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...]

Julieverse Reads: Summer Reading List 2015

julieverse reads summer reading list

Beginning June 2015, Julieverse will host an exciting new series: Julieverse Reads. Every other Tuesday, I'll welcome a book lover: an author, reader, blogger, publicist or marketer, who has submitted a themed book list to Julieverse. Upcoming lists include Favorite Novels Set During World War II, Books Sure to Pull at Your Heartstrings, and A Modern Comic Author's Favorite Books. Hey super readers! Thanks for stopping by Julieverse, where I share lifestyle tips for enjoying life with a heavy … [Read more...]

5 Classics to read with your kids

classic books to read with your kids

I love taking my kids to the bookstore or library. There are so many shiny new choices out there for kids to get excited about! But just as exciting as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and Captain Underpants, are the books that made me fall in love with reading. Take the time to share some of your classic favorites with your kids and help them see what made you fall in love with reading. Classic Chapter Books to Read with Your Kids Stuart Little When I first introduced my kids to the adventures … [Read more...]

I have to be comfortable to perform. #BeMoreHuman

reebook shoe. Be more human

I like to "hit" the gym about 4 times a week (when I'm lucky, more.) Over the years, I've learned that the shoes you wear do make a difference, as do the clothes. If you're comfortable moving in your clothes, if you're comfortable seeing yourself in the clothing (even better, if you like the way you look in the clothing, because you're very likely looking in the mirror at least part of the time) you'll play better, work better, do better. You'll get a better workout. That's why I don't … [Read more...]

Save me!! Saving memories and data with Netgear’s ReadyNAS

How NETGEAR is saving my memory

Disclaimer: I am a NETGEAR Ambassador and I received this product in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion and review. It's one of my biggest concerns, and an area where I let my geek-flag lower: backing up my memories and data. If you're a long-time reader of Julieverse, you may recall the time I lost all of my (photo) memories when I had a computer crash. Middle's entire first year, gone. Oh. The tears. Oh. The anger. Oh. The frustrations. Oh. The pledge to back -up! back-up! back-up! … [Read more...]

The only Valentine’s gifts you need to give this year

valentine's day gifts for her under $60

We all know Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to express your love, but when you're gifting the one you truly love, you don't want to go overboard (cheesy!) with 100 roses (because, really, who wants to turn her home into a rose shop? plus. Flowers die.) Guys, what she really wants is something small that she can wear with love, but she also doesn't want you to break the bank. (I mean... break it for her birthday. But Valentine's Day? You don't need to spend tons.) I shopped my Chloe + … [Read more...]

Special K Brownies: a new after school snack at the top of their lists

special k brownies | an 80-calorie after school snack

My chocolate allergy doesn't keep my kids away from enjoying chocolate, or me from that delicious warm-chocolate smell that makes us all chime in with Anna and Elsa and dreamily say "chahhhhhk-let." My kids are thrilled to be tastetesters and reviewers for me of Special K's newest snack, Special K Brownies, which they've been enjoying as the perfectly-portioned (it's only 80 calories) after school snack which we received as samples for the purpose of this sponsored post. Made with real … [Read more...]

Is a toy still a toy when you learn to code from it?

wonder workshop stem learning coding and playing

In middle school, high school and college, I hated HATED science: all and any forms of it. I despised memorizing vocabulary, following directions to complete an experiment properly and explaining what happened and why, when it was already done. It wasn't just boring, it was frustrating. My grades were always lowest in Science. In fact, I practically failed Chem in college. Surprisingly, in Graduate School, my absolute favorite class was Teaching Science. In my grad class, the professor … [Read more...]

Life is lovelier with a bit of sparkle: Valentine’s Gifts for every *her* on your list

valentine's day gifts for her under $60

We all know Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to express your love, but when you're gifting the one you truly love, you don't want to go overboard (cheesy!) with 100 roses (because, really, who wants to turn her home into a rose shop? plus. Flowers die.) Guys, what she really wants is something small that she can wear with love, but she also doesn't want you to break the bank. (I mean... break it for her birthday. But Valentine's Day? You don't need to spend tons.) I shopped my Chloe + … [Read more...]

Holdiay shopping for my tweens, up close and personal at Radio Shack

holiday shopping for tweens at radio shack

Recently, a friend mentioned that she loves walking around the mall during the holiday season because she finds it relaxing and inspiring. I'm sorry. WHAT?! I am all about sitting on my couch in front of the fireplace, Caramel Brûlée Latte in hand and Love Actually on the screen, ordering gifts. I try to do that for about 90% of my shopping time. The other 10% where I have to leave my couch to shop, I'll do it in and out, as fast as possible. No. Really. I go into the store thinking I … [Read more...]