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...]

Favorite Hanukkah books for children

Hanukkah children's books for the family to enjoy (Chanukah)

As I unpacked our holiday boxes on Monday, I giggled at myself. On our coffee table now sit 4 Hanukkah books and 2 Christmas books. For someone who has complained for a few years about the lack of selection, I've definitely taken an interest in finding books to teach the holiday to my kids.   There are a number of Hanukkah books available to love and educate our children, far more than we have on our coffee table this year -- enough to fill your bookshelf. Here’s a … [Read more...]

Figure out the Princess hairstyle secrets

great gifts for little girls (and moms) obsessed with princess hairstyles

My five-year-old daughter is obsessed with hairstyles, especially princess hairstyles. While I remember the days I'd play with my babysitters hair and my mom's hair, just like she does, she has a new hairstyle outlet that I didn't have years ago -- YouTube videos and Android and iOS apps. She could sit and watch girls being transformed into princesses for hours and still want to watch more. Toys for girls to style princess hair Disney Princess Glam Hair Stylin' Tote Play-Doh Disney … [Read more...]