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Author: Stephanie Jarrett

Kids Book Club: Getting Kids to Love Reading

I’ve come a long way since my days of binging on Sweet Valley High and Babysitter’s Club books when I was a teen in the 90s, but my love of reading hasn’t changed. I can’t get enough of snuggling up with anything by Sophie Kinsella and think J.K. Rowling’s books written under her pen name Robert Galbraith are the best thing on paper since Harry Potter. 
Even though I love to read, I’ve had a harder time than I would like to admit convincing my kids to read. Not that it’s surprising. With iPads and streaming television shows, my kids have endless entertainment at their fingertips. Why pick up a book when they can watch something silly and mindless on Disney+?  

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Seven Awesome Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

Dads are pretty great. They kill spiders and check for monsters under the bed. Dads fix broken bikes and help build forts. Dads are great with tools and grills and hugs.  Dads are just all around great guys .But they can be really, really hard to buy for! Father’s Day is a month away, and I’m already stressing. What do you get the dad who owns more screwdrivers than the hardware store sells and couldn’t possibly cram another tie on his tie rack?  

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How to Braid Hair

I’ve been braiding hair for as long as I can remember. It started when I was a little girl, before the Internet was a thing and sometimes boredom crept in when it was rainy and cold outside. The neighbor girls and I would hang out, often with our American Girl dolls, and take turns braiding each other’s hair and see how fancy we could style our hair.

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