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Barefoot Book giveaway, win Barefoot Books

Win Barefoot Books for Yourself and Your Library

Multicultural Book Giveaway to Build Your School Library or Your Own

Twelve lucky winners (6 in US and 6 in Europe) will receive $1000 worth of books; half for them and half for their school library! 2 winners will be drawn every week for the next 6 weeks. Even if you don’t win, you win. Anyone who enters will receive a coupon for 30% off your next purchase at Barefoot Books.

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HayTag, dog tracking system, pet tracking device, use smartphone to track pets

Keeping Pets Safe with HayTag: GIVEAWAY

HayTag: A Long Range Wireless Pet ID System using Your Smart Phone

We were at our usual dog park which spans the perimeter of a water reservoir — fenced in with only one small side exposed to the street — when we saw a frantic dog racing up and down a quater mile stretch of the hike in search of his owner. Luckily, the dog and owner were reunited by the time we finished our walk. Read more…

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6 Things I Can Not Live Without

Essential Mom Things

My very favorite Art Blog for Kids, Artchoo!, posed this question with a link up and I longed to respond even though I am too late to link up.

Here’s mine: Read more…

Thankful turkey pinecone craft for kids

Happy Thanksgiving with Recipes and Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving Marinated Prime Rib Recipe

Is this blasphemy? We are not roasting a turkey this year. I am the only one who likes it so we are doing a marinated rib roast from an old Gourmet LA cook book instead. Alas, the cookbook is out of print and no where to be found. You’ll need to marinade the roast and let the Yorkshire pudding batter chill overnight, so please plan accordingly. Read more…

Boston College women's soccer versus Hofstra,

Do Cheaters Ever Win?

Fair Play Life Lessons for Girls from NCAA Women’s Soccer

Hofstra (10-8), making its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, lost its last three games of the regular season. 

PickyKidPix and I hurried to the game. Her practice ended at 8pm on a Friday so we were only going to be able to make the last half of the first round NCAA playoff of Boston College versus Hofstra. It was 1 to nothing. BC was leading when we got there and we got seats in the middle of the stands near our friends from school; we all go to the same elementary school as the coach’s daughter. Read more…

Miso marinated fish, Weelicious, Catherine McCord

Weelicious Cookbook is a Gift That Keeps Giving

Healthy, Easy Multicultural Recipes for Kids

We are all looking for magic bullets, and the truth is, there is none.

If you want to do well in school, you study; if you want to lose weight, you exercise and eat healthy; if you want to be a good piano player, you practice.

So it stands to reason that if you want your kids to eat well, you have to set them up for success.

When kids eat poorly, it’s because we allow them to.

I met Catherine McCord through my friend Dan, the first person I ever hired at my first job out of college. I was a marketing consultant for a small computer consulting company and overworked so it was announced with great fanfare that I was allowed to hire an assistant.

This single hire changed our lives. For Dan, I was the first of a few bossy Asian female bosses that he thrived working under. For me, I hired him twice; once for that first job and then again when my own staffing company was ready to expand to Los Angeles. Read more…

Felix Doolittle, book plates for kids, custom book plates, book labels for kids

Lovely Custom Book Plates for Kids GIVEAWAY

Custom Book Plates for Kids

I’m always looking for ideas to get kids reading and sometimes little toys do the trick.  Grasshopper and Sensei started working at a commercial art studio in town, doing an old fashioned apprenticeship in exchange for art lessons. Read more…

Book Love, how to get your kids reading, Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

Are All Kids Reluctant Readers? Mine Are! And What to Do

How to Get Kids Reading with Book Love!

Now that I’ve gotten all three of my kids reading, I realize that they were all reluctant readers at some point. Which made me wonder. Are all kids reluctant readers? Is reading like learning to ride a bicycle? A milestone skill that comes to kids at a different points in their life? And, like learning to ride a bike, if we keep at it as parents, can we get all kids to love reading? Read more…

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Gift Guide: Stuffing Stockings for Dad, Mom and Kids

Stocking Stuffers for Kids, Dads and Moms

Is the stocking the first thing your kids tear into? It is for us! We have a rule that everyone gets to open one present the night before Christmas. Then, on Christmas day, we open presents together which means waiting for the last person to wake up, usually me because I am not a morning person.  Read more…