Reviewing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I find it rather fitting that the line for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando took us through the Jurassic Park attraction.  After experiencing the new Harry Potter attraction, I was reminded of a quote from Jurassic Park. John Hammond: All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in... Continue Reading →


Refreshing Strawberry Summer Treat

If you're looking for a cool, refreshing summer treat then look no further than this strawberry pie.  This is one of those delicious recipes that is perfect for an office pot-luck, summer BBQ or other gathering.  It's incredibly quick and easy to make yet you'll still manage to impress your friends. What you'll need: 8"... Continue Reading →

Thanks for your business

I am definitely not an expert on the dry cleaning business.  What I do know is that there is a dry cleaner on just about every corner.  Lately I've been shopping around trying to find a new cleaner to use.  Our old dry cleaner was the cheapest (by far) but our clothes just weren't coming back... Continue Reading →

How to Lose a Volunteer in 10 Days

Having worked in the non-profit sector for more than 5 years, I understand what a vital role volunteers play and I have seen first-hand the impact of both positive and negative volunteer experiences. Yakko's elementary school has provided the perfect case study on how to make sure your volunteers never return.  This has been my... Continue Reading →

Strawberry Fields Forever

June is just around the corner and with it comes the start of strawberry season.  Although you can find strawberries almost any time during the year, this is the time when they are fresh and perfectly ripe.  There are a couple of recipes that I'll share to highlight the great taste of strawberries during the... Continue Reading →

Stop School Fundraising Now!

If the title of this entry wasn't a big enough clue, I'm not a big fan of the traditional school fundraiser.  I am uncomfortable with my children going door-to-door selling items.  It is a different world than from when I was a child and I don’t want to expose them to unnecessary risk.  So what... Continue Reading →

C is for Cookie

I absolutely love baking cookies.  It started when I was a kid baking cookies with my mom.  She would bake cookies for almost all of my school events, although she was most famous for her donations to my high school tennis team.  Before each match she would make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and... Continue Reading →

Elementary School Film Festival

In an earlier post, I outlined some of the different events that Parent Teacher Organizations can hold to enhance student learning and raise funds.  One of those events was a film festival.  Yakko's school recently hosted theirs with some good results.  The people who attended were very enthusiastic and the kids enjoyed seeing their friends... Continue Reading →

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