Summer Reading Recommendations and Rewards with Knoxville Moms

My latest post with the Knoxville Moms is available here! See below for a sneak peek! Somehow, summer is just around the corner. Reading is a wonderful way to maintain those hard-earned skills developed during the school year, all while encouraging imagination and building empathy at the same time. But staring down shelves and shelves [...]

Helping Kids with Test Anxiety

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is all about test anxiety, and how to help kids cope with it. You can read the full post here. Stomachaches. Headaches. Not wanting to go to school. These are all possible ways that test anxiety is rearing its head in your child's life. With TCAPS right around the [...]

Book Review: People of the Sun

John and Sarah Tidewell are more well-traveled than you. Before you pull out your passport to brag, my statement is true regardless of how many countries you've visited. Because John and Sarah Tidewell have visited not only other countries, but other time periods. Despite the fact that this pre-teen/teen sibling duo may seem like normal [...]

2021 in Books: Reading Review

This is one of my favorite posts, and one I do every year. This is all of the books I read in 2021! Links are reviews, and * marks a favorite. I hope some of these make it on to your 2022 To Be Read pile! You can find the full list that's available for [...]

Advent Adventures: Daily Christmas Traditions

A hallmark of my childhood Christmases was moving the marker on our hanging advent calendar. It wasn't the kind with wooden doors or fancy chocolates, just a simple but beautiful design of a cozy house with little numbered pockets for a small felt mouse to sit nice and cozy while we moved closer and closer [...]

Giftable Kid’s Books with Knoxville Moms

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is all about the best books to gift kids and teens this holiday season. You can view the post on their site here, and find purchase links at the bottom of this post. Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org and Amazon. I will earn a commission (at [...]

Book Review: The Eye of Ra Series

Ben Gartner's The Eye of Ra series takes readers on a grand adventure through time and space as siblings John and Sarah stumble upon a way to travel through time and space. This post will include reviews for The Eye of Ra and Sol Invictus, the first two books in the Eye of Ra series. [...]

Book Review: Nanook and the Melting Arctic

Nanook and the Melting Arctic is Ryan Mizzen's second book in the Time to Care series. This sweet picture book follows polar bear Nanook as he journeys to hold someone accountable for climate change and spur some much needed changes. This book has a sweet rhyme scheme that kids will love, paired with cute illustrations [...]

Fall Break Fun: Staycation Tips and Day Trips

My latest post for Knoxville Moms is all about fall! With Fall Break right around the corner, there's plenty to see and do whether you're staying home or going out and about. Photo by Jacob Colvin from Pexels Somehow Fall Break is almost here, which is hard to believe when it still feels like summer [...]

Helping Children Grieve a Pet

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms shares our grief coping strategies. In the last year and a half, two of our dogs passed away. These were beloved pets that our children had always known; at 12- and 13-years-old, both dogs were older than our children. Their losses hit us deeply, yet while we were [...]