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Piffle’s ABC Animals eBook App for Kids

Cute Alphabet eBook app for Kids

Piffle’s ABC Book of Funny Animals by Once Upon an App is a sweet ABC ebook with that rhymes, teaches the ABCs interactively, and is sung in an engaging and silly way that preschoolers adore. Read more…

Greek Mythology Picture Book today, Percy Jackson in a few years!

Young Zeus Picture Book for Kids is Perfect Introduction to Greek Mythology

I am a self-confessed mythology geek so I am always touting the Percy Jackson series as Harry Potter Meets Greek Mythology and getting kids to try out this series.  But my five-year-old was a little left out; The Lightening Thief was too scary for him so he saw a different movie that day.  But now things are looking up for him.  Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas bridges the gap so perfectly between Greek Mythology and Percy Jackson in this wonderful and mythologically accurate picture book.  Karas tells the story of  Zeus as a youngster and how he became the King of Gods minus some gory details. Read more…

Googly Bands Teach Personal Finance

How Googly Bands Can Teach Kids Financial Literacy

The latest craze at our elementary school is these Googly Bands which are basically rubber/plastic bands shaped like animals that kids wear, en masse, as bracelets.   Word was out FAST which stores had them and which were sold out.  They are $2.50 for a dozen at some gift stores in town and as I walked in with my oldest, who had been bugging me all week to take her, I literally heard the store owner on the phone with Googly Bands asking how fast they could ship more. Read more…

Easy Dinners for Busy Moms

My Riff on The Silver Palate’s Chicken Marbella

The Silver Palate is one of those classic cookbooks that everyone should have in their kitchen library.  I think the first one is still the best.  My riff of their Chicken Marbella evolved because my kids think prunes and dried apricots are “gross.” And my pepper mill has been broken for a few weeks and I keep forgetting to get a new one.  This tip is for busy parents:  buy 2 cut up chickens and marinate each chicken in a gallon size zip lock bag.  Do this over the weekend when you have more time.  Then, eat the first chicken during the week, say on Monday or Tuesday.  Freeze the second chicken for next week.  AND…use the leftover cooked chicken for a fabulous chicken salad recipe that even my kids love for packing lunches.  (or save it for your own lunch!) Read more…

Top 10: Ways to Teach Kids about Money

Personal Finance Picture Book Series for Kids

This list (slightly paraphrased) is from Dr. Prakash Dheeriya, a professor of finance, who is the author of the Finance for Kidz series that teaches kids about money management, personal finance and planning for the future. Read more…

Top 10: Chapter Books with Activity to Get Boys to Read

Chapter Books with Activities for Boys Book Club

Some of my Mom Friends are dreading the summer reading requirements from school because their boys are not reading for pleasure yet.  So I put together this list that combines books with a related and fun activity as an incentive for  boys to read.  Yes, I believe in bribery.  It helps get kids over the hump to change their behavior on a temporary basis but that might be enough for them to realize that reading is fun. Read more…

Top 10: Best Middle School Books for Summer Reading

Best Books for Middle School Kids

A HUGE thank you to Capability:Mom for creating this list.  She knows Middle School children’s literature much better than I do — my oldest is 10-years-old so I’m slowly getting there.  She also blogs on children’s literature but skews a little older towards YA (Young Adult) as well as on cooking/baking and other topics of interest.  She is a library freak and volunteers at every library in town including both elementary, middle school and public library.  Needless to say, I picked an authority on the topic and am excited to read these books myself!  Thank you Capability:Mom!  Check out her blog for more books as well the Rainbow Cake saga… Read more…

Helping Kids Deal with Setbacks and Failure

Why Teaching Kids to be Resilient is So Important

“It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.”     Arnold Palmer Read more…

Meet My Friend, Capability:Mom, A Mom’s Guide to Everything

Meet Capability:Mom

I wanted you to meet my good friend, Capability:Mom, who is many things to me including my neighbor, my mother’s helper’s mother, my mother confessor for my mom crimes, my compadre in blogging as a founding member of my blogging group CoffeeShopBloggers.com, and my dear friend. Read more…