This year our daughters transferred from a small K-8 school to a large public middle school. To put the change in perspective, their current 7th grade class is about the same size as their entire old school. While the transition...
I recently attended a baby shower and found myself fascinated by some of the gifts - new baby products that did not exist when my almost thirteen year old twins were babies. I thought of my own mother, who passed...
It’s been less than 10 years since iPhone changed our country, our culture, our world. Gone are the days of pay phones and Facebook via the desktop. As a member of the generation with my childhood riding in cars without movie entertainment and my...
We all start the school year off with amazing intentions. This will be the year where we send our kid to school with the "Pinterest Perfect" lunch and somehow we always end up at "crumbs in a baggie" by...
Disclaimer: You'll notice that I'm about to brag on Paper Goat Post. All of the info about this fabulous stationary shop are my own. I wasn't paid to brag on them! When you hear the words, "back-to-school," they can be...
It's the end of another school year. I did it! I mean, my son did it. But it was mostly me. OK, fine. It was all him. We just finished our first year of homeschooling, together, as a team. My...
Is it still nerdy to love the library if you have one as cool as the Orange County Library? I have always loved visiting libraries, and I have lots of memories wasting away long summer days in some corner with a...
The door.  Don't let it hit you on the way out.  Some mornings it does, some mornings it doesn't.  Here are some ways to help with the dreaded (early) morning routine. My husband and I work the same hours.  We...
It happened again. I was watching my 12 year old twins ride motorized animal scooters at Artegon Marketplace when two ladies sitting on a bench struck up a conversation with me. “Are those your granddaughters?” one asked. “No,” I said...
We went straight to the source to find out what is on a teacher's checklist to determine if your preschooler is ready for kindergarten. We asked preschool and kindergarten teachers what parents can do to prepare our children for kindergarten....
  6th grade was hell. My daughter, who had thrived in her elementary school gifted program, was a cheerful 5th grader, bright in many ways. But middle school slung mud onto her brightness. It scuffed her confidence, smoothed her smiley...
Code Red Drills

Code Red Drills

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  Tonight I read my second grade son his bedtime story. He's really into "choose your own story" books and the one he likes the most is about the golden age of piracy. He gets to choose whether he joins...
After getting back in the school routine, there is still nothing more stressful than the return to the dreaded homework. It can be a nightly battle centered around completing those after-school assignments. But does it have to be? I can...

Volunteering at School

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It can be tricky to navigate the social waters at school, to find a group of friends, and to find activities that are right for you. Mom, I'm talking about you here, not your child! Volunteering at school can...
It’s back-to-school time - that time of year for lots of great blog posts with suggestions for making healthy school lunches. Pictures accompanying these articles run the gamut from ultra-Pinteresty to simple suggestions for quick and healthy lunches. And...

Have you tried the SHINE Dance Fitness Workout Craze for Moms?

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If you haven't tried a SHINE Dance Fitness class yet, it's ok. I hadn't either until now. And now I'm hooked! It was SO...

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