Our First Look at The 2015 Ford Explorer Limited in Iowa

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I recently had the opportunity to visit my local Ford dealership and one particular vehicle on the showroom floor stopped my son and me in our tracks. It was a larger vehicle than I wouldn’t normally consider for our small family, but it was beautiful and roomy, but not too big that I wouldn’t consider ever driving it. We fell in love at first sight, and when I walked around to … [Read more...]

Family Reading Tips That May Surprise You

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Today kicks off Read Across America Week, a fun week of celebrating books and the joy of reading.  We have a fun-filled week of exciting activities to engage our students at my school this week, including a breakfast of green eggs and ham!  There are so many fun activities you can incorporate at home during this week and beyond to spend some family time bonding with books and … [Read more...]

Three Signs It May Be Time to Buy a New Vehicle

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Most people purchase a vehicle with the intention of driving it for many years to come. It is one of the biggest investments you will make in life and having a vehicle that fits your lifestyle needs as well as being safe and reliable is very important. However, life changes and vehicles eventually start to need repairs. That great new vehicle you purchased a few years ago may … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Mozzarella Tomato Snack

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What I am about to share with you is the easiest snack I’ve ever made from scratch.  Well, ok, so I didn’t make my own cheese and grow my own tomatoes, but besides all that, I did this myself with some pretty fresh ingredients.  I think two of my co-workers in particular would be proud.  One always gets on to me for the chips I like to eat at school and the other nearly catches … [Read more...]

5 Items to Always Keep In Your Vehicle

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If you live where the winter weather is harsh, you may know all too well that traveling snowy and icy roads can be treacherous. Being trapped on the road in the middle of a blizzard or snowstorm can be a dangerous thing, especially when help is slow to come. While you might have already prepared your vehicle by checking tires and gassing it up, you also need to make sure you … [Read more...]

Walking In a Winter Wonderland

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Well it’s been an interesting week in our little part of Mississippi, to say the least.  We only get a good snow every few years and the forecast called for up to 5 inches on Wednesday, which is a lot for our part of the country.  On Monday, the sleet started falling around lunch time in earnest, so school was let out early.  To say both the grown-ups and kids were excited … [Read more...]

Fight Winter Skin Dryness with Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion & Giveaway

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It’s been a tough winter so far all across the US and even though I live down south in Mississippi, my skin is so dry!  I am also a constant hand-washer since I work in a school, so while that may help me keep away the germs, it also just adds to the problem.  The skin on my hands is cracked and red.  To be honest, winter can be downright painful!  Vaseline Intensive Care has a … [Read more...]

DK FindOut!- The Free Online Encyclopedia for Kids & Giveaway

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As a children’s librarian, I am always on the hunt for cool research tools specifically aimed for kids.  Of great importance is that these online resources be kid friendly with lots of beautiful graphics to hold their attention while actually helping them learn, but the most important thing is that these online resources are safe for little eyes.  Even doing a search for the … [Read more...]

Writing The Rest of Your Story #StreamTeam

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I’m sure you probably remember the fairy tales of Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.  As a young child these were a few of my very favorite stories to hear at bedtime.  Thanks to Netflix, now you can find out the rest of the story with the new original special Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, which premiers this month.  That’s right, the children of your … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Books Kids Will Love

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Seasonal picture books can be a fabulous break from the norm when it comes to bedtime stories or what your child might be reading in school.  I look forward to the different holidays because it allows me to introduce my students and my own child to some great selections to get us in the spirit of the season.  With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought it would be great to … [Read more...]