Karen Smith

Karen Smith
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Karen was born in Ohio but spent most of her childhood in Florida. She attended the University of Florida, where she met her husband, and she got her Master’s in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida. She taught first grade in Tampa until her oldest son was born. Her plans to return to the classroom changed when her husband’s job brought them to Pennsylvania where they welcomed another son. The following years brought them to Raleigh and then St. Augustine. After spending two years substitute teaching in St. Johns County, Karen is now teaching VPK at a local preschool. She enjoys days on the water with her family, reading “chick lit” with a glass of wine, pretending to be Ina Garten in the kitchen, and cheering on her Gators. She embraces all things #boymom and has never met a doughnut/taco/pasta that she didn’t like.

5 Simple Tips to Spread Positive Vibes and Change Our Culture of Grumpiness

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Is it just me, or does everyone seem extra testy these days? It seems like it’s more common to encounter someone who is fired up about something than to chat with someone who is...
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How to Master the Art of Tailgating with Kids

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We have finally come upon my favorite time of year, College Football Season! My husband and I both went to a huge football university so our children are being raised to love this time...

Going Back to Work: When Your Years of Being a SAHM End

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Once upon a time, I was a productive member of the workforce. I got up early and drove to a job where I interacted with co-workers. I engaged in professional learning courses to help...

National Mutt Day: Why A Shelter Dog Could be the Best Pet for Your...

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Every year National Mutt Day is observed on July 31st and December 2nd. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the awesome characteristics of mutts and to promote pet adoption worldwide. In our family,...

The End of Preschool Years: When Your Baby Graduates VPK

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The baby in our family is graduating VPK this month. He's flourished this year and is obviously ready for Kindergarten. But, I AM NOT ready. You see, he's the baaaaby (as I mentioned before.)...
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Teacher Appreciation Week: A Different Approach

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Every May we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. This week-long celebration is to honor the contribution that educators make in all of our lives. Teachers selflessly work long hours for little pay and devote their...

Does the Internet Make Parenting Easier or Harder?

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Recently my husband and I had a discussion about how much simpler life was when we were young. We remember our childhoods as a time where we rode bikes until the streetlights came on,...

Spring Cleaning: Where Can We Donate Stuff Locally?

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You know that thing, where the winter blues start to fade away, and you look around your house and wonder, why do we have so much stuff?! Has our house always been this much...
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Tragedy Through the Eyes of a Mother, Educator and American Citizen

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Recently I shared my thoughts in a blog post about all of the reasons it is so great to raise children in Florida. I lightheartedly joked about our theme parks and warm weather. The...
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The Perks of Being a Mom in Florida: Why We’ve Got It Pretty Good...

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It’s no secret that Florida has its share of odd, somewhat embarrassing, and “oh no, we’re in the news again!” moments. From hurricanes to alligators to sweltering heat, it’s easy to see why the...