School Emergency Kit: Help Students Stay Calm When Things Go Wrong

If disaster were to strike your community and you were not able to get to your children at their school, would you know with a certainty that they are being taken care of?  We had an eye-opening experience in our area recently that has prompted me to make a School Emergency Kit for each of my boys, just in case something were to happen while they were at school and I wasn’t able to get to them.

 School Emergency KitSchool Emergency Kit

This past week our community experienced what meteorologists are calling a 1,000 year flash flood.   Our dry, desert weather suddenly turned violent and hurricane-like as the remnants of a tropical storm pounded our entire region, ripping out the interstate and knocking out power and water.  Several students were stranded at area schools long into the night because there was no safe route to get them home and a handful of students had to spend the night on the gym floor of the local fairgrounds until emergency personnel could get them to their parents. It made me realize that a simple School Emergency Kit that can be kept in a back-pack would have come in very handy. [Read more...]

Dear Tired Moms: It’s Okay to Take a Nap

This post is for any and all tired moms out there.  Let’s get over the belief that it is not okay for us to acknowledge that we are tired.  Let’s stop feeling guilty if we need some down time.  This letter is for you.  I’m  going to be taking my own advice so if you need me, you know where to find me. :)

Tired Moms

Dear Tired Moms,

I’m not sure who came up with the idea that it is not okay for moms to get tired, but I’m tired of feeling guilty for being tired. (Are you following me?) I am giving you permission to do something that most of us probably should have done a long time ago: Take a Nap!  Being a mom is ridiculous on most days and exhausting on our best days.  It is okay to be tired!

Here are a few things that I have discovered over the years of being a wife and mother: [Read more...]

Ways to Make Family Dinner More Meaningful: Share the Table

In today’s world, making time for family dinner is increasingly difficult.  With work, after-school sports, music lessons, etc. it can be really hard to sit down and eat a meal together as a family. And often when we do sit down to eat we are distracted by television, phone calls, social media, etc.  I think it is time to take back family dinner and make it more meaningful.

Family DinnerWays to Make Family Dinner More Meaningful

This past week my family had an amazing time at the Family Forward conference at Universal Studios in Orlando.  We had the opportunity to make and share a family meal together and learn about ways that we can make family meals more meaningful.  We heard from Barilla’s guest chef, Daniele Baliani, as he helped us prepare a delicious lunch of Barilla Penne Salad with Roasted Peppers, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Arugula, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil.  It was delicious!  (recipe below) Prior to this lunch, Barilla had asked me to take part in their Barilla Blog Tour and share our experience of what our family learned  about the Share The Table initiative with my readers. [Read more...]

Top 10 Things To Do In Diagon Alley

Our family just returned from a magical week at the Family Forward Blogging retreat in Universal Studios Orlando and the highlight of our trip was our after-hours event in Diagon Alley.  Diagon Alley is a must-see for all Harry Potter fans so I’ve put together our top 10 things to do in Diagon Alley that you won’t want to miss.

Things to Do in Diagon Alley10 Things to Do in Diagon Alley

If you are a Harry Potter fan and raising little “Potterheads” then a trip to Universal Studios Orlando is definitely in order.  Every square inch of Diagon Alley made you feel as though you had been transported right into the magical wizardry world.   From the staff, to the buildings, trolls, treats and more, everything seemed authentic as can be.

As we walked into Diagon Alley, I looked down at my boys and became a little teary-eyed at the complete awe and excitement I could see on their faces.  The atmosphere is a magical as the wizards themselves. [Read more...]

Sound Vibrations: Simple Science

Our kids know that we hear with our ears but how does it work?  For our Saturday Science experiment today we are testing out different objects to show just how sound vibrations travel.

 Sound VibrationsHow Sound Vibrations Travel

All sound travels in waves through a medium such as a liquid, gas or a solid and starts with the tiniest vibration.  The medium  must be present in order for sound vibrations to travel.  Sound vibrations move through different mediums at different speeds.  To test how sound vibrations work in various mediums,  all you need is a few simple objects from around your home. [Read more...]

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