April 11th, 2017

Amazon Is Adding 5000 New Work At Home Jobs This Year

Amazon sent out a news release that they are planning to add 5000 new part time work at home jobs in their Virtual Customer Service program over the next year. They’ve hired people to work at home for the past five years, and this is a big expansion of that program.

One of the great parts about Amazon’s part time jobs is that they come with benefits if you work at least 20 hours a week. This includes paying 95% of college tuition costs for in-demand fields, even if they aren’t fields you would use at Amazon. Such employees also get the usual life, vision and dental coverage, plus funding toward health coverage. That’s a pretty wonderful deal for a part time job, since many don’t offer benefits to part timers.

Amazon has a focus on hiring military veterans and spouses, and of course the jobs are great for college students and stay at home moms and dads.

To keep an eye out for work at home positions at amazon, visit their jobs page and find the “Work at Home” link in the hourly positions section. The jobs currently available will come up. Sometimes they need people who speak a second language, such as German, Italian or Japanese. Some jobs are geared specifically toward college students in certain states. Others may be seasonal.

The jobs I see as of this writing require that you live in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin or Virginia. I assume that requirement will continue, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out in other states in case they expand it. The news release has a quote from an employee who moved from California to Washington state, neither of which are listed in the ads I checked, so I hope there will be broader openings.

Amazon’s current usual pay rate for customer service jobs is $10 an hour. Expect things to be busy… very busy, in fact, from November through mid-January, as that’s their peak season. You probably know how much people shop at that time of year, so be prepared for a lot of work at that time of year.


Disclosure: I often review or mention products for which I may receive compensation in the form of affiliate commissions. All opinions are my own.

April 10th, 2017

Is Your Job Title The Best Keyword For Your Job Hunt?

Is Your Job Title The Best Keyword For Your Job Hunt?

When you’re searching for a new job, it’s easy to look for jobs with the same titles you’ve had before. They’re jobs you know you probably qualify for. It’s easier to match your skills keywords to the job keywords when the titles are the same. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to use your job title when looking for a new work at home job.

Use Your Skills

While the job titles you’ve held can be helpful, what matters more are the skills you have, even if you haven’t yet held a job that used those skills. A hobby you have, a class you’ve taken, whatever the case may be, the skills from those may help you get a better or more interesting job.

Use your skills in your search terms on search engines and job boards. If you’re a web developer and know PHP, that’s often a better search term than “web developer.” A medical coder may want to use his or her certifications or specialties in a search. Employers care quite a bit about the skills you bring to the table, not just what titles you’ve held.

If you’re using a skill you gained from a hobby as a qualification, think carefully on how you’ll present it. It’s often more difficult to convince employers to try you on skills you haven’t used in the workforce, but it is possible. It’s easy to provide links to anything you’ve done online. You can list a relevant hobby and how long you’ve done it – just be sure that it’s relevant. A social media job won’t care that you carve wood as a hobby. They will care if you’ve built up a huge following based on that hobby and can show them your accounts.

If you aren’t sure what you qualify for, use My Skills My Future, a website sponsored by the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training. It will give you more job titles to consider, typical wages, typical education required, and even some job listings. You might be surprised where it leads you.

O*NET may be useful as well. It’s also by the Department of Labor. Use the Occupation Search to find jobs related to the job title you put in. It also has a listing of hot technologies used in job listings, which can lead you to job titles which might use those technologies.

Titles For The Same Basic Job Vary

Some employers get really creative with job titles, and if you limit yourself to the common title for that position, you’ll miss out. Sometimes you have to read the job description to figure out what they’re really after.

Don’t let a fancy job title scare you off. Read the description and figure out if it’s something you can do. Most companies won’t expect that you match the job description perfectly.

To figure out which titles may work best, use Indeed’s Job Trends page. You can put in a few title keywords, and see how often Indeed has seen them used over the past few years. This can tell you if the title you’re searching is current or if an alternative is likely to be more fruitful. Think about the differences between “Virtual Assistant,” “Administrative Assistant” and “Executive Assistant.”

You can also use Indeed to come up with new job titles by searching on your current job title and seeing what else comes us. Some of these will be worth searching on their own.

