I always love reading through my friends' favorite book lists at the end of each year, and I adore talking books and reading with anyone who will entertain that conversation with me, so publishing my own favorite reads of the year has always been fun for me. Admittedly, 2018 wasn't my best reading year. I finished around 52 books (I'm including a few longer read-aloud chapter books with my kids, to be fair). And usually I have a hard time narrowing down my favorites, but this year, I just … [Read more...] about My Favorite Books Read in 2018
Most families I know are anticipating an upcoming trip, whether a long weekend road trip in the spring, week-long summer vacation or (the always popular) Disney adventure. No matter what kind of traveling you do, there is always something you need for an upcoming trip. We are huge proponents of versatile, purposeful gifts - so I've found that the holiday season is a perfect time to get your kids stocked up on what they need for their trip! Opening a gift to use on our next vacation builds so … [Read more...] about Best Kids’ Gift Ideas for an Upcoming Family Trip
A special thanks to the Louisville Tourism Board for helping to host us on this trip! Confession: I have a Travel Bucket List a mile long. Well, more than one list. I have lists for international travel, long weekend trips, National Parks I want to see...and on we go. Louisville has been on my "Cities to See" list for a while. It's not far from us, at a 5-hour drive, and the Kentucky Derby brings it back to my attention every year. So when we started talking about taking a long weekend … [Read more...] about A Long Weekend in Louisville: the best things to do with kids!
Differences are everywhere and within each of us. But while some differences are innate - such as personality traits - others are much more visible. We all have physical differences, from our colors to our shapes and sizes to other aspects of our bodies. And as our babies grow into their toddler years, they begin to notice these visible differences as they make sense of their world and learn to categorize. During this time, it's so important that we make physical differences part of … [Read more...] about The Best Children’s Books about Looking Different
The line froze in front of me from the book I was reading: "What do you optimize your life for?" The term optimize, for me, has such a tech connotation. When I think optimize, I think computers or technological devices. So what could this mean for my life, especially my daily life? As a mom, I've found it's far easier to talk about or read about topics like this than to act on them, day after day while doing laundry and dishes and homework help. And rinse and repeat. This is a question, … [Read more...] about Optimizing Your Life for What Matters Most