Encouraging Young Readers

6 Ways to Encourage Young Readers, Part 2 of Raising Readers

This is Part 2 of Raising Readers.  If you haven’t read Part 1, go on over and then come right back. Kids are amazing.  They can learn and comprehend so much more than we give them credit for.  Building good habits young will benefit them throughout their entire lives.  One of the habits I’ve tried to develope in my children is reading, because reading is

Raising Readers

How to Raise Readers, because reading is the basis of all education

I love to read and I wanted to raise my children to be readers. My husband isn’t a big reader.  He always opts to watch the movie, but the movie is never as good as the book.  Ever.  Reading doesn’t come naturally to him, so he reserves it for the Bible.  I honestly don’t think he read enough as a child.  Now it’s a chore

Best of Family – 2013

Best of Family - 2013

When I look back over 2013, I am surprised by the sheer quantity of posts.  Seems like my husband is right.  I do have a lot of words! It’s always fun for me to look back through the posts I wrote, especially the ones about my family.  That’s what I absolutely love about blogging – I’m recording memories, not only for me, but also for

Crashing Through The New Year

Crashing Through the New Year

Today has been quite the coaster ride and it’s left me a little dizzy.  I hope it was a fluke and not a precursor to each day of this new year, because while I love excitement, I can only handle so much in day, much less a year. This afternoon one of our neighbors threw open the back door, stuck his head in and yelled

Worst Mother-of-the-Year Award is in The Bag

bank vault

She’s in an antique bank vault and it has nothing to do with today’s story.  Of course it doesn’t.   I’ve got this award girls, so quit trying. I am well on my way to winning the Worst Mother-of-the-Year Award. I think it’s December.  I seem to have troubles in this month.  Perhaps there’s just too much on my mind.  Last December I frantically jumped

Heart Gifts

greatest gift

Today my daughter went to school looking like a more extreme version of her bag lady self.  The kid down the street came in to warm up by the fire.  He said, “Are you really going to bring all of that?” “Soon I’ll have to get her a shopping cart.”  I said. She had all her usual junk piled in little plastic bins, bags stuffed

Cancer Sucks

Cancer Sucks, but there is always hope

I suspect you already know that.  I’m sure there are a number of you reading that are nodding your heads and saying, “Been there, done that, don’t want a repeat.” My aunt was just diagnosed with a very rare form of Lymphoma.  She’s in the 1%, but somehow it is not the right 1%. It’s scary and ominous, and disheartening.  It makes me say, “but

Christmas Cards – Extinct until Now

Open Me Christmas Card Choices

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Open Me, but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #OpenMeHoliday http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO   We are fragile and yet so very, very strong at the same time. I never realized that more than last year when my father-in-law was in a terrible car accident, the kind of accident that steals

American Girl Doll Fashion Show

American Girl Doll Fundraising Event for Upstate New York's Cerebral Palsy

American Girl Doll Fashion Show Upstate New York’s Cerebral Palsy Association hosted an American Girl Doll Fashion Show as a fundraiser this weekend.  We attended last year and had so much fun, we decided to make it a bit of a tradition. I love when we can enjoy a wonderful day out and help a good cause in the process.  The girls and their American

Instagram: Life in Photos

Instagram: Kid's Scarecrow costume

Friends, I’m short five posts for my 31 Day Cheap Tricks series. I’ll catch up, but I’m not stressing over it. I’m giving myself permission to breathe and to get it done when I can. Hope you understand. Now, lets take a look some Instagram pictures.  If you’re not following along, please do! This is my son’s bunny.  Her name is Charlotte.  At times, she’s