10 Days of Only 3 Girls

Ten days ago our oldest, Kennedy, left for college. That morning, her younger sisters cried as they said their goodbyes. It was pitiful. saying goodbye

Seriously? She just moved 30 miles up the highway! tears

Having a salty teenager can be challenging at times, but I really miss having her around. Things I miss about Kennedy already:

  • Her quick wit.
  • Her willingness to help with household chores.
  • How she hugs and reads to her baby sister.
  • Hearing her play guitar on the back deck.
  • How she always asked Madison how her day went.

But I’m even more excited to see what all is ahead of Kennedy this year. She has so many opportunities and things to learn. I’m even a little bit envious.

If you can’t tell already, we are really proud of Kennedy. Dad and Kennedy

Summer Reading Parenting Tips

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Tips for parents to get kids into regular summer reading routine

More than 50 million children in the U.S. have started their summer vacations and their annual break from homework, hospital
tests and assignments. Unfortunately, many of them will stop reading while having fun in the sun and experts say parents need to make sharing books a part of summer vacation and establish regular reading routines for their children.

Raising A Reader, a national nonprofit organization that provides resources and guidance for families to implement home-based literacy routines, has several tips for parents to make reading a part of the summer break.

“Summer reading should be all about the parent-child experience,” said Gabrielle Miller, Ed.D., president and CEO of Raising A Reader. “Rather than having it be a chore, or a list of must-read books, summer is a terrific opportunity to build family reading experiences. Whether it’s as simple as reading with children so they can see how much adults love reading, or visiting places and doing activities tied to a book, there are a host of ways reading can help children enjoy the summer and be ready to start school in the fall.”

Here are some of the Raising A Reader tips for parents:

  • Reading often gets lost in the shuffle of summer activities such as camp, sports and vacation travel. Schedule a regular time to share books with your child and establish a regular routine to ensure reading doesn’t become a low priority and has the same importance as other activities.
  • It’s OK to let your child read e-books if he or she is comfortable using a tablet, but remember, whether it’s an e-book or a print book — especially for young children — the most important thing is to spend time together sharing the book. It’s about the experience, not the technology.
  • Make it fun. Have your child come up with a different ending to a story, play ‘what if’ with the characters or the setting, or read the book from end to beginning. Come up with fun ways to engage your child beyond the actual reading of the book.
  • Let your child choose. Books are great, but so are comic books, magazines and even educational websites such as National Geographic Kids or The Discovery Channel. Let them chase their interests and they’ll be reading more than they realize.
  • Create an outdoor reading area so the whole family can enjoy the summer weather and not feel stuck inside. Children generally read indoors, so being outdoors will create a new environment for enjoying a book and boost a child’s enthusiasm for reading.
  • Connect with other families to share books and arrange reading playdates. You can even set up a Facebook group to stay in touch and share ideas, swap books and make plans.
  • Write a book with your child about them, your family, their favorite foods or toy, their friends or whatever interests them most. Your child can draw pictures or use actual photos. If you’re worried that your child spends too much time watching TV or playing video games, have him or her tell you or write a story about their favorite TV show or video game. You can also use one of many templates available to create and print the book on your computer.
  • Invite the family pet to join the book sharing experience. Even if your child can’t read yet, have her ‘read’ the story to you and the pet. Children who can read will be able to practice their skills and children who have not yet learned to read will begin to think of themselves as ‘readers’ which is very important to lifelong learning.
  • Find books that are centered on summer activities he or she enjoys. If your child likes to go horseback riding, for example, find books about horses or stories with horses as an integral part of the plot. This will give a child a welcome change from the types of books read during the school year and better complement their summer.
  • If you are taking a trip, read books about your destination with your child before you leave. Do some research with them on the location and find things in the area they want to do while visiting. And don’t forget to play “I Spy” with road signs or license plates along the way.
  • If you are taking your kids somewhere for the day, such as a pool, the beach, a picnic or the zoo, pack a book to share and have a reading break or two during day. After an hour or so in the water, your child may enjoy 30 minutes of reading on a comfortable chair or even floating on a raft.
  • Create a summer reading challenge with family members or connect to your public library’s summer reading challenge activities. When your child meets the challenge make sure there is time to talk about the book, share the story with others and read the next book.

Raising A Reader is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to helping families develop, practice and maintain literacy habits for children ages 0-8 that are critical for a child’s success in school and in life. The program is evidence-based, with more than 32 independent evaluations showing that Raising A Reader significantly improves language and literacy skills, cognitive development, communication and comprehension skills, school readiness and social competence. Raising A Reader is implemented through a network of community partners that comprise more than 2,500 locations across the country including public school systems, libraries, afterschool programs, community agencies and other organizations both public and private. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Raising A Reader was founded in 1999 and has served more than 1.25 million families nationwide. More information is available at RaisingAReader.org, @RARnational (Twitter) and RaisingAReaderNational (Facebook).

