How to Choose a Backpack

How to Choose a Backpack

| August 9, 2019 | 4 Comments

We seem to have an abundance of backpacks at our house. We’ve got character backpacks from Dora to Spongebob to Power Rangers, plus several solid-color or print backpacks. With that said, every year, my kids want a new backpack to go along with all of their spiffy new back-to-school clothes. I don’t mind, as after […]

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Back to School Shopping: Notebooks and Crayons and Folders, Oh My

Back to School Shopping: Notebooks and Crayons and Folders, Oh My

| August 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

It’s almost one of my favorite times of the year: back to school supply sales! I’ve always had a thing for pristine notebooks, brand new crayons, and my personal favorite, pens. I’m not talking about regular Bic or Papermate pens; I fully admit that I’m a bit of a pen snob, and rely on Uniball […]

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July is Eye Injury Prevention Month

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month

| July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Surely you’ve heard the adage, “it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.” Eye injury is far from a laughing matter; according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 2.5 million incidences of eye injuries occur every year. These include workplace injuries, but about half happen in or around the […]

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Food Allergies and Summertime Activities

Food Allergies and Summertime Activities

| July 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

As the mother of a child with a food allergy, I need to think through special accommodations at times. Her school has an Epi-pen for her, but places like dance class, birthday parties, Sunday school and friends’ houses don’t, so I need to send it along, with instructions on how to use it should there […]

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Start a Summer Book Club with your Kids

Start a Summer Book Club with your Kids

| July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a way to encourage your kids to read over the summer, one idea to consider is starting a summer book club. Getting the kids together with their friends to read or discuss what they’re reading turns reading from a solitary activity into a social activity and gives everyone a regularly occurring […]

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Summer Break: Keeping Busy Inside the House

Summer Break: Keeping Busy Inside the House

| July 5, 2019 | 1 Comment

Recently, we talked about ways to keep busy on a shoestring this summer. While it’s important to get kids out and about during their summer break, there are lots of times that it’s nice to just stay home. With the heat keeping us in our air-conditioned house, though, sometimes finding things to do without getting […]

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Food

March 23 is Chips and Dip Day

March 23 is Chips and Dip Day

Did you know that today is Chip and Dip Day? Neither did I, but I can definitely see the potential for fun in celebrating such a holiday! Kids tend to love chips, with or without dip. And moms love chips, too… sometimes a little too much. While your first thought at “chips and dip” might […]

Last-Minute Edible Gifts

Last-Minute Edible Gifts

With Christmas only a few days away, you may still have a few people on your list left to buy for. Because the kids are home this weekend, though, this is a great time to spend some time in the kitchen with them, making edible gifts to give out early this week! The great thing […]

Shopping

How to Choose a Backpack

How to Choose a Backpack

We seem to have an abundance of backpacks at our house. We’ve got character backpacks from Dora to Spongebob to Power Rangers, plus several solid-color or print backpacks. With that said, every year, my kids want a new backpack to go along with all of their spiffy new back-to-school clothes. I don’t mind, as after […]

Things to Buy on Sale in July

Things to Buy on Sale in July

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the year? It’s already July, and retailers are taking advantage of the hot weather, Independence Day and school starting next month in many areas. You’ll see “Christmas in July” sales at many stores, and occasionally, the deals rival those that you might find on Black Friday! This […]