When my youngest child arrived two and a half weeks early, my husband and I did a happy dance! August 31st! Do you know what that means? It means she just made the cutoff for the first day of school! Woo-hoo!...
Who remembers the old Staples back-to-school commercial with the dad joyously collecting supplies while his sullen progeny trudge along behind him as "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" plays in the background? It's the perfect metaphor for the annual...
My kid is a great artist! And by great, I mean prolific - every single day he brings home from the gym with new pages meticulously colored. Then there's the library crafts he does on a weekly basis. And...
According to Benjamin Franklin, nothing is certain but death and taxes. How about doing taxes for the dead? Yep…not so fun times but that’s a story for another day. Today, I’d rather focus on how to keep as many...
In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about homeschooling as they try to make decisions about their children’s future in public schools. Many of them ask similar...
Don't look now, but back-to-school 2017 is underway in the Tampa Bay area! I can see the panic in your eyes. Summer seems shorter than ever these days, and the start of school may leave you with lots of...
When my children were toddlers, college seemed like a far away fairy tale that would magically appear one day. Now that my oldest is a freshman in high school, those days are much closer. The concerns about how to...

A Guide to Middle School

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I'm a newbie mom to the world of middle school. My daughter is in the sixth grade and my experience with middle school is limited. To preface this post, let me say that transitioning into the middle school years is...
Not too bad of a rhyme, huh? This week (March 2) was Dr. Seuss' birthday!  Dr. Seuss put so much fun into reading.  He created magical characters and taught wonderful lessons to generations of children as well as adults. Therefore, it...
My kids have been home for four weeks, and this week we entered our 2nd official week of virtual school. As I see it, this virtual school we are all now navigating is like us being an extension of...

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5 fast and family friendly recipes for easier weeknights

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Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long day of work, is make a meal for yourself, let alone the whole...