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International Book Giving Day POSTER REVEAL!

International Book Giving Day POSTER REVEAL! #BookGivingDay

Elys Dolan is the illustrator for International Book Giving Day 2018’s official poster!

International Book Giving Day POSTER REVEAL!

Elys Dolan’s poster features an array of fun, book loving characters. Eagle eyed readers will spot some familiar, much loved characters from her illustrated novel, Knighthood for Beginners.  Read more…

How To Coach Girls Alison Foley Mia Wenjen coaching book for girls

How To Coach Girls COVER REVEAL & 2 Chapter GIVEAWAY!

We are so excited to reveal the cover for our new book, How To Coach Girls, that I co-authored with Alison Foley, Boston College Women’s Soccer Head Coach!

How To Coach Girls Alison Foley Mia Wenjen coaching book for girls

How To Coach Girls by Alison Foley and Mia Wenjen

Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by age 13, with girls quitting 6x the rate of boys?

Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on creating a successful team that motivates girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years. Twenty-two chapters cover major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the challenges of coaching your own daughter.

In addition, fifteen professional coaches from a range of sports, including former Olympian athletes, give their advice on what girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun.

2 Chapter GIVEAWAY of How To Coach Girls

I am giving away two chapters of How To Coach Girls. You can download it here. Read more…

Paul Revere House North End Boston

Paul Revere Museum in Boston

The Paul Revere House in the North End Italian section of Boston is a wonderful place to visit. It’s the oldest house in Downtown Boston and his colonial home during the time of the American Revolution.

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4 Simple Steps to Start Your Green Journey Today

4 Simple Steps to Start Your Green Journey Today

Taking the initiative to go green is a great way to show how much you care about the planet and do your part to create a better world for our future. However, because taking a green initiative can mean a variety of different things, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out exactly where to start. Thankfully, going green doesn’t mean you need to change every aspect of your life right away. Instead, there are small ways you can start to make a difference. Check out these four simple steps to start your green journey today and make a positive impact.

  1. Try Alternative Transportation

If you drive everywhere, you can be adding to the pollution that reigns through cities across the globe. Although it’s sometimes necessary, opting for a different mode of transportation can help you start your green journey. For instance, is it possible for you to walk or ride your bike to certain places you visit with your car? If so, do this, as eliminating a drive eliminates those pollutants from the air. Read more…

DIY Organic Rose Shampoo

DIY Organic Rose Shampoo

My hair stylist starting making organic beauty products and my girls and I love her Rose Shampoo and Rinse though she doesn’t sell it on her Etsy store, Joli Savons.

DIY Shampoo easy recipe

I decided to try to make shampoo myself. I found a recipe that was pretty easy and played around with it until it worked for my hair. Instead of two products — shampoo and rinse — I wanted a shampoo that moisterized and volumized with just one product.DIY shampoo recipe Read more…

A Health Tune-up for the Whole Family

A Health Tune-up for the Whole Family

The end of the year is a great time for personal and financial accounting. But it is also a good time to take stock as a family on matters regarding your family’s health. Establishing good health habits in children now when they are young will help them become adults who fall into a healthy lifestyle more easily than their counterparts.

Here are some steps you can take that will not only help give your whole family a health tune-up. But also set the tone for the year to come.

  1. Start with a family meeting.

From nutrition to fitness to health checkups, getting everyone on the same page can take time. What better way than through discussing it altogether. Of course, you and your partner should know the major points you want to cover beforehand. And avoid putting anyone on the spot by handling sensitive issues privately. For example, if one of your children is battling with a food disorder or with overeating, these kinds of issues take delicacy to handle. So have an outline of safe topics you can cover together, but also a separate list that might need some one on one time with your child. Read more…

5 Family-Friendly Attractions in Niagara Falls

5 Family-Friendly Attractions in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Canada is the perfect destination for a family vacation. With American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls right across the border in the United States, and the iconic Horseshoe Falls straddling the border, Niagara Falls offers some of the continent’s most breathtaking natural majesty.

But that’s not all you’ll find in this popular destination city. Niagara Falls also boasts family-friendly attractions to suit all tastes. Here are five of the most popular Niagara Falls attractions you and your kids will love: Read more…

How to Guard Your Child from Developing Eating Disorders

How to Guard Your Child from Developing Eating Disorders

One day your child was happy and carefree, and the next she or he seems moody, depressed, and has stopped eating.

The reason children develop eating disorders ranges widely. According to Mayo Clinic, it could be that he or she wants to join an activity that requires participants to be lean. For example, cheerleading, gymnastics, ballet, etc. Or it could be due to pressure from his or her peers to be thin. And yes, even children under 12 can begin to feel this pressure. In a Common Sense Media report, it was found that kids as young as five years old are already thinking about ideal body types. Read more…

How to Protect Your Kid's Eyes - 5 Trusty Tips

How to Protect Your Kid’s Eyes – 5 Trusty Tips

So, you’re raising a reader! And the good news is that your child loves to read. The not-so-good news? With the rise of the digital age, a large portion of our reading is now done on digital eBook devices. Laptops, iPads, smartphones, and other tablets all conspire to give us digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome. Is there anything a parent, educator, or caregiver can do to protect children’s eyes? You betcha! Read on for 5 tips from the experts.

  1. Evaluate their vision.

Have you noticed your child squinting at text? Does he or she seem to hold the books closer to his or her face than necessary? Does he or she complain of tired eyes? Even if these symptoms are not present, when was the last time your child went for an eye checkup? The American Optometric Association recommends that children between the ages of 6 to 18 go for annual eye checkups. Getting glasses to prevent eyestrain is a smart move that could encourage hesitant readers. In fact, eyestrain or poor vision could be what has been holding your child back from fully entering the wonderful world of reading.

  1. Balance plays a role.

Too many hours spent with eyes glued to a screen is not good for the eyes. Eye muscles get fatigued, just as other muscles do in our body. Other symptoms of overuse? When your child complains of dry, irritated, or sensitive eyes. Wearing a pair of computer glasses like those offered by Felix Gray will combat these symptoms by filtering blue light and eliminating glare from screens, the two main culprits of digital eye strain.

But there are also other secondary effects to eye strain that contribute to poor health habits. In a report published by CNN, it was found that the average American spends 10 hours in front of a screen. The statistics for children might be different, as where an adult likely uses a laptop for work, a child will be in a classroom. So, while the hours in front of a screen might be less for a child, compared to an adult’s, those hours mean less time a child could be outside, playing. Being active when young is an important habit for kids to establish that will help them avoid becoming overweight later in life.

Help your child avoid eyestrain by making sure your child is also going outside and playing. And that he or she has an active life outside of screen-based entertainment. Read more…