Each year, many of us look forward to enjoying a day off on the third Monday of January when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (MLK Day) is observed. But what are we really observing? I get it. Everyone is not...
The holidays are all about traditions, and our family has lots of them! My absolute favorite is the “holiday lunch box surprises.” Throughout December, I add little holiday-themed treats to my son’s lunch box. I love hearing what his...
As moms, we worry about what our kids are eating, slather them with sunscreen and make sure they aren’t exposed to predators through apps and social media. But are you worrying about whether your kids are JUULing? I am...
We are frequently asked about education programs and recommendations for child care, preschools and schools in the Jacksonville area. We understand that picking a school or child care center that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be an overwhelming task. Whether...
When my first child started school, I learned something very powerful: Learning to read and learning to be literate are two very different things. I discovered quickly that I wanted my children to be literate, having the ability to...
There are a lot of things to take into consideration when choosing an after-school activity for your child, and finding something they love (as much as you do) can be tricky. We've tried it all with my son, Brendan....
  Raise your hand if you feel like you run around CRAZY from the moment you wake up until the moment you lay your head on the pillow. You can't deny that our lives are busy: We are moms,...
Now that school has begun, and we have gotten back in the swing of our morning routine, I thought I would share some tips and ideas for packing school lunches that are fun and appealing to kids! My daughter...
I hear it all the time from parents. It’s the bane of their existence. The daily chore that looms over them day in and day out. Packing school lunches. We are a couple of weeks back at school and already...
I remember being 10 years old. I was sassy, bossy, and had a boy I called my “boyfriend” (cringe) — I thought I was hot stuff for the fourth grade. Fast forward a few decades, and my 10-year-old fourth...
In my planner I have a sticker on the box for the date of August 1. It says “JUST BEGIN….” I put it there to remind me to take a deep breath, because hold on, August is here, and...
The first day of school can be a little like a favorite holiday morning. Kids are up early — the kind of excited, dressed and raring to go early that simply doesn’t happen the rest of the year. There...

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