Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

An Open Letter to My Adult Children Coping With COVID-19

survivalYou didn’t expect this. You didn’t want this. And, you certainly didn’t think you’d find yourself back living at home after experiencing the freedom of college. As your mom, I have to admit that I love having you here and I love the time we now have together, but I get it. This isn’t the way you expected for life to go at this moment.

On top of the physical adjustments, you’re now immersed in a new way of learning. You’re overwhelmed with the course load, the uncertainty of where you stand academically and the lack of socialization with friends, classmates, fraternity brothers and roommates.

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April 11, 2020 Posted by | Sample Work | Leave a comment

Newly Launched Lifestyle Blogs

Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 2.50.30 PMI’m pleased to announce that I’ve been a contributor to the Joy Nutritionals lifestyle blog. From healthy eating tips to fitness essentials, you can learn more about how to boost your energy levels, as well as information about the supplements available from this company.

Follow the Blog Here:

February 28, 2019 Posted by | Sample Work | 1 Comment

Navigating our ‘Puzzling’ Relationships

IMG_2523Over the holiday break, my husband and I were discussing how busy and chaotic our schedules were in 2018. While we both work from home at times and are ‘physically’ in each other’s presences more than most couples, we realized that we didn’t necessarily have enough ‘quality’ time together.

We have different interests, we like different television shows and we are on the opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to tastes in movies and outdoor activities. We racked our brains for something we could share together – beyond our faith. And, we decided on a puzzle. Continue reading

February 2, 2019 Posted by | Sample Work | Leave a comment

7 Eco-Friendly Options for a Plastic-Free Kitchen

Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 12.51.37 PMPublished June 2018: Three Main Products

7 Eco-Friendly Options for a Plastic-Free Kitchen

It’s no secret that the chemicals in plastic are harmful for the environment and your family’s health. If your quest is to live a more sustainable lifestyle or even join the efforts of the Plastic Free July Foundation to jumpstart your efforts, the kitchen is the best place to start.

Learn how you can swap out plastics with these seven eco-friendly options by reading the rest of the article here.

June 22, 2018 Posted by | Sample Work | Leave a comment

Screen-Free Faith and Fun

child-1864718_1920Published May 2018: The Messenger

Screen-Free Faith and Fun

While it makes me feel just a little bit old when I think or talk about the good ‘ole days before the Internet, computers, iPads or cell phones, I do have so many memories that included quality time with my family, my sisters and my cousins.

The dinner table was for just that – dinner. It didn’t include any of us checking text messages or scrolling through social media. Times have changed, though, and my children were born into an era that consisted of emerging technologies. Technology has transformed and simplified how we work and how we live, and for that I’m grateful. I’m able to look up some of my favorite Bible passages just by calling out for Alexa or Siri. I’m able to read inspirational articles without having to go to the bookstore or the library. Continue reading

May 6, 2018 Posted by | Sample Work | 1 Comment

Tune into the John Carney Show Today

downloadShannon Philpott-Sanders, author of Screen-Free Fun, will join the John Carney Show today between 1-3 p.m. on KTRS 550 AM in the St. Louis area. You can tune in live at this link or check out the show after the broadcast on the station’s website.

May 2, 2018 Posted by | Sample Work | 1 Comment

Show-Me St. Louis Interviews Screen-Free Fun Author

showmeIf you’re a big fan of Show Me St. Louis AND Screen-Free Fun, check out this video of author Shannon Philpott-Sanders demonstrating activities from the book with host Heidi Glaus.

You can view the broadcast on the Show Me St. Louis website.



May 1, 2018 Posted by | Sample Work | Leave a comment

Belleville News Democrat spotlights Screen-Free Fun

Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 6.55.29 AMIf you’re wondering how Screen-Free Fun originated, check out this article and video segment by the Belleville News Democrat complete with an interview by Shannon Philpott-Sanders. Continue reading

April 26, 2018 Posted by | Sample Work | Leave a comment

Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

Published March 2018: The Messenger

IMG_1126Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do

I’ve always been a dreamer, but a meticulous one. Although on the outside (and in my home of seven), you may not always see that I’m organized, but I believe that dreaming and planning go hand in hand.

Recently, I came across the phrase: “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do.” It struck me as something very fitting for my home office, so when attending one of those Brushes and Boards party, I made a wood sign with this exact phrase.

Every day when I’m working from my home office, I look up at this sign for motivation, especially when procrastination takes over. My children have walked through my office and noticed it, too. It truly defines how I feel about dreams and what I want my children to know. Continue reading

March 8, 2018 Posted by | Blog, Parenting, Sample Work | 1 Comment

Big Announcement: New Book Launched April 3, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 12.00.29 PMI’m so pleased to announce the launch of my new book “Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family.” The book is now available in local/national bookstores or on Amazon.

Book Overview: Fight back against boredom and keep your kids busy and entertained—without staring at a screen—with this handy collection of family activities ranging from DIY projects to outdoor adventures to easy day trips.

While technology often offers a quick and easy parenting solution to keep children entertained, too much screen time can negatively affect developmental and social skills, and even lead back to the original problem—boredom.

Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 12.10.51 PMScreen-Free Fun offers over 400 ideas to disconnect from tech devices and reconnect with our families in a healthier way. You and your child can pick from DIY activities to games to weekend outings. Since many of the activities work well for kids at various ages, your family will be able to grow along with the different projects and make plans for both younger and older siblings alike. You can try indoor projects like homemade slime, outdoor activities like building a fort, or learn more about your favorite destinations with activities like a scavenger hunt in your wmt_285copy_1235sprk_1neighborhood or an i-spy game at the zoo. There is also space for your family to add your own favorite activities so you never forget a great idea or memory! From summer vacation to holiday breaks and every rainy day in between, with this book you and your family will always have something fun to do together—without ever having to resort to a tablet, phone, or computer.

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February 18, 2018 Posted by | Sample Work | 1 Comment