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2014 12/14

bringing up readers in a digital age

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book on a lazy Saturday. Especially on a cold wintery Saturday in front of the fireplace. And, because I love the feeling of actually turning the page of a book to see what happens next, it’s been hard for me to jump into the digital age of reading.

But not so for my kids!

Whether by their choice or just the world they are growing up in, digital books and “reading online” has become normal to them. Maybe even more so than picking up an actual book.

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2014 12/08

#GiveHappy this Holiday Season

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation.

 I love finding new “family holiday traditions” to start with my kids. Some only last a year or two and others we have held onto for nine years now.

This year is one of those years where I’m adding a new tradition to our holiday — Night Before Christmas boxes!

The boxes will be a simple gift box for each of the kids to open on Christmas Eve. They’ll have the same general contents for each kid and I’m thinking they’ll be similar each year {if it’s a tradition we continue}.

This year’s Night Before Christmas boxes are going to include some favorites — a new reading book, a new coloring book, some hot cocoa, a new cocoa mug, and pajamas from OshKosh b’Gosh! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 11/04

Fall in love with Traverse City all over again!

Born and raised in Northern Michigan, it always does my  heart good when I get the chance to return north for a visit. There is just something about Northern Michigan. Highways are replaced with long, twisting roads through the countryside and the chain restaurants and stores are grossly outnumbered by unique, personally owned businesses and restaurants. All with a story. A history.

So, imagine my delight when I was invited last month to spend a weekend in Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula, visiting and learning about some of these amazing places!

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2014 10/29

the chickens and the kids, one in the same

They often say that a dog and their owner will begin to resemble each other. While I don’t see that happening in our house (hello, Boxer underbite!), I will say that it’s happening with our chickens!

No, our kids and chickens are not starting to look like each other but we’re definitely seeing the chickens take on the personalities of our kids!

This became so clear one day when we let the chickens out of their run to do some free ranging.  Read the rest of this entry…

2014 10/28

building healthy tooth habits

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE.
I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I was joking with the kids the other day that if I squished the three of them into one kid, they would shave the best dental care routine ever! The funny thing is that it’s totally true!

After buckling down and really getting the kids to remember to brush in the moorings, I determined that they will each have the one thing they each will do well and I just have to hope that it will make up for their lack of effort on the other parts. Read the rest of this entry…

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