This New For Us Friday we're sharing a new-f0r-us lunchbox note--fun fact lunchbox notes! LOVE these!!
A few weeks ago, Maddy, Owen, and Cora were totally into an article in the Kids Post about ear wax. Yes, ear wax. At breakfast. And the article promised more equally disgusting (but soooo interesting!) topics in the near future.
I could barely swallow my coffee as I read it, but what was strikingly clear to me was that when kids, even little guys, are interested in something, … Read More...
I'm a sucker for anything that makes my busy life easier.
So when I was asked to try Walmart's new Grocery Pick-up service, you better believe I was game to try it.
Grocery shopping is often not only a juggling act with kids in tow, but it's also a huge time suck for me; depending on the time of day, sometimes I'd find myself stuck in the grocery store for up to two hours. Two hours!
I can think of 800 things I'd rather be doing than grocery shopping for two hours.
Walmart … Read More...
School's in full swing here, and if your house is anything like mine, getting kids to talk about their day is sometimes difficult.
I want to know everything:
Who did they sit with at lunch?
Who did they play with at recess?
How do they like their tablemates?
What book did they start in Guided Reading?
Who hosted the morning tv show?
But it's hard. The kids are tired at 3pm, they're even more tired at 7pm, and the last thing they want to do is talk to boring old Mom about … Read More...
With school back in session, emotions are high over here.
While many students are super excited to meet the new teacher, to see old classmates, and to get acquainted with a new schedule, other students may not be quite as thrilled about going back. There can be a lot of stress and anxiety that comes with the new year, and often we, as parents and teachers, tend to forget that.
This year, with the release of the Born This Way Foundation's study on Kind Communities and with the launch of … Read More...
Oh, how I envisioned creating this post three, four, even five weeks ago.
But life got in the way.
So here it is: eclipse 2017 resources for families--even if you're last-minute, like me.
Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that on August 21, we'll experience a total solar eclipse.
I am going to hit you quickly with everything we're doing on the big day so that you can do it, too. Grab a friend or two, a few other neighbors or families, or your students if you're back in … Read More...
Do you need a little extra cash in hand to use at Staples this year, as you prepare for back to school?
Whether you're a teacher who's heading back to the classroom or a parent trying to find all of the items on your child's supply list, I'm betting you could use a gift card for Staples, right?
Then definitely join me this Tuesday for a Back-to-School twitter event with the good folks from Staples, Donors Choose, and Born This Way Foundation!
We'll be chatting all things … Read More...
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about the role of kindness in the classroom.
And when I was approached by the good people at Staples about the partnership between Staples and Lady Gaga and all of the awesome that they're creating with Staples for Students, you better believe I was game to share.
Do you ever wonder:
What role does kindness have in the classroom today?
What is the correlation between kindness and overall well-being among students?
How can we empower … Read More...
If I had a dime for every time my kids talked about slime, I'd be a rich woman.
Fluffy slime. Floam slime. Glitter slime. Galaxy slime. Butter slime. Iceburg slime. Clear slime.
Not. Even. Kidding.
You name the slime, my kids have made it.
Though we may be in the midst of a slime craze right now, little did my kids realize that we made slime way before it was even cool. That's how much of a trend-setter their mom is. Cooler than cool and they don't even realize … Read More...
July 4th is almost here!!
We're thrilled to get into the kitchen and make one of our most favorite holiday treats ever--our July 4th flag cake!
But along with baking one of our favorite sweets, we've also thrown in some fun learning along the way--the girls and I spent the weekend in Philadelphia for the Digital Family Summit and had the opportunity not only to learn a ton and hang out with our friends, but we also got to see THE Liberty Bell up close and personal.
It was a blast, and … Read More...
One of our favorite summertime traditions involves sweets (big surprise).
Every year for as long as I can remember, the kids and I have made a July 4th flag cake. It’s simple. It’s sweet. And it’s so pretty, it’s hard to take.
It's a 100% kid-friendly July 4th treat: the traditional flag cake.
All you need is a boxed cake mix, cool whip, strawberries, and blueberries, and you’re ready to rock and roll.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Traditional July 4th Flag Cake:
Though there’s … Read More...