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International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) AUSTRALIA!

International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) AUSTRALIA!

Grasshopper and Sensei did a five week service trip through her YMCA sleepaway camp to Australia. It was a trip of a lifetime with about a dozen kids both boys and girls and two counselors! The International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) goes to more than a dozen countries and anyone who has done sleepaway camp through the YMCA can apply, though the application process is rigorous and a lot like applying to college.

International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP) Australia Chimney Corners Camp Berkshires

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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

Would you consider trying a new paper towel? What would it take? 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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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…

Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

There was jubilation in my house when I told my kids that I was doing a sponsored post for Post-it Brand and 3M but it quickly shifted into a battle zone.

“I want the Post-it notes,” chimed my son.

“I need the Post-it notes for school,” claimed PickyKidPix.

“Don’t touch that package until I blog,” I warned my kids.
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