Holiday Kindness Calendar

Some people call it an Advent Calendar.  Some call it a Christmas Countdown. It’s that thing that hangs on the wall or sits on a shelf.  Each day holds a surprise until the Big Day. This year we are doing a Kindness Calendar. We all need to practice a little more kindness all year round, not just kids and not just at Christmas. If nothing else, I want my son to be kind.  He already has a big heart and big emotions. But, like most 4-year-olds, he’s a bit egocentric. That’s fine and normal.  Empathy is a skill that needs to be taught. Kindness beginsRead More →

Mommy Recommends Boss Club

I was thrilled when Boss Club asked me to review their latest box.  They are a new subscription box company that offers kids the chance to learn entrepreneurial skills and be their own boss.  The boxes contain everything a kid would need to start their own business.  Really, the only thing they don’t include is the customers! What exactly is it? The Boss Club box is designed to teach children 9 and older how to start and run their own business.  The box costs $49.99 and includes everything (literally) you would need to start a small business. I know $50 sounds like a lot, butRead More →

Welcome to my new sporadic series where I review and recommend products that we like. Sometimes these products are given to us to review and sometimes we just love something so much we have to tell you about it.  This first installment is a review of  The Slime Book by Stacey Garska Rodriguez (TheSoccerMomBlog) & Jennifer Tammy Grossi (SugarSpiceandGlitter). I was sent a complimentary book in review for an honest review. I was very excited when The Slime Book arrived in my mailbox.  My son LOVES slime. He is always asking to make it.  Usually, we used slime making kits from Target or Michaels, butRead More →

Journey to Japan

Last week’s Venezuela Night was so much fun, that I couldn’t wait to do it again.  I’m going to try to do International Night every week, if possible.  This week, we went took a Journey to Japan. Japan has such a rich and diverse culture that there it was difficult to decide where to focus.  There are so many recipes, movies, books, crafts that it was a little tricky to narrow down things down.  Whereas I had to dig a little to find things to incorporate into our Venezuela Night, Japan was the opposite problem.  Too much to choose from.  But, unlike last week whereRead More →

Back to School time is here.  Help your littlest scholars excel with these fun free printables for Preschool and Pre-K, including an exclusive printable from The Summer has flown by.  I can’t be believe it is almost September and my baby will be in Pre-K!   Like a lot of you, my town doesn’t have a public Pre-K program. My son goes to a small, private Preschool a few mornings a week.  It is a very traditional, old-fashioned school that is very focused on learning through play.  I love it, however it is only for three mornings a week, so I know my son willRead More →

The Book This week, I had the pleasure and honor of reading an advanced copy of an adorable new book that will be available soon.  Everyone meet Chicken Lips by Kristy Hamby and Marianella Aguirra! This adorable story is about a playful, little calf who wants to know why he was named “Chicken Lips”.  It’s such a silly name, especially since chickens don’t even have lips! He wants answers! So, he goes around the farm and asks the different animals if they know why the farmer gave him such a silly name.  No one has the answers, but everyone gets a chuckle.  He loses hope thatRead More →

This week’s post was inspired by one of the coolest cats I know. We were introduced to “Pete the Cat” earlier this year.  He was our first Scholastic Book order.  Do you remember the Scholastic Book Club?  I loved it.  I would pour over that thin little catalog every time and circle at least 10 books each month.  My parents rarely refused to buy us books, so most times they let me get at least one. And, then, a few weeks later, after I had forgotten all about it, my teacher would hand out the books at the end of class.  It was the greatestRead More →

You may be asking yourself what popsicles have to do with Jetpacks.  Because, the book and activity this week were about Jetpacks, so you know, shouldn’t the recipe be about Jetpacks, too.  Um, yeah, no. Sorry. As I’ve said before, sometimes the recipes fit the book and activity and sometimes they don’t.  But, these Berry Vanilla Popsicles are so yummy I don’t think you will care.  If you are really hung up on staying with the theme, you could layer these so they look like rocket pops. These pops have me all nostaglic.  I remember making popsicles with my mom when I was little.  WeRead More →

Since this week is all about Mother’s Day, I decided to make something for me.  But, what would be a good recipe.  My son told me that my favorite food is “Salad.” Yeah, not sure where he got that from.  I like salad but it is no way my favorite.  Obviously, my favorite food is cookies. I like to have my cookies with a nice cup of tea.  So, crumbly and buttery are the best, especially shortbread. I love shortbread.  It’s so decadent but also incredibly easy to make. Basic shortbread has only 4 ingredients – butter, flour, sugar, and cornstarch.  I added some salt,Read More →

Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  We don’t make a big deal out of it around our house.  My son has been too young to really understand it.  But, this year I think will be different.   He’s a Preschooler now, so he really gets holidays.  However, I wonder if he will get that this one is about giving gift to me, not to him. *This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. The Book This week’s book celebrates moms.  It is Time for a Hug by PhillisRead More →