Use Industry Jargon

If there are terms specific to the industry you’re looking in, especially if it relates to your skills, it can be a very useful search term.

Consider Other Job Categories

The skills from one job may translate well to jobs in other categories. Your customer service skills, for example, may translate well into other jobs dealing with people, such as sales or marketing.

You may be able to combine skills you’ve demonstrated in the workplace with skills you’ve learned in school or as a hobby to jump into a better job. Don’t assume that a lack of work experience or formal education in a job category means you can’t consider it – look for positions you believe you can do, and convince an employer to give you a try. So long as you have a lot of the skills posted and convince them you can learn the rest promptly, you have a chance.

Check Other Industries

You can take a jump into an entirely new industry if you focus on the skills you have rather than job titles. Just because you’ve worked in the insurance industry, for example, doesn’t mean you can’t jump to a technology company or something in the healthcare field that isn’t directly about insurance.

Who Do You Want To Work For?

If there’s a company you would really love to work for, take a look at the jobs they’re offering and figure out what you’d qualify for. Research the company (you should do this for any company you’re considering anyhow) and learn about the company culture and open positions.

If you want to work at home, pay attention to who lets people work entirely at home or partially at home, if that works with your needs.

Don’t limit yourself to a particular company in your job hunt overall – you might not get a job with them. Take the time to see if you qualify for any positions with them, absolutely! Just remember that focusing on them to the exclusion of all other opportunities may be a huge mistake. You can always check back with them over time as a long term goal if you can’t get the job you really want just now.

Target Your Resume

A resume should always be targeted to the particular job you’re applying for. Change your basic resume to better match the employer’s needs when you send it to them. It should highlight the skills you have that they’re seeking. Make it easy for potential employers to see that you have what they need.

The keywords you use in your targeted resume should reflect the keywords the potential employer used in the job description. Many employers search resumes for their keywords first, and if you haven’t used their keywords, they may miss you entirely, even if you’re highly qualified for the position.

Disclosure: I often review or mention products for which I may receive compensation in the form of affiliate commissions. All opinions are my own.

April 7th, 2017

Are You Encouraging Your Daughters To Be Adventurous?

I came across an interested TED Talk the other day, about how to raise brave girls. The solution is pretty obvious – encourage adventure.

There are a lot of good points, especially about how we tend to make it harder for girls to be adventurous. Think about how often you caution your daughter or hear other parents caution their girls about how they’re playing. Then consider these quotes from the TED Talk.

So how do we become brave? Well, here’s the good news. Bravery is learned, and like anything learned, it just needs to be practiced. So first, we have to take a deep breath and encourage our girls to skateboard, climb trees and clamber around on that playground fire pole.

Second, we have to stop cautioning our girls willy-nilly. So notice next time you say, “Watch out, you’re going to get hurt,” or, “Don’t do that, it’s dangerous.” And remember that often what you’re really telling her is that she shouldn’t be pushing herself, that she’s really not good enough, that she should be afraid.

Third, we women have to start practicing bravery, too. We cannot teach our girls until we teach ourselves. So here’s another thing: fear and exhilaration feel very similar — the shaky hands, the heightened heart rate, the nervous tension, and I’m betting that for many of you the last time you thought you were scared out of your wits, you may have been feeling mostly exhilaration, and now you’ve missed an opportunity. So practice.

The best way to get your daughters to be more adventurous is to take them on adventures. My kids all love climbing rocks, for example. So far they don’t go on very challenging climbs, but they do love the kind of rocks they can just scramble up. Joshua Tree has some favorite areas for them to climb around. They reach some pretty good heights, sometimes to where they have to be told how to get down.

Each of my kids has gone through a time where they were scared to climb up the rocks. That includes my son – he’s the cautious type by nature, but has learned to enjoy a bit of rock climbing.

My youngest daughter finally got more comfortable climbing around on our most recent trip. She was so proud when she finally climbed up what her siblings regarded as a pretty simple rock. To her, it was a scary, steep slope.

This isn’t to say appropriate caution isn’t warranted. We went hiking recently at Whitewater Preserve, and the kids wanted to go wading in the river. The river is neither wide nor deep as these things go, but my husband mad sure the kids all knew to consider how they played in it, because it doesn’t take deep water to sweep you off your feet. Once they each had a feel for it, they played as suited them. It’s a very rocky river, so getting knocked over could be quite painful or even result in a serious injury.

