She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen. Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch. As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.
A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves. By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions, she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes. Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications.Follow Karen on Twitter @scatteredmom
Shopping for school supplies can be simpler than shopping for back-to-school clothes, since most teachers send home lists of classroom necessities. But when your child sits down to do her homework, she'll need these essentials on hand.
Basic Supplies: The items on this list will take care of most math assignments, book reports, and other written work.
- A box of No. 2 pencils
- Pencil sharpener
- 2 or 3 ballpoint pens with black or blue ink
- 3–4 large erasers
- White paper
- Lined paper
- Safety scissors
- Transparent tape
- Paper clips
- Calculator (with trig functions for middle-schoolers)
- 3 1/2 x 5-inch index cards (for oral presentations and homemade flash cards)
Arts & Crafts Supplies: You might think your 12 year old has outgrown crayons and markers, but older children still do science projects, skits, group research projects, and book reports that require visual presentations. Don't get caught with an empty supply shelf the night before a project's due!
- Washable markers
- Colored pencils
- Glue sticks
- Construction paper
- 2 or 3 large pieces of poster board
- Rubber bands
- A collection of old magazines and newspapers for collages