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You Can #ShareAwesome and Still Stay Safe Online #CG

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 13, 2014 | Categories: Children, Family, Internet, Social Media

We live in a time where news is instantaneous. Oftentimes even before the news outlets share it. I’ve seen many times how someone right in the middle of a news-making story snaps pictures on their smartphones and tweets it out or shares on Facebook or Instagram and it spreads like wild fire and becomes viral. […]

Easy Ways to Decorate for Halloween with Kids #BBNshops

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 10, 2014 | Categories: Children, Family

Halloween is a special time of year for kids. I can remember how excited I was for Halloween, it was a close second to Christmas. I spent weeks deciding what costume I wanted to wear… would I be a princess or a ghost? It was a big decision to make. Going out with my brother […]

Arla Dofino Makes Better-For-You After School Snacks #sponsored #HavartiParty #MC

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 28, 2014 | Categories: Children, Family, Food, Parenting

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. School is back in full swing here. My son started middle school and the adjustment period has gone fairly smoothly. […]

The Boxtrolls Team Up with Imagination Foundation for The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge #TheBoxtrolls #TheBoxtrollsCC

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 17, 2014 | Categories: Children, Family, Movies

This must see movie of The Boxtrolls, and my son’s excitement to see it on 9-26-2014, has been brought to you in partnership with SocialMoms and Focus Features. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences. […]

Treats, Tricks and Trauma? Safeguard Your Child for Halloween

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 10, 2014 | Categories: Children, Family and Health, Holidays and Observances

Guest Post Halloween is a favorite holiday for children because they get to dress as their heroes and go door-to-door in search of candy. While safety may not be at the forefront of their minds, adults need to ensure that their children are careful and out of harm’s way with the following tips. Image Source […]

Back to School Tips for a Student at a New School

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 26, 2014 | Categories: Children, Education, Parenting, Tips

Attending a new school is a very difficult thing for kids. New friends, social structures, surroundings and support systems hit them like a ton of bricks on that first day of school. It can all become a little bit overwhelming if you don’t prepare them for it. Being the new kid is not always easy, […]

Creative Card Ideas for an End of Summer BTS Party #ValueCards #shop

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 11, 2014 | Categories: Children, Family, Fun, Summer

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #ValueCards #CollectiveBias Can you believe summer is almost over? I can’t! My son starts back to school Wednesday. Two of my best friends and I thought […]

Going Back to School with Kohl’s and Disney’s Jake and Sophia #MagicAtPlay #sponsored #MC

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 25, 2014 | Categories: Children, Fashion, Shopping
Disney's Jumping Bean Jake and Sophia at Kohl's #MagicAtPlay

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for many kids across the U.S. are getting ready to go back to school. Sigh. I know, the summer has flown by for […]

4 Ways to Prepare for Middle School

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 17, 2014 | Categories: Children, Education, Family
how to prepare for middle school

It’s easy to think about how to prepare your child for the first day of Kindergarten. There are hundreds of checklists for what a child needs to know to help him survive those first transitional days being away from Mom. There are even hundreds of articles helping Moms know how to let go of their […]

How to Prepare for Sleep Away Camp for the First Time

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 17, 2014 | Categories: Children, Family and Health, Fun, How To, Parenting, Tips
How to prepare for sleep away camp

Heading off to sleep away camp for the first time is always exciting for campers, and no matter how old your child is, there is always some anxiety and concern. We recently let our son go to Camp Wesley Woods for 5 nights/6 days… his first time spending more than 2 nights away from home […]