It's amazing how easily you can create sweet and easy gifts sometimes when you have a bit of inspiration.
Sometimes it's a walk in the craft store.
Sometimes it's a stroll through the park.
Sometimes it's a glance through a photo album.
Sometimes it's a movie, tv program, or book.
These quick and easy flower wish boxes were inspired by a book series that we've recently discovered. It's a book series that Maddy and Cora have devoured, and it's a series that I love as … Read More...
Next up? Summer.
I'm over the moon thrilled and elated that summer is right around the corner!
This year, I've got something so cool planned. So totally awesome and fabulous, I can't stand it.
I've just finished up--after months of drafts!--the plans for our Smart Summer Challenge 2018. And it's going to rock.
Totally, 110%, completely going to rock.
Here's the skinny. . .
Smart Summer Challenge 2018 -- an invitation to learn, play, create, and invent -- on their own … Read More...
I can't even believe it, but school's almost out for my kids.
Though I'm totally psyched to begin our Smart Summer Challenge this year, I'm also always a little sad when the school year ends.
It means my kids are getting older and that time continues to move . . . quickly.
This year, especially I feel like I'm having a difficult time as Maddy moves into the wilds of middle school leaving Owen and Cora behind in elementary school. It has been a true joy for me to have all three kids … Read More...
When Maddy was born, we received a lot of parenting advice.
She needs to sleep with you. . . . and She definitely shouldn't sleep with you.
Babies must be nursed exclusively for the first year. . . . . and Babies must have rice cereal by six months.
She needs to cry it out on her own so that she doesn't become a spoiled child. . . . . and Babies must be picked up every, single time they cry so that they know they're loved.
Some advice was appreciated, and, well. . . some was … Read More...
I am a longtime fan of keeping our kids moving and grooving so that they feel better and do better.
And now that I'm back in the classroom, brain breaks are my fave.
Add a little yoga to the brain break mix, and I'm the happiest teacher of 'em all.
Yoga brain breaks? You got it.
Thanks to fit4Schools fitFlow cards and their super-cool Slideshow of Yoga presentation, my students and I have been taking yoga brain breaks each day for the past few weeks, and I really think my first … Read More...
Teacher Appreciation gifts can sometimes break the bank, and I know that can be hard.
But being a teacher myself, I can tell you that really, sometimes simple and heartfelt is a much better way to go. Teachers appreciate hearing 'thank you' any day of the week. Really and truly.
Having three kids in school and about a million teachers to recognize, I know it can also get super expensive to give gifts to these important people in your children's lives.
Here's a sweet and … Read More...
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?
What does that even mean?
It means that this month is all about celebrating poetry!
You know what, my friends? Poetry is different today than it once was. No longer are poems relegated to the boring topics of flowers or romance. No way.
Now? Poems are about anything and everything.
They rhyme or they're free verse.
And so to honor National Poetry Month, I thought I'd share a few of our favorite … Read More...
Books, a craft kit, and more--all bonus freebies for you!
When I see a good deal, I want to share it, and this is one I must share.
I'm thrilled to be a part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle this year.
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sounds a little intimidating, but it's not--it's simply a "bundle" of eBooks, eCourses, and printables that cover everything you need to run a household, eat healthy, make time for you, and stay sane.
Here's the skinny. . .
Two Must-Have Freebies … Read More...
Even though our lives have changed quite a bit since I started this blog seven years ago, one thing has remained the same: we love to rock it out for holidays.
Even big kids like to rock it out for the holidays.
So this year, I decided to kick up our traditional St. Patty's Day Scavenger Hunt just a wee bit.
My kids are quick, and they're smart. So our Scavenger Hunt needs to be tricky and engaging to keep them interested--or at least to stretch our hunt a bit past the usual two … Read More...
I am thrilled to be able to share with you some super ways to teach kids to give back to their communities.
WeAreTeachers has asked me to help spread the word about $250 grants that teachers can earn thanks to the Allstate Foundation WE Volunteer Now. Friends, if ever there was a blog post to share with your child's school, this is the one!
We all know that volunteering--or giving back to our great, big world--has profound effects on all parties involved.
Now your child's school can … Read More...