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4th of July Celebrations in America’s Home Town

4th of July in Plymouth

What can you do in America’s home town to celebrate 4th of July? Glad you asked because there’s lots to do. My Mom Friend Alison showed us her home town, the Massachusetts Colony of Plymouth. What can do you do in two days in Plymouth? It’s hard to avoid bumping into history. We saw Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower, Jenny Grist Mill, and a Wampanoag who works at Plimouth Plantation. We entertained the kids with a fishing cruise, pool with waterside, arcade next to pool with water slide, parade that rained candy, and spectacular fireworks. 4th of July at America’s hometown was fabulous. My kids want to do this every year! Read more…

Reading Activities for Summer Learning Fun

Please welcome mom and literacy expert, Nadine Cruz-Saubert, with great reading activities ideas for summer learning.

Getting Kids Reading During the Summer

As a mother of 3 very different children, I wanted to come up with an inexpensive way extend our reading experiences this summer.  I didn’t want to just send my kids to their bedroom to read.  With the abundance of resources available on the web and the books I have collected throughout the years, I compiled a laundry list of activities we can do after reading experiences. Read more…

My 7yOld Son’s Favorite Books for Beginning Readers

Best Books for Beginning Readers

I was reading a post from Delightful Children’s Book, an excellent kids’ book blog,  when she confesses to hiding the fantasy chapter books her son prefers underneath the realistic fiction that she’d rather he read. I am the same about wanting my kids to read the carefully chosen books that I have selected for each of my kids. It’s just like the cobbler’s kids not having shoes, right? The children’s book bloggers’ kids all want to pick books on their own that are not sanctioned. Read more…

Week 6: Summer Math for Incoming 2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math Review

I found these great tips in the fine print. Enjoy a book about math from these great authors.

p.s. The other weeks are here: Week 1, Week 2Week 3Week 4, Week 5. Read more…

More Things That Kill Dogs If They Eat It

Common Pet Poisons to Beware of

My dog chewed on an industrial mouse poison bait trap. I have no idea where he got it but I found it in our gated and locked back yard. He was scheduled for his annual vet visit anyway, so it was well times. I should have brought the mouse poison along with the stool sample so I had to call my husband to read me the information off the box. Read more…

Why A Sponsored Video for the American Cancer Society?

The Fight Against Cancer Continues

Because my aunt died of cancer too young. And my mother had breast cancer. And my childhood friend had cancer too. And my neighbor had it twice. And my real estate agent is a survivor. And my daughter friend’s brother had it as a child. And I’m sure there is more. Read more…

social media balance,

Balancing Social Media To Actually Get Things Done

Balancing The Demands of Social Media for Bloggers

Question: What is more demanding? Your kids or your social media to do list? Please comment! Read more…

Wonder, R J Palacio, chapter book on special needs, chapter book that teaches compassion

Summer Reading List: New Books for Kids and Book Reviews for B&N

Summer Reading List for Kids

I am really excited! I am on a “try out” (much like my girls’ stressful soccer tryouts) to write children’s book reviews for my favorite bookstore, Barnes and Noble! Our missions are aligned, we both want to get kids reading this summer and — dare I say it — even excited to read! B&N (’cause now we’re on a shortened name basis) is just starting to pull together reviews for KidLit (think iTunes genius suggestions) and they will need a steady supply of *good* reviews to match the books customers buy on their Nooks. Read more…

Karen Bergreen, Perfect is Overrated

Karen Bergreen’s Latest Funny Novel for Moms

Perfect Funny Novel for Moms’ Book Club

Please welcome my guest author, friend from college, and comedian Karen Bergreen. I have other posts on her here and here.

Comedian, author, stressed-out mom Read more…