How to Help Your Child with Math at Home

Math is a four-letter word that leads to the exclamation and consumption of other four-letter words.  As a high school business teacher, I frequently find myself helping students with math and occasionally teaching business math.  Because I’m not a math teacher, I have a few tricks up my cardigan sleeve that I wanted to share with you! Read more

Grocery Shopping: How Our Mothers And Grandmothers Used To Coupon

I just had a lengthy conversation with my Aunt Vicki about grocery shopping. Why would anyone want to talk to their 70 year old Aunt on the phone for 40 minutes about groceries? Because first off, she’s hilarious, and I may or may not have received some one my strange sense of humor from her, and second, it was one of the most interesting conversations I’ve had in a long time. Yes, about groceries.

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Self-driving cars; Ready or not, here they come.

Yes; you read that right. Cars that drive themselves. Cars not dependent on human intervention. Would they be safe? Would they be affordable? What about maintenance? Who gets blamed when they crash? Clearly there are many uncertainties blanketing this concept. But that’s not stopping auto engineers from designing and testing self-driving cars. The list of car makers currently creating self-driving cars totals 30. Look here to see it in full. Clearly many, if not most, see this as a worthy pursuit.

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I’m Sorry, But I Will Not GoFundYou

Yes, I know the title of my article maybe a bit harsh, but please hear me out before writing this off as a post slamming anyone in need of a little extra help.

It seems like more than ever, I have seen people sharing different GoFundMe campaigns for friends, family members, or complete strangers whose story has touched them deeply. In my opinion, this is wonderful! In this day and age, it seems as though humans have lost their sense of decency and compassion, choosing to film human tragedy or error on their phone versus actually stepping in to help, which makes the concept of crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe or Indiegogo all the more heartwarming.

 

However, when it comes to some of the campaigns I have seen on said crowdfunding sites, that feeling of a warm heart quickly turns to flat out heartburn, as some people are either abusing the system or — in some cases — creating fundraising campaigns that shouldn’t be allowed in the first place. Allow me to expand on this point by explaining who I will personally GoFund (and why):

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Fighting Against Bullying

My daughter was the victim of girl-on-girl meanness just before Christmas. For an unknown reason, her little clique of girlfriends stopped talking to her, for four long days. She didn’t tell me until their last day of the silence. She kept asking them if she had done something wrong. The girls would shrug and walk away. Then, it was over just as quickly as it started.

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Donate Your Gently Used Goods and Make Your Heart Happy

Cleaning and organizing makes my heart happy.  So does making a difference in my local community.  If you feel the same way, here are some places to donate your gently used goods and make your heart happy! Read more

What to do with your Toddlers on New Years Eve

I love New Years Eve. The sleek and elegant dresses, my husband dressed up in a suit and tie, with my favorite cologne spritzed on him. The Champagne, the canapés, the music; it’s all very sexy. Ok. I’m lying a lot. We mainly went to parties in barns with other friends, but that first paragraph sounded so Great Gatsby that I had to go with it. And don’t knock a barn party until you’ve tried it!

Either way, now that we have kids, and with babysitters being so expensive on New Years, we stay home with the kiddos. I stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop, and Jason snores next to me in his recliner, then claims the next day that he was awake the whole time. I’m good with this arrangement, as going to parties are fun, but getting up the day after the party is not so fun.

But! We can still celebrate with our littles, as I plan to do this year. We just plan on celebrating differently, and not until Midnight. Here are a list of things I plan to do for my boys on NYE.

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Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

I have always been a bit obsessed with Christmas (like, listen to Christmas music and shop year round, begin watching Rudolph in May, etc.), but I never truly realized just how magical of a season it is until having a child of my own. If you are a parent, you know that there is nothing quite like the light in your child’s eyes when they see an elaborate light display, visit with Santa, or tear into that first colorfully wrapped gift on Christmas morning.

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Money Matters: A timely look at three budgeting options

Although I consider religion an integral part of my identity as a person, the “holiday season” still causes dollar signs to dance before my eyes. This time of year we need money. We need money for gifts, travel, and the endless activities and events. Even if you started your Christmas planning early, chances are good that money is on your mind right now. As we go into the new year, now is the optimal time to consider implementing a budget. Read on for a quick review of three budget-friendly options to track your expenses and keep your money on target.

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How the Cleveland Clinic Uses Technology

It’s never easy for a loved one to require medical treatment, but improvements in medical technology have made it easier. This October, my family spent over a week at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. During our time, we were able to witness firsthand how the Cleveland Clinic uses technology to make this time less stressful for our family. Read more