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Family Connecting With Holiday Spirit

With the arrival of the holidays, the stress levels in families sometimes rises.  It is important to find time to spend together doing things that are fun and create connection.  Each year we go for a drive and look at   Read More »

Lunch Box Notes with Laura Kelly Pet Shop

Lunch Note

Back to school time creates a unique opportunity to connect with your kids through lunchbox note writing.  If your kids don’t pack, you can always stick little notes in their backpacks too! Here are some really cute ones created with   Read More »

Crayola’s Big Colorful Birthday Adventure

Did you know that there were 8 original colors of Crayola crayons (now there are 120)? Did you know that Crayons are turning 110 this year? WOW! To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday   Read More »

When To Start Music Lessons

piano lessons

There are many reasons why kids should be encouraged to learn music. Children who take part in music lessons have more developed language and reasoning skills than those who do not. Several studies have shown that children who sing or   Read More »

Fall Family Fun and Thermos Brand Twitter Party

Here is your official invitation! Join @ThermosBrand on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 12pm CT along with @charpolanosky (that’s me) for our Twitter Party #TBFTP (Thermos Brand Fall Twitter Party). Share your tips and get advice on staying active in   Read More »

Play Local for Summer Fun

Have you heard it yet? Those words synonymous with summer vacation… Mom, I’m Bored? Why not shake things up a little and take some local day trip or be a tourist in your own home town? When my kids were   Read More »

13 Ideas to Keep Kids Writing All Summer Long

ways to keep kids writing all summer

My boys are 10, 8 and 3 and I am very happy that I am raising creative boys who love to draw, make up stories and make lists. They however are not huge fans of printing or handwriting but I   Read More »

9 Quick Crafts & Activities To Do With The Kids Today

I am always on the look out for new crafts and activities to do with my kids and with the age range I have (9, 12, 14), sometimes it can be a challenge. Whether you are snowed in, have kids   Read More »

The Magnificent Marble Run

Building toys have always been popular in this house, but nothing, not even Lego, has stood the test of time like the Marble Run. I bought our first Marble Run set when my son was about 5. He already loved   Read More »

Free Bowling for Kids This Summer

School is almost out and parents across the country will be looking for inexpensive activities to do with the kids all summer. is a program sponsored by bowling alleys across the US. The program allows you to register your   Read More »