Did you know that September 10 is Sewing Machine Day?  Have your little one get into the fun by doing these great sewing-themed activities!  Grandma would be proud! Activity #1: Lacing Lacing toys are so much fun for little hands, especially when it is a picture of something they love, such as a teddy bear or a car.  (If you have a Mickey Mouse fan, try these cute Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Wooden Lacing Cards.)  Lacing is fantastic for children’s fine motor skill development and it also teaches children the concepts of “in...

Nowadays, children start getting a pretty hefty load of homework beginning in Kindergarten.  Children start their elementary school years learning how to write, spell, read, and add/subtract.  It is a very exciting time in a child’s life, but it can also be an overwhelming one.  Getting your child to sit still and concentrate on their homework can be challenging, so I created a fun, stimulating, and engaging Homework Center with all the bells and whistles (literally).  I cannot stress how important it is for your child to start...

Music has always been a big part of my life.  My alarm clock wakes me up with music and I always have the radio on when I’m in the car.  I even clean the house better if there is music playing.  For the past six years, I have sung lullabies to my children at bedtime.  I am no Celine Dion by any means, but my children love it when I sing to them and it’s something I have done since they were born.  Singing traditional lullabies, like “Hush Little Baby” and “Brahms’s Lullaby” got boring and tiring...

Hi.  I’m 32 years old and I love Dumbo.  The Disney film was made over 70 years ago and the main character doesn’t say a single word during the entire one hour and four minutes, but Disney still found a way to pull at my heartstrings.  I loved watching Dumbo as a child.  The circus always appealed to me and I loved seeing all of the vibrant colors on the TV screen.  As an adult and a mother of two now, I love the film even more, because I can appreciate the important message it teaches. In the film, a stork brings Dumbo...

  Like many parents this summer, I was dragged to the movie theater by my daughter to watch Inside Out.  (Oh, who am I kidding?  It was the other way around!)  I was stoked to watch the film the moment I saw the trailer.  Personally, I loved the film and so did my five year old.  It is a fantastic movie for all ages, but it is an excellent film for children who have a difficult time dealing with their emotions, like my own daughter who has ADHD and is exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety.  While I identify with Joy,...

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