Reading is such an integral part of understanding the world around us, and with five children, I have tried every tool imaginable. From letter flash cards to Kumon, we have tried it all! Here are the top 5 resources that led to fluent reading and comprehension. Reading Aloud: We have been reading aloud to our […]
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Our Summer bucket list still has some unchecked squares, so this week we are hitting the road (locally) to visit those last few places that we dreamed of back in June. Summer is rounding third and sliding into home and before we know it, school will be in full swing. On the agenda: Redwood Mini […]
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Over the top themed children’s parties are here to stay, but that doesn’t mean themes have to be limited by the aisles at Party City or websites like Oriental Trading Company. Themes can be created by texture, color, food and activities. However, if you are able to find a lovely woman who brings her gorgeous […]
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August 1st has hit, so obviously everyone is ready to embrace the “Back to School” mentality force fed to us by the media. Right? RIGHT?!? Ok if you are like me its a resounding NO! There is an all out assault against the slow days of summer, expecting us to snap to and begin preparing […]
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We love teaching our children in many ways and through many experiences. Art, history, culture, music; these are all avenues we explore with our kids as often as possible. Sometimes, paying $65 per ticket for a family of 7 sounds pretty discouraging, especially if you want to be a regular on the arts scene. We […]
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We are always on the hunt to explore – whether getting lost in Muir Woods or at a small bookstore in the city. We live about 30 minutes from San Francisco, and there are so many opportunities to immerse yourself in art, architecture, nature, and history around us. I have rounded up some of our […]
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Target is stocked with shelves of plastic noisemakers that I would prefer NOT come into my home, but there are some gems hidden as well. I wish I could have all the money back that we have spent on toys that ended up sitting around until they hit the Goodwill pile. So many toys out […]
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What little boy doesn’t dream of becoming a professional Spy or FBI Agent?! When my soon to be 5 year old started requesting a spy themed party I knew I better get my ducks in a row. Once he makes up his mind, there is usually no changing it. At first, I was a little […]
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Portland, Oregon has become a place we go frequently to visit grandparents, but we usually get stuck doing the same things over and over. Hawthorne, the Pearl, Northwest, Mississippi. If you know the area, you know these spots that are abundant in great food, handmade goods, vintage aplenty and of course, people watching. As we […]
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