December 18, 2017

Easy money saving tip

retail me not

I need to share a quick tip that’s saved me $82 in the past week and it’s only taken seconds of my time. It sounds like an advertisement, doesn’t it?  I want to shout it from the roof tops! If you have a smart phone, you must, must, must get the free app “Retail Me… Read more

How to Help Teens Transition to a New School Year


Teens often have mixed feelings about starting a new school year.  Here are some ways to see what the teen in your life is thinking about, or even worrying about, from academic to social issues.  Read more

‘Back-to-School’ $50 Target Giveaway CLOSED


Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, even if the calendar says fall doesn’t begin until the end of September. So what was the highlight of your summer?   To get back in the swing of school, “show and tell” to win a $50 Target gift card.   Here’s How:   You must first like… Read more

Up to 75% of School Supplies Contain Toxic Chemical


Up to 75% of back to school supplies tested contain levels of phthalates, toxins that have been associated with asthma, ADHD and birth defects, the Epoch Times reported.  The chemicals are the same toxins that Congress banned in toys. Shoppers can identify products with these chemicals by examining the recycling symbol on the label.  If… Read more

Sayonara to Summer

waterslide mom

By Ann Van De Water   It’s that time of year again.  Yep, back to school time.   What? The 100 plus degree temperatures and early August date fooled you?  Don’t get me started on the bizarre calendar of Rescue School District where my kids attend school. Seriously, come on and rescue me.    It… Read more

Office Depot Partners With Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Campaign for Back to School Shopping


“Office Depot is proud to announce a partnership with Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, that is dedicated to empowering youth and inspiring bravery,” the company wrote in a recent press release. “The partnership, kicking off during the back-to-school season, will provide students, parents, and… Read more

What My 5-Year-Old Has Taught Me About Fashion

Catherine kinder

My 5-year-old daughter has reminded me of a lesson lately (call it a lesson in organization, fashion… hoarding, I’ll let you decide).   Since she started kindergarten earlier this month she has taken her 5 new school outfits very seriously.  I hadn’t even noticed there were 5 at first, but boy do I know the… Read more

“Sexting” is Biggest Back-to-School Concern for Parents

cellphone kid

Though reports find parents are becoming more savvy to what kids can do with their smart phones, the number one worry for parents of kids aged 10-18 is not bullying, but that their kids will send and receive inappropriate sexual text messages and pictures.  Read more at Fox Business including tips for keeping your child safe.

The Back to School Cry: I Want, I Need, I Must Have


By Connie Hammer Back-to-school ads and commercials have been overtaking the media of late. When I allow myself to drift back and spend time with my school memories, I really don’t remember much hype about back to school supplies and clothing. We had no cable TV or Internet so the advertisements were limited in scope…. Read more

Take kids back-to-school shopping without any siblings

mom kid shopping

 They don’t have to compromise with one another; they don’t have to sit and watch while the other kids try on shoes.  I’ve realized I lump my kids together so often, I’ve made back-to-school shopping one of those special times we spend together before we get back to the bustle of school. In a big… Read more