Scholastic!)

      Free books.  FREE books! Seriously. Grab free books for making sure your family is prepared for an emergency.  And for goodness’ sake, don’t we all want to ...

secret message valentines: homemade, candy-free, totally cool
February 11, 2014 2 comments

secret message valentines: homemade, candy-free, totally cool

    Longtime fans of the ole homemade Valentine, I’ve had to get a little more clever and crafty as the kids get older. But I still want them writing, ...

pet poetry contest: calling all creative kids!
January 20, 2014 2 comments

pet poetry contest: calling all creative kids!

      As a longtime friend of PAL, Pets Add Life, I’m happy to share news about a cool opportunity for our students, teachers, and parents. Now through January 31, ...

how every family should celebrate martin luther king, jr day
January 17, 2014 1 comment

how every family should celebrate martin luther king, jr day

    I love the idea of doing some sort of service project for the community to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.  Imagine how great the world would be ...

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell
January 9, 2014 12 comments

word building, letter writing, stamping to spell

     Originally published on 2.23.11 but republished because it’s that important. During Maddy’s homework time yesterday, Owen had one task on  his mind: he wanted to write a get-well letter ...

you buy one, we GIVE1 -- the mother company
December 17, 2013 No Comment

you buy one, we GIVE1 — the mother company

From now until the end of the year, the amazing people at The Mother Company are running a rockstar promotion that I think everyone will love. It’s learning in the ...

holiday card stencils and balloon stamps
December 16, 2013 34 comments

holiday card stencils and balloon stamps

Thank you Dollar Tree and the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club for making this post possible!   This year, we’re spicing our holiday cards up a bit. For the past ...

make holiday shopping count with FlipGive *sponsored*
December 2, 2013 No Comment

make holiday shopping count with FlipGive *sponsored*

    I’m always thrilled to find companies that provide products and services that make our lives better, easier, and more awesome. So when I was approached by my friends ...

best gifts for kids and families 2013: teachmama's picks
November 20, 2013 3 comments

best gifts for kids and families 2013: teachmama’s picks

    I’m always surprised when the holiday catalogs roll around at how many new toys hit the shelves each year. It’s a wonder that any of us are able ...

giving thanks every day: easy, at-home graffiti board
November 5, 2013 1 comment

giving thanks every day: easy, at-home graffiti board

Our house is already knee-deep in holiday catalogs, mailers, and promos, and it’s totally insane. So in order to ‘reign in’ the madness early in the game and to help ...

put an end to hunger in america: get the whole family involved
September 10, 2013 3 comments

put an end to hunger in america: get the whole family involved

I’ve thought long and hard about how to get my family involved in helping to end hunger in America, knowing that all around us–in DC Metro suburban community–people are hungry. ...