Archive for July 2013

What happened when I turned my tween loose at the local farmers market

What happened when I turned my tween loose at the local farmers market
Looking for a summer project that keeps your tween occupied and learning, benefits the family and satisfies your tween’s need for control while making your life easier? I’ve got one for you! I’m a fan of having tweens help with meal preparation, but this Saturday, I took things a step further. I took my tween... Read more »

Kids and contacts: Is my tween ready for contact lenses?

Kids and contacts: Is my tween ready for contact lenses?
My tween got glasses a few months ago and she is now asking for contacts.  As parents, we are not sure if our child is ready for contact lenses, so we started doing some research, which revealed that many eye care professionals begin to encourage contact lens wear at age 11 to 14 so it’s... Read more »

Erma Bombeck's "I loved you enough to say no" really hits home now

Erma Bombeck's "I loved you enough to say no" really hits home now
I have lately heard numerous parents discussing how their children think they’re “mean” parents. I’ve heard this from parents located in multiple states who have very different experiences but they all have one thing in common: they have good kids. I believe that they have good kids because they set boundaries and limits, and they... Read more »
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Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago is a must see for all ages

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago is a must see for all ages
“Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” is a wonderful exhibit organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Musée d’Orsay, Paris. It is currently at the Art Institute of Chicago through September 29, 2013, the last stop on its world tour. My tween and I went to see it together... Read more »

My tween's rules for playing mini-golf also apply to life

My tween's rules for playing mini-golf also apply to life
Mini-golf is not my favorite thing to do. I don’t mind the activity itself, it’s more that few things in this world bring out the worst in me like that a mini-golf game. I find my inability to get my brightly colored ball into that little cup to be occasionally infuriating. Okay, often infuriating. My... Read more »

7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading

7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading
Summer is flying by and the start of school looms in the distance. We’ve all heard of the summer slide or summer slump and the need to keep kids reading and learning over the summer so that their brains don’t become Swiss cheese. But we also know that the best laid plans for a summer... Read more »
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4 things I won't miss about being the Tooth Fairy

4 things I won't miss about being the Tooth Fairy
The Tooth Fairy is retiring from this home. My tween lost her last baby tooth this weekend, and thus the Tooth Fairy’s days of exchanging teeth for cash in the dark of night have come to an end. So, I’m hanging up the Tooth Fairy wings, throwing myself a retirement party and looking back on... Read more »

8 ice cream facts in honor of National Ice Cream Day

8 ice cream facts in honor of National Ice Cream Day
This summer’s stifling temperatures  make National Ice Cream Day a welcome treat! National Ice Cream Day is the third Sunday in July, or sundae Sunday.  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day and designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He called for all people of the... Read more »

Decorating a locker is not an interior design event

Decorating a locker is not an interior design event
I love you, Target, and I love your assortment of items for decorating my home, my patio, myself. What I do not love, however, is the insane number of locker decoration supplies that you have just started featuring in the back-to-school aisle. Are locker rugs, chandeliers, wallpaper and curtains really necessary for a successful school... Read more »
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Cory Monteith's death reminds parents to talk about drugs, alcohol and addiction

Cory Monteith's death reminds parents to talk about drugs, alcohol and addiction
Like many, I was shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Cory Monteith from an overdose of heroin and alcohol, as the British Columbia coroner confirmed this afternoon. I am a Glee fan, and his character, Finn Hudson, and the actor himself were both very likable, but I don’t think ultimate that’s... Read more »