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Groovy Lab in a Box, the award-winning educational kits for kids ages eight and up that teach about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), recently announced a new partnership with Popular Mechanics.

Each month, they send out a themed box filled with investigations that are fun and hands on. The investigations culminate into an Engineering Design Challenge, where your STEMists must apply what they’ve learned from the investigations (and use their critical thinking skills) to complete the challenge. The boxes contain everything you need to complete all of the activities, including a groovy retro-themed lab notebook. The box activities are supplemented with their Beyond…in a Box web portal where your children will find videos and additional, interactive activities. Head over to Groovy Lab in a Box’s website to learn more about this great service!

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5 STEM and Maker Apps and Games

School’s out! And that means it’s time to plan for what summer activities should be on schedule. What should you do to keep your kids from the summer slide and regressing academically on their summer break? STEM and maker apps and games.

Traditionally, epidemic as the designated family vacation time, sildenafil summer travel was a great way to teach kids about geography, culture and history. But what about getting your kids to invest a little bit in learning STEM, the hard sciences and math skills that are so important to quality academics and careers?

Not to worry, summer can be a great time to get you kids – especially young ones – to learn science, math and computer skills – especially while road tripping. And with new, highly successful gamification learning and apps, most kids don’t even know they are learning computer coding or physics.

STEM-based, maker movement compatible games and activities

Finding and using a few of these STEM-based, maker movement compatible games and activities can absolutely stall the summer learning slide and may even give your kids a leg up next year or even further down the road.

While you may want to spend a few minutes searching computer and STEM learning activities for the summer, here are a few ideas and options to get you started. Many of these are free – or less than $6.

1. Lego Education – get kits for hands-on building mechanized buildme-slider-9b6ec45b65253f312e6368bf3fd677b3robots and other tech and engineering marvels using Legos. And much, much more.

https://education.lego.com/en-us/?domainredir=www.legoeducation.us

2. Simple Physics – an app that allows kids to build things such as skyscrapers and bridges using real physics and engineering and calculating cost considerations.

http://jundroo.com/app/simplephysics/

3. Blokus – an easy, kid-focused app based strategy game that rewards strategic decision making and spatial awareness.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blokus/id762630884?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

4. Tynker – introduce kids to the basics of computer coding with the leading app and learning platform for coding for kids.

https://www.tynker.com/

compass unit5. Orienteering – an outside, map-based logic sport and game that’s more than a century old – teaching map skills and navigation.

http://evavarga.net/product/introduction-to-orienteering/

Today an Elephant I Will Be!

“Many parents would rather talk to their kids about sex and politics than money, heart ” says St. Louis investment expert, Matt Hall, President and Co-Founder of Hill Investment Group.

He continues, “The dangers of not being financially literate are huge. Many parents set the child up for failure by remaining silent on the topic of money, but also by helping to create a lifestyle that is unsustainable once the child is independent. We all want to build resilient little people, but the key is to be intentional about the lessons and values we talk about, teach and model.”

Some advice for talking to your kids this summer, Hall adds, ”Talk about making money, analyze costs, develop a plan and recognize the power of being responsible…these are the initial steps for success.”  He can break it down into age groups as well – from toddler to teen – but here are some tips:

  • When should a parent begin talking to their kids about money? 

A general rule of thumb is to start teaching basic money concepts when a child can count. The truth is that they’ve probably already started learning about money by watching and observing Mom and Dad’s behaviors when dealing with and talking about money. Check out this awesome link for a curriculum to follow from kindergarten to 12th grade http://pin.it/AGaKZce.
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  • How should a parent open the dialogue?

Start by making it natural. Normalize the topic by talking about it and being open regarding how you and the family will make important money decisions. Conversations can start at the check out counter or at the kitchen table, but the point is to start and then layer money talk in wherever and whenever you can.

  • Should children get an allowance?

Yes, an allowance can be considered income for a child’s first job. It’s not a gift. Make the expectations crystal clear and hold firm to paying only for top notch work. If making the bed is a basic requirement then don’t pay for it. Pay for tasks that go beyond expected chores.

  • When a child has their own money, how should they be advised to spend it?

Consider sharing experience instead of giving advice. Let your child consider making a choice instead of feeling like she might have to either go with your guidance or against it. Talk about taxes, charity and personal spending decisions you’ve made in the past. Which ones are you proud of and why? Where would you love to have a “do over.”

