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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

The 2015 Girl Scout cookie season is underway across the country. Earlier today, my daughter and I tallied her sales and emailed them to our cookie manager. This year, my fourth grader approached many customers herself, went knocking on neighbors’ doors and called relatives. She wrote down the orders herself, gave totals, and is currently […]

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Parenting

Six Ways to Survive Snow Days with Kids

Well friends, it looks like the Polar Vortex is back again this year. My school age kids have had a whopping four hours of school this week, which means they’re basically on their third week of winter break. A little planned time off is fun. A day of unplanned time off is okay. But two […]

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Pop Culture

Kickstartable: Nerdy Words Valentines

While most people may be focusing on holiday shopping right now, there’s a Kickstarter campaign asking you to think about Valentine’s Day. Nerdy Words caught my eye this week, and I’m excited to share it with you. If you like science, love, and puns, these cards will be right you your alley.

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Pop Culture

One Reason Recordings Promote Good Music and Good Causes

This week, I’m spotlighting a worthy project that may also help you with your holiday shopping. One Reason Recordings (ORR) is dedicated to spotlighting one cause each year and raising funds for it. ORR takes submissions from artists, creates a unique album, and the profits from the album benefit a specific cause.

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Bodies

Kickstartable: Element Botanicals Project Make. More. Grow.

This week’s Kickstartable spoke to me because HELLO WINTER. As soon as the air turns cold, my skin turns dry and cracked. I am always looking for quality skin products that can up my moisture retention rate. Element Botanicals seems to have products that will fit that bill. Their Project Make. More. Grow. will help […]

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Pop Culture

Kickstartable: The Circus

This week’s Kickstartable caught my eye as I was browsing. It’s a beautifully illustrate book of whimsy, and I do hope you’ll check it out. I asked author Sarah Kaufman a few questions about her project.

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Pop Culture

Kickstartable: POCKETT Boutique

Readers who love functional fashion, take a closer look at this week’s Kickstartable. Leah Williams, founder & creative director of the POCKETT Boutique, is working to bring her vision of beautiful clothing with pockets to fruition. She took time out of her busy schedule (filled with a full-time job, family commitments, and starting POCKETT) to […]

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Pop Culture

Kickstartable: The Nancy Drew Board Game

Dear Readers, if you ever read Nancy Drew books under your covers with a flashlight because you couldn’t wait to see how it ended, you are not alone. You will also love today’s Kickstartable. Created by 16-year-old Quincy MacShane, this game will appeal to Nancy Drew fans of all ages.

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Pop Culture

Kickstartable: Orchard House – Home of Little Women: Documentary

Book lovers, you will love this week’s Kickstartable. Did you know that that the house where Little Women was set was a real home? And that it still exists? And that you can visit? I was able to ask Jan Turnquist, the executive director of Orchard House some questions about this week’s project: Orchard House […]

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Pop Culture

Kickstartable: #STEMPrincesses Book Project

This week’s Kickstartable spoke to me on many levels. The #STEMPrincesses2 Book Project flies in the face of ridiculous political ads featuring giggling women shopping for a political candidate at a dress shop (say what?). It flies in the face of the ridiculous tshirts that say, “I only date superheroes.” It features girls in a […]

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Pop Culture

Kickstartable: The People’s Girls

When this Kickstarter project was brought to my attention, I knew it was time to bring back the Kickstartable series. Here’s my interview with the team working on The People’s Girls, two brave women who are speaking out about a very important topic.

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Books

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 […]

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Pop Culture

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 […]

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Gift Guide Travel

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.

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We try it!

We Try It: Homemade Ant Killer

It happens every year like clockwork. Every June, we get invaded with ants. I’m sure it has to do with the weather, and the fact that the children home for the summer provide more than ample meals for our six-legged friends.