Author Archive | Jennifer

books for kids, books for toddlers

Book Suggestions for Kids of All Ages

Are you looking for book suggestions for you kids? Below you’ll find over 100 options! There are timeless classics, daring adventure stories, inspiring tales, and newer selections that are all widely popular. Many of these suggestions are great read aloud options. Remember that reading aloud to your children doesn’t have to be reserved for toddlers […]

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12 tips for encouraging your child to read

12 Tips For Encouraging Your Child to Read This Summer

During my years as a public schoolteacher, there were two questions that parents repeatedly asked. Well, there were lots, but I’m just going to address two of the most common. “What can we work on during summer break?” “How do I get my child interested in reading?” I can sum up the answer to both of […]

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100 summer activities for kids

Summer Bucket of Fun List

There’s no excuse for the kids to be bored here in Knoxville this summer. Our city has a vast array of activities to keep children of all ages busy all summer long! If you need help planning activities for your family to do together this summer, here’s a bucketful of suggestions to get you started. […]

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fresh fruit snacks for kids

Four Kid-Made Fresh Fruit Snacks

Do your kids love to help you out in the kitchen? Directly involving kids in kitchen tasks carries so many benefits. As you’re preparing meals and snacks together, you’re also creating memories, teaching them how to work as a team, and passing along valuable life skills. Here are four kid-made fresh fruit snack ideas that are perfect to […]

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homeschool classes and activities

Classes and Activities for Knoxville’s Home School Students

As the school year comes to a close, visions of beach vacations and outdoor activities are dancing in students’ heads. However many home school parents are already preparing for next year by selecting curriculum, registering for a co-op, and making a new schedule. If you’re looking for enriching opportunities to supplement your home school plan, […]

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ways to make your child feel special on their birthday

12 Simple Ways to Make Birthdays Special

March is a big month for our family! My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary, and two of children have their birthdays during the windy month of March. All of these upcoming observances got me thinking about my own celebrations as a child. My family always did birthdays in a BIG way. Momma would busy herself in the kitchen the […]

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the done list black and white

The Done List

Do you ever have days where you wake with a sense of dread because of all you have to get done that day? Maybe the baby woke up early – before you could even jump into the shower and you already feel like you’re behind before you’ve even begun. You quickly throw breakfast together and […]

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good mother

The Makings of a Good Mother

To the mom reading this: Please know that you are doing a great job! There’s no need to glance over your shoulder to see who I could possibly be talking about. Look right back this way because I’m referring to you… You with the full-time job and little ones… You with the bags under your […]

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Three's a Crowd?

Three’s a crowd?

We’re wheeling through the store. My two boys are riding in the shopping cart, and my daughter is by my side chatting away and helping to put things in the buggy. My youngest one cries briefly for a sippy cup that is quickly pulled from the diaper bag and handed over to him. That does the trick! And […]

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kids eat free guide

Knoxville Restaurants with Free and Discounted Kids’ Meals

Does your family enjoy eating out? Knoxville certainly has no shortage of great places to dine. For families with children, eating at a restaurant can be an expensive outing though. Here are some places in Knoxville that are helping to make dining out more affordable. Below you’ll find dozens of locations that offer discounted and even free meals for […]

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