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Our Trip to the Women's World Cup and Soccer Book GIVEAWAY

Our Trip to the Women’s World Cup and Soccer Book GIVEAWAY

My husband had it all figured out. The Women’s World Cup was going to be held in Canada and if we got really lucky, we would be able to watch USA Women’s National Team if they made the quarter finals. We watched all their games with excitement! The scores were tight but we were going to see them in Ottawa!

Women's World Cup and Soccer Book GIVEAWAY

We had never been to Ottawa but had visited Montreal five times and Toronto once. Ottawa is Canada’s capital and famous for a fried dough treat called a Beavertail. It comes topped with an assortment of sweets including Nutella and candy. My kids were delighted to sample it!

driving to Burlington VT

The drive up took 10 hours due to an accident involving a semi truck transporting gas that shut down the highway such that everyone shut off their cars for nearly an hour.

Burlington Vermont

We also stopped midway in Burlington, Vermont which is a lovely stop for foodies! Farm to table was invented here I think!

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Back to School with Tyson A+ Fun Nuggets

Back to School with Tyson A+ Fun Nuggets

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Project A+. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s August and already time to start thinking about back to school?! When I think about school, I remember the scramble right after school to feed the kids a hearty snack before they leave for their sports practices. They really need a mini-meal but it needs to be quick and sometimes, even portable!

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The Importance of STEM for Kids

The Importance of STEM for Kids

My youngest son is a gamer. He will sit in front of a computer, iPad or DSI all day in his pajamas if I let him. He will shift his hours so that he becomes “Nocturnal Man,” capable of staying up until 2 in the morning and sleeping until noon.

His behavior, though, also reminds me of some brilliant programmers that I had the privilege of working with in Silicon Valley years ago, back in the days of the .com bubble.

What’s a mom to do? I say, if you can’t beat them, join them. I asked my son if he would like to make his own computer games and he thought that was a great idea.


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How to Get Into College: AdmissionsRevolution

How to Get Into College: Admissions Revolution #GIVEAWAY

With my oldest starting 10th grade next year and my middle fixated on getting into a top college, I have been thinking about admissions quite a bit. You might have noticed my anxiety with posts for Grasshopper and Sensei on Top Art and Design Colleges for Undergraduates and Art Competitions for Kids and Teens.

It’s a little easier, I’ll admit, having my oldest focused on Art and Design schools. There aren’t as many so the focus is narrower and the acceptance rates are not as heart-stopping as top colleges. It’s going to be tougher to help PickyKidPix with her dream college.

PickyKidPix will be in 8th grade next year and she’s already starting to think about SAT tests. She’s been taking Latin and studying SAT vocabulary cards. She’s trying to figure out which sport to focus on that increase her chances of getting recruited. She appreciates knowing how everything works in terms of the college admission game.

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Stock Market Basics for Kids

Stock Market Basics for Kids

PickyKidPix is now 13-years-old and has shown interest in the stock market for quite some time. Recently, she asked me if she owned any Disney stock. I had purchased a handful of shares when she was born with the money her grandmother (my mother) had gifted to her. My mother had also set up a custodial stock trading account for each of my kids as well. It was her way of helping them with college tuition.

Disney Stock Price

PickyKidPix tells me that she’s been tracking Disney stock (DIS) and that it’s at an all time high. “Can I sell some?” she asks. I spent last summer transferring the kids’ stock accounts into my brokerage account to put all the accounts under one roof, so to speak. I figured that now is a good time to let my daughter trade. I closed her savings account and moved the money to her brokerage account, and figured out the user name and password so she would be good to go. Read more…

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Have you ever accidentally downloaded malware onto your computer accidentally infecting your blog? I did it to myself while trying to figure out a way to get a YouTube video that I made to upload into my Instagram. My husband was away and I wanted to show him highlights of our kids’ games from that weekend.

My kids were asleep when I searched the web to find a tool to get my YouTube video into Instragram. They were horrified that I downloaded from a site because they told me, “Duh, you can’t do that. Instagram doesn’t let you upload from YouTube.” And, of course, they were right. I wasn’t able to get my video onto Instragram but I did give my blog a nasty virus that put pop-up ads on very page. It was so upsetting that I couldn’t bear to look at my homepage!

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Happy 50th to the Love of My Life

Happy 50th to the Love of My Life

Some of my readers noticed that my husband is rarely shown on my blog or social media. In fact, it was years before he first appeared on my Instagram. That’s because he doesn’t like to be in any photos. Today’s his 50th birthday and I’m out-of-town at my college roommate’s 50th birthday (he said it was fine with him).

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Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

I started a new class that combines yoga and boxing. You might think this is a weird combination but they are more alike that you’d think:

  • Both yoga and boxing focus on the breath. When you are in the ring, it’s essential to be cognizant of your breath. Some boxers even breath out with a weird sound to remind themselves to breath because no breath = no energy.

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  • Both boxing and yoga build a strong core. Side plank, chair pose, plank, vinyasa are all poses that I regularly do in boxing. Weird, isn’t it? But these poses also are essential to strengthening your core and you need strong abs to absorb punches. I got hit in the core once and it knocked the wind out of me, but because of endless planks and sit-ups, I was able to continue.

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  • Both boxing and yoga use body weight to build strength. On very rare occasions, I will warm up with 2 pound hand weights if I can find the lone pink pair in the bin; otherwise I struggle with 3 pound weights, but most of the time I train in boxing just with my body weight. This results in long, lean muscles. And yoga with boxing means supple strength and less injury.

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I’ve been marketing YogaBox™ to an email group weekly and I typically send out two memes as part of my email campaign just to make it more interesting. I find the memes on Instagram and pull two that speak to me each week. Some weeks the message is motivational. Some weeks when I am tired, I just want something funny.

Here’s my collection from the past year. I hope they amuse you!

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The Challenges of Naming Your Dog

The Challenges of Naming Your Dog

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My husband and I promised our kids that they could get a dog when our youngest turned five. It was our way to stall until all three could take some responsibility. We tried for one year to adopt a puppy from a shelter. We visited Angell Memorial three times but there were very few puppies and most were for adults only. We went to Buddy Dog but the employee there was quite firm that a Jack Russell terrier mix puppy was too high energy for a family with three small kids. Thank goodness; she was right!

Wally our family dog

We dog sat too, to practice. The first dog we sat shed mightily and could not tolerate high-pitched noises. That breed was out; we had two kids learning to play the flute. The second dog we sat I worried was too large for our small house. We fell in love with him despite his size and did the next best thing to keeping him; we bought his relative from the same breeder.

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