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Friday Find: Best Gifts for Grads

Great Gifts for Young Graduates

I can’t believe that the end of the school year is rapidly approaching! My kids gleefully report in with the final school day count on a weekly basis. 24 days to go! Whether it’s a preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, grad school or colleague leaving for new job, there seems to be an endless occasions for graduation gifts. Here’s my list with different price points, with of course, always a picture book to celebrate the achievement! Read more…

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Best Books for Kids: Classic Children’s Books Still Beloved Now

Best Classic Books for Kids

Maurice Sendak has left the house but it’s comforting to know that his work will live on forever, and thus, he will be beloved forever. There is a great piece in the New York Times: Read more…

Who Me? Sleepless Over Sleep Away Camp?

Sleep Away Camp Selection Strategies

My mom friend Penny joked that people spend thousands of dollars on summer sleep away camp consultants who find the perfect match for your child. Besides this large expenditure, there should be visits to prospective camps while in session and perhaps even a follow-up visit to the winner of the bake-off competition. Actually, it’s true. Most moms in our town do hire consultants and visit camps a year ahead of time. It’s like a warm up for the college application process. Read more…

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Meet Author Trudy Ludwig for Books on Bullying for Kids

Books on Bullying Kids Should Read

Pull up a chair, click on a book, and read why more educators, parents, librarians, organizations and experts are recommending My Secret BullyJust KiddingSorry!Trouble Talk®, Too PerfectConfessions of a Former Bully, and Better Than You as invaluable tools to supplement their life skills/character education/anti-bullying curricula. Read more…

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Best Summer Math Supplementation Work Books and More

Best Math Work Books

Yes I am that kind of mom that believes in summer math. Math is a learned skill not a gift of genetics. It’s like a shark; either you are moving forwards or you die. Ok, you don’t actually die but you start to forget and when September rolls around, you’ve gone backwards from where you were in June. Read more…

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What Do You Call a Cottonelle Clean? Clean Tushies!

Best Toilet Paper and Wipes

Have you ever stayed at a really nice 5 star hotel only to be disappointed by your bathroom? Usually the bathrooms are really plush, right? Gorgeous with marble or granite. Deep, comfortable tub. Phone in the toilet room. Perhaps even a bidet? Read more…

Why Google Hates Mommy Bloggers plus SEO Tips

SEO Tips for Mommy Bloggers

My SEO Consultant is trying to keep up with the rapid changes from Google while translating them into changes for her blog and mine. It’s not easy as the rules seem to have change tremendously and continue to evolve as noted by the fact that they have even changed the name from Google Panda to now Google Penguin. What the heck?! Stop using cute animal names when you are doing something dastardly. Read more…

Anti-Social Media Disorder (ASMD) from lack of interaction with real people

Funny Video on Social Media “Disease” Read more…

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Friday Find: Pedometer to Teach Kids Math and Fitness

Getting Kids Active While Doing Math

I received this nifty gadget from Reebok to try for February Heart Awareness month. It took me more than 2 months to actually try it out because I thought it was complicated to figure out.  I am not good with the gadgets. It sat in the kitchen for a month before I realized I really need to try it out, plus I wanted to clock the number of steps I take at the off leash dog park around the reservoir. I’ve heard rumors that it’s 1.85 miles for one loop. Read more…