Matilda the Musical Review: Should you take your kids to see the show?

Matilda the Musical National Tour Review

I'm in awe of the talent of a 10-year-old girl. Last night, I took Big to see Matilda the Musical in Philadelphia and you have to know that Mabel Tyler, who is cast as one of three Matildas (the actresses rotate each night) was just so incredibly phenomenal that I can't stop talking about her. To think that a ten-year-old from Atlanta can seamlessly pull off a very strong British accent through lengthy monologues and songs blows my mind. She's magical on stage, convincing the audience … [Read more...]

Matilda is coming to Philadelphia! Here’s how to prepare your kids to see the show

Matilda the musical comes to Broadway Philadelphia -- here's what you should do before taking your kids to the show

On my lengthy list of things I dream to do with the kids, is taking them to a musical. Each year when the Broadway Philadelphia schedule is announced, I dream of enjoying a special day in the city. But, until now, the boys have always said "no thanks" and Little hasn't been quite old enough. Until now. Because, suddenly, all three kids want to enjoy Broadway and I'm excited to start this month with Matilda The Musical. Big and I received tickets to Matilda for Media night, in exchange for … [Read more...]

Should my family see PAN: The movie?

Pan movie review -- should I take my kids to see Pan?

I first became transfixed with PAN during the Cinderella trailers earlier this year. I remember a captivating preview, complete with sprawling, colorful imaging.  It took me back to my time at Disney Social Media Moms conference, when I met with Ridley Pearson and learned of his research and creativity in writing children’s books. Pearson had teamed up with Dave Barry to discover how Peter got to Neverland. Their series, Peter and the Starcatchers, was later made into a Broadway show, Disney’s … [Read more...]

The two things you must do to prepare for a conference (or industry event)

before your next conference, read (and do) this!

In my broad workload of careers from marketing to education and back again, I've learned, through trial and error, that there's a right way and a wrong way to attend a conference, an educational course or a networking opportunity. Actually, there are several, but today I'm focusing on a professional core necessity: creating a purpose. All through my education and much of my professional life, I attended conferences, meetings and educational opportunities. When asked why I was there, I'd … [Read more...]

What is Litter? Earth Day Activities for Young Children

Earth Day activities for kids to learn about litter. Great for preschool, kindergarten and elementary

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), here are several quick, easy lessons and activities to use with young children to tie-in to your celebration. These lessons are suitable for children in grades pre-kindergarten through second grade. What is Litter? Helping young children understand litter with The Wartville Wizard Prior to reading about litter with Little and her friends, I was surprised to learn that not all of the four year olds were familiar with the word “litter.” Together, we defined … [Read more...]

This weekend: Discovery Weekend at Barnes & Noble — have fun AND shop your list

holiday shopping and events barnes and noble

The fact that I'm all about the shop (that's a verb) is no surprise to anyone. And while I love the convenience of kicking it back with no-hassle online shopping 360 days a year, there are those 5 or 6 days when I actually enjoy getting out and into the spirit of live shopping. In real life. You know. Touching and scanning and perusing. Okay. Fine. I'll admit it. I go to Barnes & Noble way more than 5 or 6 days a year.  My local B&N? They know me.  And this time of year, they … [Read more...]

Worst Day Ever

alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day review

Since begin introduced to it as a second grade teacher, I've loved Judith Voirst's Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. A simple story, there were so many writing and discussion prompts to expand upon the story and help children to make connections. So when Disney announced they were creating a movie based on the book, I was so excited to see the theatrical expansion of the story. And, last weekend at the Fandango Family preview, I wasn't disappointed. An … [Read more...]

Making Fit Fun for the Little Ones


I love opportunities to encourage kids to get moving, and while my kids are already super active, new ideas are always embraced. We were recently were sent samples of LeapFrog's new LeapBands to encourage Little and her friends (ages 4-7) to be even more active, while having a lot of fun and being encouraged by a little digital critter. The LeapBand is a digital tracker, only it's a lot more fun than the fitness trackers parents wear. Designed by LeapFrog, it has character similar to … [Read more...]

#PURELLLendaHand partners with Champions for Kids and our kids take the assignment even further

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It all started a few weeks ago. I kept hearing the good old "I wants" and "I needs" and "I have to gets." It being Summer, it seemed even more prominent. When I finally had heard enough, I pulled out the same speech we've all said and we've all heard: you already have so much! Don't forget there are kids who don't have anything near what you have. Think about everything you really, really need. And how much that costs. Think about the kids who have trouble getting things like a healthy dinner. … [Read more...]