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7 Lessons Learned From The Pinewood Derby

A Cub Scout rite of passage, you don’t think about it, but there are many Pinewood Derby lessons for your son. Many are lifelong skills you want to develop. I didn’t go into the Pinewood Derby expecting it to be more than something fun he could do. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he got so much more from the competition than I ever anticipated. Just make sure it’s *his* Pinewood Derby and not yours.

Enjoying swim lessons at Goldfish swim school

Goldfish Swim School: 10 Reasons To Sign Up

Little Miss has received complimentary Goldfish Swim School lessons in exchange for my sharing my honest thoughts about her experience. I was not otherwise compensated. As I type this, I am at one of Little Miss’s Goldfish Swim School lessons. Yes, it’s winter, and it’s cold outside, but she is sharpening her skills and learning a ton from these lessons. I’m so glad that we started coming to the brand…

Required lunch items include a protein, a fruit, and a vegetable of some sort

How To Teach Kids To Pack School Lunches

This post on how to teach kids to pack school lunches is part of my ambassadorship with Stonyfield Farms where I receive periodic product samples and compensation. All opinions remain my own as a Stonyfield blogger however. Pretty much everyone I know is back to school, and somehow the school year is even more hectic than summer. Every year, we think things will calm down once everyone is back in…

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LEGO® Star Wars™ Droid Tales

Have you checked out LEGO® Star Wars™s Droid Tales yet? Here’s why you want to! I am of the Star Wars generation. Yet somehow (shhh!) I never saw any of the movies until I had graduated college and a former boyfriend sat me down to watch them. I wasn’t about to make the same mistake with the wee ones, and they adore Star Wars. Mister Man is also in love…

Teacher welcome gift

Erasing Middle School Fears

This shop sharing strategies on erasing middle school fears has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias The wee ones start school on Thursday. For the first time in several years, the wee ones won’t go to school together. Instead, Mister Man is going into sixth grade, which has been a little bit scary for him – especially given how so…

Proud Pinewood Derby Winner

9 Benefits from Boy Scouts

I have been compensated for this post talking about the benefits from Boy Scouts by Boy Scouts of America (BSA), but the content and all opinions are, of course, my own. When Mister Man was in kindergarten, he announced he wanted to do Boy Scouts. Actually, he didn’t just say he was interested in it, he explained that he wanted to become an Eagle Scout and shared what he wanted…

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Mabel’s Labels Camp Label Pack

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mabel’s Labels. I received a voucher to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Little Miss is heading to camp by herself this year. At nine years old, she is sure she’s ready (and we did a test run as a family last summer), and I’m doing my best to…

Enjoying the grand canyon

Top 10 Reasons My Kids Are Lucky To Have Their Dad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DadsMyHero #CollectiveBias I have never made it a secret that I’m a mean mom. I make my kids do more chores than any of their friends (so they tell me), and they live with the consequences of their actions. Mister Man left his home folder with all his completed homework on the dining…

Inside the Kool-Aid cupcakes

Kool-Aid Cupcakes With Swirl Frosting

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PourMoreFun #CollectiveBias It’s cold and grey and dreary in Chicago, and I’m getting a little impatient for summer to arrive. I miss the sunshine, and I feel teased by Mother Nature that I already bought my community pool pass and we had one day of 70 degree weather, and now we’re back to…

Homemade chocolate lip balm in containers

Homemade Chocolate Lip Balm

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias Last Tuesday, I was at the wee ones’ school for a parent meeting. Mister Man is in fifth grade, and somehow, it’s already time for “that part” of the health curriculum where they talk about kids and their changing bodies. I remember from my class back in the day that we…