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Parent’s Read: Stress Free Kids, A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children.

Parent’s Read: Stress Free Kids,  A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children.

Life is hectic and busy for all of us, including kids. That means stress, and while it’s easy to think kids are oblivious or ambivalent to it, in reality they’re not. Lori Lite, a former contestant on the TV show “Shark Tank,” has just released a great book that I think all parents should check out. STRESS FREE KIDS® A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children, is a supportive … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books, Health, Kindergartners, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Uncategorized

Party with a Purpose: St. Jude Game Day Give Back Parties

Party with a Purpose: St. Jude Game Day Give Back Parties

Anyone who knows me knows I am not exactly what one would call a sports buff, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the big games and having friends and family over to kick back and relax. This year, I am taking my Super Bowl party up a notch and am hosting a St. Jude Game Day Give Back party.  While my family and friends are having a great time watching the game, patients at St. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Socially Conscious

Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Every other Monday is a marathon in our house. I get my daughter off the bus for dance class and then return to the studio to pick her up and whisk her off to Brownies. After trying to coordinate schedules that seem more complicated than international peace talks, her Chinese lesson ended up starting at 6:30 pm. So, dinner has to be early that day. Both kids are in piano on another day of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Food, Tips

Big Game Day Entertaining Without Inviting Norovirus

Big Game Day Entertaining Without Inviting Norovirus

Entertaining is tough on any occasion – especially with a bigger group. You have people with different tastes in music, food and general group related activities. The nice thing about having a party on Super Bowl day is that: ONE, there are a buzzillion fun, warm recipes floating around the Internet to flavor the buffet table (like the chili I will be cooking in my new Food Ninja); TWO, you can be somewhat casual in the food … Read entire article »

Filed under: Events, Food

Animal Planet Giveaway

Animal Planet Giveaway

Don’t you just love watching the Puppy Bowl?! Animal Planet has a new line of products including costumes of a referee, cheerleader, or even the star player of the team, t-shirts, football-shaped chewy toys, and more. All of the products are available at both Animal Planet’s Online Store and Petco. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of all items benefits R.O.A.R (Reach Out. Act. Respond). WIN IT: Animal Planet is giving away one pack of … Read entire article »

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Eat Like a Dino and 5 Other Ways to Introduce Kids to New Foods

Eat Like a Dino and 5 Other Ways to Introduce Kids to New Foods

My first child ate everything but I knew not to take credit for that. Some kids are just more cautious than others about new foods. Sure enough, my second (and now third) kids required more coaxing to get a balanced diet. My second child loves dinosaurs and when he was a kid, we would tell him his veggies were dino food! If he was a tyrannosaurus, those vegetables became his prey. We would encourage him to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Food, Nutrition

Universal Orlando Reveals Details of Harry Potter World

Universal Orlando Reveals Details of Harry Potter World

Muggles, get your engines started for the drive (or flight) down to Orlando. I had the privilege of viewing the highly anticipated webcast announcement of the details surrounding the Harry Potter World Expansion in Universal Studios, and wow there’s so many new and exciting things they are bringing to an already enthralling theme park! Set to open sometime this summer, Universal Studios creative team presented quite a few details on the expansion project and had three … Read entire article »

Filed under: entertainment, Summer, Travel

Make Your Morning Less Hectic

Make Your Morning Less Hectic

Is everyone dressed? Have you gone to the bathroom? Where is your homework? Did you study for your spelling quiz? Remember to wear your sneakers for gym! Make sure you practice piano! The most hectic time in my parenting work day is the morning. My husband and I have to get four kids fed (including the newborn who only “eats at mom’s”). Plus we have to get two kids ready for school and down to the … Read entire article »

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5 Ways to Get a Few More Winks on Weekend Mornings

5 Ways to Get a Few More Winks on Weekend Mornings

When my first was a toddler and I was pregnant with my second, I would have done almost anything for a few extra minutes of shut-eye. I heard a story about a mom who was so desperate, she let her kids draw on her arms while she took a nap. We tried something less drastic. We stashed little baskets of special toys around the room for “quiet play.” One time we woke up to hundreds … Read entire article »

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Fuel for Afterschool

Fuel for Afterschool

We’re on the road, trying to make it to gymnastics by warm-up with enough time to pull on leotards and hit the restrooms, and the kids are squabbling: “Gimme, it’s mine.” “You’re going to break it.” “Well, you’re a rooty-tooty face!” What is up with these kids? And what the heck is a “rooty-tooty face,” anyway? Then it hits me. In our rush to grab the older kids off the bus and get flipping on time, we … Read entire article »

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