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Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

It’s not uncommon to see my entire family including myself on a screen while waiting for our food at a restaurant. While it keeps everyone quiet, it annoys my husband to see us all on screens. He’s devised a series of restaurant games designed to get everyone off screens.

Restaurant Games to Get Kids Off Screens

Chopsticks Messy Backyard

Chopsticks Messy Backyard

This is a simple game that you can do at any Asian restaurant. Simple rip up the paper chopstick holder into small pieces and place in the center of the table. Place a napkin in front of each player. Using chopsticks, move the pieces from the center to your napkin. The player with the most pieces wins. Read more…

House Monkey App for Chores

House Monkey App for Chores

The House Monkey App is an interesting idea. It’s an app that you set up for your family to track chores and tasks around the house. It has features to reward participation, and lets you create training videos to show someone how to do a task.

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For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

For Kids: Be A Backyard Hero and Win $5000!

Want some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids? Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers have partnered to teach kids and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes.

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Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game

Win Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Game #YOKAIWATCH

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

It wasn’t hard to convince my 5th grade son to try out the Nintendo Yo-kai Watch video game on his 3DSXL. In fact, he was surprised and elated when the game arrived in the mail, but not sure how it happened. Usually, he orders his games online, and tracks the arrival diligently, to the hour! It’s unusual that I’d have a video game lined up for him!

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Make Pie for Pi Day 3.14.16

Making Pie for Pi Day: 3.14.16 (rounding up!)

My mathematician dad would be proud that I’m celebrating Pi Day today and have been for the past few years. Last year, I found Pi Day cartoons which I found hilarious. I looked that the relationship between Pi and The Golden Rule and how Pi tells stories. I even celebrated Tau Day which is 2x Pi.

Pi Day

Image from Randomly Yaya

Let’s Celebrate Pi Day:  March 14, 2016. That’s 3.14159 (rounded up) to 3/14/16!

Pi Day is March 14th! It’s the only number with its own holiday! Most scholars consider Pi to be the most important and fascinating number in all of mathematics. Technically, the mathematical constant pi is an irrational, or never-ending number, created by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter. It is a number that begins with 3.14 but then goes on and on never repeating itself for infinity.

Did you know?

  • Pi Day (3/14) turns out to be Albert Einstein’s birthday!
  • Pi, more commonly known by the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, is the most widely-known mathematical constant in the world.
  • Pi was not easy to calculate. People died trying to figure it out!

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My Story of Brownstone Living

My Story of Brownstone Living

My husband and I were living in West Los Angeles (before kids) when I decided to move back to Boston to return to the company that I had co-founded during college with two friends. I flew back alone to hunt for an apartment. I was tired of driving one hour each way to work and my dream was to walk to work. My Boston friends suggested the South End.

Brownstone Living

When I was in college, I came to the South End to volunteer at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter. It was a rough neighborhood, split by the proverbial railroad tracks on the wrong side. I remember running in elated fear from a homeless man, either mentally unstable or on drugs, who chased my friend Neal and I to the subway station screaming incoherently at us and making threatening gestures.

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McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®

McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal® is Our Favorite Breakfast

Picky Kid Pix and I are a big fans of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal®, made from 100 percent whole grain Irish oats, so we were both thrilled when The Motherhood asked me to cover it. I like to make it for breakfast when she has a morning soccer game because it fuels her up and is a good and delicious breakfast. Her favorite breakfast is McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.
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How Early Learning Resources Can #SparkAMind of a Child

How Early Learning Resources Can #SparkAMind of a Child

This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

How do you as a parent encourage a lifelong love of learning in your child? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt believes that everyday moments of curiosity can spark an interest in kids, motivating them to dig for answers. Asking questions and learning how to find answers is the key to creating a desire to learn.

As a mom with three kids, I’ve found that my children are polar opposite when it comes to what drives their curiosity. My oldest, now 16 years old, has always had a love for art. For her, we brought her to art museums, got her art books, and provided her with art materials so that she could draw, draw, draw every single day. Her progress is captured here: Grasshopper and Sensei. It’s no surprise to us that she wants to attend an art and design college.

Early Learning desire in my child lead to her interest in art

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Lunch Box Love, free lunch box notes printable

Lunch Box Love: FREE Lunch Box Note Printable

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

I’m not the mom who makes beautiful bento box lunches for her kids though I fantasize about that. I am usually the one scrambling in the morning to pack lunch for my son who is the last to go to school. My teen girls are up and out of the house before I am awake (thanks hubby!), and they pack their own lunch.

Show Love in the Lunch Box

It’s not surprising then that Valentine’s Day has passed and even Chinese New Year and I didn’t do anything special for my kids. I’ve decided that 1) it’s never too late and 2) baby steps. Read more…