Back to School 2018, Education, Parenting

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Try these tips!

I have partnered with Teach My for this feature. Opinions are my own

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Can you believe it? Your baby is heading to Kindergarten and it happened so fast! How has at-home learning been going? Did preschool prepare your child well enough or is there more you wish they could do? Summer is a great time to sneak in extra at-home learning. It keeps their eager brains learning without a summer pause and brings a way to have some one on one time you both are craving. Let’s order your Teach My Preschool Learning Kit now. There is so much inside this kit your child will not run out of motivation to learn at home.

But, learning kits and summer home programs are expensive? Teach My is under $30! It is affordable at-home learning and let’s not stop learning after school gets out for too long or they may lose some of the knowledge preschool gave them. Let me dissect what comes in this kit:

  • Teach My Preschooler Reading Learning Set
  • Teach My Preschooler Printing Learning Set
  • Teach My Preschooler Numbers to 100 Learning Set
  • Teach My Preschooler Math Learning Set

I think that covers the early-learning subjects of math, reading and writing. Teach My makes learning fun because you get the lessons in the form of mini books, flashcards, a drawing board, a flip book, posters, counters and it all comes packed neatly in a carrying case. Don’t worry, you get plenty of guides to best create learning segments at home and make sure you are using all of these tools correctly.

Let’s make learning fun! To make sure you stay consistent and also to make sure they stay engaged, create a learning site weekly calendar! Here is what a learning site calendar may look like for example:

  1. Monday: Math Flashcards and 1 booklet – After lunch at the table. Read second story at nap time
  2. Tuesday: Number counters and Writing practice – with snacks at the backyard patio table. Read 1 story at nap time
  3. Wednesday: Field Trip! Park, grocery store, etc and bring 2 flashcards and find groups of things in the cards #
  4. Thursday: Take TeachMy case to the park for a math lesson & 1 writing fun! Read 1 book at bedtime
  5. Friday: Child’s choice = Pick 2 lessons and learning spot for the day! Have a Friday treat ready to celebrate your weeks learning!

Making learning fun, having a reward each week and changing up study spots makes it so much fun and becomes a great way to spend quality time together. It is OK if you work and it is OK if you have other children in the home. Learning each day can be anywhere you find new spots and with anyone willing to take that day! Older siblings may have fun taking 1 day a week to sit on the lawn as a weekly ‘fun chore’ and help little sibling learn for a bit! Anytime of day and any study buddy works as long as they are learning!

Connect with Teach My by visiting their website and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy Teach My Kits

Stay tuned! I will be giving away THREE Teach My Preschooler kits in starting mid-July!

Back to School 2018, College Bound, Education, Gift Guides, Kids, Parenting, Reviews, School

Back To School Guide 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Back to School Guide

Back to School Guide 2018

“An Investment in Knowledge Pays the Best Interest” – Benjamin Franklin

They are heading back to school! Fun in the sun and vacations are coming to an end! Are you prepared? Do you have a buy list to complete still? Have the kids style and sizes changed? Is one off to college and you have no clue what you may be forgetting to buy or discuss with them? I hope I can help you out with topics, reviews and some fun below!

*If you are a brand, contact Erin at erinnsluka(at)gmail(dot)com to get your product featured!

Keep checking back as there are more posts added several days a week through summer and fall!


Books Reviews, Children's Books, Education, Kids, Reviews, Reviews by Anthony, STEM Learning

Children’s Book – Max Goes to Jupiter (Second Edition): A Science Adventure with Max the Dog

I was sent a copy of the book for feature. Opinions are my own

Children's Book - Max Goes to Jupiter (Second Edition): A Science Adventure with Max the Dog

Children’s Book – Max Goes to Jupiter (Second Edition): A Science Adventure with Max the Dog

by: Jeffrey Bennett, expert astrophysicist and educator and Nick Schneider & Erica Ellingson

Here are some cool tips that kids will learn in the book that were shared with me:

  • How to find Jupiter in the night sky
  • The importance of Galileo’s discovery of moons around Jupiter
  • Why spaceships can’t land on Jupiter
  • The missions to Jupiter (Juno Mission, which is in space now, ends July 2018, unless extended!)
  • The possibility of a future “space elevator”
  • What the ocean is like on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons and could there be life?

Anthony’s Review (age 10):

Anthony thought it was a lot of fun learning about how a rocket works and orbits. He also learned a lot about Jupiter and was shocked to realize just how large our Universe really is in size!

Let’s learn some facts about Jupiter!

Connect wit the Author on his book page and on Facebook

Buy the Book on Amazon (release date June 1, 2018)


Legal Professionals You Might Need to Lean on for Help

Though it would be nice to go through life without ever facing any problems, it simply isn’t the case. When those issues concern your family and involve the law, you may not be able to resolve the matter on your own. This is where most individuals end up turning to legal experts for guidance. Whether you just need help getting the ball rolling, negotiating, or pleading your case before judge and jury, knowing the right lawyer to hire is of the utmost importance.

Legal Professionals You Might Need to Lean on for Help
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Traffic Lawyers

One of the most common types of lawyers you may need to rely on in your life to protect you and/or your family is a traffic attorney. If you’ve been pulled over by police due to a traffic violation, you will likely be issued a ticket. However, if the ticket cannot be easily repaid or there are significant consequences like the suspension of your license, high fines, or jail time, a traffic lawyer can help.

