Adorable Summer Clothes

With the days getting longer and brighter, there's even more time for fun in the sun! Stock up for warm weather with cool cotton hannas. Whether they're heading to camp or exploring their own backyard, these durable knits last through every moment of summer play. Plus, check out upcoming Memorial Day savings! Take up to 50% off EVERYTHING at Hanna Andersson, plus fee shipping on orders over $100. Valid 5/2418 - 5/28/18.

Easy, comfy, adorable in breathable combed cotton. Throw on the So Breezy Sundress over bike shorts or even a swimsuit - this is the versatile favorite she’ll reach for day after day.

Don’t be fooled by the ultra-soft feel of the classic Sueded Jersey Art Tee. It’s a longtime favorite of Hanna moms for its nearly indestructible construction.

Give your littles pure cotton comfort in the matching So Breezy Set. Snap-on top and stretchy bloomers are made for playgrounds and picnics. Messes wash out without worries!

Discover new restaurants with UberEATS

Looking to discover new restaurants and cuisines in your city from the comfort of your own home, or just order from your favorite local spot? With UberEATS, you can find food you love from your favorite restaurants – new and old – all at the tap of a button.

Ordering with UberEATS is simple. Scroll through restaurants in your area by distance or cuisine, tap to place your order, and pay with your Uber account. Just like the Uber app you know and love for travel, UberEATS allows you to track your driver and food in real time from the moment it leaves the restaurant to when it’s at your doorstep.

Whether it’s pasta or pad thai, UberEATS brings you the food you want from the restaurants you love, delivered at Uber speed. Sign up today and start eating.

The Benefits Of Gardening With Kids


Gardeners it is time to get the kids in the garden and teach them where "real" food comes from. The expectations children have come up with for their food these days is insane! I consider myself a pretty healthy eater, even though I like my sweets, but I witness way too much processed junk going into our little ones faces! Kids thrive outdoors digging in the dirt and learning new things about nature, so encourage it and pass it on to the next generation!

What are some easy to grow veggies?
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Squash 
  • most herbs

These are super simple to start and keep growing until harvest no matter what your skill level and can be planted in large or small gardens! Depending on where you live you can always attempt to grow much more, find out what grows best in your area with this Planting Zone Map.

What kids learn from gardening?
  • responsibility
  • concept of cause and effect
  • self confidence
  • understanding of where their food comes from
  • how to become self sustaining
  • try new things
  • and much more!
Not only are your kids gaining all these benefits but they are also outdoors having fun the way kids should be, and depending on age this can be a daily chore list item of weeding and watering the garden creating responsibility that kids need!

If you have ample space you can take it a step further and plant a ton of different flowers and then have the kids setup a flower stand when they all bloom to sell bouquets creating a business opportunity.

If your flowers don't sell out completely you can take the leftovers and get them to give bouquets as gifts to friends and family as well as local nursing homes teaching another valuable lesson about sharing and community!

Everyday is a new opportunity to teach, learn and grow!

Quality Summer Footwear

We love summer for the beautiful weather and the extra time we get to spend with our family. With all the adventures you have planned, worrying about your children’s footwear shouldn’t be a priority. Make your summer a breeze with Stride Rite’s versatile shoes.
Here are a few of our new favorite arrivals for summer.

Srtech Dixon Sneaker
This lightweight sneaker was made for the little guy on the go. The EVA outsole provides maximum flexibility, perfect for jumping, running, and exploring. The rounded edges decrease stumbles and falls, so he won’t skip a beat.
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Made2Play Ryder Sneaker
The name says it all: these sneakers are made to play all summer long! Its washable materials make these sneakers super easy to clean, and the mesh lining features an anti-microbial treatment to reduce odor – no stinky sneakers this summer.
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Srtech Garth Sandal
These sandals are perfect for days spent off the beaten path where he wants to enjoy the elements without wearing socks and sneakers.
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Unique Father's Day Gift Ideas

What do you get the man who seems to have everything? Sometimes, you can’t go wrong with a classic gift. Whether it’s a new wallet or tie, keep dad looking sharp this Father’s Day with a few wardrobe upgrades.
Here are a few of our favorite classic Father’s Day gift ideas from retailers you love.

