15 Frugal Summer Snack Ideas For Kids

    Now that summer is here, kids will want to eat all summer long. It’s true, it appears once summer break hits they turn into bottomless pits that can never be filled. The good news is you do have some frugal options when it comes to snacking. Look below at these 15 frugal summer snack ideas for kids so you can fill the kiddos up for less. You might be surprised at how far you can stretch your grocery budget even when an assortment of summer snacks is on the menu! 1. Fruit kabobs. Give kids wood skewers and cut fruit (use what it is in season as it will cost less!) so they can make their own yummy and healthy fruit kabobs. 2. Make your own freezer pops.
 Buy refillable freezer pop trays and fill them with fruit juice or powdered drink mix for a cool summer treat. 3. Make your own fruit chips.
 Dehydrate or bake fruit slices into fruit chips. These are perfect for snacking and a great way to use up produce before it goes bad! 4. Try making trail mix.
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8 Ways To Save Money On Summer Activities For Kids

    While the arrival of summer brings excitement, you might also be seeing dollar signs. It is no secret that beating summer boredom can also mean racking up the bills, but the truth is there are ways to save money while still having fun! Look at these 8 ways to save money on summer activities, so you can still have all the fun you want without going broke. 

1. Check Groupon and Living Social daily.
Since deals on these websites are always changing, it is always worth checking them out! Look for attraction tickets, movie deals, gift card deals, and other offers from summer fun spots. This way, you can enjoy the activities you love for less. 2. Call your local parks department.
Chances are your local parks department is offering all sorts of summer camps and activities for kids. Since these programs are often funded on tax dollars, this means the cost passed onto you is minimal. Call your local parks department for a schedule of summer events and be in the know! 3. Head to the … [Read more...]

Experience Interactive Storytelling On Netflix! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    As many of you know, I have been a Literacy Specialist in New York City public schools for over seventeen years.  Throughout my tenure, I have had a first-hand look at how reading affects children positively in every aspect of their life.  As a result, I am always on the lookout for opportunities for kids to improve their comprehension through creativity.     Netflix has recently announced their first interactive "branching" narrative episodes Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, where Netflix members have control over how the story develops and ultimately unfolds.  Non-linear stories like these allow children to tap into their imagination and to really think about the story elements and events taking place involving the characters.     My son and I recently had the opportunity to be among the first Netflix Stream Teamers to experience this interactive storytelling together.  As an educator, it was so rewarding to see him so engaged … [Read more...]

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Physical Education? #ProtectPE @Voices4HK #Ad

*This post reflects a compensated editorial partnership with Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.     There are many factors that influence how children perform academically but I bet many of you did not know that students who receive physical education, or PE, do better when it comes to behavior, academic achievement, and emotional health.  It's important for kids have frequent opportunities to engage in physical activity on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools provide daily PE or its equivalent for the entire school year.     Racial inequalities and socio-economic challenges leave many schools without resources for PE, but kids shouldn’t have to miss out on the benefits of PE because of where they live or because their schools lack financial resources.  A good PE program is a crucial part of … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids To Overcome Gender Stereotypes! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Growing up, our mother was not raising my sister and I to be damsels in distress.  I can still remember her telling us how important it would be to get an education and to always be independent women.  It might seem unbelievable but studies have shown that girls are being influenced by gender stereotypes from as young as six years old.  That is why it is so important that they have access to positive role models in the media and within the entertainment programming that they are being exposed to.     Thankfully, Netflix is home to girls who mean business and that’s something all kids can get behind.  Whether it’s Violet’s quick wit, Elena’s activist mentality, or Deidra & Laney’s unorthodox thinking, there’s something for every girl to relate to.  Strong female characters aren’t just important for girls.  Boys are growing up with Eleven saving the crew and Tip showing that true friendship knows no bounds.     … [Read more...]

What’s Your Sick Day Survival Kit? $25 Gift Card #Giveaway #Ad

    Those of you who also follow me on social media know that my younger son is asthmatic.  As a result, we spend quite a bit of time fighting off upper respiratory infections during the winter.  The moment that the temperatures drop here in New York City, we have to keep the house stocked with everything that he needs to be comfortable when he gets sick.     We have all experienced a sick day from time to time. Whether it is with little ones or ourselves, it is always good to have a Sick Day Survival Kit prepared for that moment. Read more about 5 must-haves for every sick day survival kit for kids.   These 5 necessities include: Tissues and thermometer Cough and Cold Medicines Humidifier and Blankets Entertainment in the form of DVDs Plenty of fluids to stay hydrated     Make sure that you keep all of these items on hand so you can brave any sick days you might experience this winter.  Nobody likes to be sick … [Read more...]

Safely Manage Your Child’s Screen Time This Holiday Season! @Screentimelabs #Ad

    With the holidays approaching, many kids will be receiving electronic devices that will likely increase their daily screen time.  If you are the kind of parent that I am, you want to be able to manage that time safely and productively.       Although we want to encourage our children to be technologically savvy, there are times when it is important to limit how much time they spend on these devices.  Additionally, monitoring their screen time is a great way to make sure that they are visiting child-friendly websites and safely interacting with others online.     The Screen Time app provides concerned parents like me with the management tools to proactively supervise my sons' time on their devices.  It is available for both iOS and Android users and it empowers parents be more in control of how much time their children spend online.       Some of the app's features that I really love are the fact that it allows me … [Read more...]

Lysol Back To School Science Fair Challenges Students To Expose Germs! #Lysol #Ad

    I can't even begin to describe how many of my students are currently sick with colds.  Along with the change of seasons and the spread of germs, most of them are really feeling miserable.  It's the perfect opportunity to teach them how important it is to wash their hands regularly and to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.  Believe it or not, millions of school days are missed each year due to student absences that are caused by illnesses like the common cold or the flu.     Lysol® has partnered with Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of America in New York City to teach students about the presence of millions of germs that invade their classrooms every single day!  The best part is that fourth-graders will be able to quantify these germs through interactive science experiments.  They are learning how germs can flourish on desks, light switches, doorknobs, and school supplies and how they can protect their classroom … [Read more...]

Set The Tone For The 2016 School Year With Visionworks! #VisionWorks #Ad

    Starting the school year off on the right foot is always a very important part of the month of September for our family.  That includes making sure that the kids have all of the school supplies that they need as well as ensuring physicals are up to date along with new eyeglasses.  This is no easy feat since every single member of our family of four wears glasses and designer eyeglass frames can get pretty expensive.     Our boys both have their own fashion sense and color preferences so they put a lot of thought and time into choosing just the right frames that will express their individual styles.  Visionworks has the largest selection of kids' frames for Back to School with the bold and bright colors that have become all the rage this back to school season.   Here are some of the current trends that they have for kids: Fiery reds: A hue not for the shy, frames with pops of red are perfect for your fiery spirited child, who … [Read more...]

Feed Their Hunger After School! #tysonfoods #jimmydean #saraleedesserts #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.     Back to School is finally upon us here in New York City and there is a whirlwind of preparations that are taking place in our home to make sure the school year goes off without a hitch.  Believe it or not, meal planning is a huge part of our planning because I teach full-time and my boys come home from school starving every day.  It's not that they don't eat lunch at school but, for some reason, they work up quite an appetite acquiring all that knowledge!     So one of the things that we prepare for in advance is having the perfect snacks and foods that can easily be prepared once our boys get home in the afternoon.  Of course, sticking to our grocery budget is always a consideration but we also want to make sure that we buy foods that our sons really like.  Our youngest can be quite the picky eater so it's important that we take his … [Read more...]