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Be Internet Awesome – 7 Tips to Respect Your Kids in the Internet Age

Be internet awesome - Teaching parents how to show respect to their kids through their online internet behavior. Thoughts and truths on safe internet usage for parents, teachers, and kids. Words and pictures posted without thinking can hurt. These life lessons will work for boys and girls and men and women. #SaferInternetDay #BeInternetAwesome #Sponsored

  The first day of my grad school residency at Penn State was a tough one. There was big stuff of all varieties happening with Joe, our girls, and my sister at home, and I was living in a hotel room at Penn State for a whole week, meeting the strangers I would work closely with for the entire semester. Despite the picture of me you may have formed from my witty repartee on my blog, social situations really stress me out, and I was uptight and scared about meeting new people and feeling tortured over not being able to … Read more

That Time I Had MRSA #BeAntibioticsAware

This is a post prepared under a contract funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and written on behalf of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network for use in CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware educational effort. Opinions on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of CDC. A couple of years ago, I got a hangnail while traveling in Nashville, Tennessee. I can’t leave things alone, so I pulled it, and it bled a little. And then I forgot about it. A week later, that little hangnail had turned all red. It was … Read more

You Are At Risk for Sepsis #GetAheadOfSepsis

This is a post prepared under a contract funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and written on behalf of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network for use in CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis educational effort. Opinions on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of CDC.   Have you ever heard of sepsis? Chance are, you haven’t. I hadn’t, before it killed my mother. My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, and that was of course the root cause of her passing, but she developed an infection that led … Read more

Bouncing Back from Summer featuring a Bounce Giveaway

Summer is decidedly over. Tuesday is October 1, (!!!) and my children and I are already painting pumpkins and collecting acorns and making applesauce and eating pumpkin ice cream.  It is fall. And yet, we haven’t really left summer behind and gotten into the swing of our new homeschool year. I joked about the beginning of our school year. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my tongue-in-cheek first week of school. On the first day of school, we played in the creek. On the second day of school, we ate ice cream at Hersheypark. On the … Read more