Life is hard, but I will be okay

Life is hard, but I will be okay

Today I am going to share what has been happening with my life as a mom. For those that may read this and wonder why I am sharing these kinds of things on my blog for anyone to read, it is because I know I am not the only one these things happen to. Sharing here helps 1) me by letting it out and 2) others who have had similar … Continue Reading →
INFOGRAPHIC: Get a College Degree Without Breaking the Bank

INFOGRAPHIC: Get a College Degree Without Breaking the Bank

There has been a lot of talk about college in the last couple of days with President Obama’s idea for free community college. I am for that idea and think it would benefit a great many students. Since that plan is not in place yet I found this week’s infographic which talks about getting a college degree without breaking the bank. This infographic is a couple of years old, but … Continue Reading →
Age Restrictions for Social Media Platforms Infographic

Age Restrictions for Social Media Platforms Infographic

At the Type-A Conference last week my friend Linda Sellers told me about her (new to me) site, Tech Granny. What a brilliant idea! Her blog talks tech but to older, and wiser, folks like grandparents. We all know that kids are born into tech these days and it is second nature to them. Grandparents can learn from Linda about social networks, smartphones, and the like so that they can … Continue Reading →
National School Backpack Awareness Day and a Tablet That Can Replace a Laptop

National School Backpack Awareness Day and a Tablet That Can Replace a Laptop

Today is National School Backpack Awareness Day created by the American Occupational Therapy Association. This is actually an important topic as, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 22,000 people treated for backpack related injuries in the US last year. That figure included 8,500 children between the ages of 5 and 18 who ended up in doctors’ offices and ERs. Image source: American Occupational Therapy … Continue Reading →
77 More Teen Writing Prompts

77 More Teen Writing Prompts

  One of the more popular posts on my blog is 83 Teen Writing Prompts from way back in January of 2012. While it is titled for teens, really anyone can use it. Writing prompts are a great way to encourage daily journal writing and free flow thinking. There are no right and wrong answers. UPDATE: Make sure you check out my more recent post on Using Photos as Writing … Continue Reading →
The birdie flew back to the nest

The birdie flew back to the nest

Well, as much as I knew that many kids return home to the nest after leaving, I did not think that would happen in my own nest. But it did. Not only that, but my baby bird brought a friend with him! Hubby and I thought long and hard about this decision. We still are not sure if it is the right one, but when do any of us as … Continue Reading →
Imagine Cup World Finals Winners

Imagine Cup World Finals Winners

Last week I was honored to attend Microsoft’s YouthSpark Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, Washington. Thank you so much to Microsoft for providing me this chance and providing for my expenses. These teens and young adults competing in the Imagine Cup just blew me away with their innovation, imagination, creativity, and dedication. Even though I did not know any of them I still felt like a proud mom watching … Continue Reading →
Microsoft’s 2014 Imagine Cup

Microsoft’s 2014 Imagine Cup

Tuesday morning I am headed to Seattle to attend Microsoft’s 2014 Imagine Cup finals. If you are unfamiliar the Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It is open to students 16+ years in high school or college and that includes homeschoolers (I love that). The competition encourages the teams to come up with innovative technology solutions for areas of World Citizenship, Innovation, and Games. On Friday, … Continue Reading →
He graduated!

He graduated!

Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance! That is the special proud mom happy dance actually! So while I knew that my son, Taylor, had completed the requirements to graduate in December, today he was finally able to pick up his actual diploma at his high school. Yay!!!! Taylor does not often give me permission to blog about him these days, let alone including a picture, but today he said I … Continue Reading →
Tips for Creating Family Contracts for Digital Kids

Tips for Creating Family Contracts for Digital Kids

My son definitely has grown up in the digital age. Because I work online, and have for years, he was kind of sucked into a world like this from the start. Along the way I learned a lot of things, sometimes a little too late though. All in all, he’s a good kid and does understand a lot about the digital world he lives in. As a young adult and … Continue Reading →