‘Tis the Season of Thankfulness – I’m Thankful for Health! How Our Thanksgiving Tradition Teaches Gratitude!

The Thanksgiving holiday is coming in a few days and I've been spending the whole month of November thinking of daily reasons to be grateful.  Thanksgiving is not only a day, but a season of thankfulness. When we adopted Rosie, in many ways we were creating a family.  I spent a lot of time looking for ideas and examples of family traditions.  Family traditions that would create memories for her of childhood, connected-ness, and love.  I wanted … [Read more...]

World Preemie Day and RSV Season – Important Info for Anyone Who Is Pregnant #ProtectPreemies #RSV

Do you know the definition of "preemie"?  I was shocked that 75% of parents are like me and don't know the exact definition of a premature baby!  Prematurity is being born at or before 37 weeks gestation age.  What I also wasn't aware of, is the dangers of prematurity. Because of the medical complications resulting from disruption of a baby's development, many premature babies spend weeks or months in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  If … [Read more...]

Learn Together With This Science Project About GE Light Bulbs! Bringing Choices to Light and Save Energy #GELighting #CBias

Have you purchased light bulbs lately?  Used to be pretty easy, now it's a challenge.  There are so many shapes, sizes and types to choose from!  Perfect opportunity for a learning project!  (Which is what I tell my daughter when I have no clue myself.) Tip #1:  Choose a brand and then look at the options offered by that company. As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs.  GE is a brand we trust so I … [Read more...]

Cypher Entertainment’s Augmented Reality Learning Cards at Target! Cypher Kids Club i3D Interactive Cards! #CypherKidsClub #CBias

Cypher Entertainment has a new augmented reality product available at Target called Cypher Kids Learning Cards.  Rosie and I have been playing with the Wild Animal Adventures set and as you can see from the look on her face, she loves them! Have you seen augmented reality before?  It fascinates me!  Applications like the Cypher Kids Club Learning Cards go way beyond that yellow line you see during football games to mark a first down!  When … [Read more...]

Cal Ripken Jr. In Chicago – Change Your Clocks, Change Your Battery #CYCCYB

My daughter and I heard the story of the Great Chicago Fire and some fire safety tips today from Cal Ripken Jr. and the Energizer crew.  October 8th will be the 141st anniversary of the day Mrs. O'Leary's cow knocked over the lantern and started the blaze that leveled 3.3 miles of city buildings and took hundreds of lives in Chicago.  The Chicago Water Tower was one of the few buildings to survive the fire, and that was the site of an event … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms by Kristine Carlson

About the Book In the first new Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book in nine years, Kristine Carlson shows how moms can live with less stress and more happiness. Carlson gives mothers tried-and-true advice that will empower them to find greater peace, joy, and harmony within themselves and their homes. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms reveals how to: Be a Mom, Not a Friend Balance Being a Woman and a Mom Pursue Your Passion, But Not at … [Read more...]

Join Rosie And Me at LeapFrog’s Free Summer Camp – Starts June 4th – Avoid the “Summer Slide”! #CleverLFCamp and #spon

Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring my post about Leapfrog Summer Camp. To sign up for LeapFrog Summer Camp, please click here. #CleverLFCamp #spon The amazing people at LeapFrog are offering a special program for parents and kids (age 4-7) to help make summer learning fun! Children experience a loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer.  Studies show that "Summer Slide" is estimated to be equal to about 1 month, but this … [Read more...]