As the sun melts on the horizon, rays of sunlight sparkle across the smooth water. The world (and my mind) are silent here for a brief moment in time as relaxation washed over my body. Then, suddenly, my son...
When I was on maternity leave with my first daughter, I quickly realized I needed a project to keep me sane. Luckily my family had recently purchased a rental property that needed an overhaul. I spent every free second...
As an educator for the past 15 years, the “summer slump” is a common phrase many in the field use when referencing the need to “reteach” or “reinforce” previously learned material. According to an article I recently read in the...
Lice. My head itches just saying that word out loud. Ugh...anyone else? There are many old wives' tales and superstitions about prevention and treatment. Which ones work? What is the most effective? Do you need to burn your sheets and towels?...
No, not the Amazon Prime phenomenon, but Yellowstone National Park instead. I feel like I should begin this with a disclaimer. No one would describe me as outdoorsy, my idea of "roughing it" means access to one electrical outlet instead...
After spending the bulk of my career teaching younger kids how to read, I spent the past couple of years teaching young teens about story development and themes in literature. At their age, I always had a book on hand....
Summer is in full swing, and hopefully, you are finding time to relax by the pool or along our beautiful coasts. I have rounded up a few of my favorite essentials to have alongside the water. Shoes These no-fuss slides are...

The Travel Toy Box

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21 countries, 41 states, and the District of Columbia. That's how many places I have traveled with my oldest son in his ten years on this planet. His younger brother's numbers are slightly lower but no less impressive (ridiculous?)...
Are you ready to take full control of your life? Raise your hand if, since 2021 rolled around, you’ve challenged yourself to #DryJanuary, fitness goals, diets, etc. How loyal have you been to any of these? Summer is here and...
As I watch my son diligently working away at organizing his tackle box preparing for our next fishing adventure, I hear him say, “You always need string, so when your line breaks, you can fix it.” The wisdom of a...

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Guide to Kids Eat Free/Cheap

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I'm sure the question "What are we eating for dinner?" comes up quite frequently at your house as it does in mine. And who...