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how every family can start the school year off right
August 31, 2012 13 comments

how every family can start the school year off right

Several years ago, I wrote about how to make the school year a smashing success, or. . . actually how to make the school year as successful as humanly possible. ...

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes
August 27, 2012 4 comments

our super-special Kindergarten lunchbox love notes

One of my first, most distinct happy, happy memories was when I was six years old. I was eating my very first lunch out of my very first lunchbox, in ...

3 ways to talk to your kids about books
August 10, 2012 11 comments

3 ways to talk to your kids about books

I remember a time, not so long ago, when Maddy, Owen, and Cora would talk to me for (what seemed to be) hours upon end about things. Just anything.  Books, ...

how to prepare your child for kindergarten -- summertime prep
August 2, 2012 32 comments

how to prepare your child for kindergarten — summertime prep

This time last summer, we were gearing up to send off my sweet boy to Kindergarten, and this year, it’s my baby’s turn. Cora will walk into those elementary school ...

2 crazy cool ways to use shoeboxes
July 12, 2012 7 comments

2 crazy cool ways to use shoeboxes

Let’s face it, times are tough for a lot of us, so it’s due time that we really begin to use what we have in clever and creative ways. How ...

what to do with children's artwork
June 6, 2012 8 comments

what to do with children’s artwork

This time of the year, I always seem to be drowning in my kids’ artwork. The nifty system of organization I started in September has long expired, and piles of ...

quick trick: mind-blowing math tricks
May 24, 2012 13 comments

quick trick: mind-blowing math tricks

It’s no secret that I am not a math person. And it’s really no secret that my kids’ math skills will soon (hopefully!) surpass my own. I cried my way ...

quick trick: how to teach kids to write number 5
May 10, 2012 19 comments

quick trick: how to teach kids to write number 5

Many, many children I know have a difficult time learning to write number five. Actually many children I know have a difficult time writing many of the numbers because they ...

quick trick: how to eliminate bickering
April 23, 2012 32 comments

quick trick: how to eliminate bickering

Do your kids bicker? About where they sit in the car. . . or who gets the last bowl of the ‘good’ cereal? About who gets the first shower, the ...

quick trick: play. outdoors. (no matter the weather!)
March 14, 2012 30 comments

quick trick: play. outdoors. (no matter the weather!)

Who knows what happened to winter this year? I am convinced that we had absolutely no snow this year because this was the first time I ever–ever!–bought snow boots for ...

new for us friday: gem jars 2.0
March 2, 2012 25 comments

new for us friday: gem jars 2.0

    This New For Us Friday I’m sharing a new and improved version of one of the best things we’ve ever invited into our home: gem jars. We introduced ...