Back To School Tech Tips To Keep Parents Sane and Kids Safe

Back To School Tech Tips

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It’s back to school season and for many it means new tech and upgrades to existing tech, and not just for the kids. Parents are often introduced to new technology to help kids with homework, communicate with the school, or just stay connected in an increasingly connected world. Kids may be experiencing new technology at school, switching phones, or trying out different accessories. Whatever it is, back to school marks a time for transition.

Whether it’s the same routine or something new, when it comes to going online more and more young people are connecting through smartphones or tablets. This makes learning possible everywhere. That’s good. But with the good comes the bad. And that’s where it’s important to re-evaluate how you approach internet security. So, here are a few back to school tech tips for keeping your family in tip-top shape.

Back To School Tech Tips To Keep Parents Sane and Kids Safe

  1. Keep it charged – Many kids are given tablets at school and are responsible for bringing them to school every day fully charged. In addition to having a designated charging station at home, think about having a portable battery to help keep them connected throughout the day. Especially important with older kids, having an external battery will help them do their work without having to be tethered to a wall. Or, having to deal with running out of power just as they’re in the zone. You may even want to invest in a car charger just incase they realize on the way to school they don’t have much power.
  2. Protect the screen – whether it’s with a case or a separate screen protector, don’t leave the screen exposed. Tiny dirt and dust particles can scratch the screen, making it difficult to use over time. Many people worry about cracking the screen. And while that’s a real concern, the fact is a scratched screen is annoying and may impacts the quality of what you see on the screen.
  3. Individualize it with a case – Sure a case can protect the device, but why not sell it as a way to personalize their device. With so many kids having the same type of device it’s easy to get them mixed up. With smartphones there are so many case options and most of us show our personality through our cases and covers. For tablets, especially those issued by the school, if permitted, find a case your child likes to help them take a little more responsibility for their device. Not only does it protect the device, which many parents may not realize they are responsible for, but a cool case also gives the device some personality and helps differentiate it from the sea of black and silver tablets on a table.
  4. Talk about online safety – I know you’ve had the talk before. But just like having to remind your child to turn off the lights, not slam the car door, or take a shower (yes, every day!), talking to kids about online safety is an ongoing and continuous conversation. Kids may think they know everything about being online, but the fact is that many kids are vulnerable and need to be reminded that sometimes things aren’t as they seem. Making mistakes online in this day and age can have long-term and very serious consequences. Teens and tweens, especially, need to know that you’re ultimately responsible for what they do online.
  5. Don’t just talk, take action – As parents, we do a lot of talking. When it comes to online safety for our kids, though, we have to take action. Whether it’s checking their device daily, requiring an approved family member or friend to be friended on their social network, or adding parental controls to their devices, we can talk all we want but action is required. It’s not about not trusting our kids, it’s about not trusting the freaks out there. If you’ve never used IFTTT, or don’t use it for this purpose, here’s an easy way to keep on top of what’s going on. Check out these IFTTT recipes to help keep your kids safe online.
  6. Trust your gut – Too many times we second guess our gut when it comes to what our kids are doing online. This isn’t the time to worry about if our kids think we’re annoying (we are, we’re parents!), being the cool parent (we are the cool parents!), or respecting their privacy. If you’re not hovering over them 24/7, you’re likely giving your kids the privacy they’ve earned. Earned, that’s right. Privacy is not a right in the Kingdom of Mom and Dad. In Mom and Dad Ville, the right to search and seizure is without limits. In Momtopia, you may have the right to be silent but unreasonable search and seizure is a real possibility. Trust your parenting gut when it comes to the safety of your kids. You may need to tone down how you want to react, but if you get that feeling, don’t over-react, just act.

Back to school is filled with so many emotions. But those emotions don’t have to carry through the school year. With a keen eye and a kind heart, our amazing kids will make it through another year. And so will we!

What tips to do you to help keep everything in check during the school year?


The Back To School TED Talk Everyone Should Watch

Paper Towel TED Talk

In May, 2014 my friend Stephanie Quilao (famously known as @SkinnyJeans on Twitter) was doing a daily TED Talk challenge. One of the TED Talks she posted was about using paper towels. Compared to many of the inspiring and riveting talks, how could a less than 5-minute talk be so captivating?

