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Host a Summer Reading Party #summerreading

summer reading

We’re about three weeks into our summer, and although we are having lots of fun swimming, vacationing, and playing sports, I’m also concerned about my kids’ learning. I know that it can take just a few weeks to start forgetting things, and I want to make sure they don’t fall into the “summer slide”. Each… [read more]

Family Fun With Clue


It started with the arrival of the DVD of the Hub Network’s 2011 miniseries Clue (we received it at no cost for purposes of review), based on the board game. Like many others of my generation, I grew up with the board game Clue as well as the 1985 movie and loved it. When I… [read more]

Making Summer Reading Fun #SummerReading

summer reading

  Thanks to our endless winter here in Massachusetts, my kids are still in school for four more days. Despite the late end to the school year, they still have more than two months out of school. While I want them to have fun this summer and hope that it’ll be a good, relaxing time… [read more]

Scratch Wireless: Free Mobile Service Over Your WiFi

Scratch Wireless

Although our cellular phones can do more than ever before, service plans are expensive. My tween daughter is just a few years from needing her own cell phone, and I’m not looking forward to paying for her monthly service. Since so many cell phone users now connect their phone to WiFi much of the time,… [read more]

Give Thanks To A Teacher


Now that my kids are both in elementary school, I often think back to the teachers that I had in my life. Teachers are such unsung heroes in our kids’ lives – often spending more waking hours with them than I do. We’ve been lucky that my children have had such fabulous teachers in their… [read more]

Giveaway: The Trash Pack Goodies for Easter

The Trash Pack

Disclosure: I received product samples for review. All opinions are my own. Like most kids, my children love candy, and can’t get enough. Holidays like Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Easter are an opportunity for them to have even more candy than usual, so I try to mix in some fun non-candy gifts that they’ll enjoy.… [read more]

American Girl Saige Copeland – Girl of the Year 2013

American Girl Saige

Disclosure: We received Saige at no cost for review. All opinions are my own. My daughter has never been a doll lover, but American Girl dolls have been the exception. We have an American Girl Store in our town, and I’ve made countless trips to the mall with my daughter – for hair appointments and… [read more]

ROMO Robot Smartphone Toy Review

ROMO Review

Disclosure: We received the ROMO robot at no cost for review. All opinions are my own. My son wrote the cutest Christmas wish list, and then was very subtle and left it in my car. Maybe he thinks Santa looks in cars? Fourth on the list was “Robot” – no explanation of the type of… [read more]

Giveaway and Review: Mega Bloks Skylanders Swap Force™ Boss Tank Showdown


Disclosure: We received a product sample for review. All opinions are my own. My son loves all things Skylanders, and we were at GameStop first thing in the morning on release day picking up his copy of Skyanders SWAP Force™. He also loves building, so the was very excited to receive the new Mega Bloks… [read more]

Child Skin Care from TooFruit


Disclosure: I received these samples at no cost. My daughter is nine now, and I knew that we needed to move beyond her using body soap for her face.  However, since I’ve got acne-prone skin and use pretty strong cleansers, I didn’t think it was a great idea for her to use my products. She… [read more]

Kidz Bop 24 – Tweens Love These Songs Sung By Kids

Kidz Bop 24

My daughter just turned nine, which officially makes her a tween and not a little girl anymore. She’s too old for most toys now, but one thing that she’s not too old for is Kidz Bop. Every time a new version of Kidz Bop is released, she immediately wants it, and Kidz Bop 24, which… [read more]

Back to School With Fruit of the Loom

Fruit of the Loom

Disclosure: I received a gift card for Back to School shopping. All opinions are my own. My kids go back to school at the end of the month, so earlier this week, we started our back to school shopping. I use the back to school season to stock up on basic necessities for the kids… [read more]

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