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Beauty Anxiety and Girls: Dove Change One Thing #SelfEsteemProject

Beauty Anxiety and Girls: Dove Change One Thing #SelfEsteemProject

I have two teen girls and have seen first-hand how they cope with beauty anxiety. My oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, refuses to play the beauty game.  It took me years to get her to willingly shop for clothes so that she wouldn’t look like a slob. She still is not one for make up or personal grooming beyond running a brush through her long hair.

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Viva® Vantage® 7-Day Switch Up Tips

Viva® Vantage® 7-Day Switch Up Tips

Are you like me in that you get in a habit of buying certain products like toilet paper and paper towels that you just stick with? Would you be willing to try something else? What would it take?

Viva® Vantage® 7-Day Switch Up Tips

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Cool Inspirational Videos to Watch With Your Kids

Cool Inspirational Videos to Watch With Your Kids

My son and I have been enjoying The Kid Should See This curated videos. We picked out four of our favorites after watching several dozen.

What do we have today?

  • Bach played like you’ve never heard it — by whacking plastic tubes
  • The Guinness World Record for the largest popsicle stick chain reaction
  • Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei
  • A car built of legos that runs on air? Is that possible? Yes!

We hope you enjoy them too!

Boomwhacker Bach

Whacking plastic tubes has never sounded better!  Read more…

Saving and Sharing Memories with Amazon Cloud Drive

Saving and Sharing Memories with Amazon Cloud Drive

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so, you might not realize that you have access to something new at Amazon called Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos. Amazon Cloud Drive provides unlimited photo storage plus 5 GB of additional storage space for videos, movies, music, and files.

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Grasshopper and Sensei is the libero for her high school JV volleyball team.

If you are like me, you are running out of storage space on your hard disk and your iPhone and yet, you want and need to save your videos and photos which make up the majority of your data. Amazon Cloud Drive is a great solution for storing your digital memories because …
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Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine.

My girls and I went to Italy and San Marino last summer on a whirlwind tour of Como, Milan, Rimini, Florence, Venice, Pisa and Montecantini over ten days so that PickyKidPix could play soccer against Italian girls’ teams. It was an interesting cultural experience as soccer is very popular for boys in Italy but not as much for girls. The Italian girls tended to be very technical players but they didn’t have the same fitness regime that we seem to do in the United States.

Soccer and A Taste of Tuscany

Leaning Tower of Pisa with PickyKidPix’s soccer team on the 4th of July. Read more…

TV Room Tailgate Party

TV Room Tailgate Party

Nothing Brings the Family Together Like a Sunday Night Football TV Room Tailgate Party

Sunday nights are great family nights.  For most of us, the weekend days are spent taxiing our kids to their various sporting activities; or tragically, doing chores and other things we don’t have time to tackle during the week.  Kids spend Friday and Saturday nights with their friends.  Hopefully you are squeezing in a date night.  But Sunday nights are great for huddling the family around the TV and bonding over some smack-talkin’, bone-crushing, TD dancin’ FOOTBALL! Read more…

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Get Schooled. The opinions and text are all mine.

My youngest is in 5th grade this year and his homework is getting more challenging. Usually, I can figure out how to help him but sometimes, I need a little help figuring out his homework too! What to do?

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

I’d like to tell you about Homework Help Desk, a new website that’s focused on helping kids with their challenging homework in math, science, English (and parents too!). This website is a project of Get Schooled, a national non-profit founded on the belief that students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation.

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My Top 10 Banned Books for Kids

Top 10 Must Read Banned Books for Kids

Censorship makes me angry (but many things do) and it tends to make me go on the offensive. Instead of my diatribe, I found some words of wisdom by authors on how to handle censorship.

Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.

Most of the censorship I see is fear-driven. I respect that. The world is a very scary place. It is a terrifying place in which to raise children, and in particular, teenagers. It is human nature to nurture and protect children as they grow into adulthood. But censoring books that deal with difficult, adolescent issues does not protect anyone. Quite the opposite. It leaves kids in darkness and makes them vulnerable.

from author Laurie Halse Anderson in the back notes of Speak

banned books for banned book week

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Room for More app

Room for More when #phonefull GIVEAWAY!

Full disclosure, I was compensated for my participation in the Room for More campaign, but all opinions and text are mine.

I now rely on my iPhone for taking video and photos. It’s not as good as a “good” camera but it’s a lot more convenient. I just wish I had more notice, though, when I am about to run out of storage space because that sends me into a panic, especially when I know I need to use my phone to record something important like my daughter’s school concert.

It’s probably not very important to my daughter to record this for posterity but her dad is at home watching our other kids so this is the only way he can watch her perform. She’s only in it for the ice cream parlour stop after the concert! Read more…