Part of the draw is that it’s under 5 minutes. We all have 5 minutes, right? It’s not too long for kids to watch and pay attention. Even young kids could pay attention. paper towel ted talk

Another thing about this talk is that it’s a universal experience. We all wash our hands and need to dry them with a paper towel, especially in public restrooms. And if you’re like me, it drives you crazy when the kids grab 23 paper towels. I think of all that wasted paper towel. I bet you do too. paper towel ted talk

I’ve watched this video dozens of times. I’ve shared it even more. It’s really that good. Actually, I’m sending it to many of my friends who are teachers so they can share it with their students because they get tired of asking parents for more paper towels because the kids go through them so fast. paper towel ted talk

Your mind will be blown! Seriously, it will forever change how you dry your hands. And I guarantee it works no matter the size of the paper towel. BabyGirl thought I was crazy when I insisted she try the technique Joe Smith advocates. But now she knows it works. And she knows she’s helping to save the environment, too.

So take 5 minutes to watch this TED Talk. Your life will never be the same and teachers (and school custodians) everywhere will thank you.

OK, so, what do you think? Totally mind-blowing, huh? Now, go try it out and share this with others you know will appreciate it!



The ONE Must Have Tech Accessory for Kids

Best Kid Tech Accessory

Kid tech is becoming as common as it is for adults. From MP3 players, handheld games, and even phones, kids as young as 2 years old are using tech products. It’s not uncommon to see kids in restaurants, doctor waiting rooms or on planes with some sort of audio/video technology in their hands. And with these, the kids are often attached to the product by some type of headphones or earbuds. Often they’re the white-wired earbuds that came with the product, which were designed for adult ears.

As a tech-having family, BabyGirl has had access to a variety of technology since she was very young. One thing I’ve been very concerned with is how she uses it. When she was younger, I didn’t mind her using her tech without headphones. I am keenly aware that the development of her hearing needs to be nurtured, not compromised. And using headphones specifically designed for kids is one way to do that.

Ety Kids earphones in use by child - all rights reserved

Recently we spent over 10 hours either in airports or on planes, and much of that time was spent listening to or watching something on an iPad, Kindle Fire or iPhone. For months I’ve been waiting for the Ety-Kids headphones to come out. These are headphones made just for kids by the world-leader in hearing research and assistive products, Etymotic.

As a parent (or auntie/uncle, grandparent, caregiver), you too are likely fussing with kids to wear headphones. Younger kids, especially, have a difficult time. Their heads are too small for standard over-the-ear type headphones so they keep falling off or getting out of position. That often defeats the point you’re trying to achieve – a few moments to yourself while your child is engaged. So, you pull out the earbuds that came with the item, or whatever pair you have around, and try to stuff them into their little ears. All the while you’re empathizing with them about how uncomfortable they are.

Shortly before heading to Disney World, I received a pair of Ety-Kids 5 earphones for BabyGirl to try. I was excited, because these were not only specifically designed to protect kids’ hearing but to fit their little ears too. As owners of noise-isolation headphones, which we mainly use on planes, both CycleGuy and I were glad to see that these under $50 earphones incorporated the same technology as much more expensive products. Rather than encouraging kids to crank up the volume, the Ety-Kids earphones actually block out the background noise that is what causes them to raise the volume.

The earphones came with 3 in-ear tip sizes. The shape is conical so the earpiece fits more snugly and further into the ear. This means they fit better. Added to this is that the tips are flexible and soft making them much more comfortable. That was one of the first comments BabyGirl had. She liked that they didn’t hurt her ears.

Once on the plane, she was able to put them in – which requires a bit of a twist – and listen to her programs and music. When she had to get up she kept the earphone in, just unplugging them from her device. But when she had to take them out for landing, that was the true test. That’s when she realized how much quieter it was with them in.

