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Pinewood Derby finish line

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.

Playgrounds teach life lessons

5 Life Lessons Your Kids Learn From The Playground

You may head to the park because your kids have fun, but did you know that the playground benefits your child through a variety of life lessons learned just through play? Check out these 5 benefits your child gets from every day fun at the playground.

Encourage your child to read reading challenge in a library

How To Encourage Kids To Read

Trying to figure out how to encourage kids to read can be a challenge. Growing up, I was a reader, and I’ve never really stopped. So many children don’t have a love of reading (yet), and with schools assigning reading minutes as homework, often it can be a challenge and become a fight. When I received an email from Scholastic (coincidence – this isn’t a sponsored post) talking about their January…

Thank yous as proof that teachers matter

Proof That Teachers Matter

There are a variety of opinions about teachers. They are underpaid. They’re overpaid and lazy. They only work part of the year. They are there just for the paycheck. And then there’s the teachers who make a difference in our lives. My husband is a teacher. He shared with me today an email that he received from a former student. And if this isn’t proof that teachers matter, I don’t…

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Focusing On Gratitude

When I look at my Facebook feed – or pretty much anything on social media these days – posts seem to fall into one of three categories. They’re either promotional, complaining, or over the moon about something. The reaction to them is interesting. We all know promotional ones tend to get ignored. The complaining ones start a trend of kvetching and making us all whiny. And so many of the…

Easy reminder to take Ester-C

Top 10 Tips to Get Organized

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias We moved into our new house over six months ago, and I had high hopes that while unpacking I’d be able to get organized as I went. Before we moved here, we sold our old house and rented for almost eight…

Smiling wee ones

Merry Christmas(?) 2014

In my defense, I ordered my Christmas cards just after Thanksgiving. I even had them physically in hand by the Monday after Thanksgiving. Addressing them? Writing and printing our annual holiday letter? Mailing them? Well, that may have been a little delayed. I blame a lack of snow. And unseasonably warm temperatures (that I’d much rather enjoy outside than spend inside licking envelopes). And the lack of sun, which is…

Hopping to your gate in O'Hare

And The Travel Gods Laughed

Sometimes the travel gods smile on you and sometimes they just laugh at you. I travel often enough that I am pretty confident of what I need to do and when to ensure that I make my flight. Granted, I no longer fly every week for work the way I used to (and oh how I miss my Premier Executive status, but that’s another story), but I retain much of…

You learn so much during the college years - luckily drinking was a lesson learned early on

How I Learned To Not Drink Too Much

I was lucky in college. I fell into it without nearly enough research, and I ended up at an amazing school that was a wonderful fit for me. I started in a major because I thought it was what I “should” do and quickly realized that it was something that not only did I not love, but I was ill-prepared for it. I fell into another major by chance that…

Sometimes you have to take a step back and try to remember why it is that we chose to be mothers in the first place. Because the answers may not be immediately obvious after a bad day

Remembering Why I’m A Mom

This has not been a good week, a pretty week. Every week has its ups and downs, and with my children, there are always struggles and challenges. For some reason, this week has brought me to my breaking point. I’ve felt at times like the wee ones are purposely trying to find ways to drive me up the wall, though I know that can’t be true. Separating what I know…