Flying With Baby? 5 Tips to Be a Courteous Traveler

tips to consider before you travel with your baby

Sometimes, there's no way around traveling with a baby. Lucky for you, your little angel is always so well-behaved that no one on the plane should worry. It’s all good, right? Wrong. Babies are unpredictable, period, but especially when it comes to traveling. Some babies’ ears hurt from air pressure changes and totally freak out, while others take it in stride and suck on a pacifier to pass the time. But when the person fated to sit in 12A boards and sees you there in 12B with your … [Read more...]

Tips for reading to your child #FamiliesRead

tips for reading with your child plus 11 books your family will love at

About 2 years ago, the kids and I spent hours laying across my bed while I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to them. Often times I’d notice their eyes closed in a dream like stance, but the minute I’d pause to make sure they were still awake, their eyes would pop open, always wanting more. Before long, however, my older son learned to read on his own, and read ahead of us, completing the first 3 books in the series. Now a big third grader, he loves reading books on his own. But … [Read more...]

25 Last-Minute Activities for Your Family This Summer

25 cheap, easy, and, sometimes, free Summer activiities -- can't believe I hadn't thought of number 8 before!

Over the summer, it's great to laze around and enjoy life happening... until you remember you have 3 kids who don't sit still well. And while my kids have gotten much better at creating their own excitement and adventure, having a few easy, inexpensive activities at the ready definitely helps to make the long days of summer with your family more livable.   The Best Last Minute Activities To Do with Your Kids Over the Summer visit the library go to the zoo find a semi local … [Read more...]

Memorable Milestones: Celebrate Exciting Moments in Your Child’s Life

Memorable Milestones: Celebrating exciting childhood moments, a primer of ideas for parents

As soon as you become a parent, you will watch your child grow and develop. As he gets older, you will have the opportunity to witness various milestones that will occur in his life. During these moments, you be there to guide him through the challenges and celebrate the achievements. First Steps During his infant and toddler years, your child will experience so many milestones, from learning to crawl, eating his first solids and saying his first words. For first-time parents though, when … [Read more...]

The Best Novels in Time Travel

Julieverse Reads lists the 8 best time travel novels, curated by Melissa of Chick Lit Central for Julieverse

This week's installment of Julieverse Reads features the best time travel-themed novels, and is curated by Melissa Amster of the blog, Chick Lit Central. I've read several of her recommended books and agree that time travel is one of my favorite topics for reading any time of the year. Read Melissa's recommendations, below. Ever since I saw Back to the Future in 1985, I've been obsessed with anything time travel related. I even wrote some time travel short stories for my personal blog … [Read more...]

Some of the best Father’s Day gifts just an eBay search away (plus, you could win $1K!)

ebay fathers day gifts and giveaway

A few years ago, I asked a group of dads what they'd like most for Father's Day. Their answers have always stuck with me. It's not about the things as much as the experience. Read their response. This post and my related tweets are sponsored by eBay. From baseball tickets to hiking gear,  tech gear to hardware, you can find gifts for perfect Father's Day presents on eBay. This year, my husband could probably use a new pair of Reef Fanning flips, a traditional Father's Day Gift … [Read more...]

How to book club with your child, and why you absolutely need to

how and why parents and children should form a parent-child book club

Like many parents, I love everything about story time. Cuddling with my children and reading books to and with them, is a treasured part of parenting. As they grow older, my reading to them became reading with them and then, in the blink of an eye, my oldest couldn’t wait for me to read the next chapter and began taking the books and reading ahead. As interests have grown, so have discussions about our books. With the older kids, I now look forward to reading books next to each other and sharing … [Read more...]

C’mon Get Happy: At-Home Fitness Options for Busy Moms

tips for moms to get back in shape after baby -- easy exercise to do at home

It’s not all about a lean belly and strong thighs; it’s about happiness and well-being. Exercise improves your body, yes, but it also enhances your mood and boosts brainpower. If you’re letting your busy life get in the way of 10-plus minutes of daily fitness, you’re missing out on some very important serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, brain chemicals that increase with exercise. What are you going to do to get fit in the midst of being a mom? Don’t let time overtake one of your most … [Read more...]

Summer Swim Gear for Your Kids: A list of things to pack in your pool bag

list of things to bring in your pool bag -- a must have shopping list for moms

Before you know it, long school days and evening homework will be replaced with hours spent at the local pool. To help ensure that your kids have a fun and safe summer, make sure you have all of summer's essential gear ready to go.   Here are a few items to keep in mind: Buy a Buoy Public pools should have buoys and other safety equipment available on-site, but if you're swimming at a friend’s pool or even yours, have a basic safety ring of your own for peace of mind. Since even … [Read more...]

Social Media and Your Children: So much to consider

social media and tweens -- what you need to know

The current generation is growing to be known as the Digital Natives of the world. For the first time a generation is growing up without knowing what it is like to live without digital technology. Along with this comes the use of social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and many more social networking platforms. But how young is too young for the responsibility, awareness, and safety required for social media? Next week, our elementary school invited guest speakers to engage the children … [Read more...]