Setting the Foundation for a Love of Literature

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Strong reading skills serve kids well in life. Kids who are strong readers have an edge in school, and many careers have extensive use of the written word as well. If you have young kids, there are things you can do to help set the stage for early literacy success. 1)      Exposure. Have books available. […]

DIY: I Love You Frame

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Kids love knowing that they’re loved. It’s important to remind them daily. But sometimes we forget, and sometimes we might just not be in the mood to give out warm fuzzies. The project I’m sharing today is an easy way to give kids a visible reminder of the fact that you love them – and […]

School Days: Making it to the Home Stretch

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It’s easy for kids to have enthusiasm at the beginning of the school year – teachers and parents are often the most fired up at that point too. But somewhere between winter break and the end of the year, it’s not uncommon for students to slump. Energy wanes with the repeated routines, and sometimes even […]

Encouraging a Budding Musician – Even if You Have No Talent

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My husband majored in music, we met in band in college, and I work part-time as a freelance musician. So it was a given that our house would have music – lots of it. But even families where parents don’t have musical talent or ability benefit from encouraging music in children. Music is a creative […]

Standing Desk – DIY to Save Money

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It’s no surprise that sitting too much is bad for you. Much has already been written about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, and using a standing desk is becoming more popular. Unfortunately, stand-up workstations can be hundreds of dollars for even a small working surface or an additional stand to set on top of […]

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