Author Archive: Ashley B

Ashley is a Writer, Stay at Home mother of 4, not to busy to take time to slow down and smell the flowers. I also teach a Mommy and Me Dance Class to share my love of dance.

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International Chocolate Day: September 13

International Chocolate Day: September 13

| September 13, 2019 | 29 Comments

International Chocolate Day might just be one of the best days of the year! If you’re in the mood for a sweet celebration, you’re in luck. September 13th is designated International Chocolate Day. The origins of this holiday are unclear, although September 13th is the birthday of both Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey chocolate […]

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Apple Activities For Little Ones

Apple Activities For Little Ones

| September 10, 2019 | 15 Comments

Now that fall is in the air and your big kids are off at school, you might be getting the urge to have some special mom-and-child fall-themed fun with your littlest one. Toddlers and preschoolers are still learning a lot about the world around them, so even simple, everyday objects are exciting to explore and […]

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September is National Childhood Obesity Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

| September 5, 2019 | 5 Comments

September is National Childhood Obesity awareness month. Childhood obesity and overweight is a growing problem in the United States; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese children has more than tripled in the past three decades. More than a third of children and teens in the U.S. are overweight […]

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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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Family Fun on the Fourth

Family Fun on the Fourth

| July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Independence Day is the biggest holiday of the summer, and it’s one that kids love to celebrate. Fireworks, picnics, and barbecues are staple activities, but there are some more unique family activities out there that can make your Fourth of July fun. How about a Fourth of July makeover or a neighborhood parade? Maybe your […]

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Things to Buy on Sale in July

Things to Buy on Sale in July

| June 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Summer Learning

Summer Learning

| June 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

As summer vacation approaches, one thing that concerns me is summer learning loss: studies show kids lose over two and a half months of math skills and around one month of skills in other subjects over the long vacation period. As much as I want my kids to have their well-deserved break, I know their […]

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Summertime Enrichment that is Budget Friendly

Summertime Enrichment that is Budget Friendly

| June 22, 2019 | 1 Comment

Now that school is over for the year, your kids have a lot of time on their hands. Without the day-to-day interaction with peers that they have during the school year, they will likely be complaining of boredom after the novelty of sleeping in and lounging around the house wears off. With friends going on […]

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