Nov 062015
 

I’ve been a “gamer girl” for a long time.  Console games, PC games, online games – even board and card games. I just love to play.

The new Trove game is a free online MMO that gives you lots of adventure, crafting and more!

Hubs is a gamer, too, though neither of us really have as much time to play these days as we did before Bubbles was born.  But when new games that sound interesting or when additional titles to our favorite franchises are released, we definitely make a point to check them out. Continue reading »

Feb 092014
 

I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this Ooka Island Ambassadorship via Splash Media Engagement.  All words and opinions are my own.

I have loved to read for as long as I can remember.  Whether reading with my father at bedtime, or curled up in a nook in our playroom by myself, books were a favorite pastime.  We try to make sure that Bubbles has this same foundation, as well; we read with her multiple times per day, and she reads quietly on her own, too.

Like mother, like daughter, it seems.

Ooka Island Reading Program - Statistics on Reading #SmartStart

Unfortunately, not every child loves reading, and sometimes that has to do with the fact that they’re struggling.  In fact, today 68% of 5-year-olds will be behind in reading by fourth grade and 78% of those children will never catch up (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2011).  This is a problem because literacy is important not only on an academic level, but economic and social levels, too. Continue reading »