They are well-versed in traffic laws in your state and are best equipped to help you fight violations that you believe you were innocent of. They can also be instrumental in helping to get fines reduced, charges removed, and consequences lessened.

Personal Injury Attorneys

If you or your loved ones have been hurt in a car accident, on the job, or on someone else’s personal or commercial property at no fault of your own, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney. Legal representatives like Steve J Schwartzapfel can be a great source to turn to. They will review your case, help you file a personal injury claim, negotiate with big-time insurance companies and lawyers, and fight your case before a judge if necessary. As major injuries could result in you being out of work for a long time and high medical expenses, you may need a lawyer to help you get what you deserve so you can continue to provide for your loved ones.

Estate Attorneys

If you are planning for retirement, have fallen ill, or have an aging parent with assets, an estate attorney can help you get everything in order. They will review your assets and help you to create a plan for after you’re gone that will give your family the best fighting chance possible. This can include the preparation and execution of a will, allocating where funds and properties will go, designating a power of attorney, and more.

Divorce or Family Attorneys

You don’t enter marriage or start a family with the idea that you’ll one day separate, however, these things can happen. When emotions get the best of you, it can be difficult for you to make the most rational decisions about how you and your partner can move forward with the least amount of conflict. A divorce or family attorney can help you to sort out things like shared property and financial accounts, child custody, child and spousal support, and more. Using the law, they can be an unbiased third-party who does their best to help you get a fresh start in life.

Business Lawyers

Do you or your spouse presently have a business? Perhaps you’re thinking about starting one? If so, you may need to secure the services of a business attorney to get you off to the right start. They can help you with legalities like choosing the best business entity, drafting contracts, ensuring you’re in compliance with local and federal laws, and protecting you in the event that an employee, customer, or competitor tries to sue.

Laws are put in place to create boundaries and provide protection to the masses. That being said, the laws aren’t always easy to understand. When you and/or your family are going through a difficult time legally, it is recommended that you reach out to one of the above-mentioned legal professionals for guidance. From filing the right paperwork to negotiating fair deals and fighting your case in court, they will be your best source to get the best possible outcome. Many of them offer flexible repayment options or work on a contingency fee meaning it won’t cost you much to make sure that you and your family are well taken care of.

Education, Gift Guides, Kids

Have Fun with Pools and Poop with These New Blue Orange Games

I was sent games for feature with Blue Orange Games

Have Fun with Pools and Poop with These New Blue Orange Games

Pools and poop, but luckily not at the same time! These 2 newest games from Blue Orange games will keep the kids (and you) entertained this spring and summer. One is a game about race and accuracy while the other requires concentration and swiftness. Either game brings the skills that board games bring out so well in your child as they play and grow. Both are for ages 6+ so the older kids stay engaged (and unplugged).

Pool Party is a real hit with my son and I. It is simple, yet speed and accuracy is a must. The pool is a bit tipsy so as you race to get so many of your flip cards in you need to make sure they don’t tip out for them to count or you may be starting over.


The cards require a little pressure with a finger and off they fly, hopefully landing in the pool. As you really get going it is easy for one of yours to get knocked out too even before the pool tips.

The first person to successfully get all their certain amount of cards into the pool AND not have that pool tip over is the winner of that round.

Second, the game Who Did It is about getting rid of your cards quickly in attempt to not take fault for your pet being the one who pooped. This is such a hilarious game. Concentration is involved because there is an element of making sure you are not calling animals already eliminated by your opponents so you can catch them as the culprit before the blame gets placed on you. All pieces are kept in this ‘poop’ pouch and it is small and transportable for road trips and campgrounds.

More new games coming this season from Blue Orange Games include:

Happy Bunny – ages 3+

Where’s Mr. Wolf – ages 4+

Books Reviews, Children's Books, Gift Guides

Sports Illustrated Kids: The Baseball Fanbook – New Release In Time For Baseball Season

A copy of the book was sent for feature

Sports Illustrated Kids: The Baseball Fanbook - New Release In Time For Baseball Season

The Baseball Fanbook: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Hardball Know-It-All

(A Sports Illustrated Kids Book) by Gary Gramling

Just in time for baseball season is the second installment in this Fanbook series. The first book was The Football Fanbook and now on April 3, 2018 The Baseball Fanbook will be available. Right now you can preorder on Amazon!


The next book in the Fanbook series from Sports Illustrated Kids, The Baseball Fanbook has all the nerdy-cool insider knowledge that fans ready for next-level, in-depth stats need to know to impress their friends, family, coaches, and any season ticket holders they may meet. Tailor-made for baseball fanatics ages 8 and up who know the basics of the sport they love, may play it, and are looking to become super fans, this new fanbook is filled with fun trivia, unique lingo, and illustrated behind-the-skills how-to’s. Chapters include Team Tidbits (salient baseball facts about every MLB team), Think Like a Manager (essential strategies to understand), He Reminds Me Of (compares current players to legendary greats of America’s favorite pastime), and much more!

This is such a fun gift for the baseball child in your family. A great read together as a family!