Laura McKinster

I’m a Maine native and after a long stretch of time living in Chicago, I feel lucky to again call the Seacoast my home. I currently live in Kennebunk with my husband, two sons, and a spaniel mix who truly believes he is a furry big brother to our boys. I hold a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine and as a certified English and Special Education teacher, a passion of mine has always been helping students and connecting them to reading and writing. Free time is best spent in the sunshine with family and friends, curled up with a good book, eating my husband’s incredible cooking, running the beautiful roads of the Maine and New Hampshire coastlines, or creatively writing for the kids in my life. Being a mom is the most challenging and amazing job I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Seacoast Local Gift Guide for Babies through Elementary Schoolers

It’s that time of year again! When December rolls around and the holidays grow near - it’s time to do some serious gift shopping. Luckily, we live on the Seacoast and have tons of...

How to Survive a Road Trip With Young Kids

Take a road trip with kids, they said. It'll be fun, they said.  Wait a minute. No one has said that. EVER.  Well, maybe they have. But probably only when the kids are older than age...

9 Educational Activities for Preschoolers You Can Do At Home

One week into my son’s first experience with preschool, it happened to us. My child’s classroom was temporarily moved to online learning due to COVID-19 exposure.  Initially, I panicked. But actually, it didn’t turn out...
Exploring the Kennebunks—seafood, bakeries, beaches

A Newcomer’s Guide to Exploring the Kennebunks

Are you thinking of exploring the Kennebunks this summer? I grew up in Maine but I have a shocking confession to make: until recently, I had never been there.  Coastal Gems I always knew that Kennebunk...
one masked woman, another masked woman in the background. Pandemic relationships

The Pandemic Relationships Divide: When Some Take it Seriously and Others Don’t

So, here we are in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic continues in the Seacoast and across the world. While the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter, especially with the...

Valentine’s Day Literacy Activities That Will Spread Love This Year

We all need a little bit more love in the world right now. And what better time to add some than right before Valentine’s Day? While I do enjoy the traditional Valentine’s Day activities...
taking care of you in 2020

An Early New Year’s Resolution: Taking Care of YOU in 2021

I’ve had my moments over the last few months when I was simply not okay. And that’s okay, because this year has been really, really hard. Taking care of myself has gone out the...
Halloween Inspired Literacy Activities

Halloween Inspired Literacy Activities for Bigger Kids

October is hands down my favorite month of the year in New Hampshire. The air has that crisp chill to it, all the leaves have finally changed color, and it’s not too late for...
literacy activities for preschoolers

Five Easy Literacy Activities for Preschoolers to Do At Home

Full disclosure - I am currently doing something that I never imagined I would be doing. I’m homeschooling a preschooler.  Yikes.  It’s true, I'm a certified teacher, but I’ve primarily taught middle and high school students....
Tips for Getting Your Preschooler to Read With You

Tips for Getting Your Preschooler to Read With You

I have the busiest preschooler on the planet. No, really, I do. You should meet him. He never stops moving....ever.  And while I love his curiosity and zest for exploring life, it presented me...
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