How to Win the Summer Reading Battle

As a Reading Specialist, I can tell you with 100% certainty that the summer slide is REAL. I swear, once the final bell rings, kids think that anything academic is thrown out the window. Now I’m not saying that you should have kids doing worksheets all summer long instead of drinking from the hose and […]

Fun Ways to Give a Gift Card

It’s that time of year when those Pinterest perfect moms make the rest of us feel like crap since we are overwhelmed by the chaos that is May and the last thing on our minds is creating an adorable, Instagram-worthy teacher gift. But have no fear, you have a former teacher here who wants to […]

Busy Weeknight Dinner Hacks

There’s something about Spring that sends moms like me into panic mode. Maybe it’s scrambling to set up summer plans so my kids aren’t at each other’s throats on a daily basis, or it’s because of the crazy sports schedule (these rain make up baseball and soccer sessions are slowly killing me), or it’s the […]

A Kid’s Guide to March Madness

Is there anything better than a day filled with buzzer beaters and Cinderella stories? How about when your kids happily watch all the March Madness games WITH you? You see, we are a sports loving family and one of our most favorite times of year is when college basketball dominates TV screens across the country. […]

How to Support a Friend Through a Crisis

I don’t know what I would do without my girlfriends. They are my sounding boards, my cheerleaders, my car pool companions…basically they are my everything. And while these superwomen can handle whatever life throws at then, I never want them to go through a life crisis alone.  Recently, one of my wonderful girlfriends went through […]

Taking Your Kids to the Movies for the First Time

One of the most exciting things as a parent is watching your child go through “firsts”. First words and first steps are amazing, but it doesn’t stop there. Watching your kiddo attend the first day of school, learn to ride a bike…they are all such fun experiences. Another fun “first” to celebrate? Taking your child […]