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Back to School: The Countdown is On!

Back to School: The Countdown is On!

It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! Yes, friends…my favorite time of year is upon us. Aisle after aisle of boxes filled with perfectly sharpened Crayola Crayons. The box of 64, please! I’ll take two! Folders and spirals in every imaginable design and hue. Markers, pencils, and paper. Cute little erasers, and the Post-it […]

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STEM Is the New Black

STEM Is the New Black

Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. STEM is a relatively new buzz word in the education world, and you can find any number of clubs, organizations, classes, camps, curricula, and even toys to promote it. The idea is that by promoting these areas of interest and inquiry in the classroom, we are aiding students to better navigate […]

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Bridging the Summer Learning Gap

You know the old adage, “practice makes perfect”? Did you know it’s not actually true? Practice does not make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect. In the education world, we prefect the phrase, “practice makes permanent.” Did you know that students can lose up to 2 months of grade level equivalency in math and reading over […]

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5 Steps to a Summer Bucket List

Having graduated from high school in the early 90’s, my summertime mantra will ALWAYS be Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith for you youngsters). Every time I hear it play, I can feel the sun on my face, smell the chlorine from the pool and taste the burgers, fresh from […]

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The Way Moms Work

The Way Moms Work: A 3-Cups-of-Coffee Kind of Day

To celebrate the different expressions of how moms work, the KCMB series “The Way Moms Work” follows the many ways we work in a single day. We hope this series will champion all of the work moms do, both in and out of the home, and encourage our readers to find meaning in their own work as well. […]

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Sometimes, I Miss My Pre-Kid Life.

As I sit here typing, it’s 8:45 p.m. My children have “been in bed” for 45 minutes. They are still awake. One is crying because he wants to sleep on the couch. One is whining because he is thirsty. I have given them both drinks. Traded stuffed animals out about 50 times. Said prayers, brushed […]

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Build a Better World

Utilizing Your Local Library

Where can you snag a copy of the latest movie release, catch a performance by Paul Mesner puppets (for FREE), and research an upcoming family vacation … all on the same day? Why, your local public library, of course! Since becoming a mom, I have discovered what some have known for YEARS! Your local library […]

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I Know A Girl …

… her name is Shea. Shea is the kind of girl everyone loves: she’s kind and funny. Smart and uber-talented. She is a wife, a mother of three, a former middle school math teacher, and a business owner; and if that list doesn’t impress you, then what if I told you she’s now a published […]

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Note: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Kansas Athletics. At our house, fall means football. Specifically, college football! My husband hails from Nebraska – and if you know anything about Nebraskans, then you know they LOVE their football team. I grew up in a family where football wasn’t really all that important. Needless to say, […]

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Twins-2, Mom & Dad-0

Before I had kids, there were a million things I SWORE I would never do. You know how it goes … “When I have kids, I will never (insert that thing you will never do here).” I said I would never spank. I have spanked. I said I would never give them junk food. They […]

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