This was our first visit there, and the general consensus was that next time, they’ll wear clothes that are better for getting soaking wet in.

The other great thing about raising more adventurous kids is that they’ll willingly leave the electronics behind for an outdoor adventure. That’s good for everyone.

Brave kids turn into brave adults who can follow their dreams. That’s something most parents want for their sons and their daughters.

Disclosure: I often review or mention products for which I may receive compensation in the form of affiliate commissions. All opinions are my own.

April 3rd, 2017

Include Your Home Office In Your Spring Cleaning

It’s so beautiful where I live right now. The fruit trees are blooming, as are my roses. Some of the bulbs I planted over winter are blooming as well, tulips and irises. It’s spring, which is a good time to get things clean. As you get the rest of your home freshened up and extra clean, make sure that you include your home office. Here are some tips to get you going.

Look Over Your Home Office

How does your home office look right now? Mine has papers from the kids’ school, most of which simply need to be thrown out, as they’re for activities the kids have no interest in. There are candy wrappers on the desk (mom stash? What mom stash?).

There are boxes we pulled out of the garage when we were cleaning it out, and they still need to be sorted and put away. We’re trying not to let the boxes go back into the garage, so no skipping that for “next time.”

Where did that stain on the carpet come from?

So much dust and cat hair.

My desk setup still looks pretty good, although I could stand to look at attaching the power strip to the desk. Then I won’t have to worry about cord length for so many things when I use it as a standing desk.

Go over the various points in your home office and decide what is where it belongs, what isn’t, and what could stand to be better.


Pick a point in your office and start sorting things. Make a pile for trash and a pile for things that belong elsewhere. Test your pens and toss the ones that don’t work. Put things that belong in your office where they belong. If you need to do something else before you can put something away, make a pile for that too.

Throw out the trash and put away the things that don’t belong in your home office.


Get out your cleaning supplies and get working. Clean the windows. Wipe down your desk, shelves and decor. Move everything. Vacuum or sweep and mop.

Clean your computer too. Get some canned air and blow out all the dust. Use a small paintbrush on the heat sinks. This is pretty easy to do with most desktop computers, but may be a bit trickier on a laptop. A handheld vacuum can be useful to get the dust out once it’s away from the components. A good cleaning can make your computer run cooler and quieter.


Now that you’ve handled pretty much everything in your home office, is it really where you want it to be? Are things you need daily in easy reach?

Is there anything in your office that causes people to interrupt you? Could it go elsewhere?

In my office, for example, we keep office supplies for the entire family. I have an entire wall of built in cabinets, far more storage than I need for my work. We therefore put all the office supplies in my office.

One thing I’ve done is encourage my older kids to keep more supplies in their work spaces. They each have spaces where they tend to do their homework, and it makes sense for them to have easy access to the supplies they need without interrupting me. My youngest still does best with very limited supplies, as she misplaces them regularly.

Plan For The Future

Consider the things that made a mess in your office. How can you minimize them in the future?

If mail is a problem, for example, build a habit of filing, throwing out or shredding mail as it comes in. Don’t let it pile up on your desk or a counter.

You can do these same steps on your computer and get your life there more organized. Reconsider your computer filing system. Unsubscribe from emails you never read. Use filters to sort your email. This will make it easier to spot the emails that really matter to you.

A clean and organized home office makes it easier to be productive. You aren’t so distracted by the clutter or mess – you can just get to work.

Disclosure: I often review or mention products for which I may receive compensation in the form of affiliate commissions. All opinions are my own.

March 27th, 2017

60 Non-Candy Ideas To Include In Your Kids’ Easter Baskets

Easter candy is one of my weaknesses. There’s so much fun stuff that you can’t find the rest of the year. When I make up Easter baskets for my family, it’s too easy to have way too much candy involved. Still, I always make sure to include some good non-candy stuff. I know I’ve gotten it right when the kids are more excited by the non-candy items than by the candy.

I do very little Easter theming in my baskets. Having an Easter theme always raises the question of whether things will be used the rest of the year. Sure, they might wear the bunny shirt throughout the year, but then again they might not. I recommend that you aim for things your kids will like regardless of how recent Easter was.

