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6 Must-Have Summer Fashion Essentials

We are right in the midst of summer and boy, is it hot here!  We have been getting record breaking heat wave after heat wave on top of it being unusually humid.  Normally that humidity is saved for … [Read More...]

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Project Kindness :: Bailey Believes – Donate Life

    It never ceases to amaze me what an act of kindness can do for another human being.  Whether it is a small act such as treating the stranger behind you to a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop to something literally life-saving like the story I am sharing with you today.  This is a story of hope, sacrifice, and friendship between two families coping with Cystinosis, a rare, genetic metabolic condition that affects every cell in the body. Jessica DeDio’s son Bailey has Cystinosis. Bailey’s kidneys were failing and the … [Read More...]

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Finding Soul in New Zealand: An Interview with Julie Bartlett

    Six months ago my family and I embarked on an amazing 92-day journey to the beautiful country of New Zealand. I was personally ecstatic because this was my chance to be able to decompress and actually breathe, to take a break from the craziness that is involved with raising a family in a race to nowhere. Between volunteering at our children’s school, being a Girl Scout troop leader, and running a household of two girls, a busy father, and an aging dog amongst other things, I was ready to figure out how to unwind and … [Read More...]

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Here’s To All The Sensitive Types

Fear itself made her daring.    ~ Ovid   As far back as I can remember I have not been a fan of large crowds.  When I was younger I tended to have a few close friends and steered away from being in large group settings.  But in high school, I went go outside my comfort zone and tried out for the cheerleading squad.  But this was somehow different.  I was in front of people that I didn't really see.  The crowds were just a blur while I was having fun with my friends being a goofy kid! Flash forward through the years and I am seeing … [Read More...]

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Dandelion Moms 3rd Birthday Giveaway!

  It does seem hard to believe that three years have gone by since we launched dandelion moms!  The years have flown by and we have seen such love and support.  This community of dandelion moms have shared their journeys and touched us in ways that will be treasured always.  We so appreciate all of your support and want to celebrate all of you by hosting a giveaway with some of our favorite products! Good Luck and thank you again!     Dexton Kids Dexton … [Read More...]


Back to School :: Top Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy

  BACK TO SCHOOL: TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS HEALTHY   Back to school is a bittersweet time: the sadness of letting go of the carefree summer days weaved in with the excitement to getting back into a routine. It is also a time of stress: getting organized, what if the kids get sick, after school programs and much more. I usually suggest to families to begin a structured routine a few weeks before school begins, for example, getting to bed a little earlier, eating meals at … [Read More...]

Looking For a Family Summer Destination? Visit Edinburgh, Scotland in August!

If you are looking for an interesting and fun family getaway abroad in August, but don't want to deal with language barriers, why not give Edinburgh, Scotland a try!? Every August, Edinburgh hosts the fabulous Fringe Festival - a 3 week long entertainment extravaganza and the largest arts festival in the world! Thousands of performers entertain on hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh. The festival offers something for everyone and includes theater, comedy, dance, physical theater, circus, … [Read More...]


6 Must-Have Summer Fashion Essentials

We are right in the midst of summer and boy, is it hot here!  We have been getting record breaking heat wave after heat wave on top of it being unusually humid.  Normally that humidity is saved for the south but we have been getting some strange tropical weather lately.  That being said, how do we stay cool and look good?  Here are some of my favorite summer essentials that any girl needs in her closet!   A Wood Watch Yes, you heard me right, a wood watch from JORD is the … [Read More...]

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8 Must-Have Homework Helpers for Students

Our students are challenged today with plenty of homework. As parents we like to think we have all the answers. But the truth is, sometimes we don’t. So when it comes time to study it’s nice to have a few reference books on hand that are easy to read and navigate while still offering a ton of information. Here is a list of some of my favorite reference books for students: The Illustrated Dictionary – The perfect dictionary for ages 6 and up with 288 pages and over 1000 illustrations. The … [Read More...]


Interview with National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths

Today I had a chance to speak to National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths on a conference call along with other National Geographic Kids Insiders.  Annie has my dream job!  I am not kidding!  I remember watching the movie Bridges of Madison County years ago and thought that Clint Eastwood's character had about the best job as he played a traveling National Geographic Photographer.  It seem so magical traveling from place to place documenting what you see with … [Read More...]


Dwell :: House Tour in Orange County

  We had a chance to take a tour of the lovely Justine's home.  She and her family moved into this neighborhood about two years ago but says she is still looking to do more things in the house.  I think it looks fabulous and love all the little touches that just say home.  You can tell a lot of thought went into the design of the home while keeping in mind her two adorable twins and husband.  Actually, she said her husband, Mike, had some input into the home décor, like the cool … [Read More...]


Dinotrux :: A Netflix and DreamWorks Television Series Review

Dinotrux :: A Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television Series Review   Dinotrux Premiere: My boys and I attended a prescreening of Netflix and DreamWorks Animation's new animated television series Dinotrux this week. Dinotrux is based on the award-winning series of children's books written by Chris Gall. Dinotrux takes place in the Mechazoic Era inhabited by half dinosaur and half construction vehicles. The main character is Ty-Rux, a friendly T-Trux who is a combination … [Read More...]


Tech :: The SanDisk Card Meets All Your Storage Needs

  Don't you hate when your devices aren't working the way they should?  I get so frustrated sometimes but I have found over the years that when my computer "acts up" it is usually because it is at full storage capacity.   Recently, I heard about the SanDisk products that offer anything from professional-grade camera memory to point-and-shoot SD cards to microSD cards. I like that you can store your videos on the go and don't have to worry about reaching your capacity on your … [Read More...]


Latest & Greatest :: Numb Chucks : Kung Fu App

      Does your family like quirky shows?  Have you heard of Numb Chucks?  It originated in Canada on YTV and premiered on January 7, 2014. The show is targeted at 6-11 year olds, and airs in Canada and on Cartoon Networks’ Boomerang in the US. An animated comedy series, Numb Chucks focuses on two well-intentioned but incompetent woodchucks, Dillweed and Fungus, who try to use kung fu to protect their hometown from criminals.  My daughter says her favorite character … [Read More...]