Paul Smith Grained Leather Wallet
This slim and sleek wallet is perfect for everyday use or special occasions. Its classic bifold style and card slots make this a functional choice, while the bright blue interior adds extra interest traditional wallets might lack. You can’t go wrong with Italian-made soft grained leather, either.

Neon Stripe Tie
Loosen up dad’s button-down look with this bright neon stripe tie from Vineyard Vines. We like this tie not only because it’s 100% silk, but because it seamlessly adds a pop of color and interest into his wardrobe without being overly flashy. This tie is a great change for the warmer months ahead.
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Coach Men’s Bleecker Brown Watch
Even the man who’s always on time needs a watch to complete his look. The traditional design he loves meets high-tech functionality with this sophisticated style. It features three sundials that display hours, minutes, and the day of the week, all surrounded by a gold-tone case and genuine leather strap.
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Maternally Challenged

Moms, if you think your life is going to be perfect, I've got news: It's not happening. This book details the many curveballs life has thrown my way. - Wise words from Maternally Challenged: How My Special Needs Son Taught Me to Sack Up & Laugh by Kathy Chlan, who also runs the popular blog Unfiltered Mom.


Kathy knows first hand that the only thing you can expect when you’re expecting is, well, the unexpected. 25 years ago she gave birth to her first son, who would be diagnosed with developmental and learning disabilities by the age of two. She has since helped thousands of moms who are also “parenting by the seat of their pants” navigate the chaos of raising kids, and the challenges and joys that come with raising one with special needs. 

“As a mother of two sons, including one with a special needs, I know what it’s like to have a family that doesn’t fit the mold,” says Chlan. “But all mothers face adversities in life. My response? Laugh through it all!”

This message is at the foundation of Maternally Challenged. Serving as encouragement to mothers of all walks of life who are just trying to make it to bedtime, Maternally Challenged will help readers find that they’re not alone in dealing with family dysfunction and everyday parenting drudgery. Rooted in Chlan's guidance are methods to re-contextualize daily troubles for a new outlook on parenthood and life — and even start laughing through adversity.


Through heartwarming and hilarious personal accounts, in Maternally Challenged, Chlan touches upon topics including:
-Steps you can take when life throws you a series of unexpected curveballs
-How to stop dwelling on your mistakes and find time to appreciate life’s little victories
-How to teach your special needs child that using disability as a crutch is never an option
-How to put terrible days and tantrums into greater perspective
-And much, much more!
More on Kathy at www.unfilteredmom.com,

Educating Children About Money




Teaching children about money is so much more than simple mathematics skills yet it’s something that’s essential for life.  
Your child is never too young to start learning about the role of money and how it’s used. The good news is that there are unlimited opportunities to help your child learn about fiscal matters without sitting down in front of a calculator.  

Here are some fun ways you can educate your child about money with different activities for each age range.  

Toddlers 

At this age, it’s almost impossible to teach a true understanding of money but even young toddlers can start to learn the basic concepts.  
Good money skills involved delayed gratification; in other words, not spending all your money at once! This is one of the hardest things for a child to accept but you can start teaching it young, using sweets instead of real money.  
Have a large jar of sweets filled to the top, and at regular intervals allow your child to just have one or two. This provides the lesson that even when there is a lot available, you can’t use it all up at once.  

School age - Key Stage 1 

When children move on to school, they will have a burgeoning idea of the value for money and how it works. This may only be in the loosest possible terms but understanding that you need to have money to buy things is the first step.  
Playing pretend games such as “shop” can be really helpful for children to start appreciating the value of money, and how the different coins and notes are worth different amounts.  
  
Age 8-12 - Key Stage 2 

As children advance through their schooling, their math skills will improve which in turn will make it easier for them to understand how money works.  
However, by this age it’s not just about the role money plays in society, it’s time to start introducing more practical money management skills.  
At a very basic level this is as simple as receiving pocket money each week. Some parents insist that their child saves some of the cash while others leave it up to the child to decide. Whatever approach you opt for, you can help your child to learn by showing them what they could buy if they saved up, and how to enjoy little treats without blowing the lot.  

Teens 

From age 13 onwards, children really benefit from being exposed to more decisions about how to use the available money, and how to budget.  
Practical experience is what’s needed to cement these skills and you can provide this by giving your child some responsibility. Take them around the shop and show them how to compare products to look for the best deals.  
As they grow older you can take this further by including household bills. A good way to start is mobile phone contracts as it’s something that many teens are interested in. Look at the deals available and shop around to find the best offer. 
As you prepare your child for college and university, you can sit down with them and help to figure out a budget for their cash. By this age you need to allow them to have responsibility for making some of their own decisions, but you can still support them by making sure they’ve factored in all necessary costs.  

