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It’s already nearing the end of September as I write this.  As usual, I find myself wondering where the time has gone.  Fall will officially arrive within days, the kids are getting settled into the new school year and America has survived another anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  As I think about 9/11, I wonder if our nation will ever really heal from such an overwhelming tragedy.  I continue to pray for all those who lost loved ones and I remain inspired by the amazing acts of heroism we saw from so many on that day.

There is a lot left to enjoy in the remaining days of September as we say goodbye to summer and welcome fall.  I’m looking forward to simple things, like watching the leaves become a background of vivid color, replacing my ailing summer flowers with some fresh containers of mums and harvesting a perfect pumpkin that we’ve been nurturing in our garden for months.  I hope you find plenty of things to bring you joy, too.  Happy Autumn!

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Welcome fall to your home with tips from these decorating videos:

3 Tips for Your Fall Front Door Display.

Gorgeous Fall Mantel Inspiration.Welcome Fall Single Leaf

Autumn puts on a beautiful display.  Check out Fall Foliage Destinations: 10 Best Places to Go Leaf Peeping (and When!) from Yahoo Travel to see where you might find some of the season’s best.

Back to school can mean hectic evenings.  Try these easy recipes from to get your busy family fed.

 Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus at BrainyQuote.

Fall is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book.  Get some inspiration from these 15 Cozy Book Nooks and What They Want You to Read from

Looking for more great books to enjoy this fall?  Try one of these Fall Blockbusters, courtesy of the editors at


Get Ready for Back to School with these Fabulous Products from In Its Place Kids, available now for under $15.00!

Stacking Wire Locker Shelf BlueTall Stacking Wire Locker Shelf – $9.99

This organizer features a 12-inch tall profile that provides space to store books and binders underneath the shelf, a convenient stackable design with multiple units, and it can fit in locker spaces up to 12 inches wide.  Available in Black, Blue, Pink, Red or Purple.

Juice in the Box Reusable Juice BoxesJuice in the Box Reusable Juice Box – $11.95

This reusable juice and drink box is a sustainable and healthy alternative to disposable juice boxes.  Mess-free and safe for all ages with a lid that is easy to open and close and includes a soft bendy straw.

waterproof-design-your-own-labelsLabel Your Stuff Product IconsWaterproof Labels (Design Your Own) – $13.95 for Pack of 20

These custom waterproof stick-on labels are perfect for water bottles, lunchboxes, camping gear and sports equipment.  Available in various color combinations, labels are personalized with up to four lines of text and the icon of your choice.

Bentgo Lunch box GreenBentgo All-In-One Stackable Lunch Box – $14.99

Bentgo includes two stackable containers with lids, built-in plastic silverware and a secure strap for easy transportation.  Different-sized compartments allow you to pack all sorts of foods in healthy portions.  Available in Green, Purple, Blue and Gray.


 Get Ready for Back to School with these Fabulous Products from In Its Place Kids, available now for under $15.00!

  Child ID Backpack, Lunchbox Diaper Bag TagsWrite-on Bag Tags – $6.99 for 3 Tags

Great for labeling lunch boxes, backpacks and sports bags!

TriPocket Locker OrganizerTri-Pocket Locker Organizer – $8.08

Perfect for storing little items that are easy to lose in a locker, like pens and cell phones.  Super strong slam-resistant magnets stay in place.  Available accent colors are Teal (shown), Blue, Red or Purple.

CamelBak eddy water bottlesCamelBak® 12-ounce (0.4L) eddy™ Kids’ Reusable Water Bottle – $12.95

Available in a number of fun patterns and prints, the mess-free, spill-proof design of this water bottle is perfect for smaller fingers.  It also offers easy-cleaning for mom!

Built Big Apple Buddies Lunch Bag RaccoonBuilt Big Apple Buddies Insulated Lunch Bag – $12.99

Available in five animal-themed designs, each Big Apple Buddy animal friend has an adorable story line, short biography and a description of its favorite lunchtime snack!  Buckle unfastens to easily attach to a backpack, bag or stroller.