  • If my son wants to spend all his money in the vending machine, should I stop him?

If your son makes a conscious decision to spend all his money in the vending machine the consequence will be revealed when he can’t buy something else. One of the best ways to teach kids about the boundaries of money is for them to bump into them (in safe ways) on their own. Think of this as tuition towards a valuable lesson.

Unlike the often dry and academic investment advice provided by brokers, Hall’s storytelling is entertaining and inspirational and he has advice for all age groups including children and teens. In fact, he details his inspiring story and his evidence-based investing methods in his new memoir-manifesto, Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor.

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Matt Hall is the President and Co-Founder of Hill Investment Group with offices in St. Louis, MO and Houston, TX. He is the lead on all strategic matters — crafting the firm’s vision, establishing its exceptional standards, and managing key relationships. Hall is forever a student of his craft and has attended the highest level of training and education tied to investment theory and practice. What’s more, Hall has led many training programs for top advisors, and founded a peer group of hundreds of advisors, called Evidence-Based Advisors, from the U.S., UK, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Canada.

Hall graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He and his wife, Lisa, have a young daughter who is the star of their lives.

Learn more about Hall at matthallbook.com and connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Odds On is currently available on 800 CEO Read, Amazon and other fine booksellers. 


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and the Stars”, is thrilled to announce the release of a new children’s book. “Today an Elephant I Will Be!” guides children through the process of finding peace through whimsical illustrations, charming language, and a resounding message.

“Today an Elephant I Will Be!”

Today an Elephant I Will Be

As part of the Joyohboy book series in conjunction with Peace Place for Kids, Kathy Walsh’s message seeks to show children that finding peace comes from the inside. By understanding mindfulness, learning to ask for help, and identifying what peace means to them, children lead a happier life filled with positivity.

“Connecting with peace puts the child in harmony with life,” Kathy stated. “When children connect with peace, they live a life of joy, because that is what they attract. They are able to go to that place of peace inside, no matter what is happening on the outside, and ultimately, peace is where the power lies. They are in control when they are at peace.”

 

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“Today an Elephant I Will Be!” is just one of the many books available from Joyohboy, one of the many successful mindfulness and peace ventures launched by Kathy Walsh. “My intention with creating Joyohboy is to have a space where books, meditations, and products support mindful parenting” Walsh states on her website. Joyohboy provides parents with the tools and resources necessary to help their children live a peaceful life and make an impactful change on the world.

Other books available from Joyohboy and Peace Place for Kids include “30 Days to a Mindful Home”, “Life is a Rainbow”, and “Raising Peaceful Kids”.

“Today an Elephant I Will Be!” debuted at the NY Vegetarian Food Festival on May 7th and 8th, 2016. The book is available for purchase on Amazon and can also be found by visiting www.joyohboy.com.

About Kathy Walsh

Those who know Kathy’s story will tell you that her career and position as a mindfulness expert is no coincidence. Inspired by her whimsical and influential childhood experiences, Kathy set out to live a positive life of mindfulness and peace. A master meditator and avid reader and author of mindfulness books, Kathy created a series of children’s books and meditations called Joyohboy. Boasting more than 20 years of experience working with children, the arts, and education, Kathy finds nothing more exciting than helping children and their families find a life of peace. In addition to her adventures in peace and mindfulness, Kathy also owns and operates KnockKnock Social and provides marketing and branding strategies with integrity to companies worldwide. For more information on Kathy Walsh, Joyohboy, and Peace Place for Kids, please visit www.joyohboy.com.

Five Tips to Avoid Raising Financially Illiterate Kids

“Many parents would rather talk to their kids about sex and politics than money, hemophilia ” says St. Louis investment expert, Matt Hall, President and Co-Founder of Hill Investment Group.

He continues, “The dangers of not being financially literate are huge. Many parents set the child up for failure by remaining silent on the topic of money, but also by helping to create a lifestyle that is unsustainable once the child is independent. We all want to build resilient little people, but the key is to be intentional about the lessons and values we talk about, teach and model.”

Some advice for talking to your kids this summer, Hall adds, ”Talk about making money, analyze costs, develop a plan and recognize the power of being responsible…these are the initial steps for success.”  He can break it down into age groups as well – from toddler to teen – but here are some tips:

  • When should a parent begin talking to their kids about money? 

