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An Open Letter To Our Teacher This Year

Dear Teacher, Well it's here. A new school year has begun and as we're settling into our new roles I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you. I saw the way you stood there a little nervous and probably more than a little overwhelmed by the number of parents and children in the room each anxiously awaiting for their time with you. While I waited for my turn I looked around the room at all of your hard work. The organized bins of blocks and letters. The books overwhelming the shelves … [Read more...]

3 Ways We Keep Our Family Connected

In today's digital world I know what my husband has for lunch before he even tells me thanks to apps like Foursquare and Facebook.  While it's nice to know he remembered to eat, these apps can give families a false sense of connectedness.  If we're not careful our online relationships can take precedence over real relationships and that would be tragic because those relationships are beautiful. Not only is there beauty in healthy relationships, there is beauty in curating them. Our lives just … [Read more...]

Easy and Fun DIY Musical Props For Kids

The end of the school year is drawing to a close. It's that elusive time when summer is almost within reach but first a maze of school plays, graduations, band concerts and dance recitals. To be honest a small part of me misses this time during my own primary school days but another part is really looking forward to my child experiencing them. This was her first year dancing and she has loves to put on a show. My electronic devices are filled with performances of her singing songs from her … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Make Reading Enjoyable for Kids

Did you know November 11-15th was National Young Readers week? What better reason to spend this month motivating kids to become inspired readers and expressing our thanks for writers, authors and timeless stories.If you have a child who needs encouragement to read we have a few tips to make reading enjoyable - and hopefully creating a life long passion for books. 9 Ways to Make Reading Enjoyable for Kids Be on the lookout for things your child may be interested in - base them off their … [Read more...]

October is Bullying Prevention Month

Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month? Each October, schools, businesses and organizations across the US observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to encourage parents, student and educators to worth together to end bullying in all it's forms by increasing awareness. Whether you're young or old, in school or not the majority of people have encountered bullying. Netflix is joining the cause by offering a variety of ways to start the conversation about bullying … [Read more...]

Have You Planned for the Unplanned? Life Insurance Advice for Parents

The day my daughter was born was one of the best days of my life. From before the moment they placed her on my chest, I cherished the new responsibility I carried. Things changed once she was born. Before that moment she was enveloped in my womb, a protective bubble. When the bubble was gone and the wonder of a newborn wore off I realized just how susceptible she was to the outside world now. As a mother I felt invincible, but I also felt vulnerable. Then came the sleepless nights those first … [Read more...]

Tips & Tricks: The Best Essential Oils for Infants

Using organic remedies and holistic treatments to help your baby grow into a healthy child is important. As a first time mother, it can be overwhelming to know what all you should do. Deciding on the best essential oils for your infant depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Here are some of the most popular oils and their most common uses. When purchasing essential oils for your infant, make sure that you choose a high quality brand. Do not choose an incense or potpourri essential oil. … [Read more...]

Recipe For A Romantic Date Night On A Budget

Sometimes life is the only thing getting in the way of a great relationship. Between a baby sitter, gas and the cost of the date itself date-night can get pretty expensive. To save money (and time!) we send the kids off to grandma and grandpas to steal a leisurely date night in. More than saving money, with no distractions, we find date night more enjoyable spent in. Plus, we can talk through the movie without being hushed. One of my favorite date night activities is cooking together. It … [Read more...]

Why Women Need Life Insurance & Thank Goodness Mom Had It!

When my parents divorced, my Mom lived in an apartment complex for several years. While we had plenty of room and a lot less headaches (like yard work, repairs etc.) to deal with, I think she missed being able to plant flowers, have a garden, or a place for a dog to run. It still surprised me a little when she decided to buy a three bedroom house, even though my brother and I were both in college. Why would anyone in their late 50s want to be a first time home-buyer? It struck me as strange … [Read more...]

Plastic Bottle Recycling Projects for Kids: Making it Fun

Recycling is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways we can all help the environment. Sadly, only about 30% of PET plastic bottles get recycled. For recycling to work, we all have to do our part. Unfortunately, not all plastic bottles are made with recycled plastic. It’s Arrowheads goal to continue increasing the use of recycled materials in their bottles, but they need everyone’s help. Currently, there isn’t enough recycled plastic available for Arrowhead to make 100% rPET bottles. A … [Read more...]

The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions: How Many Have You Done?

Ok. So I know you guys have seen this hilarious cartoon of Baby Sleep Positions: It's been posted all over the internet, hacked, stolen, loved, shared, and saved. My very talented friends over at, Charlie and Andy are the brilliant dads behind this cartoon and they are publishing a hilarious book that will feature all new never before seen positions! It's called The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions and you can pre-order it on Amazon for 48% off right now (I just did) … [Read more...]

Tips for Teaching Children About Money

When our daughter was born four years ago and our heads were spinning with the cost of diapers, car seats, clothing, bottles and formula, we looked to friends for advice. Our neighbor's have four kids, and gave us lots of helpful tips. One piece of advice we've heard from several friends including my parents, was teach them important lessons about money at an early age. Teaching young children about the value of money helps them appreciate money and the hard work required to earn it. A few … [Read more...]