7 Tips for the Perfect Sleepover with EVEREADY®

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Do you know what makes the best ever pajama jam party? Reading, forts, flashlights, music, food and laughter! Of course it’s all of those things. As a sleepover party planning expert, I know what it takes to keep kids occupied and having fun! Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark! EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights are reliable and affordable and can be purchased at Dollar General or Target. {Read More}

Things you can do as a volunteer and how to become one

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For years I have thought about trying to volunteer more than I do right now. I do give time every year but I give it in huge waves (like the PTA Silent Auction) and then I am done for a while. I want to do more in my community. I have volunteered in some sort or fashion for my entire life. I grew up Catholic and had six days of church plus optional church-y Saturday activities. So pretty much seven {Read More}

Girl Scout Healthy Habits Journey Program + @TogetherCounts #HealthyHabits @GSCNC

I am Girl Scout for two troops. Both daughters started as a Daisy Scout. Now my older daughter is a Junior Scout and my younger daughter is a Brownie. To say that they love Scouts and Scouting is an understatement. My girls count the days down until their next Scout meeting. They plan ahead for things that their troops can do and they really, truly live the Girl Scout law. This makes me proud as I was a Girl Scout {Read More}

4 Homework Habits of Successful Students

4 Homework Habits of Successful Students

Homework is a word that many kids learn to dread, but this is simply because they’ve had unpleasant experiences. Although homework might not ever be your child’s favorite thing to do, you can help encourage certain habits that will make homework easier to accomplish. Here are a few homework habits every child (including yours) should have. DON’T PROCRASTINATE Procrastination is the bane of all homework assignments. Putting off different homework assignments can cause stress, less-than-stellar work, and poor grades. In {Read More}

IKEA Foundation Partners with Save the Children

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of IKEA Foundation for IKEA Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Meet Tejas. Tejas is 10 and he was forced to leave school because his parents needed him to work in the cotton fields. He worked with them in order to supplement the family’s US $1.67 a day earnings. But here is the scariest thing of all, Tejas is not alone. In fact, India has largest number of child laborers in {Read More}

105 Summer Boredom Busters

105 Summer Boredom Busters

Summer has just begun and it won’t take long for the little ones to start bugging you with the dreaded…. “Mom!!! I’m bored!!” So what is a mom to do? We all remember the feeling we had when we were young and boredom sat in. It’s a horrible feeling to have as a child and as a mother sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas at the drop of the hat. Being prepared with some awesome boredom busters in {Read More}

Cabin Fever: 10 Log Cabin Toys & Books for Kids

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I remember playing with so many of these very same toys as a kid or toys just like them. Which one would you choose? Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Tin The Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Tin gives kids raw materials to help them develop their creativity and motor skills. Invented more than nine decades ago, these wooden building sets have a rich history of inspiring and entertaining children. The blocks are still made in the same manner as the early days, {Read More}

5 Indoor Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

5 Indoor Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

Eating Thanksgiving dinner and then playing games is a tradition that goes hand-in-hand for many American families. Sharing a great meal and then enjoying each other’s company through gamesmanship and teamwork is a wonderful way to spend a Thanksgiving day. If your family does not currently follow this tradition, here are five game options that you can play inside to help get the fun started: 1.    Charades – This popular game can be adapted to fit the holiday or it {Read More}

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most exciting times of the year for most families. Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is walking around thankful and happy. No one is short, crappy, irritable or frustrated. Everyone is on time and considerate of your feelings. Thanksgiving dinner is appreciated by everyone and everyone hangs around to clean up. Nobody ruins your brand-new furniture or tracks red mud across the carpet. There are no family arguments and everyone gets along famously… {Read More}

5 Fun Outdoor Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day Afternoon

5 Fun Outdoor Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day Afternoon

While some people like to lay down directly down on the couch after eating Thanksgiving dinner, a better option is to head outside for some Thanksgiving day exercise. Once you have consumed all those yummy calories and let your food settle, why not head outside and enjoy some fun with the entire family? Here are some awesome outdoor Thanksgiving day games to play with the entire family: Football – It is a classic game on Thanksgiving already, but football can {Read More}

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for what someone has in life.  It is also a day built around family and tradition.  It is important that children understand why this holiday celebrated and why it is an important day in the United States.  There are many things you can do to explain this to children in a way that they will both enjoy and understand. EXPLAINING THANKFULNESS Thanksgiving is about being thankful and reflecting upon everything good that has {Read More}

Time to Shop Local – 4th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day 11/09/2013 @TheWoohooFactor #toystoreday #IHeart

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Did you know that shopping locally fosters a sense of community? Shopping locally also offers a diverse product selection: many independent toy stores carry the unique toys that you may not see elsewhere plus there is a reduced environmental impact due to less travel, traffic and carbon usage for consumers. You will also find great  customer service specialty brands that you can’t find at national chain stores. Spending money in your local community contributes to economic stability by providing local jobs and {Read More}