How to Make Money While Reading Books

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Summer reading program freebies  Some people have a hard time getting their kids to read, especially over summer vacation. And then there are those kids who love reading. No matter your child’s reading personality, here are three great reading programs that can help them make money while reading books.  Barnes and Noble Summer Reading program 2016 Grades - 1st thru 6th...

5 things I picked up in Target (and how they totally changed my life forever. Seriously.)

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You’ll thank me once you begin enjoying these household conveniences.  1- Kleenex Perfect Fit Tissues. I always loved these because they fit into the car’s cupholder. Now check this out: no more stuffing a huge square box into your child’s briefcase. They fit perfectly in the side pocket that’s designed for water bottles. 2- Brown Sugar and Confectioners’ Sugar in...

Shrinky Dinks. How to Keep Kids Under 10 Busy for Two Whole Hours

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Who knew that Shrinky Dinks (and some key rings) could be the answer? I have officially banished melty beads from my house. They might be one inexpensive craft project that keeps my kids busy for a long, long time but I hate carrying those carefully crafted bead boards to the laundry room, where I have to inevitably fix the section...

6 Style Tips for Your Best-Ever Family Portraits

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How to dress your family for the photos you’ll cherish forever. You’ve scheduled an appointment with your favorite photographer to finally get that collection of family portraits you’ve been seeing in your mind’s eye every time you walk past your couch. Now comes the big question—what will everyone wear? 1) Don’t Match. Coordinate. My advice to my clients is always to...

The Secret’s Out! Learn How to Make This Chef’s Most Requested Dish

No need for takeout. Mongolian beef is a treat-yourself dinner for nights in.  Mongolian Beef is one of my most requested dishes from clients and for good reason! The beef is super flavorful and reheats perfectly.  Enjoy this over a bed of rice or noodles. I guarantee that once you try this, you will make it again and again. ...

Why are parents removing Wifi from Cameras?

I bet you didn’t know what cameras are capable of today. Why does a camera need WiFi anyway? Companies like Nikon and Canon began including WiFi capability in their cameras beginning in 2005. Their first goal was to solve cable clutter, making it possible to transfer photos wirelessly from a camera to a computer. WiFi-enabled cameras also allowed us to...

Fruit Pie, Fruit Galette, Fruit Tart.

This is one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. On one cold wintery Friday night, I served a fresh summer fruit galette. My guest casually asked me where I was able to get fresh plums out of season. How strange would it have been to tell my guests that this galette was sitting in my freezer for all these...

The Essential Pooltime Packing List

Make sure everything you need is in that bag! What’s better than having a pool in your backyard? Having a pool in your sister’s backyard! But that requires packing up for every pool trip (about 4 times a week for us). Here are some of my essentials: Puddle jumper. If you have a child between the ages of 2 and...

We’re Racist and We Didn’t Even Realize

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How the Racism in Our Community Comes Back to Hurt Us "And now we're going to count the way cleaning ladies count! Uno, dos..." My kindergarten age daughter learned to count in Spanish and this was how morah introduced the skill at graduation. Many of the mothers laughed. The subtle insinuation that all people who speak Spanish, or at least...

What to Do on Your Pennsylvania Road Trip

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Crayola Factory Easton, Pennsylvania may or may not be on your way home (it’s on the Northern side of the Pennsylvania-NJ border), and there’s not much else to do in the area, but you can depend on keeping for entire family busy for the whole day. There’s tons of crafty and creative activities across five floors! At closing time, my...