I call these the ONE must-have tech accessory for kids for several reasons:

1. They are made just for kids

2. They protect hearing

3. They are comfortable

4. They are more than just headphones because they have noise cancellation technology

5. They’re from a company that is the leader in hearing research

6. They’re from a company sought out by musicians for the best hearing-related products

7. They’re under $50!!

So how do you get some? Glad you asked! Here is a link to buy directly from Etymotic:

Buy Ety-Kids safe listening headphones NOW

Ety Kids Headphones

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary Ety-Kids 5 headset. I was not required to write about them, nor was this post reviewed by a third-party. If you click the link to purchase, you will be taken to the Etymotic website. I did not receive any compensation for this post, nor will I if you choose to purchase. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Live Chat 10/3 with Dr. Alan Greene – Parenting and Children’s Health Expert

The Horizon Dairy community will welcome world-renown pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, to a Live Chat on 10/3 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. Dr. Alan Greene is a noted pediatrician, author and expert in organic nutrition. Dr. Greene is the founder of, a popular online resource about parenting and children’s health. He is also provides consulting services to Horizon.

In his quest to educate and inspire parents about their children’s health, Dr. Alan Greene has become one of the worlds most trusted and beloved pediatricians. A practicing pediatrician and father of four, Dr. Greene has devoted himself to giving real answers to parents’ real questions— from those about all-too-common childhood conditions to those that address the most rare childhood illnesses. His answers combine cutting-edge science, practical wisdom, warm empathy and a deep respect for parents, children and the environment. It’s no wonder that Intel named him the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet.

Dr. Greene is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco. Upon completion of his pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Northern California he served as Chief Resident. In 1995, he launched, cited by the AMA as the first physician website on the Internet. More than 700,000 people a month visit his award-winning site. He is a Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and is an Attending Physician at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Learn more about Dr. Greene at and join our LIVE CHAT at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern in the Horizon Community. It will be lively and fast paced, and Dr. Green will be answering your pressing questions!

Disclosure: I am a compensated Horizon Healthy Families Community Leader at The Blog Frog. This post is provided as part of my role as a Community Leader. This post has not been reviewed by a third party and all opinions are my own. This conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon.  The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Dr. Greene is a compensated consultant for Horizon.


Making The Most Out Of Kids Being At School

More like, WOO HOO! school’s back in session. Well, according to many of my mom friends. But with sending the kids back to school there are a lot of other things to deal with. And that’s where this great community comes in. Experienced and novice school moms have come together to offer support and advice on topics ranging from fun lunch, getting kids to do homework, volunteering in the classroom, organizing the house (now that the kids are gone a few hours), and so much more.

In addition, there are almost weekly live chat conversations to get information in real time. Like, on Monday (Sept. 19th) at 1pm Eastern (10am Pacific) I’m co-hosting a live chat with Cheryl who blogs at Tidy Mom. We’ll be talking about holiday crafting and home made gifts. And with the holidays right around the corner now’s the time to start planning and getting ideas.


In October, the Horizon folks will be bringing in renown pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene to answer questions for community members.  It will be a live chat and is open to all members of the Horizon Healthy Families community. So if you’re not a member yet, think about signing up to take advantage of this great opportunity.

The other day I shared information about helping children learn to make healthy food choices. By commenting on that article you’re entered to win a $500 spa gift certificate. So yah, rush over and share! I know you have an opinion about kids and healthy eating. Go ahead, I’ll wait! I won’t even expect you to share your gift certificate if you win because I totally understand that you need some ‘me time’ too.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll that I tweet about the Horizon community. You can follow Horizon Dairy on Twitter as well as Like Horizon Dairy on Facebook. And you should follow The Blog Frog and Like them too because there are many other great opportunities to learn and share (and, of course, there are other things to win too!)

So come join Cheryl and me on Monday 9/19/11 for the live chat and stay tuned for all the other things going on in the Horizon Healthy Families community. There is also a BlogFrog sponsored Live Chat on Thursday 9/22 at 8pm EST which will be lively and you will get a chance to win an iPad2!

Disclosure: As a Community Leader I am compensated for my time. My views are not edited.  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon.  The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand. That being said, yes, we do enjoy Horizon Organic products. I buy them (using coupons, of course!)


Healthy and Adventurous Eating Starts Young

One of the few bits of parenting advice I actually listened to was not to play short-order cook to my daughter. This came from a friend who had, indeed, done just that for her son and it had become a source of contention for them as he grew up. She resented his asking for something different and was frustrated that he wouldn’t eat the healthier choices she was trying to move the family toward.

