How Much Money to Spend on a Birthday Gift

Once you get that “{Your child’s name} has been invited to {friend’s name} birthday party!}”  – the big question looms – “How Much to Spend on the Birthday Gift” for said friend? I often wonder how much of a ‘friend’ this person is to my child too. Are the besties? Does this child even say […]

Here is the Best Tick Repellent for Kids Without Deet

When you are looking for tick repellent products, you want to make sure your getting the safest tick repellant for kids. Often that means getting tick repellent for kids without Deet. Natural Tick Repellent Deet has been shown to be toxic in certain concentrations and for certain people. So many just avoid this chemical-based tick […]

Tips for Reading to Your Child

As seen in my blog post here, the benefits of reading to your child has enormous impact. From improved vocabulary to less aggressive behavior, books can foster a bond between parent and child. While the benefits of reading may be clear, how to incorporate daily reading may be less obvious. Here are 5 tips for […]

Benefits of Early Reading to Children

According to a recent article in the journal of Pediatrics, reading to your kids can improve behavior and attention. The article is entitled on “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development”. The researchers showed that parents reading aloud and playing with their young children could have a long-term, positive impact on their children’s behavior. In other words, […]

Unique But Easy Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s time for unique but easy teacher gift ideas! With the end of the year looming, it is time to say thanks to various people – most notably teachers. However, don’t forget to say thanks to coaches, dance teachers, tutors, bus drivers, school administration, and the PTO president too. I’m always looking for unique, yet […]

Back to Nature: Educational Butterfly Kits

Kids can observe the butterfly life cycle up close with a LIVE Butterfly Kit. Insect Lore One popular one is from Insect Lore. As soon as the kit arrives, it comes with five, live baby caterpillars. Retail price is $27.99 and includes the caterpillars. You can also gift a kit without the butterflies (The Insect […]

Easter Basket Stuffer Ideas

Easter Basket stuffer ideas that aren’t candy! The Easter Bunny these days is at a loss! With the rising rates of food allergies and nutritional concerns, the Easter Bunny is often discouraged from filling baskets with candy. So these are great alternatives. They are some of the newest products on the market and perfect sizes […]

Six No Candy Easter Hunt Egg Filler Ideas

If you love having Easter Egg Hunts for the Kids but need some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. These are some totally different easter egg hunt ideas. If you need something other than candy to fill the balls of plastic, here are some no candy Easter Egg Filler ideas! Glow in the Dark […]

I #ChooseKind. Will you?

As a parent, I strive everyday to teach my kids to be open, accepting and non-judgmental. It is not a one-time thing, but a constant teachable moment. However, there was one occasion when my kids caught me crying. Rather than brush it off, and telling them I had a bug in my eye or some […]

Books About Becoming a Big Brother

Is your son about to become a big brother? One of the great ways to get him ready for a new sibling is to read books about becoming a big brother and about his upcoming new role. These books range from fun to facts to help the family prepare for the new addition! Big Brother […]

Boogie Board Blackboard Review & Uses

The Blackboard by Boogie Board made it to my ‘best list’ for getting organized in the new year. You can see that post here. In this post, however, I’m sharing why you might want to get one for your kids. Benefits of the Blackboard The Blackboard by Boogie Board can be a great teaching tool […]

Five Finds to Get You Organized

I always spend January trying to get organized after the hectic holidays. In addition, I always look for new ideas or organization products to reach that goal. So I wanted to share my five finds to help you get organized in 2018. Organization Products Keeping Track of To Dos I’ve fallen in love with the […]

Five Snow Day Activities For Kids

When the first major snow storm hits in your home state resulting in closed schools, parents need an action plan. Not an action plan for your home, but for your kids! So here are five snow day activities for kids to do at home to keep them occupied and you happy! Make snow cream. If […]

The 2018 American Girl Doll is out of this world.

Meet Luciana Vega, the newest American Girl Doll set to be launched on January 1st. In my opinion, they have a hit on their hands. Astronaut This is not because I once entered a contest with the hope of winning a spot at Space Camp. (Instead, I won a year of Ben and Jerry’s ice […]

Alternative Gift Ideas for Christmas

At this time of year, it can be really hard to figure out what to give for gifts to grown ups. Perfume – been there done that. Weekend getaway? Out of your budget. Thus, you are in desperate need for alternative gift ideas for Christmas. Maybe even gift ideas for hard to buy people. Either […]

A Great Portable Booster Seat for Travel

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but the song really should be ‘Tis the season to be traveling. Whether you are constantly in the car getting gifts or to grandmother’s house you go, November and December are all about the back and front seat. (Let alone the other 10 months of the year.) Thus, it […]

Hot Holiday Toys: Here’s The Ultimate Holiday Toy List!

I have combed through the Hot Toy Lists, the Most Wanted Toy Lists and the Top Holiday Toys Lists from The Toy Insider, Amazon and TTPM for Holiday 2017. These are three industry leaders in toy reviews. Every year they come out with their respective Hot Toy lists in key categories. This year, I went […]

Online Consignment: Swap.com

I recently had my first experience shopping clothes consignment online. I’m a big fan of consignment, shopping in local stores. I enjoy reusing and recycling, and knowing someone else’s trash is my treasure, as the saying goes. It is also another way to get luxury goods at an affordable price. However, I have not tried […]

#ToyTuesday: 6 Fun Toys for Toddlers

Finding toys for toddlers can be a challenge. Most parents want to find toys that have learning potential, in addition to being entertaining and fun. So I wanted to share five toys from a company called Kidz Delight. The company offers a range of toys for children from birth to 6 years old to introduce the […]

8 Tips On How to Not Get Bitten By Mosquitoes

With the weather rapidly going from winter to summer here in the northeast, the mosquitoes will soon be showing up with a lot more than just their tiny bodies. With the Zika virus hitting the world hard, the rise in tick based diseases, and with the growing reports of the e-virus, the battle against these […]

Adult Coloring Books Trend

THE BARNES & NOBLE ALL-AMERICAN ART UNWIND ENCOURAGES ADULTS TO JOIN IN A CELEBRATION OF COLORING The trend of adult coloring is sweeping the nation with coloring books selling millions of copies and topping best-seller charts, and Barnes & Noble is inviting customers to celebrate coloring with The Barnes & Noble All-American Art Unwind event […]

How to have a Healthy Smile #LISTERINE

Sponsored Post When I was in college, I got dental work done to my teeth before my senior year. Pretty extensive actually. You see, I was genetically gifted (or should I say, ungifted) with teeth that, well, made me very sensitive about my smile. I felt like it limited my social relationships and that it […]

Benefits of a 529 College Savings Plan

Have you started saving for college? Whether for yourself or your kids? Are you squirreling away savings when you can? While many families have a hard time finding savings to set aside for college, many are more perplexed about how to go about it. At the U.Fund Dreams Tour sponsored by Fidelity and MEFA (The […]

Top 20 Parenting Tips

Recently, Mott’s (the Applesauce Company) started a new campaign called the Good and Honest Campaign urging parents to share honest moments and good advice for fellow parents. It reminded me of the same goals when I first became a Mom. I was part of a new Mom group and class at a local parenting club. […]

College Cost Saving Tips

I have a doctorate. Yup. One of those super fancy degrees hanging on my wall. That was, of course, after going to a private college for four years. Which leads me to two words: Cha Ching! It was dang expensive paying all of that money back. I would have loved to have found little ways […]