Celebrate Valentine's Day with Mighty Express! New Episodes & Activities

Friday, January 22, 2021
It's time to choo-choo-choose your favorite sweethearts because Netflix's Mighty Express is back with a brand new episode for Valentine's Day! But that's not all- there are new surprises in store from the gang at Tracksville. Read on to find out more! 

Easy Oreo Penguin Cookies for Valentine's Day!

These OREO penguins are easy to make and fun for kids. They don't need to look perfect, especially if you're going to eat them, too! It's a fun Valentine's Day treat that you can whip up in a snap. 

Family Stuck at Home? These Tips Can Help!

If you're feeling 'stuck' at home, remember this: you're not stuck at home, you're safe at home. But sometimes being safe and confined to one place for long periods of time (with the same people!!) can wear you down. Between homeschooling, working and taking care of a family, it's easy to get depressed or overwhelmed. Here are some simple tips to keep you sane during lockdowns, quarantine, or simply a long weekend. 

Cupcakes, Cookies, Marshmallows, and More...Delivered from Eat S'More in New Jersey: Order Online!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Look at these amazing treats from our friends at Eat S'More! If you follow me on social media, you might recall me raving about Eat S'more and their amazing hot cocoa bombs and treats. Now they're back with some new treats that I was lucky enough to sample! Let me show you what you can order from this local family business (and they can deliver right to your door, New Jersey!! 😮)

Artisan Breads You'll Love: Tips & Recipes for Making Artisanal Breads

Want to take you breadmaking to the next level? Artisan breads can be more challenging to make than your average home-made bread, but their added taste and texture are worth the effort! Artisanal breads are tasty with any meal and are certain to impress your dinner guests. If you're not sure about the difference between each type of bread or where to start, I'm here to help! 

DIY Valentine's Day Suncatchers: Easy Valentine's Day Crafts

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
You can learn how to make your own suncatchers, and it's not as hard as you might think! My Easy DIY Suncatchers post is one of my most popular on Pinterest, so I figured I would show you how to make a Valentine's Day version of this fun craft project! It's great for kids and classrooms, too, so why not give it a try? It also makes a nice handmade valentine gift for someone special in your life.

Fun Educational Movies and Television Shows for Kids

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
When we were kids there weren't many educational television shows or movies to choose from. We had a handful of excellent programming on PBS (and that was enough for us, right?) but not many movies, and certainly not anything we could 'stream' on a whim. But today is an entirely different story, so I've compiled a few choices to help steer you in the right direction.

Easy Ladybug Lovebug Lollipops

Sunday, January 17, 2021
Making lollipops is easier than you think! You can make your own lollipops with only one main ingredient- Jolly Ranchers! Whether you're throwing a Valentine's Day party or a ladybug themed party, these little lovebugs are bound to be a crowd pleaser. And they're SO easy to make, trust me!

AUDREY: More Than an Icon Now on DVD - Plus, a Book & DVD Giveaway!

Saturday, January 16, 2021
I thought It would be fun to start 2021 with a giveaway, and Audrey Hepburn fans, this one's for you! Audrey: More Than an Icon is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and you can win a copy! Not only that, you'll also be winning a copy of the beautiful children's picture book, Little Audrey's Daydream, The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Sean and Karin Hepburn Ferrer. Scroll down for more details.

Lockdown Ideas to Enhance Your Backyard This Year

Friday, January 15, 2021
Even though the lockdown in New Jersey has been lifted, many people are staying home and avoiding social situations until a vaccine is more widespread. A great place to focus your energy and get ready for Spring is your own yard! Take a look at some of these helpful tips to help enhance your backyard this year.

DIY Valentine Milk Jug Card Carrier: Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Thursday, January 14, 2021
One of my favorite holidays to celebrate as a teacher was Valentine's Day. I used to have my students make adorable teddy bear card holders so that they had a place to put their cards and an easy way to bring them home. Plus, this was a project they could easily do in school (or even at home) without much mess or hassle. They look adorable all lined up and can hold a large number of valentines and trinkets. Here's an easy tutorial on how to make them. And scroll below for free pdf printables of the bear and heart patterns!

10 Ways to Help Your Kids Beat the Winter Blues

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sometimes it feels like Winter is eternal. As soon as the holidays end, January can seem very long and boring, especially when you're a kid. Factor in a pandemic when traveling is limited, and things can get downright depressing! So I've come up with a list of 10 ways you can beat the winter blues, without having to worry about Covid. 

Adventure Academy Review: One Mom's Honest Opinion

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Adventure Academy is a brand new online learning platform from Age of Learning (the experts who brought you ABCmouse and ReadingIQ). I was given the opportunity to beta-test it, and I have the scoop for ya! It's geared towards kids ages 8-13 (so for all of you who loved ABCmouse but felt your kids 'grew out of it,' this one's especially for you!). Read on and I'll tell you what you can expect, and if it's even worth your time and money.

*Note that this post is continuously updated and I try my best to respond to all comments in the comment section! 

5 Bike Safety Tips for Kids and Families: Plus, Where to Bike in New Jersey

Saturday, January 9, 2021
Grab those bike helmets and start making some plans because warmer Spring weather is on the way and the outdoors are calling!  You don’t even need to spend a lot of money on an expensive bike since so many are available to rent (which is a great way to get started if you’re not sure biking is for you). 

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