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Best Books for Grades K-2

Emergent readers need text that's engaging and fun. Introducing younger readers to nonfiction, finding series books, and continuing to read aloud to your kids can help them really enjoy reading. Here are some of the best books for grades K-2.

The following books are great read alouds with adults or fantastic for emergent readers to begin to read on their own. It's important to note that students at the kindergarten through second grade levels are reading at different rates. Some texts may be more challenging than others for some students, but all of the subject matters are appropriate for five through eight year olds. Read More...


Reading is such an important part of a child's development. Many experts agree that you can never start reading too early. In fact, doctors say that talking to or reading to a baby while in the womb gives them a strong foundation for developing language skills. Once baby arrives, you'll want to share fun, engaging stories with them. Reading to your newborn as part of a bedtime routine is not only a bonding time for parent and baby, but it's also a great way to start instilling reading skills in your child. With so many amazing books for babies, it may be hard to narrow down which ones to start with. These are the top books to read during baby's first year. Read More...


Do you want to encourage your kids to read more? Reading is a skill that needs developed and practice does make perfect. With any new skill, the more you do it, the better you become. It's easy to make your child a reader! I am a huge bibliophile and read at least 1-2 books every Continue Reading...


Wouldn’t it be great if your kids did their own laundry? With a family of 5, we do a load of laundry every single day. It’s one chore that never seems to end.

It’s simple to encourage kids to help with laundry and will make laundry much easier for mom and dad in the long run. I’ll show you step-by-step how to get kids involved with the laundry process. It takes time and patience, but it’s so worth it!

My 11-year old daughter is completely independent with her laundry and my 8 and 6-year old boys fold their own laundry and assist with many parts of the process. It’s made the family laundry routine easy and fun.

How to Get Kids to Help with Laundry:


For a limited time, Amazon is having some amazing deals on Alex toys! There are huge discounts on dozens of craft kits, toy tables and art supplies.

I found so many great deals and am sharing a few that are better than 50% off retail prices. Some items are even up to 70% off! This is great time to stock your toy closets or pick up some gifts for upcoming birthdays. You can view all the Alex toys on sale on Amazon now, since I'm only sharing a few. There are so many more toys included in this sale! Read More...


Top 10 Educational Games for Preschoolers!

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Do you have a preschooler or young child? This is a great age to implement family board game night and start a new family tradition. Board games teach children important skills, like turn taking, cooperation and help lengthen their attention span. Some games will even teach letter and word recognition and encourage their fine motor skills.

So, as a parent, what games are best for young children? You want to make sure the game is fun without being overly challenging or frustrating for the child. In my experience as a parent of three kids, now ages 10, 8 and 6, here are the top 10 games that my kids loved! Hope this list gives you some new family games for your family game night. Read More...

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smarty pants probiotics

Have you thought about your kid's gut?

There are all sorts of bacteria and some are bad, but there are also good bacteria that is necessary. That's where probiotics help. They promote good gut bacteria and overall digestive health.

I've always given my kids a probiotic with any antibiotic treatment to help decrease the side effects of the antibiotic. Now, SmartyPants gummies has a prebiotic, probiotic and Wellmune® complex that help not only digestive health, but also support the immune system*. Read More...