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Does the VA Earthquake hit too close to home?

Does the VA Earthquake hit too close to home?

In case you missed it, Virginia had a 5.8 earthquake today.

Here's the story, a link to a photo gallery illustrating the event (photo gallery A) and another article with a different photo gallery link (to photo gallery B).

Though we may be "somewhat" use to this experience, guaranteed East Coasters are not.

Check out both picture galleries, and this video, then call your friends and/or family who may live on the East Coast, and let us know how you all feel about this earthquake.

Meet the Teacher: 6th Grade is A Very Scary Place

Meet the Teacher: 6th Grade is A Very Scary Place

For the past several weeks, there's been a dirty word in our house. Every time anyone's mentioned the word "school," Jack fires back, "I hate school! I don't want to talk about school!" Whenever we see a commercial on TV that mentions "Back to School," he wails, "Why does everything have to be about school? I hate school!" As much as we've been trying to reassure him that Mom and Dad are going to do everything we can to make sure he has a good year, he was still insisting he hated school.

Today was "Meet the Teacher" day. We were supposed to be at school between 2:00 and 3:00 to meet his new teacher. I kept trying to build it up as, "Yay! We get to see your new classroom. Meet your new teacher. See your friends!" He wasn't buying any of it. "Why can't you just go without me? You go meet the teacher. I'll meet her at school tomorrow."

This was my cue to begin the lecture I've been honing since first grade, "We need to be positive! It's going to be a great year!

CrashBox

CrashBox

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
"Crashbox" is a funny, interactive series that challenges grade-school kids with hip, fast-paced games about history, math, spelling, grammar, culture and vocabulary. Each edition is comprised of seven to eight educational games (two to five minutes each) drawn from a bank of 14 game types, from "Haunted House Party" to "Captain Bones" to "Dirty Pictures" to "Radio Scramble."
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The boys have found a new show that they love, forces them to think, and allows them to compete. I love how it gives time limits, lets them feel smarter, and teaches snips of educational subjects (science, history, English, art, math, and more).

http://www.hbofamily.com/

MomsLikeMe's next Moms Night Out is August 11

MomsLikeMe's next Moms Night Out is August 11

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 11 at 6 p.m. for our next Moms Night Out!

The theme is Back to School Organization. The pros at West Sacramento's IKEA will give us great tips on how to start the schoolyear on the right foot with a place for everything and everything in its place!

We'll have treats and prizes! And the event is FREE!

Kids 10 and up are welcome to attend as well!

Sign up now!

7 ways to keep kids from swearing

7 ways to keep kids from swearing

Eighty-six percent of parents agree that children ages 2 to 12 are cursing more today than when they themselves were children, according to a national survey commissioned by care.com. Fifty-four percent of parents say their child has cursed in front of them, though 20 percent don’t think the child understood the meaning of the word.

How about you? Do you think kids curse more today than when you grew up?

Join the conversation and see 7 ways to keep your kids from swearing ...

7 tips for saving big with coupons

7 tips for saving big with coupons

MomsLikeMe hosted a live chat Thursday night with with local coupon blogger Emily Lyon of Clever Housewife. Lyon says she's not really a fan of the TV show Extreme Couponing because it's caused a lot of stores to change their coupon policies and it also distorts the idea of how much you can really save week to week.

She spends about two hours a week researching sales, matching coupons and putting together a shopping list. She spends about $50-$75 a week on groceries.