Why Won’t My Teenager Get Out of Bed on Time?

Guest blog post written by: Sara Westgreen

How many times did you have to wake up your teen this morning? Two, three, four times?

My 15-year-old’s alarm went off for a solid half hour before I got him to roll out of bed — and I know I’m not the only mom of teenagers dealing with similar struggles. Teen sleep can be frustrating and difficult to understand. Teens often get inadequate sleep during the week, then sleep in late on the weekends. Typically, this is due to a shift in biological patterns and school start times.

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Silly McGilly

Our new favorite St. Patrick’s Day Tradition!


“St. Patrick’s Day Fun for your Wee Little One” Silly McGilly is intended for families with young children between the ages of 3 and 9. Because on St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish and we are loving this adorable tale.

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Beanstalk Jack, a musical retelling of the classic tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk” adapted as a folk-rock opera for today’s families is one of our new favorite cd’s.

“Paper Canoe Company creates music and stories that make kids feel like grownups, and grownups feel like kids.”

The music is uplifting and fun and of course makes you want to dance along which is always so important with a children’s album! Beanstalk Jack tells the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” with the addition of a refreshing girl-meets-boy twist, a tribute to the spirit of optimism, and more than a hint of youthful rebellion.

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Sugar and the Candy Tree by Michelle Doxsee

Bring a local families Easter Tradition into your home with this adorable book set inspired by one little girls dream of a candy tree!

Sugar And The Candy Tree” is a 32-page picture book that tells the tale of a little girl, named Sugar, who has a big imagination and loves dreaming of candy. One day she gets the most amazing, outstanding, scrumbly-yum-tious idea that any thinker has ever thought of. She is going to grow a candy tree! She tries to tell her friends and family about her amazing idea, but she soon realizes that everyone in the whole wide world is too busy for dreams and she is ready to give up. Just then, she thinks of the Easter Bunny! He’s a candy expert. Maybe he could help! Will the Easter Bunny be able to help Sugar make her dream come true?

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Cookies For Dinner by Holly Zarcone

 Meet local author and mom, Holly Zarcone! She has written an adorable children’s book called Cookies For Dinner and we are excited to tell you about it.


 Cookies for Dinner is fun to read with a message that every parent can relate to. Our kids are only young once , let’s live in the moment and if cookies for dinner makes everyone smile than cookies it is! I highly recommend having some homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies on hand when reading this book with your family and maybe instead of a bedtime story red it together when the kids come home from school for an inspirational dinner idea.

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World Read Aloud Day

I was chatting with my Momee Friend, Dawn after we picked our girls up from nursery school and she reminded me that today is, World Read Aloud Day!

World Read Aloud Day is a celebration. It is about reading just for the fun of it!

Reading is one of our favorite family activities. At night before the girls go to bed my husband and I make sure we all spend the last 30 minutes of the day reading together all snug in our comfy pajamas and relaxing TOGETHER reading some of our favorite books. I highly recommend trying to implement this time into your daily routine.

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Laurie Berkner SOLO at The Paramount was SO MUCH FUN!

We had the best time at The Paramount in Huntington yesterday seeing one of our favorite family music artists, Laurie Berkner.

Laurie’s songs are catchy and fun for all ages! My husband and I enjoyed singing along to the songs we know and love thanks to our girls asking to watch Laurie on her You-Tube Channel or putting one of her cd’s on in our car over and over, again! Our girls were beyond excited to see Laurie Berkner LIVE and meet her after the show. It was an awesome family afternoon out in one of our favorite areas on Long Island, Huntington Village!

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