It wasn’t so much the advice that really stuck with me. It was her frustration and agitation. She wanted, so much, for her son to try new things and eat the healthier foods she was now making but he wouldn’t budge from his standards of mac-n-cheese from the box, processed chicken nuggets and soup from a can. My friend felt awful that this was her son’s teenage existence.

As BabyGirl was starting to eat solid food I steered clear of the packaged foods and made my own pureed fruits and vegetables. I researched cereals and grains and learned how to blenderize my own so I could control what exactly I was feeding my precious little girl.

When she was a toddler and more reliant on solid foods for her nutrition I, once again, turned to my expert friends to find out how to help instill a sense of adventure in the food I was serving. I had seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding and I loved that cultural foods were so central to Toula’s growing up. She hated that her different food made her stand out, but it was how her family would hold on to their culture.

No, maybe it wasn’t the healthiest of foods in that movie, but it really touched me. So many times I’ve seen, heard or read about kids eating the same basic processed foods and the struggle to transition to variety, natural and whole grain foods. I didn’t want that. So I set out a plan to expose my very young child to foods that were ‘outside the box’. This is what I did:

5 Ways To Instill Healthy and Adventurous Eating Habits in Young Kids

1. Involve Them – sounds simple, but it is often the key to a child eating something new. Rather than just put their food in front of them, have them help wash, chops, tear, or in some way help prepare their food. Studies have shown that kids are more apt to eat something when they know what’s in it or how it was prepared.

2. Remain Silent – if you don’t like a food and are vocal about it, chance are your child won’t like it either. Or, they may refuse to even taste it. We don’t often buy, serve, prepare or even order foods we don’t like. But if we want out kids to try new things we often need to put aside our own food prejudices and allow them to make their own decision.

3. Give Them Time – the adage of ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again’ is so important in getting young kids to try new things or transition from the mystery nuggets to the baked, all-white meat nuggets. Texture, taste, and smell all play a role in getting kids to like a food. Some days they just may be more finicky than others, so keep trying.

4. Hide The Food (if you must) – while I don’t advocate duping kids, sneaking in some kale in the fruit smoothy or zucchini in the pasta sauce isn’t a big deal. While the child is getting this healthier version of the food, they’re not really understanding what they’re eating and may not realize they even like a particular food. Yes, if they continue to balk at eating greens or fruits you may need to employ your best magical meal tricks. But if you can just share it openly, I think it’s better.

5. Take A Field Trip – one of BabyGirl’s favorite things was our weekly trips to the different markets around town. I’d pick a theme (she got involved as she got older) and we’d get some food within that theme and we’d try them and talk about them. We were very popular at our local specialty markets and got to try so many things I, myself, never would have tried or even ventured to make. We started out very simply with pears and apples – buying many different kinds and comparing their taste, texture, color, smell, size, and so on. It’s amazing how different one food can vary among the different varieties. We tried cheese and olives, fish, nuts and seed, and so many different fruits and vegetables. Some were excellent, others not so much. But we did it together in a fun and interactive way. Often we’d sit down at a table in the store after we purchased them so we could try them right away, like a picnic.

And just because mom likes something doesn’t mean the kids will like it. For BabyGirl, she took on CycleGuy’s love of vanilla and caramel and will pass up chocolate without a sense of loss. Me? What I’d give for a nice piece of dark chocolate! When it came to apples, she tried them but BabyGirl just doesn’t like them. She’s probably one of the few kids who can’t stand applesauce.

However, she loves so many foods many of her friends would never think to eat – brie, hummus, curry, shrimps, fish, and so much more. And she’s always willing to try new things because her adventure with food started early. More importantly, it was a fun time with mom and dad and gave her so much pride to share her new foods with friends and family.

As parents, we hold a great deal of power regarding the foods our kids eat. I’m not a big fan of forbidden foods unless there is a medical, religious or dietary reason. But we’re the ones preparing the food. We’re the teacher. If we educate our children early on about why we make the food choices we do, they’ll be less inclined to follow the masses to the sugar, fat and empty calorie shack. And even if they do, they’ll know how to make good choices.

