Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Guest Post: Single Parent Survival Guide
Raising children as a single parent can be something of a challenge. It is important to keep a cool head at all times and consider all the different strategies which will make child care in Perth a lot easier. Some of these strategies are easier to implement than others, but it is important to try out as many different options as possible. Having the right support network can make parenting more rewarding in the long run. Follow this guide which offers comprehensive single parent survival tips.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society is a creative, over-the-top funny, fill-in journal, designed to help capture your kids creative thoughts and ideas. Ultra design-saavy yet super kid-friendly, this is a book that helps kids dig into their minds to imagine things like what they'd bring to outer space, what their band name would be, as well as their opinions on everything from lightening to lizards.

This is a book that is fun to fill out today and will be even more fun to crack open in the future. It makes for a GREAT birthday gift, and as soon as my daughter finishes filling out this tome, I'm going to pack it away and save it for her when she's older: I know she'll delight in seeing how her thoughts and opinions as a little girl shaped her into a woman. 

Head to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Me: A Compendium for your favorite kid today.

Monday, August 22, 2016

American Girl Place Chicago Welcomes Melody Ellison

This post originally appeared at, where I am a contributing writer.

You'll know you've arrived at Chicago's American Girl outpost when you spot the gaggles of giggling girls clutching their dolls as they excitedly making their way toward Michigan Avenue's Water Tower Place. This upscale, specialty doll store is a little girl's dream come true: a doll-friendly cafe, bakery, and even an in-house doll hair salon make American Girl Place a Chicago tourist destination in itself. This August, American Girl Place Chicago will roll out the red carpet for the official debut of its newest BeForever character, Melody Ellison.

As told in the books that share her stories, Melody Ellison is a 9-year old growing up in Detroit, Michigan, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, where she lifts her voice for equality.

To ensure the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity, American Girl worked for over two years with an esteemed six-member advisory board including the late Horace Julian Bond, (chairman emeritus, NAACP Board of Directors and founding member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and Gloria House (director and professor emerita, African and African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn).

They reviewed and provided input on all aspects of Melody's development — from the doll, books, outfits, accessories, issues, and story setting. Melody magically brings her era to life for girls' today, while also highlighting the importance of speaking your truth via not only your voice but also your unique talents.

FREE Summer Block Party
On August 26, 27, and 28 at 11 a.m., grab your favorite American girl and head on over to American Girl Place Chicago for a special (free!) celebration in honor of Melody Ellison! This fab summer block party will give girls a glimpse into Melody's world in 1964 Detroit through the music that inspired Melody and fun '60s-themed decor. Plus, each girl will take home a special Melody-inspired doll tee (while supplies last) and enjoy some fun crafts.

American Girl Place Chicago: Events & Hotel Offers

Save some time to explore American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue), where you'll find all your favorite American Girl dolls — from historical favorites to the Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins. The bookstore offers titles that focus on creativity, history, and of course, girl power. More doll-inspired fun is in the works in the upcoming months, so check the events calendar at American Girl Place Chicago.

Extended the fun by making a weekend of your visit to American Girl Place by spending the night at a Magnificent Mile area hotel that offers special, sweet amenities for girls and dolls.

Perth City Night View

Restaurant, café and shop owners, people who run office-based companies and gyms and anyone who owns an estate agency or hotel can benefit from ensuring that their signage is clearly visible both day and night.

But how can signs be visible at night?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review: Think Happy

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

Stay happy—no matter how much life throws at you!

Happiness truly is a state of mind. Here's a book that will help keep your mind running on the happy track: Think Happy, by happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmansohn.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Only the Best for your Special Day

Planning a wedding is a daunting prospect, and if one wants the guests to remember it for all the right reasons, there is a lot to do. The flowers and the bride’s dress are not the only items that have to be arranged, and with so much to organise, here are some helpful tips to help make it a special day for everyone.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How The Rich And Famous Travel
The thought of Kanye West catching a bus to go to a music studio or Steven Spielberg cycling to the Hollywood Studios seems strange. That is because the rich and famous have always found eye-catching ways to travel.
Read on to find out about how having deep pockets can make travelling a lot more interesting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post.

I am always on the lookout for books that inspire my daughter to reach for the stars. Though she loves all things pink and princessy, she's also fascinated by science. Her future career dreams change daily, but lately she has been sharing with me that she wants to be an artist and a scientist. I was thrilled to receive a copy of Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky to share with her.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Back to School with Stonyfield, Justin's Peanut Butter and PackIt Lunchboxes

Special thanks to Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. 

September is a bittersweet time for me: not only do I send my kids off to school, but I also send myself off to work. I bid farewell to my short-lived months as a SAHM and head back to the classroom, where a fresh batch of students awaits me. At the end of every summer, steeped in everything us moms do to manage our families, I wonder, with much anxiety: How am I going to do all this AND work 40 plus hours per week? And then I gently remind myself, I've been at this for the past 10 years. I. Can. Do. It.