February 18, 2018

The best summer school

summer lessons

By Julie Samrick As we sat around the campfire last weekend I pulled out an old Girl Scout goody for the 11 kids in our party. My Aunt Tilly, she died last night, she died last night, did she die?   At first the kids didn’t know what I meant, or why sometimes the answer… Read more

33 inexpensive summer activities for kids

inexpensive summer activities

By KaixinFun Keeping kids busy while they are at home during the warm summer months is a challenge for any parent, older sibling or babysitter. It’s not easy to fill an 8 hour+ day with fun activities for your little ones. Thankfully, some brilliant people online came up with some fun (and safe) ways to… Read more

Best summer book recommendations

summer book recommendations

Summer means the tantalizing prospect of having more time for reading stretches ahead of us — long, lazy summer days curled up with a book. With that in mind, Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo shared some summer book recommendations for readers ages 8-13 with NPR’s Melissa Block. DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux,… Read more

16 Summer Lessons

summer lessons

  By Julie Samrick With the exception of homeschooling families, there just isn’t as much time to hang out with kids during the traditional school year like there is during summer vacation. When my older three kids were younger, they’d learn many things by osmosis, or simply by hanging out with me all day. We’d… Read more

Make Flower Cupcakes

flower cupcakes

By Julie Samrick My friend made these flower cupcakes for her daughter’s birthday party today and I was so impressed I just have to share them with you.   This is how she makes them: Bake and frost cupcakes as usual Snip about 1/3 off a marshmallow with scissors, clipping it diagonally, which will make… Read more

Top U.S. Towns for Affordable Getaways

affordable getaways

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer so if you’re looking for a family getaway with something for every age that won’t break the bank, check out Travel and Leisure’s list for the top U.S. Towns for Affordable Getaways.

A Case for Year-Round School

case for year-round school

By Julie Samrick As a kid I loved the thrill of returning to school after a 3-month summer break. Crisp, back to school clothes were worn with pride.  Clean pencil boxes and stiff cartons of crayons were handled carefully those first few days back into the new routine.   And later, as a teacher, summer… 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

Meet 10 College Students Headed to the 2012 Summer Olympics

Emma Coburn

Here are 10 young athletes who have earned coveted spots at the London Olympics all while also cracking the books at college.  Read more about their lives and where they go to school.

The Easiest, Tastiest Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

By Julie Samrick I wanted to take advantage of blueberry season when deciding what to make for guests this week.  I found The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for cobbler and made a few substitutions.   It is the easiest, tastiest recipe ever!  I had leftover homemade cream, so the next day I whipped up another blueberry… Read more