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How To: Pack Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Eat

Healthy Snacks Kids Like

As my husband and I struggle to pack lunches and snacks for our kids’ camp lunches, I find myself wandering the grocery store aisles searching for healthy choices that my kids will actually eat.  While waiting at the hospital for my mammogram (annual check up), I saw a great article on this topic on  WebMD magazine (who knew they had a magazine?!).  So I searched their website further and found some helpful suggestions. Read more…

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How To: Raise a Confident Kid

Tips for Raising a Confident Kid

DesignTrackMind asked me to post on this topic and I thought, “Gee, I wish I knew myself.”  She said that she is asking me, not because I have all the answers, but because she knows that I will go crazy and do all the research.  So, I did it, and here it is.  And may we all raise confident kids because the world would be a better place if we did. Read more…

Notable Native American Children’s Author: Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac Author Study

They say that history is written by the victor.  In the case of the Native Americans, I will say that while the victors may allow the Native Americans a voice, the winners seem to get a better distribution deal.  And it’s strange that we, who grow up in the United States and even study history in college, know so little about the Native American heritage. Read more…

Dinosaur! ebook app for ages 1-5

Dinosaur eBook App for Preschool Boys

This is a cute rhyming iPhone/iPad/iPod ebook app by StoryBoy.net  that my 5-year-old son really liked.  He went through a serious dinosaur phase when he was three and has since moved on to Pokemon, Bakugan, Ben 10, and now Avatar:  The Last Airbender so I was pleasantly surprised when he opted to read this very simple ebook instead of playing his usual Angry Bird game.  I think this ebook brought back fond memories of that time. Read more…

How To: Pick a Family Dog

Choosing a Family Dog

Capability:Mom sent this to me from an email newsletter she gets from Daily Candy.  I searched their site for a link but was unable to get it so I posted the main excerpt below.

But first, this is the story of my family dog odyssey: Read more…

Life Lessons from Billionaires for Kids

Life Lessons Billionaires Can Teach Kids

I got permission from Sean Rein to repost his excellent article which is on Forbes.com.  I thought this article was excellent for the lessons that it imparts for raising children.  I added additional lessons to teach our children that will serve them well in life, and certainly in the business arena,  should they chose that path.  Forgive me if they are cliches or “Everything I Learned at Kindergarten Sandbox-ish.” Read more…

$200+ Designer Jeans for Kids?

A Cheap Source for Designer Jeans for Kids

DesignTrackMind asked me if I bought designer jeans for my girls.  Tractor jeans?  Yes,  I do buy Tractor skinny jeans for my oldest because they fit her well and I don’t have to hem them so they end up fitting for about two years. Read more…

Your Dog Is what It Eats

Dog Food Analysis Website

Thank you to my childhood friend and neighbor growing up, Carolyn,  for this website:  Dog Food Analysis. In their own words: Read more…

3 Life Lessons From Picture Books…

Picture Books Teach Life Lessons

This is a nice blog with tagline: Where Grandmas Bond, Brag and Benefit. Don’t you just love that? Here Pam Allyn shares her love of books with her granddaughter — a love that helps teach her grandchildren a sense of empathy, a sense of community, and ignites a child’s imagination. Thanks for the great post and great picture book picks! Read more…