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Coupon for Jimmy Dean® Stuffed Hash Browns

Coupon for Jimmy Dean® Stuffed Hash Browns

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.

Now that school is starting soon, I find that hot breakfasts are harder to pull off. We are always rushing in the morning due to the fact that two of kids — the youngest and oldest — are simply not morning people. They tend to skip breakfast or eat on the run because they are always running late.

My middle daughter, however, gets herself up every morning and makes herself a hot breakfast. She likes a big breakfast to set herself up for the day. Read more…

Sleepaway Camp and Why Dangerous Activities are Good for Kids

Sleepaway Camp and Why Dangerous Activities are Good for Kids

It probably won’t surprise you that my two daughters refused to do the easy thing for their parents: go to the same sleepaway camp. No, they chose YMCA sleepaway camps on the other side of the state. My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, went to the Berkshires at Chimney Corners where the camp culture emphasizes being yourself and accepting others.Sleepaway Camp and Why Dangerous Activities are Good for Kids

My middle daughter, PickyKidPix, chose Cape Cod, Camp Hayward for girls because the sessions were only two weeks versus four weeks at Chimney Corners. The culture is also different. Camp Hayward has daily interaction with their boys’ camp (unlike Chimney Corners), so there is a sense of competition of boys versus girls. For example, my daughter’s sailing class included a game of pirates where the point was to jump onto a boy’s sailboard, and take down the sail to capsize it. The boys at Burgess retaliated by removing the girls’ rudder. Good fun was had by all.

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My Top 10 Favorite Instagramers

My Top 10 Favorite Instagramers

I’m fairly new to Instagram — about two years now — and it’s becoming one of my favorite social media platforms to meet and really get to know bloggers, authors, illustrators, and moms. I like how quickly an image can convey a message and how easy it is to comment and follow the commentary.

Here’s a small sampling of who I love. It’s pretty impossible to pick just 10 but that’s what I did today. I could probably keep this kind of post up weekly for months! How about you? Who do you recommend?


My Top 10 Favorite Instagramers

You might recognize these illustrators from children’s books but follow them for their amazing doodles.

1. Lori Nichols. I love her hyperlapse drawing videos. She’s a fun illustrator to watch in action!

Lori Nichols

2. Inky Girl. Debbie Ridpath Ohi plays with her food, making for whimsical drawings.

inky girl debbie ohi

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Four Cookbook giveaway

4 Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

I’m cleaning out my office and giving away these four brand new cookbooks (I have two copies of Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook). These cookbooks address a specific audience: kids who want to learn to cook, anyone jumpstarting a diet and exercise plan, and those wanting to cook Chinese food. If any of these cookbooks speak to you, please fill out the Rafflecopter to win and specific your first, second and third choice.

 

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids by Ruby Roth

This cook has 60 easy plant-based recipes that kids can make to stay healthy and save the world! Big promises? Perhaps. But getting your kids to cook for themselves is a gift that keeps giving. Ruby Roth makes kid friendly food in this appealing cookbook. Some recipes just require assembly while others will need the stove turned on. Whether you cook these recipes with your kids, or have older kids try on their own, everyone when kids learn a valuable life skill. [cookbook for kids, ages 6 and up]

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boarding school benefits

Common Benefits of Boarding Schools to Consider for Your Family

Depending on your background (and the movies you’ve watched or books you’ve read over the years), you may love the idea of boarding schools or think that they are just a parent’s excuse to get rid of their children for most months of the year.

However, no matter your stance, there are a variety of benefits to be had in sending children to schools away from home. These are all well worth considering if you’re thinking about your child’s education today. Read on for some common pros of boarding schools you should keep in mind when weighing up the options.

boarding school benefits

A New Start

For some teenagers, getting away from their current environment through attending a boarding school can be just the thing they need to enjoy a new, healthier school life. Sometimes kids can become unsettled, angry, depressed or otherwise troubled by their current circumstances, through things like a negative circle of friends, bad reputation at school, difficult teachers, or lots of fighting with their parents.
Going away to boarding school can help provide just the change that is needed to get teens in a better frame of mind and/or to start the healing process. For many children, having the chance to start over at a brand-new high school can do wonders for their confidence, relationships, and academic success. Read more…

how to set up a blog or website

How to Set Up a Blog (or Website)

If you are thinking of setting up a blog or even a simple website, it’s becoming the same thing. You can set up a blog to use as a website for your small business. Here’s how in three easy steps:

Step 1: Choose Your Blogging Platform. Spoiler alert: Use Self Hosted WordPress.

Step 2: Secure Your Name and Host. Spoiler alert: Make sure your name is available on Twitter and other social media platforms. Use BlueHost.

Step 3: Configure and Design Your Site. Spoiler alert: Make sure your blog/website theme is Responsive.

Ready? Let’s go! Read more…

Visiting Quebec City with Kids

Planning a Visit to Quebec City with Kids

My son loves Canada. He was the first to declare that he’s moving to Canada if Trump wins, and his sisters agreed. We’ve been to Canada a few times; it’s a road trip for us and we’ve visited Montreal, Toronto, and Ontario for the Women’s World Cup.

Quebec City is considerably farther from our previous Canadian trips, but now our kids are old enough to handle the car ride. Instead of worrying about kids melting down in the car, we are a little worried by our inability to speak French. We are going to have to take a quick crash course, especially on food for reading menus.

My husband has been reading a guide book on Quebec City, but this is what I came up with.

 

Quebec City Day 1

aquarium de quebec

image from Wikipedia

1. Aquarium du Quebec

We like aquariums. This one sounds great: Aquarium du Québec is a public aquarium located in the former city of Sainte-Foy in Quebec City. The 16-hectare facility is home to more than 10,000 animals representing more than 300 species. Read more…

My Blogging Journey at Year 7

My Blogging Journey at Year 7

I was a neighborhood party the other night when someone I knew asked me about how my blog was going. I don’t think she was looking for “fine, blogging is great!” It might have been more of a career question: are you making money blogging? So I thought it was time for an update on my blogging life.

Blogging is a Journey not a Destination.

I started blogging nearly seven years ago with an idea to turn it into a business. I had other ideas for a birthday gift registry for family members to go in on expensive gifts but I am not a programmer and didn’t want to hire one.

Initially, I wanted to share the after schooling curriculum I pieced together to catch my oldest up in first grade when her teacher was absent so often that there were subs for subs. It took a while, but I eventually found my voice and rekindled my love of children’s books. It wasn’t long before I put a stake in the ground and declared that I was dedicating my efforts to promoting diversity, inclusive, and multicultural books. Multicultural Children’s Book Day came out of that and with it, the joy of working with Valarie Budayr at Jump Into a Book and Becky Flansberg of Frantic Mommy.

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Teaching Kids About Money: Summer Curriculum

Teaching Kids About Money: Summer Curriculum

Forbes has a great article on money lessons you should be teaching your kids, with milestones for ages 5, 10, and 15. Let’s see how I’m doing with my kids:

Money Lesson Goals for 5 Year Olds

  • Savings Goal – a savings goal has three elements: (1) what you want to buy, (2) when you want to buy it and (3) how much it will cost at that time.
  • Bank – a place that helps us safely store, organize and manage our money
  • Check – a way to pay for items where we write a note asking our bank to send our money to someone to pay for our purchases
  • Bills – notes letting us know how much we owe for our purchases
  • Trade Off  – A decision we have to make when we are considering whether to save for something or spend our money

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