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Lunch Lady, graphic novel

Hilarious Children’s Authors with Impossible to Pronounce Names

Funny Children’s Book Authors: Jon Scieszka and Jarrett Krosoczka

Is there something about having a difficult name to pronounce that makes you especially funny? I was on a LiveChat with Lunch Lady graphic novel author Jarrett Krosoczka (dear god, your names are hard to spell!), and he was cracking me up. He’s so funny! Read more…

A Million Miles from Boston, Karen Day,

5th Grade Chapter Book GIVEAWAY: A Million Miles From Boston

Best Chapter Book for Girls Entering Middle School

I’m lucky to have Karen Day as a neighbor. We met through Music Lovers’ third grade soccer team. Karen’s youngest was also on the same team and we had a chance to chat at the end of the season dinner at the coach’s house. Once there was a face to the name, I started bumping into her everywhere! We like to go to the same off leash dog park around a reservoir one town over and now our dogs are buddies. We also  like the same hot yoga studio another town over too. Strangely though, I’ve never bumped into her at the grocery store. Read more…

Books Set During Summer for Kids

20 Great Books for Kids Set During the Summer

Summer Reading List Top Picks

It’s the summer or very close. Tomorrow is our last day of school. Some years my kids have summer reading homework but this year everyone is scott free. Still, I want them to read for pleasure this summer which will take some coaxing, especially for PickyKidPix who needs a school assignment as a motivation to read. Read more…

Sheela Chari

4th Grade Skype Author Visit: Sheela Chari of Vanished UPDATED

4th Grade Mystery Author Visit

One of my favorite middle grade book blogs, defined as books for ages 9-12 years old, is From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. I loved the book too and the blog is a wonderful group blog of nearly 3 dozen middle grade authors who are passionate about writing and getting kids reading. I’ve won a few things from their giveaways including a Skype author visit by Southeast Asian American author Sheela Chari. Read more…

die cut business cards

Die Cut Business Card GIVEAWAY from U Printing

U Printing Business Cards

I am sorely in need of new business cards, having handed out my last and outdated Pragmatic Mom card a few weeks ago. I used Moo to print them and it was fast and easy but the small size, though cute, didn’t fit much information. And I worry that they get lost in the shuffle which is not what you want in a business card. Read more…

Family Fun Magazine Summer Fun Ideas

Summer Fun Ideas from Family Fun Magazine

FamilyFun magazine has been celebrating its 20th anniversary with a fun, year-long initiative for families, appropriately titled “Badges of Fun.” The year’s initiative is coming to a close, but the fun isn’t over yet! The May issue spotlights the “Get Active” Badge, which is all about staying active and healthy while having fun with whole family —  just in time for summer! Read more…

Highland Street Foundation, Free Fridays

Boston Area FREE Museum Fridays, All Summer Long

Free Museum Visits in Boston

Thanks to the generosity of the Highland Street Foundation, museums throughout Boston are free on Fridays. If you are looking to do fun FREE things with your kids, plan a day at a museum. Read more…

Camp Mom summer camp

Ideas for Setting Up Camp Mom

Camp Mom Ideas

I received this email from a reader and I wanted to help because I am in the same position for part of this summer of trying to work on the computer while my kids are home. I know that there is NOTHING more challenging than to keep kids occupied without relying on screen time. Read more…

Kickboxing for a Middle Age Mom with a Gentleman Fighter

Muay Thai Kickboxing for Moms

I am excited to have a new Muay Thai Kickboxing instructor. My Dad Friend Mike is a Golden Gloves champion. He’s also the father of my son’s best friend since before preschool. Before Dad Friend Mike had kids, he had a basement Fight Club with various MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Fighters beating each other up by invitation only. Which is to say, one martial art fighter against another to see who wins. And so he knows various and sundry characters in and around Boston. And I do emphasize the word “characters!” Read more…