The Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Worked!!!

In an earlier post,  Personal Review of the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden, I talked about my family's experiences with the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden.  Good news, the cocoons made it through my preschooler's excitement and so far we have had 4 out of 5 cocoons hatch.  The fifth cocoon is shaking and the butterfly has yet to free himself.  The Insect Lore Butterfly Garden has been a great experience for my whole family. Everyone has … [Read more...]

Book Clubs Will Keep Your Children Reading

As a retired teacher and mother, I like to keep my children involved in reading books.  Summer is on its' way and time for your kids to enjoy themselves, but to also keep reading.  My son loves series books or often gets hooked on a particular author for a while. He is very easy to shop for, since we are always looking for the next book in the series or another good read written by his favorite author. I do take the kids to the library, but … [Read more...]

Personal Review of the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

I just bought my preschooler the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden. This kit has been advertised all over the television.  After buying the actual "butterfly garden" where your child can watch the butterflies, you have to spend another five dollars to buy the actual caterpillars.  After receiving the caterpillars, they started to grow and change into cocoons within a few days!  It was amazing to watch this cycle in a jar in our living room.  Once … [Read more...]

Tips For Starting A Family Journal

Tammy Hanford, an experienced teacher from Michigan, is back on the mom blog!  Today she is sharing a list of tips for you to use in making your own family journal. Enjoy! Family Journals in the Age of Video (Taken from Beth Katz, Writing Across the Curriculum Presentation) If you’ve heard stories about the “good ‘ole days”, you may recall people talking about the importance of keeping a journal.  It was just as important then as it is … [Read more...]

Is Your Child Getting A Personalized Letter From The Easter Bunny?

I love Easter and look forward to the Easter Egg Hunts in the house.  I will be moving our Easter Egg Hunt outside this year if the weather cooperates.   The Easter Bunny's hiding spots are beginning to get a little old after using the same area to hide his goodies over the past three years!  My cousins have night Easter Egg hunts with flash lights.  That sounds like fun, but may be frustrating for smaller children. The Easter Bunny is … [Read more...]

Make Jello Jigglers For Easter

I found this Jello Jiggler recipe at  I bought the Jello egg molds years ago, but forgot how to make the jello recipe that goes with them.  I used to teach school and would make these jello eggs for my students and they loved them!!  Now that I found this recipe, we'll eat them at my house again.  The whole family enjoys this low fat treat, I can't believe I didn't think to look online for the recipe before … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Recipe: Chocolate Fondue and Fruit Dippers

Guest Blogger Caroline Begin, from is back!  She is excited about Easter and wants to share a fun kid-friendly fondue recipe with moms everywhere! Add Smiles To Your  Celebration With Chocolate Fondue and Fruit Dippers It's always nice to get kids involved in the kitchen.  Easter is a perfect opportunity to get them involved in preparing a relatively healthy dessert: chocolate fondue with lots of fresh fruit … [Read more...]

Tips To Help Your Children Learn Their Spelling Words

Tammy Hanford, mother of two from Big Rapids, Michigan and teacher of 23 years is back on the mom blog.  She is here to share tips that will help your children have fun learning spelling words. * Do you struggle with getting your child to practice their spelling words? * Does your child feel that writing their spelling words for practice is a laborious task? * Did you know that using tactile tools for learning is a more … [Read more...]

Personal Dog Training Is Paying Off

Dakota Doesn't Come When Called Once She Gets "Free" The main reason we called a dog trainer was because when my dog Dakota gets out of the backyard, she just takes off and does not stop until she gets where she is going.  One afternoon, she got out of the backyard, hit the green belt, ran across the bridge, through a school parking lot and into the school playground where she found her favorite thing in the world ----- kids!  She was in heaven … [Read more...]

Use Current Events To Enhance Your Child’s Research Skills

When it comes to watching the news,  does everyone in your family stay up to date on current events?  My husband has always been one to watch the news.  I, on the other hand, didn't used to pay much attention to the news and figured it if it were important that my husband would tell me about it.  My feelings on watching the news have changed since my son hit middle school.  He came home from school on day with a social studies current events … [Read more...]

Mom Blog: How to Make A Fun, Interactive, Study Guide

Make Your Own Fun, Interactive, Study Guide How many nights have you sat with your child and reviewed their vocabulary words and definitions with them?  How long have you sat there repeating definitions and asking them questions about each word?  There’s no reason you should have to interactively study with your child for long periods of time.  Everyone wants their children to do well in school, but with so many activities and large families, … [Read more...]

Does Your Child See A Pediatric Dentist?

As a child, I hated trips to the dentist and would make myself sick while in the dentist chair .  The dentist would give in and send me home.  The only drawback to this plan, was that I had to reschedule to get the other half of my teeth cleaned, which meant another dreaded trip to the dentist.  I don't make myself sick anymore while at the dentist, but do find myself dreading my appointment. When it was time for my child's first dentist … [Read more...]

Christmas Break Activities

Now that Christmas Break is here, keep your kids busy with activities in order to alleviate boredom which can turn into sibling fighting or aggravating.  Michael's Craft Store has many ornament painting kits on sale as well as other holiday craft kits.  There are also many one or two day sports camps offered in many areas.  This is a very busy time of year and you can't afford to spend your time as a referee. My kids love crafts, so I have … [Read more...]

Christmas Plates Are A Must For A Family With Small Children

Both my kids enjoy eating from the decorative Christmas  plates / bowls, but my youngest son LOVES them.  I try to serve his snacks on paper plates for easy clean up and he is reminding me to use the Christmas plates instead! I have plastic ones that I bought from Walgreens.  They were inexpensive and won’t break as easy as the glass ones.  I didn’t realize how much he loved these plates until this year. If you don’t have any of these dishes, … [Read more...]

Did Santa Ever Write You?

Looking back to my childhood, I would have been overjoyed to have gotten a letter from Santa.  I always made him special cookies and sat out milk for him, actually I think we sat out Pepsi.  I wanted so bad to catch Santa in my living room when he was filling the stockings, good thing I never caught him!  I visited him at the Santa house in the Court Square every year and also sent letters to him through my school and the local paper.   I never … [Read more...]

Kids Need to Personally Experience The Gift Of Giving

As a child, I was always given money at Christmas time to use to buy gifts for my family, teachers, and friends.  As a parent, my husband and I ask our children to use their own money to buy gifts for their immediate family members. My children save aluminum cans from the neighbors and cash them in for money at the recycling center.  This is their extra spending money.  If they know they will be needing extra money for something, they have to … [Read more...]