I also avoid the really cheap plasticy stuff. It’s good for a day or so, but most will end up in the trash all too soon. It’s better to get less stuff that is better quality.

1. Geeky Shirts

My kids love geeky shirts, and I have a lot of fun finding new ones for them. Teepublic is my favorite resource, although I sometimes find interesting shirts on Amazon or in local stores.

Think about what your kids like. Mine love Harry Potter, cats, science, computers, Doctor Who, Disney and other such things. It’s pretty easy to find shirts on Teepublic that they’ll love.

Think about what your kids love when considering adding a shirt to their Easter basket. You want something they’ll be ecstatic about, not meh. Consider whether they have fandoms, love sports or something else, and pick out just the right one.

2. Electric Toothbrush

This one only works once in a while. The very first time I gifted my kids with an electric toothbrush was in their Christmas stockings several years ago. It was hilarious, because they seemed happier about those than almost anything else. I figured with all the candy associated with the holiday, a better toothbrush would be a good thing.

If your kids already have electric toothbrushes, disregard this one. It works best on kids who have never or rarely had an electric toothbrush, especially if they’re on the young side. It’s just really funny when it works.

3. Water Balloons

It’s spring, the weather probably isn’t quite right for a water balloon fight, but it’s coming up. I like to encourage outdoor play along with all the treats.

You can get the Bunch O Balloons or just regular water balloons. I snagged a big pack of Bunch O Balloons at Costco early on, because you never know when they’ll disappear from there. Bunch O Balloons don’t hold the water in as well as regular, tied off water balloons, but they are easier to fill up. They do a bit better, in my experience, if you fill them over a bucket with water in it.

If you want to make regular water balloons easier, get a water balloon pumping station or at least a water balloon nozzle for your hose. Make the balloons easier to fill for your own sake.

4. Squirt Gun

If the mess of water balloons is too much, squirt guns may be a better choice to get those kids outside and soaking wet. You can go anywhere from the little cheapy ones that only shoot a short distance, up to the great big Super Soakers. You may need to get one for yourself for self defense.

5. Bubbles

When the kids are little, bubbles are a big hit. If you want to go fancy, get a bubble machine. You’ll get less spillage if you tell the kids not to touch it as they chase the bubbles. Bubble machines are also a huge hit at birthday parties for young kids – they’ll entertain themselves a long time so long as you keep the machine full of bubble mix.

6. Sidewalk Chalk

Encourage your kids’ creativity and get them outside. That’s what’s so great about sidewalk chalk. They get dirty, your sidewalk, patio or driveway will have strange markings on them for a time, but the kids will have had fun.

7. Movies

What movies would your kids love to own? Are they out on Blu-Ray or DVD?

8. Movie Tickets

If there’s something out they really want to go see in the theaters, movie tickets make a great outing, whether it’s a parent and child outing for the younger kids, or a chance to be more independent for an older child or teen.

9. Gift Cards

You know there’s something your kids would love to get using a gift card. It might have to do with iTunes, Xbox, Starbucks or something else entirely, but the right gift card will make any kids happy.

10. Money

We usually put coins inside plastic eggs as a part of the egg hunt. We get rid of the loose change that has built up through the year, the kids get money. Works all around.

11. Books

Think about the books you would like to read to your kids or that they would like to have read to them, depending on their ages. Fiction, non-fiction, comic books – what will make them happy and get them reading.

12. Video Games

Most kids love video games. There’s a limit on how much they should play them, but kids will gladly push those limits. Video games fit very nicely in Easter baskets, of course.

One of my kids’ favorites is Family Game Night 3. I like it because they talk and laugh with each other while playing, rather like they do when playing a real board game.

13. Crayons

If your kids are like mine, they have too many crayons. If yours could use some new ones or you want to do melted crayon art with them, a box of crayons can be a nice addition to the Easter basket.

14. Markers

How fast do your kids go through markers? Hopefully they quickly reach the point where the lids usually go on tight enough. Pick the right type for their ages and likelihood of drawing on the walls.

15. Paints

Paints can be great for any age range if your kids are artistic. Cheap ones for the younger kids, then better quality as they get older.

