Free printable Finding Dory writing prompt

Finding Dory printable writing prompt feature

With a deep love for the ocean and marine animals, my seven year old daughter was very excited to see Finding Dory. Marlin, Nemo and friends are favorite characters and regularly revisited for family movie nights in our home. Finding Nemo taught us about family and not giving up but Finding Dory brings another important message: celebrating differences. We saw Finding Dory before it's release date in theaters and were deeply touched by the beautiful sentiment. We are all unique and Read More... {Read More...}

Extra Gum Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Printable Card

Extra Gum teacher appreciation week gift printable card feature

Each year during teacher appreciation week we send daily gifts to my daughter's teachers as a token of our gratitude. Gifting Extra® Gum to teachers is surely not a new idea yet it seems to always find it's way into our gifts each teacher appreciation week. This year is no different. Today my daughter brought reams of paper, Extra@ Gum Spearmint and a sweet note to her favorite teachers. If you're looking for a quick and thoughtful gift, print the Extra® gum teacher appreciation Read More... {Read More...}

Teacher Appreciation Redbox Printable Card Gift

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It's teacher appreciation week! That means teachers everywhere should be receiving extra love from their students. However, that also means parents and caretakers are scrambling to find the most creative and best ways to show appreciation to the educators that spend most of the day, every weekday, with their children. Sure, I always have plans to have this week well prepared before it sneaks up on me, but the truth is I never manage to get my daily gifts together until Monday morning of teacher Read More... {Read More...}

I still choose to support SeaWorld

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Three years ago, before Blackfish, if you asked my opinion of killer whales at SeaWorld I would have told you I stand confidently behind the organization intent on providing research to benefit whales in their natural environment. I would have told you I have made a great effort to teach my daughter whales belong in the ocean but science makes it necessary for us to study whales in captivity. Just after the world was stunned by Blackfish, I shared why I choose to support SeaWorld. And now years Read More... {Read More...}

Polar bear gifts for kids

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With a seven year old daughter obsessed with learning everything she can about marine animals, I'm frequently searching for fun gifts for her. We celebrated her last birthday with a polar bear ice skating party and I spent quite a bit of time online for party inspiration. I'm sharing some of  my favorite polar bear gifts for kids perfect for birthdays, holidays and even Easter basket gift ideas. Polar bear gifts for kids symbolic polar bear adoption polar bear wrapping Read More... {Read More...}

Hair Donation: a parenting story about kindness

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While our families were enjoying a holiday break full of baking, gift wrapping, and joyous festivities, another family was experiencing the unimaginable tragedy: the death of their child. It wasn't until after my daughter returned to school from a wonderful holiday break did she learn a classmate with cancer passed away due to an unrelated illness. That first day back from holiday break my daughter came home from school and said she wanted to cut her hair. She wanted to cut her hair and donate Read More... {Read More...}