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5 Classic Books/Series Your Kids Should Know About

5 great classic books/series your kids should know

Last night the girl knew just what she wanted to read at bedtime. She ran out to the living room to dig in her book basket and came back with a copy of Make Way for Ducklings (which we’ll talk more about in a minute). As we were reading, she asked why the drawings weren’t in color. I said “because ... Read More »

How to Raise a Smart Kid, Part One: Read a Lot

encouraging kids to read

As a brand ambassador for Better Beginnings, I am being compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. My daughter started at her new school during the summer, and one day I walked in to pick her up and the teachers were kind of laughing. “She’s teaching me now,” one of the teachers said, going on to explain ... Read More »

Get Back in Blogging Gear with Content Brew

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Note: I’m a Blog Clarity affiliate, which means if you buy anything through the link in this article I’ll get a kickback. And I’ll appreciate you. But I love this program! I am slowly but surely getting back into blogging more regularly after a summer in which I blogged nine times over the course of three months (hey, at least ... Read More »

Make a Kid’s Birthday Party Space More Colorful with PartyPail

birthday party fun

PartyPail.com allowed me to pick out some great stuff for the girl’s birthday party in exchange for writing a post. All opinions are my own (and the girl’s, mostly). For about six months the girl knew exactly what she wanted for her fifth birthday: a party at Gynmastics Joe’s, a local gymnastics studio that’s open for play (they have trampolines ... Read More »

Zen and the Art of Mothering

girl mud

We all know that our time with our kids is much too fleeting. Even though we seem to always be wishing for the roads to thaw or the summer to end, we know we need to hang on to these precious moments while we can have them. The passage of time seems ever-more prominent at this time of year, when ... Read More »

For the Love of Fayetteville

Travel & Leisure was right about Fayetteville, but didn't get the reasons.

People love lists, and we love to see our hometowns on lists. So when Travel + Leisure named my hometown, Fayetteville, Arkansas, number 7 on its list of America’s Quirkiest Towns, I saw it shared around a lot. As much as I love it here, and I do, indeed, think it’s quirky (we prefer the word funky), I think they ... Read More »

Better Beginnings: Your Arkansas Child Care Solution

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I’ve been selected as an ambassador for Better Beginnings for the next year. About once a month I’ll write about early childhood education and other issues, which I’m super passionate about. This is a compensated post, but all opinions are my own. I work from home, and part of the idea when I started working from home (before I was ... Read More »

Go Back to Basics When You’re Busy

making paper flowers

You might have noticed a distinct lack of posting lately, and I’m going to let you know right up front that’s going to be the norm for the next six weeks or so. The book is due Sept. 1, and there’s still a lot to do. All my creativity is going to it rather than coming up with fun things ... Read More »

Creating with Tape {Kid Craft}

Make an easy project with your kids using tape and crayons.

The other day I told you about the big container of wood pieces we got from the girl’s old school. Another thing that I really wanted and snagged was a giant tape dispenser. This thing is awesome. It holds a ton of tape and the cutter is actually plastic so it would be difficult to injure yourself on. Recently the ... Read More »

An Easy Way to Play: Wooden Pieces

building with wood pieces

The girl’s old preschool closed because her teacher retired. We’re really sad to be away from the only school she had known and friends she’s had for two years, but one good thing about this change is that we got to inherit a bunch of craft supplies and other fun things from the school. One of the things I knew ... Read More »

Painting Leaves {Kid Craft}

printing with leaves

The girl and I went to the park on Saturday, and while she was stalling about leaving she was checking out these big, pretty leaves on one of the plants by the creek. She picked a couple and I said, “when we get home we can paint those.” I said it to try to get her moving and because occasionally ... Read More »

Help a #MiracleChild with the #DonateaPhoto App

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Note: I’m participating in an influencer activation on behalf of Johnson & Johnson for acorn: an influence company. But I love this idea and would tell you about it anyway. I don’t talk about it much because it was so long ago (almost five years!), but the girl was born six weeks early and spent the first week of her ... Read More »