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Setting a Back to School Budget and Routine
Back to school means it is time to start packing lunches again, checking backpacks for papers to sign and homework. ACK! It can all seem overwhelming. I get it. To avoid the crumpled up papers at the bottom of the backpack or the rotten apple in the lunch box, I have some tips to help you stay organized this school...
diverse barbies
Being a Barbie girl living in a Barbie world may have been the dream for many young children, but that world has a major diversity problem. It seems like to cruise with Barbie you must have three key characteristics: Tall, thin, and white. But those days are finally changing. Mattel has expanded their Barbie Fashionista collection to include 40 new dolls, Bustle reports. These dolls...
CDC Reports Correlation Between Infants Born In Home Water Births and Legionnaires' Disease
Home birthing moms take note -- there has been a recent link between home water births and infants developing Legionnaires' disease. Legionnaires' disease is a life-threatening form of pneumonia and two infants in Arizona were infected within months of each other last year. Even though a full 28,000 infants are born per year with a birth injury, an infection among...
A century-old medical technique could be successful in helping women get pregnant today. New Scientist reports that Ben Mol of the University of Adelaide in Australia worked with his team to investigate whether flushing women's fallopian tubes with poppyseed oil during x-ray scans led to higher conception rates. The results? It just might. This medical technique involves dissolving poppyseed oil in...
Vehicle sales hit an all-time high in the last year, meaning that more Americans are buying cars these days. And with all the cars on the market, it's not surprising that 39% of people are considering at least five different vehicles at the same time. In contrast, many Americans want to reduce their carbon emissions and opt for alternative...
Earth Day Fun with Kids #EarthDay
In celebration of Earth Day, here are some fun and engaging activities to do with kids to build their appreciation for nature and help them understand our role in protecting the planet.  There is even an idea for how they can easily create their own video spot to share their personal vision for a better tomorrow. Take a color walk. One...
8 Healthy Sandwich FREE Lunch Ideas Kids LOVE
My daughter isn’t into sandwiches. It’s a new thing. Tomorrow she might like them again but today, she’s refusing to eat them. I get it. It’s easy to get bored with your packed lunch. Which means, I’m pinning ideas on Pinterest like a mad woman, trying to prepare for back to school lunches. My son, he’s easy going. He’ll...
Healthy Waste Free Lunch Box Solutions
Back to school means packing lunches, which is no easy task at times. I’ve already shared with you a few of my tips for packing a healthy lunch but what about an Eco-friendly lunch? A lunch that doesn’t require a disposable baggies, juice boxes, water bottles and storage containers. With the average person generating 4.3 pounds of waste...
5 Tips for Packing a Healthy Back to School Lunch Your Kids WILL EAT
Oh, back to school time. It is a love/hate relationship. On one hand, I’m excited to have the children learning and back to a regular routine and earlier bedtimes. On the other hand, I will miss our more laid-back schedule and having to pack a lunch EVERY SINGLE DAY, for two children. Let’s be REAL, it can be tiring...
DIY Potholder Eye Glass Case
  The end of the school year is around the corner and this means teacher’s gifts. If you hold out on giving these gifts, that is cool. No judgement here. I, however, like to give teacher gifts at the end of the school year. Something the teacher can use something homemade (if possible) and something that will help them remember...
Fun and Educational Earth Day Activities for Kids
Earth Day is April 22nd, which is right around the corner. If you have children or you teach, you might be looking for fun and unique ways to celebrate this special day. In the past, I’ve shared lots of ideas for making Earth Day extra special. A few of my favorite ideas include: Planting a Bee Garden Taking a Color...
Take a family reading challenge - the lessons learned are worth it! #Read20
Photo Credit: Photo purchased from Depositphotos.com I want to tell you the truth about the Scholastic 20 for 20 reading challenge. It was tough. I set off on the adventure or rather challenge with a positive mindset and a huge stack of books (Thank you Scholastic). I needed the challenge. My family needed the switch from electronics to reading books...
10 Pages of Tips on Making Healthy Eating Free
I picked my 6th grader up from school and watched every other teen using a cell phone. When I was in 6th grade, my friends and I were walking out of school talking and laughing. My 3rd grade daughter wants her own cell phone because her friends have one. When I was in 3rd grade, I was asking for...
Take the Scholastic 20 for 20 Challenge with me!
The Scholastic 20 for 20 reading challenge could not have come at a better time for my family. Everyone seems glued to their phone or some electronic device lately. Me included. I have a few great books on my nightstand but guess what, I haven’t cracked them open. Why? I’m too busy thumbing through Pinterested or checking Facebook. (Hmmm,...
Shopping Amazon for Baby Shower Gifts- Must Buy Baby Shower Gifts
It’s no secret, I’m out of the baby stage. I won’t lie, my mind has wandered and I’ve thought about a wee little one again. Then it wanders back into reality. I’m sure you can relate. Luckily, I still have friends having babies and I get to see their little faces and sometimes hold them, which helps. I also...
Green Your School Year with These Eco-Friendly Tips
When you make the decision to live a greener lifestyle at home, it can be more difficult to get your children involved when they’re out at school all day. With a little extra effort, you can ensure that your children are making environmentally-friendly choices all year long, starting with their transportation to school, what you pack into their lunch...
To the women who are like mother’s to me on Mother’s Day!
Mothers are special but so are aunts, grandmother’s, teachers and everyone woman who takes care of others. Each mother’s day my grandmother would get me a mother’s day card, even before I had children. At first this confused me but she tenderly explained. I was a mother to lots of children. I was a teacher who was mothering and...
Milk and Dairy Nutrition – Interview with Country Star Sara Evans
Milk, my kids don’t dig it. I serve milk at meals and use milk for baking and cooking. My kids will have milk with cereal but they’re cool with the cereal dry too. Cereal is not something I serve often. My kids really prefer milk with cookies or at least as they grow older that’s the trend. So what...
Giving our kids freedom to be independent and explore their surroundings without fear. How old is old enough to let your child walk alone to school or to a friends house? How about stay home alone?
I was five years old and walking to the corner market to buy milk, bread and eggs. It was roughly two blocks and I’d cut behind an apartment complex, through my grandparent’s lawn and be at the store. This little store doesn’t exist in my hometown anymore but the building does and when I drive by it, I remember...
National Geographic Kids Cookbook #NGK
There’s something special about cooking with your kids. Admittedly, it is not something I do often. This is mostly because I’m a control freak and I like to not make extra messes in the kitchen. It only means I need to clean up more. Honestly, who has time for that? However, my daughter loves to cook. She especially loves...

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