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Five Ways to Simplify Your Holiday

Can you believe it’s December? It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in 2017 and wondering how it was already January. Now we’re doing it all over again. And, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how to fit it all in before we say hello to another year. As each holiday season passes, […]

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Cub Scouts

Confessions of a Cub Scouts Mom

This summer, I became a Cub Scouts mom and Den Leader. I know. I’m surprised, too. With a part-time job, my freelance writing and my position on the PTA Board of a new school, this was not quite in the plan.  My den is comprised of nine (soon to be 10) fourth graders. We have […]

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Birthday Cake

To Forty And Beyond

In May, I did it. I went “Over The Hill” and turned forty. Whatever that means. When I was younger, turning 40 seemed like such a terrifying milestone. Party decorations tended towards all black, accented with bifocals, canes, and walkers. As if life was over. As if by turning 40, you really were teetering on […]

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Shopping Style

What’s Your School Supply Shopping Style?

The back to school countdown is on, and school-aged families across the county are scrambling to squeeze in those last visits to the beach or enjoy those last late-night popsicles. Local schools have released their supply shopping lists, and the hunt for pre-sharpened pencils, 16-count boxes of crayons and pronged plastic folders is underway. Moms […]

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Rezoned Feature

So We’ve Been Rezoned. Now What?

Last year, halfway through third grade, we got some upsetting news. St. Johns County was building three, brand new, desperately needed elementary schools. And we were being rezoned into one of them. It was a crushing blow. We had been at our school since Kindergarten. We were in love with the principal, with the teachers, with […]

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Teachers

Five Great End of Year Teacher Gifts!

Can you believe it? School’s almost out for summer! In St. Johns County, that final dismissal bell will ring at 1:50 PM on May 24. Our kids will pour out the school doors, ready for the long weeks of whatever June, July and August have to offer. But before they say their goodbyes, here are […]

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Unicorn Frappucino

Why I Won’t Drink The Unicorn Frappuccino (But I Don’t Care If You Do)

This week, a new, limited edition frappaccino hit the chalkboard menu at a Starbucks near you. The UNICORN FRAPPUCCINO BLENDED CREME. Here’s Starbucks’ description of its latest concoction. “Here for a few days only: The flavor-changing, color-changing, totally-not-made-up Unicorn Frappuccino. Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal […]

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Celebrating Pi Day

Celebrating Pi Day + Pi Day Apple Pie Recipe

March 14 marks the very underrated “Pi Day”, a celebration of a “constant” – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, calculated to 3.14159… (and on and on infinitely without pattern or repetition). Pi Day is a holiday for math lovers. Originally approximated by the great mathematician, Archimedes, Pi has been calculated […]

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