Photo Placemats Project – Use Your Smartphone Photos

Photo Placemats Project – Use Your Smartphone Photos

Do you and the kids take a lot of digital photos? Use your photos in this fun photo placemats project. This is a great craft project for the adults and kids to work together on and get creative. The ideas and options for this project are endless! Last Friday I mentioned this photo placemats project when I hosted the #MobileLiving chat and it got a lot of positive reaction. On a side note, the #MobileLiving chat is generally each Friday afternoon at 3pm ET on Twitter and we talk about how to use all your mobile devices to make life … Continue Reading →
Super Wubble Is Even Stronger and Super Wubble Giveaway

Super Wubble Is Even Stronger and Super Wubble Giveaway

The Wubble is back – this time the Super Wubble! (disclosure: I received a free test unit and am being compensated but all opinions are my own) You may remember that last fall my nephew, Colby, did a review of the GloWubble for me and he really enjoyed it. This fall I received the new Super Wubble to review. Like the original Wubble – which was named the #1 Selling Sports Activity Toy for 2015 by the NPD Group – new SuperWubble is soft and lightweight and can be inflated to gigantic proportions. The new Super Wubble Bubble Ball is just … Continue Reading →
Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens

Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don’t have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature’s Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside. “Playing outside in nature is critically important for kids’ development. Research shows it improves everything from problem-solving to cognitive ability to social relations,” said parenting expert Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. “Between screen time and the busy schedules of … Continue Reading →
Tech Tips for Parents for Back-to-School – Do you know how to do these things?

Tech Tips for Parents for Back-to-School – Do you know how to do these things?

Fall is on the way and that means the new school year begins. Schools are getting better about using technology not only in the classroom, but also to share information and stay in touch with parents during the school year. This means that parents need to know more about using tech also. Here is a list of tech things parents of students need to know as school starts again. If you are unsure how to do these things make sure you learn. Ask friends and family, school, or leave a question below and I will try to help. Access Grades … Continue Reading →
Preventing the Summer Slide and Tips for a Fun and Educational Summer + Infographic

Preventing the Summer Slide and Tips for a Fun and Educational Summer + Infographic

Summer is here and I think just about all the kids are finally on summer break from school. “Summer Slide” is the term used for the kids when they lose some of what they learned in the school year over the summer break. It is well documented. It doesn’t mean that kids have to do traditional studying in the summer, but there are fun activities you can guide them towards to help curb that summer slide and keep them actually learning over the summer. This week’s infographic also shares some interesting information about summer learning. According to a University of … Continue Reading →
Yes, I am here still!

Yes, I am here still!

Yikes! It has been over a week since I have posted anything here on the blog. I’m so sorry. I promise, I am here still. Life has just been a bit crazy though. Everyday I say I am setting aside this amount of time to blog and then something happens and I don’t do it. Ugh. I used to be able to stay up late to work, but now, with the twins, I’m exhausted by the time they get into bed usually and so I go to bed too. Morning may be my new go to time that I have … Continue Reading →
Full-Time Grandma Duties – I’m getting old!

Full-Time Grandma Duties – I’m getting old!

So for those wondering where I have been the last several days, here is the explanation. First, you all know that my amazing twin granddaughters, Violet and Valerie, were born on March 10. It is so wonderful being a grandma even though I still feel far to young to be one. At the time the twins were born (and for a bit before) my son, T, and DIL, Caitlan (she’s not legally my DIL, but I call her that anyway) have been living with us. Then T had some issues and he was no longer here. Caitlan and the twins … Continue Reading →
Infographic: Adoptions of US Children in Foster Care and National Adoption Month

Infographic: Adoptions of US Children in Foster Care and National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. I am a strong believer in adoption and truly wish I could adopt children myself (Hubby does not want more kids and it has to be a family decision). There are so many children in foster care across the country who want and deserve loving families. There are a lot of myths surrounding adoption as well that prevent people from looking into it. If you have ever wanted children, or more children, please think about adoption and check out AdoptUSKids.org to learn more about the many options available. Today’s infographic is from AdoptUSKids as well … Continue Reading →
T-Shirt and Underwear Basics

T-Shirt and Underwear Basics

While most have bought the kids new clothes for school this fall, one thing people often forget are the new underwear and t-shirts. The brand I buy for Hubby and T is Fruit of the Loom. They recently sent some free samples of boxers and t-shirts for T and that made him very happy! It made me happy too because you know us moms always say to wear clean underwear in case your in an accident! Right now you can find special packs of Fruit of the Loom items at really good prices. Stock up while you can save a … Continue Reading →
What Parents Need To Know About Mobile Gaming for Their Kids

What Parents Need To Know About Mobile Gaming for Their Kids

Our kids have adopted mobile devices faster than we can blink but just because they understand how to work these devices doesn’t mean they know everything. One of the most popular things for kids to do on smartphones and tablets is to play games. You may not have to teach them how to actually play the game, but you still need to know what to teach them about being safe and responsible with mobile gaming. As part of my role as a Verizon #VZWBuzz Ambassador I share a lot about mobile gaming, usually though it is sharing fun games. However, … Continue Reading →