Balloons Released at Dad’s Grave Show Up Back at Home {25 Miles Away!}

This story will give you goose bumps! We release green balloons at my little sister’s grave on her birthday every year and I’ve never seen one turn up around town, much less our house.

Thirteen-year-old Saige missed her dad on her first Father’s Day without him, so she sent messages to heaven tied on to balloons from his grave site.

This story will give you goose bumps!

She and her mom ran errands for a couple of hours and when they showed up at home (25 miles away from the cemetery) the balloons were tangled in their fence.

Her mom said: “I think we started crying because it was just like it was a message from him.”

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Have You Signed Up Yet?

We’re working with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge this summer to encourage kids to read! {Don’t miss our first post: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer}

We just had our official first day of summer break today. We kind of owned Day 1. Chore lists were distributed {and executed}, the snack bin was stocked, and everyone took a little time to read. Let’s see how long this lasts . . .  but for now, we’ll take our Day 1 WIN!

When it comes to reading, I’ll continue to have summertime wins {mostly because my kids love to read} but also because they can rack up their minutes with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

This years theme:“Power Up & Read,” Powered by Energizer®.

Energizer Power Up and Read!

This is the second year that we’ve done it and the kids love it! Here’s what my people are reading right now:

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge What We're Reading This Summer

A little bit about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:

Why should kids read this summer?

    • Kids fall prey to the “summer slide,” the common loss of skills due to being out of school, when they do not read over the summer.
    • Research shows Teachers spend four to six weeks re-teaching materials to students because of the “summer slide”—the learning losses which can occur when school is not in session. (Alexander et. al, 2007)
    • Summer is the perfect time for a child to discover the power of choice. According to the Kids & Family Reading Report, 5th edition, 91% of kids (ages 6-17) say that their favorite books are the ones they pick out themselves.

 How does it work?

    • Starting May 4, 2015 – September 4, 2015, kids can log their reading minutes (online and via mobile) as they read to break last year’s world record of 304,749,861 minutes.
    • Parents can sign-up their kids at It’s FREE!
    • Kids can also enter monthly sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges.

 What’s new this year for kids?

    • Kids can unlock 12 original short stories (exclusively for this year’s challenge) from favorite children’s authors and access never-before-seen videos from the authors! Each of the authors has written a unique short story using the same opening sentence, which is, “I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…”
    • Each story has a “read along” audio component, inviting kids of all ages and reading levels to enjoy these highly engaging stories.
    • They can play the new “innovation machine” game, an interactive creative writing game, and enter its contest to win prizes.
    • Kids can log minutes on-the-go to earn digital rewards and badges as they hit reading milestones.

 What’s new this year for parents?

    • The parents site features new, daily tips for parents called “The Daily Digest.”
    • Parents can enter weekly sweepstakes to win a “Power Up & Read Kit” and watch videos about summer reading activities to keep you “innovative” all summer long. The prize pack includes: Scholastic tote bag, water bottle, a copy of Reading Unbound by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith, $10 gift certificate to Scholastic Store Online, Energizer® brand batteries, Scholastic books, and more.
    • Parents can download free resources, including printables and booklists for kids of all ages.


Sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Find more Scholastic Resources to keep your kids reading all summer long!

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Do THIS to Save 5,800 Gallons of Water

Did you know that donating a bag of clothes has the potential to offset 5,800 gallons of water by reusing rather than producing new?

There’s a brilliant organization called Schoola that makes your donation easy AND powerful.

Schoola #PassTheBag

Check this out:

Schoola is an online consignment shop that sells gently used kids’ clothes. What makes Schoola different is that for every $5 spent, $2 is donated to schools!

Reduce your consumption of brand new goods

Reuse kids’ clothes from top brands that are built to last

Recycle funds back into the school programs that keep kids growing

One Bag of Clothes…

Reduces water consumption by avoiding new clothing production – up to 5,800 gallons per bag!

Reuses loved pieces that are too-soon outgrown

Recycles funds back into school programs that are experiencing budget cuts

Schoola #PassTheBag

I literally just cleaned out my son’s closet the other day and there were still clothes with tags on them. There were sweaters and button downs in practically new condition (because obviously mom was the only one who thought they were a good idea).

Schoola: #PassTheBag

Here’s what you can do:

Questions? Check out their FAQ

I’ve requested my bag. Will you? #PassTheBag

*Post sponsored by Schoola {full disclosure: we think it’s pretty cool whether it was sponsored or not}