I heard Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of, Lean In, speak at BlogHer ’13 last month, and I must admit to being surprised at how much I identified with her message.  The question the Lean In campaign asks each of us is,  “What could you do if you weren’t afraid?”  I’ve lived my life afraid for as long as I can remember, and I’d venture to say my h...more

Technology frames for special needs kids

The first week I had my smartphone my special needs child tackled me and the screen cracked. More and more special needs kids rely on IPads , IPod minis and other devices to communicate but these items are very fragile - and the standard protective cases are sometimes not enough. Two lines of foam cases can help special needs kids prolong the lives of their beloved tech gadgets - Big Grips and KidBox.Read more here....more

Best Lunch Box Recipes - Mini build your own tacos

I love this idea!more

Yearning for the back to school years

It’s been 10 years since I finished high school (really?), and more than six since I graduated from college....more

Back to School Advice for Parents

Summer isn’t what it used to be. Back in my day everyone got off on the same day and went back the same day. Now it’s all over the place; some went two weeks ago, some are going tomorrow, some are going after Labor Day.Whatever.I can barley keep track of my own kids schedule, let alone some one else’s....more

Make Your Own Back to School Bingo Game

With back to school right around the corner, making the transition from summer break to a back to school mind-frame can be tough. But, there are some creative ways to get the kids’ heads back in the game....more
@txfamilyof7  Thanks for sharing. Yes, Bingo is a fan-fave with the little ones.more

Why It's Time for My Kids to Go Back to School

I have a history of loving Summer. I loved Summer as a kid because, well, duh. Then, after 18 years of schooling, I decided to stay in school and teach. I loved Summer as a teacher because, well, duh. And the whole Summer deal was sweetened by the fact that my birthday occurs during it....more
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Banana Coconut Muffins

School is right around the corner and I’m not sure I’m ready for it…...more

Spend Less Save More: Game Plan for Back to school Savings

A week before you head out, ask your kids to do some "window shopping" by visiting the web sites of their favorite stores. Check for sales in the fliers in Sunday's paper or on your favorite shopping blogs.Make a List...more

7 Ways to Save Money on School Supplies

It's the most exciting time of the year for bargain shoppers who have kids in school (or for anyone who likes cheap office supplies). For some people, school supply shopping is a big, fun, traditional spending spree. It was for my mom and me. But I’ve made this time of year into a big, fun, traditional savings spree. We watch the sales fliers each week, gather our quarters and our school supply list, and see how little we can spend to get the things we need. On our best year, we spent only $9 on school supplies. ...more
Over the years, I've also learned to buy quality products that last more than just 1 school year ...more