LifeLock: Online Safety for Kids

LifeLock: Online Safety for Kids

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My son who starts 5th grade tomorrow will be getting an iPhone by the end of the school year. My husband and I think our kids need a cell phone once they start taking the school bus. A cell phone is helpful for many reasons. We use it to call our kids to dinner in our house when we don’t want to scream. My girls help me navigate when my car nav is failing me. And texting is turning out be very handy to communicate with my teens. But I’m not sure my son needs another screen just now. He’s already on screens more than his two sisters combined! It’s time to make a contract with him regarding screen time! I’m using The Smart Talk LifeLock to start that conversation and get it to stick. The Smart Talk Read more…

Why Full Ride Athletic Scholarships Are Rare

Why Full Ride Athletic Scholarships Are Rare

My kids have been playing club sports for a few years now. When I meet parents on the sidelines (especially from other teams), I get the impression that their intensity reflects a belief that sports are a ticket to college. It could be that it’s their golden ticket into a college, but I hope it’s not because parents think it will also pay for college.

Because … full ride athletic scholarships are harder to get than entrance to Princeton (7%), Harvard (5.3%) or Stanford (5.05%). Read more…

Easy Stop Motion Animation Using Flipagram

Easy Stop Motion Animation Using Flipagram

My son has loved dinosaurs since he was three and he made me read him nothing but dinosaur books for an entire year. He moved on a year later to Pokémon books and I missed the dinosaur obsession. I hoped it would reemerge and it does from time to time when new Jurassic Park movies come out.

stop motion animation

My son came back from the Jurassic World movie with his dad — I refused to go, the trailer terrified me — and immediately asked to spend his allowance money on Jurassic World legos. That’s an easy sell for me; it’s his money and it’s not screen time.

stop motion animation

After three days carefully assembling his new lego sets, I asked him if he wanted to make stop motion animation movies with them. I remembered the stop animation movies that MaryAnne of Mama Smiles made with her kids.

She used a Microsoft product called Movie Maker but I have a Mac. MaryAnne suggests using iMovie as a replacement but I have always had this wonky problem in iMovie of my clips not loading. Plus I find iMovie a little confusing to use. Instead, I suggest Flipagram, an app for smart phones. I use the free version. Read more…

General Mills Box Tops Gets My Kid Climbing

General Mills Box Tops Gets My Kid Climbing

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nothing makes our amazing Physical Education teacher, Mr. Gary Nye, at my son’s elementary school happier than to know that kids are staying physically active. He embodies a Fitness for Life philosophy.

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Going to College without Visiting First

Going to College without Visiting First

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

When I went away to college thirty-two years ago, I lugged a typewriter and a suitcase to go off to a college that I had never visited before. Luckily, I had a childhood friend, Natalie, who was in the same boat and we set off on our adventure together. This was only the second trip I had ever taken on a plane!

Going to College without Visiting First

My kids are lucky to be visiting Stanford and manage to catch both a volleyball and a soccer game there! Read more…

Picture Books for Kids Whose Best Friend Moved Away

Books for Kids Whose Best Friend Moved Away & Kid Lit Blog Hop

It’s not easy when your best friend moves away. I found three picture books that might help a child in this dilemma but I’d love to add more books to this list. What am I missing? Thanks for your help!

 

Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

Juna loves to take an empty kimchi jar and explore with her best friend Hector. One day when she goes to find Hector, she finds out that he’s moved away. Her big brother Minho tries to cheer her up by buying her a fish for her jar. When the fish gets too big, she and her brother plant a bean plant in her jar instead. When the bean plant outgrows her jar, a cricket makes the jar its home. Each offering to her jar also sparks her imagination with a wonderful daydream. When she finally is able to say goodbye to Hector, Juna and her jar make another discovery at the park that helps her miss him less. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Schick Razors for Back to School

Schick Razors for Back to School

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

My husband and I now have two full-blown teenage daughters who have are now shaving their legs — one with glee and the other relucatantly. I guess the novelty of shaving delights PickyKidPix since it’s a time where she can try out all kinds of new beauty products. Grasshopper and Sensei is less thrilled to shave; it’s just one more thing she needs to do when she’s rather be sleeping.

Schick Razors for Back to School

They are away this week visiting colleges — Stanford and University of the Pacific — along with Boston College’s women’s soccer team who are playing friendlies there. They are there as a friend of the coach and coach’s daughter, decked out in BC gear. They are also scheduled to take a tour of Stanford just to see what that’s like.

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New Ideas for Packing School Lunches

New Ideas for Packing School Lunches

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® + Pepperidge Farm® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Wet One Singles for lunch boxesMy son eats Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers crackers every single day for lunch and snack. He doesn’t ever seem to get tired of them. He likes all the different flavors but the Flavor Blast is his favorite. It’s a little messy though, especially since he prefers to eat with his hands. Read more…

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

My kids’ school starts in just over a week. Schools everywhere, including my own, struggle with budget cutbacks, with parents asked more than ever to help out whether it’s to pay for the school bus, music lessons at school or sports team fees. Is there an easy way to help raise money? There is!

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

Did you know about the Tyson Project A+initiative? It is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and redeem Tyson Project A+ labels from packages of Tyson® products. For every label you send in, they will give your school 24¢ to use the money for whatever it needs! Read more…