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2017 Easter Egg Roll Lottery Now Open + A Freebie!

March 15, 2017

Yes, the 2017 Easter Egg Roll happening and the lottery is NOW OPEN!

As of NOON today, families may now enter the lottery for the Easter Egg Roll.  It’s been an (im)patient wait, but we are a step closer to the actual Easter Egg Roll!  Registration will end in 3 days, on March 18 at 12 PM ET.  According to, selected families will be notified of results on March 31st.  Entering the lottery is FREE of charge, but families must have a ticket to enter the event.  Communications will be sent via the email address you’ve used to register on their website so please ensure your email address is correct.

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Kinks And Coils

Little Kinks & Coils – Wash Day Process

May 10, 2016

Little Kinks & Coils – Sunday = Wash Day!

Sunday is usually “hair day” for my girls.  Since I have 3 girls, this is usually an all-day process that I honestly dread.  It takes a lot (let’s say it again, a lot) of patience to fight it out with my 3 girls to wash, condition and style their hair.  With that being said, I try to keep it simple as possible but it’s still a struggle.

Growing up, my hair maintained a relaxer from the very beginning.  I don’t know what age my hair was relaxed but I was definitely young.  Over the last year or so, I have transitioned to no longer using relaxers and have vowed the same for my daughters’ hair as well.

We typically have the same Sunday morning hair routine and we rarely make changes to the process.  Confession time!!! I’m a hair junkie and love to randomly purchase hair products.  Therefore, products do change, but we rarely change the hair care process.  Here are the steps that work for me to care for children’s hair:

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Khan Academy: First 30 Days #YouCanLearnAnything

May 5, 2016
Khan Academy - feature image

Some hate it.  Some love it. We really, really love it.

Before I go into my review, let’s first discuss what Khan Academy is and why we chose this program for our young, eager kindergartner.

Khan Academy is a FREE online learning center whose mission is to provide best-in-class education for anyone, anywhere.  Khan Academy provides practice exercises, thousands of instructional videos narrated by its founder and a personalized dashboard aimed at empowering learners to move at their own pace.  Khan Academy is a not for profit that relies on its community of volunteers and donors to push their mission of providing FREE education.

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Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day

May 3, 2016
take your sons and daughters to work day

Last Thursday, Madison and I participated in our first Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  My daughter joined over 300 kids who also participated at my place of employment and enjoyed many fun, educational activities sponsored by them.  My employer organized a bunch of group activities with the children and also allowed for ‘shadow’ time with mommy or daddy.  Here’s a recap of Madison’s first experience.

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Mommy + Me Plus a Freebie!

April 26, 2016
Mommy + Me

I love gifts…who doesn’t?  However, over the last few years, I’ve been less of a “gift” person and love to focus more on creating and enjoying the experiences.  To see the smiles on the faces that I love, gives me complete joy and that is my gift.  Needless to say, I honestly do not want an actual physical gift for Mother’s Day.  It will mean more to me to actually do something unique and exciting rather than the typical going out to eat, opening up a gift, blah, blah, blah…boring (to me at least)!

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HighlyCaffeinated – April’s Freebie Winners!

April 25, 2016
highlycaffeinated, april winners

Thank you everyone who participated in this month’s freebie by simply subscribing to my blog.  This give-a-way was very special to me because it was my very FIRST freebie and  celebrated the launch of my blog, Highly Caffeinated.  I never doubted myself, but I must admit I did not think people would subscribe.  BUT, they did!  I wish I could give everyone who subscribed a special gift – I really do.  However, I am happy to announce that I will continue to host give-a-ways and you may still have a change to win something cool – just thank me later (lol).  If you have already subscribed, you will never need to subscribe again to be considered for a future freebie.

(Drum roll, please!)

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Engaging Children in STEM Learning EARLY!

April 22, 2016

Although the majority of my girls’ time is filled with play and active engagement, they are constantly observing, investigating and discovering the world around them.  As all parents know, young children generate a crap load of questions which fuels their motivation to find answers.  From being naturally inquisitive to developing sophisticated reasoning as they grow, these are all the fundamentals of STEM skills.  STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Once described as a field of study that helped immigrants get visas, STEM has expanded to being a curriculum or “the way of educating” for teachers throughout the globe.

So let’s engage our children in STEM early!

STEM Education EARLY

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Adventures, Education

Earth Day Activities for Kids in 2016

April 20, 2016
highly caffeinated

Earth Day is April 22, 2016!

Last Monday, my oldest daughter came home with a notice that her school will be focusing and celebrating Earth Day and, of course, asked many questions.  Like any typical 5 year old, she wanted to know what is Earth Day and why will she be celebrating it at school for the week.  I explained that Earth Day was a day to take time and acknowledge the importance of taking care of the Earth we live on.  She really understood Earth Day better when I told her we were wishing the Earth Happy Birthday! and just like we take time out on her birthday to do cool things, we will also do that to the Earth.  Of course, I reminded her that we should take care of the Earth every day, but Friday will be a day to celebrate keeping our Earth green and clean.

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Just Between Friends (JBF) Consignment Review

April 18, 2016
Just Between Friends JBF

One thing I’ve learned being a mommy to 3 girls is that you must learn to stretch the dollar! With expenses ranging from $1500+ in childcare costs per month to that monthly mortgage payment that keeps a roof over your family’s heads, the last thing that’s on my mind is paying full price for clothes that will no longer fit in 60-90 days. The struggle of growing kids! In addition to shopping off season and sale racks, I’ve been shopping my ass off at local consignment events. One of my favorite is Just Between Friends (JBF) consignment event!  JBF is a seasonal consignment event where parents and friends come to shop for gently used children’s clothing at a deeply discounted rate. You can either shop sale items at 50-90% discount price, sign up to sell your own stuff as a consignor, and/or do both. In my case, I’ve only shopped at the pop-up events and do not plan to be a consignor. I live in the South Jersey area so I rotate between the Lower Bucks County (PA) and the Mercer County (NJ) events. Most recently, I attended the Lower Bucks County event and here is an honest review of my experience:

Just Between Friends Lower Bucks JBF

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April 9, 2016

Kon’nichiwa (hello! in Japanese) and welcome to my official FIRST blog post!  At first, I was a little nervous but as I am in the midst of typing, I realize I have so much to say.  Since this is my first post, let’s get to know one another – that’s a great start.

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