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To Zip the Coat Or Not? Letting Kids Fail and Grow #greatschools

June 17, 2014
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To Zip the Coat Or Not? Letting Kids Fail and Grow #greatschools

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post. I’ve done it. I’m sure you’ve done it too. As parents, we’ve all done it at one time or another. Scene: Your home. Your child struggles zipping his coat. You see your child tugging the zip up and down but not getting the coat zipped. He...
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Giving Back: Starting a Family Tradition (Part 2)

April 22, 2014
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Giving Back: Starting a Family Tradition (Part 2)

Giving back. I teach my children to give back. I encourage them to bring in food donations…toys for an adopted family…mittens for the “Christmas Glove Tree.” Basically, if the school or church asks for items, I’m happy to provide items. I lead by example. I show them that I donate clothes, toys, and household...
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Peanuts Movie: Release Date 2015

March 20, 2014
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Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang are back! Watch the PEANUTS Teaser Trailer now. Peanuts, a 3D animation movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studio, will be released in THEATERS (not a DVD!) November 6, 2015. For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the gang we know...
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Posted in Children, Christmas, Entertainment, family fun, Halloween, holiday, holidays, Kids, Movies, preschools, preteen, Preteens, teen years, Teens, Thanksgiving, Toddlers | No Comments »

Catching Fire Fan Events at Walmart: Orange County, Chicago, and New Jersey #catchingfire

March 5, 2014
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In celebration of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, VOD, and Pay-Per-View on March 7th. Want a sneak peek of Catching Fire? You can meet the cast members from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as they sign copies at Walmart in celebration of Lionsgate’s home entertainment release of...
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Searching for the Perfect #Prom Dress? Check Out @JenJenHouse

February 28, 2014
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Searching for the Perfect #Prom Dress? Check Out @JenJenHouse

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post. I have a confession. Are you ready for it? Here I go. Deep breath. Exhale. Whispers. I’m a stalker…a stalker of prom photos on Facebook. What?! You thought I meant I was a real stalker? Pshaw! Nope, I’m not THAT type of stalker. But show me...
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Middle Schoolers Explore Engineering at #FutureCity #GirlDay2014

February 17, 2014
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Middle Schoolers Explore Engineering at #FutureCity #GirlDay2014

Science classes at my school were dry…and if I am honest…quite dull. The formats for all my classes in middle school and high school were set in stone. Years and years of girls at my school had done the same thing every day in every class…girls entered the class, greeted the teacher, opened their...
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Will You Survive the Search for the Perfect Prom Dress?

January 9, 2014
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Will You Survive the Search for the Perfect Prom Dress?

Disclosure: I was compensated to write this post. The views expressed in this post are my own. I did not know anything about American high schools. I made the decision to go to college in the United States, by looking at college brochures. This was in the Dark Ages pre-internet and streaming TV/movies. I...
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I’m Excited To Take the Family To See #CatchingFire

November 22, 2013
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I’m Excited To Take the Family To See #CatchingFire

Every now and then a book comes along that grabs everyone’s attention. Kids, teens, adults. The Hunger Games was that book. The book everyone was talking about. My teen was an early adopter. She jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon before there was one. She insisted she needed to get the book after seeing...
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Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane: #Halloween with Little Ones

November 14, 2013
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Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane: #Halloween with Little Ones

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.                   My neighbor stopped by on Halloween with her adorable baby. He’s about one. He was strapped in his jogging stroller. The rain was starting to come down, but he was ever so snug in his Tigger costume. You know...
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Talking To Your Kids About How They Act Online #digifam

October 10, 2013
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Talking To Your Kids About How They Act Online #digifam

I do 100% of my work online. I’m either on a desktop, a laptop, or out-and-about on my smartphone. I’m writing blog posts or posting to Facebook/Twitter/Instagram or hosting a Twitter party. When I’m not online, I’m in the car driving kids from sports practice to Cub Scouts to swimming before heading back home....
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