Archive for February 2015

Predicting my own future

Predicting my own future
I’m a fan of the show Parks and Recreation and while I’m sad that the series finale aired last night, I loved that it showed all the major characters at some point in the future. The same happened on the finale of Parenthood, and each time it was a treat to know what the future... Read more »

9 fun experiences at Epcot for tweens and teens

<strong>Sum of all Thrills</strong><br><br>Not all kids get a chance to design their own roller coaster and experience what it would feel like.  <strong>Sum of All Thrills</strong> presented by Raytheon, located in Innoventions East, lets both kids and adults do just that. It's very fun, and there are a few fun STEM lessons to be had as well.
For an updated list of teen-friendly Disney activities, click here. Walt Disney World is a ton of fun for all ages, but I’ve found that tweens and teens are at an especially great stage to enjoy Epcot at Walt Disney World. Don’t tell them, but it’s also possible to learn a great deal about everything... Read more »

4 ways to teach kids about compassion

4 ways to teach kids about compassion
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop Today, bloggers all over the world are joining forces and words to be 1000 Voices for Compassion. The aim is to flood both the online and real world with good and compassion. It is no coincidence that today is also World Day... Read more »
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Happy Lunar New Year! Facts about the Year of the Sheep

Happy Lunar New Year! Facts about the Year of the Sheep
Happy New Year! The Lunar New Year begins February 19, 2015. Yes, the date of Lunar New Year moves but is always on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The event is commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, but countries and people beyond China celebrate it, so Lunar New Year is a... Read more »

7 sweet quotes about love for Valentine's Day

February means that love is in the air. If you need some inspiration or need some ideas for what to write to your loved ones, check out some of these sweet quotes about love for Valentine’s Day. You can find more great quotes about love on this post by Lipstick, Lollipops & Life. Wishing you... Read more »

Why I'm rooting for Feast to win the Oscar for animated short film

Why I'm rooting for Feast to win the Oscar for animated short film
The Oscars are coming up, just 10 days away as I write this. Usually, the category “Short Film – Animated” isn’t one that garners a lot of attention from me, but this year is different. I’m really rooting for Feast to win the Oscar for animated short film because it’s great story telling and also,... Read more »
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Let’s create a better Internet together this Safer Internet Day

Let’s create a better Internet together this Safer Internet Day
Happy Safer Internet Day!  I know, it’s a new one on me, too. It’s been around for 11 years, though, with the goal of promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people. The tagline for this year’s event is ““Let’s create a better Internet together.”... Read more »

Parents: Know your mandate

Parents: Know your mandate
My daughter is not a particularly big fan of mine at the moment. Not. At. All. Because, well…because she’s 12 1/2. Let’s leave it at that. When my husband and I were doing a post-bedtime postmortem of our rocky evening, I started to second guess a few of our decisions. And then I stopped. I... Read more »

Your kid is dating? Advice to help them navigate this rocky road

Your kid is dating? Advice to help them navigate this rocky road
Ah, young love. Adolescence brings many firsts, including the first big crush, the first foray into dating, and the first heartbreak. Those experiences and the accompanying intense emotions can leave parents wondering just what they should do and say, especially with Valentine’s Day shining the spotlight on relationships. For advice on the subject, I turned... Read more »
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This World Cancer Day, take steps to protect your kids from skin cancer

This World Cancer Day, take steps to protect your kids from skin cancer
February 4 is World Cancer Day. WorldCancerDay.org states that the day is an opportunity to “take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach.” Each year, approximately 14 million people worldwide learn they have cancer, and... Read more »