We Try It: Free Books on E-Readers

Sumertime equals reading time at my house. The children are reading for the summer program at our local library as well as keeping track of their time spent reading for school. I try to spend at least a half hour a day reading myself, and on pool days or road trip days, I log more time.  Continue reading We Try It: Free Books on E-Readers

Kickstartable: After Spring Documentary

Has Kickstarter jumped the shark? It seems like there are some projects, currently, that aren’t for art or invention or the greater good. I’m not here to talk about those today. Instead, I’m here to bring your attention to a project that is going to create a documentary that will take people inside the heart of Jordan and the Syrian refugee crisis. Continue reading Kickstartable: After Spring Documentary

Checking Out Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

Earlier this month, my family and I took a short road trip and visited the what’s credited as the world’s first theme park. No, we didn’t go to Disneyland or Coney Island, or a Six Flags location. We traveled to Santa Claus, Indiana, and visited Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari. Continue reading Checking Out Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

Kickstartable: Reading Rainbow on the Web

Raise your hand if you remember watching Reading Rainbow, or if the kids you babysat for did! Reading Rainbow is as iconic as Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. I was excited when this Kickstarter was brought to my attention, because who doesn’t love LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow? And yes, the theme song will now be in your head for the rest of the day. Continue reading Kickstartable: Reading Rainbow on the Web

We Try It: An Upgraded Laundry Hamper

There are few guarantees in life beside death and taxes, but laundry is definitely one of them. One winter weekend I had had enough, and I decided I needed to do something about the overflowing hamper in our bedroom. Why was it always overflowing? Probably because this hamper has served me since 2001, and my household has doubled since then. Continue reading We Try It: An Upgraded Laundry Hamper

5 Signs You’re Ready for the Last Day of School

The school year is winding down for students across the country. Preschoolers are graduating, high school students are going to prom, and college students are ready to find jobs.

As ready as they are to find the next best thing, let me tell you that their parents are ready to move on, too. Although talking heads may cite the benefits of a longer school year, I’m fairly certain that 180 days worth of a particular routine is a person’s limit. It doesn’t even matter if you won’t be home with your kids during the summer months, it’s just that changes in a routine seem to be critical. Continue reading 5 Signs You’re Ready for the Last Day of School