PEANUT BUTTER PRINCIPLES – 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

PEANUT BUTTER PRINCIPLESIn Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids, Eric Franklin has assembled a wealth of wisdom he learned from his parents, extended family and other influencers that has stuck with him — like peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth! 🙂

Franklin’s simple concepts can prove to have lasting power to develop young leaders, including:

  • “Be thankful you don’t get everything you ask for.”
  • “The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.”
  • “Your accomplishments should speak for themselves. Don’t interrupt.”
  • “If you don’t make your own decision, someone else will make it for you.”
  • “Count your blessings, not your problems.”

Let’s read the reviews:

“Peanut Butter Principles” by Eric Franklin is a very insightful and encouraging book. Mr. Franklin touches on some very good points on how to encourage children and others to reach their full potential. As the author points out, our journey to reach our full potential and to make our lives a success is not easy, but with hard work and perseverance it is possible. Mr. Franklin speaks about how to build up the child’s self esteem when helping them. He mentions that they should think for themselves as opposed to giving the child the answers or completing a task for them. Mr. Franklin tells us the importance of persevering in our endeavors and not giving up so easily.”

“Eric Franklin has opened my eyes to the power of leadership lessons. As a father of three and a businessman, it’s hard to find books that apply to both aspects of my life. Peanut Butter Principles does that and more. The 47 leadership lessons will teach you basic human truths: take responsibility for yourself, what a goal truly is, wisdom for your journey, and many more. When we apply the principles in this book, we don’t just change our lives, we change the lives of the people we love and have influence over.”

Eric Franklin’s Peanut Butter Principles is simply outstanding! With its succinct focus, process-oriented style, and easily applicable lessons, I highly recommend this book for ANYONE who has ever been, is being, and will ever be a parent and/or guardian. Furthermore, I STRONGLY recommend this as required reading for a yearlong PLC (Professional Learning Community discussion in any K-12 and post-secondary environment. Assistant Principals, Principals, Curriculum Facilitators, Professional Development Coaches, Superintendents etc., use this book with your staff!!!!!! My husband serves as a high school assistant principal, and I am a former high school principal and current college instructor. Given our careers, coupled with our honorable title as parents of children at various stages of their lives, I am eternally grateful for the captivating wealth of information Mr. Franklin has chosen to share with the world through these easily relatable, and candid messages that some parents may not have even been aware – including us!! What makes the reading even more relatable is the homage Mr. Franklin pays to both his parents and his own family. He takes pages out of his own playbook!!! You won’t regret this reference tool!!!”

Purchase your book here: Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

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Cutting the (Cable) Cord

cutting the cable

It’s been a long time coming but we’ve finally taken some baby steps towards getting rid of cable TV.

Oh, no worries, we’re not giving up TV all together, just starting the transition to streaming TV instead of live or DVR’d content.

Why?  Mostly because our cable bill seems to be incredibly high and, truth be told, hardly anyone in our household really needs it.  My husband just watches reruns of shows that are no longer in production, my youngest watches Netflix almost exclusively and I watch more on my iPad via Amazon Prime more than anything else.

Except for a few shows that I MUST WATCH in almost real-time, like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Project Runway (odd mix, I know).  But, I have to ask myself if those few shows are really worth that hefty cable bill we pay every month.

What confirmed our decision to move away from a cable subscription was when, a few weeks ago, we were helping our oldest daughter set up her new apartment. I asked her what kind of cable subscription she wanted and she responded to me that she never watches cable.  Just Netflix and Amazon Prime were good for her!  All she wanted was a really good Internet connection.

Ok, that did it.  It’s clear that we don’t need cable any more. So, we took our first steps.  After exploring all of our options, we decided to get a Roku 3 device.  It seemed to have the most channels available, including Amazon Prime (a huge drawback for the Google Chromecast, which isn’t compatible with Amazon Prime).

In addition to our Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions, I also went ahead and signed up for HuluPlus, which also seems to have the most current episodes available.

It’s only been a few days but there are few things I really like about the Roku 3:

  1. Amazon Prime – I keep saying how much I love my Amazon Prime videos!
  2. Local News – I was able to easy find 2 of my local news stations on the Roku 3.  There’s probably more available but I didn’t really dedicate that much time to it.  What I really like about these two channels (and the other news channels) is that I don’t have to watch the entire newscast.  Everything is broken down into little “clips” by feature or title.  So, I can just find the clips/content that’s interesting to me and skip right to it.  No more waiting through the sports stuff!
  3. Channel Selection – This is both a good and bad thing (more on that in a minute).  There does seem to be a lot (and I mean A LOT) of channels to choose from, including a ton of educational channels.  It’s nice to have variety but also a little overwhelming to sort through it all.  But, that leads me to my next thing ….
  4. Discovery – I was a little worried about finding interesting things to watch or new shows.  It might sound a little crazy but, how am I supposed to know about new shows without commercials?  The RokuRecommends channel is really helpful for that.

