Guess what? It's time to have our kids unplug. Yep. Right now. Right this very minute.
Turn off the television, the tablet, the phone, the laptop, the whatever. Believe it or not, there's a world of fun to be had when kids unplug to play and learn.
There's no denying that we are raising kids in a digital age. Everywhere you turn, there's a screen, a swipe, a beep, or a buzz.
That means that it's super important that we, as parents, do what we can to make sure that our kids … Read More...
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Did you know that:
half of the top 100 most prescribed medicines come from plants?
spinach is being used to replicate human organs?
simply looking at flowers and nature can improve your mood?
39% of the annual horticultural job openings are unfilled due to lack of qualified applicants?
Guess what, friends? Plants are super important. … Read More...
Believe it—summer is around the corner. Woo-hoo!
Around the corner! As in like just a few weeks away! It’s May! Pools open in May. Weather warms in May. Swim team registration starts in May. We buy bathing suits in May.
Wait. How can we even talk about ways to get your kids psyched for summer reading when school isn’t even out yet?
Many of us still have assessments to think about, big projects coming though, and a whole lot that has to happen between now and the time those … Read More...
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...