Bike Safety Tips for Kids

Bike Safety Tips for Kids

6 Bike Safety Tips for Kids Riding a bicycle is a fun activity for kids during the summer. It’s a great way to get around, and it gives them plenty of exercise! However, it is important that your children understand proper bike safety before they are allowed to get on the bicycle. Below are six important bike safety tips for kids that will help prevent injury and accidents! Always wear a properly fitting helmet. The best way to prevent a head injury is to have a helmet that fits correctly. Make sure the straps can be secured without pinching the chin or neck, and that the helmet doesn't slide across the head when worn. Many local police stations offer helmet fittings in the spring and early summer months. Ensure the bike is safe for the rider. Check your bicycle before each ride. ... read more

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Crepe Erase Review

So, remember a few weeks ago when I was telling you about Crepe Erase? No?? Hey, it wasn't THAT long ago! Just to refresh your memory, Crepe Erase is a skincare program specifically for dealing with aging skin below your chin. Yu can use it to improve the look and feel of the skin on your neck, chest, arms, legs or anywhere you want to look a bit younger. I received a sample to take on a test drive for a few weeks and I'm back to report on how it went. Let me preface this by saying that I was a bit skeptical that there would be a significantly noticeable difference. For one, I like to think that my skin doesn't look all THAT old. (Although with another birthday creeping up on me this weekend, I may just be in denial!)  I also am pretty good at keeping my skin moisturized, so any ... read more


Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation. It seems the older I get, the more sensitive my body gets to certain things. For instance, when I was a kid we used to take a lot of road trips. Whether it was to my grandparents' house on the other side of the state or on vacation down the East Coast, we would hop in the car and off we'd go. I loved reading and would devour a whole book during one of these trips and it didn't bother me in the least. Now? I can't even ride backwards on the little choo-choo train at the zoo. I get motion sickness if I even try to check my email on my phone while in the car. Reading a book is totally out of the question. In ... read more


5 Practical Tips to House Train a New Puppy

Are you welcoming a new puppy into your home? How exciting! Puppies bring lots of playful excitement and loyal companionship to a family. But before you let your pup roam free in your home, you’ll need to housebreak him first. Not sure where to start? Here are five practical tips to help you house train a new puppy. 1. Feed your puppy at regular intervals. Allow your pup to eat for about 15 minutes, and remove any uneaten food at that time. Take your pup out for a 20-30 minute walk to give him time to eliminate and explore. Remember, your puppy should always have access to fresh water. Do not try to limit water intake to regulate his potty breaks. 2. Keep the puppy in a crate until trained. Until your puppy regularly eliminates outside, much of his time inside should be spent in the ... read more

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Check Out the Milwaukee Art Museum During Spring Break

I've mentioned before how much Josh loves going to the Art Museum. You may have heard that it is undergoing a facelift at the moment, but don't let that keep you away during spring break - even though the majority of the museum is closed for renovations, there is still lots to do there. We were lucky enough to have been invited to check it out by the MAM and had lots of fun kicking off vacation week. First, a word of warning: there is LOTS of construction going on in the area. Check out the DOT website and see if your route might be affected. We were coming down from the north and the exit we usually take was closed. We wound up taking about a 4 mile detour. Oops. The Milwaukee Art Museum currently has the Inspiring Beauty exhibit running through May 3rd. This exhibit celebrates 50 ... read more

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“In My Shoes” Art Exhibit Visits Milwaukee in April

Art is human emotion in a physical form. I still remember when my grade school art teacher said this in response to being grilled by one of my classmates about what art really is.  Honestly, I had never really thought about art beyond thinking it was one of my favorite classes - a chance to get away from some of the "book learning" at school. But once he said those words, I realized they were the perfect definition of what what art is and they stuck with me all these years. Art is great way for people to express things that might be hard to talk about. This is why art therapy is such a great addition to treatment programs and why I'm thrilled to be partnering with Rosecrance, a non-profit substance abuse program in Illinois. Rosecrance's art therapy program is headed up by a Master's ... read more

New Offerings on Netflix in April Are No Joke #StreamTeam

You know me - I love my Netflix (and I love being a Netflix StreamTeam member)! One of the things I love is that Netflix is a bit fluid. They are always changing it up and offering new movies and series to watch. Now, there's no way I could get through everything on Netflix anyways, but I love that new additions are included each month. There are a bunch of great additions coming throughout the month of April: ALL HAIL KING JULIEN SEASON 1, 5 NEW EPISODES Available 4/03/15 DEREK: SPECIAL Available 4/03/15 MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL Available 4/10/15 CHRIS D'ELIA: INCORRIGIBLE Available 4/17/15   DELTA FARCE Available 4/04/15 WILFRED SEASON 4 Available 4/07/15 CRANK Available 4/09/15 SONS OF ANARCHY SEASON ... read more

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Get Fresh Organic Produce Delivered to Your Door

If you follow me on social media at all, you've seen me posting about the fresh, organic produce I've been having delivered each week. Thanks to Door to Door Organics, I've been receiving a weekly box filled with all kinds of organic fruit and veggie goodness: apples, oranges, greens, and other goodies. I love fresh veggies from my garden in the summer, but the growing season here is so short that I wind up buying my vegetables during most of the year. Our local grocery stores have some organic produce, but it doesn't turn over as fast and I can't always count on them having what I want. Our local co-op and Whole Foods are both a hike and I don't visit them on a weekly basis. Plus, I hate shopping! Door to Door Organics is the perfect solution for someone like me. I get a weekly ... read more

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Fight Summer Brain Drain with Brain Chase

As a kid, summer was the best part of school, right? Those three long months with no schedule, no bedtime, and no homework! I loved staying out after dark and sleeping in. What I never thought about as a kid was whether I was actually losing ground educationally speaking. (Actually, when I switched schools in fifth grade, my new school had a summer reading list complete with essay questions so maybe I didn't lose as much those summers!) Once I started my teaching career, summers took on a whole new flavor! I still loved having that free, no schedule time but I actually began to realize how much students lose over the summer. First, there was always the frustration of getting back into the swing of school - that usually took most of September. Then there was the two months spent ... read more


Save Kids Lives with Road Safety

Did you know that 500 kids die EACH DAY from something that is totally preventable? It's hard to believe that isn't front page news, isn't it? But it's true. Every day 500 kids die in traffic crashes - most of which could be prevented by the drivers involved. (And this is not even counting the thousands who are injured.) I'm proud to be partnering with Scholastic and Safe Kids Worldwide to bring you information and action steps that you can take to help keep children safe while on the road. For more information about this program, be sure to check out the Save Kids Lives website for parents. (For my fellow educators - there is a page just for you as well. Check out the lesson plans for grades 3 - 8.) Do you feel as strongly about this as I do? There are a few things you can easily do ... read more

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Helping Students Prepare For and Succeed At State Testing

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carson-Dellosa. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I'm going to be upfront here and admit that I am not a fan of standardized testing - neither as an educator or as a parent. As a teacher, it always pained me to see students stress out about the yearly tests they were given and not do well because the test asked questions in ways they might not be familiar with. As a ... read more

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Omaha Steaks Review – #OmahaSteaksGifts

I've talked about how much I like going out to eat, but there are sometimes when I want to have a really nice meal at home. You know what I mean, a restaurant-quality meal without doing take out or going out. That means I would have to make it and, for me, that can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, Omaha Steaks makes it super easy! As much as I like going out to eat, if the weather is bad I am going to want to stay put at home. Or if we have guests coming over, I will want to have something a ... read more

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