We spotted this DIY tablet case on the blog of one of our favorite vendors,  If you can get your hands on a pretty placemat, some stick-on Velcro and a bit of decorative duct tape, you can create a custom case for your iPad or other tablet in just a few easy steps.  This case is multi-functional – it also works great for storing school supplies or other small items.  Give your creativity a try and let us know how this project worked out for you!DIY iPad CaseNot sure you have time for DIY?  Go the pre-made route instead with one of these colorful tablet cases:

Tablet CovereReader/Tablet Cover – $13.99

 Nomi Network Quilted iPad CaseNomi Network Fruit Print Quilted Case – $32.00

Designed in New York and made in Cambodia with recycled rice bag material, 100-percent of every purchase goes to helping human trafficking survivors build better lives.

RuMe Tablet Cover orangeeReader/Tablet Soft Cover – RuMe® – $19.99


 Check out these Fabulous Products from In Its Place Kids, all for under $15.00!

School Supply Labels self-laminatingSelf-Laminating School Supply Labels – $7.99 for 24 Labels

Easy way to label your child’s school supplies and other items like shoes and bags.

Picnic Lunchbox and PlaymatThe Picnic Lunchbox & Placemat by Neat-Oh! – $8.99

Unique, reusable children’s lunch bag that converts easily from its exterior animal shape into a small, easy-to-clean placemat.

That's My Name Bookmarks for BoysThat’s My Name Personalized Bookmarks for Boys – $9.95 for Set of Two

Made of durable metal, each bookmark measures 5″L x 1 1/4″W and includes a special flap to hold the page securely. Available in four different colors.

That's My Name Bookmarks for GirlsThat’s My Name Personalized Bookmarks for Girls – $9.95 for Set of Two

Made of durable metal, each bookmark measures 5″L x 1 1/4″W and includes a special flap to hold the page securely. Available in three different colors.


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Can you believe that it’s almost the end of July?  Summer is zipping by like it always does but the good news is – it’s not over yet!  There’s still time to squeeze in that family trip you’ve been wanting to take or finally have the cookout you’ve been trying to schedule all summer. The days are still long, allowing plenty of time to enjoy summer pleasures.  The nights may soon start to get cooler, but that’s all the better for making the perfect s’mores over a late-summer bonfire.

The kids will soon be back in school and summer will once again become a pleasant memory, but not today.  Today, there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had, whether it’s spending time with your kids at the pool or taking a solitary evening walk around the block.  Maybe you’ll enjoy an ice cream cone on a hot day (July is National Ice Cream Month, after all) or stay up late to gaze at the stars.  Whatever you and your family do,  I hope you make the most of every lazy, crazy, fleeting day of summer.  Enjoy!

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July stirs up feelings of patriotism as we celebrate our Independence Day.  Keep that spirit alive and well everyday with these 26 Quick Reminders of Just How Stinkin’ Awesome America Is! from the FractureBlog. 

How did you spend the 4th of July?  Fireworks are always my favorite part of the festivities, and there were some great ones this year.  Here’s just a sample of some of the best fireworks displays from across the country from the NY Daily News.

StarI scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Since July is National Ice Cream Month, let’s ditch the guilt and get a cone (or two) of our favorite flavor.  Not sure what to pick?  A Sweet Tooth’s Guide to America’s Best Ice Cream Flavors | Roadtrippers should provide some inspiration.  Indulge and enjoy!

August is National Peach Month.  To celebrate, try out a few of these delicious peach recipes from  These recipes may be healthier than ice cream, but some of them look just as delicious!

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. – Regina Brett at BrainyQuote.

Looking for ways to make the most of the remaining days of summer?  This list of 10 fun things to do with your kids this summer from offers some ideas for simple summer fun.  See how many of these you can sneak in before the kids go back to school.

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