Share how you get your kids to eat healthy food below for a chance to win a $500 Mom’s Getaway Spa Day from BlogFrog!

Want to exchange more healthy snacks ideas, money saving tips and back to school shopping advice with other moms? Visit the Horizon® Healthy Families Back to School Community!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon.  The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand.


School Fundraisers: Love ’em or Hate ’em?

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OK, so maybe love and hate are too strong when it comes to talking about school fundraisers. I remember them growing up and how much fun it was going door to door in my grandparent’s neighborhood and all the families being so supportive. As an adult without kids, CycleGuy and I tried to support our friends’ kids and buy stuff. We figured it was for a good cause.

That was until we realized that of the $18.50 we’re paying for cheap wrapping paper, the school only gets $2. Or something small like that. Really? I realize there is a product cost and then the fundraising company needs to make a buck (or eight). But these kids beg and plead and the parents, grandparents and friends want to be supportive, for what? For things they don’t really want and a tiny donation to the school?

I know some schools have really fantastic fundraisers, with products or services people want to buy. The Entertainment Books, while they can be found online for less, are actually useful to most people who buy them. You can recoup your investing by just using a few of the coupons. But do the kids really do the fundraising or is it mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparents asking around?

I guess that’s really my issue with these. I feel like I’m the one doing the fundraising (yes, we even do them for religious school!). Kids don’t go door to door any more. And with email and Facebook, we can ask friends so easily. Some of these fundraising places have gotten smart and have online portals for ordering so people don’t have to be local to support the kids.

So, tell me, what’s your take on school fundraisers?

Even better, why not come over to the Horizon Dairy Back To School community and share your thoughts on all kinds of school related topics. Whether it’s homework, lunch ideas, volunteer demands, family dinners or home organization there are thousands of wonderful women waiting for you to join the conversation.

Disclosure: I am a compensated Horizon Back To School Community Leader at The Blog Frog. This post is provided as part of my role as a Community Leader. This post has not been reviewed by a third party and all opinions are my own. This conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon.  The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


5 Things You Really Don’t Need To Buy For Back To School


image credit: © Roman Sigaev–

I’m a sucker for all the great Back To School supplies. OK, I’m a sucker for most office supplies. And glue and glitter and construction paper too. But when it comes to school supplies is it really necessary to replenish everything? As a kid my family didn’t have a lot of money so we rarely received a backpack full of new supplies. And to tell you the truth, within a few days no one has brand new things.

So what can you forgo? Here are 5 Things You Can Skip For Back To School:

1. Crayons– sure they may be cheap, but that box of 86,531 crayons you have tucked away is the perfect place to find perfectly usable crayons. They’ll be rounded down in a few days anyway.

2. Book Covers– there is really no need to spend several dollars per cover when you have perfectly good paper grocery bags or gift bags stashed away. Consider it recycling and going retro. All the rage in the 1980s, paper bag book covers are not only earth friendly but they also give you a canvas to decorate as you see fit.

3. Pencil Bag– Most of these things are made of plastic and will tear relatively easy. If you’re going for plastic why not just grab a zip top bag or two and put pens, pencil and crayons in a roomy place? And if they tear or get damaged they’re inexpensive and easily replaceable.

4. Pens– not all kids will need pens, but many high school and college kids will. Now I’m a pen junkie and love all the colors and types. But the fact is that I have hundreds of pens from all kinds of places – restaurants, real estate folks, drugstores, etc. Most are pretty decent and if I lose it I don’t feel bad.

5. A New Wardrobe– buying a few things may be in order, but just because it’s back to school doesn’t mean you should invest in a new wardrobe. Besides the fact that there is already a room full of perfectly usable clothing, styles might change or your child my find that she doesn’t want to be caught dead in head to toe pink any more or your son isn’t feeling part of the in-crown with those polo shirts. It’s one thing to buy clothing staples when they are on sale, it’s another thing to spring for whatever is the newest must-have.

Now it’s your turn! What have you determined is more an option than a necessity? Share your thoughts and insight below for a chance to win a $500 Back to School Shopping Spree from BlogFrog!

Want to exchange more tips and ideas with other moms about back to school topics such as healthy snacks, school supplies and saving money?  Visit the Horizon® Healthily Families Back to School Community!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand.


