Be a Hunger Hero!

Be a Hunger Hero

I wrote last week about random acts of kindness. The post that follows could be added to that list – look for products and companies that give back as a matter of everyday business. More than 16 million American children live in poverty. For these kids, access to nutritious foods can be a big challenge. […]

60 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids

60 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids

A few weeks ago, I got 2 new tattoos on my wrists – live fully with my little blog birdie and love fully with a cross. I get strange looks from people who ask about them; the connection between love and the cross isn’t as obvious to everyone else as it is to me. Christ […]

Our Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum Review

How to homeschool second grade

Grace turned 7 in June, and we are just about to finish second grade. We continue to participate in a cyber school (here’s why we chose that route). I wanted to quit the cyber school (and its curriculum) partway through last year, but I thought Grace and I should make the decision together. Quitting meant she would have […]

Buying Furniture Online is Made Easy with Sauder

Sauder dresser review

Have you ever purchased furniture online? Prior to this campaign with Sauder, I hadn’t, but I’m pleased to say that it’s a very easy process – much easier than driving from store to store to find exactly the piece I want! Sauder is a brand I trust, having purchased pieces before, but always in-store. Sauder […]

An Island Grows Book and Volcanic Island Craft

Volcanic Island Craft - Whole Island

Wouldn’t your kids love to make a volcanic island? It’s a super fun and easy activity that you will all enjoy. Our volcanic island craft began with the Love Books summer book exchange. This was our second year participating in the book exchange; last year we exchanged with 3 Dinosaurs and received The Rainbow Fish book […]

I Want to Wake Up to a World Where Robin Williams is Alive

Robin Williams

I want badly to wake up tomorrow to a world where Robin Williams is still alive. I want to wake up to a world in which Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin’s Genie and Sean Maguire did not succumb to mental illness. I want to wake up to a world where suicide is not the 10th leading cause of […]

13 Ways to Pamper Yourself During Your Period (or Anytime!)

13 Ways to Pamper Yourself During Your Period

Let’s face it. When it’s that time of the month, you don’t feel sparkling and pretty. I know I don’t. All I want to do is curl up in my favorite chair in my pajamas and read a book or mess around on Facebook. I don’t want anyone to talk to me, I don’t want […]

10 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Special on Her Birthday

How to make your child feel special on her birthday

Birthdays are a big deal to me. They always have been – birthday parties, birthday presents, special birthday dinners, birthday surprises. For me, what makes the day special are the traditions that we’ve created. I’ve outlined many of them below. 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Kids’ Birthdays Countdown to the birthday to build anticipation. A perfect […]

Keeping Kids Safe with Safe Drive Systems

Keeping Kids Safe in the Car

Did you know that a mom with kids in the car is twice as likely to have a car crash as a drunk driver? Twice as likely! If that’s not a staggering statistic, I don’t know what is. Dr. David Strayer, leading US researcher on accidents and driving safety, found that moms are the most […]

What to Pack in Your Summer Snack Bag

What to pack in your summer snack bag

A friend told me last week, “It wouldn’t be summer without pictures of sunburned Ziegmonts at Hersheypark on Facebook.” It’s true. I post pictures of us at Hersheypark on Facebook almost every time we go to Hersheypark, and we go to Hersheypark almost weekly. And I haven’t found a good sunscreen that reliably keeps us from […]

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