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Jessica Howard

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Jessica lives in Tucson Arizona with her husband, daughters, and several hundred books.

Top 10 Gifts for the Budding Chef

My kids love to cook with me -- it's actually hard to keep them OUT of the kitchen! So I try to foster their interest -- and I have an apron on the list for my daughter's next birthday! Here are 10 gifts that your budding chef will love too.Curious Chef's 11 Piece Child Chef Starter KitThis cute set...

Top 10 Gifts for the Budding Astronomer

If you have a kid obsessed with the night sky, here are some perfect gifts for him or her this Christmas!Star Theater Tabletop Planetarium Light Projector This cool gizmo lets kids shine constellations of their own on their bedroom walls or ceilings. Accurate to the season, month, day, and hour, it shows inside what sometimes can't be seen outside, due...

Best 10 Piece Cookware Sets for Gifting

Best 10 Piece Cookware Sets for Gifting Whether you need something as a gift, or to tag "From Santa" and leave under the Christmas tree for yourself, you can't go wrong with any of these 10 piece cookware collections! Home chefs sometimes debate the relative merit of non-stick cookware versus hard-anodized cookware (which is basically super-heated aluminum, which then acts almost...

Simple and Delicious Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mini Muffins

I've been making these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins for years, and take their ease, delicious moist texture, and spicy, chocolatey goodness for granted. But recently our neighbors gifted us a box of pumpkin muffin mix (so nice of them!), and I decided to give that a shot. It really didn't save me more than a few minutes of mix time,...

10 Spooky & Silly Halloween Books for Kids

 I love pulling out seasonal books for each holiday, and over the years I've developed quite a stash of Halloween themed books for my kids. Here are 10 of our favorites!Pick a Circle, Gather SquaresA girl and her family head to a pumpkin farm where they find all kinds of shapes, such as squares (hay bales), ovals (eggs), and...

Top Educational (But Still Fun!) Apps for Kids

Now that we're a few weeks in to the school year, you may be looking for some apps to help your kids beef up on subjects like spelling or math. Here are some of the top educational apps that kids will still have fun playing.Moose MathThis fun app lets kids build items in Moose Town, such as a juice...

Best Learning Apps for Preschool and Kindergarten

If your kids are anything like mine, they're always begging for more screen time. We have rules about how much they get, and which tv shows are acceptable, but I also love it when they choose to spend some time "playing a game" instead of watching tv. Because what they don't know is that there are a ton of...

Teaching Kids How to Budget

One of the things I'm most grateful to my parents for is that they taught me how to be good with money. When I look at a lot of my peers who are still paying off student loans from college, or who have mountains of credit card debt, I'm so thankful my parents taught me how to save up...

Tips for Cooking with Kids

I love to cook and bake, so naturally I want to pass that love on to my daughters. My girls are 6 and 2, and they both LOVE to help me in the kitchen. It started when they were mere babies - I'd pop them in a baby carrier, or let them sit on the counter when they were...

10 Great Books for Sports-Loving Kids

The 2016 Olympics are wrapping up, and it's a perfect time to capitalize on your kids' Olympic fever! Here are some sports books sure to grab the attention of even reluctant readers. Simone Biles: Superstar of GymnasticsThis biography aimed at 6-8 year olds may need an update in the wake of Simone's gold medals! But in the meantime, kids who...

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