Valuable life lesson 

Teaching children about money is something which should start from an early age and continue to evolve throughout their lives. A subject that’s often skipped past in school, practical money management and budgeting are essential for healthy finances and it’s never too soon to start learning.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Dick has recently graduated with an Honors Degree from the Open University in the field of social science. She currently writes for StarWalkKids, where she enjoys writing about a range of topics such as parenting tips and advice and reviewing the latest toys and games for children. Emily is currently raising her two year old daughter, and two pet cats.

Fun Things To Do This Spring/Summer



Spring is quickly transitioning into summer, and while the weather is heating up and the kids gear up for the upcoming “outdoors season”, the occasional rainy day still brings up the classic question: what can we do as a family while trapped inside the house, waiting for better weather? There are a number of different things that can be done to pass time on rainy spring days! I have provided a list of some of my favorite things to try out below!

Board Games
A classic rainy day activity. For younger kids, there are always the classics like snakes and ladders and candyland. These are great ways to teach kids a little bit of math (counting squares counts as math, right?) while having some fun. For older kids, games like risk can take up a whole afternoon, as your family turns into a little UN and the diplomatic negotiations start. Board games are an easy way to get the whole family around the table for some wholesome fun!

Movie Marathons
With the advent of streaming tv and movies through apps like Netflix, marathoning visual media has never been easier! Pop some popcorn, pick your favorite series of films, and cozy up with the family to watch some movies and those rainy days will fly right by.

Colouring and Crafts
A new fav for me and my family, colouring sheets can be printed online (there are a ton of great resources online for free printable colouring sheets). Crafts can also easily be found online, and many can be made with stuff you have lying around the house! To start you on your colouring adventures, Certified Cartridges have provided this spring themed printable, if you are looking to kickstart your new favourite rainy day hobby!


Have a Big House? Here Is How to Use It to Make Money for Your Family



If you find yourself in possession of a house that has more room than you need, you might be considering downsizing. Whether your kids have gone off to college or you just lost a job and can’t afford the payments, there is another option you can try before you put it on the market. Use the extra space you have to make money.

Rent Out a Room
If the kids have left and you’ve got a bedroom or two available, consider renting one of the rooms out to a boarder. On a month to month basis, you can charge a pretty decent rate for a single room, and generally people looking to rent a single room are single, only in the area temporarily, and won’t cause any issues. It can become difficult for some people to have someone in the house all the time, so make sure everyone in your family is comfortable with the idea.

Start a Business
You can also choose to turn your extra space into the hub for a new business. There are any number of things you can do, from caring for other people’s pets in your home, or putting your craft skills to work selling things on Etsy. If you have any particular academic skills, you can set up a tutoring room and take on students in your area.

Rent Space as Storage
A great way to turn extra space into cash with minimal effort on your part is to simply rent the space as storage. There are plenty of people out there that need temporary storage for things like furniture, office documents, and a host of other items, but don’t want to use a commercial storage facility either due to the price, or because they only need it for a short time and there is a minimum lease at commercial facilities.

 

Become an Airbnb Host

 

If you aren’t comfortable with having someone move in full time, you can also choose to rent out a room a few nights a month or just on weekends. Airbnb can be very lucrative for some people, and it affords you a lot more flexibility to decide when you’re going to have someone there, and when you don’t want to. The downside is that you can’t be certain who is going to show up or how they will treat your home.

Host a Foreign Exchange Student
Hosting a foreign exchange student can be a great way to make some extra money, and the terms are flexible. You generally need to fill out an application and explain how your home is an ideal placement for the student, and there are different levels of compensation depending on the program. It’s also a great opportunity to engage with someone from another culture and can be a rewarding experience.

Rent Out Office Space
If you aren’t comfortable sharing your home with someone but have some extra space, you can consider renting out an extra room as an office. There are freelancers and other professionals that prefer to get away from home to separate their work and home lives, or because roommates and family members make it difficult for them to get anything done. You can rent out the space during the day when you’re typically not at home and still have your house to yourself in the evenings.

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