I've said it before--spooky Halloween is not my thing.
So this weekend, when our family was officially BOO'ed for the first time, a whole new chapter of Halloween fun--and Halloween giving--opened up for us.
BOO'ing is all the craze, it seems, though (boo-hooo!) we haven't fallen victim to BOO'ing quite like this--ever.
What I love about BOO'ing is that it actually adds an element of sneaky, fun, giving to this candy-saturated holiday. Maddy, Owen, and Cora were actually thinking … Read More...
We have long been fans of Rick Riordan, ever since we fell hard for Percy Jackson way back when.
So when my friends from Disney books asked if we wanted to join the #ShipoftheDead Book Tour, you better believe we jumped at the chance.
The Ship of the Dead is the latest book--and the last book--in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.
The coolest thing about this event, though, was that Maddy, Owen, and I had 10 minutes with Mr. Riordan--10 minutes to talk to him, chat with … Read More...
Originally published on Dec 15, 2012 in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School but republished today because it's a message many need to hear.
Today, my heart is heavy with the news of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and though I am not at all close to the area and though I do not have friends or family directly affected by the tragedy, I am having a hard time knowing what to do--as a mother, as a person, and together as a family.
I really want to ball up in … Read More...
I've been on the hunt for great podcasts for kids for a long time now, and I think I hit the jackpot.
Actually, I know I hit the jackpot.
And I cannot wait to share.
The podcast is called Circle Round, and it rocks.
Circle Round is a new storytelling podcast for kids ages 4-10, but I really think kids even a bit older--through middle school--would appreciate these stories.
Each episode tells carefully-selected, diverse folktales from around the world which are adapted for … Read More...
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...