There is one thing that I don’t like so far.  That is that some of the channels listed as “free” really do require a subscription.  Feel’n (a family-friendly movie channel) and CBS All Access is one of them.  You have to really read through the channel description to find out if you need a subscription or not.

How about you?  Have you cut the cable cord yet? If so, what Roku channels do you recommend?

inside out

Get These Free Inside Out Activity Sheets

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Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015! And they’ve released these fun activity sheets for kids in time for the movie’s release.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy, whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear heads up safety, Anger ensures all is fair and Disgust prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

Download these printables now and start getting those cute, little hands busy. 🙂


Inside Out Crazy Maze

Download the Inside Out Crazy Maze

Inside Out Coloring Page

Download the Inside Out Coloring Page

Inside Out Door Hangers

Download the Inside Out Door Hanger


Inside Out Connect the Dots

Download the Inside Out Connect the Dots

Inside Out Emotions Around The World

Download the Inside Out Emotions Around The World


Let’s watch the trailer here:


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5 Free Recipes from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out

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In Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out”, five Emotions are hard at work – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. And now, we’re sharing with you here 5 recipes inspired by these emotions! 🙂

  1. More-Is-More S’mores
  2. Hot-Headed Tuna
  3. No Cry Comfort Food
  4. Panko-Protected Long Beans
  5. Is-That-Broccoli? Pizza

Download your Inside Out recipes now!

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More-is-More S’mores

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Hot-Headed Tuna

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No Cry Comfort Food

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Panko-Protected Long Beans

inside out recipe 4

Is-That-Broccoli? Pizza


Let’s watch the trailer here:

Homeschool Resource Dogs Decoded

Homeschool Lesson Plan Idea: Dogs Decoded


Homeschool Resource Dogs Decoded

How much does your child know about dogs? They make great pets, of course, and can truly be man’s best friend, but did you know some dogs are incredibly smart, too? Documentaries can be a great way to learn about some amazing topics. Dogs Decoded [HD], available for free via Amazon Prime, brings fascinating facts about dogs to light. You and your child won’t want to miss this one.

Dogs Decoded is jam-packed with interesting facts about our furry friends, but here are a few of the highlights:

  • Think a dog can’t distinguish real words (fetch toys based on their names) or find objects based on their pictures? Dogs Decoded proves that wrong.
  • Wondering about the evolution of dogs from wolves and whether doggie personalities are a result of evolution or nurturing? Find out in Dogs Decoded!
  • What do dogs understand about our emotions? Yup, that’s in there, too.
  • What happens when you breed tame wolves with other tame wolves? There are some surprises here!
  • What if you raised a wolf cub like a puppy? Would the end result be closer to the dogs we keep as pets or the wolves that live in the wild?
  • Wondering how dogs were domesticated? What made them into such great pets? Dogs Decoded has the answers.

Go ahead and watch Dogs Decoded for the surprising answers to these and many other questions. Then, use this free teacher’s guide to get the most out of this amazing video lesson. The guide is designed for use with children at or above the 5th grade level. For younger children, the Top 10 Favorite Dog Breeds and More Identification Worksheet may fit the bill. Want more? Check out Enchanted Learning for more doggie printables for the younger set.

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tomorrowland activity sheets

Free Activity Sheets from TOMORROWLAND!!!

tomorrowland activity sheets

With Disney’s Tomorrowland hitting theaters everywhere on Friday, May 22nd, we want to share with you  some fun coloring sheets, mazes, etc. inspired by the new movie!

tomorrowland maze

Download your Tomorrowland Maze activity sheet!


tomorrowland spot the difference

Download your Tomorrowland Spot the Difference activity sheet!


tomorrowland coloring sheet

Download your Tomorrowland Coloring Sheet activity sheet!


From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.


Let’s watch the trailer here:


MONKEY KINGDOM – Family Activity Packet & Educators Guide


Get the free Disneynature MONKEY KINGDOM Educator’s Guide that includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6. The lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Standards, and common core Language Art and Math Standards.

With a mission to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen, Disneynature was launched in April 2008. And now it’s engaging, inspiring and educating theatrical audiences everywhere.

Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, “Monkey Kingdom” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world.

Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom swings into theaters today, April 17, 2015.

Here are some sample pages from Money Kingdom’s Educator’s Guide:

How is a Toque Macaque troop organized?

monkey kingdom activity sheets 8Biodiversity found in Polonnaruwa:

monkey kingdom activity sheets 6Diagram of a Banyan Tree:

monkey kingdom activity sheets 5Who share a Banyan tree with the Toque Macaques?

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Where do Toque Macaques live?

monkey kindom activity sheets 1If you want to get a PDF of Monkey Kingdom’s Educator’s guide, please leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to send it to you via email.

 Let’s watch this, “A Thank You From DisneyNature”:


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MONKEY KINGDOM – In Theatres Everywhere This Friday!!!

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Watch Monkey Kingdom on it’s opening week on April 1723 and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.

To know more about these opening week benefits and other ways to give back, feel free to download the guide here.

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See the various programs supported by DisneyNature and Monkey Kingdom:


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