16. Smencils

My kids’ school sells Smencils regularly in fundraisers. The kids go crazy for them. It’s amazing what a little scent can do for an otherwise plain pencil. They’re also available as colored pencils.

17. Colored Pencils

With the popularity of coloring books for all ages, colored pencils have become very popular. Your basic Crayola colored pencils are good for younger kids, but consider Prismacolor and other higher quality brands as your kids get older.

18. Scissors

A good pair of age appropriate scissors is a great choice for any child. You don’t have to stick with plain scissors if your child likes to get creative with them. Take a look at the paper edger scissors.

19. Glitter Glue

Give your kids the fun of glitter with less mess. The dollar store by us carries glitter glue regularly. The color choice ranges from great to “that’s what’s left,” so buy it when you see the right colors.

20. Glue Gun

As kids get older, a small glue gun can help the do more challenging projects. The dollar store by us carries small glue guns, and they work just fine. This is only for kids who are old enough and responsible enough to handle something that can give a pretty good burn and/or make an awful mess.

21. Modeling Clay

Modeling clay is great for your budding sculptor. Be ready for a mess, and don’t forget to include some tools to make their sculptures even better.

22. Craft Kits

Age appropriate craft kits can be a lot of fun. Watch your local craft store for good sales, especially if you get coupons from their app or in the mail. I once had a combination that gave me a total of about 75% off my entire purchase. I should have bought more, as extra craft kits would have done well for friend birthday presents.

23. Beads

Beads are great for making jewelry or decorations. Include supplies to make jewelry or wire to bend into shapes for decorations.

24. Perler Beads

Perler beads are great fun for kids, although they can be a bit tiring for parents until the kids are old enough to iron their creations on their own. You can find lots of patterns online so that your kids can make lots of things from Perler beads. We once did Minecraft themed creations for a birthday party in Perler beads.

25. Spirograph

There are some nice, small Spirograph kits as well as the bigger sets. Either way, they can be both fun and frustrating.

26. Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch is one of the great solutions for letting your child draw without making a mess. Nothing to lose except the whole thing, and easy to carry along.

27. Magnadoodle

When kids are too young to handle an Etch A Sketch well, Magnadoodle type toys work well.

28. Small Musical Instruments

How much noise can you stand? If you’re pretty tolerant of noisy children, consider a small musical instrument such as a harmonica. They’re an easy introduction to music.

29. Mad Libs

Mad Libs are lots of fun once your kids are old enough to understand what nouns, adverbs, verb, adjectives and such are. They have so many books out now. We appealed to my oldest daughter’s geeky side with a Doctor Who Mad Libs last year.

30. Sand Toys

Whether you have a sandbox at home or only play in the sand when you happen to make it to the beach, sand toys are a big hit with younger kids.

31. Stuffed Animals

OK, your kids probably have too many of these. They’ll probably still love any you give to them. If you want to change it up a little, go with a cold virus or other Giant Microbe. It’s fun to play “catch a cold.”

32. Rubik’s Cube

My son has recently become obsessed with Rubik’s Cube and similar toys. You can sometimes find basic cubes (offbrand, of course), at dollar stores. One by us even had a cylinder variety.

33. Play Dough

When your kids are at the play dough age, they almost always want more. It dries up or gets mixed up so easily. There are simple recipes if you want to make your own, but it’s pretty cheap if you just want to buy it.

34. Bath Toys

Bath time is so much more fun with a few bath toys. Just make sure there’s still room for your kid in the tub.

35. Bath Bombs

As kids get older, bath toys just won’t do. A bath bomb on the other hand, may be greeted with delight. You can even make them at home if you like.

36. Card Games

What card games are you missing that your kids might enjoy? They’re a good way to spend more time together as a family.

37. Legos

A small Lego set may fit well in an Easter basket. It’s easy to get too expensive, as Legos add up fast, but sometimes you find that perfect set.

38. Outdoor Games

Take a look at all the outdoor games you can find on Amazon or your local stores. Something is bound to appeal to you without costing a fortune.

39. Jump Rope

A good jump rope isn’t just for jumping rope. Many a child will use one for a tail as well.

