Brain Chase Summer Learning Challenge

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A few weeks ago, I told you about the Brain Chase Summer Learning Challenge, which helps alleviate the dreaded brain drain that can happen over the summer. Brain Chase has several new announcements, and I wanted to bring you up to speed on the latest!

First of all, here’s a sneak peek of the 2015 challenge – The Sunstone of Cortes.

I’m excited for Kate and Sam to take part in this! They’ll be able to monitor their progress using the Brain Chase dashboard and see how close they’re getting to finding the Sunstone – which is were the $10,000 prize is hidden!


Brain Chase has partnered with Rosetta Stone this year, and participants will have the option to replace a writing module with a language module. They can choose from any of the 30+ languages offered!

The Brain Chase Challenge has two pricing packages. The regular package is $199 for the first registration, and then $100 for each sibling, and the premium pricing package which includes Brain Chase registration plus a Brain Chase-branded adventure backpack, a Brain Chase t-shirt and Sunstone of Cortés patch is $249 for the first registration, and then $149 for each sibling.

Additionally, Brain Chase will be hosting a 4-city Library Challenge this month. In each of the following cities, they will hide a voucher worth $1,000 in a local public library:

o Salt Lake City (May 4)
o Seattle (May 11)
o Boston (May 18)
o Orange County (June 1)

For more information, visit their website or check out the Brain Chase Blog!

This post was written in partnership with Brain Chase and

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Meijer. All opinions are my own.

Eeeeek I am so excited about the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie! Are you surprised? Perhaps you knew that my kids love the Avengers:

Exhibit A: Joshua and Jonah on Halloween

avenger boys

Exhibit B: Joshua and Jonah’s bedroom door:

avengers door

But I love them TOO! My husband does too. We really enjoy the Marvel movies and Agents of Shield on TV. I am obsessed with Joss Whedon (have loved him forever as he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer) who directs/produces the Avengers movies and Shield soooo…I AM SUPER EXCITED THAT AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is coming out tomorrrow! (oops did I yell that??) So, when Meijer asked me to team up to spread the word about Avengers: Age of Ultron the movie AND products you can get at Meijer, I was more than happy to oblige!

Emily and I were just discussing (as she lives in an Avengers-crazy household, too) that we are TOTALLY drawn to the Avengers branded items at Meijer. She even bought Avengers-branded Ziplock bags because, well…AVENGERS! Here are some of the products from Meijer that my family has been enjoying.

avengers cheez its

These are some of our favorite products that we buy for school lunches. Now – with AVENGERS: Age of Ultron packaging!

Breakfast with Avengers Age of Ultron? But of course!

avengers cereal

I forgot to take a pic of the Avengers Age of Ultron Dr. Pepper I bought for myself at Meijer and drank. It was even more delicious than usual! :)

As I mentioned, Meijer has all these great products and many more with Avengers Age of Ultron packaging your whole family will LOVE! And to celebrate, I am giving away TWO ticket vouchers for Avengers Age of Ultron and a $25 Meijer gift card! Whoop whoop!! All you have to do to enter is comment below with your favorite Avengers Age of Ultron character AND your favorite product to buy at Meijer (can be anything! Not just Avengers stuff.)

I will pick one winner this FRIDAY, May 1 at 6pm EST! Ticket vouchers will be emailed so you can use ‘em quick, and the gift card will be sent via mail.

Good luck and happy Avenging!!

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My baby is SEVEN.


My little Sammy turns seven today. I don’t know how that happened… it doesn’t seem possible that he’s been around that long. 

It doesn’t seem possible that he was ever not here.

Sam is a great kid, if I do say so myself. He’s so sweet, and he’s hilarious and kind and fun to be around. 

In the past year or so, Sam’s developed an obsession with comic books and super heroes. He and Andy take a trip to the comic book store every week to get the newest editions. Last weekend they went to their first Comic Con.


It’s hard for me to put into words how much I love this kid. I am so grateful for the seven years we’ve had with him. Here’s to many, many more.

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