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Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Do you not know what to give your teacher for this holiday season? Are you not allowed to give your teacher a gift like I am, except if it is for the classroom? I am excited about this great giveaway that you can win for your teacher!

griffin technology PowerDock 5 charging station Tech the Halls

It’s easy. Just have your kids kids write a short 3-5 sentence essay about why their teacher deserves to win a gift basket full of Griffin products for his or her classroom. Leave this as a comment below. I will choose the most moving essay to win this Tech the Halls package. Read more…

This Duck Wears Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month #ThisDuckWearsPink

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWellDid you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? I got the best Christmas present last year. My mother, who was then 91-years-old was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer last fall. She went through a myriad of tests. Just when I was trying to figure out how to arrange a trip to California to help out, my mom called me. Her final tests showed that the growth was pre-cancerous and did not require surgery. Instead, they put her back on hormone treatment.

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

October is a good time to learn more about breast cancer. Did you know … Read more…

Halloween window painting

Peanuts The Movie and Star Market #peanutsmovie

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

Halloween window painting

What are the Halloween traditions where you live? We have a window painting competition where I live. Some years, we get torrential rain which erases most of the window paintings. One year, we got an early snowstorm that took out the power to our neighborhood for four days, including Halloween. This year, though, the weather looks great for window painting and, hopefully, Trick or Treating!

Halloween window painting

Do your kids like the Peanuts gang? Charlie and the gang are back in a new Peanuts movie that tells the story of Charlie and the new girl. The Albertsons Safeway family of local grocery stores, which includes my local Star Market, will be an exclusive grovery partner for the upcoming release of the Peanuts movie. Check out the trailer here. The Peanuts Movie is coming out Friday, November 6th, 2015.

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Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be Easy

Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be Easy

Parenting With Purpose from Sleeping Should Be EasyMy blogging friend, Nina Garcia of Sleeping Should Be Easy, has a new book out called Parenting With Purpose!

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VolunteerSpot

Wrangling Volunteers #SignUpSpot

My son will be graduating from elementary school this year. The 5th grade parents raise money all year for the graduation festivities which includes a grade-wide field trip, a commemorative t-shirt, and a year book. The fundraising activities include a pumpkin raffle and a bake sale held during election day since voters will come to the school.

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Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

Healthy Living for Our Elders #AgingWell

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

Aetna recently teamed up with Grandparents.com on a survey to find out what healthy means to more than 5,000 Grandparents.com members. There is a strong focus on connections between the past and the future.

  • Many grandparents these days live with family, with almost one in five respondents reporting that they live with children or other family at least some of the time. My mother lives alone but my sister lives nearby and sees her twice a week.
  • A grandparent never really retires: A large number of survey respondents still work either full- or part-time. My mom sells wellness products so I can attest to that! I think a part-time vocation keeps my mom active.
  • Grandparents are online! Almost half (46.3 percent) say they use mobile devices such as phones and tablets for Internet searches about health. My mom is on Facebook!
  • Grandparents have a health focus. More than a quarter (27.2 percent) say they wish they had started exercising 20 years ago. More than one in seven (14.4 percent) state they wish they had started taking better care of their emotional health 20 years ago through activities like yoga and meditation. My mom takes weight lifting and line dancing classes.

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20 Things I Love About My Husband

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

What do we want from love? To be known. To be seen. To be understood. from TEDTalk by Mandy Len Catron

Today is my 20th anniversary! Happy anniversary to the love of my life. Twenty years, 3 kids and a dog later, here we are! As my husband always says, “Who would have thunk?”

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

Have you seen this TEDTalk? Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part…what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love.

 

20 Things I Love About My Husband

20. He’s handy.

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

The night we got engaged.

19. He doesn’t get cranky when you ask him to fix something around the house. He actually likes wearing his tool belt and teaching the kids how to fix things. Read more…

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

My blogging assignment for The Peanuts Movie delighted my family! We were to go to our favorite UPick farm and search for The Great Pumpkin and anything else that reminded us of The Peanuts Movie which opens November 6th.

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

We enjoyed the New England fall foliage as we drove to Stowe, Massachusetts to Shelburne Farm. We usually go here once a year to pick apples but this year, my husband opted for a less commercial farm on the North Shore which my kids did not enjoy as much. Why? My kids are all about the cider donuts!

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ScholarshipOwl

Apply to Dozens of Scholarships with 1 Application using ScholarshipOwl

ScholarshipOwl was founded by veteran tech entrepreneur Kenny Sandorffy, who believes passionately in the need to transform the application process, so students can get the aid they need to pay for their education. Sandorffy became frustrated after completing a single aid application took longer than applying to his college.

The college application process is already time consuming enough! But scholarships can help pay for college so it’s worth taking the time to apply. Imagine if you could use one registration form to apply for dozens of scholarships and they are targeted to you?!


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