I’m sharing 5 ways to help your kids become better writers while still having fun. These ideas will help parents continue their child’s learning outside of the classroom while still teaching them important writing skills that will help them succeed in schoolwork, standardized tests, college application essays and holding a job. #ad #SylvanLearning @SylvanLearning #writing #tips #kids #teaching #classroom #parents #tutoring

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Become Better Writers

This post is in partnership with Sylvan Learning. From as far back as I can remember, writing has been a huge part of my life. I “wrote” constantly as a…

Great ideas for giving back to the community with your kids as they head back to school. From backpacks and classroom supplies, teacher gifts and more, these tips will inspire your family to think of other activities and ways to help others during the fall and back to school season. AD #Meijer @Meijerstores #backtoschool #giving #helpingothers #backpacks #schoolsupplies #teachergifts #classroom #kids

How to Give Back for Back to School

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Meijer. The opinions and text are all mine. Every year the kids and I have a special back-to-school shopping…

If you're in charge of planning the Halloween party for school, you'll love these 30 DIY Halloween games for kids and for adults. Whether you are planning a preschool party or need something for tweens and tweens, these games are perfect for all ages. (And I included Halloween Minute to Win It games too!) #Halloween #games #kids #teacher #school #party #DIY #minutetowinit #Halloweengames #ideas

30 Awesome Halloween Games for Kids

I always looked forward to Halloween as a kid. Now that I’m an adult with kids in elementary school, I feel like half of my fall is spent figuring out…

After hours of "testing" different ideas, these are our favorite easy DIY Minute-to-Win-It Games.They're fun and simple to set up and still challenging for kids, teens and adults. These games are the perfect activity for kids parties, birthday parties, family parties, school parties, after-school parties or a pizza party. Plus some are themed for Halloween, Christmas and New Year's Eve. #MinutetoWinIt #games #kids #party

Minute to Win It Pizza Party

Between homework, track practice, dance lessons and… homework – our weekdays can feel downright hectic sometimes. So every now and then, we like to have a little Minute-to-Win-it Pizza Party on…

If you have an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot, there are countless skills, hacks and commands that will make your life easier. My favorite use for the Amazon Alexa is for kids! When I asked my kids to share their favorite fun games to play with Alexa, they narrowed them down to a whopping 26. HA! directenergy ad #echo #dot #amazonalexa #alexa #gamesforkids #parenting #tweens #kids #games #fun

26 Games Kids Can Play With Alexa (When It’s Too Hot to Do Anything Else)

We are smack dab in the middle of a summer heat wave, and it’s too hot to do much of anything. We haven’t turned on the oven in days, and…

Trying to figure out how to feed your kids dinner between busy sports seasons and after-school practice times? Put your crockpot to good use at the practice fields with this great tip for feeding kids healthy meals between after-school activities. Yes, you can use your crockpot in your minivan. Plus I'm sharing some tips on quick weeknight meals that will save your sanity during busy sports seasons. #kids #sports #quickmeals #crockpot

Back to School, Back to Sports

My kids are back in school, and that means we’re also right back into sports. This is good. And it’s also bad. It’s good because my kids love sports (currently…