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Don’t you just love when you can reuse or upcycle something for the kids! 

We needed a back-up backpack for the year {you know, for the days that the regular one gets left at school or to use as a bag for afterschool activities}.

I really didn’t want to purchase another one since we have so many old ones from previous years.  But the issue is many of the older ones have ‘little kids’ pictures on the front or are pretty worn out. 

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We were involved in a wonderful book exchange program this summer that was coordinated by my friend Kim from The Educator’s Spin on It

The Summer Book Exchange included 30 bloggers who each chose a great book for summer reading, created some fun activities & crafts to go along with the story and packed it all up in a box to exchange with a ‘surprise’ partner.


 Summer Book Exchange

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Welcome to our first post in the Poppins Book Club! 

This online book club is for kids from preschool to highschool – kids who love to do more than just read a book!

Each month, a new theme will be introduced and we encourage you to choose your own book (or two) to read.  Parents and teachers will find lots of fun activities each month based on the theme – this month’s theme is Knights, Princesses & Castles.  If you’re a blogger, connect your books to an activity or craft and share it during our link-up each month.

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 summer of giving

I’m thrilled to be involved with a great project this week – Kiwi Crate’s Summer of Giving! 

From July 16th – 22nd, I’ve teamed up with a dozen amazing Kid Bloggers to share this opportunitiy – for each new subscription ordered this week, Kiwi will donate one crate full of arts, crafts, and science activities to St. Jude’s Research Hosptial for each crate that is purchased. 

 Our goal is to donate 100 crates to the kids at St. Jude’s this week! 

Below is a review of a Kiwi Crate along with details on how you can learn more about donations during the Summer of Giving.

Not familiar with Kiwi Crate?  Let me show you a little about what we found in our crate.



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