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Review: Coding For Kids App by Kidlo

I am honored to bring you another app by Kidlo and this one is a fantastic idea! My son loves coding so this game is right up his alley. Stay tuned for our honest review of Kidlo’s Coding for Kids app, plus screen shots and a demo video! Continue reading

What is a Balance Bike?

Our son had no interest in learning how to pedal a bike. We tried to encourage him but he just didn’t care! So when we heard about the concept of a balance bike, we wondered if it might be a better fit for him than a traditional bicycle. Read on for information about the pros and cons of a balance bike, plus photos and a demo video with Kiddo and I! Continue reading

How Much Does It Cost to Have Backyard Chickens?

I’m quickly becoming a huge advocate for backyard chickens. They’re an amazing pet to have, especially if you have children! We love our feathered girls and my kids enjoy taking care of them. But I think the biggest misconception around getting chickens is how much money it takes to get ready for chickens, and then how expensive they are to take care of. So I thought I’d dispel the misinformation and tell my readers: how much does it cost to have backyard chickens? Really? Continue reading

My Ten Favorite Weight Watchers Hacks

Yep. I’m a Weight Watcher. It may not be glamorous but it’s working for me and I love it! And now that I feel I’ve got it down, I wanted to share my ten favorite Weight Watchers hacks with you!

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do for My Kids and I

My circle of friends has changed a lot since having kids. Some people have withstood the test of time, and the challenges that come from a friend having a baby. Other people have drifted away. I was thinking about my “past life” recently and had a realization: those people who I keep in touch with, what did they have in common? What did they mean to me and to my kids? Read on for my epiphany, the most important thing you can do for my kids (and for me). Continue reading

The Best Educational Netflix Shows for Kids: Fall 2017 Edition!

I’m baaack! I’ve got an updated Netflix list for you parents who need to turn on the TV occasionally for your kids without getting a huge guilt trip about what they’re watching. News flash: that’s all of us at some point or another. You’re not alone! These shows have good wholesome entertainment for any aged child, and I bet your kids (and maybe you too!) will learn something at the same time. Look no further for the best educational shows for kids: fall 2017 edition! Continue reading

Common Terms with Backyard Chickens

Backyard chickens are a hilarious, endearing addition to your family. We love our girls, but we’re still learning lots about them! And when doing our research, we came upon lots of words we didn’t know. So here’s a quick reference guide of some common terms with backyard chickens. Read through this so you are in the know! Continue reading

Why I’m Homeschooling My Child for Pre-K

My husband and I are both certified teachers, but it comes as a surprise to some people to learn that I’m homeschooling our four year old this year. What factors made this decision for us? This is why I’m homeschooling my child for pre-kindergarten … And it may not be what you think. Continue reading

What’s In Our Playroom?: Fall 2017 Edition

School is starting and we are doing our first “Playroom Tour!” Check out what we actually have in our playroom – these are the toys which have passed our safety and quality tests, and have passed the kids’ own tests as well. There are photos and a video tour, as well as item names and descriptions. Come see what’s in our playroom! Continue reading

Rev and User Testing: Two Real Simple Ways to Make Freelance Money

I know that I’m saving my family a lot of money by raising our kids at home instead of paying for daycare. But things are tight when you’re a family of four on one teacher income. So I’ve been looking for months at the best ways to really make some money at home, while taking care of two young children. Today I’m here to tell you all about my two winners, Rev and User Testing: two real simple ways to make money freelancing. Continue reading

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