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.
It included 10 easy steps that any family could follow in order to start the school year off on the right foot.
I just looked back at it, and I decided it's totally worth sharing again, because, well, with a little prep and a little thought, every family can start the school year off on a positive note.
Every one of us wants the … Read More...
True or false? It's okay to give kids early reader books featuring characters they love.
Kids may like books with their favorite characters, but do they need them?
Will early reading series -- Step into Reading or I Can Read books -- that feature popular characters from tv or popular media actually help young readers?
I'm talking the whole crew: Disney princesses, Pixar characters, PAW Patrol pups, Blues Clues guys, Barbies, Mickey Mouse, Lightning McQueen, Pikachu, Superman, or Peppa … Read More...
It is absolutely time to start stocking up on books that kids love because right now you can score a ton of kid-faves over on Zulily for less than $10 each.
And to sweeten the deal, Penguin Random House has partnered with Save the Children to donate one book to Save the Children for EVERY, SINGLE book sold between June 24 and August 5, 2021.
You buy one, they give one. HOW awesome is that?? Nothing makes me happier than bogo books!
Save the Children will get up to 50,000 books … Read More...
My love and admiration for Melissa & Doug products is not a secret.
And when I found out that both Blues Clues & You! and PAW Patrol have partnered with Melissa & Doug, my love for the company grew even more. Hard to believe, but it's true.
Right now, you can score some of these hugely popular products on MEGA sale over at Zulily.
Here's the skinny. . .
PAW Patrol, Blues Clues & You! and Melissa & Doug
When some of our favorite kids had a chance to check … Read More...
Who isn't looking for fun, at-home activities for their kids?
And who doesn't want cool things to do for their bored tweens and teens?
Aren't we all sick and tired of watching our kids play XBox, Playstation, or PC?
Am I the only one feeling defeated when I see our teenagers are raking in 4, 6, 10 hours a day on their devices?
Please tell me I'm not the only parent carrying loads of guilt when I extend Screen Time Limits one. more. time?!
Friend, it's hard to be a parent right … Read More...
When seeking support for struggling readers, audiobooks are one of the first places families should look.
Guess what, friend? Listening to audiobooks counts as reading. Promise.
Friends, there's no easy answer to any of these questions or concerns, but I will tell you this: for many kids, reading is a struggle.
For many kids, reading is stressful, difficult, and painful.
From many adults, I hear:
What should I do--my child hates reading!!
Is there a ‘quick fix’ for my son, who … Read More...
Let's face it: every year, we stress about what to do for the women we love most in the world--our moms and grandmas.
Or the women who act as our moms and grandmoms.
Right now one of the coolest gifts ever is running a buy one, get one deal: Masterclass.
Let's give the people we love most the gift of knowledge.
Here are a few of the many options:
These are just a few of the 100s of courses Masterclass offers.
Let me know … Read More...
My Instagram DMs have been blowing up ever since I shared some of my top Melissa & Doug picks that are on sale on Zulily right now.
So in case you missed it, here's what you want to think about:
birthday partiesparty favorscar tripslong waits (doctor's office, restaurants, etc.)end of year giftsrainy daysbig kid gifts (when new babies arrive)baby sitter bags
Here are a few of my top Melissa & Doug picks.
Some of the Melissa & Doug products are up to 30% off right now AND … Read More...
I’m thrilled to be partnering with Advancement Courses, a leader in K-12 professional development with over 280 online courses in 20 different subject areas.
One of my favorite brand partnerships is with Advancement Courses. I not only feel this way because I would be a professional student if that was a job--but also because I wholeheartedly stand by this company.
I've worked closely with Advancement Courses for the past several years, and each year I become more and more enamored … Read More...
Because we are huge fans of family fondue nights, when I heard about Raclette, I knew I had to give it a try.
I knew we needed to have a family raclette dinner!
“Raclette” is the name of a semi-hard Swiss cheese which, for centuries, was thickly sliced and then melted over a fire. Now, of course, we can bag the fire and use a special grill to melt the cheese and make the meal.
Just like there are about a million ways to “do fondue”, there are a ton of ways to “do raclette” … Read More...