Two Powerful Bullseyes for Raising Happy Children

Keep It Simple Stup—Ha! We’ve all heard the saying. But as a new parent who had never really changed a diaper before, I needed help when I brought my first born home. I was a seeker, a willing student, but I also had huge time constraints—work, marriage, running a household, and most importantly my precious baby who could do nothing for himself, yet he was now in my complete care.


In BeTWEEN Girls – Mentoring Program with Michelle Dunk

Today’s society promotes a “me” world of independence and always feeling a need to be a step ahead of everyone, plus over-achieving in all we do. With that being said, this all comes at a cost of being over-whelmed and when truly asked how you are..we say “fine”, even though we are not.


Spies in Disguise – Boy in a Tutu – Book Review

Joe thought he had the hang of this undercover thing. Sure, he has to dress up as a girl and change his name to “Josie” to keep his family safe, his new friend Sam knows his secret so he at least has someone to talk to… And it’s finally time for Joe and Sam to learn how to be proper spies—gadgets and all! But their first mission isn’t exactly what either of them had in mind.


Bees on the Roof – Book Promotion

Bees on the Roof is a great science educational environmental fiction for middle schoolers.  It touches base on bullying, family dynamics, class competition, fitting in and more teen stressors for middle schoolers. 


Reminder: Deadline Monday, Jan. 23: Submit Educational Contest Entries #TurfMutt

Rescue dog, Lucky, a.k.a. Turf Mutt, is encouraging students in grades K-5 to submit essays on how they are helping TurfMutt ( and his band of superheroes, the Outdoor Powers, combat the environmental villains (Carbon Creep, Dust Demon, Dr. Runoff and Heat Freak) for the annual “Be a Backyard Superhero” contest.
The deadline to submit is Monday, January 23, 2017.
TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to take care of the environment and “save the planet, one yard at a time,” through classroom materials developed with Scholastic.
Since 2010, the TurfMutt program has awarded $35,000 to schools nationwide and this year, a teacher at the winning student’s school will also be awarded a trip to the 2017 NSTA conference.
Created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation, the TurfMutt environmental education and stewardship program has touched more than 62 million children, educators and families since 2009. TurfMutt program materials are free and aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) standards.
Entries are due January 23, 2017, and contest entry deadlines and rules are available at