Back To School Memories

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I loved school! It was an escape from the very odd life I had. I grew up in the projects for most of my life. Until my mom remarried when I was 12. Even though my brother and I were the only white kids, we lived in the projects so we got bussed. Integrated schools were all the rage in the 1970s!

But as much as I didn’t fit in, I really tried. I truly loved school and wanted to be one of the smart kids. Because smart kids were special. And I wanted to be special so I could dit in and be like the other kids.

Going back to school meant I got to meet an entirely different group of people. It meant I would be able to read books I had no idea existed and learn about science and math and go outside and play games on soft grass or into a cooled gym. Very different than what I usually did.

I remember picking out my new back to school clothes. They were few, but I cherished them. I tried to pick out ones that cool kids would wear. I was skinny and shy and very girly. And I had short hair. Always had short hair growing up. I wanted to make a good impression. And hoped and prayed no one would look down and see my shoes. I never work cool shoes. I had orthopedic shoes for most of elementary and junior high. Ugly orthopedic shoes. Except one year when saddle shoes were popular and they made them for me too.

I wanted to fit in. And for the most part I did. I had friends and I was one of the smart kids. And while there was so much to navigate on the back to school scene, I would tell myself to just be who I was. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. Going to 5 different elementary schools didn’t help with consistency either. By time I graduated from high school I had been enrolled in 12 different schools – one school I went to for just 3 days!

As I transition this year from pure homeschooling to a small self-contained class for BabyGirl I have so many thoughts about back to school. I’m excited for the possibilities. I’m fearful for the unknown. And I’m at a loss, sometimes, for what to tell her. I want her to be herself. I don’t want kids to make fun of her lunch or her shoes or her clothes.

Being part of the Horizon Dairy Blog Frog Back To School community couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s a safe place for me to ask questions about how back to school works, what to expect from teachers and the parent organizations and how to keep my sanity with dinner/homework/after school activities. My biggest concern has been what to make BabyGirl for lunch. Eating at home has given us so much flexibility. But now that she will be with other kids I don’t want her feeling awkward about her meal.

There are quite a few moms in the Back To School community who have kids in junior high and high school. They’re a wonderful resource. Add to it those women who have kid-friendly recipes that will encourage kids to eat their lunch and not trade it. We’ve even discussed time savers and how to help kids keep themselves organized so they’re not searching the house for their things at the last minute.

I have so many great memories of back to school. I truly could go on and on about picking the right outfit, making brown paper book covers, saving cereal boxes to make crafts and so forth. Instead, I’d love to hear about your back to school memories.


Disclosure: I am a compensated Horizon Back To School Community Leader at The Blog Frog. This post is provided as part of my role as a Community Leader. This post has not been reviewed by a third party and all opinions are my own. This conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon.  The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


School Party Live Chat 8/17

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Remember when you were a kid and how much you anticipated those school parties? Back when I was in elementary and junior high, my mom was a single working mom but she was involved in helping to make food or snacks for the school parties. Things are different now with food allergies and school rules as to what you can and can’t do or bring in. But we all want our kids to have fun events and it’s a great way to be involved without hovering.

This Wednesday (8/17) at 9pm EDT (6pm PDT) I’m teaming up with Cheryl for a Live Chat in the Horizon Back To School Community.  Cheryl blogs at Tidy Mom about pretty much everything from photography (you should see her food photos!), raising kids (she’s done a lot of the ‘been there, done that’), DIY and projects as well as food (delicious food!).

Join us in The Horizon Dairy community on The BlogFrog to meet and chat with other parents looking for insight and tips about school or classroom parties. We’ll talk about food (of course), but whether you’re a veteran school-party mom (or dad) or this will be your first year we’d love to know what you think.

If have not yet joined the BlogFrog community, please do. There are thousands of people sharing on topics ranging entertainment, crafts, health, photography and so much more. If you’re interested in it, so are others!

So, mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 17th at 9pm EDT to join Cheryl and me for the School Party live chat.

Disclosure: As a Community Leader I am compensated for my time. My views are not edited. All opinions are my own. That being said, yes, we do enjoy Horizon Organic products. I buy them (using coupons, of course!)