Fostering a Love of Books with Young Children

This was post was created in partnership with Scholastic. All opinions are my own. It seems so long ago that I was a first time mom. Currently I have three rascals that are constantly wrestling, fighting, yelling and eating. I call them my personal army. Three little boys ready to defend their ol' ma at a moments notice. But eleven years ago I was a new mom. Everything was new and exciting. My first son was just a baby and his entire life was before him with me as his guide. Like any new parent I was scared at this impending responsibility, but nonetheless I had clear visions … [Read more...]

Power Up & Read this Summer with Scholastic!

This post was sponsored by Scholastic to encourage children to read during the summer months, all opinions are my own.  School is officially out for the summer. My boys were super happy to end another successful year of school. No more homework. No more worksheets. No more early mornings. But this relaxed time of year can onset the "summer slide". No, it's not an amusement park ride. The "summer slide" is learning loss that kids experience when they don't stay in school continually. Essentially some of that valuable information they learn gets tossed out of their brains during this … [Read more...]

Super Animal Genius for LeapPad™ Review

Children love video games.  This is a simple truth.  I come from the generation that saw the emergence of these games  As a child I never owned a video game console, but I distinctly remember when they became popular.  Everybody had one, and I sure wanted one too. My children are growing up in a different time.  Video games are a way of life.  Everyone has access to them in one form or another.  Within our own family we have a multitude of options regarding video game play.  I'm not a luddite.  I have no desire to prevent my children from partaking in this fun entertaining pastime.  But as … [Read more...]