A general rule of thumb is to start teaching basic money concepts when a child can count. The truth is that they’ve probably already started learning about money by watching and observing Mom and Dad’s behaviors when dealing with and talking about money. Check out this awesome link for a curriculum to follow from kindergarten to 12th grade http://pin.it/AGaKZce.
Free Week of Healthy Kids Inc Meal Planner

  • How should a parent open the dialogue?

Start by making it natural. Normalize the topic by talking about it and being open regarding how you and the family will make important money decisions. Conversations can start at the check out counter or at the kitchen table, but the point is to start and then layer money talk in wherever and whenever you can.

  • Should children get an allowance?

Yes, an allowance can be considered income for a child’s first job. It’s not a gift. Make the expectations crystal clear and hold firm to paying only for top notch work. If making the bed is a basic requirement then don’t pay for it. Pay for tasks that go beyond expected chores.

  • When a child has their own money, how should they be advised to spend it?

Consider sharing experience instead of giving advice. Let your child consider making a choice instead of feeling like she might have to either go with your guidance or against it. Talk about taxes, charity and personal spending decisions you’ve made in the past. Which ones are you proud of and why? Where would you love to have a “do over.”

  • If my son wants to spend all his money in the vending machine, should I stop him?

If your son makes a conscious decision to spend all his money in the vending machine the consequence will be revealed when he can’t buy something else. One of the best ways to teach kids about the boundaries of money is for them to bump into them (in safe ways) on their own. Think of this as tuition towards a valuable lesson.

Unlike the often dry and academic investment advice provided by brokers, Hall’s storytelling is entertaining and inspirational and he has advice for all age groups including children and teens. In fact, he details his inspiring story and his evidence-based investing methods in his new memoir-manifesto, Odds On: The Making of an Evidence-Based Investor.

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Matt Hall is the President and Co-Founder of Hill Investment Group with offices in St. Louis, MO and Houston, TX. He is the lead on all strategic matters — crafting the firm’s vision, establishing its exceptional standards, and managing key relationships. Hall is forever a student of his craft and has attended the highest level of training and education tied to investment theory and practice. What’s more, Hall has led many training programs for top advisors, and founded a peer group of hundreds of advisors, called Evidence-Based Advisors, from the U.S., UK, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Canada.

Hall graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He and his wife, Lisa, have a young daughter who is the star of their lives.

Learn more about Hall at matthallbook.com and connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Odds On is currently available on 800 CEO Read, Amazon and other fine booksellers. 

Review of Mabel’s Labels

I received a sample of Mabel’s Labels for review purposes. All opinions here are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

Quinn’s daycare requires that EVERYTHING be labeled: her diaper bag, angina her clothes, her sippy cup, her diaper cream, her socks… everything. Thank goodness for Mabel’s Labels. I got a sample in last week, and they really do make labeling Quinn’s things much easier. Mabel's LabelsYou’ll love the look and versatility of these personalized labels — lots of fun designs to chose from. They are dishwasher and microwave safe, plus they are UV resistant. You can label everything from lunch boxes and water bottles, to toys and sports equipment. You name it!Mabel's LabelsThese are the personalized name stickers that I am using. I just peel and stick to a clean, dry, smooth surface. I am trying them out on clothes too (they make clothes labels, but I don’t have those yet), so I’ll see how that goes. Mabel's LabelsMabel’s Labels also has:

  • household organization labels (like for spice jars)
  • shoe labels
  • allergy alert labels
  • mini name stickers (like for pencils)
  • book labels
  • iron on labels
  • write on labels
  • personalized books
  • combo packs when you need a little of everythingMabel's Labels

So far, I am very pleased with Mabel’s Labels. Now I need to order some clothing labels for Maya’s jackets that she seems to leave on the playground almost weekly.

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#GiftGuides: Gifts for the Modern Kid

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I love shopping for my little girls! There are tons of cute clothes and gift ideas out there on the interwebs, clinic so I’m helping you whittle down the selection to these awesome online finds. giftguides201515_143221_o1. Tea Collection – Estampida Graphic Tee, $22.50
2. Wildkin – Pirates Pack ‘n Snack Backpack, $27.99
3. Gymboree – Cozy Penguin Two-Piece Gymmies, on sale $13.77
4. Andy and Evan – Black and White Herringbone Dress, $99.00
5. Brooklyn Industries –PDX Bridges Toddler Graphic T-Shirt, $28.00
6. Schoola –Unique Fundraising Solution Turns Quality Clothing into Money for Your School
7. Frecklebox – Personalized TRex Lunchbox, $29.95
8. Zulily – Minnie Mouse Backpack
9. Olive Kids – Out of This World Wall Clock, $29.99
10. Peppercorn Kids – Embroidered Tulip Mittens, $17.00

Your kids will be thrilled to unwrap any of these adorable things on Christmas morning. Be sure to capture the moment, post it on Instagram and tag me (@staceyvalley). Happy shopping!

