Things College Kids Need to Stay Organized

This post about things college kids need to stay organized has been sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own. I am the proud parent of one high school senior.  We stressed out for months about SAT scores, worried a while longer about college applications, and now have breathed a sigh of relief that he is heading off to college in the fall.  Except that I am really worried about his ability to stay organized at college.  I love my son dearly, however, organization is not his strongest skill.  His room is a mess, the agenda he owns is … [Read more...]

Giving My Kids Music Gifts Makes Us All Happy!

Thank you, Fender, for sponsoring this post about kids music gifts. Learn guitar at home with Fender Play! Like most teens, my kids have a long list of 'wants' when it comes to birthday and holiday gifts.  Some years, I have to say, NOPE, you can't have that.  Like the baby sister my daughter asked for several years in a row.  That one wasn't going to happen!  I'm always happy to give my kids music gifts, however, and there have been many!  Our home contains a piano, flute, piccolo, clarinet, about 5 guitars and a ukulele.  And probably a … [Read more...]

Our Sylvan SAT Prep Experience for Improving SAT Scores

This post about Sylvan SAT Prep courses is in partnership with Sylvan Learning. All opinions expressed here are my own. I am the proud mom of one academically gifted high school senior.  He is both a joy and a giant pain in my backside like most teenagers are!  This year has been challenging for him, trying to find a balance between his grades and tackling things like sports, drivers ed, and his social life. While his grades are very good and his SAT scores were decent, the competition in this area for college spots is fierce.  In order help … [Read more...]

College Tour Tips and our UGA Tour Experience

I am the proud parent of a high school senior.  That means I will have a college freshman next year which utterly terrifies me.  Over the summer, we started our initial college search and have narrowed it down to a few schools.  I started researching college tour tips and thought I would share our UGA tour experience with you.  If you have a child heading off to college soon, these tips may help your college tour experience run a little bit more smoothly. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this … [Read more...]

Chemistry for Teens: The Atomic Mass of Silver and Making Science Fun

Last week, my daughter came home from high school amazingly excited about her experience in chemistry class. The class had made soap bubbles filled with methane gas and then set handfuls of bubbles on fire IN THEIR HANDS.  Yes, this was actually a teacher approved activity.  You know why? Because their teacher understands that chemistry for teens has to be engaging and FUN if the kids are going to actually pay attention and learn.  With a growing need for students passionate about STEM programs, we need to focus more of our attention on making … [Read more...]

Tips for Surviving High School Every Teen Should Know

In one week, my daughter starts her Freshman year of high school.  I can't believe she has grown up so fast!  I find myself searching online for first day of high school tips to make the transition a little easier.  Elementary school was easy.  Middle school presented a whole bunch of unique challenges.  What will high school bring?  I want my daughter to learn how to survive Freshman year to make her next few years absolutely fabulous.  I know I can't make it perfect for her but here are a few tips for surviving high school that I want her to … [Read more...]

How to Ensure Successful STEM Learning in Kids

This post about STEM learning in kids was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are my own. My husband and I both have degrees in the science field and improving STEM learning in kids is something we are passionate about.  We spent 4 years acting as the 'Science Night Committee' at our children's elementary school and it was an incredibly rewarding experience.  Watching 100 kids and their parents get such excitement out of simple science experiments really … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Creative Writing in Kids

This post about creative writing in kids isn't going to automatically turn your child into the next best selling author a few years down the road.  However, creative writing is a skill that schools are pushing like crazy right now because it helps get them into college.  If you remember back a few years to those dreaded college essays you had to write, you will understand why creative writing in kids is so important.  So, how do you get your child to sit down with pen and paper to create something in written word? I will share a few tips that I … [Read more...]

How to Support STEM Learning in Teens

This post on How to Support STEM Learning in Teens has been sponsored by Post-it Brand but all opinions expressed here are my own. The one class I always looked forward to attending in high school was science.  It didn't matter if we were using a microscope, mutating fruit flies or even dissecting something, I was excited to walk in that door.  Fast forward a few years to college.  I got a degree in Microbiology and then spent years working in cancer research.  The challenge of unraveling the next scientific mystery drew me in and kept me … [Read more...]

How You Can Save Big for a Bright Future with Box Tops for Education

This post has been sponsored, however all opinions expressed here are my own. Many years ago, when my youngest child started Kindergarten, I was approached by a mom about getting involved in the elementary school PTA.  She was an active PTA member and needed help with a school club.  I threw my hat into the volunteer pool and have been an active PTA mom ever since.  I have sat on the PTA board and looked at my club budget and wondered where we were going to come up with a few more dollars for activities.  Even now that my kids are teenagers … [Read more...]