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Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas in Baltimore CountyChildrens' Birthday Parties Featured 

Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas in Baltimore County

Are you looking for some ideas for places to have your child’s birthday party? Here is my list of places around Baltimore County and nearby in Howard County and Anne Arundel County. With each idea I try to include links to Amazon.com for some ideas for party favors and sometimes educational gifts that go along with the party theme. First, here are some of the more typical party ideas. These are popular and possibly done too often (I am purposely not mentioning bouncy parties–I am so tired of them!), but…

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Children’s Theater and Dance Companies in MarylandEducation kids activities 

Children’s Theater and Dance Companies in Maryland

There are some amazing and unusual dance and kid’s theater companies in Maryland and Washington D.C. We have some excellent places for kids to see performing arts as well as great places for them to take classes. Below is my list of some of the dance and theater places that I am aware of: Places for Kid’s To See Performing Arts in Maryland Candlelight Kids – The Candlelight Concert Society of Maryland offers a series of dance and musical performances that kids of all ages will surely enjoy. This year they…

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Before and After Care in Howard CountyEducation kids activities Recommendations Review 

Before and After Care in Howard County

We’re definitely going to need before and after care for our children this school year (2016-2017).  We’ve started looking into what the standard options are, and we’re a little worried.  As teachers my wife and I have seen what before and after care can be (a waste of children’s time, with some fun mixed in) and hope to find something better. One possibility is a martial arts program at one of a few locations around the county. The deal is that for about $450 dollars/month, they pick your child up after school and they…

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Republic Wireless 3.0 vs Google Project Fi Mobile Phone Service ReviewPhone Bills Reviews Save Money Technology 

Republic Wireless 3.0 vs Google Project Fi Mobile Phone Service Review

If you’re tired of the big US mobile phone companies (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile), you may want to consider two very strong contenders: Google Project Fi and Republic Wireless 3.0. Below is my review and comparison of the two service providers. I am a customer of both. I have been with Republic Wireless since the beginning and am a more recent Google Project Fi customer. What Do Google Fi and Republic Wireless Have in Common and What’s Different? Executive Summary Both companies offer service on certain high-end GSM…

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Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 11/22/16Childrens' Birthday Parties Education gifted and talented kids activities Secondary Features 

Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 11/22/16

Roominate: engineering toys for girls This is a list of 70+ birthday gift ideas and christmas/holiday gifts for brainy kids for 2016. There are plenty of great birthday gifts out there to help smart kids get smarter and lots of stuff that will be a waste of your kid’s time. I hope this list of educational math and science gift ideas will help you with some suggestions for the best gifts for smart kids! Each educational present idea includes a link to the item on Amazon.com, suggested age levels, and…

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Juicespresso Juicer ReviewNutrition Reviews Uncategorized 

Juicespresso Juicer Review

The Juicespresso Juicer is an amazing device for juicing fans. If you’re considering purchasing one, read my review. The Juicespresso cold press masticating machines are very efficient at getting the juice out of various fruits and vegetables. You’ll be pleased that it will potentially lower your produce bill when compared to your old high-speed juicer. This juicer is compact, so it doesn’t take up much counter space (you’ll want to keep it out all the time!) and it is dishwasher safe. I was using a Jack LaLane juicer that I…

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Redfin Review in Maryland: Should You Use RedFin, Rather Than A Traditional Real Estate Agent?Reviews Save Money 

Redfin Review in Maryland: Should You Use RedFin, Rather Than A Traditional Real Estate Agent?

Is it a good idea to use Redfin to sell or purchase a home in Maryland? Read my Redfin Review! Many home buyers and home sellers in Maryland are asking themselves whether or not they should use Redfin to buy or sell their home.  They are worried about whether they’ll get the same service or somehow make less money, or do more work themselves if they use Redfin. Honestly, Redfin is great. It is NOT a do-it-yourself or for sale by owner (FSBO) service by any stretch–this is a myth…

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High Quality, “Don’t Miss This” Summer Camps for Summer 2017Education Featured Parenting 

High Quality, “Don’t Miss This” Summer Camps for Summer 2017

Summer 2017 is approaching, and so is summer vacation.  As a former teacher, I can tell you that summer can do some damage to your child’s skills.  Every year the kids come back to school with lower reading and math abilities than they left with the previous year. The reasons will be obvious to most parents who have themselves spent their summers watching TV, hanging out with friends and avoiding anything remotely academic.  Of course, there were always a few kids who did not suffer from the summer effect.  These…

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Republic Wireless Review Part 1Featured Phone Bills Review Reviews Save Money Technology 

Republic Wireless Review Part 1

Republic Wireless 2.0 Review Executive Summary – Updated March 12, 2016 My customer review covers the Republic Wireless Mobile Phone Service with the Moto X gen 2, Moto E gen 2 and Moto G phones.  This review is about the Republic Wireless 2.0 plan which isn’t available anymore. They have now launched a their 3.0 plan, so the information below is outdated. For current information please see my review of Republic Wireless 3.0 and comparison to Google Project Fi.   “Stop wasting money on high-priced yearly contract phones.  Get reliable, smarter…

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Educational Apps for Kindle FireEducation Recommendations 

Educational Apps for Kindle Fire

Looking for some great educational apps for your child’s Kindle Fire Tablet (or other Android device)? Here are a few of the ones that my kids enjoy now or in the not-too-distant past. All of these are available in the Amazon App Store for Android / Kindle App Store: Inventioneers – Filimundus-AB makes some great games that teach kids how to invent and think of creative solutions. Great physics engine. Great fun. Pettson’s Inventions 1  / Pettson’s Inventions 2 /Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe – Another great game from Filimundus-AB. This game requires you to solve…

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