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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?

I’m hoping this e-book can provide some answers.  The title, A Parent’s Guide to Ensuring Your Children Are Safe Online Protect Yourself, Protect Your Children by Gary McKraken, sure makes me think it can be of help.  And it’s FREE at the time of this post, so I’m hopeful it will.  I’ll read it and post a review soon.

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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:

Peach Salsa from Cooking on the Front Burner

 

 

Cheese Chipotle Dip from Couponing & Cooking:

Cheesy Chipotle Dip from Couponing and Cooking

 

 

Roasted Guajillo Pepper Salsa from Food Done Light:

Roasted Guajillo Pepper Salsa from Food Done Light

 

 

Chunky Avocado Salsa from Leave No Leftovers:

Chunky Avocado Salsa from Leave No Leftovers

 

 

Cream Cheese, Salsa, and Crab Dip from What’s Cooking, Love?:

Cream Cheese, Salsa, and Crab Dip from What's Cooking, Love

 

 

Mango and Peach Salsa from Flour on My Face:

Mango and Peach Salsa from Flour on My Face

 

 

Bring on the tortilla chips!!

 

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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? :)

Give it a listen:

 


 

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!

 

(This is not an endorsement for Hello Flo, nor am I affiliated with them in any way.  I just liked the video and wanted to share it with you!)

 

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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.

The site offers a variety of tools including:

  • The Headfirst! Lice Experience video allows you to choose your experience, whether it be you’re not sure you have lice, or you just want to get rid of them:

So if you’re trying to get rid of head lice post-camp, or a parent who always likes to be prepared for next season, visit Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice for more information.

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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!!

 

Anderson County

Anderson County Museum

 

Anderson County Museum in Anderson, South Carolina

Discover Anderson County’s history with a trip through time at the Anderson County Museum.  Located in downtown Anderson, the museum hosts both permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as the historic Robert Anderson Memorial Fountain.

 

Anderson County Museum Store in Anderson, South Carolina

There’s also a South Carolina-themed gift shop for all your Palmetto product needs!

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  The Anderson County Museum is located at 202 East Greenville Street, Anderson, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.260.4737.  Hours:  Tuesday 10 am – 7 pm; Wednesday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.

 

Anderson Arts Center

 

Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, South Carolina

Filled with rotating exhibits and activities that promote the creation and appreciation of the arts in Anderson County, the Anderson Arts Center also hosts a series of arts classes and a dynamic arts camp that involve locals of all ages.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  The Anderson Arts Center is located at 110 Federal Street, Anderson, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.222.2787.  Hours:  Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.

 

Downtown Anderson

 

Downtown Anderson, South Carolina

What’s not to like about a quaint central shopping district replete with a variety of restaurants and family-friendly activities?  Locally owned coffee shops and charming bistros provide ample dining opportunities in downtown Anderson.

 

A Little Birdie Told Me Carolina wren scavenger hunt in downtown Anderson, South Carolina

Fun for young and old alike, A Little Birdie Told Me is a Carolina wren-inspired scavenger hunt.  We had a great time searching for 22 bronze sculptures–some were much easier to find than others!  Download a brochure for your hunt here.

 

Generator Park in Anderson, South Carolina

Be sure to take a slight detour off Main Street to visit Generator Park, where you can learn about Anderson’s nickname, “The Electric City,” and see a generator that once produced electricity for the Anderson area at the Portman Power Plant.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  Contact the City of Anderson for more details and more attractions.  Phone:  864.231.5933.  Downtown Anderson website here.

 

Town of Belton

South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, Ruth Drake Museum, and Belton Center for the Arts in Belton, South Carolina

The charming Anderson County town of Belton is home to the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, the Ruth Drake (local history) Museum, and the Belton Center for the Arts.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free for all three attractions.  The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and the Ruth Drake Museum are located in the historic Belton Depot building at 100 North Main Street, Belton, South Carolina.  Phone for South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and Ruth Drake Museum:  864.338.7400.  Hours for South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and Ruth Drake Museum:  Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am – 2 pm; Friday, 9 am – 4 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm.  The Belton Center for the Arts is located at 306 City Square.  Phone:  864.338.8556.  Hours:  Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm.

 

Callaham Brothers Orchard in Belton, South Carolina

One of our favorite “refueling stations” in Belton is Callaham Orchards, where some sort of fruit or vegetable is almost always in season and ready to U-Pick.  And, ummm, the ice cream they serve there is really, really good too.  (yes, I know it isn’t free like most everything else listed here is, but supporting a local farmer is a good idea!)

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  There are seasonal activities and product purchases that are available for a small fee.  Callaham Orchards is located at 559 Crawford Road, Belton, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.338.0810.  If you call ahead, there’s a message that will tell you special hours and product availability.  Hours: vary by season.  Call ahead for details and hours.

 

Town of Pendleton

 

Pendleton Square in downtown Pendleton, South Carolina

The entire town of Pendleton is on the National Register of Historic Places and features a charming village green as its centerpiece.  Antique shops, boutiques, several excellent restaurants, and two historic house museums offer a delightful variety of activities.

 

Woodburn and Ashtabula Historic House Museums in Pendleton, South Carolina

Pendleton Historic Foundation owns and operates two beautiful historic house museums, Woodburn and Ashtabula.  Both are available for touring during regular hours as well as rental for special events and private tours.  Admission is charged, but it is reasonably priced.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission per house is $6 for adults; $2 for children 5-10 years old; free for those under 5 years old.  Woodburn Historic House is located at 130 History Lane, Pendleton, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.646.7249.  Hours:  Thursday – Friday, 10 am – 1 pm; Sunday, 2 pm – 5 pm.  Ashtabula Historic House is located at 2725 Old Greenville Hwy (SC 88), Central, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.646.7249.  Hours:  Thursday – Sunday, 1-4 pm.

 

WOW!  That’s just a sampling of the wealth of family friendly activities in Anderson County, in the SC Upstate!  Join us tomorrow as we feature other great Staycation  ideas from around the country… and later on this week as we continue our tour through the South Carolina Upcountry!

 

 

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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!!

Stay tuned for a great list of tween summer reading books… it won’t be as pretty as this infographic, but it will feature some of our favorite books…. and some we’re adding to our pile for the summer!!

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