Storytime with Craigmore Creations – Review and Giveaway


My kids love to be read to and I have found that the best time that works for us is right before bed time.  They get in their pajamas, brush their teeth and then we all sit down for  a story.  So when I was asked to review some new books from Craigmore Creations I… [read more]

Back to School with Crayola! – Review


Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions and thoughts are my own. What do you think of when you think of the first day of school?  For me, I think of new crayons and new jeans. I was always excited to go… [read more]

“Making the Sunscreen Grade” During Back to School with Coppertone


Disclosure: I received product for compensation to write the following from Coppertone My daughter started school back up two weeks ago and I finally think we are starting to get back into a routine around here.  This year was a big year for us.  She started 1st grade which is her first time going all day… [read more]

My three year old can read! How to teach children as young as 2 years old to read


Early childhood education has always been extremely important to me.  During and after college I taught 4 year olds at an academic preschool.  I was also a teacher and therapist for children with autism.  I knew even before I had children that I didn’t want to leave the teaching of my children entirely up to… [read more]

Guest Post: Conscious Parenting ~ 3 Tips for Avoiding Separation Anxiety

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Separation anxiety is a hard thing to go through, both as a child and for the parents. And, it isn’t something that plagues a child for a few years in childhood and then magically disappears. It can affect a person for decades. At some point in childhood, it does go stealth, because children don’t want… [read more]

Boys and Girls Clubs and Amway teach youth healthier ways of living with POSITIVE SPROUTS program!


In the consumer world of today, living sustainably is becoming more and more important.  Right in line with the importance of sustainable living is the importance of healthy living and healthy eating. Over the past couple years my family and I have become increasingly aware of the importance of these three things, and, in turn, are… [read more]

Magic Moves by Educational Insights gets kids moving and laughing! Review and #Giveaway


With chilly weather coming up I was so excited to review Educational Insights new Magic Moves wand!  The perfect toy for cold or rainy days, the Magic moves wand not only gets your kids moving, but it also gets them laughing! Shake it up! Work it out! Magic Moves is all about…MOVIN’! Stomp like an… [read more]

Estimation Station by Educational Insights- Review and #Giveaway!

As I’ve stated before, I LOVE homeschooling my children!  There really isn’t anything I like better than the unlimited time I get to spend with my children while teaching them and watching them teach themselves. Though I know it is important for them to be able to do things just because it needs to get… [read more]

Webee – Game, Keyboard, and Teaching Tool in one for the Tech-Savvy Kid


 Today’s little ones are becoming more technologically capable than ever before.  Therefore, it is no surprise that today’s leading toy manufactures are trying to keep up with the times in creating exciting, modern and innovative products.  However, as tech-savvy as kids are these days, parents are still concerned about the educational content of the games… [read more]

Scat the Cat – Color Learning Game

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My in-laws have a cabin up the mountains here in Utah that we like to get away to occasionally through out the year.  The last time we were up there one of my sister-in-laws was playing a cute game with her toddler.  It was called Scat the Cat and it was a very simply homemade game that… [read more]

Back to School Survival necessities! #HPCreate + Giveaway!


IT’S SCHOOL TIME! I’m sure that as a parent this time of year brings you a mixture of emotions.  A touch of sadness to see your little ones growing up so quickly. Pride that your little ones are growing up so quickly.  Anxiety about how your children will do at school all day without.  Joy… [read more]

Avery’s Give Back to Schools contest! Win $10,000 for your child’s school!

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Wouldn’t it be great this year for your child’s school to earn $10,000 in donated school supplies from Avery Dennison as well as 25,000 Box Tops for Education? That’s the motivation behind the Avery the Give Back to Schools promotion, now in its third year! Schools recruit votes and the 5 schools with the highest numbers will take home… [read more]

6 Tips for healthy school lunches! #HormelFamily

When I look around the grocery store at the foods that are marketed to kids and parents as school lunch foods I am occasionally appalled. With high fructose corn syrup, large amounts of sugar, and hydrogenated oils in in most of the foods the average American consumes on a daily basis it can take a… [read more]

Educational Insights GeoSafari Talking Globe

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We recently returned from an extended vacation in San Diego, and much to my delight there was a large package waiting for me. I knew what it was as soon as I saw it. My GeoSafari Talking Globe from Education Insights!! It seems that I frequently get questions from my kids, or things come up… [read more]