Author Archive | Stacy

What Are We Waiting For?

This is Pre-K? It seems absolutely absurd that parents would “camp out” in order to secure a volunteer pre-kindergarten spot for their child. But it happens — some feel it is necessary even though it can be downright dangerous. In fact, this year we have heard reports of police presence proactively being involved to ensure […]


The Reality of Toilet Paper: A Visit to the Ol’ Paper Mill

This post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. As a young girl, I remember traveling to visit my grandparents. Beyond the road signs and a clock on the dash, the most memorable way we knew our grandparent’s house was getting closer was the smell of the old paper mill. […]


Is Your Recycling Headed to the Landfill?

I cannot remember a time when recycling wasn’t a part of my life. As a child, I was surrounded by campaigns and curricula that explained the importance of it. In school, on Sesame Street, billboards and commercials alike, I got it and loved it. (As a result, I have so many catchy recycling songs bouncing […]


Morning Routine Madness: Fostering Independence in Your Child

Helping our children develop independence as the school year starts sounds beautiful. I can see the flawless Instagram-worthy image in my head. All the children packing their own lunches, double-checking homework, perfectly combing their own hair, matching their outfits and neatly filing into the car. Here is the problem. That image is a lie. It’s […]


Easy, At-Home Fourth of July Crafts

I cannot believe it is already the Fourth of July this week — summer is certainly flying by! Independence Day is an exciting time in Jacksonville, and there are so many amazing, fun community events. While getting out and enjoying our gorgeous city this time of year is great, staying in with your family can […]


Big Learning Apps for Little Kids

Screen time for toddlers and young children is one of those hot-button topics that often sparks debate in play circles. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidelines for screen time. They recommend babies and toddlers up to 18 months old have no screen time that is not video chatting. For toddlers 18 months […]


Beyond Story Time: 10 Things You May Not Know About the Jacksonville Public Library

The Jacksonville Public Library and its awesome librarians played a huge role during those tender pre-pre-K years with my children. Hopefully, you already know that all of our JPL branches have amazing story times, music and art activities. But here are 10 things you may not know you can do at our Jacksonville Public Library: 1. […]