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Highly Rated E-Book About Keeping Kids Safe Online FREE NOW!

by Paula on March 3, 2015

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A Parent's Guide to Ensuring Your Children Are Safe Online Protect Yourself, Protect Your Children by Gary McKraken

 

One of the most challenging aspects of being a parent in this digital age is keeping my child safe online.  We’ve avoided social media to this point, simply because I’m a firm believer in following the Terms of Service that detail users must be 13 years old.  But it’s harder to avoid using the internet at all.  I’ve found that the filters I’ve put on my router and her devices don’t work as well as I would like and it’s frustrating to have her go through me to do all of her homework and research.  What’s a diligent parent to do?

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Let’s Celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day!

by Paula on February 24, 2015

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Six Yummy Dips for Tortilla Chips

 

Did you know that Texas has an official state snack?  It’s the tortilla chip!  Why not celebrate along with the Lone Star State and enjoy some of these great snacks with some delicious dips?!?

 

Check out these awesome offerings from some of our favorite bloggers:

 

Peach Salsa from Cooking on the Front Burner:

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I’m Telling You Tuesday: They Might Be Giants: Istanbul (not Constantinople)

by Paula on September 23, 2014

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Ariel heard this They Might Be Giants song recently and broke into a crazy, funny dance!  “Shimmy, shimmy, shimmy, shimmy!”

Turns out she learned it at camp this summer as an energizer.  Who would have expected that? :)

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Does your tween know this song and this dance?  I can’t find a video with her motions (might make one at some point), but I assure you, it’s a fun dance! It’s not the same as the dance from Just Dance 4. It has a lot more movement and totally earns the moniker of “energizer”!

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Remember #Batkid?

by Paula on July 29, 2014

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It was the feel-good social media moment of last November.  One little boy’s wish, to be a hero, was granted and those of us who watched won’t ever forget the warm fuzzy feeling it gave us.

Now a documentary is in the works to tell the story-behind-the-story of that magical day.  Want to help it become reality?  Check out the Batkid Begins project on Indiegogo here.   Be sure to read down the page to relive the wonder of that fabulous day.  And have your tissues handy.  Again.  

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RIP Maya Angelou

by Paula on May 28, 2014

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One of my favorite poets passed away today and I, along with many in the literary world feel deeply our loss.  RIP Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou quote

 

If you’re not familiar with her work, The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou is a great place to start!

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Candy Corn-ucopia!

by Paula on October 15, 2013

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Candy corn is everywhere this time of year!  Truly, it’s become a great symbol of fall, and I can’t say that I don’t love the color combinations… because I do!  Bright in a fall palette.  It just seems right.  I guess Mother Nature is a pretty stylish gal, eh?

So many ways to use these colors… and not just in candy corn!  Check it out!!  And don’t blame me if you get a craving for some candy corn!!

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I’m Telling You Tuesday

by Paula on August 6, 2013

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Have you seen the Camp Gyno video released by Hello Flo, a tampon delivery company?  I hadn’t until last week…. but it’s gone viral — almost 5 million views since July 28.  I don’t know a better way to get folks to notice your new company than to get a conversation-starting video to go viral.

I couldn’t have named a tampon delivery company before this.  But now I can!!

And, yes, I have shown the video to Ariel.  She was a bit embarrassed, but laughed at a few parts.  It was especially funny to her because she portrayed Joan of Arc at her elementary school’s wax museum in third grade.

Have you seen it?  Check it out.  It certainly has been viewed a lot already!

 

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Sponsored: Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice — A New Head Lice Resource for Parents

by Paula on July 30, 2013

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Disclosure:  The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

It’s summer and with that comes camp season. Kids playing in close quarters may lead to a common hard-to-treat problem: head lice. If your child brings home an extra louse house guest (or two) after camp, stay calm and know there are resources available to help.

Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice is an educational website created by head lice experts (and moms) for other moms, families and communities to learn about head lice—what they are, what they look like and how to treat them.

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Staycation: Enjoying the SC Upstate on a Budget

by Paula on May 21, 2013

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Staycation 2013

 

Welcome to our Staycation 2013 post!  Living in the Upstate of South Carolina, we’re lucky to have multiple free and low-cost attractions and family-friendly activities in our area, many of them within a short 1-2 hour drive.

Listed here are a few of our favorite places and spaces in the South Carolina Upcountry.

The Upstate of South Carolina can be defined in multiple ways, but I’m including six counties, based on the path of I-85 as it traverses South Carolina on its way from Atlanta, Georgia, to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Those six counties, listed alphabetically, are:  Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg.

This post focuses on Anderson County activities.  I’ll focus on a new county each day this week and will link them all together at the end of the week.  Stay tuned!!

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Lookin’ For A Great Summer Read?

by Paula on May 14, 2013

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This awesome infographic, courtesy of Teach.com, is designed to give high school students encouragement to find a great summer literary escape.  Studies have shown that students that do not read over the summer may lose up to three months of reading progress, so it’s important to find time to read between camp, vacations, sleepovers and everything else going on.

 

The Summer Reading Flowchart

I think that this is a great list of classic books that ALL of us should read!!  I was an English major and haven’t read some of these…. maybe I have my summer reading planned out!!

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