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#GIFTGUIDES: Gifts that give all year long

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Christmas decorations are already in the stores (and it’s not even Halloween yet), so I guess that means that I need to start thinking about what gifts to give my family and friends this year. We draw names with my family, and I somehow always end up with my Dad. He is so hard to buy for! So this year, I’m researching “gift a month” options. I think gifts that surprise me every month are so much fun. Here are a few interesting ones that I have found for everyone on your gift list:

FOR DADS:
Scent Trunk sends your guy a box of custom scents tailored to his unique tastes for $18/month.
Root Bizzle is a tie a month club. (AK Valley would love this!) $25/month and cancel at any time.RootBizzle Tie Club

FOR KIDS:
With Groovy Lab in a Box, you will receive boxes full of everything you need to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Starting at $23.95/month.Lunar Launch and STEMists
Buddy Box is a monthly care package for kids’ faith that gets them excited about growing their relationship with Jesus. Starts at $22.99/month.

Nerd Block is a toy subscription box for nerds. (This might belong in the Dad category.) Starting at $13.99/month. Nerd Block
Green Kid Crafts sends monthly boxes of discovery and experiments for ages 3-10. You can even get your first box free! Boxes start at $17.95 there after.

FOR FOODIES:
Hamptons Lane sends you curated artisan ingredients, kitchen tools and recipes to make a complete meal such as Spanish Tapas or Coastal Seafood Boil. Box prices vary (around $50ish).

Hatchery offers a monthly box of small-batch ingredients and condiments for the cook in your family. Bundles start at $31.Hatchery Tasting Box
Love with Food offers monthly boxes of all-natural snacks. They even have a gluten-free box. Starting at $7.99/month. 40% off 1st Tasting Box
Veestro sends plant-based, chef-prepared meals each month. The Starter Pack Special is 12 meals plus cookies for $99.
UrthBox sends organic, non-GMO snacks monthly. Starting at $12.99.Healthy Snacks Delivered Monthly

FOR THE LADIES:
Faithbox is a monthly box subscription that ships items to inspire and strengthen your faith. Boxes start at $17/month. Now 10% off.Faithbox - Embrace Your Faith Today!
Julep Maven is a monthly beauty products and nail polish box. Get your first box free, then $24.99 a month. October Birthstone Welcome Box Offer

FOR COFFEE AND TEA DRINKERS:
Bean Box sends a half pound of freshly-roasted whole bean coffee, tasting notes, roaster profiles, brewing tips, and an artisan chocolate. Starting at $17/month. Bean Box Coffee Subscription
Art of Tea offers a variety of handcrafted teas starting at $15/month.

FOR HEALTH NUTS:
Bulu Box offers samples of vitamins, supplements and healthy snacks each month. The boxes are $10/month.The THRIVE Experience is a premium lifestyle plan, to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels. I’ve personally been using Thrive for just over a year, and I love how I feel using the 3 steps every morning. $150/month on autoshipthrive_foundslide2Bestowed will send someone you care about a monthly delivery of the best healthy food and snacks. Starting at $20/month.Bestowed

 

FOR THE “I LOVE JESUS BUT I DRINK A LITTLE” CROWD:
The Original Craft Beer Club. Need I say more? $39/month. 300x250 new banner
The California Wine Club (might just be my personal favorite) sends wine every month. (Cue the hallelujah chorus.) Boxes start at $39.95.
Plonk Wine Club — 2, 4 or 12 bottles (case) delivered to your or your gift recipient’s doorstep every month. From $49.99.

What gift a month clubs have you tried before and liked (or disliked)? I’d love to hear your feedback.

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To You Who Weep on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be a hard day for so many women. I remember one Mother’s Day Sunday about 15 years ago when they passed out roses to all the moms, mind I left in tears empty-handed. I was single and in my thirties, artificial and I wanted to me a mom so bad.

Moms come in all different forms.
Biological moms.
Adoptive moms.
Foster moms.
Step moms.
Those who haven’t been able to get pregnant.
Those who have lost a child.
Those who chose to have an abortion.
Those who gave their children up for adoption.
Those whose children were taken into state custody.
Teachers and other women who guide children daily.

So this Mother’s Day, be sensitive to the ladies that cross your path. You don’t know her story, her pain, her past, her secrets, her desires. And if you see her weeping, don’t try to say something encouraging. Be quiet and hug her. Because sometimes there are no words.

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