40. Bouncy Ball

Cheap yet beloved, your kids may drive you up the wall with bouncy balls, and more up the wall if it gets away down the street. Be sure you have a good place for your kids to play with these.

41. Sports Gear

Do your kids like sports? Which ones? Could they use some more equipment? Even a spare ball can be nice to have.

42. Kite

Kites can be basic and cheap or a bit pricey. Either way they’re fun. I find them at the dollar store sometimes, but other times basic kites can be had for a few dollars.

43. Quadcopter/Drone

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a small quadcopter or drone. Keep it simple and age/skill appropriate. Most kids will be really, really excited to get one. The one in the picture is what my kids have, and it’s a decent little machine. The main problem is that one of the cats thinks it is prey. Then again, she also thinks a fairly big remote control car is prey. The problem may be with the cat. She’s small.

44. RC Car

Remote control anything is usually a big hit with kids.

45. Matchbox Cars

I can’t tell you how many of these were given to my son back when he was obsessed with Matchbox cars. He had a lot of them. Every new one was greeted with delight.

46. Slinky

Slinky is a lot of fun to play with for kids, so the real question comes down to how you, as a parent, feel about untangling them. It will happen. Plastic is usually much easier than metal to untangle.

47. Polished Rocks

I find polished rocks on eBay. Considering the rocks kids will bring home as “treasures,” giving them some rocks that are actually special works really well. I used some once to fill “dragon eggs” for a birthday party. Small ones are good for little kids; older ones may appreciate something big enough to display in a collection on their shelf.

49. Yo-Yo

If your children have ever been to a school assembly where they have the yo-yo people come around, they may well have begged for one already. Once they know that neat tricks can be done with yo-yos, they’re interested.

50. Jewelry

A bit of jewelry is fun to give. Little kids will love just about any brightly colored item you give them, while older ones may have some preferences.

51. Small Plants

If your child likes plants, find something they can keep in their room. You might have to water it for them, but at least you don’t have to clean its litterbox.

52. Gardening Tools & Seeds

For the child who is more interested in gardening, get some basic tools and seeds, and give them a garden space of their own. My youngest is currently growing marigolds from seeds, as they’re her favorite flowers.

53. Fairy Garden Supplies

Fairy gardens are pretty popular, so there are lots of supplies out there to add to a garden.

54. Hair Accessories

Many little girls love having pretty hair accessories. They can be a huge help in keeping their hair out of their face, and possibly a little neater.

55. Nail Polish

Even my oldest daughter, who loathes makeup, will get into the nail polish sometimes. Pick out some fun colors.

56. Chapstick

Chapstick can help with dry lips, plus it’s easy to find flavors or containers kids like. Consider the SPF as well – lips need protection from the sun just like the rest of your skin.

57. Sunglasses

Do your kids lose their sunglasses like mine do? Good quality sunglasses can help your eyes avoid damage from the sun. Don’t go super cheap – make sure those eye will benefit from the sunglasses.

58. Hat

Kids can be tricky about hats. You really have to find one they will want to wear. They are great for protecting the face from the sun, and that’s a good thing with summer coming up. Get the kids started early on the hat habit.

59. Spherification Kit

A spherification kit is going in my kids’ basket this year, or maybe right in front since it’s for the whole family. They’ve been very curious about how those balls at the frozen yogurt shop are made, so I decided it would be fun to give it a go at home.

60. Healthy Snacks

Some healthy snacks are seen as treats by kids. What do yours love that they don’t get too often? Pretzels, raisins, granola bars, freeze dried fruit? There are many good options out there.

Whatever you get for your kids’ Easter baskets, make sure that it’s age and personality appropriate. You want them to be happy with what you buy for them.

Don’t go overboard on the Easter baskets. Make it fun, but what do your kids really need anyhow? I try to lean toward a combination of fun, practical items (the shirts, they’d be disappointed if I skipped the shirts), and things that will get them active or working on a hobby they enjoy.

What did I miss? What do your kids love to find in their Easter baskets that isn’t candy?

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Pinterest Feedly
Home With the Kids on LinkedIn

We respect your privacy. And we hate spam as much as you do. Your details will not be sold or rented to anyone.



Disclosure: Home with the Kids is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I also review or mention products for which I may receive compensation from other sources. All opinions are my own.